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Coal study plan draws criticisms
The winning kick
Environmentalists call for ‘shovel to boiler’ impact study for Surrey Fraser Docks coal terminal proposal
With gusto: Mayor Wayne Wright takes a run at the ball during the ceremonial kick off at Hyacks’ homecoming. Wright and his Coquitlam counterpart, Richard Stewart, bet on the outcome of Friday’s game. The mayor of the losing team would have to wear their opponent’s jersey to council. Luckily for Wright, the Hyacks beat the Centaurs 44-22. For more on the big game, see page 21.
BY DON HAUKA REPORTER
Environmentalists from Montana to New Westminster are calling for a “shovel to boiler” impact study for coal shipments, including the Surrey Fraser Docks proposed coal terminal. And they’ve expressed skepticism of an environmental assessment of the Fraser Surrey Docks being carried out by SNC Lavalin that is to be finished by the end of the month. “With just two weeks, I don’t see how they can get the baseline data they need to assess the impacts on wildlife and water quality,” said Michael Scott of the Montana chapter of the Sierra Club. The Surrey Fraser Docks proposal would see a coal transfer station built on the Surrey-Delta border that would handle between four million and eight million metric tonnes of coal per year.
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City underestimates overpass costs BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER email@example.com
The City of New Westminster is reevaluating plans for access to Westminster Pier Park after getting a big surprise when bids started to roll in to city hall. The city had posted a call for bids on its website for the construction of a “cantile-
vered” pedestrian overpass from the edge of Westminster Pier Park to the Front Street Parkade, with the structure to align with Fourth Street. The tender process has been cancelled. “We put it out to tender. When the tenders came back, they exceeded our budget amount,” said Roger Emanuels, the city’s manager of design and construction.
The city originally budgeted $1.3 million for the overpass and later increased the budget to $1.85 million. “We cancelled the tender, and we are working with the consultant to see if we can find ways to reduce the cost,” Emanuels told The Record. “They exceeded what the engineers’ estimates were. We are working on seeing what was different, why did the
number come in so high, what adjustments can we make or can we, to reduce the cost and re-tender the project.” Currently, the park is only accessible via a parking lot at the west side of the riverfront site. If access was provided to the park via Fourth Street, it would take parkgoers into the area where the concession, ◗Overpass Page 3
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Roadwork on Royal Avenue is wrapping up in record time – even though it may not feel that way to motorists. Construction crews got to work rebuilding a section of Royal Avenue on Aug. 26. “One of the problems we have is as traffic volumes grow and the types of vehicles grow in weights, like heavy trucks, deterioration goes faster,” said Roger Emanuels, the city’s coordinator of design and construction. “Roads that were built 50 years ago can’t withstand the weights. So instead of just repaving them, we have to go down and rebuild the substructure. That is what we are doing on Royal Avenue – basically rebuilding the substructure so that we can get longevity out of the roadway.” Royal Avenue is being rebuilt between Granville and Fourth streets. If the weather cooperates, the project is expected to wrap up in a week. When doing road construction, crews often work between certain hours and then stop work during rush hour. In an effort to expedite the project, road closures have been announced and the roadwork has continued through rush hours and on weekends. “One of the benefits is it will be done in half the time then it would if you were trying to work around traffic,” he said. The City of New Westminster
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If you build it: Construction crews have been working on rebuilding a sec- For a video, tion of Royal Avenue since Aug. 26. scan with has received fewer complaints about the road closures then it had anticipated. “A lot of times we try and work with the contractors between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and outside rush hours and things like that. One of the things we are doing now is we are giving motorists a lot of notice
and saying, ‘Expect closures, big delays.’ We are letting the contractor close down a section of roadway because it improves productivity. It is safer for workers and even motorists because they are less frustrated,” Emanuels said. “If you know there is going to be roadwork in that area you can plan
around it or avoid it.” The work that’s taking place from Fourth Street to the on-ramp of the Pattullo Bridge is being done by Winvan Paving Ltd. “It’s amazing it’s held up as well as it did,” he said of the construction methods used 50 years ago.
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washrooms and viewing area are located. “We would still prefer to have Fourth Street as a crossing location,” Emanuels said. “When we originally got to that location it was because of the circulation through the park. It got you down to the east end of the park. If you were walking through the park, you weren’t doubling back.” Accessing the park near Sixth Street would bring parkgoers closer to the current entrance to the park, which is accessible only from the Larco site. That site, located between Westminster Pier Park and River Market, currently consists of a parking lot. Mayor Wayne Wright told The
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Record earlier this week that the city is reevaluating access to the park as part of ongoing discussions with Larco, which hopes to redevelop its property. “The city is still very committed to getting an access point. It might still be at Fourth Street. With the work we are doing with Larco, we are taking a look at Sixth Street,” Coun. Jonathan Cote told The Record. “The city is eager go see that move forward. We want to make sure we have the right location.” In June, the city announced a new vision for the Larco site, which has zoning that currently allows five highrises. Council directed staff to consult with Larco on the city’s desire to amend the zoning for the site
to ensure it fits with the city’s vision for the waterfront. “The way it ties in with the Larco discussion is if we can’t find significant cost savings and make it doable at the Fourth Street alignment, then there may be an opportunity with the visioning at the Larco property to do something different over in those locations that we didn’t consider earlier on,” Emanuels said. Emanuels couldn’t disclose how much over budget the bids were, as the project will be retendered. The city will be contacting each of the bidders and questioning them about the reason for the bids being higher than expected. “If after those conversations, which are happening right now,
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we don’t think that we can find a significant cost savings, then we will have to look at a lesser structure. When it first went to council we talked about an iconic structure. So is there a way of lightening it up and reducing costs that way, or do we look at an alternate access point?” he said. “We went back and forth on a number of crossing locations when we were evaluating the crossings.” The city preferred the Fourth Street location because anyone coming to the park via Fourth Street was greeted by an inviting and green entry, Emanuels said. “It is a priority,” he said about another access point. “We will try to get this one done within budget, or we look at an alternative.”
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Support staff may strike and PUBLIC INFORMATION shut down New West schools BY NIKI HOPE REPORTER
A strike that would shut down schools in New Westminster and across the province could be announced this week, if the province and the union representing support workers don’t reach an agreement. Marcel Marsolais, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 409, which represents New Westminster’s school support staff, said his union is prepared to strike if there isn’t any movement during the most recent course of bargaining with the province, which started Monday. “We can’t draw anymore lines in the sand,” Marsolais told The Record. “The plan of action is a fullout strike. We’ll shut down every school in this province where the CUPE local has a strike mandate.” By The Record’s presstime on Tuesday, the union hadn’t announced whether there would be a strike, and talks between the two sides were still ongoing. The union would try to give caregivers as much
notice as possible if it comes to a strike, and the duration of the strike would be indefinite, Marsolais said. The union’s collective agreements are being negotiated under the province’s “cooperative gains mandate,” which means school districts have to pay for any wage increases for education assistants, clerks, trades workers, bus drivers and others. But finding an estimated $400,000 to fund the wage increases in New Westminster will likely prove challenging for the district, which has a hefty $4.1-million deficit from previous years and had to cut approximately 60 jobs – about eight per cent of its workforce – to balance the coming year’s budget. Finding the savings to fund the wage increases would likely mean even more job cuts in New Westminster, Marsolais said. “It’s not going to be pretty,” he said, adding the 37 support staff positions the district cut to balance this year’s budget are already being felt in local schools. “School districts are
writing letters to Minister (Peter) Fassbender saying basically, they can’t afford to do this, and (asking) where do you want us to cut next? They’ve cut supply budgets. They’ve cut to the bone, and we’re just experiencing it in our region, but I think small-town British Columbia has been experiencing this for a long time with declining enrolment,” Marsolais said. Last month, Fassbender told reporters he was “optimistic” that an agreement could be reached between the province and the union. “We recognize the critical role they (CUPE staff) play, and I am optimistic that we can find a resolution and there will be no disruption,” Fassbender said at the time. “Our intent is to help every district get to a place where they can have an agreement that meets the cooperative gains mandate and that meets the overall objective of stability and no walkouts.” CUPE represents about 27,000 support staff across the province. For updates on this story, go to www.royalcityrecord. com.
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No forum for debate without fall session If you can get away with it once, essential part of democracy. Clearly, well, just keep doing it. that has become an outdated view. That seems to be Christy Clark’s patClark obviously believes it is not tern as she enters her second term as only a waste of time, or worse, a detriB.C.’s premier. ment to democracy. After all she managed to Perhaps she’s right. get re-elected after only havWho really needs to have ing the B.C. legislature sit for an opposition ask questions? THE RECORD 36 days going back to May 31, It’s not as if we don’t trust 2012. And now she says there politicians in power. After all, will be no fall legislature session. would they try to raise their salaries, We were raised in a Canada that push mega-projects through bureauseemed to respect debate and public cratic back channels, hire friends? And, wrangling – or at least consider it an even if they did try those things, the
media would catch them, wouldn’t they? Surely, all those Freedom of Information requests piling are a fine substitute for public accountability in the legislature, aren’t they? Unfortunately, the lack of hue and cry from the voters and the general public is merely emboldening political leaders all across Canada. Legislatures in many provinces have cut back sitting times, and there’s Stephen Harper’s prorogue. It’s no wonder that most folks remain sanguine about the lack of
legislature sittings. Years of name-calling and chest-beating debates that appear staged have left the average citizen cynical. We can’t blame them. We too are tired of false outrage and staged attacks. But removing the only public forum for political debate or questioning is, frankly, much worse than listening to the debates. Clark should at least be revisiting MLA remuneration if she intends to reduce their work weeks so dramatically. It would be the fiscally responsible thing to do.
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es, your B.C. Hydro bill will soon become more expensive, and why shouldn’t it? After all, most things in life become more expensive over time, and why should your electricity costs be any different? And yes, the B.C. government will continue to “take” money from B.C. Hydro, and why shouldn’t it? After all, the government (i.e. you and I) owns the Crown corporation, so why shouldn’t it be able to dip into its bank account? However, these questions mask the real problems facing B.C. Hydro and its customers. And many of those problems can be laid squarely at the feet of the B.C. Liberal government. The government has been kicking B.C. Hydro around like a political football for the past decade, and as a result the corporation is showing a lot of dents and abrasions on its hide. An internal document leaked to COPE 378, one of the unions at B.C. Hydro, suggests a rate hike of 26.4 per cent over the next two years is required to cover costs. Those costs total about $1 bil-
lion. Here’s the breakdown: ◗ $515 million for capital spending, amortization and financing costs. ◗ $160 million for “rate smoothing,” which covers the rate increase that was supposed to occur last year. ◗ $135 million for contracts with independent power producers. ◗ $130 million to pay for deferred expenses. ◗ $65 million to cover interest and operating costs. A closer look at those numbers shows at least half the total amount is attributable to policies of the B.C. Liberal government. The makeup for a cancelled rate increase on the eve of the provincial election, the requirement that B.C. Hydro buy power from independent power producers when it didn’t need it (and at higher-than-market prices) and the deferring of expenses for years, plus the interest charged on all that can be traced back directly to the government. As well, some critics claim at least part of B.C. Hydro’s massive capital spending plan is not needed or has not been adequately explained and defended by the corporation or the government. For example, the $1-billion smart meter installation program has never been scrutinized by the B.C. Utilities Commission because the B.C. Liberals ruled it was exempt from such scrutiny. In fact, much of what B.C.
Lancers’ dance optics ‘creepy’ Dear Editor:
Re: Residents want to keep dance, Letters to the editor, The Record, Sept. 11. I was just reading the extensive letter by Lisa Graham outlining why the May Day dance is a tradition and why people that want to end it have ulterior motives. The second point seems to suggest that our high taxes could be lowered if we weren’t distracted by this issue. Lisa even suggests that teachers that don’t fully endorse May Day should leave town. Lisa’s letter seems to miss the key point of the issue. The optics of “mature gentlemen” dancing with elementary school girls is creepy. I’m not suggesting that these respectable men are creeps. It just looks bad. These “fatherly” men are ◗Rates Page 7 strangers, and I don’t expect that many of the girls
today are orphans. If the girls’ faces absolutely glow with happiness, I think it has more to do with the fact that it is their moment and they are the centre of attention, and less to do with the fact that they are dancing with a man 40 years older than them. I would suggest that they dance with their Royal Knights instead. Mark Talbot, New Westminster
Public hydro hearings needed
Since 2002, successive Liberal governments have gradually turned B.C. Hydro into a holding tank of public debt. It has reached the point that the Clark government doesn’t dare permit the B.C. Utilities Commission (or, for that matter, any other independent institution) anywhere near B.C. Hydro. To do so ◗Hydro Page 7
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would be to invite public scrutiny of a decade of debt caused by unprecedented political interference in the financial affairs of a public utility. It was just a little over a year ago since the Liberals intervened when the utilities commission decided to hold two weeks of public hearings regarding a proposed three-year 30 per cent hydro rate increase. Knowing a public hearing would very likely expose the extent of government intervention in the utility’s finances, minister of the day Rich Coleman directed the commission to “negotiate” an increase without hearings. When the commission balked, the Clark government arbitrarily ordered it to approve an increase of 17 per cent over three years. Get ready for an instant replay. According to information revealed last week, starting in 2014 B.C. Hydro says it needs a rate increase of 41.5 per cent over
the next six years. Newbie Minister Bill Bennett is already signalling the government’s intention to once again sideline the utilities commission and, not so coincidentally, avoid any public hearing. His attempt to spin this move by asserting the commission would be unable to recommend a rate increase that would make the people of B.C. “happy” is nothing more than an exercise in political deceit. None of us doubts there will be a rate increase. Bennett is preparing us for that inevitability, just as he is not-so-subtly indicating it will not be as much as B.C. Hydro says it needs. He is expecting, of course, that many of us will be relieved (but not necessarily happy, I suspect) that it’s less. And the Liberal government will have once again dodged the bullet. But the government can’t delay the inevitable forever. Just as sure as hydro rates will continue to rise, the day of reckoning cannot be held off forever.
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party leadership, the Hydro has or hasn’t done reporters participating over the past decade has in the televised leaders occurred without any debate (I was one of them, external scrutiny, and that along with Vaughn Palmer partly explains why the of The Vancouver Sun and mess the corporation is in Justine Hunter of The Globe today is so and Mail) delibbad. erately chose Problems hydro rates as flagged years “B.C. Hydro one of the quesago (putting tions. off paying for rates should At that time, expenses, and have been B.C. Hydro had signing more already said allowed to than $50 bilit required a lion of dubious increase gradurate increase of contracts with more than 25 ally over a IPPs) have per cent, and been allowed period of time, all of the canto mushroom didates dodged in size, and the rather than all the question of result is the at once. Instead, whether they inevitable kick agreed it was in the teeth to political consid- inevitable hydro the ratepayer. erations have rates had to be B.C. Hydro increased (to be prevented that rates should fair, the NDP have been from occurring.” also dodged the allowed to same question increase gradin the run-up KEITH BALDREY ually over a to the election columnist period of time, campaign). rather than And then all at once. with an elecInstead, political considertion looming after that, ations have prevented that the government again put from occurring. off what had to be done During the B.C. Liberal because it didn’t want to
rile a public it was courting for vote support. But now the day of reckoning is at hand. However, more political meddling will take place before the size of the actual rate hike is arrived at. That leaked document says B.C. Hydro’s financial problems can be answered by three ways: a rate increase, even more deferred expenses, or a small payment to the government. I suspect the end result will be a combination of all three, or perhaps two (the government is likely loathe to take less money at a time when it’s desperately trying to balance its budget). But the best thing would be to send the whole mess to the B.C. Utilities Commission to sort out. The B.C. Liberals don’t like external scrutiny (hello, cancelled fall legislature sitting), but in this case it might just save everyone some money. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C. Email him at Keith.Baldrey@ globalnews.ca.
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Coal: Activists say scope of study is much too limited
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The coal will be mined in the Powder River Basin, straddling the Montana-Wyoming border, and shipped by rail cars to barges at the proposed $15-million Surrey Fraser Docks facility. It would ultimately be sent to markets in China. After boisterous public hearings on the proposal, Port Metro Vancouver ordered the company to do an environmental assessment of the project. Local environmentalists have criticized the study as being limited in scope. And Scott said any review of the environmental impact of mining and shipping of coal “Really, this should be international in scope. whole issue “We need a shovel-to-boiler should be looked assessment of the environmental impacts of these kinds of at in a larger projects,” said Scott. “There’s scope and across no question that it’s going to have a major impact on comborders.” munities all along the line.” Mined in Montana and LAURA BENSON Wyoming, the thermal coal DOGWOOD INITIATIVE would be shipped north on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line. The trains would contain up to 135 cars and stretch over 2.3 kilometres long. Scott said environmental hearings were starting Tuesday in Montana and elsewhere in the United States in a process that may take two years. The tight time frame of the assessment being conducted by SNC Lavalin for Surrey Fraser Docks is not lost on Dogwood Initiative coal campaigner Laura Benson. “Given the length of time, it doesn’t appear they intend to look at any new data,” said Benson. “Really, this whole issue should be looked at in a larger scope and across borders.” New Westminster activist James Crosty said once the assessment is completed, the public will get a chance to comment on the findings. “I’m hopeful that the people will be listened to,” he said. Fraser Surrey Docks CEO Jeff Scott is on record as saying that his firm is doing everything it can to ensure a safe project. The company says the project will create jobs and boost the local economy.
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Autumn lantern festival coming AROUND TOWN
he autumn chill has arrived, making it the perfect time to celebrate. The Queensborough Community Centre, the Queensborough special programs committee and Aragon Development are teaming up on the second annual lantern festival. “It’s in celebration for the mid-autumn festival, a traditional Chinese festival,” said Nikki Lajeunesse, a recreation programmer at the community centre. At the festival, people will be able to enjoy live entertainment, and create beautiful LED-powered lanterns under the full moon. Kids can personalize their lanterns with paint, decorations and stickers. “We are going to do a parade around the park,” Lajeunesse said. “We will also be eating traditional Chinese moon cakes.” The event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Port Royal Park. “It’s free family fun,” Lajeunesse said. “We are trying to get as many community members out as possible.”
The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and the City of New Westminster have announced the nominees in the 42nd annual Royal City Builders Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in modern development, heritage preservation, accessibility improvements and sustainability. The awards will be represented at a gala dinner being held on Wednesdays, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Robert Fung, founder and pres-
ident of the Salient Group that’s developing Trapp + Holbrook in New Westminster, is the guest speaker. The modern awards categories acknowledge architects, designers and builders of high-quality residential, commercial and institutional development in the city. The nominees in the modern categories are: ◗ Modern residential: Duo at Port Royal, 215 and 245 Brookes St.; The Shift, 709 12th St.; Moody Park Homes, 523 Eighth St. ◗ Commercial renovation: Old Spaghetti Factory patio, 50 Eighth St.; Chronic Tacos, 110-66 10th St; Taverna Greka, 326 Columbia St.; Head to Toe Spa, 337 Sixth St.; and Landmark Cinemas, 390800 Columbia St. ◗ Modern Commercial: Shops at New West, 811 Columbia St; and Noort Homes building façade renovations, 403 Sixth St. ◗ Modern Institutional: Sprott Shaw Community College, 88 Sixth St; FW Howay school renovations, 91 Courtney Cres.; Fraser North kidney care clinic and community dialysis unit, 217-610 Sixth St.; CG Masters School, 320800 Carnarvon St.; Royal Columbian Hospital GI Clinic, 330 East Columbia St.; Royal Columbian Hospital medical imaging multipurpose room, 330 East Columbia St. The Royal City Builders Awards also recognize efforts to preserve New Westminster’s heritage through restoration and renovation of existing homes, as well as new construction. Nominees in the heritage categories are: ◗ Exterior Heritage Restoration (The Heritage Shield): 217 Queens Ave., 213 Fifth Ave; and 227 Regina St. ◗ Exterior Heritage Renovation: 101 Agnes St.; 119 Seventh Ave.; 123 Seventh Ave.; and 333 Arbutus St. ◗ New Home that Respects New Westminster Heritage:
239 Osborne Ave; and 833 14th St. Since 2002, the City of New Westminster and the chamber of commerce have also acknowledged business and institutions that have contributed uniquely and significantly to improve access for all New Westminster residents and visitors, through the Universal Access Awards. ◗ Universal Access – Business: Head to Toe Spa; Landmark Cinemas; Shops at New West; and Taverna Greka. ◗ Universal Access – Facility: Fraser North kidney care clinic and community dialysis unit; Seniors Services Society (750 Carnarvon St.); and Sprott Shaw Community College. The Sustainability Award acknowledges cleaner and healthier communities by recognizing developments that incorporate various sustainability features and initiatives into their projects. The nominees in the Sustainability category are: Duo at Port Royal; Moody Park Homes; Fraser North kidney care clinic and community dialysis unit; Seniors Services Society; Sprott Shaw Community College; Landmark Cinemas; and Noort Homes building façade renovation. For more information about the awards or to buy tickets to the gala dinner, call the chamber of commerce at 604-521-7781 or the planning department at city hall at 604-515-3767.
Key West Ford barbecued up a storm at St. Barnabas Church. Roxee Forrest, an associate warden at the church, said about 300 people feasted at the Sept. 15 barbecue. Key West Ford sponsored the barbecue, with some of its staff taking turns behind the grill. St. Barnabas Church, a fixture in the Brow of the Hill neighbourhood, provides a variety of outreach
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sion between the major festival producers and city councils will provide an opportunity to better understand the dynamics and New Westminster is going to have a tête- critical success factors for festivals in New à-tête with groups that put on some of the Westminster.” Coun. Bill Harper said the city needs city’s festivals. City council has asked staff to develop to get a clear indication of where the city’s a process that allows the city to meet with money will be spent. Staff has proposed that council receive organizers of major festivals. Staff recently presented council with presentations from the city’s major festival presenters, who would each be a proposed consultation progiven about 10 minutes to provide cess that would include presena brief overview of their mantations from the Hyack Festival date, programming and benefit to Association (Uptown Live, Hyack the community, a statement about Parade, Canada Day’s evening what is working well and where event, Concerts on the Quay, improvements can be made, a Santa Claus Parade of Lights), breakdown of the costs of their the Downtown New Westminster events, and areas where they could Business Improvement Area find efficiencies and cost savings. (multicultural festival, Show and Coun. Betty McIntosh suggestShine, StrEAT food truck festival), ed organizers of Summerfest (in Fraser River Discovery Centre Betty McIntosh Grimston Park) and the Quayside (RiverFest), Sapperton Business councillor Community Festival and Sale Association (Sapperton Day), the West End Business Association (12th Street should also be included in the process, as Music Festival), the New Westminster those events attract large crowds. Dean Gibson, the city’s director of parks, Pride Society (Pride Festival), and the Arts Council of New Westminster (Arts to Go culture and recreation, said staff would be and MOMENTUM Youth Arts Movement, happy to expand the list of groups invited to make presentations to council. He said formerly YamJam). “Festivals contribute to the sense of com- those groups weren’t included in the staff munity, vibrancy and celebration in the recommendation as they use “very little, if city,” stated a staff report. “To support the any city services” for their events. Council also expressed a desire to see success of festivals in New Westminster, it is helpful to understand what is work- more clarity around the provision of in-kind ing well, as well as the challenges which services provided by the city for various festival producers face. This dialogue ses- festivals. BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
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Not alone: Molly Jeschke is offering a series of free workshops to help people who are recently separated or divorced and who are starting out on their own again. The workshops start Sept. 20 at Century House.
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Molly Jeschke’s divorce helped inspire her to help others going through a similar experience. The New Westminster woman is leading a series of free workshops for men and women who are going through the challenging transition of being single after being part of a couple. “I thought I had ‘divorce’ written on my forehead,” she said about her own experience. “All of a sudden, I am Molly Jeschke, single mom of four.” When Jeschke and her second husband separated in 1970, she was a mom of four children between the ages of six and 10. After her husband cheated on her, she felt angry, bitter, insecure and scared about what the future
would bring. “I can identify with the people,” she said. “I have a lot of empathy.” After her children were grown, Jeschke returned to college and became a group facilitator and a counsellor. Her workshops focus on helping people who are recently separated or divorced and are starting out on their own again. “A lot of people think, ‘I am losing my mind,’” she said. “What they are experiencing is this emotion and that emotion. When they find other people are going through the same thing, ‘I am not alone, I am not going crazy, I am going through a process.’” While it can be intimidating and scary to go through a divorce or separation, Jeschke
said it helps to connect with oth- she’s been more fortunate that ers who are going through the some others who split from their same thing and experiencing the partners, noting some experience various stages of being on one’s stalking, domestic violence and own again. She notes it’s a far financial conflicts. Nowadays, Jeschke’s ex-husbetter alternative than turning to alcohol or drugs, as some people band stays at her home when he’s in town to visit their do following a split. “There is denial – it is not For a video, children. “Everything is fine,” happening to me. There is scan with she said. “It’s like seeing anger. There is that lonelia friend from the past. We ness and despair in spots,” have real history. I have she said. “Finally, it’s like known him since he was a mountain – at the top 19 years old.” there is freedom.” Jeschke will be facilitating four, Once she learned to let go of her anger and bitterness and two-hour workshops for people become more confident and self who are transitioning from being reliant, Jeschke felt free to explore a couple to being single again. The aim of the free workshops new interests. “My motto is, don’t look at is to help people understand the divorce as an ending – it’s a new process of “dis-union” and develop the necessary skill for rebuildbeginning,” she said. Jeschke is well aware that ing a positive future after a rela-
tionship had ended, to help them gain a new support system by interacting with others who can relate to similar circumstances and to develop appropriate communication and cooperation with a former partner to effectively deal with parenting issues. “I think it’s important for people to connect with other people,” Jeschke said. “The connection with others is a big plus.” The workshops, which are being held on Sept. 20 and 26 and Oct. 4 and 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Century House, are being funded by a Vancouver Foundation neighbourhood small grant program that’s been administered locally by Family Services of Greater Vancouver. For more about the free workshops or to register, call Molly Jeschke at 604-521-6200.
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For the next nine days, New Westminster constables Dave Lemire and Jaspaul Chung will ride their bikes around the South Coast of B.C. and Lower Mainland in support of Cops for Cancer. While the ride is physically demanding and requires some training, Lemire and Chung chose to tackle what they said was the most important part of the ride, the fundraising. “We wanted to be on top of our fundraising,” said Lemire. “We agreed to try and do our fundraising up front so we could do our training in the summer.” The plan worked, and by July both Lemire and Chung had surpassed the $6,000 minimum required to participate
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Lineup announced for RiverFest stage THE LIVELY CITY JULIE MACLELLAN
oyal City residents will have a chance to hear from some of the hottest up-and-coming performers in the province at the upcoming RiverFest: Inspired by the Fraser. The festival is being produced by the Fraser River Discovery Centre, in partnership with the Arts Council of New
Westminster and the City of New Westminster. It’s set to take to the New Westminster waterfront on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. Organizers have just announced the lineup for the festival, which includes several top B.C.-based artists including Cory Hawthorne, The River and The Road, Bodhi Jones, and ByStarlight. “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s lineup,” said Cindy Sale, the Discovery Centre’s communication and events coordinator, in a press release. “We have been able to finalize an entertainment
lineup that offers a pleasant blend of music with some of B.C.’s hottest emerging talents.” Friday night includes the New Westminster Secondary School jazz band, Derrival, country star Cory Hawthorne and the seven-piece New Orleans-style blues band RazzMaJazz. Saturday will kick off with The Wilds, led by singer-songwriters Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright, followed by The River and The Road, Bodhi Jones and ByStarlight. For a complete stage schedule and a full list of festival activities, check out
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These artists have started young. This month’s exhibition at the New Westminster Public Library includes a display of work by the students of Shavon Cheng. The young artists range from Grade 1 to Grade 8, and they have been encouraged to explore nature through their art. On display are paintings are drawings by Sophia Ji, Vera Lynn, Christine Wu, Crystal Nl, Eileen Ji and Daisy Meng. You can see
their work on the ramp gallery on the main floor. On the art panels upstairs, you’ll find a group show by Carol Ross, Alieja Draganska, Sally Reesman and Elena Zhukova, all members of New West Artists. Their subjects include florals, animals, portraits and abstract work in various styles and media. The art can be seen any time the library is open. Stop by 716 Sixth Ave. to check it out
Film buffs, rejoice: Last Mondays at the Movies is getting set to start up again.
The first screening in the Arts Council of New Westminster’s movie series for 2013/14 is coming up on Monday, Sept. 30. Up for the first night is Still Mine, starring James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold. October will see a screening of Love Is All You Need on Oct. 28, while Unfinished Song arrives on Nov. 25. Last Mondays at the Movies brings films to the big screen at the Massey Theatre on the last Monday of each month. All movies start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 at the door. See www.artscouncil newwest.org for more.
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Outdoor painting: Jane Appleby’s At Ambleside is featured in Through Their Eyes – Landscapes in Various Media, on at the Arts Council of New Westminster Gallery.
Landscapes at gallery The work on the walls at the Arts Council of New Westminster gallery is carrying on a tradition that dates back into history. Through Their Eyes – Landscapes in Various Media is on at the gallery until Sept. 29. It features works by a group of artists who call themselves the Passionate Outdoor Painters. A press release notes that the tradition of painting outdoors – or en plein air, as it’s known – has been particularly important since the mid-19th century. Its popularity increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes and the box easel – a portable art studio the size of a briefcase that made outdoor treks less onerous. ItwasthenpopularizedbyFrenchimpressionist painters such as Claude Monet and Renoir, and later with the Canadian Group
of Seven and Tom Thomson. Carrying on their tradition are the Passionate Outdoor Painters – Jane Appleby, Sue Cowan, Randy Green, Sahar McCullough, Sally Turton and Alison White – who paint at locations all over the world in oil, watercolour and acrylic, either together or individually. Their show at the arts council gallery is a collection of local scenes. The gallery is open daily (except Mondays) from 1 to 5 p.m. A special closing reception will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, with the artists in attendance. The Arts Council of New Westminster Gallery is at Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park. See www.artscouncilnewwest.org or call 604-525-3244 for more details. twitter.com/juliemaclellan
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Do your routines make your life healthier? HEALTHWISE
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s our children settle into the rhythm and routines of a new school year, they begin with fresh notebooks, new pens, empty lockers and clean desks. The rest of us are adjusting to their new schedules for driving and mealtimes, but even if we aren’t students ourselves, the approaching fall beckons us to renew and reaffirm our daily routines. We all fall into routines – repeated patterns of
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◗ IN THE GAME SECTION COORDINATOR Cayley Dobie, 604-444-3059 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Burnaby ice dancer wins silver in Mexico ◗P22 Junior varsity Hyacks look within for the win ◗P23
Varsity Hyacks dominate at home Senior Hyacks team take down Coquitlam rivals in home opener BY CAYLEY DOBIE REPORTER email@example.com
New Westminster’s varsity Hyacks are in a great position for success this season, coming out of exhibition play last week with a hard-hitting victory over their Coquitlam rivals, the Centennial Centaurs. Celebrating homecoming on Friday the 13th, the Hyack seniors had no problems with bad luck. After letting the Centaurs get the jump on them in the first minutes of For more the game, the photos, Hyacks came scan with back hard with a 37-yard touchdown on a punt return by Grade 11 wide receiver Matt Seymour. This was quickly followed by a two-point conversion by running back Angelo Tanjuaquio, making it 8-8. Head coach Farhan Lalji said he was impressed by his team’s strong turnaround early in the game, especially after a fumble cost them possession. “Our team really responded to the moment against a very athletic Centennial team. It felt a lot like last week – we started slow by giving up an early touchdown, but after that I thought our starting defense was outstanding, especially in the red zone, by not giving up another point,” he said. The remainder of the first quarter was a stale mate between the two teams, neither of them giving up enough to allow a touchdown by their opponents. While the Centaurs’ offence relied on big gains up and down the field, the Hyacks’ defence played short and quick, slowly pushing the Centaurs out of their end. The Centaurs had a good chance to score, having made it all the way down field to the Hyacks’ red zone, within two yards of the goal line. The Hyacks’ defence fought back, tackling the Centaur and forcing a loss of five yards. But by the second quarter the referees started cracking down on both teams, causing dozens of yards lost. While this caused havoc for both teams, the Hyacks really felt the blow when flags inundated the field early in the second quarter. After managing an impressive pick and return of more than 30 yards, the Hyacks were called back to their own red zone. While the flags didn’t stop flying for the remainder of the game, the Hyacks persevered,
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On the run: Hyacks running back Kale Brock evades a tackle during the opening minutes of the Hyacks’ homecoming game on Friday. The New West boys took on Coquitlam rivals Centennial Centaurs, leading by more than 20 points for most of the game. scoring another touchdown by halftime, making it 16-8 entering the third quarter. “Offensively our offensive line continues to be physical and get better every week. They are our backbone right now and are giving everyone confidence,” Lalji said. This is especially true watching Hyacks’ running backs Angelo Tanjuaquio and Julian Ramirez. The New West boys dominated the field Friday night, scoring three touchdowns between the two of them and running more than 100 yards each. Grade 12 Tanjuaquio opened the third quarter with a touchdown deep in Coquitlam’s red zone. A few plays later, Ramirez scored another Hyacks’ touchdown, upping the score to 318. In the final minutes of the third quarter, the game hit a snag when one of Coquitlam’s players went down. Firefighters at the game attended to the downed player, later confirming he had broken his ankle. The game was delayed for about 30 minutes before the player was taken away on a stretcher to an awaiting ambulance. The remaining quarter saw two more touchdowns by both
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Delayed: Late in the third quarter one of the Coquitlam players broke his ankle. The game was delayed for abut 30 minutes as medical staff waited for an ambulance to transport the boy to hospital. the Hyacks and the Centaurs, finishing the game at 44-22, in the Hyacks favour. The win over Coquitlam marks the third win of the Hyacks’ exhibition season, which began with a 20-14 win over South Delta at the end of August. But Lalji said the team will have to stay disciplined if they
want to beat a top AAA team like Saanich’s Mt. Douglas. “Playing a team that’s as fast as Centennial will help us prepare for the No. 1 ranked team in the country next week. But if we want to compete with Mt. Douglas, we can’t take the undisciplined penalties we took tonight. We’re going to have to improve in
a lot of areas, but these kids will be excited for the opportunity,” Lalji said. The Hyacks will kickoff AAA varsity western conference regular season play on the road against Mt. Douglas on Sept. 20.They’ll be back at home on Sept. 27 against Belmont. Kick off is at 5 p.m. at Mercer Stadium.
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For the win: Burnaby’s Zhao Kai Pang, right, and ice dancing partner, Madeline Edwards, snagged a silver medal at the recent ISU Junior Grand Prix in Mexico.
Silver for ice dancers
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With four national titles on their resumés, ice dancers Madeline Edwards and Zhao Kai Pang have been itching to match that on the international rink. They moved another step closer to just that Sept. 7 and 8, capturing silver in Mexico City at the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating competition. The dancers – 18-year-old Pang of Burnaby and Edwards of Port Moody – were representing Canada in the inaugural ISU meet of the season. They posted the top score on Sept. 7 in the free dance routine, setting a personal best in the process, to secure the silver. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker
of the U.S. won gold with a total of 136.45 points, while Edwards and Pang were close behind at 134.02, more than 20 points better than the third-place finishers. “We are excited about this performance,” Pang said in a press release. “We prepared and trained hard for this event because it was important for us to get the season off to a good start.” It was by no means their debut on the international stage. Edwards and Pang placed 12th at the world junior championships last March and also scored a pair of bronze medals at ISU Junior Grand Prix events in France and Turkey last season. The pair train at Burnaby’s B.C. Centre of Excellence under ice dance coaches Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing.
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Young Hyacks look within
Junior varsity Hyacks win second in a row BY CAYLEY DOBIE REPORTER email@example.com
Two games under their belts, and the junior varsity Hyacks are already on the road to the championships, celebrating a second win, this time against Coquitlam’s Centennial. “We’ve had a really good start to the year,” said head coach Chad Oatway. The New Westminster grade 9 and 10s have been training hard this season to come out on top against their opponents. They opened the season against Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir earlier this month, beating
them 23-13. Last Thursday, making it happen, Oatway the boys blew away added. “This is really imporCentennial 44-0. The success of the young tant in the game of footteam comes from what ball because there’s a lot of things hapthe boys aren’t pening on a footdoing wrong on ball field, even if the field, said they’re not actuOatway, rather ally on the field,” than what they’re he said. doing right. “One of the “We just have a biggest strengths really good group of our team right of kids, and our now is all of our program is develkids can play,” he oping in a way Chad Oatway said. “We have that fosters a work 44 players on our ethic and expecta- JV head coach junior varsity tion of excellence,” roaster, and they all conhe said. The Hyacks high school tribute. They’re all really program puts a strong hard-working kids.” Team captain Sunny emphasis on staying focused and mental prepa- Rishi has been especially ration. It’s about visualiz- outstanding this season. ing a desired outcome and He, along with David
Penalver and freshman Noah Wright – who scored two touchdowns against Centennial – have all had great games so far. Next up, the junior varsity Hyacks head to Delta to face Seaquam on Sept. 18 (today). From there, they travel south of the border to take on Mount Vernon, Washington. They’ll be back home on Oct. 3 against Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Ravens. The boys will need to stay focused as they continue through the season, Oatway said. “Our strategy is just focusing on us right now. I think that’s been our strategy all along. Focusing on what our kids need to do and where they need to excel,” he said.
New Westminster curlers looking for ladies Summer isn’t officially over yet, but organizers over at the Royal City Curling Club are looking for women to join the ladies’ league this season. On Monday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Sept. 24, the famed curling club, which is celebrating its 58th season this year, is hosting a “Sore Muscle”
spiel. The two-day event is for any returning players, rookies, or anyone just curious to see what the sport is all about, said Percy MacKerricher, representative for the club. The Royal City Curling Club has 1,800 active curlers, including 300 junior and little rocker curlers. Women
are encouraged to join full-time or as a spare in the ladies’ league, which plays Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting on Sept. 26. For more information on the Sore Muscle spiel, or to register, call Monica at 604-926-4436. – Cayley Dobie
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