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Before picking up her copy of the Richmond News, that Friday was just another day in the life of Margaret. Moments later, after poring over just the first few lines of a disturbing tale on the front page about a father sexually abusing his six-year-old daughter, a tidal wave of distressing memories almost knocked Margaret off her feet. “When I read the story, I just got all panicky and I was overcome with rage and fear,” she told the News. “I got flashbacks straight away. Even though I’m getting help, this doesn’t stop. It never really goes away.” More than 40 years ago, Margaret (name changed for privacy) suffered a very similar traumatic experience when

aged just five. For two whole years, she was subjected to almost routine horrific sexual abuse at the hands of an alcoholic babysitter. And in the same way the six-year-old in the News’ story divulged the molestation to her mother, Margaret finally plucked up the courage to confide in her parents at age seven. It took another 21 years before she sought any kind of help and she still receives counseling to this day. But she told how there are many “triggers” in her daily life — including reading similar experiences in newspapers — that rock her foundation to the core, causing deep-seated emotions to erupt to the surface. “The injustice of what happened to this girl and the injustice of the sentence see Abuse page 3

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Despite skyrocketing and sometimes uneven property assessments that will mean property tax increases for some homeowners, appeals are down in key areas compared to this time last year, according to BC Assessment. With 10 days to go before the Jan. 31 deadline, appeals have fallen 18 per cent in the Richmond-Delta region and 15 per cent in the Vancouver-Sea to Sky region, two areas that saw assessments in some areas jump by as much as one-third, said

Grant McDonald, deputy assessor for BC Assessment’s Vancouver Sea to Sky region. The average assessment increase in Richmond was 16.5, Vancouver 16.4, and 15.9 in West Vancouver. Some assessments went up much more than the average increase. A two-storey house built in 1972 on a 60-by-120-foot lot on Riverdale Avenue in the Thompson area of Richmond went up $300,000 from $780,200 last year to $1,083,500 this year, said Richmond realtor Shafik Ladha. see Increase page 4

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The Richmond Arts Awards and the Richmond Maritime Festival will receive a cash injection after being endorsed by a bank. The two City of Richmond-run events, along with the new rooftop garden at the Richmond Cultural Centre, are now being supported by the Canadian Western Bank (CWB). CWB announced its partnership with the city at the grand opening of its first Richmond branch on Wednesday. The one-year agreement will be a very welcome boost for the arts awards, which, until this week, had not attracted a major sponsor. “Our city is committed to working with the business community and other stakeholders to enrich the qualStory first seen ity of life for all on the web of our citizens, www.richmond-news.com and this new partnership will help us achieve that goal,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie after the announcement was made. Under the agreement, CWB is contributing $50,000 to become the presenting sponsor of the new rooftop garden as well. Opened last fall, the garden is home to innovative programs ranging from growing food in small spaces to water conservation techniques. The facility’s green oasis area can be used as an outdoor space for a variety of cultural centre programs and events. CWB will also be the presenting sponsor for this year’s 4th annual Richmond Arts Awards, held in April, and a platinum sponsor of the 9th annual Richmond Maritime Festival, held in August.

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Abuse: Can haunt adulthood if not addressed Continued from page 1 her father received; I wanted to hurt him; I wanted to find him and get him in the same room with me,” she said. “I still suffer from post-traumatic stress. There are triggers out there. Sometimes, when I’m in the middle of the grocery store, I get a panic attack because I hear someone mention the name (of her abuser). “It’s a fairly common name, so it happens a lot. Or it might just be someone who looks like him and I instantly don’t like that man; it’s crazy.” Other triggers include her husband, who she’s been married to for 25 years, coming home smelling of cigarettes or alcohol. “He better not come near me if that happens,” she explained, adding that her abuser all those decades ago stank of cigarettes and alcohol. For many victims of sexual abuse in the 1970s, there wasn’t a great deal of help out there. And even if there was an extensive support structure in place,

those were still the days of shameful behaviour being brushed under the carpet. “My parents were alcoholics and it was an alcoholic friend of theirs that used to come round and babysit,” recalled Margaret. “I told my parents when I was about seven. They never said anything. But I never heard the man’s name mentioned again and I never saw him again. That was the last we spoke of it. “My older brother and sister were already taken into foster care. I’m not sure if that’s why my parents dealt with it the way they did.” Such is the case with many sexual abuse victims, the truth is only set free by an event experienced later in their life. For Margaret, it was a breakdown at work, aged 28, when her dark past came rushing up behind her. “It caused it to all kind of come at me,” she said. “I attempted suicide soon after. From that, I was given a great family doctor who did a lot of work with people in my position; so I got

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would have been better,” she said. “When I think of this little girl (in the News story), I really hope she is getting all the support she needs right now. “I waited half my life to get the right help. I wished it had been sooner.” ! If you, or someone you know, have been the victim of abuse, the Richmond Family Violence Prevention Network is a group of organizations able to help. Call Victim Services at 604-270-6229. In an emergency, call 911.


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Increase: Depends on city’s budget Continued from page 1 People who saw their property go up more than the average will likely see a bigger-than-usual increase in their tax bill, although the amount of that increase depends on the assessed value of their home and how much the city’s budget is increased. Vancouver Councillor Raymond Louie, who chairs the city’s finance and services committee, said it’s not automatic that the city will get more money when people’s property assessments go up. “When your property value goes up, the city takes that assessed value and divides that into what it takes to run our city,” Louie said. “The amount it takes to run our city generally stays about the same. The city does not get additional revenue just because your property value goes up.” Former Vancouver city councillor Gordon Price said it’s fair that taxes are linked to a property’s assessed value, but that it’s important to remember there isn’t a one-to-one relationship between property assessments going up and property taxes going up. In Vancouver, assessed values are averaged over three years to mitigate the effect of large single-year value increases, Louie said. He and Price also noted that property taxes do not all go to the city, a

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Local companies get down to the business of not making money, but building a community tomorrow (Jan. 26) when Volunteer Richmond Information Services (VRIS) kicks off its first in a series of community engagement workshops. Last November, VRIS launched its Richmond Caring Companies program, intended to help local businesses create charitable initiatives and programs. Working with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Ashton Service Group, VRIS holds workshops over the next four months with 15 businesses signed up to learn more about starting or enhancing employer-supported volunteer services. “We would like to evolve our leadership to encourage corporate Richmond,” said Elizabeth Specht, VRIS executive director. Specht said she prefers “community engagement” over “corporate social responsibility” which could simply mean having a green office.

Elizabeth Specht Companies, both large and small, develop policies, procedures and implementation plans at the workshops, and then are put in touch with non-profit organizations to pitch collaborative ideas. Everything will culminate on the first annual “Richmond Day of Caring,” tentatively set for June 15, where employees work with NPOs on to-be-determined service projects in the city. Interest by the business sector to give back is not a new concept, but many people didn’t know how to get involved beyond cutting a cheque at Christmas time, said Specht. “Employees are three times as likely to stay at a job with employer-supported

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What’s tobacco doing on pharmacy shelves? National Non-Smoking Week may not be a name on everyone’s lips, but then neither are cigarettes. That’s reason to celebrate. In 2010, 14 per cent of British Columbians were lighting up, the lowest rate in the country — a testament to the powers of education and societal pressure. But we can do better — and we should. Tobacco products are the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Canada, accounting for 85 per cent of all lung cancers and reducing the life expectancy of smoking women by an average of nine years. The provincial government added smoking cessation products to its PharmaCare coverage in September and more than 63,000 British Columbians have taken advantage of the offer. That sounds great until you realize there are an estimated 550,000 smokers in B.C., of whom 70 per cent say they would like to quit. Victoria could do more to help them if it acted on this week’s recommendation of the B.C. Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, B.C. and Yukon, that the province should ban tobacco products from pharmacy shelves. It is a double standard that pharmacies dispensing medications and part of the health care system should sell dangerous addictive substances. Indeed, only Manitoba and the Yukon continue to allow such a practice in addition to British Columbia. Studies show fewer outlets can reduce tobacco consumption. Reduced tobacco consumption reduces health care costs. Why is Victoria waiting?

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How to use time on your hands The Editor, Some people have nothing but time on their hands. There is a fellow in my service club who volunteers for all the fundraisers and other groups as well, such as church and community meal programs. He has so much time on his hands. There is a lady whose kid goes to school with my kid. She always volunteers to help the PAC with fundraisers at the school. She’s also a Girl Guide leader and is raising a young family. She’s another one of those people with time on their hands. Every day hundreds of volunteers from all over Richmond support the dozens of groups, from the Gateway Theatre to the Richmond Food Bank. These organizations could not provide the services they do without the time generously donated to them. Sometimes the work is fun, sometimes it’s interesting, sometimes it’s hard, but it’s always important. I guess you could sit down, relax and watch another reality show on TV, or you could volunteer and be part of reality. You could join these community heroes that make important things work. All you need is a little time on your hands. Scott Stewart Richmond

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Flaherty’s move vitally changes healthcare Ten or so years from now, we may look back and circle Dec. 19, 2011 as the day our healthcare system embarked on a new path. Whether it will ultimately be a good or bad path remains to be seen. That was the day federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty dropped a bombshell on his provincial counterparts by informing them they could no longer rely on billions of new dollars in federal funding for healthcare every year. Flaherty announced the new policy — effective in 2015 — without any consultation, although he had been hinting something was up for weeks prior. The finance ministers were shell-shocked, since federal funding would drop from six per cent annual boosts to a percentage tied to the nation’s economic growth. B.C. stands to lose about $250 million a year, while Alberta will see a windfall in excess of $1 billion. Fast forward to last week, when the country’s premiers and territory leaders met in Victoria and stomped their collective feet about the new funding policy. They are also upset by what they view as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s refusal to even talk about it. But then a funny thing happened. The premiers did something that probably would not have happened if Flaherty hadn’t arbitrarily changed the rules of the

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game. The premiers agreed to launch a six-month initiative aimed at doing things better and saving money in three critical areas of the healthcare system: scope of practice, human resource management and clinical guidelines. All three areas consume billions of dollars. Finding ways of delivering good health outcomes while saving money is desirable and necessary as treating the population gets ever more expensive. While Canada has a national health system, how it operates differs from province to province. Rules governing what precise duties doctors and nurses perform, how much they are paid and what constitutes the proper time for medical intervention can vary depending on the province in which you reside. All of these areas have cost implications. For example, giving nurses more responsibilities and duties instead of allocating them only to doctors costs less money, because nurses earn far less than physicians, yet the health outcomes can be just as positive. Provinces also recruit healthcare professionals by

dangling financial incentives in front of them, thus forcing other provinces to match their offers or watch those professionals leave their jurisdiction. A more unified approach linking provincial salary and fee levels would presumably save money. And clinical guidelines — which set out standard directions and approaches to allow physicians to provide appropriate care for specific conditions — vary in their application from province to province, particularly when it comes to emergency care. These guidelines not only play a major role in determining health outcomes of patients, they can also have a potentially huge impact on health-care costs. New guidelines are often developed and are shown to be cost-effective, while maintaining strong outcomes. A more uniform approach to clinical guidelines, where provinces spend more time learning from each other and implementing the good ideas that can emerge from changing guidelines, has financial ramifications for provincial healthcare systems. The premiers, despite their grousing about Harper not talking to them about healthcare funding, now realize they have more power when it comes to setting the standards and rules of the healthcare system. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC.


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Mandate environment protection taken advantage of the Federal Energy Audit program to implement a number of household energy savings. We all have to do this and our levels of governance need to support us. Our municipalities need to deal with procrastinators like my neighbour who tells me many Sunday evenings, while I box and manage my garbage, “I don’t have time for this nonsense.” Right now, as individuals, we must do everything we can to reduce waste and reduce pollution. Equally, our local levels of government need to stop being timid and need to push and push to achieve 80 per cent landfill waste reduction. Our school system needs waste management to be taught and our regional bureaucracy needs urgently to reduce the major emitters. I urge people of Metro Vancouver to not let up and become strong voices to clean up our environment and eliminate the need for another incinerator in our region, which will pump out another 300,000 tonnes of airborne pollution. John McCrossan Richmond

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Convicted rapper pays it forward Richmond’s Bosco Poon, stage name B.O.Z., comes into the News, and with a firm handshake and a kind smile sits down. He looks a little like an Asian Michael Jackson. Anyone would be hard pressed to picture Poon as a convicted felon spending four and a half years behind bars for kidnapping charges in 2006. The 28-year-old rapper was granted parole on Nov. 29, 2010 and he’s talking about his years in jail through his music. “When I was first incarcerated I lost all hope,” he said. “I lost my will to survive and any passion I had for music.” Born in Hong Kong, his family immigrated to B.C. when he was 12. Because of his small stature, Poon said he was relentlessly teased and bullied. It didn’t help either that his parents didn’t speak English or that his grasp of the language was spotty at best. He was easy picking for gang members at his school. “A Chinese gang adopted me and I really felt a sense of belonging,” Poon said.

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“They spoke my mother tongue and introduced me to drinking, smoking and ecstasy.” It was the time when raves hit the scene and ecstasy was the drug of choice for many young teens. After high school, Poon distanced himself from the gang to pursue a musical career. “I loved rap and in those days there were no Chinese rappers,” he added. In 2002, he won a Warner Music Taiwan Hip-Hop talent contest and began recording for the record company. “However, after a year we broke off the contract,” Poon said. Instead of calling it quits, the young rapper persevered and joined a band, Syndicate — a local Chinese hip-hop band. In 2004, Syndicate was offered a record deal with EMI Music Taiwan. “I was about to fly out to Taiwan to work on our record label contract nego-

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Continued from page 13 “I let them use the house and found out later they used it during a kidnapping incident,” he said. Within a week, the police found and arrested not only the kidnappers, but Poon as well. He vividly remembers watching his parents sob as he stood, shackled and accused of kidnapping. “My parents used up $220,000 of their own money to help me and at the end of the trial I was handed a 12-year sentence in jail,” Poon said of the two-year trial beginning in 2004. “I was numb … I entered into a world I couldn’t even imagine coming out of.” His first three months were spent in solitary confinement at the Regional Reception Assessment Centre (RRAC) — he was 22. He was then transferred to Mission Institute, a medium security jail. “I was just trying to survive … I was so depressed,” Poon said. “But through time, jail changed me and brought me to a place of reflection.” Poon said he found his faith in the prison chapel, and he became a chapel worker and peer counselor. He also found new inspiration for his music when Juno-award winning songwriter and singer, Brian Doerksen, came to prison to sing to the inmates. “I met Brian in 2007 and he asked me to share my story with him during an Abbotsford concert he was putting on,” Poon said. “The warden gave me a three-hour pass and in my prison garb I went on stage and told my story.” That inspired Poon to tell his story to

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The removal of bodychecking at the recreational level of minor hockey, beginning in the 201213 season, has been well received by the city’s two associations. Concerns about hockey injuries, in particular concussions, have led to discussions at the national, provincial and regional levels of the sport. In the fall, the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) formed a committee to prepare a report and offer resolutions to make the game safer and more appealing to potential new players. It was circulated to members in early December. On Sunday, the PCAHA, which governs minor hockey in the Greater Vancouver area, held an extraordinary general meeting where delegates from PCAHA’s 42 associations voted on four resolutions regarding bodychecking. The main issue was removing bodychecking at the recreational or house level for all divisions (Atom to Midget) which was overwhelmingly supported by a 123-39 margin. Bodychecking will also no longer be allowed at the Pee Wee rep level if the same decision is reached at B.C. Hockey’s annual general meeting in June. The vote means only three regional associations in the province still allows

bodychecking in recreational hockey — North Central, North West and Peace River. Pacific Coast Amateur and B.C. is also catching up to the rest of Canada. Bodychecking in recreational hockey is not permitted in Ontario, Quebec, PEI and Manitoba. Alberta offers recreational players a choice — bodychecking or contact. Pacific Coast also had the same option, but only a few associations have offered it due to the general lack of interest in contact only hockey. Prior to Sunday’s vote, Seafair Minor and Richmond Minor conducted their own informal surveys among parents of their registered players to determine which direction the organizations would cast their votes. The results were on par to the Pacific Coast vote. In Richmond Minor, 236 members participated in the survey with 75 percent agreeing with the removal of bodychecking at the recreational level. At Seafair, the support was even higher with 78 percent of members approving. The only resolution not to pass at the PCAHA meeting was to remove hitting from the Pee Wee rep level, designated for 11-and-12year-olds, regardless of what B.C. Amateur Hockey decides to do. That was defeated (11154) by Pacific Coast and Richmond Minor’s survey

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Bodychecking will no longer be allowed at all levels of recreational minor hockey following a vote conducted by the Pacific Amateur Hockey Association on Sunday. The decision is applauded by members of the Seafair and Richmond Minor Hockey Associations. Bodychecking could be removed from the Pee Wee rep level as well. produced similar results. However, Seafair still approved of the idea by a 129-69 margin. Regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s meeting, Seafair executive Ken Hamaguchi believes changes were imminent based on hockey’s current perception in Canada, especially with its marquee player —

Sidney Crosby — sideline with concussion symptoms. “B.C. Hockey’s biggest concern is the trend showing less kids are playing hockey,” said Hamaguchi. “The biggest reasons are what is happening with the number of concussions at all levels and the cost to play the sport. “The idea is taking hit-

ting out of recreational hockey will address one of those concerns and will generate more business in the long run.” The immediate impact of the new rules will likely not be well received at the older Midget and Bantam levels of recreational hockey where players have grown up with hitting being part of

the game. Richmond Minor president Gary Lok thinks this might lead to a shift in numbers for next season. “We could very well see associations icing more rep teams,” he said. “The cost and commitment are greater but at least those kids will get the opportunity to keep playing (with the same rules).”

Sockeyes closing in on securing first place overall finish

It just a matter of time before the Richmond Sockeyes lock up the best record in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League. With just six regular season games remaining, the defending PIJHL champions

own an 11 point cushion over the Delta Ice Hawks atop the Tom Shaw Conference standings. They are also 12 points better than the Aldergrove Kodiaks who sit first in the Harold Brittain Conference standings.

Richmond made it 30 wins in 36 games with a 7-2 victory at Ridge Meadows last Friday. Jeremy Hamaguchi led the way with a three point night, including a pair of goals, to move closer to PIJHL scoring leader Spencer Traher of the Ice Hawks.

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Coming off of a two week long training camp and some additional tough workouts was no obstacle for Richmond Rapids swimmers. Twelve local athletes put their hard work to good use at the Hyack Icebreaker Classic held in New Wesminister. “It was great to see such determination in each swimmer’s racing this weekend. Most of them are quite tired from the camp but showed a lot of guts racing,” says Rob Pettifer, the Richmond Rapids’ Head Coach. The goal of the weekend was not personal bests for most swimmers but for the honing and sharpening of skills learned over the past month and on being mentally tougher in the pool. Swimmers used this meet as a chance to get some racing in before next month’s Western Canadian Championships in Winnipeg. Top eight finishers for the Rapids included: Kyle Bower (16) 6th 1500 freestyle; Brandon De Costa (15) gold 100 back, 5th 100 fly; Nicolaas Dekker (16)

Tiffany Orr competed for the Richmond Rapids. gold 200 fly, silvers 200 free/200 breaststroke, 5th 1500 free, 6th 200 backstroke; Hau-Li Fan (14) golds 400 IM/1500 free, silver 200 breaststroke; Paula Gosse (15) 5th 100 back, 7th 800 free; Celine Hong (15) silvers 400 IM/200 breast/800 free, 6th 200 back; Michael JakacSinclair (14) 5th 400 IM, 6th 400 free/200 fly/1500 free; Nathan Muszynski (17) bronze 400 IM, 5th 200 breaststroke and Tiffany Orr (16) silver 100 back, fourth 200 IM/200 free, 7th 200 back. The next two months will be busy for the Rapids with upcoming meets in Vancouver, at the CDSC New Year’s Invitational, the

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RENTALS 6508

Apt/Condos

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6005

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For Sale by Owner

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Real Estate

Co-ops

Mariner Cove Co-op is accepting application for their Market & Subsidy Waitlist. 2,3,4 BR T/H Units as well as 2BR wheelchair accessible units. 2BR: $858 shr’d purchase $2000. 3BR: $1030 shr’d purchase $2500. 4BR: $1158 shr’d purchase $3000. SASE to: #39 - 4660 52A St, Delta BC V4K 2Y6

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Duplexes - Rent

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Mobile Homes

LANGLEY 2 BR mobile completely remodelled, park like setting air cond, storage, large decks, nr shops/hospital/police, parking. $49,500. 604-534-2997

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Luxury Cars

2010 BMW 323 Automatic w/ manual mode 40,000 kms $25,900. Call Gerry: (604) 341-5281 or email: gerrygcs@hotmail.com

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Scrap Car Removal

Out Of Town Property

NAPLES FLORIDA AREA! Bank Acquired Condos Only $169,900. Same unit sold for $428,895. Own your brand new condo for pennies on the dollar in warm, sunny SW Florida! Walk to over 20 restaurants/100 shops! Must see. Ask about travel incentives. Call 1-866-959-2825, ext 15. www.coconutpointcondos.com

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Houses - Rent

LOWER floor of 2 storey house, ideal for a couple, 2 bdrm, kitchen, bath, lrg fncd back yard, 1 car gar, 1 blk from Richmond Public Market, avail Now, $850, pet ok, n/s, 1-626-543-0415

Office/Retail Rent

2 OFFICE UNITS @ Three West Centre, total space 497 sf, rent $2000 + hst. Emily 604-270-7533

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6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR ste, new house, own laundry, nr bus & shops, $950. Nr Steveston & #4, 604-551-7007 2 BR grnd flr, own entry, new home suit single $1000 incl util ref’s ns/np, couple neg. 604-241-5999 2 BR grnd lvl ste, brand new home, Rchmd, $1175 incl utils & wi fi, ns np, no laundry, walk to Rchmd Center, Hospital & transit. 604-447-6571, 604-363-6007 3 BDRM, 2 bath upper, Nr #1/Blundell, shared w/d, n/s, n/p, $1700+utils.Call 604-761-5928 or 604-319-4140

Shared Accommodation

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1BR share kitchen, bath$450, incl cable/net hydro nr Rmd Hospital. 604-277-9747 * 778-709-5893

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Shared Accommodation

6595-55

RMD 1 br bsmt ste, reno’d like new, ns np, shrd ldry, $675 incl utils. Feb 1st.. 604-754-7917

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ROOMMATE NEEDED to share 1800 sqft Townhouse in Port Moody, w/d, laminate floors, $550 incls utils, cable & internet, parking, indoor pool, nr SFU & Lougheed Mall. Suits professional working person or student. Refs Req. Avail Now. 778-846-5275

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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

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THE SCRAPPER SCRAP CAR & TRUCK REMOVAL

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

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RV’s/Trailers

2005FORD F150 Lariat. Burgundy, tan leather interior &matching Leer canopy. Never off-road 4X4, new tires and brakes, hitch, back-up camera, spray on bed-liner. $15,500 OBO. Call 604-943-2626

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2006 WILDWOOD Trailer 25’ 10' w/ hitch, sleeps 6, 2 dr, full bath, kitchen, and walk about queen size bed. Plenty of storage.Asking $12,500. Call 604-322-3207

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Sports & Imports

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Excavating

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Handyperson

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Winter Special

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Electrical

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A-1 PAINT CO. 604-723-8434

Concrete

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Painting/ Wallpaper

8195

Cleaning

EUROPEAN DETAILED Service cleaning. www.puma-cleaning.ca Sophia 604-805-3376

Renovations & Home Improvement

ACE OF TRADES:

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8255

Rubbish Removal

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$35/HOUR PER PERSON • 24/7 Abe Moving & Delivery and Rubbish Removal. 604-999-6020

Lawn & Garden

A & B Landscaping award winners Providence Hospitals. Res/Comm Small jobs okay. 604-202-3893

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RIGHTWAY Home Services Renos, Kitchen, Bath, Painting, etc. Call Alan: (604) 782-0992

8250

Moving & Storage

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