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TFN mulls incinerator plan Garbage-burning waste-to-energy plant could help power future development CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER


he Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) plans to re-examine the possibility of hosting a regional garbage incinerator after the province endorsed Metro Vancouver’s regional waste plan this week. The region adopted its Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ISWRMP) a year ago, which includes the incineration of garbage, and Minister of Environment Terry Lake gave it his approval on Monday (July 25). In the past, the TFN had been approached by several companies, including Aquilini Renewable Energy, a firm owned by Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini, to build a waste-to-energy plant on its land. “We are still interested. We hadn’t really actively been advancing any plans without knowing the future of the plan,” said Chief Kim Baird. “Now that it’s in place we’re trying to finalize discussions with the Aquilinis in relation to a potential project on our land.” Still, she said the TFN will wait to see what kind of RFP (request for proposals) process comes out of Metro Vancouver

before moving forward. Baird said a waste-toenergy garbage incinerator would fit in with the community’s desire to have renewable, green-based utilities. Although the “knee-jerk reaction” to burning garbage is negative, Baird said research has shown incineration to be safe and effective. “Everything I’ve seen has shown that the emissions are negligible,” Baird said. “Dealing with our garbage in region and getting energy out of it is better than putting it in a landfill.” She said an incinerator would also fit in with the TFN’s future development plans, which include close to 1,900 homes and a 1.8-millionsquare-foot shopping mall. “From it (the incinerator), we could produce district heat as well as produce electricity that would help our desire to be sustainable from an energy perspective,” Baird said. “I think it would be good for the region and I think the economic opportunity would be good for my community, including employment opportunities.” Aside from incineration, the ISWRMP also calls for an aggressive push for increased recycling and composting of household organics. Metro Vancouver board chair and Delta Mayor Lois Jackson said Monday the provincial approval was great

›INBRIEF Smash and grab in Ladner A trio of Ladner businesses fell victim to a thief and a brick Sunday (July 24). According to a Delta Police report, the suspect threw the brick through the glass door of one store in the 5200 block of 48th Avenue to gain entry. They then proceeded to steal the cash register. The two other stores suffered a similar fate with smashed front door windows, but did not have anything stolen from the premises. Police are continuing with their investigation. — Staff writer

news. “This solid waste management plan will help us preserve non-renewable resources, save energy, generate revenue, protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gases,” Jackson said. The ISWRMP was the result of an exhaustive public consultation and involves several methods of waste disposal as the region attempts to cut down the amount of garbage headed for the landfill. The targets are an 80 per cent diversion in the amount of waste heading for landfills, which are quickly hitting their maximum allowable intake. “But even with high diversion rates, we still need to deal with the more than one million tonnes of waste we cannot recycle, and the new plan does that by focusing on the recovery of materials and energy from the garbage that remains,” Jackson said. Jackson said the plan looks at garbage as a resource and an opportunity to find better ways to protect our planet. Because of strong public reaction to decrease the amount of garbage going to landfills, Metro staff are recommending an 80 per cent diversion by 2020. Previously, the goal had been a 70 per cent diversion by 2015. Politicians in the Fraser Valley have expressed vehe-

BC has approved a regional waste management plan that includes the use of garbage incinerators. Mario Bartel file photo ment opposition to building an incinerator close to home, fearing increased air pollution. And at least one green group is upset with the fact that Environment Minister Terry Lake approved the plan. “Decisions like this one today would seem to suggest that Minister Lake sees his job as helping big companies get around dealing with environmental concerns, rather than actually protecting our environment,” said Ben West,

Healthy Communities Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee. “The real fight will begin when they pick a location and try to build one of these pollution-spewing garbageburning monsters,” said West. “Wherever they try to do this we will be there to make sure people know the truth about what is being proposed in their backyard.” —With files from Kevin Diakiw

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Delta driver facing 11 charges

The corner of Arthur Drive and Ladner Trunk Road is set to get a long-awaited makeover, which will include a new right-hand turn lane and park space. Mayor Lois Jackson and council announced last week that the Corporation of Delta has purchased the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building, owned for many years by Shato Holdings Ltd. The deal is still subject to the current tenant vacating. Jackson said a new right-hand turn lane is planned for Arthur Driver so northbound traffic can turn more easily onto Ladner Trunk Road. The KFC building would be torn down to make way for an expanded Magee Park. "It's very exciting. It's something that people have been asking for for quite a long time," Jackson said. — Christine Lyon

A Delta man who went on a wild driving rampage in North Vancouver July 25 is facing 11 charges. RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries says the 44-year-old began his dangerous driving spree by allegedly accosting a couple and running his vehicle into the woman. The driver then fled the scene and approached a group of four women and ordered them to get into his car. When they refused, he struck one of them with his car, injuring her as she was pinned against a pole. The same car then hit another vehicle, ramming it two more times before the suspect drove up to a third woman, whom he threatened to kill when she wouldn't get into his car. Police were finally able to box in the Mustang and arrest the driver, who faces charges ranging from dangerous driving causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and impaired driving. —With files from CTV

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Findlay settles into riding New Delta-Richmond East MP reflects on her time in Ottawa CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER


t’s been almost three months since Kerry-Lynne Findlay was elected MP of DeltaRichmond East and she’s finally getting a chance to settle into the riding. Parliament recessed for the summer on June 24 and the Conservative MP moved into her new Ladner constituency office in mid-July. After installing new carpets, removing the existing bright pink blinds and slapping on a fresh coat of paint, the secondfloor suite at 202-5000 Bridge St. is ready for business. Findlay is inviting the public to an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. “It’s geographically central,” Findlay said when asked why she chose Ladner as the site of her office. “I assume that’s why my predecessor (John Cummins) chose Ladner as well.” When she’s not organizing

her new workspace, Findlay says she’s busy packing boxes at home. The Vancouver resident has been planning to move into the Delta-Richmond East riding since she was elected, and recently made an offer on a house in Tsawwassen. The Leader sat down with Findlay this week to hear how things are going since being sworn in as a Member of Parliament. “Just after that I got the call that the Prime Minister wanted to see me,” she said. “I went to meet with him personally and he told me he was going to appoint me Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice.” The appointment came as a surprise to the rookie MP, who believes she was selected because of her 30 years experience as a lawyer. Now considered a legal advisor to the Crown, she has had to give up her job at her former law firm. “It would be a conflict for me to be having any private

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The homeless cats, dogs and rabbits at Delta Community Animal Shelter are sleeping more comfortably thanks to a donation from the Coast Tsawwassen Inn. Last week, the hotel dropped off 20 large boxes full of used blankets. “The dogs will think they’re in a hotel instead of in the shelter,” said the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, Kristen Bishop. The hotel recently outfitted close to 300 beds with brand new comforters and staff didn’t have to think twice about what to do with the used blankets. “The Coast Tsawwassen Inn is pet friendly, so we’re all pet lovers,” Bishop said, explaining canine guests are greeted with just as much enthusiasm as their owners. “We want to help out our community organizations,” she added. Shelter manager Sarah

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adner’s Norma Bastidas doesn’t believe in doing anything in half measures. That’s why when she first tried out long distance running in 2008, hoping to make it to the end of a marathon and found she was pretty good at it, she decided to up the ante and the distance. As a result, Philip about a year later Raphael the 43-year-old single mom with two sons became the first person to complete seven ultramarathon races across seven continents in a span of just seven months. While it took plenty of effort to complete the events that ranged from 100-250 km, Bastidas, who moved to South Delta from Calgary last September, has plenty of motivation. Five years ago her oldest son, Karl, then 11, was diagnosed with a rare eye condition called Cone Rod Dystrophy that was slowly robbing him of his sight. “I was overwhelmed, I was a single mom with two kids and everything was happening at the same time, so I started running just to relieve the stress,” says Bastidas, who works as a personal trainer. “That’s basically how it started.” Bastidas turned her long runs in places such as the Sahara Desert, Brazil and the imposingly named Canadian Death Race—a 125 km long course in Grande Cache, Alberta that passes three mountain summits and 17,000 feet of elevation—into fundraising opportunities for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). “That gave me something that I could focus on and from everything else I couldn’t control that was something I could. For every kilometre I finished I

asked people to please pledge me,” she says. “I emailed five people and about 25 responded because they thought this was the craziest thing they had ever heard. And instead of raising $500 I raised $3,200. While the challenge of the Canadian Death Race was long and painful, Bastidas ended up completing 94 km without any serious training. At first, Bastidas was determined to give it another try to complete the course, but she realized the event was part of a six-race series all over 50 km in various spots in Alberta. She signed up for them all and established a reputation by winning one of the events as an almost complete unknown. The results gave Bastidas the confidence to take on other events around the globe and she ended up completing the seven race, seven continent trek in seven months. “I decided to do the seven continents,” Bastidas says, adding it became the 777 Run For Sight. She started in Brazil and finished in Switzerland, compiling 1,272 km along the way to becoming the first person to complete the feat. The shortest was 100 km and the longest stretched 250 km. In Brazil she ran 50 hours non-stop to complete the 217 km course. She has managed to raise more than $150,000 from her exploits. And she’s not finished yet. Bastidas runs 112 to 120 km a week in training. When she’s building up for a competition that goes up to 75 to 110 miles. It’s all in preparation for the TransAlps event this September, a 250 km run that crosses three countries starting in Germany, on to Austria and finishing in Italy. She’s also hoping to complete climbs of the world’s seven highest summits. “It (running) is my passion,” she says. “It gives me everything that I need. I don’t tell my kids that they can do anything, I show them.”

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LETTERS Taxes weedwhacked and blown to the winds Absurd comes to mind. Last week, at the 12th Ave. entry to Boundary Bay Park, a Metro Vancouver employee was busy chewing up the blackberry cane with a noisy gas-fuelled tool. Okay, this is a nature park and a wildlife preserve, but the cane's an invasive species that has to be controlled. Hand tools would be quiet, clean and green, but who needs quiet green practices in a park? We carried on. Then, in spite of the open windows of the homes along the shore, the worker raised a cloud of dust. Why?

Tired of the same old party line Kelly Guichon's statements ( Gu i c h o n e y e s p rov i n c i a l seat, South Delta Leader July 22, 2011)—"She's ( Vicki Huntington) done the best she can do to date, but with all these issue facing Delta, we really need a strong voice" and "being part of a bigger team would benefit the community" and "we really don't have a voice in Victoria"— are the same spin we heard during the last election.

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She fired up her powerful blower to go after a few bits of cane that had landed on the path. But her blower couldn't raise them, so she cranked up her blower, which caused the dust cloud to grow, but those stubborn bits of cane continued to resist her blower. You get the picture. What are we to conclude? When working in a nature reserve, emitting exhaust, raising dust, and making noise is much more important than using good sense—a rake, in this case. Then, today, while returning home through Winskill Park, a Delta Parks employee was weedwhacking the grass along the treed walk between the Kinsmen Apartments and the Tsawwassen Medical Clinic with no regard for the trees' bark: Nick, slice, hack. Those trees have survived Delta's neglect, but I doubt they'll survive Delta parks staff.

And then two big, strapping guys arrived to clean up after her with their powerful, noisy, smoky blowers. Gas fumes, noise, and pointless blowing of cuttings here and there and everywhere for the breeze to blow about. Costly, noisy, dirty nonsense. And what about the danger those machines pose? Delta knows they're dangerous because its workers wear eye protection and heavy overalls. Delta knows, too, that they're noisy because its workers wear ear protection. But a pox on the peace and safety of tax payers. Delta and Metro Vancouver might just as well dump trucks of tax dollars about for public workers to nick, slice, hack and blow to the four winds. Nothing is absurd if taxpayers are paying.

What part of Val Roddick and Wally Oppal were on the "bigger team" when their Liberal compatriots imposed the hospital cuts, the Tsawwassen power lines, the South (Fraser) Perimeter road, etcetera on the citizens of Delta. Doesn't Guichon understand? Were their voices not heard? If she does secure the Liberal nomination, she most certainly won't be getting my vote. Trotting out the same old party line just doesn't cut it. If she (Guichon) were in a re-elected Liberal Caucus, the

results on the next serious issue probably facing South Delta— the creation of a tax free trade zone—will be imposed, just like all the other poor decisions were. The Liberal big business interests control the agenda, not a rookie MLA's actions. Now is the time for others to kick-out all the Liberals in Victoria. Major change is needed and hopefully coming.

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Welcome the attention Delta Council has to be commended for its plan to purchase the property on the south east corner of Ladner Trunk Road and Arthur Drive. With traffic backed up there on a regular basis, it has become an increasingly frustrating traffic bottleneck. The proposed changes to the intersection designed to improve traffic flow will undoubtedly bring a smile to the faces of many commuters, and possibly some support at the ballot box in the coming civic election this November. And while it is cynical to link this pleasingly progressive move to unknot traffic tie ups in and out of Ladner Village with an approaching municipal vote there are some who will. In council's defence, the deal to get ownership of the location where the Ladner Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet once served customers had apparently been a long time in coming. A deal had to be struck with the property owner and there were considerations regarding current tenants. So while the armchair pundits may sit back and arch their eyebrows at the timing of this move— announced last week (July 20) at the Ladner Business Association's annual summer barbecue— it may be more productive to simply accept this and other possible goodies coming from Delta Municipal Hall over the coming months. There is so much that needs to be done in all three Delta communities that pretty much any civic improvements should be welcomed with open arms and minds. Park the cynicism for a moment and enjoy the attention local politicians are paying to their constituents. Soak up pretty much whatever is funneled your way. And better still, make sure your voice is heard by those who will be asking for your support at the polls. Let them know what else you'd like to see done to improve your community, your business and your home. An improved intersection serving Ladner Village is a start. Lower taxes in this present economic climate may be asking too much. But a better bang for your municipal buck would be nice. And just think, with a provincial election possibly as early as this fall, it could help you compile a list of local "to-dos" for the folks in Victoria to consider.

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Going green

Clockwise from top left: ❚ The 3rd Boundary Bay Scouts group from Tsawwassen attended the Scouts Canada Provincial Jamboree 2011 in Roberts Creek, B.C. Photo contributed ❚ Jeannette Kerluke, Sherry Browne, Diana Paiuk and Jennifer Delf of the Delf Group present a $5,048.94 cheque to Anne Herringer (centre) representing the Delta Stroke Recovery Association. Photo contributed ❚ (L-R) Irene Forcier and Renie D'Aquila of Reach Child and Youth Development Society receive a $20,000 donation from Linda Ottho and Guillermo Bustos representing the Rotary Club of Ladner. Photo contributed


The South Delta Artists' Guild cordially invites you to their annual juried and award-winning show Oil & Water. When: July 28 to Aug. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Where: Longhouse Gallery, 1710 56 St.


Mayor Lois Jackson and Delta Council, in partnership with the Tsawwassen Rotary Club, invite you to the Rotary WaterWorks grand opening. When: Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Diefenbaker Park. Light

The annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival is the largest community festival in South Delta. There's fun for the whole family including a parade, children's midway, marketplace, slow pitch tournament, BMX air show, bingo, main stage entertainment, fireworks, food vendors, and much more. When: July 29 to Aug. 1 with the Rotary Club parade on Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. Where: visit for event times and locations. The Tsawwassen SunFest Rotary parade takes place Aug. 1. Jim Kinnear file photo


The 33rd annual Tsawwassen Sun Festival Antique Fair returns this weekend. Over 50 antiques dealers will be selling a wide variety of antiques and collectables. New for 2011 will be a gemologist on site offering written appraisals on jewelry for a modest fee. There is also a door prize of a collectable Royal Doulton figurine. When: July 31 and Aug. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: South Delta Rec. Centre. 1720-56 St. Admission $4.


In his energetic interactive show, award winning performer Dustin Anderson, a.k.a the Purple Pirate, will have kids of all ages thrilled about reading for pleasure. When: Wednesday, Aug. 3. Where: Tsawwassen Library (1-1:45 p.m.) and Ladner Pioneer Library (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Suitable for ages 5 and up.


cial situations. When: Saturday. Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: 5624 Ladner Trunk Rd.

GROUPS & VOLUNTEERS Do you have time to help improve the lives and increase the independence of seniors in your neighbourhood? By volunteering only two to three hours once a week with the Deltassist Seniors Phone Shopping Program, you can help a senior or a person with disabilities that can no longer manage grocery shopping on their own. To find out more about this opportunity, call Deltassist at 604-946-9526 and ask for Lyn.


refreshments will be served. Wear waterproof clothing.


Follow the flight of the bat at sunset. Listen to their hunting sonar using a bat detector as they dash and dart in search of mosquitoes and moths. When: Friday, Aug. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Where: Deas Island Regional Park. Be prepared to walk 2 km outdoors. Call 604-432-6359 to register. $7.50 adult; $4 child/senior; $20 family.


Ladner Baptist Church is holding a garage sale with a twist—there's nothing being sold. Everything is free. The 'ungarage' sale will freely give donated household items, clothing and toys to those in tough finan-

BC Ferries is offering refunds for assured-loading passes that have expired. Visit and click on the 'news' tab to find out more.

Did you know that hen people find out I live paper that is rinsed of a "zero waste" food residue can be life without weekly gar- included in compost. bage pickup to my Tsaw- Organic garbage causes wassen single family res- the most problems in idence, they are usually the land fill because it decomposes to producincredulous. It could be an uncom- es greenhouse gases. Did you know that fortable situation as people question my used coffee grounds or tea leaves applied to the honesty. "What do you mean, soil is good for some you have no garbage? plants? Number Everyone has three—keep garbage," is Carol the response Vignale trying. So what is as if the getleft in your ting rid of garbage? garbage is a Good to isotenant of faith late the probfor upright livlem items. ing. Ma y b e y o u Does this will decide, idea need an as I have, not update? to purchase I contend specific hard that upright living is best done with- to recycle items, or out garbage. Imagine no maybe you will ask your garbage can under your friends and neighbours kitchen sink—that is for ideas. Keeping trying with good living! Eliminating or greatly hope. Every small step reducing garbage pick you take is a big step in up saves Delta, and the reduction and elimithereby Delta taxpayers, nation of garbage. Ha v e I f o r g o t t e n significant money. But the question is an important part of how to achieve zero garbage—cooked food waste in our lives. What waste? I understand this is is the secret? The basic step is pay a significant portion of attention to the gar- current garbage conbage/waste you produce tent. Is the waste of food as it happens, and think in any way related to the about how to keep it out question of famine? Today, there is seriof the garbage can. This is a fun problem-solving ous famine in the Horn exercise for our brains— Somalia and East Africa. maybe as good as cross- How much money it wasted in food waste to word puzzles? Ask yourself, how can garbage? Is food in some I recycle or reuse this way sacred? These are important waste or most important, how can I, in the future, questions for our society. reduce this item? Did you know that Nu m b e r o n e — a l l recycled or reused items currently the Canadian must be clean, without government is matching food scraps. As you are dollar for dollar contricleaning up after a meal butions to aid for Famine or snack, wash out or relief for the desperate rinse the containers you people of East Africa. To have used. Then dispose get the list of some Canaitems in appropriate dian Partner humanitarrecycling container, or ian agencies go to cbc. reuse for another pur- ca/eastafricarelief/howtohelp.html. pose. Also check with local Number two—eliminate organic food waste churches for further from garbage. Try to start opportunities. Check Canada Gova compost container in your back garden if you ernment website canada. have one. If not find, a CarolVignale is a longfriend or neighbour with a compost bin and ask if time Tsawwassen resident you can contribute your who strives to maintain a zero waste lifestyle. organics.

Are you interested in making a real and profound difference in the lives of people caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? Come join the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s team of dedicated support facilitators. A commitment of 3-6 hours a month over a one year time period is required. Training is provided. Contact Anthony Kupferschmidt for more information: 604-238-7390 or email To learn more about our programs and services, please visit Are you eight to 13 years old and love to sing? Join the Sing Out Summer Choral Camp and learn to sing a variety of music. This Ladner camp runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon for the months of July and August. For more information and registration, contact or call 604-720-3392. For five to seven year olds, singing circle jam from 9:30 to 10 a.m.


The B.C. government finished the fiscal year this spring with a deficit of $309 million, nearly $1 billion less than what was forecast last fall.


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Increased flow Delta farmers hoping to strike a better deal for water rates

Clarence DeBoer's four acre reservoir on his east Delta property helps with the harvesting of his cranberry crop. Better and more affordable access to water for local farmers is needed for local farms to survive, he says. Philip Raphael photo PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR


ater is everything,” says Clarence DeBoer as he stands near a reservoir covering four acres of his cranberry farm in East Delta. He’s not exaggerating. Without good access to it his livelihood would take a severe downturn. So would those of other farmers in the South Delta region who depend on it not only for irrigation but tending livestock, preparing produce for market, and in DeBoer’s case harvesting his annual crop that requires the diked fields to be flooded. Looking for rate relief While DeBoer has a water reservoir, it’s not nearly enough to meet his needs— shifts in traditional weather patterns mean rainfall at opportune times can’t be counted on anymore. He relies on water from other sources,

including the supply piped in and administered by Metro Vancouver. And it’s with the regional government where he and other local farmers are trying to strike a better deal to help them stay in business. DeBoer, along with longtime farmer and Delta Council member Ian Paton—who is also a member of the Metro Vancouver Agricultural Committee—are calling for an evening out of agricultural water usage costs. “Years ago you could use all the water you wanted for an inexpensive rate,” Paton says. Currently, local farmers are charged a rate of 67 cents per cubic metre (1,000 litres) of water up to 8,000 cubic metres used during a three-month period. “After a farmer uses that first 8,000 cubic metres of water the price jumps from 67 cents to $1.08, which I find is somewhat unfair,” Paton adds. “You’re penalizing the bigger farmers like a dairy farm or a

greenhouse operation. Suddenly, why should you pay $1.08 just because you are using more than 8,000 cubic metres per quarter? “It doesn’t make any sense. If you went to buy a new pick up truck at the dealership and were charged $40,000 for one, and you said ‘What if I buy 12 of them?’ and the dealership says $45,000 each, it wouldn’t make any sense. It should be lower.” In comparison, non-agricultural water users in Delta are charged 78 cents per cubic metre of water up to 125 cubic metres per quarter. After that the rate rises to $1.08 per cubic metre. Usage for both categories includes a $25 minimum quarterly charge. But the charge for water is not something farmers are used to and it is tightening business margins to the point where the future viability of working the land is seriously being brought into question.

Paton and DeBoer are hoping farmers in the Metro Vancouver region can get the rate down to a flat 67 cents per cubic metre. “The farmers of Delta have done a good job of adapting to what has been thrown at us over the years with railways, hydro lines, freeways, the container port and all of these things,” DeBoer says. “It’s been tricky to work around all of these things. But there have been some really good farmers who at 60 or 65 have packed it in over the last few years because they are tired of all the different things you have to adhere to make a living farming.” Costs add up quickly When it comes to water usage, the costs can add up very quickly, depending on the type of farm operation. “In some cases it’s a huge percentage, like in greenhouses and dairies,” DeBoer says. “But it’s like everything

else, the costs keep going up and up. This is one of the most expensive regions to produce milk and vegetables because we have to live with high taxes like the (proposed) transit tax on gas.” “What people have to understand is the use of water is not just irrigation and greenhouses,” Paton adds. “It’s chicken farms, potato and other vegetable growers who have to wash their products. You can’t draw water out of a ditch for chickens. It’s the same if you’re washing potatoes, carrots or turnips. You have to use city water which is very expensive.” In the case of dairies, that lower consumption rate can be quickly eclipsed. “A dairy cow in full production milking 100 litres a day will drink almost 100 litres a day in the summer time,” Paton says. “And when you have a dairy farm with, say 500 head of livestock from calves right on up to mature cows you can go through a lot of water a day just for your animals to drink. People don’t think about that. That’s something a farmer has to pay for now.” Change in weather Add in the nature of the local soil—farmers are in a constant battle to lower salinity levels by flushing the land with water—and it’s enough for some farmers to look heavenward for solutions. But even then there’s little help. “I think we’re all noticing that the climate is changing,”

DeBoer says. “Even though we’ve had a year like this where we’ve had lots of rain, at critical times of the year we don’t seem to have the rain when we need it.” In fact, a wet harvest season last year ruined the bulk of the local potato crop. And unseasonably wet and cold conditions this spring and summer have delayed some crops, especially blueberries. Still, rates aside there’s some reason for optimism and it comes in the form of improved irrigation infrastructure promised by the Gateway Program which is overseeing construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road that has cut through portions of South Delta farmland. Compensation for that is the vow to provide better delivery of water with new pumping stations and canals. While there is a memorandum of understanding with Gateway officials to set things in place, hopefully before the new highway’s completion in 2012, Paton and the rest of the South Delta farming community are committed to ensuring needs are met. Until then local farmers are hoping for some economic relief for what they provide to a society that is increasingly coming around to value locally grown produce. “We don’t like to stand here holding our hand out saying we want this or that, that’s not really what we’re doing,” DeBoer says.

South Delta farmers say they have had to adapt to plenty of obstacles that have been placed in their way over the years. Now, they are seeking more affordable water rates to keep their businesses vaible. Philip Raphael photo



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Schedule of Events Winskill Park – 56th Street at 9th Avenue and South Delta Recreation Centre – 1720 56th Street

NEW THIS YEAR – Introducing the 1ST Annual SunFest Music Festival – See our website at for a complete schedule to kick off on Friday July 29th with 35 acts that include over 70 musicians at 8 venues around town… come celebrate the Arts & Culture of Tsawwassen!!

FRIDAY JULY 29, 2011 7:30pm ...............SunFest Music Festival (see website

SATURDAY JULY 30, 2011 9am – 5:30pm .....Softball tournament Day 1 11am – 6pm .........Beer Gardens & Music 11am – 6pm .........BBQ by TOOBS at Winskill Park 12pm ...................SunFest Music Festival (see website

SUNDAY JULY 31, 2011 9am – 5:30pm .....Softball Tournament Day 2 9am – 5pm..........Antique Fair at South Delta Rec Center 11am – 6pm .........Beer Gardens & Music at Winskill Park

11am – 6pm .........BBQ by TOOBS at Winskill Park 3pm – 8pm..........Skateboard Competition at South Delta Rec Center 12pm – 4pm ........Children’s Bouncy Rides 12pm ...................SunFest Music Festival (see website 9:30pm-10:30pm ..FIREWORKS AT SOUTH DELTA REC CENTRE

Pakoras, Hot dogs, Hamburgers & more 10am – 5pm ........Marketplace – Clothes, Hats, Jewelry, Books, Fitness and a whole lot more! 12:30pm-5:30pm .. WINE TENT back again this year! 11am - 5pm .........Total Defense Martial Arts Demonstrations


11am - 5pm .........Delta Gymnastics for kids

8am – 11am .........Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast

11am - 5pm .........Midway, Children’s Rides & Activities

11am-12pm...........ROTARY CLUB PARADE – 16th Avenue to Winskill along 56th Street

11am - 5pm .........Petting Zoo & Pony Rides

9am – 5pm..........Antique Fair at South Delta Rec Center 9am – 5:30pm .....Softball Tournament Day 3 11am – 6pm .........Beer Gardens & Music at Winskill Park 11am – 6pm .........BBQ by TOOBS at Winskill Park 10am – 5pm ........Food Stands -Thai Food,

11am – 3:30pm ....Men In Black 12pm ...................SunFest Music Festival (see website 12:25pm...............Delta South MLA, Vicki Huntington at the Main Stage 1:30pm ................Pie Eating Contest with Bruce Williams 1pm, 2pm, 3:30pm BMX Bicycle Air Show 1:30pm – 5pm .....BINGO at KINVILLAGE

SEE YOU UNDER THE SUN As a major sponsor and exhibitor, Westshore Terminals is proud to participate in the Tsawwassen Sun Festival each year as part of its community support program. Look for our marquee for information about North America’s busiest coal export terminal and make sure you get one of our usual free gifts.

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Musical feast

Friday, July 29 Tsawwasen legion Tin Pan Alley—7:30 p.m. illuminate restorante Jazzers—8 p.m.

Sun Festival awash in local sounds This year's edition of the Tsawwassen Sun Festival will have a definite, made in South Delta sound track—pretty much wherever you go. A total of eight venues scattered across the town July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 will feature a collection of 40 talented musicians who will be performing a variety of styles, from easy listening to electronic ambient music. The offerings are an ambitious expansion over previous years at the Sun Festival that had just one day of live music, says Sun Festival volunteer Dave McIlroy who is organizing the talent. The expansion is a result of the Tsawwassen Business Association's growing efforts over the past two years at establishing live music nights each Friday and Saturday at The Stage inside the Tsawwassen Legion. McIlroy, who spearheaded the TBA's arts and culture initiative, says the following for the performances has been steadily building with local talent taking the stage to get increased exposure.

And that has paid off big time for the upcoming Sun Festival as almost all of the 40 performers call South Delta home, McIlroy says. "This is what I'm most proud of," says McIlroy. "Through the TBA's arts and culture initiative we recognized there was a large body of musicians in the local area who would show up and contribute. And the Sun Festival Music Festival wanted to reach out to those people first." As a result, roughly 95 per cent of the performers playing over the Sun Festival weekend are local. That bounty of homegrown talent and subsequent interest in hearing them could bode well for the future as plans that may one day spawn a Tsawwassen music festival which could draw visitors from across the region and provide the town with an economic boost. Until then, music lovers will be able to choose their venue and corresponding music style during the upcoming Sun Festival. The Tsawwassen Legion (22-1835 56 St.) will be home to blues music. Meanwhile across the street, the

South Delta Recreation Centre's skate park will host youth-orientated tunes. The Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall will feature two venues—one by the RBC Bank and the other at Rotary Square. One day will headline easy listening, while more "robust" bands will play on the other, McIlroy says. At the Tsawwassen Shopping Centre, Petra's Art Kafe and the glass-covered courtyard will stage alternating performances. Those two areas will have light jazz, a youth orchestra, singersongwriters and electronic ambient sounds. Further south on 56th Street Illuminate Restorante (125-1077 56th St.) will host piano jazz and easy listening music over all three days. And the final venue at Earthwise Garden (3rd Ave. and Boundary Bay Rd.) will be the setting for some world music, a drum circle, a jazz improvisational jam and original works from singer-songwriters.

SaTurday, July 30 Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall—rotary Square Tyson McIlroy—3 p.m. Caitlin Toom—4:30 p.m. Tsawwasen legion The Hutchison Effect with guests—7:30 p.m. Tsawwassen Shopping Centre Petra's art Kafe Jpegs—12 p.m. Lee Cannon-Brown—3 p.m. Courtyard Bossa Boys—1:30 p.m. Oliver Conway—4:30 p.m. Earthwise Garden Kuimba—12 p.m. Krista Marshall—1:30 p.m. Brittany Hebenton—3 p.m. Drum Circle—4:30 p.m. illuminate restorante Ross Houghland—7 p.m.

The Centennials—12 p.m. Patrick Gurr Trio—1:30 p.m. Tin Pan Alley—3 p.m. Frankly Yours (George Ellenton)—4:30 p.m. Tsawwassen Shopping Centre Petra's art Kafe Delta Youth Orchestra—1:30 p.m. James Glennon—4:30 p.m. Courtyard Daryle Sherman—12 p.m. Christine Magee—3 p.m. Earthwise Garden Gerry and Trevor Layton—3 p.m. Jazz Jam Session—3 p.m. Tsawwassen Skateboard Park Lucidity—12 p.m. Strange Fruit_1:45 p.m. Rhymists—4 p.m. Six to Midnight—6:30 p.m. illuminate restortante Stephen Robb—7 p.m.

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–Philip Raphael, Editor

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July 30 to August 1, 2011

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Celebrate BC Day long weekend at South Delta’s community festival.

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Celebrating 60 Years of Service to Our Community

This year, CUPE Local 454 celebrates its sixtieth anniversary. In over a half century of labour activism the local has grown to over 900 hundred Email: members representing workers at the Corporation of Delta, The Delta Police Board, and the Delta Museum and Archives.


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SunFest slo-pitch tournament turns 30 Three hundred ball players are set to descend on Tsawwassen this long weekend for three days of sun, socializing and slo-pitch. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Tsawwassen Sun Festival's annual slo-pitch tournament. Local resident Judy Kirk has helped organize the softball event since its inception in 1981. She remembers the inaugural year scrounging up just six teams to play a double knockout on one day. "Then a friend of mine who thinks big said 'Come on, let's do it up big' and then we ended up with 30 teams on six fields for three days," Kirk said of the second year. Today the tournament is limited to 20 teams—five each in four divisions ranging from recreational to competitive. Twelve of those teams are from South Delta; the others come from across the Lower Mainland. As usual, the tournament will take place at Winskill Park and follows the same format as previous years with round robin play on Saturday/Sunday and playoff games on Monday, which tend to draw large crowds of spectators. "On the Monday, particularly for the final game, a lot of people are around the park for that one," said Kirk. For most players, the tournament involves just as much socializing as batting and catching. Kirk said some of the returning teams plan their holidays

around this event. Many participants will camp out for the weekend and look forward to catching up with old acquaintances. A few of this year's registered teams have been participating in the annual competition for more than 20 years. "They were kids when they started playing. Now they're married with children," Kirk said. As the event grew in popularity, Kirk decided to guarantee teams a spot in the tournament. As a result, she said she has an almost 100 per cent return rate. "Those that have been in and have given up their spot know that it's very tough to get back," she said. Each year there is a waiting list of teams hoping to snag a place in the tournament. Reflecting on 30 successful years, Kirk says the event's popularity is due to guaranteed sunny weather and an onsite beer garden. "It's a well run tournament, everybody likes the location, likes the weekend event." In addition to bragging rights, the top four teams receive trophies and the winner gets gift certificates for a seasonend party. Male and female MVPs will be selected from each division. –Christine Lyon, Reporter

Making contact—Trevor Ruehs takes a swing at a pitch during a previous year's Sun Festival slopitch finals. Jim Kinnear file photo

Be sure to visit over 40 fine shops and services and watch for us in the parade

tsawwassen town centre Mall and century group are proud gold sponsors of the tsawwassen sun Festival Banks/Insurance: Envision Financial 604-501-4230 Royal Bank Financial 604-948-1610 Westland Insurance 604-943-0333 clothIng: Boutique Blanche Intimates 604-943-8306 Fusion Boutique 604-948-8034 Food stores: Thrifty Foods 604-948-9210 Tsawwassen Joe’s Farm Market 604-943-7736 lIBrary: Tsawwassen Library 604-943-2271 lIquor stores: B.C. Liquor Store 604-943-3322 Mud Bay Wines 604-948-2199

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Delta Chamber Chair Ian Tait (left) and Delta Cable’s Greg Cooke-Dallin (right) present a cheque to Delta Hospital Foundation Vice Chair Keith McGee, as Delta Cable’s charity of choice supported by the tournament


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The Delta Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Annual Golf Tournament was enjoyed by golfers from a wide range of companies and organizations on Friday, June 24 at the Beach Grove Golf Club. abc Country Restaurant’s Pamela Langham accepts a Fantasy Golf prize from Dave Hamilton

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation Chief Advancement Officer Jeff Norris works the room as live auctioneer

Junior Challenge golfers, Micky Hernandez (middle front) and Stephanie Wong, with Tournament Chair Dave Hamilton (left), Chamber Chair Ian Tait (back left) and Delta Cable’s Greg Cooke-Dallin

Mark Schnarr, of Alpha Technologies, (left) accepts the award for Men’s Longest Drive, from Greg Cooke-Dallin

thank you to:

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Longtime South Delta resident Cindy Anderson was hired as the new banquet chef at Coast Tsawwassen Inn last March. Christine Lyon photo

Asian inspiration

New chef at Coast Tsawwassen Inn prepares crowd-pleasing chow mein noodle salad Longtime Tsawwassen resident Cindy Anderson received an email from an old co-worker last weekend that reaffirmed the popularity of one of her signature dishes. "She'd gone to another venue and she'd had Asian salad and she said, 'I was so disappointed. It was so not like yours,'" explained Anderson, who was hired as the new banquet chef at Coast Tsawwassen Inn last March. So, while the veteran chef has a wealth of recipes up her sleeve, she

decided this week to share her crowdpleasing Asian chicken salad. Anderson, who formerly worked at the River House Restaurant in Ladner, developed her salad recipe when she used to prepare banquets at the Tsawwassen Golf and Country Club. Her dish was so popular it had to be restocked constantly. "It's summer time and it's a quick, easy fix. And it's actually really good," she said. —Christine Lyon

Chef Cindy's easy Asian chicken salad INGREDIENTS Salad 1 package chow mein noodles 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut Asian style—diagonally, approx. 6 slices) 2 carrots (cut Asian style—diagonally) 1 each red, green, yellow and orange bell pepper (cut Asian style—diagonally) 1 medium red onion (cut Asian style— diagonally) 8 scallions (cut Asian style—diagonally) 1 English cucumber (cut julienne style)

1/2 pound bean sprouts Vegetable oil Salt and pepper Sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS Blanch chow mein noodles in a large pot of boiling, salted water for 1-2 minutes, then drain and let cool. Prepare chicken breast, toss with vegetable oil and salt & pepper, bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Prepare roasted cut vegetables, carrots first. Toss with vegetable oil and salt & pepper. Roast for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Check chicken for doneness, put back in oven to finish, if needed. Prepare rest of cut vegetables (peppers and onion), toss with vegetable oil and salt & pepper. Roast for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Chill chicken and all roasted vegeta-

bles for 20 minutes. Prepare cold vegetables, scallions, cucumber and sprouts. Set aside. Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Assemble all salad and ingredients. Adorn the top of the salad with sliced chicken breast, top with scallions and sesame seeds (for garnish). Makes 6-8 side dishes.

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he South Delta Invaders 1994 won gold in an allDelta final at the Midget B Provincial Softball Championships last week in Nanaimo. The task for the local girls fastpitch team was no easy feat. The group of Grade 11 girls was the youngest team competing at the provincial championships against a field of Grade 12 and first year university aged players.

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