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Chipper puts an environmentally friendly end to holiday season!

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Local Lions clubs once again organized chipping events in Ladner and Tsawwassen to give people an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their Christmas trees. Here, Royal Wood Tree Care’s Jon Spowage feeds another tree into his chipper at the South Delta Recreation Centre last Saturday.

Stretched to the limit OWL requires more space and money to operate effectively BY

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OWL rehabilitates and releases hundreds of birds every year.

OWL was kept busy once again last year. The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society cared for 435 injured birds of prey in 2013, down slightly from the previous year but still enough to stretch the non-profit society to its limit, said executive director Bev Day. “Our food bill alone is $12,000 ahead of last year’s. We’ve gotten inundated with babies this year,

so we’re going through something like a thousand mice every two weeks. It’s basically costing us $1,600 a month in food,” she said of a busy 2013. Day said some of the more interesting birds that came through the 72nd Street shelter included a burrowing owl, a goshawk and a rough-legged hawk. The animals are found not only in Delta but also throughout the Lower Mainland and the province. They are brought to the East Ladner facility to be rehabilitated

and released. In addition to receiving a steady stream of birds, the team at the shelter undertakes on-site rescues, including one last year where volunteers were dispatched to Fort Langley to rescue a juvenile bald eagle that had one wing impaled on a branch 80 feet up a dead cottonwood tree. OWL has gained national recognition for treating hundreds of injured birds annually but has See OWL page 3

Delta is looking for answers from Canada Post. Civic politicians endorsed a motion by Coun. Sylvia Bishop Monday to find out what kind of service residents can expect with the planned elimination of home mail delivery. Canada Post announced in December it would be phasing out door-to-door delivery of regular mail to urban residents over the next five years, citing significant losses as a result of an increasing use of digital communication and a decline of letter mail volumes. Residents who have enjoyed home delivery will have to pick up their mail at community mailboxes, already a fact of life for newer suburban developments. Noting Delta’s unique and varied geography of suburban as well as rural communities, Bishop said there are many questions that need answering, such as where community mailboxes will be located, how many mailboxes are planned and how will they be secured. The first-term councillor originally wanted the municipality to send a letter to Canada Post, but agreed with Mayor Lois Jackson to amend the motion to have a government liaison to the Crown agency appear before Delta council to provide the answers. The mayor said there’s no doubt the most impacted people in Delta will be seniors. See MAIL page 3


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Barn too much for society Kirkland House volunteers find managing new public venue in Ladner to be too onerous BY

the barn would be used as a museum and, at most, a meeting room for local groups. Doubting such commercial operation is permitted in the Agricultural Land Reserve, Sudbury filed an application for a judicial review. She’s now reviewing Delta’s lengthy response. “The ALC (Agricultural Land Commission) isn’t coming down decisively as to their opinion on this and there is no evidence they (Delta) had written permission to do what they’ve done. There is written evi-

dence they were obliged to meet some minimum requirements and they have failed to do that,” Sudbury said. As far as 2014, she said the barn is fully booked for weddings and other parties, which means another year of noisy weekends. A staff report endorsed by Delta council on Monday notes a new rental protocol will encompass more activities that are less of an impact to the neighbourhood, including instructional and community programming, as well as one-time community events such as exhibits, fairs and seasonal events and lectures. The new protocol will limit the number of “high impact events” to the neighbourhood, but not eliminate the revenue generators entirely. First booking rights will be given to Delta nonprofit organizations for the first three months of the year. Events involving amplified music will be reduced and that music must be off by 11 p.m. The barn has a capacity of well over 400 people but the maximum size of future events would be limited to 250, unless Delta grants exemptions. However, since the barn is almost fully booked for this year, most of the new rules won’t take effect until 2015 because Delta will respect the terms of bookings already made.

three times that much, hoping to have a shelter on part of the site while leasing the rest of the land to a farmer. Each of the properties it’s been looking at has drawbacks as well as benefits, but everything depends on what’s going to be available when the society is ready to make an offer. The current shelter is located at 3800-72nd St.

OWL is always looking for more volunteers who have a genuine interest in helping wildlife, especially birds of prey. Experience is not necessary, but volunteers must be at least 13. For more information about OWL or to make a donation, visit www.owlcanada.ca. The society welcomes any cash donations, including penny drives.

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The Kirkland House Society has backed out of operating the controversial Harris Barn. The Corporation of Delta assumed responsibility Jan. 1 for issuing rental contracts and managing the barn, which already has 72 functions booked for this year. Opened last May, the historic Harris Barn had been relocated from a property on 64th Street, reassembled and refurbished at Hawthorne Grove Park. The Ladner property already has the restored Kirkland House maintained by the society, which entered an agreement with Delta to operate the barn as well. The barn has 8,000 square feet of space over two floors. The addition of the barn to the Arthur Drive location provides a new venue for large special events that had previously been lacking in Delta, according to the municipality. As soon as it opened, it was fully booked for weddings and other events for 2013 and didn’t take long for all of 2014 to be booked. Colin Campbell, president of the Kirkland House Society, told the Optimist his group would like to continue maintaining the house and grounds, including watching over the upkeep of the barn, but won’t be

The Harris Barn has proved to be a popular public venue since opening last spring. involved in booking events. He noted prior to the barn’s relocation, his society was able to deal with the few wedding receptions that had been held on the grounds for the last few years, but the full-time commercial operation was stretching his group of volunteers too thin. “When you’re involved with rentals, you have to be there and it’s a different routine. It’s a routine the city is already set up for and they rent lots of other buildings, community centres, ice rinks and so on.

MAIL from page 1 Coun. Bruce McDonald agreed, adding the biggest concern when it comes to community mailboxes has been how easily they seem to be broken into by thieves who are finding them an increasingly tempting target. Over the holidays several news stories ran across the region about mailbox thefts. In Langley, for example,

bourhood mailbox. Canada Post currently delivers mail and parcels to roughly 15 million households and businesses. About five million still get doorto-door delivery. Last year Canada Post made another unpopular cut locally when it closed the retail portion of the Ladner post office.

police warned the public to be on the lookout for identify theft, as well as watch their credit card and bank statements, after a rash of thefts there. Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra at an emergency session of the House of Commons transport committee last month said many welcome the idea of walking to a centralized neigh-

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nile and adult offenders, the school co-op ed program, the volunteers and so on,” Day said. OWL’s current facility is cramped and poses challenges, including a continuous risk of flooding during heavy rain. For the last few years the society has been

raising funds while looking for a new location. “We have a couple of places in mind but have to jump through a lot of hoops. We have to have a certain amount of money before we can even make an offer on a property,” Day said. The society has raised under $1 million but is looking for farm properties

OWL from page 1 been cut off from government funding, relying primarily on community donations. “We haven’t gotten any gaming money for years. They say we don’t work enough with kids, but we have an education program and we also work with juve-

They have people there all the time because they’re paid to be there, so they’re better equipped for ongoing rentals,” he said. The use of the barn as a banquet hall has been controversial as a group of upset Arthur Drive residents claimed Delta broke its own rules by building a noisy “party barn” in their neighbourhood. Tara Sudbury, whose backyard faces the barn, is dismayed with what’s been taking place since the venue opened, noting residents were given the impression

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Delta Secondary will play host to Edcamp Delta this Saturday, marking the third time a small group of educators from the Delta school district will be involved in spearheading this event. Edcamp is a form of “unconference” where students, parents and educators gather as learners to share perspectives. Unlike traditional conferences that have presenters and schedules established months in advance, Edcamp has an agenda based on the input of participants at the start of the event. Participants suggest the topics, vote for the topics that most interest them and volunteer to facilitate learning conversations. Sessions are often focused around questions, ideas and hot topics in education. At Edcamp, there are no “speakers” and attendees are not passive listeners. Edcamp is built on the principles of connected and participatory learning and strives to bring together people who are passionate about education. Participants attend

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“I enjoy Edcamp because there isn’t just one expert in the room. The room is full of experts who are driving the discussion,” said Delta teacher Jonathan Kung, an organizer of all three Edcamp Delta events. The popularity of the Edcamp movement is evident in the growth in the number of people who have registered for Edcamp Delta each year. Over 250 people have signed up for Saturday’s event, nearly double the number at the first one in January 2012. An important characteristic about Edcamp is its lack of hierarchy.

“The atmosphere was very relaxed because people didn’t have any titles,” said Grade 12 student Justine Taylor who will be participating in her second Edcamp. “We didn’t know who was a principal, teacher or parent.” Organizers are excited that Edcamp Delta will feature a significant student voice. Over 45 students from Delta schools are signed up to participate. “It’s not often I can convince students to spend a Saturday at school,” said Seaqaum Secondary viceprincipal Aaron Akune. “I am very encouraged to see so many students take an interest in education and eager to share their perspective and ideas.” Grade 12 student Kirsten Dance had this suggestion for students, parents and educators: “If you have something to say about how schools could be a better place, you definitely should come.” Edcamp Delta will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration can be done online at https://deltalearns. ca/edcamp.

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Notices mailed to property owners show assessments in Delta have, for the most part, seen modest declines BY

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Property values in South Delta remained relatively stable over the past year, slipping slightly in many cases. That’s according to B.C. Assessment, which released its 2014 assessment roll figures last week. “Most homes in the South Fraser Region are remaining stable in value compared to last year’s assessment roll,” said deputy assessor Craig Barnsley. “Most homeowners in the South Fraser region will see modest changes in the minus five per cent to plus five per cent range.” The assessment authority provided a few examples locally, including a typical 10-year-old house in East Ladner dropping from $767,000 to $759,000, while a 20-year-old house on Tsawwassen Beach dropped by around $60,000, but is still valued at over

$2.2 million. As far as smaller units, a condo at Royal Oaks in Tsawwassen dropped by $14,000 to $637,000, while a typical 18-yearold Ladner condo dipped $7,000 to $311,000. Overall, the South Fraser region’s assessment roll increased from $187.2 billion last year to $190.5 billion this year due primarily to new construction. Barnsley said property owners who feel their assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2013 or see incorrect information on their notice should contact B.C. Assessment as soon as possible. He said property owners still concerned after speaking to an appraiser may submit an appeal by Jan. 31 for an independent review. Homeowners who see a drop in their assessed property values shouldn’t assume they’ll see a corresponding decline on their

municipal tax bill. In a previous interview, a Delta finance department staffer explained tax rates are based on budget drivers and not simply assessed values, which means taxes could still go up, even if there’s an assessment decline. Delta still needs a certain amount of money every year to pay for capital projects and increased costs for municipal services, so the mill rate would be adjusted accordingly. Delta council recently approved a 1.9 per cent property tax increase as well as a $30 hike to utility rates. The 1.9 per cent hike will amount to an extra $40 on Delta’s portion of the property tax bill for an average house assessed at $567,000. The Corporation of Delta’s latest financial plan has property taxes and utility rates projected to increase by two per cent and $50, respectively, each year from 2015 to 2018.

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Alcohol sales in grocery stores Legion branches won’t increase liquor licences welcome idea of

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Don’t expect a proliferation of new outlets selling liquor in Delta, says Scott Hamilton. The Liberal MLA for Delta North was asked for his take on potential changes to B.C.’s liquor laws, ones that could see alcohol sales in grocery stores. That’s one of 70 recommendations in a report submitted to the provincial justice minister by John Yap, the parliamentary secretary tasked with the review of liquor laws. “It’s being discussed in caucus and there’s some good, open, honest debate going on. Some people have expressed concerns, but the important thing to keep in mind is there are no new net licences,” said Hamilton. “Basically, what you’d be looking at is the transfer of licences between existing licenced retail establishments and anyone else who wants to get into the busi-

ness, so we’re not going to be flooding the market with new licences,” he said. Yap said there was more interest in allowing booze in grocery stores than any other aspect of liquor reform during his public consultations. He noted the number of retail outlets selling liquor in B.C. would remain capped at 731. 7-Eleven has expressed interest in selling liquor, but Yap has stated corner or convenience stores wouldn’t be allowed to sell alcohol. If allowed in grocery stores, one model that could help alleviate concern is the “store within a store” model. “How this could work would be private liquor stores and/or B.C. government liquor stores operating under the same roof as a grocery store, but with separate staff and cashiers. This could help address concerns I’ve heard about whether minors would have easier access to liquor if it were available down the grocery aisles,” Yap

explained on a blog posting. Saying he’s in favour of those stipulations, Hamilton reiterated Deltans shouldn’t expect to see any significant increase in the number of locations to buy booze. He noted there are concerns by existing beer and wine retailers about PHOTO BY SANDOR GYARMATI the impacts of B.C. could soon see a relaxation of some increased com- liquor laws. petition, but the we’ll have more fulsome “one kilometre debate on the issue in the rule” of spacing liquor coming weeks,” he added. sales establishments won’t Premier Christy Clark change. recently made headlines by “If you see the recomstating her government’s mendations, you’ll see that support for liquor laws it’s not whole lot of new changes, including allowing stuff, other than creating a different level of accessibil- children to enter pubs and allowing happy hour offerity. With that, we have to ings. have certain rules around The government says its maintaining a certain disgoal is to introduce legislacretion when comes to access to minors. Hopefully tion in 2014.

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lunch for all the help they give us during the poppy campaign,” she said in an email to the Optimist. “We’re thrilled with these positive changes in liquor regulations now permitting Legion branches to hold gatherings that safely accommodate minors, such as community events, fundraisers, anniversaries and birthday parties,” said Angus Stanfield, BC/Yukon Command President in a press release. The announcement last month also included news the government plans on introducing happy hour and will improve and expand B.C.’s responsible beverage service program, Serving it Right. “These changes are about updating antiquated licensing rules to reflect what British Columbians actually want, while continuing to protect public safety,” said Premier Christy Clark in a press release.

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MURPHY’S LAW Just when it looked like the flame was dwindling, a new log has been thrown on the fire. It’s been almost three years since the Tsawwassen First Nation announced it would play host to two mega malls, an ambitious undertaking that would result in the construction of 1.8 million square feet of retail and office space. The announcement this area would soon be home to Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons made quite a stir, but since then it’s been pretty darn quiet on the mall front. In fact, there were more signs these malls were in jeopardy than indications they were moving forward. Not only was the opening date pushed back a year to 2016, but news of potential tenants was held so close to the vest you’d think the developers were being asked to divulge state secrets. The TFN has routinely deferred all mall inquiries to its partners, Ivanhoe Cambridge and Property Development Group, neither of which have been in an overly chatty mood over the years. When you couple the extended timeline and lack of tenant disclosure with more recent news that a partnership seeking investors for the outdoor mall had to file for creditor protection, the clues began adding up in an ominous way, site preparation notwithstanding. So it’s heartening to see the TFN will be holding what’s being termed as a “construction start event” with its development partners later this month at the site of the proposed malls. It will take more than a groundbreaking to convince me everything is OK and, yes, this might be a public relations ploy as much as anything, but at the very least it’s an effort to move the projects forward. There’s little doubt the TFN took a calculated gamble when it struck agreements back in early 2011 to build two mega malls at the western edge of the Lower Mainland. Although its development partners are as legitimate as you can get for this type of endeavour, there are doubters who wonder how an area of this size could possibly support the scope of retailing that’s being proposed. The simple answer is it can’t, but these malls, Tsawwassen Mills in particular, are predicated on drawing shoppers from throughout the region and beyond. It’s a bold move, but the thinking is if the offerings of the TFN malls are unique enough they will flock here, cash or credit cards in hand, in large numbers. That’s certainly a big if, however much more has to happen before we can even begin putting that theory to the test.

Fool the odds gods and make resolutions you want to fail CORRY ANDERSONFENNELL

COMMUNITY COMMENT The third week of November was when it all started. That was the day I had my first shortbread cookie of the season. It wasn’t particularly outstanding — just the usual bliss afforded from mixing sugar, flour and real butter. I hadn’t eaten real butter, to my knowledge, in months until that shortbread cookie touched my lips. It was all downhill from there. The shortbread cookie led a fatty, sugary, chocolaty army of sweets and savories that went on until the sun went down on New Year’s Day. There were the boxes of chocolates dropped off at the office, gifts from generous neighbours and co-workers, endless buffet tables at Christmas parties and other social events, and the seasonal and irresistible treats lining the display cases at every coffee shop, grocery store and bakery. The caloric assault stretched far and wide. Even the vegetables weren’t safe to consume when they

languished next to the mayonnaiseladen dressings and cheese-infused dips. And then there was the mother of all things sweet and sinister: the Sweet Georgia Brown. If you haven’t been properly introduced, a Sweet Georgia Brown is like a Nestle Turtle on steroids. After I had my first — part of a Christmas gift from my mom — I boldly picked up the box to check out the calorie count. Big mistake. Each innocent looking treat packed a whopping 180 calories between its pecan base, caramel centre and chocolate top. That’s like 10 calories per second of eating. Ugh. According to the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical psychology, losing weight is our number-one New Year’s resolution, no doubt predicated by over-indulging during the holidays. It’s followed by getting organized, spending less money and enjoying life to the fullest. Dedicating more hours to family finishes in a dismal 10th place, after falling in love and helping others realize their dreams. And here is the worst statistic from the U of S: Only eight per cent of people are actually successful at achieving their resolutions. That means more than nine out of 10 of us will fail at any resolution we make.

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So perhaps I’ve missed something, but if those statistics are accurate, why not fool the odds gods and make some strategic resolutions we actually want to flop? Statistically speaking, those resolutions will fail. Brilliant, right? Here are my top three carefully considered resolutions. In 2014, I will: • Watch more television. I used to skip evening television in favour of reading a book or walking the dog. But I’m sure some of the books I like have been turned into movies, and as for the dog, well, she’s a young, anxious herding breed with an active mind and would probably relish more time on her bed doing nothing. • Eat whatever I want. Hello, potato chips. Nice to meet you, full-fat mocha with whip. Except during the holidays, I would normally consume these things in moderation, or at least try to get the baked or reduced fat versions of each. Now I’m just going to grab and gobble. • Snub my friends. No one needs authentic relationships in this age of social media, and think of all the time that can be saved by replacing lengthy lunch dates with Tweets and Facebook status updates, leaving more time for TV. I can’t wait for these resolutions to fail — I just hope my knowledge of statistics doesn’t fail me first.

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January 8, 2014 The Delta Optimist A9 Letters to the Editor

TFN is congratulated for signing farmland leases Editor: Re: Farmers leasing TFN land, Dec. 18 Congratulations to Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams for signing 25-year leases on 72 per cent of his nation’s 217 hectares (536 acres) of farmland. In a sea of speculative options on, and rumoured expropriations of, Agricultural Reserve Land for port development, the certainty of long-term leases for farming deserves celebration. Delta is fortunate to have farmers that appreciate the highest and best use of the fertile deltaic soils at the mouth of the Fraser River is open soil agriculture.

York Times reported that one-sixth of China’s arable land (50 million acres) is contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides. The Chinese fear for their soil, food and health. You bet farmland is an emotional issue in Delta. As Young Farmer Award nominee Lydia Ryall of organic Cropthorne Farms on Westham Island said, “There’s a passion for the whole industry.” Thank you Chief Williams and Delta farmers for your dedication to exemplary farmland stewardship. Through you Delta can live up to its motto: Ours to Preserve by Hand and Heart. Mary Taitt

Further, two of the three farmers signing the longterm leases farm organically. This year, the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust celebrated 20 years of offering stewardship programs to willing Delta farmers. Through co-operative stewardship programs, the trust helps conserve farmland and provide wildlife habitat in the internationally significant Fraser River estuary ecosystem. Robin Silvester of Port Metro Vancouver dismissed farmland in Delta as an emotional issue. He said give the port the land and it will import food, but from where? Last week, the New

Financial support needed to continue fight against proposed radio towers

Editor: The Stop the Radio Towers Cross-Border Coalition would like to thank the generous donors in Tsawwassen, however we still need more money. As we have secured support from our elected officials, it is vital the Tsawwassen community continues to provide financial aid to help us defeat this threat. For those who have been on the fence

about donating, the next 30 days will be critical. No amount is too small. We are presenting our objections to the Federal Communications Commission and are on our way to funding the fight at the Whatcom County level. We have engaged an attorney in Bellingham to work with us, but still need to complete the funding for his services and those of several experts.

We know the radio station will bring their considerable wealth, army of lawyers and consultants from Seattle and Washington, DC to the Whatcom hearing. Please donate now by sending cheques to Point Roberts Tax Association/ Fight the Towers, PO Box 158, Point Roberts, WA, 98281 or via paypal at www.NoTowers.webs.com. Nancy Beaton Cross Border Coalition

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Editor: Having frequently used these pages to chide the Ministry of Transportation about its highway traffic management errors, it seems fair that I do likewise when it does something I

approve. Today I thank the ministry for making the intersection at the edge of Ladner, between Highway 10 and the former Highway 17 (now 17A) much safer. By removing the ferry

terminal traffic and the large trucks from the port, that intersection is not the frightening and overloaded experience it had grown to become. I thank them for that. Tom Griffing

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Sell character assets rather than trying to save home Editor: Re: Days are numbered for heritage home, Jan. 1 Regarding the moving or restoration of the Kittson residence on Highway 10, not all heritage structures

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I resolve not to waste more time on quizzes Really stupid idea to answer those inane questions BARBARA GUNN

LIVING MATTERS My New Year’s resolutions are pretty basic. Eat more apples. Get more sleep. Read more books. Enjoy more walks. Take fewer quizzes. What’s that? That last one isn’t among your 2014 pledges? It’s among mine, by golly. When I say quizzes, it must be noted, I am not speaking about bi-weekly Portuguese spelling tests or monthly exams in advanced trigonometry. I am not studying Portuguese. Or trig. Too often, however, I am finding myself tackling Really, Really, Really Stupid Quizzes, the kind that float about Facebook on an hourly basis. Last week, for instance, I succumbed. Yet again. Unable to resist the temp-

tation, I took quizzes that invited me to determine my mental age (32), my favourite colour (puce) and the planet that most closely resembles my personality (Neptune). Talk about Really, Really, Really Stupid. Now I do not know who designs these quizzes, but it appears to me that it’s open season where they’re concerned. Come up with something bizarre — I came across one not long ago called What kind of narcissist are you? — and people will jump right in. By the ga-zillion. Thing is, I do not need a quiz to tell me that my favourite colour is coral, not puce, and there is no planet that resembles my personality, since planets do not tend to eat apples, read books or take walks. This year will be better. This year, gosh darn it, I vow to bypass the likes of that recently completed Really, Really, Really Stupid Quiz, which asked: What kind of vegetable are

you? For reasons that escape me, I plunged right in. I was asked all manner of questions. What time did I go to bed? What kind of cell phone did I own? What kind of dancing did I enjoy? (All veggie-appropriate inquiries, of course.) Turns out I am a Brussels sprout, which annoyed me to high heaven, given that I have tried Brussels sprouts only once (at age 18) and was so disgusted, have never eaten them since. A tomato or a cucumber I could have lived with. A Brussels sprout? Not a chance. Stroll the Really, Really, Really Stupid Quiz circuit, and you’re apt to be asked, among other things: What kitchen utensil are you most like? At one point, I would have clicked on Start and got the process going, but that changes from this day forward. This year, I’ll cut off the quiz entirely. I’ll never know what utensil I am, but for now, I’ll make it a knife.

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A12 The Delta Optimist January 8, 2014 Business

Luxurious clothing is going to the dogs

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Tsawwassen’s Heide Amurri is part of the team behind Ruby Rufus, a new business that’s introducing luxury cashmere sweaters and scarves for dogs. The brand received some big exposure recently thanks to its inclusion in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine (in editorat-large Gayle King’s column The World According to Gayle) as well as being featured on the Rachael Ray Show. “It’s really quite exciting,” said Amurri. She was visiting her daughter, who’s a clothing designer in London, one December and saw a lot of

very well dressed women walking their dogs, who were wearing not-so stylish sweaters, she said, discussing how the business got started. “We launched it this year,” she said last month. “It took two years to really get everything right. We wanted to launch it properly.” Their dog sweaters are sold in Europe, Canada and the U.S. The team behind Ruby Rufus includes Amurri, her daughter Ruby Rufus Isaacs and Amurri’s friend Diane Conn. “I think we’ve really hit a unique corner of the market, where we have very stylish [products]. If the trend is black and white and stripes for the year, we are

also going to offer black and white and stripes for dogs,” Amurri said. “We’re going to be very fashion forward, in line with what is on the catwalks for people.” The label is aimed at the “18-80 age group; those who take pride in their appearance but feel it equally important that their dogs and man’s best friends, look chic and feel comfortable,” the Ruby Rufus website (www.rubyrufus.com) states. Amurri, who also works full time as a Chapters manager, said her husband walks their two dogs on the dike and has people asking about their sweaters all the time. The line will be available locally at Ambiente.

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The Delta Chamber of Commerce’s first After 5 business social of the year is set for Monday, Jan. 13 on Annacis Island. The socials are after-work events that provide “a relaxed and informal opportunity to get to know your fellow chamber members and their guests.” The After 5 event goes from 5 to 7 p.m. at Morrison’s Grill, 301-1658 Fosters Way. It costs $15 or $25 for two. Register at deltachamber.ca. • A chamber luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 22 will feature speaker Steve Dotto. He’ll give a presentation on How to Use Social Media to Engage Your Customers. He “possesses a unique, refreshing, and thought provoking view of the world of technology and how it impacts our lives,” states the chamber’s website. The luncheon takes place at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It costs $35 for members or $45 for non-members. Register at deltachamber.ca.

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Coming Events Clubs & Groups !Canadian Mental Health Association Delta Offers a Family Support Group for individuals supporting someone with a mental illness on the second and fourth Wednesday every month from 7 to 9 p.m. Next meeting takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Delta Hospital, 5800 Mountain View Blvd., Ladner (education room). Call 604-9431878 for info. !Taoist Tai Chi is a set of gentle movements for people of all ages and in all conditions. Discover the health benefits for body and mind! A new beginner class starts Wednesday, Jan. 8 at The Little White Church, 5008-47A Ave., at Delta Street. All classes run from 10 a.m. to noon and include a tea break. For more information call 604-681-6609 or visit www.taoist.org. !Babytime at the Ladner Library is on Wednesday, Jan. 8 (until April 30) 10:30 - 11 a.m. Make language fun! Help your baby develop speech and language skills — enjoy bouncing, singling and rhyming with stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. !Pyjama Storytime at the Ladner Library is on Wednesday, Jan. 8 (until April 30) from 7 - 7:30 p.m. Children and caregivers will be entertained with stories, songs, rhymes and more. Kids are encouraged to wear their pyjamas and bring their favourite stuffie. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. !January blahs? Drop-in for fun with International Folk Dancers at KinVillage Community Centre from 7 - 8 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 9. Call Julia at 604-261-1264 for more information. !The Delta Chamber of Commerce presents an After 5 Business Social at Morrison’s Grill, 301-1658 Fosters Way, Delta, on Monday, Jan. 13 from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost: $15 or bring a friend for $25. Register at deltachamber.ca. !Delta Nature invites you to a photographic presentation by Anthony Dalton entitled Tracking Royal Bengal Tigers in the Wild Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta. No charge for event. Everyone welcome. Info: Call Tom at 604940-9296 or e-mail tom.

bearss@dccnet.com. !The Next Chapter Book Club (formerly Page Turners at the Ladner Pioneer Library) returns to Ladner on Tuesday, Jan. 14. It runs Tuesdays, Jan. 14 - March 4, 2 - 3 p.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683 - 51st St. The program offers weekly opportunities for adults with differing abilities to read and learn together, talk about books, make friends and have fun in a relaxed community setting. !Learn the benefits of meditation in these enjoyable, practical classes with western Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Delek. Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Longhouse Gallery, 1710-56th St. A new series starts Tuesday, Jan. 14. No pre-registration necessary. Drop in $10 per class, or $40 for five classes. For more visit kmcvancouver.org. !The Probus Club of South Delta, a non-profit, fellowship club for retired and semi-retired professional and business people will hold its general meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn. Our speaker is Alison Maclean, documentary film producer, who will relate her experiences including Afghanistan. Please call Dick Williams at 604-9406542 for information. !The South Delta Newcomers and 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. Join us on Thursday, Jan. 16. Contact Holly at holly. hastie@uregina.ca. Seniors !Come join the Philosophers’ Café discussion Friday, Jan. 10, 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the McKee Seniors Centre, 5155-47th Ave., Ladner, where we’ll be exploring creative ways to improve public transportation in South Delta. Kay Dennison of Delta’s Seniors Planning Team working with Translink will lead the discussion. No pre-registration necessary. Winter/ Spring Philosophers’ Cafes will take place the second Friday of each month. Call 604-946-1411 for further information. !Shari’s Saturday Social, Saturday, Jan. 11, doors open at 7 p.m. With a “Canadian Country Casual” theme this month you can put on your dressy jeans or frilly skirt and western hat and dance to the usual great variety of CD music you can always count on. Waltzes, jives, cha cha, mambo, soft rock and roll and much much more. KinVillage Community Centre 5430-10th Ave.,

Tsawwassen. Tickets $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. !KinVillage is collecting Books, CDs, DVDs and board games for their giant sale. Drop offs accepted 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday until Jan. 20. KinVillage Community Centre, 5430-10th Ave., Tsawwassen. Sale takes place Thursday, Jan. 30, 106, Friday, Jan. 31 from 9-6 and Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9-3. Special Events !The Kirk Holifield Memorial Hockey Tournament takes place Jan. 11 at Planet Ice in Delta, (10388 Nordel Crt.) Games start at 2:45 p.m. There will be raffles and door prizes upstairs at Boomers Bar and Grill afterwards. Arts ! DCC and Tapestry invite all singers Jan. 13 for registration at 6:30 p.m. at Benediction Lutheran Church, Tsawwassen. For more info go to www.deltacommunitychoir.ca. 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).

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A14 The Delta Optimist January 8, 2014 In the Community

Philosophers’ Café returns to McKee Centre Ladner’s popular Philosophers’ Café is back for another six thought-provoking sessions beginning this week. The McKee Seniors’ Recreation Centre introduced this program in 2012 based on the popular SFU Philosophers’ Cafe model of people coming together to discuss topics of mutual interest. The winter/spring series will begin Jan. 10 and take

place on the second Friday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the McKee Centre lounge, 5155 47th Ave. McKee Centre volunteers Jim Flint, ML Burke and Robbin Whitbread co-ordinate the program and act as facilitators. The sessions include presenters knowledgeable about the subjects who start the conversation with a short introduction before opening the discussion to the floor.

You don’t have to be a philosopher or an intellectual to participate. All you have to do is enjoy listening, learning and, if you want, you’re welcome to share your thoughts. Session topics come from participant suggestions as well as current issues affecting South Delta. Facilitators try to make sure all viewpoints have opportunity to be expressed and that the afternoon doesn’t

turn into a gripe session. Instead, the goal is to have the participants leave feeling more empowered and knowledgeable about that topic. The Philosophers’ Cafes are free and no pre-registration is necessary. New participants (50+) will be encouraged to become a member of McKee Seniors’ Recreation Centre ($20 per year), which allows them to register for many centre

activities, classes, events and travel opportunities. If you go a bit early you can have a good lunch for a small price at the McKee Café. The upcoming topics and presenters are: • Jan. 10 — Transportation in South Delta: Let’s Get Creative! (Kay Dennison) • Feb. 14 — Happiness: What is it and where does it come from? (Jim Flint and

Robbin Whitbread) • March 14 — The Industrialization of South Delta and its Impacts (Vicki Huntington) • April 11 — Euthanasia: Should we have control over our dying? (TBA) • May 9 — Age of Technology: How can we better adapt? (Morgan Burke) • June 13 — Paterson Park: Creating Community (Brian White)

Free eBook workshops offered at Delta libraries

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Did Santa bring you an eReader for Christmas? Delta libraries are offering free eBook workshops this month to get you started borrowing library eBooks onto your eReader, tablet or computer.

Sessions will be held at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Tsawwassen Library on Wednesday, Jan. 22 and at the George Mackie Library on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Each workshop runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Babies are stars of health unit group!

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The South Delta Recreation Centre in Tsawwassen was turned into a Winter Wonderland from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3. The annual event created a “decorated world of skating enchantment with spectacular lighting.” See more photos at www.delta-optimist.com.

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The South Delta Public Health Unit’s Baby and You group held a graduation party last month during which the younger members were arranged to make a star. Parents gather at the health unit weekly to discuss relevant topics and provide mutual support. In 2014, the group will be changing its meeting time to Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.


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Academy grads take their game south Field lacrosse standouts Cody Nass and Jon Phillips both land scholarships with NCAA Division One Programs BY

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The top two students from the inaugural graduating class of Delta secondary school’s lacrosse academy are excited to be taking their games to the NCAA Division One level. Cody Nass is already in his freshman season at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh while Jon Phillips recently accepted a scholarship offer from University of Massachusetts Lowell and is headed south next fall. The pair were reunited last week at Holly Park’s turf field where they spent endless hours during their Grade 12 year as part of the DSS lacrosse academy. Both were already proven prospects before their very first academy session but the extra time only developed their games further. “The main part was just having a stick in your hands for three hours every other day,” explained Nass who was back home for the Christmas break. “When you look at the best players in the game, they always have their sticks active. It also allowed us to help the younger players in the academy too.” “You never can go wrong getting extra time (to play lacrosse),” smiled Phillips. “It was pretty nice to be getting credits to play the game I love.” Phillips was already on the Lowell Mass’ recruiting radar screen when he proceeded to lead B.C. in scoring at last summer’s U19 Field Lacrosse National Championships. His standout play escalated talks to the point where he made an official visit to the school in November and signed a National Letter of Intent soon after. “I loved everything about it,”

DSS Lacrosse Academy graduates Jon Phillips (left) and Cody Nass have both earned scholarships with NCAA Division One programs. said Phillips. “The neat thing is I am going to a brand new program where I hopefully will be one of the key players and a leader. We’re definitely going to be the underdogs the first season but I like that kind of a role. We’re going to show some people we are capable of making some noise.” The holiday break allowed Nass to finally catch his breath from what has been a whirlwind few months. Last July, his box season took a dramatic change when he was dealt by the Delta Islanders to the New West Salmonbellies. His new team went on to reach the Minto Cup

national junior “A” finals before falling to to the Whitby Warriors. The extended post-season run meant Nass missed his first week of classes at Robert Morris. He arrived just in time for the start of training camp. The fall season featured mostly training and a couple of exhibition games.The Colonials now have about a month of preparation before beginning their schedule in mid-February. “I love everything about it,” said Nass, of the experience so far. “It’s lacrosse, lacrosse all the time and they set you up to succeed in school too.

“They really stress the importance of strength and conditioning. You are lifting five times a week and there are 5 a.m. runs and workouts too.” The Colonials have typically loaded up on Canadian talent and the current team is no exception with 14 players coming from north of the border. “It’s going to be a real young team but we still should do well in our conference,” continued Nass. “The years to come are going to be even better though.” Nass will return from Pittsburgh sometime in early June and immediately begin his box season with

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the Islanders where he will be reunited with Phillips and new head coach Greg Rennie. The trade with New West included his playing rights being reverted back to Delta, along with Eli McLaughlin. “I really feel like me and Eli can bring a lot to the Islanders,” added Nass. “It was just a real good experience to play in the Minto Cup. I definitely learned a lot from it. “The one thing about playing in Delta over other teams in the league is we are all such good buddies. That’s what made the trade so hard. But in the long run, I think it’s going to pay off.”

Tunnel Town’s Jensen skips her rink to third place finish at junior provincials Van Osch of Nanaimo. The Tunnel Town Curling Club member had earned a semifinal berth by finishing 4-3 in round-robin play, then defeating Royal City Curling Club’s Dezaray Hawes 9-3 in a tiebreaker. Jensen’s rink was based out to the

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Victoria Curling Centre and also included third Merit Thorson (UVic/Richmond), second Tatianna Simicic (Surrey) and lead Lauren Legan (Kelowna). Meanwhile, Tunnel Town’s Cody Tanaka just missed out on earning a playoff

berth at the B.C. Junior Men’s Curling Championships, also held in Chilliwack. Tanaka skipped his rink to a 3-4 record, leaving him tied for fourth place. His team also featured lead Donny Mackintosh of Tunnel Town.

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Tsawwassen’s Shawna Jensen skipped her rink to a bronze medal finish at last week’s Tim Horton’s B.C. Junior Women’s Curling Championships in Chilliwack. Jensen’s run for the title concluded with a 10-3 loss to eventual champion Kalia


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Winskill Dolphins Duco Schuurman Hess competed in the boy 14-15 200 breaststroke B final at last month’s Richmond Rapids Fastswim meet at Watermania.

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Fredeman helps Trinity Western enjoy productive trip overseas The Spartans finished the trip with a 3-0 Ladner’s Harry Fredeman got a taste of record, including wins against HC Baltica hockey and life in the Baltics as part of holiday season tour with the Trinity Western (4-2) and Latvia’s HK Venta (6-3) with Fredeman in net. University men’s hockey team. TWU (9-0-11) resumes its conThe Spartans visited Lithuania, ference schedule Jan. 16 when it Latvia and Estonia as part of their hosts Simon Fraser at the Langley 11-day ministry and humanitarian Events Centre. trip that included three games, Fredeman is in his second year conducting clinics and working at the Langley school after an with youth ministries at local outstanding career in the Pacific churches. International Junior Hockey “We want to help them conLeague. tinue to develop the sport in their The 22-year-old was part of country,” explained TWU head a terrific group of goalies who coach Barret Kropf said. “We (wanted) them understand what Harry Fredeman came through the South Delta Minor Hockey system that we’re about as a hockey team and included Sean Bonar (Princeton University) the things that we do to provide leadership and Luke Siemens (University of Alberta). on and off the ice.”

PARTY IN DA HOUSE TOURNAMENT JANUARY 2-5, 2014 the South Delta Minor Hockey This year marked the 10th year for rs nament. What started out 10 yea “Party in da House” winter tour into a n grow now has s team d age ago as a tournament for 6 Atom ion boys teams from Atom to tournament that includes all “C” divis from key. This year over 300 athletes Midget in South Delta Minor Hoc nament. tour fun and ting exci this for ice age 8 to 18 laced up and hit the ent took place This year’s annual in-house tournam t hockey and a spectacular raffle grea e som had Jan 2nd - 5th 2014 and community fundraiser, table. All teams participated in a Challenge. k Hockey for Hunger Food Ban played Saturday, was e Gam The exciting Coaches the game going to Canuck Place. ng duri ed rais s fund all Jan. 4th with RS THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSO onalds, ks, Firstar, Sara’s Ice Cream, McD Haw Ice a Delt s, ncie Age CH BRA si Co. Pep ds, Foo t & Sombrero, Lucerne ATI, Sungod Physiotherapy, Boo , & Heating Beverage Canada, PJB Plumbing ds, Acorn Heating & Plumbing, Foo fty Thri , Club Golf ve Gro Beach ing g Skate Sharpening, Pacific Advertis Edgestone Partners, Craig & Gre s Link e Cov Co, te Ska & a, Lucky Surf & Sports, Bill Kidd, Freshslice Pizz s, Park a Delt ner, Lad es Jam d mon Ray Golf Course, Swim Clo Aquatics, a Optimist. Recreation & Culture and the Delt


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