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Santa came to town Santa Claus high-fives children as he rides south along 224th Street, his sleigh pulled by four miniature horses, at the end of the annual parade Saturday evening in Maple Ridge. See more images on p11.

A teenage boy pleaded guilty Monday to taking photographs and video of an alleged sexual assault at a Pitt Meadows rave last year. The boy, 17, entered the sudden plea in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court, although he initially intended to fight the allegations at trial. It started Thursday and heard from only one witness before a decision was reached to proceed with the guilty plea. The charges against the teen stem from the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl at “Another Night in Bangkok,” a party held on a farm at 12993 Harris Rd. on Sept. 10, 2010. The teenage boy cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. See Guilty, p4

ALC rejects plans for Albion flats Recommends development east of 105th Avenue only by P hi l M e l nych uk staff reporter


The ALC ruled that land west of 105th Avenue in the Albion flats be preserved.

The Agricultural Land Commission has cut in half Maple Ridge’s commercial-industrial and recreational plans for Albion flats, saying the district can only develop on the east side of 105th Avenue, the road that bisects the fields along Lougheed Highway.

Mayor Ernie Daykin made the announcement Monday night during the new council’s swearing in ceremony. Maple Ridge earlier this year had sent in a draft version of its plans for the area calling for development of most of the flats, most of which lies within the Agricultural Land Reserve. The district will use the ALC’s feedback to as a base for a formal application to withdraw land from the reserve, a necessary step before development. Even the suggestion that it supported development of the east

there are 500,000 sq. feet of commercial space on that side of the road and adding that Meadowtown Centre in Pitt Meadows is about 400,000 sq. feet. “They said they will look at commercial use, industrial use … when it comes out, we can do whatever we want there.” Mall developer SmartCentres has one portion of the east side, but has more property on the west side of 105th Ave., which the commission says must remain in the land reserve. See ALC, p14

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side came with the condition that work be done to restore the agricultural capability of the land to the west of 105th Ave. The property has poor drainage. Daykin Daykin said it’s still possible to develop on the east side, where there are 100 acres, noting

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More money for GE bridge noise issues TransLink asks residents to pick solution by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter TransLink is offering to spend half a million dollars more to address noise from the Golden Ears Bridge. The offer was presented last week to a community action group which has been meeting with the provincial transportation authority since September to deal with noise and drainage issues associated with the bridge. While the expansion joints meet transportation ministry standards, the incessant croaks and thumps from vehicles driving over the gaps between them have been a nuisance for people in nearby neighbourhoods since the bridge opened in June 2009. TransLink pitched nine options to dampen noise from the bridge, including increasing the height of a concrete wall, adding additional sound barriers, and planting evergreen trees. Residents are now left with picking which of nine options they’d like TransLink to proceed with, as moving ahead with all nine would cost more that a million dollars, exceeding the $500,000 being offered. Just raising the height of an existing sound wall by 900 mm would cost $675,000. “It puts the matter into their hands. They can tell us what they

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Residents of Wildwood Crescent want sinus plates installed to quiet expansion joints on the bridge, but say TransLink is not willing to consider that option.

want us to do with the money,” said TransLink spokesperson Ken Hardie. “We are asking them to prioritize what would make the most sense to do first. The people

then own the results.” TransLink has already spent $600,000 installing cloth-like inserts to reduce noise caused by vehicles driving over the bridge’s expansion joints.

Testing done by TransLink found the inserts have reduced noise on the bridge deck between six and 10 decibels, while nighttime noise heard in Pitt Meadows along Wildwood Crescent dropped by more than 10 decibels. Additional speed and noise reduction measures, which include larger speed limit signs, use of engine brake signs, additional road markings, and LED speed limit signs are also being considered by TransLink. But many residents still want TransLink to install sinus-plates over the expansion joints – an expensive fix that TransLink is not open to.

Derek Thorkelson, a professor of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University, is one of the Wildwood Crescent residents fed-up with “TransLink’s continued deception and manipulation.” “Sinus plates would completely relieve the problem of the expansion joint burping, but TransLink has refused to recognize this solution publicly, and has intentionally used flawed reasoning to convince us that sinus plates would not provide the best acoustical outcome,” said Thorkelson, who has investigated the use of sinus plates on other bridges. “TransLink is simply afraid of the costs and

Divers check on Airport Way culvert staff reporter The company that built the Golden Ears Bridge sent divers into a culvert under a road in Pitt Meadows last week to investigate what’s causing it to collapse. Bilfinger Berger and TransLink

have yet to report back to the city on what was found inside the channel, which runs under Airport Way. “They wanted to go in to check on the integrity of the material because they will be involved with correcting in,” said city director of operations Kim Grout.

The city has made TransLink aware of the broken culvert and other defects associated with the construction of the toll bridge and its surrounding road network, but has yet to receive written acknowledgement of those flaws from the provincial transportation authority.

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we are paying the price – with disturbed sleep and daytime annoyance. There is no money currently set aside for sinus plate installation, and instead we are left with an inherently flawed design of gluedin rubber strips which, after a few months, pop out and lie strewn on the bridge deck.” Other residents wonder if TransLink is offering the cash to “divide and conquer” by pitting them against each other in competition for funds. “They’ve given us a difficult task,” said Leslie Colquhoun, who also blames the construction of the bridge and surrounding road network for causing drainage problems in

The deadline for handing over the road network, which includes Airport Way and a walking trail behind Wildwood Crescent, to the city was Nov. 30. Spokesperson Ken Hardie said TransLink will be acknowledging those defects in writing by the end of the year. “We will cover off any deficiencies and find out if there are any others and just basically get the whole thing tidied up,” he added.

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her backyard. “It’s not fair. I vote we pick everything. You do everything it takes to mitigate the noise.” Pitt Meadows’ new mayor also believes the budget for solutions is not enough. “It is my opinion that the $500,000 budget falls short of the necessary $1,750,000 for an effective solution,” said Deb Walters.

Options: 1. New 3.9 metre wall (113 B Avenue ramp) – $60,00; 2. Evergreen trees (113B Ave ramp) – $10,000; 3. Hang concrete wall (113 B overpass) – $250,00; 4. Plant trees on existing berms – $20,000; 5. Plant trees along 113B Ave. shoulder – $35,000; 6a. Raise sound wall by 900 mm – $675,000; 6b. Raise sound wall by 1,500 mm – $750,000; 7. Plant trees on berm west of soundwall – $40,000; 8. Plant trees east of Joyner Place – $20,000; 9. Plant trees on berms adjacent to Hammond Road – $15,000. – TransLink

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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 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, 2011 to consider the following bylaws: 1) 2011-035-CP MAPLE RIDGE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDING BYLAW NO. 6874-2011 LEGAL: Lot 24, Section 28, Township 12, New Westminster, Plan 48925 LOCATION: 23735 132 Avenue PURPOSE: To amend Figure 2 Land Use Plan and Figure 3C River Village (as shown outlined in heavy black line on the following map) FROM: Conservation TO: Medium/High Density Residential AND To amend Figure 4 Trails/Open Space to remove from Conservation (as shown outlined in heavy black line on the following map) 2) 2011-037-RZ MAPLE RIDGE ZONE AMENDING BYLAW NO. 6817-2011 LEGAL: Lots 49 & 50, Section 22, Township 12, New Westminster District, Plan 43885 LOCATION: 24311 & 24361 124 Avenue FROM: RS-3 (One Family Rural Residential) TO: RS-2 (One Family Suburban Residential) PURPOSE: To permit the future subdivision into 4 lots.

Mounties corralled four horses on Sunday in Maple Ridge after they escaped from their paddock through a broken fence. Ridge Meadows RCMP were called about the horses around 7:15 a.m. after a resident spotted them on 224th Street near 132nd Avenue. Mounties contacted the SPCA, but were told no animal protection officers were available to help. That’s when Const. Jo Fraser stepped in. Fraser, who owns a horse, managed to coax the horses off the busy road and back into the field they escaped from. The horses were be-


Const. Jo Fraser and Julie McMillan. ing cared for by Julie McMillan of J and M Acres Horse Rescue, an organization that saves horses from slaughter. “I’ve been around horses for a good portion of my life, so I felt very comfortable herd-

ing them back to where they belong,” said Fraser. “I’m very happy that I could be of this type of assistance, as the owners were not aware these horses had escaped.”

Others go to trial next year Guilty from front He was the first of three people to face charges in connection with the incident. Crown laid one count each of making and distributing child porn against the teen three weeks after the rave. Crown prosecutor Wendy van Tongeren Harvey told the court the teen is now admitting to making and distributing obscene material. “There was sexual activity between two individuals and [the teen] is admitting he took photos and video with his Blackberry and sent it to others,” she explained. The images were eventually posted by others on the social-networking site Facebook and repeatedly shared online. Investigators believe that as many as 12 people witnessed the sexual assault and “more than one individual” participated in it. RCMP do not anticipate any more

3) 2011-077-RZ MAPLE RIDGE ZONE AMENDING BYLAW NO. 6848-2011 LEGAL: Lot 44, District Lot 6881, Group 1, New Westminster District, Plan 57415 LOCATION: 27540 128 Avenue FROM: RS-3 (One Family Rural Residential) TO: RS-2 (One Family Suburban Residential) PURPOSE: To permit future subdivision into 2 lots.

arrests or charges until new information is brought to their attention. Police said the investigation into the sexual assault and subsequent distribution of graphic images was hindered by a “code of silence” amongst those who attended the party. The others accused in the rave case go to trial next year. Colton Ashton McMorris, 19, will be tried on one count of sexual assault, while Dennis John Allen Warrington, 20, faces charges of making child pornography and intending to distribute it. Van Tongeren Harvey is the Crown prosecutor for both trials and said it was premature to discuss whether McMorris and Warrington would enter guilty pleas. A pre-sentence report has been ordered for the teenager. His lawyer, Mark Jette, also requested that a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. be eliminated from his bail conditions.


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 December 2 to December 13, 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., December 13, 2011. All written submissions and e-mails will become part of the public record. Dated this 2nd day of December, 2011. Ceri Marlo Manager of Legislative Services

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by Phi l M elnyc h u k staff reporter Blue Mountain will be busier next year when the Kwantlen First Nation starts its woodlot, allowing it to cut up to 5,200 cubic metres of timber a year. The plan for woodlot No. 0086, comprising 800 hectares, is now before the public and, if approved, later this year will become the third woodlot on the mountain, in addition to Blue Mountain Woodlot and BCIT Woodlot. And soon to follow could be a new gravel pit at the north end of 256th Street, proposed by Katzie First Nation and Canadian Aggregates Inc. The band and the company have made a joint application for a quarrying, sand and gravel operation on 79 hectares to the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. The application is currently in the review stage, awaiting comment from government agencies. Jim Bradshaw, with the Blue Mountain-Kanaka Creek Conservation Group, pointed out the new woodlot will cut the same amount of trees as the Blue Mountain Woodlot, but do so within a larger area. “It’s got double the acreage than [Blue Mountain] Woodlot 0038 and the same allowable cut. I guess it’s less of a problem than 0038.” He said logging could start first beneath the B.C. Hydro powerlines, in concert with the twinning of those lines. He’s also happy with the company Infinity-Pacific Stewardship Group, which will be running the woodlot under contract with the Kwantlen. “They seem more willing to discuss things.” The conservation group is requesting that a wildlife corridor be preserved along the upper reaches of Kanaka Creek. Bradshaw, though, is more concerned with the plans for a gravel operation at the north end of 256th Street. “It’s going to cross a lot of creeks. We’re a little concerned about that,” he added. “We just hope they do it in a responsible way. It sounds like the Kwantlen sure are.” Katzie First Nation is also discussing a First Nations woodlands forest licence, but there’s been no formal application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. A First Nations woodland licence is a long-term licence for a certain area, usually larger than a woodlot, that allows exclusive rights to logging to First

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Kwantlen Band wants to cut up to 5,200 cubic metres of timber a year on Blue Mountain. Nations and the ability to practise aboriginal stewardship. The operation of the woodlot will be similar to those already on the mountain, with trees cut in blocks of between two to five hectares. Within those cut blocks, clumps of trees will remain to provide wildlife habitat, shade, and a seed source for reforestation, said Chris Gruenwald, with Infinity-Pacific Stewardship Group. The plan is currently in the 60-day public review stage, which concludes Dec. 31. Its first term would run from 2012 to 2021. About 15 jobs could result from the woodlot, which should earn a profit of between $10 and $15 per cubic metre of timber. However, a woodlot doesn’t have to harvest that amount every year. Depending on prices, it could cut five years worth of timber in one year. Infinity Pacific would contract out the cutting to a logging company, which in turn would sell the wood to nearby mills. Any wood superfluous to that could be exported to China as raw logs. The overseas market for hemlock is good and most of the woodlot produces hemlock. “We’re working with Kwantlen to employ some of their members to provide training as part of the agreement,” Gruenwald said. Prices for exported raw logs are in the $80 to $85 per cubic metre range, compared to only $55 paid by local mills. “It’s not unique to forestry. It seems like all these industries seem to having these challenges.” Kwantlen also wants to operate a second woodlot or a First Nations Woodland Licence, another type of harvesting licence, within its traditional territory, but not necessarily on Blue Mountain.

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Making the grade Paper report cards could become a thing of the past and the current teachers’ job action is showing us how. While many people still cling to the idea of children bringing home a piece of paper with grades and comments at the end of term, it may be time to take another look at this standardized approach. For generations, the industrial-style education system has been fixated on producing graduates like widgets and report cards have mirrored this model with an overly simplistic analysis of students’ strengths and weaknesses. Admittedly, report cards have been upgraded over the years, with more comments and a reduced emphasis on grades at the primary level, but overall, they haven’t changed much. What educators now know – and B.C.’s new personalized learning agenda aims to address, at least in principle – is that students have different learning styles and require assessments that are measurable, flexible, adaptable and motivating. Students need a plan that more closely reflects their learning styles, interests and goals instead of a standardized set of outcomes and report cards to match. So far, the province has done a poor job in defining personalized learning and conveying exactly what and how it will change B.C.’s education system – and under the current model of labour relations in education, it’s hard to know how this will be achieved. Still, the teachers’ contract dispute has shown there are many ways to assess and report on student learning. Liberated from many administrative duties, teachers are communicating with parents and students by email and telephone, posting information online, sending home records of individual assignments and outlining specific problems that need to be addressed. What’s more, parents are being encouraged to seek out information about their child’s learning. There may be some gaps if parents don’t know how or are unable to communicate with their child’s teacher. In this event, it would have to be up to teachers to reach out. There will always be a need for some standardized assessment and recording, especially for those headed for university, but a piece of paper at the end of term is not now and never has been a fully meaningful record of success for all students. – Black Press

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B.C. a playground for eco-stunts VICTORIA – If the propaganda flowing over “tar sands” crude shipments across B.C. were oil, the province would be out of deficit by now. U.S.-funded professional environmentalists and their aboriginal partners lined up with the NDP B.C. Views last week to peddle a Tom Fletcher range of half-truths and falsehoods about proposals to pipe diluted bitumen from Alberta to a new port at Kitimat, where tankers would deliver it to Asian markets. They staged a slick news conference in Vancouver, where they claimed to have a seamless wall of aboriginal communities the length of B.C. opposing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. A 10-year-old girl in a cedar bark hat warned of devastation to the coastal ecology, providing the kind of emotional visual that appeals to urban television audiences who know and care little about science or resource industries. This event was co-ordinated with the publication of a report warning of huge risks from piping “tar sands” crude. The report was produced by the Natural Resource Defence Council, the Living Oceans Society and the Pembina Institute. These three obscure organizations are among those identified by independent researcher Vivian Krause on her website, rethink_campaigns/. These and other environmental groups have received

millions from U.S.-based foundations in recent years. Here’s one of many examples of the money trail that Krause has followed. U.S. tax returns show the Pembina Institute and a B.C. environmental group were paid $200,000 by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc. in 2006-07 “to prevent the development of a pipeline and tanker port” on the B.C. coast. The same Rockefeller fund has investments in competing pipelines going south. Documenting this huge money spill, Krause concludes that U.S. interests are working to stop Canada from exporting oil to Asia so the U.S. will be the only market available. They dress it up as environmentalism; we fall for it. Not surprisingly, the latest “tar sands” scare report was seized on by the B.C. NDP. “The pipeline goes over mountains, across farmland, over the Fraser and Skeena rivers and straight through the Great Bear Rainforest to the Pacific, where it will be picked up by supertankers trying to navigate our inland coastal waters,” said NDP environment critic Rob Fleming. Fleming parroted the report’s claim that diluted bitumen is more likely to cause corrosion in pipes and tankers. Enbridge issued a statement refuting the study. Its oldest bitumen pipeline went into service in 1979, and “a complete metal loss inspection of this line in 2009 revealed no increased risk or incidence of internal corrosion.” And the proposed pipeline route doesn’t cross the Fraser River. And claims of a huge increase in greenhouse gases from “tar sands” compared to conventional oil are grossly exaggerat-

ed. (The vast majority of emissions from all crude sources come when the refined fuel is burned to truck in your groceries or get you to work.) B.C.’s own Wilderness Committee chimed in, but this eco-show was organized by the local branch office of San Francisco-based ForestEthics. Those are the folks who blessed us with the fauxaboriginal name “Great Bear Rainforest.”

Tankers have been loading “tar sands” oil in Burnaby for about six years now, but the enviro-propagandists didn’t notice until a couple of years ago. A similar campaign is underway against expansion of the existing Kinder Morgan pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, which brings Alberta oilsands crude to ships heading out under the Lions Gate bridge and winding through the Gulf and San Juan Islands to Asia. Tankers have been loading “tar sands” oil in Burnaby for about six years now, but the enviro-propagandists didn’t notice until a couple of years ago. Up until then, Fleming and his colleagues raged about maintaining a “moratorium” on B.C. tanker traffic that never existed. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and (

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THE NEWS/letters That’s the way the cracker crumbles EDITOR, THE NEWS:

Re: Need a cracker or just want one? (Along the Fraser, Dec. 2). On Jack Emberly’s “Ridunkulist” is Muammar Gaddafi’s quote: “All my people with me. They love me all,” in reference to the democratically elected council members. The association is inane and beneath consideration and comment. He reveals his disdain for the 25 per cent who actually voted, the majority of whom voted for the council elected. If it’s not love yet, it’s certainly the honeymoon period. The other 75 per cent seem to not care. Referring to voters who want shopping, jobs and services where they live and pay property taxes as “shadowy ones,” is insulting. These residents are subsidizing the constant development of the so-called downtown core. He mentions the “community’s core values,” I suspect he intends his idea of core values. He has a prominent platform in the local paper to present his narrow focus, arguable opinions. Others must use perfectly, legitimate means. As to Polly the parrot, if her answer is she needs a cracker, it follows she wants one as well. That’s the way the cracker crumbles. CHERRYL KATNICH MAPLE RIDGE

Democracy in action EDITOR, THE NEWS.

With the latest municipal election over, I have seen letters to the editor applauding the new council, and that with Linda King retiring and Craig Speirs losing his position, council will now be more open to shopping opportunities and urban sprawl in Maple Ridge without opposition. Yes, the 25 per cent of Maple Ridge residents who give a damn about where they live and how our council will affect their lifestyles have spoken. Democracy in action. I wish the new council all the best, but would like to take the opportunity to thank Ms. King and Mr. Speirs for all their years of selfless dedication to Maple Ridge. I feel that, in a way, we have now lost our voice of conscience on council. DOUG STANGER MAPLE RIDGE

comments Val Patenaude · museum’s director at Maple Ridge Historical Society: Re: Port Haney hotel could get going by next fall ( Put the new museum and archives across the street with additional conference space capacity and we’d really have something. I’m all for this development. Claus Andrup · principal at Andrup Corporate Consultants Inc.: Re: Land commission rejects district’s plans for Albion flats ( No surprises here. The previous council mishandled this application (five of the miss-handlers remain on council). So be it. Murk Toorenburgh · Brentwood Bay, British Columbia: Re: Maple Ridge students free to learn on their own ( Leading edge Educators! Well done, fellows! Eva Whipple: Re: Maple Ridge students free to learn on their own ( This is great for students that have a parent that is committed as well ...

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Shift toward green energy EDITOR, THE NEWS:

There’s been a lot of talk about low voter turn-out and we must ask ourselves why so many people have disengaged from politics. Is it possible that people have averted their eyes because politics so often seem like a slow motion train wreck. Is it possible that crazy-making decisions by our so-called leaders have left such a bad taste in our mouths that some of us don’t have the strength to watch any more, let alone vote. Canada’s position on climate change, being expressed in Durban this week, is that we don’t want to be forced to lower our emissions while countries like China and the United States aren’t willing to do likewise. In Durban, we see small island nations in the Pacific advocating passionately for international agreements on climate change because they’re physically getting swallowed up by the rising oceans. Rather than showing leadership on this issue, our politicians have decided to play the blame game and try to make other nations look as bad as we are. It gets worse, though. While Canada criticizes China for not taking climate change seriously enough, our Prime Minister comes to British Columbia and announces that we should allow a pipeline through our northern first nations’ territories to carry Alberta’s tar sands to our coast. In this scenario, a steady stream of

tanker ships loaded with dirty fuel would then make its way down narrow ocean channels surrounded by pristine coastal forests to be shipped to – you guessed it – China. The bunker fuel used by tankers is some of the most polluting fossil fuel on the planet, but once a tanker’s in international waters, there are no pesky environmental standards at all. This means that our dirty oil just got a whole lot dirtier by being shipped to China.

Money that could have been used to develop renewable energy sources has instead been used to help multinational corporations mine some of the dirtiest oil on the planet, then clamour for environmentally risky routes to deliver it to refineries.

Oh, and our northern territories and pristine coastline became exposed to the risk of an oil spill in the process. Our federal government has subsidized tar sands extraction for many years. Money that could have been

used to develop renewable energy sources has instead been used to help multinational corporations mine some of the dirtiest oil on the planet, then clamour for environmentally risky routes to deliver it to refineries. We’ve even seen federal ministers of the environment acting as salespeople for our tar sands, claiming that these products are ethical, while minimizing the environmental impact. I know many, many people who want to see a shift toward renewable, green energy. They understand that this transition will be needed sooner or later, that it will create jobs and that our planet and the people on it could be healthier and wealthier because of the switch. When so many people are ahead of the politicians on an issue like this, you can understand why voting becomes problematic. Composting, riding a bike to work or hanging up your laundry seem like better options to create the greener world so many of us want. We need politicians who know how to inspire and lead us. We need politicians who say what they mean and mean what they say. We need politicians who look after the best interests of regular people rather than those who donated the most to their campaign. Until we have such politicians, my guess is that we will see voter turnout continue to decrease. ELIZABETH ROSENAU MAPLE RIDGE

‘That’s what Christmas is all about’ EDITOR, THE NEWS:

Re: No Xmas tree this year (Letters, Dec. 2). Lorne and Patty Archer’s letter was the most confusing bit of belly-aching I have read in a very long time. I can’t figure out if they are lamenting their own loss of Christian faith due to their attraction to the secular commercialism that has been part of our western culture for decades (even Charlie Brown in 1965 found it overwhelming); or if they are expecting the Christian churches in our community to launch their own media and commercial blitz to compete (instead of, perhaps, directing funds to hampers and shoe boxes, dinner for the homeless, supporting the underprivileged in our communities)? Sorry, Archers, but whether or not there is any ‘Christ’ in your Christmas is between you and your God and you can’t blame others for that. The secular part of the Christmas, or ‘holiday’ season – Santa, trees, and shopping – is just that, secular. Most Christians, in my experience, enjoy both the religious and secular aspects of this special time of year. If you equate Christmas to Groundhog Day, then by all means, you would be wasting your money on a tree and gifts. But rest assured, today there are 2.3 billion Christians world wide, who continue to cherish the angel’s message to the shepherds near Bethlehem 2,000

years ago. “Be not be afraid. Listen, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11). May I offer this antidote for your disenchantment: since you clearly won’t be doing anything else on the morning of Dec. 25 this year, why not make an effort to walk through the doors of any one of the many Christian churches in our fine community and experience what Linus so eloquently expressed: “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” TRACY FRANCIS MAPLE RIDGE

Taking a stand EDITOR, THE NEWS:

Re: No Xmas tree this year (Letters, Dec. 2). I have to agree with Lorne and Patty Archer, I too am so disappointed in our churches, our government, whoever it was that decided we should now celebrate ‘the holidays’ instead of Christmas. Let’s remember here, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. This is one of the few remaining ‘Canadian’ Christian traditions we do have. Yes, I know it is celebrated in other countries as well, often by another name. This may sound like a tirade, it may

even sound bigoted, and believe me I am not, but this is my country, I was born here, and I am sick and tired of our Canadian and Christian traditions being changed to accommodate other cultures. We are supposed to be a ‘melting pot’ of cultures, and that is wonderful. But I refuse to celebrate ‘the holidays,” which, as the Archers say, has about as much meaning to me as Groundhog Day. In our home, we will always celebrate Christmas, we will always decorate our Christmas tree, we will always exchange Christmas gifts, and attend Christmas parties. And if someone has a problem with that, too freaking bad. I said Merry Christmas to a store clerk the other day. She then quietly and somewhat embarrassingly informed me, “We’re not allowed to say that to customers anymore.” She then chirped “Happy Holidays.” Give me a break. When is someone going to take a stand for our Canadian culture? Those of us who were born here and have lived our lives here should not have to change our way of life to accommodate others. We live in a beautiful, diverse country, but let’s not forget our own culture and traditions for the sake of being ‘politically correct’ every time. PENNY FERGUSON MAPLE RIDGE

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2012–2016 Financial Plan and Capital Works Program The District of Maple Ridge Business Planning process is undertaken annually, and provides a framework for making decisions regarding programs, services, and resource allocations from a community perspective. Mayor and Council will be reviewing the proposed business plan that will guide our community through the upcoming year and into the future. This review will include the 2012-2016 Financial Plan and Capital Works Program. The public is welcome to attend the Business Planning sessions and there will be an opportunity at the end of each day for public input. Presentations will be held in the Maple Ridge Municipal Council Chambers located at 11995 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC

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The daily agenda will include the Financial Overview, the Administration Department, the Public Works & Development Services Division and the Corporate & Financial Services Division (including Police and Fire Departments). The regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole Meeting will be held at 1:00 pm in Council Chambers. Business Planning Presentations will resume when the Committee of the Whole agenda has been completed.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:00 am – 4:00 pm approx. (Public Input to Follow) The daily agenda will include the presentations for the Community Development, Parks & Recreation Services Division, the 2012 – 2016 Capital Works Program and conclude with the Financial Plan Recommendations. Public input is invited at the end of the formal presentations. Citizens who are unable to be at the Public Presentation are encouraged to provide input in a number of ways. You can call the ‘Budget Hotline’ and leave a message at 604.467-7484. You can provide your input by email to Trevor Thompson, Manager of Financial Planning at or to Mayor Ernie Daykin at Finally, you can send your thoughts by mail to the attention of Mayor Ernie Daykin at the address below. For further information about these presentations please contact Ceri Marlo at 604-463-5221 or visit our website at for detailed schedules. District of Maple Ridge 11995 Haney Place Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A9 Find us on Facebook @yourmapleridge

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“It’s the companies themselves that create jobs,” explained Sandy Blue, with Maple Ridge’s economic development office. What the forum will attempt to do is identify any obstacles, along with the means of removing them, with the help of the province, as a means to spark economic growth. It’s not a matter of shelling out public dollars for capital projects. “This is an opportunity for all the rest of us to talk to them and work with them and hear their ideas and say, ‘What does that project look like? What would a project be?’ “It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this. Just having the additional focus on the region can help.” Knowledge gained from the Regional Economic Investment Pilot will then be applied to other areas around B.C. Blue said announcements could be made concerning development of a tourism corridor in Mission near the Stave River, possible expansion of international pilot training at the Pitt

Meadows Regional Airport, or maybe a green building centre of training and excellence, given that Maple Ridge is offering healthy incentive grants to encourage such buildings. Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, as well as Mission are part of Invest North Fraser, which attempts to market the region as a whole when attempting to attract economic activity. Invest North Fraser recently announced a web portal ( so potential investors can get a quick snapshot of the region that lies on the north side of the Fraser River, east of Vancouver. Municipal boundaries are “irrelevant” to the companies scouting for locations, Blue pointed out. Invest North Fraser was formed about 18 months ago and has already talked with the minister. “He really liked what he saw in terms of collaboration between the three communities,” said Blue. “We were delighted that we were chosen as a pilot community. That’s really great. I think it

has a real potential. It’s the first time they’ve ever done anything like this.” Just having the extra focus put on the region can really help, she added. The B.C. Jobs Plan, announced in September, tries to get employers and communities to cooperate in fostering conditions for growth using the provinces’ most competitive sectors, such as forestry, mining, natural gas, agri-food, technology, tourism, transportation and international education. “I understand that as different communities we have different challenges. But by coming together as a united region, we will realize opportunities and successes that we would not have been able to achieve individually,” Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin said in a news release from the ministry. Campbell River and the Barriere-to-McBride corridor have also been selected for the pilot, while Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows is the first. A decision on a First Nations community will be announced soon.



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Black Press Fraser Health launched a new online tool Monday to help showcase surgeons in the region. With the new website, patients and physicians can find the names of surgeons who may be able to perform surgical procedures sooner than others, said Fraser Health in a release, with online users able to choose from a drop-down list of surgeries. A list will then be shown of five surgeons in Fraser Health who are predicted to likely be able to perform the surgery sooner than expected. With more than 250 surgeons operating in 10 hospitals, it has been a challenge in the past to know all of the region’s surgical health specialists and their predicted wait times for surgery. Entitled the Soonest Surgery Tool, the website is It uses data that Fraser Health provides daily for the Ministry of Health’s Surgical Patient Registry. Using calculations based on the number of procedures that the surgeon has performed in the last four months and the number of patients on their wait list, a list of the five surgeons is shown. The website also provides helpful information on how to prepare for surgery, including checklists for patients, information for patients on post-surgery care and how family and friends can help. “Long surgical wait times are a challenge across the country,” said Fraser Health’s president and chief executive officer Dr. Nigel Murray. “While a knee replacement or hernia repair might not be urgent, for the individuals waiting, it can be an unpleasant experience. The Soonest Surgery Tool is one way we can inform patients of surgical wait times so that they are able to make informed decisions about their surgery.” Send us your tweets @MapleRidgeNews

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“My feeling, it’s a predictable result. “We don’t really know what’s going to happen next.” The land owners will have to decide what parts they’ll do and the district will submit an application for the east side. “We’ve got other work to do now,” such as concentrating on jobs and its industrial and commercial land inventory. However, Leslie Sofarelli, with the group Residents for Smart Shopping, said Maple Ridge should review its residential growth plans and submit a formal exclusion application for all of Albion flats, based on that growth. Developing the east side only won’t be enough. That should be the new council’s first priority, she said Tuesday. The application also would include preservation of farmland elsewhere in return for building on the west side of 105th Avenue. Maple Ridge needs to take responsibility for the residential growth that it has allowed by creating services, she added. More online @



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Golden Ears Provincial Park will be one of four parks to get new, more accessible picnic tables this year. B.C.,â€? said Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Social Development. The tables cost about $1,000 each and will be installed in four parks around the province in time for summer. The new accessible table replaces B.C. Parks’ iconic picnic table that has remained unchanged for more than 50 years. Although signiďŹ cantly different from the old

design, the new tables re-use the cedar tops of B.C. Parks’ old picnic tables, where possible. Eventually, all of B.C. Parks’ picnic tables will be replaced with the new model. “One of B.C. Parks’ priorities is to ensure accessibility for all and to offer everyone the opportunity to experience ďŹ rsthand the splendour of B.C.’s

provincial parks,� said Environment Minister Terry Lake. The provincial park system began in 1911 with the creation of Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. Today, the province has nearly 1,000 parks and protected areas. Golden Ears Provincial Park is one of a growing number with wheelchair-accessible trails. - THE NEWS -- Wednesday, December 7, 2011 -- 17

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December. In addition, s our familiar Christmas deco- the whole of Canada was moving into a big rations appear Centennial year in on 224th Street and 1967, so community-orialong Lougheed Highented projects way in the were at the form of bells forefront of and garland, most people’s it is likely that minds. our newer When first citizens don’t purchased, as understand they do today, the depth of the decoratheir roots in tions lined our commuLougheed nity. Highway In 1966, between 6th a group of Looking Back (222nd Street) Haney busiVal Patenaude and 10th ness owners Avenue (227th approached Street) and municipal from Lougheed to Dewcouncil with an offer dney on 8th Avenue they couldn’t refuse. (224th Street). Before The merchants would they even approached purchase the elements council with the idea, of the decorative street the merchants had to lighting, while the first get the agreement district would supply and support of B.C. power and storage Electric Company (now between seasons. BC Hydro) as it owned The price of the decorations was $10,000 the power poles that were used to mount the in 1966, so it was a subdecorations. stantial contribution to After 1972, when the community by the the power lines down merchant group. Haney Boulevard were The leaders of the efburied, the decorations fort were two familiar were switched to lamp men-about-town – Ro standards running Veinotte from Fuller down the boulevard in Watson and Graham the configuration we Mowatt of Esquire see today. Men’s Wear. Mention of the instalIt was part of a genlation of these decoraeral move to revitalize the downtown core and tions for their 46th season has brought a to encourage people to flood of memories from shop locally (sound fathe participants in the miliar?) for the Christ“We Call it Haney!” mas season. It was a Facebook group. They much shorter season bring back memories in those days, with of younger days and no serious Christmas simpler times and advertising done much recall Christmas time before the beginning of

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in Haney for those who no longer live in the area. Descriptions include “classic” and “Great small town feel,” though many feel that the garland portions would benefit from a return to the older style of lighting rather than the dimmer and harsher LED lights. Some of the bells were replaced in the late 1990s, but as the replacements are identical to the originals. No one noticed. In a world where everything seems to be changing too rapidly and replaced too quickly, the familiar decorations maintain a feeling of normality. I doubt that those merchants and politicians of 46 years ago knew they were sponsoring what would become a

much beloved tradition. Further reminders of winters and Christmases past can be found at Haney House, where the whole house has been dressed for winter and the holiday season. There will be a special open house on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., when you can tour the house and share some holiday cheer with members of the historical society. Be sure to check out curator Allison White’s Christmas displays in the lobby of the Maple Ridge library during December, as well. Her topics this year are the history of wrapping paper and the traditions of Christmas dinner. Val Patenaude is a director of the Maple Ridge Museum.

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The 17th annual CaddyShack Strip-a-thon for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society was another huge success this year, raising more than $20,000 to help families in need. “Right now we’re at $21,700,” Yvan Charette, general manager of the Haney Hotel, said Monday. He still has to tally up sales from the bar on top of the extra money patrons brought in by offering up their own Canucks tickets for auction. Charette says the event started slower than in previous years, but picked up as the afternoon wore on. The bra auction was the most popular event, bringing in $8,900 alone for the Christmas Hamper Society. One bra was auctioned off for $1,800. All the staff at the CaddyShack worked the event for free and donated half to all of their tips to the final total. In addition, everyone who won the 50/50, says Charette, gave the money back. “My staff really did an amazing job donating their time to the entire day,” Charette said. “They’re the reason why people turn out and donate thousands of dollars.” It’s a really good feeling for us, he added.

“The Hamper Society gives all year long. They are just machines. I can’t say enough about what they do for our community.” • Maple Ridge Panago franchise owner Dan Maki donated $1,000 of a $3,000 award to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society on Friday. Maki was awarded an Eric C. Douglass Award through Royal Roads University, a university for working professionals. The award is given to one or more commerce students who exhibit qualities of perseverance, hard work and vision to put ideas into action. The rest of the award money was divided between Cythera Transition House Society and the Friends In Need Food Bank. Lorraine Bates, cochair of the Christmas Hamper Society, invited Maki to tour the facility because, she said, you can only see the big picture when you see the building. After the tour, Maki presented a cheque for $1,000. “Like the Christmas Hamper Society, my philanthropic efforts through my Panago franchise are done because I believe that business has a role, even an obligation, to play in developing healthy communities,” he said. It was timely given the hamper society’s donations are down right now. The budget for the Christmas Hamper Society is $75,000, and so far only $20,000 in donations

has been raised. • The West Coast Express Santa Train will be making its first trip from Mission to Waterfront Station in Vancouver on Saturday. Anyone bringing a toy or cash donation for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society will get a return ticket on the train, which will be leaving Mission City station at 10 a.m. and arrive at Port Haney station at 10:17 a.m., Maple Meadows station at 10:23 a.m., and Pitt Meadows station at 10:27 a.m. It will arrive at Waterfront station at 11:15 a.m.. After Christmas shopping downtown Vancouver, ticket holders will be able to take part in the second annual open house at Waterfront station. In addition to face painting and arts and crafts, there will be live musical entertainment and Santa Claus will be on hand for photos. The return train leaves Waterfront station at 5 p.m.. The second Santa Train, following the same schedule, takes place on Dec. 17. • The Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows fire departments will be shaking their boots this Saturday to raise money and collect toys and food for the Friends In Need Food Bank and the Christmas Hamper Society. The Firefighters For Families Food Drive will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at various locations around town. In Maple Ridge, firefighters will at both SaveOn-Foods locations, Safeway, Coopers Foods, the

south entrance to Haney Place Mall and the London Drugs entrance to ValleyFair Mall. In Pitt Meadows, firefighters will be collecting at the IGA, both entrances to Superstore, the Meadowtown Centre Starbucks, and Signature Liquor Store. More than $100,000 has been raised since this program began in 2002. • The U-16 Bullets of the Golden Ears United Soccer Club made a special visit to the Maple RidgePitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society on Friday to help organize donations. “First born to five years is our largest area of donations,” explained Lorraine Bates, co-chair of the Christmas Hamper Society. A lot of their donations in this age group come from Trendy Tots, a Maple Ridge children’s consignment store. What they can’t sell, they collect for us all year round and then the Christmas Hamper Society picks it up from them. “We had this abundance,” says Bates. “In the past, it has piled up really high.” This year, fifteen members of the girls’ soccer team, along with their coach Kevin Fletcher, assistant coach Marco Pucillo and four parents – Kathleen Aalten, Abby Bellamy, Casandra Maxwell and Donna Wong – formed an assembly line and finished the sorting in one hour. “In an hour, a small, or should I say a very large miracle happened,” said Bates.

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the cost pressures on the long-term care and health care systems” said Janice Keefe, author of the study, titled “Supporting Caregivers and Caregiving in an Aging Canada.” The study provides projections of future care needs and examines potential improvements in policy for income security programs, labour market regulation and human resource management in health and home care. Informal caregivers, who are often family members or friends, play a crucial role in seniors’ care. “Without their invisible work, the current system for seniors’ health and home care would collapse,” Keefe argues. “But they

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Taking care of the care-giver Caring for family member suffering from dementia can be physically and emotionally stressful. So who takes care of the caregiver? “One of the most important things you can do to support someone with dementia is to take care of yourself,” says Katherine Guildbride, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s First Link coordinator. “By acknowledging and addressing your own needs, you will be better prepared to provide effective care and support.” The Alzheimer Society of B.C. holds a support group in Maple Ridge for caregivers of people with dementia. The support group serves as a place to exchange infor-

mation, support and friendship with others whose lives are affected by dementia. A forum for sharing practical tips and strategies for coping with the disease, it also provides an opportunity to decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness, and to find a positive outlook on things without being misunderstood. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, visit the Society website at For more information about the Maple Ridge support group, contact Guildbride at 604-298-0780 or kguildbride@alzheimerbc. org

Tips for care-givers • Set realistic expectations for yourself. Take one day at a time. • Get help. Don’t try to do everything by yourself. • Look after yourself. Talk to someone who is willing to listen. Continue to participate in activities you enjoy. Learn relaxation techniques. Get some exercise, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block. • Make regular appointments with your doctor. Let them know if you are concerned about your stress level. • Participate in the Alzheimer’s Society’s free Maple Ridge support and information group.

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President and CEO Jon Schubert said the two rates should be looked at in combination. Jon Schubert said the two rates should be looked at in combination, because most motorists buy all their coverage from ICBC. The combined premium hike works out to an extra 2.1 per cent, lifting the average amount most motorists pay from $1,277 now to $1,304. Individual rates vary depending on claims history, vehicle type,

region of the province, years of experience and level of coverage. “After four years of not having to increase our rates, we now unfortunately face a different reality,” Schubert said. “We’re not happy that we need to increase our rates but the majority of our customers will be paying just a few dollars more, on average, than they did in 2008.” He said the drop in

B.C. Ferries fuel surcharge on the three major routes to Vancouver Island will double Dec. 12. The corporation said the increase in the surcharge from 2.5 per cent to five per cent reflects the rising cost of marine diesel fuel. A driver and vehicle crossing one way from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay will pay about $2.35 more as a result. A 2.5 per cent fuel surcharge is also being added to the route from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale and the Sunshine Coast. B.C. Ferries expects its fuel bill will top $120 million this year.

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Bus fare evasion more than doubles Plant some trees by J eff Nage l Black Press

The amount of money lost to fare evasion on the bus system has more than doubled in the last three years, according to TransLink estimates. Riders who boarded buses without paying the proper amount cost the system an estimated $5.3 million in 2010, up from $3.1 million in 2009 and $2.4 million in 2008. TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie confirmed the numbers, provided to CKNW under a Freedom of Information request. It’s difficult to say why bus fare cheating increased that much, he said, but noted ridership has been steadily growing and fares went up in the spring of 2010. A large number of new riders began using the transit system during the year of the 2010 Olympics. Hardie said many of them may have made errors that auditors also record as fare evasion – such as mistakenly buying a onezone ticket but riding for two or three. “In 2010 we were dealing with so many new people on the system,” he said. “A lot of people may have been detected as misusing when they just didn’t know.” The fare evasion rate for buses for 2010 was 3.2 per cent, according to the estimates. Hardie said fare evasion covers not just riders who outright

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TransLink lost $5.3 million in revenue last year refuse to pay but those who “stretch” a ticket to more zones than allowed as well as those who may actually have monthly passes but forgot them at home. TransLink’s new radio system on buses includes a button drivers can press to record a passenger boarding without the right fare. That was supposed to help TransLink track routes and even times where fare evaders are prevalent and then step up enforcement. But Hardie said the system hasn’t yet met expectations, adding the data is “quite unreliable.” Bus drivers are told not to try to enforce payment, because disputes with cheaters sometimes end in driver assaults. Hardie said the estimate of $5.3 million last year – made by auditors checking a sample of several thousand bus riders and extrapolating

– was still less than one per cent of the revenue brought in by bus fares. TransLink’s new Compass smart card payment system should help reduce some fare evasion when it is launched in 2013. Abuse of the zone system should end, Hardie said, because the tag-on, tag-off system will charge smart card holders based on the actual distance

they travel. University students who sell unwanted UPasses are unlikely to continue doing that, he added, because the U-Pass will become a smart card chip embedded in their student card. Ticket flippers who resell used tickets people give them will also be out of luck once most paper tickets vanish. Hardie did not have up-to-date estimates of fare evasion on SkyTrain, but past audits have pegged the rate at about six per cent. Along with smart cards, TransLink is installing fare gates to end the open access to SkyTrain stations. The changes aren’t expected to thwart all cheaters. “There’s an element out there who will still try to find a way around it,” Hardie said, “No system anywhere we know of has the full answer to fare evasion.”

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Transit Police still needed but role changing: CEO by J e ff Nagel Black Press TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is defending the need to keep the Transit Police service even though a big part of the force’s job – enforcing fare payment – should all but vanish when fare gates and smart cards come to the transit system. The officers that patrol SkyTrain and its stations issued nearly 31,000 tickets last year, mostly for fare evasion. “There’s still going to be a need for a police presence on the system,” Jarvis said in an interview. “Regardless of fare gates, you’ve got an element on the system and unwanted activities that require police resources.” TransLink is spending

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Turnstiles, smart cards expected to shift officers’ duties $180 million to install fare gates in SkyTrain stations over the next year and introduce Compass smart cards to replace other payment methods in 2013. But fare evaders will still find ways to board, Jarvis predicted, and fare checks will still be needed, though they’d be done electronically rather than checking paper tickets. He agreed, however,

RUSKIN DAM AND POWERHOUSE UPGRADE PROJECT FIELD INVESTIGATIONS AND PREP WORK PERIODIC ONE LANE CLOSURES OF WILSON STREET REQUIRED November 2011 – March 2012 As work continues on the final design and planning for the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse Upgrade Project, local residents can expect to see an increase in activity in the area as BC Hydro hosts site visits for contractors bidding on the major contracts and engineers

fare check duties for officers should drop to a small fraction of what they perform today. That has implications for the force’s ability to catch people guilty of more than just cheating TransLink. Transit Police officers routinely run the names of fare cheaters they catch for outstanding warrants and arrest more than 450 wanted criminals each year that way. With the end of conventional paper fare checks, those warrant arrests are also expected to plunge. But Jarvis predicts officers will find other ways to detect the criminal element, such as enforcing laws against open liquor in public. And he said the reduced emphasis on fare checks should allow the force to redeploy officers to other priorities such as the bus system,

where Transit Police so far make few if any forays. “I want more attention on other parts of the system, bus loops in particular,” Jarvis said, citing safety concerns at loops. There have been fresh calls for Transit Police to boost enforcement on buses after TransLink disclosed the amount of fare evasion on the buses has doubled from $2.4 million to $5.3 million over the last three years. Bus drivers have also called for more Transit Police patrols to deter violent attacks against them. There will also be an extra 11 kilometres of SkyTrain and five new stations to patrol once the Evergreen Line opens in 2016. Transit Police duties include responding to violent crimes or robberies on the system, assisting vulnerable people and preventing graffiti. They’re also supposed to watch for terrorists – the force has bomb-sniffing dogs and some officers trained in the use of portable X-ray scanners and other counter-terrorism methods. Canadian Taxpayers Federation B.C. director Jordan Bateman said the change in du-

ties marks a good time to re-examine whether TransLink should have its own police. Transit Police spend $29 million a year – funded mainly by TransLink fares, gas taxes and property tax – and the force’s budget is slated to rise to $35 million by 2014 and $42 million by 2021. “You’ve got to take a look at whether there are cheaper ways to deliver this service,” Bateman said. “The smart cards and fare gates change everything. You’ve got to take a step back now and look at what the long-term future of the program is.” Bateman said it appears the force pays premium salaries, with 66 of its 167 officers earning more than $100,000 a year. “That is very high,” he said. “Especially when a number of them are retired from other forces, so they’re collecting a pension already.” He said policing SkyTrain should perhaps have been done with an integrated team of officers from existing forces rather than creating a new one. SkyTrain also has a separate group of security staff. Jarvis said he did not see any need for a review.


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Brandon Goodridge (front) begs for money as his fellow street urchins – Jenna Rowley, Brandon Challenger, Kate Asp, Alexis Jensen-Desjardins, Marcus Rowley, Eva Cowley and Hailey Thomas – sing Christmas carols in a SPECC-tacular and Emerald Pig Theatrical Society’s production of A Christmas Carol, a musical by Michael DeMaio.

Bah, humbug! A cast of 60 gets ready to stages The Christmas Carol at The ACT in Maple Ridge by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter


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Elizabeth, played by Elizabeth Drummond, breaks off her engagement to a young Scrooge, played by Derek Barnett.

efore the Grinch stole Christmas, there was Ebenezer Scrooge – a sour and stingy crank synonymous with the selfish demeanour one must shed at this time of year. The protagonist of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carol has been portrayed in every medium from silent films to musicals, comics and cartoons. “I’ve seen every Christmas Carol there is on video and I love them all,” says Marcel Renaud, who plays Scrooge in a musical adaptation of the Dicken’s classic that opens in Maple Ridge next week. Playing the infamous miser is letting Renaud explore his mean side. “It was easier playing the bad guy than the good guy,” says Renaud, who has been working on his “Scrooge” since July. By the time rehearsals for the Emerald Pig and SPECCTacular co-production began in earnest in fall, Renaud had memorized all his lines, which gave him a chance to perfect his ill-tempered, lonely character. Set in Victorian London, Scrooge’s journey from a penny-pinching grouch to a generous, happy soul comes alive with 60 talented actors and dancers.

Surprisingly, being unkind, contemptible and downright hateful was rather easy for Renaud. It was Scrooge’s transformation, following visits from his dead partner and three ghosts, that stumped him. “Everybody loves to play the villain. That part I found a lot of fun,” he says. “It certainly is a lot more work every time I do the scenes where I am starting to change.”

“One of the songs is about reassessing my own soul. It really helps when I let myself get carried away in song and singing.” Marcel Renaud, actor who plays Scrooge

Michael DeMaio’s beautiful music and songs helped Renaud with that transformation and he expects the music to have a similar tear-evoking, lump-in-the-throat effect on the audience. “One of the songs is about reassessing my own soul. It really helps when I let myself get carried away in song and singing,” says Renaud. “I am hoping that the audience is emotionally caught up in it by then because I have gone through great lengths at the beginning to make them really hate me.” See Christmas Carol, p31

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(Left) Kathleen Hatley and Joyce Gillespie, playing social workers, surround townsperson Tyson Aubin as they sing Christmas carols. Tiny Tim, (Alicja Cichecki) and Scrooge (Marcel Renaud) rehearse a scene from The Christmas Carol which plays the ACT next week.

‘A celebration of Christmas, good it inspires’ Christmas Carol from p29 The troupe of dedicated actors and dancers, ready to give all for even the smallest part, make Sharon Malone emotional. Directing A Christmas Carol has allowed her to reflect on its themes and count her

Showtime A Christmas Carol, a musical by Michael DeMaio, runs from Tuesday, Dec. 13 to Saturday, Dec. 17 at the ACT in Maple Ridge. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. There is a matinee at noon on Saturday. Tickets: 604-476-2787.

blessings. “There is oppression in the world and so many bad things that are going on. It is one of those things that is a small joy,” says Malone, who is sharing directing duties with Ed Marshall of SPECCtacular. “We are so privileged to live in a part of the world where we get to do things like go to the theatre and enjoy being with our families.” A Christmas Carol is a celebration of Christmas and the good it inspires. It speaks of redemption, free will and was a damning critique of Victorian society when published in 1843. “I think the relevance today is amazing,” says Malone, pointing to the Occupy move-

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Jason Etherington, plays the part of Old Joe. ment, which protests global financial inequality and corporate greed.

“I think we need messages like this to help us to have hope for the future.”

Cinema Politica’s next screening will take a critical look at the treatment of the working class. Class Dismissed: How TV Frames The Working Class navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television’s beginnings to today’s sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows. John Henry Harter, a labour studies instructor at Simon Fraser University, will be the guest speaker at the event. He will be joined by Teri Mitchell, from Street Ministries Community Supper, which serves hot meals, provides clothing and other comforts to those in need in Maple Ridge. • Class Dismissed screens Thursday, Dec. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at municipal hall in Maple Ridge, 11995 Haney Place. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. There will be coffee, popcorn and door prizes. Join the conversation online at

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Two students from the Bergthorson Academy of Musical Arts scored the highest marks in B.C. in contemporary guitar exams at the Canadian Conservatory of Music. Nicholas Larsen, 15, topped the Grade 4 contemporary idioms category, while Yury Onikashvili, 11 snagged a medal in the same category at Grade 1. Onikashvili mastered Santanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oye Como Va for the exam and says he practices daily for at least a half hour to hone his skills. Larsen, who has been playing guitar since he was 10, says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspired and inďŹ&#x201A;uenced by Andy McKee, who is considered one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nest acoustic guitar soloists. Larsen, a student of Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge, though is still trying to ďŹ nd his style. He recently picked up the banjo and says knowing how to play a guitar has deďŹ nitely helped him learn the new instrument.

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Festival of Light on Friday, February 24, 2012 at Centre Court in Haney Place Mall around 4:30 p.m. as part of the Lantern Festival. CertiďŹ cates will be awarded to those poets in recognition of their work. Only residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are eligible for entry into this contest. Entry Fee: $5 cheque or money order payable to MR Festival of Light. Winners will be notiďŹ ed by February 17, 2012.


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Wednesday, Dec. 7 • The Ridge Meadows Retired Teachers’ Association and the retired employees of School District No. 42 are holding a Christmas luncheon at Meadow Gardens Golf Club at noon. Retired teachers are asked to bring a new unwrapped children’s present to the lunch. Donations will be included in the local Christmas family hampers. RSVP to Molly Falcon at 604-467-7927. • Kanaka Creek Coffee is holding an open mic/stage event with singer/songwriter Candice Metz from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. No. 101 24155 102nd Avenue, Maple Ridge. For more information 604-463-6727. • A non-denominational candle-lit service to remember lost loved ones is being held at St. George’s Anglican Church at 7 p.m. Refreshments served. For more information, call 604-463-7722. Thursday, Dec. 8 • Alexander Robinson Elementary is hosting an evening Christmas Market from 5 to 9 p.m. Come and visit the fantastic vendors and enter your name to win one of the many raffle items. Some vendor space is still available. Contact A. Munro at amunro@ for more information. • The SFU Philosophers’ Cafe meets at the Arts Centre and Theatre at 7 p.m., 11944 Haney Place. Admission by donation. This month’s topic is, ‘What constitutes “the good life”’? Moderator Larry Green leads the discussion. Co-sponsored by the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Art Council. Everyone welcome.

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Saturday, Dec. 10 • Get your pet’s photo taken with Santa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the B.C. SPCA Community Animal Centre on 10235 Jackson

and limited-edition calendars, and more for sale. 10 per cent of sales goes to the Friends in Need Food Bank. For more info, call 604-462-1399. • Santa will again be stopping at the Ruskin Hall for a pancake breakfast from 10 to 11 a.m., corner of

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Community Calendar Tuesday, Dec. 13 • The Maple Ridge Public Library will be hosting a special Christmas for Grown-Ups at 7 p.m. Join the Silvertones and other special guests for an evening of Christmas stories, songs and celebration. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the Maple Ridge Public Library at 604-467-7417. Wednesday, Dec. 14 • Ridge Meadows Seniors’ Society’s Pitt Meadows senior’s lounge is holding their annual Christmas luncheon at 12:30 p.m., 12027 Harris Road, at the Pitt Meadows Recreation Centre. Traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, carol singing and door prizes. $15 tickets are available in the senior’s lounge from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday to Friday. For more information, call 604-465-2478. Tickets are selling fast. • Pajama Storytime at the Pitt Meadows Public Library

from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Come to the library in your coziest pajamas, housecoats and slippers to hear some bedtime stories. Stuffed friends are also welcome, and mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, too. Drop in. Friday, Dec. 16 • The Maple Ridge Public Library celebrates Las Posadas, the traditional Spanish prelude to Christmas, on at 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the smells and tastes of the holiday season, listen to stories and learn about the culture’s wonderful traditions. For more information, please call the Maple Ridge Public Library at 604-467-7417. • A pub night fundraiser is being held at the Haney Public House to raise money for the Hearts on Noses pig sanctuary. For more information, visit, or call 604462-0958.

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Comeault named to U-19 Team Canada A local junior lacrosse scoring star has been chosen to wear Canada’s colours. Pitt Meadows’s Reegan Comeault, who led the Langley Jr. Thunder, survived the final round of cuts and was named to the Canadian under-19 men’s field lacrosse team. The squad will play at the 2012 FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) world championships in Turku, Finland in July. Fifty players took part in the most recent selection camp with 24 making the roster. The final selection camp was held Nov. 25-27 in Oshawa, Ont. Comeault has played the past two seasons with the Jr. Thunder in the B.C. Junior Lacrosse League, scoring 70 goals and 162 points in just 41 games. Comeault was the first overall pick in the 2009 midget draft, selected from the Ridge Meadows minor lacrosse association. He was the league’s most valuable player last season, helping Langley reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. He joins the Ohio State Buckeyes in the fall on a field lacrosse scholarship and still has two years of junior eligibility remaining with Langley.

Racers hold qualifier Ridge Meadows Racers speedskating club is hosting an all-day B.C. Winter Games qualifier and interclub meet this Sunday, Dec. 11, at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge. More than 100 skaters from throughout the Lower Mainland and Northwest Washington take to the ice. Racing begins at 8 a.m.. Everyone is welcome to attend, and skaters and spectators are encouraged to bring a non-perishible food item for the food bank this Christmas season.

The Meadow Ridge Knights junior bantam football team was defeated in the B.C. Community Football Association provincial final by the Kelowna Lions Sunday at McLeod Stadium in Langley, but didn’t go down without a fight. Miranda Gathercole/ BLACK PRESS

Ramblers squads finish second Senior boys and junior girls have strong showings at tourneys staff reporter The Maple Ridge Ramblers senior boys’ basketball team kicked off its season against Fraser Valley rivals at Enver Creek’s preseason tournament last weekend, coming away

with a 2-1 record, good for second place. The Ramblers opened the tournament with a 64-40 win over host Enver Creek. The Ramblers held a slim 30-26 lead at half-time, but the team stormed out in the second half, allowing only 14 points against. Max Neumann led the Ramblers with a doubledouble, netting 29 points and 11 rebounds. Pavel Niemirski drained 11 points

from the outside. The Ramblers defeated Charles Best 75-40 in their second game of the tournament. Again point guard Neumann lit up the scoreboard with 28 points. Jacob Durkovich had 18 points in the paint with 10 rebounds, while Joel Lutz had 14 points and seven rebounds. Lincoln Clarke and Tyler Pipke had outstanding defensive games.

In the tournament final, the Ramblers faced league rivals, the Walnut Grove Gators. The Ramblers led 2220 at the end of the first quarter, but at the mid-point of the second quarter, the Gators erupted with a 16-0 run, raining three-point shots. The Gators never looked back, beating the

Ramblers 70-50. Neumann led the Ramblers with 16 points and five recoveries, while Durkovich had 11 points and seven rebounds. Amit Rakhra contributed 10 points. Neumann and Durkovich were named to the tournament’s first all-star team. See Ramblers, p39

Junior B Flames fall to last place with loss to Icebreakers by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f staff reporter The Ridge Meadows Flames sit in last place in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League after coming up short against the Mission Icebreakers Friday night at home, 4-3. With the loss, the Flames (4-17-0, 8 points) were passed in the standings by the Icebreakers (3-14-3, 9 points), who take sole possession of the final playoff berth in the Harold Brittain Conference.

The Flames opened the scoring Friday night with powerplay goal seven and a half minutes in courtesy of Sean Pesut. However, the Icebreakers responded with three unanswered goals before the first period came to an end. The middle frame was all Flames as Adam Bartsch and Matt Bissett each scored in the opening minutes of the period to tie the game at 3-3. The deadlock was finally broken seven minutes into the third period by Trevor Schmidt of the Mission Icebreakers. The Flames pressed

hard to equalize in the third period, outshooting the Icebreakers 15-7. The Flames pulled goalie Wesley McLeod with a minute and 15 seconds to play for the extra attacker, but were unable to tie the game and send it to overtime. The loss is the 17th in 21 games for the Flames. McLeod stopped 23 of 27 shots he faced. The Flames powerplay went 1-for-4, while the

Icebreakers were 1-for-3 with the man-advantage. Shane Harle was named the game’s third star, despite getting thrown out of the game midway through the first period after fighting with Mission’s Dakota Klassen. • The Ridge Meadows Flames next home game is this Friday against the Port Moody Black Panthers at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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and B.C. Cup jerseys this year.” Whalen earned himself a jersey of his own when he took the series victory in the U-17 men’s category. Mike Berkenpas secured second place in the B.C. Cup in the elite men’s field after finishing fourth in the final competition. Local Ride Racing’s Brett Wakefield of Maple Ridge and teammate Richard Machhein finished second and sixth, respectively, in the Category 3/4 men’s race, while Ryan Newsome finished sixth in the Master 3/4 men’s category. Paul Craig of Pitt Meadows was 27th.


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3 MRSS wrestlers win gold in Langley Maple Ridge secondary wrestlers were dominant last weekend at the Upper Fraser Valley Novice Championships in Langley, with Jeremy Moen, Greg McKenzie, and Cody Wright each winning gold. Cameron Hicks, and Alex Cox each recieved silver, while Mosaic Abbott, Tairn Richardson and Hayden Tupper all earned bronze medals. Placing fourth in their first tournament were Marko Kolobara, Gaerth Bourke, Chance Wright, and Jared Dunlop.

Barracudas champs The Meadow Ridge Barracudas were crowned champions at the Kamloops Minor

Hockey Association’s midget A female hockey tournament over the weekend. The Barracudas went 4-1 at the tournament, opening with a 4-2 win over South Island. The Barracudas fought hard in a 3-1 loss to the host Kamloops team, but rebounded with a 9-0 victory against St. Albert, and a 2-1 win against North Island in the semifinals. That set up a tournament final with Salmon Arm, which the Barracudas took by a score of 5-3 to claim the championship title. Sabrina Mathias and Kassandra Johnston played exceptional in goal. Kim White, Ashley Gavin, Madeline

Jr. girls beat Abby 55-41 Ramblers from p35 The Ramblers will get a chance for revenge this weekend as they play in the Walnut Grove tournament. The Ramblers junior girls’ basketball team also finished in second place at the annual Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament. The Ramblers opened the round robin tournament with a one-point loss to the eventual tournament champions Walnut Grove, 28-27. Walnut Grove hit the winning shot with less than 30 seconds to go in the game. The Ramblers were led by Rae Samuelson who scored 10 points and Jane Grisley who scored nine points. In the second game of the tournament, Ramblers faced Mark Isfeld secondary from Courtney, coming away with a 44-36 victory. Grisley led the way offensively with 18 points. Samuelson added 10 points. In the final game of the tournament for Maple Ridge, the Ramblers beat Abby Traditional 55-41.

Lindsay Charron and Grisley both had strong games on the offensive end with 19 points each. Chantelle Stewart and Samuelson had seven points each. Melissa Fung played a strong game defensively for the Ramblers.

Cockrill, Jessica Baker, Danielle Baker, Heather Lacasse, Kiah Cardiff, and Kiana Henry helped provide offence up front, while Kirsten Langston, Sydney Langston, Megan Theisen and Breezy Gosling played solid defence in all five games.

Track stars shine Four local athletes were honoured at the B.C. Athletics awards dinner Saturday in Richmond. Among the local award winners were Olivia Moriconi and Jacob Gowler of the Ridge Rockets Track and Field Club, as well as Nathan Wadhwani of Golden Ears Athletics and Tim Hargreaves of

the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club. Hargreaves received an award for his high jump performance, while Nathan Wadhwani set B.C. records in his age bracket in the 2,000-metre and the 1,500-metre steeplechase. Moriconi finished second in the U-16 hammer throw at the Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships in Ottawa in AUgust. Gowler, who also plays quarterback for the Pitt Meadows Marauders high school football team, was the top midget javelin thrower in the province with a distance of 49.5 metres.

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather - Opa. After a courageous 13 month battle with lung cancer, Rick went home to be with his Lord. He will be forever missed by Lois, his wife of 57 years, his son Murray (Marilyn), daughters Daphne (Michael), Soraya (Glenn), Coralee (Michael) and grandchildren Shannon, Meryl, Adrien, Matthew, Jennifer & Cameron. During his life as a high school teacher; major of the Royal Westminster Regiment; C.O. of the R.W.R. Cadet Corps; BFM Co-Founder and volunteer & devout family & church member, Rick touched many lives. We will cherish Rick’s memory and hold him forever close in our hearts. A service was held at the Haney Presbyterian Church, on December 6th. In memory of Rick donations to the Maple Ridge Bibles for Missions Store will be appreciated.

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IN MEMORIAM Edwin Critchley May 4, 1934 - Dec. 7th 2001 In tears we saw you sinking We watched you fade away, Our hearts were almost broken, You fought so hard to stay, But when we saw you sleeping, So peacefully free from pain, We could not wish you back to suffer that again.

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Passed away peacefully at Ridge Meadows Hospital in Baillie House. Pierre was born in Cape Town South Africa. Beloved son of William George Alexander and Lillian Helena Alexander. Pierre was a writer and a scholar, he studied Mathematics and the Arts at SFU, UBC and Laval University in Quebec. He was a Naval Reservist with HMCS Discovery in 1972. Pierre enjoyed playing tennis and chess, he was an accomplished seafood chef, he was an excellent soccer player and Manchester United was his favourite team. Survived by family members, Anna (John), Chris, Brendan, (Sandra), Theresa (Jerry), Simon (Rosa) Daria and Denys, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived by Aunt Lorraine Hinrichsen and cousins Dale, Mark, Collette, Veronica and Patrick in Burlington and Toronto, Ontario. Service will be held at St. Luke’s Parish 20285 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge, on January 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m with Father Abunto officiating. Special thanks to Dr. Sommi and Dr. Benning the nurses at the Path Unit and Baillie House for taking care of Pierre.




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For My Lady As the giver, he guides us through the hurt And the river of hope, it flows amidst our blood and our bones Spirits never die. Tell me why I’m crying for you. They took you freedom and left us here aware can’t find no reason, we’re living, living in despair. The ocean, I hear her whisper calling your name. Spirits never die, Tell me why I’m crying again. Just like the darkness, as colours fade to black My mama, she’s crying cause she knows, once you leave you won’t be coming back. You gave us so much; you gave so much to me. To see you laugh, to feel your touch, to hear your voice calling me. Spiritis never die, hold your head high, cause I Love You. Moments they pass they’re lost to distant space Ever noticed, that time can’t be replaced We’ve got so many things to do, before you go I want to tell you. You know a spirit never dies, Hold your head high I’ll Always Love You Your Man


I HEATHFIELD, Michael Alan I January 7, 1958 - November 13, 2011 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of a modern day legend. Mike was an unforgettable character who touched many people in a profound way. His incredible and unique life and all his experiences extended across Canada, starting in Montreal, where he was born, to his final resting place in Maple Ridge, B.C. Mike was leader, a visionary, an adventure seeker, a champion, a teacher, a volunteer, just to name a few of his traits, but most importantly, a devoted father to his children, Zachary and Shanon and his side-kick dog Sarge. Mike will be greatly missed by his mother Rita Tougas, and father, the late George Heathfield. Loving brother of Lily Deckelbaum (Donny), Laura Capaldi (Felice), Patrick Heathfield (Robin) and brother Tony Doherty. Michael was a very proud uncle to his nieces and nephews; Melanie and David Deckelbaum, Joey, George and Rita Capaldi, Ryan and Makena Heathfield. Many uncles, aunts and his extended family at Labour Unlimited will miss him dearly. A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th at the Maple Ridge Alliance Church on 20399 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge. If you wish, donations in his memory may be sent to BC Special Olympics or to the Kyle Demsey Gionco foundation. Memories, stories and condolences may be shared at

Anthony Peter Kot October 7, 1966 –November 29, 2011 Age 45 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of this ‘magical’ man. Tony was an inspiration to everyone who met him and he inspired everyone to be their best and live each day to the fullest and always to believe in the positive. His incredible and unique life started in North Vancouver then to Victoria and his final resting place in Maple Ridge BC. Tony spent countless early summers in Buccaneer Bay with Bill Davidson and family and he always referred to Mr. and Mrs. ‘D’ as his second parents. Tony was an incredible athlete having played for the Argo’s, Victoria Payless, and the Grid Dogs football teams where he met lifelong friends York Furstenwald and Gord Rough. Tony was an accomplished martial artist having earned three black belts in Karate, Jujitsu, and Arnise and had a great love for Kung Fu and in the end referred to himself as a ‘Peaceful Warrior.’ It was on the mats of Jujitsu where he met his friend Jeff Snider and on his son’s baseball field where he met Pete Rackow and from there a great bond was formed. His love of business, marketing and sales led him to incredible accomplishments in his career of which he was one of the best and he was proud to work in the end for CIMS. His beginning years in sales led him to meet his lifelong friend Jason Lyne and many memories boating on Alouette or Osoyoos with their families together. Tony married his ‘soul mate’ Tanja in 1996 and went on to have two beautiful sons together, Emerson (14yrs) and Marcus (11yrs). He was a devoted father and his pride and love for his family was immeasurable and always his greatest accomplishment in life. He will be forever missed by all his friends and family and will be remembered for his Hawaiian shirts, singing Eagles and Neil Diamond Tunes to the wee hours, supporting the Dallas Cowboys year after year and standing on his ‘soap box’ getting his point across. Tony was predeceased by his mother Wilma Vanderleelie and his father Zdzislaw Kot. He leaves behind one sister, Leona Vanderleelie and he was a loving uncle to Michael Curtis and Stephanie Vanderleelie, and Lucas and Tina Doig. He will be greatly missed by the Doig, Sokolowski, and Cockett families and forever will be ‘Senochok’ to his mother in law, Sonia Loevenmark. A heart warming thanks to the Lions Gate oncology team and nurse Laura. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Relay for Life: coquitlam2012/marcuskot where his sons are raising funds in memory of their Dad and his courageous fight with cancer. “Nasdarovlia” Please join us in celebrating his beautiful life on December 9, 2011 at the Maple Ridge Baptist Church located at 22155 Lougheed Hwy at 1:00 pm. Expressions of sympathy can be made at - THE NEWS -- Wednesday, December 7, 2011 -- A41






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Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door.



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CARRIERS NEEDED The following routes are now available to deliver the NEWS in Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows 40003 - 116 Ave to Dewdney Trunk Rd, 246 St to 248 St 40004 - 256 St to 264 , 116 Ave, Trethewey Cres 40011 - Dewdney Trunk Rd to 116 Ave, 265 St 40012 - Dewdney Trunk Rd to 116 Ave, 240 St to 246 40045 - McCLure Ave, 106 Ave, Zeron Ave, 239 St, 240 St, 238A St 40047 - Dewdney Trunk Rd, to 117 Ave, 256 St to 260 St 40065 - 241 St to 245 St, McClure Dr, Baker Pl 40074 - 241 St and 106B Ave, 24185 106B Ave Townhouses 40103 - Haney Bypass and 225 St, Richmond Hill Townhouses 40107 - Dewdney Trunk Rd to Lougheed Hwy, 222 St to 223 St 40109 - Lougheed Hwy, Harrison St, Olund Cres, Gillis Pl, 113 Ave 40111 - Lougheed Hwy to 119 Ave, 220 St to 222 St 40112 - Dewdney Trunk Rd to 119 Ave, 220 St to 222 St 40113 - Lougheed Hwy to River Rd, Carshill St to 221 St 40114 - Dewdney Trunk Rd to Lougheed Hwy, Wicklow Way, Dover Rd 40119 - River Rd, River Bend, Lighthouse Crt, Driftwood Ave 40127 - Dewdney Trunk Rd to Lougheed Hwy, Seaton Pl, Acadia St 40203 - 124 Ave, Lee Ave, 123 Ave, Edge St, 227 St 40211 - 128 Ave, 127 Ave, 127 Pl, 125 B Ave, 228 St 40212 - 228 St, 228 A St, Barnsdale St, 229 St, 230 St, 128 Ave 40214 - 125 Ave, Morse Cres, 127 Ave, 224 St 40215 - Abernathy Way, 227 St, Kendrick Loop, Izon Crt 40219 - Dewdney Trunk Rd, Cherrywood Dr, 121 A Ave, 122 A Ave, Cherry wood Dr to 232 St 40223 - Eagle Ave, 122 Ave, 121A Ave, Peach Tree Crt, 231 St, Blossom St 40226 - 125A Ave, 124B Ave, Abernathy Way, 230 St 40261 - 126 Ave to 124 Ave, Grace St, Blackstock St 40262 - Spring Ave, Exeter Ave, 126 Ave, Thornton Ave, 216 St. 40263 - 121 Ave, Mountainview Cres, Acadia St 40266 - 124 Ave, Moody St, Davison St, 222 St

If you live on or near one of these routes and you are interested in delivering papers please call circulation @ 604-466-6397 and quote the Route number.



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604-465-5193 or 604-465-5197











Professional Installation



Landscape Construction Renovations W Maintenance

Gutter Cleaning



50% Off Labour Winter Special

Green Services Ltd


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



Lic., Insured. Experienced/friendly service. Clogged drains, garburators, leaks & more. Sm jobs OK. Call Anytime 604-805-2488


Before it’s too cold

Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET


✔ ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS Call Niko Plumbing Ltd. 24/7. Res/Com, plugged drains. h/w tanks. ★15 yrs exp. 604-837-6640

Seven Days a Week







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 2/bdrm condo in Golden Tower. 5/appli, u/g pkng. $1100/mo. Avail now. 604467-4450, 604-833-4450.

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


MAPLE RIDGE Central. Lrg 1 bdrm nr amens, insuite w/d, d/w, patio, vaulted ceilings, sec u/g prk. Immed Ns/Np. $890 +utils. 604-307-2241. MAPLE RIDGE Downtown. Large 1 bdrm condo available Jan. 1st. Amazing view, insuite laundry, dishwasher, underground parking, excellent building security. $750/mo Call: 604-467-9600 leave msg

Maple Ridge 22450-121st Street 2 Bedroom Apt $830/mo 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. - THE NEWS -- Wednesday, December 7, 2011 -- A43








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

Heat, hot water & parking. Close to stores & schools.

Haney Motor Hotel


MAPLE COURT I 22437 121st Ave 604-467-0715 &

MAPLE COURT II 22423 121st Ave 604-467-4894

Maple Ridge

Glenwood Manor Apartments 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 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


Maple Ridge ~ Urbano on 224th

1 Bedroom + Den 6 appl’s, in-suite laundry Same floor storage room Avail Dec 15th ~ $860/mo Brookside Realty ~ Dave



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

Call 604-467-3944 750


BEAUTIFUL 2BD suite/infloor heat/ full bath/private patio & ent/huge yard/pets negotiable. $975+util. 604-889-8224 COQUITLAM, W.W. Plateau, fully furnished 1 bdrm, priv. entr, sm. back yard. all appls, TV & micro. Avail now, $800 incl utils. NS. Cat ok. Michael 604-469-1150 or Cheryl 604-468-7262. Must be seen! MAPLE RIDGE. 1 bdrm/den, 1400 sf, W/D. New bath./carpet NP/NS. $900+40% utils. 604-505-8181 MAPLE RIDGE, 2 Bdrm, 1 bath, $720/mo incl utils. Avail. now. Quiet N/S, N/P. Gilbert 604-466-6388. Maple Ridge: 2bdrm, $800/mo + 40% utils/cbl, shrd laundry. n/s, n/p. Next to Elem. school. Walking dist to W.C. Exp. Dec 15 604-526-2875 MAPLE Ridge. 2 bdrm grd.flr. Sep entry. New paint. 900sq,ft,Quiet hse.Off st Prkg. 5 appls. N/S. cat ok. $950/mo+$50/mo utils. 604936-5728 or 604-466-9458 ask for Beth MAPLE RIDGE East. Brand new 2 bdrm, over 1,000sf, sep entry, $900/mo incl utils/cable. Avail now. NP/NS. (604)723-5476 MAPLE RIDGE, LARGE 1 bdrm suite, nr schls, WCE, & shop centre. $795 incl util. Own W/D. Brand new carpet/lam. NP. Avail. now. Phone (778)242-1313.

MAPLE RIDGE Shady Lane 124th

2 Bedroom Suite

Own driveway ~ entry & side yard. Lots of storage, share W/D, Close to hospital & school, N/S, pet neg. $950 incls wifi, hydro & gas. Avail Jan 1st.


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

MAPLE RIDGE W. Newer 2 bdrm grnd level, $900 incl cbl/utils/net. Nr amens. Jan 1. Call 604-351-0005.

Large 1, 2 & 3 Bdrm Suites Available

Maple Ridge~3 Bdrm Upper

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

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


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.







1990 PONTIAC 6000, Air Cared, loaded, new winter tires, white, 4 dr., $1295 obo (604)826-0519

Brookside Realty ~ Dave

elec. awning, elec. stab. Jacks, “family-sized” dinette, LCD TV, Equa-flex suspension. $26,483 (Stk.30854) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

2006 NISSAN Altima 2.5 auto, light green ext, beige Int. Clean good cond 158ms, no accidents $9500.obo Al 604-209-4156 cell 604-466-5563

microwave, awning, pass through storage, u-shaped dinette, ext. speakers, DSI water heater. $15,483 (Stk.30525) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

2007 Honda Civic DXG 5 speed standard, 2 dr., grey, 130K, p/w, p/l, a/c, am/fm/cd, no acc. $9,500 604-793-3819




The Scrapper

2011 5th Wheel 32’ Gooseneck Cargo Trailer, triple axle, 4000lb ramp, electric brakes, roof vents, 36” side door, like new, $12,500. Call 604-560-4037 #1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200

MERCHANDISE: From antiques & collectibles, to sporting goods & electronics, to parakeets & pet supplies, if it is considered merchandise for sale, you can find it here. Call 604-575-5555 fax 604-575-2073


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


2004 F350 LARIAT CREW CAB, 4X4, long box, 5th wheel, 180K, full load $16,000 obo. 604-812-1278


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

DSI water heater, ext. shower, water filter sys., create-a-breeze fan, rear kitchen. $24,483 (Stk.30964) 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

Proposed Blue Mountain Quarry


Pr p




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256 th Street






Dewdney Trunk Road Whonnock Lake




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





MAPLE RIDGE. Centrally located, 3 bdrm. rancher. Walk to mall, grocery store & transit. Fresh paint. Ns/ np. $1200 + util. Avail. aft Dec 20 604-467-2767 or 604-329-2084.

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. WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Treat yourself this Christmas to $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095.




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

1993 Cadillac CTS. Black on black, leather, sunroof. Must see! $10,500, Mint. Phone 604 809 6235



604-318-8300 851

2009 FORD F 150 XLT, 38,000km, 4x4, 1 owner, no accidents, local, exc. cond. ARE cover. $29,500. 604-341-8694


2003 LANDROVER V6 silver 140,000k loaded 4/whl dr $6,450 obo. 604-857-9037, 778-552-6300 2005 MONTANA SV6, loaded, Onstar, 7 pass., new front rotors & brakes. Mint. $6000. 604-812-1278






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



MAPLE RIDGE 3 Bdrm 1/2 duplex. 1400 sqft. Avail Jan 1st $1500/mo N/S, N/P Call Jim @ 604-290-2984


Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal

2004 MERCEDES C230 SEDAN auto, sunroof, 47k, Gold Mist Mica over blk. leather, exc. cond. local, no accid. $14,230 (604)328-1883

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



821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2003 VOLVO V40, S/W, Blue, loaded 155,000 kms. auto. new tires. $6000 firm. Phone 604-538-9257.

604.240.3523 752



2011 LAREDO 291TG


Hardwood floors Updated recently, Huge sundeck Corner lot. Near schools Avail immed $1250/mo


Take notice that Katzie First Nation and Canadian Aggregates Inc., of British Columbia, intends to make application to the Province of British Columbia, for a Crown Lease for Quarrying purposes covering that part Section 36, Township 12 north of Maple Ridge situated on Provincial Crown land located at Blue Mountain. The Land File Number is 2410653. Comments on this application may be submitted in two ways: 1) Online via the Applications and Reasons for Decision Database website at: index.jsp where details of this application, including maps can also be found. 2) By mail to the Senior Land Officer at 100-10428 153rd Street, Surrey, BC V3R 1E1. Comments will be received by the Ministry of Natural Resources Operations until December 31, 2011. Comments received after this date may not be considered. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be provided to the public upon request. For information, contact the FOI Advisor at the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations regional office.

No. 136659 New Westminster Registry In the Supreme Court of British Columbia Between: Coast Capital Savings Credit Union Petitioner And: James Richard Grates, Juliane Margarete Grates, Leon James Markson, and The Owners, Strata Plan NWS3409 Respondents ADVERTISEMENT To: LEON JAMES MARKSON TAKE NOTICE THAT on November 29, 2011 an order was made for service on you of a petition to the court and afÀdavit #1 of Wilma Proctor issued from the New Westminster Registry of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in proceeding number 136659, by way of this advertisement. In the proceeding, your rights under the Right to Purchase registered in the New Westminster Land Title OfÀce under number CA1595410 may be adversely affected by the following relief sought by the Petitioner: A. A declaration that an indenture of mortgage dated May 5, 2008 made between the Respondents, JAMES RICHARD GRATES and JULIANE MARGARETE GRATES, as mortgagor and the Petitioner, as mortgagee and registered in the New Westminster Land Title OfÀce on May 5, 2008 under number CA775030 (the “Mortgage”) is a mortgage charging the following lands: PID: 018-043-739 Strata Lot 43 District Lot 402 Group 1 New Westminster District Strata Plan NWS3409 together with an interest in the common property in proportion to the unit entitlement of the strata lot on Form 1 (the “Lands and Premises”) in priority to any right, title or interest of any of the Respondents in the Lands and Premises, except for THE OWNERS, STRATA PLAN NWS3409 in the Lands and Premises. -2B. A declaration that the Respondents, JAMES RICHARD GRATES and JULIANE MARGARETE GRATES, have made default under the Mortgage and that the amount of money required to redeem the Lands and Premises is the sum of $292,719.63 together with interest at 5.87% per annum, or $45.98 per day from and after August 8, 2011 to and including the date of payment together with the Petitioner’s costs of this proceeding to the date of hearing of the petition assessed on a party and party basis plus such further costs as may be awarded thereafter. C. An Order that the last date for redemption be the date of hearing of this Petition or such other period as this Honourable Court shall deem meet. D. An Order that the Petitioner do recover judgment against the Respondents, JAMES RICHARD GRATES and JULIANE MARGARETE GRATES, jointly and severally, in the amount found to be due and owing to the Petitioner under the Mortgage together with the Petitioner’s costs of this proceeding to the date of hearing of the petition assessed on a party and party basis plus such further costs as may be awarded thereafter. E. An Order that the Respondents, JAMES RICHARD GRATES and JULIANE MARGARETE GRATES, pay costs of this proceeding to the date of hearing of the petition assessed on a party and party basis plus such further costs as may be awarded thereafter and that such costs form a part of the amount of money due and owing under the Mortgage and the amount of money required to redeem the Lands and Premises. F. An Order that upon the Respondents, or any of them, paying into Court to the credit of this proceeding at the Court Registry, Court House, New Westminster, British Columbia or paying to the solicitor of record for the Petitioner or, if no such solicitor exists then paying to the Petitioner, the amount required to redeem the Lands and Premises before pronouncement of either Order Absolute of Foreclosure or an Order conÀrming the sale of the Lands and Premises, the Petitioner shall reconvey the Land and Premises free and clear of all encumbrances in favour of it or any person claiming by, through or under it and shall deliver up, upon oath if required, all deeds, titles and documents in its custody, possession or power relating thereto to the Respondents so paying or to whom they shall appoint. G. An Order that if the Lands and Premises are not redeemed, the Petitioner may apply for an Order Absolute of Foreclosure and upon pronouncement of an Order Absolute of Foreclosure the Respondents and all persons claiming by, through or under them, shall henceforth stand absolutely debarred and foreclosed of and from all right, title, interest and equity of redemption in and to the Lands and Premises and all monies paid under the Mortgage shall become the property of the Petitioner free from any right of the Respondent and that thereupon the Petitioner shall recover vacant possession of the Lands and Premises. H. An Order that the Petitioner be granted liberty to apply to this Court for a further summary accounting of any amounts which become due to the Petitioner for interest, taxes, arrears of taxes, insurance premiums, costs, charges, expenses or otherwise since the date of pronouncement of this Order. -3I. An Order that the Petitioner’s entitlement of costs in this proceeding awarded after the date of the hearing of the petition, including any award for future costs to be assessed at a rate in excess of that allowed at the hearing of the petition, be reserved. J. A CertiÀcate of Pending Litigation. K. An Order for possession of the Lands and Premises. L. An Order for Sale of the Lands and Premises, subject to the approval of this Honourable Court with the Petitioner having exclusive conduct of sale. M. An Order for an appointment of a Receiver. You must Àle a response to petition within the period required under the Supreme Court Civil Rules failing which further proceedings, including judgment, may be taken against you without notice to you. You may obtain, the from the New Westminster Registry, at Begbie Square, 651 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1C9, a copy of the petition to the court and afÀdavit #1 of Wilma Proctor and the order providing for service by this advertisement. This advertisement is placed by Coast Capital Savings Credit Union whose address for service is c/o John L. Randall, Barrister and Solicitor, #105 – 17760 56th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3S 1C7 Fax No. for service: (604) 576 3859.

44 -- Wednesday, December 7, 2011 -- THE NEWS -


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SALE $22999



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Tristar Transitional Mid-cut Winter HYPER-DRI® HD3 Boots Reg. $99.99 Boots 99 Reg. $159.99 SALE $ $ 99

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Tristar Transitional HYPER-DRI® HD2 Boots Thermalectric Reg. $119.99 Heated Boots $ 99 Reg. $319.99 SALE $ 99




Shop Local! Everybody Wins!

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west coast auto group Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re giving away Blueray Players & TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for December on all used cars & trucks.**

)'((A<<G>I8E;:?<IFB<<C8I<;F 2006 Dodge Magnum R/T $ **#''' 13,500 ),* 143*!




+o+#M-Ă&#x2022;\o$]l\c HEMI power, leather, sunroof, custom wheels C@B<E<N

2003 Honda Civic DXG 157,200 km, local vehicle, fully equipped, 143 point BCAA inspection. Stk # UC930632



FR EE Blue Ray or TV player



+o+#M-Ă&#x2022;\o$]l\c 6 speed manual, leather, sunroof C@B<E<N

61,000 km, automatic, minivan, 4 door, 7 passenger, silver Stk# UC349845



FR EE TV or Blue Ray player

2008 Toyota RAV4 LIMITED 71, 200 km, 1 Local owner, fully equipped with leather interior and heated front seats, Toyota certiÂżed- Toyota Warranty & special Âżnance rates and terms $ (oac) STK# UT185756

$ **#''' 28,000 ),* 291*!

2008 Mercedes-Benz ML 320 Diesel CDI AWD

72,092 km, local vehicle, no accident claims, economical diesel all wheel drive, Mercedes-Benz warranty, 143 point Bcaa inspection, pre-approved Âżnancing available (oac) $ Stk# UT423564

+o+#M-Ă&#x2022;\o$]l\c 4x4, V6 ďŹ&#x201A;ex-fuel 3 sunroofs, leather, airC@B<E<N suspension

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68,800,1local owner, no accident claims, factory trailer tow rating 5000lbs Toyota certiÂżed-special Âżnace rates & Terms(oac), Toyota warranty, fully serviced, price reduced! $ Stk# UT634496


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)'((A<<G>I8E;:?<IFB<<C8I<;F 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee $ **#''' 33,000 ),* 253*!


2010 Toyota Corolla CE


20000 Lougheed Hwy. Pitt Meadows




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way #


200 St


Automatic, air conditioning, 42,312 kmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Stock# UC343416 was $15,991

SALE$10,000 ONLY $92 bi-weekly***

lowest prices guaranteed

save $8991

2005 Chevrolet Impala

Come by and enter today! and see why we sell more Nissans than any other dealer in the past 2 years.

4 dr, 78,908 km

Stock# UC271302

was $14,991


save save $12,291 $12291

2010 Ford Mustang Convertible

We have BCAA certiďŹ ed vehicles for under 1999.00 with over 80 pre -owned vehicles you will be sure to ďŹ nd one that ďŹ ts your needs and budget and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave your trade at home Sales manager Daniel De Bartolo has a order for 30 pre owned vehicles he has to ďŹ ll.

Stock# UC114440

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


save $9991

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Stow n go 7 pass, 32021 kms black

Stock# UT464579

was $28,991

SALE$19,000 ONLY $164 bi-weekly****

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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4x4 leather sunroof, loaded 4.6L V8.

Stock# UT34024A

79,600 km was $29,991

Here is your chance to get more for your trade than any where else we need your trade no matter what year or what the condition. Come in today!

SALE$24,000 ONLY $250 bi-weekly**

save $8591

2010 Ford Flex Limited loaded AWD 30605 kms

Stock# UT002498

was $36,991

SALE$28,400 ONLY $242 bi-weekly****

save $11991

2007 Ford Mustang V6 Convertible Black, 51,500 km

Stock# UC306570

was $28,991

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

2001 Ford F-350 Supercab Lariat RARE TRUCK 7.3L, Black leather, 4x4, loaded. One owner, No accidents; Just came in, will not last long! 232,125 kmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stock# UT091081

COME SEE THIS TRUCK BEFORE ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GONE! SALE$16,000 WAS $18,500 SAVE $2500 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. Payments include taxes and fees.



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2009 Hyundai Accent GLS

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59,600 km,Bc Island vehicle, no accident claims, Toyota certiÂżed-special Âżnancing (Oac), Toyota warranty $ Stk# UC217873





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4x4, V6 ďŹ&#x201A;ex-fuel Manual, 4x4, V6






2009 Toyota Tacoma DBL Cab SR5 4x4


**#''' 29,000 ),* 260



19950 Lougheed Hwy., Pitt Meadows



SALE$21,000 ONLY $219 bi-weekly**

was $32,991



Stock# UC851100

Loaded with only 43,057 kms

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2005 Dodge Caravan



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2007 Mercedes C230



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