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District defends Southlands stance School board chair and superintendent write letter to Metro in support of development BY

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The Delta school board is completely within its bounds in supporting the Southlands development application, according to the district. In a letter to Metro Vancouver earlier this month, board chair Laura Dixon endorsed the application on behalf of the board and

district, prompting several opponents of the development to contact the Optimist, claiming Dixon was out of line and violated the School Act. Dixon is on vacation so unavailable to respond, but a district spokesperson noted the board is regularly involved in local matters involving student enrollment numbers. “We have a long history, for

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Defiant truckers face fines

Province tables back-to-work legislation to get goods moving through Lower Mainland ports BY

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Striking truckers could face some hefty fines if job action continues under the back-to-work legislation tabled by the provincial government on Monday. Even with threats of fines of up to $400 a day for truckers, union representatives said there is a possibility that truckers will defy the government and refuse to get back on the road. “Our members are telling us if they go to work they lose money,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor’s B.C.area director. “They’ve got to put fuel in their trucks and don’t have anywhere to go anymore. They are telling us at this stage, it’s going to be business as usual. They are going to be continuing to protest.” The legislation, which could come into law as early as today, would only apply to about 250 unionized truckers. The bill includes the daily fines for truckers as well as $10,000 penalties for unions and employers that disrupt a return to work. Union officers could face fines of up to $2,500 a day if workers continue to strike. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond said Monday the back-to-work legislation was an effort to bring truckers and employers back to the bargaining table, with a 90-day cooling off period and the return of some container truck activity to the

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port. “We don’t want to have to use the fines,” said Bond. “We tabled legislation reluctantly. We believed it was the necessary step in order to move goods through the port and the rationale is based on the need to ensure jobs are not impacted all across the province.” The legislation also mandates both sides back to the bargaining table within 72 hours. Bond said Vince Ready is immediately available to help mediate discussions.

LETTER from page 1 “Through our strong partnership with the Corporation of Delta via our liaison committee we address issues such as Delta school district and Corporation of Delta land use and the link between community planning and enrollment numbers.” Trustee Dale Saip agreed, saying a school board supporting a development that could increase enrollment is

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Port Metro Vancouver says it has seen a significant increase in truck activity with volume up to 40 per cent of normal levels.

nothing new or improper. Delta council endorsed the Southlands application last fall after a lengthy municipal public hearing. The application, however, still requires Metro Vancouver approval. The Metro board will vote on preliminary approval this Friday, likely sending the application to a public hearing next month. Any change in region-

Unifor truckers want to see Ready given the power to issue binding recommendations to both sides, said McGarrigle. While both union and non-union truckers continue to protest, some drivers started returning to work late last week after Port Metro Vancouver announced it would begin terminating licenses for non-union drivers who refuse to return to work. It appears PMV’s announcement made an impact, prompting some drivers to return to work.

The port authority said last Thursday it was seeing a significant increase in truck activity at its ports, which include Deltaport at Roberts Bank. The volume of container truck traffic at the port was up to almost 40 per cent of the normal level, the highest seen since the labour dispute began. “Decisive action was announced yesterday and there are clearly truckers willing to service the port,” said Robin Silvester, president and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver.

“We are continuing to move forward with an acceleration of the plan to reform Port Metro Vancouver’s truck licensing system,” Silvester said, adding the port would start sending out notifications those licence and permit holders with expiry dates in May. The port is allowing those receiving a notification to apply for an extension to an existing licence until a new system is in place. With files from the Vancouver Sun

al designation to the Tsawwassen property would require a two-thirds weighted vote by the board of directors. Century Group is proposing to build 950 housing units on 20 per cent of the 214-hectare (537-acre) site. The remaining 80 per cent would be given to Delta, much of it for farming. In her letter to the regional government, Dixon outlined several reasons for supporting the application, including the district

is currently in the process of introducing agriculture studies into the curriculum. She said the school board is partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and renowned organic farmer Michael Ableman and Sole Food Street Farms. “The municipality of Delta is uniquely situated geographically, and agriculturally, to take on this initiative in partnership with the school district. An approval

of the Southlands proposal will see the real possibility of our district achieving a long sought after goal of developing an agricultural academy where it is most needed in Metro Vancouver, in an open field environment,” Dixon stated. Dixon also mentioned how the district’s declining enrollment would get a much-needed boost with new housing types and more opportunities for young families to move to Delta.

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Forums to discuss vision for Paterson

Weekly series begins Saturday as Delta Seniors Planning Team looks to address affordable housing shortage BY

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The Delta Seniors Planning Team is holding a series of public forums starting this weekend aimed at exploring possible future uses for Paterson Park. There have been concerns around a shortage of both affordable rental and market properties available for young families and downsizing seniors in Delta, so the planning team has put together a vision for the future of the former harness racetrack at the entrance to Ladner. It envisions an inclusive community that includes many facets: a mix of owned and rental units,

seniors housing, assisted living and full residential care, adult and child day care, as well as co-housing units and a designated residential dementia care centre. The planning team is hoping this proposed vision for the site, which is owned by the Corporation of Delta and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, will address the housing shortage. A series of three forums will be held for the public to explore various options and opportunities. Because the vision is for all ages and incomes, the public is encouraged to come to the forums to share ideas. The sessions are run-

ning at Kinsmen House (adjacent to the Ladner Pioneer Library) over three Saturdays — March 29, April 5 and April 12. Each session runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Each forum will cover a different aspect of the vision • March 29: Education, health and recreation Topic: How can we better determine education, socialization and recreation opportunities for all ages? Vision includes an education and health facility plus a variety of recreational amenities for all ages. • April 5: Mixed rental and owned house Topic: How best can both market and subsidized

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New uses planned for properties on Ladner waterfront BY

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The Corporation of Delta is hoping major rezoning will make its properties on the Ladner waterfront much more attractive to potential buyers. A public hearing will take place at municipal hall next Tuesday evening on Delta’s plan to change the designation of two parcels on Chisholm Street: the old Seven Seas building site and the one formerly occupied by the Brackman-Ker warehouse. The zoning would change from light industrial to a new waterfront mixed-use zone, which includes retail, office and service commercial, eating and drinking establishments, moorage and marina related uses, recreation and cultural uses as well as limited residential. The buildings would be limited to a maximum height of two-and-a-half storeys and there would be public access to the harbour from the properties. A year ago council members agreed the municipal parcels should be sold after a joint plan with a private developer to build on the sites fell though.

“Last May, council released the recommendation about putting the properties up for sale,” said deputy community planPHOTO BY SANDOR GYARMATI ning director A public hearing is set for next Tuesday to Marcy Sangret. rezone a pair of properties on Chisholm “They said that Street. prior to putting Most of the people who it up for sale, showed up at a public hearstaff would bring forward a ing on those amendments rezoning bylaw for considspoke against the changes, eration.” many concerned about a A report to council notes future redevelopment of the provision to allow a developer to go even higher if properties must be consisa “significant community tent with Delta’s vision for benefit” was provided. the Ladner waterfront. Council approved the It’s the latest in Delta’s ongoing efforts to revitalize bylaw changes but removed the waterfront by encourag- the provision for even highing development that would er structures. A report to council last bring in tourism and other year noted that over the economic activity. years the commercial focus Council approved bylaw of Ladner moved away amendments last year, from the waterfront to including design changes other streets, and later to for private properties in the malls on Ladner Trunk the area, the most notable allowing building heights to Road, leaving the waterfront less vibrant and difficult for increase from two storeys to two-and-a-half storeys on people to access physically the waterfront. Buildings on and visually. Spot on the Water Park the south side of Chisholm on Chisholm Street is being Street would be permitted to increase from two to four left alone and isn’t included in the rezoning plan. storeys.

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The Delta Farmers’ Institute hopes its proposal for a compensation program to make up for lost farmland will soon become reality. For the last two years local farmers have been developing the concept of a Delta Agriculture Enhancement Foundation, a trust fund that would receive funding from major development projects that impact or result in the loss of farmland. The funding would be used to enhance agricultural productivity elsewhere in Delta, possibly getting land that isn’t being farmed converted to agriculture uses. The DFI hired an agricultural consultant to put together the proposed mitigation/compensation strategy. One example of compensation for local farming can be seen in the millions the province provided in irrigation improvements as a result of farmland lost due to the construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. Former DFI president John Savage previously said there’s no denying port expansion and industrial development are on the way, so a system needs to be in place requiring future projects to compensate the agricultural sector. One potential undertaking is a major diking project for Westham Island that Savage said could result in thousands of additional acres being added to the island. New institute president David Ryall told the Optimist that in addition to

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Delta Farmers’ Institute president David Ryall says efforts must be made to ensure major developments don’t negatively impact the agricultural sector. Westham Island improvements, new infrastructure is needed to bring adequate irrigation and drainage to other farm areas. The municipality’s new agriculture strategy also acknowledges drainage and irrigation continue to be a production constraint for farmers, so lobbying is needed for financial programs to extend improvements to areas such as southeast Delta and Westham Island. “What we’re saying is we’d negotiate every time a project comes through,” said Ryall. “We’re saying if we keep losing our ag land, it will make it difficult for most of us that are left. Our message to the government will be if they feel they need to be taking this land, they need to leave this municipality at least equal, if not better, than before.” Loss of farmland creates many pressures, he said, including farmers losing

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University is undertaking a major study to see how underutilized farmland can be brought into production for small-scale agriculture, but Delta council seems skeptical it will have tangible results. Dr. Kent Mullinix, director of Kwantlen’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems Program, made a presentation to civic politicians recently to explain the initiative that aims to create more opportunities for small-scale, sustainable farming and ancillary businesses. Several communities, including Burnaby, North Vancouver and Langley Township, have endorsed the plan, also agreeing to the university’s request for financial support over the three-year study. Noting much of the $1.5 million needed has been obtained though the university, foundations and other sources, Mullinix assured Delta council the end result would be more than just an academic exercise. “In southwest British Columbia we spend every year $6.3 billion on food,

and the vast majority of that money leaves our community and our economy by the close of business every day,” he said. “We have an opportunity, and the time is right, to develop an economic sector that captures a significant portion of this $6.3 billion and in doing so, enhances the economic, business, social and environmental vitalities of our communities.” The university wants Delta to contribute financially as well as provide a staff liaison. Delta CAO George Harvie wondered why Delta is being requested to contribute $30,000 when other communities were asked for significantly less, adding Metro Vancouver has yet to approve a funding request from the university. He said the Delta farming community has the most expertise when it comes to what can and can’t work, so it should be consulted before Delta agrees to contribute financially or to participate. Coun. Ian Paton agreed, noting farming has been “studied ad nauseam” in recent years by various levels of government. He wondered how the univer-

sity study differs or would change things. Mayor Lois Jackson said Delta needs to justify the financial commitment. “This is a very sexy topic today. We never heard this terminology several years ago. Metro Vancouver took this under its wing six years ago, and therefore everybody wants to be in support of sustainable agriculture,” she said. “However, we have to talk to the farmers that actually live here, that farm and make a living by their efforts. They’re the only ones who can really tell us what they need.” Coun. Robert Campbell also wondered if anything practical would come out of the study or if it would be a theoretical exercise. Mullinix said the study won’t result in a “feel good wish list” but in real implementation strategies. Coun. Bruce McDonald said he supports the idea and is willing to be the liaison. His colleagues voted in favour of his motion to support the concept, but only in principle. Council didn’t offer financial support, referring the proposal to the civic agricultural advisory committee and the Delta Farmers’ Institute.

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MURPHY’S LAW I guess nothing in these parts ever gets solved quickly and easily, but it’s mystifying why we’re still dealing with the radio towers issue. When news of the towers being relocated from Ferndale to Point Roberts broke last summer, it was soon revealed that Tsawwassen had been omitted from the application to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. This hardly had the look of an oversight, but rather a deliberate attempt to circumvent regulations that keep radio towers, for good reason, away from populated areas. It also seemed like an easy fix, a situation that could be immediately rectified once lawmakers on both sides of the border recognized the folly of the project, or at least the siting of it. Yet here we are more than half a year later and we’ve got residents in both countries continuing the battle to keep these towers out of our back yard. They’ve held a series of meetings and rallies, all the while raising money to fight the issue in the U.S. capital as well as at the county level. Kudos have to go to the well-intentioned folks who have fought to keep the blanketing interference that comes with these towers out of our communities, but should it really have to be this hard? Should these people have to go to such trouble and expense to stop something that not only doesn’t make sense but wouldn’t be permitted had all the information been available to decision makers in the first place? Couldn’t federal Industry Minister James Moore make all this just disappear with a bit of international diplomacy? Even our own MP, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, must carry some clout as the minister of national revenue. It seems hard to believe that high ranking officials on both sides of the border couldn’t get together and solve this thing in a single meeting. That would be much easier than having so many people spend so much time and money trying to wade through bureaucracies on both sides of the line. The bottom line is that regulations are in place because radio towers belong in isolated areas, not on the doorstep of communities of more than 20,000 people. It’s well documented what has transpired in Ferndale over the years, where residents have endured interference with pretty much every electronic device imaginable due to the radio waves. It makes absolutely no sense to replicate that situation in Tsawwassen and Point Roberts, so let’s hope a little political muscle can be exerted in order to arrive at the only logical conclusion.

Consequences are severe when public money isn’t spent wisely BRAD SHERWIN

COMMUNITY COMMENT An audit of the Portland Hotel Society revealed late last week that a significant amount of money had been spent inappropriately on limousines, expensive meals, luxury hotels and Disneyland vacations. What troubles me most about this story is the fact that some of the spending irregularities go back to at least 2010. Aren’t these types of organizations subject to annual audits of their financial statements? Shouldn’t red flags be raised earlier? It wasn’t until B.C. Housing stepped in last November and demanded this audit that the truth came to pass. Caught up in this audit was the revelation that an MLA, Jenny Kwan, was the recipient of many trips paid for by the society. When it came to light that it was the society — not her husband (a

former director) — who had paid for the vacations, she quickly took responsibility, reimbursed the society and took an unpaid leave of absence from her duties as MLA. Regardless if you agree with her politics, this is the right move, and I respect her for it. Realistically, she had no choice. Charities and politicians have one thing in common — they use other people’s hard earned money for, hopefully, the greater good. When they use it for themselves or for personal gain and get caught, the public has little patience or sympathy. In this case, the society and the MLA violated the public trust, and are now being punished. I believe Kwan’s assertion that she thought her husband had paid for her portion of the trips personally, but that is entirely beside the point. As someone who, by profession, upholds the public trust, she had the obligation to demand proof, for the very reason she faces now. I work for a charitable organization. I manage a significant budget and face numerous decisions on how best to spend it. To ensure the money we receive is used properly and responsibly, I follow one sim-

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ple rule when making a significant decision: How would I justify this if I had a microphone or TV camera in my face? If I am the least bit hesitant, the answer is simple: I don’t do it. Fair or not, politicians and charities have to be beyond reproach when it comes to spending money. The public expects that what they give, either through taxes or donations, is used responsibly, otherwise I’m sure you’d like to hang onto that money for yourself. I would. Maybe that’s why Rob Ford still has a following in Toronto. For all his faults, he hasn’t been using taxpayers’ money for his transgressions. The only person being truly harmed is Rob Ford. But as soon as he springs for a $10 latte on his expense account, look out. While the fallout continues, I still question how this could have been missed through regular audits. I can’t find previous audits in my searches, which makes me question if any had happened. And if not, why not? This is our money being spent, so we have the right to know if it’s being spent wisely. I guess that’s the question that needs to be answered. Just remember to speak clearly into the mic.

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March 26, 2014 The Delta Optimist A9 Letters to the Editor

Letter is beyond board’s mandate

Editor: I believe the letter written to Metro Vancouver signed by Delta school board chair Laura Dixon and superintendent Dianne Turner is in non-compliance with the School Act of B.C. and the oath of office. As the School Act and the Delta Handbook outline specific policies and procedures related to the learning environment, it is alarming to read this referenced letter, which is not within the mandate of the authors. The letter states two reasons for the support of a highly controversial land deal in Delta. One reason cited is that approval will

mean an agricultural academy, which fits in well with the District Vision. Surely Delta trustees and the superintendent are not mandated to get involved in endorsing controversial land deals with expected speculative returns. The second reason for support is the statement that trustees believe there is a need for more housing because of declining enrolment in Delta schools. This is outside the role of school trustees and superintendent. It is not their job to generate and promote housing proposals to serve schools. It is their job to provide education for our commu-

nity. A letter had already been sent to Delta from the school district advising the planning department the current schools could accommodate the first phase of the development. The letter also requested the development provide adequate accommodation for bus stops. Did the school board pass a motion at a board meeting to write a letter of support for such a divisive proposal? The minutes of the meeting where this was endorsed need to be made public. Such a motion should have been ruled out of order according to the

B.C. School Act. Trustees and superintendents should not be using educational governance positions to promote causes unrelated to their mandate. The letter to Metro Vancouver violates the principles of good, honest governance. It is seen as a breach of the public trust. The letter should be withdrawn and a public apology should be printed in all Delta newspapers. The actions of the authors should be investigated by the Ministry of Education and the B.C. School Trustees Association. Susan Jones

North Deltans eager to be represented by MP Findlay Editor: Re: Result not sure thing anymore, Murphy’s Law, March 5 I read with great interest your editorial concerning the new boundaries for federal electoral districts. While it is true that no election is a certainty, I thought you would like to know that, according to Elections Canada’s recent

Great afternoon Editor: Heartfelt thanks to Ladner Pioneer Library staff, program presenter Cynthia Sully and her volunteers for the entertaining Saturday afternoon of African drumming, singing, South African food, new books, prizes and inspiring words. At this full house attendance, more than 60 local residents were treated to a wonderfully educational and enjoyable cross-cultural experience, a reminder again of the valuable role the library plays in our community. B. Yaworski

release, if the 2011 election had been held with the new boundary of Delta as it will be in the next election, Conservative cabinet minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay would have won by 9,120 votes, receiving 48 per cent of votes cast. Her record as a cabinet minister, experience as a Delta resident and the files on which she has continu-

ally delivered — such as dredging, fishing, farming, health impacts, taxation, foreign trade and red tape reduction — are why constituents of Delta will be proud to re-elect her as their member of Parliament. North Delta, as part of Newton-North Delta, has continually returned a conservative majority vote. I think you will find that

many more North Deltans are now eager to be represented by Findlay. We are certainly delighted by the many active, young families joining our new Delta Conservative Association from North Delta. J.R. (Jim) Northey President Delta Conservative Association

Local businesses are strong supporters of the community and its many events

Editor: In your March 19 edition, I read with appreciation the letter that Kevin Ridley of The RunInn Delta wrote in a form of an advert. The heading was: “Why should we support local businesses?” Although I appreciate the shop local concept, I strongly believe that local businesses have to earn the loyalty that goes with the concept and Ridley’s letter does an excellent job of highlighting a lot of things often overlooked.

When you are in need of a product or service, don’t let price be your only decision (although in many cases prices are very competitive and sometimes less). Take into consideration customer service as well as the great value of community support. So many local people and organizations go to the small retailers/business owner asking for support of their child’s school, sport or a non-profit organization and most local businesses do their best

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A10 The Delta Optimist March 26, 2014

Test allays fears over air quality at Sungod Mayor orders analysis after black mold found on swimming pool roof BY

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A company hired by Delta to do an air quality test at Sungod Recreation Centre has found “no issue observed that affected the indoor air quality of the subject building.” Sterling IAQ Consultants Ltd. was hired by Delta to do an “airborne mould spore assessment” March 14 following news reports that revealed a wall on the

roof above the older section of the swimming pool was rotting and laden with black mold. Exposure to toxic black mold can lead to respiratory, circulatory, skin, eye, neurological, reproductive, mental and immune system problems, among other illnesses. “Indoor airborne mould spores results demonstrated that concentrations were within industry standard guidelines and that the

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indoor air quality was not adversely affected by the rot/mould observed on the exterior parapet wall,” the report states. Delta Mayor Lois Jackson called for an air quality study to allay Sungod patrons’ concerns. Sterling’s full report is posted on the Corporation of Delta’s website at www. delta.ca. The company took four indoor samples and three outdoor samples using a Zefon Bio-Pump. The total indoor mould spore levels fell within the low-risk range for allergy and asthma suffers, the report states. “In this low-risk range, only individuals extremely sensitive to mould spores could experience symptoms.” Tests were conducted at various points outside Sungod Recreation Centre, including the rooftop, as

well as inside, in the reception area, staff offices, pool deck, gymnasium and day care, and snack bar. When she called for the study, Jackson said that “public safety is the top priority for our community and we want the patrons of Sungod Recreation Centre to have confidence that they can visit our facility and enjoy recreation without any health concerns.” Decaying wood in an exterior wall was discovered last fall during routine maintenance and the municipality covered it with siding for the wet winter season. A consultant’s report indicated the rot resulted from damp air blowing out from the pool. George Harvie, Delta’s chief administrative officer, said last week the municipality is proceeding with the refurbishment of the centre now.

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Classes bulge with students needing extra support DTA dubious plans provide results BY

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The Delta school district remains focused on what’s happening in its classrooms as the class size and composition battle between teachers and government awaits a final outcome. In a recent interview with the Optimist, assistant superintendent Garnet Ayres went over some of the district class size and composition figures, noting the district has a multitude of supports aimed at identifying, assisting and tracking all students who are struggling — not just special needs kids. “It’s true in every classroom we have in the district. There’s a variety of needs in the group. Some children have an identified need, and there’s an Individualized Education Plan attached to that child, periodic reviews and other supports that may be coming,” he said. “There may be a learning support team and an education assistant, and so on. So, it’s a combined approach that we’re taking to support the variety of needs in the classroom.” There are 27 kindergarten classes that have three or more students with an Individualized Education Plan, while in grades 4 to 12, 364 classes have three students that require a plan. There are also 247 classes that have four kids, 178 with five kids, 115 with six kids and 219 with seven or greater. Ayres noted those students, in many cases, are not necessarily so-called special needs kids, such as those with Ministry of Education identified learning disabilities or with physical challenges.

He explained the district is also focused on helping “at-risk students.” They might be students struggling in a subject area who get extra support through an Individualized Education Plan. “At-risk is defined by whether they are not meeting or approaching expectations, by having a C- or lower. A child with learning disabilities might not be at-risk, same with children with sensory disabilities,” said Ayres. In some cases, students are grouped together for a class in one particular subject in which they require assistance, such as math, which explains some of the larger class numbers. Saying an Individualized Education Plan is simply a document that may not result in necessary actions, Delta Teachers’ Association president Paul Steer said resources continue to be sorely lacking for the “atrisk” group of students as well as the designated special needs kids. “Does this document result in the actual needs of kids being met in the system? The real needs of real kids in the system are met by real teachers who are well supported with time, resources and equipment to do their job well,” he said. “The more students you have in the class and the more you have in IEPs, the less likely it is a student in need, and deserving of the extra help, will actually get it. In the context of budget cutbacks, there’s never been less EA (educational assistant) support for students than there is this year,” Steer added. The number of special needs kids in Delta has been relatively stable over the past few years.

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A12 The Delta Optimist March 26, 2014

Public Hearing - April 1, 2014 The Municipal Council of The Corporation of Delta will hold a Public Hearing, in accordance with the Local Government Act, to consider the following proposed projects and related applications: Date: Time: Place:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 7:00 p.m. Council Chamber Delta Municipal Hall 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent Delta, BC V4K 3E2

A Council meeting is scheduled to immediately follow this Public Hearing in the event Council wishes to give further consideration to any projects at that time. Any persons who believe that their interest in property will be affected by the proposed projects shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing on matters contained in the bylaws and/or proposed by the applications. Should you have any concerns or comments you wish to communicate to Council in advance of the Public Hearing, you can write to: Mayor and Council The Corporation of Delta 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent Delta, BC V4K 3E2 Fax: 604-946-3390 Email: mayor-council@delta.ca Correspondence addressed to Mayor and Council will form part of the public record for this Public Hearing. To be considered, correspondence must be received by the Office of the Municipal Clerk no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 1, 2014. Project No. 1: Application for Rezoning and Development Variance Permit (File No. LU006903) Location:

4845, 4849, 4857 and 4865 Chisholm Street, as shown outlined in bold on MAP NO. 1

Applicant:

The Corporation of Delta

Telephone:

604-946-3380

Proposal: Application for Rezoning and Development Variance Permit in order to permit a wider range of uses and a building height consistent with the Ladner Waterfront Vision.

Development Variance Permit LU006903 To vary Section 5.2(a) of “Delta Subdivision and Development Standards Bylaw No. 5100, 1994” for Chisholm Street from a local road standard to the Chisholm Streetscape standard including two travel lanes, angle and parallel parking, Ladner Village ornamental street lighting, wide sidewalks and curb extensions at crossings, as outlined in Policy E.11 in Schedule B.3 of the Official Community Plan. Staff Contact: Laura Ryan – 604-946-3395 Web Location: March 10, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda Item E.09 Project No. 2: Application for Rezoning (File No. LU007016) 7761/7781 Vantage Way, as shown outlined in bold on MAP NO. 2

Applicant:

0972968 BC Ltd. 604-592-2972

Proposal: Application for Rezoning in order to permit a “Household Hazardous Waste Facility”. The proposed facility would store and process inside the existing building on the subject property consumerbased household hazardous waste products, including paint, lighting, pesticides, gasoline, flammable liquids and smoke alarms, and other additional products subject to permission being granted by the Province.

Staff Contact: Alex Cauduro – 604-952-3163 Web Location: March 10, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda Item E.06 Project No. 3: Application for Official Community Plan Amendment and Development Variance Permit (File No. LU006964) Location:

4495 64 Street, as shown outlined in bold on MAP NO. 3

Applicant:

Watson & Barnard Land Surveyors

Telephone:

604-943-9433

“The Corporation of Delta Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3950, 1985” Amendment Bylaw No. 7321

9225 Hardy Road, as shown outlined in bold on MAP NO. 5

Applicant:

Gurjinder Grewal

Telephone:

604-773-8490

Proposal: Application for Land Use Contract Discharge, Rezoning and Development Variance Permit in order to permit subdivision and development of two single family residential lots. Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw No. 7315

MAP NO. 5 FILE NO. LU007037

To amend “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” by rezoning the subject property from the underlying RS1 Single Family Residential zone to RS8 Single Family (390 m2) Residential.

To exempt the subject property from Policy C of the East Ladner Area Plan in order to permit MAP NO. 3 the proposed lots to vary in FILE NO. LU006964 dimension by more than 15 percent from the average of the residential properties within 150 m of the development site.

Development Variance Permit LU007037

Development Variance Permit LU006964 To vary “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” as follows:

Web Location: February 24, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda Item E.04

Staff Contact: Jimmy Ho – 604-946-3331 Web Location: March 10, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda Item E.07 Project No. 4: Application for Land Use Contract Discharge, Rezoning and Development Variance Permit (File No. LU006871) Location:

11440 92 Avenue, as shown outlined in bold on MAP NO. 4

Applicant:

Harjinder Sidhu

Telephone:

778-840-8103

Proposal: Application for Land Use Contract Discharge, Rezoning and Development Variance Permit in order to permit subdivision and development of two single family residential lots.

“Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” Amendment Bylaw No. 7304

Staff Contact: Nancy McLean – 604-952-3814

Project No. 6: Application for Official Community Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Development Variance Permit (File No. LU006805) Location:

11378 and 11388 80 Avenue, as shown outlined in bold on MAP NO. 6

Applicant:

Jasvir and Kulwant Sandhar

Telephone:

604-825-4304

Proposal: Application for Official Community Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Development Variance Permit in order to allow subdivision of the two subject properties into three single family residential lots.

To amend the land use designation for the subject properties in the North Delta Future Land Use Plan from SFR Single Family Residential to ISF Infill Single Family Residential.

Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw No. 7303 To discharge Land Use Contract SA No. 2922 from the subject property in order to bring the property under current zoning regulations.

To vary Section 305 of “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” by varying the front setback averaging requirements for the principal structure on proposed Lots 1 and 2 to 9 m from the required setbacks ranging from 8.8 m to 13.8 m.

“The Corporation of Delta Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3950, 1985” Amendment Bylaw No. 7284

“Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” Amendment Bylaw No. 7285

MAP NO. 4 FILE NO. LU006871

Development Variance Permit LU006871 To vary “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” as follows: 1 . Section 305 by varying the front setback averaging requirements for the principal structure on proposed Lots 1 and 2 to 7.4 m from the required setbacks ranging from 7.9 m to 8.3 m; and 2. Section 636E by varying the minimum lot width for subdivision from 13 m to 12.8 m for proposed Lots 1 and 2. Staff Contact: Nancy McLean – 604-952-3814

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“Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” Amendment Bylaw No. 7316

To amend “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” by rezoning the subject property from the underlying RS1 Single Family Residential zone to RS8 Single Family (390 m2) Residential.

MAP NO. 2 FILE NO. LU007016

Project No. 5: Application for Land Use Contract Discharge, Rezoning and Development Variance Permit (File No. LU007037)

To discharge Land Use Contract SA No. 3306 from the subject property in order to bring the property under current zoning regulations.

Proposal: Application for Official Community Plan Amendment and Development Variance Permit in order to permit subdivision and development of three single family residential lots.

2. Section 305 by varying the front setback averaging requirements on proposed Lot 1 from 6.7 m to 6.5 m and proposed Lot 2 from 7.3 m to 6.5 m.

To amend “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” by rezoning the subject properties, including the water area, from CS-2(L) Service Commercial-2 (Ladner) and I1-S Special Light Industrial to a MAP NO. 1 new zone, MU(LW) Mixed-Use FILE NO. LU006903 (Ladner Waterfront). The MU(LW) zone would permit a wide range of uses including retail, office, service commercial, eating and drinking establishments, moorage and marina related uses, recreation and cultural uses, and limited residential uses; zero setbacks; public access to the harbour along the front property line and along the rear property line; and a building height of 2 ½ storeys.

Telephone:

To amend “Delta Zoning Bylaw, No. 2750, 1977” by rezoning the subject property from I2 Heavy Industrial to Comprehensive Development Zone No. 437 in order to allow a “Household Hazardous Waste Facility” use in addition to all other uses currently permitted in the I2 Heavy Industrial Zone.

1. Section 636B by varying the minimum lot width from subdivision in the RS5 Single Family (550 m2) Residential zone from 16 m to 15.7 m for proposed Lots 2 and 3; and

“Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” Amendment Bylaw No. 7270

Location:

“Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” Amendment Bylaw No. 7283

Web Location: March 10, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda Item E.08

MAP NO. 6 FILE NO. LU006805

To amend “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” by rezoning the property at 11378 80 Avenue and the western portion of the property at 11388 80 Avenue from RS1 Single Family Residential to RS7 Single Family (335 m2) Residential and to rezone the remainder of the property at 11388 80 Avenue from RS1 Single Family Residential to RS5 Single Family (550 m2) Residential. Development Variance Permit LU006805 To vary Section 305 of “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” by varying the front setback averaging requirements for the principal structure on proposed Lots 1 and 2 to 6.5 m from the required setbacks ranging from 6.5 m to 6.84 m. Staff Contact: Nancy McLean – 604-952-3814 Web Location: February 24, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda Item E.02

continued on next page


March 26, 2014 The Delta Optimist A13

Little House workshop to provide help to parents Heart of a Parent session set for April 5 will deal with issues stemming from a child’s substance abuse The South Delta Little House Society is holding a one-day workshop next month aimed at helping parents concerned about a child’s substance abuse. “It’s for parents or grandparents who are concerned about their child or grandchild, regardless of age, whose substance abuse is negatively affecting them and their family,” said Little House Society president Jim Stimson. The Heart of a Parent workshop is open to mothers, fathers and grandparents. The society previously held Heart of a Mother and Heart of a Child workshops, but this is the first specifically designed for both parents. Stimson said the society decided to offer the session after seeing a need for it in the community. The workshop will cover

a number of topics, including understanding the difference between abuse and addiction, enabling behaviours, boundary setting and communication skills. Stimson will co-facilitate the session along with Kathleen Beaton, a registered clinical counsellor who has a private practice at Cedar Park Counselling in South Delta. She has more than 10 years of experience helping people deal with life problems, transitions and relationship issues. Stimson has more than 35 years of experience working in the addictions field, as well as employee assistance programming, helping individuals, families, workplaces and unions deal with addictions and other emotional and psychological difficulties. Heart of a Parent is being held at the Little

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Residents at Mountain View Manor celebrated the opening of a new room at Delta Hospital’s extended care unit last week. On Tuesday, staff and residents feted the opening of a recreation room that offers residents a quiet place for exercising. Previously, any equipment and classes were held in the main dining room, according to physiotherapist Geri Pearson. Pearson and rehabilitation assistant Chris Burdett help residents on a variety of equipment designed to help maintain mobility, range of motion and strength. The pair also offers balance classes and a host of other sessions. While the facility does not offer rehabilitation services, Burdett and Pearson are there to help residents maintain their mobility as long as possible. The exercise also comes with significant physical and psychological benefits for residents. The room was made possible with funding from both the Delta Hospital Auxiliary and Delta Hospital Foundation.

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Public Hearing - April 1, 2014 Continued from page 12 14 Con/nued

Project No. 7: Application for Official Community Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Development Variance Permit (File No. LU006867) Location:

11503 80 Avenue, as shown outlined in bold on MAP NO. 7

Applicant:

Watson & Barnard Land Surveyors

Telephone:

604-943-9433

Proposal: Application for Official Community Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Development Variance Permit in order to permit subdivision and development of three single family residential lots. “The Corporation of Delta Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3950, 1985” Amendment Bylaw No. 7262 To amend the land use designation for the subject property in the North Delta Future Land Use Plan from SFR Single Family Residential to ISF Infill Single Family Residential. “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” Amendment Bylaw No. 7263 To amend “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” by rezoning the subject property from RS1 Single Family Residential to RS7 Single Family (335m2) Residential. Development Variance Permit LU006867 MAP NO. 7 FILE NO. LU006867 To vary Section 632D of “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977” by varying the minimum rear setback for a principal structure from 9 m to 7.5 m on the proposed lots. Staff Contact: Susan Elbe – 604-946-3389 Web Location: February 24, 2014 Regular Council Meeting Agenda Item E.03 Additional Information Additional information, copies of the bylaws, supporting staff reports, and any relevant documentation may be inspected until April 1, 2014. Municipal Hall:

Community Planning and Development Department

Hours:

8:30 am to 4:45 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (except statutory holidays) 8:30 am to 8:00 pm Thursday

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www.delta.ca

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Phone:

604-946-3380

Please note that Council may not receive further submissions from the public or interested persons concerning any project after the Public Hearing has concluded.

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A14 The Delta Optimist March 26, 2014

Tough to find something healthy these days

WHO sugar crackdown makes casualties of orange juice, milk and even that favourite can of tomato soup BARBARA GUNN

LIVING MATTERS Call me food-confused. I always knew that Pop Tarts aren’t among the most nutritious items out there. I knew that a Snickers bar and a can of Pepsi are not recommended as appropriate breakfast fare, and that

spinach, carrots and pomegranates are preferable to jelly donuts, Fruit Loops and frappuccinos. I did not know that a can of tomato soup was on the suspect list. “Yikes!” I said the other day. “One cup has 16 grams of sugar! That’s off the charts!” That, I told the husband, distressed me to the core, given that tomato soup is one of my favourite meals, especially when it’s accom-

Health Organization report that told us most of us are ingesting way too much of the sweet stuff. Our mission: to cut back what we could. “Oh, man,” I moaned. “What now?” asked the husband. “Our favourite OJ,” I said. “One cup has 25 grams.” “Well,” he said. “That goes off the shopping list.” The shopping list, I must say, has become something

panied by a grilled cheese sandwich, a couple of dill pickles and a glass of milk. And occasionally, a cookie for dessert. “Speaking of milk,” said the husband, holding up the jug, “one cup has 11 grams. But maybe that’s the good sugar?” We were going through the fridge and the pantry — the husband and I — and taking stock of those secret sugars. This, in light of the recent World

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wedding planner 2014

Destination weddings still require work

According to a study from XO Group Inc., creator of wedding Web sites TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, 350,000 destination weddings take place annually. Such figures reflect a growing trend of couples who want to tailor their weddings to their own personalities, even if that means tying the knot in exotic or unusual locales. But as popular as destination weddings have become, couples who have had such weddings can attest that planning a destination wedding is not necessarily easier than planning a more traditional ceremony close to home. There are some factors couples must consider when mulling whether or not to have a destination wedding.

Guest list The XO Group study found that destination weddings have an average of 86 guests. When sitting down to organize their guest lists, many couples realize they have well over 100 guests on their lists. Such couples may find a destination wedding especially difficult to pull off, as resorts may or may not be able to accommodate such a substantial number of guests. Another thing to consider is that the larger the guest list, the more likely many of those guests will not be able to afford to attend or get enough time off from work to make it to a destination wedding. Couples who want to ensure all of their loved ones can be there might be better off avoiding destination weddings.

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example, some venues do not provide equipment, such as microphones and speaker systems, to couples for their ceremonies. Renting such equipment can be costly, but couples can often skirt such charges by hiring deejays or bands who lend couples their equipment during the ceremony. When discussing music to be played during the reception, couples must consider their own musical tastes as well as those of their guests. A wide range of popular music tends to go best at wedding receptions, as guests are more likely to dance to songs they recognize. Avoid any music that has the potential to offend guests, opting for lighter, happier tunes instead. Whether hiring a band or deejay, couples should make a list of no-play songs or artists and make sure that such lists are included in their contracts.

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Why you need the help of a wedding planner Volume of decisions and tasks can be overwhelming Planning a wedding is often both fun and frustrating. While planning a party for friends and family can be fun, couples can easily be overwhelmed by the nuts and bolts of planning such a significant event. Interviewing vendors, negotiating prices and arranging for accommodations are just a few of the many tasks couples must complete before they can finally relax and tie the knot. The sheer volume of decisions couples must make when planning a wedding is one reason many men and women seek the services of wedding planners. The following are some additional reasons couples might want to ease their burdens and hire wedding planners as they get ready for their big day. • Planners are familiar with vendors. Wedding planners work for couples, and while planners often recommend certain vendors, they typically work with whomever the couples ultimately choose. As a result, veteran wedding planners tend to have worked with every florist, caterer, deejay, and venue in their areas. That makes them an invaluable resource to couples who don’t know where to begin as they start planning their weddings. Wedding planners can save couples time by suggesting couples avoid certain vendors, whether

it’s because those vendors have poor service records or they simply don’t fit into a couple’s budget. Wedding planners also can make recommendations based on what couples want. For example, wedding planners may know which deejays are best for more raucous receptions and which ones are best suited for couples who want a more formal affair.

“... a seasoned wedding planner can address such issues before the couple is aware they existed.” • Planners know pricing. Wedding vendors often leave room for negotiation when making proposals to prospective customers. Seasoned wedding planners will know the going rates for various services, helping couples get the best rates possible and doing so with minimal effort. In addition, planners might be able to negotiate directly with vendors they have worked with in the past, removing one of the biggest stressors of planning a wedding, the negotiation process, from the list of responsibilities couples must handle before tying the knot. • Planners remember the small details you’re likely to forget. Many couples who have large weddings are getting married for the first time,

and there are bound to be details they overlook along the way. Seasoned wedding planners are far less likely to overlook even the tiniest of details, helping couples rest easy knowing that no stone has gone unturned as their big days draw closer and closer. • Planners keep you on course. The longer a couple’s engagement, the easier it becomes to put certain decisions off. But as the wedding day draws nearer, that procrastination often turns into panic, as couples realize their options dwindling and decisions need to be made as soon as possible. Wedding planners hired shortly after a couple gets engaged will be there to ensure couples stay on track, making decisions as needed and not putting important decisions off until the last minute. • Planners make the wedding day less stressful. Despite all the planning and preparation that goes into their weddings, couples often find their wedding days to be whirlwind days that seem to fly by. Small problems on a couple’s wedding day have a tendency to be magnified, but a seasoned wedding planner can address such issues before the couple is aware they existed. This makes the day much more enjoyable for the bride and groom and their investment in a wedding planner that much more worthwhile.

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A18 The Delta Optimist March 26, 2014 Wedding Planner

Best to keep save-the-date cards simple Many couples find that tradition reigns supreme when planning a wedding. Certain traditions, such as fathers walking their daughters down the aisle and grooms sharing a dance with their mothers at the reception, are moments to cherish. Though such traditions have withstood the test of time, couples still have some opportunities to embrace relatively recent traditions. One such recent tradition is the save-the-date card, a precursor to wedding invitations that simply lets guests know when the wedding is so they can clear their calendars and be there on a couple’s big day. While save-the-date cards are best kept simple, there are a few rules couples should follow before sending their cards out to loved ones. Finalize the guest list before sending save-the-date cards Couples must finalize their guest lists before sending their save-the-date cards. Doing so avoids the potentially messy situation that would no doubt arise if a person were to receive a savethe-date card but then not make the final guest list. Trimming the guest list often comes down to

Many couples choose to send out save-the-date cards ahead of the official wedding invitation. finances, so couples also want to agree on their budget before sending out their save-the-date cards. Once the guest list has been finalized, couples can send out their save-the-date cards as soon as possible. Confirm addresses Couples should confirm their

loved ones’ addresses before mailing any save-the-date cards. This can be easily accomplished by sending mass emails to friends and family members or contacting individuals via private messages sent on social media sites. Postage to send save-the-date cards can be costly, especially

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relatives receive cards and they don’t because a couple did not have their correct address. Keep things appropriate Save-the-date cards need not be as formal as wedding invitations, but they should still be appropriate. Guests often keep save-thedate cards on their refrigerators, where people of all ages can see the cards. So while cards can be light-hearted, they should still be family-friendly. For example, photos of the bride- and groom-to-be decked out in swimsuits should be avoided. Don’t overdo it with information Save-the-date cards don’t need to include as much information as the more formal invitations, which tend to include information about the ceremony, reception, hotel, directions, and other relevant wedding details. A save-the-date card only needs to include the date of the wedding, including the month, day and year so guests are not confused if the cards are going out well in advance of the wedding day. Couples can include a link to their wedding website on the backs of their save-the-date cards, which makes it easier for guests to learn more details about the wedding without inundating them with information too early.

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March 26, 2014 The Delta Optimist A19 In the Community

Nicaraguan trip finds a diamond in the rough

The Pentland family from Ladner — John, Glenda, CJ and Tyler — travelled to Nicaragua last month to be part of a team of 12 Habitat for Humanity volunteers to build a house for a family in the community of San Cayetano. The Pentlands took the opportunity to also load up their luggage with donations from family and friends. The donated items included school supplies, athletic equipment, clothes, toys and a set of baseball uniforms donated by the Ladner Minor Baseball Association. CJ and Tyler, now in university, grew up playing baseball for the LMBA and John continues to umpire for the association. The baseball uniforms were given to the coach of a team of 11- and 12-year-old

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These Nicaraguan baseball players are wearing Ladner jerseys thanks to the Pentland family, who are pictured in the back row (from left): CJ, Glenda, John and Tyler. boys and CJ and Tyler had the opportunity to play an inning of ball with them. The field was pretty rough — covered with evidence of cattle, horses and pigs — but that didn’t stop the boys from giving it their all. When it came time to

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A20 The Delta Optimist March 26, 2014 Feedback

Coyotes down the home stretch. Vancouver has qualified for the The Vancouver Canucks are on the outside looking in when it comes to the Western Conference’s playoff picture. The team, which has nine postseason the last five years. The Optimist asked: games remaining, is chasing clubs like the Dallas Stars and Phoenix

Will the Canucks make the playoffs?

Nicole McDonald I think they’ll make it. If they keep playing the way they did the other day (Sunday against Buffalo), they should make it.

Cathy Jackson It doesn’t appear so.

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Paul Beeksma No. Ran out of good players, too many injuries.

Jeff Shillington I do not think the Canucks will make the playoffs. The logistics, they have to win every game, right?

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March 26, 2014 The Delta Optimist A21 In the Community

Dyke bests fellow cadets in public speaking event

Sgt. Tristan Dyke from 819 North Delta Skyhawks took home the gold medal at a public speaking competition hosted by the Air Cadet League of Canada earlier this month in Ladner. Dyke advances to the provincial competition next month after besting five other speakers at the event at the Boundary Bay Airport. The silver medal went to F/Sgt. Lo (609 Steveston) and Sgt. Kumar (692 BCIT Aerospace) won the bronze. Each year cadets from around the country train to compete at effective speaking competitions to improve their self-confidence and learn new things that make them better Canadians. Cadets select one of eight topics and then prepare a five-minute speech. At the competition, competitors are given an impromptu, which they have three minutes to prepare for and must speak for two minutes.

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in maintaining an interest in aviation and aerospace, attracting and retaining youth members and adult leaders, providing a voice for the air cadet movement and to aiding in the organizational structure down to the squadron level.

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fidence while their child develops language, cognitive and social skills. An added benefit is the opportunity for the adults, over snacks, to build a network of friendships and support. If you would like to take part, new sessions of the free interactive program begin at the end of March/ beginning of April. Contact your local Delta library to register.

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A22 The Delta Optimist March 26, 2014 Tee Time

Local courses ready for influx of golfers Local courses are gearing up for another season as the spring weather beckons golfers. Kings Links by the Sea Kings Links by the Sea

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A24 The Delta Optimist March 26, 2014 Coming Events Clubs & Groups !Do you love to play board games? Are you between 12 and 19 years old? Then come to the library for a fun night of gaming and free pizza. Games and snacks provided by Imperial Hobbies. Thursday, March 27, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683-51st St., Delta. !Understanding Dementia, Communication and Behaviour, Alzheimer Society of B.C. workshop, March 29 and April 5, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Augustine House, 3820 Arthur Dr. Pre-registration required. Krista Frazee, 604-238-7390, kfrazee@ alzheimerbc.org. !Paterson Park Public Forum, Saturday, March 29, 1 - 3 p.m. at Kinsmen House, 5050-47th Ave., Ladner (next to library). There will be a series of three public forums held for the Delta public to explore the various options and opportunities for Paterson Park. The topic of the first forum will be Education, Health & Recreation. Contact: Lynw@deltassist. com (604-946-9526). !The Tsawwassen Tuesday Ladies Golf Club is welcoming new members for the 2014 season. We will be playing at Kings Links golf course. For information contact Pat at 604-531-5003

or Nancy at 604-943-2807. !Golfers: New members welcome to the Tsawwassen Mens’ Golf Club for an exciting season beginning April 1 continuing until Sept 30 for play every Tuesday at King’s Links Golf Course. Tee times start at 12:30 p.m. Join us for a variety of events, tournaments and prizes for different ages and handicaps along with a super closing season banquet. For info contact Doug at 604-9400770 and/or visit the website www.tmgc.ca. !The Delta Chamber of Commerce presents an After 5 Business Social on Monday, April 7 at Tilbury Sports Grill, 7187 Vantage Way. Register at deltachamber.ca. !Minimizing Taxes and Maximizing Wealth, will be at the Tsawwassen Library, 1321A - 56th St. Sheila Whitehead will be offering tax-smart investment ideas and strategies on Tuesday, April 8, from 3 - 4 p.m. !Canadian Mental Health Association Delta is offering a therapeutic arts program for children 6-12 years old on Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Collaboration room at Delta Manor Education Centre, 4750-57th St., Ladner. Call 604-943-1878 for intake process.

!Lawn bowling provides great recreational and socializing opportunities, particularly in the spring and summer. To learn more about this sport and/or to sign up for lessons, come on Saturday, April 12, between noon and 2 p.m. to an Open House at the Tsawwassen Lawn Bowling Club. The clubhouse and green are located on the north side of Winskill Park beside the artificial turf playing field. Club members and coaches will be on hand to welcome you, to answer any questions, and to share with you their enthusiasm for Bowls. Parking is accessed from 56th St. and is behind the Tsawwassen Medical Building. Come rain or shine. !You are invited to attend the Low Vision Support Group at Ladner Library on Monday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. to hear Bernice, from McKee Seniors’ Recreation Centre, talk about the benefits of exercise. !Overeaters Anonymous meets Thursdays at 1 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 4755 Arthur Dr., Ladner. !The Relaxation Circle welcomes anyone diagnosed with cancer, other lifethreatening or progressive illness, family and friends. Practising stress reduction can be helpful when experi-

encing pain, anxiety, worry, exhaustion, sleeplessness or other symptoms. Dropin Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner. For more information. Call 604948-0660. !Learn the benefits of meditation with enjoyable, practical classes with western Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Delek. Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Longhouse Gallery, 1710-56th St. No pre-registration necessary. Drop in $10 per class, or $40 for five classes. Find out more at web site: kmcvancouver.org. !Fun and friendly volunteers are needed for a children’s thrift store opening this spring in downtown Ladner. Reach Child and Youth Development Society is a non-profit organization that helps children with special needs. We need volunteers to work in the store (open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or help sort donations (Monday mornings). Ideal volunteers are willing to commit to at least one shift per week. Interested volunteers please email volunteer@reachdevelopment.org or call 604-946-6622. Seniors !Nearly Neil will be performing at the KinVillage Community Centre,

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Saturday, March 29. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Two 45-minute sets with a 30-minute intermission. Located at 543010th Ave., Tsawwassen. Cabaret style seating. Tickets $20 cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, available at reception Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or call 604-943-0225. !KinVillage Travel presents a Coquitlam casino trip Monday, May 12. Cost is $7. Open 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday at the KinVillage Community Centre and at McKee. Call 604-943-0225. !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 !A burger/beer or wine fundraiser for United Entertainers Society takes place Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at the Sundance Pub, 6574 Ladner Trunk Rd. Silent auction, door prizes, karaoke at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. For more info call Vann at 604946-9224 or email bbesth@ yahoo.com.

Special Events !A Retirement Tea for Cecelia Duncan will be held at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Friday, March 28, 2 - 4 p.m. We will be hosting an afternoon tea to celebrate Cecelia Duncan, library supervisor. !A book sale will be held Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at South Delta Recreation Centre. Stock up on some gently used children’s Books at the Children’s Swap Meet. !ElderCollege has free special feature presentations at Cedar Park Church in April. On April 12 (2 to 4 p.m.) we present “The Best Bad Idea: The True Story of Argo” with Mark and Cora Lijek, and on April 29 (7 to 8:30 p.m.) we present “The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way Cities Feed Themselves” with Peter Ladner. Advance registration is appreciated by phoning 604-943-0262 to leave your name and phone number. The Coming Events column is published every Wednesday as a community service. If you have a nonprofit event, mail, drop off, fax, or e-mail (events@ delta-optimist.com) the details to the Optimist by 3 p.m. Monday. Submissions are subject to space limitations (no phone calls, please).

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March 26, 2014 The Delta Optimist A25 In the Community

Lion-sized donation to Reach!

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Representatives of the Boundary Bay Lions Club (from left) Gary Keller and Paul Noe presented a cheque for $16,500 to Reach Child and Youth Development Society executive director Renie D’Aquila, fundraising and events co-ordinator Joni Wright and (below) Susan Gall, along with some of the children in Reach Preschool South. The Lions Club has committed $50,000 towards Reach’s capital campaign to build a $4 million accessible child development centre in the heart of Ladner.

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South Delta Paint & Design donated $726 to Reach’s capital campaign to build a facility in the heart of Ladner. The store’s Charles Gillan said he strongly supports the capital campaign and decided to donate $1 for every gallon of Premium Line Exterior paint sold. Reach Society director Marcia McCafferty (left), South Delta Paint & Design’s Gillan and Reach Foundation chair Barbara Wallick are shown with the donation cheque.

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Delta Sports A26 The Delta Optimist March 26, 2014

Sports Editor: Mark Booth

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Trio to continue careers at TWU

Celtic and Coastal clash

Delta soccer standouts currently with Coastal FC U18s MARK BOOTH

A trio of Delta soccer standouts will be continuing their careers at Trinity Western University next fall. The two-time defending CIS national women’s champions announced the signings of goalkeeper Rachel Sydor, along with strikers Danae Derksen and Casandra Silveri. All three are playing with Coastal F.C.’s U18 team in the B.C. Premier Soccer League.

“To play for Erin (VanDyck) and Graham is going to be a truly amazing experience. I am proud to be selected to play for such a successful team who supports one another both on and off the pitch.”

Rachel Sydor

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Ladner Celtic’s Jeremy Gill battled for possession against a Coastal FC Royals opponent during last month’s District 5 U16 Group “A” League Cup playdowns at Holly Park. Coastal won this game 1-0 but Ladner would avenge the result three weeks later with a 4-0 victory in the cup final. The Celtic also defeated North Delta United 2-0 to capture Delta District playdowns and will look to continue its momentum this week on the road against Chilliwack in B.C. Soccer’s opening round Coastal “B” Cup play.

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Sydor backstopped Coastal to a provincial championship and a fourth place finish at the 2013 national club championship in St. John’s, N.L. This past December, her team also won the inaugural Northwest League Champions Cup, which features the B.C. Soccer Premier League champion taking on the Washington Regional Club League champion. The 5-foot-9 keeper attends South Delta secondary.

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“We are delighted that Rachel has committed to joining our program and I believe we have recruited one of the best goalkeepers for her age in the province,” said TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh. “She has so many good attributes as a goalkeeper and a work ethic and desire to get better and better. I really like what I see in her determination, her character and the fact she is going to get a chance to compete for playing time in her first year.” So far this season, Sydor has yet to allow a goal in three straight Coastal victories. “I am very excited to be attending TWU this fall,” said Sydor, who plans to take general studies in the fall. “To play for Erin (VanDyck) and Graham is going to be a truly amazing experience. I am proud to be selected to play for such a successful team who supports one another both on and off the pitch.” Derksen, a Grade 12 student at Delta Secondary, was the top scorer in the B.C. Premier Soccer League last season. “Danae is going to be a great addition to our program in so many ways,” Roxburgh said. “She has turned into a top youth prospect and has demonstrated that she can both score goals and create them, with her pace, crossing ability and movement up front. She is a player we have tracked for the last couple of years and I think she will prove to be a fantastic recruit for our program. “I have been impressed

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“Danae is going to be a great addition to our program in so many ways. She has turned into a top youth prospect and has demonstrated that she can both score goals and create them, with her pace, crossing ability and movement up front.” Graham Roxburgh

“I think Casandra is a great addition to our program and, particularly, for our attacking options,” Roxburgh said. “I like the fact that she is technically strong, has a good understanding of the game and can play in a couple of positions going forward. She can be a player who can unlock a defending core with vision, technical ability and she has always shown a knack for goal.” Silveri plans to study business at TWU.

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with her dedication to continually advance and develop her skills, her commitment to work rate and her willingness to go into the hard areas to score goals. She is a strong athlete and a great person, who I believe has the ability to help enhance our culture moving forward, both on and off the field.” Silveri is another highscoring Coastal forward who led the league in goals during her U16 season.

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March 26, 2014 The Delta Optimist A27

South Delta Pee Wee squad captures playoff banner

The Juvenile AAA Storm show off their PCAHA playoff champions banner.

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First season a success South Delta Juvenile AAA team wins PCAHA playoffs

The South Delta Minor Hockey Association’s Juvenile AAA Storm capped off a successful first season by winning Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association’s President’s Series Playoff Champions banner. The Storm were a brand new team that was created by South Delta Minor Hockey to fill a demand for rep hockey for 18- to 20-year-old young men. This age group has not been represented by SDMHA for eight years. The level of commitment and passion for the

game was evident right from the beginning of the season with coaches Derek Chichak and Bob Walker having no problem filling a 22-man roster. Most game nights the team had extra players all wanting to play and not enough spots on the bench. As a new team, the Storm started out in Tier 3 but were quickly moved to Tier 2 as a result of dominating play in the qualifying round. South Delta was predominantly first-year players but held its own against older and more experienced

opposition. The team ended up with a 22-7-4 record, good enough for second place in its tier. Having such experienced coaches definitely helped the young squad, a fact that was recognized when Chichak was hired as the Delta Ice Hawks head coach toward the end of the season. The Storm played determined and inspired hockey and had a large contingent of fans throughout the year. Hopefully it is the start of a long-term stay for South Delta in the Juvenile rep league.

The South Delta Storm Pee Wee A3 team capped the 2013-2014 campaign in impressive style with a 6-2 home ice win over Langley A5 to capture the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association’s President Series playoff banner. Despite the final score line, the game hung in the balance with the Storm clinging to a 3-2 lead with less than two minutes to play. A pair of quick goals from Austin Labelle and a helper from Aidan Van Poelgeest sealed the win. The victory assured the Storm the playoff banner as the locals finished in a first place tie with Squamish A1 but were given the nod thanks to an earlier 4-2 victory in the teams’ only head-to-head meeting. Last Monday’s win highlighted a very strong playoff run for the Storm in which they went 6-2 with both defeats being one-goal losses. South Delta posted the best goals against of all teams. Head coach Mark Bermel said the team’s goaltending had been very solid all year and it was especially gratifying to see

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The South Delta Storm Pee Wee A3 celebrate after capping their year with a playoff championship. The team compiled a 6-2 record over a strong playoff run. the entire team play so well down the stretch. The Storm lost two key players to injury, one for much of the second half and another just prior to the key match-up against Langley. Despite this, the team played sound positional hockey, distributed the puck and used its high tempo game to eventually overwhelm the opposition. South Delta’s roster also featured: Sam Tisley, Ryan

Rundhawa, Rhys Saleken, Owen Grannary, Noah Iversen, Lucas Keady, Kyle Robinson, Joshua Bermel, Jackson Vantol, Faaiz Walji, Dawson Mitchuk, Brett Fowler, Brennan Katsube, Bennett Stoilen, Austin Labelle, Andrew HansenZerr and affiliate player Jade Ridgewell. The coaching staff also includes Neil Grannary, Craig Labelle and Wayne Carleton.

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A28 The Delta Optimist March 26, 2014

United advances to final

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Delta United advanced to the championship game of the Fraser Valley Soccer League’s Rob Brown Masters Cup with a 3-0 win over Surrey United on March 14 at Holly Park. Delta will face Coastal FC in this weekend’s final.

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Occupation: Preschooler! What is the activity? Tutus for 2s Dance Class Where and when does this take place? Thursdays at the South Delta Recreation Centre How often do you participate? One day per week.

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The South Delta Bantam Thunderbirds had a successful season, finishing the league with an 11-2-2 record and then capping off the year with an impressive 5-0 run in the playoffs to capture the playoff banner. The roster includes: Dean Kishiuchi, Connor Sillet, Reece Bains, Austin Christopherson, Nicholas Degoutiere, Payton Deluca, Tyler Falcade, Brendan Guraliuk, Justin Hasker, Charlie Lock, Nicolas Navakowski, Neil O’Conner (captain), Jordan Payne, Matthew Porteous, Riley Sherwin, Sheldon Vantol, Reilly Varhaug and Carter Warn. The team was guided by coaches Ted Lock, Murray Sherwin and JP Guimond.

How long have you been involved? I just started dancing. Why did you get involved in this activity? Because I love to dance. What do you like best about this activity? The music and my outfit! How does it benefit your life? I really enjoy dancing, jumping & spinning. It makes me happy. What other things do you do to keep active? I swim, do gymnastics, skate and play outside. Did you know that dancing is fun AND beneficial to young children? Dancing develops coordination, flexibility, strength, balance & stamina. It can increase self-esteem and confidence while providing an outlet for expressing emotions. Dancing is a form of physical activity that suits a wide range of abilities, and can become something that individuals enjoy throughout their life. Delta Parks, Recreation & Culture encourages a “Try It, Learn It, Live It” approach to activities. Drop-in to a class to see if it is something you might enjoy, register for an introductory lesson to gain some skills and then make the activity a part of your active lifestyle! Check out the wide variety of programs available for preschoolers – everything from Creative Critters to Mini Movers & Shakers! For more details on dropin or registered programs offered, consult the Spring Leisure Guide online now at delta.ca, call 604-952-3000 or visit your local recreation centre.

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Actual results may vary. ‡Offer only available at participating Ford dealers with the purchase of lease of a new 2014 Fiesta, Focus, CMAX Hybrid, Fusion Hybrid (up to 1,000 litres); Fusion, Mustang, Taurus, Escape (up to 1,500 litres); and Flex, Explorer, Edge, Expedition (up to 2,000 litres) – all diesel models are excluded. $0.95 price lock (“Price Lock”) amount may only be redeemed for regular grade fuel at participating Esso gas stations and applies when regular grade fuel is priced between $1.15 and $1.50 per litre at the participating Esso gas station where the redemption takes place. Where regular grade fuel is priced above $1.50 per litre, customer will receive a $0.55 per litre discount off of the regular grade fuel price, and where regular grade fuel is priced below $1.15, customer will receive a $0.20 discount off of the regular grade fuel price. See dealer for Extra Grade and Premium Grade fuel discount structure and for full offer details. †Until April 30, 2014, receive 0% APR purchase financing on new 2014 Edge models for up to 48 months, Taurus and Escape models for up to 60 months, and Ford Focus (excluding BEV) and Fiesta models for up to 72 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest interest rate. Example: $25,000 purchase financed at 0% APR for 48/60/72 months, monthly payment is $520.83/ $416.66/ $347.22, cost of borrowing is $0 or APR of 0% and total to be repaid is $25,000. Down payment on purchase financing offers may be required based on approved credit from Ford Credit. *Purchase a new 2014 Fiesta S Sedan/2014 Focus S Sedan/2014 Fusion S/2014 Escape S FWD 2.5L for $12,999/$14,999/$23,499/$25,499 after Manufacturer Rebate of $2,500/$2,500/$0/$500 is deducted. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after total Manufacturer Rebate has been deducted. Offers include freight and air tax of $1,565/$1,665/$1,665/$1,715 but exclude variable charges of license, fuel fill charge, insurance, dealer PDI (if applicable), registration, PPSA, administration fees and charges, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. All prices are based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives. **Until April 30, 2014, receive 0.99%/0.99%/2.99%/2.49% annual percentage rate (APR) purchase financing on a 2014 Fiesta S Sedan/2014 Focus S Sedan/2014 Fusion S/2014 Escape S FWD 2.5L for a maximum of 84 months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest APR payment. Purchase financing monthly payment is $160/$185/$310/$331 (the sum of twelve (12) monthly payments divided by 26 periods gives payee a bi-weekly payment of $74/$85/$143/$153 with a down payment of $0 or equivalent trade-in. Cost of borrowing is $460.98/$531.90/$2,574.05/$2,313.14 or APR of 0.99%/0.99%/2.99%/2.49% and total to be repaid is $13,459.98/$15,479.13/$26,073.05/$27,812.14. Offers include a Manufacturer Rebate of $2,500/$2,500/$0/$500 and freight and air tax of $1,565/$1,665/$1,665/$1,715 but exclude variable charges of license, fuel fill charge, insurance, dealer PDI (if applicable), registration, PPSA, administration fees and charges, any environmental charges or fees, and all applicable taxes. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price after Manufacturer Rebate deducted. Bi-Weekly payments are only available using a customer initiated PC (Internet Banking) or Phone Pay system through the customer’s own bank (if offered by that financial institution). The customer is required to sign a monthly payment contract with a first payment date one month from the contract date and to ensure that the total monthly payment occurs by the payment due date. Bi-weekly payments can be made by making payments equivalent to the sum of 12 monthly payments divided by 26 bi-weekly periods every two weeks commencing on the contract date. Dealer may sell for less. Offers vary by model and not all combinations will apply. ***Estimated fuel consumption ratings for 2014 Fiesta 1.6L I4 5-speed manual transmission: [7.4L/100km (38MPG) City, 5.2L/100km (54MPG) Hwy] 2014 Focus 2.0L I4 5-speed manual transmission: [7.8L/100km (36MPG) City, 5.5L/100km (51MPG) Hwy] / 2014 Fusion FWD 2.5L I4 6-speed SST transmission: [9.2L/100km (31MPG) City, 5.8L/100km (49MPG) Hwy] / 2014 Escape FWD 2.5L I4 6-speed automatic transmission: [9.5L/100km (30MPG) City, 6.3L/100km (45MPG) Hwy]. Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on road conditions, vehicle loading, vehicle equipment, vehicle condition, and driving habits. ‡‡Estimated fuel consumption using Environment Canada approved test methods, 2014 Ford Fiesta with 1.0L EcoBoost engine. Class is Subcompact Car versus 2013 competitors. Subcompact Car class and competitor data based on 2013 NRCan Vehicle Class ratings and classifications for subcompact cars with regular gasoline. †††Claim based on analysis by Ford of Polk global new registration for CY2012 for a single nameplate which excludes rebadged vehicles, platform derivatives or other vehicle nameplate versions. ††Based on 2007 - 2013 R. L. Polk vehicle registrations data for Canada in the Large Premium Utility, Large Traditional Utility, Large Utility, Medium Premium Utility, Medium Utility, Small Premium Utility, and Small Utility segments. ˆSome mobile phones and some digital media players may not be fully compatible with SYNC® – check www.syncmyride.com for a listing of mobile phones, media players, and features supported. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control, accident and injury. Certain MyFord Touch™ functions require compatible mobile devices. Some functions are not available while driving. Ford recommends that drivers use caution when using mobile phones, even with voice commands. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, not essential to driving when it is safe to do so and in compliance with applicable laws. SYNC is optional on most new Ford vehicles. ˆ ˆRemember that even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. 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