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designation. Directors indicating support also noted the land currently isn’t in the Agricultural Land Reserve and that extensive improvements were required. Several also complimented the process Delta has gone through. Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said it was a difficult decision in that he was concerned about setting a precedent, but the application had merit and deserved support. White Rock’s Wayne Baldwin agreed, saying it’s an opportunity to put nonproductive, non-ALR land
back into the ALR as good farmland. Baldwin also said Delta has already proved it’s a municipality that takes growth cautiously and is intent on preserving farmland. Coquitlam’s Mae Reid said the plan “is almost like going back to the future” in that many people want to get back into farming, and one way is through community-based agriculture. The 214-hectare (537acre) Tsawwassen property has had a lengthy history of controversy with the most recent chapter beginning in 2006 when Hodgins began
consultations through Smart Growth B.C. His company is proposing to build 950 housing units on 20 per cent of the Southlands in an area that reportedly has the poorest soil quality. The remaining 80 per cent would be given to Delta, much of it for farming. Vancouver’s Raymond Louie admitted the proposal is innovative, but asked directors to “take off their local hats” and view the application through a regional context, adding it’s a long-term decision that would have a negative impact on the region.
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A new contract puts Delta’s firefighters at the top of the pay scale in the province. The Corporation of Delta and Delta Firefighters IAFF Local 1763 have reached an eight-year agreement that includes a 2.5 per cent wage increase each year. The new contract is retroactive to 2012, when the last agreement expired, and will take the department through 2019. With the increase, the average wage for a Delta firefighter is just more than $87,000 a year. Delta chief administrative officer George Harvie said the agreement considered recent settlements in B.C., as well as other provinces, in addition to the skill set of Delta firefighters. The department has the highest pre-hire requirements for applicants in the Lower Mainland, and Delta’s firefighters are trained in technical rescue, hazardous material response as well as medical and aircraft emergencies. “We’re a very diverse fire department in the
Civic officials say the Delta Fire Department has the highest pre-hire requirements for applicants in the Lower Mainland. region,” said fire Chief Dan Copeland. “We require all our firefighters to be
METRO from page 1 ing the staff recommendation, noting the proposal put forward by the Century Group is unlike anything before, one that puts 114 hectares (286 acres) of farmland in public hands as well as improves the agricultural viability of the soil. She explained how the proposal has gone thorough an extensive consultation process, a comment echoed by several of the directors, who also noted Delta farmers were in support. Noting the plan would provide tremendous benefit
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for the region, Jackson, Delta’s representative on the board, also questioned if the Southlands application didn’t meet Regional Growth Strategy amendment requirements, then what application ever would, and whether it would be worth any municipality going through the process. It was the same comment made by Century Group president Sean Hodgins, who told the Optimist Metro staff seemed to simply recommend denial because it was a change to a
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The SPCA will be recommending animal cruelty charges in the deaths of six Ladner dogs earlier this month. The B.C. SPCA announced Monday it will be recommending the charges against the dog walker after the six canines allegedly died while in her care. While the SPCA is still completing its report, chief prevention and enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty said enough evidence has been obtained in the investigation so far to warrant a
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Petsearchers announced the dogs had died, likely from heat exhaustion, after being left in the back of the truck. According to a statement on the Petsearchers website, the dog walker “disclosed that on May 13th, all six dogs were in the back of her vehicle with the side vent windows open and water available, as she had done hundreds of times.” Some time during the outing that day, however, all six dogs succumbed to heatstroke and, the dog walker disposed of the bodies and concocted the story. The dogs were later recovered from an Abbotsford ditch. An online petition has been started to make animal cruelty an indictable offence under the Criminal Code. The petition has garnered more than 103,000 signatures. There is also an online fundraising drive, initially started to help cover the costs of the search for the dogs, that will now help fund memorials for the canines as well as legal fees. Donations can be made by visiting http://www. gofundme.com/97yjh4. The petition can be found by visiting www.thepetitionsite.com and searching Brookswood 6.
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A Delta school psychologist arrested in the U.S. for allegedly possessing child pornography has been granted bail. William Brook, a Point Roberts resident, appeared for a bail hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle Friday where he was granted release on several conditions. Brook also has a home in Bellingham and the judge ordered him to stay within Bellingham city limits, and not to travel back to Point Roberts or Canada. Brook last week also had an arraignment hearing where a trial date of July 28 was set. He was arrested and charged earlier this month with possessing hundreds of images and videos of child porn, including scenes of children being sexually assaulted. He is alleged to have downloaded the material at his residence in Point
A part-time Delta school psychologist has been charged in the U.S. for allegedly possessing child pornography. Roberts. Acting on a tip, U.S. Homeland Security stopped Brook as he attempted to cross the border into Point Roberts. Officers seized his school district-issued laptop he had in his possession, but no illegal images were found on that computer. According to federal charges filed in court, investigators in a subsequent search of his home found 334 files believed to
be child pornography on his laptop, as well as a fourgigabyte thumb drive filled with additional videos. An investigation is taking place here to see whether any crime was committed on Canadian soil, but the school district recently noted that so far there is no indication of wrongdoing. The district would not release the schools Brook worked at or the age of the children he assessed.
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Scott Hamilton has stepped down from his seat on Delta council. The four-term councillor and Liberal MLA for Delta North had been on an unpaid leave of absence since his provincial election victory last May. The move was designed to eliminate the requirement for the municipality to hold a costly by-election. However, with less than six months until the next civic election, Hamilton has decided to resign his council seat. “It’s more a formality than anything,” he said from Victoria Tuesday morning. Hamilton said he has been in Victoria the majority of the time since February. “Council seems to be functioning just fine without me,” he said. At Monday night’s meeting, Hamilton’s council colleagues accepted his
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the province to win a seat in the legislature last year, and although they could have remained on their respective councils, Premier Christy Clark indicated she wasn’t in favour of that, so Hamilton and the others chose to take leaves of absence. The four-term councillor, however, didn’t disappear entirely, attending a few meetings as well as keeping himself updated by watching meetings on video. “I’m going to miss it, I really am,” he said.
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Delta schools behind picket lines today Dispute heats up as teachers undertake rotating job action and government implements ‘partial lockout’ BY
The battle between teachers and government is intensifying with the province throwing a salvo back as teachers undertake rotating strikes this week. In a letter to the B.C. Teachers’ Federation last Wednesday, B.C. Public School Employers’ Association public administrator Michael Marchbank warned of a “partial lockout” to commence Monday. Teachers earlier announced a series of one-day strikes that will impact all school districts this week. Delta schools are scheduled to be behind picket lines today. It’s part of the teachers’ second stage of job action as negotiations drag and the war of words escalates. After four days of rotating strikes this week, all schools are to open again by this Friday, however that hasn’t stopped the employers’ association, which bargains on behalf of the provincial government, from issuing notice of punitive measures should the rotating strikes proceed. The letter states that salaries will be reduced by five per cent as of Monday, but that will increase to 10 per cent if the teachers walk
None of these impacts off the job. Teachers will would have occurred under be forbidden from working the teachers’ job action during lunch and recess, plan, according to the and they can only arrive at union. school 45 minutes before “We were careful to classes start and must leave 45 minutes after classes are ensure that already scheduled finished. extra-cur“The BCTF “We were careful ricular and was told in volunteer advance that to ensure that activities the lockout continued. would not take already scheduled place if they extra-curricular and We wanted to miniended their volunteer activities mize the Stage 1 strike continued.” impact on action. They BCTF president students,” refused to do Jim Iker Iker said. so. In order “During for the lockout rotating out to now be strikes, teachers would conwithdrawn, it is BCPSEA’s tinue all volunteer activiposition that there would either have to be a new col- ties four out of five days a lective agreement signed off week.” The lockouts will also or the cessation of all strike impact all Grade 10 English action by the union,” the students and Social Studies association stated. 11 students who are schedBCTF president Jim Iker uled to write their provinin response said that as a cial exams on June 24. With result of these latest direcall secondary schools under tives, teachers could be disciplined for helping a struggling student at lunch hour. What’s more, extra-curricular activities, including clubs, drama, music and sports will be cancelled, graduation ceremonies will be impacted and final exams for some senior secondary students will not be marked.
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MURPHY’S LAW As the seemingly never-ending Southlands saga inches toward an honestto-goodness conclusion, it was eye-opening to see it viewed through a regional lens last week. Thanks to the magic of live streaming on the Internet, I watched last Friday morning as Metro Vancouver directors debated the application in a big picture kind of way. Given pretty much all of the discussion up to now has been on the impacts, both good and bad, any type of Southlands development would have on Tsawwassen, it was interesting to see how those in the rest of the region look at the issue. Several directors noted that Delta is not a municipality that takes development lightly, while others remarked, in an almost disbelieving way, about the inordinate length of time the issue has been before municipal politicians. The gist from these folks seemed to be that any project that emerged from such an exhaustive process in a place known to be hard on developers must be worthy of support. When you detach yourself and look at it that way, it’s hard to argue with the logic. Some directors expressed concerns over setting a precedent that would lead to increased land speculation in the region, while the loss of farmland was a sticking point for others, particularly those from that agricultural hotbed of Vancouver. In the end, however, the pragmatists ruled the day. During last Friday’s discussion it was acknowledged that some land zoned for agriculture would be lost should the project move forward, but most saw that drawback far outweighed by gains that would be made on the farming side. With the Century Group funding $9 million in drainage and irrigation improvements for the rest of the site, it means land that has been fallow for decades will become viable for soil-based crops. The idea of any farmer investing that type of money is clearly a non-starter, so if that land is to be productive in the foreseeable future, something needs to be done. Throw in the fact 80 per cent of the site would be deeded to the Corporation of Delta, which has pledged to apply to have a big chunk of that returned to the Agricultural Land Reserve, and most Metro directors viewed it as an innovative way to get more land into production than is the case today. There’s no doubt regional politicians have the luxury of looking at the issue in a far more detached manner, but there’s something to be said for taking that step back to arrive at the most logical conclusion.
Final chapter has finally been written on the Southlands BRAD SHERWIN
COMMUNITY COMMENT Well, it’s finally done. The Southlands proposal received approval by the Metro Vancouver board last Friday, ending any further roadblocks to the development. Delta council will give it a final rubber stamp, and the project will get underway. I have to admit, Friday’s vote was a bit of a surprise. I thought that after Metro received feedback from TransLink saying it didn’t support the development from a transportation standpoint, that might change things. TransLink’s letter stated, “It appears likely that Southlands will move the region farther away from the goals and targets set out in the (regional transportation strategy), ultimately making those goals and targets more challenging to achieve in the long term.” Apparently, that didn’t matter. I thought that after Metro Vancouver staff recommended against the proposal that might
change things. They recognized the development had limitations based on the Regional Growth Strategy in a number of areas, not just losing agricultural land or the precedent it would set. Quoting from the staff report, “When considered through the regional lens, staff’s professional opinion is that on balance, despite the fact that Delta’s amendment request is to accommodate an innovative development application with many community benefits, there is not a sufficiently compelling reason to support the proposed amendment.” That didn’t seem to matter, either. I read through the letters received by other cities and municipalities, most of which said they had no objections. Maybe it’s just government verbiage, but I didn’t see any say they supported it, only that it didn’t have an impact on their constituents. The feedback from the public hearing Metro held was consistent with all of the feedback that had been received before from the public. When asked, through a couple of surveys, public hearings and letters to council, the message typically came back that two-thirds of people were opposed to the proposal. For the Metro Vancouver public hearing, 78 per cent were opposed.
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Oh. And when it came time for the vote, which required a two-thirds majority, three board members were absent, representing 12 votes. The most important issue we have faced in South Delta in decades, and they didn’t show up to be counted. Had they voted no, it would have been very close. OK, I’m disappointed, not because it was approved, but because of how it was approved. Maybe the powers that be are smarter than most of us, maybe they know something the rest of us don’t. If that’s the case, and I’m sure it is sometimes, at least let me know that you heard my voice and the voices of so many others who spoke. I can handle a decision I don’t agree with, as long as I feel my concerns were heard and considered. You did ask, after all. I read a tweet last Friday that said “collaborative community planning at its best.” If that were true, I’d hate to see it when it doesn’t go so well. Regardless, it’s done; there is no more uncertainty. We won’t know the true outcome for some time, but the South Fraser Perimeter Road wasn’t the disaster some thought it might be. Maybe that will be the case here. It’s time to turn the page.
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May 28, 2014 The Delta Optimist A9 Letters to the Editor
Engineers warn impacts of towers will be great
Editor: I was in Montreal on business a few days ago and shared over dinner with the engineers from my company the news of the five proposed AM radio towers emitting 50,000 watts into Tsawwassen. I was disturbingly taken back by their reaction upon sharing this information. They expressed grave concern for me and made it abundantly clear it will not be possible for me to continue to work full-time from my home office, as my telephone, cell and Internet connections will be compromised due to blanketing interference from the radio towers. I am a full-time, homebased I.T. consultant for
a large U.S. company. My company does not have a West Coast office where I could simply relocate to conduct my work. Being a home-based employee, 90 per cent of my work is via landline/cell and Internet for an average 10 hours a day, five days a week, where I conduct teleconferences and live webinars with up to 50 attendees, many of whom are executives. If Industry Canada and MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay do not right this wrong, I, and I am certain hundreds, if not thousands of other professional residents conducting their jobs or businesses from their home, risk losing their employment or their clients due to electron-
ic blanketing interference. As well, thousands of residents will be impacted with reduced property values as Tsawwassen will become a stigmatized town as homebuyers will not want to live in “Tower Town.” Wake up, Tsawwassen. Southlands is a walk in the park in comparison to this travesty. Please write Findlay, Industry Canada and donate generously to the Cross-Border Coalition so we are ensured to right this wrong. Time is running out. Once the towers are up, it will be too late. Rhonda Turner, PMP, B. Tech. Senior Project Manager BMC Software
Port’s board populated by those who have an interest in growth Editor: Re: Growing port doesn’t appear to be answerable to anyone, Community Comment, May 23 Once again Ian Robertson has hit the nail right on the head. Port Metro Vancouver’s own website suggests to whom it may be accountable. Its board of directors is peopled by 11 appointees: seven are appointed by the federal government on the recommendation of industry, one directly appointed by the federal government, one by the provincial government, one by
the Western provinces and the last appointed by the Port Metro Vancouver Port Cities Committee. What are the backgrounds of this group? A scan of the list shows, for the most part, former or current presidents and vice-presidents of companies like CP Rail, Polygon Homes, Western Stevedoring and the B.C. Trucking Association. It would appear to most of us this group would have a strong interest in the port’s expansion. With the lack of oversight that Robertson describes, there
would seem to be no real incentive to consider the wishes of the communities affected by such expansion. Where are the public health experts, the representatives of local food producers or environmental experts? As one of many citizens who have attended Port Metro Vancouver’s information meetings and consultation sessions, I cannot share our mayor’s enthusiasm for the proposed community office. As citizens and voters, we need to think carefully before we vote. Wilma Haig
Mayor congratulated on Metro presentation Editor: I attended the Metro Vancouver board meeting last Friday and want to congratulate Mayor Lois Jackson on the superb presentation she delivered on behalf of Delta and the Southlands development. She outlined all the
positive advantages in an eloquent and persuasive manner and, thankfully, the 93-31 vote resulted in this amazing project being passed. My daughter and I were both members of the Southlands Community Planning Team and spent
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May 28, 2014 The Delta Optimist A11 Letters to the Editor
Feds urged to do more to stop Point radio towers
Editor: This is an update letter on the efforts of the Canadian part of the CrossBorder Coalition to stop KRPI’s construction of a 50,000-watt directional transmission towers in Point Roberts. MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay began to re-engage with the coalition by having her staff attend our internal meetings this spring. I attribute this to an apprehension by Findlay that she is losing voter support in Tsawwassen because of an inadequate response to this issue, but Findlay’s help is required irrespective of her motive. Unbeknownst to us, Findlay arranged for two senior Canadian diplomats to visit the Whatcom County planning department to express Tsawwassen residents’ concerns about the radio towers project, and to request that Canadians be given standing at the upcoming public hearing there. (The U.S. part of the coalition had previously determined that Canadians would have standing, but the government wanted to reiterate that point.) Three of us were invited to meet with the diplomats and Findlay just before they left for Bellingham to provide our input. To Findlay’s credit, the intervention of high-level diplomats must
have been helpful and indicates her heightened interest in this issue. An article in the May 21 issue of the Optimist outlined that Findlay’s strategy to obstruct the project is to focus on the conditional use permit to be issued by Whatcom County. FILE PHOTO However we consider Steve Graham would like to see the Findlay’s proposed federal government do more to fight level of intervention the radio towers proposal. at the county level to themselves at their own cost be too limited. at the upcoming hearing. At the meeting she said I encourage the public her hope is for individual Canadians to go to the hear- to continue to petition ing in Bellingham and pres- Findlay’s office to have the federal government do more ent their opinions, in part because there would be “no to assist us collectively cost” (to the federal govern- and financially to have Whatcom County deny the ment presumably). conditional use permit for In response to our KRPI to build the towers in requests, she said that, at Point Roberts. this time, the Canadian We shall provide an government would not update on our efforts to get send a representative to the Industry Canada to petihearing to make a formal tion the FCC to review and presentation on behalf of revoke the U.S. federal perits citizens, nor would it mit in a subsequent letter. contribute to the cost of Steve Graham the Bellingham lawyer on behalf of the Canadian public. In summary, the federal government has sent two senior diplomats to Bellingham on our behalf to express our concerns about this project to Whatcom County. On the other hand, it proposes only to ask individual citizens to fend for
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Barbecued salmon lovers always look forward to the first Sunday in June. That’s the day the annual Tsawwassen Shrine Club salmon barbecue is held at Ladner Harbour Park. Michael Cruise, the club’s publicity chairman, said one ton of salmon will be on the barbecue this Sunday when the 45th
edition of the annual event takes place. Meals include a generous portion of fish, coleslaw, a bun and French fries. “They get a big piece of salmon. It runs around eight to 10 ounces,” said Cruise. Coffee is free but pop costs extra, he noted. Shrine clowns will provide entertainment for kids and there will also be some music. The club supports com-
munity activities and last year paid off a $75,000 commitment for a children’s room at Delta Hospital, Cruise said. The Tsawwassen Shrine Club’s annual salmon barbecue runs from noon to 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Access to Ladner Harbour Park is via the 5100-block of River Road. For more on the Shriners, visit bcshriners.com.
May 28, 2014 The Delta Optimist A13
Hospital’s Block Party Abbeyﬁeld House promises family fun
The Hustle & Heart Block Party promises a fun afternoon for the community while raising muchneeded funds for Delta Hospital. The second annual event will take place on Saturday, June 7 from noon to 6 p.m. on the hospital grounds. All proceeds will support the Results: Healthy and Growing campaign to expand the medical imaging and laboratory facilities at the hospital. This year a donor has generously offered to match all donations up to $25,000. Last year’s inaugural Hustle & Heart Block Party raised over $50,000. “With the matching donation, for every $1 raised at the Hustle & Heart Block Party, Delta Hospital will receive $2,” said Delta Hospital Foundation executive director Veronica Carroll. “Delta Hospital’s diagnostic services department is the backbone of the hospital, providing doctors with the information they require to make accurate and timely diagnoses,” said Carroll. “It’s imperative that Delta Hospital’s diagnostic services centre expands in order to keep up with the growing needs of our community.” The block party will
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Delta is aiming to tidy up its cemeteries in North Delta and Boundary Bay in an effort to “improve desirability” and increase capacity. North Delta’s cemetery at 8700 Brooke Road, known as the Norwegian cemetery for the many Scandinavian pioneers buried there, is registered in Canada’s Historic Places. Dedicated in 1919, it was originally set in a forest but is now surrounded by houses and is beside an elementary school. The cemetery was turned over to the municipality in 1967. While the North Delta cemetery still has room,
Boundary Bay Cemetery’s ground lots are expected to be sold out in three or four years. “North Delta Cemetery has capacity, but receives little use because its visual appearance is not up to the same standard of that at Boundary Bay Cemetery,” Ken Kuntz, Delta’s director of parks, recreation and culture, noted in a municipal staff report. Delta council recently authorized the municipal staff to pursue detailed design and cost estimates, at roughly $40,000, for aesthetic improvements that would include niche walls, boulder and scatter gardens, removing some roadways to increase capacity, and an entrance plaza for the North Delta cemetery.
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May 28, 2014 The Delta Optimist A15
Going strong since 1896! Crowds flock to Memorial Park for May Days, Ladner’s annual spring celebration SCAN WITH TO REVEAL PHOTOS
Unsettled weather couldn’t keep locals away from May Days, which featured three days of activities in Memorial Park and a parade through Ladner Village last weekend.
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Residents at Mountainview Manor in Ladner last week made a donation aimed at helping a local class with an annual trip. Residents at the longterm care facility at Delta Hospital donated $450 to the Grade 6/7 class from Ladner Elementary to help fund the students’ annual outdoor education trip to Evans Lake, just north of Squamish. The students visit Mountainview Manor residents throughout the
school year as part of the Grandpals program. The students and teacher Meriel Abrahamson visit the facility monthly and do a variety of different activities — arts and crafts, reading, games, or just visiting and talking — with some of the residents. “They’re basically building a connection with the residents,” said Neelufa Ramsamy, recreation therapy supervisor at Mountainview Manor. “For our residents, being around children is just an excep-
tional experience for them.” Abrahamson said the program also benefits students, teaching them manners and respect. The residents raised the money through the Pay it Forward recycling programs where they collect and count the tabs from discarded pop cans. Staff and residents return the cans. The aim of the program is to support the local community, Ramsamy said. “It’s great for the residents to give back to their community,” she said.
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Rotary work party puts muscle into B&G Club project The cavalry from the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen arrived at the Winskill Boys and Girls Club in jeans and T-shirts over the Victoria Day long weekend to help with a desperately needed flooring job. A Rotary work party rapidly lifted and removed the old warped and buckled surface used daily by local kids. “We can wreck stuff to get that old floor out of the way,” said Rotarian Alex Tappert. Then the job was turned over to the pros from South Side Flooring, who spent their long weekend days off installing 1,900 square feet of new flooring. The $14,240 project was done at no cost to the Boys and Girls Club.
James Latheron, owner Southside Flooring & Rugs Ltd. and a Rotarian, contributed all the installation work and supplied materials at cost. That cost was covered by Rotary Club fundraising activities. For installer Shane Gorombolyi, it was a great way to give back. “I grew up here and Boys and Girls Club programs helped me and lots of other kids and families.” Tsawwassen Rotarians volunteer to support local, international and youth projects. They are business owners, managers and professionals who enjoy fun, fellowship and live or work in the community. They invite like-minded men and women to join.
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Carnival set for Sing into Spring! English Bluff
English Bluff Elementary is taking a step back in time for its Spring Carnival. The event, which celebrates the Tsawwassen school’s 50th anniversary, will have a 1960s theme. Along with ‘60s flower power decorations, there will be throwback activities like egg and spoon and potato sack races, notes Heidi Surman, cochair of the school’s PAC. There will also be bouncy castles, a photo booth, a DJ, mini golf, silent and live auctions, fire truck tours, a cake walk and barbecue hotdogs. A costume contest for best-dressed 1960s outfits will also take place. Proceeds from the carnival go back into the school for student enrichment, like field trips for example. The event is a celebration and the entire community is invited. The carnival takes place Friday, May 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at English Bluff Elementary, 402 English Bluff Rd..
Fresh off an award-winning trip to New York, the Delta Choral Society hosted its annual spring concert last weekend with two performances at Cedar Park Church in Ladner. Sing into Spring featured the Delta Community Choir and Tapestry, a smaller auditioned choir. Both groups took part in the recent World Strides Heritage Performance Festival in the Big Apple. While in New York, choir members took part in workshops and attended two Broadway musicals.
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May 28, 2014 The Delta Optimist A19 Coming Events Clubs & Groups !On Wednesday, May 28 the Ladner Single Parents Support Group wishes to invite single parents with dependant children to a free dinner at the Ladner Christian Reformed Church, 4594-54A St. Delta. We will be joining the Kids Club for our wind-up dinner until we meet again in September. Doors open at 5:10 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. For further information contact Dianne at 604946-7033. !Legal Information Seminar For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) & other Kinship Care Providers. The seminar will provide general information and an overview of what has changed and what is currently available. It will not include legal advice. Where: Deltassist 9097120th St., Delta. When: Friday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. - Noon. Participants must register ahead of time by calling 604-669-1616 or email email@example.com. !Monday, June 2, North Delta After 5 Business Social at Delta Rise Presentation Centre, 11941 80th Ave., Delta, 5 - 7 p.m. Register at www.deltachamber.ca. !Be the Best Parent for your Teen: Free Workshop with Parenting Expert Klaus Klein Tuesday, June 3, 7 - 8:30 pm at SDSS Library. Learn more about the workshop at sdsspac. weebly.com and more about Klaus online: www.kdkcounselling.com/about No need to register. Sponsored by SDSS and the SDSS PAC. Seniors
!KinVillage Travel presents a Whistler day trip on Monday, June 16. Bus trip and hot lunch at the Wildwood Pacific Bistro. $70 for members, $75 for non-members. Open 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday at KinVillage Community Centre and at McKee. Fund Raisers !IODE Boundary Bay Chapter is pleased to announce our annual Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, June 7 at 589 English Bluff, Tsawwassen. Great finds await you from 9 am - 1 pm. All proceeds go towards local charities. Join us for coffee, cookies, great bargains and lots of fun. !Tee It Up with Hannah’s Heroes! Support a great event in memory of a beautiful little girl by participating in the fifth annual Merrywishers Golf Tournament on Friday, June 13 at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen. All proceeds go to Hannah’s Heroes Foundation to help support the BC Child and Family Research Institute in its fight to find the cure for children’s brain cancer. Entry fee of $160 includes golf, dinner, silent auction, 50/50 draw, entertainment and more. Join us for a wonderful day in support of an amazing cause. Special Events !Ladner Lawn Bowling is holding a Family & Friends Night on Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m. Come and try the sport of lawn bowling. We are at 5128 47th Ave. across from McKee House. !The Tsawwassen Shrine Club salmon barbecue is set for Sunday, June 1 from noon to 5 p.m. at Ladner
Harbour Park. Price: $10 per person. Help Shriners support community activities. !Car boot sale. Where: Centennial Beach Park. When: Each second and fourth Saturday, commencing June 14. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Vendors should set up at 8 a.m. Bring tarpaulin to display goods. Cost $10 per allocated space. Refreshments available. Buyers enjoy barter on the beach. Weather permitting. Info: Tom 604-940-9296 or www.boundarybayparkassociation.wordpress.com. !Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Tsawassen Boundary Bay Lions and Cammidge House Volunteers, takes place Sunday, June 15, 9 a.m. - noon at Centennial Beach Park. Adults $6, children $3. Entertainment, playground, free parking. Pamper dad at this 14th annual event - rain or shine. Info: Geof 604-943-1303. Arts !Sidekick Players present “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson, directed by Jacqollyne Keath. The Tsawwassen Arts Centre, 1172 56th St. June 5 - 21 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) 8 p.m., June 15 (Sunday) 2 p.m. Adults $18, seniors (60+)/students (12-18) $15. Bistro seating with refreshments available for purchase to enjoy during the show. Seating is limited. To reserve please call 604288-2415. !An ArtShow, to help celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, runs until May 31 at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre Gallery, 1172-56th St., Tsawwassen.
Paintings and photographs of birds and local bird-related land/waterscapes, featuring local painters and photographers. !Transformation - the creative garden, an open submission gallery and speaker series, runs from June 6 to 8 at Tsawwassen United Church, 695-53rd St. Call 604-943-2911 for more. !Once again, music will fill the air at the 10th annual Ladner Bandfest taking place at Memorial Park in Ladner on Saturday/Sunday, June 7 & 8. This year, there will be 22 amateur Adult Concert Bands from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the U.S. presenting 40-minute concerts on two stages throughout the weekend between 10 and 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy will be our featured Band, performing Sunday afternoon between 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. The Ladner Bandfest goes ahead rain or shine. http://ladnerbandfest.org/ !Aboriginal Artist in Residence: Darlene Allison at Ladner Pioneer Library, Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month this June at FVRL. Darlene will be demonstrating her soapstone carving. 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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Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton hosted a pair of seminars on provincial gaming grants at the Firehall Centre for the Arts last week.
MLA hosts seminars to help locals access provincial gaming grants
Local non-profits got a better understanding of how to apply for provincial government gaming grants at a pair of seminars last week hosted by Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton. More than 70 people attended the May 20 sessions that featured guest speaker Ursula Cowland, executive director of the licensing and grants division of the Ministry of Finance. Cowland walked the group through the process of applying for gaming grants, which are distrib-
uted by Victoria throughout the year. “I heard fantastic feedback from people at the event,” Hamilton said. “Ursula’s insight was invaluable — she knows her way around this stuff and helped make the paperwork a little less intimidating.” The seminars were held at the Firehall Centre for the Arts in North Delta. Most of the people in attendance came from Delta but there were groups from as far as Sechelt and Victoria. The Community Gaming Grant Program allows
non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Grants are awarded in the categories of Arts and Culture, Public Safety, Environment, and Human and Social Services. In the 2012/13 fiscal year, Victoria distributed $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services. Organizations interested in applying for grants can find information at www. gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants.
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Abbotsford captures John Main Classic Co-host Ladner narrowly misses out on semi-final berth in 16-team B.C. Minor Baseball Pee Wee tournament Abbotsford proved to the class of B.C. Minor Baseball’s John Main Classic Pee Wee Tournament. The 16-team event was co-hosted by the Tsawwassen and Ladner Minor Baseball Association with round-robin play beginning on Thursday night and concluding with the final on Sunday afternoon at Cromie Park.
After a tough loss to the eventual champions, Tsawwassen rebounded with a pair of competitive games.
Abbotsford breezed through round-robin play with three dominating wins, then toppled Chilliwack 14-3 in the semi-finals on Sunday morning at Winskill Park. The final, however, proved to be a much different story as Abbotsford needed eight innings to squeeze past Cloverdale 5-4. Cloverdale’s route to the final included an 11-2 thumping of West Kelowna in the semi-finals after earlier defeating Kamloops (84), Coquitlam-Moody (11-1) and Campbell River (9-1). As for the host teams, the Ladner Red Sox came ever-soclose to reaching the final four, losing out on a tiebreaker to West Kelowna. Both teams finished tied on top of their pool group with 2-1 records but the Okanagan visitors advanced thanks to 4-2 win over Ladner on Saturday afternoon. The Red Sox had opened the tournament with a big 9-6 win over Vancouver Minor, then rolled past Ridge Meadows 19-5 on Saturday morning. After being overmatched by Abbotsford in their opener, the Tsawwassen Athletics enjoyed a couple of competitive games — falling 6-5 to Oceanside and 98 to Vernon.
Ladner Red Sox’s Matt Wilkinson is greeted by his teammates after his home run blast in Saturday’s 19-5 win over Ridge Meadows in B.C. Minor Baseball’s John Main Classic Pee Wee tournament. The 16-team event was co-hosted by the Ladner and Tsawwassen Minor Baseball Associations.
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Gymnastics coach Tyson Arner. “My hope is that he enjoys the experience, performs to the best of his abilities, and does not put too much pressure on himself.” Olympian Ken Ikeda (Twisters) is the anchor of a very strong B.C. men’s artistic gymnastics contingent. For Ikeda this will be the 20th Canadian Gymnastics Championship in his very successful career. Joining Ikeda is Scot Morgan (Flicka) who finished eighth on floor exercise at last year’s artistic gymnastics world championships. Delta Gymnastics offers a variety of programs from parent and tots to adults at their location in Ladner. For information about summer camps and programs call 604-9430460 or visit www.deltagymnastics.com
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Bradley Gulbranson works out on the pommel horse under the watchful eye of coach Tyson Arner in preparation for this week’s Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Ottawa. The 18-year-old is one of 108 athletes on Team B.C.
Delta Gymnastics’ Bradley Gulbranson is in the nation’s capital this week for the Canadian Gymnastics Championships. He is one of 108 artistic and trampoline gymnasts from 20 clubs representing B.C. in Ottawa. Team B.C. qualifying was done through a series of trials held this winter and spring. “I feel really good about my abilities to compete at the national level,” said Gulbranson. “My goal is to make it to finals in two events, possibly floor and vault.” The 18-year-old has been part of Delta Gymnastics since he was 12 and trains an average of 16 hours per week. “I am very proud of Bradley and what he has accomplished so far,” said Delta
A22 The Delta Optimist May 28, 2014
Bantam Islanders capture Hyack tourney in New West Delta Bantam “C” Islanders lacrosse team has overcome a slow start to the season in a big way by capturing the recent Hyack Bantam Invitational Tournament in New Westminster. The boys rolled to five consecutive victories over the four day tournament to return home with top honours. The perfect run was completed on the wooden floor at historic Queen’s Park Arena. The result is impressive given the Islanders had gone winless during the early portion of the season. The team includes: Callum McLeod, Henry McPhee, Josh Ogilvie, Jack Mintzler, Meaghan Dillon, Jacob Kovalick, Liam MacLennan, Liam Lester, Harrison Van Wieringen, Grayson ReadFriedmann, Jacob Mallard, Cameron Sheldrick, Goalie Nick Doucet and Hillyard Carson. The coach is Meaghan Snow.
Junior Islanders unable to create separation in standings Delta Islanders couldn’t quite create the breathing room they were hoping for in the B.C. Junior “A” Lacrosse League standings. The Islanders settled for two of three wins after splitting a weekend series with the Victoria Shamrocks, including a 12-7 loss in the provincial capital on Sunday afternoon. A sweep would have created a six point gap between Delta (6-4) and Victoria (4-3-1). It also would have given
the locals the season series. Instead, the fourth place Shamrocks are just three points back with two games in hand. The season is shaping up to be a five team race for just four playoff berths thanks to a condensed post-season format this year. The upstart Nanaimo Timbermen (4-3-1) are also a concern to the Islanders, while perennial front runners Coquitlam (6-0-1) and New West (6-1-0) are well on their way
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to locking up two of the spots. Sunday’s tilt saw the Shamrocks take control with five unanswered goals in the second period to erase a 4-3 Delta lead. There more straight tallies to start the final 20 minutes sealed the outcome. Chase Fraser had a hat trick in a losing cause. Evan Messenger scored twice and added one assist, while Cody Nass had a goal and two helpers. One day earlier at Sungod Arena, Nass
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