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Bruce Cockburn rocks the Clarke
UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL Dance Troupes meet in Mission for annual dance competition and cultural celebration. PAGE 11
WOMEN NOMINATED Canadian rocker Bruce Cockburn, sporting a guitar rather than a rocket launcher, played the Clarke Theatre in Mission on Tuesday evening. See page 33 for more coverage. BOB FRIESEN PHOTO
Seniors housing stirs debate Meadowlands development moved to public hearings BY
A controversial development proposal aimed at empty nesters in North Hatzic is going ahead. Residents in the area have been fighting the
proposal for years, even before it was brought into council chambers for debate. The project, called Meadowlands, is made up of 11 properties, totaling 7.97 hectares (19.7 acres). The site is located across from Municipal Hall and bordered by Stave Lake Road to the west, Dewdney Trunk Road to the south. Moss Avenue to the north, and suburban properties to the east. The proposal is to build 94 housing units, mostly fully serviced single storey homes.
However, the area is designated suburban in the Official Community Plan, which only allows 22 lots to be built. Residents in the area argue the development doesn’t fit the neighbourhood, but the proposal has caught some councillors’ attention because of its uniqueness – a type of seniors development that is lacking in Mission. Last year council rejected a recommendation See MEADOWLANDS Page5
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TERRIFYING ORDEAL Thief forces 12-year-old Mission boy to drive at knifepoint, while he robs grocery store. PAGE 2
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It was a wild and scary night for a 12-year-old boy who was forced to drive about a dozen blocks in his father’s truck with a knife pointed at him. Around 10 p.m. on April 30, the boy was sitting in the passenger seat of a blue Chevy S10 pickup near the corner of Second Avenue and Murray Street waiting for his father to run an errand. The keys were in the ignition and the youngster was listening to music on the radio with the window slightly lowered when a man approached and asked for a ride. The boy said he was only 12 and couldn’t drive his dad’s vehicle, but the man paid no attention. Instead, he reached inside the car and unlocked the door, said Mission RCMP Cpl. Raina Siou. The suspect pushed the child onto the driver’s seat and threatened the boy with a knife. Not wanting to lose his dad’s truck, the boy followed the suspect’s instructions and drove to Save On Foods at the Junction. The suspect stole several items from the store and left, but not before a loss prevention officer at the store noticed
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what he had done. She called police immediately and gave officers a description of the vehicle and a licence plate number. The vehicle was last seen heading eastbound on London Avenue. Coincidentally, officers were in the area when the call came in, and by chance a train crossing through the area halted traffic. “Officers searched through the vehicles in the area and located the suspect vehicle with two occupants inside,” said Siou. Mounties quickly determined something was amiss after some initial questioning and separated the pair for further probing. Around that time, the boy’s father noticed the truck and his son were missing and called police. Soon, the boy and his father were reunited. “We’re so proud of this boy for keeping his wits about him and staying safe,” said Siou. Mission resident Ryan Heatherington, 22, is facing 14 charges related to the incident, including unlawful confinement, kidnapping, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, theft and breach of previous conditions. He was remanded into custody, and his next court appearance is May 10.
“There are significant problems with the consumption of alcohol and I don’t think this will help the community; it will be a detriment,” said Coun. Jenny Stevens, who opposed the licence along with Couns. Danny Plecas and Terry Gidda. Owners of the pool hall, Cesar Morales and Mirna Guevara, are proposing to build a 35 square metre lounge inside the business where the liquor will be served.
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Clockwise from top left: A couple shares a laugh at the table. MCs Brad Reminek and Sean Melia get into the 20s spirit. Volunteers sell roses and a chance to win a ring. Hospice sponsors are recognized with an award. A small but enthusiastic committee organize the night’s events. Jack and Sandi Pughe pose for the camera. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DIANNA LEWIS/CREATIVE MEMORY STUDIO
Patrick Hamilton is selected the best dressed male, and Kimberley Thompson is named the best dressed female at the Emeralds for Hospice Saturday night at the Best Western.
A Roaring night More than $40,000 raised for Mission Hospice Societyy Mo BY CAAROL AUN Mission Record Missio
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here was dancing and even some roaring Saturday night at the fifth annual Emeralds for Hospice gala at the Best Western. Ladie Ladies were dressed in flapper dresses and feather headba headbands, while the gentlemen put on their best suits and an fedoras as they all raised money to support the Mission Hospice Society. There were about 155 guests and many ppeople got into the spirit of the theme — roarin ing 20s. While it wasn’t quite a sellout, the event ra raised more than $40,000. The final number w won’t be known until later this week when all tthe silent auction items are tallied. Attendance was down from last year, but tthe gracious giving of the community exceeded expectations, said Kim Skinner, executive director of the local hospice society. dir There were 74 silent auction items and seven T ticket items in the live auction. Two spontanebig ti bonus donations, a dance with Mission Mayor ous bonu
layoff James Atebe and three tickets to the Canucks playoff ars game on Wednesday, raised a few hundred dollars more for the cause. This year there was more support from outside de the community with people from Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Langley in attendance. “We’re partnering with other hospice societies and fundraising,” said Skinner adding a provincial movement will help get the word out and more things can be done on a larger scale. Hospice sponsors were recognized with decorative glass art trophies. Patrick Hamilton was voted the best dressed male and Kimberly Thompson was named the best dressed female. nd diaSharen Parkinson won the coveted emerald and mond ring. The night was hosted by MCs Sean Melia andd Brad Reminek, and Momentary Lapz provided the music. “It was a fabulous event,” raved Skinner, whoo was thanked for the event as soon as it ended. To find out more about the Mission Hospice Society, visit www.missionhospice.bc.ca.
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Council denies permit for gravel crushing Neighbours’ noise concerns heard by council CAROL AUN
Council refused to allow a gravel pit on Caswell Avenue to crush and screen aggregate on site, because of noise and dust of the site’s neighbours. Council also asked for a traffic safety report regarding pedestrians, horse riders and vehicles, after residents in southwest Mission rallied against the proposal at a public hearing in March. “Where gravel is taken out of is decided by powers greater than ours, but where it’s processed, we can choose,” said Coun. Jenny Stevens. The proponent, Patrick Kerr, of- STEVENS fered some noise and dust control measures, such as a tree buffer, and berms, but it wasn’t enough for Coun. Danny Plecas. The gravel pit already has a permit to operate from the provincial Ministry of Mines, and crushing on site would reduce the amount of traffic on Caswell, said Kerr a month ago. But his operations on Caswell will be limited to gravel extraction. The hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and the permit only allows for the removal of 230,000 tonnes of aggregate per year.
Seven Durieu Elementary School students and their teacher, Susan Anotonson were recognized by district council Monday night for their accomplishments in this year’s Reading Link Challenge. The challenge is part of a Fraser Valley Regional Library program for students in Grades 4 and 5. Students work in teams of seven and read six selected books. They compete first in their school, answering questions about the characters, plot and setting, and then move on to the community-level competition through the public library. The winning team from each library is advanced to the final level, competing against students from across the region. The students at Durieu earned the bronze medal this year. The team members are Cole Barker, Christopher Dale, Jillian Pederson, Austin Rackstraw, Bradley Saunders, Kimberley Smith and Corrie Thirkell. “I’m extremely proud you belong to this community,” said Mayor James Atebe who presented each student with a certificate of congratulations and recognition on behalf of council.
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Trio nominated for Woman of the Year Three Abbotsford and three Mission women have been nominated for the 2010 Myrtle Evertt Woman of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes the outstanding contributions of local women. It is sponsored by the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Club of Abbotsford and the newly chartered Business and Professional Women’s Club of Mission. One nominee from each community receives the honour at the awards ceremony and banquet May 12 at Garden Park Tower.
The Mission nominees’ biographies are summarized here, highlighting just some of their numerous career and volunteer endeavours. The banquet is also a fundraiser, with the funds going to two bursary scholarships for high school women, one from Abbotsford and one from Mission. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a champagne reception and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 and are available online at bpwabbotsford.ca or by calling Cindy at 604-287-1716. For more information, contact Lori Masse at 604825-0032 or Heidi Slyngbom at 604-837-4444.
Joy Cox Joy Cox is retired from her 19-year job as executive director for Mission Community Services. Many programs were established under her leadership, including Family and Children’s Services, Seniors’ Connection, Victims Services, and Family Place. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Adolescent Resource Centre in Mission. Her volunteer involvement includes the B.C. Youth Advisory Council, and the drug and alcohol unit for the Anglican Church.
Mission nominee Bronwen Sutherland is the manager of the Clarke Foundation Theatre. She is actively involved in community and school district cultural events, and can often be found behind the scenes organizing performers, technical staff and audience members. She has been an eager volunteer with groups such as the Assembly of B.C. Arts Councils, the B.C. Cancer Society, and the Rotary Club.
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Julie Hartland Julie Hartland of Mission is a former nurse who, since retirement in 1997, has dedicated most of her days to volunteering with animal organizations such as the Fraser Valley Humane Society, the Senior Animals in Needs Today Society, and Elizabeth’s Wildlife Centre. She not only raises funds for these groups, she is involved in caring for the animals, including transporting them to and from visits to the vet.
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to deny the application, and instructed staff to work with the property owners to bring it to first reading. On Monday night, councillors voted 4-3 to pass the initial reading. Couns. Paul Horn, Jenny Stevens and Danny Plecas were opposed to the motion. Horn said he was opposed to the process. He noted both sides have been before council and both sides want certainty or closure, because it’s causing divisions in the neighbourhood. “This property abuts Agricultural Land Reserve land, and it sets a dangerous precedent,” said Horn, arguing any change should have unanimous support. “There are too many unanswered questions... We can’t go forward without the neighbours’ support. It’s their neighbourhood.” The concept is good on paper, offered Plecas, who had a number
of concerns. “It would be better suited somewhere else with the right zoning.” It’s regrettable this wasn’t thought of when the OCP was rewritten recently, said Stevens, noting developers have been trying to build on this site for the past 10 years. “We did an overhaul of the OCP, and then the first development that comes forward challenges to change it,” she said. An inclusive community offers different lifestyle choices, but not at the cost of destroying another one, Stevens argued. “If we prevent something from first reading, we’ve blocked the process to hear from the public,” said Coun. Mike Scudder, who doesn’t think it’s an issue for someone to challenge the OCP. “When we have an application like this with some good qualities, the community deserves an opportunity to comment.” “What’s so threatening that we
can’t have this conversation?” asked Mayor James Atebe, adding this application is different than the ones that were rejected in the past. “We shouldn’t say ‘no’ to process.” “If we always forwards first reading, that’s the point of giving council a chance to vote on it?” said Stevens. First reading is like going through inspection at the racetrack, offered Horn. “I don’t think this is ready to race.” It’s council’s responsibility to make changes to the OCP when it’s necessary, said Coun. Terry Gidda. “If we’re not willing to look at it, it sends a bad message to the developers in the community.” Coun. Heather Stewart says she’s heard both sides, and now the two sides need to hear each other. A public information meeting will be set up before a public hearing is held at a later date.
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HST hurts sports
he provincial Liberals have taken great strides to improve the health of British Columbians. Resources have been directed towards getting people to quit smoking, action has been taken on junk food and there’s been a push to get everyone more active. But it’s one step forward and two steps back because of the harmonized sales tax. Virtually every sports organization directed towards youth is ringing alarm bells about the levy. It will mean higher costs for those groups renting ice in local arenas or fields for fastball and soccer. HST will also have to be paid on the purchase of equipment required for these sports. And as all of these groups are non-profit, the ability to absorb this increased financial burden is minimal. That means registration fees for minor hockey, soccer or fastball will have to climb. For some families, a higher fee for their child to pursue their favourite activity will hardly make a dent in the wallet, but for others, increased registration may make the difference between whether the child plays or not. Many British Columbians have lost their jobs or have seen wages frozen, and every expense is scrutinized over and over again. If it comes down to putting food on the table or sports, you know what will win out, and that is unfortunate because recreational activities are a crucial part of growing up. Sports not only promote exercise and healthy living, but they foster self-worth and teamwork, traits young people will carry with them for the rest of their lives. The provincial government’s move towards the HST could potentially leave a lot of children sitting on the sidelines, and if that occurs, the Liberals might as well scrap their focus on healthy living altogether. —Vernon Morning Star
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s the B.C. government was unveiling its new Clean Energy Act last week, a brown stain bloomed in the Gulf of Mexico, visible from outer space. The disaster on an offshore oil platform is shaping up as the biggest spill in North American history, surpassing the grounding of the supertanker Exxon Valdez in 1989. It will change the politics of energy in the United States and Canada as well. With the gusher beginning to wash ashore and estimates that it could take three months or more to get it stopped, it will become more difficult to portray Alberta’s oil sands development as the continent’s biggest environmental threat. The death of 1,000 ducks due to a brief failure of protection To measures around a Fort McMurray process pond won’t be making too many headlines in the next while. Electric and natural gas vehicles suddenly don’t seem like such fringe ideas any more. In California, they’ve been wringing their hands over whether hydro power from B.C.’s larger run-of-river projects is sufficiently tidy to accept into their air conditioners. This is in a country with 650 power plants burning lowgrade coal to supply the majority of its
domestic electricity needs. This silliness can’t last. Canada has 21 coal-fired plants, and coal is the main power source for Alberta and Saskatchewan. Ontario is working to shut down its four coal burners, while Alberta builds a new one with government funding to develop the financially dubious notion of carbon capture and storage underground. Here’s the gist of B.C.’s new Clean Energy Act. The third dam on the Peace River, if approved, will be the last big dam in the foreseeable future. Its capacity will expand B.C. Hydro’s ability to purchase more power from a range of intermittent sources – including wind and biomass – and increase electricity exports, not just to the U.S., but m to Alberta and Saskatchewan. The legislation also directs B.C. Hydro to meet two thirds of new demand in the coming years from conservation, up from the already ambitious goal of 50 per cent. This will be done in part through a $2-billion project to install “smart meters” in every home, allowing the utility to charge higher rates at peak times and give you a discount for running the clothes dryer late at night. The government’s critics focused on the impact on rates. The Site C dam on
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HST battle shows public frustration with government Editor, The Record; I have already signed the HST petition and even campaign organizers to a local political event (the screening of The Corporation by Cinema Politica Fraser Valley), and here is why. I agree with those who say that the HST is better than the GST/PST combo. In administrative terms, one set of tax is simpler than two. Everybody gets that. The problem lies with how the tax was brought on by the Campbell government. It’s bad enough when you live in a quasi-democracy (although many would argue that Canada is now a corporate republic), and you feel that you are completely ignored by elected officials, but at some point enough is enough. This brewing revolt is the people saying “we don’t care if the tax is better or not, we want control of our legislative assembly again. We are tired of puppets pandering to
corporate interests and not the people.” This is what the HST fight is all about. There is something more sinister behind the HST. Nobody has asked yet why the feds want this tax. Some would say to simply get
must consult the provinces in order to do many things. Corporate Canada was scared when the prospect of closing the border came after 9/11. The solution was to be included within the American borders. Some of you will recall the SPP (security and prosperity partnership). Although dead presently, the idea is still there. Efforts like TILMA and now the HST are steps towards national unification making harmonization with the US more possible. In a nutshell, we are being led to become not Canadians, but North Americans. All this is readily available information and easy to get. If this is a democracy and not a corporate banana republic, why then not expose the whole truth? Why try to ram this in and give no explanation or accountability? Kevin Francis Mission
...the aim of the federal government is to harmonize with the U.S. and Mexico... more money. Since NAFTA, the aim of the federal government is to harmonize with the US and Mexico, thus creating an America union much like the European Union. Problems arise when provincial legislation impedes Canada’s ability to act. Canada
HST misinformation and lies Editor, The Record; I am saddened by all the misinformation and lies, that have been spread concerning the HST. The following information is not hard to come by for those who wish to find it. I suspect that anti-HST petition organizer Bill Vander Zalm may have an ulterior motive, as apparently this is some of what he does not want us to know. Our current “sales tax” taxes tax on top of tax, on top of tax, resulting in higher prices, less investment and fewer jobs. For new home buyers, a par-
tial rebate will ensure that new homes up to $525,000 will bear no more tax than under the current PST system, while homes above $525,000 will receive a flat rebate of about $26,250. There is no HST on previouslyowned homes being re-sold. There will be rebates of the provincial portion of the B.C. HST for municipalities, charities and eligible non-profit organizations to protect the sector from paying additional tax. For low income families and individuals, a refundable B.C. HST credit will be paid quarterly
to help offset the impact of the tax. The amount of the credit would be $230 per family member for individuals with income up to $20,000 and families with incomes up to $25,000. The HST is federal and as such, once it is fully phased in, the federal government will administer it at no cost to the province. The provincial portion of the HST will not be included on the following items: Q Gasoline, ethanol, diesel and bio-diesel when used in motor vehicles. Q Books.
Q Children–sized clothing and footwear. Q Children’s car seats and car booster seats. Q Feminine hygiene products. All other items that are currently zero-rated or exempt from the GST will also be zero-rated or exempt from the HST. (i.e.; basic groceries). The Social Services Tax is eliminated, reducing tax from 15 per cent to 12 per cent on liquor served on site at restaurants and pubs. Morris Goodchild Mission
New Canadians to qualify for OAP Editor, The Record; How many of your readers are aware of the proposed legislative change that would allow newcomers to Canada to draw full Old Age Pensions after three years? Private Member’s Bill C-428 was moved last summer by Ruby Dhalla, MP BramptonSpringdale, was seconded by Bob Rae, MP Toronto Centre, the former New Democrat Premier of Ontario. It received first reading on June 18, 2009, and could be brought onto the floor of the House of Commons for a swift and unheralded final vote in the very near future.
This bill is expected to receive full NDP-Liberal support. Is this a blatant move on the part of Ms. Dhalla to buy votes for herself and her party by spending past, present and future taxpayers’ dollars on such a fantastic giveaway? I should think so. And this at a time when Canada’s national debt has surpassed half a trillion dollars. If the bill becomes law, elderly immigrants can come to this country from every corner of the world, and after only three years, without ever having contributed one cent through taxes or payments to the federal
pension scheme, they can start collecting pensions the same as those Canadians who have paid into the system for 40 or 50 years. At the present time you have to have been living in Canada for a minimum of 10 years in order to qualify. Unfortunately the socialists and the red Liberals, as always, are prepared to spend money which the federal government doesn’t have. Readers should send strong letters of protest to their local Member of Parliament, be he or she New Democrat, Liberal or Conservative. And, oh yes, the Inde-
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HST not done deal Editor, The Record; The HST is not a done deal until the people of B.C. decide. Despite the government’s attempts to make it seem like the HST is a done deal, nothing could be further from the truth. They said the HST was a done deal when they signed the agreement with Ottawa nine months ago. Then they said it was a done deal in December when Ottawa passed the federal legislation in Parliament. Now, they’re saying it is a done deal with the legislation removing the PST this past week. But what can be enacted by government, can be repealed. We have known that part of their ‘trick’ was to spread out the passage of this new tax as long as they could to try to thwart your efforts to stop it – that is why our petition is to repeal the HST. The bill you are signing when you sign the anti-HST Initiative petition is to cancel the HST Agreement BC signed with Ottawa last year. By completing the Initiative petition, we will be forcing the government to either vote to cancel the HST Agreement, thereby repealing the HST, or put the question to a province wide referendum. And just so you know, the HST was implemented in Saskatchewan in 1989, and two years after it was in effect, it was repealed by a new government, and the provincial sales tax reinstated. It’s not rocket science – its called democracy. And the HST is not a “done deal” until the people decide it is. Some 85 per cent of British Columbians in poll after poll have said they reject this tax. The Citizen Initiative is our only chance to stop it. Nothing has changed. Our strategy to defeat this hated tax remains the same – complete the first successful petition in BC and Canadian history, and force the government to rescind this hated sales tax. If they vote against the people’s wishes as expressed in the legislation presented to them – then we will begin phase two of our plan – recall. Some have said it will only take the recall of seven MLAs to bring down the government. We believe it may take the recall of only one MLA to stop this government – the premier himself. Even though we have already gathered over 50 per cent of the signatures required to complete the petition in only three weeks, we still need to finish the job. We need to keep getting signatures for the petition until we have achieved the 15 per cent threshold in every riding. This has become about much more than simply defeating a Hated Sales Tax. It is a battle of the people vs. their own government. Bill Vander Zalm Leader, Fight HST
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Anti-HST petition tops 300,000 signatures BY JEFF NAGEL Black Press
The campaign to repeal the harmonized sales tax now claims to have signed up more than 300,000 people across the province. Canvassers say their anti-HST petition has more than the required 10 per cent of voters in 44 ridings now, although sign-ups have been strongest in northern B.C. and are lagging in much of the Lower Mainland. The 90-day Citizens’ Initiative needs 10 per cent of registered voters – and those signatures must all be verified by Elections BC – in all 85 constituencies to be declared successful. Seventeen ridings have now also passed a higher 15 per cent target set by organizers to ensure a buffer to offset disallowed signatures. They include Skeena, where 30 per cent of voters have signed, and Cariboo-Chilcotin, Kamloops-North Thompson and Peace River North, all of which are at or above 25 per cent. In the Lower Mainland, Surrey-White Rock, Delta South and the two Chilliwack ridings are now above the goal of 15 per cent. Abbotsford South, Delta North, Fort LangleyAldergrove, Langley, North Vancouver-Seymour, Port Coquitlam and Surrey-Green Timbers are above the 10 per cent requirement. The lowest numbers are being recorded in Burnaby, Richmond and Vancouver. Organizers say the passage of HST enabling legislation by the provincial government last week did not quell dissatisfaction with the tax, which merges the GST and PST into a single 12 per cent charge, but instead stoked more anger. “People were hoping their MLA would vote according to their wishes,” said Surrey-based organizer Patricia Enair. “When [Liberal MLAs] didn’t, we saw an increase in people phoning, wanting to find out where they can sign the petition.” She said the campaign in urban areas has been hampered by several challenges, including the multitude of districts that make it confusing
to determine where each voter should sign. “We have a lot of people who either aren’t registered to vote or move quite a bit,” she added. Finding locations to host the petition has also been tricky in some cities, including Surrey. “Many of our commercial properties don’t want to get involved so they’re not allowing us to set up in mall locations,” Enair said. The campaign has responded by seeking permission to use civic spaces in Richmond and city parks in Surrey. Enair said the campaign will soon start to rotate its registered canvassers out of ridings with strong numbers and into ones where signups have been slow. Campaign lead organizer Chris Delaney said canvassing got off
wraps up July 5. Success does not ensure the HST will be repealed. The right number of signatures may force the provincial government to introduce legislation
dismantling the tax, but the repeal bill could simply be defeated or never called for a vote. If that happens, campaigners vow to target Liberal MLAs for recall.
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Heed was sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Stephen Point on Tuesday evening, but after getting home to Vancouver he said he discussed the matter with his wife and reconsidered. NDP public safety critic Mike Farnworth called the latest twist in the case “extremely disturbing. “Right from when the allegations broke, we’ve seen denial by Mr. Heed that his campaign would be involved,” Farnworth said. “We’ve seen no acknowledgment by the premier of the seriousness of these allegations, we’ve seen no remorse whatsoever.”
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Ukrainian festival lights up Mission Dance troupes from across the Pacific Northwest come to Mission for annual contest The annual Ukrainian Cultural Festival has been calling Mission home for the past seven years. The festival once toured around the province, taking its colourful costumes and unique dances to a different city each year. “We latched onto the Clarke Theatre (in 2004), and it just turned out to be the ideal facility,” said Gord Yakimow, who is involved with the Yevshan Ukrainian Dancers of Abbotsford, and is also the president of the Fraser Valley Ukrainian Society. “For this festival, Mission is ideal.” Dance troupes from as far away as Seattle, Wash., Prince George, Alberta and Vancouver Island all come to the provincial competition. Mission is a midpoint for many of the groups. In total, the event drew about 1,200 to the theatre on Saturday. Yakimow said it is a highlight of the year for Ukrainian dancers. “All of the troupes around B.C. are aware of this festival, and gear their performances around it.” The largest group was Kvitka of Surrey, with 75 performers, and the smallest was Mission’s own new Druzba dancers, with nine children. The event ended with the Hopak, the traditional dance of the Cossacks, with its high leaps, showmanship and impressive feats of atheticism. In addition to the dancing there were displays of colourful Easter eggs, textiles, and traditional foods like perogies, kubassa (garlic sausage) and cabbage rolls. There was also a display from the University of Alberta on the traditional Ukrainian wedding. “It is important to all ethnicities to maintain their identity, through language and through various cultural traditions,” said Yakimow.
The annual Ukrainian Festival brings colourful dance troupes from across B.C., Alberta and Washington State to the Clarke Theatre. They celebrate their culture and dance teams compete. Above is Zirka of the Okanagan performing Kazachok. At far left is Pokotilla of Kamloops performing EIO Polka. At immediate left is Kvitka of Surrey performing Magic Kiss. BOB FRIESEN PHOTOS
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Anti-poverty advocates are hoping more Lower Mainland cities follow in the footsteps of New Westminster and adopt a living wage bylaw. The Royal City now requires city employees and contract employees be paid considerably more than minimum wage to ensure two earners can adequately support a family of four with basic necessities, healthy development of children and participation in social and civic life. New Westminster’s policy – the first of its kind in Canada – is based on a level of $16.74 per hour for full-time work, calculated by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives based on 2008 data. The left-leaning think tank has just issued a new report for 2010, calculating that the living wage should now rise to $18.17 an hour in Metro Vancouver. It cites rising costs of food, rent, child care for the increase. “The living wage is based on a very modest budget,” co-author Tim Richards said. “While it allows families to escape severe financial stress, it doesn’t allow for home ownership, serious family emergencies, debt payments, saving for retirement or children’s post-secondary education.” Half of children living below the poverty line in B.C. have a parent working
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THE MISSION RECORD – THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010
Saturday May 8
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CSA approved, ESR protection. Sizes7-11,12,13 (14,15 by special order). Reg. $109.99 SALE $89.99
MARK’S BONUS CARD
Sizes7-11,12,13 (14,15 special order). Reg. $159.99 SALE $139.99
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MEN’S WORKPRO 6” INJECTE4D LEATHER WORKBOOTS With TPU toe cap, CSA approved, ESR protection. Sizes7-11,12,13 (14,15 by special order). Reg. $99.99 SALE $79.99
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THE MISSION RECORD – THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010
Moped marathoner going across Canada BY JASON
Mechanical know-how, some daringdo and the kindness of strangers is going to power a Mission man across Canada – he hopes. Cody Brownell, 22, left Sunday on a cross-country journey to help raise money for aplastic anemia – a condition which nearly killed his mother’s cousin, but is not well-understood by the medical community. But here’s the kicker. The Heritage Park grad is not going in a car, bicycle or even on foot. Brownell’s chosen mode of transportation is a moped; and not a new one either. His hand-picked steed? A vintage 1979 Moto B-cam 50V moped, tricked out with a rebuilt motor and other go-fast bits all installed with his two hands. These alterations drop the motor’s fuel efficiency (and help it top out at a blistering 60 km/h) but should enable it to survive the approximately 5,700-kilometre, three-month trip. The moped holds just over a gallon of fuel and Brownell guesses he’ll notch about 90 miles per tank, which means he’ll need to fuel up around 40 times. And with an average cost of $3 to $4
per tank, his fuel tab should tally about $160. Brownell, working as a bingo caller at Boardwalk Gaming Centre, has also custom built a trailer he’ll tow that can hold a jerry can of fuel and a few supplies. It’s topped with a solar panel to charge his laptop, cellphone and other electronics during the voyage. While he has a few bucks stashed away for the trip, his goal is to get across the country by counting on strangers’ generosity to fill his fuel tank. Where he doesn’t have family, the UFV student plans to camp. The germ of the idea for the trip came to him a couple of years ago but he wanted to ensure he could repair everything that could possibly go wrong before attempting the adventure. Brownell and his friend, Ian Low, are planning to video document the trip, but since the Mission man is making the trip solo, he’s going to borrow a few filming techniques from Les Stroud, aka Survivorman from the Outdoor Life Network show of the same moniker. If you’re interested in following Brownell, he will be updating his Twitter account regularly. The account is canadamopedtrek, under his full name.
Cody Brownell with the moped and custom-built trailer that he is taking across the country. JASON ROESSLE PHOTO
What is asplastic anemia? Aplastic anemia is a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. The condition, per its name, involves
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both aplasia and anemia. Typically, anemia refers to low red blood cell counts, but aplastic anemia patients have lower counts of all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, termed pancytopenia. Source: Wikipedia
- Jack Jackson - Pioneer Corner - Fat Pig Saloon with Appaloosa (Thursday thru Sunday only)
- 4-H & Livestock competitions & displays - Tradeshow - Chef Dez Cooking Show - West Coast Amusement Midway - KidZone
Since its beginning 100 years ago, the continued growth and success of Abbotsford Agrifair is due to the support of local individuals and businesses. “We are able to celebrate 100 fairs because we have always been blessed with enthusiastic local support,” says Agrifair president Harry DeJong. That support has come and continues to come in the form of generous sponsors, enthusiastic exhibitors, faithful friends and hundreds of dedicated volunteers. “Without our volunteers, Agrifair would not have been around since 1911,” says Agrifair director and volunteer co-ordinator Cindy Rowell. “We have volunteers who return year after year. Some have been with us for over 30 years. We even have one family with three generations of enthusiastic volunteers.” Volunteering can take a variety of forms. If you enjoy working with kids, you can volunteer in KidZone, if you enjoy animals, Agriland may be the place for you. If you enjoy talking to and helping people, consider a job at the information booths or entry gates. All volunteers serve a minimum of two four-hour shifts, receive a t-shirt, meals and snacks, a volunteer reference letter and an invitation to a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet with special prizes and awards. If you are a business, consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor. Each year, Agrifair enjoys
the support of over 100 sponsors. While many provide needed ﬁnancial support, some simply help by donating needed products and services. Most sponsors are listed on the daily sheets and all are included in the annual fair supplement. This year, Agrifair offers two new ways to show your support of Abbotsford’s premier community celebration. Become a “Friend of the Fair” for $200 and you will be listed on a sign at the admission gates, listed in the ofﬁcial fair show guide published by The Abbotsford News and have the right to distribute your own promotional item in 1000 gift bags being distributed at the Main Gate Thursday and Monday. For details on volunteering, sponsorship or the Friends of the Fair program, visit www. agrifair.ca or call the ofﬁce at 604-852-6674. Also new this year is the “Win Me” rafﬂe – your chance to win a two-year lease of a Ford F150 crew cab truck, a Beachcomber portable hot tub, a return trip for two to any Westjet destination, a romance package for two at the Best Western Regency Inn or a one-year adult membership to all City of Abbotsford Recreation Centres. Tickets are just $5 each and available at the Agrifair ofﬁce at Abbotsford Exhibition Park, at Magnuson Ford on South Fraser Way or anywhere the Agrifair truck is. Watch for it at community locations and events throughout the spring and summer.
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THE MISSION RECORD â€“ THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010
Morris as Elvis
year two year one
Local author Morris Bates was at the Powerhouse at Stave Falls recently, for a book signing to promote his new publication Morris as Elvis, which chronicles his extraordinary career as a leading Elvis Presley impersonator.
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Blooming begins in Mission A
pril showers continue into May, but there are signals all around us that â€œMay flowersâ€? will soon appear. The Communities in Bloom Society (CinB) members are doing all they can to make that happen by taking their planning up one more notch, and are moving from provincial into the national Communities in Bloom competition. Mission will compete against cities across Canada with populations from 20,001 to 50,000. The CinB committee is leading the way in 2010 with a beautification project of its own. In collaboration with the districtâ€™s park maintenance staff, led by Jason Horton, the western entrance gate area will receive a facelift this month, beginning with a serious clean-up. Then committee volunteers will join staff to plant and maintain the area around the entrance sign. Speaking of cleanup, I spotted Adopt-a-Block volunteers swarming several commercial areas on Friday. The tidy-up pace continued the following day. At the request of CinB, district park staff, farmers barket volunteers and local Morning Club Rotarians joined with 80 young people from throughout Rotary District 5050 in a four-hour blitz to remove invasive plants and other nasty objects from Lane Creek Park. Rotarians provided transportation for youth from the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program (RYLA) from Zajac Ranch to Lane Creek Park. These youth, aged 18 to 24, were spending four days at Zajac in leadership training. RYLA is the same
organization that brought admire the Marcellus youth to power wash the Rhododendron Garden, North Railway Avenue including the Caitlin. commercial area in 2008, I encourage readers to and to labour at the Mis- visit the park soon, while sion Wetlands the rhodos are in 2009. showing so Blooming magnificently. Farmers market members, To add to your News with assistance experience, from Dressed the Parkâ€™s to Grill, prorestaurant is vided hot dogs now open for and other treats refreshments to sustain the from 10 a.m. to workersâ€™ en4 p.m. ergy. Garden of Heather On Sunday, the Month will I took my dog continue as a Pappy to our CinB highlight favorite Misin 2010. This sion place, month, the Fraser River Heritage judging committee has Park. During our stay we chosen the property of visited with Dr. MarcelHeritage Place Strata on lus and joined him to 7th Avenue and Mary MAYPDF 0-
Street, east of Stave Lake Street. The CinB Society is still looking for registrations in its local competition. I invite you to visit www.mission. ca/cinb for more information or fill out the registration within the Spring-Summer Leisure Guide. Your registration qualifies you for a 10 per cent savings until June 15 at several local sponsors (some limitations may apply): Arnoldâ€™s Rentals, Bellbrook Nursery, Global Landscape Supplies, Prospect Equipment and Home Hardware. Registration deadline is also June 15. Keep blooming, Mission.
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