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Time to party – safely CounterAttack has kicked off, so plan to not drink & drive By Sarah Payne THE TRI-CITY NEWS
With holiday party season kicking into high gear, police will be waiting at roadblocks around the province as part of the CounterAttack campaign. Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said local Mounties will be doing extra enforcement on all major roadways and using strategic tools to target resources in areas with the most alcohol-related crashes resulting in deaths or serious injuries. In 2010, Chung said, 64 people were injured in alcoholrelated crashes in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam but so far this year, there have been at least two fatalities. see TRANSIT TRANSIT,, page A3
Police around British Columbia are stepping roadside checks for drunk drivers during the holiday season.
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Two new events in the Tri-Cities are collecting toys & cash to help those in need this Christmas. Stories, pages A6 & A14
Where’s FHA plan? Plan is still under wraps eight months into the fiscal year By Jeff Nagel BLACK PRESS
The year is almost over but Fraser Health has yet to release its 2011 service plan detailing its priorities and spending — information critics say is needed to scrutinize the authority’s $2.5-billion budget and hold its appointed board to account.
Service plans previously were released in early fall, already months late for a fiscal year that begins April 1. But this year, all B.C. health authority service plans remain stuck in Victoria, where provincial government officials say more work continues to finalize them. “The ministry has been busy working with health authorities to ensure the information and the data is accurate,” a ministry spokesperson said. “This work is important because these plans lay out a complex,
three-year operational plan.” He said the reports should be released within a few weeks. NDP leader Adrian Dix called the delay ridiculous and said it reflects a continuing government effort to hide the details of health spending and planning. “Only a Liberal government would consider it good practice to release a plan for a year starting April 1 after Dec. 1,” Dix said. see DIX: ‘STRIPPED’, STRIPPED , page A4
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Picture this: Your Xmas photos in The News The cameras always come out for special occasions: vacations, birthdays, weddings. And Christmas. The Tri-City News knows our readers have a wealth of colourful photos of the season and its assorted fun and festivities — family meals, visits with Santa, Christmas-morning chaos, sled-
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No appeal, no good: judge Judge rules drivers found over .08 should be able to challenge roadside police decisions
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THE TRI-CITY NEWS
By Gary McKenna
VICTORIA – Police in B.C. won’t be imposing their toughest roadside penalties for impaired driving until they give accused drivers a way to appeal results of a failed breath test. Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond announced the change Wednesday after a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that the most severe of B.C.’s new impaired driving penalties infringe on people’s constitutional right to a fair trial. Ruling on a challenge to the new roadside penalties, Justice Jon Sigurdson said the increased roadside penalties for blowing in the “warn” range of blood alcohol, from 0.05 to 0.08, are permissible. But drivers who blow in the “fail” range — above 0.08 — should have a chance to challenge the decision if their vehicles are impounded for 30 days and they face thousands of dollars in administrative penalties. Bond said the court ruling means the B.C. government needs to amend its year-old impaired driving law to give drivers who exceed 0.08 on the roadside screening device a chance to appeal that reading. Until that is done, “the circumstances for those in the ‘fail’ range will revert to what was previously in place,” Bond said. “Police will have the option of determining whether or not a criminal charge is warranted and, in that case, you could face criminal charges
The province will look at its drunk driving laws after a Supreme Court judge found fault with those affecting drivers found in the “fail” range, saying penalties infringe on constitutional rights to a fair trial. and a 90-day administrative driving prohibition.” A blood alcohol reading in the “warn” range can result in a three-day driving ban, a $200 administrative penalty and another $250 fee to have a driver’s licence reinstated. Drivers may also have their car impounded for three days and be billed for towing and storage. For roadside readings of 0.08 or higher, police have been imposing a 90-day driving ban, a $500 fine and impounding the vehicle for 30 days. That suspension can cost a driver $3,750, including $700 for towing and storage and $1,420 to take a mandatory
“responsible driver” course. Sigurdson did not immediately strike down the new penalties but asked for submissions from the province and the driver who challenged the penalties to determine what comes next. Last week, Bond and Premier Christy Clark celebrated the results of the new roadside penalties, a 40% decline in alcohol-related deaths in the first year. The court ruling came as B.C. launches its annual Christmas CounterAttack campaign, with increased roadblocks across the province to look for impaired drivers. firstname.lastname@example.org
Transit & designated drivers can help continued from front page
“If you’ve been drinking. use transit, take a taxi, ask a friend, stay home or use Operation Red Nose,” Chung said. This year, the Counter-Attack campaign, sponsored by police, the provincial government and ICBC, is asking people to plan ahead — and step up when it comes to choosing a designated driver. “There are so many alternatives” to driv-
ing drunk, said Jon Schubert, ICBC’s president and CEO, in a release. “Set an example — take your turn to be the designated driver.” Volunteering to be a safe ride home can have a significant influence on others, he added. Road checks will be taking place in B.C. throughout December in an effort to reduce impaired driving crashes. On average, 127 people die in impaired driving-related crashes each year in B.C.
“Celebrating with family and friends is an important part of the holidays,” Shirley Bond, minister of public safety and solicitor general, said in a press release. “Getting home safely should be part of everyone’s holiday planning.”
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Higher cost for cops in Port Moody Dix: â€˜strippedâ€™ By Sarah Payne THE TRI-CITY NEWS
T he cost of Por t Moodyâ€™s â€œno call too smallâ€? police department is going up. The cityâ€™s finance committee will be considering a 2012 operating budget for PMPD that is 4.48% higher than this yearâ€™s. The budget, which has yet to be reviewed by the finance committee, stands at just over $8.5 million â€” an in-
crease of about $365,000 over 2011. PMPDâ€™s operating budget has gone up by nearly $1 million since 2010. Major cost drivers include: â€˘ contractual increases of $412,627; â€˘ $11,000 to replace body armour; â€˘ a $6,699 for increased BC Hydro costs; â€˘ and a $4,990 increase in payments to the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team. PMPD is hiring one
new officer for 2012 at a cost of $71,900 but that cost will be mitigated by seconding a member earning $102,700 to an integrated regional team, for a net saving of $30,800. Further savings were found by shifting from leasing to purchasing IT, shaving $26,450 from the budget and cutting $7,224 for supplies. New projects budgeted for the 2012 capital budget including adding $129,886 to the items approved in previous
years, bringing the total to $354,560. The new items include $50,150 to replace the five-year-old server used for building security and nearly $34,000 to clean and finish partition walls in the public safety buildingâ€™s crawl space. Another $22,000 will go to crowd-control equipment, prompted by the minor injuries suffered by two PMPD members who were assisting the Vancouver Police Department after
the Stanley Cup riot. â€œGiven the large gatherings that can become problematic within the city of Vancouver and the subsequent controlling of such crowds, PMPD members who provide temporary assistance must be properly protected,â€? the report states. â€œMost, if not all, police agencies within Metro Vancouver are in the process of purchasing protective equipment.â€? email@example.com
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Service plans were originally created on a promise to bring â€œtransparency, openness and accountabilityâ€? to health planning. But Dix said, â€œTheyâ€™ve stripped the service plans in previous years of many of their indicators and now they canâ€™t even get those out on time.â€? Health authority service plans originally had 77 performance indicators to measure patient care, hospital wait times and other objectives. But many of the ones that turned up bad results were quietly dropped. By 2010, just eight performance measures remained, although the province said the changes were just to standardize reporting. firstname.lastname@example.org
Road Closing Bylaw No. 2916 The City of Port Moody intends to adopt Bylaw No. 2916 pursuant to Section 40 of the Community Charter which will close a portion of Knowle Street road allowance, legally described as that portion of road dedicated by the deposit of Plan 4631, District Lot 191, Group 1, New Westminster District, now road, having an area of 0.232 hectares and labeled Parcel â€œAâ€? on reference plan certified by Robert M. Reese, a British Columbia land surveyor dated August 30, 2011. The location of the proposed road closure is shown in heavy outline and labeled Parcel â€œAâ€? on the plan shown below:
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â€œThis allows them just to be a kid again. I think that is the most important thing. They have kind of lost that a bit. My kids have struggled with it and I think Christmas might be a good jump-start for them to get back into things.â€?
Reaveley works in wifeâ€™s memory
Dan Reaveley (left), on his charity toy drive
By Gary McKenna THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Dan Reaveley has experienced the struggles young children face when they lose a parent. His four kids were left without a mother and he without a wife after Charlene Reaveley was killed in a hit-and-run accident earlier this year in Coquitlam. But while his family is still struggling with the loss, Reaveley is hoping to turn their grief into something positive and help others this holiday season. With help from the C h a rl e n e Re ave l e y C h i l d re nâ€™s C h a r i t y Society, which he helped launch earlier this year, Reaveley and several supporters are holding a toy drive in the Tri-Cities to help young children dealing with the loss of a parent. â€œThis allows them just to be a kid again,â€? he said. â€œI think that is the most important thing. They have kind of lost that a bit. My kids have struggled with it and I think Christmas might be a good jump-start for them to get back into things.â€? He said Charlene loved Christmas and he hopes the toy drive will become an annual event and help keep her memory alive. Coquitlam Canadian Tire owner Paul Droulis has placed toy boxes at the retailerâ€™s Tri-City locations (1200 Sequin Ave., Coquitlam and at the Port Coquitlam store owned by Ingmar Wilkens at 2125 Hawkins St.) and Reaveley has set up a box where he works at Maple Ridge Chrysler (11911 West St., Maple Ridge). Donors can drop off new unwrapped toys for kids up to 12 years of age at those locations during business hours through Dec. 21. Reaveley said on Dec. 23, Santa Claus and an elf will deliver the toys to the doors of children who have lost a parent in the last couple of years. â€œIt will be for kids who have lost a parent,â€? he said. â€œBut if there is a surplus of toys, we will take them over to B.C. Childrenâ€™s Hospital. There are lots of different places we can bring them.â€? â€˘ For more information about the toy drive or the Charlene Reaveley Childrenâ€™s Charity Society, go to www.crccs.ca. email@example.com
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Tri-City MPs middle of pack for expenses By Gary McKenna THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Tri-City Members of Parliament spent slightly below the average for travel and office expenses compared to their B.C. colleagues last fiscal year, according to recently released documents. According to the House of Commons’ Board of Internal Economy, New Westminster-Coquitlam NDP MP Fin Donnelly spent $455,545 on travel and office expenses while Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam Conservative MP James Moore spent $478,224. The numbers are consistent with those of most MPs in B.C., who are usually saddled with higher travel costs due to the distance between their home province and Ottawa. Most west coast MPs spent between $450,000 and $550,000, for an average of $491,097, putting the Tri-City representatives just below the middle of the pack for the fiscal year between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011. Moore spent $123,287 on designated travel and $22,187 on accommodations and per diem expenses. Employees’ salaries and service contracts to staff his constituency office cost $172,271 while the lease on the building, office supplies, equipment and telecommunication services totalled just over $68,000. Moore’s office also spent more than
$57,000 on printing costs for flyers and mail-outs. Moore said mail is a key part of the services his office provides. In addition to his newsletter four times a year, “we do a lot of mailing from the constituency ofFIN DONNELLY fice and we send a lot of forms and information — passport applications, grant applications — and the main way people get information from me is through mail-outs,” he said. Meanwhile, Donnelly spent JAMES MOORE $111,654 on travel and $18,537 on accommodations and per diem expenses. Employees’ salaries and service contracts to staff his Austin Avenue constituency office cost more than $213,017 while the lease and office expenses totalled close to $50,000. Donnelly also spent more than $25,000 on printing costs for his flyers and mail-outs to constituents. Donnelly didn’t return a call for comment before The Tri-City News’ print deadline. firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Fun with Coquitlam Parks, Recreation & Culture This holiday season stay active and have fun in our many camps, special events and drop-in programs! Camps Looking for something to do over the holiday break? Check out our holiday camps for children and youth, full of games, sports, arts, crafts, swimming or ice skating. Register now as space is limited.
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ycling could become more common in Coquitlam if the city follows through on a proposal to increase bike parking at shops, homes and industrial parks. An idea vetted by Coquitlam council this week would require 1.25 bike parking spaces for every multi-family unit while larger format buildings would need three for every 1,000 sq. m of floor area. Civic buildings, schools and institutions would have to have somewhere for cyclists to lock up, too. While some people might think it’s impossible to turn the suburbs into cycling nirvana, others believe making it easier to get around on two wheels will change our car-dominated culture. And while bike parking is less costly and takes up less space than typical parking for mini-vans and SUVs, government efforts can’t stop there because installing a couple of racks isn’t going to get people out of their cars unless cycling routes are safe.
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There’s only one way to solve child poverty: together AS I SEE IT Martin Wyant
he 2011 Child Poverty Report Card was released recently and the information was, once again, sobering. According to the report, B.C.’s child poverty rate rose from 14.5% to 15.4% in 2009. Our provincial child poverty rate is the second highest in Canada; only Manitoba, with a rate of 16.8%, performed worse. This is not the type of distinction that we should be proud of, and we’re not. But we have struggled with this challenge for many years. As an organization that has been dealing with issues related to poverty for the last 40 years, Share is keenly aware of the many faces of poverty that we have seen in the children and families we serve. There is no one “group” or “type of person” that personifies poverty, just as there is no single “cause.” The issues surrounding poverty are complex; as a result, there is no single solution that we can embrace. If there were, we would have embraced it already.
Stories about poverty — especially child poverty — often lead to polarized responses that are either politically motivated or based on stereotypes. This is a topic we are not always comfortable discussing or acknowledging. If we are serious about addressing the problem, then we all need to resist the urge to blame those people with whom we do not agree because of their political affiliation, country of origin, religious beliefs or other issues that focus on how they are different from us. We need to find a way to find common ground rather than focusing energy and attention on what makes us different. Most importantly, we need to stop blaming the poor for being poor. I don’t know of many people who are happy about being poor. Some would have us believe that the issue of child poverty is something the government could fix if it simply put the necessary financial resources in place so people could live above the poverty line. There is no doubt that all levels of government need to play a role if we are to successfully eradicate child poverty in British Columbia. If we are serious about dealing with this issue, though, we need to focus on it at the
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local and regional levels. The effects of child poverty are seen, heard and felt in our neighbourhoods, on our streets, in our schools and in our workplaces. If we demonstrate that we are serious about dealing with child poverty at the local level, if we can show commitment publicly — and when no one is looking — then we will bring senior levels of government with us. We can choose to act, to lead or we can wait for “someone” to deal with the problem. Share remains extremely grateful for the gifts of food and funds we receive from caring individuals, businesses and organizations from across the Tri-Cities and for the thousands of hours of volunteer support that help us gather and distribute food to the vulnerable children and families we serve. While we are proud to serve those who need our help, we would like to begin building a TriCities community that no longer requires our food banks. We cannot do this work alone. This is heavy lifting that will require ingenuity, planning, financial resources, persuasion, relentless focus, passion and commitment. We are inviting leaders from our business community, from all levels of government, from
organized labour, from all walks of life to work with us to uproot child poverty in the Tri-Cities. We want to solve the problem, not manage the symptoms. We want to have a respectful dialogue that looks at solutions from all sources and angles, including different political viewpoints. Early in the new year, we will be announcing an initiative to help bring us together to start solving the issue of child poverty. If you are interested in hearing more or becoming involved in developing solutions, then please send me a note (email address is below) with your name, phone number and email address and I will contact you in January. In the meantime, please consider making a positive difference in the lives of poor children and families in the Tri-Cities. Whether you decide to volunteer, make a donation to a local charity or simply welcome those newcomers to your neighbourhood, acts of kindness and welcoming have a magical way of transforming children, families, neighbourhoods and communities. Let’s act. Let’s lead. Let’s solve this problem — together. Martin Wyant is CEO of Share Family and Community Services. email@example.com
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FACE TO FACE: Should drinking-and-driving rules be made even tougher?
Zero tolerance would save lives O
ver a year ago, the BC Liberal government introduced new drunk driving laws that, at the time, were the toughest in the country. Under the new rules, drivers with a bloodalcohol level of between 0.05 and 0.08 — the so-called “warn” range — face an immediate three-day driving ban. Since the laws were introduced in September 2010, the number of drunk-driving deaths in our province dropped 40%, with an estimated 45 lives saved. Now, it’s time for B.C. to be a trailblazer once again and introduce the first universal zerotolerance laws in Canada. In other words, if you drink any alcohol at all, you don’t drive. Most European nations carry a standard of .05 or lower and a few countries, including the Czech Republic, have zero-tolerance policies. In the Czech Republic, the results have been dramatic. According to the World Health Organization, the proportion of road traffic deaths attributable to alcohol in that country is pegged at 3.4%. By comparison, in British Columbia, 17.2% of traffic fatalities in 2011 were alcohol-related. If we had the same proportion of
alcohol-related road traffic deaths as the Czech Republic, we could save an additional 27 lives each year. Even if a zero-tolerance policy saves only one life, isn’t it worth it? Certainly, the food service industry would challenge a zero-tolerance measure. But many in the restaurant and bar industry have rebounded from the last change in the law and would do so with a zero-tolerance law — it might just require some innovation. For instance, a bar in Kamloops now offers safe rides home in customers’ vehicles much like Operation Red Nose, the volunteerdriven fundraiser. Another restaurant has started a shuttle-bus service that takes home between 100 and 150 intoxicated patrons every Saturday night. Businesses will find ways to adjust. The public focus should be on saving lives. The research is clear: Any amount of alcohol affects judgment and reaction time. The effect is minuscule at small amounts but who’s to say where to draw the line? A millisecond of inattention, of delayed reaction, could result in injury or even death. The answer is simple.
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ost of us already have zero tolerance for drunk driving — but how do we best reduce its occurrence? Although it pains me, I must admit the recent BC Liberal impaired driving legislation makes sense. Maximum allowable blood alcohol levels are now .05. With simplified roadside suspensions, stiffer driving prohibitions and increased road checks, we have enough legislative clout to castigate impaired drivers. The old .08 threshold was nebulous; two drinks and then one per hour after that? What if I’m a bit bigger or smaller? What if I have a particularly efficient liver? What if I quit drinking two hours before I drive or drink black coffee? The old threshold allowed for rationalization. The new .05 threshold, is clear: One glass of wine with dinner or one beer at the hockey game — that’s it. Or, in order to be sure, nothing at all to drink. It’s clear, it’s enough. It covers the driver whose wife went into labour after he had a glass of wine or the woman from Port Moody who had a beer at the Canucks game. But why not go all the way to legislated zero tolerance, making any level of blood alcohol unacceptable when driving a car?
Zero tolerance doesn’t stop people from doing things. It doesn’t stop bullying. Capital punishment doesn’t lower murder rates. Zero tolerance is just a way to express indignation. It doesn’t increase deterrence or add clarity, as my hang’em-high colleague might argue. Legislation can’t and shouldn’t replace the professional judgment of police, prosecutors and judges who will continue to make discretionary decisions based on circumstance. Rather than concentrating on escalating punishments, how about working to give prospective impaired drivers more options? What if our transit system ran until restaurants and bars closed? What if we were allowed to park at Lougheed Town Centre after hours and until 9 a.m. the next day rather than being ticketed or towed when trying to use SkyTrain for an outing? What if taxis were available and would actually venture to the Tri-Cities hinterland? What if MADD’s next goal was to work to expand SkyTrain and transit services? Zero-tolerance legislation won’t further reduce drunk driving and recent new laws have added sufficient enforcement clout. Now, let’s focus on finding solutions that go beyond expressing outrage.
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TRI-CITYY LETTERS CBC should look to PBS
The Editor, Re. “Should Canadian taxpayers continue to help fund CBC?” (Face to Face, The Tri-City News, Nov. 18). I’ve been following news on the future of CBC for years, and I’m keen to read anything on the seemingly endless process of resolving CBC’s future. Each Face to Face columnist’s piece was well researched, with a caveat on Jim Nelson’s offering. Mr. Nelson’s reliance on
half-century-old CBC successes as justification to continue funding the broadcaster is entirely irrelevant in 2011. Even the iconic Hockey Night In Canada a has lost much of its lustre to numerous channels dedicated to sport only. I would have found Mr. Nelson’s point even more convincing had he included some contemporary examples rather than those that began airing before most of to-
day’s viewers were born. Last, I’m surprised neither Mr. Nelson nor Andy Radia noted the enormous cost of running CBC compared to that of PBS in the U.S., funded in part by generous donations, public and private. On the west coast, it is notable the PBS station in Seattle receives fully one third of its donations from Canadians and far exceeds the number contributing to any Canadian broadcaster
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Snail mail pricey in Canada The Editor, I ask myself why it costs so much for Canadians to send snail mail — yep, some of us still do that. I went to Bellingham and picked up all my stamps for overseas and within the U.S. for much lower prices.
coast to coast. Surely this fact alone would seem to indicate the CBC as a preferred source of education and entertainment may not be as valuable an asset as the CBC itself claims. It is difficult for me to believe in our present digital age that the CRTC forces our broadcasters to provide programming that in some (not all) cases is abysmal. Gordon McGregor, Port Coquitlam
For those of you who send Christmas cards or even letters to the U.K. or other international destinations, did you know that it costs you $1.75 plus HST ($1.96 total) per item from Canada? It costs 98 cents from the U.S. for international mailing, 44 cents
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Jingle Bell Jog raises funds, food and fun this holiday By Diane Strandberg THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Joggers young and old will be running through the streets of Coquitlam Sunday to raise funds and collect food and toys for needy families this holiday season. And you wonâ€™t mistake them for regular Sunday joggers â€” they will be wearing Santa hats, felt antlers and some will even be sporting red, blinking Rudolph noses. The first annual Jingle Bell Jog takes place Dec. 4, starting at Coquitlam Centre outside Zellers, and organizer Lorraine Davidson says people of all ages are welcome to join. â€œThe idea is to have some fun but also to help families,â€? explained Davidson. This yearâ€™s event is sure to be a hit with the little ones; not only do the youngsters get a T-shirt and a pair of reindeer antlers but they only have to jog a 1-km route. The adult run is 5 km from the mall to Lafarge Lake and back, so just about anyone can take part and will get a T-shirt and a Santa hat for their troubles. â€œItâ€™s a chance for families to do something physical before the holiday season begins,â€?
Davidson said. The Coquitlam mom has had a lot of experience organizing races. She works for Race Headquarters, a Coquitlam business that does timing and results for races, and she has also organized runs on her own. She thought the Tri-Cities needed a winter run and wanted to give a boost to Share, as well. She teamed up with sponsors Coquitlam Centre and Runnerâ€™s
Den, then started getting the word out. Registration costs $35 for adults (18 and older) and $30 for children and youth who do the 5-km jog; and for the 1-km, $25 for adults and $20 for children and youth. Fees include a technical T-shirt and a Santa hat for adults and a non-technical T-shirt and antlers for children and youth. Runners are encouraged to bring a food or toy donation to fill two Honda
cars. Santa will also be there, as will Coquitlam Mounties and firefighters, and participants can enjoy refreshments, music and prizes. Sign-up takes place Saturday at the Coquitlam Centre community booth from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. or on race day before 8:30 a.m. The adult run begins at 9 a.m. To volunteer, contact Davidson at 778-8478463 or email@example.com.
Helen Korbely and Lorraine Davidson with Sabastian, 4, and Savannah Korbely, 2, and Samantha Davidson, 11, get in shape for the first annual Jingle Bell Jog taking place this Sunday, Dec. 4, with proceeds to benefit Share Family and Community Services. DIANE STRANDBERG THE TRI-CITY NEWS
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B.C. reaches deal with RCMP By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS
VICTORIA – It’s still an “agreement in principle” that requires cabinet approval but B.C. has reached a new 20year deal for RCMP services on the day a deadline was set by Ottawa. Public Safety Minister S h i rl e y B o n d s a i d Wednesday the federal government has agreed to B.C.’s key demand, a contract management committee where B.C.
and other provinces can have their say about new RCMP programs or costs. “The Union of B.C. Municipalities made it very clear that they no longer wanted to have costs passed on to them without the ability to have a say in what those costs are,” Bond said. “That is a major step forward and in my view redefines the relationship, which was certainly one of our objectives.”
Bond added that the new deal will retain the ability for B.C. to give two years’ notice and withdraw, and require a review of the terms every five years. She declined to go into further specifics until the contract is approved by the provincial cabinet. There are 150 communities in B.C. served by the RCMP, including Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, making it
Job action means no report cards School District 43 won’t be mailing out blank re port cards, as some districts are reportedly doing, but will be giving elementary and middle school students single sheets instead of several blank pages, said Superintendent Tom Grant.The sheets won’t have much information but they will be accompanied by a letter explaining how BC Teachers’ Federation job action
has affected report cards. “We are directing children and parents if they want information on assessments to go directly to the teacher,” Grant said. Some Grade 12 students may have already received their marks from teachers in oral or written format, Grant said, and students can get help from counsellors or the office with postsecondary school applications.
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LIGHT LIST: Check out Xmas light displays As we have in previous years, The Tri-City News will print a list of large light displays in the Tri-Cities for Christmas. To add your home to The
Tri-City News’’ list, send your name and address along with details of your display (how many lights, special displays, hours of operation and any charities for which you’re
collecting) to newsroom@ tricitynews.com. And the first display wanting to get the word out is... • 3313 Rae St., Port Coquitlam: More than
100,000 lights plus ground displays synchronized to music. Lights will be on daily from 5 to 10 p.m. and contributions to the food bank will be gratefully accepted.
Appadurai, others, take action in S.A. A Gleneagle secondary school graduate is hoping to make a difference by attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change this week. Anjali Appadurai of Coquitlam will be in Durban, South Africa, along with eight classmates from the College of the Atlantic who have been studying climate change politics and policy. She will be using her time in Durban to better understand the UN process and multilateral politics. “Those historically responsible for our current emissions level as well as those most affected must come to the table together and make binding commitments to slow our emissions to a level that may lessen some of the anticipated damage to people and the environment,” Appadurai said in a press release. Before attending the College of the Atlantic, located in Bar Harbor, Maine, Appadurai was a Gleneagle student who completed her international baccalaureate at the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria. Appadurai and her fellow students have created a blog and will be posting reports from Durban at www.earthinbrackets.org.
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Missing patient discharged from Riverview Hospital By Gary McKenna THE TRI-CITY NEWS
A patient who walked away from Riverview Hospital three weeks ago has been discharged by hospital staff and is no longer considered missing, according to the Coquitlam RCMP. Marc Veillette did not return to the facility on Nov. 9 after a routine evening walk and police said at the time he suffers from a mental disorder that can make him prone to violence, although a health authority official now says he’s not dangerous. But on Wednesday, Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung told The T r i - C i t y N e w s t h at Veillette was scheduled to be discharged while he was missing and hospital staff have requested police stop their search. “The hospital has considered him no longer missing,” he said. “They are saying he was supposed to be discharged anyway.” Chung said it is important to remember that Riverview is a hospital, not a jail, and it is up to doctors to determine whether someone no longer requires care. Several tips and sightings have been reported to police but Chung said there is no longer a need to follow up now that the hospital has officially discharged the 45-year-old patient. L u b n a Ekramoddoullah, the communications person for the provincial Health Services Authority, confir med Veillette was discharged while he was missing from the facility. Citing patient confidentiality, she said she could not give specific information about Veillette’s case and that it is up to physicians to decide whether to discharge a patient. She also said Veillette is no longer considered dangerous. “It would depend on whether the treatment
is working,” she said. “They would look at [the patient’s] behaviour and make that kind of assessment.” Last week Health Services Staff told The Tri-City News that during the seven-month period between April 1 and Oct. 31, 55 cases of patients who had not returned to Riverview
Hospital when expected were reported, which is an average of 7.8 cases per month. That number is slightly higher than the 12 months prior to April 1, 2011, when 80 people, or an average of 6.7 cases per month, were reported, although those numbers reflect patients who may have
simply been late returning to the facility. Lynn Cook, the site operating of ficer at Riverview Hospital, said in an email that giving patients a certain amount of autonomy at the facility is part of their re-integration process. gmckenna @tricitynews.com
Headquarter renos won’t impact service, says RCMP Police service will not be disrupted at the Coquitlam RCMP’s main headquarters during a sixweek renovation of the front-desk area. Crews began work at the detachment at 2986 Guildford Way earlier this week but Mounties said the front counter will still be open and staffed during normal business hours. “It’s going to be hectic and a bit noisy for the next few weeks,”
Supt. Claud Wilcott said in a press release, “but we are committed to minimizing disruptions and making sure that everyone who comes to our front desk gets top quality service.” Signs will be posted at the detachment and many services will also be offered at the community policing service window to the left of the front counter. • For more information go to www.coquitlam.rcmp.ca.
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THE THINGS-TO-DO GUIDE: Bring on the holiday spirit
Christmas cheer, improvised Compiled by Sarah Payne THE TRI-CITY NEWS
et a handle on the holidays with plenty of ways to have fun with family and friends, and help others, this weekend.
TODAY: Friday, Dec. 2 FOR THE LOVE OF CRAFTS
Think local, think handmade, and check out the 31st annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Sale running from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 624 Poirier St. There will be 120 vendors with jewelry, pottery, woodwork, glassware, textiles, food and more. Admission is $2; partial proceeds go to charities. Visit www. coquitlamcraft.com.
HOCKEY NIGHT IN COQUITLAM
Watch the Canucks Alumni — with Cliff Ronning, Kirk McLean and Thomas Gradin — face off against Coquitlam Firefighters in a charity hockey game to benefit PoCoMo Youth Services tonight at 7 p.m. at the Poirier Leisure Complex (633 Poirier Ave.). Tickets are $7/adult, $20/family of four, available from the Coquitlam Express or PoCoMo offices (cash only) or with PayPal online at www.pocomo.org.
Kick off the weekend with the musical stylings of Stringz Aloud, featuring Susan Vigneux and Don Kellett playing a mix of swing, jazz and traditional tunes on guitar, mandolin and steel guitar at the Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse at the Gathering Place at Leigh Square. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds support Crossroads Hospice Society.
Catch the last installment of MetFest, SD43’s annual oneact play festival, at Heritage Woods secondary. There’s a mix of different plays and each are adjudicated by professional actor and director Michael Fera. Plays start at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3 BRING BOTTLES
And help out the 1st Port Coquitlam Scout Group, which is holding a bottle drive at Kilmer elementary (1575 Knappen St., PoCo) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Want yours picked up? Call 604-562-4471.
It’s your last chance to scoop up tasty treats at the TriCities Bakers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Do remember to bring three items of nonperishable food for the Share food bank and you’ll be entered to win a basket of baked goods. Visit tricitiesmarket.blogspot.com.
A Christmas market at the River Springs Recreation Centre (1950 Lodge Dr., Coquitlam) will support the Gaby Davis Foundation, which gives financial grants to families of
Table 23 presents Under the Christmas Tree, an improv comedy show benefiting Share Family Services, running Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 2 to 17 at the Second Storey Theatre (201-2550 Shaughnessy St., PoCo). This year the improv group is offering interactive kids’ matinee shows Saturdays at 3 p.m. (tickets are $5/$2) and an adult (PG) show Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. (tickets are $10/$8). Visit www.secondstoreytheatre.com for more information. children with cancer to help them through the holidays. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; admission is free.
The Caulfield School of Dance is hosting a Christmas party fundraiser from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Moody middle (3115 St. John’s St., PoMo), featuring a silent auction, bake sale, entertainment and more.
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Make a lantern and be part of Light up the Square: A Lantern Affair, presented by Place des Arts, Mackin House Museum and Gare de Fraser Mills, starting at 4:30 p.m. The indoor festivities include a musical version of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by RAProductions (5:30 p.m.), storytelling at Mackin Museum and performances by PdA’s students. Check out the arts and crafts demos, cookie decorating, the pottery sale and more. Visit www.placedesarts.ca for a full line-up of events and more information.
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Coquitlam Chorale, with director Justin Maller and pianist Lorna Yeates, presents Sing with Joy, a collection of seasonal classics tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Tickets are $20/$10, available
from Chorale members or by calling Sherri at 604-970-8070. Visit www.coquitlamchorale.com.
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Pick up some winter produce or a fabulous hand-crafted gift at the winter market run by the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Rd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Sisterhood of the river in PoCo A GOOD READ Bryan Ness
Nel Forrest is celebrating her 95th birthday Saturday, Dec. 3.
Despite different beginnings, two lifelong friends “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
hese words sum up the lives of Eve Forrest Gulliford and Nel Coyle Forrest, two remarkable and durable women who met and became friends, then family, during some often difficult times. Eve’s parents Samuel and Hilda Forrest came to Port Coquitlam from Annacis Island in 1916, towing their float house — along with their children — and settled near the foot of Pitt River Road. It was here Sam found work at the shipbuilding yards before they shut down after the First World War. He built his own vessel, the Harvie W, named after Eve’s younger brother, and went into the log-towing business. When Samuel died in 1935, siblings
Eve Forrest was one of the first women in B.C. to earn master mariner papers, then went to medical school, where she met Nel Coyle, who married Harvie Forrest. Eve and Harvie, still in their teens, took over the business of working the river during those tough economic times, with Eve having to quit school to do so. They managed to find an engine for their second boat, Old Faithful, and soon after, both brother and sister could be found working the river, where Eve became one of the first women in B.C. to earn her master mariner papers in 1941. Soon after, Eve decided to pursue a career in medicine, and was in her
first year pre-med at UBC when she met Nel Coyle. Nel was born in Okotoks, Alberta, where her father Frank and mother Nellie had a farm before moving to Calgary so their three daughters could go to school. Nel took advantage of her schooling opportunities over time to complete a three-year university degree in Home Economics. She was teaching in Calgary when she decided to take a break and accepted a job with the Student Christian Movement office in Vancouver at
UBC in 1943. That’s where Eve and Nel met, later to be sisters-in-law and lifelong friends. Eve’s stories about her life on the river finally convinced Nel to come out for a visit to Port Coquitlam on New Year’s Eve 1943, a fateful trip that would change her life. She met Eve’s brother Harvie, although if first impressions were important, things might have been very different. He had been working on an engine and was covered from head to toe in black grease and soot, albeit with a big grin on his face. As she recalled: “I wasn’t sure whether this was a human being or not.” Six months later, on June 26, 1944, Harvie and Nel were married in Calgary and returned to the float house on the river, where turbulent times lay ahead, includ-
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ing flood, fire and financial ruin. Eve Forrest transferred to Queens University and completed her doctor’s degree in 1949. She married Campbell Gulliford, also a doctor, and the couple had five children, although the marriage did not last and Eve was left to raise her family on her own. She was a family physician in Salmon Arm for 40 years, beloved by all and very involved with the community. Eve passed away in March 1997. Eve Forrest Gulliford and Nel Coyle Forrest came from different backgrounds but shared a bond, that of the river, that one constant in their lives that endures to this day. There’s was a sisterhood of the travelling river. Your History is a column in which, once a month, representatives of the Tri-Cities’ three heritage groups writes about local history. Bryan Ness is a member of the Port Coquitlam Heritage Society.
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A service providing an opportunity to remember those who have died and are missed - especially at Christmas. It’s for people who because of their loss - ﬁnd Christmas a difﬁcult season to get through. It’s also for people who may look forward to Christmas, but who want to acknowledge and remember those who can no longer share Christmas with them.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 7:30 pm Riverside Community Church 1477 Lougheed Hwy., Port Coquitlam Complimentary service & memorial decorations for everyone. Refreshments to be served following the service. Please bring a photo or memento of the loved one being remembered. For more information please call us at 604-944-4128
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Immigrants can get job info at Terry Fox Library Are you a newcomer to Canada? Are you interested in connecting your skills to the Canadian workplace? Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSBC) and Port Coquitlam’s
Got a coat for a kid? The Greater Va n c o u v e r Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) has launched its 16th annual Coats for Kids campaign in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, a g roup whose outreach helps to provide a brighter Christmas for families in need. In addition to the GVHBA office, 29 member companies at 45 locations in 13 municipalities will serve as coat drop-off sites between through Friday, Dec. 9 — as will The TriCity News and its Black Press sister newspapers in the Lower Mainland. Drop-off locations for Coats for Kids in the TriCities include:
• FastSigns, Unit 1, 1100 Lansdowne Dr., weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; • Gauvin 2000 Construction Ltd., 200, 1140 Austin Ave., weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; • Morningstar Homes Ltd., second floor, 946 Brunette Ave., weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Green Sheet Construction Data Ltd. (drop box at front), 100 Sycamore Dr., daily, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; • ParkLane/ Bluetree Group of Companies, Kinder Kampus Day Care Centre, 300 Panorama Pl., weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• PoCo Building Supplies, 2650 Mary Hill Rd., weekdays, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; • The TriCity News, 1405 Broadway St., weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Te r r y Fox L i b r a r y a re h o s t i n g a s e s s i o n n e x t T u e s d ay on Skills Connect for Immigrants. You may qualify for the Dec. 6 program if you:
• have been in Canada for less than five years and are a permanent resident; • are unemployed or underemployed (working outside of your field or at a lower level);
• are eager to learn and motivated to build your career in Canada; • have a clear and reasonable job target; • can speak at an intermediate to advanced level of English;
At a session, facilitated by employment counsellors Anna Ponce De Leon and Seann Sinclaire, you can learn about Skills Connect, an initiative by ISSBC that helps ease the transition
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