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The New Westminster board of education voted down a proposal at a contentious meeting last week to bring in a consultant to help complete an ongoing plan to define the district’s direction and goals. Voice New Westminster trustees – Casey Cook, MaryAnn Mortensen and Lisa Graham – voted in favour of having an outsider come in to facilitate the final stages of implementing what they believe is a long-overdue document that would guide the district in a principled way. But their hopes were squashed when trustees Jonina Campbell, James Janzen and David Phelan (trustee Michael Ewen abstained) voted against ordering staff to bring in a consultant to finish the plan. “This is really frustrating,” Cook said. “The fact is we are close, and I think we need somebody to come in and just drive the whip. … We are going into an incredibly difficult budget period; I think we need a strategic plan in place. “The biggest thing to me about a strategic plan, you can have all kinds of diversity and different opinions in the room, but once you decide on a plan those are your instructions to staff. … The longer we operate without this, the more uncertainty there is for staff.” While trustees are divided on whether the district needs a facilitator to finish up the process, trustees seem to agree on the need for a strategic plan. The divisions on the board between the Voice New Westminster trustees and labour-endorsed trustees – Janzen, Campbell, Phelan and Ewen – could be felt on Nov. 5 when trustees took occasional verbal swipes at one another during the discussion on the

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Lest we forget: Canadian Women’s Army Corps member Mary Hokonson lays a wreath on the cenotaph at city hall on Nov. 11. On Monday, New Westminster paid its respect to those who served in battles and peace-keeping missions overseas with a ceremony at the Royal Westminster Regiment Armoury, followed by a moment of silence at the cenotaph.

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New Westminster city council put two homeowners on the hot seat for failing to fulfill a heritage plan for their Queen’s Park home. In 2007, city council rezoned 218 Fourth St. to allow the owners to convert the existing three-car garage to living space and build a small addition at the rear of that space. A restrictive covenant included architectural drawings they were required to comply with during the renovations to the house that’s located on two legal lots. The city issued a stop work order on the home in August, after a building inspector visited the site and noted the major changes had been made to the plans for the site. Beverly Grieve, the city’s director of development services, said all of the construction has been done in accordance with the building code. Some of the work, however, doesn’t comply with building permit plans or plans included with the restrictive covenant. On Oct. 28, council held a public hearing to consider modifications to the covenant for the house at 218 Fourth St. During the public hearing, the homeowners told council they made changes “along the way” because the building presented more challenges than ◗Heritage Page 4

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HUGE CAKE, GIANT WHIRLPOOL, JUST SOME OF THE FUN PLANNED

City makes big splash with pool party BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER tmcmanus@royalcityrecord.com

The community is invited to dive into the anniversary festivities at Canada Games Pool. With 2013 marking the 40th anniversary of the pool, the city is set to celebrate the milestone on Saturday, Nov. 16 with a pool party. “It’s quite a monumental event for us,” said Cidalia Martin, assistant manager of Canada Games Pool. “We have a whole slew of events.” Face painting, a balloon artist, tattoos, bubbles and colouring, and goodie bags are among the fun offerings for kids. In the pool, a rope swing, mat walk and giant whirlpool will ensure an afternoon of fun. No party would be complete without treats, and the city has got that covered with popcorn, cotton candy and birthday cake and cupcakes on the menu. The mayor and council will be on hand for a special cake cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Martin said it’s anticipated 600 people may attend the festivities, so a massive four-by-eight-foot cake has been ordered. Entertainment will include divers from Dive B.C. (who will dive from the platforms, including the lofty 10-metre platform), as well as performances by breakdancers, and a birthday song performed by Canada Games’ Pool staff member Vanessa Lucarino. Guests are also welcome to sign a giant wall-sized birthday card in the lobby and stroll down memory

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Pool party: Canada Games Pool is holding a 40th anniversary celebration on Nov. 16 that features pool activities, a slideshow of the pool’s history, food and plenty of fun. lane with a slide show about the facility’s history. “We are going to have a slide show in the lobby area,” she said. “We have pictures and statistics and figures and Did You Know.” When the pool opened 40 years ago, the neighbourhood around the site was vastly different, as the Justice Institute and many neighbouring residences had yet to be built. “It was all blank land,” Martin said. “They are really neat pictures to see. We got some from our

museum and archives.” Knowing that the pool will need to be replaced or upgraded in the coming years, New Westminster city council has established a reserve account to help fund future needs. In 2010, a consultant proposed several options for the Canada Games Pool and Centennial Community Centre, with costs ranging from $22 to $55 million. The options ranged from doing a minimal upgrade to extend the life of the facility for five to 10

years to building a brand new facility that included a new 10lane pool, a separate leisure pool, a 20,000 square foot fitness centre, new change rooms, multipurpose rooms, food concession and support spaces. Celebrations take place on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 65 East Sixth Ave. The drop-in fee for the party is $2. “With future things and plans, it is probably going to be our last hurrah,” Martin said. “It’s a big one for us.”

Santa’s on his way – and he’ll be early BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER tmcmanus@royalcityrecord.com

Santa Claus will be riding into town a little earlier in the day for this year’s Christmas parade. New Westminster city council recently decided the city would administer the Santa Claus Parade for 2013 because of concerns that it could be at risk as a result of the ongoing internal dispute at the Hyack Festival Association. “We invite everyone to join us on Dec. 7 for the parade, which will celebrate New Westminster and recognize the efforts of first

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responders to last month’s fire on Columbia Street,” Mayor Wayne Wright said in a press release. “The parade is also an excellent opportunity for people to experience the hospitality of businesses in our downtown and, of course, a chance for kids to say hi to Santa himself.” Following the parade on Columbia Street, spectators are invited to enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities in the downtown business district. The City of New Westminster has taken the lead on the parade organization, but Tourism New

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Westminster and the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Area are engaging businesses and coordinating some post-parade activities. “We are working with Shops at New West and River Market and Fraser River Discovery Centre in particular to have some indoor events happening after the parade,” said Kendra Johnston, executive director of the BIA. “It is happening Saturday, Dec. 7. The time has changed. It will be at 11 a.m. instead of 4 p.m. That’s to accommodate all the families with younger kids, who we found, it

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was a challenge for them later in the day when it’s dark and cold and rainy.” Coun. Chuck Puchmayr said the city hasn’t had a lot of time to plan the parade but is confident it will be fun. “The merchants down there weren’t very thrilled with the afternoon one,” he said. “They said people basically come down there, watch the parade and then they go home.” Although the city was concerned about changing anything too drastically, Puchmayr said the ◗Santa Claus Page 9

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had originally been anticipated. They noted that the covenant includes wording that suggests there’s latitude to make changes as long as they’re generally in keeping with the approved plan. Julie Schueck, the city’s heritage planner, said there’s a point where the homeowners went too far in making changes. She noted the house no longer has a turret, and it has a different roofline, dormers and windows than originally proposed. Schueck pointed out the applicants have been “extremely cooperative” with staff and have rehired the architect who helped them with the original plan for the house, with the hope of fixing some of the mistakes made along the way.

If forced to take down the second-storey portion that doesn’t comply with the covenant, the homeowners said the house would still be faced with the same problems they encountered during the initial construction process, such as water draining into the wall causing rot. David Brett, president of the Queen’s Park Residents’ Association, said an email to the association members generated several responses, ranging from “opposed to very opposed” to the “very significant” changes made to the house. Although he doesn’t want to make life difficult for neighbours, Brett said the work done was a “gross violation” of the original agreement. Area resident Geoff Pomper said he spoke to the homeowners

and understands their concerns about issues such as drainage. “I have no problem with it,” he said of the changes. “It looks great. I think it is going to add to the neighbourhood.” A Queen’s Park resident also expressed concern about the fact work was allowed to proceed undetected for so long. He said covenants and heritage revitalization agreements are strict documents and the homeowners should have come to the planning department when making changes to the plan. Following an hour-and-half public hearing, council voted against a staff resolution to approve modifications to the existing covenant and the substitution of plans for the residence that had been prepared by the architect.

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Under wraps: Council directed staff to work with the owners of a heritage house in Queen’s Park to find a compromise, after work was done that contravened a plan previously approved by the city. Staff viewed the proposal as a “compromise” as it didn’t require the homeowners to take down construction but proposed changes that made it more in keeping with what had been originally proposed.

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The Record • Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • A05

Is crosswalk dangerous? BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER tmcmanus@royalcityrecord.com

Pedestrians and cyclists are at risk because motorists aren’t following the rules of the road at a crosswalk near Victoria Hill. Community members have voiced concerns that motorists travelling westbound along East Columbia Street and making a right turn at McBride Boulevard aren’t yielding to pedestrians and cyclists using the crosswalk. “I have witnessed people turning right on that red,” said Coun. Lorrie Williams. “They either don’t know or don’t care.” In response to those concerns, the city installed an additional sign indicator for right-turning vehicles and additional signage. A staff report noted those changes increased driver’s compliance to 65 per cent,

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Unsafe crossing?: The city is looking at ways to improve the safety of the crosswalk at East Columbia Street and McBride Boulevard, where drivers are asked to obey a right-turn signal.

which was better than the earlier 43 per cent compliance rate. “The red phase of the right turn signal is activated only when a pedestrian or cyclist is crossing,” stated the staff report. “It was observed that when the right-turn phase was red, some drivers did not stop and proceeded to turn right. These drivers likely may not see the waiting pedestrians/cyclists until they are already committed to the turning manoeuvre.” Williams said she’d like to see the New Westminster Police Department do an enforcement blitz at the crossing. Coun. Betty McIntosh said some people seem oblivious to the right-turn light. “I agree there needs to be more enforcement at the area,” she said. “It is a difficult corner.”

Coun. Jonathan Cote said motorists don’t seem to realize the red light means there are pedestrians or cyclists using the crossing. The city hired a traffic consultant, who identified a number of options for the city’s consideration: maintain the status quo; move the crosswalk to the corner; remove part of the Woodlands heritage wall in front of the Victoria Hill site to increase the sight

distance; and move the crosswalk to the corner and realign the Central Valley Greenway through an opening in the heritage wall. Council referred the report to the city’s advisory committee for transit, bicycles and pedestrians, as well as the special services and access committee and the community heritage commission for feedback. Follow @TheresaMacManus on Twitter

Janzen questioned the issue given that the motion allowed staff to hire a facilitator if they deem it necessary. But Cook countered, saying senior administrators “read the room.” “Staff understand there is a division here; so frankly, staff is presenting options,” Cook said. Having an outsider is a

better option because they don’t have “ongoing relationships” with trustees and staff, Cook said. “In my conversations with staff, staff have supported it and have publicly stated it,” Cook said. “I have absolutely no idea what that just meant,” Janzen said in response to Cook’s comments. “Let’s defeat this motion and

move onto the next one. This is embarrassing. … It seems to have really gone off the rails here.” The district is slated to finish up the consultation process with various stakeholder groups by the end of February. To view the district’s draft strategic plan, go to district.sd40.bc.ca, and look under Current Information.

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All hugs aside – pipeline is in NEB’s domain

Last Tuesday afternoon, B.C. Premier seemed to announce that “progress” Christy Clark and Alberta Premier had been made. Alison Redford got down to some serWe do know that one of the five conious business of smiling for the camditions – the one demanding a share of eras. royalties to compensate B.C. for taking on the environPreviously, Clark had famously said that no pipelines mental risk– is still a nonTHE RECORD starter for Alberta. would even be considered in B.C. until Alberta and the But apparently, staff proponents had satisfied her governfor both premiers put on their beer ment’s five extremely vague conditions. goggles Monday night and concluded that impasse doesn’t stop B.C. from Though it did not contain a single detail, Tuesday’s press conference demanding money from the pipeline

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companies themselves. Presto, the deal was back on along with one of Clark’s treasured photo ops. We don’t know if Clark and Redford really are besties now or if they ever were the frenemies they appeared to be. But all of this lends credence to the cynics who predicted the “five conditions” were all just talk – with plenty of wiggle room. Neither premier actually has a veto in whether the pipeline gets approved. It’s the National Energy Board that

gets to decide whether the Northern Gateway will become a reality. And we really have to wonder if the NEB will approve a pipeline that the vast majority of B.C. citizens oppose. The biggest X-factors in all of this are still the dozens of First Nations who will have their territories bisected by a pipeline they are so far dead set against. We’d bet the Clark and Redford lovein will not be the end of the pipeline debate. Not by a long shot.

Funding talk, not action, for youth IN THE HOUSE

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he notion that aboriginal communities are like black holes when it comes to government funding was strengthened considerably with the release of the latest scathing report by B.C.’s Children and Youth Representative. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond’s investigation of governmentfunded services for aboriginal youth was highly critical but not particularly shocking. Her main finding was that almost $70 million was given to aboriginal organizations over a dozen years without a shred of evidence that any of it was actually spent on services for young people. The money was, instead, largely used to pay people to go to meetings and conferences and to do a lot of talking. TurpelLafond’s report is entitled When Talk Trumped Service, and many people presumably made a lot of money talking about young people without helping them. She is characteristically blunt in her assessment of what she found, as in this: “There could not be a more confused, unstable and bizarre area of public policy than that which guides aboriginal child and family services in

B.C.” Or this: “This story may read more like fiction than truth, but the numbers speak for themselves. Nearly $66 million has been spent without any functional public policy framework, no meaningful financial or performance accountability, and without any actual children receiving additional services because of these expenditures.” No beating around the bush here. A fundamental problem she uncovered was the B.C. government’s decision to treat aboriginal-run care agencies on a “nation-to-nation” basis. As she points out, B.C. is not a “nation,” and neither are these agencies. The government opted to simply send “staggering expenditures” out the door to organizations that lacked resources or the expertise to fulfil service obligations. She found that nearly $35 million alone was spent “discussing” something called Regional Aboriginal Authorities. Essentially, a bunch of meetings were held and reports were done. But problems facing aboriginal youth – parental addiction, domestic violence, poverty, neglect, mental health etc. – were not dealt with. But why this report is not particularly shocking is that this disconnected relationship between governments of various levels and First Nations is evident

Footbridge would connect city Dear Editor:

It’s hard not to be surprised by the negative response to the idea of building a footbridge connecting downtown to Queensborough. In addition to being an attractive addition to the waterfront that would draw more people downtown in general, it would make it possible for people living in Queensborough to patronize downtown shops and restaurants without having to drive, which might encourage more of them to do so more often (and let’s face it, anything that cuts down on traffic in sclerotic little New Westminster is surely to be welcomed). It would also foster community spirit by making the people of Queensborough feel more a part of the city instead of inhabitants of an isolated enclave, an enclave that’s only getting bigger as Port ◗Report Page 7 Royal’s condo boom continues.

Yes, indeed it would be used primarily by walkers and cyclists, but the more we encourage that kind of behaviour the better, no? The city is going to fritter away the money anyway. Why not spend it on something that will help downtown grow, glue our city together, encourage fitness, and maybe even attract a few more out-of-towners because now they can enjoy a pleasant walk across the river while they’re here, all the while poking in shops and maybe having a bite to eat. Let’s not let a few grouches spoil what could be a great thing for our city; build the connector. Ian MacNeill, via email

Thrifty Foods closure a big loss Dear Editor:

I have gone out of my way to shop at Thrifty’s ◗Thrifty Page 7

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thrifty will be missed ◗ continued from page 6

more since the closing of our IGA. I am very disappointed that they want to now close another grocery store. I love Thrifty’s for its wonderful fresh seafood. It’s the only place I can find West

Coast seafood. All the other places just carry the seafood from Asia. I also like that they really care about our community. They seem to get involved, more like IGA, and everyone is always so friendly. I try not to shop at Save-On or Safeway. They are too expensive. Darlene Perry, via email

Report: Accountability needed ◗ continued from page 6

in other areas. The lack of accountability, the maddening pace of improvements and a political cautiousness are ingrained in the relationship. For instance, billions of dollars have been spent on treaty negotiations, with precious little to show for all that spending. Again, lawyers and consultants and bands make money via governments but can’t point to many accomplishments. The aboriginal communities receive huge amounts of government funding, yet many of their members are mired in a state of chronic poverty. Health outcomes among aboriginal people are among the worst in the country. There is a tendency among governments to simply write large cheques for aboriginal groups, as if that assuages any guilt

that stems from taking vast tracts of their ancestral lands away from them. There is little followup to ensure money is spent properly or in ways that actually improve things. But the First Nations must share in the responsibility for this situation. First Nations themselves insist on being treated as quasi-independent nations capable of managing their own affairs, albeit with significant amounts of government funding. Some can and do just that, but in many instances there is a complete failure of leadership among its leaders. And so we are left with scandalous findings like those uncovered by Turpel-Lafond. She talks about the need to stop directing money into “the big theoretical fixes” and concentrate more on the front-line services. As she points out, those front-line services have

suffered because so much money was rerouted from them in favour of all those meetings and discussions. There have been many troubling and outrageous reports on various government entities over the years, but this one has to rank as one of the most outrageous. I’m told things have improved on this front in the last couple of years, and I hope that’s true. But I have a hard believing the basic system of handing government funding over with no accountability or followup will change in any significant way. Hopefully I will be proven wrong, but given the shameful history of the treatment of First Nations by governments and by some of their own leaders, I’m not betting on it. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C. Email him at Keith.Baldrey@ globalnews.ca.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR How to spend money wisely Dear Editor:

Re: Divided board disagree on whether to demand outside help (Nov. 7, The Record online) and Trustees divided on paying consultant (The Record, Oct. 30). If ever there was a $2,500 investment of school district funds that was wise and needed, it would be the hiring of an objective, outside consultant to help implement a long-delayed, and badly needed, strategic plan. That’s why it doesn’t surprise me that trustee Michael Ewen would be opposed to this investment. After all, he has spent 35 years breeding and perpetuating disorganization, dysfunction and fiscal chaos in the New Westminster school district; and a strategic plan would undermine all of that “progressive” work. To say that Ewen’s spending priorities are askew, and in some cases overtly questionable, would be an understatement. As some readers may recall, Ewen billed $3,580 in expenses to the school district last year including $238 for a pointless trip to Victoria on March 6, 2012 – strangely, the same day his union, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation held a major protest rally in front of the Legislature in Victoria. But Ewen’s questionable spending of school district funds doesn’t stop there. He also billed the school district $479 last year to attend a March 30-31 “conference” in Harrison put on by the Columbia Institute. This innocuous sounding institute, and the equally innocuous sounding conference (The Future is Local), may not ring a bell for most people. But a listing of the Columbia Institute’s board of directors should make the connection to Big Labour very clear: David Black, president, Local 378 of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE);

Tom Dufresne, former president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union; Ken Georgetti, president, Canadian Labour Congress; Ken Neumann, national director for Canada, United Steelworkers; Barry O’Neill, former president, Canadian Union of Public Employees – B.C. division; John Shields, former president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union; and Jim Sinclair, president, B.C. Federation of Labour. One only needs to look at the Harrison “conference” agenda from March 30-31 of last year to see that it is a partisan event for Big Labour. And to my mind, Ewen should never have been reimbursed from school district funds for what can only be seen as a $479 personal expense to attend. Sadly, Ewen isn’t alone in billing the school district for attending a Columbia Institute labour indoctrination event. Trustee David Phelan billed the school district $410 to attend this same “conference” in Harrison. Trustee Jonina Campbell also billed $510 to the school district for attendance at a Columbia Institute “conference” last year. Add that $510 partisan political expense to Ewen’s and Phelan’s and you have a grand total of $1,637 that could otherwise have gone toward an objective consultant who could help implement a district strategic plan. Here’s what I suggest: Trustees Ewen, Phelan, and Campbell should return the $1,637 of school district money they spent last year on Columbia Institute “conferences” and the pointless trip to Victoria and put that money toward the cost of an objective consultant who can help lead the school district in implementing a badly needed strategic plan. That’s a legitimate expense that would actually serve the interests of the students and staff. Patrick O’Connor, New Westminster

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“We have a bit of a different theme this Downtown New Westminster Business year,” he said. “It’s come and discover Improvement Area had asked that the Columbia Street and work with us on enjoying the downtown.” parade be earlier in the day. Marching bands and fire trucks are “It made sense,” he said. “We are doing it at a different time, which means less just two of the features of the Santa Claus parade. overtime for the city, it means “We certainly know Santa will people can bring their families be there,” Puchmayr said. “It’s down at 11 in the morning, enjoy going to be great. Everybody is a parade – and then there are all excited about it.” sorts of festivities being arranged According to Puchmayr, the after that at River Market and city received a list of last year’s Discovery Centre. Santa will be participants from the Hyack heading over to Plaza 88 at the Festival Association. Shops at New West. Merchants “We are going through the list can put on events and attract and trying to reach out to differpeople to come there and enjoy Columbia Street for the better Chuck Puchmayr ent community groups, as well,” he said. “Some people have conpart of the day.” councillor tacted us already. They are pretty In past years the Santa Claus Parade of Lights started at 4 p.m. as it was excited about it.” The city is inviting organizations and just starting to get dark. A tree lighting-cerbusinesses interested in submitting a emony followed in Hyack Square. “It’s not the Festival of Lights,” said parade entry to contact Moody Park Arena Puchmayr, who has been chairing the at 604-525-5301 or santaparade@newwest city’s meetings about the parade. “This city.ca. “It takes a community to make these is more a celebration of Columbia Street and honouring the emergency services types of events successful,” Wright said. that were so instrumental in containing “We’d like to ask that anyone wishing to volunteer with parade efforts to contact the fire.” Puchmayr said the parade will also Moody Park Arena and join us in making benefit businesses affected by the Oct. 10 this a parade to remember.” www.twitter.com/TheresaMcManus fire on Columbia Street. ◗ continued from page 3

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Life lessons taught in the graveyard each year, they can show the students why it’s important to pause and remember those who were lost Lest we forget is Canada’s way of because of war. “We’re helping teach the children reminding us to take a moment each year to remember those men and about these particular veterans,” he women who fought for our freedom said. “These are our brothers and sisters and neighbours.” overseas. By teaching the children about But how can the next generation of Canadians be expected to remem- people from New Westminster who ber something that happened more fought in the war, Rathbun and Richard McBride principal Chris than 60 years ago? Evans hope the students This is the question will come away with a the New Westminsterbetter understanding of based Society of Officers Canada’s history. of the Honourable Guard “We’re help“It brings it home,” is attempting to answer Rathbun said. with a new program ing teach the Rathbun approached aimed at preserving the children about Evans last year about the memory of fallen solthese particular possibility of doing the diers. program. The two talked In partnership with veterans. These it over and on Nov. 7 the Richard McBride elefirst group of students mentary, the Honourable are our brothers the rainy weather Guard Society has adoptand sisters and braved to visit the seven veterans ed seven war graves chosen by the society. in Fraser Cemetery neighbours.” A division of Grades as a way of bringing 4 and 5 followed Remembrance Day to ROBERT RATHBUN a more tangible level. Honourable Guard Society Rathbun around the Fraser Cemetery as he Together, the society and explained who the seven a class of Grade 4 and 5 students from Richard McBride will people were, their roles in the milicare for the chosen soldiers’ graves tary and where they lived. Some of – of which most were soldiers from the departed even attended the old Richard McBride school, much to the New Westminster. “It’s important that (learning) isn’t delight of the students. After Rathbun gave a brief hisstale. All of us read textbooks, and we learn our dates and figures, and tory of the person, a chosen student we learn about people, but these are placed a small Canadian flag on the people from New Westminster,” said grave. Grade 4 student Mattheus Robert Rathbun, one of the members Van Garderen was the first student chosen to place a flag on a grave – of the Honourable Guard Society. The society hopes by involving the grave of Maj. John Henry Hoult. Hoult was a Major in the Royal the students in an interactive project, that will run more than one month Canadian Infantry Corps’ motors BY CAYLEY DOBIE REPORTER cdobie@royalcityrecord.com

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Never forget: Robert Rathbun, member of the Society of Officers of the Honourable Guard, tells the story of a New Westminster-born war veteran to a group of Grade 4 and 5 students from Richard McBride Elementary School. unit and died on April 17, 1944. Hoult, who went by the name Jack, also attended Richard McBride elementary, and his name can be found on a plaque at the school, along with other McBride graduates who served in the war. Mattheus, who had the honour of placing a flag on Hoult’s grave, was keen to participate in a Remembrance Day program that got him out of the classroom. “I thought like, ‘Yay, this is going to be exciting,’” he told The Record. “It’s definitely more interesting than sitting at your desk and listening to your teacher telling you about soldiers.” Both Rathbun and Evans are hoping the program will eventually spread to other schools in the district, but for now they’re content with the shape it has begun to take. And it seems Mattheus agrees. “I think it’s very interesting and it’s just kind of cool,” he said.

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Baking cupcakes for stars BY NIKI HOPE REPORTER

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When Snoop Dogg came to town last year, a local baker had a close encounter with the rapper that turned into a promotional opportunity for her New West bakery. Sheila Comer made personalized cupcakes for the hip-hop legend, including a tough-looking bulldog, a pot leaf, a gold chain, West Coast signage, a basketball, Rasta colours, and even one with a flashy ‘70s-style fedora. They were so dead-on that the ganjaactivist rapper told Comer she “captured Snoop Dogg in cupcakes.” Comer wound up at the Snoop gig because her friend was DJing and had an extra ticket for her. After the concert, she ended up backstage, and after showing one of Snoop’s people her creations (“Dope!” was his response), she was led to the hip-hop icon. She recalls the meeting on her blog: “Next thing I knew I was in a room with Snoop, his uncle, Junebug, his son, Spanky, and a security guard who looked exactly like Jesse James,” she wrote. Snoop was grateful for the gesture, thanked Comer profusely and talked with her for about 15 minutes. “He made sure he knew my name, and he took three business cards, one for every pocket so he wouldn’t lose them. He was so nice and so polite, and, honestly, a true gentleman. I couldn’t have been happier,” she blogged. The next morning, Snoop posted pics of her cupcakes on his social media sites. The picture made it to the “popular page” and the likes ticked away, Comer says on her blog. The run-in makes for a great story, but

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Cool cupcakes: Sheila Comer holds a plate of special Movember cupcakes. The cakes, with their own wee moustaches, are being sold to help raise funds to fight cancer. reaching out to celebrities has also proven good for business. Along with Snoop, Matt Damon, Megadeth, Kat Von D and the Deftones have all bitten into Comer’s yummy cakes. She made an outerspace-themed cake for Damon’s 41st birthday when he was in town filming Elysium. “I was told he absolutely loved it,” says Comer, who stumbled into the cupcake business by accident. She discovered her passion for cake baking and decorating when she made a cake for her dad’s 50th birthday party in 2010. Two years later, she opened Pink Ribbon Bakery on Sixth Street. As much as she’s focused on promoting her business, Comer also gives to charity,

including this month’s annual Movember cause. The campaign involves men growing moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health causes, including prostate and testicular cancer. To mark the month, Comer’s selling moustache cupcakes – at $3 a pop, and half of the proceeds go to the cause. It’s just one of several cancer charities Pink Ribbon supports. “All year long, we’re dedicated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and then we donate the huge sum in October during the Run for the Cure and then the next month, which is November, is just for the boys,” she says. This is the third year Comer has partici-

pated in the Movember fundraiser. Along with her fundraising, marketing and running a busy business, Comer has a cupcake of her own in the oven. The Queensborough resident and her husband are expecting a little girl next month. The business will close for a couple of weeks over the holidays – from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7, but will carry on with the help of Comer’s assistant once the baby is born. The upcoming addition to her family will likely be her cutest creation so far – and for someone with Comer’s talent, that’s saying a lot. Check out Pink Ribbon bakery at 103306 Sixth St. Or visit the website at www. pinkribbonbakery.ca and scroll through the cake gallery for some serious eye candy.

Elektra Women’s Choir kicks off season with city concert Elektra Women’s Choir is ushering in the Christmas season in New Westminster with its annual Chez Nous concert. Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra is set for Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at Queens Avenue United Church. The concert features Benjamin

Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, marking the centenary of the composer’s birth. The piece includes 11 short movements using English poems from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, and the choir will perform it with Vancouver harpist Heidi Krutzen.

“Our audience always comes away from Chez Nous having heard some Christmas melodies that bring back memories, but also having had some surprises,” said the choir’s artistic director, Morna Edmundson. “And what a treat to welcome again Heidi Krutzen for A Ceremony of Carols.”

Edmundson and accompanist Stephen Smith are also welcoming the Little Flower Academy Chamber Choir, under the direction of Marizza Mislang, for the concert. Tickets for Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra are $28 regular, $22 for seniors and $15

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Women IN BUSINESS

If you think you’re seeing more women owning and operating their own businesses – you’re correct. Women in Canada retain ownership in 47 percent of Canada’s 1.6 million small and medium sized businesses. And New Westminster is no exception to those statistics. Women entreprenuers in New West are dynamic examples of how hard work, consistent quality customer service, and a keen eye for opportunity, build businesses. In these pages, you will get a closer look at some of the city’s leading women entrepreneurs.

See what tips professionals have for new women in business.

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IN BUSINESS last decade many new shops and services have opened and there is strong support within this community today. Both say the changes are exciting and motivating. Its thriving business hasn’t come without risks.

PeggyBellerive & JudyWyker Champagne Taste Home Consignment For more than a decade, Peggy Bellerive and Judy Wyker have been searching out upscale consignment shop treasures for their loyal clientele. The hard-working duo is successful because they both possess a keen eye for $nding hidden gems that people

are #ocking to their store to buy. When Champagne Taste started out 11 years ago as an upscale consignment store, and didn’t stock new items, today the store has a big selection of new and resale items.

“When considering what our biggest risk has been we still think it is our location. We originally chose a dark and deserted corner at 11th and Royal,” say Peggy and Judy. “We believed New Westminster had a great future and liked many things about that sad little corner of it, so we decided to risk it.” They transformed the old Jackson Printing building and brought new life to 11th and Royal streets.

Both are proud to be part of the vibrant business community in New Westminster.

Residents and visitors alike cheered them on and local businesses rewarded them with “The Best Commercial Renovation” award.

When Champagne Taste opened New Westminster didn’t possess a thriving retail community. Happily, over the

“New Westminster continues to support and celebrate the store through thick and thin - best decision

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we ever made!” Peggy and Judy look forward to welcoming you at Champagne Taste Home Consignment, located at 1101 Royal Ave. For more information, call 604-524-6068 or visit www. champagnetaste.ca.

THREE TIPS FOR ASPIRING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS Tip #1

Do a business plan and dust it off frequently, it will be your anchor during struggles and over time will let you know what to change and what to keep.

Tip #2

Then main thing is to keep the main thing as the main thing! Try not to get sidetracked and work hard, but not 24/7, keep other interests alive in your life.

Tip #3

Be candid and open, the truth is everyone wants you to succeed.

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Women IN BUSINESS

Women IN BUSINESS Patti GOSS

Marnie GUNTHER

Remax Advantage Realty For nearly 25 years now, New Westminster residents have called upon Re/ Max Advantage Realty’s Patti Goss for their real estate needs. Now, they have the combined efforts of Patti and her son Wes. This dynamic duo is garnering a great reputation for working hard for each and everyone one of their clients. Patti is known in the industry for her exceptional negotiating skills, which in today’s real estate market is key as people look to a realtor with local expertise and a leading edge approach to @PattiGoss

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buying and selling their homes. Patti and Wes combine their people skills with marketing for a winning approach - at heart are their clients’ best interests. They listen to their customers and then assess their needs before deciding on a course of action. A top-producing realtor, Patti has

Patti invites you to call her at 604-526-2888 or e-mail pattigoss@shaw.ca for all of your real estate needs.

THREE TIPS FOR ASPIRING YOUNG REALTORS TIP #1

Focus on your career

TIP #2

Attend seminars, courses, conventions that complement your career

TIP #3

Prepare a yearly business plan

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been honoured numerous times by a panel of her peers with awards in individual sales. In addition, Patti and Wes are involved in the community, whether on professional boards and/or with nonpro$t agencies, they are committed to making New Westminster a great place to live and work in.

“I believe in an open door policy and I always keep the lines of communication open,” says the notary public. Since 2010, Marnie has worked alongside her father as a Notary Public at Engman & Gunther Notaries Public. This busy office of professionals has been serving New Westminster for more than two decades. As a Notary Public, she takes great pride in her practice.

Specializing in mortgages, wills, estate planning, powers of attorney and notarizations, she has already earned a reputation for delivering competent and stellar service to her clients. Her experience, education and knowledge, combined with a genuine caring for her clients’ best interest, has

attributed to her accomplishments. She feels privileged to be able to work in an industry that she loves, and looks forward to welcoming existing and potential clients. Engman & Gunther Notaries Public is located at 710 6th St., New Westminster. For more information, call 604-522-8149 or visit www. engmangunther. ca.

THREE TIPS TO NEW WOMEN IN BUSINESS Tip #1

Be kind and caring to all who walk through the door, they are potentially your next client.

Tip #2

Listen to those who have been in the industry longer than you, their knowledge can be your asset.

Tip #3

Try to keep a little “life/work” balance... it is difficult to achieve but impacts all areas positively.

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IN BUSINESS With more than a decade proven track record of excellence, Tracey loves her career which ensures a balance of family life and work. This savvy Realtor® recently welcomed her son Sean as her assistant and he will soon be a licensed Realtor® himself. “As far as I know, we are the $rst three-generation family in real estate here in New Westminster.” As a lifelong New Westminster resident and a top producer, Tracey acknowledges that to succeed in this highly competitive industry one must offer stellar customer service, while recognizing the importance of each individual’s best interests and needs.

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Realtor , Park Georgia Realty “Enjoy the ride but don’t miss out on the learning opportunities and experiences by focusing too much on the future.”

Growing up as the eldest daughter of two highly successful local Realtors®, Lowell and Anne Quesnel, it’s no wonder Tracey Davies is a Realtor® homeowners, investors and prospective owners trust with all of their real estate needs.

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She came to her own career in the $eld after a chance came up to work with award winning developer Dan Dawson on a project in the Fraser Valley. Tracey understands that buying or selling a home can be a stressful time, so she takes the time to listen and $nd out what’s really important to her clients, what their goals are, and make it all come together.

She is equally committed to the community which has embraced her family. As the former Miss New Westminster 1984, she knows a thing or two about volunteering. She’s still involved in the annual May Day events and she and her parents sponsor both the Royal City Musical Theatre and the Salmonbellies. This dynamic Realtor® invites you to visit her to discuss all of your real estate needs.You can check out her website www.traceydavies.com or call her at the office at 604.421.7275 or on her cell at 604.761.4138.

THREE TIPS TO NEW WOMEN IN BUSINESS Tip #1

Slow and steady wins the race. Be patient

Tip #2

Be yourself everyone else is already taken. Let your personality shine.

Tip #3

Become involved in the community and help others where you can.

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Women IN BUSINESS

Women IN BUSINESS

Kathy PLANTE

Melissa CHUI

Sutton West Coast Realty

“You’re number 1” when you team up with local real estate agent Kathy Plante when buying or selling your home. Kathy recognizes the path to success in this highly competitive industry includes offering the best possible service tailored to each individual client’s best interests and needs. She describes her role as having four dimensions: consulting, marketing, negotiating and project management. “Real estate is a service industry… I truly believe that my customer’s needs are my #1 priority. Every purchase or sale - no matter what

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price point – is a big deal to my clients, and thus is a big deal for me. Kathy is not only committed to her clients, she also personally strives to make a difference in the community. She supports the Canadian Cancer Society as well as the Kidney Foundation, and is always willing

to donate time or money to worthy causes in the community (just ask!). For all of your real estate needs, Kathy invites you to visit her at her office at Sutton Group – West Coast Realty, #102-403 North Road, Coquitlam, or call 604-329-1405.

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THREE TIPS TO NEW WOMEN IN BUSINESS Customer Service Superior Customer Service should be Priority #1.

Expand your network Make new connections with people with similar interests, and within your industry.

Be authentic

Let others see the passion and enthusiasm you have for business.

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well-informed decisions. Her clinic offers the latest state-ofthe-art technology and specializes in a wide range of services. They also offer the most up-to-date advancements in cosmetic dentistry. When she’s not working, Dr. Chui spends time with her husband and two young

children. In her off time, she can be found keeping busy by running, bike-riding, playing at the park, or volunteering at various school events. New patients, emergencies and walk-in appointments are welcome. Call the office to book your appointment at 604.529.9393.

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THREE TIPS TO NEW WOMEN IN BUSINESS Tip #1

Be con$dent in who you are and the skills you have. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will!

Tip #2

Be honest. It’s the best way to start any relationship.

Tip #3

Smile! A genuine smile reads throughout your whole face and puts people at ease.

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IN BUSINESS Members of the B2B NOW include:

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• Composed

• Revive Organize

• Dublin Castle Neighborhood Grill

• RVN Industrial Lighting

• Eden Accents

• Sarah Alicia Thomas: Hair & Makeup Artist

• Evanate Creative Group • Medical Esthetics by Katie • Melissa Nilan: Communication Specialist

Left to right: Heather Corbett, Robyn Murrell, Pam Saunders, Victoria Lambert, Heidi Clarkson, Sonja Curry, Emily Coloma, Sue Morphet, Katie Marshall, Melissa Nilan, Sarah Alicia Thomas and Jenny Cashin. Missing: Chaya Katrensky and Allyson Butt

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New Westminster

B2B NOW (Business-to-Business Network of Women) is a dynamic group of New Westminster small business women entrepreneurs from various industries. B2B NOW strives to form enterprising relationships that bene$t the development of New Westminster.

They exchange information and support one another, with the aim of promoting and improving their businesses and the community in which they are located. A large part of their focus is supporting shop and buy local campaigns. In fact, this is how B2B NOW came together during their $rst Shop Local Promotion on Oct 20, 2012 when 26 New West businesses participated.

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B2B NOW is very active in the community and members have organized or participated in events such as: • Spring Cleaning for your Mind • Body & Soul • The Hot Flashes Movie Event for Cancer •New West Cultural Crawl •NWCC Soirée •Curious Flea •Sapperton Day Street Festival •Brewery District Street Fair •Curious Flea •Cash Mob New West •NEXT New West

• Sonja Curry Design Inc • The FAT Paint Company • ZHOOSH Fitness by Design

THREE TIPS TO NEW WOMEN IN BUSINESS Tip #1

Support your community

Tip #2

Keep focused on providing your business and tweaking your vision as needed.

Tip #3

Seek support anyway you can.


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Stories of the Get ready for giving guide Armoury BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER tmcmanus@royalcityrecord.com

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he New Westminster Historical Society is shining a light on the Royal Westminster Regiment’s Armoury. The Nov. 20 presentation will focus on fascinating non-military stories from the building’s history. Located at the corner of Queens Avenue and Sixth Street, the Armoury opened in the mid-1890s. “Over its lifetime the building has witnessed numerous important military occasions, many filled with great patriotic emotion,” said a press release. “But there is also a non-military historical side to the building, one of community involvement with such diverse functions as agriculture, motion pictures, sports, gala festivities and public services. This presentation will focus on these nonmilitary events that are integral to the Armoury’s history and its heritage in the city.” The presentation will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the New Westminster Public Library at 716 Sixth Ave. The program is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

‘Human books’ at Century House

Community members are invited to drop by Century House and read some “human books” who will be sharing share their experiences of the Second World War. Century House and the New Westminster Museum and Archives are presenting a World War II Café, which will give people a chance to hear about air raids, children’s evacu-

Spitale sharing practical skills

New Westminster’s chief administrative officer will be sharing her knowledge with future politicians. During the Women’s Campaign School that’s taking place Nov. 29 and 30 at Simon Fraser University, speakers will share practical skills and firsthand experiences with the political system with women attending the school. The school, which seeks to encourage more women involved in politics, is the longest running campaign school of its kind in Canada. Lisa Spitale will join other panelists and a moderator at the campaign school, where she’ll take part in a session about The Details Behind the Dollars. In the session, women will learn about municipal and provincial financial reporting requirements, including changes that are expected. Have an item for Around Town? Send details to Theresa McManus at tmc manus@royalcityrecord.com.

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The Christmas season will be here before you know it – and with it The Record’s annual Guide to Giving. In 1996, The Record launched the Guide to Giving to give residents information about the non-profit organizations in our community in need of help at Christmas – and beyond.

Organizations helping the homeless, animals and people with a variety of needs are among the groups that have been included in the annual feature. After hearing about the various needs in New Westminster, residents are in a better position to choose how they can help – whether it’s donating money, Christmas gifts, items needed by different groups or volunteer hours.


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Get moving: Dynamic Fitness owners Jeff and Alison Humphries at their current gym. The facility is on the move from Royal City Centre to New West station.

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◗ IN THE GAME

Hyack grad sets conference tackling record ◗P20 STM needs stops against No. 1 Mt. Doug ◗P20

SECTION COORDINATOR Tom Berridge, 604-444-3022 • tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

Royals avenge only loss with bronze at nats

to a berth in the bronze medal final following a 4-1 win over the No. 3 seed The Douglas College MacEwan College from Royals turned a first-round Edmonton. loss into a bronze medal Player of the game at the Canadian Colleges’ Shahbaz Khattra got two national men’s soccer goals for Douglas, while championships Isaac Kyei and on Saturday. Javid Khan, The fourthplaying in his seeded Royals “Given all things first game at the lost their opennationals, both ing game 2-0 considered, it’s scored single to Northern good to come markers. Alberta Institute In the bronze of Technology, home with a medal matchbut rallied to bronze.” up, Douglas defeat the No. met NAIT for 2 Alberta seed a second time ROBBY TOOR in the bronze- Douglas soccer co-coach in the tournamedal game 2ment, but came 1 in a shootout, away with a 2-1 successfully victory followavenging their only loss ing a shootout. in the eight-team tournaKhattra scored the only ment. goal for the Royals in regu“Given all things con- lation time. sidered, it’s good to come Khattra, Khan, Nico home with a bronze,” said Jecanski and Raaquim first-year Douglas College Amijee all tallied from the co-coach Robby Toor. penalty spot in the shootIn the tournament open- out to give Douglas the er, Douglas monopolized third-place medal. play but could not beat The shootout win was the Alberta keeper despite the first for Douglas at the seven or eight clear-cut nationals in more than a chances in the first half decade, Toor said, addalone, said Toor. ing the Royals were 0-5 NAIT scored on its first from the penalty spot in chance early in the second past appearances at the half and then tallied later in Canadian championships. the game on a penalty kick Humber College sucto move into the champion- cessfully defended its ship round. CCAA national title The Royals responded with a 2-0 win over the with a 3-2 victory over PacWest provincial chamthe host and No. eight pion Thompson Rivers seeded University of New University Wolfpack. Brunswick St. John on “I think it was a very three second-half goals, all successful season. We by player of the game Sahil didn’t get a chance to play Sandhu. Two of Sandhu’s (Humber),” said Toor. goals came on penalty “They play a similar style kicks. to us. But we’re quite happy Douglas moved on with the bronze.” BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

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Ring time: Burnaby/New Westminster, in black, and Surrey/White Rock kicked off the local association’s annual Ice Breaker ringette tournament with an under-19 matchup at Kensington Arena last weekend.

A fourth-quarter end for Hyacks BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

The season came down to a final fourth-quarter play for the New Westminster Hyacks AAA varsity football team. For a second straight game, the senior Hyacks came away without a score in the final minute of play this time resulting in a 2623 loss to the Centennial Centaurs in the first round of B.C. high school football playoffs at Mercer Stadium last Friday. Hyack quarterback Tommy Robertson was intercepted by J.P. Kalambay in the final minute, stopping a promising Hyack drive inside the Centennial 30 yard line. A week earlier, the Hyacks lost a similar three-point outing to Handsworth, after having the game-winning touchdown called back on a penalty and the ensuing field goal to tie miss the mark. “There were a lot of plays we left out there. But I don’t know that is why we lost,” said Hyacks head coach Farhan Lalji. “It’s tough. I thought it would be different. I thought we had learned from last week.” But turnovers did play a role in the final outcome. Once again, problems with the snap from

centre on at least four separate occasions upset the Hyacks’ rhythm on offence. Untimely penalties also cost New West some points, including an infraction off a late second-quarter pass to James Nicolas off a fake punt that negated a firstand-goal situation. New West did manage to tie the score 8-8 following a blocked punt by Bogdan Pavel that was recovered by Jeremy Stewart inside the Centennial red zone. Robertson scored from 12 yards out to knot the game. But the Centaurs quickly answered that one on a 66-yard pass from Nick Okamoto to Jay Jay Jackson on the next play from scrimmage. “I love them for fighting through our mistakes. … I wanted that for them. But we had higher expectations and it was disappointing,” Lalji said. New West closed the deficit to 20-15 on a late 11-play drive in the third quarter that was capped off by a short run by Angelo Tanjuaquio, his first of two touchdowns in the game. The Hyacks made a defensive stop on the Centaur’s next possession but an untimely mishandled punt by Tristan Sands gave the ball back to Centennial on the oneyard line. Okamoto scored

his third TD of the game Okamoto passed for on a sneak. 126 total yards, while New West drove down- Kalambay had 95 yards field again, keeping the along the ground. drive alive despite two For Robertson and the major penalties and a rest of the Hyack senfumbled snap against iors the team’s final 6-4 them, culminating in record was the first winTanjuaquio’s ning season touchdown in their high that shaved school football the deficit to careers. “I know we made As juniors, three points. The Hyack mistakes. But the Hyacks’ defence also graduating truly, I thought seniors won responded with a big play, we were going a total of just stopping the three games in Centuars on a to get it. It’s so two seasons of fake punt that awful to end junior varsity gave the home ball. team back the the season that In their final ball near mid- way.” season of high field. school football, But the Hyacks TOMMY ROBERTSON Robertson’s were essenHyacks quarterback third interceptially just two tion of the year plays away proved costly. from sporting an 8-2 rec“I just knew it wasn’t ord. over,” Robertson said. “It was a group this “I know we made mis- year and our first year takes. But truly, I thought with a winning season we were going to get (the in football. So I’m glad I touchdown). It’s so awful could get that,” Robertson to end the season that way. added. But I feel glad to wear this Lalji was also happy jersey.” this group of seniors got to Gurveer Dhaliwal and experience the post season Sands had 42 and 44 yards after missing the playoffs receiving, respectively. last year. Robertson passed for 10 “It was good we got to of 19 for 99 yards. play this game,” he said. Tanjuaquio rushed for “Compared to what we 83 total yards, while Julian were, we took a step.” Ramirez had 60 yards on Centennial moved on the ground. against Terry Fox.

Hyack grad nears total tackle record

Simon Fraser University linebacker Casey Chin was named the Red Lion defensive player of the week in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The former New Westminster Hyack all-star had a conference single-game record six and a half tackles for losses of 27 yards, including two and a half quarterback sacks for losses of 17 yards, in the Clan’s 38-17 win against Humboldt State on Saturday. The Clan senior garnered a total of 15 tackles, including 10 solos, breaking the old conference record for tackles of losses of six set by Jacob Galloway of Central Washington against Eastern Oregon in 2004. ◗Football Page 20


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The stopper: New Westminster Hyack product Casey Chin, in blue, set a new Great Northwest conference record for tackles for a loss last Saturday. This weekend, Chin has a shot at the single season tackle mark. Photo courtesy of Ron Hole/THE RECORD

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Chin will get an opportunity to break those records in the Clan’s final game of the 2013 season this Saturday when SFU hosts Azusa Pacific at Terry Fox Field at 2 p.m. It will also be the final game of their Clan careers for Chin and his fellow SFU seniors. tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

Tackling key against Mt. Doug BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

The St. Thomas More Knights will need their stoppers and more when they face the No. 1-ranked Mt. Douglas Rams in B.C. AAA varsity football this week. The Knights put up big defensive numbers following a 35-21 win over Belmont in the first round of the varsity football playoffs at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex-West last Friday. STM’s Drew Belgrave made a dozen individual tackles, and had a fumble recovery for a touchdown, while free safety Anthony Carteri added 11 stops to slow down the Belmont running attack. On the offensive side of the ball, STM quarterback Malcolm Lee rushed for 193 yards and three touch-

downs. Shane Noel also and our defence did a good rushed for more than 100 job of getting good field yards and a score, while position,” said Belgrave, Andrew Flett had 84 yards who scored on a fumble in the Belmont on the ground backfield in the and one TD. final quarter Early in the second “Open field tack- and raced into the end zone half, Belmont from 30 yards appeared to ling will be the out to make the have tied the difference. Man score 35-14 for game 13-13 on the Knights. a short run, on man, you Belgrave but the play can’t beat their is But under no was ruled no illusions about touchdown on offensive line.” what it will take what appeared to stop MVP to be an appar- DREW BELGRAVE Marcus Davis ent error on the STM all-star D back and the No. 1 part of the line Rams. official. “Open field tackling Following the ensuing turnover on downs, will be the difference,” said Lee engineered a 98-yard Belgrave. “Man on man, scoring drive, including a you can’t beat their offen60-yard run that increased sive line. We have to outsmart them on defence. If STM’s lead to 21-7. “Our offence did a great we can cause turnovers, we job of putting up points fast, can win the game.”

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Royal City Record November 13 2013  

Royal City Record November 13 2013