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Tired but smiling after flights from Istanbul to Germany and, finally, to Vancouver, Mohammad Kurdi and his family woke up in his sister Tima Kurdi’s Coquitlam home Tuesday morning to begin their first full day in Canada. It was a moment the family of seven had waited three years for after fleeing Syria in 2012. And while they expressed relief, gratitude and immense happiness, their arrival is overshadowed by those who were missing: brother Abdullah Kurdi, whose wife and two sons drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as they attempted to travel from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos in September. The heartbreaking image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body, washed up on a Turkish beach, seized the world’s attention and catapulted the Kurdi family into the spotlight as symbols of the millions of Syrian refugees risking their lives in a desperate attempt to reach safer shores. But to the Kurdi family he is simply Alan, a beloved child lost to the sea with his brother, Galip, and their mother, Rehan. Sitting in her aunt’s living room Heveen Kurdi, 16, was keen to test her English but, as with the rest of her family, relied on Tima to help translate.
“I am very happy to be here but at the same time I am really sad,” she said. “We used to live beside each other and we would see them almost every day in Turkey. I miss them a lot, they are always on my mind.” Three years ago her parents travelled from Damascus to Kobani, thinking it would be far enough from the uprising. The conditions were much worse than they thought, however, and after seven months the family moved again, this time to Turkey. Two years later they are finally in Canada, one family among thousands destined to arrive here by February. As they sit on sofas and dining room chairs lined up against the wall — Tima’s home went from three residents to eight overnight — the children watching cartoons, the scene is a surreal one after the family’s harrowing journey. “It was very dangerous to all the family in Syria,” said Ghouson, Mohammad’s wife. “In 2012 there was lots of protesting, lots of bombs everywhere. When the kids went to school we were unsure if they would come back.” There was a day when Shergo, now 14, witnessed a classmate shot in the head; terrified, he ran to his father’s hair salon for safety. see ‘HOW CAN,’ page 9
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Coquitlam’s Tima Kurdi stands with her nephew, eight-year-old Rezan Kurdi, shortly after he arrived with his parents and four siblings at Vancouver International Airport on Monday. The reunion was a bittersweet one as the family mourns the loss of brother Abdullah Kurdi’s wife and two sons, who drowned in an attempt to get to Greece in September.
A basketball up a tree or a coffee shop that won’t refill your cup are not emergencies. But that didn’t stop hundreds of Lower Mainland residents from inappropriately dialling 911 in 2015 to report similar crises, according to a top 10 list of most outrageous calls released by E-Comm, southwest B.C.’s emergency communications centre. Other ridiculous calls that had 911 dispatchers scratching their heads were “My roommate used my toothbrush” and “My son won’t put his seatbelt on.” E-Comm spokesperson Jody Robertson said too many people can’t be bothered to look up the phone number they really need — be that a police non-emergency line or in the case of the top bozo call of 2015, the number for a local tire dealership. Robertson said such calls come in “every single day” and take up the time of 911 call takers, creating the potential for delays in responding to real life-and-death emergencies. see ‘sON WON’t,’ page 11
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People who made a difference in 2015 The Tri-City News takes a look back at the people and organizations that made a difference in our community in 2015.
John Abou-Samra is a giver, in ways big and small, to fulfill a few guiding philosophies in his life: Love, give and forgive. Give, and ye shall be given. God loves a cheerful giver. And so it was on a chilly February morning when a beaming Abou-Samra stood by the towers of cereal and granola bars he had just donated to the Share food bank in Port Moody — all $2,500 worth. But it’s just part of what he donates annually; a devout Christian, Abou-Samra donates at least 10% of his income annually and draws on his first career as an accountant to make that piece of the pie stretch even further. He buys in bulk at PoCo’s Save-On Foods, which chips in an extra 10% and transports everything in their truck. He calculates the value of the points he receives, donating a portion of those as well. The charitable tax refund he gets every year? That gets added to the mix as well, and a portion goes back to charity. But it’s not just large-scale donations for which AbouSamra is known. When he left Lebanon 25 years ago, Abou-Samra shifted gears at work as well, becoming a bus driver known for doling out chocolate bars to passengers who correctly answer
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Port Moody resident Derek Wilson shows off the card he received for his 250th blood donation (as well as the souvenir shirt he got many years ago). In the spring, Wilson reached a new milestone — 300 donations — and is still going strong; he hopes others will be inspired and donate as well. his trivia questions — spreading smiles along with sweets. “As long as I am healthy and working I will never stop giving,” Abou-Samra said back in February. True to his word, reports Share, Abou-Samra made another six donations throughout 2015; some have been smaller than the cereal donation but others have been twice the size. “John has been incredibly generous to us this year,” said
Jake Moir, Share’s fund development officer. Make that generous, and very cheerful.
Port Moody’s Derek Wilson has been giving a piece of himself, quite literally, for 45 years and in April 2015 he hit a milestone: 300 blood donations. It started in 1970, when Wilson was a university student, as a way for him to repay his father’s first gift to him.
Wilson required surgery as a baby and in the late 1940s it was up to a family member to donate blood or a patient had to buy it. Since that first donation, Wilson has rolled up his shirtsleeve and opened his arm to donate blood as he moved across Canada for work. In the early ‘80s, Wilson was living in Winnipeg and donating every two months, but occasionally low hemoglobin levels meant he was rejected a few times
after the initial screening. That’s when he joined the plasmapharesis program, in which blood is removed and separated; the hemoglobin is returned to the donor while the plasma, which is replaced quickly in the body, is donated. The faster replacement rate means a donor can donate plasma every two weeks, which Wilson did for several years before moving to the Lower Mainland and getting to a plasma clinic became more challenging. Trudi Goels of Canadian Blood Services said Wilson’s 40-year donation record is a “lifetime commitment to helping patients.” Of Canadian Blood Services’ 400,000 active donors, only six reached the 300 mark last year, putting Wilson in “a very elite group.” But he hasn’t stopped there. Earlier this month, Wilson was at the Canadian Blood Services’ mobile clinic in Coquitlam for his 303rd donation. “I am looking forward to many more donations,” he wrote in an email to The TriCity News. He urged others to donate as well, noting “it is speedier and (almost) painless today, and needed urgently by accident and burn victims and surgery patients of all types.”
Fringed by mountains, the Tri-Cities are blessed with an abundance of hiking trails that can take families for a quick meander through the woods
or challenge even the fittest of trekkers. In June, Coquitlam resident and cartographer Steve Chapman — one of Coquitlam Search and Rescue’s newest volunteers — released a map to help hikers of all levels find their way when they’re on the trails. The Coquitlam Port Moody Hiking/Biking Topographical Trail Map (available at www.tricitiesmap.com or at Canadian Tire) was a year in the making as Chapman diligently hiked or ran more than 500 km of trails, plotting GPS points along the way. Proceeds from map sales benefit Coquitlam SAR, which has been busy fundraising for their new mobile command centre, while encouraging more people to hit the trails and enjoy the great outdoors — safely. Coquitlam SAR spokesperson Michael Coyle said volunteers will also be using the map, which has more detailed and up-to-date information than previous maps and will help in future rescue situations. Always keen to share his love of the outdoors, Chapman has also been boosting trail traffic through a weekly column in The Tri-City News, which ran through the fall and highlighted various hikes throughout the region. Watch for Chapman’s column to continue early in the new year, when he’ll be serving up a series of snowshoe treks on local mountains.
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From left to right: A powerful windstorm didn’t’ stop Andrew and Megan Young from holding their nuptials in Port Moody; a home on Wellington Street in Port Coquitlam sold on Sunday after receiving 17 offers. It sold for $107,000 over the asking price of $595,000; chafer beetles continued to tear up lawns across the Tri-Cities.
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Facebook is how many readers share stories they like or are interested in. Based on FB data, here is a list of the 10 top stories that had Tri-City News readers talking and sharing online: • Wedding bells: A Port Moody wedding held during the Aug. 29 windstorm was “one for the books” and still went ahead at Old Orchard Hall and the city galleria for Andrew and Megan Young, de-
spite downed trees and power outages. • Double murder: A double murder on Westwood Plateau had people worried in July until police were able to confirm that a 54-year-old Richmond man was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. • Beetle blues: People complained a lot and wrote letters, but not much could be done to stop the chafer beetle infestation, and the resulting havoc created by crows and other animals that feed on their grubs.
• Mail call: Canada Post’s decision not to deliver mail to several homes on Gatensbury Street because it was deemed “too dangerous” riled a lot of folks. • Hot housing: A big story in April 2015 was The Tri-City News report that a home on Wellington Street in Port Coquitlam had 17 offers after 150 people showed up for an open house — and sold for $107,000 over asking. • Extradition: The public is still concerned about justice in the case of Port Coquitlam
teen Amanda Todd, who committed suicide after being cyberstalked and bullied online. A story about an internet luring case against a Dutch citizen drew a lot of attention. • Bears killed: News that two massive bears were shot in September in a Port Coquitlam neighbourhood had many people upset. Conservation officers said safety and the bears’ history of eating garbage ruled out tranquilizing and relocation. • School days: A story about B.C.’s new curriculum and
how it will affect schools next September was widely shared. The story stated that’s what’s different is that teachers will have more flexibility and students will have more say in what they want to explore. • Refugee welcome mat: Welcoming refugees was a hot issue in the Tri-Cities, with many people supporting Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks and the drowning of Alan Kurdi, the nephew of Tima Kurdi, a Coquitlam resident. • Swatter jailed: A story
about jail time for a Coquitlam teen who “swatted” the homes and schools of young gamers around North America — and threatened to blow up Simon Fraser University and the Space Mountain ride in Disneyland — was widely shared and The Tri-City News’ most read (online) story of 2015. (Swatting is the act of placing a fake 911 call to attract police emergency response teams to someone’s home.) @email@example.com @dstrandbergTC
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Students entering kindergarten in September 2016 will be learning things their parents can only dream about and Jon Hamlin, a Pinetree secondary school technology education teacher, is one of the reasons why.
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RibFest makes a delicious debut in PoMo IAN MACPHAIL
Ian MacPhail’s dream of bringing rib cookers from around North America to the shore of Port Moody was realized this summer when some 40,000 visitors came with their empty bellies to get a taste of smoked meat. The three-day PoMo RibFest was the most remarkable food gathering in the city’s history — and, lucky for us, MacPhail and the Rotary of Club of Port Moody, plus its legion of volunteers, will repeat the event in 2016, from July 22 to 24. “We anticipate that we will see between 40,000 and 50,000 patrons over the three days,”
said MacPhail, who is co-organizer for the 2016 event with Alan Schmelzel. Mayor Mike Clay, who worked full shifts all weekend, described the first RibFest as an “awesome event bringing our community together around ribs and BBQ sauce. Doesn’t get much better than that.”
diagnosed with MS and three years ago, just as she opened her Port Coquitlam studio, she sustained her second attack as a result of the disease. Her staff and students rallied and, for the walk, put together a team
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• Make sure you have snow and ice clearing equipment (e.g. salt, shovel, ice scrapers).
People with physical challenges, including the elderly, may have difficulty clearing ice and snow from their sidewalks, steps and driveways.
• Stock up on food and fill your prescriptions.
If a neighbour needs help, clear their sidewalk when you do your own. It’s a great workout and helps make your neighbourhood safer.
nate plans for • Make alternate getting to school and work in the snow. • Assist relatives who need help with making their preparations.
After it snows:
• Drive only when necessary, and only in a vehicle with good winter tires. • Don’t let children play in snow piles or roadside snow banks. • Avoid parking on the street, as parked cars hamper snow plows. • Pile shoveled snow on your property – not the sidewalk or street.
Has someone been a good neighbour to you? Nominate them to receive a City-branded item through the website below. • Clear catchbasins to allow melted snow to reach the storm sewer to help prevent street flooding and freezing. • Clear snow and ice from fire hydrants. • Check on neighbours and family members who may need help.
If roads are hazardous due to snow and ice, the City may temporarily cancel waste collection. Crews will begin collecting waste in missed zones after completing the regularly scheduled zone the next day. It may take several days to complete collection for missed zones.
Info: www.portcoquitlam.ca/snow | After hours emergencies call 604.543.6700
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HOLIDAY TREE CHIPPING
Plenty of ways to get rid of the Christmas tree Once the holiday season is behind you, those with natural Christmas trees have two Earth-friendly options for disposing of them: chip them or cut them up and place them in the green bin.
Local tree chipping events turn your tree — with all decorations, including tinsel, removed — into usable mulch and chips while raising funds for charity: • PoCo: Jan. 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., PoCo Fire Hall #1, 1725 Broadway St., $5 minimum donation to benefit the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Call 604-927-5405 for information or to arrange pick-up service (minimum $10 donation). Firefighters donate their time for this event and all wood chips created are used in city parks and trails. (Also at this event, you can bring your styrofoam and Christmas lights for recycling for a donation to the burn fund. Residents are requested not to drop off styrofoam or lights outside of these days. Christmas light strings are also included in B.C.’s Light Recycle program and can be dropped off for free at participating light fixture recycling depots. Visit www.rcbc.ca for more information.) • PoCo: Jan. 2 to 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Art Knapp
Plantland and Florist, 1300 Dominion Ave. (corner of parking lot), $5 minimum donation to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research. Information: 604942-7518. Trees must be unwrapped and plastic must be removed. The chipped trees will be used as gardening and landscaping mulch. Residents are requested not to leave trees outside the gate when the store is closed. • Port Moody: Jan. 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Inlet Centre fire hall, 150 Newport Dr., $5 minimum donation to benefit the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. As well, PoMo firefighters will demonstrate how quickly a tree can go up in flames. • Coquitlam: Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Scouts Francophones de Maillardville will be at Canadian Tire, 1200 Seguin Dr., off Lougheed Highway near Superstore.
• Coquitlam: Jan. 2 and 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kinsmen Club and 1st Kinsmen Scout Group will be chipping trees by donation at Town Centre Park Lot A. • Coquitlam: Jan. 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kinsmen Club and Centennial secondary school music department will be chipping trees by donation at the school, 570 Poirier St. (at Winslow Avenue). • Coquitlam: Jan. 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friends of Mundy Park Heritage Society will be chipping by donation in the Mundy Park gravel parking lot off Hillcrest Avenue. For more information on tree disposal, contact Recycling Council of BC Recycling Hotline, 604-732-9253 or the Compost Hotline, 604-7362250.
• In Port Coquitlam, trees without tinsel or chemical
composting facility to be turned into soil amendments for topsoil. • In Coquitlam, Christmas trees can also be put in your green cart as long as the lid is completely closed and the tree is cut into one-metre lengths and a maximum of 10 cm in diameter. Whole or cut trees can
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Within a few weeks Shergo and another family member were nearby when a suicide bomber detonated himself, sending body parts flying in all directions. “Witnessing that, how can you go on with life in a place like that?” Tima said. In May of this year Mohammad, losing hope that his family would make it to Canada from Turkey, embarked on the same perilous journey his brother Abdullah would attempt, unsuccessfully, four months later. Mohammad made it to Greece by boat, then Germany, settling in a refugee camp in the hopes it would better their chances to get to Canada. He left behind his four chil-
dren, with Shergo and Heveen working 12-hour days in factories to support the family, and his wife, then pregnant with their fifth child. What stands out to him now is the quiet, he said. There are no bombs whistling overhead, shaking the house to its foundations. In the days to come their life will be focused on more mundane tasks. It’s been three years since the children attended school and Heveen and Shergo, as well as Ranim, nine, and Rezan, eight, will be working with an Arabicspeaking teaching assistant at Montgomery middle who will help ease them into the Canadian school system. Ghouzon will be looking after six-month-old Sherwan and learning English while
Mohammad will join Tima at Kurdi Hair Design in Port Coquitlam starting today (Wednesday). Tima will continue efforts to bring Abdullah and two more sisters to Canada, and will continue advocating for Syrian refugees. “This is not the end. I want people all over the world, each country, to open their borders and their heart to the suffering refugees.” • The Kurdi family is hosting a grand opening celebration at Kurdi Hair Design (105-3377 Coast Meridian Rd., PoCo) from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2. All are welcome to join the family, see the shop and enjoy some refreshments.
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OPERATION RED NOSE
Keep the car at home this New Year’s Eve New Year’s revellers can get a safe ride home and support a good cause. Once again Operation Red Nose will transport motorists and their vehicles home from their New Year’s Eve parties for the cost of a donation to KidSport, an organization that helps kids from lower-income families participate in sports. ORN will provide rides from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. to people who
call 778-866-6673 (NOSE). Those needing a ride should call about 1.5 to two hours before they plan to leave their event to give drivers time to arrive. Partiers will get a call about 15 minutes before their ride arrives to give them time to leave. Last year more than $34,000 was raised in the Tri-Cities for KidSport. firstname.lastname@example.org
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This holiday season, you can help reduce waste by disposing of your natural Christmas tree at one of several community tree chipping events:
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Trees must be tinsel and decoration free. Tree chipping is by donation to support community groups. Natural Christmas trees can also be put in your Green Cart as long as the lid is completely closed and the tree is cut in 1m lengths and a maximum 10cm diameter. Whole or cut trees can also be dropped off at the Yard Trimmings Drop Off Facility – 995 United Boulevard. Remember to remove all tinsel, decorations, and stands.
For more information on tree disposal, please contact: RCBC Recycling Hotline: 604-732-9253 Compost Hotline: 604-736-2250 Engineering & Public Works Customer Service: 604-927-3500
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Six issues for the new year T here are so many pressing issues that will have to be resolved, it’s easy to guess what will be in the news headlines in 2016. Here are six of The Tri-City News’ top picks. 1. Physician Assisted death: In 2015, the Supreme Court gave federal and provincial governments 12 months to craft legislation to respond to its overturning of a ban on physicianassisted death. Provincial ministers of health will have to come up with a plan that ensures consistency across the country. 2. Regulations for cannabis clinics: Canada needs national standards and regulations for marijuana clinics that are cropping up across the country to ensure safety and consistency for patients and to protect children. 3. Transportation funding: With the regional mayor’s transportation plan defeated
in a referendum, a new way forward must be found to ensure funding is available for transit and that tolls are applied fairly. Without a plan in place, there might not be enough buses to get people to the Evergreen Line. 4. Riverview protection: There is a clear divide between the demands of the Kwikwetlem
first Nation, the province’s insistence of a break-even mandate and the public’s demand that heritage be protected, trees are saved and mental health facilities are available for those who need them. a master plan that balances all these concerns is necessary and should be forthcoming in the coming months. 5. Byelection: a date
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will soon be picked for a byelection to replace Coquitlamburke Mountain MLa doug Horne who resigned to run federally. Candidates in the race have been picked and the results could be a harbinger for the 2017 general election. 6. Dealing with trash: The fact that Metro vancouver has cancelled plans for a trash incinerator because waste volumes are down is good news. but people are unhappy with the current recycling system and cities could be on the hook for fines if people don’t separate their garbage properly. as well, bears are still being drawn to neighbourhoods where garbage is easy to get. More attention to this will be key in 2016. These are sure to be some of the hot topics in the coming year. Let’s hope they get resolved soon. Happy New Year.
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Press pols for a real climate change plan A photo illustration prepared for Renewing Riverview shows a planned mental health complex on the 244-acre Riverview Hospital grounds in Coquitlam.
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Don’t develop R’view The Editor, Re. “Mental health facility, commercial district are in works for Riverview” (The TriCity News, Dec. 18). I demand the B.C. government be honest about its prerequisite of building commercial housing and businesses in private partnerships, and stop wasting the people of B.C.’s time and money on token open houses that will not alter the outcome of BC Housing mandate.
The government should abandon its longtime, welldocumented primary plan to “develop” Riverview Hospital site for market housing. This short-term desire for immediate financial gain fundamentally ignores the long history and value of the Riverview lands. It should dispense with the convenient break-even clause by designating the Riverview lands for the purpose of health services — specifically for those living with mental ill-
ness, not-for-profit groups, and protected arboretum and wilderness corridor park. I am pleased and so thankful for the possibility that outdated health facilities may be replaced by new ones. But I question both the BC Liberal government’s reasons for this announcement at this time. Still outstanding is an overall intention to preserve the lands and to serve the community it was intended to do. Gay Mitchell, Coquitlam
The Editor, Re. “COP21: We all must help to make it work” (Green Scene, The Tri-City News, Dec. 18). Green Scene columnist Elaine Golds thinks that the recent global climate agreement in Paris is a wine glass half full. I think the wine glass is half empty. My view was explained by the forthright European bureau chief of the Globe and Mail, Eric Reguly, in his Dec. 19 column headlined “Paris
climate talks were a noble failure.” “The emissions-reduction targets are not binding and there are no penalties for [failure to comply] … [international] aviation and shipping, which together account for more than 5% of global emissions [remain] exempt … No mechanisms were set to determine national carbon prices let alone a global one, and the goal to transfer $100-billion a year … to developing countries to help them cope with climate change
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The Editor, Recently, while walking my dog along the Mundy Park trails in Coquitlam, I noticed that someone had decorated a few small trees with various ornaments. I decided to add to the
collection so I ran by a dollar store. Within 24 hours, others had also contributed. I estimate there are about nine sites — very heart warming and inspirational. Many passersby gave a “thumbs-up” as I added a few bulbs.
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[remains aspirational].” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his minister of climate change, Catherine McKenna, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May have created false expectations in Canadians in the Paris treaty. Residents of the Lower Mainland who are concerned about the threat of a rising ocean to their property values need to keep pressing their politicians for real action to mitigate global atmospheric warming. D.B. Wilson, Port Moody
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Your Chamber in 2016 UPCOMING EVENTS It is with great excitement that I step into the role of Chair of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce in 2016. I am extremely proud of our Chamber and what we have accomplished in recent years. At a time when Chambers across North America are struggling to remain viable and relevant, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is thriving with an engaged membership and a financially sound foundation.
Gillian Kirk Chair Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
I am privileged to have a unique perspective as Chair. My experience with the Chamber started several years ago when I was hired as the Membership Services Manager, this experience gave me valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of
My goal for this year is simple: I want our Chamber of Commerce to have the best-served membership in the region. I want our members to feel that they receive great value and that they have a strong voice to advocate on their behalf. One way we will accomplish this is by expanding our membership team to ensure that our current members are well-served, while strategically growing our membership to represent even more Tri-Cities businesses.
January 13 | Get on Board: Third Stop January 14 | New Year - New Connections Mixer January 26 | KICKSTART January 30 | Gala February 4 | Morning Schmooze Find out more about upcoming events and register online at www.tricitieschamber.com. Please register at least two days prior to all events.
We must also remember to remain focused on what is in the best interest of our business community. I ask our members and the community at large to support us in this goal by getting involved in the Chamber and by communicating with us about what is
important to you. Connect with staff or your board about what is happening in your business or industry that we should know about. The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is YOUR Chamber, and we want to hear from you.
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At Fremont Eye Centre, your eyes are their first priority. The optometrist team provides professional and thorough eye exams using the latest, state of the art equipment. Optical consultant works closely with the optometrists to find your ideal pair of glasses, considering look, budget and your eye health needs. Beyond eye exams, Fremont Eye Centre provides a number of eye-related services including; dry eye consultations, eyelash enhancements, nearsightedness control and a large eyewear gallery. Fremont Eye Centre provides a selection of blue-light blocking lenses that protect clients eyes from harmful blue light. This is especially important when spending a lot of time in front of a computer, tablet or smartphone. Patients are considered partners and Fremont Eye Centre values working with partners who live a pro-active lifestyle. Clients that follow treatment plans, dietary or lifestyle recommendations see better results. By following recommendations, Fremont Eye Centre is able to look after their eyes more effectively and holistically. Does this article seem a little blurry to you? Give Fremont Eye Centre a call.
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IN 2016, COQUITLAM TURNS 125! Join in a year-long celebration that honours our rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.
WHAT’S HAPPENING? Signature Events & Activities Activate Coquitlam 125 • Dish & Dialogue • Neighbourhood Nights: Celebrating Coquitlam 125 125 Block Party Challenge • Kaleidoscope: Celebrating 125 Years of Arts & Culture Community Heritage Picnic • Lights at Lafarge • Sport & Recreational Events & Competitions Community Engagement Artists • Salmon Project
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The vision of Coquitlam 125 is Stories told, stories to be created, but what does that really mean? Coquitlam 125 is all about celebrating the stories of our past and writing the story of our future—and you are part of that story. Everyone has a story to tell, and each of these stories is woven into the fabric of our community. In 2016, we want to hear the stories that define Coquitlam. Tell us about your first day in Canada, when you first stepped foot in Coquitlam.
Share the story of an exciting race you saw at the Westwood Motorsport Park, or the time you and your kids stumbled upon a breathtaking waterfall while hiking the local trails. Pass along a colourful story from our city’s past. There will be many opportunities to share your story throughout Coquitlam 125 with our Community Engagement Artists and on our website. Visit coquitlam125.ca/stories to submit your Coquitlam story.
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KICK OFF COQUITLAM 125 ON JANUARY 2 We’re kicking off a year of celebration on Jan. 2 at Activate Coquitlam 125, a funfilled day of free recreation and entertainment for the whole family at the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. Enjoy swimming, skating and other recreational activities; savour a cupcake and appetizers; experience our history; or kick back and enjoy some live music in the licensed Curling Lounge.
MEET OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ARTISTS At Activate Coquitlam 125, we’ll be introducing the Community Engagement Artists who will bring our stories to life throughout the year through writing, film, photography, theatre and visual art. You will have the opportunity to share your Coquitlam stories at the video booth and enjoy art activities such as a Wishing Tree. Expect a blast from the past as you meet some historic Coquitlam characters!
EVENT PARKING Onsite parking is limited, so consider taking transit, carpooling or walking to the event. Visit coquitlam125.ca/Activate to view our parking map.
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Celebrating what makes Coquitlam great Join us in 2016 to celebrate Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary, and what makes our city and our people great. Events throughout 2016 will mark this milestone year –from our kick-off on Jan. 2 to the grand finale on Nov. 26, not to mention 125 block parties, an arts festival, heritage picnic, sporting events and much more. Coquitlam 125 is also much more than just a party –it’s about bringing people together, sharing our experiences and building a stronger community. Coquitlam City Council
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We’re especially excited to see our vision–Stories told, stories to be created –come alive for the coming year through community participation and various art forms. We invite everyone to follow along at coquitlam125.ca as we share these stories on our blog, through video, photos and written stories.
Stories are at the heart of the Coquitlam 125 celebrations, and we hope that you’ll continue to join us throughout 2016 to share what promises to be an incredible story. Joan McCauley, Chair Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force
What is the CAST Force? The Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Steering Task Force – CAST Force – is a group of community volunteers, including two Council members, whose task is to plan and deliver the best anniversary celebrations our City has ever seen.
While reaching out to a broad range of community groups, their goal is to bring neighbourhoods together – increasing active participation and creativity throughout Coquitlam.
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Save the dates for year-long fun! • Dish & Dialogues – Feb. 4 & 16, March 2: Come for the food, stay for the stories. • 125 Block Party Challenge –April to August: Bring the celebration to your block and share in the excitement! We’re challenging Coquitlam residents and businesses to host a total of 125 Block Parties. • Neighbourhood Nights: Celebrating Coquitlam 125 –June to September: Reconnect with neighbours and forge new friendships. The city will host 12 events at different parks. • Kaleidoscope: Celebrating 125 Years of Arts & Culture –July 23 & 24: Head to Town Centre Park for this two-day music and arts extravaganza.
Come for the food, stay for the stories There’s often a story behind the food we prepare – from the secret ingredient in our grandmother’s famous dumplings to the traditional dishes made by our families for celebrations. Honouring Coquitlam’s multicultural diversity, a series of Dish & Dialogues events will bring people together to share their favourite food and learn about other cultures and traditions. The first event, at Douglas College on Feb. 4, will truly represent Coquitlam’s multicultural diversity. You’ll find food stations where you can sample food from different countries, followed by dialogue stations where you can learn what gives these traditional dishes their meaning.
Two smaller and more intimate events will be held on Feb. 16 at Pasta Polo and March 2 at Grand Palace Restaurant. Join us for these unique dining experiences! Tickets go on sale in January –purchase online at coquitlam.ca/Registration or call 604-927-4386 or in person at city facilities. For details, visit coquitlam125.ca/DishDialogues
• Community Heritage Picnic –Sep. 17: Step back in time at Blue Mountain Park – experience the traditional games of yesteryear, costumes, food and music. Get ready to compete in the pie baking contest! • Lights at Lafarge –Nov. 26: The grand finale of Coquitlam 125 will bring the celebrations to a close with stunning light displays, performances, songs of the season and a special screening of the Coquitlam 125 film. More events will be added to our calendar thoughout the year so be sure to visit coquitlam125.ca/Events – your source for all things celebration in 2016! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for updates and news throughout the year.
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Kick off the old year and ring in the new with some familyfriendly activities and the always chilly — and entertaining — Penguin Plunge in Port Moody.
Coquitlam kicks off its 125th anniversary celebrations with a day of free recreation and entertainment, including skating, swimming, curling, fitness classes, face painting and much more. Activate Coquitlam 125 runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.), with an opening ceremony at 11:10 a.m. and live music in the licensed lounge from noon to 3 p.m. Free swimming is also offered at City Centre Aquatic Complex (1210 Pinetree Way) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit ww.coquitlam125.ca/Activate for full details.
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Celebrate the last day of the year with a glide on the ice at the Port Moody recreation complex (300 Ioco Rd.), from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be hot chocolate, games and more; admission is $3.50 per person. Keep the fun going in 2016 with more on-ice activities on Saturday, including family-friendly events from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. (for families with kids 10 and under) and from 3 to 4 p.m. (for families with youth aged 10 to 17).
Celebrate the end of the year in style with elegant classical music care of the Quiring Chamber Players — Reg Quiring (viola) and Rosemary O’Connor (piano) — at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). This year’s QuiRING in the New Year will feature violinist Ian Swensen of the San Francicso Conservatory of Music and cellist Olivia Blander of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; the group will play songs including Prokoffiev’s Five Melodies for Violin and Piano and Ravel’s Piano Trio and there will be a bubbly reception after the concert. Tickets are $38/$34/$15 at www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
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Celebrate the start of 2016 with a favourite Tri-Cities tradition: the annual Penguin Plunge at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park. go to funding programs at Old Orchard Hall.
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Pack up the decorations, stow the stockings and haul out what is by now probably a very dry Christmas tree. Get it chipped for a good cause at Art Knapp (1300 Dominion Ave., PoCo) starting today and running through Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a minimum $5 donation. Funds raised go to the Juvenile Diabetes
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Resolutions to ensure you stay green in 2016 LIVING GREEN
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• Coquitlam 125: 2016 is the city of Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary, and to kick off the year, CPL is inviting children five and older to drop in for a creative afternoon of building with Lego at the Poirier branch on Saturday, Jan. 2 between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Building with Lego requires organization, planning, and patience. LEGO play encourages children to use critical thinking, creativity and promotes fine motor skills, and creative play helps children become better readers and builds on valuable literacy skills. This event is drop-in and no registration is required. For more information, visit www.coqlibrary.ca or call 604 554-7334. • Adult/ESL Learners Book Club: The Adult/ESL Learners Book Club is looking for new members. Read books at an intermediate English level, and meet once a month to discuss books in a friendly group lead by a facilitator. Next Book Club meeting is Monday, Jan. 4, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Poirier
branch. To register or for more information, email Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org . • Communication Skills for New Immigrants: David Wood of Coquitlam Alliance Church will offer practical tips on how to start basic conversations in English and how to communicate with people who do not speak your language at the City Centre branch (Room 136) on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Registration is required for this free program; phone 604-468-6000 or email email@example.com. Participants are required to bring proof of permanent residency (PR card, letter from CIC, etc.). For more information about any of these programs, visit www.coqlibrary.ca. The City Centre branch is located at 1169 Pinetree Way and the Poirier branch at 575 Poirier St.
• eBook and audiobook clinics: Learn how to use library eBooks and audiobooks. Sign up for a one-on-one 30-minute tutorial from Jan. 5 through 9 — bring your own device. Call 604469-4577 to reserve a spot. • Baby Sing and Learn registration: On Jan. 2, you can start to register for the first session of PMPL’s popular Baby Sign and Learn. Programs are on Tuesdays from 2 to 2:45 p.m. starting Jan. 12 or on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. start-
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• Adult colouring club: Colouring is not just for kids anymore. Join librarians at Terry Fox Library and colour away your Monday blues (and reds and greens). This is a great chance to enjoy a relaxing activity among friends, old and new. Fox will provide the colouring pages, pencil crayons and refreshments — just bring your colourful imagination on Mondays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 8, 2 to 3 p.m. For more info, 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 604-927-7999.
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• Tri-City Photography Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Port Moody secondary school, 300 Albert St., Port Moody. Topic: Image projection – seasons of winter. Info: www.tricityphotoclub.ca.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13 • Tri-City Centennial Stamp Club meets, 7 p.m., in the McGee Room at Poirier community centre, 630 Poirier St., Coquitlam. Bring your stamps to buy, sell, trade. Visitors of all ages welcome. Info: www.stampclub.ca or 604-941-9306.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20 • 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 200-906 Roderick Ave., Coquitlam. For info or another session date: 604-7648098.
• Baha’i Community of PoCo hosts an evening of spiritual uplifting, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Gathering Place at Leigh Square, PoCo. • Simon Fraser University Pipe Band annual fundraising Robbie Burns dinner and silent auction, 6 p.m., Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Rd., Coquitlam; event will feature performances by the six-time world champion band. Proceeds go to the education of piping and drumming via the band’s youth program, the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Bands. Tickets, info: www.sfupb.com and Facebook (RMM Robbie Burns Community Event).
MONDAY, JAN. 25 • Tri-City Photography Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Port Moody secondary school, 300 Albert St., Port Moody. Topic: Hands-on session – quirky portraits. Info: www.tricityphotoclub.ca.
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If you happen to see actors dressed up in old-fashioned clothes at special events in Coquitlam next year, get curious. Hear what they have to say about the city’s past. Because they also want to hear from you about what makes the municipality tick. On Jan. 2, the city kicks off its 125th anniversary with a celebration at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex. There’ll be plenty going on to launch the year-long party — budgeted to cost $854,000
— with free recreation and live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including an opening ceremony at 11:10 a.m. (free activities will also be on the go at the City Centre Aquatic Complex on Pinetree Way). But driving next year’s festivities will be a storytelling component that not only aims to share Coquitlam’s past but will also weave tales for future generations. The Coquitlam 125 theme is Stories Told, Stories to be Created, an idea sparked by the city’s CAST (Coquitlam Anniversary Steering Task) Force headed up by Joan McCauley, the executive direc-
tor of Place des Arts. “We know that Coquitlam has great stories,” she said, “and we want people to tell them to us,” she said. Already, the group commissioned by the city to collect the words — in written and video format — has documented stories from a few current and former leaders and residents. Brunella Battista of Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc. said they’ve captured narratives from previous workers at Fraser Mills (once the biggest sawmill in the Commonwealth), city freeman Don Cunnings and elders at Kwikwetlem First Nation.
And her crew will be at every 125th event to collect more anecdotes from the general population for the city’s blog (coquitlam125.ca) and art projects. “They will form part of our legacy,” McCauley said. Added Battista, an Italian immigrant who teaches at Douglas College: “Coquitlam is a developing community that has many multicultural links. We need to foster that sense of pride in who we are and where we come from…. Storytelling includes everyone and everybody has a story to tell.” The historical characters are there not only to entertain but to jog people’s memories,
Battista said. As the actors reenact a bit of Coquitlam’s past, viewers can also relate their own accounts of the city. Among the first group of historical characters to be introduced are: • French-Canadian millworker Pierre Chartrand (played by Gardiner Millar), a composite character of the many Maillardville pioneers; • Margaret Hortin (played by Lori Sherritt), one of the Powder Puff derby racers in the 1950s and ‘60s who was prominent at the Westwood racetrack with her MGA coupe; • and Lum King (portrayed by David H. Lyle), the operator
of the dairy at Alderson Avenue and Blue Mountain Street who entertained customers with his piano playing and Scottish folk songs. Battista said historical characters will be present at such special events as neighbourhood nights (block parties), Kaleidoscope (arts and culture fest), the community heritage picnic (Sept. 17 at Blue Mountain Park) and Lights at Lafarge (grand finale in November). • Visit coquitlam125.ca for a full list of what’s to come in 2016. email@example.com @jwarrenTC
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Port Moody painter — and South African transplant — Russell Cullingworth will show his love for the ocean in a new display at the Port Moody Public Library next month. Cullingworth is the founder of EQAdvantge Learning and Development Inc. and the Centre of Excellence for Young Adults; he often sails around the Burrard Inlet with his wife.
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Laura Genovese dreams in paper and paint. It’s reflected on her dining table as images from her sleep take form in reality. Paints, canvases and brushes hog the space while Genovese pushes forward with one or two pieces at a time. The art supplies only get stored away when her large family comes over for dinner. As the daughter of a B.C. Lions football player, Genovese spent her childhood in the Lower Mainland next to the sea. Her love of water is mirrored in her work, which she re-started once the kids fled the nest. That deep-set love of the ocean can also been seen in the two pieces that hang at The Gallery at the Maury Young Art Centre in Whistler (formerly Millennium Place) as part
of an art exhibit called Sky’s The Limit presented by the Squamish-based artists’ fellowship VISUALS. Their display ends Jan. 4. Although she has technically never called the Sea to Sky corridor home, her parents bought a house beside Green Lake in Whistler some 30 years ago and her husband helped build the new highway. “His name is on the plaque by the highway,” Genovese said of the monument at Tunnel Point that recognizes the 2,124 people who worked on the Sea to Sky Highway leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics. During that same time period, Genovese reached out to the VISUALS art collective. The non-profit organization welcomed her aboard given her ties to the corridor. Genovese knows the area’s waterfalls and creeks and has studied Howe Sound’s shoreline.
Her paintings, which often incorporate elements of nature that she finds on her walks, show her deep respect for the landscape. Sky’s The Limit first debuted at the Squamish Wind Festival in July. It includes paintings, sculptures, weavings, photography and jewellery, each of which draws inspiration from Squamish’s windy weather that the community is renowned for. More than 20 artists translated the Sea to Sky corridor’s natural characteristics into a wide variety of art forms, VISUALS co-ordinator Sarah Saunders said, in a release. Each contributing artist is a member of the collective, which aims to support artists’ growth by curating shows and providing an informationsharing network. • The Gallery at the Maury Young Arts Centre is open daily with free admission.
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and Lee will rise to the youth level when her cousin turns 16 on Jan. 1. Lee, a Riverside secondary student, and Mau will next perform at the Vancouver Challenge Cup, at the Hellenic Centre on Jan. 22 and 23.
HELLO 2016 BERNICE MAU AND ZACH LEE place in the junior category at the Holiday Classic Las Vegas, also held this month. Mau, a Grade 9 student at Gleneagle secondary in Coquitlam, said she’s pleased with the world results. “I’m really excited about what’s to come,” she said, noting she
The Canadian rockers who made famous the songs We’re Here For a Good Time, Raise a Little Hell and Two for the Show will usher in 2016 in Coquitlam. Trooper will play Hard Rock Casino Vancouver for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. For tickets for the buffet dinner and show at $99.50, visit ticketmaster.ca. Meanwhile, tickets are
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tory at the BC/Yukon Sections at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex last fall. Friends and family were on hand as she posted a score of 171.34, good enough for a trip to the top of the podium and a ticket to the national qualifier in Edmonton. Larkyn spent much of 2014 in Colorado Springs, training with Christy Krall, who coached Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan. She moved back to Coquitlam earlier than anticipated so she could skate closer to home and attend Dr. Charles Best secondary. “I love to compete in front of friends and family,” she said. “It feels more welcoming.”
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With the year coming to a close, The Tri-City News has taken a look back at the top sports stories for 2015. From the Dr. Charles Best AAA boys soccer squad winning the provincial championships to a handful of individual accolades and hall of fame inductions, the year was a busy one for local athletes. Here are just a few highlights for 2015.
After losing in the semifinals in 2014, the Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils AAA boys high school soccer squad had something to prove at the 2015 provincials in November. The Coquitlam club easily brushed aside their roundrobin opponents, setting the stage for a championship showdown against Argyle secondary, which the Blue Devils won 5-1. It is the second time in four years that the club has hosted a provincial banner and with promising young players coming into the program, coach Dave Jones said the team could be a contender next season. “There is quite a bit of depth in the program,” he said. “The Grade 11s are a really strong group.”
Long-time Coquitlam Adanacs captain Bruce Murray knew the 2015 Western Lacrosse Association season would be his last. After 17 years in the league, the 38-year-old runner said he can still contribute, but felt that it was time to move on from the game and spend some more time with his kids, who are starting their own lacrosse careers. “I wanted to leave when I wanted to and when I knew I could still play,” he said in July. “I didn’t want to be told to go away.” But while he intends to take a bit of a break, it is unlikely
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Clockwise from top: The Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils defeated Argyle secondary during the AAA high school soccer provincial championships in December, while long-time Coquitlam Adanacs captain Bruce Murray retired after 17 seasons in the Western Lacrosse Association. Meanwhile, Port Moody athlete Geri Donnelly was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Coquitlam skater Larkyn Austman won the senior women’s championship at the BC/Yukon Sectionals. Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Doug Brown was inducted into the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame in November. that Murray will stay away from the game for long. When The Tri-City News caught up with him last summer, he said he had not ruled out transitioning into a coaching role in the future or helping out the team when he can. “I am only a phone call away,” he said.
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Geri Donnelly was in good company in being named to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame this year in December. The first-ever goal scorer for Team Canada’s female national soccer program was inducted along with other sports heroes like Wally Buono, Steve Nash and Carl Valentine. “It’s pretty overwhelming to be included with people of
that kind of stature,” she said. “When I saw who was there, that’s when you realize that there are some incredible people here.” Donnelly, who will be inducted in June, had a long history with the national team, potting the first and second goals for the program during a 2-1 victory over Minnesota in 1986. She also scored three goals
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Doug Brown is best known for doling out crushing tackles during his 11 seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. But the skills he took to the Canadian Football League were first developed on the field at Port Moody secondary, where he won a provincial championship in 1991. This year, Brown’s work was acknowledged with an induction into the CFL Hall of Fame, joining football greats like Rodney Harding, Derrell ‘Mookie’ Mitchell and Don McDonald in the upcoming class. Brown first got the attention of professional football scouts during his time at Simon Fraser University and was eventually drafted by Wally Buono and the Calgary Stampeders in 1997. After brief stints in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins, he landed in Winnipeg where he quickly became a fan favourite. During his 188 games in the CFL, Brown climbed Winnipeg’s all-time tackles list landing in second place with 429 overall. He was also third on the all-time sack list with 52. Brown was a seven-time all star and won CFL Most Outstanding Canadian honours in 2001. email@example.com @gmckennaTC
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Strong Tri-city contingent at world ringette tourney 3 players from area headed to Helsinki, Finland Gary McKenna
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Port Coquitlam ringette player Sonya Reiners will be kicking off the new year in Helsinki, Finland, where she and the Northern Lights are competing in the World Ringette Championships. The 16-year-old centre will test her skills against clubs from around the globe, including powerhouses like Finland, Russia, Sweden and Canada. “I”m really excited to play my sport in a different country and experience ringette from around the world,” she said. Reiners divides her time between the under-16 Northern Lights squad and the Port Coquitlam Shock, where she is the assistant captain. She is also an affiliate player for Prince George’s under-19 club. When she is not competing herself, Reiners likes to pass on her knowledge of the game to the younger players coming up the ranks. Last summer, she coached the under-10 to under-12 squad during Port Coquitlam’s National Ringette School and she is currently the assistant coach of the Port CoquitlamRidge Meadows under-14A squad. Reiners is not the only athlete heading to Helsinki this winter. Erin Mulligan is currently in Europe along with several other Lower Mainland ringette athletes competing in the 7th Annual Finland Lions Winter Cup Ringette Tournament, where she is playing with the B.C. Fusion. The under19 event coincides with the world ringette championship and the World Junior Hockey Championships. Mulligan is a Grade 12 student at Terry Fox secondary and usually plays with the Fraser Valley Fury under-19 team. She also plays hockey with the Tri-City Predators
midget C1 squad and coaches the PoCo-Ridge Meadows under-9 team. Mulligan will be joined on the trip by another Tri-City athlete, Cassidy Ewart, a Grade 11 players from Riverside secondary. Ewart plays defence for the PoCo-Ridge Meadows under19 B team and coaches the under-10 ringette squad in Port Coquitlam. Mulligan and Ewart are
two of 41 players from across the Lower Mainland chosen for the Fusion, which is made up of athletes from Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Langley and Richmond. The team came together for the Finnish tournament, which starts on Jan. 1, but they have also played an exhibition match in Sweden on their way to Helsinki. email@example.com
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