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s you read this, there are families around New Westminster packing their bags to get their little ones ready for music or dance class. No surprise there. But what might surprise you is the age of the participants – and the fact that many of them can’t even walk themselves to class, never mind carry their own bags. Music and dance classes for babies and toddlers are becoming popular with local families. Private studios and city-run parks and recreation programs offer programs that bear such names as Mini Music and A Special Baby’s First Dance. Report So what’s with the boom in baby arts? Arts reporter Julie MacLellan – herself the mother of a 15-month-old – thought she’d do a little investigating and find out. As it turns out, we’re not on a quest to turn out a new generation of baby Baryshnikovs and mini Mozarts. But we are increasingly embracing the notion that early exposure to the arts is good for our kids. And it seems science is on our side. In today’s Record, MacLellan takes a closer look at babies, toddlers and the arts in our midst. See pages 3 and 11, and find more at


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Making music: Luke Nomura, aged 19 months, and mom Cybil Nomura explore musical instruments during the Rhythm Kids class at Kids in Motion studio in Sapperton.

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lena is tearing around in circles. Cara is hanging back a little shyly. Luke is watching everyone with interest. Madz isn’t entirely sure she wants to be here, and she takes some coaxing to get her shoes off – although she quickly decides it’s a fun place after all. All told, it looks like a slightly chaotic beginning to dance class. Unless, of course, you know that this is exactly how it’s all supposed to be going. “Let the kids have their own freedom with it,” says Jessica Hanson with a smile. Hanson is the owner-operator of Kids in Motion Creative Arts Studio in Sapperton. This is Rhythm Kids, her Wednesday morning movement and music class for the 1.5- to three-year-old set. Yes, you read that right. Tots as young as a year-and-a-half are indeed taking a dance class. A Special Report But it’s not about turning out the next batch of prima ballerinas. It’s about embracing the idea that movement and music are good for kids on many levels – and the earlier you expose them to it, the better. For Hanson, it’s all based on tapping into kids’ inherent creativity. “It’s about really socializing them and starting with their imaginations early,” she says. “Kids are creative, but we take it out of them so soon. … Society tries to structure them and put them into a structure so soon.” A Rhythm Kids class involves free movement, follow-the-leader-style movement, instrument play, songs, a story and even some dress-up time. Hanson believes in the power of imagination, so she runs each class on a theme. Today, it’s an ocean theme, so the songs and activities are all sea-based. And, when the kids get to pull out some props, they’re not just pompoms, they’re jellyfish and octopuses and other sea creatures. In each class, Hanson tries to help kids not


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Imagination: Elena Perdikakis, aged 26 months, uses pompoms as jellyfish and octopuses during song time in an ocean-themed Rhythm Kids class at Kids in Motion. just learn how to move, but how to explore many different ways of thinking and seeing. “Kids really get to use their imagination, and see things as they aren’t,” she says. hat, Hanson says, is one of the huge benefits of the class – especially for those kids who don’t learn well within structured settings like the school system or traditional ballet classes. Though Hanson herself comes from a traditional, structured ballet background, she notes that it’s not for everyone. She’s turning out kids who may go on to take more structured dance classes – many of her tots have already moved on to toddler dance classes – but also, at a more fundamental level, kids who feel empowered to learn in their own way. “I want it to be a space where everyone feels welcome, and they don’t have to fit in the


All together now: Jessica Hanson, in centre, leads Rhythm Kids class at Kids in Motion studio. At left is Betty Palma with daughter Cara. At right is Louanne Govier with Sienna Wallace.

confines of structure,” she says. For these kids, it’s working. arina Andrinopoulos says that for her daughter, 26-month-old Elena Perdikakis, the class is a chance to channel her abundant energy into fun and learning. “I was just looking for a place where she could run around and dance,” Andrinopoulos says, smiling as the small girl takes off at a run around the room. “She just dances all the time at home anyway.” For Elena, who’s not in daycare, the social exposure to other kids is important. And Andrinopoulos says the youngster is enjoying it: “She talks about it all week,” her mom says with a smile. For Betty Palma, it’s a way to continue her daughter Cara’s exposure to music. Cara is now 19 months old, and she was first in a baby music class at six months. Palma herself used to play piano, and she wanted to get her children set out on a musical path early in life. “I think it’s a very important part of their upbringing,” she says. “Music is a part of everything, it’s a part of every day.” It helps her children learn, she says, and it helps them relax when they’re wound up or upset. And she’s seen the results in her older daughter, Megan – who’s five and now in kindergarten. “She’s so into singing, she’s dancing all the time,” Palma says. “It’s ingrained in her.” t’s that same belief in early immersion that has Vashti Fairbairn offering music classes for infants and toddlers at her school, the Music Box studio at River Market.



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Michael Ewen said. The payout to Sommerfeldt came at a time when the district announced it has to cut about 60 positions to offset a multimillion-dollar structural deficit for this year, in addition to dealing with owing money to the province. BY NIKI HOPE REPORTER The school district’s contract with Sommerfeldt entitled him to 18 months’ notice of termination of employment or The cash-strapped New Westminster compensation in lieu of notice, according school district has given a senior admin- to information obtained by The Record istrator a $13,000 raise at a time when it through a freedom-of-information request owes approximately $4.3 million to the in April. Sommerfeldt joined the New province for ongoing budget shortfalls. Westminster school district in Al Balanuik’s salary was March 2009, replacing Doug increased last February from Wong as secretary-treasurer. $132,033 to $145,000 because his The district is still paying position was combined into a dual Sommerfeldt severance in monthrole of assistant superintendent ly installments. and secretary-treasurer, according “That won’t be off the books to the district. Balanuik took over until next August,” Ewen said. the district’s dire finances last The district also brought in spring when former secretarySheldon Lee to be the district’s treasurer Brian Sommerfeldt left director of finance. Lee previwith a $195,320 severance packously worked for the district as age after four years of employ- Al Balanuik assistant secretary-treasurer. The ment. district couldn’t be reached at senior admin “The secretary-treasurer pospress time to say how much Lee ition, in the hierarchy of public is earning for his current role. education, is a higher position than assistThe B.C. Public School Employers’ ant superintendent. It’s usually the second Association and the board of education position in the district, and he has more approved Balanuik’s raise. responsibility, so he has not just educationSuperintendent John Woudzia is the al responsibilities but the financial respon- district’s highest earner with a salary of sibilities as well,” board of education chair $150,989.

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stockpiling on the Surrey site isn’t required; ensuring that coal dust doesn’t migrate from barges at the terminal and along its route to its destination; and requiring Fraser Surrey Docks to undertake an environmental impact assessment about the project. “We are confident that this type of independent and transparent study will ensure a greater level of transparency and move the debate from purely speculative to very objective. Once the completed environmental impact assessment is received, it will be made available for public comment,” said a statement provided by Port Metro Vancouver when contacted

by The Record. According to the press release, Port Metro Vancouver does not set “arbitrary timelines” so a project permit will not be issued by the port until all technical reviews and any required municipal, First Nations and community consultations are complete. Fraser Surrey Docks has applied to Port Metro

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It turns out that it’s not so much the Don’t be lulled into a false sense of amount of sleep that’s the culprit, as the security by that extra hour of sleep (or time at which sleep occurs. partying!) you’re going to get when the The time change changes the time clocks “fall back” into Pacific standard at which we sleep, and that disrupts time this weekend. our circadian rhythm, which Studies show that the throws our thought processes autumn time change – which out of whack. officially shifts clocks back to THE RECORD Ironically, farmers – for 1 a.m. from 2 a.m. on Sunday whom daylight time (originmorning – is almost as bad for ally known as daylight saving time) was generating accidents on highways and initially instituted to save costs of workroads, and in homes and workplaces, ing in the dark – knew right from the as the spring change to daylight time, start that their livestock would not pay when an hour of sleep is lost.


any attention to what an arbitrarily set clock might say. They generally continue to work their usual schedule – in tune with their clockless animals. Saskatchewan also figured it out decades ago, doing away with switching times, effectively maintaining daylight time year round. In B.C., daylight time was extended in recent years, turning to standard time later in the fall and shifting back to daylight time earlier in the spring. Meanwhile, the rest of us need to be

mindful of the added risk of a sudden change in our sleep cycle, coupled at this time of year with a sudden plunge into darkness for the afternoon commute. Watch out for the other guy, who will be similarly handicapped. And watch out for pedestrians and cyclists who may seem to come out of that unaccustomed darkness more suddenly than you expect. It may be time to revisit the relationship between our clocks and an outmoded “daylight saving” concept. But in the meantime, just be careful.

I may have a bridge to sell you IN MY OPINION



oday, I’m raising a glass to the greatest salesmen of all time – the ones who sold the Eiffel Tower, the Brooklyn Bridge and various other landmarks. A good salesman can sell you something you need or want. A great salesman will sell you something you didn’t know you needed. A con man will sell you something you don’t need, don’t want, and which he doesn’t own. By the 1930s, the idea of selling the Brooklyn Bridge had become a cliché. But in the late 1800s, it was a very real full-time business for half a dozen confidence tricksters. A swindler named Reed C. Waddell would prop up a sign reading “Bridge for sale,” and would be open for business. He’d take anywhere from $250 to $1,000 – not a bad day’s pay in the 1890s. The bridge sellers’ targets were new immigrants, those so enraptured by the American dream that they imagined anyone could buy a famous public landmark. By the 1920s, Ellis

Island was handing out pamphlets warning that streets, bridges, and other public objects were not for sale. In Europe, the scam was reversed. The Czech con man Harry Jelinek once sold Karlstejn Castle to American industrialists, allegedly while pretending to be a local baron. Another Czech-born con man was the greatest of them all. Victor Lustig left his home country at a relatively young age, so he had to sell the landmarks of other nations. Fortunately, he was fluent in many languages, and he chose to settle down in Paris. In 1925, French newspapers were wondering what was to become of the Eiffel Tower. It was rusting, far older than its intended lifespan. What would become of the monument? Lustig capitalized on the rumours by using nothing more than some forged government stationery and a room at a swanky hotel. He called together the six most prominent metal scrap dealers in Paris and swore them to secrecy: the government had decided to tear down the tower, and one of them would get the contract for the metal. The mark, however, seemed suspicious of all the secrecy, so Lustig one-upped himself. He was simply an underpaid government bureaucrat, he told the unlucky scrap dealer. Perhaps

Musings on a city public hearing Dear Editor:

I attended the public hearing in the New Westminster council chamber on Oct. 28. I was there in support of our neighbours who had requested approval for a change to their renovation plans as a stop-work order had been issued by the city. I know most residents are not able to attend these meetings, so I thought I would share my personal thoughts. Coun. Chuck Puchmayr took on the role of the prosecutor, his questions and comments were tough and pointed. He seemed to be well versed on the issue before him, and, while he ended up taking a position opposite to my own, I think he did a good job. Coun. Betty McIntosh also had some solid questions, her tone was friendlier and more of a fact◗Cons Page 7 finding nature. She mentioned how she had been

by the property a few times in preparation for the meeting. Coun. Jaimie McEvoy had relevant questions for staff and our neighbours. I was pleasantly surprised with his performance as I have heard some negative comments with regard to his performance on council. Mayor Wayne Wright kept the meeting moving and did a good job as chair of the meeting. He had some comments, but nothing I felt was at the heart of the matter. Coun. Jonathan Cote did not appear to be interested in the subject, but perhaps he had already made a decision based on the written submissions. Coun. Bill Harper asked confusing questions, I had trouble following his train of thought and what he was getting at. He did not seem to be prepared and in at least one instance had to be corrected by ◗Meeting Page 7


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city staff. Coun. Lorrie Williams had some good comments and offered some personal history with regard to building in New Westminster. However, some of her comments did disturb me. She talked about how making a decision in favour of the changes would impact the city staff. She was concerned that city staff would be upset with council if they voted in favour of the proposal, as staff had issued the stop-work order. This is alarming as it sends the message to me that council is more concerned about staff than the citizen owners who pay the bills. My understanding of how things should work is that city staff implements the decisions of council. Does they city staff have that much power over council that they are afraid of making a decision that would upset them? This is very troubling, council should be making decisions based on what is best for the city, not is what is best for the city staff. David Brett of the Queen’s Park Residents’ Association spoke out against the changes. I was surprised, aren’t resident associations there to support the residents? He said he had spoken with neighbours in the area who were concerned about it. I live across the street and look directly upon the house in question, I never heard anything from them. When questioned by Coun. Puchmayr as to what the association wanted and what should be done, Mr. Brett was not able to give a clear answer, just simply that he was against it. There was also another gentleman from the association who spoke out against the process. He seemed more concerned about the size of the home, but no footprint change was being requested. I was very disappointed in the Queen’s Park association, they came off as busybodies simply getting into other people’s business. I did provide a written submission prior to the meeting in favour of the requested changes. I had no plans to speak, but

after David Brett’s comments I felt I had to. I rate my performance as poor; I wish I could have been more articulate to help support my neighbours. It can be intimidating speaking to council, the mayor being way up high on his bench directly in front of you, councillors surrounding you on either side. The design and layout favours council and the mayor, my advice is that if you are going speak have something prepared, perhaps I should have simply read my letter. I recommend that other residents/taxpayers attend council and school board meetings when they can, I would be interested to read about their thoughts. Geoff Pomper, via email

Canada exporting pollution Dear Editor:

A recent news report from northern China noted the arrival of winter means the return of the smog season, created by the combined effect of weather and the start up of residential and city heating systems fuelled by coal. This year it only took two days before the city of Harbin experienced smog so thick that visibility was down to 50 metres. In Beijing the air pollution level caused government to warn children, older people and those with respiratory ailments to reduce outdoor activities. Last year, over 68 per cent of energy used by China was generated by burning coal. There is little sign of replacing it as an energy source in the immediate future. There are a few positive signs the city of Beijing is attempting to rein in air pollution from other sources; for example, implementing alternate day usage of cars. But it is likely a losing battle as long as coal remains the primary source of energy. In the meantime, developed nations with deposits of coal, such as Canada, are more than happy to ship it. But let’s not kid ourselves. We may be selling coal, but we’re exporting pollution. Bill Brassington, via email

Cons: Now scammers avoid prison ◗ continued from page 6

a little extra cash would help the right bidder get the rights to the landmark? Reassured, the mark gave Lustig the cash for the tower and a bribe. Lustig skipped town,but was eventually caught in the States and died in Alcatraz on a counterfeiting charge. One of the reasons I can feel some degree of admiration for these swindlers is that they knew they were crooks. Once they were caught, they seldom attempted to pretend they

were anything other than clever and unscrupulous. Today, we most often see the descendants of the other style of scam artist, Charles Ponzi. Ponzi realized that scamming one gullible mark with a lot of cash could be replaced by scamming lots and lots of poor people out of what little money they had. He invented the industrialsized scam, and he is the direct cause of people like Bernie Madoff and the folks who rope you into buying fraudulent stocks. Even worse are those one

rung up the ladder, who work at the big banks and trading houses. JPMorgan recently agreed to pay $13 billion in exchange for a wide range of financial improprieties – which is a nice way of saying they ripped off a lot of people, mostly through mortgagerelated shenanigans. These men have taken more, have kept most of it and are unlikely to die in a prison cell. Matthew Claxton is a reporter with the Langley Advance, a sister paper of The Record.

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The damage from the Columbia Street fire could top $5 million by the time all the costs are tallied. Fire Chief Tim Armstrong is still piecing the damage estimate together with all the different insurance companies involved in the Oct. 10 fire. “I’d saying we are pushing $5 million,” he said. “I don’t know what all the businesses owners were insured to.” Some citizens reported incidents of vandalism on Columbia Street on the evening before the fire, but Armstrong said there appears to be “no ties” to the fire. In addition to local police and fire investigators, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and an independent investigator from another city were involved in the initial site investigation to provide “a number of different eyes” on the case. The fire began in the E.L. Lewis Block (also known as the Crescent Block) at about 4 a.m., and spread to the adjacent Hamley Block. In addition to the 23 businesses located in the two buildings destroyed by the fire, an additional 25 were impacted by issues such as smoke and soot damage. New Westminster fire and police officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. “We are not indicating it was arson,” Armstrong said. “That’s not the feeling we are getting. We are still in the investigation. We haven’t

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ment up on the roof.” Lisa Spitale, the city’s chief administrative officer, said the city continues to work with businesses and focus on the cleanup issues at the site. The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Westminster Savings to set up a Downtown New Westminster Fire Relief Fund to help businesses affected by the fire. Any funds raised or donated can be deposited into the account at any branch of Westminster Savings (account #452538201).



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Fairbairn is herself a mom, to two-year-old Clara, and her little girl has been exposed to music since even before her birth. “I was pregnant with her, performing and teaching,” Fairbairn says. Ever since, Clara has been exposed to music, both at home and at her mom’s studio, where she’s an enthusiastic participant in Mini Music – a drop-in for kids aged nine months up to three years. In Clara, Fairbairn can see all the benefits of early music education coming to life before her eyes. “Language development for Clara was huge,” she says. Her daughter’s speech has grown in leaps and bounds, and she’s enthusiastically using her large vocabulary – even in sentences. Fairbairn points out that singing is good for language development because, in song, we tend to prolong vowels and make our consonants more clear – which makes it easier for tots to learn the subtleties of language. The rhythms of song also echo the rhythms of speech, and the patterns of conversation – call and response, question and answer – are all common A Special themes in music. Report At an even deeper level, music gives tots early exposure to the idea of active listening, not passive listening – as a consequence of which, they’re able at an early age to identify emotion in another person’s voice. “It gives them empathy earlier,” Fairbairn says. ids exposed to music early also have exposure to other skills – fine motor skills with finger play, hand and body coordination, balance, learning to feel a beat with their body and to beat it out with drumsticks and hands. Fairbairn notes that kids exposed to music early are surprisingly quick to be able to keep a steady beat, to grasp high and low pitches, to distinguish between loud and soft. And, through it all, they’re learning to express themselves in their own way – which builds their self-confidence long before they understand what the word means. “She’s not afraid to sing or dance randomly,” Fairbairn says, laughing as Clara does just that around the studio floor. “She’s making up her own songs. It’s huge creativity. She’s creating her own lyrics and melody.” The class setting, too, gives the tiny participants exposure to other kids, which is important for their social development. And, most of all, it gives them a chance to bond with mom, dad or caregiver – and to take home the songs and activities they’ve learned and do them together through the week. With all of it, the mini-musicians are building the foundation for all sorts of skills that will stand them well later in life. Fairbairn notes that kids exposed to music early in life have been shown to have better mathematical and spatial awareness skills, and their reading often takes off faster as well. The Mini Music participants can go on to toddler study at Music Box – there’s a Music Kids Club and Drama Kids Club for the threeto-five-year-old crowd – and many will move from there to formal music training, especially piano lessons.


WHAT’S ON OFFER FOR LOCAL FAMILIES So what’s available for local families? Below are some of the offerings in New Westminster and Burnaby. Please note: All information was as current as possible at press time, but please check directly with studios and program providers for the most up-to-date information. Music Box River Market, 810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster 604-553-1176 Offers Mini Music Saturday drop-in for kids aged nine months to three years, and a Music Kids Club and Drama Kids Club for three- to five-year-olds on Wednesdays.

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My turn: Clara Fairbairn, 2, tries her hand at the drum at Music Box at River Market. She’s with mom Vashti Fairbairn, who owns the studio.


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Together time: Above, left, mom Betty Palma and daughter Cara Palma, 19 months, use the musical instruments during Rhythm Kids class at Kids in Motion, with Elena Perdikakis in the background. At right, Aroosha Fard dances with ribbons at Music Together.


things so quick and easy. Having those activihe same is true for Kera Doherty’s Music ties that demand an attention span and make Together students at Staccato Studios in us commit long term is very important, espeNorth Burnaby. The program is designed for cially for young children.” caregivers and young children, from infancy And, Doherty notes, what other activity up to age four, and it combines music and movement to provide a full immersion experi- can teach children so many things in a fun environment – not just language, ence. speech and rhythm, but social “The goal is to really get the interaction, problem-solving, children at a critical stage and give empathy and creativity. them exposure to music,” Doherty EXTRAS “It encompasses so much when says. “It’s much like language you think of how many different learning. If you’re immersed in parts of your brain are active,” she your mother tongue, you naturally See photos and video, plus more about the says. “It’s one of those activities pick it up.” benefits of music and dance, and a closer look that just has the full package.” She, too, cites many benefits No, the youngsters at Rhythm from early music education – from at what dance does for baby brains, at www. Kids have no idea of all that. Nor the early bonding and do the Music Together students, ing qualities of music in infancy, and neither does Clara – not yet. through the language development of the But Fairbairn points out that wherever they toddler years, to the growth of self-discipline, all go, the lessons they’ve absorbed through patience and self-esteem in childhood. music and movement will remain with them. “These are very important life skills,” she “There’s no preconception that there’s points out, noting that music students learn another Mozart out there,” she says with a many lessons along the way. smile, “but it’s just going to set them up so “They really learn the importance of hard well for other things they decide to do.” work and dedication. …Technology can make


Kids In Motion 465B East Columbia St., New Westminster 778-554-1146 Offers Rhythm Kids class for 1.5- to three-year-olds, and a variety of dance option for toddlers. The Stage New Westminster 230-50 Lorne St., New Westminster 604-518-1291 Offers Stage Baby, for kids from zero to 18 months; Stage Toddler, for 16 (or independently walking) to 35 months; and Stage Seasons, for three to five years old. City of New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation Offers a variety of music and movement-related classes including Wiggles and Giggles, Parent and Tot Pre-Dance, Mom and Me Ballet and Music Shakers. Check the website or pick up a city Active Living Guide at local community centres. Staccato Studios 4663 Hastings St., Burnaby 604-421-3753 Offers Music Together family classes for kids from infancy to four years old, with parent/s or caregiver. It’s a music and movement program with song, chants, dance and instrument play. Music for Young Children This method of teaching music for youngsters runs from the toddler years through school age. It’s offered in the area by several different teachers and studios. Visit the website and run a search by postal code to find the teachers nearest you. Kindermusik This program includes baby music classes, toddler music classes and classes through the preschool years into school age. It’s offered in various locations by different teachers and studios. Visit the website and run a postal code search to find the teachers nearest you.


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he Canadian Club of New Westminster and Fraser Valley celebrated a member’s milestone at its recent gathering. The club celebrated Morgan McGrath’s 95th birthday at its Oct. 22 dinner at the Justice Institute of B.C. Earl Marshall, a longtime member of the club, said the club meets for dinner eight times a year. Following a full-course meal, attendees enjoy a presentation by a different speaker each month. “We have three people 95 and over,” Marshall noted. “They are Freda Hogg, Jennie McLellan and Morgan McGrath.” The mandate of the Canadian Club of New Westminster and Fraser Valley is to promote patriotic love of our nation and

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Sewing for Africa

Students at New Westminster Secondary School are sewing up support for the Royal City Gogos. After attending the Royal City Gogos’ Artisan Crafts for Africa event in 2012, NWSS home-ec teacher Karen Harbick was moved to help the group and arranged for members of the Royal City Gogos to speak to her students. A member of the Royal City Gogos donated an industrial sewing machine and fabric to NWSS – and the students have been hard at work ever since. Harbick has been working with her students to make 35 aprons, which will be among the items for sale at the Royal City Gogos Artisan Crafts for

Africa event on Nov. 2. Harbick, along with Royal City Gogos’ co-coordinators Delora Harper and Diane Muir, hope this is just the beginning of a lasting partnership. Royal City Gogos raise funds for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which works with community-based organizations that provide holistic support to families in Africa. Many grandmothers in Africa are caring for children and grandchildren who have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. Funds raised by the Royal City Gogos help on a number of fronts, including supporting school fees and uniforms so orphaned children can attend school. Artisan Crafts for Africa is being held on Friday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CAW union hall at 326 12th St. In addition to the students’ creations, the sale features fashion accessories, gifts for people of all

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Royal City residents are invited to help map the city’s cultural assets and resources. The New Westminster Cultural Mapping Project has hired Signma Analytics to conduct a survey that will provide a comprehensive database of the city’s cultural assets and resources. The information will find a home on an interactive cultural map of Westminster that will go online by April 1, 2014. The survey is open until Dec. 15 and can be accessed at www.hjlinnen. com/survey. More information about the New Westminster Cultural Mapping Project can be found online at www.artscouncilnewwest. org. Do you have an item for Around Town? Send information about community events, achievements and milestones to Theresa McManus, tmc manus@royalcityrecord. com, or connect with her on Twitter, @TheresaMcManus.

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The common signs of sensitive skin are redness, soreness, puffiness, and chapped. People who have rosacea and eczema are more prone to sensitive skin. Their skin may be easily irritated by the environment such as the sun, wind and air pollution. Some external factors such as over exfoliation (scrubbing too actively or using an exfoliate that is too strong), could also over sensitize the skin and lead to redness. Normally, people who have normal to oily skin have a certain number of layers of dead skin cells that act as a protective barrier. However people with sensitive skin have fewer layers of these dead skin cells, therefore the dermis is more vulnerable to the environment. When faced with sensitive skin you need to be careful with your choice of skin care products because some products may irritate the skin even more. Use cream based cleansers, hydrating toners to clean and tone the face. Most moisturizers for sensitive skin are calming and soothing. Serums and masques are good for specific concerns. Choosing a suitable serum or masque will be helpful to strengthen the health of your skin. Also try to avoid strong active exfoliates; i.e. chemical peels and heated masques, as well as alcohol based products. Eminence Organics have a great product line for sensitive skin. The Calm Skin Chamomile cleanser, Soothing Chamomile tonique, Calm Skin Chamomile moisturizer and Calm skin Arnica masque are specifically designed for people who suffer from eczema or rosacea. The Stone Crop line is also a great choice for soothing and cooling the redness. If you are looking for a treatment type product, the Couperose-C serum can give your skin a boost of Vitamin C, which helps the skin cells to regenerate and heal. This serum is also great for people with mature, red and rosacea skin. Most important of all, avoiding direct sunlight will prevent further irritation on skin.

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The most common use of dental implants is to replace one or more missing teeth, so are generally prescribed when someone has lost a tooth. An implant allows us to restore a missing tooth without using adjacent teeth as support. A missing tooth can contribute to further tooth loss (the stresses of chewing are now distributed over fewer teeth), difficulty chewing, over-eruption of opposing teeth, speech problems, and of course esthetic concerns. Though it is not absolutely necessary to replace a missing tooth we do function best with a full set of teeth. An implant consists of two parts: the “screw” which acts as the root system under the gums providing support, and the crown which is the visible part of the tooth above the gums. The final result of an implant is a stand-alone structure that looks and functions exactly as a real tooth - only your dentist knows for sure!

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Glenbrook Pet Care Wellness Centre Q: How often should I bring my cat to the Veterinarian? A: Do you know that cats age much faster than humans? Adult cats age 1-7 years old should have a general checkup every 12 months. Senior cats over the age of 7 should visit the veterinarian every 6 months. The number of cats per household keeps increasing but the number of visits to the veterinarian has declined. Many people believe that cats are self-sufficient, have very few needs and are low maintenance pets. Cats live as solitary hunters because they eat small prey, this means that they lack the supportive resources of a society. Cats avoid showing weakness and they hide signs of illness very well. Very often owners don’t see signs of illness until the illnesses are progressive. Here are 10 subtle signs of sickness: • Inappropriate Elimination • Changes in Interaction • Changes in Activity, increased as well as decreased • Changes in Sleeping Habits • Changes in Food and Water Consumption • Unexplained Weight Loss or Gain • Changes in Grooming • Signs of Stress • Changes in Vocalization • Bad Breath Call ahead to make sure your veterinarian is on time for your appointment to reduce stress so your cat is not sitting in the reception area with dogs Suite #130 815 1st Street New Westminster, BC 604 526 1092 604 526 1048

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Ten years ago a decommissioned tank would have satisfied all but the fussiest of buyers. Today it’s a non starter. That tank must come out, and the soil below the tank must be re-tested. Only then will this home and property be insurable upon resale. There are 600 gallon sandbags buried all over the city. The term ‘decommissioned tank’ should set off alarm bells. In my experience the cost to my clients who have had a tank removed has been $7500.00 on average. Feel free to contact me for a list of reputable Tank Removal Companies.

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ASK A DENTURIST Q. Why is there such a wide range in the cost of a denture?

Cost = Quality. A quality, well fitting, and natural looking denture takes time to make and costs more.

Q. I had immediate dentures made a week ago. I seem to be having some difficulties getting used to my new dentures. Is this normal?

Learning to chew satisfactorily with new dentures takes 6-8 WEEKS. The tongue, cheek, and lip muscles must be TRAINED to keep the dentures in place during chewing and speaking. The successful use of your dentures depends on you and the effort you put forth to master them. To learn to eat with your new teeth will take PRACTICE,PATIENCE and DETERMINATION. Start with SOFT foods CUTTING everything into small pieces rather than trying to bite with your front teeth as this will dislodge the denture. THICKNESS in your speech and perhaps a LISP are also common symptoms which will usually correct itself in a short period of time. SORE spots may also develop and these can be easily relieved by your denturist. Hundreds of thousands of people wear dentures with ease and in time you too will feel comfortable, secure and successful in wearing your dentures. SORE spots may also develop and these can be easily relieved by your denturist. Hundreds of thousands of people wear dentures with ease and in time you too will feel comfortable, secure and successful in wearing your dentures.

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Reading with caution OUR PAST



he following article about local theatre history provides a great lesson in a couple of things – pay attention to what you read in a newspaper, and read the entire item before coming to any conclusions. The original article appeared in the local press in the spring of 1893 under the title, Scandalous If True. We have used it in presentations and tours centred around themes connecting creative writing, theatre, performance and cultural events. New Westminster newspaper readers of 1893 had their interest tweaked by the title, then thoroughly grabbed by the line: “A rumour is current that will greatly injure the reputation of an institution of learning and will involve a few of our best town’s folk in a very serious manner.” They may have won-

dered what that was about, and then been stunned by the next sentence: “One of the lady pupils is said to have suffered the most harsh treatment, being almost starved, and forced to do things most humiliating at the instigation of the lady principal.” My goodness, what do we have here? Not here in our fair city on the Fraser! Who is the pupil, the principal, and what school is it? The gravity of the allegations in those first two sentences undoubtedly had people scanning the article to find out more, and then as they read further they would have been completely absorbed in the story. They were told that “the parents of the lady in question received a telegram today giving facts, and they replied to have their daughter removed immediately and the principal placed in custody.” Quiet, sedate New Westminster of 1893 was really heating up with whatever was unravelling under the provocative heading of Scandalous If True. Would the police be involved – perhaps even one of our prominent law-

yers or judges? Readers then learned that things were moving rapidly, that there would be a meeting to discuss the whole thing, and there was a possibility of the school itself and staff being involved: “An indignation meeting has been called to investigate and if the charges are proven the school will be closed ‘til after the summer vacation and in the meantime a new staff of teachers will be secured.” Just as the reader was totally agog and engrossed in the story and how it would all play out, a giant “gotcha” could be “heard” between the lines as the account continued, “Those who wish a future insight into the above should attend Herring’s Opera House on Tuesday evening next and see how Miss Jones will be cleared of the charges through the assistance of her scholars taking part in A Dress Rehearsal.” It was all a wonderful creative advertisement for a play at Mr. Herring’s Opera House. Now to find a copy of the play to see what happened. Anyone know the play?

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Planning for the end HEALTHWISE



ver my medical career, I have seen many colleagues leave practice. A few have left the country for new opportunities. Many have narrowed their practice to their areas of special interest, such as maternity, hospitalist or cosmetic medicine. Many have retired, and some have died. Over a life of practice, a doctor may treat many thousands of patients, sharing the intimate details of their lives, spending many hours considering their circumstances and helping them achieve the best possible outcomes. At some point, every doctor wonders if they would be missed when they are gone. My more jaded colleagues have told me that the first thing a patient asks after their doctor dies is, “Who will look after me?” I hope that a few of my patients will remember the extra time that I gave them when they needed to talk,

when what I said resonated with them or what I did had a lasting positive impact on their lives. I wonder how many patients realize that I have treated every one of them with the same care I would want for my own family. I recall colleagues whose contributions to our hospital, community and organizations were above and beyond the clinical work of the average physician. They contributed many unpaid hours on volunteer committees and providing services unpaid by the Medical Services Plan. When these extraordinary colleagues left their positions, rarely were they thanked by the physicians who had benefited from their work. Others carried on as if nothing changed. Noses to the grindstone, physicians fail dismally at thanking and appreciating their colleagues. But we don’t do what we do in order to be rewarded or thanked. We answer our calling because it is what we must do. An artist must create, a musician play and an athlete achieve his personal best. We do what we do because it is the perfect synthesis of our values, our talents, our passions and the needs of our

patients. Some of us give more of ourselves to our community because we recognize that we are just a part of a greater whole that has a potential and a future beyond our individual and limited lives. If your days were numbered – you are at the end of your career or have a life-limiting condition, what would you do differently? How would you like to be remembered? By whom would you like to be remembered? Would you spend more time on the computer? Send even more texts? Work overtime? Complain about traffic, the weather or inflation? Spend more time on the couch watching reality TV? In our daily lives without the end in sight, we each have a running list of things to do, many of them mundane. If your days were numbered, would you toss out that old list and create a list of that which matters most? Would you say what needs to be said to those who matter most? The truth is our days are numbered. We each have a sexually transmitted terminal condition; it’s called life. None of us knows how much time we have left. So what is on your list?

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Career day for New Westminster tight end ◗P24 Hockey stars of the week from the Royal City ◗P24

Higher and faster – a driver’s goal BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR

Remo Ruscitti is looking to take a next step up after a rookie of the year season in pro sports car racing. The 19-year-old Burnaby driver, who raced the Pirelli World Challenge season for the Compass 360 Racing team in the touring car class this year, was named the series’ top rookie last month after finishing his debut season in third place in the overall driver’s standings. Ruscitti, who graduated from Notre Dame Regional School last year, finished all 14 races in the Pirelli series in his Compass 360 No. 71 Honda Civic Si in the top 10 this year, including 11 top-five finishes and eight podiums. He also recorded three fastest laps in races this season. Compass 360 swept the top three places in the driver’s standings and also won overall team and crew of the year. “We had really good car preparation all year. It was good for Photo contributed/THE RECORD my experience,” said Ruscitti. “I was always fast and always had a Feedback: Remo Ruscitti gets some last-minute instructions from the pit crew before getting behind the shot at winning, but it just never wheel of his Compass 360 Racing Team’s Honda Civic Si. came into the puzzle the way we wanted.” curve all year,” said Ruscitti. “The about where he might be racing North America’s most challenging Being a rookie on the circuit, plan is to race in the (Grand Am by the beginning of next year. tracks. Ruscitti was at a disadvantage Road Racing) Continental Tire Going from karts to sports cars Ruscitti intends to stay on the with his lack of familiarity on in the same series as Michael had its chaltrack this the various tracks, he lenges. (Valiante).” month at said, adding he was “A lot of it Valiante, who the Super close to taking his first drives a Honda for was learning Nationals in For a related video on checkered flag at a about being the Heart of America Las Vegas. this story, go to number of venues. Racing Team in the p a t i e n t , ” The former Ruscitti almost street tuner class, Ruscitti said. Tag senior won his first race at With lonas well as for 8Star rookie of the the Circuit of the Americas in Motorsports in the Rolex Daytona ger races year will be Austin (Texas) back in March. the Prototype series, was instrumen- came competing He was also close at Lime tal in helping Ruscitti get behind c h a l l e n g e s at the Super Rock Park in Connecticut, where the wheel on the pro circuit. of physical Nationals, Photo cntributed/THE RECORD a drive-through penalty cost him “(Michael) has been a really e n d u r a n c e where he the lead. Sonoma, California was big help with my career,” said and conserv- On the track: Remo Ruscitti puts a placed fifth another close call, and in Houston, Ruscitti, who also races go-karts ing the car, Honda through its paces. overall in Ruscitti had the car to beat, but a for the Italkart team, which while nego2012. late accident on the track never Valiante coaches and manages. tiating the Karting is allowed the race to get back to “That’s where I want to be next unaccustomed tight cornering and a great introduction to racing. green. transition that came with driving year,” Ruscitti added. “I love it,” he said. “I’ll always “For sure, it was a learning Ruscitti expects to know more a closed-wheel vehicle on some of do it. It’s too much fun.”


Clan starts season right against Selkirk BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR

It’s a brand new season for the Simon Fraser University hockey club. The Clan club team won an early battle of the unbeaten, knocking off the defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champion Selkirk College Saints 5-3 at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre of Saturday. After a full season last year of playing second fiddle to the Saints, including a 3-2 overtime loss in the final game of the championship series, SFU scored three times in a five-minute span of the first period to get a jump on the visitors. “We’ve been waiting to beat these guys for six months after they beat us in the finals. It’s massive,” said SFU first star Nick Sandor, who tied the game 1-1 with a wraparound goal mid-

way through the first period. “We had a bad pressure on the visitors. Graeme Gordon made 19 saves to record the year against them last year.” Last season, SFU lost all four regular season win, but he would have liked to have Selkirk’s games and both championship playoff match- third goal back, when the puck got away from him on a harmless shot on goal. ups against Selkirk. The win left SFU with a 4-0 record This year, it was important to get To watch a the jump on the Castlegar club and set video scan and the only undefeated team in the with six-team collegiate loop. the stage for a more productive season, Trinity Western University at 4-1 Sandor added. and Selkirk at 4-2 are currently tied “We got a lot of good offensive guys with the Clan in total points atop the on our team, but even if we hold back league standings. we have the power to score goals. We “We have our work cut out for us,” said have a good lineup this year,” Sandor said. Josh McKissock put the Clan into the lead SFU head coach Mark Coletta. “We have to just 17 seconds after Sandor’s game-tying be prepared, that’s the focus going into next year.” tally. SFU plays host to the University of Victoria Taylor Piller made it 3-1 with less than two at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre on Saturday. minutes left in the opening period. Sandor set up second star Jono Ceci for a Game time is 7 p.m. goal in each of the next two periods to keep the

Nominate a great to the sports hall BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR

The Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations from the public for the upcoming class of 2013. Now in its 13th year, the non-profit Burnaby society annually celebrates the city’s best athletic accomplishments through the ages, including athletes, coaches, builders and teams. The eventual inductees will be officially honoured in a ceremony to be held at the firefighters’ banquet hall in Metrotown on Thursday, Feb. 27. Nominations can be made using the application form available on the hall of fame website at www. burnabysportshalloffame. ca. If you or your sport organization know of a deserving individual or team that has brought honour to Burnaby in any one of the four categories, please take a moment to fill out the form, including as much detailed information as possible. Copies of supporting documents, such as newspaper clippings and certificates of achievements can be useful in helping the committee come to a decision. All nominations and accompanying documents will remain the property of the committee, so do not send original items or memorabilia. Packaged nomination forms can be dropped off at the Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services office at Suite 101 4946 Canada Way. For general inquiries and application forms, call Carol at 604-294-7385. For other nomination questions, contact Burnaby NOW sports editor Tom Berridge at 604-444-3022. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 15. To read the criteria for nomination, please go to the hall of fame website and click on the nominations icon on the far left column. Nominations, including those on file, will be voted on by the committee members later this month.

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Stars of the week


Career day nets win for RMU Tyler Digby had his best performance of the year to date with the Robert Morris University varsity football team. The redshirt senior tight end from New Westminster caught a career-high four passes for 48 yards to help lead the Colonials to a come-from-behind 17-13 victory over the defending Northeast conference champion Wagner last Saturday. Digby, who also plays varsity field lacrosse at RMU, caught the gamewinning 11-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Marcus Prather in the end zone on a fourth-down gamble with just 1:07 left in the fourth quarter. For Prather, the touchdown pass to Digby was his second of two career TD passes, both coming in the final eight minutes of the game. Trailing 10-3 early in the second half, Digby caught a season-best 30-yard pass from Prather that moved the ball into the Wagner red zone. Digby has caught 12 passes for 125 yards for Robert Morris this season. – Tom Berridge

New Westminster’s Marco Ballarin led the Ridge Meadows Flames to their fifth win in the Pacific Junior Hockey League with a first-star outing last week. The 18-year-old, third-year junior B forward scored the first two goals of the game for the Flames in a 5-3 victory over the North Delta Devils at Planet Ice on Oct. 25. Ballarin led all scorers with a three-point night to move into eighth place in overall player scoring with nine goals and eight assists. In other PJHL action, the Grandview Steelers snapped a four-game losing slide with a 4-2 win over the North Vancouver Wolf Pack at the Burnaby Winter Club on Sunday. Nicolas Bruyere was the game’s first star, stopping 23 shots in the Grandview net. Quinn Lenihan scored the game-winner on the power play midway through the third period.

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Field fun: Nolan McLellan, centre, and Lukas Nielsen, right, helped the New Westminster under-10 field lacrosse team beat Delta at Queen’s Park on Sunday.

Midget Giants dump Hawks from first BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR

The Northwest Giants passed their first big test of the B.C. major midget hockey season. The Burnaby-based Giants knocked the Valley West Hawks out of top spot in the 11-team league, sweeping a homeand-home weekend series 5-3 and 4-2 to move into a second-place tie with the Northeast Chiefs, a point behind leagueleading Okanagan Rockets. Colton Kerfoot had a seven-point weekend, leading the Giants in scoring

in both wins, notching a pair of goals in a four-point outing in Langley before adding two more scores back at the Burnaby Winter Club. Quinn Thompson also had a solid weekend, scoring two goals and an assist in the opening win and two points, including his ninth goal to date at home. “I was extremely impressed, especially in our Sunday game against a Hawks team that came out ready to play,” said Giants head coach Clint Thornton. “They all really stepped up. Our best players were our best players, and the supporting cast did their jobs.”

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