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Friday, April 22, 2011 South Delta Leader

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Political sparring Candidates share their views at forum KRISTINE SALZMANN REPORTER


elta Richmond-East candidates sparred and shared their views at an all-candidates meeting Tuesday night (April 19). About 100 people came to the forum to get to know five of the six candidates asking for their vote despite the draw of a Vancouver Canucks playoff game. Looking to replace longtime MP John Cummins, who has stepped down from federal politics to lead the B.C. Conservatives, are Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Liberal Alan Beesley, Nic Slater with the NDP, Duane Laird with the Green Party, independent John Shavluk, and Libertarian Jeff Monds. Monds was the only candidate not in attendance at yesterday's meeting hosted by The South Delta Leader, The Richmond Review, and DeltaTV at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn, mediated by broadcaster Simi Sara, and sponsored by the Ladner Business Association and Business Improvement Association of Tsawwassen. The candidates were asked questions on a range of topics such as their views on proportional representation, how they would address health care issues in remote First Nations communities, their plan to encourage greener forms of transportation in urban areas, the purchase of F-35 fighter jets, and immigration (to hear Anyone who missed the meeting can catch it on DeltaTV today (April 22) at 1 and 7 p.m., and tomorrow (April 23) at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. It will also be available on Video on Demand starting April 25.

their answers in their entirety, tune in to DeltaTV—see box below). Those looking to change the colour of the riding from Conservative blue took what opportunities they could to take jabs at the Harper government. Beesley reiterated the Liberals are "about putting additional spaces in schools, not additional spaces in jails," a dig against the Conservatives' "tough-on-crime" measures. Slater said while all parties are wellintentioned, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions," and accused the Conservatives of "doublespeak" and a lack of transparency. All criticized the Conservative Party for cutting funds to Canada's public broadcaster the CBC. Findlay said the CBC is part of the country's national fabric, "but there are balances that have to be taken and decisions that have to be made with respect to any economic recovery." One question from the audience asked how the candidates would keep taxes low. Slater responded taxes cannot be lowered any further without impacting services. "The roads out here, did anybody know the roads are all socialist roads? We all pay for them. There's all sort of infrastructure in communities that are paid for by us, and they don't get paid for by corporations, you can be sure of that." Shavluk said he would advocate for lower income taxes and a shift toward a consumption tax and taxing polluters, while Findlay said the Conservative's policy to keep taxes low will put more money in people's pockets so they can make their own spending decisions. "We have a low tax plan and that is a proven plan—that is why right now we

Often asking for their opportunity to rebut each other's comments were Liberal Alan Beesley and Conservative Kerry-Lynne Findlay. Rob Newell photo are one of the most economically viable countries in the world," she said. Laird suggested that when Canadians complain about taxes, they are expressing frustration with the way their money is spent, such as $1 billion "to host a party for two days," a reference to last year's G8 summit. When asked if the candidates are in favour of closed containment fish farms, Laird, Shavluk and Slater all said yes to land-based aquaculture away from B.C.'s natural stocks. Laird pointed to a closed system tilapia farm run by Redfish Ranch on Vancouver Island: "It is possible to actually have a food system that is safe." Findlay and Beesley said closed containment fish farms are not the only answer for protecting wild stocks. "If it's not closed containment, then we have to make sure we have solid science going forward and that we look to other countries for their experiences, too," Findlay said. The candidates were also asked what they believe are the key issues in the riding of Delta Richmond-East. Findlay said dredging of the Fraser River is "something I will take up and something I consider to be very serious." Laird said the Green Party would cut


federal funding for the South Fraser Perimeter Road which is planned to connect Deltaport with other major highways in Metro Vancouver. "We are going into a carbonless economy whether we like it or not, and building bigger roads that hold more containers coming from other places is not the way to move forward with our municipalities." Beesley said federal and provincial review systems of contentious projects such as a fuel pipeline through Richmond to Vancouver International Airport need to have higher standards, while Slater pointed to a lack of accountability and transparency among the authorities that operate Deltaport and the airport. Slater, Laird and Shavluk each asked voters to see them as viable alternatives to the Liberals and Conservatives. Laird said he's disappointed his generation will be the first that has to tell their children the economy and environment will be worse for them than the generation prior. "It's time to be Green," he said. Shavluk claimed if he was elected, he would put Delta on the map in Ottawa. "We'd be known as the Quebec of B.C. if I'd been there."

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Delta firms receive renovation awards A pair of Delta construction firms were among the winners in the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association's annual renOVATION Awards. Kenorah Construction & Design and Best Builders were honoured for their excellence in homerenovation design and construction. Kenorah Construction & Design tied Burnaby-based TQ Construction with six awards, while Best Builders won two awards. Kenorah Construction & Design were winners in the categories of best kitchen ($80,000-$119,999 and $120,00 and over), as well as best bathroom renovation ($20,000-$39,000). The company also took top honours for best accessible renovation, and two more for best renovation. Best Builders won awards for best renovation ($400,000-$599,999 and $600,000-$799,999). —Staff writer

A Delta police investigation revealed a "dial-a-dope" line targeting South Deltans and people living on Tsawwassen First Nation land. In a media release, Sgt. Sharlene Brooks said the department started an investigative project targeting street-level drug trafficking in December 2010. As a result of the initiative, police executed a search warrant in January that resulted in the seizure of cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, psilocybin (mushrooms) as well as cash and drug-related paraphernalia. As well, six people from Delta were arrested and now face a total of 21 charges related to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act: Lucas William Robinson, 26, Jordan Brandon Thompson, 23, Matthew Douglas Prasad, 25, Brittany Nattrass, 35, Daniel Itterman, 35, and Alex Weiner, 36. Brooks said the primary drug being distributed was cocaine, and that it appears the "dial-adope" line has been shut down as a result of the investigation. —Staff writer

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Friday, April 22, 2011 South Delta Leader

Policy bites Part 2 of 3: Where do your candidates stand? tions to the candidates and will publish their answers in the weeks leading up to the May 2 election. Here is their second round of responses.

Alan Beesley Liberal

Kerry-Lynne Findlay Conservative

Duane Laird Green Party

Jeff Monds Libertarian Party

John Shavluk Independent

Nic Slater NDP

What specific environmental regulations would you like to see implemented? As MP I will support: $400 million Green Renovation Tax Credit of up to $13,500 to retrofit homes; higher liability limits to ensure taxpayers are not left to pay for the clean-up of a major oil spill—without lengthy litigation; introduction of a national $1 billion Renewable Power Production Incentive for BC entrepreneurs. There is huge concern with congestion and delays in our courts. What do you propose to reduce crime in the first place? Stephen Harper promised to hire 2,500 new police officers to protect our community from gang violence and gun crime. Five years later that promise still stands broken. Liberal MPs will take a more responsible approach to making our communities safer, cracking down on organized crime, reducing crime rates and protecting the most vulnerable members of our society.

What specific environmental regulations would you like to see implemented? Committed to conserving Canada’s natural heritage, we will continue to protect marine areas and Park Reserves. We will establish a National Conservation Plan to restore degraded ecosystems and a Hunting Advisory Panel to ensure balanced decisions. Air quality and clean energy are priorities. DFO should rigourously protect wild fish habitats. There is huge concern with congestion and delays in our courts. What do you propose to reduce crime in the first place? Conservative initiatives on crime reduction will be expanded to expedite deportation of foreign criminals, fortify our National Anti-Drug Strategy to reduce illicit drug use and support access to treatment for dependencies, and introduce tougher deterrence policies to combat elder abuse, expand defence of property rights, and punish child sex offenders.

What specific environmental regulations would you like to see implemented? We need to protect the fundamental right to clean freshwater for all Canadians today and in generations by amending the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to enshrine the right of future Canadians to an ecological heritage that includes breathable air and drinkable water. See www.duanelaird. com for more. There is huge concern with congestion and delays in our courts. What do you propose to reduce crime in the first place? The National Council of Welfare estimates that over 4.9 million of Canadians are living in poverty, this is unacceptable. Our prime concern is eliminating poverty, as that will pay for itself in reduced health costs, reduced crime rates and the resulting legal costs and delays.

What specific environmental regulations would you like to see implemented? Environmental regulations do more harm than good. Repeal them. The best approach for dealing with problems of pollution is respect for private property rights and legal protection against pollutants and polluters through traditional common law remedies of injunction and damages for trespass. There is huge concern with congestion and delays in our courts. What do you propose to reduce crime in the first place? All systems of political government seem to cause injustice. I call for more "SELF-government." What is selfgovernment? Tolerance combined with personal responsibility. From tolerance comes justice. And peace. Ownership of firearms and the use or sale of drugs should not be subject to criminal penalties.

What specific environmental regulations would you like to see implemented? Common sense—we ban “Vanity” pesticides and lawn poison use totally as well as formalize run off liabilities/ rules, containment rules and laws. In some cities they are already illegal yet we still allow stores to sell these products then only charge the purchaser for their use which is wrong. There is huge concern with congestion and delays in our courts. What do you propose to reduce crime in the first place? Common sense —getting smart about crime as B.C. people are still doing drugs, obviously, and we should be regulating them to ensure our own public safety and also to generate tax dollars instead of just allowing the generation of criminal dollars and paramilitary police dollars by our wilfully blind consent.

What specific environmental regulations would you like to see implemented? Climate change measures were included in the NDP Climate Change Accountability Act, Bill C-311 that was defeated by the unelected, undemocratic Senate after being passed by Parliament. Regulations to redirect $1.4 billion in subsidies to the oil and gas sector to renewable energy sources are paramount to our energy policies. There is huge concern with congestion and delays in our courts. What do you propose to reduce crime in the first place? Canada’s New Democrats take an approach to crime that is not only tough but smart and effective in making our streets safer and our neighbourhoods stronger. Jack Layton recently announced that our party will hire 2,500 more permanent police officers to make our streets safe. This compliments our party’s call for action on poverty and affordable housing.

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Budget wishes heard Delta school trustees in midst of trying to balance books PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR


t may be a relatively small budgetary item in the grand scheme of things, but Colin Pawson would like to see the position of morning openers returned to Delta’s elementary schools. Pawson, president of CUPE Local 1091 which represents 850 school staff workers, said the casual work positions provided a much needed service many school administrators would also like re-instated after being cut two years ago. The request was one of a small number made Tuesday night (April 19) to Delta school trustees as part the school district’s budget discussions with the public. Pawson said the school openers worked between 30 to 45 minutes each day and were responsible for opening the school and checking for any damage or other problems that occurred overnight. “It was really casual work,” he said, adding it cost about $50,000 annually. “Talk to a lot of the principals now and

you’ll hear they would like that back.” The likelihood of that is slim considering the Delta School District is dealing with a budget shortfall of $3.49 million for the coming school year. To balance the books the district is proposing staffing cuts— 12 teaching positions and close to seven support staff. Part of the move to address the anticipated shortfall means dipping into the district’s reserve funds for $670,000. The funding gap has been created by a continued spiraling down of student enrollment numbers and the fact all of B.C.’s school districts must submit a balanced budget. Pawson said the problem does not lie in the need to find enough money to cover the shortfall as much as it has to do with what he considers is chronic underfunding of the province’s education system. With enrollment in Delta not expected to flatten out in 2016, that could mean continued cuts. Two years ago, Delta trustees closed a pair of South Delta elementary schools to cover the

shortfall. No such drastic measures this time around, but there is the possibility of job losses. For Pawson’s members, the 6.83 positions facing the axe will be made up through attrition. Pawson did commend the district for being fiscally responsible and creative in its attempts to steady enrollment numbers through the set up of school academies that can retain local students and attract some from outside school districts. On the school staffing cuts, the district has proposed increasing the student-teacher ratio in both elementary and secondary schools. That would save $921,020 or 10 of the 12 full time equivalent positions expected to be cut. Among other proposed changes are the loss of one ESL teaching position across elementary and secondary schools, and the re-organization of specials needs bussing to eliminate one route. The board of trustees have to adopt their budget next Tuesday (April 26).

Clearing the air

Delta creating community GHG emission reduction plan KRISTINE SALZMANN REPORTER


elta has hired a consultant to help the municipality reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent of 2007 levels by 2020. On Monday (April 18), council awarded Stantec Consulting Ltd. a $132,000 contract to develop a long term (25-year) Community Energy and Emissions Plan. Part of that funding—$66,000—comes from a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund, and another $57,000 from the B.C. Hydro Sustainable Communities Program. The Community Energy and Emissions Plan would estimate energy use throughout the community (heating, cooling, lighting and plug loads), and forecast how much energy will be needed in Delta and how those needs will be met based on a business-as-usual approach.

The consultant will then lay out strategies to reduce energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions in the community. The final phase will involve creating a plan to implement and monitor the preferred strategies, including developing a timeline and identifying potential grants to help achieve these goals. Mike Brotherston, manager of climate action and the environment, said they hope to have the plan ready in six months. Delta also has a goal of reducing municipal greenhouse gas emissions to 20 per cent below 2007 levels by 2015. A progress report is expected to be complete this spring. In a report to council, Brotherston said 2010 accomplishments include the energy and emissions reduction retrofit of Sungod Recreation Centre in North Delta, the 20,100 trees by 2010 initiative, and expansion of Delta's rain garden program.

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Friday, April 22, 2011 South Delta Leader

Readerpoll Is this the year the Vancouver Canucks bring home the Stanley Cup?

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LETTERS Not all smooth sailing The coverage of the open house held by the Corporation of Delta (Sailing forward, April 15, 2011 South Delta Leader) on the subject of revitalizing Ladner’s waterfront would have one believe that everyone in the audience was happy with what was being proposed. No so. Not even among the speakers. I can’t imagine that Terry Fletcher, former chair of the Ladner Area Plan Committee, meant for his words to be interpreted as support for the proposal. MLA Vicki Huntington’s speech was anything but in favour of the Corporation’s plans for the area.

Maintain small town character I, my husband, and our growing family moved from Vancouver to Ladner in 1989 and consider that move the best thing we have ever done. We love Ladner for its small town feel; it’s always a relief to come back here from more developed, busy centres. The green spaces and farmers’ fields are things of beauty as are the wildlife that use these spaces. The idea of redevelopment of Ladner Harbour is an intriguing one as long as this keeps with the peaceful and beautiful place

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Last summer, Tsawwassen's Brent Seabrook brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown after the Chicago Blackhawks captured the Holy Grail of hockey. Is this the season the Vancouver Canucks claim the game's most sought after prize? If so, Delta Police have ideas on how to keep playoff celebrations in Delta on an even keel. See story on page 7.

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All the above could easily be construed as hearing what one wanted to hear. Others of us who spoke had other “bees in our bonnets.” I’m among those. When I spoke, I wanted to make clear to the organizer, the Corporation of Delta, and especially to Municipal Council, how unhappy I was with the late date at which the general public was being included in the process. It is easy to believe that the Corporation of Delta does not consider the general public to have any stake in what is finally decided here at the waterfront. Therefore, the message was that the property owners along Chisholm Street are the only “stake-holders” here. Well, the Corporation of Delta

is wrong. Many of us do not support this project. Mr. Dales opined that there was no one in the crowd prepared to go to the wall where the Ladner waterfront is concerned. Well, I’m not so sure of that. I believe there ware serious issues at stake, namely, traffic, building height (four storeys) is absurd, and parking. I also think Ladnerites need to organize in order to show council we do care about what happens in the future on the Ladner waterfront. Something along the line of a group called “Save Ladner Waterfront” would do the job. If you’re interested, get in touch with me at 604-946-4890.

called Ladner that we have come to love so well. We absolutely agree with Vicki Huntington’s statement that four storey retail buildings on Chisholm St. would damage the general character of Ladner village. The space would be well suited as, for example, an area for off the boat seafood retail (as in Steveston), small cafés, the existing kayaking centre and dance studio, and artists and craftspeople’s shops and studios. I am professional printmaker, a graduate of Emily Carr. I see great potential for this area to be, in part, an area where artists can display various forms of visual art.

There could be working studios similar to those on Railspur Alley on Granville Island: a potter’s studio for instance, a printmaking studio, perhaps a glass blowing studio, or any studio showcasing a visual art form. Our First Nations have a rich visual art heritage, so this should interest them. As well as showcasing the making of various art works, these studios could also offer classes in their respective art forms. I will continue to monitor the planning discussions regarding our waterfront.

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Puck luck due for Canucks Hope springs eternal. While this year’s spring has felt more like an extended winter, Vancouver Canucks’ fans still hope this is the spring the team finally sips champagne from the Stanley Cup. The playoffs have barely begun and already the cars are painted blue and green, and window flags and Canuck capes are out in force. And the Delta Police Department is gearing up with overtime cost estimates to handle the anticipated celebrations There’s good reason to believe this passion and faith will finally be rewarded. The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, have matured from fuzzy-cheeked youngsters who cowered when the going got tough, as it always does in the playoffs, to hard-nosed superstars who find new ways every game to bedazzle defenders with their seeing-eye passes and nose for the net. Ryan Kesler has evolved into the kind of player it was always hoped Todd Bertuzzi could be—tough, feisty, fearless and supremely talented. Goaltender Roberto Luongo has put the discord and doubt of his past two seasons behind him. The defence of Sami Salo, Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa and a rotating cast of blue line partners are the best in the league. Even the support players have fulfilled every role asked of them. In their 40-year history, the Canucks have reached the Stanley Cup final twice. It’s been 17 years since they came tantalizing close to winning it all, when they lost the seventh and deciding game to the New York Rangers. This year, the stars finally seem to be aligning in their favour. The players are at the top of their game. The team is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The previous two times a Canadian city has hosted the Olympics, that city’s team has gone on to win the Stanley Cup the following season. Even the weather is cooperating; it’s easy to stay inside and watch the games when it’s cold and raining outside. A Canucks’ Stanley Cup this spring would make for a glorious summer. —New Westminster News Leader

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Clockwise from top left: ❚ The Delta Relay for Life volunteer organizing committee is hoping the community joins them in fighting back against cancer at the 6th annual 12-hour Relay for Life on May 13, this year at North Delta Secondary School. To register, visit or call 604-837-6837. Contributed photo ❚ The Tsawwassen and North Delta Rotary Clubs supplied an army of volunteers April 9 as well as a moving truck and several pick up trucks to help out with the Delta Gymnastics Society's move into its 20,000-squarefoot facility at the Delta Sports Development Centre in Ladner. Society executive director Mark Friesen said, 'We’d like to extend our deep gratitude to the clubs and all our supporters for their assistance on this landmark day.' Contributed photo ❚ It turns out the Great Blue Heron at the entrance sign to Ladner is a hockey fan—rooting for the Vancouver Canucks, of course. Contributed photo


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The Kin Jam Band will play music for dancing and listening. When: April 28, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Where: KinVillage Community Centre (5430 10 Ave.).


McKee Seniors Recreation Centre is hosting its April Birthday lunch. When: April 29,

The South Delta Artists' Guild hosts "April Wine," an art show celebrating spring with all things food and wine. When: Now until April 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thurs.–Sunday. Where: Kiwanis Longhouse Gallery (56 St. at 18 Ave).


See The South Delta Artists Guild's 'April Wine' show until April 24 at the Kiwanis Longhouse Gallery. File photo

Drop in for some computer training at your local Delta library. When: Next class is Internet Basics, April 27, 9 to 10 a.m. Where: Tsawwassen Library (1321A 56 St.). Call 604-943-2271 for more details. Open to everyone, no registration required.

12:30 p.m. Where: 5155 47 Ave. Members $6, guests $7. Entertainment by Kenny Buston, Cowboy Singer. Tickets at customer service desk.


A Photographic Print Exhibition will be displayed by local photographer Ray Goddard. The exhibit includes black and white, color, and artistically altered images. When: Now until the end of April. Where: Tsawwassen Library.

The Delta Hospital Auxiliary invites you to its spring collectible sale. When: April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Ladner Thrift Shop (4816 Delta St.). Cash and Interac only. All proceeds go to medical equipment and patient com-


The Canadian Mental Health AssociationDelta Branch offers free, facilitated Family Support meetings for family and friends supporting a person living with a mental illness. Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Delta Hospital Education Conference Room (5800 Mountain View Blvd.). Call 604-943-1878. The Canadian Mental Health AssociationDelta Branch offers free, facilitated Family Support meetings for people with Depression/Bi-polar or with symptoms. Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month, 7 to 9 p.m. at #14 1835 56 St. (CMHA Delta Branch). Call 604-943-1878.


Vancouver's internationally renowned Elektra's Women's Choir is coming to Tsawwassen. When: April 27, 7:30 p.m. Where: South Delta Secondary School Equinox Theatre. SDSS Concert Choir will be guests performers. A bursary fundraiser of the Canadian Federation of University Women South Delta. Tickets $20 for adults and seniors, $10 for students/children. Call 604-948-9323 or 604-943-4634.

Strong Start in French is a free family drop-in program for children 0-5 years old in French, including free play, healthy snack, story time, gymnasium and more, at Ecole du Bois Joli (785 49 St.). Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to noon. Email francdepart_ or call 604-948-2385.


Don't expect this year's sockeye salmon run to match the record catch in 2010. Reporter Jeff Nagel examines the Pacific Salmon Commission's forecast.

Learn the art of public speaking and leadership skills with a fun, safe and supportive group for $8 per month. Join Tsawwassen's Ambassadors Toastmasters Club the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Tsawwassen Library, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Visit The Tsawwassen Badminton Club welcomes new adult members. If you have played before, just drop in and play in this social and friendly club. Meets Fridays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Ladner Community Centre. Contact Peter Edwards at 604-940-0844. The Delta Hospice Society invites you to join the energetic Hospice Cottage Thrift Store Team. Volunteer opportunities seven days a week. Drop by for an application or call 604-948-0660. Store is located at 1521 56 St.


See the swim, bike and and run from this year's Delta Triathlon. Visit on and click on the 'Sports' tab for a video clip.

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This Earth Day, Earthwise Society and Delta Chamber of Commerce invite the community to its Bee Friendly event. When: April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: 6400 3rd Ave. Master beekeeper Brian Campbell will guide a 'native bee safari through the garden. View an active hive, purchase local honey, and meet beekeeper Don Cameron. Admission by donation.


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ast week Delta Council decided to end the public hearing on whether the Southlands should be put forth to the Agricultural Land Commission. The move, recommended by Chief Administrative Officer George Harvie, was expected after a summary document released following a Mayor's Summit on the contentious issue stated Century Group has asked for the opportunity to create a new proposal for the 500-plus acres in south Tsawwassen. Century Group, the majority owner of the Southlands, has until July 1 to submit a new development plan that increases the amount of land given to the Corporation of Delta for public ownership. On Sept. 12, Harvie will recommend to council whether Delta should allow Century Group to submit a formal application or proceed with the Agricultural Land Reserve application. Century Group president Sean Hodgins' original conceptual plan proposed up to 1,900 residential units on a third of the land and two thirds of the property set aside for agriculture (in a community trust), wildlife and community uses. A public hearing in early March on whether an application should be made to include the Southlands in the ALR was in its fourth night when Mayor Lois Jackson decided to adjourn it until April 14 in order to hold a Mayor's Summit. Jackson said a different forum for debate was needed as it was clear there was no consensus on the issue, adding it was not a decision she made lightly. "I, of course, was made aware that this would be perceived by some as a further delay in what has already been a rather long process," she said. Jackson went on to say it is not her intention to end the discussion about the future of the Southlands, adding the public is invited to continue to submit their comments to council. Century Group's new plan will also be posted on the Corporation of Delta's web site once it's been received. Those who took part

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Hearing terminated New Century Group proposal to be considered in September in the closed-door Mayor's Summit, which took place March 24 to 26, included Jackson, Harvie, Hodgins, Coun.

Ian Paton, farmer Peter Guichon, Southlands the Facts co-founder Dana Maslovat and representative Richard Kunz, local

environmentalist Anne Murray, Bob Ransford and Ian Robertson. At last night's meeting, Coun. Heather King

agreed with the recommendation to terminate the public hearing, noting she has learned much about the ALR

application process. King said ALC executive director Colin Fry told her putting the Southlands in the ALR

would be the correct move if they want the land to be farmed, but not if they want some of the ecologically sensitive areas to be protected. She added it is not a given the ALC would conduct public consultation.

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Auto shop students help transform pick up into battery driven dragster PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR

EARTH DAY APRIL 22 It's time to celebrate the community's efforts to help make the environment increasingly "green." From battery-powered dragsters to recycling mattresses, Deltans are finding unique ways to be kind to Mother Earth.

Zooming from stationary to the quarter mile mark in about 14 seconds isn't quite the thing to get most drag racers and fans excited about. But for Delta Secondary automotive shop teacher Casey Mynott and his students, the fact the feat will be accomplished without burning a single drop of fossil fuel will.

Mynott and his students have been piecing together a 1989, two wheel drive Toyota pick up since 2008 and are in the closing stages of getting it ready for its initial run at Mission Speedway. After stripping the truck of its engine and transmission and adding a new electric motor and other equipment to run it, all that's needed are 50 lead acid batteries to provide Continued on P12

Automotive students (L-R) Mike Kilmek, Dallas Hale, Alex Lee, and Davis Pfitzenmaier. Contributed photo

Buy $1 plants while supporting local non-profits KRISTINE SALZMANN REPORTER

If you have a green thumb and want to support local nonprofits, there's no better place to be May 7 t han Gwe n ' s G rowing and Giving (G3): A Sharing and Caring Fundraiser. The Ladner plant sale,

named after founder Gwen Szychter, was started 17 years ago. Today it's known to draw a line-up before the gates open. And when they do, visitors come upon hundreds of plants donated by residents and businesses selling for as little as $1 to $10, at the most. Last year more than

2,000 plants were contributed to the fundraiser, from Hostas and Daylilies to ground covers, grasses and herbs. The organizing committee raised more than $3,000, their most successful sale yet, which was donated to the Delta Hospice Society and an orphanage in Kakamega, Kenya.

Committee member Pam Mason said this year the money raised will be split between the Delta Hospice Society and O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society), both based in Ladner. O.W.L. will also be in attendance with one or two of its raptors. It's an event "by the

community, in the community, for the community," Mason said, with volunteers running the sale, residents donating funds, and the money going to locally-based organizations. The selection of donated plants has also been expanded to Continued on P14

Members of the G3 organizing committee, clockwise from top left: Pam Mason, Mary Ellen Jiles, Judy Matilda, Karen Harding and Shannon Marfleet. Kristine Salzmann photo

Earth Day 2011 Free Sustainable Gardening Workshops April - September 2011 Delta is pleased to offer a series of free gardening workshops to Delta residents throughout this spring and summer. Workshop topics include organic gardening, growing food year round and backyard composting. For more information, contact Delta’s Engineering Department at (604) 946-3260.

Mayor Jackson and Delta Council are dedicated towards reducing Delta’s carbon footprint. As a local government, we continue to develop and implement initiatives to reduce negative impacts on our environment. The following is a snapshot of upcoming sustainable events and initiatives – join us in tackling climate change together. Visit Delta’s events calendar at www.corp.

Pesticide Drop-Off May 7, 2011 10am - 3pm Looking to get rid of unused and leftover pesticides? Delta is hosting a free pesticide drop-off at the Delta Works Yard located at 5404 64th Street. Only domestic pesticides in liquid, solid and aerosol form will be accepted.

Ivy Pull April 30 & May 28, 2011 10am - 12 noon Help us make our parks healthy! Invasive plants like English ivy and periwinkle harm native plants and animals. Spend the morning outdoors in the Delta Nature Reserve, one of North Delta’s most spectacular parks. Email volunteers@corp. or call (604) 946-3288 for more information.


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Go Green when you dry clean with REUSEABLE Bags Annacis company recycles old mattresses KRISTINE SALZMANN REPORTER

What do you do with your old mattresses and box springs? It's likely most residents dump them at the dump, for $20 per item— or worse, toss them somewhere illegally. But a new Annacis Island-based company will gladly take them for less, and the public can sleep more soundly knowing their mattresses and box springs will be recycled instead of languishing in the landfill. Te r r y l P l o t n i k o f f , general manager of C a n a d i a n M a t t re s s Recycling, said the company has recycled more than 260,000 pounds of materials from residents and businesses since it

opened in January of this year. “We recognized that there was going to be a drastic need for a professional, licensed, and efficient recycling operator in the Lower Mainland to handle the thousands of mattresses being put in the dump," she said in a press release. "So we moved up the opening of our facility to fill the void, but what we did not expect was that the volume of mattresses and box springs was going to be this great." And because of the demand from residents, C a n a d i a n M a t t re s s Recycling also decided to start a pick-up service for those who cannot deliver their mattresses themselves. Plotnikoff said since mid-March the com-

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miles (roughly 60 km), but it will be trailered to the drag strip." The electric motor will produce 450 horsepower and 450 foot pounds of torque. The conversion from gasoline to electric left the vehicle with about 100 pounds of extra

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While it was the longest distance he's yet to cycle, Asher has also walked and biked the 780 km Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage in Spain, also known as The Way of St. James. Asher said riding along secondary routes in India, from the Taj Mahal in Agra (in northern India) to Kanyakumari at the southern tip of India, while avoiding major highways, was a novel, intimate and rewarding way of seeing rural and remote areas. Along the way the group raised awareness for The Able Project, a Victoria-based charity that raises funds for research into spinal cord injuries. A fellow rider on the trip, Morgan van Breda, has lived with a spinal cord injury since age 24 and completed the India tour on an electric assist hand pedal bicycle while raising money for the organization. In Mumbai The Able Project donated 42 hand bikes made in India to people with disabilities living in one of the city's slums. Tour d'Afrique ( also contributes part of its proceeds to purchasing bicycles for health care workers in Africa to help them get around impoverished communities. While definitely a trip for those interested in being a tourist, Asher said, Tour d'Afrique's mandate also fits in with what many in B.C. are trying to do: get more people on bikes and reduce their ecological footprint.

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Cheap vacuums one the worst offenders, says shop owner PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR

In the age old discussion in favour of buying quality made products that have a longer useful working life over cheaply built ones, Steve Laughlin has another reason to keep in mind this Earth Day. Purchasing quality consumer goods is kinder to the environment. That’s most notable in the realm of vacuum cleaners, says Laughlin who runs Vacuum Works in Ladner and has been in the repair and maintenance business for more than 25 years. People don’t think too much about how much a new home theatre or stereo system costs. “Those are fun things,” Laughlin says. “But when it comes to vacuuming, a chore most people don’t like doing, they don’t consider paying more for quality.” The real loser in that instance is the environment, he says, as consumers frequently end up purchasing a machine that lasts anywhere from six months to a year From P11 include edibles such as gourmet lettuce plants, sweet peas and sun-

and then ends up in a landfill. “They buy a poorly made machine, run it into the ground, then throw it away. It’s that consumer mentality,” Laughlin says. “Better they buy a vacuum which performs well, is built sturdily and can be repaired easily.” “About 95 per cent of the vacuums out there now are made in China and are pretty disposable,” Laughlin adds. “And the majority of the machine is made from plastic, much of it non recyclable, that goes into the landfill.” Even those vacuums made with recyclable materials are often so complex to break down into their individual parts that recycling is not a viable option. “It used to be that vacuums were made from metal which is easily recycled.” Tips to find a vacuum that will have a longer life include getting advice from those who service them. And don’t be taken in by the glitz and glamour in advertising. “Many of the best vacuum makers don’t advertise, they prefer to put their money into production

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Steve Laughlin of Vacuum Works in Ladner. Jim Kinnear photo and design the same way Rolls Royce and Ferrari do.” The problem with the “throw away culture” when it comes to vacuums and some other consumer goods is getting so bad that Laughlin says it should come as no surprise when environmental levies are placed on them at the point of purchase. “We already do that with car tires and other goods,” he says.

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Rev. Elizabeth Northcott and her congregation at All Saints Anglican Church prepare to celebrate 130 years PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR


ne-hundred and thirty years of history has a way of shaping and reshaping an institution. In the case of All Saints Anglican Church in Ladner, the passing of time has not only shifted the geographic orientation of the building from its original, it has altered the way it interacts with the community. The church, which officially marks its 130th anniversary later this year, is possibly one of the most recognizable in South Delta for its prominent location on Arthur Dr. at the busy intersection of Ladner Trunk Rd. and 47 A Ave. The church has been located on the property since 1881 when the Anglican Bishop of the day, Right Rev. A.W. Sillitoe, decided in 1880 that the small fishing village needed a church. "He (Sillitoe) gathers a few of the townspeople around and says, 'I think you need a place to worship.' And he looks around and Mr. (William) Ladner has a couple of acres he was willing to give up in this particular area which was central to where they thought Ladner would be," says Rev. Elizabeth Northcott. "The Ladner brothers were actually parishoners and there a number of other families who got together and said 'let's help build a church.'" The area of the parish back in those days was determined to stretch the distance of a cart ride—four or five miles. And the Ladner church was one of two in the Anglican diocese around that time. The other was in the boom town of Hope.

"If you lived within that boundary, the care of your soul was with the church," Northcott says with a gentle laugh and smile. The land in Ladner was cleared and the building went up and was finished in November 1881. Cost of building the church was $1,100, a figure split between the diocese and parishioners. "Bishop Sillitoe said, 'If you raise half, I'll see you get the other half.' It was a huge sum in those days and he originally thought $700 would do nicely, but they must have gone over budget," Northcott says. To celebrate completion of the job the parishioners organized a music night. "Bishop Sillitoe, I guess, was a very pragmatic fellow and he came and found out there was a musical night planned to celebrate his arrival and consecration of the new church," Northcott says, adding it annoyed the bishop. It confused the blessing of a church with an entertainment, Northcott says, and unless they ceased and desisted, the bishop said he would not bless the church. "In those days, the bishop was the 'voice,'" Northcott says. "The bishop told his parishioners how it was going to be. So, that idea for a musical night was canned rather quickly and the actual date for the opening was Dec. 18, 1881." No such plans are being quashed to celebrate the anniversary this time around as current Bishop Michael Ingham is scheduled to attend ceremonies June 5 that include officially opening of an expanded library in the building. Nearer to the actual anniversary date local dignitaries will be invited to take part in the readings.

"It's a very old English thing, and it's a service where you tell the story of Christmas, interspersed with hymns." While that may be more traditional, the way the church operates today is a far cry from its original ways, Northcott says. "One hundred and thirty years ago, you opened the doors to a church and people came in. This was a place people came in to socialise and meet your neighbours. There was the prayer and the worship aspects, but also the social life of the community. People came here to meet, greet, get to know each other. To play together and worship together." Part of that included seasonal social events and regular educational nights. "It was all sort of focused on 'You come in and we'll provide this thing.' What's happening now is the church community says that's not working anymore. It did for a time when people saw the church as the centre of their community. The church today is being called outside, so we support things like the extreme weather shelter, we have a community meal here once a month." There's also a program called Messy Church which provides a setting for those who have no church-going experience. "It's an evening of worship, but in a style that's kinda messy (including an arts and crafts component prior to the service)." All Saints has also partnered with other area churches to fundraise for the Community Fund of Faith which supports needy individuals and families, regardless of their denomination. "All of the churches in the area are recognizing that simply opening the doors and expecting the

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wiring," Gordon says. "The contractor who was doing the work on the new building said it was a fire trap." Much of the controversy surrounded demolishing the old building. "It was just a little old church and you didn't go around knocking them down," says Gordon, who used his experience as a carpenter and electrical engineer on the project. So, much of the original church—its beams and rafters— was salvaged from the original structure and incorporated into the new one to avoid the need to apply for a demolition permit. "Now, when you're inside the new building, when you look up, you see the old church," Gordon says. The orientation of the building was also switched around—the

entrance is now on the parking lot end and the altar is located at the Ladner Trunk Rd. and 47 A Ave. intersection side of the site. Whatever the changes over the years, the church has been an anchor for the community and provided a place for prayer and a sanctuary. "It's more than just a worshipping place. It became, for people going through two World Wars a place for solace, security, and a sense place where people could go and question and listen for a sense of peace the clergy could provide," Northcott says. "What's happening now, the church is moving out of the building a little more. And what I mean by that is we are getting out into the community, doing things and not just expecting the community to come in."

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Wetlands preservation Burns Bog seeking Ramsar designation KRISTINE SALZMANN





n unseasonably chilly spring day did not dampen enthusiasm for the creation of a new water park in Tsawwassen. Last Thursday (April 14) Rotarians and municipal officials gathered to break ground on the Rotary Water Works project at Diefenbaker Park. The park will use the natural slopes at the former gravel quarry to provide running streams children and adults can play in. A flat portion of the park will be home to a splash pad that will be accessible by children of all abilities. And educational information—by way of story boards—focusing on Rotary's global endeavours to provide potable water to imporverished communities will be placed at various points around the park. Standing in for Mayor Lois Jackson was Coun. Robert Campbell who relayed words of praise from the mayor for the water park project. "It is a project that so many people, young and old, can look on with a sense of pride and pleasure," said Campbell, who is also chair of Delta's Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission. Funding for the water park came from Community Initiated Cost Sharing Projects Programs that has local groups raise 50 per cent of the costs which are then matched by the municipality. "In this case, the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen has surpassed the 50 per cent mark. The project cost is $315,000, with the Corporation of Delta contributing $136,000," Campbell said. In addition to the $179,000 from Rotary, there is $40,000 of inkind funding that was put towards design fees. "It's quite an accomplishment," Campbell said. "Your efforts here have made this project a reality and many children for many years will benefit from your efforts." Rotarian Vickie Sangster, chair of the project, said plans have been in

Rotarians and municipal officials broke ground on the Rotary Water Words project at Diefenbaker Park last week. Philip Raphael photo the works for a water park in Tsawwassen since 2008 and it will be a "jewel in our community."

"No one else will have a park like this, although I'm sure a few will copy us after wards," she added.

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Delta has been working with the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Environment, and Metro Vancouver to achieve Ramsar designation for a number of wetland sites, including Burns Bog. On Monday council endorsed a draft application to the federal government that proposes a total of 20,096 hectares make up a Fraser River Delta Ramsar Wetland of International Significance. Ramsar status would require a commitment on behalf of Canada to "maintain the ecological character of their wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the 'wise use,' or sustainable use, of all the wetlands in their territories," said

Mike Brotherson, manager of climate action and the environment, in a report to council. In addition to Burns Bog, the proposed sites include the Boundary Bay Wildlife Management Area, South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area, Sturgeon Banks Wildlife Management Area, and Serpentine Fenn Wildlife Management Area. An existing Ramsar site, the Alaksen National Wildlife Area on Westham Island, is also proposed to be a part of the Fraser River Delta Ramsar area. In his report, Brotherston said the ecological attributes of Burns Bog and the other wildlife management areas "support a very compelling" application. Mayor Lois Jackson will present a final application to the federal Minister of Environment when she travels to Ottawa this fall.

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Fig relish draws on Persian heritage of Beach Grove Golf Club’s new sous chef Farbod Moshiri remembers the scene quite vividly. Only 11-years-old, to satisfy his curiosity he’d pull up a stool near his mother’s stove to get a better look at what she was preparing. Often it was roast lamb or a sumptuous beef stew. The sites and smells were so alluring, the dye was cast for Moshiri. “I knew from then on, even at such a young age, that cooking was going to be my passion,” says the recently installed sous chef at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwasen. “I also saw a lot of movies with tops chefs in them, guys with really nice jackets, serving great food and I thought that was pretty cool. I knew I

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wanted to be one of them.” In 2000 his family moved to Canada from their native Iran and Moshiri embarked on his dream career, working in some of the Lower Mainland’s most prolific kitchens, including those run by the Sequoia Company of Restaurants which counts the Tea House in Stanley Park among its properties. Close to two months ago Moshiri, now 26, arrived at the Beach Grove Golf Club and has made his mark. One dish that bears a touch of his Persian heritage is the grilled pork loin chops. The medallions of pork are seasoned with salt, pepper, Cajun spices and then served with a red wine reduction and special fig relish.

It’s the fig relish which Moshiri suggested. “In Iran we use a good balsamic to cook down the figs, making them nice and soft,” Moshiri says. He made the pitch to Beach Grove Executive Chef Dawn Alexander, and now guests are enjoying the dish. Moshiri says the paring of the figs with grilled pork is an ageless combination which draws raves from customers. And his personal touch is just a small part in his overall plan to one day own his own restaurant. “I’d love to have the best one Vancouver has ever seen,” he says.

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Tsawwassen's Deseree Ilich, 10, and sister Nicole, 9, cross the finish line of the Delta Triathlon Saturday (April 16) morning. The pair were part of the 100 or so youngsters taking part in the event. Traditionally sold out, the triathlon's adult category had around 385 competitors. For a video clip of the event, visit southdeltaleader. com.

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indsay Jamieson-Powel remembers the very first Delta Triathlon. How could she forget. She was seven months pregnant and her job as race director for was restricted to help count laps of the competitors during the swim portion of the event held at Winskill pool where she was an aquatic program director. It was 11 years ago and there was a grand total of 50 participants challenging the 700 metre swim, 20 km bike ride and 5 km run. While the distances of the Delta Triathlon haven't changed, the course location has—it was moved in 2001 to the present day Ladner site that uses the leisure centre's pool. Since 2000, the popularity of the event and the number of people needed to put it on have changed significantly. "I think we had about 50 volunteers that first year—about one volunteer for each com-

petitor," says Jamieson-Powel, who today is the Corporation of Delta's volunteer coordinator for the triathlon which on Saturday (April 16) drew close to 500 competitors, about 100 of them aged eight to 15 who took part in a pair of special, shorter distance Kids of Steel triathlon categories. On Saturday, evidence of how times have changed was a veritable small army of around 250 volunteers helped with everything from counting pool laps to directing traffic along the race course. Jamieson-Powel says the remarkable growth of the local triathlon has much to do with how well organized the race. It's that sterling reputation which has spread through the triathlete community, drawing competitors from all over the Lower Mainland. "People have come to know we run a very clean race," she says. Having it run in late April is another factor. "We're not too early in the year and for the most part people think the weather will be better," she says.

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She also claims, jokingly, the rise in popularity has nothing to do with the fact the event was moved from the hills of Tsawwassen to the flatlands of Ladner. "I think a lot of people thought that when they first heard of the Delta Triathlon they thought it would be run on the flat portions of Delta," she says. "But I had them all over Tsawwassen's hills." Jamieson-Powel adds the decision to shift to Ladner not only provided less challenging topography, it allowed the event to accommodate more participants. "At Winskill we didn't have the room for a larger transition area, because if we did that meant we would have had less space for parking," she says. Today, the main hurdle in the way of growing the field is the time needed to close roads along the course. But plans are being worked on to raise the numbers without running into traffic concerns and could be in place as early as next year.

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Elle Hunter, principal of Element RE: Design, is helping homeowners who just can’t let go of their treasured books. Martin Knowles photo

Ellement RE: Design gives bookworms options Bookcases can hold more than just books you can’t part with; they can also hold memories of life well-lived


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ou love to read. Books are not just paper and bindings to you, but almost living things, well-loved and treasured. The problem is they are taking over your home.

Books on tables. Books piled on the floor. You have to push them out of the way to make a sandwich. Eleanor Hunter, affectionately known as Elle, is the principal of Ellement RE: Design, a company which offers interior and exterior design services from curb appeal, de-cluttering, colour consultations to full-service design of one room or your whole home, and if you need help in advance of selling your home one of their slogans is ‘Style your Space. Sell you place.” Hunter is an expert on how to handle books taking over the home in an attractive way, in-

cluding working with a local couple who, among other design needs, had a very large bookcase filled with books representing their many interests. “This current project is a re-design, or make over, of a room which includes four bookcases in a row,” says Hunter. “At first Bill didn’t want us to touch the bookcases; he loves books, has a very high respect for them, and was apprehensive. I understood and offered to put everything back if he wasn’t happy

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“Try to get away from that typical library look – all the books pulled to the front of the shelf. You can add interest with accent pieces like pottery, small statues. Think about using some of the additions as bookends.” ›› from page.121 but as we proceeded Bill was thrilled with the result. Books are so personal and it can be nerve racking to allow someone to handle them and change everything around.” How Hunter handled the project is a great primer for those hesitant to dive in and sort things out. “It makes sense to first, as hard as this is, edit out the books you know you won’t read again or subjects you have lost interest in,” says Hunter. “Take out all the paperbacks and use them in other parts of the home ...Once you are left with your ‘keepers’ and empty space the fun can begin.” Bookcases can hold more than the obvious; they can be almost a blueprint of your life. Books, works of art, family photographs, and mementos of past travels welldisplayed can be an amazing, unique, addition to any room. “Try to get away from that typical library look which is all the books pulled to the front of the shelf,” says

Hunter. “Now you can add interest by adding accent pieces like pottery, small statues. Think about using some of the additions as bookends.” She suggests laying large books horizontally on the shelves and placing art on the top of the stack, which allows it to be displayed to great effect. “If you have books say on Thailand and a pieces of art from your visit to that wonderful country together they would make a wonderful display,” says Hunter. “Change textures by mixing up porcelain, wood, woven art such as ethnic baskets, with photos, this creates contrast. Don’t overdo adding pieces or you are back to a hodgepodge.”

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Home reno challenges worth it in the end It started with a roof leak, then turned into much more after running into trouble with city bylaws. A 900 sq.-ft. house became 2,500 sq.-ft. thanks to Basil Restoration Ltd. Basil dug down the basement floor approximately 20” to create a 7’ 800 sq. ft. Can you imagine living fully livable space. Once the in a small bedroom for four city gave the approval to dig months, a couple, three out the basement, they had to children and three cats, then support the old walls before moving down to live in the digging out, then 10 footings basement, while your whole were put in place to support home is torn apart and rebuilt the walls. around you? The basement now has a Weeks and months with no media room, laundry room, heat and no proper cooking bedroom and den. What facilities? Somehow they not only stayed sane but stayed tight Mark and Miles Wittig of Basil Restoration created was a damp, unusable, a house that a family of five can comfortably live in. badly sloping low basement, as a family. MARTIN KNOWLES PHOTOS with bad air quality which The original 900 sq ft house in permeated the whole house, New Westminster came with an became a clean, fresh, fully functioning living space. old story we hear all the time: the family, having lived The new second floor is 900 sq ft with four full-sized in the house since 2002, loved the area and wanted to bedrooms and a family bathroom. stay. Enter Basil Restoration Ltd. ›› more page.626 “We were originally brought into this house because the roof was leaking right through the main floor into the basement,” says general manager Miles Wittig. “We were contracted to tear the roof off and extend the second floor, from what was a half-story, into a fullheight floor. The plan was for us to build a bathroom in the basement so the family could move down there for three or four months while the renovation was going on.” However, the basement was too short, and therefore the city wouldn’t approve the bathroom renovations. Basil Restoration built each member of the family their own bedroom, renovated the kitchen and built a family bathroom, among other Thus, the plan was changed to a renovation of the projects. Martin Knowles photos entire house.

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Basil Restoration turns 900-sq.ft. bungalow into 2,500-sq. ft. home ›› from page.525 After living with only the two original main floor bedrooms, each member of the family now has their own bedroom. The main floor has a new kitchen and new bathroom. The original main bedroom at the front of the house was converted to a music room to hold the

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Choosing between paint and stain for your new deck Maggie Calloway Now that your new deck is built you have decide whether to paint or stain it. Rona’s website has a great list of thing you should take into consideration when making your decision, including function, the environment, the surface, use, product composition, appearance, colour and quality. Once you have answered all these questions, you are well on your way to making the right decision. Exterior paint and stain products have a much harder job than their indoor counterparts. They have to handle harsh weather conditions as well as major temperature fluctuations. Outdoor products have to be extremely flexible, and to attain this they contain more resins and more adhesives to better withstand temperature changes and humidity. Outdoor products should also have additives to repel water and mildew. “If you have a new deck the most popular option for new wood is a transparent, semi-transparent, or even a semi-solid stain,” says Jeff Lawrence of Benjamin Moore. “A semi-solid stain is close to an opaque stain; it’s very heavily pigmented stain but still allows you to see

through to the grain but the colour saturates the wood much more. Solid colour stains are just that, they don’t allow the grain to show. “Gone are the days when the choices were semi-transparent or solid stain.” If your deck is made of beautiful cedar, you may want to add just a touch of colour while protecting the wood from the elements. But if you have an older deck that is showing the slings and arrows of heavy use, a solid coat will help mask imperfections. Preparing a deck properly for restaining or painting is critical, not just for the end look but for the integrity of the structure. “If you have a cedar deck it is not recommended you use a tsp (trisodium phosphate), bleach and water solution to kill mold or mildew because it can damage and degrade the quality of the wood,” Lawrence says, adding that a cold power wash is all you need. “If your deck is gray from the weather a restorer that removes the dead fibre, which causes the graying, is what you need to get back to the original brighter wood. “If you just want to re-paint your deck a good wash with a warm water and tsp solution then a light sanding will prepare the deck for a new coat of paint.”

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Build the perfect deck as summer beckons Homeowners are moving outside as the sun comes out, and renovations to an outdoor deck are often high on the priority list. Maggie Calloway There has been an explosion of interest in outdoor living in recent years. It seems we have come full circle from looking outside our homes for entertainment to spending much more time at home with family and friends. It follows that as we open our homes more, we need to turn our attention to what is working and what is not. Our crumbling decks, patios and terraces are not very inviting as outdoor rooms, so what to do? Like any other renovation, there are a few things to consider before jumping into the deep end.

You should decided how you are planning on using the outdoor area and what the budget for the project will be. You should also consider how the outdoor space will complement the house. Building the space is just the beginning. Because a deck takes a certain amount of punishment from the elements, unlike an interior space, money should be put aside to furnish what could be considered a new room. When planning where and how to build your new outdoor space, keep in mind you will need accessibility. No one wants to be constantly walking up

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With more interest in outdoor living and entertaining, deck renovations are on the rise, and becoming more elaborate. ›› from page.11 28 and down stairs or through the whole house to get to both the kitchen and the bathroom. Also, think about what your view will be from the new structure and factor landscaping into the budget if necessary. Privacy is another big consideration; everyone has horror stories about being ambushed by neighbours because they could see you out on your deck. John Juzyniec, a partner in Solution Renovations, recommends homeowners getting help from a designer. “Some decks are very straightforward and you don’t need a designer but some can be tricky and to (ensure) the finished project is everything you want it to be, hiring a professional is a wise move,” he says. “Some people design their decks without considering what they will be looking at when they are sitting down,” Juzyniec says. “If you use a wooden top bar for the railing, even glass topped by wood, when you are sitting down the wood bar is exactly level with your eyes.” He says the answer is frameless glass railings, which are fairly expensive at about $100 per foot but will allow homeowners to keep their view. “Sometimes clients want the clean look of glass but privacy is an issue,” Juzyniec says. “In these cases obscure glass is the answer; it gives you the look you want while protecting privacy. This glass also hides unwanted views.” Like every other part of your renovation it pays to get input from the professionals. They have years of experience and know how to handle obstacles. Not a bad thing!

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş from page.121 Georgie he won in the Best Renovation between $500,000 - $799,000 category for a renovation on Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Side. He is especially proud of how his company worked in partnership with the homeowners to create a beautiful home by constantly looking for ways to recycle and re-purpose and still get an exceptionally solid home. The 50-year-old house sits in a beautiful neighbourhood of similar homes with a street canopy of mature trees and established gardens. The original plan was to tear down the house and build a new home but a new home would have had to follow all the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new set back guidelines which would mean a smaller home. Conversely, a renovation would have the advantage of being able to grandfather all the set backs, an important point to keep in mind when buying property as a tear down. But the house needed a tune up. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s families want more open space with daylight flooding each room. Gone are the small rooms with dim light and the parlour saved only for tea with the vicar. And so it was with this family of five, including three small children. They loved the neighbourhood and they loved the solid house but needed to create a family home which would work for them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a huge advantage to keeping the existing footprint and a larger square footage but we did have some design issues,â&#x20AC;? Best says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the style of the home is consistent throughout the neighbourhood, the frontage of the home and the roofline had to conform.

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Friday, April 22, 2011 South Delta Leader

Starting down the right path... Resurfacing your outdoor walkways is a good place to start when doing an outdoor landscaping project, especially when you’re on a budget. plan. “A great way to clean this area up is by using your typical 24” x 24” paving slab interspaced with river rock,” Miller says. “It’s an easy do-ityourself project which doesn’t cost much.” However, he points out that the spacing of the slabs and rock is important. “There is nothing more frustrating than paving stones set too close together which hinders your natural walking rhythm,” he says. “If you are using a 24” by 24” you need a 6” space between the slabs which give you

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“There (are) a ton of material choices available to fit any style of house and budget.” Miller says another consideration is the other materials being used in the garden. “If you have an Allen block wall you wouldn’t typically use flagstone for a walkway; it just wouldn’t be pleasing,” he says. “But if you have a natural stone look and feel to your garden you could use flagstone for Jeremy Miller of Houston Landscapes is an expert on turning the walkways and they difficult gardens into beautiful landscapes, and says that a walkway renovation doesn’t have to be a time-consuming would look great.” Miller advises if you process. MARTIN KNOWLES PHOTOS are planning on doing work outside, you should step back and make a plan 30”. for your entire garden even if your current budget only “If you are using smaller 18” x 18” slabs you need a allows you to complete part of the plan for the time 12” space to again make it up to 30.” being. Your outdoor living space is an extension of your “Even if the entire project takes you ten years to home so everything should be considered in relation complete, at least if you are working off a master plan to the rest of your property, both inside and out. This your garden doesn’t end up looking like you picked is much more important these days when people are away at it for years,” he says. investing in our homes and spending more time at “You want to end up with a garden that flows, not a home with both family and friends. patch work quilt.” Spend time looking at websites which have great One of the most neglected outdoor areas is the side photos of completed jobs, and study how and why of the house. This area is usually narrow and sometimes certain materials are used and where. shaded which makes it difficult to plant, but there are You will be living with your decisions for a long time ways of making this area an integral part of the garden so take care and get it right the first time.




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Valley homes sales hit five-year high for March. Fraser Valley Real Estate Board records its best March since 2006. Home sales had a huge month in March, with sales hitting five-year highs. The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) recorded 1,818 property sales last month, marking its best March since 2006. Sales jumped by 16 per cent over March 2010, which saw 1,565 sales in total. March also saw a jump of 42 per cent in sales over February, when the FVREB processed 1,279 sales. Back in March of 2006, 2,072 sales were recorded. Board President Sukh Sidhu says the overall demand was strong, but it wasn’t spread across the Valley as a whole. “For example, sales of single family detached homes in White Rock/South Surrey

increased by over 150 per cent in March compared to last year, however in Abbotsford they were down by almost seven per cent,” he said. Sidhu added that the number of new properties being listed for sale jumped by 11 per cent, rising from 3,038 new listings in February to 3,376 in March this year. Real estate prices also rose in March, but that jump was not quite as dramatic. The benchmark price for detached homes in the Fraser Valley hit $519,628 last month, an increase of 0.9 per cent over the March 2010 price of $514,787. Townhome prices remained relatively flat, rising from $326,307 in 2010 to $327,328 in March of 2011.

Homes and communities:

A touch of luxury at Langley’s Castle Hill by Kerry Vital

Castle Hill is just five minutes from Fort Langley, but owners will never know it once they step onto their property. Homes at Castle Hill include large terraced backyards, with a view of either a lush green belt backing onto the Salmon River or the Lower Mainland’s beautiful mountains. The homes range from 5,500 to 7,000 square feet, with plenty of open spaces including large kitchens and great rooms. “It’s a great development,” says HomeLife Benchmark Walnut Grove real estate agent Sherman Foster. All 12 one-acre lots have been sold,

with some being purchased by builders. There are currently three homes on the market, all built by Lanstone Homes. One home is completed, with the second due to be ready in August and the third in October.

Other builders involved with the project include Wallmark Homes, Wescraft Residential Builders and Clay Construction Inc. “Every lot is a unique setting,” Foster says. “I was showing the home (recently) and there were deer walking through the yard.” Potential homebuyers have told him they love the location of the subdivision and the lots, Foster says. The open-plan layout of the homes has also been popular.

Homes at Castle Hill are close to historic Fort Langley, three local golf courses and the Fraser River, as well as numerous shops, restaurants and other services. The current home, at 5,912 square feet, includes a double garage at the front of the house, plus a second double garage at the back, perfect for a boat, project car or bike. A large unfinished basement area is continued on page 235


state acreages near Fort Langley make Castle Hill a private haven on the grounds of the old Castle Ziegler.

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Estate homes at Castle Hill range from $1.5 million to $1.7 million. The acreage estates feature large backyards with green belt or river views, and homes ranging from 5,500 to 7,000 square feet.

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included, and the yard is fully landscaped with a sprinkler system. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home includes a studio or bonus room with a private entrance on the second floor, perfect for a home office. A private rear deck holds a natural gas fireplace and backs onto the green belt and Salmon River. The luxurious master bedroom includes a large walk-in closet and looks out over the back yard, and the formal living and dining rooms just add to the feeling of opulence. The first floor also includes a study and a nook area in the kitchen. The house includes Luxor clean face fireplaces, granite countertops throughout and a full stainless steel gourmet appliance package. Hardwood floors are included throughout, and the floor of the en-suite bathroom is heated, perfect for bare feet on a cold morning. The house is wired for sound and a central distribution audio control system, and includes a complete security and vacuum system. Outside, the brick and stucco frontage welcomes you home, past the ruins of Castle Ziegler. The castle was originally built in 1910, and was the site of many parties thrown by owner Fritz Ziegler, a former consul general of Mexico. The entire Castle Hill development will be built in a European country style design. Homes at Castle Hill range from $1.5 to $1.7 million. For more information, visit www.








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