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Marjorie Lovatt and her sister Joyce spent the wars years on touring Europe, singing for soldiers.

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Dear Miss Lovatt: Please send us measurements for both of you at once. • Size of shoes (Roomy) • Measurements of waist, hips and bust ... Marjorie Lovatt fingers it carefully. The letter from ‘Big’ Bill Campbell is yellowed, dogged-

eared, creased with deep folds, kept carefully amongst everything else she’s saved. Sent a few weeks after the allies invaded northwest Africa, the missive from a booking agent in

London was Lovatt’s ticket to stardom. “You had to do six weeks of war service work. Everybody had to,” says Lovatt, who was tasked with driving a milk delivery truck. “Milk delivery was very important.” Known as “the Canadian milk girl” to her customers in Derby, England, Lovatt reluctantly drove her route even after she had a close encounter with a German bomb. The letter from London meant the singer and her sister Joyce, 17,

had been hired by Campbell for a variety show destined to tour and play throughout Europe. For Lovatt, then 19, it was a dream come true, and a way out of rainy, dreary England, and those weeks of compulsory war service. “We really thought we’d hit the big time,” she says. To wiggle out of her milk route, Lovatt sought a doctor and related, weeping softly, how the bomb that dropped a few metres from her had made it impossible for her to drive a truck. See Serenade, p5




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The young man who dragged a Maple Ridge gas station attendant to his death six years ago has violated parole again, this time just two days after being released from prison. Darnell Darcy Pratt was released from a federal penitentiary on Thursday, but failed to return to the Victoria halfway house he was staying at Saturday night. It’s the second time in a year Pratt has violated parole conditions. Pratt was first granted statutory release in June Pratt 2010 and violated curfew just two days after he was paroled to a Kamloops halfway house. Doug De Patie, whose 24-year-old son Grant was killed by Pratt in 2005, did not expect Pratt to last long outside prison. “He is not ready for the outside world,” said De Patie, who was informed that Pratt missed his 8 p.m. curfew Saturday. “He is making a mockery of the parole system. He is not showing any remorse. He is not showing any respect for the loss of Grant.” A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Pratt’s arrest and Victoria Police are warning the public not to approach him because he is “considered violent.” He has several tattoos, including “Taken No Orders” and “Run tha Hood” inked on his left forearm. A Facebook profile for “Darnell Pratt” activated the day he was paroled includes a photograph of him with a cigarette in his mouth, and holding a vodka cooler. See Pratt, p11



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Big plans for downtown Dewdney Multi-year project calls for five towers by Phi l M elnyc h u k staff reporter If council agrees, the busy downtown corner of 224th Street and Dewdney Trunk Road will be changing, in stages, resulting in five towers, from 15 to 25 storeys, housing a hotel, seniors residences, an educational institute, condos, restaurants and shopping. The intent is to create a “people friendly village at the heart of Maple Ridge,” by aligning buildings on the perimeter of the property bordered by Dewdney Trunk, 224th and 223rd streets, and Brown Avenue, architect Peter Mallen told council Monday. Within those boundaries, a courtyard will create a pedestrian-centred area. Part of the project would involve realigning 224th Street, to remove the bend in the road just north of Dewdney. Tom Meier, of Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies, first considered the project in 2008, but it was shelved because of the recession. The project will now be phased in over 10 years. The drawings shown to council indicate the maximum build-out of the project, though it may vary in scale according to market conditions, Mallen said. “Within the length of time, we’ll have a development that looks very close to


Hotel, seniors residences, condos and shops are proposed 224th Street corner. the drawings. “We’re really excited by bringing this forward … and getting this moving along.” He said the project has been discussed for five years, and was excited to be moving forward on an entire block. Mallen added later that it’s expected that the rezoning process will generate interest from other developers to partner in the process. A hotel, educa-

tional institute, and some large retailers have shown interest, and development applications are expected within a year. Once larger tenants are signed, others usually follow. The residential towers planned for the north side of the project could be the last to be built. Even given the higher prices of concrete towers, there could be a market for people seeking to live there as opposed to wood-framed buildings, he

said. Coun. Craig Speirs, chairing Monday’s committee meeting, welcomed the project. “This is a great journey. We’re really looking forward to it.” The project involves 16 properties, and rezoning 10 of them, the remainder of which already have commercial zoning. All but one of the properties within the block has been assembled for the development. The rezoning application could later be replaced by a comprehensive development plan for the whole area, to be considered by council. Overall, more than 226,000 square feet of commercial space and 693,000 sq. ft. of residential and hotel accommodation will result. Mayor Ernie Daykin said the project will be a game-changer for downtown, even though it could take a decade to build out. “It’s going to change the face of downtown Maple Ridge. “Not very often do you get a chunk of property under one ownership, which is one of the biggest challenges in our downtown.” A staff report says the proposal “aims to significantly increase” the downtown population and calls it one of the “most significant developments in the town centre in the past decade.” A set of design guidelines will ensure that the project remains consistent over the number of years it is built. The proposal went to council’s regular meeting on Tuesday.

Mayoral candidates spar over Albion flats Give suburbs some attention, says challenger by Phi l M elnyc h u k staff reporter Slow down development along 240th Street in Albion so school capacity can keep up, slow down traffic along Kanaka Way, there are no playgrounds in Albion or Maple Crest, what about a sidewalk along 104th Avenue to Samuel Robertson Technical School? Pay more attention to the people in the suburbs, says Craig Ruthven. “Suburbs are a reality – with real people, not a concept – incumbents,” said the candidate for the mayor’s chair in Maple Ridge. “I’m going to encourage the culture of thoughtfulness when it comes to development.” Maybe developers can be encouraged to build something more creative than just a swath of housing, Ruthven told a crowd in the Arts Centre Theatre.

Ruthven and Mayor Ernie Daykin traded debating points and principles Monday in the only mayors’only event of the campaign leading to the Nov. 19 vote that will decide who runs Daykin the District of Maple Ridge. “Maple Ridge is caught in a war of visions. People see Maple Ridge differently,” said Ruthven, in his first municipal campaign. Suburbs need more amenities, and the planning department could improve its efficiency, though many in the department are good at what they do, he added. If, as mayor, he could improve the efficiency of the planning department, that would be an “incredible service” for the community, although he said the planning department has many competent, diligent and friendly staff.

“And [manager of community planning]) Christine Carter is gorgeous. Has anyone seen her before? She’s really intelligent and her eyes – are just incredible. “I’m a single Ruthven guy,” he added. Daykin defended his last three years before the crowd, which included many candidates for council. “The big thing I like about Maple Ridge is its sense of community, its friendliness.” He pointed out that since January more than $22 million in construction projects has been announced for the downtown core. And as of Monday, there are plans for complete redevelopment of the block between 224th and 223rd streets on Dewdney Trunk Road. “That’s proof that there is investment value in Maple Ridge and peo-

ple are bullish on Maple Ridge.” He listed Jackson Farm on 102nd Avenue, now saved for parkland, the district’s purchase of three acres on Selkirk Avenue at 227th Street so it can hold the property for the development it wants, the renovation of Haney Place Mall and arrival of Thrifty Foods as achievements of the past three years. Plus, in the next three years there will be a high-quality plan for developing the Albion flats, while troublesome Northumberland Court on Fraser Street was demolished last week. West Coast Express commuter rail had seven new cars added, as well, allowing the extension of the trains and relieving the cramping for commuters. TransLink is now studying whether to expand the frequency of the runs, beyond the five rush-hour trains at either end of the day. “We need to push for expansion and enhanced service,” Daykin said. “That’s the next goal.” See Mayoral, p4

Becker, Walters square off in Pitt By Monisha Martins, staff reporter The race for a seat on Pitt Meadows council heated Monday at an all-candidates meeting, with one mayoral candidate questioning the competence of others. John Becker opened his speech to a packed room at the new South Bonson Community Centre by stressing he would put in whatever hours were necessary to do an “excellent” job. “To settle what remains of this issue once and for all, I am 100 per cent committed to the job of mayor,” said Becker, a lawyer with a practice in the city and who has faced criticism that he might not be able to dedicate himself to the position full-time. “The choice to be made in the mayor’s race is of the most competent person, not who has the most free time.” A three-term councillor, Becker set his sights squarely on fellow city councillor Deb Walters, who is also seeking the mayor’s chair, a spot that’s been held by Don MacLean for the past 12 years. Walters, a well-known volunteer and former citizen of the year, has no job other than councillor, but has previously held management positions in catering and retail, worked for the school district, Ministry of Tourism and done appraisals for B.C. Forest Service. “Community volunteerism can take many forms and is not limited to flipping hamburgers,” he said. Becker went on to announce he would implement a “zero” increase in taxes in budget process, which would mean each year staff would have to pitch a preliminary budget with no increases in the amount of cash the city draws from its residents. See Pitt, p8

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Notice of Public Hearing TAKE NOTICE THAT a Public Hearing will be held in the Council Chamber of the Municipal Hall, 11995 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, North-East corner entrance, at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2011 to consider the following bylaws: 1a) 2011-019-RZ MAPLE RIDGE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDING BYLAW NO. 6871-2011 LEGAL: Lot 9, District Lots 406 & 408, Group 1, New Westminster District, Plan 29456; LOCATION: 10515 240th Street PURPOSE: To amend Schedules “B” and “C” of the Official Community Plan FROM: Urban Residential TO: Conservation

1b) 2011-019-RZ MAPLE RIDGE ZONE AMENDING BYLAW NO. 6864-2011 LEGAL: Parcel “A” (Explanatory Plan 16557), Lot 3, District Lots 406 & 408, Group 1, New Westminster District, Plan 3825; Lot 9, District Lots 406 & 408, Group 1, New Westminster District, Plan 29456; Lot 3 Except: Parcel “A” (Explanatory Plan 16557); District Lots 406 & 408, Group 1, New Westminster District, Plan 3825; LOCATION: 10515 & 10595 240th Street and 23950 Zeron Avenue FROM: RS-3 (One Family Rural Residential) TO: RM-1 (Townhouse Residential) PURPOSE: To permit the construction of a 48 unit townhouse development.

Albion consultation process designed to fail: Ruthven Mayoral from p3 A questioner, though, wanted to know what role Maple Ridge played in the extra rail cars being added. Daykin said he and two previous mayors constantly pressed TransLink for that. And he agreed, there probably wouldn’t be any rail expansion within three years. Another questioner asked why council voted for a 13-per-cent salary increase (over three years). Daykin said the recommendation was made based on a comparison of cities. As a former retailer in the home renovation business, Daykin said he’s seen the challenges of development from both sides. “Respect, respect and relationships are key to achieving those goals and results,” he said. “I strongly believe that Maple Ridge is on the cusp of great things. It really is time for Maple Ridge to shine.” John Mckenzie, a council candidate, asked why property taxes climb four per cent every year and wanted to know how much debt the district had? Daykin didn’t know the latter, but said the four-per-cent tax increase, comprised of three per cent for growth and services with one per cent going into an infrastructure fund. But increasing taxes aren’t a result of debt, he added. The district needs diverse revenue sources, Ruthven countered. Daykin also pointed out Maple Ridge’s success in real estate. For 2010-2015, the Real Estate Investment Network named the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows area the second best (after Surrey) for real estate investment. Ruthven accused the current mayor and council of designing the consultation process over the Albion flats in 2010 to fail. He said planning staff were opposed to the concept of development in Albion flats, while it was running a consultation exercise on development plans for the area. Why did it take

nine years before council submitted a development plan to the Agricultural Land Commission, he asked. “You read me terribly wrong if you think I would set something up to fail,” Daykin replied. He said the consultation followed that used for the downtown plan, with 33 groups invited. Business representation skipped the first session, so council held an extra session, which led to the plan that calls for development of most of the flats. Daykin said council has never received a development application for the area. “Something is going to happen in Albion flats.”

“Something is going to happen in Albion flats.” Ernie Daykin, Maple Ridge mayor

One questioner who lived in the Albion area said people are desperate and are moving out because of a lack of sidewalks and playgrounds, cramped roads and schools, leading to a drop house prices. She said nine homes were up for sale in her area. Mission and Pitt Meadows are both getting a Wal-Mart, she added. “We have to move on it now – not 10 years.” After the debate, council candidate Graham Mowatt was handing out pamphlets for Ruthven, who said later he may endorse some candidates running for council. School trustee Mike Huber wondered how Ruthven would work as mayor. Ruthven responded to by pointing to his success in managing landscaping on his strata council, saying he was “wildly creative” in that role. • For more on mayoral candidates, see page 26.

Notice of Intention to Provide Assistance This notice is issued in accordance with Sections 24, 21 and 94 of the Community Charter.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that a copy of the aforesaid bylaws and copies of staff reports and other information considered by Council relevant to the matters contained in the bylaws will also be available for public inspection at the Municipal Hall, Planning Department counter, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from November 3 to November 15, 2011, Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays excepted. Some of this information will also be posted on the District website on the Mayor and Council/Agendas and Minutes page. ALL PERSONS who deem themselves affected by any of these bylaws shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing before Council on the matters contained in the bylaws or by making a written submission to the attention of the Manager of Legislative Services or by sending an e-mail to the Clerk’s Department at, by 4:00 p.m., November 15, 2011. All written submissions and e-mails will become part of the public record. Dated this 3rd day of November, 2011. Ceri Marlo Manager of Legislative Services 11995 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A9

The District of Maple Ridge hereby provides notice of its intention to provide assistance in accordance with the Town Centre Investment Incentives Program for a six-storey mixed-use building located at 22308 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge, BC, to 0891551 BC Ltd., under Building Permit No. 11-121346, in the amount of $41,076. The financial incentive is intended to reduce development costs for qualifying projects within the Town Centre which will help achieve goals and objectives identified by the community through the Smart Growth on the Ground Initiative and the Town Centre Area Plan. Municipal Council will receive a staff report at a Council meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. For complete details on the Town Centre Investment Incentives Program, visit For further information, contact Laura Benson, Manager of Sustainability and Corporate Planning,

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The checked suitcases, but not her handbag Firefighters save Serenade from front Armed with a letter from the doctor absolving her from war service, Lovatt and her sibling set out on a three-year-long adventure that would see them serenade soldiers throughout the war. For the sisters, it was also making the best out of circumstances. The Lovatts arrived in England in 1936 to visit their mother’s father, who was ill. While there, their mother became pregnant – a boy. Then came the war. The war forced the family to stay put because there was no way mamma Lovatt was putting her precious children on a boat to Canada while the Germans targeted the North Atlantic. The Lovatt sisters began their singing act performing for the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA), an organization set up in 1939 to keep up the spirits of British armed forces during the Second World War. After ENSA, the duo, who sang Western ballads on banjolele and guitar, were hired by the Canadian Legion, and finally the United Service Organization or USO to entertain American troops. While listening to a CD copied from scratchy live recordings, Lovatt giggles gleefully. She can hear herself yodel, sing the song called Embraceable You –

which melted soldiers’ hearts – and sways as she hears herself tag-team through foot-tapping ditties with her equally talented sister. Paid 15 pounds a week, the Lovatt sisters were responsible for maintaining their instruments and sewing the own costumes. Lovatt fashioned gowns out of curtains while travelling through England, Holland and Belgium, and crafted faux boots that could be worn over their shoes for that perfect Prairie cowgirl look. Now 89, Lovatt’s trailer in Maple Ridge is filled with keepsakes from the war. She’s saved every photograph she took with her box Brownie camera, programs from the shows she performed, notes from soldiers, even sticks of “grease-paint” makeup she purchased in London that was hard to get during the war. From one box, she pulls photographs of other performers. There’s a burly, oiled muscled man who thrilled crowds with acrobatics, another photograph of show driver Dave on a Dutch beach, and a German Shepherd puppy given to her by the troops. She named the puppy “Jeep.” Lovatt and her sister were snapped peering into German dugouts, warned not to step too close because they were mined. “Oh, here’s my St. Christopher medal,” says Lovatt, holding

a tiny round disc in her palm that’s inscribed with OLAU2193 to identify her in case she died. Lovatt, who performed shows daily at the height of the war, had some close calls. She lost two boyfriends in battle. “You can’t say we didn’t work hard,” says Lovatt. “We were thanked after every show we played. I think people often forget about all those who spent the war entertaining the troops.” Besides the boxes of memories and photographs, Lovatt managed to chronicle every army, navy and air force camp she visited during the war. Those notes she scribbled secretly in tiny, leather bound diaries – two dark blue and one maroon notebook, just three fingers wide, that list the places she visited during from 1943 to 1946. The sisters weren’t allowed to write down where they were going, Lovatt was determined to remember and hid the notebooks carefully in her purse. “They checked my suitcases, but they forgot about my handbag,” she says with a naughty grin. She remembers a rehearsal in 1945 for the last show she performed for the USO well. The Lovatt sisters were in London rehearsing with Fred Astaire when sirens warning that dreaded German ‘Buzzbombs’ were set to fall.

Colloquially known in Britain as the Doodlebug, the strange tearing, rasping sound, like a two-stroke motor-cycle, got closer as Lovatt grabbed her purse and sister. She didn’t have time to shove military-issued plugs into her ears. She pushed her sister to safety and dove under a table with the American Broadway star just as the bomb exploded a block away. She couldn’t hear for half an hour. When the coast was clear, Lovatt and Rita Hayworth’s twostep partner crawled out. Lovatt turned to Astaire and said: “No one is ever going to believe that we were under the table together.”

• Remembrance Day services in Maple Ridge take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Memorial Peace Park (11925 Haney Place). A parade, starting at 10:45 a.m., will leave from the Royal Canadian Legion to 224th Street, to the cenotaph in Memorial Peace Park. In Pitt Meadows, a ceremony at the cenotaph in Spirit Square (12007 Harris Road) begins at 10:30 a.m. to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war. The ceremony includes a procession, speeches, and a two-minute observance of silence. in memory of those who have lost their lives.

troubled house A house by a popular Italian restaurant was nearly destroyed Sunday after a fire started around 6:30 p.m. But quick action by Maple Ridge firefighters confined the fire to a back part of the property at 12038 Edge St., behind Paliotti’s Restaurant, in what looked like a shed. No one was home when the fire started, said Maple Ridge fire chief Dane Spence. By the time crews arrived, the fire had spread to a neighbour’s fence. “It looks like the tenants had moved or were in the process of moving out. There was no one there. Neighbours tell us there were squatters in the building.” Spence said alterations have been made to the building, which was filled with junk. “There appears to be more than one suite in it,” said Spence. Tammy Pinch, who lives next door, said the fire seemed to start with an explosion. The whole house just vibrated. There were flames, 50 to 100 feet in the yard.” She was worried that a boat in her carport would catch fire. Pinch has been living next to the damaged house for three years and said there was always people around late at night or early morning. “Fighting, yelling. I called the cops many times.” RCMP say there have been four calls at the property in 2011, two resulting in no action. On March 23, police seizing crystal meth, cocaine and heroine from the residence, with no charges resulting from the seizure. The only file still active is the one concerning Sunday’s fire, which is suspicious. Between 2006 and 2011 there have been 11 files created in the bylaws department for that property.



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Political realities Elections are a great opportunity to explore fresh ideas about the way we’re going to move forward over the next few years. But as voters listen, they should keep three questions in mind: Do candidates truly understand the issues of the community? Do challengers have ideas to follow criticism? Are these ideas affordable What are the consequences of the change being promoted? The first one seems obvious. Except that in every election – federal, provincial and municipal – there are candidates who run on a single issue, although the jobs of elected officials involve myriad tasks and problems. So here’s a suggestion for candidates: Don’t just tell us what you’re against. Tell us what you are also for, and how you’re going to achieve it. Tell us what it’s going to cost and how it will be paid for. In other words, do your homework. Do candidates also understand the limits of the office they’re seeking? Municipal governments and school boards are creatures of provincial legislation. Their powers are clearly defined. And although those powers continue to evolve, they remain limited. Vision and ideals are important, but they need to be grounded in reality. Which brings us to the third question: Are they practical? Candidates could promise to cut our tax burden in half, hire twice the number of police officers and firefighters, or cut the budgets of other departments. But they need to demonstrate the implications of these suggestions. A freeze on spending may mean reduced services (or the need for alternative sources of revenue) because of factors like inflation. Being a politician may appear easy – until you become one. – Black Press

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‘Occupy’ Vancouver just another squat VICTORIA – A full three weeks after the Occupy Wall Street protest camp sprang up in New York City, a few stragglers announced they were almost ready to “Occupy Maple Ridge” and “Occupy Revelstoke.” Perhaps other pathetic protests are B.C. Views Tom Fletcher still being dreamed up around B.C. But most have already packed up, and in places such as Prince George, these anti-capitalist rallies never led to an illegal squat. Let’s be clear about our squats, the ones in Canada and particularly B.C. They are explicitly anti-capitalist and statist in their message, which is presumably why they were funded by government unions. Despite the free food, power and porta-potties, these squats quickly became filthy and dangerous as the chronic street drug population replaced the spoiled young drummers and hulahoopers who camped out to curse corporations on their iPhones. And yes, squats are still illegal here, following a unanimous October decision of the B.C. Court of Appeal against David Arthur Johnston. This pretend-homeless guy’s antics are at the root of the latest squatter outbreak. Victoria and its courts caved in to Johnston and allowed camping on public property at night. But he demanded 24-hour squatting rights, because some supposedly homeless

people are supposedly insomniacs, too. Turns out there were plenty of shelter beds on which to snooze away the day or night, and his vague claim of a constitutional right to camp on public property was summarily dismissed. I had a brief exchange with an Occupy Vancouver “organizer,” one Min Reyes, as she tried to rouse the reluctant radicals of Maple Ridge. Reyes defines herself in her Twitter profile as “Flirting with Anarchism while making love to Socialism,” which sums up B.C.’s occupy movement as well as anything. “My personal approach to the analysis of society relies on Marx’s historical materialism,” Reyes writes on her blog. After majoring in Marxism at SFU, she moved on to BCIT’s journalism program, but dropped out after a couple of weeks because her studies “compromised my personal values.” Turns out BCIT is all about “skills” to get a “job.” Bummer. A glimpse of these “values” was on display when a reporter from CKNW radio tried to cover a heroin overdose at Occupy Vancouver. She was shouted down and accused of shaping the news to benefit “Coke and McDonalds.” At Occupy Victoria, which I visited a few times before it descended into another needle park, signs warned against “chem trails,” smart meters and corporations. Campers were urged to “nationalize finance, energy and food” industries. Five-year plan for tractor production, anyone? Nationalizing banks is also at the top of Occupy Vancouver’s long, pretentious list of demands. Why is this stale leftist ideology so pervasive? Here’s a hint. The union

representing these kids’ teachers is demanding higher corporate taxes to pay for their typically self-serving, financially illiterate contract demands. Here in Victoria, as in Vancouver, the huge growth in shelter, food, clothing and transition housing service doesn’t impress the hardcore system users. Victoria’s mayor built his reputation with years of street outreach work, but he’s still targeted for the ugliest treatment, including vandalism at his family home.

Victoria’s mayor built his reputation with years of street outreach work, but he’s still targeted for the ugliest treatment, including vandalism at his family home. Victoria council even kowtowed by voting to “support” the squat next to city hall, where Johnston used to camp. Then they cut off the power and water, which had been commandeered rather than set up by city staff at taxpayers’ expense, as was the case in Vancouver. In B.C.’s most “progressive” cities, we’re getting used to encountering public areas fouled by vomit, feces and used needles.

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Re: Trustees vote for pay raise (The News, Oct. 28). I know I am not the only one out there who feels it is not right when a group funded by my tax dollars gets to vote on whether the same group gets a pay increase. I don’t care if the proposal was for a two per cent increase or a 20 per cent increase, and I don’t care if the members are incoming, outgoing or rolling around the mulberry bush – I think some other party should make that decision. It’s just daft to give trustees this decision because ultimately there’s a 50/50 chance the incoming trustees will benefit with extra change in their pocket, even if some were not in favour of the increase. Those are pretty good odds that our tax dollars will not be spent directly on education. Will trustees in favour of the pay freeze give that money back? I wish we could remove monetary compensation for this role because a person who steps up to the plate without compensation would be on the road to earning my trust. Look, I’m no fool. I understand there are a multitude of factors that play into expenditures of almost $500,000 per day within our local school district. I just happen to feel that voting against a wage increase for school trustees is a no-brainer. Broadly speaking, I think this wage increase is another example of the disconnect between municipal decisionmakers and the everyday voter who cares about what is going on in this community, but is busy getting dinner on the table and the kids to bed on time. I know I represent the fastest growing demographic in this area and wish that others in my peer group would realize the power of our voice and vote for change to get some real work done. MELANIE MATTHEWS MAPLE RIDGE

No need for garbage pickup EDITOR, THE NEWS:

I disagree with the proposal to provide residential garbage collection in Maple Ridge. As a volunteer in starting the recycling movement in Maple Ridge in 1972, myself and numerous others have put literally blood, sweat and tears into reducing the amount of ‘garbage’ in the waste stream. When Maple Ridge had the landfill on Cottonwood Drive, one of the biggest incentives to our recycling operations came when a tipping fee was introduced to those using the landfill. This became a positive in that recycling was free, but you pay to get rid of garbage. As we progressed in the development of recycling to curbside pickup in 1980, anyone wanting to dispose of garbage, either by collection or at the landfill, had to look after it themselves, whereas the recycling society helped you if you recycled. This was a very positive and progressive stance in Maple Ridge, and continues to this day. The idea is to eliminate waste completely, and continue to keep materials in the loop, and use them as a resource, rather than have them become a problem as leachate in landfills or hazardous gases and bottom ash from incinerators. Adding garbage collection to our taxes flies in the face of all that we have been working for in Maple Ridge and elsewhere in waste disposal. This only makes it easier for the individual to send more trash to the landfill/incinerator rather than take responsibility for their own waste. The Ridge Meadows Recycling Society has the most comprehensive recycling operation in B.C., and the residents here are able to recycle most of their waste either at curbside or at the depot. There is no need to introduce another tax on our citizens that we neither need or want. PAST PRESIDENT


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ALS does not discriminate EDITOR, THE NEWS:

Re: Sands of time, a chronicle of courage (The News, Oct. 28). Mike and Nadine Sands, your blog hits the spot. My husband had a confirmation diagnosis of ALS in June. There is something to be said for naming what is happening in your body, the unexplained is nerve racking. We are pensioners in our 60s and raising our great grandson. ALS does not discriminate. ALS is like having an unwanted house guest. It seems to take over every bit of your life – your family, your home, and any other thing that you hold dear, especially dreams of things yet to enjoy. Each day brings on new challenges and as my husband says, “what is going to work today?” Each day is full of thanks and joy because he has had another day of mobility and independence. This joy is mixed with the harsh realities to deal with. For most husbands and wives, it’s the fine line of partners versus caregiver and patient. Your team is operating on less energy and less strength to deal with changing needs. You, the mate, are watching your loved one lose dex-

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Mike and Nadine Sands are chronicling his experiences with ALS in a blog. terity, muscle mass, and control of body movement. There is no joy in that. The joy comes from whatever independency can be exercised that day, like overcoming ALS or kicking it to the curb for that moment. To each day lived by faith, we add humor. Although having ALS is nothing to laugh about, laughter is still the best medicine. Like when the social worker reminds you that going out for groceries is not getting away, or looking after you the caregiver. I’m laughing as I slowly wander through the gro-

cery store. The maneuvering around the safety equipment in the bathroom has become quite laughable. My son thinks it’s a jungle gym; I try to look at it as the new aluminum collection to enhance the decor. Either way, it is out to get me, I’m sure. We are very grateful the team at the ALS clinic in Vancouver, the community workers and the ALS society. All are very helpful with support, resources, and quick response to questions and concerns. More importantly, we live in a country with medical coverage and PharmaCare, each are essential when you have such a devastat-

We do need more Warren Buffets EDITOR, THE NEWS:

Re: Sorry, but you’re just like the rest of us (Letters, Nov. 4). If the occupy movement supporters would show as much ambition towards improving themselves as they have to putting down everything, we could have a lot accomplished. This group of negative anti-business crusaders are the type of people that most businesses would avoid hiring. For instance, Ms. Sabanski states her talented computer programmer brother can only get only a $10-anhour job. My son and all of his friends (recently graduated computer programmers) got good jobs. It takes more than talent to get a job. One must have attitude, be presentable, show honesty, ethics and a number of other skills. The strong sense of entitlement displayed by those claiming to represent 99 per cent of the population does not help. To get a job also requires the right skills. It certainly is not for me to say one person is less skilled than another, but it is for a business

to determine which skills it needs. Companies are obsessed with profit? Of course they are. That is why they are in business. They are not in business to provide high pay to someone who puts their business down. Businesses are organizations that hire people because they can make a profit from their labour. They hire people who choose to work for pay rather than take the risks of starting their own business or people who lack the skills or know how to start their own business. Ms. Sabanski, your strong sense of entitlement to business profits is unjustified. If you feel you are entitled to more money and you feel your skills are worth more than you are paid – go start your own business. This is a free country. No one is forcing you or anyone to work for $10 an hour. I started a business a short time ago and hired people with positive attitudes for $10 an hour. I did so, knowing I could not make a profit

if I paid more and would not have been able to open the business. My employees are looking to getting more profitable skills to earn more in the future. So start your own business and pay your employees $30 an hour. It seems you have a number of skilled people at

ing disease and have a limited pension. Our family and friends provide a super network of support and assistance. Learning to ask for that assistance is an art itself. That’s something ALS insists that you learn. You do need assistance and you can ask for it. People want to do something; they can’t cure you or make you better, but they do want to help. So make a list of things that they could do to lighten your load of the mundane so you have more energy to deal with the realities of having ALS – like mowing the lawn, washing the car, housekeeping, paying bills, going out for coffee, dropping off a casserole. It really is the simplest gestures that make the biggest impact. I don’t know which is harder – asking for assistance, or accepting that you need it to help you get through the maze of your present reality. That goes for both the patient and the caregiver. To you and all who are living with a terminal disease, may you have peace and find joy in all things. Now I think I will go off and see about creating my own blog. LOUISE SHMIDT MAPLE RIDGE

your finger tips that are only paid $10 an hour and would be entitled to get paid so much more. It is so easy to blame others. Those evil businesses that exploit the 99 per cent of the people that are entitled to more pay. I agree with Ms. Sabanski, we do need more Warren Buffets. DAN BANOV MAPLE RIDGE

Editor, The News: Re: Sorry, but you’re just like the rest of us (Letters, Nov. 4). What the Occupy movement is about is an awakening to the fact that we are now living in a pure, unrestrained capitalist system, in which 99 percent of the people, or labour, have no power, lobby or input into the system. Big money is the one per cent that has the money, therefore the lobbyists and ultimately control over the politicians. The crucial missing ingredient that has made capitalism work as well as making the system sustainable. Unions have been crushed, so labour has literally no voice, no lobby, no value. We have to put labour back in the equation. Love them or hate them, unions are a crucial component in making capitalism palatable to the 99 per cent. We need union worker representatives on all company and corporations boards of directors to address workers concerns and issues such as wages, hours of work, holidays, benefits, health benefits, sending jobs offshore, anything that affects workers and their families livelihood. After all isn’t that what a society is all about – families, raising children, providing a good nurturing environment, food, a roof over their heads, proper schooling right up to university, good health care and a pension and social safety net to take care of the old or sick. Or is it just about how super rich we can possibly make a chosen few? Wayne Clark Maple Ridge

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been the right thing to do and we have celebrated many successes during my tenure,” she said, adding she would focus on fiscal responsibility by paying down debt. Transportation, development, the natural environment and communication are also keys to her platform. “I am dedicated to the job and working for your family. Pitt Meadows is a growing city and our citizens expect and deserve a fulltime mayor.” Gary Paller, who is also vying for the mayor’s position , took to the microphone by apologizing for not having a written speech. “I have been a hard working individual for many years and I don’t like the waste of money that’s been going on here,” he said. “I think we are choking people out of here with the way our taxes have gone. I want to say a lot of things, but sorry, I didn’t bring a speech with me.” Council candidates faced questions about their experience, how much time they would dedicate to the position if elected, as well as queries about their stance on agricultural land and support of the arts. They highlighted their skills and occupations, which include: Charm Prophet, a busi-

ness owner who has previously worked as a corrections officer in Vancouver; Rick Kreklewetz, the assistant vice-president and controller of Peoples Trust Company; Gay Conn, a program coordinator with the North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association; and George Coughlan, a retired cop. Incumbent councillors Bruce Bell, Gwen O’Connell and Tracy Miyashita – who support Walters bid for mayor – also pointed out recent council achievements, including the renovations on the city’s hockey arena, the new community centre and civic centre projects such as the seniors’ housing and library. Coun. Doug Bing, a Becker supporter, pitched himself with three key words – trust, experience and leadership. Janis Elkerton, a former Pitt Meadows politician who is seeking a return to council, told the crowd the city was at a turning point. “There will be a loss of at least 27 years of experience on council. I am seeking a return with 14 years of dedicated service to the city,” she said. “Pitt Meadows needs strong, experienced leaders that have a proven track record of working hard and getting results.”

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NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of the District of Maple Ridge that an election by voting is necessary to elect one Mayor, six Councillors, and five School Trustees for a three-year term commencing December 2011 and terminating December 2014, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are:




MACDOUGALL, Sandy MASSE, Robert MCKENZIE, John MORDEN, Mike MOWATT, Graham O’ROURKE, Carly POPE, Alex ROSS, Graeme SPEIRS, Craig STEWART, Ken TAM, Peter TAYLOR, Elizabeth TELFORD, Grover WAGNER, Randy

SCHOOL TRUSTEE - FIVE (5) TO BE ELECTED CARR, Susan MARSHALL, Kathy CLARKSON, Ken MURRAY, Mike CLEAVE, Gary NEALE LAROSE, Michelle DELAINEY, Cherie REMPEL, Dave FLAVELLE, Mary The jurisdiction of residence for all candidates for Mayor, Councillor and School Trustee is Maple Ridge.

GENERAL VOTING DAY GENERAL VOTING DAY will be open to qualified electors of the District of Maple Ridge on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011 BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8:00 AM AND 8:00 PM at the following locations: Yennadon Elementary School Hammond Elementary School 23347 – 128 Avenue 11520 - 203 Street Whonnock Elementary School Laity View Elementary School 27471 – 112 Avenue 21023 – 123 Avenue Ridge Meadows Albion Elementary School Seniors Activity Center 10031 – 240 Street 12150 – 224 Street Garibaldi Secondary School 24789 Dewdney Trunk Road

• Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding voting day • Resident of OR registered owner of real property in the District of Maple Ridge for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day, and • Not otherwise disqualified by law from voting. To register as a resident elector you will also be required to produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) from the following. The identification must prove both residency and identity. • BC Drivers Licence • Hydro, Gas, Telephone or Cable Bill • BC Identification Card • BC CareCard • Credit Card or Debit Card • Social Insurance Card • Birth Certificate • Citizenship Card/Passport • Property Tax Notice • Min. of Social Development & Economic Security Form SDES8 • ICBC Owners Certificate of Insurance Non-Resident Property Electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if applicable, written consent from the majority of other owners of the same property.

ADVANCE VOTING OPPORTUNITIES Advance Voting will be open at the Maple Ridge Municipal Hall, 11995 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, B.C. on Saturday, November 5, 2011 and Wednesday, November 9, 2011 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm each day.

MAIL BALLOT VOTING The electors of the District of Maple Ridge may vote by mail ballot if: • You have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects your ability to vote at another voting opportunity; • You expect to be absent from the District of Maple Ridge on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities. A person wishing to vote by mail ballot shall apply by giving their name and address to the Chief Election Officer during the period commencing October 28th, 2011 and ending at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19th, 2011. Application forms are available through the District’s website or at the Municipal Hall Reception Desk. Ceri Marlo Chief Election Officer

ELECTOR REGISTRATION The District of Maple Ridge will be using the Provincial List of Electors. If you are not on the List of Electors, you may register as an Elector at the time of voting by completing the required application form available at the voting place. To register you must meet the following qualifications at time of voting: • 18 years of age or older • Canadian citizen

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West Coast train hits bear by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter The first West Coast Express train out of Mission station hit a bear en route to Vancouver Friday morning. The 5:25 a.m. train struck the bruin in Ruskin, a sparsely populated area in east Maple Ridge just past Mission. The train tried to stop in time but was unable to.

schedule. “To our knowledge, it is the first time the West Coast Express has hit a bear anywhere on the tracks in its 16 year history,” Snider added. West Coast Express is commuter rail service linking Mission, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody with downtown Vancouver. It operates ten trains and five TrainBuses per day, Monday to Friday.

“As far as we know the bear is dead,” said Drew Snider with TransLink. To stop the train, the engineer hit the emergency breaks which let all the air out of the system. It took time for the system to reset which caused a half-hour delay for passengers travelling into downtown Vancouver. The second West Coast Express train went around train one and was able to stay on

Pratt ‘moderate’ risk to re-offend Pratt from front A parole board decision released in September revealed that Pratt, now 22, would have a difficult time staying away from a life of crime. He racked up institutional charges while in prison for a slew of incidents, including using drugs, drinking alcohol, verbally abusing corrections staff, and assaulting another inmate. “Your institutional behaviour has been very poor,” the board said in a decision that imposed several special conditions on Pratt’s statutory release. “You have used drugs, incurred several institutional charges, and are described as periodically uncooperative with your case management team.” Pratt has been assessed as a “moderate” risk to re-offend. He was just 16 in March 2005, when he struck Grant De Patie in a stolen

car while fleeing an Esso station on Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge without paying for gas. Pratt dragged the 24-year-old under the car for 7.5 kilometres. While on parole, Pratt is bound by several special conditions: having to live in a half-way house or community correctional centre; abstaining from intoxicants; not associating with criminals; and having no contact with the De Patie family. He is not supposed to have overnight leave privileges until he has shown stability in the community. His sentence officially ends July 12, 2012.

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Legion worried demonstrators will disrupt Nov. 11 ceremony Occupy Maple Ridge protestor urging respect by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter The Maple Ridge branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is worried a protest against global financial inequality and corporate greed will affect its Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday. Jim MacDonald, president of the Maple Ridge branch, wrote a letter to Occupy Maple Ridge, voicing his worries about pickets and tents on the parade site.

“Respect means a lot to the members of the group... We want to coexist.” Elizabeth Rosenau, Occupy Maple Ridge volunteer

MacDonald and the Legion was invited to speak at the first local “general assembly” held in Memorial Peace Park on Sunday, but declined. “Our only concern is that they leave Remembrance Day alone,” he said. “It is a day we pay respect to veterans of past, present and future, and we don’t want to see it

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Chris Carter of Richmond, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, left the Occupy Vancouver movement on Sunday to help launch Occupy Maple Ridge in Memorial Peace Park. He came to feed the close to 50 demonstrators with oranges, bananas, pumpkin pie and water. disrupted by a political rally.” Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest that began in New York City in September, the Ma-

ple Ridge version is still in its nascent stage and has yet to pick a location or date for the occupation.

Close to 50 people attended its general assembly, but no decisions were made on whether to begin a permanent occupation or

have rolling protests. Initially three daily meetings – at 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. – were proposedm, but now the group is reconsidered and pitched the meetings be held weekly. Elizabeth Rosenau, a pharmacist and community volunteer involved with Occupy Maple Ridge, stressed the local group is trying to make sure the protest is not usurped by confrontational anarchists. In Vancouver, police were reportedly bitten by protesters Monday night, and in Victoria on Tuesday a man dumped urine on a city worker who was trying to dislodge him from a tree. “We won’t tolerate the use of drugs or alcohol or people who will be belligerent or difficult because we don’t want to turn people off,” said Rosenau, adding that the Legion should not be worried that Occupy Maple Ridge would disrupt Nov. 11 ceremonies. “Respect means a lot to the members of the group. As a group that is trying to be inclusive we don’t want to be seen being disrespectful whether it be to veterans, police or fire fighters. We want to coexist.”

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Maple Ridge council heard some blunt advice Monday before it signs a deal with Kwantlen First Nation to provide services such as water or sewer for a new mall on Lougheed Highway: keep it strictly business. Your main responsibility is the municipal taxpayer, said Ralph Drew, chair of the Lower Mainland treaty advisory committee. Negotiating an agreement will burn through thousands of dollars in staff time, he added. “First and foremost, there is no obligation to provide service. “There is no requirement, legal or otherwise. It’s important to keep that in mind.” Drew spoke to council Monday as council prepares to negotiate an agreement to provide services to the new mall. Last year, Kwantlen First Nation said it wants to build a mall with two big-box stores, up to 450 homes and an eco-recreation area along the Fraser River. The mall would have two big-

box locations, one 96,000 square feet (9,000 sq. metres) and the other 87,000 sq. feet (8,100 sq. metres), plus four or five smaller stores beside them on the south side of the highway, currently the location of a soil fill site. And trying to address social concerns in such agreements isn’t the way to go because those are the responsibilities of senior governments, Drew said. Instead, the district has to ensure full cost recovery for providing any services, such as water or sewer, or parks or roads. Even the long-term costs of extending infrastructure to reserve lands has to be considered, otherwise local taxpayers will be holding the bill. One of the problems is that First Nations bands are not selfgoverning entities and are still under federal jurisdiction. That makes it difficult to make lasting guarantees when signing agreements. As a result, any agreement has to have easy ways to exit agreements or there has to be penalties built in if agreements break down. Municipal inspectors or bylaw officers have no authority on reserves, he pointed out. “Trying to deal with monitoring and enforcement on reserves

is a huge challenge. If the legal rubber hits the road, you don’t have the power in your hands that you would if you were in your own municipality.” After hearing the presentation, Coun. Cheryl Ashlie asked why bother providing the services? “If there’s no benefit to the citizens of Maple Ridge, to such an onerous and expensive agreement, why would we do it?” She questioned why council would agree to saying it agreed with the principles for negotiating service agreements. “I worry that we’re giving the acknowledgement to First Nations that we are really sound with this,” when they need more information. But chief administrator Jim Rule said council can later agree or not with a deal and added that Kwantlen can develop its own services without contracting with Maple Ridge. He added that Maple Ridge has an excellent relationship with Kwantlen and is approaching its discussions with the band as a good neighbour wanting to help them realize their aspirations. The municipality is also looking at the talks from a business point of view, “but we have to start somewhere.”

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Municipal elections 2011 To inform voters, THE NEWS posed three questions to all candidates for Maple Ridge mayor and council. On this and following pages are their responses (appearing in alphabetical order, according to first name): Q1. What have you personally achieved, or what initiative have you personally led in recent years that qualifies you to be BE A elected or re-elected as a Maple Ridge councillor? VOTER Q2. Provide two examples of council’s actions over the past three years and explain why or why not you support them. Q3. Do you support the 13-per-cent increase (over three years) in councillor’s salaries approved last summer? Why or why Nov. 19th not? Explain what you would do if elected.

Name: Al Hogarth Age: 59 Occupation: associate real estate broker Facebook: Al Hogarth 1. One of the initiatives that I have personally led was the new development application process. It was adopted in 2010 and has successfully brought forward innovative projects and concepts. This process also informs people who follow council business about what is happening in areas much sooner. Personally, I completed my two-year certificate program Al Hogarth at SFU in sustainable community development. 2. The Downtown Core Incentive Program was introduced during this term, which I highly support. My class from SFU actually studied the downtown core and came up with similar suggestions. It has proved to be highly successful so far. There have been numerous other accomplishments: transition housing, Northumberland court closure (demolition now underway), Albion flats plan, agricultural plan, Spirit Square and upgrades on 224th Street and Lougheed Highway. 3. I supported the 13-per-cent wage increase for council starting in 2012 and spread over three years. It is the outgoing council that knows the hours dedicated or required to fulfil the position, but based on an average it likely equates to roughly $18-$20 per hour. It is possible, based on the future work plan, that one or two additional committees may be introduced and likely one or two planning study areas. Other studies and the community charter indicate Maple Ridge could use two additional councillors due to workload. As past mayor, I dedicated an average of 80 hours a week to the job. I know Mayor Ernie Daykin has at least the same level of dedication and commitment, and my present colleagues are very dedicated. There will be at least one new councillor. Let’s hope he or she is prepared for the workload.

Name: Alex Pope. Age: 45 Occupation: computer programmer Website: Facebook: VoteAlexPope 1: I have been a member of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows bicycle advisory committee for four years and chair of the committee for two years. In that time we have seen a few minor improvements to cycling infrastructure, but I would like to see improvements for cycling in Maple Ridge given a higher priority in the budgeting Alex Pope process. If elected, I would ask to increase cycling funding to three per cent of the Maple Ridge transportation services budget. I believe this can be done by reallocating existing funding and not increasing taxes beyond the already-budgeted four per cent increase. This doesn’t sound like much, but is a significant increase from what we are currently spending and should be enough, by taking advantage of matching funding from senior governments, to build a separated multi-use trail from 203rd to 240th over a five-year period. 2: I commend the current council for the work that has been done to promote investment in the downtown core. We are seeing this work starting to pay off with the announcements of the arrival of Thrifty’s foods and Target to Haney Place Mall over the next two years and businesses participating in the façade improvement program (in partnership with the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association). I support continuing and expanding these investment programs to attract light industrial, office-based business to the downtown core in order to increase the number of local well-paying jobs in our community.

Name: Bob Goos Age: 63 Occupation: retired Lutheran pastor Facebook: Bob Goos 1: I served in Maple Ridge as chair of the Friends in Need Food Bank and of The Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living. I helped develop and served as the chair of Surrey Urban Mission Society, a multi-faceted, faithbased community service agency that operates with volunteers and provides meals, shelter in extreme weather for up to 50 people, finds safe housing for homeless people, offers summer day Bob Goos camp for 75 kids and other supports. As pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, I led a building program that added 5,000-sq.-ft of accessible space to the church. We used local contractors and came in on time and under budget. In both instances, we worked with diverse groups to achieve our goals. My history in whatever I am involved with is to expand capacity by networking and developing partnerships with different groups. 2: I support the actions to enhance the downtown area and to make it more pedestrian friendly. I believe we need a vibrant, accessible downtown to keep it safe and provide a strong core to the community. These initiatives are showing results in improvements to a number of retail outlets. I do not support some of the decisions to rezone certain rural areas for ‘estate’ housing developments that are well beyond the reach of municipal water and sewer services. Such developments are often damaging to the environment and can be costly to the municipality in the future if the self-contained services fail or are inadequate. Such developments can also have a detrimental effect on the water supply and will have long terms impacts on air quality.

3: Mayor and council salaries should be tied to the British Columbia Consumer Price Index (inflation rate). If we have a standard formula for an appropriate annual adjustment, it takes this decision out of the hands of mayor and council – who probably shouldn’t be determining their own salary increases. I would suggest the last increase be rolled back and this formula be applied instead.

3: On the surface, I do not support the 13-per-cent increase in this time of restraint. When so many are living with stagnant wages and others are being offered nothing, I believe the timing was wrong for such an increase. My understanding is that the newly elected council will have the power to change that decision if they so choose.

Name: Carly O’Rourke Age: 25 Occupation: constituency assistant for MLA Michael Sather Facebook: Keep Maple Ridge Rural

Name: Cheryl Ashlie Age: 52 Occupation: family business owner, university student. Website:

1: In 2008, I began to gather together people, groups and agencies who were interested in food, farming, urban agriculture and access to food for low-income people, to talk about a food planning table. I did this so the community could better address issues and gaps and identify new initiatives. The outcome of this process was the establishment of Golden Ears FEAST (Food Education and Action Strategy Table). This table has accom- Candace Gordon plished many action items, such as the Seniors Resource Guide, Seniors Food For All consultation, Healthy Seniors Farmers Market, preserving workshops, community kitchens. This work demonstrates my ability to facilitate, consult, listen and collaborate with the community to generate positive solutions. These are also critical skills to have as a councillor.

1: Since the last election, I did my own version of Eat, Pray, Love and traveled solo for 1.5 years. In Thailand, I scuba-dived, rock-climbed, and became a certified free-diver. Next, I circled India, learning Hinduism and Buddhism and practising meditation, including 10 days in silence during Vipassana and other courses. I also took a workshop on natural farming and per- Carly O’Rourke maculture. In Nepal, I became “sister” to eight teenagers while living in an orphanage for two months. I went on three treks through the Himalayas. I cut myself off from the world and spent 30 days in a monastery studying Buddhism. Last but not least, I married Kishwor Sedhai. I fully understand why I am running for council and that is to help serve all living beings as much as I can.

1. Having been involved in politics for 12 years, the past three on council, I have achieved an extensive portfolio of governance work supporting our community. I have exhibited hard work, integrity and leadership within all aspects of my duties. A snapshot of some of my achievements that showcase these qualities: successfully gained a commitment from council to work to secure the Albion ferry dock Cheryl Ashlie site for future community use; initiated joint submission by community environmental organizations and the municipality to the province’s Water Act modernization process; also encouraged numerous policy and bylaw discussions, both locally and provincially – transferable business license, metal theft, Silver Valley traffic/pedestrian safety, harm reduction, health, and seniors’ issues.

2. The Albion Plan. Council spent more than $100,000 on a process for the Albion flats. The process was agreed to and many of us participated in all the events, focus groups, public information sessions and the charette. One group did not, although it was invited and had every opportunity to do so. At the conclusion, council modified the process to include this one group. The recommendations of the consultant were not adopted and the land-use proposal that was forwarded to the ALC was influenced by this one group’s submission. I do not support this approach as it was an expensive, wasteful process and disrespectful to those of us who participated in good faith. Also, the Pelton ALR exclusion application was not referred to the agricultural advisory for comment. If you set up an advisory committee, it is important to use it.

2. Council attempted to remove 152 acres of farmland from the Agricultural Land Reserve on 203rd Street (the Pelton property), which I would not have supported because protecting the ALR is imperative for our long-term food security, and a necessary key for controlling sprawl. This would have set a terrible precedent for the future of our rural north and the integrity of the ALR. Council recently voted to adjust the conservation boundary to allow a subdivision on 266th Street. Where is the respect for the borders that were put in place specifically to control sprawl? We need a comprehensive economic analysis to see how much these isolated subdivisions are costing the municipality to service over time. They are also entirely auto-dependent when we need to concentrate on transit-friendly development in the downtown.

3. I think that in this current climate the increase is high. I would support a review of this decision if I were elected. I would also like to see the re-institution of the citizens committee to review council’s remuneration. That being said, it is important to pay a decent amount to the citizens who stand for public office, work hard and spend countless hours working on behalf of us all. It is still a part-time position.

3: I do not support the 13-per-cent increase in councillor’s salaries because I believe the previous salary of $37,500 is more than enough for part-time work. I support the motion to have a citizen’s committee review the pay raise. If elected, I will donate the pay raise (excluding the cost of living increase) to Maple Ridge’s first community matching fund.

Name: Candace Gordon Age: 58 Occupation: Golden Ears FEAST Food Security Coordinator

2. I supported the escalation of strategies to support the town centre plan to strengthen our economic plan and resiliency of the core. These include, but are not limited to: town investment incentive program; escalation of legal action to dismantle Northumberland Court, and support of the new owner to expedite his re-development application; purchase of derelict properties between 226th and 227th in the town core; 224th Street upgrades and safety improvements; and Memorial Peace Park upgrades. I supported the submission of the Albion flats concept plan to the Agriculture Land Commission for comment, inclusive of economic activities identified by citizens – business nodes, retail, recreational, agri-industrial and light industrial. 3. I am on council and I voted against the increase. I also arranged with the head of finance, if re-elected, to not receive the raise for all of the next term. I feel the present process is flawed and creates the potential for indefensible, continuous increases. However, all of council agreed to a resolution to review the policy in the first year of the next term. Please keep in mind the practice of having the outgoing council set the stipend for the incoming one is something I agree with. However, the process to which the stipend is determined must be overhauled both locally and provincially.

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Municipal elections 2011 Name: Christian Cowley Age: 49 Occupation: executive-director, CEED Centre Society Website:

Name: Claus Andrup Age: 62 Occupation: Businessman Facebook: MapleRidgeMatters

1: I have a MBA and am financially literate. I initiated numerous community development activities as the CEED Centre’s executivedirector for the past seven years. Most importantly, I forge partnerships between key groups that get things done in this community. I lead the Wednesday community discussions in Port Haney that prompted council to fund the Christian Cowley neighbourhood change initiative. I set up the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows environmental council, which is holding senior governments accountable for protecting the Alouette watershed. I helped formulate the municipal agriculture plan as vice-chair. I started the Aldridge Acres Connex school farm and played key roles in developing the school neighbourhood gardens. 2. Council has taken at least three steps to revitalize downtown that I applaud. It purchased 14 unsightly properties in the core for resale as a single development. This has a good chance of stimulating attractive development in the right place – downtown. It implemented an incentive package for SmartGrowthcompliant developments. And it financed the Port Haney Neighbourhood Change Initiative to rebuild the community from within, a principle critical to success. I deplore council’s waste of $180,000 of taxpayer money for the Albion flats consultation, when it ignored the recommendations stemming from the process, and its frequent amendments of the OCP for housing outside the urban boundary, which only increases our taxes, decreases livability and make us more car-dependent with all the attendant ills of traffic jams, schools in the wrong places, and poorly accessible shopping. 3. No, I do not support a 13-per-cent increase in councillor salaries. That is out of step with the state of the economy and increases available to workers, public and private. I would support increases indexed to inflation. I would rather have a citizen’s panel set the wages for all political offices – a panel randomly selected from the voters list. I would put this forward as a motion if elected.

Name: Corisa Bell Age: 25 Occupation: (blank)

1: By taking on a volunteer role in the SmartGrowth on the Ground initiative in November 2003, I believe I have helped Maple Ridge move forward in its drive to create a vibrant, viable, and livable downtown. As a vocal critic among those of us who railed against the state of affairs at Northumberland Court, I helped work towards cleaning up Fraser Street and its environs. Lots Claus Andrup more to do, mind you. As treasurer of the Maple Ridge Historical Society, I instituted the reorganization of the society’s accounting system that led to the ability of that organization to achieve Registered Canadian Charity status. At one point, the Maple Ridge Heritage Commission became moribund and I, and a small group, brought it back to life. To the same end, I worked with the economic development department in its early stages in its efforts to create and retain jobs in Maple Ridge. I was a member at large with the economic advisory commission. 2. I believe that council has mishandled the application for the exclusion from the ALR of certain parts of the Albion flats, north of Lougheed Highway. Council ignored the district staff and consultant’s report and recommendations. If we are going to engage public opinion – via a $100,000 public process – then it is beholden on council to accept the outcome. Readers may recall that numerous council members made a fuss over the fact that they were not going to meddle in the Albion process. As it happened, they saved their meddling right up until the end, when council crafted its own socalled plan for the Albion flats and submitted that to the ALC. This was an insult to the taxpayers and to the participants. I did not agree with the Jackson Farm decision, as I draw the line for further urban development at 240th Street. 3. I did not and do not support the recent salary increase for council. Who on earth gets a 13-per-cent wage increase? Council and mayor are more than well enough compensated. Council is neither a career nor a club. I will support a decision to roll back the original decision, if I am asked to.


1: For the past few years, I worked as a full-time volunteer for Fight HST as a board member with Bill Vander Zalm and led as volunteer coordinator for the entire province. I was also instrumental in collecting the petition signatures to recall Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton, then presented to Pitt Meadows council and won the right to post political signs during the Fight Corisa Bell HST campaign, and saw through the successful defeat of the HST referendum, against staggering odds. From rising property taxes and garbage collection for citizens, to red tape, bylaws and parking issues for businesses, I don’t feel concerns are being taken seriously by council. 2. I am most supportive of the decision council made to purchase the properties between Haney Place Mall and Valley Fair Mall. I would like to see more effort to create commercial and residential density in the downtown. By contrast, most of the development approved by our city has been residential development on the outskirts of town, which exponentially increases our service costs and relies on increasing property tax to pay for it. While I support improvements in the downtown core, the fact that 224th Street needed to be redone three times seems to indicate poor planning and use of financial resources, which could have been allocated elsewhere. 3. We are in a recession and the people of our community have had to find ways to do more with less. Giving a 13-per-cent pay increase to councillors I feel gives the impression that government spending is not a concern, when it should be. Councillors should be leading by example. As a councillor, I will put forward a motion to have the raise overturned. In the event that I did not have enough support from other council members to do this, I would donate my raise, totalling more than $5,000, to local charity. Furthermore, I don’t believe councillors should be given the opportunity to vote themselves raises, so I would explore and look to implement an alternative.

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Certified in Site Planning - University of BC Certification in Sustainable Community Development - Simon Fraser University Real Estate Salesperson Licensing - University of BC Real Estate Agent 9.15 - University of BC

• A prosperous community with post secondary education • Safe, accessible streets & neighbourhoods • Diverse adaptable housing, housing for seniors • Improve transportation, pedestrian, cycling and transit network • Business retention and expansion • Continue to improve fire safety and policing efficiencies & effectiveness • Reduce homelessness, poverty & crime • Support neighbourhood concept planning • Continue fiscally responsible and responsive government • A safe & liveable community for all residents • Balance, social, economic & environmental growth




Al is a proud life long resident of Maple Ridge (59 years) and has been married to Deb for over 30 years. They have an adult daughter - Aleesha. Al has spent most of his working life in Maple Ridge and has been volunteering in the community for over 35 years. Al has been a member or associate member of the Chamber of Commerce for many years and spent time on the Board of Directors and served a term as vice president. Over the years he has been an active board member and committee member on Alouette Substance Abuse Society, Alouette River Management Society, Silver Valley Neighbourhood Association, Mountain Festival Society as well as two Official Community Plan Reviews.

“It has been a distinct honour to have been Mayor from 1999-2002 and I look forward to continue serving the citizens of Maple Ridge as an incumbent Councillor.”



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Municipal elections 2011 Name: Craig Speirs Age: 61 Occupation: Retired Website:

Name: Dana Lang Age: 45 Occupation: designer/display Website:

1: I managed to get a resolution to charge for grocery bags endorsed by the Union of B.C. Municipalities. It was then dismissed out of hand by our Liberal government. I worked behind the scenes to get Wild Play Element Park. The result took a poorly performing campground, netting $8,000 a year, to a new business paying $32,000 per year rent to the district, without losing public access. There is now Craig Speirs a successful working relationship between two departments that will result in further partnerships. This allows us to use our natural assets to create economic activity. My role? Cheerleader.

1: There have been many personal achievements for myself and my family. I was let go of a senior management position in 2008 due to the economic recession and I have held down two jobs since, to make ends meet. My husband and children have been very supportive and now are my biggest cheerleaders in me running for council. There are community events that I have Dana Lang been a part of in the recent past, such as Silver Valley Days and Rotary Wine Fest. I have also been involved with my children’s sports, swimming and field hockey. My family has had to make concessions during these hard times. I think council also needs to take care of the taxpayer’s money and spend it wisely.

2.The first is a great example of council concentrating on the downtown. The purchase of the property between the two malls was one of the best moves of any council in Maple Ridge’s history. It will help us chart the future of the heart of our community. It was bold and decisive and, more importantly, unanimous. Council has wasted taxpayer dollars on attempts to raid agricultural lands to satisfy urban needs. First, the Pelton application was refused by the ALC. Then in Albion, an absurd application in which council dismissed a citizen-led $100,000 planning study, spent $20,000 more of your tax money to promote a plan that the ALC had already said it would refuse.

Name: Elizabeth Taylor Age: 49 Occupation: supervisor, adults with developmental disabilities Twitter: ElizaTayMR2011

2. Some of the positive things council has done in the past three years: providing sewer to Timberline Ranch and approving a green waste facility. 3. I do not support a 13-per-cent salary increase and would like a 10-per-cent rollback in salaries for the mayor and council. This would show support to the residents of Maple Ridge that we need to cut back on wasteful spending.

3. There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding over what was passed by council. It’s not surprising since there weren’t any media or citizens in the room. We voted to continue with a policy-based approach to determine council’s remuneration. We all felt quite strongly the policy outcome wasn’t appropriate and 13-per-cent was way out of line, but to defeat the policy would have left the next council in a horrible position. The companion resolution asked the next council to review the policy through a citizens’ committee. It was a principlebased decision that I think we all knew we would get flack over. Couns. Cheryl Ashlie and Mike Morden voted to defeat the policy to capture your vote. Their decision had nothing to do with principles and everything to do with politics. It was disappointing and disrespectful to the next council.

1. I was raised to be an active member of any community I live in. When I was 16, I coached softball because there was a lack of coaches. I have volunteered consistently since I was a teen. I have sat on provincial committees. I have volunteered on the board of Alouette Addictions for more than eight years, five years as chair. I truly believe that Maple Ridge is Elizabeth Taylor beautiful place that can become a vibrant place for families and businesses, full of natural beauty. I believe we need a strong advocate for our community and common sense in our district hall. I am not afraid to admit when I am wrong and I take full responsibility for myself and my decisions. In my work in community living over the past 19 years, I have become well known as a strong advocate for those with disabilities and also someone who promotes exemplary practice for the workers. I was the co-chair of The Community Living Institute for several years. 2. While it was difficult process and not everyone was happy, the handling of the Jackson Farm issue was well done. As one would expect with any difficult situation, everyone’s interests and rights need to be respected. The property was turned over to the district as the owner had wished. Albion Hall was not dealt with appropriately by council. It should have been clear that the Albion residents association, a small group, were not truly representatives of the Albion community. A consultation process was assured by council. There was no consultation and the hall was destroyed. This is in violation of the OCP. 3. Public service has been held to zero per cent pay increases. Are municipally elected public servants above the rest? I would encourage all to reject the increases. If this was not possible, I would donate the increase to an appropriate non-profit. I would like to divide the increase by the number of taxpayers in Maple Ridge and return to each taxpayer their share, although this would take an inordinate amount of time.

Progressive. Enlightened. Visionary. Business, minded.

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I support: • More shopping & commerce • The Albion Plan that council sent to the ALC for comment • The economic strategy • Business retention • Balancing our tax base • The Fire Department master plan • Maintaining the services of the RCMP

I bring to the position of councillor the qualities of:

Claus Andrup for Maple Ridge Council on November 19

✔ Informed decision-making ✔ Experience ✔ Approachability ✔ Dedication ✔ Integrity

“Experience counts to keep our community moving forward.”

Contact info: 604-463-8975 email: website:

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Municipal elections 2011 Name: Gladys Hewson Age: (blank) Occupation: secretary. 1: I have chosen to shown commitment to our community in the form of volunteering. I have been involved with the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association for more than 25 years. I have worked on the policy and bylaw committees and I am the registrar. I have also been a secretary in Maple Ridge for more than 20 years. I am an excellent listener, whether volunteering or at work, and this has helped Gladys Hewson keep me in touch with what the community needs. I am a worker, not afraid to ask questions, and look for the answers, if not given. I also know that change does not happen overnight. I will listen to all points of view and only make a decision when I have all the facts. I will keep you informed and included. 2. Bylaws, oversized recreation vehicles. I do not support this bylaw. I believe that criteria for removal should be condition of the vehicle and whether it poses a safety concern because of where it is parked on the property. Bosonworth subdivision: I do not support the clear-cutting of trees and what effect it could have on groundwater flow. These are only a couple of concerns that I have with the growth in the Thornhill/Albion/Webster’s Corners area. 3. I do not support the 13-per-cent increase – all I have heard from the provincial government is zero, zero and zero for wage increases. We would all like to vote ourselves a raise, but in the real world, it does not work that way. We are expected to do more with less. The price of gas went up the same amount for the average person, as well as for our elected officials. If you look at the stipends that a council gets and divide it by the numbers of hours (20 to 30 weekly commitment), their wage is more than $20 an hour, and that’s before the 13 per cent. When elected, I will donate the 13 per cent back to community groups.

Name: Graeme Ross Age: 32 Occupation: banker Facebook: Graeme Ross for Council

Name: Graham Mowatt Age: 58 Occupation: retired Website:

1. On a professional note, I have continued to work in downtown Maple Ridge in a long-standing financial institution, earning the respect and trust of my clients. I have had a hand in numerous fundraising campaigns benefiting the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation and the Terry Fox Foundation. In the past three and a half years, I have had two children born here in Maple Ridge. I have bought a second Graeme Ross home here and moved to a family friendly area near Ridge Meadows Hospital. I make a point of always attending the Remembrance Day ceremonies as well as community events such as Caribbean Fest and the farmer’s market. I am a live-work-play resident as I both live here, I work downtown and I use our recreational facilities, such as the Maple Ridge Park water park and the Leisure Centre.

1. I have been active in municipal issues for the past several years. I participated in the OCP discussions, the school closure process, the Jackson Farm exclusion, and local transit issues. I formed and co-chaired the Save the Albion Ferry movement, as part of which we collected more than 6,000 signatures to save the ferry service. I have experienced how council claims to listen to concerned citiGraham Mowatt zens, yet ignores them.

2. I do not support the four-per-cent house tax increase that council has worked with in the past. I have signed the taxpayers agreement stating that I will not ever vote in favour of a house tax increase beyond the inflation rate and have backed that up with the promise to take a one-year, 15-per-cent pay cut if I do. By keeping both residential and commercial taxes low, we will continue to attract investment in our community. I am in support of the recent decision to build a park near the Leisure Centre. This is a hub for our area and needs to be available and attractive to our residents. It compliments our downtown core and works well with the revitalization campaign that encourages local businesses to fix up their exteriors. 3. I am not in favour of how the 13-per-cent increase of councillors’ salaries was obtained. I believe you need to offer compensation to keep the opportunity to be on council open to anyone who wishes to run. It is important to keep Maple Ridge competitive with other municipalities to attract the best people available. It is important to have diverse representation. I would like to see councillors ‘ wages determined by an independent panel of residents and business owners of the area as done in Pitt Meadows. This keeps both the councilors at arms length from this issue and makes sure we are still remaining competitive.

Ken Stewart Experienced & Committed “I am often humbled by the support given to me by the people of Maple Ridge. I am again asking for your support to allow me to be your voice on Maple Ridge Council. I trust my web site will allow you a bit more insight to my background and experience. Please feel free to access me through the contact information.”

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2. Council has failed to achieve the promises it made during the last election. Members promised increased commercial development, yet developed a process that has prolonged the approval of the biggest commercial project ever to be offered to us. If council really approved increased commercial space, members would have submitted a well thought out and compelling application years ago. Councillors promised sustainability, yet have approved a policy of guaranteed annual tax increases of at least five per cent, and have continued a policy of urban sprawl that has created massive congestion on our roads. Council also failed to improve our limited transit and have approved gas and property tax increases by TransLink without any increase in infrastructure. 3. I do not support any increase in salary for council. The whole premise of being a councillor used to be that a citizen would volunteer to serve their community for a couple of years and, in return, be given a small allowance. Somehow this has changed to where some councillors seem to feel the position should be a career and pay more than the average annual full-time salary of most taxpayers. The salary for council has increased from about $22,000 in 2005 to about $42,000, yet most councillors believe they deserve even more. At the same time, council has approved/allowed the CAO to be paid more than $230,000 annually, and has allowed him to create a huge bureaucracy below him, all making salaries in excess of $130,000 annually. Council should revisit the raise, freeze their salary at the 2009 level, and seriously review the size and salary of senior non-union staff. - THE NEWS -- Wednesday, November 9, 2011 -- 19

Municipal elections 2011 Name: Grover Telford Age: 59 Occupation: owner, Able Home Services Website: 1. I feel I was an important part of the team that worked with municipal hall around traffic safety issues along 224th Street. This took a lot of work to convince staff of the dangerous situation seniors were facing just trying to cross the road. There was a lot of planning and preparation that went into communicating with municipal hall the need for greater traffic safety. Our group was successful and I feel the community is better for it. I was also part of the grassroots organiza- Grover Telford tion that insisted the district deal with the multiple issues at Northumberland Court and shut it down before it damaged the community any further. 2. I do not support the passing of budgets that are not based on zero-based accounting. It is recipe for disaster to look at how much the district needs to spend, then increase the property tax rate accordingly. This is one of the most backwards mistakes

Where to vote: Maple Ridge voting stations will be open on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You may vote at any one of the following locations: • Albion elementary, 10031 – 240 Street; • Garibaldi secondary, 24789 Dewdney Trunk Road; • Hammond elementary, 11520 – 203 Street; • Laity View elementary, 21023 – 123 Avenue; • Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Cen-

governments make and is a reason our property taxes are so high. Start by how much revenue we have and plan the budget from that point, not the other way around. I do support the move by council on the purchasing and demolition the dilapidated housing on Selkirk Avenue. This was another example of slum housing in Maple Ridge that could have dragged on for years, if not decades. 3. First, we need to get property tax increases under control. Increases in council wages mean a further drain on district revenue, which means property taxes have to go up, and this is something I do not support. Second, there is no formula in use to figure out how high raises should be. It is ludicrous to use Vancouver as a comparative. We might as well compare Maple Ridge to Montreal or Calgary, both of which have much larger populations and commercial tax bases. We need to work over the next three years to figure out a Maple Ridge solution to wages of both council and staff that is fair to taxpayers . I do not support the increase in councillor salaries.

tre, 12150 – 224 Street; • Whonnock elementary, 27471 – 112 Avenue; • Yennadon elementary, 23347 – 128 Avenue.

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FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY Q Create opportunities for the kind of shopping that most Maple Ridge residents want. Q Bring more industry, technology and other forms of employment and commerce to Maple Ridge. Q Reduce the residential property tax burden by signiºcantly increasing our commercial tax base.





Q Work to provide residential garbage collection at a signiºcant cost savings for most residents, as done in Pitt Meadows, Mission and most other municipalities on a contracted out basis. Q Reduce commuter stress through more and better jobs in Maple Ridge. Q Provide strong representation for the Senior Citizens of Maple Ridge. Q Strong supporter of local arts, sports, recreation and entertainment.


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Municipal elections 2011


Name: Jacques A Blackstone Age: 45 Occupation: owner, GT’s Projection Website:



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“Capable, Approachable, Dedicated” Preserving what we have while building a better future!



For Maple Ridge Council


Craig Speirs

Dedicated to Building Community

I will: • • • •

Continue to defend farmland Fight sprawl in all its forms Advocate for large format shopping, downtown Increase density downtown and at neighbourhood nodes to attract more shopping and transit • Reassess council’s pay through policy and a Citizens Committee to reflect today’s fiscal realities • Advocate for strict conflict of interest rules for all local governments

I am:

• Active at all levels of municipal associations,

regional, provincial and federal • A director with the Lower Mainland Local Government Association • A director with the Municipal Insurance Association and am Chair of the Governance Committee • Future orientated through visionary planning processes Contact me at 604-467-3971 or email Web: Twitter @votecraig Join me on Facebook or FACE TO FACE (what a concept!)

adjudication. If it took someone like me, who accidentally stumbled upon this legal system that will render property owners powerless, I am seriously concerned about anything else that may have been missed over the years.

1: I have owned and operated businesses for more than 20 years in the 3. The reverse mentality is required: film industry. I am the one that led the cap the wages until we can create B.C. Bylaw Reform Coalition, which a financial surplus in the municiwas comprised of RV owners and pal coffers and be able to reduce other citizens who felt unjustly tarproperty taxes. Then I believe that a geted by bylaws officers. I also manraise may be in order. They seem to aged to inform our councillors of the forget that these are our tax dollars. bylaws dispute adjudication system. The citizen’s of Maple Ridge deserve What qualifies me to be a councillor a transparent municipal hall that is my business approach to operating Jacques Blackstone works for them, not against them. efficiently, maximizing every dollar, Changing the district’s policy to and the capability of reading documents. Until I highlighted the Attorney General’s document, make its citizen’s the number one priority is vital. Creating it seemed like no one at city hall had read this properly. This efficiency at municipal hall is a huge endeavor that I am concerns me, the lack of due diligence, and only makes me ready to tackle. Will I support another raise after these three years? Only question what else has slipped through the cracks. if I see the work we’ve accomplished brings a monetary surplus and we start reducing property taxes – can a raise 2. Until I was the target of bylaws enforcement, I led my be brought into question. This last 13-per-cent raise was own private life and, as most of us, paid no attention. Not not justifiable in my eyes as my property taxes went up just until this debacle did I get involved and voiced my disconabout the same amount. tent. So the primary example I can give you is again about

Name: Judy Dueck Age: 51 Occupation: (blank) Website: 1. I was assigned to represent Maple Ridge at the Metro Vancouver table from 2006 – 2008, a position that is usually held by the mayor. In recognition of the strong working relationships that I developed and to maintain continuity, Mayor Ernie Daykin continued my appointment for 2009. In 2010, I was appointed vice-chair of the Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee. The two pieces of work that I led on Judy Dueck behalf of council at the Metro Vancouver table were the Official Community Plan amendments and the newly adopted Regional Growth Strategy. 2. Town Centre Initiatives and the Albion plan. I support densification in the town centre and all of the town centre initiatives, such as the downtown enhancement project, the purchase of the three-acre parcel, the town centre investment program, and the clean-up of vacant/derelict properties. I also support the partnership

Name: Ken Stewart Age: 56 Occupation: farmer Website: 1. I have been elected to both Maple Ridge council and the B.C. Legislature. During this time I have played a key role in many conservation projects and large infrastructure projects: Pitt River Bridge; hospital expansion; Bailey House; Blaney Bog; Codd Island conservation areas; South Alouette fish refuge areas; and North Alouette park lands. I have also delivered significant grants for the youth advocacy program and the Asante Centre. Out side of politics, I have been involved Ken Stewart with a number of community groups: economic advisory commission; commissioner of agriculture and forestry; Maple Ridge chamber of commerce; Fields for Kids; Ducks Unlimited; Dewdney Alouette committee; provincial emergency program; volunteer instructor, Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue; South Alouette flood communications task team; Canadian Comprehensive Audit Foundation; chair B.C. Game Farmers Association; director, B.C. Blueberry Coop; coached football and hockey. 2. Purchasing the downtown properties to consolidate them was a

between the District and the Business Improvement Association. This partnership realized a number of renovations and building facade improvements in our downtown. The most frequent issue raised during the last election was a desire for more shopping options, specifically in the Albion flats. I firmly support enabling a broader range of shopping options for our citizens. I fulfilled the commitment that I made during the last election and I supported the draft Albion flats concept plan that was sent to the ALC for comment. 3. I believe that the council remuneration should be based on the cost of living and if re-elected I would vote to see the current remuneration policy changed. I do support the outgoing council voting on what if any increase should occur for the incoming council. When this matter was discussed by the current council, I considered the role and work of a councillor and not what I would do personally.

smart and shrewd move. If council properly zones the lands and can find the right developer, this should be a positive move to upgrade the town centre. Downtown road improvements are also an upgrade. The increase to $10 from $3 minimum fee at transfer station was dumb. This flies in the face of encouraging recycling. Properly recycled, your whole monthly garbage weight will be under the old $3 rate, but who wants to keep their non-recyclables around for a month? Many lose a financial incentive when all your wastes, including recyclables, are well under the $10 limit. Unfortunately, for some, the difference between $3 and $10 causes them to look elsewhere to dump, like at the end of my street, where we have recently seen a dramatic increase in illegal dumping. 3. I believe that salaries should increase with the cost of living over the years and be reasonable for the work done. I do have a problem with the current formula that is based on similar municipalities. This is a bit of a race to the top instead of being based on a more objective tool, such as the Consumer Price Index. If elected, I would propose to review the formula, to look at other financial models of calculating the adjustments.

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Municipal elections 2011 Name: Kiersten Duncan Age: 18 Occupation: outdoor adventure guide and aquatic games leader Website: www.KierstenDuncan Twitter: Duncan4Council Facebook Page: Kiersten Duncan for Maple Ridge Council 1. I have tried to be an advocate for youth and get them involved in politics. I have spoken in front of council on numerous issues, including protecting the Jackson farm against amending the OCP to allow development within the urban boundary. I have also attended the open house on the Jackson stand pipe and forwarded Kiersten Duncan my concerns to staff. I also volunteered as a scrutineer for a mayoral campaign in the last municipal election. I have volunteered in Maple Ridge for more than four years, totaling more than 300 hours. I have served three years as Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest’s volunteer coordinator for all student volunteers and volunteered at Ghost Ridge Haunted House for four years. I also represented Maple Ridge in the B.C. debating championships. 2. While I have attended numerous council meetings, there are a couple key issues that have stood out to me. Unfortunately, I feel that council doesn’t listen as well to its residents as it should, especially those in rural areas. Most recently with the Jackson stand pipe,

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residents weren’t consulted that their water had the potential to be contaminated during the year and that a card lock system was going to be installed that would charge them for the water they haul. With regards to the OCP and the urban boundary, council approved moving the urban boundary to allow development on upper Jackson farm, an environmentally sensitive area where residents rely on an aquifer for water. I feel residents need to be properly consulted and their concerns listened to before decisions affecting their area are made. 3. No, I do not support a 13-per-cent increase. Council shouldn’t be able to vote themselves a raise. Instead, an independent board should control council salary increases. If elected, I would work towards having such a board created. While I understand that the costs of living are rising and many councillors put full-time hours into their position, we are in tough economic times and allowing anyone to decide their own salary is simply wrong. Such a raise will also negatively impact our “large population of seniors on a fixed income and young families trying to get a start in life” (Fraserview Community Hall all-candidates meeting). I do not feel that residents support such a raise, morally or financially, and if elected, I would donate my 13 per cent pay increase to local charities, including J&M Horse Rescue. campaign financing and how to support a local candidate. The site also provides important election calendar deadlines, and answers to the most commonly asked questions about local government elections. Link to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s local government website: lgd/elections_home.htm Voter’s guide: lgd/library/election2011/Voters_Guide.pdf





Tax increases should be shared equally among all taxpayers

Freeze Council’s wage to the 2010 level Improve the efficiency of City Hall Restructure the Planning and Bylaws Department

FIND OTHER SOURCES OF TAX REVENUE Fast track Albion Development Project creating millions in tax revenue, hundreds of jobs and shopping opportunities Research joint venture projects with the Private Sector to provide infrastructure

INCREASED TRANSIT AND INFRASTRUCTURE Demand a greater share of our tax dollars from Translink in return for our continued support



Slow down the expansion of growth in non serviced areas to encourage density in the core and western Maple Ridge where services exist

No tax increase for 2011 by reducing expenses, not services.



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Municipal elections 2011 Name: Mark Kauhane Age: 48 Occupation: business manager, Overwaitea Food Group Website: 1. I believe that I can add value to our community as an elected Maple Ridge councillor because I am proud of and deeply care about our community. My achievements come as a volunteer. I have served on the executive of the Ridge Meadows Minor Baseball Association for eight years, the past seven as president. Although I dedicated many years to leading the association, I also Mark Kauhane had the great privilege of coaching, putting up fences and raking fields alongside many other dedicated volunteers. I sat on committees in the community such as the Ridge Meadows Sportsfield Association and had the opportunity to listen to the issues that were important to our families and help lead in the formulation of our next steps to build a stronger community. I have a business background, with 10 years as an executive of an international communications company and in my current position managing with the Overwaitea Food Group. I have helped a number of small businesses get their start in Maple Ridge, assisting in formulating business and financial plans, and marketing to launch their business. I believe this skill set will help me to identify opportunities in the community for growth. 2. I support council’s decision to finally deal with the issue of Northumberland Court. The process was painfully slow and bureaucratic and aggravated by special interests. It seems that the system let down the residents in the area who were affected, as well as the community in general. However, I believe that we can learn from this experience and look forward to dealing with any future similar situations in a more efficient manner. I support council’s guidance in the downtown core revitalization. It helped to shape a downtown incentive program for new residential and commercial development. 3. I do support the increase in councillor’s salaries approved last summer. It’s important to ensure that we are comparable with our neighboring communities in terms of compensation for these positions to ensure we are attracting high caliber candidates. There is a value provided by the mayor and council to the community and it should reflect current market value. If elected, I would encourage periodic assessments to ensure we are keeping pace with our neighboring communities. I would also like to see clear expectations set to understand commitments and deliverables expected of council.


Name: Mike Morden Age: 51 Occupation: owner of a local security company. Website, Twitter handle, Facebook page:;;

Name: Peter Tam Age: (blank) Occupation: (blank)

1. My most significant request that came to fruition (it took two years) was to have an incentive program. I knew it was a good idea to feed the developers’ appetite and get our downtown revitalization going at a faster pace. Conceptually, it is no different than the old Woodwards $1.49 Mike Morden day – you want to sell something, let’s show some initiative and put the toilet paper on sale. Gets the developers in the door, especially in these tougher times. Simple concept, and we now have a $500,000 annual budget for developers building in our town core with ‘to the front of the line’ permit approvals, inspections, DCC rebates and other tax incentives, depending on the nature of the building. It is an excellent program, with $22 million already written under it in 10.5 months. 2. First is the new development process bylaw, that I first heard about from Coun. Al Hogarth. The new process is similar to the old one, except there is the option to go to first reading with a concept plan only. Typically this would be for land-use decisions. Now, for a lot less work and money spent, the customer can put forward a basic concept plan for what they want to do, and it comes to council much faster. If the land use decision makes sense, it just goes back into the system and proceeds to second reading as normal. If, however, council says no to the land use change, a lot of time and money is saved by only going to first reading. Second, the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy. This plan contains many great things. However, I did vote against it because control of our lands is further taken away by senior governments. In addition to that, we now have another step in our development process bylaw, requiring developers seeking land-use changes to add Metro Vancouver to the long list of approvals we must get. 3. I didn’t vote in favour of it when it came to us. The reason why is because of the policy that drives it. This policy says that staff will do an analysis of all comparable communities and then take the average and then its recommends a pay increase on 65 per cent of the that mean number. The net result of this is ongoing growing salaries with no caps in place. If you extrapolate this further, and look at all salaries paid to all government, with effectively no caps, there is no end in sight for the taxpayer.

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1: Achievements relevant to my ability to be a councillor: RCMP auxiliary constable; started the Ridge Meadows Job Fair; Rotary member, involved in raising hundred of thousand of dollars for local sport and art groups; engineering document management project manager for Nav Canada; supported and sponsored local hospital foundation, hospice society and the farmers market, as well as youth events such as Peter Tam Adstock and Breast Fest; conductor of the Ridge Meadows Symphony Orchestra; ran as MP candidate in last federal election; judged on the Juno Awards; board director for multiple societies and non-profit associations, such as Art Council and Mountain Festival; also volunteered for CEED Centre, ARMS, KEEPS, B.C. Disability Games, Rick Hansen foundation, Kayak club, family education centre, Haney Neighbourhood and Webster’s Corners; was area commissioner for Scouts. 2. I do not support the 10 per cent property tax increase over the last past years. We are spending too much for infrastructure upgrades to accommodate urban sprawl. We should not pay for past and future residential development costs out of general revenues. There is a false sense that we are better off because of development. Development should stand on its own economic merits and should not be subsidized by the taxpayer. I support the initiative to push forward in preparing the core for development and to provide incentives to business to come to Maple Ridge. But we will need to go further by focusing on creating a uniqueness about Maple Ridge (see my platform on building post secondary education) to be proactive establishing partnerships and relationships, and streamlining our core development process. 3. I am in favour of the pay increase only if councillors are committing to their job full-time, thus taking away the opportunity to engage in other businesses that could be a conflict of interest. I will have to resign from the RCMP when I am elected. Bottom line is, people should be paid for what they are worth, and public servants should be accountable to their time and the quality of work. Councillors should take a proactive role in engaging and communicating with the community, to get in to the trenches with all people in the community, as I and many other volunteers do.

Vote Christian Cowley, MBA For Maple Ridge Council

18,000 cars have been added to our roads in 11 years. We can’t possibly continue at this pace.

Put an effective leader with a record of positive change to work for you

Instead of more sprawl, I will concentrate growth in transit-friendly developments located downtown. I am thinking ahead to meet the demands of the future for the best interest of all Maple Ridge residents.

It’s Our Future. It’s Our Maple Ridge.


Vote November 19th

Council with a Conscience!

Let’s Create A Livable Maple Ridge… • Incentives plan to attract industry for real jobs • Shopping in a walk-able, bike-able downtown • Respect urban boundary and the spirit of our OCP • Increase transparency: citizen panel for salaries

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Who is Mike? 21 years of service to

Municipal elections 2011 the local hospice society.

Name: Robert Masse Age: (blank) Occupation: chiropractor Facebook: Robert Masse 1. Served as chairman of the safety and security committee of the Maple Ridge Downtown Business Improvement Association. This committee brought together the RCMP, district, bylaws, social services, Salvation Army, business leaders, provincial and municipal politicians, working together to make Maple Ridge safer. We had great successes through building consensus. I also served as race director for the Vistas Run for Hospice for five years. This raised more than $160,000 to help build McKinney Creek Hospice in Maple Ridge and for

2. I support, and applaud, that they finally got the Northumberland Court shut down. It was a centre of human misery and a major anchor for crime. I also support the changes to improve the downtown of Maple Ridge. It looks much better.

Robert Masse

3. I do not support the 13-per-cent increase, mainly due to the generally tough economic times we are in. We must lead by example. If elected, I think we should stay with the current salary and concentrate on more important business. To really succeed, council needs the support and trust of both the people of Maple Ridge and at municipal hall.

mercial development in the downtown area and provide shoppers with greater options, which might help stem the outflow of consumer spending to adjoining municipalities. The completion of the new fire hall is 1. I have made a conscientious effort definitely a feather in council’s cap. to keep up with current events before I disapprove of council’s practice of council. I read local news and have made creating a budget surplus, while at the my opinions known on a wide variety same time increasing property taxes. of issues through personal meetings This practice is abhorrent to those livand letters to the editor. I have attended ing on fixed incomes. Elderly people, council meetings, public hearings, open in particular, should not be required to houses and workshops to get a sense of subsidize future generations through this the current items on council’s agenda. unnecessary burden of taxation. I have obtained and read many key I strongly disapprove of council’s foot documents pertaining to council business, dragging in matters such as the demolisuch as the annual financial statement and Sandy Macdougall tion order for Northumberland Court. The the agricultural plan. I also have discussed entire process was a total disservice to some issues with council members, the everyone concerned. A new and stronger approach is vitally needed. mayor and senior staff. I have toured major sites being considered for re-zoning. 3. Whether elected or not, I will support any move to roll back counI have worked with members of the business improvement area to cil’s overly generous 13-per-cent increase in indemnity. Any future review the sign bylaw. I have also participated in several charitable increases should be determined through consultation with taxpayactions. ers. A referendum question on any proposed increase could then be put forward at the time of an election without adding undue costs 2. I approve of council’s actions in acquiring the properties to the and the future council would be bound by the results. east of Haney Place Mall. This could ultimately anchor new comName: Sandy Macdougall Age: (blank) Occupation: (blank) Facebook: Sandy Macdougall

sustainable development and more local employment. An educational institution that would let our children complete their education and find employment closer to home has been discussed for many years. During my term in office, I will see this initiative become a reality. Funding will come from provincial and federal governments, corporations and individuals. The municipality’s contribution will be that of founder and facilitator, not funder.

Name: Wendy Cook Age: 62 Occupation: retired auditor, land/project manager, financial consultant Website: www.wendyswonderfulworld. com 1. My involvement in the Maple Ridge Historical Society, women’s resource centre, Formosa farm, and most recently my attempt to save the Albion Hall has provided me with an insight into how municipal hall works. In Maple Ridge, I have worked on committees and with individuals to organize and fund projects and have met people of all ages and from all walks of life. People want a fiscally responsible government with realistic budgets, social

Wendy Cook


2. Maple Ridge council purchased land in the downtown core. This investment will ensure that these areas can be developed according to the needs of the community. See Cook, p27


GLADYS HEWSON For Maple Ridge Council

Proud Supporter of R.M. Minor Hockey Working for affordable & sustainable recreation for all

Rotary, 18 years Chamber of Commerce, BC Summer Games, Soccer, Beavers & Scouts, a foster parent and actively involved on 11 boards or groups in our community. Mike is a community volunteer! FOR COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 19






• Encourage economic growth • Better quality jobs • Balance our tax base • More shopping & commerce • Respect our character and environment • Support public safety, recreation, arts & culture for quality of life • Foster relationships with senior government for needed resources • Sensible Änancial decisions for services balanced with Äscal restraint • Promote diverse and creative housing to give everyone a home

On November 19th

VOTE Sandy Macdougall for Maple Ridge Council

Sandy will get the job done!

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Name: Ernie Daykin Age: 60 Occupation: mayor of Maple Ridge Website, Twitter handle, Facebook page:, 1. Right at the outset of this term, my commitment was that the trademark of this term would be results through positive working relationships. I believe that this commitment has been delivered on and laid the ground work for more to come: • Positive relationships with senior government enabled Maple Ridge to receive significant infrastructure funds for the sewer project to 256th Street industrial reserve area, as well as 224th Street and Lougheed Highway improvement Ernie Daykin project. • Working with the BIA and chamber of commerce in Our Spirit Our Town – a program to do everything from litter pick up to the façade improvements. • Working together with citizens, council, staff and legal council to rid south Haney of Northumberland Court and having an application in the works for a new town home project. • North Alouette greenway bridge another project complete, working with the federal, provincial and Metro Vancouver levels of government to improve the trail network Maple Ridge already enjoys.

Name: J. Craig Ruthven Age: 30s Occupation: teacher Website, Twitter handle, Facebook page:, @CraigRuthven1, J Craig Ruthven 1. Democracy is all about representation. In an ideal world, the people pick representatives who understand their priorities, issues, and values, because they share a similar situation. They can identify. As an advocate, first, for bringing more amenities and servicing to the east and, then, for all of the suburbs, I not only spoke up for people who had little to no voice, but I got to know the issues impacting these communities the most. These issues formed the basis Craig Ruthven of my campaign and website. I formed my campaign around their issues. I started the process long before I had any intentions on running for office when I saw thousands of people being overlooked and discounted, so I can truly say that I have emerged as a leader “from the people, for the people.” This, I believe, is the truest form of democracy. I hope to motivate many more people to vote in this year’s election.

2. Albion flats concept plan forwarded to the ALC for comment. Folks have been telling us long and often that they would like to see more shopping options in Maple Ridge. The Albion flats is very often the topic of that conversation. Council decided to move that concept work ahead of other items in the work plan to move that project. I supported that work on a key part of our community. The community and council need to know the possibilities and the realties of what is achievable on the flats. With comments back in the coming months, then the next steps can be taken in the process. Also, the purchase of three acres between the two malls. I supported that purchase because now that key piece of the downtown core is in district control. Folks for years have said: Why can’t something be done there? Well, council has no ability to control the timing of private property redevelopment. Now the site has been cleaned up and development ready and I am looking forward to the next phase as the district invites expressions of interest for the development on that property. 3. When the vote was taken for the next council, remuneration in line with past policy and practice, I did support the increase that takes place over three years. I also support and understand that the incoming council can review and likely will review the policy. The incoming council can also decide to not take the increase as the current council did in 2009.

anywhere near a level playing field between incumbents and those who have never held office, but that simply is not the case. If it were the case, then I could openly support the two incumbents that I really admire and appreciate. I would like to encourage the public to look for candidates who are addressing rising taxes. Who has real, practical solutions to finding cost savings? Who is committed to supporting alternative sources of revenue, besides residential taxes? 3. Nobody else sees raises like those these except, perhaps, high-paid executives who must deliver results or suffer the consequences. (Recall, they gave themselves a 53 per cent raise a mere three years ago.) This mayor and council have not done anything appreciable to lighten the tax burden, nor make Maple Ridge more profitable. Actually, some of the housing projects that they have passed in the past three years have devalued parts of the suburbs, where they have not listened to public concerns. House prices in Albion have been dropping quite rapidly. On some streets, every second house is for sale. Langley saw an average increase somewhere in the neighbourhood of 10 per cent. Can the leadership account for the difference?

2. I would answer this question if I believed that there was

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Municipal elections 2011

When the public casts their ballots on Nov. 19, the choices made will shape the future of each municipality for the next three years. But how do voters know if they’re supporting the right candidates? It’s a dilemma researcher Sherril Guthrie is attempting to solve. Guthrie has created an evaluation guide for local voters that she hopes will allow people to make more informed choices. “It’s a poorly kept secret that many voters base their decisions on criteria as flimsy as name recognition, likability, even appearance. Some voters routinely consider a candidate’s membership in a social group, church or organization as important,” she said. In order to create effective criteria for the role of mayor and councillor, Guthrie enlisted the help of 20 of Abbotsford’s community leaders. Participants were selected based on experience and knowledge of business, agriculture, education, social services, the environment, culture, the arts and politics. “Too many people believe their vote won’t make a difference. If the guide helps to change that attitude, then it’s definitely worthwhile,” said one

research participant. Each were given draft materials consisting of a list of 16 issues to rate, a list of qualifications and a sample guide. From their input, a one-page guide was created, allowing voters to rate candidates on each of the 10 job qualifications. The rating system goes from one to five (one meaning not qualified and five meaning qualified) for a total possible score of 50 points. The higher the score, the better the politician’s potential. The 10 categories are broken into three different groups – knowledge, skills, and personal strengths. In the knowledge portion, voters can rate candidates on how well they know the issues, the city (including history, diversity, trends, population growth) and legislation (community charter, municipal act, agricultural land reserve). Guthrie said many people don’t realize how much legislation is related to the job of mayor and council, and candidates have to know the proper process. The second section of the evaluation form features five topics focusing on skills, including communication, comprehension of finances, problem solving, diplomacy and organization. The final two evaluation points fall under the personal strengths category, including candidate qualities (honest, fair, trustworthy) and track record (related experience). • View the evaluation documents: docs/2011_candidate_evaluation_guide

Cook from p23 If properly developed, with the council directing the development, not developers directing council, it can provide an ongoing source of income which would keep our taxes down by expanding our tax base. A property management section needs to be instituted at municipal hall to ensure that municipal lands are utilized to their highest and best use, much like the City of Vancouver did in False Creek South. Maple Ridge council is also encouraging the preservation of our heritage homes and buildings such as the Billy Miner and provides awards and recognition to those who have restored buildings. These actions will give present and future generations a sense of pride in their ancestry and knowledge of how Maple Ridge came to be.

3. We need councillors who have a broad range of experience in such fields of budget finance, infrastructure construction and maintenance, water system and contract negotiation. They also need experience dealing with community safety, land management, economic development, sports, recreation and, the most important attribute, the ability to foster on going communication between the elected and the electors. This is no longer a part-time job. The minimum number of hours expected of councillors is 35 hours per week, not including driving to meetings outside Maple Ridge and local events. Qualified individuals need to be encouraged to become councillors - fair pay for fair work. The current pay is about $22 per hour. The increase after three years will amount to $25 per hour. I believe that is a fair wage for councillors who have to understand and approve budgets and programs worth millions of dollars.

Evaluating candidates: researcher encourages voters to assess capabilities By Kevin Mills, Black Press

All candidates meet The last two scheduled all-candidates’ meetings for Maple Ridge council: • Nov. 9 – 6 p.m., all candidates, Webster’s Corners elementary, Dewdney Trunk Road and 256th Street; • Nov. 10 – 7 p.m., all candidates, Whonnock Lake Centre, 27871 113th Avenue.

A vote of competence. Running the city takes more than just a love for the community and a desire to lead. To be mayor it takes demonstrated competence to manage a $30 million city budget and $150 million in assets. Your mayoral candidate, John Becker, brings: 9 Decades of proven management experience running a law firm 9 30 years of negotiating basic and complex million dollar deals and dealing with legislation 9 Community and business leadership experience with contracts, suppliers and other committed professionals 9 Decades of listening to thousands of client-residents from all walks of life If you really love Pitt Meadows, ensure its future is secure and in competent, experienced hands.

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Pianists play concert for charity Annual event in its 15th year by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter


liza Lim loses herself in the Ballade in Dminor Opus 10 No. 1 by Johannes Brahms. She hunches when the notes get broody, lifts up to lighter harmonies. “I chose this piece because it has lots of different emotions in it,” says Lim, 14. “The beginning is all eerie and dark and mysterious. It brightens up and becomes really intensive and goes back to the original dark mood that it has before.” Lim joins 11 other performers at Dan Wardrope’s 15th fall piano concert at Swan-e-Set Golf Club in Pitt Meadows next week. Since it began more than a decade ago, the sell-out concert held every fall has raised more than $10,000 for charities, including the Friends In Need Food Bank, B.C. Cancer Foundation and World Vision, since 2005. It features performances by students studying at Grade 10 or diploma level with Royal College of Music.

Stefani Yap, a student at Douglas College, picked Chopin’s Waltz in E Flat Major Opus 18 No. 1 to play. It’s a piece she is very familiar with. “It’s a piece I have heard since I was little,” says the 19-year-old Coquitlam resident. “My grandmother played it for an award ceremony in Jamaica. She is a pretty accomplished pianist and I just wanted to learn it because she learnt it too.” • The 15th annual fall piano concert plays Swan-eSet Golf and Country Club at 7 p.m on Monday, Nov. 14. Tickets are $12 with all proceeds to World Vision. Light refreshments will be available at the intermission by donation. The program includes Chopin, Brahms, Grieg, two 20th Century works and two duets. The performers are Eric Liang, Tiana Worthy, Jessie Henderson, Stefani Yap, Lillian Zhang, Edward Liang, Michaela Durovic, Benita Etey, Derek Maroney, Eliza Lim, Alison Lim and Rebecca Baum. Tickets must be pre-ordered as the event sells out every year by calling Dan Wardrope at 604-818-8853 or emailing djwardrope@

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Eliza Lim, 14 and Stefani Yap, 19 are students of Dan Wardrope who will perform in a concert next week at the Swan-e-Set Golf Course. The concert raises funds for World Vision.

Picking songs with beautiful stories Harpist Jen Nicholson-Church gets set to debut first album by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter


he sound of a harp does not harken angels for Jen Nicholson-Church. Instead, the plucked notes transport her to deep Scottish glens and misty Irish moor, landscapes steeped in melancholy. “I love the laments, mostly because they usually have beautiful stories to them,”” she says. A gifted vocalist and harpist who specializes in Celtic music, often with a modern macabre twist, Nicholson-Church’s debut album Celtic Songs of Sorrow is a mix of traditional songs encompassing everything, from the heart-wrenching laments she loves to soothing Gaelic lullabies. Nicholson-Church, who is a vocal coach at G & G Music in Maple Ridge, decided to focus on the poignant tales in Celtic music in her debut because she realized they were being lost, forgotten in the fog

of modern times you could say. “The melodies are dated, so people don’t listen to these songs anymore,” says Nicholson-Church who studied medieval music in university. “It’s kind of a tragedy because they are really beautiful stories.” Musical at heart, NicholsonChurch only picked up the harp 10 years ago while she was laid up in bed due to a severe back injury.

“I hope people can start being inspired by these songs again.” Jen Nicholson-Church, musician

ment. The Coquitlam resident started playing a 22-string harp and eventually moved onto one that’s 32-strings. Most of the songs on her new album are played on a 28-string harp which Nicholson-Church says is much more versatile. She credits her family for encouraging her to record the album. In Celtic Songs of Sorrow, Nicholson-Church updated the melodies of old laments by adding guitar and drums but also discarded the tunes she felt were too archaic and added new melodies to their lyrics. “I hope people can start being inspired by these songs again,” she says.

Showtime “I first took it up as musical therapy and just really feel in love with it and decided I wanted to be a harpist,”she says, explaining it was Loreena McKennitt album that belonged to her grandma that first piqued her interest in the instru-

Jen Nicholson-Church and her guests invite you to join them in a celebration of Celtic tradition on Saturday, Nov. 12 featuring interpretative Highland dance, a choreographed sword fight, remarkable visuals and soulful music. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $21. Tickets are available at the ACT box office.


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Coastal City Ballet: Paquita and Mixed Repertoire November 18 8:00 p.m. Vancouver's newest ballet company takes to the stage with an inaugural evening of classics and new works.

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a Finalist in the Montréal International Musical Competition (Canada) where he also received the award for Best Canadian Artist. Saratovsky’s concert engagements have included appearances with the Enjoy a master class with talented Portugal National Orchestra, the Porpianist Sergei Saratovsky at Westa- tugal Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre cres in Maple Ridge on Sunday. Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, The Russian-Canadian pianist has Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and received acclaim both at home and regular solo engagements with the abroad, including an award from Rus- State Symphony Orchestra of Karelia sian President Vladimir Puin his native Russia. tin recognizing his achieveHe has performed for auments in music and has had diences in France, Italy, the opportunity to performed Australia, Portugal, Canafor former Governor General da, the United States and of Canada Michaëlle Jean. Russia, and has been the A teacher at the Bergthfeatured artist on radio and orson academy, Saratovsky television broadcasts aired has won numerous competiacross the world includtions, including first place at ing in Canada, the United the Porto International Piano States, Portugal, Australia, Competition (Portugal, 1999), Saratovsky and Russia. where he was acknowledged Saratovsky is presently a for his interpretation of Dedoctoral student at the University of bussy and won best performance of a British Columbia where he studies Beethoven sonata. with Jane Coop. He received third prize at the InterThe Saratovsky class is the first of national Russian Music Piano Compe- three being presented by the Maple tition (USA, 2003) where he was also Ridge music school this season. awarded the Special Public Prize. Other classes included a cello class Saratovsky has also won second with Jane Kim (Keum Ran Koh) in prize in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Na- January and operatic voice class with tional Competition (Canada, 2004), Dr. Szu-Wen Wang in February. and received second place in the Mis“This is a rare opportunity to study souri Southern International Piano with these exceptional music perCompetition (USA, 2006). formers and educators in a very perIn 2008, Mr. Saratovsky was the re- sonal, focused session,” said owner cipient of an award and recital oppor- Rob Hornsey. tunities from the Vancouver Chopin • The class costs $50, while observSociety, placed Second in the Pacific ers will pay $25. To register, call 604Piano Competition (Canada), and was 467-6613 or

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Kelsey Klassen is photographing Vancouver Fashion Week as a freelancer.

Maple Ridge photographer at VFW Maple Ridge photographer Kelsey Klassen is spending the week snapping the latest trends to hit Vancouver’s runways. A freelance photographer who works for Black Press, BC Local News and Vancouver is Awesome, Klassen is thrilled to be part of fashion week festivities. “Backstage is chaos and it’s so fun to have such beautiful subjects to shoot. They make it easy,” says Klassen, a self-taught photog-

rapher who learned everything she knows about photography while travelling for a year with her best friend, who studied film at Capilano College. “It’s always great to see how the audience is dressed as well. You can get some really great style inspiration from people watching,” Klassen added. • For a link to Kelsey Klassen’s fashion week photographs, visit

Gordon Kirkland at Pitt library Award-winning and best-selling author Gordon Kirkland is kicking off the holiday season with a hometown appearance at the Pitt Meadows Library, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Kirkland’s latest novel, The Plight Before Christmas is the story of a family facing a series of comedic calamaties and disasters leading up to a holiday season in the early 1960’s. American syndicated columnist Tracy Beckerman says, “The Plight Before Christmas’ is misnamed. It should be called ‘The Gift Before Christmas’ because this magical story is the best gift you can give or receive for the holidays.” Kirkland will read from both books, answer questions from the audience, and make time available to sign copies of his books.

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Dal Richards plays the ACT for the seventh year in a row on Friday, Nov. 11. in the memory of magical days gone by. With oldies that take you back to the days of the First World War, Richards and his orchestra entertain for all ages. In addition to his performances, Richards also has a popular radio show ‘Dal’s Place’, a staple on the airwaves in Vancouver for more than 25 years. It

airs on AM650 on Sunday nights from 9 to 10 p.m. Richards played for the 2010 Paralympic Opening Ceremonies, the 2010 Olympics and the province’s 150th and Vancouver’s 125th anniversary celebrations. If you ask Richards what’s next, he says “I’m still having fun

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Learn to write songs from expert Juno Award winner, Shari Ulrich is known for playing the fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, flute and sax with Pied Pumkin, the Hometown Band, and for Ulrich her skills as a solo singersongwriter. Her latest release, Find Our Way, is her seventh solo album, and the 19th oeuvre of her career. A songwriting educator for 20 years, and currently Vancouver producer of the Bluebird North songwriter series, Ulrich offers a rich experience in both her concerts and workshops, including one which begins Friday in Maple Ridge. Whether you’re a seasoned songwriter or wish you were, Ulrich’s workshop will be a valuable exploration into this unique creative expression. It will primarily use the work of the participants as a vehicle to discuss the elements of effective songwriting. More experienced

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CELEBRATE A LIFE Ridge Meadows Hospice Society invites you to our annual Celebrate a Life display. Haney Place Mall Saturday, Nov. 12th to Tuesday, Nov. 15th

ValleyFair Mall Wednesday, Nov. 16th to Sunday, Nov. 20th During regular mall hours Everyone is welcome to place a special ornament on a tree in memory of loved ones. Hospice Society volunteers will be on hand to assist and support you. Any questions, please call the Resource Centre: 604.463.7722

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PUSH HARD, GO FASTER! Raising money to help Tristan Smyth reach his goal of getting on the National Wheelchair Racing Team On January 28, 2011 an accident left long-boarder, Tristan Smyth with minimal use of his legs. During rehabilitation, he took up wheelchair racing and competed in the Western Canada Summer Games in August as a member of TEAMBC, winning three gold medals. His race wheelchair is on loan from the BC Wheelchair Sports Association, and is in need of expensive repair limiting its use to practice only. Our goal is to help Tristan with expensive equipment, repairs, training and travel so that he might realize his goal of joining the National Wheelchair Racing Team and competing in the Olympics.

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Pub grows mo’s for prostate cancer by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f staff reporter For the staff at the Jolly Coachman Pub in Pitt Meadows, prostate cancer hit close to home last year when one of their own coworkers passed away from the disease. Bruce Bradley was a long-time employee of the pub, working in the liquor store. “He was taken from us too soon,” said bartender Bruce McGregor. “He was a

healthy guy, he was fit. It was really shocking for all of us to lose him.” So this year, McGregor and the male bar staff at the pub are honouring Bradley’s memory by growing mustaches as part of a Movember fundraiser to end prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in Canadian men, afflicting one in seven, according to Prostate Cancer Canada. The disease

has a cure rate of 90 per cent, but it has to be caught early, which is why regular testing is so important. The staff at the Jolly Coachman have challenged the John B Pub in Coquitlam to see who can raise the most funds for prostate cancer research, and who will have the most impressive mo’s. McGregor said the bartenders will posting mustache progress photos on the pub’s website, so patrons will be able to

track their mustache growth. Anyone can make donations to the Movember campaign at the pub. The pub is holding a fundraiser Nov. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are just $10 each, and prizes include Grey Cup tickets, and Canucks tickets. The pub is also holding a silent auction, and is currently accepting donations for prizes. • For more information, visit

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n 1919, King George V dedicated Remembrance Day to honour, specifically, members of the armed forces who were killed during the First World War. Today, Veterans Affairs Canada considers Remembrance Day a tribute to “the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.” Among the many men and women who served our country during the Second World War were the members of the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers (PCMR). They had military status. After the war, although proud of their service, the men serving as rangers never boasted about their support to the war effort since they felt that their efforts paled in comparison with the sacrifices made by our armed forces overseas. Still, their dedication and hard work should not be forgotten. The PCMR was formed early in 1942 to assist in the protection of B.C. and to calm public anxiety after Pearl Harbour over Japanese attacks on the B.C. coast. The PCMR was an unpaid force outside the main cities. Its volunteer members, commonly known as rangers, were men who were not eligible to serve overseas because of their age, a disability, or their work. Some were of retirement age and others as young as 15. They offered a great variety of capabilities, expertise and experi-

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Members of 60th Company Whonnock at the Ruskin Store on their way to a training exercise at Silverdale. The two young men up front are Glen Elwood (left) and Christopher ‘Kit’ Benson, right, who is probably the only PCMR member pictured who is still alive today. ence. All were familiar with their local environment and that knowledge could be used to guide military personnel, if needed. Their regular duties: to patrol their area, spot and report any findings of suspicious nature, and to prepare for guerrilla warfare against a Japanese invasion. By the spring of 1943, some 15,000 men had been organized in 126

companies. Two of those companies were in Maple Ride: the 60th Company Whonnock, and the 61st Company Haney. The territory of the Whonnock Company included Whonnock, Ruskin, and Silverdale, across Stave River. The Haney Company covered the remainder of Maple Ridge, as

well as Pitt Meadows. Reporting to Haney Company were “Detachments” formed in neighbourhoods under their surveillance. A ranger’s main requirement was to perfect his knowledge of the country about him as quickly as possible. Until the PCMR was disbanded in 1945, intensive training, executing duties, and “practical, realistic group manoeuvres” left little leisure for these men, most of whom had full-time jobs. The Ranger was a training guide publication. Its first issue in September 1942 contains an illustrated report on a training manoeuvre of the Whonnock Company at Silverdale: “Every man must be given the indispensable minimum of a ‘general idea,’ so that each man can act on his own initiative if needs be, for a period, when isolated from command.” The Ranger was filled with useful information a well-rounded ranger should know, such as: “Know were to shoot”; “Edible plants”; “Dig or die”; and “What can you do with a tarp.” If you want answers to those questions, the Maple Ridge Museum and Archives has a full set of The Ranger to research. The activities of the local rangers, military and socially, were sometimes mentioned in the Gazette, and occasionally the Maple Ridge PCMR companies even caught the eye of a Vancouver newspaper.

The Whonnock Company came to the attention of the Vancouver Province in 1943, when its members constructed an aircraft detection post. The story did not tell that the base of the structure was an outhouse the girls of Whonnock School did no longer need; by then the school had inside plumbing. Crowning the former outhouse was the belfry of St. Paul’s, the former Anglican Church, providing an excellent lookout for spotting aircraft. The old belfry was glazedin, providing shelter from the elements for the women and men on duty. Earlier that same year, the Province reported about the Haney Company’s activities in Webster’s Corners: “Fifty Pacific Coast Rangers armed with rifles, Sunday, were called out to kill off a pack of wolf-dogs in the Webster’s Corners district near Haney.” That hunt may have been an exciting diversion from the routine work, but it also provided an excellent training exercise and an assurance to the public that the rangers would defend them. As the end of the war approached, in January 1945, the Japanese started launching bomb-carrying balloons designed to fall on North America. The rangers played an important part in visually detecting and reporting the balloons with their deadly loads and ensuring that they were disarmed or destroyed. At last, the Rangers had a chance to show their operational skills in reality and show the value of the PCMR in the defense of B.C. Fred Braches is a local historian who lives in Whonnock.

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Community Calendar Thursday, Nov. 10 • Whonnock Community Association is holding an all candidates meeting for Maple Ridge mayoral and council candidates at the Whonnock Lake Centre, 27871 113th Avenue, Maple Ridge, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 • Remembrance Day services in Maple Ridge will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Memorial Peace Park in downtown Maple Ridge, 11925 Haney Place. A parade will take place from the Royal Canadian Legion on 224th Street to the Cenotaph in Memorial Peace Park, leaving from the legion at 10:45 a.m. • A ceremony at the Cenotaph at Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows will begin at 10:30 a.m. to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war. The ceremony includes a procession, speeches, and a two-minute observance of silence in memory of those who have lost their lives. The Pitt Meadows ceremony takes place at 12007 Harris Road. Saturday, Nov. 12 • The Maple Ridge Music Society, in cooperation with West Acres and the Bergthorson Academy of Musical Arts are presenting a Master Piano Class with Sergei Saratovsky, one of Canada’s great piano talents. Space is limited to four students and a small audience so don’t delay and register as soon as possible. Sessions are from 1 to 4 p.m. at West Acres, 23575 124th Avenue, Maple Ridge. For details, email info@ or phone Judith at 604 467-6613. • Free Celtic music workshops lead by Michael Muldoon, a founding member of Blackthorn and well known Vancouver Irish session facilitator. Tin Whistle and Celtic flute from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pitt Meadows location of the Bergthorson Academy at 12229 Harris Road. Participants should bring their own instruments and be ready to share and learn. For more information and to register, call 604 467-6613 or info@bergthorson. com • Calling all 1st Haney Scouting Group alumni and other scouting supporters. The local scouting group is holding a fundraising dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Ticket cost includes dinner and a beverage. Silent auction, door prizes, 50/50 draws and toonie toss. For more information, please email 1st. or call Christi at 604-818-7625. Sunday, Nov. 13 • The Alouette Field Naturalists travel to the Kilby area to see eagles. Meet at 9 a.m. on 228th Street between Lougheed and Dewdney

to car pool. Phone Duanne at 604-463-8743 for more information. Monday, Nov. 14 • Parents and caregivers of youths with developmental disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood are invited to attend a presentation by Karen Delong of British Columbia Association for Community Living. Learn about Community Living B.C. and supports available. Presentation is being held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, 11641 224th Street, Maple Ridge. No charge to attend, but an RSVP is requested to Tracy Hewgilll 604 467 8700 ext 119 or tracy. Tuesday, Nov. 15 • Social Media for Writers presented by Andrea Walker of Walker Park Media and Ronda Payne of Eyben Connected Communications takes place at the ACT, Maple Ridge from 7 to 9 p.m. Golden Ears Writers is pleased to present it’s third “lobby night” for adults. Learn about the different tools available, how to use them and why they are essential for both budding and established writers. RSVP at GoldenEarsWriters or andrea@ Wednesday, Nov. 16 • The Golden Ears Go Gos will meet in the Alouette Room of the Maple Ridge Library at 6:30 p.m. The group will be discussing fundraising options for the next year. New members are always welcome. The Go Gos are affiliated with the Stephen Lewis Foundation and support the Grandmothers of Africa who are raising their AIDS orphaned grandchildren. • The Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie, Seniors Network is holding a presentation on memory loss and dementia from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Public Library. This session will discuss the relationship between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, some possible early signs of dementia and what to do if you are concerned about memory loss. Free event. Refreshments provided. Please register at 604-786 7404 or e-mail Ongoing • Bergthorson Academy of Musical Arts is holding a breakfast fundraiser every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Delizie Italiane, 22266 Dewdney Trunk Rd., to raise money for the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council’s Arts Angels program. Get any breakfast menu item and a cup of organic coffee for $10 ($5 of which will go towards the scholarship fund). •The Maple Ridge Concert

Band needs percussionists. The band practices on Tuesday nights in the Maple Ridge Secondary School band room from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For further information please contact Brian Northam at 604-220-7499 or 604-463-4637. • Come join the BAMA Bluegrass Circle lead by the local legend Denis Leclerc. Bring your banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, upright bass or vocal harmonies on the first and third Mondays of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pitt Meadows location of the Bergthorson Academy at 12229 Harris Rd. For more information call Rob at 778-230-0543 or email info@ • Mumble Jumble Storytimes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pitt Meadows Public Library from 11 to 11:30 a.m. 12047 Harris Rd. Call 604-465-4113 for more information. • Coffee and Comfort is a a local support group for Moms who have lost a child to death. For more information, call Clare at 604-463-0281 or e-mail • Ridge Meadows Hospice Society has space available in their upcoming six-week children’s bereavement support group. This group is for children aged six to 12 years who have experienced the loss of a loved

one. For more information please call the society at 604-463-7722. • The Maple Ridge Legion euchre club is looking for players. The club meets Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the legion, corner of Brown Avenue and 224th Street. Call Irene at 604-465-1956 for more information. • Celebrate Recovery Ridge-Meadows, a faithbased recovery program, meets every Friday at St. George’s Anglican Church, 23500 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Ridge Meadows Ministerial Association. It exists to serve the

community of Ridge Meadows by providing a safe place where people from all walks of life can share their experiences to give hope and encouragement to one another. For more information email carolkeating@ or call 604-377-3575 • The Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Child Care Resource and Referral Program is pleased to offer an engaging and informative workshop for parents, child care providers and professionals entitled Playing with Story, with Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, an author of more than 60 books on storytelling and folklore topics. Participants will learn

to tell sic short audience-participation folktales. For more information, please contact Lynn Malbeuf 604-467-2273, ext. 123, or email lmalbeuf@ • Golden Ears Writers Critique Group meets the first and third Fridays of the month, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Maple Ridge ACT. Adult writers of all levels and abilities welcome. Bring copies of writing for critique (800-1,000 words) or just drop in to find out what we are about. There is more information at www.facebook. com/goldenearswriters, or email

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Flames’ scoring returns

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staff reporter With the Valley Community Football League playoffs looming, the Meadow Ridge Knights served notice last weekend that they will be a force to be reckoned with. The junior bantam Knights earned their sixth shutout of the season on Saturday, defeating Mission 36-0. Defensively, Thomas Janke, Devon Keoughan, Dylan Lacey and Adam Chislett had strong performances to keep the Mission offence off the board. On the other side of the ball, the Knights’ offence was able to give three different players plays at quarterback, while Rickey Lacey stood out on special teams with his kick coverage. With the win, the Knights finish first in their division with a 9-1 record and will host the Chilliwack Red Giants in the first round of VCFL playoffs this Saturday at Samuel Robertson Technical at 2 p.m. The atom Gold Knights also finished up their season with a 9-1 record after shutting out the Chilliwack White Giants 6-0 on Saturday. The entire team played a great game, much as they have all season, and will face North Langley in the first round of the playoffs this Saturday at home after finishing first in their division. Not far behind the Gold Knights were the Meadows Ridge Blue Knights atom team, which finished the season with a 7-3 record after beating the Chilliwack Red Giants 33-20. The first half was a defensive battle as both teams refused to allow the opposing offence to gain any yards. The Knights defence was led by Dallas Pattenden, who teamed up with Riley Rooney to contain the outside, while Lucas Deane and the Hawke brothers, Tristan and Dominick, locked up the middle. The game was scoreless at half time, however, Ethan Holland, Carlos Redekopp and Tyson Smith got the Knights’ offence moving with trips to the endzone. Special teams made the difference for the Knights, as Cody Hogarth returned a Giants’ kick 70 yards for a touchdown. See Knights, p43

by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f staff reporter

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Brett Boyce of the Ridge Meadows Bruins tries to get by a member of the Vancouver Meralomas during a U-17 game at the Thomas Haney secondary sports field on Sunday.

Bruins score win over Meralomas staff reporter The Ridge Meadows Bruins U-17 rugby squad notched their second win of the season Sunday, edging rival Vancouver club Meralomas 36-20. The Bruins put forth a great team effort with five players scoring tries. Kyle Cameron had a pair of tries, while Marco Koeder had one try and three converts. Josh Auger, Brett

Boyce and Tim Hargreaves also scored for the Bruins. “The boys have really come together as a team,” said manager Jenn Bott. “We have a great bunch of players, coaches and parents to put it all together.” The Bruins are 2-4 so far this season, and play this Sunday, Nov. 13, against United Rugby Club at home at Telosky Stadium at 12:30 p.m. Bott said new players are always welcome to

join the local club. “It is nice to be getting more interest in our sport since the Rugby World Cup that took place last month in New Zealand,” said Bott. “Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports and we are lucky to have the right kind of weather to be able to play a year-long season here.” • Visit www.bruinsrugbyclub. com for more info.

The Flames had plenty of goals to show for their two games last weekend, however it was the points that eluded the local junior B hockey team as it dropped two straight contests. The Flames lost 9-4 to the Delta Ice Hawks in Pacific International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at home, before falling 7-4 to the Port Moody Black Panthers on the road Saturday night. For a team that has only averaged two goals per game this season, the Flames’ eight goals show at least a glimmer of promise for team’s offence. However, the team’s defence, staffed largely by rookie blueliners, once again proved to be the Flames’ undoing. Matt Bissett scored a hat trick to lead the Flames offence Friday against the Ice Hawks. Despite losing 12-1 in their last meeting, the Flames held a 2-1 lead over the Ice Hawks after the first period. However, the Ice Hawks came alive in the second period, out shooting the Flames 22-5 while taking a 6-2 lead. See Flames, p42




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Flames look to improve after dreadful start Flames from p41 The Flames managed a pair of goals in the third, but could only muster 16 shots on net all night, compared to 44 by Delta. The Black Panthers led from start to finish Saturday night after taking an early 2-0 lead in the first period. The teams traded goals through the much of the first and second periods, with the Flames trailing 4-3 at the midway mark of the game. However, Port Moody pulled away in the third period, handing the Flames their 12th loss in 14 games this season. “Let’s be honest, the start we’ve had has been terrible,” said coach Tavis Eaton. “But we’re making improvements ... and we’re looking forward.” Newly acquired goalie Wesley McLeod faced a combined 97 shots over the weekend, registering a .835 save percentage. Having only played one game this season prior to this weekend, McLeod is still getting his feet wet, said Eaton. “We’re very happy with him,” he said. “He’s a very competitive player and he never gives up.” Despite having only played four games with the club, Bissett has emerged as the team’s scoring leader with six goals and two assists in that span. Eaton hopes as the team’s defensive core gains experience, the wins will come. “I think we can win every time out,” said Eaton. “If you come prepared to play and are willing to work hard, the wins will come.” The Flames are in Burnaby tonight (Wednesday) to take on the Grandview Steelers before facing conference rivals, the Abbotsford Pilots, on the road Friday. • The Flames next home game is Friday, Nov.18, at 7:30 p.m. against the North Delta Devils.

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Ty game Tyler Kujala of the Ridge Meadows Rustlers protects the puck from Tyler Goode of the North Vancouver Storm during a peewee A1 hockey game at Pitt Meadows Arenas on Sunday. The Rustlers won 7-1.





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DiNicolo grabs all-academic honours staff reporter Maple Ridge’s Anthony DiNicolo has been named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic team for the second straight year. DiNicolo, a senior defender with Simon Fraser University’s men’s soccer team, is pursuing a degree in engineering and has a 3.44 grade point average. “Engineering is a pretty tough and demanding pro-

gram and it’s definitely a challenge to balance school and soccer,” said DiNicolo. “It takes time and commitment to be successful. It’s great that we were so successful on the field this season and to be recognized for my hard work in the classroom makes this season mean that much more.” To be eligible for the GNAC academic team, student-athletes must be a letter winner, have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 and be in at

least their second year of competition at their university. DiNicolo and the SFU Clan men’s soccer team clinched the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship for the second year in a row last month. DiNicolo is coming DiNicolo off a junior campaign that saw him named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Infor-

mation Directors of America (CoSIDA), in addition to being named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic Team. DiNicolo was a critical member of last season’s 19-2-0 Clan team, and has started all five SFU games this season, helping the team to a 5-0 record, with only one goal against.

Meadow Ridge peewee Gold Knights finish season 8-2 Knights from p41 The Blue Knights finished third in their division and face the Chilliwack White Giants this weekend in the first round of playoffs. The peewee Gold Knights defeated the Abbotsford White Falcons 16-6 to take second place in their division with an 8-2 record. The defence led the way with Harrison Longhi, Justin Nickel and Cade Cote shutting down the Abbotsford running attack. Micah Cavalli intercepted a pass in the second half to help keep the Falcons from mounting a come

back. The offence was led by Tim Janke, who followed strong blocking of Mason Reeves, Cody Stewart and Angus MacDonald. The Gold Knights host the Chilliwack Blue Gaints at home in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. The peewee Blue Knights lost 12-0 to the Chilliwack Red Giants to finish their season 3-7, out of the playoffs. The midget Knights had their best game of the season, but wound up losing 28-21 to Langley. The Knights struggled early in the game and fell behind 21-0. The Knights’ offense


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45 Years in the drywall trade. All size jobs boarding, taping, spraying. Big or small. Wayne 778-242-2060 CASCADE DRYWALL. Res / Comm Drywall, taping, text. ceilings, t-bar. Rob 604-820-9601; 604-218-2396 frame2finish general contractor now accepting fall & spring contracts. Contact Al Davis 604-818-6657. HUGH’S DRYWALL The clean professional way. Small renovations. 604-463-5413




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SBroken Concrete RocksS $22.00 Per Metric Ton SMud Dirt Sod ClayS $22.00 Per metric Ton

Bonded, experienced Friendly service Reasonable price No job too small Reno’s/Additions



Call Ian @ 604-724-6373



Meadows Landscape Supply


Duroid, Re & Re, Shake conversions *28yrs Exp. - Also Snow plow & Junk Removal




1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. We move - We ship - We recycle. Senior- Student Discount. 604-721-4555.



Call Chris 604-462-9009 356


From 1, 3, 5, 7,10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free estimate/Seniors discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos

Meadows Landscape Supply Ltd. ✶ Bark Mulch ✶ Lawn & Garden Soil ✶ Drain Grave Lava Rock ✶ River Rock ✶Pea Gravel

604-537-4140 SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240




Gutter Cleaning

2 HUNGRY PAINTERS & Power Washing. Low prices. Int/Ext. Man & wife 75 years combined exp. 604.467.2532

Before it’s too cold

Xmas Light installs

* Fridges * Freezers * Stoves * Microwaves * Small appliances * Scrap Metal * Old pipe * BBQs * * Exercise equip. * Cars/trucks * All metal recyclables FREE

778-233-4949 T & K Haulaway CASTRO’S JUNK & DEMOLITION You Name It & It’s Gone! Best Rates. Free Est. (778)891-4017

RECYCLE-IT! JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly • Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses

604.786.8769 November Special Call now and save!


LARRY THE HANDY GUY. For all your Household needs. Reno’s, Hauling & Power Washing Elec/ Plumb/ Tiling (778)994-4736




Call 7 days/week

Professional Installation



Big jobs-Small jobs-We do it all! Visa & M/C accepted


Call Tim 604-612-5388


SCOTT FAMILY RENOS Roofs, windows, doors, painting, drywalling, flooring, bsmnt. finishing. (604)836-9274



ACCURATE PROFESSIONAL PAINTING SERVICES 3 Rooms for $299. Powerwashing New const. Apartment repaints. Int/Ext No Job’s too small.




Call (604)763-8795


A-TECH Services 604-230-3539

Local Maple Ridge company

Lic / Ins 25 Years Exp

(778)233-1114 Ray

CKC REG BLOOD HOUND pups, 1 male, 8 fem. Liver & tan, ready to go end of Nov. (604)574-5788 DOGO ARGENTINO. Reg’d. puppies. M & F. Champion background. $2800. each. 604-853-8531 Abbts.

ENGLISH BULLDOG Puppies P/B,CKC,Reg’d microchip, vet chk, health guarantee, champ pedigree, parents onsite $2800. (604)462-7563 LABRADOODLE PUPPIES Family Based Hobby Breeder. $750 604-595-5840. Avail Nov 20th. NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or POODLE, Miniature. Puppies. 3m, 1st & 2nd shots, dewormed, paper trained. $575. (604)856-8267 SAVE A LIFE - Wonderful Rescue Dogs from Foreclosed Upon Pets. Spayed, Neut. Reg. vac. & rabies, microchipped. $400 adoption fee. Avail at your local Petcetera Stores. SHIHTZU / TOY POODLE. Male pups. Vet checked, shots, deflead & dewormed. $400 604-744-8793

(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.


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TREE SERVICES A1-TRI-CRAFT Tree Serv. Dangerous tree removal, spiral pruning hedge trimming, stump grinding, topping. Insured, WCB Free Est Arborist Reports

FRESH COAT PAINTING ~ Int/Ext, Drywall repair, Texture ceilings, Free Est. (778)868-5307 James



Sport cards, autographs, bubbleheads, action figures. Original cost to collector over $50,000. VIEW: Sat & Sun Nov 12 & 13; 1-5pm Mon from 1-5pm

**HOME PHONE RECONNECT** Call 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid Long Distance Specials! Feature Package Specials! Referral Program! Don’t be without a home phone! Call to Connect 1-866-287-1348.

CENTRAL AUCTION #313 - 20560 - Langley By Pass (#10 Hwy) 604-534-8322




ZIMMERMANN PIANO with bench. $1800: (604)538-9456


DO-IT-YOURSELF STEEL BUILDINGS Priced to Clear - Make an Offer! Ask About Free Delivery, most areas! Call for Quick Quote and Free Brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170. Steel Buildings. Reduced Factory Inventory, 30x36 – Reg $15,850 Now $12,600, 36x58 – Reg $21,900 Now $18,800, 48x96 – Reg $48,700 Now $41,900; 81x130 – Reg $121,500 Now $103,900 Source# 1L0 800-964-8335

UNDER $400



15 Arizona Ranch Lots! 50% OFF! AAA+ View Lots. $0 Down! Starting $99/MO! Guaranteed Financing! Near Tucson’s Int’l Airport 1-800659-9957- Mention Code 7

PRIVATE 6 acres in desirable Garibaldi. Land usable for future subdivision. All fenced. Don’t miss this great investment property. call Stacey Hambrook at 604-581-3838

LIFT-CHAIR/RECLINER Med blue in color. Abt 2yrs old Good Cond Asking $400. 604-465-6601



MAPLE RIDGE 2 brand new high quality houses, 2 story with bsmnt. Approx. 3500 & 4000 sq. ft. Will trade for old house. 778-240-0444


BEST FIREWOOD 32nd Season & 37,000 Cust Deliv. Fully Seas. Maple, Birch, Alder 604-582-7095



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463-4449 or 209-6583 MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331


Swiss Mountain pups. Look like Bernese but short-hair & smaller. Gentle. 604-795-7662 lv msg.


Sports Memorabilia Auction Monday Nov 14th, 7pm

Single items to entire households Swiss Mountain cross, 8 mos, male, very loving, $500. (604)845-2223, lv msg.


Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991



Running this ad for 7yrs

MILANO PAINTING. Int./Ext. Prof. Painters. Free Est. Written Guar. Bonded & Insured. 604-551-6510


CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at or call 1 (604)820-2977

778-834-6234 3 rooms for $269, 2 coats any colour

Winter clean ups

Decks - Bathrooms - Kitchens

CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866



Free Estimate


All aspects of Landscaping and Maintenance,Strata, Commercial, Residential, Pavers, Patios & Retaining walls Snow Removal

Rubbish removal Handyman services Located in Maple Ridge 7 days ~ Free estimate Matt at MTK Services

RETIRED carpenter wants to keep busy. Looking for small carpentry jobs. Will repair or build new. Will also do small plumbing jobs. Call Ken 604-460-7803.

A-1 CONTRACTING. Renos. Bsmt, kitchens, baths, custom cabinets, tiling, plumbing, sundecks, reroofing. Dhillon 604-782-1936.




On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!

GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627

Cleaning & Repairing


BOSTON TERRIER pups born Aug 31st, upto date shots, dewormed & vet checked $800 ph 604-814-5014

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5” Gutter, Down Pipe, Soffit



GrassSBranchesSLeavesSWeeds $59.00 Per Ton

RIDGE MEADOWS ELECTRIC Licensed & Bonded. Call Don 604462-0480 or 604-861-7418 YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899




CAN’T GET UP your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591. FAST RELIEF the First Night!! Restless Leg Syndrome and Leg Cramps Gone. Sleep Soundly, Safe with Medication, Proven Results. 1-800-765-8660.

633 MOBILE HOMES & PARKS New SRI Manufactured Homes. Single Double Modulars on display. Repossessions 1974-2004. Chuck 604-830-1960. New SRI Single and double wides in Ruskin park with river view from $89,900. Chuck 604-830-1960



Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1-888-685-6181


Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

Andrew 604-618-8585 $ Best Rates $

D Garden Blend Soil D Lawn Blend Soil D Custom Blends avail. D Composted Mushroom Manure


NO Wood byproducts used

30 years experience

When QUALITY Matters all soils are tested for Optimum growing requirements

Bob Fitz-James 604-467-0333


Home Renovations and New Construction Kitchens, Bathrooms, Flooring, Drywall, Garages, Decks & more * 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE* INSURED ~ WCB


Tree removal done RIGHT!

DUTCH TOUCH Green Services Ltd

Dean 604-834-3076

Landscape Construction Renovations W Maintenance


604-463-3644 604-861-1490

• Free Estimates • Free Kitchen designs • A+ Rating



ALLAN Const. & Asphalt. Brick, conc, drainage, found. & membrane repair. 604-618-2304; 820-2187.

• Tree & Stump Removal • Certified Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~

604-787-5915, 604-291-7778 Info: 10% OFF with this AD

RESIDENTIAL PAVING Your LOCAL Tree Service, For Honest Prices & Quality Work

No job too small

Over 20 year experience



D Sealing D Resurfacing D Patching & Repair D Senior’s Discount D Free Estimates

Greg 604-818-0165

Call Scott at 604-618-0333 Certified Arborist


SAWDUST Hemlock, Fir & Cedar Available for Delivery Call for pricing 604-465-5193 or 604-465-5197

Free Estimates * Fully Insured

All Areas

JAGUAR LANDSCAPING Lawn & Garden Service. Design, Pruning, Lawns, Cleanups, Comm/Res. (604)462-1369

Two open heart surgeries. One big need.

Rite-Way Paving 338



✔ ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS Call Niko Plumbing Ltd. 24/7. Res/Com, plugged drains. h/w tanks. ★15 yrs exp. 604-837-6640 $69/HR. Lic., Insured. Experienced & friendly service. Clogged drains, garburators, leaks & more. Sm jobs OK. Call anytime 604-805-2488.



BABY COCKATIELS for sale. Hand fed. $60 each. Phone (604)951-4660 (Surrey). BORDER Collie/Springer Spaniel X. Vet checked, dewormed, first shots. $300. Call 604-746-6728

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604-464-7548 #1 IN RENTALS (Since 1990) Professional Property Management Services for LANDLORDS (Tri City)

BBY nr Lough. Mall, upper 2 flrs of family home, 5 bdrms, dbl garage, ns/np/refs, $1800 +3/4 utils. P.Meadows Brand New - Solaris Towers. 2 & 3 bdrms, 5 appli’s, nr WCE, shops, parks & schools. NS/NP,refs. Rents Start@ $1250 M.Ridge Haney’s Landing, 2 Bdrm apt. 5 appli’s, avail immed. Ns/np/refs. $1000/mo. Coquitlam 2bdrm bsmt, near Schoolhouse/Austin.Avail immed. NS/Refs. $950/mo + shared utils. MAPLE RIDGE, Central. 11735-225 St. 2 bdrm - $900: incl heat & h.w. no dogs.604-467-9420 or 477-9021 MAPLE RIDGE: Sunwood - Assisted Living Complex-New 1 bdrm incl. lunch & dinner daily. 24 hr emerg resp. Use of all fac. incl fitness. $2200/mo or $1750 without meals. Nov. 15th. (604)970-9510



2 Bedroom Apt $830/mo

Gated underground parking, heated outdoor pool. Heat, hot water & 3 appliances included. 2 min. walk to Westcoast Express.

Attractive modern unit, in a safe, all ages community in beautiful Maple Ridge. Amenities include community gardens, playground, amenity rooms, on site laundry facilities & secure parking in a certified Crime Free Multi Housing complex. Pet friendly (some exceptions apply). The tenant and other occupants must demonstrate they meet eligibility criteria related to income, number of occupants, and other similar criteria. Please note that fully subsidized, or Rent Geared to Income (RGI) units are filled via a waiting list called The BC Housing Central Registry ( No RGI subsidy available at this time.

Call 604-451-6075 to view. Metro Vancouver Housing Corp.


AVAILABLE NOW 1 & 2 BDRM SUITES Heat, hot water & parking. Close to stores & schools.

MAPLE COURT I 22437 121st Ave 604-467-0715 22423 121st Ave 604-467-4894

Maple Ridge

Glenwood Manor Apartments

Great location for seniors!

Clean, quiet & affordable! Incl. heat, h/w, cable. Senior Move-In Allowance.

Refs & Credit check req. Sorry No Pets For more info. google us.

MAPLE INN 11695 -224th St Maple Ridge 1 bdrm $500-$550 includes hot water Certified Crime Free Building Mature adult oriented. Close to uptown 604-463-4131 for appointment (9am-5pm) MAPLE RIDGE

1 & 2 Bdrs from $750/mo GREAT LOCATION

Queen Anne Apts. * Renovated Suites * Clean, very quiet, large, INCLUDES: HEAT, HOT WATER & HYDRO Near Shopping & Amenities.

604-463-7450 604-463-2236 12186-224 St, Maple Ridge Certified Crime Free Buildings MAPLE RIDGE


✶ Move In Allowance McIntosh Plaza Suit Mature Adults Highrise 1/2 Block to Town F/F fridge & easy clean stoves Avail Aug 1. NO PETS

22330 McIntosh Avenue

(604)463-6841 MAPLE RIDGE 2 Bdrm, 2 bath, on 2nd Floor amenities room, weight room, f/p, new appl’s, insuite laundry, Beautiful master ensuite, 2 u/g parking, 24hr monitored security, avail in URBANO complex for Nov, credit checks & references mandatory Walk to shopping, schools. $1200/mo


Maple Ridge Swan Court Apartments Large 1 & 2 Bedrooms. Hardwood floors, adult oriented, heat, h/w & cable incl’d, f/p, n/pets. Criminal Record check may be reqd Resident Manager Onsite Now with SENIORS DISCOUNT





(604) 463-9522 Central Maple Ridge Available Now 3 BEDROOM


Maple Ridge 22450-121st Street




1 & 2 Bdrms from $685 & $850 & renovated suite with dishwasher $45. extra. Clean, Spacious Includes cable, heat, hot water & parking Seniors discount 21387 Dewdney Trunk Rd

(604)466-5799 PORT COQUITLAM

The Meadows

Large 1, 2 & 3 Bdrm Suites Available

Call: 778-882-8894 604-465-0008 or 604-465-5818

709 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL PORT COQUITLAM, 2043 sq ft. Ground floor, dance/fitness area. Facing onto city park. 1 blk from Lougheed/Shaughnessy intersection. 604-464-3550.









OFFICE & RETAIL SPACE Various downtown locations. Avail. Now! Updated and well maintained. Various sizes 320sf. - 2000sf. Starting at $495/month.

Call: Rick Medhurst, Royal LePage


743 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Call Maria at ridgemeadows property management Mon Fri 9-6 604-466-2838 or visit www.ridgemeadowsproperty




Rooms from $435/mo. Fully Furn, weekly maid service, cable TV, private bath, on bus route, 5/min walk to commuter rail.



PORT MOODY. Heritage Mountain 2 bdrm (lrg w/view) + office space, 1300 sq/ft, insuite w/d, all appls. Avail now. $1200. 604-725-4873.



3-BDRM upper lvl corner lot house, balcony, private fenced yard, 2-car garage. Shaugnessy and Lougheed area, ready Dec 1, 2011, $1200 + utilities. 604-945-0534 or BURNABY, 3 bed and 1 bath upper level newly renovated suites home in Burnaby south slopes. Near skytrain. Avl November 15. $1200+half utilities (no smoking) REFERENCES REQUIRED.! Call 604-910-4528 MAPLE RIDGE: 3 bdrms upstairs, 1 den, 2 bthrms, lovely place. $1500: Avl Nov 15. Refs. (604)466-5620



PITT MEADOWS: 2 - 3 bdrm co-op T/H $1030/mo - $1134/mo. Shares req’d. No subsidy available. Orientation 2nd & 4th Sun. 2 pm & 3rd Tues. 7 pm each mo. 19225 119th Ave., Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2B2. Leave msg 604-465-1938



FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery. INSTANT AUTO CREDIT We can finance your auto loan in minutes, you Drive Home Now or we deliver to BC & Alberta

Call 604-467-3944


Beautiful 1 Bdrm, very quiet area, 9 ft ceilings Suits single, Shared W/D, N/S, N/P, Min 1 yr lease $800 includes util’s & cable


Need A Vehicle! Guaranteed Auto Loan. Apply Now, 1.877.680.1231



1987 CHEVROLET Celebrity, clean 166,00kms, $1000. obo Call 604-619-8596 1988 Lincoln TOWN CAR, fully loaded, very good cond. New bumper / alternator & tuneup aircared $1800 obo. 604-463-8087 2000 FORD FOCUS, standard trans., blue, 4 dr. sedan, CD, Air Cared. $2995 obo (604)826-0519 2005 CHRYSLER SEBRING convertible, silver, 84 k’s. auto. Mags. $7895/obo. (604)826-0519 2011 CHRYSLER, SILVER, 2000 series, 4,037km. $25,000 obo (250)485-8081

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 1996 TOYOTO COROLLA PLUS, auto, green, 4/dr, a/c, 156K, timing belt replaced, new exhst, reg. srvc, good brakes/tires, AirCared 03/13 $3100 obo. (604)507-9945 2002 DODGE NEON R/T standard trans., white, sunroof, used eng., new timing belt & clutch. CD stacker $3995 obo. (604)826-0519


Awning, ext. speakers, micro., thermopane windows, elec. Happi-Jacks and more! $24,995 (Stk.30389) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644


2007 Honda Civic DXG 5 sp, 2 dr., grey, 130K, p/w, p/l, a/c, am/fm/cd, no acc. $9,500 604793-3819

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal

DSI water heater, A/C, microwave, awning, 3 burner range, outside shower. $21,995 (Stk.30630) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644


2011 5th Wheel 32’ Gooseneck Cargo Trailer, triple axle, 4000lb ramp, electric brakes, roof vents, 36” side door, like new, $12,500. Call 604-842-8009.


FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288


1995 Ford Explorer, Eddie Bauer, 5 spd, 4x4, loaded, leather, sunroof, exc cond. $3900. 778-565-4230 1996 SUZUKI Swift 2 dr. auto, 4 cyl. 1.3L, stereo, passed AirCare for 2 yrs. $950. Call (778) 551-1662. 2010 SANTA FE GL, silver, 9,920 kms. $21,490. Orig owner, pristine cond. 2.4L, 6 spd, auto, shiftronic, 5 star safety rating, extra floor mats. Call Joe 604-850-0354. 7 - 9 pm.



2000 DODGE GREAT WEST VAN Class B Motorhome 318V8 107,000 km. Rebuilt transmission has 400 km & warranty. Like new in & out. A/C, fantastic fan, toilet, shower, am/fm stereo w/ CD & Cassette, dvd w/ screen. Fridge, stove, micro, sink. A must see! $23500 obo. 604-796-8792 2004 F350 LARIAT CREW CAB, 4X4, long box, 5th wheel, 180K, full load $16,500 obo. 604-812-1278






The Scrapper

2005 Mercedes Benz SL55 AMG Kompressor AMG Sport Package, 5.5 litre V-8, 493 HP. Hardtop retractable roof, 31,000 km. Online auction now: Info: 250-952-5003


MAPLE RIDGE w. single priv rooms shared kitch & bath. $500-$550 incl utils. 604-467-4450, 604-833-4450.

Maple Ridge ~ Rockridge


PITT MEADOWS, Ford & Harris, 3 bdrm T/H. Quiet family complex, rent geared to income. N/P. Call: 604-465-4851

1968 VW Beetle Convertible. fully restored, collectors plates. asking $14,500. obo. (604)939-5509




22222 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge Inquire in person between 9am - 3pm or




Haney Motor Hotel

800SQ.FT. 1bd, 230th & Dewdney, carp/lam., shrd. lndy, sep. ent, no pets/smokers, suits individual/couple. $775/mo. all incl. &intrnt/wi-fi 604-466-9579 (bfr 8pm) or 604-307-0787 anytime. BEAUTIFUL, brand-new 1 br suite $900 Sep entr, w/d, d/w, micro, sep heat, alarm, wifi. Must see - too many features to list. N/s, pets negotiable. Call 604-467-4812. COQUITLAM Westwood Plateau, lge bright 1 bdrm. 1010 sq. ft., priv. ent. Nr bus & Douglas College. $950 + 1/3 utils. 778-323-7530. MAPLE RIDGE, 2 Bdrm, 1 bath, $770/mo incl utils. Dec 1st. Quiet N/S, N/P. Gilbert 604-466-6388 Maple Ridge, 2 bdrm clean 950sf above grnd, full bath, dble ceiling, 2 car prkg ns/np $900. 604-466-3235 MAPLE RIDGE. 2 bdrm grd. flr. Avail. Nov. 1st. Sep entry. Prkg. 3 appls.Shared laundry.N/S.N/P Lease req.$950/mo.+$50utils. 604936-5728 or Beth @604-466-9458 Maple Ridge. Bright spac 2 bdrm in newer home. Fncd yrd, priv ent, shr lndry. Hw flr, new paint. ns/np. $900 incl utils. Avail now. 604-318-4631 MAPLE RIDGE Central. Brand new 2 bdrm, 1200 s/f. New W/D, stove & D/W. $1000/mo. incl utils. N/S. Absolutely no pets. 604-477-9871. MAPLE RIDGE, Central. Newer home, legal grd lvl bright 2 bdrm, sep ent, own W/D. Lrg cov’d patio & yard. $1000 incl util. NS/NP. Ref’s req. Nov 15. 604-476-1617 MAPLE RIDGE new bsmnt suite, 2 bdrm, quiet neighborhood, incl. 5 appl., insuite ldry., utils. incl. Lge covered deck, N/P N/S. Avail. now. $900/mo. 604-467-1053

2004 Honda CRV EX, black, 69,100 kms. $13,490. Exc cond. orig. owner. 2.4 L auto, real time AWD. Extra set of summer tires, flr/cargo mats. Call Joe 604-850-0354 7 - 9 pm.


2011 NISSAN VERSA, 4 door, hatchback, auto. grey, new tires. $8500 firm. Call 604-538-4883.

Maple Ridge Central 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, No Smoking , No Pets $1650/mo Incls’ hydro & hot water, Available Dec 1st (778)552-8946


NEW 4 bdrm,3 bath. Burkeville area Rmd/Canada line, bus @ $2950 2100 ft. - Pam 604-780-8010 PORT MOODY Heritage Mtn. Ravine Drive. 5 Bdrms + lrg office, 3-5 baths, approx. 3000 sq.ft. on 2 floors. Gorgeous city view from both floors. Dble garage. Ensuite with jacuzzi. Spacious decks. $2400/mo. Avail now. Call 604-725-4873.


MR: 203 St. 2 br bsmt, full bathr, laminate, own w/d & parking, cls to amen., $850/mo incl. util., N/S, N/P Avail. now, 778-558 2344

MAPLE RIDGE Central 1Bdrm 1/2 Duplex, Fenced back yd. Suit quiet Adult Incs cable $675 + hydro Refs & Dam Dep req 604-306-5752 PITT Meadows 3 Bedroom, $1425. + utils. Lots of extras, nr amens n/p,n/s, serious inq’s 778-241-1231

2 Bdrm corner suite $925 S Incl heat/hot wtr, wndw cvrngs S Close to bus stop S Walk to shpng/medical/WCE S Across from park w/Mtn views S Gated parking and Elevator S Adult oriented building S References required CALL FOR APPOINTMENT


604-318-8300 851


SCRAP CARS & METALS - CA$H for CARS Up to $300. No Wheels - No Problem! Friendly & Professional Service. Servicing the Fraser Valley 1-855-771-2855

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673

2005 MONTANA SV6, loaded, Onstar, 7 pass., new front rotors & brakes. Mint. $6400. 604-812-1278

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west coast auto group ANY MAKE OR MODEL


so are our


Local vehicle, fully loaded including power sunroof and leather interior, chrome wheels, GM Warranty, 143 Point BCAA Inspection UC219502




*! $ (+#''' (+, 14,000 145

2009 Ford Focus


)'((A<<G>I8E;:?<IFB<<C8I<;F $ **#''' 33,000 ),* 253*!



2010 Dodge Challenger SXT Coupe





UC017838 CfX[\[#iff]#c\Xk_\i Loaded, roof, leather

2008 Honda Accord EX-L







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20000 Lougheed Hwy. Pitt Meadows



Golden Ears Way


way #


200 St



lowest prices guaranteed



NISSAN Toll Free


1-866-208-8820 19625 Lougheed Hwy.




Stock# UC114440


SALE$20,700 ONLY $175bi-weekly****

save $6491

2010 Ford Fusion SE

Stow n go 7 pass, 32021 kms black

Stock# UT464579

4D Sedan 4cyl 38,953 kms

Stock# UC385887

was $28,991

was $22,991

SALE$19,300 ONLY $164bi-weekly****

SALE$16,500 ONLY $141bi-weekly****

save $9341

save $8491

2008 Ford F150 Supercab XLT 4x4 White 53,143km

2009 Ford Sport Trac Stock# UT027345

4WD, V6, loaded stock.

Stock# UT003342

was $27,991

was $31,991

SALE$18,650 ONLY $179bi-weekly***

SALE$23,500ONLY $198bi-weekly****

save $7991

save $6991

2010 Ford Flex Limited loaded AWD 30605 kms

2010 Ford Explorer XLT Stock# UT002498

7 passenger loaded only 21848 kms

Stock# UT088255

was $36,991

was $32,991

SALE$29,000 ONLY $242bi-weekly****

SALE$26,000 ONLY $218bi-weekly****

save $11991

save $7491

2007 Ford Mustang V6 Convertible

2010 Ford F150 Supercrew XLT 4x4

Black, 51,500 km

with vehicle purchase





TOYOTA 1-866-910-1579





your trade-in no matter what you owe

DL 26469


All prices and payments plus taxes and fees. All ďŹ nancing on approved credit. ++ See dealer for detail * on selected new vehicles.

A Better Place to Buy A Car!

176 St



Pay off your high interest loans

Huge selection of all makes and models and many cars, trucks, vans and SUVS to choose from all in one location



1 local owner, fully equipped including power roof and leather, no accident claims, pre-approved Financing Available (OAC) UC001575 $

we will not be undersold


*+#''' 33,000 )-' 253



Call for approval


Like new!!1 local owner, no accident claims, fully equipped including Sony sound and navigation system, Chrysler Warranty, pre-approved Âżnancing. $ UC151828


Good Credit Bad Credit No Credit

+o+#M-Ă&#x2022;\o$]l\c 4x4, V6 ďŹ&#x201A;ex-fuel

Stock# UC306570

White. 32,707 km

Stock# UT045986

was $28,991

was $32,991

SALE$17,000 ONLY $189bi-weekly**

SALE$25,500 ONLY $214bi-weekly****

All prices plus $399 Dealer Admin Fee and Taxes. *48 month ďŹ nance **60 month ďŹ nance ***72 month ďŹ nance ****84 month ďŹ nance. EX. 2007 F150 UT058887 sale price $15,500 plus $399 dealer administration fee and taxes. $174 bi-weekly for 60 months, cost of credit $4,028.88, OAC. Payments include taxes and fees.


We accept Visa, Mastercard & American Express


V N 203rd


DL 7662






Low kms, local vehicle, lots of Mazda Warranty. BCAA 143 Point unbiased mechanical inspection & fully serviced, FINAL PRICE REDUCTION !! $ UT005798

ar dem l u p o p by






72.)DFEK?J MONTHS L:)*-+.0 UC236479 +Zpc`e[\i#_pYi`[#^XjjXm\i 4 cylinder, hybrid, gas saver

local vehicle, no accident, claims, fully equipped, Hyundai factory warranty, 143 Point BCAA Inspection, pre-approved Âżnancing (oac) UC052168


Loaded with only 43,057 kms was $32,991

)''0:?<MIFC<KD8C@9L?P9I@; $ (-#''' 16,000 (+) 142

2008 Mazda B400 Cab Plus SE 4x4

Stock# UC271302

was $14,991

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SE


save $12291

2010 Ford Mustang Convertible

save $9691


2010 Hyundai Elantra

SALE$19,000 ONLY $189bi-weekly***





SALE$15,500 ONLY $174bi-weekly**

4 dr, 78,908 km



Stock# UT098580

4x4 V8 only 74K

was $28,991

2005 Chevrolet Impala

We cover towing within the lower mainland

UC122165 CfX[\[n`k_^ff[`\j#iff]#XlkfdXk`Z Loaded with goodies, roof, automatic

BC Island vehicle, Ford Factory Warranty, fully equipped, 143 point BCAA Inspection, pre-approved Âżnancing (oac) UC233773

Stock# UT058887

was $19,991

save $8991




5.4 auto


2007 Pontiac G6 GT

save $9991

2007 Ford F150 S/C 4WD XLT




save $4491

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19950 Lougheed Hwy., Pitt Meadows

located at the north end of the new golden ears bridge


203 RD


bridging the gap


1-888-251-7930 DL 6077






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