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Delta firefighters were at the scene of an industrial fire at Westcoast Lawns/Envirosmart Organics Inc. on 72nd Street in Delta Monday afternoon. Delta received a call of the fire just before 1:30 p.m. and were on scene in minutes with four trucks. The fire was contained and knocked down quickly. According to deputy Chief Brad Wilson the fire was caused by a mechanical failure to a recycling grinder, which spread to the roof of a covered recycling building within the facility. No injuries were reported. See more photos online at

Police bust alleged crime ring Three people face nearly 60 charges after search warrant executed on Tsawwassen home IAN JACQUES

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Three people are facing a combined 58 charges in relation to alleged stolen property and identity theft activities based out of a house in Tsawwassen. The charges range from possession of stolen property, identity theft, fraudulent use of credit card, unauthorized use of credit card, fraud under $5,000, possession of forged credit card, forgery of a credit card, possession of a forgery instrument, trafficking in identity information, for-

gery, fail to comply with probation order, theft and possession of a controlled substance. Kimberly Markland, 42, of Delta, is facing 19 charges, and is in custody pending her next court appearance. Zackery Tanner, 29, of Richmond, is facing 24 charges. He has been released on a number of conditions, pending his next court appearance. Jeannette Gibson, 47, of Surrey, is facing 15 charges. She has also been released on a number of conditions, pending her next court appearance.

Community concerns about activities in a house on English Bluff Road, combined with a timely vehicle stop, launched a Delta police investigation in May 2017. By November the DPD Patrol Support Team, which is a team that acts as a support to front line officers, had taken over the investigation. By late December the team executed a search warrant on the house locating a number of stolen items, including high-end mountain bikes and construction tools, along with a

fraudulent credit card making operation, including card readers and a credit card embossing machine. “Our officers were able to return several items to their rightful owners,” said DPD public affairs coordinator Cris Leykauf. “Officers also contacted several credit card holders as well, whose property was found in the house, and confirmed that many of the cards had previously been stolen out of vehicles, from throughout the Lower Mainland.” Leykauf said many of the sto-

len bikes were disassembled and then reassembled using different parts, likely in an attempt to make the bikes more difficult to be identified. “Our officers want to pass along their thanks to the concerned community residents who took the time to call in and describe suspicious activities to police officers,” said Leykauf. “Theft from auto is one of the top crimes impacting people in Tsawwassen. We’re pleased to have shut down what was apparently quite an active theft and identity theft ring.”

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Feds to conduct ports review Minister Marc Garneau made announcement at Deltaport container terminal SANDOR GYARMATI

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Transport Canada will conduct a review of Canada’s port authorities including the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement Monday at the Deltaport container terminal. Delta MP Carla Qualtrough and other MPs were also on hand for the announcement that a series of meetings will be held with ports, indigenous peoples, provincial and local governments as well as the marine sector. Noting Canada’s 18 port authorities handle 60 per cent of the marine commercial cargo, and that the Vancouver port is the largest, Garneau said the review will ensure the country’s ports will be able to innovate and compete globally. “Our 18 Canada port


Minister Marc Garneau was at Deltaport Monday to announce a review of Canada’s port authorities. authorities are strategic assets. They’re important regionally, nationally, continentally and internationally, and that importance

is increasing. They have seen growth of 35 per cent in the last 10 years,” he said. Garneau stressed the

current port system has served the country well but faces challenges ahead including technological changes and new econom-

ic trends. The federal government’s Transportation 2030 plan will also play a role. The findings of the review, expected in 2019, will identify potential policy, legislative and regulatory changes “to help Canada port authorities to consolidate their position as key players in the Canadian economy.” The Fraser River, North Fraser and Vancouver port authorities amalgamated in 2008 to become a new entity called the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. It remains to be seen what kind of power or obligations the port may end up having, as well as if the review has any impact on the Terminal 2 application for Roberts Bank. The public is also invited to provide feedback in the review. Information is available at

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Steady progress is taking place behind the scenes trying to hook more Deltans up with a family doctor. The Delta Division of Family Practice has been recruiting to fill a growing shortage of family physicians, due to many retiring or near retirement, which has been a great concern for South Deltans as well as practically every other community in the province. Adding to the concern most recently is the College of Physicians and Surgeons shutting down its online database of doctors accepting new patients. The college noted that since the online feature was first enabled, family physicians have been responsible for keeping information about their practice capacity up-todate. In more recent years, since many family physi-


Delta Division of Family Practice recruitment efforts have resulted in seven new doctors working in the community. cians have reached capacity to take on new patients, and many physicians work in multiple practice locations, reports generated from the “accepting new patients” feature were frequently inaccurate, causing undue frustration for patients seeking a family physician. However, those in the

medical community are saying the real reason is that there’s simply not enough physicians. Delta Division of Family Practice executive director Geri McGrath told the Optimist their recent recruitment efforts have resulted in seven new doctors working in the community, and they continue

to work with local, regional, and provincial health care and community partners to recruit more. The doctor’s group has a website called FETCH (For Everything That’s Community Health) that not only helps the public and health care providers access information about community health services in South Delta, it also links patients looking for a doctor with available family physicians. “Through our efforts, we’ve attached more than 4,500 patients to a GP and are maintaining a waitlist for South Delta residents who do not have a family doctor and are looking for one. Eligible patients can register at delta.fetchbc. ca,” said McGrath. “The waitlist sometimes supports our recruitment efforts. When new doctors are looking for new patients, we advise them of the waitlist which provides access to information that supports them to build a patient panel,” she said.

Patients on the waiting list are contacted directly by the physicians, however the doctors’ group has stressed it didn’t want to raise expectations because it could take months to get a response. McGrath noted that as part of a province-wide effort underway, the Delta Division is also working toward helping connect those who do not have a family doctor with teambased primary care. “We are at the datagathering stage, working to better understand and assess the particular needs of our community and determine how best to move forward with our health care partners toward the team-based model of primary care,” she explained. In addition, the division also developed several resources to assist the community, including a new resource website ( to support adult, child and youth mental health.

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Insp. Varun Naidu recognized

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Delta police Chief Neil Dubord (left) and acting Delta police board chair Pip Steele (right) present Insp. Varun Naidu the appointment of his Police Officer Commission from the lieutenant governor at the March police board meeting. “This comes with a tremendous amount of hard work over the course of the years for the City of Delta and our community, so it is my great pleasure that we can present him with this certificate and this Queen’s Commission. Congratulations, Varun, you have certainly earned it,” said Dubord.

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InternationalWomen’s Day marked in Delta

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Powerful messages from empowering women were brought to the residents of the Waterford, an assisted living residence in Tsawwassen last Thursday to mark International Women’s Day. Delta MP Carla Qualtrough was on hand to speak about her family and the impacts they had, in particular her mother, in overcoming her sight impairment to achieve her goals. She also spoke about gender equality and how she feels empowered to set an example for the next generation of female leaders. “I have a very strong, capable, lovely mother who taught me from an early age that I could be and do anything I want,” said Qualtrough. “I was very fortunate to have grown up in a time when women before me had blazed trails and I suspect all of you were trail blazers, so thank you for what you have done for generations after yours, including my own, because of the work you have done I get to sit in government in a cabinet that is 50 per cent women. Because 50 per cent of that table is women, better decisions are made because men and women look at things differently.” Later Sandra MacFarlane recalled the story of her mother Bianca Polo, who is a six-year Waterford resident. Polo has a fascinating history that starts out in Italy in 1927, where women’s rights meant she went to work chopping and carrying firewood when she was 13 — a replacement

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Delta MP Carla Qualtrough with Waterford resident Bianca Polo and her daughter Sandra MacFarlane were guest speakers at an International Women’s Day event at the Waterford, an assisted living residence in Tsawwassen. for young men who had gone to war. The lessons she learned in those years formed the backbone of the business she built from scratch in Vancouver in the 1960s. By 1957 she and her husband had immigrated to Canada. She took a job working at a well-established Italian grocery store on Commercial Drive, but frustration with her inability to provide the type of service she felt her customers deserved led her to quit. Her reputation for service was legendary in the Italian community and customers begged her to open her own store. Thus began the legacy of Bianca Maria’s Delicatessen, opened in 1963 and still operating today in the same spot on East Hastings Street. The Wexford in Tsawwassen celebrated its second anniversary in style with residents dressed in purple, the colour of International Women’s Day, to mark the occasion. Qualtrough was there to congratulate residents and to also

speak about International Women’s Day. The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen marked International Women’s Day with a special panel of speakers at the Beach Grove Golf Club. Delta leaders Leslie Abramson (Wintemute Boys and Girls Club, Delta Chamber of Commerce building), Nancy Macey (Delta Hospice) and Carlene Lewall (Delta Sport Development Centre) all spoke about capital projects they’ve worked on while Tsawwassen Rotary president Laura Dixon read out a statement from Renie D’Aquila (Lois E. Jackson Kinsmen Centre for Children). The panelists discussed their motivations, obstacles faced along the way and gave advice for women in the future who might have a big dream for the community. “Dream big, and never give up. Keep going,” said Lewall. “If you believe in your heart what you’re doing and you know it’s the right thing, then don’t give up.”

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Volunteers hope dumping & pillaging end Change in hours to help deal with ongoing issues at Delta Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop IAN JACQUES

I want a campaign to go out to the community to get their cooperation to donate between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, which would be a change in the current hours.

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Volunteers at the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop are hoping a change in hours and some help from the public will put a stop to the after hours’ pillaging and dumping that has been plaguing the Delta Street shop recently. Coordinator Lynda Laughlin said the big issue is the stores front drop-off bins. “People donate after hours when no one is here and as a result some are also dropping off things that we cannot accept,” Laughlin said. “Then they are also leaving perfectly wonderful items that we can sell, but then bin dumpers are coming through in the evening and after hours. They go through them, leave the bins open, or the newest trick is taking the items out of the bins, going to the back of the store and sorting, then leaving what they don’t want, so that makes the items unusable when they are just strewn about and left out in the elements.”



Pillaging and dumping has been recently plaguing the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop in Ladner. The dumping of unwanted items, (recently a fridge was dumped), creates an increase in their garbage and disposal costs, not to mention the extra volunteer time it takes to clean-up the mess. “Luckily someone was

able to dispose of the fridge and it didn’t cost us anything,” she said. “Our operating costs are only 11 per cent of our sales, so that’s 89 per cent that goes to the hospital. The dumping fees hurt what we can contribute to the hospital.” She said they are head-

ing towards locking the bins if this practice continues. “That is where we are headed,” she said. “We have started to lock our garbage as well because people are going through that and leaving a mess for us to clean-up. But we

have to gradually ease into this. I want a campaign to go out to the community to get their cooperation to donate between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, which would be a change in the current hours. That way someone is here to receive every-

thing.” Laughlin said for the most part the community is very supportive and bring in great things that can be re-sold, but some seem to take advantage and dump things whenever they feel like it. “It’s unfortunate because this is a great, supportive community,” she said.

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he list is getting longer. Tennis players who will be displaced should the casino proposed for the Delta Town & Country Inn site proceed are the latest to call on the City of Delta to provide a recreational amenity, with some in their ranks suggesting it should be a condition of any approval. A couple of years ago squash players turned to the city for help after their privatelyowned clubhouse was torn down in the name of redevelopment while more recently those in the track and field community have put the spotlight on facilities that haven’t been upgraded in decades. These groups have essentially been told to get in line behind all the others that have already come to city hall with funding requests. I think it’s safe to say no local government is ever going to satisfy every user group, but I wonder how lengthy that list will get as long as Delta adheres to its no new debt policy. To be fair, there have been upgrades to recreation centres, the public acquisition of Tilbury Ice and the construction of a second artificial turf field in Ladner over the last decade, but as much as those at city hall talk about Delta’s world-class facilities, you only have to look around the region to see how the other half lives. Delta has always lacked a good multi-field park for tournaments, whether it be soccer, baseball or other sports, a situation that could possibly be rectified with civic plans for John Oliver Park, but that project remains on the wish list with all the others. Look across the river in Richmond where an $80-million multi-purpose facility is being built at Minoru Park, which is barely a kilometre away from the well utilized, multi-faceted Olympic Oval. We obviously don’t require undertakings on that scale, but in Ladner, we don’t even have a gym where you can drop in to shoot some hoops. I realize the elimination of the civic debt is a legacy Mayor Lois Jackson can rightly be proud of, but as our facilities age and the wish list grows, can the pay-as-you-go policy keep pace with community demands? It’s certainly going to be a challenge, but maybe those over at city hall are banking on the host government’s share of casino revenues being the answer to our recreational amenity prayers.

Stark reminder that health care system isn’t free


’m a fan of older Saturday Night Live shows. The current version is OK, but the shows from the 70’s, some of the 80’s and most of the 90’s were great. One long-running skit on Weekend Update was Gilda Radner’s character, Emily Litella. Emily would mix up words, and then rail on about a topic, completely oblivious that she had the wrong information. When alerted to the correct words, her response was simple: ‘Never mind.’ I’ve said this to myself a couple of times in the past week or so, specifically around the elimination of MSP premiums and the change to daylight savings. There was much fanfare to the government’s announcement that it would be eliminating MSP premiums. Most people pay the premium through their employer, so they hardly notice it in the first place. Some pay the government directly, to the tune of $150 a month (now $75) for a family. It’s a stark reminder that our health care system isn’t free, as so often gets claimed by our friends south of us. I was at Vancouver General Hospital last weekend to visit a family member. The waiting area was full. The ambulance drivers have to wait with their patient until being admitted – sometimes just standing around for hours. Apparently, with clinics closed on Sunday, people come to the

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emergency department instead. Health care costs billions a year, and the money has to come from somewhere. I think people thought ‘OK, let someone else pay, like businesses!’ The headlines last week told a different story, with the City of Delta and Delta School District now on the hook for huge increases in payroll taxes that we’ll be paying for anyway through increased taxes and inflation. A program existed where low income people were already seeing reduced or eliminated benefits, so a social transfer is already in place. There is no real discount, just a tax shuffle for most people. Oh. Yes. Never mind... Then there is the constant debate about daylight savings. Originally designed for farmers, one of the biggest farming provinces – Saskatchewan – doesn’t

even observe it. So why do we? It causes traffic problems, people are late for work - it’s a disaster! Forget it, stay on standard time! Well, take a deeper look. It doesn’t matter much right now, but when we are in the middle of June, the sun would rise at 4:21 a.m. If you are a ‘real’ morning person, great, but for the majority of the population, that’s a bit early to have the lights on. Further, the sun would go down at 8:30 p.m. I’m a softball player, we wouldn’t be able to get the game completed in the evenings any longer, because we’ve lost that last hour of sunlight. There are 236 days between March 11 and Nov. 3, the period of daylight savings. That means 236 hours of additional evening light. Many reports claim additional daylight reduces traffic accidents. Why would we trade that many hours in the evening for sunlight in the morning that we won’t, for the most part, see? So why not stay on daylight savings, like Florida? Simple, because sunrise would be after 9 a.m. in winter. Hmm, don’t like that, either. That’s why it’s called ‘daylight savings.’ Maximize the daylight, save energy, sleep when it’s dark. Oh. Yes. Never mind... Brad Sherwin, MBA is a longtime resident of South Delta, and has over 25 years’ experience in marketing, public relations and business strategy.

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Bat colony relocation would be very difficult

Editor: Re: Mayor wants bats out of Burrvilla, March 2 Delta Naturalists members were very disturbed after reading Mayor Lois Jackson’s views about bats in Burrvilla. I thought it might be helpful if I gave the mayor a little background about bats and the colony in Burrvilla. The colony approaches 3,000 animals, all females and young, and is the largest in the Lower Mainland. There are two species

there, Yuma and the Little Brown Bat, which is designated “endangered” under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. This colony has existed comfortably in Burrvilla since 1996, co-existing without problems with the people using the building below the attic. Bats are recognized as very useful to us humans for a number of reasons. They eat massive amounts of insects (e.g. mosquitos), many of which are harmful as pests to crops, to

New casino could fund more bylaw officers

Editor: T. Howard’s letter, and P. Walters subsequent letter, about the irresponsible behaviour of off-leash dog owners in Delta public areas (the dogs are offleash, not the owners) got me thinking about Delta residents’ concerns about the new casino. When, not if, the casino is built at the Delta Town & Country Inn site, some of those monies can be directed to hire more bylaw officers. Some of those bylaw officers could then spend more time in public parks, beaches and trails

to witness the inappropriate behaviours of said dog owners, who can then be ticketed for ignoring animal control bylaws. Aggressive dogs can also be confiscated and their owners can be (financially) called to account for them. At least then, if we are going to have a casino here in the region, the residents of Delta (some of whom are also responsible dog owners) can actually see where some of those tax dollars are going… all the way to the animal shelter. A. Cameron

forest plants and trees, and to people’s health. One reproducing female bat can eat her body weight each night, about 100 insects, so you can imagine the benefit of 3,000 bats feeding each night in Delta. You might think the droppings (aka guano) from these bats might be harmful, but it’s actually excellent fertilizer for growing plants. And the droppings in the attic are not poisonous or otherwise harmful to humans.

Bats in this colony leave Burrvilla in October and don’t return until March. Metro Vancouver staff have been regularly cleaning the attic during the winter so the guano does not reach unmanageable or unhealthy amounts. Moving the colony, as the mayor suggested, would be very difficult for many reasons. With such a large colony, it would require at least two large “bat condos” to house them. Building and installing these would be a

monumental undertaking. And there is no certainty these bats would accept an alternate artificial new roost. The impact on trying to move these sensitive animals would more than likely be tragic. Delta Naturalists have placed small bat roost boxes in Delta to attract bats, but to date none have successfully attracted inhabitants. Since this bat colony is so important to Delta and the Lower Mainland, Metro Vancouver staff

have been working closely over the years with bat experts to care for and study the colony. I am also a member of the Boundary Bay Park Association and I strongly support saving, restoring and maintaining heritage homes in Delta. And Burrvilla is a beauty. However, in this instance, I think the “Burrs and bats” can happily live together. Tom Bearss President Delta Naturalists Society

Anger and threats won’t help off-leash dog situation Editor: Re: Dog owner says offleash ‘strays’ could end up at animal shelter, letter to the editor, March 7 P. Walters writes with a lot of anger regarding dogs running off-leash in areas he likes to frequent with his two small dogs. His

anxiety might be understandable following the alleged attack on his dogs but his anger is disturbing and his threat to grab offleash dogs and take them to the animal shelter is worrisome to say the least. Walters, you are not going to resolve this issue

with your threats. More and more people move into our area with dogs and all they seek is a safe, secure area to let their dogs run. Bigger dogs need to chase a ball, each other, Frisbees... it’s their very nature and Delta, unlike

its many neighbours, provides nothing. And sure there are idiots. They are in the vehicles beside us, in the stores we frequent and the activities we take our kids to, but anger and threats don’t work there either. Sidnee Williams

Massey Tunnel has pumps that handle excess rain runoff

Editor: Re: Water seepage at tunnel not harmful, letter to the editor, March 2 With all the scare tactics expressed by the former Liberal provincial government and the mayor and council of Delta that the George Massey Tunnel is leaking and about to fall

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apart, I need to express the following: There are eight pumps located at the entrance and in the middle of the tunnel. Of these eight, there are two 40-horsepower, 1,000-gallons-per-minute located at each ventilation building to handle the

excess runoff from rain. There are also two 25-horsepower, 400-gallons-per-minute pumps located in the middle of tunnel that handle the water runoff from washing the tunnel. As well, there are four 7.5-horsepower, 1,000-gallons-per-minute pumps

that handle the water collected on the surface between the approaches and dikes. I hope this information curtails the fear that the tunnel is leaking and explains that any pumping requirements are more than adequately provided. Douglas George Massey

We are pleased to announce that Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Q.C. has joined Delta Law Office. Kerry-Lynne will be practising in the areas of family law, family and civil law mediation, elder law and estate planning, and business advice. She will work out of our Tsawwassen office, but be available for appointments in our Ladner office on request. Kerry-Lynne has experience at all court levels including the Supreme Court of Canada. Kerry-Lynne is well-known in South Delta as our Member of Parliament for 2011 - 2015 including service to Canada as Minister of National Revenue and Associate Minister of National Defence. In Delta Kerry-Lynne is active in the community in various capacities: Delta Police Board: Board member and Finance committee chair, BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Society: Treasurer and Board member, Little House Society: President, Rotary Club of Ladner: President-Elect, BC India Business Network: Advisory Board Member. Please call 604 943 8272 to book your consultation with Kerry-Lynne Findlay

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Deltassist has several volunteer opportunities available. Do you have time to help out in your community? Volunteer Opportunities we have now: Seniors Phone Support Volunteer, Volunteer Drivers, Seniors Phone Shopping Volunteers, Volunteer Driver for Bread Program, Volunteer Handyman North Delta Office, and Gardening Volunteer North Delta Office. For a full description of these volunteer opportunities go to: If you are interested in volunteer opportunities #1-3 call 604-96-9526 and ask for Lyn Walker. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities #4-6 call 604-594-3455 and ask for Carly Geistlinger or email

Scottsdale Mall was abuzz with all kinds of cool displays by young scientists Thursday for the Delta School District’s annual Science Fair. Each display involved students asking questions, making predictions and planning, investigating and carrying out data collection, as well as trying to make sense of their findings. See more photos at

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Too old for turquoise

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The husband has made an observation. Increasing numbers of people, he tells me — women, mostly — are colouring their hair. Not auburn. Not ash. Not honey-golden blond. We’re talking pink. And purple. And blue and green. Interesting. Not that the husband has been looking at other women, but that he’s uncovered what he believes to be a trend. And a fashion trend at that. “Would you dye your hair turquoise?” he asked me. “Heavens, no,” I replied. “I’m far too old for turquoise.” This is both true, and not true. Yes, I’m too old for turquoise — or forest

green, for that matter — but the fact is that I would not be a turquoise girl even if I was 16. “What else are you noticing?” I asked. “More nose piercings, maybe? Funkier eye shadow?” “Hmm,” he said. “They may be trending too, but I haven’t been paying attention to that.” Fair enough. He’s only noticed the hair. But as soon as he shares his observations, the oddest thing happens. Everywhere I go, I see it too: colours that nature doesn’t offer. “Look!” I said the other day. We had stopped at a red light and two women had pulled up beside us. One had pink hair, the other, scarlet. Later that afternoon, it happened again. We were at the local pub and a group of young women sat down next to us. Again, sporting the colours of the rainbow. They are, apparently, everywhere. “You know,” I said, “we should try to come up with some names for these colours. Think Benjamin Moore. It would never call purple purple.

It would call purple Royal Wedding. Or Samoan Sky. Or Afternoon Wine.” “Right,” said the husband. “I saw a girl today with, um, Patio Sangria hair.” “Ah!” I said. “I can see it now! Patio Sangria! And definitely not to be confused with Poolside Sangria!” “Definitely,” he said. We went about our business and in no time, spotted a woman who’d dyed her hair the most intriguing shade of blue. I called it Pacific Ice. The husband disagreed. It was Iceberg Shadow, he informed me. No question there. In no time, we saw a woman whose hair was Morning Glory. Another had hair that was Autumn Repose. “And what,” asked the husband, “would you call your hair? If not turquoise, then what?” I didn’t have to think for more than a couple of seconds. “Brown,” I said. “Brown?” said the husband. “That’s pretty dull.” I couldn’t disagree. I could call the colour Cocoa Dust, but in truth, it’s just Boring Old Brown.

Centre for Supportive Care Kids Grieve too: Children’s Grief Groups A child’s grief is often unrecognized or misunderstood. Delta Hospice Society is pleased to offer Kids Grieve Too, bereavement groups to support children ages 7-12. These groups apply expressive arts and play therapy to reduce anxiety and anger, promote healthy expression of difficult emotions, increase understanding of grief and loss, and provide support through connection with others. Thursday afternoons, April 5-May 10, 3:30-5 pm For info & to register, contact Teresa: 604-948-0660 ext. 312 Location: Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner, BC

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Community Coming Events CLUBS AND GROUPS South Delta Newcomers Club welcomes new members from Ladner, Tsawwassen and Point Roberts. Next monthly meeting is on Thursday, March 15 at 7:15 p.m. at the Kiwanis Longhouse, 1710-56th St., Tsawwassen. Join the group for a musical evening as Howard Solverson sings a medley of his favourite songs. For more information contact SouthDeltaNewcomers@ Are you responsible for the care of a family member or friend at home or in a facility? Trying to cope with the changes that aging and illness bring to a loved one can be a difficult and stressful job. The South Delta Caregivers’ Network is offering a weekly education series and support group starting Thursday, March 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. for six weeks. Cost is $40. To register call the Centre for Supportive Care at 604-9480660, Laurie at 604-9433921 or Sylvia at 604-9437596. There will be a Delta Performance Academy information session Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Delta School Board office, 4585 Harvest Dr., Ladner. If you have been bereaved

recently, consider joining the Delta Hospice Society’s Adult Bereavement Walking Group where you can walk and talk with others in similar situations. The group meets at the Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner for six Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. starting March 17 and ending April 28 (no session on March 31). For more information and to pre-register, contact 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary. Team T&J will be performing an interactive music show for kids and families at the Ladner Pioneer Library on Saturday, March 17 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. and at the Tsawwassen Library on Monday, March 26 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Delta Spinners & Weavers have a meeting Monday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at Kirkland House, 4140 Arthur Dr., Ladner. Bring your creative spirit to be encouraged as a beginner or reacquaint yourself with these traditions in a casual, friendly setting. Contact a2maggie@ Parkinson’s support group meeting Monday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at KinVillage. This group is for people living with Parkinson’s and/or the people who care for them. For more information call Gloria at 604-948-0156. Are you a homeschooler between the ages of nine and 13? Join a staff member every other Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. for Home School Book Club at the Ladner

Pioneer Library to discuss books in a casual setting. Books will be provided. Registration is required. Dates: March 19, April 2, 16, 30, May 14, 28, June 4. If you are between the ages of 8 to 14 and would like to design a button or two, check out a free Button Making program at the Tsawwassen Library on Tuesday, March 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Ninja Warrior Night, Tuesday, March 20 at Delta Gymnastics, 4680 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner. Release your inner warrior. Prizes for every age group. Ages 5 to 10+. Visit or call 604-9430460 for more details. Tsawwassen Men’s Golf Club welcomes new members for the 2018 season at Tsawwassen Springs. Opening Day is Tuesday, March 20. Applications can be obtained at the Tsawwassen Springs pro shop or on the TMGC website at: More information from club president Andrew Connaris at or 604-618-5188. 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 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn. Probus Canada president Bill Sexsmith will be the speaker. Guests are welcome. Please call Dick Williams at 604-

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Register for Uke ‘n Play – Ukulele Basics for Kids! happening on Wednesday, March 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library. One of the cool things about the ukulele is that it’s kidsized! This workshop will teach kids the basics of that joy-inducing instrument – the ukulele. Ukuleles will be provided. Registration is required. Delta Hospice Society offers Kids Grieve Too – bereavement groups to support children ages 7 to 12. Six sessions, led by a counsellor on Thursday afternoons, April 5 to May 10, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner. For information and to pre-register contact Teresa at 604-948-0660. Program is complimentary. Tsawwassen Ladies Golf. Tuesday morning ladies league looking for new members for 2018. All skill levels welcome. Season starts April 10. Application forms available at Tsawwassen Springs golf pro shop. For more info please contact Jan at Cheavins@ or 604-948-2355.

SENIORS St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon 12:15 p.m., Friday, March 16, with students from the O’Brien School of Irish Dance entertaining at KinVillage Community Centre, 543010th Ave., Tsawwassen. Call 604-943-0225. Tickets $15

for members, $17 for nonmembers. Cash bar. Coffee with a Cop takes place Wednesday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre. Have a conversation with Const. Leisa Schaefer about topics relevant to seniors. McKee Seniors will hold their AGM on Saturday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m. at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre, 5155-47th Ave., Ladner. Call 604-946-1411.

SPECIAL EVENTS ElderCollege Delta is pleased to present Dr. David Moscrop to talk about Digital Threats to Democracy at Home and Abroad. This presentation is of special interest because of the rise of “fake news.” Cedar Park Church on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. This special presentation is free to EDC members. Annual membership is $10. Register online or leave a message at 604943-0262.

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act: local performers Liz and Steve Alexander. Entrance fee is a suggested $7 donation at the door which covers your evening. Dance to great rock and roll CD music from the ‘60s to the ‘80s, Saturday, March 24, KinVillage Community Centre, 5430-10th Ave., Tsawwassen. Singles welcome, couples welcome. Call 604-943-0225. Tickets $12 for members, $14 non-members. Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Cash Bar. Tickets also available at the door, cash only. Embracing South Delta features local scenes and the Ladner Rotary Club will be choosing scenic art work for their 2019 calendar from the art on display. We welcome visitors from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until April 1. The gallery at 1710-56th Street is located in Tsawwassen beside the South Delta Recreation Centre. Lift Every Voice Ecumenical choir concert on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at Ladner Christian Reformed Church. Sponsored by the Community Fund of Faith,



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Sports Shorts SCOREBOARD PACIFIC JUNIOR HOCKEY Tom Shaw Conference Final Delta (1) vs. Richmond (4) Ice Hawks win series 4-1 Game 1 Delta 4 Richmond 2 Game 2 Delta 3 Richmond 2 Game 3 Richmond 2 Delta 1 Game 4 Delta 2 Richmond 1 Game 5 Delta 2 Richmond 1 Harold Brittain Conference Final Ridge Meadows Flames (1) vs. Abbotsford Pilots (2) Flames win series 4-1 Game 1 Flames 5 Pilots 1 Game 2 Flames 5 Pilots 3 Game 3 Pilots 6 Flames 4 Game 4 Flames 6 Pilots 5 Game 5 Flames 5 Pilots 2 Ice Hawks Playoff Scoring GP G A Pts G. Dhaliwal 9 6 5 11 K. Uy 7 3 4 7 J. Deyrmenjian 8 3 4 7 A. Hansen-Bukata 9 1 6 7 D. Rubin 9 4 1 5 J. Rees 9 2 3 5 M. Epshtein 9 1 3 4 E. Bourhill 8 2 1 3 D. Szpakowski 8 2 1 3 N. Pelletier 7 1 2 3 A. Suprynowicz 9 0 3 3 B. Bonnar 9 1 2 3 I. Hendricks 9 0 2 2 M. Araki-Young 4 1 0 1 J. Nelson 6 1 0 1 J. Bogress 6 0 1 1 G. LeBlanc 9 0 1 1 L. Visram 9 0 1 1 N. Marsh 3 0 0 0 M. Cheung 4 0 0 0 T. Garey 8 0 1 1 Goalies AVG SV% J. Naylor 1.45 .946

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Hawks head back to the finals Delta now faces Ridge Meadows after winning Tunnel Series in 5 games MARK BOOTH

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The Delta Ice Hawks are soaring back to the Pacific Junior Hockey League championship series for the second straight year. A 2-1 game five win over the Richmond Sockeyes on Sunday night at the Ladner Leisure Centre sends the Ice Hawks onto the PJHL finals against the Ridge Meadows Flames. That series is expected to start next Sunday with the winner representing the PJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial junior “B” championships — slated for April 12-15 in Richmond. Anyone who took in even one game of the “Tunnel Series” would have a hard time believing they were watching the two highest scoring teams in the regular season that averaged over five goals per contest. Defence was the theme from start to finish and it has been that way for the Ice Hawks since the playoffs began. They managed just 12 goals in the series but surrendered only seven. Remarkably, they have yet to allow a third period goal in the playoffs — a stretch of nine games. Sunday’s clincher was a familiar blueprint: a quick start with a pair of first period goals from Gary Dhaliwal and Daniel Rubin then ride the goaltending of Jordan Naylor and some solid defensive hockey in front of him. “What we have been saying to the guys is at the end of the day is we are not going to sacrifice much on offence by being really defensive,” said Delta head coach Steve Robinson. “Although we sacrificed more than I expected. (We have a bunch of guys) who are not scoring right now. Sometimes the offence can be fickle but if we can keep every team to two goals or less then we are going to win. “That is an unbelievable team


Delta Ice Hawks celebrate their 2-1 series-clinching win over the Richmond Sockeyes on Sunday night. down there that can score at a remarkable clip. (Our guys) just didn’t want to give them an inch. You could feel it on the bench. “Jordan was fantastic again. What I love about ‘Nails’ is he is just so calm and collective. I love his disposition that way. It breeds confidence in the team because they know he is solid back there.” There may be no love loss between the cross river rivals but there certainly is a level of respect and that was evident in neither of them budging from their game plan. In the end, Delta took control of the series by winning twice at Minoru Arenas, including a 2-0 triumph in game four last Thursday which featured a superb 32-save performance by Naylor. The 18-year-old has a 1.45 goals against average and .946 save percentage in the post-season. “Last game we had our chances and could not capitalize. Naylor is a good goalie. You have to get

traffic in front of him because if he sees it there is a good chance he will stop it,” said Sockeyes coach Brett Reusch who also got excellent goaltending from Hardy Hoonjan, who made 30 saves on Sunday. “At the end of the day I just think some of our players played hard but we had too many passengers. We had to play 60 minutes and that’s what we kept preaching. “This is not how we wanted it to end but at the end of the day we are lucky that we get to recuperate. We will put in a lot of work over the next month and will be ready (for provincials).” The Ice Hawks’ depth was tested when rookie standout Aiden Hansen-Bukata took a puck off his throat in the second period. They already were playing much of the series without Magnus Cheung who was injured in game one. However, the South Delta product surprisingly returned for the third period, and gave his team

a lift as Richmond pressed for the tying goal after Jordan Funk had put the visitors on the board. Hansen-Bukata is typically paired with Gabriel LeBlanc — another impressive freshman who logs major ice time. “I figured we would have a bit more offensive production but when a team is coming as hard as Richmond did it’s hard to produce the way we normally can do,” said LeBlanc. “The coaching staff and room mentality is we just want to win. We come ready to win every game.” The rookie-loaded blueline is part of this team’s unique makeup that is now looking to finish off a dominating campaign in style. Throw in their regular season record and Delta is now 45-5-0-3. “The architecture of this team is really a nice balance of skill, grit, experience and youth,” added Robinson. “It’s a unique blend and I think the guys got what it takes.”

U13 Impact rally to win league cup in penalty kicks South Delta Impact U13 boys team capped off its season in style by capturing the B.C. Coastal Soccer League’s One East Silver Cup with a thrilling 2-1 win in penalty kicks over the ASA Storm. Trailing 1-0, United equalized when Hayden Reid converted a feed from Branden Orellana Murcia. The teams then headed to penalty kicks where goalkeeper and team MVP Casey Casey Cartlidge

U13 South Delta Impact captured BCCSL Cup title in thrilling fashion.

came up with a huge save. That set the stage for Rylan Semler to score on his attempt to clinch the cup. The Impact’s roster also features: Angelo Malenica, Brady MacDonald, Charlie Mulleny, Kyle Marshall, Lawrence Bateman, Logan Muir, Natan van Dam, Rowan Duxbury, Turner Broad, Tyler Newis and William Saleken. The boys are coached by Robb Semler, along with assistants David Newis.

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U18 South Delta United is off to the Coastal Cup playdowns next month after capturing the new South Fraser District Championship, defeating four Surrey teams.

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The potential road back to the Provincial Cup has started with a big win for U18 South Delta United. Coming off a memorable 2016-2017 campaign that produced silver medal finishes at the Coastal and Provincial “B” Cup championships, United was determined to pick up where they left off and they have done just that so far. The boys captured B.C. Coastal Soccer League’s Gold Division One East regular season title with a 10-1-1 record. A stellar defensive record featured just seven goals against in the 12 matches — far and away the best in the division. United then moved onto Coastal Cup qualifying which is now much more difficult than in previous years since B.C. Soccer has realigned and merged dis-

tricts. Delta clubs — South Delta, North Delta and Coastal F.C. are now part of the South Fraser District which now includes all of Surrey as well. Previously, the old Delta District was given its own berth into the playdowns. They capped a four-game run with a 1-0 triumph over Central City Breakers Inter in the championship game. Earlier wins came against Surrey United Millennia (6-0), North Delta United (5-0) and Central City Breakers Eagles (1-0). South Delta is now preparing for the Coastal Cup round of 16 slated for early next month. The ultimate goal is to get back to the Provincial “B” Cup Championships in early July. This year’s tournament will take place in Burnaby.

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Maggie passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 2, 2018 at Delta View Care Home. After a long struggle with Dementia, she is finally free and at peace.

Maggie was a dynamic woman who took great pride in her service work through the Vancouver Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, where she received recognition and awards from her sisterhood who were her cherished lifelong friends. Maggie was passionate about her flower shop, crafts, sewing, knitting and weekly bridge games. She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends for her wit and charm.

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SHIER, Charlotte Charlotte Anne Shier, of Delta, British Columbia, was carried by angels to her home in heaven on March 4, 2018 at age 79. She was surrounded by her loving husband, children and their spouses, and grandchildren. She was born in Yarrow, British Columbia to Aron and Olga Rempel (nee Hepting); the 4th child of 9 children.


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A20 The Delta Optimist March 14, 2018


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NOW SELLING AN INCOMPARABLE PRIVATE OUTDOORS WITH A STUNNING BACKDROP IN NATURE An exquisite interior living experience at Viridian smoothly transitions into your spacious private outdoors in beautiful South Surrey. A prominent natural gas fireplace sets a cozy atmosphere on an immense covered deck intended for entertaining. With parkland and the Nicomekl River providing a scenic backdrop, you will enjoy a West Coast lifestyle year-round from the comfort of your home. 57 unprecedented townhomes, spanning over 2,000 sq.ft., start from $899,900. Move into your luxury residence this Spring, and live a life that’s truly remarkable.



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Prices exclusive of taxes. Sales and marketing by Barbican Property Management Inc. E.&O.E.

Delta Optimist March 14 2018  
Delta Optimist March 14 2018