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A2 NewsLeader Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A ROOM IN THE CITY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY GABOR GASZTONYI

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Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 pm at the New Westminster Public Library New Westminster photographer Gabor Gasztonyi will present and discuss the book of photographs, A Room in the City, containing five years’ worth of his personal photographs of residents of several hotels in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As space is limited, pre-register in the library or call 604-527-4667. A selection of his photographs will be on display in the Reference Department from March 1 to 31, 2012.

FRASER CEMETERY SPRING CLEANING Please be advised that beginning March 19, 2012, the staff at the Fraser Cemetery will begin removing items placed near grave markers in preparation for this season’s grounds maintenance. Items such as boxes, shells, toys, tripods, trees, shrubs and plants are not permitted as per the Cemetery Bylaw 7068, 2006, and will be removed. Please call the Fraser Cemetery if you have any questions at 604-522-1323.

GRADE 6 STAY ACTIVE PASS Students of Grade 6 age have now all been issued their application forms for the new Grade 6 Stay Active Pass. Forms were distributed through all local schools in early January. All Grade 6 students are eligible to apply for a Stay Active card that will give them 10 FREE admissions to any drop-in recreation program offered by the Parks, Culture, and Recreation Department. IMPORTANT DATE: Students have until Friday, March 16th to apply for this pass. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

CITY PARKING PERMITS All city residential and visitor parking permits expire on March 31, 2012. Renewal fee for the year is $5.00 per permit. Please note: ICBC Vehicle Registration must be provided for residential permits and Proof of Residency must be provided for visitor permits. All permits can be renewed at City Hall. Please bring in your existing parking permit hangers when renewing. For more information, please contact the Engineering Department at 604-527-4592.

ILLEGAL DUMPING Each month, many property owners, including the City, are faced with the high cost and burden of properly disposing of items that have been illegally dumped on unsuspecting property owners or on City property. If you are unsure of how to dispose of unwanted items such as old furniture, electronic devices and other household items, call Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691 and they can offer several ideas for proper disposal, including arranging a Special Pick Up Service for a small fee. There are also recycling centres that will take used TVs, computers and other electronic devices for free. If the items are usable, there are a number of charity organizations that will arrange a pick up for you. Please see the City’s website at www.newwestcity.ca under the garbage and recycling pages for more information. For property owners who fail to dispose of discarded items from their property in a timely fashion, even if such items have been illegally dumped, the Unsightly Premise Bylaw No. 5969, 1991, may be enforced, resulting in fines and other fees. Individuals caught illegally dumping items may be faced with a fine of $200 and/ or other enforcement action. If you observe someone illegally dumping on City or private property, obtain as much information as possible, such as a description and licence number, and call the Bylaw Department at 604-527-4657.

26 WEEKS TO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, ARE YOU PREPARED? For the 26 weeks leading up to Emergency Preparedness Week May 6, 2012, the City of New Westminster’s Emergency Management Office will be providing weekly tips on how you can make your own emergency kit and emergency plan. Use our list to add small items to your emergency kits every week. This can make the job of creating a complete kit a little less daunting and intimidating; and remember – most items can be found in your home. The City of New Westminster’s Emergency Management Office is encouraging everyone to be prepared by knowing the risks, making a plan and getting a kit. For more information on preparedness tips, please visit the City’s Website, www.newwestcity. ca and click the Public Safety Links button.

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attended in Toronto, many of his colleagues were intrigued by his blog; they’d never considered such an approach. “Most clergy don’t have the time to pay attention to (the Internet),” says Fraser. Though Cho has maintained a Twitter account for Five Stones for a few years, it’s only when she started engaging others in Twitter conversations rather than just using it as a noticeboard that she started to see its potential as a tool to reach out. “When we started to listen and converse, people really started to notice,” says Cho. “I can actually make friends, facilitate meetings, make face-to-face connections.”

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t’s easy to miss Five Stones Church on New Westminster’s Columbia Street. It’s no wider than its door that opens onto the sidewalk. So the church is using its website and plugging into social media like Twitter and Facebook to create a digital front door as wide as the world. Building a strong online presence may seem second nature in the business community these days, but churches in New West and Burnaby have been slow to embrace the Internet. While many have websites, most are just digital pamphlets, says Brian Fraser, the pastor at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, who recently transformed his church’s website into A SHARED VILLAGE MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER a blog on which he posts passages Brian Fraser, the pastor at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, has created a blog to foster Pastor Kao says his church’s from his weekly sermons as well as dialogue with his congregation as well as potential new members. active voice in social media plays other random thoughts and insights. well to New Westminster’s sense Which may be why Keziah Cho But with many congregations and be relevant.” of community, “we’re all part of the was enlisted as the church’s creative struggling for members, churches can ‘COMMUNITY’ IS CHANGING same village.” director. ill afford to ignore the reach of the In urban congregations where And while it’s dif¿cult for him to It’s her job to craft Five Stones’ Internet and social media, says Rich members lead busy, hectic lives, gauge how many of the church’s new Kao, the pastor at Five Stones. “Social virtual door through its website and that relevance is often happening members were drawn due to its online social media. media is very much at the forefront of online, says Brentwood’s Fraser. “The activities, “I fully expect six months or “We wanted to create an online our minds.” de¿nition of community is changing.” a year from now we’ll start to see the identity that is a creative Having a vibrant online presence full effect of our engagement of the reimagining of what the allows members of the congregation public through social media.” church can look like,” Rich Kao, Five Stones Church to feel connected to their community Even at Brentwood Presbyterian, says Cho. “We need to Quote without quote marks The old way was even when they can’t attend weekly Fraser says his own modest online be fresh.” people would visit the church, meet the passervices regularly. efforts have attracted a handful of new Aside from the usual tor, maybe attend a sermon to get a feel for Even though his blog is only a members to join the 25 or 30 people biographical information it. Now the website is our Àrst impression and couple of months old, Fraser says who attend weekly services. about the church and its we have to create it with a look and feel that is reÁective of our ministry while also adding he’s already noticed a small circle of “The web is now often the ¿rst principals, beliefs and value to the community. commenters adding their thoughts point of contact between a church and facilities, Five Stones to his posts, fostering dialogue and new members,” says Fraser. also posts sermons in written and debate. “The old way was people would podcast form that can be downloaded ‘WE NEED TO LISTEN’ “The essence of the church is to visit the church, meet the pastor, into iTunes for easy listening over After residing in temporary digs create space for conversation,” says maybe attend a sermon to get a feel portable digital players. There’s a at Douglas College since 2005, Five Fraser. for it,” says Kao. blog to which pastor Kao and select Stones moved into its Columbia Street members contribute, as well as Flickr “More and more of that “Now the website is our ¿rst home in August 2010, restoring and conversation is taking place in impression and we have to create it photo galleries of church activities. refurbishing a warren of of¿ces and cyberspace and we have to be aware with a look and feel that is reÀective And increasingly, Cho is reaching rooms to their historic splendour of of that, we have to be able to plug into of our ministry while also adding out through Facebook and Twitter. exposed brick walls and wooden that.” value to the community.” It’s all about creating a sense of beams. The urban chic environs could But it can be time-consuming and • Five Stones: ¿vestoneschurch.org/ community. be as much a cauldron for creating labour-intensive. • Brentwood: brentwoodpc.ca/ “As a church we are often talking hip ad campaigns as theological Fraser says at a conference of to people on the margins,” says Cho. discussions. Presbyterian ministers he recently “We need to be able to listen to them

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said Christine Nieder, a student assistant at the women’s centre in a press release. The centre is also seeking donations of shoes for the sale which can be dropped off at the New Westminster campus Room 2850.

Burger and beverage fundraiser for ALS A burger and beverage fundraiser for the ALS Society of B.C. will be held at New Westminster’s Moonrakers Pub on Saturday. For $15 patrons can get a burger, veggie or beef, and a beverage, alcoholic or not, and fries with the proceeds going to battling ALS. The event starts at 6 p.m. at Moonrakers, 525 Seventh St. Among the prizes are Vancouver Canucks tickets.

Correction The incorrect charity was identi¿ed as being associated with the New To You thrift store, 416 East Columbia St., in New Westminster in the Feb. 22 edition of the NewsLeader. The correct bene¿ciary of the store’s proceeds is the Royal Columbian Hospital Auxiliary.

Art exhibit A showing of Chinese brush paintings by Burnaby artist Eileen Fong depicting bird scenes are on exhibit at the Arts Council of New Westminster gallery in Queen’s Park until March 31. The show is titled A Moment of Appreciation 2. A reception for the showing will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2 to 4 p.m. Visit www.eileenfong.com.


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‘Needs to be some sort of resolution’ to teachers dispute, board chair says Grant Granger ggranger@newwestnewsdleader.com

The province’s decision to impose a settlement in the teacher’s dispute wasn’t a shock to New Westminster board of education chair James Janzen. “I don’t think it’s a surprise to anybody. It was unlikely there was going to be a negotiated [settlement],” said Janzen last week. “It’s not a good thing. It’s always better if both sides can work it out on their own. At least this will put an end to the uncertainty.” Although the B.C. Teachers Federation called for a mediated settlement, Janzen doesn’t believe that would be a solution either. “My sense of it is the two sides are so far apart I don’t know if a mediator would be able to ¿nd common ground,” said Janzen. Vice-chair Michael Ewen, an elementary school teacher in Surrey, said it was too bad an agreement couldn’t be reached. “You would think after all this

time, with all the dif¿culties that have happened over the last 20 years, both sides would have come to some sort of conclusion without having to legislate,” said Ewen. “I also realize disputes can’t go on inde¿nitely. There needs to be some sort of resolution.” During the dispute, the teachers have been operating on a version of work-to-rule by not doing administrative work. However, Janzen said that was not too disruptive to the district. “We’ve been coping pretty well with that. At the end of the day it didn’t seem likely the two sides would negotiate a contract,” Janzen said. On Monday, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation instituted a Day of Action. The union said its members would not arrive until ¿ve minutes before the morning bell, and leave ¿ve minutes after the last class. During the lunch break they were expected to attend a union meeting. The BCTF was to also hold an after-school rally in Cloverdale. Teachers were to vote Tuesday and Wednesday on escalating their job action.

• Last week, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon made a couple of suggestions for school districts to help the province’s ¿nances. He gave the go ahead to boards of education to sell surplus land. Previously trustees had to get the permission of the province. Ewen said although the district has a small parcel in Queensborough it might even be looking for land since it needs a new works yard and administration building. Falcon also said districts, particularly those in Metro Vancouver, should look at sharing costs. New Westminster and Burnaby have been splitting the costs of audits, which Ewen said has saved New Westminster thousands of dollars. “That’s a useful way to go. There are lots of things we’re exploring, but not a lot concluded,” said Ewen. Janzen said it might be worthwhile sharing in the purchasing of supplies that can be ordered in bulk. “We’re de¿nitely looking at doing more of that. It’s just a question of ¿nding the time and energy to do that, depending on what would work.”

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It may not be nice to fool Mother Nature, but it seems Mother Nature has no problem fooling with us. After another rather uneventful, mundane winter without much in the way of snow, or other meteorological catastrophes to make us cower in our condos and leave TV weather presenters breathless, signs of spring have been slowly emerging. A few crocuses here, some budding blossoms there, the odd robin hopping on the greening grass listening for worms. And while we’ve yet to enjoy an abundance of afternoons with warm sunshine that bring out short sleeves and smiles all around, as the calendar Àips to March, we’re hopeful that we’ll soon be able to put out the patio furniture and clean the grime off the barbeque. So what’s with the snow Àurries and frosty temperatures of recent forecasts? We may be ready for spring, but Mother Nature has other ideas. In fact, that old weather sage The Farmer’s Almanac warned us this would happen. It’s predicting a March that will be a degree colder than average with the “S” word in its forecast through the month’s ¿rst week. We’ll ¿nally get the other “S” word - sunny - later in the month. Not that experiencing winter when we should be enjoying the ¿rst glow of spring is that unusual in these parts. On April 19, 2008, 2.5 cm of snow fell at Vancouver International Airport, the latest ever on record. But we got off lightly compared to Nanaimo, which was buried by 24 cm of the white stuff. So as we continue to pull on our winter coats, Àeecy gloves and warm hats, we must warm to the idea that there’s not much we can do but grin and bear it. The ¿rst of¿cial day of spring is less than three weeks away. In the meantime, Mother Nature always gets the last laugh.

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Taxing times for B.C. government VICTORIA – Before this week’s budget debate is drowned out by the shouting over the teachers’ dispute, here’s a look at the main points and the arguments unfolding around them. The setting for Finance Minister Kevin Falcon’s ¿rst budget is what he dreaded when Premier Christy Clark handed him the job. Recovery is painfully slow, with mining and petroleum growing and forest products struggling to hold and build on gains made in Asia. This and the $3 billion dismantling of the harmonized sales tax moved Falcon to limit overall spending growth to an average of two per cent for the next three years. That means little or no increase to all areas except health care, education and social assistance. Despite holding the line on public service pay and not replacing 2,000 positions over the next three years, Clark and Falcon had to postpone the elimination of the 2.5-per-cent small business income tax to get to a balanced budget by 2013. And Falcon has again dangled the prospect of

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raising general corporate income tax from 10 to 11 per cent, but not until 2014. Business experts applauded the hard line on spending, noting the contrast with Alberta’s big spending and Ontario’s big spending hangover. NDP ¿nance critic Bruce Ralston says Falcon’s two-per-cent spending target is “unrealistic,” and the whole program is motivated mostly by two by-elections this year and a general election next year. He said the proposal to raise general business taxes is a repeat of his effort to save the HST, and it won’t happen if the B.C. Liberals win in 2013. B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins made the bizarre claim that it’s an NDP-style “tax and spend” budget, and inaccurately

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Re: The real solution for the upstream or downstream, red Pattullo (Column, NewsLeader, or blue, six lane bridge; then it Feb. 24) is time for New Westminster Chris Bryan is correct in to speak out for its own vision stating New Westminster of the future of our community should be wary of a shiny new, and this region. Andrew Feltham. six-lane Pattullo Bridge. New Westminster So should the region. As with the UBE, opening OCCUPY BCTF? the door to more bridge traf¿c Re: Reaction to a not-sowill not reduce congestion modest proposal (Comment, on our already overwhelmed NewsLeader, Feb. 24) streets. Similarly, regional It is interesting to see commuters should not be led how my bold proposal to to believe that a beautiful new have teachers work parents’ bridge with lovely curving hours has rufÀed the feathers off ramps will result in any of so many with a vested improvement to their commute and entrenched interest in times. At the end of the new maintaining the status quo. ramps they will meet the MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER Even a 32 per cent wage familiar traf¿c queues leading TransLink is engaging the public in discussions to the next traf¿c signal. They about the replacement of the Pattullo increase for a 37.5 per cent will be forced to wait for kids Bridge. Current designs look at a six-lane increase in instructional hours with a $5,000 signing bonus is crossing Royal Avenue on their span. The bridge is currently four. not enough to entice an open way to the new St. Mary’s oil, we better understand the mind for change. school and elsewhere as the city future cost of C02 emissions, I do not, however, hear much pursues its noteworthy agenda of social inequality is growing, and creating a livable, walkable city. globalization and massive western complaint from parents who are forced to either pay $7,000 a year The genius of Jane Jacobs debt have shifted the strong and for child care when they ¿nally was to argue, and ultimately to steady economic growth to other demonstrate (both in New York areas of the world. Our region has get past the wait list or to have one parent forego a ful¿lling and in Toronto as well as in recognized these challenges and career. many places around the world has set out goals to make better The BCTF feels that the rights which have followed her school use of our land, to reduce the of its 40,000 members trump of thought) that it is possible to need to travel in the region and that of the one million parents create both economic and social to create signi¿cant mode shift in this province to have school value by treating communities as away from private vehicles as the hours that make sense, and that places to be, and not just places preferred mode of transportation. maintaining the status quo is to drive through. However it was Thanks to Jane Jacobs our more important than dealing with not just Jacobs who stood up to region understands the value childhood obesity, which has the road builders. of places, especially those well tripled in the past 25 years. It was the residents and served by viable alternative And all this to defend a businesses who believed in the modes of transportation. value of their communities, most Yet when tasked with replacing system devised when women looked forward to a future as a of which remain vibrant and an aging bridge sandwiched homemaker, in contrast to today freeway-less to this day. between a heavy rail crossing where we have three female In Jacobs’ time opposition and a high capacity SkyTrain, premiers. to road expansion must have crossing a navigable river and The costs to our economy of been seen as heretical, and the connected to a densely populated our archaic school schedule are antithesis to both economic and community, TransLink engineers staggering. Nearly 25 per cent of societal progress. At that time all have determined that the only households with children aged oil was cheap and the economy option is to increase its car and 5-14 have a stay-at-home parent, was steadily expanding at rates truck capacity by 50 per cent and which costs our province almost unseen in human history. Jacobs’ dump them onto New West’s four per cent of GDP (over $8 communities must have seemed already at-capacity road system. billion) and over half a billion sel¿sh compared with what If this is the only option dollars in lost taxation revenue. conventional wisdom perceived TransLink can provide us, then That’s the closed-minded as the greater good. Since our community needs to start thinking that leads to being that time road expansion has discussing the “do nothing” legislated back to work. One per destroyed many less outspoken option and start planning for the cent of the population dictating to communities around the world day when the bridge will not be the other 99 per cent what’s right and congestion is worst in the there. for them and their children. places which built the most roads. If TransLink will not talk As I recall the Occupy protest In many jurisdictions these roads about the bigger issues which was about the rights of one per and bridges are falling apart. should be inÀuencing the design cent trumping that of the other 99 Somehow the economic activity and capacity of a new bridge; if per cent. they were supposed to generate is TransLink cannot talk about the Time for Occupy BCTF? not enough to pay the upkeep. serious impact that more traf¿c Kris Taylor Today the world is rapidly will have on our neighborhoods; New Westminster consuming the dregs of cheap if residents may only discuss an

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been shaped in the era of the rotary phone. This was by no means a new concept. My Liberal predecessor, Anne McLellan, made the ¿rst attempt at a new law in 2005. Marlene Jennings tried again twice in the form of private members’ bills in 2007 and 2009. The government introduced similar bills twice more: once under Peter Van Loan in 2009 and once by me in 2010. Despite the tireless efforts of people like Paul Gillespie, formerly of the Toronto Police Service and now the head of the Kids Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA), and Roz Prober of Beyond Borders, none of these attempts became law. Gillespie speaks with passion about the emotional toll child exploitation investigations take on frontline of¿cers. Each day, they are confronted by the bleak reality that tens of thousands of children are sexually

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who sent the message. I don’t know if they really were in distress or if they later committed suicide. I think that would not have happened if this legislation was in place.” Scott Naylor, an Inspector with the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit recently said, “Obtaining warrants on all IP addresses involved in child pornography simply wasn’t practical. It’s still like putting a cup under Niagara Falls, that’s all we’re catching.” On Feb. 14, our Government re-introduced legislation that closely resembles the efforts of McLellan and Jennings, but with improvements to better protect the privacy of Canadians. C-30 allows police to request basic customer information to assist with investigations, but makes police more accountable through audits and obligations to report to federal and provincial privacy commissioners. We also reduced the number of basic subscriber information points that police could request of service providers –the modern equivalent

of phonebook information— from 11 down to six. Let me be clear: Bill C-30 creates no new powers to access the content of e-mails, web-browsing history or phone calls beyond that which already exists in Canadian law. Some have accused me of not reading a bill I’ve been involved in shaping for over half a decade. Ironically, when I read most media coverage of C-30, I am struck by just how poorly the bill is understood by many writers. The government intends to send this legislation directly to committee for a full examination of potential amendments to update our laws while ensuring the privacy of Canadians is respected. I hope that all Canadians, and especially Members of Parliament and the media, will read, discuss, and reÀect on this bill.

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Twinning of oil pipeline clears key hurdle Kinder Morgan to decide on project by end of March

Kinder Morgan’s project holds a major advantage over rival Enbridge, which has hit ¿erce opposition in northern B.C. to Jeff Nagel jnagel@blackpress.ca its bid to construct the Northern Gateway pipeline to carry 550,000 The pipeline that already carries barrels per day of oil sands crude crude oil from Alberta through the to Kitimat. A doubled Trans Lower Mainland to waiting oil Mountain pipeline would likely tankers off Burnaby is a step closer see many more oil tankers passing to doubling its capacity. through Burrard Inlet to carry oil to Kinder Morgan said the $3.8 destinations in Asia or the U.S. billion expansion of its Trans Up to 70 tankers a year (32 in Mountain pipeline – from a 2011) already load up there. capacity of 300,000 barrels per day Hobenshield said the project now to 600,000 – appears justi¿ed could include the addition of a after it got strong support from second berth at the Westridge shipping customers in a test of the terminal in Burnaby as well as market. additional petroleum product storage in Burnaby. Port Metro Vancouver has also Lexa Hobenshield, Kinder Morgan Canada weighed options to There are areas where it may be tight to Àt dredge the Second another pipe in the existing right-of-way. Narrows to allow tankers to pass through “What we heard back is very the inlet with heavier loads than encouraging,” spokesperson Lexa now allowed. Hobenshield said. But the project would still Initial project design and have to undergo two years of planning work is now being environmental assessments, socio¿nished and Kinder Morgan will economic studies and full public decide by the end of March whether and First Nations consultations, to seek approval to twin the line. Hobenshield said. Because the Trans Mountain After that – if Kinder Morgan route has an existing right-of-way, then formally submits the project

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– it would still require National Energy Board approval. For nearly two years, Hobenshield said the existing pipeline has been oversubscribed, leading to a system of rationing customer access. Although Kinder Morgan has an existing corridor, Hobenshield said a second pipeline may not be able to follow the exact same route

because of urban encroachment in parts of the Lower Mainland, including Surrey. “There are areas where it may be tight to ¿t another pipe in the existing right-of-way,” she said. She said it’s far too soon to say if that means the project could require Kinder Morgan to buy out homes or other properties in some areas. Besides carrying oil to tankers,

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throughout Metro Vancouver take in referrals from shelters around the province. They care for them in foster homes or at their own dedicated shelter, then try to match them with new owners who are screened and checked for references. Hutcheon says a lack of education about smaller animals is the main reason they’re so busy. “People think it’s a kid’s pet, so it’s not much work,” says Hutcheon. “They have to do their research.” A rabbit can live as long as a dog or cat. It needs space to move and, as a pack animal, it likes to be involved in family activities. Hedgehogs are prickly, so may not be the most cuddly pet. And guinea pigs and gerbils are notoriously nocturnal. But one family’s burden can be another’s beloved companion, which is where her group comes in. F or more information about the Small Animal Rescue Association, go to http:// smallanimalrescue.org/

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 NewsLeader A11

Local author takes a novel approach Writer Colleen Cross launches crime thriller book series Grant Granger ggranger@newwestnewsleader.com

While out jogging Colleen Cross will see someone interesting and start imagining stories about the person’s life as she plods along in her marathon training. Her vivid imagination often works overtime at night as well as possible plot lines pop into her head, which is why the novice New Westminster author keeps a pad of paper beside her bed. She tries to jot down ideas without her husband noticing. “What are you doing,” he’ll ask her. “Oh, nothing,” she’ll reply. “He thinks I’m crazy,” says Cross. “It’s amazing. Those ideas tend to be the best ones. It pays off, you think you can remember [without writing them down] and you don’t.” Cross’s creative cranium has conjured up the Katrina Carter series about a forensic accountant. She launched her ¿rst novel, Exit Strategy, earlier this month, and she’s already got outlines and plot lines for three more books.

Although an accountant by trade, her passion is writing. It’s not often the same brain is a whiz at math and a wordsmith. For Cross, it’s natural. “There’s a lot of strategic thinking and creative thinking in forensic accounting. You solve problems in business. It’s the same thing in writing a book. You’re developing a plot and situations where you’re trying to think how you can get your characters out of them,” says Cross. Without any formal writing experience and a few short stories under her belt, Cross began her book about ¿ve years ago. Within two years, she had a ¿rst draft. She spent the next two years taking it around to writers, conferences and critique groups to help her improve it. Cross really didn’t think about publishing the book, she just enjoyed the writing and the process. But it was drawing a lot of interest so she decided to go for it. “I love writing stories and the more people I can get to read it the better, but that’s secondary to the writing,” says Cross, an eight-year resident of New Westminster who uses a composite of several Queen’s

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Park houses for Carter’s home. The publishing world is in the midst of a makeover, and Cross is now part of the change. She did approach established publishers and got positive feedback. None, however, were willing to gamble on a ¿rst-time novelist. So she went the independent publishing route. Paperback and electronic versions of Exit Strategy are available through Amazon.com and other websites that don’t put anything up for sale unless it passes a quality test. Cross says electronic books make up 30 per cent of the market these days and that’s

growing. “I just always believed in ful¿lling my dream,” said Cross, 50. “It doesn’t mean throwing everything else away.” The premise for Exit Strategy started with the emergence of diamond mining in Canada’s North. Then she looked at the issue of conÀict diamonds, or blood diamonds as they’re often called. Those are stones that are used to fund military actions by forces opposed to legitimate governments. So she got to thinking what if blood diamonds were being passed off as coming from a brand

new mine in Northern Canada? Suddenly, she had a crime for her protagonist to expose and solve. A strong motive for writing novels is educational. Cross says fraud is all over the place, and not just business fraud. She says ¿ve per cent of British Columbia’s gross domestic product is a result of fraud. “That’s a lot of money.” Of particular concern is seniors being defrauded with unscrupulous people absconding with their savings. Sometimes fear-mongering businesses prey on seniors’ safety fears selling them services and repairs they don’t need for thousands of dollars. Financial advisors promising a speci¿c return also target the elderly, she says. At ¿rst, a small investment brings a return, so the senior puts in more money but inevitably loses it all. “[The investment] wasn’t real in the ¿rst place and that’s really a Ponzi scheme,” she says. Exit Strategy has been sold as an ebook since the end of November, with the paperback version coming out a few weeks ago. Cross says sales have been “pretty good for a new author.” “I have no illusions. It’s something that takes a long time to build up your audience. But I think I’ve made a good start,” says Cross.


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Va n c o u v e r M e t r o p o l i t a n Orchestra: The professional training orchestra returns with Maestro Ken Hsieh at the podium and featuring 18-year-old pianist Hannah Han, a former student of Edward J. Parker and Ian Parker, performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, the only piano concerto Schumann completed. Also included in the program are works by Rossini, Dvorak, Beethoven and a new piece by composer in residence, Alain Mayrand. When: Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. Where: Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave., Burnaby. Tickets: $25, at www.vmocanada.com, 604-8769397, tickets@vmocanada.com.

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New Westminster Gizeh Shriners (left) Ed Scott, president-elect; (third from right) Desmond Sharp, president; (second from right) Paul Johansen, Hospital Representative; and (right) Donovon Tyers, secretary, present Queenie Lai, Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Health Services Manager, and Dr. John Blatherwick, RCH Foundation board director with a cheque for $6,201.24. The gift was used to purchase a warm air scale which gently warms premature babies while they are being weighed to help prevent body heat loss. Using a regular scale may cause premature babies to suffer from cold stress, from which it takes the baby a long time to recover. Thus, the warm air scale creates a stable environment for the premature baby to grow and develop. Sharing gifts with friends and family is central to the celebration of Chinese New Year, and for the Xia family of Burnaby, that now includes their ‘extended family’ at Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH). But they haven’t always felt that way about hospitals. Owners of the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic, Summer Yitian, Xia and her husband, Dr. Terry Tang, were initially skeptical of the care Summer’s father would receive at a hospital. Zhao Qi Xia, 74, had recently immigrated to Canada from China when he had to be taken to RCH’s Emergency Department in 2009. He had a severely high fever and was nearly comatose. Based on his symptoms and an electrocardiogram (ECG) test to check his heart, Zhao was diagnosed as having an infected heart valve. When the penicillin treatment proved unsuccessful in combating the infection, Zhao had to undergo a heart valve replacement. The Xia family’s fears were quickly put to rest as a result of the excellent care and compassion Zhao received from the RCH medical teams. “Every single one in the hospital treated my Dad like a family member,” says Summer. Two years later and in exceptional health, Zhao recently visited the hospital with his wife, Yulu Yang, Summer and Dr. Tang, to present a donation for $1,500 in support of cardiac care at RCH. Summer and Dr. Tang raised the money from a Chi Workshop they hosted at their Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic. From left to right: Summer Yitian, Zhao Qi Xia and his wife Yulu, and Tang.

The Hyack Festival’s President’s Tea, hosted by Hyack’s 41st president Bill Radbourne and his wife Lynn Rabourne, was held Jan. 29 at the Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park. The afternoon was the Àrst event of the Miss New Westminster 2012 Ambassador program where this year’s six candidates were introduced and met with the pageant judges. Leona Green, of Greens and Beans Deli in Sapperton, donated the light lunch. The four-month program will culminate Saturday, March 31 at Massey Theatre with the pageant and crowning of Miss New Westminster 2012. A Royal Reception will follow in the Plaskett Gallery. For more information and tickets please call the Hyack Festival OfÀce at 604-522-6894. Ambassador candidates, left to right: Natasha Bosnjak - sponsored by De Dutch-New Westminster; Maggy Deras-Rodriguez - G&F Financial Group; Grace Wardle - New Westminster Police OfÀcer’s Association; Cyndi Lei - Royal City Rotary. Maggie Rogal - Salmonbellies; Rachal Sibayan - Kiwanis Club. Seated: Lynn Radbourne; Standing behind: Bill Radbourne.

From left: Members of the New Westminster Sapperton Business Association Ron Boorman, Boorman Archery School; Gord Hobbis, Cap’s Bicycle Store; Guy Ciprian, Koala Organic Wine Imports; and Marnie Kurylo, Savvy Space Solutions, donated $12,000 in proceeds raised at the 2011 Sapperton Day Street Festival to Gordon Stewart, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation director, leadership giving. The funds raised by this vibrant annual community event will help purchase critically needed equipment throughout the hospital.

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Metro-wide road tolls under consideration Regional sales tax or carbon tax among short-term options for TransLink Jeff Nagel jnagel@blackpress.ca

Drivers who never cross a bridge would still have to pay tolls if a road pricing system now under consideration is adopted in Metro Vancouver to fund TransLink. The idea, emerging as the preferred longer-term solution to reform how the region pays for public transit and roads, does not simply mean slapping tolls on all existing bridges and tunnels. Instead, Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation chair Richard Walton favours a coordinated and fair system of road use fees across the region using a large number of detection points where passing vehicles would be sensed by cameras or perhaps transponder chips built into licence plates. “Those might well be bridges and tunnels,” Walton said. “But that can also happen at points on the freeway between interchanges. It can happen at intersections.” Area mayors admit road pricing is too technically complex to implement quickly enough to help TransLink raise more money it needs by 2013. It’s also politically explosive and expected to require years of public consultation. So road pricing won’t be among new funding tools the mayors want the provincial government to enable through legislation this spring, although those options are also controversial. The ones rated most feasible include a new regional carbon tax applying only in Metro Vancouver or a car levy, which

TransLink has previously contemplated and could be either a Àat annual fee on each registered vehicle, or it could vary based on the vehicle’s emissions or the owner’s proximity to public transit. A regional sales tax with a suggested rate of 0.6 per cent or an employer payroll tax of $30 to $90 per employee each year are also possibilities. The mayors meet Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom March 7 to consider at least 20 different options, set out in a con¿dential analysis of a Joint Technical Committee that consists of TransLink and ministry representatives. “We’re making sure we analyze as much as we can and as deep as we can so the mayors council has the broadest range of possible options in front of it,” said Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender, vice-chair of the mayors council. Road pricing is particularly tricky because it would require the province to alter its tolling policy that bans tolls on existing infrastructure, and requires motorists have a reasonable free alternative when new or expanded facilities that are tolled. Premier Christy Clark said earlier this month her government has no plans to alter the provincial tolling policy. Fairness is a key consideration driving the look at road pricing. Surrey motorists are incensed that once tolls of at least $3 hit the new Port Mann Bridge in December their city will have no free route across the Fraser River except for the aging Pattullo Bridge, which is also to be rebuilt and tolled by 2018. Several mayors and some business leaders have suggested much lower tolls instead be applied at all crossings in the region, to ¿x the inequity of piecemeal

tolling and avoid inef¿cient traf¿c distortions from motorists detouring to avoid tolls. The technical committee’s report to the Mayors’ Council reportedly suggests a $1.60 toll at major bridges and tunnels could raise at least $100 million a year. But Walton said a bridges-only system of tolling would simply extend Surrey’s unfair treatment to other parts of the region, like the North Shore and especially Richmond, which is ringed by bridges and tunnels. Meanwhile, drivers who stay on the Burrard Peninsula or South of the Fraser could travel large distances without paying. Walton said a comprehensive road pricing system would be better because it could capture all lengthy trips – like ones from Port Coquitlam to UBC or Fort Langley to White Rock. The mayors and many transportation experts favour revenue sources like road pricing that are tied to transportation because they don’t just raise money but also shape residents’ behaviour – encouraging them to drive less, take transit more and live where they can take more trips by foot or bike. Moreover, road pricing could allow time-of-day tolling are possible that reduce congestion and make more ef¿cient use of roads by encouraging motorists to shift to off-peak hours. “You can structure distance pricing so that if you travel to work before 6:30 in the morning, it’s free,” Walton said. “Or if you’re travelling with three or more people it’s free. “You can make it possible so people can slightly shift their travel patterns and pay nothing. So it’s not just a matter of everybody paying a lot more.” He notes other variants of road pricing

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A humourous take on Shakespeare Play revolves around student’s thesis that tragedies originally written as comedies A play that takes Shakespeare in humorous new directions will be held at Douglas College’s New Westminster campus next month. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is the latest production by the theatre students and those in the stagecraft and event technology department at Douglas College. It’s about a student, Constance, that receives a bad review on her doctoral thesis on Shakespeare from her professor, who criticizes

her for concluding Othello and Romeo and Juliet were originally written as comedies, not tragedies. Constance starts to go through dreamlike experiences about the plays where she gets involved with the action, leading to unexpected results for the plays’ characters and herself. According to director Allan Lysell audience members only need a friendly knowledge of Shakespeare to appreciate the play. “It’s good to know that Romeo and Juliet are the classic lovers who die tragically for each other and that Othello murders his wife, Desdemona, because of the jealousy created by the evil Iago,� says Lysell in a news

New Westminster secondary was named the best senior jazz band at the 2012 Envisions Jazz Festival held in Surrey earlier this month. The NWSS WilKaz Duo, consisting of Wil Chernoff and Kaz Takasugi, also won the best senior combo award. In addition, Chernoff was named the best senior bassist and Takasugi the best senior trumpet. Others also recognized as best in their classes were Tiger Xu (junior trombone), Victoria Hebbard (junior vibraphonist), Daniel Kweon (junior pianist) and Sophie Labrosse (junior vocal jazz soloist). Madeleine Elkins and Ivy Chao received scholarships to the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre.

release. “But even those with only the knowledge that Shakespeare was some English guy who wrote plays in poetry a long time ago will have a good time with the thoroughly modern story.� Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) runs March 9 to 17 at the college’s Studio Theatre. Tickets are $8 and $12 and are available through the Massey Theatre (604-521-5050).

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ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS 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 hunt@blackpress.ca

109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES EARN EXTRA CASH! - P/T, F/T Immediate Openings For Men & Women. Easy Computer Work, Others Positions Are Available. Can Be Done From Home. No Experience Needed. www.HWC-BC.com WORK FROM HOME. Largest Medical Transcriptionist employer in Canada looks to CanScribe for 100 more MT’s. We need more students! Enroll Today! 1-800-466-1535 www.canscribe.com admissions@canscribe.com

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bcclassified.com CLASS 1 DRIVER req. to operate Super B, vans and reefer. Min. 1 yr exp. Fill out log books & supporting documents. Air brake lic req. Starting wage $23/hr. 778-882-1968.

Class 1 Drivers & Owner Operators BC & Alberta Runs Local O/O’s require TLS COMPETITIVE WAGES! Send resume & “N” print abstract Fax: 1-888-778-3563 or E-mail: jobs@bstmanagement.net or Call: 604-214-3161

Be Your Own Boss! Attention Locals! People req. to work from home online. Earn $500$4500+ P/T or F/T. Toll Free 1.877.880.8843 leave mess.

CLASS 1 DRIVER

To Surrey - Seattle pin to pin. Mon. - Fri. 8:00p.m. departure. Must hold valid Fast Pass and have 2 years experience. Please e-mail resume: ovrss@nethop.net or Fax or Call: 1.250.295.6449

DON’T MISS this opportunity. 30 year manufacture expanding across Canada. Fencing, decks and docks. Expanding your business or start new. Email: info@friendlyearth.com; www.friendlyearth.com. 1-800-4659968.

HOME BASED BUSINESS We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training. www.project4wellness.com

109 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunity for an outstanding

Graphic Designer Black Press Lower Mainland is looking for an experienced Graphic Designer to fill an immediate full time opening in Maple Ridge. The successful applicant will be creative, organized and work effectively under tight deadlines, interacting with advertising clients, sales representatives and the creative team. Speed, accuracy and attention to detail is a requirement. A comprehensive working knowledge is required of CS3 on Mac OS X. If you’d like to be part of a successful team, please send a resume with a portfolio showcasing your talent to: Carly Ferguson Advertising & Creative Services Manager Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News 22328 - 119th Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 2Z3 admanager@mapleridgenews.com Closing date: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 No phone calls please. Black Press is Canada’s largest independent newspaper group with more than 150 community, daily and urban weekly newspapers located in BC, Alberta, Washington State, Ohio and Hawaii.

THE NEWS Serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows since 1978

DRIVERS/COURIER/ TRUCKING

Exp’d TRUCK DRIVER wanted for BC runs. Exc wages, benefits & equipment + weekends home. Fax or email resume & drivers abstract 604-513-8004 or tridem@telus.net Star Fleet Trucking HIRING!! DRIVERS, FARMERS, RANCHERS & RETIREES with 2003 or newer 1-Ton duallie, diesel; pickups & 8’box to deliver new travel trailers & fifth wheels from US manufacturers to Canadian dealers. Free IRP plate for your truck and low insurance rates! Prefer commercial Driver’s License. Top Pay! Call Craig 1-877-890-4523 www.starfleettrucking.com

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EDUCATION

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Register for any Sprott-Shaw Community College program between Dec. 1, 2011 - Feb. 29, 2012 and receive up to $1000* towards tuition. Learn more at sprottshaw.com/gift *Some conditions apply

TRAIN TO BE A PRACTICAL NURSE IN NEW WEST TODAY! With the aging population, Healthcare & Healthcare providers are some of the hottest career opportunities available. Practical Nursing is one of the fastest growing segments in healthcare. Train locally for the skills necessary in this career field.

TransX hiring O/OPS BC-AB Excellent Rates + Lease Program PH: 1 877-914-0001

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AIRLINES ARE HIRING- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783 Become a Psychiatric Nursetrain locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. Locations in Alberta & BC. Hands on real world training. Full sized equipment. Job placement assistance. Funding available. www.iheschool.com 1-866-399-3853

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TRAIN TO BE AN Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 31 years of success! Government certified. www.RMTI.ca or 1-800-665-8339, 604-681-5456.

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HELP WANTED

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HELP WANTED

142 OFFICE SUPPORT/CLERKS SITE OFFICE ASSISTANT

Carpenter-Joiner

needed for Westeck Windows Mfg. Inc. $ 22.00 -25.00 hourly - 40 hrs. per week. Send resumes to 8104 Evans Parkway Chilliwack, British Columbia V2R 5R8, apply by email at westeckjobs@hotmail.com or by fax at (604) 792-6714.

FOSTER/SOCIAL CARE

CIVIL & PARK CONSTRUCTORS Seeks Site Office Assistant for various projects in the Vancouver area. Must have own vehicle. Must speak fluent English. Must be computer literate First Aid an asset. Fulltime $15 - $18 (depending on experience) Plus OVERTIME and BENEFITS Fax resume to 604-507-4711 or Email: Paul.orourke@wilcocivil.ca www.wilcocivil.ca

CARRIERS NEEDED YOUTH and ADULTS

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.

Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.bc.ca

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Deliver newspapers (2x per week) on Wednesdays and Fridays in your area. Papers are dropped off at your home with the flyers pre-inserted! Call Christy 604-436-2472 for available routes email Email circulation@burnaby newsleader.com

DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canada’s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: kkurtze@vivint.com Visit: www.vivint.ca

HELP WANTED

ASPHALT PAVING Personnel Required: Paving contractor in Kamloops area requires Foreman and personnel for Asphalt Lay-down. Applicants should have minimum 1 years’ experience in Commercial and Residential Paving, although candidates with construction experience will be considered. Training and benefits will be available to the successful applicants. Please forward resume to paverswanted@yahoo.ca.

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SALES

RECEPTION/BOOKKEEPER needed for busy auto repair shop. Some exp req’d. Resume to dino@marksautobody.com. SERVICE MANAGER - Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403-854-2845. Email: chrysler@telusplanet.net.

UP TO $20/HR We need 12 CSR reps now!

PAID training. F/T Hours Benefits after 6 months Must be outgoing!!!

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IN-HOME SALES PROFESSIONALS This Is A Real Opportunity to make over $100,000/year

North Delta based international basement waterproofing and crawlspace repair company Basement Systems Vancouver Inc. is GROWING! You will run self-generated and COMPANY PROVIDED high quality leads and close sales. Must have home sales exp. OR come from the residential real estate, window / siding / roofing industries, home inspection, or home improvement industries. Must be able to access confined spaces to do your inspections for quotes. 100% commission based income, offering the highest commissions in the industry. We provide the BEST training, systems, products, and services in the business. We are the biggest and best. A valid Passport is required for travel to training facilities. Reply with Resume as a word or PDF document to

careers@bsv.ca

MEDICAL/DENTAL

NO CALLS, please!!!

LPN

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 sales interaction with markets across BC with focus on outbound sales calls and responsibility for identifying, qualifying and closing sales. You must be articulate and be able to cultivate relationships, while actively tracking, managing and converting leads into advertisers. Preference will be given to an individual with a successful track record in telephone sales, strong customer satisfaction results, and a desire to succeed. The successful applicant will be a driven, results focused individual with a strong “can do” attitude. For the successful candidate we will provide a very competitive pay plan including commissions and benefits package. Qualifications: · Previous telesales experience preferred, especially in advertising or online · Exposure to formal sales methodologies · Excellent verbal and written communication skills · Manage and maintain records of correspondence · Excellent organizational and time management skills · Excellent interpersonal and client interaction skills with strong attention to detail and accuracy · Must posses a calm/professional telephone presence · Ability to remain focused and flexible in a fast paced environment 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 specifications. We thank you for your interest in our career opportunities. Please forward your resume by Mar. 8, 2012 to: pwogan@blackpress.ca Attn: Paul Wogan www.blackpress.ca

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Currently has day shifts available for a Licensed Practical Nurse in the North Shore / Seymour area. 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

are their

604-739-7435 or email pedsvancouver@ bayshore.ca

MODEL/TALENT AGENCIES

MOVIE EXTRAS ! WWW.CASTINGROOM.COM Families, Kids, Tots & Teens!! Register Now Busy Film Season

All Ages, All Ethnicities

CALL 604-558-2278

TRADES, TECHNICAL

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. Please fax 604-796-0318 or e-mail: mikayla.tamihilog@shaw.ca 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 jobsites. Ideal candidate with high school completion and at least four years experience as joiner/carpenter. Please contact us at jpkcontractorsca@gmail.com.

Required Immediately! Journeyman RV Technician for Kamloops largest RV Dealership. Jubilee RV Centre offers excellent wage compensation, medical & dental benefits, ongoing industry training and year round employment. Come join our team in sunny and warm Kamloops, where you will be appreciated, love our climate and enjoy all our outdoor activities! Please forward your resume to service@jubileerv.com Attention Steve Joyce - Service Manager

PERSONAL SERVICES 173E

HEALTH PRODUCTS

GET PAID TO LOSE WEIGHT. $5,000 For Your Success Story.Personal Image TV Show. Call to Qualify: 416-730-5684 ext 2243. Joanna@mertontv.ca. www.mertontv.ca. HERBAL MAGIC - With Herbal Magic lose up to 20 pounds in just 8 weeks and keep it off. Results Guaranteed! Start today call 1-800-854-5176.

142 OFFICE SUPPORT/CLERKS Administrative Position Permanent part time position in pleasant working environment with full benefits. Hours 8-4, MonFri. Minimum of 3 years experience in data entry invoicing, pricing, invoice verification and customer service. Position requires attention to detail, accuracy and excellent telephone skills. Fluency in French would be an asset, but not required. Send resume to: Kief Music Ltd,

www.blackpress.ca

SALES

156

Bayshore Home Health

SALES

FINANCIAL SERVICES

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 236

13139 - 80 Ave. Surrey,V3W 3B1 info@kiefmusic.com or Fax (604) 590-6999. No phone calls please.

182

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Auto Financing FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-7920599 www.autocreditfast.ca. DLN 30309. Free Delivery. DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. AVOID BANKRUPTCY! Free consultation. www.mydebtsolution.com or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500 If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

CLEANING SERVICES

LICENCED & INSURED Cleaning Service. Res./Comm. Wkly/Bi-Wkly Free Quotes. Call 604-363-2475.

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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 287

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

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

CONCRETE & PLACING

MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660. WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED

ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in March, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888-593-6095.

PLACING & Finishing * Forming * Site Prep, old concrete removal * Excavation & Reinforcing * Re-Re Specialists 32 Years Exp. Free Estimates.

Call: Rick (604) 202-5184

LEGAL SERVICES 257

WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset Journeyman Pressman. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume: et@webcoleduc.com.

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GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com

CRIMINAL RECORD?

ERICA @ 604-777-2195

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PERSONAL SERVICES

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WEBCO LEDUC - division of Sun Media, requires Full-time Heatset/Coldset 1st & 2nd Pressmen. 15 unit Goss Community. Competitive rates and benefits. Email resume: et@webcoleduc.com.

ASPHALT PAVING Personnel Required: Paving contractor in the beautiful BC Interior requires paving personnel for all aspects of Asphalt Laydown. Applicants should have minimum 1 years’ experience in Highway, Commercial and Residential Paving, although candidates with construction experience will be considered for training. Please forward resume to paverswanted@yahoo.ca.

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION

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

DRYWALL

ARCO DRYWALL Ltd. Board, Tape Texture, Frame. New & Reno’s. 20 yrs exp, free est Mike 604-825-1500

260

ELECTRICAL

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366) RemoveYourRecord.com

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

263 EXCAVATING & DRAINAGE

203

ACCOUNTING/TAX/ BOOKKEEPING

Rick’s Bobcat Service. Leveling, Back filling, Trucking reas. rates.778-355-2978, 604-290-2978

283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS ACCOUNTING BOOKKEEPING SERVICES 30 years experience, Business, Non-profit Organizations, Housing & Personal taxes, payroll. Gilles 604-789-7327, 604-946-0192 www.scorpio-consulting.com

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

287

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

High Caliber Construction Repair, Replace, Remodel...

CUSTOM HOMES

236

CLEANING SERVICES

DETAILED EUROPEAN CLEANING.

Efficient, Reliable, Friendly, Bonded Excellent References with 18 yrs of experience. Call Ivet: 778-235-4070

• Basement, Kitchen & Bath Remodels • Room Additions • Drywall • Paint • Texture • Finishing • Floors & More Since 1972 Dan 778-837-0771

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


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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

338

PLUMBING

PETS 477

PETS

BENGAL CAT beautiful 3.5 y/o M, neutered, fully vaccinated, indoor, very friendly, must find good home no cats no kids $250 604-820-1603 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

.Enterprise Plumbing, Heaitng, Gasfitting

341

PRESSURE WASHING Andy’s Pressure Washing & Driveway Sealing (778)868-3374

POWER WASHING GUTTER CLEANING SAME DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE

Call Ian 604-724-6373

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS

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

548

MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331

560

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

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

PITBULLS ~ PUREBRED. Ready for sale. $500. Vet ✔, 6 weeks old. Call 604-217-2983

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE AUCTIONS

On Site Truck Equipment & Tool Auction rd

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

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RUBBISH REMOVAL

RECYCLE-IT!

JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly • Estate Services • Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses & More!

On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!

604.587.5865

www.recycleitcanada.ca

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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

bradsjunkremoval.com

Haul Anything... But Dead Bodies!! 604.

220.JUNK(5865)

Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988

AFFORDABLE MOVING Local & Long Distance

$45/Hr

372

SUNDECKS

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

329 PAINTING & DECORATING A-TECH Services 604-230-3539

Aluminum patio cover, sunroom, gates, alum roof. 604-521-2688 www.PatioCoverVancouver.com

374

TREE SERVICES

Running this ad for 8yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. www.paintspecial.com

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

Andrew 604-618-8585 $ Best Rates $

Viewing Dates: March 2nd 1:00p.m.-6:00p.m. March 3rd 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. Address: 14730 66th Ave. Surrey, BC (AROUND BACK)

STEEL OF A DEAL - BUILDING SALE! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.

PEARL DRUM SET, $1000, receipts for $1000 in upgrades, located in Hope. Call 1 (604)869-7329

APARTMENT/CONDO BURNABY & COQUITLAM

Spacious 2 & 3 Bdrm T/hses 2 Bdrm Apartments

626

HOUSES FOR SALE

RENTALS 757

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

WANTED TO RENT

WE’RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassified.com

TRANSPORTATION 810

AUTO FINANCING

Metro Vancouver Housing Co-operation. BURNABY

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

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.

Call 604-421-1235 www.aptrentals.net BURNABY

Villa Del Mar 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!

Walker Manor 1/2 mo. Rent FREE! 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.

Please call 778-994-2334 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. NEW WESTMINSTER

DORIC MANOR 236 - 8th St. Bachelor, 1, 2 & 3 bdrm suites for rent. Includes heat / hot water and cable. Close to Massey Theatre, Douglas College, Royal City Mall.

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402

www.PreApproval.cc

818

CARS - DOMESTIC

1987 CHEVROLET Celebrity Clean, 166,600 kms, $800. obo Call 604-619-8596 NEED A VEHICLE? EASY FINANCE!! Low Payments! $99 Delivers 24 Hour Approval. We Deliver! 3,000 Vehicles to choose. Call Now! Marty 1-888-414-8042. Big Discounts! www.eagleridgegmc.com.

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2004 MERCEDES C230 SEDAN show room condition, sporty, slick & great for the summer, auto, sunroof, only 47k, blk. leather, local.This can be yours for $11,930/ 604-328-1883 2011 HONDA CRV 4 wd, Auto, silver. Loaded. Local car. $22,500: 9000kms. (778) 895-7570 2011 NISSAN VERSA - 5 dr hatchback, auto, 20K. Loaded. Asking $9800/obo. 778-895-7570

830

MOTORCYCLES

2005 POLARIS Sportsman ATV, 700 twin, EFI, mossy oak camel, warn winch, front & rear bumpers, Easy-Off windshield, exc. cond. 1538km. $5500 firm. Chilliwack 1 (604)799-8533 2008 HONDA 150 CRF Dirt Bike Less than 20 hours operating time. LIKE NEW. No scratches. $2000. Call 604-845-1895.

838

RECREATIONAL/SALE

Phone: 604-522-9153

NEW WESTMINSTER

Large newly renovated 1 & 2 bdrm apts available in well-kept concrete building. New floors and appl’s. Freshly painted. Patio and large storage room inste. 3 laundries in bldg. Rent incl’s heat & hot water. Sauna & jacuzzi. 5 min. walk to skytrain, Douglas College & New West Quay. Close to all amenities. Please call 604-834-1756 www.aptrentals.net WALL CENTRE - 1 bdrm. + den + solarium - furn. - incl. heat, light, cable, net - Suits mature N/S individual. $1700 mo. (604)943-2440

HOMES WANTED

WE BUY HOUSES The OLDER. The DIRTIER. The BETTER. Flexible Terms. Quick Closing. Call us First! 778.707.9647

I Buy or Lease Your Home Within 48 Hours Call Pam (604) 358-1112

CHECK CLASSIFIEDS

bcclassified.com 604-575-5555

736

HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS

COQUITLAM: Oxford Hts. Quiet St. 2 bdrm grnd lvl ste. $850/incl utils. March 15. N/P, N/S. 604-722-3346

700

751

RENT TO OWN

PORT Coquitlam. SxS upper 3 bd, 2 bth, appl, s/deck, view, nr amens, recent renos. $1150. 604-941-4166

RENT TO OWN

706

SUITES, LOWER

RENTALS

If you have a small down payment, we have a nice home for you! Less than perfect credit OK. Call (604) 227-9223

APARTMENT/CONDO

COQUITLAM: 2 bdrm 2 bthrm- 996 sf. Cls to shopping, Douglas College & amen. March 1. N/s, N/p. $1350/mo. Call 604-941-3259

2006 NEPTUNE 36PDD

Camera rear vision, dual pane windows, elec. Awning, A/C, 2000 watt inverter, $5000 in savings! $94,483 (Stk.31063A) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

2009 Montana 3400RL

HOMES FOR RENT

750

www.dannyevans.ca

1997 20 ft. Slumber Queen Class C Motorhome. Chev chassis, fully equipt. Many Extras. $15000. Call 604-796-0230

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.

660 LANGLEY/ALDERGROVE Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL #1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200

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 The Scrapper

For further info call 604-451-6075 to view

Move-Allowance

627

845

If your income is lower than these ranges call BC Housing 604-433-2218

BURNABY

(Subject to additions & deletions. Terms: VISA, M/C, AMEX, CASH 15% buyers premium)

TRANSPORTATION

1 bdr apt with balcony in well managed building. For April 1. Resp. lady with exc. refs.(778)397-1169

With accessible amenities, in safe family oriented communities of Coquitlam, North Burnaby. Pet friendly.

6630 Telford Ave.

REAL ESTATE

SO MUCH MUCH too mention!!!

604-294-2331

706

566 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

PARTIAL LIST ONLY Auction Details: As NEW Mac Tool Macsimizer Tool Series Chest (25k AS NEW) HUGE Snap-On Tools Tool Chest, John DEERE Skid Steer bobcat #317, Natural Gas Gensets, 3 large semi truck engines, Pipe Bender w/shoes 1.5”-2.5” , Honda Diesel Genset EX13D, Heavy Duty Truck Parts, 2 4500 w diesel gensets, 6 as new tool boxes full of tools, Gasket and Hollow Punch, Flaring Tools, Oil Filter Wrench Sets, Torpedo Heaters, Workshop Presses, Miller Welder, Ingersoll Rand Impact Guns, 2004 F-350 Crew Cab, rebuilt engine, with new chip, Hyster 50 Forklift, Hyster 2500, 4000 Clark Electric forklift, Toyota 2500lb Electric, Mac Tool Air Conditioner recharging unit, Landa 3500 psi pressure washer, pallet jacks, HYSTER 3000 Forklift, Pipe bender w/shoes 1.5?-2.5?, As New 2 5hp 3ph full size compressors, 3 large air dryers- 1 gates pc707 hose machine with dies 1ph - 2 , 1=2 miller 300 acdc 1ph wire feed machine with gantry feeder. - 1 miller 625 plasma assorted jacks - grinders floor jacks, hero airless paint sprayers with new lines and guns.- Snap on Mac torque wrenchs. - 1 10hp honda pressure washer. - asst Snap-On Mac wrenches sets. - 1 blue star miller 13 hp mobile welder. - 1 ph 100 amp high frequency welder. 1- professional grade pipe. - misc torches - safety equipment.). 1 peca 9 camera surveillance system with cameras. - 2 h beam trolleys. - misc parts bins. - various hand port-apowers, jack stands, jacks ETC.

www.directliquidation.ca

RENTALS

MISC. FOR SALE

SAWMILLS from only $3997 - MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT.

Date: March 3 , 2012 Time: 12:00 Noon Auction

If I can’t do it It can’t be done

FURNITURE

GOLDEN Retriever puppies, born Jan. 7th, family raised, very well socialized, 1st shots & deworming included. Mission 604-820-4827.

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HOME REPAIRS

BUILDING SUPPLIES

Chihuahua pups, tiny, 2 males, 1 long & 1 short, vet check, deworm, 1st shots, $650. (604)799-1919

TIBETAN MASTIFF puppies. P.B. 8 wks old. Ready to go. Good health. 604-302-5914 or 604-440-3650

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STEEL BUILDINGS FOR ALL USES! Spring Deals! Make an offer on selloff models at factory and save thousands NOW! Call for FREE Brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

Queen Pillow Top Mattress & Box • 720 Coil 2.5’’ Pillowtop • Brand New • 10 yr. warranty • Your Price $490 604.807.5864 The Mattress Guy

PRESA CANARIO P/B UKC, black, ready. $700. Both parents approx. 120 to 150 lbs. Call 778-552-1525.

Roofing Experts. 778-230-5717 Repairs/Re-Roof/New Roofs. All work Gtd. Free Est. Call Frank.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

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SUITES, UPPER

Microwave, washer/dryer combo, 3 burner stove, 2 recliners, and free standing dinette. $54,983 (Stk.32434) www.fraserwayrv.com 1-800-806-1976 DL #30644

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SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

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

TOWNHOUSES

COQUITLAM 2 bdrm T/H, 1.5 baths garage, lots of storage, patio, priv setting, walk to ament. Sm pet ok. 1yr lease. $1450/mo. 604-459-8913 PITT MEADOWS: 2 - 3 bdrm co-op T/H $1030/mo - $1134/mo. Shares req’d. Close to WCE, schools & shopping. No subsidy available. 19225 119th Ave. For more info & to book an appt. call 604-465-1938

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

2006 YAMAHA APEX 1000, 4stroke, MLX Mtn. 163” x 2¼” track, reverse, comes with service manual. 1024 mi. Cheapest Apex/4stroke in Canada! $5900 firm. Chilliwack (604)799-8533

847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

2004 JEEP GRAND Cherokee Ltd. 4x4, auto, green, 126K, $7700 firm. Call 604-538-4883

In the Matter of the Warehouse Lien Act TAKE NOTE: Mohinder Grewal or to whom it May Concern: 1979 Z28 Chev Camero, white 2 door, VIN # 1Q87L9L590562 Abandoned vehicle on my property, 7245 - 16th Ave, Burnaby, BC, V3N 1N6. on Sept. 21, 2010 Vehicle will be sold on or shortly after March 19, 2012 for the sum of $150 for storage and costs.

Warehouseman’s Lien Act By virtue of the Warehouseman’s Lien Act and on behalf of Shelter Island Marina Inc., Consolidated Civil Enforcement BC Inc., will dispose of goods, namely: One (1) 40 Foot Power Boat, K# 13K64165, debtor “Angela Barton” to recover $3,240.14 plus accruing storage and any / all other expenses related. These units will be made available for sale after March 13, 2012. Unit is currently being stored @ Shelter Island Marina, Richmond, BC. To view call Nathan at 604-434-2448


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