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Multiple police vehicles converge near a suspect’s residence following a shooting at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple early Saturday afternoon. Radio host Maninder Singh Gill turned himself in to police on Monday morning.
Radio station manager charged in shooting Feud between former friends preceded act of violence by Dan Ferguson PEOPLE WHO know Maninder Singh Gill and Harjit Singh Atwal say the two men used to be friends. The relationship between Gill, the managing director of Surreybased Radio India and Atwal, a construction company owner, goes back more than 20 years. But the two Surrey residents recently had a bitter falling-out that ended up in court. And now Atwal is recovering from a bullet wound to his leg and Gill has been charged with shooting his former acquaintance. It happened Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple on Scott Road.
A wedding involving hundreds life-threatening injury to his of guests was underway when upper thigh, but was expected to shots were fired. make a full recovery. On Monday, Gill turned himWitnesses said two men got self in to police. into an argument He faces charges of around 12:40 p.m. Shots were fired and police unauthorized possession were called. of a firearm, pointing a firearm, two counts of They arrived to find discharging a firearm one man had been with intent and one wounded in the leg, and the other had fled the count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous scene. purpose. The investigation Atwal was one of quickly led to a house Maninder Gill 14 blocks south of the several people suing shooting scene. Gill and a number of other people at Radio India for Police swarmed the area and surrounded the house, but no defamation and libel over a series arrest was made. of comments that aired on the Atwal required surgery for station earlier this year. what police described as a nonA statement of claim was filed
Aug. 3 in the B.C. Supreme Court registry in New Westminster by Harjit Atwal, Jaspal Atwal and Harkirat Kular over statements made during news broadcasts that aired on Radio India in May. The lawsuit named Radio India, Gill and 11 Air India staffers. Included with the court filing were English translations of the remarks made during three May news broadcasts that appear to show the language used was at the very least provocative, with words like “rascal,” “disgracefully,” and “scandal” attached to sweeping claims of misconduct with promises of more revelations to come. The three plaintiffs said the allegations made on air were not See VIOLENCE / Page 4
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steps leading up from the beach where he’d just married Lisa Greenwood. But his bride caught his arm before he fell. “We’ve been supporting each other a lot in the past few months,” Greenwood said after, as the newly married couple waited for a horse and carriage to arrive to take them to a reception after their Saturday afternoon wedding at Fonyo Beach in Victoria. Fonyo, a Surrey resident, wearing a rented black tux, said the wedding is the start of a new life for the couple. Both he and Greenwood had been in jail for short periods this spring and summer Steve Fonyo on fraud and theft charges. “Our past is behind us. There’s a few little things we’ve got to work out, but it will be worked out. Things always do work out. Even though we had a few obstacles, I knew the marriage was going to happen,” Fonyo said. Greenwood said Fonyo had repeated that refrain during the past few trying months. “I knew the strength was there,” she said of how they handled the experience. “It was just a matter of whether we had enough to hold it together through that. But now it (the wedding) has happened and
“Our past is behind us.”
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A FOUR-YEAR-OLD Surrey boy has been missing since last week and police are looking for his father. The child, Yadhpreet Singh Senghera has black hair and grey eyes. He is 3’4” and weighs 44 lbs. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue sweat pants, a blue jacket with white stripes on the arms and white and blue running shoes. Senghera’s mother has told police the biological father, Parmonkar Singh Bassi, failed Yadhpreet to return the Senghera child following a scheduled visitation as outlined in a joint custody agreement. A Chilliwack boy who police say was forcibly taken by his father on Sunday was located unharmed. Daniel Sturm, 12, was found the same day after police received a 911 call from a member of the public who spotted the boy and his father, Kenneth Daniel Morey, 34, leaving Surrey’s Guildford Town Centre in a taxi. Police issued an Amber Alert in an effort to locate the boy after he was taken from his residence An Amber Alert was not issued in Senghera’s case because the child is not believed to be in danger of physical harm, police said. Anyone with information about the current whereabouts or recent activity of Yadhpreet or his father is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS. firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrey’s Lisa Greenwood and Steve Fonyo are cheered by guests and onlookers following their wedding at Fonyo Beach in Victoria on Saturday.
Bride: Didn’t realize Fonyo was a celebrity when first began dating From page 1
services. Before about 160 well-wishers, family and friends the couple repeated away we go on a new adventure,” she added. vows to love, trust and respect each other and to protect each other from The duo had a storybook wedding at the beach where Fonyo finished his harm. Victoria resident Irene Oakenfull was at the wedding. She had been historic cross-country run 25 years ago that raised $13 million for cancer at the same beach when Fonyo finished his run in 1985. research. It was Fonyo’s first wedding and Greenwood’s second. “It just brings tears to my eyes. I think everybody needs a second, third, Fonyo was accompanied through an aisle of red and white streamers and fourth chance.” across the rocky beach by his mother, Anna Fonyo, to the ceremony. The Surrounded by autograph seekers after the ceremony, Greenwood said bride was walked across the beach by her parents, Bruce and when they had first started dating she had no idea Fonyo Louise Greenwood. The bride’s daughter, Kari Greenwood, was such a celebrity – she’d not followed his cross-country was her maid of honour. Fonyo’s long-time friend Kris Palvideo-online] run.“People would stop and shake his hand and I’d say ‘gee, marchetty was his best man. The wedding was organized by retired businesswoman and what’s this about?’” But now that she’s going to change her Saanich resident Norma Fitzsimmons. A Victoria dress shop surname to his, she’s ready to be quizzed about her husband. www.surreyleader.com “I’m sure people (when they hear the new last name) will donated Greenwood’s off-shoulder white satin dress which featured a draped cinched waist, beaded detailing, woven ask ‘Do you know Steve Fonyo?’” strapped back and one-metre train. Fonyo, who admitted he was nervous in the minutes leading up to the “I had to go to the shop to get help putting it on,” Greenwood admitted. wedding, was relaxed in front of a line of media afterward, thanking all Other businesses donated the bride’s hairstyling and her and her who donated toward the wedding and supported the couple through the daughter’s bouquets of rubrum lilies, red roses and irises. A photographer, past few months. As Greenwood held up her diamond wedding band for sitar player and horse carriage tour were also donated. A downtown hotel photos, Fonyo remarked on how beautiful she looked. offered up space for a reception and two night’s accommodation for the “I’m a very lucky guy.” couple. Wedding commissioner Tami Heywood also volunteered her email@example.com
Community booster passes by Jeff Nagel and Chelsea Haeber VOLKMAR (WALLY) SANDVOSS, a community
Wally Sandvoss, Surrey’s Citizen of the Year in 2007, passed away on Sunday.
activist and artist in Surrey, passed away on Sunday. Sandvoss was greatly admired within the city and was awarded the 2007 Good Citizen Award at the city’s annual Volunteer Services Recognition Banquet. The award is given annually to a community member who has given back and is a leader to others. Sandvoss was the former president of the Port Kells Community Association, and fought to protect his neighbourhood from further development. He lived with his wife, Gisella, in the area since 1975. “He just contributed so much to the city,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, expressing condolences to the family on behalf of city council. “He
was dedicated to making the city a better place to live – not only with Port Kells but the city at large.” Bob Cattermole, who worked with Sandvoss on the community association, said Sandvoss showed great leadership in protecting the environment of the Port Kells area. “Wally has set a very high example for not only our community but all people,” he said. In 1952, Sandvoss immigrated to Canada with his parents, and soon established a home in Surrey. Before becoming an art teacher at Semiahmoo Senior Secondary in the early 1970s, Sandvoss worked in the mining, construction and forestry industries, and as a chef. An early retirement didn’t slow Sandvoss down. He kept busy with volunteer activities throughout the community. He helped design and build a ceno-
taph – located outside the Centennial Community Hall at 18918 88 Ave. – during his time as Port Kells Community Association in 1988. He also helped clinch heritage status for a century-old Port Kells mansion once owned by a German baron believed to have acted as a spy for the Germans during the First World War. Sandvoss also founded the Surrey Association of Sustainable Communities in 2002. An accomplished watercolour painter, Sandvoss studied at the Vancouver School of Art and has exhibited his work at several shows over the years. He also encouraged youth involvement in the community with an ongoing banner art project in Port Kells Park. His wake is at the Port Kells Community Hall on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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Man found dead Suspect shoots at police and ﬂees scene ONE MAN IS DEAD and several others are in custody
after Surrey RCMP responded to a call of a disturbance at a residence near 140 Street and 112 Avenue. Officers were confronted by a man in the front yard who fired a shot at them before fleeing the scene. The Mounties did not return fire at the fleeing male. Immediately after this, a second male was taken into custody at the rear of the residence. Officers then entered the residence and located a deceased male. A third person outside the residence was also
taken into custody. A police dog tracked the initial subject who fled the scene to a site a few blocks away. He was arrested with the assistance of Emergency Response Team members. The identity of the victim was not confirmed at press time. Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Section and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team are handling the investigation. Anyone having any information about this crime is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or call Crimestoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.
Bail hearing delayed by Dan Ferguson
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round-faced man with an athletic build. The unshaven 27-year-old looked weary during a brief appearance in a Surrey Provincial Court trial chamber Friday morning. Binning was seeking his release from jail on bail pending his trial in the 2008 hit-andrun that killed Surrey residents Dilbag Singh Badh, 61, and his wife, Bakhshish Kaur Badh, 60. Members of the Badh family were there to show opposition to Binning’s release, including son Raminder and daughter Jatinder. There was no bail hearing. Instead, for reasons that were not disclosed in open court,
the matter has been postponed until Sept. 7. Outside court, Raminder Badh said the delay was frustrating, but the family understands the need for due process. Binning was arrested in June and charged with two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident. In July 2008, a speeding white 2006 Acura TL side-swiped a black Chevrolet Camaro then rear-ended a BMW. Dilbag, Bakhshish and their daughters, Rupi and Varinder, were inside the BMW.
Violence: Not linked to temple From page 1 true and “were done so falsely and maliciously.” During a Monday press conference, Surrey RCMP spokesman Peter Neily would not speculate on the lawsuit as a possible motive for the shooing. “What I can say is that the two individuals involved were known to each other and that we are aware of some prior issues that they had between themselves,” Neily told reporters. He added the incident was not linked in any way with the Guru Nanak temple. Join us on Facebook
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“There’s absolutely no connection whatsoever to the temple other than the fact that it did occur in their parking lot,” Neily said. “It’s unfortunate.” Guru Nanak temple president Bikramjit Singh Sandhar issued a statement that said the temple “strongly condemns this and every act of violence.” Sandhar objected to some news reports that referred to past troubles at the temple. “Any reference to past incidents at the Gurdwara linking them to this event or references to politics that took place here or in the Sikh community are grossly inaccurate,” Sandhar said. “This is an isolated incident.” Anyone with information on the shooting who has not yet spoken to police is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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Students plan beat-the-bus race Aim is to focus attention on transit service woes by Jeff Nagel CALL IT an experiment, a race or a transit
shaming ceremony. Kwantlen Polytechnic University students will stage a beat-the-bus race today (Wednesday) to demonstrate the need for better transit service in Surrey and Langley. Three students will race to see how long it takes them – one by bus, another cycling and a third on foot – to get from Kwantlen’s main Newton campus in Surrey on 72 Avenue to the Langley campus. “It’s to highlight the lack of service in the south Fraser area, particularly between the campuses,” said Kwantlen Student Association spokesperson Nathan Griffiths. He said it’s a critical issue ahead of an expected October student referendum on whether Kwantlen should join the U-Pass system.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University student Ashley Fehr will ride the bus from Newton to Langley today, while two other students run and bike the route. Students would be required to pay $30 a month for the universal transit passes – the system is compulsory if the vote passes – but Griffiths said many wonder
if TransLink can deliver the required improvement in service to justify the cost. “If it passes, 18,000 students here will have a free bus pass,” he said. “So we need to increase capacity just to manage the numbers.” Ashley Fehr, the student association’s director of operations, will ride the bus from the Newton campus Wednesday starting 12:30 p.m. David Palermo, a marathon runner, will leave on foot at the same time, while Cloverdale campus rep John O’Brian will ride his bike. The Newton-Langley bus ride usually takes an hour or more, Griffiths said, and he’s betting O’Brian will beat that time by at least 15 minutes. “The biker is definitely going to beat the bus, there’s no doubt. But the runner? It will be close.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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o make the tough job of managing and protecting our salmon resource even more confusing, sockeye salmon seem to be making a comeback in the very summer when the federally appointed Cohen Commission is studying their disappearance. So we ask the question, is the commission still worthwhile if this year turns out to be a strong sockeye year, showing that their death has been greatly exaggerated? The answer is – the inquiry should proceed aggressively and thoroughly to determine the reasons for the three previous disastrous seasons. Then, thanks to the honest testimony from all involved, combined with rigorous research, perhaps some answers can be found to explain why sockeye vanished one year – then returned the next. It’s never easy to be conclusive about natural cycles. But it is easy to draw conclusions after the fact, such as the over-fishing that destroyed the Atlantic cod. We cannot make the same mistake with B.C.’s iconic fish, the sockeye salmon. The species means too much to all British Columbians – from the First Nations who first harvested them, to the resort and sports fishing industry that shares them with visitors from around the world, to the severely diminished commercial fishery – all groups agree on protecting the resource. There may be differences in how that’s achieved, but one message from all groups is clear: Do what’s necessary to save the sockeye.
Mine deals a breakthrough for B.C.
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“We had to cut budgets by over 44 per cent, claim from the Nak’azdli Band near Fort St. $3 million within our organization,” he said. James to deal with. Minister of State for Mines Randy Hawes “But I’m happy to say we’re on the upswing again, and our future is bright.” says the door is open to similar tax-sharing McLeod Lake gets an estimated $34-38 talks with the Nak’azdli, but warns that the size of a group and strength million share of B.C. resource of its territorial claim can vary royalties during the life of the Mt. widely. Milligan copper-gold project. The B.C. government signed a second The Afton and Mt. Milligan mine deals were apparently deal last week with two aboriginal what Energy and Mines Miniscommunities near Kamloops to ter Bill Bennett was referring expand the dormant Afton Mine, giving them a one-third share, to when I spoke to him in late good for another $30 million. July about the prospects for the Prosperity gold-copper mine The standard government approach has been to grapple near Williams Lake. Bennett a public offer to area with resource sharing in treaty Tom Fletcher promised negotiations, or leave the problem aboriginal communities for to the private sector. Investors had revenue sharing in the Prosperity mine. to design projects, undertake huge environThis provoked a swift and negative resmental assessments and negotiate training, ponse from the Tsilhqot’in National Governemployment and infrastructure deals with aboriginal communities. ment, the regional group that has battled in Mt. Milligan’s developers have been at it court for years to declare that the Crown has for a decade, and they still have a competing no title to the region their ancestors fought
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Opposition to suites is legitimate I TAKE exception to Lucky Virk’s
suggestion that the issue regarding legalization of suites in Surrey is about “a clash between two different value systems in a society hiding behind the veil of superficial tolerance” (Re: “Clash of values,” Leader Letters, Aug. 25). In fact, opponents of multiplefamily suites fairly take issue with owners not declaring all rental income for tax purposes but reaping the benefits of others’ taxation; owners not complying with all municipal and provincial building safety codes; and an often flagrant lack of concern for the congestion and safety impacts on their neighbours, including housing tenants with questionable backgrounds and social habits in homes next to children. Equally valid is the concern that persons who might not otherwise afford a larger residence are artificially inflating home prices by relying on undeclared rental income to pay their mortgages on such homes. While this artificial economy may benefit those who are content to live in crowded and potentially unsafe homes and neighbourhoods, why must others succumb to the same risk? Let’s address the big elephant in the middle of the room. Notwithstanding the fact that Surrey has a significant Indo-Canadian population, the issue of “illegal” suites is not unique to that community. Persons living in our community have a legitimate expectation that its elected officials will implement and enforce laws that promote sustainable development and respect the safety and security of its citizens Virk has framed opposition to suite regulation as a debate about culture, values and – let’s be honest – race. Municipal politicians need to demonstrate they have the courage to address this issue with a view to maintaining safe, sustainable communities that ensure all residents pay their fair share for the privilege of living in the communities of this country. I challenge our civic leaders to show some fortitude and raise this debate beyond the lowest common denominator of intolerance. Perhaps then we might see more planning and less pandering when it comes to responsible community planning. Paul Sandhu, Surrey
‘Values’ don’t include breaking laws SORRY LUCKY, you just don’t get it.
First of all, it is not the city’s responsibility to police illegal suites. That is the responsibility of the owners of the homes that have broken the law by adding them. This “group” you refer to has taken it upon themselves to not comply with the laws of the land and do as they please. It is no wonder the rest of “us” are frankly, fed up, including the City of Surrey. We have no issues with, as you put it “a certain group of people” living
Men have opinions, too IT IS WITH some amusement that I
read the recent reader’s letter that men have “no credibility” in their opinion on abortion by reason of their gender. While it is true that we cannot experience one directly ourselves, there are many things on which people have opinions without direct experience. I do not smoke. Does my opinion on the health effects of smoking have “no credibility”? I do not drink alcohol. Is my view on drunk driving worthless? I am sure the reader would happily accept any male opinion that matched her own; only dissenting opinions are dismissed. Male views on abortion on both sides of the debate should be fairly heard.
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Trafﬁc congestion is just one of the problems created by multiple-family suites, argues a letter writer. by their own values, as long as those values do not include breaking the laws. Your letter seems to say it’s okay for “your group” to do so. You are quite correct in stating that this is more than an issue of increased crime, traffic. And there is definitely a clash of values with this issue. It is time for “your group” to wake up and alter their value system to comply with, and live under, the laws of Canadian society. That is the only true path to tolerance. Robert Gary Parkes Port Kells
Greed ruining quality of life LUCKY VIRK, if your values are to break laws, evade taxes, ruin neighbourhoods, cause injury or death from faulty wiring, etc. for illegal suites, then you have a big problem. Our building codes are founded on years of the brightest minds in the world. They are here for all of us to coexist in a society. If you build a house legally for you and your extended family all the best to you. But our quality of life has been slowly deteriorating from people thinking they can do whatever they want. Everyone is affected when people don’t pay their fair share of taxes. If one more person is injured or killed from an illegal renovation of a basement suite, the owner of these residences should spend a long time in jail. If we don’t put a stop to this now there will be nothing here. My quality of life, my privacy, my peace have all gone downhill since nice
neighbourhoods have turned into tenement blocks. Traffic all night long, car doors closing all night long, loud boom boxes, gunshots or was it a bird cannon? Give me a break. It’s not values. It’s greed. Paul Fitzgerald, Surrey
A contentious issue IF LUCKY Virk is representative of
the values that those with illegal suites reflect, then we are in deep trouble when it comes to this contentious issue. Virk suggests that those concerned with illegal activity in their neighbourhoods should pack up and move to those areas that abide by the law. In addition, Virk also suggests that those concerned with tax evasion, crime, street congestion and, may I add, an unsightly physical environment are lacking in tolerance. If he adheres to his/her own value system, then I suggest he/she is the one that should move to an area that is more welcoming. Don Sukkau, Delta
There is zoning for a reason THE LETTER in The Surrey-North
Delta Leader on Aug. 25 by Lucky Virk really illustrates the misunderstanding of many. When an area is zoned for highdensity housing, then the city and other governments can build the more costly infrastructures that will be required to accommodate the higher density. They will then build higher-capac-
ity water, sewer, hydro, road, school and health care systems and provide the means of having a police force to complement these higher-density developments. Of course it does not take an accountant to figure all of this will cost more and need a larger tax base to finance it all. Now, when you take an area that was zoned for lower-density housing and the tax levels that it collects, and then add a higher population density than planned for, to be serviced by the infrastructure, then anyone can easily see that it will not be financially equitable. Simply put, if the tax base is there to support 30,000 people spread through the taxing of 10,000 properties (an average of three per household) then all may be fine. Now let’s allow people to buy these properties because of their lower cost, due to the smaller lots and restricted zoning, and have them build bigger housing units that will result in an increase of only six per property. What is the result if the tax base is not reconfigured? Again the city will have to provide all the services mentioned for 60,000 people, yet with a very underfunded tax base. That is why there are specific areas zoned for higher-density housing. And those who want to build structures on properties that will have more individuals living in these structures are the ones who should purchase properties in those zones and build accordingly. It has all to do with what is fair and just in a society that has for generations believed that everyone who is healthy and working should take the responsibility to pay their share of the communal costs. Phil Noel, Delta
Feel the power of the sea IF YOU ARE anywhere in B.C. you
can feel the economic and ecological powerhouse of the 2010 legendary Fraser River sockeye return. Towns the length of the province from the coast to deep into the Interior are feeling the benefits of food fishing, commercial fishing, wilderness tourism and sport fishing, because of this generous fish. The local newspapers are abuzz. Scientists could not forecast this enormous run because they don’t know what caused last year’s collapse. They were protecting fishermen from over-spending on new gear, but now the processors are unprepared. We are running blind on one of B.C.’s greatest resources. This run tells us the rivers and the ocean still work to make salmon. Whatever happened to the other runs – is something else. It is up to us. For more information on the 2010 Sockeye: http://www. salmonaresacred.org/2010sockeye-return
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Tolls on eight lanes on Port Mann Bridge NDP criticizes decision to charge before completion by Jeff Nagel MOTORISTS WHO cross
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Collapsed roof of Surrey school repaired Colebrook Road Elementary and others with similar designs inspected and deemed safe by Sheila Reynolds COLEBROOK ROAD
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You will cover basic dance steps, create exciting routines, and meet new friends. 10 Sessions $46.25 4-6yrs 4219049 Sa Sep 25 2:15pm-3:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
This program is an introduction to hockey. Basic skills will be practiced and games will be played. Sticks will be provided. Safety equipment is suggested. 10 Sessions $46.25 4-6yrs 4217400 W Sep 22 2:15pm-3:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Come and learn a large sign language vocabulary together with your child. Long before your child is ready to speak, you can experience meaningful and effective parent/child communication. 9 Sessions $47.25 4mos-15mos 4223281 W Oct 6 11:15am-12noon Clayton Hall
Social Recreation What a great way to introduce your child to Preschool! This structured program consists of play activities, circle time, storytelling, arts and exploration. 13 Sessions $96 2-3yrs 4221415 M Sep 13 9:45am-11:15am Cloverdale Ball Park 15 Sessions $110.75 2-3yrs 4221416 F Sep 10 9:00am-10:30am 15 Sessions $110.75 2-3yrs 4221417 F Sep 10 11:00am-12:30pm 10 Sessions $75 2-3yrs 4219182 Sa Sep 25 9:15am-10:45am Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Story, Art, Play Introduction to preschool through songs, crafts and exploration. Different themes include dinosaurs, insects, farms, gardening, jungle animals, ocean life and more! 10 Sessions $55.50 12mos-30mos 4224122 W Sep 29 9:00am-10:00am Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Multi-Sport This program introduces sports such as soccer, T-ball, basketball and fun activities to encourage the development of physical movement, coordination and social interaction. 10 Sessions $46.25 2-3yrs 4219027 F Sep 24 1:15pm-2:00pm 4219062 Sa Sep 25 9:15am-10:00am 4219063 Sa Sep 25 10:15am-11:00am Cloverdale Recreation Centre
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Multi-Sport This program introduces sports such as ﬂoor hockey, soccer and T-ball to encourage the development of physical movement, coordination and interaction between toddlers. 10 Sessions $46.25 3-5yrs 4219029 F Sep 24 2:00pm-2:45pm 4219074 Sa Sep 25 11:15am-12noon Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Soccer Indoor Learn basic soccer skills in a fun and co-operative way. Girls and boys are encouraged to play. Parents are encouraged to join in. 10 Sessions $46.25 3-5yrs 4219044 Th Sep 23 2:00pm-2:45pm 4219075 Sa Sep 25 12:15pm-1:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Soccer Me & My Dad Dads can have an action packed time with their preschooler with soccer skills and fun. 10 Sessions $46.25 3-5yrs 4219059 Sa Sep 25 1:15pm-2:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Hip Hop Learn the latest in hip hop and dance coordination in this funky energetic class. 10 Sessions $55.50 5-7yrs 4219038 Th Sep 23 3:00pm-4:00pm 10 Sessions $55.50 8-11yrs 4219039 Th Sep 23 4:00pm-5:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Jazz & Hip Hop Dance You will cover basic dance steps, create exciting routines, and meet new friends. 10 Sessions $55.50 5-7yrs 4219058 Sa Sep 25 3:15pm-4:15pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
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This is a fun class developed for children who want to learn basic steps in tap. Tap shoes are not required. 10 Sessions $55.50 5-7yrs 4219022 M Sep 20 4:30pm-5:30pm
Ballet Level 2 The instructor will base the level of instruction with the skill level of the children. Dance experience is required. 10 Sessions $46.25 4-5yrs 4217387 M Sep 27 12noon-12:45pm 11 Sessions $51 4-5yrs 4217388 Tu Sep 28 1:00pm-1:45pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
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Zumba A fun, high energy dance-ﬁtness class for children that love to move, shake and grove! This kids-only party features Latin and international rhythms that will leave them wanting more! No dance experience necessary. 10 Sessions $66.75 5-7yrs 4219713 M Sep 20 3:00pm-3:45pm 10 Sessions $66.75 8-12yrs 4219714 M Sep 20 3:45pm-4:30pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Bhangra This introductory dance class will teach you the basic Bhangra steps. It’s a popular, traditional Punjabi dance. 10 Sessions $46.25 4-6yrs 4225518 Tu Sep 21 2:15pm-3:00pm Clayton Hall
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FA L L P R O G R A M S I N C LOV E R DA L E Tae Kwon Do Level 1
This is an introductory program that will provide participants the opportunity to learn basic self-defense techniques, develop physical conditioning, and build individual self-esteem. 23 Sessions $127.50 6-12yrs 4219655 M, W Sep 13 6:00pm-7:00pm Don Christian Elementary
This program introduces sports such as ﬂoor hockey, soccer and T-ball to encourage the development of physical movement, coordination and interaction between children. 10 Sessions $55.50 6-9yrs 4219047 F Sep 24 3:00pm-4:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
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Continue to learn basic self-defense techniques, develop physical conditioning, and build individual self-esteem. 23 Sessions $127.50 7-12yrs 4219658 M, W Sep 13 7:00pm-8:00pm Don Christian Elementary
This co-ed program is designed to introduce your child to the basic skills and rules of the game. 10 Sessions $55.50 5-7yrs 4219643 M Sep 20 5:15pm-6:15pm 10 Sessions $55.50 7-9yrs 4219644 M Sep 20 6:30pm-7:30pm Sunrise Ridge Elementary
Tae Kwon Do Level 3 Learn advanced techniques in self-defense, develop physical conditioning and build individual self-esteem. 23 Sessions $127.50 7-12yrs 4219661 M, W Sep 13 7:00pm-8:00pm Don Christian Elementary
Sportball Multisport Girls Only Participants learn, rehearse, and reﬁne sports skills in a proven curriculum by professionally trained coaches. Girls participate in an environment that allows for exposure to new activities, sports, games and friends. 8 Sessions $104 6-9yrs 4224191 W Oct 13 7:00pm-8:00pm Sunrise Ridge Elementary
Kids Who Cook Come out and enjoy cooking with us! Learn to make fun and easy recipes that you can add to your very own cookbook. 5 Sessions $52 6-12yrs 4219862 W Sep 22 4:30pm-6:00pm 4219863 W Oct 27 4:30pm-6:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Volleyball for Girls This program will offer skill development and fun game play for you to explore your own potential. 10 Sessions $55.50 9-12yrs 4219663 W Sep 22 6:30pm-7:30pm Martha Currie Elementary
French Level 1 Children will be taught how to read, write and speak basic French words and phrases in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on conversational French. 10 Sessions $63 6-9yrs 4219006 M Sep 20 6:00pm-7:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Volleyball Level 1 This program will offer skill development, and fun game play for you to explore your own potential. 10 Sessions $55.50 8-12yrs 4224123 W Sep 22 5:30pm-6:30pm Martha Currie Elementary
Children will learn the alphabet, their numbers, and basic phrases in this beautiful language. Emphasis will be on conversational Spanish. 10 Sessions $63 9-12yrs 4219010 M Sep 20 7:00pm-8:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Rhythmic Gymnastics Children will learn basic moves with the ball, ribbon and hoop. Develops hand to eye coordination, ﬂexibility, strength and balance. 10 Sessions $55.50 5-7yrs 4225802 W Sep 22 3:00pm-4:00pm Clayton Hall
Basketball Introduction to the basic skills including dribbling, passing, lay ups, shooting and game play. 10 Sessions $55.50 6-7yrs 4219650 W Sep 22 5:30pm-6:30pm 10 Sessions $55.50 8-10yrs 4219651 W Sep 22 6:30pm-7:30pm 10 Sessions $55.50 10-12yrs 4219652 W Sep 22 7:30pm-8:30pm A.J. McLellan Elementary School
Floor Hockey Level 1 Introduction to the basic skills including team work, passing, shooting and game play. 10 Sessions $46.25 5-6yrs 4217401 W Sep 22 3:15pm-4:00pm 10 Sessions $55.50 7-9yrs 4218716 W Sep 22 4:00pm-5:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
This program will introduce you to drama exercises, games, theatre sports, play building and improvisations. No experience required. 10 Sessions $55.50 6-9yrs 4225511 Th Sep 23 5:45pm-6:45pm 10 Sessions $55.50 9-12yrs 4225512 Th Sep 23 6:45pm-7:45pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Art Express Children will learn to express themselves with creativity and imagination through basic drawing and painting techniques in various media, including tempera, oil pastels and charcoal. Learn a different project every week. Supplies included. 10 Sessions $55.50 6-9yrs 4225513 Tu Sep 21 5:45pm-6:45pm 10 Sessions $55.50 9-12yrs 4225514 Tu Sep 21 6:45pm-7:45pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Art Fun Multi-media approach to painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpting focusing on the inspirations of the season. 10 Sessions $55.50 5-7yrs 4226711 Sa Sep 25 9:30am-10:30am 10 Sessions $64.75 8-12yrs 4226712 Sa Sep 25 10:45am-12:00pm Coverdale Recreation Centre
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THE IMMENSE RUN of sockeye salmon converging on the Fraser River is getting even bigger. Fishery officials now estimate 30 million sockeye are returning, an increase in their count from 25 million
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A sockeye salmon run estimated at 30 million is the largest in the Fraser River since 1913. earlier in the week. It’s a record return not seen since 1913, when nearly 39 million sockeye came back before a huge rock slide into the river formed Hells Gate and disrupted salmon stocks for decades. This year’s run is now poised to be nearly three times higher than the roughly 11 million projected in advance of the season. This year’s late run was expected to be big because it includes the peak-cycle Adams River run. But it has exceeded all expectations, with the Pacific Salmon Commission Friday raising its in-season estimate of late-run sockeye to 21.4 mil-
lion, compared to an 8.5 million pre-season forecast. So far more salmon (6.4 million) have made it upriver past the gillnetters on the lower Fraser than the 5.7 million estimated to have been caught to date by all sectors. And there are still plenty of fish in the sea. An estimated 8.9 million late-run sockeye are delaying in the Strait of Georgia. It’s the first time in four years commercial fishermen have been granted openings, after disastrous runs for two straight years that sparked a judicial inquiry that begins hearings this fall. Salmon commission
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officials say the massive run is due to the high numbers of sockeye that spawned four years ago and much better rates of marine survival – likely due to favourable temperatures, more plentiful food and fewer predators. Fish processors have struggled this week to keep up with the tide of fish coming in. Gillnetters in the river worked around the clock earlier this week to take advantage of a 32-hour opening. They’re being granted another 24-hour opening starting 10 a.m. Monday and a 12-hour opening on Wednesday. Trollers and seiners are continuing to fish until further notice. Large numbers of sockeye are also being spotted on upstream spawning grounds, and are mostly arriving in good condition. “To see such a huge return is good in some senses but it’s a bit shocking as well,” said fisheries biologist Stan Proboszcz of the Watershed Watch Salmon Society. He kayaked at the mouth of the river earlier in the week and
was astonished to see the water “boiling” with salmon all around him. Proboszcz said no one should forget the threats from climate change, habitat loss and sea lice haven’t vanished and the trend of declining sockeye stocks could resume next year. Sto:lo fisheries adviser Ernie Crey said fishery managers need to put the brakes on to avoid over fishing weak late-running stocks, like the endangered Cultus Lake sockeye. He said industry claims of the need to avoid overcrowding the spawning beds is simply spin to justify a continued “orgy of exploitation.” Crey noted one condition of the Fraser sockeye recently getting the Marine Stewardship Council’s eco-certification as a sustainable seafood source was a commitment to protect and restore the Cultus run, adding the planned catch rate may be a violation. “They could lose the certification they fought so many years to get because they can’t say no to the industry lobby that’s in full-tilt boogie right now.” Fisheries and Oceans Canada B.C. area director Barry Rosenberger said the Cultus catch rate could be around 32 per cent, slightly over the 30 per cent limit set out in the pre-season plan. That shouldn’t overtax the stock, he said, because Cultus sockeye, like the rest of the Fraser run, are believed to be coming in stronger than in past years. So far 473 Cultus sockeye have returned to the spawning ground and another 120 were taken for hatchery breeding stock.
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A 27-year-old Richmond man was arrested following a morning hit-and-run near Surrey’s Bear Creek Park last Tuesday. Three people suffered what police describe as minor injuries after two vehicles collided at the corner of 88 Avenue and 140 Street at 11:08 a.m. A vehicle travelling west on 88 Avenue struck a vehicle going north on 140 Street. Three people in the
Wednesday September 1 2010 northbound vehicle were injured. The male driver of the Westbound vehicle fled on foot into Bear Creek Park where he was captured by police. The suspect was not hurt in the crash. He is currently in custody awaiting theft and driving charges.
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appeared both groups knew each other. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604599-0502 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Helpful driver had a few too many The erratically driven black two-door 2010 Honda Civic was having some trouble staying between the lines when Delta Police and the RCMP Freeway Patrol pulled it over at the intersection of Highways 17 and 10.
One person suffered non-life-threatening stab wounds when two groups of people got into a fight outside the Surrey Central SkyTrain station last Monday night. Police said it
It was 3:30 in the morning on Monday, Aug. 2. The officers quickly noticed the windshield had been smashed in. It seems the 22-yearold woman at the wheel sustained the damage to her car when she hit a cyclist in Richmond. The cyclist, a 20-yearold man, was sitting in the Honda passenger seat next to her. The driver, a Richmond resident, was giving the victim, a Delta resident, a ride home. She admitted to police that she had been drinking. When the woman failed a roadside test she was arrested.
She then failed a full breathalyzer test at Delta Police headquarters. The woman was given a 24-hour driving prohibition and is expected to face criminal charges. The cyclist was not injured.
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One win in preseason there in a game against guys they don’t know, and haven’t been THE SURREY EAGLES finally got practicing with all week.” the chance to face off against The Eagles opened camp a week somebody other than themselves ago with 52 players, and Erhart last weekend, hitting the ice for said the training camp roster is three B.C. Hockey League exhibidown to 30 players now, with tion games after a week of training more cuts to come after the team’s camp drills and scrimmages. fourth and final exhibition game On Friday, the Eagles defeated tonight (Wednesday) at South the Langley Chiefs 3-1 at South Surrey Arena. Surrey Arena, but lost the “I’m trying not to single guys rematch Saturday, out quite yet, because falling 1-0 to the some have played Chiefs at the Langley only one game, other Events Centre. On guys have played two,” Sunday in CoquitErhart said. lam, the Eagles fell “But there are 1-2 (won-lost) in always a couple surpreseason action prises at camp, even with a 4-2 loss to the if it’s just returning Coquitlam Express. players coming back Despite the losses, in great shape after Eagles’ first-year head working hard all sumMatt Erhart coach Matt Erhart mer.” was pleased with the The Eagles’ regular weekend’s slate of season opener is Frigames. day, Sept. 10 at South “You always want to win every Surrey Arena against Langley. game you play, no matter what, Game time is 7 p.m. but it’s exhibition, so the most Their preseason concludes important thing is that you can tonight in South Surrey against evaluate your players,” he said. the Coquitlam Express at 7 p.m. “It was nice to see the guys out email@example.com by Nick Greenizan
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three earned runs and striking out five batters. She was the winning pitcher in the championship game – a 7-3 victory over Ontario – pitching four and one-third innings in relief. Elrick was nine-for-20 with nine runs scored and four RBIs. The 16-year-old also pitched a pair of innings, striking out three batters and allowing one earned run. Garcia, 16, also won a pair of games as a pitcher. She pitched five shutout innings in a 7-2 semifinal win over Quebec, and also earned a victory in the tournament’s first game, a 12-1 triumph over Saskatchewan. Garcia finished the tournament with seven strikeouts in eight innings pitched, while at the plate had six hits in 11 at-bats. Renkers, 15, was six-for-13 with four runs scored, while Mussio, 15, had two hits and a pair of runs scored in six at-bats.
Mussio also pitched in a pair of games, collecting a total of five strikeouts. Smith, 16, collected a hit in five of six games played, finishing with a five-for-14 effort with four runs scored and a pair of RBIs. ■ Four other Surrey players participated in national championship tournaments in Ontario over the past several weeks. Mitch Robinson and Brayden Norris were picked up by the Vancouver Mounties for the Bantam boys nationals in Vaughn, Ontario last weekend. The B.C. champions went a perfect 4-0 (won-lost) in round robin play, but lost 3-0 to Saskatchewan in a semifinal game and dropped a 7-3 decision to Ontario in a playoff for the bronze medal. Robinson was nine-for-20 offensively, with seven RBIs and 10 runs scored, while Norris pitched
a pair of games. He earned a save in a 16-13 round robin win over Manitoba, striking out four batters in two innings of work. He was tagged with the loss against Ontario, pitching four innings. At the Midget nationals in London, Ontario Aug. 19-22, Cloverdale residents Brad Clarke and Clayton Franco were part of the B.C. team which also went unbeaten in four round robin games only to lose twice in the playoff round to place fourth. Franco appeared in five of the six games for B.C., with three hits in 14 at-bats. He also threw a complete-game shutout against Alberta, getting the 1-0 victory with three strikeouts, allowing just four hits in seven innings. Clarke had at least one hit in five of six games, going eightfor-19 in the tournament, with four runs scored and four RBIs.
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“Wait for natural breaks in your child’s play before getting them to tidy up. Always give them some warning that it is nearly time to tidy up.”
Evan Pattison (left) of the New Westminster Hyacks hauls down North Delta Longhorns ball-carrier Brody Clark during an Atom division game at North Delta Minor Football Association’s Sungod Tournament at John Oliver Park Saturday. The preseason competition saw 19 teams from the Vancouver Mainland Football League (VMFL) compete in ﬁve age groups over two days. VMFL begins league play next weekend, with games Sunday at Cloverdale Athletic Park, Bear Creek Park and John Oliver Park.
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Four medals won in Ottawa Local athletes excels at Legion national youth meet by Rick Kupchuk NORTH DELTA resident
Sebastian Adugalski collected four medals at the 2010 Legion Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships last month in Ottawa. The 15-year-old member of the New Westminster Spartans Track and Field club won one gold, a pair of silver medals, and a bronze. Adugalski, a student at St. Thomas More Secondary school in Burnaby, placed first in the boys under-16 long jump event, his leap of 6.43 metres bettering the 6.18 effort of second place Tommy Christensen of Quebec. The silver medal was earned in the 4x100m relay, where he ran the lead leg on a B.C. team which edged New Brunswick for the runner-up position by just one-tenth of a second. Ontario won the race, 3.5 seconds ahead of Team B.C. Adugalski won his bronze medals in a pair of hurdles events. He finished the 200m event in 25.43 seconds, just off the pace of 25.11 set by first place hurdler Aaron Stemmler of Ontario. In the 100m hurdles, Adugalski was in a tight three-way race to the finish, placing
third in 13.79 seconds, behind only race-winner Jordan Sherwood (13.68) and runner-up Luke
Dailleboust (13.70), both of Ontario. Adugalski won three medals at the B.C. Sum-
mer Games July 23-25 in Langley, placing first in the long jump, and the 100m and 200m hurdles.
2011 REP Softball Tryouts Surrey Storm Fastpitch is an internationally recognized Rep softball club. Our athletes and teams represent some of the top fastpitch players in the province. You can be a part of it too!
Surrey Storm invites girls ages 10 to 18 to try out for our Rep A & B teams for the 2011 season:
CLOVERDALE ATHLETIC PARK (168th & 64th Ave Surrey) Squirt (2000/99)
Sept. 7th & 9th
6 - 8 pm
Midget (94/93/92) Sept. 7th & 9th
8 - 10 pm
Sept. 8th & 10th
6 - 8 pm
Sept. 8th & 10th
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