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Robbery foiled Two armed men attempted to rob the Karby’s Convenience Store, in the 11800 block of 207th Street on Dec. 28, but their efforts were foiled. The pair entered brandishing a weapon, and tried unsuccessfully to get cash from the register, reported RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop. Witnesses are being sought. • More at

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Former tagger Alex Rousey was back at Maple Ridge Secondary during the holidays, this time the artist was invited to paint a mural of the school mascot on the gym wall. A few groups are chipping Christmas trees.

PAC chips for money Alouette Elementary’s Parent Advisory Committee is hosting a tree chipping and bottle drive on Saturday, Jan. 7. “The money is going directly back into the school. We are fundraising for various things like electronics, smart boards, playground equipment, and any extracurricular programs,” said Char Sheridan, PAC chair. The cost is a minimum donation of $10 to drop a Christmas tree off at Alouette Elementary, at 22155 Isaac Cres. in Maple Ridge, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also available is a pick-up service, for a minimum $20 donation. To register for pickup email alouettetreechip@gmail. com by Jan. 5. • More at

Horse lovers needed North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association is starting the new year by issuing a plea for help. The group is gearing up for its winter 2012 horseback riding program, and needs volunteers able and willing to groom, tack up, and/or lead horses with the riders during the lessons. Horse experience is “fabulous” but not mandatory, said program coordinator Gay Conn. • More at


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Tattoo artist Alex Rousey was invited back to spray paint a mural on the school he once defaced with graffiti.

said. “I just liked to draw all the time.” He just had an “artistic obsession with no outlet,” Rousey recalled. He doodled everywhere – on books, on boards, in the school bathroom. But as his doodling spread, it was called by another name – tagging, that is, graffiti. by Maria Rantanen “You name it, I tagged it,” Rousey said. MRSS teacher Katie Macleod got to know Alex Rousey went from spray painting graf- Rousey through basketball. She remembers fiti on his school, Maple Ridge Secondary, when he came to the school in Grade 7 to to being paid to spray paint a mural in the take part in the summer hoops program and school’s gym – a full circle for him. in later years, as part of the school’s More About six years ago, Rousey was basketball team. Photos caught tagging the school he attendShe said it’s “ironic” that Rousey Online ed. He was subsequently punished – got his start in a career in painting almost expelled, he said. by tagging the back of the But after being caught, school. he was able to direct The gym at Mount his creativity in legal Crescent Elementary is ways, and this winter used by MRSS students, was asked to return to but for the last year and his alma mater to add a a half, the wall has still piece of artwork to the been emblazoned with new annex at MRSS, the the Mount Crescent former Mount Crescent Hawks sign. Elementary, which closed Macleod approached in 2010. MRSS principal Shannon Rousey has always Derinzy about getting doodled, but as a basketRousey to paint a new ball and football player, he identified himself mural in the gym depicting the Maple Ridge more as an athlete than as an artist. Ramblers, and she came on board with the His life was “sports all day, graffiti all project. night.” Last week, Rousey spent two days at the “I never considered myself a true artist,” he school creating his Ramblers masterpiece – a

ram smashing through a brick wall. As a tattoo and graffiti artist, Rousey has found an outlet for his creative talent. But before he was caught tagging his school, Rousey said his parents suspected he was doing graffiti. Fortunately, he was caught before he got “too deep into it,” he said. Rousey went through a youth diversion program with the school’s liaison officer Andrew Tolchard. He had to write a few apology letters, do some community service, and pay for some of the damage. While Rousey said being caught didn’t scare him; he believes “it made me see the light.” He has turned his obsession into a form of art and a business. Rousey said if he had been displaying his work as art in galleries and shows, he wouldn’t have needed to do huge graffiti pieces visible to everyone driving on the highway. While Rousey likes to express himself using a paint can on six to eight-foot canvases, and, while his medium of choice is still the spray can, he has started using acrylics and brushes for texturing. “I love doing mixed media because it’s so fluid and there are no rules,” Rousey said.

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Past revived on Facebook More than a thousand people are reminiscing on the Internet about what it was like growing in Haney. by Maria Rantanen

A source of a lot of valuable information about the history of Maple Ridge comes from the local museum and its director, Val Patenaude. But technology made collecting history that much easier in 2011, and a Facebook group, We Call it Haney, has become a treasure trove of information for Patenaude. A year ago, there were 35 people in the Facebook group reminiscing about what it was like to grow up in Haney, the historic name for downtown Maple Ridge. All of a sudden in the spring, it exploded to more than 600 members, and currently there are 1,162 members in the We Call it Haney group. Information goes back and forth on the website, from the museum to group members and from group members to museum – and just among the group members. If Patenaude has a photo she can’t identify, she posts it to the We Call it Haney group and more often than not, she’ll get some information. Earlier this year, Patenaude was trying to find out why there was a group of students standing in front of Maple Ridge Secondary in the 1960s in a photo submitted to the museum. She knew it was the 1960s because of the fashion style, and she recognized the building. But Patenaude wanted to know “who are these people and why are they standing out in front of the school?”

After posting the photo on the We Call it Haney Facebook page, within half an hour she had her answer. It was the high school’s United Nations Club from 1965-66 and she had a list of the people in the picture. “For me, it’s the best focus group I’ve ever had,” Patenaude said of We Call it Haney. Comments by the group members often identify who’s in the picture, where it was taken, what the event was, and how they felt that day. For example, Patenaude posted a photo of MLA Lyle Wicks opening the Pony League tournament in May 1956. Wicks is holding a bullhorn and beside him to the left are Mayor Peter Jenewein and Norm Owen. Seventeen comments have been made including one where a group member said he played in that tournament. The name of the group We Call it Haney refers to Haney, not Maple Ridge, as Haney was the downtown core. Patenaude said that’s because it was the centre of town where people came by car, bike, or horse to take care of business or go to school. “Haney was downtown, Haney was town,” Patenaude said. “That’s where all the commercial development was.” The group was started by Kathy Katona McIntosh who grew up Haney. Whenever she spoke with old friends, conversations always started with “remember when we were in Haney?” In the end, her reminiscing led to establishing the Facebook group, We Call it Haney, a way of keeping the the “historic chat” going on through an Internet forum. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Patenaude said of the Facebook group. “It’s not something anyone could deliberately create.”

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2011: Defining moments

Street honours vets The local legion spearheaded an initiative to dedicate a part of downtown Maple Ridge to those who’ve served their country.

Remembrance Day when we march on Veterans Way,” MacDonald had said in anticipation of the first Nov. 11 ceremony with the signs. MacDonald was the main driver of the project, and he said when he approached the District of Maple Ridge in February, they were immediately on board and he soon met with the engineering departby Maria Rantanen ment. In mid September, the proposal was before Maple Ridge mayor and council to Four years after the idea revive the idea of rededicating the street was first bounced around, to veterans, and it was warmly receieved a section of 224th Street by them. was finally dedicated in Mayor Ernie Daykin said naming the 2011 to those people who street Veterans’ Way was a “no brainer” served in Canada’s milfor the District of Maple Ridge. itary. “You look at what the legion has On Oct. 25, the signs for Veterans’ contributed to the city... Way were unveiled, and they’re doing some great they now adorn the streets stuff,” Daykin said. It will from the Royal Canadian also honour local veterans, Legion Branch 88 at Brown he added. Avenue to Memorial Peace The dedication of Park. Veterans’ Way isn’t just “It ties so beautifor the legion, however, fully with the cenotaph, MacDonald said, but for all Memorial Peace Park, and veterans in the communthe legion, particularly with ity, many of whom aren’t the maple leaf,” said legion members. president Jim MacDonald. Former Branch 88 presThe legion offered to ident Al Casswell lobbied pay for the cost of the the municipal government signs estimated at $3,000 about 10 years ago to have – which is about $1 per the street dedicated to member, MacDonald pointveterans. He unveiled the ed out. first sign at a ceremony at Branch 88 is the second Memorial Peace Park on largest legion in Canada TIMES files Oct. 25. and the largest in B.C. “There are many, many with almost 2,400 memAl Casswell first proposed veterans in our branch – bers. dedicating a portion of 224th and not just in our branch Veterans’ Way will folStreet to veterans four years ago. but other branches, too low the annual parade – that have done so much route, which has seen tens of thousands of people marching over the in the communities. Some people don’t know who the veterans are, and we’re years, MacDonald said. running out of veterans,” Casswell said. MacDonald said he recalls when the “The can now walk out on the street and Remembrance Day parade attracted only a couple hundred people. Today the num- see ‘Veterans’ Way’ and it’s going to be a lasting be a lasting memorial to them ber is between 4,000 and 5,000. [veterans and legion members].” “I’m so looking forward to

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Maple Ridge’s Roger Craik caught a glimpse Wednesday, from the Port Haney Wharf, of the Harken 6 tug towing the two former Albion ferries, the Kulleet, followed by the Klatawa, up the Fraser River.


Buyer found for ferries The Albion ferries have been sold and towed away to a new home. by Matthew Claxton Glacier News

Two years after they were put on the block, the ferries that once linked Fort Langley and Maple Ridge have been sold. A B.C. firm, Tidal Towing, bought both the MV Kulleet and the MV Klatawa, which have been tied up on the Maple Ridge side of the Fraser River since a month after the Golden Ears Bridge opened in June 2009. The ferries were originally put up for sale for $1.1 million, but fetched $400,000 from Tidal in an “as-is-

where-is” agreement. It has not disclosed the future use for the two boats, but the price “is for considerably more than scrap value,” Snider said. The offer from the Tidal came in just before Christmas, and was to be finalized on Dec. 30. The boats were towed from their dock by the new owner on Dec. 28. TransLink was glad to have the two ferries off its hands, as they would have eventually become a financial and environmental liability, Snider said. He couldn’t give exact figures for how much TransLink was spending everyyear to store and maintain the idled ferries.


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Jim MacDonald (above), Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88 president, was looking forward to marching on Veterans Way this Remembrance Day. James Murphy (right), who served as a gunner in the Second World War, was at the unveiling of the Veterans’ Way sign in October.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Plenty of news in the making Some big news hit Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge during the past year. Young Nathan Kotylak’s admission of involvement in the Stanley Cup riot will be on the top of many minds, as may the attempt by Community Living BC to axe recycling jobs held by gainfully employed people with disabilities. Both drew deeply emotional responses from the community – in the first case, not entirely supportive, but in the latter forcing the provincial authority to back down from a mean-spirited and misguided attempt at budget-cutting. A bright note for the community was offered by the launch of the remarkably successful Rotary Duck Race. It was a year filled with elections with local historical impacts. Provincial campaigns to replace leaders of both major parties brushed by, and federally, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows were in the thick of it as the Conservatives surged to a majority, and the NDP surged into Opposition. The heat was turned up high here during the anti-HST campaign, along with an associated, high-profile – and ultimately fizzling – recall effort against local MLA Marc Dalton. Longtime mayor and councillor Don MacLean made headlines with his retirement – which paved the way for the election of Deb Walters as the first female mayor in Pitt Meadows. But in the end, it was the Albion Flats development issue that captured more headlines than any other, and did so throughout the year. Indeed, Albion had a huge impact on the civic elections, leading to a strongly pro-shopping Maple Ridge council in November, and probably costing incumbent Craig Speirs his place at the table. And in retrospect, Speirs’ anti-Flats development stance may well have been a deciding factor in his federal election shortfall earlier in the year. The many Albion Flats repercussions make it the Newsmaker of the Year. – B.G.

This Week’s Question How long do you expect your New Year’s resolution to last? ■ Your View Last week’s question, results… Will you make a New Year’s resolution?

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Resolutions too convenient

I’m not going to mock politthe guilt deals, even before I feel icians this year. it, so that I conveniently miss the For one whole year, I’m going sudden, deepest, and most emoto withhold my contempt, hang tionally painful early part of the back on the snide remarks, and guilt process. back off from cynically pointing Not only is this a convenient and laughing at them. “resolution,” as some might call Except for a few exceptions. it, but it gets more convenient For instance, I simply cannot every year, as it conveniently ignore them when they do things tends to create a greater need for that are so dumb or say things itself every time. that are so unmitigatingly foolish Other than that, I’ve constructby Bob Groeneveld that it is simply too convenient ed the following poem to help get for me to pass up the opportunity me from one day to the next: for a chuckle. And Stephen Harper. Let it be said, on the day that I’m dead, I’m not one to draft a formal list of New Year’s That the world is a better place: resolutions, per se. Not for my leaving, However, I do find this a convenient time of And not for your grieving, year to push myself a bit towards making a few But for the way my time altered this space. changes that I perceive might help to improve my lifestyle, or maybe even make me a slightly Let it be said, on the day that I’m dead, better person – for those who might be keeping That my good deeds have outdone my harm. score. I find the real challenge One of the improvements that I usually start Is tipping the balance planning well before Christmas each year is a From the nasty side onto the charm. personal one: a pledge to attempt a reduction of intake of sweets and other foods with too many For we all fall to lark and slip short of the mark, calories and too little nutritional value… conven- And our journey’s sometimes hard to tread, iently beginning immediately with the start of But however we fail, the New Year. All it takes to prevail That conveniently allows me to pig out all the Is a bottom line out of the red. way to Christmas and throughout the run-up to New Year’s celebrations, knowing that all So let it be said, on the day that I’m dead, the guilt associated with my poor eating habits That the world is a better place: through the season can be conveniently dealt Not for my dying, with all in one lump, only after I conveniently And not for your crying, realize that I have kept eating chocolate, cookies, But for one smile that I put on one face. and too much stuffing long after my New Year’s Day deadline. If that all seems a little too easy, too conIncidentally, I generally find it convenient to venient, then consider this: if everyone left the make that deleterious dietary realization several world just one tiny bit better… that would be weeks into January. As “time heals all wounds,” seven billion tiny bits of goodness. My hope is that you find 2012 your best year, after all, I find it convenient to allow a considerif only by a tiny bit, if only by one smile. able amount of time to help soften the blow that

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A vision for the future

Resolutions reflect family and community Breaking from the traditional letters to the editor, The TIMES invited several well-known locals to send in their resolutions, as well as possible community resolutions. Maple Ridge Councillor Cheryl Ashlie

“My resolution is to be more grateful. I will start by being grateful that I no longer feel compelled to make diet resolutions that end Jan. 28. Kidding aside, I am truly grateful to be living in our beautiful community and I would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy 2012 filled with many reasons to be grateful.”

Christmas hamper co-chair Lorraine Bates

• Personal resolutions: “To be thankful for my family and friends and co-volunteers. To attempt to make whatever I do better. And, to be thankful for the day I wake up in and use that day to make a difference.” • Community resolutions: “To always give back to your community that you live and play in. And to pick up the phone and lend a hand to a friend, community organization, or service club as that small act of kindness can make a huge difference in many people’s lives and also change how you feel about yourself.”

Maple Ridge Councillor Corisa Bell

“My resolution is to make municipal politics more exciting and to engage and educate the public through my revamped website and blog (http://www.corisabell. com) coming in early 2012! I challenge all Maple Ridge citizens to make it their New Year’s resolution to realize the impact municipal politics have on their daily lives and to get involved and make an impact in our community. My personal New Year’s resolution is to make it to my cardio class at The Fight Pit twice a week. And a funny one: My personal New Year’s resolution is to develop a 36-hour day so that I can find time to sleep! Ha!”

Pitt Meadows Councillor Doug Bing

• Personal resolution: “As a member of the City’s Green Leadership Team, I should be setting a positive example for others, I am planning to personally go greener in 2012 and I hope the citizens of our community will also, in their own way, do the same.” • Community resolution: “As someone once said, it is all about taking baby steps and it is all about individuals taking personal action, which is going to ultimately have the greatest positive impact on the environment.” • More online at

School trustee Susan Carr

“I will continue to keep kids at the core of every decision I make in my role as trustee, and I will attempt to come to terms with the fact that I can’t be at more than two places at once – wish me luck with the last one! Happy holidays and best wishes for 2012.”

School trustee Ken Clarkson

“I’ve been trying to teach myself guitar for years and I’ve finally decided I need lessons. I taught Noel Fudge many years ago at Mount Crescent, he is now a music teacher and recording artist. I’m really looking forward to learning from Noel beginning in January, and I love it that the teacher has become the student and the student the teacher.” • More online at

MLA Marc Dalton

• Personal resolution: “Never been a New Year’s resolution guy, but as they say in politics, ‘never say never.’ So, understanding that fitness adds length of days and vitality, I resolve to be accountable to the fine people of Maple Ridge, Mission, and Pitt Meadows to exercise not once, not twice, but three times a week.”

• Community resolution: “Wear out another pair of shoes meeting people at their homes, businesses.”

Pitt Meadows staffer Laurie Darcus


• Personal resolution: “That I can find a sustainable way to enrich the lives of some of those who are struggling in Africa.” • Community resolution: “That Pitt Meadows residents find time to volunteer in our great City, even if just for a few short hours, to get to know others who live in Pitt Meadows. Together we can all build a strong, sustainable community that many more generations can be proud of.”


Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin

• Personal resolution: 1) “To eat a healthier diet in the New Year... a bit less bacon and a few more veggies!” 2) “To walk more and drive less. In both cases it is better for the old body that is getting to higher mileage range.” • Community resolution: “For Maple Ridge to continue on as a caring, supportive, inclusive, and generous community. One thing folks like about Maple Ridge is the sense of community... let’s carry on volunteering, taking care of the great outdoors, being good neighbours, and appreciating our great community!”

RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop

“One of my personal goals is to focus on living in the moment. These days, with everyone being so busy, it is going to be my goal to try and slow things down a bit to enjoy life day by day. On a professional level, I would like to build upon the successful working partnerships that we have with our community partners. My resolution is to support and maintain those relationships so that we can reach our goal of a safer and caring community together.”

Pitt Meadows Councillor Janis Elkerton

• Personal resolution: “My resolution is to fulfill my council duties as promised during the election, while ensuring I balance this with quality time spent with family and friends. Life is not a dress rehearsal, so it’s important to remember to live it to the fullest while maintaining that balance.” • Community resolution: “A community is more than just buildings, pavement, and water and sewer infrastructure. Pitt Meadows’ most important assets are our citizens. My hopeful resolution is that more of our citizens become involved by donating their precious time to community groups, engaging in community events, or even attending council meetings to become informed about our great City.”

RCMP Insp. Dave Fleugel

• Personal resolution: “To be quite honest, I generally do not make any traditional New Year’s resolutions, but I do take the time at the end of every year to reflect and look for ways that my family and I can improve. “So... for 2012, I know of a few things I will try to improve upon. The first, and really only major one, is to try to simplify life. I think many people are also struggling with just how busy life can be. My young family was over-committed (mostly with sports teams) in 2011 and we are going to work on cutting some of that down.” • Community resolution: “My resolution for our community relates to driving habits.

I want people to start to realize that driving is not an opportunity to multi-task. Driving demands your full attention, and its not safe to try to accomplish all the things we see going on out there.”

Retired Pitt Meadows mayor Don MacLean

“My resolution for each of us would be that we consider what we have before what we want and that each of us reaches out to someone in need who has little and could use a little more.”

School trustee Kathy Marshall

• Personal resolutions: “Live every day to the fullest – one never knows if it might be the last. Stop procrastinating and do it today. Make my health a priority and walk every day (with Simba). Tell everyone I love that I love them. Talk to my kids as often as I can, and never forget to tell them how much I love them. Get more colour in my wardrobe! Unclutter my basement. And, as a school trustee, I resolve to get a new school in Albion, and one in Silver Valley, while continuing to be the best school district in the whole province.”

Maple Ridge Councillor Michael Morden

• Personal resolutions: “My ongoing resolution is to advocate for the transition of the historical Maple Ridge to the future Maple Ridge in a respectful, thoughtful, and wellbalanced manner for those who live here now, as well as the 50,000+ projected to arrive over the next 30 years.” • Community resolution: “To consider being more engaged in the direction of where Maple Ridge is going. The electorate spoke volumes by only one in four coming out to vote. Your input is appreciated and valued. Finally recognizing that this season can be a challenging time for some, I do sincerely hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas season.” • Much more online at

Pitt Meadows Councillor Dave Murray

“I will, this day, resolve to live a simple, sincere, and serene life; repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; instead cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a trust in God.”

Pitt Meadows Museum curator Leslie Norman • Personal resolutions: “To take more time to sit with a good book and a hot cup of tea – as there is no better way to spend a rainy weekend afternoon. And to continue running two mornings each week and to persevere in taking the family dog along so that she gets into better shape, as well. • Community resolutions: “For everyone to take better care of Harris Road – slow down, turn engines off while waiting at the train, don’t litter, and pick up garbage you see. This would mean a lot to the businesses, non profits, and residents who exist along the corridor.”

Pitt Meadows Councillor Gwen O’Connell

“I always want the same for every year… that everyone start to understand that it does not matter how much money you have if your health is poor. Children are the most precious thing you can have and hold on to them dearly as they can disappear far too

soon. I want people to get to know your neighbours. The people next door, who you never see, are maybe lonely and shy and by you knocking on their door it may be the best thing to ever happen. All the best to everyone in 2012.”

Caring Place director Darrell Pilgrim

• Community resolution: “That everyone in the community treat everyone with dignity in all circumstances and situations.”

School trustee Sarah Nelson

• Personal resolution: “2012 goals include a 5-km race New Year’s Day and a spring marathon. Otherwise, my constant resolution is to be open to possibilities by using guiding principles as a way of ‘being’ rather than a list of ‘doing’. To stay resolute, I created a mug reminding me with words such as values, interests, and passions.” • Community resolution: “If you must make resolutions, make sure all your goals are “smart” ones –specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timebound.” • Much more online at

School trustee Dave Rempel

“For School District 42, my New Year’s wishes are: That the district is able to provide more fine arts opportunities for all students; and that the district make substantial progress towards a fine arts school. “For the Can CIS Adoption Society, my wish is that we are able to showcase the talents of all its adopted youth (200), in a grand finally event.”

MLA Michael Sather

• Personal resolution: “I am resolved to continue to advocate strongly for greater equality of wealth and opportunity in our communities and beyond.” • Community resolution: “May Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows encourage development of our communities while maintaining our strong helping character, the livability of our neighbourhoods, and our beautiful natural surroundings.”

Arts council executive director Lindy Sisson

• Personal resolution: “To get back to dancing more for physical fitness and fun… and to ‘employ’ a sense of humour as often as possible.” • Community resolution: “To show your appreciation for what you have in your community, and commit to supporting the efforts of your arts and cultural community helping to ensure this important sectors vitality through the difficult economic times – so they continue to contribute to the vibrancy of your community well into the future. What does that mean – resolve to have more fun! Go see a show, an exhibit, a local film series – use these events to connect more with your fellow citizens in your community, and don’t forget to invite a friend along. Participating in the arts is life affirming and rejuvenating…”

School superintendent Jan Unwin

• Personal resolutions: “I hope that my mom and dad will be here to enjoy another Christmas in 2012. I hope that my son Tom and my daughter Kaitie will figure out what exactly they wish to do in their lives, and what will bring them happiness and success now that they both have a university degree. I hope that I will be able to get to the gym every day at 6 a.m. “And professional, I hope that the job action will be over and that a fair resolution has been reached so that we can continue with the momentum towards excellence that we had. I hope that all students in our district will be successful (whatever success means for them) and enjoy their year in our public education system in 2012.” • More online at

Pitt Meadows Mayor Deb Walters

“My New Year’s resolution is to experience at least 10 new things. Trying new foods, visiting different places, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures or religions. Life is about learning and what better way then exploring new things... I predict that I will not have to venture too far from our community!”


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Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times

2011: Defining moments

Albion Flats provoke emotion, votes

Another year has gone by in Maple Ridge without a resolution to cries for shopping. by Maria Rantanen

Fate of the Albion Flats brought out emotions in Maple Ridge residents throughout 2011. Some wanted more shopping and saw the area as the place it could happen. Others wanted to protect farmland above all and wouldn’t tolerate agricultural land used for shopping. Stuck in between were the landowners and the politicians. The landowners, including local families and a mall developer, SmartCentres, were stuck in limbo as the consultation process dragged on and comments from the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) took what seemed like forever to come. In the end, the guiding document offering comments from the ALC, came the day of the inauguration of the new Maple Ridge council – after a municipal election full of pro and con arguments about shopping in the Albion Flats. Albion resident Craig Ruthven challenged incumbent mayor Ernie Daykin in the race for the top political post in the District, and while his platform was much larger than the Albion Flats, it

was the issue that launched him into the public spotlight. Ruthven tapped into the frustration of residents in areas like Albion and Silver Valley who had bought homes in areas underserviced. He knew the level of frustration held by residents who had to fight traffic to Coquitlam or pay a toll to cross the Golden Ears Bridge for their shopping needs. With a late start to his campaign and not much money to do it, he was still able to garner 40 per cent of the vote – perhaps a message that services are needed in outlying areas of Maple Ridge, as well. In February 2011, Maple Ridge council received four concept plans for the Albion Flats based on a consultation with stakeholders. After that, council reworked those plans into one “draft concept plan,” and this was the subject of a public information session at the end of March. Given the complexity and contentiousness of the issue, the Agricultural Land Commission offered to comment on the draft concept plan and meet with Maple Ridge council to give some indication of what kind of land exclusion application might be appropriate for the area. Then the waiting began. Originally, council had hoped to make a decision before the Nov. 19 election about a pos-

sible exclusion application, but the comments came too late. The comments from the ALC indicated land northwest of 105th Avenue is viable for farming. Meanwhile, the land southeast of that road might be excluded from the land reserve if drainage issues on the other side are addressed. The comments mean that Maple Ridge council now has “a place to start,” said Daykin. He hopes Maple Ridge council will get a report back from District staff early in the New Year, which will give information on what steps they could take next. The area southeast of 105th Avenue that the ALC indicated might be pulled out of the land reserve could accommodate up to 500,000 square feet of commercial development on it, a little smaller than the Meadowtown Centre in Pitt Meadows. “That would go a long way to get some more shopping out here,” Daykin said.

ALC conclusions on the draft concept plan:

The first conclusion of the land commission was that the land “north of 105th Avenue has agricultural capability, is suitable for agricultural use, and is appropriately designated as ALR.” The second conclusion suggested that, except for the fairgrounds, the land ”south of

One concept drawing of the area southeast of 105th Avenue proposed a mix of uses. 105th Avenue is of very limited interested to agriculture, thus previous commission proposals for limiting land use options may be reconsidered.” In their third conclusion, the draft concept plan that council submitted “will have an overall negative impact on agriculture” in Maple Ridge. Finally, the commission concluded that the draft concept plan is “inconsistent with the objective of the Agricultural Land Commission Act to preserve agricultural land.” The comments from the commission state that they expect the District of Maple Ridge to undertake a “comprehensive review

of drainage and stream flow conditions” in the Road Thirteen diking district. The review should include consultation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, preparation of an agricultural remedial plan – which would address drainage, long-term access, buffering or consolidation. In addition, the review should include a design that makes sure traffic patterns “enable practical access and use by farm vehicles.” Any application to exclude land southeast of 105th Avenue “may be in part or in whole conditional on progress toward the foregoing action plan,” according to the commission comments.


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2011: Defining moments

Public outcry prompts CLBC to reinstated jobs

Developmentally challenged employees at the recycling depot were on an emotional rollercoaster when told their jobs were under threat. by Maria Rantanen

Developmentally disabled employees at the Ridge Meadows Recycling depot consider their employment real jobs for real pay. In mid September, Community Living BC’s director of regional operations with the Fraser region, Carla Thiesen, said CLBC was “repurposing” its dollars to ensure people with developmental disabilities get “real jobs for real pay.” That meant 29 employees, who were part of the program, would have lost their jobs at the recycling depot. As an explanation for why the program was ending, Thiesen said it wasn’t a real “employment program,” rather a day program. After significant pressure from both local MLAs, mayor and council, and families of those employed there, CLBC reversed its decision and granted another year-long contract to the depot. Kim Day, executive director of the recycling society, said she’s “hopeful and optimistic” the pro-

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Darren Leenders, here with executive director Kim Day, works fulltime at the recycling depot. gram will continue even though the contract is only for one more year. (Over the 20 years the contract has been in place, it’s always been done on a year-toyear basis.) “It was a very upsetting and

disturbing time for everyone,” Day said of the couple weeks it took before the society got word of the continuation of the program. “[The employees] do a good job here because we’ve designed

it so they can,” Day said. Day pointed out that all the workers who are in the program at the recycling depot are paid minimum wage for the hours they are working. At the time, Thiesen said the

contract with the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society was coming to a “natural end” on Sept. 30, and the agency planned to put into a place a transition plan for the individuals who were in the program. Funding from Community Living BC pays for the support workers, which amount to three and half full-time positions, and the wages of some of the developmentally disabled workers. The $270,000 for the program was fully restored and the 29 people who benefit from it continued working at the Ridge Meadows Recycling Depot. Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton said there was a lot of “justifiable anger” over the cancellation of the program. “It wasn’t handled well,” he said after the program was reinstated. “It was very insensitive.” There might be some tweaking to the way the program is currently run, but Day said she’s had no indication from Community Living BC that the program would be terminated. Within a month of the jobs being reinstated at the recycling depot, CLBC’s chief executive officer Rick Mowles was relieved of his job and Harry Bloy was demoted from the position of minister of social development overseeing CLBC to minister of state for multiculturalism.


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“It was that really cold night, the night it snowed. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never done that before,” she said about finding herself with wet feet. “Generally speaking Pitt Meadows is in a great place. We have much to look forward to with the completion of the new library facility, the renovated arena, the senior’s complex, and new opportunities for citizens to gather and engage,” she shared. “I would like to thank my council colleagues, staff, and most importantly the citizens of Pitt Meadows for making 2011 a remarkable year,” Walters said.

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2011: Defining moments

Councillor led HST charge There was strong opposition to the new sales tax in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. by Maria Rantanen

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Corisa Bell, now a Maple Ridge councillor, was involved in the anti-HST petition and referendum and in the bid to recall MLA Marc Dalton.

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Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton said after the referendum results were released. After the success of the anti-HST petition, Bell was also involved in the attempt to recall Dalton, which in the end fizzled. Bell was elected to Maple Ridge council on Nov. 19, and after the vote said she is now on good terms will Dalton. “I have nothing against Marc personally,” Bell said. “I just had an issue with him not representing [his constituents].”


Corisa Bell became the public face in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows of the fight against the harmonized sales tax. The now-Maple Ridge councillor was also involved on a provincial level coordinating volunteers for what turned into a successful campaign to force a referendum on the hated tax. In late August, when the results of the referendum rolled around, the Liberal government announced it would uphold the voters’ decision, which saw 54.73 per cent of those who cast their ballot, vote to extinguish the controversial tax, while 45.27 per cent voted to keep it. In Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, the voting results were similar to the provincial percentages. In the provincial riding of Maple RidgeMission, 55.8 per cent of voters supported removing the tax, while in the neighbouring riding of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, 56.88 per cent of the voters wanted the HST quashed. Opponents to the tax felt it was an unfair shift of taxation from business to individuals, yet many of the bad feelings around the tax centred on the implementation process. “There is a lesson to be learned here about government listening and getting input first and we’ve heard that,” Maple


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2011: Defining moments

Pitt Meadow constructs for future

Several big recreation projects began and ended this year. by Sylver McLaren

City of Pitt Meadows had several big capital projects on the go during 2011. Most significantly was South Bonson Community Centre, a $5.5-million dollar project, which opened its door on Sept. 17 to much fanfare. The centre is 12,000 square feet and has many energysaving features like photovoltic panels on the roof to produce electricity, solar panels to preheat water, air-to-air heat pump, reflective roofing, heat-recovery system

South Bonson Community Centre in Osprey Village, Pitt Meadows has been a popular gathering place since it’s grand opening on Sept. 17. that reuses all warm air exhausted by the building, energy-efficient windows, and occupancy sensors for all the lights. Some of the wood used for construction comes from a barn built at the turn of the century, which was donated by Bill Park. Park’s grandfather was one of the original mayors of Pitt Meadows. The cen-

tury-old wood was used to build the front reception area, the stairwell, boardroom table, and more. The new centre came in under budget and on time, said Don Cramb, Pitt Meadows’ recreation manager. That can’t be said for the Pitt Meadows Arena, which cost $8.6-million to renovate – $1.1-mil-

lion more than originally planned. “Piles were found to be in a deteriorated state so we had to re-evaluate the project to deal with the integrity of the building,” said Laurie Darcus, director of corporate services. “The first two phase are expected to be completed this spring, but there will be a few more things done over the next few years,” Darcus added, noting that the official re-opening ceremony of the arena takes place Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Coming to a finish in 2011 were the refurbishing of Harris Park Outdoor Pool and the construction of the skate park, also in Harris Park. On July 1, the City kicked off summer with an official opening of the popular outdoor pool, which has been a fixture in the community for the past 66 years.

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Boyd Mason, project manager of the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse upgrades, said there are “reliability issues” at the dam because of its age.

2011: Defining moments

Dam upgrades on hold A decision is looming as to whether an old and partially obsolete Hydro facility in Ruskin will be fixed in 2012. by Maria Rantanen

The $800-million Ruskin Dam upgrade, announced in February, is still awaiting approval by the BC Utilities Commission. The renovations, if approved, will include seismic upgrading, dam and powerhouse upgrades, replacement of powerhouse equipment, and relocation of the switchyard. While the dam upgrade won’t increase its output by much, two of its generators are almost 90 years old, and the third one 60 years old. It’s time for some upgrades in order to provide reliable electricity for future generations, said Boyd Mason, the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse upgrade project manager. The renovations will bring the facility up to modern safety standards. Both an independent study and internal reviews have concluded that the equipment at the Ruskin Dam is in “poor to unsatisfactory condition,” Mason said. With no spare parts on the market, it’s expensive to maintain the generators at the Ruskin Dam, he said. “We have reliability issues now,” he said, and personnel are doing “significant repairs” which add to the operating costs of the facility. While the output of the generators, which

is a maximum 105,000 kilowatts, won’t increase significantly, the reliability and efficiency of the facility will improve. Not only is it hard to get spare parts for the generators, the technology used is so old new employees coming straight from school don’t know how to use it and need costly training. As a bonus, the powerhouse will look better, and the road at the top of the dam will be safer for pedestrians and motorists. “Esthetically, it will be a much nicer picture than right now,” Mason said. The switchyard, which connects the generators to the electrical grid, is on top of the powerhouse at the moment. It is a “unique” design, Mason said, and with the upgrades, it will be moved off the building and next to the dam.

The spillways and gates of the dam itself will be rebuilt and there will be five gates as opposed to the seven that currently exist. The powerhouse control room is also from the 1930s. Although it has had some upgrades, there are still a lot of old dials and other equipment. Some equipment is so delicate, that personnel have to be careful not to bump it in case it messes up the systems. In 1930, when the dam was first built, there were two 35,000-kilowatt turbogenerators. In 1950, a third generator was intalled, bringing its total capacity to 105,000 kilowatts. The Ruskin Dam application to the BC Utilities Commission by BC Hydro is one of the largest applications it’s ever made to them, according to the hydro utility. If approved, the project will begin in 2012 and continue until 2018.

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What’s On Post events by email to: January 3

• The next Garibaldi Art Club meeting is at 7 p.m. in the craft room, third floor at The ACT. Members will be discussing upcoming workshops and plans for the spring show which takes place from March 24 to April 21 at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery. Membership for the art club is $50 or $40 for seniors. New members welcome.

January 3

• Coquitlam Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group, now called Prostate Cancer Canada Network – Coquitlam, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Coquitlam Pinetree Community Centre. The guest speaker this month will be Shannon Griffin, a registered nurse from Vancouver General Hospital, speaking on male sexual health. Men from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows who are involved with prostate problems are encouraged to come and share their concerns and experiences in a strictly confidential atmosphere. There is no charge (donations are accepted). Info: Norm at 604-936-8703 or Ken at 604936-2998.

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• Pajama Tales, a pajama party for all ages, with the grandfather of silliness Kevin McKenzie, takes place in the lobby of The ACT at 7 p.m. Participants are invited to wear their pajamas, and to bring a blanket, pillow, and stuffed animal. The pajama party is put on by the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie Community Literacy Committee. This event is free but space is limited and preregistration is required. To register: email coordinator@ or call 604-466-8254 or 604-4762447.

January 4

• Attention families living with attention deficit disorder and autism: each month, the Pitt Meadows Community Association, in partnership with the Fraser Valley Autism Society, hosts a local support group for parents, caregivers, and stakeholders in its office space in Osprey Village. The meeting takes place on the first Wednesday of each month and is facilitated by long-time parent advocate Virginia Renaud, founder of the FVAS. These meetings are aimed at teaching behaviour management and parenting skills that are specific to families dealing with challenging behaviour. First-time guests and members of PMCA or FVAS attend

free. There’s a $2 drop-in fee for non-members. The meeting takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. The topic planned for this meeting is “using the picture exchange communication system.” The meeting is at the Pitt Meadows Community Association office 202-10958 Barnston View Rd., Pitt Meadows.

January 5

• Parkinson’s Society of B.C.’s Maple Ridge caregivers support group meets from 10 a.m. to noon. The support group is for caregivers, family, and friends of people with Parkinson’s disease. For more information, call or email Elinor Verkerk at 604-467-2768 or jdverkerk@

January 5 & 7

• Ridge Meadows Hospice thrift store is having a 75per-cent-off clothing sale on Thursday, Jan. 5 and then on Saturday Jan. 7, a 50per-cent-off everything in the store sale. Store hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. The thrift store is at 12011 224th St. behind Haney Sewing & Sound.

January 7

• Alouette Elementary School is holding a tree chipping and bottle drive fundraiser at the school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The school is at 22155 Isaac Cresc. in Maple Ridge. $10 min donation. Money raised will help support technology, sports equipment and many extras.

January 7 & 8

• Ridge Meadows Search & Rescue will be chipping Christmas trees by donation at the search and rescue building, 23598 105th Ave. (next to Planet Ice). Curbside pickup service will be offered by 1st Haney Rovers, email with name and address for pickup – minimum fee $10.

January 7 & 8

• Meadows Landscape Supply is hosting its annual Christmas tree chipping event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by donation. All proceeds to go to the Girl Guides and the Lions Club. Collection at 18020 Kennedy Rd.

January 8

• Ridge Meadows Hospice Society is hosting a bottle drive from 10 a.m. to noon, a fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the volunteer and bereavement programs. Returnables can be dropped off at the Hospice Society Thrift Store parking lot at 3-12011 224th St. (behind Haney Sewing & Sound). Info: 604-463-7722.

January 10

• Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild will be meeting at Whonnock Lake Centre at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, guests, and new or potential members are welcome to join. Besides spinners and weavers, they welcome felters, knitters, basket makers, and anyone interested in any other fibre arts. Info: Marie at 604-462-9059.

January 11

• Pitt Meadows Community

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times Choir will be practising on Wednesday evenings starting Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt Meadows Heritage Church (corner of Harris and Ford roads in Pitt Meadows). Info: Kirsteen McLean at 778866-0871 or

January 11

• Learn about reminisce kits, how to use them, and how to record family history. This interactive workshop allows elders and their younger family members to share their stories with each other. The workshop takes place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the social activity room, Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224th St., Maple Ridge. This event is free but space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register: email or call 604-466-8254 or 604476-2447.

January 11

• Maple Ridge Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ridge Meadows Seniors Centre. This meeting is open to anyone with Parkinson’s, their caregivers, families, and friends. Info: Peta Purdy at 604-463-1332 or rpcoco@

January 12

• SFU Philosophers’ Cafe presents the topic: Is our economic system doomed? What could replace it and how? The discussion takes place at The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl. at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The event is co-sponsored by the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Art Council. Moderator: Larry Green is an artist and psychotherapist whose interests include philosophy, sculpture, and theatre. Info: 778-782-5215 or visit www. philosopherscafe.

January 12

• The ex-service women’s monthly meeting will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88, 12101 224th St. A social lunch is at noon and the meeting is at 1 p.m. Memberships are due.

January 14 & 15

• Ridge Meadows Search & Rescue will be chipping Christmas trees by donation at the search and rescue building, 23598 105th Ave. (next to Planet Ice). Curbside pickup service will be offered by 1st Haney Rovers, email with name and address for pickup – minimum fee $10.

January 19

• Basic Budgeting: A Practical Approach is put on by the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Katzie Community Literacy Committee. Participants will examine what types of expenses they have and how to best set aside money to cover costs. This free workshop gives some basic tools to help budget. The workshop takes place at 7 p.m. at the CEED Centre, 11739 223rd St., is suitable for all ages. To register: email or call 604-4668254 or 604-476-2447. • Full list:

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Members of the Ridge Meadows Stingrays H3 team exited the ice surface at the end of their game against the Langley Lightning Thursday morning at Planet Ice. The game was part of the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association Tyke & Novice Night After Christmas Tournament, held Dec. 27 to 29. Troy Landreville/TIMES

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Ridge Meadows Stingrays forward Brett Blower collected his fallen stick.

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Tourneys top off 2011

Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association closes out the year with a full menu of action.

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Ridge Meadows Stingrays puck carrier Cameron Leiter sped towards a Langley Lightning defender during Thursday’s H3 game at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge.

It was a very short Christmas break for members of the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association (RMMHA). Late December was a busy time for the RMMHA, as the association hosted events in four age divisions at Planet Ice. Attracting 24 teams in total, the Tyke & Novice Night After Christmas Tournament ran from Dec. 27 to 29. Along with the host teams in the six- to eight-year-old age group, the competition drew squads from Langley, Mission, Port Moody, Cloverdale, and Chilliwack. Another nine teams were expected to play in the Atom C division from Dec. 30 to Jan. 1. Meanwhile, RMMHA played host to a Juvenile Christmas tournament between Dec. 27 and 30.

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Ridge Meadows Stingrays and Langley Lightning players shook hands – well, tapped gloves – following the final buzzer. Twelve teams were involved – the most ever in the juvenile tournament’s history. One team travelled from Winfield, and another entry came all the way from Vernon to take part.

International tournament

Sin City hosts boys’ elite lacrosse competition Burnaby Mountain Selects return from Las Vegas with new experience. Two local kids travelled to Las Vegas, Nev. to play lacrosse in the 2011 Adrenaline Sin City Showdown between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3. Both play for Burnaby Mountain Selects Boy’s Elite teams. Maple Ridge’s Caleb Foley is part of the U11 Elite team and Pitt Meadows’ Mateo Le Van plays for the U13 team. Both the U11 and U13 fall touring teams ended the tourney with 1-4 records, according to head coach Brent Hoskins. Coming into the tournament with one tie and three losses – while testing their

armour playing-up versus U12 opponents in an exhibition series in Tacoma, WA and Portland, OR – the U11 Selects earned their first victory of the season in the opening game of the Sin City Showdown with an impressive 7-4 win over Utah Starz, Hoskins explained. The U11 Selects then fell to eventual youth division runner-up, Silverfin, Calif. before ending Day 1 with a 6-2 loss to the LA Lazers, Calif. A 1-2 record would see the U11 Selects advance to the youth-division playoffs as the No. 7 seed. Despite once again playing the LA Lazers close for much of the game, the Selects would fall by a similar score of 7-2.

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Caleb Foley (left centre) and Mateo Le Van (above) played with Select teams in Las Vegas.


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An AutoCanada Dealership

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times

’S R E R U T C A F U N E A C M N

T N E ! E V L E SA N O

ES S A S R E 0 R A T 0 T E 6 MA O $ CL L T AL UP VE A S







Studio Edition Queen Set




Reg. $1099





$ Classic Dundee Tight Top Queen Set



Reg. $1079





Classic Chloe Hi-Loft Pillow Top Queen Set



Reg. $1599

Reg. $1399









Classic Kilbride

Classic Highland Hi-Loft Pillow Top Latex Foam Queen Set






Reg. $1279





Linkwood Tight Top with Silk & Latex Foam Queen Set Reg. $1499







World Class Strathmill Euro Top with Silk, Latex & Visco Foam Queen Set Reg. $1999

Mattress shown may not be identical to the advertised product in-store.


22390 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge


Monday to Thursday 9am - 5:30pm, Friday 9am - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 5:30pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm



Maple Ridge Times January 3 2012  

Maple Ridge Times January 3 2012