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Brothers face 20 charges
Surrey ridings divided over HST
Dan Ferguson & Vikki Hopes Black Press
Two brothers from Abbotsford have been arrested by Surrey RCMP and face an estimated 20 charges for property-crime offences in the Lower Mainland. Darwin Dorozan, 36, and Dane Dorozan, 35, were arrested Aug. 15 following a residential break-in at the South Surrey home of Sharon Symes, owner of Porter’s Bistro Coffee & Tea House in Langley. The brothers were arrested shortly after $20,000 worth of property was stolen. At the time, Symes and her husband were told two suspects were being tracked by the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team. (See story page 9) Some of the stolen goods – which included flat-screen televisions and jewelry – were dumped out the windows of a fleeing van. Both Dorozans have been charged with single counts of breaking and entering to commit an indictable offence. The younger Dorozan was released on bail two days after his arrest, pending trial, while the other will have a bail hearing on Sept. 7. Surrey RCMP said Monday the Dorozans are believed to be responsible for other residential breakand-enters in Langley, Surrey, White Rock and New Westminster. “This arrest will hopefully bring some relief to those in our community who have been victimized,” said Cpl. Drew Grainger. Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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Veteran BMX competitor Cory Derpak gets major air off of one of the jumps at South Surrey Bike Park. Derpak is among a group of enthusiasts who have come together to renovate the park, and will be celebrating its grand reopening Saturday. See page 11.
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The stage is set for dismantling B.C.’s harmonized sales tax, following its rejection by a majority of voters in referendum results released Friday. The HST was rejected by 54.73 per cent of eligible voters, Elections BC reported. The government has promised to abide by a simple majority of voters. White Rock Fight HST campaigner Aart Looye said the result makes worthwhile all the hard work put in by committee members on both the original petition against the tax and the subsequent referendum. “We spent literally thousands of hours trying to put the cause through,” Looye said. “And sometimes, we felt like David against Goliath.” But while the vote went narrowly in favour of the HST in White Rock and South Surrey, Looye said he regards the overall referendum result as a confirmation that people do have a voice in the political process. “We’ve shown that people do have an input into what goes on inside the province, and that, in itself, is a wonderful exercise,” he said. Voting by constituency shows a split mainly along party lines. The strongest vote against the HST was more than 75 per cent in NDP-held Surrey-Green Timbers and more than 72 per cent in SurreyNewton and Vancouver-Kingsway, home constituency of NDP leader Adrian Dix. While two local Liberal strongholds – Surrey-White Rock, and Finance Minister Kevin Falcon’s home constituency of Surrey-Cloverdale voted narrowly in favour of keeping the tax, a third, Surrey-Panorama, voted 53.3 per cent for scrapping it. Surrey-Panorama MLA Stephanie Cadieux said Monday she was not surprised by her constituency’s results. “I think we had a good feel for how the public felt about the HST, and it’s in line see page 4
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As the sun lowered at Surreyâ€™s Holland Park Thursday, hundreds of residents turned up to remember Jack Layton at a candlelight vigil. People started gathering around 7:30 p.m., joining a long line to pen their condolences, said Peter Leblanc, constituency assistant for Surrey-North MP Jasbir Sandhu, noting four books were filled with words of encouragement for the family of Canadaâ€™s fallen NDP leader, who died Aug. 22 after a battle with cancer. â€œIt was a very diverse group,â€? said Leblanc. Around 8:15, 10-yearold singer JJ Cepeda, who hails from Surreyâ€™s Filipino community, led the crowd in a stirring rendition of O Canada. Local singer/songwriter Carolyn Smith also performed, singing Angel by Sarah McLachlan. Surrey MLAs Sue Hammell, Jagrup Brar, Harry Bains and Bruce Ralston were on hand to pay their respects. Sandhu spoke about his special moments with Layton. â€œOn Monday, I had to explain to my young son, who met Jack many times and loved him, that Jack had passed away,â€? Sandhu said. â€œHe asked me, â€˜Who will fix Ottawa now?â€™â€?
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Attendees of a candlelight vigil write messages on a photo of NDP leader Jack Layton, who died Aug. 22. Layton often reached out to youth â€“ encouraging them to get involved in their communities. â€œYoung people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change,â€? Layton said, in his final letter to Canadians. Thursdayâ€™s vigil ended after 45 minutes with a moment of silence. Leblanc noted a lot of people in Surrey had been talking about a local memorial for Layton following his death. Within two days â€“ through the power of social media â€“ the event had been organized. â€œWe called the (City of Surrey) and asked to use Holland Park, and they said this is the type of thing an
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news Ad-hoc committee urges others to lobby provincial politicians
Residents campaign for school funding Tricia Leslie Staff Reporter
As the start of the school year approaches, a group of concerned Surrey residents are hoping to highlight the need for new schools in the rapidly expanding city. Overcrowding is extremely serious at Surrey schools and there has been a lack of capital funding since 2005, said Linda Stromberg, a member of an ad-hoc committee formed in March to address the issue. “The new Adams Road school in Cloverdale opened in January of this year, and two portables have been added,” Stromberg told Peace Arch News Friday.
“Our kids are our future and our education system is not a place where we should be economizing.” Stromberg – who serves on the ad-hoc committee with representatives from the city, business community, teachers union, CUPE, district parent advisory councils and students – noted it will take up to five years and $273 million to build the schools Surrey needs today. And, she added, before construction of those schools is complete, the city’s school population will grow by 4,000 to 5,000 students. While Stromberg has heard an announce-
ment may be on the way from the McNally said. government, she said the need “We truly do not fit the mold of for immediate capital funding is any other school district,” she said. urgent. “It’s been an uphill battle and those (committee) parents are working Surrey School Board chair Laurae McNally agreed. very hard.” “Oh my God, yes. There is a desperMcNally said people usually hear ate need for new schools in Surrey,” about enrolment declines and schools McNally said in a phone interview. closing in other B.C. school districts, but that’s not the case in Surrey. “We needed it like yesterday. We needed (new schools) four, five Laurae McNally The committee is urging Surrey board chair residents to write, call or email their years ago.” About 900 new residents move to local MLA, the provincial ministers Surrey every month and 30 per cent of those for education and finance and the premier to new neighbours are under the age of 19, express their concerns on the issue.
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Chief Len Garis speaks at a service Friday for fellow firefighter Cal McKibbon. Below, firefighters from the U.S. and Canada line Pacific Highway.
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Firefighters gather to honour comrade Tracy Holmes Staff Reporter
Less than two hours after welcoming a departed comrade home as his remains were brought back to Canada Friday, hundreds of firefighters packed a South Surrey funeral centre to pay tribute to “Our Cal” – Capt. Calvin Brook McKibbon. Addressing a standing-room-only crowd, firefighter Terry Hunt remembered a man who was passionate about life, his family, his job and the outdoors. “For 26 years, he made an impression on everybody he worked with,” Hunt said. McKibbon died Aug. 18, after his parachute failed to deploy while skydiving near Seattle, Wash. He was 51. Pausing at times to regain his composure, Hunt roused a knowing chuckle from attendees when he said there were many stories about his friend – but only some he could repeat to a crowd; like how McKibbon would don nightvision goggles to run “reconnaissance missions” to help clamp down on marijuana grow operations. At the time, McKibbon was working with the department’s Electrical Fire Inspection team, an initiative aimed at reducing the impact of the grow-ops on the community. Then there were the times McKibbon would head to corn fields to practise his shooting skills. He was an expert marksman, Hunt said, recalling a time the pair both hit their mark three times in a row. That was the day McKibbon had suggested Hunt get his own gun.
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“I think it was his way of telling me we need to hang out more together,” Hunt said. “I wish I could.” Chief Len Garis lauded McKibbon’s commitment, then got a laugh when he noted the father of four’s preference for wearing white socks. It was against department protocol, but McKibbon persisted, Garis said. On Friday, many firefighters – including some who emailed their support from the World Police and Fire Games in New York – were wearing white socks. Known as someone who wanted to try everything, he would want those who loved him to celebrate his life, said Rev. Bruce Rushton. “Because inside was a little boy who wanted to try so many different things,” Rushton said. “He brought joy and laughter to the lives of others and he was so proud to be a Surrey firefighter.” McKibbon, who had homes in South Surrey and Lynden, Wash., joined the fire department
Aug. 6, 1985 and worked as a suppression firefighter for the majority of his career. Prior to joining the fire department, McKibbon was a Surrey RCMP officer, stationed in Cloverdale. Firefighters from the Lower Mainland and across the U.S. border lined Pacific Highway Friday to pay tribute as McKibbon’s remains were brought back to Canada in a small procession of motorcycles, a fire truck and four cars. Later, McKibbon’s longime friend, Surrey battalion Chief Lorne West, remembered him as someone who wasn’t afraid to take chances. “He was never afraid of anything,” West said. “He wasn’t stupid about risk, but he wasn’t uncomfortable with it.” McKibbon was “well-known and wellregarded,” West added. “He’s probably had a falling out with more friends than most people ever have friends. I’ve never met a guy who made friends so fast.”
A new transit shuttle will carry students and staff between the three Surrey and Langley campuses of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The university and its student association partnered to bring in the inter-campus shuttle to fill-in gaps in TransLink bus service, which students previously lampooned by staging a campusto-campus race where a cyclist and runner beat a student on a bus. The new shuttle – contracted not to TransLink but a private firm – is being paid for through Kwantlen’s new Multi-Pass, which is a variation on the standard $30-a-month U-Pass at all other Metro Vancouver universities. Students at Kwantlen balked at paying $30 for unlimited access on TransLink’s system, saying the service wasn’t useful enough, especially in Surrey and Langley. They instead voted to pay extra – $40 a month – for the customized pass that includes U-Pass access but also finances the inter-campus shuttle, along with discounts on gym memberships and a grocerydelivery service. “We’ve been able to make a vast improvement in service between those campuses in terms of frequency and travel time over what TransLink is currently offering,” said Nathan Griffiths, media co-ordinator at the Kwantlen Student Association. The shuttle will initially run between the Newton, Cloverdale and Langley campuses, but won’t go to the Richmond campus, which Griffiths said wouldn’t be cost-effective at this point. Another pass benefit gives each student 23 free minutes per month on the Car2Go car-sharing service. Car2Go cars will now be based at the four Kwantlen campuses and Griffiths said students – or anyone – will be able to sign up for the service and use them. “We’re building overlapping systems of transportation between the campuses so if somebody misses the bus they can hop on Car2Go and still get to class on time,” Griffiths said.
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Transition expected in March 2013 from page 1 books that were out of chamber with a clear mandate that our votwith the provincial result â€“ I balance before the (last) ers want to continue to donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any unique- election, a situation they work with other business ness to Surrey-Panorama,â€? she minimized during the organizations and govsaid. â€œThe reality is the B.C. peo- election. This is all about ernment to develop a tax ple have made a decision, and we redressing a shift of tax policy that responds to respect it and will move forward away from business and onto ordinary peopleâ€Ś our economic potential,â€? on that basis.â€? Germiquet said. Cadieux said the biggest chal- and people have said A narrow majority of lenge of adjusting to the decision â€˜enough is enough.â€™â€? Local business organi- Stephanie Cadieux voters supported the tax will be faced by business; government will try to offer updates as zations, while expressing Surrey-Panorama in Abbotsford, Fort Langley-Aldergrove, Oak soon as it knows how the transi- dismay at the referendum results, said they are prepared to Bay-Gordon Head, Westsidetion will be managed. Cadieux acknowledged there offer pragmatic help in a transi- Kelowna and other seats held are concerns about the length of tion back to the prior tax system. by the BC Liberals. The stronâ€œWeâ€™re very disappointed,â€? Sur- gest support for the HST was time â€“ estimated at 18 months â€“ for the transition back to the rey Board of Trade CEO Anita in West Vancouver-Capilano and Patil Huberman said. Vancouver-Quilchena, the seat GST/PST structure. â€œOur position was that we held by Colin Hansen, the forâ€œWeâ€™ll try to move forward as quickly as we can,â€? she said. wanted it maintained. We felt mer finance minister who introâ€œMarch 20, 2013 is the deadlineâ€Ś that, through the intense research duced the tax in 2009. our finance and tax team did, Falcon has estimated that if we can do it sooner, we will.â€? Falcon did not return calls by that the HST regime was much scrapping the HST will cost B.C. more beneficial for B.C.â€™s econ- about $3 billion in the next few press time Monday. years. The government will have Surrey-Green Timbers MLA omy than the GST-PST regime.â€? South Surrey White Rock to borrow to pay back the transiSue Hammell said the result was â€œan incredible presentation of Chamber of Commerce execu- tion fund, with a schedule that democracy in action,â€? and vin- tive director Cori Lynn Germi- will have to be negotiated with dicates the NDPâ€™s opposition to quet said results of the referen- Ottawa. dum â€“ including a local majority The finance ministry also prothe tax. The New Democrat dismissed of 54.47 per cent in favour of jected the HST would bring in an government predictions of dire keeping the HST â€“ suggest the additional $600 million in each financial results for B.C. as a B.C. business community should of the next two years, based on work together to present options economic growth and extendresult of scrapping the tax. ing the seven-per-cent provinâ€œItâ€™s been very difficult to trust for a new tax model. â€œBeing one of the top 10 con- cial portion of the sales tax to a anything the Liberals have said on the HST,â€? she said. â€œFrom day stituencies in B.C. that supported variety of services covered by the one, they have used scare tactics. keeping the HST provides our federal goods and services tax. But itâ€™s the Liberals who created this mess.â€? at White Rock Beach Hammell said the original Liberal decision to UĂŠ/Â…Ă•Ă€ĂƒÂ°]ĂŠ-iÂŤĂŒÂ°ĂŠÂŁ UĂŠĂ€ÂˆÂ°]ĂŠ-iÂŤĂŒÂ°ĂŠĂ“ go with the HST was not UĂŠ/Ă•iĂƒÂ°]ĂŠĂ•}Â°ĂŠĂŽĂ¤ UĂŠ7i`Â°]ĂŠĂ•}Â°ĂŠĂŽÂŁ about adopting a better TIME Ht./m Ht./ft. TIME Ht./m Ht./ft. TIME Ht./m Ht./ft. TIME Ht./m Ht./ft. system of taxation, but 00:46 2.0 4.3 03:05 1.1 3.6 5.2 02:15 1.3 6.6 01:29 1.6 about accepting $1.6 bil07:30 3.7 12.1 08:33 3.6 11.8 09:42 3.6 11.8 06:31 3.7 12.1 lion in federal money 6.9 14:56 2.4 7.9 5.6 14:08 2.1 4.6 13:24 1.7 â€œto help balance a set of 12:40 1.4
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