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What are your antiques worth? Back by popular demand, the Delta Museum and Archives will host two antique identification and appraisal clinics on Oct. 16 at the George Mackie LIbrary in North Delta. Tickets are $12 and incldue a verbal appraisal for two items. For more information, visit www.deltamuseum.ca or call 604-946-9322 to purchase tickets.

Kristine Salzmann, Reporter South Delta Leader Ian Paton had a chuckle when he was first approached to run in the Delta council byelection a few months ago. He runs two businesses—the family farm and his farm auction business— and wondered if he could find the time. "To be really honest, it's something I never really considered," says Paton. But after much thought and discussing it with his wife, he says in the end it

came down to a desire to serve the community. "Really it wasn't about, 'can I find the time.' We'll make the time. It was about filling a role that's pretty dear to me, serving my community that I've lived in for my entire life." Five thousand seven hundred and fifty-two voters (33.89 per cent) backed him up. His nearest rival in the polls, Sylvia Bishop, drew 4,630 votes. Monday marked Paton's first day on

PICTURED Ian Paton topped the polls in the Sept. 18 Delta byelection. File photo

the job as Delta councillor. When he picks up his phone that morning Paton is out in a muddy field taking down his remaining campaign signs. He agrees to meet for coffee to talk about his decision to run for council, the campaign and — Continued on p.7

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Message from Mayor Jackson & Delta Council Delta-Mangalore, India Economic Development Initiative

George V. Harvie, Mayor Lois E. Jackson & Manjit Kaila

October 2010 Delegation In October 2010, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie and Administrative Manager Manjit Kaila are travelling to Mangalore, India to collaborate with key government and industry officials as part of a partnership funded through the B.C. Provincial Government Asia-Pacific initiative. Economic Development Partnership In May 2009, Delta Council entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Province of British Columbia to establish a economic development partnership with a local government in India - the port city of Mangalore was identified as a potential city. Through subsequent communications, the Mayor of Mangalore, Rajani Dugganna, confirmed their interest in pursuing a partnership with Delta. The mission to India will include a formal signing of the memorandum of agreement and meetings with the Chamber of Commerce, government, port and university officials to promote economic and educational ties between our communities and countries. We anticipate hosting a return delegation early next year. Details on the delegation to India, including the full itinerary and costs (funded by the Province of B.C.) of this visit will be reported to Council at the October 4, 2010 Regular meeting. Stay Tuned! In conjunction with the India Economic Development Initiative Council report, Delta will also preview its new video at the October 4th Council meeting. The video is being created to promote the many cultural, economic, agricultural, social and sports-oriented activities and facilities that our thriving municipality has to offer.

Mark your calendar: FREE Residential Pesticide Drop-Off Day When: Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: Engineering Operations Works Yard Parking Lot 5404 64th Street, Delta BC In advance of Delta’s Cosmetic Pesticide Use Control Bylaw No. 6788, 2009 coming into effect on November 16, 2010, the Corporation of Delta will be collecting your unused and leftover household pesticides at our Engineering Works Yard! The following pesticide products will be accepted: • • • •

Liquids, solids and aerosols Domestic pesticides only Maximum container size: 10 Litres Must be labeled with a poison symbol AND a “Pest Control Product” registration number (e.g. PCP Reg. #2464)

Existing Product Care locations servicing Delta residents: • Ladner Bottle Depot 4930 Elliott Street, Delta Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Paint Depot: accepts waste paint only and electronics at no charge • Scott Road Bottle Depot Unit #2 – 12111 86th Avenue, Surrey Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sun: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm Paint Plus Depot: in addition to waste paint, also accepts electronics, flammables, pesticides and gasoline at no charge Delta’s Pesticide Use Control bylaw can be found at: www.corp.delta.bc.ca/pesticides For more information, contact the Office of Climate Action & Environment (604) 946-3253 or email cae@corp.delta.bc.ca

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Courage remembered

behind the scenes Editorial Philip Raphael South Delta Leader, Editor 604-948-3640 ext. 122 editor@southdeltaleader.com Paula Carlson Surrey North Delta Leader, Editor 604-575-5337 pcarlson@surreyleader.com Kristine Salzmann South Delta Leader, Reporter 604-948-3640 ext. 126 reporter@southdeltaleader.com Publishers Chrissie Bowker South Delta Leader 604 948-3640 ext. 123 publisher@southdeltaleader.com Jim Mihaly Surrey North Delta Leader 604-575-5347 publisher@surreyleader.com Creative Services Sarah Kelloway South Delta Leader

Sales Karla Pearson Surrey North Delta Leader, Sales Manager 604-575-5345 admanager@surreyleader.com Jane Ilott South Delta Leader, Advertising Consultant 604-948-3640 ext. 127 jane@southdeltaleader.com Collette Semeniuk South Delta Leader, Advertising Consultant 604-948-3640 ext. 121 collette@southdeltaleader.com

Veterans and cadets help mark 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Philip Raphael, Editor South Delta Leader

"It saved Britain from invasion." In his address to the crowd, Delta Richmond East Conservative MP John Cummins said, "Historians agree that of all the great battles of the Second World War, few were as crucial as the Battle of Britain." Cummins said it was a time of unparalleled threat to Great Britain and the free world. "Although the enemy sent out wave after wave of bombers, they were met by the crews of the Royal Air Force and our own Royal Canadian Air Force," Cummins said. "Throughout the months of August and September our fighters saw almost constant action, scrambling to their aircraft as as many as two to three times a day to engage the enemy." Cummins added it was time to reflect on the courage and resolution of the men and women who for two months held back the enemy advance. "Let us remember the significance of their actions and recall again the successful outcome of their collective efforts," he said.

Showers earlier in the day couldn't dampen the enthusiasm and gratitude of around 1,000 air cadets, veterans and dignitaries at Boundary Bay Airport Sunday (Sept. 19) to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Mayor Lois Jackson was on hand to review the cadets who took part in a parade along the airport's apron. Several cadets were dressed in vintage style uniforms and also conducted a review of the veterans. Other dignitaries included members of the consular core from the Netherlands, Poland and United States. Jackson told the crowd it was a great privilege to be selected to review the groups on hand. "Today we gather again at Boundary Bay Airport to celebrate a great historic victory for Britain," Jackson said, adding it marked the most important moment in Britain's 20th century history as the Allies sought to defeat Germany's bid for air supremacy.

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PICTURED Members of the Air Cadets colour guard stand at attention during the Battle of Britain 70th anniversary event at Boundary Bay Airport Sunday (Sept. 19). Jim Kinnear photo

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child with rickets, says OWL executive director Bev Day. Not only did Flinger not receive proper nutrients, which made his bones permanently weak, he couldn't recognize a mouse, his species' main prey. It took some time to re-train him to eat things bigger than tiny morsels of food. His name – Flinger – came quickly to OWL staff. "It's what he does with his food," explains Day. "People end up with bits of mice in their hair or clothes. He's not a very dainty eater." Eight years after his rescue, Flinger is a

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Have you ever wondered what grandma’s China set that you inherited is worth or what the story is behind the wood box you picked up at a garage sale? In May, you'll have an opportunity to find out. The Delta Museum and Archives will be hosting its annual Antique Identification and Appraisal Clinics on May 8. Well-known antiques appraiser Al Bowen is able to identify and date objects from any historical period and will provide a detailed history, description and verbal appraisal of your objects. After your objects have been appraised, stick around, enjoy a cup of tea and hear about other people’s treasures. So, rustle through the basement, dust off those collectibles and bring them to the Delta Museum and Archives. There are two sessions: 10 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 to 3 p.m. with both clinics being hosted at the Museum’s Annex building (4918 Delta Street) located two blocks north of the historical museum building. The cost is $12 per person, which includes a verbal identification and appraisal of two objects. Additional objects are $5 each to a maximum of two additional

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Bullet proof Delta and three other cities to share the cost of armour-plated truck Dan Ferguson, Reporter Surrey North Delta Leader When sheriffs tried to arrest a 60-year-old man for attempted murder, the result was the worst gun battle in the history of La Crosse County, Wisconsin. The man opened fire from the second floor of his house with a high-powered rifle and militarystyle grenades, blasting away at three armoured police vehicles. It was the first serious test of the bullet-proof BearCats since their purchase by state authorities. The gunman had good aim, but the result was nothing worse than some cracked windshield glass and dented bodywork. Around 500 rounds were exchanged during the battle, which ended when the BearCats got close enough to fire tear gas into the house, causing a fire that forced the gunman outside where he was taken down with a nonlethal beanbag gun. No one was seriously injured. Incidents like the 2008 standoff in La Crosse are why more and more police forces have purchased armoured vehicles to provide rolling protection against heavily armed criminals.

The BearCat models produced in the U.S. are popular because they are built on regular truck platforms and less expensive to operate and maintain than many military-spec armoured cars. Unlike ordinary police cars and trucks, the basic BearCat models can handle hits from most small arms fire. They are quick and manoeuvrable with a top speed of 120 km/h and a tight turning radius. But they aren't exactly cheap. Which is why the Delta Police Department has struck a tentative deal with three other municipalities to share the cost of an armoured rescue vehicle. The deal would see Port Moody, New Westminster and Abbotsford split the $322,000 price of a BearCat or similar type of vehicle to be used by the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team. It would give the ERT officers the ability to rescue civilians from a gunfight as well as providing a safe and secure "point of cover" for police. A BearCat was recently purchased by the Vancouver Police Department and similar units are operating in Calgary, Edmonton

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PICTURED More and more police forces have been purchasing armoured vehilcles like the BearCat to provide rolling protection against heavily armed criminals. File photo

and Ottawa. Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford told the Delta Police Board that whatever vehicle is chosen will have to be a smaller, multi-purpose design that can quickly cover the distance between the different communities that own it and navigate their streets with ease.

The plan "still needs some finetuning" Cessford stressed. If municipal authorities approve the cost, the vehicle would begin service in 2011. It would be based in Port Moody. Under a proposed lease-to own deal, Delta's share of the cost

would be $96,600, or $2,500 a year over five years including maintenance fuel and insurance. RCMP in B.C. share two recently acquired six-wheeled tactical armoured vehicles (TAVs) obtained from the Canadian Armed Forces. â– dferguson@surreyleader.com

Thanks to the great citizens of Delta for electing me on September 18th. I will do my utmost to do proud the legacy of George Hawksworth. It is my pledge to respect the taxpayers wallets, and to represent all areas of this place we call home. Thanks too, to the 7 candidates who stood up and placed their name on the ballot. Democracy thrives when there is a vibrant exchange of views, and Deltans have continued their longstanding tradition of making those views known!


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Delta crime rate low Families Helping Families Community is a non-violent place to be Dan Ferguson, Reporter Surrey North Delta Leader

A Delta Police Department (DPD) breakdown of crime statistics shows the community continues to have one of the lowest violent crime rates in the country. Using Statistics Canada's Crime Severity Index that aims to present a more accurate picture of community crime levels, Delta is well below Surrey and

Vancouver. Among 208 communities, Delta was ranked number 114 for violent crime. Surrey is ranked at number 14, Vancouver at number 21. Quesnel was the most violent community in Canada with a crime rate (in that category) that was three times higher than Delta, while Tecumseh, Ontario was the least violent with a violent crime rate one-quarter of Delta's.

The DPD survey didn't include a number of rural Canadian communities that have even higher crime rates because they have small populations where only a few criminal acts can register as a large percentage. Overall, violent crime is down one per cent in B.C. and the rest of Canada. The report was presented at the most recent police board meeting. ■ dferguson@surreyleader.com

Theft from vehicles up Lock your car doors, Delta Police urge Dan Ferguson, Reporter Surrey North Delta Leader

"A lot of people are not locking their vehicles," Cessford said. The latest spike occurred in Tsawwassen, which has suffered mini-crime waves where 50 to 60 vehicles were hit over a short period of time. Usually, the thefts are the work of a single suspect, sometimes visitors from Surrey or Vancouver. "You'll get (catch) them on one, but they'll probably have committed 40, 60, 100 more," Cessford said. He complained the courts tend to view theft from cars as relatively minor crime. "They don't keep them (in jail) for any length of time." ■ dferguson@surreyleader.com

The latest statistics show a troubling increase in theft from vehicles in Delta. The numbers released at the most recent municipal police board meeting show there were 586 cases of theft from cars and trucks in North and South Delta as of the end of July compared to 454 for the previous year. That is an increase of 29 per cent, the only category of crime in the community to show a substantial hike. In most cases, crooks didn't have to force their way inside, Police Chief Jim Cessford noted.

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Running for Terry Event marks 30th anniversary raising funds for cancer

PICTURED Adults, kids and dogs all ran, biked and trotted along the Terry Fox Run course in South Delta Sunday (Sept. 19) to raise money for cancer research. Terry Fox Foundation provincial director Donna White was on hand for the event in Tsawwassen and thanked all of those contributing to the cause, especially Ladner's Samantha Mattersdorfer who despite suffering from the disease raised around $20,000 this year. Mattersdorfer, 20, who was featured in the Sept. 17 edition of the South Delta Leader, was diagnosed three years ago with bone cancer and lost her left leg to amputation. Since her diagnosis, she has dedicated herself to raising money for the Terry Fox Run and considers him to be one of her heroes. Sunday's run drew plenty of participants to the Rotary Square starting point and then on to the 5 and 10 km courses after a quick warm up (right). Among those who took part in their first Terry Fox Run were (above right) Colleen and Randy Orr with Parker, age 3, and Kennedy, age 4. Jim Kinnear photos

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what's to come. With another municipal election scheduled for next year, Paton has a steep learning curve ahead of him. That afternoon he met with CAO George Harvie at Municipal Hall for information on "becoming a councillor 101." "I don't come roaring in with some big agenda, like, 'Well, I'm going to be a one man wrecking crew who is going to solve all the problems of Delta by myself on council'," he says. "I'm going to come in as a quiet observer, I'm going to get a feel for being in council chambers and get a feel for being in meetings, and where I can I'm going to open my mouth and add some comments that will hopefully guide us in the right direction." During the campaign Paton had the support of Mayor Lois Jackson and a number of councillors (Bruce McDonald, Robert Campbell, and Scott Hamilton) who encouraged him to run for the seat that became vacant after the unexpected death of Coun. George Hawksworth in March. Paton says it's an honor to fill Hawksworth's seat and that he knew him well— he continues to plays hockey with Hawksworth's son. The mention of hockey leads Paton to talk about how he wants to support improvements of sports and recreational facilities in Delta. "We need more hot water in the showers after my hockey games," he jokes.

went to the University of B.C. for a degree in Physical Education. For a brief period he was a teacher-oncall in the Delta school district. Around the same time his father's partner in their farm auction business passed away, and Paton started to get involved. "It was really a lot of fun," he says. When the phone call came offering him a full-time position teaching P.E. in Delta, Paton turned it down and committed to the farm and auctioneering, which he often does at the live auctions at fundraising events such as this weekend's Moonlight Gala for the Delta Hospital Foundation. "If I had taken that teaching job I bet you I would still be a teacher to this day." During the campaign Paton says he was shocked and hurt by rumors spread that he was in favour of development on farmland. "I'm here to fight for the farmers in Delta," he says, noting that includes ensuring farmers impacted by the development of the South Fraser Perimeter Road get proper compensation. Paton says he is not in favour of development on the Southlands in Tsawwassen

PICTURED Auctioneer Ian Paton at the Delta Hospital Foundation's Moonlight Gala last year. File photo

Laughs aside, supporting sports and recreation in Delta was part of his campaign platform, as was representing the interests of local farmers. Paton lives with his wife on a 60-acre property in east Delta near Wellbrook Winery, a farm his grandfather bought in the 1940s. It used to be a dairy farm, and now Paton grows forage crops such as hay for horses. He has worked on the farm since he was about seven or eight-years-old, until he

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and that if he is given the tools, the manure, and people to farm the land then it could be resurrected as farmland. "But you've got to find me those things. And that's the number one thing that everybody needs to know about Southlands. Sure, Southlands is farmable. But a) you need to find someone to go out and farm it . . . If they (the farmers) all say forget it, we're not coming out there, there's no irrigation water, we don't want to drive our equipment down 56th and then down 12th Avenue past the golf course, then where are we?" On election day (Sept. 18), Paton sat down with the phone book. Between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., he called every name he recognized in Ladner and Tsawwassen, from former basketball teammates and teachers to business colleagues, and asked them if they would go out and vote. "By 5:30 that night I made it all the way to the T's, so I apologize to anyone past T that I didn't get to them," he says. Then he got together with a small group of supporters at the Delta Town & Country Inn, including his 83-year-old mother. Paton was ahead in the polls from when the first results came in. "We were just astounded at the lead we took right off at the start and never wavered." Will he run for council next year? Says Paton, "I would think so, unless I can't stand this job." ■ reporter@southdeltaleader.com

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