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The next step in the odyssey that is the Southlands development process begins later this week. On Friday, the Metro Vancouver regional planning and agriculture committee will hear from representatives from the Corporation of Delta and Century Group, as well as local residents, on the municipality’s application to amend the regional growth strategy. After receiving conditional approval from Delta council last fall, it will now be up to the Metro Vancouver board of directors to say whether the contentious development gets the go ahead. Century Group is proposing to build 950 housing units on 20 per cent of the 214-hectare (537-acre) Tsawwassen property. The remaining 80 per cent would be given to Delta, much of it for farming.

The Southlands is zoned agricultural and is also designated agricultural under the Official Community Plan and area plan as well as the Metro Vancouver growth strategy. Any change in regional designation would require a two-thirds weighted vote by the board of directors. After the regional committee hears from speakers on Friday, it is expected to make a recommendation to the Metro board. If the bylaw receives preliminary approval from the board, a date will be set for a public hearing. Before the committee considers the application, George Harvie, Delta’s chief administrative officer, civic planning director Jeff Day and planner Marcy Sangret will give a presentation. Century Group president Sean Hodgins is also scheduled to address the committee as well as several residents opposed to the application. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Metro Vancouver office in Burnaby.

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As unionized truckers issued a 72-hour strike notice, Port Metro Vancouver has agreed to a proposal to deal with concerns raised by drivers. Last Wednesday, more than 1,000 non-unionized container truck drivers parked their rigs to protest long wait times and low rates at Port Metro Vancouver ports, including Deltaport. Protests began Wednesday morning at the gates of Vanterm facility near downtown Vancouver and at a truck pullout along Highway 91 just north of Highway 10. The truckers insist their rigs won’t budge until the port meets a series of demands, including resolution of the ongoing issues of rates and delays. On Saturday, citing a lack of progress at the bargaining table, members of Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers’ Association (VCTA) voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking strike action and on Monday the union issued its strike notice. The strike will commence if an agreement


Angry over wait times at ports, among other issues, truckers protested along Deltaport Way last Friday. cannot be reached by noon Thursday. “We’ve attempted to settle this disagreement at the bargaining table and in discussions with government,” said Paul Johal, president of Unifor-VCTA. “But without any progress on improving rates, dealing with undercutting, and fixing growing line-ups at the ports, we have no choice but to take

job action.” On Monday, Port Metro Vancouver agreed in principle to a proposal provided by the B.C. Trucking Association and the shipping industry to deal with some of the issues. The proposal includes extending operating hours, changes to how fees are charged and conducting audits of trucking companies.

It is now being circulated by trucking company owners throughout the owner/ operator trucking community. The union’s collective agreement expired in June 2012. Since that time, the union has raised concerns that long line-ups and wait times at ports are costing truck drivers. Unifor-VCTA is demanding increased



rates of pay and wants the rates standardized and enforced across the sector to put an end to under-cutting. The work stoppage has already had a significant impact on operations at the ports. Port Metro Vancouver spokesperson Caroline Price said the ports are seeing only about 15 per cent of their usual volume.

Mayor supports four-year terms for councils Lois Jackson likes greater stability, but hasn’t decided whether she will seek re-election BY


Mayor Lois Jackson says the province’s move to extend municipal council terms from three to four years is a good one, but it’s not clear whether she plans to be a part of the next edition of Delta council. First elected as an alderman in 1972 and mayor since 1999, Jackson was asked for her take on the provincial government’s announcement last week that the current legisla-

tive session will seek to switch civic elections from three-year to four-year cycles, starting with this November’s vote. The longer terms would also apply to school boards. It had been a hotly contested issue over the years with smaller B.C. communities resisting the longer terms, but last year the Union of British Columbia Municipalities passed a resolution supporting an extension. Jackson said getting B.C. municipal councils in line

with other Canadian provinces makes sense. “It is very useful and I think it will be more meaningful for the community, mainly because you do have an opportunity to get some of these big projects completed. Sometimes you start out in year one, finding out what’s possible or not, and by the time you go through all the steps you could very easily be into four years. “It does give people who are on council and the staff the stability of time and the stability of moving forward.

cated she’ll It will serve us seek a sixth well.” term despite Jackson said her convincing when she was first victory three elected as alderyears ago. man, Delta council “I’m trying held elections every to see what year with half the people think seats up for grabs. and whether That eventually it’s a good changed to twoidea. I certainyear terms for the Mayor Lois ly don’t want it entire council, then Jackson to taint any of up to three-year my thinking as terms in 1987. we’ve got so much legislaAs far as Jackson’s tion to move through” she future, the veteran civic said. politician hasn’t yet indi-

the public’s fear of being arrested,” said Sgt. Sarah Swallow. “We really want to warn the public that this scam has surfaced again, and remind people that police agencies do not offer the option to pay your way out of an arrest warrant.” In light of the recent

reports, Delta police issued a few reminders to the public: • Police will not typically inform people of arrest warrants by phone, and will never ask for money in exchange for a legal matter to be dealt with. • If you are suspicious of a phone call from anyone claiming to be a police officer, ask for their name and

badge/ID number, as well as the name of the police department they claim to represent. • A legitimate police officer will not object to you verifying their identity through the main line of the police station. • Never wire money to someone you do not know. “Delta police are reminding the public to be vigilant

SCAM from page 1 The caller then tries to convince the victim to make a payment by wiring money through convenience stores, or pre-paid credit cards, and then threatens to arrest the victim and put them in jail if they do not pay within a certain period of time. “These scams prey on

and requesting that the public notify their local police department of any similar calls,” Swallow said. “If the scammer is caught, he or she could face charges of fraud and impersonation of a police officer,” she said. “However, typically these scams originate out of the country and therefore difficult to prosecute.”

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Telus goes small in order to improve cell reception 70 micro-cell antennas installed on Tsawwassen poles BY


Some cellular customers could soon start experiencing better reception in Tsawwassen. Telus crews have been in the community in recent months installing small cell technology aimed at enhancing the company’s wireless capacity. “There’s a lot of areas where there is really poor coverage,” Doug Anastos, senior real estate manager for Telus, told civic politicians last week. In order to improve service, the telecommunication’s company is installing two antennas on existing


wooden poles on 56th Street south of 6th Avenue and about 70 micro-cell antennas, which are also installed on existing poles. Sixty per cent of the new small cell sites are now operational. Anastos said the poor coverage is not only a frustration to cell phone customers, but also a matter of public safety with 60 per cent of 911 calls being made from cell phones today. He said Telus introduced the small cell technology last year in an attempt to improve its wireless capacity without having to construct additional large cell towers. The 70 being installed in Tsawwassen will provide approximately the same coverage as four 15-metre towers. The small cells are about one square foot each and are attached to existing Telus poles, or shared B.C. Hydro poles. In the future, Telus may also look at installing the cells on exist-

ing civic infrastructure, which would require an agreement with Delta. The cells require low power consumption, Anastos said, and emit low levels of EMFs. Telus was asked to give a presentation to Delta council on its activities after municipal hall became aware of the work through queries from residents. Under Industry Canada regulations, initially there was no need for Telus to undertake any public consultation on the small cell installation. However, those regulations recently changed. A Telus spokesperson said a letter containing information about the work has been distributed to “interested members of the public.” The response from residents has been positive so far, she said. “They recognize we are working to improve their wireless service without the need for additional infrastructure.”

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English Bluff Elementary’s foyer has a brand new look to help celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. Artist Jason Craft finished a mural last week that covers the foyer’s walls. “We thought this was just a great year to do it,” said principal Michelle Smith. Students gave input about what they thought would be important to see in the

mural, she noted. The artwork depicts outdoors scenes, including the ocean, beach, Fred Gingell Park and soaring eagles. “We’re pretty excited about it,” said Smith. The art includes the saying “Be kind, be safe, be fair” written onto a log. It’s a code of conduct at the school. The finished mural is “amazing,” said Grade 5 student Ryan Hope. He added that he liked the amount of detail put into

the artwork. “I like how it’s like you’re on land and you’re looking up at sky and the eagles,” said Kate Finlay, also in Grade 5. The school is celebrating its anniversary with a carnival on Friday, May 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a throwback theme, including games like sack races. The Tsawwassen elementary school opened on March 4, 1964. It currently has about 200 students and around 25 staff.


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The Reach Child and Youth Development Foundation held its second annual Reach for the Stars fundraising gala at Harris Barn in Ladner Saturday night. The event featured entertainment and speakers, live and silent auctions, square dancers, a barbecue buffet dinner and more. Proceeds from the event will go toward Reach’s Building for Children Together $4 million capital campaign to build a centre in Ladner for children and youth with special needs. So far, Reach has raised $1.3 million.

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Clothing drive helping women dress the part South Coast Casuals hosting Dress for Success event South Coast Casuals will be hosting its fourth clothing drive this Saturday to benefit Dress for Success Vancouver. The event, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will support Dress for Success’ efforts to empower women to look and feel their best. Dress for Success Vancouver promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

Each Dress for Success client receives a suit for her interviews and a small working wardrobe when she gets her job. The suits given to clients symbolize the faith that Dress for Success has in every woman’s ability to succeed. Individuals are asked to donate clean, gently worn women’s clothing, purses and shoes that are suitable for job interviews and work environments. Dress for Success has an increased need for purses and handbags that are suitable for the office environment.

Each individual who donates items will receive a thank you gift from South Coast Casuals and be entered in a draw for a $150 South Coast Casuals gift certificate. South Coast Casuals has collected over 2,500 pieces of clothing, 450 handbags and 250 pairs of shoes through its previous three clothing drives. The family-owned store, at 5028-48th Ave. in Ladner Village, has been committed to giving back to the community and beyond for the past 18 years.

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MURPHY’S LAW For as long as most people can remember, federal elections in these parts have been over before the campaigning even gets underway, a situation that could change as soon as next year. Various incarnations of right-of-centre parties have ruled here for more than three decades, most often with a veritable stranglehold on the riding. Former Conservative cabinet minister Tom Siddon cruised to re-election in 1984 with a 20,000-vote margin while the popular John Cummins, one of the original Reformers, held sway for almost 20 years. Current Tory MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay carried on the tradition in 2011 by capturing 54 per cent of the popular vote, a whopping 15,000 votes clear of her closest pursuer. With another federal election set for next year, that right-of-centre dominance will face its sternest test in a long time thanks to a redrawing of Canada’s electoral map and a changing of the political landscape across the country. Rather than being grouped with the overflow in Richmond, Ladner and Tsawwassen will join North Delta to create the federal riding of Delta, only the second time the municipality will be a constituency of its own. The new map means dropping right wing Richmond and replacing it with a much more middle-of-the-road North Delta, which has been represented by all three major parties over the last decade, including the NDP at the moment. With a second place showing in Delta-Richmond East and a victory in Newton-North Delta last time, the New Democrats must be welcoming the realignment, but I suspect it will be the Liberals who benefit most. An afterthought with many federal voters thanks to a couple of underwhelming leadership choices in recent years, the Grits are well positioned this time around with charismatic Justin Trudeau now at the helm. Throw in a looming expiration date for a Stephen Harper government rocked by scandals, Senate and otherwise, and it appears Trudeau’s Liberals are poised to make huge inroads. Couple that with a strong local candidate, somebody like Bruce McDonald, the longtime civic councillor who is also vice-president of the Liberal constituency association, and you’ve got the makings of a horse race in the brand new riding. I’m not so sure all of it would have been enough had the electoral map stayed status quo, but the new landscape means a federal election campaign will, for the first time in decades, get underway without a winner already having been chosen.

Sochi Olympics provide great alternatives for insomniacs BRAD SHERWIN

COMMUNITY COMMENT I confess: I’m an Olympic junkie. Attach those five rings to any sport and I’ll watch it. I also suffer from the occasional bout of insomnia. A brief interruption of my sleep in the middle of the night sometimes sets my mind off thinking about stuff, and I can’t get back to sleep. Both of these syndromes clashed for two weeks in February. I usually rely on a menu of get rich quick through real estate, exercise equipment that makes fat melt away and miracle cleaning device infomercials to help me doze off. But with a 12-hour time difference between here and Sochi, I was welcomed by a steady diet of curling, alpine skiing, biathlon, luge and, of course, hockey. I didn’t get much sleep, but boy, it was worth it. There are few opportunities for Canada to stand out on the world

stage. I don’t know how many viral photos I’ve seen where our prime minister is on the edge of a G20 photo, if we are recognized at all. Sure, some people think we live in igloos, play hockey 24 hours a day and live on maple syrup. But slowly, that’s changing — Canada is becoming cool. How did we suddenly find this new notoriety? Did the world wake up one morning with the revelation that the Great White North was now a different place than they thought? Our governments spend millions attracting tourists to our country — a huge industry employing thousands of people. They encourage businesses to set up operations here. We’ve even brought TED to Vancouver. We must be doing something right. I’ve got a friend that says if you have to tell someone you’re cool, you’re not. It has to come from your actions, how you handle yourself and how others perceive you. The Olympics is an opportunity to show what we are made of. Every time we won a medal, it shined a light on our country, and it’s those collective lights that help shape how others feel about us. We played fair, we competed hard. We had a beer machine at Canada

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Olympic House. I think the real stories that define us were Alex Bilodeau’s second win in moguls, and how much his brother Frederic, who suffers from cerebral palsy, inspires him. Or how Gilmore Junio gave his only Olympic opportunity to Denny Morrison who went on to win silver in speed skating. I think the most Canadian moment was Justin Wadsworth, a Canadian ski coach, running onto the cross-country course to give Russian skier Anton Gafarov a replacement ski after his had broken and he just wanted to finish the race in front of the home crowd. Actions like that define us. Actions like that make Canada cool. So the next time you travel outside North America and someone tells you to wear a Canadian flag because people like Canadians, remember Justin, Alex, Gilmore and all of our Olympians, not for the big things they have done, but for the little things that make our flag the symbol it is, and the respect you receive because of it. The Olympics alone don’t define us, but I think it’s a big part of our story. And worth every nickel we invest to support it. Now, I wonder when my ab-inator will arrive?

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B.C. families have one of the lowest overall tax burdens Editor: Re: ‘Boring’ budget hits seniors hard: MLA, Feb. 21 MLA Vicki Huntington’s comments about the provincial budget contain inaccurate information about how government is balancing the budget and keeping taxes affordable for B.C. families. Huntington’s characterization of the change to the personal income tax basic personal amount was unfortunate and inaccurate, as the change flows directly from the referendum commitment, decided by British Columbians, to return to the PST. B.C. families generally have one of the lowest overall tax burdens in Canada,

Decorated heron brings a smile

Editor: We would like to thank those responsible for decorating the heron at the entrance to Ladner in such seasonal and delightful ways. It brings on a smile every time we pass it and we hope that everyone else feels the same way. Keep up the good work! June & Bob Plouffe

including income taxes, consumption taxes, property taxes, health care premiums and payroll taxes. B.C. also has the lowest provincial personal income taxes in Canada for those earning up to $121,000 a year. Provincial personal income taxes for most taxpayers have been reduced by 37 per cent or more since 2001, and today an additional 400,000 people no longer pay any B.C. income tax. While we have increased MSP premiums to help support the additional $2.5 billion to the Ministry of Health budget over the next three years, we have also enhanced MSP premium

assistance so that people who receive it pay less than they did in 2009. Overall, 800,000 British Columbians pay no premiums and another 200,000 are subsidized. For example, a senior couple earning equal pension income of $15,000, for a total family income of $30,000, would pay no personal income tax, no health care premiums and could receive more back from the low-income carbon tax rebate than they pay in carbon tax. Overall, this couple would pay lower taxes in B.C. than in any other province except Alberta. Michael de Jong Minister of Finance


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Stonewalling proves costly Editor: Re: Southlands tab tops $300,000, Feb. 19 I think Coun. Sylvia Bishop is on her usual antiSouthlands crusade. Without the very lengthy stonewalling by the antiSouthlands crusaders, the taxpayers’ bill could have possibly been much less. We should have the costs put in context. How much did Ron Toigo’s Tsawwassen Springs appli-

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Editor: Re: Driver’s near-miss prompts plea to slow dump tracks, letter to the editor, Feb. 26 Our company, Mainland Sand & Gravel Ltd., is the supplier of the aggregate and river sand for the Tsawwassen Mills project and as such also responsible for the hiring of the trucks carrying the products to the work site. After 44 years in business, we are well aware how difficult it can be for local residents when a construction site is in full swing and truck transportation is being employed to move materials to the site. With a project of this magnitude, multiple stakeholders have to be taken into consideration when planning deliveries and at this early stage one of the most critical areas is the management of the trucking program. Prior to this project starting our company and the project managers for the construction company discussed at length how we could ensure the maximum level of safe practices by truckers both on and to/ from the site. Our first step was to hold a meeting with all truck owners/operators. Along with the site construction project managers, we emphasised how important it was for trucks to obey the rules of the road and to follow the site-specific rules when entering, unloading and departing


the site. To drive this point home, we circulated a onepage set of instructions that each truck driver/owner had to read and then sign/return. On this sheet were the steps we would take if infringements occurred. We adopted a three-strike policy; after two written warnings if a third infraction occurred an individual would be permanently dismissed from the project. The project went through a construction lull for a portion of last summer. Just prior to the restart date, we held a second meeting to reconfirm to all the safety rules had not changed. To date there have been approximately 53,000 truck trips to/from the site but Dahna Allison’s letter clearly shows that for some of the truck operators the message is not clear. We have scheduled a further meeting with all the truck owner/operators and Allison’s letter will be the focus of the meeting. Our work will continue for a good portion of this

year and as with any other health and safety matter, the goal for trucks is zero incidents. It is the intent of this next meeting to firmly re-emphasis this point. On behalf of our company and the construction company, I sincerely apologize to Allison for the scare she recently experienced as two of the trucks ran the red light. This type of action is simply not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Our system to punish offenders is a three-step program, however, both ourselves and the construction company project managers have the right to move immediately to step three if the offence warrants such a move. We have employed this action in the past and will continue to do so when required. What Allison experienced would lead to these two drivers being immediately removed from the project. Ewan D. Moir General Manager Mainland Sand & Gravel Ltd.

When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:00 to 4:30 pm Where: Ladner Pioneer Library 4683 51st Street, Delta, B.C Guest Speaker: Catharine Turner, Estate and Trust Advisor, RBC Wealth Management

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March 5, 2014 The Delta Optimist A11 Letters to the Editor

Public demanded thorough review

Editor: Re: Delta adds insult to injury by handing taxpayers bill, letter to the editor, Feb. 26 I think there’s more than one perspective on what Peter Malim refers to as “Delta residents” having “had to foot the bill” to pay for all the activities involving the Century Group proposal to develop the Southlands. Attaching blame for what Malim seems to regard as some sort of travesty to Delta council kind of ignores his and his friends — and all of our, really — role(s) in this whole affair. From watching (and participating in) the various proceedings, it became evident that a significant and focused groundswell of support for what Century plans for this property arose, awakened from a long and suppressed slumber. Too much negativity all of the time, people said. Let’s get on with things. We really like what this proposed development offers our community — and it

doesn’t “take” anything. Let’s look at the positives. The costs of trying to come to a decision on a matter like this arise out of the way(s) we choose to discuss the matter with each other. Those costs are not entirely predictable and we have to recognize our own contributions to these costs. We didn’t all have to speak at the various public hearings, for example. Many of us simply continued to say, when we did speak, what had been said many, many times before. Council heard and we all heard. Alleging that somehow the costs of dealing with Century Group’s proposal are in some way unfair to the community is really a mug’s game. We demanded the process and we pay the costs. Suggesting, as one letter writer did, that a public enquiry should be called to look into the matter can only be described as silly. Time to move on and support “our” development at Metro. Firth Bateman

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Ideals depend on each other Editor: Re: It’s imperative not to confuse capitalism with democracy, letter to the editor, Feb. 28 For capitalism to succeed, democracy is a necessary ingredient; for democracy to succeed, capitalism is a prime component. Democracy: a system of government by the whole population, usually through elected representatives; capitalism: an economic system in which the production and distribution of goods depends on invested private capital and profit-making. [Definitions from the Oxford Reference English Dictionary.] It would appear that in the Southlands situation,

elected representatives — duly elected by the “whole population” — permitted, under the democracy that we enjoy, capitalism to further the “economic system” through “invested private capital.” Similar things are alike things and thus, capitalism flourishes under democracy and both are significant in Canada where each depends on the other. It is difficult to separate one from the other and retain the benefits of each. As to whether the “costs for the Southlands application” will be paid for “primarily by the people of Delta” and are an “insult” is not for me to comment. Bob Orrick

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Taxpayer would like proof of workload Editor: Re: Municipal politicians vote themselves modest salary increases, Feb. 26 When Delta council members give themselves a raise in pay they often use the term heavier workload than their counterparts in other municipalities. This may or may not be true, so why don’t we have council prove it. Council members should give us an accounting of

all the meetings they attend that pertain strictly to Delta’s best interests, leaving out the ones they attend to better their own image for election time. The one report I would be most interested in is how many council meetings there were last year and how many of those did the mayor actually attend. In the private sector, you are held accountable. Ernie Tobin

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Longer evenings deserving of some sort of recognition BARBARA GUNN

LIVING MATTERS Here it comes: one of my favourite days of the year. OK, so it doesn’t rank up there with Christmas or my birthday or the first day of my summer holidays. But the day when the clocks spring forward is among the very best. Sure, you lose an hour of sleep, but that’s a small price to pay for the prize at the end of the day: an extra hour of sunlight. I have no idea who came up with the idea to fiddle with the clock, but I suspect it was someone who was sick to death of jogging after dinner in the dark. Either that, or a golfer who could only tee off at 3 p.m., and wanted to get in the full 18 holes.

No matter. Whoever it was it was brilliant. “Tomorrow,” I reminded the husband, “it will be light an hour later. We should do something to celebrate.” “Oh,” he said. “Like what?” “Well,” I thought, “we still haven’t cleaned up after that last wind storm. We could do some yard work.” “That doesn’t sound like much of a celebration,” observed the husband. He was right. “OK,” I said. “Maybe we could wash the car?” “Too cold,” said the husband. “Also not very celebratory.” Again, he was right. “Maybe we should just go for a walk around the block,” I suggested. “A little better,” said the husband. “But still just the slightest bit dull.” I guess he was right: a stroll around the neighbourhood did not exactly scream

celebration. We considered the options, but continued to come up short. I suggested we do some bird-watching, but the husband reminded me we wouldn’t know a puffin from a parakeet. The husband suggested we play tennis, but I reminded him we only had one racket. We considered doing some beachcombing — given that we’d actually be able to see what was on the sand — but then remembered this is a pastime we favour in July. You know, when the sand is hot and the feet are in flip flops. “OK,” I said. “So it’s not exactly summer. It’s March. It won’t be short-and-Tshirt weather. But still, we have to celebrate the added hour.” This Sunday, we’ll observe the added hour of light by doing something crazy. It doesn’t matter what, as long as we have the sunglasses on.


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Shpak & Company Since 1983, Shpak & Company has been providing a wide range of professional accounting services including, audit assurance, financial reporting, bookkeeping, corporate and personal income tax preparation and planning. Shpak & Company has a great team of professionals and support staff. Gail, a

partner at Shpak and Company, enjoys dealing with all aspects of the business especially working with many local owner managed companies. Our primary focus is to provide guidance and support for our clients financial and business needs as well as ensuring they are meeting all of the compliance and tax related requirements.

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Sheree & Tracy


Whether it’s a favourite lunch you’re looking for, a snack to fill the gap or catering from appetizers to full course dinners Café de Gourmet is the place to go.

I’ve been practicing law for 15 years and for the past four it has been my pleasure to serve here in the community of South Delta, where I grew up. I practice in the areas of corporate, estates and real estate. Please drop in and say hello.

Sheree and Tracy have been delighting their customers’ taste buds for thirteen years and love being in a business where they have everyday contact with their customers. For lunch the Café menu ranges from homemade soups to a filling lasagne and everything in between. You can enjoy the quiches, custom made sandwiches and paninis, fresh baked muffins, scones and pastries and a choice of gluten free items. All made daily on the premises. And they have outdoor seating available all year round.


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Giulia, Joan & Sara Regular eye health checks are important! Children should be seen on or before their third birthday and yearly after that during their school years. Children's exams are completely covered by the Medical Services Plan until they are 19. Adults should be seen at least every two years until they reach 65, when yearly appointments become necessary. An eye exam can uncover serious eye disease or signs of other health issues in the body. Tsawwassen optometry has been serving the community since 1983, Drs. Joan Hansen, Giulia DeVuono, and Sara Kirby would be pleased to help you with your eye care. We are always happy to accept new patients and to see you for any emergencies relating to your vision or eye health. See us for contact lenses, glasses and pre and post surgical needs. Our friendly staff would be pleased to help with stylish frame selection, educate you regarding your vision needs and of course supply lots of smiles.

Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic

#214-1077 56th Street, Tsawwassen Tel: 604-943-6114 | Fax: 604-943-0674

Joanne Morrison Genevieve Fraser

Joanne Morrison of Just Jewellery in south Surrey, along with her daughter and creative designer, Genevieve Fraser are loving business in their new High Street location. An impressive collection of sterling silver and colourful gem stones blanket the walls and cases throughout the store. It was a love of the unique and an eye for quality, that lead the two to into such a specialized field, offering creations from local artists (Morrison and Fraser’s works included) as well as designs from artisans around the world. This year marks their 11th anniversary, and their first year open in their new home. Whether you are hunting for that special new piece for your collection, or wanting a gift for a loved one or friend, it feels good giving a quality keepsake which will last for years to come, while supporting Canadian women in business. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook too!

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Yvonne Clark

Enjoy your happy life with a healthy brain Specializing in treatment of: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, PDST, Dysfunction of Vegetation, Dementia, Encephala trophy, Stroke, Arteriosclerosis, Brain injury, Brain contusion and laceration, Epilepsy, Parkinson etc. all about brain. Combining modern new technology with ancient Chinese medicine and Acupuncture, we focus on improving the environment of brain cells, increasing recovery ability of injured brain cells and expanding brain circulation.

Our store is family owned and operated since it first opened in 1967. We are proud of our beginnings when our Dad

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A Passion for Hair Hayley, Marcie, Samy, Monica, Calli, Katie and Karly are the hardworking women behind Fre-Joy of London. Together they work as a team to create a welcoming, friendly environment for clients to enjoy. Everyone at the salon takes pride in their work and the relationships they have built with their clients. We want to thank all our clients for making the salon a success and we look forward to another year.

fre-joy of london hair salon

1285B 56th Street Delta 604.943.1444

changed. Our showroom is full of today’s most popular floor covering styles from tiles, hardwood, vinyl and laminate to the latest carpet trends and fibers at the best prices and guaranteed installation. We also have a great selection of area rugs, vinyl plank flooring and now offer hardwood refinishing as well. If you’re dreaming of a new look for your home drop by our showroom. We’re here to help you put together a look you’ll love.

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5025 48TH AVE., LADNER VILLAGE WWW.DELTACARPETS.BC.CA / 604-946-6291 Bowman Law Centre is a full service, boutique law firm in the heart of Ladner Village. Our office is located at #202 - 5085 48th Avenue, locally known as ‘Johnny’s Corner’. We provide services in a wide range of areas, offered by our two lawyers, Erin Bowman and Cam Mitchner, our Paralegal Melody Thiessen, and our Articled Student, Sharon Lehry. Our services include:

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• Family Law • Civil Litigation • Wills and Estates • Corporate & Commercial • Criminal Law • Strata / Property Law • Parenting Co-ordinator • Family Law Arbitrator We are pleased to offer evening and weekend appointments by request. 604-946-1616 INTRODUCTION TO BOWMAN LAW CENTRE Mention this ad when booking your 30 minute initial consultation $25.00 plus tax Expires April 15, 2014

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Enia Eleanor Christina Vicki It’s our privilege to provide financial advice and direction to individuals, families and corporations for the past 15 years in the community where we enjoy living, working and raising our own families. There are 10 children between us, so we all share and understand the financial challenges experienced by families! Collectively, we are fortunate to have close to 100 years of wisdom and experience to draw on within our team. Women with our experience and knowledge are skilled at bringing sound unbiased solutions to the table that offer direction and solutions focused on specific goals and objectives. We clearly understand and appreciate the importance of building long lasting relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect. Our recommended approach to determine if it would make sense for you to become a valued client is to arrange an initial interview so we can get to know each other personally and professionally. We are confident that you will discover our experience, discipline and process will help you find peace of mind about your financial affairs. We welcome the privilege and opportunity to meet!

Suite 103, 5405 Ladner Trunk Road Delta, BC V4K 1W6 604-940-9405

Marleen Flumerfelt Proud owner of two terrific stores in Tsawwassen.

that one of a kind gift.

Toys & Tech has been serving the community since 1993 and carries a huge selection of toys and games including Lego, Playmobil, arts & crafts, puzzles and much more! It’s easy to shop stress-free with the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Toys & Tech.


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Dawn & Carol

Dawn Fielden and Carol Tario Bobick are the owners of the Quilted Bear Quilt Shop and Sewing Centre. They both started sewing as children and haven’t stopped since. Although their sewing backgrounds are different, their mutual love of quilting has made them friends and business partners. They expanded the Quilted Bear shop to include basic sewing supplies, such as patterns, zippers and buttons. They offer a drop off service for repairs and servicing of all types of sewing machines. And as an authorized Janome dealer, you can come in and try out a wide variety of sewing and embroidery machines, sergers, or the newest model - the Janome Memory Craft 15000 - with wireless capabilities. They also offer a wide range of classes, from beginner Learn to Sew or Learn to Quilt, to advanced design courses. They love shopping for new fabrics which arrive continually, to brighten up the store and inspire more sewing!

4867 Delta Street, Ladner • 604-940-7051 Harbourside Plaza •



Rachel Dyck As an Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy, my business approach is built on the foundation of developing long-lasting, intergenerational client relations. With over seven years in the financial industry, I am experienced with helping affluent families grow, manage and effectively transition their wealth. I am fully licensed to provide insurance and estate solutions, as well as financial management and tax-effective investment strategies. I am committed to providing my clients superior service and comprehensive solutions. My process is unique, and involves getting to know each client, and finding out what is important to them. Once their goals have been identified and quantified, I create a financial plan customized to their unique needs and objectives. To arrange a complimentary consultation, please call me at 604 535-3771. Together, we can discuss your financial objectives, your expectations, and where you see yourself 10 or 20 years down the road. You have nothing to lose, but something to gain—the peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to protect and grow your wealth. It’s worth a talk.

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Lisa Manwaring Let our new home help you with yours. We pride ourselves on providing you with unbiased advise to simplify your home purchase or refinance. We love what we do, so put the mortgage professionals to work for you!

Unforgettable Gifts carries designer jewellery, gourmet goodies, luxurious bath & body products, great selection of all occassion greeting cards as well as beautiful pottery & glassworks from BC artisans. Each piece is as unique as the person you are giving it to. Unforgettable Gifts for

Mortgage Broker

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CIBC Wood Gundy is a division of CIBC World Markets Inc., a subsidiary of CIBC and a Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Clients are advised to seek advice regarding their particular circumstances from their personal tax and legal advisors. Insurance services are available through CIBC Wood Gundy Financial Services Inc. In Quebec, insurance services are available through CIBC Wood Gundy Financial Services (Quebec) Inc. If you are currently a CIBC Wood Gundy client, please contact your Investment Advisor.

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Alviene Wilkins Owner of Cobblestone Cottage, Ladner’s kitchen store for over 20 years. Alviene ensures the store has variety and just about everything you need in the kitchen. From spatulas to cookware, Alviene makes a point to carefully stock products for all budgets. That is not all! A large selection of giftware makes Cobblestone Cottage your one stop shopping trip. The long time staff, together with her daughters, are committed to excellent customer service, always!

Visit us at our new location just a few doors down



5042 - 48th Ave., Ladner •

Dr.Christine Wang


r. Christine Wang graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in California in 2009 with honours in all four years. She completed her externships at the Los Angeles VA Hospital, the Travis Air Force Base, and the Optometric Clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. Wang grew up in Richmond and attended London High school, then graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology. She practices primary care optometry and enjoys seeing ocular disease. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Taiwanese. Dr. Wang is happy serving the Delta community. Her office is located in the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall and appointments can be made at 604-943-8400

Kari Dobrilla Debbie Wilson Dr. Sara Kirby Olga, Jeannette & Cezanne

Dr. Sara Kirby is a full registrant of the College of Optometrists of B.C. Jeannette and Olga are licensed opticians and contact lens fitters and Cezanne is our very capable receptionist. Robertson Optical & Optometry has openings weekly for eye exams and we welcome new patients. We want to take care of your vision and the health of your eyes. We look forward to assisting our patients with selecting fashionable frames and we offer high quality optical lenses from Zeiss, Seiko and Nikon. Our frame brands have been selected for their durability, quality construction, and style. Included in

our frame selection are frames from Etnia, Silhouette, Skaga, Fysh, Kliik, Oga and Kio Yamato. We offer a two year warranty on most of our frame brands. We carry prescription and nonprescription sunglasses so that you can protect your eyes from UV damage. We offer contact lens fittings for the novice and offer multifocal contact lenses for those who need to see at reading range, intermediate and in the distance To book your appointment for an eye exam or contact lens fitting call 604-946-7911. Visit our website at and like us on facebook for a chance to win a gift certificate.

Robertson Optical & Optometry

Licensed Opticians and Doctors of Optometry #102-5405 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta, BC V4K-1W6 SERVING SOUTH DELTA FOR OVER 30 YEARS New Patients Welcome •


Angela Hurst 1226 56th St. Tsawwassen. • 604 943 5542

Over the past 32 years Debbie and Kari have been selling fresh seafood at Superior Fish Market. Starting at a small store front on River Road and moving to several locations before finally settling in Ladner. Great staff with knowledge of product and helpful cooking suggestions, along with loyal customers has made the store a success. We are proud to say we sell only wild salmon and seafood. Expanding into meat and poultry such as free run unmedicated chicken, organic beef, kangaroo, ostrich, bison, venison, elk, free-run unmedicated turkey and quail eggs as well as local and Ladner Market items such as salad dressing, pickles, cheese, granola and many other gourmet items. Almost all of our products are from North America or Europe. We try our best to sell as much local product as possible.

Superior Fish Market & Specialty Food EST. 1981 Open 7 Days a Week

5229 Ladner Trunk Road Trenant Park Square Opened in 1996, Angela takes pride in the success that Talking Heads has achieved and maintained over the years. Angela has 20+ years in the industry and that, combined with the knowledge and talent of the stylists working there can guarantee the customers the expertise they deserve along with an atmosphere they can enjoy. We specialize in ladies and gents cuts, foiling, colour, perms or that style you may need for a special occasion. The Salon will be celebrating 18 years in business on April 1st and this has to be attributed to a loyal clientele who have supported us over the years. “You have kept our business thriving, we can’t thank you enough and we try to pay it

604-946-2097 forward by lending our support to many of our local charities and fundraisers”. Overall our success over the years has been more than we could have asked for and we will continue to give all our customers the knowledge and expertise they deserve when they visit our salon. Drop in and see us, we’ll be more than happy to have a chat or give you a consultation regarding your future look. Talking Heads is presently looking for an innovative stylist to join the team on a chair rental basis, please contact Angela at 604-943-5542.

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Stacy Whitman Owner of Tsawwassen Denture Clinic, Stacy Whitman is dedicated to restoring smiles. She studied the technical art of denture fabrication and graduated with honors from the denturist program in 2009. She now lives in Delta with her husband and in 2011 became the new owner of Tsawwassen Denture Clinic. It is a well established denture clinic that was previously owned by Erna Swan. As a skilled denturist Stacy works directly with you to provide comfortable and well functioning dentures that look great too. No referral is required and consultations are free. The dentures are custom made by her from start to finish in her on-site laboratory to ensure quality control and care. Losing some or all of your teeth can be difficult, at Tsawwassen Denture Clinic Stacy will work with you to create the denture that is perfect for you. “I love seeing my patients around town! It makes my day to see them truly smile with confidence and comfort.”

Tsawwassen Denture Clinic Under the BIG GLASS ROOF, Tsawwassen Shopping Centre 1222 - 56th St. • 604-943-7818

Kristine Irving To me, celebrating women in business is all about sharing experiences (good, bad, and ugly) that can help us learn, cope, and feel supported. Someone that does this so wonderfully is a long time customer and friend of The Urban Rack, Scarlett Ballantyne. Scarlett has an awesome site where she blogs and posts all kinds of fun stuff and one of my favourite things is Mompreneur Mondays. In January Scarlett interviewed me and below is a brief excerpt. To read the rest (archived in January 2014) and to check out other Mompreneurs go to

Jana Walker has lived in Ladner during the week and Point Roberts on the weekend for 25 years and says; “I love my lifestyle as it replenishes my creativity and constantly feeds my soul”. Jana’s latest endeavor, “The Blue Door Interiors” represents over 4 decades of creative entrepreneurship with 30 of those years in the design/décor world here and internationally. She remains true to her passions of ‘bringing beauty to others’ and ‘being open to possibilities’. The Blue Door Interiors hallmark is in offering very unique pieces mixed in an eclectic way. Some furnishings have been repurposed, some are new and some are vintage/antique that have been ‘picked by the best’. The Blue Door Interiors also provides In-home consultations & custom design work in sofas/chairs/draperies/bedding with a huge selection of fabrics to choose from. Most recently the shop has taken on the distributorship of ‘Cottage Paint’, the best paint our pros have ever used. Now offering private classes showing you how to create the shabby chic look for yourself. The Blue Door Interiors is a reflection of Jana and as such you feel as if you have entered someone’s home… warm and charming, with a casual elegance and just a touch of whimsy.

The Blue Door Interiors 5094 48th Ave., Ladner Village 604.940.0779 •

I see that you have a Coaches Corner area on your website. When and why did you start coaching? Is this part of your retail business? I completed my first coaching course 8 years ago and I began business coaching at that time. I've always been drawn to coaching/counselling and one of my favourite parts of my job has always been working with my staff to help them find more fulfillment, joy, balance and success not just in their job but in their life. A few years ago I found myself frustrated because I didn't feel I had the time to put into coaching with running two stores and I knew I wanted to work more deeply with clients rather than just focusing on spreadsheets and marketing plans. I stumbled along another course that I'll be completing this month and it has taken my coaching career to another level. This past year I decided to close my Kits store to allow more time for me to pursue this avenue. I would say it is part of my retail business as I have tried to incorporate it into the culture of The Urban Rack (thru things like Coaches Corner). I believe we are far more than a clothing store...our purpose is to "inspire women to discover and embrace their unique beauty". What is your long term goal with your business? Has this changed over the years? Hmm, good question. I have recently taken to not setting long term goals. I know that goes against everything we have ever learned but I started to feel like I would set goals and then life would get in the way. Stuff would happen and I would have to change course again and again until I forgot what my original goal was. Now I have visions and dreams...way more fun. So, I guess the answer is I see myself being in the business of making a difference in people's lives and if I can incorporate that with fashion, food, wine, and friends...I'm golden. So, that might mean expanding The Urban Rack again but at this point it feels right to have one store in a community I love and growing my coaching business thru individual coaching and running workshops. If you could give a word of advice to other Entrepreneurs out there, what would it be? Know your "team" and ignore the others. Our "team" are the people in our lives that just get it. They don't blindly support us ("yes darling, open up that cute little book/cd store, such a great idea!") but they encourage us and they don't try to squash our dreams because of their own fears. Family especially can be tricky as their fears are often coming from a good place, they don't want us to lose our shirt. So, look elsewhere for like-minded people to share your ideas with. And finally, remember that to be an entrepreneur we need courage and passion but mainly we need to be willing to fail.

Janice Triffon Janice Triffon has been offering Jazzercise classes to adults and children for over 15 years. She is the Instructor/ Franchise owner of Ladner Richmond Jazzercise, offering classes at McKee Seniors Center, Fishermens Hall and, Ladner Baptist Church. Jazzercise has recognized Janice as a President’s Club Member for her achievements and accomplishments owing a Canadian Jazzercise franchise. Janice is not a stranger to fundraising and loves to give back to the community. With the help of her students, they have raised close to $70,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer BC-Yukon Foundation, Heart & Stroke BIG Bike, SPCA, Richmond/Delta Food Banks, and, the Hannah’s Heroes Foundation. Her classes have also supported MOvember events, as well as, Women Helping Women in Ladner (2012), World Partnership Walk, and, the Red Cross for Alberta Flood Victims. She actively volunteers, and is a sponsor of several events: Heart & Stroke Richmond & Delta BIG Bike, SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk, and of course, CBCF BC/Yukon Foundation in October when she holds her annual Jazz It Up for a Cure fundraising classes, pub nights, charity dinners, as well as, Pink Ribbon Teas. Janice is a sponsor and committee member with the Richmond Nite of Hope, and, to compliment her for her efforts within the Richmond community, she was nominated for a 2012 Ethel Tibbits Business Award. Janice’s philosophy is to offer her clients quality instruction and personalized workouts. Through her passion of giving back to the community and love for the Jazzercise Program, she hopes she helps clients understand the value of health and fitness, while having some fun doing it. When you combine Jazzercise and wonderful women with a passion for their community, miracles happen. We all want to feel part of something bigger, and when we do come together, everyone always wins.

Ladner: 5211 Ladner Trunk Rd. 604-940-6011 •


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Grace D’Adamo

Carol R. LeVasseur

Grace D’Adamo owner of Synergy Hair & Beauty takes pride in her success over the past 5 years.

Twenty-five years later, a little older but well practiced, I look forward to every new working day with no regrets. My quaint office is still located in the heart of the Lander Village, and I welcome you to continue to use it as a harbour for your removable dental prosthetic needs and referrals. Denturists are denture specialists who design, manufacture and insert all type of removable dental prosthetics, directly to the public with no referrals necessary. These prosthetics include Complete Dentures; in accordance with a prescription Removable Partial Dentures; Dentures over Implants and Overdentures. Maintenance include relines, rebases and repairs. I congratulate all the other woman who grace these pages. Thank you also for your contribution to our unique community, and, please accept my heartfelt wishes for continued success.



Since opening Synergy Hair & Beauty in 2008 Grace has grown her business with hard work and determination. Starting out with a fabulous team of hairstylists, hair colour and an amazing line of hair care products Synergy Hair & Beauty has succeeded in keeping us all looking beautiful. As a young child Grace new she had a passion for styling hair. Starting out as a junior stylist in the 80’s, Grace pursued her passion and developed her expertise. In 2010 she became an educator for Goldwell where she presented classes in other hair salons in the Vancouver area. Now as a salon owner and seasoned hairstylist she can share her knowledge and experience with her team at Synergy. Aside from managing her salon and working behind the chair Grace is also a board member for The Business Improvement Association. “I really enjoy the community spirit of Tsawwassen and I support local business by doing most of my shopping here.” says Grace. Grace is looking forward to her next challenge which is implementing an award winning salon program at Synergy where you will be able to book online and they will be able to serve you better. Visit Grace and her team of stylists at Synergy Hair & Beauty. “Where Style meets Inspiration” or visit


1561 56th Street, Tsawwassen • 604.948.4861

Susan Watson

Jean Gaetz, Marci Chimich, Lynne McIntosh

The only clothing store in Ladner and Tsawwassen exclusively for men.

John Michael Menswear has just celebrated seven years of serving these two communities with the finest in men’s clothing. Featuring such lines as John Varvatos, Tommy Bahama, Bugatchi, Brax, Heritage 34 / Mavi, and as always Robert Graham. Seven years later our mission remains the same: provide quality & fashionable clothing plus total support for customer satisfaction. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support.

Tsawwassen Shopping Centre 1234 56th Street, Tsawwassen, BC “Under the Big Glass Roof”


Vicki Huntington MLA, Delta South I have for many years been extremely pleased to support the business women of Delta South in their endeavours. I congratulate you all on your achievements. I am honoured to represent you in the Provincial government and welcome the opportunity to present your concerns and issues to Victoria. I look forward to your continued success and both myself and my staff, here and in Victoria, are always available to assist you. Delta South Constituency Office 4805 Delta Street, Delta, BC V4K 1V8 Phone: 604-940-7924 Fax: 604-940-7927 email:

Parliament Buildings, Room 145 Victoria, BC V8V 1X4 Phone: 250-952-7594 Fax: 250-952-7597 email:

(absent Maggie MacKay)

We are the Women of Delta Funeral Home! Jean is our Administrative Assistant. Her warm and caring personality have made all who come through our doors feel welcome for over 10 years. Marci is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and has been privileged to serve the families of Delta since 2007. She is involved in her Tsawwassen community through her church, sports and as a Board Director with the Delta Chamber of Commerce. Lynne is a Tsawwassen resident and has been the office Administrator and Reception Hostess for 10 years. She is also a participant on the Delta Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee. Maggie grew up in her familyʼs Funeral business and has been a Funeral Director and Embalmer with Delta Funeral Home since 2012. Her involvement with Toastmasters and volunteering at McKee Senior Centre show her compassion for the community. We are a local business that has served Delta and the lower mainland for over 60 years and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each woman is a valuable part of our staff and adds their individual expertise to each family that we serve. All are committed to give support at a difficult time, providing each family with meaningful and personal attention. Whether you require our assistance to carry out the last wishes of a family member, or are attending a Service in our facility, we take care of every detail. We provide a wide range of services to meet each familyʼs personal needs including: ~ Traditional/Formal Funeral Services ~ Celebrations of Life ~ Memorial Gatherings for 10 to more than 100 people. ~ Basic Cremation only or Graveside and Burial Services. To make it easier on your family for tomorrow, talk to us about pre-planning your own arrangements today.

DELTA FUNERAL HOME 5329 Ladner Trunk Road Ladner, British Columbia V4K 1W6 Phone: (604) 946-6040 E-Mail:


Spa Time, a luxurious day spa offering the most advance techniques in skin care treatments is where clients come to replenish what times takes away.

Spa Time, opened their doors 12 years ago and has been successfully meeting and exceeding treatment expectations. Private treatment rooms, a cozy fireplace, large party room for special occasions and serene relaxation lounge, along with an experienced and certified team of Skin and Body Therapists makes Spa Time your go to Spa.

Esthetics & Spa Services 1232 56th Street (behind Albany Books) 604-948-9801

“We strive to stay up to date with the most current anti-aging, acne and pigmentation skin care equipment, such as Microdermabrasion, LED photo therapy, Hydro-brasion and our newest Microcurrent Facials” says Louise Dannhauer. The Microcurrent machine firms and tightens

the skin with low levels of electricity that trigger chemical reactions, resulting in immediate results. Spa Time’s primary skin care line, Eminence, is certified organic and based on sound environmental practices. Our Team is fully certified and members of E-SPABC, an association formed to work towards licensing and certification for estheticians and spa professionals in B.C. Spa Time’s top priority is their clients and the community we live in. “We value our clients and the support they have shown us. We strive to insure they receive the most professional treatments, whether for stress relief or skin care needs, and we are committed to supporting as many events as possible that will see good happen in the community” says Louise Dannhauer.

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Melinda Castle Caring for the elderly helps create peace of mind for both the person receiving the care and their family and friends. Mhel’s Senior Services will provide that care in the comfort of your own home. Melinda Castle’s experience working with all kinds of people over the years has given her the inspiration and determination to carry out the work necessary in Home Care services. Mhel’s provides a great variety of services including personal care, housekeeping, companionship, transportation, health management, Alzheimer and Dementia care, weekend and holiday care as well as live-in/out 24 hour care. Our goal is to make our clients feel as comfortable as possible and be able to aid them enjoying their life to its fullest.

Mhel’s Senior Services 4708 Ashbury Place, Delta tel: 604-946-1946 cell: 604-805-2200

‘Your Best Mortgage Choice’

Debbie Twitchell

Shannan & Jennifer As artists themselves, Shannan and Jennifer have been working in the field and selling their work professionally for numerous years and bring knowledge and experience with many different media to their endeavours. Sublime Art Supplies and Gallery opened 7 years ago in this great community to offer art supplies at competitive prices. Sublime has grown to include office supplies, art parties, kids’ classes and basic framing. Sublime hosts an annual Art Show & Contest with $500 in prizes held April to May throughout the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, as well as a fantastic annual Christmas Market, Saturdays in November, which features local, handmade creations. Watch for Sublime at local community events such as Tsawwasen Outdoor Movie Nights, Ladner May Days Parade and the Sunfest Parade.

Located in the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall • 604-943-0117

Nav Dhaliwal

In 2002 Nav Dhaliwal attended Blanche MacDonald for aesthetics with the dream of one day opening her own salon. Ten years later her dream came true after working in the industry in a variety of areas. She worked for a local salon for one year and then made a home based studio and worked from there for five years. Looking to add to her skills Nav enrolled in the hair program at John Casablancas Institute in 2011 which helped reinforce her passion for aesthetics and the desire to open her own place. Her dream came true 4 months later when she purchased the long established Win’s Hair Design in Tsawwassen in March of 2012. She closed to have a few renovations done and re-opened in May as Locks & Lashes. When Nav opened the doors there was just herself and a stylist and now, less than two years later, there are now two aestheticians and four hair stylists and a make up artist. Nav loves her job and that she is able to spend her days with her amazing staff and supportive clientele who are more than just clients, they are friends.

Sasi Maché Shari Merritt Tiffinie Hammerer We make it easy for YOU! Call us today! Debbie Twitchell • Sasi Maché • Shari Merritt • Tiffinie Hammerer •

604-644-0511 604-818-5363-(LEND) 778-881-4022 604-345-4846

Service, Dedication Commitment

1513 56th Street, Tsawwassen


Donelle Clarke, Lindsay Eldridge, Deanna Buckley


What’s most important to Nurse Next Door is that it’s about caring, not just health care. This means that the focus isn’t just to provide a good meal or a bath; it’s also really about engaging seniors to live life again and provide complete support for their medical and human needs. Nurse Next Door provides a full spectrum of personalized in-home care services ranging from two hours-per-week of friendly companionship right through to around-the-clock care from a Registered Nurse. Nurse Next Door has been a trusted name in Delta for over five years now, and General Manager Lindsay Eldridge has been leading the team since the beginning. Director of Care, Donelle Clarke, MSN, has been with Nurse Next Door for 3 years and brings nearly 30 years of clinical and home care expertise to our team. Last year, Care Designer Deanna Buckley joined our team with 10 years of hospital and home care experience. We want the community to start talking about Home Care and welcome your calls to discuss options whether for the future or immediate need. Our specialty is keeping seniors at home as long as they wish, and with a team of 70 local caregivers and Nurses, we’re ready when you are.

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Debbie Dasilva

Janet Holmes

‘A commitment to service’ is the perfect phrase to describe Debbie DaSilva, whether it be in her everyday work life, volunteer time or giving back to the community. Debbie has committed to “getting it right” for her customers at BMO for the past 31 years with BMO. For the past twelve years Debbie has been the Branch Manager of the BMO currently in the Ladner Harbour Centre Mall. BMO Financial Group offers a full suite of banking services ranging from everyday banking to wealth management. In her community, Debbie is a very active member of the Rotary Club of Ladner and continues to be heavily involved in all of their local projects, events and activities. She also stepped up to the plate for the South Delta Minor Fastpitch Association as their Volunteer Co-ordinator.

120 - 4857 Elliott Street, Ladner

“Making Money Make Sense”

We are now open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturdays 9am – 4pm

Elisabeth Wagner

Over the past 19 years, Elisabeth Wagner’s family owned business has earned the reputation as Tsawwassens’ finest Dry Cleaners. As honoured recipients of the Readers Choice Award for fourteen years, Elisabeth and her professional staff ensure you will receive service that is unparalleled in the industry. With a European Masters Certificate in drycleaning and over 36 years of experience Elisabeth’s hands on approach & keen eye for detail guarantee all your drycleaning receives the best care possible. Elisabeth continues to educate herself, keeping up to date with the latest technology, she has received the Seal of Approval, an award of excellence from the International Drycleaning & Laundry Institute. Restoration & preservation of specialty items, your garments are in good hands.

The Lawlor Family Jewelry Store, now called Lawlor Goldsmith Shoppe, has been an institution in Ladner for the last 24 years. Now located in the heart of Ladner Village on Delta Street, we still have Niels, our long-time Goldsmith with over 45 years experience. Another familiar face at Lawlor’s is Stephen, who specializes in Antique Clock repairs, along with watch repairs for over 28 years. Stephen is also our in-house engraver on speciality items. Both of these tradesmen have worked along side the Lawlor family for many years. So you know you are getting the quality craftsmanship you have come to know and trust. Lawlor’s carries a wide selection of rings, pendants,bracelets, necklaces and lockets in gold and silver along with stainless steel. We are also Ladner’s only Pandora Dealer. So come visit us and see how we can help you find that perfect gift!

Ladner’s Only nly

As a resident of Tsawwassen, Elisabeth is a proud member of the community and feels very fortunate to have met so many wonderful people.

Professional Drycleaning

Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall 604-943-3030

Dr. Susan Hetherington House Call Veterinarian

Ladner veterinarian, Dr. Susan Hetherington, brings family veterinary care directly to your pet’s home. She especially enjoys the extra time her house calls allow for in depth discussions regarding your pet’s needs. • Gentle care for elderly or nervous pets who are more comfortable at home • Avoid travel and using pet carriers for cats • Traditional Veterinary Care & Complementary Medicine - acupuncture, & laser treatments • Coordinated care with your regular veterinarian • “Quality of Life” assessments & Peaceful Home Euthanasia

Creature Comforts Veterinary Home Services Ltd. • 604-314-6542


4817F Delt Delta SStreet, Ladner 604-946-1057


If parking is an issue visit us after 3pm

Cindy Phillip

Iris Franchise owner Cindy Phillip who is an Optician and Contact Lens Fitter, is very excited about the growth of her business in Tsawwassen. Cindy started her career in 1978, and with her husband Ron, purchased the Tsawwassen franchise in 1996. Cindy is very active in the community, both socially and professionally. She is a member of the Tsawwassen Rotary Club since 1996, and a member of the Business Improvement Association of Tsawwassen. Cindy and her husband are members of the Tunnel Town Curling Club and are also members of Beach Grove Golf Course. “It’s fun to run into my customers, whether I see them at the grocery store, the curling rink or on the course. It has happened to me that I have had to adjust a pair of glasses during a social function at these clubs” says Cindy. Cindy’s team including 3 optometrists believe that if you provide great customer service with knowledgeable staff, the customer will be happy and remain loyal with you. It is very important to us that our customers experience better vision and it shows as the Iris staff are proud to be chosen the Readers’ Choice award as best in eyecare 11 years in a row! Iris is 100% Canadian owned and is located in the Tsawwassen Shopping Center. “When you think of Iris, you think of your eyes” quotes Cindy. With state of the art optometry equipment, our patients will have that “wow factor” “I can take a picture of your retina to show in detail your eye health and even overall health.” The customers are amazed at the technology. If you want the pictures emailed, no problem, we can do that also. “We are proud to serve the community since 1974 and look forward to seeing you” says Cindy. “Stop by for a cup of coffee with us”.

1202D - 56th Street Tsawwassen


Dr. Lucie Martineau • Dr. Daniel Davies • Dr. Shafiq Jiwani Optometrists

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Dr. Shawna B. Fiske D. Sport Sc., B. Kin, D.C

Aileen Noguer Personal Real Estate Corporation

Dr. Fiske is the owner of Fiskco Health + Performance, a new integrated health clinic located in Ladner. Our team of practitioners’ include: Dr. Fiske (Chiropractor), Dr. Mason Shore (Chiropractor), Dr. Tony Wu (Acupuncturist), Dr. Seema Kanwal (Naturopath) and Veronica Toy (Fascial Stretch Therapist). Team Fiskco is committed to providing the most advanced, comprehensive, and exceptional health care for our patients. We work with patients of all ages and activity levels, from children to the elderly, from our less active patients to professional athletes. The scope of our chiropractic treatment ranges far beyond spinal manipulation. A typical treatment plan generally consists of muscle release therapy, joint mobilizations, muscle strengthening and stretching, proprioception tape application, nutrition and ergonomic advice. Most neurological-muscular -skeletal conditions presenting to our office are treated with great success. It is our contention that improving the health of our patients is of the utmost importance. Dr. Fiske was born and raised in Ladner and is ecstatic to continue to build her practice in her hometown. She is also the head chiropractor at Sts’ailes Health Centre, catering specifically to the native population on-reserve in the Chehalis region. Dr. Fiske also treats professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Julia Budd, and UFC 24 Champion, Lance Gibson. Book an online appointment today at or call us at 604-946-3713.

7-5078 47A Avenue, Ladner, B.C Book Online @ +1(604) 946 3713

Judy Jobse Judy Jobse has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. She is currently Fixed Operations Manager at Richport Ford in the Richmond Auto Mall. Judy has a great team of people to help you with all your service needs for your gas or diesel vehicle. Her dealership is recognized as Gold level in customer service. Judy also has a particular interest in human resources and has been involved with the Ford Asset Program which is devoted to encouraging young people to become involved in the automotive industry trades. She is currently the Chair Person on the Board of Directors for the Automotive Standards Training Organization. The Organization supports the BC Automotive Industry with training and credentialing that effectively matches the supply of appropriately skilled workers with industry needs.

13580 SMALLWOOD PLACE Sales 604•273•7331 Service 604•273•7729

RE/Max Sales Associate Aileen Noguer combines her people skills with marketing and has done so successfully for some twenty years. “I listen to my clients and then I assess their needs before deciding a course of action” says Aileen, who spent many years as a registered nurse and in sales with a medical equipment company. “I want to get my clients the most amount of money for their property and with the best terms.” It is significant that almost 80 percent of Aileen’s business is referrals from past clients, and as Aileen says, “a referral from a client is the highest compliment I can receive. I personally thank each and every referring customer for their trust in me.” RELOCATIONS are her specialty and complete detailed packages are available. Ask Aileen about her “TRIPLE GUARANTEE & BUYER EMAIL PROGRAMS FOR HOT LISTINGS” as well as client references – you will be glad you did! ANYONE CAN BUY OR SELL REAL ESTATE IN A ‘HOT MARKET,’ BUT IT TAKES A TRUE PROFESSIONAL TO CLOSE THE DEAL IN TODAY’S MARKET. With her recent 20 Year Anniversary with RE/Max of Western Canada, Aileen Noguer has the EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE to get the results you want in a changing real estate market!

100 - 5000 Bridge St., Ladner Ph 604-946-8000 email:

Lil McVittie Lil, with her husband Steve, own two “Celtic Treasure Chest” British Import stores. They have one in Delta and one in Vancouver as well as a British Import and Wholesale Company. Lil plays a important role in the day to day operation of the business. Not only does she manage the retail store in Delta but she orders stock and handles it when it arrives. The Delta location is also the Importation, Distribution and Warehouse location. When she is not in the store she loves to experiment with the production of new products for the stores. They have just perfected a Corned Beef Hash Patty, a Irish Champ Patty and she is working on a number of new flavors of pasty’s for their customer’s dining pleasure. She has also perfected a number of “Gluten Free” sausages such as a “Fiery Welsh Dragon”, an “English Beef and Pepper”, an “Irish Pork & Beef”, and a “Honey Mustard”. For Robbie Burn’s Day she had Haggis sausages, chubs and pies, For St. David’s day she is working on Welsh Cakes. And for St. Patrick’s Day she makes for her husband Dublin Coddle. The Celtic events create a rush on the store as customers stock up on Black & White Pudding, British Style Bacons & Sausages for their Morning Fry-ups.

Please do drop by and say Hi. British Imports

#14, 7550 RIVER ROAD “Tilbury Park”


(604) 940-5366


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Kathy Van Vliet Sunnyside Nurseries is where Kathy has worked at for 17 years helping customers with garden advice specific to Delta’s climate and soil conditions. She donated twelve of those years to host her own T.V. program (Gardening Tips on Delta Cable) along with co-authoring a gardening book, ‘Simply Gardening’ as a guide still used today by home gardeners. The gardens which Kathy creates have year-round interest and are sustainable for years with minimal maintenance. She has a deep-rooted appreciation for the beauty of nature with a need to be environmentally responsible and has a passion for helping people with their gardens which has kept her landscape design and installation business growing. Kathy graduated over 30 years ago from the Landscape Horticulture program at B.C.I.T. in Burnaby and can be contacted through the nursery or at


Suzanne Mueller

Precision Eyecare is about you and your family’s eye care needs. Whether you are farsighted or nearsighted, precise measurements taken by our qualified and experienced staff will ensure properly fitted custom lenses for your eyes and the perfect frame for your features. To meet these requirements, Precision Eyecare provides our customers with registered licensed opticians, contact lens fitter and a doctor of Optometry, all conveniently located in the heart of Tsawwassen. Our eyes have a complex system and therefore we should all have regular eye exams throughout our lifetime, thus assisting in protecting your vision, the windows through which we see and experience the world. At Precision Eyecare our displays are filled with beautifully crafted frame collections from around the world for your unique style. We pride ourselves in solely dispensing high quality lenses, including the very latest digital lenses for the ultimate refined vision. Ask about our Kids Packages! Our mission at Precision Eyecare is to provide our customers with the highest standards of vision care and an overall great experience. We would like to thank our valued customers for their continued support throughout the years. We look forward to serving our beautiful community for many years to come!

PRECISION EYECARE Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall


Beth Stuart, C.G.A Beth Stuart has been a CGA in Delta for the past twenty years. She and her staff strive to provide their clients with timely, personable and valued accounting services. As a dedicated professional, Beth operates her business full time. Approachable, respectful, knowledgeable and experienced, Beth Stuart & Associates CGA can help you with tax planning, estate planning, payroll services, bookkeeping, new business start-ups and much more. Feel free to drop by or phone to set up an appointment to meet with Beth to see how she can help you with your accounting needs.

Praveen Gill

I Praveen Gill am the proud owner of The UPS Store in Ladner. My professional background from India has made it easy to adjust in the business. The helping attitude of the community of Delta has encouraged and helped me to purse the business with RorO confidOncO. I intOnd to do RorO for thO community. Most businesses think of The UPS Store primarily for our shipping services. In fact, there is a whole suite of products and services available that small businesses can use almost every day. Printed by The UPS Store: Expect nothing less than professional results from our printing sOrvicOs. WhOthOr it’s a flyOr, brochurO, prOsOntation or othOr, rOly on ThO UPS StorO for quality rOsults. NOOd hOlp NOttinN startOd? WO offOr in-housO Nraphic dOsiNn sOrvicOs. Should your printOd RatOrials nOOd tabs, bindinN, laRinatinN or havO othOr finishinN nOOds, wO havO thO OquipROnt to profOssionally finish thO job. Your New Address Is Around The Corner: Our Railbox sOrvicOs offOr you RorO than just a placO to NOt your Rail. Ours offOr a truO strOOt addrOss, not just a P.O. Box, to OnsurO all deliveries are received, signed for and secured until you are ready to receive them. Save your self time with our Call In Mail Check Service. We’re More Than Just UPS. Understandably, we know shipping pretty well. And our OxpOrtisO is not liRitOd to UPS sOrvicOs only. WO offOr DHL and CAN PAR sOrvicOs as wOll, OnsurinN that wO can hOlp you find thO bOst sOrvicO lOvOl for your shippinN nOOds. WO can also help you package your items before shipping, to ensure that your items arrive safOly and sOcurOly at thOir final dOstination. ArO you a do-it-yoursOlfOr whOn it coROs to packaging? We sell packaging supplies as well! We do SHReDDINg LAmINATINg! Our Small Businesses Can Help Your Small Business Do More Everyday.

The UPS Store 77, Ladner Centre, 5158 48th Ave Delta British Columbia, V4K 5B6 Tel: (604) 940-2080 Fax: (604) 940-2087

Alison Steen

Now with another year behind me, I am still LOVING this Career! I have earned the trust of some wonderful people, gained more experience, continue to learn new things daily, and look forward to what the 2014 Spring Market has in store. For all you Real Estate needs why not have someone working on your side that keeps current on Market trends and activity and is working in your very best interest. I keep volume of inventory down to serve YOU properly and am fresh and excited! Working as your personal Buyers agent, I will be with you every step of the way to find the very best home to suit your needs and make the process enjoyable. When it comes to listing your home it is the personal, quality service that you can expect. I will provide a Comparable Market Analysis for your property and together we will come to a fair Market Value for your home, and I will SELL it, not just get it on the Market!! So buying and selling Real Estate can be a great experience, just ask any of my valued clients and visit my website. I have some exciting things coming for Spring 2014 and I would love to hear from YOU!!


604-946-9107 •

Re/Max Progroup Realty #100 - 5000 Bridge Street Ladner

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Dianne Hardcastle Dianne Hardcastle, proprietor of H & R Block located at 5090 48th Avenue in Ladner, has been providing income tax preparation and planning for individuals, families, and small businesses for over 20 years.

This community has embraced and supported the Delta Hospital Foundation and enabled us to grow to further serve Delta. Together we are making great things happen by bringing the best in health and patient care to our community. It is with the support of many that Delta Hospital thrives. Veronica Carroll, Executive Director I am amazed by the support this community gives our hospital. The future of our Delta Hospital is bright and the Results: Healthy & Growing campaign for Diagnostic Services will bring a much-needed major expansion to our Medical Imaging and Laboratory departments. Lisa Hoglund, Annual Giving Manager Being able to make a difference in the community I grew up in is especially gratifying. There are many different ways to support Delta Hospital and I am here to help you achieve your annual philanthropic goals. Jackey Zellweger, Event & Corporate Manager I love working with local businesses to raise awareness for our hospital’s needs. I am proud that the money we raise at our events enhance the quality of health care right here in my community.

Dianne handles all aspects of taxation, including self-employment, investment income, rental situations, business and tax planning. The office also provides year-round full service income tax preparation and advice to their clients. As Income tax continues to get more and more complicated, without timely and complete knowledge of the income tax act and proposed changes, a taxpayer may find themselves paying more than they should. Dianne is able to ensure that you are getting the best return possible, avoiding costly mistakes. The office maintains a quality control check on each return so each client can be assured that their return is complete to the highest possible standards. April 30th is approaching fast! Contact our office to book an appointment with Dianne or simply to drop off your tax information for preparation. Special seniors discount.

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Proudly Supporting Women in Business Kathleen Semple Grocery Assistant Manager

This self-described “huge Canucks fan” took over the Assistant Manager position eight months ago and has been with Thrifty Foods for seven years. Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with distinction and is secretary on the board of directors for the Tsawwassen Tennis Club. As well, she won the David L. McMillan and Sobey’s Future Leader Scholarship Award ($10,000) and was the inaugural recipient for Thrifty Foods. She says she loves being able to interact with the customers and her co-workers at Thrifty Foods. “It’s always fun to be able to surprise people with the answer to the odd questions that people have been having trouble finding the answer to.” When she isn’t working, Kathleen loves traveling and is busy planning her next trip to Europe. “The adventure is exciting, as is discovering new places on my own.” She also enjoys baking, reading, playing tennis, dance, listening to music and going to concerts. Kathleen has also donated her hair three times to Locks of Love, which provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term hair loss due to a medical diagnosis.

Gosia Swieczko Floral Manager

Gosia joined the Thrifty Foods floral department taking over the manager position nine months ago. Before joining the store she managed her own business for five years. Gosia has a Floral Design Certificate and enjoys being a part of the Thrifty Foods team because it gives her the chance to use her skills to participate in many community events. “At work every day is different bringing a nice mixture of challenges, excitements, emotions and beauty. I’m surrounded by flowers.” The work also keeps Gosia one step ahead of the current season. “Right now it is spring in full bloom and my plans are already in the heat of the summer.”

Michelle Olson Admin/File Maintenance Manager

A busy, active mom, Michelle started with Thrifty Foods on the Island and moved to Tsawwassen to help open that store in 2001. After starting out here career with the company as a cashier, Michelle has spent the last decade focusing on keeping things organized. An organizer through and through, she is the one the managers rely on to make sure their paperwork is up to date and that all the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted. Michelle also organizes pre-school and kindergarten tours of the stores; and she is also in charge of the school-lunch program, which supplies the elementary schools in Ladner and Tsawwassen with milk, juice, fruit, veggies and everything needed for those special lunch days. “Although some of my work days start at 2 a.m., I love the feeling of accomplishment that I get from completing all my many ‘projects’ each and every day that I work,” she says. When she’s not at the store, Michelle can usually be found jogging around South Delta with her black lab at her side and her son leading the way on his bike.

Monique Bobbie Vitamins & More Manager

Monique has a passion for health and nutrition and loves finding new innovations in the grocery industry for Thrifty Foods customers. A seven-year employee, she took over the department four-and-a-half years ago. Aside from her years of experience, Monique has a Bachelor of Arts degree and continues to participate in training in vitamins, herbs and nutrition. The department offers a great variety of longstanding products, as well as new and cutting edge nutrition and foodbased products, including a growing selection of gluten-free products. The department also ensures to keep customer pamphlets and signage up-to-date to keep customers informed on the latest products. Monique lives in Tsawwassen and enjoys gardening, walking, reading and yoga in her spare time.

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Sandra Dawn Nash Do you believe you are ‘too stiff’ or ‘too stressed’ to try yoga? Consider trying Sandra’s gentle afternoon classes, or signing up for her Yoga Basics I & II beginning March 20th. Sandra has a gift for sharing simple transformative yoga practices to people from all walks of life and with all body types. She has been quietly offering yoga to her community of Tsawwassen since 2001, and has well over 1900 hours of teaching experience. She is a certified Hatha, Vinyasa & Kundalini instructor, and will complete her 500 hr YTT August 2014. Sandra also spent several years at Vancouver’s InspireHealth, offering yoga & deep relaxation to people living with cancer. All her current classes continue in a peaceful, lovely space accessed at the BACK of Tsawwassen United Church. All levels welcome – Beginners & Seniors, don’t be shy! See website for schedule:

YOGA with Sandra Dawn

TUC Quiet Centre – across from SDSS 693 53rd street, Tsawwassen 778-240-4704

the village clinic

Dr. Heli McPhie, N.D.

Kim Palmatary (Turton) I am blessed to watch the miracle of birth, and grateful to the more than 350 families that have asked me to join them in this private, and momentous life changing occasion. I always wanted to be involved with the birth process, just not in a clinical way. My help comes in the form of emotional support, while showing compassion for the birthing woman and physically helping a woman and her partner through the labour process. I also help Post Partum and with Breastfeeding. I am a mother of five, a Birth and a Post Partum Doula, private Prenatal Educator, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Reiki Master and Author of “What Does a Doula Do?” My passion and dedication is obvious to my clients and anyone I talk to. I believe in the process of labor, the strength of women and the magical moment of birth.

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The Village Clinic Longevity Smoothie • ½ avocado • ½ slice pineapple including core • 1 cup frozen berries of your choice (blueberries are yummy) handful fresh spinach or kale juice of half lemon • 2 tbsp coconut oil • 2 tsp DHA oil eg nutrasea lemon flavored concentrate • 1 tbsp concentrated greens powder e.g. greens 1st, greens plus or 1 tbsp spirulina (please remember spirulina has a very strong flavor so start at a low dose and work your way up respecting your taste buds), • 1/2 tbsp cacao nibs • 1 tbsp chia powder • 1 tbsp goji or acai berries • 1 capsule HMF probiotic (open capsule) healthy sweetener of your choice eg stevia, honey coconut water or filtered water ice is optional Ideally organic fruits and vegetables. Use a high speed blender such as a Vitamix and blend until smooth and creamy. Play with the flavors. Find your own smooth path to longevity. Come see us at The Village Clinic and let’s create a unique longevity plan for you. Here’s to health and happiness.

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Counselling for Individuals, Couples, and Families Sometimes we feel backed into a corner by the challenges of life and unable to find our way out. This is when the expertise of a therapist is helpful, bringing new perspectives, strategies and direction to help put us back on the road to productivity and peace of mind. As well as a formal education, I have much training and over thirty years of working with people from all walks of life. I live and work in Delta. Areas of Expertise: • Relationship, Marital, and Pre-Marital Counselling • Anxiety, Depression, and Low Self-Esteem • Grief and Loss • Parent/Teen Conflict, and Adolescent Issues Strictly confidential. Reasonable rates. Covered under some Extended Benefit Plans.

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In the Community

in the Heart of Ladner • Bank of Montreal • Bosley’s Pet Foods • Budget Foods • Café de Gourmet • Evolution’s Hair • Eyevision Optical • Expedia CruiseShip Centers • Expert Hearing • Grapes 4 U • Harbour Barber • Harold Karro, Accountant • Liberty Tax • Lordco Parts • L & V Nails • Pharmasave • Sara’s Ice Cream • South Delta Paint & Design • Speed’s Liquor Store • Snap Fitness • Sure Copy • Videoland

Ladner Harbour Centre Elliott & Bridge Street • Ladner


Shari Merritt has been collecting money and wine in advance of this Saturday’s seventh annual Rotary Wine Gala. Her efforts have resulted in a 70-bottle wall of wine that will go on the auction block

Rotary Wine Gala offering a feast for the senses Annual fundraiser set for Saturday

Rotarian Shari Merritt has been having great fun collecting money and bottles of wine from around the world. Merritt will soon see the results from her efforts turned into a spectacular 70-bottle wall of wine. That display will be the backdrop for An Evening of Wine and Roses, the seventh annual Rotary Wine Gala on Saturday, March 8 at the Beach Grove Golf Club. This year features another first, tastings of both Old World and award-winning New World wines. Experts in attendance will represent 12 wineries and up to 72 wines. An unending parade of gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared by award-winning chef Froilan Alejo will complement the nectars, as

will an array of “to die for” chocolate samplings. The evening will also feature silent and live auctions with items ranging from modest to fabulous. Professional auctioneer, and Delta councillor, Ian Paton will auction off the wall of wine as well as a variety of other items, including a catered private dinner party prepared by TV chef Wes Levesque of Urban Village Catering. Proceeds from the evening support Rotary projects both in the community and abroad. As the primary local Rotary fundraiser, all wine lovers are invited to join in the fun. Tickets are available at or from any Tsawwassen Rotary Club member.

Share Your Love For Business With Our Kids! Junior Achievement of British Columbia is looking for volunteers in the business community to help deliver JA’s free business education programs to BC youth. Orientation and materials are provided.

For More Information: Email: Tel: 604-688-3887

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Delaney Griffiths and Erin Turko of the South Delta Secondary Interact Club are shown with Sukmvir Singh Bansal, owner of Connaught Place Restaurant.

WANT TO CURL LIKE A Rotary celebrates GOLD MEDAL OLYMPIAN? Indian milestone South Delta Rotarians celebrated the official eradication of polio from India with a special celebration. Sixty-three members and guests from Tsawwassen Rotary, including members of the Interact Club of South Delta Secondary, took part in the Meal to End Polio, a traditional Indian breakfast held at KinVillage. The fare was courtesy of Connaught Place Restaurant, a well-known local source of outstanding Indian cuisine. When restaurant owners Sukmvir Singh Bansal and his wife Satbir Kaur Bansal learned of the eradication of polio in their homeland, they offered the meal as celebration. “The youth and citizens of South Delta actively joined people everywhere to achieve this excellent result,” said John Charbonneau, organizer of the Meal to End Polio.

“Without pause, our efforts and this powerful partnership will continue until we immunize children everywhere from this crippling disease.” The billion people of India reached this critical milestone by being polio free for three years, leaving just Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria as countries yet to achieve such status. With the meal generously provided by the Bansal family and Connaught Place Restaurant, Rotarians contributed the normal cost of their breakfast to the ongoing battle to defeat polio. The Gates Foundation and Rotary International matched the contribution with grants that will ensure another 5,355 children don’t contract the disease. “This campaign has been remarkable in connecting the youth of South Delta with those of India,” said Rotary district governor Garry Shearer.

Investment advice at libraries

The Ask An Investment Advisor series at Delta’s public libraries continues with three more free programs, including one tonight in North Delta. In Keep Records for Investment, certified general accountant Eileen Reppenhagen will encourage people to be responsible, take charge, make informed decisions, protect their net worth and pay less tax. The session takes place tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the George Mackie Library. Reppenhagen strongly believes that if you monitor your net worth, it will grow.

The series continues with Handling Over the Reins at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Tuesday, March 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. Sheila Whitehead, an investment advisor with RBC, will talk about the key issues that can arise in planning for the transfer or sale of the family farm. She’ll also talk about options to ensure a smooth succession. The final program in the series, Minimizing Taxes and Maximizing Wealth, will be at the Tsawwassen Library on Tuesday, April 8 from 3 to 4 p.m., at which Whitehead will offer taxsmart investment ideas and strategies.



Saturday, March 8th from 1pm to 4pm 1720 – 56 Street, South Delta Rec Centre For more information please call


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We thank and acknowledge the following sponsors for their generous support and contribution for the success of men’s and ladies bonspiels Aqua-Coast Engineering Ltd. - Larry Wood Daniel Boisvert Notary Public Langley Chrysler - Tommy Booth Stanley Park Brewery Delta Optimist - Dave Hamilton OK Tire Kingsway Ltd. – Steve Menzies Ideal Life Advisors - Christian Rode Dr. Ian Lomness, D.M.D. Fraser River Pile & Dredge - Rick Gillis Hammerberg Lawyers - Jordan Kinghorn Beach Grove Golf Club - Brent Derrheim, Head Pro Tsawwassen Optometry Clinic - Dr. Joan Hansen King’s Links Golf Course – Neil Bidewell Savard Sales and Marketing - Phil Savard Sutton SeaFair Realty Ltd. - Karen Will Shpak & Company – Mario Shpak

A28 The Delta Optimist March 5, 2014 Coming Events Clubs & Groups !Enterprising Delta Women have a meeting, “Everyone needs a strategy,” on Wednesday, March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Augustine House. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Register at events. !Canadian Mental Health Association Delta offers an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) group for individuals with OCD and/or friends and family. The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m., 11715-72nd Ave., North Delta. Next meeting is on Wednesday, March 5. Call CMHA Delta for info at 604-943-1878. !Wired Wednesdays take place at the Tsawwassen Library, 1321A - 56th St., March 5 and March 12, 9:15 - 10 a.m. Get comfortable using the Internet. This drop-in, hands-on class is open to everyone. !March 7 and 8 - annual Collectible Sale - antiques, furniture, china, crystal, glass, house wares and more. Something for every-

one for sale at the Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe, 1521-56th St., Tsawwassen, Friday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. !Delta Nature invites you to a presentation by Sofi Hindmarch entitled, “Whooo can be Hurt by Rat Poisons...are metropolitan Owls at Greater Risk than their Rural Counterparts?” Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park. No charge for event - everyone welcome. Call Tom at 604-940-9296 or e-mail tom.bearss@dccnet. com. !Ask An Investment Advisor Series continues with Handling Over the Reins. Sheila Whitehead, investment adviser with RBC, will be at the Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683-51st St., on Tuesday, March 11, 3 - 4 p.m. to talk about the key issues that can arise in planning for the transfer or sale of the family farm. !The Delta Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking and learning luncheon along with its AGM with guest speaker Lois Jackson Thursday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m.

to 1:30 p.m. at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn. It costs $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Register at events. !Delta Hospice’s Volunteer Training Program will run March 13 - April 24, Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 9 p.m. plus two full Saturdays. Please call 604948-0660 for more information. !Agriculture + Community - A Night of Dialogue, presented by the Delta Farmers’ Institute and the B.C. Climate Action Initiative, takes place Thursday, March 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Kin House, 5050-47th Ave., Ladner. Admission is free. Register at !The Low Vision group meets on March 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library. For more information call Pat at 604-9438026. Seniors !A Death Matters seminar will be held at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre on Thursday, March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. - 20 minute

talks including funeral planning, investments, eldercare and transition planning, wills and estates. Limited space, call Tabitha to reserve your seat at 604946-2199 or the McKee customer service desk at 604-946-1411. !Shari’s Social Dance at the KinVillage Community Centre, Saturday, March 8. Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing 7:30 to 11 p.m. Located at 5430-10th Ave., Tsawwassen. Tickets $8 and $10 available at reception Monday - Friday. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or call 604-9430225. !McKee Seniors Table Tennis players have added more playing times. If you played many years ago, why not play again? Our times are Mon/Thurs 6-9 p.m.; Wednesday 3:30-8:45 p.m. and Saturday noon to 3:30 p.m. All levels of playing welcomed. Per year, (McKee membership $20; table tennis, $20). Fund Raisers !South Delta Secondary students going to New York are having a Zumba Dance Party Fundraiser on Friday, March 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at SDSS featuring

Zumba Vancouver instructor Tamara. Tickets are $15 adult/$10 student/$40 for group of four. For more info call 604-790-1906 or email !A Theatre Night fundraiser takes place with a presentation of There Goes the Bride on Wednesday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Dr., Vancouver. Tickets are $25. Proceeds go to the Ladner United Church building restoration fund. Call Gwen at 604-952-0270 for more information. Special Events !Birds in Focus - A Visual Presentation takes place at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre, 1172-56th St. on Friday, March 14 from 7:30 - 9:45 p.m. Expert bird photographers Jess Findlay, John Gordon, John Lowman and Jim Martin, will show their digital presentations of the incredible birds that migrate through, and live in, the Lower Mainland. All ages, $5. Registration required: e-mail urs@telus. net. !A town hall information meeting, “We Can Stop the Towers,” is set for March 18 at 7 p.m. at Tsawwassen

United Church, 693-53rd St. Visit NoTowers.webs. com for more information. Arts !A Spring Arts Show runs until March 7 at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre. An awards luncheon is on March 7. Shepherds pie, salad, dessert, tea and coffee. Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for non-members. Available at the customer service desk. !A Delta Community Music School Faculty Concert takes place Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Parish. Tickets are $15 online and at the door. The concert will raise funds for scholarships and bursaries for music school students. Visit www. for more. 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@ the details to the Optimist by 3 p.m. Monday. Submissions are subject to space limitations (no phone calls, please).

One Day Only – March 6th! Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe • Three nights’ accommodation at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler • Eight meals (three breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners) • Scheduled activities showcasing crafts, culture, wellness, food & wine and naturalist presentations • Return motorcoach transportation and luggage assistance • Taxes and gratuities

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Delta Idol finalists put on a show Young singers perform in front of judges, big crowd at Tsawwassen Arts Centre SCAN WITH TO REVEAL PHOTOS & VIDEO



Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture’s first-ever Delta Idol winners were crowned last Friday at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre. In the younger age category (10 to 13), Connor Nelson took first with his rendition of Human. Hannah Brandon was second and Marika Lyszczyk was third.

In the older age category (14 to 18), Raegan Ghegan sang Mama’s Broken Heart to win while Zoe Evans took second and Laurel Mitzel was third. Over 100 people came out to watch the event, said Jacqueline Hamlin, recreation programmer at the arts centre. “It was a great turnout,” she said. “The crowd was very supportive and all the kids

did really well.” Finalists got to sing one song and received feedback from a panel of judges. Because of the calibre of the singing, choosing winners was very difficult, said Carroll Lefebvre, one of the judges. “I sincerely hope that all the contestants continue to follow their dreams and keep on singing. They are all great singers,” said Lefebvre.

Madison Gillette performed Friday at Delta Idol.

Hannah Brandon finished in second place in the 10 to 13 age group at Delta Idol. Visit for more photos and a video from the event.

Westham Island Canoe Pass Tidal Marsh Project Port Metro Vancouver invites you to participate in a public engagement regarding the proposed Westham Island Canoe Pass Tidal Marsh Project between March 3 and March 14, 2014. The proposed Westham Island Canoe Pass Tidal Marsh Project involves the creation of intertidal marsh habitat for fish and wildlife. The proposed project is located on the south-east shore of Westham Island, in Canoe Passage, in the Corporation of Delta. Port Metro Vancouver is proposing the project: improve fish and wildlife habitat by expanding the existing marsh area and • toconverting un-vegetated area into ecologically productive brackish marsh; to increase the productivity of Canoe Passage and provide high quality habitat at • a prime location for juvenile salmon and other fish, birds and wildlife. As part of this public engagement, Port Metro Vancouver will present information regarding the tidal marsh project, and will seek input regarding opportunities for educational and interpretive project features. How to participate: View the discussion paper and complete an online feedback form, available on March 3 at Email or phone 604.665.9071 to schedule an engagement interview.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED FEEDBACK FORM BY MARCH 14, 2014. All input received during the engagement period will be compiled in an Engagement Summary Report. Port Metro Vancouver will also prepare a Consideration Memo, demonstrating how feedback was considered. Both of these documents will be made available online at

Finalists got feedback from a panel of judges after singing at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre.

photos by Gord Goble

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Home not so sweet for Ice Hawks Junior hockey team can’t win in own rink as North Vancouver Wolf Pack capture quarter-final series in six games BY


Whether it was in the north or south, home ice proved be no advantage for the Delta Ice Hawks. A 4-3 game six loss to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack Sunday night ended the Ice Hawks’ season. They failed to win any of their home games in the best-ofseven series — first falling in the opener at the Ladner Leisure Centre before heading to their temporary home at Sungod Arena where they dropped two more. Delta showed plenty of resiliency in the elimination game — three times battling back to tie game but its reputation and some costly miscues proved to be too much. Twice, the league’s most penalized team in the regular season had to kill off lengthy two-man advantages. Then when it appeared Tanner Gattinger was hooked from behind on partial breakaway late in the third period, it was missed by both referees. “It sure feels like there is prejudice against this

team for whatever reason,” sighed Ice Hawks head coach Derek Chichak. “I feel for the kids. They actually really cleaned up their act and played good disciplined hockey and still got screwed. There really is no answer for it. You work hard and you should get the call.” Chichak also admitted too many mental lapses also played a big part in the outcome. Just 38 seconds after Mak Barden had pulled his team within a goal, Marcus Houck snuck behind the Ice Hawks defence and beat Alex Anhert on a breakaway. Houck also netted the eventual game winner after Anhert slid across his crease to make a spectacular save and the Hawks failed to get the puck out of trouble. One night earlier, the Wolf Pack took control of the series with a 3-2 overtime win. The Ice Hawks failed to convert a late third period breakaway, as well as in overtime. “A bounce here or there and the series easily could have gone the other way,”




Mak Barden’s junior hockey career ended in the Delta Ice Hawks 4-3 loss to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Sunday night. added Chichak. “You have to bury your chances and we didn’t. You also have to do the little things right like get the puck out of your end when you have a chance. Instead, we try a little toe drag and it ends up in the back of our net.”

Chichak will at least have an opportunity to catch his breath after taking over the coaching duties late in the season while he was already guiding South Delta Minor’s juvenile team. The Hawks don’t lose many players to graduation but do

have two significant holes in the departure of Barden and Anhert. Adding more offensive depth will be high on his off-season priority list as this team struggled to score. “We need more goal scoring on a consistent

basis,” he added. “I think we have enough character guys but you also need guys who can put the puck in the net. “You could see things starting to click for us at the end systems wise but we just couldn’t bury the puck.”

U18 Wild finish 3rd in high school hockey playoffs The Wild then secured third place with a 7-4 win over Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence on Sunday. Grannary led the way with three points, including a pair of goals. Colton Kroeker and Tristan Simm each added a goal and an an assist. Keenan Scardina, Brandon Kennedy and Gallagher had the others. Stefan Wornig made 26 saves. Delta had opened the championships with a 4-3 win over Burnaby. Grannary’s third period goal proved to be the winner. The Wild entered the playoff tournament as the third seed after compiling a 19-7-1 regular season record. Meanwhile, the U15 Delta Wild settled for sixth place place after closing out their playoff tournament with a 3-2 shootout loss

Tides at Tsawwassen Pacific Standard Time. Height in feet

to Burnaby. A goal from Sam Kozlowski with 5:26 remaining tied the game at 2-2. Isaac Embree had the other Wild tally. It took six rounds of shooters for Burnaby to finally prevail. The U15s opened the playoffs with a 5-2 loss to Pursuit of Excellence. Delta enjoyed a 2-0 first period lead before its Okanagan opponents took over thanks to a three goal outburst in the second period. Goaltender Jeremy Kelleway was solid in a losing cause as the Wild were outshot 44-18. The Wild then rebounded with a 9-3 win over Idaho’s Compete Hockey Academy on Saturday morning. Tyler Lauinger and Embree each netted hat tricks. Nicholas Wicks, Jacob Larcasse and Kozlowski also scored. Devon Vorster and Jacob

Keremidschieff chipped in with three assists each. Daniel Davidson made 33 saves. Icing… Former South Delta Minor Hockey product Beck Malenstyn helped Okanagan Hockey Academy capture the Prep Division championship with a 3-2 win over Edge. The first round pick of the Calgary Pitmen in last spring’s WHL Bantam Draft was among the Okanagan goal scorers. Cavin Tisley is another SDMHA grad who has spent the season in the Interior playing for the Pursuit of Excellence’s U15 squad. He was the team’s top scorer in the playoff tourney with eight points in three games as Pursuit fell 4-2 to Yale in the championship game.




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These predictions are supplements to and not replacements for the Canadian Tide and Current Tables, which include the only authorized tidal predictions for Canada and are provided by Canadian Hydrographic Service.


Delta U18 Wild’s bid for Canadian Sport School Hockey League championship ended in a semi-final shootout loss last weekend in Vernon. The U18 Wild were edged 4-3 by the Calgary-based Edge School for Prep Athletes, ending a solid season for the South Delta Secondary Hockey Academy team. The Wild rode the terrific goaltending performance of Jake Morrisey to a late third period lead when the Edge pulled even with 4:51 remaining. Morrisey finished the afternoon with 51 saves as Delta was outshot 54-34. The Edge converted both its shootout attempts while Delta failed to convert its two chances. Jake Fletcher, Colin Grannary and Tyler Fyfe scored in regulation time.

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Golfers: The Tsawwassen Men’s Golf Club welcomes new members for an exciting season at Kings Links Golf Course playing every Tuesday beginning April 1 and continuing until September 30. Tee times start at 12:30PM, so join us for a variety of events, tournaments and prizes for different ages and handicaps along with a super closing season banquet. For more info call Doug at (604) 940-0770 or email Web site WWW.TMGC.CA PHOTO



Tunnel Town Curling Club held its annual Ladies Open Bonspiel Feb. 22-23 weekend.

Wood rink wins “B” event at Tunnel Town Bonspiel

The Tunnel Town Curling Club wrapped up another successful Ladies Bonspiel with a Peach Arch rink taking top honours. Here is a rundown of the three event winners: Aqua Coast Engineering “A” Event: Winner — Powell (Peach Arch Curling Club). Runner-up: Host (Richmond Curling Club). Langley Chrysler “B” Event: Winner — Wood (Tunnel Town Curling Club). Runner-up: Henry (Tunnel Town Curling Club). Notary Daniel Boisvert “C” Event: Winner — Cowan (Golden Ears Curling Club). Runner-up: Cameron (Peace Arch Curling Club).

Big outings earn Schuss NLL second star award




The most productive week of Logan Schuss’ brief career in the National Lacrosse League has earned him recognition. The Ladner native was named NLL second star of the week after producing 13 points in two games for the Minnesota Swarm. Schuss had a goal and five assists in a 14-12 loss to the Toronto Rock, then scored five goals, including a natural hat trick in the fourth quarter, to lead the way in a 15-14 comeback win over the Philadelphia Wings. The 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick scored 13 seconds into the final frame, before adding two more goals to complete the hat trick in a 1:46 span. “It’s all about what (coach Joe Sullivan) has been talking to us about: having faith in each other,” said the former Delta Islanders junior ‘A’ standout. “We know lacrosse is a game of runs and we were going to get our chance and it ended up working out for us.” The Swarm (2-7) return to action Sunday in Buffalo. DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN # 701-002-14/19 Metro Vancouver has prepared a draft Pest Management Plan (PMP) for the purpose of controlling the larval stage of nuisance mosquito species that significantly impact quality of life in limited parts of the region. Proposed treatment areas are: Metro Vancouver owned and/or managed lands and facilities; non-private lands within the City of Coquitlam, the District of Maple Ridge, the City of Pitt Meadows, the City of Surrey, and non-private and some private lands in the Township of Langley. Application of larvicide will occur annually between April and September in artificial waterbodies, standing water and areas prone to flooding. The PMP would be in effect for a five year period. Products that may be used include: Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) – VectoBac – PCP# 18158 Bacillus sphaericus (Bsph) – VectoLex – PCP# 28008 These products are registered for use in Canada, are target specific, non-residual and non-toxic. Chemical control of adult mosquitoes is expressly excluded. Manner of application will be by hand, backpack blower, truck-mounted sprayer or all terrain vehicle- mounted blower and helicopter. Applicant contact information: Rhea Leroux, Park Operations Technician, Planning, Policy and Environment Department, Metro Vancouver 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4G8 Tel: 604-432-6294 Email: A copy of the draft PMP can be obtained from the Metro Vancouver website: - search: Mosquito Control Program A person wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of the Pest Management Plan, may send copies of the information to the applicant at the address above within 30 days of the publication of this notice.

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