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Retirement from paid work doesn’t spell end to Postma’s many years of activism Last day at DC for former reporter & hospital supporter DIANE STRANDBERG The Tri-CiTy News
f you walk amongst the twinkling lights surrounding Lafarge Lake this holiday season, hop on the Evergreen Extension at Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station, get care at Eagle Ridge Hospital or have a child attending Douglas College, you have been touched in some way by the work of Hazel Postma. The longtime Tri-City resident is retiring from her post as associate vice-president of advancement and external relations at Douglas College but, in that and previous jobs, has left behind a legacy that extends into many realms. But for Postma, her paid career in the Tri-Cities, which ends with her retirement today (Nov. 30) from the college is not about the legacy but about the people she has helped and worked with over the years. “I will miss the people. When you come right down to it, it’s all about the people,” Postma says over a cup of coffee. While she has been a familiar face representing the Douglas College Foundation at Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce meetings, fundraisers and in the community, many people may not know that she got her start as a news-
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Hazel Postma, associate vice-president of advancement and external relations at Douglas College, is retiring from her post effective today (Nov. 30). Postma has long been associated with Tri-City causes, first as a reporter with the Coquitlam Herald and Coquitlam Now newspapers, later as the executive director of the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and in her work with the Kariba Society and Amnesty International. paper reporter in 1983. At the time, raising three sons with husband Ron, Postma was working freelance for the Coquitlam Herald newspaper, which closed in the 1980s. It was during her newspapering days at three newspapers that the young mother got a taste for public service. “Where else can give voice to people who do not have one?” asks Postma, recalling her early days working for the nowdefunct Coquitlam Now. With her hard-work and dedication, she earned opportunities to travel to Africa, working
as a reporter for the Masvingo Star in Zimbabwe when the AIDS crisis was just getting its start. Later, she travelled to Hong Kong to write articles for her hometown paper about people living in the city who might move to the Tri-Cities during the so-called Hong Kong handover, when the island’s sovereignty was transferred from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. What she learned in those experiences was that people are the same no matter where they live, with similar hopes and dreams, Postma said, but peo-
ple living in developing countries face greater challenges in achieving their goals. The experience abroad inspired Postma to get involved with the Kariba Society, which raises funds for health and education opportunities in Zimbabwe, and Amnesty International, and she plans to remain involved in both groups along with possibly joining CUSO International, an agency that enables skilled volunteers to work with partners on development projects. From journalism, Postma became the executive direc-
tor of the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, where she worked for 11 years, helping raise funds for medical equipment and to build a family room for the intensive care unit, among other projects. Then, after completing her masters degree, she was tapped to run the Douglas College Foundation, a job that continued to fuel Postma’s enthusiasm for helping others — this time students who need financial help to complete college. “At the college, I got to be around young people who
were excited and nervous and starting out in life.” The college under Postma’s leadership also started the Light the Lake event, which raised more than $100,000 for student aid, and is now operated by the city of Coquitlam, as well as a number of other fundraisers, tripling investments to the Douglas College Foundation. Among her successes was the Envision Financial Capacity Building Project that gives students life experience working for non-profits on everything from communications to marketing. “Students need experience, we can get them theoretical experience but we also need to offer them something different.” Postma is also credited with successfully lobbying to have the Evergreen Extension’s final stop named after the college, reflecting, no doubt, the benefit of the SkyTrain line opening Friday to the college’s 15,500 students. But don’t ask Postma to brag about her accomplishments. Instead, she wonders what more she can do as she moves on to the next phase of her life. As she puts it: “The more you put into life, the more you get out — and you’re happier when you do something for others.” And, in typical Postma fashion, she’s asking that donations be made to the Douglas College Foundation instead of retirement gifts. To donate online visit www.douglascollege.ca.
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the municipality already offers curbside collection and larger recyclables can be dropped off for free at CTS. The city also offers four large-item pickups per year. But more discussion will likely need to take place before council makes a decision. Mayor Richard Stewart said another option put forward by staff, which looks at closing the Mariner Way depot and staffing the Town Centre facility, may be more prudent. “I am reluctant to close them both,” he said, adding that people in multi-family developments may rely on the depots for disposing of their recyclables. Others around the council table were less convinced. Coun. Dennis Marsden said staffing would be costly, noting that the depot would likely have to be open between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week. But he also acknowledged that closing the depots could lead to an uptick in illegal dumping in the city. Meanwhile, Coun. Terry O’Neill noted that closing both facilities could lead to the private sector playing a larger role in the disposal of recyclable materials. “I believe the private sector
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Illegal dumping is being blamed for driving up the cost to taxpayers of operating two public recycling depots in Coquitlam. Jozsef Dioszeghy, the city’s general manager of engineering and public works, said it now costs taxpayers $500,000 a year to operate the two facilities, one in Town Centre Park, the other on Mariner Way. He noted that the average cost of processing recycled material at the depot works out to approximately $800 per ton compared to $50 per ton charged by the Coquitlam Transfer Station (CTS) on United Boulevard that is operated by Wastech. “It is a huge discrepancy,” Dioszeghy said during Monday’s committee meeting. As a result, city staff are recommending council approve closing the two facilities. Dioszeghy said the depots are convenient for residents to access but redundant given that
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Here are the provincial election match-ups in the Tri-Cities so far:
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The contractors who built the Evergreen Extension from Burnaby to Coquitlam gave thanks this week to the communities that supported them. On Monday, SNC-Lavalin — the company awarded the contract to design, build and finance the rapid transit project — sponsored a sneak peek to showcase the mega-infrastructure project that’s set to open at noon on Friday. The special ride for business, political and civic VIPs also benefitted three charities servicing education, health and social services along the route: The Douglas College Foundation, the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and the YMCA split $60,000 donated by the SNC-Lavalin consortium, EGRT Construction. The 200 guests started their journey at Douglas College, where Darlene Hyde of the college foundation, Alison Johansen of the hospital foundation and Graydon Meneilly of the YMCA board spoke
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5% ‘under budget’ DIANE STRANDBERG Tri-CiTy News
The long-awaited Evergreen Extension took longer to complete than expected but came in under budget by between $70 million and $85 million, reporters were told in a technical briefing Tuesday. Amanda Farrell, the project lead, gave the briefing for background only and her comments weren’t to be attributed. But the picture laid out in a series of slides (available at www.th.gov.bc.ca/evergreen_line/documents/161125Evergreen-Line-Financials.pdf) show the project was originally pegged at $1.4 billion but the addition of Lincoln Station boosted the figure to $1.431 billion. The city of Coquitlam and Morguard, the Coquitlam Centre mall owners, contributed $21 million to the project, reporters were told. But the final cost for the project came in at $1.346 billion to
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Tower issues include parking and sunlight 49-storey tower proposed for Como and Clark GARY MCKENNA
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A proposal for a 49-storey tower in Burquitlam received a cool reception from area residents during a public hearing Monday. Most of the people who spoke to council said the plans, which include 364 units of market condos and a separate 15-storey 101 unit rental building, were too big for the area. “Forty-nine just seems way over the top for Burquitlam,” said Dan Derpak, a nearby resident. “The shadowing you talk about — I am worried about not seeing the sun.” He added that traffic pressures that would come with the development would increase congestion on Como Lake Avenue and Clarke Road. Several other residents echoed Derpak’s comments. “I find the height excessive,” said Rob Campbell, another area resident. “The other concern I have is the parking. Where are all these people going to park?” Councillors had questions of their own. One of the issues highlighted in a staff report is the fact the proponents — Marcon Clarke Homes Ltd. and Kevington Building Corporation — are seeking a variance for a road width for a street on the west side of the property. Nic Paolella, the director of development with Marcon, said the
project requires the road to be 9 m wide, narrower than the 10 m width required by the city guidelines. He said he would continue to work with city staff to find a resolution but widening the road would affect parking stall numbers in the underground lot. Most councillors agreed the building design was one of the more interesting proposals they have seen for the Burquitlam area. The tall glass tower features a two-storey amenity space at the midpoint of the structure as well as another glass-enclosed area on the top floor. There is also a large pedestrian area at the ground level between the condo tower and rental building, which would feature a plaza and several commercial retail spaces. The highrise would have 122 one-bedroom units, 217 two-bedroom units and 25 three-bedroom units while the rental building would have 44 one-bedroom units, 53 twobedroom units and four three bedroom units. There would also be 530 parking spaces for the tower and 90 stalls for the rental building. The property, which is located at the southwest corner of Como Lake Avenue and Clarke Road, is within a short walk of the new Burquitlam Station on the Evergreen Extension. While the majority of the speakers during Monday’s public hearing expressed negative views about the project, some people supported the proposal. Christine Scott, the executive director of Simon Fraser Community Living, which works with people with disabilities, said the area needs more rental
units. Her organization is also in preliminary talks with the city about potentially operating several units for subsidized housing. “We simply need more rental housing,” she said. “We are very concerned about the rental stock in Coquitlam.” David Irving, who is vicepresident of the Oakdale Residents Association but said he was not speaking on behalf of the organization, told council he likes the proposal, adding that he would prefer to see one tall tower next to a shorter tower instead of two 30-storey towers on the property. “If you shorten the [tower], you are going to fatten it out,” he said. “You will lose the plaza and some of that openness.” Council voted unanimously to approve second and third readings of the rezoning but staff and the proponents have a list of issues to address before the item is brought back for fourth reading. A housing agreement is necessary for the rental building and council have asked staff to work on addressing the road width issues. The city also wants the developers to reduce the number of small car spaces in the plans to a maximum of 30% of the overall parking stock. firstname.lastname@example.org @gmckennaTC
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$113M for 2017/’18 PoCo draft budget Road work and new rec complex moves in budget JANIS CLEUGH
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Port Coquitlam’s new community recreation complex as well as walking and cycling links to the Evergreen Extension in Coquitlam are on a two-year capital plan city council approved Monday. PoCo’s $113-million capital budget for 2017 and ’18 is heavy on new and revamped infrastructure after years of saving up, Mayor Greg Moore said yesterday. The decision to move forward early on the capital works means the city can get a jumpstart on securing contracts for the new year — before other municipal councils pass their financial plans, he said. Top of PoCo’s priorities is
the replacement of the rec complex and library on Wilson Avenue, a project that’s expected to cost $132 million and include three sheets of ice and a leisure swimming pool. The city is currently finalizing the design-build contract with Ventana Construction, Moore said. Also on the capital program are: • 14.2 km of roadwork; • 13.6 km of water, sewer and storm piping replacement; • 2.7 km of new sidewalks; • a 215 m extension of the Donald Street path and upgrades to the outdoor Centennial Pool to make it appropriate for both competitive and community uses. As well, Thompson Park fields — a key baseball site — and its bleachers will be transformed. Funding for the plan will come, for the most part, from grants, development cost charges, capital reserve funds, the city’s infrastructure fund
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Port Coquitlam’s mayor will return next year to chair the Metro Vancouver board of directors. Last Friday, Mayor Greg Moore was acclaimed to the top job along with Vancouver Coun. Raymond Louie as vice-chair. It is their sixth term in a row, holding the positions since 2012. This year, Moore earns $74,106 as Metro chair while Louie takes home GREG MOORE $37,053 in remuneration. For 2016, Moore has claimed some $11,000 in expenses to date from Metro to attend conferences including $7,400 for a local government world council in France last December. Moore and Louie will assume the same roles for the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, the Greater Vancouver Water District and the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation. Metro Vancouver represents 21 municipalities, a treaty First Nation and an electoral area. In January, Moore is expected to announce his appointments of PoCo politicians to Metro committees.
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With the opening of SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension on Dec. 2, the City of Coquitlam wants to ensure residents and customers can access parking for residential areas, local businesses and civic centres. Timed parking restrictions for streets within 400 metres of SkyTrain stations will be in place within Coquitlam City Centre from Dec. 1 and in the Coquitlam Burquitlam-Lougheed neighbourhood beginning Dec. 5. Regulations will be in effect Mondays to Saturdays. They will not be in effect from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. , which allows for overnight parking on the street. Time-limited and pay parking regulations are also not in effect on Sundays and statutory holidays.
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The opening of the Evergreen Extension of the Millennium Line is scheduled for noon on Friday, which means the first time many Tri-City commuters will likely hop on a skyTrain will be Monday morning, Dec. 5. On these two pages is info on parking, biking, transit security and even some etiquette tips. PART 4, FRIDAY: BUSINESS & TOURISM PLUS BUS SCHEDULE CHANGES
GETTING TO THE STATION
Expanded parking near SkyTrain stations – and a few new rules, too Pay parking near SkyTrain stations max. $3.75/day
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New parking options are being introduced across the Tri-Cities ahead of this week’s opening of the Evergreen Extension.
In Coquitlam, two lots will be available for the Dec. 2 opening day while a third facility near city hall and the Lafarge LakeDouglas Station is expected to be open by Dec. 15. The largest lot is at Coquitlam Central Station, where 350 new stalls have been added to the existing parking stock next to the Rona store. Parking fees for this TransLink-owned property are $3 a day, which is in effect seven days a week. A city-owned park-and-ride is located at the northwest corner of Lincoln Avenue and Westwood Street near the new Lincoln Station. This lot consists of approximately 100 stalls and is available for 75 cents an hour up to a daily maximum of $3.75. Parking is free at the Lincoln lot on Sundays. A third lot that is currently under construction and will not be ready until Dec. 15 will add another 100 stalls to Coquitlam’s parking inventory and will be located at the southeast intersection of Pinetree and Guildford ways. There will also be another 50 stalls located on
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A new park-and-ride lot at the southeast corner of Pinetree and Guildford ways in Coquitlam is still under construction but city staff say it should be open by Dec. 15. streets around the Lafarge LakeDouglas Station. These stalls and the parkand-ride facility will cost the same as the other city-owned lot — 75 cents an hour up to maximum of $3.75 per day, with free parking on Sundays. Currently, there are no Burquitlam park and ride locations but the city said it is working with the new YMCA facility to facilitate adding to the parking inventory in the area
Port Moody already has 381 park and ride stalls at Moody Centre Station (65 William St.), which is available for a daily rate of $3. As well, the city said it plans to closely monitor parking in the neighbourhoods surrounding its two new SkyTrain stations and have added a handful
BiKes & eVerGreeN
Cyclists are not permitted to bring their bikes on Evergreen Extension SkyTrains during rush hours. Between 7 and 9 a.m., bikes are prohibited on all westbound trains; between 4 and 6 p.m., they are not allowed on eastbound trains. Bikes must be less than 185 cm long and trailers are not permitted. Bicycles are also not allowed on escalators and riders must use either the stairs or an elevator. Passengers should be dismounted at all times when they are at stations, on platforms or in the elevator, and people need to use caution when boarding the trains with their bikes. You can rent a bike locker for $10 per month plus GST and a $50 refundable key deposit, with a three-month minimum rental period. Although there are only 10 at each of the Tri-City stations, there is a potential to increase the number if the demand is there. For more details about bike locker rentals, visit www.translink.ca/bikeparkade and click on Bike Lockers.
of new restrictions on nearby residential streets. Some of the changes include four-hour parking limits on St. Johns Street between Dewdney Trunk Road and Moody Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as a two-hour time limit on St. Johns between Moody and Queens streets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spring Street will limit parking to four hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Clarke Street will have a two-hour limit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All commercial parking regulations are in place between Monday and Saturday. In residential areas, Port Moody’s existing bylaws state that parking is restricted to three hours in front of singlefamily homes, a rule that does not apply to residents parked in front of their own property. In addition, four-hour park-
ing limits have been added to some residential streets between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, including the areas south of St. Johns Street, like parts of Henry Street, parts of Buller Street, Mary Street, Kyle Street, Dewdney Trunk Road, Klahanie Drive, Capilano Road, Balmoral Drive and parts of Ungless Way.
Residents within walking distance of the SkyTrain Stations can expect to see signage and new parking regulations — including time restrictions and paid parking — on their streets. Residential streets near Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station — including Westwood, Eastwood and Glen Drive, which currently have no restrictions — will now have one- to four-hour parking and
pay parking in some cases. Pay parking will also be introduced on Lincoln and Anson avenues as well as Ponderosa Street. The streets south of Coquitlam Central Station, including Norman Avenue, parts of Dewdney Trunk Road and some adjoining side streets, will be assessed after the Evergreen opening to see if further parking restrictions are required. Similar changes can be expected in Burquitlam. Currently, there are no restrictions within 400 m of the new SkyTrain station but the city is looking at implementing some one- to four-hour time limits on many of the streets in the surrounding area. Staff will also be monitoring streets that are further away, including Tyndall and Claremont, to see if restrictions are required. One- to four-hour time limit limits will be added near Lougheed Station along sections of Rochester Avenue, Westview Street and Whiting Way while parts of Dansey, Cochrane and Rochester avenues as well as Clayton Street will be monitored for potential future changes. firstname.lastname@example.org @gmckennaTC
WHILE RIDING TRANSIT...
Give up your seat & don’t block doors Five years ago, TransLink held a vote to determine the biggest pet peeves of transit riders. The winner? Passengers with poor personal hygiene. When boarding a crowded train or bus, deodorant is a must, according to TransLink. However, it also urges people to be mindful of certain scents, which may cause people with allergies to suffer. Perfumes and colognes should be ap-
plied in moderation. The second biggest transit pet peeve from the 2011 survey was people who block SkyTrain doors. As people are getting on and off the train, it is important to make sure the way is clear to ensure the smooth flow of pedestrian traffic. SkyTrain and bus riders are also urged to yield their seats if they see a person who is pregnant, elderly or disabled, and
backpacks, grocery bags and luggage should be kept on the floor — not on a seat. Riders should be mindful of their personal audio devices and should keep their voice down when using their cellphones. In general, it is important to remember that other people are using the train and to be respectful of their space and comfort.
OVER TIME Longtime Tri-City residents have been waiting a long time for rapid transit to come to the region. It’s been so long that it’s likely many don’t remember that the Evergreen Extension was to have been built before the Canada Line — until some arm-twisting by the federal and provincial governments prompted the TransLink board to reverse two previous votes. It’s been so long, many might not recall that the TransLink board originally chose light-rail for Evergreen, a decision overturned by the Gordon Campbell government. Below are some notable dates in Evergreen history:
After the original SkyTrain line — the Expo Line — opens for Expo 86, there’s talk of SkyTrain to Coquitlam along Guildford Way.
TransLink is formed by the NDP provincial government.
Millennium Line, using SkyTrain technology chosen by the Glen Clark NDP government, opens.
Vancouver is awarded the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
TransLink board says No to building RAV (Canada) line before Evergreen Line to Tri-Cities.
TransLink board again says No to building RAV (Canada) line before Evergreen Line.
DECEMBER 2004 After arm-twisting by the federal and provincial governments, which want an airport line in place in time for the Olympics, TransLink board approves RAV line.
Gordon Campbell BC Liberal government announces Evergreen will use SkyTrain-type technology and will be open in 2014.
Canada Line opens, running between Richmond, YVR and Vancouver.
DEC. 2 2016
Evergreen opens (province changed planned opening three times). @dalmonteTC
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TAKE A BUS The Evergreen Extension may be opening on Friday but it will be a couple more weeks before the new bus schedules go into effect. Routes across the Tri-Cities will be changing on Dec. 19 to better connect with the new SkyTrain line and TransLink is encouraging residents to check out its trip planner website (tripplanning.translink.ca) to find the best way to get around the region. The Tri-City News will have a complete outline of the bus changes you need to know about in Friday’s paper. STEVE RAY/THE TRI-CITY NEWS
A test train runs through Lincoln Station in preparation for the opening on Friday of the Evergreen Extension, which is part of the SkyTrain Millennium Line.
SAFETY ON & AROUND SKYTRAIN
Cops cooperating to police Evergreen CCTV, emergency phones and lots of police on hand SARAH PAYNE
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When the Evergreen Extension starts operating Friday at noon, a host of police agencies will be ready to ensure passengers’ safety, including eight new transit cops. The additional staff were announced Monday by Transit Police Chief Officer Doug LePard, who said the new hires are being built into the 2017 budget and recruitment plans to reflect the thousands of additional passengers who will be using transit by next week. “We want to make sure we can provide the same level of service in Coquitlam and Port Moody that we do on the rest of the system, without degrading our services elsewhere,” LePard told The Tri-City News. Transit Police are designed to be a supplementary police service, supporting city police departments and RCMP detachments, so riders can expect to see a mix of uniforms in the stations and on the trains. The new Transit Police officers will be strategically deployed to meet shifting needs across the transit system, LePard added. “The workload and demands are dynamic,” he said. “It’s different on a Saturday night than it is on a Sunday morning.” Coquitlam RCMP’s officer in charge, Supt. Sean Maloney,
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From left: Port Moody Police Chief Const. Chris Rattenbury, Coquitlam RCMP Supt. Sean Maloney and Transit Police Chief Officer Doug LePard at Moody Centre Station on the Evergreen Extension. and Port Moody Police Chief Const. Chris Rattenbury say they’re also prepared for the line’s opening. Coquitlam added a dozen new Mounties and formed the Uniformed Crime Reduction Unit, which will add to the general duty contingent during peak times and provide increased enforcement in crime hot spot areas. PoMo is banking on data from SFU’s Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies and the 2014 Transit Police-commissioned report, which found a crime spike associated with the Evergreen Extension isn’t likely to happen. Instead, the PMPD formed the Community Action Team back in January, using existing officers in a more targeted way. “It will be more proactive and high-visibility, it will be uniforms in parking lots and
SkyTrain stations, riding the trains if we have to,” Rattenbury told The Tri-City News.. “It’s being proactive, being really visible and making sure people know we’re there.”
The Tri-Cities have been waiting a long time for SkyTrain, but even while lobbying for the rapid transit system to make its way to the northeast sector, there was concern about whether it would bring increased crime along with it. But police say they believe that’s not likely to happen. “The research has been really clear that SkyTrain does not bring crime to a community,” LePard said. What it does bring is more development and densification, and that increased population means more instances of crime — but not an increase in the
crime rate (i.e., the number of crimes per 100,000 people). The level of crime along the SkyTrain network also depends on the community in which it travels. “There are certain areas of Vancouver and elsewhere that the Expo Line goes through that were already problematic,” said LePard, a former Vancouver Police officer. “But the Canada Line came along and goes through different areas, it has a different demographic. We didn’t see any increase in crime at all in terms of the rate.” The 2014 Woodrow Analytics study found the Evergreen Extension wouldn’t have a significant impact on crime rates in the Tri-Cities because it’s replacing an existing bus route along a major transportation corridor and will travel through areas that are already crime hot spots. But despite the relatively low
levels of new crime associated with SkyTrain and the introduction of Compass cards and fare gates, LePard said there’s still a need for the combined efforts of both the jurisdictional and transit cops. “The people who cause problems with disorder, or because they’re mentally ill or engaged in crime, they still come to our attention and we’re still arresting just as many of them,” he said, noting Transit Police are arresting about the same number of people wanted on warrants from across Metro Vancouver as they were before fare gates were installed. Those criminals are using SkyTrain as a mode of transportation, LePard said, not to victimize the general public, and commuters, families and young people should feel safe getting on the Evergreen Extension. One exception is the issue of women being groped while on the train. Tuesday morning, LePard announced a new public awareness strategy with posters throughout transit to remind offenders that “unwanted touching is a crime” and asking anyone who has experienced assaults on transit to contact police. “It’s one of our operational priorities,” LePard said. “We’ve been successful in solving more than two-thirds of them. There’s CCTV everywhere, so we see exactly what’s happened.”
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Evergreen stations have been designed with safety as a key factor. Parking lots are
open and stations are built with large amounts of glass, bright lighting and wide open spaces, and bright yellow safety boxes are positioned near station entrances and include an emergency telephone. “It’s preventative action,” LePard said. “And the SkyTrain attendants are part of that — they’re our eyes and ears… There’s CCTV everywhere that is monitored continuously.” About a quarter of the incidents Transit Police handle are witnessed while another quarter are reported to police by SkyTrain staff. The rest is made up of calls for assistance from jurisdictional police. But there are a number of ways SkyTrain travellers can ensure their own safety. The most important way to do that is to plan your trip ahead of time and appear confident in where you are going. Stay alert to your surroundings, even when wearing headphones, know where to get help and don’t hesitate to use them. If you’re on the train and need help, tap the yellow strip silent alarm above the windows to alert SkyTrain security. And if you need to discreetly send information to Transit Police, use the text code 87 77 77 or the Transit Police OnDuty App. When it comes to ensuring you return to your vehicle, intact, at the end of your day, Rattenbury and Maloney say all the regular rules apply: Remove all valuables from your vehicle, ensure windows and doors are locked and park in well-lit areas. email@example.com @spayneTC
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lthough many would like to see the Bert Flinn Park route for the David Avenue extension immediately struck from Port Moody’s long-range planning maps, there is something known as due process when it comes to planning roads that stretch across more than one jurisdiction. Anmore will be affected by any future route to accommodate development in northwestern Port Moody, so it makes sense to start a collaborative process now with village politicians and staff before things get too far along. Yet despite this early olive branch, Port Moody has little to discuss because it’s not known exactly what the traffic demand will be. Plans for the Ioco lands purchased by BCG Developments have yet to be fully sketched out — much less approved by local authorities — and thus the city and the village are
hamstrung in discussing in any great detail the options put forward in PoMo’s recent Alternate Route Option report. Indeed, Anmore could decide it wants nothing to do with a new road until the Ioco lands project is further along, and will have its own road choices, no doubt. Still, if the two jurisdic-
tions agree and are willing to collaborate, then there is an opportunity to discuss a variety of options, some of which were outlined in the city’s report and others raised by PoMo councillors at their meeting last week. Some people on social media are skeptical that this is a truly meaningful process and believe the
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options under consideration will simply be found to be impossible and the original route through Bert Flinn Park will be kept. On the other hand, it seems ridiculous to spend $50,000 on consultants to examine David Avenue extension options when it’s not known exactly what BCG Development’s plans are or what the impact will be on local road systems. And finally, another issue that is worth considering — especially for those who are skeptical — is the need for a referendum if a different route through Bert Flinn Park is chosen, because the park was designated by referendum and would need to be amended by referendum. All these considerations suggest that it will be some time before work begins, and those wishing for immediate satisfaction will simply have to be patient.
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‘Offensive’ to attack Tory Refinery push would-be leader’s stance comes from a ‘dream world’ The Editor, Re. “Modern refineries a better alternative to tankers” (column, TC Opinion, The Tri-City News, Nov. 18). It appears that David Black has regressed back into his dream world of building a refinery in Kitimat. Those in the industry have stated that you build a refinery as close as possible to the markets it is intended to serve, so a Kitimat refinery to serve the Pacific Rim is a no-go. How do you get the dirty Alberta tar sands to the refinery? The Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain pipeline
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are so bound up in environmental straightjackets that they may never get built. Rail cars are another stretch. It has been stated that if a tanker carrying oil or otherwise sails out of the proposed passage as these would do, and it has a pilot on board and two tugs to escort it, and don’t allow the tanker to sail out in a violent storm, you have covered a lot of safe bases. The Exxon Valdez didn’t have any of these safeguards in place and it had an inexperienced junior officer in charge who sailed into the rocks. Morris Aarbo, Coquitlam
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The Editor, Re. editorial cartoon (right) by Ingrid Rice (TC Opinion, Nov. 18). The editorial cartoon aimed at Ms. Kellie Leitch was offensive and uncalled for. The message of the cartoon showed the latent intolerance of alternative views that do not meet the expectation of the politically correct establishment. What is wrong with having newcomers to Canada know and understand what values we hold and to make sure that they understand them? What is offensive about asking them to acknowledge our values and have them commit to live by these values? I vividly recall the day when I was questioned in a refugee camp in Europe and later instructed in the chamber of the citizenship judge in the presence of my Second World War veteran sponsor what it meant to be a Canadian: respect the law, re-
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Cops raid PoCo pot shop but it reopens Cannabis Culture hit with daily fines
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A Port Coquitlam pot shop is back open after it was raided by police last week. Coquitlam RCMP Const. Jamie Phillipson told The Tri-City News last Friday that officers executed a search warrant on Cannabis Culture — a store selling marijuana for recreational uses, in the strip mall next to Lions Park — at around 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24. There was evidence to suggest the business was in contravention of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, he said. No arrests were made; however, evidence was seized. The investigation continues. Phillipson said storefront marijuana dispensaries are banned nationally. “It’s not lost on us that in parts of the U.S. it’s legal but, as it stands in Canada, it’s still a controlled substance and trafficking, cultivation and possession are crimes. That may change tomorrow but we are enforcing the law today,” he said. Cannabis Culture spokesperson Jodie Emery — wife of the so-called Prince of Pot Marc Emery — told The Tri-City News the PoCo site has also faced daily fines of $150 from the city for operating without a business licence. She said Cannabis Culture has a mandate to reopen after police raids. Part of its mission statement reads: “We are committed to defending the civil liberties and freedom of can-
The BC Coroners Service is investigating after a body was found behind the Coquitlam Ikea on Nov. 22. Coquitlam RCMP were called to the wooded area after the man was found at about 7:30 p.m. The 55-year-old was of no fixed address and may have been from a nearby homeless camp. Police confirmed the death is not considered suspicious and the coroner has ordered a toxicology report. Other news:
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A young man didn’t have much time on the outside after he was allegedly caught trying to steal a bicycle, just hours after being released from custody. At about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, the 21-year-old was seen acting suspiciously near Westwood Street and Christmas Way, according to Coquitlam RCMP. Officers watched as he approached a mountain bike locked to a sign post and quickly cut through the lock. He was attempting to ride away when police intervened and then chased him on foot before arresting him. Cody Stone remains in custody and is due back in court on Nov. 28. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Growing the Tri-Cities Community It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and that my term as 2016 Chair of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is coming to a close. With 85 events on the calendar, it’s been another incredibly busy, action-packed year, full of opportunities to bring our business community together. At the beginning of 2016, I stood in front of our membership at our gala and said that my goal for this year was to have the best served membership in the region. I can say with absolute certainty that we have accomplished that goal and as an organization we are only getting bigger, stronger, and more engaged. A large part of making sure that we have the best served membership in the region is to ensure that our business community is represented in a strong, clear voice. To that end, we restructured our public policy committee in order to have Gillian Kirk, Chair experts from our membership lend their expertise to specific aspects of policy Tri-Cities Chamber issues. We have also been working closely with the BC Chamber of Commerce to develop a policy group composed of Metro Vancouver chambers, which will ensure an even stronger, more cohesive voice for our regional business community. I am delighted to see the opening of the Evergreen Line Skytrain extension this Friday. This is a key investment that the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce has been advocating for since 2002. The line connects the Tri-Cities to major cities in Metro Vancouver and is integral to the future growth and prosperity of our community. On Friday, December 2, a world of possibilities open up for our businesses and residents -- we are on our way to becoming an important, dynamic urban centre. I look forward to seeing the positive effects that the new skytrain extension provides to our business community. 2016 marked a year of growth and development within the Chamber, we started the year with a strategic planning session, setting our course for the next 3 years. As the voice of business in the Tri-Cities, our vision is to shape the future of business and our community. Our strategic objectives are to strengthen and clarify our brand, to maximize our value and drive strategic partnerships with stakeholders, and to promote the Tri-Cities as the best place to live, work and play. In 2017, you will see the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce continue to work towards these strategic objectives by enhancing our services, connecting with multicultural groups within the Tri-Cities, advocating to all levels of government and growing our membership. Our energies will be spent working closely to make the Tri-Cities a thriving community for everyone. It has been a great honour and a privilege to be the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Chair for 2016 and I look forward to working alongside the incoming 2017 Chair, Carlo Zarrillo and our incoming Vice Chair, Catherine Ackerman.
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There are a variety of ways you can give and help for the holidays Donate money or food, get your gifts wrapped or toss a teddy bear DIANE STRANDBERG the tri-city news
hristmas is a busy time for many people, and especially for staff and volunteers with Share Family and Community Services. Share runs the Christmas Hampers and Toys for Children programs as well as various fundraising initiatives, such as food drives and the annual Christmas Wrap at Coquitlam Centre. It provides holiday food hampers to 1,800 Tri-Cities families and more than 2,200 children and youth will receive toys through its Christmas program. You can help Share help those in most need in the TriCities by donating food or cash, volunteering at the gift wrapping booth at the mall, hosting a fundraiser or volunteering for the food drive. Here’s what’s happening this holiday season: • Bring your food, cash or toy donation to the Coquitlam Central Station on the Evergreen Extension during the opening day celebrations this Friday, Dec. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For your contribution, you will receive a paper ornament saying “I helped share joy.” • Bring an unwrapped toy or gift card (multiples of $10, $15 and $25 are best) for a baby, child or teen to the Share holiday tree at Coquitlam Centre. Shoppers can also get
their gifts wrapped by donation at the Share gift wrap kiosk. The gift wrap and toy shop run from Dec. 2 to Saturday, Dec. 24 during mall hours. If you would like to volunteer at the gift wrap booth, call Ruth at 604-529-5102. • Share Joy Holiday Food Drive will take place Sunday, Dec. 4 at Save on Foods at Austin Station, Coquitlam from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Coquitlam RCMP Cram the Cruiser will take place Saturday, Dec. 10 at Superstore at Westwood Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. • The annual Coquitlam Express Teddy Bear Toss takes place on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Centre. The charity barbecue starts at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. • CP Holiday Train featuring country star Dallas Smith and the popular band The Odds will be in the Tri-Cities Saturday, Dec. 17. In Port Moody, it will stop behind arena and rec centre, with festivities starting at 3 p.m. and train arriving at 4:20 p.m. Then it will be at the Port Coquitlam’s West Coast Express Station, 2125 Kingsway Ave., at 6 p.m. for more fun. Bring cash or food donations for Share to these events as there will be collection points at both sites. • Wrestling for Hunger will take place Saturday, Dec. 17 in the Elk’s Hall at 2272 Leigh Square Port Coquitlam Doors open at 7 p.m.; the bell rings at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at shop.eccw.com or at the door. For more information, visit www.eccw.com or call 604-763-2575. firstname.lastname@example.org @dstrandbergTC
thrOw hUnGer AGAinst the tUrnBUcKLes Local wrestlers will try to put the moves on hunger with the eighth annual Wresting With Hunger event on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Elk’s Hall in Port Coquitlam. ECCW Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling is hosting the event to raise food, toys and funds for Share Family and Community Services. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with bell time at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for all ages, with contributions to Share. Blankets and warm clothes are also being collected for Blanket BC. The Elks Hall is located at 49-2272 Leigh Sq. in PoCo. Tickets are available at shop.eccw.com or at the door. For more information, visit www.eccw.com or call 604-763-2575.
Mike Trellenburg and Michelle Murray of Share Family and Community Services meet with Jamie Diaz, Scotty Mac, Daniel Adonis, Michael Raines and Mike Shreddz to promote the Dec. 17 Wrestling With Hunger event.
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Christmas can be a challenging time for some people
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Free Community Celebration Event for Opening Day of the Evergreen Extension
Coquitlam Central Station December 2, 2016 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 12:00 p.m. – First train departs
We are hosting a day of family-friendly, festive activities and performances. The main celebration event will be at Coquitlam Central Station. Additional entertainment will begin at other Evergreen Extension stations at 4 p.m. Come and join in the fun, and see what new travel choices the Evergreen Extension can offer you! Find out more details on the day’s events at translink.ca/evergreen.
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Sometimes, a short read can be a good read, too A GOOD READ CAROLINE WANDELL
njoyable as it is to immerse your self in an inches-thick book, having the time and focus to do so is becoming somewhat of a luxury. In order to keep you turning pages in between Netflix binges and your favourite television show, here are a few excellent books that will only take a day or two to read. Vinegar Girl by the renowned author Anne Tyler is a modernday retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The story centres on Kate Battista, a pre-school teaching assistant
whose quirky personality always makes her presence known. She faces a challenge, however,
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Musical performances are one of the highlights of the CP Rail Holiday train, which will stop in both Port Moody and Port Coquitlam on Saturday, Dec. 17. At both locations, food and money will be collected for Share Family and Community Services.
A LITTLE XMAS HELP
Register for hampers and presents, too continued from page 21
When to register • Until Dec. 9, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Port Moody Pacific Grace MB/Chinese Church, rear downstairs, at 2622 St. Johns St., Port Moody (across the alley from the Share Food Bank). • After Dec. 12, registration can be done at the Share food bank, 2615 Clarke Street, Port Moody between 10 a.m. and noon. For more information call: 604-931-2451 or check www. sharesociety.ca. What you need At the time of registration, you must apply in person with current ID and the following: • proof of address, e.g. recent rental agreement, utility bill, bank statement for all adults in the house. • CareCards and/or immigration cards for all members of the family; • info on income sources: e.g., cheque stub from MEIA, EI, WCB, work or bank state-
when approached by her scientist father to help his lab assistant stay in the country by agreeing to marry him. The drama that ensues between all the characters is mixed with more humour and gentleness than the original version but still makes for a lively, interesting read. Timothy Christopher Greene’s latest novel, If I Forget You, is a story of lost love. Twenty-one years after a love affair, this memorable couple have parted; a chance encounter brings them back together. Each has married, Margot still unhappily married and Henry, now divorced. This love story is told in both past and present; each chapter brings a shift in time and delves into the differ-
ent stages of a relationship. As the book evolves, each realizes that it is a love worth fighting for and one they do not want to lose again. This novel confirms how the choices we make can change the path of our lives forever. Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn is breathtaking. This unforgettable novel explores the beauty and hardship of girlhood in 1970s Brooklyn. Woodson manages to bring four black girls, August, Sylvia, Angela and Gigi, and their separate home situations, to life in vivid colour. The story follows their lives and struggles, and the family conflicts that they all endure. The friends share their hopes and fears and learn all about the complexities of youth,
loss, friendship, family, race and religion. I loved this book — it simply wasn’t long enough. Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy is a beautifully written book about a little girl named Harvey. Harvey becomes an orphan at the age of six following a car accident that takes the lives of her parents. She is put in the care of her father’s estranged older brother, Jason, who has more than his share of problems. An ex-con and recovering alcoholic, he is now suddenly thrown into the most important role of his life so far, that of a legal guardian to a child. Together, they negotiate the map of life, building memories while learning the importance of family. The Curious Charms of
Christmas Food Hampers You do not need to register for a Christmas food hamper if you are a current food bank client. If you have never been to a Share food bank or have not attended for more than six months, you will need to register. A Christmas food hamper will be available for you to pick up on your regular food bank day on Dec. 7 or 14 at your regular food bank location the following hours: noon to 2 p.m. in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Port Moody. Also, come prepared to carry your hamper.
Tiny Bundles families (households where a woman is pregnant or there is a child under 12 months) will receive one hamper on either Dec. 7 or 14. Tiny Bundles families can come on both dates to get their special Tiny Bundle items only. firstname.lastname@example.org @dstrandbergTC
A Good Read is a column by TriCity librarians that is published on Wednesdays. Caroline Wandell works at Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Library.
SHOW SANTA YOU’RE NICE WITH A PHOTO BY DONATION Come to the Grand Court and get your picture taken with Santa. Photos are by donation (minimum $2 per photo) and all funds go to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau, a charity that provides low-income families with food, gift certificates, and new toys during the holiday season.
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Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick is a fast read with unforgettable characters that move through grief and the process of starting over. After 40 years of marriage, Arthur’s wife dies unexpectedly. On the first anniversary of her death, he decides to clean out her belongings. It is here he finds a gold charm bracelet full of charms. He makes it his mission to trace his wife’s life through these charms. It is amazing what he discovers not only about her but also about himself in the process. These and many other short reads are at your local library.
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CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN THE TRI-CITIES
Crafts & an ugly dash Two iconic Christmas events are set for this weekend in the Tri-Cities. On Friday, the Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair opens for its 36th year, running through Sunday at the Poirier Forum. More than 100 vendors will be selling handmade products, from Christmas decorations and décor to baked treats and sweets, as well as jewelry, pottery and fine art. And there’s more to the market than just goods for sale. Friday, local quartet Fandango will entertain shoppers as they arrive. Saturday, Place des Arts
will be in the Winter Workshop hosting a lantern-making activity. And on Sunday, there will be an ornament-making activity for the kids. As well, all weekend, visitors will find a selection of local food trucks on site. Last year, the Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair was held in the Poirier Forum for the first time and the temperature was an issue. This year, heaters have been installed to fight the cold. The craft fair runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and kids 12 and under
get in free. Visit coquitlamcrafts. com for a complete list of vendors and activities. Also this weekend is the 2016 Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash, starting at 11 a.m. at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park. You can celebrate by running or walking 5 km in your favourite ugly Christmas sweater, or simply join the fun at the Finisher’s Festival, with its holiday-themed stations, snow blowers and inflatables. This event is a fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation. Go to nowthatsugly.com to register or find out more.
SANTA SHIPS TO SET SAIL ON FRIDAY The Santa Ships return this Friday, Dec. 2 when Barry Wilson and other local boating enthusiasts tour around Burrard Inlet. The ships will be departing Reed Point Marina around
In addition to Friday’s planned sailing, a second tour is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 with the possibility of one last cruise on Dec. 23, depending on the weather.
7 p.m. and should be in the area of Rocky Point Park around 7:20 p.m. The fleet will tour around the inlet’s Port Moody arm and will pass by the pier as close as weather and tides allow.
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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:
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Monday, December 12, 2016 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 following item on the Public Hearing agenda.
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The intent of Bylaw 4722, 2016 is to amend City of Coquitlam Citywide Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3479, 2001 to revise the land use designation of the subject property outlined in black on the map marked Schedule “A” to Bylaw No. 4722, 2016 from Townhousing and Natural Areas to Townhousing, Natural Areas and Medium Density Apartment Residential. The intent of Bylaw 4723, 2016 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 to rezone the subject property outlined in black on the map marked Schedule ‘A’ to Bylaw 4723, 2016 from RS-2 One-Family Suburban Residential and RS-1 OneFamily Residential to RT-2 Townhouse Residential, RM-3 Multi-Storey Medium Density Apartment Residential and P-5 Special Park. If approved, the application would facilitate the development of a 76 unit townhouse complex and a 67 unit senior’s rental apartment building, of which a minimum of 21% of the units would be rented at below market rates, and secured as such, through a Housing Agreement. The application would also facilitate the completion of the local road network (Hudson Street) and adjacent portions of Durant Linear Park.
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 November 29 to December 12, 2016 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. 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: email@example.com; 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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TC CALENDAR THURSDAY, DEC. 1
DEC. 3: WORDSMITHS & YA FICTION
• Burquitlam Community Association annual general meeting, 7-9 p.m., Miller Park school library, 800 Egmont Ave., Coquitlam. Keynote speaker: TransLink’s Christopher Chan, transportation demand management officer.
• Tri-City Wordsmiths Meeting, 2-4:30 p.m., Terry Fox Library, PoCo. “Conflict and Young Adult Fiction” will be presented by Eileen Cook, a Vancouver author, writing consultant and editor, who will introduce writers to the elements of a YA novel and what readers, agents and editors like to see; a handout with writing prompts for attendees’ own work will be provided. Admission is free but library registration is required by calling 604-927-7999. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, DEC. 2
• Sri Lankan Friendship Association of BC dinner/dance, 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Executive Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, 405 North Rd., Coquitlam. Info: slfabc.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 3
• Santa photos plus holiday craft and bake sale, PoCo Heritage/The Outlet at Leigh Square. Purchase delicious baked treats and check out the Christmas tree festival entries in the museum and the Gathering Place, and kids can make a small craft while waiting for Santa. Photos by donation, 1-4 p.m.; bake sale begins at noon.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6
• Coquitlam Needlearts Guild meets, noon-3 p.m., Como Lake United Church, 535 Marmont St., Coquitlam. Info: 604-9370836.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7
• Hyde Creek Watershed Society monthly meeting, 7:15 p.m., 3636 Coast Meridian Rd., PoCo. The public are invited to attend the meeting, tour the facility and see what projects the society is currently undertaking. The society is looking for volunteers interested in helping occasionally with education school tours. Volunteers are also needed to assist with our day-to-day operations. Info: www. hydecreek.org or email hcws. email@example.com.
THURSDAY DEC. 8
• Coquitlam Needlearts Guild meets, 7-9:30 p.m., Como Lake United Church, 535 Marmont St., Coquitlam. Info: 604-9370836.
FRIDAY, DEC. 9
• Kenya Education Endowment Fund will be collecting donations at Centennial secondary’s Christmas market, 3:15-7:30 p.m. KEEF helps poor, bright students in Kenya stay in school. Info: kenyaeducation.org.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13
• Have you considered becoming a foster family? There are children and youth in the Tri-Cities who require skilled, caring, foster parents. To learn
more, the Ministry of Children and Family Development invites you to attend an information session, 10 a.m.-noon, at 200906 Roderick Ave., Coquitlam. For info or another session date: 604-764-8098.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
• ECCW hosts Wrestling with Hunger fundraiser, Elks Hall #49, Leigh Square, PoCo; doors open at 7 p.m., bell time, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16 for all ages, proceeds to Share Family and Community Services. Also collecting donations of cash, food, toys and blankets.
• The next edition of the Leisure Connections Program at Glen Pine Pavilion – for people 60+ with mild to moderate dementia, living independently and who have limited opportunities to participate in community social recreation programs – runs Jan. 10-March 28, every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The intake is ongoing and cost is $20/week. To apply, call Angela, 604-464-2246. • Used books, CDs and DVDs wanted by Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary for fundraising sales. These items may be dropped off by the back wall beside the bookcase located outside of the gift shop (main lobby area) at ERH. • Parent Support Services Society of BC is looking for volunteer facilitators for its support groups. PSSSBC runs self-help circles located throughout the Lower Mainland and is searching for professional and supportive individuals to assist grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Info: samrah. firstname.lastname@example.org. • Are you a new immigrant? Do you have questions, concerns and/or need help? Call RCCG Trinity Chapel at 604-4743131 on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., or leave a message and someone will get back to you. The church can help or direct you to places where you could receive help. • RCCG Trinity Chapel is opening a food bank for individuals and families in need and appreciates gifts and sup-
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port. If you are able to donate non-perishable food items, call 604-474-3131 or email email@example.com. • A group of elders who focus on working with youth within School District 43 welcomes anyone who has knowledge they want to share or who just wants to be involved. Group meets Fridays, 11 a.m., Wilson Centre, PoCo. Info: Carole, 604-376-6205 or Claudia, 604525-8163, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. • Tri-City Transitions is hosting Learning to Be the Best I Can Be, an ongoing peer support group for women who have experienced abuse or family conflict. Topics include: the impact of abuse, self-esteem, communication, listening skills and more, including ideas suggested by participants For more information or registration, call 604-941-6311. • Tri-City Transitions’ free Children Who Witness Abuse Program provides individual and group counselling for children ages 3 through 18 who have lived in a family where they have been witness to physical, emotional, mental or verbal abuse. Through support, education and counselling children will have the opportunity to heal the emotional wounds of relationship violence, build self-esteem and to stop the intergenerational cycle of abuse. Info: 604-941-7111. • Registration is ongoing for boys and girls for the 5th Coquitlam Scouting group for the Beaver Colony (K–Grade 2), Cub Pack (Grades 3–5) and Scout Troop (Grades 6–8). This Scouting group meets at Baker Drive elementary school, 885 Baker Dr., Coquitlam. Info: email@example.com. • Girl Guides takes registrations on an ongoing basis for Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders, Rangers and adult women volunteers. Training and mentoring available for new volunteers. Info: www.girlguides.ca or call 1-800-565-8111. • Kiddies Korner Pre-school still has spaces available. Info: 604-941-4919 or firstname.lastname@example.org. see page 27
Winter Celebrate Life A free community event to remember loved ones who have passed away
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Public Notice of Open Houses Brunette Interchange Project
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure invites the public to attend a second set of open houses regarding proposed improvements to the Brunette Interchange at Highway 1 in Coquitlam. These open houses will provide the public with another opportunity to preview the options for the interchange that were presented at the open houses held November 2 and 3 and to provide feedback on each option. The information presented at these open houses will be the same as that presented in November. Ministry staff will be available to provide information and answer questions. The drop-in open houses are scheduled for the following dates: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sapperton Pensioners Hall 318 Keary Street, New Westminster, B.C. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Maillard Middle School Gymnasium 1300 Rochester Avenue, Coquitlam, B.C. For those unable to attend an open house, the information presented will be posted on the ministry’s web site.
For more information, please visit our web site: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/brunetteinterchange/ or contact us by e-mail at: Brunette.Interchange@gov.bc.ca
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TC CALENDAR continued from page 26 • Tri-City Transitions is offering groups for both parents and children who are going through separation and divorce. Groups will help children cope with this confusing time and understand their feelings. Info: Kathy, 604941-7111, Ext. 106.
VOLUNTEERS • BC Angel Dresses is in need of Volunteers in the TriCities. BCAD is a non-profit group of volunteers who collect donated wedding, bridesmaid and grad dresses; volunteer seamstresses transform them into Angel Dresses that are then shipped to hospitals across the province and offered to grieving families at no charge. Group needs dress collectors and seamstresses. Info: www. bcangeldresses.ca. • Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society, which provides creative opportunities for those in the mental health and disability communities, is adding to its board and volunteer team. The board is a group of volunteers who share responsibilities for the one major event each summer: Burrard Inlet Fish Fest. Board and volunteer opportunities include: web site design and maintenance; accounting; grant writing; coordinating volunteers and marketing. Info: soundtherapyarts.wordpress.com. • KidStart needs volunteer mentors to provide caring and supportive relationships. You must be 21 years or older, prepared to accept a young person unconditionally and able
SHOP FOR SENIORS OR JUST VISIT • Share Family and Community services is looking for volunteers to work with seniors for its shop by phone and Friendly Visiting programs, and transportation to community resources. Info: email@example.com or 604-937-6975. to spend three hours a week or more. Mentors are carefully screened and supported, and there are regular training sessions and ongoing support provided by staff. Info:kidstart.ca. • Volunteers wanted for all positions at Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary thrift shop, located at 2811B Shaughnessy St., PoCo; applications available at the store during open hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; noon-3 p.m. Sundays. • Volunteer drivers needed for Share Family and Community Services’ Better at Home program to give seniors rides to doctors’ appointments. Drivers must be 21 or older, have a reliable vehicle, insurance and driver’s licence, and be willing to undergo a criminal record check and commit for a minimum of three months (up to six trips a month). Reimbursement for mileage is available. Info: Paola, 604-9376991 or paola.wakeford-mejia@ sharesociety.ca. • Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is looking for volunteer tutors for Study Buddy program, which gives young girls the educational support they need by matching them in a one-to-one tutoring relationship. To be a
Study Buddy volunteer, you must be female, age 19 or older, have a high school diploma, some post-secondary education (completed or in-process), and some experience helping others learn. Study Buddies spend one hour a week tutoring a Little Sister for a minimum of six months. Info: 604-873-4525 Ext. 300 or info@ bigsisters.bc.ca.
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EVERGREEN PUBLIC ART The public art in the six Evergreen Extension stations in Port Moody and Coquitlam provides a welcoming place and a mental break for commuters, TransLink says. And the stories behind each piece capture the spirit of the two cities — presenting elements of history, First Nations culture and the environment. But, while meaningful, the work also carries a hefty price tag: In Coquitlam, the province of B.C. paid $300,000 for the art with another $50,000 grant from the city’s casino-funded Community Capital account. As for the nine Kwikwetlem First Nations pieces unveiled last week at Coquitlam Central, the province is mum on the bill, stating the contents of the accommodation agreement is confidential “to avoid prejudicing future negotiations.”
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COQ. CENTRAL: Unity Tree by Paul Reimer of Cranbrook.
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LINCOLN: Pillow Station by Paul Slipper & Mary Ann Liu.
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MOODY CENTRE: This canoe was originally crafted by Aboriginal students at Centennial secondary school and is decorated with an ancient design of the two-headed serpent Sisiutl. After many years and journeys in the water, it was placed in storage; however, last year, the canoe was restored by students from Suwa’lkh secondary school.
LAFARGE LAKE-DOUGLAS: TransLake by Trent Hutton of Bowen Island, shows a giant frog surfacing from the concrete.
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BURQUITLAM: They Travelled These Roads by Mia Weinberg of Vancouver is a granite piece with images of Fraser Mills.
MOODY CENTRE: Coming and Going, a DecoMark graphic design pavement application by Soren Henrich shows the salmon cycle.
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Four Tri-City dancers in The Nutcracker for Goh
For Jasmine Potter and Brittany Bishop, performing in The Nutcracker in a large venue — before a live orchestra and paying guests — is nothing new. It’s Potter’s third time in the production for the Goh Ballet, a Vancouver company she trains with three times a week that will present its eighth annual Christmas show from Dec. 15 to 20 at The Centre. Last year, the Port Moody resident portrayed a party girl and, in 2014, the Grade 5 student at Queen of All Saints school was cast as a little lamb. Next month, the 10-year-old girl will be fluttering around as a dragonfly — a character in which “you have to have a lot of style. You have to make big and bolder actions and it’s a lot of fun,” she said. Coquitlam’s Bishop is in her fourth year with The Nutcracker for Goh, taking on three roles including Arabian — a part she has portrayed twice in the past. “It’s a lot of work but I really like doing this,” she said of multitasking. Bishop, a Grade 12 EBUS Academy student, trains fulltime at Goh six days a week and, after graduation next June, she plans to continue
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Tri-City residents Kyra Soo (Snowflake), Brittany Bishop (Arabian), Jasmine Potter (Dragonfly) and Mira Hissen (party boy) are in Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker, running Dec. 15 to 20 at The Centre. dancing professionally. The 17-year-old teen said she and her fellow dancers — including Tri-City residents Kyra Soo and Mira Hissen — look forward to the endof-fall ballet and performing alongside Jurgita Dronina and Guillaume Cote, principal dancers with the National Ballet of Canada who will take on roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier Prince.
Bishop said Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker “is kind of like a family tradition. It’s fun for the audience and for us, too.” Added Potter, “It reminds people that Christmas is coming and it’s really magical.” • Tickets for The Nutcracker are available through gohnutcracker.com. The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts is located at 777 Homer St.
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High school students compete in METFest Student actors from eight Tri-City secondary schools will vie for the chance for their school to represent the district at next year’s Sears BC Drama Festival. METFest takes place at Riverside secondary tomorrow (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and tickets can be bought for $5 at the door of the school (2251 Reeve St., Port Coquitlam) on show night. Riverside won last year’s festival with its ensemble show The CT Project under adjudicator Susan Bertoia. However, this year, Vancouver actor and director Mike Stack takes over to judge the one-act plays. Among them, an adaptation of The Odyssey (Riverside); Greenman, a show directed by a Heritage Woods graduate; Between Friends (Centennial), a parent-written production; and an adaptation of Everyman (Pinetree).
Shoppers looking for unique, handmade gifts can pop into the Poirier Forum (618 Poirier St.) this weekend for the 36th annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair. More than 100 artisans will
MIKE STACK sell their wares on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors. No cost for kids aged 12 and under. The fair is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News and is sanctioned by the city of Coquitlam as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations. Call 604-842-4619 or visit coquitlamcrafts.com.
Port Moody author C.L. Lynch launches her debut novel Chemistry at a book store in Maple Ridge on Saturday. Lynch will be at Bean Around Books (22626 Lougheed Hwy.) from noon to 2 p.m. to sign her work, which she describes as a “girl-power response to Twilight.”
Coquitlam’s many cultures will be celebrated at an annual lantern festival on Sunday. The free family event, which takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Place des Arts and Mackin House, will centre around the theme Light Has No Boundaries. Place des Arts’ junior musical theatre company — under the direction of Natasha Sengotta — will sing and dance while Iranian musician Arezoo Maleki and Gerardo Avila will perform. As well, Place des Arts’ junior theatre company will have a short radio play called Christmas in Maillardville. Artists Catherine Dumaine and Sarah Park will lead the lantern-making activities and guests can warm up in the Place des Arts tea salon — a new addition for this year’s fun. Mackin House will also offer hot cider and baking. The festival is sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Metro Vancouver and Vancity. Call 604-664-1636 or visit placedesarts.ca. Meanwhile, guests can also buy a raffle ticket as part of a Place des Arts’ fundraiser, which ends Sunday.
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See who gets on stage for A Christmas Carol
Tickets for Van Django’s Christmas concert, Cool Yule!: A Swingin’ Yuletide Show, on Dec. 2 are available by calling the Evergreen Cultural Centre at 604-927-6555 or visiting evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
Have a gypsy jazz Xmas The sounds of Parisian gypsy jazz from the 1930s will mix with Christmas classics in Coquitlam on Friday. Van Django — better known as Cameron Wilson, Budge Schachte, Finn Manniche and Brent Gubbels — will be joined on the Evergreen Cultural Centre stage by LJ Mountenay and Keith Bennett. Among the tunes they will
perform are songs from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special as well as I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Let It Snow, Santa Baby, Silver Bells and Ave Maria. “Folks love the mix of music and the feel-good vibes,” Wilson said. “It’s a show that just hits all the right notes at Christmas. We’re excited to bring the good times to new
audiences this year.” The sextet will also perform their Cool Yule!: A Swingin’ Yuletide Show next month in Chilliwack, Vancouver and Victoria. Wilson said the Van Django musicians have worked with Mountenay and Bennett over the years, both as a group and as part of other ensembles.
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An audience-participation version of A Christmas Carol will play out in Coquitlam tomorrow (Thursday). DuffleBag Theatre will bring its all-ages show to the Evergreen Cultural Centre Dec. 1 as part of the venue’s Westminster Savings Family Series, which allows guests to pay what they can. The touring company’s artistic director Marcus Lundgren — who’s appearing in the 60-minute show along with Steven Burley, Adam Pellerine and Marla Brennan — said its rendition is “our reverently irreverent adaptation of the Dickens story.” “There is a lot of improvisation that goes along with audience members playing the main parts,” he told The Tri-City News. “It’s the DuffleBag Theatre narrator’s job to make whatever the audience actors do, part of the show. It’s what makes a DuffleBag Theatre performance unique.” Started in 1992 at the London International Children’s Festival in Ontario, DuffleBag Theatre performs about 600 times
DuffelBag Theatre of Toronto comes to Coquitlam on Thursday to present A Christmas Carol. Curtain rises at 7 p.m. a year. The Toronto-based company has about 15 shows in its catalogue: from fairy tales and classic stories to Shakespeare adaptations and holiday-themed events. First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol tells the story of the evolution of Ebenezer Scrooge, from a bitter old miser to a kind and loving man. His transformation comes after a visit from his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Dickens’ novella, which has never been out of
print, was written when the British were looking for new Christmas traditions and customs. Lundgren vowed DuffleBag’s performance of A Christmas Carol “is one of those shared family experiences that will be re-enacted at home, around the dinner table, a long time afterwards.” • Next up in the Westminster Savings Family Series at the Evergreen Cultural Centre are A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Feb. 3, 2017) and the Tim Sars Trio (April 21).
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Top teams clash at Kodiak Klassic PoMo school draws clubs from across the region GARY MCKENNA
The Tri-CiTy News
When Heritage Woods coaches Chris Martin and Greg Schellenberg launched the Kodiak Klassic AAA basketball tournament back in 2010, they thought it would be a good opportunity to see how their players stacked up against the region’s top talent. Fast-forward six years and the event has taken on a life of its own. With the demise of several other major tournaments in the area, coaches from across Metro Vancouver — and even around the world — now have the Klassic marked on their calendars. “Now we have teams contacting us,” said Schellenberg. “I just had an email last week from a coach in Portland. They have heard about the tournament and want to bring their guys up.” So far, the team that has travelled the furthest was an Australian club that participated in the tournament two years ago. But the Klassic also features a lot of Metro Vancouver schools as well, including Vancouver College, Kitsilano secondary and locals Terry Fox and Port Moody. Under the rules set out by the B.C. High School Boys Basketball Association, teams cannot play games before December. That makes the tournament an excellent opportunity for coaches to see
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Heritage Woods Kodiaks coaches Greg Schellenberg, left, and Chris Martin, right, said the annual Kodiak Klassic AAA high school basketball tournament is getting attention from coaches across the region and even in other parts of the world. how their rosters stand up in exhibition competition. While MVP honours and tournament banners are on the line, there is also $5,000 worth of scholarship money available to five chosen athletes. The money is donated by parents
and alums and go to athletes that demonstrate basketball ability, a good academic performance and volunteer work in the community. The bursaries started in 2015 and both Martin and Schellenberg said it was one
of the highlights of the tournament. “Last year was the first year we did it and it was really cool to see,” Martin said. “They were genuinely touched.” As a newer school in the region, Heritage Woods may not
have the long sports history as some of the older institutions in the area, but Martin and Schellenberg said the tournament is helping to put their program on the map. “We are trying to build that,” said Schellenberg. “We would
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The Terry Fox Ravens are headed to the AAA high school football provincial championship. In a stunning come-frombehind victory that saw Fox pickup crucial points in the final minutes of the game, the Port Coquitlam team defeated South Delta 22-21 in the semifinal match. The win sets the stage for a meeting against Notre Dame secondary at B.C. Place Stadium this Saturday at 7 p.m. As usual, Jeremie Kankolongo played a major factor in the Raven’s win. With just a minute and a half left on the clock, the Grade 12 running back scored a touchdown to bring his team to within one on the scoreboard. On the next play, Kankolongo ran the ball in again to take the
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Terry Fox Ravens running back Matthew Shuen carries the ball during a 22-21 semifinal win over South Delta during the AAA high school provincials at BC Place Stadium last Saturday. The Port Coquitlam team will now get ready to take on Notre Dame secondary in the championship finals on Saturday, also at BC Place Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
22-21 lead, which held until the clock ran out. A trip to the championship finals marks an impressive year for the Ravens. After a bumpy start in exhibition the club went 7-0 during the regular season and defeated Tri-City rivals the Centennial Centaurs 47-7 in the playoff quarterfinal. Notre Dame are in the finals after defeating New Westminster secondary 20-14 last week.
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District 43 may now be in a more powerful more funding, position to particularly for state its case for vulnerable students. populations, yet more funding remains near even though it Presented before the bottom for limited supply DIANE STRANDBE is a third the size has of rink space. per-student the provof RG surplus and one a budget ince’s all-party Tri-CiTy News ($4,145.27 in per SD43’s At Monday’s council-in-c of the most Select Standing funding. student successful internationa ommittee Committee on meeting representati The brief also points funding went to Finance Richmond ves from the out education programs l Government Services, and some anomalies Coquitlam Sports After with only 517 students in the such as Centreyears the Users’of approaching idenprovince. brief points out Richmond school Association and the provincial tified on the Social that SD43 is the Coquitlamgovernment This week SD43 the third largest with Curling receiving double district Club pleaded with Index compared Service cap hand, in the provSchool the amount councilinmembers to $2,086.31 five-page briefing released a ince, with one of funding for programs for a way to accommoda per student for of the calling for SD43 te all sports for diverse and complexmost at-risk youth even enthusiasts, and 1,200 SSI students). with CONTAC suggested student it was T time vulnerable studentthough its to build a standalone THE TRI-CITY population curling facility. NEWS: newsroo
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Artistry Of Hardwood Floors.com Refinish, sand, install, dustless Prof & Quality work. Mark 604-219-6944 778-828-8186
Croatian Cultural Centre
HOME SERVICES CONCRETE HERFORT CONCRETE
604-463-7919 Systems Ltd.
APPLIANCE REPAIRS POCO APPLIANCE MART 604 942-4999 • Servicing ALL Makes of Appliances & Refrigeration. Work Guar’teed
CLEANING MESSY HOUSE OR OFFICE? The most thorough cleaning or its FREE! Single Parent & Senior’s disc. (604) 945-0004
NO JOB TOO small! Serving Lower Mainland 26 Yrs! •Prepare •Form •Place •Finish •Granite/Interlock Block Walls & Bricks •Driveways •Stairs •Exposed Aggregate •Stamped Concrete •Sod Placement Excellent Refs•WCB Insured 604-657-2375/604-462-8620
DRAINAGE DRAIN Tiles, Sewer, Water,
Video Inspection, Jack Hammering, Hand Excavating, Concrete Cutting, Rootering, WET BSMT MADE DRY
Schedule at supercleaningvancouver.com
CONCRETE DALL’ANTONIA CONCRETE Seniors discount. Friendly, family business, 40+ yrs. 604-240-3408
778.986.2758 MIRACLE MOVING Licensed - Insured - Fully Equip. Starts from $45/hr Local & Long Distance Moves Mid-month & Seniors Discount miraclemoving.ca
Boarding & Taping, Good Rates! Reliable, Free Est. Reno’s & Small Jobs Welcome! Call Gurprit
604-720-2009 HANDYMAN 7 days a week $45 per hour. 604-401-8794 www.differenthandyman.ca HANDYMAN. Renos. in Tri City area Free est. Mike 604-710-1871
LANDSCAPING Greenworx Redevelopment Inc. Paver stones, Hedges driveways/patios, ponds & walls, returfing, demos, yard/perimeter drainage, jack hammering. Old pools filled in, concrete cutting.
ABE MOVING & Delivery & Rubbish Removal $30/HR per Person• 24/7. 604-999-6020
16 years exp. Free Estimates
A. RIGHTWAY PAINTING
LAWN & GARDEN
3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.
5” Gutter, Down Pipe, Soffit 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
~ FULLY INSURED~
Call Tim 604-612-5388
Gutters Cleaned & Repaired
Gutter Cleaning & Roof Cleaning
Mike 604-961-1280 GRANT’S HOME MAINTENANCE • Roof & Gutter Cleaning • Gutter Repairs • Strata & Residential • WCB Insured.
GUTTER CLEANING ROOF CLEANING WINDOW CLEANING POWER WASHING 30 yrs experience WCB/Liability insured
778 PLUMBING AND HEATING
Comm, res, repairs and installs, gas fitting, renos. drain cleaning. Fully ins’d and ticketed. Reas rates. Prompt. 778-834-6966
RENOS & HOME IMPROVEMENT
Lawn Removal & Chafer Beetle Solutions!
• Concrete & Asphalt RYAN • 604-329-7792
A Gardener & A Gentleman Lawn, Garden, Trees. Prune. Clean-up. Junk.604-319-5302
Lawn Care, Shrub-Hedge Trim Installations, Fall Clean-up. Senior Disc • 604-783-3142
Bros. Roofing Ltd. Over 40 Years in Business SPECIALIZING IN CEDAR, FIBERGLASS LAMINATES AND TORCH ON.
Liability Insurance, WCB, BBB, Free Estimates
GUTTER & WINDOW
Prices starting from…
3 Level Home: 130/gutters, $130/windows 2 Level Home: $ 90/gutters, $90/windows Excellent Service Since 1976 $
HOME REPAIRS RENOVATIONS INSTALLATIONS Done Quick. Licenced. Done Right. Bonded. Guaranteed. Insured.
604-RUBBISH 782-2474 On Time, Fast. Lowest Rates
• We remove any kind of junk & recycling • Resident, Commercial, Industrial • Basement, Garage, Yard Clean-up • Old Furniture, Appliances 15 & 30 Yard Dumptrucks
RICK’S RUBBISH REMOVAL • • • • •
Residential Commercial Construction Yard Waste Free Estimates
THE REAL DEAL
Insured • Free Estimates COMPETITIVE WATER DAMAGE EXTERIOR PRICING SOLUTIONS
MAKE YOUR MOVE
Over 30 years of quality service
Give us a Call.We’reTough to Beat!
310-JIMS (5467) www.jimsmowing.ca Book a job at: www.jimsmowing.ca
METRO Blacktop Co. Ltd. New & Old Driveways. Repairs • 604-657-9936
3 Rooms $250
• All Bobcat / Mini-X Service • Small Hauls ~ Pickup / Delivery
Can-Pro Paint and Drywall
ABSOLUTE BOBCAT & EXCAVATING LTD
35Years of Experience
604 -230 -3539 778-322-2378 604-339-1989
Yard Hedges Yard Clean-ups Clean-ups •• Hedges Pruning Mowing••Aeration Aeration Pruning • Gutters Lime Fertilizing Lawn •Mowing Rubbish ChristmasRemoval Lights Leaf Clean-up Rubbish Removal
“Award Winning Renovations”
Free Est. 604-521-2688
INTERIOR & EXTERIOR Residential & Commercial
Residential & Commercial
• Aluminum Patio Covers • Sunrooms and Windows • Aluminum Railings, Vinyl Decking
SPECIAL FALL PAINTING DISCOuNT
“More than just mowing!”
Your Search Starts Here.
1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING Across the street, across the world Real Professionals. Reas. Rates. Best in every way! 604-721-4555
SAME DAY SERVICE
Household Offices Pianos Licensed Bonded Insured Friendly Professional Reliable 3/5 Ton Trucks Well Equipped Senior/New Customer Discount
YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call. Lic#89402. Fast same day service. Insured. Guar’d. We love small jobs. 604-568-1899
Free Estimate/Senior Discount
$$ LOW RATES $$ Lic’d. We LOVE small jobs! Fast. Efficient. Bonded. 24/7 30 yrs exp. 604-617-1774
We are offering a
1, 2, 3, 5 & 7 Ton Trucks Licensed ~ Reliable ~ Since 2001
Done Quick. Licenced. Done Right. Bonded. Guaranteed. Insured.
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RENOS & HOME IMPROVEMENT
3250 Commercial Drive, Van. 604-980-3159 • Adm. $5
PAY-LESS Pro Painting FALL Interior SPECIAL LOOK for our YARD SIGNS Free estimates. Licensed BBB A+1 • Insured Serving Tri City 37 Years. Call 24Hrs/7 Days Scott 604-891-9967 paylesspropainting.com
Bath, Kitchen, Basement & More Grade A+, Licensed & Insured RenoRite.com, 604-365-7271 D & M Renovations. Flooring, tiling, finishing. Fully Insured. Top quality, quick work, 604-724-3832 .
ARBORIST SERVICE • Tree Removal • Pruning • Hedge Trimming + more 15yrs exp. WCB. Full Ins’d. Call Tom for Free Est.
778-899-TREE (8733) greentreeservice.ca
D&M PAINTING .
Interior / Exterior Specialist Many Years Experience Fully Insured Top Quality, Quick Work Free estimate
HOME IMPROVEMENTS All interior and Exterior Renovations and Additons Renovation Contractor Licensed and Insured Free Estimates “Satisfaction Guaranteed”
TREE BROTHERS SPECIALIST
•Dangerous Tree Removal •Pruning •Crown Reduction •Spiral Thinning • Hedge Trim Fully Insured • WCB.
Jerry • 604-500-2163
treebrotherspecialists.ca RENOVATIONS & REPAIR lam/wood flrs/tiling,finishing carpentry, drywall, sundecks, windows/doors new roof & siding repairs. Quality work, Free Est.
Pruning, Hedge Trimming Tree & Stump Removal 60 ft Bucket Trucks 604-787-5915 604-291-7778 www.treeworksonline.ca 10% discount with this ad
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