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Burial sites at risk say pair of TFN members P5

MLAs fear land losses P6

Writer turns to money matters P12

Family lobbies for school fee coverage P24



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Niels Veldhuis and Chris Delaney debate the question on the coming referendum P10



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›INBRIEF Dirt bike riders suffers broken leg A man suffered a broken leg after riding his dirt bike into a gate in darkness along Deltaport Way Monday (May 23). According to Delta Police, the rider called 911 from the 3100 block of Deltaport Way following the crash. He was located on the north side of the railway tracks a short time later and transported to Vancouver General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. —Staff writer

Musician takes top prize

Tsawwassen violist Eleanor Kendra James, 23, was awarded the $8,000 top prize in the Shean Strings Competition. James, a South Delta Secondary School graduate, was one of six finalists chosen from the 20 submitted entries to compete in the competition on May 19 and 20 in Edmonton, Alberta. She has also won the opportunity to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in the future. James is currently on a full scholarship at Yale University. —Staff writer

Ferry baggage stolen A claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court alleges the provincial government ignored an archeological report on the South Fraser Perimeter Road and took no steps to modify the highway's design to mitigate harm. Contributed image

TFN pair to sue over SFPR Billion dollar highway project would harm ancient burial sites, plaintiffs claim CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER


wo Tsawwassen First Nation members are suing the province to try and halt construction of a section of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. Bertha Williams and William Burnstick have filed a claim in B.C. Supreme Court which states the four-lane, 40-kilometre highway would run through burial grounds and other archeologically sensitive sites. They say the government knew of the harm the road would do to a 25-mile stretch of the Fraser River, which includes the Glenrose Cannery and St. Mungo archaeological sites, but “did not consider the conservation, protection, preservation of social, cultural, economic and archeological values” of the land. The government allegedly ignored an archeological report on the project and took no steps to modify the road’s design to mitigate the harm. Williams and Burnstick are represented by lawyer Jay Straith, who is also representing the Burns Bog Conservation Society in a claim against the province.

“I am quite sure that the province of British Columbia, if this was a Jewish or Protestant or Catholic cemetery, would make appropriate arrangements because doing this kind of thing is prohibited under the Cemetery and Cremations Act,” Straith told the Leader. “(The provincial government) just bury the (archeological) report and say ‘Well, it’s First Nations, who cares?’ It’s an insult to the public’s intelligence and it’s a hell of an insult to our First Nations,” he said. If the project is not revamped, the sites will allegedly “suffer irreparable harm in that these ancient burial sites will forever be disturbed and altered,” the complaint states. The First Nation members say the road “can be modified to take into account the sites of archeological significance and protect the spiritual and sacred sites and that there was no consideration given to these factors in the final design of the project and/or its ongoing construction.” Williams and Burnstick are seeking a court injunction to stop the project so the sites can be protected. No one from the Ministry of Transporta-

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tion was available to comment before the Leader’s deadline. Last week, executive director of the Gateway Program Geoff Freer gave a presentation on the SFPR and its future impacts on Delta at a Delta Chamber of Commerce business meeting. His presentation stated that extensive work continues with First Nations, including archaeological protection during and after construction and long-term management plans for archaeological sites. Meanwhile, Delta South Independent MLA Vicki Huntington has criticized the Gateway Program for backing away from its environmental commitments and cutting corners on the SFPR through Delta. In a press release, Huntington says Gateway wants to install culverts rather than bridges at North Delta watercourse crossings and has requested the clearing 1.2 hectares of Burns Bog forest. “Gateway’s proposal illustrates yet another attempt to subvert consultation and dilute environmental protection measures—for a project that is already disastrous for Delta,” Huntington stated.

A BC Ferries passenger heading for Vancouver Island last Sunday (May 22) had his luggage containing valuables and important documentation stolen. According to Delta Police the passenger checked in his bag prior to boarding the 10:15 a.m. ferry to Duke Point from Tsawwassen. On arrival, his wheeled duffle bag failed to show up. He contacted the ferry staff who were able to view video which showed an, as yet, unidentified person taking the victim’s bag. The carry-on bag is described as a black, rolling, fabric bag with an extendible handle. Contents stolen include, a Canadian passport, birth certificate, an iPod, an Apple iPad, a Cannon digital camera and a Magic Jack computer phone system. Total value of loss exceeds $1,800. —Staff writer

Ladner facilities to open The scissors will be kept busy next Saturday (May 28) as a pair of facilities in Ladner will be celebrating their official openings. First off for a ribbon cutting is the new Ladner Skate Park where Mayor Lois Jackson and Delta Council members will preside at 12 p.m. A jam session with prizes and a BBQ for the first 100 attendees will follow. The skate park at 4680 Clarence Taylor Crescent was relocated to make way for the new Delta Sport Development Centre which is slated to be officially opened later that day at 2 p.m. Construction of this new facility, located at the north end of the Ladner Leisure Centre site, began in March 2010 after many years of planning. Funding for the Sport Development Centre came from the Corporation of Delta ($1.25 million), the Delta Gymnastics Society ($1.2 million) and the Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada ($753,000). —Staff writer

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Paperwork to blame for project's schedule problems CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER


eltans hoping to soak up some sun at Centennial Beach this summer will have to buy their hot dogs and ice cream cones from the same old concession stand. Paperwork delays mean the new concession and washrooms planned for the beach will not be in place for this summer. Metro Vancouver has had to amend its lease with Delta and obtain development and building permits, said Mitch Sokalski, west area manager for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, which is in charge of the project. "That took a little longer than we first had thought," he said. In October 2010, Sokalski told the Leader he hoped to have the two facilities up and

running by July 2011. Now he estimates the project won't be complete until November or December of this year. Workers have completed a preload, he said, and construction crews are expected to be onsite at the beginning of June. The existing concession stand and washrooms—which are now considered outdated and do not accommodate patrons with disabilities—will be in full operation throughout the summer. Ken Kuntz, Delta's director of parks, recreation and culture, said Metro Vancouver had protection under its old contract, but chose to renew its lease before they committed to the construction. "Their motivation was just to have a new refreshed agreement," he said. The terms of the new lease

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are 25 years, plus a renewal of another 25 years. "If everything goes according to the terms of the agreement, they could be there for 50 years," Kuntz said. Initially budgeted at between $2 and $2.5 million, the new beach facility will incorporate two buildings connected by a breezeway and covering

4,413-square-feet, located adjacent to the children's playground. On the east side will be a concession and seating area, with washrooms, change rooms and a first aid room on the west side. "It'll all be ready for use in the winter/spring of next year," Sokalski said.

Foreign trade zone would create industrial waste land, says Huntington REPORTER

Delta’s two MLAs have accused the provincial government of secrecy when it comes to establishing a foreign trade zone in B.C. In February, the Liberals began seeking an independent consultant to research the possibility of creating a foreign trade zone, where foreign goods may be stored duty and tax free prior to being shipped to another country. In these designated regions, trade barriers such as tariffs are reduced or eliminated in order to attract foreign investment and international business. Delta South Independent MLA Vicki Huntington expressed concern that, if located in Delta, a foreign trade zone would encroach on farm land. “We’ve learned some hard lessons in Delta and when this government secretly gets this far down the road in any planning, it’s usually a done deal,” she said in the legislature last week. “This isn’t about jobs, it’s about greed. It’s about flipping lands in Delta, and it’s

about the destruction of the finest agricultural land in Canada.” Huntington asked: “Will the minister tell us today that his government will not remove land from the ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) to create an industrial wasteland in Delta?” Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, called Huntington’s speculations “unfounded.” “There is no determination, locations of any such, and no decision has been made on that. I think that would be far too premature,” he said. Lekstrom could not predetermine what the final feasibility report will say, but said that foreign trade zones have the opportunity to create jobs. “I am all for continuing to enhance our gateway to the Asia-Pacific,” he said. “If we have the ability to create jobs for British Columbians and their families and their children growing up here, I’m going to do everything I can to ensure that happens.” During the same debate, North Delta NDP MLA Guy Gentner asked why the Liberals are “choosing to sneak this policy through, just like they did with the HST?”

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“If this is such a good deal for British Columbians, why so much secrecy?” Lekstrom replied the request for proposals—which sought an independent consultant to research foreign trade zones—is a public document posted on the Internet. The document says the province wants to establish itself as the preferred gateway for Asia-Pacific trade, but visiting foreign delegations and port-related companies have commented on a lack of foreign trade zones in B.C. Existing foreign trade zones in Canada are found at Centrepoint, Manitoba and Gander, Newfoundland. Developing a foreign trade zone in B.C. “could increase the province’s competitiveness in global markets and attractiveness as a gateway for international trade and encourage new economic activity,” the document stated. It said that Global Container Terminals, which operates Deltaport through TSI Terminal Systems Inc., is chairing a committee of interested parties, which has been seeking improvements to the existing federal foreign trade zone program.

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ou have to forgive Linda Nielsen if you find yourself driving behind her and she suddenly stops and gets out, camera in hand. It’s the same if you see her intently examining and taking notes on your lushly planted yard. It’s all about gaining inspiration from what she sees. And judging by the string of impressive public spacPhilip es in North and Raphael South Delta the landscape architect who serves as Delta’s Park Planner has been responsible for designing, the stops to admire and log the work of others are paying off. “It’s funny where you get inspiration from,” says Nielsen as she sits at the Forest for our Future park—one of her creations—on the grounds of Delta Hospital on a sunny afternoon. “Inspiration for the North Delta Social Heart Plaza really came from a residential design image I saw and I thought maybe I could adapt that to mine. So, I tweaked it and pulled it and made it work in that space.” The North Delta park, which is the site of Remembrance Days services plus public art displays and other gatherings, was her first project after joining the Corporation of Delta in 2003. Since then she’s put her stamp on Recognition Square at Delta Municipal Hall, the forthcoming Rotary water park at Diefenbaker Park in Tsawwassen, the Forest for our Future garden, and the relocated Ladner Skate Park which is being officially opened Saturday (May 28). Nielsen says she’s always liked design and graphics. That urged the native of Creston, B.C. to begin studying interior design at the

University of Manitoba. Market downturns following her completing school limited job opportunities in that field. But it gave Nielsen the chance to work for a landscape architecture firm in Vancouver where she interned. Historical research can also play in designing a park, a factor which weighed heavily in the theme of the new water park in Tsawwassen. Nielsen says she dug around and discovered Diefenbaker Park was previously a gravel pit. A trip to the Delta Archives resulted in gaining images of old machinery used at the pit which became the foundation for some of the water features. “I took some of that as inspiration for that park. But sometimes it’s just constraints on a space and you have to get so much into it, and people through the space that there’s not many options for what you can do,” she says. Case in point was Recognition Square. “It was very difficult to put a water feature in because we didn’t have a lot of fall to make the water move through there. And Ladner has a high water table so we had to raise the trees.” Other projects tap into an emotion, like at the Forest for our Future site that was opened a few weeks ago. “It’s kinda schmaltzy, but it’s like the circle of life,” Nielsen says looking out at the circular pathway at the centre of the garden. “That’s appropriate given where it is by the hospital and the care home.” Of her three South Delta projects, Nielsen says Recognition Square is probably the one she gets the most satisfaction from because of the site’s history which incorporates inductees to the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and past municipal politicians. “They (projects) all have really interesting and exciting elements to them, so it’s hard to say that’s my favourite. They’re all my babies.”

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LETTERS Airport lease extension folly This is being written in objection to the terms of the current lease of Boundary Bay Airport by Delta to Alpha Aviation and to the terms of the lease extension. The grounds for objection are as follows: 1. The annual lease fees of a minimum of $38,500 or 3.5 per cent for the assets and land used by Alpha Aviation are far too low. 2. The annual lease fees paid by Alpha are literally returned to

Support for a smoky issue As the first anniversary of the launch of the Journey for a Tobacco-Free World approaches, I just couldn’t let the Leader’s Readerpoll question (“Do you think offering B.C. smokers free nicotine patches or gum is a good idea?”, May 13) go by without responding. Regardless of the outcome of the poll, I hope everyone involved in this idea—from the most heavily addicted smoker in B.C. (bearing in mind, of course, that smoking is not addictive) to Premier Christy Clark (whose motives may not be as honourable as they might appear to be, at first blush)—will consider the

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Alpha Aviation to support airport programs and do not go into general revenue to cover municipality operating expenses. 3. The 10 per cent due to Delta upon the sale of subleases to other parties by Alpha is far, far too low. 4. The extension of the lease agreement from 2077 to 2099 under the proposed terms, on the unsubstantiated claims by Alpha Aviation that it believes that the land and assets under their control might be more attractive to commercial development if the lease agreement were longer, is not acceptable without significant material concessions from Alpha Aviation.

5. The offloading of road maintenance and development planning costs onto the community is not acceptable. 6. The fact that Delta has budgeted $2.9 million in 2011 for Phase 1 of the proposed airport development plan at a time when other projects benefitting more residents require funding by Council is not acceptable. I strongly urge you to reconsider the lease agreement to improve revenue from these assets leased to Alpha Aviation and not to support extending the lease without significant material concessions from Alpha Aviation.

following. I support the idea of free NRTs (Nicotine Replacement Therapies, which include the patch, nicotine gum, lozenges, implants, inhalers, etc.) on two conditions: 1. Some sort of a registration/ monitoring/testing system must be established for all participants in the program 2. It must be made clear to all participants, right up front, that the government must be reimbursed the full cost of the NRT if the smoker relapses and resumes smoking. If those two conditions are not met, the program is wide open to a great deal of abuse, and will ultimately cost the taxpayers of B.C. a hell of a lot more than the already-outrageous estimate of

$15 million to $25 million annually. While I actively encourage all smokers to quit smoking (and all others, especially kids, to never start in the first place) and strongly support them in those efforts, they have to recognize all of the quit-smoking programs in the world won’t help them one iota if they don’t first have an extremely strong desire to quit smoking as a foundation. The conditions outlined above will obviously provide yet another incentive to stay quit.

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Courts in crisis Another senseless death of a young person with a life of promise ahead. Another emotionfilled plea from parents for changes to the laws. And unfortunately, another heart-wrenching case that will likely fail to prompt politicians to act. Kassandra Kaulius, 22, died May 3 when the BMW she was driving was struck by a Ford van at 64 Ave. and 152 St. in Surrey. Kaulius, a popular athlete, was on her way home after playing softball in Cloverdale when the collision occurred. A 34-year-old Surrey woman is expected to face impaired driving charges in connection with Kaulius’ death. But investigations of the crash and having those charges approved by Crown counsel will take time. So will the wait for numerous court dates and appearances, not to mention the inevitable postponements and delays. At a press conference at the Surrey RCMP detachment last week Kaulius’ parents made an emotional statement regarding the need to change laws around impaired driving. That may be warranted, yes. But what’s needed even more is the political will and funding necessary to clear up B.C.’s chronically congested legal system. Press conference organizers noted the Kaulius’ statement was made on the third anniversary of another impaired driving tragedy—the death of Ladner four-year-old Alexa Middelaer. The tot died in 2008 after she was struck by a car at the side of a road near her home while feeding a horse. The driver involved in that crash is appealing convictions of impaired driving as well as her two-and-a-half-year sentence. Carol Berner is out on bail as this case grinds through the courts. Meanwhile, the Middelaer family must put on a brave face and soldier on. Ask any victim of a serious crime and they will tell you after the grief, it’s the agonizing wait for some form of justice that is often the most difficult challenge to deal with. And sadly, when “justice” does arrive, it’s often in the form of inadequate sentencing and weak penalties. Like the Middelaers, Kassandra Kaulius’ loved ones have a long, painful road ahead of them that won’t be made any easier by B.C.’s dysfunctional legal system. How many more families will need to trudge down this path before something is done about the crisis in our courts? —Surrey Leader

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Financial literacy Self help books a way to get going on managing money


Clockwise from top left: ❚ Kiwanis Club of Tsawwassen members presented $2,000 to the Delta Hospital Foundation to fund a Q-FOAM chair for Mountain View Manor, the hospital’s extended care unit. Contributed photo ❚ Delta resident Jim Armstrong, chief instructor of industrial instrumentation in BCIT’s School of Energy was recently awarded the Employee Excellence 2011 Individual Extra Mile Award. Scott McAlpine photo ❚ James Price, owner of Ladner Village Hardware, and Mycha Kruize, proudly display the first place award from the Building Supply Industry Association of B.C. The store, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was judged to be the best hardware store in the province.


The Landing Pub is hosting a pub night with all proceeds going to the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Silent auction, 50/50, games and prizes. When: Saturday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. Where: The Landing Pub, 5449 Ladner Trunk Road. $5 drink tickets available, prepurchase only. To purchase tickets please email Denise or Mike at mdsheridan@telus. net or call 604-763-5815.


Sacred Heart Church's newly formed Young Adult Ministry presents an evening of gospel and uplifting music performed by their young adult choir and guest performers, The Hymnprovs. There will be a sing-a-long of new and old favourites and goodies to follow. When: Sunday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Sacred Heart Church (3900 Arthur Dr., Ladner). Admission by donation (all proceeds donated to the sister parish in downtown Vancouver to provide support for those in need in the surrounding areas). For more info, email

tive to one of the group's friendly conversations. When: Wednesday, June 8, 7 to 9 p.m. Where: Tsawwassen Library Meeting Room, 1321A 56 St.

GROUPS & VOLUNTEERS 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.


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Do you have a way with words? Drop in and test your word power at the Ladner Pioneer Library Scrabble Club. All ages and experience welcome! Every 4th Tuesday of the month, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Centre for Supportive Care for people with cancer, other life-threatening or progressive illness, and those who are grieving. Relaxation Group (drop-in Tuesday 10 a.m.), Bereavement Walking Group (dropin Wednesday 10 a.m.), Caregivers Group and Grief Groups. Call the centre (4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent) at 604-948-0660 for more info and to register. 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


St. Stephen's East Delta United Church hosts its Annual Hymn Sing. This year's theme will be "Twelve Decades of Song: The Hymns We've Loved to Sing During our First 120 Years in God's Service." All are welcome. When: Sunday, June 5, 2 p.m. Where: Located at 9696 Ladner Trunk Road just East of Highway 99.

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Volunteers needed at the DYSL Wearhouse Thrift Shop. Contact the store at 604-948-0108, drop by at 1308 56 St. or visit The Landing Pub is hosting a pub night on Saturday, May 28. Proceeds go to the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Metro Photo Services 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. Join the Delta Museum & Archives' team

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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. 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.


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want to take control of my finances and improve my financial outlook but I don’t know where to start. What is on your required reading list?” When I was 17-yearsold I read The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton, arguably the most famous financial “selfhelp” book written. Even though it was authored more than two decades ago many of the lessons taught are still valid today. It is the story of three young men seeking financial advice from their wealthy barber regarding a myriad of issues including retirement, debt, savings etc. The barber helps the three men throughout their lives and gives them monthly tasks to help them secure a financially comfortable retirement. A more recent book I highly recommend is Findependence Day by Jonathan Chevreau (written in 2008). It stars a debt ridden couple in their 20s, humiliated on a reality TV show who are determined to change their financial circumstances. Their goal is to be “financially independent” by the age of 50. Findependence Day works as the book is more about the couple’s relationship than their finances. Like many of us, this couple argues about how best to use money, have different risk tolerances and expectations for the future. The author explores how the relationship gets affected by their financial deci-

sions. I recommend these books as they are page turners. I read Findependence Day while on vacation and finished it in a day. I encouraged my wife (strictly romance novel reader) to give it a read and she thoroughly enjoyed the plot. Financial lessons are being taught throughout the book, but in a very interesting and Mark captivating Ting manner. I’m pleased when anyone is interested in improving their financial acumen and reading self help books is a great start. The next step is to implement (and stick to) an action plan based on the lessons learned. The plan can be as simple as setting up a preauthorized savings plan (i.e. set aside 10 per cent of your paycheque into long-term savings) or a strategy to reduce debt. Personally, my Findependence Day is when I turn 55. I am following the teachings of these books and am optimistic I will reach my retirement goals while still enjoying a fulfilling life. These books are available at most book stores, on-line or at your local public library. Happy reading. Mark Ting ,CFP, is a Mutual Funds Investment Specialist with Credential Asset Management Inc. at the Vancity Tsawwassen Community Branch and a weekly financial commentator for On the Coast on CBC Radio with host Stephen Quinn.


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Chris Delaney and Niels Veldhuis debate the question on the coming referendum PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR


hat do British Columbians think of the Harmonized Sales Tax? British Columbians are going to find out this summer as they respond to a referendum on the HST. Voting packages are scheduled to begin arriving via mail June 13-24 with ballots asking, “Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST and reinstating the PST in conjunction with the GST?” That’s quite a few acronyms for the eligible voter to make a decision on. But they will have until 4:30 p.m. on July 22 to respond by sending their ballots back. How will they vote and why? The HST has garnered much debate. Is it good or bad for B.C? Will it lead to future prosperity, or is it merely transferring a tax load from the business sector to individuals? We asked a pair of noted HST commentators to explain their positions on the HST. In the pro HST corner is Niels Veldhuis, a long-time Tsawwassen resident and Director of Fiscal Studies and a Senior Economist at the Fraser Institute. On the anti HST side of the coin is Chris Delaney, a lead organizer with the Fight HST campaign and spokesman for the BC First party. Here’s what they had to say.

Question: The HST, a good tax or bad tax? Delaney: “It’s a bad tax, and that’s the problem with it. Initially, it was brought in under false pretenses and that’s what made everybody so angry was because they (BC Liberal government) weren’t going to do it and they did. As we’ve had an opportunity to examine the tax now for a year, we’ve all been paying it here, we’ve seen it has done the exact opposite of what its proponents say it will do. It’s actually, jobs have been lost. We’ve seen a net increase in unemployment up to 8.8 per cent from 7.4 per cent when it was first implemented. That’s a percentage and a half and that’s tens of a thousands of jobs lost. We’re seeing restaurants close. We’ve seen businesses being hurt. We’ve seen prices go up not down. And the economy is becoming stagnant instead of coming out the recession like the rest of the world.” Veldhuis: “A good tax. Anytime that you have a value added tax, certainly a tax that about 140 different countries around the world have, it’s a better tax than the PST. So, if we are interested in growing the economy, if we’re interested in investment, if we’re interested in making this province a better place to do business, expand business and create jobs, then moving to the HST from the PST was absolutely the right idea.” Question: How do you sell the HST when a recent report estimated it will cost the average family $350 more a year?

Veldhuis: “There’s no question that the average family will be paying a little bit more tax every year, in terms of the sales tax, but we have to remember that when the province put the HST in last year they also reduced personal income taxes. So, when you look at those things combined, the average family is going be paying about $44 more in total tax which is a marginal increase, especially in terms of the HST when it’s so good for our economy. So, a slight increase in the total tax bill, but again it’s almost negligible for the average family.” Question: What about the $1.6 billion that may need to be repaid to the federal government? Delaney: “They (provincial government) try to over blow the perils of repealing the tax because they are trying to intimidate and scare people into keeping it. So, it’s a bit of a bluff, right. First of all, it’s not going to take years to unwind it. Any first-year law school student will tell you that if both parties agree to undo something then it’s done. So, irrespective of whatever agreements they made before, the federal government has said they will abide by the wishes of British Columbians. So, we’ll be able to get out of the tax immediately if we want. Veldhuis: “It’s not crystal clear whether or not we have to actually pay that back. But if we do we’re going to have to borrow that money because we are in deficits, but that’s a minor issue. Look, the major issue here is we’re replacing an old tax that’s bad for invest-

ment, that’s bad for the economy, with a (new) tax that will help increase jobs, that will help increase investment as businesses expand. And I see the repayment as a small issue. But sticking with the HST is absolutely critical for B.C.” Question: Are we seeing gains in the economy as a result of the HST? Veldhuis: “The biggest thing here is that businesses here will not have to pay sales tax on their investments. So, anytime they have to buy a piece of machinery, a piece of equipment or technology, all things that make us productive, all things that lead to increased wages, they won’t have to pay the tax on that. That means we’ll get more of that. At least that’s the evidence we’ve seen across Canada, from provinces that have adopted the HST. We’ll see an increase in investment. That’s certainly for British Columbians. Again, the PST is an old system that’s not used in many jurisdictions.” Question: Was the fight against the HST more about the way it was implemented rather than the actual tax? Delaney: “I think at the beginning there was a certain amount of that. There was a real frustration with the betrayal. But I think now what’s happened is the debate has evolved to include, because I won’t say that’s been removed from it, that the betrayal is still there. Nobody in the government has apologized or said they admitted they had always intended to bring it (HST) in that the Freedom of Infor-

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D E LT A H E A LT H GOLF CLASSIC Opposite page: Fight HST spokesperson Chris Delaney (left) and Fraser Institute economist Niels Veldhuis (right). Tyler Garnham photos This page: Anti HST rallies drew large crowds last summer (left). Black Press file photo B.C.'s Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (above) outlines the Liberal government's proposal Wednesday (May 25) to reduce the HST that would lower the combined tax from 12% to 10% by 2014 and offer rebate cheques for children and low income seniors. Tom Fletcher photo

mation documents have said. So, there’s some contrition left to be had there. But the debate will now include the tax itself. And as I said, we’ve had a year of it here so people can render a verdict on it based on real world experiences as opposed to just theory. We know the damage the tax is doing to our economy, to businesses. And we have the opportunity to get rid of it and try something better.” Veldhuis: “Obviously, people were upset with how the tax was implemented, and rightfully so. They ought to be upset. I think people now are taking a pause, they are debating the issue. I think we’re seeing a lot more favourable atmosphere in terms of the HST. And I think when people debate the issue and see the value of the HST, my hope at least is let’s put aside the way it was implemented. I think we can all agree on that. But let’s have a debate about whether or not this is the right direction for B.C. The research is absolutely crystal clear. The HST is a much better tax than the PST and hopefully British Columbians will vote for it when the referendum hits.” Question: Do you believe businesses will pass on savings resulting from the HST to consumers? Delaney: “There’s two problems with that. First of all, we’re a commodities-based province. We sell goods and resources overseas. So, there’s no savings to pass on. With small businesses, there could be some savings to pass on, but we haven’t seen that yet. We’ve actually seen prices go up. And what happens quite often when there’s an increase in the HST, and we’ve seen this in Europe, is it provides a coincident window for businesses to also increase the price of their goods. And so we’ve seen that with the price of

haircuts here, the price of coffee at Starbucks, and all these other places where not only did they add HST for the first time, but they also bumped up the cost of these goods.” Veldhuis: “Absolutely. Look, the data is already starting to come out. There’s been numerous economists who have looked at the issue of prices in B.C. and the reality is that businesses are passing on the savings to consumers. The inflation rate here in B.C. is the same as it is right across Canada for the first part of this year. So, we’re not seeing that big increase in prices that people like the Fight HST people were talking about.” Question: A prediction—which way do you think British Columbians will vote on the HST referendum? Delaney: “I think we’ll win, definitely win. How large of a margin will be the question. The impact of the (pro HST) advertising that big business and government will have some bearing for sure. So, we’ll have a little tougher time getting our message out, but as I say I think a lot of people don’t to that. They just get the voting ballot and see the opportunity to get rid of the tax.” Veldhuis: “I won’t make a prediction, of course. It’s almost impossible to decide. But I think we’re seeing a shift in B.C. from one where there was a backlash against the way this was introduced, and now British Columbians considering, seeing the benefits. A lot of small businesses owners across the province are seeing the benefits and that, obviously, bodes well for the tax. I think this is really now the opportunity for British Columbians to engage in whether or not this is the right move

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Ladner writer turns talent to increasing financial literacy PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR


f you’re not all that adept with numbers and finances, Ladner’s Laura Thomas has some stories to tell you that will help clear things up. Thomas, a writer who organized this spring’s Water in Words writing contest for youth, will be appearing on DeltaTV this fall in a series called Money Moment. The two to five minute segments are designed to provide financial literacy for parents and families. And what better way to demystify the world of finance than by telling a tale that can be easily understood. Take for example the explanation of derivatives. “Financial literacy comes down to two things: vocabulary and confidence,” says Thomas who believes age should not be a barrier when discussing the subject of finances, hence using purchasing baseballs to explain derivatives. Thomas says to imagine a market where baseballs are bought and sold. And a coach needs new balls for the team. The problem is the price of the balls constantly rises and falls unpredictably making it hard to spend wisely. On the day the coach decides to visit the market—100 balls are needed—the balls are selling for $5 a piece. While she doesn’t have the money to make the entire purchase on the spot, the coach tells the ball vendor she’d like to buy 100 balls at $4 each and will

need them on opening day, Thomas says. The vendor agrees, thinking that’s a fair price given other ball sellers will be coming to market next week and the price is expected to drop with more product than demand flooding the market’s stalls. The deal is done with some paperwork called a “future’s contract,” a kind of derivative, Thomas says. Come opening day of the baseball season, when the 100 balls are delivered to the coach, the price of baseballs jumps to $10 each. The coach happily pays the $400 after having saved her team $600. While the ball vendor missed out this time on a bigger payday, the roles could have easily been reversed if the price of baseballs had dipped below the agreed upon $4 each. In addition to the Money Moment series on DeltaTV, Thomas is holding Money & Me Summer Camps through Delta’s Continuing Education Youth Activities. They run in South Delta ( July 18-22) at Delta Secondary school from 9-11 a.m. for ages nine to 12. Camps in North Delta (July 25-29) at Seaquam Secondary school from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Cost is $85. The camp is on building a student’s financial vocabulary and getting them excited about learning how money works in their daily lives. To register, call Delta Continuing Education at 604-940-5550.

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Ladner May Days celebrates pair of long-standing events The end of the month of May means plenty of things to South Deltans. There’s about a month until the kids are out of school, summer vacation plans are around the corner, and the annual fun of Ladner May Days is here once again. This year the 135th edition of the three-day (May 27-29) event, one of B.C.’s oldest community celebrations, is set to roll out two of its time-honoured traditions—Maypole Dancing and the May Queen. Both events date back to the very first May Days in 1896. The Maypole dancing was a highlight of the festivities. Usually performed by Girl Guides locally, the event takes place at Memorial Park following the May Days parade on May 29. The activities start at 1:40 p.m. at the Delta Stage with the Ladner Girl Guides performing the ancient ceremonial folk dance around a tall

free cupcake decorating The May Queen for 2011 is 11-year-old Georgia Walley (second from right) from Sacred Heart school. She was joined by 2010 May Queen Emma Ferreira, and this year's May Queen Princesses Emily Barbera (left) and Grace Kornder at the selection ceremony on May 24 in Ladner. Jim Kinnear photo pole garlanded with ribbons woven into complex patterns by the dancers. Directly following the Maypole dancing is the crowning of the 2011 May Queen. The May Queen and her princesses are chosen from a group of Grade 6 girls from schools across Delta.

The queen and princesses are selected at random. The very first May Queen in 1896 was Mabel Matheson. Through the years other names with historic ties to the community such as Alice Ladner, Marilyn Guichon and Irene Kirkland were selected. This Tuesday (May

24), the 2011 May Queen and Princesses were chosen. Eleven-year-old Georgia Walley from Sacred Heart school was named queen, while Emily Barbera of South Park Elementary and Grace Kornder from Gibson Elementary were chosen as princesses. —Philip Raphael

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Ladner student motivated by family to raise funds CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER



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ozens of students, teachers and parents dropped loonies into a plastic tub as they filed into the gymnasium at Port Guichon Elementary School last Wednesday (May 18) afternoon. All were there to support Grade 6 student Megan Payne as she shaved off her hair to raise money for cancer research. Eleven-year-old Payne was all smiles as she had her shoulderlength locks sectioned off into small pony tails. Classmates and relatives took turns snipping off the tails before Rosemary Tattrie from Changes Hair Studio buzzed off the rest with an electric razor. Payne adorned her new inchlong ‘do with a black headband. Her Bald and Brave campaign has already raised well over $4,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. She is fundraising in honour of her cousin Lindsay, who recently passed away from lymphoma cancer, and her auntie Mona who has been battling ovarian cancer for 14 years. “I’ve always wanted to find a cure for cancer,” Payne said. Shaving her head seemed like a good way to raise awareness. “I’ve been wanting to since the start of the year, so I just felt

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Rosemary Tattrie of Changes Hair Studio shears off Megan Payne's hair. The Grade 6 student from Port Guichon Elementary school raised more than $4,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Christine Lyon photo like it’s a good time now to do it because it’s been sunny.” Teacher Nancy MacLennan addressed the spectators before Payne underwent the big chop. “An 11-year-old girl shaving her head is pretty huge,” said MacLennan, admitting she was initially concerned Payne might have a change of heart. “In the end, not only did she

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follow through but at no point did she ever say ‘I don’t think I want to do this.’ She was very determined and she showed a commitment to this project right from the beginning and I’m very proud of her.” Payne’s personal fundraising page with the Canadian Cancer Society can be found at http://

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Pick 1, 2 or all 3 days! July 8, 9, 10 Volunteers needed for: • Registration • Event set-up • Road marshalling • Flyer distribution • Food services • Billet homes • Special assignments South Delta Secondary's Peggy Noel placed first in the senior girls 1,500 metres as well as the 1,500 metre girls steeplechase at the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships May 16-19 at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam. Contributed photo

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Noel leads SDSS track team to B.C. finals with pair of wins


o u t h De l t a Se c o n d a r y track standout Peggy Noel is taking her game to the provincial finals next week after placing first in a pair of events at the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships in Coquitlam two weeks ago. Noel, a Grade 11 student, built on her strong, sixth place in B.C. showing last year in the 1,500 metre steeplechase by taking first place during the Fraser

Valley meet at Percy Perry Stadium. Noel also placed first in the senior girls 1,500 metres with a time of 4:46.06. Other SDSS athletes making an impact at the Coquitlam meet included Grade 9 student Mackenzie Connors who was fifth in the junior boys 3,000 metres with a personal best perfromance of 9:49.36. He followed that up with a solid run in the 1,500 metres placing 14th.

Hailea Caldwell, a newcomer to the discus event, finished sixth in the Grade 8 girls competition and will advance to the B.C. championships to be held at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium on June 3-4. Undeterred by a fast field, Harrison Wade not only qualified for the senior boys 800 metres, but finished seventh overall in the final. —Staff writer

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BeverAGe: Delf Group, Red Racer Beer, Tim Hortons (Ironwood) and Therapy Wines Chef: Michael Boyle and the students at Seaquam School Culinary Arts Program MC: Doug Husband AuCtioneer: Ian Paton rentAlS: Salmon Rentals Keynote photoGrAphy: Karoline & Gary SpeAKer: Wally Buono Cullen and Karen Holmes food & deSSert: Budget Foods MediA: Delta Cable, Delta and The Original Cakerie Optimist, South Delta Leader déCor: Leslie Abramson CoMMittee: Leslie Abramson, Ana Arciniega, Miriam Braun, Aurela Edgson, Sharon Farquarson, Sharon Gillespie, Carla Gregory, Jane Ilott, Marion Janssen, Carlene Lewall, Dorothy MacDonald, Alison Reid, Kristina Sharp, Nancy Tuura, Louise Wechselberger, Linda Yearwood, Jackey Zellweger

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The Delta Islanders split their pair of games in Jr. A lacrosse play last week, starting with a 9-8 overtime win over the PoCo Saints May 20 at the PoCo Rec Centre. Michael Berekoff's second goal— shorthanded—in overtime secured the win. On May 21 at Ladner Arena, a sixgoal performance by Coquitlam Adanacs Travis Cornwall powered the visitors past Matt Zinn (right) and the rest of the Islanders 17-10. The results leave Delta with a record of four wins and two losses, good for second place in the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League. Jim Kinnear photo

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Lobbying for change South Delta dancer doesn’t qualify for education funding CHRISTINE LYON

Academy student, who previously trained at Deas Island Dance, doesn’t qualify for education funding in either province, her mother said. And the academic tuition plus ballet training and residence fees add up to more than $13,000 annually. Klukas sought answers from the Delta School Board, but a letter from assistant superintendent Doug Sheppard concluded that, based on funding guidelines from the B.C. Ministry of Education, “we cannot apply for funding for Emily and transfer it to the RWB (Royal Winnipeg Ballet).” A ministry representative said in a letter that the province “does not provide funding to students to cover tuition in an out of province school.” While the boards of education offer free instruction to all school age students in B.C. “there is no mechanism for the Ministry of Education to fund the tuition of a student that enrols in an independent education program out of the province.” Klukas said this puts her daugh-



sawwassen mom Christine Klukas was thrilled when her daughter Emily landed a spot in the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, but surprised to learn she would have to pay for Emily’s basic education on top of dance lessons and room and board. Recently accepted into her third year of the school’s professional ballet program, Emily, 14, is currently enrolled in a Winnipeg public school. Her parents pay out of pocket for her academic instruction, which would be free for Emily in B.C. Klukas doesn’t see why the B.C. government won’t transfer the education funds that would otherwise be allocated to Emily to cover the $1,500 tuition—an amount already subsidized by the Manitoba government. After all, Emily is still considered a B.C. resident since she doesn’t live with a legal guardian in Manitoba. But the former Southpointe

ter at a disadvantage because government funding for students studying at public schools out of province is not uniform across Canada. She said she will continue to support her daughter’s ballet training at RWB—one of only two recognized national training centres in Canada for classical ballet (along with the National Ballet of Canada). “As a country, if we want to recognize and develop the talent of young artists ... it would be to Canada’s best interest and to the province’s interest to put them in the best school possible within Canada,” Klukas said. But she added, “As a result of (Emily) attending (RWB), she’s unable to obtain basic education funding as a Canadian student residing in B.C.” Klukas said she will continue to lobby the provincial government to fund academic instruction for B.C. students who choose to undertake artistic training out of province. In the meantime, Emily has applied for a scholarship through the BC Arts Council.

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Friday, May 27, 2011 South Delta Leader


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Belinda Guite's typical day-today uniform involves the orange and navy of M&M Meat Shops. As the franchisee of M&M Meat Shops in Tsawwassen, Guite hoped to discover a more polished look through a Be Fabulous makeover. She also deserved a day for herself. Guite's husband recently passed away after a four-and-ahalf battle with cancer. "I had the privilege of looking after my husband up until three days before he passed in Delta Hospice," she said. "Unfortunately, he also spent about a year in VGH after two cancer surgeries, which meant working and traveling to Vancouver." Guite put her own care, emotional and physical, on the back burner, noting the only time she put thought into her outfits was for her meetings with the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen/Point Roberts. "Even though I'm over 60, I feel like I still have a lot of living to do, and I just wanted to have a fresh

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off the look and gave Belinda confidence by adding height." At Spa Vilamoura in Tsawwassen Guite was treated to a manicure, pedicure and makeup, and was then whisked to neighbouring Myne2 Hair Spa. "We are covering her roots, so we're going in with a nice warm brown and some nice golden caramel highlight all the way through," said Claudia Bakehouse, who also shaped Guite's cut to allow her to grow her hair out. To add to the feel-good experience, Muscle Memory provided Guite with an eight-pack punch pass to its group fitness classes and a free session with one of their personal trainers. "It was absolutely wonderful. It was relaxing and made you feel special," said Guite at the reveal. "The overall look is unbelievable. I love my hair—everything, it's just been an incredible experience." —Kristine Salzmann

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