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Fire Prevention Week Delta Fire & Emergency Services is hosting an Open House on October 8 and 15, 2011 in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. Visit the Events calendar on Delta’s website for more information.


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PICTURED Former South Deltan Henning Nieslen gets in some practice filling an ice cream cone before getting ready to serve an expected 2,000 or more residents of the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. For the past six years Nielsen, and other volunteers, have organized a street kitchen and distributing the cool and tasty treats is his next endeavour, despite recent open heart surgery. Philip Raphael photo

Surgery hasn't slowed down Henning Nielsen's drive to help others

Philip Raphael, Editor South Delta Leader All Henning Nielsen needs right now is a cape and the “Superman” persona is complete. In fact, the former South Deltan can go one step better than the legendary comic book Man of Steel because “Kryptonite”—Superman’s dreaded strength-sapping nemesis—doesn’t affect the 61-year-old. Rather, it has helped him come back from recent open heart surgery stronger and faster than normal to the point where he is forging ahead with plans to continue feeding the homeless on the mean streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Nielsen, a familiar face as manager of the since-closed Hollandia Deli at the

Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, underwent an experimental surgical procedure Aug. 12 at Vancouver General Hospital to repair a faulty valve in his heart. The experimental part was in the manner the doctors put his sternum—which during surgery had to be sawn apart—back together. Binding the two halves together with titanium mesh is the usual method. But in Henning’s case they used a super glue called Kryptonite to bond the two halves. He was just the second patient in the country to have the procedure done which has allowed Nielsen to continue his work in Vancouver’s inner city, a calling he has tended to with a legion of volunteers for the past six years. At the end of this month he planned to capitalize on the last throes of good

weather and hand out ice cream cones— all from donations by businesses and individuals—to roughly 1,500 people. “And I’m planning to do it again in October,” says Nielsen, who intends to soon go back to his side job as a bouncer. “At my age, I can talk people down pretty good,” he says with a laugh, “especially when the young guys feel they could be embarrassed by getting whooped by an old guy.” He’s also adept at helping people get off the streets. At last count, Nielsen knows of at least a half dozen or so homeless people who have managed to make the break thanks in part to the support he provides. One of the unique aspects of Nielsen’s efforts on the Downtown Eastside has — Continued on p. 4

North Delta Rec Centre expansion approved The North Delta Recreation Centre is set to receive a $9 million upgrade. At the Sept. 19 Delta council meeting, council endorsed a design concept for the recreation centre that includes a 25,000-square-foot expansion on the southwest corner of the existing facility. The project would also replace 6,000-square-feet of aging infrastructure. After public consultation during the summer, municipal staff included two main elements in the expansion: a multi-purpose gymnasium that facilitates sports, recreation, performances, community events and large gatherings; and a North Delta civic business office. The municipality hopes the expansion strengthens the social heart of the community and meets the recreation, culture and business demands of North Delta's growing population. —Staff writer

Learning fire safety from Delta's finest Deltans can celebrate Fire Prevention Week and get some potentially life-saving tips from Delta Firefighters at a local fire station next month. Delta Fire and Emergency Services is holding open houses in Ladner and North Delta during Fire Prevention Week which runs Oct. 8-15. During that time, local fire service personnel will focus on empowering their communities to prevent home fires and protect families through appropriate planning, tools and education. The first open house will be held Oct. 8 at Fire Hall No. 3 in North Delta (11375 84 Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second open house will be at Fire Hall No. 1 in Ladner (4645 Harvest Dr.) on Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Message from Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council

2011 World Police & Fire Games Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council congratulate the following participants from the Delta Fire Department and Delta Police Department for their outstanding performance at the 2011 World Police and Fire Games: BASKETBALL Delta Fire: Eric Butler (Gold) 10KM CROSS COUNTRY RUN Delta Fire: Brad Finlay GOLF Delta Fire: Shawn Cropley Bill Taylor

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

Commendation Awards Ceremony

Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council commend these outstanding individuals for their exemplary acts of bravery to assist others in need.

At the Fire Awards Ceremony held on September 8, 2011, the Office of the Fire Commissioner presented commendation awards to six individuals for their outstanding contribution to fire safety in B.C. The following Delta staff and members of the public received commendation plaques: • • • •

Captain David Plenert, Delta Fire Department Captain Dwight Kuznetsov, Delta Fire Department Mr. Gerry Chahal, Delta Fire Department Mr. John Evans, The Corporation of Delta, Engineering Operations • Ms. Jennifer Luu, Student • Ms. Ashley Burwash, Student

HALF MARATHON Delta Police: Cst. Scott Annesley MEN’S ICE HOCKEY Delta Fire: Rob Almrud Mike Bjarnason Eric Bugiel Jerrod Burr Mike Cvitkovich Dave Eastman Ken Eyjolfson Matt Gahr Steve Gallipeau Brian Harris Chuck James Rod Keulen Ryan Kostyshin Chad Selk Merv Tomayao Justin Voltweiter Delta Police: Chief Constable Jim Cessford Cst. Mark Bouchard Cst. Aaron Davis Cst. Kevin Dueck Sgt. Darren Dunn Cst. Jason Formby Cst. Scott Formby Cst. Ken Kirk

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY cont’d Cst. Ian Koropchuk Cst. Jason Martens Cst. Mark McKinnell Cst. John Morlang Sgt. Heath Newton Cst. Mo Parry Cst. Blair Tanino ROAD CYCLING Delta Fire: Guy Biggar – (3 Gold, 2 Silver) SERVICE PISTOL Delta Police: A/Sgt. Clayton Ennis Cst. Paul Gibson Cst. Kevin Hilliard SOCCER Delta Fire: Ian McCabe Delta Police: Cst. Jill Long SWIMMING Delta Police: Cst. Kelly Seib (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze) Cst. Anne-Marie Soroka (3 Silver) TENNIS Delta Fire: Kristy Storey (2 Bronze) VOLLEYBALL Delta Police: Cst. Christopher Ward WTC STAIR CLIMB Delta Fire: Kristy Storey

Thank you for representing the Corporation of Delta with spirit, dignity and outstanding sportsmanship!

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School district grants new Delta group free space to train Boaz Joseph, Reporter Surrey Leader The Seaforth Highlanders army cadets have a new home in Delta, thanks to the school district. Following a series of negotiations with Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) representatives, the Delta School District is allowing the cadets to use Heath Traditional School as their new training facility. And it won't cost cadets or their organizers a penny— they're getting the space for free. That's "very rare—really unusual," said commanding officer Capt. David Smith of the new 1867 Seaforth Highlanders RCACC at a recent open house at the school. "It's monumental what Delta has done." 1867's sister regiment, Surrey's 2812 Seaforth Highlanders, pay about $12,000 per year to train once a week at Mountainview Montessori in Guildford. 1867 is Seaforth Highlanders' sixth army cadet regiment in the region. The others are in

Surrey, Vancouver, Sechelt, Port Coquitlam and Langley. Recent growth has put pressure on other training facilities, leading to the expansion—the Langley regiment itself is only a year old. Smith, a teacher for 23 years and currently an automotive instructor at Seaquam Secondary, said school officials he spoke to liked the idea of what the cadet corps could offer students: Loyalty, professionalism, mutual respect and integrity—in other words, good citizenship. The activities are what attracted Cpl. Devon Singh, 13, a cadet who transferred from 2812 to be closer to home. "It's fun. I met a lot of nice people and have a lot of fun with it," said the teen. The fun—and learning—includes activities such as shooting marksmanship, band, orienteering, field training exercises, first aid training and summer camps. All training and activities are paid for by the Department of National Defence, which has run the cadet program for 126 years. Despite the military structure,

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Major Robert Thompson, the commanding officer of 2812, said the cadet corps is not a recruiting agency, and only about one per cent of cadets go on to military careers. Some cadets however, will go on to "uniform" careers such as emergency services. Thompson added that the training and activities which cadets are involved in from ages 12 to 18—including long-distance trips and exchanges with other provinces or countries— could cost them up to $100,000 if they tried to do them outside the cadet corps. Recruiting for the Delta's new regiment started in midSeptember, and about 40 cadets are expected to join in the next several weeks. The cadet program is the largest, federally-sponsored youth program in Canada, and includes the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadets. For more information, call Capt. David Smith at 778-8378793 or email david.smith@ To learn more about the cadet program, visit

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PICTURED Sgt. Caden Cumming, 16, a member of the 2812 Seaforth Highlanders (Surrey), shows Delta Mayor Lois Jackson a display of what army cadets do during an opening day recruitment event for the new 1867 Seaforth Highlanders regiment at Heath Traditional School in Delta on Sept. 17. Boaz Joseph photo

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Delta Fire & Emergency Services open house

2011 0 Bring Learning to Every Level! Fire Safety...It’s Smart & Fun!

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Delta Fire & Emergency Services is once again hosting our annual Open House events at the Delta Firehall. From Home Fire Safety to Firefighting as a career, The Open House Program will give you an inside look at the Fire Service. Talk with our Firefighters, and learn about the challenges, the dangers and the rewards of our job! It’s about having fun while learning about your Fire Department!

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Ladner residents pedal their way to raise funds for BC Lung Association Ladner's Morag and Johnny Van Tol joined more than 250 cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers from across British Columbia Sept. 10-11, for the BC Lung Association’s 27th Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath. The Van Tols were two of 10 Delta "trekkers" who took part,

many of whom return annually for the popular two-day, 200 km ride through the picturesque Fraser Valley to raise funds in support of vital lung health research, programs and clean air initiatives. So far the 2011 event has raised more than $170,000, contributing to the total $5

million raised during the event’s 27-year lifespan. The Van Tols alone raised more than $2,000 for the cause. Post-event fundraising continues until Oct. 3, 2011, and organizers expect the final tally to reach upwards of $200,000. —Staff writer

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PICTURED Ladner's Morag and Johnny Van Tol helped raise more than $2,000 for the BC Lung Association’s 27th Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath event. Contributed photo

SDSS grad helps renew African forest A Tsawwassen native is contributing to the revitalization of a degraded forest in East Africa. Mitchell Wilson, who graduated from South Delta Secondary School in 2005, has helped start a tree nursery in Mahenge, Tanzania, which he hopes will supply 100,000 tree seedlings to the local community each year. The Ulanga District Tree Nursery project was developed to combat deforestation from improper land clearing. Grown trees can improve food security, regulate water flow and quality, prevent soil erosion, supply needed resources and more.

Wilson first travelled to Mahenge in 2003 and again in 2009 to research the potential for a tree nursery as part of his BSc in forestry at UBC. Before his first trip, he admits he had preconceived notions about Africa, but they were quickly proven wrong. "I realized that there was all these professionals and really amazing community leaders that had all the tools they needed to manage the forest properly and to help develop the community, but one thing they were lacking was access to trees," he said in an interview with Shaw TV. The community is located in the

isolated Mahenge Mountains and, despite the ecological sensitivity of the area, the mountains have lost 89 per cent of their original forest cover. Wilson is pursuing the tree nursery project as he undertakes his MSc in tropical forestry at the Dresden Technical University in Germany. The nursery site got under construction this past August and will be managed by local universitytrained forest professionals from the Ulanga District Council, who Wilson met on his travels. The project is funded by Canadian business sponsors, and Wilson en-

courages more businesses and individuals to step up and help. “It costs only 15 cents to grow each seedling, seedlings which will be hard at work for many years as they sequester carbon dioxide, help maintain soil water and soil quality, improve local food and water security, restore environmentally degraded sites, and prevent further forest degradation,” he said in a news release. So far 14,746 trees have been sponsored for the 2012 planting season. For more information visit —Staff writer

been supplying the use of a cellular phone to the homeless. It’s usually one call, and often made to the families those now living on the street have left behind. “A lot of the time it’s a call to let their loved ones just know they are still alive,” Nielsen says, adding that providing a simple opportunity for re-connection makes all of his, and his volunteers’, efforts worthwhile. “I started this after I got a divorce and was feeling pretty sorry for myself. That’s when I thought that my worst day was probably the best day for someone who was living on the streets,” Nielsen says. For more information about Nielsen’s charitable efforts, email hgn. or call 778-398-0060.

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'Jonnycat' strives to make electronic music accessible Clinking glasses, people laughing and trucks driving by on the TransCanada highway are a few of the more unique sounds listeners may hear on the debut album by budding electronic artist Collin Reilly. “I’ve recorded typical sounds like drums, guitars, pianos, vocal snippets and distorted vocals but I also try to add something different," says 16-year-old Reilly, who goes by the name Jonnycat. The Sands Secondary School student spent much of the past summer mixing his new online album in his home studio. "Cats in Space" consists of six original songs and is free to download on SoundCloud ( Reilly creates house electronic music, a style of electronic dance music popularized in the 1980s but more recently infused in mainstream music through the success of artists such as deadmau5, Tiesto, afrojack and Justice. While

We help keep Seniors Living Happy, Healthy, and at Home PICTURED Young DJ Collin Reilly is hoping to increase the interest in electronic music with the release of his debut album. Susan Rybar photo

Reilly's musical interests started through playing in an alternative funk band, he says his electronic music has been inspired by deadmau5, Jamiriquai, Skrillex, Madeon, and other artists he has connected with on SoundCloud. One collaborative technique he uses to improve his sound is to preview unfinished songs online, so listeners can comment on his samples. He then uses those comments to cre-

ate the final mix. “A lot of people think electronic music can be boring and repetitive, so I'm trying to condense it and add as much originality to each song as I can,” he says. “I want the music to be accessible to as many people as possible, to try and help grow interest in electronic music. Not a lot of people will go out and buy a house album for the first time, that's why I'm putting mine out for free."

Reilly currently works as a DJ for parties, weddings and events playing other music, but says he aspires to play his own songs for a larger fan base around the world. He last performed with his alternative funk band, Public Access, at the Surrey Youth Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24. He's already started mixing his second electronic album, which he says will incorporate more instruments. —Staff writer

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