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Traffic accidents

Man hit, killed on highway

One crash on the highway was followed by another. by Maria Rantanen

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Chad Philip Hallworth, 41, was killed Friday night after being struck by a car while walking on Lougheed Highway near 240th Street. Ridge Meadows RCMP were called to the 23900 block of the Lougheed Highway just after 8:30 p.m., and they were joined by B.C. Ambulance Service and the Maple Ridge fire department. “At this point in the investigation, it appears the possible main contributing factor in the crash is pedestrian error,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Sgt. Dale Somerville. After Hallworth was hit by the car, a truck collided with another car that was braking for the first accident. People were injured in that crash, too. The accidents occurred in a dark area, and the roads were wet and slippery, Somerville said.

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River’s bounty Hundreds attended the River’s Day festivities held along the Alouette River, at Allco Park, as well as at the Bell-Irving Fish Hatchery along Kanaka Creek on Sunday. At the Alouette festivities, young Rachel and Joey Fiehn were divided on whether or not to have fish for dinner. And while many were there to learn about the rivers, some simply had fun playing in the rain.

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Bouncers shot in Haney Pub altercation Police are investigating what they say looks like a targeted shooting in Ridge. by Maria Rantanen mrantanen@mrtimes.com

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The Haney Public House was the scene of a shooting early Sunday morning.

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officers who were first on scene described the scene as being quite chaotic.” Police were called to the Haney Public House at 222nd Street and Lougheed Highway. just after 2 a.m. Sunday morning. According to the pub owner, two doormen were hit by the gunfire. No arrests had been made

as of The TIMES presstime, and police are asking for witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to speak to the lead investigator. Anyone with information can contact Const. Brent Wilcott at 604-467-7685, or to remain anonymous call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip at www.solvecrime.ca.

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Masse vows to keep up Riverview fight A Maple Ridge councillor receives support from his provincial colleagues for his idea to re-open a hospital.

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Police are looking for information about this man seen at Hollywood Cinemas.

Police look for man Ridge Meadows Mounties aren’t saying why, but they’re asking for help to identify a man who visited a Pitt Meadows movie theatre a few times this summer. On Thursday, they released a photo of him gleaned from video surveillance which showed him leaving the Hollywood Cinemas in the Meadowvale Shopping Centre. The man is described as a “person of interest,” not a suspect. Police are asking anyone who can identify this man to call Const. Brent Wilcott at 604-46776-85. • More at www.mrtimes.com Discover the joys of flora and fauna in our rural areas. Liz welcomes questions at g.hancock@ uniserve.com

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‘Pesty’ hawk prevails In this month’s column, environmentalist and TIMES columnist Liz Hancock share some details on how the Cooper’s or chicken hawk has fought back from near extinction, and is now thriving in our parks and gardens. • More at www.mrtimes.com

Pain ongoing for mom The families of Beckie Dyer and Johnny De Oliveira, who were killed in a car crash in October 2010, are looking to appeal the verdict that dismissed charges against the driver. “We all feel that this was a travesty of justice,” said Markita Kaulius, a Families for Justice caseworker. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Maple Ridge Councillor Dr. Bob Masse plans to continue fighting for a centre to house severely mentally ill people, despite the premier’s dismissal of the proposition. It was Masse’s idea for Maple Ridge council to send a resolution to the recent Union of B.C. Municipalities’ conference to re-open Riverview Hospital and turn it into a centre of excellence for mental health. The resolution was overwhelmingly supported by the UBCM delegates, which included mayors and councillors from across the provnce. Shortly after the resolution passed, the premier addressed the UBCM and said re-opening Riverview wasn’t something that was

being considered. Riverview Hospital is a “good and logical” “We’re not giving up on it,” Masse said solution to addressing the issues around about the rejection from the Premier Christy mental health – visible in Maple Ridge Clark. and other communities across the Lower On Oct. 5, Masse will be visiting Riverview Mainland. Hospital in Coquitlam He hopes that he can and will be shown the keep up the pressure facility and the few on the provincial gov“Our end goal is services that still exist ernment, and perhaps to deal with the there. This is part of his they will change their plan to keep advocating minds. problem – force for mental health ser“Our end goal is to the government vices, especially for the deal with the problem to deal with the severely mentally ill. – force the province But Masse is also deal with the probproblem.” flexible in what kind of lem,” he said. Dr. Bob Masse services would be proMasse believes all of vided. So, if it’s detercouncil wants to see mined that Riverview better solutions to the isn’t the solution, there might be other solusevere and chronic problems with mental tions. health, something that is “everywhere,” he “If the government says ‘no,’ I am willing said. to be part of the conversation… to come to “It’s not a local Maple Ridge phenomsome other workable solution,” he said. enon,” he said, adding that “it affects every But Masse said he believes re-opening community in the province.”

Dialogues

Forum gives safe place to explore faiths Many Candles

Many Candles is a series hosted by the Family Education & Support Centre.

Interfaith dialogue series

• Oct. 2: Gratitude • Nov. 6: Environment Maple Ridge Library, #130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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A discussion about different faiths and world views isn’t meant to be about right and wrong, rather about learning about their similarities and strengths. A series of interfaith discussions is underway in Maple Ridge called “Many Candles,” and it is meant to provide a safe place to discuss difficult topics, said David Dalley, facilitator of the series. Sometimes the examination of different faiths is superficial, looking at, for example, clothing and food, Dalley said. But the interfaith dialogues are meant to dig deeper into traditional faiths and world views. There were several speakers at the first interfaith dialogue with about 40 people of varying backgrounds in the audience – Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Baha’i, humanist, among others. Faye Hyam-Luxemburg, executive director at the Family Education and Support Centre, has been floating the idea for a few years, and the agency received an interfaith bridging grant through Embrace BC. The idea is to eliminate racism and promote multiculturalism – one of the big goals of the Family Education and Support Centre, which is putting on the dialogue series. Another goal is to make newcomers feel welcome in Maple Ridge, said Luxemburg-Hyam.

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David Dalley is facilitating a series of dialogues called “Many Candles” touching on interfaith issues. “Faith communities often play a big role in helping new immigrants settle,” she said. A steering committee has been meeting to put together the series, and Luxemburg-Hyam said that relationships and friendships are growing out the of the committee as well as an understanding, instead of assump-

tions, about each other’s faiths. “We’re learning that the kernel of truth for all faiths is love and service to the community,” she said. Luxemburg-Hyam said the ultimate goal is to form an association of faith communities. At these types of discussions, which Dalley has led in Surrey,

he encourages people to give their personal perspective on faith and culture, for example, explaining how they experienced something as a Catholic, not what the Catholic stand is on an issue. The idea is to have a dialogue, not a debate, Dalley said – not discussing right and wrong. The discussions are called “interfaith” dialogues, but Dalley said they are about world views – “how do we understand ourselves and the world around us?” The organizers pose a “juicy question” and let the participants explore it. “We want them to be conversation starters,” Dalley said. The first dialogue, held on Sept. 4 was on the topic of reconciliation. The second dialogue takes place on Oct. 2 on the topic of gratitude. The question that will be posed this Wednesday is “How does your faith tradition awaken you to the potential and possibility of gratitude?” After having done similar work in Surrey, he thinks that Maple Ridge needs to have these dialogues as well. “I think this is very forward thinking to do this now in Maple Ridge,” he said.


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Maple Ridge Councillor Dr. Bob Masse is disappointed council voted against finding out what it would cost to have municipal garbage pickup. For Masse, the District’s lack of waste disposal became a campaign issue in the November 2011 election because he felt it was a service residents were looking for. Coun. Corisa Bell put forward a

Masse looked into what motion last week to other municipalities are payhave staff ask service ing for garbage pickup, and providers for informahe pointed out the standard tion on what it would municipal service is garbage, cost to have the service. kitchen waste, and recycling The motion was pickup. defeated 4-3 with “I know if we chose to, Masse, Bell, and we’d have a pretty affordable Michael Morden voting service,” he said. in favour. In a citizen survey, an This request for inforopen-ended question asking mation was something Bob Masse residents what service they that Masse felt could Maple Ridge councillor wanted, 41 per cent said they then be put forward to wanted garbage pickup. the residents of Maple Masse said it’s a significant numRidge as a referendum in the next ber when that many residents ask election cycle. for something without being prompt“My opinion is it is [something] ed. the community wants,” he said.

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from the comopen Chances munity will hold Maple Ridge a ribbon-cutting and offer our ceremony at 5 guests a diverse p.m. and memorable Following the entertainment ceremony, tribute experience,” said band Atlantic Andy LaCroix, Crossing will take general manager to the stage and of Chances Maple perform classic Ridge. Andy Lacroix covers followed To mark the general manager by a dueling occasion and offipianos performcially open the ance. new entertainment facility, In addition, a caricature members of the District of artist, a magician, and Maple Ridge and British show girls will entertain Columbia Lottery Corp. the guests. along with representatives

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Two members of the local search team were deployed to other areas of B.C. this weekend. Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue member Brent Boulet participated in an attempted rescue of an injured hiker in Chilliwack Friday evening. In this case, a pair was hiking to Hanging Lake, a small lake on the U.S. border about four kilometres south of Chilliwack Lake, when one fell and dislocated a shoulder. The hikers set up a shelter to keep dry and warm, and the uninjured person hiked out for help. While searchers hiked in through the

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More bridge than needed The Golden Ears Bridge cost more than $800 million to build, but that could be dwarfed by the costs of subsidizing it over the long haul. Last week, TransLink reported that it will continue losing up to $45 million a year on the structure because so few drivers are crossing the toll bridge. Traffic growth on the bridge could best be described as minimal, about two to three per cent per year. TransLink agreed to subsidize the private operator of the bridge until it reaches projected driver numbers. That’s obviously a great deal for the private operator – they’re guaranteed a steady income stream no matter what. Either they get a lot of drivers, or everyone in Metro Vancouver pays up through property taxes. It’s wonderful to see the private sector taking big risks like that, a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit. There is no question that the bridge itself, the first crossing any part of the river since the Alex Fraser Bridge was built almost a generation ago, is pretty good. Six lanes, bike and pedestrian access, and it certainly cut down the time to get across from Maple Ridge to Langley. But it was more bridge than we needed. It’s hard to see how ridership numbers will increase much more than they have. There just aren’t enough people south of the river who want to head north, or vice versa, on a routine basis. But the bridge is there, the contracts are signed, and there seems little we can do about the situation for now. Our best bet, both north and south of the river, is to warn the rest of the Lower Mainland not to follow our example. Do we need a replacement for the Massey Tunnel? Yes. Do we need more rapid transit and light rail? Yes. But maybe we should replace the bridge’s golden eagles with white elephants, as a warning against building too much. – M.C.

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No such thing as smart phones

And since the smart phone Stupid phones. is actually stupid, there’s not a Where did the idea come from that they are smart phones? heckuva lot of smart left to go Certainly not from the smart around. The stupid-smart conundrum phones themselves. They don’t have ideas. They’re not smart. goes much further than my brain. It goes far beyond me. They don’t think. Maybe they simulate thoughts It’s like a movement that has – the thoughts of the people who swept through much of America, the ground-zero of stupid smart created them – but they don’t phone technology, and is pushthink. ing a wave of dumb deep into Stupid phones. by Bob Groeneveld Canada. If mine really was a smart phone, it would have had the You see it everywhere. And it’s not just making people sense to yell at me as I was stupid – it’s making them downright scared of walking out the door. smart. “Hey!” a truly smart phone would have shoutTake Smart Meters, for instance. ed at me in the nick of time, “You’re forgetting Well, like their kissing-cousin smart phones, something, aren’t you?” they’re poorly named – they’re not smart. Instead, it just laid there like a lump. A dumb, But smart or stupid, what really counts is that stupid lump. they’re helping to make all of us stupid. And it let me go off to work without it. Not with some kind of phantasmagorical radioAnd I missed an important meeting with a sonic infra-positional positronic ether-borne IQfriend. Because not only is my smart phone stupid, reducing quantum phlegm… at least not directly. but it makes me stupid, too. Nope. I don’t have to think anymore. All my thoughts What’s making us stupid is the belief that the are stored in my stupid smart phone, where I phantasmagorical radio-sonic infra-positional can retrieve them without hardly a thought of positronic ether-borne IQ-reducing quantum my own. phlegm exists. It keeps track of my appointments, and sounds And on our smart phones we text each other a clever alarm – a different one for every differnotifications about the havoc that Smart Meters ent kind of appointment – at exactly the approare wreaking on the DNA of our very souls. priate amount of time that I need to prepare for We chat about it to each other on our cellthe appointment. phones. Unless it’s where I can’t hear the alarm. And we look it up on the Internet, using our Unless it’s at home while I’m slugging away in Wi-Fi-connected computers. my office. Then we ignore the logical assessments of tens In the old days, before I had a stupid smart of thousands of scientists – the same ones we phone to keep me from thinking, I thought about trust every time we use our computers and cellwhat I had to do. phones and – yes – those stupid smart phones. And when I had to do it. And we take as gospel the rantings of a handMy brain worked in the old days. ful of whack-jobs who make themselves feel Instead of a smart phone, I had a smart brain. smart by making the rest of us stupid. Now I have my smart phone, and a stupid brain. Just as stupid as smart phones.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Education

Parents want best for children

“Many parents and corporations downplay Dear Editor, the value of education in favour of trainThe Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows TIMES editorial staff must be so grateful to Michael ing; the latter want unquestioning workers, while the former see it as a ticket to Hanlon for forgiving their lack Scan financial independence.” of expertise and research skills with Not content with dissing the [Education not for job, but for TIMES, he disparages parents. life, Sept. 26 Letters, TIMES]. Parents want their children to He writes, “Education is criticaldevelop their own critical thinking, ly viewing the world around you… which for the most part happens interpreting it accurately (considLetters to outside the classroom, not that of ering context, bias, propaganda, the Editor their educators. misinformation, etc.).” Parents want their children to While this is a worthy goal, learn to read, write, and do arithmetic to unfortunately the BC Teachers Federation the best of their ability, for starters, and oh supports bias and their propaganda, on yes, think critically. occasion, to their captive student audience. He reveals his own bias when he writes, Cherryl Katnich, Maple Ridge

Smart Meters

Electrosmog-free zones requested

Dear Editor, Bullying is bullying, whether in the home, on the playground, or at the office. The worst kind of bullying is by government or corporations. The so-called Smart Meter Choices Program is a clear case of bullying.

It is an outrage. It is offensive, odious, and unacceptable. It is blackmail. It offers a Mafia-style choice: do it our way or pay. Any illusion that we may have of living in a free and democratic society is shattered by this heavy-handed, totalitar-

Smart Meters

Extortion not about fear

Dear Editor, Now who said anything about fear? Dan Banov is putting words in my mouth [Meter paranoia costs extra, Sept. 26 Letters, TIMES]. I said it was extortion to charge me more than $400 a year to keep what I have, which costs them nothing, as they don’t even send meter-readers out anymore. They fired them all, remember? Anyway, tell me about how good the Smart Meter is for you this time next year, after you see what has happened to your Hydro bill. By the way, I’m not a heavy power user. $45 a month, and they give me a credit at the end of every year. Cheryl Baron, Maple Ridge

ian dealing with a matter essential to living. With no input from taxpayers, this travesty is being foisted on an unsuspecting populace. Those meters are dangerous. There are warning labels on cigarette packages. Where are the warnings on Smart Meters: i.e., “These meter are shown to cause irreparable damage to DNA;, pregnant women, children, and the elderly are most at risk.” We have non-smoking zones. Where are the Smart Meter-free zones? As more and more people become electro-sensitive, we need to be creating “Electrosmog-free” zones. Future generations are depending on us to take a stand and not back down. Karen Nikel, Maple Ridge

BC Jobs Plan

Proposed numbers perfectly clear

Dear Editor, I am happy to provide some clarification around jobs numbers and the success of the BC Jobs Plan for your editorial [Lots of gas in jobs report, Sept. 19 Our View, TIMES]. 17,600: The number of private-sector jobs that have been added in B.C. since August 2011, the last month before the Jobs Plan became

operational (according to Statistics Canada). $74 billion: Value of proposed private-sector projects developed since September 2011, $16 billion of which is now in the construction phase. Three million: Unique visitors to the www.workbc.ca website since its launch in April 2012. All of those numbers

What you’re telling us on Facebook

The past three years have been painful for Pitt Meadows mom Debbie Dyer and her family, after her daughter Beckie, 19, and her boyfriend were killed in a driving accident. A driver was recently acquitted of causing their deaths. Debbie shared her grief, and readers reacted: “There is no way that either one of these families received justice in this case. My heart goes out to both families.” – Joan Evans “So sorry this family has been victimized again, shame on the court system, the defense was a pathetic tactic to get away with murder, shame on anyone who thinks they have won… appeal if your heart can take it.” – Maple Wine “I have two kids and can’t imagine the sorrow she is experiencing…” – John McKenzie

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show that there is considerable interest in investing and working in British Columbia. We want to work together to secure our economy because it allows us to invest in communities, to build a prosperous B.C., and to contribute to a strong Canada. There are many pessimists who say we can’t do it – but we can. Look at what we’ve already achieved in our pursuit of a new liquefied-natural-gas industry. Chevron Apache has invested $800 million preparing an export site and has 500 people working on the project. Those are real investments and real jobs. And more will come, with seven companies having applied for export licences – with three of those applications already approved. For more information on our economic progress so far, I encourage your readers to view the 24Month Progress Report in its entirety at: http://www. bcjobsplan.ca/learn-aboutthe-plan/ Greg Kyllo, parliamentary secretary for the BC Jobs Plan

LETTERS POLICY: Copyright in letters and other materials submitted voluntarily to the Publisher and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the Publisher and its licensees may freely reproduce them in print, electronic, or other forms. Letters are also subject to editing for content and length. The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows TIMES is a division of LMP Publication Limited Partnership.

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Life lessons

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Sunday,October 6 • 11am-3pm Old-fashioned games, imagination market and creative opportunities for the whole family to enjoy. Colleen Findlay Place 11601 Laity St.

Kid’s charity event quashed by bureaucracy collected food and raised money for the food bank. With the support of the school and his mother, he had a successful event which raised more than $1,000 and collected more than 350 pounds of food. As best I can determine, the event was, what all of us would say, a success and the system allowed the inspiration of an 11- yearold to create synergy that was a teaching moment for the school. This year, the message is different. The now 12-year-old hit the bureaucratic wall. Apparently he was told if he wanted to use school facilities again he would

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e’re not open for business and we teach it early. Last year an 11-year-old in one of our schools (let’s call him Tanner) decided to personally make a difference. He staged an event that

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have to pay a $350 fee in bureaucrats have used this advance according to the experience to teach Tanner School District 42 facilities a life lesson. booking department. He may be a little young, If he but “…bureaucrats have used sooner or wanted to use the later he this experience to teach field, that will learn Tanner a life lesson.” would be that gova whole ernment different department, services are provided by which is municipal parks bureaucrats with union and recreation. workers and not necessarWhen he talked to ily common sense. them, the fee was $350 in Perhaps this should be advance, with $100 posa teachable moment in sibly being refunded. reverse. Both departments would Tanner has cancelled this – of course – require an year’s event. Just saying… insurance binder for $3 Gordy Robson’s column appears million liability. Tuesdays in the print and/or online versions of The TIMES. Reactions can So, it appears our school be emailed c/o editorial@mrtimes.com. district and municipal

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Union of B.C. Municipalities

Ridge social media recognized

Spring freshet information that was sent out via Facebook and Twitter earns accolades.

Maple Ridge received an honourable mention last week for its communication during last spring’s freshet. The Union of B.C. Municipalities gave an honourable mention in the best practises, social media category to the District of Maple Ridge, recognizing the approach the municipality took to inform citizens about issues relating to the 2012 spring freshet. In June 2012, the District was notified the Fraser River was cresting at very high levels due a large snow pack and a late thaw that was accel-

ping pictures,” said Fred erated by high amounts of Armstrong, District comrainfall. munications manager. “In The District’s emergency particular, I was inspired operations team went to by the work of our operwork, and within days ations centre... I felt that made preparations for the members of the commununfolding scenario. ity would benefit from seeOne of the new tools ing more of the work that they deployed to spread happens in the background the word was the District’s than is typically provided social media assets on in these circumstances.” Facebook and Twitter. Fred Armstrong Armstrong and his colThe UBCM award recogMaple Ridge spokesperson league Jacquie Bergmann nized the way social media reconfigured part of the District’s was integrated into the District’s website to create a “one-stop porcommunication with citizens. tal” for information and links, and “As our flood plan unfolded I was the District’s Facebook and Twitter struck by all the work that was happages, Armstrong added. pening in a very compressed time period, and since I always carry • More online at www.mrtimes.com a camera around I started snap-

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Ridge Meadows RCMP Const. Duncan McRae was part of Tour de Coast, a Cops for Cancer fundraiser. When they rode through town Sept. 24. McRae gave a plaque to Insp. Dave Fleugel, Officer in Charge of the Ridge Meadows detachment. Maria Rantanen/TIMES

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Dominique St-Amour and Patrick Marshall were selling T-shirts at the Terry Fox Run at the Hammond Community Centre on Sunday (Sept. 15, 2013).

Mr. Duckman, Peter Davies, was given special recognition for his involvement in the third annual Rotary Duck Race during a recent awards ceremony at The ACT. The award was presented by presidents of both the local Rotary Clubs, Ken Holland representing the Haney club, while Adrienne Dale represented Meadowridge.

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The second annual TKO, the Tony Kot Open, was held at Golden Ears Golf Course in memory of the Maple Ridge man who died of kidney cancer. The golf tournament, attended by his widow Tanya Kot and two sons Marcus and Emerson, raised almost $5,000 for the Canadian Kidney Cancer Foundation and Capilano University.

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HAYWARD LAKE RESERVOIR BEACH CLOSURE EXTENDED SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER 2013 Access to the beaches on the Hayward Lake Reservoir will be closed this fall. The beaches have a very steep drop-off and cannot be used safely when the water is low. The drawdown extension is required for construction related to the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse Upgrade Project. The Hayward Lake boat launch will also be out of service during the

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Sharolyn Wandzura is the new general manager of the North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association. Here she visited with one of the popuar mounts, Keno.

drawdown. The picnic grounds and the parking lot at the Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area remain open.

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of health and wellness, health education and social services. We give priority to programs that enable access to health and social services for the most vulnerable members of our community.” For more information about the hospital foundation, go to www.rmhfoundation.com.

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Green Shield Canada Community Giving Program recently donated $5,000 to Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation (RMHF), which will help support the North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association (NFTRA). These funds are dedicated to supporting the community partnership between RMHF and NFTRA. “Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation’s mission is ‘investing in better health through community partnerships’ and as part of our mission we actively look for ways to support healthy living outside of the hospital walls,” said Laura Cherrille, executive director at RMHF. “Knowing that we are helping to improve the lives of more than 90 people living with physical, emotional, and development challenges is extremely important. The health benefits of riding are extensive and we are proud to partner with NFTRA as they enrich the lives of every one of their riders and family members.” A partnership between RMHF, NFTRA, and Green Shield Canada means that the volunteers at NFTRA will get the required training for working with the 90 riders and the seven horses at NFTRA. “Green Shield Canada supports the health and wellness of Canadian communities,” Cherrille said.

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What’s On

www.mrtimes.com Post events 10 days in advance by email to:

editorial@mrtimes.com October 1: Support

• Coquitlam prostate cancer support and awareness group invites Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents to its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Coquitlam Pinetree Community Centre. All those involved with prostate problems are encouraged to come and share their concerns and experiences in a strictly confidential setting. Info: Norm at 604-936-8703 or Ken at 604-936-2998.

October 1: Art club

• Garibaldi Art Club holds its monthly meeting at The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl., in the craft room, third floor at 7 p.m. The fall show will be discussed and information on workshops will be available. New members are welcome.

October 1: Poetry

• Holy Wow Poets hold their Holywoween show at 7 p.m. at The ACT with costume poetry. Info: www.meetup. com/holy-wow-poets.

October 2: Dialogue

• Community members from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds gather to discuss topics that matter. This month’s topic: “Gratitude: How does your faith tradition enliven your sense of gratitude?” Many Candles Interfaith Dialogue series takes place at the Maple Ridge Library at 6:30 p.m.

October 2: Hotdog BBQ

• Community Living Month kicks off with a hotdog barbecue at the bandstand at Memorial Peace Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free hotdogs, cof-

fee, pop, cookies, chips, and music. At 6 p.m., there will be an employer event at The ACT with employers talking about how inclusive hiring practises have helped their bottom line. The cost is $20 per person. Tickets: www. theactmapleridge.org.

October 2: Dancing

• A modern square dancing class is starting at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St. running for eight weeks from 7 to 8 p.m. Info: Gloria at 604-467-0951.

October 3: Seniors

• A Seniors Helping Seniors meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m. at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St., Maple Ridge.

October 3: Parkinson’s

• Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Caregivers Support Group –Parkinson’s Society B.C. is held from 10 a.m. to noon. This group is for caregivers, family, and friends of people with Parkinson’s disease. Info: Elinor Verkerk at 604467-2768 or jdverkerk@ shaw.ca or Joanne Long at 604-462-9735 or joanne. long@shaw.ca.

October 4: Job search

• Free job search essentials workshop series for newcomers to Canada will be offered by ISSofBC. Topics include Canadian labour market, resumes, cover letters, and

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times references. The workshops run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To confirm eligibility and to register, contact Kim Abram at kim.abram@issbc. org or call 778 284 7026 ext. 1278. Participants must preregister.

October 4: Oktoberfest

• Ridge Meadows Hospice Society is holding its annual Oktoberfest at Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall, 12460 Harris. Rd., Pitt Meadows, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be bought from the hospice office at 22320 119th Ave., Maple Ridge. There will be traditional German food, the Rheinlander Oompah Band and dancing, a yodeling competition, a live auction, a raffle, and a 50/50 draw. Info: 604-463-7722 or mark@ ridgemeadowshospice.org.

October 5: Fall fair

• St. George’s Church, 23500 Dewdney Trunk Rd., is holding its annual Fall Fair from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. There will be collectibles, crafts, baking, kids activities, pie, ice cream, hotdogs, and fun for the family.

Whonnock prior to the First World War.

October 6: Fall fair

• Discovery Church is hosting its first free Family Fall Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colleen Findlay Place, 11601 Laity St., Maple Ridge. There will be old-fashioned games, an imagination market, facepainting, prizes, and free hotdog lunch provided. Info: Sarah at 604-460-1174.

October 8: Library

• Join library staff and volunteers to celebrate Canadian library month. Take a backroom tour, learn about their online services, add favourites to their recommended book list, and take part in contests. Refreshments will be served. Customer Appreciation Day takes place at the Maple Ridge Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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October 5: Library

• Fred Braches, local historian and author of Whonnock Notes, will present a discussion about this year’s One Book Whonnock selection, The Eternal Forest, at 2 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Library. The author, George Godwin, based his novel on the years he and his family lived in

SPCA fundraiser

• Tickets are on sale for a Nov. 22 fundraiser for the Maple Ridge SPCA, Art for Animals, which is an art, wine, and cheese event. The fundraiser takes place at The ACT from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 until Oct. 1 and $35 after that. They can be bought at the shelter, 10235 Jackson Rd., or by calling 604-463-9511.

Music

to listen to live music is invited to Kanaka open mike every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Kanaka Creek Coffee, #101-24155 102nd Ave., Maple Ridge. Info: 604-4636727.

Choir

• Maple Ridge Choral Society choir is rehearsing for its annual Christmas concert. Anyone interested in singing with the choir can contact Jerry at 604-463-0760 or Dennis at 604-465-8038.

Walking club

• Ridge Meadows Hospice Society’s bereavement support services offers an informal walking group for clients who have accessed their services. The walk is every Thursday morning at 10 a.m. For more information, call 604-463-7722.

• Anyone who sings, plays an instrument, or just loves

• Full list: www.mrtimes.com

GETIFEST 2013,

“Youth in Our Community” was a resounding success with 2,500 visitors enjoying the sights & sounds. GETI (Golden Ears Transition Initiative) along with our partners, Haney Farmers Market & Youth Action Coalition, would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors and supporters.

October 5 and 12: Aging

• Two symposiums will be held to highlight health and wellness for older adults. The events will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Pitt Meadows Seniors Centre, 19065 119B Ave. and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Ridge MeadowsSeniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St. Register: 604-467-7498.

• Is the book always better than the movie? Come to the Maple Ridge Library and find out with a must-see film based on a popular book at the library’s Books on Film series that runs from Oct. 8 to Nov 12 at 6:30 p.m. Friends of the Library will sell refreshments at intermission. Info: 604-467-7417.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Julie Meadows spent time with kids at an orphanage in Kenya during her visit this spring. Now, the Maple Ridge woman is fundraising to help make their life better.

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A Maple Ridge grandmother was so moved by the plight of some African children that she’s holding a fundraiser this Friday. by Roxanne Hooper rhooper@mrtimes.com

A Maple Ridge grandmother wants help retrofitting a shelled out room for babies and preschoolers in a Kenya orphanage. Julie Meadows is holding a dessert fundraiser Friday, Oct. 4 at the Burnett Baptist church, which is aimed at raising upwards of $7,500 needed to renovate a room in the Mogra Rescue Centre, which takes in children – mainly from Mathare, one of the poorest slums in Nairobi.

The fundraising event, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature a dessert and silent auctions, as well as Kenyan music in the church gym, said Meadows, who learned of the Mogra orphanage – first hand – this past spring. “If you would like a delicious evening of fabulous desserts and great music, that will help these kids, please join us,” she said, noting “known” Kenyan Canadian singer Crystal Hicks will be performing. There are no tickets being sold for the fundraiser, but guests are asked to make a minimum donation of $10 to the cause. Contributions to the silent auction, as well as dessert items such as pies and cakes, are still being accepted. Donors can leave a message at the church, 604-465-4418 or email amberlee@burnettfellowship.com.

• Much more at www.mrtimes.com, search “Kenya”

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The Flames emerged triumphant in their home game against North Vancouver.

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The Samuel Robertson Technical Titans (left red) fell to Abbotsford 35-0 during a game at the Rotary Field in Albion Friday night, while the Pitt Meadows Marauders (top, white) triumphed with a score of 28-0 the same night – again playing against Abbotsford – on the Panthers’ home field.

Flames still searching for a winning solution One up, one down in varsity ball Rick Moyer/Special to The TIMES

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by Troy Landreville sports@mrtimes.com

The Ridge Meadows Flames had just a single point to show from back-to-back games over the weekend. The Flames earned a point in a 5-4, double overtime loss to the visiting North Vancouver Wolf Pack at Planet Ice on Friday in double overtime. In the meantime, the local

junior Bs followed that up with a 2-1 road loss to the North Delta Devils at Sungod Arena on Saturday. The Flames, 1-4-1-1 and in a two-way tie for third with Mission in the PJHL’s Harold Brittain Conference, will look for their second win of the season when they host the Aldergrove Kodiaks at Planet Ice this Friday, Oct. 4. Game time is 7:30 p.m. It’s the first of back-to-back weekend games for the local juniors, who visit Port Moody Arena on Saturday, Oct. 5, to take on the Port Moody Panthers.

• More at www.mrtimes.com, search “flames”

ROUND 2

A total of 23 games highlighted a busy weekend play as B.C. high school football entered its second month. And while one of the two local teams – the Pitt Meadows Marauders – enjoyed sweet victory in a AA varsity football game at Abbotsford Senior Secondary Friday night, the Samuel Robertson Technical Titans tasted bitter defeat. Pitt Meadows shut out the Abby Panthers 28-0, while SRT went down 35-0 to Robert Bateman Secondary (also of Abbotsford) on their home field. The Friday Night Lights – a

new tradition at the Albion points with a tight defence. Rotary Field – were admittedly The half ended 19-0. dampened during this weekIn the second half Bateman end’s game at SRT, said Titans’ continued sending balls through coach Mark Ogloff. the air – 238 yards throwing for “The team didn’t perquarterback Daniel Mills. View form up to expectations, The Ridge team never more photos we needed to execute and could contain the attack, with we didn’t,” he said. the coach explained. With a break in the rain, With the 35-0 loss in the or online a large crowd from all books, the first-year Titan parts of Maple Ridge desare focused on the inaugcended on the field to see ural Varsity Alouette Bowl the Titans’ home opener. this Friday, Oct. 4, again SRT did hold their own starting at 7:30 p.m. with crossthrough the first half, Ogloff town rival Marauders at Pitt said, noting they managed to Meadows Secondary. • More at www.mrtimes.com get into scoring position once, – with files from Titans’ Lawrence Cooke but were shut out from any www.mrtimes.com

The Flames have recorded one regulation win in seven games in September.

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