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Party like a gardener Plant a Row–Grow a Row event kicks off the season By Theresa McManus

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DIGGING IN Claude LeDoux, coordinator of the Plant a Row–Grow a Row program, is getting set for a kickoff spring party. The program provides fresh produce to the food bank through collections from local gardeners. PHOTO JENNIFER GAUTHIER

If you dig gardening and helping those in need, you’ll want to attend the Plant a RowGrow a Row program’s spring gardeners’ party. Along with speakers offering valuable tips on growing fruit and vegetables, the 16th annual spring gardeners’ party will include coffee, tea and goodies, as well as lots of door prizes. It’s being held on Thursday, March 12. “I have lots of things to give away,” said program coordinator Claude LeDoux. “We have plants to give away, some seeds.There will be some garden-starter kits.” The Plant A Row-Grow a Row program holds weekly collections from June to October at St.Thomas More Collegiate and transports the donations to the local food bank. continued on page 8

Seismic upgrades could be delayed Education Minister sets new date for completing upgrades on schools after discovering depth of work required to meet goals By Tereza Verenca

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It’s unclear if Richard McBride and F.W. Howay will be affected by recent news that seismic upgrades to all B.C. schools listed as high-risk will take longer than originally anticipated. At a press conference last week, Education Minister Peter Fassbender addressed why the province’s $2.2-billion seismic mitigation program will be completed by 2030 for Vancouver schools and 2025 for everyone else.The original forecast pegged the completion date at 2020.

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“When we announced the program, there was a lot of misunderstanding of what it would take to seismically upgrade the projects.What we didn’t know is the reality, when you get into it and take down walls and you look at foundations, and all the engineering necessary to achieve that goal,” Fassbender told journalists. The revised date was suggested by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C., a group that’s worked closely with the government over the years to roll out the program. “In the overall scheme of things, I think everyone at the end of the day will be very

happy that it’s done and that it’s still a reasonable time period. In the big scheme of things, we don’t see the extra five years being highly significant, considering what is being achieved in that period,” said APEG member Graham Taylor. Meanwhile, the superintendent of the New Westminster school district told the Record he’s planning on making some phone calls. “I want to make sure we’re still on target and that the two schools that are due for seismic upgrades will still be done as per schedule,” John Gaiptman said. Fassbender said an issue for the Vancouver School Board has been its inability to bring forward “project definitions that are bathed in good engineering and good science.”

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Gaiptman said this is not the case for his district and that the relationship with the ministry is very collaborative. “We’re good at getting all our proposals in on time.There has been no issues between New West and the ministry when it comes to timelines,” he said. McBride Elementary School currently has over 400 students and is on the province’s radar for being replaced, while F.W. Howay is in need of some retrofitting. “The fact is we are learning what highrisk means, and it keeps changing.What I want to see, as a parent and a superintendent, is work being done at all times to ensure our schools and students are kept safe,” Gaiptman said. To comment on this story, go to www.newwestrecord.ca

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Candidates face late-filing fees Two of the 13 candidates vying for seats on the New Westminster Board of Education will face financial consequences for failing to file financial disclosure statements by the Feb. 13 deadline. Elections B.C. has notified the city that Glen Armstrong and James Pepa didn’t file disclosure statements as required by the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act and will now face a $500 late filing fee. The Local Election Campaign Financing Act requires candidates to file disclosure statements within

DOCTOR’S ORDERS: New Westminster/Burnaby medical health officer Dr. Lisa Mu distributes leaflets at the Patterson SkyTrain

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Vote Yes: A prescription for a healthier lifestyle

Health officer says aYes win in upcoming transit referendum could boost the city’s health more than many of the drugs doctors prescribe By Cornelia Naylor

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Dr. Lisa Mu, whose job is to promote health among the residents of NewWest and Burnaby and protect them from health risks, came out in support of the Yes side this week. “This is one of the most critical decisions that we can make for public health in the Lower Mainland probably for this decade and probably many more to come actually,” she told the Record. In NewWest, Mu said the biggest transportationrelated health challenge facing local residents are the 450,000 vehicles streaming through the city daily. “They don’t have an origin or a destination in New Westminster,” she said, “and that has huge negative impacts for the health of that community: congestion, air pollution, longer commute times.We know that people who spend more time commuting in their cars are less likely to engage with their commu-

nities and they have lower levels of social connectedness, which is really important for health and well-being.” Approval of the proposed $7.5-billion transportation plan and a new 0.5 per cent regional sales tax to help fund it would mean a new, four-lane, tolled Patullo Bridge, 50 per cent more service on the Expo Line, doubling of Millenium-Line service, new all-day service every 15 minutes on Eighth Avenue and more frequent peak service on 12th Street. It would also help reduce NewWest traffic congestion by increasing rapid rail south of the Fraser. All that would be good for the health of the local population, Mu said. She said she decided to speak out this week because the campaign is at a critical point and she has come to realize most people don’t associate transportation with health. “I want residents to have the opportunity to consider all of the facts before they make a decision,” Mu said.

Beside the negative health impacts of traffic congestion (air pollution, stress and community disconnectedness), Mu is urging residents to consider the health benefits of making transit better. “A bus trip is really an interrupted walking trip,” she

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said as an example. “People walk to the bus stop, they walk to the SkyTrain and then they walk at the other end. People who take transit to work are not going to be driving to go somewhere for lunch.They’re going to be walking for their errands, walking for lunch during the day, and these are all steps that accumulate over the course of the day.Then, over the course of months to years, we see huge differ-

ences.” Transit users in the Lower Mainland are twice as likely to walk 30 minutes a day and more likely to meet daily activity recommendations than non-transit users, according to a study last year cited by Mu. “That has huge benefits in terms of chronic disease prevention and in terms of mental health and well-being,” she said. For Mu, who walks, cycles, takes transit and drives to get around, the upcoming plebiscite is not about TransLink, but a No win would delay what she calls “critically needed transportation improvements.” “I think that there’s been a lot of conversation about the politics,” she said, “and I think that folks really deserve to hear what some of the facts are, and I think that as a medical health officer, I have a responsibility to speak up on issues that I think are really important for the health of my communities and for the health of the region.”

90 days after general voting day for a local election. Disclosure statements may be filed for another 30 days (120 days after General Voting Day) but must be accompanied by a $500 late filing fee. Armstrong placed ninth in the race and Pepa came in 11th spot. Rajiv Pandey didn’t spend any money on his quest for a seat on the New Westminster Board of Education, while Mark Gifford topped all candidates in spending at $15,801 – By Theresa McManus

High-fives for lacrosse program By Tereza Verenca

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The New Westminster school district is applauding a local partnership that has taught lacrosse to some 3,000 elementary school students over the last two years. At a committee meeting on March 3, school board trustees heard from Paul Manville, the inspiration behind a district-wide kindergarten-to-Grade 5 lacrosse program. The Qayqayt Elementary principal wanted to introduce an initiative that would expose kids to the sport. “Lacrosse is huge in New West and I have deep ties to it. Both my kids play, so it seemed like a really good idea at the time,” he told the Record. Instructors come in every day for a week and teach the basics, like how to cradle or pass. “It’s an impressive partnership that provides a sporting experience to kids across the district. It’s always really important to give them opportunities to try new things,” said board chair Jonina Campbell. Two years ago, Manville connected with Darren Flintoff, president of the New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association, and asked him if the club would sponsor the endeavour. Flintoff jumped on board with a $10,000/year commitment.Three staff mem-

bers from the city’s parks and rec department were then hired for the job. “The strength of this program is definitely the instructors.We’re really proud of it because it would be extremely expensive for the schools to provide something like this,” Manville added. “The kids love it.What’s neat is that there are some who play the game and when they come, they’re excited because they’ve had some experience, but despite the fact minor lacrosse has the most registrants per capita across Canada, there’s still a lot of kids who have never picked up a stick.” This year, the association also gave every school a class set of 30 sticks, a gesture Manville hopes to capitalize on. “It’s great, because it might allow us to extend (the program) to an afterschool program, now that we have the equipment in place,” he said. Despite the success of his idea, Manville admitted he isn’t certain about its future. “The way it exists now, in terms of funding, that’s a question I couldn’t answer. Whether it’s something we can sustain will be up to wait and see,” he said. As for a possible lacrosse academy, Manville said there’s a lot of interest in setting one up, but plans are still in the “development stage.”


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Even Premier Christy Clark sounded a bit underwhelmed by the work – or lack of – of her very own B.C. office of the auditor general for local government (AGLG). And so she should be. This past week a report was leaked which revealed that the department suffers from a lack of direction, constantly shifting priorities and an overworked staff who are dissatisfied with the new organization and the

work they do there. Sound familiar? Actually it could characterize a lot of workplaces, but with a couple of huge differences.The first one being that this dysfunction is paid for with taxpayer dollars, and the second one being, not only were staff overworked they didn’t even complete many of the assigned goals of the office. Which seems like a bit of a contradiction in terms – but apparently you can have overworked people not pro-

ducing work. In the two years the office has been open, it has completed only one audit – one on the town of Rossland – when it was expected to produce 18 – yes, 18. And, to top it off, it took two years to produce that one at a cost of $5.2 million. given that the office operates on $2.6 million a year. Clark said: “I would have hoped that there was more than one audit out the door by now.”

We would have hoped she might have noticed about a year and $2.6 million ago. But to cut the AGLG’s Basia Ruta some slack, she may have underestimated the task set before her. Municipalities and towns often develop their own very personal financial practices. Those practices are intertwined with political policies creating a potential labyrinth of elements in any audit. As well, we suspect, most towns and municipali-

ties – unless they have been abandoned by their political honchos – will not be trying to make it easy for the AGLG’s office. Ruta put it more diplomatically when she said: “There’s quite a bit of diversity in how local governments actually conduct business, and so the processes they have, they’re quite individualized.” We can see some politicians wringing their hands with delighted glee.The

AGLG’s office was considered a potential tool for the Liberals to muck around with left-leaning cities under the guise of making sure taxpayer money was being used properly. But if the AGLG’s office can’t even operate its own shop – well, they’ve pretty much lost any credibility they may have had to begin with. And, frankly, that’s too bad. They could have done some good..

MY VIEW KEITH BALDREY

Yes side isn’t winning votes The transit plebiscite ballots are set to arrive in homes starting next week, which means the campaign over whether or not to hike the sales tax by a half point in MetroVancouver is really just beginning. Up until now, much of the “debate” between the Yes side and the No side (which largely takes place in media news stories) has been lost on most voters. But what has become clear, judging from comments on social media and media web sites, is that the No side has uncovered a simmering anger directed at the organization that is most directly linked to the plebiscite issue: TransLink. I pointed out several weeks ago that theYes side had to get voters focused on potential transit improvements flowing from that tax increase, and away from thinking about TransLink. But I see no evidence that theYes side has been successful on that front. Last week, the Mayors’ Council announced that billionaire Jimmy Pattison, who oozes credibility, will chair a committee to oversee the money collected by the tax hike. All well and good, but I doubt Pattison’s appointment will trump the ill will directed at TransLink over a number of issues. For example,TransLink’s decision to change its CEO, while a good one, became a public relations fiasco when its board admitted it was actually going to keep the out-

going CEO on full salary while paying the new CEO a full salary as well.That was done to avoid a huge severance payment, but any rational explanation was lost in the furor over the bad optics of paying two huge salaries. While most transit experts rank the TransLink system as one of the best in North America and other jurisdictions, it has earned a reputation (unfairly at times) as a bloated, wasteful and tonedeaf organization. The new CEO, Doug Allen, should be able to make some much-needed changes.TransLink is also getting a capable new communications director, Marc Riddell, which should also lead to some improvements. But to turn TransLink’s public image into a positive one will take a lot longer than the few weeks voters will have their hands on those plebiscite ballots. TheYes side seems increasingly desperate, as it flings out big numbers when it comes to reduced travel times or costs if the tax hike is approved and suggests an apocalyptic outcome if it is not. But all of that talk, I suspect, is nothing more than noise for most folks.What isn’t noise, however, are those entrenched negative attitudes towards TransLink. And that is reason enough to worry theYes side. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.

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Dear Editor Despite the encouragement of Mayor Cote and others, I am voting no and here is why. In addition to the increasing property tax rate, we just received our water, sewer, garbage bill. I seem to recall that this used to be part of the property tax; however, with this year’s charge being north of $1,200, I can see why they separated the two. Considering the parking tax, carbon tax, gas tax, property tax, I’m somewhat surprised there isn’t a “you’re breathing” tax. And now those in power want another 0.5 per cent increase in sales tax. (Editor’s note: utility rates have not been included in property taxes.) Fellow residents, please consider very carefully the amount of transit that serves our humble burg. We are quite well served with numerous SkyTrain stations with decent bus connections. So, what’s in it for us? Reduced traffic? No, because the plan is to rebuild the Pattullo Bridge, and anyone who believes in a quaint four-lane bridge is dreaming (as are those who believe that no bridge is an option). The better question might be whatever happened to the Newcombe Connector? Considering the size of the new Cariboo overpass, any diversion of traffic from Canada Way, Cariboo Road and 10th Avenue seems like a dream. It is time for a comprehensive traffic management plan for the region. New Westminster has neither been effective in protecting areas from traffic (Alberta Street), nor is it seen as bringing solutions to the region’s traffic issues (Bailey bridge). Paying more tax will not do anything to reduce traffic congestion in New West. Voting no to increasing the sales tax will send a message to politicians at all levels. Residents and taxpayers deserve better. It’s time to hold our elected officials responsible and to stand up against poor planning and waste. John Mayr, New Westminster

Dog park is in the wrong location Dear Editor Moody Park residents are getting a fenced dog park – we should be happy. The city has told us they did a lot of public consultation and we were listened to. This is all good, right? What they don’t tell you, is the consultation was flawed from start to finish. They don’t mention the parks department had pre-determined the “spots” – not where dogs currently play, but simply “space” they shoe-horned in and called a dog park with little planning. They don’t tell us that our public input was all but meaningless and recommendations and numerous health and safety fears for babies, toddlers, children and pets using this area were simply dismissed. They sure don’t tell you, in the entire consultation process the children’s playground was PhotoShopped out. This is the “toddler’s corner” of the park with a playground, spray park and day care centre. This is where our babies, toddlers and youngest children play. Moody Park is the only green space serving 25 per cent of New Westminster’s population. An estimated 1,000 dogs live in our neighbourhoods. We need a dog park. What we don’t need is a dog park that is unsuitable and one that puts our youngest children at risk. The “toddlers’ triangle” of the park is not the place to put a dog park. D. McKenzie, New Westminster

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Kelly Shkuratoff This is great news! I’ve seen an increase in large trucks coming down Alberta Street, in fact some overhead lines were just ripped down not long ago outside my house (presuming from a tall truck). I think a diverter will definitely help on our street. Bobby Black So I guess this means no one on Keary St. has friends on council? Clearly that’s where all the diverted traffic will go.

More on TransLink Kisai Both the province and the mayors need to get out of meddling. TransLink should be deciding what is the most cost-effective transport options, not the mayors or the province. This means picking the automated grade-separated driverless options over “at-grade” dangerous options like what Surrey wants. The automated options give TransLink the flexibility to run service as much or as little as needed over all hours of the day. Light rail that has grade crossings, kill people, damage property, and result in dozens of lawsuits a year. The grade-separated options are far safer. Assume people are idiots, and don’t build surface-rail to begin with.

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News New West SkyTrain station getting upgrades TransLink is seeking to improve acoustics, security, pedestrian flow and esthetics of the New Westminster SkyTrain station in its proposed upgrades, says a staff report to city council. The project includes upgrades to the existing stairs

and replacement of existing escalators, replacement of the original south elevator, better lighting and installation of new windscreens on the SkyTrain platform level. Coun. Patrick Johnstone said he’d like the city to stress to TransLink that clo-

sure of the elevator at the station needs to be “vigorously avoided” during construction. “Elevator access at all times is fundamental,” he said. – Theresa McManus

Gardening for a good cause Continued from page 1 “People grow their own food and put in an extra row for the food bank,” LeDoux said. “You give it to us at our pickup … and we take it to the food bank.” The local food bank is thrilled to be able to offer fresh, right-from-the-garden produce to its clients. Brian Minter, national spokesperson for Plant a Row-Grow a Row, will kick off the gardeners’ party presentations. Conway Lum (GardenWorks Mandeville),

Pasquale Porico (mason bee expert), June Hewko (Lee Valley Tools) and Michael Campbell (Edible Oasis-New Westminster) will speak on topics such as mason bees, new garden gadgets and edible gardening. Besides being a great family activity, LeDoux said growing food is a hot horticultural trend.Vegetables and fruits can be grown in containers, with perennials and in a community garden or backyard plot. “Every year it is increas-

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New Westminster city council has given a green light for directional signage for Rexall Drugs despite concerns from area residents. Some uptown residents expressed concern about Rexall Drugs request for a variance to the sign bylaw for its business at 700 Sixth St.The city’s bylaw states that there can be no more than two signs at the entrance or exit of a parking area (the applicant proposed three), signs can’t be more than 1.0 square metres (the applicant is proposing 3.0 square metres) and there can be no more than one sign for each street frontage of a buildings (the

building currently has several signs and requested three additional directional signs.) Council received correspondence from a number of uptown residents opposed to the request for additional signage at the drug store. “I think this sign business is getting a bit out of hand,” said one resident in an email to the city. “A while ago we were asked about another variance for Wal-Mart … Keep on going like this and our city will look like Las Vegas shortly. Please don’t let this get out of hand.” A representative from Rexall Drugs told council on Feb. 23 that the variance is for three directional parking signs to help customers access the store’s free underground parking.

Council approved the sign variance. “In the end, the signs that were approved are already up there.They are just going to change the colour of the signs,” said Mayor Jonathan Cote. “It’s just about the parking directional signs.We did receive a lot of letters from the neighbourhood.The letters were mainly complaining about the big Rexall sign at the front, which was not a part of what we were doing.We were just dealing with the directional parking signs. I think people were taking this as an opportunity to express their frustration about the big sign at the front even though that isn’t what we were considering.”

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Longtime New West resident Amber Anderson has earned more kudos for her efforts to help those who are less fortunate. Anderson is the executive director of the HAVE Culinary Training Society, which helps people in the Downtown Eastside better their lives through the culinary arts. An executive chef for more than 20 years, Anderson was accredited as a Chef de Cuisine in 2006 – the highest culinary recognition in Canada. It was just a few months ago that Anderson was named the New Westminster Citizen of theYear for 2014. Last month, she received a Canadian Association of Food Service Professionals leadership award for Outstanding Contributions in Community Services and Leadership, an award that recognizes strength of character, mentoring abilities, dedication to industry associations and dedication to improvements in the food service industry. Anderson received the award at the B.C. Leadership Night on Feb. 26 at the Pacific Gateway Hotel.

TAKE A WALK DOWN MAIN STREET The second part of a presentation about Main Street – At the Heart of the Community will be featured in this month’s New Westminster Historical Society evening. February’s presentation looked at New Westminster’s “main street” from 1859 to 1898, while March’s event will cover 1899 to present time.

You may just find some gold in them thar hills … “The earlier views of this city’s “main street” were well received,” said a press release about the event. “In the upcoming presentation, the photos of Columbia Street downtown will show the streetscape that directly set the tone for the street that has evolved into what is here today. A guest at this program will be Katherine Freund, artist and historian, who recently had a display at the public library on the “main street” theme. The New Westminster Historical Society evening is taking place on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the New

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They were onstage together 14 years ago when the Raymond Burr PerWRITING WORKSHOP forming Arts Centre in LOOKS AT QUERY LETTERS downtown New West preSo you’ve just written a sented its first full-length great book, or you have an play back in 2001. Now James Rowley and idea for the best magazine article no one’s read yet. Leanne Koehn are back Now what? onstage reprising their roles An upcoming free workin that very same play: Agatha Christie’s The Mouse- shop at the New Westminster Public Library is looktrap. Rowley appears as the ing at the art of the query moody Giles Ralston, while letter in the writer’s world. Koehn is the mysterious Building a Better StoMiss Casewell. ry: A Blueprint for As most loSuccess is set for cal residents will Thursday, March know, the Burr 19 at 6:30 p.m. Theatre has since It’s being led taken on new life by Sylvia Tayas the Columbia lor, who’ll discuss and the home of how a query letLafflines Comedy ter is a writer’s key Club. to unlocking the This time publishing world. around, The James Rowley Participants will Mousetrap will actor learn how to grab be onstage at the and keep an ediACT Theatre in tor’s, publisher’s or Maple Ridge. But agent’s attention – another face reif you’re interested, mains familiar to you’re invited to local audiences – come with a quein the person of diry draft or specific rector Ellie King, project in mind. former artistic diThe workshop rector of the Burr is presented by the Theatre, who went Royal City Literary on to found the Arts Society and Royal Canadian Leanne Koehn sponsored by the Theatre Company. actor library. New WestRegister in perminster resident son at the library, Stephanie Bruce, 716 Sixth Ave., a recent performcall 604-527-4667 ing arts grad from or email listener@ Capilano Univernwpl.ca. sity, is the production’s stage manENJOY TEA WITH ager. A CONCERT The company’s Music lovers, production of The don’t miss out on Mousetrap comes Stephanie Bruce your chance to with a special bostage manager enjoy what’s tranus: If you can figditionally one of the most ure out who the killer is by popular concerts in the Muintermission, you can win sic at Queens series. tickets to one of the plays The concert series at in its next theatre season Queens Avenue Unit(which will be Dracula, Puss ed Church continues this in Boots and Spider’sWeb). Saturday, March 14 with And even if you can’t, well, you’ll have a chance to its spring tea concert – in which the audience gets a enjoy what is arguably the chance to enjoy tea and rebest-known mystery play freshments in elegant surof all time – which assemroundings (yes, tablecloths, bles a cast of suspects at a fine bone china and all) remote country house in while taking in first-class Berkshire during a blizzard music. that strands them all withThe 2 p.m. concert, Mesout outside contact. sages from Home, will feaIt’s onstage at the ACT ture the Kallisto Trio, an a Theatre March 17 to 21, with performances at 8 p.m. cappella women’s trio, performing folk songs and othplus a matinee at 3 p.m. on er favourites from Canada, March 21.

the U.S. and Latin America. The trio includes Fabiana Katz, Catherine Laub and Leora Joy Perrie. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $10 for children. Queens Avenue United Church is at 529 Queens Ave. – enter from the Queens Avenue door for this concert. It’s part of a busy month of music at the church – the following Saturday, March 21, the West Coast Symphony performs a 7:30 p.m. concert; on Sunday, March 22, the church’s Memorial Handbell Ringers will ring at 10:30 a.m.; and on Sunday, March 29, the senior choir presents Choral Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. Check out www.queens avenue.org. WRITING AND TAROT How can tarot reading help your writing? Find out at an upcoming workshop hosted by Carol Shillibeer. The Royal City Literary Arts Society is holding the Tarot and Storytelling workshop on Saturday, March 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Shillibeer, who’s a poet, teaches people how to read tarot and also runs writingrelated workshops. During this workshop, participants will practise making layouts of three or more cards, “talking about and writing to the potential narrative arcs that result,” as a press release describes it. The workshop is $20 for members or $30 for nonmembers. Email secretary@ rclas.com to reserve a spot. It’s being held at 737 Sixth St. – park and enter from the rear of the building. YOUNG TALENT ONSTAGE You can hear from some emerging talents in the music world in a series of upcoming concerts at Douglas College. The college’s free Arts at One concert series starts up again March 26. The 1 p.m. concerts are held Thursdays at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, on the fourth floor north at the college’s 700 Royal Ave. campus. Three student showcase concerts will be featured in the next three dates: March 26, April 2 and April 9. For more information about Arts at One, call 604527-5723 or see www.

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tinyurl.com/NWArtsatOne. GOTTA SING? GOTTA DANCE? GOTTA SIGN UP! Is there a young talent in your house who loves to perform? Kids aged nine to 19 are invited to apply for the Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! summer program, which has been running for 20 years at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver. Director-creator Perry Ehrlich has assembled a professional faculty that includes musical directors Wendy Bross Stuart and Lonnie Delisle, director Chris McGregor, choreographers Isabelle Maheux, Anna Kuman, Keri Minty and Andy Cohen, acting coach Advah Soud-

ack, and Shizuka Kai and Stephen Beaver on set construction and costume coordination. The program has become well-known for turning out successful young performers, with many alumni going on to careers in the performing arts. It’s been popular among talented young New West kids, too – over the years, such familiar faces as Sarah Quinn, Sofie Newman and Keira Jang, who’ve been featured in these pages, have been part of the program. There are two summer sessions available – July 7 to 30, and Aug. 4 to 27 – and applications must be received by April 1. Sessions run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an end-of-day “finish-

ing school” also offered for serious students that delves into aspects such as audition technique and intensive dance workshops. Check out www.the impresario.ca. ARTISTS SOUGHT Do you know a local artist who deserves to be in the spotlight? We’re always looking for people to feature in our Fill in the Blanks series. Send ideas me by email, jmaclellan@royalcityrecord. com – if you can, please include contact information for the person you’re suggesting. Do you have an item for Lively City? Send arts and entertainment ideas to Julie, jmaclellan@newwestrecord.ca, or find her on Twitter, @julie maclellan.


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So Proud. Java joint: Stephanie Vu is one of three business partners who have opened up Old Crow Coffee Co. on Front Street in New West. PHOTO TEREZA VERENCA

Old Crow Coffee Co. swoops into the city Tereza Verenca

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Coffee enthusiasts have a new joint to frequent on Front Street. Tucked under the parkade at the corner of McKenzie Street, Old Crow Coffee Co. blends an industrial and heritage feel. What used to be a photo shop is now a gathering place. Decor is simple, with a white colour scheme to balance a grey brick wall and the wooden furni-

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Community New coffee shop keeps a focus on local products Continued from page 14 And with only two other baristas on staff, you can expect to see Vu behind the counter every day. Besides coffee, Old Crow also carries a full menu of fresh salads, sandwiches and baked goods (with some gluten-free and vegan options, too). If you want to know where all their products come from, you don’t need to look far. The loose-leaf teas are sourced from Granville Island, while the sweets come from South Vancouver. Coffee beans, meanwhile, are being brought in from different roasters across the Pacific Northwest.

We really wanted to stay local. “We really wanted to stay local because I feel this city does well when the community is supporting each other. Also, the level of quality tends to be better than buying from a massive whole food supplier.” While the coffee shop may look small at first glance (roughly 1,200 sq. ft.), another 800 sq. ft. exists in the back. Depending on how business goes,Vu said the goal is to turn it into an area that could host entertainment or an open mic night. The trio met while working in New Westminster’s industrial area.Vu, who’s originally from California, came to the Lower Mainland three years ago to go to school for motorcycle mechanics. Plans changed after Lajambe and Mosser offered her an apprenticeship at their hot rod shop in New

New to town: Stephanie Vu in her new coffee shop, the Old Crow Coffee Co. on Front Street. PHOTO TEREZA VERENCA

West. “I spent my early 20’s working as a barista in small mom-and-pop coffee shops. Since then, it’s been a dream of mine to open a local spot I could call my own,” she told the Record. Talk of getting into the java biz started just this last year, when the group began to look at locations in East Vancouver. “Then one day, we were driving down Front Street and saw this space for lease and it kind of clicked for all three of us.We thought, ‘This is it!’ and called the Realtor immediately,”Vu said. The inspiration behind the name Old Crow comes from the group’s love of the

bird and Vu’s admiration for theYukon. “It’s actually a small gold mining city up there, so it just rang really nice to us,” she said. The business has been receiving a lot of good feedback, according to Vu, who added local residents have been nothing but welcoming. The self-proclaimed free spirit isn’t looking to move back to the Golden State anytime soon, despite all her family living down there. “I’m currently looking at apartments in New West. I think when I see them in May, they’ll know why I want to plant roots here.” Old Crow is located at 655 Front St.

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Community COMMUNITY CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 Travel show at the library, take a trip to East Africa with Chris and Dennis Magrega, who will show their photographs on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, 7:30 p.m., New Westminster Public Library. The free travel shows are co-sponsored by the library and the University Women’s Club of New Westminster. The New Westminster Public Library is at 716 Sixth Ave., www. nwpl.ca, 604-527-5660. THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Have you considered becoming a foster family? There are children and youth in New Westminster, who require skilled, caring, foster parents. To learn more, the Ministry of Children and Family Development invites you to attend an information session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 200-906 Roderick Ave., Coquitlam. For more information, call the North Fraser recruitment team at 604-764-8098. SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Job search skills for

newcomers with basic English skills, 10 a.m. to noon, New Westminster Public Library, at 716 Sixth Ave. Newcomers with limited or basic English skills can learn how to search for a job and prepare for an interview at a free program at the library. The workshop will cover resumes, cover letters, interview skills and strategies, and labour market information. It will be conducted in English with translation available in French. If you have a permanent resident card or landed immigrant documents, please bring them to the program. Co-sponsored by the New Westminster Public Library and SUCCESS. Register in person or phone the library at 604-527-4667 or SUCCESS at 604-430-1899. TUESDAY, MARCH 17 Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 20, St. Patrick’s Day celebration, fundraiser dinner for Sky Wright and her challenge to send 45 kids with cancer to Camp Goodtimes. Features buffet dinner, toonie toss, auction, 50/50 and Irish dancers. Tickets are $30

and include tax, gratuity and $10 donation to Skye’s Challenge. Meet and greet at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., Castle Neighbourhood Grill, #101-319 Governors Court. For tickets, call John at 604-657-5600 or email ashdowneagle@shaw.ca. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 New Westminster Downtown Residents’ Association general meeting, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 514 Carnarvon St. Features three speakers: Coun. Bill Harper (fibre optics and Intelligent City); Coun. Chuck Puchmayr (mayors’ transportation plan); and NWDRA members (Save Our Parkade initiatives). THURSDAY, MARCH 19 Building a better story: writing workshop, 6:30 p.m., New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave. Get writing tips from author Sylvia Taylor, who will discuss how a great query letter is your key to unlocking the publishing world. Learn how to grab and keep an editor, publisher or agent’s attention by giving your query sales appeal. Participants are

invited to come with a query draft or specific project in mind to help turn theory into reality. This free workshop is presented by the Royal City Literary Arts Society and sponsored by the library. Register in person, at 60452704667 or listener@nwpl. ca. The New Westminster Public Library is at 716 Sixth Ave., www.nwpl.ca, 604-5274660. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 SFU Café Scientifique series, Boston Pizza, private room, 1045 Columbia St., 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Hosted by the Faculty of Science, the series enables the public to participate and learn from experts on key topics in science. Paul Tupper, an associate professor of mathematics, will take a skeptical view of Big Data, looking at the power of techniques used in data mining and some of the surprising claims of new data science. Info: http:// www.sfu.ca/science/ outreach-program/cafe_ scientifique.html. FRIDAY, MARCH 27 Ukrainian Perogy Supper, 5 to 8 p.m., Holy Eucharist

Church hall, Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street. Perogy sales from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 604526-0988 or 604-522-7711. SATURDAY, MARCH 28 Thrift sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Century House, 620 Eighth St. Recycled treasures include clothing and linens, small appliances, kitchenware, knick-knacks, toys, DVDs and CDs, plants, jewelry, books, children’s boutique and more. Refreshments available. All proceeds go directly to the Century House Association. Bake sale at Holy Eucharist hall, Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features traditional Ukrainian Easter paska, babka, cakes, pies, beet horseradish and more. Lunch will be available. Info: 604-526-0988. TUESDAY, APRIL 7 Parent Education seminar presented by Queen’s Park Preschool, Co-creating healthy communities with our kids. This 1.5 hour interactive program delivered by a certified sexual health educator

takes participants through exercises to discover why they might feel unconformable talking about sex with their children and provides strategies for caregivers on how to overcome these feelings. You will hear suggestions on what kind of sexual health information is needed at various ages, how to handle questions, what kinds of words to use, how to discuss feeling, emotion and family values and exploring your own personal beliefs around sensitive topics. Tickets are $10 per person. To reserve tickets, phone 604-5265527 or email tashamurray@ outlook.com. APRIL 12 AND 13 Computer help for seniors, everything photos – learn how to manage digital photos online. Register for both sessions, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. New Westminster Public Library is offering computer help for seniors. The sessions are free and run for one hour. To register, call 604-527-4665 or email listener@nwpl.ca. The New Westminster Public Library is at 716 Sixth Ave., www. nwpl.ca, 604-527-4660.

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Gnocchi, sausage make for a hearty winter soup Increase the heat to medium high to bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the gnocchi and continue to cook for three minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the spinach and basil and portion out immediately, garnished with generous amounts of shaved pecorino romano cheese. Makes approximately 13 cups. Chef Dez is a food columnist, culinary instructor and cookbook author.Visit him at www.chefdez.com Write to him at dez@chefdez.com.


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STM wins 3rd medal

Knight girls take second straight bronze medal at AA hoop provincials Tom Berridge

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St.Thomas More won a third consecutive medal at the B.C. high school girls’ basketball championships. The varsity Knights, runners-up at the 2013 junior provincials and a bronze medalist last season, withstood an early fourth quarter rally to defeat independent rival Notre Dame Jugglers 70-62 to win a second third-place medal at the provincial AA girls’ hoop championships at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday. Leading 51-45 heading into the final quarter, STM gave up the lead early in the period after backto-back, game-tying threepointers from first team all-star Laura Bondi of Burnaby. Notre Dame teammate Trisha Francia then gave the Vancouver regional school a two-point lead from the foul line on two of her 18 points. But STM had an answer. Nikko Sahagun replied with a trey of her own, one of four in the second half for the Grade 11 guard/forward. Zion Corrales-Nelson led the Knights’ attack with 25 points, on nine-of18 shooting, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, and was named a first team tournament all-star. A day earlier, STM lost its semifinal 82-77 to eventual provincial champion Immaculata. “It’s tough obviously,” Corrales-Nelson said of the semifinal loss. “But you get what you get.We fought the whole way.” Corrales-Nelson also scored 24 points in STM’s opening 65-57 win over Lambrick Park.

Sixth in B.C. The New Westminster Hyacks placed sixth at the B.C. high school junior girls’ basketball championships. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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Honourable mention allstar Leilani Carney had 24 in STM’s 73-63 victory over Seycove in the quarter-finals. Carney, one of five graduating Knight seniors, had 12 points in her final game, most of them coming at the charity stripe. “It hurts, but it’s really nice to have a medal again,” said Carney after the game. “We worked hard for this and I think we

really deserved this.” Stephanie VonRiedemann chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Knights. Notre Dame’s Jolene Robinson, with 13 points, joined Bondi on the provincial first team. “We gave it all we could,” said Bondi, who led all scorers with 29 points, including nine-of-15 threepointers. “At the beginning of the year, we were won-

dering if we’d even get out of the Mainlands – we’ve come a long way. Overall, we’re happy with how we finished.” Immaculata defeated Little Flower Academy 65-55 in the B.C. high school AA girls’ final. Little Flower’s Jessica Hanson, with a gamehigh 31 points and nine rebounds in the championship final, was named the provincial MVP.

New Westminster was a Hail Mary away from a final four appearance at the B.C. junior girls’ basketball championships. The junior varsity Hyacks, the eventual sixthplace finishers, were leading Oak Bay by a point with 2.3 seconds left to play in their quarter-final matchup when a desperation shot from the floor ended New West’s hopes of a top-four finish. The shot rattled around the backboard and bucket before finally falling through the ring, giving No. 3 seed Oak Bay a 47-46 win and a trip to the semifinal. Second team tournament all-star Sarah Forgie led the Hyacks with 20 points. Player of the game Devin Strome chipped in with eight points and a dozen rebounds, while ably defending Oak Bay’s star Georgia Alexander. “I have been watching March Madness for years and seen this happen but never experienced it. … It was one of the most devastating feelings in my sporting life.We were all in shock

afterwards,” said New Westminster head coach Stephen Bruyneel. The following day, the Hyacks rallied to a 30-28 win over Vancouver Island runner-up Claremont in a tough defensive struggle. Forgie was the hero in the game, sinking a pair of free throws with the game tied and just 11 seconds left on the clock to give New West the win. In the ensuing battle for fifth and sixth spot, New West fell 53-38 to W.J. Mouat after playing the Abbotsford school even up in the opening half. “I think we just ran out of gas,” said Bruyneel after the game. “When we started the year, we had six Grade 9s, three of whom were starters. We had a dream to be here. To finish sixth in the province is a great experience.” Forgie had 16 points for New West, while player of the game Aly Fieber added 15. The Hyack juniors opened with a 47-36 win over Westsyde. “It’s good for next season,” Bruyneel added. “We have a pretty good nucleus for next year. It’s very positive.”

Royal teams medal at provincials Tom Berridge

tberridge@newwestrecord.ca

Douglas College did one better at the PacWest women’s basketball championships. The Royal women, thirdplace finishers in the regular season, won a second consecutive silver medal at the PacWest provincials, following a 76-48 loss to unde-

feated and defending champion Quest University in the gold-medal final at Columbia Bible College last weekend. In the semifinals, Douglas held off Vancouver Island University 62-57 on a 24-point effort from Chloe Kennedy to advance to the provincial college finals for a second straight year. Kennedy was also the hero in the Royals’ 66-

58 win in overtime over Kwantlen Polytechnic in the quarter-finals. The third-year forward tied the game at the freethrow line and then nailed three three-pointers in OT to send Douglas into the semifinals. “It’s a testament to the girls,” said head coach Courtney Gerwing. “We’re working for a (championship). It’s always our goal.

But the bigger thing is we continue to make improvement and it makes it worthwhile in the end.” The Douglas men’s team came close to advancing to the final as well but settled for a bronze medal with an overtime win over Capilano. The Royal men outscored the North Shore university 109-97 in the consolation final at CBC. Continued on page 20

Silver finish: Nanaya Miki, in black, helped Douglas College to second place at PacWest women’s provincials. PHOTO JENNIFER GAUTHIER


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Sports HOCKEY

Clan entering a wasp’s nest Tom Berridge

tberridge@newwestrecord.ca

Simon Fraser University didn’t let a first-place team get in the way of a good playoff run. The fourth-place, regular-seasonfinishing Clan polished off league champion Trinity Western University in straight games in the opening round of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League playoffs. SFU stole a 3-2 decision over the first-place Spartans on a third-period goal by first star Adam Callegari at the Langley Events Centre last Thursday. Callegari also gave the 12-12 Clan a one-goal lead with his first of the game on a power play in the opening period.Teammate Jono Ceci made the score 2-1 midway through the second period. Jordan Liem was solid in goal for the Clan, making 34 stops. On Friday, Callegari sparked a

three-goal third period that sent SFU through to the playoff final following a 6-4 win over Trinity Western at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in the best-of-three playoff. Liem was called on to make just 16 saves for his second playoff win in goal. Ceci shaved a first-period deficit to 2-1 on a power play, while game star Trent Murdoch briefly tied the game at 3-3 in the middle period with his second goal in the stanza. In the third, Callegari and Murdoch teamed up for the game-tying goal, before Jesse Mysiorek, with the game-winner, and Nick Sandor, both scored less than four minutes apart for the win. SFU also ended the regular season with a pair of back-to-back wins over the Langley school. “I think we did a good job fixing some of the problems we had earlier in the year,” said Clan head coach Mark Coletta.

Eh Team is a perfect seven

The change came at the wrong time for the league champs. Last season, a 10-13-0-1 Trinity Western team knocked off runner-up SFU in three games in the first round of playoffs. “It’s a disappointing end to a season that had so much promise and potential,” said TWU coach Barret Kropf in a Langley press release. “(SFU) fed us the same medicine that we gave them last year.” The Clan will take on the defending B.C. Intercollegiate champions Selkirk College in the first of a bestof-three final series in the unfriendly confines of the Castlegar rec centre, beginning on Friday, March 13. Coletta relishes the idea of walking into a hostile environment to complete SFU’s playoff march. “There’s nothing better than being on the road. It’s motivating,” Coletta said. “(Castlegar) is a good place to play. … We know the type of guys we got.”

The Eh team, a traveling Lower Mainland girls’ field lacrosse team, rolled a perfect seven games at a Best of the West tournament in Las Vegas last weekend. The junior varsity squad, including New Westminster’s Graceyn Dean and goal-

Royals win semi over Cap in OT

Continued from page 19 Ethan McKean led all scorers with 27 points, including seven threes. Rookies Martin Bogajev, with a team-high 20 points, and 2014 B.C. high school AAA MVP and player of the game Reese Morris, with 11 of his 14 points and nine rebounds in the second half, led the way for Cap. Trailing by as many as 17 points at one stage of the contest, Douglas coach Denis Beausoleil was unsure his team could come back. “We went a little smaller, brought in a few more shooters, which defensively helped a little bit,” Beausoleil said in a provincial press release. “We grinded back slowly – really in the end (points) just came in waves.” Earlier, Douglas threw a scare into league runner-up Vancouver Island before dropping an 89-82 scoreline to the eventual provincial champs. Player of the game Andrew Baron had a near triple-double to lead the Royals.The fourth-year guard scored nine points, while adding 12 rebounds and a dozen assists in the semifinal. Douglas led off with a 79-66 win over Camosun in the quarter-finals. Jacob Juras posted a game-high 21 points for the Royals.

ie Mady Morrison, dominated clubs from Arizona, California and Utah in the round robin, outscoring the combined opposition 45-5. The Lower Mainlanders advanced to the tournament final with wins over Utah and

Nevada. The Eh Team defeated Edmonton’s Vimy club 10-6 in the championship final. The team was also made up of players from Port Coquitlam, Langley, Surrey and the Adanacs.

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