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With the arrival of spring, many people are turning to issues of house and home, whether it’s buying, decorating, landscaping, or just cleaning. In today’s edition of The TIMES, we look at a few issues, including firsttime buyers seeking aid from family, tips on building fences, and how to get free tickets to the upcoming Ridge Meadows Home Show. See more on pages A13-15. In the meantime, rooftops filled the landscape in the heavily developed Silver Valley area in east Maple Ridge. Troy Landreville/TIMES


First-time homebuyers relying on family

A survey shows buyers are dependent on moms and dads to get that first house. by Derrick Penner

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For James and Eilona Penner, a little bit of help from family meant the difference between buying their first home in Maple Ridge this spring or waiting three years, as they had planned. That inter-generational transfer of wealth is becoming a bigger factor for young buyers trying to get on Metro Vancouver’s steep property ladder, according to

BMO’s annual survey of firsttime homebuyers. The survey found that four in 10 respondents in Metro Vancouver were expecting help from parents or other relatives to make that purchase. And Metro Vancouverites are waiting longer, paying more – an average of $506,000 compared with the national average of $316,100 for a first buy – and willing to cut back on lifestyle purchases to take that first step, the survey found. For the Penners, it meant Eilona’s mother contributed to the down payment so her daughter and son-in-law could buy for $360,000 the 1,500-square-foot

house they had been renting. She’s also living with them until circumstances allow the couple to pay her back. “We wouldn’t have bought without her,” James Penner said of their arrangement. “And (without) her allowing us to step into it, we... most likely would have started with a townhouse.” Instead, they will take possession of a house in mid-May that has room for their young family, children aged two and four. The arrangement is something Penner has discovered is quite common among his co-workers at CP Rail. One colleague, he said, is buying into a property in Mission,

along with his in-laws, ened up by the federal that has two houses on government over the it, and another is buylast two years. ing his in-laws’ house, “Families getting which the mother-ininvolved as a result of law will continue living kids not being able to in – an arrangement pull (a purchase) off similar to his own. on their own, there’s And whether it is much more of that,” parents helping chilsaid Ron Antalek, dren make a down managing broker for Ron Antalek payment with a gift Re/Max Lifestyles Maple Ridge realtor of cash, or buying Realty in Maple Ridge. in under some other Antalek doesn’t arrangement, it is something that see the same level of parental realtors are seeing more of in help in his more starter-friendly Metro Vancouver’s pricey marmarket of Maple Ridge and Pitt kets. Buyers are having a harder Meadows that was found in the time qualifying for mortgages BMO survey. continued on page A13… under rules that have been tight-

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Girl Guide Cookies On Sale Now Cookie sales help girls try exciting activities Girl Guides throughout the Lougheed area are selling cookies over the next few weeks. At only $5.00 a box, Girl Guide cookies are a delicious way to make a difference in the lives of girls locally and across the country. Each box of cookies sold supports effective and meaningful Girl Guide programs and community based activities offering girls opportunities to discover new interests, form lasting friendships and develop leadership and life skills through experience, challenge and adventure. This important fundraiser helps to provide girls with the tools they need to be confident, courageous and resourceful – capable of achieving greatness in every area of their life. “Girl Guide cookies are a tasty Canadian tradition since 1927.

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Many adults understand the joy of gardening, but gardening can be equally fun for children as well. While some adults may feel that certain children do not have the patience or perseverance to see plants grow from seeds to adulthood, selecting plants that are hardy and sprout quickly may be the key to igniting a love of gardening in children.

Choosing seeds that sprout quickly can hold the attention of children who are new to gardening. Many different plants fit this bill. Beans, peas, sunflower seeds, and bell pepper seeds are easy to start and germinate quickly. In addition, many leafy vegetables, such as chard, lettuce, spinach, and mustard, germinate in three to five days. Herbs, such as basil and parsley, also sprout fast. All of these plants are good options for introducing children to gardening, as each provides quick gratification. When you buy a box of Girl Guide cookies, you’re buying more than just a cookie. Cookie sales help girls of all ages try exciting activities, develop leadership skills and participate in dynamic community service projects,” says Colleen Kellner, Cedar Shadows District Commissioner and Lions Area Representative. Today’s girls can learn about global and cultural awareness, career exploration, science and technology and the arts. They work on environmental projects and explore important issues such as cyber-bullying, self-esteem and body image, and develop the skills needed to speak out and take action on issues that are important to them. Guiding enables girls to be confident, courageous and resourceful, and to make a difference in the world. For more information including registration visit or call 1-800-565-8111.

To further interest children, it is a good idea to plant seeds in a way that allows youngsters to monitor the progress of growth. Use a transparent container, such as rinsed-out glass jars and canisters, to house the plant. Such containers give kids an unobstructed view of the process, during which children can plot the progress of seed germination and easily spot root and stem development. Once the seedlings grow larger, they can be transplanted into different containers. Many seedlings can sprout with water alone. Children can easily grow new plants from clippings of a mature plant left resting in a shallow cup of water, and seeds may not even need soil to germinate. Kids may have luck sprinkling seeds on a dampened, crumpledup piece of paper towel. Cotton balls also make a good place to nestle seeds. Either material will hold on to water, keeping the seeds moist until they sprout. Afterward, the seedlings can be carefully moved into a soil-and-compost mix. The paper towel and the cotton balls will decompose and add to the organic matter already in the soil. Edible plants often make good choices for children because kids can reap the rewards of their efforts. Herbs can be sprinkled onto food, or fruits and vegetables can be grown in containers and then served at mealtime. Kids can show pride in their accomplishments, especially if they have tangible results on the dinner plate. A love of gardening that’s fostered inside can also be explored outdoors. Set aside a plot of dirt where kids can sow their own seeds and tend to their own gardens. This hobby can help children learn patience and hard work while fostering an appreciation of nature.

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Ridge musician chasing her dream For Madeline Merlo, a rising country music star, it’s all about staying true to her roots.

Filming increases There has been an increase in filming in Maple Ridge recently, perhaps due to the rising American dollar. Actors like James Caan, Dick Van Dyke, and Valerie Harper have come to town to be part of the local film shoots. Preggoland and The Christmas Secret are two of the film are being shot locally. • More at

Local suspect wanted The hunt is underway for a man suspected of drugrelated crimes in Maple Ridge and now in Vancouver. Robert Brian Mayer was wanted in Maple Ridge two years ago this week for production of a controlled substance. Anyone Robert Mayer with information wanted can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477. • More at

AGM set for recyclers A representative of Multi Materials BC will make a presentation at the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society’s annual general meeting. The AGM take place on April 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Well, the restaurant inside the new gaming centre, Chances, at 22710 Lougheed Hwy. For more information, go to www. • More at

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Her single may be called Sinking Like a Stone, but for rising country singer Madeline Merlo, her career is anything but. A Maple Ridge resident since she was 11 months old, Merlo is riding high these days: a hit song on the radio, a music video on Country Music Television, and most recently, the chance to open for Canadian country music powerhouse, Dean Brody. For the talented 20 year-old, it’s all part of a dream that began when she was just six. “I sang at the Kanaka Creek Elementary kindergarten show,” Merlo recalled. “I remember at that moment, knowing that that’s what I wanted to do.” Merlo said her mother recognized her talent, effectively becoming her “momager,” and from that point on, the budding singer took any opportunity she could to get her voice heard. “I went in vocal and talent competitions, musical theatre, I performed at The ACT– anywhere that would have me and allow me to let out my creative energy.” At age 10, Merlo attended a Shania Twain concert which fueled her drive even more. “She’s so amazing, she’s Canadian and she was following her dream,” explained Merlo. “That fuelled mine.” She said it was three years ago, at the age Maple Ridge’s own rising country star, Madeline Merlo. of 17, that she was singing when the “right “My father was a musician as well and he person” heard her and things really started raised me on soul. So I think those two influrolling. ences result in my sound – soulful country.” “I was singing for a pop producer and he Merlo added that her management comreally didn’t want to work with me, but there pany, RGK Entertainment out of Nashville, was somebody else in the room who heard Tenn., have also given her “so much freedom me sing and saw potential.” – full creative control of my lyrics and That person was Dan Swinimer, View arrangements.” drummer for the rock band Jet Black Video When her song, Sinking Like A Stone, Stare and a music producer himself. with hit the airwaves on Vancouver’s JRFM, Merlo said Swinimer contacted her, Merlo was on cloud nine. and asked if she’d like to work with “If I could tell eight-year-old Madeline him. her song would be on the radio one “We instantly clicked,” she said. day, she’d flip out,” she said. The two have been working together Merlo added that JRFM “has been since, with Swinimer producing Layar amazing and so supportive of a local Merlo’s album. or person doing this. They play my music The fact that Swinimer had conneconline and they were the first station to do so.” tions to Merlo’s current management Merlo said the community’s support company was a bonus as well. really became apparent when the station put Merlo said the whole thing was a really her song in a contest that pitted the tune lucky opportunity and that a lot has hapagainst another one and listeners had to vote pened since that initial contact three years for a winner. ago. “People in this town who didn’t even know She explained said her music is influenced who I was, but knew I was from Maple Ridge by a combination of being brought up in voted for me. The support was overwhelming Maple Ridge surrounded by the community’s small-town feel, as well as the music her par- – I could have cried,” she said. “I definitely want to show my appreciation ents enjoyed. for anyone who has bought my single on “My mother raised me on country music,” itunes, requested it on the radio, watched the she said.

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music video or come to my shows,” Merlo added. Currently, Merlo is working on a five-song EP, which she makes trips down to Nashville to record. “When it comes to country music, Nashville is where you need to be,” she said. She said opening for Dean Brody recently was “like something out of a daydream – it was incredible.” Her mom filled a bus with 25 of Merlo’s friends who all came out to see her take the stage at the show. “I have the most supportive friends and family,” she said. As for an upcoming show schedule, Merlo, who still lives at the home she was raised in, said she’ll be playing a bunch of pubs and bars, and hoping to do some bigger shows and festivals, come summertime. “The performances are low-key right now, but there’s a lot of them – and I love that,” she said. Merlo added that no matter the venue, the goal is the same: “I just want to put on a really good show.” For more information on Madeline Merlo, people can visit her website at, or on facebook:

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and start building up the surface of the park. But Carmichael said the countouring work, which is “large and expensive,” could take up to 10 or 20 years to complete. Because of the uneven surface of the by Maria Rantanen landfill, it won’t be possible to have buildings or level playing fields in the The Cottonwood dump in Maple Ridge park, Carmichael explained, which is is planned eventually to become a park. why it has been envisioned as a “passive But before that, the District of Maple park.” Ridge needs to complete the The entire site is about 20 shutdown process, something acres in size, with the former they’ve been working on for landfill taking up about 10 about 10 years, according to acres. Russ Carmichael, director of Currently, there are test wells engineering with the District of on the perimeter of the propMaple Ridge. erty to make sure no “leachIt’s estimated that between ate,” that is, contamination is 1966 and 1999, 1.314 million leaving the site. tonnes of waste was deposited Methane gas rising from the on the property. landfill is periodically burned It was closed to the hauling of off. Russ Carmichael domestic garbage in 1989. In addition, any liquid waste Engineering director The provincial Ministry of the and the creek are tested reguEnvironment has asked that the larly. District proceed with the formal closure Tetra Tech, a consultant firm, has been plan by July 1, and similar requests are working with the District for 10 years on being made provincewide. the closure plan. “Every community had a landfill and The former Cottonwood landfill site is they were in various stages of closure,” located east of Thomas Haney Secondary Carmichael said. on Cottonwood Drive between 116th and Most of the steps have been taken, 114A avenues. but a final plan and implementation of The topographical plan has to be subthe contouring of the park still has to be mitted to the Ministry of the Environment done. by July 1. • More online at, Maple Ridge has budgeted $200,000 per search “Cottonwood” year over the next five years to design


Community literacy funding cut by Maria Rantanen

A local committee that promotes and coordinates literacy activities for all ages found out its budget will be slashed by more than a half. The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Literacy Committee’s budget will go down to $13,000 from $30,000, explained Elaine Yamamoto with the literacy committee. The money is allo-

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Mitchell Cal spotted a series of unidentified flying objects in the skies above Pitt Meadows Saturday. “They were bright red and were slightly moving,” Cal reported when sharing the picture with The TIMES that night. “I don’t think they were candle lanterns, as View they were so bright,” he said. But other reports, Photos with after The TIMES posted his image to Facebook, indicate they were likely wish lanterns. So, while Pitt Meadows assistant fire chief Brad Perrie received no UFO calls this weekend, he was disappointed to hear these lanterns might still Layar be in use. “They’re not allowed,” Perrie said, or explaining how they’re sometimes used during online weddings and memorials. They’re hazardous, he elaborated. While they’re still sold, he hopes they’ll soon be prohibited – like fireworks. It’s not just that they’re littering. When these lanterns come back down to the ground, the candles are often still burning. That flame usually ignites the paper or plastic container and consequently starts a fire in trees, rooftops, and grass. “They can be dangerous,” Perrie said. Mitchell Cal photo

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Based on new reports, apparently the suspect is now focusing on homes east of downtown Maple Ridge, out to 240th Street. One older woman who called The TIMES, reported giving up cash after hearing a “believable” sob story from a man claiming to be her new neighbour. He spun a “beautiful story,” she said. “He got my money… He’s good… It makes me sick. I feel I was so gullible.” Police reiterate their warning not to give anyone money, and ask that people report any such encounters or suspicious people in their area to police at 604-463-6251.

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Neil Devries and Maddy Pegg (above) from Maple Ridge Dance Circle were part of the entertainment during Saturday’s Belly, Baby, and Kid Show at The ACT, which included more than 50 vendors and activities. With lineups to get in and a packed house for the duration of the event, it’s safe to say the day was a success. “We were beyond amazed, and just as surprised as anyone with the overwhelming amount of families that the show attracted on Saturday,” said the show’s sales director Amanda Collett. More at, search “Collett”

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Guilty plea in dog death A three-month conditional sentence was given to a Maple Ridge man after a dog in his care died.

During a BC SPCA investigation, Symons admitted to using physical punishment on the Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, which caused her medical distress and death. Necropsy reports confirmed A Maple Ridge man pleaded Tessa suffered a ruptured guilty to causing the death of a spleen and lacerated liver due dog and received a three-month to blunt force trauma. conditional sentence. “This is such a sad case of Jeffrey David Symons pleaded a beautiful and innocent famguilty at Port Coquitlam provily pet who died violently and incial court on March 12 to one unnecessarily,” said Marcie count of killing or injuring an Moriarty, chief prevention and animal. enforcement officer for the Marcie Moriarty The dog, Tessa, a 13-year-old BC SPCA. “A criminal code SPCA enforcement officer hearing impaired dog, was in his conviction carries significant care in 2013. weight and we are pleased to On April 29, 2013, Symons brought see the seriousness of this crime recogTessa to a Maple Ridge veterinary hosnized.” pital claiming that she had fallen down Symons received a three-month condisome stairs and was having trouble tional sentence with a one-year probation breathing. She was pronounced dead on period and a ban on owning pets for five arrival. years.


The City of Pitt Meadows Public Works Department will be flushing water mains throughout the municipality for approximately twelve weeks beginning March 3, 2014. During this time there may be a temporary drop in water pressure or a noticeable discolouration in tap water. To correct problems with milky water, open the cold tap slightly to bleed air from the water lines. If you experience problems with dirty water, turn on an outside tap and let it run until the water clears. The City thanks residents for their patience during this routine maintenance of the water mains. If there are any questions or concerns please call 604-465-2434. Public Works Department 11333 Harris Road Pitt Meadows, BC, V3Y 2M5

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Last year’s theme on Earth Day in Maple Ridge was art and here the recycling society’s Leanne Koehn highlighted the local art studio tour. This year’s Earth Day theme is food.

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Food focus of Earth Day Haney Farmers Market turns 10 this year and will be part of local ecocelebrations on April 26. by Cindy St. Laurent

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Celebrating Food for Thought is this year’s theme at the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows’ Earth Day celebration. The event, which is being held on April 26 at Maple Ridge’s Memorial Peace Park, will also be celebrating Haney Farmers Market’s 10th anniversary. For the anniversary they will include “pop-up food events,” which will provide eco-inspired family activities. Leanne Koehn, who does event planning and communications for Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, believes the event will allow people to consider where the food they eat actually comes from. “We wanted to celebrate the 10th anni-



versary of the Haney Farmers Market, focus on food, and pique people’s curiosity about where their food comes from, how it is grown, how food is wasted, and what happens to it,” she said. Earth Day events will include a new youth photography contest to get young people to participate more in the event. Details on the contest will be available on the Celebrate Earth Day Facebook page. People can also participate in an Iron Chefs Challenge by donating to the Friends In Need Food Bank or bringing vegetables to donate to the Community Kitchen’s creation of Stone Soup. Other entertainment includes an electric vehicle display, an Earth Day Poetry contest, the Cycle Recycle Free Bike Draw, kids crafts, roving entertainers, the Big Fish Storytelling Tent, and flash mobs. Local green businesses or community organizations that wish to participate in Earth Day can call 604-467-8424 or email

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Time to get back on top The Fraser Institute has identified a $1.1 billion loss to Canada’s economy resulting from people waiting in line for necessary health care last year. The study, The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, calculates the average value of time lost during the work week for each of the estimated 928,120 patients waiting for surgery at $1,202 per patient. Keep in mind that the Fraser Institute, which bills itself as “an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank,” actually tends to lean towards the right reaches of the political spectrum, and is not widely acclaimed as a champion for social programs. But other sources indicate that Canada’s health care system – once among the very best in the world – is not what it could be. The World Health Organization ranks Canada’s health care 30th in the world. We are ranked behind the United States in patient wait times… at least, behind Americans who get any care at all, and not taking into account “appropriate care” nuances of the American system. But there we go again: as soon as Canada’s overall health care quality is brought into question, we compare ourselves with the United States (ranked well behind us at 37th by the WHO), and the conversation is quickly shut down with cries of, “We don’t want the American system!” And nothing changes. But in the past few decades, 29 other countries have moved ahead of us, and many of them make no bones of the fact that they did so by building on – and improving – the Canadian model. It’s time we looked beyond our immediate neighbour, and took a serious look at what some of our more distant relatives are apparently doing better than we are. – B.G.

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Spring seems a little older now I’m not exactly an old man. I’m just older than I used to Far from it. be, is all. I’ve come to realize And if I have any of my Dad’s that I’ve reached an age where I genes, there’s a good chance I probably remember more springs won’t get “old” until I’m well past than are yet ahead. And I’ve into my 90s. come to an age where aches and But every once in a while, it pains have started becoming a seems like Father Time gives us a minor nuisance, now and again. little nudge… sometimes even a And the nows and agains are bit of a shove. likely to start arriving more closeI used to veritably leap out of ly together. bed on an early spring morning Last year – and already this by Bob Groeneveld like the couple that have plunged year, too – I’ve been building us into the new season over the a realization that many of the weekend. people I know who are within my age range But in the past few years… nyeh… not so aren’t going to be here forever. much. Don’t mistake any of this for depression, or And this year, I found it easier to allow myself remorse, or some profound sadness at aging. On to be hindered by a cramp in my leg and a the contrary, I’m quite pleased, in the main. twinge in my back, under my shoulder blade, I’m relatively healthy, and I can do pretty near where it was just too darned inaccessible to mas- all I used to do… except I just have to be a little sage it into submission. more careful about doing it, is all. Admittedly, the past few mornings weren’t Sure, there are some people I won’t be seeing stellar, per se. anymore… except inside my head, where I conBut realistically, they were pretty much as nice tinue to enjoy their company and, in some cases, as a reasonable person could hope for in midcontinue to listen to their sage advice. March. Nope. All I have to do is look at the grandkids, Sure, we’ve had some Marches that practically and I feel like dancing at the edge of a high cliffoffered tank-tops-and-shorts weather from the top and offering a joyous rendition of The Circle get-go. of Life – at the top of my lungs. But think back, and you’ll realize that the Except, my balance isn’t as perfectly tuned as wondrousness of those few gorgeous years has it used to be, so I don’t feel quite as comfortable been magnified in your memories… while your getting too near that cliff-edge anymore. northern-climate self-preservation reflexes have And there’s that darned pain in my leg every naturally suppressed the majority of rainy, cold, time I stand up too quickly – might put a bit of a snowy, freezing-rain March mornings… many of crimp in my dancing style. which have extended well into April. And then there’s that little pulled muscle under And I’ll never forget the year (in the mid-80s) my shoulder blade… when we experienced a killing frost on May 15. And then, too, I can guarantee that that danIt was so cold that it wiped out all my seedlings cing won’t be happening too early in the mor– inside my greenhouse, no less. ning, at least not until I’ve worked out some of Hmmm… You notice something? the kinks. I’ve just been babbling the equivalent of one of And besides, most of those things you do in those “when I was young” stories. spring can easily hang off for another week or But I’m not an old man. two.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


A closer look off the trails in Kanaka Creek Riverfront Park reveals the results of those who “see the earth as a large garbage can.” Dave Barnier photos


Planet is not a garbage can

plastic bottles, cans, Styrofoam, Letters The kids and I took the dog for and cardboard, all washing ashore to a walk at Kanaka Creek Riverfront from one of the largest rivers in the Park on March 17. North America. There are beautiful trails, views It made me sad to see, but also Editor gave me an opportunity to teach of the Fraser River, trees, sun, etc. It was a nice spring day my kids the importance of recycHowever, when you take a closer look, ling and knowing where trash can end and veer off the trail, down to the beach, up if we do not try our best to keep our you get another view. garbage to a minimum. In addition to the barrels pictured, we Recycle, and do not see the earth as a also found a roll of carpet, a mattress, a large garbage can. Dave Barnier, Maple Ridge ceiling fan, plastic grates, and the usual

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BC Ferries

Ferries to get double seniors’ fares Dear Editor,

The BC Liberal government will continue to use taxpayer dollars to reimburse BC Ferries for seniors’ “free” fares after April 1, even though the same seniors are being forced to pay the entire fare themselves. Talk about double-dipping!

Why on earth would the Libs be making this kind of gift to BC Ferries? This amounts to more than $12 million a year. We can’t afford that. Are these people really the brightest and the best?

Cheryl Baron, Maple Ridge

Heather Hills

Valuable resource arbitrarily closed Dear Editor,

For years, Heather Hills Golf Course has provided a needed and valuable service to Maple Ridge District. Recently, the municipal council has ordered it to be closed to the public. What many people do not realize is that this is not just the closing of a

business, but it is taking away an invaluable resource to this community that is regularly used by some 2,000- 3,000 people, many who are lowerincome people, seniors, and children. Heather Hills is the only decent par-three golf course in this part of the Lower Mainland, and has

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Managing editor Bob Groeneveld tackled the issue of vaccination, and ignorance surrounding the measles vaccine. Several readers became vocal on the issue: “I don’t understand how someone can be more scared of a vaccine than the disease it’s preventing… Why on earth is it not mandatory to be vaccinated in public school? I would love a petition to change that. Seriously frightening that people are so STUPID… Let’s start a petition to the school board.” – Katie Clunn “I agree with Katie Clunn, people who don’t want to vaccinate their children can home school or send them to private schools willing to take the risk.” – Val Patenaude “Measles is not just a ‘childhood’ illness. Children’s lives should not be put at risk because of Internet nonsense, discredited doctors, and an ex-playboy bunny… Vaccines save lives.” – Diane Zutz

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always offered reasonable and affordable rates, which allow low-income persons and seniors to play golf. I am on a fixed income and cannot afford the green fees charged by most courses. Driving to Mission or Surrey to play is not really an option for myself and many others. This really means that hundreds of golfers in Maple Ridge have lost a place to golf. l and countless others really wonder how the municipal council can close down a facility as valuable to the community as Heather Hills. One would think that, instead of arbitrarily closing it, they would look at every possible option to keep this valuable community resource operating. A bylaw change or rezoning is no big matter – that has been done before.

Ed Lineham, Maple Ridge

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Downtown in major need of help


decade ago, which is four councils back, under Mayor Kathy Morse, Maple Ridge went through what I refer to as a public relations exercise and adopted a plan for the downtown, called Smart Growth on the Ground (SGoG). The resulting blueprint for 2021 was nothing more Now, apparently when than wishing and hoping the municipality is discusswith a lot of thought about ing trying to recover our “if we had our way, this money, the developers tell is what we would make them that the concept of developers do.” having retail on the ground This policy and process floor (SGoG) is not viable, was introduced and manespecially if there is no aged by the municipality’s parking. “professional staff.” Councillor Al Hogarth’s We are client, now more “The continuing who built than half rotation of businesses on 223rd way into the Street and in the downtown… plan. Lougheed It is time Highway, should tell staff and we looked is a prime council they have a at how well example of problem.” the plan is the reality developing. of trying During the past decade, to rent commercial space staff blamed what they without parking. called “frozen lands” in The continuing rotathe downtown as being a tion of businesses in the major obstacle to developdowntown, which seems ment. to be leading to more thrift They pointed out Haney shops and cheque cashing Plaza as being literally frofacilities than ma-and-pa zen and blamed the owner. retailers, should tell staff Since that time, Haney and council they have a Plaza has been liberated problem. by a homegrown developer The only group that who certainly has a heart has tried to fix parking, for the downtown. the DPOA, had its wings Now the biggest frozen clipped, and the District land is the property that is trying to appropriate the staff recommended its assets. (That’s another the council buy – using story.) taxpayers money. And Our family always tries although it is not recorded to buy local. Last Thursday on the District books, every after a business lunch, I year we own it, we lose was making my way back the opportunity cost on the to my car parked on 224th money – and of course, Street and noticed a young the taxes an owner would lady writing a ticket. have paid gets distributed I looked at my watch and to the rest of us. told her, “You’re kidding! I

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Just Saying by Gordy Robson

have only been here for an hour and three minutes.” (Yes, I actually knew that.) With a bright smile, the young lady looked at her watch and with a slight pause said, “Actually, you have been here for an hour and six minutes.” And we wonder why people don’t shop downtown. The only thing that has really risen in the last decade is the salaries of municipal staff. According to the Vancouver Sun’s data base pay/ as of 2012 we have 72 employees of the municipality who make more than $100,000 per year – plus expense accounts and incredible benefits package. Our CEO Jim Rule topped the scale at $246,000. Actually one of the 72 doesn’t get a pension, and that is our Mayor Ernie Daykin, who in 2012 drew down $101,000, but he does get a taste of the staff benefit package. May we all be so blessed. You’d think somewhere in the process someone would realize that the environment downtown is also a problem. Apparently, we are the only municipality in B.C. – and I think Canada – where people, including what I call “bicycle bandits,” are allowed to ride their bikes on the sidewalks. Just saying… Gordy Robson’s column appears Tuesdays in the print and/or online versions of The TIMES. Reactions can be emailed c/o

C y Volunteer Opportunity

FARMING COMMUNITY MEMBER-AT-LARGE Applications are invited from members of the farming community of Pitt Meadows to serve as a volunteer member of the Pitt Meadows Agricultural Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Agricultural Advisory Committee is to advise the municipality on agricultural issues within the community, including the review of applications initiated under the Agricultural Land Commission Act (ALCA); the comprehensive review of agricultural related policies and plans, as required; and irrigation, drainage and other water management issues; and other matters as referred by Council. The Agricultural Advisory Committee has one two-year term Farming Community Member-at-Large vacancy. To indicate an interest in being considered for the Committee, applicants should forward a letter to the undersigned by April 4, 2014. Letters should include an indication of why the candidate wishes to serve along with their farming background. Preference will be given to candidates with livestock, nursery, and/or berry farming experience. For further information, please contact Terry Fryer, Acting Director of Operations and Development Services c/o - Pitt Meadows City Hall: 12007 Harris Road Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2B5 Phone: 604-465-2420 Fax: 604-465-2404 Email:

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NOTICE OF INTENTION TO AMEND ZONING BYLAW TAKE NOTICE THAT Council will consider the following amendment to Zoning Bylaw No. 2505, 2011, the Zoning Bylaw for the City of Pitt Meadows. City of Pitt Meadows Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 2626, 2013 1. Part 2 Interpretation, Section 2.3 General Definitions, is amended by adding the following definitions: MARIHUANA means all parts of the genus cannabis whether growing or not and the seed or clone of such plants. MEDICAL MARIHUANA means marihuana that may be administered to treat or alleviate a qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the patient’s debilitating medical condition under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations SOR/2001-227, as amended. 2. Part 3 Enforcement, 3.4 Specific Prohibitions is amended by adding the following section: h) The cultivation, processing, drying, storing, packaging, distribution or testing of marihuana or medical marihuana is prohibited in all zones. The Bylaw and associated staff report may be viewed at City Hall, 12007 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows, between March 21st, 2014 and April 1st, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., excluding weekends and statutory holidays. Please direct inquiries to the Development Services Department at 604-465-2428. Anne Berry Manager of Development Services, 604-465-2428

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March 25: Weavers

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Gail Finnson, community employment supervisor at the Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living received a Career Practitioner of the Year award – at British Columbia Career Development Association’s 17th annual conference on March 8. The award was presented by Michael Yue, president of the B.C. Career Development Association.

Maple Ridge Councillor Michael Morden and Lori Graham with Pitt Meadows Economic Development Office were at a Haney Rotary Texas Hold’Em fundraiser at Chances Gaming Centre.

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Rick Laing and his wife Barb have been volunteering with Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue for almost 30 years each. Rick is search and rescue manager. They greeted recruits at a recent information session. That has since been followed up with an overnight hike with 15 recruits and eight SAR members through Golden Ears Provincial Park in the pouring rain. For those who survived, they start their basic ground training soon.

• Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild meet at Whonnock Lake Centre, 27871 113rd Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Info: Marie at 604-462-9059.

March 26: Family movie

• Maple Ridge Library, #130-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd., presents the family movie Epic (rated PG) at 3:30. Info: 604-467-7417.

March 27: Spring fling

• Maple Ridge Library presents Nighttime Tales: Spring Fling, an evening of storytime magic, at 6:45 p.m. Info: 604-467-7417.

March 27: Philosophers’ Cafe

• Philosophers’ Cafe meets at 7 p.m. in The ACT lobby, 11944 Haney Pl. Topic: “Exercise: Time to Get Off the Treadmill?” Info: or www.

March 27: Library

• Xtreme Theatre will be at the Maple Ridge Library at 1 p.m. to perform excerpts from their upcoming show Willy Wonka Junior. Info: 604-467-7417.

March 27: Library

• The One Eyed Troll tale will be told at the Pitt Meadows Library, #200-12099 Harris Rd., from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Ages five to 12.

March 28: Fun Friday

• Kids in Grades 1 to 3 can enjoy Fun Fridays: Books Galore at the Maple Ridge Library at 3:30 p.m. Register: 604-467-7417.

March 28: Support group

• Hominum Fraser Valley, a support group to help gay and bisexual men, meets at 7:30 p.m. For meeting location: Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

Bereavement groups

How can you share? Do you have a local photo of someone or some place you’d like to share with the rest of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows? Email it to us as a high-resolution .JPEG to Please include a brief description – including everyone’s first and last name. Put “faces & places” in the subject line of your email.

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• Ridge Meadows Hospice Society offers free bereavement groups for children and adults starting in April. To register or for more info, call 604-463-7722.

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y parents had her she had to wait until a lot of kids she was seven years old, – six of us to be figuring she would forget exact, and they all about it. were so busy taking care of On her seventh birthday, all of us, they had no time she announced that she to over-focus. was walking to school, just There’s no doubt that we like I had promised she were well-loved, but we could. certainly weren’t coddled. The final turning point From a pretty young came when our youngest, age, we were expected to a sarcastic seven year old, help out with chores, and wanted to go to the corner to entertain ourselves at store by herself, and her home and with the other dad didn’t like the idea. kids in the neighbourhood. “What are you going to We weren’t unique do when I grow up and – that’s just what parents move out of here?” she and kids did in those days. asked. Then we grew up and “Will I have to phone had kids of our own. Like and say, ‘Oh, Daddy, I a typical mother lioness, I want to cross the street; was completely focused on please, can you come and my cubs. get me?” I wanted them to have Point taken. lovely, happy lives, and One of the greatest gifts was determined to protect a parent can give a child is them from any risk. resiliency. I tried to fix every sad And that isn’t accommoment, plished frustration or “One of the greatest by overworry. protecting gifts a parent can Their dad and doing give a child is was almost as everything guilty. for them. resiliency. And this We hovered Children isn’t accomplished over our kids, need to forgetting learn how by overprotecting that our own to navigate and doing everything independence the chalfor them.” as children lenges that helped us to life throws become competent, resiliat them, and, not merely ent adults. survive, but continue to It was our kids who thrive. taught us to let go. When a parent provides The oldest, articulate outside supports and even as a very young child, focuses on building inner confidently debated points strengths, a child develops of contention, and wore us resiliency. down. Caring relationships help The middle child spread children to feel loved, her wings in kindergarten, understood, accepted, and demanding to walk to protected from harm. school and do it by herself. Children learn about We compromised – I told patience, perseverance,

Starting Early by Kathy Booth

being flexible, and about the value of asking for help by watching and copying their parents and other adults. Learning self-control helps children to handle disappointments, worries, and frustrations. By developing thinking skills, they will be able to find new ways to look at challenges, solve problems, and communicate with others. Confident children with a positive outlook are able to overcome obstacles and have the courage to try new things.

And, as with people of all ages, having responsibility and being allowed to participate gives children a sense of purpose. In the long run, it seems my parents and others of their generation had the right idea. Regardless of how much the world has changed since my childhood, it can still be successfully navigated by children who are brought up to be resilient. Log on to the Ridge Meadows Early Childhood Development Committee website and check the ‘events’ link for information about Dr. Deborah Bell’s free presentation on building resiliency in children. Free childminding and refreshments are included.

– Kathy Booth is a local writer addressing the importance of early childhood development and the work being done in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and with Katzie First Nations.

Spring has Arrived in Downtown Maple Ridge! A message from the Downtown Maple Ridge BIA It’s always a relief when Spring arrives. So open your curtains, come out of hibernation, and start enjoying everything downtown Maple Ridge has to offer! Unless you were lucky enough to have a holiday this winter, your spring and summer clothes have been collecting dust in the back of your closet for the past 6 months. Get them looking new again by going to one of downtown Maple Ridge’s cleaners! Anthony’s Fine Cleaners or The Ritz Cleaners are both on Dewdney Trunk. If you need any alterations done, Star Cleaners & Alterations is on 228th, Seamless Alterations is on 119th, and Ben’s Town Tailor is in Haney Place Mall. Nu Crescent Cleaners on Lougheed will take care of any washing and folding you need. If you’re close to the ValleyFair Mall then you’ll want to go to Meadows Cleaners. If you look in your closest and don’t see anything you like, head over to Haney Place and check out the latest styles at Bryan’s Fashions, Suzanne’s Ladies’ Fashions, and Bootlegger. Mark’s Work Wearhouse on Lougheed carries new fashionable clothing and shoes, as well as functional clothing and work gear. If you need new shoes, you’ll find what you need at A Step Ahead Footwear or Payless Shoes, all at Haney Place. There are also several consignment stores where you can find hidden gems! Maybe you wanted to go on a vacation this winter but weren’t able to make it happen. Stop in at Marlin Travel Services at Haney Place for some amazing and affordable packages! Or if a cruise ship is more up your alley, head on over to Hagen’s Travel & Cruises on 224th for some great options.

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Maple Ridge Flight Centre in the ValleyFair Mall will help you find the most affordable flights. If you’re planning a fishing trip a little closer to home, Hatch Match’r Fly & Tackle on Lougheed is the place you want to go. Or if you’re a hunter, stop in at Wanstalls, also on Lougheed, for all your hunting and shooting supplies. It wouldn’t be spring without flowers, so see what’s in bloom at Maple Ridge Florist on Dewdney Trunk, and put those flowers in a beautiful, custom vase from Arte Vargas Glass Blowing on Lougheed Highway. Also happening right now is the annual Spring Treasure Hunt, running to April 7th. Park the car, bring the kids and visit participating businesses to collect treasure, win great prizes, and to fill your contest passport with stamps. Submit your completed passport to enter a draw for one of eight HUGE Grand Prize Easter Baskets! This is a great free event for kids of all ages, so visit for details!


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TIMES readers are being invited to share their spring-themed photographs (email before Friday, March 28). In the meantime, this picture submitted by Maple Ridge’s Ruth Ross seemed fitting to accompany the most recent Anne Marrison Gardening column. This time out, Whonnock’s own gardening guru answers a series of reader questions about everything from bluebells to strawberries. Among her tips, Marrison said “the very best way to discover what will survive in your [garden] is trial and error.” Catch her full column online at, search “Marrison.”

However, the one-quarter to one-third of purchases he sees that involve family participation is a big jump in the past few years ago. “Then it was maybe one in 10,” he said. For Metro Vancouver as a whole, BMO’s Chris Menard said, there was a substantial jump in expectations of parental help in the 2014 survey. In last year’s edition, he said, it was 33 per cent. “It’s interesting to show that kind of inter-generational switch of wealth, if you will,” he said. In the survey, BMO found that 57 per cent of Metro Vancouver respondents said they had delayed making a first purchase because of rising prices, and some 66 per cent reported sacrificing lifestyle choices to help add to savings for a down payment.

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lthough it’s a bit early to think about replacing your fence, it is the perfect time to start getting quotes. Many fencing companies and contractors operate year round, regardless of the weather, but there are periods when things slow down and deals can be found. In our area, the Lower Mainland specifically, there are only a few types of fencing commonly installed:, cedar fencing, vinyl fence systems, and chainlink. For most homeowners who live in residential neighbourhoods, the most common purpose of TIMES columnist and handyman Morgan Jensen fencing is for installed a fence at a home near 203rd Street. “privacy.” Many people wish to keep your neighbours (although If their animals you should always consult you’re in, usually with them first), but in the fencing dogs, while front again, along the sidealong by Morgan Jensen others strive walk or street, the munithe front for privacy and cipality will own a certain of your Handyman Morgan Jensen will answer security. your home improvement questions. amount of that property. home, Visit his website at Living inside You should either have adjacent or send your questions to most city limto a side- an official site plan of its will bring your property, or get one walk or with it some rules and from the city. If you can’t street, there are limits on regulations in the form of access one that way, you’ll how high it can be. bylaws and building codes, need to have a site surIf you live on a laneway as well. vey done, which will cost or have a corner lot, once I thought I would try to about $500. again there are guidelines answer some of the most that need to be followed. 3. Why is it, when getting commonly asked questions Every municipality will fencing quotes from several in this month’s column. have their fencing guidesources, the costs vary 1. What are the usual lines available online, or at the bylaws and permit dramatically? restrictions when considering counters. This is where you have installing a privacy fence, like to apply the “apples-to2. Why can’t I install my fence a cedar panel system, around apples” principle. where I want to and what are my home? Cedar panel fencing, for Five and six foot high example, will vary in qual“setbacks” or “variances”? fences are most often ity and cost depending on Usually you can install a installed around yards, but fence right along the propwhere it’s purchased and it’s the front that brings who installs it. erty lines at the side of with it most of the rules. continued on page A15… your property, adjacent to

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hardware should be of the best quality, First let’s look at what’s involved in or they won’t last and will stick and sag completely replacing about 200 feet of fen- eventually. I admit that this takes a certain cing along with two gates: amount of experience and finesse, and a) Demolition, disposal, and cleanup of even I have had to go back and adjust or all of the fence panels, posts, concrete, even replace gates. and hardware will involve lots of labour and at least one large disposal bin. Painted or stained did a quote materials have to recently for a be disposed of corsimilar job, and rectly, as does the my price averaged concrete; out at about $40 b) New holes per running foot, for the posts may that would put an have to be dug or $8,000 plus tax the existing holes price tag on the cleaned up and example above. possibly reinforced I know for a fact with new concrete that there will be and rebar, or your companies that will new fence will do a job like that collapse in short for 25 to 35 per order. cent less, some are c) New posts will good, some not, usually be set in so be careful, get TIMES columnist and handyman Morgan Jensen concrete and must references, and do installed a fence, gate, and stairs in this home near be straight, plumb, 240th Street. your homework. and in a perfectly Asking to visit a laid out pattern previous installausing either string, lasers, or both. tion is a good start. d) Once the concrete sets the fence panI admit that my fencing quotes are high, els will be installed securely, but the fence my labour costs are higher usually, and I panels must be of the best quality, well always try to source premium materials. built, and using premium materials, or But some fences are more functional than the whole fence will look shoddy within a decorative and don’t have to be as durable year, often before you even get to stain or or pretty. paint it. Plan things out first, decide what you e) The gates get installed last typically, need and want, be clear with the contractand again, the quality, construction, and or about your needs, and take your time.

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Curlers rewarded Curling volunteers, including members from the Golden Ears club, were rewarded with a spot in the International Curling Tankard bonspiel, held at Cowichan Rocks Curling Club. • More online:, click on “Sports”

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Local climbers succeed at home A rock competition brought competitors from throughout the Lower Mainland to Maple Ridge on Saturday. by Eric Zimmer

Twelve-year-old Zade Cajee flipped for gymnastics at Haney Place Mall.

Gymnasts flip out Zade Cajee was among the group of gymnasts who impressed the crowd at Haney Place Mall on Saturday. The demonstration was presented by the Quantum Gymnastics Club, and featured, trampoline, tumbling and the balance beam. • More online:, click on “Sports”

Golfers compete Local golfers James Baker of Maple Ridge and Ryan Hunt from Pitt Meadows took part in the recent Canadian Junior Golf Association 2014 B2 - CJGA Junior at Pagoda. • More online:, click on “Sports”

Turf sought The West Coast Auto Group Football Club is looking to expand the number of playing fields it has, from the current total of three, after things like weather cancellations impacted game schedules and practices this season. • More online:, click on “Sports”

Society walks The Ridge Meadows Hospice Society is putting out the call “for Allstars,” which they said is anyone in the community who may wish to collect pledges on behalf of the society, and participate in this year’s Vistas Run Walk, which will take place on May 4. • More online:, click on “Sports”

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Halfway up the wall, with spectators cheering her on, Tiffany Melius was a long way from home. The climber, who lives in North Vancouver but is originally from Australia, was just one of a number of competitors who took part in Saturday’s indoor rock climbing competition in Maple Ridge. Hosted by the Rock Wall climbing gym, competitors of all ages climbed a variety of routes that ranged in difficulty, length, and technique. It was called the Rock n’ Rope: an aptly named climbing competition that was the first one hosted by the local gym in five years. It was also the last “local level” competition of the season, said Terry Spurrell, owner of the Rock Wall, who’s also the head coach at the facility. Spurrell explained the Maple Ridge team had just taken part in a competition the previous weekend “where many had great performances, but a few were disappointed.” He said this all changed on Saturday in Maple Ridge, where “everyone was on their game, and many had their best performance ever at a competition.” He added that this success likely came from the team climbing at their home gym. The competition consisted of two main categories: speed and difficulty. In the difficulty category, 11 of

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Maple Ridge climbers Jakob Plamondon and Christy Spurrell (left) competed in Saturday’s competition at the Rock Wall climbing gym in Maple Ridge. Head coach Terry Spurrell commended the team’s performances, and said many of the climbers had their best competition performance ever. The meet was the last one before the provincial championships in April.

the 19 Rock Wall Team members medaled at the Sport Climbing B.C.- sanctioned event. In the speed category, 11 out of 11 members medaled. As a side note, the Rock Wall is only one of two venues in B.C. hosting speed climbing competitions. Since 2006, many Rock Wall members have competed on national teams. For example, last year,

Spurrell’s daughter, 20-year-old Christy, won the Canadian Open women’s title in difficulty, and went on to compete for Team Canada in Belgium. And this year, a fair share of younger team members are hoping to qualify for their first international competition, which will be held in the South Pacific island of New Caledonia. In addition, team members, including Spurrell, are hoping to represent Canada at the Pan Am Games in Peru this fall. The Rock Wall climbing gym is located at 11455 201A St. and those looking for more information can call 604-460-0808.

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Australian Tiffany Melius, who now lives in North Vancouver, also competed on Saturday.

On the ice

Ringette girls grab season-ending silver by Eric Zimmer

It was a solid end to the season for the Port Coquitlam Ridge Meadows (PCRM) U14A Ringette team. For the 13-player club, the home stretch began on Feb. 23, when the squad beat the first place-ranked Fraser Valley Team, and took the Lower Mainland

championship title. After the victory, the team made its way north to Prince George, for the Provincial A ringette championships, which took place from March 6 to 9. The team’s first game against Kelowna saw them beat the Okanagan squad for the first time, by a final score of 6-5. In their second game,

the girls once again faced Fraser Valley, but this time lost 5 to 4. In their third game, the team took on another tough Okanagan competitor when they faced off against Vernon. Having only faced the team once before and losing, the fast-paced game saw the PCRM girls come out on top, by a score of 6 to 4

No other teams in the provincials beat either Kelowna or Vernon. The team’s final roundrobin game went down on the evening of March 8, in a game against North West Vancouver. The team has generally been successful against the Vancouver squad and this game was no exception, with PCRM taking the game 4 to 3.

This victory sent the team to the gold medal game, which they entered in the first place seed. The final game was a hard-fought battle against Kelowna. The team lost the game in overtime and ended their season as the silver medal winners.

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