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NEW BUSINESSES The City of New Westminster would like to welcome the following new businesses to the City in December 2011 and January 2012. DECEMBER 2011
CITYPAGE QUEENSBOROUGH RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Queensborough Community Centre Agenda: Presentation from Stanley Paulus for St. Joseph’s new community hall and church on Ewen Avenue as well as our formal approval for a frontage variance for 240 Philips St Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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PUBLIC PROCESS FOR THE DRAFT 2012 - 2016 FINANCIAL PLAN The City of New Westminster has completed its draft 2012 — 2016 Financial Plan. As part of the public consultation process, the City will be presenting the draft Financial Plan during the Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm. (please note the revision of time to 6:00pm from the previously posted time of 7:00 pm.) The public is invited to attend the presentation, and afterwards may ask questions and provide comments regarding the draft Financial Plan during the open delegation session of the Council meeting. A budget information package including the draft 2012 - 2016 Financial Plan, a staﬀ report and a comment sheet will be available on the City’s website and for pickup from the Finance and Information Technology Department at City Hall (511 Royal Ave) on Monday, February 13, 2012. Residents may submit written comments regarding the draft Financial Plan to the Finance and Information Technology Department: Attention:
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Deadline: February 24, 2012 The draft Financial Plan incorporates a proposed 2.25% property tax increase for 2012. This increase is required to fund a number of budget challenges in 2012, including collective agreement increases, operational and inﬂationary increases. Utility operating budgets for 2012 include the Electrical, Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Utilities. Utility rate increases are 5.9% for Water, 7.7% for Sewer and 4.0% for Solid Waste to address the increases in the 2012 Metro Vancouver rates charged to the City. The Electrical Utility rates for 2012 will be set in March/April and will follow BC Hydro’s rate increases to the City.
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Is adversarial dynamic hurting kids? School trustees and parent groups are often at loggerheads, and it doesn’t look like things will change Grant Granger email@example.com
f it were a classroom the teacher might make them sit silently at their desks until they all behaved. These aren’t children, though. These are adults that some might say are behaving like bratty little kids. The relationship between the New Westminster board of education along with district staff and the district parent advisory council (DPAC), as NEWSLEADER FILE well as other parent groups, is Pitched battles between parents and school trustees is common in New Westminster. The question is, does fraught with acrimony. it get too personal at the expense of good solutions that are best for students? On many issues they reports, ask questions and act adversarial instead of “If you’re not going to are elected for a reason. engage in dialogue which collegial. give the board the chance to They’re not my enemy, and Some of the controversies deal with what the issues are neither should we be regarded sometimes ends in both sides they have locked horns over before giving them a chance as enemies,” says Harris. “We respectfully agreeing to disagree. the past few years include to do something, you’ve got want to collaborate, we want “There are a couple of the schools project, the to wonder what the purpose to be able to work together ... individuals that are more district’s business company, of the point they’re trying to We just need to get over this adversarial and have teacher accountability, make is. You have to wonder storm stage which has been confrontational styles, but conÀict of interest, May Day why; do they want to resolve there for the three years I’ve generally the relationships participation and more. Much issues or not?” says Ewen. been on PAC. It’s been storm between parents and the more. The proof, he says, is at the after storm after storm.” board are quite good,” says “Our district is looking like polls: Voters have re-elected ‘HARMONIOUS Ewen. “There are three or a joke,” says current DPAC himself and current board AND PLEASANT’ four parents, and I really chair Wendy Harris. “It’s a chair James Janzen in election Michael Ewen has been think it’s three or four people troubled relationship, and after election. a board trustee for more in the community, who have we’re ¿ghting over the kids. GETTING PERSONAL? than 30 years and he doesn’t political agendas, and one We can’t ignore it.” Trustee Casey Cook has consider the storm clouds way for them to deal with She recently wrote a letter butted heads with Ewen many as threatening as Harris. He issues is to go after individual to the board demanding a time at the board table. He says there isn’t an adversarial trustees, or individual school an apology from chair says there is some truth to relationship between trustees administrators.” James Janzen for published saying there is an adversarial and parents, for the most Ewen questions why the “derogatory comments of a relationship between the part. In fact, he says it’s parents groups’ frequently air sexual connotation” against parents and trustees. “harmonious and pleasant.” their opinions in the media past president Paul Johansen. “It’s very clear there’s When he goes to local PAC before letting the process take “I don’t want to engage in frustration with parents, meetings, parents listen to its course. warfare here. School trustees
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Air quality poor under parkade: study Results much better just 20 metres away from structure: Metro Vancouver report Grant Granger firstname.lastname@example.org
A two-year air quality study by Metro Vancouver on New Westminster’s Front Street parkade con¿rmed what city council already believed. The study, done between
January 2009 and December 2010, showed the concentration of contaminants under the parkade was much higher than Metro Vancouver’s air quality objectives. A report on the study given to council on Monday also said the highest concentrations occurred during the day on weekdays when Front Street is heavily used by commercial vehicles such as diesel trucks. Another monitor placed at 350
Columbia St., just 20 metres from the parkade, showed results that were much lower, “suggesting that the poor air quality conditions did not extend far beyond the parkade structure.” The air quality was also compared to temporary sites in Sapperton Park and at city hall where results were comparable to other nearby monitoring stations in Metro Vancouver and lower than the parkade.
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It perhaps comes as no surprise to people who watch trucks slowly inch along Front Street during rush hour, to learn the half-enclosed space under the parkade is not considered a good place to breathe.
“High levels of air contaminants were noted at the Downtown parkade site which are likely related to a combination of high commercial traf¿c activity on Front Street and the restricted dispersion of vehicular emissions by the parkade structure,” said the report. “The study noted that public exposure to these air contaminant concentrations can contribute to health effects.” The study appears to be ammunition for council in attempting to proceed with the waterfront vision it Àoated last September. It called for the elimination of half of the parkade to make room for an overpass accessing the waterfront over the railroad tracks at the foot of Sixth Street. Coun. Bill Harper said Monday the study should be sent to Downtown businesses opposed to tearing down any part of the parkade. The report recommends actions be taken to reduce exposure under the parkade. “Some suggestions included the development of guidelines to help mitigate the effects of localized emission issues or the implementation of a modeling study to determine the effects of changes to the structure of the parkade. Said Coun. Chuck Puchmayr, “We’ve got a problem. We’ve got to
look at dealing with the problem.” The report also noted there might be an opportunity for the location to be part of a federal government pilot project to develop a strategy for monitoring near roadways and to better understand exposure to emissions from traf¿c.
A song for Eva A New Westminster rock band, Tourist Machine, has honoured a hometown hero in its ¿rst CD. I See Eva, written by the band’s founder Brad Porcellato, is a tribute to Eva Markvoort and is the lead song on the band’s CD One. Markvoort championed awareness of cystic ¿brosis via various vehicles including a documentary about her titled 65 Red Roses. Markvoort had a double lung transplant in 2007 but died two years ago from transplant rejection while awaiting a second transplant. Other members of the band are guitarist Len Osanic, who runs Fiasco Bros. Recording Studios on 20th Street in New Westminster where One was recorded, singer Susan Kovacs and bassist Tom Gourlie. The song can be heard at the band’s website, touristmachine.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday, February 17, 2012 NewsLeader A5
City wants to step up its affordable housing Has two-year plan of attack to increase the city’s stock
not get caught up in the process.” McEvoy said the uncertainty over which level of government is responsible for what when it comes to housing leaves cities “trepidatious and not sure what their role should be.” “It’s a matter of time that our cities, with federal and provincial support, are going to have to build affordable housing. It’s not going to be easy,” said McEvoy.
ways to preserve the existing rental stock and to support new market rental housing. One strategy would be to require Grant Granger replacing rental housing as email@example.com a condition of redeveloping New Westminster has come up property currently used for with a plan of attack for providing rentals. The city will also look affordable housing over the next at the feasibility of allowing two years. secondary suites within apartment One of those strategies in a or townhouse developments. report approved by council on Mayor Wayne Wright said the Monday calls for the city city has to think outside of to pounce on possibilities the box to get affordable of adding affordable housing. “We have to come Coun. Jaimie McEvoy housing stock to New West I think we’ve got great potential. When we off this and do something,” when it becomes available. look back in two or three years, hopefully said Wright. “There’s a need The report, written we can say we in New Westminster cracked the nut and made something happen. to be ready to seize by social planner John opportunities,” said Coun. Stark, suggested options Jaimie McEvoy, chair of the “I think we’ve got great the city could put to residents city’s social issues committee, potential. When we look back in to see what might work in their on Monday. “We’re not ready to two or three years, hopefully we neighbourhoods. The choices seize opportunities when we have can say we in New Westminster may include, depending on the it.” cracked the nut and made neighbourhood context, smaller McEvoy said if the federal something happen.” lots, laneway houses, duplexes, or provincial governments The report Monday called for triplexes or quadplexes, or suddenly have a program, or a the city to establish a committee cottage-style housing on small society comes forward willing to review development proposals lots, said the report. to spearhead the building of to see how planning can be It also suggests the city look affordable housing, the city needs coordinated and approvals at the feasibility of requiring to be ready to move on it. “We expedited to increase the amount affordable housing in new need to identify the low-hanging of affordable housing in the city. developments as a condition of fruit so we can move along and The city also intends to identify rezoning.
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Health care realities Hospitals in the Fraser Health region are chronically overcrowded. Patients regularly are parked in hallways and emergency wards – sometimes for days. Those uncomfortable – and sometimes risky – realities will be the focus of a panel of external experts who will examine hospital congestion and make recommendations. It isn’t likely this group will uncover major solutions that haven’t already been identi¿ed and implemented. A number of progressive initiatives to deal with hospital congestion have been recently undertaken by Fraser Health, including pay-for-performance funding to reward hospitals for increasing ef¿ciency, and a push for patient home support rather than hospital stays. Yet, despite those efforts, emergency visits are up 7.3 per cent so far this year and patient days spent in hospitals in the region are up ¿ve per cent. Clearly, demand is outstripping facilities and resources. And the pressure is going to continue to rise, as Fraser Health estimates it will gain another 327,000 residents, or 20 per cent more, by 2020. Meanwhile, the population of seniors over age 65 is forecast to balloon 50 per cent by 2020 to more than 100,000. The “quick” solution is to build more hospital capacity. However, that requires vast sums of money – from a cash-strapped government already running de¿cit budgets and facing increasing debt, in a less than dynamic economic climate. Hospital overcrowding is only one aspect of B.C’s overall health care challenge, which currently gobbles $18 billion, or more than 40 per cent of the entire provincial budget. As this new panel of experts will con¿rm, there are no easy answers to the present model of health care delivery, which increasingly appears to be unsustainable. —Black Press
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Overcoming poetry phobia
on’t let your high school dread of poetry prevent you from enjoying a poem now that you’re an adult. And don’t get turned off when you can’t figure out what the hell a poet is saying. It takes time and effort to appreciate poetry. Recently I attended an afternoon birthday party and had to leave early. When I said I was heading downtown for a poetry reading the assembled guests burst out laughing. They hooted, and teased in false upper-crust British accents, “Ooooh, poetry!” I love poetry and cannot exist without it so their reaction was a shock. Oh I know poetry is not mainstream; I’ve been at readings of well-known poets where the audience is noticeably small. I mean poets who are well known to other poets, not to the general public. Ask who is the new poet laureate of Canada and maybe one in a thousand will know. Fred Wah! Yay! He is wonderful. How about the new Vancouver poet laureate? Evelyn Lau. The poet laureate of
Anne Hopkinson New Westminster? Candice James. Ask people to name any three living Canadian poets, or a Nobel prize-winning poet. Nada. Poetry rarely comes up in conversation unless it’s a group of writers and poets talking together. Hockey players, daredevils, celebrities, and corrupt politicians are known— poets not so much. Public poetry readings are not hard to ¿nd. Commercial Drive and Main Street in Vancouver have a number of cafés that regularly hold poetry readings: The Cottage Bistro, Rhizome, Havana, Café Deux Soleils. In Burnaby visit La Fontana Caffe on East Hastings every third Tuesday of the month for a Spoken Ink performance. Great coffee and great local poets. You don’t have to write the
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meaning of lines 20 to 32, or look up unknown words, or compare the poem to other poems of the same literary age or style. You just have to listen. Renaissance Books in New Westminster sponsors writers’ events. It’s a small space and you can get close to the writers while they read, chat with them when they ¿nish, and buy an autographed book before you leave. There are a variety of readings to suit differing tastes. There’s spoken word/poetry slam, for those who like it fast and loud, and world poetry for cross-cultural interest. Political poetry is topical and feisty; you can hear Occupy or Enbridge poems, poems on international war crimes, and poems as local as Fraser River Fugue. Ecological poets chime in with poems of the north, poems of global warming, forestry, scienti¿c discoveries and disasters. I once heard two “duelling Haiku poets” (self-named) go at it for 20 minutes. No topic is too big or too small, too precious or too terrible for
poets. From Robert Service in The Cremation of Sam McGee to Shane Koyczan in The Crickets Have Arthritis, there is something for everyone. Play it safe at ¿rst and go online where poetry websites abound; poemhunter.com and poetryarchive.org allow you to search, browse and view recordings. I am fortunate to write with the Thursdays Writing Collective, a group of writers who meet at the Carnegie Centre on Main Street. Our website is thursdayspoems.wordpress.com. Poetry is Dead, a literary journal which disproves its name, is at poetryisdead.ca. Get a taste of edgy, lyric, and powerful poetry from the security of your desktop. If you are a risk-taker and have done bungee jumping, a level 5 or 6 white water trip, and sky diving, why not be brave in a new way? Try something you’ve been avoiding—try poetry. Anne Hopkinson is a Burnaby resident still working on the three Rs: reading, writing, and rambling.
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COMMENT Trustee’s strange logic Re: School trustee James Janzen’s refusal to look at Fraser Institute school rankings I wonder if New Westminster school board chair James Janzen ever says to his doctor: “I refuse to look at the results of my heart rate or blood pressure tests, because that research is fundamentally Àawed. I just don’t think that information allows for other factors relating above more than just marks on a chart and tests. “There are a lot of other factors that goes into my health other than just my heart rate and blood pressure and I don’t think that that research captures those. So because of that, I don’t even want to look at that stuff.” That type of ostrich-headed, special-interest induced approach to assessing the progress of our schools is a classic case of not putting our children ¿rst. The Fraser Institute has never stated that the FSA test ranking is an overall ranking of the quality of education that one can expect at a school. Their ranking is simply an
objective comparison of the test scores from fundamental skills tests designed by professional educators. The ranking does not mean everything, but it does mean something—something that our school trustees should be interested in. Without comparison to other scores (whether to other schools or previous scores of the same school) the testing data means very little—just as your blood pressure result means nothing unless compared to the blood pressures of others, or your previous blood pressure tests. Terry J. Hewitt New Westminster
POOR PLANNING Let’s see now—due to a lack of beds at Royal Columbian Hospital they have to put some patients in the halls. They say it may cost $1 billion to expand the emergency and put 300 new beds in the hospital. Wasn’t there some sort of facility over on Royal Avenue, about 10 years ago that probably had about 300 beds and an
Emerg? Did the “Liberal” government tear it down or something? Let’s vote for a government that actually cares about people’s needs and plans accordingly. Colin Dover New Westminster
TRANSLINK OWES US A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE Re: Pattullo workshops set for New Westminster Point the bridge to United Boulevard in Coquitlam, where TransLink has spent millions on infrastructure to access Highway 1. New West does not need another failed attempt like the Queensborough interchange. Kudos to city council for standing their ground. TransLink owes New West a viable alternative to current gridlock. Council initiates traf¿c calming, which just creates more gridlock. TransLink owes us an east-west bypass route, period! John Ashdown —online comment newwestnewsleader.com
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ana Capota works in the past with an eye to the future. The new curator and programmer at the New Westminster Museum and Archives is already making plans to move the thousands of artifacts stored in the bunkerlike cinderblock building tucked behind Irving House to the gleaming new civic centre being constructed on Columbia Street. The move is still two years away. Yet it’s a daunting task. And a massive responsibility. Because each artifact represents a slice of New Westminster’s rich history, an heirloom from the community’s past, a cherished memory from the people who built it. Some of them are ungainly, like the Model T squirreled away in the basement or the carriage in the bunker’s front display window; a window and part of a wall will likely have to be removed to extract that one. Some of them are incredibly heavy, like the old bell from one of the city’s early ¿re halls. Most are fragile, like the ¿ve-metre-long model of the Pattullo Bridge crafted by a student years ago for a school project, then
donated to the museum. Its builder went museum is a friendly place. It’s no on to a long and distinguished career as an longer a hallowed hall.” engineer. She hopes to achieve that by reaching Capota isn’t letting the prospect of packing out to groups in the community that and transporting all that stuff freak her out may never have thought they had a stake though. Four months into her new job, she’s in the city’s history, like immigrants still absorbing the history and character of the and refugees. After all, the stories of city with which she’s been entrusted. their journey to New Westminster will Her previous positions at the Surrey become part of the city’s history to Museum, the Station future generations. Museum in Port Moody “We have to give all communities in and Burnaby Village the city a sense of ownership, that this Museum forged some early is their museum,” says Capota. “We connections with elements have to look at history that’s being made of New Westminster’s today.” history, like the story of That’s especially important as the city cattle farmers in Surrey transforms itself from the somewhat who ¿gured out in 1904 derelict suburb it had become since they could save toll charges the 1970s to a vibrant urban centre. on the bridge over the Fraser River if they And the new civic centre will be a transported their herd to market in New key component of that transformation Westminster in the back of a truck rather than as well as a huge opportunity for the walk each cow over one by one. museum. MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER “New Westminster was always at the No longer hidden behind Irving Oana Capota, curator and programmer at the New centre of things,” says Capota. Westminster Museum and Archives, is already making House, the museum and archives will be Now that she’s smack dab in the middle preparations for the move to the civic centre in two years. front and centre, an easy SkyTrain ride of it herself, she’s devouring the reams of away to millions. documents and old photos that tell the city’s line Columbia and Front streets. And she “I think I’ve come in at a good time. story, she’s reading the historical plaques that plans ways to bring that history to life for It’s exciting to meet people and hear their adorn so many of the city’s houses, she drinks New Westminster’s residents and visitors. stories. It’s easy to discount people’s interest in the brick facades of the old buildings that “We have to help people realize the in history, but it’s still there.”
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Although the bill for her freedom of information request was almost $1,400 for what she believes should require “a few mouse clicks,” New Westminster parent Lisa Chao said she may pay the price to get what she wants. Chao was one of the parents who recently called for the school district to develop a system for dealing with a group of parents with a shared concern. In their case, they were upset with a high failure rate in three Math 11 classes taught by a particular teacher. In search of some hard data, Chao submitted a freedom of information request asking for ¿ve years of math marks for grades 8 to 12 at New Westminster secondary, broken down by course, teacher, semester and year. On Tuesday, she received a registered letter from the district
saying it would cost her $1,385 to have her request ¿lled. “Really it should be a few mouse clicks they should have that information. Yet what I’m requesting to do would require 35 labour hours. And 35 labour hours for something they should be doing every year,” said Chao. “I believe if the administration had been doing their job, they would have detected a pattern years ago and been able to put supports in place ... We wanted to get the data so it is clear in our minds if this is a one-off, like it has been suggested to us. I don’t know how they can staunchly indicate this is a one-off if it’s going to take 35 hours.” Chao believes the costly bill is meant as a deterrent. On Tuesday, she vowed to pay for continuing her pursuit. “I believe there’s enough parents concerned about this and the bigger picture and they’ll pass the hat. But I’m willing to do this because I think it’s important for everyone at the high school,” said Chao. “It’s appalling for something they should already have ... They try to push parents away. When the information the
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Meeting to address safety in Queen’s Park, assessments The next Queen’s Park Residents Association meeting will deal with safety in the park and property value assessments. The meeting will be held at Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park on Sunday, Feb. 26, starting at 2 p.m. with a presentation by city parks director Dean Gibson on planned lighting enhancements for the park as well as long range plans for the park. That will be followed by a talk by Zina Weston of BC Assessment and New Westminster appraiser Carmine Guadagno on how property values are determined, focusing on the Queen’s Park neighbourhood.
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Oville is a kind world populated with cartoon characters and Foster used her own childhood fantasies as inspiration for the stories. “I’m taking all of my childhood games and putting them all online — but don’t tell the young generation that,” Foster jokes. The single mom didn’t start out as a cartoon storyteller, however. She was an accountant for 30 years until she turned 50 and decided numbers weren’t enough any more. At the time, she was “den” mother to a group of vulnerable kids from the neighbourhood who hung out at her house with her kids because they had nowhere else to go.
She was struck by their lack of innocence and blamed violent media, not just rough childhoods, for their risky lifestyle choices. “It just hit so hard, with the movies and TV shows they were watching, garbage in and garbage out, and with Nintendo (video games) they had already killed 50,000 people.” Except for two of her “foster” kids, all went on to productive lives. Her own children are grown now and busy in careers of their own, but the idea of creating a media company promoting a return to innocence for children stayed with her. She connected with a children’s
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Royal City Curling Club’s Brent Pierce came up a shot short in his team’s bid to win the provincial men’s curling championship. Pierce attempted an angle-raise takeout with his last shot of the ¿nal but just missed to allow Kelowna’s Jim Cotter to steal a point and a 7-5 win in Parksville on Sunday. The victory earned Cotter a return to the Canadian men’s championship which will be held in Saskatoon, March 3 to 11. Pierce had reached the ¿nal by clobbering Cotter 9-2 Saturday morning, but the Kelowna team bounced back with a 7-6 extraend victory over another Royal City team skipped by Chris Baier. Sunday’s ¿nal was the only loss suffered by Pierce in the event.
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Certiﬁed coaches inspire at the BC Games Black Press
Coaches can sometimes be the unsung heroes of athletic success. The images we see in the media are of gold-medalwinning athletes standing on podiums with their coach nowhere to be seen. But almost without fail, athletes will credit their coach for their success ahead of anyone else. Coaches lead and inspire athletes from community programs to the Olympic and Paralympic podiums. At the BC Games, coach education and training is a priority with all coaches at the Games
requiring certi¿cation from the National Coaching Certi¿cation Program. Coaches BC is the provincial organization responsible for coaching education programs and the ongoing support and development of coaches. “A coach’s preparation for the BC Games, or any other competitive environment, is just as important as an athlete’s preparation,” says Coaches BC executive director Gord May. “Every successful athlete has been trained by someone who has
taken the time to learn about the technical aspects of their sport and how to prepare their athletes both mentally and physically. Excellence will come about when you have the right tools and use them the right way.” The provincial sport organizations involved in the BC Winter and BC Summer Games have demonstrated that they
are committed to coach development throughout the province. Many sports utilize the BC Games as a unique opportunity for coach mentorship and training. Karate BC developed a junior coach mentorship program as part of the BC Winter Games where youth coaches have the opportunity to work with a certi¿ed adult coach. Six coaches ranging
in age from 15 to 18 will be part of the program at the 2012 BC Winter Games. “The BC Games is an ideal way of furthering (development of) our young athletes into future coaches,” says Fernando Correia, the Duncan-based provincial advisor for Karate BC. “I am excited about our new program and I know that our junior coaches are looking
forward to attending the BC Winter Games and having the opportunity to develop new skills under the tutelage of some of Karate BC’s best coaches.” Another successful mentorship program developed by the BC Games Society, Coaches BC and Promotion Plus, supports the education of female coaches. Please see COACHES, A16
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For Laura Watson, technical director with Coaches BC and a ringette coach, this has been a terri¿c opportunity for both her and her apprentice coach. “As I started out in coaching I wish that I had had an opportunity to study from a seasoned coach. It would have provided
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Many things to think about when buying a home
Simpson offers tips for new home buyers So you want to buy a home, you have a nice down payment saved up and you’re rearing to go. But are you ready? The number-one thing you need to do, according to Peter Simpson, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, is get pre-approved for a mortgage. He says this step will virtually guarantee your price point, and it’ll make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew in terms of monthly payments. “When the offer goes in, you’ve already done the work,” he says. “It saves time and heartache: you won’t get disappointed by missing out on a house that you love.” Do you really need that four-bedroom townhome? Simpson says most couples just starting may be better off with a two-
bedroom, two-bathroom condo, which will allow for an addition to the family without destroying your budget. Above all, Simpson says home buyers need to separate their needs from their wants before hitting the market. Finally, you’re going to want to know what the neighbourhood is like. Simpson says buyers need to do some research into transit, schools and future development plans. Will that green space be turned into a high-rise or more townhomes? Commuters will want to know how long it takes to get to work, so the best way to find out is to give it a shot. Make sure you do it during rush hour. “People say ‘It’s not that far,’” Simpson says. “But people are typically looking at a house on a Sunday afternoon.”
‘Your friendly neighbourhood builder’
Kanaka Creek the ﬁrst development from Bluetree Homes by Kerry Vital
Buying a new home can be stressful, but working with a builder with a great reputation and decades of background in creating new communities will go a long way to giving you peace of mind and a fantastic buying experience. It was with that thought in mind that ParkLane Homes introduces their newest development company, Bluetree Homes. Owned by ParkLane’s current Chief Operating Officer Ben Taddei, Bluetree is priding itself on its friendly approach to home building. As a member of the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association and the Canadian Homebuilders’ Association, the entire company is devoted to setting the bar high with the quality of their construction and innovation in home and community design. “Bluetree is building on ParkLane Homes’ stellar 30-year reputation to focus on high-quality homes of all types – apartments, townhomes and single-family homes – throughout Metro Vancouver,” says Yosh Kasahara, general manager of sales and marketing at Bluetree and ParkLane. “ParkLane will continue to do what it does best: deliver large master-planned communities like the 130-acre River District located in southeast Vancouver.”
As a Bluetree homeowner, you can count on dependable customer service and lasting quality in your home,” says general manager of sales and marketing Yosh Kasahara.
Bluetree is currently developing communities in five neighbourhoods throughout the Lower Mainland, including Maple Ridge, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Vancouver. “Bluetree looks for established neighbourhoods which are close to existing amenities like schools, shopping, parks and transit,” Kasahara says. “This combination of location and home features offer its residents a great quality of life and enduring
value through smart design, sound construction and customer service.” Its first community, “Bluetree Homes at Kanaka Creek” in Maple Ridge, is selling now. The 51 three- and four-bedroom townhomes are available in three different floorplans, ranging from 1,350 to 2,180 square feet. One amazing feature of Kanaka Creek is the Maple Ridge location. continued on page 3
ParkLane has built more than 6,000 homes in over 100 communities across Metro Vancouver, and has been recognized with over 300 provincial and national awards for building excellence. In 2010, they were awarded the Grand SAM Award by the CHBA, and were nominated again in 2011 (the awards will be given out next month.) The Grand SAM recognizes the top builder in Canada for excellence in both building and marketing new homes.
Bluetree Homes has broken into the market with its ﬁrst townhome development, Bluetree Homes at Kanaka Creek. Featuring beautiful views of the creek and surrounding parkland, Bluetree is also pleased to offer double-basin undermount sinks, left, and an open-plan layout, top.
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1- 2 BED MODERN APARTMENTS from the low $200’s Situated in Maillardville, the historic heart of Coquitlam, these homes will be unrivalled in their proximity and access to all parts of Metro Vancouver. Register now – bluetreehomes.ca Mackin Park Kanaka pricing subject to change without notice. HST not included. FVWbWb]^cM]^ŪRaW]US^abMZR͙EdPVM]^ŪRaW]UPM]^]ZhOR\MQROhfMh^SMQWbPZ^bdaRbcMcR\R]c͙6͙̿A͙6͙
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…off the front: “Bluetree is building on ParkLane Homes’ stellar 30-year reputation to focus on high-quality homes of all types ... throughout Metro Vancouver.” Yosh Kasahara. continued from page 1
Surrounded by the namesake creek and parkland, the great outdoors is literally just outside your front door. A children’s playground is right in the neighbourhood, so if your little ones need to let off some steam, you’re already in the perfect spot. Even the homes themselves have outdoor options, with private decks and patios for entertaining or a quiet evening in. “Due to its hillside location, many of the homes offer panoramic views of parkland, Kanaka Creek, and even Mount Baker,” Kasahara says. Those stunning views are just one piece in the home puzzle. The interiors are built in an open-plan layout, with nine-foot ceilings on the first floor and large kitchen spaces. Bluetree has included convenient workspaces, islands, breakfast bars and pantries, so you have several options for meals, entertaining or food preparation. The engineered stone countertops with a hand-set tile backsplash are perfectly complemented by the shakerstyle cabinets with their brushed nickel hardware. The double basin stainless-steel sink is a masterstroke of convenience, while the stainless-steel appliances lend the true air of a gourmet kitchen to this elegant space. When you’re in need of a little peace and quiet, the master ensuites include separate soaker tubs in some homes, and “his and hers” vanities so you can both get ready in the morning without elbowing your partner for mirror space. “The homes at Kanaka Creek have been designed by our award-winning team with ease and functionality in mind,” says Kashara. “Open floorplans make the main floor level feel spacious and connect living and dining rooms with large decks for seamless indooroutdoor living.” The location was chosen because of its proximity to every amenity a family could ever want, Kasahara says. There are several excellent schools nearby, as well as shopping, parks, restaurants and the West Coast Express commuter rail line. “Kanaka Creek is perfect for young families, first-time buyers and area locals looking to move into a home that better fits their needs,” he says. The grand opening of Kanaka Creek will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, but some homes have already been snapped up. “Even before we officially launched for sales, visitors to our two decorated show homes have been wowed by the contemporary interior design details and high-quality finishes,” Kasahara says, adding “Buyers have told us that this community ‘sets the bar for new townhomes in Maple Ridge.’”
Future Bluetree communities will include Bishop Creek in Surrey, Mackin Park in Coquitlam, Citadel Heights in Port Coquitlam and Main Street in Vancouver. Integrity is big to the people at Bluetree, and research has shown that the reputation of a homebuilder is an important factor in the home-buying decision. This is particularly true with new homes because they are often sold before they are built, and potential buyers must rely on show homes, features lists and floorplans to make their decision. “As a Bluetree homeowner, you can count on dependable customer service and lasting quality in your home,” says Kasahara. ParkLane is one of Greater Vancouver’s most respected builders, and is responsible for communities such as Heritage Woods in Port Moody and Bedford Landing in Fort Langley. Bluetree will continue this tradition with its own selection of neighbourhoods. “Bluetree’s slogan is ‘your friendly neighbourhood builder,’” says Kasahara. “This reflects our commitment to making the home-buying process easy and enjoyable; from the minute you walk into the Bluetree Store, it’s our goal to make the process relaxed and stress-free.” Homes at Kanaka Creek start at $299,900. For more information about Bluetree Homes and Kanaka Creek, check out www. bluetreehomes.ca or visit the Bluetree Store at 11176 Gilker Hill Road in Maple Ridge. Submitted photos
Expansive ensuite bathrooms, left, and dining areas with beautiful views, above, are just some of the stunning features at Bluetree Homes at Kanaka Creek. Convenient kitchen islands perfect for pulling up a stool, below, are an integral piece of your gourmet kitchen.
Potential buyers who have walked through the two fully furnished showhomes at Kanaka Creek have commented on the high-quality ﬁnishes and elegant interior design details, general manager of sales and marketing for Bluetree and ParkLane Yosh Kasahara says. It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with the three- and four-bedroom townhomes.
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TUESDAY, FEB 21/12 9:00am - 3:00pm TOWN & COUNTRY DELTA 6005 HWY. 17 (at HWY. 99)
Local container hauling Yard or Hostler/shunt work for high velocity cross dock Various shifts - 7 days a week 2 years of Class 1 road experience preferred Clean driver’s abstract Knowledge of lower mainland and truck routes B Train experience preferred (but not required)
-Top Notch Regional Premiums -Flexible Schedules And MUCH more!
See you there! Contact us! 1.800.476.4766 Email: recruit@ bisontransport.com Visit our Web: www. bisondriving.com
We offer excellent wages and benefits and are an equal opportunity employer - $20.55 to start.
If you’d like to join our team, fax your resume (driver’s abstract P and N prints) and ICBC accident proﬁle to: Human Resources 604-940-9319
Damco is a global company delivering innovative logistics solutions to the Canadian market.
P/T Customer Service Rep / Driver required by Commercial laundry. With good knowledge of lower mainland and have a good understanding of customer service. $22.50 per hour shift Wednesday & Thursday 8am to 4:30pm. Apply in person Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm at 205-1515 Broadway St., Port Coquitlam
109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Vancouver's Urban Weekly, is seeking a full time retail advertising/ marketing representative.
This opportunity is for a results oriented individual. Candidates for this position will possess the ability to service existing clients and develop new business in an extensive and varied territory. Must enjoy outside sales.
Our work environment sets industry standards for professionalism and combines a salary/benefit package designed to attract and retain outstanding employees. Please send your application in confidence to: Gail Nugent Advertising Manager WE 280-1770 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC V6J 3G7 email: admanager@WEVancouver.com Closing date: March 1, 2012
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YOUTH and ADULTS
Deliver newspapers (2x per week) on Wednesdays and Fridays in your area. Papers are dropped off at your home with the flyers pre-inserted! 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.
Call Christy 604-436-2472 for available routes email Email circulation@burnaby newsleader.com
EXPERIENCED Lane Closure Tech’s and Traffic Control people req’d. immediately. 604-996-2551 or email Traffic_King@shaw.ca
Major retailer looking for
EXPERIENCED SALES ASSOCIATES
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Customer Home Decor outside sales
Only candidates meeting minimum requirements will be contacted.
If you have a proven track record in sales and customer service, thrive on working in a fast-paced environment, are highly motivated, career oriented with strong organization and communication skills, we would like to hear from you.
DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canada’s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.vivint.ca
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Bison Transport is committed to Employment Equity and Diversity.
If you are experiencing delays in the processing of your EI, CPP, OAS, Veterans Affairs, or CIC claims, please call the “Ofﬁce For Client Satisfaction”
BISON RECRUITERS LIVE ON LOCATION:
HUDD Transportation, a division of Damco Distribution Canada, Inc. requires experienced Class 1 Drivers to add to our fleet.
IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE
to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or email@example.com
August 21 - 25, 2012, Burnaby, BC
Go to our website and click on “Zones” to find someone in your area who can help you become part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration
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An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780723-5051
Earning potential $50,000 - $100,000 + per year Full beneﬁts and mileage included
Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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A26 NewsLeader Friday, February 17, 2012 EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 130
LEMARE LAKE is accepting resumes for the following positions: • Processor Operator • Line Machine Operator • Heavy Duty Mechanics • Welders • Machinists Full time permanent, union wages and camp positions. Please fax resume to 250-956-4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. RECEPTION/BOOKKEEPER needed for busy auto repair shop. Some exp req’d. Resume to email@example.com.
UP TO $20/HR
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This position is to provide care to medically fragile young adults who require assistance with ADL’s. One young adult is trached and vented at night, and has a G-tube. If you are an experienced LPN, we would like to hear from you. We do offer client specific training, Trach / Vent courses and other ongoing training supports as required. Interested encouraged resume to:
individuals to fax
INSIDE SALES PERSON
An est. pet industry leader is looking for a highly motivated salesperson with knowledge of Salt Water Aquarium equipment. Sales Experience is a must. Base salary plus commission Opportunity to grow.
PAID training. F/T Hours Benefits after 6 months Must be outgoing!!!
CVI CERTIFIED MECHANIC wanted for Langley Fleet Shop. F/T, Good wages & benefits. Fax resume to: 604-513-8004 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ERICA @ 604-777-2195
GAS MECHANIC for busy logging company in the Fraser Valley Area. Must have valid BC drivers licence and good work ethic. Ticketed mechanic’s are considered an asset.
Competitive Wages & Beneﬁts After 3 mos.
Required for Maple Ridge Truss in Pitt Meadows. Must have a min. of 5 years exp. in the building construction industry. Wood frame construction knowledge is an asset. Skills Required; • Proficiency in reading Blue Prints • Ability to visualize in 3D • Must be computer literate • AutoCAD exp. an asset • Attention to detail a must • Ability to work in a team environment Salary commensurate with experience. Group Benefits Plan. Please send your resume with a hand written cover letter to email@example.com WELDER FABRICATOR ASSEMBLY LINE WORKERS A well established truck & trailer company has immediate openings for several experienced positions at their location in Surrey. These are permanent positions, wages are negotiable. Candidates who fulfill the requirement should: Fax resume 604-596-3106
Please fax 604-796-0318 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org JPK CONTRACTORS requires rough carpenters/joiners as soon as possible. Responsibilities: framing walls, roof structures, windows, doors, assemble and join wood components, install floor beams, follow blueprints. Full-time, $24.50/hour, Metro Vancouver job sites. Ideal candidate with high school completion and at least four years experience as joiner/carpenter. Please contact us at email@example.com. WE’RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassified.com
We’re looking for carriers! Be part of a GREAT team!
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Willingdon Ave - Beta Ave Parker St - Kitchener St
Delta Ave - Springer Ave Hastings St - Georgia St
Madison Ave - Willingdon Ave Kitchener St - Graveley St
Boundary Rd N - Ingleton Ave N Trinity St - Cambridge St
Gilmore Ave N - Madison Ave N McGill St - Cambridge St
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Deliver newspapers on Wednesdays and Fridays in your neighbourhood. Call 604.436.2472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today for more info!
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We need 12 CSR reps now!
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PERSONAL SERVICES 188
CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET
HOME IMPROVEMENTS Carpentry, painting, drywall, tiles Quality work - reasonable price Martin 604-521-8715
NEW WEST ELECTRICIAN Small Jobs. Renovations, Panels. Elec. Heat, Lighting, Repairs. Call (604)591-7621
ELECTRICIAN. Licensed. Local. Low cost. Big/small jobs. Renov. & panel change expert. 604-374-0062
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ARCO DRYWALL Ltd. Board, Tape Texture, Frame. New & Reno’s. 20 yrs exp, free est Mike 604-825-1500
YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899
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Accounting & Bookkeeping * 48 Hour Service * $35/flat fee, no hidden charges. Multiple Years - Neg. Rate. Can come to your location. (discount given to low income)
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CLEANING SERVICES 288
LICENCED & INSURED Cleaning Service. Res./Comm. Wkly/Bi-Wkly Free Quotes. Call 604-363-2475.
MAIDS R’ US The Best Cleaners around GUARANTEED! Best rates, exp’d staff, 27 yrs. exp. Refs. Wkly/bi-mnthly. Guaranteed, perfect work. Any package. Res/Comm. Give us a call
CONCRETE & PLACING
283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
High Caliber Construction Repair, Replace, Remodel...
CUSTOM HOMES PLACING & Finishing * Forming * Site Prep, old concrete removal * Excavation & Reinforcing * Re-Re Specialists 32 Years Exp. Free Estimates.
Call: Rick (604) 202-5184
• Basement, Kitchen & Bath Remodels • Room Additions • Drywall • Paint • Texture • Finishing • Floors & More Since 1972 Dan 778-837-0771 A-1 CONTRACTING. Renos. Bsmt, kitchens, baths, custom cabinets, tiling, plumbing, sundecks, reroofing. Dhillon 604-782-1936.
Inside Sales Specialist Black Press Digital has an outstanding opportunity for an Inside Sales Specialist to join their Digital Online Deals Team. This position involves interaction with markets across BC with focus on outbound calls and responsibility for identifying, qualifying and closing sales. You must be articulate and able to cultivate relationships with businesses and online advertisers. You will actively track and manage lead pipeline, and ensure 100% customer satisfaction. You will also educate prospects on all Online Advertising opportunities with over 110 Websites in the family of Black Press Digital. Qualiﬁcations: • Previous telesales experience preferred especially in advertising or directories • Exposure to formal sales methodologies • Knowledge of computer usage in a web-based environment • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Maintain records of correspondence • Excellent organizational and time management skills • Excellent interpersonal and client interaction skills with strong attention to detail and accuracy • Must possess a calm/professional telephone presence • Solid analytical and technical skills • Able to assume responsibility and work autonomously in a professional manner • Ability to remain focused and ﬂexible during rapid change Black Press Group Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all applicants are given equal consideration. We will only respond to those applicants who most closely match the job speciﬁ cations and requirements. We thank you for your interest in our career opportunities. Please forward you resume by Feb. 20, 2012 to: email@example.com Attn: Paul Wogan www.blackpress.ca www.blackpress.ca
If I can’t do it It can’t be done
.Jim’s Moving Winter Service
GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627
Call Robert 604-941-1618 OR 604-844-4222 INTERIORS: Baths (renos/ repairs) specializing in drywall, doors, flooring, tiling, plumbing, painting, miscellaneous, etc. VERSTILE! EXPERIENCED IN OVER 30 LINES OF WORK! * Quality work * Prompt Service * Fair prices For positive results Call Robert SERVICE CALLS WELCOME
MOVING & STORAGE
1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555. ABE MOVING - $35/Hr. Per Person *Reliable Careful Movers. *Rubbish Removal. *24 Hours. 604-999-6020
AFFORDABLE MOVING Local & Long Distance
Making Your Renovation Dreams Come True... Kitchens - Bathrooms New Additions - Flooring Painting - Decks Windows / Doors Stonework - Siding & More Free Estimates * BBB * WCB * Insured
www.caliberwest contracting.com 604.764.9594
From 1, 3, 5, 7,10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free estimate/Seniors discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos
604-537-4140 SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240
10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005
Friday, February 17, 2012 NewsLeader A27 HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS
HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 372
Re-roofing, Repair & New Roof Specialists. Work Guar. WCB.10% Senior’s. Disc. Jag 778-892-1530
Haul Anything... But Dead Bodies!!
Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988
Aluminum patio cover, sunroom, gates, alum roof. 604-521-2688 www.PatioCoverVancouver.com
TREE SERVICES A1-TRI-CRAFT Tree Serv. Dangerous tree removal, spiral pruning hedge trimming, stump grinding, topping. Insured, WCB Free Est Arborist Reports
JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly • Estate Services • Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses & More!
Andrew 604-618-8585 $ Best Rates $
On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!
BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies. Vet checked with first shots and ready for new homes. $1,200. 778241-5504. Langley BOUVIER PUPS, home raised, Ready to go. Var. colors $800 Call 250-486-6773. firstname.lastname@example.org Cairn Terriers: shots/dewormed. Ready to go to good homes. over 20 yrs of referrals. 604-807-5204 or 604-592-5442/604-854-1978 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977 Dble. yellow head Amazon parrot w/extra large cage. Exp. lrge bird keepers only.$1400. 604-823-6782.
Villa Del Mar 6630 Telford Ave.
Move-In Incentive. Bright, large newly reno’d 1 and 2 bedroom suites for rent. Heat & h/w incl’d. New hardwood floors, huge balcony. Only 2 min walk to Metrotown Mall. Please call 604-336-4638 to view. Move in TODAY!
1/2 mo. Rent FREE!
NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com
Please call 778-994-2334
Coquitlam Centre Area
Avail March 1, n/s, bright, spacious corner. Luxury 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appl’s, F/P, ground level, priv fncd patio/yard. Located in prestigious Silver Springs complex. Whistler style clubhouse, 2 sec parking + storage Cat OK. $1375. + hydro
Yorkshire Terrier, 10 wks M&F Shots & dewormed. Vet checked Black & tan. $900. 778-708-7932
2002 OLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE, senior driven, 89,000kms, $4500. Hope (604)869-7329
2006 IMPALA LS, all options, original owner. $5500 obo. Call 604581-0589.
2004 HONDA CIVIC, brown metallic, 4 dr., 5 sp. manual trasm., p/L, A/C, CD, $5600. (604) 218-9795. 2009 HONDA FIT- 4 dr hatch back, 50K, Auto p/w. p/s, red. Auto Start. $8,800: (604) 218-9795. 2010 HONDA CRV 38,000 KMS, auto, 4 x 4, gray. Loaded. $19,400: Phone (604) 218-9795.
847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $8000 firm. Call 604-538-4883
HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?
Bright & Clean 1 & 2 Bdrms
566 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
D/W, Heat and hot water included. Close to schools, shopping & public transportation.
WE BUY HOMES BC The OLDER. The DIRTIER. The BETTER. Flexible Terms. Quick Closing. Call us First! 604.657.9422
Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley
Voulez-vous contribuer à la sécurité publique et avoir l’occasion d’en apprendre davantage au sujet du Service correctionnel du Canada (SCC)? Nous sommes à la recherche de personnes disposées à faire du bénévolat dans divers établissements correctionnels fédéraux et bureaux de libération conditionnelle à travers la province dans les domaines suivants : • Comités consultatifs de citoyens • Programmes ethniques et multiculturels • Escortes pour des motifs non reliés à la sécurité • Programmes d’alphabétisation • Sensibilisation aux questions touchant les soins de santé • Activités de sports et de loisirs • Artisanat • Mentorat auprès d’adultes dans la collectivité (île de Vancouver seulement) Si vous désirez obtenir de plus amples renseignements ou êtes intéressé à vous porter bénévole pour l’une des activités susmentionnées, veuillez communiquer avec : Gail Thompson Agente de projet, Engagement communautaire Gail.Thompson@csc-scc.gc.ca 604-870-6872. Les personnes intéressées doivent pouvoir obtenir une cote de sécurité et assister aux séances de formation offertes par le SCC, lesquelles sont requises.
HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS
Do you want to contribute to public safety and ortunity to learn more about the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC)?
2005 TRAIL-BAY 31BH NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS
Call 604-837-4589 627
** 6960 ELWELL ST ** Near HighGate Mall (formerly known as Middlegate) Quiet, spacious 2 & 1 Bdrms & Bachelor suites. Newly reno’d. Incls: Balcony, prkg, heat & h/wtr
604-525-2661 BURNABY & COQUITLAM
Spacious 2 & 3 Bdrm T/hses 2 Bdrm Apartments With accessible amenities, in safe family oriented communities of Coquitlam, North Burnaby. Pet friendly.
Subsidies available based on gross houseold income. ✮
2 Bedroom Apartment between $22,800 & $31,800
2 Bedroom Townhouse between $30,000 & $37,200
3 Bedroom Townhouse between $34,800 & $43,200 If your income is lower than these ranges call BC Housing 604-433-2218
PORT MOODY. Tides @ 300 Klahanie 2 bdrm apt, greenbelt, patio, 2 pkng, canoe club amens. N/S, N/P. $1365/mo. 604-469-1985.
HOMES FOR RENT 2011 COLEMAN 184
SURREY; 5 Bdrm, 2 bathrm house w/carport, 2 kitchens. Fully fenced back yard. new Renod. Boliver Heights (132nd + King G). Skytrain & schools close. W/D incl. 2100 sqft $1700/mo Deepak @ 778-837-2348
WE’RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassified.com
BURNABY Edmonds area. 2 bdrm bsmt suite. Avail. March 1. N/S. N/P. $900 incl hydro & cable. 604544-1022 or 604-815-1500. BURNABY: Lrg T/H, exc. cond. 1600sf. 3 lrg bdrs, 2 bths, stone f/p. 5 app. Walk to skytrain. N/P. March 1. $1495/mo. 604-479-4404.
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
Metro Vancouver Housing Co-operation. BURNABY
MAPLE PLACE TOWERS 1 Bdrm Apts starting at $950 2 Bdrm Apts starting at $1200 Heat and hot water included. Dishwasher, fridge, stove, balcony, shared laundry. Avail Immed. Close to amen, schools and mall.
www.aptrentals.net COQUITLAM, low rise concrete bldg, 2nd flr, 2 bdrm, 2 baths, undg sec. prk, gas F/P, balcony, $1150. Avail. immed. Call (778) 889-3731.
Need A Vehicle! Guaranteed Auto Loan. Apply Now, 1.877.680.1231 www.UapplyUdrive.ca
DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals
NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of: Detlef Gerhard Schroeder, deceased, formerly of #102 – 74 Miner St. New Westminster, B.C., are required to send full particulars of such claim to the undersigned Executrix at 2094 Topaz St Abbotsford B.C. V2T 3W6, on or before the 10th day of March, 2012, after which date the Estates assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have been received. Executrix Johanna Roy
PITT MEADOWS. 2 & 3 bdrm. in family complex. Close to bus, schools & shopping. Ref’s req’d. Small pets okay, $1030/$1134/mo. Avail. immed. 604-465-1938.
For further info call 604-451-6075 to view
Awning, 3 burner range, A/C, microwave, DSI water heater, Stab jacks and more! $17,483 (Stk.31558A) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644
Coquitlam - Totally Reno’d 3 bdrm rancher. Cls to schools & shops. Priv bkyrd. $1650. 604-913-7785
POCO: Very clean 2 bdrm SXS duplex, big yard, garden, garage. NP/NS. $1200/mo Avail. immed. 604-942-5492 & 778-865-1555.
TRUCKS & VANS
1999 CHEVY VENTURE, white, auto, rebuilt trans, head gasket, new brakes, $2495. (604)826-0519
838 PORT COQUITLAM
Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022
AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673
MISC. FOR SALE
BÉNÉVOLES REQUIS !
2003 CHEVY MALIBU, 110,000 km., auto, V6, Air Cared, good tires, $4300 obo (604)531-3251
Queen Pillow Top Mattress & Box • 720 Coil 2.5’’ Pillowtop • Brand New • 10 yr. warranty • Your Price $490 604.807.5864 The Mattress Guy
#1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200
821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS
236 - 8th St.
• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331
SCRAP CAR REMOVAL
1995 CAMRY, 4 door, 4 cyl, auto, loaded, new tires, AirCared, mint cond. $3500/obo. Ph 604-931-1236
Bachelor, 1, 2 & 3 bdrm suites for rent. Includes heat / hot water and cable. Close to Massey Theatre, Douglas College, Royal City Mall.
PEARL DRUM SET, $1000, receipts for $1000 in upgrades, located in Hope. Call 1 (604)869-7329
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
2005 CHRYSLER SEBRING convertible, silver, 84 k’s. auto. Mags. $6795/obo. (604)826-0519
MATTRESSES staring at $99
CARS - DOMESTIC
WEED FREE Mushroom Manure. 13 yards - $160 or Well Rotted 10 yards - $180. 604-856-8877
1985 CORVETTE, RED, removable glass roof, orig 350 eng, collector plates, serious calls only, $10K/obo. 604-535-9609 or 604-613-4695
We are looking for Volunteers to assist in various federal institutions and parole ofÀces across the province for the following: • Citizen Advisory Committees • Multi-cultural and ethnic programs • Non-security escorts • Literacy programs • Health care awareness • Sports and leisure activities • Hobby craft • Community adult mentors (Vancouver Island only) If you would like more information or are interested in any of the listed volunteering opportunities, please contact: Gail Thompson Regional Community Engagement OfÀcer Gail.Thompson@csc-scc.gc.ca 604-870-6872. Applicants must be eligible to obtain a security clearance and attend the required training sessions offered by CSC.
Bright, large 1 bedroom for rent in a newly reno’d building. Large balcony, freshly painted with hardwood floors. 2 Min walk to Highgate Mall & all major transit.
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
BEAGLE PUPS, tri colored, good looking, healthy, vet check $400. (604)796-3026. No Sunday calls
MINI SCHNAUZER pups. 1st shots, dewormed, tails docked, vet ✓ $800/ea. Call 604-657-2915.
GOLDEN Retriever puppies, born Jan. 7th, family raised, very well socialized, 1st shots & deworming included. Mission 604-820-4827.
WE’RE ON THE WEB
AMERICAN Terrier Pitbulls purebred. $1,000. negot. Vet ✔, 3 wks old. Reseve now. 604-217-2983
HOUSES FOR SALE
Chihuahua pups, born news years eve, dewclaws, deworm, 1st shots, 1 m/2 f, sable, $750. (604)796-8685
612 BUSINESSES FOR SALE BAKERY for sale in one of the larger & fastest growing areas in Kelowna BC. Well equipped & priced to sell. For more info call 250-763-5794
AT NORTHWEST ROOFING
Electric Awning, enclosed/heated underbelly, DSI water heater, 3 burner range, Microwave $18,608 (Stk.30787) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644
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