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Sixth Street belongs to this Santa BY CAYLEY DOBIE REPORTER cdobie@royalcityrecord.com

Walking in uptown New Westminster the jingle-jangle of Christmas bells can be heard throughout the neighbourhood during the holiday season. It’s the anthem of all Salvation Army volunteers who spend some of the coldest days of the year outside shops and eateries shaking their bells for donations – and in the Royal City there’s one volunteer whose dedication goes above and beyond. His name is Dan Huntington, and he’s been volunteering for the Salvation Army’s kettle campaign for four years. What sets him apart from the other volunteers is his obvious passion for the job. Huntington is hard to miss. Dressed in a full Santa Claus suit and sporting an authentic white beard he says he’s been growing to perfection for a couple of years. He smiles and waves at shoppers bustling about uptown and even belts out the occasional “Ho, ho, ho,” much to the delight of passersby. Huntington first volunteered for the Salvation Army four years ago at the

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behest of a friend. When he applied, some of the other volunteers suggested he get a Santa suit because it was known to bring

in more donations – but that’s not why he put the suit on. “I didn’t care about the money, I just

In the spirit: Dan Huntington first donned his Santa Claus suit four years ago. As a kettle volunteer for the Salvation Army, Huntington says he looks forward to the holiday season each year, when he can hit the streets and spread joy to those young and old. Jason Lang/ THE RECORD

liked the fact that I could wear the Santa suit,” he laughed. ◗Santa Claus Page 9

City denies scuttling Pattullo bridge process BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER tmcmanus@royalcityrecord.com

New Westminster denies allegations by Surrey councillors that it’s putting up roadblocks to replacing the Pattullo Bridge. City officials went on the defensive Wednesday after some media outlets reported that the consultation process being undertaken by TransLink and the cities of New Westminster and Surrey had hit a snag because New Westminster doesn’t support the options still being pondered for replacing the Pattullo. “The City of New Westminster contin-

ues to be an active participant in the collaborative Pattullo Bridge review process that is scheduled to move to the next stage of public consultation in early 2014,” Mayor Wayne Wright said in a press release. “Our position has been consistent, and that is that a thorough review of all six remaining options must be undertaken before a final decision is made on this important project.” Surrey councillor Barinder Rasode told the Surrey Now newspaper that “the consultation process has come to a halt” because the option of refurbishing the existing bridge is no longer one of the options

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New Westminster has halted consultation on the Pattullo Bridge review process. Earlier this year, TransLink, New Westminster and Surrey began a strategic review of all options for replacement or rehabilitation of the aging Pattullo. Phase 1 of the public engagement process included a review and shortlisting of options from 25 to six requiring further study. The six options included: a rehabilitated three-lane bridge; a rehabilitated four-lane bridge; a new four-lane bridge; a new fivelane bridge; a new six-lane bridge; and a ◗Bridge Page 9

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TransLink is exploring. “That information that went out from Surrey isn’t accurate at all. In fact, it is full of errors,” Wright told The Record. “TransLink wasn’t part of it that I know of. No one from TransLink has even called about it. There is some confusion, and maybe the hopes and dreams that some people want.” Surrey may prefer a six-lane bridge, but the public is still being consulted about its preference, Wright said. In response to comments made by Surrey councillors, the City of New Westminster has written to TransLink and Surrey expressing surprise at the suggestion that

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Salmonbellies vs The World

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A passion for New Westminster and lacrosse has inspired a new book about the legendary Salmonbellies. Salmonbellies Vs. The World – The Story of the Most Famous Team in Lacrosse and their Greatest Rivals is a newly published book written by New Westminster native Bruce MacDonald. “I hope what I have written is not just a history of the Salmonbellies, but something that gets at the inner life of the city of New Westminster from its earliest days,” he said. “I wanted to peel back the layers, and look at New Westminster, its citizens, its physical self through the lens of the Salmonbellies.” MacDonald sought to capture the more interesting and funniest stories he could find, not just dry statistics about lacrosse. In addition to in-depth interviews with 40 people affiliated with the team, the author spent untold hours going through 125 years of newspapers in the microfiche at the New Westminster Public Library. “It’s kind of like mining when you’re panning for gold – you don’t know where gold is so you have to sift through all this gravel, and you’d find these pieces of gold,” he said. Other books have delved into the First Nations’ contributions to lacrosse, so MacDonald focused on how the game migrated from Eastern Canada to Western Canada in the late 1880s. “I absolutely loved it. It was the most fun I ever had, I kid you not,” MacDonald said. “I got obsessive about it. I really, really wanted to honour these men and women who contributed to this team, built this team, managed this team, played for this team. I really wanted to be speaking for

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A labour of love: New Westminster native Bruce MacDonald loved researching and writing Salmonbellies Vs. The World – The Story of the Most Famous Team in Lacrosse and Their Greatest Rivals. them; I really wanted to do them justice.” In the early years, the New Westminster Salmonbellies played lacrosse on a field in Queen’s Park, attracting crowds of 15,000 people from the city, Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, at a time when the city’s population was about 11,000. “You’d have more people at Queen’s Park than the population of the city,” MacDonald said. “It’s crazy.” At one time, city businesses would shut down at noon so people could attend important games. In 1932, lacrosse moved indoors into the arena. A year later, some former Salmonbellies started a sec-

team since the Salmonbellies first suited up in the red and white almost 125 years ago, MacDonald discovered the game remains the same in many ways. “The culture of excellence when it comes to lacrosse has a religious quality in New Westminster. There is a passion for it at the very top level that it’s a cult almost. How many things in our society are the same as they were in 1890-something? Like nothing, almost,” he said. “But lacrosse hasn’t changed a bit. They have changed the rules, but the passion for it … just sort of gets passed down.” For the extended feature, visit www.royalcityrecord.com

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ond team based out of Queen’s Park Arena called the Adanacs. “From 1933 to 1949, there was a second senior team. They were mostly New Westminster guys, and so were the Salmonbellies – they played each other. The rivalry was just intense. It was so intense that the coach of the Salmonbellies, Grumpy Spring, he told his players, ‘I don’t want you walking on the same side of the street as Adanacs.’ Fans did the same,” MacDonald said. “The city was divided. You were either an Adanacs’ fan or a Salmonbellies’ fan in New Westminster through those 20 years. It was intense.” While there have been some minor changes to the game and

Recently announced utility rate increases will cost the cash-strapped New Westminster school district approximately $52,000 over the course of two years, according to the secretarytreasurer. Al Balanuik has crunched the numbers and determined the increase will set the district

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back about $9,000 this school year and about $43,000 the following year. “We have not received notice from the City of New Westminster, so we’ve simply run scenarios based on what may happen if the city follows the lead of B.C. Hydro,” Balanuik said. But The Record recently reported that City of New Westminster electrical rates are expected to increase by seven per cent in 2014, water rates will rise by six per cent, sewer rates will

grow by 8.5 per cent and solid waste rates will nudge up by one per cent. The utility budgets reflect “significant” increases from service providers such as B.C. Hydro and costs of replacing aging infrastructure, which is something that comes with being one of the oldest municipalities in British Columbia. New Westminster, the only municipality

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in the Lower Mainland that owns and operates an electrical distribution system, is proposing seven per cent increases in electrical utility rates. The increases are “identical” to increases the city faces from B.C. Hydro, a city staffer said in the article. But the increases aren’t being met with assurances for funding from Ministry of Education. “I haven’t been given any indication that we will receive additional funding from the Ministry of Education,” Balanuik said. Responding to concerns about the impact of the B.C. Hydro rate increases on the Vancouver school district, Education Minister Peter Fassbender told The Vancouver Courier newspaper that district should consider closing schools if it can’t save enough money by conserving energy. His comment came in response to complaints by Vancouver trustee chairperson Patti Bacchus that financially-challenged Vancouver public schools can’t afford B.C. Hydro rate hikes, the paper reported. For New Westminster, the increase means one more cost pressure for a district that owes almost $5 million to the province for previous budget shortfalls. The district has had to let go of eight per cent of its staff to deal with this year’s budget. The district is doing what it can to make local schools more energy efficient, though Balanuik admits keeping utility costs down at the 60-plus-year-old New Westminster Secondary School is a “challenge.” But other local elementary schools, such as F.W. Howay, Connaught Heights and Lord Tweedsmuir are among the schools that have received efficiency upgrades, he said. “There are others, but yes, we are encouraging staff: ‘Turn of the lights when you leave the room,’” Balanuik said.

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Is board missing a voice?

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Did the fractured school board miss an opportunity to mend fences on Tuesday night when it neglected to elect a Voice New Westminster candidate as vice-chair? Voice trustee Casey Cook thinks so. The second-term trustee lost out on the vice-chair seat to longtime trustee Michael Ewen, while firstterm trustee Jonina Campbell was acclaimed chair of the board. “The Voice trustees are very aware that we’re not in a majority position. We did not contest the chair. That goes with having a majority; we understand that,” Cook said. “We, since last year, made the same point that we want to collaborate, but it

needs to be done in a true collaboraElecting Cook vice-chair would tive way that doesn’t just have the been a chance to move forward in appearances of collaboration. One good faith and tackle the district’s way to do that would be “substantial” issues, includto have the chair with the ing budget woes, he said. majority and the vice-chair Newly elected chair with the minority.” Campbell doesn’t see it as Since Voice candidates a missed chance to bring were first elected in 2008, the board together, because not a single member of the trustees tend to agree on local civic political group most issues, she said. has been elected chair or “I think for the most part vice-chair of the school we do (agree) … A lot of board. the times things proceed Since that time, Voice Jonina Campbell very smoothly, and on a lot trustees have continuously board chair of the big-ticket items we been in the minority by one agree,” Campbell said. “I trustee, with labour-endorsed trust- think overall we are very collaboraees holding a narrow majority with tive.” four candidates on the seven-memFor an extended version of this story, ber board. see www.royalcityrecord.com.


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able to pick up a bottle of wine or a sixCall us cynical, but we wonder if pack of beer when they are shopping John Yap’s announcement that beer for their groceries.” could be sold in grocery stores was It’s certainly nice to know that the timed to go with the huge Hydro hikes government is thinking about how to and the release of yet another damning make things easier for its report on child poverty in B.C. hard-working citizens – parYap, the parliamentary secticularly when it involves retary tasked with the review THE RECORD mind-numbing substances. of the provincial liquor After all, after reading laws, noted that, “British about Hydro hikes that will mean about Columbians lead busy lives, and they $300 more for each family in B.C., and are often hard-pressed for time, so I’m discovering that 93,000 kids are living recommending we have a more convenin poverty in this province, we’ll all ient option available to them so they’re

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need more alcohol to numb what little collective social consciences we still have left. Call us old-fashioned, but making booze more accessible seems to be counterproductive in many ways. Studies have shown, not surprisingly, that more teens have access to booze when grocery stores sell it, and, of course, more get drunk and get into trouble. And do we really need more adults grabbing a case of beer instead of a loaf of bread and chicken steaks, when there

are so many families already fighting poverty and addiction issues? The big retailers who would make oodles from booze sales are keen on the idea. But the little liquor stores are not so keen. They argue that there is an abundance of liquor stores conveniently placed near grocery stores already. Is it really so difficult for someone to walk from one side of the parking lot to the other for a case of beer? Will this make our lives easier, or just more alcohol-soaked?

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translating into a half-point pay t’s an all-too-regular occurincrease. rence in this province. The first tentative agreement Government employees, has already been reached under whipped up by their union leadthis new mandate. Health sciencers, marching against whatever es professionals will vote on a economic development opportufive-year deal that includes total nity is being proposed. raises of 5.5 per cent – and the Pipelines to the coast? chance for dividends Opposed. Gas exploin 2017, 2018 and 2019. ration? Opposed. The deal is not Companies creatJORDAN BATEMAN flawless. There is no ing investment revpay reduction for enue for pensions? years when B.C. doesn’t meet Opposed. New mine? Opposed. the economic growth forecast; Coal exports? Opposed. if taxpayers are taking the risk But what if government of paying employees more, so employees had a direct financial should the union. stake in the economy doing betAfter all, in the past 12 years, ter than expected? Would they be more willing to consider ways growth has surpassed predictions six times, and missed six to grow the economy? It’s an times – why only pay out in the interesting premise, and one the good years? For that same reaB.C. government will test in the son, any dividend should be in next round of collective bargainthe form of a one-off bonus – not ing. Earlier this week, Finance added to the base pay rate, as de Minister Michael de Jong laid Jong proposes. out the government’s “economic There is also a potential hicstability” mandate for the next cup in calculating the dividend. round of bargaining. Contract language ties it to a Unions that settle contracts of specific number produced by at least four years would be eliStatistics Canada. gible, in 2016, to start taking an Alberta taxpayers got burnt “economic stability dividend.” when that province tied Alberta If the provincial economy, meaTeachers’ Association raises sured by real GDP, outperforms to StatsCan’s average weekly the predictions of the governearnings chart. When StatsCan ment’s economic forecast counchanged the way that chart was cil, union members would be calculated, and taxpayers had to eligible for a pay increase. foot the bill for a big pay hike. For example, if the experts But de Jong and the B.C. predict a 1.5 per cent growth in Liberals should be commended B.C.’s economy, but B.C. hits 2.5 for their leadership on governper cent, the unions would get ment union contracts over the a share of the difference – an economic stability dividend ◗Unions Page 7

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Port Metro Vancouver wants to significantly increase shipments of U.S. thermal coal via open rail cars to Fraser Surrey Docks and via open barges to Texada Island for open storage awaiting transshipment overseas. The human health, safety and environmental risks en route are substantial: from inhalation of coal dust and diesel particulate, to deposition of coal dust on farmland and into our waters to foul beaches, contaminate shellfish and more. On Nov. 18, Port Metro Vancouver released a flawed environmental study by SNC Lavalin claiming the proposed coal terminal would “not likely cause significant adverse effects to the environment or human health.” The study has been roundly criticized for using incorrect and out-of-date statistics, inadequate sampling data, barely considering

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provides factual information and allows the public to send comments to Port Metro Vancouver. Your comments will be automatically copied to other responsible authorities and create an open public record for all to see. Please visit www.realporthearings.org to have your say and see what others are saying about an important issue which could affect us for decades. Jef Keighley, Halfmoon Bay, B.C.

Time to tackle poverty Dear Editor:

In 1989, the House of Commons resolved to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000. It is now more than three decades later and little has changed. Out of a group of 17 economically developed countries, the Conference Board of Canada ranks us 15th in terms of child poverty. That translates into one in seven Canadian children who are inadequately housed, clothed and fed. Needless to say, where there is a poor child there is a poor family. At the other end of the age spectrum, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports that poverty among Canadian seniors increased in the period 2007 to 2010. In sharp contrast, during the same period, the rate of senior poverty declined in other comparable nations. Significantly, Canada provides only 39 per cent of retirement income (CPP, OAS and GIS) to its

seniors compared to an average of 59 per cent in other countries with similar economies. Obviously, with child poverty at one end of the age scale and senior poverty at the other end, somewhere in the middle would be a comfortable place to be, economically speaking. The thing is, however, if both ends continue to grow we should expect that comfort zone to get smaller and smaller. And there are signs that that’s exactly what is going to happen if something isn’t done to counteract the trend. There are steps we can take to reduce poverty. At the senior end, an enhanced CPP will provide an increase in retirement benefits for future retirees. As for youngsters, an immediate step would be for the province to implement breakfast-lunch programs. A hungry child does not learn well. But it doesn’t stop there. As the Conference Board of Canada notes: “Countries that have reduced poverty rates have turned away from passive, benefits-only poverty reduction approaches in favour of national anti-poverty strategies,” including, for example, policies that “help people overcome obstacles to get jobs through a combination of funding jobs training, providing child care, introducing tax incentives for lower-paid workers.” In other words, reducing poverty cannot be done piecemeal. And that, I think, pretty well explains the failure of our federal and provincial governments to effectively address poverty in Canada. Bill Brassington, Burnaby

Unions: Liberals have performed well ◗ continued from page 6

past several years. Following the economic downturn in 2008, the B.C. Liberals pushed two years of net zero – meaning no raises – on to employees, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. Then came two years of cooperative gains – where all raises had to be funded by corresponding savings within the same contract – saving taxpayers even more money.

Many taxpayers have been rightly critical of the B.C. Liberals’ record on executive pay and bonuses, and the massive, gold-plated labour deals Gordon Campbell handed out before the Olympic Games, but there are few governments in Canada that have performed as well on union negotiations over the past few years. Net zero, cooperative gains and economic stability are innovative ways

for a government to deal with its labour costs – now $24 billion in B.C. Put together, they will have created nearly a decade of controllable, stable and predictable labour costs. If only Ottawa, other provinces, regional districts and municipalities would follow B.C.’s lead, starting with net zero. Jordan Bateman is the British Columbia director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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Santa Claus: Salvation Army volunteer enjoys the season of giving ◗ continued from page 1

This year, Huntington’s landlord and a neighbour chipped in to help him buy a deluxe Santa suit made of heavy red velvet and adorned with gold buttons and a black belt. “I’ve been trying to get a better outfit each year to make it more authentic,” Huntington said. The new suit he is sporting certainly

takes the fruitcake, in fact it’s perfect, he added – and his fans couldn’t agree more. Huntington could barely pull himself away from his Santa duties long enough to chat with The Record. People young and old were requesting photos with the jolly man, and he clearly loves the attention. “Any other day of the year people can walk by me and never notice me. As soon as I put on this suit I am everybody’s

friend,” he said. And who wouldn’t want to befriend Old Saint Nick? Especially when he’s carrying a bag full of toys. In his second year as a volunteer, Huntington began handing out toys to the children who pass by his kettle. He buys the toys from the local Salvation Army shop at about $10 a bag, which is about half the size of his Santa Claus satchel.

Huntington pays for the bags of toys out of his own pocket and refuses any donations. He does, however, encourage people to donate to the Salvation Army. Volunteering each year is his way of giving back. It’s rewarding, uplifting and leaves Huntington with sore cheeks from all the smiling and laughing, he said. “It’s the children. It’s the giving, it’s the smiles – it’s the reaction I get from people.”

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new four-lane SurreyCoquitlam crossing with a rehabilitated three-lane Pattullo. Surrey council Tom Gill, chair of Surrey’s transportation and infrastructure committee, told the Surrey Now that New Westminster has asked for the plans to be reviewed numerous times, and “if they continue to delay and filibuster to the end” TransLink may have no choice but to put some significant investment into the existing bridge. “That’s not our way. We negotiate,” Wright said. “Sometimes its takes people more time to understand what our wants are, what our needs are.” Given New Westminster’s transportation infrastructure, Wright said a six-lane bridge would add to the existing congestion on city streets and cause problems for commuters. “It doesn’t make any sense at this point. Where would they go?” he said. “That is our position at this point.” While some Surrey councillors support a new sixlane crossing, Wright prefers the option of retaining the existing Pattullo Bridge as two- or three-lane cross-

ing for cars and building a new crossing from Surrey to Coquitlam to accommodate trucks and commuters who are only passing through New Westminster so they can get to the Tri-Cities or Surrey. “It makes sense,” he said. “Those plans have been on the drawing board for years and years and years.” Although that option could take some traffic off the new Port Mann Bridge in the short-term, Wright said transportation planning needs to look at future needs. “We are not talking about the next 20 years, we are talking about the next 100

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Around Town: Santa Claus comes to city ◗P14 What’s up in New West? Our top weekend picks ◗P22

Christmas magic onstage at Massey THE LIVELY CITY JULIE MACLELLAN

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hat child isn’t captivated by the magic of The Nutcracker? There’s Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music setting the backdrop for a drama that includes the Snow Queen, the Waltz of the Flowers, the Sugar Plum Fairy and one little girl on the adventure of a lifetime. If you haven’t made your plans to see The Nutcracker yet, don’t miss your chance this weekend. The Royal City Youth Ballet is bringing its production back home to the Massey Theatre this weekend, with two Sunday shows – at 1 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m. It’s also onstage tonight (Friday, Dec. 6) at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Ave. in Burnaby, at 7 p.m. With a cast of more than 100 performers, the usual gorgeous cos-

Local talent: New Westminster dancer Emily RobertsMcCue is the Sugar Plum Fairy and Davi Rodrigues is her Cavalier in the Royal City Youth Ballet Nutcracker, onstage at the Massey Theatre this Sunday.

tumes designed by Chris Sinosich, sets by Jean Claude Olivier and artistic direction by Dolores Kirkwood, it’s bound to be a family-pleasing show for the holidays. Tickets are being sold through the Massey ticket centre, tickets.massey theatre.com, or call the box office at 604-521-5050. See www.royalcity youthballet.org for more.

unknown 18-year-old Bublé in a talent contest she was coordinating in Vancouver. She went on to become his manager and moved with him to Toronto and then L.A. as he tried to break into the music business. “Come Fly With Me is Beverly’s vivid, behindthe-scenes story of the making of a modern-day superstar,” a press release notes. “She recounts their journey together from A special event in New early days when she and Westminster this Bublé struggled to For weekend celebrates get bookings, to more a new book about photos, the giddiness of Burnaby’s homescan hobnobbing with grown music star with musical royalty, Michael Bublé. Layar to the pivotal and Bublé’s longsometimes hearttime manager Beverly breaking decisions that Delich has released Come would ultimately take Fly With Me: Michael Bublé to the top and found Bublé’s Rise to Stardom, a Beverly on the sidelines.” Memoir – a book written Come Fly With Me is by Delich with Vancouver published by Douglas & journalist Shelley Fralic. McIntyre. The two authors will be For more about the holding a book signing at book signing, call Black Black Bond Books in New Bond Books at 604-528Westminster’s Royal City 6226 – or just stop by Centre this weekend. It’s Royal City Centre at Sixth happening Saturday, Dec. Avenue and Sixth Street. 7 at noon. It’s free, and everyone is The book traces the welcome. story of Delich, who, in ◗Lively City Page 12 1993, discovered the then-

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Local dancers part of extravagant Nutcracker Young dancers from New Westminster will be B.C., is choreographed by Edmund Stripe with sharing the stage with top dancers when Alberta sets and costumes by Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown. Ballet’s Nutcracker returns to Vancouver. It’s set in turn-of-the-20th-cenAleksei Lehmann is a soldier tury Imperial Russia, with extravaand Emma Berrow is a rat in the gant sets and costumes, and it’s perproduction, which is onstage at the ◗IN THE SPOTLIGHT formed to music played live by the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from Dec. What: Alberta Ballet’s Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. 28 to Dec. 31. Nutcracker, presented by “Vancouver audiences were Also joining the cast are sev- Ballet B.C. delighted with Alberta Ballet’s The eral Burnaby dancers. Alexander Nutcracker when it was first presentMooney and Daina Zolty appear as Where: Queen Elizabeth ed here in 2011,” said Ballet B.C.’s a palace page boy and girl, while Theatre, Vancouver, Dec. artistic director, Emily Molnar, in Sophie Leone-Schultz is a party 28 to 31 a press release. “We’re pleased to girl and Sharleen Sais and Alyssa Tickets: $26.50 to $85. Sasis appear as party boys. Aedrie Call 1-855-985-2787 or see bring back this magical version of the famous Christmas ballet.” Consolacion, Emma Earle, Neesa www.ticketmaster.ca. The Nutcracker is onstage Salehi and Barbara Mudrovcic are Saturday, Sunday and Monday evemice, while Selmah Kapidzic, Julia Colasurdo and Shona Kiyama join the ranks of nings, Dec. 28 to 30, at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Sunday and Tuesday, Dec. 29 and 31, at 2 p.m. the soldiers. Photo contributed/THE RECORD They’re among more than 100 young dancers, Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787 or online at ticketmaster.ca. Young talent: Aedrie Consolacion, Emma Earle and Neesa Salehi are aged eight to 15, featured in the production. The Nutcracker, brought to Vancouver by Ballet Tickets are $26.50 to $85. among the young dancers in Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker.

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Lively City: Arts council’s Treasure Room back at Centennial Lodge ◗ continued from page 11

Find treasures

Looking for something unique for your Christmas shopping list? The Arts Council of New Westminster is holding its Treasure Room once again, running at its gallery in Queen’s Park until Dec. 23. The Treasure Room features jewelry, raku, pottery, scarves, woven shawls, tree ornaments, Victorianinspired decoration, books by local authors and more. It’s open 1 to 5 p.m. daily except Mondays. Or you can book an evening of treasure hunting for you and your family and friends by calling the arts council at 604-5253244.

Check out www. artscouncilnewwest.org for more details. The arts council gallery is in Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park.

Auditions set

Calling all musical theatre performers. The Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society is holding auditions for its spring production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Auditions are being held Dec. 12, 15 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Valley View Funeral Home in Surrey, in the Arbour Room. Performers are asked to prepare one operetta or opera song and be prepared to cold read. Men and women are

needed for lead, supporting and chorus roles. Among them: Ralph Rackstraw, tenor lead, aged 20 to 45; Captain Corcoran, lyric-baritone lead, aged 45 to 65; Josephine, soprano lead, aged 20 to 40; Mrs. Cripps (Little Buttercup), mezzosoprano/alto lead, aged 40 to 60. You can find out all the details online at www. fvgss.org. To book an audition, email katestadel@gmail. com. Do you have an item for Lively City? Send ideas from the arts and entertainment scene to Julie, jmaclellan@ royalcityrecord.com. You can also find her on Twitter, @juliemaclellan.

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anta Claus will be making an appearance in the Royal City on the weekend – and picking up some letters from local youngsters while he’s in town. The City of New Westminster is putting on this year’s Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. on Columbia Street. Canada Post letter carriers will be walking the parade route to collect letters addressed to Santa at the North Pole. Following the parade, spectators are invited to participate in a number of family-friendly activities taking place in the downtown. The New Westminster Arts Council will be offering a children’s snowflake workshop in Hyack Square from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (before and after the parade) and Fraser River Discovery Centre will be holding a Merry Fishmas event from noon to 4 p.m. Free photos with Santa will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Shops at New West. River Market will be a full of festive fun, as the Royal City Farmers Market is having its holiday edition from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and an interactive Christmas craft market takes place from noon to

3 p.m. People who drop by the Royal City Farmers Market will be able to enjoy a fresh cup of free hot apple cider – and watch it be pressed before their very eyes. “RCFM and River Market wanted to find a special way to take part in a day which already has such fantastic activities planned in downtown New West,” said Melissa Maltais, the farmers’ market’s new operations manager. “An apple press activity using delicious Okanagan apples is a way for us to highlight local food while participating in the downtown festivities.” The farmers’ market also features a chicken coop demo, and more than 40 vendors (including a special crafters market) at River Market.

Paws for a pic with Santa Claus

Van Pet is making sure that our four-legged friends (and other critters) get to meet Santa Claus. Santa is coming to Van Pet on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. People are invited to drop by with their pets and get a photo

of them with Santa. A $100 gift basket and two $30 gift certificates are also up for grabs. A $10 donation is suggested, with all proceeds going to the Royal City Humane Society. For more information, call 604-524-6447. Royal Square mall is located at Eighth Avenue and McBride Boulevard.

Kidsport helps families get active

Kidsport New West is celebrating one year of keeping kids off the sidelines by offering up to $200 per child to families to register in sports. In one year of offering grants to children and youth in New Westminster, Kidsport New West gave $19,377 to 114 total applicants – money that helps keep kids in sports and get new ones involved. “I am so proud of the committee and the community,” said Sandon Fraser, chair of Kidsport New West. “We have a group of dedicated committee members who see the benefit of sports for all kids and have had overwhelming support from businesses and community Introducing

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few weeks ago we described two little red books we were looking at. One was a 1909 street guide with some interesting descriptions and great advertisements. The other had a connection to an “original six” NHL hockey team. We received several requests for more from the 1909 booklet, as well as inquiries of “what hockey team and when?” Today we have a bit from both little red books; first the one with the hockey connection. This little book was an address book and was originally used for that purpose, but then in 1961 it was used, on the spur of the moment, for something altogether different. The Miller family from Sapperton was in Victoria for a few days prior to the approaching new school year. The Montreal Canadiens were in a train-

ing camp in Victoria at that time, preparing for the 1961/62 National Hockey League season. Many members of this popular and prominent team were wandering around downtown Victoria in the area of the Empress Hotel, where the Millers ran into them. The little address book was pressed into service as an autograph book, and 15 signatures were collected. For those of you interested in the NHL and the Canadiens, some of the players who signed were: Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, Jacques Plante, Jacques Laperrière, J.C. Tremblay and César Maniago. This little book has a great story to tell. The 1909 booklet, as readers will remember, was a guide to the streets and street car lines of New Westminster and also offered a great array of advertisements, some worded a little unusually. One example of this was a tailor, Galvin, who had his business in two rooms in the 600 block of Columbia Street: “Tailormade clothes cost no more than factory-made clothes if Galvin makes the clothes. A trial will convince you that they wear longer, look better,

and need less pressing if made by Galvin. New Westminster’s leading ladies’ and men’s tailor.” Perhaps some “evaporated B.C. cream” was the order of the day: “Made in New Westminster. This cream is unexcelled both in flavor and economy. Patronize your home factory. For sale at all grocers. B.C. Milk Condensing Co.” (Front Street) A very short ad for the Curtis Drug Store supplies a brief overview of the business: “For drugs, spectacles, seeds, Kodaks and photo supplies.” Many people are unaware that there was once a thriving tobacco industry in the city: “B.C. Cigar Factory manufacturers of high-grade Havana cigars, strictly union made. Our well-known brands are BC, Old Sports, Brilliantes, Autos and Puck.” And downtown near the tram office was “Kenny’s Restaurant and Café, meals, short orders, oysters, ice cream and fresh fruit in season. Meal tickets, 21 meals for $4. If you want a dinner or a lunch ring up phone 298, always open.” Interesting items from two little red books.

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If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, then a piece of jewellery will tick that box off. Whether it’s a once in a lifetime Diamond engagement ring, a red carpet piece that will dazzle brighter than the Christmas decorations...or a piece of jewellery that will give your loved one something Susan Cartwright-Coates that has your personal touch. Cartwright Jewelers has a selection of must have jewellery this season. A beautiful classic is Diamond stud earrings, they will make a great addition to her jewellery wardrobe, the twinkle of stunning diamonds in her ears for everyone to see says “ I Love You”. For a Fashion forward jewellery gift, look to Lucet Mundi coin jewellery, it is all the rage in Europe. Choose your locket, pick your coin, add a chain and say “Merry Christmas”. Charriol modern cable jewellery bracelets will put the “WOW” back into jewellery. Stainless steel nautical cabling with 18kt gold and diamonds for her wrist, stack them! one, two, or three. Let Cartwright Jewelers help you make the right choice this Christmas. Personalized service has always been the corner stone of our 80 year old business, serving New Westminster since 1933. Open every day until Christmas. Every gift is beautifully gift wrapped, ready to go under the Christmas tree.

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ASK AN OPTOMETRIST Q. Many of my friends are having their cataracts removed. What is a cataract and how do I know if I have one? A: Cataracts are very common. A cataract occurs

when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. As we age our lens goes from being clear, to slightly yellowed, and then eventually cloudy. This often results in blurry vision that cannot be improved with glasses. In addition to aging, cataracts may Dr. Abigail Asirvatham be caused by an eye injury or surgery, smoking, UV light exposure, poor diet, some medications and health conditions such as diabetes. For many patients, cataracts develop in their 60-70s and quite often they grow slowly so visual changes are subtle. Younger people can develop cataracts too – even some babies are born with them! Your Doctor of Optometry is able to diagnose and evaluate cataracts as part of your annual comprehensive eye exam. At Family Eyecare Centre we monitor cataracts until they need to be removed and then refer you to an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) for surgery. Most patients need a new eyeglass prescription after surgery, which can be finalized by your optometrist six weeks later. If you are concerned about cataracts, or any other aspects of your vision, call Family Eyecare Centre to book an appointment.

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A: The last thing you want to do over the holidays (or any time) is rush your pet to the emergency room. Many pet owners find themselves in their veterinary emergency over the holidays. Here are some tips to ensure that both you and your pets have a safe and happy holiday season: • Some “people food” can cause upset stomachs and some are poisonous for your pets. Don’t give your pets any food from your plate. Especially avoid: bones, grapes, raisins, onions, artificial sweetener and chocolate. Make sure to also advise your guests as they may think they are being kind giving your puppy that turkey bone. • Be sure to dispose of all garbage items in a safe manner - turkey string, foil wrappers and bones may smell like food to a curious pet. • Decorative plants such as mistletoe, holly and poinsettas are a source of danger for pets causing stomach upsets or vomiting. • Holiday decorations such as ribbons and tinsel are attractive and hazardous to pets. Watch out for electrical cords to ensure puppies and kittens don’t chew on them. • Keep overly nervous pets confined during family gatherings especially when there is a lot of traffic in and out your door. Anxious pets may take advantage and dart out. Keep your veterinarian’s phone number and local animal emergency hospital phone number handy by keeping it somewhere easily accessible. Suite #130 815 1st Street New Westminster, BC 604 526 1092 604 526 1048

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My dentist has recommended braces but I’m satisfied with my smile. Do I really need them? Even though the most obvious outcome of braces is a nice straight smile, your dentist has many reasons for prescribing them. Misaligned teeth can cause a variety of dental problems ranging from gum disease to fractured teeth and even possible tooth loss. If teeth are unfavourably aligned plaque will accumulate more readily and be more difficult to remove, both for you at home and for your hygienist at the dental office. This can result in gum disease and cavities. Straight teeth are much easier to clean! Additionally, each tooth is designed to accept a very specific set of forces from chewing and if that tooth is not in its proper position it will be accepting forces it was not intended to accept. This can cause unwanted wear and tear on your teeth and can even cause a tooth to fracture. Straighter teeth are healthier teeth and give you the added bonus of a nice smile. If you think you might benefit from straighter teeth just ask your dentist or hygienist at your next visit!

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Q. Implant supported Dentures – what are they? Standard dentures rest on the gum and whatever jaw bone the patient has left after extractions of all their natural teeth. Implant supported dentures are held in place by small implants that the denture snaps on to or can be attached to.

Q. Are implant supported dentures better than regular dentures?

If your denture is not staying firmly in your mouth, if you have trouble eating the foods you love, if they are falling out when you laugh, or are clicking when you speak then implant supported dentures are for you! Implant supported dentures will give you the confidence that your dentures will never become loose or float around in your mouth. Implant supported dentures will help you speak and eat more confidently! No one will know you are wearing dentures!

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The implant procedure is relatively painless, and non-invasive. For most procedures the Denture implants can be placed into the jaw in less than an hour. After the implants have healed the new denture can be made and placed.

Q. What is the cost?

The cost depends on how many implants are placed and what type of implant system is chosen. This can be discussed with the implant specialist, Denturist or Dentist of your choosing! Even 2 implants placed in the lower jaw can give great relief to patients that have lower denture problems. Feel free to call us at the clinic for a consultation at no charge.

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Santa Claus set to roll into Royal City

Santa Claus is leaving the elves and reindeer at home when he rolls into the Royal City on a fire truck this weekend. The City of New Westminster is organizing this year’s Santa Claus Parade, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. on Columbia Street. In past years, the parade started at 4 p.m., but the city has moved it to an earlier start to give people more time to check out

activities taking place in downtown New Westminster after the parade on Columbia Street. In addition to welcoming Santa Claus and kicking off the Christmas season, the city hopes the parade will provide people with an opportunity to celebrate the downtown and first responders who attended the devastating Oct. 10 fire on Columbia Street.

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On Saturday, November 23, The Rotaract Club of New Westminster held The Charity Challenge, a coat drive and children’s carnival at F.W. Howay Elementary. The purpose of the event was twofold: to create a fun and unique event in the community and to collect coats and jackets for New Westminster’s children in need this winter. The theme of the Charity Challenge was “Around the World”; kids

received a “passport” and made their way through nine engaging and entertaining stations, each themed for a different part of the world. Thanks to the amazing families and supporters who donated their used coats, we were able to collect half a dozen large bags full of winter coats, which will be distributed to children in the community through New Westminster’s elementary schools.

The Rotaract Club would like to express appreciation to all of the generous sponsors who contributed to the success of the event. • A-WIN Insurance • Freshslice Pizza • The Record • Tim Hortons

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We would also like the thank the two Rotary clubs in New Westminster for their support with organizing the event, and the Interact Club at New Westminster Secondary School for coming out to volunteer and contributing their time, energy and enthusiasm to the day.

Rotary’s objectives include: Development of opportunities for service and acquaintance; Highly ethical standards in business and the professions; International understanding and goodwill.

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Rewarded: From left, Const. Ryan Long, Const. Cliff Kusch, Chief Const. Dave Jones, Const Darryl Pakosh and Const. Nick Ferguson at the Police Honours Night in Victoria on Nov. 21.

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◗ IN THE GAME

UBC goalie named CIS and CanWest player of the week ◗P28 N.W. forward signs with Jr. A Spruce Kings ◗P28

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Fieldies choose new program route BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

Two St. Thomas More Collegiate seniors earned athletic scholarships to new NCAA Division I field lacrosse programs. Long pole defender Jordan McKenzie and midfielder Connor Robinson signed their commitment letters last month to play the outdoor lacrosse game at Marquette and High Point universities, respectively, next year. The New Westminster residents both earned valuable experience down south through the Burnaby Mountain Selects travel team program, but each eventually found a different path to their final goal. McKenzie got his foot in the door following a short stint at a New York prep school, while Robinson went the more conventional scouted route. While at TrinityPawling school, McKenzie was tutored by the lacrosse coach on how to get his name out there. Emails from interested schools quickly followed. “A lot of schools wanted me to repeat another year of high school,” said McKenzie, who attended Trinity Pawling in New York state two years ago. “I said, ‘I’ll think about it, and the next thing I know (Marquette) was making me an offer.” While the Milwaukee, Wisconson school is no stranger to Div. I sports, known primarily for its strong basketball programs, field lacrosse was added just last season. The Golden Eagles will play in the Big East conference alongside such traditional powers as

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Div. I duo: Connor Robinson, left, and Jordan McKenzie both signed NCAA scholarships with new Division I field lacrosse programs last month. Syracuse, Notre Dame and Georgetown. Marquette finished its inaugural season with a 5-8 overall record. Robinson, who was the leading scorer on his club team over the past six seasons, was first scouted as a high school junior while with Team B.C. “I finally got scouted in Grade 10 by High Point. I went on a visit during spring break,” said Robinson. “I liked the area and the residence, everything was close to the field.” High Point is a small

liberal arts institution of I felt like I could be a part 4,500 students located in of something sooner,” said North Carolina. The pro- McKenzie. Robinson gram plays agreed. “I lacrosse in the “They look at could start out Atlantic Sun how good we are with everyconference. Last year, HPU on ground balls one equal on team. I debuted with and how we work the can start right a 3-11 team in tight.” away,” he record. said. B o t h CONNOR ROBINSON T h e McKenzie and Field lacrosse player two New Robinson feel Westminster the fledgling programs will give them club products enjoyed each the best chance of much success together making an immediate at the provincial level, including a national title impact. “Going to a new school, at under-16 in 2012.

A third New Westminster product, Mitchell Stokes, also earned an NCAA athletic scholarship in field lacrosse. Stokes signed a letter of intent with Div. II Lake Erie College. It’s just those stick skills that are attracting more U.S. colleges to unearth the abundant hidden talent north of the 49th parrallel. “(Scouts) just like how we have really good stick skills. They look at how good we are on ground balls and how we work in tight,” Robinson added.

Midget Giants back in first place for now BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

Justin Szeto’s seven-point weekend propelled the Northwest Giants back into a share of top spot in the B.C. major midget hockey league. Szeto posted a five-point evening in the Giants’ 9-3 victory over the Cariboo Cougars in the opening game of a weekend series at the Burnaby Winter Club last Saturday. The Burnaby rookie scored two third-period goals, while registering three assists, including a helper on Quinn Thompson’s eventual game-winner in the middle frame. Szeto also had a goal and an

assist in the Giants’ come-frombehind 6-4 win over Cariboo in the Sunday morning rematch. Szeto’s point tally lifted him to a share of fourth place in overall scoring. On Saturday, Giants’ defenceman Dante Fabbro scored back-toback markers between the second and third periods that put the home team up by 6-1. The following day, Fabbro, Quinn Benjafield and Keyvan Mokhtari of Burnaby all counted a goal and an assist in the third period to rally the Giants to their 16th win this season. “We’ve had a couple of good weeks. We’re trying to score more. … I just felt we had no jam going

to the net,” said Giants head coach Clint Thornton. The twin victories boosted the Giants back to a first-place tie with the Okanagan Rockets, both with identical 16-3-1 records. Placement atop the 11-team league should be temporary for the Giants, who earn a bye this weekend. Back in November, the Giants dropped a pair of games to Okanagan in Kelowna, scoring a total of just two goals on 40 shots. Since then, the Burnaby-based club is averaging seven goals a game. “That was the game we used as an example,” Thornton said. Colton Kerfoot moved to the

top of the major midget scoring parade with 34 points, including the game-winning goal in the comeback win over the Cougars. Thompson chipped in with three assists, including a helper on Kerfoot’s winner. Ty Shultz also had a pair of third-period helpers. The Giants are back at it the following weekend, travelling to Vancouver Island for a two-game stint against the South Island Royals. The club closes out the first half of the season against the Greater Vancouver Canadians. Over the Christmas break, the Giants will compete at the Mac’s AAA midget world invitational.

Hyacks hand out grid awards

New Westminster runningback Angelo Tanjuaquio was named the most valuable varsity player at the Hyacks’ annual awards banquet. Joining Tanjuaquio with a major varsity award were best back Julian Ramirez and Billy Collins, who earned the Kevin Chin top lineman trophy. Wide receiver Tristan Sands was named varsity scholar athlete this season. Both Sands and Collins were earlier named to the B.C. high school AAA varsity Western conference allstar team at receiver and offensive line, respectively. Quarterback Tommy Robertson was the recipient of the coaches award. James Nicolas earned the Sidoo Family scholarship. Adrian Cagampan won the MVP for the New Westminster junior varsity high school team. Jeff Lugtu was named best back and Sunny Rishi took home the top lineman award. Liam Mackay was the JV scholar athlete, while David Penalver earned the coaches award. In community football, Lucas Sabau and Cameron Mah won the most valuable teammate award for their respective Royal City Hyacks junior bantam squads. Yanni Angelopoulos was named the outstanding lineman and Sammy Sidhu most outstanding back for the junior bantam orange team. Anthony Dillman was chosen most improved player. For the junior bantam black team, Justice Champagne won most outstanding lineman. William Clarke was named outstanding back and Juno Kim was the most improved player. Sean Crowley was selected the peewee orange team’s most valuable teammate. Eric Birzneck and Alexander D’Arge were the most outstanding lineman and back, respectively. Max King was the most improved. Armaan Sidhu was the MVP for team black. Darius Wong was named top lineman. Jude Buchanan was top back. Tremel StatesJones was most improved.


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◗ SPORTS BRIEFS

Forward signs with Jr. A Kings

T-Bird goalie first star of the week New Westminster resident Danielle Dube was named the first star of the week in the CIS and Canada West conference. Dube, a third-year goalie with the University of British Columbia varsity women’s hockey team, gave up just one goal in 130 minutes of play, recording two wins over Lethbridge. The back-to-back victories extended Dube’s Canada West-leading record to 9-1. On Nov. 29, Dube made 44 saves to pace the sixthranked Thunderbirds to a 2-1 shootout win over the Alberta program. On Saturday, Dube posted her first shutout of the season following a 3-0 win, extending her winning streak to eight in a row.

New swim record

New Westminster ’s Justin Kiedrzyn helped the Simon Fraser University men’s medley relay team set a new program record at the Clan Cup swim meet last weekend. Kiedrzyn, a runner-up in the 200m butterfly, and swimmates Julian Monks, Ciaran McDonnell and

Hans Heyer set a Clan Cup record in the 400-metre medley in a winning time of 3:45.63. The foursome also won the 200m medley. Igor Gasovic-Varga of New West teamed with Dimitar Ivanov, Lucas Greenough and McDonnell for first place in the 800m freestyle relay. Gasovic-Varga, a thirdplace finisher in the 200m fly, also was a runnerup with Keenan Elliott, Greenough and Ivanov in the 400m medley relay.

Weekend to give

The Simon Fraser University hockey club is celebrating a Weekend of Giving at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre Dec. 6 and 7. At this Friday’s game against Eastern Washington, adult admission is $5 with the donation of a non-perishable food item in support of the Five Hole for Food drive. On Saturday, SFU will holds its teddy bear toss towards helping out the Burnaby Christmas Bureau this holiday season. – Tom Berridge

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In the slot: West Coast Avalanche Olivia Ramos, in white, centre, scored a goal in a 4-2 loss to the Thompson-Okanagan Rockets in B.C. Hockey AAA midget girls’ league game at 8Rinks last Saturday.

Phantom extend league lead

Michelle Toor scored a goal for the Fraser Valley Phantom in a 7-1 win over the Kootenay Wildcats last Friday. The win was the Phantom’s first of three over the Wildcats in a weekend series for the first-place B.C. Hockey female AAA midget girls’ club. The second-place West Coast Avalanche lost a little ground to the Phantom, dropping two of a three-game set to the Thompson-Okanagan Rockets at Burnaby 8Rinks last weekend. Monica Disanjh of New Westminster tallied a goal in the Av’s opening 6-1 win over the Rockets last Friday. New West’s Olivia Ramos also scored a goal and added an assist for the West Coast club in Saturday’s 4-2 loss. The Avalanche also dropped a 4-3 decision to the fourth-place Rockets on Sunday. tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

Marco Ballarin counted a point in his first junior A hockey game. The New Westminster minor product drew an assist on Caleb Thompson’s second goal of the season on a power play late in the third period to help the Prince George Spruce Kings to a 6-0 B.C. Hockey League win over the Coquitlam Express on Wednesday. Ballarin signed a junior A card with the Spruce Kings earlier this week. Prior to the signing, the 5-10, 190-pound forward was standing fifth in Pacific Junior Hockey League scoring with 16 goals and 33 points in 23 games with the Ridge Meadows Flames. Ballarin, 18, played for the Junior B Flames for two previous seasons, garnering 31 goals and 62 total points before getting the opportunity to take the step up to the BCHL. Prince George is currently in second place in the BCHL’s Mainland division with a 18-9-2-2 record. – Tom Berridge

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assorted varieties

33%

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Efruiti Gummies

assorted varieties

Dazbog Organic Coffee

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Organic Sweet Meyer Lemons

product of USA

Dr. Praeger’s Frozen Pancakes assorted varieties

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assorted varieties

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5lb box product of Japan

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Summer Fresh Dips

1L product of Canada

6.98

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California Grown

Deli Department

6.49

assorted varieties

42%

6.99lb/ 15.41kg

Valley Pride Organic Egg Nog

Rogers Porridge Oats

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Organic Sirloin Tip Steaks or Roasts

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

32%

9.99lb/ 22.02kg

Annie’s Cheddar Bunny Crackers

St. Dalfour Jams

SAVE

previously frozen, value pack

35g product of Canada

23%

Original Sun Brand Satsuma Mandarin Oranges

Wild Coho Salmon Fillets

1.99

SAVE

2 kg product of Canada

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South Surrey

2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

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Floral Shop

1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864

2615 W. 16th Vancouver 603-736-7522


Royal City Record December 6 2013