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It was difficult to move along 48th Avenue Sunday as a huge crowd showed up for the opening day of the Ladner Village Market’s 2014 season. Roland Callender (above) provided entertainment as shoppers perused offering from 160 artisans and vendors. More photos on Page 23 and at www.delta-optimist.com.

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Things are back to normal at Delta Secondary following an outbreak of Norovirus last week that sickened hundreds of students. Fraser Health has confirmed that Norovirus was the culprit that made over 300 students ill starting Wednesday and hitting hard Thursday with students literally vomiting in the school. More than 60 per cent of the school population didn’t show up on Friday. Noting absenteeism was back down to its normal level on Monday with no additional cases reported, principal Terry Ainge said many parents likely kept their kids home Friday as a precaution. Ainge said a cleaning crew over a couple of days worked diligently to disinfect all surfaces and that work is completed. He added the virus might have already been circulating in the community for

some time before creeping into the school. A spokesperson with Fraser Health said gastrointestinal illnesses are usually not reportable by the health region, but once more than 10 per cent of the DSS population was hit, a public notice had to be issued. The illness usually passes between 24 to 48 hours, so the risk of the highly contagious virus spreading has subsided, she said. Norovirus outbreaks are seen in the news more often occurring in care homes or cruise ships, but areas where so many people are in close quarters, like schools, are also susceptible. People can become infected with the gastrointestinal virus in several ways, including when someone vomits and people nearby swallow tiny droplets from the air. See VIRUS page 3

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Manslaughter plea entered Man charged in death of Tsawwassen’s Taylor Johnson pleads guilty to lesser charge BY

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The man accused in the death of a Tsawwassen man last year has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Last February, 21-yearold Taylor Johnson was found dead in a vacant Langely home that was being used as a marijuana grow-operation. Jesse River Hill, of Surrey, was initially charged with second-degree murder in the case but last week pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Johnson was found dead

by police on the evening of Feb. 26, 2013 after officers were called to the residence in the 2000-block of 200th Street in Langley to check on his well being. The officers discovered Johnson’s body as well as a marijuana grow-op on the rural property. Police believe the murder was a result of the suspect trying to steal the crop. Johnson was working as a caretaker at the home and was not involved with the grow-op. He did not have a criminal record. “It was a senseless act that tragically took the life

of Taylor,” IHIT spokesperson Jennifer Pound said at the time the charges against Hill were announced. “Taylor was a good kid,” she said. “He was naive, and he made a bad decision that ultimately cost him his life.” Johnson was the son of Paul Johnson, lead pastor at South Delta Baptist Church. The pastor and his family moved to Tsawwassen in 2007, joining the church in November after serving as a teaching pastor at Christ Community Church in Tucson, Arizona. One of six siblings, Taylor graduated

from South Delta Secondary and was enrolled in the Advanced Music Production (AMP) program at the Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver. He was set to graduate in the weeks following his Taylor death and was excited about his impending career. His family described him as a gentle young man who was trusting and caring of others. After his son’s death,

Paul Johnson said Taylor was “especially known for his gentle spirit” and was well liked by his peers at school and in the workplace. He described his as a typical young Johnson adult “working odd jobs to make ends meet.” A sentencing hearing for Hill is scheduled for September. He has been in custody since his arrest last October.

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Trucks and tractors will be on display in Ladner Saturday. The first annual Kirkland House Vintage Truck & Antique Tractor Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We wanted to do something that was representative of South Delta and the history of South Delta,” said James Price. “Trucks and tractors isn’t a common thing but they were common to the pioneers and what happened here on the delta in the early days.” Price is part of the Kirkland House Society and is helping organize the

event. “We thought we’d do something that would showcase our local history and bring out some of the local equipment. It’s an opportunity to showcase the work that’s been done onsite with Kirkland House and the Harris Barn, and get people out onto the grounds.” He estimates there will be room for 70 trucks and around 30 or 40 tractors. He notes there will be a steam tractor on display as well. Price’s truck, a 1953 International one-ton pickup, will be at the show. It was part of a sevenyear restoration by a previous owner. “He did all the work and I get the pleasure of driv-

ing it.” Ladner’s Don Broeder plans on bringing his 1932 Ford pickup to the event. He’s had the vehicle for about two years and has done some work on it, including putting in hydraulic brakes, signal lights and totally rewiring the entire truck. “It cruises quite nicely at 50 miles an hour,” he says. “Nice and steady down the road.” The event will also include live bluegrass music, a cake and cupcake walk for kids, and the chance for youngsters to build wooden tractors and trucks. Delta Life Skills will be on site preparing food as well.

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not be available to provide supervision or instruction, parents are asked make alternative childcare arrangements for Thursday. Strong Start Centres will also be closed. If a deal isn’t reached, it remains to be seen if teachers will once again be legislated back to work in time for the new school year in September.

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It’s looking like public schools in Delta and throughout the province will be shut down in a fullblown strike as early as next Monday. Following a Labour Relations Board ruling last week, which backed the employer docking wages for teachers who took part in the recent rotating strikes by 10 per cent, teachers took part in a vote to escalate their job action. The vote took place Monday and Tuesday and, based on the obvious acrimony between government and teachers throughout the bitter contract dispute, it was looking like a full-scale shutdown was inevitable, unless both sides somehow suddenly arrive at an amicable agreement. Strike vote results weren’t available at Optimist press time. The government recently announced a deal has been reached with support staff but as far as the teachers, both sides are still far apart on wages, let alone the thorny class size and composition issue. Saying he’d vote yes to escalating job action, Delta Teachers’ Association president Paul Steer noted he was expecting a positive vote to be announced yesterday evening. Teachers have been without a contract since June 2013. Steer said the union began negotiating back in February only to be frustrated by the other side.

“We’re reluctant to take this step because all the way along our preference has been to achieve a negotiated settlement at the table. A lot of teachers are feeling frustrated at not being able to bring it to a resolution without going this far, seeking recourse through an escalation vote,” he said. Steer said Delta teachers continue to have a good working relationship with the Delta district, but that can’t be said for government or its negotiating arm. The earliest a full walkout can occur in a positive strike vote is Monday, June 16. The Ministry of Education notes elementary schools would be closed in a full strike and parents with children who need supervision should make arrangements. The ministry notes parents would receive final report cards, but in some cases the reports may be abbreviated. The strike would impact provincial exams at high schools, but in a counter move the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association applied to the LRB to designate grades 10 to 12 exams as an essential service. Meanwhile, the rotating strikes continue for a third straight week with Delta schools to be behind picket lines tomorrow. A notice by superintendent Diane Turner reminds parents that while school buildings will be open, only principals and viceprincipals will be in the buildings. Since staff will

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MURPHY’S LAW Contract talks between the provincial government and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation are always strained, but it seems this current round of bargaining was doomed from the outset. Salaries are a prickly topic whenever employers and employees sit down to negotiate a new deal, but it’s the issue of class size and composition that has this round almost certainly headed for yet another imposed agreement. It was a dozen years ago Victoria removed classroom limits from contract negotiations with teachers, however earlier this year the B.C. Supreme Court ruled the legislation to do so was unconstitutional. The B.C. Court of Appeal has subsequently granted the provincial government a stay of the potentially costly judgment while its appeal is heard. It’s clear from its 2002 move, as well as its appeal of this year’s ruling, the Liberals aren’t terribly interested in negotiating when it comes to the make up of classes, so it’s not surprising there hasn’t been any progress made on that front during the ongoing bargaining sessions. In fact, BCTF president Jim Iker accused the province last week of not putting a single dollar on the table when it comes to class size and composition. Appealing the ruling suggests the province believes it acted constitutionally and shouldn’t have to bargain with teachers on that issue, which is pretty much what’s happening. I’m far from a lawyer, but wouldn’t entering into negotiations on such matters at this point hurt an appeal that contends the government doesn’t have to do so? As for the teachers, well, they’ve got a judgment in their back pocket that says class size and composition must be restored to 2002 levels, so it’s hard to see them budging too far from that position. This whole situation has contract talks set up to go absolutely nowhere, which is exactly where they’re headed at the moment. If negotiations focused solely on wages and both sides were able to use other public sector agreements as comparables, there would be a fighting chance at a settlement, although given the chasm on that front that’s no sure thing. However, thanks to classroom factors that have been out of play for over a decade, this dispute goes much deeper than how big a salary bump the province’s teachers deserve. As far apart as they may be on wages, the class size and composition issue is far more problematic, and ultimately what could keep this dispute dragging on until Victoria brings down the inevitable hammer.

Provincial gov’t getting good bang for its education buck TOM SIBA COMMUNITY COMMENT Not being involved with public education for a long time, I haven’t paid much attention to the labour dispute between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government. It has been many decades since I graduated from public education and years since my children were of school age. I actually thought the BCTF and the government had come to an agreement, but obviously not. Given the long time passed, I had no opinion on the job the teachers in the public system were doing. I used to have fairly strong opinions on our education system, but over the last half century, I’m sure things have changed. The younger graduates I work with seem bright and knowledgeable, although I do perceive a weakness in numeracy. My attention was, however, grabbed by a BCTF ad that said British Columbia “invested” a $1,000 less per student than the rest of the country. The implication

was that this was a bad thing. But is it? If B.C. spending actually is $1,000 per student less than the national average, what are the negative implications of that — besides hearing teachers whining? The main one (other than whining) would be that B.C. kids are receiving a poorer education than the rest of Canada’s kids. That isn’t a claim I have heard being made. Category

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That is a difficult claim to prove or disprove. After all, you require some method of objectively comparing student education across the country. One comparison was done in 2012 by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The study, which tested over 90,000 15-year-olds, included not only Canada, but 65 other countries as well. The Programme for International Student Assessment tested in the area of both paper-based and computer mathematics, science and

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reading. Canada performed reasonably in all categories, but how did B.C. compare to the national numbers? The average scores are indicated in the box to the left. You will notice that across the board B.C. has a higher score than the country as a whole. So the “average” student does not appear to be suffering from low funding and the B.C. education system seems quite efficient generating above average scores at lower cost. I would like to hear from the BCTF on how extra funding would improve these results. Would the same number of dollars have a more beneficial effect if they were “invested” in the health care system? There isn’t an unlimited number of dollars available and governments have to determine priorities. Being below the national average is by no means a rationale for pumping more dollars into one area. There has to be a rational plan for efficiently using the money. Unfortunately for teachers, they are on the wrong side of the demographic bubble. The number of school-age children is decreasing while the number of seniors is set to explode. The natural result will be fewer teachers and lower relative salaries. The BCTF won’t be able to keep the tide from going out.

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Random act of kindness leaves shoppers stunned & teary eyed

Editor: I was privileged to witness the following heartwarming event this past week at Thrifty Foods in Tsawwassen. I was third in line at the check out, with an elderly lady directly in front of me making a handful of purchases, and another lady in front of her who was having her purchases checked through. I wasn’t paying any particular attention while

waiting, nor was the elderly lady in front of me. With the first lady finished and out of sight, the clerk checked through the purchases of the elderly lady, then once completed advised her the customer before her had given her cash to pay for the elderly lady’s groceries, and that she (the elderly lady) was to get the remaining change. The lovely elderly lady was so dumbfounded and confused she had the clerk

repeat it to her, which is when I heard what she said. The expression on the customer’s face was priceless. Her reaction morphed from confusion to utter astonishment, ultimately ending by telling the clerk that if she ever recognizes her to please tell her thank you from the bottom of my heart. I had tears in my eyes. It was a beautiful moment and I was so moved by it. I commented to her, “It’s like

winning the lottery,” and she rightfully exclaimed, “It’s better than winning the lottery.” I have to agree. It was so uplifting in these times in which it often seems to be everyone for themselves. I emailed friends and family and it moved them to tears also. So, thank you to the women who extended such a gracious act, and I hope she reads this and sees how far reaching it was. Laura Campbell

Plan modifications not a result of Southlands opponents Editor: Re: Southlands opponents deserve thanks for concessions made by developer, letter to the editor, June 4 In her recent letter, Rosemary Keelan argued, “The latest plan is good, but it is quite different from the original plan and it would never have materialized without the efforts of Dana Maslovat and all the people who supported his view and

worked so hard to threaten the developers into such deep concessions.” That distorts what happened. Pressure to downsize the original Southlands plan came from several directions — not just from Maslovat and his friends but other citizens, Delta’s planners and Delta council itself. As for the many positive features of the plan

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in that process, I can tell you that Maslovat and his group did not input a single positive idea into the Southlands plan. They refused numerous invitations to participate in the process. Their only proposal was to stop the development, period. Any allocation of credit for the benefits of the Southlands plan needs to take this into account. John J. Barr

Arson is far more than a prank

Editor: Re: Recycling bins set on fire in Tsawwassen, June 6 I must say that after reading this article I am shocked the Delta police spokesperson said this incident isn’t being taken as anything more than a prank. At least 14 private residences had fires lit on or close to their properties, fires that were adjacent to vehicles, fences, tinder dry hydro poles and, in our case, all three. The heat was so intense there was nothing left of our green bin, blue bin and even the bin wheels and glass contents had melted into the asphalt. I suppose I can count myself lucky that apart

from replacing my garbage bins, the only other expense will be to our new driveway that will cost several hundred dollars to repair and bring back to its former state. I understand that compared to other stories in our world today this is relatively small news, but it should not be considered “only a prank.” It should be considered what it is, arson, that fortunately has only cost the private homeowner dollars and distress. I also hope there doesn’t have to be another senseless act like this where there is the loss of a home or personal injuries to refer to this crime as more than a prank. Lindsay Young

Destruction of property significant

Editor: Re: Recycling bins set on fire in Tsawwassen, June 6 It is of interest to learn that such vandalism is “nothing more than a prank.” The destruction of recycling bins by arsonists, as well as the calling out of

police officers and firefighters, was a significant cost to all citizens. Personally, we suffered damage to our driveway, lawn and the loss of a garbage can. We were fortunate we did not suffer damage to our shrubs as did our neighbours. T.M. Sterling

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A10 The Delta Optimist June 11, 2014 Letters to the Editor

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Editor: Re: Unrest will persist for some time, Murphy’s Law, June 6 Ted Murphy says it’s an absolute certainty there will be complaints over dump trucks rumbling through town as a result of Southlands development. Maybe it would be in the Corporation of Delta’s best interest to be proactive when dealing with the certainty of complaints and letter writing to come. It could do this by showing Tsawwassenites it’s serious about enforcing bylaws. In particular, I am writing about trucking and truck routes. As an example, 52nd Street is not a truck route and is well marked as such. However, truckers use it on

a daily and ever-increasing basis. They are using it to access upper Tsawwassen construction sites and to access 56th Street businesses. Truckers feel that, due to all the traffic lights on 56th Street, 52nd Street is quicker. The fact 52nd Street is clearly marked as not being a truck route doesn’t faze them as the bylaw is rarely enforced. I must give the Corporation of Delta some credit. After writing a letter to mayor and council, Delta police did some enforcement. Of course, it was two-and-a-half months after the complaint and it seems to have had little effect as trucks are still driving along

52nd Street all day. Furthermore, I’m concerned about increased truck traffic upon the completion of the TFN malls. It seems obvious to me that many trucks will be servicing both the TFN malls and upper Tsawwassen, and will use 52nd Street as their highway if the truck route bylaws aren’t enforced. I am writing this as a challenge to the Corporation of Delta to prove that it is on the residents’ side as well as on the side of the developers and businesses. Enforce that truckers use designated truck routes and do so on a regular basis. Don’t wait for letters and complaints. Be proactive! Greg Weal

Misspent enthusiasm about thermal coal Editor: Re: Wake up to the potential dangers of thermal coal, letter to the editor, June 6 Don Paulsen’s letter about potential dangers of thermal coal is completely misspent enthusiasm as he clearly has no accuracy in espousing and thus misleads unwary readers. This has all the markings

of the misuse of technical information to frighten the public into a position he has adopted as a special interest to himself. Perhaps he, too, was duped into believing invalid arguments. Campaigners for special interests and politicians looking for voting support do this all the time. Invalid are the claims he voices about toxicity of coal

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June 11, 2014 The Delta Optimist A11 Letters to the Editor

Life sentence nothing more than sham Editor: Re: Local family trying to keep killer in prison, June 6 I cannot imagine the anguish that Shelley Boden and all victims of psychopaths like David Shearing must endure through the travesty of the Canadian penal system. I do not trust the parole board even if it was completely staffed by Tory patronage appointees. Ultimately, public anger

should be directed at the ignorant politicians who blithely abolished the death penalty in 1976 and created the abhorrent sham that is a life sentence for murder. Parliament should have possessed better foresight and designed a law to ensure veritable monsters like Shearing, Clifford Olson or Delta cop killer Elery Long cannot frustrate and abuse the process. I guess life is cheap to death penalty opponents

except for the murderers they protect. They wallow in the naive delusion that Canada is an oasis of tranquility and tolerance; they see no evil and hear no evil. Even before capital punishment ended in Canada, a “life” sentence for murder was abominably lenient. Murderers could seek parole after 10 years no matter how grotesque the circumstances of the killing or the number of victims. The Harper government

has slowly and belatedly amended the Criminal Code to end the outrageous “faint hope” clause and allow consecutive sentencing for multiple murders. However, the Charter of Rights forbids retroactively increasing punishment, so every mass murderer convicted before the law changed still gets a discount under the old law. We are stuck with these monsters and they will not die soon enough. Steven Austin

Loss of trees heartbreaking

Editor: Re: Alarmed by lost trees in East Ladner, letter to the editor, June 6 I agree with the concerns over tree removal on 72nd Street. You could choke on the amount of blueberry fields out here. It seems they are able to destroy habitat for the purpose of farming without a care in the in the world. Numerous raptors use those trees as lookouts.

Other birds nest in them. It is heartbreaking that Delta allows this to happen. Getting a tree — and only one — cut on my own property is a big deal, so why is it OK to cut numerous trees at once? I believe we all should have a say in what happens, but unfortunately no such luck. The people don’t matter. Seems the agenda of a select few always wins. Kathy Hansen

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Ulf Ottho, who formerly practiced law for 35 years on Delta Street in Ladner Village, has returned to practicing family law mediation as well as estates and construction mediation in South Delta. Ottho originally was a partner in the law firm of Ivens Mcguire, Souch and Ottho. The firm of Ulf K. Ottho, Barristers and Solicitors continued at the same location and was known as the Delta Law Office. Ottho was appointed to the National Parole Board in 2007 and, following his second appointment to the Parole Board of Canada as a full-time board member in 2010, Murray Lott became his successor and continues to operate under the name Delta Law Office. Prior to his federal appointments, a large component of Ottho’s law practice was divorce and family law, as well as wills and estates and construction law. Ottho was one of the first lawyers qualified by the Law Society, following extensive training in 1986, to practice as a mediator in the area of family law. Since then he has success-

fully mediated dozens of cases, but ceased what was mainly a litigation practice to become a full-time member of the Parole Board of Canada. “I’m returning to the priFILE PHOTO vate sector Ulf Ottho, who retired from his longtime Ladner to try to law practice to take a seat on the Parole Board of make good Canada, has now opened a mediation practice. use of a skill set I tion (mediation) and has have acquired over the years regulations spelling out the to resolve conflict between necessary qualifications potential litigants,” said that family law mediators Ottho. must have.” “A new Family Law Act Ottho points out that has, fairly recently, replaced prior to obtaining his law the previous Family degree in 1974 at age 24, Relations Act and has made he studied psychology in breakthroughs in blurring his undergrad years, and the distinctions between has kept up his readings in being legally married and psychology to assist in his cohabiting beyond two law practice and in makyears without being legally ing decisions for the Parole married, as well as emphaBoard of Canada. sizing more equal roles in Ottho’s website, which parenting. contains a summary and “In addition, the new text of the new Family Law Family Law Act emphasizes Act, can be found at deltaalternative dispute resolumediation.com.


June 11, 2014 The Delta Optimist A13 Business

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event. “I’ve been doing this ever since he started it. It’s a great event,” said Blayne Beattie, noting he’s lost family members to cancer. It was the first time taking part for Daniel Hofing. He was asked what it feels like to have a shaved head. “It’s cool. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s cool,” he said while still in the process of getting his hair cut at Figaro

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Enjoy breakfast with dad Sunday in ’Bay Plans are well in hand for South Delta’s Father’s Day Breakfast, which takes place this Sunday in Boundary Bay Regional Park. The 14th annual event is jointly hosted by the Boundary Bay Park Association Cammidge House Volunteer Committee and the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club. The new picnic shelters close to the playground at Centennial Beach will be utilized for families to gather between 9 a.m. and noon to enjoy breakfast. Breakfast, which costs $6 for adults and $3 for children, includes pancakes, sausages and juice/coffee. It will be served from the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club’s Streetside Community Kitchen, a 26foot long full service trailer that is capable of running for 28 hours straight. The kitchen has become familiar at community

events, but can also be pressed into service during an unexpected emergency that displaces people. Entertainment will include a performance by local band Kindred Spirits, interactive nature displays and face painting. Geof Hacker, co-ordinator for the Cammidge House Volunteer Committee, is not concerned about the weather as the event will proceed rain or shine in a large tent erected at the site. “This is the day for the No. 1 dad to shine and be pampered, but also includes all who have played a father figure in a person’s life,” he said. “We honour dads for their love and the many lessons they have taught us,” said Hacker, a proud dad himself. For more information, call 604-943-1303 or visit www.boundarybayparkassociation.wordpress.com.

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A22 The Delta Optimist June 11, 2014 In the Community

Mayor to address next week’s South Delta Probus meeting

The South Delta Probus Club is welcoming Delta Mayor Lois Jackson to this month’s meeting.

Jackson has been invited to the gathering to talk about her long career in municipal politics, which

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Summer Reading Club at libraries Registration for the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club begins Friday at all Delta public libraries. Get ready for some funny business! Kids will receive a free Reading Record and bookmark, as well as collect weekly stickers to keep track of all the reading they do. They will also be able to explore this year’s theme

through fun free programs, contests and displays all summer. Kids who complete their Reading Record will be eligible to receive a special Summer Reading Club medal. Teens and adults are also invited to join the Summer Reading Club. For every seven days they read this summer, they become eligible to win prizes too.


June 11, 2014 The Delta Optimist A23

Market kicks off season in style

Big crowd makes way to Ladner Village for inaugural market of ’14 PHOTOS BY

GORD GOBLE

Billed as Western Canada’s largest open-air market, the Ladner Village Market kicked off its 18th season last Sunday along 48th Avenue under sunny skies. It was the first of seven installments of the market, which features approximately 160 artisans and vendors. The next market is set for Sunday, June 22. More photos online at www. delta-optimist.com.

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A24 The Delta Optimist June 11, 2014 In the Community

Deas Divas are tops at regatta SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Deas Divas took first place in the Scotiabank Breast Cancer Challenge during the recent False Creek Women’s Regatta. The Deas Divas are one of six breast cancer survivor crews that make up the Abreast in a Boat (AIAB) dragon boat team. AIAB’s mission is to raise awareness about breast cancer and to demonstrate that those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer can lead full and active lives. For more information about AIAB, see http://abreastinaboat.com or visit AIAB on Facebook.

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Local author and creator of the International Junior Authors Contests, Laura Michelle Thomas, will be at Albany Books in Tsawwassen this Saturday. Thomas will meet young writers and promote her book, Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published. Aimed at showing aspiring young writers how to break into print, the hybrid novel and writing guide stars Polly, a 15-year-old wannabe writer who comes face-to-face with her inner dragon, a truculent, impatient creature who is a talented but frightful critic of her writing. With the help of Ms. Patience Whitford, a character inspired by Thomas’ personal experience as a writing mentor, Polly struggles to finish a short story as she gets herself entangled in a scheme that threatens the future of every writer on the planet. Thomas — who is also the publisher of an international e-zine for young writers and organizer of Junior Authors conferences — said the book has been

receiving high marks from young writers worldwide. “I know how hard it is to get a toehold as a writer. The reviews tell me that Polly’s tale is doing what I wanted it to do: teach and inspire young writers through story.” Thomas added that writers and readers can expect more than just a book signing. She will also have goody bags for everyone who stops in to meet her and special prizes for the writers on her “insider” mailing list. She will also answer questions about writing and publishing. Albany Books announced there is an autographed copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer up for grabs in a door prize draw that will take place at the beginning of the event on Saturday. Young writers, and their supporters, are invited to stop by the store and enter the draw. Thomas will be at Albany Books, 1240-56th St., from 1 to 2:30 pm. To find out more about Thomas and what she offers young writers, visit www. laurathomascommunications.com.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Riley (little man!) June 16, 2014

Can you believe that I’m now TWO? I thought I’d mention it to you It’s been a busy year for me I’m getting like a bumble bee My Mum and Dad they are the best But bet they’d love a bit more rest!


June 11, 2014 The Delta Optimist A25

Meat will be on menu when honouring dad BARBARA GUNN

LIVING MATTERS This Father’s Day, we’ll do the usual drill and eat a big ol’ hunk of meat. That’s what the man has ordered. Come Father’s Day, the man has no hankering for mac and cheese or chicken pies or honey-glazed ham. There will be no quiche or tortellini or spaghetti and meatballs. In keeping with tradition, however, there will be steak, which the man will attend to with rubs and seasonings and smokehouse sauce, the latter infused with whisky or rum. Call it the man’s meal. In our house, at least, the Father’s Day dinner options are rather limited, to say the least, consisting only of ribs, rib eyes and chicken wings. That, and a good deal of beer. On Mother’s Day, however, there’s another meal entirely — and it isn’t even

dinner. On Mother’s Day, supper tends to give way to brunch, which is enjoyed in a civilized setting that usually features white tablecloths, vases of freshly cut flowers, and icy mimosas served in tall, slender glasses. There’s not a drop of whisky in sight. On Mother’s Day, the family puts on its fancy clothes: a skirt and a freshly pressed blouse for me, and blazers for the men. On Father’s Day, however, the blazers remain in the closets, and the men turn up in shorts and T-shirts that say things like Tofino Brewing Company. There’s seldom the need to shave. There’s rarely the need for shoes. Then there are the gifts. On Mother’s Day, it’s all about the roses and the romance novels and the gift cards for the spa. No one would think of giving the man a romance novel or flowers. Nine times out of 10, the presents for the man have much in common with the man’s meal. No steaks per se, but plenty in the way of barbecue

aprons, barbecue tongs, barbecue thermometers and barbecue sauces. Heck, one year there was even a barbecue. This year, the sons will buy a card that is unlike the ones they find for Mother’s Day. It will not have a picture of a woman holding hands with a toddler on a beach. Rather, it will likely have a cartoon that speaks to one of several themes: power tools, remote controls or golf clubs. Or, perhaps, a barbecue. With Father’s Day approaching, there’s no point in consulting the man. I would not dream of asking the father in the family whether he’d like to mix it up this year and, oh, take in a play or a farmer’s market or a shopping spree at the mall. Suggest a brunch with mimosas and he’d consider me utterly mad. Nope. Come Sunday, I’ll do the usual thing and get the man his meat. And the sons, of course, will be there all day — for the meal, as well as the man.

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Hospital is great place to party! Heart & Hustle Block Party draws a crowd SCAN WITH TO REVEAL PHOTOS

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Alex Eldridge tries his hand at the ring toss.

Engineer Ryan Vidulich gets all wet in the dunk tank. Youngsters had a bounce in their step.

Sarah Trouwborst, Caleigh Laidlaw, Amber Beeksma, and Elaina Winslow-Hansen go the pop star route in front of the main doors.

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A28 The Delta Optimist June 11, 2014 Feedback

Teachers have been taking part in rotating strikes the past couple of weeks as the contract battle between government and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation continues. Teachers voted Monday and

yesterday about ramping up job action to a full-scale strike. The Optimist asked:

Has the teachers’ strike impacted you?

Richard Glasner It hasn’t impacted me. They seemed to have changed their opinion, or what they’re striking for. It seems the dollar does keep coming up.

Mary Ann Burrows Not me directly but I can see that it affects everyone else. My family are all teachers, they’re tired of standing on the picket line.

You can have your say on this issue by taking part in our web poll at www. delta-optimist.com

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Enabling cruise ships to turn off their engines while in port, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Chelsea Pavich Yes, I have young kids and they will be in school and anything that happens now is going to affect them later. So, absolutely yes.

Veena Prasad Yes. I look after my grandchildren after school. This way I had to stay back and look after them.

Cynthia Jensen Yes. I have to find childcare.

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Fraser Riv Improveemr ent Initiative Removing derelict vessels and structures from the Fraser River.

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June 11, 2014 The Delta Optimist A29 Coming Events Clubs & Groups !Fun and friendly volunteers are needed for a children’s thrift store 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 10am to 2pm) 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. !Delta Nature’s casual birding group invites you to a Birds on the Bay event on Wednesday, June 11 from 9 a.m. - noon. Join Tom Bearss and his informal birdwatchers for a 2.5-hour amble around Boundary Bay. Meet at Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta. Info 604-940-9296 or tom. bearss@dccnet.com -No charge for events; voluntary donation for snacks. !Summer Reading Clubs, Friday, June 13 - Sunday, Aug. 31. Funny Business! Children, teens and adults can sign up for their 2014 Summer Reading Club at their local Delta library beginning Friday, June 13 and receive a fabulous free reading record. As your record fills up throughout the summer, there are great prizes to win. !Want to Try Lawn Bowling? Come to The Ladner Lawn Bowling Club, 5128-47th Ave., on Saturday, June 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. & throw some bowls. More Info: Call Barb at 604-940-8243. !The low vision group meets on the third Monday of each month at the Ladner Pioneer Library from 1:30 2:30 p.m. June 16: speaker will be Kristen Crouch. Topic: creating a herb garden. !On Tuesday, June 17 the Boundary Bay Quilters Guild will hold its monthly meeting, at which there will be a Strawberry Social and a display of Quilts of Valour. These quilts have been made by members of the guild and will be given to comfort members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have served in Afghanistan and who have suffered either physical or emotional harm as a result. Brigadier-General Rob Roy MacKenzie will be the guest speaker. The

meeting begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church gymnasium, 3900 Arthur Dr., Ladner. Guests always welcome - $5. !The South Delta Evergreen Garden Club meeting June speaker is Barry Belec who will give a presentation on budget-friendly hardscaping ideas for your garden. Hardscaping includes such considerations as paths, patios and retaining walls. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17 at Kin House in Ladner - next to the Ladner Library. This monthly education talk offered by the Club is open to the public. !The Probus Club of South Delta, a non-profit, fellowship club for retired and semi-retired professional and business people will hold its annual general meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18 in The Coast Tsawwassen Inn. All members are urged to attend. Mayor Lois Jackson will speak on her career in municipal government. Please call Dick Williams at 604-940-6542 for information. Seniors !Come join this spring’s last Philosophers’ Café discussion this Friday, June 13, 1:30-3:00 pm at the McKee Seniors Centre, 5155-47th Ave., Ladner, where we’ll be exploring ways to create ideal living communities. ML Burke will lead the discussion, focusing on how community planning relates to ideas for Paterson Park development. No preregistration necessary. Call 604-946-1411 for further information. !McKee Seniors Recreation Centre presents a Canada Day Luncheon Summer BBQ. On Friday, June 27 at 12 p.m. Cost: $9 members; $11 guests. Entertainment by Michelle Carlisle. For more info call 604-946-1411. Fund Raisers !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. Join us for a wonderful day in support of an amazing cause. Special Events !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 604940-9296 or www.boundarybayparkassociation.wordpress.com. !On Saturday, June 14, help us celebrate five years of representation by our MLA, Vicki Huntington. Locale is the Sundance Inn in Ladner, 6 p.m. Sumptuous buffet, silent auction, and entertainment. $60 per person. Call Julie Berks at 604-943-7046 or e-mail hberks@dccnet.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.

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Arts !Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month this June at FVRL. Join us as we welcome Aboriginal Artist in Residence Darlene Allison at the Tsawwassen Library, Friday, June 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Darlene will be demonstrating her soapstone carving. Artist Jay Havens will be at the Ladner Pioneer Library Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. !The Sidekick Players are holding auditions on Saturday, June 14 - noon to 3 p.m. and Monday, June 16 - 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre, 1172-56th St., for The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe. Requires: Ernie - Early 70’s; George - 40; Mae 30-45. This is a non-equity call. A cold read from the play will occur. No appointments, first come-first served basis. Send resume and headshot to sidekickplayers@outlook.com. 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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DSS hoop standout signs on with SFU

Guard Bowen Bakken will likely redshirt in coming season

Another graduating Delta Pacers senior boys basketball standout is taking his career to the university level. Bowen Bakken has been recruited by Simon Fraser University and and is expected to red shirt this coming season as he prepares for the NCAA Division II level. The announcement comes on the heels of teammate Ryan Cowley signing on with the Brandon University. Bakken arrived from Richmond’s Steveston-London for his Grade 11 year and wasted little time in making an impact with the Pacers, averaging nearly 16 points per contest, playing for now SFU assistant coach Matt McKay. He was even more productive this past season, scoring over 20 per game. “Playing university basketball has always been a dream of mine,” said Bakken. “The coaching staff is what first attracted me to SFU. “(Head) coach James Blake`s positive attitude and enthusiasm on and off the court made me want to play for him. Also, playing for Matt Mckay in my Grade 11 season was a great experience. His passion and knowledge for the game is what makes him such a great coach. “The fact that SFU is in the NCAA has always stood out to me. Having the opportunity to play American style basketball while receiving a Canadian education is an amazing opportunity. I am very excited and thankful for this opportunity to be apart of the SFU Clan in the fall.” SFU’s coaching staff is impressed with Bakken’s strong work ethic and expect him to develop into an effective backcourt player. “Bowen is a scrappy combo guard that has really developed in to a good scorer over his high school career. He has spent countless

hours in the gym working on extending his range and ball handling so he can play the point and the shooting guard positions,” said Blake. “We have watched Bowen grow as a player over his career at Delta Secondary and are extremely impressed with his toughness and work ethic. Bowen’s coaches and family have done a great job raising and mentoring a quality young man that will help our program in the future.” A standout athlete, Bakken was playing at the Bantam A1 rep level of minor hockey before shifting his focus to hoops two years ago. The toughness he was required to play with on the ice has come in handy on the court too. “Growing up a hockey player, I have always loved the physical play and hard work involved with sports,” he said. “When I switched from playing hockey to playing basketball my physicality was easily translated. I love to play defence and always try to give my check no easy opportunities to score. In practice I make sure no one is out working me at any time. I love to compete and I love to win so every drill is a competition. Also, I always try to push my teammates to work harder in every practice and at every game because that is the only way we will get better as a team.” “My personal goals for next season are to develop my basketball IQ and the skills that are required for this level of basketball. Also, I would like to see a significant improvement in the weight room. I understand that I am going to have to work harder than I ever have to be able to compete at this level of basketball. I am exited for the challenge and thankful for this opportunity coach Blake has presented to me.”

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Bowen Bakken averaged over 20 points per game in his final season at the high school level with the Delta Pacers senior boys basketball team.

Surging Pioneers hand Bandits first loss of the season Ladner will be taking a six game win streak into their next key battle — June 27 in Abbotsford against the fourth place Valley Rebels. The Pioneers welcomed back sniper Nathan Clare and the local product was prominent in the come-from-behind win over the Bandits. Trailing 5-2 after 20 minutes, Ladner battled back within a goal after two periods, then dominated the third to hand the sixtime defending league champions their first

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loss in eight games. Clare finished the night with four goals and one assist. Mike Berekoff continued his impressive campaign with hat trick, while Quinn Waddington added two goals and one assist. Both are among the top 10 in league scoring. Jesse Rumeo had a goal and three helpers. Tyler Wickett rounded out the scoring. Veteran Rob Cook made 41 saves. Two nights earlier, Ladner broke a tight game wide open with North Shore by outscoring the visitors 9-1 in the final period.

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The Ladner Pioneers are breathing easier in the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association thanks to a pair of huge wins last week. Sitting with a precarious 4-3-1 record, the Pioneers strengthened their grip on third place in the league standings thanks to a 15-5 thumping of the North Shore Indians, then an impressive 11-8 road win Saturday night over the previously unbeaten Tri-City Bandits. With an advantageous stretch of their schedule up next, there’s a good bet


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Novice Isles capture tourney This past weekend on the historic wooden floor of Queen’s Park Arena, the Delta Islanders Novice “A” squad took on B.C.’s best in the annual 2014 Bellie Bowl tournament. In their first game on Friday evening, the Islanders stayed close but lost a tight match against a tough North Delta squad. The team bounced back on Saturday morning, dominating the Coquitlam Adanacs 12-2. This set the stage for a premier match Saturday night against a very strong Vancouver squad that entered the tilt having lost only once all season. The game was close with the teams trading goals but neither could pull away in what ended up as an exciting 6-6 tie. With round robin play complete, the playoffs were set and began with a key match on Sunday morning against the same Vancouver opponent. Focused on strong team defense, the Delta boys got better as the game went on en route to a big 5-3 upset win.

With the best yet to come, the locals readied themselves to play in the championship game in a rematch with North Delta. The Islanders pulled away in the third period for a thrilling 6-4 win. “We are very pleased of the boys’ efforts,” said head coach Greg Sambrook. “They battled hard as a team in every game throughout the tournament. They should be very proud of their efforts. We are excited about the future.” Looking forward to its next level of competition, the team has been invited to compete in the Jack Crosby Memorial All-Star Tournament. The Islanders roster features: Nile Abramson, Aiden Currivan, Brad Janson, Nathan MacPherson, Dylan Maskell, Jared Maznik, Mathias McDonnell, Reece Palmer, Payden Duch, Tristan Sambrook, Lane Sharpe, Robert Sheldrick, Keegan Sodder, Owen Turpie, and Rylan Weisbrod. Rounding out the coaching staff is Drew Abramson.

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LOCAL is fresher at Kin’s

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