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Delta Community Animal Expo Sunday June 26, 2011 From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on June 26th, the Delta Community Animal Shelter is hosting an expo at Ladner Memorial Park. Free Admission, Exhibits, Raffle, Talent Show. www. deltacommunityanimalshelter.ca

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ing a strong proponent of public education, we thought ‘why is that?’” Data showed many parents were choosing private schools because of their use of uniforms, as well as the more structured procedures and protocols. “It was a good time to ask the question: Should we be traditional?” said Lauman. After getting support from the school’s staff, parents were consulted, and 90 per cent were in favour of the idea. A written survey was also sent out to gauge approval. Admittedly, said Lauman, there were a few who didn’t want the traditional model brought in, concerned about things such as the cost of uniforms. But overall, there was considerable enthusiasm. Deputy superintendent Garnet Ayres admits the move to the traditional model in three of Delta’s elementary schools

PICTURED Raj Sanghera helps her son Gurvir, 9, try on his new uniform in preparation for Grade 4 at Heath Elementary Traditional School, that will be opening this fall. Evan Seal photo

has been mainly to attract and retain students. Like many school districts, enrolment in Delta has been on the decline for many successive years. Ayres said parents choosing schools outside their neighbourhood do so because they are seeking something other than what the public education system typically offers. Reasons are varied, but may include religious or cultural considerations, or access to specific learning opportunities. — Continued on p.6

Delta is one of 36 communities across B.C. to voluntarily adopt a new building regulation that promotes the use of alternative energy. As of June 21, all new single-family homes built in the community must be solar hot water ready. During construction, houses will be built to accommodate future installation of a renewable energy system. This includes having an area designated for a solar collector, though buildings will not be required to have the solar components installed. According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, which is responsible for housing, making a house solar ready will ad about $200 to $500 to the cost of a new home. A solar hot water system can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one to two tonnes per year for a single-family home that uses natural gas for water heating.

Trust to receive grant The Corporation of Delta will continue to provide financial support to the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust. Delta Council has unanimously endorsed a plan to grant $15,000 to the trust in support of winter cover crops, grassland set-asides, administration and researching the impacts of farming on migratory birds in Delta.

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Upcoming Events North Delta Canada Day Celebration July 1, 2011 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm Chalmers Park, 11400 76A Avenue The Corporation of Delta, in partnership with Celebrate Canada and the North Delta Ministries invites you to a Canada Day Celebration at Chalmers Park. This event will feature a BBQ, children’s activities and entertainment, a concert and fireworks. Don’t miss out – be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to watch the fun in comfort!

South Delta Canada Day Celebrations > Delta Museum & Archives 4858 Delta Street, Ladner 9:00 am – 12:00 pm The Ladner, North Delta and Scottsdale Lions Clubs will be hosting a pancake breakfast. Official ceremony and cake cutting at 11:00 am Front row: Cllr. Heather King, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Cllr. Anne Peterson Back row: Cllrs Scott Hamilton, Ian Paton, Robert Campbell and Bruce McDonald

> Diefenbaker Park 1st Avenue & 56 Street, Tsawwassen 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Celebrations sponsored by the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club. Official ceremony and cake cutting at 1:00 pm > Kirkland House 4140 Arthur Drive, Ladner 12:00 – 4:00 pm Celebrations sponsored by the Kirkland House Foundation

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Council has asked the Parks, Recreation & Culture Commission to work with sport user groups in Ladner to explore the feasibility and desirability of an additional synthetic turf field in the community. There have been numerous closures at Ladner’s sports fields over the past winter. Ladner’s fields closed twice as often as the North Delta and Tsawwassen fields largely due to the fact that Ladner is below sea level. Currently, there are four synthetic turf fields in Delta – two in North Delta, one in Ladner and one in Tsawwassen. This study is in keeping with Council’s mandate to ensure Delta has recreation amenities to promote active, healthy lifestyles in our community.

Online Recycling Information Have you visited Delta’s recycling webpages lately? Do you have a mattress, computer, stereo or old paint to dispose of and don’t know where to go? Visit www.corp.delta.bc.ca/recycle to see our updated recycling directory and watch our new recycling video which provides a quick tour of the recycling depots and facilities in our community.

The 11th annual Tour de Delta promises to provide another weekend of exciting competitive cycling action! Weekend events include free entertainment and activities for all ages. Official Race Events New! MK Delta Criterium 6:30 pm Friday, July 8th; North Delta Brenco Criteruim 5:15 pm Saturday, July 9th; Ladner White Spot Road Race 9:00 am Sunday, July 10th; North Delta to Tsawwassen Other Tour de Delta Events Community Festival 5:30 – 9:00 pm Friday July 8th, North Delta Social Heart North Delta Kids Crit 5:45 pm Friday July 8th, North Delta Social Heart Ladner Kids Crit 4:30 pm Saturday July 9th, Ladner Visit www.tourdedelta.com for details on this exciting race weekend Hope to see you there!

Delta Community Update June 2011

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Delta Police help raise money for Special Olympic athletes Christine Lyon, reporter South Delta Leader Local police, athletes and volunteers had much to celebrate last Friday (June 10) as they wrapped up the 2011 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run in Delta. The four-day relay kicked off June 7 in Abbotsford, wound through 16 Lower Mainland communities and culminated at the Delta Police Department in Ladner with a barbecue and festivities. Led by a motorcycle escort, the pack of runners began the final three-kilometre leg at Lions Park, snaked through Ladner Village and stopped briefly at the Delta Fire Department before continuing on to police headquarters. The annual run is part of an international police-organized fundraising movement to support the Special Olympics. This year 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from 180 countries will compete at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which take place June 25 to July 4 in Athens, Greece. “Delta, as a police depart-

ment, has been a huge longtime supporter of the Special Olympics through the Torch Run,” said Torch Run provincial director and Abbotsford Deputy Chief Const. Rick Lucy. “The type of things that (these athletes) are able to be involved in through Special Olympics, through sport, the type of things that they get to do year-round, whether it’s summer sports or winter sports, it’s just life changing for them, everything from the fitness aspects, the camaraderie, the nutrition, you name it,” Lucy said. “The athletes are first and foremost, but never underestimate the tremendous difference that Special Olympics also makes for the families of the athletes.” Lucy commended Delta Police Staff Sgt. Debbie McLeod who is participating in the Torch Run in Greece, and Const. Erin Gray who ran the entire Lower Mainland route. Delta Special Olympic athlete Kim Davies proudly carried the torch into police headquarters. She said the Games bring people together and help change attitudes toward athletes with intellectual disabilities.

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“I am a part of a team, I am accepted and respected, I’ve developed new skills and gained confidence, I am more fit and healthy,” she said after the run. Also participating in the Torch Run was 28-year-old longdistance runner Stacey Kohler, a member of the Delta branch of Special Olympics British Columbia, who is heading to Athens to compete. Delta Deputy Chief Lyle Beaudoin thanked the local and Lower Mainland police officers, firefighters, volunteers and athletes who took part. “Each of you should be very, very proud of your accomplishments today for this very worthwhile charity,” he said. Beaudoin said Delta Police, as of June 10, had raised about $8,000, just short of their $10,000 goal. Since 1990, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $3 million to help Special Olympic athletes in B.C., and each year brings in about $30 million worldwide. In B.C., separate fundraising relays also took place in the Interior, the Kootenays, B.C. North and Vancouver Island. reporter@southdeltaleader.com

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Salmon keepers get grant North Delta elementary students to help install rain garden Christine Lyon, reporter South Delta Leader A North Delta volunteer group has received $2,750 to help protect the salmon population in Cougar Creek. The Cougar Creek Streamkeepers will use the money, granted by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, to install a rain garden at Heath Elementary School with the help of students. Rain gardens are planted near areas with lots of dirty run-off and use gravel, soil and plants to naturally filter out pollutants before they reach streams. Human and commercial development removes natural ground surfaces and plants that filter contaminants from flowing water, and create shade and hiding places for fish to re-energize. The Cougar Creek salmon stream rises in Surrey, flows through North Delta and empties into the Fraser River. It supports wild and hatchery salmon, as well as cutthroat trout, stickleback, lamprey, crayfish and sculpin. The rain garden project will also educate Heath Elementary students about protecting salmon habitats while reducing toxic run-off into the creek. The Cougar Creek Streamkeepers have installed rain

gardens at several other North Delta sites, and also remove invasive plants and pick up litter around the creek. The group was one of 14 Metro Vancouver volunteer groups to receive more than $112,687 to support the conservation and recovery of Pacific salmon populations and habitats in B.C. The grants were provided through the 2011 spring funding round of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program. “Volunteers are the unsung heroes of Pacific salmon sustainability,” said foundation president and CEO Dr. Brian

Riddell. “Their impact on the environment can be seen throughout the province, from salmon hatcheries and stewardship centres to strategically placed rocks, trees and vegetation that protect salmon-bearing streams. These are all the result of dedicated volunteers working thousands of hours to ensure a strong future for Pacific salmon.” Projects funded through the Community Salmon Program focus on monitoring and rehabilitation of salmon habitat and salmon stocks, education and community stewardship.

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Water park gets a boost Grant supports community projects that use recycled rubber Christine Lyon, reporter South Delta Leader From parkways to water parks, thousands of scrap tires are getting a second life after being recycled. The under-construction WaterWorks park at Tsawwassen’s Diefenbaker Park is one local project to take advantage of recycled rubber products. And the environmental decision has won the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen a grant from Tire Stewardship BC to help fund construction. Now in its third year, TSBC’s 2011 Community Grant Program provides financial support to communities that use B.C. recycled rubber products in proj-

ects such as playgrounds, spray parks or running tracks. “There is a two-fold benefit in providing these grants,” said TSBC executive director Mike Hennessy. “First, grant recipient projects are for the public, accessible to all residents including those in wheelchairs. Second, the projects showcase the variety and versatility of B.C. recycled rubber products.” “Being funded for 50 per cent of our costs made this project happen,” said Tsawwassen Rotarian Vickie Sangster. “That we’re using a recycled B.C. made product was a bonus for us as it ties in with Tsawwassen Rotary’s vision of environmental responsibility

PICTURED Kinsmen Spray Park in Cranbrook, B.C. received a grant from Tire Stewardship BC last year for its recycled rubber surface. Photo courtesy Tire Stewardship BC

and community.” Rubber used in the water park has been recycled at Western Rubber Products Inc. on Annacis Island. In conjunction with its sister companies, the plant collects, transports and processes scrap passenger, light truck and medium truck tires from all over the province, producing between 45 and 50 million pounds per year of coarse crumb rubber. The crumbs are then used for playground surfaces, speed bumps, roadway crack filler, railway ties and much more. The WaterWorks park was one of 12 projects chosen from 11 communities across B.C. that will share in a portion of the grants, worth a total of $127,000. Together, the projects will use more than 127,000 pounds of recycled crumb rubber, bringing the equivalent of 9,500 tires back into B.C.’s communities as recycled rubber products. Funding for the Community Grant Program comes from the Advance Disposal Fee or “ecofee” that each retailer remits to TSBC for every new tire sold. These fees also go toward the operation of the scrap tire recycling program, including the transportation and recycling of B.C.’s scrap tires to ensure they are disposed of in environmentally responsible ways. reporter@southdeltaleader.com

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to do their best, find their talents and reach for the stars. Uniforms enhance a sense of community and togetherness at the same time.” Parents at Heath voted on the style of their uniforms last week—chosen from three designs students had picked as favourites from an original 11 colour and style combinations. Come fall, Heath students will don navy bottoms or tartan skirts with either sky blue or white shirts that have the school’s green alligator logo. Delta introduced its first tra-

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