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If food is available, bears may stay up By Diane Strandberg THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Cost soars by $1.9 million for Belcarra potable water project
see CATCHING BEARS, BEARS, page A14
Tom Fletcher/A10 Letters/A11 A Good Read/A19 RenoNation/B section
A high price for a drink
ALSO Hibernation info and a conservation officer speaks out: page A14
Ready to sleep?
By Janis Warren THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Belcarra homeowners will be charged an extra $250 a year for drinking water after the cost of a water project skyrocketed. Angry residents got the news from the village council last week, just days after Mayor Ralph Drew and the four councillors were acclaimed for another three-year term. The potable water project to tap into Metro Vancouver’s water supply in the district of North Vancouver via an underwater pipe came in $1.9 million higher than the 2006 estimate, residents were told at a meeting Oct. 19 — five days after the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers in the civic election. Now, instead of an annual $900 estimate per parcel for 25 years, homeowners will face an approximate $1,154 levy per year; in the spring, they can opt to pay the levy either in a lump sum or have the cost spread out on their property tax bills until 2037. On Monday, council voted to press forward with a bylaw to accept the $1.9-million hike, bringing the project total to more than $9 million. (In 2005, two-thirds of the village’s electorate approved $3 million in borrowing in a non-binding referendum.) And Mayor Drew blamed delays caused by other levels of government for the increase. see DELAYS BEHIND HIKE, HIKE, page A4
J.M. DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY
he recent spate of cold weather in the region is sending bears out of town for the winter but that doesn’t mean people should start getting complacent about their garbage, officials say. If garbage becomes easy to get, bears will come back — and some may decide not to hibernate at all. “If there’s a food source, they’re not really going to hibernate,” said James Kelly, a provincial conservation officer who works in the Fraser Zone, which includes the Tri-Cities. Kelly said cold weather doesn’t chase the bears into hibernation — it’s the lack of food that sets their biological clocks to sleep. That means if food is still around when the cold weather hits, they’ll stay awake. The 2011 bear season has been one of the busiest in recent years in the Tri-Cities, with 17 bears destroyed for garbage habituation or because of car accidents or other injuries. At least one bear was relocated and six bear cubs were sent to Critter Care in Langley in the hopes they can be rehabilitated and released back into the wild next spring. Kelly, a Coquitlam resident who was transferred here this year, spent much of his summer following up on bear complaints, although his job also entails enforcing hunting rules and environmental regulations. He said bears were active in the Tri-City region this year because the berry crop was poor. “[Younger bears] kind of get pushed down the mountain and end up following the greenbelts, where they get into garbage. Then they’re hooked and nothing’s going to get them off garbage.”
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Port Coquitlam nature photographer Jamie Douglas snapped this photo in the spring of a bear cub nibbling on grass. For more information on bear issues, go to www.bearaware.bc.ca, where you can also find a link to Douglas’ site, jamiedouglas.500px.com.
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Anyone who has received a driving suspension in Port Moody in the last year after failing a roadside breath test may not have been over the legal limit, according to a lawyer who handles drunk driving cases. Paul Doroshenko told The Tri-City News the Port Moody Police Department has been improperly calibrating its screening devices, which could mean some people have received suspensions unfairly. “People in Port Moody need to know that all year long, the officer who has been doing this has been doing it incorrectly,” Doroshenko said. “The results are not reliable.” In response to Doroshenko’s claims, Port Moody Police Department has asked the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner to order an investigation, which would be conducted by an outside agency. An internal review with respect to training, procedures and policies related to the screening devices will also be conducted, PMPD spokesperson Const. Bill Kim said in a press release. “The allegations made are serious and we are treating them accordingly,” he said in the release. “The Port Moody Police Department is mindful of the seriousness of these allegations and their potential public impact. We will wait for the completion of these investigations before we comment further.” The issues in Port Moody are an example of a larger problem with the prov-
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When calibrating an approved screening device an officer uses a bottle of solution in order to simulate the alcohol reading. Because the alcohol in the solution depletes over time, the Office of Motor Vehicles regulations state it must be replaced after 16 tests. According to information Doroshenko received from the Port Moody Police Department, PMPD’s officer in charge of calibrating the devices has been replacing the solution after 18 tests and believed he was able to use it for up to 50 tests. There is no way of knowing the accuracy of the Port Moody tests, according to Doroshenko, which puts the results of all roadside screenings taken in the last year in question. “Most people don’t dispute it,” he said. “They just assume the police are right.”
Vancouver lawyer Paul Doroshenko says an error in calibration of roadside alcohol screening devices by Port Moody Police Department calls into question driver’s licence suspensions that have been issued. ince’s new drunk driving rules, according to Doroshenko. He said roadside screening devices were never intended to be used to determine conclusively whether someone is over the legal limit. Before provincial laws changed last year, most officers would use the device to determine whether someone needed to go back to the police station to blow into a larger, more accurate screening system. Doroshenko said the unreliability of the hand-held screening devices makes it impos-
sible to know whether someone is truly over the 0.08 legal limit. “This is now determining not just whether to arrest you but to punish you,” he said. “They are relying on these things to punish people and this device was not designed for that.” A person who receives a roadside suspension faces more than just a 90-day licence suspension. There is a financial cost involved, Doroshenko said, and a driver can end up
paying close to $5,000 for installation of an interlock device, a mandatory responsible driving course and the fines and fees related to reinstating a driver’s licence. And those who may have blown into an improperly calibrated machine should be compensated for their trouble, he said. “My view is, they should get a phone call, an apology and their money back,” Doroshenko said. “The government should be looking at finding ways to compensate them.” email@example.com
Remembrance & help Different fireworks rules By Gary McKenna THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Friends and family of a Coquitlam man killed last week in a car crash in Malaysia have set up an online donation page in order to help the wife and daughter he left behind. Jason Price Krull and a business partner were killed when their vehicle lost control while traveling outside of Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 17. A third man survived the crash. A Facebook memorial page titled “In Memory of Jason Price Krull” has been set up by friends and family and encourages people who knew Krull to contribute thoughts, images and memories. Numerous tributes and condolences to the family were posted as of Tuesday, with many of Krull’s friends expressing shock at the loss. The site also has a link to a PayPal account that allows people to contribute funds online to support Krull’s wife, Michelle, and child, Tenzyn. A memorial service was also held at Meridian Gate in Richmond, the municipality where Krull grew up, on Saturday afternoon. Cagen Tan, a friend of Krull in Malaysia, reported on the Facebook site that Krull’s mother had arrived in the
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Residents in Coquitlam and Por t Coquitlam who want to take part in a firework display this Halloween might want to invite themselves over to a friend’s place in Port Moody. The smallest of the local cities is the only Tri-City municipality to allow the sale and discharge of fireworks without a permit or licensing fee. “The cost of fireworks are fairly high to begin with,” said PoMo acting fire chief Remo Faedo. “We don’t want to add any burden to them. We support the family fireworks.” Commercial shows and events outside of the Halloween season require a licence, he added, but backyard firework displays are allowed. Faedo added that an address is usually required to buy fireworks, which can be filled out on forms provided at local firework stores. That is a stark contrast to Coquitlam, where a $50 permit is required to set off fireworks on private property — and a permit can only be issued if a display is taking place in an area that has at least 30 by 30 square metres of open space. Few residential properties in Coquitlam are that large and many families have to turn to the city or the school district for permission to use public property, which often requires liability insurance. Only eight permits were issued last year in Coquitlam. Restrictions in Port Coquitlam are slightly looser, requiring a $20 permit, which can
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Delays behind hike in cost & levy: Drew continued from front page
“T he timing, that really whacked us,” Drew told The TriCity News yesterday. “It didn’t need to happen. It didn’t need to have delays.” He pointed to the 14-month review by the federal and provincial governments to apply for a $4-million infrastructure grant, a 20-month process with the national environmental assessment RALPH DREW agency as well as two years of negotiation between the village, feds and Tseil-Waututh First Nation for causing the tie-ups and subsequent inflation. “So, right there, that’s half the cost increase,” Drew said, noting the balance came from detailed engineering designs “for additional components required” such as technological upgrades. Drew said council first got wind the project would cost more in June when the penultimate tender came in. At that time, residents were told the price was going to rise — but not by how much, he said. In September, the final tender came in and a financial consultant was hired to crunch the numbers, which were unveiled at last Wednesday’s public meeting. Drew said he understands Belcarra homeowners’ frustration “but the reality is that we were in a position where we didn’t have the numbers until literally a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “Just as soon as we had the hard numbers we could communicate, we did.” The mayor said he doesn’t expect the price to rise again. “We have the final component of the work tendered and we’ve got the costs fixed at this time.” Still, despite the project cost increase, Drew said property owners will see a rise in their home values because they won’t have to use wells. The project, which is now about 75% done, is expected to be finished by late March. firstname.lastname@example.org
Setting it straight In last Wednesday’s Tri-City News, an incorrect contact phone number was printed for Coquitlam council candidate Vincent Wu. The correct number is 604-936-8198.
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NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of the Village of Anmore that an election by voting to elect the positions outlined below to ﬁll ofﬁces of members of Council for the Village of Anmore and that the persons nominated as candidates at the Election by Voting and for whom the votes will be received are listed below, for a term commencing December 2011 are:
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NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of the City of Port Coquitlam that an election by voting is necessary to elect a Mayor, six Councillors and two School Trustees for a three-year term commencing December, 2011. The persons nominated as candidates, and for whom votes will be received are:
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GENERAL VOTING DAY will be open to qualified electors of the City of Port Coquitlam on Saturday, November 19, 2011 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following locations: Blakeburn Elementary School 1040 Riverside Drive Castle Park Elementary School 1144 Confederation Drive Cedar Drive Elementary School 3150 Cedar Drive Elks Hall 2272 Leigh Square Irvine Elementary School 3862 Wellington Street Kilmer Elementary School 1575 Knappen Street Kwayhquitlum Middle School 3280 Flint Street Westwood Elementary School 3610 Hastings Street Advance Voting Opportunity – Elks Hall, 2272 Leigh Square ¾ Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (required opportunity) ¾ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (additional opportunity)
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Mail In Voting Mail Ballot Voting will be permitted when electors meet one of the following criteria: • Have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects the ability to vote at another voting opportunity; and/or: • Expect to be absent from the City of Port Coquitlam at the times of all advance voting opportunities (November 9 and 16) and on General Voting Day (November 19). Applications to obtain a Mail Ballot Voting package are available at Port Coquitlam City Hall during regular business hours. Applications filled out correctly will receive a mail ballot package, once ballots are ready. You are responsible for ensuring that your completed mail ballot is received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 pm on General Voting Day, Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Corporate Office staff will check the mail drop box at the front of City Hall, 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam at 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Special Voting Opportunity A Special Voting Opportunity will be open at Hawthorne Care Centre from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Only those qualified electors who are patients or staff of Hawthorne Care Centre at the time of voting may vote at this Special Voting Opportunity.
Elector Registration (for voting day registration only) To register as a resident elector on Voting Day, you must have two pieces of ID, (one with a signature) and you will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: • You are 18 years of age; • You are a Canadian citizen; • You have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day of registration; • You have been a resident of the City of Port Coquitlam for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration; and • You are not otherwise disqualified by law from voting. NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS: • age 18 or older; and • a Canadian citizen; and • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and • a registered owner of real property in the City of Port Coquitlam for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and • not entitled to register as a resident elector; and • not disqualified by any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law; and • if there is more than one registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may, with the written consent of the majority of the owners, register as a non-resident property elector; and • by producing proof of entitlement to register such as a recent Certificate of Title.
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Casino hotel gets go-ahead By Janis Warren THE TRI-CITY NEWS
High rollers and theatre goers will soon have a place to stay when they visit the Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam. After a public hearing Monday, city council voted 7-2 in favour of Great Canadian Casino’s proposal to build a hotel on United Boulevard, citing its job, tourism and economic development spin-offs. Council is expected to give fourth and final reading to the zoning text amendment bylaw at its regular meeting next month. Ron Little, coowner of the Best Wester n Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre, was the sole opponent to the project to appear at the hearing, telling Coquitlam council he is concerned about the impact the casino hotel would have on his business, especially during an economic downturn. “If the city were to allow this, they would be contributing to an uneven playing field in that the casino could subsidize a lower roomrate structure from casino income,” Little said. He also called for the city to hold a referendum on the issue.
While councillors were sympathetic to Little’s plight, some said his hotel and others will likely see a hike in business from the casino hotel opening. “This hotel is a destination and certainly I don’t think this complex is going to be taking away from other areas of Coquitlam,” Coun Doug Macdonell said. Coun. Lou Sekora, who opposed the application along with Coun. Neal Nicholson, also war ned if the 11-storey hotel is built, it would jeopardize the city’s chances of securing a hotel for the City Centre, where Town
Centre Park is located with its many athletic facilities. Council recently adopted an events tourism strategy to attract out-of-town guests to Coquitlam to host sports tournaments and multicultural activities. Nicholson said he voted against the casino hotel because he’s not in favour of gambling and any related amenities. The Boulevard proposal says 236 permanent jobs will be created at the 181-room hotel, conference centre and spa adjoining the current casino and Red Robinson Show Theatre. According to the city’s 2010 annual report, Great
Canadian Gaming Corp. was the third largest taxpayer in Coquitlam, contributing $1.5 million to city coffers. As well as municipal taxes, under provincial legislation, the company hands over 10% of its net profits to cities where casinos are located. Since the Boulevard Casino opened, Coquitlam has collected more than $77 million through the Ministry of Solicitor General; the city puts 12.5% of that money into a fund for local non-profit groups, with the remainder spent on major capital works.
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People want their libraries to be both an extension of their living rooms and a lively centre of community life. To meet both those needs, a new 36,000 sq. ft. Coquitlam Public Library (CPL) branch is planned for Pinetree Way a n d t o m o r r ow (Thursday), residents can get a look at the plans. An open house for the $15.6-million project is scheduled for Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Nancy Bennett room of the Poirier branch, 575 Poirier St. CPL director Rhian Piprell said residents can view a PowerPoint presentation, get a close look at design plans and talk to staff about the project. In June, Coquitlam purchased the building at 1169 Pinetree Way, next to Henderson Place mall, for $9 million. It will need to do extensive renovations before opening the new City Centre branch in 2013, Piprell said. The latest plans include a 3,100 sq. ft. mezza-
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A city illustration shows the outside of the Coquitlam Public Library City Centre branch that is planned for 1169 Pinetree Way, next to Henderson Place mall. nine floor to free up space on the main floor for children’s programs and a multicultural display area. The new library will replace current cramped space at city hall that’s frequented by about 6,000 visitors a week. In addition to extra room to house the library collection, the new space will provide of fices, multi-purpose rooms and spaces for people to meet and study together in groups or individually. “That’s what people told us they wanted in the Poirier library and it’s what we’re duplicating here,” Piprell said. There will also be an electric fireplace to rec-
reate the comforts of home as well as a room for digital media, and a gallery wall to showcase Evergreen Cultural Centre art work and productions. The project, paid for with $650,000 in city reserves and short-term borrowing repaid by casino funds, requires detailed drawings and a building permit before construction can start. Meanwhile, the library has announced a partnership with the Coquitlam Foundation for the establishment of a legacy fund that will be used to generate funds for the Poirier and City Centre branches.
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Nov 4—Care Planning For Your Future Find out how to plan for your future. Presentation will include building a care plan of your own, options of care, costs, whether it’s home support, independent living, assisted living or full care. Presenter: Terez Payette–Astoria Retirement Living Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Location: Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier Street, entrance off Winslow Admission: Free Info: 604-927-6098
Nov 9—Medication Awareness for Seniors Examine the potential misuse of medications and get information on how seniors can interact with doctors and pharmacists to ensure their medications are wisely used. Presented by the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC. Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Location: Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier Street, entrance off Winslow Admission: Free - Pre-registration required Info: 604-927-6098
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New City Centre Library Design Announcement Co-hosted by City of Coquitlam Mayor & Council and the Coquitlam Public Library Board, this open-house style event will allow the public to view the approved concept ﬂoor plans for the new Coquitlam City Centre Library, to be located at 1169 Pinetree Way. Date:
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If you live in a condo you’ll need insurance, but knowing what you need can be daunting. This overview, sponsored by BCAA, will include a typical condo policy, protecting your building Improvements, contingent liability assessment and property assessment, importance of insuring for a strata deductible assessment and what to expect when making a claim. Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon Location: Dogwood Pavilion, 624 Poirier Street, entrance off Winslow Admission: Free - Pre-registration required Info: 604-927-6098
Nov 19—2011 General Local Election The 2011 General Local Election will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Vote–It Matters!. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Info: The electors Remember to V of the City of Coquitlam will vote to select: 1 Mayor, 8 Councillors and 4 School Trustees.
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The stepmother o f m i s s i n g wo m a n Marnie Frey combed Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside before dark tips about “Willie” and a wood chipper led her to the Pickton property in Port Coquitlam years before police raided it. Lynn Frey told the Missing Women Inquiry Monday she climbed a fence to get into the Pickton farm in search of clues to her drugaddicted daughter’s disappearance but turned back when two Rottweilers appeared on the other side. “I saw tractors, vehicles and big mounds of dirt and grass,” she said. “I didn’t see any bodies or anybody there.” Frey said it was the fall of 1998 — just over a year after 24-year-old Marnie vanished from the skid-row hotels she frequented. She said she zeroed in on the lair of serial killer Robert “Willie” Pickton after prostitutes predicted Marnie was dead and suggested a man at a farm with a chipper was responsible. She had made repeated trips to Vancouver from her home in Campbell River to search for Marnie. Others searching for missing women played her a tape recording of a man claiming to have information, Frey testified. “You’re never going to find these women,” she said the voice on the tape said. “They went with Willie and he’s got the chipper.” Some prostitutes told Frey they’d been to a farm with a chipper 45 minutes from the Downtown Eastside near a fast-flowing muddy river. Frey reasoned the far m had to be near the Fraser River, likely in New Westminster, Coquitlam or Surrey. She relayed her suspicions to her foster daughter Joyce Lachance, who lived in Port Coquitlam, “She said, ‘I know a guy by the name of Willie. He has pigs and he has a chipper on his farm. I can take you there blindfolded.’” They drove that night to the Pickton farm, where a sign warned “Pit bull with AIDS” and Joyce was too scared to leave the car. Perched atop the fence, Frey was just a stone’s throw from the
Lynn Frey (left) testified at the Missing Women Inquiry about hearing about “Willie” while trying to track down her missing stepdaughter, Marnie Frey (right). remains of her missing daughter — although confirmation wouldn’t come for another five years, when searchers found Marnie’s right jaw bone and four teeth on the farm. “We were right all along — she was on the farm.” Frey said she told her suspicions to Vancouver Po l i c e D e p a r t m e n t Const. Lori Shenher, who gave her “heck” for climbing the fence but promised to investigate. Several more women
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e find ourselves once again in the midst of the silly season, the five-week period that takes place in autumn every three years when your friends and neighbours shill for votes in an effort to win a seat on council or school board, or, in the case of but a few brave souls, the mayor’s office. It’s a time when people who should know better (and a few who, frighteningly, don’t know better) vow to single-handedly tame city finances, slice and dice red tape, fight crime and — finally, Lord, finally — bring rapid transit to the Tri-Cities. While there is a fair measure of snark and cynicism in the previous two sentences, we seek to neither denigrate nor discount the commitment and effort required to run for, let alone hold, public office. “Thankless task” doesn’t come close to describing the jobs of mayor, city councillor or school trustee. It takes a special person — and you can interpret that adjective any way you like — to put himself or herself in the public eye and say, “Choose me.” So before the ballots have been cast and counted, before the mayors, councillors and trustees have been sworn in, and before they’re sworn at for the first time, we offer a perspective on public service that comes courtesy of a longtime colleague here at The Tri-City News, Rick Halas, a father of three, a surfer, a cycling advocate and a volleyball coach who works in the paper’s production department. It is this: Someone volunteers as a Scout leader and he’s seen as a caring father and neighbour. He coaches a kids’ soccer team and he’s thanked for dedicating his scarce time, spending long hours on cold, wet fields. He serves on some committee — recreation or environment, say, or the library board — and he’s lauded for his contributions to his community. Building on years of public service, he then runs for and is elected to city council, and he’s quickly branded a jerk, incompetent and only in it for himself. Which is silly in any season.
B.C. continues on long road to ‘community living’ BC VIEWS Tom Fletcher VICTORIA y first glimpse of B.C.’s care system for developmentally disabled people was as a teen in the early 1970s. My grandfather brought me to his workplace, Tranquille “school.” The Kamloops institution that began life as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1907 was by then converted to warehouse a different group of society’s outcasts. Ambulatory inmate-patients wearing locked-on football helmets wandered the courtyard of a sprawling prison-hospital complex that featured its own fire station. Tranquille would hit the headlines a decade later when human resources minister Grace McCarthy announced she was enacting a plan, years in the making, to close such places. Tranquille, with 323 inmate-patients and 675 staff, would be first. A 1983 newspaper report captured the mood: “Mentally retarded persons in institu-
tions must not be ‘dumped back on the doorstep of their natural families’ when these institutions are closed, the executive director of the BC Association for the Mentally Retarded warned.” The BC Government Employees’ Union began an occupation of Tranquille buildings the next day, expelling managers. The sit-in lasted three weeks, joined by Tranquille’s 120 psychiatric nurses, before staff agreed to work on the system that would replace it a year later. Some patients did go back to their families, with support services. And today B.C. has a network of 700 group homes — essentially smaller institutions. Their province-wide union contract was just renewed under the B.C. government’s “net zero” wage mandate, with an additional $18 million to enrol employees in dozens of contracted agencies to a pension plan for municipal employees. Lobbying and court action have forced expansion of provincial services to those diagnosed with autism and fetal alcohol conditions. People with Down syndrome and other disabilities now live much longer, to the point
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where some develop dementia as well. All this is on top of the many previously independent seniors developing dementia and other disabling conditions at an accelerating rate. Stephanie Cadieux, the latest minister of what is now called the Ministry of Social Development, has asked for a multi-ministry examination of the adult care agency, Community Living BC. As CLBC’s budget rises past $710 million, there are services from the health and children and families ministries going to disabled people as well. The political focus has been on CLBC’s closure of 65 group homes with only 200 residents, and its push for adult adoptions rather than institutions with shift workers. This is true “community living” that should be established where practical, with appropriate inspections. The NDP wants a moratorium on group home closures, even if those facilities are decrepit or mostly empty. It wants a backlog of 2,800 applications for new or increased service eliminated, apparently without any efficiency moves. It wants an independent review of CLBC followed by a full-time independent advocate for developmentally disabled people.
(The NDP also wants independent advocates with office staff and investigative powers for seniors and forest workers. B.C.’s independent children’s advocate continues to pile up reports with questionable effect in another area of intractable and growing social problems.) Cadieux says CLBC’s internal service quality advocate has a high success rate resolving family complaints. A toll-free line has been set up to direct service issues to a new client support group. On Friday, Cadieux announced a bonus program for CLBC management has been terminated. “In a people-first organization like CLBC, an incentive plan based on targets and measures is, quite simply, not appropriate,” said a statement from the ministry. No targets or measures. As Premier Christy Clark was recently reminded on health care, even talk of defined cost control is too politically risky. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and bclocalnews.com. email@example.com twitter.com/tomfletcherbc
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TRI-CITYY LETTERS The Editor, Re. “Tax es, union stance make vote decision” (Letters, The TriCity News, Oct. 21). Like myself, Henry Pritchard has on occasion written letters to your newspaper and I’ve usually agreed with his position concerning property taxes and the general mismanagement of our money by city officials. But I’m perplexed by the somewhat vague suggestion in his letter last Friday that C o q ui t l a m M ayo r Richard Stewart’s and Coun. Selina Robinson’s support for lower business taxes and council candidate Ter ry O’Neill’s position relative to public sector bargaining has something to do with the continuing increase in residential property taxes. While Mr. Pritchard goes on to say that he doesn’t blame frontline workers for the increases to our property
Cross them off list The Editor, Re. “Labour group releases its list of endorsed candidates” (front page, The Tri-City News, Oct. 21). Thanks so much to The Tri-City Newss for your as usual stellar and detailed coverage of the local elections. As a result of your story on the New Westminster and District Labour Council’s endorsement of candidates, I was able to cross them off the list and spend my time researching the other available candidates. B. Carson, Coquitlam
taxes — nor do I — I certainly place blame on those council members and city senior management who have allowed salaries and benefits at Coquitlam to have gone from less than $50 million in 2005 to approximately $66 million in 2009 — an increase of 33% in just four years. Continuing generous salary and benefits to employees plus potentially reduced revenues
and not reduced business taxes will result in the city having to rely on its residential property owners to meet future shortfalls. We have elected individuals who either don’t have the financial acumen or guts to say enough is enough to union demands, even if it meant a strike and shutdown of certain services. Too many of these elected individu-
als or candidates — and they have recently been identified in The Tri-City Newss (“Labour group releases its list of endorsed candidates,” Oct. 21) — have presumably given up their independence by accepting the endorsement and financial support from those same unions who are negotiating more benefits at our continuing expense. So do I agree with the recent positions taken by Stewart, Robinson and O’Neill? Not always, but in these stated instances I do. Furthermore, I would rather have individuals who are prepared publicly to have a position on key issues than wannabe candidates who issue vague policy positions on tax restraint, transportation improvements, safe neighbourhoods or Riverview/Colony Farm concerns and yet not be accountable for anything if elected. Murray Clare, Coquitlam
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION The City of Coquitlam has received an application for a permanent change to a liquor licence for the Russian House Restaurant (1147 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam). The applicant is seeking a permanent change to their Food-Primary Liquor Licence to allow for patron participation entertainment in the form of dine and dance (Friday and Saturday evenings only). The patron participation endorsement, if approved, applies during existing licensed hours, which end at midnight.
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In accordance with City policy, you are now being invited to provide input to Council with respect to the above-noted application. The City of Coquitlam will be receiving the input requested herein up to Friday, October 28, 2011. Written correspondence can be provided in one of the following ways: • • • •
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Enforcement efforts decrease fatalities By Gary McKenna THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Coquitlam RCMP is crediting increased traffic enforcement for a significant decrease in fatalities and injuries in the detachment’s patrol area. According to the local detachment, which polices Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, in 2006, motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 12 people and injured 61 others. In 2010, there was one traffic fatality and 36 injuries — and numbers continue to show improvements this year. Sgt. Dave Stewart of the Coquitlam RCMP traffic section said officers’ focus on several key intersections and high-crash locations has led to the improved accident statistics. “We realize we cannot be everywhere all
the time,” he said. “We deploy our enforcement teams at locations where we could reduce the most fatalities and serious injuries. “We have been doing it for more than five years and strategic enforcement has proven to be an effective way to save lives.” Another area of enforcement concerns distracted driving. During a month-long campaign in September of this year, police issued 245 tickets to drivers using their cellphone or another hand-held device while operating their vehicle. Some drivers who
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Pesticide plans put off Plans to ban pesticides in Coquitlam were shelved this week after city council found too many holes in its draft bylaw. At Monday’s engineering committee meeting, councillors sent the document back to staff and re-appointed the city’s environment advisory group, which had recommended the wording (it was disbanded for the year in September). Likening the draft bylaw to “Swiss cheese,” Coun. Selina Robinson noted a number of concerns with the proposed policy, including: • the timing to notify pesticide retailers about posting warning signs in their shops that chemicals can’t be used in the city; • the validity of a permit system for homeowners and businesses to spray pesticides in emergency situations; • the lack of consistency with neighbouring municipalities on pesticide use; • and the lack of progressive fines for repeat violators. “The [draft] bylaw isn’t Swiss cheese, it’s a Swiss cheese issue,” said Mayor Richard Stewart, commenting on the multi-government levels of involvement.
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A14 Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Tri-City News
Seventeen bears have been killed in the Tri-Cities so far in 2011. Some blame conservation officers for shooting when they should be relocating. Officials say it’s residents who are to blame for not doing something as simple and effective as securing their trash. Regardless of the reason, the bears are in their final days before hibernating — we hope.
Catching bears in act best – but not always realistic continued from front page
Each year, 10,000 calls are made to the Provincial Conservation Officer Service’s 24-hour toll-free line and those dealing with bears in Mission, Maple Ridge and the TriCities are passed on to Kelly and his team to decide if the problem bears pose a safety risk. Sometimes, they can nip a problem in the bud by talking to a property owner and encouraging them to remove bear attractants. But if the bear has been returning to the area daily looking for garbage or breaking into homes and garages, further action must be taken. They will then set a trap for the bear and relocate it if it’s young and not yet habituated to garbage. If the bear is a repeat offender, however, it will be killed and Kelly is always concerned when he sets a trap that he’ll nab the wrong bear. “Catching it in the act is best,” Kelly said, “It’s a good scenario to witness a bear doing what people say he’s doing.” Sometimes, officers have to deal with a bear in a public area and have to assess the situation to figure out the safest way of dealing with it. An officer can try to scare it back into the forest with bear bangers, bean bags or rubber bullets; he can tranquillize it if he can get the bruin to climb a tree; occasionally, the bear might be shot on site if the conditions are ideal. But if none of these situations present themselves, Kelly said, they’ll set a trap and hope to catch it later. “If we can’t get a clean shot and the situation poses a danger, we let him come down and leave. Maybe the experience will be bad enough and he’ll leave or he’ll be back tomorrow.” Public safety is obviously foremost in his mind, but Kelly admits it would be better if people just took care of their bear attractants. Reminding residents, farmers and business owners about their responsibilities is another important part of his job. “If there is no garbage, a bear will pass through but it won’t stop. It’s looking for a reward. If there’s no reward, it won’t come back.” Working closely with local authorities, Kelly spends a lot of his time visiting property owners and looking for solutions to their bear problems. Lately, he has been trying to convince blueberry and hobby farmers to use electric fences to keep out bears. He can walk onto any property to see if there’s a bear attractant problem and if he finds one, such as an open dumpster or garbage lying around, he can issue a Dangerous Wildlife Protection Order; if the problem isn’t removed, he can slap the property owner with a $575 fine. “It’s a public safety issue and the liability is on you,” Kelly said. email@example.com
• To report a problem bear, call 1-877-952-7277. • For more information about how to prevent human/bear conflicts, visit www.bearaware.bc.ca.
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‘No one wants to have to kill an animal’ JULIE GOGAL PHOTO
Julie Gogal, who lives near Como Lake in Coquitlam, photographed a bear in the area that was being pursued by conservation officers. It was eventually tranquillized and relocated.
• Bears hibernate because there is no food available to them, not because of the cold; thus, hibernation is an important survival strategy for them. • They will typically hibernate for three to five months on B.C.’s south coast and for longer periods (five to seven months) in the Interior. • As bears prepare for hibernation (typically in November or December in the Tri-Cities), it’s important to eliminate all food attractants to ensure they don’t hang around or decide to stay awake for the winter. • Without only about six months to build up fat reserves, black bears must eat a great deal of food. They are particularly attracted to foods that are abundant and high in protein and calories and that they can get with little effort. • Bears may not necessarily travel far to hibernate and will burrow under stumps and logs in the mountainous terrain and greenbelts.
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Remain vigilant In Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, officials are seeing a drop in bear complaints and believe that bears are getting ready to enter their dens beneath old-growth stumps in the mountains and valleys. Around here, hibernation usually occurs in November and December. In Coquitlam, Bear Aware co-ordinator Drake Stephens is reminding people to put food in their green cans because that is picked up first on garbage day and in Port Coquitlam, bear complaints are down because residents in the south side of the city are now locking up their garbage with bearproof Critter Guard locks. Port Moody’s environmental technologist believes bears are beginning to head out to dens in the Anmore valley. But Rick Saunier warns residents not to get complacent or the bears will stay awake. He remembers one Christmas (before the city issued animal-resistant bin) when a bear showed up to dine on someone’s left-over turkey carcass. “He had a great holiday meal,” Saunier recalled. “Everything but the cranberries.”
Conservation officer James Kelly loves his job but he wrestles with its public image. On his wall at work are cartoons depicting conservation officers as animal killers rather than protectors. He gets the joke but the barbs sting. Kelly’s job is to protect B.C. wildlife by policing the forests to ensure animals aren’t killed illegally and policing neighbourhoods to make sure people aren’t careless with bear attractants. By managing human behaviour, he’s protecting animals, he says, but when human lives are at risk, he must manage the animals. Sometimes this means killing them, and this is the part of the job he doesn’t much care for. “No one wants to have to kill an animal,” Kelly says. In fact, he admits it’s frustrating to have to destroy a bear because it has become used to eating human food — something that could have been avoided if people took more care. “Even after one season, it’s kind of depressing,” he said. “Yes, the message is out there, but people don’t seem to hear it.” He remembers every bear he has had to kill this year down to the last second — memories he doesn’t relish but has to live with. But optimistic by nature, Kelly believes that at least in the Tri-Cities, people are starting to understand that a fed bear is a dead bear. Hopefully, he said, the message will stick and the bruins will have no reason to hang around. firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘They can’t kill all the bears...’ Julie Gogal spent much of the summer taking photos of the garbage people leave in plastic bags on Cedar Drive and the bears that rip them apart on their way to the blueberry farms. But on Oct. 15, the bears were a little closer to home for Gogal, who lives near Como Lake. “I saw a pile of poop, and I thought, ‘That’s not dog poop,’” said the amateur photographer. When she saw conservation officers tracking the animal near Gatensbury Street and Como Lake Avenue, she decided to follow them and take a few pictures. “I wanted to see if I could see the bear,” said Gogal, noting she followed it as it took a zigzag path through homes and yards. Finally, the conservation officers managed to tree the bear, tranquillize it and release it into the forest, Gogal said. Fortunately, this bear was a candidate for relocation, said conserva-
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A conservation officer prepares to tranquillize a bear near Coquitlam’s Como Lake. tion officer James Kelly, who said the bear was taken to an area well away from people where there was natural food for the bear to eat. Still, Gogal wants people to do a better job of taking care of their garbage and would like to see electric fences installed around all blueberry farms — and she’s lobbying Coquitlam council to take action. “They can’t kill all the bears. That isn’t an answer.” email@example.com
Congratulations Stuart! Bears are still around and it’s important to lock up garbage — even through the coming winter. Bear attractants are not to be left out and garbage carts and cans can only be set out between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on collection day. • In Coquitlam, set out your food waste in the green can because it is collected first on garbage day. • In Port Moody, residents have been issued wildlife-resistant carts
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A18 Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Tri-City News
General Local Election 2011 NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING Public Notice Is Hereby given to the electors of the City of Coquitlam that an election by voting is necessary to elect a Mayor, eight Councillors, and four School Trustees, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are:
Mayor - One (1) to be elected Usual Name Barrie Lynch Richard Stewart
Jurisdiction of Residence Coquitlam Coquitlam
Councillor - Eight (8) to be elected Usual Name Brent Asmundson Randy Delmonico Craig Hodge Doug Macdonell Massimo Mandarino Neal Nicholson Terry O’Neill Mae Reid Linda Reimer Araz Rismani Selina Robinson Lou Sekora Andy Shen Fred Sooﬁ Andy Wickey Vincent Wu
Jurisdiction of Residence Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam Anmore Coquitlam Coquitlam
School Trustee - Four (4) to be elected Usual Name Humera Ahsanullah Gail Alty Brian Robinson Diane Sowden Gerri Wallis
Jurisdiction of Residence Coquitlam East Sooke Coquitlam Coquitlam Coquitlam VOTER REGISTRATION
The list of registered electors for the City of Coquitlam has been produced on the basis of the most recent Provincial Voters’ List. If you have recently moved, or are not on the Provincial Voters’ List you may register at the time of voting if qualiﬁed. Please note, if you are registering at the time of voting you will be required to produce two pieces of identiﬁcation that prove your residency and identity. For more information about valid forms of identiﬁcation please contact the Election Ofﬁce at 604-927-3025 or visit our website at www.coquitlam.ca.
GENERAL VOTING DAY GENERAL VOTING DAY will be open to qualiﬁed electors of the City of Coquitlam on Saturday, November 19, 2011 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:
Alderson Elementary School, 825 Gauthier Avenue Banting Middle School, 820 Banting Street Bramblewood Elementary School, 2875 Panorama Drive Cape Horn Elementary School, 155 Finnigan Street Como Lake Middle School, 1121 King Albert Avenue Eagle Ridge Elementary School, 1215 Falcon Drive Glen Elementary School, 3064 Glen Drive Harbour View Elementary School, 960 Lillian Street Hillcrest Middle School, 2161 Regan Avenue Leigh Elementary School, 1230 Soball Road Lord Baden-Powell Elementary School, 450 Joyce Street Meadowbrook Elementary School, 900 Sharpe Street Montgomery Middle School, 1900 Edgewood Avenue Mountain View Elementary School, 740 Smith Avenue Mundy Road Elementary School, 2200 Austin Avenue Nestor Elementary School, 1266 Nestor Street Panorama Heights Elementary School, 1455 Johnson Street Pinetree Way Elementary School, 1420 Pinetree Way Place Maillardville Community Centre, 1200 Cartier Avenue Porter Elementary School, 728 Porter Street Ranch Park Elementary School, 2701 Spuraway Avenue River Springs Community Centre, 1950 Lodge Drive Riverview Park Elementary School, 700 Clearwater Way Walton Elementary School, 2960 Walton Avenue
These locations are readily accessible for persons with physical disabilities. You may vote at any one of the above-noted locations. To ﬁnd the voting place nearest to you please visit the City of Coquitlam’s web site at www.coquitlam.ca. By logging on to our website you can view our map that shows all the voting places in your area.
ADVANCE VOTING OPPORTUNITIES Advance Voting Opportunities will be open to all qualiﬁed electors of the City of Coquitlam on the following dates and times: Date November 9, 2011 November 12, 2011 November 16, 2011 November 18, 2011
Location Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier Street Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier Street
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Date Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Friday, November 18, 2011 Friday, November 18, 2011 Friday, November 18, 2011
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ELECTION RESULTS Preliminary election results will be available after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Please visit the City’s website at www.coquitlam.ca. Ofﬁcial election results will be declared no later than November 23, 2011.
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Exploring family history A GOOD READ Susan Clark
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Event managers and Douglas College students A.K. Premji and Raphael Dipasupil are inviting everyone to the 14th annual A Class Act fundraiser. This year’s theme is based on the 1970’s era and includes a silent auction, wine tasting and live music.
That ’70s fundraiser A Class Act fundraiser is Saturday in Coquitlam Douglas College Foundation is hoping people will join them in grooving the night away Saturday at its annual fundraiser for student aid. The theme for the 14th year of A Class Act will focus on the 1970s. “We’re focusing on the fashion and fun from the ’70s,” said Hazel Postma, Douglas College’s associate vice-president, external relations. Forty Hospitality Management students are working with foundation staff to create a psychedelic scene that
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The Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC will present Medication Awareness for Seniors on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Dogwood Pavilion. This workshop will examine the potential misuse of medications and provides information about how seniors can interact with doctors and pharmacists to ensure that their medications are wisely used.
You can help yourself while continuing to help someone else with the help of Tri-Cities Caregivers Connections. The local group is hosting a program for caregivers who provide unpaid care and support to a person 50 or older. This program provides Tri-City caregivers with the tools to support their loved one and to remain healthy themselves. This program focuses on issues caregivers face, such as feeling guilty and overwhelmed, and teaches new ways of communication and thinking as well as tips to reduce stress. Wendy Thompson — a gerontologist, caregiver educator, author, coach and former Olympian — will lead this five-week series, which runs on Wednesdays from Nov. 2 to 30. Fee for all five sessions is $20 per person and includes lunch, which kicks off each day from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., followed by the program from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m. This program is being held at Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Crt., Coquitlam. To register, call 604-927-6940. For more information about the program, call Linda Western, project manager with Tri-Cities Caregivers Connections, at 604-927-7917 The program is co-sponsored by the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, and funded by the United Way. Space is limited so early registration is recommended.
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Participants will be encouraged to develop a partnership relationship with their medical advisers. This presentation is free of charge but preregistration is requested. For more information and to register, call 604-927-6098. Dogwood Pavilion is a Coquitlam recreation facility for people 50 years and older; it’s located at 624 Poirier St.
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At Nightfall Evergreen Family Series presentation. Nov 13, 2PM, Evergreen Cultural Centre 604-927-6555 or evergreenculturalcentre.ca
On “The Tenderness of Wolves” by Stef Penney. Nov 10 at 2PM at Mackin House Museum. 604-516-6151 or coquitlamheritage.ca
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Leigh Square Community Arts Village Wilson Centre Art Show. Nov 4-28. 604-927-8400 or portcoquitlam.ca/arts
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Pamela Raymond: Photography, Christina Blackwell: Jeweller, 604-469-4692 or library.portmoody.ca
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Art Focus artists: Olga Khodyreva and Lindsay Watson, myartclub.com
Vancity at Suter Brook Village ArtsConnect’s featured artist Joy Kirkwood. 604-931-8255 or artsconnect.ca
Finland/Sweden; War/Drama Port Moody Film Society. Nov 18, 7:30PM, Inlet Theatre, pmfilm.ca
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PechaKuchaNight (PKN) Coquitlam Vol #5 ArtsConnect’s continuing series, with Presenters sharing their stories about their passions, what inspires them, while showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each. PKN now happens in 450 cities around the world! Don’t miss it. Nov 15, doors open at 6:30PM, event at 7:30PM, Evergreen Cultural Centre. 604-927-6555 or pecha-kucha.org/night/coquitlam
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Il Voce Fresh face on the global phenomenon of “Classical Crossover” or “Popera” Nov 26, 8PM, Evergreen Cultural Centre. 604-927-6555 or evergreenculturalcentre.ca
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Port Moody Arts Centre Society Sample BC wines while surrounded by live music. Nov 5, 7-9:30PM, Port Moody City Hall Galleria. bcuncorked.ca
PORT MOODY SCHOOL OF DANCE Salon Speaker Series: Visual Artist Richard Tetrault Learn about mural project collaborations from Vancouver to Cuba. Nov 17, 7PM, Place des Arts. 604-664-1636 or placedesarts.ca
Fall Art Show & Sale Art Focus Artists’ Association’s diverse collection of visual arts in all medias and styles. Opening Reception: Nov 18, 7:30 -9:30PM. Show continues Nov 19 & 20, 11AM-4:30PM, The Outlet at Leigh Square Community Arts Village. myartclub.com/art.focus
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Photomotion A selection of juried audio-visual presentations, each approximately 3-4 minutes long. Nov 26, 2PM & 7PM, Inlet Theatre. 604-789-0774 or pdpc.ca
Winter Artisans Fair 4th Annual Fair features affordable, quality art and fine crafts and edibles. Family event with arts, crafts, treats, the Annual Lighting of Leigh Square and a visit from Santa! Nov. 26 & 27, 11AM-6PM, Leigh Square Community Arts Village Lighting ceremony begins at 4:30PM on Nov 26. 604-927-8400 or portcoquitlam.ca/art For CALLS FOR TALENT, visit artsconnect.ca Calendar compiled by ArtsConnect email@example.com 604-931-8255
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The Oz’s local talent Twenty-five actors from the Tri-Cities — many of them under the age of 18 — are cast in The Wizard of Oz, Footlight Theatre Company’s biggest production to date. Here is a list of the actors and their roles:
Jennifer Gillis (featured dancer/flying monkey/Dorothy understudy) N i c o l e To r t o r a (munchkin/Ozian) S yd n e y Wa a c k (munchkin) Anna Waack (munchkin) Jason Persiani (munchkin) Jocelyn Tsui (munchkin) Haruka Kubo (munchkin) H a n n a h Wi e b e (munchkin) Shaleigh Lachance (munchkin) Tyler Wong (munchkin) Kallista Jones (munchkin) PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY PAUL WRIGHT
Michelle Creber, 12, of West Vancouver, and her dog Marley play Dorothy and Toto in Footlight Theatre Company’s The Wizard of Oz, which runs Nov. 4 to 19 at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 6, 11, 13 and 19. For tickets at $20 to $43, visit www.ticketstonight.ca.
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arents need not fear if they’ re accompanying their young children to see Footlight Theatre Company’s upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz. The kids will be riveted — not scared, vows director-choreographer Lalainia Lindbjerg Strelau, a Coquitlam mom of a two- and eight-year-old. Her secret? Create over-the-top roles. “I see it just like Halloween: children are in costume that’s other-worldly so they’re not afraid,” she said. Her Wicked Witch, for example, is green-faced and grotesque, with a big puffy dress and sparkles and spews a hideous laugh. “She is evil embodied but kids know she’s bad and, in the end, that Dorothy conquers and all is well,” Lindbjerg Strelau said. To keep their interest, she also aims to keep the story line moving with fast-paced scene changes and visually stunning sets. Children like new sensory experiences, she said, “and they’re not use to something so larger than life right in front of them.”
Though her cast of 70 is largely made up of minors, Lindbjerg Strelau has added mature actors, too: her mother, Elaine, plays one of the 41 munchkins while The Oz is in his 70s. “There’s really something to appeal for everyone,” she said. Last year, Lindbjerg Strelau had tried to secure the licensing rights for the show; however, when that didn’t happen, Footlight put on The Sound of Music instead. The Wizard of Oz z will be Footlight’s 45th anniversary production, which opens next week at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby and features 25 Tri-City actors. Gleneagle secondary’s Jennifer Gillis, 15, is cast not only as a featured dancer and flying monkey, she’s also the Dorothy understudy. “It’s been a great adventure learning her part,” the Grade 10 student said. “She’s one of my dream characters to play. It’s a lot of hard work but musical theatre is my passion. I love it so much.” Taking on Dorothy is Michelle Creber, 12, who is no stranger to being the star on stage: two years ago, she portrayed Annie at Theatre Under The Stars (her parents, Michael and Monique Creber ’ musical directors). are also The Wizard’s
Lindbjerg Strelau said she picked the 1939 movie classic to be Footlight’s biggest production to date because of its challenge. “I really, really love tackling things that we already know and love, and I really try to analyze why we know and love them,” she said. “I want to put a creative spin on it and keep the pace, just like in the film.” Her biggest hurdle, though, has been balancing her jobs as both director and choreographer. “My role as a director suffers more,” she admitted. “When you have to focus on people moving well, it can be a little more difficult to get the scene organized on the stage.” Luckily, she has a dance assistant this year to allow her to focus on multi-tasking. “There are some days I would be lost without her,” she laughed. • The Wizard of Oz z runs Nov. 4 to 19 at the Michael J. Fox Theatre (7373 Macpherson Ave., Burnaby, 604664-8875) at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 6, 11, 13 and 19. Tickets range in price from $20 to $43 and can be bought online at www.ticketstonight.ca. For more information, visit www.footlight.ca. email@example.com
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Kimberly Page (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch) Lauren Phillips (munchkin/featured dancer/flying monkey) Alyssya Swales (munchkin) Ciana Swales (munchkin) J e f f r e y Wa l l a c e (munchkin coroner) Jillian Perkins (munchkin) Joanne Perkins (Ozian) Julia MacLean (munchkin mayor) Bryce MacGre gor (munchkin barrister) Elaine Lindbjerg (munchkin) Trevor Kobayashi (munchkin) E m i l i e Re d e ko p p ( u c (munchkin) )
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A Coquitlam actress is launching Surrey Little Theatreâ€™s season opener tomorrow (Thursday). Emily Wilson plays Fay Goldman in At First Sight, a comedy written by Annie PiĂŠ about two generations of siblings and a mysterious love interest who turns their world upside down. Directed by June Ainsworth, the show runs Oct. 27 to Nov. 26 at the theatre (7027 184th St., Surrey) at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Nov. 6 and 13. For tickets at $15, call 604-576-8451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music teacher and kidsâ€™ entertainer Yurgen Ilaender â€” aka Mr. I â€” will treat children aged two and up to a Halloween show in Coquitlam â€” the day before they go out for candy. The event runs from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave.) and includes Mr. Iâ€™s Slightly Spooky Songs and Stories. Costumes are optional. Tickets at $7 can be bought by calling 604664-1636.
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The blue trees in PoMo. for children with cancer. Published by Good Dog Designs, Life Lines can be bought online at blurb.com. Meanwhile, the foundation will host its third annual movie night to raise money for the nonprofit group. Finding Nemo will be screened on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Coquitlam River elementary (4250 Shaughnessy St., in the River Springs neighbourhood). Tickets are available in advance by calling 604-464-GABY.
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Watershed Wake-up! Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable
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Advance registration is requested. Register to reserve your space by using one of the following methods and quoting the course number: 1. www.coquitlam.ca/signmeup 2. In person at any Parks, Recreation and Culture facility 3. Customer Service Line - staff assisted phone-in registration 604-927-4386. This service is available Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. For more information on future session dates or to request a course for your community group, please contact the HEROS Program Ofﬁce at 604-945-1578 or visit www.coquitlam.ca/preparedness.
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The Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable is holding its second meeting. If you have an interest in the health and long term sustainability of the watershed, you should participate. Date:
Saturday, November 5, 2011
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.)
Location: 3435 Victoria Drive, Victoria Drive Hall, Coquitlam Displays, information, coffee and pastries will be available when you arrive. Lunch will be provided.
Learn About the Watershed Contribute Your Ideas At the meeting, you will: Learn about the Roundtable’s plans for a new and enhanced Web site, including a virtual tour of the watershed Hear presentations about what’s going on in the watershed Contribute your ideas and develop new projects for the Roundtable
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A26 Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Tri-City News
Let’s dance, invites conductor
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Fo r t h e Pa c i f i c S y m p h o n i c Wi n d Emsemble’s first show of the season at the Everg reen Cultural Centre, guest conductor Tak Maeda wants the audience to sit back, close its eyes and listen to the music. But, most of all, he wants the crowd to imagine dancers performing before them. That’s the idea behind his Invitation to Dance concert, which will feature seven songs penned for a hoe down, cakewalk and Mexican fiesta, among others. “The concept is that music is at the centre of the stage and people who listen will enjoy the dancers in their head — a butterfly flying in the air, a ballerina twirling around, for example,” Maeda said. “Everything is related to dance.” PSWE will premiere Invitation to Dance at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre on Saturday and follow up in Coquitlam on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. The program numbers are: American Barndance (Richard L. Saucedo); Butterfly’s Ball (Ryan Fraley); Free Running (Robert
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Tak Maeda will lead An Invitation to Dance at Evergreen on Saturday, Nov. 5. Buckley); La Fiesta M e x i c a n a , P re l u d e and Aztec Dance (H. Owen Reed); Suite of old American Dances (Robert Russell Bennett); Pineapple Poll, Jasper’s Dance (Arthur Sullivan and arranged by Charles Mackerras); and Incantation and Dance (John Bar nes Chance). A graduate of the Osaka College of Music and for mer trum-
pet player with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Maeda moved to Canada in 1990 “for more of a challenge” and immediately gained work tooting the horn with PSWE, for four years. Since then, he built a reputation in the local music community, serving as musical director for many community g roups such as the Mount Olivet Lutheran
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Church Choir and the North Vancouver Youth Band. Asked if he prefers conducting over playing, Maeda responded: “I enjoy both. Conducting the band is similar to playing an instrument — only bigger.” • Fo r t i c k e t s t o PSWE’s Invitation to Dance, call 604-927-6555 or visit www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.
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0 They endanger not only the user(s), but also bystanders and surrounding property.
Fireworks It is illegal to buy or sell ﬁreworks in both Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. Setting off ﬁreworks is also prohibited unless the user has a permit from the Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Departments. Fireworks are generally used in large public displays by trained individuals. Deadline for ﬁreworks permit applications is 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011.
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Express drop 2 on road By Larry Pruner THE TRI-CITY NEWS
On the road, it’s important for the visiting team to get the early lead. It’s also crucial to maintain it. Coquitlam Express managed to get a good start in each of their back-to-back Interior battles last week, only to come out on the short end in both B.C. Hockey League outings. The two losses halted a five-game unbeaten string and dropped the Express to 5-5-1-0, good for a three-way tie for fifth spot in the eight-team Coastal Conference. On Thursday, the Express let 2-0 and 3-1 margins evaporate and fell 4-3 to the host Prince George Spruce Kings before 676 fans at Prince George Coliseum. O n F r i d a y, Coquitlam’s early 1-0 advantage against the We s t s i d e Wa r r i o r s wasn’t nearly enough as they dropped a 5-2 count to the Kelownaarea squad in front of 942 spectators at Royal LePage Place. The Spruce Kings did most of their damage in all of 87 seconds, during which they rifled in three late goals to take away what appeared to be a certain Coquitlam Express victory. “Three goals in three shifts, believe it or not, which is pretty hard to stomach in any league,” said Express assistant coach Grant Kerr on the team’s website. “The game should have been all but over [at 3-1] but, for some inexplicable reason, the team relaxed.” Next, the Express tangle with the conferenceleading 7-3-0-2 Surrey Eagles on Friday before meeting the Victoria Grizzlies on Saturday. Both games are 7 p.m. at the Poirier rink.
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Williams Mavromatis (10) of the Coquitlam Crushers darts away from the North Delta Longhorns’ Elijah Copeland in a recent VMFL Flag division game at Kevin Chin Field.
Coquitlam Peewees pound grid foes Logic dictates that the team that only runs 18 offensive plays in a game is going to end up on the wrong side of the score –– unless that squad scores on 14 of them. T h a t ’s p r e c i s e l y wh a t t h e Coquitlam Wildcats did Saturday night, when they scored seven touchdowns and successfully converted all of them on way to a 49-0 romp over the Burnaby Lions in a Vancouver Mainland Football League Peewee division game at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.
Coquitlam made it two huge Peewee victories when the Cougars clobbered the Cloverdale Lynx 42-0 Sunday at Kevin Chin Field. After holding the Lions to threeand-out after the opening kick, the Wildcats quickly capitalized with Max Kennedy darting 35 yards to put his team up 7-0. After Colton Dube’s touchdownsaving tackle forcing Burnaby to eventually turn the ball over on downs, the Lions’ Jamal Mensah rambled 87 yards to paydirt, then
followed it up with another major shortly after. Nico DePaoli then bolted for backto-back TD’s as the Wildcats raced to a cozy 35-0 halftime lead. DePaoli scored his third touchdown on a 50-yard dash before Nathan Aspden’s interception led to a Tre Peters’ 50-yard sprint for his first touchdown of the season. For the Cougars, Cedric Ducharme paved the way with a pair of touchdowns followed by singles from Uriah Hestdalen, Jevaun Jacobsen, Tyrese
Reed and Joel Pielak. Mitch Bye was force all over the field, nabbing an interception, running in two extra points and booting another. Jaden Severy sparked the Cougars’ rushing attack. Textbook sacks were recorded by Matthew Glover and Jacobsen. • Quarterback Stuart Phillips hit Ethan Shuen on a 58-yard scoring screen pass to spark the Coquitlam Tigers to a 38-6 Atom triumph over the Burnaby Lions at foggy Kevin Chin Field on Sunday morning.
Centaurs motor past Mariners, Fox falls to STM By Larry Pruner THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Ryk Piche’s assessment of what went right for his Centennial Centaurs on Friday was succinct and certain. “We blocked and we ran,” the Centaurs head coach said simply. Boy, did they. The Cents racked up 476 rushing yards on only 25 carries on way to a lopsided 46-7 win over South Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners in
a B.C. AAA senior high school football league meeting at Percy Perry Stadium. The Cents are now knotted at 1-2 in Eastern Conference play with their rivals, the Terry Fox Ravens, who were tripped 21-7 at home Friday by the No. 1-ranked St. Thomas More Knights, who sit 3-0. The Mariners slid to 0-3. Nathan Lund and Lucas Naso keyed the Cents’ attack with three touchdowns apiece. Naso finished with 158 yards on 10 carries, while Lund chewed up 93 yards on three
rushes. Lund also returned a kick 85 yards for one of his majors. Cole Milton darted for 148 yards on six carries and one touchdown, and also picked off a pass from his linebacker spot. Grade 10 defensive back Nick Okamoto also had an interception for Centennial. The Mariners’ lone touchdown came off an offensive miscue by the Cents. After forcing the Mariners to turn the ball over downs after a marathon stand-off in their red zone, the Cents took possession only to fumble
the snap on their one-yard line which was recovered in the end zone by a Marriott defender. “Our defence did a phenomenal job,” Piche added. For Fox, Mark Casuga’s 16-yard sprint early in the fourth quarter was all the squad could muster against a Knights, who scored two third-quarter touchdowns and, with the count 14-7, put the game out of reach on a long TD run later in the fourth. Marko Bevanda and Tyrel Ratich rallied the Fox defence with eight solo tackles apiece.
A28 Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Tri-City News
PoMoâ€™s Frazao fires up UBC win
Oh drat for Cats Port Moody Black Panthers l o s t ye t a g a i n by a single goal Saturday. Only this time, they failed to garner at least one point in the standings. H av i n g l o s t in over time in four of their nine previous Pacific International Jr. B hockey league games, the Cats gave up two thirdperiod goals 18 seconds apart and dropped a 4-3 count to the Abbotsford Pilots at PoMo Rec Complex. The result dropped the Cats to 4-2-4 and into second place in the five-team Harold Brittain Conference, while the Pilots jumped to 7-2-0 to take over top spot alone. James Benz C a m Pat t e r s o n and Trevor Kang t a l l i e d fo r t h e Cats, who visit the 9-0-0 Richmond Sockeyes tomorrow (Thursday) and host the 7-2-1 Delta Ice Hawks on Saturday, 7:45 p.m.
League-leading scorer Janine Frazao knocked in a pair of goals to guide the UBC Thunderbirds to a 2-0 triumph over the Alberta Pandas in a Canada West university womenâ€™s FRAZAO soccer contest Friday at Thunderbird Park. Frazao headed home a goal in the 15th minute off a Rachel Ramsden cross, then struck for her 10th marker of the campaign on a volley off another Ramsden feed to add insurance in the 44th minute. â€œJanineâ€™s a wonderful player and she just keeps getting better,â€? raved T-birds head coach Mark Rogers. â€œI could go on and on about her but sheâ€™s just a pleasure to coach.â€?
Melissa Morris and Gukran Sekhon netted a goal apiece as the Port Coquitlam Hornets nabbed their fourth girls U-15 Silver division win of the season via a 2-0 blanking Sunday of the Surrey Fire at Gates Park. Hor nets â€™kee per Natalie Cramer scooped her second shutout of the campaign, while Jackie Kohl and Trang Ledo tur ned in outstanding performances. â€˘ A Danielle Nickel goal proved pivotal as the PoCo Xtreme played to a 1-1 deadlock in a girls U-17 Silver â€˜Aâ€™ contest Sunday. Other standouts for the Xtreme included Maddie Richards, Erica Fur nie and Christie Chan.
Donna Johansen of the PoCo FC Saints fends off a Wickham Rebels foe from North Vancouver during a Metro Womenâ€™s Classic soccer game Sunday at Citadel field.
Wrestler grabs 2nd Port Moodyâ€™s Justina DiStasio of the SFU Clan placed second in the womenâ€™s 72 kg class during the Dinos Invitational university wrestling meet last weekend in Calgary. The sophomore DiStasio helped the Clan take first on the womenâ€™s varsity side with 29 points.
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Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. designs and manufactures bulk materials handling equipment typically used in mining, forestry and oil sands. The business has been in operation since 1955 and is located in the Port Kells area of Surrey. The successful candidate will have at least 10 years welding experience and at least 5 years of CWB certification using metal-core wire for steel fabrication.
To apply submit resume by Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 604-513-9905
LOOKING FOR A Powerful Career? Great wages? Year round work? Power Engineering program. GPRC Fairview Campus. On-campus boiler lab, affordable residences. Study 4th Class and Part A 3rd Class in only 1 year. 1-888-999-7882; www.gprc.ab.ca/fairview.
Reputable fast growing bonded Heating and Sheet Metal Company requires qualified service technician’s effective immediately ~ Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Mission area. Valid drivers licence a must! Benefits package provided. Email resume to:
PHONE BOOKS Mature persons with own car, truck or van to deliver Can Pages to Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody areas.
No selling involved.
PDC Logistics Tel: 604-421-2403 1-800-733-9675 Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
BUILDING MANAGER/ CONCIERGE We have immediate F/T openings (daytime only) for experienced & enthusiastic Building Managers. You have the experience & knowledge to perform administrative duties & co-ordinate activities related to managing buildings. You are knowledgeable about janitorial cleaning routines. You have the ability to communicate with building residents, co-workers & the general public in a pleasant and courteous manner and are able to work alone or with others. Five Star Building Maintenance offers attractive wages including comprehensive health & dental benefits.
Please email your resume to topcareers@ﬁvestarbc.ca or fax to 604-435-0516.
OPTICIAN TRAINING * 12-mth. part-time EVES... Starts Nov. 21st, 2011
accepting resumes for
Opportunity also exists for:
HOTEL, RESTAURANT, FOOD SERVICES
Established Restaurant & Bistro
Fax resume to: 604-888-2047
Expanding advertising company is looking for 10 people to start right away. We offer: Paid Training, scholarships, travel, advancement, & benefits. Must work well in a team atmosphere. F/T 18+.
Please call: (604)888-4856 or fax: (604)888-4827
For flat deck and heavy haul divisions of a busy Langley based company. 2 trucks available for lease to own. Must have previous experience.
$11 - $20 per hr! $500 Hiring Bonus!!
Mature persons with car or truck to deliver Yellow Pages Telephone Directories to Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge areas.
Drivers & Owner / Operators Req’d
We are still hiring - Dozer & excavator operators required by a busy Alberta oilfield construction company. We require operators that are experienced and preference will be given to operators that have constructed oilfield roads and drilling locations. You will be provided with motels and restaurant meals. Competitive wages, bonus and transportation daily to and from job sites. Our work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call 780-7235051.
WILD & Crazy, Can’t Be Lazy!
Metro Rooﬁng requires experienced Delivery Driver and Yard Person. Must be able to work with minimal supervision and be be familiar with the Lower Mainland. Must have clean driving record and valid class 3 drivers license. Good communication skills essential.
DRIVER. COMPANY EXPANDING. Looking for Class 1 driver who can cross border and go into ports, preferably with 1 year flat deck exp. Serious replies only. Fax resume & abstract to 604-853-4179 or email email@example.com
SALES SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Required for Westcoast Moulding & Millwork in the Lower Mainland Division. Experience in Millwork, building products, Punjabi and/or Hindi considered assets. Positive attitude and dedication rewarded with: ◆ Excellent remuneration ◆ Beneﬁts
To apply, please submit an online application (resume) directly at our website at jobs.riotinto.ca. Resumes must be received by Friday, 4 November, 2011. Rio Tinto Alcan would like to thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.
Fax resume: 604-513-1194 E-mail: jobs@ westcoastmoulding.com
BODYMAN needed for Port Moody Valet shop. (p)604 461 4343 (f) 604 461 4334 firstname.lastname@example.org
Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. designs and manufactures bulk materials handling equipment typically used in mining, forestry and oil sands. The business has been in operation since 1955 and is located in the Port Kells area of Surrey. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years experience as a steel fabricator.
To apply submit resume by Email to email@example.com or fax to 604-513-9905
Want to advance your career? Drillers Assistants (labour) Entry level positions Job entails: Lift 25-100lbs, repetitive manual labor, working outdoors, long hours, travel in BC, strong work ethic, team player, multitasking, self-motivated. Ability to take direction, valid BC drivers license, clean abstract, reliable transportation. Mechanically inclined an asset. Provide resume and drivers abstract to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 604-888-4206. No phone calls.
WATERCRAFT IN SUMMER, Snowmobiles in Winter, ATV’s in Between! Become an Outdoor Power Equipment Technician. GPRC’s Fairview College Campus. Apprenticeship opportunity. On-campus residences. 1-888-999-7882; www.gprc.ab.ca/fairview.
A30 Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Tri-City News PERSONAL SERVICES
We are Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) the aluminum product group of Rio Tinto (RT) - a leading international mining group (http://www.riotinto.com) and the global leader in the aluminum industry. We supply high quality bauxite, alumina and aluminum worldwide and our AP smelting technology is the industry benchmark. To sustain this enviable market position, we count on the driving force of our 24,000 employees in 27 countries, all sharing our passion for excellence in product innovation, global practices and standards and cutting - edge technology. In particular, our commitment to excellence in managing Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) responsibilities is the hallmark of our activities. Our ultimate goal is ZERO - zero injuries, zero occupational illnesses, and zero environmental harm. Located in the Kitimat region of British Columbia, the Kitimat, Kemano and Watershed operations are part of Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal North America. Over the next four years, the Kitimat Smelter will convert from 1950’s reduction technology to the most advanced version of AP40 technology. The new smelter will produce up to 420,000 tonnes of aluminum annually, primarily supplying the Asian markets.
We offer an attractive remuneration package and relocation assistance, a range of Rio Tinto benefits, as well as the sought after opportunity to develop and expand upon your knowledge and experience with a world leader in the industry. Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets. To apply, please submit an online application (resume) directly at our website at jobs.riotinto.ca or send your resume to the following address: Rio Tinto Alcan, Recruitment Coordinator, PO Box 1800, Kitimat, BC, V8C 2H2. Resumes must be received by Friday, November 18, 2011. Rio Tinto Alcan would like to thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.
604-460-8058 #7 - 20306 Dewdney Trunk, M. Ridge
Bookkeeping, HST, Payroll Personal/Business Tax Pick-up & Delivery Service Reasonable Rates www.nangiraccounting.com 604-842-7730, 604-464-4330
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#1167 $25 service call, BBB Lge & small jobs. Expert trouble shooter, WCB. Low rates 24/7 604-617-1774 DC ELECTRIC (#37544). Bonded. 24 hr service. We specialize in jobs too small for the big guys! 30 yrs exp. Free est. 460-8867.
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A-1 CONTRACTING. Renos. Bsmt, kitchens, baths, custom cabinets, tiling, plumbing, sundecks, reroofing. Dhillon 604-782-1936. ADDITIONS, Renovations & New Construction. Concrete Forming & Framing Specialist. 604.218.3064
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CLEANING SERVICES We do both COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL
We charge the cheapest price ever. Only $25/Hr We always do an excellent job.
Home Renovations and New Construction YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899
263 EXCAVATING & DRAINAGE
Kitchens, Bathrooms, Flooring, Drywall, Garages, Decks & more * 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE* INSURED ~ WCB
PEDRO’S GENERAL CONTRACTING & DRAINAGE. ✶ Pipelining, backfilling, landscaping, water lines & more. ✶ Hardworking, reliable & reasonable rates. 604-468-2919.
175 CATERING/PARTY RENTALS CONCRETE & PLACING
HERFORT CONCRETE NO JOB TOO SMALL Unique Taste, Unique Menus... Gourmet, Customized Menus Tailored To Your Function... • Dinner Parties • Executive Meetings • Family Gatherings • Weddings / Banquets • B-B-Ques • Funerals We Come To You! Doing It All, From Set-Up - Clean-Up.
Serving Lower Mainland 23 Years! *Prepare *Form *Place *Finish *Retaining Walls *Stairs *Driveways Exposed Aggregate & Stamped Concrete ***ALSO... Interlocking Bricks &Sod Placement -Excellent Ref’s -WCB Insured
COQUITLAM LANDSCAPING ★ FALL CLEANUP ★ S S S S
LEO: Mobile #657-2375, 462-8620
Kristy 604.488.9161 182
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LOCAL TRI CITY woman provides non medical in home care and support. Incl. making meals and light housekeeping. Assist in transportation for appts. Good refs. Reas. rates. Call Valerie (604)942-4247.
CRIMINAL RECORD? Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET
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Yard Maintenance Hedge Trimming~Tree Pruning Lawn Cuts ~ Weeding Wood Retaining Wall
Fully Insured PLACING & Finishing * Forming * Site Prep, old concrete removal * Excavation & Reinforcing * Re-Re Specialists 32 Years Exp. Free Estimates.
All Work Guaranteed. Call John
GREEN & CLEAN * Fall Clean Up * Lawns & Gardens * Hedges Trimmed / Pruning * Power Washing & Windows * Gutter Cleaning Call Dwight 604-721-1747
UNIQUE CONCRETE DESIGN F All types of concrete work F F Re & Re F Forming F Site prep FDriveways FExposed FStamped F Bobcat Work F WCB Insured
778-231-9675, 778-231-9147 FREE ESTIMATES
45 Years in the drywall trade. All size jobs boarding, taping, spraying. Big or small. Wayne 778-242-2060 ALL PHASES DRYWALL • Taping • Texture • Spraying 30 yrs. Tidy Workplace. Free Est. No job too small.Eric 778-898-9806 ARCO DRYWALL Ltd. Board, Tape Texture, Frame. New & Reno’s. 20 yrs exp, free est Mike 604-825-1500 Ceiling Restoration: taping & boarding respray, repaint, trowel over, 30 yrs exp. Del 604-505-3826
778.885.7074 Trent Reisinger
STAN’S PAINTING Comm. & Res. BBB, WCB. Kitchen Reno’s & Cabinets
Seniors Discount 10% off Book by end of October - 15% off. 25 yrs exp. Guarantee on work. Refs. (604)773-7811 or 604-432-1857
TRICITY Pro Painter-Refs. Interior Spec. WCB. Dragan 604-8058120 www.montenegropainting.com
MOVING & STORAGE
1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. We move - We ship - We recycle. Senior- Student Discount. 604-721-4555. ABE MOVING - $35/Hr. Per Person *Reliable Careful Movers. *Rubbish Removal. *24 Hours. 604-999-6020
AFFORDABLE MOVING Local & Long Distance
RENO & REPAIR NO JOB TOO SMALL! Renovations/Repairs/Building Emergency services available! S Bathrooms S Basements S Suites S Decks / Sheds S Plumbing S Flooring / Tiles S Electrical S Interior Designing
Gary 604-690-7JNL (7565) “Family Owned & Operated in the Tri-Cities”
HOME REPAIRS If I can’t do it It can’t be done
Call Robert 604-941-1618 OR 604-844-4222 INTERIORS: Baths (renos/ repairs) specializing in drywall, doors, flooring, tiling, plumbing, painting, miscellaneous, etc. VERSTILE! EXPERIENCED IN OVER 30 LINES OF WORK! * Quality work * Prompt Service * Fair prices For positive results Call Robert SERVICE CALLS WELCOME
From 1, 3, 5, 7,10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free estimate/Seniors discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos
EZ GO MOVERS Quick & Reliable Movers
ALLAN Const. & Asphalt. Brick, conc, drainage, found. & membrane repair. 604-618-2304; 820-2187.
✔ ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS Call Niko Plumbing Ltd. 24/7. Res/Com, plugged drains. h/w tanks. ★15 yrs exp. 604-837-6640
604-524-2177 www.ezgomovers.com SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240
329 PAINTING & DECORATING .Enterprise Plumbing, Heaitng, Gasfitting
2 HUNGRY PAINTERS & Power Washing. Low prices. Int/Ext. Man & wife 75 years combined exp. 604.467.2532 twohungrypainters.ca
PRESSURE WASHING POWER WASHING GUTTER CLEANING
SAME DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE
Call Ian 604-724-6373
353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS
RIDGE MEADOWS ROOFING. Res Re-roofing & repairs WCB BBB A+ rating Free est. 604-377-5401
LANDSCAPING A-TECH Services 604-230-3539 Running this ad for 7yrs
PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $269, 2 coats any colour .Jim’s Mowing-Same Day Service More than just mowing
Prompt Delivery Available
Specializing in Renos New Const, (Comm./Res.) Free Estimates
ANDY’S LANDSCAPE Majored, 19yr exp. www.andyslandscape.ca 778-895-6202
Seven Days a Week (#102055) Bonded
Ph: 942-4383 Fax:942-4742
Meadows Landscape Supply
604-464-8700 ~ 778-867-8785
Call: Rick (604) 202-5184
SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS - start or grow your small business. Free to apply. Qualify for up to 100K. www.leadershipgrants.ca.
- Est. 1989 F WCB, Insured, Licensed F Free Estimates F Many References F All Types of Painting
GrassSBranchesSLeavesSWeeds $59.00 Per Ton
FLOOR REFINISHING/ INSTALLATIONS
Hardwood Floor Specialist •Installation•Sanding•Reﬁnishing Express your unique & individual style with a custom stain. Dust free sanding. 778-995-Wood (9663). View our picture gallery at www.visionexotik.com
All cement work, forming & prep. WCB insured. 30 yrs exp, refs. Free est, Joe 604-908-6143, 931-1684
SBroken Concrete RocksS $22.00 Per Metric Ton SMud Dirt Sod ClayS $22.00 Per metric Ton
VISION EXOTIK FLOORING INC.
314 MERCHANDISE RENTALS 50’ Boathouse for rent. Crescent Beach Marina. $950/mo, short or long term. Incl. moorage, electricity, water. Call 604 614-2737.
✶Dump Site Now Open✶
1-A1 BRAR CEDAR FENCING, chain link & landscaping. Block retaining wall. Reasonable rates. Harry 604-719-1212, 604-306-1714
CORAZZA CONTRACTING Quality installation of Tile, Hardwood & Granite Tops. Call: Carlo (604)818-5919 POLMAR HARDWOOD FLOORS New floor inst. & finishing. Refin. Repairs, Staining. Free Est.. Mario 604-671-8501 or 604-468-4117.
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JIM PUGH Owner/Technician 30 Yrs+ Experience 3755 Bracewell Court, Pt Coq. Pgr: 669-6500 #4909
NO Headaches NO Surprises NO Excuses “JUST A GREAT JOB!”
Contact us for all your electrical and maintenance needs.
POCO Appliance Mart 942-4999 Service to all Makes of Appliances & Refrigeration. Work Guaranteed
329 PAINTING & DECORATING
✶ Electrical Service Repairs ✶ Lighting Design ✶ Home Automation (iPhone, iPad integration)
JASMINE’S RELAXATION TOUCH Pain and stress relief. Tranquil setting/Comfort studio. M/Ridge 778-888-3866 (9am-9pm) ph or text
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If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161.
Rio Tinto Alcan is seeking a qualified person to fill the role noted below: POWERLINE TECHNICIAN Ref no. KIT0001F This job entails all aspects of the trade with a focus on transmission line maintenance. The hourly wage rate for power line technician is $40.639/hour. To qualify for this position, the successful candidate must possess: -Interprovincial journeyman lineman trades qualification -Industrial experience (3+ years is preferred but consideration will be given to recent graduates of powerline technician certification programs). -Experience in utility distribution systems -A valid British Columbia drivers license Employees are represented by the Canadian Autoworkers Local 2301.
Meadows Landscape Supply Ltd.
D Garden Blend Soil D Lawn Blend Soil D Custom Blends avail. D Composted Mushroom Manure
all soils are tested for Optimum growing requirements
17607 FORD ROAD,
When QUALITY Matters
PITT MEADOWS PICK-UP ...... OR .... DELIVERY
283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
RECYCLE-IT! JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly
NO Wood byproducts used
✶ Bark Mulch ✶ Lawn & Garden Soil ✶ Drain Grave Lava Rock ✶ River Rock ✶Pea Gravel
GUTTER & WINDOW CLEANING Prices starting from for 3 lvl. hm. $95/gutters, $95/windows. 2 lvl. hm. $75/gutters, $75/windows. Excellent Service Since 1976. 778-861-0465 Gutter Cleaning & Repairs. (Res. & Strata). Prompt Service. Grants Home Maintenance. 604-936-2808. GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627
(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. www.paintspecial.com
Rooﬁng Experts. 778-230-5717 Repairs/Re-Roof/New Roofs. All work Gtd. Free Est. Call Frank.
“ ABOVE THE REST “ Int. & Ext., Unbeatable Prices, Professional Crew. Free Est. Written Guarantee. No Hassle, Quick Work, Insured, WCB. Call (778)997-9582
• Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses
On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!
CHEAP RUBBISH REMOVAL Almost for free! (778)997-5757, (604)587-5991
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#1 DUMP YOUR JUNK No job too small.On time every time 604-939-0808 D 604-649-4339
Haul Anything... But Dead Bodies!!
Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988
FREE! Scrap Metal Removal...FREE!!!
LABRADOODLE PUPPIES Family Based Hobby Breeder 604-595-5840. Avail Nov 19th. redbarnlabradoodles.blogspot.com NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com PB Czech German Shepherd PupsWorking and pet quality. Dewormed, vaccinated, temperament tested, health guaranteed. Proven bloodlines $1500.00. Call: 778-8364048 e-mail: email@example.com Persian kittens reg. Snow Whites Silver.1st Shots. Ready to go. Health guar. $600: 604-538-1446.
Great location for seniors! 604-464-7548 #1 IN RENTALS (Since 1990)
Toy Poodle cross pups, 2nd shots, short & stocky, 4 mo, male, $595; female, $750. (604)354-3003 Maple Ridge email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 506 Aluminum patio cover, sunroom, gates, alum roof. 604-521-2688 www.PatioCoverVancouver.com
TREE SERVICES A1-TRI-CRAFT Tree Serv. Dangerous tree removal, spiral pruning hedge trimming, stump grinding, topping. Insured, WCB Free Est Arborist Reports
Andrew 604-618-8585 $ Best Rates $
POCO Appliance Mart 942-4999 Rebuilt*Washer*Dryer*Fridge*Stove Up to 1 Yr Warranty. Trade-in Avail.
DO-IT-YOURSELF STEEL BUILDINGS Priced to Clear - Make an Offer! Ask About Free Delivery, most areas! Call for Quick Quote and Free Brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170. SAWMILLS from only $3997 MAKE MONEY & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills.com/400OT 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.
BBY nr Lough. Mall, upper 2 flrs of family home, 5 bdrms, dbl garage, ns/np/refs, $1900 +3/4 utils.
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MATTRESSES staring at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331
Tree removal done RIGHT! • Tree & Stump Removal • Certiﬁed Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~
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PORT COQ. 2 Bdrm grnd lvl apt, small pet ok with deposit, avail Nov1. N/S, ref’s req. $1000/mo.
MAPLE PLACE TOWERS 1 Bdrm Apts starting at $950 2 Bdrm Apts starting at $1200 Heat and hot water included. Dishwasher, fridge, stove, balcony, shared laundry. Avail Immed. Close to amen, schools and mall.
CAN’T GET UP your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help! No obligation consultation. Comprehensive warranty. Can be installed in less than 1 hour. Call now 1-866-981-6591.
Your Tree Service For Honest Prices & Quality Work Call Scott at 604-618-0333 Certifi ed Arborist Free Estimates * Fully Insured
BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG PUPPIES FOR SALE. First shots and dewormed. Call 778-551-1901 $1250 a PUP. Take me home! CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977
BUILDING SALE... FINAL CLEARANCE. “ROCK BOTTOM PRICES” 25x40x12 $7350. 30x60x15 $12,700. 35x70x16 $15,990. 40x80x16 $20,990. 47x100x18 $25,800. 60x140x20 $50,600. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.
FOR SALE BY OWNER
POCO - Downtown, recently renovated 1 bdrm condo. Clean & quiet. $119,900: 604-312-1603
WE BUY HOMES Damaged House! Older House! Difficulty Selling! Behind on Payments! Need to Sell Now? NO FEES! NO RISK! QUICK CASH! Call us First! 604.657.9422
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RENTALS Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 5 mo. old looking for a loving homeVet checked: eyes, ears & heart Registered CKC & micro chipped Parents, champion CKC registered. Socialized with children and other animals Call : 604 - 460 - 8086 EGYPTIAN MAU, Native Bronze male, neutered, 2yrs. Healthy, imported. Shy. $450. (778)297-4470 ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPIES Available!!! For more information Call Andrei 604-970-3807.
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RENT TO OWN
PITT MEADOWS top flr crnr, new, faces golf crse, 1300s/f, 2bd +den,2 ba, 5 appl, 2 prk, lrg utilrm, storage. One of a kind view.Nr amens, ns/np ref’s Nov1. $1550/ 778-892-6607
Polo Club Apartments 19071 Ford Rd. Pitt Meadows Clean, Quiet Well Managed Bldg. 3 Blocks to W.C. Express
Please call Nova for viewing at 604-767-9832
535 - 555 Shaw Avenue (google map) (yahoo map)
2 Bdrm corner suite $925
St. John’s Apartments 2010 St. John’s St, Port Moody Cozy apts easy access to SFU. 1 & 2 bdrms from $720. Close to schools, transit, Barnet Beach & park. View suites of Burrard Inlet. U/g pkg, laundry room. For more info & viewing call
Hyland Manor 751 Clarke Rd, Coquitlam Beautiful, large, 1 & 2 bdrm stes from $750. Close to Lougheed Mall, transit, parks shopping. Nestled in a park like setting, a must see. Parking, laundry room. For more info & viewing call Professionally Managed by Gateway Property Management
S Incl heat/hot wtr, wndw cvrngs S Close to bus stop S Walk to shpng/medical/WCE S Across from park w/Mtn views S Gated parking and Elevator S Adult oriented building S References required CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
Sherwood Apt 727 North Rd 1 & 2 bdrms on quiet street. 15 Mins to SFU 5 Mins to shops & transp
Call 604-830-9781 www.aptrentals.net COQUITLAM
Welcome Home ! 1 Bedrooms available near Lougheed Mall and transit. Rent includes heat & hot water. Sorry No Pets. Refs required.
Call (604) 931-2670
Derek Manor 2048 Manning Ave. Port Coq ~ 604-941-5452 or 604-944-7889 FREE PREMIUM CABLE $80 Value
NEW WEST. REN’D 3 bed and den upper. Character home near 10th & McBride. New Kitchen and 2 baths. Hardwood floors. shared lndry. Off street parking. Ref’s req’d. No smoking or pets. $1850 inc heat & elec. 604-520-6436 PORT MOODY Heritage Mtn. Ravine Drive. 5 Bdrms + lrg office, 3-5 baths, approx. 3000 sq.ft. on 2 floors. Gorgeous city view from both floors. Dble garage. Ensuite with jacuzzi. Spacious decks. $2400/mo. Avail Nov 1st. Call 604-725-4873.
749 S Impeccably clean S Heat S Hot Water S Parking
1 & 2 bdrm $780 & $890/mo
Avail Nov 1 - Ref’s req’d
HOMES FOR RENT
Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022 The Scrapper
2008 HONDA Fit
4 cyl, 5 gears + cruise, 37,000kms. Colour Blackberry. All service up to date. One owner, good rubber, full set of mounted winter tires. Pristine condition.
2011 NISSAN VERSA, 4 door, hatchback, auto. grey, new tires. $9000 firm. Call 604-538-4883.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER- Motorino XPC. Only 471 KMS. Mint Cond. $1500/firm.Call Doug 604-703-4261
847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES
2010 SANTA FE GL, silver, 9,920 kms. $23,900. Orig owner, pristine cond. 2.4L, 6 spd, auto, shiftronic, 5 star safety rating, extra floor mats. Call Joe 604-850-0354. 7 - 9 pm.
TRUCKS & VANS
1995 AEROSTAR XLT Sport, good shape, quick sale $1700 obo (604)541-1457
1999 Slumber Queen Adventurer Camper
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Getting ready for baby
Daniel Twig at Lord Twig Design has a few ideas for new parents who are planning the perfect nursery.
By Maggie Calloway The temptation, especially for your first child, is to go over the top a bit decorating the baby nursery. What you need to stop and think through is that your new bundle of joy grows at an alarming rate and the nursery decorated for a newborn quickly becomes inappropriate for the toddler and beyond.
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Time to call in the closet experts By Maggie Calloway
This Vancouver heritage home was given a full-on renovation by Todd Senft at reVISION Custom Home Renovations, in partnership with Lighthouse Sustainability. Lighthouse was contracted by the city of Vancouver to do an audit of everything that was removed from the house that was recycled. Martin Knowles photo
Vancouver heritage home gets a facelift reVISION Custom Home Renovations goes to work in an old house with character. By Maggie Calloway This was a full-on renovation by Todd Senft of reVISION Custom Home Renovations. A new top story was added, then the whole house including the bottom suite was renovated down to the studs and beyond. â€œThis is a heritage, character home on the east side of Vancouver. The project was very unique in that two intertwined projects were happening
at the same time,â€? Senft says. â€œMy company was contracted to do the renovation and at the same time Lighthouse Sustainability was contracted by Metro Vancouver to do an audit of everything that came out of the house that was recycled or repurposed. Because this was a significant renovation it was a prime project for them to look at everything during deconstruct, which is a term they use instead of demolition. In real terms for us it meant everything being removed from the home must be dismantled in a way they could more easily recycle rather than just crushing them and throwing them into a bin.â€? Lighthouse conducted a pilot project on this renovation to document real-world experiences
and challenges in recycling and re-purposing every possible item removed from the home. The roofing shingles were separated; the roof sheathing, drywall, insulation and flooring were also separated. Doors and windows were carefully removed for recycling and every single item was weighed for comparison purposes. This was an exciting project because while it is a noble endeavor to talk about diverting building materials from the landfill there was, and is, a need to get hard facts on what it takes and what is possible. It takes a lot longer to remove items with care,
You have made the difficult decisions about what clothes to keep and what to toss or donate. You have ruthlessly gone through all your drawers and cupboards, including the dreaded â€˜I donâ€™t know where to put it so Iâ€™ll just stick it in the catchall drawer until laterâ€™ drawer. We all have one of those; I could probably build a summer house including electrical and plumbing out of mine! You have resisted the temptation to keep things â€˜just in caseâ€™ and passed it on to someone who could really use it, and now comes the reward. Could this be the time to call in the experts, to create custom storage solutions unique to your needs? To finally get rid of those sagging rails and shoe jumble at the bottom of your closet? Chris Isfeld, along with his brother Brett, are partners in the custom closet design company Designer Closet Guys. Isfeld, an engineer by training, came to B.C. after graduating to work for a plastic company who, among other things, made shelving products. In 2000 the general manager of the company and Isfeld decided to venture out on their own to start a company manufacturing
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All the conveniences of a new home in your comfortable, familiar house “ from page.1 separate everything and arrange for various businesses to remove them. Taking longer means more expense to both the renovator and subsequently to the homeowner but because the landfill charges by tonnage, savings are realized at that end of the process. It is impossible to make long-term policy decisions without hard data and this project helped move that data forward. And what about the renovation itself? The family, including two kids and the downstairs tenant, moved out for the seven months of the renovation. The only things saved from the original home were the kitchen cupboards and countertops, as the homeowners had recently renovated the kitchen. “With the new top story, consisting of two bedrooms, one bath and a roof deck, the original foundation would not carry the load so we had to raise and support the house while we removed the old foundation, pour a new one and put in new drainage around the house,” Senft says. “On the main floor we took out the original brick chimney to create an open space between the dining room, living room and kitchen. Open-plan living on this floor made great sense for the family. There is also a bathroom and one bedroom on this floor. Then we created a staircase by the entry to go up to the new top floor. The basement floor had an original rental suite which was also totally renovated and remains a separate suite.” The renovated house is completely energyefficient. The family plans to stay in the home for the long term so it made perfect sense to spend the extra money up front to purchase top-of-the-line mechanical systems with high energy-efficiency. This is a decision anyone planning a major
renovation should keep in mind. It takes an average of five years to gain a return on the investment but the average turnover in housing in British Columbia is also five years. Consequently if you sell, it’s the new owner who gets the advantage of your investment. “This is a character home, which still fits perfectly in the neighbourhood, with a completely new heating system, new hot water system and insulation, the windows were upgraded, all the energy efficiencies you could ask for, all the conveniences of a new home,” Senft says. There is no question that an undertaking of this magnitude is hard on any family. First they are displaced, which is hard especially with children. There are the multitude of daily decisions to be made, and not to be dismissed is the financial commitment. Anyone contemplating a comparable renovation should first surround themselves with an experienced contractor and designer or architect, make as many upfront decisions as possible and, when the going gets stressful (and it probably will), keep your eye on the prize. Short term inconvenience for a long-term gain for your family is a worthy goal, especially when the end result is as amazing as this home became.
The newly re-built home was designed with an aim towards being open-plan, and included a roof deck , left, plenty of floor space on the main floor, bottom left, and a beautiful bathroom renovation, below. Martin Knowles photos
Nursery really for parents “ from page.1 The trick is for the room to be flexible enough to grow along with the child. Daniel Twig of Lord Twig Design is an expert at pulling together a fabulous baby nursery which will still, with a few adjustments, change as your child grows. “When I am invited by a client to design a new nursery I really pay attention to what the rest of the home looks like,” Twig says. “Even though this room is for a child, you wouldn’t design a traditional nursery in a very contemporary home or vice versa; you need a flow. My target is always to create a room which will help make the baby secure, content and stimulated.” Twig agrees that it’s not best to create a room that is only for a newborn. “You can spend an awful lot of money on furniture which is only functional for a very short time,” he says. “The main pieces in the room, the chest of drawers, the comfortable chair, etc. should be of good quality but
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not age-specific, which will last for years ... The room can be made age-appropriate by wallpaper or decals, curtains and cushions; things that are easily changed and not expensive. This way the room has longevity.” Twig understands that when a room is being designed for an anticipated baby, it is really for the parents. The baby doesn’t get anything from it because they just want love and food. Because of this, he spends a lot of time making the room a practical space for the parents and a soothing, calming and relaxing place for the new child. If the mom is relaxed, the baby will be happy. After the crib, the most important piece of furniture in the room is an appropriate chair for mom. When you have to feed a baby every few hours you need a comfortable, supportive chair, especially at three in the morning. Even an eight-pound baby becomes heavy and exhausting! The great thing is Lord Twig Design is very knowledgeable about what makes a great nursery both for the baby and the parents. Good to know there is one less thing to stress about. Sales Director: Lisa Farquharson • 604-575-5364 • email@example.com Editor: Kerry Vital 604-575-5346 • firstname.lastname@example.org Writer: Maggie Calloway email@example.com Online Advertising • Black Press National Sales • 604-575-5826 Contributing photographers • Martin Knowles, www.mkphotomedia.com; Rob Newell, www.robnewellphotography.ca RenoNation is published by Black Press Group Ltd., (Suite 309 - 5460 152 Street, Surrey, B.C. V3S 5J9) 350,000 copies are distributed free across Metro Vancouver. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited.
Daniel Twig at Lord Twig Designs says that it’s very important to have a practical space that will also be soothing for the parents and the baby. Submitted photos
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A wood stove is the perfect addition to a chilly winter evening By Maggie Calloway I have to confess right up front that I am a huge fan of wood stoves. I live on a small acreage and depend on heat from my wood stove along with electric baseboard backup. But for me, it is more than the basic need for heat during cold winters. I love the whole process. I enjoy my long chat with the fellow who delivers the wood and I love stacking it in my purpose-built wood shed. I confess to standing in front of my full shed (I always have enough for two years), and feeling a deep sense of contentment knowing that no matter what happens I, and my resident pets, will be warm and snug through the dark months. I enjoy looking forward to throwing another log on the fire on a cold windy night and settling down with a good book. And, if the power goes out, it doesnâ€™t hurt to be able to boil water for a cup of tea or heat up a pot of soup. Word to the wise, using a wood stove is not for the faint of heart; it is hard work. There is always something to do, from stacking wood to filling the wood bin to cleaning out the ashes. Itâ€™s a far cry from flicking a switch on and off with natural gas. And if you have to build a fire and wait for the heat to build on a winter morning, well, letâ€™s just say it separates the true believers from the pretenders! And donâ€™t forget the need for organizing a chimney sweep at least once a year. I put in a call to Rick Abbott of R.E. MacDonald in Aldergrove, a store specializing in stoves of all types.
Abbott, along with his colleagues, is an expert in matching the right product with each client. The first thing Abbott advises is that before anyone purchases a wood stove they find a reliable wood source. Though it may seem like a good idea at the time, burning old 2x4s is not allowed because the warranty on the stove would be voided. â€œIf a client purchases a stove late in the season it is likely they wouldnâ€™t find a source of dry wood. For those new to the process, wood needs to be dry, which means about a year of drying time,â€? says Abbott. â€œBurning wet, or green wood as it is known, creates creosote buildup in the chimney, which is a major fire hazard.â€? Once you have the wood situation in hand, you need an expert to advise you on which stove meets your particular needs. Some of the newer stoves have a twenty-hour and up burn, which means they are still throwing heat long after the stove has been stacked with wood, depending on what kind of wood you are burning. For me, the benefits of a wood stove far outweigh the workload involved. Everyone has to make a personal decision about the pros and cons after consulting with an expert such as Abbott. A final word of caution, make sure you advise your insurance company if you plan on installing a wood stove as many have very stringent rules. It also wouldnâ€™t hurt to check with your local municipality to make sure wood-burning stoves are allowed.
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Building your own wreath is a wonderful holiday project By Maggie Calloway
He suggests that you tuck in the additions in one direction, overlapping like the scales of a fish. â€œDonâ€™t point them up at the ceiling because when you hang the wreath on the door everything will be pointing north. Also, donâ€™t tie your â€˜goodiesâ€™ on the wreath one at a time, add them in bunches for a much better effect ... As you go around you are creating a lush wreath rather than what I call a pizza which is a wreath with no balance. When you have finished adding all the different layers loosely go around it with very thin florist wire or you can use fishing line in about two-inch gaps, pushing it out of the way with (your) fingers, then tie it off at the back.â€? If your plan is to display the wreath in the house, you must make sure they are sprayed with water on a regular basis or they will dry up after about a week. Outside they shouldnâ€™t A wreath decorated with holly berries, pinecones and other greenery will make the need any care for the month or two they are perfect addition to your holiday decor this year, especially if youâ€™ve made it yourself. on display. Submitted photos
Did you know that what we think of as Christmas wreaths actually date back thousands of years and that different cultures use the wreath for a variety of reasons? The memory of Charlton Heston wearing a laurel wreath in one of his â€œhistoricalâ€? movies has some basis in fact. Our present reality is we hang wreaths during the holidays to celebrate and welcome guests to our home. Thomas Hobbs at Southlands Nursery has the lowdown on the very best way to build your own wreath. Hobbs suggests if you want to make your own, start with a basic green living wreath you can purchase anywhere. This way you not only get your starter wreath but the frame as well. â€œOnce you have the basic wreath you can start to add what I call the â€˜goodies.â€™ I like to use rose hips, because they are a natural red/orange, in little clusters; seeded eucalyptus which look like pale celadon-green grapes, and a real favourite of ours at the nursery: pink pepper berries,â€? Hobbs says. â€œLook around your garden to see what would look great; just make sure you include things which donâ€™t shed or you will have a gradually disappearing wreath.â€?
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Getting rid of all that clutter a top priority By Maggie Calloway Our home is supposed to be where we go to find peace and serenity. This is where, when the door to the outside world is closed, we should be able to take a deep breathe and relax. Too many of us live in anything but peace and serenity; we live in some form of chaos while at the same time wondering why we never really feel rested or feel we belong anywhere. With the holidays fast approaching, it’s a great time to plan out the next few weeks and commit to slowly dealing with one room at a time. Imagine the holidays with an organized home where you feel good about inviting friends and family to join you in celebration, then going into the new year with a new family focus. Susan Borax and Heather Knittel, owners of Good Riddance, a professional organizing company, have some tips for those who are overwhelmed. “The most important thing is to go around the house and deal with items say from Halloween, summer clothes and toys, anything which is not in use during the holiday season. Great times to concentrate on decluttering are change of season and holidays,” says Knittel. Borax adds, “What you have is a lot of stress if you allow new things to come into the home on top of an already cluttered space. Think of what you will be bringing into the home: wrapping paper, decorations, presents,
and maybe a Christmas tree. All these things take up space and you need to plan how you are going to handle them. The earlier you start on this the better, even before you go shopping.” Knittel says they have a few things they suggest people do to control the clutter for the holidays. “Declutter, get rid of the excess stuff you have hanging around, tame all the paper in the house because there is going to be a lot of new paper coming in, clean and reorganize the fridge to make room for the extra food, and if you can squeeze out a couple of holiday days before Christmas, use them to get organized,” she says. Both Borax and Knittel suggest keeping the mayhem surrounding the holidays at a low ebb. Instead of rushing around trying to remember who they need to buy for, many families have started investing in experiences. Buy a gift certificate for a restaurant or take your kids out to Science World. Sometimes the clutter just feels too overwhelming, so I suggest just committing to dealing with five items every day. It doesn’t have to be five sofas, but even putting away five pieces of paper makes a difference. Five items a day, when you may be facing years of accumulation, doesn’t sound like much but over a year you will have dealt with 1, 825 items. But remember, once you are organized you need to really think about what you bring into the home … maybe one thing in, one out?
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the site gives you a list of renovators who have agreed to the GVHBA code of ethics as well as a renovationspecific code of conduct. You have made the initial decision to stay in your “There are four major words which are the most home and invest in a renovation to make it work betimportant words when hiring a contractor: get it in ter for your family. Moving to a new home is expenwriting. Everything has to be writsive and you like the neighbourhood; you ten down, and I mean everything,” feel like an important part of it, and your says GVHBA President and CEO kids are doing well in school. All things Peter Simpson. “You have to make considered, it makes great sense to stay sure the contractor is fully compliwhere you are. ant with WorkSafe BC regulations Renovating, especially if you plan on and enrolment. There needs to be staying in your home throughout, is very a written record of permit issustressful. However, there are things you ance and inspections. The contract can do to make this experience as smooth must spell out everything from the and stress-free as possible. schedule of financial draws to will Make a realistic budget, keeping in you allow the workers to use your mind the need for a healthy continbathroom and what in the house gency fund. No matter how skilled your is out of bounds. Do you want the contractor, he/she doesn’t know what is work site to be cleaned up every lurking until the good, the bad, and the night? Write it into the contract. ugly is exposed during demolition. You Where do you want the trades to will need to estimate how much money Peter Simpson park their trucks, what are the will be needed for remedial work and hours of work?” stash that sum away on top of the budget for the Simpson continues, “If I was having a major renoactual renovations. vation done and lots of trucks were showing up, both Once you have the design sorted, and you’ve seen parked all day and coming and going, I would talk the blueprints, make as many decisions as possible prior to hiring a contractor. You’ll need to make deci- to all the neighbours, advise them on what is going to happen and tell them you want to be informed sions from which colours you want to how you want immediately if they are having a problem. Commuto use the new space, and everything in between. nication is key. At the end of the project it would be a You now have a budget, you have made as many good idea to have a barbeque and invite the neighdecisions as possible, and now you need to hire a bours to see your finished house and thank them for contractor who will not only be professional but will their patience.” be compatible. This person will effectively become Ask your potential contractor for references and part of your family for the duration of the renovation don’t be afraid to call them up and ask questions. so you had better be simpatico. Keep all lines of communication open and deal with The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Associaany concerns immediately with your contractor, not tion has a program called RenoMark which is a fantastic help for anyone contemplating a renovation. the sub-trades, since they work for him/her. Remember unexpected things will come up. A You can download the Reno Guide from their webmutually respectful relationship will handle the site (www.gvhba.org) which answers almost everything you need to know going into your project. Plus, bumps. As in life so it is in construction!
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A kitchen gets a makeover from the designer homeowner By Maggie Calloway
Karen Campbell of the interior design firm, Esprit DĂŠcor of Maple Ridge, is a very inventive and talented interior designer. Her work for clients has been extraordinary, and the number of times her clients have called her back over the years is a testament that her work is not only stunning but functional. Campbell lives in a small but fabulous coach house on her own rural property where the Alouette River flows past the huge trees beside her kitchen patio. Like many of us, she spends most of her at-home time in and around the kitchen. The only problem was the kitchen was dated and badly needed a facelift but client work always took precedence. Campbell decided the time had come to make some badly needed changes. This time the kitchen renovation was different. This time Campbell was her own client and she would not be calling in a kitchen cabinet manufacturer to measure the space, consult on the style, and then wait for delivery. Having just finished a complete kitchen renovation for a client and having carefully salvaged the cabinets, Campbell decided she would retrofit them for her own renovation. The only structural change Campbell made to her kitchen was to put in a much larger window over the sink to replace a tiny window which didnâ€™t do justice to the view. In doing that they found the whole exterior wall was rotten and had to be replaced. First, Campbell had to figure out how to configure the cabinets in her space. Once that was done, every cabinet had to be sprayed with high-gloss enamel paint and installed with new hardware. â€œThe island looks different but is actually in the same spot with a new Caesarstone countertop in a totally new shape. This is something people contemplating a kitchen facelift
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should keep in mind,â€? Campbell says. â€œBy changing the shape of the countertop the use can change. My new top has a deep overhang so I can use it for meals with the new stools. There used to be a small seating area where the china cabinet is now, so the island takes its place.â€? Clever details make this kitchen sing. The backsplash under the china cabinet is repeated on the base of the island, and the granite counters on both the sink side and under the china cabinet are much darker than the island, which creates interest. When Campbell was thinking about a colour scheme for the kitchen she came across the fabric she used as a valance. She loved the colour combination so this was the jumping off point for all the colours in the kitchen. â€œThe best thing I did in the entire renovation was the lighting. I live amongst big trees so light is an issue,â€? Campbell says. â€œI installed many different points of light by installing pot lights around the perimeter, lighting in the china cabinet, under-cabinet lighting, lighting under the island shining on the tile feature then down to the floor. Finally, there is the overhead light. All this has made a huge difference.â€? A carpenter finished off the cabinetsâ€™ exposed ends and created a frame around the microwave shelf. To finish, a cork floor was laid to make the floor warmer underfoot.
Karen Campbell of Esprit Decor in Maple Ridge had quite the project ahead of her when she began renovating her own kitchen. A new backsplash, below, and under-cabinet lighting, right, was only the beginning.
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Mid-century modern a current trend in home decor By Maggie Calloway
To say that mid-century modern furniture, from the early 1950s to the 1960s, is hot is an understatement. Unlike the style of the midlast century where people bought a whole houseful of the same style (think Danish teak furniture), now these beautifully designed, extremely well-made individual pieces are carefully chosen and integrated, with pride of place, into more eclectic decor styles. FULLHOUSE Modern in Vancouver is a treasure trove of mid-century and Danish modern, vintage, industrial and contemporary furniture and collectibles, and a go-to place for designers and people looking for just the right piece. Owner Jennifer Brash is an encyclopedia on the background of each piece and style. “Today people decorate their homes much differently,” Brash says. “They may buy a midcentury bed and maybe a dresser, but the side tables would be different or they might have vintage bed and side tables but a modernist chair. They may include some lighting that is not period so it’s not so matchy-match, which is not interesting.” Part of the appeal is the history and character, Brash says. “People are using pieces for their beautiful patina, craftsmanship, character and history to warm up their space. Modernism is very popular right now with lots of glass, chrome, and hard surfaces so they are introducing the wood pieces almost like objects of art; they make the space livable and give depth to the room,” she says. What those of us who lived in the 50s and 60s didn’t appreciate at the time was how timeless these pieces are. They are not ornate, the scale is perfect and the wood is unparalleled. The Brazilian rosewood has a moratorium on its harvest so it is no longer available.
Jennifer Brash of FULLHOUSE Modern says that part of The Burmese teak has a grain which the appeal of mid-century modern decor is the history no longer exists because the Danes, and character that each piece brings to your home. after the Second World War, went in Martin Knowles photos and harvested all the old growth in Indonesia so the graining and deep patina is only available on furniture of industrialization was happening and they that era. were experimenting with molds, the Charles “The teak that is harvested today is out of Eames era.” a tree farm and it’s more blond, more like This era in North America was the expanbirch,” Brash says. “The colouring isn’t there sion of suburbanism. The car moved people and the graining isn’t there because it’s new to the suburbs and the homes were mostly growth rather than old growth. The mid-cenranchers and not the Craftsman homes that tury furniture has such appeal because of the were in the inner cities. They were built wood, the design, the functionality and the quickly to house returning soldiers and craftsmanship. The Danes are known around their young families, and they needed to be the world as being some of the finest furniture filled with modern furniture; the heavy dark makers. What’s known as Danish modern are furniture was not suitable to this new style the most coveted.” of openness and an uncluttered and easy-toThough there are pockets of beautiful work care-for home. in Italy, they tended to use more plastics and “The style was simple, clean lines, organic metal, Brash says. shapes. The design was functional and visu“California also produced plastics when ally streamlined and pleasing,” Brash says.
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Closet Guys committed to best possible service â€œ from page.1 accessories, such as tie racks and belt racks. The partnership, although successful, was dissolved in 2007 but Isfeld was committed to the idea of a high-quality closet design company. In the meantime Isfeld had set up what we now know as Designer Closet Guys with Brett. Brett, who had a design background, was in Vancouver working for an entertainment lawyer and suffering from burn-out. His timing was perfect to have a long chat with his brother about career options, as Isfeld had decided there was a need for a local custom cabinet company and had contracted with a Richmond-based manufacturer to represent their product. The rest is history. So how does the process work once you have made the decision to organize your home, or part thereof, once and for all? â€œEvery home is unique so we start with a consultation in the home to get an idea about style, space and what the client wants to achieve,â€? Isfeld says. â€œThe space is measured then we are able to show the client immediately, on computer, a design mockup of how we see the best use of available space for their particular needs.â€? They then refine the design back at the office, and present the client with a detailed drawing. â€œ(We are) constantly refining until the client is totally happy. A date is set for installation and because we do our own installations the client can be sure they are getting the best possible service.â€? A lot of homes today have actual dressing rooms, so it makes great sense to make the best use of the space. â€œHaving well-designed storage is a great investment because not only will the client enjoy an organized home but on re-sale it is an added benefit,â€? Isfeld says. â€œIn my own home we have a kitchen/great room where
Chris Isfeld of Designer Closet Guys, bottom right, has several tips for keeping your closet organized. Jewelry drawers, below, and hanging rails for clothes, right are excellent for keeping everything to hand, while baskets for things that you donâ€™t want to hang, above, are an easy fix. Submitted photos
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