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Public market property to be sold instead
Salvation Army loses out on land gift Kevin Diakiw Black Press
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Property is again listed for sale.
The owner of the Surrey Public Market is no longer donating the property to the Salvation Army, Black Press has learned. Three years ago, officials at the Salvation Army learned Walter Chan, owner of Smitty’s Restaurants, was giving them the 7.7-acre property at 64 Avenue and King George Boulevard. That’s recently changed – for-sale signs have
gone back up on the property and the Sally Ann is moving on to other things. “It’s for sale,” Chan confirmed in a telephone interview from Calgary. He wouldn’t comment on why the gift to the Salvation Army fell through. “Why are we accountable to you?” Chan said. “I have no comments.” Maj. Russ Holland, a pastor with the Salvation Army, said the three-year process was a
distressing exercise. “We got the letter of a gift in kind back in the late part of November last year,” Holland said Monday. “Then we were just waiting for the deed or the title to come to us.” They waited months, and then made contact with Chan’s brother, Donald, who is selling the property for the restaurant magnate. “He says ‘oh, it’s just not going to happen,’” see page 4
Chain reaction ends with a breathalyzer Police are recommending impaired-driving charges in connection with a four-vehicle crash at 24 Avenue and 152 Street Monday. Traffic northbound on 152 Street was backed up for several blocks following the chain-reaction collision, which occurred around 4:30 p.m. and involved a transit bus. Police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the scene, where one driver blew a fail on a roadside screening device. According to the police report, the northbound bus was rear-ended by a newer Kia, which was rear-ended by a Toyota RAV, which was rear-ended by a GMC Jimmy. No injuries were reported. The Jimmy was impounded and one woman arrested in connection with the collision. Charges are anticipated against a 48-yearold White Rock resident. - Tracy Holmes
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Four vehicles – including a bus – were involved in a chain-reaction crash Monday evening when the last vehicle failed to stop in time.
Complaints from disgruntled employee, says owner
SPCA investigates after exotic-animal deaths Tracy Holmes Staff Reporter
The owner of a South Surrey animal rescue shelter and talent agency is under investigation, following complaints from the public regarding the animals in his care. But Gary Oliver says he believes the BC SPCA is simply trying to make an example of him in a quest to rid B.C. of exotic animals.
“They’ve got nothing on me, they really don’t,” Oliver said this week. Oliver, who runs the non-profit Urban Safari Rescue Society and Cinemazoo Animal Agency, took over space at 1395 176 St. – the former home of the Rainforest Reptile Refuge – in August. His creatures include everything from insects and birds to snakes and caimans. Concerns were raised by the
public last month, said BC SPCA investigator Eileen Drever. Visits to the facility resulted in “a number of orders,” Drever said. “We have concerns with respect to the number and welfare of the animals,” Drever said, noting necropsies ordered on caimans that died at the facility are hoped to help determine if the animals were neglected.
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“Mr. Oliver states that he’s doing the best that he can, but if animals have suffered as a result, that’s not good enough.” Oliver has been given a deadline to address the issues raised, SPCA spokesperson Lorie Chortyk said. Chortyk declined to identify specifics, citing the ongoing investigation, but noted that if Oliver doesn’t comply, legal action could
be the next step. Oliver said he is confident the BC SPCA is responding to complaints from a disgruntled employee who “tried to stir up a can of worms.” Drever said the BC SPCA is “trying to be reasonable.” “We want to help him along. We’re just out to ensure the animals’ welfare is being taken care of.”
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man, whose family s Canadians had a farm between gathered at Cloverdale and Langley. cenotaphs Sommer showed across the country on photos of him on leave Thursday, the chances with his family, and it are that very few of is obvious that them felt he was greatlya personal Frank Bucholtz loved and connection admired. with one of One week the names before the war engraved there. ended, Bates That’s as true was killed at in Surrey as it Valenciennes is anywhere. (Belgium) Yet Warren — on Nov. 4, Sommer’s 1918. His name research and the date of into the his death are contribution to inscribed on the First World the cenotaph, War by Surrey something I had to and Langley residents check out for myself has made that distant after the lecture. conflict much more I don’t know how personal. The Langley historian old Bates was when he died, but a guess based elaborated on this at on the photo was that a lecture Saturday at the Surrey Museum in he was in his early 20s. Sommer outlined Cloverdale, showing the magnitude of maps of the Western the slaughter in his front during the war, remarks, but it is hard paintings, photos to comprehend. More taken after battles than one million and current photos Commonwealth of many of the bestsoldiers were killed in known battlegrounds. France and Belgium, He and his wife, Bev, former head of heritage and the photos services for Surrey, Sommer showed of graveyards scattered toured many of the locations in France and across the peaceful countryside are a Belgium that many stark contrast with the Canadians know only images most of us have by name earlier this seen of the First World year. War. He also outlined the Almost 60,000 of history of the original those killed were First World War Canadians. cenotaph in Surrey, Another point that he which is now located made bears repeating. just a short distance About one in 10 Surrey from where it was first erected, on the grounds young men went off to war from 1914 to 1918. of what was then the Those who signed up Surrey municipal hall early were concerned in Cloverdale. that the war would end He showed photos of too soon for them to some of the individual take part. soldiers from Surrey They were sadly and Langley who mistaken – it dragged served in the war. on for more than four Most of those he has years. researched were killed In its own way, the in action. He told what First World War was he had learned about almost as devastating their backgrounds and for Surrey as it was families. for many European I got a much better communities. While sense of how the war affected individuals last there were no battles here or anywhere else fall when reading A in North America, the Fine View of the Show, level of commitment a book based largely and sacrifice was on letters from the incredible. front by Aldergrove’s With 10 per cent Hector Jackson. His of the population nephew, Andrew, put enlisting, and keeping together the book after in mind that the considerable research, population figure and it is available on includes everyone, amazon.com male, female, adult Sommer kept and child, it left a gap mentioning the name in the community that of one Surrey man — affected everyone. Alexander “Sandy” Bates. If such an occurrence Bates was a sturdy, were to take place today, it would mean good-looking young
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more than 40,000 members of the Surrey community leaving to go to war. Everyone would be personally affected. While the vast majority of those who enlisted came back, a number lost their lives. They are the ones whose names are on our cenotaph. It’s worth remembering that they were young men, full of
life, with a tremendous amount to offer. The same holds true today of our soldiers in Afghanistan. As a community, we must remember them and their sacrifices, so that we can enjoy a way of life that is the envy of the world. Frank Bucholtz writes Fridays for the Peace Arch News. He is the editor of the Langley Times.
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news Shortage of wheelchair-accessible vehicles
Hail of criticism over taxi cabs Tracy Holmes Staff Reporter
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A fire at a Surrey lumber mill Monday forced police to block traffic for several hours. Smoke from the blaze at Dhaliwal Cedar at 14630 66 Ave. created a towering black plume visible for miles. RCMP temporarily shut down traffic on 144 Street between 64 Avenue and Hyland Road.
Christmas is still more than a month away, but a South Surrey family already knows there will be one empty seat at the table this year. Burt Millards’ loved ones say they can’t risk having to push the frail senior all the way home again – late at night, in the cold and snow. That’s what happened last Dec. 25, after the Millards couldn’t get a wheelchair taxi to get then-83year-old Burt Millard back to Morgan Place Care Facility, located nearly four kilometres from their Madrona Drive home, where he had been visiting with his son’s family. Brian Giebelhause photo Even wrapped in blankets, “he Burt Millard, with daughter-in-law was freezing” during the trek, Chris and granddaughter Krystal. Chris Millard said of her father-ina trip for her father-in-law. Other law, who has Parkinson’s. “They don’t have enough wheel- than that, she said it’s been sugchair taxis to serve the need that’s gested they call for an ambulance if they’re stuck – a move she doesn’t out there.” The Christmas conundrum wasn’t want to make, for fear of pulling the first time Burt Millard has been the service away from a medical left in transport limbo. The same emergency. And while Chris thing happened last summer and the sum- ❝Definitely, we’d like Millard said efforts to express her concerns mer before. And just to get down to the to the taxi company last week, he missed bottom of this.❞ have left the impresa dentist appointment Tim Land sion no one cares, after a taxi booked by his daughter-in-law White Rock/South Surrey Taxi White Rock/South Surrey Taxi manager two days in advance Tim Land said that is failed to show up to get him there. The explanation they received at not the case. Land conceded volume does the time was there were no taxis in sometimes out-strip what his 10 the area. “You’d think if they had booked a wheelchair vans can handle, but he time two days before, that should said Millard’s woes are news to him be enough time,” Burt Millard said, – and he wants to address them. “That’s not good at all,” Land noting he was “a little cheesed” by said. “Definitely, we’d like to get the experience. Chris Millard said she’s con- down to the bottom of this.” Land disputed information given cerned the problem is only going to get worse, given the area’s aging by Chris Millard that Pacific Cabs population. She said while Handy- has a monopoly on providing the Dart is an option, a 45-minute service locally. There is another window required for each booking Whalley-based company able to do means the teaching assistant has it, he said – they just don’t like to to take a sick day to accommodate make the trip south.
Ten per cent receiving convalescent fee break
Charge for recovering patients under renewed fire Jeff Nagel Black Press
Some convalescent-care patients deemed to be in financial hardship aren’t paying the province’s controversial new $29.40 per day fee for room and board while they recover from a hospital stay. Fraser Health spokesman Roy Thorpe said this week that hardship waivers have so far been granted to 30 patients, or close to 10 per cent of the 315 patients admitted to convalescent care units since April 19, when the new fees took effect. Only one patient who requested a waiver has been denied, Thorpe said, and, in most cases, the waivers eliminated the fee altogether. Patients who request a waiver must provide financial statements. There is no income cutoff to be eligible – the health authority instead judges the patients’ financial abil-
ity to pay based on a combination of their income, rent, medical and other costs. Critics of the fees say they cause stress to the patients – most of whom are over 75 – and might even contravene the Canada Health Act. “Seniors cannot afford it,” said Alice Edge, co-chair of the BC Health Coalition. “If people are receiving medically necessary treatment or care, user fees should not be introduced.” Convalescent care is for patients who have been discharged from hospital but need more time to recover under supervised care, provided in several residential care homes around the region. There are concerns some patients will try to go home sooner than they should because of the fees, or else may refuse to go into convalescent care and remain in hospital, occupying beds needed for acute patients and
contributing to hospital congestion. convalescent care fee,” Thorpe said. Edge said calls began to pour in Thorpe was unable to estimate to the coalition since August as bills the total of bills sent to patients in started to go out and more people Fraser Health so far. became aware of the new charges. But since patients stay in conva“I think it’s inappropriate,” North lescent care an average of seven Delta businessman Firth Bateman weeks, the payments could add up told the Fraser Health board last to at least $1,400 per patient – worth week. “Can we not be more cremore than $400,000 to Fraser Health ative about bringing money and to date. Kevin Falcon resources into the health care sysFraser Health CEO Nigel Murray tem than simply slapping a toll on health minister referred questions about the governthat very unfairly hits people who ment’s policy of charging the convacan’t afford to pay?” lescent care fees to the Ministry of Health. Patients who don’t pay their bill could be Health Minister Kevin Falcon – MLA for chased by a collection agency, but Fraser Surrey-Cloverdale – has continued to mainHealth officials say those who don’t want to tain the fees are an appropriate and reasonable contribution to room and board costs. pay won’t be denied care. There are convalescent care units in Sur“Patients are never discharged from hospital because they refuse to go to a convales- rey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford and cent care unit where they’ll be subject to the Chilliwack.
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Fonyo remains in custody Hannah Sutherland & Dan Ferguson Black Press
Steve Fonyo is to remain in custody and appear in Surrey Provincial Court next Friday. The 45-year-old – who has been charged with one count of uttering threats against wife Lisa Greenwood – appeared for a bail hearing Wednesday, when a new court date was set for Nov. 19. The crown initially suggested Fonyo, 45, not have contact with Greenwood – who was in attendance – at which point Fonyo called out “That’s my wife” from the prisoner’s box. “Stay focused Mr. Fonyo,” Judge J.W. Jardine said. “You have very
good counsel; you may wish to have him do the speaking for you.” After a break in proceedings – during which prosecution was instructed to speak with Greenwood – Crown agreed to the date and did not seek other orders. Fonyo was arrested for uttering threats against Greenwood in Surrey Nov. 7. Greenwood told reporters outside the courtroom at Fonyo’s first court appearance Monday that she and her husband got into an argument Sunday because he was stressed out over finances. He hadn’t been paid for work he’d done, Greenwood said, and
their argument escalated to the point where she called police. She didn’t want him charged. By law, police are required to lay charges in domestic assault cases even if the alleged victim withdraws their complaint. It’s another legal crisis for the one-legged runner, who made an historic run across Canada for cancer research in 1985. Earlier this year, the Surrey resident was arrested for credit card fraud, nearly scuttling his planned wedding at Fonyo Beach in Victoria on Aug. 28, but he was subsequently released from jail after an unidentified benefactor put up the $20,000 bail.
Owner must clean property: Watts from page 1 Holland said. To this day, the Salvation Army doesn’t know why the donation fell through. “We just have to move on,” Holland said, adding it’s been a disheartening experience for the Salvation Army. “We had our dreams and our hopes, planning,” Holland said. “That corner obviously has a really high potential to do some good things for the community.” The Sally Ann was working on plans to create seniors’ and affordable housing on the site. Donald Chan said the asking
price is $7.5 million for the property and said the location could be used for retail and residential. Mayor Dianne Watts said Tuesday she’s extremely distressed with the continued delays in redeveloping the property, adding the city will begin enforcing its unsightly premises bylaw. “We have been trying to redevelop that site for quite some time,” Watts said, adding several proponents have come forward with “excellent” plans to purchase the property. “Then, when it comes to the eleventh hour, everything falls
apart. “This has happened time and time and time again, and for us, as a city, it’s very frustrating.” Watts said the city will be informing Chan to clean up the property, or it will be done for him and the bill will be added to his property taxes. “It’s been an eyesore, we’ve been trying to get the owner to work with us in terms of re-developing that site,” Watts said, adding it needs to get cleaned up quickly, “because we’ve been waiting too long for the owner to take action.”
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Surrey council has agreed to preserve Sullivan Hall.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING NOVEMBER 15, 2010 Evan Seal photo
Sullivan Hall to be preserved, protected Kevin Diakiw Black Press
A long-fought battle to preserve one of Sullivan’s most significant heritage buildings has been won. Last week, Surrey council agreed to enter into a Heritage Revitalization Agreement to preserve Sullivan Hall, at 6306 152 St. A bylaw will be drafted to provide the hall further protection. Kelly MacNamara is the grandson of Wes Gillis, a Sullivan homesteader, who was a lifetime member of the association that owns the hall. About five years ago, MacNamara made it his mission to rescue the last piece of history in the area. A staff report to council indicated the hall is an important fixture in the Sullivan and is worth saving. “Sullivan Hall is one of the last remaining significant historic build-
ings of the former Sullivan Village and has been listed on the Surrey Heritage Register for over 10 years,” the staff report states. “The Hall is an excellent candidate for longer-term conservation.” MacNamara is pleased to have the structure under protection. “I’m pretty happy,” MacNamara said. “Maybe 15 years ago, the hall was not old enough to be considered a heritage building.” He said now that it’s 75 years old and the fact that the community has lost several heritage buldings (including the Wes Gillis House), the hall has a higher degree of importance. “There’s actually nothing left except the hall,” MacNamara said. “Although it may seem early to put it into heritage, you just never know what’s going to happen.”
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CIVIC ADDRESS: 1285 and 1295 Kent Street PURPOSE:
The purpose of DVP 316 is to vary the rear yard setbacks for: 1285 Kent Street from 7.5m to 6.3m 1295 Kent Street from 7.5m to 6.0m The objective is to retain the two existing houses and to allow the subdivision of the back part of both properties to create a new RS-1 lot. See the Site Map below.
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Berner to be sentenced today Carol Berner, the driver who individuals who may be tempted struck and killed four-year-old to get behind the wheel after conAlexa Middelaer, will learn today suming alcohol,” Wendel said. She described the consequences (Friday) if she will go to jail for her decision to drink and drive. of Berner’s choice that day as Berner, 58, was convicted in “enormous.” July of impaired driving Gulbransen also heard causing death, impaired six victim-impact statements, including from driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving Alexa’s parents, grandparents and brother. causing death and dangerous driving causing The blond youngster was a student in Cresbodily harm in conneccent Beach at the time tion with the May 2008 of her death. crash that also injured Alexa’s aunt. Her mother, Laurel, Judge Peder Gulbransen is a principal at SouthCarol Berner ridge School in South heard submissions on in court Surrey. sentencing in Surrey ProDefense counsel David vincial Court Monday, where prosecutor Kim Wendel Tarnow argued against jail time argued a sentence of three to for his client, submitting Berner five years imprisonment on each has already been punished – by count – to be served concur- the public, by media and by her rently – would be appropriate, own guilt. She lives in a cold along with a five- to seven-year trailer on native land, relies on driving prohibition. the food bank and can’t go any“A custodial sentence is neces- where “without being noticed or sary to deter other like-minded ridiculed,” he said.
Jail would be a dangerous place for Berner, he added. “In prison, Ms. Berner will be known as a person who has caused the death of a child. Her life in prison will no doubt be in danger,” Tarnow told Gulbransen. While Wendel had asked Gulbransen to consider the principles of general deterrence, denunciation, retribution and rehabilitation in sentencing Berner, Tarnow expressed concern with the connection many make between retribution and vengeance. “Retribution is on the minds of many today,” Tarnow said. “The overtones of that concept is quite clear from everything that’s been said about this case outside of the court.” Tarnow asked Gulbransen for “restraint” in sentencing Berner. “This lady should not be going to jail,” he said. (For the latest updates, visit www.peacearchnews.com) - Tracy Holmes
Surrey man faces luring charges A police officer posed as a 13-year-old girl on the Internet who was willing to have sex with an older man. Now, a 26-year-old Surrey resident has been arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) vice unit. Robert John Harmsworth was apprehended in Surrey Sunday and charged with one count of communicating via a computer to lure a child under 14 years of age. In early September, according to the VPD, a vice investigator posing as a young girl on the Internet
was contacted by an online user, and they began exchanging emails of a sexual nature. Arrangements were made between the two to meet, and Harmsworth was arrested at a Surrey SkyTrain station. Police say they searched Harmsworth’s residence and seized several pieces of evidence, including a computer and other data storage devices. Harmsworth was released on bail after appearing in Vancouver Provincial Court Monday. His next court appearance is set for Nov. 22. – Black Press
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No one stepping forward yet for premier’s job t’s the job no one wants – at least not right now. Last week, Premier Gordon Campbell stated that he is stepping down, as his personality had become so entangled with the issue of the HST that the business of government was getting bogged down. Right away, there were rumours of many potential candidates, from within the Liberal cabinet and caucus, and outside. As of this writing, no one has stepped forward. Several people have said no. They include John Furlong, the CEO of the Olympics organizing committee; Carole Taylor, former finance minister, and Aboriginal Relations Minister Barry Penner. Several others are said to be interested, but remain coy. They include Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and Health Minister Kevin Falcon – both of whom are residents of South Surrey – as well as Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman, a 14-year MLA who has held many cabinet positions. He is currently solicitor general, and minister of public safety. Education Minister George Abbott said in an interview Wednesday that he is definitely interested, but he needs to find out final details about the leadership selection process from the BC Liberal party. He suggested the leadership issue should be decided as soon as possible, preferably before the legislative session begins in February. Abbott also made the intriguing comment that all potential candidates from within cabinet have agreed that the party, and particularly MLAs, must rally around the new leader. He said the government has dug itself into a deep hole with the public, and only a united party has a chance of digging its way out. Abbot’s point about the public’s opinion of the government is a very important one. It is also a very important factor in keeping the number of leadership candidates down. Anyone who has embraced the government’s handling of the HST issue, and that includes all members of cabinet and caucus, with the notable exception of Blair Lekstrom, is tainted in the minds of many members of the public. It’s no wonder so few are stepping forward to express interest in the premier’s job.
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Decisions of life and death made in a flash
he male voice on the other side one between their ears. In seconds they of the door was the first sign of must assess the situation, categorize the trouble. risks and determine the most effective I was delivering a subpoena to a woman response. There’s a nice drawing of how who was supposed to appear in court this model is supposed to work pasted on after being assaulted by her husband. the wall in the “apartment” where we’re He wasn’t supposed to be there. staging our scenarios. This was the last in a series of The challenge, says RCMP Greg Knill scenarios framed around this Cpl. Steve Hiscoe, a use-of-force basic premise. Organized for instructor with the PRTC, is the media at the RCMP’s Pacific to understand the model and Regional Training Centre in translate it into action quickly. Chilliwack, the scenarios were Scenario-based training is intended to illustrate the type of intended to help officers deal training police undergo. with the unexpected. It’s like a Each year more than 2,000 “stress inoculation,” Hiscoe says, RCMP members from across that will inure them to the chaos British Columbia attend weekof the moment, and help them long courses at the PRTC. A make clear-headed choices. part of that rotation takes them My hands are already shaking inside “the blue bubble” on as I cinch up the belt that holds Keith Wilson Road – a purposemy retractable baton, my pepper built facility that gives officers a chance spray and a handgun that’s been loaded to act out life-like scenarios in a safe with f/x rounds. I’ve got an armoured vest and controlled environment. More on, and a helmet with a visor that makes importantly, it gives them a chance to me look and sound like Darth Vadar. talk about what they did and explain the Hiscoe sketches the scenario – to a reasons for the actions they took. point. My job is to react, then explain Every day police encounter situations what I did and why. that could end badly. Ensuring they don’t The door opens and I sense trouble. is the product of training. The male tells me the woman isn’t home At their disposal is a fairly limited and identifies himself as her husband. He arsenal, ranging from their power of says they’ve worked things out. But there’s persuasion, to the weapon at their side. tension in his voice. But perhaps the most important tool is There’s a court order prohibiting the
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yes 77% no 23% 87 responding man from contact with his wife, so I tell him he’s under arrest. His anger rises and things start to move fast. He moves toward me swearing, then backs away. He opens a kitchen drawer and I glimpse a gun. As I struggle to unholster mine, he yells he’ll count to five then “put me six feet under!” I yell at him to put down his gun. He cocks his weapon and counts. At three I fire into his chest and he drops to the floor. It’s over within seconds. I hear Hiscoe’s voice behind me, prompting me to pick up the man’s weapon, otherwise I would have just stood there. It was only an exercise, but my every nerve is on fire. We sit down and Hiscoe asks me to explain what happened. I was sent to serve a subpoena, he says, and now there’s a man dead on the floor. Why? That accountability has become even more important since high-profile cases like the death of Robert Dziekanski. Since then, the court of public opinion has been as quick as it has been damning, particularly if speculation is fueled by an absence of fact. “We need to articulate our actions better than we have,” Hiscoe says. If officers are going to go into dangerous situations, they need the tools to explain their actions in a way that is honest and reflective of the multitude of circumstances they encountered and dealt with in a split second, he says. The goal is to illuminate – not obfuscate the event – so lessons can be learned, lives can be saved, and incidents avoided. Greg Knill is editor of the Chilliwack Progress, a Peace Arch News sister paper.
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Use disability permits wisely Editor: I am amazed at how many people get their handicapped permits but never read the letter that comes with it. It says on the the bottom of the letters, “You must remove the permit from the rear-view mirror when you drive,” as it is against the law to drive with the permit hanging due to obstructed vision. Are they too lazy to take them off or do they forget to take them off? I am hoping it’s not the latter. Read the letter, ladies and gentlemen, and make sure you need that space. And lending your permit out to your children can get the permit taken away also. Pattie Smith, Surrey
their travel expense when Q they stay home from work. Why does Canada need I hope to read in his next the Lockheed Martin F-35 issue of The Conversation stealth fighter jet? These about how his party has are first-strike weapons saved us billions by underdesigned to knock out funding government an enemy’s air-defense ministries and decimating capability. support for Canadian Who is the enemy humanitarian agencies, we going to use this MP Russ Hiebert along with other effective against? Who do we plan under fire cost-cutting measures that to impress with the jets’ help to reduce the deficit. shock-and-awe capability? Great job, Conservatives! Thanks The cost of this could grow to $30 to your fiscal responsibility, Canada billion dollars when maintenance can now spare $16 billion to buy costs are factored in. This is an F-35 fighter jets and be prepared for obscene amount of money to spend the next war after Afghanistan. on a single military weapon. Larry Colero, White Rock This was a no bid contract. If Editor’s note: Letter-writer Larry this is the best jet for the job, Colero identified himself as the Green let Lockheed Martin prove it by party candidate in Hiebert’s riding. testing it in a real-world testing
environment. Right now, a paper study was done to determine its suitability. A paper study only proves what the government wants it to prove. With all the social spending cutbacks the country has endured over the last 15 years, is this the way a “peace-keeping” nation wants to spend our precious tax dollars? Phil Harrison, Surrey Q Re: Hiebert fixed the problem, Nov. 5 letters. MP Russ Hiebert (South SurreyWhite Rock-Cloverdale) should have been intelligent enough not to do it in the first place. It is only because he has been discovered that he change his tune. Not a good MP at all. Gisele Battle, Surrey
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I have quietly and emotionally accepted my fate of being turned into a villain by my peers and have been outcast within our community.a Carol Berner
Music came at a price Editor: We felt like we were shanghaied! We bought tickets for a “Celtic revival” at Gracepoint Church Oct. 29, knowing it was sponsored by Childcare Canada. We, however, did not understand we would be preached at by the lead singer of the band on “hell and damnation,” or be given donation forms and a lengthy presentation on how to fill it out to donate to build homes in Mexico, with people with baskets at the rear of the room waiting to scoop the money. At $25 per person at a local venue, I expected a lovely Celtic/Eastern Canada production and feel I was fleeced. Never again! Kathleen McMahon, Surrey
Conservative criticisms Editor: Re: Hiebert’s family travel costs less now, Oct. 29. How is it that after our Member of Parliament, Russ Hiebert (South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale), had been taken to task by us the citizens for his notoriously atrociously high expenses, we are once again being inundated with his propaganda via The Conversation newspaper? A publication that has next to nothing in meaningful content – your paper does a much better and a highly commendable job on reporting on his activities and record than he does – and which, from what I’ve seen, is little read, as so many of the copies end up in the blue bins as quickly as they arrive. David P. Williams, White Rock Q I read in MP Russ Hiebert’s flyer this week he reduced his operating costs over the last fiscal year. I wonder how much he saved on travel last year when the Conservatives prorogued Parliament. Most people reduce
Four-year-old Alexa Middelaer was killed May 17, 2008, when she was hit by a car driven by Carol Berner (below).
I hope I can earn their forgiveness The day after Carol Berner apologized to the family of four-year-old Alexa Middelaer at Monday’s sentencing hearing for impaired driving causing death, Berner’s niece, Kendra Voth, issued the following statement: Editor: I am the niece of Carol Berner and wanted to release Carol’s official remorse letter to the public. Carol has been silently mourning for so long and hopes to find a way to make a difference in the community by sharing her experience. Here are the heart-wrenching words spoken by Carol, as she tried to hold herself together while reading her statement in court yesterday. She spiraled into a very severe panic attack to the point of seizing, once she finished addressing Alexa’s family. It’s shameful to think that this woman is not living in anguish daily having to live with the horrific consequences of her actions. The Middelaers may not ever be ready to give forgiveness, and Carol is willing to spend the rest of her life trying to earn it, as said in her letter. Kendra Voth, Vancouver Monday, Nov. 8 – After all this time of silently grieving for your family and for what has happened, I stand before you finally able to speak. I have been living in torment all this time, not being able to reach out and express my deepest emotions to your family. As a mother, I can’t fathom the anguish that you all must feel every day, and knowing that I am responsible for the death of your precious little girl and the life-long injuries that Daphne will endure is something that I will live with for the rest of my life. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of Alexa and how intensely she must be missed. If there was anything I could do or say to take away your pain, I would. I wish I could change what happened that day, but
all I can do is take responsibility for my actions and make changes within myself and try and make a difference. I will share my story endlessly and publicly, in hopes to prevent someone else from making the same mistakes I made. If I can prevent just one person from getting behind the wheel of a car, I know I am making a difference. I hope to have the opportunity to help rebuild value in our community and heal the devastation I have caused. I will never get behind the wheel of another car for the rest of my life and since have stopped drinking entirely. I recently have found God and try to find peace and keep faith that I can find the strength to get through every day. Emotionally, I don’t know how to cope with the agony I feel every day. I am haunted by nightmares and suffer from severe anxiety attacks that leave me feeling vulnerable and out of control of my state of mind. The effects of my actions are serious and have not gone without punishment. I have quietly and emotionally accepted my fate of being turned into a villain by my peers and have been outcast within our community. The consequences of my choices have affected my ability to ever live a normal life. But nothing is a harsher punishment than knowing I caused this senseless heartbreak and pain. In understanding the severity of this situation, I know I can’t just ask for forgiveness, that I have to earn it, and going to jail will not give me the opportunity to do so. I am so desperately sorry for what the Middelaer family is going through. I am just an ordinary, good, hard-working member of our community who made a terrible mistake. I hope one day I can earn the Middelaers’ forgiveness and that they can truly start to heal. Carol Berner
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Pets get second chance Hannah Sutherland Staff Reporter
A dog deemed vicious and seized by White Rock bylaw officers – after he was left to fend for himself on a vacated Buena Vista property two months ago – is now in foster care and being groomed for a permanent home. Mustang, who has been described as a pit bull-cross, is currently staying with a family that has two other dogs and a cat, and is said to be doing well. “He’s a little fearful of other dogs because he hasn’t had much exposure to them; he’s not aggressive towards them,” said the owner of the animal rescue society currently dealing with Mustang. Contributed photo The woman requested not to Mustang, a pit bull-cross, is be identified, for fear the dog’s preparing to be placed in a previous owner learns of his whereabouts. Mustang previously permanent home. lived on a property in the 14900- dog. block of Buena Vista Avenue, Further complicating the issue, where police seized 350 pot PAN received an email from plants last August. Police said a writer – who claimed to be at the time they Bentley’s owner – believed one or both ❝He’s healthy, he’s expressing distress men facing charges very happy… He’s that the rabbit was were living at the taken, and a man property in question. going to be adopted claiming to be into a home that’s Mustang’s owner A rabbit, Bentley, also appeared to be going to treat him as reportedly visited a abandoned at the a family member.❞ kennel the dog was vacated property temporarily kept when White Rock at in an attempt to resident Ruth Carrier found him have him released. caged beneath the porch. The rescue organization Carrier – who tried to find owner said Mustang is “highly homes for both pets – said she traumatized” by his former had interacted with Mustang treatment. She said he has over the last two years during her separation anxiety, and doesn’t walks past the property, and noticed he was usually leashed outside with little or no water. While Bentley was picked up and taken in by a South Surrey resident who read about the two homeless pets in the Peace Arch News, Mustang’s fate wasn’t as clear. Bylaw site supervisor BJ Wyman said he didn’t want to euthanize the dog – despite the 10-day impound period expiring – but another PAN reader said Mustang should be put down because he viciously attacked her
like being left alone. “This is what being chained up for years does to a dog. He’s suffered emotional trauma at the hands of his owners,” she said. “We’re trying to get him to the point where he can be comfortable to be left alone in a house.” Once Mustang reaches that stage, he will be placed in a permanent home, she said. “He’s healthy, he’s very happy, he’s never going to be chained again. He’s going to be adopted into a home that’s going to treat him as a family member… as every dog should be. “He will never be treated that way again.” Wyman said he is happy with how everything turned out for Mustang. “As far as I was concerned, he was a good-looking dog and an intelligent dog,” he said. “He just didn’t have a very good start in life, that’s the problem. “This dog showed me he has something in him.” Bentley is doing “great,” according to his new owner, who said he lives in a fenced-in area on a South Surrey farm where the family’s two daughters brush and hold him. Bentley has also greatly benefited from the leftovers of this year’s garden, she said, and is enjoying a diet of carrots, zucchini and other veggies. “We’re really happy to have him and it’s really thanks to the story that we’ve had him come to live with us,” she said. “My girls are just thrilled.”
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Students forging global friendships Jayne Alexander, Robert Ingram, Blake Baumeister and Kelli Sturkenboom are preparing for a three-week trip to Taiwan. Above, they carve pumpkins and check out the local sights with their Taiwanese visitors last month.
or four Taiwanese students staying on the Peninsula last month, there were some lifestyle changes that took getting used to. The houses were much larger than the small apartments and condos in China – where numerous family members dwell – and the food wasn’t always hot. The experience was a lesson in culture, but also an opportunity for the visitors to practise their language skills in an English-speaking environment. They each stayed with an Elgin student, who, in turn, will visit the Shu Zen College of Medicine and Management in Taiwan for three weeks this December. “I think this program is very helpful for us. I think it can change my future,” Marcel Lee told Peace Arch News before the students returned to China a few weeks ago. He said travelling to Canada opened his eyes to the way things are back home. “I see a lot of things differently in Taiwan.” The exchange program is offered annually at Elgin by South Surrey couple May and Tsai-Ching Lin, whose family owns the Shu Zen school. “We just want them to have the opportunity to experience a different culture, to stay with a Canadian family, to experience a different life,” May Lin said, noting they first created the opportunity six years ago when their daughter, Elgin grad Victoria, was in Grade 11. This year’s four exchange students arrived last month and, for three weeks, attended classes at Elgin, such as English, woodwork and foods. “It’s a great experience to learn English and stay with a local family (and) experience life,” Kenny Chiou, 18, said. Sixteen-year-old Angelu Su, who is studying dentistry at Shu Zen College, said it was beneficial to get a taste of another culture. “I’ve never left Taiwan and I think it’s a very good experience for me.” Four Grade 12 Elgin students are now preparing for their Dec. 10 trip to Taiwan, where they will reunite with the Chinese students
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they hosted. The Lins sponsor the travellers, who only cover food costs and spending money. They will stay in college dorms during the week, and the homes of Chinese residents on weekends. “I applied because I thought it would be interesting to see how
things are done on the other side of the world,” Blake Baumeister said. Kelli Sturkenboom said the local students will study Mandarin, go on field trips, learn Chinese calligraphy and teach host students English. “It’s a good way to challenge yourself.”
Jayne Alexander agreed, saying it’s also a good travel experience. “I like getting pushed out of my comfort zone; I like going in a small group, with no parents and no one to guide you around,” she said. “I know a lot of kids are kind of scared off by the idea of missing Christmas… (but) once you’ve
been away and travelled, you realize what an amazing chance this is and we’re so lucky to have it here.” For Robert Ingram, who is half Chinese and has attempted to learn the language twice before, the trip is a chance to explore his heritage. “I’m really interested in learning the culture.” And taking in a new culture is a large focus of the program, May Lin said, seeing as three weeks isn’t a realistic amount of time to learn a language. For those interested in a more comprehensive study of Mandarin, the Lins offer a one-year program at Shu Zen College for four to six people graduating high school or entering post secondary. There is currently an Elgin student in the placement, who left in September and will return home in June. Earl Marriott grad Björn Jivung, 19, took the extended program last year, and said he could speak Mandarin conversationally within four months. “It’s a great opportunity to learn Chinese, especially today, when it’s growing so much.” Jivung said he plans to use the skill with his father’s business, which works closely with China. May Lin said another goal of the program is to help Peninsula students gain an appreciation of their home country. “When you come back (to Canada), you appreciate, you are so lucky you live here. That’s what we want the Canadian students to see.” The opportunity is also meant to foster a relationship between youth from opposite sides of the world, Tsai-Ching Lin added. “We bring them together and they can bring more understanding to each other and they can respect each other,” he said. “If we start at a young age, they have an opportunity to (appreciate) different people.”
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Rainy fall weather was not enough to deter a pair of brave tourists, who hid under umbrellas during a walk to the end of the White Rock Pier earlier this month.
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Domestic violence plan drafted Kevin Diakiw Black Press
More help for victims of domestic violence is on the way as local organizations work to identify and fill some of the service gaps. About 150 service providers met at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Tuesday to draft a plan to better tackle domestic violence in Surrey. Organizations â€“ including the Justice Education Society, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey Crime Prevention and the Surrey RCMP
â€“ met in June 2009, and again in January last year, to organize the best approach to stopping the violence. One of the gaps already identified is education. Surrey Coun. Barinder Rasode, who is helping facilitate the forum, expects a program to be launched in Surrey schools to better educate children
about domestic violence. â€œEducation and prevention is a key theme, along with better networking and improved collaboration between service providers,â€? she said. The importance of educating children, she said, is that they are impacted now, and likely to carry the problematic behaviours
of their parents. â€œWith domestic violence, itâ€™s proven there is a bit of a cycle,â€? Rasode said. â€œAt this point itâ€™s not going to be ambitious, itâ€™s going to be baby steps.â€? Rasode said response was even bigger than planners expected. â€œWe actually unfortunately had to turn people away,â€? Rasode said.
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