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Expanded TransLink services a possibility A long-term plan includes a few items for local transit users.

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West Coast Express service might be expanded.

A fast bus from Maple Ridge to the new Evergreen Line, expanded West Coast Express service, and generally more bus service were some of the local highlights in a new transit plan. The Mayors’ Council revealed their 30-year vision for transit on Thursday, which included a B-Line from Haney Place to the new Evergreen Line and

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A student wanted to raise money to fight a disease that’s affected people around her.

Fourteen inches of hair fell from Meredith Gorrie’s mane. The Highland Park Elementary student decided recently to cut her locks after growing them all her life – and she was joined by her mother, Karen, who did the same thing. “It’s just a small thing that we can do to show our support to people fighting a much bigger fight,” Meredith said. The fight against cancer is personal for Meredith – her grandfather died of the disease in 2007. She also has a friend who has fought cancer.

Karen and Meredith Gorrie, mother and daughter, both had their locks cut to make wigs for people undergoing cancer treatment. “My friend, Paige fought and is in remission from a brain tumour, so we are doing this in honour of a lot of people,” Meredith said, wanting

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Candle destroys RV A woman escaped serious injury, but her recreational vehicle did not fare as well in an early morning fire Friday. The woman was awoken by the smoke alarm when her fifth wheel, which was parked in the driveway of a home near 115A Avenue and Creekside Street in Albion, caught fire. An unattended candle is believed responsible for igniting a pillow next to the woman, said assistant fire chief Mike Van Dop. • More at www.mrtimes.com

Supporters of teachers lined up in front of near MLA Doug Bing’s office Thursday. Kanaka Creek Elementary teachers Shawna and Lisa Grill (inset) were picketing.

Negotiations heated up as both sides pointed fingers. by Maria Rantanen

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Chris Hjort-Olsen was picked as The TIMES’ Funniest Dad in a photo contest.

Dad gets to go golfing Congratulations to Chris Hjort-Olsen who is off to Hacker’s Haven thanks to his family and The TIMES after winning the Funniest Dad photo contest. Thanks to all the readers who shared the funniest pictures of their dads this year. • More at www.mrtimes.com

New hall identified Discussion was scheduled for Monday’s Maple Ridge council’s workshop about getting a new community facility in Albion. District staff want to focus on identifying funding and possible partnerships to get a new hall built in the growing neighbourhood. • More at www.mrtimes.com

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Homemade placards in hand, B.C. Teachers Federation supporters lined a section of Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge Thursday afternoon. They stood on the sidewalk along the south side of Lougheed, in front of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Doug Bing’s office, to show their support for B.C. teachers who on June 11 served 72-hour strike notice. The group included Maple Ridge Teachers’ Association president George Serra and vice-president Todd Patrick, along with teachers, a few parents, and a handful of students. Serra said teachers are looking for a fair deal, one that will “support the kids.” While a full-scale strike would impact students, Serra said what would impact them even more is continuing to try to teach them in classrooms that don’t provide adequate support.

“Is a two-week strike difficult for kids? Yes, it is,” Serra said. “Is years and years and years of under-funding education worse for kids? Yes, it is.” Serra said the principle point is government funding for public education, “which has to increase,” as well as class size, and composition. The same day, teachers in school district 42 were on a one-day strike as part of province-wide rotating strikes. Teachers were on the picket line at Kanaka Creek Elementary – as they were across the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district. Shawna Thirkell, a computer and physical education teacher at Kanaka Creek Elementary, said she was pleased that teachers are taking action to get a “fair deal.” The number of children in a class and the composition of the classroom – how many special needs children there are – are issues the teachers want resolved in this contract dispute. Thirkell pointed out that when there are too many special needs kids, it takes away from the learning when support isn’t in the classroom.

• More at www.mrtimes.com, search for “Serra”

Parks

Volker closed, discussions open

The closure of a Maple Ridge off-leash park is now official, but the story’s not over yet. by Eric Zimmer ezimmer@mrtimes.com

Though the Volker off-leash dog park is now out of the picture, dog owners and parks staff are optimistic about the future of other off-leash areas. The parks commission held its meeting last Thursday, two days

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after the off-leash area officially closed, and David Boag, director of parks and facilities for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, said there was “good representation from the Volker neighbourhood, as well as current off-leash park patrons.” He explained Maple Ridge council had forwarded a recommendation to the commission to consider keeping Volker open until an alternate site was established, but in the end, the commission made the decision to stay with its original plan.

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Now, three new potential sites have been chosen: Westview Park, Upper Maple Ridge Park, and Tolmie Park. Boag added that staff would like to solicit feedback from the residents surrounding the proposed sites, and discuss some of the “positive aspects... with having facilities like these throughout the community.” “I’m really happy with commission’s decision to look at these three possible sites,” said dog owner Rebecca Lee.

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The volleys continued on Monday between the teachers’ union and the provincial government with no deal in sight despite hopes that a weekend of negotiations would break the impasse. Teachers have been on rotating strikes for three weeks and last week they voted to go into a full-scale strike mode – effective Tuesday, June 17. BCTF president Jim Iker met with the press Monday morning, explaining that they had made a proposal on Friday and then waited two full days for a response from government. “Instead Peter Fassbender, Christy Clark, and the government’s bargaining team squandered an opportunity to get our B.C. students back to schools,” Iker said. Iker said the weekend didn’t consist of round-theclock negotiating as had been reported. But the provincial government responded later Monday by saying that negotiations had continued throughout the weekend, and both sides ended up waiting for each other at various points. Peter Cameron, the chief negotiator for BCPSEA, said that Iker “misrepresented” the pace of the process at this weekend’s negotiations and some of the proposals. He also pointed out statements Iker made about the government going backwards in what they were offering were not correct. “That is completely wrong and Iker must know that’s wrong,” Cameron said, adding that the ball is now back in the union’s court.

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The most “horrific” accident involved a young boy on the back of a motorcycle, Thompson added. Thompson estimated that the only traffic light near the intersection can be located north at Lougheed Highway. “The engineering team has indicated by Maria Rantanen & Troy Landreville that the four-way stop will be implemrantanen@mrtimes.com mented during the summer, and that the Maple Crescent in Hammond has been design and tender for the new sidewalks cited by BCAA as one of the worst roads will be completed shortly so the work can in the province when it comes to be done in late summer and early pedestrian and cycling safety. fall,” said Maple Ridge Mayor But the District of Maple Ridge is Ernie Daykin. currently making plans to improve The planning work for the the road, including adding a fourimprovements for the intersection way stop sign at Lorne Avenue and have been underway for the past Maple Crescent. Catch some of year, said Frank Quinn, general The stretch of road near Lorne the feedback to manager of public works and Avenue in west Maple Ridge was development services. this on our new this year to the BCAA “worst “It is gratifying that the comFacebook Page road” list, which is based on a surmunity had identified a soluvey they conducted. tion to this issue even before the list Shannon Thompson has lived kitty was revealed by BCAA,” he said. “The corner to the intersection for more than a improvements are intended to enhance decade and describes Maple Crescent as safety for students going to and from “a speedway.” Hammond Elementary and allow pedes“I’ve been here for 12 years and there trians and cyclists a safer connection to have been six accidents that I have seen,” access bike routes and park facilities in she said. “It’s a well-walked intersection the northern part of Hammond neighand well-driven intersection. People just bourhood.” race near here.” • More at www.mrtimes.com, search for “Lorne”

Proposed Centennial Gardens Open House Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services will be hosting an open house to discuss a proposed Centennial Garden in Pitt Meadows. This open house will be an opportunity for residents to share their ideas and suggestions on a variety of design elements that could be incorporated into the design of the proposed garden which is intended to mark Pitt Meadows Centennial year for current and future Pitt Meadows residents. Participants will be able to help identify the design components that they feel represent Pitt Meadows and provide the most benefit to its residents and park visitors in future years. The Parks design team would like to establish a Centennial Garden Steering Committee to review the ideas collectedandassistindevelopingarecommendationtoPittMeadowsCouncilonthepreferredgardendesign. The format will be an Open House with a short presentation by Park Planning Staff starting at 7:15 PM.

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A program has been re-instated into the local women’s facility.

A new mother-child program for women at Alouette Correctional Centre (ACCW) for Women has been launched. Women who give birth while in custody can now live and bond with their newborns. Aligning with direction from the B.C. Supreme Court, the program is supported by comprehensive policies and procedures, staff training, and a

Mothers also will receive support and assistance to deal with social and behavioural issues in order to reduce recidivism and help them successfully transition to life outside of a correctional centre. “The goal of the mother-child program is to support the bond between a mother and her baby,” said Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. “By providing access to prenatal care, parenting programs, and community resources, this program will help strengthen that relationship.”

facility upgrade. The nursery includes new furniture, a kitchen and child-bathing area, as well as a playroom with child-friendly and age-appropriate toys, books, and decorations. The program will provide participants with the same prenatal and postnatal education available to expectant mothers in the community. Mothers will be required to participate in a parenting program and will have the opportunity to take classes to develop their personal and parental growth and development.

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Bureaucrats’ salaries have been made public.

The top municipal earner in Maple Ridge is Jim Rule, the chief administrative officer for the District, who earned almost $229,000 in 2013. Both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows published the salaries of all employees earning more than $75,000 per year. In Pitt Meadows, the chief administrative officer Kim Grout earned about $149,000 last year – she was the director of operations for part of the year and acting CAO part of the year. • More at www.mrtimes.com, search for “bureaucrats”

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Opinion Who we are The Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows TIMES newspaper is a division of LMP Publication Limited Partnership. We’re located at 22345 North Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C. The TIMES has a CCAB audited circulation of 29,950.

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Helmets save heads, lives Schools are releasing their students for the summer – maybe a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, because of the labour dispute between teachers and their employers. Add that to increasingly warm weather making this the most attractive season for outdoor activity, it is worth drawing attention to the link between head injuries and wheels. Open-air activities involving wheels – including cycling, inline skating, and skateboarding – are major contributors to serious to fatal injuries. The Canada Safety Council notes that, in 2011, Canada saw 52 cyclist fatalities. While that’s down from 62 the year before, according to Transport Canada, it’s a terrible – and avoidable loss of mostly young lives. Two-thirds of all fatal bicycle collisions involve the head, and while the most serious incidents have historically involved cyclists colliding with motor vehicles, vehicular collisions are involved in less than one in five reported cycling injuries. Most occur from falls or collisions with stationary objects, other cyclists, or pedestrians. Statistics are less readily available with regards to skateboarding and inline skating, according to the safety council, but the risks are self-evident when it comes to travelling at decent speeds with minimal protection. A 2012 study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that cyclists who do not wear a helmet are three times more likely to suffer fatal brain trauma than those who wear protective headgear. Cycling helmets are best when riding a bicycle or inline skates. Skateboarding helmets are specifically designed to protect more of the back of the head. Just a heads-up for those who want summer to stay fun. – B.G.

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Truth, as usual, in the middle I confess, I’m growing tired of ity – far too valuable to waste on all the nonsense being floated teachers. back and forth in the general silOnce again, reality sits in a far liness between government and more comfortable place. Teachers teachers – interminably. are not poorly paid today. But The lockouts (designed just like everyone else, they deserve a to make teachers look bad) and top-up now and again. strikes and self-righteous outrage But why are we talking about on both sides – all for the good of pay scales? Because that is the children, of course – grew old what Education Minister Peter weeks ago. Fassbender has been very careFirst, let’s get rid of the educaful to cultivate as the chief issue. by Bob Groeneveld tion funding levels issue. One (Let’s see if teachers fall for it.) side says they’ve gone up, the A side note about Minister other insists they’ve gone down. Peter: he was a school trustee As usual – when you factor in declining pupil 30-plus years ago. He was elected as a member enrolments, increased budgets, and inflation of a controversial slate that called itself the Back – reality lies pretty much dead in the middle: no to Basics Bunch. They were the ones who cultireal change in the past dozen or so years. vated the Looney Langley tag known throughout But is no change from an inadequate funding the province. Those who expressed joy at his level acceptable? appointment to Christy Clark’s cabinet because The very existence of that question, of course, he would bring moderation to matters of edurelies heavily on an opinion that teachers and cation in this province didn’t do their history the education they deliver have never been homework. adequately funded. Teachers have said from the start that they I’m not sure that’s my opinion, but ask most are more concerned about classroom conditions teachers… – more helping teachers for kids with special On the other hand, their union, the BCTF, needs… and smaller class sizes. appears to be of the opinion that the governAnd there’s the bugbear for me: teachers paid ment wants to turn back the clock to the 1920s for better learning conditions for their kids when and further, when kids attended multi-grade they gave up wage demands in exchange for classes in one-room schools built by work parsmaller class sizes – before the provincial govties of neighbours on land donated by one the ernment unilaterally tore up that contract, killcommunity’s more affluent farmers or otherwise ing the class-size clauses without enhancing the upstanding citizen landowners. teachers’ pay scale as compensation. Staffing the classrooms dotted within reasonThe B.C. Supreme Court has shared my bugable barefoot walking distance of students were bear on that issue – twice – and the government mostly young women – single, because if they keeps ignoring both the justices and me. were married, they had their own families to One final swing the other way: teachers are not take care of. a special class of people. They are not any more Men could be teachers… but that was mostly important than lawyers, or garbage collectors, because they were “book-learned” and probably or truckers, or welders, or postal workers (okay, incapable of more practical endeavours. maybe postal workers) or… well, everyone. They weren’t paid peanuts, however. Peanuts We’re all important. would have been an expensive import commodEven the kids.

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RCMP honoured by support

Dear Editor, On behalf of all the members and staff at Ridge Meadows RCMP Detachment, I wanted to thank the Citizens of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows very much for their overwhelming support, especially over the last week. Tuesday, June 10, was a difficult day, but made better by the show of support our local communities made, not only in wearing red, but also in so many other ways. to The standing the ovations and “thumbs up” from people who lined the Pitt Meadows Day Parade route are moments I will never forget. The tribute to the three fallen members at the Maple Ridge council meeting on Tuesday night was just as incredible. I know for a fact that the widespread community support did not go unnoticed, and will be lasting, positive memories for

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Lieutenant-Governer Judith Guichon received an official welcome to Pitt Meadows Day by Sgt. Dave Smith, his mount Justice, and his dog Yukon during this year’s parade. (More photos online at www.mrtimes.com).

all of us at Ridge Meadows Detachment. Thank you for the cards, flowers, candles, and prayers. The members at Ridge Meadows Detachment are truly inspired by the random acts of kindness provided to our employees, and the spontaneous demonstrations of sympathy that have taken

place as a result of the tragedy in Moncton. We enjoy a very special and positive relationship with the citizens of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, and are honoured and proud to serve here. A sincere thank you from all of us. Supt. Dave Fleugel, OIC Ridge Meadows RCMP

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Education labour dispute

Voices for teachers need to be heard

Dear Editor, It is never prudent to sit back and let things take their course and assume things will improve without any protest. To this end, teachers, par-

ents, students, passersby, and all who have disdain for the terrible manner in which the Liberal government has acted towards a profession that has been ground down almost into

Just Saying

Normal school for teachers

Dear Editor, No teacher training before 1956? Has Gordy Robson [Teachers hijacked by union, June 10 Just Saying, TIMES] ever heard of Normal school? Julie Brown, Maple Ridge

the dust, are gathering to make their voices heard. Such voices have been heard at rallies throughout the province, as teachers continue to be presented with bad faith bargaining at the table. Consider attending the rallies to get the public support heard, felt, and seen by all those with a vested interest in education in B.C. That means, simply put, just about everybody. Education affects us all. Sid Siddique, Maple Ridge

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Small business too often easily dismissed

Dear Editor, Your comment [High interest taken in higher wages, June 10 Our View, TIMES] regarding a higher

minimum wage, “No doubt some businesses on the bubble won’t have the wherewithal to contend with the overhead. That’s

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A Maple Ridge couple wrote a letter to the editor sharing their thoughts on assisted suicide. In turn, their letter has sparked more reaction from TIMES readers. “I hope I have the freedom to choose if it ever gets to where my quality of life is nothing but a medical bill and I’m fully dependant on family to wipe my ass... I want to pull the plug when I can no longer recognize my family as well...I fully support assisted suicide…” – Kassandra Antone “After watching several loved ones suffer excruciatingly painful ends of life in palliative care, the last line of the letter is over simplified… ’Kill the pain, not the patient’ is not always possible. Those suffering in agony daily, waiting for the end, do not care about analyzing data. They deserve the right to die with dignity, and choose when that day comes.” – Diane Zutz

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the nature of venture capitalism,” is a craw sticker. It’s amazing how commentators are so cavalier – too bad, so sad – when discussing the demise of someone else’s livelihood, as long as theirs remains sacrosanct. Small business is a major employer in B.C. These “venture capitalists” include the small stores along 224th Street and vicinity. Wages are the biggest expense of any business. Also, the rise in the cost of living is more complex than just the rise in real estate. The rising cost of everything is co-dependent, a house of cards on shifting sands. Cherryl Katnich, Maple Ridge For more letters to the editor visit... www.mrtimes.com – Click on Opinion/Letters.

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here will be no danputting LRT through the valcing in the streets, ley so we can start building but the announcearound transit. ment that the I digress. TransLink mayors’ council Over the past decade, our has endorsed a plan is a municipal council – with step forward. different degrees of enthusiThe fact that Burnaby asm – has pushed for a bus Mayor Derek Corrigan voted line that is rapid and direct against it really makes me to SkyTrain from our curby Gordy Robson want to support it. rent downtown core. From the press reports, Our mayor and council We are in a lottery it appears nobody is quite have not boasted about how with Langley… What yet sure how the plan will good this proposed deal is affect Maple Ridge. is currently happening for us. I can only chuckle with In reading the documents is our community sarcasm when some of the that have been produced so is losing more than mayors are giving credit to far, there is no guarantee of TransLink staff for coming improvement to our tran25 per cent of our up with a plan so quickly. service during the next community bus service. sit The irony is that, for more decade. than a decade, TransLink We are in a lottery with staff and planners have had a plan, and Langley to get a direct bus in 2016. they have adjusted that plan so many What is currently happening is our comtimes because of political influence. munity is losing more than 25 per cent of The problem was they were never our community bus service. allowed to plan. We have had no announcements from It is frustrating to see that one of the the mayor about that. proposals is Vancouver gets to spend I should mention the 10-year plan more than a third of the money available commits to adding another engine and for the next decade on a tunnel for an 10 more cars to the West Coast Express underground line down Broadway to UBC service that goes only one way in the morlands. ning and one way at night. A cynic might point out that the UBC It seems to me we would be better off to lands have had hundreds of millions of have three or four that go back and forth dollars of construction for residential all day long. development and have not contributed a We should all look forward to hearing nickel toward TransLink expansion. from our mayor and council as to why Maybe one of the masterminds of UBC we should support this plan. I understand development, like Bob Lee, would reach they are going to ask us to vote on it. down into those deep pockets and conGood luck to them. Just saying… tribute a billion dollars to the TransLink Gordy Robson’s column appears Tuesdays in the print and/or plan if he wants it to happen, and then online versions of The TIMES. Reactions can be emailed c/o editorial@mrtimes.com TransLink can spend that billion dollars

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KidSport president Len Walters took part in the Pitt Meadows Day parade with his organization, which is designed to help underprivileged kids in Pitt Madows and Maple Ridge participate in sports.

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Birthday celebration

Bandstand bash brings out the crowds

Maple Ridge Concert Band celebrated the 20th anniversary of the bandstand Saturday. by Eric Zimmer

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From jazz bands, to choral societies, and even a wedding thrown in the mix, the Envision Financial Bandstand Birthday bash in Maple Ridge drew quite the crowd Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m., the day-long celebration of music and community featured a number of performances by a wide variety of acts, both from in and out of the town. “It’s nice to hear all the local bands,” said Maple Ridge resident Debbie Copeland. “It’s been fun,” said event organizer Gale Yip. “There’s been a lot of people, a lot of interest in the event, and a lot of good music,” she added. The day was damp, but those who came to take in the performances were undeterred by the weather. Watching her friend perform in the Golden Ears Jazz Band, fellow Maple

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Ridge resident Cher Duguid told The TIMES that she enjoyed the day. Though not a singer herself, Duguid explained that she and her family often go to a lot of the “jazz band performances throughout the year.” The day also included a re-dedication ceremony of the bandstand, with new plaques unveiled on the structure’s steps. There was two stages, a variety of vendors, and a steady stream of people in and out of the park all day, making Yip and other organizers happy.

Music, speeches, performances, and a wedding were all on the agenda, during Saturday’s Envision Financial Bandstand Birthday Bash. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., local and visiting performance acts entertained the crowds. A bandstand wedding was a big draw of the day. Gale Yip, (left), orange T-shirt) said the day was “fun.”

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Austin is a 15-year-old cat that lives at the Alouette Animal Hospital. signs. Symptoms usually involve weight loss, poor coat, lethargy, occasionally vomiting, and often increased thirst and urination in the early stages. The diagnosis is made based on blood tests to see an increase in urea and creatinine and phosphorous levels. In addition, a urine sample often shows very dilute urine and often traces of protein in the urine – as the kidneys will begin to leak protein from the bloodstream. This contributes to further weight loss. Treatment of CRF usually

has been based on feeding special diets with reduced yet high-quality protein, low phosphorous, lots of water as well as medications to help control highblood pressure if present, antacids, and medications to reduce nausea and vomiting. There are also medications that help to lower phosphorous and urea levels to help cats feel better. Now, a new drug has just been launched called Semintra. It is the first of its kind and is aimed at reducing the loss of protein from the kidneys in cats with CRF.

CRF cats. Recent studies on this drug have shown significant increase in survival times in cats living with CRF – if the loss of protein in the urine can be reduced. This is exciting news for owners of older cats living with chronic kidney prob-

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Motivator thanks kids Students from several local schools were recognized for their fundraising efforts in providing overseas aid.

a Canada-wide coin-drive through RBC. The fundraising efforts this year went towards Free the Children’s commitment to build 200 schools and school rooms in developing countries overseas. To date, 650 schools in 15 countries have been built in by the organization. Story and photo by Eric Zimmer Speaking to the students about his own ezimmer@mrtimes.com journey in life, West – who got involved He reached the summit of Mt. with Free the Children six years ago – said Kilimanjaro. that he faced things like bullying and feelHe made his way from Edmonton to ings of exclusion growing up. Calgary under his own power. He also spoke about overcoming those He accomplished both without legs. obstacles. And last week, motivational speaker “Now I have a purpose,” West said. Spencer West made a few appearances in He explained that purpose was to make Maple Ridge. sure kids around the world who want to West, who lost his legs at the age of go to school, have the opportunity to do five due to a genetic disorder called sacral so “every single year and every single agenesis, was in town day.” as part of the crossWest said he was Canada We Create “honoured” to be at Change Tour. Garibaldi and work Speaking at Garibaldi alongside students who Secondary to a packed are working to make the auditorium that included world “a little bit of a kids from Harry Hooge better place.” and Kanaka Creek eleThe stop was one mentaries, West said the of 90 stops for West purpose of the visit was and his crew, which to thank and celebrate included MuchMusic the students of each of video award-nominthe schools, and recogated Canadian pop-rock nize the actions they are band, Neverest, as well taking to help ensure as 11-year-old blogger Spencer West visited Garibaldi Secondary. children overseas have Hannah Alper. the opportunity to go to The hour-long event school. included both a presentation from Alper, The tour is an initiative of the interas well as a performance from Neverest. national charity and education partner, West also gave a presentation at Free the Children. Meadowridge School on Friday. Founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger, The tour is West’s third initiative with the organization works both domestically Free the Children. and internationally, with the goal of help“Fifty-seven million children are still ing youth remove barriers that prevent denied access to education,” he explained. them from being active local and global “Every child has the right to education citizens. and the students we are visiting on the For example, this year was Free the tour share in this belief and have worked Children’s Year of Education initiative: A hard to make this a reality for so many of year-long fundraising drive, headed up by their peers overseas.”

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Kayaker named Brian Malfesi of the Ridge Canoe and Kayak club will be part of CanoeKayak Canada’s team for the 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint Junior and U23 Championships in Szeged, Hungary next month. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Bri Milli, a Grade 12 student at Pitt Meadows Secondary, is the 2014 Lynn Papp community service award winner.

Open wraps up Langley’s Adam Cornelson won the Vancouver Open golf tournament by a single shot at Pitt Meadows’ Swan-e-set Bay Resort golf course this past weekend. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Burrards take two The Maple Ridge Burrards lacrosse squad picked up a pair of wins this past week. On Thursday, the team scored a 7-4 victory on the road against New Westminster. Back on home turf Sunday night, they battled it out against Burnaby, and took the game by a score of 12-8. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

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Teen’s Special Olympics efforts lauded Pitt Meadows teen Bri Milli enjoys every minute that she spends volunteering with Special Olympics athletes.

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After a series of work-parties, the Albion bike skills park is set to open this Saturday. All ages and skills are welcome. The park is at Jackson Rd. and 102nd Ave, and more information is available on the Maple Ridge Parks and Leisure website. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

For the record Contrary to the spelling in our story [Lone local hoopster makes B.C. team, June 12, The TIMES] Alexis’ last name is spelled Toren. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

Cycling for charity Maple Ridge cyclist Darren Durupt has raised $5, 853, as part of his efforts for Change a Life: Ride Cambodia. He will ride through Cambodia during an eight-day period this June and July. • More online: www.mrtimes.com, click on “Sports”

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Milli volunteers with Special Olympics BC Special Olympics BC – Ridge Meadows coach – Ridge Meadows roughly two hours each week, Diane Stevensen had high praise for the teen. with both soccer and helping an athlete at the “She has proven to be a dedicated, reliable bowling lanes. volunteer who truly cares about the athletes she “You just encourage and tell them they can do assists. Her positive, upbeat attitude is infectious it, but he honestly never really has a bad day, and the athletes love having her at bowling and soccer practices,” Stevensen said. “She is willing because he’s always so positive,” Milli said of by Troy Landreville the athlete she helps at the lanes. “Everyone is to help out wherever needed.” tlandreville@mrtimes.com usually extremely positive, because that’s what An example: Milli came to the rhythmic gymyou learn in Special Olympics, is to be positive, Dedication and selflessness earned Bri Milli an nastics competition with Stevensen’s team to and encouraging.” award she admittedly knew nothing about – that help out when she needed a volA centre midfielder who plays unteer on short notice. is, until recently. “That’s what you learn at the U18 gold level for West “Her selfless nature is so The Grade 12 Pitt Meadows Secondary stuCoast Auto Group Football Club, inspiring and I feel she truly dent is the 2014 Lynn Papp Community Service in Special Olympics, Milli is one of six coaches who Award winner, mainly because of her work with deserves this award,” Stevensen is to be positive, and help out with the local Special said. Special Olympics. encouraging.” Olympics soccer program. PMSS work experience teacher This award is presented each year to a Pitt “We teach them new skills and Penny Griffith said Milli is an Meadows youth who displays community spirit Bri Milli build it up… to more difficult athlete herself, involved in socand involvement, and gives freely of their perdrills,” Milli said. “Then we have cer and running, and pointed sonal time and energies, without expectation of a game for the last half an hour to an hour.” out that she was a participant in the Encounters personal reward or recognition. To those considering volunteering with Special with Canada program in Ottawa. It also honours Lynn Papp, a long standing Olympics, Milli encourages them to try it. Her Milli was also nominated by Steve Kater, her member of the Pitt Meadows Day Society who 14-year-old brother McKenzie as well as her high school counsellor, who noted her volunpassed away in February 2000. boyfriend Connor Hoekstra both started volunteer efforts with the Abbotsford air show (since “I actually hadn’t heard much at all about this teering this year. she was eight), lending a hand at the Subaru award, at first,” Milli said. “I talked about it and they heard lots of little Ironman competition, and helping coach soccer Milli’s mom, Lisa, initially found out about stories, and they thought it’d be fun,” Milli said. in the community, in addition to the award win, and relayed the “You just have to be someone who is positive many hours she puts in with good news to her daughter. “Her selfless nature is the enough, and you have to be really understandSpecial Olympics. “My mom was surprisingly so inspiring and I feel ing.” Milli’s involvement with happy for first thing in the morAfter graduation, Milli plans on continuing her ning,” Milli laughed. “I was surshe truly deserves this Special Olympics BC – Ridge Meadows started three years ago, volunteer work with Special Olympics. prised. I said, ‘Oh, I didn’t sign award.” “It makes me so happy and I know how much when she was in Grade 9. up for anything.’ I didn’t know Diane Stevensen She heard an announcement on people appreciate the help,” she said, adding, “I what was going on.” the school’s PA system, regarding am hoping that maybe if anybody saw or heard Milli accepted the award durthe presentation, they would also think about Special Olympics. ing Pitt Meadows Day June 7. helping out with the Special Olympics, or any “I didn’t know too much about it,” Milli said. “The ceremony was amazing,” she told the other organizations that need the help for that “I hadn’t looked into the organization, hadn’t TIMES. “And having the Lieutenant-Governor matter. I will continue working with Special heard much about it.” there was amazing.” Olympics because I cannot see myself not havToday, Milli is thrilled she decided to pursue Milli considered it to be “an honour” to ing volunteering in my life.” volunteering with Special Olympics. receive the award from Pitt Meadows Mayor “Even when I’m having a really bad day, I Deb Walters. know that once I go [to volunteer], it makes me “I was not ever planning on saying anything really happy afterwards,” she said. “It’s such like a speech, but I said a couple of thank yous, Lynn Papp volunteered with many organa positive environment because everyone is so but I wish I could have said more,” Milli said. izations including the Ridge Meadows Minor happy, most of the time. It makes me feel good “Speeches are not my forte.” Baseball Association. – with files from Pitt Meadows Day committee being able to help… and knowing that it makes If you ask those close to Milli, they’ll tell you volunteeer Gerri Willms them happy, or can make them happy.” that she is a deserving recipient.

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• Muncipal Pension Retirees Association meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Maple Ridge Library. Lisa from Johnson Inc. will speak on the new MPRA travel insurance and extended health benefit plan.

June 17: Writers group

• Golden Ears Writers meet from 7 to 9 p.m. in The ACT lobby. The group presents an evening of readings featuring mystery author Cathy Ace. Info: www.facebook. com/GoldenEarsWriters or Katherine at citizen@shaw. ca.

June 18: Garden club

• Maple Ridge Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. at Fraserview Community Centre. Speaker of the month is Cliff Jury from Wildbirds Unlimited. Info: 604-467-4594.

June 19: Cycling

• HUB Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows holds its monthly

• A Seniors Social with Al Smith and the Silvertones takes place at the Maple Ridge Library at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Info: 604-467-7417.

June 19: Chronic pain

June 21: Aboriginal day

• Celebrations of National Aboriginal Day at the Haney Farmers Market include the inaugural Bannock Bake Off with judging from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join in traditional cultural activities, entertainment, arts, and crafts. In The Antioch Medieval Group display their knowledge of ancient swordplay.

June 21: Dancing

• I Love To Dance is celebrating Donn Picard’s 75th birthday with a country triple-two lesson at 6:30 p.m. and a West Coast swing lesson from Robyn Picard from 7 to 8 p.m. at the seniors centre, 12150 224th St., Maple Ridge. Info: www. ilovetodance.ca or Ray at 604-836-7295.

June 22: Soap making

• Everyone is welcome to this tried and true favourite – soap making at Pitt Meadows Museum Sunday. Museum Sundays runs every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Info: Jen or Leslie at 604-465-4322.

June 22: Garden tour

• Maple Ridge Garden Club sponsors the Country Garden

Tour 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This self-guided tour features eight gardens. All proceeds from the tour go to the Sunshine Foundation. Tickets: Amsterdam Garden Centre, Grow & Gather Nursery, and Triple Tree Nursery, or by contacting Gayle at 604-467-2956 or Margret at 604-467-1885. • Full list: www.mrtimes.com

• Learn about the physical causes of pain in arthritis and chronic pain management at the Maple Ridge Library at 6:30 p.m. with staff from the Arthritis Society.

June 20: Immigrants

• Immigrant Services Society is holding a free networking event designed to help immigrants learn about how to achieve their career goals. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the ISS Maple Ridge office, #320-22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd. There will be a presentation by corporate financial analyist Maya Lanto. Registration required: Yumiko at 778-284-7026, 604-684-7498 ext. 1582, or yumiko.king@issbc.org.

June 20 & 21: Theatre

• An award-winning production by Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, The Attic, the Pearls, and Three Fine Girls, will be at Meadowridge School, 12224 240th St., Maple Ridge. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or at Eventbrite.

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3

$ 00

Product of BC ($2.18/kg)

$ 49

/lb.

2 for

LOCAL WHITE NUGGET POTATO NEW CROP

Product of BC ($5.48/kg)

Product of BC ($1.74/kg)

LOCAL RADISH

Product of US

GREEN SEEDLESS GRAPE Product of Mexico ($3.06/kg)

1

99¢

/lb.

$ 39

/lb.

M E AT PITT MEADOWS ONLY

PORK LOIN CHOP B/L (FP) $8.78/kg

......................................

3

$ 99 /lb.

Anna’s

Gluten Free Gnocchi

500g ................................................

San Remo

Tomato Sauce

CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS (FP) $4.38/kg

.....................................

1

$ 99 /lb.

GROCERY

Calbee

2

$ 99

Each

Snapea Crisps, Assorted

/lb.

BEEF OUTSIDE ROUND ROAST (FP) $10.10/kg ....................................................

4

$ 59 /lb.

Green Giant

Creamed Corn

2

Each

3

Each

$ 49

93g ...................................................

1

$ 00

396ml................................................

1

$ 00

Each

Santa Cruz

680ml ..............................................

1

$ 49

Each

Spritzers, Assorted

4X311ml ..........................................

$ 49

BAKERY Carrot loaf 450g............................................................$280/ea. Chicken Sausage Bun 100g .....................................$100/ea. DELI Freybe

Freybe

Sundried Tomato Turkey 100g......... $169 Cervelat Salami 100g........................... $169 Mozzarella Cheese 100g..................... $129 SpNciSls VSlid fQom tONsdSy, JOnN 17 - SOndSy, JOnN 22 whilN qOSnPiPiNs lSsP.

Your choice. Our honour. Our Effort. Our award.

WE ARE HIRING! FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: • Meat Cutter • Baker

PITT MEADOWS

N

LOUGHEED HWY.

LANGLEY FARM MARKET

12438 Harris Road

604-460-7122

2013 - 2014

2013-2014

LFM LANGLEY FARM MARKET

For fresh and quality foods For freshness & quality you can count on!

Thank you to all our valued cOsPomNQs foQ yoOQ ongoing sOppoQP

MAPLE RIDGE

#1-22621 Lougheed Hwy

604-466-0281

W

LOUGHEED HWY.

E

NeW HOurS: MondSy - FQidSy 8:30 Sm Po 8:00 pm. SSPOQdSy Snd SOndSy 8:30 Sm Po 7:00 pm. HolidSys 9:00 Sm Po 6:00 pm.

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times June 17 2014  

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times June 17 2014

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