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Friday, March 21, 2014

Paterson Park peek ❙ A4 Public forums to look at future of site

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Earth Hour goes hi-tech ❙ A4

Face to face ❙ A7

Smart metres offer personal touch

New face for Delta workers

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Hidden homeless in South Delta

Volunteers throughout Delta conducted a homeless count on March 12, revealing a hidden population of people who are couch surfing or sleeping in their cars. The count was part of a Metro Vancouver effort conducted every three years to provide a snapshot of the homeless, both on the street, in shelters, or other temporary accommodation. Kay Dennison, who is a member of the Delta Seniors Planning Team, said the count confirmed there are homeless people in both North and South Delta.

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Truckers forced back to work

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The province is moving to put an end to the container trucker strike that has paralyzed trade through the Lower Mainland for nearly three weeks. Back-to-work legislation could be tabled in Victoria as early as Monday, March 24. It would enforce a 90-day cooling off period for 250 truckers represented by Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers Association (VCTA). ❙ See story, A3

Hockey playoff wins for SDMHA The South Delta Minor Hockey Association will have plenty of new banners to hoist this year, after a handful of teams came out on top at the 2014 Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association championships.

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❙ A helping hand for our hospital The Delta Hospital Foundation is counting on the community’s support as it nears its fundraising goal for a new hospital wing A10

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Friday, Friday, March March 21, 21, 2014 2014

Homeless count surprises South Delta volunteers find a population of hidden homeless ❙ Adrian MacNair

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Volunteers throughout Delta conducted a homeless count on March 12, revealing a hidden population of people who are couch surfing or sleeping in their cars. Kay Dennison, who is a member of the Delta Seniors Planning Team, said the count confirmed there are homeless people in both North and South Delta. “What we’re seeing is an increase in seniors and that’s something we’re seeing generally in Metro Vancouver,” she said. The count was part of a Metro Vancouver effort conducted every three years to provide a snapshot of the homeless, both on the street, in shelters, or other temporary accommodation. Dennison said Delta’s homeless population is a little more difficult to account for than other regions because there isn’t a homeless community. Many homeless don’t want to be identified for fear of the social repercussions. She said many homeless people–particularly seniors–will hide from sight and only come out to search through the trash for bottles and cans. “They dress well, they look clean, they’re quiet, and they’re going about what appears to be their business,” she said. Carey Muir, an outreach worker who

❙ Reverend Jim Short of Ladner United Church had to close the extreme weather shelter during renovations but the new building will incorporate a shelter for the homeless. helps homeless in the Downtown Eastside, found an 80-year-old man in Ladner who has been living in his car for five years. Muir said the man used to live in seniors housing in Ladner but a persistent mould issue forced him onto the streets. “To look at him he just looks like he has a lot of stuff in his car but he’s very functional and very well educated,” he said. Muir said it’s encouraging that he’s very upbeat and positive despite his situation, but lamented the fact this man has ended up living in his car. “Seniors are our only tangible link to the

past and we’re not taking care of them.” The homeless issue in Delta is even more unclear due to the lack of shelters to house those who do exist. Delta’s only extreme weather shelter was located at Ladner United Church for the past three years, but had to close this winter as the church undergoes renovations. This leaves the closest shelters in Surrey now. Reverend Jim Short said renovations will be completed in April and the church will evaluate whether there’s an ongoing need for the shelter. ❙ Continued on A5

Truckers to get back-to-work legislation ❙ Adrian MacNair

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The province is moving to put an end to the container trucker strike that has paralyzed trade through the Lower Mainland for nearly three weeks. Back-to-work legislation could be tabled in Victoria as early as Monday, March 24. It would enforce a 90-day cooling off period for 250 truckers represented by Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers Association (VCTA). “I’m confident that the 14-point action plan that has been put in place is the right approach to resolving the issues raised by truckers,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “It’s imper-

ative that they respond to the by both the federal and provinplan with an end to the work cial governments with PMV and stoppage, so that both they and made on the basis of recomthe port can get back to work.” mendations by mediator Vince Robin Silvester, president and Ready. But despite the offer to CEO at Port Metro Vancouver work on the plan, truckers have (PMV), also announced Wednescontinued picketing in front of day that the port will begin an ports and trucking companies. acceleration of the plan to rePaul Johal, president of Uniform the truck licensing system. for-VCTA said Stone’s refusal to “We expect everyone with a li- Todd Stone negotiate with container truck cense or permit to be at work todrivers and the introduction of morrow,” said Silvester. “I cannot forced-work legislation will only imagine why we would issue future licens- make matters worse in the port dispute. es or permits under the new licensing sys“The minister can’t expect to stick his tem to truck drivers who are not at work head in the sand and make this go away,” tomorrow.” he said. “A negotiated settlement is the The 14-point action plan was developed only sustainable solution.”

Man drives himself to jail after Delta crime spree A 28-year-old Vancouver resident gave Richmond RCMP officers an unexpected visit after being arrested in the detachment parking lot following a crime spree across the Lower Mainland, including Delta. Deas Island RCMP located a 1994 Honda Civic Thursday morning that had been reported stolen from Vancouver earlier that day. The vehicle had already been involved in a number of hit and runs in Delta and, by the time police located it, was driving northbound through the Massey Tunnel. Richmond RCMP located the vehicle as it exited the tunnel. As police prepared for a high risk takedown, the vehicle turned south onto No. 5 Road, heading directly towards the Richmond RCMP Detachment. On No. 5 Road, police activated their emergency lights to initiate the stop. However, the vehicle continued a short distance south before making a sharp right hand turn into the first available parking lot. This parking lot just happened to be that of the Richmond RCMP. Numerous police officers in the parking lot joined the high risk vehicle stop and the male driver, who is known to police, was arrested without incident. Alcohol was determined to be a factor in the incident. Richmond RCMP is considering several charges including possession of stolen property, impaired driving, prohibited driving, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident. “While the idea of ‘drive-in policing’ may be humourous on a certain level, we also need to recognize the seriousness of the situation that occurred this morning,” said Const. Veronica Fox of the Richmond RCMP. “Impaired driving presents a considerable risk to public safety and is treated very seriously by police.” The Richmond RCMP thanked the quick actions of several witnesses who contacted and updated police regarding this investigation. Should members of the public have any additional information regarding this incident, Richmond RCMP request that they call 604-278-1212 and quote file number 2014-7499. -Staff writer

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Friday, March March 21, 21, 2014 2014

Paterson Park vision takes shape Seniors’ group to present three forums on future of site ❙ Adrian MacNair

“Corp. Delta hasn’t by any means committed to anything yet but we hope to sort of get some interest,” she said. “They might want to come and be there just to see how the public reacts to it.” Paterson Park is a nine hectare (23 acre) parcel of land located at the southwest corner of Highway 17A and Ladner Trunk Road. It was purchased by the Delta Agricultural Society (DAS) in 1902 and known as the fairgrounds until 1951 when it was renamed to honour AD Paterson, a former MLA and honourary president of the DAS. A harness race track was the cornerstone of entertainment for Ladner residents from 1898 until it closed in 1968. After a number of failed proposals, which included shopping malls and multipurpose recreational facilities, the DAS sold four hectares (10 acres) of the eastern portion of the land to Kwantlen for $3.5 million 1993. The expectation at the time was that the university would build a campus in Delta. But that never happened. “There’s not the population or the potential number of students to be able to have a full campus there,” said Gordon Lee, vice-president of finance and administration at the university. “But we’ve talked and certainly our president Alan Davis has said that there is a possibility of doing something on the site.” Kwantlen signaled its intent to sell the property in 2012, something

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The Delta Seniors Planning Team is hosting a series of forums aimed at selling its vision of developing Ladner’s Paterson Park. Forum planning team member ML Burke said there will be three sessions to give people a chance to absorb and digest all the information. The first forum on March 29 will focus on education, health and recreation, while April 5 will look at mixed rental and owned housing options, and April 12 will deal with potential developers and homebuilders. All three forums will take place at Kinsmen House in Ladner from 1-3 p.m. “The first hour will probably be from the panelists talking about the different things that can be done, and then there will be an hour of feedback from the public,” said Burke. For the first forum Burke said the Delta Seniors Planning Team has invited community partners to attend like Fraser Health, Kwantlen University, and members of Delta Council. Delta owns roughly half of Paterson Park, but has showed little interest in selling or developing the land that has remained vacant for more than 40 years.

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Delta residents can measure their own energy conservation during Earth Hour by logging onto BC Hydro’s website and reading their smart meter. BC Hydro spokesperson Simi Heer said customers can log into their account on bchydro. com and measure their power usage between 8:30-9:30 p.m. this Saturday, then compare those results to Earth Hour on March 29. “You can actually make a direct connection between your own behaviour and your energy use,” said Heer, adding smart meters provide an hourly breakdown of energy consumption. Heer said the energy savings during Earth Hour are meant to be symbolic, since a two per cent reduction in energy consumption is a nominal figure. “It’s all about promoting a conservation ethic and a conservation culture,” she said, adding the event aligns well with the company’s Power Smart program which encourages homes and businesses to save electricity by becoming more energy efficient. Mike Brotherston, manager of climate action and environment with the Corporation of Delta, said the municipality will tun off non-essential lights at their facilities during Earth Hour. “It’s always interesting to see some of the smaller industry towns that have very large reductions over that hour,” he said. “And definitely in the smaller communities you can make a big difference by getting industry on board.” Brotherston said part of the fun is comparing results to neighouring communities or trying to beat personal results from previous years. Delta reduced its energy consumption by 2.9 per cent in 2013, more than double the 1.2

per cent reduction from 2012. That’s well above the provincial average of 1.95 per cent last year. Brotherston said that’s an indication that Earth Hour is having an effect on awareness. It’s also an opportunity to remind and encourage people to conserve energy, including those who work at the Corporation of Delta municipal offices. “It makes you think about what you might be leaving on over the weekend,” he said. “It might be a cell phone charger or something plugged in at your desk that might be small but when you add it all up together it can be significant.” Earth Hour began as a World Wildlife Fund sponsored event in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, in which 2.2 million residents and 2,100 businesses participated to bring awareness to humankind’s impact to the planet. In 2012 the annual event saw record-breaking levels of participation, with more than 6,950 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories turning off their lights. Many famous landmarks around the world now go dark during Earth Hour, including Buckingham Palace, the CN Tower, and Niagara Falls. WWF notes on its website that the event isn’t meant solely as a reminder to conserve energy, but to get people thinking about their commitment to the well-being of the planet. That includes supporting projects that fight deforestation, urban pollution, and protecting sensitive marine environments. Delta is promoting Earth Hour through social media and its website by encouraging people to tell the municipality what they did on March 29 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Those who email cae@delta.ca by April 3 will be entered into a contest to win an energy savings prize package.

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Pre-sales begin for Northgate ❙ Staff writer news@southdeltaleader.com

Tsawwassen’s newest development project will open up presales for ‘Class A’ office space beginning in April. The Northgate project, located on the southwest corner of 56th Street and 18th Avenue, will include a mix of retail units at the ground level ranging from 595 sq.ft. to 2,860 sq.ft., and five floors of Class A office space ranging from 362 sq.ft.to 6,720 sq. ft. ❙ From A3

❙ Tsawwassen Toastmasters member Sean Bideshi prepares to deliver a speech during a contest at St. David’s Church on Tuesday (March 18). Adrian MacNair photo

Young toastmaster reaching for the top ❙ Adrian MacNair

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Sean Bideshi stands at the front of the room composing his thoughts as 60 eyes scan his ensemble of black sports blazer, jeans, and skater shoes with white laces. It’s a fitting choice of attire for this 19-year-old Kwantlen University journalism student, whose extensive experience in public speaking belies his boyish appearance. Bideshi takes a deep breath and begins talking about his mother, who worked four jobs to put food on the table as a single parent. His speech is memorized, yet seems fresh and improvised, as he walks around in front of the room gesticulating and even shouting for emphasis. The audience laughs and frowns with the highs and lows of his story and before long one realizes this is less a speech than it is performance art. This night the young Tsawwassen Toastmaster fails to impress the judges enough for victory, but much like the title of his speech Bideshi says he will “never give up.” Born and raised in Ladner, Bideshi first became attracted to public speaking at the tender age of nine. “My older sister was actually in the program and I saw her come home with a couple of trophies and I wanted one,” he says, flashing a smile. Participants in Toastmasters International have to be 18, so Bideshi spent years as a member of various Gavel Clubs, which allow young people to practice their speaking skills. When at the age of 15 his Gavel Club became too small to hold meetings, Bideshi requested–he says begged–to be allowed in with the adults. After

demonstrating his considerable talents, the membership relented. Bideshi credits the toastmasters for focusing him into his choice of career at an early age. “When I got back into it when I was 15 I thought maybe I can find a career that takes my love of speaking and applies it to an actual paying job,” he says. “And journalism was the first thing that came to my mind.” Since that time Bideshi has won five speaking contests and continues to work on his weaknesses. When somebody points out a flaw in his delivery, Bideshi will have eliminated that behaviour by the next speech–whether that be a nervous tick or some minor stuttering. The benefits of toastmasters isn’t just becoming comfortable with public speaking. Meeting with fellow participants before the speech allows Bideshi to constantly practice networking skills, particularly important in his choice of career. “You’re meeting a whole bunch of new people and it’s good to socialize and get to know them,” he says. “So it makes it easier to go into a room and just start talking to people.” Bideshi admits he still gets nervous before public speaking but once he starts talking the fear evaporates and his decade of experience takes over. “When I say the first word it all sort of goes,” he says. “It’s like riding a bike, the muscles get going and you go forward.” Tsawwassen Toastmasters have a spring and fall contest and the winners go on to compete in regional contests. The club meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information visit ambassadortoastmasters.org.

He said the church would like to continue providing for the homeless as an important theological principle. “This was a cornerstone of the old testament and it’s a cornerstone of the philosophy of Jesus Christ as well,” said Short. He added that even the nativity story is about homelessness.

“This is the first and only strata office building that I know of in Delta, and it’s really targeted at a lot of those sort of professional and smaller businesses that would rather own a piece of real estate and have an investment than simply pay straightforward leases,” said the architect of the project, Peter Dandyk. Northgate will include 41 residential townhouses, a 64-suite independent living residence for seniors, and community gardens. Completion of the project is anticipated for Winter 2015. When Mary and Joseph seek shelter at the inn and are turned away, the Mother of God becomes a symbol for homeless refugees. “It’s that whole part of the Christmas story that people don’t think about because it’s quite sentimentalized,” he said. Short said people often dismiss the homeless because they’re mentally ill or addicted to drugs

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DPD South Delta crime beat • March 14, 11:56 a.m., 1500-block 56th Street: A male suspect entered the thrift store and asked to see a gold necklace which was in the showcase. On examination the suspect fled the store with the necklace which is valued at $330. Still photos from video surveillance to be disseminated for possible identification of the suspect. • March 13, 6:35 p.m., 400-block English Bluff Road: Delta Police received a report of two males following and screaming at children in the street. Police attended and talked to the two males who had no valid explanation for their actions. The males were advised of the inappropriateness of their behaviour and of possible charges of mischief. The suspects acknowledged their behavior and agreed it would not happen again. • March 13, 6:30 p.m., 5600-block 47th Avenue: Vehicle left unlocked on the roadside was entered sometime overnight and sporting goods, gift cards, and personal items were stolen. • March 13, 1:52 p.m., 5400-block Maple Crescent: Vehicle left unlocked in driveway was entered sometime overnight. No damage to vehicle but small change taken. Information taken for insurance purposes. • March 13, 7:55 a.m., 5500-block 48B Avenue: Resident reported two vehicles left unlocked in the driveway had been entered sometime overnight. Both vehicles’ glove boxes were found open and papers scattered on the floor. Small change stolen but no damage to either vehicle. • March 13, 7:29 a.m., 4900-block 56th Street: A vehicle parked in the driveway overnight was entered through the driver’s side door. Items stolen include a laptop computer and a cell phone. The complainant found the door to be loose and is confident that it had been left locked. • March 13, 4:32 a.m., 5600-block Ninth Avenue: Report received of

a fuel theft in progress. Police attended but the suspect was gone on arrival. The owner of the vehicle was spoken to regarding the theft but he did not seem concerned and could not provide any further information to police. Approximately $20 worth of fuel stolen. • March 12, 7:15 p.m., 1900-block 56th Street: During a traffic stop the driver produced a Class 7 learner’s driver’s license. As the driver had three passengers with him, he was given a three month driving prohibition. The vehicle was privately towed to the driver’s home.

❙ A train on the BNSF tracks carries coal bound for Westshore Terminals’ export facility in Delta. File photo

MLAs caution port on coal ❙ Staff writer news@southdeltaleader.com

Three BC Liberal MLAs are urging Port Metro Vancouver to work with medical health officers in reassessing human health risks from increased coal shipments to feed a proposed new terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks. Surrey-White Rock’s Gordon Hogg, Surrey-Panorama’s Marvin Hunt and Delta North’s Scott Hamilton signed a Feb. 25 letter urging the port to ensure a new coal impact review announced

last month is transparent to the “growing number of municipalities and citizens who have expressed reasonable unanswered questions.” Port authority CEO Robin Silvester last month ordered the review to plug deficiencies in an earlier environmental health assessment but said further findings on health risks won’t be referred back to medical health officers for comment ahead of a final decision on the new $15-million coal terminal, which would bring more coal trains

through White Rock, Surrey and Delta. “I am concerned, that without a transparent process involving the medical health officers, that many questions and concerns will go unanswered or not be accepted by a majority of the residents,” the MLAs’ letter states. They say every reasonable effort must be made to transparently share scientifically significant information if the Fraser Surrey Docks project is to gain a social licence from the public.

• March 12, 8:43 a.m., 4900-block 59A Street: Complainant reported his truck had been broken into by smashing the rear slider glass window and his wallet was stolen from the dash console. The wallet contained credit cards which the complainant subsequently cancelled. Several items from the vehicle were located a few blocks away from the scene and were seized for finger printing. • March 11, 8:40 a.m., 5300-block Deltaport Way: Police requested to assist with protesters obstructing truck traffic. The protesters were waving flags to get their message out during the dispute with the truck drivers and the Port Authority. Protesters were cooperative and apologetic for slowing the traffic down and assured police there would be not further problems. • March 11, 1:00 a.m., 6500-block Ladner Trunk Road: A male entered the store and while the clerk was busy with another customer the male selected several items which he shoved down his pants and left the store without paying. Police were given the video surveillance to identify the suspects. The male suspect is believed to have committed several similar thefts in South Delta. • If you see anything occurring that you believe to be suspicious, call 911 for in progress crimes and emergencies or 604.946.4411 for other assistance.

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❙ Jennifer Clarke is the newly-elected president of CUPE Local 454. Robert Mangelsdorf photo

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s the newly-elected president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 454, Jennifer Clarke represents the more than 900 local civilian worker employed by the Corporation of Delta, Delta Police Department, Delta Fire and Emergency Services, and Delta Museum and Archives. “Everyone from accountants to lifeguards,” says Clarke, who is the first Local 454 president to be elected from municipal hall where she was a risk management officer. She’s also the first female president to head up Delta’s largest union, representing more local workers than any other. Clarke began her career in insurance and has worked in almost every role imaginable in that industry: as a broker, claims adjuster, underwriter, as well as marketing and training. After moving to South Delta in 2001 to raise her family, she found employment close to home eight years ago at municipal hall where she deals with civil litigation management.

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Connor Green, a three-year-old Ladner boy diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in February, died on Tuesday (March 19). His mother Krista Green wrote a Facebook post about the passing: “Today at 3:47 p.m., I said goodbye

to my sweet little man. The little boy who always smiled, always gave us cheer, and loved me more than anyone ever could. In my arms he slept until he took his last breath. He was peaceful. And now painless. My heart is absolutely broken and my mind is blown that something this horrific happened to me. Three weeks ago I had a beautiful little

She says her role with the Corporation of Delta helped prepare her for her new role as union president. “I wanted to take my skills to help my fellow employees,” she says. “I’m used to dealing with residents who have an issue with the Corporation and need help, I’m used to working with lawyers. It’s a very similar role in a lot of ways.” Clarke took over as CUPE Local 454 president on March 3, and says her first order of business is to get to know the diverse membership, and give them a say about the way forward for the union. Reconciling the many different needs will be a challenge, but the first step is to listen, she says. “As I’m new to the role, my intention is to get out and talk to the members and ask them for their point of view and what they want to see from their local,” Clarke says. “The membership will guide the path for the local.” Clarke hopes to get members involved with the union, and increase CUPE’s involvement with the local community. “The membership supported me and that sends the message that they want a new enthusiasm and optimism for the role of president of CUPE Local 454.”

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boy, today I left with his legacy.” Connor was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in late February and the community of Ladner quickly rallied around the family to help. Connor was given a ride in a firetruck by the Delta Fire Department, and private tours of landmarks in Vancouver. A friend of Krista’s, Kerri Hallman,

set up a fundraising campaign called “The Connor Fund” on the crowdsourcing website youcaring. com. As of Wednesday it had raised $51,230. Condolences can be left on the Facebook group “A Cause for Connor.” The boy is survived by mom, Krista, dad, Justin, and his sevenyear-old sister Robyn.

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couple of weeks ago I thought it might be a good idea to write a story about the seventh annual Earth Hour event (March 29), in which people around the world turn off their lights to conserve energy and support climate change reduction efforts. I fired off a series of emails and phone calls looking for people who might be interested in talking about the event, but came up nearly empty. I tried contacting the Delta School District in the hope that young people, who are generally more attuned to this sort of thing than adults, would be interested in saving the planet. Nope. To his credit, climate action manager Mike Brotherston from the Corporation of Delta called me back to talk about the importance of energy conservation. But he was the lone bright light in the darkness. Even the organization Earth Hour itself couldn’t be bothered to find a spokesperson who lives remotely close to B.C. to talk about it. I got a voice mail from somebody in Toronto at 6 a.m. who doesn’t understand the concept of time zones asking whether I wanted to sign up to help. Sort of says it all, doesn’t it? Earth Hour has really just become another meaningless event on our calendar along with such things as Biodiesel Day (March 18), Submarine Day (March 17), and Poultry Day (March 19). Earth Hour fits well into our modern slacktivist ethical code, in which we’re quite willing to support

something in a passive sort of way so long as it doesn’t terribly inconvenience us. Turning off the lights for an hour in the evening is a small task that is easily done and forgotten, content in the feeling that one has done some small part for the planet, no matter how insignificant. And therein lies the folly. Earth Hour poses no benefit whatsoever if it doesn’t have a permanent effect on our behaviour. And it doesn’t. According to Natural Resources Canada, electricity demand in Canada has grown at an annual average rate of 1.2 per cent since 1990. Considering the average energy reduction in the province during Earth Hour is roughly 1.8 per cent, it would require a permanent behavioural change just to offset the growth of demand. This doesn’t even take into consideration the implications of energy demand on a global scale. China’s annual energy generation in 2011 was 8.9 times that of Canada’s, with projected annual growth rates of 6.6 to seven per cent over the next 10 years. On a basic level, Earth Hour is a teachable moment about energy and conservation. But it becomes useless when people fail to learn from it.

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n March 14, the MLA for South Delta, Vicki Huntington, was invited to a Philosopher’s Café to speak on “The Industrialization of South Delta.” Around 40 people listened to what South Deltans can expect over the next 15 years, which will bring us to 2030 and the conclusion of a 30-year plan. Also some important questions were asked that beg answering. I will try to give you the Cole’s Notes version of those enlightening and disturbing ninety minutes with Vicki. Her direct words are in quotations. “Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) wants to become one of the world’s largest ports [by 2030].” This means, “the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) is about to be peeled away.” PMV is currently Canada’s largest port for the movement of goods and bulk resources. Los Angeles (San Pedro) is the largest in the US. You can Google LA and Shanghai to see our future. Terminal 2 will double the size of the existing port at Roberts Bank and will create a big curve. That curve will silt in which will become marshland and eventually more land for the port’s expansion. Although the PMV denies plans for a third terminal, they do not rule it out. That’s bafflegab folks, for a third terminal down the road. The Asia-Pacific Gateway plan is based on the movement of goods, not people. The South Fraser Perimeter Road had to go around Burns Bog but a lot of ALR land was expropriated for the new highway and ramps. The proposed bridge replacing the tunnel is to allow bigger container ships up the river which means the tunnel will definitely be removed. When the North and South Fraser Port Authorities amalgamated with Port Vancouver there was a lot of concern as Port Vancouver knew little about river management. After years of negotiations they agreed to do some dredging on some of the side waters but only for one year. The funding for dredging stops after this year. B.C.’s waterways are controlled by both the provincial and federal governments with the feds having final say and powers to do what they want – such as removing land from the ALR without our approval. Delta already has two industrial land allotments at Annacis Island and Tilbury Island. They will need a third at Deltaport for intermodal yards, container storage yards and trains.

PMV secured lands from the Tsawwassen First Nation last year and BC Rail already holds a lot of these lands. Nine new rail lines are planned from Arthur Drive down to Deltaport. The Boundary Bay Airport is also part of this plan and includes a million square foot warehouse which will impact East Delta dramatically. South Delta is one of the most important wetland flyways in the world. We have the greatest migration in North America, so the environmental and agricultural concerns with this plan are very serious. Unfortunately, the Canadian Wildlife Services, a federal agency, doesn’t have much power anymore. When Vicki spoke to some high school students about this one of them asked, “Why is the flyway important?” How do you answer that? Many of us take for granted why it’s important but we need to remember that it is a valid question and requires educating people, especially young people. The port lands will be depreciated within 10 years and therefore won’t pay the taxes they should. This will put a greater tax burden on the municipality and those who live and work in Delta. PMV executives are bonused based on the revenue from goods moved. We didn’t have time to discuss the potential for serious environmental impacts. If this is economic development, at what cost? Vicki wrapped up the discussion by saying “We’re losing our democracy and we are losing our community. What down the road will be our most important industry? And how can we balance nature with industry?” If you have answers to these difficult questions, please let her know. ML Burke Ladner

Letters to the editor Harris Barn a warning Re: If the city can do this it can do anything, Letters, March 14, 2014. Mr. and Mrs. Sudbury’s warning should be of grave concern to all homeowners in Delta. Actually none of us in South Delta live terribly far from farmland, and that, of course was the good news until this happened to the Sudbury family and their neighbours. I recently spoke to a gen-

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tleman who lives in Port Guichon. He volunteered that he “would not want to live on Arthur Drive” because he hears the music when the wind blows in that direction. Anyone who drives by in the evening will be shocked by the stadium style lighting shining straight into backyards and no doubt affecting the flight of raptors hunting in the fields. Add intolerable noise to that and it is not a livable neighbourhood any

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longer. How can this Council defend such an uncaring attitude to taxpayers? Councillors who supported this, need to think again and revise their positions. I am outraged that tax dollars are to be spent defending Council’s position. I urge all taxpayers to write to Council on this issue before such careless decision-making becomes the norm, Wilma Haig Ladner

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❙ Frank Pali’s photo, titled It’s My Leg, was one of six images the Delta Photo Club entered as part of the 30th annual North Shore Photographic Challenge. The local photo club won the event, which included more than 280 images from photographers from across B.C. and Yukon. Frank Pali photo

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The Delta Photo Club won the prestigious 30th annual North Shore Photographic Challenge last week in West Vancouver. The club finished a full five points ahead of second place Abbotsford Photo Club and eight points ahead of the third place North Shore Club. A total of 28 clubs from B.C. and the Yukon participated and almost

Letter: Keep the tunnel Build the new crossing, but retain the George Massey Tunnel for it can still be a useful crossing for many years to come. It must be pointed out, the part of the Fraser River that imposes the greatest obstacle to shipping is the area known as the Steveston Cut, not the George Massey Tunnel. Further that full hydrological and environmental studies need to be undertaken on the affects of deepening the Fraser River to accommodate super tankers. Questions need to be asked as to: What affects the deepening will have on the dikes, fish migration and the marshlands and tribu-

280 images were judged. Kerri-Jo Stewart’s image of White Stallions garnered the highest score for Delta at 24 out of 30 points. That, along with the scores for the images from Frank Pali (It’s My Leg), David Friederich (Flight Instruction), Hamid Ebrahimi (Shades of Grey), Ethan Mahdizadeh (Old School Justice) and Larry Leslie (On The Move), propelled the Delta Photo Club to first place.

Competition Chair Heather Latrondresse congratulated the winning photographers for their “wonderful images.” The Delta Photo Club meets Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Kin Village Recreation Centre in Tsawwassen, September to May. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. For more information about the Delta Photo Club, visit www.deltaphotoclub.com

taries that presently have silted up, are being dredged and will have to be continually dredged, perhaps even more so if the main river is to be dredged. What will happen to the Fraser River Estuary’s recognition as Ramsar Wetland of International Significance and it’s ecological importance for migratory birds and fish species if the Fraser River is to be maintained as a deep sea shipping channel? Must we destroy everything that cannot be replaced to accommodate what we consider economically beneficial? Failing the retaining of the George Massey Tunnel, that both Delta and Richmond entrances or approaches to the George Massey Tunnel be retained along

with their ventilation tower as monuments to the George Massey Tunnel. Further that on Delta’s side, which is on the Deas Island Regional Park a Fraser Estuary Interpretive Centre that could be built on top of the approach. The ventilation tower could be used as a viewing point for of the Fraser Estuary and it’s marshlands and birdlife. In the Fraser River Interpretive Centre the fishing history of the Delta and the Deas Island Greek Community and Cannery could be displayed. Perhaps something good could come from the demise of a crossing my father fought so hard to achieve. Douglas George Massey Delta

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❙ Delta Hospital Auxiliary president Marilyn Jones and Delta Hospital Foundation executive director Veronica Carroll are spearheading the campaign to raise $7.5 million to build a new diagnostic services wing at Delta Hospital. The campaign is only $1.8 million shy of its goal, and needs community members to give whatever they can to ensure the much-needed facility gets built. Robert Mangelsdorf photo

A helping hand for our hospital The Delta Hospital Foundation is counting on the community’s support to reach its fundraising goal for a new diagnostic wing

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n a space no bigger than an elementary school classroom, close to a dozen lab technicians bounce off each other like pinballs amongst the millions of dollars of hi-tech lab equipment, piled high to the ceiling. Delta Hospital’s lab department is not for the claustrophobic. This tiny room is responsible for conducting close to 500,000 specimen tests annually that are critical in diagnosing patients’ ailments. The lab was built to handle a fraction of that, however. Despite an exponential increase in demand for testing over the past decade, the facility has remained the same size. Unsurprisingly, because of the space and equipment limitations, it has meant longer wait times for processing samples, test results, and in the end, patient’s treatment. “While technology has made many things smaller, lab equipment is actually getting bigger, because it’s so much more precise, and we test for so many more things now,” explains Veronica Carroll, executive director of the Delta Hospital Foundation. “But we’re at capacity, and we’ve been at capacity for a while.” Carroll and the hospital’s many partners are hoping to change that. She’s heading up the campaign to build a new $12.5 million state-of-the-art diagnostic services wing that will become the new home for the hospital’s lab and medical imaging departments. The new facility will double the size of hospital’s current diagnostic services departments, allowing for

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32,000 more patient visits each year, offering faster and more precise diagnoses and treatment, more privacy and comfort for patients, and fewer transfers. “Every person who walks through Delta Hospital’s doors will require a test,” says Dr. Juan-Carlos Guijon, head of medical imaging at Delta Hospital. “Be it a blood sample to determine infection, or a CT scan to check for brain injury, everyone is touched by medical imaging or laboratory. These tests determine your course of treatment and are vital to your health – so it is very important that we do everything we can to give our patients the best outcomes.” The project represents the Delta Hospital Foundation’s largest ever capital campaign, and while the $12.5 million goal might seem like it would take years to achieve, the Delta Hospital Foundation has managed to raise 75 per cent of what’s needed in a matter of months. The provincial government has pledged $5 million to the project, and thanks to generous donations from community donors, the Delta Hospital Foundation has already raised $5.7 million of the remaining $7.5 million needed to make the project a reality. The dedicated corps of volunteers at the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Society recently pledged a whopping $2.4 million to the project, the largest ever donation from the volunteer group. “The men and women of the Delta Hospital Auxiliary have been dedicated to supporting Delta Hospital for more than forty years,” said Marilyn Jones, Delta Hospital

Auxiliary President. “During that time our members have raised over $18 million towards the care and comfort of patients. This will positively affect every patient in our hospital as well as the residents of our community.” More than 400 volunteers pitch in close to 100,000 volunteer hours every year with the Auxiliary through its fundraising ventures, which include the thrift store in Ladner Village, the hospital café, gift shop, and home care service. The Delta Agricultural Society has also stepped up to help fund the new facility, with a recent $325,000 donation. “Sooner or later, every person in Delta is going to use that hospital,” says farmer Robert Savage of the Delta Agricultural Society. “I’ve been to Delta Hospital three or four times, and my wife has been in there four times since January. They are doing three times what they did ten years ago, so this is really going to help speed things up and help them provide a better service.” With $1.8 million still need to bring the project to reality, the Delta Hospital Foundation is counting on Delta residents to pitch in any way they can and help get the new wing built. As recent fundraising campaigns for a new CT scan and the expansion of the hospital’s emergency room have shown, Deltans are committed to improving Delta Hospital, says Carroll.

“The community has made it happen time and time again, and this campaign is following suit,” she says. One of the easiest ways to donate to the project is online through the Delta Hospital Foundation’s website at www.dhfoundation. ca/donate. “Every little bit helps us reach our goal of a better hospital,” says Carroll. “Every $25, $50, $100 gift makes a difference and gets us closer to our goal.” The Delta Hospital Foundation offers instant tax receipts for donors, and for those looking to make larger gifts, Carroll says there are opportunities to name the rooms in the new facility in honour of donors or loved ones. The Delta Hospital Foundation is also planning a number of fundraising events in the coming months and is encouraging the public to participate. On June 7, the community is invited down to Delta Hospital for the second annual Hustle and Heart Block Party. The 15th annual Delta Health Golf Classic takes place June 19 and the Moonlight Gala takes place Sept. 20. “This community takes a lot of pride in its hospital,” says Carroll. “That’s why everyone’s come together to make it bigger and better.” For more information about Delta Hospital Foundation events, or to donate, visit www.dhfoundation.ca


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❙ Datebook saturday, March 22 • Local author Cynthia Elizabeth Sully is holding a double book launch her new novel, Colour Beautiful Life: Sunny and her new compendium of poetry and prose, entitled Happiest Splash. The event takes place at 1 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library. All proceeds from the sale of both books go to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Monday, March 24 • Do you want to learn how to knit or crochet? Are you an avid knitter, crocheter, quilter or weaver who wants to meet others and get inspiration or help?  Drop by the Ladner Pioneer Library for an evening of crafting fun with Sit ‘n Stitch, Mondays until April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library, 4683 – 51 Street, Delta. Wednesday, March 26 • Delta Chamber of Commerce presents Lunch and Learn lecture focussing on new anti-spam regulations coming into affect in Canada on July 1. Come to this seminar at the Delta Chamber of Commerce, 6201 60th Avenue and find out what that means to you and your online marketing. Free for members, $15 for non-members. Email jane@ deltachamber.ca or call or call 604-946-4232 for more info. • Pajama Storytime at Ladner Pioneer Library from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tuck into a story! Children and caregivers will be entertained with stories, songs, rhymes and more. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their favourite stuffie. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Free to attend. 4683 – 51 Street, Delta. Thursday, March 27 • Stroke recovery music sessions

takes place Thursdays at the Delta School of Music. The purpose of the sessions is to assist those with communication challenges find new avenues to the language center of the brain. Delta residents invited to participate. The two-hour sessions are co-sponsored by the Delta School of Music and Stroke Recovery Association Delta. Contact Dawn Sillett at 604-946-2731 for inquiries and registration. • Teen Pizza & Games at Ladner Pioneer Library from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Do you love to play board games?  Are you between 12 and 19 years old?  Then come to the library for a fun night of gaming and free pizza.  Games and snacks provided by Imperial Hobbies. Free to attend. 4683 – 51 Street, Delta. friday, March 28 • Spring Break Program at Tsawwassen Library: “The One-Eyed Troll,” from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. An evil one-eyed troll has taken over the forest!  Everyone is terrified, but a young boy out looking for some firewood just might have a solution. Join the Trollsons as they use comedy, improvisation and audience participation to bring this Scandinavian tale to life.  Suitable for ages 5 to 12. Free to attend. 1321A 56the Street, Delta. ongoing • Deltassist is urgently seeking volunteers to prepare income taxes for low income Delta residents. Volunteers must have some experience in preparing income taxes. If you feel you could help by volunteering please contact Barb at 604-594-3455 or e-mail barbaram@deltassist.com. • CMHA Delta is offering a therapeutic arts program for children 6-12 years old on Tuesdays, 4-5:30 in the Collaboration room at Delta Manor Education Centre, 4750 - 57th Street Ladner. Call 604-943-1878 for intake process.

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as padded floors, are nonexistent outdoors. In addition, certain areas in nature might not be suitable to all athletes. For example, mountain biking is a popular sport, but not all mountain biking trails are the same. Some trails are ideal for beginners, while others are best ridden by more seasoned riders. When your outdoor exercise regimen will be taking you off the beaten path, be sure you know the terrain before you start your workout. Speak with fellow outdoor enthusiasts about which trails or courses are best for someone of your skill level and adhere to their recommendations. When exercising on a trail for the first time, bring a friend along so someone can go get help should an accident happen. • Stay hydrated. Dehydration is another cause of injury when athletes exercise in the great outdoors. Gyms have water fountains that allow members to take a drink of water when they're thirsty. That water can help prevent dehydration, which can be painful and greatly increase your risk of injury. When exercising outdoors,

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BC Assessment values should not be relied upon as market value for your home. We see many homes sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars above their BC Assessment values, and many others that sell for huge amounts below their BC Assessment values therefore we do not want homeowners to rely on their BC Assessment value as being true market value. BC Assessment values are derived through blanket appraisals done on the properties in the neighbourhood without knowing too much about each individual property or recent sales. They are used mainly as an indicator for Property Tax purposes and are also delayed with their data (usually over 6 months behind). We have seen many assessments in Ladner & Tsawwassen drop considerably this year, but also many others that went up considerably. When determining market value, you want to look at comparable listings (your competition in the market) and recent comparable sales of similar properties that have successfully sold. A professional agent can give you comparable listing and sale data and take into consideration the upgrades and features of your home, and help you get an idea of what your home is actually worth.

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The person preparing the report will have a duty to disclose in the report their qualifications, their relationship with the strata corporation and whether or not they carry errors and omissions insurance, as well as a description of that insurance. Their qualifications will have a direct link to their duties under the regulations. The qualified person will be required to: • Provide an inventory of the strata corporation’s common property common assets, and any limited common property or part of a strata lot that the strata corporation has a duty to maintain, repair and renew. • Provide an evaluation of the inventory by performing physical review of the site and the components. • Provide an evaluation that addresses the following requirements: • Estimate the service life of the assets over the next 30 years • The anticipated maintenance, repair and replacement costs that usually occur less than once per year • Evaluation of the components (the current condition) • Financial evaluation of the factors and assumptions used in estimating the costs over the 30 year period • A description of how the contingency reserve fund is currently being funded, along with a current balance, minus any expenditures that have been approved but not yet taken from the fund, and • At least three cash flow models for the contingency reserve fund relating to the maintenance, repair and replacement over 30 years. Duty to be bonded and carry Professional Liability Insurance. Campbell & Pound Commercial carries a policy set at $ 2,000,000 as does each appraiser working on behalf of the company

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With the evolution of both TV and fireplace designs this has become a very common question. I completely understand the need to incorporate a single feature wall in a room and stacking the TV over the fireplace seems logical. A detail like this in your room is a large investment so to keep things simple I present two primary questions that need to be asked when starting to design this feature. 1. Can you protect the TV from the heat that is coming from the fireplace? This can be done by walking through the fireplace’s installation requirements, finishing details, and framing clearances. This information will allow you to protect the TV from the heat by installing proper mantels, recessing TV’s back from the face of the wall, and/or ensuring the TV is high enough above the fireplace. 2. What is a comfortable viewing height of the TV based on your seating arrangements in the room? There are many resources that can help you with this such as the retailer where you are purchasing your TV or even the internet. This question may cause you to re-think the detail as a viewing height that is uncomfortable may quickly become regrettable. We are always happy to assist our customers with details such as this so please stop by our showroom with information, photos, and dimensions of your working space so that we can help guide you through your design.

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But if this doesn’t convince you, that’s fine: Delta Law Office also handles estate litigation cases, and DIY wills are a great source of business. As another saying goes, “you can pay a lawyer now, or pay him much more later”.

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but the link with hearing loss is not clear. A 2012 study recommends that diabetics have their hearing tested because the data showed a greater incidence of hearing loss in the diabetic population. Research continues as to whether it is the disease or the drugs that treat it that may increase the risk for hearing loss. Primary care doctors may not suggest that a person with diabetes have a hearing test because they are more concerned with urgent diabetes health issues.  However, research suggests that hearing loss may increase the chance of depression and dementia, potentially adding an even greater load to the burden of diabetes.  Our recommendation is that if you have diabetes you should arrange to have a hearing test by a qualified Hearing Care Professional.

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Too easy for fake farmers to dodge tax, Metro told ❙ Jeff Nagel

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More agricultural land in the Lower Mainland might actually be farmed if cities crack down on property owners who abuse the current rules to avoid paying higher property taxes. That’s the advice to Metro Vancouver from consultant Scott Bowden of Colliers International, who studied options to intensify agricultural and industrial land use on behalf of the regional district. Bowden said too much land is underused because it’s too easy to qualify for farm tax status, which reduces the property tax owners pay by as much as 99 per cent from what they’d pay at residential rates. “We have seen evidence of this being abused,” he told a recent Metro Vancouver regional planning committee meeting. A Chilliwack man saved more than $100,000 by arranging to have a few llamas put on industrial land he owned, Bowden said, while similar cases crop up of land owners adding a few cows or other livestock to achieve the “incredible benefit” of farm rates. Bowden said one option would be to substantially raise the current threshold for farm status – it only takes $2,500 in annual agricultural revenue for properties that are four hectares or smaller. Richmond Coun. Harold Steves, who is also a cattle farmer, said the threshold should definitely be raised, adding he’s turned down requests to put a few cows on properties to help owners dodge paying tax. He suspects many owners of giant houses on farmland avoid paying much higher tax bills by leasing out part of their yards to blueberry growers or livestock farmers. Steves said tax relief should be reserved for “bona fide farmers.”

Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese said people with secluded country mansions who have no intention of farming shouldn’t be able to get the farm tax break. “I believe they should be taxed at residential rates,” he said. “There are a lot of land owners who take advantage of the agricultural taxation.” Bowden said cities should consider applying much higher residential tax rates in the Agricultural Land Reserve to increase the cost to wealthy residents who don’t even attempt to seek farm status. Different residential tax rates can be applied in different geographic areas, he said, and the ALR could be defined as such. “We could make it so onerous to be located in the ALR that they would be more inclined to lease their property to a farmer in order to achieve the farm class status.” Meanwhile, Bowden said, legitimate farms should be allowed to average their production revenue over several years so they don’t lose farm status if they suffer the occasional money-losing year. Another reform already enacted last year by the provincial government exempts a larger amount of the assessed value of farm buildings like greenhouses and barns on areas with poor soil. Bowden said that change means a $1-million greenhouse today pays property tax on a much smaller fraction of the value, adding it’s hoped that encourages greater use of greenhouses. Metro planners intend to discuss Bowden’s findings with local cities and provincial officials before recommending any changes. Just half of the 60,893 hectares of ALR land in Metro Vancouver is actively farmed, according to a regional district report. Another 25 per cent

isn’t farmed but has potential to be, while another quarter is categorized as unavailable for farming because of incompatible uses like parks, golf courses or housing. Delta has the highest proportion – 79 per cent – of its 9,400 hectares of ALR land actually farmed. It’s followed by Pitt Meadows at 60 per

cent, Richmond at 59 per cent and Surrey at 58 per cent. Langley Township’s 23,406 hectares of ALR land – the largest amount of any municipality in the region – is only 45 per cent actively farmed. Maple Ridge is worse yet with only 31 per cent of its 3,787 hectares in the ALR actively producing.

❙ A farmer in Delta plows his field. A consultant says not enough Metro Vancouver farmland is intensively farmed and property tax reforms could help address the problem. File photo

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❙ Spring fling This past weekend, Delta Gymnastics hosted their annual Spring Fever Invitational Meet in Ladner for beginner and non-competitive gymnasts. Participants competed on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars, and high bar. A member of the Twisters Gymnastics Club in Abbotsford competes in the floor routine. Adrian MacNair photo

South Delta takes PCAHA hockey titles ❙ robert Mangelsdorf

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The South Delta Minor Hockey Association will have plenty of new banners to hoist this year, after a handful of teams came out on top at the 2014 Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association championships. Among this year’s playoff champions were the juvenile A1 Storm, midget A1 Storm, bantam A2 Storm, Bantam

C3 Thunderbirds, peewee A3 Storm, and the female atom C1 team. The juvenile A1s captured their league title in just their first season of existence. The rep hockey squad is made of 1820 year olds and started out in Tier 3 but were quickly moved to Tier 2 as a result of dominating play in the qualifying round. The team was predominantly first-year players but held their own against older and more ex-

perienced opposition finishing with a record of 22 wins, seven losses, and four ties, good for second place in the tier. The South Delta female atom C1 team also came out on top at the 2014 Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association championships. South Delta defeated the North Shore C3 team in the championship final at Ice Sports North Shore on March 8. ❙ Continued on A17


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Friday, Friday, March March 21, 21, 2014 2014 ❙ The South Delta atom C1 girls’ hockey team defeated North Shore C3 in the championship final to become PCAHA playoff champions. Contributed photo

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South Delta headed into the second period behind 2-0, before Tessa Everett scored late in the middle frame to put the team on the board. Everett had her second goal of the game with 7:47 left in the third on the power play to

tie the game. With less than five minutes left on the clock, Sasha Spencer scored the third unanswered South Delta goal in a row to seal the win. In addition to taking home the championship banner, South Delta also received the

Team Achievement Banner for the Female Atom Division from PCAHA. The team is comprised of Ava Campbell, Lauren Karcher, Michelle Redmond, Lauren Etherington, Kiara Griffith, Kristina Garagan, Mackenzie Loyer, Rachel Johnson, Jessica

Anderson, Lucy Green, Sasha Spencer, Tessa Everett, Shanay Bremner and Sydney Geboers, Sandra Geboers, Natalie Lester, and Brooklyn Hawksworth The team is coached by Brad Etherington, Jackie Hamlin, Sean Johnson, Michael Griffith, and Tom Garagan.

SDSS wins 3rd B.C. gymnastics title in four years ❙ Staff writer news@southdeltaleader.com

The gymnasts of South Delta Secondary School topped the podium for the third time in four years at the annual AAA B.C. High School Gymnastics Championships, held March 8 and 9 in Nanaimo. Delta Secondary School also had a strong showing, finishing the competition

in second place. North Vancouver’s Windsor Secondary School finished in third. In the elite Level 5 competition, Maria Starko from SDSS won silver in the allround scoring, while teammate Danae Wright bronze. In the boys’ category, Mitchell Farquharson from SDSS won gold, while teammate Doug Carroll won silver. Arman Sadhra of DSS won bronze.

Sarah Chan from DSS won gold in the Level 4 girls’ competition, while Max Ellwood from SDSS won gold in the boys’ division. Conor Edgson from DSS won bronze. Brendon Caldwell from DSS won bronze in the Level 2 boys’ competition, while teammate Sarah Powell won bronze as well in the girls’ division. At Level 1, Alicia McLean of SDSS won silver and Is-

abelle Pearson of DSS won the bronze. Mark Dykstra from SDSS won gold in the boys’ division. Gymnasts from both local schools train at Delta Gymnastics in Ladner, whose high school program is one of the largest in the province with more than 60 male and female gymnasts, who each train two to eight hours per week.

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Winskill Dolphins win at Westerns ❙ Staff writer news@southdeltaleader.com

The Winskill Dolphins Swim Club finished fourth among B.C. teams at the 2014 Western Canadian Championships held at the Canada Games Pool in New Westminster earlier this month. The meet, along with its eastern counterpart, is a senior-level competition known for attracting the best swimmers in the western provinces, said head coach Ben Keast. “The preparation and willingness to race from our swimmers was evident this weekend,” he said. “Other clubs have been taking notice; I think this is because our swimmers are very young but look proficient and we continue to improve with each new championship cycle.” The tiny team from Tsawwassen featured just 14 swimmers, but managed to make 39 final appearances, with local swimmers winning a total of nine medals, including six gold. It was a tournament of firsts for the local club. The Dolphins had five first-time competitors at the event, five first-time finalists, six first-time medalists, and one first-time Western Champion. Dolphin swimmers also broke eight club records, two meet records, and one B.C. record. WDSC finished fourth of all B.C. teams in the overall standings, and eighth overall at the meet. The men’s squad finished sixth overall. Sixteen-year-old Markus Thormeyer led the Dolphins with five gold medals at the meet and received the “Swim of the Meet” for posting highest U-17 world ranking swim with his 200-metre backstroke. Kiersten Gilberg, 15, won her first Western title in the 50-metre breaststroke, winning and tying for the gold medal in a personal best time of 32.90 seconds “We have a whole long-course season ahead of us but these midseason short-course tests are important,” said Keast. “Much more in store for our strong young swimmers.” WDSC swimmers taking part in the meet were Paul Zou, Markus Thormeyer, Tai Long Singh, Cai Long Singh, Colette Summers, Taylor Reilly, Sidney Peake, Amy Kowbel, Gabriel Lee, Ali Gracan, Kiersten Gilberg, Brandon Freiberger, and Aleckxeis Aficionado.

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