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›INBRIEF Police seek witnesses to fatal pedestrian incident Delta Police are seeking witnesses to a fatal pedestrian collision in Ladner on Tuesday morning (Sept. 6). At approximately 8:30 a.m., Delta Police responded to a report of a pedestrian struck at Elliott Street and 48th Ave. On arrival police learned a 43-year-old woman who had been crossing 48th Ave. was struck by a vehicle that was making a left turn onto 48th from Elliott. The woman, a resident of Delta, succumbed to her injuries at hospital with family by her side. Police are asking witnesses to contact Const. Lisa Coupar of the Delta Police Traffic Section at 604-946-4411 and quote file 11- 20410. A second pedestrian was struck by a vehicles in Ladner the same morning in a separate, unrelated incident. According to Delta Police, a 13-year-old girl was hit in the area of 55B Ave. and Ladner Trunk Rd. She sustained non-life threatening injuries. —Staff writer Students at Heath Elementary school in North Delta attend the first day of class on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Delta teachers this week joined others across B.C. in limited job action. Delta School District photo

Job action, all-day K start year ‘Teach only’ phase of strike action not meant to impact students directly CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER

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tudents who headed back to school this week started off the academic year in the midst of a province-wide labour dispute. Delta teachers joined their colleagues across B.C. in limited job action, refusing to perform administrative tasks such as filling out forms, collecting data, meeting with principals or other administrators, supervising playgrounds or writing report cards. “It’s our teach-only phase of strike action,” explained Paul Steer, president of the Delta Teachers’ Association, a Local of the BC Teachers’ Federation. Steer said students shouldn’t have felt a big difference in the classroom this week as a result. “Our intent is for it not to have a direct impact on the day-to-day school lives of students. In fact, we want to focus intently on the specific learning needs of students and continue to participate in tutoring and extracurricular activities and of course continuing to plan, teach and evaluate student learning.” As of the Leader’s deadline, the BCTF was still negotiating with the province and B.C. Public School Employers’ Association. Teachers are asking for improvements to working

conditions, increased salaries and benefits and more power and local bargaining tables. “Teachers are very reasonable. We want government to rededicate itself to funding public education adequately so that the needs of all students can be met by the system,” said Steer. He said teachers are prepared to proceed with their “teach only” campaign as long as necessary, barring a negotiated settlement or a vote to escalate job action. In a welcome back to school message, Minister of Education George Abbott said: “The simple fact is that the union’s demands for increased benefits and wages come at a time when the vast majority of public servants in British Columbia have agreed to no wage increases at all. This recognizes the very difficult economic situation the province is in.” In a letter to parents, Delta School District superintendent Dianne Turner said student safety remains the district’s top priority. “Principals and administrative staff will continue to perform many supervision duties to ensure that our students are safe and adequately supervised. In these circumstances, it would be helpful to pick-up and drop-off your children as close as possible to the beginning and end of the school day,” she wrote. “The Delta School District acknowledges that our teachers are participating in legal job action. We appreciate these situations can be

difficult, however we remain committed to providing the best learning environments for our students.” This September also marks the first school year that all-day kindergarten is offered at every elementary school in the province. Last year the program was offered at only two-thirds of Delta schools. Paula Gelmon, co-ordinator of early learning and early literacy with the Delta School District, says all-day kindergarten is a positive experience for kids. “Teachers have so much more time to go over the curriculum and expand on ideas,” she said. She sometimes has to explain to parents that kindergarten does not include an introduction of the Grade 1 curriculum and is also slower-paced and includes rest time. “That was the fear that some parents had—making kindergarten too academic too soon,” she said. In terms of separation anxiety, Gelmon said a great number of kids have already been away from their parents during the day, either at preschool or daycare. In the Delta School District, 1,012 children are projected to attend kindergarten this year. General enrolment in Delta is expected to hover close to last year’s number of about 15,970. —With files from Maria Spitale-Leisk

Pipe thieves nabbed

A pair of men suspected of stealing galvanized piping were stopped by Delta Police on Tuesday (Sept. 6). The men were observed in the 6400 block of 80 St. loading the piping into a pickup truck. Police responded and stopped the vehicle and found seven the materials belonging to the contractor constructing the South Fraser Perimeter Road. One of the men, 63, was on day parole. He was held for court and charged with theft under $5,000. The other man, 56, was released on a Promise to Appear. —Staff writer

Sidekick Players founder to run for school board

A familiar name and face in Delta theatre is setting her sights on the political stage. Longtime resident and founder and president of Delta theatre company, The Sidekick Players Club, Carroll (Lefebvre) Allan has announced her bid to run for Delta School Board. “As a grandmother and mother, I care deeply about quality, accessibility and the best public education for all of our children,” she said in a press release. Allan’s two daughters attended Tsawwassen Junior School as well as South Delta Secondary School and Carroll Allan a generation later, two of her five grandchildren attended South Park Elementary School. Allan said she is concerned about the future of Delta’s schools especially after the present school board closed two schools in South Delta. “What will happen if more schools are closed or sold?” she said. “Stats Canada is predicting a growth in school enrolments over the next several years. That will happen here as well. Where will your children have to be bussed if there aren’t enough schools in the district?” —Staff writer

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Premier Christy Clark chooses Tsawwassen school to roll out $8 million plan CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER

Premier Christy Clark was in South Delta Friday (Sept. 2) to announce an $8 million provincial investment in school playgrounds. Clark, along with B.C. Education Minister George Abbott, held a press conference at Tsawwassen’s South Park Elementary where they both took a few turns going down the slide. First priority goes to building 44 new playgrounds province-wide at elementary and middle schools—none of which are in Delta—that have no playground equipment at all. The remaining money will be used to upgrade or replace equipment at existing playgrounds and provide reimburse-

ments for recently built playgrounds. “It really does make a difference, playgrounds for kids, because they are an extension of the classroom,” Clark told a crowd of media and school officials. “They’re a way for children to learn all those things that they may not learn sitting down in a classroom but are nonetheless a really important part of education—learning to get along, learning to play independently, getting the physical activity that gets their brains going.” “They (children) are going to benefit enormously from having this investment in safe healthy playgrounds to have activity in each and every day,” Abbott said. Richmond’s Westwind and Daniel Woodward elementary schools are

among the 44 schools that will receive $50,000 each over two years to build a new playground. Schools that require playground upgrades will receive about $25,000 each, and the province will pay back schools that have installed new playgrounds since Jan. 1, 2011 up to $50,000 per school. Lisa Leblanc, chair of the Delta District Parent Advisory Council, welcomed Clark’s announcement. “This provides an opportunity to level the playing field,” she said. “Not all schools have been fortunate enough to have a parent community that can raise the funds to provide a playground such as we’ve got here.” In May, South Park students celebrated the

Kirkland centenary Historic Ladner building marks milestone The public is invited to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kirkland House on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2:30 p.m. There will be activities for children, entertainment, light refreshments and tours of the house. Kirkland House is a 1911 Edwardian farmhouse located on Arthur Drive in Ladner. In 2004 the Corporation of Delta took ownership of Kirkland House as a result of a land exchange. The Kirkland House Foundation now leases the house and the property directly from Delta. The foundation is a not-for-profit volunteer organization which is dedicated to

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Farmers gather in Ladner to evaluate spud varieties CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER

The French Fingerling, the German Butterball, the Yukon Gold East. Those were just a few of the 80 potato varieties on display at the annual potato field day at Brent Kelly Farms in East Ladner last Wednesday (Aug. 31). Dozens of potato farmers and agricultural representatives from B.C., Washington State, and as far at PEI gathered to touch, smell and evaluate the starchy vegetables in order to decide whether or not they want to grow them on their own farms. In addition to the labelled mounds of spuds, guests could also examine sample plants in the adjacent field to see how the potatoes grow. The annual field day is partially funded by the provincial and federal governments through the Growing Forward program, which encourages food production.

Greg Ebe of Washington State and Gerard Basten of PEI travelled to Ladner for the annual Potato Field Day. Christine Lyon photo Ann Eastman, senior manager with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, said the purpose of the event is collaboration along the supply chain to provide a product consumers want. Potato farming is no longer just about which variety is most disease resistant and grows best, she said. “I think what people are looking for is variety and local. Everybody’s becoming a lot more interested in knowing where their food’s coming from and they

want to know the story behind how it’s grown,” she said. “They’re keen on supporting the local farmers and processors because they know that means economic value for their community.” One person carefully examining the different tuber varieties was Lindsay Babineau, executive director of the B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation which runs the Take a Bite of B.C. educational program. Under this program, B.C. grown products are donated and delivered

to participating school teaching kitchens— including those at Delta and South Delta secondary schools—where Grade 11 and 12 students learn how to work with local fruits, vegetables and dairy products. When it comes to potatoes, the culinary students give feedback to farmers about which variety tastes best, peels easiest, mashes well and makes the tastiest french fries. “They’re understanding that potatoes come in different sizes, shapes, colours, flavours, have different abilities,” said Babineau. “The whole concept of bringing a fresh local potato to a student to make them connect to the food gets them really excited about cooking.” The field day ended with an outdoor barbecue at the farm. Potato samples that weren’t taken home in sacks by guests were donated to the food bank. reporter@southdeltaleader.com

Broderick to run for council North Deltan vows not to accept donations from developers Scott Broderick is the latest candidate to throw his hat in the ring for a spot on Delta Council. The 31-year-old North Delta resident announced Tuesday (Sept. 6) his intention to run in the November civic election for one of the six seats on Delta Municipal Council. “I am running because I refuse to stand by watching city (Municipal) council ignore wishes of our community. We need a council that actively listens to and acts on the needs of residents," he said in a press release. The independent candidate has spent the last 11 years as a supervisor in the transportation industry.

I don’t want to feel obliHe also participates in gated to vote a certain the local theatre comway because of a cammunity and volunteers paign donation,” he said. at his church. He most “This is why I feel the need recently volunteered to only accept campaign with the Fight HST camdonations from individual paign. residents, to prevent any “I strongly believe that conflict of interest from the next generation needs Scott Broderick interfering with keeping to be active in communithe best interests of Delta ty affairs. We have lots that we can contribute to our communi- residents as my primary concern durties,” he said. “I plan on running this ing the decision making process.” Broderick joins Tsawwassen resirace differently than other candidates in the past. I’ve made it very clear to dents Sylvia Bishop and Neil Corbett my election committee that we are as people to officially announce their not to accept campaign donations candidacy for Delta council. —Staff writer from developers because, if elected,

Tsawwassen Arts Centre – Grand Opening Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council invite you to the Grand Opening of the Tsawwassen Arts Centre on Friday, September 16, 2011.

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LETTERS Pretty photo op? I was very surprised on walking home on Friday (Sept. 2) morning to meet some local residents who were coming away from South Park School, after hearing Premier Clark make the announcement for $8 million playground funding! While this is good news for

Conversation with the premier Friday at 10 a.m. Christy Clark came to Tsawwassen (unannounced to the public) to address the media with her announcement of $8 million for school playgrounds. I was tipped off of her arrival and so showed up at South Park Elementary School (located behind the South Delta Secondary School with the power pole) with my MAPP (Mothers Against Power Poles) shirt on. I informed all of the media who I was and that I was going

Good return on housing investment The pain and anguish flowing from Boundary Bay residents are palpable and visceral. They want their cottage town frozen in aspic. Who can blame them for wanting their portion of former foreshore farmland preserved as the funky subdivision it is? But similar angst was broadcast

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some schools, I cannot help but wonder why the premier chose to make the announcement at South Park (which has a nice playground) and when Delta does not benefit from the funds being released! Was this just a pretty photo op (especially in view of the Premier's recent behind closed doors town hall meeting in South Delta)! Teachers are fighting for better

salaries (which they deserve) and are told there is no money. Yet there is $8 million to spend on outdoor play equipment and so much money available for high salaries of public servants. B.C. teachers are paid less than teachers in other parts of Canada. Surely putting families first means recognizing the value of teachers with better pay?

to question Christy about her rationale of keeping children healthy and active, when the power line, located right behind her, was dangerous to all of the children in our community. Christy did speak with me for about 10 minutes regarding the power line and said that she would meet with me in her office to discuss the issue further, that the school yard, on a fixed timeline, was not the right place to have a proper discussion. Some media recorded our conversation and a fraction of our conversation was on News 1130 around 11:37 a.m. the same day. Another assistant

took down my home and work phone number and said they would set up this meeting. I indicated to her that I have also spoken with Adrian Dix and he said that he would come on a walk of the line with me. It will be interesting to see if Christy follows through on her word. It is noted that none of the schools in Delta are on the list of 44 schools to receive any of this funding and that the Delta Municipality had to step in and fund playgrounds for our own schools.

at elevated decibel levels when Monterra was on the drawing boards, too. And Centennial Tides. Fact is, if development is to occur, better on an existing subdivision's periphery than via a random bifurcating of the Southlands' 580 acres. Imagine Monterra in the middle of Boundary Bay Park rather than where it is, in other words.

Fact is, taken together, the 400 park acres proposed for Southlands plus Boundary Bay Regional Park means the area will feature 800 acres of green space contiguous to 100 acres of new housing. Would that my financial returns on investment paid out at such a favourable ratio as 8:1.

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EDITORIAL

Living in the real world Before taking the B.C. Teachers’ Federation to task for its stratospheric contract demands, the following should be acknowledged. The value and importance of teachers is indisputable. The great majority are passionate educators, dedicated to turning out wellbalanced young people ready to face the challenges before them. Now enter the BCTF bargaining position, and reality rapidly fades. Among the demands currently on the table are wage increases—undefined as yet, but ostensibly on par with the highest paid teachers in the country, which could translate into as much as 20 per cent salary hikes. Add to that more benefits, including doubling the provision for bereavement leave to 10 days on the death of any friend or relative, and 26 weeks off each year as a fully paid leave to provide compassionate care to any person. The government has said the demands would amount to an additional $2.2 billion each year. In 2006, teachers endorsed a five-year agreement, which included a rich 16 per cent wage hike. Things were much different then. The global economy hadn’t tanked. It was three years before the B.C. government imposed a zero wage increase mandate on the public service. The province wasn’t running a $45-billion debt. It wasn’t trying to balance the budget after a string of deficits. And taxpayers hadn’t just voted down the HST, incurring a return to the PST that will see a $1.6-billion repayment to Ottawa, and some $3 billion in additional revenue lost in the next few years. In short, this province is in no fiscal position to entertain the BCTF’s fantasies. That’s the real world, and it’s time the BCTF lived in it. Address the issue that impacts students the most—classroom size and composition. That might even garner public support. —Abbotsford News


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McKee Seniors Recreation Centre is holding an open house. When: Saturday, Sept. 10. Where: 5155-47 Ave. Learn about programs, clubs, special exhibits and more. Onsite blood pressure clinic and Island Hearing testing. Kee Cafe will be open for light meals.

> BIRDING BY BIKE

See birds, explore wildlife habitat and get some exercise. When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2-5 p.m. Where: Boundary Bay Regional Park. Bring your bike, helmet, snacks binoculars and bird identification book. Ages 13 and up. Call 604-432-6359 to register.

discussion group that focuses on environmental issues. At the group's next meeting we will be viewing and discussing the film, "Refugees of Blue Planet." When: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m. Where: Tsawwassen Library Meeting Room, 1321A 56 St. Free event. Everyone welcome.

> WELLNESS INFO NIGHT

Natural Comfort Wellness Centre is holding a free information night. When: Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Where: 117–1077 56th St. (behind Safeway). Join Cheryl Larden, nursetherapist, as she explains and demonstrates the therapeutic touch healing technique. Good for stress and pain relief, emotional balance and many other conditions.

> CFUW MEET UP

The Delta Hospital Auxiliary is holding a collectible sale featuring unique furniture, artwork, lamps, pottery, silver, china, linens, jewelry, decorative and unusual objects of all kinds. When: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: 4816 Delta St. in Ladner. Money raised goes to medical equipment and patient comforts at Delta Hospital.

> GOGREEN MEETING

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> INTRO TO CHRISTIANITY

St. Andrews Church Delta is offering a Fall “Alpha” course. It is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, addresses foundational questions, and explores the meaning of life. A “kickoff” dinner/info eve is being held in Tsawwassen where you can register. When: Friday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. Phone Dawn at 604-943-8094 for other details. The 15 Thursday evening sessions start Sept. 22.

GROUPS & VOLUNTEERS South Delta Newcomers & Alumni meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Kiwanis Longhouse, 1710–56th Street, Tsawwassen. The club is for all women who have moved to Ladner, Tsawwassen or Point Roberts, to introduce you to the community and help you make new friends. Join us Thursday, Sept. 15. For more info call Marie at 778-434-2090.

If you are a woman with a post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate, residing in Ladner or Tsawwassen, the Canadian Federation of University Women South Delta cordially invites you to an open house. When: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7 to 9 p.m. Where: the Royal Oaks Social Room, 1100-56th St.,Tsawwassen. It will be an opportunity to meet the executive and other members of the club in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. For more information call Cheryl at 604-943-4634 or Anna 604-943-0042.

> COLLECTIBLE SALE

a dessert with tea or coffee. Tickets may be purchased at the centre ahead of time or at the door. Call 604-943-0225.

Join bicycling birdwatchers in Boundary Bay this Saturday. Boaz Joseph file photo

> KINVILLAGE DANCE

KinVillage Community Centre will host a second Party Dance featuring music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. When: Sept. 16, doors at 7:30 p.m., dancing 8 to 11 p.m. Where: 5430 10th Ave., Tsawwassen. Tickets $8 for members; $10 non-members which includes

A regional police force would have better handled the Stanley Cup riot, according to the Vancouver Police Department's review of the incident.

Special Olympics BC–Delta needs enthusiastic volunteer assistant coaches for our upcoming fall/winter season. Programs include swimming, floor hockey, curling, alpine skiing, rhythmic gymnastics, basketball, and 5-pin bowling. For more info go to www.sobcdelta. blogspot.com or email sobcdelta@yahoo. com. The Hospice Cottage Thrift Store in Tsawwassen is looking for volunteers for morning, afternoon and evening shifts on any day of the week. There is also a need for volunteers interested in books to join the book team. Call 604-948-0660 and leave a message for Sandy Schmidt at ext.333.

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Former premier Gordon Campbell is among the recipients of the Order of B.C., prompting protests and petitions as well as congratulations for his long career in politics.

Money matters

Clockwise from top left: ❚ Ladner Legion members George Koka (L) and Bob Taggart (R) present $1,000 to Delta Meals on Wheels, represented by president Henry Neufeld and Linda Easdown. Contributed photo ❚ (L-R) Teresa Cooper, executive director Delta Hospital Foundation, Heather Melidones, Howard Lailey, chair of the Chesapeake Landing Golf Tournament Committee, and Rob Bisallon. This year's tournament, held Aug. 7, raised $1,082 for the foundation. Contributed photo ❚ Hockey legend Howie Meeker and wife Leah hosted of the Golf For Guide Dogs tournament for local charities, BC Guide Dog Services & Autism Support Dogs. Supporters, including the Tsawwassen Order of Old Bastards, helped raise over $12,000 at the event. Contributed photo

ccording to the Fi n a n c i a l P l a n n i n g Canada Revenue department) to some Agency, many of the most commonly Canadians are still con- asked questions. 1. What's the annual fused on how Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) contribution limit? $5,000 per year, howwork. This year, almost ever the limit will be 103,000 letters will be indexed to inflation in sent out warning of 2010 $500 increments. 2. Is that all I can conover contributions. When it comes to tribute? Not necessarily. Any TFSAs, timing is everything. The rule says that amounts withdrawn (not just conyou can Mark tributions) are put back a Ting added to your withdrawn contribution amount only room for the if you have following additional year. And, you carry-forcan contribute ward room using unused or wait until contributhe next caltion room endar year. from past For years. example, Canada RevJan. 1, 2011 I decide to max out my enue Agency will indicate TFSA with a new contri- your contribution limit bution of $5,000 (add- on your Notice of Assessing to the $10,000 I had ment for each tax year. 3. What if I don't use contributed in previous all my of annual contriyears). On March 3, 2011, I bution limit? You can "carry forward" take out $8,000 to go on unused annual contribuvacation. On Aug 5, 2011, I get tion room indefinitely, to a bonus from work and use in future years. 4. What if I contribute I now have to decide where to put my mon- more than allowed? Un d e r p ro ey—should I put it in my posed rules, the tax TFSA or not? The answer is “no," payable on income since I had already maxi- from deliberate over mized my TFSA in 2011 contributions is 100 per then I cannot add any cent. In addition, excess more contributions until TFSA contributions are 2012. If I do, I will be penalized 1 per cent per month (similar to RRSP penalized. In 2012, my con- excess contributions) tribution limit would until withdrawn. Unlike with RRSPs, be increased by $13,000—$5000 as my you are not allowed any usual annual limit, plus penalty-free overcontriany withdrawals from butions to a TFSA. You're previous year (in this solely responsible for case $8,000) for a total of over contributing to your TFSAs. $13,000. Mark Ting ,CFP, is a At the end of the day, it is worth learning the Mutual Funds Investrules. A TFSA is one of ment Specialist with the best vehicles to save Credential Asset Manageon taxes and one that ment Inc. at the Vancity will only become more Tsawwassen Communipowerful with time due ty Branch and a weekly to the annually increas- financial commentator for On the Coast on CBC ing limits. Below are the answers Radio with host Stephen (courtesy of Vancity Quinn.


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Visioning success Street Delta School District on quest for innovative teaching and learner success DENEKA MICHAUD CONTRIBUTOR

At the Delta School District, we have a new vision and we are committed to making sure it comes alive. Last school year, teachers, parents, students and staff came together for several months of interactive planning to create a new vision for our district. The outcome is a goal that reflects the wants and needs of everyone within our district. Our Vision: To be a leading district for innovative teaching and learner success. Now we are focusing on achieving this vision, and we are doing so through inquiry. Inquiry, by definition, is a seeking for truth, information, or knowledge. A clear distinction needs to be made between inquiry and research. As described by Dr. Roland Case, cofounder of the Critical Thinking Consortium,

research is in fact re- student learning. The whole idea is to searching something. It is gathering information truly focus on what the that someone else has students need and to use exploration to already figured determine out. Inquiry, the best ways on the other to meet these hand, is selfneeds. discovery. “ We a re All of our 31 shifting from schools have teachers, to selected an facilitators of inquiry coorknowledge,” d i n a t o r. I n each school Deneka Michaud explains Zena Ray, Principal this person’s job is to first collaboratively at Pinewood Elemendetermine the strengths tary. The inquiry process of their school and then to define an area of will look different in improvement that could every school, but one truly benefit the entire thing will be consistent— school community and engagement of staff and students to create the uphold the new Vision. From here, an official best learning environinquiry question is posed ments that embrace that the coordinator will innovative teaching and seek to answer through lead to individual learner the engagement of the success. teachers, staff and stu- Deneka Michaud is the Manager of Commudents. For example, at Pin- nications, Delta School e w o o d E l e m e n t a r y District. Her column on School, they are interest- the district's Our Vision ed in examining how the will appear on a regular use of Smartboards can basis over the following be utilized to enhance months.

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Police have impounded 13 luxury cars and fined the drivers after an alleged street race on Highway 99 last Wednesday (Aug. 31) afternoon. At around 3:30 p.m. Deas Island Freeway Patrol (RCMP) received reports of several high-end vehicles driving at high speeds southbound on Hwy. 99 from the Massey Tunnel. Witnesses said the vehicles were travelling up to 200 km/h and on several occasions two vehicles would drive side by side and slow down to allow the cars in advance of them to take off in a race. The cars exited the freeway into Surrey where Surrey RCMP officers stopped six of the 13 vehicles. The other seven were located and stopped by White Rock RCMP a short distance away.

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The George Massey Tunnel looking south. Jennifer Gauthier photo

Rush hour REMEDIES Carpoolers among some of the solutions to curb traffic snarls through Massey Tunnel

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he dreaded Massey Tunnel commute. How do you deal with it? Some try and avoid the "traditional" congested periods. But many suffer the lengthy lineups— seemingly no matter what the time of day or night. And all too frequently they get stuck for what seems to be an eternity when an accident or rush of volume disrupts the flow. Is there a solution to this busy and often choked connector linking South Delta with Richmond? A sampling of Facebook comments the South Delta Leader received shows the almost chronic frustration and some possible answers.

"In my view, it's single-occupancy commuting vehicles," wrote Delta Museum and Archives executive director Mark Sakai. "Take a look at the cars stuck in traffic. Ninety per cent of them have one person in them. If we could get people to carpool or use transit, we could reduce congestion, cut GHGs (green house gases), and avoid spending billions to build eight (or more) lane monstrosities like the new Port Mann Bridge." Derek Howe added, "Bad drivers cause most of the issues." "The only nightmare I can think of was a few years ago, a three plus hour commute home, stuck on the 601 in the parking lot also known as Hwy. 99 Really really wishing the coach buses had a washroom in them," wrote Linda Chamaschuk. "Most of my experiences with the tunnel and all the delays involve semi trucks, and then you just have the people that can't drive," wrote Sarah Chandler. "Only having two lanes open to traffic is pretty useless when one lane is blocked by whatever is causing the delay, and the other is blocked by emergency vehicles usually. I read in the paper that the driver of the semi that hit the overpass a couple weeks ago was only fined $115 for the headache that he caused. That is a joke! I was off work at 6 p.m. and didn't make it home until almost 10 p.m.! I sat in traffic, not moving, for three hours before I went anywhere. The same week a similar accident happened, where a semi trailer came apart causing another huge delay."

The notoriety of the Massey Tunnel is such that a recent BCAA survey listed the link as one of the top 20 worst roads in the province. Most others were cited for poor roads surfaces, while the "Tube" earned 10th spot for congestion. Fed up commuters It's pretty clear, South Delta commuters are fed up with the current situation. It's one George Massey would like to have alleviated somewhat, if he'd been listened to when the tunnel bearing his name was built 52 years ago. His son, Doug, told the Leader that George wanted the link to have six lanes, plus a bike lane to accommodate the predicted demand. "If they had done that right from the start as was recommended, at least this tunnel would have been capable of handling traffic for a little while longer," Massey said. That six-lane suggestion was pretty revolutionary thinking at the time from the local MLA who had lobbied for many years to open up traffic across the river, an accomplishment which sparked a wave of development not only in Delta but through the Fraser Valley. It's that reach, and the resulting traffic it creates, that Doug Massey says should be recognized and factored in when looking for a solution to ease the congestion. But "twinning" or expanding the tunnel is a non-starter given its construction. Massey says the six, pre-cast concrete sec-

tions—each 105 metres (345 feet) long that were sunk into the South Arm of the Fraser River—were topped with rock. Plus decades worth of silt deposits over top make any changes impractical. And another bridge in the area would require such a large amount of land to accommodate the approaches—in order to make the bridge high enough to allow ship traffic to pass underneath—that it would likely not get off the B.C. Ministry of Transportation's drawing board. "You then have to look at the bigger picture and wonder what damage another crossing would have to the area in question," Massey said, adding his preference would be for a rapid transit link he feels could help reduce the number of vehicles on the road. So would increasing capacity on neighbouring bridges. An interim "fix" he believes is to prohibit heavy truck traffic from using the tunnel once the South Fraser Perimeter Road is completed sometime in 2013. "It's just the lack of foresight on behalf of the government and the lack of thought towards the people who live in the area," Massey said, adding he recalls traffic numbers throuhg the newly opened tunnel quickly exceeded expectations. "It was almost obsolete once it was built, because like they say, 'build it and they will come.' And that's exactly what happened here." A new link?

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(Clockwise from top left) Doug Massey with one of the commemorative last toll coins. Philip Raphael photo Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington in front of one the tunnel's ventilation shafts Jennifer Gauthier photo Traffic through the tunnel toll booths circa 1954 (Opposite page) Massey Tunnel toll tickets. Delta Museum and Archives

What if the answer to the current traffic woes through the Massey Tunnel rested with another link to Richmond—one based further east? While Ministry of Transportation officials deny there are any long-term plans for any changes, Delta South independent MLA Vicki Huntington said she has been told there has been talk in Victoria about a new bridge extending from the South Fraser Perimeter Road that could possibly make landfall with the southern end of Boundary Road in South Vancouver. "When you look out from the top of Boundary Road you can see a straight line right over to Delta," Huntington said. Huntington said she has heard serious talk of pushing through a bridge that would extend from the 72nd Street area in Delta across the South Arm then possibly connecting with No. 8 Road in Richmond. That could then lead to another bridge crossing over the North Arm to hook up with Boundary Road. Pie-in-the-sky notions maybe, but something Huntington said needs to be addressed now, not only because it spawns irritatingly long and inconvenient commutes, but because chronically snarled traffic hampers economic productivity. A study, released at the end of August, by the C.D. Howe Institute (www.cdhowe.org/pdf/ebrief_122. pdf ) pegs productivity loss at $927 million in Vancouver, in 2002 dollars. The study stated, Canada’s urban highways are choked with congestion because "road access is free,

and scarce road space is occupied by drivers who wait, albeit grumpily, in traffic as a recent Statistics Canada (2011) survey shows." Lessenig the load Some commuters working at Delta Municipal Hall already help lessen the load on the highways by carpooling to Ladner. Delta planner Lisa King and Angela Danyluk, a senior environmental officer with the corporation are Vancouver residents who have been ride sharing since 2008 and are among 49 staff to use the carpool program. "It's great, I find it really convenient and I think coming home it makes it a lot quicker," said King. "It does speed up the commute a bit, and I think we're all pretty environmentally minded, so that's a benefit." Usually four carpoolers either meet at a designated spot or pick up/drop off at residence and head for the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes which can shave 15-20 minutes off the commute time. Plus, there are other positive social and work-related spinoffs. "We get along really well, so we just have fun," Danyluk said. "The work day gets extended by commuting carpool, so we actually continue to work on problems." If you would like to add your voice to the discussion on possible solutions to ease congestion through the Massey Tunnel, email editor@southdeltaleader.com. —With files from Christine Lyon

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HealtHandWellness Fitness for Real life At Muscle Memory we train our clients for real life and we know there is much more to life than looking good in a bikini. True fitness results are the ones that make your heart and legs stronger, make you bike and run farther, and help you live pain free. Through our small group classes and personal training sessions our clients have achieved better balance, stronger muscles and improved cardio. These all directly benefit our daily lives. Our clients are encouraged to define goals in and out of the studio. We take pride in helping them on the road to these achievements. Countless numbers of our Muscle Memory family have completed marathons, triathlons and Grouse Grind hikes. Equally important are those who complete push-ups, recover from surgery, and walk to work. Every goal accomplished

is a step in the journey towards better health. Part of getting out of the studio and keeping active is joining our monthly events. This month we all are taking on the Terry Fox 5 km and 10 km events on Sept. 18. We already have clients who are currently training to complete their first 5 km run without walking, and the day is getting close. For those who do not know about the Terry Fox run in South Delta, it is one of many great local events that is put on by the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen and Point Roberts. This club does so much for our community and we are always excited to be involved in their projects. Less than a year ago the Rotary Club helped us raise over $15,000 for the water park in only one morning at our annual Indoor Marathon.

If you have participated in the Terry Fox run before, we encourage you to join us again, and if you never have, you won’t be the only first-timer. Bring your friends, kids and even your pets! We are passionate about raising awareness for this event in South Delta. There is no entry fee; you can sign up the same day at the event, or anytime leading up to the day at Muscle Memory. When Terry Fox was writing his letter requesting support for his Marathon of Hope in October 1979, he ended with, “I believe in miracles. I have to.” Thirtyone years later, Terry’s dream is still alive and miracles can happen. Terry Fox asked that if each Canadian donated $1 that would be an amazing contribution to cancer research and early diagnosis. Terry Fox Run Sunday, Sept. 18 at

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HealtHandWellness Real-world defence United MMA combines the best elements of traditional martial arts At United MMA, we practise mixed martial arts, a combination of the traditional martial arts of Muay Thai kickboxing, Taekwondo, boxing, Judo, wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu. These martial arts are woven into a comprehensive martial arts system that is the most effective for both competition and real-world selfdefense. Our children’s program, for ages 4-8, teaches the basics of mixed martial arts in a safe, fun and disciplined environment. Children learn basic kickboxing techniques, throwing and tumbling techniques, as well as basic wrestling moves. Children are taught important “anti-bullying” strategies, including how to diffuse physical confrontations. Responsibility for the safe use of the techniques that students have learned in class is also emphasized. The focus at this age level is safety and the development of proper form and technique. Physical contact at this age is strictly limited, although the children do have a lot of fun wrestling! Our youth program, for ages 9-12, introduces students to more advanced striking, throwing and

wrestling techniques and teaches students how to combine and blend these techniques into a seamless flow of action. Students at this age also begin to learn important leadership skills, as the advanced students begin taking turns leading the class through various drills under the head instructor’s direct supervision. Classes at the youth level are 90 minutes long, and cover a wide variety of techniques and concepts in each class. Our adult program, for students aged 13 and over, is a full-fledged MMA training camp. Classes run for 90-120 minutes and cover conditioning, striking, throwing and takedowns, and submission grappling techniques. Students in the adult program can expect to achieve impressive physical and mental discipline, and to become well-versed in a wide range of martial arts techniques. At United MMA, we also offer a wide variety of other programs, including women's only kickboxing, personal training and private martial arts lessons. Our spacious facility includes a boxing ring, weight lifting equipment, heavy bags, speed bags and over

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HealtHandWellness Open SpaceYoga Variety, safety, serenity Open Space Yoga has been providing excellence in yoga for the last seven years, giving us a reputation in the community as a safe, non-intimidating yoga space. We have created an environment where people of all ages, shapes, sizes and levels of ability can experience the calm, joy and freedom that yoga creates. With our students' busy lives in mind, this year Open Space Yoga switched to a flex-pass system, which offers everyone a wider variety of classes, and more affordable pricing. The flexpasses helped eliminate the pressure that some students were feeling when other commitments made them choose between yoga and other scheduled activities. The biggest challenge for students now becomes trying to decided which classes to take! From the 'let it all go' serenity of Nancy's Relax & Release,

all the way to the 'work it all out' of Sue's Power Vinyasa, Open Space truly does have something for everyone, and for every need. Which class would you choose? Relax & Release - our stress and anxiety buster designed to release the stresses that we can hold in our bodies and minds. Expect lots of meditation and breathing techniques, restorative yoga poses and yoga therapy techniques. Slow Flow Yoga - a gentle 'great for beginners' class, this is one for people of all abilities. Safely bring movement to your body, and leave relaxed and renewed for the week ahead. Yoga Conditioning - focusing on intensive strengthening of arms, legs, core and back, and gently stretching out the muscles to create healthy, toned, lean muscles. Modified poses are given to suit all abilities.

Mat Pilates - learn and safely integrate the principals of Pilates to improve core stability, posture, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility along with relieving stress and tension. A great complement to yoga. Hatha Flow Yoga - an intermediate class that follows through comfortable flowing sequences investigating the connection between breath, movement and mind. Confidence is built in a playful way with some challenging poses. Vinyasa Flow Yoga - this Power Yoga offers a rhythmic and energetic approach to yoga with each pose flowing fluidly and dynamically into the next pose. Be ready for a vigorous, exhilarating, full-body workout. At Open Space Yoga you can expect a welcoming, non-intimidating practice space, with daily scheduled or drop-in classes. We provide our community

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sports Tunnel Town Curling Club manager Sandra MacKinnon and longtime member Bob Fisher test out the fresh ice at their Tsawwassen facility. Christine Lyon photo

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renting ice in Cloverdale and soon joined forces with local hockey players and figure skaters to form the Delta Ice Stadium Society in 1958. The society raised funds to lease an old World War II hangar at Boundary Bay Airport where they installed a hockey rink and curling rink. In 1962, the Ladner Curling Club was replaced with the Tunnel Town Curling Club—a name chosen to because of the rink’s proximity to the recently opened Deas Island Tunnel. Unfortunately, the old wooden airplane hangar couldn’t withstand the wrath of mother nature in 1972. “In the winter there was a heavy snow storm and the roof started — Continued on p.22

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Friday, September 9, 2011 South Delta Leader which makes it frustrating at times and there’s not a lot of prize money involved either which doesn’t draw in a lot of spectators.” Unlike show jumping or racing, dressage can be difficult to follow for those who aren’t familiar with the scoring process. “You have to be a little bit educated to be able to come and watch and appreciate it.”

A recent grad of Richmond Christian School, Houweling is taking a year off to try her hand at the family business, Houweling Nurseries in South Delta. But she will still continue on with dressage and isn’t ruling out a shot at the Olympics. “Every girl’s dream is the Olympics, but in reality that’s a big jump, so we’ll see,” she says. reporter@southdeltaleader.com

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Mastering the art of dressage Ladner teen one of a few competitive riders in the province CHRISTINE LYON REPORTER

Monica Houweling describes dressage as a mixture of figure skating and gymnastics—all gracefully executed while riding a horse. The 18-year-old Ladner resident has been practising the equine sport for seven years and has already racked up quite a few titles to her name. This Labour Day weekend at the B.C. Dressage Championships held in Vancouver, Houweling took first place in the FEI (International Federation for Equestrian Sports) Young Rider level. The victory comes just a few weeks after she competed in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Kentucky

where, among 43 elite competitors in her division, she snagged silver in the freestyle round and bronze in the individual test. When it comes to scoring, Houweling says the judges look for accuracy, correct horse positioning and “throughness,” which rates how easily the horse submits to its rider’s commands. Just as figure skaters must incorporate moves like the Salchow and the Lutz into their routines, dressage riders must maneuver their horses to execute movements at varying degrees of difficulty, such as the half pass, flying change, and trots and cantors. Houweling was drawn to dressage because of the strong human-animal connection. “It’s just the oneness with your horse, basically, and being in

tune with them and the focus it requires.” For the last five years she has been riding her horse Stentano, who she imported from Holland. The pair got off to a rocky start; it took about two years for them to really bond. “Now I can predict what’s going to happen and I know him,” Houweling says, adding that dressage also suits her disposition. “A lot of dressage riders are Type A personality and very crazy at some times,” she laughs. “I just like the organization of it all.” The local dressage community is small. Just a handful of riders compete at the same level as Houweling, but she says the sport is becoming more popular. “It’s growing slowly, but because it’s judged it’s a very political sport

Curling appeals to younger generation too — Continued from p.21 to give a bit,” Fisher said. The municipality condemned the building. “Fortunately at that same time they (the municipality) had started construction of this South Delta Rec Centre.” The club moved into its new four-sheet ice facility in Tsawwassen in 1972. Just two years later another two ice sheets were added to meet demand. In the latter half of the decade, the curling club’s membership peaked at 700. T h e c l u b s p a c e re c e n t l y underwent renovations, includ-

ing fresh paint in the lobby, new floors and lockers. The rink also features new lighting and a Low Emissivity (Low E) ceiling, which reduces the amount of heat radiating onto the ice. Although club membership has decreased since the 1970s, club manager Sandra MacKinnon says the sport is enjoying renewed popularity due to its exposure at the Olympics and increased TV coverage. “Quite honestly, it’s become a sexy sport. The athletes, they work out like athletes, they wear team uniforms like any other team does,” MacKinnon said. The club has eight members

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Learning how to leave anxiety at the kindergarten door This September fullday kindergarten will be part of every school in British Columbia. One of the things a parent may be wondering is: how to help your child if he or she is nervous about starting school? Going to a big school with big kids may not be a big deal for some children, but for others it can be terrifying, especially the new all-day programs. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help with this transition. If your child has not had the experience of separating from you with a preschool, daycare or sitter, kindergarten may be tough for them and you. It is very normal and healthy for children this age to want to be with you and to be nervous about you leaving. It shows they have a healthy attachment to you and feel safe with you. Your job, then, is to communicate to them this new experience,

the child though a bit focuses on scary at first, will the reconbe fun for them. nection and, First, hopefully, acknowledge less on the their feelings. separation. “You’re nervous To h e l p about this first your child day. That’s OK. Everyone is ner- Yvonne McKenna feel more oriented, spend vous about startsome time at the school ing something new.� Often we want to grounds and playground. make everything better If they have something and happy by negating to look forward to, like a their feelings or dismiss- favourite slide or swings, ing them. But by giving they might feel less woryour child permission to ried. Also, if they have not feel whatever they feel in difficult situations, this had the experience of helps them learn not to separating from you, it bury their feelings for may be time to hire a sitothers’ sake, but to work ter for an afternoon, or through them and learn take advantage of some community summer from them. Vancouver parenting programs. Use the same expert Gordon Neufeld a c know le dging a nd recommends “bridging� bridging strategies for the separation by talking this experience as well. Some children have no about your connection after the experience. “I problem separating for will be right at this door to pick you up and then we’ll go home and make a snack. What would you like to make?� This way

kindergarten—and this does not mean they are less attached to you. They may have gone through this separation anxiety at some point earlier in their development. But others are quite fearful of separation and need more encouragement and comfort. In the same way we do not like others to push us into situations we find scary, it is important to acknowledge their feelings, bridge the separation and practise separations until they feel comfortable. Children of all ages need encouragement with separations, but we can do it in a way that instils feelings of powerfulness, excitement and courage.

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3 rooms for $269, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. www.paintspecial.com

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Commercial

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Residential

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RUBBISH REMOVAL

bradsjunkremoval.com

Haul Anything...

MILANO PAINTING. Int./Ext. Prof. Painters. Free Est. Written Guar. Bonded & Insured. 604-551-6510 Painting

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JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

• Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses

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PAVING/SEAL COATING

BEST GUY IN TOWN * Driveways * Paving * Asphalt * Concrete * Foundation

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(Insured, WCB, BBB)

PLUMBING

Aluminum patio cover, sunroom, gates, alum roof. 604-521-2688 www.PatioCoverVancouver.com

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TREE SERVICES

• Tree & Stump Removal • Certified Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~

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Fireplaces Kitchens & Barbeques Sun Rooms & Patio Covers Landscaping Hot Tubs & Pools Trellis & Gazebos

604-626-7100 www.deckexperts.ca

TrexPro Certified

* A good mix of everything *

GARAGE SALE Sat Sept 10th 9am - 2pm.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

477

PETS

AMERICAN Bulldog PUPS NKC reg, vet checked, abpups@gmail.com 604-819-6249 Boston Terriers pups, ckc reg, vet checked, reputable breeder, excellent pedigree. (604)794-3786 CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS. Working line. Black and black & tan. $650. 604-820-4230, 604-302-7602 GERMAN SHEPHERD, pure bred 3 yr. old, male. $100. Not neutered. (604)942-7585 778-881-8381 Sam LAB PUPS, Chocolate, $700. vet ch, dew-claws rem. 1st shots, dewormed. qual. lines (604)702-0217 LAB/Retriever, born June 23. family raised. Dewormed, $350. Call (604)795-7257. No sun. calls

DO-IT-YOURSELF STEEL BUILDINGS Priced to Clear - Make an Offer! Ask About Free Delivery, most areas! Call for Quick Quote and Free Brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170.

560

AUTO SERVICES

Visit our website: www.aptrentals.net

RECREATIONAL

640

RARE OPPORTUNITY: waterfront property on beautiful Jim Lake, (70 Mile House) .83-acre with 360 sq ft insulated cabin, located near Green Lake/Watch Lake. Rare privacy, only three lots on the lake, good fishing for rainbows to 10 lbs, nice swimming, surrounded by crown land. Great trails for hiking, ATV and snowmobile. Seasonal 10-km back road access in 4x4 or pick-up. FSBO. $230,000. 250-3950599. (Please see bchomesforsale.com/70mile/frank.)

FREE CASH BACK WITH $0 DOWN at Auto Credit Fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599 www.autocreditfast.ca. DLN 30309. Free Delivery.

INSTANT AUTO CREDIT We can finance your auto loan in minutes, you Drive Home Now or we deliver to BC & Alberta www.DriveHomeNow.com

RICHMOND

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in August, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888-5936095.

WATERSTONE Bright ★ Quiet ★ Spacious

660 LANGLEY/ALDERGROVE

1 & 2 Bdrm Apt Suites 3 Appliances, balcony, swimming pool, heat & hot water. Also 2 & 3 Bdrm Townhomes 6 Appliances Close to schools & stores. N/P.

HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS

www.dannyevans.ca

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

818

RENTALS

752

APARTMENT/CONDO

2006 CHEVROLET Aveo 70,00 kms. auto, new Toyo tires, economical, 6L. $6700. 604-302-1513.

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS

1981 Olds. Cutlass Supreme Brougham 146,000 org kms. org owner, fully maint. receipts RWD, collectors dream. $4200. 604-2742942.

2 Bedrm + Den & 3 Bedrms Available

DELTA WEST

Private yard, carport or double garage. Located on No. 1 & Steveston, No. 3 & Steveston. Landscape and maintenance included.

Spacious 1 & 2 bedroom & Bachelor Suites Balconies, rent incl heat & h/w. Prkg avail. Refs req’d, N/P

2003 TOYOTA COROLLA, silver, a/c, 5 spd, no accidents, exc cond, $6500. Call: (604)599-0170

2004 CAMRY LE 4/cyl, 134K, p/s, p/b, p/locks, A/C, silver, grey cloth int, very clean & reliable, great fuel economy $9800/obo. 604-817-1945

Call 604-830-4002 or 604-830-8246

Call 604.946.1094

OKANAGAN’S Largest Used Car Super Store. Always open online at: www.bcmotorproducts.com 250-545-2206

Website www.aptrentals.net

Bayside Property Services Ltd.

Close to shopping & schools. Seasonal Swimming pool, and tennis court. 3 Appliances (fridge, stove dishwasher), blinds hot water and parking included. Carpeted throughout. Some pets welcome.

2007 FORD FUSION SE Fully loaded. Maroon colour, 60K, $7500 firm. Call 604-538-4883.

TOWNHOUSES

Briargate & Paddock Townhouses

4895 - 55B St., Ladner

CLAYMORE APTS 1 & 2 Bdrm Apts Avail $200 Move-In Bonus!!

2006 Chevy Cobalt SS fully loaded s/rf. MP3 no acc. lady driven 59,000k. $11,500. 604-789-4859.

RICHMOND

1 & 2 bdrms apts w/balcony, ht, hw, cable, prkg, locker, elevator, coin laundry, NS, NP, quiet bldg, steps to all transit, shops & schools. Lease, 604-241-3772

CARS - DOMESTIC

2002 CHRYSLER INTREPID 105K kms, great shape/condition, Air/care 2013, no accident, fully loaded, $4500 obo 604-304-5571

Call 604-275-4849 or 604-830-8246 www.aptrentals.net

TRANSPORTATION 806

827

VEHICLES WANTED

838

RECREATIONAL/SALE

ANTIQUES/CLASSICS

1968 VOLVO 144S, European model, 4 cyl., have original plates & reg. Good shape, runs well. $1500 obo. Willie (604)220-8969

810

AUTO FINANCING 1.877.680.1231 www.UapplyUdrive.ca

5374 - 203rd St, Langley

Call 604-533-9780

MISC. FOR SALE

A FREE TELEPHONE SERVICE Get Your First Month Free. Bad Credit, Don’t Sweat It. No Deposits. No Credit Checks. Call Freedom Phone Lines Today Toll-Free 1866-884-7464

1991 30 Coachman travel trailer full bed&bath, a/c, f/s, oak kitchen slps 6, pics avail. $5500 604-855-8606

Can’t Get Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1866-981-5991 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? RED ENVELOPE - Unique & Personalized Gifts for All Your Friends & Family! Starting at $19.95. Visit www.redenvelope.com/Jewel for an extra 20% off or Call 1-888-4735407 SAVE ON HEATING! YUKON Warm Air Furnaces. Wood/Oil Wood/Electric - Wood only. Certified for Canada. Call for factory direct pricing & brochure. 1-800-3580060. www.yukon-eagle.com.

REAL ESTATE 603

812

Call 604-830-4002 or 604-830-8246

LANGLEY

LADNER:

AUTO FINANCING

Located in central Richmond, close to all amenities & Kwantlen College. Rent includes heat and hot water.Sorry no pets.

Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1-888-685-6181 www.mountaincitymortgage.ca

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810

1 & 2 Bdrms

Need A Vehicle! Guaranteed Auto Loan. Apply Now,

Tree removal done RIGHT!

287

5093 44 Ave, Ladner Men’s/Women’s designer clothes, baby & toddler clothes, carpet, coffee tables, children’s toys/misc lots of misc h/hold & electronics.

559

ALLAN Const. & Asphalt. Brick, conc, drainage, found. & membrane repair. 604-618-2304; 820-2187.

10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005

GARAGE SALE

Sat Sept 10, 10am-3pm.

Something for Everyone

★ Reasonable rates ★

338

GARAGE SALES

4950 Coleman Place

Call 604-618-2949

Cedar Vinyl Decking Trex Decking Pressure Treated Deck Repairs Paving Stone & Concrete

WE’RE ON THE WEB www.bcclassified.com 551

APARTMENT/CONDO

Available Immediately

FURNITURE

• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331

TRANSPORTATION

RICHMOND

MORTGAGES

MATTRESSES staring at $99

SUNDECKS

Serving the lower mainland with over 10yrs of exp.

Decking

548

220.JUNK(5865)

RECYCLE-IT!

332

706

FUEL

Interior & Exterior. Member of BBB since 1975 Call John (604)889-8424

Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988

287

RENTALS

1YR Seasoned Alder Birch Maple Clean, Split, DRY & Delivered. Family Operated for 20 yrs. (604)825-9264

Running this ad for 7yrs

PAINT SPECIAL

Stardust

615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

NEO MASTIFF PUPS ready to go, shots, dewormed, tails docked, Call for details (604)615-2682

WWW.PATTARGROUP.COM

A-1 PAINTING CO.

PETS

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS

Over 35 Years in Business

329 PAINTING & DECORATING

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NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com

REAL ESTATE

BUILDING SALE... “”ROCK BOTTOM PRICES”” 25x40x12 $7350. 30x60x15 $12,700. 35x70x16 $15,990. 40x80x16 $20,990. 47x100x18 $25,800. 60x140x20 $50,600. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers DIRECT 1-800-668-5422.

All types of Roofing

SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240

PETS

ACREAGE

82.8 ACRES, 300’ lakefront, S Cariboo. Beautiful, pastoral, private, rural setting. Borders crown land. Adjacent 80+ acre parcel available. www.bchomesforsale.com/ view/lonebutte/ann/

Soleil Terrace, 5599-14B St. 8 BRAND NEW 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom, garden level. Close to freeway & ferry. N/S. N/P. Avail now. $1400.

604-535-8080 Croft Agencies Ltd. view pictures at: www.croftagencies.com


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RECREATIONAL/SALE

1991 PACE ARROW

125,000m, 35 ft. Exc cond. Fully loaded with Gear Vendor trans, including tow car 1997 Saturn 107,000k with Brake Buddy tow kit. New fridge, new front tires, 7000 watt onon. generator, hydraulic levelers.

Complete $25,000. (604)466-4956 after 11am - 10pm

2003 31.5’ Citation 5th wheel R/L, 2 tip outs, bike hitch, loaded. $25,900. Call (604)796-9074

CAMPER & TRUCK

1976 GMC 3/4 Ton Sierra Classic Camper Special. 149 Miles. Collector status. 1999 Slumber Queen Adventurer Camper, WS model with all trimmings, 13’’ Sansui TV, queen bed 8’ awning. Excellent Condition. Call for more info. $12,500/both. 604-535-5777 or 604-785-6827

845

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

CA$H for CAR$ No Wheels -No Problem! Servicing the Fraser Valley 604-746-2855

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars, trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pickup anywhere in BC, Min. 10. Toll Free Call:1.877.334.2288

DELTA SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL Minimum $160 for Complete full-size Vehicles

Serving the Delta Area since 1986 604-649-1627 or 604-946-0943 AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673 #1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL “No Wheels, No Problem”

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Mayors to push for TransLink container tax Port, goods movers expected to fight the proposal

Feds show little flexibility on policing contract

JEFF NAGEL BLACK PRESS

A tax on each shipping container that passes through Metro Vancouver is being eyed by area mayors as one way to help finance transit expansion without digging as deeply into the wallets of local residents. With 2.5 million containers passing through the port each year, even a $10 per container tax would generate $25 million a year – more than a third of the $70 million a year TransLink needs to raise to finance both the Evergreen Line and a broader package of transit upgrades. TransLink's current proposal calls for a two-cent-per-litre increase in the gas tax to raise $40 milllion a year, with the remaining $30 million to come from other sources negotiated later with the province. If there's no agreement within a year on the new sources – such as a vehicle levy, road pricing or a second carbon tax – property taxes would go up temporarily instead. A container tax will be pursued in the fall as one possible alternative, said North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton, who chairs the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation. "It's one source we'd like to see in place," he said. "There's obviously going to be some differences of opinion. There's going to be some pushback." The provincial government rejected the idea when TransLink last proposed a cargo container tax in early 2009. Port Metro Vancouver officials had said it would be too heavy a burden for businesses during a recession. But now, with the economy improved, a new premier in charge and a provincial election that could come soon, mayors figure it's worth another try. Walton said the rationale for such a container tax still exists. Heavy, slow-moving container

JEFF NAGEL BLACK PRESS

A container ship leaves Deltaport. Contributed photo trucks beat up roads and bridges and add to congestion on major arteries, especially near intersections. And, he said, truckers could benefit from reduced congestion if a tax on containers helps fund transit expansion, leading more motorists to park their cars. "The more public transit you provide the fewer cars there are on the road and you free up capacity." Nobody wants to pay higher taxes for TransLink, Walton said, adding a container tax is one more way to expand the number of revenue sources and spread around the pain to deliver more service. "There's no silver bullet for this," he said. "There's only silver buckshot." Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, chair of the Metro Vancouver board, also backs the idea. "The big rigs hauling containers are using a lot of road space so they should be paying some of these costs," she said. "It seems to me $5 a container —or anything—would be better than nothing." The idea isn't unprecedented— several U.S. ports already tax containers. Mayors in May adopted a set of guiding principles for future funding of regional transportation. One plank of the document says money should be raised from

the goods movement industry "to offset the costs of transporting goods throughout Metro Vancouver, recognizing its role as a gateway to the province and the nation." Bob Wilds, managing director of the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, said a container tax would damage Port Metro Vancouver's ability to compete against ports in Seattle and Tacoma. "We'd certainly be opposed to any kind of tax on containers," he said. "We're already paying the highest fuel taxes compared to most other places." Port officials also argue that since more than half of containers are shipped through Metro Vancouver by rail, a tax for road work on train-hauled cargo would be unfair. Dump trucks and other heavy trucks that don't haul containers but also use the roads, meanwhile, would not have to pay the tax. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom said in an email he could not comment on the idea of a container tax since TransLink hasn't formally proposed one. He said Port Metro Vancouver has a very competitive tax structure, adding it's "one of the reasons why the Pacific Gateway is the preferred gateway for trade with North America and the world."

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Ex-health official gets house arrest James Roy Taylor pleads guilty to breach of trust

The Scrapper

TOM FLETCHER BLACK PRESS

847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES 2002 HONDA CRV EX, AWD, black auto, 151,000 km. No rust or dents, lady driven, $10,800. 604-542-9921 2006 Chev Trailblazer, 4WD, 107kms, immac cond. sunroof, fully equip. $10,000 obo. 604-309-4001.

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TRUCKS & VANS

1989 F-150 LONG BOX. Reg. cab, canopy, CD player, brake control hitch, V8, auto, Aircared. Exc. cond. $1,900. obo. 604-308-9848

A former Fraser Health technology manager has been handed a one-year conditional sentence and a year's probation for improperly accepting benefits from a contractor supplying electronic health care systems to hospitals. James Roy Taylor, 64,

Cities 'not afraid' to drop RCMP over costs

was charged in 2010 along with an Abbotsford doctor and a former senior official in the B.C. health ministry. Taylor pleaded guilty Tuesday in Victor ia provincial court to one count of breach of trust, and three other charges were withdrawn. Special prosecutor John Waddell recommended the sentence, which begins with six

months of house arrest, where Taylor will only be allowed to leave his Sou th Su r rey h om e between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for work or other activities approved by his probation supervisor. Taylor was also fined $2,000, the value of a stay at a Kelowna condominium he accepted as a benefit without telling his supervisors. He

must also perform 175 hours of community service. Wa d d e l l s a i d t h e house arrest conditions are more severe than others charged in the case because Taylor has a previous conviction for fraud, related to the disappearance of $66,000 from the White Rock Sea Festival Society when Taylor was its president in 1998.

B.C. cities are again threatening to abandon the RCMP if Ottawa won't bend in negotiations underway to renew the force's contract. That's remains a real possibility, said Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender, after Alberta and Saskatchewan "broke ranks" and signed a new 20-year RCMP contract that delivers none of the cost-control measures B.C. municipalities have been demanding. "We – and the other provinces and territories – are not afraid to look at the alternative, which would be forming our own provincial forces," he said. The Prairie provinces agreed to keep the existing cost-sharing formula, which makes cities with more than 15,000 population pay 90 per cent of municipal RCMP costs and requires smaller cities to pay 70 per cent, while Ottawa covers the rest. "That deal is not a deal that Peter Fassbender we're prepared to sign," said Fassbender, who is the Union of B.C. Municipalities' observer in the talks and cochairs a committee of mayors of RCMP-served cities in the Lower Mainland. B.C. and its cities had been pressing the federal government to shoulder a bigger share of the costs. So far, Fassbender said, Ottawa has suggested it could increase its subsidy from 10 to 30 per cent for officers who serve on integrated regional policing teams, but not for the bulk of detachments where the 90-10 split would still apply in larger cities. Nor, he said, is there any sign of progress on other major cost drivers of the RCMP, including the medical plan and pension benefits that are "one of the richest in the public sector." B.C. cities, some of which spend a quarter of their budgets on policing, complain climbing pay, benefits and equipment costs are making the Mounties unaffordable. Fassbender noted Saskatchewan and Alberta both got a me-too clause that guarantees they get the benefit of any improved deal the federal government might sign with B.C. B.C.'s current RCMP contract expires in March but can be extended if a new agreement isn't reached in time. Any new deal will also include the same exit clause that's in the current contract. Fassbender said it lets any city or province terminate the RCMP with two years' notice. There have been repeated calls over the years for Metro Vancouver to adopt a regional police force. Advocates say it would be better equipped to bust gangs and other criminals who don't care about civic borders. But Fassbender said he would still prefer to keep the RCMP, which he said provide a high quality of policing. "Nobody has convinced me that making a change will be in the best interest of our taxpayers and crime on our streets," he said. The Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver is not a good reason to pursue a regional force, Fassbender added. Several cities would have serious concerns about the potential costs and reduced local service levels if their local police were replaced by a regional force, he said. There are 11 RCMP detachments in the Lower Mainland, including Burnaby, Richmond, North Vancouver and Surrey – where the RCMP's new E Division headquarters is under construction. Seven cities are policed by municipal forces.


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