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Centennial Centaurs’ captain Danae Robillard holds off Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils defender Maya Borrego in the first half of their Fraser Valley senior girls’ high school soccer semi-final match Monday at Town Centre Park. Kikki Bowen and Raegan Mackenzie scored goals in overtime to give Centennial a 4-2 victory and a place in Thursday’s final. Both the Centaurs and Blue Devils have already qualified for the provincial championships, beginning May 30 at UBC.

Illicit drugs, mostly contaminated by fentanyl, continue to take a heavy toll on young adults in B.C. — including Coquitlam residents — according to recent statistics from the provincial coroner. As many as six people died of overdoses in Coquitlam between Jan. 1 and March 31 of this year. B.C. has been battling an overdose crisis since 2016 and Coquitlam is on pace to match overdose numbers in 2017, when 29 people died from taking illicit drugs. While efforts have been made to alert users to the contamination of the illicit drug supply and to make free naloxone kits available, the death toll continues unabated, provincial data shows. In a press release, the BC Coroners Service notes that there were 161 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. in March alone, a 24% increase over the same month in 2017. Preliminary data indicate that through the first three months of 2018, fentanyl was detected in post-mortem testing in more than eight of every 10 deaths (83%). Seven of every

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10 of those who died were aged between 19 and 49 years. Through the first three months of 2018, there were 391 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C., on par with the 400 reported through the first three months of 2017. The city of Vancouver has seen 102 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths so far in 2018, an average of 34 per month, which is up from the 2017 average of 30.5 per month. The majority died indoors (90.5%). No deaths have been reported at supervised consumption sites or drug overdose prevention sites. More than 1,400 British Columbians died due to suspected illicit drug overdoses in 2017. The coroner is warning people who use drugs to not use alone and to have someone sober to call 911 immediately if an overdose occurs. dstrandberg@tricitynews.com @dstrandbergTC

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Lost, found and ready to tell her story Poitras isn’t yet ready to go back to site of ordeal Gary McKenna

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Six months have passed since dog walker Annette Poitras and three pooches in her care were rescued from the cold and rainy Coquitlam back country after spending two nights missing in the wilderness. Now, she is ready to tell her story. The events of last November are outlined in a new book, Three Dog Nights: The Search and Rescue of Annette Poitras, which was written by Anne Bruinn and released this week. The ordeal has made Poitras a local celebrity and she said she is often recognized as “the dog walker” when she is on the trails or running errands in the community. “People come up to me and they want to hug me,” she told The Tri-City News Monday. The 56-year-old was walking Chloe, Roxy and Bubba on Eagle Mountain last November when she slipped on a log, hitting her head and knocking herself unconscious. She is still unsure how long she was out but said she lost her phone and gloves in the fall. The next day, disoriented and struggling to move, Poitras searched for one of the dogs that had wandered off during the night, walking toward the BC Hydro power lines. But after finding the animal, she was unable to go any further and hunkered down for the second night with the three animals. She did not know it at the time, but while she was strug-

gling in the woods, searchers from across southern B.C. were on her trail. More than 100 search and rescue volunteers were deployed to the area while Talon helicopters conducted a search from the sky. On the third day, Poitras heard people calling her name in the distance and Roxy began barking, alerting the searchers to their location. “If I had to spend one more night, I didn’t think I was going to make it,” she said after being released from the hospital a week after first going missing. “I really didn’t.” Monday, in the backyard of her Coquitlam home wearing a black t-shirt adorned with the message “Life Is Better With a Dog,” Poitras said she still struggles with the events of last November. She has nightmares about the incident and while she hikes the mountains every day, she said she tends to stay away from the area where she fell and her ordeal began. “I am not ready,” she said. “It gives me shivers. I don’t want to relive it.” Anne Bruinn, the author,

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From left, Balto, Chloe, Bruno and Roxy sit with Annette Poitras, a dog walker who spent two nights in the rainy back country last November after she fell and was hurt. Poitras said Roxy’s barking allowed rescuers to help find her. spent nine days living with the Poitras family at their Coquitlam home researching the book. Bruinn closely followed media reports during the search and said she was “ecstatic” when Poitras and the dogs were found safe. But when she was still thinking about the tale a month later, she believed the story could make a good book and decided to reach out to the family. “It really reso-

nated with me,” she said. With the help of Annette’s husband Marcel, Bruinn was able to piece together a 130page narrative that walks the reader through what the family members were thinking and feeling while the search was taking place. Search manager Michael Coyle wrote a foreword and some of the proceeds from sales will be donated to Coquitlam Search and Rescue.

Poitras said she hopes her tale can serve as an example for others and teach people the importance of being prepared when exploring the wilderness. She is particularly pleased when she encounters other hikers on the trails who are carrying the 10 essential items Coquitlam SAR says can make a difference in survival during an emergency. She later added: “This could

happen to anyone. Many people can learn from my experience and they can be better prepared in the back country.” • Three Dog Nights: The Search and Rescue of Annette Poitras is available on amazon. com in paperback and at amazon.ca as an ebook. For more information, email Marcel at mpoit00@yahoo.com. gmckenna@tricitynews.com @gmckennaTC

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A 13-year-old boy was taken to hospital with non lifethreatening injuries Sunday afternoon after falling more than almost eight metres down Crystal Falls in Coquitlam. Bystanders administered first aid to the unconscious victim while waiting for Coquitlam firefighters and BC Ambulance paramedics to arrive.

“We are not sure exactly how it happened,” said Fire Chief Jim Ogloff, “but he had some lacerations to the back of his head.” Using a basket stretcher capable of navigating the rugged forest terrain, firefighters were able to carry the victim to a nearby road, where paramedics were waiting to transport him to hospital. Ogloff told The Tri-City News that more people are enjoying the local trails and waterways

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Port Moody residents will get a chance to provide feedback on several potential route options to connect the Ioco lands to Inlet Centre at an open house later this month. Such a connection could be required to relieve traffic congestion along Ioco Road when the 250-acre site, which includes the former Ioco townsite, is rezoned for development. Brilliant Circle Group acquired the property from Imperial Oil in 2015 and is proposing the construction of a neighbourhood comprised of residential and commercial development that would preserve some of the site’s ties to its heritage as a home for employees of the nearby oil refinery as well as improve access to the waterfront, possibly including a new ferry service across Moody Inlet to Rocky Point Park. But a boat wouldn’t come close to relieving the access demands for the new community, so an old right-of-way extending David Avenue west-

ward that had been a part of Port Moody’s official community plan for two decades was dusted off, much to the consternation of some residents who’ve grown to love the green space that was turned into 311acre Bert Flinn Park in 1999 following a referendum. In response to their organized protests, Port Moody council directed staff in September 2016, to prepare a technical report that investigates and evaluates all possible connector routes. And while such efforts have been complicated by the lack of information about the size and scope of Brilliant Circle Group’s development plans for its property, the results of that report will be available for scrutiny at the public meeting. Since 2015, the company has held three rounds of public consultation on the future of the site, the latest last June. But other than sponsoring an outdoor movie night at the site last September, and a display at Ioco Ghost Town Days later that month, BCG has been quiet ever since.

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Architect Peter Busby, who’s in charge of planning the new Ioco lands development for Brilliant Circle Group, takes in the view across Burrard Inlet from the property’s waterfront. The city of Port Moody is holding an open house on May 28 to present options for a connector route to the area.

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COPS & CRIME

SD43 spreads the word on phone scam that targets int’l. students Ruse is mainly aimed at post-secondary students Diane StranDberg The Tri-CiTy News

A virtual kidnapping scam targeting Chinese international students has claimed its latest victim but warnings by School District 43 authorities and the younger age of foreign students in Tri-City public schools make it unlikely kids here will be targeted. SD43 spokesperson Peter Chevrier said the scammers are mostly targeting international students attending post-secondary institutions. Nevertheless, the district has alerted the public about the scam since it started circulating last year. “We have liaised with the RCMP, posted notices on both our SD43 and international education websites, and communicated with our international students, parents, homestays, school administrators and DLT [district leadership team] to help people understand the scam and avoid falling victim to it if they encounter it at the K-to-12 level,” Chevrier said in an email. In the latest version of the scam, a New Westminster student attending Douglas College was contacted via WeChat, the popular Chinese social media platform, and told her parents would be harmed if she didn’t comply with their demands. The victim was told not to use her cellphone, contact her family or use any form of social media, and to comply

with every demand. At the same time, the student’s family was also contacted through WeChat and told their daughter was being kidnapped and the scammers demanded money in return for her safety. The scammers managed to convince the student to flee Canada; she was later located safely in another country. The New Westminster Police Department Major Crime Unit continues to investigate. “When incidents like this occur, students are threatened, defrauded of money and coerced to go into hiding,” said NWPD Sgt. Jeff Scott. “Once the online scammers have intimidated the student into hiding, they contact the parents and defraud them out of money.” B.C. police officials have been aware of the scam since last July and are working with the Chinese consulate to warn the Chinese community. In other versions of the virtual kidnapping scam, people are contacted by cellphone. Investigators believe that the calls are randomly disseminated until they reach a Chinese-speaking victim. Once a connection is made, the scammers shape the scheme to suit the victim’s personal details through a series of questions posed to the victim. If you receive a message or call you suspect to be a scam, never reveal any personal information and ignore the threats. Anyone who believes they are a victim of a fraud or scam is asked to call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888495-8501. dstrandberg@tricitynews.com @dstrandbergTC

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1. Location: 120 Water Street (Rezoning Application #6700-20-156) Applicant: Dean Garvin Pomeroy Purpose: The owner of 120 Water Street has applied to rezone the existing property from Acreage Reserve (A1) to One-Family Residential (RS1). If the rezoning bylaw is adopted, it will allow for consideration of the subdivision of the property into two one-family residential lots.

Get in touch! How do I get more information? Review application #6700-20-156 and related information at the Planning Division counter on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, B.C. between 8:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or at portmoody.ca/publichearing after May 14, 2018.

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PoMo fire dept. prepares for city growth Medical calls top list of call-outs in 2017, says report

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Port Moody firefighters won’t be doing much of their 4,700 hours of training at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoons in July. That’s because those are the most common times and days for calls for service — and the department’s busiest month — according to Port Moody Fire-Rescue’s 2017 community report, which was to be presented Tuesday to city council at a special meeting of the committee of the whole held at the Glenayre community centre. Fire Chief Ron Coulson said the report, the first standalone document of its kind produced by the department, is a snapshot to show Moody residents what they’re getting for the $425 paid by the average household in the city every year to support their service. “We’re hoping to educate the community,” Coulson told The Tri-City News. “Emergency services are an insurance policy and it’s nice for people to know what they’re getting.” The department also learned a lot about itself in the study, Coulson said, and that knowledge will go a long way

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Port Moody firefighters train last Friday in the removal of a fallen colleague through confined spaces using a 150-lb. dummy with full firefighter gear strapped to it. to inform its strategic planning for future equipment and staffing needs as well as training. “There’s always room for improvement,” he said, especially as the city seems poised

for an extended period of growth and increasing urbanization with the advent of more development, particularly highrises. Coulson said the depart-

ment’s 44 career staff, 20 volunteers and three chief officers have to be ready to adapt as the city changes. That means more training specific to highrises and adapting their procedures

for attending calls in buildings that tower high above the department’s tallest aerial ladders, like working with lighter air packs, managing evacuations down stairwells, using

high-powered fans to pressurize those stairwells to help keep them free of smoke. “We have to be cognizant of how growth will affect us,” Coulson said. Last year, according to data compiled by E-Comm, the dispatcher for most emergency services in Metro Vancouver, the Port Moody fire department responded to 1,455 incidents, of which 281 were fire calls; that’s down slightly from 1,517 incidents in 2016. The most frequent call-outs were for medical emergencies (837), responding to alarms (361), motor vehicle incidents (187), general assistance (100) and gas problems (87). The department also conducted 1,120 fire inspections and more than 57 public education events like visits to the fire fall and school tours. The department’s operating budget last year was $7,664,000. mbartel@tricitynews.com @mbartelTC

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Fraser Health is ramping up efforts to deal with the opioid overdose crisis with a new survey aimed at understanding the support needs of drug users. The new survey — posted at www.drugsurvey.org — will ask people who use substances in homes and their family, friends and loved ones about access and barriers to supports. The survey will be available until June 5 and the data will be used to create a mental health and addictions system that better supports the people who need it, according to a press release from Fraser Health. Many people who use substances alone often do so because of the stigma associated with substance use, making it difficult to reach people in this demographic. According to the release, pain was the most identified

A screengrab of the online survey being conducted by Fraser Health — at drugsurvey.org — aimed at people who use drugs as well as their families. stressor leading to drug use and the anonymous survey is the latest effort to better understand the characteristics of people who are consuming drugs at home alone. Men in trades were also more disproportionately represented in hospital and ambulance data about admis-

sions for severe overdoses, the release notes. “So many lives have been lost due to this crisis. People are risking their lives every day because they do not want to reveal that they use illegal substances,” stated Fraser Health’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Victoria Lee.

“Our hope is that the survey will empower people living with substance use issues to speak up anonymously and share information that could help us understand what we need to do to engage people in our services.” dstrandberg@tricitynews.com @dstrandbergTC

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The darker side of graduation is the subject of an awareness campaign launched by Fraser Health to encourage youths and adults to talk about substance use as Grade 12s get ready for school leaving ceremonies, grad dances and grad parties across School District 43. “Before the ceremonies and celebrations begin, I encourage everyone to have courageous conversations about the unintended risks of drugs and alcohol and how you can ensure a safe return home to your family the next day,” said Judy Darcy, B.C.’s minister of mental health and addictions. Among the pieces of advice provided is that parents and guardians talk about substance use with the youths in their lives in a non-judgmental and supportive way, with When Words Matter, as a guide. “In 2017, 23 people in British Columbia under the age of 19 passed away due to an overdose. These are preventable deaths, which is why it is so important that young people understand the risks of overdose and how to respond if one occurs,” said Fraser Health medical health officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal. “Talking about substance use can help save lives, and while we encourage young people to avoid drugs altogether, if they choose to use substances, there are measures they can take that can help them stay safer.” Youth are also encouraged to have a safety plan, including making sure their phone is charged before going out and not getting into a car with a driver who has used drugs or alcohol. Instead, youth should plan a safe ride home before going out to celebrate. Those who use drugs or alcohol should use them in a safer way, and be aware that all drugs may be contaminated with lethal substances. Don’t use alone, have a designated sober person, go slow, don’t mix alcohol and drugs or use multiple drugs, and don’t leave your drink unattended to avoid drink spiking. In the event of an overdose, call 911 immediately and give breaths every five seconds until help arrives. Carry a naloxone kit and know how to properly use it. You can learn more at towardtheheart.com, fraserhealth.ca/ overdose or stopoverdose.gov.bc.ca. This June, there will be 13 high school commencement ceremonies in SD43.

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Interior B.C. communities are facing flooding due to the spring freshet but waters are much calmer in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam where no major flooding is expected. But that could change if the pace of snowmelt quickens. Authorities are keeping a close eye on the situation and cities are preparing just in case. Water levels are expected to peak Monday, according to Jozsef Dioszeghy, Coquitlam’s general manager of engineering and public works, and so far it appears the high point will be 2.75 metres at the Port Mann gauge, lower than the 3.5 to 4 m that would generate flooding in the area. “We seem to be in good shape,” Dioszeghy told The TriCity News. What is fuelling speculation of high river flows this weekend is a combination of hot weather and a greater than normal snowpack. “That will result in more

JOZSEF DIOSZEGHY water coming down and the rate coming down depends on ambient temperature,” said Dioszeghy, who noted he gets daily reports from the B.C. River Forecast Centre. Port Coquitlam is also monitoring the water levels and the potential for flooding, and last weekend sent out an advisory warning the public to be cautious around the Fraser River and adjacent water courses. Both cities are monitoring dikes daily, ensuring they are in good repair and stocking up on sandbags just in case. In Coquitlam, areas near Como and Nelson creeks have also been cleared to prevent flooding; sanitary manholes have been identified in case they need to be sealed; and

standby pumps, generators, hoses and fittings have been ordered in case they are needed. The city is also waiting to hear if it has received a grant to do a flood risk assessment and mitigation study of Mayfair Industrial Park, which is bordered by the Fraser River and Colony Farm Regional Park, and has been identified as a high-risk area. While water levels are not expected to be so high as to cause major flooding, they are likely to peak higher than in recent years. According to a report from the B.C. River Forecast Centre, temperatures have been hotter than normal at the same time as the snow pack is higher. Most of the areas of concern are in the Okanagan, Similkameen, Bulkley Valley and Prince George. “The weather is a fairly strong certainty, over the next five to seven days. The uncertain piece in terms of snowpack in mid elevation is how that is going to pick up,” David Campbell said Monday in a teleconference with reporters. He said the Fraser River is a massive and complex river system that drains over a quarter million square kilometres.

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Cities offering $20 rec cards for local youths School may be getting ready to let out for the summer but there is still plenty for young people to do during the warmer months that won’t break the bank thanks to recreation pass programs in each of the Tri-Cities. The city programs are: • Coquitlam is offering its annual $20 youth recreation pass for kids up to 18 years old. The pass is valid from June 15 to Sept. 5 and gives the holder full access to city drop-in activities, including indoor

and outdoor pools, the fitness centre (for teens 13 to 18), and drop-in sports like basketball, badminton and skating. The pass can be purchased online at www.coquitlam. ca/signmeup or in person at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, City Centre Aquatic Complex, Pinetree community centre, Dogwood Pavilion and Glen Pine Pavilion. • Port Moody is selling a similar $20 pass for children and youth up to 18 years that is valid from June 18 to Sept. 3.

The pass can be used at outdoor swimming pools, gymnasium drop-in programs, fitness classes and youth activities. For more information, go to portmoody.ca. • Port Coquitlam will also offer a $20 summer outdoor pool pass for young people up to 18. The city is also considering a $2 drop-in fee for outdoor pools, which was to be discussed at Tuesday’s council meeting. gmckenna@tricitynews.com @gmckennaTC

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RFO 18-01-15, SALE OF A TOWNHOUSE DEVELOPMENT SITE, 1310 MITCHELL STREET, COQUITLAM, BC, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot A, Section 7, Township 40, New Westminster District Plan EPP63984 SIZE: 2.45 hectares (6.05 acres)

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• Adjacent to the future Partington Creek Neighbourhood Centre which will be Burke Mountain’s vibrant commercial and recreational hub. • Approximately 500 metres south of the future Sheffield Elementary School. • Potential view corridors to the south and east. Access and download the full RFO package, “RFO 18-01-15” from coquitlam.ca/bids.

Parties interested in submitting an offer in response to RFO 18-01-15, must follow instructions detailed within the RFO documents. Offer and deposit must be received by the City of Coquitlam no later than 2 p.m. PST, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Inquiries are to be directed in writing by email only, quoting “RFO 18-01-15, Sale of a Townhouse development site, 1310 Mitchell Street, Coquitlam BC” to: landsales@coquitlam.ca


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Young scientists impressed with remarkable experiments and innovations at Coquitlam Public Library’s third annual Science Expo, held in its City Centre Branch on Thursday, May 10. Congratulations to all the participants for their hard work!

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s efficient as they are, HandydaRT and public transit don’t meet the needs of older seniors who still want to be able to get out into their community for appointments, socializing, shopping and more. That’s why it’s important to get behind the recommendation of the b.C. Seniors advocate for a community driver program to be added to the community home support system that now provides bathing and medication services for older people. It isn’t enough for seniors to rely on friends and family and DELIVERY 604-472-3040 NEWSROOM 604-472-3030 DISPLAY ADS 604-472-3020 cLASSIfIED ADS 604-444-3056 n

a dwindling pool of volunteer drivers to get around once they give up the keys to their vehicles. HandydaRT rides work well if planned in advance but many rides go unfulfilled; buses are difficult to get to, wait for and access for people in walkers; and cab drivers, once at the destination, won’t typically aid someone in getting to the door. What’s needed is a service to fill some of these gaps and the transportation report released this week by Isobel Mackenzie offers an intriguing solution: adding driving services to the programs that home support services typi-

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cally offer on a sliding scale. The idea would be to have two classifications of workers: the home care worker and a community support driver, both of whom are trained and meet the requirements of authorities. according to the seniors advocate, this publicly subsidized service would complement, not replace, public transit and HandydaRT, and could efficiently be added to the current home care service. This report is required reading for everyone: from health care and transportation officials to politicians, and anyone

who expects to live past 75, because that’s when seniors’ car usage typically begins to drop. ask yourself this: What am I going to do when my mobility declines and I have to give up my licence? am I prepared to be isolated and stressed? Willy my family be able to help me? To quote Mackenzie’s report: “Seniors must be able to get out and engage in their communities and transportation is key to achieving the social inclusion necessary for seniors to optimize their independence and community engagement.” We say “Yes” to that.

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The Editor, Re. “Burned library won’t dissuade supporters” (The TriCity News, May 2). Recently, we celebrated our community and the projects that bring us together with the Avenues of Change, so we were especially saddened to hear of the destruction of the Wellington Park little library later that same evening. It was an act of senseless vandalism and was difficult to understand. But we’ve been heartened to see neighbours and friends rise to the challenge, lending their support for this and other literacy projects in our community. We’re so glad to hear that the stewards of the Wellington Park library have not been discouraged and look forward to helping them rebuild. In the meantime, more little libraries are popping up all over the area, including one of our own. Through initiatives with the city of Port Coquitlam, the United Way’s Avenues of Change and local schools — yeah, Irvine elementary! — kids on PoCo’s north side will have greater access to books and the joy of reading.

The Editor, Re. “Mobility pricing: idea whose time has come” (column, Opinion, The Tri-City News, May 4). I totally and absolutely disagree with just about every point Marc Lee, an economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, made in his column. Mobility pricing is nothing more than a cash grab dreamed up by our mayors. Until such time as we have a completely efficient public transportation system everywhere in Metro Vancouver, mobility pricing will just penalize all the drivers who have to get to work in the morning and home at night, truckers who put on lots of kilometres doing their job and others such as me who have family spread around the region and have to drive as there is no other way. If truckers have to pay more

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Kyra Gregory and her mom, Amber, are stewards of this Little Free Library at Wellington Park in Port Coquitlam that was burned earlier this month. There are a number of little libraries in PoCo. The Lovely Little Library on Liverpool Street, painted and installed earlier this month with the help of our children, is now open for borrowing. We have received positive encouragement from our neighbours along with offers of books or

even to help keep an eye on the library when needed. It’s nice to see neighbours pitching in like that. As Mister Rogers famously said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to

me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” When we look around our neighbourhood, we see lots of helpers and we wanted to give a big thank you to all of them. Laura Thomas, Port Coquitlam

On possible road pricing: ‘We are not London’

under mobility pricing, they will just charge their customers, such as grocery stores, more and they will have to charge higher prices to the public, so even people who don’t drive will pay more. Mr. Lee also doesn’t think drivers pay the full cost of their trips. Well, who does he think paid for all the roads and bridges and maintenance? We all did with our taxes. We are not London or Stockholm and I do not believe for one second that mobility pricing will reduce congestion in Metro Vancouver. I gladly will pay any surcharge or extra property taxes if they are specifically earmarked for new rapid transit projects or other major transportation improvements such as replacing the George Massey Tunnel or twinning the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. We badly need both of these projects. Glenn Rickard, Coquitlam


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Chafer beetle larvae are a problem for Tri-City homeowners, whose lawns are often dug up by raccoons and crows looking to dine on the tasty treats.

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Coquitlam residents now have more options for dealing with chafer beetle-infested lawns on city boulevards next to their homes. Low shrubs, flowers and grass are permitted, said Mark Zaborniak, the city’s manager of design and construction, provided they do not affect sight lines or interfere with parking or the movement of pedestrians. Materials that do not attract chafer beetles, like bark mulch, are also permitted.

“There was some question about what people could and couldn’t do,” he said. “We are just clarifying that you can use shrubs, you can use rocks of a certain size, you can still use grass.” The boulevards are pieces of land between the sidewalk and the street that are owned by the city but must be maintained by homeowners. Zaborniak said with the proliferation of the chafer beetle, residents have been asking what they can do to make their streets look nicer. But there are some plantings that are prohibited on

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Library has tools for those new to English Newcomers to Canada studying the English language for their IELTS exam now have online help thanks to Coquitlam Public Library. The library, which has branches on Pinetree Way and on Poirier Street, recently added Road to IELTS (general training) to its collection for International English Language Testing System candidates.

The web resource is also good for people with an intermediate English-language level who want to improve their reading, listening, speaking and writing skills using video tutorials and other online activities. Meanwhile, My Canada is another multimedia title the library brought into its collection for English language learners. The program covers

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After five days of job action, a labour dispute at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam does not appear to be ending anytime soon. Great Canadian Gaming Corp. said in a statement Monday that it has been granted an order by the B.C. Labour Relations Board prohibiting striking workers from blocking entry to the property. Picket lines went up early last Friday morning, 72 hours after the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, which represents 400 casino staff, issued strike notice. A rally was held later in the day. “We were disappointed and surprised by some of the aggressive and illegal behaviour

demonstrated by some of the picketers,” casino general manager Jimmy Ho wrote in an email to The Tri-City News. “Guests and non-bargaining unit employees cannot be blocked when entering or exiting Hard Rock’s property.” Despite the job action, Ho said the casino remains open and free hot dogs are being offered to gamblers while the strike is taking place. He noted that singer George Thorogood played two sold-out concerts at the venue over the weekend and that “going forward, shows will proceed as scheduled.” But Stephanie Smith, president of the BCGEU, told The Tri-City News striking workers have been following the rules and are only asking casino customers to respect their picket lines. The union has also reached out to performers and promoters with concerts at the venue requesting they reconsider holding their events given the job action, she said.

Smith added that it “was disappointing” Thorogood performed behind the BCGEU’s picket line but said other promoters and performers have been receptive to the union’s requests. “They are very interested to hear that we have the lines,” she said “They are very concerned. We will continue to follow up with them and try and encourage them to respect the lines and respect workers.” In February, unionized employees voted 99.5% in favour of taking strike action, with 90% of ballots cast. That prompted mediation, which is required by the B.C. Labour Code, but Smith said the company and the union are still far apart on wages. The company said the BCGEU walked away from their offer in March and that a final offer sent out April 19 was rejected. Neither side has met for further negotiations since. gmckenna@tricitynews.com @gmckennaTC

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NEW DISCOVERY IN BLADDER CONTROL Until now, doctors believed it was impossible to strengthen the muscles that control the bladder. They are amazed to see that it can now be done with the non-prescription UriVarx® pill. “As you get older, and the involuntary muscles around your bladder weaken, you lose urinary control. With your bladder wall unable to properly seal, you constantly leak and feel pressure to urinate” explains Dr. Bassam Damaj of Innovus Pharmaceuticals. “UriVarx® targets the bladder muscles and help restores vital kidney health, reducing urgency and frequency. It also helps you “hold it” for hours so you never have to worry about embarrassing accidents ever again!”

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NOW APPROVED FOR OVERACTIVE BLADDER & INCONTINENCE In the highly anticipated clinical trial on UriVarx®, researchers found that one pill daily can strengthen your bladder fast, significantly reducing the urinary urgency and leaks. The double blind, placebo control study took place in two primary care centers where 150 male and female participants with bladder control issues were separated into two groups. The first group was given a placebo while the other received UriVarx®. The results were incredible. The participants who received UriVarx® saw major improvements in leaking, pressure, and the urgency to go − all without the usual side effects seen in prescription drugs! They also reported fewer trips to the bathroom both day and night. Overall, the UriVarx® group experienced: • 56% Reduction in Urge Incontinence • 66% Reduction in Stress Incontinence • 61% Reduction in Urgency • 33% Reduction in Frequency • 46% Reduction in Nighttime Bathroom Trips • 475% Decrease in Diaper/Pad Use Additionally, at the end of clinical trial and after seeing the results, 84% of the participants taking UriVarx® said it significantly improved their quality of life. All together, the study earned UriVarx® the Health Canada approval for overactive bladder and incontinence. “The clinical findings are incredible, but people still wonder if it will really work” explains Dr. Bassam Damaj. “It’s normal to be skeptical, but we’ve seen thousands of UriVarx® users get results exactly like the participants in the study. It’s an amazing product.”

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BLADDER PROBLEMS GONE With daily use, UriVarx® can restore strong bladder control and help users overcome leakage without the negative side effects or interactions associated with drugs. Leakage sufferers can now put an end to the uncontrollable urges, the embarrassing accidents, and enjoy an entirely new level of comfort and confidence.

HOW TO GET URIVARX® IN CANADA This is the official release of UriVarx® in Canada. As such, the company is offering a special discounted supply to anyone suffering from bladder issues who calls within the next 48 hours. A special hotline number and discounted pricing has been created for all Canada residents. Discounts will be available starting today at 6:00AM and will automatically be applied to all callers. Your Toll-Free Hotline number is 1-800-952-8163 and will only be open for the next 48 hours. Only a limited discounted supply of UriVarx® is currently available in your region.

URIVARX IS APPROVED BY HEALTH CANADA AS A NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCT FOR THE FOLLOWING INDICATIONS; HELPS REDUCE SYMPTOMS OF OVERACTIVE BLADDER SUCH AS DAYTIME URINARY FREQUENCY, URGENCY, AND NOCTURIA.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the City of Coquitlam will be holding a Public Hearing to receive representations from all persons who deem it in their interest to address Council regarding the following proposed bylaws. This meeting will be held on: Date: Monday, May 28, 2018 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: City Hall Council Chambers, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7N2 Immediately following the adjournment of the Public Hearing, Council will convene a Regular Council Meeting during which it will give consideration to the items on the Public Hearing agenda. Item 1 Text Amendment to Address Steep Slope Development Review The intent of Bylaw 4820, 2018 is to amend City of Coquitlam Citywide Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3479, 2001 in order to update its policies related to hillside development. If approved, the bylaw amendments would enable townhouse or duplex land uses to address steep slope conditions and establish the criteria for assessing the potential land use change. The intent of Bylaw 4821, 2018 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 in order to update its guidelines to focus on the safety and aesthetic quality of development on sloping sites. If approved, the bylaw amendments would establish maximum retaining wall heights and limit the number of retaining walls that can be situated on a single lot. Copies of the bylaws and supporting staff report are available for viewing on the City’s website at www.coquitlam.ca/publichearing. Any person wishing further information or clarification with regard to the proposed amendments should contact Jeff Denney, Major Project Planner, at 604-927-3996. Item 2 Address: 3482 Baycrest Avenue and 1250 Mitchell Street The intent of Bylaw 4870, 2018 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 to rezone the subject properties outlined in black on the map marked Schedule ‘A’ to Bylaw 4870, 2018 from RS-2 One-Family Suburban Residential to RS-7 Small Village SingleFamily Residential and RS-8 Large Village Single-Family Residential. If approved, the application would facilitate a subdivision of the subject properties into a total of 13 lots, creating 12 singlefamily lots with a singlefamily dwelling and a secondary suite with rear lane access and 1 large remainder lot. Item 3 Address: 3537, 3539, 3541 and 3543 McVicar Court The intent of Bylaw 4871, 2018 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 to rezone the subject properties outlined in black on the map marked Schedule ‘A’ to Bylaw 4871, 2018 from RS-8 Large Village Single Family Residential to P-2 Special Institutional. If approved, the application would facilitate the consolidation of the subject properties and the development of a childcare facility on the resulting lot.

Item 4 Address: 545 Sydney Avenue The intent of Bylaw 4857, 2018 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 to rezone the subject properties outlined in black on the map marked Schedule ‘A’ to Bylaw No. 4857, 2018 from RM-2 Three Storey Medium Density Residential to CD-5 Comprehensive Development, Zone - 5. If approved, the application would facilitate the development of a 25-storey residential tower, over a 5 storey podium, containing 78 purpose built rental units (market and below-market) and 157 market residential units for a total of 235 units.

Schedule 'A' to Bylaw 4870, 2018

Item 5 Address: 3048, 3050 and 3052 Glen Drive and 1180 and 1182 Westwood Street The intent of Bylaw 4860, 2018 is to amend City of Coquitlam Zoning Bylaw No. 3000, 1996 to rezone the subject properties outlined in black on the map marked Schedule ‘A’ to Bylaw 4860, 2018 from RS-1 OneFamily Residential, C-4 City Centre Commercial and C-2 General Commercial to CD-7 Comprehensive Development Zone. If approved, the application would facilitate the consolidation of the subject properties and the development of a 40-storey mixed-use tower with podium containing 222 market residential units, 51 purpose built rental units, 4 ground floor commercial retail units, 4 levels of office space, and 427 parking spaces. Item 6 Address: 218 Blue Mountain Street The intent of Bylaw 4876, 2018 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 4876, 2018 from C-2 General Commercial to C-5 Community Commercial. If approved, the application would facilitate the consolidation of the subject property with 837 Lougheed Highway (to the south) and the development of 8 townhouse units and a mixed-use, 21-storey tower consisting of 142 residential units, 4 ground commercial retail units, office space, and 237 underground parking spaces.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Continued from previous page 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 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 to Monday, May 28, 2018 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: clerks@coquitlam.ca; • Regular mail: 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2; • In person: City Clerk’s Office, 2nd Floor, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2; • Fax: to the City Clerk’s Office at 604-9273015. 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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Debra Abraham of the Unique Get Together Society tosses a tactile toy in the room at Lincoln Centre she will be converting to the first community snoezelen room in the province. The room, which provides controlled sensory stimulation for people living with autism, anxiety and even physical challenges, will be a month-long pilot project in partnership with Lincoln Centre, after which Abraham hopes to have secured enough funding to make it a permanent fixture.

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The Tri-Cities is getting its first community snoezelen room. Debra Abraham of the Unique Get Together Society says she has secured space in Coquitlam’s Lincoln Centre complex for the month of June to introduce the community to the uses and benefits of a snoezelen room and to launch a fundraising drive in hopes of making the facility a permanent fixture. A snoezelen room is a relaxing, isolated environment where visitors are calmed by controlled stimulation of their senses by gentle music or recorded sounds of nature, multicoloured points of light from fibre optic lamps, tactile toys, scents from essential oils, soft furniture and massaging slippers. The idea, Abraham said, is to desensitize the nervous system. That can make a visit to a snoezelen room beneficial to people living with autism or anxiety, and to seniors suffering dementia. It can even be therapeutic for people with physical limitations. Abraham, who has oper-

ugtS aimS to raiSe $ for drug TreaTmeNT The Unique Get Together Society (UGTS) is launching a residential treatment initiative for youths struggling with addiction. Debra Abraham, the CEO of UGTS, said the new We Are the Voice Society would provide a drug-free environment for young people to combat their addiction through various individual, family and group therapies while developing mentally, socially, emotionally and physically. “Far too often, adolescents in need fall through the gaps of the system or are in and out of various institutions or homes,” Abraham said in a press release. “They are also frequently without the support needed when they try to reenter greater society.” Abraham said she hopes the society’s 24-hour-a-day, year-round treatment model could make a dent in the overdose crisis that claimed 125 lives in British Columbia last January, for instance. She said a fundraising campaign to support the new program will begin soon.

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ated such a room privately in her Coquitlam home, said her search for a public, community space hasn’t been easy. “What I had in mind was a place off the beaten track that wasn’t so busy,” she said. Getting away from the hubbub of urban life is a key component of the snoezelen experience, Abraham said, especially for people living with autism or anxiety. “People are overwhelmed when they go outside,” she said. The room will be outfitted with the help of a Spirit Grant the society was awarded last fall by the city of Coquitlam. The money will buy things like bubble tubes, special lights, projectors and essential oils, Abraham said. While snoezelen rooms already exist in some hospitals and private care facilities for seniors in the Lower Mainland, this will be the first community facility in the province, Abraham said. Thus, she’s hoping to secure more grants and funding that can help offset the $40-per-hour cost for people that can’t afford to pay. “We don’t want there to be financial barriers for people to use it,” Abraham said, adding the facility will open June 1. An open house will be held June 14 at 6 p.m. (Lincoln Centre is located at 3030 Lincoln Ave.). For more information, visit uniquegettogethersociety.com. mbartel@tricitynews.com


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Fox Foundation seeking legacy gifts for research As many Canadian charities reach out in May to solicit for legacy funds, the Terry Fox Foundation is also ramping up its philanthropic planning campaign. Last week, the foundation placed ads in national newspapers to ask donors to leave gift in their will for the non-profit group named after its Port Coquitlam namesake hero. Britt Andersen, a Belcarra resident who is the foundation’s executive director, told The Tri-City News the inaugural push will be especially meaningful for Tri-City residents, many of whom remember Fox training for his 1980 Marathon of Hope. “Terry Fox was a local boy who touched many lives with his run,” Andersen said, adding the Tri-City school and community runs, held in

September, raised $40,000 last year. Currently, about 4% of the foundation’s income comes in the form of legacy gifts. And this month, Andersen said the charity will be encouraging some 3,000 people who have identified themselves as longterm foundation supporters to leave money after death. Andersen said the foundation is efficient with operations: For every $1 it receives, 82 cents goes directly to researching cancer. “People can go to our website and see the outcomes in research that we’re doing,” Andersen said. “We’re really making a difference in people’s lives. We walk the talk.” • For more details about planned giving to the Terry Fox Foundation, visit terryfox.org.

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storage, washroom and kitchen improvements, mechanical and electrical upgrades, and a paint job. The city said in a press release the renos should extend the building’s life by at least another 15 to 20 years. With the work done, scheduled programs are back in session. Info on them can be found at coquitlam.ca/programguides or by calling 604-927-4FUN (4386). Renovations to the Poirier

tot lot — including new playground equipment, a rubber play surface, retaining walls, site furniture and new signs — have also been completed as part of the city’s $2.5-million Park Blitz Enhancements program. Next up are improvements to Cape Horn, Meadowbrook and Mariner parks later this year. They’ll get new pathways, retaining walls, landscaping, irrigation, picnic tables, benches and signs.

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• North East Coquitlam Ratepayers Association meeting, 7 p.m., Victoria Hall, 3435 Victoria Dr. Topic: Find out how to avoid meeting a bear while walking on Burke Mountain; Coquitlam City’s Bear Aware person, Julie Kanya, will speak at this family-friendly presentation. All walkers and their children are welcome. Regular NECRA business meeting will begin at 8:10 p.m. after a short break when all concerns of the neighbourhood can be brought forward. Info: 604-970-2579. • Coquitlam Needlearts Guild meets, noon-9:30 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 263, 1025 Ridgeway Ave., Coquitlam. Info: 604-937-0836.

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• Tri-City Singles Social Club, which offers opportunities for 50+ singles to get together and enjoy a variety of fun activities such as dining, dancing, theatre, travel, movies and more, meets at 7 p.m. at the Legion Manor, 2909 Hope St., Port Moody (street parking only). New members welcome. Info: Darline, 604-466-0017. • Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse presents Shades of Green, The Gathering Place, 1100-2253 Leigh Sq., PoCo, doors open at 7 p.m.; admission: $5 at the door. Info: 604-945-0606 or info@crossroadshospice.org. This Maple Ridge rootsy band features Lucy Rowley, Caden Knudson, Bryan Barrow and Darren Exley.

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• Tri-Cities Parkinson’s Support Group meeting, 10:30 a.m., Eagle Ridge

MAY 19: INVASIVE PLANT CONTROL • Invasive plant control work party, 9 a.m.-noon, with Friends of DeBoville Slough and the city of Coquitlam; volunteers will be working to control Japanese knotweed. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of the slough at 9 a.m.; wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather (if it is hot and sunny, remember sunscreen and water). Tools will be provided but if you have a favourite pair of hand clippers or loppers, you may use them. As there is a waiver to sign, anyone under the age of 19 will need a parent or guardian to sign. United Church, 2813 Glen Dr., Coquitlam. Info: 604-931-7751.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 • Coquitlam Needlearts Guild meets, noon-3 p.m., Parkwood Manor, 1142 Dufferin St., Coquitlam. Info: 604-525-0464. • Share Family and Community Services presents an informative and engaging evening for parents and caregivers, YOLO: Youth Offering Listening Opportunities. Listen to youth share their life experiences in order to help parents understand their own teens better, 6:30-8:45 p.m., Share, 2615 Clarke St., Port Moody. Registration: contact Sabrina, 604-936-7205, Ext. 168 or Sabrina.hayward@sharesociety. ca.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 • Centennial Stamp Club hosts a presentation night; stamp swap and shop at 7 p.m., presentations related to the letter W after 8 p.m., McGee Room, Poirier community centre, 630 Poirier St., Coquitlam. Info www.stampclub.ca or 604-9419306

THURSDAY, MAY 24 • An Evening at the Museum, 7 p.m., PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives. Topic: Remembering May Day: May Day is an important part of many Port Coquitlam residents’ lives. We invite you to a reminiscing session and encourage you to bring your own photos, memorabilia, and stories about your experiences.

FRIDAY, MAY 25 • Carnival fundraiser for Cape Horn elementary school, 155 Finnigan St., Coquitlam, 3-7 p.m.; carnival games and prizes, pony rides, bouncy castle, cake walk, cotton candy, concession and more. Fun for the whole family, rain or shine.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 • Friends of DeBoville Slough nature walk, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; a relaxed walk along the north side of DeBoville Slough to the Pitt River and possibly farther; along the way, participants will look for birds, look at plants and discuss the natural habitat of the slough. The event will go rain or shine unless it is pouring; dress for the weather and

email: newsroom@tricitynews.com phone: 604-472-3030 www.tricitynews.com/community/events-calendar wear sturdy footwear, bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the kiosk on the north side of DeBoville Slough. Info: info@ fodbs.org. • Tri-Cities MS Walk, Rocky Point Park, Port Moody; checkin begins at 9 a.m., walk start at 10:30 a.m.; this walk is a family-oriented, community-supported event that raises funds in support of the fight to end MS. Participants can choose from varying route lengths, including a wheelchair-accessible route for participants using mobility aids. Info: mswalks.ca.

MONDAY, MAY 28 • Tri-City Photo Club meets in the Drama Room at Port Moody secondary school, 300 Albert St., 7:30 p.m. – guests are always welcome. Feature: Special FX demo night; participants will rotate through three special effect stations: Steve will show how he creates wine glass sloshing images. Elizabeth will show how to freeze the action of a water balloon popping. And Harry will show how he composites two images using a green screen and Photoshop. Info: www.tricityphotoclub.ca.

CLUBS • Tri-City Strummers meet every Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. to sing and play ukuleles at The Club (meeting place for adults 50+), 101 Noons Creek Dr., Port Moody. All levels are welcome to join this fun and friendly group. A small kitchen offers lunch. Info: Ellen, 39lndanz@gmail.com or Maggie, maggiebrinton@gmail.com.

Check out our online calendar The Tri-City News’ online calendar is packed full of local community events — and you can add yours, too. Go to the calendar directly at tricitynews.com/community/submit-an-event. Or go to tricitynews.com and scroll down, looking for the box you see above here on the right side of your web browser. As always, to add items to The TriCity News’ printed Community Calendar, email details to newsroom@tricitynews.com. To see all items currently in the online calendar, please visit tricitynews.com/community/events-calendar.

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TC CALENDAR continued from page 31 • Pacific Digital Photography Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7:30 p.m., in the drama room at Port Moody secondary school. Guests always welcome. Visit www.pdpc.ca for additional info on PDPC and for a listing of club meeting dates and speakers. • Coquitlam Gogos meet the third Wednesday of each month at Parkwood Manor, 1142 Dufferin St., Coquitlam, 1-3 p.m. Gogos raise awareness and money for African grandmothers caring for children orphaned by AIDS by supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. New members are welcome. Info: coquitlamgogos@gmail.com. • Canadian Council of the Blind Dogwood Chapter meets weekly on Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam). Info: whitecane@shaw.ca. • Shoreline Writers’ Society meets, 1 p.m., on the third Sunday of every month at Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns St. New members welcome. Info: Helmi, 604-4628942. • Apex Netball Club is held Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hillcrest middle school, 2161 Regan Ave., Coquitlam for women and girls of all ages. Beginners welcome. Info: Nicole, 778-240-8247 or nicmurphy26@ gmail.com. • Lincoln Toastmasters meets from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays (except first Tuesday of each month) at Hyde Creek rec centre, 1379 Laurier Ave., PoCo (Room 3, upstairs). Improve your selfconfidence, communication

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FRIENDSHIP & SINGLES GROUPS • The Club Port Moody, a gathering place for those over 50 at 101 Noons Creek Dr., hosts a number of regular events, including: crocinole, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.; knitting, Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.; cribbage, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon; ukelele group, Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Info: theclubportmoody. com. • Tri-Cities Women’s Friendship Club is an active social group for mature women. Info: irene525@telus.net. • The Circle of Friends, a social group for 50+ singles looking to meet new friends and participate in social events such as walking, dancing, dining out, travel, theatre, etc., meets on the third Friday of each month at PoCo Legion, 133–2675 Shaughnessy St., 7 p.m., to plan events. Info: Nina, 604-9419032. • The Tri-City Singles Social Club offers an opportunity for 50+ singles to get together and enjoy fun activities such as dining, dancing, theatre, travel, movies and more. Meetings are normally held on the third Friday of each month, excluding December, 7 p.m., at the Legion Manor, 2909 Hope St., Port Moody (on-street parking only). New members are welcome. Info: Darline, 604-466-0017. and leadership skills through public speaking; new members welcome. Info: Shirley, 604-6711060 or shirleybrown@shaw.ca. • Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce’s Toastmasters group meets Wednesdays, noon-1:15 p.m., PoCo city hall to improve communication and leadership skills. For more information, visit business.tricitieschamber.com/ events. • City of the Arts Toastmasters, dedicated to improving leadership and public speaking skills, meets 5:30-7 p.m., Port Moody city hall, 100 Newport Dr. Info: Mike, cityofthearts@icloud.com or cityofthearts.toastmastersclubs.org. • Rotary Club of PoCo Centennial meets Thursdays,

4:15 p.m., Wilson Centre, 2150 Wilson Ave., PoCo; new members welcome. Info: Barrie, barrie@barrieseaton.com or 604-945-6627. • Fraser Pacific Rose Society meets last Tuesday of each month except August and December, 7 p.m. Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier St. Everyone welcome. • Downtown Coquitlam Toastmasters meet every Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m.; first Wednesday of each Month at Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre branch, 1169 Pinetree Way, in the Coquitlam foundation Room; other Wednesdays in Room B2090, Douglas College, David Lam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. The Toastmasters program ad-

dresses skills including public speaking, listening, evaluating and feedback, as well as leadership skills. Info: 604-936-1427. • PoCo Lions Club meets first and third Tuesdays of each month, 7 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion 133, 2675 Shaughnessy St., PoCo. New members welcome. Info:: Gord, 604-941-5140 or pzcgrg@shaw.ca. • Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise meets Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m., City Centre Aquatic Complex, 1210 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. New members welcome. Info: 604-464-7706. • PoMo Men’s 55-plus Curling League is looking for players who would like to curl regularly or as a spare; league runs Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: Tony, 604461-5901 or Bill, 604-464-1051. • Tri-City Photography Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. at Port Moody secondary school, 300 Albert St., PoMo. The club is a great way to hone your skills and meet other photographers of all levels, and has photography outings throughout the Lower Mainland. Info: tricityphoto.ca. • Coquitlam Lawn Bowling Club is looking for new members. The bowling green and clubhouse are next door to Dogwood Pavilion and rose garden, located at 624 Poirier St. Membership is $90 per year and includes use of practice bowls, exercise, clean air, sunshine and friendship. Info: Dennis or Flo, 604-945-2768. • Euchre Club meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Royal Canadian Legion, 2675 Shaughnessy St., PoCo. Info: Bev, 604-942-8911. • Tri-City Speakers Toastmasters Club meets

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Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Douglas College, David Lam Campus, main building, Room B2050, 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam; you can drop in for an evening to experience the effective communications and honing of leadership skills in a friendly environment. Info: tricityspeakers. toastmastersclubs.org or Sean, 778-995-5230. • Fear speaking to a group? Get self-confidence and speaking skills as the Tri-Cities only noonhour Toastmasters club meets at Coquitlam city hall every Tuesday, noon-1 p.m. Guests and visitors welcome. Info: tottcoquitlam. toastmastersclubs.org or Brad, 604-418-2393. • Friends of Coquitlam Public Library meet on the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the boardroom, Poirier Branch. Info: 604-937-4130. • Morningside Toastmasters meetings are held Thursdays, 7-8:30 a.m., at Burkeview Family Funeral Home, 1340 Dominion Ave., PoCo. Club is looking for new members who are committed to improving their public speaking, leadership and communication skills. Info: lindakozina@gmail.com or www. morningsidetoastmasters.ca. • Dogwood Photography Group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m., at Coquitlam’s Dogwood Pavilion. Club members must be members of Dogwood Pavilion; professionals and novices alike are welcome. Info: Arcadia, 604936-2263 or artistarcadi@gmail. com. • Barnet Lions Club meets first and third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., Coquitlam Grill restaurant, 2635 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam. New members welcome. Info: 604-644-7194 or

www.barnetlions.com. • New Toastmaster club: Are you interested in having fun while developing communication and leadership skills? Would you like to be able to deliver a powerful toast at a wedding or a memorable speech, or learn to lead a team more effectively? This is your opportunity to be a charter member of the new RP2 Toastmaster Club. The club will meet Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. at Port Moody rec complex. Info: Gene, 604 230-8030 or genevickers@hotmail.com. • Do you want to improve your ability to speak? Check out Rocky Point Toastmasters in Port Moody. Meetings are held Mondays, 7-9:15 p.m. (guests please show up 15 minutes early) at PoMo city hall. Info: rockypoint.freetoasthost.net. • Pocomo Hiking Club invites people to join Saturday hikes starting at 9:30 a.m. from the Rocky Point Park parking lot. Info: Maurina, pocomohiking@ hotmail.com. • Singles over-45 walking group meets Saturdays, 9:15 a.m. at Pitt Meadows rec centre for walks in Tri-Cities and Ridge Meadows areas. Info: Graham, 604-464 1839. • Super Strikers Youth Cricket Club plays at Mackin Park in Coquitlam; all levels welcome, including handball cricket for U16 and U14 and kanga (softball) cricket for U10. Info: 604-4612522 or kittybridgens@yahoo.ca. • PoCo Elks Lodge 49 meets first and third Thursdays at 8 p.m. it Elks Hall, 2272 Leigh Sq. Elks are looking for new members. Group provides community service to young people and seniors in the Tri-Cities and beyond. Info: Ed, 604-945-0880 or 604-942-1345.

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Gina Williams has many natural talents. The Coquitlam resident writes songs, performs around the world in multiple languages and acts on television series — most recently, Riverdale, Rogue and Haters Back Off! And next month, Williams starts a North American tour to promote her latest album that contains eight tracks she said were gifts from God. Olympiad, she said, is the result of “The Big Guy” telling her to publish a classically inspired CD. “I heard Him say, ‘Do an orchestral album,’” the selfdescribed “Jesus Freak” said as she easily switched between a pop standard and opera, from an Yamaha upright piano in her Blue Mountain Park apartment. “So I did.” Luckily, she had a few original compositions up her sleeve when the order came down. The daughter of a math and physics teacher, the former child prodigy said she conceived Olympiad at 15 after receiving complete orchestral scores from God. But, at the time, she didn’t write them down. Later, at the University of Alberta, where she earned her master’s degree in piano performance in 2000, the concert pianist would tuck away to scribble the notes she heard from up above. Fellow students and professors would see her madly composing in the hallways — or on the bus, en route to school — but they didn’t reach out to encourage her, she said. “I would write down all this music from God then just throw it into the drawer,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do with it.”

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Soon, she started to realize her songwriting talent and others did, too. In 1999, she received a commission to pen the anthem for Grenada’s 25th anniversary of independence. And, over the next few years, she selfpublished three albums — in

three different genres — as well as digital copies of her sheet music. Her performance chops — on stage and screen — and repertoire range continued to gain attention. In 2012, as a student of the Vancouver Film School, she

made her musical début in B.C. with a concert titled The Dare (with Sam Ryan and The Vancouver Orchestra Club) at the Bell Centre of Performing Arts in Surrey; it featured songs from hip hop to classic rock to EDM. That show proved to be a launch pad for her music career and it built her confidence, she said. Last fall, with her eight classical music tracks in hand, Williams flew to the Ukraine to record Olympiad with the Academic Choir of the National Radio of Ukraine, under conductor Yulia Tkach. Its release was followed with a recital at a concert hall in Kiev, which got her a television news spot.

“I want to go back soon,” she said, her eyes wide. “It’s a very special place for me.” For now, though, her mind is set on the Summer Classics tour. Her first gig is June 10 in Seattle and continues in Surrey on June 24 (Northwood United Church); Oshawa on July 15; Mountain View, Calif., on Aug. 26; and ends in Edmonton on Sept. 9. Williams has also got another album in the works — at the opposite end of the classical music spectrum. “I’m going to rock out,” she said with a laugh. “It’s something that’s calling me. Maybe it’s divine intervention again.” • To order a copy of Olympiad, visit ginawilliams. com.

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Coquitlam’s Stage 43 needs for up to 15 men and 15 women to play members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital for its first production of next season. The theatrical company will open in October with M*A*S*H, based on the hit television series that ran from 1972 to ’83. The show is part of Stage 43’s As Seen On Screen series for 2018-’19. Auditions take place May 28 and 30, both from 7 to 9:15 p.m., and June 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 3 of the Pinetree community centre (1260 Pinetree Way). Visit stage43.org.

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Urban planner Maria Stanborough and designer Phred Martin will lead a wayfinding workshop through downtown Port Coquitlam tomorrow (Thursday). The pair are the guest speakers for the city’s monthly Cultural Roundtable meeting, from 5 to 7 p.m. Their session is free; RSVP by emailing hillmann@ portcoquitlam.ca.

WELCOME POST Join Aaron “Splash” Moody at Port Moody’s Noons Creek Hatchery tomorrow (Thursday) to learn about Coast Salish protocols. His talk at 6:30 p.m. at the hatchery (behind the PoMo recreation complex, 300 Ioco Rd.) is part of the Welcome Post Project. Visit noonscreek.org.

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The artwork of Coquitlam artist Ken Nash will be shown during the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair this and next week. Nash is one of 18 artists who whose art will be exhibited in the West Fine Art Show at the fair, which runs May 18 to 21. Partial proceeds from art sales will be donated to the CH.I.L.D. Foundation and the Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation.

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If you want to see Canada through the eyes of a newcomer, Maki Yi is happy to be your tour guide. Five years ago, as part of the lobby shows at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, the South Korean native presented Suitcase Stories — a series of 10-minute autobiographical tales she turned into a fulllength play two years later. This week, Yi will be at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre to highlight her onewoman show that details her journey from Asia to Toronto, Regina, Montreal and finally Vancouver. Speaking with The Tri-City News last Friday, Yi said she choose Canada as her destination because her brother had a map of Toronto from his mostrecent North American travels. “There was really no other reason for it,” she said. “I was in my 20s. I didn’t have much English — only the little bit that I learned at school — but I wanted to explore the world.”

In Regina, she gained her bachelor of fine arts in theatre performance — writing her first autobiographical show, Home of My Soul — and, once in B.C., she obtained her master’s of fine arts in interdisciplinary studies at SFU, where she penned her second selfdiscovery solo play, Gramma. Her full version of Suitcase Stories premiered at Pacific Theatre for its 2016-’17 season. Directed by Colleen Lanki, Yi said her script and performance have been well received across the country. “I’m sharing my personal story and I think it’s something that many people in Canada can relate to,” she said. “There are hardships for immigrants but people can also have hope and encouragement and dreams, too.” • Suitcase Stories runs May 17 to 19 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). For tickets at $33/$28/$15, call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

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A Coquitlam couple will give a Solid Gold farewell to the Maple Leaf Singers at its 50th anniversary concerts next weekend. Wilson FowLiE Fowlie, the music director for the New Westminster-based ensemble for the past 18 years, and his wife Heather, the group’s emcee, will bow out at the close of this season. Fowlie said the departure will allow him to spend more time on his creative and software projects, and with his family. “It takes a lot of time to be director,” the father-oftwo told The Tri-City News last Friday. “There’ve been a lot of late nights… and we’ve had a lot of good times. We’ve brought entertainment to a lot of people” including at special events (such as Canada Day celebrations), and at seniors and care homes. Fowlie’s entrance into the Maple Leaf Singers began in 1991, after he and Heather moved from Ontario to B.C. two years earlier.

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The Maple Leaf Singers have two anniversary shows next weekend at the Massey Theatre. She saw an advertisement, calling for new vocalists and, at her audition, Fowlie was asked to join too by Marie Gillis, a Coquitlam resident who founded the group with her husband, George. After all, Fowlie had a bachelor of fine arts degree — with a major in music — from York University. “We quite enjoyed it going every week,” he said. “It was like our date night.” In 2001, after a decade as a singer, Fowlie officially took over the podium from the Gillises. He admits he learned on the fly: making mistakes, managing people and expecta-

tions, trying to put a program together that would engage audiences. Still, Fowlie said he’s pleased to go out on a high note. The Solid Gold performance by the 40-member choir will showcase fan favourites over the past five decades such as songs made popular by The Hollies, The Beatles, Elton John and Billy Joel. Fowlie is also pleased he’s handing the torch to a capable musician: the Gillis’ son Rob, the Singers’ current assistant music director who started playing percussion with the chorus at the age of eight.

The bees sometimes buzz into the new art installation at Leigh Square Community Arts Village, says the artist-inresidence for the city of Port Coquitlam. But Elvira DS, who tied on the floral display last Friday in time for the May Day Party in the Square, said the insects soon figure out the flowers aren’t real but rather recycled pop bottles and milk cartons. The “PoCo Pop Tree” is the first public showing for the Mexican native and PoCo resident, who used the city’s Parks and Recreation logo as her inspiration for the ecoproject; she’s now working on her second environmental

“The Maple Leaf Singers are an important part of the arts community,” Gillis said in a news release. “We love to sing and have brought the joy of music to tens of thousands over the last 50 years. I’m honoured to help perpetuate this beautiful legacy.” • Tickets for the Maple Leaf Singers’ 50th anniversary show, Solid Gold, are $25/$15. The concerts run May 26 at 7:30 p.m. and May 27 at 2 p.m. at the Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave., New Westminster). Call 778-245-4445 or visit mapleleafsingers.com.

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creation, due out at the end of June, as part of her HOT — or Highly Ornamented Trash — series. A painter for more than 25 years, Elvira Monteforte obtained her bachelor’s degree in industrial and product design from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, in 1980. In early April, she gained the city arts residency and can be seen in action on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., until June 29 in The Outlet (behind PoCo city hall). Admission is free and conversation is welcome, she said. jcleugh@tricitynews.com

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A year-old initiative by United Rugby Club to foster the next generation of top players is already paying dividends. On May 7, the club’s Academy squad won the U23 provincial championship by defeating Capilano 64-5 at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford. The team’s head coach, Andy Evans, said the result was more than he expected from the program that only launched last May. “This was definitely our first big success,” Evans said. And likely not its last, if its take-up by top players who’ve graduated out of high school teams but who continue to want to develop their game is any indication. The team, comprised largely of recent grads from School District 43 teams like Terry Fox, Gleneagle, Centennial, Riverside and Dr. Charles Best secondary schools, is also capturing the attention of officials from BC Rugby and Rugby Canada. In fact, Evans said, the talent identification and development manager for the national rugby program, Kenny Goodland, took an early ferry from Victoria so he could catch last week’s championship match. Getting the attention of those kinds of eyeballs is the whole point of the Academy program, Evans said. A former strength and conditioning coach for Rugby

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United Rugby Club’s Academy program is giving new options to young players graduating from local high school programs to continue to develop their game as they mature physically. Canada, Evans devised United’s Academy program as a way to bridge the need for top-level development of young rugby players graduating out of junior and high school programs but not yet physically ready to play at the senior men’s level. He said attracting the first cohort of players to the program took a lot of relationship building with local high school coaches to identify talented players with the desire to take their game to the next level. “Today’s youth, you definitely have to chase them down,” he said.

Sweetening the allure by helping some of them secure jobs that mesh well with their rugby commitments won some players, Evans said. The prospect of better opportunities to play at the post-secondary, provincial and even national levels lured others. Evans said the wealth of sports available to young people in the Tri-Cities makes it a fertile ground for breeding potential top rugby players. “We have all kinds of athletic talent,” Evans said. “The cross-sports recipe of hockey, lacrosse, soccer and wrestling is a great recipe for success

that produces a lot of tough athletes.” But brawn is only half the battle. Players also need the assurance of a positive culture that can foster the development of their capabilities on and off the pitch. “You really have to care for these athletes,” Evans said. “It’s a ton of effort, lots of hours.” Evans said while it took the team some time to build momentum from its hodgepodge schedule of training, BC Rugby Union league matches and exhibition tests against touring and national teams, the formula for success started

mixing properly about a month ago. “They were buying into training, they were competing, they had a great attitude towards the work they were putting in,” Evans said. If they can maintain that momentum, there’s no telling how far they’ll be able to take their talents, from improving the prospects of United’s senior club teams to taking the pitch wearing the red and white of Canada’s national team, Evans said “We anticipate the quality of rugby will improve.”

Website to help prevent injury

A new website that launched last Thursday could help athletes, coaches and parents prevent injuries. The website, Active & Safe Central (https:// activesafe.ca) lists common injuries, assesses injury risks and offers tips to avoid those injuries for more than 50 popular sports, from longboarding to fencing to rugby. It was developed by the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCIRPU) at BC Children’s Hospital, along with injury prevention experts, sport injury specialists and sport organizations across Canada. The website offers information about common injuries suffered by athletes in a particular sport, statistics about those injuries, risk factors along with tips for participants and parents, coaches and teachers, officials and administrators, as well as health professionals, to help prevent those injuries. The sports listed on the website were selected based on criteria like: activities that promote healthy lifestyles, those that are likely to be offered or supported in schools and community organizations, and those activities that have higher rates of injury. They range from badminton to yoga. sports@tricitynews.com

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Centennial Centaurs forward Kiara Buono steps around the fallen Dr. Charles Best keeper to score the first goal of their semi-final match in the Fraser Valley senior girls high school soccer finals, Monday at Coquitlam Town Centre Park. Centennial won the match in overtime, 4-2, and will play South Delta in Thursday’s final at the Cloverdale Athletic Park. Both the Centaurs and the Blue Devils have already earned berths in the provincial championships, which begin on May 30 at the University of British Columbia.

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Clark Walters scored five goals and added an assist, while Dylan Foulds had an eight-point game that included four goals, to lead the Port Coquitlam Saints to a 12-12 tie with the Victoria Shamrocks in their BC Junior A Lacrosse League Saturday at the Q Centre. It was the second straight tie for the Saints, who also battled the Coquitlam Adanacs to a 10-10 draw Friday at the PoCo rec centre. In Victoria, Walters’ fifth goal with just 11 seconds left in the game capped the last of a series of comebacks all afternoon against the Shamrocks after the hosts opened the scoring when just a minute had been played. Dylan Foulds sparked the first of the comebacks just five seconds after Brayden Brown had increased Victoria’s lead to 2-0. Foulds then tied it with his second goal of the game with just under six minutes remaining in the first period. The Shamrocks reestab-

lished their two goal margin less than a minute into the second period as Ben Preston and Jackson Boyd beat Saints’ goalie Diesel De Guzman 27 seconds apart. Again it was Foulds who sparked a Saints’ comeback and Clark Walters, with his first of the game, who got them on even terms. It didn’t last, as Victoria scored four of the next five goals to hold an 8-5 lead with six minutes to play in the second period. The Saints may have been down, but they weren’t out. They scored three straight goals in the period’s final five minutes to deadlock the score again heading into the third period. The pattern continued in the final frame: Victoria went ahead by a goal, PoCo tied it; the Shamrocks went up by two, the Saints battled back. Then Jake Campbell’s goahead goal for Victoria with just over five minutes left on the clock appeared to be the decider, until Walters was able to convert a setup from

Brodie Gillespie and Foulds that eluded Shamrocks’ keeper Cameron Dunkerley. De Guzman stopped 36 of the 48 shots he faced in the Port Coquitlam net, while Dunkerley had 33 saves. Each stopped three shots in the scoreless overtime. Friday against the Adanacs, the Saints squandered a 5-3 lead they held against the defending league champions midway through the second period, then battled back with three straight goals late in the third period to earn the tie. Neither team scored in overtime. Gillespie and Jacob Patterson each scored hat tricks for the home team, while Ty Yanko led the Adanacs’ attack with three goals and three assists. The Adanacs host the Burnaby Lakers tonight (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m., at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex. The Saints next game is against the leagueleading New Westminster Jr. Salmonbellies on Friday, 8 p.m., at the PoCo rec centre.

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B.C. home price trajectory flattens with slow sales, more listings price, which in April stood just 0.2 per cent higher than one year ago, at $730,507 – around $4,000 higher than in March this year. The BCREA said, “Most regions of the province have begun trending toward more balance between supply and demand, causing less upward pressure on home prices.” However, BCREA’s chief economist Cameron Muir does not expect the market to drop dramatically. He said, “The impact of more burdensome mortgage qualifications for conventional borrowers is expected to soften over the next several months, as potential buyers adjust both their finances and expectations.”

Is B.C.’s real estate pendulum starting to swing back to a more balanced market?

That’s nearly 17 per cent lower than April last year, although a marked improvement over the 24.6 per cent annual decline reported the previous month. The number of available B.C. homes for sale remains low compared with historical averages, but in April the total inventory rose four per cent over March and nearly nine per cent year over year. The province is still overall in a seller’s market, with a sales-to-listings ratio of 28.4 per cent, but that’s lower than it has been for many months, suggesting a slow creep towards a more balanced market (between 12 and 20 per cent). This improvement in supply seems to be borne out by a flattening in the upward trajectory of B.C.’s average resale

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As ever, the above headline averages smooth out huge Metro different Vancouver’s renter ratethe province. variations between regions across increased to 36.3 per cent in 2016 Victoria is still in a hot seller’s market with a 50 per cent from 34.5 per cent in 2011 sales-to-listings ratio. Victoria home sales fell 12.6 per cent year over year in April, which although a marked slowdown, is not as steep a decline as in the Lower Mainland or B.C.’s average. The average sale price in Victoria rose nearly 12 per cent year over year to $703,592. Vancouver Island saw a similar average price increase at 11.3 per cent, and has a sales-to-listings ratio of 38.5 per cent.

per cent and 35.6 per cent territory, with Greater Vancouver moving closer to a balanced market.

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Although most boards reported yearover-year sales decreases, Kootenay was B.C.’s only real estate board to post an annual decline in average sale prices, at 4.7 per cent lower than a year ago.

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* Total units registered sold April 30-May 6 ** Median sale price of units registered sold April 30-May 6 *** Highest price of all units registered sold April 30-May 6 † Listings as of May 14 †† Median days of active listings as of May 14 All sold and listings information as of May 14

A slow start to 2018, caused in large part by the new mortgage stress test introduced January 1, meant that total B.C. residential sales in the first four months of the year were reduced from the same period one year previously. Residential unit sales decreased 11.8 per cent to 27,135 units sold in January to April 2018. The average price of all B.C. homes sold on the MLS so far this year is $731,661, which is 5.7 per cent higher than in the same period last year.

The biggest annual price increase was seen in the smaller market of Powell River, where average resale prices are up nearly 16 per cent year over year. This is closely followed by Chilliwack, up 15.8 per cent.

With the average sale price rise not enough to offset the reduction in unit transactions, year-to-date, B.C.’s total residential sales dollar volume fell 6.7 per cent to $19.9 billion, compared with $21.3 billion in first four months of 2017.

Greater Vancouver’s price change sat around the provincial average, up 1.1 per cent year over year, whereas the Fraser Valley saw a larger annual price increase at 10.2 per cent. Both regions remained in seller’s market territory at 25.1

For a more complete regional breakdown of the market stats, the full report can be found at www. bcrea.bc.ca

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