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Garden Contest for Kids Mayor Jackson is sponsoring the 3rd annual garden contest for all green-fingered children living in Delta between the ages of 5 and 16. Visit www.corp.delta. bc.ca/gardencontest for more information.

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Long ride for cancer A group of 100 or so cyclists will be rolling into North Delta late in the evening of June 18 after riding close to 400 km from Kelowna in the annual Ride2Survive cancer fundraiser. This year's ride is the seventh annual. To date, the event has raised $1.4 million. Riders are expected to complete the route, which ends at Cap's South Shore Cycle (7917 Scott Rd.) in around 19 hours. For more information, visit ride2survive.ca.

up for a regatta Delta Deas rowers prepare for competition at the end of May

Airport lease extended Delta is extending the lease on Boundary Bay Airport until 2099 to ensure the "long-term viability" of the facility. The municipality entered a lease agreement with operator Alpha Aviation Inc. in 2004, which was amended in 2005 to extend the term from 2032 to 2050. The report states the airport operates at a deficit, therefore long-term subtenants for the industrial lands are needed to generate rental income and maintain long-term airport operations. In 2010, the airport generated about $489,000 in municipal property tax.

Boaz Joseph, reporter Surrey North Delta Leader From a distance, seen from Highway 99 as it passes over Deas Slough, they look like water striders—the insects that walk on water. From the other side, off the dock at the Delta Deas Rowing Club, they come into focus as dedicated high school students working hard for an upcoming regatta. The back of a T-shirt belonging to Amanda Serek, a 15-year-old Grade 10 student from Sands Secondary, says it all: Row Hard or Die. The juniors, students aged 15-18, are preparing for the 22-annual Scholastic Regatta on May 28 and 29 at Deas Island Regional Park. They’re part of two programs—juniors

and masters (adults)—that the 25-yearold rowing club offers. The club has about 50 masters members and a 13 dozen juniors—with eight juniors competing at the end of the month. “We’re a small club,” admits coach Alex Bond, a former juniors rower at Delta Deas who came back last year to coach after winning a rowing scholarship at the Washington State University. “Traditionally, we’ve been known as the underdog and we’re trying to change that.” Late last month, Delta Deas came third, fourth, sixth and seventh, as well as clinching one first place spot (the boys Jr. B doubles) in five races at the Brentwood Regatta in Mills Bay on Vancouver Island.

PICTURED Earl Marriott Secondary Grade 10 student Jake Elward, 15, rows on Deas Slough during a practice session with the Delta Deas Rowing Club. Boaz Joseph photo

Unlike other clubs that have larger facilities and boat trailers, Delta Deas is limited to singles, doubles and quads, and all are scullers, meaning that each rower works both sides of the craft. Bond says a big misconception with rowing is that people must start when they’re young. Indeed, while the juniors program is intended for those in Grades 8-12, the club’s learn-to-row program is suitable for adults of all ages—including one — Continued on p. 4

Social media game plan The Delta Sport Council is helping local sports groups get a game plan together to help use social media. To do that, the council is hosting an educational session June 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Delta Sport Development Centre (4680 Clarence Taylor Crescent in Ladner). “We are very fortunate to have Jacquie McCarnan, veteran Internet Marketer and Social Media Guru, from Social Media Canada as our session leader,” said council president Barry Howard. “Jacquie is always on the cutting/bleeding edge of technology educating the Canadian market on the enormous benefits of a strategically planned Social Media Marketing Campaign.” The session is offered on a complimentary basis, but donations to the council will be accepted. To reserve a seat, email info@deltasportcouncil.org.

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North Delta Recreation Centre Expansion Public Consultation to Get Underway

South Delta Recreation Centre Gymnasium and Entrance Upgrade Construction is underway to convert the former Delta Gymnastics space at the South Delta Recreation Centre into a community gymnasium. The gymnasium is expected to be complete this fall and will provide a new multi-sport venue for south Delta. This project includes a new entrance and expanded lobby; South Delta Recreation Centre will soon have a whole new look!

Front row: Cllr. Heather King, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Cllr. Anne Peterson Back row: Cllrs Scott Hamilton, Ian Paton, Robert Campbell and Bruce McDonald

Centennial Beach Concession and Change Rooms Construction of the new concession stand and change rooms at Centennial Beach is starting soon. Metro Vancouver expects to have this project complete and open for early 2012. For more information contact (604) 432-6350.

Upcoming Events www.corp.delta.bc.ca/events Delta Works Yard Open House June 11, 2011: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Bring your family and join us at the Public Works Open House at the Engineering Operations Works Yard. The event will feature entertainment for children, interactive displays on emergency preparedness and information on services that your Engineering Department provides. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served. Engineering Works Yard – 5404 64 Street, Ladner, BC.

North Delta Family Day

North Delta Transportation Study Initiated Council recently approved a North Delta Transportation Study – a component of the North Delta Area Plan Review. Members of Delta’s Transportation Technical Advisory Committee will work closely with the successful consultant to develop a strategy to accommodate proposed land use changes and address issues identified through the recent North Delta Town Hall meetings. The study will focus on the following key themes – traffic operations; functional road classification and the pedestrian and cycling network; and transit service requirements.

June 26, 2011: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm The annual North Delta Family Day Parade and Picnic will be held at North Delta Community Park and the Social Heart area. Enjoy live performances, children’s activities, displays, games and a BBQ. The parade starts at 11:00 am at Burnsview Secondary School located at 7658 - 112th Street and will proceed along 112 Street to 84 Avenue and then to 114 Street, ending at North Delta Community Park. We hope to see you there!

Delta Community Update May 2011

Message from Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council

A public consultation process will soon be underway to determine the community’s preferred design for the North Delta Recreation Centre expansion. Options include construction of a gymnasium; additional family and youth space; or a new fitness centre. Stay tuned - public consultation meetings will be announced soon.

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

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Centennial Beach project to be complete by next winter Christine Lyon, Reporter South Delta Leader

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PICTURED This rendering shows what the new concession stand and washroom facilities at Centennial Beach may look like. Metro Vancouver image

with disabilities—will be in full operation throughout the summer. Ken Kuntz, Delta's director of parks, recreation and culture, said Metro Vancouver had protection under its old contract, but chose to renew its lease before they committed to the construction. "Their motivation was just to have a new refreshed agreement," he said. The terms of the new lease are 25 years, plus a renewal of another 25 years. "If everything goes according to the terms of the agree-

ment, they could be there for 50 years," Kuntz said. Initially budgeted at between $2 and $2.5 million, the new beach facility will incorporate two buildings connected by a breezeway and covering 4,413-square-feet, located adjacent to the children's playground. On the east side will be a concession and seating area, with washrooms, change rooms and a first aid room on the west side. "It'll all be ready for use in the winter/spring of next year," Sokalski said.

Fuel theft on the rise

Tractor thefts, B&Es top cop issues in Tilbury/Annacis Christine Lyon, reporter South Delta Leader Gas theft is an emerging trend in Delta’s industrial areas, likely thanks to skyrocketing prices at the pump which may create demand for black market fuel. That’s according to a presentation by Delta Police Insp. Kaare Coupar to the Delta Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, in which he highlighted the main policing issues in Tilbury and

Annacis Island. Locking gas caps is one security measure people can take to prevent fuel theft. Other policing issues affecting the areas are theft of tractor trailer units, break and enters and metal thefts. Over the course of four months there were 20 incidents of tractor trailer thefts, with losses valued at $890,000; 13 incidents of commercial break and enters, with losses valued

at $35,000; and 10 incidents of metal thefts, valued at $20,000. Among the crime prevention strategies listed in Coupar’s presentation were incorporating criminal and background checks and drug testing into hiring practices, enforcing strict sign in/out policies for vehicles leaving the premises, mandatory ID checks, onsite surveillance cameras, onsite security, alarms, and maintaining proper lighting and trimmed bushes.

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Deltans hoping to soak up some sun at Centennial Beach this summer will have to buy their hot dogs and ice cream cones from the same old concession stand. Paperwork delays mean the new concession and washrooms planned for the beach will not be in place for this summer. Metro Vancouver has had to amend its lease with Delta and obtain development and building permits, said Mitch Sokalski, west area manager for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, which is in charge of the project. "That took a little longer than we first had thought," he said. In October 2010, Sokalski told the Leader he hoped to have the two facilities up and running by July 2011. Now he estimates the project won't be complete until November or December of this year. Workers have completed a preload, he said, and construction crews are expected to be onsite at the beginning of June. The existing concession stand and washrooms—which are now considered outdated and do not accommodate patrons

Remove financial barriers that prevent kids from participating in any sport. Give the gift of sport so no child has to sit on the sideline. Contact: 604.671.5735 or 604.943.0460

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There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

!!! Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. !!!‰ The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. !!!‰ Keep children and pets away from the grill area. !!!‰‰Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. !!!‰‰Never leave your grill unattended.

behind the scenes Editorial Philip Raphael South Delta Leader, Editor 604-948-3640 ext. 122 editor@southdeltaleader.com Paula Carlson Surrey North Delta Leader,Editor 604-575-5337 pcarlson@surreyleader.com

Jim Mihaly Surrey North Delta Leader 604-575-5347 publisher@surreyleader.com Creative Services Sarah Kelloway South Delta Leader Sales Karla Pearson Surrey North Delta Leader,

Christine Lyon Sales Manager South Delta Leader, Reporter 604-575-5345 604-948-3640 ext. 126 admanager@surreyleader.com reporter@southdeltaleader.com Jane Ilott Publishers South Delta Leader, Chrissie Bowker Advertising Consultant South Delta Leader 604-948-3640 ext. 127 604 948-3640 ext. 123 jane@southdeltaleader.com publisher@southdeltaleader.com

Collette Semeniuk South Delta Leader, Advertising Consultant 604-948-3640 ext. 121 collette@southdeltaleader.com Circulation Lynley Shepherd South Delta Leader 604-948-3640 ext. 125 circulation@southdeltaleader.com Marilou Pasion Surrey North Delta Leader 604-575-5312 ext. 312 circmanager@surreyleader.com

Copyright and property rights subsist in all display advertising and other material appearing in the South Delta Leader and Surrey North Delta Leader. If, in the Publisher's opinion, an error is made that materially affects the value of the ad to the advertiser, a corrected advertisement will be inserted upon demand without further charge. Make good insertions are not granted on minor errors which do not lessen the value of the advertisement. Notice of error is required before second insertion. Opinions expressed in columns and letters to the Editor are not necessarily shared by the Publisher. The South Delta Leader and Surrey North Delta Leader are members of the British Columbia Press Council, a selfregulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.

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!!!‰ There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel. !!!‰‰If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. !!!‰‰Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. !!!‰‰There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the Årst time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no Æame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the Åre department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the Åre department. Do not move the grill.

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FACTS In 2004–2008 fire departments responded to an average of 7,700 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues, including 4,500 outside fires and 3,200 structure fires. July was the peak month for grill fires in 2004–2008. More than half of home grill structure fires begin on either a courtyard terrace or patio, or an exterior balcony or open porch. www.nfpa.org/education


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PICTURED Coach Alex Bond is a former junior rower with the club and has returned to help develop young talent. Boaz Joseph photo

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Fera says that while Deas Slough allows races of no more than 1,000 metres—one-third to half the length of some other regattas—it does offer a good breakwater, protection from wind, and the short distance makes for competitive sprints on the water. The public is invited to watch the Scholastic Regatta on May 28 and 29. Races will start at 8 a.m. both days—just bring a lawn chair, binoculars and dress for the weather. Fera says there will be more

than 300 rowers from high schools through the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Delta Deas Rowing Club is located on Deas Island Road, off 62B Street (River Road). Delta Deas Rowing Club welcomes new members. If you are interested in learning to row, visit www.deltadeas.com or call 604-946-3074. The club will also host the Cascadia Masters Regatta on July 23 and 24. bjoseph@surreyleader.com

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Delta Council concerned with increase along Scott Road Kristine Salzmann, Reporter South Delta Leader A surge in drug stores along Scott Road has Delta Council considering regulations to limit the number of such businesses in the municipality. As of April this year there are 24 drug stores in Delta—16 in North Delta, and four each in Ladner and Tsawwassen, plus an additional two business licence applications under review for the north end, said staff in a report to council.

Council is considering prohibiting drug stores from locating less than 400 metres from an already existing one, similar to a bylaw passed by the City of Surrey. “We don’t know exactly why they are proliferating but they really are,” said Thomas Leatham, director of community planning and development. “We started investigating and talking to the City of Surrey— they had noticed a proliferation as well and had amended their bylaws to put in this 400 metre separation, so

we thought best to be consistent and introduce this same regulation across the street on Scott Road.” Surrey, which has 10 pharmacies on its side of Scott Road, introduced the measure a few years ago to limit drug stores in part to deal with an increase in methadone dispensaries. Methadone is a synthetic drug used to treat heroine addiction and sometimes for chronic pain. Leatham said Delta changed its regulations with respect to methadone dispensaries a

long time ago, and that the new separation requirement would be to encourage a greater variety of businesses along that corridor. “We want a diversity of businesses up there, we don’t want it all one thing . . . We definitely want to get a rich mix of services up there that are going to serve the residents,” he said. The proposal passed first and second reading May 9, and heads to a public hearing scheduled for June 28. —with files from the Surrey North Delta Leader

Climate change help Businesses given opportunity to reduce emissions and costs Philip Raphael, Editor South Delta Leader The Corporation of Delta has teamed up with Climate Smart, a Vancouver consulting firm, to help Delta businesses get a little greener by reducing their greenhouse emissions and reduce operating costs. Those businesses signing up will get a reduced program rate— starting at $500—which involves a three-step, training program which will take a company through a series of exercises to evaluate their operations. Businesses will receive tools, training and technical assistance from Climate Smart professionals for a year

upon completion of the program. A total of 11 Delta businesses took part in the program last year. They are part of the more than 200 businesses in B.C. that have identified their carboncutting strategies. One of them was Tilbury-based Arpac Storage Systems which was experimenting with a new paint formula to reduce the cost of painting the warehouse racking products it manufactures. According to Climate Smart’s case study, Arpac’s final stage in manufacturing is baking the enamel paint onto the product utilizing a bake oven process at 350° F. The natural gas energy cost

required to power the oven annually is in excess of $100,000. The new paint formula allows the amount of energy required in the baking process to be reduced by 49 per cent. The investment of $25,000 to add a catalyzing agent to paint stream using a specialized mixer is expected to be recovered within two years. Training programs run throughout the year including upcoming sessions in North Delta on June 29 and July 21 from 8 a.m. 12 p.m. Businesses may send up to two staff members for training. Angela Danyluk, Delta’s Senior Environmental Officer said the pro-

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Mini home a big prize Delta Hospital Foundation lottery a scaled down dream home Kristine Salzmann, Reporter South Delta Leader The Delta Hospital Foundation’s newest fundraising prize has all the characteristics of a lottery dream home. It is professionally designed and decorated, comes fully furnished, and features details like a

sleeping loft on the second floor and a cupola on its cedar shake roof. The only difference from a typical lottery home? Everything is miniature—it’s a 60-square-foot, farmthemed dream activity centre for kids. But while there are plenty of teeny features that will delight chil-

dren, the quality craftsmanship and thought put into the project will impress their parents. The fundraiser has come together thanks to three South Deltans: Sarah Gallop of Sarah Gallop Design Inc. and Brandon Smith and Danny Christian, owners of New Vision Projects. Gallop says her company often works with New Vision, and the idea for a playhouse in support of the foundation was born over lunch with them one day while they talked about how to get involved in the upcoming Ladner May Days, which Gallop is co-chairing this year. The barn-like home, valued at more than $20,000, will be unveiled at the event’s parade on May 29, and then put on display throughout the summer at Delta Hospital and the Ladner Village Market. “It’s great,” says Smith of the mini-home. “There’s a lot of detail and a lot of time and effort that has been put in by a lot of people to

make sure this thing’s perfect.” Donations such as miniature windows from Delta-based West Coast Windows, barn board-style flooring from Delta Carpets, and more furniture, materials and supplies from other businesses and individuals in the community have made this labour of love project possible for the trio. “Pretty well everybody has been on board that we’ve approached and asked to help sponsor the project,” says Smith. Tickets are one sale starting May 27 for $5. Only 4,000 are available. They can be purchased by phone at 604940-9695, or at the Delta Hospital Foundation, Dogwood Gift Shop in Delta Hospital, Delta Carpets in Ladner, and ICI Paints in Tsawwassen. The winner will be drawn Sept. 27. For more details visit deltahospital.com. reporter@southdeltaleader.com

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PICTURED Brandon Smith (left) and Danny Christian of New Vision Projects flank Sarah Gallop of Sarah Gallop Design Inc. in the Mini Home. Contributed photo

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Shaw’s coming Shaw’s coming to to Delta! Delta! Stay tuned for more details on how you can become a part of our Shaw Family.

Want to know when we are ready in your area? Call 604.629.4389 or email SHAW-DELTA@SJRB.CA and leave us your name, address, phone number and email address.


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