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EVENT HONOURS LEGACY OF MARY STEINHAUSER
A night of history and hope Nurse was killed in a hostage-taking at the old B.C. Penitentiary in 1975 BY JEREMY DEUTSCH REPORTER email@example.com
Brave. That’s the word being used to describe Mary Steinhauser, who was killed during a botched hostage-taking at the old B.C. Penitentiary in New Westminster in 1975. On March 29 at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam, an event aptly titled Brave: The Mary Steinhauser Legacy will celebrate the former nurse and social worker’s life and accomplishments. Steinhauser’s younger sister Margaret Franz, who has been working on the event for more than a year, describes it as a night of “history and hope.” “The evening, although it touches on sad and tragic events, it moves into the future to inspire others and to continue into her very brave path of speaking out,” Franz told The Record’s sister paper, the Tri-Cities NOW. “I felt her incredible bravery and sacrifice needed to be told again.” Steinhauser, 32, was killed on June 11, 1975. In the early 1960s, she trained as a nurse for two years at Essondale Hospital, or Riverview as it later became known, making stops at various institutions before landing at the B.C. Pen in the 1970s. An advocate for prison reform and social justice, she was one of 15 classification officers – or parole officers as they’re now known – held hostage in an old vault by three men: Claire Wilson, Dwight Lucas and Andy Bruce. In an act of selfless bravery, the social worker, who was well liked by inmates, offered herself up as the principal hostage. Along with one of her captors, she was shot by guards, bringing the 41-hour ordeal to an end. Franz said the purpose of the March 29 event is to bring her sister’s story to a new generation of people who weren’t around to hear it the first time. The evening will feature the aboriginal group Dancers of Damelahamid, as well
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Bravery: Margaret Franz, left, and Karen Freeborn outside the old B.C. Pen building in New Westminster, where Franz’s sister, Mary Steinhauser, was killed during a ◗Legacy Page 8 hostage-taking in 1975. An event is being held March 29 to honour Steinhauser.
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Police nab teens
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Three local teens are facing charges after they allegedly robbed an uptown restaurant. According to New Westminster police, officers were called to a restaurant in the 700 block of Sixth Street at about 9:15 p.m. on March 18. When officers arrived, witnesses informed them that two young men had entered the establishment, forced the staff to the ground by pretending they were carrying weapons, and stole a small amount of cash. Witnesses told police the two suspects then fled the restaurant and jumped into a getaway car waiting outside, driven by a third young man. Nearly 15 minutes later, officers located the three suspects parked in the getaway car in an alley north of the 1200 block of Edinburgh Street. According to a media release from the department, all three suspects appeared in court on March 20 where they were officially charged. New Westminster resident Murid Ghulam, 19, has been charged with one count of robbery and one count of committing an indictable offence while wearing a mask. A 17-year-old New Westminster resident, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is also facing one count of robbery and one count of committing an indictable offence while wearing a mask. A second 17-yearold also from New Westminster is facing one count of robbery.
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One of the candidates vying to be the next leader of the B.C. NDP dropped by the Royal City on the weekend. Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan attended a rally with Metro Vancouver supporters on Sunday at the Inn at the Quay. “He is smart, he is good on his feet, he knows the issues inside out,” said New Westminster MLA Judy Darcy. “He is a wonderful team builder. That is critical that someone is able to pull everyone together.” Having worked closely with Horgan since being elected in the May 2013 provincial election, Darcy said she’s supporting his bid to be the NDP’s next leader. “He is a wonderful communicator,” she said. “He is very strong on environmental protection, which I support. He also recognizes the need for good family supporting jobs. That is a balance we need to strike.” At press time, 15 NDP MLAs had officially support-
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New Westminster police are getting a new tool to help in the investigation of domestic violence cases. The department announced it received more than $7,000 from the provincial government’s Provincial Civil Forfeiture office. The office recently announced it was investing more than $5 million to address recommendations made in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. According to a media release, the
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city’s police department intends to purchase a universal forensic extraction device, which will enhance “the ability of the police to process cellular phone information.” By improving the ability to process cellphone data, officers will be able to investigate domestic violence cases faster, using more forensically sound evidence. “We are very appreciative that our grant was accepted,” said Chief
Const. Dave Jones in the release. “This device will greatly assist us in our ongoing efforts to protect all victims of domestic violence, and reduce violence against women and children.” The forfeiture office awarded 12 grants totaling more than $845,000 to improve programs that help with the prevention of violence against women and youth. – Cayley Dobie
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Godzilla powers a strong year in ﬁlming City report shows 2013 was second-best year on record BY THERESA MCMANUS REPORTER email@example.com
Godzilla trashed downtown New Westminster in 2013 – and paid the price. The City of New Westminster reports that 2013 produced the second best year for filming on record, generating $431,837 of permit revenues. Fifty-four filming permits were issued for a total of 94 days. “Production companies often support local businesses through the purchase of goods or services in New Westminster,”
stated a staff report. “Although the filming office is not able to qualify the economic spin-off to residents and merchants, staff can report that Godzilla spent approximately $215,000 in the downtown neighbourhood (beyond filming fees).” The TV series shot in New Westminster in 2013 included The Killing, Supernatural, Witches of East End, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Continuum, Backstrom, Almost Human and Baby Sellers. Movies include Godzilla, I Am Victor, Shallow Graves, Jinxed, Big Eyes, If I Stay, Girl Friends Guide to Divorce and In My Dreams. According to a staff report, filming resulted in gross revenues of $476,746 in 2010, the highest on record.
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Rampage in the downtown: New Westminster police were put to work in the downtown in 2013, when ﬁlming of Godzilla came to town. The ﬁlm contributed to a successful year of ﬁlming in New Westminster.
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Help to shape a healthy future for the city Residents asked to take part in community survey
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New Westminster residents are being urged to speak up to help make the city a healthier place to live. More residents are needed to fill out the My Health, My Community survey – a joint project of Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of B.C. that’s designed to explore how lifestyle, local environment, neighbourhood and daily interactions affect health over time. Deanna Tan, a community health specialist with Fraser Health, is part of the Healthier Communities Partnership committee that’s promoting the survey locally. So far, the survey has attracted 537 responses from New Westminster – less than half of the goal of 1,111 residents (two per cent of the population). It’s a region-wide survey, but local organizers are hoping to target New Westminsterites specifically – and in particular those from some of the neighbourhoods and demographics that aren’t well represented among the current responses.
“We would really like to hear more from people in Queensborough, uptown and West End,” Tan said in an email. “Rates are lower in their neighbourhoods, and we really want to make sure we hear how they are doing and what their needs are.” The survey also needs to hear from more males of all ages, and from younger and older women – those aged 18 to 29, and those 70 and older. It could also benefit from more responses from visible minorities and various cultural communities, such as the South Asian, Filipino and Chinese populations. As an added incentive, organizers have set up a contest – if you fill out the survey by April 6, enter the promo code “NEW WEST” and you could win $45 in Harvest Boxes and a $200 Best Buy gift card. The Harvest Boxes are a project of the New Westminster food action committee and New Westminster parks, culture and recreation, offering healthy, high-quality produce at affordable prices. For the contest, the winner will receive three “BOGO” boxes – that’s buy one, give one, with three boxes going to the winner and three being donated to families in need. The survey covers a wide range of topics that influence people’s health, including transportation, availability of community
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services and social interactions. “Health experts increasingly point to the many aspects of community that influence our health and well-being. Transportation, community services, green spaces and strong social ties with family, friends and neighbours are all connected to wellness,” Tan pointed out. She noted that the survey will generate information that can help shape future policy and programs.
“For example, information on busy roads or nearby green spaces can help planners plot traffic patterns, parks or community facilities,” she said. The survey was originally intended to close at the end of March but has now been extended until the end of June – but residents are being urged to reply earlier and be entered into the contest. Take the survey at www.myhealthmy community.org.
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Time to take a hard look at health care
think-tank,” actually tends to lean The Fraser Institute has identified a towards the right of the political spec$1.1 billion loss to Canada’s economy trum and is not widely acclaimed as a resulting from people waiting in line for champion for social programs. necessary health care last year. But other sources indicate that The study, The Private Cost of Canada’s health-care system Public Queues for Medically – once among the very best Necessary Care, calculates the in the world – is not what it average value of time lost durTHE RECORD could be. ing the work week for each of The World Health the estimated 928,120 patients Organization ranks Canada’s health care waiting for surgery at $1,202 per patient. Keep in mind that the Fraser Institute, 30th in the world. We are ranked behind the United which bills itself as “an independent, States in patient wait times … at least, non-partisan Canadian public policy
behind Americans who get any care at all, and not taking into account “appropriate care” nuances of the American system. But there we go again: as soon as Canada’s overall health-care quality is brought into question, we compare ourselves with the United States (ranked well behind us at 37th by the WHO), and the conversation is quickly shut down with cries of, “We don’t want the American system!” And nothing changes. But in the past few decades, at least
29 other countries have moved ahead of us, and many of them make no bones of the fact that they did so by building on – and improving upon – the Canadian model. It’s time we looked beyond our immediate neighbour and took a serious look at what some of our more distant relatives are apparently doing better than we are. Canada needs to do what they did: look at the best in the world, apply our own ingenuity and tailor to our own needs, and make ours better.
A growing debate over B.C. resources IN THE HOUSE
o is the B.C. economy driven by the natural resource sector or not? You’ll be hearing conflicting answers to that question in the months and years ahead, as debate begins to swirl on whether to build various megaprojects, but the issue goes to the heart of where this province’s economy is headed. Last week, two groups released what appeared to be contradictory reports on the importance of the energy industry to B.C.’s overall economic health. A closer look, however, shows there may be more common ground between the two views than first thought. One group, called the Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED), published a study that questions the premise that B.C. is a resource-based province. Using a variety of government statistics, it makes the case that three-quarters of our economic activity is, in fact, derived from the service industry. On the other hand, CRED argues just 11 per cent of the province’s Gross Domestic Product comes from the energy
sector. The organization, whose philosophy seems to tilt towards greenish, small business-oriented values, is trying to make the point that industries like mining, forestry and energy are dwarfed by real estate, retail and various service industries when it comes to having an impact on the economy. Another organization, calling itself “British Columbians for Prosperity,” put out its own report that claims building those two pipelines from Alberta’s oil sands – the Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipelines – would create almost 10,000 jobs and generate more than $11 billion in economic activity. Two reports – two completely different takes on a key part of our economy. So who’s correct? Well, both perhaps. The common link here is the construction industry. Both CRED and the Prosperity group agree that the construction industry plays a vital role in building B.C.’s economy. What the CRED report does not do is link construction jobs to the huge economic spinoffs associated with various energy projects that are on the drawing board in this province. For example, B.C. Hydro estimates a staggering 33,000 jobs would be created in the construction and development phase of the Site C dam project, as it makes its case for the megaproject to go ahead. The government estimates
The study referenced in your story (New study shows coal project a risk to health, The Record, March 14) has been erroneously reported to be associated with Washington State University when in fact it was a “crowd funded” study by a WSU professor who raised the money through a weather blog. The study is simply not credible. It offers no data linking coal dust to air quality or negative health impacts. In fact, the author of the study himself admitted in the media that the effect of coal dust “seems to be a non-issue.” Misrepresenting the study’s actual findings for whatever reasons represents bad science, bad policy and bad journalism. A much more credible study was done by the ◗Spending Page 7
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Northwest Clean Air Agency, which enforces government clean air standards in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. After a year’s worth of monitoring, the data shows that coal dust is simply not a cause for concern. That’s what the unions whose members mine, load and transport coal here in B.C. have known for years. They have stated publicly that, “coal dust and exposure have simply not appeared in our members as a health issue.” And as for diesel emissions, let’s not forget that diesel particulates from trains are among the least significant contributors to air pollution. And moving freight by rail instead of by truck reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent. So by all means, let’s have this debate. But please, let’s stick to the facts.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Film is vital to the city Dear Editor:
Re: New Westminster enjoys banner year in filming – with help from Godzilla, The Record (online), March 21. It’s so great to see filming and issuance of film permits picking up again in our wonderful city. It’s been a somewhat dry spell over the last few years but things seem to be turning around for the better. We need to stimulate the economy and improve the attraction of New Westminster to businesses large and small. I think it’s great to promote our city as a destination for the film/TV industry, which can only help increase revenue and improve growth of our local businesses. Richard Dolmat, New Westminster
On Hyack questions Dear Editor:
Re: What’s behind Hyack letters? Letter to the Editor, The Record, March 19. A reply to direct questions asked in the letter: The writer was on the Hyack Festival Association board of directors until he resigned in October 2013 and should know the facts. I suggested the alternate city council appointee do the appointment in May. This occurred after the mayor advised of a meeting with the other two men (Hyack executive director and councillor). City council acted on this suggestion immediately as Hyack’s flawed strategic
planning was beginning. I did NOT take my spot back as the city representative. Once again the writer was on the Hyack board and would not have seen me at any meetings! Since October 2013 there has been NO city appointee to the Hyack Festival Association. After an e-mail prior to the delegation presentation to city council, I asked the necessary legal questions doing the job of a councillor.
that if five liquefied natural gas plants are built in the northwest (an admittedly ambitious and perhaps unrealistic plan) that 39,000 construction jobs would be created. Throw in those pipeline job estimates, and we could be looking at a whopping 80,000 construction jobs – new jobs – being created over the next decade. Now, let’s say those estimates are much too high. But even if half those jobs come to fruition, they will have a substantial impact on B.C.’s economy. And we should hope at least some of those jobs do indeed materialize. If they don’t, a lot of young people are going to find themselves stuck in deadend jobs (like many in the service sector) that don’t pay much and make living
At Massey Theatre!
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Send Clark to the ER Dear Editor:
On Sunday, March 16, I had the misfortune of spending the night in the emergency ward of Royal Columbian Hospital with a suspected heart attack. I was very impressed with the professionalism and skill of everyone involved, from the operator of 911 who kept me on the line until the paramedics arrived, to the nurses, doctors and other staff who made me as comfortable as possible under very crowded conditions. Thanks to you all. Once I got settled it was very interesting to see the cross-section of society that the staff were dealing with. These people never stay still! I’d like to see Christy Clark and her entire cabinet (one at a time) go through the same experience. This might show them what the real world looks like. Brian Webster, New Westminster
Spending: Jobs talk and Kwan debacle ◗ continued from page 6
Last Monday at the Movies
in an expensive area, like Metro Vancouver, almost impossible. Job creation has been stagnant in this province for several years now, despite the B.C. Liberal government’s lofty B.C. Jobs Plan. While we may not presently be as reliant on the natural resource sector as is commonly perceived, it may be in our economic self-interest to ensure we are in the future. ! NDP MLA Jenny Kwan is on an unpaid leave of absence as she tries to come to grips with a spending scandal that has wounded her credibility, and I suspect there are a few New Democrats who are secretly smiling about this. Kwan, you’ll recall, was a prime instigator of the coup that forced Carole James out as the
NDP leader, and a number of party folks have never forgiven her for that. Now the veteran MLA has had to dip into her own pocket and pay back almost $35,000 to the Portland Hotel Society for spending incurred by her estranged husband and herself on several trips out of the country. It will be interesting to see how Kwan fares in the legislature when she returns from her leave. She’s known for castigating the B.C. Liberal government at every turn when it comes to questionable spending or not doing enough to combat poverty. But now, I suspect the government benches will respond with a fair amount of heckling the next time Kwan tries to dress them down. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.
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as a series of spoken word stories from people who were a part of Steinhauser’s life or inspired by her actions, including Dennis Neveu, a former inmate on her case load. Singer and songwriter Bob Mercer will also perform his song Wilson, Lucas and Bruce, which tells the story of the hostage taking. The New Westminster Museum and Thompson Rivers University have donated artifacts from the two institutions that had the greatest influence on Steinhauser’s life – Riverview and the B.C. Penitentiary – that will be on display in the lobby.
“I felt the power of her brave Proceeds will go toward the Mary Steinhauser Memorial Bursary for resolve to fight for social justice and human rights aboriginal undergrads within this new model, studying humanities at and against fierce SFU. opposition. I observed, Event director “Through his through this man, the Karen Freeborn said she was inspired to get eyes, I witnessed great love and respect that he and so many involved after learning Mary’s bravery other inmates had for of Steinhauser’s story Mary, in an era when from former inmate as she forged incarceration was synNeveu. ahead.” onymous with severe “Through his eyes, and unusual punI witnessed Mary’s KAREN FREEBORN ishment; and I felt bravery as she forged Event director the sting of tears the ahead to incorporate a inmates shed when new model of rehabilitation in the penitentiary system,” they lost her.” For Franz, organizing the celFreeborn wrote in an email.
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“There are two projects – there is one on either side of the market that are on the books. There’s a lot of work that’s gone into them,” he said. “We need to keep reminding people that they need to have that communication with the railways early in the game as opposed to later.” The City of New Westminster’s development services staff will be contacting railways to ensure they’re in the loop about proposed developments on the waterfront. “Any mitigation is done by the developers, not the railways,” Puchmayr said. Sapperton resident Natalie Dickson said the residents of the Anvil development in Sapperton were told their suites would contain air conditioning units because of the noise of nearby trains but they weren’t included in the final product. Barry Waitt, the city’s senior planner, said he’d look into the issue of whether air conditioning was an amenity promised to people who bought units in the Anvil. “It’s pretty standard when we have a building that’s close to something that generates a fair bit of noise like down by the railway tracks or along Royal here, that we get a sound attenuation study done. Usually what happens then is it is written into design standards in the developer’s building permit,” he said. “There is a covenant put on title that says they have to do these things. … Sometimes it’s still a challenge to actually make sure that it is physically done.” Mike LoVecchio, director of government affairs for Canadian Pacific, said it’s often future owners, not the first generation owners, of homes near railways who raise specific concerns. LoVecchio said he is constantly amazed that developers’ drawings don’t include railways in their marketing literature. “I know that is intentional,” he said, “but to my mind, it is misleading right out of the box.” Noted Puchmayr: “You’ll say a river runs through it, but you’ll never say a railway runs through it.” email@example.com
ebration in honour of her sister has been a labour of love. In years to come, she hopes to organize smaller events along the same theme that will not only keep her sister’s memory alive, but raise funds for the bursary. Tickets for Brave: The Mary Steinhauser Legacy are $35 and available online at marystein hauser.com. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit mary steinhauser.com,e-mailmfranz01@ telus.net or call 604-942-0723 or 604-644-6607. – From the Tri-Cities Now
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hen it comes to New Westminster, Re/Max Advantage father and son team of Mick and Geoff McLennan are expert real estate professionals. As lifetime residents of the Royal City, their knowledge of the marketplace is second to none. The McLennan name has deep roots in the community dating back to the 1940s. “My father Archie opened a car dealership here and we have been in New Westminster ever since … we are proud to call the city home,” says Mick, who has been a realtor for more than 35 years. Personally, Mick is part of an elite group of realtors who is a MLS
Medallion Award winner – 32 years in a row. Quite a coup, as there is only a handful of realtors from across the province to achieve this distinction. Eight years ago, Geoff came on board and partnered with his father, proving that together they make up a formidable team. This dynamic duo has earned their client’s loyalty by practicing how business is best done, understanding their clients’ unique goals and sharing their expertise – combining the best of today’s technology with the traditional values of the past. “I love working with my father because our model is
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a little different from other realtors,” says 33-year-old Geoff. “Our motto has always been that our first priority is to our customers and that’s why most of our business comes from referrals.” Both say it’s all about open communication and truly caring about each client. “We want to ensure that our clients are well taken care of in any transaction and that their best interests are at the core of what we do,” adds Mick. Whether you are buying or selling, no other realtors have the experience and expertise to sell your home better than they do. They have a proven track record in the industry because of their unwavering commitment to serve their clients’ in the most advanced professional manner. Mick and Geoff invite residents to visit them to discuss all of their real estate needs at their office located at 102-321 6th Street. For more information, call 604-526-1784 or visit them online at www.realestatenewwest.com.
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So long Safeway, hello Save-On BY CAYLEY DOBIE REPORTER
EVERY DAY IS MARKET DAY!
It’s official. Save-On-Foods’ new location in the Royal City Centre mall in Uptown is now open to the public. Just last week, the new SaveOn location was home to Safeway, but after Sobeys Canada acquired Safeway Canada, the company was required by Canada’s Competition Bureau to sell some of its locations. Overwaitea Food Group, a Jim Pattison business, bought 15 locations from Sobeys Canada, including Thrifty Foods in Sapperton and the Royal City Centre Safeway store. On March 19, the Safeway store closed its doors and Friday afternoon it reopened as a Save-On-Foods after a quick two-day renovation. “It has been a busy couple of days, but with the team here, we had the best grocers in the West helping us complete this project, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome everyone in to see what we have in store,” said Darrell Jones, president of the Overwaitea Food Group, in a press release. Despite the change of appearance, shoppers will notice that the staff remains the same, because all employees of the former Safeway
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Heads: you get a worse recycling program. Tails: you get to pay more for it.
The BC Government is proposing to offload the province’s world-class recycling programs, run by local municipalities, to an association led by big multi-national corporations. The idea is that we’ll get a better, more efficient program that costs taxpayers less. Unfortunately, what we’ll really end up with is anyone’s guess. The association isn’t guaranteeing that we’ll get a better program, or even one as good as the current Blue Box program already in place. Since the association is led by big businesses outside of BC, many of whom are not even headquartered in Canada, one could presume that profits will come before environmental stewardship. They usually do. They also won’t guarantee that there won’t be any job cuts here in BC. And how is this supposed to make things better for BC?
Currently, BC homeowners only pay, on average, $35 a year for curbside recycling. Under the proposed regime, you’ll pay more. Every time you bring home a pizza, buy toilet paper, or pretty much anything else that comes in a package, businesses will be passing their increased costs on to you. How much more? Well, nobody’s saying. Here’s the only thing anyone does know: we already have a Blue Box program that works, is efficient, managed locally and puts the BC environment first. So why is the BC government flipping a coin, bringing in a questionable recycling program that some of our local elected officials are already calling a “scam?” It’s time to contact Premier Clark and ask her. What’s going on here?
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◗ IN THE COMMUNITY
Local poet wins literary prize ◗P12 Discovery Centre is Mad About Science ◗P21
Time to ‘pull the plug’ on electrical career N
ew Westminster native Tim Smith was a “whippersnapper” when he started working with City of New Westminster’s electrical department. Four decades later, he’s the manager of electrical operations and is set to retire at the end of March. Reporter Theresa McManus chatted with Smith about growing up in New West and his four-decade career with the electrical department.
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Q: You were born and raised in New Westminster. Do you have any favourite memories of growing up in Sapperton? THERESA MCMANUS
A: I think it was just the number of kids that were in Sapperton when we grew up. We lived on Garrett Street, right next to Hume Park. It was heaven. Q: You had an interesting first job – can you tell me about it? A: I worked at Pacific Fur Breeders on Brunette Street. It was a place that made mink food for the mink farms up the Valley. What they make mink food out of is basically chicken guts, and fish guts, and all kinds of stuff. They’d bring in these big dump trucks full of fish guts and chicken guts and we’d run it through a big grinder and put it in bags and put it in a deep freeze. It was a really glamorous job. The cats used to follow me home. Q: You started with the city 40 years ago. Do you remember your first day on the job? A: I remember being this young whippersnapper walking through the gate and thinking, holy smokes, there’s nothing but a bunch of old guys here. It was a pretty big crew in those days. The crew had been together for many years. I was the young whippersnapper. Q: What was your first job with the electrical department? A: I was actually hired as summer help to paint the overhead electrical transformers from green to grey. The standard had changed and all the new ones coming out were grey so they wanted to paint everything they had grey. That’s what I did as student help for the first couple of months there. Just painting. Q: You have been in electrical for your whole career, have you ever thought of moving to a different department? A: No. I have never really thought about going to a different department at all. Not at all. We thought we were the best department. Once I became an electrician, there was really no thought of going anywhere else. Q: You graduated from New Westminster Secondary School – did you return to school to upgrade your skills for this job? A: Actually, no I didn’t. I got a fulltime job that summer in ‘74 as a labourer. I was a labourer for a couple of months and became what they called a truck driver
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All wired up: After four decades with the city’s electrical department, Tim Smith is getting ready to retire at the end of March. helper, which was helping the line crews. I started to prepare to take a linesman apprenticeship with the city. While I was waiting for that to happen and training for it, an electrician’s apprenticeship came up in the meantime. I put in for it and actually got it. Again, that was for the electrical. I served my apprenticeship with the city. Q: Have you had any mentors during your career with the city?
“We are in
A: No. Because I moved through the ranks on a fairly regular basis there was one challenge after another. You start and get comfortable with the guys, then you take an apprenticeship and you go to school and that’s a challenge. Once I finished with that it’s the challenge to become experienced in your trade because you are now a tradesman. Then I became a foreman of an electrical crew. Then I moved into the office. It was like one challenge fell into place that when it needed to happen.
A: There are probably changeover – the Q: New Westminster has the four that come to mind: the first three journeymen that baby boomers are oldest electrical utility in B.C. – is that a source of pride for the folks trained me – Ken Corns, Bert retiring and new who work there? Houston and Digby Turney. Not only did they give me blood is coming A: Very much so, for all of the skills as an electrician, but into the departus here. It’s because it is a small they kind of took me under utility and has been the oldest. I their wing. I felt they kind ment. We are may be the longest-serving guy of treated me like their son. pretty proud here here right now but there are a The other fellow was Ralph lot of guys that are very close Zbarsky. When I moved into of what we do.” behind me. So our staff doesn’t the office, he mentored me in TIM SMITH change very much. We do have becoming a manager. It was Electrical department a lot of young guys now. Some really quite different. There of our crew has retired. We are were two of us who came into in that changeover – the baby the office together at the same boomers are retiring and new time, and he kind of took blood is coming into the department. We both of us under his wing and brought us are pretty proud here of what we do. along. Q: You’ve been with the same department for 40 years – has it ever gotten boring?
Q: The electrical department often has job postings. Is this a competitive field these days?
A: It’s hard to find people that have the right skill sets, yes. Electricians, not so much, but linesmen definitely. Even finding electricians with the experience we are looking for on the municipal side – we do a lot of traffic signals and street lighting – a lot of electricians don’t get that in a day-today operation, so it’s tougher to find. Q: Is this a good career for young people who are starting out? A: Definitely. I would recommend it to anybody coming out of school. I think it’s going to be long-term employment. It’s a very technical trade, it’s very interesting. Of course, the pay grades are fairly high. It’s a good way to make a living. Q: Any funny stories or favourite moments you’ve been reflecting on as you prepare to retire? A: We used to have some really good Christmas parties in the early days. Our Christmas party in electrical was so good that the mayor and aldermen of the day used to come. We used to roast turkeys; the guys would bring in salmon. It used to be quite a spread. It was pretty neat. Of course, things change over the years so we got away from that. Q: Is it hard to leave the City of New Westminster after 40 years? ◗ Retiring 17
A12 • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • The Record
City poet makes shortlist for award Top of the class
THE LIVELY CITY JULIE MACLELLAN
Royal City poet has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s book children of air India: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, was shortlisted for the prize as part of the recently announced 2014 B.C. Book Prizes. Saklikar was 23 years old when her aunt and uncle were killed on June 23, 1985 in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. A press release says her book is “powerful and deeply personal.” “These poems offer a fresh perspective on a heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history,” the release says. Winners of all the B.C. book Prizes will be announced at a gala on Saturday, May 3. Check out www.bcbookprizes.ca to see the full shortlist.
Around the world
While we’re on poetry, don’t miss out on World Poetry New Westminster’s celebration of International Women’s Day tonight (March 26) at the New Westminster Public Library. The evening gets going at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s auditorium. Hosts Una Bruhns and Ariadne Sawyer will lead the evening, which features poets Candice James, Bonnie Quan Symons, Lausanne Hm, Franci Louann and Tony Antonias. All are welcome, and there will be an open mike session. The night includes a raffle and refreshments. For information, call 604-526-4739 or see www. worldpoetry.ca. New Westminster Public Library is at 716 Sixth Ave., uptown.
A Douglas College student has earned honours from the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Society. Frances-Jane van Wyk won the society’s 2014 second-year Award of Distinction. Van Wyk, who is enrolled in the theatre diploma program at Douglas, received her award at the opening night reception of the college’s recent production of A Dream Play. “The presentation of this award fulfils the society’s continuing objective to provide access to community theatre and resources to foster and develop theatre arts in New Westminster,” said society president Ted Eddy in a press release. It’s the fourth time the Burr Society has honoured Douglas students. “Douglas College is honoured to partner with the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Society to reward and recognize our students,” said Tracy Green, Douglas College Foundation coordinator, in the release. “The award encourages and motivates students like van Wyk to work hard and achieve their goals.” Kudos to all involved.
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The Northwest Giants reign as the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League champion came to an end this weekend. The regular season winners were edged 4-3 in Game 2 of the best-ofthree playoff final by the Okanagan Rockets at the Burnaby Winter Club on Saturday. The loss, coupled with a 2-1 defeat to the Rockets just the night before, ended the Giants’ five-year dominance atop the elite midget hockey league. The Giants were forced to play from behind in both contests. On Friday, Okanagan broke open a scoreless matchup early in the second period on Tanner Browne’s opening goal of the final from Tanner Wishnowski and Liam Finlay. Finlay, who topped all goal scorers in the post season with 11, tallied his 10th of the playoffs in Game 1 for the eventual game-winner later in the period. Earlier in the middle frame, Owen Thompson momentarily tied the game assisted by Giants defenceman Dante Fabbro and forward Justin Szeto of Burnaby. In Game 2, it was more of the same. Okanagan jumped out to a 2-0 firstperiod lead on goals by Finlay and league and playoff scoring champion Tyson Jost. The Giants managed to knot the score 2-2 on goals by Tak Anholt and Owen Stout, before Okanagan’s Carter Hikichi
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Heads up: Goalie Tavin Grant and defenceman Dante Fabbro, right, had strong playoffs for the Northwest Giants in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey post season. and Thompson exchanged counters in the final minute of the middle stanza to take a tie game into the third period. Jake Kryski scored the Rockets title-winning goal on a breakaway goal at the five-minute mark of the final period, beating Giants Tavin Grant high to the blocker. Grant had a strong series despite the back-toback losses in goal, giving his team a chance to come back in the final period in both games. “It was tough. We want-
ed to play a containment game,” said Giants head coach Clint Thornton. “We had our opportunities, the difference was when they had their opportunities, they buried theirs.” The Giants outshot the Rockets in both games. The difficulty proved to be, stopping Okanagan’s big line of Jost, Finlay and Kryski. The Rockets top line garnered four goals and five assists in the two-game playoff against the Giants, including three goals and four helpers in the final
game on Saturday. Jost led all scorers with a goal and two assists, while Finlay and Kryski both finished with twopoint nights. “(The Rocket’s No. 1 line) is extremely skilled and they work hard,” said Thornton. Despite being banged up in the playoffs, Jost led all scorers with 18 points, including nine goals. Finlay was next with 11 goals and 15 total points. Kryski, a physical first-year player, placed fourth overall with 11 playoff points.
In comparison, Fabbro led all Giants with 10 playoff points. Thompson and Szeto both finished up with eight points, including six and one goal, respectively. League scoring runnerup Colton Kerfoot registered just six points in the post season, including a single assist in the final series against the Rockets. “The toughest part is the season ending with this group of kids,” Thornton added. “We enjoyed being around each other. They ◗Giants Page 28
Winter club peewees win Tier 1 BY TOM BERRIDGE SPORTS EDITOR email@example.com
The Burnaby Winter Club are the B.C. Hockey Tier 1 peewee champions again. The peewee Bruins overcame a slow start and avenged an earlier loss to Cranbrook to take the provincial championship banner away from the Kootenay club following a comeback 6-4 victory in the final game at the University of British Columbia last Thursday. A shorthanded goal by Arshdeep Bains early in the third period sparked an unanswered four-goal rally that turned around a 4-2 deficit.
“Arshdeep’s shorthanded goal on a breakaway, that really changed the game,” said BWC head coach Brad Reynolds. Christian Fitzgerald tied the game at fours off a faceoff. Tournament high scorer Sasha Mutala then potted the 5-4 goahead goal, before assisting on Bains’ second of the game into an empty net. Mutala also led the provincials with 14 total goals. In the first period, Elan BarLev-Wise and Justin Sourdif both scored to give Burnaby a 2-1 lead. Burnaby opened the seventeam tournament with a 3-3 tie against eventual 1-3-2 Kelowna. The Bruins got themselves into
a playoff rhythm on Day 2 of the championships, knocking off 3-3-0 Cowichan Valley 6-2 and later in the day 4-2-0 Seafair 8-2. “We definitely were (playing our best hockey),” said Reynolds. “I think honestly, I know they were talking in the dressing room, this was their last opportunity. We had been upset in Chicago and Quebec, and these kids were determined they weren’t going out early.” The six-goal win over Seafair was the largest point spread between the top-two-finishing teams during the Pacific Coast regular season. BWC’s only loss in league play was to Seafair.
In its first meeting with Cranbrook on March 18, Burnaby fell behind 3-1 on two late firstperiod goals and then trailed 5-2 after two periods, before falling 6-4 to the Eagles in round-robin play. “(Cranbrook) had a very good team. We hadn’t heard or seen them. They were a pretty hardworking group of kids. I think they just ran out of gas,” Reynolds added. The winter club finished the preliminary round with relatively easy opposition, winning 13-2 over Prince George and later a 10-0 win over the host Vancouver Thunderbirds.
The Burnaby Winter Club bantam A1 and peewee A2 teams both wound up with silver medals from their respective B.C. Hockey minor provincial championships. The AAA Bruins played second fiddle to rival North Shore Winter Club for a second consecutive season, falling 4-2 to the Pacific Coast regular season champions in the B.C. Hockey playoff final in Prince George on March 20. Jonny Sheardown and Henry Rhyu, with the 2-1 go-ahead goal at the eight-minute mark of the third period, scored for the Bruins. North Shore tied the score three minutes later and Justin Almeida then potted the game-winner minutes after that. Jordy Bellerive tallied into an empty net for the deciding goal as North Shore outshot Burnaby 47-18. Earlier in the day, the Bruins got by Kamloops 3-2 in a must-win game for both teams at the provincials. James Malm figured in all three goals for the winter club, including the eventual game-winner. Malm’s late third-period goal gave Burnaby a 3-0 lead, but the Bruins were forced to hang on as Kamloops stormed back with two goals in the final three minutes of play. Liam Evanson and Mackenzie Wight both scored first-period goals for the winter club. The win gave Burnaby second place overall and a berth into the championship final against NSWC. The Burnaby club finished the round-robin portion with a record of 4-1-0. The team’s only loss was a 2-1 defeat to North Shore. Evanson scored Burnaby’s only goal. Prior to the provincials, Burnaby edged North Shore by the same 2-1 score in the final four to win the Pacific Coast association playoff banner. ◗Silvers Page 28
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Burnaby finished runner-up just two points behind the North Shore club during the regular season. In head-to-head meetings this season, Burnaby posted a tie and a loss against the 18-1-1 North Vancouver club. With the win, North Shore moves on to the Western Canadian bantam championships against provincial winners from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Kelowna. Last year, the North Shore club finished with the silver medal at the westerns. In Victoria, the Burnaby Winter Club placed second to Campbell River in the Tier 2 final hosted by Juan de Fuca last Wednesday. Burnaby took its unbeat-
Runner-up: Burnaby Winter Club’s Liam Evanson, in black against Hollyburn, helped the bantam Bruins to a silver medal at the B.C. Hockey Tier 1 provincial championships in Prince George.
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en 4-0 record, including an earlier 4-3 win over Campbell River, into the
B.C. banner final. Campbell River came out on top by a 6-3 score.
Earlier in the day, Burnaby defeated Penticton 6-2 in the semifinal to advance.
New Westminster sport briefs Tore Corrado of Simon Fraser University topped the CFL Combines in the three-cone drill in Toronto last week. The Clan wide receiver beat out Queen’s defensive back Andrew Lue and teammate Derek Jones in the drill with a 7:03 time. Corrado also placed fifth-best in
the 40-yard dash and the shuttle run. Jones finished third in the dash with a 4.511 second clocking. SFU’s Matthias Goosen was fifth in the bench press with 29 repititions. Defensive lineman Dylan Roper had 27 reps, while Casey Chin of New Westminster placed second among linebackers with 25.
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Time for a chuckle
The Hyack football comedy night fundraiser will be taking place at Lafflines Comedy Club in New Westminster on Friday, April 4. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lafflines.com/reservations. html.
Kevin Crowley scored a career-high six goals to pace the Philadelphia Wings to a 14-13 win over the Toronto Rock in National Lacrosse League action on Saturday. Crowley also assisted on three other Philadelphia goals, including his 100th career regular season helper. The win snapped the Wings’ six-game losing string, while dropping Toronto’s road record to 1-6. Toronto’s Garrett Billings led all scorers with 10 points, including a hat trick, to pad his lead atop the NLL scoring race with 92 points.
The Vancouver Stealth
tasted defeat for the ninth time this season, losing 13-8 to the Calgary Roughnecks at the Langley Events Centre on Friday. The Stealth fell behind 8-0 and went on to lose for the third time this season to Calgary. Next week, the Stealth host the Buffalo Bandits at the LEC. Vancouver defeated the Bandits in its season opener in Buffalo.
A record run
The Edmonton Rush is off to a record 11-0 start following a 14-5 win over the slumping Bandits. The Rush is just a win away from tying the NLL record for the longest regular season winning streak set by the Rochester Knighthawks in 2007.
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gelled together, they liked each other. … All the kids created some (future) opportunities for themselves.” The Rockets will now wait on the winner of either the Red Deer Chiefs or Lloydminster Bobcats from the Alberta midget AAA league final. The best-of-five final series is currently tied at one game apiece. The Pacific midget regional championship will take place at the rink of the winning Alberta team from April 4 to 6.
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