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Philip Raphael, editor South Delta Leader Roger Lasell remembers the “old days” when dried up old Christmas trees were collected in large pile and burned following the holidays, creating a plume of smoke and leaving a mound of ash. Today, there’s a much more useful way of ridding the home of that tree which has outlived its usefulness, while at the same time providing a much needed charitable donation to the community. It’s the annual Christmas Tree Chipping service provided by the Tsawwassen/Boundary Bay Lions Club. Club president Lasell says the Jan. 8 and
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9 event outside the South Delta Recreation Centre is a fundraiser for the community as the trees are disposed of by donation. “Last year we had about 1,700 trees and the donations ranged from $2 to $20,” said Lasell. The total collected was $7,500 which went towards a number of projects and community groups the local Lions Club supports. Even the remains of the trees were put to good use as mulch for pathways in
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Successful campaign The Corporation of Delta's 2010 United Way campaign was Delta's most successful to date, the municipality said in a press release. Delta staff raised a total of $52,882.76, exceeding their fundraising goal. "The dedication of our employees to this worthwhile organization is exceptional," said Mayor Lois Jackson. United Way is recognizing Delta's contribution by nominating the municipality for the Employee Campaign Loyalty Award, and award that so far no other municipality has been nominated for this year.
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A new concert series is being launched in Tsawwassen this January. Michelle Jones, who features up and coming young talent in the Young People's Concert Series, is now introducing the Ovation Performance Series to showcase professional performing artists in the community. First up is "Tracy Neff and Friends" Jan. 8, 7 p.m. at Ladner's Cedar Park Church (5300 44 Ave.). South Delta's Neff, most recently seen in The Arts Club Theatre's The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee, will be joined by pianist Larry Enns, musical theatre entertainer Tony Barton, and performer Deanna Gutierrez. Tickets are $15 at Cedar Park Church, with proceeds to benefit the Delta Hospice Society. For more details, call 604-946-7410.
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Message from Mayor Jackson and Delta Council
Front row: Cllr. Heather King, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Cllr. Anne Peterson Back row: Cllrs Scott Hamilton, Ian Paton, Robert Campbell and Bruce McDonald
Temporary Closure Notice: Sungod Recreation Centre
All areas of Sungod Recreation Centre, with the exception of the arena, will be closed for completion of the fitness centre expansion from November 29, 2010, reopening at 6:00 am on January 6, 2011. The new weight room will double its previous size and offers many new pieces of cardio and strength equipment. Most of Sungod’s aerobics classes will be offered at North Delta Recreation Centre between November 29 and December 31; these classes will be free of charge.
Seasons’ Greetings Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council extend their best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.
Holiday Hours of Operation Delta Municipal Hall will be closed the following days during the holiday season:
All arena activities will proceed as usual with the exception of public skate admissions, which will be accepted up to a half hour prior to the session at a temporary Customer Service Office in the arena lobby.
Upcoming Events For a full listing of our holiday season events visit www.corp.delta.bc.ca/events
• Friday December 24
Grand Opening: Delta Archives & Edgar Dunning
• Monday December 27
• Tuesday December 28 • Monday January 3
Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture Facilities All facilities will be closed on Christmas Day. Hours of operation from December 26 to January 1 will vary at each facility – please check the facility schedules for holiday hours and activity schedules at www.corp.delta.bc.ca/schedules or call (604) 952-3000.
Delta’s 2010 United Way Campaign The Corporation of Delta’s 2010 United Way campaign was the most successful to date! Raising a grand total of $52,882.76, Delta staff’s unwavering dedication and participation in this year’s campaign was outstanding. Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Delta Council and George V. Harvie, Chief Administrative Officer, would like to thank Delta’s United Way Co-Chairs Kate Steel and Michele Harris, along with the United Way Committee and staff, whose efforts and enthusiasm made this year’s campaign the best yet.
January 7, 2011 1:00 pm Mayor Lois E. Jackson will unveil a document of historical significance at the grand opening of the new Delta Archives & Edgar Dunning Reading Room. Located at the former courthouse building next to Delta Municipal Hall, this new facility is one of nine projects that Delta received Federal and Provincial funding through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.
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Police aim to make municipal roads safest in B.C. Dan Ferguson, reporter Surrey North Delta Leader Automatic cameras to catch red-light runners are being considered for intersections in North and South Delta as part of a police campaign to reduce the accident rate on municipal roads. While he has some reservations, Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford supports the notion. "It's probably a good idea," Cessford told a recent Delta Police Board meeting. The province and ICBC will be asked to consider funding cameras for the two most accident-prone crossings in the community. The worst of the worst is the intersection of 72 Avenue and 120 Street, where hordes of short-cutting commuters make the crossing from Surrey to pass
through North Delta en route to the Alex Fraser Bridge and Vancouver. The second worst is Ladner Trunk Road and Highway 17, where traffic from the B.C. Ferries terminal in Tsawwassen and the container port terminal in Ladner flow toward the Massey Tunnel. Cessford said operating a red light camera at the Ladner Trunk Road crossing poses some unique problems, because such a camera would only capture the rear licence plate of an offending vehicle as it passes. In the case of the many container trucks rumbling through the South Delta intersection, Cessford said that means the licence plate of the rented trailers will be recorded, not the plates of the trucks pulling them, which are usually owned by a
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PICTURED Aerial shots of the two worst intersections in Delta—72 Ave. and 120 St. in North Delta (above), and Ladner Trunk Rd. and Hwy. 17 in Ladner. Bing.com photo
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Mayor calls CFIB analysis 'misleading' and 'simplistic' Kristine Salzmann, reporter South Delta Leader Delta is calling a report that criticizes municipal spending "misleading," "overly simplistic," and "damaging to the public perception of local government." The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) recently released the 2010 BC Municipal Spending Watch report, which analyzes municipal operating budgets from 2000 to 2008. The report says municipal operating expenditures in B.C. are increasing "at an unsustainably high rate," 201 per cent faster than population and inflation growth. According to the report, Delta's spending grew 35.8 per cent between 2000 and 2008, and it states that if ex-
cess spending in 2008 had been eliminated a family of four in Delta would have saved $822. The CFIB also states Delta's "fiscal sustainability gap," a government's spending relative to the change in population combined with the rate of inflation, between 2000 and 2008 was 2.36. "Families should assess whether or not they received additional value-for-money for having been asked to spend above the sustainable operating spending level. Can they afford to keep paying above the sustainable level year after year?" the report asks. In a letter to the CFIB, Mayor Lois Jackson said there are many problems with the organization's approach of using population change and the rate of inflation to judge mu-
nicipal spending. As noted by the Union of BC Municipalities, she said, the report fails to take into account costs that contribute to higher municipal expenditures, such as higher standards for water and wastewater treatment, expanded municipal services including libraries, emergency services and climate action, and costs resulting from downloading from the provincial government. Jackson goes on to note Delta has not incurred any new debt since 2003 and has reduced its debt by more than 50 per cent from $58.3 million to $28.8 million in 2008 (down to $18.5 million in 2010). She added Delta's senior staffing levels have remained unchanged since 2000, and while the popu-
lation has remained steady in Delta for the past decade, services must be provided over a large geographical area. Delta's director of finance Karl Preuss said in a presentation to council the CFIB report does not reflect inflationary pressures impacting municipalities such as salary and energy costs that increase at rates exceeding general inflation. "Delta was able to maintain service levels, deliver new and expanded programs to address community needs and accommodate for external costs while keeping property tax increases at reasonable levels," he said. The entire presentation can be found at corp.delta.bc.ca under the "What's New?" tab. firstname.lastname@example.org C
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Over 200 calls a year, report estimates Dan Ferguson, reporter Surrey North Delta Leader Delta Police handle hundreds of calls for RCMP and other non-municipal agencies every year, a report to the Delta Police Board estimates. While it wasn't possible to calculate the precise dollar cost to the municipality, the sum is likely to be substantial, according to Delta Police Department (DPD) Planning and Development Manager Melissa Granum. For example, when a DPD officer gets called by Canada Customs agents to make a routine arrest of a suspected drunk driver at the Point Roberts Border crossing, it is the Delta officer, not the customs officers, who handles the paperwork. That takes about five hours— a big chunk of time out of an officer's 12-hour shift, Granum noted. A Leader breakdown of the statistics provided to the police board shows municipal officers average 231 calls a year handling matters for other law enforcement agencies at the border, the highway, Boundary Bay Airport and the Deltaport container terminal.
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the lights, ornaments and tinsel have been removed is the Lions’ chipping service which is slated to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. There is also a tree chipping site on Jan. 8 and 9 at Memorial Park in Ladner (5010 47th Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Sungod Recreation Centre (7815 112 St.) in North Delta from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both are also run by Lions Clubs in those areas and will be accepting donations. Unable to get your tree on those days? You can always can take it to the Vancouver Landfill (5400 72nd St.) for composting. Hours are Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and statutory holidays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.corp. delta.bc.ca/events. email@example.com
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CHRISTMAS TREES SAFETY If purchasing a live-cut tree, test it for freshness by tapping the base of the tree on the ground. If needles fall or can be pulled off easily the tree is too dry. At home, find a cool spot for your tree, away from heater vents and the fireplace. Keep your tree as fresh as possible by watering it often. Enjoy a fire safe holiday season!
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PICTURED (L-R) Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, CAO George Harvie, Delta Fire Chief Dan Copeland and firefighter John Burr show off the city's new Tower truck at North Delta Fire Hall #3 near 114th St. and 84 Ave. Dec. 13. Evan Seal photo
New heights New fire truck in North Delta can tackle six-storey fires Kevin Diakiw, Reporter Surrey North Delta Leader Delta has added a state-of-the-art fire truck to its fleet, allowing crews to fight fires twice as high as before. "It will go six storeys," Mayor Lois Jackson said at a Dec. 13 event at Firehall 3 in North Delta where the new apparatus was unveiled. "It's very welcome to us in North Delta, particularly with our highrises." The truck features a 100-foot aerial
platform with enhanced protection for Delta firefighters, including a cascade air system that supplies breathing air to the platform. With larger-scale developments in Delta, including the Sunstone Community at Delsom Estates, comes an increased demand for firefighting capabilities. "The safety of our citizens and firefighters is of utmost importance," Jackson said. "The addition of this fire truck to Delta's fleet enhances
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Saip re-elected Seventh term trustee voted in as chair of education board Kristine Salzmann, Reporter South Delta Leader Dale Saip was re-elected as Delta board of education chair last week (Dec. 14) by fellow trustees, making it his third consecutive year in the position. Saip is serving his seventh term as a Delta trustee, and he has served as chair on three previous boards. When asked what budgeting challenges the district might face this year, Saip said, â€œThereâ€™s challenges every year in budgeting. Iâ€™ve been doing this for a long time and Iâ€™ve served under three, four different provincial governments of all parties, and thereâ€™s always challenges. â€œOne of the things thatâ€™s constant is trustees saying thereâ€™s not enough, thereâ€™s not enough. But as a province weâ€™re very well off compared to the rest of the world, and we in Delta will continue to do our best to manage the system within the parameters weâ€™re given.â€? Simon Truelove was once again voted in as vice-chair
of the board. In October 2008 Delta school trustees were acclaimed as only seven candidates ran for the seven seats on the board. At the time Saip said he was comfortable with the majority of people on the board to do their job well, and reaffirmed that. â€œThis is a very good board. This is a board that doesnâ€™t parade itself around as being the answer to everything,â€? he said. â€œWe work hard to make it work and itâ€™s a pleasure to serve with these trustees.â€? reporter@southdeltaleader. com
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the delta leader december 2010
G i f t
To You! First Payment On Us Only at
Offer Only Until December 23rd
2010 Car of the Year!
2011 FORD FUSION SE • 2.5L I4 Engine • Sport Appearance Package • Rear Spoiler • SYNC
$0 Down, 0% for 60 Months
2011 FORD ESCAPE XLT FWD • 2.5L I4 Engine • 6 Speed Automatic Transmission • Sirius Satelite Radio w/ 6 Months Service • SYNC
Lease for Only
$0 Down 48 Month Lease
20,000 Kms Yearly Allowance
MEMBERS GET AN ADDITIONAL
1 000 OFF
Richport Ford Richmond Automall
Smallwood Westminster Hwy
No. 6 Rd
13580 SMALLWOOD PLACE
ON MOST 2010 AND 2011 FORD VEHICLES. VISIT FORDCOSTCO.CA
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*All prices do not include $599 documentation fee.
Mon-Thurs. 8:30am-8:00pm • Fri & Sat. 9:00am-6:00pm • Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm First payment on us is only available until December 24, 2010, and only at Richport Ford Lincoln. First payment on us does not qualify on 2011 Ford Fiesta S, Focus S, Fusion S, Ranger XL and Mustang Value Leader. First payment on us for qualifying finance and lease contracts. Payment is equal to 1 monthly payment up to a maximum of $500 reimbursement. Selling price of Fusion is $26,080 + $599 Doc Fee + Taxes for a total of $29,884. Financed over 60 months at 0%, total payments equals $29,940. MSRP includes Freight and AC Tax, excludes license, insurance, PPSA, administration fee and applicable taxes. You must qualify for credit to finance or lease a vehicle. You may not be able to finance/lease a vehicle at the rate you have chosen. Please contact the dealer for more information regarding price, payments, and rates. Costco offer only valid from Dec 1/10 to Jan 31/11 (the "Offer Period") to resident Canadians with Costco memberships valid on or before November 30, 2010. Use this $1,000CDN Costco member offer towards the purchase or lease of most new 2010/2011 Ford or Lincoln vehicles excluding all Focus, Ranger, Shelby GT 500, Raptor, F-650 & F-750 and 2011 Fiesta S models (each an "Eligible Vehicle"). This offer is rain checkable. The new vehicle must be delivered and/or factory-ordered from your participating Ford Motor Company of Canada ("Ford") dealer within the Offer Period. Offer is only valid at participating dealers, is subject to vehicle availability, and may be cancelled or changed at any time without notice. Only one (1) offer may be applied towards the purchase or lease of one (1) Eligible Vehicle, up to a maximum of two (2) separate Eligible Vehicle sales per Costco Membership Number. Limited time offer, see dealer for details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. ©2010 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited. All rights reserved.
december 2010 the delta leader
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Call 604.629.4389 or email SHAW-DELTA@SJRB.CA and leave us your name, address, phone number and email address and we will let you know if we are ready to service your address yet. Own or manage a business in North Delta? We may be able to serve you, too! 24/7/365SERVICE