‘A wonderful day in the neighbourhood’ S tor y by Phil Melnychuk
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Protestors preparing to Occupy Maple Ridge Movement coming to suburbs by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter
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$4 each. Every night the Maple Ridge Lions Club will be running a concession stand for those who want to have dinner before seeing the haunted house. On Saturday, Oct. 29, festivities will run from 7 p.m.-midnight and feature a Halloween Spooktacular Dance and a costume contest for cash prizes. Tickets for that event are $20, with partial proceeds going to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation. Fireworks will take place Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Ghost Ridge is located at the Albion Fairgrounds (23500 –105th Avenue, north of Lougheed Highway) For more information, visit www.ghostridge.org or call 604-463-6922. Photos by Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS
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The grassroots movement against global ﬁnancial inequality and corporate greed has landed in Maple Ridge. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest that began in New York City a month ago, the Maple Ridge version is still in its nascent stage and has yet to pick a location or date for the occupation. The charge is being led by Daniel Epp, a 38-year-old father who doesn’t Occupy Vancouver protest. ﬁt the mould of a professional protester. Epp spent 12 years working in the casino industry, climbing the rungs into management until he quit this past spring. He’s seen greed and corruption at its worst. It’s why the Occupy movement, with its focus on inclusion and equality that has spread to more than 80 countries, resonated with him. “I couldn’t sit back,” said Epp, who attended the ﬁrst day of protest in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday. “Without sounding like an idealist, our democratic system is a joke. It is appalling that 99 per cent of people can agree with something, yet all these corporations or politicians can stand in the way of it.” See Protest, p15
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Vigil for two young souls alike S tor y by Monisha Mar tins
rom a laptop perched lop-sided on a camping chair, Beckie Dyer’s favourite songs stream into the parking lot of the Ramada Inn, mixing with the din of traffic.
Her mother Debbie is busy pinning delicate green and purple butterﬂies on jackets, as friends and family ﬁll an area a few feet from where Beckie and her boyfriend Johnny De Oliveira were killed in Pitt Meadows a year ago Wednesday. Johnny’s mom Audrey carefully tends a memorial to the couple, It is ﬁlled with photographs, ﬂowers, poems, Portuguese and German ﬂags. The memorial is creeping higher and higher on the hydro pole. It’s been a difﬁcult day for both mothers. “A year has gone by, but it just seems like yesterday,” says Debbie, as Audrey nods in agreement. She still hears stories about Johnny from his friends, still learning new things about her son. “Johnny was the same nature as Beckie, he was just quiet,” says Debbie, while Audrey lists off her son’s favourite activities – snowboarding, or “shredding pow”, off-roading and playing on his XBox. Beckie, 19, and Johnny, 21, died around midnight Oct. 19, 2010, when a Toyota Paseo heading east on Lougheed Highway skidded sideways over a concrete median near Harris Road. The Toyota ﬂipped over and slammed into the roof of the Suzuki Swift that Beckie and Johnny were traveling in. Beckie and a friend had just been picked up by her boyfriend from a sold-out Justin Bieber concert in Vancouver. They were returning home to Pitt Meadows after dropping off Beckie’s friend in Maple Ridge. They were just two blocks away from the apartment they shared with her mom, Debbie. Beckie was a girl who’d run out to help a friend without delay, who volunteered countless hours for the Variety Club, the Network for Animals and Ridge Meadows Hospital, who’d take in strays like her kitten Willow. Johnny was the kind of guy who’d drop everything to help his beloved Beckie. He ﬁxed her grandpa’s wheel chair, then went on to ﬁx several others in the care home. Audrey and Debbie are now using their grief to inﬂuence change. To them, it’s a way to pay homage to their children – two souls whose clearly had touched many people.
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(Clockwise) Chellisa Alford (centre), Brianne Johnson, Megan Herod, Stephanie Burnett and Tori Jenkins release balloons into the sky at a memorial Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the car crash that killed their friends, Beckie Dyer and her boyfriend Johnny De Oliviera; Katie Charyna, Nadia Hamze and Diana Linde watch the balloons float away; Hamze looks at the memorial pictures.
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Those people – their family and friends – a crowd totalling more than 50, huddled in the parking lot to remember them, some crying as purple and lime-green balloons drifted up into the sky. The mothers have joined others who have lost their children in lob-
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others,” says Audrey. If Beckie thought something was wrong, she would ﬁght to change it, added Debbie. Beckie’s aunt, Jackie Goolevitch, beams with pride when she looks at the crowd gathered to remember her niece.
“She did more in her short life to better this world than most adults,” she says. Andelina Kristina Hecimovic faces two counts of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the crash that killed Beckie and Johnny. Investigators allege Hecimovic, then 23, was driving aggressively when she crashed. She has pleaded not guilty and will be tried next year by judge and jury.
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AUTUMN IN AUTO LAND I don’t know about you but Autumn is my favourite time of year. It’s still warm during the day so you can get a lot’s of chores accomplished, but it's getting nippy late at nite and early morning. You’re past the heat of the summer but not quite into that infamous rainy season which seems to be so prominent around our parts. A period of adjustment both for us and the vehicles we drive. If we put a little effort in now, while the weather is still nice, the vehicles we all drive should make it thru the winter, all going well. The big thing with modern cars these days is the dominance of electronic computer controlled sub systems. Virtually everything is monitored and/or controlled by a module, relay or computer. The mechanical wearing parts and their necessary maintenance and repair hasn’t changed much in recent years, but the electronics of these vehicles never stops changing. To ensure your vehicle’s reliability doesn’t turn sour with the weather, you need to ensure your vehicle’s computer controlled electronics and related parts are ok, as well as the regular items you have checked out each fall. The need for this service hasn’t changed over the years, but the probability of a vehicle breakdown by ignoring it has increased dramatically! If you deal with an automotive full service repair facility who can diagnose and repair the entire car and you’re a happy customer, by all means get them to check it out for you. If not, I humbly suggest that you not entrust this type of service to just any shop with the words auto repair on their sign. Instead, take it to a full service, government certiﬁed, independent auto repair facility of your choice. The electronics of your vehicle is complicated and there’s a lot more going on under the hood these days. To successfully repair modern vehicles you need the right people. The auto tech with the most experience and training when it comes to the entire vehicle and its computer electronics are found at your nearest dealer or independent, government certiﬁed, full service auto repair shops. Wherever you decide to go, you need to make the call and set up an appointment as soon as possible. Old man winter is just around the next corner or two. So do not forget, or put it off any longer, as you do not want to get caught with vehicle troubles when the weather is poor. Remember to ask your service provider to check out your computer controlled systems. We can scan the computer for stored trouble codes and determine if you have all systems go. If not we can then pinpoint the trouble spot and advise you of the necessary steps to remedy the small problems before they multiply into big expensive problems. An ounce of prevention will save a pound of cure. You get the idea. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call.
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Pay attention to driving conditions: ICBC Posted speed limit ideal for dry roads by P hil Mel nyc hu k staff reporter
o you’ve got your nice, new SUV with electronic stability control and four-wheel drive and ABS and all that. Ready for the snow and rain, right? Yes and no, says ICBC and the Justice Institute of B.C. While new vehicles, as of September, are all equipped with stability control computer-controlled systems that can control inputs on each wheel to minimize spin outs or skids, no technology can make up for stupid driving or recognize all road conditions.
“If you’re going too fast, that’s where the rubber meets the road, right there.” Norm Prosch, driving instructor Justice Institute of B.C. “It’s not a magic solution,” says Justice Institute driving instructor Norm Prosch. “It’s not magic and it’s not going to replace common sense and driving according
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A difference of 10 kilometres an hour can make the difference between losing control and staying in control on a wet surface. to the conditions. “If you’re going too fast, that’s where the rubber meets the road, right there.” To make their point, ICBC and the Justice Institute set up a demonstration at the B.C. Driving Centre at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport on Tuesday. Media climbed into a new Ford Escape, gunned it down a straight away to a series of traffic cones, then had to make sharp, evasive turns, according to last-minute signals. Piles of boxes that went flying, as in the TV show Canada’s Worst Driver, if the
vehicle couldn’t stay in the lane, added to some effects when media drivers screwed up. To make their point, the track was flooded, to simulate driving in the rain. Prosch said a difference of 10 kilometres an hour can make the difference between losing control and staying in control on a wet surface, if evasive moves are needed. It could be possible to make a sudden lane change at 60 kilometres an hour, but lose control at 70 km/h, on a wet road. And often, if drivers are able to avoid the
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Great things come in small packages. The fire, caused by an electrical bypass, also damaged an adjacent house. Phil Melnychuk/ THE NEWS
Growop fire damages homes Dog trapped inside, rescued A marijuana grow operation caused a ﬁre that damaged two homes in east Maple Ridge on Wednesday. Called in by neighbours around 3:50 p.m., the house on 101A Avenue in Albion was badly damaged by the ﬁre. Fire trucks from two halls were called to battle the blaze.
Maple Ridge ﬁre chief Dane Spence said the ﬁre was caused by an electrical bypass. The ﬂames raced up the wall into the attic and ﬁreﬁghters had to break through a door to rescue a dog trapped inside. The ﬁre also damaged siding of an adjacent house. “It is a hazard to have one of these beside you,” Spence said of the growop.
A woman who lives nearby said it wasn’t easy for ﬁreﬁghters to get into the home. “They smashed the door and couldn’t get in. They smashed the window and there was plywood [behind the blinds]. Scary.” Ridge Meadows RCMP have now taken control of the property and continue to investigate the ﬁre. The dog has been taken to the SPCA.
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The ghetto is gone It was ﬁtting that Mayor Ernie Daykin sat in the cab of the excavator and ceremoniously delivered the ﬁrst blow to ﬂatten the most notorious housing complex in the history of Maple Ridge. The rest of council joined neighbours on Fraser Street to watch what was a joyous occasion for south Haney. For almost a decade, Northumberland Court was a haven for crime – drugs, weapons, rape, prostitution. If someone robbed a cab driver, police found the suspect at Northumberland, which police raided several times, and found ﬁrearms. The ﬁre and bylaws departments conducted numerous safety inspections there. Municipal council, staff and lawyers fought to have former majority owner Jack Athwal clean the place up, get control of the tenants, or knock the place down. It was the cumulative efforts of them all, combined with area residents that led to Wednesday’s partial demolition. The rest should come down next week. Credit also goes to Ghalib Rawji, the Vancouver developer who bought Northumberland last year and promises to forge ahead with plans to build new housing on the property, giving new blood to the neighbourhood and relief to those who have endured one disturbance after another. And don’t forget realtor Ron Antalek, who helped broker the deal. All the problems in the area have not been resolved, nor will they disappear in the time it takes to strike down a wall with the long arm of an excavator. But sometimes you have to tear things down to start anew, to right a wrong, so hope can he born. South Haney, known for years as the ghetto, now has that – hope. All those who had a part in making that happen deserve thanks. The ghetto is gone. – The News Tell us what you think @ mapleridgenews.com
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It helps to know about kleptocracy T
o understand what Occupy Vancouver at the art gallery was about, you had to read the banners, and talk to the people beneath them. It also helps to know the word kleptocracy: “Government by those who seek chieﬂy status and personal gain Along the Fraser Jack Emberly at the expense of the governed.” Most of the signs reﬂect this central idea – government ignoring the needs of people while deﬂecting criticism. The HST implementation, the RCMP’s on-going denial of misconduct, the DFO’s “unholy alliance” with ﬁsh farms are recent examples. Wall Street’s greed and government policies that enable corporations to amass wealth while failing to make life better for the “99” percent is the focus now. To see the diverse ways kleptocracy impacts ordinary folk, look at what they print on their banners. Like the sign held by a little kid sitting on his dad’s shoulders: “education is a right; not a privilege.” It used to be. But, under-funding of the educational system has changed that. The issue – as always, but never resolved – is class size and composition. George Abbott’s promise of a little more money to special education won’t do it. College students face ﬁnancial hurdles,
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higher tuition fees, exorbitant textbook prices. In my day, a kid got a bursary just by trying hard at school. There was work in the main library to help make ends meet, summer jobs to pay for next year, opportunity for a career after graduation. Today, university grads lucky enough to ﬁnd a job – especially in their chosen ﬁeld – face inadequate pay and beneﬁts. A sign held by a member of the B.C. Government Employees Union reads: “Working people should not have to live in poverty.” Yet, corporate CEOs suck up fat bonuses and lifetime pensions, MLAs steal a 30 percent pay hike. Maple Ridge councillors allot themselves a 15 per cent jump in pay, and claim they deserve it. But, the 99 per cent gets zero over three years. Gary Grigg, of Maple Ridge, in uniform, carries a sign protesting pension changes that will add ﬁnancial hardship to veterans. I saw a sign that read: “Greed has no place in democracy. Another banner read: “We can’t feed the poor, but we can fund war.” Inequities between the needy and the wealthy and powerful weren’t missed by teachers in the crowd, or the Hospital Workers Union member I talked to. “I believe in the rights of the worker,” he said in the midst of folks dancing to a band playing a tune from the ’70s. Off to one side, a young woman displayed a sign that read: “Free hugs.” She was busy. Another sign: “When the power of love
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overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Another said: “Things should stay the same, if we want to exhaust our resources ... and die.” This sentiment was echoed by Jim, an oncologist as he marched with his daughter. “I’m well off,” the doctor told me, “but I’m one of the 99 per cent. I’m with them.” “Have you ever taken part in a protest?” I asked. “Not since Vietnam. But this is important. There’s not reasonable opportunity for people anymore because of corporate greed. Society can’t sustain this situation any longer.” Another sign: “Don’t hate, meditate.” On a stretch of lawn facing the art gallery stairs, a circle of people of all ages meditate as mellow-looking police smile down on them. Why not? Earlier, someone at a microphone referred to them as “peace ofﬁcers.” This crowd wasn’t looking to destroy property, but to advance social causes. I remember thinking, ‘My God, I haven’t even seen anyone smoking, even a cigarette. Remember when all you had to do was work hard, and do your job to earn a promotion or pay raise? It was part of the unwritten social contract. Alexis works in servicing and marketing. “There’s no possibility of advancement or greater earning power in my ﬁeld,” she said. Someone nearby waved a sign that describes how many young people feel like Alexis does. See Emberly, p7
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THE NEWS/letters firstname.lastname@example.org Save 15 cents From: Hugh62, posted on mapleridgenews.com. Re: Province moves to raise gas tax for TransLink (mapleridgenews.com). I think it is time that we seriously consider exiting the Greater Vancouver organization and look to cost-share with municipalities such as Mission and Abbotsford. Just think, with the stroke of a pen, we would save 15 cents a litre on gas. From: AlbionSunDog, posted on mapleridgenews.com. I haven’t yet been able to find an explanation for why Mayor Ernie Daykin voted in favour of the additional gas tax. He should have voted against it because it would have still passed, but he would have avoided looking like he was simply towing the line.
Make it relevant From: davemacdonald, posted on mapleridgenews.com. Re: B.C. Views: ‘Be a voter’ (mapleridgenews.com). I’ve just moved back to Maple Ridge after eight years in Vancouver and New Westminster. Overall, the average person here seems more disconnected from what’s happening on a civic government level, but there seems to be a lot of people excited about what the community is generally up to. I find that gap to be an interesting one. There’s a perception that Maple Ridge is a bit of a bedroom community and perhaps that’s part of it, but it’s really tough to gauge. I’d love to see a campaign that really puts what civic governments are responsible for front and centre – getting people to vote is one thing, but making it relevant is another.
Public domain From: 8canadiangrl8, posted on mapleridgenews.com. Re: Mayor now has some competition (The News, Oct. 19). When you throw your hat in the ring you had better be ready for citizens with all sorts of assumptions. You have entered the public domain. People don’t run to be mayor because they`re into charity. Our job as citizens is to uncover the underlying motivation of the candidates and assess their integrity. A one-on-one meeting with a candidate who has a script or a series of talking points is not going to cut it.
‘No longer sustainable’ Emberly from p6 “Debt + B.A.+ minimum wage = indentured servitude.” A kleptomaniac is a person who steals for no logical reason. She can’t stop herself. Society has to ban her from shopping until she’s completed treatment. Kleptocrats are folks in government whose enable the boundless greed of the rich, and always ﬁnd ways to rationalize the action, excuse a guilty conscience. They won’t cure themselves willingly, and we won’t ﬂush them out at election time, or end corporate greed by ﬂipping CEOs. The “movement” – not a protest – of the 99 per cent will work, though, if it lasts. It has to. As doctor Jim says: “We can’t sustain this situation any longer.” • On the Ridunkulist: On SkyTrain from New Westminster: “We apologize for delays,” announced the automatic voice. “Track repairs ahead.” The guy next to me knew the real reason. “I wouldn’t put it past TransLink to keep us from getting into Occupy Vancouver.” Kleptocracy breeds conspiracy theories. We were sardines in a can. Yet, at every stop more people squeezed in, nearly squished by closing doors. Finally, I said, loudly: “Car full, get the next one.” Had to. There were no TransLink people on duty, just us, and that soft, automated voice. Hello, Translink CEO. That’s dangerous, and you’re on my Ridunkulist. Jack Emberly is a retired teacher, local author and environmentalist.
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Re: Woman attacked downtown (The News, Oct. 19). In reading Wednesday’s edition of The News, I was literally enraged by three articles. Sadly, I’m uncertain as to whether the RCMP are to blame or the judiciary. Fact is, heads should be rolling and citizens damned angry. A female employee of a downtown business goes out back of the location to throw trash into a dumpster and is assaulted, grabbed from behind, tackled to the ground (fortunately able to fend off the attacker, lest, goodness knows what the end result of that could’ve been). RCMP state the suspect escaped, however the story takes a sad path as it seems local businesses people were not informed of this assault by the police. I have no idea what lead to that reasoning, but to me any determination to do so was flawed. If you were a secretary downtown, a boss responsible for your staff, would you not want to know there’s a potential rapist lurking in your alley? Then two men were arrested after another assaulted, granted liquor
was involved in an apparent targeted attack. Another item states one man was found badly beaten (so badly he’s still in hospital with serious injuries) with suspects successfully tracked down and arrested. The story ends in a suspect charged, but who has since been released from custody. It would seem beating someone senseless and leaving them badly injured by the side of the road as you go home isn’t deemed a risk to the public considering you very well could bump into this guy tonight. Then two teens were stabbed in Maple Ridge. One victim was airlifted to hospital, but is expected to survive. The suspect ran away, gets tracked by a police dog and arrested. It is determined it was not a random attack. The suspect was charged, then released from custody with a promise to appear in court at a later date. I’ll spare you my angst, suffice to say, I cannot imagine a parent anywhere who can understand how someone can stab two people at a party, run from the police and be sent home
with the promise you’ll come back later. Big flipping deal about him going to court later, I bloody well hope so, but why on earth is he walking the same streets we are, as we speak. He just stabbed two people. I always try to be on the side of the RCMP when they get criticized, with the belief I wasn’t there. I’m not a police officer, who am I to judge such circumstances. If I call them, they come running and that’s what counts. Far be it for me to complain. But the judiciary, well that is a whole other thing – what people get away with floors me. I had my little run-in with the law in my teens, I was cut more slack than even I thought I deserved. Fact is, though, the whole experience was an eye-opener and life-changer, so I’m both grateful for it and understand the whole principle – it works also for many first offenders. Then, again, I shoplifted, I didn’t beat someone bloody or stab anyone. In closing, I get the point: in one attack you don’t want to cause undue excitement in announcing the woman being assaulted; in oth-
ers, because they were not random, or as they were targeted, the risk to the public is low, so opinion is, release them pending. My question is, whose best interests are being served in doing so? I sure do not feel it is mine and ours, and people should be as screaming angry, as I am, at the end result. Add onto all this, considering the RCMP’s image has taken a beating recently, here the RCMP are catching the people – a well deserved huge pat on the back definitely. But then the courts release these people (pending a court appearance at a later date). Just think, if they turned around and re-offended – how stupid in ineffectual the RCMP would look, keeping in mind they did a noble job apprehending the offenders. They must be as livid as we are when people get caught for serious stuff and merely walk away before the ink on the paperwork is barely dry. It’s enough to make your head spin, and is actually pretty scary. ROBERT ADAMS MAPLE RIDGE
Salmon mystery needs complete answer The battle of the scientists is over. More than 170 witnesses testiﬁed. Nearly 2,000 reports and documents were entered as evidence. Now, the Cohen Commission is preparing to decide Commentary why the Fraser Jeff Nagel River’s sockeye salmon have been in a dangerous downward spiral. Opponents of net-pen aquaculture have relentlessly spun the hearings as an open-shut case against salmon farms and stepped up campaigns to shut them down. It’s not quite that simple. Duelling researchers gave contradictory evidence on whether diseases or parasites from ﬁsh farms may be killing off wild sockeye. That doesn’t mean ﬁsh farms aren’t bad for salmon. The farms may, as critics claim, act as a breeding ground for pathogens, transmitting them to passing wild salmon at a critically vulnerable stage in their migration. Much of the evidence before the inquiry, however, points to multiple different culprits, from ocean predators to changing water temperatures. The commission has also looked at
everything from urban sewage and industrial pollution along the lower Fraser to the impacts of logging and mining upriver. A death-by-a-thousand-cuts verdict would admittedly be less satisfying than simply lynching one perceived bogeyman – one that we could deﬁnitely do something about. But B.C. needs the most complete answer to this ﬁshy mystery it can get. It would be tragic if an eco-war succeeds in stamping out ﬁsh farms, only to see B.C.’s wild sockeye continue to decline because we weren’t vigilant enough in uncovering other threats and trying to address them. Inquiry head Judge Bruce Cohen will hear ﬁnal submissions from all sides in November before preparing his ﬁnal report, due by next June. As the inquiry moves into its ﬁnal phase, it’s important to remember that the loss of B.C.’s wild sockeye stocks would have far-reaching repercussions beyond our dining choices. With the sockeye may go many of the orcas, bears, birds and even freshwater ﬁsh in parts of B.C. That’s because salmon are, in many ways, the lifeblood of our watersheds. They act like a pipeline, bringing ocean nutrients far upstream. Wildlife from tiny insects to the biggest predators feast on their spawnedout carcasses and even trees are fertilized. Research has proven how salmon
act as an extension of the forest’s root system, allowing the trees to draw nourishment not just from the immediate soil, but from the krill of the North Paciﬁc. The loss of wild salmon, some people fear, may loosen habitatprotection laws, opening B.C. not just to more ﬁsh farms and hatcheries, but hydro dams, offshore oil drilling and more industrial pollution.
It would be tragic if an eco-war succeeds in stamping out fish farms, only to see B.C.’s wild sockeye continue to decline because we weren’t vigilant enough in uncovering other threats and trying to address them. For First Nations, whose heritage, culture, traditional diet and social customs are so deeply interwoven with the salmon, their loss is unfathomable. Even if Judge Cohen fails to come up with a single suspect, we need his best assessment of what’s gone wrong and how we can keep this marvel of nature for generations to come. Jeff Nagel is a reporter covering regional issues for Black Press.
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Madison Sherman, 3, looks for four-leafed-clovers in front of her home as Northumberland is torn down behind her Wednesday afternoon. watch the tearing down of the ﬁrst building, while neighbours lined the streets to do the same. “It’s been a nightmare,” said Jim Osler, who lives nearby. “It’s been a longtime coming.” With the complex gone, it should be easier for other landlords to rent in the area, he added. “It dragged out. It dragged out. It dragged out,” added Ron Smith, who lives in the new condos across the street. “The whole neighbourhood will change now,” another bystander added. Watching from a distance, with her two tykes just outside her house at the south end of the complex was Cheryl Sherman. She has lived next door for a year, then one house away from the troubled complex for three years. Even before she moved to Maple Ridge, when she was in Prince George, she had read about the complex. It’s been a long time coming and most of the street will be celebrating, she said. While she’d lived nearby during the heyday when police, ﬁre and bylaw ofﬁcers were regular
visitors, her family had no real problems with the neighbours. Sherman, though, wonders how the complex deteriorated so badly and why residents continued to pay rent. Still, her family managed to co-exist with the drama next door. “We were pretty lucky actually,” she said, adding they didn’t have any problem with break-ins or crime. Councillors were in a jubilant mood at being able to see the end of the complex. “I don’t think you can understand the feeling,” said Coun. Cheryl Ashlie. She never thought it would take three years, all of the present council’s term, to see the demolition. It was important to follow the proper steps and work through the legal issues, added Coun. Judy Dueck. “We have no choice but to follow the law.” Coun. Craig Speirs said he considered the demolition one of the current council’s successes. Council wanted to be more aggressive in moving on it, but couldn’t.
Once redevelopment begins, “it will send a big signal to the rest of the downtown,” he added. Vancouver developer Ghalib Rawji says he’s continuing with his plans to redevelop the site. “It’s a pleasure to be a part of this,” said Rawji, who bought the condos from Jack Athwal and four other owners. “Looking forward to building now,” he said. Despite glooming world economics, he’s proceeding with plans to build 29 townhouses, apartments and some commercial space on the lot. “We’ve got a great product, great pricing. I’m not worried at all.” Plus, by the time it comes to market after March 2013, the Harmonized Sales Tax should be gone and the more real-estate friendly GST and PST system will be back in place. “That’s a ﬁve-per-cent discount right there,” he added. The machinery moved in after a protracted process that ﬁnally saw Maple Ridge council issue a demolition order in July after the buildings had been entered and wiring tampered with.
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Pitt trustee candidates acclaimed by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f staff reporter The race for who will represent Pitt Meadows as school trustee on the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Board of Education ended before it began. Marcela Boggio formally withdrew as a candidate on Tuesday, leaving just incumbent Eleanor Palis and newcomer Sarah Nelson to vie for the two available trustee positions. As a result, both Palis and Nelson will be acclaimed as trustees, and their names will not be included on the Nov. 19 ballot. Chief elections ofﬁcer Laurie Darcus said she couldn’t recall this happening in Pitt Meadows in recent history.
“It’s not common for a city this size,” she said. “In smaller, rural areas it’s quite a common occurrence, but not here.” Boggio said she dropped out of the race because she thought Palis and Nelson would be better equipped to serve the parents of Pitt Meadows. “I’ve been to a number of [school board] meetings and noticed a lack of positive energy from some of [the trustees],” she said. “I thought I could bring passion and dedication to the table. “I believe Sarah and Eleanor have that energy, and will be better prepared for the job.” Boggio, who immigrated to Canada from Peru with her husband and two children seven years ago, didn’t rule out
Candidates at The ACT If you find it difficult to decide who to vote for among the 28 people running for council, you might have a better idea after the Democracy Fair, Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Arts Centre Theatre in Maple Ridge. The free event involves candidates setting up tables in the lobby, where they can meet voters, display campaign literature
running for trustee in the future. Palis said while she is relieved that she doesn’t have to go through the stress of running an election campaign, she is disappointed she doesn’t get a chance to earn a clear mandate from Pitt Meadows voters. “Deﬁnitely, this takes the stress off, but I still want to feel like I’ve earned it,” she said. Palis said she hopes the lack of trustee candidates is an indication people are happy with the job the school board is doing. Nelson, a ﬁrst-time candidate for school trustee, was thrilled to ﬁnd out
and items for a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction will go to the candidates to help with campaign costs, and the $50 registration fee that each will have to pay. One of the candidates for council, Wendy Cook, came up with the idea, while her group, the Peace Twig Fundraising Association, is paying for the building rental. But to keep things impartial, Marie Brothers has taken over the organizing of the event.
she was being acclaimed to the board, and said she hopes to be an enthusiastic advocate for public education while on the board. Nelson has three children in the public school system, and has previously chaired the district’s gifted children association. “I’m not a politician, but [school board] feels like a place where I might be able to have a positive change,” she said. “I want to make sure teachers have the resources they need to do their jobs ... and if the traditional classroom setting doesn’t work for some children, develop alternatives.”
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ou provide a place for a kid to relax, feel safe, enjoy some fun and comradeship – and the odds go way up for him or her to make the leap into adulthood. It’s the principle the Greg Moore Youth Centre has followed since opening Oct. 13, 2001. “Recreation is probably the most preventive tool in the world and it costs a lot less than prevention,” youth recreation manager Tony Cotroneo said Monday. The centre marked its 10th anniversary last Saturday with cake, tributes and award announcements. The adjoining Maple Ridge Leisure Centre also marked its 30th anniversary. While it’s already a decade old, Cotroneo says there still isn’t another youth centre exactly like it in the country. “I don’t know if there’s a big place like this for young people in Canada, anywhere,” he says. All of the youth dropin centres in the Lower Mainland, usually only classroom space with no place for physical activity, could ﬁt into the Greg Moore Youth Centre, he adds. After 10 years in service, he wouldn’t make any changes to the $2-million building, which includes a social room, computer room and activity ﬂoor. Being able to close portions allows ﬂexibility in its operation. “The building hasn’t changed. It’s still quite state of the art. There’s nothing I would change. I think about that all the time.” One reason the building works so well is because all potential users were consulted in the design, so it was built right from the start. The centre also remains connected to its namesake. The Greg Moore Foundation, formed by parents Ric and Donna Moore, in honour of the Maple Ridge race car driver killed in a racing accident Oct. 31, 1999, has donated $12,000 yearly to the centre for its summer employment programs. The foundation also gave $40,000 during construction to pay for the climbing wall.
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Tony Cotroneo with one of the late Greg Moore’s racing helmets at the youth centre. One of Moore’s helmets remains on display in the centre as a permanent reminder. MacGyver actor Richard Dean Anderson paid $50,000 for the helmet to support a foundation fundraiser, then
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Schools ban â€˜pimp, hoâ€™ costumes Students will be asked to change by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f staff reporter Schools across the district are taking a stand against inappropriate Halloween costumes that glamourize sexual exploitation and a criminal lifestyle. The Children of the Street Society, a nonproďŹ t organization dedicated to preventing the sexual exploitation of children, has launched a national campaign raising awareness about inappropriate Halloween costumes, something
the group feels glamorize a criminal lifestyle. â€œDressing up as a â€˜pimpâ€™ or â€˜hoâ€™ glamorizes the sexual exploitation of children and youth, which is a form of abuse and modern day slavery,â€? states Diane Sowden, executive director of Children of the Streets. â€œNot only are we asking the community to be socially responsible by wearing Halloween costumes which do not glamorize the sexual exploitation of our children and youth, weâ€™re also asking children, youth and adults to take the notion of social responsibility one step further by not wearing costumes which glamorize
the gang lifestyle.â€? Pitt Meadows secondary is one school that will be banning students from dressing up in such costumes. The schoolâ€™s website states that students will be asked to go home and change if they wear inappropriate costumes that break the schoolâ€™s dress code or glamorize the sex trade or a gang lifestyle. Schools across the district are similarly banning the typically suggestive costumes associated with Halloween. â€œWe certainly donâ€™t throw our code of conduct away because it is Halloween,â€? said Garibaldi secondary
principal Grant Frend. â€œIf a student shows up with an inappropriate costume, they will have to leave it at the ofďŹ ce or go home and change.â€? Beth Todd, who operates Jazz-Ma-Tazz Dance and Costumes in Maple Ridge, says the stereotypical sexy Halloween costume is less popular this year than in previous Halloweens. â€œFor women, the costumes are becoming less riskĂŠ,â€? she said. â€œI think people are tired of it.â€?
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Halloween not as scary as it used to be by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f staff reporter Halloween can be a scary time for local schools as vandals invariably try to target them, breaking windows, setting ďŹ res and spraying grafďŹ ti. School board chair Ken Clarkson said the district will be stepping up security to prevent damage to district property this year. In addition to leaving exterior lights on at all schools, the district will also be doubling security guard patrols for the weekend prior to Halloween and through Monday night, the eve of Oct. 31. District staff will be on-call all day during that time. â€œThe schools in cen-
tral Maple Ridge seem to be the worst hit,â€? said Clarkson. â€œWe see a lot of broken glass. It costs the district a lot of money, so we want to put a stop to it.â€? Annually, vandalism costs the school district close to $500,000. The district has an anti-vandalism hotline set up to help district staff and police respond quickly if someone is spotted damaging school property. However, the hotline only works if residents use it and report suspicious activity at local schools. â€œWe will respond 24-7,â€? said Clarkson. Garibaldi secondary principal Grant Frend said his school tries to take a proactive approach with students
to prevent vandalism. â€œLuckily, it hasnâ€™t been that bad,â€? he said. â€œWe do a lot of community-building events within the school, and I think thatâ€™s helping. The kids recognize that this is their school, and when they take ownership of it, theyâ€™re less likely to [commit acts of vandalism].â€? Maple Ridge Fire Chief Dane Spence said the 2004 bylaw banning the sale and possession of ďŹ reworks has led to a decrease in ďŹ re-related calls on Halloween. â€œSince family ďŹ reworks were taken out of the equation, thereâ€™s been a lot less spot ďŹ res and ďŹ reworksrelated calls,â€? he said. â€œIt can be a busy night, but itâ€™s markedly different than how it used
to be.â€? However, Spence warned that jack-olantern candles and sparklers can still pose a ďŹ re risk, and recommended trick-or-treaters wear reďŹ‚ective gear to make sure they can be seen by passing motorists in the dark. Halloween wonâ€™t be completely without ďŹ reworks, as the Maple Ridge Lions Club are sponsoring a free public ďŹ reworks display on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.
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‘If you don’t see anything wrong, then oppose us’ Protest from front Travelling to Vancouver every day or pitching a tent on the lawn of the art gallery just isn’t an option for Epp, so he decided to bring the protest home. People in the suburbs feel disconnected with what’s happening in Vancouver even though they share the same concerns, said Epp. “The only way this entire movement is going to have a voice is by more movements starting up.” Epp is working with
Occupy Fraser Valley, based in Chilliwack, which is holding its ﬁrst general assembly on Oct. 26. Before an Occupy Maple Ridge protest begins, he wants to gather people who are interested, hold a town hall meeting and ﬂush out where they can legally demonstrate. Although criticized for their lack of leadership and organization, the Occupy movement now has support from B.C. Federation of Labour and has even been
endorsed by Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker. Data shows a widening gap between the poor and the rich in Canada based on the spending patterns of recent years. In a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, between 1999 and 2007, annual spending by the poorest households rose $1,283, or 6.1 per cent, while spending by the richest growing gap
project rose $16,497, or 13 per cent. The poor had the smallest increase in dollar terms and the smallest percentage increase of any income group. The rich had the
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Barbers of The Stag ‘like therapists’ Looking Back by Sandra Borger
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Arthur Wells shines Bob Kilsby’s shoes while a customer looks on, circa 1960s. it becomes clear that Bob was well known and loved in Maple Ridge. Derrien Kilsby, Bob’s daughter-in-law, remembered how Bob “had a way of making everyone he spoke to feel important, and doubly so if you were sitting in his barber chair. He would remember your name, where you worked, your family, and every other detail you shared with him.” His daughter Patricia added that Bob and the other barbers “were like therapists – they were told things by their customers, and understood about secrecy and didn’t betray it.” One of the shop’s most intriguing characters was Arthur Wells. Arthur joined the team in 1963 and worked as the shoe-shiner for the next 28 years. However, most people remember
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Pressure grows on disability support by Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – A B.C. Liberal MLA has joined opposition calls for an overhaul of services to developmentally disabled people, as the provincial agency responsible struggles with a growing and aging case load. NDP MLAs called in the legislature this past week for an outside review of Community Living B.C., the agency responsible for developmentally disabled people once they are adults. B.C. Liberal MLA Randy Hawes rejected the NDP motion as “too simplistic,” but said his constituents need more help than they are getting. “There are people who have looked after their kids forever, and they’re aging out,” Hawes told reporters after an emotional debate in the legislature. “They’re 80 years old with 50- and 60-year-old children who need to have some service, and we never knew they existed.” The board of directors of Community Living B.C. ﬁred CEO Rick Mowles the previous week after a series of controversies, including the announced closure
of a work program for developmentally disabled people at a recycling facility in Maple Ridge. CLBC has been phasing out some group homes as facilities and residents have aged, moving to home-share arrangements with contracted caregivers. During legislature debate, Hawes described one family whose developmentally disabled son grew to more than six feet tall and became violent as he reached his 20s. He was put in a home-share but that lasted only two weeks. “It was a ﬁght, a real hard ﬁght, to ﬁnd a space for him,” Hawes said. “Deﬁnitely, he has to be in a group home.” Surrey-Panorama MLA Stephanie Cadieux was appointed social development minister in September, replacing Burnaby-Lougheed MLA Harry Bloy in the ministry responsible for CLBC. Cadieux said she supports the CLBC board’s decision to make changes, and she does not agree with the NDP’s demand for an outside review of the agency’s operation. “That’s my job as minister, to dig in and see what’s going on,” Cadieux said. “I’m doing that.”
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The Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundations’ 23nd Annual Gala – A Royal Affair to Remember – raised more than $200,000, a record. It was held Oct. 15 at Meadow Gardens Golf Course. Money raised goes towards the foundation’s commitment to purchase more than $700,000 of essential health care equipment for Ridge Meadows Hospital and other health care services in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. This year, $20,000 will go towards purchase of a portable ventilator for the emergency department. The RMHF is a non-profit registered charity investing in better health through community partnerships. For more information on Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation and the work it does to support the best in health for the communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, contact the Foundation office at 604.463.1822 or www. rmhfoundation.com.
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Injuries are preventable at Halloween H
alloween is a fun time for children, but it can be an injury-prone holiday, too. Each year, B.C. Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and B.C. Ambulance Service (BCAS) attend to many preventable injuries involving cars and trick-ortreaters, burns from ﬁreworks, falls, choking and cuts from pumpkin-carving. “Kids are excited at Halloween. There is lots of nervous energy and lots of activities happening, so parents and kids can be easily distracted,” says Dr. Shelina Babul, associate director and sports injury specialist, B.C. Injury and Research Prevention Unit at B.C. Children’s. “It only takes a few seconds for an injury to occur, but by thinking ahead, you can safeguard your kids and enjoy the day and evening.” Dr. Babul also recommends that parents encourage older kids to pay particular attention when crossing roads or driveways while trick-ortreating. “When kids are texting or listening to music,
they may not see or hear a motorist on the road, a car backing out of a driveway, or any other potential hazard.”
Safety Tips • Be seen – Parents and children should wear bright costumes or clothing made of ﬂame-resistant material with reﬂective tape, or carry light sticks or a ﬂashlight – it’s important that motorists can see you clearly. Make eye contact with motorists. Consider trick-or-treating in a group and staying together. Don’t forget to: stop, look left, right and left again – before crossing the street. Always cross the street at corners and crosswalks. If there isn’t a sidewalk, walk beside the road or street facing trafﬁc. • Can you be seen clearly? – Face-painting is often a safer choice for trick-ortreaters than a mask, which can obscure vision. Stay on sidewalks and driveways and off of lawns and gardens. Go up one side of the street and
down the other rather than crossing the street between houses. Avoid alleys, parking lots, wooded areas and vacant lots. • Dress appropriately – To prevent falls, make sure your child’s costume ﬁts well and it isn’t too long or has too much loose fabric. Dress for the weather, so your child and you are comfortable and warm. • Adult supervision – Young children should always have a responsible adult escorting them doorto-door on Halloween night. Skip past houses that don’t have their porch lights on, and avoid animals that are unfamiliar. • Pumpkin carving – Kids under six years of age should not use knives or other sharp instruments to carve pumpkins. Instead, they can be creative and draw a face on the pumpkin, or dress it up with colourful fall leaves or other safe materials. Parents should use a ﬂashlight or a light stick to light a pumpkin rather than a candle.
Children are attracted to candles, but they don’t understand ﬂames are hot and can cause serious harm. • Check treats thoroughly – Parents and children should make sure that all treats are checked by an adult before eating. Discard treats that aren’t in sealed packaging or look suspicious. When in doubt, throw it out. • Choking – Choking occurs most frequently among children under two years of age, but choking can happen at any age. Do not give children under ﬁve years of age popcorn, hard candy, nuts, or rubber balloons. When eating candy, parents should have children sit at a table since eating while playing, running, jumping, or talking can lead to a choking episode. Parents and caregivers should learn what to do in a choking emergency, including the choking rescue procedure (Heimlich manoeuvre), because the correct response can save a child’s
life. Information is available through HealthLink B.C. at http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/ kb/content/special/chkng. html#aa111963. • Firework safety – To be safest, plan family fun and activities that don’t include ﬁreworks.
Children should never hold lit fireworks –a sparkler can burn as hot as 700 degrees C and will not go out even when doused in water.
Children should never hold lit ﬁreworks –a sparkler can burn as hot as 700 degrees C and will not go out even when doused in water. Parents should check with their municipality or district as ﬁreworks may be banned
or speciﬁc permits may be required. If you insist on using ﬁreworks, only purchase them from a reliable source, and always read and follow the label directions. Thirty percent of injuries are caused by illegal or homemade ﬁreworks. Keep water or appropriate ﬁre extinguisher nearby when lighting ﬁreworks. Parents and older children should watch the video “Just a ﬁrework, two buddies and a bomb” available through the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund website at www.burnfund.org/our_programs/burn_education/2BAAB.php. • Slow down for pedestrians – Motorists are advised to slow down and drive with extra caution this Halloween. Children are easily distracted and difﬁcult to see in dark costumes, particularly if they run out between parked cars. • Role model – Be a good role model for your children: act safely and responsibly this Halloween.
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HALLOWEEN Keeping dogs safe Halloween brings delicious treats and ghostly fun for humans, but many dogs experience fear at this time of year. Dogs become stressed due to ﬁreworks and costumed children and may run away or become destructive thru digging, chewing or other negative behaviours. Tips to keep dogs safe:
• Increase your dog’s exercise and walk him earlier in the day before the kids are out trick-o-treating. • Pumpkin carving supplies, including felt tip pens, sharp plastic or metal knives and candles and kids’ costume pieces may be enticing to dogs and cause vomiting, diarrhea or cuts to the mouth if eaten or re-
sult in choking or intestinal blockages if your dog chews or ingests the solid objects. • Keep your dog away from the door during tricko-treating. • Make sure your dog wears an ID tag. • Leave your dog at home while accompanying tricko-treating children. • Close outside doors to reduce sound and close curtains or blinds to reduce any ﬂashing light show. www.dogsafe.ca.
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alloween isn’t just about dressing up and eating candy – it also provides fun opportunities to learn. Embracing the literacy activities already happening in your life makes it so much easier to ensure your family is getting 15 minutes of learning experiences a day. ABC Life Literacy Canada reminds families to practice literacy skills at Halloween with some fun literacy tips, tricks and treats: • Tell ghost stories on Halloween night: make up your own stories or read a classic scary book together. • Organize Halloween candy in different ways: organize by shape, size, candy name, or even candy type, and then trade. This activity helps to reinforce basic math along with association and matching skills. • Bake a pumpkin pie: following recipes is a great way to improve both reading and math skills. Children can read the instructions out loud to help measure the ingredients when making a treat for the family.
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