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Murdered man found in farmer’s field
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he Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has confirmed it’s investigating a murder after a man was found dead in muddy Abbotsford field on Sunday morning. “It is too early to say whether this is gang-related or a targeted killing,” said IHIT spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Pound in a press statement on Monday morning. Investigators’ first priority is to identify the victim and confirm the cause of death, said Pound. The man, believed to be between 20 and 30 years old, was found in a field in the 33600 block of Farmer
Road. Investigators are hopeful an autopsy Monday will shed some light on the victim’s identity and the cause of death, said Pound. A man out on a Sunday morning drive discovered the dead man lying 10 metres off Farmer Road. He called police around 9:20 a.m. and then waited until officers arrived, said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald on Sunday. IHIT was called out to the scene later in the day to investigate the strange circumstances. “Certainly it’s suspicious for a person to be 10 metres off a roadway in the middle of a farm field and be dead,” MacDonald said. However, at the time, police officers didn’t see obvious signs as to
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abbotsfordtimes.com whether they were dealing with a heart attack or a homicide, he said. Residents of the rural area said officers and a police dog spent Sunday scouring a raspberry field on the north side of Farmer Road close to the intersection with McCallum Road. Mark Vaandrager, the owner of a nearby nursery, said he and his family noticed the police combing the field for evidence when they went to church at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Although officers provided residents with few details, Vaandrager doesn’t feel people living in the
area are in danger. “It doesn’t seem like it’s somebody local, so I’m not scared it’s some random thing,” Vaandrager said, adding the victim is likely someone with ties to gangs or the drug trade. “It’s an unfortunate thing that happens in the Fraser Valley,” he said. “It seems to be tied to the drug mess.” IHIT members will continue to canvass the area and conduct neighborhood inquiries, said Pound. The dead man is Abbotsford’s second murder victim of 2012. Ryan Saint-Ange, 21, was found dead in a home on 56th Avenue near the Aldergrove border on Jan. 14.
No arrests have been made in the case but investigators do not believe it was gang-related. Abbotsford had no murders in 2011 but suffered a series of gangrelated homicides in the two years previous. ◗ IHIT is asking anyone who may have information about the recent homicide to contact IHIT tip lines by calling 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by e-mailing email@example.com. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477 or leave a tip on their website at Solvecrime.ca. – WITH FILES FROM MIKE HAGER/VANCOUVER SUN
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The Warm Zone – Abbotsford’s only drop-in centre meeting the needs of street-engaged & marginalized women – faces closure next month. In this special report, the Abbotsford-Mission Times looks at what we stand to lose.
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MaryAnne, a Warm Zone success story, worries the centre will be closed in March.
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had nothing; they put clothes on my back.” MaryAnne heard about the aryAnne settles into one Warm Zone, located near Jubilee of the overstuffed couches Park in downtown Abbotsford, in the Warm Zone’s designated two and half years ago. “comfy room.” She was desperately broke Drying laundry is draped after a year-long battle with canaround the space, which is often cer, out of work, and trapped in the one safe place homeless an abusive relationship. women in Abbotsford can catch Staff at the Warm Zone helped a nap free from fear and with her get medical and social assisboth eyes closed. tance and tempoClatter echoes more photos @ rary housing, which down the hall from abbotsfordtimes.com allowed her to get the kitchen, bathback on her feet room and laun- “I’ve started to believe and sever the ties dry room where a with her violent dozen women are in myself again.” home situation. coming and going, She’s now in her grabbing a warm own apartment, – MaryAnne Warm Zone meal, a shower peer counselling and the chance to other women at clean their clothes. the Warm Zone and looking Another few women are social- to a future as an advocate for izing over a warm lunch at the seniors. long table in the dining room. MaryAnne, in her early 50s, MaryAnne is unequivocal swears she wouldn’t have been about what the Warm Zone has able to start all over again withdone for her and she’s distressed out the help of the staff at the that the centre is in danger of Warm Zone. closing. “I couldn’t have left and start“This place saved my life,” she ed all over again at my age, not says simply. see WARM, page A4 “I was hungry; they fed me. I
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Police focusing on youth belief ecstasy is safer ROCHELLE BAKER RBaker@abbotsfordtimes.com
he Abbotsford Police Department launched a community-wide street drug prevention campaign dubbed Operation X on Monday in response to a recent string of ecstasy deaths in Abbotsford and the Lower Mainland. The goal of the campaign is to make youth aware that no street drugs are safe, said Sgt. Casey Vinet of the APD youth squad. Many teenagers mistakenly believe ecstasy is safer than other illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine and crystal meth, said Vinet. “One of the things we keep hearing from our young people is that they think ecstasy is a safe drug,” he said. “There is no such thing as a safe illicit drug and we are determined to spread that message as far and wide as possible.” The first wave of the campaign features warning messages alongside
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Abbotsford Police has launched a drug prevention campaign titled Operation X after two fatal ecstasy overdoses. images of bagged, brightly coloured pills that will appear on posters, bus benches and in materials that will be distributed in the city’s schools. A nutritional label outlining the The information package outlines potentially toxic chemicals to be reasons why young people take drugs found in the drug and some of the and the signs and symptoms of drug health risks associated with ingesting use. it are also featured. It also provides approaches parents Additionally, the can use when talking APD has sent an infor- First reported @ to their children about mation letter home to abbotsfordtimes.com drug use. parents in the school The APD also has a district in both English and Pun- dedicated 24/7 Youth Line for teens jabi to help them educate themselves and parents who need advice or who about street drugs, and to help initi- would like to talk to police about any ate meaningful discussions with their drug issue. children about ecstasy. Two Abbotsford youth, 17-year-old
Cheryl McCormack and Tyler Miller, 20, died in recent months after overdosing on the drug. Another 24-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition after taking ecstasy on New Year’s. A wave of young people have died in both the Vancouver and Calgary areas after taking the drug, which in some instances has been laced with a toxic chemical. For more information on Operation X, visit the APD website at www. abbypd.ca.
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Health care officials not ready to say we’ve missed outbreak
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end of December,” he said. o date the whooping cough outbreak seen this Most of those cases have been school-age chilwinter in the eastern Fraser Valley does not dren to young adults, he said. seem to have spread to Abbotsford or Mission. Public health officials advise parents and caregivHowever, public health officials continue to ers who are in close contact with children under monitor reports daily, said Fraser Health spokes- one to get a pertussis booster shot, unless they’ve man Roy Thorpe-Dorward. had a booster in the past five years. Last month, Fraser Health issued an alert asking “Since most of us get the last immunization parents and medical profeswhen we’re teenagers, in all sionals from Chilliwack to likelihood that would be most “The best protection against Hope to watch for symptoms adults,” said Thorpe-Dorof the characteristic “whoop- pertussis is to get vaccinated.” ward. ing” cough, also known as Pertussis can affect people pertussis. of any age, however, the disSince the end of November ease is the hardest on infants – Dr. Paul Van Buynder Fraser Health there have been 102 lab-veriand young children. fied cases from that area, and “Pertussis in very young health officials suspect there children can lead to hospimay have been several unreported cases as well. talization and even death,” Dr. Paul Van Buynder, While it looked like the highly-infectious bacte- Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer, said rial infection was headed west, only two cases have in January. been recorded in Abbotsford in that time period, “The best protection against pertussis is to get said Thorpe-Dorward. vaccinated,” he said. “There are still new cases being reported but it Public Health Canada notes that infants under does seem to be slowing down. The peak was at the one year of age and pregnant women in their
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Starting over at 25: ‘Like everyone else, I have dreams’
without the help of these women. They’ve been my rock,” she says. “I’ve started to believe in myself again.” Warm Zone coordinator Michele Giordano enters her cubbyhole of an office and drops into her chair. She’s scrambling to make sure the drop-in centre for street-engaged women managed by the Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley isn’t closed when its federal funding and building lease ends March 31. A three-year pilot project funded by Status of Women Canada, the Warm Zone provides a safe, accepting place for Abbotsford’s most marginalized and vulnerable women, says Giordano. Those women may be homeless, working the streets, battling illness, abuse, poverty, drug addiction or mental health issues or a combination of those problems. The centre has a bathroom, laundry facilities, clothing and personal care items, Internet, a telephone, a kitchen with snacks, hot meals three times a week, support workers
and counsellors, access to medical and legal The Warm Zone’s three priorities are to services, a monthly HIV clinic, and help for reduce the risk of violence to marginalized obtaining emergency and stable housing. women; improve their health outcomes and When the centre first opened, Giordano to find them housing. expected to help about 30 women a month. Giordano hopes to get funding from provinLast year the centre saw more than 1,300 cial agencies with mandates that encompass women and is on track to serve more than the services the centre provides. that by the end of February. Housing and health are the The federal government has “I was known as a drug greatest areas of need for Warm provided $93,000 a year since Zone clients, but staff strive to addict and a prostitute.” help women, no matter what March 2009. Giordano worries about the they need. impact the facility’s closure “We do what needs to be – Angie Warm Zone would have now it has become done,” she says. a vital service to the commuAngie is only 25 years old, nity. The Warm Zone enjoys support from but already trying to start her life over. She the city, the Abbotsford Police, Abbotsford was 18 years old when her mother died and Community Services, faith-based groups, she received a $50,000 inheritance. businesses, service clubs and individuals. By the time she was 19, her boyfriend had Giordano hopes she can go to that well of introduced her drugs, and within a year, she support again and obtain a new location, was flat broke, addicted to crack and heroin perhaps with the help of the city. and forced to start working the streets.
She spent a good portion of the next two years homeless and hungry, battling serious health problems and washing out of sinks in public washrooms. She secured temporary housing through the Warm Zone around two years ago. She’s lived a year in her own place and has been clean six months. “I wanted to get my life back on track and want to go back to school. I want a family and kids,” says Angie. “Like everybody else, I have dreams.” She volunteers at the centre four hours a week, as it gives her continued emotional support and helps maintain her sobriety. “I still need support and it’s my way of giving back what was freely given to me,” Angie says, adding other women who feel lonely and alone need the help the Warm Zone provides. “I was known as a drug addict and a prostitute,” she says. “If other women here see me moving ahead, I think it gives them hope they can do it, too.”
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Court runner sentenced 10 years for violent grow rip Attackers beat victim then stole cash, weed & presents
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man who tried escaping from the Abbotsford courthouse after being convicted of a violent marijuana grow rip in rural Mission has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.
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Kenneth William Chudley, 26, was charged in connection with a home invasion in 2010 where the male victim was shot, bound and beaten. Chudley was one of five men who stormed into a home in the 29900 block of Dewdney Trunk Road on Dec. 14, 2010. When the man inside tried to fend off the home invaders with a spear, he was shot three times with a .32 calibre pistol, suffering bullet wounds to both legs. The man was also beaten with a bat and his feet, hands and mouth were bound with duct tape. The assailants threatened the captive, demanding the whereabouts of a safe, cash,
KENNETH CHUDLEY and a marijuana grow-op. The ordeal lasted about one and a half hours as the suspects attempted to open the safe and harvested the pot plants. They eventually fled with three guns, $2,300, the marijuana and the Christmas presents in the house. The violence of the invasion was evident with blood being found on the floors, walls and steps of the home, the court heard. A neighbour came to the victim’s aid after receiving a call from one of the attackers saying, “He’s been hurt. Trust me. He’s been hurt.” Chudley was linked to
the crime by his fingerprint found on a piece of duct tape used to bind the victim. He was found guilty of robbery with a gun, assault with a weapon, break and enter to commit robbery and unlawful confinement on Dec. 21, 2011. When Chudley was conv i c t e d h e f l e d f ro m t h e courthouse and was tracked down by a police dog later in the day. During sentencing on Jan. 20, Judge Brent Hoy noted that Chudley had an extensive criminal history with 25 convictions, including trafficking, assault causing bodily harm, robbery and possession of counterfeit money. Although Chudley did not express remorse for his crime, he apologized for the disruption caused by his escape. Hoy noted that the 10-year global sentence included a concurrent six-month jail term for fleeing the courthouse. The new father had made an irrational decision spurred by the prospect of not being with his family at Christmas, said his lawyer.
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Council takes another shot at slots Mayor Banman pulls trigger on special privilege
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“I think it would be great to get [the proposal] on the floor of a public hearing,” he said. “The place for it is before the public. Let them have their say.” The expansion would benefit both charities and the city financially, he added. “It would certainly put more money into non-profits in Abbotsford, and result in more money for City Hall. They’d get in excess of $1 million a year.” Banman’s request for council to reconsider sending the slots issue to public hearing is still a gamble. Councillors are under no obligation to change the way they voted on the issue. Previously, councillors Simon Gibson, Les Barkman, Dave Loewen, Henry Braun and Bill MacGregor voted the proposal down. Banman and councillors Patricia Ross, John Smith and Moe Gill voted to send it to public hearing. The result of the council’s decision on the matter was not available before the Times’ press deadline. ◗ For results from last night’s meeting, visit us at: www.abbotsfordtimes.com.
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The Gladwin Language Centre will have a series of free educational workshops to celebrate and promote the community’s multiculturalism. The first is Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m., and includes stopping and identifying racist behaviour; intercultural communications; and multiculturalism in the workplace. The Feb. 29 workshop addresses health and includes a potluck dinner. Topics are: healthy multicultural lunches; prepared multicultural meals; multicultural low-cholesterol meals; and multicultural meals for diabetics. The final workshop on March 7 at 6:30 p.m., teaches participants out to greet each other in Punjabi, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish. To get more information or to register call 604-854-8160, or see www.gladwinlanguagecentre.com. The Gladwin Language Centre is at 210-2580 Cedar Park Place, Abbotsford. – STAFF REPORTER
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t’s not as if they ever went away, but bullies are back in the news again. Again, we’re reminded that, for many kids, going to school is a fearful experience. Whether it’s incessant name-calling, teasing, verbal torment or outright violence and theft, a huge number of children will experience bullying during their school years. Adults tend to forget the cruelty they and other children were capable of. Homophobic slurs, sudden punches and kicks, and harassment by social media are all possible for children who aren’t even out of middle school yet. The worst part of bullying isn’t one single attack or incident: it’s the pattern of repeated incidents, which wear down the chosen victim or victims, day after day. School can start to look a lot like prison to a child who’s been bullied incessantly. A recent Harris/Decima poll found that 50 per cent of Canadian adults felt they had been bullied as children or teenagers. Nearly a third believed it had a lasting or harmful effect, and a huge majority of adults believe we need to do something about it. Making the bullied stronger seems to generally be a better avenue than trying to change bullies. There is no one solution for these children. Not every child can take selfdefense courses, and there is no physical solution to ending taunts. For the worst torments, the old saw about telling a teacher probably isn’t enough. For kids being physically attacked, we recommend skipping straight to calling 911.
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ic Toews, Canada’s public safety minister, recently issued a blunt declaration about his new Internet spying bill. Anyone who opposes Bill C-30 “can either stand with us or with the child pornographers,” Toews declared. Well, to reassure Mr. Toews that I am not a child pornographer, perhaps I should pre-emptively reveal some of my recent online activities. • You’ll be glad to know that I have about 30 Facebook friends. That’s 15 times more than I have in real life! • I’ve been catching up on Twin Peaks via Netflix. Yep, just 22 years late to that party. • I frequently play online games, particularly Team Fortress 2. I find it soothing to have snot-nosed eight-year-olds repeatedly shoot me in the head with rocket launchers and then taunt me. • I am this close to winning that forum debate about which season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the best. • I have been plotting the overthrow of the Canadian government with my army of genetically engineered wombats. I might as well lay my cards on the table now, as Bill C-30 is going to allow the police to gather all kinds of interesting data on us, without warrants. The bill will force Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over info such as addresses and phone numbers of subscribers
the painful truth to police. The information will allow police to monitor us, in exactly the ways they can now, but without warrants. The police will also be able to track us using our cellphones. Privacy and technology blogger Michael Geist notes that this will allow police to scan crowds of people, collect ident info from their cell phones, and then get names from their phone and Internet companies. So if you’ve ever gone to a protest, union meeting, or controversial public hearing, rest easy knowing that you could soon be on a government watch list. Did I mention that this will mean ISPs will have to upgrade their technology and screen their employees more thoroughly, to handle the ability to spy on us? To pay for this, they will hold us by our ankles and shake vigorously. I hope you didn’t think Internet service was ever going to get cheaper in Canada. Why the police would need the power to do things like this has not been explained, except by Mr. Toews repeating the words “child porn” over and over like a mantra.
Which somewhat overlooks the fact that traditional methods of investigation have been finding child porn peddlers, including a massive bust recently in Ontario that snared 60 people. Mr. Toews doesn’t much talk about other types of crime. He doesn’t mention white-collar scam artists, or pot-dealing gang members, or tax cheats. It’s almost as if he’s just focussing on the most heinous members of society in an effort to force the debate down a narrow channel. If Mr. Toews wants to catch pedophiles – and who doesn’t? – maybe he should give police more resources to do long-term investigations. The officers in the recent Ontario busts actually wrote their own software to help them track down their perps. It sounds to me like that kind of thing could go a long way to protecting kids if it was backed with some federal money and used Canada-wide. If C-30 passes, we’ll have less privacy. Police from across Canada will be able to snoop into our online lives in ways we would never accept in the physical world. And unlike a knock on the door, we might never know how much data they’ve collected on our lives. ■ Visit Matthew Claxton’s blog at http://tinyurl.com/7mwo2qj.
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Displaying sex publicly is morally wrong. I mean let’s get real here. It was even in the name Taboo Sex Show, “Taboo” means prohibited or forbidden and that is what the show should be. I am thankful that this show is not coming back to the Tradex. Now there is another taboo being allowed to come in, lingerie football. How is it considered to be
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a new league of sport when the players are in their underwear? Let the women wear full football uniforms and then play at our entertainment and sports centre. The issue here is that sex is being promoted in a form of socalled entertainment. I believe this is morally wrong and should not be allowed in our city. Ramona Stevens Abbotsford
Not sure why so many fear sex Editor, the Times:
Kevin Francis hit the nail on the head: Abbotsford is an embarrassment. News flash: sex isn’t going away – all you Bible thumpers got here somehow, and no, a stork didn’t bring you. Sex should be embraced, not hidden like Abbotsford tries to. Have you noticed that kids are still having kids, and STDs are still rampant despite your best efforts to hide it? Sex is fun, it feels good and when done properly, with protection and education, the risks are reduced. I was really looking forward to going with my wife as we couldn’t make the Vancouver show. People are screaming ‘it’s sexist,’ yet nothing is said about Playboy, Swimsuit Illustrated, female wrestling, swimming, beach volleyball, etc., whom all wear little or no clothing. If you are so against it, please, by all means, come up with another venue so I don’t have to pay for the Heat even though I’ve never seen a game and don’t want too. Simon Field Abbotsford
Taboo is OK, but sack lingerie football Editor, the Times:
I understand that through religious views, the Taboo show can be considered shameful but do they not understand that sexual activities is a part of life? There is a lot of sexual content, but there is so much more; products that enhance beauty and activities that promote exercise. What about the rest of the population in Abbotsford and surrounding cities who aren’t ashamed? As for the Lingerie Football League, I find it rather offensive. Why can’t you just start a Women’s Football League without the skimpy costumes? Why do the men get a league where they are fully padded and protected and yet women only get shoulder pads, knee pads and a hockey style helmet? Where is the equality in safety for both men and women? Shelese Wozney Abbotsford
There are dangers to showing bare skin Editor, the Times:
I was shocked to see the sexy picture of the lingerie football team and then horrified to learn that they were planning to make Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre their home. It saddens me to think that we have to lower our standards to this extent in order to become better known and generate more money for an arena that should never have come to Abbotsford in the first place. I’m ashamed to live in a city where this is even considered, let alone allowed. Yes, this is very demean-
ing to women and only tantalizes the sex hunger. I thought soccer, football, etc., was about sportsmanship and talent, and not flaunting the semi-naked female body. Exhibitions of female bodies (during such events) will only bring out more sexual assaults. Eileen Dyck Abbotsford
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How is it that a girl can get to university and not understand the attraction of women playing football in their underwear? (‘UFV tackles the LFL’, Times, Feb. 16.) Many men will spend money to watch this type of event and after a few times find it boring. What puzzles me is why me is why certain people feel it is any of their business what others do in their spare time or in their bedrooms. I was raised as a Christian and even took courses in religion to prepare me to become a pastor. I have not gone to the sex show at Tradex not because I find it offensive, but because I am not interested. I will not go to any of the lingerie football games for the same reason, I have too many other things to occupy my time. I think the human body fit and strong (men and women) participating in sports is the most beautiful thing to watch. I believe people rain on other people’s parades because they don’t have a parade of their own. With all the problems in Abbotsford, such as homeless people, drug abuse, abused kids, etc., can we not direct our energies to something more important than what adults do in their spare time? Thomas D. Lester Abbotsford
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roundhogs north of the border may have predicted an early spring this year, but for some people living here, the shortest month of the year still seems to drag on forever. By mid-February, New Year’s resolutions have lost their lustre, and spring has yet to arrive to boost our optimism. Welcome to the February blahs. “In general, the winter season creates more problems with people not being able to do the things they enjoy, not being exposed to as much light. That impacts activity levels and sometimes contributes to fatigue and mood problems,” said family doctor Mark MacKenzie. Like many family physicians, MacKenzie sees more patients suffering from fatigue and depression during the winter months. Besides being run down with colds and flus, which lead to a yearly spike in hospital admissions called the “winter surge,” people in northern climes often suffer from a seasonal mood swing as well. But not everyone reacts the same way. There is a spectrum of winter depression, according to local psychiatrist Saju Antony, with the winter “blues” on one
end and full-blown seasonal affective disorder (SAD) on the other. “People get fed up with the darkness and the cold weather, but most of them tolerate it without going into depression,” said Antony.
“In general, the winter season creates more problems with people not being able to do the things they enjoy . . .” – Dr. Mark MacKenzie
People with a history of depression, however, can often be affected more seriously by the dark and rainy days of February. When that happens, Antony said winter depression tends to present itself somewhat differently from classic depression. While people with depression usually have problems sleeping, those suffering from winter depression tend to sleep excessively. And while people with depression often have little appetite and lose weight, those with winter depression often crave carbohydrates and gain weight. Winter depression also comes with increased fatigue.
“People should see the doctor when these things start to interfere with their day-to-day lives,” said Antony. “They might start missing work. There could be problems at home. They can be a bit irritable. It is under those circumstances that patients come to our attention.” Antony also has recommendations for patients on all points on the winter depression spectrum. ■ Use a light therapy lamp. “A lot of people respond very well to light therapy,” he said. ■ Take vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin. Antony said research suggests taking vitamin D during the winter months may help some people beat the winter blahs. ■ Get plenty of exercise. “The lifestyle is important,” said Antony. “Getting exercise, you get your free endorphins, which are natural anti-depressants.” ■ Watch your diet. Don’t give in to carbohydrate cravings. ■ Take omega 3 fatty acids from salmon all through the year. These are available in capsule form. “Omega 3 fatty acid has been studied extensively,” said Antony. “There are articles in the medical journals giving supporting evidence that it has some anti-depressant properties.” ■ If things are really bad, consider taking an anti-depressant for the winter months and going off it once spring has sprung.
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ext to weight management, elevated blood pressure is perhaps the most common risk factor exercise professionals come across. Twenty to 25 per cent of Canadian adults are walking around with blood pressure doctors would consider too high, and like many other chronic disease markers the problem seems to be on the rise. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is so common and so well-discussed in the media that most of my patients can quickly rhyme off a to-do list of things they should be doing to reduce their blood pressure: limit salt intake, cut back on alcohol, lose some belly fat, reduce stress levels, get a good night’s sleep – and, of course, get some exercise. Recently, a sixty-something-year-old gentleman was in my office. He happened to have high blood pressure, but that wasn’t why he was there. He was there because he wanted some advice on getting
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ho says Chamber meetings are boring? Take speed networking. The Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce will riff off the ‘speed dating’ phenomenon and hold its own ‘Speed Networking’ night on Feb. 23. If you’re shy, speed networking a great way refine networking skills while having fun in a laid-back environment. Each person has 60 seconds to present themselves to another member at their table and once time is up, everyone rotates to another table to do it again. It’s a great way for busy business owners to meet new people, exchange business cards and build confidence. The event is from 6 – 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Rockwell’s Bar & Grill. Admission is $15, register at the Mission Chamber. Besides great events like this, and the perks of being a Chamber member – discounts on insurance, Visa and gas, and influencing change in the community – membership in the Chamber means connecting with other like-minded business operators. “There is value in membership,” said executive director Michelle Favero.
“We offer education, support and for the Future program continues with its connectedness. Our focus is really on second of four exceptional seminars. affordable pieces for small business for The day features Ryan Walter, NHL growth and development.” veteran hockey player and coach, StanThe Chamber is a voice ley Cup winner, motivational for its predominantly small author, and also the presibusiness members – 65 per dent of the Abbotsford Heat cent of its members have franchise. less than five employees Walter will focus on the or are home-based busigift of leadership and how to nesses. inspire team members. E s t a b l i s h e d in 1 8 9 3 C h r i s t i n e Mc L e o d o f ( t h a t’s r i g h t , Mi s s i o n Impact People Practices will Chamber is 119 years old) follow with a workshop on and with more than 450 the Leader Within. members, the Chamber The seminar is from 9:30 MICHELLE FAVERO also advocates for business a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clarke on national, provincial and Foundation Theatre. Tickets local levels. are $20 through the Chamber. For example, the Mission Chamber Then on March 2 at 5 p.m., Mission and others in the region are working Chamber members can enjoy a special with local governments to create a VIP tour of the Abbotsford Entertainmobile business licence zone. If accept- ment and Sports Centre, before they take ed, it will enable businesses to operate in the game between the Abbotsford across several jurisdictions, reducing Heat and the Texas Stars. costs and red tape, and giving consumTickets are $20.50 and include a beer, ers more options. a hot dog and seats in the blue zone. To support its members, the Chamber People are encouraged to bring family holds monthly luncheons and offers and friends. Registration is required by various enriching opportunities. Feb. 29. For instance this Saturday, the ChamTo learn more, see www.missionber’s Building Community Leadership chamber.bc.ca or call 604-826-6914.
ASAPH, from page A16 like this that one can facilitate connecting people with big ideas with people who have the resources to get things done,” said Asaph. With all that going on, the Chamber offers tremendous opportunities for networking and rewarding involvement for its members, he said. A year ago, the Chamber engaged a full-time membership development officer, Meredith Miller, to bring in and support newcomers as they join the Chamber family of 780 members.
They get together at the Chamber’s monthly lunches, networking breakfasts, at the more relaxed Chamber Connections, at the upcoming Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce shindig on April 11 with businesses from the region, and at its newly established Young Leaders events, strictly for the under-40 entrepreneurs. “We have a component of young business people in the valley and we need to address them, for the community and the ongoing vitality of the Chamber,” said Asaph. To find out more, visit the Chamber’s website at www. abbotsfordchamber.com.
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CBC’s Matt Kaminski, left, comes face to face with UFV’s Dillon Collett in the final regular season game for both teams. The Bearcats won 3-2 Friday at Columbia Place. Above, UFV’s Krista Hogewoning drives the ball against CBC. The Cascades won the game 3-2 Friday night.
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A22 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 THE TIMES
1BR + den, New, low rise, top flr, SS 7apps, granite counter tops, lam flrs, nr park, sec ug prk, storage, Mar 1, NS, pet neg, nr UFCV & hospital, nr all amens, $875 + uitls, 604 -761-4808 2 BR Mission, 7696 Grand St. clean, $750, on site manager, avail now. 604-287-6787 & 778-552-1808 OR 604-557-0411 2 BR, $745 Mission. carpet, coin laundry, avail now, Bob 604-302-8676 or 604-826-5147
MURRAYVILLE 1 br 5 appls, u/g pkg, storage locker, no elevator. Av now. No pets, near amens. $875 + utils. Jim @ 604-836-3879 MURRAYVILLE 2 br , 3rd flr, 5 appls, u/g pkg, storage locker, no elevator., nr amens Av now. N/P. $1000 + util. Jim 604-836-3879 NEWER SUITE, well kept bldg, next to Columbia Bible College, 5 appl, 2 bdrm, 2 baths, f/p, insuite w/d, u/g prkg, n/s, Mar. 1, $950. 778-549-1421
ABBY Downtown 1 BR ste, with fridge, stove, hardwood floors, includes hot water. Avail now. 9am-9pm daily ★ 604-539-2533 CHWK 2 Br $880/m. Newmark. Brand new, 2 bath, u/g prkg, ss appl, inste w/d, storage, nr all ammens UFV Ref’s. Move in by mid Feb and save 1/2 month. . ns, pets neg. 604-768-4901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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2 BR, 2 ba mobile home, 1005sf, Abby/Matsqui, big lot, deck, shed, $1050, immed 604-826-6172
2 BR bsmt ste, nr Fraser Valley College, $1000 incl utils, avail immed. 604-807-2160
WILLOUGHBY 3 br house on 2.5 acres, w/d, horse barn, riding area. Suit for horse stabling, reno 4 yrs ago. 1 yr lease. Av now. $2,700. Doug 604-607-8888
2 BR bsmt suite, Abbots, $675 incl utils, own laundry, no pet, no smoking on property 604-850-0164, 604-308-7613
2 BR, W. Abbots, own w/d, ns np, $800 incls utils & cable, avail now 604-856-4576 after 3pm MISSION 2 br, bright, lower lev walk out, fp, wd, ns, np, fenced yrd, $675+ % util 604-820-8853
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BY OWNER Open house Sun Feb 26th, 11am-2pm, #116 32085 George Ferguson Way, 2 br, 2 bath, 1,010 sf, new flrs/paint $182,300. 250-927-1899
SUN FEB 19, 2-4pm, 10743-139th St, Sry. Bright/ spac 2 BR. 2 bath condo, laminate flrs, new paint, insuite laundry, storage. Mala, Sutton 778-859-4458
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1988 TOYOTA P/U, ext, 5 sp, V6, 4x4, $1975. 1992 TOYOTA P/U, ext, 5 sp, raised, V6, 4x4, $2500, D9921 in Abbts. toll free 1-877-855-6522 1992 DODGE Dakota pick-up, extra cab, auto, a/c, V6, aircared, runs good $1100obo. 604-984-7574
Sports & Imports
1998 HONDA Accord, 4 dr, 5 spd, 145,000 kms, a/c, aircared, good cond $2800 obo. 604-984-7574
2008 VW Passat Wagon, 2.0T, silver, loaded, auto, low kms, wrty, no accid, non smoker, alarm, immac, $20,800 obo, 604-980-7675
1996 5TH wheel trailer, model 26RK, 26 ft, fridge, stove, sep bath 1995 CHEV 3/4 ton diesel, 200 k’s. $15,500 both. 604-794-7487
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Lawn & Garden
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3 BR + 1 ½ Baths – 2 Levels 1,100 sq ft plus Back Yard Kids Like our 2 Playgrounds! We are a Fenced, Gated, Quiet and a Family Oriented Community. Rent with us for $990 or $1,100 and we will give you a nice Move-In Incentive!
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PROFITABLE & ESTABLISHED recession proof. Owner/operator commercial dairy route in Surrey. $210K. Ivan 778-240-9643 or Email: email@example.com.
LINDA’S CLEANING service provides quality work for an affordable price. 604-852-0104
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THE TIMES TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012
ONLY AT ORCA BAY SUZUKI * SEE STORE FOR DETAILS
Up to Prices are Dropping!!
TEST DRIVE BEST IN CLASS
• Built in Japan • Smartpass: pushbutton keyless entry and start system • 10-way Power Passenger Seat • Heated seats • Heated Power Mirrors • Cruise control with illuminated steering wheel mounted controls • Multi-reﬂector halogen headlights • Twin Exhaust Pipes with Chrome Finishers • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob • USB auxiliary audio input jack MSRP $27,590
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CONSUMERS SHOULD READ THE FOLLOWING: *† Biweekly payment includes Delivery & Destination ($1,550 for 2011 Kizashi S) and a $399 Dealer Administration Fee. Off er excludes PPSA up to $72 (when fi nancing), applicable taxes, license, registration and insurance, and a down payment of $3,000. Vehicle may not be exactly as shown. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer and is subject to change without notice. Dealers may sell for less. See participating dealers for details. Vehicle images shown may include optional upgrades. *Limited time fi nance offer available O.A.C. Special bi-weekly purchase fi nance off ers are available on 2011 Kizashi S (Selling Price $24,944), for a 72 month term. The bi-weekly 72 month payment interest rates are based on 2011 Kizashi S @ 0%. Bi-weekly payments are $160 with $3,000 down payment. Cost of borrowing is $0 for a total obligation of $24,944. Off er valid until February 29, 2012. Special Cash price for the Suzuki Kizashi S is net of all Suzuki programs and rebates and does not include delivery and destination charge, dealer administration fee or tax, license, freight, registration and insurance fee.The cash price for the Kizashi S is a cash price only and this vehicle does not qualify for any of the special offers or programs mentioned in this ad. This price is a cash only price and does not apply to financed vehicles. This is a limited quanity sale. Vehicle is for illustration purpose only Up to $10,000 cash back is available for qualifying customers only OAC. Please see dealer for complete details. Offer valid while supplies last only OAC. Sale ends February 29th, 2012 or while supplies last. !Purchase any 2011 Kizashi, except for the special cash purchase price Kizashi S in this ad, 2011 SX4, or 2011 Grand Vitara model and receive a Petro-CanadaTM Preferred PriceTM card valid for $0.40 per litre savings on up to 1,875 litres of fuel per card (maximum litres for approximately one year). Based on Natural Resources Canada’s 2011 Fuel Consumption Guide ratings for the 2011 Kizashi SX iAWD (1,630 L/year), the 2011 SX4 Hatchback JX iAWD (1,550 L/year) and the 2011 Grand Vitara JX 4WD (2,000 L/year). The Preferred PriceTM card is valid at participating Petro-CanadaTM retail locations (and other participating North Atlantic Petroleum retail locations in Newfoundland). This card has no expiry date. Petro-CanadaTM is a Suncor Energy business. TMTrademark of Suncor Energy Inc. Used under license. Petro-CanadaTM is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of this promotion. Eligibility for the card is subject to conditions and exclusions. Gas card will be provided to consumer after concluding purchase contract at participating dealership. Off er valid until February 29, 2012. ‡Extended Warranty Off er 7 year/100,000kms Silver Level Powertrain Coverage with a $250 deductible on all new 2011 model year SX4 Sedan, SX4 HB, Grand Vitara and Kizashi models except for the Kizashi S special cash purchase price in this ad. . Don’t pay for 120 days applies to purchase fi nancing off ers on all 2011 models on approved credit except for the Kizashi S special cash purchase price in this ad. No interest will accrue during the fi rst 90 days of the fi nance contract. After this period, interest starts to accrue and the purchaser will repay the principal interest monthly over the term of the contract. 1The Suzuki Kizashi received the highest numerical score among Midsize Cars in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout StudySM. Study based on responses from 73,790 new-vehicle owners, measuring 234 models and measures opinions after 90 days of ownership. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed in February-May 2011. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
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