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High hopes for a new high school Project agreement for new school expected in April BY NIKI HOPE REPORTER
Chipped paint, rotting wood and rats – sounds more like a neglected prison than a place parents want to send their children. For more than a decade, New Westminster families have waited to hear that the aging, worn-out New Westminster Secondary School will be replaced for the roughly 2,000 students at the city’s only public high school. The project has been derailed over the years for reasons ranging from political gridlock, poor soil conditions and an old cemetery on the site, which altered the usable portion of the land. Could 2014 be the year the district and the province finally reach a long-overdue project agreement to get the school built? Trustee Casey Cook thinks so. “We’re expecting we will have a project agreement in place in April,” Cook told The Record. “Those are our expectations.” The job of building two new schools in the city is on track, and the $23.2-million replacement elementary school for John Robson – Qayqayt (pronounced Kee-Kite) Elementary – is slated to open on schedule this fall. As well, the province and the district announced the builder for the new middle school (which will be built on the former Robson site) last fall. The middle school is scheduled to be built by 2015. The replacement high school – a project that has been in the works for approximately 14 years – is the final piece in the
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Bright future: Families in the city have waited more than a decade for a new school. Trustee Casey Cook predicts there will be a project agreement between the New Westminster school district and the Ministry of Education by the spring. puzzle. “It’s unfortunate that it’s taken the time that it has, but I think we are moving towards resolution,” Cook said. In the meantime, the 60-plus-year-old school looks a little more haggard each year.
Despite the aging building, high school parent Stephen Bruyneel said the education going on inside is solid. “It’s really interesting. Until you have your kids go there, I think the perception is that it’s this thing that’s falling down and all of this kind of stuff. Once they get there,
my experience talking to my kids’ friends and stuff, is kids love the school. They love the teachers. They love the camaraderie,” he said. Still, he acknowledged that the school needs to be rebuilt. ◗Cook Page 3
Transportation plan update is top priority for 2014 BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s not much of a surprise what the City of New Westminster’s engineering department has planned for 2014. “There is probably three things at the top – transportation, transportation and transportation,”
said Jim Lowrie, the city’s director of engineering. “The very high priorities are to complete our master transportation plan. That’s number one.” The city expects to wrap up its master transportation plan this spring. The plan was last updated in 1998. The new plan will address all types of transportation
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springtime. So it’s pretty close to being completed.” Transportation issues have long ranked as the Number 1 concern of New Westminster residents. Lowrie also expects the city to make some headway on planning for a replacement Pattullo Bridge this year. The city has been working with TransLink and Surrey on
a “collaborative strategic review process” to find a long-term solution for the Pattullo Bridge. “That’s coming out for public consultation again in February,” he said. “It’s gone from 25 options down to six, and in this next round of consultation, one of the objectives is to narrow that down
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City launches new wellness program for kids
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A new program in New Westminster aims to take a bite out of childhood obesity – and help kids become healthier, happier and fitter. The city’s parks, culture and recreation department is spreading the word about a new 10-week wellness program that supports children and their families on a journey to adopt a healthy lifestyle. MEND – short for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! – hopes to encourage lasting lifestyle changes by improving children’s physical activity levels, nutrition and selfesteem. “It’s an amazing opportunity, not only for the children but for the entire family,” said program manager Lisa Mandel. “It’s an opportunity, not only for families to come together and be active, but for families to get stronger. It’s building bonds between families.” Originating in the United Kingdom, the program has been offered in Canada for the past couple of years. “We are really excited about it,” Mandel said. “The program has been proven to work in a lot of other sites.” The New Westminster program marks the first time it’s been offered for five- to seven-yearolds in British Columbia.
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Getting active: Kids who are overweight or at risk of obesity – and their families – are invited to take part in a new wellness program in New Westminster. From left, program manager Lisa Mandel and program staff Rick Bloudell and Tracy Degusseme-Matheson try out some of the equipment for the program. Elsewhere, MEND is also offered to kids aged seven to 13. Ten sessions will be held on Sunday afternoon, with the free program aiming to start at the end of January. According to Mandel, MEND was developed in the United Kingdom to address the rising rate of obesity in children. The criteria to register for the New Westminster program is that the child must be between five and seven years old, the children should be at-risk of or above a healthy weight, families must be able to
commit to attending for the full 10 weeks and at least one parent or caregiver must attend all sessions with the child. “We are not just focusing on kids who are overweight or are struggling with weight,” Mandel said, noting families with a history of weight issues are also able to participate. “We are more than willing to look at families with those characteristics. We don’t want to turn anybody away.” People can find various BMI calculators online and type in their child’s height,
weight, age and gender to determine if they’re in the 85th percentile or above, and are exceeding a healthy weight. The sessions include “power time,” a snack time that seeks to expose families to new and exciting new healthy foods. Using smell, taste and touch – and a bit of positive peer pressure – kids (and their parents) may try foods they would normally shun. “We do a healthy living activity session with everyone – parents, kids and siblings,” Mandel said. “It isn’t just sitting and lis-
tening. They participate.” Reading labels and incorporating activity into everyday life are among the topics to be tackled. Parents and kids split up for the last hour of the program. “The kids get to go off to the gym with our activity leader,” she said. “We call it active play. We do games with them.” The Superdudes will be part of the active play component of the program and serve as role models to the children involved in MEND.
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Cook: ‘... great things are happening (at the school)’ ◗ continued from page 1
“Don’t get me wrong, it needs to be replaced,” said the fatherof-two. “But, in terms of the kids’ experience, the student experience, I think it’s great.” Cook agreed, saying, “There’s credit to our staff and our students, great things are happening (at the school).” But, he noted, there is “very
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little we can offer as rationale for why it’s taken this long.” Board of education chair Jonina Campbell agreed with Cook’s spring prediction. “We are on target. We are working with the Ministry (of Education) to come together for a project agreement,” she said. Once the province and the district sign the agreement, the build-
ing process will begin. The new high school will be for students from grades 9 to 12 and is expected to accommodate more than 2,000 students. The plan includes a new Massey Theatre, which the City of New Westminster is expected to contribute $10.1 million to the cost of building. A Ministry of Education press
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Council debates how to handle laneway housing BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
The city’s plan to explore laneway housing sparked a spirited debated in council chambers on Monday. Council considered a report in which staff outlined a proposed workplan for an accessory dwelling unit program. Staff would review the interest in and feasibility of potential amendments to the zoning bylaw that would allow residents to build coach houses and laneway homes in residential areas. The work plan proposed by staff would begin with compiling information about other municipalities’ experiences with this type of housing, consulting with the community and preparing draft zoning bylaw requirements and guidelines that would be available during consultation with neighbourhoods. That would be followed by a zoning bylaw amendment process, implementation and monitoring. The Queen’s Park and Queensborough neighbourhoods aren’t proposed to be included in the program and would be dealt with separately. The Queen’s Park area is undertaking a neighbourhood planning process with the city, and Queensborough is located in a floodplain and has few lanes allowing this type of housing to be built. Coun. Bill Harper believes all areas of the city should be dealt with at the same time. “We have to treat the entire city the same,” he said. “That is my view.” Harper would prefer that the issue of
laneway housing be dealt with as part of the update of the city’s official community plan, which is getting underway. Coun. Jonathan Cote stressed that the city needs to deal with the issue of laneway housing now – not in two years. While it’s going to be a “somewhat controversial” topic, he said it’s a discussion the city needs to have. Coun. Jaimie McEvoy views laneway housing as part of the city’s affordable housing strategy. He’s not sure that a “one-size-fits-all” policy is necessary, as it could be a neighbourhood planning issue. “The only regret I have is we haven’t been able to do it sooner,” he said. McEvoy noted there are community members who are “ready to go” if a policy is approved. Council defeated a motion to consider laneway housing as part of the official community plan update, with a majority of council preferring to deal with the issue sooner. Instead, council directed staff to report back on how laneway housing is handled in other cities and options for addressing the issue in New Westminster. “Detached accessory dwelling units add to the supply and variety of housing in single-family areas while maintaining their character and promoting more efficient use of the land,” stated a staff report. “This housing option has been well-received in other cities, including the City of Vancouver and North Vancouver.” Bev Grieve, the city’s director of development services, said staff would be working on an update to the official community plan over the next two years.
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ing more time at work, or at home working, than in recent decades. No wonder. The fear of losing one’s job, or rising expectations from bosses who fear losing their job, means more work all around. And then there’s just plain and simple greed and keeping up appearances. You get the new car, new house and voila – you need to work more to keep up those big payments. It’s a treadmill that’s increasingly hard to get off. But folks at the lower end of the pay spectrum are also working harder to
keep peanut butter on the table. It’s not good. Nobody has time to stop and smell the roses. In fact, there are no roses because nobody had any time to plant them. The good news is that experts tell us as Generation Y becomes the dominant ones in the workforce they will reshape the dynamic because they are making work-life balance a priority. Let’s hope these experts are better than the ones who promised us shorter work weeks.
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numerous comments submite appreciate the chance to respond to the union ted by doctors and air quality experts to the port (and posted members’ op-ed on coal exports (Coal is critical to on RealPortHearings.org) were B.C. economy, Opinion, The highly critical of the assessment, condemning it for significant Record, Jan. 10) as it provides deficiencies, incorrect assumpan opportunity to clear up misunderstandings circulated by the tions and superficial analysis. coal lobby. We are glad to hear that coal As the members pointed out, dust safety is a primary consideration for the unions, but they are responsible for mining they have missed our and transporting B.C.’s larger point. Coal dust metallurgical coal to is not the only issue markets overseas. PAULA WILLIAMS AND of concern with the The key word here is KEVIN WASHBROOK Fraser Surrey Docks’ “metallurgical.” We proposal. What about are opposed to Fraser Surrey Docks’ proposal to export diesel particulate matter from U.S. thermal coal. This may train exhaust, which causes resresult in up to 25 jobs, but it piratory illness and cancer? There are 37 schools along threatens to bring serious risks to communities from White Rock the coal train route. What about health issues associated with all the way to Texada Island. The environmental impact noise? How about the concerns assessment recently released of those living in Crescent Beach whose emergency-vehicle access by the Port Authority was in response to this U.S. thermal coal will be cut off when these 120plus car trains pass by? export proposal and not the B.C. To say that the project is metallurgical coal industry. not likely to cause significant Curiously, the assessment adverse effects is misleading at states that “the project is not best. That is why the cities of likely to cause significant White Rock, Surrey, Langley, adverse environmental, socioNew Westminster, Vancouver economic, or health effects.” and Powell River, as well as It is hard to understand how Metro Vancouver, the Islands that conclusion could be drawn Trust and our health authorwhen the assessment leaves ities have all stood up to either out the impacts associated with oppose the project outright or transporting coal by rail through ask that it undergo an independWhite Rock, Surrey and Delta, ent and comprehensive health transfer from barges and onto impact assessment prior to ships at Texada Island, and approval. Anything less would shipment in ocean-going vesbe irresponsible. sels through the Georgia and Juan de Fuca straits. In fact, ◗Coal Page 7
IN OUR OPINION
An incinerator fouls not only our airshed, with thousands of unknown toxins and a ton of greenhouse gases for every ton burned. It fouls our rivers, lakes, and groundwater. Toxic ash landfills foul the soil (25 per cent of our waste by weight, 10 per cent by volume, remains as toxic ash). Incineration fouls our health. Only the unknowable toxic synergies are “unpredictable”; the other impacts are a sure thing. The Fraser Valley Regional District is only one of many local governments opposing the incinerator: one-third of Metro Vancouver directors voted against it. Native nations, community organizations and hundreds of individuals in both regions opposed it. An incinerator would burn our kids’ resources, waste their fossil fuels, for 50 years. Long before 2070, the Earth’s 10 billion people will be desperate for resources. Products that are difficult to recycle will be
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a folly of the past. Like the costly destruction systems Metro Vancouver is now building, which will be shut down – wasted. Will our grandchildren have to mine landfills, fish the Pacific gyre? Metro’s own waste plan (financial implications, page 32) points out that diverting resources from the waste stream has economic benefits. “There is considerable economic activity that takes place in the process of recycling the collected materials into new goods as an alternative to virgin feed stocks. Although difficult to estimate, the economy associated with the remanufacturing of recycled materials into new products exceeds the costs for collection, transportation and processing. Net expenditures associated with disposal more closely reflect the entire disposal economy since there is little economic activity that occurs following disposal.” So why choose incineration? Metro Vancouver’s plan states that we can’t recycle more than 80 per cent
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unless distant markets remain stable; that they are looking for contingencies. Asian markets fail when the price of oil gets too high, as happened in 2008 when we had to pay to burn or bury our recycled materials. What contingency could there be besides local remanufacture? According to Metro Vancouver’s director of policy and planning for waste management in 2011, “The contingency is waste-to-energy.” (Global incinerator corporations have deep pockets, plenty of lobbyists.) This raises the question: what happens to the 80 per cent we’ll be recycling when markets fail? It pays Asian corporations to buy, ship and remanufacture our recovered resources and ship new products back. These are cheaper not only because of low wages and poor to no environmental protection. These industries avoid the cost of extracting and refining virgin resources. Instead of wasting billions of our tax dollars on massive systems for burning, on garbage transport and ash landfills, we need to use public money to develop diversion and remanufacturing capacity today: to build industries, business, jobs: local economic renewal, for public and private profit. Metro Vancouver taxpayers can own a paper recycling plant and other remanufacturing industries, the way we own the
incinerator. We can partner with private industry and municipalities as we do with the Cache Creek landfill. We can work with private recycling industries and publicly owned facilities, too, to meet everyone’s needs for resources, as we already do with the various waste management companies. Each municipality can build a bottle washing plant; facilities to convert textiles to rags and paper, construction waste to lumber, firewood and wood chips, demolition waste to product recovery and building deconstruction. Reuse and repair community centres for appliances, furniture, bikes, can include a free store to make items available to people who can’t afford even thrift stores, taking the social justice dimension of waste into account. Diversion options are virtually unlimited. Most such developments are profitable industries and businesses. Some cost the region (as does incineration) but are profitable in the long run because they conserve resources and share our wealthethical imperatives. All are better outcomes for our taxes than toxic ash and destruction of our life support ecosystems. This necessary reconfiguration of our industrial consumer society is happening all over the world. It can happen here. We can profit today by protecting our children’s future. Hildegard Bechler, New Westminster
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There is another important concern that the members overlooked in their piece. The International Energy Agency, an organization that works to ensure reliable global energy supplies, has estimated that 80 percent of world thermal coal reserves must stay in the ground if we are to have a good chance of avoiding runaway climate change. The UN climate chief recently made the same point. We are certain that the remaining 20 per cent of the world’s thermal coal can be burned without having to build a new coal port on the Fraser River in Surrey. The need to reduce coal use isn’t going to go away because it is inconvenient and the coal lobby wants to ignore it.
Furthermore, when they argue that Metro Vancouver somehow deprives developing nations of their right to self-determination by rejecting the export of U.S. coal, the coal lobby confuses its own self-interest with the common good. Eventually, if we don’t take steps to reduce thermal coal use, climate change will impact the people employed in mining and transporting B.C.’s coal as surely as it will the 120,000 people employed in the Broadway corridor in Vancouver. Eventually, if we don’t take action, disasters like the one just endured by the residents of Tacloban in the Philippines will be commonplace. We need to stop talking past each other. We invite the unions to sit down with us for a frank discussion about what the
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Council miffed by meeting time New Westminster city council isn’t impressed that the Hyack Festival Association would schedule its annual general meeting on a night it knew council members were unable to attend. The association held its annual general meeting on Monday, Jan. 13 – the same night as a scheduled council meeting.
“That is unheard of,” said Coun. Chuck Puchmayr. The city will send communication to the new Hyack board informing them of the city’s concerns about the scheduling. Puchmayr said the city is Hyack’s largest partner and believes council members should
have been able to attend. Coun. Betty McIntosh said council members aren’t entitled to vote at Hyack’s annual general meeting, unless they have paid a membership fee, as council members are honorary members of the association. – Theresa McManus
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to about two or three options. Then there would be further technical analysis done on that shortlist.” To date, the City of New Westminster hasn’t stated which of the options it would support. In addition to getting input from the public as part of this next round of consultation, the city also expects to express its preferences. “At the end of the day, TransLink has to make the final decision,” Lowrie said. “They have made it very express to us that they will do the utmost to reach a solution that is agreeable to both cities.” Lowrie is fairly confident a “preferred solution” will be determined this year. The third major item on the engineering department’s to-do list for 2014 is to address whistle cessation at railway crossings. “Train whistle cessation is on our list as a high priority,” Lowrie said. “We will be putting a lot of effort toward that. Certainly in the downtown we hope to be able to conclude that this year.” Lowrie anticipates the signals and improvements needed to put an end to rail whistles downtown will be completed this year. “We have two crossings in the downtown area. The first one is at Begbie Street; the other is at Fourth Street. Those two cross-
ings are pretty critical in the downtown area. That’s our first priority,” he said. “We are also looking at train whistle cessation in other neighbourhoods, the Queensborough neighbourhood, and I guess I would call it the Fraserview neighbourhood.” Lowrie said the city has to do a number of rail crossing improvements in order
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Poetry, art combine in new book
It’s a marriage of words and visual art, and it’s being brought to life in New Westminster. A book launch is being held Saturday, Feb. 1 for Ekphrasticism: Painted Words. It’s set for the Arts Council of New Westminster gallery in Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park. The new work, released by Silver Bow Publishing, features paintings by Don Portelance and poetry by Candice James, New Westminster’s poet laureate. The 178-page book brings to life the concept of “ekphrasis” – in which one work of art describes another. It contains 82 full colour paintings by Portelance along with 82 poems by James, each inspired by one of the paintings. “Each full-colour, full-page painting is accompanied by a poem on the page beside it,” a press release says. “You will be whisked off into a world of art, colour, words, beauty and inspiration at the opening reception presentation. The marriage of painting and poetry encompassed in this book makes it a must-have for the discerning artistic and literary collectors’ libraries.” Books and paintings will be offered for sale at a discounted price at the book launch, and Portelance and James will be available for signing. Portelance will also talk about his paintings, while James will read some of her poetry. Portelance’s work will be on display at the gallery throughout February, with about 35 pieces from the book. The launch reception runs from 1 to 3 p.m. For more details, see. www.rclas.com or email email@example.com. – Julie MacLellan
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Word painting: Don Portelance and Candice James teamed up to create Ekphrasticism: Painted Words, a book that combines 82 full-colour paintings by Portelance with 82 poems by James – each poem having been inspired by one of the paintings. The two are launching the book in a special event at the Arts Council of New Westminster Gallery on Feb. 1.
Poetic Justice sessions are back for the new year THE LIVELY CITY JULIE MACLELLAN
oetic Justice is back. The poetry reading series is up and running for the new year, and everyone is invited to stop in to enjoy the Sunday afternoon sessions in the backroom at the Heritage Grill.
On Sunday, Jan. 19, Dennis E. Bolen hosts, with featured readings by Fran Bourassa, Joan Boxall and Timothy Shay. On Jan. 26, host Sho Wiley is at the helm, and poets Alan Hill, Jonina Kirton and Garry Ward will be featured. All the sessions also include an open mike portion. The Heritage Grill is at 447 Columbia St., downtown. Poetic Justice sessions run from 3 to 5 p.m. Check out more online at poeticjustice.ca.
Art at the library
Fibre art and clay models are among the finds you’ll discover at the New Westminster Public Library this month. The library is hosting two art shows on display until Jan. 31. On the ramp gallery, on the main level, is Louise Smith’s show Dropped Threads. A press release notes that the delicate fibre art depicting landscapes, fruit and flowers is created using hand stitching and free motion machine
embroidery on handpainted silk – a technique that results in a distinctive three-dimensional effect. Upstairs, you can check out Shavon Cheng’s show The Nature of Life. The release notes that the show represents her journey through nature, with watercolours, pastels, acrylics and unique models of clay and plasticine. “She believes that life is filled with colour and when you notice the small, hidden details, they will catch you by surprise and show you to an unexpect-
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Short story open mike Wednesday
Are you a writer hankering to share your work? The Royal City Literary Arts Society is continuing its short story open mike sessions in the backroom at the Heritage Grill. The next session is on
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form on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Jan. 17, Lesismore (vintage hether you want the Columbia Theatre, 530 blues and pop) takes the to be inspired Columbia St. Doors open at stage on Saturday, and or entertained, 6 p.m. and the show is at 7 Sarah Kennedy (jazz) enterthere’s something for you p.m. Tickets are $40 (plus tains the crowd on Sunday. in New Westminster this tax and service fees) and Friday and Saturday’s weekend. Here are our top are available at shows start at 8 p.m., while 5 suggestions for www.thecolum Sunday’s gets underway Jan. 17 to 19: bia.ca or 604at noon. The Heritage Get inspired 522-4500. Grill is at 447 Columbia at Century St. in downtown New House, Drop by Westminster. which is hosting River Inspiration Day Market, where Plan a trip – or just 2014 on Saturday, this weekend’s dream about exotic desfeatures include tinations – at the Carlson Jan 18 from 10 Wagonlit travel show takan Artisans Fair a.m. to 2 p.m. This ing place on Sunday, Jan. 19 (Saturday from year’s event fea(or more) at River Market from 1 to 4 10 a.m. to 5 tures presentations Things to do on topics such as this weekend p.m.) and a visit p.m. Admission is by donation to the food bank. For from Royal City technology (it’s more information, call 604Farmers Market (Saturday not a four-letter word), 525-3344. River Market is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) life mapping (inspiration located at 810 Quayside Dr. River Market is located at through reflection), brain Email your Top 5 ideas to 810 Quayside Dr. fitness, mediation and calendar@royalcityrecord. mindfulness. A healthy Check out a diverse com. You can also check out interactive lunch and a range of musical offerour full arts and events listkeynote speech by Dr. ings at the Heritage Grill, ings online at www.royalcity Davidicus Wong, who where The Top Drawers record.com. offers seven wellsprings (rock) perform on Friday, of inspiration to get you through the day, are also part of the day’s fun. Tickets are $5 and availat Choices Yaletown location able at Century House, 620 Eighth St. 100% BC Owned and Operated Enjoy some great 1202 Richards St.,Vancouver. entertainment at the Tuesday, January 21, 4:00 - 6:00pm. Musicians United in a Learn More about Testing for Gluten Intolerance FREE Show of Hearts, in support with Dr. Marni Ross of Sage Clinic. of Variety. Jerry Doucette, Free drop-in information sessions. R&B Allstars, the Mojo Note this is an information session only, no one will be tested for gluten intolerance. Stars, the Simpson Brothers For more information contact Sage Clinic at 604-697-0397 and Taylor Clarke will per-
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Palm Springs, Anyone?
by Samira Hodania
With Modernism Week just around the corner (February 13-23) and a particularly arctic Canadian winter underway, the desert seems just about perfect right now.
Conveniently located in the heart of the uptown design district, Alcazar is all about the sleek and modern ABC’s (Alcazar, Birba and Cheekys). Appointed with local art, Alcazar is the youngest of the triangle, mastering comfort by spoiling their guests with imported Italian linens and townie bikes. Attracting a diverse crowd, Birba serves a creative menu with Italian wood fired pizzas and locally-sourced, hand-crafted cocktails. In the morning, refuel with the breakfast quesadilla and a freshly squeezed kale smoothie at Cheeky’s and you’ll be ready to hit the town. From $120/night, www.alcazarpalmsprings.com
Book the architectural tour with Palm Springs Modern Tours (make sure to see Robert) to experience some of the most posh and elite neighborhoods of Palm Springs. The driving tour takes you through the desert’s most notable architecture and gives you the inside scoop on who lived there during the Rat Pack era and which Hollywood stars are vacationing there during Coachella. 3 hour tour, $85/person, www.palmspringsmoderntours.com
Turn your phone off for a morning and hike the Indian Canyons to experience some breathtaking views of the desert. We conquered the Andreas Canyon (don’t worry if you and your gym aren’t speaking, it’s just a 1-mile loop) where you’ll see more than 150 species of plants, some which were used for medicine and preparing food centuries ago. Trails can be hiked with a ranger or solo, www.indian-canyons.com Read our full Palm Springs itinerary at www.vitamindaily.com www.Visitpalmsprings.com
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We’ve heard a lot about the “No poo” movement (people swamping shampoo for natural ingredients or daily shampooers giving it up for a few weeks to detox the hair) and have to admit we’re intrigued.
Skiing Peak-to-Peak is exhilarating, but the whipping wind, reflecting sun, and sub-zero temperatures can wreak havoc on your face.
by Sara Samson
Purely Perfect has recently come out with the ultimate “unshampoo” Cleansing Crème that could be a game changer. Used on wet hair, the crème takes the impurities out of your hair but leaves the good stuff like essential oils to make your hair shiny and keep colour vibrant. There’s also no need for conditioner because your hair’s natural conditioners are still intact. Rinse, and repeat (eventually).
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Something to Cheer About
“Go play” doesn’t quite do the trick when there’s a sugared-up posse gathered in the living room.
We’re stoked to start our running resolution… just as soon as we gear up.
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Get them out of the “I’m bored” mood (and into the play room!) with a Pom Pom Maker kit ($8). Great for a group activity (like, if you were having a party), cut the pieces out and let the kids go crazy wrapping yarn. No glue, no paint, nothing that can be used as a weapon - it’s a sweetly simple craft for everyone. Bonus: pom poms actually look adorable when finished and can be strewn about the house or hung on a string for decoration. Hear that? It’s the sound of peace and quiet. Order the Clover Pom Pom maker ($8) from Collage Collage, http://shop.collagecollage.ca
by Christine Laroche
First on the shopping list is a pair of kicks that can stand up to a Canadian winter, like Nike’s Air Pegasus+30 Shield ($139 at MEC). These beauties are water-repellent, highly reflective (will we ever see the sunshine again?) and lined in (comfy cozy) microfleece. And did we mention that they’re purple leopard with a neon accent? In case the running thing doesn’t get off the ground, we’ll just move to our plan B resolution: Adopt the athletic fashion trend. $139 at MEC stores nationwide, www.mec.ca
The Record • Friday, January 17,2014 • A17
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Family Services of Greater Vancouver is inviting parents and seniors to brush up on their cooking and meal-planning skills. From January to March, Family Services is offering community kitchens for parents of children under 12 years, and for adults aged 55 and up.
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The parents’ group will start meeting on Thursday mornings on Jan. 16, while the seniors’ group will hit the kitchen every second Thursday starting Jan. 30. All participants will learn how to prepare tasty meals using fresh, whole foods; meet people; learn to budget; plan meals; save time and money – all the while having fun in the kitchen. To register for the programs, contact Patricia Davison at 604-525-9144 or email community email@example.com. Do you have an item for Around Town? Send suggestions to Theresa, firstname.lastname@example.org, or find her on Twitter, @ TheresaMcManus. Note 1.6 S (B5RG54 AA00), manual transmission/Sentra 1.8 S (C4LG54 AA00), manual transmission through subvented lease through Nissan Finance. $200/$400 dealer participation included and available only on 2014 Versa Note 1.6 S (B5RG54 AA00), manual transmission/Sentra 1.8 S (C4LG54 AA00), manual transmission. This offer is only available on lease offers of an 39 month term only and cannot be combined with any other offer. Conditions apply. !Models shown $20,585/$24,765/$34,728 Selling
A girl who once enjoyed a cultural exchange to New Westminster is succeeding in her homeland. Liu Rongning (Jennifer) visited New
off to China in March to do some work on behalf of the exchange. “I am paying my own way,” she said. “I am going to interview the next batch. I will also visit whoever is in Lijiang.” New Westminster and Lijiang have had a sister city relationship since 2002.
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started thinking about being a nurse and decided to set her sights a little higher,” she said. “I think we had something to do with that.” Like the other girls who visited New Westminster, Jennifer is the only person in her village to have flown in a plane or travelled internationally. Each year, the Reverend Vasant Saklikar Memorial Scholarship is given out to four outstanding students from the Lijiang No. 1 High School in Lijiang, China. The scholarship allows students in Lijiang to attend New Westminster Secondary School for two months each year. Williams will be jetting
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lanning is underway to fill a vacancy in New Westminster city hall created by a promotion in 2013. Bev Grieve was promoted to the city’s development services director position in October 2013, after having served as planning director for six years. The city is in the midst of filling the planning manager position. “We are in the process
Westminster in 2008, as part of the first group of four girls from Lijiang, China who enjoyed a twomonth visit to the Royal City. While in Canada, the students attended classes at New Westminster Secondary School (and kept up with their lessons from China so they weren’t behind when they got home), participated in cultural activities and enjoyed home life at billeted homes in the city. Coun. Lorrie Williams, who stays in touch with the girls who visited New Westminster, recently received an email from Jennifer, who is now interning as a doctor in China. “She is doing well. She
of recruiting right at the moment,” Grieve told The Record. “We should be wound up by the end of January. There is a good selection of internal and external applicants.” The planning department is currently fully staffed, and that may or may not be the case at the end of the month. “Depending on what happens with the planning manager, we may or may not have another position,” Grieve said.
A18 • Friday, January 17,2014 • The Record
Fifteen minutes of fun
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Family Literacy Day is celebrated across Canada on Monday, Jan. 27, and this year’s theme is “15 Minutes of Fun.” The intention of the theme is to remind families that they can learn together while doing something fun. Families can share books, songs and stories, play games together, explore nature, follow a new recipe, plan a trip or try a new craft – learning as they go. In celebration of this special day, the New Westminster Public Library and the Literacy New Westminster committee have organized a “15-minutes-of-fun” event at the library for the evening of Monday, Jan. 27. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and families are invited to join us for as little or as much of the two hours as they wish. The event will consist of a number of stations that will be positioned throughout the library. When families arrive, they will each be given a 15-minutes-of-fun passport, and each time they visit one of
the stations, they will get their passport stamped. The more stations members of the family visit, the more chances they will have to win one of the three grand prize baskets, which will be loaded with games, books and other goodies for the whole family. Some stations will be better suited to older children while other stations will suit a younger audience, so there is something for everyone. Examples of the activities include: a recipe station where families will make something yummy; board games and video games; a mapping station; button-making; a book collage mash-up station; a reading nook and more. The library invites families to come and enjoy 15 minutes of fun, over and over and over again. Please register your family by coming to the children’s department of the library or by calling 604-527-4677. The New Westminster Public Library is at 716 Sixth Ave. You can also learn more about literacy at www.abclifeliteracy.ca or library programs at www.nwpl.ca.
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Basketball ballet: Martin Bogajev, with ball, goes in for a lefthanded layup against AAA No. 10-ranked Byrne Creek Bulldogs in a BNW high school boys’ league basketball game at Burnaby South on Wednesday. The No. 9ranked quad A Rebels won the contest 74-59.
U-12 Raptors win in Wash. The under-12 South Burnaby Metro Club Raptors won the club’s first youth basketball tournament in Washington state in several seasons. Justin Sunga hit a lastsecond three-pointer in regulation time to send the championship game into overtime in the Grade 6 finals of the Whatcom Hoop Slam held in Bellingham recently. South Burnaby went on to edge D Block 49-48 in the final. Sunga and Brent Padilla scored 21 and 13 points, respectively. Sunga led the Raptors in tournament scoring with 76 total points over the course of the tournament, followed by Shan Lumase with 40 and Padilla with 39 points apiece. Sunga netted 24 points in a 52-23 victory over Bellingham. Jordan Bartram also chipped in with 10 points in the win. South Burnaby doubled AthElite 51-25 on Lumase’s 15-point contribution. Jaydon Panganiban added nine points in the win. The Raptors compete in the top division of Basketball B.C.’s u-13 Metro League where they are currently undefeated at 7-0 going into the Christmas Break.
Maroulis scored with a pin over Tanalei Louis at 130 lbs. Simon Fraser University Maegan Kuruvita, the finished runner-up at best of a promising group the Women’s Collegiate of SFU freshmen, beat Wrestling Association Beatrize Marinez on points national duals this year. at 143 lbs. The defending nationDiStasio and McLatchy al duals champion Clan both won on a pin over opened the final day of the Sherese Thomas and meet with a 27-17 semifinal Heather O’Connor, respecwin over Oklahoma City, tively. but narrowly fell 21-19 to It was the fifth time SFU King College of Tennessee has defeated the powerin the championship final house Oklahoma City proon Sunday in Des Moines, gram. Iowa. “They make it easy to Victoria Anthony, Helen like to win,” said Jones of Maroulis, the 10-point win Justina DiStasio over Oklahoma and Jenna City. McLatchy all “It was a good SFU started won two match- result. We off the national es on the final duals, winday, but that always want to ning nine of wasn’t enough win, but it gave 10 matches despite both in a 38-6 vicschools win- us a good idea of tory against the ning five bouts of where we have University apiece. Cumberlands In the cham- to pull up our on Saturday. pionship final, Huckle led socks.” Darby Huckle off with a techopened the nical fall over c o m p e t i t i o n MIKE JONES Sarah Allen. with a win SFU wrestling coach Anthony over Shannon easily won her Constantine at 101 pounds, match by a fall, before while Anthony pinned Nikki Brar defeated Sherri Samantha Kingel at 109 Berube at 116 lbs. lbs. Laura Anderson won a King responded with technical fall against Kristin five wins in the next six Yamasaki at 123 lbs., while matches, building a big Maroulis pinned Darby lead. Newman at 130 lbs. Maroulis got SFU back Kuruvita won by techniin it with a technical fall cal fall over Olivia Cepak over Kayla Brendlinger at and New Westminster’s 130 lbs. Monica Podgorski also Seniors DiStasio and defeated Deangela Castex McLatchy wrapped up by technical fall at 155 lbs. the duals with wins at 170 DiStasio and McLatchy and 191 lbs., respectively, both won their respective but the point total was not weight classes by technical enough. superiority. “We tied 5-5 and it “It was a good result. came down to my last two We always want to win, seniors,” said SFU head but it gave us a good idea coach Mike Jones. “But of where we have to pull up (the point structure of the our socks,” Jones added. duals) is a different focus. The Clan will be back … What cost us was our in action next week at the young kids got majored.” national championships in DiStasio won by tech- St. Louis, Missouri, beginnical fall over Lorrie-Ann ning Jan. 24. Ramos and McLatchy beat Jones believes SFU will Malexsis McAdoo by deci- likely be ranked No. 3 sion. heading into the nationals. In the semifinals against The SFU men’s team will Oklahoma City, Anthony be in action on Monday, scored her first win of the Jan. 20 in a dual meet at day with a technical fall home against Emeryover Kristi Garr at 109 Riddle. The bouts begin at pounds. 7 p.m. BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR
Hyack grad moves up in CFL Scouting Bureau rankings Casey Chin and Matthias Goossen moved up the Canadian Football League winter rankings. The CFL Scouting Bureau listed Gooseen, a 6-4, 294-pound offensive lineman with the Simon Fraser University Clan, in fifth place, while Chin, an SFU linebacker moved up one spot in the rankings to 11th overall. Goossen, a 10-game starter for the Clan, made the biggest jump, creeping into the top-five from 15th at the end of last season. Chin led the NCAA Division II Great Northwest conference in tackles for a third straight season. The New Westminster Secondary grad broke his 2012 conference record with 119 stops last season. He also holds the Great Northwest record for most unassisted tackles with 68 in 2013. Both varsity Clan cocaptains were named first team all-conference players last season. Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of McGill is listed as the bureau’s No. 1 pick. Linemen Pierre Lavertu of Laval and Montreal’s David Foucault round out the top three.
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Draft class: Casey Chin is listed 11th on the CFL Scouting Bureau’s winter rankings.
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Runaway: Grace Serrambana, with ball, helped Glenbrook Middle School keep its perfect Grade 8 girls’ basketball record intact with a one-sided win over Alpha in BNW district play on Tuesday.
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New Westminster sports briefs Monica Disanjh had a five-point weekend for the West Coast Avalanche AAA midget female hockey team. Disanjh scored a goahead goal in the Av’s 3-2 victory over the Kootenay Wildcats at Canlan 8Rinks last Saturday. The New Westminster forward also scored her fifth goal of the season, while also adding three assists in a 6-0 win over the Vancouver Island Hurricanes on Sunday.
Busy for Blues
New Westminster ’s Rachael Sider was busy in the University of Toronto Varsity Blues’ 70-56 upset
Junior B Steelers outduel Outlaws in PJHL matchup
win over Queen’s in women’s basketball last week. Sider scored 17 points, while adding three rebounds, three assists and two steals to help Toronto move into sole possession of fourth place in the Ontario University Association east division.
St. Thomas More grad Lexie Der recorded her second double-double of the season for the Boise State Broncos last Saturday. The sophomore forward scored 11 points and added a team-high 10 rebounds in a 55-48 loss to Wyoming in Mountain West conference
women’s basketball. It was Der’s fifth career double-double.
Trade for futures
The junior A New Westminster Salmonbellies dealt first-year defender Patrick Thornhill and intermediate Nathan Marken to the Port Coquitlam Saints for future considerations on Jan. 12. Last year, Thornhill registered one assist and 83 minutes in penalties for the junior ’Bellies. Marken scored 20 goals and garnered 40 points for the New West intermediate A team last season. – Tom Berridge
The Grandview Steelers scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Mission City Outlaws 5-2 in Pacific Junior Hockey League play on Sunday. Jordan Hall scored the game-winning marker, sparking the three-goal rally with his sixth goal of the season just minutes into the middle period. The Steelers play Richmond at home Sunday at 4 p.m.
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