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The remaining 80 per cent would be given to Delta, much of it for farming. Before making their deciThe proposal to develop the sion, committee members heard Southlands took another step forfrom Delta staff, Century Group ward last Friday morning. president Sean Hodgins Metro Vancouver’s and several residents planning and agriculture opposed to the proposed committee approved senddevelopment. ing Delta’s application “It’s been a long haul to amend the Regional to get here. Eight years Growth Strategy to Metro of working very hard,” Vancouver’s board of Hodgins said. “I want directors. If the board gives to give you my commitit preliminary approval, the Sean Hodgins ment to see this through application will then be subject to a public hearing, Century Group to the end.” president He also told the comlikely in late April, before mittee that approving going back to the board for the proposed amendment would final approval. “put Metro Vancouver on the map Century Group is proposing for what it can do for agriculture.” to build 950 housing units on 20 per cent of the 214-hectare See METRO page 3 (537-acre) Tsawwassen property. BY


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Rolly Lumbala of the B.C. Lions got up close and personal with students at Ladner’s Neilson Grove Elementary Monday morning during a FortisBC Energy Champions presentation. The program is designed for children in kindergarten through Grade 7 and emphasizes the importance of environmental responsibility.

Quality repair close to home!

The Ladner Leisure Centre is getting a facelift after the failure of the building’s façade last month. On Feb. 20, the stucco façade on the east side fell away from the wall after the anchoring system failed. The pool and fitness centre have since re-opened but the arena area remains closed. Following the wall failure, structural engineers were brought in to assess the damage and the

rest of the building. Since the entire façade is attached using the same fastening system that failed, engineers designed a retaining system to keep the other walls in place for the time being. Before the entire façade can be removed and replaced, interior work needs to be completed. Some interior walls need to be removed to allow access to the exterior wall, but it was recently discovered that some of those walls are coated in lead paint.

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Lower Mainland truckers were setting up picket lines at Port Metro Vancouver Monday morning after both union and non-union drivers overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement over the weekend. On Saturday, more than 300 members of UniforVancouver Container Truckers’ Association (VCTA) voted unanimously to reject the deal, which came out of last Thursday’s meeting with federally appointed mediator Vince Ready. “Our members have spoken, the deal was too little, too late,” said Paul Johal, president of Unifor-VCTA. The unionized drivers are now joining the more than 1,000 non-union truckers, who began a work stoppage late last month. On March 1, Unifor members voted unanimously in favour of a strike but delayed job action after Ready was brought in. The non-union truckers, represented by the United Truckers Association, also voted to reject the deal. The drivers are protesting a number of issues, including long wait times and low pay rates at Port Metro Vancouver ports, including Deltaport. The union’s collective



Both union and non-union truckers are now on the picket line after a tentative agreement was overwhelmingly rejected. agreement expired in June 2012. Since that time, the union has raised concerns that long line-ups and wait times at the Port of Vancouver 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. “We’ve warned the government for years how bad the conditions are,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor’s B.C. area director. “We welcome the involvement of Vince Ready, but the feedback I’ve gotten is that our

METRO from page 1 After the meeting, Hodgins said the Southlands proposal provides a real model of how to do agriculture at the community level, which would be a benefit to the entire region. “This would be a regional model of how to integrate agriculture into the fabric of the community,” he said. In his presentation to the committee, Richard Kunz of Southlands the Facts said the proposal does not conform to the five key goals for regional growth. “For seven long years,

two-thirds of Tsawwassen residents have remained steadfast in the majority view that 100 per cent of the Southlands should remain agricultural,” he said. Following the meeting, Dana Masolvat, another Southlands the Facts organizer, said he was disappointed with the committee’s decision. “While I am disappointed at the decision to proceed to a public hearing, it is clear from the Metro staff report that this application does not conform to the recently

CENTRE from page 1 Delta must first bring in qualified abatement specialists to deal with that issue before work on the façade can continue. Delta is also currently in the process of hiring an architectural firm to prepare design plans for the

replacement of the façade and interior walls. The ice arena mechanical room is also getting a secondary exit to meet WorkSafeBC requirements. While work is being done at the centre, Delta is also looking at moving the cycle fit room


members need to see something far more immediate to improve their economic position.” The work stoppage has already started to affect operations at the ports with shipments destined for the Lower Mainland diverted to other West Coast terminals. Port Metro Vancouver is currently seeing only about 10 per cent of the usual container truck traffic accessing its terminals. Peter Xotta, vicepresident of planning and operations for PMV, said major retailers have begun to execute their diversion

plans to other ports. He did not know how much cargo would be diverted, but speculated it would likely be sent to ports in Seattle or Tacoma. Port Metro Vancouver said local trucking moves about 1.3 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of containers per year and that based on the 2011 economic impact study figures, the value of those goods would be approximately $46 billion per year, or $885 million worth of cargo moved by truck weekly. “The impact of truckers walking off the job is

in the order of about $885 million per week,” said Robin Silvester, Port Metro Vancouver president and CEO. “Goods are not moving and that is bad news for consumers and businesses.” While traffic at PMV ports is dwindling during the work stoppage, the port authority is taking steps to enhance safety for working truckers. Last week, Port Metro Vancouver obtained a court injunction to prevent protestors from setting up on port property after reports of threats, intimidation and vandalism.

created Regional Growth Strategy planning principles,” he said. “If these principles are used to judge the merit of the application, Metro will have no choice but to reject the development proposal.” The report from Metro staff stated that while there is significant regional and local benefits to be gained through the donation of 80 per cent of the site to Delta for agricultural and park use, it is a challenge to determine what level of benefit is sufficient to allow development outside the urban containment boundary when there is already enough space to accommo-

date population growth in the community. Richmond Coun. Harold Steves was the only committee member to oppose sending the application to the board. More than once during the meeting he questioned whether the $9 million commitment from Century Group to improve soil conditions on the 80 per cent being transferred to Delta would be enough. Delta chief administrative officer George Harvie said staff is “very confident” the $9 million is enough to improve irrigation and the municipality would not be looking for additional funds

from Metro Vancouver or taxpayers. Steves said the soil was in better condition for farming in the past and has deteriorated over the years. “We should not reward the land owner who allowed the land to deteriorate.” Sylvia Bishop, who was the lone Delta councillor to oppose conditional approval of the proposal last fall, said she was disappointed to see Steves was the only committee member to oppose the application. “If 80 per cent can be farmed, 100 per cent can be farmed,” she said. The next Metro board meeting is March 28.

into the poolside area. “It will be a new building by the time we’re finished,” said chief administrative officer George Harvie. Several user groups have been displaced during the arena closure, however staff members are expediting the interior work in the hopes of having the arena area open sooner.

“Due to the urgency of accommodating the user groups, it’s essential that the building be deemed structurally sound and free of any hazardous material as soon as possible,” a staff report stated. “Staff is expediting the approval process to ensure that dry floor season will not be significantly impacted.”

The exterior work is expected to continue throughout the summer. The repairs will be covered through municipal reserves. The ice arena portion of the building was built in 1976. It was expanded to include the pool in 1992 and the fitness centre in 2004.

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Residents fighting a controversial proposal to relocate a series of radio transmission towers to Point Roberts are holding another town hall meeting in Tsawwassen next week. Set for Tuesday, March 18 at Tsawwassen United Church, the forum will be another opportunity for people to find out the latest on the application by BBC Broadcasting Inc. and what they can do to voice objections. The radio station wants to construct five 45-metre (150-foot) steel towers at an undeveloped lot on

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mentioned in the original application BBC submitted to the FCC to relocate the towers. It is, therefore, likely the FCC was unaware of the blanketing interference that would impact more than 20,000 Canadian residents. “It is clear that BBC is aware of Tsawwassen. As noted, KRPI’s studios and offices are in Richmond, B.C. just to the north. Their officers would have had to drive through Tsawwassen to get to their property in Point Roberts,” Reber said. “Unless someone at the FCC who was reviewing this application knew that many thousands of homes, schools, churches and businesses were directly to the north of the planned tower array there would be no reason not to grant it.” Reber noted the mission of Sher-E-Punjab, KRPI and BBC Broadcasting has always been to serve the South Asian community of the Lower Mainland. The failure to provide benefit to the host community is in violation of FCC standards and is additional grounds for denying renewal of BBC’s licence, he said. Next Tuesday’s public meeting at Tsawwassen United Church (693-53rd St.) takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information about the meeting or to make a donation to the campaign, check www.

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McKenzie Way just south of the international border. The towers would transmit South Asian radio station KRPI, AM 1550, which broadcasts from studios in Richmond. Also known as SherE-Punjab AM 1550, the company broadcasts using antenna in Ferndale, WA, but wants a stronger signal in the Lower Mainland. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a construction permit for the towers but a conditional use permit is still required from Whatcom County, where a public hearing will be held in the coming weeks. Organizers with the cross-border Coalition to Stop the Towers say next Tuesday’s meeting will include information on several fronts, including legal action taken with the FCC and steps to stop the conditional use permit. The greatest concern with the towers being relocated to Point Roberts is the blanketing interference they would cause with all manner of household electronic devices, a situation that has plagued Ferndale residents for years. In his lengthy submission to the FCC, Point Roberts resident Arthur Reber outlined what he said are serious flaws, including omissions, in the application. He noted the community of Tsawwassen was never

Delta police are reminding the public and parents to be vigilant after a suspicious incident in Tsawwassen last Thursday. A young female student was walking home in the Cliff Drive area at 12:30 p.m. when she observed a man described as being in his late teens or early 20s in a yellow vehicle pulled over at the side of the road. As the female walked past, the man said something to her that she did not hear and she did not respond. The man did not get out of the car and did not follow her. The girl was concerned about the incident and reported it to her parents as soon as she arrived home, at which time Delta police and the school district were notified.

Officers are investigating the matter, however, neither the man nor the vehicle have been located. “In this case, the girl and her family did everything right,” said Sgt. Sarah Swallow. “She encountered a situation that made her uncomfortable and she immediately went home and told her parents about it. Even if an incident of this nature seems minor, it is always better to err on the side of caution and contact police so they can follow up and investigate the report.” Swallow said that while there is nothing to suggest any criminal offence transpired in this case, the department wanted to take this opportunity to remind parents to talk to their children about personal safety.

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international cooperation and collaboration, and the benefits that result from meetings like the one today in Chile with our OECD colleague nation help to reinforce the importance of such opportunities,” said Findlay. While in Chile, Findlay represented the Canadian government at the inauguration ceremony of President Michelle Bachelet in Valparaiso yesterday.

Centennial Beach Pavilion gets Wood Works! award A local building received accolades last week for its use of wood. John Wall, an architect and principal with Public: Architecture + Communication, was honoured with the Environmental Performance 2014 award at the 10th annual B.C. Wood Design Awards for his work on the Centennial Beach Pavilion in Tsawwassen. The awards were handed out by Wood Works! B.C. at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Wood Works! is a national campaign of the Canadian Wood Council aimed at increasing the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional

construction. The Environmental Performance award recognizes how wood products played a significant role in improving the overall environmental performance of a structure. Projects nominated for this award must demonstrate that through the deliberate use of wood from the outset, wood products were integral in achieving a measurable lower environmental impact, such as a lower carbon footprint, reduced energy use, less pollution and higher efficiency. The 5,000-square foot building opened in the summer of 2012 and replaced the old, dilapidated concession/washroom.

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Reach building campaign gets $60,000 gala boost Harris Barn event also features many success stories Reach Child and Youth Development Foundation has announced the second annual Reach for the Stars fundraising gala raised about $60,000. Proceeds from the March 1 event at the Harris Barn in Ladner will go toward Reach’s Building for Children Together $4 million capital campaign to build a new centre in Ladner for children and youth with special needs. A highlight of the evening was the recognition of two young South Delta men with special needs — and remarkable stories. In a deeply moving video produced by Delta Cable, Josh Somers and his mother Shelley discussed the many challenges Josh has risen above since his birth, followed by an update from Josh on stage. Sheelagh Forsythe told the audience about her amazing son, Marshall, who lives with disabilities, including visual. Both families recounted the many services their sons received from Reach over



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Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams, square dancing by the Delta Sundancers, welcome music from bluegrass band Tishomingo and an eclectic live auction featuring Delta councillor Ian Paton. The new Reach centre will be in the heart of Ladner, replacing the current Kin House. The Reach Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million to date.

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MURPHY’S LAW It might seem hard to fathom now, but there was a time when you didn’t have to leave town to buy a new car. The same applied if you were looking to catch the latest movie or bowl a couple of games. Over time, however, the marketplace changed and the provision of certain goods and services no longer made financial sense in a community of this size, forcing local shoppers to venture beyond our borders for a variety of reasons. Those adjustments have been gradual and I think it’s fair to say the marketplace in these parts has remained relatively stable for at least the past two decades. That’s set to change in short order when two mega malls, Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons, open their doors on the Tsawwassen First Nation in 2016. The malls, which are set to add 1.8 million square feet of space to the local commercial scene, are being viewed with equal parts excitement and angst. Many shoppers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of retailers now only found elsewhere, while some shopkeepers fear big-box or chain competition will lead to their demise. There’s no doubt the two huge malls will create a ripple effect, but I’m not so sure it will be a shift of seismic proportions given the fact the South Delta marketplace has subtlely, yet constantly, evolved over the years. Forces beyond our borders like major suburban malls and big-box stores have already shaped our commercial cores into what are primarily service-oriented centres. Stroll a local strip mall and you’re likely to encounter an insurance agency, pizza place, bank, medical office, dry cleaners, coffee shop and a host of other services you won’t travel outside the community to frequent. These operations are in many ways insulated against the outside world and are unlikely to be impacted when a new mall opens. There’s some amount of local retail that does compete with outside forces, but even those stores have carved out a niche, thanks to personalized service and competitive pricing, that allows them to survive in that rather daunting shadow. Dropping two mega malls on our doorstep, rather than across a river or bog, is another matter altogether, so it’s naïve to think every store will be able to survive when facing such direct competition. However, the flip side to that unwelcome situation is that South Delta’s commercial sector has already undergone a rationalization that has it well positioned to withstand whatever market forces have in store.

Mixed mammogram message CORRY ANDERSONFENNELL

COMMUNITY COMMENT I am confused. That’s not surprising. It happens often — usually when the Apple TV acts up or when I’m trying to reconcile my procurement card using the online data entry system at work. But this time I’m confused about a couple of things that have been in my care for more than 40 years: my breasts. Do I get a mammogram or not? The answer depends on whose research and which study is the most reliable, among other fluctuating factors. In my profession — communications — key messages are everything. Used effectively, they are simple, succinct, pointed and consistent. They are the essence of the story you want to tell, the experience you want to share or the advice you want to give. They do not contradict one another. The key messages around mam-

mograms, breast cancer and breast health seem to be at odds. According to the B.C. Cancer Agency, research has shown a 25 per cent reduction in deaths among women who screen regularly. The agency also notes, “Mammograms can usually find lumps two or three years before a woman or her health care provider can feel them.” Pretty straightforward. Boiled down, the message is that mammograms save lives. Well, not exactly. The Provincial Health Services Authority announced changes to B.C.’s breast cancer screening policy last month. While annual mammograms continue to be recommended for women age 40 to 74 who have a history of breast cancer in the immediate family, women age 40 to 49 who have no such history will only have access to screening every two years, unless they get a doctor’s referral. The change in policy from annual screening to screening every two years for the latter group is in keeping with research that shows relatively low levels of cancer incidence in this age group compared to older age groups. Indeed, a Canadian study published in February in the British Medical Journal followed a group of 90,000 women aged 40 to 59

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over 25 years and found identical mortality rates between women who had mammograms annually and women who only had an annual physical exam. Writing in The Vancouver Sun last month, Ian Gardiner, UBC’s clinical assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine, called the changes to the screening mammography guidelines of great concern to every woman in B.C. He noted that B.C. has the lowest breast cancer mortality rate in Canada, and he directly attributed that fact to women being able to have annual mammograms. Then there is the opinion of Dr. Charles Wright, a former surgeon and now a Toronto-based medical consultant writing in The Province newspaper, who stated, “There is no upside to breast screening healthy women in terms of mortality benefit in exchange for the downside of all the adverse consequences.” This information has my head spinning. Do I get a mammogram every year or not? By pure coincidence and an opening in my calendar, I had a mammogram exactly one week before the PHSA changed the rules. So now I have some time to ponder. I’m just not sure if I have one year or two.

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Letters to the Editor

Mom & Pop can’t afford to cut more from prices Editor: Re: Big-box battle on horizon, March 7 It was with disappointment I read Delta Chamber of Commerce chair Orv Nickel’s comment: “Maybe the competition will require local businesses to adjust price points in order to be competitive.” His cavalier comment indicates he has no sensitivity or appreciation on how Mom & Pop industries work. Mom & Pop are not supported by large conglomerates with Deep Pockets. Deep Pockets are able to buy huge amounts of goods at deeply discounted

prices from offshore suppliers. Mom & Pop are not afforded this courtesy. Mom & Pop buy products at a totally different price point from Deep Pockets. They are already as competitive as they can possibly be. There is a reason for MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price). The manufacturer tells you what you should charge for their product. Mom & Pop can’t afford to cut more from their price point any more than you, the reader, would take a similar cut in pay. Try to imagine the response if Mom & Pop asked their landlord, sup-

pliers and utilities to reduce their price point in the name of “competitiveness.” The silence would be deafening. Mom & Pop are not idiots. Everyone realizes the impact Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons will have on small retailers. However, I take offence to suggest small independent businesses are somehow overcharging for customized, quality goods and excellent customer service. If we don’t support Mom & Pop on all levels, they will disappear and free enterprise will head the way of the Dodo bird. Carol Miles

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Communities need to be healthier Editor: According to a report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal last week, we learned that obesity has tripled among Canadian adults in one short generation, reminding us once again of the seriousness of the obesity epidemic. The World Health Organization warned in 2000 that this would lead to increased chronic diseases, including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancers, threatening the health of individuals, communities and the health care system. But before we point fingers at individuals, let

us also remember it is the world around us and not individual willpower that has changed in that generation. We will never reduce the rates of obesity by admonishing everybody to eat healthier or exercise more without also changing the environments that shape behaviour. We are more active when we live in compact, complete, walkable neighbourhoods with stores and services nearby, commute by transit, and have easy access to parks, walking trails and bike lanes. We eat healthier when we are surrounded by healthy rather than highly processed and

fast foods. Fraser Health is working with other health authorities across the country and colleagues in municipal planning and transportation to re-create communities that foster physical activity, healthy eating and positive social environments. But to succeed on a large scale, we need not just collaboration but also serious investment in active transportation, such as biking and walking, and public transit. The future health of our population depends on it. Dr. Helena Swinkels Dr. Lisa Mu Fraser Health Medical Health Officer

Southlands decision invalidates municipal logo Editor: Re: Lazy public deserves to pay Southlands bill, letter to the editor, Feb. 28 To maintain “transparency and independence,” the Delta taxpayer has been saddled with a bill of over $300,000 to support Century Group’s Southlands development application. One report the taxpayer has paid for suggests soil settlement and ground water migration from preloading may extend beyond the

confines of the Southlands site, potentially affecting adjacent properties. If this affection does come to pass, who will be financially responsible, the developer or the Delta taxpayer yet again? It is obvious Delta council has a comprehension problem, except for Sylvia Bishop, who voted “no” to the Southlands application. I do not believe the Delta taxpayer is “lazy” because the majority voted “no” to


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B.C. recycling policy a threat to newspapers Fragile industry is facing massive new cost to fix what’s not broken BY

PETER KVARNSTROM Optimist contributor

British Columbians have every right to be proud of our world-leading recycling program, built right here in this province. The achievement of the mighty Blue Box is the product of an efficient partnership between municipal governments, the private sector

and the people of British Columbia. It gets the job done and, at an average cost of $35 per household each year, it gets the job done at a good price. So, if the system for recycling waste packaging is working so well, why is the province so keen to “fix it” and hand it over to the very multi-national corporations who shipped us all

that packaging in the first place? Sounds remarkable, but that is exactly what the provincial government is doing. On May 19, the government’s new multi-material recycling regulation will formally end the days of local decision-making over our Blue Box programs and hand it to some of the largest producers of plastic and

paper packaging the world has ever known. Critical decisions about the province’s recycling program will no longer be made by elected representatives who live in the communities those programs serve, but instead by a group made up almost entirely of Toronto-based executives of multi-national companies who will decide

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Peter Kvarnstrom who will pay how much for the privilege of collecting and processing your recyclables. What is going on here? The consequence will be a dramatic increase in costs for B.C.’s businesses, particularly the province’s newspapers. In fact, we estimate the newspaper industry is threatened with a bill that could come to $14 million. That is a dramatic increase when you consider newspapers aren’t required to pay product stewardship fees today, directly. Newspapers, like all businesses, pay for these services the same way all British Columbians do: through their property taxes. That doesn’t mean newspapers haven’t been participating in recycling and the environment, far from it. In fact, newspapers are the original recycled product and publishers have taken steps, such as moving to vegetable-based inks, to minimize the environmental impact of our product. Diversion rates for newsprint are a remarkable 85 per cent, already well above the government’s own target. The government’s new recycling regulation wouldn’t do a thing to improve newspapers’ already impressive recycling record. What it will do, however, is dump a massive new cost onto the back of a fragile industry still challenged to stay standing. While our readership is stronger than ever, B.C.’s newspapers are struggling financially. Having Victoria force a $14 million tax on newspapers in the current environment looks an awful lot like someone throwing an anchor to a drowning person. Sadly, every single newspaper, from large regional dailies to the smallest community weekly, in every part of the province, will be impacted. Indeed, there is no greater threat to the vibrancy of British

Columbia’s newspaper industry today than the government’s new recycling policy. Think about that for a minute while enjoying your next read. It is your daily newspaper, your community weekly, that is at risk here. But the new recycling regime will not only cause a wave of damage and job losses across newsrooms everywhere, it will also have an impact on many other businesses, as well as thousands of municipal jobs that that will be put at risk with the loss of local decision making for our recycling programs. And, don’t believe for a minute that this will somehow help B.C. families. The reality is that these costs will be passed on to consumers, who will now pay for the cost of recycling every time they have a box of pizza delivered, pick up a carton of milk or buy a roll of toilet paper. The government still hasn’t said what was so wrong with the current Blue Box program that it could only fix it by hurting local businesses and costing hard-working people their jobs. Yet, in spite of having no clear rationale, the province seems intent on gambling away the success of the Blue Box with an experiment in something they like to call “extended producer responsibility.” The ironic truth, of course, is that the government’s new hands-off approach actually represents an abdication of responsibility, not its extension. As a result, decisions about nearly every aspect of our recycling system will be handed over to a small group of big businesses based thousands of kilometres east of the Rockies. B.C.’s environment minister may think that’s just fine, but I suspect the people of B.C. might have a different opinion. Peter Kvarnstrom is chair of the Canadian Newspaper Association and a B.C. newspaper publisher.

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‘They’ somehow know what we’re watching How those audience numbers are determined is a little bit creepy, but the blame falls on those satellites “they” are — knows when the clocks need to be put forward an hour, because they do this on my computer. Without me even asking. When it comes to GPS, I

know a satellite is involved, given that we’re talking Global Positioning Satellite. Still puzzled, though. How does it know to tell me to turn right, and then

left, when I’m trying to find a burger joint? I may be wrong here, but I’d be willing to bet that no satellite has ever driven the roads I’ve travelled, let alone

tucked into grub at a diner. Weirdest thing ever. And just the slightest bit creepy. There are lots of things I just don’t get. “They” seem to know them all.







“Really?” I asked. “How does that work?” BARBARA “Not a clue,” he said. GUNN I also haven’t a clue what happens when I hapLIVING pen to be in Seattle, and MATTERS I’m checking the weather on my mobile device. They Somehow, someone knew — whoever the heck “they” are — will know I’m away, which Olympic events we and change the location on were watching. my cell phone. Same with the Grey Again, puzzling. Cup, the Stanley Cup and I have actually taken to the Super Bowl. Somehow, looking someone around to always knows. No one, so far as I see if I was I know being folthis because know, was lurking lowed. But after each outside, peering in as far as I event, there’ll the window, to see if know, this be some hasn’t been announcethe TV was on. the case. ment telling “I think all of us how that’s a satellite thing, too,” many people tuned in. This the husband said. puzzles me. “Huh?” I asked. “So my They — whoever “they” cell phone is beaming up are — informed us all that my coordinates to outer a record number watched space, and someone up the battle between the there is changing the status Seahawks and the Broncos. of my phone via remote Then they trotted out the control?” figure. “Hmm,” he said. “I don’t How this works, I do not think there’s anyone up know. No one phoned to there. And I’m pretty sure ask if we were watching. there’s no remote control No one called to conduct a involved.” survey after the event. No If true, this satellite must one, so far as I know, was be pretty darn busy, given lurking outside, peering in the window, to see if the TV that there are a lot of cell phones in the world. I’m was on. guessing more than a thou“I think it has something sand anyway. to do with a satellite,” the They — again, whoever husband informed me.






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Locals named finalists in annual Ovation Awards

Two local companies have been named finalists in several categories of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association’s annual Ovation Awards. The awards honour excellence in the design and construction of new single-family and multifamily homes, as well as the renovation of existing properties. Best Builders Ltd. are leading the charge with 10 nominations in nine categories, while Sarah Gallop Design Inc. is close behind with nine nominations in eight categories. Interior design firm Sarah Gallop Design Inc., which is led by registered interior designer Sarah Gallop, has been named a finalist for Best Renovation: $500,000-$799,999; Best Exterior Renovation;

Best Kitchen Renovation: $50,000-$99,999; Best Renovated Room; and Best Outdoor Living Space. The firm’s work is also up for a number of awards as an associate, which saw Gallop collaborate with fellow finalist Best Builders Ltd. on Best Renovation $300,000-$499,999; Interior Design Custom Residence; Best Outdoor Living Space; and Best Kitchen and Greatroom Renovation. Best Builders Ltd. has been named a finalist for: Best Kitchen and Greatroom Renovation; Best Accessible Renovation; Best Renovation: $300,000$499,999; Best Renovation: $800,000 and over; Best Custom Home: Over $1.5 million; Best Special Feature: New or Renovated; Renovator of the Year: Large Volume; Custom

Builder of the Year; and for two projects in the Best Outdoor Living Space category. Talisman Homes is also up for a few awards for the Tsawwassen Springs development, including two nominations for Best SingleFamily Detached Home: 2,000 square-feet and over; Best Single-Family Detached Home Less than 2,000 square feet; and Excellence in Innovation and Sustainability in New Residential Construction. “Homeowners in Metro Vancouver demand the very best when it comes to the design and construction of their homes,” says Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association CEO Bob de Wit. The winners will be announced at gala on Saturday, April 26.

Mayor Jackson to address chamber AGM The Delta Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual general meeting tomorrow. Mayor Lois Jackson is slated to deliver a “State of

2014 Watermain Flushing Notice The Utility Maintenance Section has resumed its annual watermain flushing program. The flushing may result in your water supply showing sediment and discoloration. If you experience dirty water, please run the cold-water tap (at the highest point in your premises) for approximately 20 minutes or until it clears. Should the problem persist, please contact the Engineering Department at 604-946-3260 located at the Municipal Hall 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, B.C. Watermain flushing is scheduled for the following areas. In some cases these dates and locations may be altered due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Jimmy Tham, new owner of Sylvan Learning in Delta, recently awarded a $1,000 bursary to be used for educational pursuits to an elementary student enrolled in the Delta school district. “I’m excited to be working with the students in our district through Sylvan and wanted to give something back to the community,” Tham said about the bursary. The first recipient of the bursary was Leah QuetschHaward, a Grade 5 student at Delta Christian School, who was selected by the school’s principal, Tony Bylenga. The bursary cheque was presented to the student and her parents, Bradley and

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created by Sylvan and is a free online program for grades K-8 that allows kids to search for book titles appropriate for their age and interests. Once they’ve read the book, students take a quiz to earn prizes such as playbooks, CDs and children’s magazine subscriptions. Tham said he is also launching three scholarships worth $6,000 in the Richmond, New Westminster and Delta school districts. The scholarships are open to all students, not just those enrolled at Sylvan Learning. For more information, visit

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Families waiting too long on dementia diagnosis

Local chapter of Alzheimer Society says early support can make tremendous difference in quality of life As many as 50 per cent of Canadians with dementia are not diagnosed early enough. That means many

Delta residents living with dementia are losing precious time when care and support can make a

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also avert unnecessary crises for their families, Frazee says. There’s a growing urgency to the message, as more than 70,000 British Columbians already live with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, a number set to double within the next 25 years as Baby Boomers age. Almost three-quarters of Canadians know someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. “A diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating, but it can also bring relief,” says Frazee. “Early diagnosis keeps your life from unraveling.” Some people with dementia believe little can be done for them, yet early diagnosis can bring a measure of relief and help them take control of their lives. Earlier diagnosis also opens the door to important local information, resources and support through the society, which helps people with dementia focus on their abilities to remain independent in their homes and communities longer. With early diagnosis, people can access medications that, although not effective for everyone, have the greatest impact when taken early.

“On a practical level, an early diagnosis gives someone the chance to explain the changes happening in their life to family and friends and allows families to plan ahead,” says Frazee. Seeing a doctor for diagnosis can also rule out other treatable conditions, such as thyroid disease, infections, and side effects of medications, which sometime mimic dementia symptoms or behaviours. Fear and stigma continue to be huge barriers to seeking help. In a recent Nanos survey, 60 per cent of Canadians polled said it would be harder to disclose if they, or someone close to them, had Alzheimer’s disease compared with other diseases because of the social stigma associated with mental health issues. The society is working to break down those barriers through a variety of local programs and services. A support and information group, for example, serves as a forum for sharing practical tips and strategies for coping with the disease. It helps create support and friendship with others whose lives are affected by dementia. For more information contact Frazee at 604-2387390 or

Workshop presenters required for Junior Authors conference The Junior Authors Writers Conference will be returning to the “round room” of the Sandman Signature Resort in Richmond this fall. The one-day conference on Saturday, Oct. 18, which organizer Laura Michelle Thomas has specifically designed to fit the needs of writers ages nine to 21, includes workshops by publishing industry professionals. Last year’s participants from B.C., Washington and Oregon were inspired by dynamic speakers such as young adult author Darlene Foster, author and storyteller Lois Peterson, journalist Deneka Michaud and George Opacic, author and past-president of the Federation of B.C. Writers. Wanting to keep the lineup fresh for this annual event, Thomas is still accepting workshop proposals from writers, editors, publishers, and agents until

March 15. When asked what she is looking for in a workshop presenter, Thomas said, “We are looking for professionals in the publishing industry who have experience mentoring youth, real world publishing experience and who have a dynamic presentation with solid learning outcomes, not to mention passion.” As publisher and senior editor of the e-zine jaBlog! and organizer of two popular international youth writing contests, Thomas knows firsthand how passionate, yet unrealistic, aspiring young writers can be. “It’s important that our speakers teach the hard realities of what it takes to break into print while not quashing the fire it takes to get there,” she said. Anyone interested in submitting a workshop proposal should start by visiting

March 12, 2014 The Delta Optimist A17 In the Community


Grade 9 studewnt Meaghan MacKenzie collected dust samples last fall at six locations throughout Tsawwassen as part of her science fair project at Southpointe Academy.

Southpointe student endeavours to uncover truth about coal dust

Meaghan MacKenzie’s science fair project tackles issue of local concern BY


Southpointe Academy Grade 9 student Meaghan MacKenzie chose a topic that’s been in the news lately to study for her school science fair project. MacKenzie began working on her project, Uncovering the Truth about Coal Dust in South Delta, last July. “It was something that I was interested in,” she said. MacKenzie said she’d read a lot of newspaper articles about the issue and has “family members and friends saying they believed they had coal dust.” Part of her project included collecting samples at six locations every three weeks around South Delta from September until December. She said she found coal dust in nine of her 30 samples. That included coal dust in all five of her samples at Fred Gingell Park, in three samples at the Tsawwassen First Nation and once at her school. Another part of her project included a survey where she talked to 124 South

Delta residents. Close to 70 per cent said they were concerned about coal dust. MacKenzie got help on her project from Mike Brotherston, Delta’s manager of climate action and environment, as well as TFN lands assistant Nikki Eely, Coun. Ian Paton, and officials from Westshore Terminals and Fraser Health.

MacKenzie, along with other students, is headed to the South Fraser Regional Science Fair at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in April. If her project does well there she could be headed to a Canada-wide fair in Ontario in May. A coal dust monitoring program, looking at whether dust is escaping from rail cars headed to Roberts

Bank, will be undertaken this year by Delta, the Optimist reported last month. Sampling last summer found dustfall readings in Tsawwassen were within allowable limits but exceeded provincial guidelines adjacent to railway tracks. Westshore Terminals has its own monitoring program along with a dust suppression system.

Name: Asher

Age: 3 months

Occupation? Baby!

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What is the activity? Leisure Swim

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Where and when does this take place? Ladner Leisure Centre, in the Leisure Pool. How often do you participate? Asher’s family has a monthly pass, and come to the pool 4-5 times a week. How long have you been involved? Asher has been coming to the pool since he was 2-3 weeks old.

Utility bill payment must be received by March 31, 2014 to avoid penalty. Check with your financial institution about the dating of your payment, as transactions made on March 31 may be dated the following business day.

Why did you get involved in this activity? Everyone in the family loves to swim.

A 5% penalty will be applied to outstanding balances after March 31, 2014. A further 5% penalty will be applied to outstanding balances after July 2, 2014 and September 2, 2014.

What other things do you do to keep active? Go for walks & hikes, play with my siblings.

This reminder does not apply to the quarterly metered utility bill. For more information regarding the 2014 Utility Bill, please contact the Taxation Office at or 604-946-3235. The Corporation of Delta 4500 ClarenceTaylor Crescent Delta BC V4K 3E2

What do you like best about this activity? Sleeping & floating!

Did you know that getting your baby used to water early can be important from a safety point of view and can also be a lot of fun? Regular visits to the pool will help your baby gain confidence and feel relaxed in the water, and swimming is a fun way to exercise for both of you. Your local aquatic centre is a place where families can get, and stay, active together. Swim lessons are offered for caregivers with babies as young as 4 months. If you would like more information on the Preschool Swim Program, or would like to know when you can take your family for some fun in the pool, consult the Spring Leisure Guide online now at, call 604-952-3000 or visit your local recreation centre.

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March 12, 2014 The Delta Optimist A19 Feedback

A 108,000-square-foot Walmart will be one of the anchor tenants of Tsawwassen Commons, one of two shopping malls set to open in the spring of 2016 at the Tsawwassen First Nation. It was long rumoured

the world’s largest retailer would be part of the Property Development Group project, a situation that was confirmed recently with the announcement of several tenants. The Optimist asked:

What do you think of Walmart coming to town?

Leslie Monuik Excellent idea. More choices.

Greig Doolan Not looking forward to it.

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Meghan Willox I think it’s actually a really good idea.

Bruce Dalke Good for the consumers, but not so good for local merchants.

Greg Hoover It isn’t going to help us.

Last time we asked you:

Should existing crossings be tolled? • 27 per cent said yes, they should. • 56 per cent said no, they

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Trollsons bring European tales to life in upcoming shows at Delta libraries

The Trollsons will be bringing a pair of shows to Delta libraries over spring break. Families with children between the ages of five and 12 are invited to a performance by the Trollsons as they use comedy, improvisation and audience participation to bring The Selkie, an Irish tale, to life. A fisherman watches in awe as a seal removes her seal-coat to transform into a beautiful, mysterious woman. He falls instantly in love, and decides she will be his wife. It will be performed on Tuesday, March 18, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at the George Mackie Library and on Friday, March 28, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., at the Ladner Pioneer Library.

The Trollsons will also perform The One-Eyed Troll at the Tsawwassen Library on Friday, March 28 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The Scandinavian tale sees an evil, one-eyed troll take over the forest. Everyone is terrified, but a young boy out looking for firewood just might have a solution. • Teens are invited to Teen Pizza & Games for a fun night of board games and free pizza. It will be offered on Tuesday, March 25, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the George Mackie Library and on Thursday, March 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Ladner Pioneer Library. Games and snacks are provided by Imperial Hobbies.

Earthwise gets kids in the garden Local kids can become master gardeners during a fun and unique spring break camp. Children ages seven to 12 are invited to sign up for Earthwise Society’s Junior Master Gardener Program from March 24 to 28. During this half-day program, campers will discover why worms are good in a garden, how to feed the bees and will even build a bug mansion. Experts will be on hand to show children how cool plants can be and their importance to everything and everyone. Each day, participants will take home something they’ve created or helped grow such as a mini compost, bee-friendly plant or seed bomb. The camp, which is full of hands-on games and activities, will take place at the Earthwise Society organic farm and garden at 6400-3rd Ave. in Boundary




Earthwise Society outreach co-ordinator Krystal Brennan says kids will have fun in the Junior Master Gardener Program. Bay. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon daily and costs $100

for the week. Call Earthwise Society at 604-946-9828 or email

info@earthwisesociety. for more information or to register.

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It’s not too late! We can beat the radio towers. • Tuesday, March 18th @ 7 pm • Tsawwassen United Church 693 53 Street • Info:


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Receipt will be issued by PRTA upon request only. If a surplus of funds is raised, individuals donating $100 or greater will receive a pro-rated return of unused proceeds.

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

March 12, 2014 The Delta Optimist A21 Coming Events Clubs & Groups !Delta Nature’s Casual Birding Group invites you to a Birds on the Bay event on Wednesday, March 12 from 9 a.m. - noon. Join Tom Bearss and his informal birdwatchers for a 2.5-hour amble around Boundary Bay. Bring binoculars if you have them. The outing will end with beverage and snack at historic Cammidge House. Meet at Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta. Info: 604940-9296 or tom.bearss@ No charge for events; voluntary donation for snacks. !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 !Due to the closure of the Ladner Leisure Centre, the Delta Skating Club’s annual spring ice show will be held at South Delta Rec Centre instead on Friday, March 14. There will be two showings. The first show will be at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. !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. !Youth from 13-18 are invited to Learn to Row during the Spring Break, March 17 - 20, at Deas Island Park. The Delta Deas Rowing Club invites you to enjoy the impact free work out, meet some new friends and experience the beauty of the Deas Slough. For more information call 604948-0964 or e-mail us at !Tsawwassen Parkinson’s support group’s next meeting is on Monday, March 17. We are a group whose members either have Parkinson’s or are caregivers to someone with PDS.

We meet the third Monday of each month at KinVillage from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to talk, exchange ideas and socialize. For more information call Peter or Eileen at 604-943-8350. !Families with children between the ages of 5 - 12 are invited to a performance by the Trollsons as they use comedy, improvisation, and audience participation to bring the Irish tale, The Selkie, to life. Join the Trollsons on Tuesday, March 18, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. at the George Mackie Library, 8440-112th St., Delta, or on Friday, March 28, 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683-51st St., Delta. !Pam Erikson, the awardwinning daylily hybridizer, photographer, instructor and lecturer from Langley is the March speaker for the South Delta Evergreen Garden Club. Pam presents her public talk, Must Have Hostas and Shade Stars at the next meeting on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Kin House, 5050-47th Ave., Ladner. Refreshments are served and new gardeners are welcome. !The Probus Club of South Delta, a non-profit,

fellowship club for retired and semi-retired professional and business people will hold its annual general meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19 in The Coast Tsawwassen Inn. All members are urged to attend. Our guest speaker will be Bill Sexsmith, B.C. Director for Probus Canada. Please call Dick Williams at 604-940-6542 for information. !The South Delta Newcomers and Alumni meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the Art Gallery, Kiwanis Longhouse, located at 1720-56th St., Tsawwassen. The club is for women who have moved to Tsawwassen, Ladner or Point Roberts, to introduce them to the community and help make new friends. Join us Thursday, March 20. Contact Holly at holly. !Ladner author Cynthia Elizabeth Sully presents a double book launch on March 22 at 1 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683-51st St. There will be refreshments, prizes and African drumming. Proceeds go to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Seniors !Join the Philosophers’ Café session this Friday, March 14, 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the McKee Seniors Centre, 5155-47th Ave., Ladner, where we’ll be looking at the current Industrialization of South Delta and Its Impacts. MLA Vicki Huntington will lead the discussion of this important and timely topic. No preregistration necessary. Call 604-946-1411 for information. !McKee Seniors Recreation Centre hosts a St. Patrick’s Dinner & Dance Saturday, March 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy great entertainment by Sincerely Yours and great Irish food. Cash bar and Irish fare by Kee Café. Tickets are $20 for members, $22 for non-members. Available at McKee customer service desk. !On March 18 the Delta Seniors Planning Team will have a presentation by Carol LeVasseur, denturist, and Linda Martens, dental hygienist, about the importance of oral health care as we age. The meeting is 10 a.m. to noon at Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683-51st

St., Ladner. Everyone is welcome. For more information: lynw@deltassist. com or 604-946-9526. 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 birds that migrate through, and live in, the Lower Mainland. All ages, $5. Registration required: e-mail !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. 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).

Do you have an estate plan? You are invited to a seminar:

How to avoid the five biggest estate planning mistakes Topics to be discussed are: • No estate is simple • Beneficiary responsibilities • New estate laws in Canada

• Asset protection strategies • Transitioning wealth to the next generation

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It’s all downhill for Tsawwassen skier Fresh off his impressive victory at provincials Max Kirshenblatt is Italy this week for high profile European junior event BY


Max Kirshenblatt’s schedule these days is even more challenging than the slopes he has conquered to become one of B.C.’s top up-and-coming alpine skiers. The Grade 10 South Delta secondary student is in Italy this week to compete in the Trofeo Toplino — a prestigious event that will attract some of the top junior skiers in the world. Two weeks ago, he captured the Teck U16 Provincial Championships in Prince George and followed that up by taking overall honours at last weekend’s 35th annual Bob Parsons Memorial Downhill and Super-G races in Whistler. He will have a day to recover from his trip to Europe before heading to Apex Mountain Resort in Penticton for another event. “When it comes to school, this is always the hardest time of the year for me,” said Kirshenblatt last week. “You really have to juggle a lot of things to make it work.” The success has made the hectic stretch more

than worth it. Kirshenblatt dominated the week-long provincials — winning four of the six races and missing the podium just once to be crowned B.C. champion. In total, he took both Super-G events and also added victories on the giant slalom and slam races. “Going into Prince George, I really didn’t know what to expect because I wasn’t familiar with the mountain or the conditions I was going to encounter,” explained Kirshenblatt. “It was also the first time this season (everyone in the province) was skiing together. My goal was just to stay positive throughout the week and it all came together for me.” Kirshenblatt has been on skis before he even turned two. His parents are avid skiers and the family has property in the Whistler area where he spends three to fours days a week. He doesn’t have to look far for inspiration either with his older brother Sam also enjoying a successful junior career. “I just basically followed his footsteps,” explained Max. “I joined the ski club when I was like three or



Tsawwassen’s Max Kirshenblatt won four of six races to capture the recent U16 Provincial Championships in Prince George. four years old and started racing when I was 11. That’s when I had a choice and could have done freestyle but I just enjoyed skiing more. Obviously you have to love it and I spend a lot of time on the mountain.

The most important thing is staying focused on training and what is going to make you a better skier.” Kirshenblatt enjoys all the disciplines of alpine skiing and has yet to focus on a speciality race. He would

love to take the sport as far as he can with the first significant step being to earn a spot on the national development team. That’s where this week’s trip to Europe puts him on the world stage to push him even further.


“It’s going to be a real eye opening experience for me,” Kirshenblatt added. “Not just the racing itself but the culture and just being in a country where the sport is so big. It’s going to be pretty cool.”

U16 Delta Footmen cash in at Las Vegas tournament The Delta Footmen closed out their season by hitting the jackpot in Las Vegas. The U16 tier one field lacrosse team went undefeated at the Best of West Tournament in Sin City, rolling to seven straight victories to capture its division. The Footmen dominated Utah and Nevada teams in their pool group then rolled to 9-2 and 9-0 victories in the quarter and semi finals respectively, before dumping another Lower Mainland team — the Fraser River Flow — 11-1 in the gold medal game.

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Ladner Footmen U16 tier one field lacrosse team went unbeaten at last month’s Best of the West Tournament in Las Vegas.

The team included Brendan Ancrum, Jared Beaton, Taylor Goundrey, Hayden Grant, Adam Husdon, Parker Johnson, Alex McLellan- Emro, Brad Phillips, Riley Phillips, Trevor Snow, Riley Taylor, Dawson Trimble, Ryan Walters — along with pick-ups Graydon Bradley, Carson Reese, Ryland Reese and Clark Walter. Missing for the tournament were Riley Duimel, Brayden Kirk and Isaac Richmond. The Footmen are coached by Shawn Williams, Ross Frehlick and Derek Murrell.

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The two-time defending Coastal Cup champion Ladner Vipers are gearing up for another lengthy postseason run. The U17 Division One girls soccer team captured the South District and League cup titles this past week. The Vipers will take a 16-2-2 record into Coastal Cup playdowns when they commence later this month. “These ladies love to compete, it really makes our jobs as coaches a lot easier,” said head coach Dirk Schwuchow, whose squad also won silver at the 2013 Provincial Cup championships last July. “Now we are looking forward to battle for a three-peat in the upcoming Coastal Cup playoffs.” Ladner’s roster includes: Lesley Antic, Monika

Two-time defending Coastal B Cup champion Ladner Vipers are enjoying another decorated season. The girls will begin their cup defence at the end of the month. Bains, Sydney Bains, Kieren Bath, Claire Eccles, Taylor Chan, Bianca Copeland, Maryah Copeland, Emily Maunder,

Chloe Fulton, Olivia Gaba, Hannah Gerrard, Mackenzie Gray, Summer Civitareale, Olivia Priestlay, Erika Schwuchow and

Olivia Walley. Ken Priestlay rounds out the coaching staff while Lisa Gerrard serves as team manager.

Jr. Islanders add Richmond standouts Delta Junior “A” Islanders have signed a pair of players who had leading roles in helping the Richmond Roadrunners finish second at last year’s

B.C. Intermediate “A” Lacrosse Championships. Defensive standout Brad Hofmann and sniper Spencer Bromley will be key additions at both ends of the floor. Hofmann

served as the Roadrunners captain while Bromley finished second in league scoring behind teammate Tyler Vogrig. Both made appearances with Delta last season as call-ups.


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A28 The Delta Optimist March 12, 2014





3 Days Only! Fri/Sat/Sun Mar. 14,15,16 Less than 20 minutes from all Fraser River crossings


#10 Hwy 85,000 Sq. Ft. Warehouse




Sale Price:


93 choices IN STOCK!

25 choices IN STOCK!

Starting at:

Starting at:



REG: $5.99 SQ FT

209 choices IN STOCK! Starting from:







REG: $11.49 SQ FT











REG: $6.49 SQ FT

Sale Price:



10 choices IN STOCK!

REG: $4.99 SQ FT


Super Sale Price:


3MM Wear Layer



While Quantities Last


Sale Price:




6½" x 6' WIDE PLANK


only n o i t a c o l one

e h t h t r wo drive! 7½" WIDE PLANK


Random Length 5 colours IN-STOCK

3MM Wear Layer 10 Colours IN-STOCK

REG: $2.49 SQ FT

REG: $11.49 SQ FT

Super Sale Price:









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15350 56th Avenue, Surrey (#10 Highway)




STORE HOURS: Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30 pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday & Holidays 11am-4pm


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Delta Optimist March 12 2014  

Delta Optimist March 12 2014

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