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Chopper tours redefine flying

For George Lacny and the gang at SKY Helicopters, it’s all about presenting a different experience of flight.

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A young Maple Ridge man is recovering from an unusual shooting in Mission on Valentine’s Day.

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Bryce Westlund, a pilot for SKY Helicopters, flew over the approach to Pitt Lake (inset) and much of Pitt Meadows during a recent discovery tour.

Of course, longer flights cost more, but Lacny explained that the cost is for the helicopter – not for the person. This means that people can get together and split the cost of a trip to the Island, for example, rather than being charged individually. The discover flights from Golden Eagles took clients up around Pitt Lake and the surrounding mountain range, offering views of the Pitt River, Golden Ears Bridge, and even Mount Baker. The chopper used for discover flights was a Robinson R-44 – Raven Class, a comfortable, smooth flying machine. Using Golden Eagles as the takeoff and landing site was no mis-

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take, as the golf course –which still a relatively small company, also happens to be a popular with only three full-time pilots. wedding facility – has partLacny said the company is grownered with SKY to offer things ing and expanding, as they get like sightseeing tours, directly busier, they’ll bring in more pilots. from the golf course. “The last year, we’ve seen Lorae Brickwood, director of incredible growth,” he said. sales and marketing for Golden Lacny added that the company Eagles, as well as the Falls gets involved in the comGolf Club in Chilliwack, said munity through sponsorship View the partnership with SKY of events, as well as simply video & began in 2013. offering their services to add photos with “I started looking for difto an event. ferent options to get brides “What we do, is bring in helicopters, and try and helicopter flight to those or online find something unique,” she events,” he said. “It gives explained. the event kind of that ‘rock“SKY Helicopters is fantasstar factor,’ and that’s sometic because they’ll think outthing that’s fun and it’s a side the box.” really good opportunity to That “outside-the-box” thinking give people that experience.” includes offering things like wedFor more information on SKY ding photos on a glacier and quick helicopters, people can visit www. heli-tours for wedding guests. • More at, search “SKY” SKY, which began in 2011, is

Bryce Westlund has a cool job and he knows it. Westlund is a pilot for SKY Helicopters, a Surrey-based helicopter company, with an operations base at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport. The mellow, easy-going pilot, who has been with SKY since 2011, said he likes seeing the reaction of people who have never been in a helicopter before. For George Lacny, sales and marketing director for SKY, giving people that experience is the whole philosophy behind the company. And recently, the company was at Golden Eagles Golf and Country Club, putting on its discover flights, where people could experience about five minutes of flight in a helicopter for less than $50 –$39.95 to be exact. “We get people up in the air, experiencing what all the fun and excitement of what helicopter flight is all about,” Lacny said. “We’re redefining how people fly and the kind of experiences they can have.” The experience was one that Anne Kennedy, a Coquitlam resident who – before participating in one of the SKY discover flights, had never been in a helicopter before, called “so awesome.” Though the discover flights were only five minutes long, Lacny said the company has the ability to fly throughout the Lower Mainland, to Vancouver Island, and even to the B.C. Interior, noting that Westlund flew a businessman to Vernon and back one time.

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A Maple Ridge man was shot with a crossbow before an alleged shooter turned the bow on himself. Police say one man is dead and another is in hospital after an attack in downtown Mission on Valentine’s Day. The 23-year-old Maple Ridge man was struck once with a crossbow bolt, but was treated in hospital and expected to survive, said Mission RCMP Sgt. Shaun Wright. In the meantime, the other man has died of what’s described as self-inflicted wounds. Shortly before midnight Friday, Mission RCMP received reports of a man being treated at Mission Memorial Hospital for injuries to both his right arm and side of his torso, Wright explained. The victim had apparently been attacked in a parking lot in the 7200 block of Horne Street, Wright explained. When police attending, Mounties found an unconscious 59-yearold Nanaimo man, also suffering from “severe injuries,” which a few hours later claimed his life.

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Translating taxation


Business: taxes affect bottom line

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This is part two in a series looking at taxation: where does the money come from? by Maria Rantanen

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Who is the man with his hands up?

Guess who I am? This Who Am I? Facebook feature is part of a twice-weekly TIMES giveaway, where readers are asked to identify people from this community’s distant and recent past. For instance, answer correctly on our Facebook page with the name of this week’s subject, before 9 a.m Friday, to be entered. Last week’s picture was of former Maple Ridge mayor and councillor Kathy Morse. Congratulations to last week’s winner, Alvin Cohen. • More at

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Anger at residential taxes resulted in a petition asking for zero tax increases in Pitt Meadows for the last two years. And, in Maple Ridge, one councillor, Corisa Bell, voted against the Maple Ridge budget, saying she thought it would have been possible to keep tax increases lower. But many business owners will say the amount they are taxed – about three times more than homeowners in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows – has an impact on their bottom line. Terry Becker, who is the office administrator at Becker and Company, a law firm in Pitt Meadows, and president of the local chamber of commerce, calls business taxes a “job killer.” The property where Becker and Company rents was reassessed last year, resulting in a $2,000 increase in property taxes per month, said Terry. “When we’re paying three and a half dollars for every dollar a resident does and consuming very few services, that’s a too huge pill to swallow,” she said. John Becker, a former Pitt Meadows councillor and owner of Becker and Company, pointed out that businesses don’t use the same level of services as residents do, yet they are taxes 3.5 times higher. “It’s a question of fairness and reducing the burden on business owners,” John said. “With more money in their pockets, business owners can invest in their business and hire more people.” John said he believes the reason municipalities tax businesses so high is because business owners don’t have a vote. “The tax load is being shifted from the voting resident to the non-voting resident,” he added.

Todd Farina, owner of Diverse Flooring in Maple Ridge, would like to see more services for the taxes he pays as a business owner.

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Historically, Pitt Meadows hasn’t had a large commercial base, but this has improved in the past few years, he pointed out. Todd Farina, owner of Diverse Flooring in the Maple Meadows Business Park, is annoyed at the high taxes, and he can’t see where the money goes, saying the District is “definitely lacking” in services compared “With more to other money in their municipalpockets, business ities. “I don’t owners can invest know what in their business we’re paying for and hire more except... people” police John Becker and fire,” Farina said. He can’t understand why there is such a huge spread between business taxes and residential taxes, Farina added. “I don’t know how they justify it,” he said, adding, “I’d like to see lower taxes and/or have a say in how our taxes are spent.”

Maple Ridge revenues

The total Maple Ridge budget for 2014 is expected to be $124.6 million. Of this, $68 million, or 55 per cent, is property taxes from residential, business, farming, and other classes. Residential taxes account for

almost 78 per cent of all property taxes in Maple Ridge. In 2013, that brought in about $48.9 million. Businesses, on the other hand, account for 6.6 per cent of assessed value, but they paid 16.1 per cent of all property taxes, bringing in about $10 million. Light industrial property taxes in 2013 were about 4.2 per cent, or $2.6 million. The District of Maple Ridge collects other fees, and these are estimated to total $36 million in 2014. Maple Ridge will charge a flat fee of $502 in 2014 for water – which works out to $1.38 per day per household. Of the $502, $302 goes to purchasing water from Metro Vancouver, $114 is for local operating expenses, and $84 is for capital projects or rate fluctuation. The District will charge a $322 fee per home for sewer, of which $206 goes to Metro Vancouver for waste water treatment.

Pitt Meadows revenues In Pitt Meadows, property taxes are estimated to bring in about $16 million in 2014. Residences make up 85 per cent of the assessed value in the City, but will bring in 62 per cent of the revenue. Businesses make up almost 12 per cent of assessed value, but they will make up almost 28 per

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cent of revenue. For example, in 2013, a house worth $500,000 paid $1,886.20 in property taxes. However, a business property assessed at $500,000 paid $5,838.80 in taxes. In 2013, residential property taxes brought in $10 million, while business paid $4.4 million in taxes. Light industry contributed $800,000 in taxes. In 2014, water will cost each Pitt Meadows household $438, sewers, $283, and garbage, $253. With diking fees and storm drainage fees, each household will pay $1,072 in utilities.

Transit fees standard

Each property tax notice also includes a fee for TransLink, the regional transportation authority. The rate for TransLink is set by the transit authority and all municipalities covered in the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, which includes Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, pay the same rate. “Therefore, a taxpayer in Pitt Meadows pays the same as any other municipality within this region,” said Pitt Meadows director of finance, Mark Roberts. In 2013, the mill rate was .3252, which meant a house assessed at about $430,000 paid $140 to TransLink.

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Youth create theatre to highlight diversity A play will tell the stories of young people and the struggles they face. by Maria Rantanen

Eleven youth will put on an edgy play this Wednesday at The ACT, based on their own personal experiences. The performance of Just Us! is free to the public and is part of the Welcoming Communities initiative. Leanne Koehn and James Rowley, both with extensive theatre experience themselves, have been leading the group of young

people in the development of the play, meeting twice a week since November. The play was written by Rowley, but it is completely based on what the youth have experienced, either as new Canadians or First Nations or other diverse groups. It is “their words and their stories,” Koehn said. She was surprised at how powerful the experience has been, and she is impressed by the courage the kids have shown in stepping up and telling their stories. “It gets into some deep places,

but the joy of the show is the kids getting together,” Koehn said. There is also a lot of humour and creative staging, with the kids posing as all the props. The first performance is scheduled at The ACT on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The play will also be performed at Pitt Meadows Secondary on Feb. 26 for Pink Shirt Day. The last performance is on March 14 at The ACT for the finale of the larger Welcoming Communities initiative.

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Police blotter

Mounties raid rural drug home

RCMP found chemicals and equipment used for creating illicit drugs at a home off Fern Crescent. A combined forces unit raided a home on 130th Avenue near Maple Ridge Park Thursday afternoon. Investigators wearing hazmat suits worked inside a garage in the large home, after the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) executed a search warrant. It was part of a larger investigation, Sgt. Lindsey Houghton from Vancouver Police told The TIMES. The home was recently sold, but unoccupied, Houghton said. But police did discover “a small quantity” of chemicals and equipment inside, indicating people were creating illicit drugs. Houghton didn’t call it a “huge” lab, but said CFSEU called in the hazmat and clandestine lab teams to help clean up. This was the first visit to Maple Ridge in connection with the case, and Houghton said, it is expected to be the last. “It’s the first step in what we believe to be many steps,” he said the investigation is ongoing. The CFSEU consists of not only RCMP members but also police officers from cities including Vancouver, New Westminster, and Abbotsford. The group is mandated with investigating gang conflict in B.C.

Chopper nab thief

A car thief’s joyride came to an end just before midnight Thursday, when the suspect was arrested in the Haney area of Maple Ridge. A 24-year-old, believed to be a Maple Ridge man, and “extremely well known

Officers wearing hazmat suits investigated inside a garage of a home in rural Maple Ridge Thursday afternoon.

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to police,” was taken into custody at about 11:44 p.m. Thursday night, said Cpl. Tony Vanags of Ridge Meadows RCMP. The suspect is facing three counts of possession of stolen property and one count of driving while disqualified. It’s believed the suspect stole a mid 1990s Honda Civic on Thursday afternoon in Surrey, Vanags explained. The suspect then drove the car to Maple Ridge, where he dumped it in the 12200 block of Gee Street, and apparently stole another vehicle. Again, he picked a mid’90s vehicle, but this time it was a Acura Integra. There was “no real chase,” Vanags said, but an arrest finally took place not long after the suspect parked the Acura on Dewdney Trunk Road, close to McIntyre Court. In total, it was a twoand-a-half hour “surveil” by police and the use of a RCMP helicopter that led to the suspect’s arrest. While only two vehicles were apparently stolen, the young man faces a third count of possession of stolen property that stems from items found inside the car during the arrest. The suspect is believed to have acted alone, Vanags said, noting this case is not believed to have ties to any criminal organization.


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Opposites joining battle Here’s a first worth noting: Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation announced last week that he would be in the B.C. Legislature on Monday morning to support a motion by… wait for it… the NDP. Although it would take a pretty keen set of eyes to find common ground between the CTF and the NDP, Bateman’s announcement was not as earth-shattering as it may have seemed at first blush. The federal NDP has placed itself at the head of the parade thumping the drum for abolition of Canada’s senate, and the provincial wing of the party is picking up the beat. The CTF has been loudly banging that same drum. Indeed, they got the drumbeat going before federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair picked up his drumsticks with both hands. The CTF started its call for a national debate and a referendum to push for the end to the Senate. They attracted national attention with a centrepiece for their campaign: a 30-foot-tall balloon that happened to bear a remarkable resemblance to a senator whose expense claims, along with those of several others, have been under investigation – and brought to light an apparent culture of largesse that seems to permeate the Upper Chamber. The Senate has painted itself into a corner, and some of the dirtier colours are rubbing off on all of Parliament. In light of the loud noises emanating from the senate expense scandal, it’s easy to understand why there is such deep-in-the-gut impulse to simply abolish the body. But is that the best way to deal with abuses? Are we prepared to drop the chamber of “sober second thought” completely? Whether or not it is worth trying to find a middle road instead, the call for abolition from both the CTF and NDP should getting people talking. And that’s not a bad thing. – B.G.

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A bit rich for an athletic party If you had $51 billion, what Our estimated final cost of $6.4 would you do with it? billion is listed as a “break-even” If you made a stack of $100 result… but that’s not including bills, it would reach high enough the billion-dollar security tab, to obstruct international flight $2.5 billion for transportation paths. Laid end to end, your $51 infrastructure improvements, billion in $100 bills would circle or nearly another billion dollars the world twice. for the Vancouver Convention But really, what would you Centre. do with it? After all, $51 billion And then there’s the half-bilwould make you the world’s fifth lion dollars spent on the camrichest person, according to the paign to bring the Olympics to by Bob Groeneveld Forbes list of billionaires – just a Vancouver/Whistler. That’s not couple of billion behind Warren included, either, in the final Buffet, and two and a half times as wealthy as “break-even” accounting. David Thomson, Canada’s richest citizen. By the way, in 2010, global efforts to secure Let’s say you’ve decided you’ve spent enough essential HIV, TB, and malaria services fell short time making money, and now you want to spend $4 billion. it. Would you follow Buffet and Bill Gates (who Greece planned to spend $9 billion in Athens is second on the Forbes list, and about $16 bilin 2004 – and lost more than $15 billion. lion ahead of you)? Would you spend it on fightUntil Sochi’s anticipated $51 billion price tag, ing world hunger, poverty, and disease? the gold medal was secured with Beijing’s $44 Or would you use it to finance an extravaganza billion budget. Of course, we don’t know how for pampered elite athletes? The anticipated price much was spent in Nagano in 1998, beyond tag for the Sochi Olympic Games is $51 billion. about $10 billion for infrastructure, since the Right now, the world aid community is looking books were ordered burned. for $15 billion to fight AIDS throughout Africa. Something to consider: whether the Olympics You could foot that bill and still have enough left end up with a profit or a loss, all that money over to re-run the 2012 London Olympics twice goes somewhere – and mostly to large corpora– and if you do it the way the Brits did, you’ll tions and the richest segment of society – most snag yourself a tidy 100 million pounds profit. certainly not to orphans whose parents have died Of course, defining “profit” in Olympic terms is of AIDS. a bit of a tricky business. I’m not suggesting that we kill the Olympics The 2000 Sydney Olympics broke even… after and turn all the money over to saving humantaxpayers kicked in about $2 billion. The operatity. In fact, striving for the best in any human ing budget was $5.6 billion. endeavour is a step towards saving humanity. The same year, while all that was going on, But the Olympics have become an exercise in the U.S. offered a $1 billion loan – spread over international excess, with flags and anthems and five years – to Sub-Saharan countries… to buy medal counts taking precedence over the individU.S. medicine. Three countries were lambasted ual achievement touted in all the brochures – not for declining the offer on the basis that the loan to mention the one-upmanship that has bloated would further increase their debt and dependcosts for a couple of weeks of athletic partying ency on foreign aid. into tens of billions of dollars. The initial budget for our own 2010 Vancouver A little restraint could be shown… and maybe Olympics was $2.3 billion. a little compassion.

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cars zipping by… U-turn. Horrible! Yes, life Dear Editor, away from the shopping mall is rough! We in Whonnock are proud of our post office and of our postmaster, Sue Schulze, Fred Braches, Whonnock who provides the best postal services anywhere in the Lower Mainland. Sue goes Dear Editor, out of her way to help I feel for Mr. Jones. people. But it is Canada Post Rather than weeping he has the issue with. crocodile tears, Kevin I live in the middle Jones [Whole day lost of nowhere, as he puts to pick up parcels, it, and have no trouble Feb. 11 Letters, TIMES] speaking with my should have called neighbours and friends the Whonnock post to help me out. office, and he would Letters We have Mr. Jones have learned that Sue and Ms. Barker [Post hands out parcels on to Kevin Jones photo office joke, Feb. 13 Saturdays to people the Letters, TIMES] cutting who, like him, can’t go Whonnock Post Office. down our post office, to the post office durEditor but it’s a personal place to chat and run ing the official hours. She into neighbours. How about what the comwill also transfer the parcels munity wants and likes? – or any item – to another postal outlet, if asked to do so. Cathie Pii, Maple Ridge We are amused by Jones calling our Whonnock post office “a shack in the Dear Editor, middle of nowhere.” And even more about I suggest that Ms. Barker look past her him calling the place where he lives “someexperience and consider that the post office where.” is an icon in Whonnock, with service proMiranda Barker entertained us by definvided by staff who are friendly, courteous, ing our beloved post office as a “dilapiand personal – a throw-back, if you will, dated garden shed” [Post office joke, Feb. to a simpler time when people came to the 13 Letters, TIMES]. We understand that post office to meet and chat with friends in uninformed city slickers might see it like a rural setting. that, and we forgive both Jones and Barker Ms. Barker needs to slow down and take wholeheartedly. in the values and cultures of the area. This We in Whonnock keep that little buildplace is important to the greater communing in high esteem. Whonnock had a post ity, just as it is. She could buy one of the office years before Vancouver was even wooden post cards depicting the building planned, and the current building, dating to and send it on to someone who will apprethe 1920s, is recognized by the Maple Ridge ciate the ambiance of the area. Community Heritage Commission as a significant heritage building. Bruce Carrie, Maple Ridge Lastly, regarding the trials and tribula[Note: Fuller versions of these letters are tions of Miranda Barker at the Whonnock online at Click on post office: parking on the road shoulder… Opinion/Letters, or search the writers names.]


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Cheap homes no substitute for jobs

Dear Editor, Councillor Cheryl Ashlie wants to create affordable housing to stop the “brain drain” of young adults seeking cheaper housing and jobs elsewhere [Maple Ridge study assesses housing stock, Jan. 6, TIMES]. People come to Maple Ridge because the housing is the most affordable in the Lower Mainland, but they travel elsewhere to work because of the lack of jobs in Maple Ridge. The lack of vision in the planning department over many years has contributed to the development of a bedroom community, where we live here but work and spend our money in other communities.

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Police nabbed a suspected car thief in downtown Haney Thursday night, involving Ridge RCMP and Air 1. The TIMES asked readers what they saw: “All we saw was it doing circles in the sky for a couple hours.” – Janessa Munz “Yes, saw it near my house, circling with spotlight on last night. Heard it for over an hour, then finally stopped just after 11:30, when they must have caught the guy.” – Jodi Statham “The choppers circled for at least one hour over the bypass-Lougheed area last night.” – Jason Martin

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Young people just out of high school cannot afford to purchase a house at any price. They need jobs, and many would do quite well if there were any. Grover Telford, Maple Ridge

Youth leave for education, jobs

Dear Editor, Young people are moving out of Maple Ridge because there are no jobs for them. Young adults attend school outside of Maple Ridge because we do not have a college or a university. Those intelligent, innovative people move because they can’t get jobs here, not because of the over-abundance of cheap real estate in Maple Ridge. If there are no jobs in their own community, why would they buy real estate here? Sonja Ogden, Maple Ridge [Note: Fuller versions of these letters are online at Click on Opinion/Letters, or search the writers names.]

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ur provincial legislature opened last week, and so far they haven’t raised our taxes. There actually seems to be progress on numbers of fronts, but what is noticeably missing is the shrilling cry of the NDP opposition.

“Sign up here? I mean that’s a daunting challenge,” Ramsey said. Vaughn went on on Saturday’s Vancouver Sun editorial page to give a much more eloquent and well-written piece on the NDP state of affairs. One of the things he points out is, after what a bitter internal revolt The NDP under Adrian Dix did to Carole James, why appears to still be in shock would any sane person from the results of the last enter into that shark pit? provincial election. The causes of the probThey have scheduled their lems and divisions inside leadership convention for the NDP are still there. September. The problem Most of the unions are seems to be, no one who interested in getting thouappears like a winner, wants sands of more members to run. if we develop the natural Golden Boy David Eby resources of the province. dropped out of the race last by Gordy Robson The Kinder Morgan appliFriday. He announced that cation to double the line to he recently discovered his the refinery where most of our gas comes fiancee was pregnant, and so his priorities from is an issue that still divides the NDP. have changed. So it is an interesting dichotomy for the Dix, when he announced his intention to next NDP leader. Does he go “Green” and step down as leader, stated his replacement lose the possible support of pipe fitters, boilshould come from within caucus. er makers, and other industrial unions – or That pretty much leaves Mike Farnsworth does he move to support the Kinder Morgan as the leading contender. He is already in application and lose his “Green” caucus? caucus, and a new baby certainly won’t be If he goes too far in that direction, some one of his concerns. of the NDP caucus would probably move Vaughn Palmer, last week on his show over and sit with Andrew Weaver, the Green Voice of BC (on Shaw TV), had an interestParty MLA from Oak Bay. ing discussion with Paul Ramsey, former Actually, it is Doctor Andrew Weaver who NDP cabinet minister and now political has been recognized as a leading scientist in pundit, about the state of affairs in the New climatology and is currently the house leader Democratic Party. of the Green Party. Ramsey said, “Here is the want ad for the If you want to make a productive phone job of the NDP leader: call tomorrow, call your MLA and tell him to “You’ve got an eternal party that is fracstop burdening property owners with more tured over resource development, over taxes. We can’t take anymore! environment, and a whole bunch of other Just saying… things. It’s won exactly – what is it? – three of the last 20 elections it’s contested. Gordy Robson’s column appears Tuesdays in the print “It’s a couple of million dollars in debt, and/or online versions of The TIMES. Reactions can be emailed c/o and its membership is stagnant.

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An MMA fighter and pugilist who grew up in Maple Ridge will vie for the B.C. amateur title on Feb. 28. TIMES files

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They’ve all made the Fraser Valley playoffs. With all of their basketball teams in the Fraser Valley tournament, and not a single game at home, the Pitt Meadows Secondary Marauders will play throughout the region this week. Now the real work begins for each of the squads, said coach Rich Goulet. “This has been a tough season,” he said. But, Goulet noted Monday, it’s also been a season of vast improvement. “Our juniors have shown great composure and improved unbelievably,” he said. Goulet noted the junior boys team went from being basically non-existent at the beginning of the year, to finishing first in their division, by beating Westview Secondary during the weekend. He explained that when he was looking at all the teams at the beginning of the season, it was hard to say how well they’d do. “We didn’t know what we would have in our Grade 8s and 9s this year,” he said. Though Marauders have maintained their position as a strong playoff contender, the senior teams have struggled the last couple of years. Now, at the end of the season, Goulet said, all the teams have reached a respectable point where they are able to compete against anybody.

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Pugilist targets welterweight belt Oliver Vajda trained at Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu MMA gym in Maple Ridge last week, as he prepares to take on White Rock’s Josh Wright for the B.C. amateur welterweight boxing title. The bout will be part of the Clash at the Cascades card held Feb. 28 at the Coast Hotel ballroom in Langley.

Oliver Vajda has a zeal for two sports that involve getting punched in the head or torso, having limbs stretched to places they’re not supposed to be, and getting choked to the point where oxygen is sucked from the brain like a vacuum. An amateur mixed martial arts fighter and boxer, Vajda’s combat sports of choice have a natural tendency of causing some athletes to resort to their natural fight (get mad) or flight (become overwhelmed by nervous anxiety) defence mechanism. But Vajda has a different mentality when it comes to combat sports. The 20-year-old, who is studying behaviour neuroscience at Simon Fraser University, does his darndest not to let his emotions get the better of him, before and during a fight. “I don’t get angry,” he said, bluntly. “Once you place emotions into the situation, then it just clouds your judgment, your reaction time. Any kind of emotions like that will just affect your performance, for sure.” The one feeling that Vajda brings to the ring is: “Joy.” “Just being passionate about the sport,” he said. “I love doing what I do and that’s why I go out there.” Vajda – who has lived in Maple Ridge most of his life, attending Golden Ears Elementary before graduating from Thomas Haney Secondary in 2011 – is an MMA fighter first and foremost, and his resume shows this to be true. He captured a gold medal at the 2011 BC Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships and won the bantamweight title at the Quest for Glory amateur MMA event. And while he now resides in Burnaby near SFU, Vajda routinely motors east to his hometown so he can train at Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu MMA gym in downtown Maple Ridge, where he got his start five years ago.

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“I’d say I’m an MMA fighter, for sure,” he said. “When I started, I did all the martial arts at once. I didn’t just start at one specific one.” And while Vajda sports an impressive 9-1 amateur MMA record, he’s also establishing an amateur boxing career. By stepping into the squared circle, Vajda is following the path of his dad John, an accomplished boxer who was a Hungarian Olympic prospect, and his older brother Gergo, who also boxed at the amateur level. Vajda will be competing for the B.C. welterweight title next Friday, Feb. 28 in Langley when he takes on Josh Wright for the vacant belt. It is part of the Clash at the Cascades amateur boxing series hosted by the Langley City Boxing Club. Clash shows are usually held monthly at the Coast Hotel ballroom next to the Cascades Casino in Langley City. “Boxing is one of the branches

of MMA obviously. You always need your hands,” Vajda said. “Doing boxing fights only complements my mixed martial arts game. That’s why I do boxing and I find it fun.” In some aspects, boxing is more of a one-dimensional sport for Vajda who doesn’t have to concern himself about the wrestling and martial arts elements of MMA when he’s in the squared circle. “I don’t have to worry about being taken down or submissions or anything like that,” Vajda said. He won his two previous amateur boxing matches, both by decision. Looking back on his first amateur boxing bout, Vajda said he entered the ring with confidence after a what he called a “pretty good run” of MMA fights. “I was already pretty experienced, and I already had high stress fights where I was going for titles,” he said. “I felt pretty relaxed, and I felt at ease.” Whether it’s boxing or MMA, for Vajda, competing is all about test-

ing himself. “You are going against yourself in a sense because you are trying to test out your abilities,” said Vajda, who has a goal of competing in some form of combat sports event every month in 2014. “You are putting all this hard work and dedication into your training and it’s nice to finally get in there and try out your technique at 100 per cent speed, pace, and power.” He continued, “It’s more of a conquering yourself, kind of thing. When you’re in there, yeah, you’re fighting an opponent, but the biggest thing is overcoming those obstacles.” On the topic of opponents, Vajda has little to go on when it comes to taking on Wright, who represents Dragon’s Den Elite MMA and Fitness in White Rock. He’s fished around for video footage of Wright’s bouts through YouTube, but said he hasn’t come up with much. MMA lingo crept into Vajda’s language when he described his future foe: “I’ve heard he’s a powerful striker and he has good head movement. But if you’re fighting for the title, you’ve got to be expecting to fight the best.” Looking past Feb. 28, Vajda is vying for the Battlefield Fight League bantamweight title on March 29 in Coquitlam.


Flames wrap season with win and lose – head into playoffs by Eric Zimmer

A win, a loss, and a wrap to the regular season. That’s the story after this weekend for the Ridge Meadows Flames. On Valentine’s Day, the Flames defeated the Abbotsford Pilots 5-0 in their final home game of the season. “That was interesting game,” said coach Jamie Fiset.

“We were playing with a very depleted lineup.” Fiset added that he was proud of the effort shown by his team, resulting in the victory. On Sunday, during the last game of the season, the Flames fell to the Grandview Steelers 4-2. Fiset called the game “boring.” “Both teams played very flat,” he said. “I think they recognized it was the last game of the season and played as such.”

Fiset said it wasn’t until the third period, when the Steelers pulled ahead with a 3-0 lead, that his team “woke up.” However, despite the late effort, the Steelers emerged triumphant. With the regular season over, Fiset said he believes the upcoming playoffs are “exactly what we need right now.” The playoffs, which begin tonight (Tuesday), will see the Flames start the series against the Pilots, in Abbotsford. • More at, search “Flames”

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ebruary is here and although the weather has been cold, the flowers are poking through the soil and pet owners once again should be turning their attention to their pet’s teeth. Yes, February is national pet dental month. Although I like to emphasize that pets need dental care all year long, often veterinarians offer discounts on dental procedures in February. So, if you have been postponing your pet’s treatment, now is the time to get it done. If your dog or cat requires a dental procedure, here are some things to expect. Speaking for what we do, pre-anesthetic evaluation will be performed on the day of the procedure, and this may involve blood tests and a physical exam to reduce any risks with anesthetic.

The pet should be evaluated and a clear treatment plan and estimate of costs may be provided. Some dental procedures can be hard to estimate until the pet is asleep so we may have to call with an update during the procedure. The pet will be safely anesthetized to completely assess the oral cavity, which includes a detailed probing and charting of abnormalities and possibly dental X-rays if needed to assess roots and surrounding bone. All tatar and plaque will be removed from the crowns and below the gum line by scaling and polishing. If any teeth require removal, pain medication may be given in addition to the general anesthetic. Antibiotics may also be needed if there is infection. At the time the pet is discharged, all problems and treatments should be reviewed with you, as well as a detailed plan for ongoing oral health care and prevention. If your pet has bad breath or is showing any signs of pain chewing, lift the lip and have a peek at the teeth. If they are brown and gums inflamed then he or she probably should be checked. Remember, February is often a good time to ensure your pet is not suffering from dental disease.


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OCCULUS is cooler than the average cat. This guy had an accident and the pupil of his right eye is not centered. This gives Occulus a really interesting look. There is nothing medically wrong with the eye, it just gives his coolness more weight. Occulus is a riot. If he can’t find someone to play with, and pretty much anyone will do, he will play by himself. You seriously would not need a television if you had this guy in your home. He’s a goofball. And sometimes when he sits up higher, with his front paws between his rear ones, his head slightly tilted, and his back hunched, you know he’s just coming up with some new great game to spring on the rest of the cats. Occulus rarely sits like a normal cat. He’s usually chilling like in the picture. Occulus has tested positive for FIV so he will need to be kept indoors, and be an only cat or with other FIV positive cats. Occulus would definitely benefit from having a feline buddy. That would also give you some time off from the fun and games. Occulus can be adopted as a permanent foster and in general he’s in great health. Occulus could have a very long and happy life in front of him, he just needs that special human to share it with.

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