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INSIDE: Second half of our look back at the year that was 2012 Pg. 4 T U E S D A Y

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Prison guard facing charges Kent corrections officer allegedly dealing drugs BY GLENDA LUYMES The Province


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Sappers prepare an under-construction bridge for its move across a gap in the hills above Cultus Lake on the weekend.

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hirty-six Canadian Army Reserve combat engineers. Five hours. One bridge. Hundreds of reservist sappers from across Western Canada and Ontario were in Chilliwack last weekend to take part in Exercise Paladin Response 2012. The exercises were meant to test and improve the leadership and technical skills of the sappers, with a focus on water and gap crossings. The reservists used three different bridge and raft methods to maneuver obstacles. At the Combat Engineers’ Canada Education Park compound, three dozen sappers worked together to

build a 12-metre bridge by hand. The skills would come in handy for a scenario in which rising waters posed a flood threat, similar to that seen in Newfoundland following Hurricane Igor. “No guns, no kit, this is what combat engineers thrive at,” Capt. Dan Wowryk said. Elsewhere, dozens more sappers constructed an even larger bridge that, when finished, would span a more-than-40-metre gap. And on Cultus Lake, engineers used boats to bind pontoons together to construct a floating platform that could either be used as a fixed crossing, or pushed across a body of water like a raft.

prison guard at Kent Institution could find himself on the other side of the bars after being arrested for allegedly smuggling marijuana and meth into the maximum-security jail. Forty-two-year-old Paul Fleming, of Agassiz, was arrested at Kent at 6 a.m. on Boxing Day and charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled drug, according to an RCMP news release. “The RCMP and Correctional Service Canada (CSC) have been working together EB IRST throughout this investigation,” First reported on said Upper Fra- ser Valley RCMP spokesperson Const. Tracy Wolbeck. “This partnership led to an arrest without incident, and the two agencies will continue to work together as this case moves through the court system.” Citing privacy concerns, CSC’s Tanis Kinney couldn’t say how the prison became aware of Fleming’s alleged activities or whether or not he was still employed at Kent. In an email interview, she said


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PIPE UP member Sheila Muxlow on the Trans Mountain pipeline in March by the Vedder River.

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Tom Carson sizes up the Paramount Theatre in March for a scale model design he created.

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John Les speaks to reporters in August about his decision to not run for re-election in 2013.

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Carey Point residents remove belongings from flooded homes in June.

Paramount, pipeline, politicians and the point A look back at the year that was


he pipeline, the Paramount, the point and the politicians. This past year, we had a remarkable NDP win, an unpredictable party switch and the resignation of a long-time MLA. And the Kinder Morgan pipeline twinning, the Fraser River freshet at Carey Point, and the Paramount Theatre also garnered a lot of my attention in 2012. One story involves critical oil sands infrastructure flowing underneath Chilliwack homes, schools, waterways and near our aquifer. One involves a downtrodden, if iconic, piece of heritage and the fight to save it in the face of downtown development. And one involves the ever-present natural phenomenon that is the Fraser River and our human urge to try to control or fend off its flow. All three of those stories will continue in 2013 as Kinder Morgan moves forward, the Paramount goes down and the freshet, once again, returns. And, of course, we’ve got the May 2013 provincial election to keep us busy.

The Paramount

The story of the Paramount Theatre had to be the most compelling of 2012. No subject has received such diverse and unusual attention as this 63-year-old movie house. The theatre was shut down in 2010 and donated to the city. Two responses to a 2011 request-for-pro-

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posal (RFP) process were rejected by city hall this year. This apparent end to the process spurred a community tidal wave of support, mostly based on nostalgia. A March decision to demolish was put aside and a group was given a “hail Mary” chance to come up with a plan of their own. That plan, too, was rejected and some who fought to save the Paramount felt the cards were stacked against them. That didn’t stop interest in the iconic building. The theatre was named to Heritage Canada Foundation’s top 10 endangered places list. Scale model builder Tom Carson created a design of the Paramount. Realtor Ian Meissner memorialized the theatre in a series of photographs. Art student Kevin Polanco entered a T-shirt contest with an image of the Paramount. A UFV student even started a way-too-late move to save the theatre. I had a quirky exchange of emails with an Ohio daily newspaper editor where we mulled over the parallels between his town’s Paramount’s imminent demolition and ours. For some, the Paramount story is about heritage and history and memories. The real story is about the future of downtown Chilliwack. The Empress was purchased by the city and demolished. The city has initiated an intent to expropriate the Irwin Block at Five Corners and the CEPCO-owned Ewert Building came down in December. The Paramount

more information and rhetoric.

The Point


SimplyA Musing won’t be the first building to fall in the name of improving downtown and it won’t be the last.

The Pipeline

When we first wrote about Kinder Morgan’s plan to more than double the capacity of its 59-year-old, 1,150kilometre Trans Mountain pipeline the very pipeline’s existence came as a surprise to many people. The fact that oil sands diluted bitumen flows through that pipeline shocked and upset many residents. And word of the plans to twin it came as a surprise even to city hall. Through Chilliwack, the pipeline runs under farmland, a golf course, Watson elementary’s property, the backyards of a number of homes and the Vedder River. An anti-pipeline group based in Chilliwack—PIPE-UP—was formed. We heard from Kinder Morgan president Ian Anderson and other company representatives at a number of meetings. But the Chilliwack angle to this story is just one tiny piece in a broader narrative about resource extraction and federal energy policy. With continued attention on Northern Gateway, and increased attention on Trans Mountan, over the coming months we will see much

The Fraser River freshet always garners attention but at the end of the day, the City of Chilliwack is pretty solidly protected. Those who live outside the dike system, such as the folks at Carey Point? Not so much. In 2011, a makeshift berm built in 1997 to protect the homes and farmland at Carey Point collapsed. There was some flooding but with an even larger predicted freshet this year, residents worried 2012 would be disastrous. And while politicians have offered help to those at Carey Point, underlying that help is the tacit understanding that the area has always been outside the dikes and those who bought there knew that. So with a city-funded $110,000 check dam on Orchard Slough, and $25,000 each from the city and the province along with about $70,000 of their own money to build a berm, they hoped they were protected. They weren’t. At approximately 5:30 p.m. on June 22, the berm failed and homes and land were flooded.

The Politicians

This past year featured neither a general federal, provincial nor municipal election yet we saw three very interesting political stories. First, Gwen O’Mahony won the vacant Chilliwack-Hope seat in the provincial legislature putting an NDP MLA in place in the area, something unimaginable to many

observers. The excuse from BC Liberals such as Chilliwack MLA John Les and candidate Laurie Throness? Right-wing vote splitting by the BC Conservatives and their candidate criminologist John Martin. The second big one: Les announced in late August that he would not seek re-election in the spring 2013 provincial election, putting an end to more than 30 years in politics. After one term as a city councillor, four as mayor and three as BC Liberal MLA, Les is stepping aside. Third: Martin, a long-time BC Liberal basher of the first order, joined the party in September. He is later acclaimed as the candidate for Chilliwack and will run for Christy Clark’s group in 2013. This led to the quote of 2013 from the barbecue enthusiast and competition pitmaster: “If anyone can make the crow I’m going to be eating taste good,” Martin said, “I’m probably the guy to do it.”


The coming year looks to be a very interesting one: Throness and O’Mahony square off again in Chilliwack-Hope and Martin is back with new stripes in a different riding; the BC Conservatives, thought to be all but dead, will announce local candidates in January; the Sardis Library should open; the Health Contact Centre might; federal boundary changes could divide Chilliwack; Family Day arrives; and time will tell if the Idle No More protests continue or fade away.


2012 Year in Review JULY

July 3 Only 10 per cent of Grade 8 aboriginal boys in the Chilliwack school district were fully meeting grade-level expectations in reading, according to a report presented to the school board. The district-level tests also revealed only 46 per cent of all students in Grade 8 fully met expectations for reading this year, with just 32 per cent of boys hitting that benchmark.

July 3 A recent change to a private security company at Sunnyside Campground at Cultus Lake worried Diana and Bill Den Duyf, whose nephew Cody Gottschalk was stabbed to death at the campground in 2008. Cultus Lake Park Board CAO Ron Campbell said the hiring of Kinetic Security to specifically patrol Sunnyside meant things will be safer than ever. July 5 The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia proposed a new electoral map. The proposed Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding would expand into the Cariboo. At the same time, the new boundary between Abbotsford-Sumas and Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon would be Highway 1 until Vedder Road, where it would run south and divide Sardis in half. July 5 June’s weather was the worst in more than three decades. Chilliwack experienced 21 days of rain, nearly double the average June. Rainfalls were 184 per cent above normal, while average temperatures were 1.14 C below normal That made the month the wettest and coolest June since 1981. July 10 One day Curtis Harry Vroegop hopes to sit down for coffee with Edmund Fechner. But first, Vroegop will have to serve more than a year in jail for running a stop sign last January and severely injuring the then-80year-old Chilliwack senior. July 10 Six-hundred-or-so Chilliwack residents stood in the hot sun July 6 evening to simultaneously shuck enough corn to break a Guinness World Record. The event was put on by Star FM to celebrate the station’s 85th birthday and was held before the first Party in the Park of the season.

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Hundreds of participants in Star FM’s Guinness World Record attempt July 6 present their husked corn for official verification at Central Community Park. July 12 An alert train engineer and a quick-thinking bicyclist combined to save the life of a 92-year-old Chilliwack man whose scooter got caught in the Young Road railroad tracks July 10. Cole Jackson helped yank the senior off the scooter as the train bore down. Jackson credited the train’s engineer for sounding his whistle early and slowing down the locomotive. July 12 Two hockey moms filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal over additional fees charged to female hockey players by the Chilliwack Minor Hockey Association (CMHA). By forcing girls on smaller-thanaverage teams to pay more money, Julia Lakey and Keren Esau said CMHA is practising discrimination. July 17 A former Harrison Hot Springs councillor and mayoral candidate was sentenced to 14 days in jail after pleading guilty to a sexual offence involving a minor. David Kenyon, who served on

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Cyclists relax in the shade with some ice cream at Canadian Hazelnut in Agassiz during the Agassiz Slow Food Cycle Tour held on July 28.

Harrison Hot Springs council between 2008 and 2011, entered a guilty plea in Provincial court to one count of sexual interference. July 17 Five years after a controversial zoning of 14 lots in the the heart of Cultus Lake Park, the properties hit the market again. The lots were zoned to allow for housing in 2007. At the time, the properties were estimated to be worth about $400,000 each. This June, the lots were listed for a total of $2.79 million, an average of $199,000 per lot. July 19 Despite vocal opposition from a large contingent of Rosedale residents, council gave its approval to the massive expansion of Tycrop’s McGrath Road manufacturing facility. The local company was asking council to allow it to build a multi-storey office building and to expand its manufacturing facility. July 19 The Fraser Valley’s mosquito assassins were working overtime


YEAR in REVIEW trying to kill as many of the pesky blood suckers as possible. Flooding and high water earlier in the year created ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes, according to Morrow BioScience. July 24 An English tourist fishing near Chilliwack reeled in one of the largest sturgeons caught on the Fraser River in recent memory. Sixty-five-year-old Michael Snell, from Salisbury, England, hauled in a 12-foot-four-inch-long white sturgeon on July 16. The fish is estimated to weigh around 1,100 pounds. July 26 For the first time in many decades,

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Battle of Santiago’s Michael Butler performs at the Harrison Festival of the Arts July 14.

local First Nations bands conducted a sockeye fishery on the Vedder/ Chilliwack River. Members of various bands were on the Vedder with beach seines and on the Chilliwack with dip nets. The most recent release from the Fraser Panel of Pacific Salmon Commission forecast a return of 200,000 sockeye to Chilliwack Lake. July 26 Former City of Chilliwack director of development Grant Sanborn was scheduled to plead guilty next month, but not to any criminal charges. Sanborn was expected to enter pleas of not guilty at an Aug. 21 disposition hearing to three counts of breach of trust in connection with development deals approved at City Hall between 1991 and 2002, according to his lawyer. July 31 Despite ruling that Thomas Borecky was an “integral” part of a mid-level drug dealing operation, a Supreme Court justice spared the Chilliwack man the decadelong prison term sought by Crown counsel.

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A youngster keeps cool on a hot day at the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre splash park July 6.


2012 Year in Review AUGUST


Aug. 2 As Fraser Health prepared to stop admitting patients to Chilliwack General Hospital’s subacute/ rehabilitation unit, local doctors remained firmly opposed to the elimination of the 20-bed inpatient ward. Dr. Ralph Jones, the lead physician of the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, said the unit played a key role in the hospital and Fraser Health should have asked doctors about how it would affect patients.

YEAR in REVIEW tor of development Grant Sanborn was in court to plead guilty to violations of the Agricultural Land Commission Act and the Land Title Act.

Aug. 2 A frightening early morning fire gutted an unoccupied Garrison Crossing townhouse and shocked neighbours. A neighbour from an adjacent complex said 20-foot flames were shooting off the top of the threestorey unit.

Aug. 23 Chilliwack city council voted sixto-one to demolish the Paramount Theatre. Council voted to follow up with the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation offer to demolish the building at no cost to the city. Coun. Jason Lum was the only one to vote against demolition

Aug. 7 The Cultus Lake Volunteer Fire Department donated old equipment, including pants, jackets, boots, masks and helmets to Firefighters Without Borders, which helps provide used gear to firefighters in Third World countries. The Chilliwack Fire Department also donates its used gear to the charity. Aug. 7 The president of the union representing employees at Army Support Unit Chilliwack asked residents to contact Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl with their concerns. Union of National Defence Employees president John MacLennan said he had not heard any real justification for the elimination of 18 full-time jobs in Chilliwack. Aug. 9 A Surrey man was airlifted to hospital with serious brain and spinal chord injuries after a hit-and-run in the Chilliwack River Valley. Mounties said the victim was riding a “pocket” motorcycle when he was struck by a pickup truck travelling the opposite direction. The driver of the truck later called police and was arrested. Aug. 14 Two years after a damning Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) report on improper boundary adjustments in Chilliwack, city hall made the required applications for non-farm use at five schools and one park. The application, in essence, is


Aug. 28 The 2012 sockeye season was called “a complete disaster” by local First Nations, who blamed politicians in Victoria and Ottawa. At the start of the season, First Nations were told they could catch up to one million sockeye for food, social and ceremonial purposes. But Sto:lo Tribal Council Grand Chief Clarence Penner said natives had only caught 400,000 sockeye on the Fraser. Ken Goudswaard/TIMES

Ashlyn Zylstra watches closely as her father, Darrin, shows the difference between a normal egg and the giant they found amongst their chickens in late August. to ask permission of the ALC to use certain land in the Agricultural Land Reserve the way it has already been used for years.

prosecutors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But Lester left his post early, partly to protest the lack of action on the ground.

“needs to be burnt to the ground” and that officers are stressed out, burnt out and tasked with doing more with less.

Aug. 14 A judge said Joshua Austin Marlowe had become a “human lemming” when he held up four Chilliwack businesses with a fake gun earlier in the year. Judge Russell MacKay sentenced Marlowe to two years in jail and three years probation for the robberies.

Aug. 16 A 61-year-old Agassiz woman is at home recuperating after falling through a manhole Aug. 14 at a Woodside Boulevard development. A piece of plywood had been placed over the open manhole. It gave way when the woman stepped on it andshe plunged into the 10- to 15-foot-deep hole.

Aug. 16 He went to Africa to try to bring justice to a war-torn country, but after seven frustrating months, Chilliwack lawyer John Lester’s patience finally ran out. Lester left his Crown counsel job in Chilliwack in 2011 to work as part of a United Nations team meant to provide assistance to

Aug. 21 Distrust of the RCMP’s senior managers by rank-and-file members was widening by “leaps and bounds,” according to a letter sent by a 39-year veteran of the RCMP to Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl. Cpl. Loren Chaplin, who lives in Chilliwack, wrote that the force

Aug. 21 Chilliwack city council was to receive a recommendation on Aug. 21 from staff to reject a proposal to save the Paramount Theatre. But staff also gave the option that “council direct staff to develop a business plan for the remediation, restoration and long term management of the Paramount Theatre building as a civic facility.”

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Libby Froese, 5, puts the squeeze on Delilah, the B.C. Milk Producers Association’s mechanical cow, at the 140th Chilliwack Fair Aug 12.

Aug. 23 A picture was painted in Chilliwack court of a pro-development culture at city hall under former mayor John Les where “creative” approaches led to “sophisticated” land deals that violated a number of provincial regulations. Former City of Chilliwack direc-

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Cultus Lake firefighter Cody Helmer shows off some of the gear his department donated to Firefighters Without Borders, who was set to distribute the equipment in third world countries.

Aug. 30 A Supreme Court justice said Chilliwack city hall’s “pro-development culture” under former mayor John Les failed the public. “‘Creativity’, I find, was used as a euphemism for approving without scrutiny,” Justice Miriam Maisonville said during the sentencing of the city’s former director of development, Grant Sanborn. “A culture emerged that was of the view that the numerous existing safeguards in place . . . were seen as guides and were ignored.” Aug. 30 In a forum that pulled together topics ranging from mandatory courses to traditional long houses, Canadian educators and administrators met in Chilliwack to look at ways to better integrate First Nations values and culture into our post-secondary institutions. The first of its kind, the gathering at the University of the Fraser Valley’s new Chilliwack campus hosted 250 guests.

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A young visitor watches The Boss fly off the line atop dad’s shoulders at the North West Mud Racing Association event held at Chilliwack Heritage Park.



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she couldn’t comment on who the drugs may have been intended for or whether this was the first time Fleming was suspected of bringing drugs into the prisibly well-paying job boggles the mind,” on. CSC has a “zero-tolerance policy on ille- said Plecas. “I guess they see it as a way to gal drugs,” she said, and “does not toler- make extra money.” In 2009, North Fraser Pretrial guard Rogate any breach of its policies.” er Moore was convicted When asked if CSC of four counts of drug was concerned about trafficking and sentenced the situation, she said “Why someone would to four years in jail. “ensuring the safety of risk an incredibly wellIn Moore’s case, the staff, inmates and the paying job boggles the judge noted seven out of Canadian public remain 10 convicts have a drug the top priority for mind.” problem, and his activiCSC.” Darryl Plecas ties made it difficult to University of the Frainterr upt the cycle of ser Valley criminologist addiction facing many Darryl Plecas said drugs prisoners. have long been a probPlecas said CSC has a number of mealem inside Canada’s prisons. They’re often smuggled in by visitors, sures in place to address the problem, thrown over the walls, or in at least one including drug dogs, drug testing and intelligence officers who work on both other B.C. case, brought in by a guard. “Why someone would risk an incred- sides of the wall.

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2012 Year in Review SEPTEMBER

Sept. 4 Chilliwack MLA John Les announced that he would not seek re-election in next spring’s provincial election. After nearly three decades of politics—including one term as a Chilliwack councillor, four terms as mayor and three terms as BC Liberal MLA—Les said he was stepping out of the public spotlight.

Sept. 6 A public hearing into a large proposed development on Chilliwack Mountain was postponed after city hall discovered notices of the meeting had been sent to the wrong addresses. A developer proposed erecting 289 townhouse, duplex and singlefamily units on just under 10 hectares of the lower southeast-facing hillside of Chilliwack Mountain. Sept. 6 August was the driest Chilliwack has seen in 82 years and the fourth driest since 1879. With only one day of measurable rainfall, precipitation was 98 per cent below normal for the month. The 1.2 mm of rain that fell Aug. 29 broke up a 36-day drought that was the longest since 1990. Sept. 11 After more than half a century of operation, one of the Chilliwack area’s oldest golf courses announced it would close down. Citing a struggling golf industry, Aquadel Golf Course owners Dick and Wendy Whitlam sold the property to a developer. Sept. 11 More than $3 million of jewelry was stolen from a rented Mustang parked at the Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack, according to an industry watchdog. The RCMP issued a release earlier in the week on the theft, but would only say an “undisclosed substantial” amount of jewelry was taken. But according to Jewellers Vigilance Canada, 708 pieces of jewelry worth more than $3.3 million were stolen. Sept. 13 Area Support Unit Chilliwack is headed for closure, with private companies slated to replace work previously done by civillian workers. Just months after issuing notices to public servants that their jobs were being eliminated to save money, the Defence Department

Members of a Kamloops accounting firm pose with a gigantic, 1,000-pound-plus sturgeon reeled in by their boss in September. is looking at paying a private firm $100 million to provide those same services. Sept. 13 The brand new executive of the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association didn’t waste any time bringing class-size concerns front and centre at the first school board meeting of the year. “I’m in a school that’s increased by over 30 students this year, but it’s the same number of teachers,” said the CTA’s new vice-president Laurie Lenardon. Sept. 18 Eight years after a Supreme Court justice ruled the substantial risk Daniel Alphonse Paul posed to the public could be managed in the community, the 40-yearold man was sent back to prison for violating the very conditions meant to stop him from continuing to abuse women. Paul, who has a long and violent criminal history, had been con-

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City workers installed banners on in front of Evans elementary. The project was spearheaded by the school’s Parent Advisory Council to slow down speeding motorists.

victed of breaching the terms of his long-term offender order.


Sept. 18 A Sardis home was destroyed and a family left homeless after a Sept. 17 fire. The Chilliwack Fire Department arrived before 10 a.m. to find the blaze had consumed the first floor and extended into the second floor of the Maitland Avenue home.


Sept. 20 City hall moved ahead with a plan to continue to buy land on a central downtown block, which will be prepared as a welcome mat for private developers. Council approved a development concept that would see a large residential, commercial and park space constructed downtown.

stored beginning in the 1950s. Their return would mark a major milestone in a five-year process that has involved UBC, Sto:lo Nation, Sto:lo Tribal Council and other Sto:lo First Nations.

Sept. 20 The bones of 11 Sto:lo ancestors were scheduled to come home from the UBC Laboratory of Archaeology, where they had been taken and

Sept. 25 The B.C. Conservative candidate in this year’s Chilliwack-Hope byelection announced he would join the BC Liberals and would seek the nomination in the Chilliwack riding for the provincial election in May. A self-described “former rival”

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A film crew shoots scenes for Warrior Games, a youth-oriented reality TV show about traditional aboriginal sports, at Cultus Lake in early September.


and “fierce critic,” John Martin sat between retiring Chilliwack MLA John Les and Liberal byelection candidate Laurie Throness at a press conference to announce his defection. Sept. 25 An American pedophile serving a 240-year jail sentence may lose his Chilliwack townhouse as the provincial government initiated a civil forfeiture claim for the property. The townhouse belongs to Steven Dyer, 44, who was living in B.C. under the name Brian Woolworth after having fled to Canada from Arizona, where he was convicted in absentia in 2002 of 13 counts of sexually assaulting two boys. Sept. 27 A handful of B.C.’s 36 MPs, including Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon’s Mark Strahl, voted in favour of a motion aimed at forcing Parliament to consider a new law to restrict abortion.

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A racer hits the Greg Moore Raceway for the 10th race of the West Coast Kart Club season. The race track saw another busy year of kart and mini motorcycle racing in 2012.



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Good, bad, postponed S o here we are, Anne-ofGreen-Gables-style, at the beginning of a whole new year with no mistakes in it yet. Kind of. Problem is—except for this year’s New Year’s baby—none of us is really starting fresh, and the outcomes of last year’s deeds (the good, the bad and the postponed) are already waiting for us up ahead. Take the Chilliwack school board. Last year it sent several balls rolling. Here are five to keep an eye on in 2013. 1. Early French immersion (EFI). The wait could soon be over for a group of local parents who want early French immersion for their kids. They started lobbying the district more than a year ago, arguing Chilliwack was the only district of its size in B.C. without EFI (its late immersion program doesn’t start until Grade 6). The board agreed to a feasibility study in January, but the process was held up by a change in superintendents. The study is now due by the end of the month and could show up on the Jan. 22 or Feb. 12 agenda. 2. Special education. Just under a year ago, SD33 teaching assistant Kathi Friesen unleashed a torrent of emotional complaints from some parents of special needs students after she told trustees at a public meeting that the district needed more consistency and accountability in its education of students with autism. A letter to the board from retired SD33 speechlanguage pathologist Jacqui Rowe


Hard Core came to light shortly after. Rowe raised concerns about special ed in the district, calling some resource teachers who work here “a lawsuit waiting to happen.” A thorough review of special ed was approved in April and was due last month. Look for it on the Jan. 22 agenda. 3. Gideon Bibles. Of all the controversies to make it onto the school board agenda this year, only this one managed to attract a TV camera into the boardroom. It began with a complaint from local parent Richard Ajabu about the distribution of free Bibles and “religious marketing” at his daughter’s school. He said the practice was discriminatory and violated the BC School Act. The issue drew national media attention and heated letters to the editor. Trustees bought themselves some time in November by deleting a regulation that specifically endorsed the Gideons and directing staff to craft a policy for the distribution of all materials in schools—a policy that may yet allow for the Bibles. Look for this to come back to the board sometime after March. 4.The get-along consultant. The by-now predictable squabbling amongst Chilliwack trustees

and the rift that fuels it started well before last year. But a decision in December to hire a consultant to help trustees hammer out a new governance model might mean help is at hand. Because nothing polarizes this crew more than their role as trustees. One side (Trustees Heather Maahs, Martha Wiens and Silvia Dyck) refuses to “rubber stamp,” while the other (Trustees Doug McKay, Louise Piper, Walt Krahn and Barry Neufeld) refuses to “micromanage.” The consultant was to have met with the superintendent, chair Piper and vice-chair Krahn last month. Look for more on his work at one of the next couple of meetings. 5.The new-ish superintendent. Hands down the most important decision the board made this year was hiring superintendent Evelyn Novak in June. She had to hit the ground running when she took up her post in mid-August, but her biggest challenge may yet lie ahead—navigating the district through the next round of teacher collective bargaining starting in June. Last year’s strike, which started on the first day of school, culminated in a three-day walkout in March and ended after teachers signed a tentative one-year agreement in June, was big news of course. But it’s the boys and girls at the provincial table making all the big the decisions when it comes to strikes and contracts, so I’m not putting any of that on our local trustees.

he provincial government’s plans to improve high-speed Internet access in remote areas is not a frivolous gesture, but a timely and necessary step forward. Most of us in urban areas take for granted high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi access—we tend to become conscious of the ease of our connectivity only on those infrequent occasions when service is disrupted. But while we’re living on the information highway, there are people in the province who live at the end of a dirt road, figuratively and literally. Their access to the rest of the world is limited by distance and difficult geography. The provincial government has taken steps to improve connectivity all over the province, including signing a 10-year agreement with Telus in 2011 to improve communications services in rural areas. In addition, the B.C. Broadband Satellite Initiative aims to provide satellite broadband service to areas that would otherwise not have high-speed Internet. The government plans to spend up to $2 million over five years for that service, a paltry sum compared to the benefits it can bring. This will help close the gap between rich and poor, urban and remote, that has widened greatly over the past decade or so. While the world becomes ever more connected digitally, the remote areas of our province are left behind in so many ways. Providing reliable Internet access can go a long way toward bridging that gulf. It means far more than casual entertainment and mindless messages on Facebook. The Internet has become the place where the world comes together. It can be the means for unlimited learning and enlightenment. The value for education and training alone far outweighs the proposed $2-million expenditure. People can take courses online that would otherwise not be available. They can interact with instructors and other students, regardless of distance. The Internet is their library, giving them almost instant access to textbooks and educational materials that a rural school library could not afford.

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RCMP crash story defies logic and believability Editor: Re: $1,500 fine to RCMP Mountie after collision in Agassiz. Something doesn’t compute. The news report states that this RCMP officer swerved to miss a dog and crashed head on into a car-killing the driver. In my opinion, this whole story defies logic and believability. To choose a dog over a vehicle crash, is more than just poor judgment or inattentiveness. I am sure, that in his drivers crash avoidance training it would never suggest “miss the dog and hit the car.” This dog, if there was one, has to be one lucky pooch. If the officer feels some remorse over this, then fine, but my sympathies are with the child who now will have to grow up without a dad and the mom without a husband. We were told that this officer was assigned to desk duty. While they are at it they might just want to upgrade his crash avoidance training. James Pratt Mission

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Editor: Re: Letter: “Regional police force should be run by RCMP.” The municipalities in the Lower Mainland would agree that Vancouver and Abbotsford’s generous police-union contract has made it financially impossible to make policing sustainable, as well as to seriously consider their fiscal structure for a regional force. Some municipalities have so far remained committed to local traditions, fearing a loss of community identity to Vancouver, but those communities that contract to the RCMP enjoy policing costs

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kept to a third to half of Victoria and Vancouver’s overhead. Given Vancouver pays the most of any B.C. municipality on a per capita basis, second only to Victoria, the proposed recommendation would ensure that every


Trash in parks is dangerous to kids Editor: Recreational parks in Chilliwack are not being cleaned up on a regular basis. The Prospera Centre skate park and the Webster Landing skate park are accumulating a large amount of garbage. This garbage can cause accidents while skateboarders, scooters and bikers are riding in these skate parks. The garbage such as water bottles, pop cans, and chip bags, etc., can cause riders to slip or slide out and get seriously injured. One simple solution would be to get clean-up crews out to the skate parks and other recreational parks such as Twin Rinks, Leisure Landing Centre, Prospera Centre, Townsend, Webster Landing, Yarrow Skate park, and the Cheam Leisure Centre. Chilliwack should have clean streets and a better sense of community. Brandon Cormack Chilliwack

municipality within the Greater Vancouver area would share the burden of poor fiscal management. As the right to work in many of America’s states has dictated the fate of public-sector unions, it is past due to look at the cost of making our communities safe. In Wally Oppal’s recommendations to avoid a Pickton-style nightmare in the future, he has forgotten the most obvious option: A regional police force operated by the RCMP that would provide the coverage for half the cost. This would be a step to get out from under union obligations that have held a fiscal gun to the heads of generations of taxpayers. William Perry Victoria

Two lacrosse teams for those learning

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Santa Claus laces up his skates prior to an event at Twin Rinks before Christmas. After another successful Christmas Eve, the big guy has 12 months to fine tune his skating skills.

Editor: No kid should be forced out. Based on the fact that lacrosse is the number one growing sport in North America, I think that the Chilliwack Mustangs should create two teams in order to keep the sport growing. Chilliwack has enough floor space and a jersey to have a second team, the only problem is the kids. If we want a successful lacrosse league we need more people and more advertising for the sport of lacrosse. In past years we’ve had three to four teams with great coaches and support but these numbers have dropped drastically. Chilliwack Mustangs and the kids of Chilliwack suffer by having to make the lacrosse team or go play in a different city. Why should a new player be scared of not making a team in his own town? He

shouldn’t. We don’t play lacrosse to “make a team.” We play lacrosse for the intensity and love of the game. No kid in Chilliwack should have to go play for another town simply because he’s not “good enough.” We should have a second team for kids that are new and want to learn the game. Matt Giasson Chilliwack

Some won’t admit drug war is over Editor: Re: “Eager to fight grow ops now,” Times editorial Dec. 20, 2012 The only thing this new legislation is going to do is make it harder for people who need medical marijuana to get the cannabis strain they need. It will have no effect on illegal production, except possibly to increase prices which will make it even more attractive to the criminal underworld. Full legalization: treat cannabis like wine, allow people to grow it in their own backyards. The Harper government cares nothing for science or for compassion, it is an ideological battle that they are determined to win. The war on drugs is over. The drug warriors lost, they just can’t admit it yet. P. Blakey

There’s stoned and then there’s stoned Editor: It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized in the same day. Leviticus 20:13 “If a man lays with another man he should be stoned.” We’ve just been interpreting it wrong all these years. Norm Keller Chilliwack

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2012 Year in Review OCTOBER

Oct. 2 Skateboard, scooter and BMX riders on the south side of the city had a new destination as the Webster Skate Park finally opened. Originally scheduled to be completed in August, the quartermillion-dollar skatepark officially opened in a ribbon “smashing” ceremony hosted by city hall and attended by Mayor Sharon Gaetz and city councillors Jason Lum and Stewart McLean.

Oct. 2 The Chilliwack school district put a plan in place to spend money earmarked for helping aboriginal students after letting it pile up for years. Dubbed “Keeping Kids in School,” the plan will see the surplus funds spent on four new positions: one co-ordinator and three aboriginal mentors who will work with at-risk aboriginal middle school students and their families. Oct. 4 Those waiting for construction to begin on Chilliwack’s health contact centre will be forgiven for not cheering until actual work begins, but the final piece of the puzzle appeared to be in place. “We can officially say that the health contact centre is going to go ahead and the funding and the construction tender has now been approved to go out,” Coun. Jason Lum said. Oct. 4 Sales of rubber boots, rain coats and umbrellas were likely at an all time low in Chilliwack as the city experienced the driest September in more than 133 years. The two-month period of dry weather led the City of Chilliwack to postpone its fall burning season until the area saw some rain. Oct. 9 The City of Chilliwack announced it was giving away hundreds of seats from the doomed Paramount Theatre. Council voted six-to-one on Aug. 21 to demolish the iconic downtown cinema. Oct. 9 When Steven Point Became B.C.’s first aboriginal lieutenant governor five years ago, he said he would be a role model to First Nations youth. As he prepared to step down after the announcement of his successor, local aboriginal leaders said Point achieved that goal and then some.

Scooter riders led the way at the ribbon “smashing” grand opening of the new Webster Skate Park in Chilliwack. Oct. 11 A “wave of property crime” hit the north side of Chilliwack, according to police. The RCMP said there were 82 different reported thefts from vehicles in September, a rate of crime RCMP spokesperson Const. Tracy Wolbeck said is “significantly higher” than normal. Oct. 11 Rain in the forecast might not appeal to everybody, but the salmon trying to get up the Vedder/Chilliwack river in October could use the water. With the low water levels, sports anglers were shoulder-to-shoulder in the few spots where the coho, chinook and chum salmon were holding during the day. Oct. 16 A three-year losing streak ended when the Chilliwack Huskers earned a 17-10 come-from-behind victory over the Kamloops Broncos. Before beating the Broncos, the

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Members of the Sto:lo community carry cedar boxes containing the remains of 11 of their ancestors into the Sto:lo Resource Centre on Oct. 19.

Huskers had not won a regular season game since October of 2009. “I think I could hear the sigh of relief in the town,” head coach Tyson St. James said. Oct. 18 Local Rotary Club members got an overview of Kinder Morgan’s planned oil pipeline twinning project at a lunch meeting in Chilliwack. Trans Mountain Expansion Project director Greg Toth told Rotarians about the company’s track record, the 60-year history of the pipeline and the plans for its twinning. Oct. 18 The Chilliwack school district was taking longer than expected to study the feasibility of a local early French immersion project, but it made room for a future program in its long-term facilities plan. One of the plan’s recommendations states future five-year capital plans should take the results of the


YEAR in REVIEW early French immersion feasibility study into account. Oct. 23 The Chilliwack school board prepared to discuss a regulation that one parent said endorses “religious marketing” in local schools Richard Ajabu said his daughter, who attends Sardis elementary, came home with a glossy colour brochure from Gideons International. The brochure doubles as a parental consent form for kids to receive a free Bible.

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As onlookers snap photos, a black bear crosses Yale Road near Cheam elementary school. The bear forced the school to keep students inside for the day.

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Oct. 25 A few dozen anti-oil sands protesters gathered at Chilliwack MLA John Les’s constituency office before marching around the corner to Chilliwack-Hope MLA Gwen O’Mahony’s office and then City Hall. Oct. 30 Cheam elementary school held an “inside day” after a black bear was spotted 100 yards away as parents dropped their children off during the morning. As motorists stopped to gawk, school personnel took special precautions to ensure the safety of students, Cheam principal Wade Gemmell said. Oct. 30 Data from the 2011 census showed a large number of Chilliwack residents speak languages other than English at home. Nearly 10,000 people, or 11 per cent, reported a non-official language as their mother tongue.

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◗ 2012 Year in Review NOVEMBER

Nov. 1 A seven-year-old Chilliwack boy was called a hero and received praise for his quick thinking for saving his grandfather’s life with a crucial 9-1-1 call. George Epp was driving with his grandson Evan Raap when he pulled his van over and began to shake violently. Evan called 9-1-1 and directed paramedics to the vehicle.

Nov. 1 The National Hockey League lockout might be costing owners and players millions of dollars, but it actually helped put money in the pocket of a Chilliwack high school student with an entrepreneurial idea. Austin McGregor, a Grade 11 student at Chilliwack senior secondary school, said he sold hundreds of writsbands touting the slogan “Lockout Bettman.” Nov. 6 Money was the wedge that came between the Chilliwack Community Arts Council and the City of Chilliwack and led to the arts council’s departure from the new cultural centre. Mayor Sharon Gaetz said the sides came to a “sad agreement” after five years of negotiations over money. CCAC executive director Rod Hudson said the sides parted ways because the city didn’t accept the council’s offer. Nov. 6 Graham Mair went to the hospital emergency room in 2004 to get stitches for a cut to his finger but suffered a brain injury in a fall while he was being treated. In November, Mair, who was 17 at the time of his visit to Chilliwack General Hospital eight years ago, was awarded $1.4 million due to a doctor’s negligence. Nov. 8 The money was supposed to help veterans, but instead a thief lined his pockets by stealing poppy collection boxes from business along Vedder Road. Six of the boxes were stolen over the course of a week from the counters of businesses along Vedder Road, according to poppy fund co-ordinator Pat Johnston. Nov. 8 Two Chilliwack high school students aimed to put the Fraser Valley on the map at an international tourism competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco, this month.

Services were to receive Awards of Valour from Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon Nov. 22.



Nov. 22 Once again, the message was loud and clear: drugs and alcohol are unwelcome on the Skwah First Nation. Following on the heels of last year’s successful Walk For Peace, dozens of Skwah members gathered for dinner and to craft two dozen signs touting a healthy lifestyle. The colourful signs, with slogans like “Give Hugs, Not Drugs” and “Evict Drugs,” decorated power poles around the reserve.

The Canadian Academy of Travel and Tourism picked G.W. Graham secondary students Megan MacDonald and Ashley Fisher to represent Canada for their case study on “Hand-Picked in the Valley,” a tourism partnership between Abbotsford, Langley and Chilliwack.

Nov. 27 Eight-year-old Isaac Bruneski couldn’t have been happier when he found out his family trip to Saskatchewan had been called off. It’s not that he wasn’t looking forward to it; it’s just that he found out he and his whole family were jetting off to Disney World in Florida instead. The trip was a gift of the Sunshine Foundation, a charity that makes dreams come true for children with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.

Nov. 13 The City of Chilliwack took the next step in its long-term plan to acquire downtown properties and create a welcome mat for private developers. City hall issued a “notice of intent” Nov. 8 to expropriate the Irwin Block at Five Corners as part of the revitalization and redevelopment of the area. Nov. 13 A Chilliwack man who conscripted a 17-year-old boy to serve as his driver while he engaged in “nefarious activity” involving a loaded handgun and a high-speed chase was sentenced to nearly three more years in jail. After forcing the teenage driver to take him to a downtown apartment building, Morgan Hourie pulled out a gun and headed inside. He returned, and—as police watched—the vehicle sped away, chased by another car. Hourie was arrested, charged, and convicted of possessing a loaded gun and crack cocaine in sale-ready packages. Nov. 15 The Chilliwack school board heard from secularists, evangelical Christians, Gideons, and Muslims at a packed, standing-room-only board meeting before voting to delete a regulation that endorsed the distribution of free Bibles at local public schools. But that doesn’t mean the Bibles are gone for good. The board directed staff to draft a new policy on the distribution of all materials at schools. Nov. 15 The bald eagles were back again in huge numbers, but their return

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Friends, family and total strangers rallied around Chilliwack single mother and grandmother Bev MacGregor after reading about the financial struggles she encountered after being diagnosed with breast cancer in September. was a mixed blessing. Thousands of the birds returned to the Harrison and Fraser rivers just in time for the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. But biologist David Hancock said the fact that the eagles returned so early meant the salmon runs in the north had not been very successful. Nov. 20 Chilliwack golfer Brad Clapp was named the PGA of BC’s player of the year after a phenomenal season. Clapp had a breakthrough 2012, winning both the PGA of BC Assistants’ and Zone Championship titles and adding several other top-10 results. Clapp’s yearly earnings of $10,784 were the best in the province and earned him the 2012 PGA of BC Order of Merit.

Nov. 20 Downtown Chilliwack’s iconic Paramount Theatre sign could rise again despite sustaining some damage when it was taken down Nov. 19. The red, white and gold landmark that had hung over the downtown theatre since 1949 buckled in several places while it was lowered onto a flatbed trailer. Nov. 22 Several local RCMP officers were set to be honoured for their lifesaving efforts. Cpl. Scott Stoughton and Const. Bruce Johnson of the RCMP’s Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment, along with Const. Sean Hackman of the RCMP Vancouver Air Services and Const. James Moir of Fraser Valley Traffic

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Gamblers try their luck at Chances Chilliwack during the new gaming centre’s opening night Nov. 2.

Nov. 27 Justin Trudeau was in Chilliwack speaking to fans, curious guests and Liberal Party faithful. The Liberal leadership hopeful was here to honour long-time local party stalwart Hal Singleton, who was facing terminal colon cancer. Trudeau reiterated his focus on a new kind of politics and changing how democracy works in Ottawa. But he also apologized for controversial comments he made in 2010 that had recently come to light. Nov. 29 At least 20 Kinder Morgan representatives faced sometimes difficult questions at a public open house held in Chilliwack to discuss the proposed $4.3 billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline twinning project. About a dozen PIPE UP members set up a display outside the doors of the Best Western hotel to provide “a balanced picture of the risks associated with the project.” Nov. 29 Chilliwack finally earned its rightful place as a Guinness World Record holder. Star FM received the official certificate from Guinness confirming 592 people set the world record for “The most people husking corn” on July 6.

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Federal Liberal leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau and long-time party stalwart Hal Singleton share a moment after both men spoke at the Coast Hotel in Chilliwack on Nov. 22.



Community Heron walk The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society hosts its annual New Year’s Day Walk Jan. 1. Visit the reserve and take a leisurely stroll around the site as we watch for winter wildlife. After the walk gather in the Great Room for a cup of hot chocolate, tea or coffee and a cookie. Rain or shine or snow, stretch your legs and come for a friendly get-together Car clubbers wanted

The Chilliwack Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada meets the first Tuesday of each month (Jan. 1) at 7:30 p.m. at the Atchelitz Threshermen’s building on Luckakuck Way. Newcomers welcome. For details call Barb or Ross at 604-824-1807.

Uke club Ukulele club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month (Jan. 2) from 7 to 9 p.m. at Decades. All levels welcome for an enjoyable evening of singing and playing. Friends of the Chwk Library

The Friends of the Chilliwack Library meet the first Wednesday of every month (Jan. 2) from 2 to 3 p.m. New friends are always welcome.

Woodworkers meet The Fraser Valley Woodworkers Guild meets at Robert Bateman secondary school’s wood shop, 35045 Exbury Ave., Abbotsford, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday (Jan. 2) of each month. The group shares projects, information and enthusiasm and learns from specialists. All are welcome. Visit www. Regiment members meet The PPCLI Association invites former members of the regiment and veterans who have been attached to the regiment to its monthly luncheon on the first Thursday (Jan. 3) of each month at 11:30 a.m., at the Vedder

Community events Included are community events in Chilliwack, hosted or sponsored by non-profit groups. To include your event, contact reporter Tyler Olsen by email at, fax to 604-792-9300 or call 604-792-9117.

Legion Branch 280, 5661 Vedder Rd. Spouses are welcome.

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The Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild meets in the fibre arts room at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre every Thursday between 10 a.m. and noon. The guild also meets the first Thursday of every month (Jan. 3) at 1:30 p.m. for its day meeting and the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. for its general meeting. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Betty Sheppard at 604-794-7805.

Scouts bottle drives First Fairfield Scouts are holding a bottle drive Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bottles and cans can be dropped off at the Lions Hall on Hope River Road or call 604-798-0305. The Sixth Chilliwack Scout troop holds a bottle drive Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Princess Avenue and Young Road to raise money to attend the Canadian Jamboree of scouts in Sylvan Lake, Alta., in July. Bring bottles or, if necessary, call 604-819-0871 or 604316-6638 to arrange pickup. Optimists meet The Optimist Club of Chilliwack hosts its monthly breakfast on the first Saturday of every month (Jan. 5) at 11 a.m. at Dakota’s restaurant. Its business meeting takes place every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at Mount Cheam Riders Hall. Call Sam at 604-703-0095. Puzzles wanted Chilliwack Library’s ever-

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Parent Group The Trans-Parent Group (Parents of Special Needs Youth in transition from high school to post-secondary life) meets the first Monday of each month (Jan. 7) at 7 p.m. At the next meeting a legal representative will discuss wills and trusts at the Sutton Group Realty office at 9240 Young Rd. Enter by the rear of the building. For more information call Lisa at 604-794-3831 or Christine at 604-858-5393. 4-H registration and info The Chilliwack 4-H Dog Club holds its annual information and registration night Jan. 7, at the Clover Room in the Landing Sports Centre. 4-H is open to anyone aged nine to 21. Visit and find out more about the 4-H program in our community, and in particular the Dog Club. eBook tutorial Learn how to borrow free eBooks from the library through FVRL Overdrive and BC Library to Go at a workshop at the Chilliwack Library Jan. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This workshop is designed for those using eReaders with home computers. Photographers meet The Chilliwack Camera Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month (Jan. 9). The location has moved to the Slesse

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Lace Club meets The Chilliwack Lace Club meets every month on the second and fourth Thursdays (Jan. 10) from noon to 3 p.m. in the Slesse Room of Evergreen Hall. Bring your lunch. Anyone interested in lace is welcome. Lessons in bobbin lace are available. For more information call Hylda Law at 604-858-4953 or Jenny Althoff at 604-8234705.

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Animal lovers needed The Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Society needs volunteers. The society desperately requires help with cat care, particularly for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Anyone wanting to volunteer, or adopt a cat, should contact Gayle Brunt at 604794-7233. Take off pounds Fairfield Island TOPS (Taking Pounds Off Sensibly) invites new members to join them on Thursday evenings and learn to lose weight together in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Weigh-in: 6:15 to 7 p.m. Meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. at 10135 Williams St. North. For more information contact Jacquie at 604-824-9705. Another TOPS group meets every Tuesday. For more details call Lynda at 604-856-8014. Knitting circle The Chilliwack Common Threads knitting circle welcomes new and experienced knitters to join them Tuesday nights at Decades Coffee Club from 7 to 9 p.m. Share your skills and passion, knit along with charity plans, or just come to share the good company. For more information, check out the group on Ravelry. com or email loriangela@

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◗ 2012 Year in Review DECEMBER

Dec. 4 Lyle Collie resigned as the Chilliwack constituency association president of the BC Conservative Party after being censured by the party. Since the party’s annual general meeting, most of the local executive had also resigned. “I was looking at the direction the party was going and it was not the way I expected when I first joined up,” Collie told the Times. In September, the party’s candidate in the April byelection announced his defection to the BC Liberals and in October, vicepresident Ben Besler announced his departure. Dec. 4 As a thank you for saving him and his two fishing buddies a month prior, Vancouver chef Josh Wolfe brought his catering trailer to the Agassiz headquarters of Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue for a lunch of fried ling cod or sockey and fries, chicken sandwiches, seafood chowder poutine and more. Wolfe and his friends were rescued Oct. 29 after torrential rains quickly raised the level of the Chehalis River and stranded the fishermen.

Dec. 6 The donation of the Paramount Theatre to the City of Chilliwack looked less like a gift when it was revealed that there was a $350,000 price tag to demolish the building. The Paramount was slated to cost $343,000 to demolish, while it was to cost $130,000 to bring down the adjacent Ewert Building. With tax and other costs, the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation was due to pay a total of around $550,00 to raze the two buildings. Dec. 6 Chilliwack MLA John Les handed Diamond Jubilee Medals to four prominent residents at a ceremony at the coast hotel. The four recipients were: Chilliwack Museum and archives director Ron Denman; dairy technologist and Environment Canada volunteer weather observer Roger Pannett; prolific volunteer Marian Dyck; and realtor and Ruth & Naomi’s Street Mission board chair Wayne Massey. Dec. 11 The sad story of BMO Bank of Montreal’s move out of Five Corners and downtown Chilliwack had a happy ending as the financial institution donated the build-

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Steve Crawford’s (seated on right) love of table hockey has spanned decades and has transformed into a competitive table hockey league. The group of nine meets once a week at Crawford’s Chilliwack home for an entire season complete with playoffs and a cup. ing to the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation also promised to contribute up to $650,000 to renovate the building, which will host UFV classes by next fall. Dec. 11 Parents lobbying for early French immersion in the Chilliwack school district said a survey aimed at gauging interest might get lost in the Christmas shuffle. “It’s a crazy time of year to have this study,” said Jocelyn Thomas, president of the Chilliwack chapter of Canadian Parents for French. The survey, which came in both online and paper formats, was released Dec. 4. Responses were due Dec. 18 for the paper survey and Dec. 21 for the electronic one. Dec. 13 A local police dog named Cargo who guarded the prime minister, sniffed for explosives, patrolled major world summits and helped track down a lost senior with Alzheimer’s died less than a month

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An 18-year-old woman got the scare of her life Dec. 19 when she rolled her car into a water-filled ditch on Gibson Road. Four Mounties entered the water to rescue the woman.

before he was slated to retire. Cargo, who was born in 2003 in the Czech Republic and enlisted in the RCMP’s breeding program, also sired 20 litters of puppies, worked on the EnCanada pipeline bombings investigation and starred in an RCMP recruiting commercial. Dec. 13 Clandestine, unhealthy, unethical, dysfunction, tragic—Chilliwack school board trustees exchanged some peppery language while debating three motions aimed at “streamlining” their policy-making role. The motions called for an interim process for developing policy until the board hammers out a new governance model with the help of education consultant Craig Melvin. But the debate highlighted a chronic rift on the board. Dec. 18 The Fraser Valley Regional District seized on inconsistent test results on toxic fly ash from Metro Vancouver’s Burnaby incinerator as further evidence that burning


YEAR in REVIEW garbage is a bad idea. Ash samples taken in the summer were found to have leachable cadmium above acceptable levels, results that were later questioned by follow-up tests. The uncertainty led Metro’s manager of solid waste Paul Henderson to question the test they use. Dec. 20 Three levels of government were at Chilliwack City Hall to announce $2.34 million in upgrades to the city’s dike system. Funding of $780,000 came from each of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan, the prov-

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ince’s Flood Protection Program and the city. Dec. 20 The province appointed former Lieutenant Governer Steven Point of Chilliwack to “champion” recommendations made in Wally Oppal’s missing women report. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond appointed Point to chair a new advisory committee on the safety and security of vulnerable women. Among the findings in the 1,448-page report was the recommendation to establish a regional police force. Dec. 24 A Chilliwack woman who watched in despair as nine cheap vehicles died on her over the past two years was the winner of the Times ninth annual Christmas Car Giveaway. Tara Patrick was handed the keys to a fully refurbished 2002 Toyota Sienna. Before getting the car, the single mother of four had resigned herself to the inevitable and imminent demise of her Chevy Blazer.

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Seven-year-old Evan Raap is applauded at City Hall prior to receiving a certificate of recognition in honour for saving the life of his grandfather, George Epp (right).


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The Chilliwack Chiefs host the Coquitlam Express Friday at 7 p.m. The next evening they welcome the rival Langley Rivermen to town. Game time is also 7 p.m.

Seek paddlers Are you looking for a new way to get/stay in shape? Love to be out on the water? The Crusaders dragonboat/outrigger team is looking to mentor a new

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Fight Night The Chilliwack Rugby Club hosts a boxing fundraiser Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at Tzeachten Hall. The night will feature seven fights, a bar, music and fun. Tickets are $20, doors open at 6 p.m.

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NEWTON UPDATED 1007sf 2br ground lvl, private entry, insuite laundry, $196,900 604-592-2991 see id5598

REAL DEPARTURE Bay-No steep stairs on cliff front. Just 2 blks to sandy, usable beach. 8 min to ferry, shopping closer. 2,600 sq ft, 2 bdrm suite, active views, 3 full baths, sep. laundries. Oversize corner lot w/ access to RV pad behind house. $439,000. Drive by 2895 Fairbanks (cnr Bay St.) Nanaimo. View by appointment. 250-585-1111, 250-729-7420


New Westminster

Vancouver East Side

NR EDMONDS sk/train stn. 788sf 2br 2ba condo across from Taylor pk $388,900 604-764-8384 see id5571




3BDRM/2.5BTH BEAUTIFUL 2 STOREY HOME ON A QUIET CUL-DE-SAC IN CLOVERDALE Excellent location in desirable neighborhood. Close to schools, transportation and shopping. Bright open plan. $552,000. Call: (604) 575-4686 THOM CREEK Ranch - House for Sale By Owner. In Chilliwack’s premier retirement complex. 2090 sq ft finished plus 294 unfinished ready to model. In the top row with superb, unspoilable views of the City, mountains and way beyond. Excellent Clubhouse. Friendly neighbours $399,000 negotiable. No HST. 604-824-1892

S. Surrey/ White Rock


Chilliwack STEVESTON VERY large 1284 sf 2br 2ba top fl condo amazing mtn views, $455K 604-618-8362 see id5376

2 BD, 2 bth fully reno’d 1228 sq ft t/h. 45+ & n/p. insuite laund, new appl. $152,000 firm. 604-791-3758

WALNUT GROVE $435,000. TOWNHOME, End Unit Private Greenbelt Lot 2000 Sq.Ft. 3Bed 3.5 Bath To View 604-838-5958



EXECUTIVE LIVING gated 1864sf 4bedroom 2.5bath, main floor master bedroom, 19+ adult complex $568,900 604-575-7636 see id5552

Houses - Sale


IMMACULATE 984SF 2br condo insuite laundry, mountain view 40+ bldg $95,300 604-703-3839 see id5543

Any Price, Any Location Any Condition. No Fees! No Risk!

604-435-5555 / 604-786-4663

LARGE 2200SF 3br 2.5ba reno’d 3 lvl tnhse w/unique loft on 3rd floor, $269,900 604-799-0213 see id5578


CLOVERDALE UPDATED 696sf 1br condo, rents for $650 insuite laundry $99,500 604-341-9257 see id5500

$6K BELOW assessment 850sf 2br 2ba top fl condo Westwood Plateau $279,900 604-968-4717 see id5633


Langley/ Aldergrove

AT ASSESSED value 2200sf 5 br 2.5ba backing onto greenbelt suite pot $379,900 604-557-2205 id5618

1 BD top floor in Chilliwack granite counters, 9’ ceilings, stack w/d. elec f/p. Secure underground parking. $149,000. 604-795-7367 FULLY finished 4,000+ sf home. Desirable Creekside on the Park. 6 brs, 3.5 bath. Granite/ss appl, a/c. $592 K 604.852.6951

2BDRM+DEN/2BTH CONDO for Sale Owner must SELL. Helen 604-762-7412 $269,500.See on y/index/id/69236

GUILDFORD QUIET 905sf top fl 2br condo, recent flooring paint etc $179,500 604-496-3397 see id5593


NEWTON HUGE 2017sf 3 or 4 br 2.5ba tnhouse w/double sxs garage $393,000 778-218-0389 see id5320

REDUCED 3136SF 7br 3.5ba fabulous vu, below assessment CDS lot $688,888 778-898-7731 see id5595

126/70 AVE 3500sf megahome 7br 6ba 2 suites rec room 7200 sf lot SOLD!!! SOLD!!! SOLD!!! see id5644

CHIMNEY HTS 3600sf 7br+den 6ba w/2 suites quiet cul-de-sac 4600sf lot $669K 604-866-3515 see id5597

11 ACRE lot w/1296sf 3br 2ba Updated modular home Ryder Lake area $475K 604-316-7775 see id5640

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Houses - Sale



GUILDFORD MAGNIFICENT 4952sf 10br 6.5ba back on creek, main floor master br, $765K 604-581-5541 see: id5506

NEWTON NEW 2200sf 5br 3.5ba ½ duplex with 2br bsment suite $475K incl. HST 604-728-1419 see id5591

Other Areas BC

CLAYTON IMMACULATE 3523 sf 5br 3.5ba w/bsmt suite across from park $648K 604-575-7636 see id5551

CLOVERDALE 3765SF 4br 3.5ba, on quiet CDS, suite potential in basement, $575K 604-619-0603. See: id5559


Industrial/ Commercial

Langley/ Aldergrove

211/80B AV 3034sf 6br 5ba with legal 2br basement suite, quiet crescent $589,900 604-649-6030 see id5607

ALDERGROVE SXS DUPLEX 80K below assessment. $3K/mo rent $527,900 firm 604-807-6565 see id3428

FORT LANGLEY 2300sf 5br w/suite above 3 additional rental units $985K 604-882-6788 see id5533


CLOVERDALE 3850SF 6br 5ba 3lvl 2/suite potential on 1/2ac GD lot, $789,800 778-549-2056 see id5564

VANC DNTOWN medical office 672sf+188sf common area near St Pauls hp $375K 604-572-2785 see id5509

6030 E. NEWTON 4000sf 8br 5.5ba 2 yr old 3 level home w/3 br bsmt suite $699K 778-895-8620 see id5628

Lots & Acreage

CHILLIWACK BUILD 5000sf Home, 10,742sf serviced flat bldg lot $279K 604-798-5050 see id5536

FLEETWOOD ACROSS from School, reno’d 2600sf 6br 5ba w/suites $579K 604-434-3482 see id5577

528 E. Columbia St., New West Custom built 3 BR home, 4 baths, superb view. A must see. $789,000. Rick 604-727-0043


North Delta

AGASSIZ NEW 2350sf 3br 2.5 Bath, high end finishing, huge master $369,900 604-729-0186 see id5603

UPDATED 4541SF 7br 5½ba on large 8264sf lot, basement suite, $819,000 604-805-6614 see id5604


INVESTOR ALERT Clayton 1.27 acre ppty w/1944sf 3br 2.5ba home $1,299,000 778-574-2519 see id5613

New Westminster


2BDRM/1.5BTH INVESTMENT Property in Lower Lonsdale. 862sq ft w/ 800sq ft patio. $289,000. Call: (604) 961-4349 GARRISON CROSSING 5 bdrm, 4 bath, 3385 sq ft executive Self-contained carriage-house suite. Only $685,000 Call 604-847-9459. ID 76459


FLEETWOOD RENO’D 2140sf 4br 3ba, large 7100sf lot, bsmt suite $549,000 604-727-9240 see id5617

Coquitlam GUILDFORD 650SF 1br 3rd fl condo, pool, exercise rm, party rm etc, $213,900 778-834-8224 see id5576




PARTIAL OCEAN view, 920sf 2br+den 2ba quiet condo, kids, pets ok. $310,000 778-294-2275 see id5575

For Sale by Owner

Houses - Sale

HOPE, COUNTRY living 1850sf 4br 2ba rancher on lg ½ ac lot mtn vu $272,500 604-869-3119 see id5611

Real Estate


OFFERED AT assessed value 1000sf 3br 2ba home on huge 10,000sf lot $414K 778-859-0717 see id4272


6020-02 $10K BELOW assessment, 2br+ Den or 3br, 2ba 1083sf condo, Nr SFU $339,900 604-866-7326 see id5557





ASKING $293K, 2 bdrm, 845sf. Great location, near transit/shops. #104-2600 E 49th. Call Pat @ Sutton WestCoast 604 220-9188.



CULTUS LK gardener’s dream 1160 sf 2 br 1.5 ba rancher, a/c 50+ complex $68K 604-858-9301 see id5400


HIGHGATE RIDGE 1 level ground fl tnhse, 845sf 2br 2ba w/lge backyd $420K 604- 376-7652 see id5550 TOP FLOOR quiet side of bldg 650sf 1br+den condo nr Hosp, & Sky train $249K 778-241-4101 see id5580

Houses - Sale

PRICE REDUCED, 1280sf 3br 1.5ba ½ duplex, large 4480sf lot $229,900 604-792-9287 see id5511

SURREY CENTRE ½ block to mall, skytrain, SFU, 668sf 1br+ den $227,900 604-572-9095 see id5609

UPPER LEVEL end unit 1200sf 2br 2ba townhome +55 complex updates $209,900 604-574-3987 see id5616




Maple Ridge/ Pitt Mead.

TOP FLR 762sf 1br condo, in-ste laundry, 45+ building Mt. Baker view $89,000. 778-822-7387 see id5553



Port Moody

OCEANFRONT 4700SF 5br 3½ bath main fl br, 6286sf lot, suite potenl $1,949,000 604-469-1813 see id5606

GREEN TIMBERS beautifully updated 3100sf 5br 3.5ba, suite 8400sf lot $575K 604-340-1551 see id5631

LANGLEY BUILD your dream home, secluded 5 ac view ppty, well inst $630,000 604-825-3966 see id4513

PRINCETON, BC 15.78 acres Panoramic views, hydro, well, pumphouse, & septic installed. $384,900. 1-250-295-1811

GREEN TIMBERS reno’d 2400 sf 4br 3ba, lg 7800sf lot, bsmt suite $559,000 604-727-9240 see id5617 SURREY TYNEHEAD 1ac dev. ppty into 5.5 lots starting Jan 2013, $1,399,000 604-951-8777 see id5566

GUILDFORD 1900SF 3br 2ba w/basement suite on huge 8640 sf lot, $489,000 604-613-1553 see id5608

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Okanagan/ Interior


MERRITT HERITAGE style 3070 sf 4br 5ba on 9.9ac lot detached shop, view $949K 250-378-8857 see id5592


Out Of Town Property

ENDERBY BC 18.6 acres w/ 2 homes, shop & 5 buildings. N. Okanagan $669,000 1-250-838-6133


Real Estate Investment

90FT WATERFRONT, Sointula Guest Beach House Malcolm Is. N. Vanc Is. 2 BR, water, sewer, hydro. $229K. 604-628-4592




RENTALS | 604-793-2200

1 bdrm 2 level Twnhse, 650 sq. ft. F/S – $575 1 bdrm+den suite F/S, W/D, util. incl – $750 1 bdrm apt 4 appl, gas incl – $650 1 bdrm suite util incl – $525 1 bdrm + den condo 6 appl, gas incl – $750 1 bdrm condo 4 appl, secure parking – $650 1 bdrm condo by hospital, 6 appl – $875 2 bdrm condo 5 appl, close to hospital – $850 2 bdrm hse F/S, garage – $950 2 bdrm suite F/S, shared w/d, util incl – $725 2 bdrm suite F/S, util incl – $700 2 bdrm apt F/S, heat incl – $650 2 bdrm condo 6 appl, Sardis – $950 2 bdrm condo 6 appl @ Vibe – $850 3 bdrm twnhse . . . . . . 5 appl. 2 1/2 bath – $950 3 bdrm condo 6 appl, 1400 sq.ft. – $1295 3 bdrm rancher 3 appl, 1.5 bath – $1100 3 bdrm hse HHS, 4 acres, 4 appl – $1300 3 bdrm hse New Paint, 6 appl – $1300 4 bdrm hse. . . . FFI, 5 appl, 1 car garage – $1400

Out Of Town Property

1 Br $530up 2 BR, $695 up heat & h/w, garbage incl, no pets, Chwk nr amens. Resident Mgr. Member of Crime Free Multihousing, 604-792-8974 msg



TRIPLEX- SOINTULA B&B Guest House, Malcolm Island, N.Vancouver Island. New reno, on view half acre. cost $900,000, sell $525,000. 5pm 604-628-4592


Recreation Property

OCEAN FRONT Lux Contemp. private home on 2.73 AcresQuadra Island. 250-884-0000

Mobile Homes


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CRANBROOK 2060SF 4br 3ba reno’d home w/side suite on 2 lots $239,900 778-887-4530 see id5304

• Residential • Residential area Area • Elevator • Adult Oriented • Elevator • Adult Oriented • Sparkling Renovations • Sparkling Renovations • 1 Bdrm Smoking From $590 • 1 No Bdrm from $600

9530 Fletcher St. 793-9572




PORT ALBERNI reno’d 2000 sf 5br 2 ba with 2 br basement suite 2 laundries $210K 604-542-1995 see id5537

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Exclusive & Private Lake Shore Cottage, for all info: $329,000 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

2 BDRM in Chwk, fresh paint top flr wall to wall carpets, $970/ incl util avail now refs req’d n/p. Ph 604-942-9691 or 604-818-6937 9040 Garden Dr




OWN THE land, 1092sf 2br rancher style mobile home, kids OK, $179,900 604-824-7803 see id5541

SPECTACULAR ISLAND VIEWS (10) San Juan Islands, Anacortes - Biz Pt. $830,000 USD 4,100 sq.ft. on .5 acres, 5 br with in-suite bath, oversized 4 car garage 38’ long x 16’ High RV garage. Custom home ICF exterior walls, geothermal heat system. MLS# 313575 Alan Weeks 3688 Birch Way, Anacortes, ZIP 98221-8440 (425)691-9515

To advertise call

HATZIC LAKE Swans Point, 1 hr from Vanc incl lot & 5th wheel ski, fish, $148,500 604-209-8650 see id5491

LOT & Trailer. This little gem is located 120 miles from Van, pool - C.H, hiking, fishing, history of Caretaker, maint $775/yr, reduced winter price $30,000. Lot 33 - 30860 Trans Canada Hwy Yale BC. Ph 1-604-792-6764


Mobile Homes

HUGE DISCOUNTS QUALITY MANUFACTURED HOMES 1-800-339-5133 New and Used Homes Park spaces available Service work available

OCEAN FRONT boat access only 2 yr old 1600sf 3br 2.5ba 30min from W Van $799K 778-998-9141 see id5424 RV LOT at CULTUS LAKE HOLIDAY PARK with year round camping access; finished in paving stones, low fees. All ament Grt loc. Moving must sell $107,500. 1-604-795-9785

IDEAL FOR STUDENTS/ WORKING PERSON Private room avail. $600/m incl 3 meals, internet, cable. Call for more info 604-791-9412 or 604-795-0397

NEWLY RENOVATED 990 per month + utilities

Dreaming of a New Home?

Find it in the Real Estate Section. To advertise call 604-795-4417


Auto Finance

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in November: $500 cash back. We fund your future, not your past. All credit situations accepted. 1.888.593.6095


Collectibles & Classics

1956 OLDSMOBILE Sedan, excl cond 324/ Rocket 88 78,000 org miles. A must see $12,000. 604-702-1997

1966 CADILLAC Coupe de ville a/c, pwr pkg, nr new tires, was $7500, now $6500 604-793-5520


Collectibles & Classics

1976 MGB Roadster. British racing green colour. 4 speed. New top and carpet. Engine work done. $6,995. 604-591-8566

1979 LINCOLN Mark V, white, carriage roof, 2door, upgrades, 63K, $5500, 604-856-8244



Collectibles & Classics

1989 JAGUAR XJS coupe, V12 159 K, pristine cond $6950 obo. Priv sale, call Bob 604-986-8516

1989 PORSCHE 944 Turbo, white on burgundy, all rcrds, new exhaust, 5 spd, a/c, Ltd slip, great cond! $15,900 Call 604-943-0945

9125 1966 FORD Thunderbird. 390, rebuilt trans. Lots done, little needed, runs great. M.Ridge. $6600 obo 604-710-5192


Our Gated 5 acre Complex is Quiet and Family-Oriented!

4 bdrm hse. . . . . 1 garage, 3 appl, Sardis – 1450 3 appl, fmly rm – $1275


WOODBINE TOWNHOUSES 9252 Hazel St. Chilliwack, BC Move-In Incentive!



STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● CHILLIWACK – 9557 Williams St, 3 bdrm, 2 level HOUSE, new fridge, Gas stove, hot water heater, with 10% down... $888/M Call 604-435-5555 for showing

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


4 bdrm hse

Houses - Rent

3 BR + 1½ Baths – 2 Levels 1,100 sq ft and a fenced back yard


CHILLIWACK REDUCED must be moved 1130sf 2br 2bath mobile $7,500obo 604-795-7570 see id5612

3 BR 4 plex, 1.5 bath, Lewis Ave, spac, 4 appls, ns, cat ok, Jan 1, $1125 incl utils, 604-847-0545

Townhouses - Rent



HATZIC LAKE 1 hr drive from Vanc, 2 vacant lots 1 is lakefront $70K is for both 604-302-3527 see id5588

Duplexes - Rent

We have 2 Playgrounds for your kids! And are “Pet-Friendly”


BLOW OUT 1100SF 2br 2ba dbl wide, must be moved off Abbotsford site $6K 604-850-6498 see id5315

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

Duplexes - Rent


3 BR, lrg kitchen/lving room, 1300sf seasonal, Gambier Isl. Sea Ranch $325K 604-266-6191





1.6 ACRE OCEAN VIEW PROPERTY, in Town, Sointula, Malcolm Island, N.Vanc Island. Assessed $132,000, Sell $129,500. 5 pm 604-628-4592




NANAIMO, OCEAN View 1283sf 3br 2ba 4yr old home on .11 ac lot $319,900 604-308-8266 see id5556




1981 LINCOLN Town car, signature series, stock, collector plates, $3500 obo 604-792-6367

Bad, None, or NEW CREDIT?

1977 DODGE Daytona Charger, 2 door, auto, V8, 2 tone blue, 1 owner, $10,500. 604 576-0836

We Loan Our Own $$$$ Guaranteed Auto Loans Call Bryan 1-888-815-1314

604-795-4417 • Call or visit us online today to discover the latest listings in your favorite neighborhoods!

Smarter Buyer. Better Car.

1968 THUNDERBIRD 429 quadra jet, 2 dr cpe, reblt mtr, new brakes &lines & paint, $9,500 604-376-8363

1986 CHRYSLER New Yorker w/collector plates, 66,000 orig km, loaded, $2950 obo 604-855-0633 1989 CHRYSLER New Yorker Landau special model, like new loaded. $6600. 604-534-2997

1971 CHEVY Suburban, 3 dr 350 automatic, body work all done, needs paint and interior, air cared. $4500 obo. 604-769-4799.

1986 PONTIAC FIREBIRD, red, v6, 2 dr, 50k, a/c, auto, exc int, 1 owner, $6500. 604-533-3191

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Motorcycles/ Dirt Bikes


Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks



Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

2004 CHRYSLER Pt Cruiser GT Turbo 5sp, 98K, 1 owner, f/load, exc. cond, $5395, 604-855-2337

2004 DODGE Neon, 2.0 SX, a/c, power windows, standard tran, 200k, exc cond. $3200 604-824-6792 or 604-855-1406

2011 Dodge Charger SE 1,700 kms. Very cool,mint,smells new! $24,600obo. Gord 778-300-2538 2008 PT Cruiser, white, auto, 4 dr, exc cond. 55km, all seasons, 4 new snow tires, Estate Sale, $9000 obo. Call 604-287-8756 3094 Westwood St, Port Coq 604 945-4999. 2925 Murray St, Port Moody 604 461-7995.


2004 KAWASAKI Vulcan Nomad 1500cc, Vance/Hines pipes, lots of chrome, heated storage, service records, 30,000 miles, new tires/clutch, lots of extra gear, $7500 firm. 604-761-7491

1995 FORD F-250, 7.3 DIESEL, auto, 2WD, long box, ext cab, new tires, 1 owner, exc cond, 350km, all hwy $8500 604-744-8111

2007 YAMAHA RI Dark Red & Black Double & Single seat cover 12600 KM Custom Front & Rear Lights Twin Black Carbon Fibre Akrapovic Exhaust - Very fast and awesome, Mint Condition (Cloverdale) $7900 OB0 Call 604-788-0060 -

2010 TRIUMPH American Motorcycle, 900 cc, never driven, $8500 obo. 604-533-4962 morn/ eve 1999 SUZUKI Grand Vitara, fully loaded, 4 door, all wheel drive, white, $6500. Call 604-518-3166

E-SCOOTERS NEW & USED Have collection of E-Scooters. All performance mods & Lithium available. Christmas Specials! $800 - $1600. 604 615-6245.


2002 DODGE Dakota V8 4x4 with canopy, 184,000 kms $6500. Call Jeff at 604-795-3513

Parts & Accessories

1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature 268K. $5,000 Call: (604) 316-2527 Great Car

2001 CORVETTE Z06 black on black, absolute mint cond, 55k. Must sell! $32,000. 604-574-7629


Scrap Car Removal

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Motorcycles/ Dirt Bikes

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm 7 Days A Week

2003 KIA Sedona EX 2tone silver /grey, 3.5ltr,auto, pw/ps, am/fm, cd, 5dr, 7pass, cloth seats, roof rack, 171K, $3900 604-820-0486

2005 FOUR WINDS Class C 30’ sleeps 7, like new cond, 132,000 km, $24,888 778-748-6874

2005 PONTIAC Montana Ext’d, SV6, 4 dr, 6 pass, DVD, new frt tires, new f/b brakes. 137,000 kms. $5700 obo. 604-314-6170

2003 MAZDA Prote´ge´ 5, 5 spd, 140K km, new water pump, timing belt & front wheel bearings, sunroof, pwr windows, locks, cruise, aircared, nice cond. $7,000. 778-227-2010



1989 19’ Bayliner Capri Blue, 2.3 litre IB Fresh water cooled Exc cond. Well maint. Lots of extras, c/w trailer . $4,695. 604-837-7564

2009 26’ Grey Wolf super light brand new trailer, 1 pull out, 3 pce bath, full kit, 15’ awning, used 4x. $16,000 obo. 604-532-0726


24’ SEA RAY 240 turn key & go, eng i/o, GM V8, surveyed, good shape. $6500. 604-552-3961 2006 ACURA 3.2 TL custom fully loaded, 300 HP 6 spd. 125,000 km on body, only 44,000 km on engine $15,500. 604-241-0357

2008 NASH 25’ 5th whl, q bed, rear kitchen, 1 slide $19,000. Ph 604-792-2201 Chilliwack

To advertise call

2005 PONTIAC Sunfire 2 dr coupe stnd, 119,000k’s, $4800 obo. Ph 604-798-0767 lve mess



1977 DODGE camper van. Good condition. Stove/fridge/furnace. $2,800 obo. 604-599-3835

2003 CADILLAC Escalade, low km’s, original white, loaded. $21,500 obo, 604-855-6108


2009 BIGFOOT 30MH28TE Top of line, immaculate, loaded, low kms, $88,650. 604-230-7546

2011 TRIPLE-E, Class B, M/H, 6yr wrty, low km’s, loaded, mint, $95,000 obo, 604-855-6108

26’ TOPAZ Rear Bunk Model 1 kms 26’ rear bunk model. Top quality and excellent condition. $9,500.

LOT & TRAILER, closed in balcony, Located in Paradise Lakes Country Club, Washington, 20 mins from US/Sumas border, $25,000 obo. 604-531-7086 2003 30’ Citation Supreme 5th Whl, 2 slides, exc cond, rear living, loaded, many extras, new tires & batteries. Hitch incl. $32,000. 604-794-7529 (Chwk)


Renovations & Home Improvement


Renovations & Home Improvement • Kitchens • Bathrooms • Flooring • Tiling • Painting • Fences • Arbours

Brad Woodrow: (604) 799-5117

2003 FORD F-150 LARIAT SUPERCREW Excellent condition with 5.4 L engine, trailer towing pkg. Leer tonneau cover. 164,000 kms. $12,500. Call: (604) 852-9002

2004 Chev. Silverado 2500HD 4X4Crew Duramax 183K, leather, 25K on new tires, loaded, short box, no accidents, Exc. shape $22,900. (604) 798-1158



604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC 2H


2007 BMW 525i 88,400km Premium Pkg, loaded $21,900 obo. 604-532-9292 2007 KIA Rio 5, 5 dr, blk, 5sp, 1 owner, 72K, exc cond, incls winter tires, $7500 obo, 604-603-2548

2007 Volkswagen Rabbit 129,000km Single owner. Fully loaded, sunroof, heated seats, 5speed $10,500 604-329-6735 2004 GMC Yukon XL, auto, 244Kms, 2WD, p/s, p/w, cruise. $6950. Jim 604-377-5751

2005 Acura MDX 122,700 kms Excellent Condition, many nice luxury features. 3rd row seating makes this a very reliable and safe family vehicle $16,000 email:

2009 Volkswagen GTI Golf. DSG/18" rims/leather/power S/R. New tires. 65,000 kms. Factory warranty. $21,600. (604) 731-9739

2006 Ford F150 XL, 4X4, 5.4L, extended cab, seats 6, long box, canopy, A/C, 107K. $12,950. must sell! (604) 773-4235.

1988 CLASS A Triple E REGENCY motorhome, lenght 32 ft, gmc 450, stored 4 yrs, updated new michelins, bathroom fixtures, freezer, fridge, laminate flrs, carpet throughout, sell due to medical cond. $15,000 must be seen. 1980 AQUA STAR ski boat 115 hp evinrude, in exc cond, fully equiped depth sound, sonar, ship to shore radios, water skis, wet line tubes for towing, new top tow bar, remote docking all on shoreline trailor, sell due to health, $15,000. Call 604-793-0124

TOYOTA HIACE CAMPERVAN 90 2.8l deisel,auto, camp in comfort $15,400. 604-275-3443


Renovating? Refer to the home Services section for all your home improvement, decorating, and design needs.

1994 - 11 ft Timberline Camper. Electric jacks & more. Excellent cond. $7,950. Call 604-576-6598

2010 VW Tourag, 39km, touch screen nav, leather, luxury pkg, trailer hitch, moon roof, push button start, very clean, no acc, $43,000 obo, call 604-351-5631


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

THE SCRAPPER 1998 HONDA Goldwing SE + Champion Daytona 2+2 conv. sidecar, loaded, 36K, new cond, classic, $14,900. 604 945-0376

2005 BIGFOOT Camper, 9 ft 6, 2 new vents, air cond, fully equip, $18,000, 604-746-8210

2006 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT. 46,000 km. Grey. 4 drs, auto, p/w, p/l, leather heated seats, sunroof, mag wheels. Good condition! $16,000 obo. 604-240-9912

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2009 Audi Q7 3.6 Automatic 80,000 kms, silver ext, black leather int, sunroof, tow hitch, nav, bluetooth. $40,000. Call: (604) 913-9221


2006 VW JETTA 2.0T 73k, original owner, hid headlights, auto, $14,900. 604-307-9159

HIGHEST PRICES PAID 2004 Jaguar X-Type Automatic 93,500 kms Excellent condition. $10,500 Call: (604) 786-0941 email: 2007 BMW 525I, black, loaded, leather, sunroof, very clean, 130K, $24,900. 604-999-4097


2003 CHEVY Venture, 7pass, red, good cond, 128K, incls snow tires, $3500 obo, 604-946-4725

1994 PONTIAC Trans Am GT red with grey int., well maint., lady driven $4800. Serious inquires only. Ph 604-997-2583

2000 NISSAN Xterra, fully loaded, 4x4, Call for details, 604-832-1635

CAR DOLLY good condition 13 inch wheels, has many uses, $450 obo 604-820-8218

1993 Mazda MX-6 LS Mint condition. Automatic 171,000 kms. V6, Auto, AirCrd, Lady owned. $3,900 firm. Call: (778) 689-6094

Sports & Imports

2001 Toyota Celica GT Auto 138,000 kms -many extras $8,950. Call: (604) 690-6235

1997 JEEP Grand Cherokee LTD all wheel dr, 171K loaded, was $6500 now $5995 ex cond 604-793-5520


2008 FORD Pickup Lariat, 49,000km, loaded + +, $37,500 Must Sell! 604-313-2763

1997 FORD F150 4x4, 8ft box, liner & canopy, good condition, $4800. 604-856-4371

Luxury Cars

1987 JAGUAR XJS Cabriolet, 1 owner, lady driven, V12, ps, pb, pw, rebuilt ac, new tires, $8900 obo, Don 604-826-7012

2006 FORD F250 4x4, 8 cyl stnd, 164k’s, 5.4L EFI, tow pkge, alpine stereo, single cab $8995. 604-819-3610

9160 2007 KAWASAKI Vulcan 900, new saddle bags/batt, w/shield, bike cover. $5,500. 604-209-1039


2002 WINDSTAR (Ford) 145 kms, good cond., $2975. 604-392-3909 after 4pm or all day wkends

1988 MAZDA B2200, low rider, with mags, good cond. working order, $3500 obo. 604-859-1939 1993 FORD Explorer Ltd. 6' lift on 35' tires, running gear danna straight front axel, fully rebuilt w/chrome molly inner and outer axel shafts, new universal & brakes, motor replaced with a newer less km V6 that runs great. All leather interior with power seats, $4800 obo. 604-220-0910


1998 NOMAD 5th Wheel 25 ft. 1 slide; Standup/walk around Bdrm $12,000 604-796-2866

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1998 SLUMBER Queen, Autum Special, immaculant cond, light weight, 8ft camper, toilet, sink, stove, sleeps 4, 3way fridge, $5800 obo, Tom 604-807-0209



Chilliwack Times January 1 2013