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Earth Week Events April 17-22, 2011 In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, Delta is hosting Earth Week! Join us and participate in our events, activities and challenges. Visit www.corp. for more information.


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›COMMUNITYBRIEFS Spring break sleuths Delta Museum and Archives Society is seeking student sleuths over spring break. The "detectives" are invited to help solve the latest "Mystery in the Museum" during this self-guided drop-in program. The case? It's June 26, 1928 and there's been a burglary at Pansy Mae's Ranch and Boarding House in Tsawwassen. Use the evidence to determine who took the missing money and jewels. The museum will be open March 22 to 26 and March 29 to April 2, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 per clue kit. For more information, visit

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Davies said, adding good numbers made for the Harrison area where this year’s sockeye salmon run left a good food supply. “There were so many fish the eagles weren’t fighting each other for food.” While only a small percentage of the bald eagle population from the Howe Sound area may have traveled as far as Delta in search of better feeding grounds, what they would have found was an assortment to dine on. Davies said bald eagles here are fortunate to have a good population of ducks, seagulls and rodents—especially at the Vancouver Landfill—to eat. “People always talk about the eagles at the landfill, and they are not there eating garbage. They’re there for the rats. That and the heat from the landfill (produced

A steady and relatively plentiful diet of seagulls, ducks and rodents is keeping Delta’s local bald eagle population pretty well fed. Reports in the media a few weeks ago expressed concern the collapse of the chum salmon run in the Howe Sound/ Squamish River area due to a toxic spill caused by a train derailment in 2005 had left plenty of bald eagles in dire straits for food. Sue Davies, an educator at OWL (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre) in east Ladner said that doesn’t appear to be the case. “The birds know where to go for food,”

PICTURED This eagle at the Vancouver Landfill is one of many who use the area to hunt for prey. Boaz Joseph file photo

by rotting garbage),” Davies said. Given the number of resident bald eagles in Delta, that’s favourable news for the species. Davies said that of the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 bald eagles in the Lower Mainland, just over half are located here. Based on observations, other than the odd one or two bald eagles—mostly juveniles—who appear on the thin side, the majority in Delta are of healthy weight for this time of the year, Davies said.

Delta-based Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL) will be at Delta's libraries next week. OWL will introduce children in primary grades and their parents to raptors up close during spring break. The program takes place March 29, 10:30 a.m. at the George Mackie Library in North Delta, March 30, 10:30 a.m. at the Ladner Pioneer Library, and March 30, 1 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library.

Groovin' for Guide Dogs Support the training and placement of guide and autism support dogs at the B.C. Guide Dog Services' Groovin' for Guide Dogs event next month. The 50s and 60s-themed spring dance includes music by Time Machine, as well as prizes for best costume, a pasta buffet, silent auction and more. The Ladner-based organization breeds, raises, trains and places guide dogs with visually-impaired people as well as autism support dogs for children with autism. Tickets for the April 16 event at KinVillage in Tsawwassen are $45. Call 604-940-4504 for more information.

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You can Purchase a Composter from Delta

Contact Delta’s Engineering Department at (604) 946-3260 or email to purchase a rain barrel or composter.

Upcoming Events “What’s Cool to You?” Photo Contest Deadline! Front row: Cllr. Heather King, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Cllr. Anne Peterson Back row: Cllrs Scott Hamilton, Ian Paton, Robert Campbell and Bruce McDonald

Spotlight: Engineering Initiatives Did you know?

April 1, 2011 As part of Delta’s 2011 Earth Week celebrations, Delta residents are invited to participate in the 3rd annual What’s Cool to You photo contest! Photo submissions will be on display at Municipal Hall throughout the month of April. Visit for information on how to participate. Prizes to be won!

Spring Clean-Up • Tsawwassen > Monday, April 4, 2011

You can Adopt-A-Street in Delta Show your civic pride and apply to Adopt-A-Street in Delta. Volunteers perform litter removal four times a year to help keep our streets clean. Delta will place a sign that includes your name or organization at the adopted street location. Contact Engineering Operations at (604) 946-5334 or email to apply.

You can Purchase a Rainbarrel from Delta For $70 (tax and delivery included), help conserve our drinking water by storing rain water in a rainbarrel for use around your yard. Rainbarrels are great for watering flowerbeds, shrubs and even washing cars. Water collected in a rainbarrel is ideal for your yard because it’s nonchlorinated, the correct temperature and free!

• Ladner > Tuesday, April 5, 2011 • North Delta > Wednesday, April 13, 2011 (if your collection day is Wednesday) • North Delta > Thursday, April 14, 2011 (if your collection day is Thursday) During Spring Clean-Up, the two can limit is waived and extra garbage stickers aren’t required. Residents are requested NOT to set out spring clean-up materials any sooner than the weekend prior to their scheduled collection. New for 2011, mattresses will not be collected.

Earth Day Open House April 21, 2011 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join us at Delta Municipal Hall for an Earth Day Open House featuring agricultural displays, information booths from local environmental groups and interactive fish printing activities. The winners of the What’s Cool to You photo contest will also be announced.

Delta Community Update March 2011

Message from Mayor Jackson and Delta Council

For $35 (tax and delivery included), start backyard composting! A simple, inexpensive way to reduce your waste while also making a great fertilizer for your garden. Turn your uncooked vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags and extra yard trimmings into nutrient-rich soil.

We want to hear from you Please forward any questions or comments to Mayor Lois E. Jackson by email at, telephone (604) 946-3210 or mail to: The Corporation of Delta, 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, BC V4K 3E2

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IGNITE program helps develop athletes from variety of sports Krisrtine Salzmann, Reporter South Delta Leader


PICTURED Recently, athletes from a variety of sports tested their abilities at the Delta Gymnastics facility in Tsawwassen during a session of the IGNITE program. Jim Kinnear photo

flies through the air and needs to land. Hopefully, she’ll land more safely.” This year the program accepted 10 athletes in this region, but the hope is to expand to 20 positions per region in the coming years and extend the length of the program to September through June. Chad Benson, lead Strength and Conditioning coach for IGNITE and the Vancouver region, said the program was made possible thanks to legacy funding from the 2010 Olympic Games. “We’re trying to get them (the athletes) before they are on national podiums or in the Olympics so we can give them the opportunity to become more successful at the train-to-train phase.” He expects a high level of competition to get into the program in the years to come as they start to gather success stories from their athletes. When asked if training athletes from different backgrounds is a challenge, Benson said their various strengths actually provide the teens the opportunity to be role models at different

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points in the program. “While one may be strong in sprinting and track-type work, another is going to be strong in flexibility and gymnastics movement,” he says. “So therefore in the different environments, each athlete can excel in some level . . . Where one’s a great leader in one aspect of the program, someone else steps up and contributes in another level.” Hood adds he also hopes a multi-disciplinary training program such as IGNITE will demonstrate how Delta Gymnastics Society’s new Sport Development Centre, nearing completion in Ladner, is not just for their gymnasts. “We really believe we’re a community-based organization, and that’s something we’ve tried to let everybody know when we built our new facility,” Hood says. “We want everyone to know we’re not a private club, an elite club. We have programs to offer the full community, and by doing something like IGNITE we bring in different groups and different sports, and we feel we’re meeting that.”

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Determined athletes from a variety of sport backgrounds have come together to train in Delta. Earlier this month, teens in the fields of softball, gymnastics, synchronized swimming, sprint distance swimming and sailing started a training program aimed at building a wellrounded foundation for those aspiring to national and international podiums. The B.C.-wide IGNITE Athlete Development Program, created by Canadian Sport Centre Pacific, trains the athletes ages 14 to 17 in gymnastics, track and field, and strength and conditioning, three main “movement streams” identified as key to long-term athletic development. The Delta Gymnastics Society was chosen to host the gymnastics component for the Vancouver region, which includes athletes from areas such as Delta, Vancouver, White Rock and Richmond. The society’s Men’s Program Coordinator Mike Hood also helped develop the gymnastics curriculum for IGNITE, which is in its pilot year and runs March through June. “I hope it (IGNITE) can showcase to a lot of coaches, athletes, and parents that gymnastics really is a foundation sport. And that by including it in the curriculum in combination with other sports it really does help you maximize your physical potential,” Hood says. One of the skills taught, for example, is how to land safely. It’s a skill that can be applied to other sports, Hood says. “We have someone who is in softball. I used the example, maybe she’s running for home plate and the catcher is standing there, and she gets bumped and

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• Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. • Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protection. • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound. • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) are recommended. • Install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least twice a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested. • Fire warning equipment is available to awaken people who are deaf or hard of hearing. This equipment uses strobe lights and vibration equipment (pillow or bed shakers) for people who are deaf and mixed-low-frequency signals for people who are hard of hearing. Some of this equipment is activated by the sound of the smoke alarm.


Roughly two thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half. AND DON’T FORGET…All smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month using the test button. 604-946-8541 1 /

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else, that she doesn’t know what she wants. “She just knows what she doesn’t want.” Everything Was Good-Bye was a top 100 finisher in the 2006 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (as a manuscript) and won the 2010 Search for the Great B.C. Novel Contest. Basran is a relative newcomer alongside other Book Prize nominees, such as Douglas Coupland and Jack Whyte.

A total of 35 authors are shortlisted in seven categories. Winners will be awarded a collective cash prize worth $14,000. The list of nominees for 27th annual prizes was released March 10, and the winners will be announced at a gala event April 21. To learn more about Basran and her book, visit

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North Delta author Gurjinder Basran is among the finalists for this year’s BC Book Prizes. The first-time novelist is up for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her book Everything Was Good-Bye. Basran, 38, has drawn partly from personal experience for her debut novel, which centres around a young Indo-Canadian woman who is struggling as she grows up, trying to find a balance between her desire for independence and what is culturally acceptable. Like Basran herself, Meena is raised by her widowed mother. She knows she can’t have the freedom of her peers, but isn’t necessarily prepared to submit to the life—which includes an arranged marriage—that is expected of her. “It’s a book about a woman’s desire to be free, to find her voice,” says Basran, a mom-oftwo who met her husband in college. Meena, she says, is so concerned with pleasing everyone

“The smell of chai—fennel, cloves and cinnamon—tucked me into my blanket like a seed in a cardamom pod. I steeped myself into the warmth of waking, listening to the sounds of Sunday morning. My mother was in the kitchen scrubbing the sink, her steel kara clinking against the basin—keeping time with the shabad on the radio. When I was fifteen, I’d told her I didn’t want to wear my kara anymore; I didn’t like the idea of being handcuffed to God. My mother, to my surprise, hadn’t argued with me but simply said that the kara was a symbol of the restraint I would learn to show whether I wore the bangle or not.” —excerpt, Everything Was Good-Bye

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PICTURED Instructors lead a class at the Delta Police Department's Student Police Academy. Contributed photo

Arrested development DPD’s reaches out to students keen on a job in law enforcement Krisrtine Salzmann, Reporter South Delta Leader Are you a young person interested in a career in law enforcement? The Delta Police Department is once again inviting Delta students in Grades 11 and 12 to apply for its summer Student Police Academy. Sgt. Sharlene Brooks says the annual program is designed to expose students to the realities of police work and training. The seven-day academy in July is modeled after training received by police recruits at the Justice Institute of B.C. That includes learning about criminal and traffic laws, receiving physical training—including taking the Police Officers’ Physical Ability Test (POPAT)—and instruction in the use of force,

advanced driving, and firearms. The 20 students will also participate in scenario-based education that will simulate actual police calls for service, Brooks said. The hope is participants will leave the program with a sense of the commitment involved in policing as well as the satisfaction gained from dedicating themselves to public service, she added in a media release. Last year’s class valedictorian, Jelisa Massoud, said the experience drove home the importance of teamwork in law enforcement. “Most importantly, your team is your team—you train together, you sweat together, you suffer together and you win together,” she said at the academy’s graduation ceremony. “Thank you guys for being an

awesome team and thank you so much constables for giving us an experience we will never forget.” DPD Chief Jim Cessford said at the ceremony he was proud of the hard work the department’s officers put into the program as well as the effort given by each of the students, noting he looked forward to seeing some of them eventually become Delta Police recruits. Application packages for the 2011 student academy are available at Delta secondary schools from students’ school counselors and should be submitted to the school’s liaison officer. Tuition is $150 and includes all materials and uniforms. The deadline for applicants is April 12. For more information visit

A fun hospital ride Spring Fair meant to increase exposure of Delta foundation Philip Raphael, Editor South Delta Leader A ride to the hospital will mean something completely different than you might expect this spring break. Fun times are coming to Sungod Recreation Centre over the coming holidays, and they will be carrying a message aimed squarely at North Delta Residents. The Delta Hospital Foundation is sponsoring the Spring Fair (March 30-April 3) on the grounds of the recreation centre with 23 rides and midway from Langley-based West Coast Amusements in an effort to spread word in that part of Delta about the hospital and ways to help support it.

According to statistics, plenty of North Delta residents already have first-hand knowledge about the services at Ladner-based Delta Hospital—about 15 per cent of annual visits to the ER are made by North Deltans. But they may not know how to help make it run with a donation to the foundation. The Spring Fair is designed to help on both those counts. “We want to extend our presence into that community and if they come out for the rides a percentage of proceeds goes towards the hospital foundation,” says Jackey Zellweger, events coordinator with the foundation. The timing was ideal for the North Delta

event since spring break was traditionally an opportunity for West Coast Amusements to set up at BC Place Stadium, Zellweger says. With renovations underway to add a new retractable roof to that building the venue was not available.

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The fair is scheduled to be in operation from 1 to 10 p.m. daily and wrist bands and individual rides tickets will be available on site at the Sungod Recreation Centre (7815-112 St.).

Eight bursaries are awarded annually by the Auxiliary and are open to students and residents who have lived in Delta for 2 years and pursuing post-secondary studies in the healthcare field.

PICTURED The bright lights of West Coast Amusements is coming to North Delta during spring break. Leader file photo

Closing date for application is May 31st 2011. For further information and application call: Auxiliary office at 604-946-1121 local 783597

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