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Tickets went on sale yesterday (Thursday) for the second annual TEDx at Gleneagle secondary, an event being organized at the Coquitlam school by Con-X Leadership Team students including Emma Juergensen, Eric Jang, Nima Tehrani and Sam Yi. Among the students speaking on the theme of reconstruction — on topics ranging from artificial intelligence and environmentalism to self-love and mental illness — are Lyle Hendriks, Sara Lynn Bruhns, Yury Voronkov, Sylvia Zhang, Olivia Hu, Kelvin Zhang, Jay Matsushiba and Remy Zhang. The lectures take place on Jan. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. Email tedxgleneagle@gmail.com for more information.

Port Moody residents can have their say on a proposed 5.09% increase to their property tax rate at a public budget consultation on Jan. 31. One of the biggest changes to this year’s budget comes with the loss of the Burrard Thermal generating capacity grant, which had provided PoMo coffers with a $1.3-million boost. Now that the plant is fully shut down, the loss of the grant means a nearly 3.8% increase to the tax rate. Additional budget increase drivers include: • Port Moody Police Department operating budget, with a $338,000 increase (a nearly 1% increase to the tax rate); • contractual salary increases of $690,000 (1.95% tax increase);

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ER visits rise 11% due to flu, falls on ice SARAH PAYNE The Tri-CiTy News

The mix of icy sidewalks and peak flu season is creating a

perfect storm for emergency rooms, says an ER doctor at Eagle Ridge Hospital. Dr. Mike Mostrenko said ERs at both the Port Moody

hospital and Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster are seeing a spike in fall-related injuries. And with the additional time

it takes to put on a cast, the backlog is growing. “I think this weather is getting the better of us. We’re not really prepared for it,”

Mostrenko said. “We’re seeing lots of falls, all sorts of wrist and elbow injuries, the elderly fall and break hips.” The number of injuries has

been fluctuating, he added, coinciding with the first snowfall and then the freeze/thaw cycle. see DOC: IF YOU HAVE, page 4

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The squeaky wheel gets the grease, the saying goes, and for a group of students at a Port Coquitlam private school, the noise they made got their bus wheels rolling again. TransLink has boosted service for the 701 bus between Maple Ridge and Coquitlam Central Station after some Archbishop Carney regional secondary school students complained buses missed their stop, leaving them stranded in the cold. Dasha Pogrebinsky sent a letter and a 40-name petition to TransLink laying out her concerns after repeated calls about missed service were not acted upon. “Literally nothing would happen,” she said. When the bus didn’t show up outside their school, the students had to walk along an icy stretch of sidewalk for several blocks to Lougheed Highway to catch the bus at another stop — and when they arrived, it was already full and passed them by. “Today, I waited at the bus stop in –8 C weather for 50 minutes again. This happens almost every day and it must stop,” Pogrebinsky wrote in her letter. TransLink spokesperson Chris Bryan confirmed the bus service to the stop outside their school — a morning and afternoon detour to Dominion Avenue from Lougheed Highway — was cancelled about eight times and said while disruptions can occasionally happen, “this is not the level of service our customers have come to expect — we take it seriously.” An operational issue is to blame for some of the gaps in service, Bryan said, and TransLink will “take measures” to address the problem, he promised. As well, the regional transportation authority will write back to Pogrebinsky explaining the situation. This week the bus service

Alternate buses are available, says TransLink’s Bryan DIANE STRANDBERG The Tri-CiTy News

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Getting the bus to stop in front of their school was the goal of Archbishop Carney regional secondary school Grade 10 students (from left) Valeria Del Valle, Dasha Pogrebinsky, Alexis Gasparre-Ahern and Mica Chuakay, who signed a petition urging TransLink to look into the matter. finally resumed, giving the students much-needed relief, although the bus is still crowded, they managed to cram in. Carney vice-principal

Jo-Anna Nicolato said she is pleased with the efforts of the students to get their voices heard. “They had a legitimate concern and they took an ap-

propriate approach to finding a solution,” Nicolato said. “It is to be commended.” dstrandberg@tricitynews.com @dstrandbergTC

TransLink is asking TriCity customers to be patient and experiment with routes and schedules in response to concerns about bus service. Customers have taken to Facebook and Twitter, made phone calls and written letters to complain about bus service changes made Dec. 19 to tie in with the Evergreen Extension, which opened Dec. 2. Some parents have complained that full buses are passing their children by, leaving the kids stranded in the cold and late for school. “My children have to wait for two to three full buses that blow by on busy Mariner [Way] before one has space for them,” Robert Wiatr told The Tri-City News in an email, complaining that the service change has affected students taking transit to Hillcrest middle and Dr. Charles Best secondary schools. “I have called TransLink and the bus company multiple time to get bigger buses to no avail.” He’d like TransLink to put a larger bus on the route or increase frequency to improve service. “Why don’t the bus drivers report it?” he said later. “They are the bus drivers who blow by kids, why wouldn’t they say anything?”

Similar concerns have been brought to The TriCity News by students who take the bus to Port Moody secondary school. The new 180 Moody Centre Station/ Lougheed Station bus is often full, leaving students stranded and late for school. But TransLink spokesperson Chris Bryan said while TransLink is closely monitoring the service now that the Christmas season is over, most problems are typically resolved after a few weeks and he urged people to experiment with schedules and new routes to avoid the crush. “The key message is that we encourage people to do a little experimenting with the time they travel and even watch for other buses that go along the same route and to be patient and give it a few days.” For Hillcrest students, he recommended different buses, such as the 151 and 152. Alterations may be made, but not until April, when the next seasonal operational change will take place, Bryan said. To make a complaint, he urged customers to call 604953-3333 or go online and fill out a customer feedback form (feedback.translink.ca). “We did just do it [make changes] three weeks ago,” Bryan said, asking again for patience, but TransLink is interested in knowing how the changes are working. “This is what we want to know. It’s really important they pass this on to us.” dstrandberg@tricitynews.com @dstrandbergTC

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“People assume because there’s no fresh snow and the driveway is dry that it’s safe, but unfortunately the snow melts and freezes over in a sheet of ice.” Combined with the increase in flu-related visits, Mostrenko said ER nurses and doctors are seeing well over a thousand patients each week when they would normally get about 900. Peak flu season is expected to continue into March, so it’s not too late to get the flu shot.

the flu and to make sure their driveways and sidewalks are clear. And if you have any elderly neighbours, pitch in to help them out. “We’ve seen a lot of elderly patients fall because they’ve been out trying to shovel,” Mostrenko said. “Be a good neighbour… check on them, maybe shovel their driveway. They can’t afford to have these injuries, it’s so much more devastating at that age. As a community we can look after them.”

As well, he offered advice for those who have the flu. “People should stay home if they’re sick,” Mostrenko said. “Don’t go to work and try to use your family doctor as opposed to the emergency room if you think you have the flu.” Visiting the ER with the flu puts at-risk patients — the elderly, pregnant women, children and those who are already sick — who are also there at risk of catching the bug. Want to avoid the ER this winter? Mostrenko said everyone should get immunized against

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Two men have been charged in connection with Tuesday’s drive-by shooting in Mission that ended with a dramatic takedown in Coquitlam. Joseph Ross Raso, 33, and Thomas Zdravko Strenja, 37, remain in police custody and were expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon to face charges of attempted murder and forcible confinement. A third man was released from custody with no charges. The incident began shortly after 1 p.m. on Jan. 10, when Mounties responded to a shooting on Dewdney Trunk Road in Mission and found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound. While investigating the shooting, they learned another woman was being held against her will at a home in the Tri-Cities. A number of police units responded to track down the suspect vehicle reportedly used to flee the scene. The vehicle was located in Coquitlam, at which point the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team and the Coquitlam RCMP conducted a takedown on David Avenue, near Oxford Street.

During the takedown, two men were arrested and taken into custody. Coquitlam RCMP also initiated a hold-and-secure at Birchland and Cedar Drive elementary schools in Port Coquitlam, citing a nearby police incident that was not posing a direct threat but could potentially pose a threat if staff or students should get too close. Meanwhile, social media posts indicated ERT members were entering a home near Prairie Avenue and Glade Court, located within two blocks of both the schools. Neither Coquitlam nor Mission RCMP would confirm that officers were there to retrieve the woman who was being held against her will. The address where the woman was located was the home of the third man who was arrested. The woman who was shot in Mission is being treated in hospital with non-life threatening injuries and her condition is stable. Police continue to maintain control of the Mission and Tri-Cities properties for further investigation. spayne@tricitynews.com @spayneTC

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All Port Coquitlam civic employees are now making at least $20.64 an hour — the rate council legislated when it passed its living wage policy. Last week, PoCo became the third municipality in Canada to implement the living wage policy, which applies to city workers and those employed by its contractors. Steve Traviss, PoCo’s human resources director, said the move translates to $160,000 a year to the bottom line: $60,000 annually to bring all workers’ salaries up to the calculated rate and another $100,000 for contractors (half of the outside bill is for cleaning services, which city staff want to bring in-house and save $50,000, he said). Deanna Ogle of the Living Wage for Families Campaign said newly certified living wage employers like PoCo don’t have to meet the living wage clause until its contracts are up for renewal but she expects the

DEANNE OGLE city to be fully on board by the end of the year. According to the campaign, 15% of PoCo kids — or 1,789 children — live below the poverty line, a number that council highlighted as it unanimously endorsed the policy last year. Coquitlam council has not considered a living wage policy but in Port Moody, city managers have been tasked by council to review the costs for a living wage top-up for employees and subcontracted labour. A report is due before council this spring, said city spokesperson Rosemary Lodge. Ogle said she expects more municipalities will be certified this year, including Pitt Meadows, which passed its living wage policy last month,

and Vancouver. As for the rate of $20.64 per hour, Ogle said she’s unsure if it will change given the federal government’s adjustment to child care benefits last July. While many families now receive more money from that program, the soaring price for rental housing in Metro Vancouver can offset that gain. “That’s the challenge,” Ogle said. “These [living wage] policies need to keep up with the rising costs.” She said her group is working with stakeholders such as municipal, federal, corporate and charitable entities to review poverty levels in B.C. “but absent from the table is the provincial government,” Ogle said, noting the upcoming election in May. “This is an opportunity to make poverty an issue. Affordable living is something that we want to see all political parties endorse.” jcleugh@tricitynews.com

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Port Moody looks poised to open the doors to a wider range of housing types by allowing narrow-lot subdivisions. A proposed bylaw that will go to a public hearing Jan. 24 would allow many homeowners in Moody Centre to subdivide their lots and create two smaller homes. Areas of Glenayre, as well as parts of the north shore, were also included in a map identifying potentially subdividable lots. One caveat is that front and rear access to the property are required. The proposed bylaw comes in response to a group of homeowners who approached council last October, who said that instead of selling their lots to developers who would then

build a “monster home,” they would prefer to preserve Moody Centre’s character by subdividing their lots to build two smaller homes. Supporters agree such a move could create more affordable housing close to transit. “I live next to one of the houses slated to be torn down and built into a 5,000-sq. ft. house,” said a Moody Centre resident at Tuesday’s council meeting. “I would much rather have two families… who would be able to walk and use the West Coast Express or SkyTrain.” Gaetan Royer, PoMo’s former city manager, spoke in favour of the proposed bylaw, saying it would benefit small property owners with increased equity and maintain the neighbourhood’s character while allowing for a slower pace of growth. Resident David Ritcey raised

concerns with some of the bylaw’s details, however, particularly with proposed floor area ratios and roof heights. Staff are also proposing a more streamlined process for subdivision applications, exempting interested homeowners from, among other requirements, the community information meeting, which could be replaced with a rezoning sign on the lot with details on the required public hearing; and the Community Planning Advisory Committee (formerly Land Use Committee). Removing those processes from the subdivision applications would also save the homeowner about $1,100 compared to a typical $4,435 cost for rezoning, which reflects the reduced staff time required to process them.



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Notice of Public Consultation The City has received an application to amend a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) for the property located at 801 Brunette Avenue. The applicant, OK Falls Auto Sales Inc., has applied to amend a commercial TUP to allow for outdoor vehicle storage associated with the car dealership at 815 Brunette Avenue. This amended TUP would expire on July 18, 2019. You are invited to provide input to Council relative to this application. Additional information related to this application, including a copy of the original permit and the proposed amendment, may be inspected from Wednesday, January 11, 2017 to Monday, January 23, 2017 at the City’s Planning and Development Department, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays. You may also obtain more information on this application by contacting Julia Healy, Planning and Development Department, at 604-927-3475 or jhealy@coquitlam.ca. This application will be considered by Council at their Regular Council Meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017. The Council Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. and is held in the Council Chambers of City Hall located at 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2.

Join us at Lafarge Lake! All activities take place rain or shine at the Welcome Tent near the Town Centre Park Plaza. Drop in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Monday, Jan. 16 Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, Jan. 18 Lantern Workshop

Join in the hunt. Featuring a performance by the Glen Pine Singers (weather permitting).

It’s your last chance to add a lantern to our Bright Reflections display!

If you wish to provide input in writing please submit your comments to the City Clerk’s Office in one of the following ways: By email to clerks@coquitlam.ca; In person at the City Clerk’s Office which is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 3000 Guildford Way; By fax at 604-927-3015. Written submissions provided in response to this consultation will become part of the public record which includes the submissions being made available for public inspection at Coquitlam City Hall and potentially on our website as part of a future agenda package at www.coquitlam/agendas.

Friday, Jan. 20 Scavenger Hunt Pick up your scavenger hunt card at the Welcome Tent and return it for a surprise.

Saturday, Jan. 21 Coquitlam’s Heritage The Coquitlam Heritage Society shows off artefacts and hosts a fun craft. Also pick up a free packet of heirloom vegetable seeds!

For more information, visit coquitlam.ca/parkspark Parking is available throughout Town Centre Park, off of Trevor Wingrove Way.

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Metro home prices to fall 8.5%: report

Community Information Forum II 804-810 MacIntosh St, Coquitlam "Our experience with Haraman was fantastic from start to finish.” William Cheng, Blue Mountain Village Client

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stricter requirements on currency conversions. It says the region’s biggest price gains of 2016 came in West Vancouver, where aggregate home prices soared 32.8% during the year to $3.57 million. “Severe affordability issues, brought on by rapid appreciation through the year, has caused sales activity to slow, particularly in the region’s near million-dollar condominium market, where prices depreciated by 7.6% on a quarter-overquarter basis.” In Surrey, aggregate home prices (blending different home types) climbed 22% year-overyear to $765,000. “Extremely low inventory levels, new mortgage stress tests

and the threat of lenders hiking interest rates have all given pause to many attempting to enter the market, particularly in the detached segment where affordability has made prospective purchasers question their buying power,” the report observed. Langley saw aggregate home prices rise 25.7% to end the year at $786,720. While markets in pricier parts of Metro began to struggle in the latest quarter, the report says many buyers were drawn east to areas like Langley in search of affordability, resulting in more sales and competition over listings. jnagel@blackpress.ca @jeffnagel

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A predicted drop in housing prices this year would “give back much of the appreciation witnessed in the first half of 2016.”

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A new real estate forecast predicts an 8.5% drop in home prices in 2017 across Metro Vancouver. The report released by Royal LePage indicates the market decline would likely be worse if not for the “remarkably resilient” condo sector, which offers more affordable prices, and the region’s nation-leading economy. “It is expected that Greater Vancouver will experience a near double-digit correction in the new year as sanity returns to the marketplace, causing the region to give back much of the appreciation witnessed in the first half of 2016,” said Randy Ryalls, general manager of Royal LePage Sterling Realty. “However, inventory will continue to be the story in the new year, as any movement within the market will be exaggerated at their current, extremely low levels, meaning that if sentiment remains unchanged, conditions could worsen and prices may fall even further.” The report also predicts foreign investment in Metro Vancouver will wane further due to the foreign buyers’ tax and China’s imposition of new,

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Oil and cash B

.C.’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion was never in serious doubt but whether the province got enough out of the deal is still an open question. Apparently, the clincher was a $1-billion investment fund for community environmental projects over 20 years based on money B.C. will get from Kinder Morgan’s oil sales on the spot market, about 17% of shipments. This fund is not likely to silence the criticism, nor will it prevent court cases by First Nations groups against the pipeline, which will pass through Coquitlam. But it does give the premier talking points in the lead-up to May’s provincial election, however little money this actually is in the big picture. Also uncertain is how many jobs British Columbians will get from construction given that there is a local shortage of skilled labour. We can only hope the promised safety measures to protect B.C. waters are adequate.

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THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

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RESULTS: YES 80% / NO 20%

THE DRUG CRISIS

FHA explains approach to opioids & ODs AS I SEE IT

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n 2016, British Columbians faced the public health emergency that is the overdose crisis. As of Nov. 30, 755 people in our province had died due to an overdose — 259 of those deaths occurring in the Fraser Health region. That’s 259 sons, daughters, partners and friends who had lost their lives to an issue that has impacted our society at all levels. In our region of 1.8 million people, the overdose crisis has touched all of our communities. How does a health authority manage something like this? We mobilized to develop and execute an aggressive overdose strategy, tackling the problem with multiple approaches, including prevention, harm reduction and treatment. We combined our efforts in our communities and hospitals. Across our region, 56 sites — including all of our emergency departments and public health units — are now equipped to distribute take-home naloxone. By the end of October, we distributed more than 2,300 kits, helping to save countless lives. We also developed and implemented a safe prescription policy for opioidbased medications in all ERs across the region.

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We have held 17 community forums and naloxone training events in partnership with our municipalities, schools and the RCMP to prevent overdoses from occurring and to prepare people in case they do. We’ve launched a multi-phased public education campaign targeting all people who uses substances, and we’ve produced these materials in ways that can be easily shared by schools, media outlets and the public. In October, we partnered with RainCity Housing and Support Society to develop a regional harm-reduction strategy that, among other things, will connect the most vulnerable patients to health and social services and find ways to reduce inappropriately discarded needles in our communities. We recently announced that we’re proposing two sites for supervised consumption services in Surrey, where we’ve seen the highest number of overdose deaths. We’re working with the surrounding neighbourhoods and municipal partners to ensure that we produce measurable, positive results. We know many people with opioid substance use

disorders are seeking support to address their addiction and there are often questions as to the most appropriate treatment. Opioid substitution treatment (the prescription of medications such as suboxone and methadone) is the most effective treatment in reducing use of opioids, improving physical health and reducing death rates. We’re doubling capacity for opioid substitution treatment at our two sites in Surrey, and we’re enhancing these services in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. Over the past 18 months, we’ve opened dozens of substance use treatment beds in our region, and we’re on track to open another 100 beds in 2017. We are also working with our partners to ensure that access to opioid substitution treatment is part of the continuum of care in these residential substance use disorder services. While our efforts have produced results in our communities, there is more to be done. The public health emergency has impacted us all, and Fraser Health is committed to being at the forefront of creating positive change.

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SNOW & ICE

REAL ESTATE

City hasn’t done enough Calm down to clear its own sidewalks over property The Editor, A letter to Port Moody’s mayor and city council: I wish to express my dismay at the way in which the snow clearing has been conducted over the last few weeks — or perhaps it is more appropriate to say has not been conducted. Some attempt was made with the roads throughout the city but for some reason, all the sidewalks that do not have businesses or homeowners to clean, and which are the city’s responsibility to clear, appear to have been forgotten. In view of the fact that our recent weather had been forecast for snow and all that accompanies it, I would have thought that precautions and actions plans would have been made to cope with this unusual weather. Instead, there was no snow clearing from the first storm, then the snow iced over, which made it treacherous walking on the sidewalks. Then it rained and iced over again, another load on top of the first, then

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While recent winter weather has some all smiles, others who have to move around the region are concerned about icy conditions. another snowfall and lower temperatures contributed to the streets as they are now, being very rutted and iced over, making them extremely dangerous to walk on. The sidewalk on all four corners at the intersection of Ioco road and Murray Street are like rutted ice ramps going down to the road and very difficult to

navigate. I would like to know why there were no contingency plans to deal appropriately with this weather, not for just the roads but including the sidewalks. Presumably some of our taxes are used for this purpose but perhaps since city hall was closed for the majority of this period, it doesn’t matter to you.

Being shortsighted on this issue is not acceptable but it would appear that once the first snow fell and the forecast called for rain, which did not happen as forecast, the general feeling was wait for the rain to wash it away. That is fine if that had happened but the rain did not come as expected and when it did, then the lower temperatures came with it, which made the conditions worse. Perhaps in future you could use your staff proactively, not reactively, when this type of weather condition is forecast. I would like an explanation as to why the sidewalks were not cleaned, how they are going to be cleaned and what is going to happen moving forward as we are expected to have more of this weather. Or should we expect nothing to be done and continue to skate our way around the streets and pray that we don’t fall and break something? Gillian Harney, Port Moody

assessments The Editor, Re. “How much is your home worth now?” (The TriCity News, Jan. 4) and “Land owners see big assessment jumps” (Jan. 6). In all my life I have never witnessed so much angst and gnashing of teeth as over the issue of residential property assessed values and the impact on property taxes. You’d think these people who have just experienced a huge increase in their net worth are facing financial ruin. I will be very interested in their reactions if there is a downward correction in property values and yet they see their tax bill keeps going up. I’ve heard all the stories about people on fixed income or low income, but the reality is, if you own a multimillion dollar home, you’re

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one of the lucky ones and raising the money against your home or deferring the taxes is easy, so get over it and quit whining. As a final note, The Tri-City News would be doing a great public service if it explained how property taxes are actually calculated rather than fanning the flames by running stories from the uninformed or hysterical. Bob Elliott, Port Coquitlam

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Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that the City of Coquitlam will be holding a Public Hearing to receive representations from all persons who deem it in their interest to address Council regarding the following proposed bylaws. This meeting will be held on:

Date: Time: Location:

Monday, January 23, 2017 7:00 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7N2

Immediately following the adjournment of the Public Hearing, Council will convene a Regular Council Meeting during which it will give consideration to the items on the Public Hearing agenda.

Address: 1414 Haversley Avenue

The intent of Bylaw 4727, 2016 is to authorize the City to enter into a Heritage Revitalization Agreement with the owner of the property located at 907 Walls Avenue. The intent of Bylaw 4728, 2016 is to authorize the City to designate the land and building(s) located at 907 Walls Avenue as a protected heritage property. If approved, the application would facilitate the re-siting, restoration and heritage designation of the Alsbury-Munday House, a historic Maillardville building, as a single-family home with a newly constructed carriage house. The application would also facilitate the subdivision of the subject property into two additional residential lots, each with a single-family home and secondary suite.

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How do I find out more information? Additional information, copies of the bylaws, supporting staff reports, and any relevant background documentation may be inspected from January 10 to 23, 2017 in person at the Planning and Development Department, Coquitlam City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays.

Survey results to be used by B.C. Seniors Advocate

receive a mail-in version of the survey to contribute their impressions of the care facilities to the project. While the individual responses will be kept private, the overall results will be made public by the Seniors Advocate’s office. The Seniors Advocate will also use these results to make recommendations to the Ministry of Health. The project team has recruited about 500 volunteers to perform the surveys and they are now reaching out for more help. The volunteers sign up for about 30 hours of work over six to eight weeks in their own communities, and those 30 hours include eight hours of training in administering the surveys. Parsons is aiming at wrapping up the project by this coming March and welcomes inquiries from prospective volunteers. Information on becoming a volunteer can be found at surveybcseniors.org.

Seniors living in long-term care homes across the province, including in the TriCities, are being interviewed for their opinions on the care that their facilities provide. It’s an unprecedented undertaking, according to project manager Lillian Parsons. “This provincial project will visit all 27,000 residents in 303 care homes in B.C.,” Parsons said. “So far we have completed interviews with 10,000 residents, including 30 of the 70 homes in Fraser Health region.” The goal is to find out if care home residents are living meaningful lives, with questions about food served, activities offered, privacy, dignity and the opportunity to make friends. The residents will also be asked for the name of their most frequent visitor, who will

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You may also obtain further information with regard to the bylaws mentioned above on the City’s website at www.coquitlam.ca/publichearing and by phone at 604-927-3430. How do I provide input? Verbal submissions may only be made in person at the Public Hearing. The City Clerk’s Office will compile a Speakers List for each item. To have your name added to the Speakers List please call 604-927-3010. Everyone will be permitted to speak at the Public Hearing but those who have registered in advance will be given first opportunity. Please also be advised that video recordings of Public Hearings are streamed live and archived on the City’s website at www.coquitlam.ca/webcasts. Prior to the Public Hearing written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office in one of the following ways: Email: clerks@coquitlam.ca; Regular mail: 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2; In person: City Clerk’s Office, 2nd Floor, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2; Fax: to the City Clerk’s Office at 604-927-3015. To afford Council an opportunity to review your submission, please ensure that you forward it to the City Clerk’s Office prior to noon on the day of the hearing. Written submissions provided in response to this consultation will become part of the public record which includes the submissions being made available for public inspection at Coquitlam City Hall and on our website at www.coquitlam.ca/agendas. If you require more information regarding this process please call the City Clerk’s Office at 604-927-3010. Please note that Council may not receive further submissions from the public or interested parties concerning any of the bylaws described above after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Jay Gilbert City Clerk

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Schedule of Meetings City Hall - 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam

Monday, January 16, 2017 MEETING

TIME

LOCATION

Closed Council

12:30 pm

Council Committee Room

Appeal Hearing

1:00 pm

Council Committee Room

Council-In-Committee

2:00 pm

Council Committee Room

Regular Council

7:00 pm

Council Chambers

Watch Live Broadcasts of Coquitlam Council Meetings or Archived Video from Meetings Previously Webcast The City of Coquitlam offers a video streaming service that makes its Regular Council Meetings, Council-in-Committee Meetings and Public Hearings accessible through its website at

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Agendas for the Regular Council and Council-in-Committee Meetings will be available online at www.coquitlam.ca/agendas by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the scheduled meetings.


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Beer lovers know there are plenty of good local suds offerings to go around here in the Tri-Cities but a group of true brew hounds is gaining momentum for their growing cask festivals. The non-profit Tri-Cities Cask Festival Society, composed of professional and amateur brewers, held its sixth event late last year and, on Jan. 22, will hold its biggest event yet: a proam at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam. Society spokesperson Tim Vandergrift says the group’s growing success is all in the tasty small-batch sipping, a hallmark of the carefully crafted cask beer. “The big thing about cask beer is it’s made the way beer was made hundreds of years ago,” Vandergrift said. Unlike the industrial-scale beer that is filtered, artificially carbon-

ated and packaged before distribution to liquor stores, bars and restaurants, cask beer is brewed in casks that usually hold only six to 12 gallons. “The beer is alive, it’s not filtered or fiddled with,” Vandergrift said. “It contains all the grains, malts, hops, water and yeast — it’s living, so it’s fragile. It doesn’t last forever.” Once the cask is cracked, it’s only good for a day or so, he added, making cask beer tasting a real event. Brewers serve up a wide selection of styles to choose from, whether it’s a pale ale, stout or something season-specific, but the beauty of a cask event is that it gives them a chance to show off a bit, Vandergrift said. “They really want to flex their creative muscles because it’s a one-time event for customers who really want to taste the cool stuff… like a maple bacon bourbon stout.” The novelty of cask beers has meant the society’s events have proved popular right from the beginning, which was in 2015, when it started at smaller venues and brought in crowds of about 150 people. The group’s

event in November — which sold out — drew more than 500 while the pro-am will be the first the society has hosted in a large ballroom-style venue. Home brew clubs have been invited to make their own cask beers under the sponsorship and licence of a local craft brewer (required under provincial liquor laws), giving individual brewers a chance to showcase their unique recipes, while professional brewers are busy developing their cask beers alongside their more standard, large-scale brews. Vandergrift said the growing interest in cask festivals prompted a quick sell-out in brewer slots for the January event, when there will be about 24 professional brewers and 20 home brew casks on hand. • Tickets for the Tri-Cities Cask Festival Winter Pro-Am on Jan. 22 are available at www. tricitiescaskfestival.com. The ticket includes a four-ounce sampler glass and 10 tasting tokens as well as an option to get a free transit pass thanks to a partnership with the Campaign for Real Ale Vancouver.

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Fill your weekend with fine art, a hit film and live blues music SARAH PAYNE

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The deep freeze chill looks set to ease off, just slightly, by the weekend, so after you’ve been outside enjoy the balmy barelyabove-zero temperatures, be sure to hit up some of the great shows and events taking place this weekend.

Friday, Jan. 13 LAFARGE LIGHTS

Have you seen the incredible light show around Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam? The display winds up on Jan. 22, so it’s a good time to see the magical scenes of a garden wonderland. Tonight, members of the Park Spark team will be at the welcome tent near the Town Centre Park Plaza and invite visitors to drop in between 6 and 8 p.m. to take part in Wildlife Bingo. Come back Saturday night at 7 p.m. wearing your best Canada wear and join in a procession to the O Canada section to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

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Check out the work of local painters, photographers and fibre artists at the Port Coquitlam Art Group Show at the Leigh Square Community Arts Village, where works on display will include Forest Blues by Rae Yano (above) and pieces by The Fibre Breathing Dragons (right).

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Saturday, Jan. 14

Join the Coquitlam Express at the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex as they take on the Cowichan Capitals at 7 p.m., when the Express will be giving a nod to the team’s early days by wearing the heritage Comets jerseys. Visit www.coquitlamexpress.ca for more details. When a film collaboration includes German film director Wim Wenders, Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Sam Shepard, a soundtrack by Ry Cooder and stars Nastassja Kinski and Harry Dean Stanton, you know you’re in for a cinematic treat. The Port Moody Film Society presents Paris, Texas, winner of the Palme D’Or in 1984, at the Inlet Theatre, a moving story about a drifter who emerges from the desert after going missing four years earlier and begins reclaiming his family. Visit www.pmfilm.ca for more info.

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Stage 43 goes looking, and in the process puts on a heartwarming and humorous show about friendship, love and the joy of the unexpected. Canadian playwright Norm Foster penned the tale of singles Val, Andy, Nina and Matt, all middle-aged and looking for romance; when two agree to a blind date, the others are roped in for moral support and romance and contagious laughter result. The show runs at the Evergreen Cultural Centre through the 15th (and again next weekend), at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. show Sunday. Tickets are $22/$18/$15 (bundle of 10 or more) at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca or 604-927-6555.

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It wouldn’t be blowing smoke to say an evening of great rhythm and blues music by the band Bluesmoke isn’t to be missed. So it’s a good thing they’re hitting the stage at Port Moody’s Gallery Bistro tonight, promising to play a mix of originals and covers by crowd favourites like Muddy Waters and Ray Charles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for tapas, wine and local craft beer and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 604-937-0998 to reserve a spot.

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• Tame Your Tech: This special tech help event is being held next Thursday, Jan. 19, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Poirier branch. Do you need help with your eReader, tablet, laptop, or smartphone? CPL staff are here to help. Register now to attend this free tech help event by calling 604-554-7323, by emailing askalibrarian@coqlibrary. ca or in-person at the library. • Reading Buddies: CPL needs enthusiastic teen volunteers to work with children in its Reading Buddies program. Starting in February, meetings will be after school on Wednesdays at the Poirier branch, and on Thursdays at the City Centre branch. The paired reading program will end just before spring break. The application deadline for Reading Buddies is Wednesday, Jan. 18 and application forms are available at both branches as well as at www.coqlibrary.ca. For more information, contact librarian Chris Miller at 604-554-7339 or cmiller@coqlibrary.ca. • Reading Lounge open house: CPL is holding an opening celebration for its new 675 sq. ft. reading lounge at the Poirier branch on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. Library staff will serve free cof-

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• Writing Workshop: Characterization and Point of View: Are you a writer who wants to make your characters jump off the page? Awardwinning author Lois Peterson will help new and emerging writers develop vivid and memorable characters. Join her tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 to 4 p.m. in PMPL’s ParkLane Room for this writing workshop. Call 604-469-4577 to reserve a seat. • Building a power resume: In a competitive job market, a strong resume is crucial. A distinct resume will catch the attention of employers and help you get a job interview. This workshop on Monday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the ParkLane Room will give you an overview of how to choose the right resume style for you and how to add some “wow” factor to help you stand out from other job candidates and land that new job. Workshop is presented in partnership with Port Moody WorkBC Employment Services Centre. Call 604-469-4577 to reserve a seat. • SFU Philosopher’s Café: How Do You Experience

Silence?: PMPL’s first Philosopher’s Café for 2017 will be next Friday, Jan. 20 in the ParkLane Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m., where participants will discuss what silence feels like to them and how a practice of inner silence might shape their perception of and relationship with the outer world. Drop-in, no registration required. • Novel Writing for Teens: Local author Jackie Amsden will help teens create a unique voice for their stories at this workshop, which will focus on perspective, tone and language. Kids 12 to 18 years old can join here in the library’s ParkLane Room on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 604-469-4577 to register. For more information, visit library.portmoody.ca or call 604-469-4577. Port Moody

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• Dad Time, Library Time: Calling all dads and male caregivers with little ones from one day to five years of age for a fun drop-in program at Terry Fox Library. There will be songs, stories, games and crafts with time after the program to socialize and hang out with other dads and caregivers. These sessions are held on the last Saturday of the month — Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25 and April 29 — from 2 to 2:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.fvrl.bc.ca or the Fraser Valley Regional Library Facebook page. Terry Fox Library is located 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Phone 604-

• Tri-City Singles Social Club, which offers an opportunity for 50+ singles to get together and enjoy a variety of activities such as dining, dancing, theatre, travel, movies and more, meets, 7 p.m., Legion Manor, 2909 Hope St., Port Moody (street parking only). New members from the Tri-Cities and beyond are welcome. Directions and info: Darline, 604-466-0017. • PoCo Heritage hosts Heritage Writers Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, PoCo Heritage Museum and Archive, 1502248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam Get started writing your life story for family and posterity. Bring a pen and paper or your laptop computer. Info: pocoheritage.org

TUESDAY, JAN. 17 • PoCo Garden Club meeting, 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Church, 2211 Prairie Ave. Speaker: Dave Theobald on composting. Info: 778-3553245. • Coquitlam Needlearts

Guild meets, noon-3 p.m., Como Lake United Church, 535 Marmont St., Coquitlam. Info: 604-937-0836.

THURSDAY, JAN. 19 • Burke Mountain’s community group, North East Coquitlam Ratepayers Association, hosts appraisers from BC Assessment Authority, 7 p.m., Victoria Hall, 3435 Victoria Dr.; they will explain appraisal criteria and field general questions. Info: 604970-2579.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25 • Tri-City Centennial Stamp Club stamp auction by members, McGee Room, Poirier community centre, 630 Poirier St., Coquitlam; viewing starts at 7 p.m., auction after 8 p.m. Info: www.stampclub.ca or 604-941-9306.

THURSDAY, JAN. 26 • Coquitlam Needlearts Guild meets, 7-9:30 p.m., Como Lake United Church, 535 Marmont St., Coquitlam. Info: 604-937-0836.


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Coquitlam’s Sandy Burpee was one of 31 British Columbians last week to be honoured with a sovereign’s medal for volunteers. Presented by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, the accolade recognizes Burpee’s efforts with helping the less fortunate.

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For the second year in a row, students at Port Moody secondary and teacher Marina Mehai will take part in the BC Green Games, a digital eco-storytelling contest hosted by Science World. The project-style, inquiry-based program allows for scientific exploration, storytelling, media arts and advocacy. Among PMSS' projects include an electronics drive, school garden planting and maintenance, school clean-up, adopt-a-trail initiative, fundraising for a water-filling station, creating improved signage for recycling and compost stations, and planning and implementing an eco-fair. The winners are announced April 4.

Port Moody fire chief Remo Faedo said farewell to the firehall last week and, in keeping with tradition for retiring chiefs, was chauffered home in a fire truck. He started as a volunteer smoke-eater in 1989; he was named chief in 2011.

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Three Tri-City high school students are finalists for the Loran Award, an undergraduate scholarship given to Canadians who show strength in character, service and leadership. Kieran Cyphus (Heritage Woods secondary), Jamie Fajber (Gleneagle secondary) and Anna Yang (Dr. Charles Best secondary) are among the 84 students across the nation — and 17 in B.C. — shortlisted for the prestigious accolade. The trio has already been interviewed and, next month, will attend the Loran Scholars Foundation's national selections in Toronto. Up to 32 Loran scholars will be picked and receive $100,000 over four years including a $10,000 annual stipend, tuition waivers from one of 25 Canadian universities, mentorship, summer internship funding, a weeklong orientation expedition in Algonquin Park and other perks. Finalists are also eligible to win $3,000. Port Moody's Cyphus has run the school badminton team and has increased its membership. He also started a tutoring program and, as a volunteer at the public library, helps community members learn to use technology. Cyphus plays viola in the school orchestra and is a member of the volleyball team. Fajber, a Coquitlam resident, co-founded his school's spoken word poetry club. He started teaching taekwondo at the age of 13 and developed a martial arts and character development program for youth. As well, he plays in the jazz band and is a cross-country runner. And Yang, also of Coquitlam, co-founded and coaches a middle school debate team, volunteers with an anti-poverty organization and co-chairs a 500-delegate Model United Nations simulation conference. She manages the finances for a book donation nonprofit and has helped the local federal constituency office. Yang is also captain of the badminton team.

PoCo Heritage wrapped up its annual Christmas tree festival last Saturday at the Leigh Square Community Arts Village, with participants enjoying the decorated trees including by TOPS and sponsor realtor Sandra Craig.

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Crossroads Hospice Society scored $1,280 from a burger and beer feast, hosted last month by the Port Moody Oldtimers Hockey Association, at Burrard Public House. The cash benefitted the Crossroads Inlet Centre hospice.

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Students Allan Waithira and Denis Chege are back home in Kenya after a two-month stint in the Tri-Cities last fall. The pair was picked as part of the Butterfly Effect, an independent study course where they do projects and support other online learners. It has a cultural exchange component under PAMOJA, a grassroots non-government organization that partners with schools across North America. While at Dr. Charles Best secondary, they also attended Maple Creek middle and Kilmer and Mary Hill elementary schools to share their culture and learn about Canada. The pair blogged about their experiences via kenyallancanada. wordpress.com and kenyachegecanada.wordpress.com.

The annual Ugly Sweater Dash in Port Moody last month brought out 425 participants and raised about $5,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The run was hosted by the Now That’s Ugly Society of Port Moody.

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The leadership class at Port Coquitlam's Terry Fox secondary has designed anti-bullying t-shirts in the lead up to Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 22. This year's garments have the message "I Choose Kindness" and will build awareness and raise funds for KidSport Tri-Cities. To order a t-shirt for $10, email dwhitson@sd43.bc.ca.

Ken Richardson, managing partner of EPR Coquitlam, carved up a turkey at last month’s Christmas luncheon hosted by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, at the Hard Rock Casino. The event was sponsored in part by The Tri-City News.

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Looking for a club to join? Check out Tri-City groups • Shoreline Writers’ Society meets, 1 p.m., on the third Sunday of every month at Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns St. New members welcome. Info: Helmi, 604-4628942. • Apex Netball Club is held Mondays, 6:308:30 p.m., Hillcrest middle school, 2161 Regan Ave., Coquitlam for women and girls of all ages. Beginners welcome. Info: Nicole, 778240-8247 or nicmurphy26@gmail.com. • The Circle of Friends, a social group for 50+ singles looking to meet new friends and participate in social events such as walking, dancing, dining out, travel, theatre, etc., meets on the third Thursday of each month at PoCo Legion, 133–2675 Shaughnessy St., 7 p.m., to plan events. Info: Nina, 604-941-9032. • The Tri-City Singles Social Club offers an opportunity for 50+ singles to get together and enjoy fun activities such as dining, dancing, theatre, travel, movies and more. Meetings are normally held on the third Monday of each month, excluding December, 7:30 p.m., at the Legion Manor, 2909 Hope St., Port Moody (on-street parking only). New members are welcome. Info: Darline, 604-466-0017. • Rotary Club of PoCo Centennial meets Thursdays, 4:15 p.m., Wilson Centre, 2150 Wilson Ave., PoCo; new members welcome. Info: Barrie, barrie@barrieseaton.com or 604945-6627. • Fraser Pacific Rose Society meets last Tuesday of each month except August and December, 7 p.m. Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier St. Everyone welcome. • PoCo Lions Club meets first and

third Tuesdays of each month, 7 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion 133, 2675 Shaughnessy St., PoCo. New members welcome. Info:: Gord, 604-941-5140 or pzcgrg@shaw.ca. • Coquitlam Gogos (Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation) meet third Wednesday of each month, 1 p.m., Parkwood Manor, 1142 Dufferin St., Coquitlam. Info: Pam, 604-469-0265. • Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise meets Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m., City Centre Aquatic Complex, 1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. New members welcome. Info: 604-464-7706. • PoMo Men’s 55-plus Curling League is looking for players who would like to curl regularly or as a spare; league runs Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: Tony, 604-461-5901 or Bill, 604-464-1051. • Tri-City Photography Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. at Port Moody secondary school, 300 Albert St., PoMo. The club is a great way to hone your skills and meet other photographers of all levels, and has photography outings throughout the Lower Mainland. Info: www.tricityphoto.ca. • Euchre Club meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Royal Canadian Legion, 2675 Shaughnessy St., PoCo. Info: Bev, 604-9428911. • Friends of Coquitlam Public Library meet on the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the boardroom, Poirier Branch. Info: 604-937-4130.

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Take photos, take a hike... continued from page 27 • Dogwood Photography Group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m., at Coquitlam’s Dogwood Pavilion. Club members must be members of Dogwood Pavilion; professionals and novices alike are welcome. Info: Arcadia, 604-936-2263 or artistarcadi@gmail.com. • Barnet Lions Club meets first and third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., Coquitlam Grill restaurant, 2635 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam. New members welcome. Info: 604-644-7194 or www.barnetlions.com. • Pocomo Hiking Club invites people to join Saturday hikes starting at 9:30 a.m. from the Rocky Point Park parking lot. Info: Maurina, pocomohiking@hotmail.com. • Singles over-45 walking group meets Saturdays, 9:15 a.m. at Pitt Meadows rec centre for walks in Tri-Cities and Ridge Meadows areas. Info: Graham, 604-464 1839. • Super Strikers Youth Cricket Club plays at Mackin Park in Coquitlam; all levels welcome, including handball cricket for U16 and U14 and kanga (softball) cricket for U10. Info: 604-461-

2522 or kittybridgens@yahoo.ca. • Port Coquitlam Elks Lodge 49 meets first and third Thursdays at 8 p.m. it Elks Hall, 2272 Leigh Sq. Elks are looking for new members. Group provides community service to young people and seniors in the Tri-Cities and beyond. Info: Ed, 604-945-0880 or 604-942-1345. • Happy Wanderers Walking Club welcomes all singles 45 and older for walks in the TriCities and Ridge Meadows areas; meet every Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Info: Marilyn, 604-4638874. • The Kinsmen Club of PoCo is looking for new members. It is a service club operating since 1965 that combines raising money with of each month and commit time for projects and social events. Anyone interested in joining or attending a meeting, call Cyrille at 604-9424826 or email kincyril@shaw.ca. • Tri-City Airedale Terrier Club is organizing events for local Airedale owners (and dogs). Info: s@tricityairedales.com or www.tricityairedales.com. • Hyde Creek Watershed Society meets first Wednesday of every month, 7:15 p.m., Hyde Creek rec centre. Info: 604-461-FISH (3474).

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posted its highest-ever total investment in residential construction in October, according to Statistics Canada data published in late December. The expenditure of $1,149,222 on new housing builds was 1.5 per cent higher than the record-breaking month before, and a year-over-year rise of 31.4 per cent versus October 2015. Condo-apartment buildings once more led the growth and saw the biggest injection of cash, taking up close to half the province’s total investment at $564 million. This was a rise of 5.3 per cent since September and an annual jump of 45.8 per cent. New single-family home construction in the province posted an October investment of $455 million, which was down two per

cent month over month but up 17.8 per cent compared with October 2015. Investment in town-houses and other attached properties in BC totalled $96.9 million in October, down very slightly at 0.1 per cent compared with September, but 28.5 per cent higher than a year previously. Only $32.9 million was spent on building new duplex homes in BC in October, a yearover-year rise of 25.7 per cent but a drop of 3.5 per cent from September. National Picture As usual, despite raising the investment bar once again, BC was in second place out of all provinces and territories in terms of total dollar amount in new home construction investment, with Ontario spending $2.1 billion in residential

posted its highest-ever total investment in residential construction in October, according to Statistics Canada data published in late December. The expenditure of $1,149,222 on new housing builds was 1.5 per cent higher than the record-breaking month before, and a year-over-year rise of 31.4 per cent versus October 2015. Condo-apartment buildings once more led the growth and saw the biggest injection of cash, taking up close to half the province’s total investment at $564 million. This was a rise of 5.3 per cent since September and an annual jump of 45.8 per cent. New single-family home construction in the province posted an October investment of $455 million, which was down two per

cent month over month but up 17.8 per cent compared with October 2015. Investment in town-houses and other attached properties in BC totalled $96.9 million in October, down very slightly at 0.1 per cent compared with September, but 28.5 per cent higher than a year previously. Only $32.9 million was spent on building new duplex homes in BC in October, a yearover-year rise of 25.7 per cent but a drop of 3.5 per cent from September. National Picture As usual, despite raising the investment

construction. But, also as has been the recent trend, BC’s growth in new home investment was once again much steeper than Ontario’s 13.9 per cent year-over-year increase. New home construction investment dropped on a year-over-year basis in seven of Canada’s 14 provinces and territories, with annual declines recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador (which are combined), Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. After also breaking a record in new home building investment in Septem-ber, breaching the $5 billion mark for the first time, the nation as a whole slipped a little in October, spending $4.9 billion on new housing construction. This was still a yearover-year rise of 4.9 per cent.

Unlike in BC, as has also been the recent trend, Canada-wide new home investment was weighted in favour of single-family houses, which totalled $2.45 billion across the country – an increase of six per cent over the previous October. National investment in multi-family construction further slowed its annual growth rate, rising 2.1 per cent year over year to $1.8 billion. News of the continued increase in new home investment in BC came a couple of weeks after federal agencies reported a recovery in the number of housing starts and values of building permits issued in the region. The British Columbia Real Estate Association recently predicted that rising home completions in 2017 would lead to a “more balanced” housing market next year.

once again, BC was in second place Unlike in BC, as has also been the recent construction. But, also as hasbar been the out of all provinces and territories in of total dollar amount in new home trend, Canada-wide new home investment recent trend, BC’s growth in terms new home construction investment, with Ontario spending $2.1 billion in residential was weighted in favour of single-family investment was once again much steeper houses, which totalled $2.45 billion across than Ontario’s 13.9 per cent year-over-year the country – an increase of six per cent increase. over the previous October. National New home construction investment dropped on a year-over-year basis in seven of investment in multi-family construction further slowed its annual growth rate, rising Canada’s 14 provinces and territories, with 2.1 per cent year over year to $1.8 billion. annual declines recorded in Newfoundland News of the continued increase in new and Labrador (which are combined), Nova home investment in BC came a couple of Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, weeks after federal agencies reported a Saskatchewan and Alberta. recovery in the number of housing starts After also breaking a record in new and values of building permits issued in the home building investment in Septem-ber, region. breaching the $5 billion mark for the first The British Columbia Real Estate time, the nation as a whole slipped a little Association recently predicted that rising in October, spending $4.9 billion on new home completions in 2017 would lead to a housing construction. This was still a year“more balanced” housing market next year. over-year rise of 4.9 per cent.

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Above: Coquitlam Express goalie Lawson Fenton prepares to make one of his 36 saves last Friday as Express defenceman Devon Mussio gets his stick on shooter Mike Sauer of the Surrey Eagles in a BC Hockey League game at Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex. Coquitlam, who have been struggling this season, dropped the Eagles 5-2 behind single-goal efforts from D-man Jake Brien and forwards Alex Ambrosio, Cal Babych, Mitch Newsome and William Lawrence. Head coach Barry Wolff’s squad then had a tough weekend, surrendering two big losses on Vancouver Island: 12-1 to Powell River Kings and 5-0 to Cowichan Valley Capitals. The locals, playing as the Coquitlam Comets, host the Capitals tonight (Friday) at Poirier in a game that will honour the only father and son to both play Junior A Hockey in Coquitlam: Scott Wren (Comets, 1974 to’76) and Chad Wren (Express, 2003 to ’05). The event kicks off at 6:45 p.m. (Below: Coquitlam forward Hayden Knight battles Surrey defenceman Landon Fuller.)

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Coquitlam’s Woinoski sets SFU meet record in 1,000 The SFU Clan men’s and women’s swimming teams lost dual meets last weekend in Maui but a Coquitlam swimmer had a good experience as he broke a university record. Tim Woinoski placed second in the 1,000-yard freestyle, los-

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was the first NCAA varsity dual meet competition ever held on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The Clan men lost to the Rainbow Warriors 115-81 while the Clan women lost to the Rainbow Wahine 121-78 at the Kihei Aquatic Center.

The competition came at the end of a 10-day winter training camp for the Clan, who will return to action for the BC Senior Circuit competition tomorrow and then race against Seattle University in a dual meet on Jan. 21 in Washington.

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Sato, Miki, Park, Drexel & McArdle to the provincials

Four Tri-City curlers are on the teams that have qualified for the BC U18 Curling Championships. The teams will be making history as they will be participating in the province’s first U18 championships. The event for curlers 17 and under as of June 30, 2016 takes place at Nanaimo Curling Centre from March 16 to 19. Along with Team Tardi, from Langley/Victoria, the other men’s divisions qualifier is Team Sato, the fourth place finishers from the BC Junior Curling Championships. Team Sato features Hayato Sato of Coquitlam and Joshua Miki of Port Coquitlam along with Cloverdale’s Dawson Ballard and Troy Chong of Burnaby. The team is coached by Bryan Miki and Len Chong. On the U18 girls’ side, the qualifiers included Sarah Daniels from Delta and Sarah Loken from Surrey, with a U18 rink featuring Catera Park of Coquitlam and Kim Bonneau of Abbotsford. Daniels and Loken achieved silver at the BC Junior Curling Championships earlier this year. The team is coached by Katie Witt. The other team to qualify was Team Drexel, which won the curling event at the 2016 BC Winter Games in Penticton. Team Drexel is made up of

Heather Drexel of Coquitlam and Chilliwack curlers Everly Royea and Madeline Britz, plus Langley’s Bailey Burke. Alan Smith is their coach. These provincial championships were previously for those 16 and under and were called the Juvenile Curling Championships, with the winners going to the Optimists International U18 Curling event. Now, the provincial event is a U18 competition and the B.C. winners will go on to compete in the firstever Canadian U18 Curling Championships, featuring 14 teams from all provinces and territories. That competition will take place in Moncton, N.B. from April 17 to 22.

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In other curling news, Team McArdle won the final berth in the 2017 belairdirect BC Men’s Curling Championship. The squad features Port Coquitlam’s Ken McArdle leading a team of Denis Sutton, Darren Boden and Glen Allen, all from Victoria. The team’s regular skip, Neil Dangerfield, is nursing an injury so did not play but is registered with the team as an alternate. The Men’s Curling Championship will take place Feb. 8 to 12 at Abbotsford Curling Club and will showcase the top 12 men’s teams from across the province. It will also decide the team that will go represent B.C. at the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier. sports@tricitynews.com

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and extremely hard-working, and we are very excited she has chosen SFU to pursue her academics and athletics. “Having already represented the province at both Canadian cross country and track and field championships, she has the experience to transition to NCAA competition.” SFU is touting Willett as a star signing along with five other Lower Mainland high school athletes: Camryn Yuen (North Vancouver), Dawson Ribeiro (Surrey), Liam Foster (Pitt Meadows), Jonathan Goodridge (St. John’s, N.L.) and Zack Kuzyk (Maple Ridge).

Championships and was part of a Team BC squad that took second overall last November at the 2016 Canadian National Cross Country Championships. Willet’s mother attended SFU and her brother is currently enrolled. “I chose SFU because it has a very good reputation as a school,” she said. “They also have a very good education program which I am very excited to be a part of next year.” “Olivia will make an immediate impact on our program in both cross country and track,” said SFU head coach Brit Townsend. “She is determined

A Coquitlam distance runner will take her track spikes to Simon Fraser University to compete for the Clan. Olivia Willett of Port Coquitlam’s Riverside secondary excels in the 1,500 m (personal best: four minutes, 38.46 seconds) and 3,000 m (PB: 10:12.20) as well as the 1,500 m steeplechase (PB: 5:00). In the latter two events, Willet put her talents on full display at the 2016 BC High School Championships, taking second and third, respectively. Among her other feats, Willett also placed second in the 2,000 m steeplechase at the 2016 Legion National

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IRVING, Alan David Alan David Irving aged 52 passed away peacefully on January 5, 2017. He is sadly missed by his spouse Kerry Williams; sons Brett and Kyle Irving; step-son Alex Williams; parents Robert and Eileen Irving; nieces and nephews Emily and Tommy Redhead, Hayden Scott, Cole Zikke, and Quinn Piper; sisters Sheila (Peter) Redhead, Heather (Kim) Irving, Lisa Irving; and brother Bruce (Kika) Irving. Celebration of life will be held at Christian Life Assembly on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Royal Columbian Hospital’s Cardiology Department.

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A Chance to Choose aims to help youth overcome barriers to employment, through assessments, group-based skills, development and work experience with local employers. Participants will be able to choose and develop a career path. A Chance to choose is a 14 week program; participants will be paid minimum wage for 30 hours per week. Youth will have 4 weeks of workshops, assessments and skills training plus 10 weeks of work experience with an outside employer. Requirements: - Between the ages of 15 - 30 inclusive - Not in receipt of Employment Insurance Benefits - Legally able to work In Canada - Out of school or Unemployed - Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Refugee If interested in applying please contact us to set up an information session. Information sessions will be offered on: Tuesday January 24th, 2017- 10:00 am Thursday January 26th, 2017- 10:00 am Tuesday January 31st, 2017- 10:00 am Thursday February 2nd, 2017- 10:00 am Tuesday February 7th, 2017- 10:00 am Thursday February 9th, 2017 - 10:00 am # 309 - 2540 Shaughnessy Street Port Coquitlam, Be V3C 3W4 Tel: (604) 474-3140 Fax: (604) 474-4798 david.buckley@success.bc.ca / bonnie.jl@success.bc.ca

Membership Available at the Door Proud Supporter of B.C. Cancer Kids Camp www.hacsbc.ca

The Government of Canada has contributed function to this initiative


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Mantyla is the final collection of apartment residences within Windsor Gate, Polygon's vibrant master-planned community in the heart of central Coquitlam. Experience sophisticated two and three-bedroom homes and a private, five-star clubhouse within Coquitlam’s most sought-after community. Outside, a range of amenities await — from top-rated schools and the new Evergreen SkyTrain extension, to scenic Lafarge Lake and Coquitlam Centre.

This is currently not an offering for sale. Any such offering may only be made by way of a disclosure statement. E.& O.E.

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