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Ninety years young They’ve lived through at least one world war, economic booms and busts, social and political transformations and the technological revolution—and they’re still here to tell about it. Last Friday (June 24) about 25 members of McKee Seniors’ Recreation Centre celebrated being 90 years and older. Organizers said the annual birthday lunch for nonagenarians was the best turnout yet, with guests ranging from 89 and 11 months to 97-yearold Gladys Bain, introduced as “the senior of the group.” Other guests included Charlotte England, who turned 90 in April and 94-year-old Annie Edgar, both born in Saskatchewan. Originally from Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Pierre Doonen turned 90 in the spring. He worked as a cook in a hotel before serving in Europe during the Second World War and eventually relocated to Saskatoon. His wife joined him at the birthday lunch, which included food, gifts and live music. —Christine Lyon

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nother mayoral candidate has stepped up to the plate in Delta. Coun. Heather King announced Wednesday she will run as an independent in the upcoming November civic election, just weeks after five-time Delta councillor Krista Engelland declared her own bid for the position. “Many people in Delta have indicated to me great enthusiasm over my decision to run and relief that there is a strong option for the mayor’s seat,” King said in an email. While Lois Jackson—who has served as mayor the last 12 years—hasn’t publicly announced plans for re-election, King said she will be “up for the challenge” of run-

ning against the 38-year council veteran. At city hall, where King has served as councillor since 2008, more focus needs to be put on public autonomy, she said. She gave the example of the traffic and safety committee that she used to chair, which is now run by staff and no longer has public representatives. “When I served on the committee, I would be available all hours to receive calls from concerned citizens. Now, it needs to be done during office hours,” she stated. “When I am elected as the next mayor, public engagement will be front and centre with the vision for making city hall transparent, open and welcoming.” In a press release sent out Wednesday morning, King made additional vows, such as continuing to ensure Delta taxes stay low and municipal debt is reduced,

while the city’s infrastructure is maintained. With a firm belief in government that listens to and engages its citizens, King said she wants to hear what residents have to say about the issues of the day and the impact on their neighbourhoods. “As mayor, I would welcome the opportunity to do more for Delta and ensure that we provide the highest quality of services possible.” King has worked in the community for nine years in various municipal positions. Before becoming a councillor, she served as a school board trustee and chair of the Board of Education. She and husband Dean are longtime residents of Delta, where they live with their three sons.

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old wooden structure that was deteriorating, required continual maintenance and was prone to flooding. To finance the $73,000 project, the Corporation of Delta partnered with the Delta School District and the Holly Elementary School Parent Advisory Council (PAC) through its community initiated Cost Share Program. —Staff writer

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While Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu has refused to disclose the number of officers sent downtown during the Stanley Cup riot, Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford has revealed more than 800 cops were deployed. Cessford released the number in a statement posted on the Delta Police website, in which he explains how police prepared for the situation. In the statement, he said, “Even with over 800 police officers deployed to the downtown core, they were easily outnumbered by the vast crowd.” Cessford went on to say that police showed “great restraint and professionalism” in dealing with the riot that broke out after the Vancouver Canucks succumbed to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. He said the loss set into motion a number of events that escalated to “extremely dangerous levels” and a “small number of individuals were determined to cause havoc in the city.” Cessford said he was proud of the response by police officers from across the region. “Regardless of uniform, we worked together in our greatest efforts to restore order in what can only be described as chaos.” Cessford previously told the Leader about 30 or 40 Delta cops were sent downtown during the riot, and Delta Police had operational plans for each night of the playoffs and co-ordinated those plans with the RCMP and other municipal departments. —Christine Lyon

Local wins poker prize Daniel Idema of Tsawwassen is a poker champion and has the $378,642 to prove it. The 26-year-old former Delta Ice Hawks player took first place in the $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em World Championship June 15 to 17 in Las Vegas. His win comes exactly one year after he finished second place in the same competition in 2010. Idema took home $378,642 in prize money and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. He beat out a final table that included two previous gold bracelet winners and six other players. “There were a lot of big-name pros. It was a bit intimidating in such a field on the last day. I was very happy and fortunate to be here,” he told just moments after his victory. —Christine Lyon


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2 for Richie Speidel, president of Ladner Boys Soccer Club, says a second turf field in Ladner would take pressure off the one at Holly Park (pictured), allowing more playing time during the wet fall and winter months. Jennifer Gauthier photo



adner could be getting a new synthetic turf field now that the city has approved plans to explore the “feasibility and desirability” of introducing a second one to the community. Council unanimously endorsed a motion earlier this month for the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission to work with local sport user groups on the initiative, which is to address how Ladner’s position below sea level – combined with wet weather in the fall and winter – creates unsuitable conditions on grass fields. “There’s an ongoing inherent problem with drainage in Ladner,” Coun. Robert Campbell, the commission’s chair, told the Leader this week. “(The fields) get inundated with rain water and we can’t drain that. To fix the problem, there are only two things we can do.” Pumping systems could be installed in natural fields, Campbell said, but the option would still require “downtime” for the grass to recover from wet weather. However, an artificial turf field “not only solves your drainage problem, but gives you increased playing time as well as that,” he said, adding it would also resolve the issue of birds ripping up grass. Ladner – which has a turf field at Holly Park – had twice as many field closures this past winter as Tsawwassen, which has one turf field, and North Delta, which has two, Campbell said. “When we first started putting in these artificial turf fields, we really didn’t have a grip on how many we would need to serve the whole community,” he said. “Over the last couple years, we’ve learned this is not enough. “Now is the time to take it to the next step.” The move is good news for the president of Ladner Boys Soccer Club, who

said having just one turf field in Ladner has caused scheduling conflicts between teams. “The demand is greater than the supply between us in the winter and the field lacrosse and girls soccer club,” Richie Speidel said. “The reality is most of our grass fields, if we want them to stay as grass, we have to close them for portions of the winter and that puts a lot of demand on the turf for games and practices.” The lack of playable fields has also impacted Ladner’s ability to host rep teams, he said. “Most clubs are able to get their rep teams on twice a week for practices ... we’ve not been able to do that. We lost a coach and a team from this past year that said, ‘You know what? We can actually get two times on the turf in Tsawwassen, so we’re going to relocate our team to Tsawwassen.” While the argument could be made that the lighting on turf fields is bothersome, Campbell said modern technology has reduced lights’ impact on neighbouring homes. “The lights are very directional ... and there’s not a lot of leakage from where you want them to be focused,” he said, adding lights allow activity into the evening. “They’re expensive infrastructure projects. You have to get as much play time out of it to make it justifiable.” To further boost utilization, Campbell said he’d like to see a field that is big enough to allow athletes to practise on its edges while a game is in progress. The commission will meet in August to form a recommendation for council on a location and timeline, Campbell said, noting Holly Park is a potential site. “(We want to) get the recommendation to council in September so that we can get this thing lined up for construction, so that it’s done next year.” Sports groups are encouraged to come to the table with ways to help, he said.



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he age gap between the youngest and oldest students in Delta’s recent Adult Graduating Class may have stretched 64 years. But the wealth of optimism possessed by the oldest grad—Tsawwassen’s Al Bruinink—is boundless. Bruinink, 82, donned a cap and gown June 15 at the ceremony inside Seaquam SecPhilip ondary school’s Raphael gym and proudly accepted his certificate for completing his high school graduation requirements. “Basically, the reason I got my graduation here is that for the last 10 years I’ve been looking for the positives in life,” he says. It was in 2000 that Bruinink, who put down roots in Canada in 1951 after leaving his hometown of Apeldoorn, Holland, was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Determined not to be brought down by the news, Bruinink vowed to remain upbeat about his situation and embarked on goals he had time to pursue. “You listen to some patients and a lot of them are down,” he says. “I said I’m not going to be one of them. I am going to do positive things in order to get my mind in the proper, positive frame, which is also, I think, important for the medical people. It is better to work with a positive person, rather than with someone who is down and out.”

Last fall, he turned his attention to completing his high school diploma. “My kids all have it. So, I thought I’d better be equal to my kids,” he says laughing. Taking his school papers from Holland to the Delta School District offices, it was determined Bruinink required a single course—English Communications 12—to complete his diploma. “And they gave me half a year to do it,” Bruinink says, adding the classes were done over the Internet. “I started in January and was finished in the first week in March because, being retired, I have all kinds of time.” The opportunity to take on the challenge was a positive boost. “I was never a pessimist,” he says. “It helped keep my optimistic view of all things because now I plan to carry on to get my RIA (Registered Industrial Accountant).” It’s a line of study he first took up in the 1960s while working as a rail shipper for MacMillan Bloedel in Port Alberni. He had to put it on the back burner, though, to look after his first wife who had fallen ill, and their children. Later, he went on to run a successful paper distribution business. “I thought to go back and study afterwards, but I never did.” Now, he is busy tracking down details on how to complete his accounting education. “That should give me enough work for the years to come,” he says. Of his accomplishment on completing high school at 82-years-old, Bruinink says for him it’s a “milestone after having completed most of my working life.”

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LETTERS No way, no how Yet another proposal by Sean Hodgins about development for the Southlands property (Downsized plan revealed, June 17, 2011 South Delta Leader). It includes 950 housing units, so, given the average family, we are looking at a minimum of 1,000 cars on the road. Great! On the days when I am not able to carpool to work, it sometimes

Cup riot silence In his breathlessly all-consuming quest for bike lanes, backyard chicken coops, city hall vegetable patches and front-lawn wheat fields, Mayor Moonbeam (Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson) had obviously been too busy to study

Borderline insanity Kudos to Barbara Hinson for her article on the idiotic idling at the border (Don't sit idly by, June 24, 2011 South Delta Leader). Apart, however, from the pollution aspect, there's also the economic harm from crossborder shopping, and I don't just mean the lack of patriotism, i.e. jobs, loss of revenue and taxes that partially go towards our health care system which we're so proud of. This lack of appreciation of "the best place on earth" never

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takes me 45 minutes to get to the (Massey) tunnel, so what’s another 1,000 cars going to do to that trip? Won’t be good, you can bet on that. With all the farmland that the South Perimeter Road has expropriated, the new malls and the Logistics Center development and apartments on the TFN lands, I say let’s preserve all the farmland we can, while we can. Where is our produce going to come from if we keep putting up housing units and malls? I for one will not buy anything produced in greenhouses; it’s as tasteless as you can get. But sadly,

greed and the almighty dollar will win every time, so I am sure it’s just a matter of time before Mr. Hodgins gets his way. And what a truly sad day that will be for South Delta. It’s totally losing it’s appeal for being the wonderful small community it was, which is why we wanted to move here in the first place. So let’s stand strong and not let this development take place in any way, shape or form.

and pay heed to Bob Whitelaw’s advice and recommendations following the 1994 Vancouver Stanley Cup playoff riots. For someone who had never met a camera or a mike he didn’t like, Robertson, after his initial attempts to shift the blame for the predictable 2011 repeat of the 1994 riots to the VPD for let-

ting the crowd run riot and loot unchecked, has now become strangely invisible and silent. Plainly, Vancouver has lost its shine as the undisputed centre of Mayor Moonbeam’s “Happy Planet!”

ceases to amaze me. The latest astonishing revelation to me was when I saw in the news Canadian fans of a foreign sports team, namely the Boston Bruins. As a foreigner, who has spent time in many countries, but is privileged with the world's most precious citizenship, I challenge anyone to give me an example of this incomprehensible attitude outside Canada. Back to the personal bottom line, I also challenge anyone of the cross-border "fuellers" to prove they save money, considering the travelled distance, the idling waste,

the lower octane U.S. gasoline and the even remote possibility of hospitalization while across the border. I doubt many of them carry such medical insurance and we saw how a local couple had to sell their home to pay their huge medical bill because, surprise, U.S. law forbids ambulance transfer from Point Roberts to Delta Hospital—the man had to be airlifted to Bellingham! Am I the only one who thinks this way?

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Considering a new deal The latest offering from Century Group on a scaled back development plan for the Southlands should not be dismissed out of hand. Those sticking to their guns on the antidevelopment side of the fence could take this opportunity to sit back and look at the long-term implications of their steadfast call to leave completely untouched the 500-plus acres of land tucked away in Tsawwassen. They may ask themselves, what might the future bring? Food security is a big concern among the naysayers and zero-progress groups. And that’s a legitimate point. After all, can we really continue to rely on a steady supply of fresh produce from areas south of the border to help meet our evergrowing needs? When will it become too expensive? When will it get cut off, perhaps by unforeseen natural calamities? That brings us back to what could happen at Southlands. With Century Group’s offer to turn 80 per cent of the land over to Delta for agriculture and recreation, it guarantees the future for food production on a large portion of that site. Can the future offer the same degree of certainty? No. True, the construction of 950 homes, approximately half of what was originally proposed on the Southlands, does create the need for some solutions, namely accommodating increased traffic in and out of Tsawwassen. But the trade off is access to land that can help feed the community, here and beyond. It’s unrealistic to think the Southlands can be turned over to Delta in whole, but 80 per cent is a pretty decent figure. It's one that may just be the best offer the people of Delta will ever get from whoever owns the property, now and in the future. It’s time for Deltans to give this well-worn and very divisive topic another long, hard think. To do anything less by simply saying no to any proposals would be a detriment to the community.

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Help send the Delta Police and Fire hockey team to the World Police and Fire Games in New York City in August. The Delta WPFG team is hosting a fundraiser event with proceeds being split between the team and juvenile diabetes research. When: July 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Where: Emma Lea Farms, 2727 Westham Island Rd. in Ladner. Team members will be selling freshly made strawberry milkshakes and hot dogs. Due to food safety requirements, there are no pets allowed on the farm.


Delta Parks Recreation and Culture is presenting a series of free outdoor concerts. Concerts are cancelled in inclement weather. Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair. When: July 5, Matthew Presidente; July 6, the Bossa Boys; July 7, The Centennials. Where: Diefenbaker Park in Tsawwassen. Visit for more information.

GROUPS & VOLUNTEERS Are you eight to 13 years old and love to sing? Join the Sing Out Summer Choral Camp and learn to sing a variety of music from musicals to world music to pop music. This Ladner camp runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon for the months of July and August. For more information and registration, contact or call 604-720-3392. For five to seven year olds, singing circle jam from 9:30 to 10 a.m. No previous experience necessary— just a love of singing with others!


Enjoy an evening of dinner and Music in the Garden as For the Birds wraps up their B.C. tour. The group features three of B.C.’s up and coming singer-songwriters in an ensemble of three part harmonies, hilarious stories and their version of the truth. When: July 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Where: the Earthwise Society Garden. The performance will raise funds for the Feed the Bees program. Tickets $10 in advance by contacting Earthwise at 604-946-9828 ($12 at the door).


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Clockwise from top left: The Delta Police Pipe Band and members of the Royal Canadian Legion Delta Branch 61 were on hand at the unveiling of the new Veterans Way street sign at the corner of Delta and Trenant streets. Jim Kinnear photo ❚ The Richmond Devils' Peewee Minor Ball Hockey Association championship win on Father's Day had a decidedly South Delta influence. Captain Dylan Bubel (Tsawwassen), assistant captain Thomas Van Veenendaal (Ladner) and assistant captain William Dalgleish (Tsawwassen) all attend Delta Christian School in Ladner. Contributed photo ❚ Steve Dane and Brad Gaze of the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club present a $2,500 cheque to the Delta Gymnastics Society for the purchase of an adjustable bar that is used in the recreation area of the gym. Photo by Cullen photos

roperty tax time is fast approaching and many British Columbians are choosing to defer their payments. Previously only an option to seniors (those 55 and over), widows and widowers, and persons with disabilities, now any household “supporting” a dependent child under the age of 18 can apply. So what’s the best advice on whether to defer? Our main concern is the temptation this offers t o i n c re a s e debt, without following through with a corresponding course of action to improve a household’s financial situation. Look at these factors, at a minimum: • What’s your motive? (i.e. Are you in financial dire straits? Not inclined to pay, or a savvy decision maker who wants to evaluate the best financial outcome?) • If you defer your property tax bill, what will you do next? (i.e. Will you save an amount equivalent to your property tax bill in a TFSA, RRSP or other investment? Will you pay down debt, like a high interest credit card? Or will you spend on essentials, or not so essentials?) • How much will you defer? You don’t have to defer your entire property tax bill. •What’s the current prime interest rate being charged on deferred tax accounts? It is set every six months, at a rate not more than two per cent below the prime rate of the province’s principal banker. For April 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2011, it is one per cent, except for the

Property Tax Deferment Program for Families with Children, which is three per cent. • Are you aware of the fees charged on deferred property tax accounts ($60 fee in the first year, $10 a year thereafter)? • What’s more likely to be the mid- to long-term interest rate you’ll pay on the deferred taxes? • How much can you earn, after tax, on Mark amounts Ting you save? ( O r, w h a t interest do you save on debts you’ll p a y d ow n instead? Consider the amounts you have to earn, before paying income tax on it, to make those debt payments.) • When will you become obligated to repay the deferred property tax? (i.e. When you sell your home? When you want to re-apply for mortgage financing? Add a joint owner to it? Apply to subdivide it?) • W h a t’s t h e r i s k you’ll have to pay your deferred taxes earlier? (i.e. Because you need to refinance your mortgage? Get separated or divorced? Get relocated for work? Decide to add someone to title?) For more information on this program or to see if you qualify, visit Property_Tax_Deferment/ptd.htm Mark Ting, CFP is a Mutual Funds Investment Specialist with Credential Asset Management Inc. at the Vancity Tsawwassen Community Branch and a weekly financial commentator for On the Coast on CBC Radio with host Stephen Quinn.


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here was a collective intake of breath at Beach Grove Elementary this week as Sue Earles opened the door of the cat carrier she was holding and a crowd of students awaited their first look at Fluffy. After a moment’s hesitation and a gentle shake of the cage from Sue—a teaching assistant at the school—the three-month-old great horned owl swooped from her enclosure and soared into a stand of nearby trees. The flight lasted mere seconds, but it was a sight some of the children say they will remember for a long time to come. “It’s nice to learn about nature and see the beauty of them flying away and returning home,” Grade 6 student Jessica Goodfellow said, noting Fluffy’s release has taught the school more about nature and the environment. “I think it’s important because it shows awareness and it makes people more aware of what happens in this world.” The June 27 release came two months after Sue stumbled across Fluffy while walking with husband Ray in Beach Grove Park, which is located next to the 5955 17A Ave. school. The Tsawwassen resident said she regularly checks on the family of great horned owls that nests there each year, and was used to seeing the parents with their two owlets. But on the evening of April 27, Sue could only spot one owlet, and the mom—who was sitting in a nearby tree—was just 20 feet from the ground. “They don’t usually go that low,” she said. The mother owl kept looking at the forest floor, which was where Sue found a cold and wet Fluffy. Ray ran to the couple’s nearby home to call Bev Day of Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL), who said the owlet wouldn’t survive the night if left there. So, while Ray distracted the youngster, Sue crept up from behind and threw a towel over it, before scooping it up and into the crate. “It was so light; it was just fluff,” she said, adding that it may have fallen while hopping between branches. The owl, which was under six weeks old and weighed around a kilogram, was fostered by two great horned owls at the society who are unreleasable, but who accept owlets that haven’t yet passed a certain age. Once Fluffy proved she could catch prey in a flying cage, it was time for her return home. Sue did the honour of releasing her Monday in front of Beach Grove students, who have taken an interest since hearing of the rescue. They created a poster and took part in a contest that generated the name, ‘Fluffy.’ “I think they’re a little protective of the owls in—they call it—their park,” Sue said. Grade 7 student Kendra Stowell said she has grown up in the neighbourhood, and would be saddened if anything happened to the park. “It’s a part of my childhood. It’s a part of my life.” Not only did learning about Fluffy help draw attention to the park’s marvels, but it showed how they can often be more interesting than iPods or Facebook, Kendra added. “People are forgetting that you don’t need a computer to be entertained.” For Sue, the experience has proven how valuable it is to live near wildlife. “I think this is fabulous,” she said. “I love all the nature programs we have at this school. “It’s great when science is free for us—we just have to walk outside the school and everything is there.”

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CUPE Local 454 president Darryl Robison mixes up the perfect dish to bring to summer barbecues or serve up at home: a light, healthy salad made from the quinoa grain. Christine Lyon photo

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Union president serves up hearty, healthy salad to mark Local's 60th birthday The union that represents more than 900 workers in Delta is celebrating its diamond anniversary. Started by a small group of inside municipal workers in 1951, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 454 has since expanded to represent workers of the Corporation of Delta, Delta Police Board civilians and the Delta Museum and Archives. June 12 marked the Local’s 60th birthday and president Darryl Robison has been out in the community celebrating and raising awareness about the organization. “The union just works to protect the rights and bargain the collective agreements and make sure that the collective agreements are maintained and that everybody is treated fairly and equitably,� he said. The current agreement is up at the end of the year and Robison said bargaining committees are at work right

now trying to get ready for the next round of contract talks, which could start as early as the fall. Robison, who was re-elected president in February, works in engineering operations, maintaining Delta’s water and sewer systems. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time in the kitchen. This week, he shares a summer salad recipe that uses the quinoa grain (pronounced keen-wa). “It’s very easy to prepare and quite tasty,� he said. Grown high in the mountains of South America, quinoa is gluten free, an excellent source of protein, and can be used as a replacement for rice. This summer salad is light, nutritious and the perfect dish to bring to a barbecue or serve as a side with your favourite meal. —Christine Lyon

Summer quinoa salad INGREDIENTS 1 cup dry organic quinoa 2 cups vegetable broth 1 cup cooked or canned chickpeas, drained 1 cup diced red bell pepper DIRECTIONS Cook quinoa in vegetable broth according to package directions, generally until the broth is absorbed and the quinoa turns translucent. Add chickpeas two to three minutes before quinoa finishes cooking. Remove from heat and then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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Southlands, take two

Century Group hopes scaled-down development proposal gets the green light CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER


he debate over the future of the Southlands is heating up yet again. Century Group, the majority owner of the 581-acre Tsawwassen agricultural site, has been vying to develop the property for years, but the plans have been met with staunch public resistance. About two decades ago, before Century Group acquired the land, it was the subject of one of Canada's longest-running public hearings where plans to develop the land failed. Delta municipal council returned the more recent development proposal to Century Group while discussion on the Tsawwassen Area Plan got underway and eventually proposed the land be returned to the Agricultural Land Reserve. In early spring this year, council terminated a series of divisive public hearings on that matter and, following a Mayor's Summit on the issue, allowed Century Group to come up with a revised proposal that affords more land for public use. Now the company is back with a new, scaled-down development plan it hopes will get the green light. Half the size At a Delta council meeting last week, Century Group president Sean Hodgins revealed a new vision for the Southlands that includes 950 housing units and transfers 80 per cent of the land—more than 400 acres—to the municipality for public use. That’s in contrast to the original proposal, which contained 1,900 housing units and allocated two-thirds of the land to Delta. Hodgins’ presentation drew a full house of both proponents and naysayers. He is confident this redrafted proposal will be better received, considering its sizeable land transfer. “That is obviously an enormous amount of land that will be turned over to Delta as park and as active agricultural land, so it’s a real win,” Hodgins said. The remainder would be dedicated to commercial and residential buildings. Hodgins said there was “nothing magical” about arriving at the 950-unit figure, which would amount to a 10 per cent boost in available housing in Tsawwassen over about 15 years. “It’s a meaningful, but not dramatic increase,” Hodgins said. “The meaningfulness of that will be in different forms of housing basically focused on more of a townhome style of housing and density.” Under the new plan, some 1,500 to 2,000 people could call the Southlands home. Hodgins said demographic changes in Delta have taken a toll on retail businesses and led to school closures, so more housing would benefit the area. “Clearly more people make a more dynamic community. The more people you have in a community, the fresher the bread is in the bakery,” Hodgins said, adding more demand on local services would be a positive. “The businesses thrive,



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the schools thrive, the sports teams are busy, all those things come together,” he said. “We need more young people living here.” The new Southlands plan is essentially the same as the original, just half the size, Hodgins said. It remains consistent in providing a diverse mix of housing, and keeps the same concept of a central Market Square “where the community and the agriculture will come together.” Vocal opposition Century Group’s original development plan was met with resistance, and for some opponents, the new proposal is not a compromise. Dana Maslovat, co-founder of citizens’ group Southlands the Facts, which is against developing the land, called the new Southands proposal “frustrating and disappointing.” “We’ve been through a two-year process of spending a ton of taxpayers’ money and time and trying to go through whether the public supports development on it (Southlands). “I think it’s clearly come back every time that the public doesn’t,” Maslovat said. The property is zoned agricultural by the municipality and lies within Metro Vancouver’s Green Zone. Maslovat fears

development will mean the loss of ripe farmland. “With food security issues, we know enough to know not to keep putting houses on land that can grow food,” he said, adding development could also threaten the habitat of hawks, eagles, herons and other local wildlife. Then there’s the question of how a population influx, potential traffic congestion and years of construction would affect Boundary Bay. “To put another 950 homes right up against it is putting 150 per cent population increase into a small little beachside community,” Maslovat said. “I don’t think that’s going to improve those people’s quality of life.” Maslovat participated in the Mayor’s Summit on the future of the Southlands to discuss whether or not to develop a portion of the property. At the closed-door meetings, he pushed alternative uses for the land, such as ecotourism, agricultural tourism or a world-renowned birding centre. “We believe that there is vision there that can be potentially beneficial and profitable to the developer, not necessarily at the level of 1,000 homes, but can still make them a profit and can maintain the wishes of the community.” None of Maslovat’s visions include residential real estate. “Whether it’s 1,900 homes or 950 homes, it’s still not what

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the community wants,” he said. “I don’t know how many times we have to say ‘no’ before it’s understood that this is not something that the community is going to support.” Citizen support Not all residents are averse to building on the Southlands, as evidenced by the spirited round of applause that filled council chambers following Hodgins’ presentation. The Southlands Community Planning Team is a citizen-driven volunteer committee that has worked several years to help Century Group create a plan reflecting the needs of the community. Longtime Boundary Bay resident John Barr is one of the original planning team members. “If anyone can point to a more inclusive community participation process in developing a land proposal, I’d like to know what it is, because I haven’t seen it anywhere else,” Barr said, noting the previous rounds of open houses and charettes. Barr listed five principles the planning team wanted the final plan to incorporate: farming of best soil, maximizing public land use, employing best environmental practices, maintaining the pastoral character of the land, and providing a mix of housing choices with a compact footprint. He said the latest proposal captures all those principles. “Nobody wanted to see it covered with urban sprawl or concrete,” he said. Tsawwassen resident Patrick Cotter of Patrick Cotter Architect Inc. is behind the project design. He said the new plan takes many elements from the first, but has fewer homes and a better balance of housing on the east and west side of the property. The resulting “pockets of neighbourhoods” would be interconnected with an open space network of pathways, greenways and agricultural land. “The site should be very porous and connect upper Tsawwassen and Boundary Bay,” Cotter said.

On June 9 the 12th Annual Delta Health Golf Classic raised over $144,000! Thank you to our many sponsors, participants and volunteers! Presenting Sponsor Opposite page: The latest working plan for the Southlands includes pockets of neighbourhoods linked by parks, pathways and agricultural land. Contributed image Above: Sean Hodgins, president of Century Group, has committed to transferring 80 per cent of the land to Delta if plans go ahead. Rob Newell file photo Below: Dana Maslovat, co-founder of Southlands the Facts, wants the property reserved for agriculture. Jim Kinnear file photo

Change is coming Century Group has a few weeks to carry out more community discussion and tweak the development plan before coming back to the Sept. 12 council meeting with a more polished proposal. With council’s OK, Century Group will submit a formal development application. Metro Vancouver would consider removing the Southlands from the Green Zone should council grant third reading to the proposal. In the meantime, Maslovat and his supporters will rally to ensure there is a strong presence at the September meeting. “We all have our opinions; I think our role is to really organize the voice of opposition to development,” he said. Hodgins said he has come a long way in his thinking and this new plan is “beyond reasonable” in terms of what it transfers to Delta. “Ultimately, I think the community has to embrace it,” he said. “There’s always going to be things that someone will find wrong with it, but change is going to happen anyway. Is it a change that we want to manage, or just allow it to overtake us?”

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ust last month the Canada Sport for Life movement launched the Active for Life website (— a great new resource for parents, teachers, coaches and other educators. The website outlines the term "physical literacy" in great detail: "Just as children need to be taught to read and write, they need to be taught how to run, jump and throw." Furthermore, "... movement is a child’s first language, and movement is our most fundamental means of interacting with the world." The website has a whole section outlining how kids learn sports, and the different "play" and sport skills children should be exploring at each age. It makes a great reference guide for parents and anyone working with kids, it will help to make sure we’re not asking our kids to drop-kick a soccer ball when they’ve barely learned to run! Be sure to check it out. And on that note, here’s a great tag game for the field or playground! Energizer Bunny: One or more kids are "it." The first time a player gets tagged they put one hand on their head, but they keep running. When they get

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july 8, 9, 10 MK Delta Criterium

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011, 6:30pm presented by MK Delta Lands Group Start/Finish 84th Ave at 114th Street 4:45 pm Road closures 5:45 pm ND Kids Crit 6-8 yrs - 83rd Avenue (1/2 lap) 6:00 pm ND Kids Crit 9-11yrs - 84th Avenue (1 lap) 6:30 pm START- Women’s Race (all categories) (30 laps x 1.3 km) 7:40 pm START- Men’s Race (Pro, 1 & 2) (40 laps x 1.3 km) 8:45 pm Award Presentations- Women & Men 9:30 pm Road re-opens

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SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011, 5:15pm presented by Brenco Metal Processing & Fabricating Start/Finish: Ladner to Delta Street & Bridge Street 3:45 pm Road closures in effect for all automobiles 4:30 pm Ladner Kids Crit 6-8 yrs - Delta Street (1 lap) 4:45 pm Ladner Kids Crit 9-11 yrs- Delta Street (2 laps) 5:15 pm START - Men’s Cat 3,4 Criterium Race - 25 minutes + 5 laps 5:50 pm Finish - Men’s Cat 3,4 Criterium Race 5:55 pm Award Presentations- Men’s Cat 3,4 6:15 pm START - Women’s Criterium Race (all categories) - 36 km (40 laps x 0.9 km) 7:10 pm Finish - Women’s Criterium Race 7:25 pm START - Men’s Criterium Race (Pro, 1 & 2) - 54 km (60 laps x 0.9 km) 8:30 pm Finish - Men’s Criterium Race 8:40 pm Award Presentations – Women & Men 9:15 pm Partial road re-opening (exception of Delta Street at Bridge Street & Bridge Street) 9:45 pm Full road re-opening

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presented by White Spot Women Start/Finish: Winskill Park 5575 9th Ave., Tsawwassen Men’s Start: Sungod Recreation Centre, 7815 112th Street, North Delta Men’s Finish: Winskill Park, 5575 9th Avenue, Tsawwassen Tsawwassen Circuit 8:00 am Road closes and marshals and caravan in place 9:00 am START - Women’s Road Race in Tsawwassen (all categories) - 85 km (11 laps) 11:30 am Approximate finish of Women’s Road Race Men’s Point to Point Race 8:00 am Caravan in place for rolling enclosure 9:00 am START - Men’s Road Race in North Delta (Pro, 1 & 2) - 140 km (4.5 laps in North Delta & 10 laps of the finishing circuit) 1:00 pm Approximate finish of Men’s Road Race Award Presentations - Women & Men (at the stage immediately following the race) 1:15 pm Road re-opens (except start/finish area) 1:30 pm Road re-opens

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ome 200 cyclists are gearing up for the 2011 Tour de Delta, which this year is introducing a new race in North Delta in hopes of attracting more bike-enthused spectators. The three-day, three-race annual cycling competition runs July 8, 9, and 10 and, for the first time, the former MK Prologue in North Delta has been changed to the MK Delta Criterium. The Friday evening race features a 1.2-kilometre loop around the heart of North Delta, giving onlookers the chance to see the athletes more frequently as they pass by 40 to 50 times. The route includes a fast downhill section going into an open lefthand turn where riders can hit speeds in excess of 70 kilometres per hour. “We wanted to continue to

enhance the entertainment of the event for the community,” said race director Mark Ernsting. “The riders didn’t mind either way.” Friday’s event will also feature family-oriented activities and entertainment such as Dhol Nation drummers, arts and crafts, and a mountain bike stunt show. Day 2 of the races takes place Saturday evening in Ladner with the Brenco Criterium. Thousands of people are expected to watch riders handle the tight corners of Ladner Village. “Historically, our biggest night is on the Ladner course with approximately 5,000 spectators that come out,” Ernsting said. “We hope that, in short order, we can achieve that as well on the North Delta course.” The three-day event culminates Sunday with a sprint to the Tsawwassen finish line after the endurance-testing White Spot

Road Race. Ernsting expects 200 male and female riders to compete this year for more than $25,000 in prize purses. It might just be the most experienced group of riders to date. “The field is going to be really strong as far as the depth of pros that are going to be in attendance,” Ernsting said. He said cycling enthusiasts planning to cheer on the two-wheeled competitors can expect to feel a real “buzz” on the streets. And organizers continue to build an entertaining show around each day’s race as the “great tradition” of the Tour de Delta enters its 11th year. The Delta event kicks off BC Superweek July 8 to 17, which also includes the inaugural UBC Grand Prix, the return of the Giro di Burnaby and the 32nd annual Tour de White Rock.

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Ladner Pioneers beat Valley Rebels in sudden death OT The Ladner Pioneers handed the Valley Rebels just their second loss of the season on Friday (June 24), edging the Abbotsford senior B lacrosse squad 9-8 in overtime at MSA Arena. "It was a really well-played game," Rebels coach Jim Nishiyama said. "It was two of the best teams in the league, and

somebody had to lose." The Rebels held a 7-4 lead at one point, but the Pioneers rallied all the way back to win in sudden-death OT. Brian Poole and Geordie Wells led the Valley offence with two goals and three assists apiece. The Abbotsford squad still holds down first place in the

West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association standings with an 8-2 record, while Ladner improved to 8-3. Ladner was scheduled to take on the Royal City Capitals at home Thursday, June 30. The team goes to Nanaimo July 9 to face the Timbermen. —Abbotsford News

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ust over two months after moving into new surroundings at the Delta Sport Development Centre in Ladner, the Delta Gymnastics Society has just about everything in place. And now, just about all of those on the organization's previously lengthy waiting list have a place to play, thanks to the much larger building adjacent to the Ladner Leisure Centre. "In the old facility, the maximum amount of preschool kids for instance was about 365," said executive director Mark Friesen. "Right away the first session (in the new building) we had 430. So, that wiped out the wait list right away. And that's without doing any kind of big push to other communities like Richmond and North Delta." The new surroundings doubled the gym floor area to 15,000-square feet. So, while the enrolment numbers have risen dramatically, they can go a bit higher yet, Friesen added. "Maximum, we can double our numbers, realistically. I mean if we have a 50 per cent increase in all programs that would be great," Friesen said. One of the challenges of such an increase can be finding the staff to run the larger programs. But in the case of the gymnastics society, it has allowed it to offer more hours of work for its instructors.

The opportunity for such expansion is like a dream come true for Carlene Lewall, the society's director of marketing and fundraising, who said she was delighted with the response from the community to help fund the project. "It was really good," she said. "And it was really nice to be able to do it in such a short period of time. We launched it (Kids 1st campaign) last June and to be finished a year later is nice. Mind you, the whole (overall) campaign was 14 years." That's how long the society has been holding chocolate bar drives, and other fundraisers such as the annual Operation Red Nose safe ride home program each Christmas to pay for the move to a new site from the South Delta Recreation Centre in Tsawwassen. "It seems like such a dream to so many people," Lewall said. "But we knew that it would happen, just when." Delta received federal funding in the amount of $753,000 for the Sport Development Centre through a Regional Infrastructure Canada grant. The Corporation of Delta provided $1.25 million in funding for the Sport Development Centre and an additional $500,000 for site development. The Delta Gymnastics Society contributed $1.2 million to the project and continues to raise funds for equipment and furnishings, and is just shy of its goal by about $55,000.


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CHBA ‘extremely pleased’ with budget The Canadian Home Builders’ Association is praising the federal government for its newest budget. The “budget provides a responsible transition from stimulus spending towards creating the conditions that will renew private sector demand and job creation,” says CHBA President Vince Laberege. The new budget, tabled on June 6, includes several measures that will benefit the homebuilding industry, including support for the EnerGuide Rating System and green initiatives in home building such as CHBA’s R-2000 program, which builds homes to strict energy-efficient requirements, indoor air quality and environmental responsibility. “We are extremely pleased that (Finance Minister Jim) Flaherty has chosen to

maintain momentum among homeowners for improving the energy performance of their homes,” says Laberege. “This is an important and practical initiative that can rejuvenate our existing housing stock, reduce energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” He also lauded the government for its commitment to municipal infrastructure investment, saying “governments must recognize that infrastructure can no longer be financed through the mortgages of new home buyers.” The CHBA also announced that it plans to work with the government to ensure that policies will support housing affordability and choice, saying in a statement, “This is particularly true with respect to the HST/GST as it applies to new homes and renovations.”

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Sequoia a taste of the West Coast by Kerry Vital

In a fast-paced place like the Lower Mainland, serenity can be hard-won. However, it seems to come standard at Fairborne Homes’ Sequoia. The new townhome development is right at home in the Panorama area of Surrey, and it’s ready and waiting to welcome you home as well. “It’s the little details that make a difference,” says Fairborne general sales manager Rosalin Wang-Foong. Some of the little details of which Fairborne is so proud include granite countertops in the kitchen, two designer colour schemes, Sand and Slate, and his-and-hers sinks in the ensuite bathrooms, perfect before a night out when all those little grooming tasks need to be done. Named for its West Coast feel, Sequoia will be perfect for people from all walks of life, from young families to people making a fresh start after a divorce or after the kids leave the nest, says Wang-Foong. With three floorplans available, the 91 two- and three-bedroom homes at Sequoia are expected to sell out quickly. “This is a great location, a great design and great pricing,” says Wang-

Foong. Kitchens include porcelain subway tile backsplashes, stainless-steel doublebasin sinks, and flat-front square-line cabinet doors. Two kitchen layouts are available; the first features an L-shaped design with an eating nook. The second includes an oversized island with a breakfast bar and pendant lighting. Both are perfect for entertaining, a family dinner or breakfast on the run. The main floor in all homes include airy nine-foot ceilings that make the entire place feel incredibly spacious, and painted baseboards and interior window trim add an extra finishing touch. Bathrooms feature large vanity mirrors, elegant sconce lighting and polished-chrome Kohler faucets. Depending on the floorplan, upstairs bathrooms include a luxurious soaker tub or a walk-in shower. The exteriors are just as beautiful as the inside. The homes feature

Craftsman-style architecture and rich brick accents, and each includes large bay windows and a well-lit front porch. Even the entrance is sophisticated and calming; you will feel like you’re entering an exclusive community as soon as you turn into the driveway. “We want people to have a connection with their neighbours,” says Wang-Foong. Making that connection will not be hard, since on the property stands the Creekside Clubhouse. The building includes a large lounge with a

kitchen and fireplace, a gym and a flex space for owners to use for whatever they’d like, from birthday parties to bridal showers. One unusual feature of the clubhouse is the guest suite, which owners can rent out when they have overnight visitors. The clubhouse also has its own green space that will hold a play area and south-facing patio. Two-bedroom homes start at $314,900. For more information, check out, or call 604575-7366.

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