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Brrrr: Kris Kringle rode into the Royal City atop a fire truck in the 2013 Santa Claus Parade down Columbia Street.

Environmental impact study doesn’t satisfy city’s concerns

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The City of New Westminster is standing strong in its opposition to a proposed coal facility across the Fraser River. The city will inform Port Metro Vancouver and Fraser Surrey Docks that it still opposes the coal transfer facility and doesn’t feel the environmental impact assessment done by SNC Lavalin addresses the city’s concerns. “It doesn’t address any of New Westminster’s concerns,” said Coun. Chuck Puchmayr. “It certainly doesn’t address any of the environmental concerns.” Given that there are no trees or structures located between the coal facility and New Westminster, Puchmayr believes New Westminster could be greatly impacted by the coal facility that would be located directly across from Westminster Quay and Queensborough. With two barges of coal being loaded daily, Puchmayr worries that people would not only have to deal with impacts from coal dust but also from chemicals in the topping agent applied to minimize fugitive coal dust. “It may be just as toxic as the coal dust,” he said. Coun. Bill Harper believes the United States should be responsible for shipping its own coal. “Let them do it through their own ports and not contaminate the environment in Metro Vancouver,” he said. Harper said the assessment didn’t address the impact of coal on the river, ocean or Texada Island. “It’s time that the port authority got on ◗Coal Page 5

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amilies braved sub-zero temperatures to greet Santa in the Dec. 7 parade on Columbia Street. In recent years, the parade began at 4 p.m., but the city opted for an earlier start time to give people more time to participate in other festive events taking place in the downtown. “I think it was very successful,” said acting mayor Jonathan Cote. “It was a

bit chilly, but the sun was shining.” Marching bands, fire trucks and police cars, floats, dancers and mascots were among the entries in Saturday’s parade. “I thought it was very positive to have it in the morning,” said Coun. Jaimie McEvoy. “I wasn’t sure if people would show up, but they did.” The Hyack Festival Association nor-

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mally organizes the Christmas parade, but because of internal troubles the city stepped in to oversee this year’s event. Coun. Chuck Puchmayr said the city had about three weeks to organize the parade and ensure it didn’t die. He’s pleased with the results. “It was clear,” he said of the weather. “There were good crowds on the street.”

City wants national housing plan BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER tmcmanus@royalcityrecord.com

The City of New Westminster is joining Canadian municipalities in demanding action on a national housing strategy. City council has endorsed a resolution by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which has launched a Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch campaign. It’s calling on the federal government to increase housing options for

Canadians and to work with all levels of government to develop a long-term plan for Canada’s housing future. “We will be lobbying the federal government,” said Coun. Lorrie Williams, a director with the federation. “We will be pushing for a national housing strategy for all Canadians.” Coun. Chuck Puchmayr said there is a housing is a crisis in Canada, with some people who work full-time being unable to afford housing. He said it’s “shame-

ful” that senior levels of government abandoned a national housing policy in Canada. “It’s a no brainer,” he said. “All industrialized countries do it, except us.” The motion approved by council endorses the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ housing campaign and urges the federal government to develop a long-term plan for housing that protects Canadians from the planned expiry of $1.7 billion in social housing agreements.

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hat is a neighbourhood? An area determined by streets, a community bound together by a common tax roll, a mix of homes and businesses with a shared history? Some of the above, all of the above? The Record has been looking at the city’s 11 unique neighbourhoods during 2013. This week, we cover Queensborough. As with all our neighbourhood features, we seek to give those who have called this city their home for quite a while, and those

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Neighbourhood who have just unloaded the moving van, a fresh look at their neighbourhood. The names and boundaries developed 40 years ago continue today, and those 11

neighbourhoods all have their own residents’ associations. They each differ, offering advantages and challenges, but they have a common thread – a unique character. And, if you’ve been in the city for a bit, you might also say each neighbourhood has true loyalists and boosters. We didn’t want to reignite old whose ‘hood is better arguments – but let’s just say it’s better not to dis anyone’s neighbourhood in this fine city.

Returning to his ’Boro roots BY CAYLEY DOBIE REPORTER cdobie@royalcityrecord.com

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andeep Bhangu remembers when farmers would let their horses roam free around Queensborough. He remembers when his mother would call the other families in the ‘Boro looking for him and his siblings. He remembers when there were no shops on the little island, so if you wanted groceries you had to cross the bridge. While the infrastructure has changed dramatically in Queensborough since Bhangu was a boy, the feeling of home remains the same. “It was so small of a community, and it still feels like that,” he said. Bhangu moved to Queensborough with his family when he was very young. His father was a developer, and the family moved around the ‘Boro often. In the beginning, there wasn’t much in the ‘Boro, Bhangu recalled. “It was farmland and old houses. We only had two stores … and the community centre. That was pretty much it,” he said. Larry Wright/THE RECORD Thirty-three-year-old Bhangu lived in Queensborough until he got married Togetherness: The Bhangu family – parents Janak and Sandeep, with children Jaylum, 5, Nevaeh, 3, in 2007. Once married, he and his wife, and Landon, 1 – enjoys the small-town feel of Queensborough. Janak moved to Vancouver, where they lived for about a year before moving to Wal-Mart, the whole landing, the casino and experience the same childhood he had in Surrey. the junior high,” Bhangu said. “Then they Queensborough. “And then we lived in Surrey for about didn’t have the junior high, so you went right “Going from Queensborough to Vancouver four years, up until about the time of the reces- was a big change for me,” he said. “We ended to New West (secondary).” sion,” he said. Back when Bhangu was in school, the up buying a lot here (in Queensborough) and The Bhangus decided the recession was the Queensborough kids were shuttled by bus built this house.” right opportunity to buy land and build their to the high school. Most of the time the ‘Boro Today the Bhangus have three chilown home, and Sandeep knew just where he kids stuck together, not mingling much with dren, five-year-old Jaylum, three-year-old wanted to build. the other students, he added. Nevaeh and one-year-old Landon. While “I wanted to get back to Queensborough “When I grew up here, you could be out as Queensborough is still relatively small, the because when I grew up here it was a small late as you wanted because you knew every kids’ experience will be slightly different than community. I was used to that, I wasn’t used family,” he said. “Even when you go out that of their father’s. As Bhangu mentioned, to the city,” he said. (today) in Queensborough, you still see familthere were only two corner stores in the ‘Boro Living in both Vancouver and Surrey iar faces everywhere. It still has that small when he was growing up, but now the New proved too much for the small-town native. Westminster suburb has its own shopping cen- community feeling.” The busy, bustling streets of the big cities The Bhangus like how Queensborough has tre – an attraction that brings in visitors from didn’t have the same feeling of home Bhangu outside the neighbourhood. ◗Roots Page 4 was looking for. He wanted his children to “Now it’s like we have everything. The

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The centre: Renee Chadwick, manager at the Queensborough Community Centre, is as important to the community as the centre where she’s worked since 1987. Jennifer Gauthier/

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It’s been her second home for nearly three decades – and for residents of New Westminster’s ‘Boro, the Queensborough Community Centre would be nothing without Renee Chadwick. Chadwick came to the centre in 1987 as the recreation programmer. Three years later she was promoted to the position of manager, a position she continues to occupy today. Chadwick calls the ‘Boro her second home as she spends most of her days there – and it shows. Sandeep Bhangu remembers playing with his friends at the community centre after school and on the weekends while growing up in Queensborough. Today Bhangu’s own children take part in recreational activities at the community centre. While the community centre has gone through some changes recently with the renovations and additions to the old building, the purpose of the centre remains the same, Chadwick said. “It’s not just a recreation centre, it’s

a community centre, and so we have and very much customer service orireally strong ties to the community,” entated,” Chadwick said. The community centre, which celshe said. As Queensborough’s population ebrated its grand reopening this sumincreases, Chadwick and her staff mer, offers a variety of services for keep their ears to the pulse of the Queensborough residents. Touted as community in order to offer residents the city’s first network hub, the censervices and activities they need and tre offers recreational activities and sports for the whole family, a satellite want. “The changes, in regards to the library branch, multi-purpose rooms, an expanded fitness kinds of interests centre, licensed child and what people care for children are looking for out Our three to five years of the community, of age, police work are reflected in the spaces, a community kinds of things we kitchen and a living do here because as new people move in, they come in room with a fireplace. As new families move to with new ideas and experiences that they want to have in their neighbour- Queensborough, Chadwick is optimistic the community centre will hood as well,” she said. Chadwick and staff at the commu- remain an important part of the neighnity centre listen when people come bourhood. “There is still that strong sense of in with ideas or suggestions, whether that means introducing new programs community and those ties with one another here. Even though there are or adjusting existing ones, she said. “We’re very responsive to the new people moving into the neighneeds of the community, we don’t bourhood, they have just fallen into just tell people, ‘Oh well, you’ll just the whole sense of community, the have to wait until next time.’ We are sense of belonging, the whole connecresponsive to them (the community) tivity with neighbours,” she said.

remained relatively quiet, even as the population continues to grow. They equate it to a village, where young couples are flocking to start their own families. Developments like Port Royal, along with the many town homes and row houses, continue to draw people to Queensborough, but through it all it continues to have the small-town charm, Bhangu said. “You don’t have the street lights and the busyness, it’s quiet,” he added.

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the right side of this argument,” he said. Fraser Surrey Docks has applied to Port Metro Vancouver for a permit to operate a coal transfer facility, where coal arriving on trains from the United States would be loaded on to barges and shipped to Texada Chuck Puchmayr Island councillor and then to China. The facility would handle between four million and eight million metric tonnes of coal annually. Puchmayr said he’s concerned about the “incredible authority and power” that the federal government has given Port Metro Vancouver, which is able to override fisheries, health authority and regional district concerns. “It makes me shudder,” he said of its powers. As requested by Port Metro Vancouver, Fraser Surrey Docks hired a consulJaimie McEvoy tant to councillor conduct an environmental impact assessment about the proposed facility. Coun. Jaimie McEvoy said the assessment “completely dodges” all of the questions being asked by municipal councils and health officers. “They don’t get, or they deliberately don’t acknowledge, environmental issues are health issues,” he said. Coun. Lorrie Williams questioned the effectiveness of the sealing agent that would be applied on the coal.

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Mark Allison, a senior planner with the city, said the topping agent creates “a sort of gel” on top of the coal. While there is fairly good evidence that it works up to a certain point, he said it tends to break down after a certain amount of time when travelling by rail.

Coun. Betty McIntosh supported the recommendation to oppose the facility but also wanted council to ask for permanent air quality monitoring station in New Westminster. She is concerned about air quality associated with the proposal, as it would result in

an increase of train traffic to Fraser Surrey Docks, and more diesel tugs would be needed to help transport coal-filled barges to Texada Island. “I think we should be going one step further than this recommendation,” she said.

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Just a matter of time before pot is legalized Let’s just consider it a trial balloon, by Washington and Colorado’s recent or perhaps a trial doobie. decriminalization of marijuana and Sensible B.C. – the group trying to lots of support from politicians and spark a referendum on decriminalizpolice. ing pot – has come up short. It is, however, still hamIt needed close to 300,000 pered by rural folks who petition signatures to force a aren’t as fast to embrace the THE RECORD referendum on the issue, and pot movement. it achieved 200,000. Getting high isn’t high on But that’s a first-time run at the a lot of folks’ lists. process during a 90-day window using In fact, there’s still a good percentvolunteers. age of B.C. taxpayers who think that The group was certainly buoyed more giggling and getting the munch-

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ies is not what will propel the B.C. economy forward. But those folks are quickly becoming the minority. We think that Sensible B.C. has probably figured out that they just have to work harder to get the undecideds and potential pot supporters off their duffs to offset the anti-pot folks. Sensible B.C. appears ready to keep working, since their Twitter account proclaimed this week: “210,000 signa-

tures is a remarkable accomplishment. Thanks to all volunteers & canvassers. This is just the beginning!” They’re undoubtedly right, and it is just a matter of time. Our society is looking for more ways to zone out, and pot is probably one of the milder alternatives. When you consider all the pharmaceuticals available and, of course, booze, the faint whiff of pot smoke in the neighbourhood may not be all that bad.

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s TransLink nearing the breaking point? It’s a question worth posing as frustrations expressed by a number of mayors and councils over transit and transportation priorities continue to mount and boil over for public display. TransLink has been unable to solve a riddle it has been wrestling with for some time now: how to meet escalating service demands without creating unpopular or unacceptable revenue streams to pay for them. As a result, municipalities are finding themselves pitted against each other when it comes to determining what particular project gets the green light over others. The situation has been building for some time, but three recent developments show how bad things have become. First was Premier Christy Clark’s arbitrary decision that a new bridge would replace the Massey Tunnel, and that construction would begin soon. The announcement was met with opposition from a number of mayors, but it also was backed by others, notably Delta Mayor Lois Jackson.

One of the critics of the Massey Bridge, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, continues to insist a rapid transit line down Broadway to the University of B.C. is the most pressing priority, but the chance of that being built anytime soon evaporated when the B.C. Liberals won re-election, as the voters along that transit line voted for the NDP. Then there was Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts’ announcement that her municipality would essentially bypass TransLink and the provincial government and approach Ottawa on its own, asking for $1.8 billion in funding to build three light rail lines across the city. Watts has been pushing for some kind of light rail service in her municipality for quite some time, only to be ignored time and time again from her mayoral colleagues. Of course, it remains a longshot for the federal government to fork this kind of cash over to a municipality (Surrey is not in Quebec, after all), but Watts’ actions seems to be a stunning example of the frustration some mayors have with TransLink’s planning process. Finally, New Westminster council is now balking at Surrey’s desire for a six-lane bridge to replace the Pattullo Bridge, arguing its street network could not handle the extra flow of traffic such a bridge would bring.

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Ever since I have learned the English language (at about 30 years of age) and started reading Canadian newspapers, I was wondering why in Canadian politics the majority and minority parties seem to never agree on anything. “They would argue even if one of them claims that two and two equals four,” I thought. But why? Finally, I found the answer in your article “Is school board missing a voice?” (The Record, Friday Dec. 6, by Niki Hope). Let me quote the eye-opener passage, where newly elected school board chair explains why a Voice candidate was not elected for vice-chair: The article says the newly elected chair “doesn’t see it as a missed chance to bring the board together, ◗TransLink Page 7

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Beware Liberals’ return Dear Editor:

Justin Trudeau will be 42 years old on Dec. 25, 2013. In the 2015 federal election, Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals will replace Thomas Mulcair and the federal NDP as the official opposition party of Canada. Thomas Mulcair will once again take the federal NDP down to the traditional 35 or so seats as is the common case when it comes to the NDP. The result of the 2015

federal election will see Stephen Harper remain as the prime minister of Canada. In the 2019 federal election, both Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair will retire and only Justin Trudeau will remain as one of the official leaders. Justin has now begun his apprenticeship, and in the 2019 federal election, Justin will be 48 years old with a great amount of experience in federal politics. Watch out, taxpayers, this will be the return of the federal Liberals as the government of Canada. Joe Sawchuk, Duncan

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This kind of infighting and going-alone actions is occurring while that unprecedented referendum on how to fund transit in Metro Vancouver draws ever closer. The premier says that referendum is partly designed to ensure mayors make their own positions on funding known, so they can be held accountable. But the way things are going, who knows whether the current TransLink model can function long enough to make it to the fall of 2014, when the referendum will be held. ◆ Don’t underestimate the significance of those unprecedented five-year contracts reached between the provincial government and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. The union’s master agreement often serves as

the template for other public sector union contracts, so it’s a good bet other unions will sign similar contracts in the months ahead. Interestingly, the union signed a new deal well ahead of the March termination date of the current one, and others may opt to sign early as well. The union also bought into the government’s idea of tying bonus wage hikes to economic growth. Public sector unions have long been accused of thinking economic growth had nothing to do with the compensation coming from government, so this is a philosophical shift of sorts. The one exception when it comes to other unions following this kind of contract is, of course, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. It considers itself a social justice movement, and not a trade union, so expect-

ing it to grasp the linkage between economic growth and wage increases for their members is perhaps unrealistic. In political terms, however, the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union deal speaks volumes. Signing a five-year deal suggests the union realizes it backed the wrong horse in the last election and that it had better work with the one that won. The new contract lasts until after the next election as well. The union seems to have bet on the outcome of that contest already, and the bet has not been placed on the party it has traditionally backed. That tells you all you need to know about where the NDP is at these days, and how the party is viewed by its own allies. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.

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Two New Westminster men have been sentenced for their involvement in preying on the most marginalized and vulnerable women in the Downtown Eastside. According to the Vancouver Police Department, on Nov. 25 the two men were sentenced for their criminal roles in the Downtown Eastside. Local Nolan Swallow, 33, received an eight-year sentence for conspiracy to traffic drugs and a twoyear sentence for his participation in a criminal organization, for a total of 10 consecutive years. New Westminster ’s LemarMcCann,32,received a six-year sentence for conspiracy to traffic drugs and

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Gaze across the Fraser River, and from the west emerges a tiny island. From New Westminster, Queensborough appears relatively quiet. This is how it’s always been in Queensborough. As local historian Jim Wolf so eloquently put it, “In its splendid isolation, this neighbourhood developed a unique community spirit that was made even more remarkable by its cultural diversity.” But as the ‘Boro enters its adolescence it’s begun to shed the isolation it is known for. Queensborough was originally the name chosen for the city in 1859, but there was much opposition to this decision and eventually an alternative was chosen – New Westminster. Nearly 30 years later, in 1888, Queensborough became an official part of New Westminster. Prior to its amalgamation into the Royal City, Queensborough, or Lulu Island as it was called, was a government reserve established to protect the area from possible invasions from the South. While there was a small population of First Nations who occupied the land, Queensborough remained, for the most part, untouched. It was mainly a farming community, but by the late 1930s residential growth began to increase, requiring the construction of a larger Queen Elizabeth Elementary School.

During the war, a number of factories, including the Canadian Pacific Airplane plant and Mercer’s Starshipyards, opened in Queensborough, drawing more workers and their families to the suburb. But even as development across the river boomed through the postwar years, the small suburb remained. According to a New Westminster planning department report, the total value of building permits in Queensborough from 1961 to 1974 was about $3.2 million – only a fraction of the values seen in other neighbourhoods in the city. Today, however, both the landscape and the demographics of Queensborough have changed. It’s no longer the shy younger sister of the Royal City; instead it’s a booming community, which has seen a 20.5 per cent increase in its population since 2001. Queensborough also takes the cake in terms of diversity. Since the early 1900s, Queensborough has been a magnet for immigrants because of cheap land costs. “It appealed to a lot of these ethnic groups that were new immigrants to British Columbia. … They saw the opportunity to buy land relatively cheaply, close to the city, gave them an economic advantage because the land there could support great food crops and small gardens,” Wolf said. New Queensborough residents were able to work in the factories

nearby and return home to a plot of land that produced most of the food they needed to survive. This established an independent community that kept to itself, but as time went on farmland was sold and new homes and subdivisions were built. With residents no longer growing their own food and about two stores on the island, Queensborough residents were forced to travel outside their neighbourhood for shopping, food and entertainment. Enter Queensborough Landing. The big-box retail pavilion opened in 2003, giving Queensborough residents access to shopping, food and entertainment without having to leave their ‘hood. The development not only attracts Queensborough residents but shoppers from all over the Lower Mainland. The shopping centre is one of its kind for New Westminster and helped put Queensborough on the map. But the unique feature of Queensborough today remains its small town charm. While horses and cattle no longer roam free as they did when it was a farming community, it continues to be the neighbourhood where everyone knows everyone, even with the booming population. As development continues and city council works to link create a pedestrian link between the ‘Boro and Quayside, it’ll be interesting to see if Queensborough will continue to be the isolated neighbourhood across the river.

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A Class Act: Students fundraise for typhoon relief ◗P14 New publishing company takes flight in the city ◗P21

Remember when: Patricia Smith talks about her experience as a child in London during the Second World War as part of a recent event at New Westminster’s Century House. The ‘World War II Café’ was inspired by the Human Library model, where people act as live “books,” and readers can sign them out and ask questions about their experiences. The Century House event had 11 human books, and people could ask questions over tea. Jason Lang/THE RECORD

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WSS Grade 12 students will go head to head with teachers and cops at Moody Park Arena in an effort to help those in need. Anyone and everyone is invited to watch the hockey game that takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The puck drops at 11:20 a.m., and the game is expected to wrap up by 12:15 p.m. The charity hockey game is part of a Dec. 3 to 18 food drive organized by students and school

liaison officer Const. Nick Ferguson. People can drop off non-perishable food items at Moody Park Arena, and all items collected will be donated to the Salvation Army in New Westminster.

Eagles help out

Eagles – not reindeer – will be helping Santa deliver gifts to local kids this year. The Fraternal Order of Eagles is hosting a Christmas With Santa event for kids aged one to 12 on Friday, Dec. 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. Assisted by Mrs. Claus, Santa will be handing out gifts to 100 kids. The event includes oranges, juice boxes and popcorn by Ralph the Elf. Proceeds of photos with Santa will be donated to a

local charity. Anyone wishing to visit with Santa can call John Ashdown at 604-657-5600 or email ashdowneagle@ shaw.ca with the name, gender and age of the child attending. The event takes place at the CAW hall at 707 12th St.

Cadets lend hand

Sea cadets donned some warm apparel to help those in need. About 60 youth from Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Fraser bundled up against the frigid temperatures on Saturday and set out in the city to gather food donations for the New Westminster food bank. After spreading some Christmas cheer in the morning’s Santa Claus Parade, the sea cadets took to the streets for their

annual food drive. They began the food drive last Wednesday night by distributing collection bags with requests for donations. “The note indicated that we would be back to pick them up on Saturday, and we had a fantastic participation rate,” said a press release from Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corp Fraser. This year marks the third annual food drive done by sea cadets from Fraser, with the event bringing in about 2,000 pounds of donations for the food bank each year. “It brings a great sense of pride to know that youth are not only developing valuable life skills while participating in the program, but that they are able to give back to the

community while doing it,” said Naval Cadet Alex Gaio. More about the Fraser Sea Cadets can be found at joinseacadets.ca

Art fundraiser

A city councillor on the other side of Canada is the winner of a limited edition print by a man known as “the Robert Bateman of trains.” Greens and Beans deli in Sapperton has been raising funds for Lac Megantic, Quebec, which was devastated by a tragic train derailment in the summer. Since that time, the Sapperton diner has been selling raffle tickets, with the lucky winner receiving a print by New Westminster artist Max Jacquiard. “The winner was a city

councillor from Halifax named Bill Karsten. Coun. Lorrie Williams had sold tickets this past summer when she was at a Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting in Ontario,” Leona Green said in an email to The Record. “When we called him he was quite excited.’” While the raffle has wrapped up, Greens and Beans continues to raise funds for the community of Lac-Megantic. “We will be selling five card sets of Max Jacquiard art work until Christmas,” Green noted. “It is called The New Westminster Signature Collection, as all the pictures are of trains in New Westminster.” The sets of cards are $20, and are available at Greens and Beans at 143 East Columbia St.

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Curiosity: Mason Del Degan checks out the chicken coop at the Royal City Farmers Market, held at River Market on Dec. 7. Duncan Martin from Duncan’s Backyard Henhouse was on hand to show people how to raise backyard chickens.

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Holiday tales: Local author JJ Lee reads his newly written Christmas Ghost Story to a crowd at the River Market during the farmers’ market on Dec. 7.

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Here is a Fabulous Opportunity to Live & Own in the desirable Heights Neighbourhood of New Westminster! A Lovely View of the Fraser River with 2 Levels in which YOU can live in the Upper floor & have the lower floor as a 1 Bedroom + Den Mortgage Helper that is Recognized by the City. Lots of Updates; the Upper floor has 3 Bedrooms, the Master with an ensuite + a 2nd full Bath, All New Doors, New Floor in Kitchen & Bath + Freshly Painted. The Rec Rm down can Easily convert back for Basement Suite Use. Well Kept, Clean for YOU to Just Move In! Brand New Back Deck, Lane Access to Carport + Additional Parking. Close to Transit, Schools, Shopping & Recreation. Call MICK or GEOFF for YOUR Opportunity to View!

#502 – 109 TENTH ST, NEW WESTMINSTER

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This Suite was Recently Renovated with Great Care & Taste. A Spacious, 1 Bedroom Home that is on the Top Floor on the QUIET Side of the Building. Enjoy the Bamboo Floors, Granite Countertops + New Kitchen Cabinetry. This Home also has a Separate Laundry Room to Offer Additional Storage as well as the Convenience of Insuite Laundry. Good Location that is close to the Unique Shops of the Area, Grocery Store, Transit + the Downtown Area. Building was painted & Re-Plumbed in 2005 & has had a New Roof in 2007. Pet Friendly & Rentals are Permitted (with some restrictions). Call GEOFF or MICK to See This Home.

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Come & View this Elegant, 2 Level Penthouse Home in the Fully Rainscreened ‘Lido’ Complex at the Quay! Enjoy the Peaceful Views of the Lagoon & River… Immaculate, Move-In Condition with Designer Colours & Décor + High Ceilings in both the Living & Dining Rooms to Allow the Soft, Natural Light In. This Beautifully Renovated Home has a Spacious Master w/Spa Ensuite boasting a Jacuzzi Tub & Sep Rainforest walk-in Shower + Access to Balcony. A 2nd Bedroom & Full Bath on the Main. The Gourmet Kitchen Features New SS Appliances, Silent-Close Cabinetry, Pewter Fixtures, a Pantry, Glass Tile Backsplash, Tile Floors & a Separate Eating Area. There is a Gas F/P in the LR, Engineered H/W Floors & Crown Moldings throughout. 2nd Level offers a Loft with a Den & a Family Room Overlooking the main living areas below. Has Both Insuite & a Storage Locker. Pet Friendly for 2! Let MICK or GEOFF Arrange YOUR Viewing.

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Enjoy Living on a Quiet, West End Street in this Family Neighbourhood. Home has had OVER $100,000 in Recent Renovations. The Main Floor has been Totally Redone & has 4 Bedrooms, the Master with a New Ensuite + a New Main Bath w/Separate walk-in Shower. The New Kitchen has Granite Counters & an Island + SS Appliances, New Cabinetry, Flooring, Backsplash, Fixtures & Separate Eating Area w/ Access to a Covered Back Deck Overlooking the Fenced Yard. Crown Moldings & Baseboards throughout the Main floor + Coffered Ceiling in the Bedroom. There are 2 One Bedrooms Suites Below that are Great for a Mortgage Helper! Suite is Acknowledged by the City. 2 Sets of Laundry + 2 Hot Water Tanks. Lovely Street Appeal w/Easy Care Vinyl Siding. Have MICK or GEOFF Show YOU Around!

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Students fundraise for typhoon relief effort these students,” she noted.

Chair wants student input

One of newly elected school board chair Jonina Campbell’s priorities for the coming year is enhancing student engagement in the school board. Campbell was inspired by a recent meeting with a high school student who talked about the impact the recent budget cuts have had at New Westminster Secondary School. As a result, Campbell wants to organize an opportunity for students to come together with trustees and share their concerns. “We often engage all of our other stakeholders, like the adults in the room, but we sometimes don’t do a very good job (of consulting students),” she said, noting that the Vancouver school board has a student trustee. “That would probably better inform our decision making.” Campbell said she hopes to get a group of students together in the new year to inquire about their life at the high school.

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tudents at Lord Kelvin Elementary are taking in global citizenship, community, and charity lessons and applying them to the recent overseas tragedy that has killed an estimated 5,000 people. In light of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines, students in Kim Zimmerman’s Grade 5/6 class have organized fundraisers for the cause. “The students have been overwhelmed with enthusiasm,” Zimmerman wrote in an email to The Record. There are four fundraisers: Christmas cards, baking and juice, candy, and movie and popcorn sales. The students have elected an executive committee for each group and planned out the fundraisers with little assistance, the proud teacher wrote about her pupils. “It has been a handson learning experience by

“That would probably better inform our decision making,” she said. She would like to have students take a stronger leadership role in the decision making for the district, Campbell said.

Job training boost at Douglas

Douglas College has received $1.5 million in federal funding to help post-secondary grads gain on-the-job experience to move into their desired careers. Career Start, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, was launched in response to Canada’s skills shortage and rising youth unemployment rates. “Our government is making sure Canada’s economy benefits from the talents and skills of young Canadians,” Candice Bergen, minister of state, said in a media release. “This investment will help youth gain the hands-on experience they need to get jobs in high-demand fields.” Under the program, training costs are offset by wage subsidies. Employers receive a

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Global lessons: From left, Jalen Garcia, Matt Smith, Tyler Kim, Tiba Khudhur, Daisy Stylli and Velveth Mangandid are some of the Lord Kelvin students who have organized fundraisers to help with Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. subsidy of up to 50 per cent of a participant’s hourly wage. Douglas College will work with local businesses to identify wage subsidy opportunities that are a minimum of three months. Funding to hire eligible post-secondary graduates in the Career Start program is available to

B.C. businesses in a broad range of high-demand industries. Participants must be between the ages of 15 and 30; not receiving Employment Insurance benefits; a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and meet

graduation and Career Start funding requirements. For more information and to apply, visit career startyes.ca. Do you have an item for Class Act? Send ideas from New Westminster’s schools to education reporter Niki, Hope, nhope@royalcityrecord. com. You can also find her on Twitter, @nikimhope.

The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation

Awards for Justice and Public Safety Gala Presented by

Thank you to our sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers for making the 12th annual JIBC Foundation Awards for Justice and Public Safety Gala a tremendous success. You helped raise approximately $300,000 for student learning at JIBC, Canada’s leading public safety educator.

Team leader Tim Jones and members of North Shore Rescue

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The JIBC Foundation Community Leadership Award

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Master Corporal Brent Nolasco

The JIBC Foundation Heroes & Rescue Award

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Meeting for the first time, 18-year-old Amanda Graham makes a surprise appearance to thank Heroes & Rescue award recipient Master Corporal Brent Nolasco for saving her life. MCpl Nolasco was in search and rescue training on Vancouver Island at the time.

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t this time of year as we prepare to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy the comfort of family and friends, it’s a fitting time to consider those in our own community who may not have the support that many of us often take for granted.

While good causes are in every country around the world, there are some excellent organizations right here in New Westminster doing great work. Giving is a personal choice, sometimes guided by personal experience, sometimes by what we learn from others. What we hope to do in the following pages is to introduce you to just some local causes – their priorities and some of their successes. I can assure you that each organization or group provides very dedicated and much needed resources and support in our community. Our hope is that this will help you and your family select a cause that resonates with you and we encourage you to offer your assistance, participation and if you are able, a donation. Whether you give your time and energy or a few dollars, even the smallest contribution makes a difference and I am always amazed that any act of giving is always greatly appreciated. Let’s make a difference this holiday season and do our part to give back to the community.

Lara Graham, Director, Sales and Marketing Burnaby NOW

Royal City Humane Society NEW WESTMINSTER Our Focus The Royal City Humane Society is a registered, no kill animal charity based in New Westminster, BC. As the only charity animal shelter in New Westminster, RCHS campaigns against pet overpopulation and operates a shelter where we provide care for injured, stray and abandoned cats — other animals are housed in foster homes. When they arrive, animals are tested for disease, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and tattooed or microchipped. RCHS also provides feeding stations at various locations for feral cats that are trapped, tested for disease, spayed or neutered, and released back to the area they were trapped.

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Funding comes from donations, memberships, grants and through various fund-raising activities — 100% of the funds collected are spent on the welfare of the animals. Membership fees are $20 per year. Donation can be mailed directly to RCHS or made through Paypal at our website. For in-kind donations — check out our wish lists at Alpine Animal Hospital, Central City Animal Hospital and VanPet. Membership applications and donation forms are available on our website.

ADOPTIONS

Adoptions are from our shelter by appointment only, seven days a week. Call 604-524-6447 to make an appointment. Contact us: (mailing address only) Royal City Humane Society, Box 102, 667 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1A8.

contact us telephone 604-524-6447 www.rchs.bc.ca Facebook/ Royal-City-Humane–Society

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Our Work in the Community RCHS also promotes public awareness of animal welfare problems designed to further and ensure the fair and proper treatment of animals. As well, we are very committed to the mature cat population in the community and those with special needs. Several cats have been at the shelter for a number of years which, for various reasons — either because they are very timid, are older or have other issues — are overlooked by potential adopters. If you feel you are equipped to foster an older cat or one designated as ‘special needs’, we’d love to hear from you. They will require a lot of patience, but we are confident that with enough love and understanding even these little ones can become functioning and happy members of society. These cats are identified on our website as ‘special needs’. Note: RCHS contributes towards the cost of food, litter and veterinary care for its foster cats.

How Can You Get involved?

RCHS is staffed exclusively by volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include helping out at our cat shelter, or being involved with our school education programs. See our website for further information.

Testimonials

The following are just two of our many ‘happy tails’: LUCYLOO didn’t like being at the shelter, and when she was permanently fostered last year she was very angry and did nothing but growl all the time. However, after lots of love and much counseling, she’s now traded in growling for purring. She’s also developed a good sense of play and skitters around the house, playing with the other resident cat and doing wheelies in the hallway. TSONGA is an older stray tomcat that had been at the shelter for a couple of years. Neutered on arrival, he was adopted in July 2012 as a playmate for another cat. However, he turned out to be too dominant and was rehomed to a farm in Surrey where he quickly became infatuated with the youngest member of the household… an 18 month-old girl. The two of them are now inseparable!

Upcoming Events

May: Gigantic Garage Sale (part of the Queens Park area Annual Gigantic Neighbourhood Garage Sale). Check our website for upcoming events.


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Family Support Institute

227 SIXTH ST., NEW WESTMINSTER Our Focus

Our Work in the Community

The West Coast Family Support Institute Society (FSI) is a provincial non-profit charitable society registered in 1985. The provincial office is located in New Westminster and serves the entire province of BC. The mission of the Family Support Institute is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability. Directed by families, the Family Support Institute provides information, training, and province-wide networking to assist families and their communities to build upon and share their strengths and experiences.

FSI is unique in Canada and is the only grass roots, family to family support organization with a broad volunteer base. FSI supports approximately 10,000 families who have a family member with a disability each year. This support stems mainly from our large volunteer network of Resource Parents (RP’s) / Resource Family Members (RFM’s). Currently, FSI maintains a paid staff of 5 and a volunteer network of over 220 volunteers who support families across the province by sharing experiences and expertise, connecting families with each other, guiding families to supports and services and community supports in their regions, and facilitating training and educational sessions including building capacity in the areas of innovation and creative solutions. FSI’s supports and services are free to any family. We support all families, with children of all ages and all disabilities including mental health challenges.

Our Goals 1. Empower, inform and support families throughout B.C. 2. Create workshops and training opportunities for families in B.C. 3. Embrace and celebrate diversity with BC families. 4. Reduce isolation and family struggles by connecting people to each other. 5. Educate the community about the role of the Family Support Institute. FSI believes that families are the experts, and ultimately the strongest voice, when it comes to their family member with a disability. We are committed to ensuring that all families in BC know about FSI and are connected and supported to lead meaningful lives in welcoming communities.

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telephone 604-540-8374 internet www.familysupportbc.com e-mail fsi@fsibc.com Twitter /FSIBC Facebook /familysupportinstitute Youtube /FamilySupportBC

Upcoming Events

FSI facilitates workshops and hosts events, training and engagement sessions. To find out all about the events we are hosting check out our website at www.familysupportbc.com.

How You Can Get Involved

Community members can become a member of or volunteer for FSI, or donate to FSI (Charitable BN/registration number 105629497RR0001) in various ways, including: • Monthly or one-time tax deductible donations by: o Cash, credit card, cheque o Canada Helps (http://www.canadahelps.org/ dn/6912) o Provincial Government Employee Donations Program o Company’s United Way campaign • Leave a Legacy program • Mohawk/Husky Gas donation card (allows 2% of purchases to support FSI) • Corporate sponsorships • Event donations

Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation

330 E. COLUMBIA ST., NEW WESTMINSTER Our History Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) was established in 1862 as the first hospital in mainland British Columbia. Today it is a provincial hospital providing the highest level for trauma, cardiac services, neurosurgery, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care to the most seriously ill and injured patients in British Columbia. RCH is also a teaching hospital and a UBC Clinical Academic Campus.

Our Focus Building on a strong tradition of caring and community support, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) was established in 1978 to raise funds for the hospital’s first CT Scanner. For more than thirty years, the mission of RCHF has been to raise money to help the hospital save lives, restore health and provide comfort to seriously injured and ill patients of all ages. Today, RCHF is an independent charitable organization that raises millions of dollars each year to fund major projects, priority equipment needs, facility enhancements, research, education and innovation at RCH. Thousands of individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations in surrounding communities and across the region provide generous support to help RCHF achieve its vision – to inspire giving and grow funding so patients have access to the best in health care at Royal Columbian Hospital.

contact us

telephone 604-520-4438 www.rchcares.com info@rchfoundation.com Twitter.com/RoyalColumbian Facebook.com/Royal Columbian

Our Work in the Community The Royal Columbian Hospital serves 1.7 million people (one in three British Columbians) and is situated in the region with the fastest growing population in Canada. It is the hub of Fraser Health’s network of care and supports the sickest and most critical ill patients from Burnaby to Boston Bar.

RCH is:

• Home to the busiest cardiac intervention unit in B.C., and one of the three busiest in Canada. • Fraser Health’s only site performing open-heart surgery. • The only trauma-designated centre in Fraser Health. RCH receives more trauma patients by BC Air Ambulance than any other hospital in the province. • Fraser Health’s only hospital for neurosurgery. • Home to one of B.C.’s largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units for premature and critically ill babies.

How can you get involved?

There are many opportunities to get involved with Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation: • Personal donations can be made online, by phone, mail or in person, or you can meet with one of our foundation team to customize your giving. • Visit our on-line Gift Catalogue and give a gift that will change a life this Christmas. • You can leave a Legacy gift through your will that will reflect the values you have held all through your life, and make a genuine difference for future patients at the Royal Columbian Hospital. • A gift in memory or in honour is a meaningful way to recognize a special person in your life. • Host your own special third party event to show your support. • Consider donating a gift of publicly traded securities.


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Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver

Monarch Place NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C.

#402 E. COLUMBIA ST., NEW WESTMINSTER

Our Focus Monarch Place is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1997. Our transition home began operating in New Westminster the following year. Monarch Place provides an emergency first stage transition house as well as complimentary services such as support groups, housing searches, counseling, outreach services, as well as multi-cultural outreach. Our values are based on safety, supportive service, integrity and dignity for all.

Our Goals Our mission statement is simple: to provide women and children fleeing from domestic abuse a secure place for them to regain their emotional and physical strength and to live according to their own true worth. Since its inception, more than three thousand women and children have shared the house with our team of dedicated and loving staff. Each woman and child have a unique story and journey to share and each one who comes is a success story because of their courage and desire to change and improve their lives and that of their children.

Our Work in the Community At Monarch Place, our goal is to provide women and their children who are victims of domestic violence with an experience of safety, encouragement, integrity, and most of all, dignity. We do that in a warm, loving, compassionate and caring environment. In addition, our nurturing home allows our clients to work through various stages of well-being - from crisis to long-term stability - by making available a full range of support services. We also assist our clients by way of education and by promoting awareness for the elimination of violence against women and children through a number of programs, educational opportunities, and resources. Monarch Place also works closely with other nonprofit organizations to spread the word about domestic abuse. We offer several resources and host a variety of educational workshops, and community support groups. We regularly participate in a network of community emergency services.

Upcoming Events Monarch Place partners with the Royal City Rotary Club for a major fundraiser on Friday, February 7th – “The Heart of the Matter.” To find out all about this or any other event, check out our website at www.monarchplace.org.

How You Can Get Involved

contact us telephone 604-521-1888 fax 604-521-1879 email monarchplace@telus.net internet www.monarchplace.org

With the holiday season fast approaching, community members can donate to Monarch Place in various ways: • Monarch Place is currently collecting gifts for its Christmas hampers and gift bags for women and children. • We also have a wish list of items that are much needed at Monarch Place. You can help through generous financial donations that can be directed through www.canadahelps.org (search words “Monarch Place”)

Our Focus At EFry, we believe that with a little help, everyone has the power to change their life for the better. EFry supports women, girls and children impacted by the risk factors that lead to involvement with the justice system. Through our more than two dozen programs and services, we support women struggling with challenges such as poverty, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, domestic abuse, incarceration and community reintegration. EFry strives to empower women to build a brighter future for themselves, their families and our community.

Our People EFry has a core staff of 80 passionate people but it’s our more than 400 volunteers who really bring our programs to life. Our partners in caring also include our donors, who make EFry’s work with low income children and those with incarcerated parents possible. Together, we help over 9,000 women and children every year.

contact us telephone 604-520-1166 e-mail info@elizabethfry.com Twitter /EFryVancouver Facebook /EFryVancouver

Our Work in the Community Since 1939, EFry has been proud to call New Westminster home. Many of our supports take place here including: • Client Christmas Dinner EFry’s annual client holiday dinner for women and children without resources takes place December 19. Provided at no cost to current and former clients, women can register by calling (604) 520-1166. Children get a filled Christmas stocking and visit with Santa. • JustKids Santa Lunch Children from JustKids summer camps and Saturday Club enjoy a fun afternoon lunch and visit with Santa. JustKids participants, who range in age from 6 to 13, spend a festive day catching up with camp friends and counsellors. • Small Frys Boutique Using a point system, women without resources can shop for new donated clothes, household items, personal care products and toys. During the holiday season, the boutique shifts focus to a toy bank so mothers can give Christmas gifts to their children. New item donations are welcome. Women can register to shop by calling EFry. • Elizabeth Gurney House Women & Children’s Shelter EFry’s shelter for homeless women and children offers a home-like atmosphere with comfortable bedrooms, living room and shared kitchen and dining area. Clients are assisted in finding permanent affordable housing and other support services as they get back on their feet. • Maida Duncan Drop-in Centre Women and children can access meals, laundry, showers, computers, donations of personal essentials, fitness and health programs, social opportunities and help in locating appropriate social services at this homey drop-in.

How You Can Get Involved

EFry thrives thanks to volunteers and always welcomes more. Visit www.elizabethfry.com/ humanresources/volunteering.htm for more information. In-kind and financial donations are also much appreciated, particularly during winter when need is most acute. Those interested in working for EFry will find job openings on our website.


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Elks Club of New Westminster

301-681 COLUMBIA ST., NEW WESTMINSTER

Our Focus The Elks Club of Canada was founded in 1912 and the first lodge was established right here in Vancouver. In New Westminster, our charitable organization opened its doors in 1921 and separated from the Elks Lodge in 2003. We have paid employees however all of our charity work is done through our members and volunteers. With the help of these wonderful individuals, we continue to meet our mission to strive to find ways to raise funds for the needy and less privileged citizens of our city. The Club is also a great way to meet new friends and socialize with likeminded individuals. We are connected to WIFI and we are equipped with a number of HDTVs throughout our club. There are also two, 8-ball tables (free for members), a shuffle board table and dart boards.

Our Goals Our goals are simple – help those in need in New Westminster. We regularly donate to the breakfast and lunch programs of our community public schools, such as John Robson Community School, Queen Elizabeth Elementary School and Lord Kelvin Public School. We support the New Westminster Food Bank, Union Gospel Mission (New Westminster), St. Barnabus Church, Holy Trinity Church, Atira/ Holbrook House (for women), Salvation Army (New Westminster), Stevenson House (for men), Monarch House, Lookout Society and West Coast Genesis. In addition, throughout the year we assist the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, New Westminster Secondary School Dry Grad Program, New Westminster Police Victims Assistance Unit, Seniors Services Society and 2316 Royal Westminster Royal Canadian Army Cadets. On December 7, we held our annual Christmas Cheer which is our biggest fundraiser of the year.

contact us elksclub3@shaw.ca Twitter.com/newwestelks Facebook.com/pages/Elks-Club-Of-NewWestminster/251983351547507

Upcoming Events Join us for our Mega Meat Draw on Boxing Day, December 26 where you can enjoy great prizes, live entertainment and lots of fun. To ring in 2014, we will host another Mega Meat Draw on New Year’s Day, January 1 – this time with karaoke. We hold regular membership draws, meat draws and percentage draws Friday through Sunday and Monday nights during the regular NFL football season and all statutory holidays. We have a reverse draw every two months, an annual golf tournament and other events throughout the year which are advertised in the paper and on our Facebook page. On most occasions there are baskets that are raffled off; it’s just another way we raise funds to help those most in need in our community.

How You Can Get Involved

New members are always welcome to share in our belief in giving back to our community. As an affiliate, you can help us by participating in our events throughout the year. Even better, become a volunteer and help us lend a hand to those who really need it.

New Westminster Firefighters’ Charitable Society Our Goals Our goals are to continue our important work. All of the money raised from our fundraisers support our worthy charitable organizations such as: Royal City Education Foundation, Royal Columbian Hospital – Paediatric Ward, Saint Barnabas Church, Purpose Society, Family Place, Union Gospel Mission, BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund and Honour House.

Our Focus The New Westminster Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society was established in 1987 by local firefighters who saw a need in our city. We are honoured by our long standing presence in New Westminster and we are equally proud of our volunteers. Our nonprofit society is run by members of New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services, who over the course of the year donate hundreds of hours of their own time to give back to the community they serve. For more than two decades, we have been an integral part of the city by raising much needed funds for residents and charitable organizations that need our assistance. All of our local firefighters play a critical role in benefiting the community.

Throughout the year, we host a number of fundraisers so that we can give back to the community that we proudly call home. Everyone is invited to take part in our family-friendly events, including our upcoming great Christmas Tree Chipping on January 4 & 5, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Canada Games Pool parking lot. Recycle your tree by donation and enjoy a delicious barbecue, popcorn, face painting for the kids, music and fire extinguishing demonstrations (weather permitting). Every penny goes to fund our various charities. Throughout the year we also host the Shred-a-thon, a number of barbecues, our popular Bi-Annual Canucks Alumni game and our annual NWFD Open House, to name just a few.

How You Can Get Involved

All of our fundraising efforts are open to the public and we encourage the citizens of New Westminster to come out to our events! Most of them are by donation and include BBQ’s and entertainment. It’s a win/win situation – the family enjoys a fun outing and we get to help our community’s most vulnerable! Donations are always gratefully appreciated and can be made at any event, dropped off or mailed to New Westminster Fire Rescue Services, #1 East 6th Ave., New Westminster. Note: Donations of more than $20 will be issued a tax receipt upon request.

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For more information about the Elks Club, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/pages/ Elks-Club-Of-NewWestminster/251983351547507, or Twitter http://www.twitter. com/newwestelks or email us at elksclub3@shaw.ca. We look forward to hearing from you and encourage anyone interested in volunteering to come by and see what we are all about.

Upcoming Events

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For more information about the NWFFCS and to support the work we do in our great city, contact anyone of us: Ryan Blatter, President, Trevor Tougas, Vice President, Josh Sharkey, Treasurer or our Secretary Jay Zimmerman at 604-519-1000 or visit us online at www.iafflocal256.com or on Facebook and Twitter – 256gives.


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New publishing company takes flight says, noting she’s inspired by the work of such illustrators as Richard Scarry. “I was always drawn to that way of conveying It all began because Grayson Smith had something in a picture.” While she originally viewed the book written a story for his niece and wanted to as a chance to beef up her own illustration turn it into a gift. Now he has his own independent portfolio, it quickly became a project close publishing company, Peppermint Toast to her own heart. “I’m really excited to share it with everyPublishing, and he’s about to launch the company’s first book – that very story he body,” she says. Smith notes that the bulk of the labour first wrote for his niece four years ago. Flight of the Mite, which tells the story was in fact Kyle’s. He wrote the story himof a tiny mite with a big imagination who self in a day, he says, and though the editgoes travelling to a star, is being introduced ing process was meticulous, it was nothing compared to the hours that Kyle to the world at a book launch on spent on the drawings. Thursday at the Hide Out Café. “There’s a lot of hours in there,” Getting to this point has been Kyle says, noting she spent many a labour of love for Smith and early mornings and long nights on for his wife’s cousin, Alana Kyle, the project, occasionally dragging whom he drafted to illustrate the herself away from the desk to go book. for a run. “It was kind of like eat, “My first idea was to illussleep, draw, run, eat, sleep draw.” trate it myself, but I found out I While researching how best to can’t draw,” Smith admits with a publish the book, Smith discovlaugh. ered that most traditional pubSo he thought of Kyle, who Alana Kyle lishing houses don’t accept substudied at Emily Carr University missions from author-illustrator and also has a diploma in illustra- illustrator partnerships. tion and design from Capilano He also looked into self-publishing but University. Kyle agreed to take a look at his decided the best route was to in fact set up story, and their partnership took off. They admit it’s taken a long time to his own publishing company. He admits it hasn’t been an easy procome to fruition, since both have also been pursuing other jobs. Smith is a Delta police cess. “It’s a really steep learning curve, but officer, and Kyle recently gave up her job as for the most part everything is sorting itself a receptionist in a physiotherapy centre. With more time to devote to her art, out,” he says. He’s marketing his book and the compashe decided to put her mind to trying to make a go of illustration work. The chance ny mainly through social media, including to illustrate a children’s book was one she some partnerships with parenting blogs. He’s also struck up a partnership with leapt at. “I’ve always loved kids’ books,” she the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation BY JULIE MACLELLAN REPORTER jmaclellan@royalcityrecord.com

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– for every book sold, his company will give $3 to the foundation, and in return the foundation will help to market the book. Looking to the future, Peppermint Toast Publishing will provide a home for authors and illustrators who’d like to have their own children’s work published. “I think there’s a lot of people out there who have an idea for a children’s book,” Smith says. “Almost everyone has kids in their lives they would love to have a unique gift for.” He’s not sure what to expect, but he says social media is already proving its reach.

Just the other morning he sent off a book to West Liberty, Ohio, and he has no idea how that person found him. He’s looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for Peppermint Toast. “I don’t think it’ll necessarily become Scholastic overnight, but it’s interesting how far-reaching it can be,” he says. The book launch is being held at the Hide Out Café, 716 Carnarvon St., on Thursday, Dec. 12. There will be a reading, desserts and a chance to get books signed. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and all are welcome. See www.pepperminttoast.com for more.

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The Record • Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • A25

◗ IN THE GAME

Athlete of the year awards handed out ◗P27 Track coach wins award of excellence ◗P27

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

BNW Rebels win last Telus Classic BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

The Burnaby South Rebels won their second ever championship title in what is likely the last Telus Classic high school basketball tournament. In a well scripted boys’ final,No.5-rankedBurnaby South outscored the eighth-ranked Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs 77-75 in the championship game at UBC’s War Memorial Gym on Saturday. “It was a really good high school show, for sure,” said South head coach Dave Smith, who coached South to the final of the very first what was then called the HSBC Basketball Classic in 2000. South won its first Classic tournament title under coach Greg Matic. Telus announced prior to the tournament that it would be channelling its future sponsorship to the provincial high school championships for all four boys’ tiers and the three senior girls’ tiers this season. Whether the much anticipated preseason tournament will be picked up by other corporate sponsors is still in negotiations. The loss of the bigname tournament would be a blow to the local high school basketball schedule, said Smith. “It really felt like it was really special,” he said. “To come out and win that tournament is gravy. It’s such a great experience really.” Although the game itself was far from perfect, the scoring lead that was never more than four points for either school made up for the otherwise sloppy play, said Smith. “We have a lot to

improve on,” Smith said. Forward Djordje Obradovic led the Rebels with 16 points, while Grade 11 phenom Jermaine Hayley chipped in with 13 points to share a spot on the tournament all-star team with his senior teammate. Point guard Taylor Smith was named the recipient of the Quinn Keast most complete player award, which also includes a $2,000 scholarship from the Quinn Keast Foundation. Playing in its first exhibition games of the season, South looked worthy of its top-fiveprovincialranking, knocking off Handsworth handily 86-61 For photos in the semifiand nal at Churchill video, Secondary on scan with Friday. Layar Obradovic again led the Rebels with 19 points, while first-year guard Tyus Batiste and Hayley added 18 and 17 points, respectively. Martin Bogajev and Smith also tallied in double figures. In the Telus final, Batiste and fellow Grade 11 guard E.J. Mabone both came into the game at key moment of the second half when the Rebels were struggling, sparking South to its fourth straight victory and first tournament title of the season. “They came in the game and just made up for it, and all of sudden, we get steals and layups. It gave us confidence,” said Smith. “We made some great plays down the stretch, and I’m not sure we would have had they not had that confidence.” South also defeated honourable mention Vancouver College 88-70 in the quarter-finals. New Westminster lost a narrow 66-62 decision to

BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

Jennifer Gauthier/THE RECORD

The board room: Burnaby South’s Djordje Obradovic, with ball, led his team in scoring and was named an all-star at the Telus Classic basketball tournament. Port Moody following an 83-71 defeat to Handsworth in the opener. Hyack squads also failed to advance to the

Telus Classic junior finals. The New West girls opened with a big win over South Delta, but lost a 38-34 decision to

Lord Tweedsmuir behind Madisen Obrovac’s 13 points on Day 2. The ◗Hoops Page 27

Favourite son wins Lou Marsh award

Jon Cornish has come full circle, going from B.C. high school player of the year to Canada’s best. The Calgary Stampeders running back was named the winner of the the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s athlete of the year on Monday. Cornish is the first CFL player in 44 years to win the prestigious award. Cornish beat out a talented shortlist that included bobsleigh world champion Kaillie Humphries, rising tennis star Milos Raonic, world figure skating champion Patrick Chan, decathlete

Clan fizzle again in final four

Damien Warner and Hart Trophy winner Jonathan Toews, of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The New Westminster product won the CFL rushing title this season with 1,813 yards, breaking the long-standing record he set a year ago for most rushing yards by a Canadian in a single season. In doing so, the 29-year-old former University of Kansas Jayhawk registered the fourth-highest single-season rushing total in CFL history. He also led the league with 14 touchdowns and 2,157

total yards from scrimmage. Quarterback Russ Jackson was the last CFLer to win the Lou Marsh. Jackson won the title in 1969 after capturing the CFL’s most outstanding player award and leading the Ottawa Rough Riders to a Grey Cup championship. In high school, Cornish rushed for more than 3,200 career yards and was a three-year letterwinner at STM. He was also named the first-ever provincial high school player of the year. In college, Cornish set the

single season rushing record at Kansas with 1,457 yards, and was selected to the All-Big 12 first team as a senior. He was twice named the school’s offensive team MVP. In his first full season as a starter in the CFL, Cornish broke the legendary Normie Kwong’s 56-year-old single-season rushing record. This season, Cornish was named the CFL’s most outstanding player, while also winning the outstanding Canadian award for a second consecutive season. tberridge@royalcityrecord.com

Simon Fraser University was stopped in the final four of the NCAA Division II men’s soccer championships for a second straight year. Unheralded CarsonNewman University came back from a 1-0 first-half deficit to score a 3-2 victory over the No. 12-ranked Clan in the NCAA semifinal in Evans, Georgia on Thursday. Unlike last season, when SFU came out flat in its national semifinal debut against upstart Saginaw Valley State, the Clan scored first and could have had more in the first half. “We weren’t good enough,” said SFU head coach Alan Koch in a school press release. “We took our foot off the pedal after we scored. We had ample opportunity once we went up one nothing and could have gone up two, three, four nothing, and the game would have been over at that stage. However, we didn’t, and that is the sport that we play. We allowed them back in it. They outworked us tonight, so I take my hat off to them for that.” Jovan Blagojevic opened the scoring for the Clan on a diving header off a cross from Chris Bargholz in the 14th minute. Five minutes in the second half, CarsonNewman’s Ross Frame notched his 19th goal of the year to draw the two teams even. Ten minutes later, the unranked Eagles went ahead on a through ball from Frame that Sindre Welo tucked behind SFU keeper Brandon Watson for a 2-1 lead. Juan Sanchez then drew SFU even on a header from Blagojevic. But with just over one minute to go in regulation time, Carson-Newman’s Joao Dowsley played the hero, beating Watson with ◗Soccer Page 27


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◗ TRACK AND FIELD

Coach wins JD award

New Westies among B.C. Athletics best

long-distance runner Jemal Reta was named the junior male cross-country athlete of the year at the banquet. The 15-year-old Reta competed up in the older junior age group, earning a spot on the provincial team. At the Canadian national championships last month, Reta finished the eightkilometre race placing 24th overall in a fine time of 27:12.25. Reta shared the Athlete of the Year award with John Gay of the Okanagan Athletics Club. – Tom Berridge

New Westminster ’s Mihailo Stefanovic was named the 2013 youth male Athlete of the Year at the B.C. Athletics annual banquet Dec. 7. Earlier this year, Stefanovic made it to the semifinals in the 110-metre hurdles at the world youth championships, qualifying in a personal-best time of 13:98 in Doetsk, Ukraine. The New Westminster Secondary student also won a pair of gold medals in the hurdles, including the 300m distance, at the Legion youth nationals. New West Spartans

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Best dressed: Dale Darby, left, scored a couple of goals in New Westminster Hyacks’ recent 10-10 tie with Terry Fox in high school field lacrosse at Mercer Stadium.

Soccer: SFU was outworked

Hoops: South lose at buzzer to STA

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Hyacks also lost 57-37 to eventual champion Riverside. The junior Hyack boys dropped all three of their games, including a 49-39 result to eventual runner-up Argyle.

Buzzer beaten

The ninth-ranked Burnaby South girls took eventual third-place-finisher St. Thomas Aquinas to a last-second buzzer beater in a first-round matchup at the Telus Classic on Dec. 4.

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