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The 41st edition of the Tsawwassen Sun Festival played out under sunny skies over the long weekend. The midway caused Olwen Donohoe and Danielle Mitchell (left) to scream, while Adam Husband (below) celebrated a pie-eating victory. The festival featured a parade (above), softball tourney (bottom left) and much more. See photos on Page 14 and at www.delta-optimist.com.

Sun Fest lives up to its name Blue skies for long weekend celebration BY

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Thousands came out over the long weekend to have some fun under the sun at the 41st edition of the Tsawwassen Sun Festival. The annual fair ran throughout the B.C. Day-long weekend and enjoyed especially “gorgeous” weather on Monday. “I think everybody had fun,” said Tsawwassen Sun Festival coordinator Elaine Campbell. “There was lots going on.” The weekend featured plenty of activities and entertainment,

including an antique fair, skateboard competition and fireworks display at the South Delta Recreation Centre, along with the fairgrounds at Winskill Park that featured a midway, marketplace, pie-eating contest and more. The parade, a highlight of the annual festival, rolled down 56th Street Monday morning. South Delta Secondary theatre teacher Paige Hansen won this year’s Mentor of the Arts Award. The festival recognizes a community member representing a specific discipline of the arts for their contribution and leadership.


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Shrinking tax base worrisome Mayor concerned by the financial implications of First Nations removing land from municipal jurisdiction BY

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Ottawa could make it easier for First Nations to buy land in other jurisdictions and remove it completely from any municipal taxation, something that could obviously have major implications for Delta. “Whether or not the federal government is going to look at this as legislation, I don’t know. That’s why I’ve asked for a review of all the documents and the legislation, particularly federal legislation,” said Mayor Lois Jackson. The five-term mayor was responding to recommendations by the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal People, which

has been examining how to improve the federal Additions to Reserve (ATR) policy. The policy is aimed at assisting First Nations wanting to add parcels outside their reserves for economic and community growth. A hearing was held last year to discuss problems First Nations see in the current policy. A subsequent report was released last fall by the committee, chaired by former senator Gerry St. Germain, titled Additions to Reserve: Expediting the Process. It notes that a key message conveyed by virtually all the witnesses was that although some positive change has occurred in recent years, major changes

ties, thereby are required to the inhibiting their system. opportunity The report, howfor economic ever, also states development. the committee The committee concluded there is seemed to agree, an urgent need for noting benefits the federal governresulting from ment to improve economic develAboriginal Affairs Mayor Lois opments on First and Northern Jackson Nations’ land Development outweigh any Canada managetax loss for municipalities. ment practices to better It remains to be seen if deal with municipal and third-party interests, as well the government will introduce legislation as a result as exploring options for of the committee’s recomsupporting First Nations in mendations. their negotiations. Last fall, St. Germain Many witnesses at the was a guest speaker at a hearing said the requireTsawwassen First Nation ment of paying taxes to legislative session, where municipalities puts addihe urged the TFN to make tional financial pressure every effort to add more on First Nations communi-

land to its territory. The TFN already added substantially to its land base when its historic urban treaty was signed just a few years ago and could add even more acreage if farming families in Brunswick Point eventually decide to sell their properties. The families managed to buy back their farms that had been expropriated, but the TFN was granted the right of first refusal if those lands ever hit the market. It’s not clear if the TFN will purchase even more land elsewhere in Delta, especially when the First Nation’s major commercial and industrial developments are completed. Jackson is concerned what the Senate commit-

tee’s recommendations could mean for Delta. It could result in the municipality’s land base, as well as it tax base, shrinking if newly purchased properties become part of First Nation jurisdiction, she warned. “We’re not the only ones. Local government has been left totally out of the loop. This is no aspersion on the Indian bands across this country, but local government has got to have a seat at this table. We could certainly lose municipal assets along the way, let alone municipal taxation. Our responsibility is to ensure the taxpayers’ assets are protected,” Jackson said. A civic report is being prepared for council on the issue.

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The Augustine House on Ladner’s Arthur Drive celebrated its 10th anniversary last Wednesday with an afternoon tea that featured entertainment by a four-piece string quartet from the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra. A cake-cutting ceremony included (from left) Tim Bowman, Joy Hall, Gareth Jones, Tanya Snow, Walter Trotic, Mari Casey and Lorette McCarthy.

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Developments approved for church properties 15 townhouses to be built adjacent to Ladner United, while three more to go on former Ladner Baptist site BY

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Delta council approved two developments last week with ties to local heritage sites. Following a public hearing last Tuesday night, civic politicians approved a 15-unit townhouse development on the south side of the Ladner United Church property. Currently, there are three homes, which are owned by the church, on the parcel. The homes are slated for demolition to make way for the townhouses.

Some residents voiced concerns over one of the homes, the former Umiker residence, the yellow English cottage-style house with the mock thatch roof at the corner of Garry Street and 47A Avenue. It is not on the heritage registry but has some historical significance for the community, Bev Yaworski told council at the public hearing. Built in 1940, it was home to Walter Umiker and his family. Umiker owned a garage and gas station, Ferry Service Garage, at the corner of 48th Avenue and Delta Street, which

was later renamed Bishop Motors before being torn down in 1964 and replaced by an apartment and commercial building. Umiker was an active member of the Delta Board of Trade and an early member of the Ladner Businessmen’s Association, Yaworski said in an email to the Optimist. Given the concerns, the firm working on the project, Focus Architecture Incorporated, is taking steps to attempt to preserve the house. Colin Hogan said the company is planning on

doing a historical title search, seeking historical drawings and photos and offering the building for sale to anyone who would like to move it. “Just out of respect for the building that’s there, we’re prepared to take those measures to document it.” Also on the agenda Tuesday night was a second proposal for a three-townhouse development adjacent to the former Ladner Baptist Church building at 47A Avenue and Delta Street. Council denied the original proposal late last year

after a number of residents came forward with concerns about the form, character and height. Many said they felt the modern design was not in keeping with the look of the rest of the neighbourhood. Residents also had concerns about the size of the development, saying it was too big and would be too close to the street. While the new proposal has a more heritage-themed look, some residents are still concerned about the size. The development proposals are not the only thing

these two sites have in common. Ladner United Church is currently undergoing a major renovation and restoration, while the former Baptist church was recently restored and relocated on the site. Both proposals were approved unanimously in a meeting following the public hearing. “There’s something to be said for saving heritage buildings and there are not too many people that want to do that any more or have the money or ambition to do that,” said Coun. Ian Paton.


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ied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and graduated in 2009. The following year he earned a diploma from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, United Kingdom, and an International Red Cross certificate in health emergencies in large populations at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. In 2011 he completed a certificate in surgical science at the University of Edinburgh and in 2012 he earned a master’s degree in disaster medicine at the

Universita del Piemonte Orientale, Novarra, Italy. Dhillon completed his family medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan in June. During his residency he became involved with the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Saskatchewan, serving as president in 2012-13. He has also been active in the American College of Emergency Physicians Humanities Section and was selected as one of the New England Journal of Medicine Scholars in an essay competition celebrating the journal’s 200th anniversary. An excerpt from his first novel was awarded the Aindreas McEntee Irish Medical Writing Prize in 2011. Proceeds from his second novel and collaboration with Rotary International raised more than $30,000 for a health project in Zimbabwe. The CMA will present the awards on Aug. 21 at a ceremony in Calgary.

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Paterson purchase not in the cards Mayor says Delta isn’t looking to buy Kwantlen’s half of old harness racetrack at the entrance to Ladner BY

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It doesn’t look like Delta will be purchasing the remainder of Paterson Park, according to Mayor Lois Jackson. “I don’t think we’ll be looking at purchasing it anytime soon. Certainly, we have a lot on our plate and a lot of people are still having difficulty paying the taxes we have now at our rate,” she said. About 12 acres of the historic park are owned by Delta and the remainder is owned by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The future of that portion has been uncertain since the university announced plans to sell it last year. Earlier this year, Delta council endorsed a motion by Coun. Bruce McDonald to explore with Kwantlen and the provincial government all options that would retain the property at the entrance to Ladner in public ownership for public purposes. “If we don’t try, we won’t get there,” McDonald said at the time.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University has shelved plans to build a campus in Ladner and is now looking to sell its half of Paterson Park. Delta owns the other half but isn’t interested in acquiring the whole site. He made the motion following a presentation by members of Paterson Park for Deltans. The group also presented a 1,200-name petition asking the municipality to buy the remaining portion of the property and re-establish the Paterson Park Task Force. Kwantlen acquired the eastern 10-acre portion 20 years ago from the Delta Agricultural Society with the goal of building a South Delta campus.

However, last year the university announced there is not enough demand for a campus and that it intends to sell the property. Delta CAO George Harvie noted the university is still a long way from being able to sell the site, which has been assessed at around $11 million, and must receive approval from the province before it can do so. Asked for an update, Jackson told the Optimist

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it’s not looking like the municipality would get involved. “It’s always a juggling match between the things we have to have and the things that would be nice to have. So, I’m not holding out much hope in that regard,” she said. “So, I don’t think the university is going to be doing anything until the Victoria legislature sorts itself out. But what happens there, I can’t honestly predict,” she

added. Joanne Saunders, Kwantlen’s marketing and communications director, said there’s nothing new to report and nothing has changed, although the property remains up for sale. A major hurdle for any purchaser is to rezone the land from its current public use designation. Another is that the Delta Agricultural Society likely has a say in whatever is built at the site because it

sold the land to the university under the condition a post-secondary institute would be built. In an interview last year, society president Peter Guichon said there’s nothing to indicate that covenant still doesn’t apply. “At some point we wanted something do with agriculture on it. Of course, that never happened. It’s now listed for sale but they’re involving us because they know what our conditions were back then,” he said. Members of the agricultural society met with Kwantlen officials and real estate firm Colliers International to discuss the property. Guichon said the society wants something that would be a community benefit. “Kwantlen’s been good. They realized we gave them a deal back in 1993 to build an educational facility here, which we thought would benefit the kids graduating in Delta. That was the society’s wish at the time, but now they’re going in a different direction. They know our wishes have to be met,” Guichon said.

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Sleepy park used to be busy place Harness racing at site dates back to the late 1800s BY

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It sits vacant and forlorn, perhaps echoing a few of the ghosts of its once colourful past. Located at the corner of Highway 17 and Ladner Trunk Road, thousands drive past Paterson Park daily, but the only activity the former harness racing track has experienced the past few decades comes from a few dog walkers and joggers. Paterson Park was formerly known as the fairgrounds before it was renamed in 1951 to honour A.D Paterson, a former reeve for 29 years and MLA for eight years. He was also honourary president of the Delta Agricultural Society, which purchased the land in 1902. The track was originally built in 1888 and saw its first harness race 10 years later. The sport flourished until the First World War

and was revived in 1948 under Delta Raceways Ltd. The track underwent major improvements in the mid-1960s after general manager Ted Towers hired a U.S. track expert to look at the site, and that ultimately led to better conditions and records broken. However, by the end of the 1968 season, operator Bill Connelly of Edmonton, who leased the land from the Delta Agricultural Society, pulled out. There was brief hope the track would survive later that year when Pacific Raceway Holdings of Vancouver announced it planned to buy the site for $1.5 million and construct a grandstand before 1974. The grandstand portion of the failed proposal would have been multi-purpose, used to also show films as well as hold bingos, dances and other recreational activities. In 1969, the agricultural society and new operator

Ernie Kehler undertook a joint investigation into the future of harness racing in Delta, but it was soon apparent there was no future, so racing ceased. A myriad of ideas on how to develop the vacant site would surface over the years, but it sits empty today. In 1973, Delta council rejected a bid by Royal York Holdings of Vancouver to construct a $15 million regional shopping centre at the large field. A year later, a major land swap was in the works that would have seen the municipality take over Paterson Park from the agricultural society, while the society would have taken control of municipal land on Vassey Road, north of the Delta Town & Country Inn, plus an additional 37 acres of adjacent land that had yet to be purchased by Delta. The society would then have leased the 70 acres to race track developers to

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Development ideas were already coming in for Paterson Park when it was vacant in the early 1970s. Nothing ever happened at site, where the grandstand was removed years later. bring harness racing back to Delta. The B.C. Racing Commission at the time, however, stated it would permit only one racing scheme. In the end, the Delta plan was quashed when the commission chose racing in Cloverdale. In 1980, the municipality’s leisure services commission “strongly recommended” Delta council acquire the park to develop a multi-purpose recreation facility. That recommendation was supported by then administrator Mike Allen and planning director Tom Dennison, but went nowhere. Kwantlen College purchased the eastern secBoutique Blanche

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August 7, 2013 The Delta Optimist A9

Corn habits provide glimpse into personality Don’t laugh, you can learn a lot about someone simply by watching how they extract kernels off the cob BARBARA GUNN

LIVING MATTERS The way people eat corn can tell you a heck of a lot about them. Really. Forget personality tests. If you really want to know more about that gal who is new to your office, ask her over — and serve

her corn. Chances are, you’ll learn a lot. At this time of year, of course, everyone’s devouring it. Boiled, barbecued or cooked upon the camp stove, corn’s on the top of the menu in August. And I’ve been watching people enjoy it. Let’s just say that all is not uniform when it comes to corn-eating style. As I’ve observed it, folks do not eat corn the way they eat, say, Cheerios, which tends

to follow a standard protocol. (Place cereal in bowl, add milk and direct to the mouth via a spoon. Repeat.) Some people, for instance, chow down on their corn in a linear pattern, a single row at a time, one end to the other. These, I imagine, are the type of people who have lists, and happily cross items off them, only to create them once again. Then there are the circular corn eaters. You know.

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They’re not end to end, but round and round. Again, organized folk, not linear types, but thoughtful nonetheless, the kind who like to deal with one task before embarking on another. And then, by golly, there are the willy nillies. A rarer type, they go about their corn consumption with no apparent plan in place. They’ll take a bite here, a bite there, first on one side, then the other. They are, I reckon, the

type who tackle crossword puzzles, not by working their way across and then down, but by random clue selection. First a 15 down, say, then a 62 across, then over to 25 down. They are, I’m sure, the types who mow their lawns, not front to back or side to side or on the diagonal, but wherever the impulse hits them. A bit in the front, a bit in the back, a bit beneath the apple tree. When grocery shopping,

the corn-consuming willy nillies do not tackle the job the way most people do, by moving from section to section. They won’t do the produce in a single visit. Oh no. They’ll get some apples, then some milk, then go for the bananas, then back to the dairy for yogurt. As I say, you can tell a lot about people by how they eat corn. I’ve always been a linear type. Anything else would give me the willies.

Noace of Proposal to Rezone Applicaaon for Rezoning at 2776 64 Street (File: LU006926) “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977 Amendment (C.D. 436 – Houweling Nurseries Ltd.– LU006926) Bylaw No. 7256, 2013” PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Municipal Council of The Corporahon of Delta will consider third reading of “Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977 Amendment (C.D. 436 – Houweling Nurseries Ltd. – LU006926) Bylaw No. 7256, 2013”, which relates to the property at 2776 64 Street as shown outlined in bold on the map below, at the Regular Meehng of Council to take place in the Council Chamber at the Municipal Hall, 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, BC on MONDAY, August 12, 2013, commencing at 7:00 pm. The purpose of this bylaw is to rezone a 393 m2 porhon of the subject property, as shown on the map below, from A1 Agriculture Zone to C.D. 436 Comprehensive Development Zone No. 436 in order to permit the operahon of two natural gas co-generahon facilihes as an accessory use to farming at a greenhouse operahon on the subject property. Pursuant to Sechon 890(4) of the Local Government Act and Council’s resoluhon on July 29, 2013, there will not be a Public Hearing for this bylaw. AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the bylaw, detailed maps, stae report and other relevant informahon and regulahons can be inspected at the occe of the Community Planning and Development Department, 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, B.C., (604.946.3380) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 8:30 am and 4:45 pm, and Thursday between 8:30 am and 8:00 pm from August 2, 2013 to August 12, 2013, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.

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MURPHY’S LAW The mountain of correspondence continues to grow at municipal hall — 1,924 at last count — but I have to wonder whether this effort will have much bearing on the eventual decision on Century Group’s Southlands proposal. It’s obvious both sides in the debate are doing whatever they can to convince civic politicians to see the issue their way, and a deluge of letters, emails, comment cards, petitions and the like is as good a way as any to get that point across. However, I’m dubious whether this approach will ultimately make a difference. It certainly hasn’t done so thus far. Despite the fact a municipal staff report tabulating all correspondence found 67 per cent received to date expressed opposition, Delta council decided last week to give the application preliminary approval and send it to a public hearing this fall. To be fair, more goes into a decision than simply adding up every piece of communication, but it was telling nonetheless. That isn’t stopping both sides from trying to leverage the totals for all they’re worth. Those opposed to the development, who enjoy the upper hand at the moment, argue the numbers are no different than a game, or an election, where the side with the most points, or votes, is declared the victor. Those backing the development have glommed on to the fact that over the last seven months more than half of the correspondence received has been supportive, which they suggest signals a change in public opinion. I don’t think you have to be a statistician major to recognize such swings in opinion aren’t necessarily reflective of public sentiment as a whole, but rather demonstrate the wishes of whichever side is doing the writing. As a result, I think it’s impossible to take those results and extrapolate them to the wider community. Couple that with the fact that not all correspondence is created equal and you have a hard time using numbers alone to tell this story. Form letters, multiple letters from the same person or family, correspondence from those with a tenuous link to the property, petitions that include the names of civic-minded cats and dogs... there are all sorts variables that can skew the totals. Something tells me, however, none of those rationalizations will prevent both sides from sitting down at the keyboard to continue to pound out missives in an attempt to win the minds and hearts of the seven members of Delta council. There’s too much at stake to do otherwise.

Public will definitely talk, but wonder if they’ll be heard? BRAD SHERWIN

COMMUNITY COMMENT I find it interesting during election coverage that television networks can project the winner with so little of the vote being counted. Most of the time, they are pretty accurate. That’s why I was a little surprised to see such a big shift in public opinion on the Southlands. Up to November last year, 77 per cent were opposed to the project. Between then and June 14, 51 per cent are now in favour. That is a turnaround of B.C. Liberal proportions. I try and stay close to public sentiment on this issue, so I took a few moments to scan the external correspondence items on the municipal council agendas. I wasn’t seeing a change of this magnitude in the letters being sent to council. In fact, I wasn’t seeing a change in public opinion at all. The summary of correspondence said there were 526 pieces, but I

only saw about 100 online. I felt a little more research was required, so I stopped by the South Delta Recreation Centre to look through the binders of correspondence compiled by Delta staff. My son drags me to the skate park anyway, so I thought I might as well make good use of my time. I looked through all the letters that had been sent — 123 of them. Opposed 76, supporting 19, general questions 25 (the numbers don’t add up because there were a few duplicates). Another binder with 50 comment sheets showed 17 opposed, six for and nine general questions. I still wasn’t seeing this major shift in opinion, but I was missing more than half of the total correspondence. Some people write a letter and sign for multiple people. Some families send in individual notes. Some send two notes from the same email address and sign as different people. It’s hard to tell what the actual numbers are, short of creating a database and removing duplicates. Then they handed me the last binder, the comment sheets from the May 30 public information meeting. There were 344 comment sheets. Thankfully, there were also comfortable chairs at the rec centre.

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I flipped through each one. Having scanned all those letters previously, I recognized a lot of names, some for, some against. I appreciated those people who came straight to the point. Some took a little more reading, but eventually stated their position. A note from a little girl concerned about animals’ houses and another from a young boy worried about frogs brought a smile to my face. In the end, I counted 248 for the project, 87 against and nine general questions. So that’s how we get to 51 per cent! Many of those who support the project like the housing styles and design. Many of those opposed stated that, yet again, they were voicing their opposition. I was a little surprised the majority of support came from a single event, where opposition has been steady, consistent and significant over time. For council, however, this isn’t a decision about building design, it’s a decision about the community. Public feedback is important, which is why I’m glad we are going to a public hearing in late October. I know the public will be there, let’s hope there is a little hearing involved as well.

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Proposal for Southlands adds to the steady encroachment on farmland Editor: The latest Southlands proposal presented by the Century Group was impressive. Who wouldn’t want to live in such a beautifully planned community catering, as was claimed, to every aesthetic and environmental ideal while giving over tracts of farmland to the municipality to maintain and presumably farm. It’s part of the slippery slope. Are we all mad?

Who, with an eye to the future, cannot calculate the effects of the steady encroachment onto arable lands by mega malls, Tsawwassen Springs, the horror that is the South Fraser Perimeter Road, the ever-hungry Port Metro Vancouver and, of course, the new bridge that will up the pressure on what is now “safe” farmland for new housing developments. We witness almost daily

the alarming effects of climate change, and yet we ignore those warnings and allow the promise of a bespoke community to wipe out reason. We need farmland. We need to make sure we still have control of our food production. Not to do so is madness. There has elsewhere been comment that growth is inevitable. I agree and the community should plan accordingly: not with more

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Editor: Re: Blasting back at noisy cannons, July 26 That Deltans object to cannons being used to scare birds from crops begs aquestion or two: How many of these objectors don’t give a fig about disturbing their neighbours within a two- or three-block radius with their noisy — read cheap — leaf blowers, hedge shredders, power washers, etc.? There are quiet alterna-

is enough room to drive a Second World War Panzer Tiger Tank around with room to spare. Now traffic will line up on Arthur Drive, awaiting the green light, while emitting clouds of exhaust fumes, causing the environmentalists to weep and wring their hands. Instead, there could have been a steady flow of traffic around a beautifully landscaped ring. Bernard C. Barton

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"We Are Delta, an exhibition by Welcoming Communities and the Delta Museum, takes place Aug. 8 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Earthwise Garden. It will be an evening of art, storytelling, music and high tea refreshments. For more information visit www. earthwisesociety.bc.ca/ events. "Delta Hospice Volunteer Training Program - Starts Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 24. Sessions will be Monday and Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m. - noon. Please call our Centre for Supportive Care at 604948-0660 for registration information. "Delta Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe in Tsawwassen is looking for volunteers for Thursday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday morning and afternoon shifts. If you are interested or would like more information please call 604948-0660 ext. 333. "Tennis lessons and coaching for kids age 4 to 18 are

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Seniors "KinVillage Community Centre, 5430-10th Ave., Tsawwassen, Saturday Social Dance, Saturday, Aug. 10. Doors open at 7 p.m. Dancing to wonderful CD music 7:30 to 11 p.m. $8 for members, $10 for non-members includes mid-evening tea, coffee, and assorted goodies. To reserve a table using cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard, drop in Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call 604943-0225.

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"Check out some amazing books priced at $1 for softcover and $2 for hardcover at Burns Bog Conservation Society’s bargain book sale. All proceeds go directly to the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s educational programs. When: Aug. 6 - 11 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Where: Scottsdale Centre (7031-120th St., Delta). If you have any questions, please call us at 604-5720373.

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"Ambassadors Tsawwassen Toastmasters will be having a special Awards Night in conjunction with a Speech Spotlight Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. David’s Anglican Church, 1115-51A St. Delta. Speakers will be Alan Warburton (District 21 International Speech winner) and Ambassador’s very own Wendy Terriff (District 21 International Speech Contest finalist).

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MacLaurin, Jarnail Singh, Faith Love-Robertson, Leah Philcox-McCullough, Monica Sanderson and Victoria Williams. The artists developed five original pieces to illustrate the combined views of what makes each community unique. Tomorrow’s reception will feature the We are Delta exhibit alongside the Delta Community Art Project, where Delta residents from all walks of life have painted a canvas to explore the theme of “what home means to me.” The evening, which will include storytelling from newcomers, live music and

free refreshments, runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Earthwise Garden, 64003rd Ave., Boundary Bay. The Delta Welcoming Communities Program works to eliminate social isolation that newcomers experience. Led by the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society in partnership with other Delta agencies, the program has identified that many newcomers feel socially isolated as well as struggle to enter the workforce. For more information on the program, call 604-5943455, ext 128.

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Residents and families of West Shore Laylum Care Centre took advantage of a stellar July day to celebrate a 103rd birthday and the farming heritage of Ladner. Amidst hay bales everyone was treated to a petting zoo with some unique animals from Cinemazoo Animal Agency and entertained with the song styling of Pete Paulus. The efforts of the staff were supported by volunteers and members of the family council to ensure everyone had a fabulous time.

Hospice to benefit from ’Grove Amateur The Envision Financial Beach Grove Amateur will once again benefit the Delta Hospice Society. Golfers participating in the Aug. 17 and 18 tournament will be supporting the important work of the society, which operates the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care and the Irene Thomas Hospice, both in the Ladner civic precinct.

One hundred per cent of all proceeds donated from this tournament will go directly to support no-fee programs and counselling services for adults, children and teens in the community who are living with a serious illness or loss. “We feel very honoured to be the beneficiaries of the Envision Financial Beach Grove Amateur tournament for a second year

and want to thank Envision Financial and Beach Grove again for choosing to support the work of the Delta Hospice Society,” said executive director Nancy Macey. Michael Voros, manager of Envision Financial’s Tsawwassen branch, said since 2006 the tournament has raised nearly $80,000 for charitable initiatives in the community.

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Iver Jackson, 14, of the 828 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Tsawwassen recently received the Top Cadet Award for his flight at the Albert Head Air Cadet Summer Training Centre on Vancouver Island. One cadet is selected from each flight, and takes into account all the qualities that make up a model air cadet. The Top Cadet recipients have demonstrated exemplary performance in their drill, dress and deportment, and are considered to be team players. “Cadet Jackson is charismatic person, with natural leadership abilities,” said 2nd Lieut. Chrystal Cheung PHOTO BY F/SGT. KAYLEIGH SMITH of the 754 Squadron in Port Iver Jackson of the 828 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Moody, his flight comTsawwassen received the Top Cadet Award from Metchosin mander. “During the first Mayor John Ranns. three days of the course, his entire flight was con25 cadets. Cadets within nial parade last month. sistently late — for everyeach flight were eligible to The aim of the threething. Cadet Jackson got his receive one of the two indiweek course is to provide flight-mates to all set their vidual awards: Top Cadet or cadets with the fundaalarms, and as a group, they Most Improved Cadet. mentals of fitness and weren’t late again.” Over 190 air cadets from recreational sports training, Each flight was comthroughout B.C. formally building on what’s experiprised of approximately graduated during a ceremo- enced at the squadron.

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When Rob Cook first stepped in net for the Ladner Pioneers some of his current teammates weren’t even born. The 45-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down and has the Pioneers within two games of winning their first provincial senior “B” lacrosse championship in six years. Cook not only turned back the clock and the Tri-City Bandits, he even scored into an empty net as Ladner opened the best-offive series with a 10-4 win at Sungod Arena. Game two is slated for tonight in Port Coquitlam before the teams return to Sungod on Thursday at 8 p.m. “That was the third

goal of my career,” smiled Cook. The fact he can remember every game is a feat in itself. The North Delta native joined the Pioneers in 1990 after playing junior “A” for the Richmond Outlaws and quickly established himself as the team’s top stopper. Cook would go on to having a leading role in Ladner being a perennial powerhouse, highlighted by a pair of national championships. He did step away from the game two years ago but came out of retirement last season and it didn’t take long for him to reclaim his number one spot. Now there’s a good bet he will be back in 2014 for his 24th season when the President’s Cup is being held in the Lower

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(Above) Ladner Pioneers Nathan Clare looks for an open teammate during game one of the provincial senior “B” lacrosse championships last Thursday at Sungod Arena. ((Left) Goaltender Rob Cook made one of his many stops and even scored himself as Ladner won 10-4. Game three goes tomorrow at Sungod at 8 p.m. Mainland. That’s as long as he can skip training camp. “I don’t like practicing anymore,” he laughed. “I just like playing the games and coming out with the guys, as long as my wife keeps letting me, “I think the game has slowed down a bit for me even though I have too. I just don’t get so excited anymore or torn upside when I do allow goals. I try to be calm, cool and collec-

tive and teach these young guys as much as I can.” Cook doesn’t have to be reminded the Bandits are the five-time defending champions or their long rivalry with the Pioneers. In fact, he has faced the franchise when it was located in two other cities — Burnaby and Abbotsford — before shifting a few years ago to Port Coquitlam. “That’s a team we have

lost to a lot,” he chuckled. “I’m definitely only seeing the name and crest on the front of their jerseys because I don’t recognize many of those guys anymore.” Cook has played in 10 President’s Cups but there won’t be an 11th appearance regardless of the series outcome with the club opting not to represent B.C. in Quebec. “Sure you want to go

but you have to be realistic about it too,” he said. “It’s a lot of money and a week’s worth of holidays. As I have found out over the years, teams back east are pretty stacked and it would have been a tough go. “Both teams coming into this series knew what the situation is. You just come out and play to win.” That’s what Cook has been doing for the last 23 years.

Tsawwassen’s Pritchard taking her field hockey career to Guelph career. She captained the U16 provincial team to a silver medal at the 2011 national championships and helped the South Delta Sun Devils place fourth at last year’s B.C. “AAA” tournament. The midfield/defender was named SDSS’s Sportsperson of the Year in June and Top Academic Student for the third consecutive year. “Libbie is the complete package. She has speed, fitness, very good dribbling

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skills, soft hands for excellent receptions and will not turn the ball over under pressure,” said Guelph coach Michelle Turley. “Defensively, she can close, mark and tackle. She will make an immediate impact at Guelph distributing the ball to the attack and shutting down dangerous opponents.” Pritchard is excited to head east and be part of a perennial CIS powerhouse. If all

goes well, she could be lined up against her former SDSS teammate and friend Sara McManus if Guelph and defending champion UBC Thunderbirds happen to meet at the nationals. “I chose the University of Guelph because I wanted to play hockey with a top ranked CIS team and I liked the positive attitude of the coaching staff and team,” said Pritchard.

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Tsawwassen field hockey standout Libbie Pritchard will be continuing her career back east this fall at Guelph University. Pritchard is part of the Gryphons’ 2013 recruiting class and will bolster a line-up that feature nine returnees from last year’s CIS bronze medal team. She has thrived at the club, high school and provincial levels during her promising


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Tsawwassen catcher helps ’95 Storm earn trip to U18 nationals

Smillie runs to pair of wins at Nationals SUBMITTED PHOTO

There’s no slowing down Ladner’s Malcolm Smillie who captured the 800 and 1500 events in the 50-54 age class at last month’s Canadian Masters Track and Field Championships in Regina. Windy conditions meant slower times but resulted in fast finishes which played into the strengths of Smillie’s strategy. Earlier, he won at both distances at the provincials in Langley.

Anna Battison will be making a quick trip to Prince Edward Island before heading south for the next chapter in her life. The catcher from Tsawwassen helped the Surrey ‘95A Storm finish second at the recent U18A Girls Fastpitch Provincial Championships in Cloverdale, thus earning a berth in the upcoming nationals — Aug. 12-18 in Charlottetown. Battison won’t be back home for long before leaving for Daytona Beach, Florida where she earned a scholarship to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall. Besides being part of the Eagles’ 2013 recruiting class, Battison will is studying Aeronautical Science and Flight as she works towards becoming a commercial pilot. A trip to nationals will be nothing new for the South Delta secondary school graduate, who last year helped the Storm finish second. In 2011, she earned tournament allstar honours. Battison’s workload has increased even more in 2013, catching every game at the provincials and calling all pitches. The Storm will be continuing their rivalry with the White Rock ’95 Renegades in Charlottetown. Surrey fell 4-0 to White Rock then battled its way back to the gold medal game rematch where a rally fell just short in a 4-2 loss. Battison produced a double and a triple in the Storm’s semi-final win over the Victoria ’96 Devils. When she is not thriving on the diamond, Battison is a first degree black belt in Mixed Martial Arts.

Tsawwassen’s Anna Battison will be continuing her softball career at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida.

South Delta Hockey Academy to ice pair of teams in CSSHL The South Delta Hockey Academy (SDHA) has been accepted into the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) for the coming 2013-14 season. The CSSHL was founded in 2009 and was specifically designed to enable like-minded players increased level of competition and exposure. The SDHA, which is based out of South Delta secondary school under director Ian Gallagher, will ice teams in the CSSHL Prep Division and the newly formed CSSHL Elite 15s Division. The Elite 15 Division will be the first of its kind in B.C. and will target elite 15 year olds looking to develop athletically, physically and mentally within a competitive, structured environment of like-minded student athletes. Other Lower Mainland based teams include Burnaby Winter Club and the Yale Hockey Academy in Abbotsford, along with Wenatchee, Compete Hockey Academy, Edge School and the Banff Academy. The regular season schedule will featured between 30-36 games. “The CSSHL is pleased to welcome our newest a sport school members into our league, both in the Prep and the newly developed Elite 15’s division,” said CSSHL Chair Bill Doherty. “The addition of the new programs and the new Elite 15’s division give evidence to the belief that academics and athletics go hand in hand in a young student athlete’s development.

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