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Grade 11 student Daniel Champagne, 16, touches the Grey Cup during its visit to Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary this week. The 99-year-old trophy, presented annually to the Canadian Football League champions, was won by the B.C. Lions Nov. 27 in Vancouver. It was on display during an assembly Tuesday morning at the Cloverdale school.
Medical transcription eyed More than 130 Fraser Health employees could be out of work by Kevin Mills MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION staff in the Lower Mainland are facing an uncertain future. A proposal could displace 131 full- and part-time workers (including 73 employed by Fraser Health) as well as 34 casual employees. Fraser Health, along with Providence Health Care, Provincial Health Services Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health, are planning to redesign their transcription departments. The proposal examines the possibility of outsourcing the service. The change is expected to save more than $3 million annually.
As part of providing care, physicians often dictate (voice record) the outcomes of a patient’s visit. Transcription services staff type this information into electronic documents, which become part of a patient’s medical records. Currently, there are different computer systems, standards and processes for delivering transcription services. Discussions are currently underway with the Hospital Employees Union (HEU) and the B.C. Government Employees Union to identify opportunities for efficiencies within existing resources. See TRANSCRIPTION / Page 5
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Surrey man to death in 2009 gave a prepared statement in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster Tuesday, saying he’s disgusted with his behaviour and the tragic results. But the family and friends of victim Sam McGowan, the man the teen stabbed to death on a Surrey street two years ago, don’t buy it. Wearing a collared white shirt, black pants and a blue tie, the youth faced Justice Laura Gerow and read from a piece of paper. Standing up straight, his brown hair cut short, the teen – who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Sam McGowan Act – told the court that what happened on Aug. 5, 2009 “was very terrible and tragic.” “I am disgusted with the way I behaved...it’s something I’m going to regret for the rest of my life,” he said, his back to the public gallery. “Above all, the life of a man who was loved and cared for was lost. My actions...caused his death. I am responsible.” The teen, who was 14 at the time of the killing, is now 17. On that summer night in 2009, See McGOWAN / Page 3
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Family faces driver accused of killing parents Ravinder Binning charged in 2008 fatal crash; pleads guilty to separate driving offence by Kevin Diakiw THE MAN CHARGED in the hit and run death of two
Surrey seniors in July 2008 pleaded guilty this week to another driving offence that happened eight months later. Ravinder Singh Binning appeared in Surrey Provincial Court Tuesday facing charges of flight from a police officer, impaired driving and obstruction of a police officer. He pleaded guilty to all three counts. The March 15, 2009 incident occurred just months after another, fatal crash for which Binning stands accused, which caused the deaths of Dilbag Singh Badh, 61, and his 60-year-old wife, Bakhshish Kaur Badh. On July 12, 2008 a speeding car struck another in the Newton neighbourhood of Surrey, then rear-ended a vehicle carrying the Badh family, including Dilbag, Bakhshish and their daughters, Rupi and Varinder. They were returning home from a wedding rehearsal for Rupi, who was at the wheel. Dilbag and Bakhshish died at the scene. Varinder was sent to hospital with fractures and inter-
nal injuries. Rupi’s injuries were less extensive, but still serious. Two years after the crash, Binning was charged in July 2010 with two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm and one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident. Since then, the Badh family has fought for the creation of a vehicularhomicide law. Vehicular-homicide laws currently exist in the U.S., but not in Canada. Varinder Badh was at Binning’s trial Tuesday (Dec. 6), and said although it was a separate incident from the one that killed her parents, there was KEVIN DIAKIW / THE LEADER satisfaction in hearing his plea. Ravinder Binning leaves Surrey “He finally has admitted guilt... Provincial Court on Tuesday.
hopefully – now acknowledging how his behaviour can and has harmed others,” Badh said. She pursued him as he left the courtroom. “Are you a coward?” she asked as Binning walked away. “Be a man. You have no idea of the grief you have caused.” She said later that confronting him felt like an important step. “We wanted to make sure that he knew we weren’t going anywhere and that we were going to continue advocating for this,” Badh said. “His failure of acknowledgement is the frustration.” Binning is back before the court Dec. 16 for sentencing for the 2009 incident. email@example.com
On the Fringe A street in downtown Cloverdale looked like it had been hit by a natural disaster Tuesday, when a TV crew ﬁlmed scenes for an upcoming episode of the cult sci-ﬁ hit Fringe. At right are actors John Noble, who plays Walter, Anna Torv, who plays Olivia and Joshua Jackson, who plays Peter. The trio was seen taking cover from a manufactured wind storm on 176 Street near 56 Avenue. BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
McGowan: ‘He’s a hero, not a vigilante’ From Page 1 he and a friend committed two robberies, stealing cellphones from another pair of teens, on of whom was Sam McGowan’s son. McGowan, 42, chased the youth and found him under a porch. The teen, whose defence lawyers said he feared for his life because others were also chasing him, plunged a knife into McGowan’s chest, killing him. The killer was initially charged with second-degree murder but in June, a jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. During trial, he also pleaded guilty to two robbery charges. On Tuesday, the teen told the court his life has changed since the night McGowan was killed. “I was forced to change and became a different person,” he said. “I can’t say sorry enough to the family. I acknowledge and accept full responsibility and I apologize.” Earlier, defence lawyer David Tarnow argued for a lenient sentence for the teen, pointing to the fact he has abided by all of the conditions set at bail, including maintaining employment, studying high school courses and engaging in positive extracurricular activities. Tarnow said the youth should also get credit for time already served. “He is remorseful...it is clear Crown is grasping at straws (by asking for a three-year sentence, the maximum for man-
slaughter under the YCJA),” Tarnow said. “His rehabilitation is ongoing.” Tarnow said the youth had worked at McDonald’s and framing houses and has received nothing but positive reports from his employers. The defence lawyer asked the judge to consider the teen’s maturity level at the time of the stabbing compared to now. “He has shown he can be a responsible person in the
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Sam McGowan’s girlfriend Michelle Proulx (centre) with daughters Miqueilla, 14 and Madison, 10, outside the courthouse in New Westminster.
community,” Tarnow said. “To incarcerate this young man at this stage is counterproductive to him...” Tarnow asked Justice Gerow to impose an Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision order as a sentence, with only one day in custody. On Monday, Crown prosecutor Jodie Harris argued for the maximum three-year sentence – an 18-month jail term followed by 18 months of community supervision, with six to 12 months served concurrently for the robberies. Gerow put the matter over for sentencing on Jan. 27. Michelle Proulx, McGowan’s girlfriend, walked out while the teen read his apology, but returned to court to hear when sentencing will happen. “I’m pissed,” she said outside. “Nothing he says will change anything. We’ve waited and waited and now we have to wait some more. He’s probably going to walk.” Proulx’s daughters, Madison, 10, and Miqueilla, 14, said McGowan was not a vigilante. “Sam had the biggest heart. He just wanted to stop him (from stealing the cellphone). He’s a hero, not a vigilante,” Madison said. “(The killer’s) apology means nothing to me. He killed Sam. You don’t go walking around with a knife.” Miqueilla agreed. “Someone that great is gone. Sam was the best. The best!” she said. “If (the killer) gets three years – if that – our family has to live without Sam for the rest of our lives.”
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Mountie sues RCMP Elisabeth Couture claims she was harassed and subjected to fear and intimidation by Kevin Diakiw AN RCMP OFFICER based in Sur-
rey is suing the province, federal government and three Mounties, alleging she was harassed and controlled in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation at E Division’s regional office in Newton. Elisabeth Mary Couture filed a civil suit in B.C. Supreme Court on Dec. 1 against the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, the Attorney General of Canada and three RCMP officers. Couture alleges her troubles began in May, 2009 when she got a job at the Drug and Organized Crime Awareness Service (DOCAS). It was there her superiors allegedly told her she should not engage in “idle chatter or gossiping” and should not speak with her colleagues without approval from her superiors. Couture also alleges her superior “questioned her about her personal and social consumption of alcohol” and was told that the management team abstains and
expects the same from DOCAS members. The civil claim alleges that her field trainer was speaking with his daughter, who referred to Couture as “the crazy lady.” The officer, knowing Couture overheard, laughed about the things kids say. He then called his superior on speaker phone to report the incident, whereby the superior allegedly laughed and said Couture “should be nicknamed ‘CB’ for Crazy Beth,” the statement of claims states. The civil claim also says she was told by a superior that “she was ‘too wordy’ and that she must communicate with her supervisor in one minute or less.” In 2006, three years prior to her time at DOCAS, she was diagnosed with essential tremor syndrome, a progressive neurological disorder, characterized by shaking arms. The condition can be made worse by stress and heightened emotion, the civil claim states. “During her time at DOCAS, Couture developed a habit of
clenching and grinding her teeth while sleeping, resulting in dental disorders and a need for dental work,” reads the claim. “The members of the management team and RCMP acted with the object of causing harm to Couture, in particular, by alarming her and attempting to destroy her self confidence and autonomy so she would be more responsive and more readily comply with the management team’s directions.” After her time at DOCAS, Couture developed a generalized anxiety disorder, reads the claim. “Couture hoped to have a long career with the RCMP,” the claim states. “As a result of her generalized anxiety disorder, Couture will be unable to return to work with the RCMP.” Couture is seeking general, special, punitive and aggravated damages. None of the allegations have been proven in court and a statement of defense has not been filed. email@example.com
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from the steady downpour we retreat to blankets, tea, books and scotch. To stews, wine, hot chocolate, and the company of others. Lightning has a way of burning into your memory. My flashbulbs reveal me as a five-yearold in Alberta, huddling beneath a canoe in the bed of a pickup as we flee the lake in a downpour as the gods thunder. At 19 on the French Atlantic coast, warm and safe, watching the sky light up over the Bay of Biscay with some new friends. Years later, on a Utah desert highway, paranoid, trying to remember if rubber tires provide safety from electrocution. And later still, with my future wife on an evening walk, taking refuge from the rain beneath a canopy of trees at a local park, watching the devil’s pitchforks light up the distant sky, grateful for a show that feels staged on our behalf. In winter, the snow brings delight. Always best when it arrives in evening, before thoughts turn to morning commutes, when we are warm at home, watching it drift beneath the street lamps. The city is quiet, the blanket of white softens the canvas, Bryan simplifies, purifies the landscape, blurring the lines between yard, sidewalk and street as people walk down the road, pulling a child on a sled, dust off a pair of cross-country skis, turn their driveway into a toboggan run. And of course, there is always the joy of the sun. Even before dark winter departs, we are granted those days of bliss when it warms our cheeks, giving our moods, our entire days, a lift. And in time, next spring, there will be a day when we emerge from our homes wearing something light, just a shirt, perhaps. It is neither too hot, nor too cold. But just right. And for a moment, we forget about the weather completely. Chris Bryan is editor of the Burnaby and New West NewsLeader, Black Press sister papers of The Surrey Leader.
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Newton colours tacky after dark I AM GENERALLY in support of the efforts of the City of Surrey to decorate public spaces and streets at Christmas time, but I have to question the choice of decorations for 72 Avenue between King George Boulevard and 138 Street. The city has erected large brightly illuminated decorations down both sides of the 72 Avenue. Normally I would be commending their
efforts, but not after seeing the gaudy colours of the concentric rings of lights making up these large decorations. The dominant colours are pink and purple. The street now has more of a resemblance to a South Asian wedding or New Orleans Mardi Gras than it does to Christmastime. Then it occurred to me, it’s not politically
correct to celebrate Christmas anymore so this must be to recognize Diwali or Hanukkah. I’m not sure what the intention was but I do know that after dark the display will surely get one’s attention but it won’t be bringing back memories of Christmases past, and that’s a shame. D. Allen
It’s time to end the violence
t is hard to believe that Dec. 6 marked the 22nd anniversary of the Montreal Massacre of 14 women students at L’Ecole Polytechnique. At this time of year we must remember these young women who were gunned down by one man. It is a time to remember all women who have died at the hand of violence. It is a time to take action to support those women who live with violence to take steps to protect themselves and their children. We must recognize the tragedy of violence against women and the need to work together to stop violence before it starts. It is our collective responsibility to work toward a better world. Through my involvement in the community, I have worked with community organizations, business, media and women’s groups to bring the impact of violence and the identification of violence into the fore. During this time we must also reflect on some of the progress that has been made in our fight to stop the violence. Funding to support transition houses, second stage houses and Children Who Witness Abuse programs, to name a few, go a long way to ending this pandemic of violence. It is our collective effort that will help us to have a society that eliminates violence against women in all its shapes and forms.
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Intersections need help Thank you, Bajwa recently submitted a letter to The Leader concerning safety at a particular intersection (72 Avenue and 124 Street). To me this shows one of the huge problems with roads and intersections everywhere in Surrey: Bad design. There is as much need to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely as there is to keep pedestrians safe. Should this intersection be truly that busy and dangerous, then right-turn lanes must be installed in all four directions, no matter how short and narrow they end up being; this can be done without any significant property acquisition in all directions. Volume counts in 2009 (on the City of Surrey website) show that the section of 72 Avenue between 120 and 128 Streets carries between 32,000 and 33,000 vehicles daily. That means it is one of the busiest
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outages because some car smashed into a transformer, a tree fell on power lines, etc. Every winter B.C. Hydro staff have to spend hours in the cold, wet weather to fix the problem and restore power. Why not hide the power lines underground instead? That way, the problems of power outages are greatly reduced and Hydro staff can do something more productive. If B.C. Hydro had done something 10 years ago, by now all the power lines in all of B.C. could be out of sight. Instead, the crown corporation spends billions on smart meters. These meters will not be able to prevent or reduce power outages. So every winter these problems will persist. The meters may be smart, but the top brass at B.C. Hydro certainly are not. M. Hajee, Surrey
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a flag person employed by nearby Harold Bishop Elementary School, many children who cross the street would be in danger from the vehicles that frequently run the yellow lights at this dangerous and extremely poorly designed intersection. There needs to be an immediate review of the several roads and intersections in the City of Surrey that are both dangerous and having to handle more than their designed capacity. I’m not saying that our roads immediately need more lanes. I do think though that if the city cannot bother spending extra money into improving safety and capacity at our roads and intersections, or there’s no room left to expand, then Surrey immediately needs to move for the construction of competitive rapid transit, such as SkyTrain. Daryl Dela Cruz
You must know it has been a long time since I last wrote to you asking for a Christmas present. This time I am writing to thank you for continuing to be the wonderful elf you have always been. One Christmas Eve, a very long time ago, I was determined to stay awake until midnight, your stated arrival time. Snug in my bed, I listened and listened for the sound of sleigh bells and a scrunching of snow on our roof. In spite of my keen anticipation, I drifted off to sleep. In the morning I knew your sleigh had landed on our house because you had left one present for me and one for my brother. When my wife and I became parents, we were delighted to share in the Christmas excitement you inspired in our children. By looking at the world through their eyes, we were drawn back into your make-believe world. We now have a granddaughter and once again we are enjoying your ageless Christmas magic. Thank you, Santa! Have a wonderful Christmas, you certainly deserve one. Lloyd Atkins, Vernon
Road work beneficial RE: “TRANSIT REPORT puts cart before horse,” The Leader, Nov. 28. When we look at the benefits to Surrey motorists and transit users, what’s often missed is the fact that many residents (myself included) are heavy users of the major arterial roads and the integrated transit network beyond our city’s borders. While we acknowledge that we’re playing “catch-up” in terms of building out transit services south of the Fraser, it should be noted that TransLink’s road and transit investments all over Metro Vancouver provide a direct benefit to the majority of Surrey-based commuters who leave the city on their trips to work or school each day. Ken Hardie Director of Communication, TransLink
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gathered at Central City Library Monday night to see the new Surrey council sworn in, setting in motion the elected officials’ threeyear mandate. Marched in by honour guard, Mayor Dianne Watts and her Surrey First Team – the first time a single slate has ruled Surrey council – took the stage at Surrey’s newest library and were sworn in. In her inaugural address, Watts said she would continue the “openness and transparency” at city hall that she has put in place
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‘Duplicitous’ action costs realtor $258K Surrey agent ordered to pay reimbursement after selling house from under buyer by Tracy Holmes A REAL ESTATE agent
who sold his own South Surrey property out from under another buyer has been ordered to pay $258,000 plus interest and special costs for breach of contract. In a judgment released Monday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Randall Wong describes the behaviour of defendant Hwang Soo Lee as “shocking” and “outrageous.” “His acts of duplicity and deceit in regards to the Khullar contract was beyond belief,” Wong states. Kundan and Puja Khullar first filed suit against Lee, his wife, Kyung Hee Hwang, and New Star Realty Ltd. in 2009. Wong dismissed liability against New Star. According to the judgment, the claim arose after the Khullars negotiated to buy a house at 3575 Morgan Creek Way in January 2009 for $740,000. Lee requested a deposit of $100,000, with $20,000 to be paid to the realty company and $80,000 to be paid directly to him. The Khullars initialed agreement. Three days after a Jan. 19 deadline to accept the offer had passed – and despite an earlier verbal agreement to purchase – Lee met with the Khullars’ real estate agent asking
to delay a requested house inspection and if the Khullars would walk away from the contract, the judgment states. On Jan. 21, 2009, Lee and Hwang agreed to sell the property to another couple for $779,000. Two days later, Lee delivered an addendum to his contract with the Khullars, attempting to increase their purchase price by $80,000, the judgment states. According to the judgment, Lee testified his property had been listed for sale intermittently between 2007 and 2009 without success, and that the Khullars’ offer was the first written offer he’d received. He also testified that he needed another $36,000 to close the deal and transfer clear title to the Khullars. Despite phone records indicating otherwise, Lee denied speaking with the Khullars’s real estate agent before receiving the accepted contract, and only took issue with the delay and deposit monies after the Khullars filed suit, the judgment states. Wong found there was a binding contract between Lee and the Khullars, and that Lee breached the contract by failing or refusing to complete; failing or refusing to provide access to the property for inspection; and selling the property to a
third party. “For an extra $39,000, Mr. Lee was prepared to scuttle the prior Khullar contract,” Wong writes. “Mr. Lee’s duplicitous behaviour was highhanded and outrageous. Since he was also negotiating in his role as a realtor in the sale of his own property, his actions were not only surprising and unprofessional, it was simply dishonest, with extremely disappointing results to the Khullars.”
Reinforcement for riot squad Another suspected Surrey rioter charged by Tricia Leslie THE VANCOUVER Police Fugitive Task Force is step-
ping in to help the Integrated Riot Investigation Team (IRIT), the RCMP and Vancouver Police Department announced Wednesday. “We won’t be backing off this investigation and neither have the public,” said Insp. Les Yeo. Members from the VPD task force will help IRIT investigators arrest suspected rioters who have been formally charged and have outstanding warrants. Meanwhile, more riot charges were approved by Crown Friday, say police. Surrey resident John Sawicki, 19, now faces two counts of mischief over $5,000, participating in a riot and arson. Yeo said the public still provides three to four tips a day regarding the riots. Visit the riot website at https://vancouver.ca/police/riot2011/index.html
The $258,000 award includes $81,000 for “opportunity loss and comparative functional difference” between the house the Khullars wanted to buy from Lee and the one they later bought two doors down; and the $177,000 price difference between the two. The nine-day trial was held in Vancouver. Judgment was handed down Dec. 2, and posted online Monday. email@example.com
A couple who were in the midst of buying this house when it was sold to another buyer have been awarded $258,000 in B.C. Supreme Court.
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by Tricia Leslie IT’S TIME TO end violence against women. As people across Canada and in Surrey mark the 22nd anniversary of the massacre at Montreal’s École Polytechnique with candlelight vigils and other events, the message that it’s time for violence against women to stop is loud and clear. Fourteen women were killed by gunman Marc Lepine and another 13 injured when he went on a shooting rampage at the school in 1989, targeting the women before killing himself. Lepine reportedly blamed feminists for ruining his life. At Kwantlen Polytechnic University campuses in Surrey, Cloverdale, Richmond and Langley, students remembered the massacre and supported the need to end violence against women at noon Tuesday with candlelight vigils and speakers
to honour the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On Tuesday evening, another candlelight vigil was planned for Surrey’s Holland Park, sponsored by the Public Service Alliance of Canada Vancouver Regional Women’s Committee. Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Sue Hammell, who attended the Kwantlen event and was scheduled to speak at Holland Park, said it is important to remember the massacre and to support ending violence against women, as well as committing to a more equitable society where women are treated fairly. “The effort to eliminate violence continues, but we’re not there yet,” she said. “We just have to look around – Surrey, B.C., the interior, the Highway of Tears, the missing women from Vancouver’s downtown East Side ... attitudes need to change.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Helping Surrey’s homeless LINKLINE provides tool to help people out of the cold by Kevin Diakiw BUSINESSES are being asked to help the homeless duck out of the cold this year. The Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) is reminding its members about a new tool to help connect people without shelter to the services they need. Originally operated by the Newton Advocacy Groups Society, LINKLINE is now run by the Surrey Board of Trade. Business people are encouraged to call LINKLINE at 604-589LINK (5465) when they see a homeless person in need of help. That line will dispatch social service workers to the location given to them by the caller. A number of local agencies, community service organizations, and volunteers are taking part. Outreach workers will come on site to a business location and remedy the situation for businesses and coordinate access to services for people who are homeless. So far it has been extremely successful, and during the cold snaps, LINKLINE gets about 10 calls a week. Those calls are coming from business owners, RCMP and others. “Even from the homeless themselves,” said SBOT CEO Anita Huberman.
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A SURREY MAN has pleaded guilty to setting the fire that destroyed Delta’s Tidewaters Pub & Grill last year. Bradley Thomas Antrobus, who has a lengthy criminal record, pleaded guilty last week to one count of arson in connection to the May 28, 2010 blaze. Two months ago, after a preliminary hearing of the evidence in Surrey Provincial Court, Antrobus was ordered to stand trial in New Westminster Supreme Court to face the arson charge. However, after his guilty plea, his case was moved back
to Surrey, where he is connection with a sepascheduled to be senrate April 2010 incident tenced on Dec. 15. in Surrey, for which he The Delta pub was is also scheduled to be featured on the silver sentenced Dec. 15. screen in the 1988 Police described Oscar-winning movie Antrobus as a “prolific The Accused. Then offender” following a known as the Sidetrack 2008 arrest in Richmond Pub, the location was for carrying a sawed-off Antrobus used as the scene of rifle, small amounts of a sexual assault on a marijuana and methamwoman, depicted by Jodie Foster, phetamine and break-in tools who won several acting awards while on probation. In 2006, he for her character’s portrayal. made two most-wanted lists: as Antrobus has a long rap one of the top five sought by Sursheet. He also pleaded guilty last rey RCMP, and as one of the 10 week to unlawful confinement, most wanted by the Integrated robbery and uttering threats in Municipal Auto Crime Team.
Man charged with arson Wife and daughter were home when house set ablaze by Kevin Diakiw A SURREY MAN has been charged after allegedly setting his home on fire with his wife and daughter in it. Parminder Singh Saini, 62, was believed to have been in an argument with his wife on Dec. 1. His 27-year-old daughter called police at about 7
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Offer(s) available on most new 2011/2012 models purchased through participating dealers to qualiﬁed retail customers who purchase an eligible vehicle by January 3rd, 2012. Dealers may sell for less. Some conditions apply. Offers are subject to change without notice. See dealer for complete details. MasterCard cards are issued by Citibank pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated. MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated. ‡ 2011 RVR GT/2011 Outlander XLS models shown have an MSRP of $28,498/$34,498 and selling price of $28,498/$34,498. (QUE): Taxes, registration, insurance, licensing, and duty on new tires are excluded. (Rest of Canada): Includes destination, delivery and fees. Taxes, PPSA, and dealer fees of up to $599 are excluded. § AWC available on Lancer SE AWC. S-AWC available on Outlander XLS and Lancer Evolution. † Combined City/Highway ratings for non-hybrid compact SUVs based on Energuide. ◊ 0% purchase ﬁnancing available through Bank of Montreal for up to 48 months on most new 2012 Lancer models, up to 72 months on all new 2011 Outlander models, up to 60 months on all new 2011 RVR models (terms vary by model, see dealer for details). 2012 Lancer DE (CL41A C01) ﬁnanced at 0% over 48 months. Monthly payment equal to $599.48, with a down payment of $0, a cost of borrowing of $0, and a total obligation of $28,775.04. (QUE): Excludes taxes, registration, insurance, licensing, and duty on new tires. (Rest of Canada): Excludes up to $1450 in freight, $250 in PDI, $100 in air tax, up to $30 in EHF, $15 duty on new tires, taxes, PPSA, registration, insurance, licensing, administration, up to $599 in other dealer fees, and any additional government fees. * Best backed claim does not cover Lancer Evolution and Ralliart models. ® MITSUBISHI MOTORS, BEST BACKED CARS IN THE WORLD are trade-marks of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. and are used under license. ** Whichever comes ﬁrst. Regular maintenance not included. See dealer or mitsubishi-motors.ca for warranty terms, restrictions and details. Not all customers will qualify. DL #5401
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average, or six per cent. It reflects a continuing pattern of ICBC reducing the cost of its optional insurance – where it faces competition from private insurers – relative to the basic package, where it has a monopoly. President and CEO Jon Schubert said the two rates should be looked at in combination, because most motorists buy all their coverage from ICBC. The combined
We now unfortunately face a different reality.” Jon Schubert premium hike works out to an extra 2.1 per cent, lifting the average amount most motorists pay from $1,277 now to $1,304. Individual rates vary
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Police say they’ll continue to bust impaired drivers, despite court ruling last week POLICE ARE not going
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“Now, we’re just back to where we were before the new laws came in. I don’t think (the drop in alcohol-related deaths) will change,” Gaumont said. In his ruling, Justice Jon Sigurdson said the increased penalties for blowing in the “warn” range of 0.05 to 0.08 per cent, are permissible. But drivers who blow in the “fail” range above 0.08 should have a chance to challenge the decision if their vehicles are impounded for 30 days and they face thousands of dollars in administrative penalties, Sigurdson said. Gaumont said the government has indicated it will be looking to amend the year-old impaired driving law and that the RCMP is looking forward to working with them as they review the judge’s decision and amend the new rules. In the meantime, police will revert to the old roadside impair-
ment rules, which means impaired drivers can still face a 90-day administrative driving prohibition and can still be charged criminally if they are driving while under the influence of alcohol. The newer penalties – which Sigurdson did not immediately strike down while he awaits submissions from the province and the driver challenging the new rules – are more strict, allowing police to give drivers with a blood alcohol reading in the “warn” range a three-
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