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Mission nixes activities, Abby likely to do same ROCHELLE BAKER


ission teachers have already voted to withdraw participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, theatre and afterschool clubs and a decision is pending for Abbotsford teachers. Mike Trask, president of the Mission Teachers’ Union, said members voted Wednesday to recommend district teachers withdraw all voluntary services as soon as classes resume after spring break as a reaction to the B.C. government’s passage of Bill 22. Beyond after-school clubs, tutoring and school trips, students participating in rugby and track and field will feel the most immediate impact. With the Bill 22, teachers will attend staff meetings and produce report cards but will only be working bell to bell, said Trask. The bill, which became law on Saturday, imposes a six-month cooling-off period in the protracted contract negotiations and a mediator to maintain the government’s net zero mandate. The B.C. Teachers’ Federation says the bill will also negatively impact education because it negates teachers’ ability to negotiate class size and composition. The BCTF is currently deciding on what province-




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Mission couple targeted in grow-op slaying

had been involved in grow ops for ne of the men charged in quite some time. connection with the 2008 On Sept. 18, 2008, Dudley, 37, and targeted shooting of Mis- McKay, 33, were at home watching sion couple Lisa Dudley and Guth- television when Woodruff arrived rie McKay has pleaded around 10:41 p.m. guilty to two counts of First reported @ The plan was to first-degree murder. murder Dudley and, Jack Douglas Wood“if needed” McKay, ruff, 53, of Surrey, was charged in according to Crown prosecutor Jodie May 2011. He was sentenced to life Harris. in prison with no chance of parole Woodruff and Justin MacKinnon for 25 years after entering the pleas were driven to the home by Bruce Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Main, Harris said. The men have also New Westminster. been charged in connection with the Court heard that the couple’s home killings. in the 31000-block of Greenwood Woodruff was armed and desigDrive contained a marijuana grow nated in advance as the shooter. operation managed by Dudley, who Woodruff stood outside the home


on the deck and shot six rounds into the house. The first broke the patio door and hit no one. Three shots hit McKay in the face, head and back. McKay’s parents were in tears as Harris described their son’s injuries. His mother, Dorothy, moaned, “Oh God.” Dudley was shot in the head and neck. A neighbour heard the shots and called Mission RCMP. An officer was sent to the Mission subdivision and spent 13 minutes in the area but did not get out of his – FILE/TIMES car or speak to the neighbour who called 911. He also chuckled to the Mission couple Guthrie McKay (left) and Lisa Dudley were fatally shot in see MURDER, page A11 their home in September, 2008.


The Grey Cup champion BC Lions were in Abbotsford Friday night to take on the St. Jean Brebeuf senior boys basketball team in a fundraiser for Grade 8 student Josh, right, who is battling cancer for the second time. The night was a hit and featured entertaining hoops action plus photos with the Lions and their famed trophy.

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Briefly Shed fire on Delair Rd. Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service prevented a shed fire from getting out of control on Wednesday night. The AFRS was called out to a home in the 34700 block of Delair Road just before 9 p.m., said deputy Fire Chief Mike Helmer. Fire crews arrived to find an outbuilding at the property fully engulfed in flames, said Helmer. The flames had also ignited adjacent cedar trees causing concerns the fire could spread, he said. However, crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control. No one was injured in the blaze and the residence on the property was not damaged. Investigators don’t believe the fire was suspicious and are working to determine the cause of the blaze. – STAFF REPORTER


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ictoria aims to boost the economic value of B.C.’s agriculture sector from its current estimated $10 billion to $14 billion by 2017, but at this point hasn’t set aside more cash to make that happen. Instead, the government will refocus its current agriculture plan, begun in 2008, to better promote B.C.’s high quality, high value products, and to expand domestic and international industry markets. “I want to see B.C. on the cutting edge domestically and internationally,” Agriculture Minister Don McRae told a group of local producers at the Friday morning roll-out event at the Abbotsford Agriculture Centre. The potential for growth for B.C.’s diverse agri-foods sector is significant, he said. “We have 225 land-based commodities and 100 seafood commodities. No other province comes close,” said McRae. The goal is to help B.C.’s food producers be more competitive and robust. This includes building on B.C.’s safe food reputation to create a complete food tracking system for beef and seafood. Other key points include promoting B.C. foods to local consumers via an online Foods BC platform on Facebook and Twitter; aggressively promoting beef, berries, seafood and wine to Asian markets; and


B.C. Agriculture Minister Don McRae chats with Clarissa, left and Charity, whose mum Jo-Ann Dykstra, above right, holds a kid from her family’s Goat’s Pride organic dairy. The girls coached McRae before he tried milking a nanny at Friday’s event. reviewing regulations and the car- significant investments for storage bon tax. and environmental practises. McRae said the carbon tax hits New farm waste regulations could farm producers hard and he has include: banning all dry land storbrought those conage of waste; requircerns to his coling dairy farms to l e a g u e , F i n a n c e “We have 225 landstore manure for one Minister Kevin Falyear; storing and based commodities and composting all waste con, to review. “The carbon tax is 100 seafood commodiin a covered building unique to B.C., really with a concrete floor; the only one in North ties. No other province and banning manure America. application on crops “ I t ’s a n a d d e d comes close.” for human consumpexpense they don’t tion to 90 days before have in other jurisharvest. – Don McRae Ag Minister dictions (and) it McRae said he’d also makes our goods less like to see the agriculcompetitive internature sector make better tionally,” he said. use of its unique Agricultural Land McRae’s ministry will also review Reserve, which in many places is proposed manure storage rules that under utilized, or not used at all. could be onerous on dairy and cat“For example, 60 per cent of the tle ranchers who have already made arable land in the Comox Valley,

where I’m from, is not utilized fully,” he said. Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman told the minister he’d like to see more products like blueberries transported to foreign markets through the Abbotsford International Airport. Agriculture generates $2 billion for Abbotsford and Chilliwack, said Banman, adding agriculture helped the community weather the economic downturn. Joan Dykstra, who makes organic cheeses at her family business, Goat’s Pride Dairy in Abbotsford, told McRae she’d like to see less red tape and more support for organic producers. McRae said about 75 per cent of organic foods sold in B.C. come from outside the province, but his ministry is working with groups such as the B.C. Agriculture Commission to aid this growing sector.

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at Wiebe heard and saw the fire ravaging the chicken barn at his family’s rural property in Abbotsford Sunday night. “I heard the sirens and looked out the window to see the fire while my phone starting ringing,” said Wiebe, business development manager for the family-run Rossdown Farms. The blaze tore through one

No humans hurt in barn blaze of the poultry operation’s barns just after 9 p.m. Sunday, killing about 18,000 chickens, or broilers, Wiebe said. “It’s emotional on many different levels,” he said. “The birds were raised for slaughter but it makes you sick to think they perished that way. It doesn’t make you feel good.” Thankfully no staff or firefighters were hurt in the blaze that destroyed the building

and put the other barns in danger, he said. Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service arrived at 4184 Ross Road to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the centre of the 50-foot by 300foot barn. The first crews set up hose lines to protect the barns on either side of the fire. Due to flames and see CHICKENS, page A11


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to the police vehicle while driving Although the investigation could home. not determine if Brown was impaired Brown was suspended with pay on during the incident, the investigators April 29 while the Abbotsford Police found he committed discreditable professional standards section con- conduct for his actions that night ducted the Police Act investigation and misled superiors about when under the direction of APD Chief the damage to his police vehicle Constable Bob Rich. occurred. Chief Constable Dave First reported @ “Const. Brown was Jones of the New West- a good police officer minster Police Services who handled himself was appointed as an independent poorly after making a bad decision discipline authority to hold the dis- to drive a car after drinking,” said cipline proceeding once that inves- Rich. “But police officers are held to tigation was complete. a high standard and this investigaThe investigation also looked tion determined he did not meet at how forthcoming Brown was that standard.” when he reported the incident to While Brown has been dismissed, the APD. under the B.C. Police Act, he can still

n Abbotsford Police officer was fired Friday after a disciplinary hearing found that he misled superiors about crashing an unmarked police car last April. The allegation is that Const. Nathan Brown, a five-year member of the APD, was impaired by alcohol when he crashed the unmarked police vehicle assigned to him, then lied to supervisors to cover up the collision on his way home. The department reports that on April 14 Brown stopped on the way home at a facility run by the Police Union for use by its members. The officer then collided with a pole and caused moderate damage

technically go through an appeal process, said Abbotsford Police Sgt. Casey Vinet. If Brown chooses to do so, the Police Complaint Commissioner will either order a public hearing or a hearing before a retired judge based on the record of the discipline proceeding. Brown also faces a criminal charge of obstruction in relation to this incident that was laid in October. He is expected to appear in court sometime in April, said Vinet. It appears Brown did not work anywhere else as a police officer. “As far as I know (Abbotsford) is the only place he has worked as a police officer,” said Vinet.

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Horse trainer Jonathan Field had just hours to prepare a wild colt to perform on a complex course.

tacle course. What would take most experienced horsemen weeks to accomplish must be done in a few short hours in front of thousands of cheering fans. For Field, 35, who hales from Bradner in west Abbotsford and who has trained and been invol-


ou need to think like a horse. That’s the philosophy of Jonathan Field, and it has taken him all across North America, and most recently, to Murfreesboro, Tenn. where he just competed in the 9th annual World Championship Colt Starting Competition. “You do not break a horse but build a partnership,” Field said of the competition and also his method of training. He “As soon as you build just got back on that trust, you can create Friday, not with a first place trophy, a language. By using this but with a world language you can achieve of experience and many memories amazing results in a to share. “We did great, short period of time.” we didn’t come first,” he said. – Jonathan Field trainer “ B u t j u s t t h e fact that you can achieve the obstacle course with an untouched three-year-old [colt], it’s a huge win.” For those unfamiliar with the Colt Starting Competition, it goes something like this: Two horsemen from Canada, the U.S. and Australia individually select a wild range colt, and in the space of four hours must gain the animal’s trust, catch it, teach it to lead and be saddled and then on the final day, ride the horse through an obs-

ved with horses his entire life, the event was a first. “It’s a huge event in the states. To be invited is one of the biggest honours in the horse world.” He explained that to be successful you must develop a partnership with the horse and show him that you’re OK and he can trust you. “As soon as you build that trust, you can create a language. By using this language you can achieve amazing results in a short period of time.” The competition was not without its challenges for Field, who had been preparing for nearly a year. His colt, a purebred American quarter horse with a #5 brand had just come off the range completely untouched by humans, and was very skeptical and didn’t want to be caught. “I taught him to come to me and face me, looking at me, then very slowly put the halter on,” said Field of the first day. The final day of competition showed what the rider had achieved with the horse. This included working the horse in all his gaits (walk, trot, canter), doing rail work, steering, roping, and the obstacle course with small jumps and tight places to go in and out. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and to represent my country, it was amazing,” said Field. “I signed autographs for two hours; it was like being in a rock concert. Lots of Canadians were there and they were so patriotic and very proud.” The horses, including #5, will go back to Texas, where they will become working ranch horses. Field is back in the Fraser Valley where he runs the Field Horsemanship Centre in Bradner. He travels about 180 days a year with his horses and family, teaching and running clinics across North America, from back yard horses to high level equine competitors. ◗ For more, visit

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third trial judge has been assigned to the high-profile murder and conspiracy trial involving alleged associates of the United Nations gang. Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie confirmed Thursday that Justice Janice Dillon has now been assigned to the case. He said he could not release any further details. In February 2011, the original trial judge assigned, Justice Arne Silverman, stepped down. He said that his former law practice was men-

tioned in a document that the Crown had just filed and that he didn’t want there to be a potential appearance of a conflict. Justice Sunni StrombergStein took over the case and has been presiding over pretrial motions for months. The case is scheduled to go to trial next September in B.C. Supreme Court. Eight men who police allege are linked to the UN gang are charged with conspiring to kill Abbotford’s Jonathan, Jarrod and Jamie Bacon and their Red Scorpion associates. Two of the eight, Cory Val-

lee and Conor D’Monte, have not yet been located despite Canada-wide war-rants for their arrests. The others, Daniel Russell, Barzan Tilli-Choli, Jon Croitoru, Karwan Saed, Dilun Heng, and Yong Sung Lee, have been in custody since they were first charged three years ago. The six and Vallee are also charged with the May 9, 2008 murder of Jon Barber in Burnab, and Vallee and D’Monte face an additional count of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 6, 2009 slaying of Bacon associate Kevin LeClair in Langley.


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realistic projection for the council to make appropriate funding allocations and risk assessment. ission is taking a closer look at its “We’ll look at the low and the high-end proown water use to determine how jections. If you underestimate, it could cost to plan for the community’s future you a lot more later on; if you overestimate, needs. you’ll have more cost up front,” he said. It’s also looking at ways to get residents to Meanwhile, the district is developing interbe more water conscious during critical dry im plans to help the existing system and the summer months. community be as water efficient as possible. The more detailed data from the water One component of that is an aggressive edustudy will supplement information already cation campaign for the public on water concollected by the Abbotsford/Mission Water servation, especially on outdoor water use in and Sewer Commission on the summer, said Bomhof. future water demands for While 95 per cent of the “This is determining what the two communities. time the system operates As a partner in the com- our own water requirements well within capacity, there mission, Mission’s water are a few hot days in sumneeds have been viewed are in the future.” mer when the system reaches in the context of the joint its capacity, he said. That’s water system, said Rick – Rick Bomhof mostly because of excessive Bomhof, Mission’s director outdoor water use, such as of engineering and public lawn watering. works. “We need to manage that five per cent. If “If you do a joint study, you know what you exceed capacity, you run the risk of a your needs are together, but not necessarily water shortage,” Bomhof said, which means what your own needs are. This is determin- Mission residences in higher elevations could ing what our own water requirements are in see water shortages. The district will also the future,” said Bomhof, who is heading up revamp its development bylaw to include the study. more sustainable policies. The recent discussions on the Stave Lake For example, it may require developers water project make it important for Mission to increase the depth of topsoil on new lots to have accurate information about what it’s to increase water retention on new lawns consuming now and what growth patterns – which would mean far less sprinkling for show it will need in the future, he said. homeowners who pay for the water. It would The study will review Mission’s official pop- also mean far less water run-off into storm ulation projection, the most recent of which sewers. shows an annual two per cent increase. Bomhof expects the water study will be Bomhof couldn’t say if the projection has complete by the end of April. For water conaltered, but stressed it was vital to have a servation ideas, see


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wide responses to take to battle the bill at its AGM, which is scheduled to end on Tuesday night. Delegates will debate whether to roll the extracurricular shutdown across the province. Mission is one of close to a dozen teachers’ associations of B.C.’s 60 school districts to withdraw extracurricular activities. “We’ve already had a conversation with the chair of our District Parent Advisory Council. It’s not happy news for them,” said Trask, adding teachers feel they don’t have any other alternative after failing to get anywhere with the BC Public School Employers’ Association and the government. “As public employees our employers are the public . . . and now they are going to have to tell the government what they want the treatment of teachers to look like.” Teachers may lose some public support with the move, said Trask. “Most people understand that the money is less important than class size and composition. But we can’t lie down and be doormats,” he said. Dave Stephen, School District 34 spokesman, said district officials haven’t received formal notice from Abbotsford teachers, but it appears the decision to withdraw extracurricular activities may take place. “We’ve had some indication there are teachers who are considering not doing afterschool activities,” said Stephen. “But we’re on a wait and monitor mode. We are waiting to see what the BCTF resolution will be.” The decision is not expected before Tuesday


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istracted drivers were handed more than 40 tickets during an Abbotsford Police traffic blitz last week. Officers targeted the intersection of Mt. Lehman and Fraser Highway on Wednesday and nabbed drivers for various traffic offences as part of an ongoing campaign by the APD to focus on areas in the city statistically identified as high crash zones. Police issued more than 44 tickets for violations including speeding, disobeying red lights and using cell phones while driving. Two suspects were also arrested, one for prohibited driving and one for assault, and one vehicle was impounded. The traffic blitz is about reducing injuries and death, said Sgt. Casey Vinet. “Too many people have been killed or seriously injured in what we believe are all preventable collisions,” said Vinet. There were 13 traffic-related deaths in 2010 and four in 2011, but the APD would


An Abbotsford police officer talks with the driver of a vehicle stopped during a traffic enforcement blitz on Wednesday. like to see than number drop to zero. One of the APD’s 2012 goals is to reduce traffic-related injuries by 25 per cent. The use of cell phones by drivers remains a serious problem despite laws prohibiting it, said Vinet. “In some cases officers have gone right up to vehicles and found the driver was totally unaware a police officer was standing only feet away because they were so distracted with their cell phones,” he said. During the traffic blitzes the officers will be employing Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology, installed in specific police vehicles, which detects stolen licence plates and vehicles,

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Yesterday’s future was more fun I

have this personal theory that the future is on an upswing right now. Take your phone out of your pocket and take a look at it. (How futuristic would that phrase have seemed 30 years ago . . . ) Even if you have an older, clunkier model, its lines suggest it could be launched out of an electromagnetic rail gun, that its sleek casing could give depleted uranium a run for its money. Our phones, and our other personal electronic blobjects, our computers, even our cars . . . A decade ago, car design was stalled in dullsville. Some kind of wretched convergent evolution had given us sedans, hatchbacks, and minivans that varied only in colour, from silver-grey to maroon. Now we’ve got plenty of those old designs, but they’re intermixed with weird cubist van things, candy-coloured microcars, and smiley-faced European imports. Hopefully, we’re just a couple of rounds of designer evolution from the reintroduction of tailfins. Remember tailfins? I don’t, because I was born about a decade and a half after the Big Three decided they were undignified. (Not to mention half a decade after man last walked on the moon, not that I’m bitter about that.) The passing of the tailfin marked the sad death of the future for a while in modern society.


the painful truth There was a time, almost half a century, where the future ruled the world of architecture and industrial design. Starting a little more than a hundred years ago, myriad philosophies of creation were taking off. They had a dozen names, many of them applied retroactively, and they cross-fertilized one another like hyperactive dandelions. Art deco. Streamline moderne. Futurism (which had creepy associations with Italian Fascism). They were at play in the realm of modernism and abstract art. They were born from the age of the engine. As cars and airplanes and zeppelins competed with the new streamlined trains, a new iconography was created from the practical considerations of smooth fenders and sweptback wings. Designers seized on these themes. Everything was going to be faster! Streamlined! Exploding with the power of electricity, of the internal combustion engine, of the atom! So everything had to be streamlined, as if it was ready to

be launched like a rocket. As William Gibson pointed out in The Gernsback Continuum, this led to pencil sharpeners that looked like they’d been designed in a wind tunnel. The last child of the future, aside from the cars with the tailfins, were the gas stations and all-night diners of the 1950s. Saddled with the name Googie architecture, they were the poor and flashy descendents of the futurist impulse, slapping giant stucco replica Tesla coils and neon-lit starburst designs across North America for a few years. And then it was gone. The future came, but no one was interested in looking like they actually lived there anymore. Appliances like fridges turned avocado-coloured in the 1970s, then lost even that distinction, becoming white or steel monoliths, not the rockets-in-waiting of the 1940s and ’50s. There were nods to the future in the 1980s, mostly in fashion, part of the zeitgeist that birthed cyberpunk. The future is always going to come, but for the first half of the century, we were genuinely looking forward to it. We showed that, by trying to build as if it was already here. Frankly, I hope we can do that again. That old future was more fun than a lot of the other ones we’ve tried out. ■ Visit Matthew Claxton’s blog at

he whole situation would be laughable, if it weren’t so tragic. It’s hard to determine whether the education labour dispute is being orchestrated according to an incredibly intricate plan that defies understanding by ordinary minds. It could be that it all started with an intricate plan . . . but nobody had the aptitude for making the plan work . . . so all sides have all gone each to their own, still more intricate Plan B, which subsequently has been superceded by a host of Plan Cs . . . Or maybe it’s just ineptitude. Either way, whatever the plans may have been, from the outset they all seemed aimed at just making everyone else look bad, instead of actually trying to solve some very real issues. The worst of it is that nobody appears to be in control – which is more than a bit disconcerting, when the government itself is trying to assert a leadership stance. Consider Premier Christy Clark’s leadership so far – or more accurately, Education Minister George Abbott’s leadership, as the premier seems mostly engaged in spewing mostly counterproductive rhetoric on talk shows instead of taking charge in the Legislature. Abbott’s Bill 22 – billed as “back-towork” legislation before teachers even left their jobs – unsurprisingly increased teachers’ resolve to escalate their job action to a full strike. The B.C. Liberal government immediately put the onus on the Opposition to settle the strike that was not yet by allowing the bill to be passed without opposition . . . say what? When the NDP didn’t bite on that bait, the government finally closed off the debate to speed the bill’s back-to-work effect . . . on teachers who were already back to work. Huh? Teachers left their classrooms, the NDP stalled, and the government finally added push to a bill aimed solely at provocation, and nothing is resolved. All for the children. ■ To comment on this editorial, e-mail us at

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Staff and management of Mission Shoppers Drug Mart continued to support their favourite charity for the national ‘Tree of Life Campaign,’ raising $4,254 for the Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley. Pictured are Ken Nair, left, Barb Mitchell, and store owner Bill Campbell with Sandra Papageorgiou of the WRSFV. dismayed that despite their best efforts, their children have been affected by drugs. This can happen to any one of us – let us direct our resources to safe care instead of building jails and hospitals! Helen Esau Ho Abbotsford

Zero wage increases aren’t that rare Editor, the Times:

Catherine Faire wants us to know that she had over 15 years of teaching experience – and seven years of education, culminating in a master’s degree in educational psychology, mind you. But all she really has to show for it is just poor social science. Without a scrap of empirical evidence, Faire conjures up a conspiracy theory whereby “the government” can “starve the education system to the point of bankruptcy.” Yet the standard definition of bankruptcy makes this impossible and present contract negotiations are not designed to hold off literal bankruptcy anyway. Faire skates over the

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more reasonable, innocent explanation for government limits on teachers’ wages : competing demands from others. The nurses union wants another 2,000 nurses hired and the court justice system will require hiring more judges at more than one million dollars per judge. Legal Aid lawyers have a zero wage increase over 20 years. That’s right: 20 years with no wage increase. The last real wage increase for Legal Aid lawyers was under Premier Vander Zalm. Despite all its boasting and bragging year in and decade out, public education simply cannot provide equality of opportunity in the first place. No teacher, public or private, can affect parents’ attitude to education. Greg Lanning Abbotsford

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Robocalls! It seems to conjure an image of R2D2 with a headset and for many of us, the reaction

has been: “Meh.” There is nothing wrong with robocalling per se, except being as annoying as a Facebook game request; it’s actually used for many legitimate uses when mobilizing the troops is needed. The current scandal in this riveting season of parliamentary screwups is what appears as using robocalls to confuse known non-supporters of the Tories; and unlike our American cousins, Canadians don’t always “lemming” their way to the polling station. Now the public is aware and pundits are up in arms about this onslaught on democracy by the governing party, but the public is rather apathetic about the whole thing and that’s the real danger. All the decisions made in Ottawa do affect us. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, not a large Hawaiian extra cheese and a CSI marathon; otherwise we will never grow as a nation, only our debts, scandals and waistlines will. Kevin Francis Mission


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Soliciting advice on re-seeding, cedars, & grapes Anne Marrison sows some good ideas for their gardens . . . and yours

Q. Just a question about pyramid cedars. We have several and many are over-tall and split from snow. How severely can I prune these back and have them still live? Tina Manke E-mail A. Lots of people had the same

problem with pyramid cedars this last winter. It’s really best to avoid pruning if you can, because cedars don’t readily re-shoot from older wood. That means a bare patch stays bare unless you can fasten other branches to cover the gap. The splitting can be dealt with by tying the branches closer to the trunk with wire or tough string. Sometimes you need to fasten branches to each other to recapture the original narrow outline. The tying will be visible at first but new growth will cover it after

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a while. If you feel you must cut back some of the overly tall branches, it’s best to remove the entire branch back to the trunk. But this should only be done if nearby branches can be tied-in to cover the gap. If you shorten only part of a long branch, chances are it will look really ugly and never make enough growth to improve its appearance.

A. Grapes need very little fertilizer. High-nitrogen fertilizer is especially bad for them, causing the growth to become very leafy and fruiting to be inhibited. Some gardeners like to use a fertilizer high in phosphorous with moderate potash. But other gardeners, especially organic ones prefer to mulch grapes with a couple of inches (2 cm) of well-rotted compost each year. I’d suggest you start out with the compost method. It’s easier and compost is more likely to contain the wide range of micro-organisms that produce healthy soil. It’s quite possible to grow grapes for years without using sprays. The harsh pruning you mention opens up the vines to light and air and

Q. I know grapes like well-

drained, alkaline soil. Do they need fertilizer? I see that professionals prune their grapes back very harshly to one main stem each year. My three plants, a small black (Niagara?), a pink and a white, were bought with three main stems two or three years ago and I left them like that. Should I spray

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makes fungal problems less likely. The more leaves shade each other and the fruit, the more wetness lingers in the vine and attracts mold, mildew and rot problems. Routine spraying may not be necessary if your pruning is adequate. Sites that cause problems for grapes include north slopes, frost pockets, low-lying areas and places where large trees or buildings keep grapevines in shade for part of the day. The more organic your vines can be, the better. Sprays always kill beneficial organisms as well as the harmful ones.

Q. I was wondering if it’s possible for camellias or rhododendrons to re-seed themselves. I have several plants growing in various places in the garden and they have the same type of leaf


Green thumb that a camellia does, but I haven’t a clue as to what they are. They haven’t bloomed yet. Pat MacAllister, Langley

A. Yes, camellias and rhododendrons can seed themselves. But the most typical things with similar leaves that volunteer around neighbourhoods are English laurel, cherry laurel and sometimes daphne laureola. All are evergreen and have a bad reputation for invasiveness. ■ Anne is happy to answer garden questions via




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Found 4 days later MURDER, from page A1 dispatcher about the call before leaving the area for another call. The couple was discovered four days later by a neighbour. McKay was dead and Dudley was barely alive. She died before she could be taken to hospital. After an investigation the officer was disciplined and docked a day’s pay. RCMP policy around responding to a shots fire call has changed as a result. Dudley’s mother, Rosemar ie Surakka, has sued the RCMP for failing to respond properly. In June 2011, MacKinnon, 26, was arrested in Nova Scotia. Main, 64, made his first court appearance on murder charges in September. Both MacKinnon and Main are scheduled to appear next in B.C. Provincial Court in Abbotsford on March 30.

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sparks coming from an air circulation fan attached to the barn. smoke, firefighters were only able “[Our staff ] tried to extinguish attack the blaze from the exterior it but it took off too quickly,” said of the building. Wiebe. The affected building housed the An electrical malfunction is power source and back-up genera- believed to have caused the fire tor for the other barns, said Wiebe. that caused around $500,000 in “We lost air flow to a whole set damage. of barns and our fear was we’d lose The replacement costs are covadditional birds due to lack of circu- ered by insurance, but the six lation,” he said. weeks of labour and “But firefighters set First reported @ associated costs will up fans [for the birds] be lost for the birds and moved hoses so that were scheduled we could restring power lines.” to be shipped out on Monday, said Firefighters, staff and neighbours Wiebe. all worked to save the rest of the The farm also has to find a new operation, said Wiebe. place to shelter the new flock in “ We had lots of help and we incubators that were due to be can’t say enough good about those housed in the lost barn. guys.” “The wheels are in motion,” said Firefighters called in an excava- Wiebe. tor to tear down the barn so they “ We’re just asking customers could put out any remaining hot to accommodate us and staff are spots. pitching in and we’ll ask for help An employee on the site report- f r o m o u r n e i g h b o u r s a n d t h e ed the blaze after seeing fire and chicken farming community.” CHICKENS, from page A3

$7.35M aside for capital spending BUDGET, from page A4 the cost cutting. Bjorgaard cautioned that while there is an average zero increase in municipal taxes, some home owners who saw an 0.07 per cent change or more in their B.C. Assessments may see an increase in their property tax. He a l s o n o t e d Mi s s i o n doesn’t have control over school, hospital or Fraser Valley Regional District taxes. Mission’s water and sewer rates will go up two per cent in 2012. Historically residential tax revenues have surpassed commercial property revenues, but this is forecast to reverse in 2012 as non-residential taxes from new construction (such as Walmart) will surpass residential taxes. “That was a positive circumstance we hope will continue going forward. We have

to work at closing the gap between residential and nonresidential assessment,” said Bjorgaard. The district has set aside $7.35 million for capital spending, including $1 million for energy efficiency upgrades in district facilities, $1.1 million for pavement upgrades, and $1.8 million for vehicles and equipment replacement. It will contribute $500,000 to the University of Fraser Valley’s new computer design program, to be housed at Heritage Park Centre. The budget is scheduled to be back before the council on April 2, at which time the councillors may make amendments before they pass it, said Bjorgaard. ◗ Taxpayers can still submit their comments to the district until March 23.

FUNDING FOR STUDENTS, NOT FOR WAGE HIKES. The BCTF is demanding a 15 per cent wage hike and other benefits that would cost $2 billion and raise taxes for BC families. Virtually all other public sector unions have settled for no wage increases. It’s unacceptable that schools are disrupted and that students and their families are inconvenienced over an unreasonable salary demand in difficult economic times. The union is making claims and demands that simply don’t add up.



The union wants more paid time outside the classroom – sick leave for teachers on call, expanded bereavement and discretionary leave.

The government wants more time for teacher training and to ensure that Pro-D days really are for professional development.

The union says all teaching positions should be selected on the basis of seniority.

The government supports seniority but qualifications must also count so that math teachers teach math, and science teachers teach science.

The union says that teachers who perform poorly in evaluations will be dismissed – ‘one strike and you’re out’.

The government wants to support teacher improvement through a standardized evaluation process.

The union says that government refuses to negotiate.

There has been over a year of negotiations and 78 full bargaining sessions.

The union says that class size limits have been eliminated.

Class size limits will remain in place on all grades across BC.

The union says that BC has 700 fewer special needs teachers.

2100 new teaching assistants have been hired since 2001. And, with a new $165 million Learning Improvement Fund, we will hire more.

It’s time to focus on what matters most in education – BC’s students. That’s why we are focused on per-student funding which is at an all time high, not on wage increases. We all want to do more to make BC’s education system even better. It’s the driving force behind BC’s Education Plan that teachers, parents and students are helping to shape. Teachers care about their students. Parents care about their children’s future.




Don’t let IBS keep you indoors Traditional Chinese Medicine can be your secret weapon

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ost people will have digestion problems at times during their lives. This often will be an upset stomach from eating too much in one sitting. However, the actual causes of some digestion problems are so difficult to understand and explain that the medical system refers to them as a syndrome. One such syndrome is Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is becoming an increasingly diagnosed problem that afflicts many people here in North America. IBS is an intestinal disorder causing a variety of symptoms that may include cramping, abdominal pain, gas, bloating and irregular bowels. Some people with IBS have diarrhea or frequent loose stools, while others have constipation resulting in infrequent bowel movements that are difficult to pass. Other IBS sufferers will experience alternating diarrhea and constipation. IBS symptoms are frequently triggered by stress, emotional factors

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Dr. Chris Vallee of Abbotsford says Traditional Chinese Medicine, including Chinese herbs and acupuncture, can offer relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. or from their diet. IBS is the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disease seen by general practitioners and makes up 30-50 per cent of all referrals to GI specialists. Women are affected three times more than men, with the average age of onset being between 20 and 40. Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient healing system that has been evolving for the last 3,000 years. It started with the use of simple

foods, better known as Chinese herbs, to help strengthen the body to fight off disease. Acupuncture is a tool of TCM in which very fine needles are inserted into the body to help balance the body’s natural energy system in order to treat ailments in the body such as pain and disease. TCM has been found to be a very useful tool in treating IBS. In Western see IBS, page A14

elieve it or not, spring is here and with the promised (albeit not yet delivered) change in the weather, comes the start of a new sports season. Whatever your passion is – golf, soccer, baseball, football or ultimate frisbee – sports provide a fun way to get active and improve or maintain one’s health. With any sport comes the risk of injury. Fortunately, with a little foresight that risk can be significantly reduced. Ideally, athletes should continue exercising during their off-seasons and keep using the muscles they’ll draw upon when their season resumes. “It’s a good idea to be training in the off season to train your body for the actions of that sport,” says chiropractor Jenn Turner, who runs Optimum Sport Performance & Health Centre and works with Canada’s national cycling

programs. “Any good personal trainer or exercise program will include movements your body will be doing while you’re doing that sport.” Not everybody is that disciplined. Sometimes the first step, as Fraser Valley Physiotherapy’s Rennert Hinlopen notes, is to “get off the couch and get active again.” Athletes should ease their way back up to their peak condition, with the rule of thumb being to increase their activity by 10 per cent each week. For intense team sports, cardiovascular activities are also important to acclimatize the body to intense activity. Beyond preparing for a sport, such activities are key to long-term health as well. Even once you get in shape, you’re still not ready to dash out onto that field and engage the opposition. Stretching is the most obvious short-term way to stop see SPORTS, page A14

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Grab your kettleball MIKE BATES For the Times


t’s not often I can say that I have learned a new exercise that has far-reaching benefits for a large part of the population. Don’t confuse this with learning in general, in this arena most days of the week I’m taking in something new. The new exercise is one I have known about for a few years but only recently started to incorporate into my workout. The name is one you will not soon forget: The Turkish Get Up, or TGU for short. I have a demonstration of this exercise on my blog, which you can get to from my website at Please keep in mind that I am still learning this movement, so for the few out there that have mastered this exercise, you may be able to pick out some technical errors but overall I think I have progressed fairly well. The great thing about TGU is it involves all kinds of muscles and is also very functional when it comes to everyday activities. When you see this movement for this first time, you may say “when in the world would I ever need to do this?” If you break down the movements into four or five different segments, you’ll clearly see the real world applicability. This is definitely one of those movements that’s easier seen then described so make sure to have a look at my blog. The only piece of equipment used for TGU is a kettlebell. While you could do this movement with a regular dumb bell or some other similar piece of equipment, the

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How to beat ‘leaky gut’ the natural way IBS, from page A12 medicine, IBS is identified by a group of symptoms that weaken the body. In TCM, we see that system is out of balance and needs to be adjusted so that it can function properly. Stress is treated in TCM by working with the liver, because the liver deals with emotional problems. Western medicine defines one of the liver’s functions as a filter to remove toxins from the body. If the liver becomes toxic, the body will become toxic as well and give symptoms like loose stools, diarrhea, pain, bloating, gas, etc. In looking at treating the body with pharmaceutical medicine, we must understand the effects of adding chemicals if the body is already toxic. This may be why so many people are told that they will have to

live with their disorder and stay on their medicine, as it is only treating the symptom and not the problem. IBS is also referred to as ‘leaky gut,’ where toxins leak into the body causing the body to become less healthy. By combining acupuncture and Chinese herbs, TCM treats the imbalance in the body so that the body can heal itself. When the body begins to heal you see the symptoms begin to disappear and the patient feels better. When we remove toxins from the body we naturally feel better and can be encouraged by this improved feeling to continue to eat healthier and reduce the need for supplements. Our body will then properly absorb the nutrients from the food we consume, which is a function of a healthy body. The most amazing thing

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injuries before they start. Hinlopen notes that the way athletes stretch before their sports has changed in recent years. Trainers are now stressing the importance of dynamic, rather than passive, stretching. Rather than plopping themselves up against a wall or standing in place to stretch leg muscles, athletes are now encouraged to stretch while moving in ways that simulate actual game activity. In soccer, for example, Hinlopen says that “instead of passively stretching, we’re doing kicking motions in the walking now. They’re more functional stretches.” The passive stretching returns after the game or practice as athletes wind down. Hinlopen said that those who have only passively stretched throughout their sporting lives (like this writer) can draw on YouTube to learn about some of the most popular active stretching techniques. Injuries do happen – but just because you’re hurting doesn’t mean you need to see a doctor. “It’s important to know the difference between an injury and soreness,” said Turner.

“An injury is usually quite sharp and painful where soreness is that all-over dull achiness.” If you are sore, Turner says to remember the acronym RICE, which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. “If your pain doesn’t resolve within a couple of days of doing your RICE, that’s when I would go to see a health professional,” says Turner. If you do get hurt, you should make sure your injury is fully healed before putting it in an intense game situation. But that doesn’t mean foregoing any use of the injured body part, according to Teri Taman, a kinesiologist with KiNRG Sports Therapy and head trainer for the Chilliwack Huskers. “Keeping it moving is actually a good idea,” said Taman. “It keeps the blood flow moving, it brings fresh blood to the area that contain nutrients and things the body needs to heal. “My biggest advice to people is to listen to your body: if it’s sharp pain, if it hurts too much, don’t do it. You want to push your body a little bit . . . But there’s a big difference between feeling uncomfortable and pain, and you don’t want to push yourself into the point of pain.”


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Challenge yourself in Abbotsford’s Healthy Community Challenge. Register and enter to win a 90-day recreation centre membership. Sign up at or find details at the local rec centres.

Baby time at library

Baby literature on March 23, Mondays, April 16 and 23 and Fridays, May 11 and 18, 10:30 -10:50 a.m. at the Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way Abbotsford. Phone 604-8597814 ext. 229. Children’s literature, song, rhythm and rhyme will be enjoyed by you and your wee one up to 23 months. Registration appreciated but not required.

Christian singles

Christian singles meet Saturday nights, doors open at 6 p.m., at 31929 Mercantile Way, Abbotsford. March 24, skating at noon. Call 604824-8587 or 604-504-0494 for more.

Blue herons and kids

Play outside: Wildlife Explorers spring break camp is at the Great Blue Heron Reserve. Enjoy outdoor games, nature activities and wildlife art from March 19 – 23 for kids aged 7 to 12 years. Also Family Nature Festival March 23 & 24, at 5200 Sumas Prairie Rd., Chilliwack. For information contact herons@ shawbiz. ca or 604-823-6603 or see www.chilliwackblueheron. com.

Wimpy Wednesday

On March 21 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., celebrate Wimpy Kid Wednesday at the Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford with trivia, crafts, games. For kids in grades 1-5. Phone 604-859-7814 ext. 229 to register.

Mission genealogy

March 22 at 7 p.m. Mission Genealogy Club meets at the Mission Library, 33247

Second Ave., for its annual general meeting and election, followed by individual help for those conducting family history search.

Social media bootcamp

Learning Plus presents the Doukhobors on March 20, with David Giesbrecht. Go to Social Media Bootcamp on March 22, with David Thomson. These classes for seniors run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd., Abbotsford. Fee is $5 plus entrance to the ARC. Call 604-302-1685 or see www.

Purple Pirate

Purple Pirate family comedy will be at the Mission Library, 33247 Second Avenue, on March 20 from 11 – 11:45 a.m. Call 604-826-6610.

and Go on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March, while Chair Yoga goes on until April 12 on Thursdays at Lifetime learning Centre, 32444 Seventh Ave., Mission. Call 604-820-0220.

Community events To list an event hosted or sponsored by a non-profit group in Abbotsford or Mission, upload it directly to our website:, or send an e-mail with a succinct, 75-word description of the event including day, date, time and address to, or drop off at 30887 Peardonville Rd, Abbotsford. interested in volunteering in several areas of the hospital. Contact Anne Galts at 604-852-6822 for information.

Arthritis support

Abbotsford Mission Arthritis Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Abby genealogy

Abbotsford Genealogy Society meets March 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Clearbrook Library , 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford. Jim Harris talks about Canadian military records. All welcome, door prizes. Bring along military memorabilia and questions. See

at Abbotsford Church of the Nazarene, 2390 McMillan Rd., Abbotsford. Share information, education and support. Everyone welcome. Call Terry Davies at 604-8538138 or email koipond@

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Mission businesswomen

Business and Professional Women’s Club of Mission meets for lunch March 28, from 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Cedarbrooke Chateau on 32331 7th Ave., Mission. Keynote speaker: Fiona Douglas-Crampton of the Minerva Foundation on women as mentors. BPW members $15, guests $20. Register before March 26 at midnight to bpw., 604615-0365 or on Facebook. com/BPWMission. Also see

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Healing grief

The Tabor Home Society presents Healing Grief, on March 21 from 1:30 – 3 p.m., with speaker Maryanne Balzer of the Abbotsford Hospice Society, at Tabor Court Chapel, 31954 Sunrise Cres., Abbotsford. RSVP to 604859-8715, ext. 101.


Upcycle old clothes

Teens, turn old clothes into new fashion on March 22 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave. Make a used T-shirt into a bag or a tank top, zippers into flowers, and more. Bring an old T-shirt, for ages 12-18. Call the library at 604826-6610 for details.

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Get your game on March 24 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave. Show off your gaming skills on our Wii, or try your hand at one of our crazy board games. There will be snacks. For ages 1018. For more information, call 604-826-6610.

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an informal support group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men. They meet March 30 (the last Friday of the month). For meeting location, call Art 604-4629813 or Don 604-329-9760.

Mission Toastmasters meets Saturdays at the Cedarbrooke Chateau 32331 – 7th Ave., Mission theatre room, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. See

Leadership workshops

Mission Chamber of Commerce offers Building Community Leadership workshops for volunteers. See details at or call 604826-6914.

Moms’ morning out

Aldergrove Alliance Church, 26291 28th Ave., Aldergrove, has drop-in Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with sitting for infants and Bumblebees preschool, coffee, chats, crafts. Call church office at 604-856-3447. Spring session runs from March 27 – May 29.

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MSA Museum hosts the Fraser Valley Regional Heritage Fair on April 11-12 at Tradex, with more than 180 students competing for a spot at the B.C. Heritage Fair, which will be in Abbotsford from June 29 to July 4. If you would like to be a judge, contact Cindy Rowell at 604-9963798 or at hfcoordinator@ See also for more details.

Bradner Flower Show

The 84th annual Bradner Flower Show, Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Rd., is on April 13, 14 & 15th 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Celebrating the Gourmet in the Garden.

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Free movies for teens: Inception on March 21, 5 – 8 p.m., at the Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson


Abbotsford Lions final poker tourney is March 31, in support of the Abbotsford Police Torch Run for Special Olympics. Doors open at 6 p.m., at Ag-Rec Gallery, 32470 Haida Dr., Abbotsford. Must be 19 or older. Tickets $50, for info email to:

Seniors over 60, take in free weekly cooking sessions until April 19 at All Saints’ Anglican Church, 33077 2nd Ave., Mission, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn to make meals for one or two, cook delicious food, make new friends. Register at the Women`s Resource Society at 604-820-8455 or admin@

On March 31, Abbotsford Skating Club presents Icing the Red Carpet Ice Show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at MSA Arena, 2323 Emerson St., Abbotsford. Visit for details.

The Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, celebrates World Culture Day March 29, 6 – 8 p.m. with refreshments and performances from China, India, Ukraine, Scotland. Call 604-859-7814 for more.

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limate change will be – is – changing the foods we eat in Canada. Ask local farmers, and they know their growing seasons are shifting. Chilliwack corn and blueberr ies are some of the common foods we find in the Fraser Valley that may be affected, and what of the wild foods that flavour our Canadian cuisine? How will these adapt to warming trends in our northern climes? This topic will be addressed by the next speaker for the UFV Centre for Environmental Sustainability seminar talks – Dr. Lenore Newman, a specialist in environmental studies with a strong interest in sustainability. She joined the University of the Fraser Valley last fall as its second Canada Research Chair. Newman is a proponent of protecting our food security in Canada, and particularly


UFV’s Dr. Lenore Newman shares changing climate food strategies. in this region. While we take pride in our local Fraser Valley foods, nothing is guaranteed unless steps are taken to preserve

the farmland and wild habitat needed to produce food, she said in the fall 2011 issue of UFV’s Skookum magazine. Canada’s cuisine – things

like wild salmon, wild berries, the crops we grow – reflects the fact we live in a cold climate. But climate change poses a threat to the economic and cultural continuity of these key products. Over the last six months Newman has been working in partnership with Simon Fraser University to plan climate adaptation strategies for key Canadian foods. In her presentation she will describe examples of resilient food system planning from across the country. Newman’s discussion on From a Cold Country: Climate Adaptation and Canadian Culinary Identity takes place at UFV’s Abbotsford campus on March 20 at 7 p.m. (tonight), in Room B101, the lecture theatre. The lecture is free for the public to attend. UFV is at 33844 King Road, Abbotsford. – CHRISTINA TOTH/TIMES


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Team BC skip Dennis Graber provides direction for the stone in Saturday’s action of the Canadian Seniors Curling Championship at ARC. Competition runs all week, until Sunday.

wenty-six teams from across Canada are in Abbotsford for the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships this week at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre. “With the competition, we’re very pleased with how smoothly things are going, with the excellent calibre of curling,” said Soren Jensen, chair of the event. “It’s early in the week but both the Alberta men and women are the class of the competition so far,” he added. After last weekend, the Alberta men are 3-0 and women are 3-0, tied with Ontario. Many of the competitors have curled in the Brier and Scottie playdowns, said Jensen. Team BC is represented by the Graber rink from the Prince George Curling Club. The women are the Shantz rink from the Nanaimo Curling Club. As of Sunday night, the men have won two games and lost one, and the B.C. women have lost two games and won one. As the week unfolds, things will start to change and the top teams




Team BC skip Dennis Graber takes aim in match against Yukon on Saturday at ARC. Garnet Boese is left, David Johnston is right. B.C. won 8-2. will separate from the others. The round robin competition ends on Thursday night, and the top four teams will start playoffs on Friday with tiebreakers if needed. With world class ice at the ARC, courtesy of B.J. Gagnon and Smart Ice of Abbotsford, and a week of entertainment planned at the Patch (also known as the Abbotsford Curling Club), com-

petitors and fans are in for a high calibre event. “As organizers we’re very, very pleased and the competitors are very happy with the hospitality and are over the moon with the facilities we have in Abbotsford,” said Jensen. Semifinals will take place on Saturday, with the finals starting on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Pilots rally to take lead in series 3-2



he Abbotsford Pilots were up three games to two in playoff action against the Aldergrove Kodiaks, with the sixth game on the line last night (details not available by press deadline). After losing their first two contests in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League (PIJHL) Harold Brittain Conference second round early last week, the Pilots gave their fans at MSA Arena something to cheer about as they rallied for three straight wins Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. “We went four straight in the other series [against the Port Moody Black Panthers]. We were off for over a week and it took us a little while to get our legs back and into the rhythm of playing hockey again,” said head coach Jim Cowden. “[The Kodiaks] are a good-skating

team. We had a lot of opportunities and their goalie played well. We had to find a way to get to their goalie.” Aldergrove netminder Ross Baadsvik was superlative in stopping all but four Pilots’ shots in Game 2 on Wednesday night, even as Abbotsford out-shot the Kodiaks 60-51. “We’re pretty good offensively, we play well as a team,” said Cowden of his team’s comeback performance on the weekend. “Our defence is good, our goaltending is solid. We adjusted on our penalty kill and kind of held them off.” Cowden hoped for a win Monday night, but wasn’t making any predictions. “They’re a good team, they came first, we came second [in the conference]. We have a lot of work to do, putting in the time and effort and hopefully it goes our way.” – JEAN KONDA-WITTE/TIMES The seventh and final game, if necessary, goes Tuesday night in Abbotsford Pilots’ defenseman Eric Roberts braces to hit Aldergrove’s Alex Feighan in Friday night action at MSA Arena. The Pilots beat the Kodiaks 5-1. Aldergrove.




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wisters boys Dawson Friesen, Cohen Kiers and Curtis Oliver cleaned up in the medal haul in gymnastics at the BC Winter Games recently in Vernon. “They all really surprised me,” said coach Jonathan Osers. “They really upped their game for this competition. They were really consistent. They hit all their routines over two days.” Friesen, 12, grabbed gold, Kiers, 12, silver and Oliver, 13, bronze in the all-around. Emily Moorthy, 11, added a silver as Tw i s t e r s athletes helped their Fraser Valley Zone 3 bring home the team gold. At the recent Surrey Classic EMILY MOORTHY Invitational, Twisters athletes brought home 30 medals from the men’s side and 14 on the women’s side. At the Provincial 2 zone trial Lizann Steenkamp and Jadyn Ansell of Abbotsford and Paula Melger-Ida of Aldergrove earned a chance to compete at the 2012 B.C. Championships. Individual results – women

From Abbotsford: Emily Moorthy (provincial level 5 Tyro): gold on vault Lizann Steenkamp (provincial level 2 Tyro): silver on vault, silver on bars Jadyn Ansell (provincial level 2 Tyro): bronze on vault From Mission: Tamara Skulstad (provincial level 3 Argo): silver on beam; bronze all-around Brienna Gaspar (provincial level 3 Argo): silver on floor Lexi Gaspar (provincial level 2 Novice): silver on bars

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Twisters gymnasts Dawson Friesen, left, gold, Curtis Oliver, bronze, and Cohen Kiers, silver in all-around, had a huge medal haul at the BC Winter Games in Vernon recently. “They really upped their game for this competition. They hit all their routines over two days,” said their coach Jonathan Osers.

The 17th annual Twisters Invitational Competition, which will include trials to the Western Canadian Championships and the National Championships, is this weekend, March 22-25, at the Ag Rec Building at Exhibition Park, 32470 Haida Dr., Abbotsford. Spectators are welcome.



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Are you passionate about photography? The NOW Newspaper, serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra, has an opening for a part-time photographer. We publish twice a week in a suburban market with a population of more than 220,000. We’re looking for a team player with exceptional photography skills and a positive attitude, a keen interest in community journalism and the desire to take on new tasks, such as shooting video and connecting with readers via social media. The successful applicant will have experience shooting for a community or daily newspaper — either as a staffer or a freelancer — as well as their own equipment, a reliable vehicle and a willingness to go beyond the standard few shots per assignment. Some advertising work will be required, as will weekly photo galleries including up to 40 photos. The workweek will consist of three 7.5-hour daytime shifts, from Tuesday through Thursday, with flexibility required to shoot evening assignments, as well as to switch days if required. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and six of your best photos (depicting a variety of styles, including spot news, feature, sports and portrait/ personality) to Leneen Robb, Editor, The NOW, 201A 3430 Brighton Ave., Burnaby, B.C., V5A 3H4 or (with “job application” in the subject line). Photos should be jpg format and about one megabyte in size each. The deadline to apply for this position is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


2135 Health Care

REGISTERED NURSES needed for PT/FT/Csl for LTC facilities in Lngly/Msn/Abbts. Fax resumes: 604-519-1552 or e:


Hotel Restaurant

COOK NEEDED for Tues & Wed. Dishwasher needed for Thursday to Sunday. Must be able to read and speak english fluently. Bring resume to 31401 Livingstone Ave, Abbots. 7am3pm, Mon-Fri. No phone calls! GREEK ISLANDS 3 (South Fraseway Location) req. a Full time Greek Cook, 40hr/wk minwith 3-5 yrs exp. $11/hr to start. Fax resume to 604-859-1632


requires experienced Server. ‘‘Serving It Right’’ required. Resume to: Attn: Natalie 34555 Vosburgh Ave., Mission


Retail Sales


(The best of as seen on TV) Is opening in Seven Oaks Mall in Abbotsford now hiring FT & PT sales associates. Must be outgoing and enjoy meeting new people. Great wages and bonuses to the right people. Please email resume to:

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FLOOR COVERING SALES Largest inventory and showroom in the valley. Experience not necessary, training provided. Must be motivated, sales driven with high expectations, willingness, desire, & aptitude to develop a career in floor coverings. Must have presentable & reliable vehicle. Apply to: Fax 604-820-8959

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Teachers/ Instructors



Montessori School

Hiring for Langley

Teachers for May 1 Certified ECE with Montessori preferred.

Excellent salary and benefits. Email resume to: Or call Aldona or Andy: 604-513-3375



CABINET JOURNEYMAN or third/fourth year apprentice needed for busy cabinet shop. Duties include cutting custom cabinets, ordering materials and general shop maintenance. Commercial and residential experience mandatory, as well as the ability to read and interpret shop drawings. Some training will be provided. Wages will depend on ability and experience. Benefits are provided after 3 month probationary period. Please send your resume by fax to (250)785-9515 or Email: Professional references required. ROCK CONSTRUCTION & MINING INC. requires a Heavy Duty Mechanic. This person will possess the technical knowledge to diagnose and repair hydraulic systems, CAT engines and hold a certified welding ticket. Travel will be required. Competitive wage and benefits. Send resume to: or fax: 250-828-1948 SOUTH ROCK has positions for road construction workers, BASE - heavy equipment operators (Finish Grader Op). Asphalt (paver, roller, screed, raker). Heavy Duty Mechanic (service truck). General labourers. Forward resume to: Fax 403-568-1327; WELDERS AGI-Envirotank in Biggar, SK. requires journeymen welders. Relocation to Biggar required. $30hr DOE. Oilfield tank assembly experience would be an asset. Company offers a comprehensive benefit package. Send resume to: or fax: 306-948-5263.


PRO-LINE CONSTRUCTION Materials is a leading supplier of construction materials. We are currently looking for qualified full time WAREHOUSE PERSON for our Maple Ridge branch. Must have forklift certificate, construction material, shipping & receivng experience., comfortable with inside sales, office work & good comunication skils, and must be able to work alone. We offer a competitive hourly wage, benefits as well as a RRSP plan. Email resume attn Andy Mrak to: WELDERS/FITTERS REQUIRED for busy Edmonton structural steel shop. Top compensation, full benefits, indoor heated work, relocation assistance. Fax resume: 780-939-2181 or

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Lumber/Building Supplies



Antiques, Art, Jewerly, Millitaria, etc. Don’t give it away! We Buy it!!

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Food Products

MUST SELL (Ltd.) Will deal 24x36, 39x57, 60x100; 40 year paint (Steel Bldgs) Pro-Rated freight to site. Erection Avail. Source# 1O5 1-866-609-4321


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General Labourer

for Project Doors. Permanent F/T, starting wage $10.50hr. Benefits (aft 6 mos). Exp. an asset, willing to train. Fax resume to 604-557-9420 or drop off in person, #1 - 2592 Mt. Lehman Rd. Abbotsford.




The Langley Advance has an immediate opening for a full time experienced Advertising Sales Consultant. Utilizing your strong outside sales experience you will be responsible for: • the management of an established territory • developing successful advertising programs – digital and print • prospecting and securing new business • meeting or exceeding client expectations This position requires great attention to detail, the ability to multi-task, prioritize work, and the personality to excel in our deadline driven environment. Strong communication skills are essential to your success. The ideal candidate will possess: • previous media sales experience, or recent sales / marketing diploma • passion for community involvement • proven track record of success • strong written and verbal communication skills • willingness to work as part of a winning sales team • valid B.C. drivers license and reliable vehicle • self-motivation and a desire to WIN If you are interested in this position; Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to: Shannon Balla, Sales Manager No later than Friday, March 23, 2012.


Beauticians/ Barbers





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GORGEOUS PB ROTTI puppies, family raised, vet checked, 1st shots, Chwk 604-794-3505







MIN SCHNAUZER, 10 y.o. male, 'Max', we are moving, needs loving home. $ to approved fam. 604-340-1920 (Ladner)

ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding, $399+. 604-590-3727 or 604-514-3474

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BERNESE Mountain Dog Puppies Three females left. Vet checked and ready for new homes. Langley. $950 Call: (778) 241-5504

ADORABLE Chihuahua Puppies from Mexico 1 m, 1 f. $650 each. (604) 358-6878

BEAGLES, 1 male 11mos, 1 female 14mos. tricolor, healthy, happy, $350ea. Call 604-701-1587

AMERICAN Pitbull. Black, male, 1 yr old, pure bred. All shots & deworming. $275. 604 819-5431

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Houses - Sale

6020-01 ED GOSS Park Georgia Realty

SELLING /BUYING Serving you for 28 years Call 604-644-0141


Condos/ Townhouses


New Westminster

1 BR. Uptown New West Condo, Best Price on MLS, $155,000 Bright, Price reduced $8,800. Going to Calgary, 650 Sq. Ft. Full Reno, Pool, Prkg, 7 Blocks to New West Skytrain, big rooms, Dog OK. Call Cindy Gering at 604-779-1292 Royal Lepage


Real Estate

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MAREMMA Sheepdog 8 weeks Purebreed puppies need a home! $250. Call (778) 888-3987 6 BR home from $23,600 down $2,180/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock




RICK EDEN 604-854-4888 FREE Property Evaluation


S. Surrey/ White Rock

5BDRM /5BTH 15285 29 Ave, Surrey (South) Custom home, Near Shopping, Parks & other amenities. A must see! $839,800 Call: (604) 339-0706 3BDRM/1BTH 13231 Amble Greene Place Open House Sat Mar 24 & 31 $899,000. Located Ocean Park area. Large yard. 778-989-6397



Mobile Homes


673 Homes 62 businesses FSBO Sell your home, only $99. 604-574-5243 Surrey Sullivan nr new, 3043sf 3br 2.5ba, suite potential $599K 598-9225 id5488 Vanc 1160 Burrard, 672+188sf office space leased to dr $375K 572-2785 id5509


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Out Of Town Property

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SPRING CLEANING SPECIAL! $22 per hour (tax incl.) Supreme Bean Cleaning 778-242-5326


* 2,750 sqft. * .95 Acres * 4 Bedrooms * 3.25 Bathrooms * Oversized 2 Car Garage * Carport & Outbuilding * Drive onto Beautiful Samish Island, just North of Anacortes, Wa., to this custom Craftsman home with 25 feet of waterfront with adjacent road access. Park like setting. Two level exotic wood deck with views of Padilla Bay. Master with high ceilings, walk in closet, attached bath and solid Carerra marble surfaces. Bonus room upstairs. Extensive hardwoods, solid fir doors, walkin pantry, plenty of indoor storage, maple cabinets. For more information pls call:

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Paving/Seal Coating

ALLEN ASPHALT concrete, brick, drains, foundations, walls, membranes 604-618-2304/ 820-2187

Call for Specials! Spacious Bach, 1 BR, 2 BR & 3 BR Apts. Rent incls heat & hot water. Resident Mgr.

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Legal Services

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Inquire about our rent incentives


Townhouses - Rent

NEWLY RENOVATED $990 per month + utilities 3 BR + 1 ½ Baths – 2 Levels 1,100 sq ft and a fenced back yard

For more info call Ingrid 604-792-8317 or 1-877-515-6696 or Email:

WOODBINE TOWNHOUSES 9252 Hazel St., Chilliwack, BC Move-In Incentive! Our Gated 5-acre Complex is Quiet and Family Oriented!


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Travel Destinations

IF YOU own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.


SUNDAY • Noon to 3 BROOKSWOOD ESTATE Unit 23 - 3931 - 198 St, Langley 2 BR single mobile, OWN lot, storage shed, 55 + Park. Pets OK. RV Parking. Maint fee $100/mo. $139,900. Agents ok. Open to Offers. By Owner. 604-309-5974


Financial Services

Call 1-866-690-3328


1975 - 12 x 68 Mobile Home, 3 BR, 2 bth, $29,900, large lot for kids. Pets ok. Call 604-830-1960

Mobile Homes Service Work Available 604-393-3087




1978 - 14’ Wide 2 BR, 1 bth, in Ruskin MHP, $39,900 with $499 pad rent. Pet OK. 604-830-1960


NEW SRI 1152 sq ft, 3 BR, dbl wide $77,900. Full gyproc single wide $66,900. Repossessions 1974-2007. Call 604-830-1960


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For Sale by Owner

New and Used Homes Park Spaces Available

SAVE A LIFE. Wonderful rescue dogs from Foreclosed Upon Pets. Spay/neutered, regular vaccinations & rabies, microchipped. $449 adoption fee, avail at your local Petcetera stores.

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guar’d. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

25 yr. Gold Master Medallion Recipient

3BDRM / 2BTH - $615,000 21 - 251 West 14th St. North Vancouver Open house Sunday 2-4pm Call: (604) 728-6898 email:

Mobile Homes


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2BDRM / 2BTH 1104-1320 Chesterfield Ave North Vancouver. $650,000 Open house this weekend!!! 12-2pm INVESTOR ALERT!

Mobile Homes

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North Vancouver

BY OWNER brand new 2 br, 2 bath, fp, Central Lonsdale Polygon’s Anderson Walk. View, immed occupancy. 980sf $669,000 604-988-6820


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SHIH TZU puppies, male & female, $500. Ph 1-604-861-1477 or 1-604-793-3870 - Chilliwack




FAMILY MAN w/truck for yard & home clean ups, light moves, odd jobs & scrap rem. 604-820-2383.

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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


Houses - Rent

5 BDRM house, 5 appl, 2 bdrm ste, both avail May 1. own w/d, sep entr, ns np, 604-504-5842 ABBY 3 br & den, 2 bath, wood fp, 2 decks, garage, ns, np. $1400 avail May 1st 604-789-2492 MISSION 3 BR upper flr, newly renovated, near amen. Solarium, w/d, d/w, fenced yard, quiet area $1150/mo. N/P. (604)764-7478 MISSION; 5TH Ave, VIEW, 3 BR house, W/D, fnd/yrd, garage. Near all lev schools, Pet negot. Av Apr 1. $1500. 604-765-3340 STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● LANGLEY - 4 - 20159 68th Ave, TOWNHOUSE, 3bd, bright, quiet, family end unit, garage...$1,488/M Call Kristen today (604)786-4663



ABBOTSFORD ROOMS $450. 604-854-1000


Suites/Partial Houses

1 BD Yarrow above grnd, lge yard, vaulted ceilings, own entr & parking, $650 avail now. 604-799-0003 2 BR bsmt ste, nr Fraser Valley College, $1000 incl utils, avail immed. 604-807-2160


Townhouses Rent

3BDRM/1.5BTH Mission Twnhs recent reno, fp, $1175. April 1, 604-855-8806, 614-2590


office/retail suites & partial houses




shared accommodation

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Auto Miscellaneous


Luxury Cars

FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 DLN 30309. Free Delivery. WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in March, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1-888-593-6095.


1995 FERRARI F355 GTB. Meticulously cared for. Canadian car. Recent full engine out service, new clutch and release bearing, Tubi exhaust, Hyperflow cats, wheel spacers. Drives and looks perfect! A must see! $54,900. Call 778-834-6069

2005 ASTON Martin DB9. 'James Bond style car!' Silver metallic. 23,000 km. 6.0, V12, 450 hp. New tires. 1 owner. You deserve the best! $87,980. 604-781-7614. 2007 BMW 525I, black, loaded, leather, sunroof, very clean, 122K, $26,500. 604-999-4097

2001 Acura CL

Fully loaded 2001 Acura CL in great condition inside and out, and runs really well. • Black on black leather interior • Power everything (seats, mirrors, windows, sunroof) • Heated front seats • 6 disc CD player with bose sound system • Automatic transmission with triptronic shifting • Comes with winter, and all season tires; both in great shape • Air conditioning • 109,000 km • HID headlights • Dual exhaust

Asking $7,500 Please call 604.316.4342

2007 PT CRUISER. Hot deal! Auto, low kms, very clean. Cream exterior, grey interior. A/C. Mag wheels. Spoiler. Aircared. Rear wiper. $6,995 obo. 778-242-2018


2008 PONTIAC WAVE, auto, 4 dr sedan, high kms, runs great, white, $4850 firm. 604-538-4883



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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

1988 TOYOTA P/U, ext, 5 sp, V6, 4x4, $1675. 1992 TOYOTA P/U, ext, 5 sp, raised, V6, 4x4, $2350, D9921 in Abbts. toll free 1-877-855-6522 1989 CHEV 2500 X-cab, short box, 225,000 kms, V8 auto, new alt, Air cared May 2012. No rust, must sell, good work truck $1500 obo 604-202-2262 1991 TOYOTA 4runner, V6, new tires, gd cond, 350K, all new parts, $6500 obo, 604-980-6118 1992 DODGE Dakota pick-up, extra cab, auto, a/c, V6, aircared, runs good $1100obo. 604-984-7574

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2006 LINCOLN LS, 1 owner 26,000K, garage kept, immac, loaded, dark wine colour ext, blk leather int, $18,500 + HST. Call 604 584-4704 or 778 228-2721

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1992 JEEP YJ, new rear end & soft top, no rust, 4 cyl std, runs well. $3100 Call 778-847-1512

2002 CHEV Trailblazer Ltd, 7 pass full load,new trans, new snows, $7,700 778-847-1512

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• Auto • Trucks • Equipment Removal We pay up to $300 cash

2002 MAZDA B3000 ext cab, very clean, box cover & liner, 118k, $5500 obo. 604-574-9630

2004 GMC Envoy XUV, 96,500km silver, 1 owner, V6 4.2L $16,999 A/cared 2013. 604.318.9890

2007 DODGE Ram 3500 Diesel $31,900 (604) 835-7655 # 8291


Sports & Imports


2008 CHEVROLET Impala 93K $9,100 (604) 835-7655 # 8291


604 612-7182 2008 CHRYSLER 300 Touring $12,500. (604) 835-7655 Clearwaybc,ca # 8291 3094 Westwood St, Port Coq 604 945-4999. 2925 Murray St, Port Moody 604 461-7995.

2000 CIVIC Coupe si, auto, grey, 2 dr, exc cnd, 133K, all pwr, moon roof, $4,500obo. 604-710-9670

We Pay up to $100 to $1200 Cash for all Scrap Cars, Trucks & Machinery. FREE P/U No Wheels - No Problem!


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CHEVY UPLANDER 2005. V-6, auto, 7 pass., grey, A/C, power locks & windows, cruise, tilt, 93K km. Runs very well. $6,400. 604-241-2530 or 604-375-2570

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2000 GEORGETOWN. 26 foot. Must sell!! GMC Vortex motor. 4,000 Onan Genset. Front air lifts, 2-way fridge. Very clean! Queen bed, large bathroom. Tv & DVD player, bsmt storage, new front tires & spare tire! 39,900 km. $27,000. Denis, 604-618-4142. 2001 27 ft Ford Motorhome 450 super duty, V10 pwr, island bed, ent ctre, slp 4, as new $21,000 due to illness 604-929-7575


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2008 VW Passat Wagon, 2.0T, silver, loaded, auto, low kms, wrty, no accid, non smoker, alarm, immac, $20,800 obo, 604-980-7675

Aluminum Boat Wanted, 10, 12 or 14 ft, with or without motor or trailer. Will pay $. 604-319-5720

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2004 PONTIAC Grand Prix GT 125,000k, green, by owner $5900 obo 604.418.4346 or 467.6602


Sports & Imports


1984 PONTIAC TRANS AM, 19,577 kms. 1 owner, new paint No accid. $1700obo 604-395-2778

1994 BUICK Park Ave V6, full load, air cared, 114 kms, lady driven, 1 owner $2495 obo. 604-792-6367


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Scrap Car Removal


#1 FREE Scrap Vehicle Removal Ask about $500 Credit!!! $$ PAID for Some 604.683.2200

1997 PORSCHE 911 C2S Wide body. Silver on black. Last of the air cooled, hand built 911’s. Tiptronic. Mint cond. Many extras! 117K km. $36,999. 604-630-2500




2002 JAGUAR S-type, 3L, green color, 4 dr sedan, 118km, loaded, tan leather, 2nd owner, new tires, sunroof, htd seats, prem. sound system. $8500. 778-892-9924

2005 AUDI S4. Quattro (AWD). 102,000 km. Blk leather. Incl 2 set of wheels & tires. 6 speed. Power everything! Exc cond. $19,500. Call/text Rick @ 778-847-2975.

2008 SPORTSMEN 28’ 5th wheel, all equip’d, spotless. $21,900 obo. 604-230-2728

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