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Six-year-old Keaton Lane of Port Moody toboggans on the hill outside of Ranch Park elementary school in Coquitlam during a brief seasonal snowfall Wednesday. New Year’s celebrations tonight will be under clear but cold skies.

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Cops seek suspect in attack Coquitlam RCMP are pleading for the public’s help after a woman was attacked while walking her dog g on a popular Town Centre-area walking trail. According to a press release from the Mounties, the 41-year-old woman was walking on the Hoy Creek Trail Monday ay, Nov. 22 around 4:30 p.m. when a man attacked her from behind. The woman fought off her attacker and escaped but sustained inj n uries; she was treated in hospitall and released. The Hoy Creek Trail runs off Guildford Way between Pinetree Way and d Johnson Street; it has access points near Douglas College, the Princess Gate development and Walton elementary school. “It’s a well-used d trail,” Coquitlam RC M P s p o ke s p e r s o n C o n s t . Kristina Biro said. “Given i the location and time of the incident, we are hoping that someone saw or heard something and will give i us a call. It’s early in the investigation and any informat f ion, no matter how insignificant it might seem, could be very valuable.” The suspect is described as a man of unknown ethnicity in his late 30s, approximately ly 6’ tall with a medium to athletic build; he has brown, curly l r and d was wearing dark rk clothing t the time of the attack. nyone with informat f ion about he attack is asked to call RCMP onst. Bilmer Mottaghi g an at 604-552309 or remain anonymous by callng Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. t oyne@tricity tco t


More than a hundred people crammed Coquitlam city council chambers — and beyond — to take part in Monday’s ’ public hearing on rezoning 3030 Gordon Ave., a property owned by the city, to make way for a permanent shelter for the homeless. After the five-hour hearing, council voted 8-1 in favour of the shelter.

Shelter gets council OK Supporters, some from other areas, outnumber opponents at hearing


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Coquitlam city council voted earl r y Tuesday morning to approve the city’s first homeless shelter at 3030 Gordon Ave. The eight-to-one vote in favour of the shelter saw Coun. Lou Sekora cast the only dissenting vote against the Gordon Avenue site following a five-hour public hearing g on the issue. At the hearing, Coquitlam May a or Richard Stewart’s pleading preamble that “cooler heads would prevail” proved true. Expressing regret at having to point out the presence of police stationed in councill chambers beffore the hearing began, Stewart

Brenda Badgero (left) said their mention was warranted given i threats made against councillors and against shelter supporters at a previous meeting on the issue lastt month. “I’ve never had to say that beffore and I’m deeply troubled by the fact that I feel, and that council f ls, that it needed to be said tofee night,” Stewart said. But despite a few off-the-cuff

comments and jeers from among the more than 100 people gathered in the council chambers and spilling out into the atrium, the marathon hearing g on the proposed 3030 Gordon Ave. shelter went relative i ly smoothly. And while there was no shortage of shelter opponents at the hearing, an early show of hands at the request of Tri-Cities homeless

activist Sandy Burpee revealed that shelter supporters outnumbered those opposed to it at the hearing by roughl g y 10 to one. Butt residents in the area of the shelter called d out those who spoke for the shelter who don’t live in the immediate vicinity of the proposed facility. “ d where do you live? Let’s “An put it in Port Coquitlam then. Let’s put it by his house,” a man shouted d at a spokesperson ffor the Hope for Freedom Society y, a homeless outreach group. The comment prompted May a or Stewart to warn, “This is not going g to work if we have that kind of comment because of where he lives. Everyone in the country y can come in here tonight and make some comments and council gets to attach whatever relevance to them.” see FORMER FORMER,, page p ge A6 pa


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It may have been a tough year to balance the public books but that didn’t stop Coquitlam city council from awarding itself a salary hike — at taxpayers’ expense. This month, amid calls by senior city managers to slash department budgets to keep property taxes low, city council adopted its 2011 financial plan that included a 4% jump to their annual remuneration. The increase, which starts tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 1), means Coquitlam M a y o r STEWART Richard Stewart will make nearly $119,000 a year — plus a transportation allowance of about $8,000 — while city councillors will get nearly $53,800 a year as well as a $3,500 transportation stipend for acting mayoralty duties. Stewart defended the 4% wage hike, saying a solid salary is needed to attract candidates to elected office. Otherwise, he argued, “you’ll end up with some good people that can’t, quite frankly, afford to be on council.” He added, “Doing council properly is a full-time job.” Most of the councillors who responded to The Tri-City News this week agreed. “I think it’s fair for the work we do,” Coun. Brent Asmundson said of the pay increase. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it.” Asmundson compared civic politician salaries in Metro Vancouver with those in other jurisdictions, including Calgary’s where, he said, “councillors are making over $100,000 a year.”

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Evergreen Line makes news Twists and turns of the Evergreen Line saga had more curves than an amusement ride in 2010


t has been a crazy ride — more like an outing on Disneyland’s Matterhorn than a trip on a rapid transit system — but in the end, more progress may have been made on the Evergreen Line than many may have expected when 2010 began. Although the funding issue has yet to be resolved and TransLink is no further ahead than it was this time last year on finding its $400-million share of the $1.4-billion project, many milestones were reached this year. of B.C.’s Ministry Transportation has already begun to acquire properties along the Burnaby-to-Coquitlam route where houses and businesses are in the way of the alignment. Several homes have been purchased and negotiations are underway with at least 30 businesses, many of them in Port Moody. An environmental assessment review acknowledged that dozens of homes and apartments would be affected by noise from construction


This is what the station across the street from Douglas College could look like if the Evergreen Line project goes ahead as planned. and the line’s cars, and some businesses would need to be relocated while others would be affected by construction. In the end, the assessment recommended enhanced communication, the establishment of a business advisory group and noise mitigation strategies. Still, the final certification required for construction hasn’t been approved. People also got to see some early

drawings of the confirmed six stations that will feature glass and wood, fare gates, extra parking and bike racks. But while these tangible efforts to get the Evergreen Line running by 2014 were given prominence in the news, what really captured people’s attention was the politics surrounding funding, the location and certainty of two additional stations for

Port Moody and Coquitlam, and the question of whether Port Coquitlam should also have a station. What has been confirmed is that six stations will be built and Port Moody and Coquitlam could get a third station each if there were enough density planned for the area and $20 million could be raised in development fees to pay for them. Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart has accepted that reality and believes the city has the density. Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini, meanwhile, is concerned the money to pay for stations will leave cities high and dry for other amenities while Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore is lobbying for a station near his city’s downtown based on future growth in the area and concerns that the current terminus — next to the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park — will be a dead end. As well, TransLink’s mayors’ council has yet to make a decision on how to pay for TransLink’s share of the project. It’s most likely property taxes or a vehicle levy will be used unless the province agrees to some other source. Construction can’t start until a commitment is made.

Homeless shelter zoning approved, not all are happy Shelter gets council nod but still needs funding


fter years of planning for a Tri-City homeless shelter, Coquitlam city council started the rezoning process for its land at 3030 Gordon Ave. — a vacant parcel in an industrial section and close to the CP Rail tracks that local politicians thought would be a perfect fit. Some neighbours thought differently. I n O c t o b e r, a r e a r e s i dents Garry Badour and Greg MacDonald spoke out as the city’s land use committee considered whether council should hold a public hearing to build the fourstorey shelter and transitional housing f acility. Committee chair Coun. Mae Reid took issue with Badour, who accused the

committee of bias and of forcing through an agenda. The next month, at a city council meeting, about 200 people — a couple of whom later threatened the mayor — sent a signal about their concerns about the planned height and size of the building, community safety and the potential impact on property values. Opponents also wanted to have the shelter at Riverview Hospital. (Their concerns were the same as those expressed in an online poll the city conducted as well as at two open houses held in September that drew 117 people.) But supporters cited the need to address homelessness and Sandy Burpee, chair of the Tri-City Homelessness Task Group, vowed the proposed shelter would not have a negative impact on the area. On Nov. 29, after five hours of listening to speakers note the pros


Both housing advocates and residents turned out for public meetings to hear about city plans for a homeless shelter and transition housing at 3030 Gordon Ave. in Coquitlam. Zoning for the project was eventually approved in 2010. and cons, city council voted 8-1 in favour of rezoning the property, with Coun. Lou Sekora against the plans. Now, Burpee said he hopes to work with city staff to figure out the next steps for the shelter, which would be staffed around the clock and would provide support for homeless people and individuals wishing to get out of the cycle of homelessness. “Ever since the homeless task

group got started on addressing homelessness in Tri-Cities, it’s been one hurdle after another but you have to see what has been accomplished,” Burpee told The TriCity News in November, referring to a cold/wet weather mat program currently rotating among five TriCity churches. According to BC Housing, the Coquitlam shelter is a high priority and will be considered in its 2011/’12 budget in mid-February.

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arents concerned about how School District 43 handled an investigation into sexual interference complaints against a substitute teacher will have to wait until court proceedings are over. But it could be months before anything more is known about the case of Aleksandr Plehanov, 35. In March, the Burnaby resident was charged with nine sexual offences against three girls aged seven and eight after the parents of one Grade 3 girl reported she was touched inappropriately by a substitute teacher. The parents of a fourth girl then came forward with infor mation about an alleged incident dating back to October 2009 and concerns were raised as to why the district hadn’t informed the PLEHANOV police. The board responded by issuing a statement that the district provided the police with all information and took immediate steps to ensure that students’ safety was not at risk. The district confirmed it conducted a two-phase investigation after the October 2009 incident, involving interviews of witnesses by the principal, human resources staff and outside forensic and clinical psychologists. Following the investigation, a discipline hearing was held with the board, as required by the School Act. The BC College of Teachers also opened a file on Plehanov but hasn’t released any details. In May, the nine charges against Plehanov were reduced to four counts of sexual interference, or touching of a person under the age of 14. Then, in June, a charge of criminal harassment was added because, Coquitlam RCMP said, Plehanov was seen near the house of one of his alleged victims. He was subsequently released on a $1,000 cash bail, with conditions that he not go to any of the Tri-Cities except for court appearances or with the written permission of his bail supervisor. Future court dates haven’t been confirmed and no further details of the school’s investigation or discipline are available.

Shredder spells doom for old drives and gadgets Post-holiday recycling option for old electronics By Jeff Nagel BLACK PRESS

Unwanted electronics, meet The Shredder. A provincial government warehouse in Surrey is once again prepared to take your old hard drive or other data storage devices and

grind them up for recycling. The cheap service — $2.50 or less per device — is popular after the Christmas influx of new tech gifts and ideal for anyone wanting to recycle old electronic gear but afraid their personal information, passwords and other data might fall into the wrong hands. Not everyone knows how to safely erase stored information, an environment ministry spokesman said, adding the service guarantees

complete destruction beyond any chance of data retrieval. The Shredder — also nicknamed EDDIE for Evil Destroyer of Delicate Internal Electronics — chews up electronic gear like hard drives and spits out coin-sized pieces that are then recycled for other products. There’s also an EDDIE Jr. dedicated to taking smaller items like cellphones, Blackberries and other handheld devices and portable

memories. The service, introduced in 2007, is credited with keeping more than 80,000 kilograms of waste electronics out of landfills. It also accepts various storage media, such as CDs, DVDs, floppy disks and memory sticks. See the complete list of what can be shredded at: media-destruction-general-public. html. The Lower Mainland’s Shredder

is based at the government’s Asset Investment Recovery warehouse at 8307 130 Street in Surrey and is open from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The warehouse also collects at no charge items like computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines, stereos and televisions for e-waste recycling. For a complete list of what can be recycled, see: electronics/acceptable.

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Police investigate stabbing involving PoCo man Vancouver police are still searching for suspects in a Monday evening stabbing that left a 26-year-old Port Coquitlam man in hospital with multiple knife wounds. The PoCo man was stabbed twice in the abdomen, once in the back and once in the head in what Vancouver police spokesperson Const. Jana McGuinness called a targeted attack by a group of men outside the Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant on the 1200 block of Kingsway Street near Clark Drive at around 5 p.m. The victim and another man fled the scene in a vehicle immediately following the attack and ar-

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rived at hospital shortly thereafter, alerting police to the violent assault. Police so far have no suspects in connection with the incident but are looking for a black Jeep Cherokee believed to be linked to the assailants. Though she described the PoCo man’s injuries as “severe,” McGuinness said the 26-year-old had undergone emergency surgery and was listed in stable condition Tuesday. Anyone with information on the stabbing is asked to call the VPD Robbery Assault Squad at 604717-2541 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Motorists are advised that during the month of January, 2011, eastbound traffic ffi on the Port Mann Bridge may be reduced to one lane during the evening. These temporary lane closures are necessary to transport sections of the crane used to install the deck on the new Port Mann Bridge. Beginning at 9:00 p.m. most nights, Highway 1 eastbound between the Brunette Overpass and Johnston Hill will be reduced to one lane, the eastbound High Occupancy Vehicle lane, which will be open to all traffi ffic. The two remaining lanes will be closed from the Cape Horn Interchange to Johnston Hill. All lanes will reopen by 5:00 a.m. each day. Trucks transporting sections of the crane will travel west in the closed eastbound lanes. This route will be well signed and speed limits will be reduced to 60 kilometres per hour while lanes are closed. Motorists are asked to watch for signs and obey posted speed limits. Closures are tentatively scheduled from January 4 to January 31, 2011. However, these dates are subject to change due to weather.

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The union representing corrections officers at North Fraser Pretrial Centre is again calling on the provincial government to increase staffing levels after several assaults took place at the facility last week. Correctional and Sheriff Service chair Dean Purdy, with the BC Government Employees Union, said there have now been 34 assaults on staff in two years at the centre. He attributes the statistic to the inmate to officer ratio which he said has ballooned from 20 inmates to every staff member to 60 to one at NFPC. “Our number one concern is that if something is not done to address the violence one of our officers is going to face the ultimate sacrifice and that is dying on the job,” Purdy said. “We don’t want to see that happen and that is why we are bringing this up.” In one of the incidents that occurred last week, an inmate sucker-punched an officer, who fell to the ground and was repeatedly kicked. Another officer who attempted to intervene was spit in the face by a second inmate. According to a BC Corrections spokesperson the two inmates will be charged internally under the Correction Act and criminal charges are also a possibility. Violent incidents are increasing, Purdy said, who believes the federal Conservative’s get-tough-on crime agenda will exacerbate an already overpopulated provincial jail system. “Violence levels are on the rise,” Purdy said. “This is something that is going to get worse and worse if it is not addressed.” However, corrections spokesperson Chad Hoskins said staff-to-inmate ratios were not a contributing

City Hall The holidays are almost on us and we want to take this opportunity to remind you of the holiday closure at Coquitlam City Hall. December 24 8:00 a.m. December 25 – January 3 Closed

12:00 p.m.

If you require any emergency assistance regarding water, sewer or roads over the holiday, please call 604.927.3500 and someone will be able to assist you.

Recreational Facilities December 25

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Other hours of operation vary with each facility over the holiday season. For schedule information, please call Coquitlam’s 24-hour information line at 604.927.6969 or contact a Recreation facility directly (numbers listed below): Centennial Activity Centre City Centre Aquatic Complex Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex Dogwood Pavilion Glen Pine Pavilion Pinetree Community Centre Poirier Community Centre Summit Community Centre

604.933.6143 604.927.6999 604.927.6027 604.927.6089 604.927.6940 604.927.6960 604.927.6027 604.927.6960

For general information, please call Coquitlam’s 24-hour information line at 604.927.6969.

Animal Shelter Coquitlam’s Animal Shelter will be operating with the following special hours: December 24 December 25 December 26 December 31 January 01 January 02

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Cemetery Services Robinson Park Memorial Cemetery will be open 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon on December 24 and closed December 25, 26, 27, 31 and January 1. For more information call 604.927.6020.

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Costs queried for delayed civic square A civic gathering place that was supposed to open by the time the Olympic torch passed through town was a topic of much discussion this year, especially after Coquitlam city council questioned its final price tag. When the dust settled after three years of planning and changes in the scope of the proj-

ect — and a revelation to city council that $745,000 had already been spent on an engineering contract — Spirit Square, the grassy area south of city hall, came in at $2.7-million. The tally did not sit well with Mayor Richard Stewart. However, he told The Tri-City News: “At the end of the day, we end up with a very

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No tree-top park at Mundy At first it was heralded as an innovative way to generate revenue for the city of Coquitlam. But once the public got wind of a proposal to allow a private company to build a forest adventure playground in Coquitlam’s Mundy Park, it did not take long for opposition to the project to mobilize. After announcing the possibility of such a project in the summer, council quickly scuttled the idea, which would have seen ladders, ziplines, walkways and bridges placed 60-feet above the forest floor. The initiative was part of a city effort to bolster eco-tourism opportunities, after similar attractions recently opened in Maple Ridge and Nanaimo. The city stood to benefit financially, funding councillors said was badly needed for


A proposal for a private forest adventure playground in Mundy Park was turned down after public opposition. park maintenance and operation costs. “ E ve r y ye a r o u r park maintenance goes up,” said Coun. Doug Macdonell, chair of the city’s recreation committee. “This will go a long way toward offsetting park costs.” Lanny Englund, Coquitlam’s urban forestry operations manager, said while the construction of a forest

playground would have some impact on the environment, it would be minimal. He pointed out that the companies involved recognize that the health of the forest in which they operate is paramount to the success of the business. As a result, most are careful to minimize any risk to the trees and surrounding environment. But environmental

assurances from city staff were not enough to convince those opposed that the project should go ahead. Of the 700 responses to an online survey conducted over the summer, 88% were opposed to a forest playground while 89% rejected Mundy Park as the location for such a business. “This was a very emotional issue for many citizens,” said Lori MacKay, the city’s general manager of parks, recreation and cultural services. According to the feedback, most critics wanted Mundy to remain untouched and did not want a commercial enterprise operating in the park. Council will re-consider the possibility of an eco-tourism attraction at a different location in 2012.


Bruins vs humans in garbage battle The battle to keep bears out of neighbourhoods continued in the Tri-Cities in 2010 with more than 934 bear sightings in Coquitlam alone. More than nine bears were shot in the region and three more had to be relocated. The animals come from the forested areas of Burke Mountain and have ventured as far away as North Road. Nobody is more familiar with the problem than Coquitlam Bear Aware co-ordinator Drake Stephens. In his fourth year on the job, Stephens has ramped up efforts to educate the public about the importance of securing garbage and other animal attractants. “The problem is determined by the food in the area,” Stephens said earlier this year, noting garbage is the number one bear attractant. “Our work will just get busier and busier.” Both Coquitlam and

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Pickton case raises controversy RCMP criticized for investigation While the close of 2010 marks almost a decade since the arrest of Canada’s most prolific serial killer, Robert William Pickton, it was again a year of little closure for the friends and families of the 26 victims of the Port Coquitlam pig farmer. The tragedy of the P i ck t o n f a r m m u rders was revisited and old wounds nearly reopened when, in July, Pickton’s defence lawyers moved to overturn all six of his 2007 second-degree murder convictions. Pickton was charged with the murders of 26 missing women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside but it was de-

cided early in the investigation that, for the sake of expediency, he would only be tried on the Crown’s six strongest cases against him. Pickton was found guilty on all counts in December 2007 but in 2010, his lawyers launched an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada sparked by the release of 2007 court documents that described how Pickton’s trial judge had told the jury they might find Pickton guilty of murder even if they we re n’ t c e r t a i n h e had acted alone but at least believed he had “acted indirectly” in the deaths of Marnie Frey, Georgina Papin, Brenda Wolfe, Andrea J o e s b u r y, S e r e e n a Abotsway and Mona Wilson.

HST in the news and fall of 2010, the two organizers of the Fight HST initiative circulated an anti-HST petition throughout the province, gar nering enough signatures to force a September 2011 referendum on what was quickly dubbed the “hated sales tax.” In the midst of Premier Campbell’s descent into singledigit approval ratings, the BC New Democrats failed to capitalize on the BC Liberal leadership vacuum, falling instead into their own tailspin as fractures within the party forced leader Carole James to step down with no clear leader to take her place as a potential election looms in 2011.

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Had Pickton’s appeal to the country’s highest court been granted, a new trial would have been called and Crown counsel likely would have tried Pickton on all 26 murder charges. That’s something for which many friends and family members of the 20 murdered women whose cases were not heard had argued all along. B u t t h e S u p re m e Court ruled July 30 that Pickton was “overwhelmingly” guilty of the six murders and that it was of little consequence to his trial whether or not others had been involved. With that decision, Pickton’s prison cell door was finally and irrevocably slammed shut, although some felt that so too were


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Kindergarten extended This year’s crop of kindergarten students made history by being in school for a longer day. Nearly 1,000 students at 23 schools in School District 43 are in kindergarten for a full day instead of just a morning or an afternoon, and some got to learn their lessons in Mandarin in a new immersion program at Coquitlam’s Walton elementary. SD43 administrators say full-day kindergarten isn’t much different from part-time kindergarten in that the focus is on learning through play. But the longer day enables teachers to spend more time in some learning areas. Although the program will roll out fully in September 2011, parents worried their children aren’t ready can make arrangements to introduce them to the longer day later in the year. Full-day K is also filling up schools and requiring building additions. Bramblewood and Aspenwood, two of SD43’s newer elementary schools, are


School District 43 rolled out full-day kindergarten programs at 23 schools. Next fall all five-year-olds will be eligible to go to school for the longer day. being expanded and other crowded schools may get new modular buildings. B.C. will pay $280 million to implement full-day kindergarten for all five-year-olds and spend $144.5 million for new classroom space for these students.

Longer spring break, too More days off in 2011 Spring break will be longer this year but not because School District 43 officials prefer skiing and sunning on the beach to education. In fact, the decision to stretch spring break by a week in 2011 and add an extra day to the 2010 Remembrance Day holiday was made for budgetary reasons. The board was looking to save

money to avoid having to lay off teachers and paring six days from the school calendar would save nearly $500,000 in teachers on call (TOC) costs. But financial difficulties haven’t gone away and officials are predicting a $1.5-million structural deficit for next year. Still, in the spring, students will be off from March 22 to April 2 inclusive, returning to school on Monday, April 4.


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t’s a strange custom: a night of decadence on New Year’s Eve, followed by penance — either a hangover or a chilly swim — and finally a month of dieting, exercise and financial belt-tightening. After two months of the media promoting shopping and eating excess, the next several weeks will promise words of wisdom on cutting back, reducing and putting something away for the future. There seems to be no way to avoid the endless exhortations to make resolutions, save money, boost RRSPs, eat better and exercise more in January after a month of over-spending and over-eating. It might be better to adopt a philosophy of moderation all year around because yo-yo dieting makes us fat, depletes our resources and leaves us grumpy as well. But who wants to wreck the party? Get out and have fun tonight and we’ll see you at the Penguin Plunge in Port Moody on Saturday for New Year’s Day.





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eing a teenager today is more difficult than ever. Being a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) teen is even more challenging. A 2007 study conducted by the McCreary Institute reported that British Columbian LGBTQ teens are at least twice more likely to be verbally harassed, purposefully excluded, or physically assaulted at school. More disturbingly, the report states that LGBTQ teens are at least five times more likely to attempt suicide. Recent news stories have reported a surge in instances of bullying and suicide within this subculture. What support do these teens have that would steer them away from choosing such a drastic measure such as suicide? All teens need a supportive environment at home, school, and in their community in order to transition into healthy adults. LGBTQ teens, in particular, who often feel

less connected to their families and community, need supportive bridges to form the caring and inclusive relationships they are desperately seeking. Overall, the lack of existing resources in the Tri-Cities indicates that we have minimal support for our LGBTQ community, especially our younger generation. Apart from a Pride Collective resource at Douglas College, it appears that the Tri-Cities area has only one program; it is a drop-in group run by the Pacific Legal Education Association (or PLEA) community services group called Generation Out (604-708-2632). It meets weekly within the Tri-Cities to provide youth support activities and counselling. There are other programs are in place to support LGBTQ youth within Metro Vancouver: The Kids Help Phone Line ( or 1-800-668-6868) is the only organization in Canada to provide toll-free support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Kids Help Phone Line provides

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“We need to do more to help. Our teenagers deserve special support.” confidential counseling over the web or by telephone. The Pride Education Network (pridenet. ca) is a group whose mission statement advocates for “an inclusive, respectful environment for all students, staff and families, regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity, within all B.C. educational institutions, through the development of concrete supports, policies, resources and actions.” Qmunity ( is a Vancouver-based group that offers support and information for LGBTQ teens and their friends and families. The website also contains information for all age groups.

Qmunity also runs Prideline, a peer support/information/referral phone line (604684-6869 or 1-800-566-1170) on weeknights. Facebook groups are one way to seek support, and though many pages exist, it is not the ideal avenue for preventing bullying and suicide in this culture due to the lack of privacy and confidentiality associated with these sites. It may even lead to cyber-bullying. We need to do more to help. Our teenagers deserve special support because they are already coping with the usual challenges of growing up and becoming adults. If you witness someone being bullied, take the time to step in and stop the act. It could save a life and send a message that this behavior is not acceptable. As the Plea Community Services says, “everyone should have the opportunity to have a ‘good life’”— this includes our LGBTQ youth. — This article was submitted by Larry Elima, Ronita Chand and Alison Chipeniuk, students in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Douglas College.

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FACE TO FACE: What’s in store for the year ahead? A fond farewell to Sims

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he Chinese Zodiac is dubbing 2011 the Year of the Rabbit, but I’m thinking it will more likely be the Year of the Chickens Coming Home to Roost. That is, it will be the year of negative consequences being felt for rash actions previously taken. My last year’s predictions on everything from Ignatieff ’s stalling at the polls to Campbell’s resignation were largely correct, right down to the off-handed guess I made about the return to popularity of the moustache. I honestly didn’t know about Movember, cross my heart! On the international stage, I’m predicting that the next big terrorist event will take place in the Middle East, not the West, where hyper-radical Islamists will turn on the so-called moderate governments that have been naively mollycoddling them. I’m also figuring that a skyrocketing number of cash-strapped governments will have to deal with the consequences of too-generous welfare plans, too-fat civil-service pensions, and too top-heavy bureaucracies. Upward pressure on taxes and downward pressure on the size of governments will prevail, and the biggest crises won’t be in the European Union, as was the case


in 2010, but in American state capitals, where legislators have been too timid for too long in standing up to vested interests. Not all the news will be bad, though. The Lady Gaga hysteria will fizzle out. Justin Bieber will nick himself shaving for the first time. And American Idoll will enter its final season. I’m also happy to predict that two American sportsmen will bring joy to B.C., as Ryan Kesler will win the Frank Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward and Travis Lulay will lead the B.C. Lions to the Grey Cup final, which is being played at the renovated B.C. Place stadium. Please allow me to end by bidding a fond farewell to my debating opponent of almost five years now, as she has decided to step aside to devote her considerable energies to other matters. It has been a real pleasure getting to know her as we exchanged ideas, engaged in discussions (mainly online) and then returned to our respective corners to write our halves of these regular debates. I may have disagreed with her on many issues, but I treasured her as a colleague, and I will miss her greatly.


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rate and capitalist greed mean that we have to give up on an early retirement age, better pensions and wages? Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Rakesh Kurana, both professors at the Harvard Business School called for U.S. President Obama for a truth and reconciliation commission on the economy. I think this is a great idea. Let the bankers and financiers who continue to collect their million dollar bonuses face those people who were affected by their poor decisions and lack of accountability. I’m afraid though that we will never get to the truth of how badly government and big business let us down and it will be business as usual.

GOOD-BYE READERS I can also predict that this, dear readers will be my last column for The Tri-City News. It has been a privilege for me to share my thoughts and views on a wide range of subjects over the past five years. I wish my colleague opposite and his new debating partner all the best and continued success to the folks at The News. To you, my readers, a heartfelt thank you for your support and responses via the Letters to the Editor over the years.

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Four percent lift is OK, Coq. councillors say municipalities. The change meant Mayor Greg Moore’s salary rose from $67,277 to $85,418 while council’s wages went up from $22,257 to $31,654 (plus a $1,189 per month stipend for acting mayors). PoCo city council’s salaries are expected to go up again Jan. 1 to adjust to inflation as are Port Moody’s, where the mayor makes $69,114 and council earns $24,191. “A remuneration increase of 2% for Port Moody city council has been included in our 2011 provisional budget,” said city spokesperson Leslyn Johnson. Last year, PoMo council members gave up their scheduled annual costof-living increase for 2010 to save the city some money. T h e C a n a d i a n Ta x p aye r s ’ Federation this week reported B.C.’s inflation rate at 2.9%, slightly higher than the national average.

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Coun. Barrie Lynch said non-union staff at city hall next year will also receive a 4% salary increase to match the CUPE collective agreement wage hike. (In April 2008, city council — under then-mayor Maxine Wilson, who was union endorsed — ratified a fiveyear contract that included a wage increase resulting in an average of 3.5% per year for the 1,134 LYNCH CUPE 386 members, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2007. The agreement ends on Dec. 31, 2011.) Lynch said the 4% lift for city councillors isn’t that much. “Four percent on what a councillor makes and four percent on what our city administration makes — or even what the mayor makes — is a significant difference so using a percentage is really kind of misleading of really what it’s costing,” he said. Lynch, who voted against the 2011 budget with Coun. Lou Sekora, as well as councillors Selina Robinson and Mae Reid pointed to other Metro Vancouver cities, like Port Coquitlam, that have had to make steep rises after years of stipend freezes. “I don’t think that’s fair,” Reid said. “If you keep it going up in small increments then you don’t have to get to that point.” This past summer, PoCo city council unanimously approved a 27% increase for the mayor and a 42% increase for councillors to bring their wages in line with similar-sized

MONEY BACK He voted in favour of the 2011 budget, but Coun. Neal Nicholson won’t be accepting the pay hike. Nicholson said he led the council discussion to freeze council stipends in the new year but the majority turned him down. “I thought that we should not take the increase,” he said. “I think it’s council’s position to show some leadership in this area. We were asking city departments to come up with budget cuts and I think we need to show the way.” On Tuesday, Nicholson asked the city’s payroll department to donate his 4% wage hike to the Douglas College Foundation — a fund close to Nicholson’s heart.



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rom Rome to reggae, Austria to Merengue, New Year’s Eve in the Tri-Cities will have a distinctly international flair. So come out and join your neighbours and the world in welcoming in 2011 — and don’t forget your swimsuit!

TODAY: Friday, Dec. 31 WHEN IN ROME Get a jump on 2011 by ringing in the new year on Rome, Italy time at the Glen Pine Pavilion (1200 Glen Pine Court, Coquitlam). The allages party starts at noon with an Italian lunch and refreshments, party favours and music by Tri-Cities favourite Tony Prophet. Then join the countdown to the clock strik-


ing 2011 at 3 p.m. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for everyone else. For more information, contact Beatrice Ho at

ROLL OUT THE RUG Come celebrate 2010 and welcome 2011 in red carpet style at the Executive Plaza Hotel (405 North Road, Coquitlam). First night festivities will feature live R&B and reggae music by the Fire Band and DJ Carl Sound Vibes while guests enjoy a buffet dinner and dance party from 6:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Tickets are $95 per person or $375 per couple for an overnight package which includes not only the dinner and dance but overnight accommodation at the hotel, parking and a New Years Day breakfast. For more info call Carl at 604210-0759, Maryann at 778-8885705 or check “Caribbean Vibes” on Facebook.

QUIRING IN 2011 The Quiring Chamber Players present their third annual QuiRing in the New Year concert at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) from 8 to 10 p.m. The Coquitlam chamber music trio will feature some of their favourite selections from Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Tickets are $38 or $20 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the Evergreen box office, online at or by phone at 604-927-6550.

DANCE ‘TIL IT DROPS Dip and twirl into 2011 with the New Year’s Latin Dance Party at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way). Beginning at 9 p.m., hosts Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler will lead you through lessons in Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha and

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hisChristmas, instead of celebrating the Yuletide traditions in Vancouver, the family flew across the Pacific Ocean to join mum in Asia. This has been a holiday to remember with three generations celebrating on a South East Asian island. On Christmas day, my mom and I parasailed together, high above Batu Ferrangi here in Penang, Malaysia. It was a surreal experience, flying through the air, looking down at the beach below. This is unlike any other Christmas memory I have collected. “Mayalsia Truly Asia” is a catchy jingle that I have heard for years on television networks. So, finally we responded to the call. I have always wondered what they meant by “Truly Asia” and joked about this saying “OK, is China fake Asia?” But I think that I now understand what they mean. There is a mix of three Asian cultures, cohabiting in this country. Here in Penang there is a strong presence of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures. So “Truly Asia” acknowledges the coexistence of Asian cultures here from the East, South and SouthEast of the continent. On the beach and in the city of Georgetown, it is evident that the Muslim faith is practised, as is Buddhism and Hinduism. Beautiful mosques punctuate the streets of the city, along with ornate Buddhist temples and elaborate Hindu shrines. Evidence of faith is not just monumental or architectural though. Here, on the beaches of Penang one can witness the contrast between men in their

tiny Speedos and women standing by the pool in full burka. Some women even swim with hijabs on their heads, wearing bathing suits that cover their knees, shoulders and much of their arms, staying faithful to the tenants of their religion. Lying by the pool-side with my cousins in our bathing suits, exposing most of our bodies to the rays of the sun, (in the hopes of catching a little colour,) we see women dressed in black, literally from head to toe. All you can see are eyes through a small square hole in a continuous black heap of cloth. I cannot judge. I am not Muslim and do not walk in their shoes and have not been schooled or raised in this religion. I only know that the way we dress are worlds apart. I do love that we can both be here in this same place and we can be curious about one another but still respect each others’ differences and exist along side one another on this island. This is the first real exposure that I have had to Muslim culture and I am intrigued. Sitting across the table from my grandparents, mom, aunt, uncle and younger cousins at meal times, we have enjoyed amazing dishes from China, India and the Middle East. We have played catch up while walking through the streets of Little India and Chinatown. The stress of college and my part time job on campus are so far away from me now as I reconnect with the family and together, absorb the sights and sounds of this incredible place. Naomi Yorke is a Port Coquitlam student who lived in Shanghai, China for four years, writing about her experiences twice a month for The Tri-City News. She now lives in Chicago, where she’s attending art school, and continues her column.

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usan and I will always remember our Christmas of 1997. Our two daughters and their husbands were in our living room to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. After our annual tradition of reading the Christmas story, lighting the centre candle and thanking God for his goodness and love for our family, we went around the room opening presents. Finally, when we were all done oohing and aahing and thanking one another, Kelly, our eldest said, “Mom and Dad, Tom and I have one more present for you!” There was a subtle grin on her face as she passed us the pretty little package. As Susan released the bow and unwrapped the paper, our anticipation grew.



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See best of nature in photo feature Nature photography is January topic at BMN meeting The guest speaker at the Tuesday, Jan. 11 meeting of the Burke Mountain Naturalists is nature photographer Vladimir Jan. The well-known local paddler, hiker and photographer will show a series of audio-visual slide shows he has created using his photos of birds and macro subjects like insects and flowers. Members will l e a r n h ow h e c ap tured the images and will see a selection called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasons along DeBoville Slough.â&#x20AC;? Jan has worked professionally as a photographer and is an active member of the Pacific Digital Photography Club.


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ecently, I attended a presentation on wolverines where I learned more about these fascinating animals. Although mainly associated with northern boreal forests and arctic tundra, B.C. is one of their remaining strongholds in North America. Even though wolverines are a species at risk in B.C. with a population roughly estimated to be between 2,000 and 4,000, some trapping is still allowed here. Associated with remote wilderness and known for their fearless attitude, wolverines remain one of the least understood of our larger wild animals. Short and stocky with unusually large feet, wolverines are the largest terrestrial member of the weasel family. They are only about a metre in length with an average weight between 15 and 20 kg. Their large feet act like snowshoes and allow them to cover many kilometres with remarkable ease in the winter. Radio-tagging studies carried out in Montanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glacier National Park and adjacent areas in B.C. and Alberta have shown wolverines, especially males, have huge territories (over 1,000 square kilometres) and cover amazing distances, 30 km or more, on daily excursions that go up and down steep mountain slopes. For example, one wolverine was recorded climbing 1,500 vertical meters in 90 minutes during the winter in Glacier National Park. What I had not realized until I heard Doug Chadwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation (who has also written a book about wolverines) was that these animals have playful personalities and appear to be quite sociable despite their often solitary nature. Wolverines mainly scavenge for food but they can kill animals as large as a deer. They seem to do best in areas where there is a biodiverse mix of large predators so that they can take advantage of the kills of other animals. Females give birth to their young in the spring typically in burrows they dig within deep snowpack at high elevations. While found across most of B.C., wolverines are not present on Haida Gwaii and are

now thought to be extirpated (i.e., locally extinct) from Vancouver Island. Wolverines are thought to be relatively rare in the southwestern portion of mainland B.C. but, given their preference for wilderness, there is only scant information to go by. Several years ago, when the Burke Mountain Naturalists supported a winter wildlife study in the Upper Pitt River Valley, we were delighted when wolverine tracks were identified. This area, adjacent to remote wilderness and high elevation mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park would have ideal wolverine habitat. As the crow flies (or as wolverines travel), itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that far away from the Lower Mainland. Perhaps then, it is not so astonishing that a wolverine was observed in Metro Vancouver in 2003. I first became aware of this animal when knowledgeable naturalists reported seeing it in the Maplewood Flats area of North Vancouver, an area on Burrard Inlet similar to Shoreline Park and protected for its high wildlife values. We surmised the wolverine may have come out of the Seymour watershed by following the Seymour River downstream. The next surprise came that October when my son, who was a volunteer at the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Burnaby, reported a wolverine had been taken into care. I learned this wolverine had been caught in Port Moody where it had taken refuge under an abandoned car and, judging by all the feathers, seemed to be feasting on Canada geese. Presumably, it had swum across Burrard Inlet from Maplewood. The wolverine had been reported as an abandoned bear cub. When staff from Wildlife Rescue attempted to trap it they found they had a little more than they bargained for and were not able to capture the animal without one of its teeth breaking when it bit into a pole. It was soon discovered the wolverine, a healthy young male, also had a former tendon injury that prevented from using its right front leg. The wonderful folks at Wildlife Rescue arranged for tooth and tendon surgery and, by November, the wolverine was ready for release into remote wilderness close to the northern portion of the Coquitlam drinking wa-


â&#x20AC;&#x153;The story of this remarkable wolverine is certainly a reminder that wilderness is only a short distance away... ELAINE GOLDS tershed and the Upper Pitt River Valley. This story of Port Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wolverine should have had a happy outcome but such was not the case. The

next summer, a dead wolverine was found on the beach near Mossom Creek. An autopsy showed this to be a wolverine with a root canal job â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and there was only one of them in the world. It appeared he had a fatal fight with a larger predator, possibly a cougar. Nonetheless, this wolverine had successfully managed on his own for almost a year. My guess is he was dropping by to check on the status of the Canada geese. The wolverine is certainly a reminder that wilderness is only a short distance away from our doorsteps.

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Amazing colours on winter flowering shrubs IN THE GARDEN Brian Minter Check out the Japanese cherry trees blooming in Vancouver now


fter our rather abrupt introduction to winter in late November, so far (touch wood) our winter has been wonderfully mild. This has prompted a wealth of flowering shrubs to add amazing colour to these dark, cloudy days. Many folks have yet to discover the beauty winter flowering shrubs can bring to our gardens. To me, a fragrant Chinese witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis), blooming in mid-winter, is more special than a whole row of flowering plums in May. Winter flowering shrubs provide that lift we need during those cold, grey days, and they bring a gentle reminder that spring is on its way. Let me unfold a chronological map of winter treasures that everyone can enjoy. The star-like yellow blossoms of Jasmine nudiflorum are open now and will continue to flower until mid-March. I recently saw an artistic bouquet of these branches in someone’s home, and the old-fashioned charm of these flowers was a match for any spring bouquet. These shrubs are actually

a semi-vine and look smashing against an old wall or rustic fence, and if you can provide a south or west exposure, the blossoms will appear earlier and bloom more reliably throughout the winter. In colder parts of the Lower Mainland, winter flowering Japanese cherry trees (Prunus ‘Autumnalis’) are rather fickle when it comes to early blossoms, but in Vancouver there is a row of them along Nanaimo Street north of First Avenue which actually starts flowering in November and continues almost non-stop until April. How many other trees do you know that tease you with colour for almost half the year? I have mentioned deciduous winter flowering Viburnum ‘Pink Dawn’ so many times, but it is still one of my winter favourites. Its fragrant clusters of tiny pink blossoms just never seem to quit. It will throw out a few blossoms in fall, but from early February onward, more and more blossoms will open until this shrub is a mass of pink through to April. We too often overlook a distant cousin of Viburnum ‘Pink Dawn’, the evergreen Viburnum tinus ‘Spring Bouquet.’ It is full of white blossoms now that look exceptional when contrasted with its bronze buds and steel blue berries. I like ‘Spring Bouquet’ because, if it is located in a protected, sunny location, it never seems to quit blooming. Its branches are nice to bring inside as cuts, and

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a whole host of winter-blooming shrubs celebrate its passing. Chimonanthus, or Wintersweet, will be in bloom soon, and its fragrant, light yellow/stained purple flowers are a delight few gardeners have enjoyed ... probably because it is so hard to find. If you can find one, grab it! Its perfume alone is worth the price. I am very fond of Corylopsis pauciflora, or Buttercup Winter Hazel. It is not yet in bloom, but it looks so neat in any landscape situation. Bell-shaped, primrose yellow flowers droop gracefully in clusters throughout this low spreading shrub, and if you plant some purple ‘Wanda’ primulas or miniature blue Iris reticulata around its base, you’ll create another great combination. Cornus mas, or the Cornelian Cherry, is a February bloomer, and although its blossoms are smaller than the Chinese witch hazel, I think it is well worth a spot in your garden. I am not going to mention its edible red fruit or charming reddish purple autumn foliage either. February daphne (Daphne mezereum) blooms faithfully for me each year after Valentine’s Day. Its rosy purple flowers appear along its branches before the leaves, and their perfume rates a 10! There’s also a winter blooming honeysuckle called Lonicera fragrantissima that has delightfully perfumed soft white flowers in February. It’s a keeper.

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Minto magic for Jr. A’s tops list Coquitlam wins first national crown By Larry Pruner THE TRI-CITY NEWS


oquitlam Jr. Adanacs made Minto Cup magic in August. The team won its first ever Canadian national Jr. ‘A’ lacrosse crown before its home crowd at the Sports Centre, winning all five of their games by a 55-36 aggregate and bouncing the two-time defending-champion Orangeville Northmen of Ontario on three occasions, including sweeping the best-of-three final in two straight. The Jr. A’s capped the tournament with an 8-4 victory before 1,364 jubilant fans, with Robert Church winning the event’s MVP award after racking up 23 points in five games. “Our guys were committed right from the start,” crowed Jr. A’s head coach Curt Malawsky, who took over the team after Dan Perreault was fired controversially following Coquitlam’s trip to the Minto the previous year. “They bought into everything we asked and worked extremely hard to get here. They’re the hardest working group of guys I’ve ever coached.” Added the MVP Church: “The Minto Cup was the prize I really wanted. It just felt like this was our year. It was so big... to go in and beat [Orangeville] at their own game. We out-worked and out-played them.”

OLYMPICS HIT HOME FOR HELP The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics were a bigtime celebration in the Tri-Cities, especially for four sports enthusiasts who were chosen for vital jobs as volunteers. Jim Jensen, the 57-year-old facilities maintenance supervisor for the city of Port Moody, was part of the ice technical team that prepared and maintained the rinks for hockey and sledge hockey respectively at Canada Hockey Place and UBC’s Thunderbird Arena. Also, Scott Newsom, 48, is also a city of PoMo ice-maker who helped keep clean the frozen sheets for men’s, women’s and Paralympics curling at the Vancouver Olympic Centre. “I’ve been working in rinks since 1969 and I’ve always enjoyed it, so this is a great opportunity,” said Jensen, who first started his career with the city of Winnipeg before shifting to PoMo 16 years ago. “It’s really exciting.” Meanwhile, Rob and Melody Hainsworth of Coquitlam were part of a pool of 300 anti-doping volunteers for the Olympics. “It was a long process,” said Rob, 65. “We often wondered if we’d ever get to the end [of our training] but... we’re thrilled to represent Canada.” In addition, Port Moody Recreation Complex was employed as a practice venue leading up to the Games for figure skaters from Canada, Great Britain and the U.S.

JOHANSEN A BLUE JACKET Ryan Johansen gladly shed his suit jacket June 25 to become a Blue Jacket. The Port Moody resident joyfully tugged on a Columbus union-blue player sweater over his dress shirt and tie on the Staples Centre stage in Los Angeles after was surprisingly grabbed fourth overall by the Blue Jackets at the National Hockey League entry draft. With it, Johansen became the highest NHLdrafted player to come out of the Tri-Cities, surpassing PoCo’s Zach Hamill, who was taken eighth overall in 2007 by the Boston Bruins. “This is just unbelievable,” Johansen told The Tri-City News on a cell phone from San Diego’s SeaWorld, where he and his family extended their celebration into a vacation. “There’s way too much going through my head right now. It’s been pretty hectic, for sure.” Johansen surpassed expectations as he entered the draft rated 10th among North American skaters


Robbie Campbell of the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs charges to the net versus the New Westminster Jr. Salmonbellies during the Minto Cup national Jr. A lacrosse tournament last August at the Sports Centre. The Jr. A’s won all five of their games on way to the title. only by the NHL Central Scouring Bureau. He’s currently toiling for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.

COQUITLAM EXPRESS BOLT BACK The Express won. The score was 17-0. The B.C. Hockey League franchise was granted unanimous approval at a meeting Wednesday by the Jr. ‘A’ loop’s 17 governors to relocate for the start of this season from Burnaby back to Coquitlam, where the team originated as an expansion squad in 2001-02. “I was confident about relocating back to Coquitlam but it was nice to see such an overwhelming vote,” said Express GM Darcy Rota, a 56-year-old Coquitlam resident. “Everything’s on course and the buzz in the community has been really positive. The common theme has been, ‘We want you to come home.’” In their first four seasons at the Sports Centre, the Express averaged about 1,100 fans per home game. In Burnaby at the end, they were drawing fewer than 600. So far this season, the Express have struggled in the standings with a 14-16-1-8 record and at the turnstiles at the new and vastly improved Sports Centre, where their projected average number of 1,000 spectators has hovered around 700.

SPORTS HALL’S GOT ‘EM ALL It was no surprise to see Les Wingrove inducted into the newly formed Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame in November. The real stunner was when his son, Craig, and eight-year-old granddaughter, Emma, flew in from their home in Connecticut to join in the splashy festivities at the Sports Centre location. In turn, Wingrove handed his polished, prestigious plaque to Emma as a keepsake –– forever. “I unloaded a lot of my [memorabilia] to go into the Hall of Fame,” he said. “Then I got that [plaque] and figured I’d give that away, too.” Granted, that went to somebody incredibly special and dear to his heart. First-ever athletes inducted into the Hall


Jared Soll and the Terry Fox Ravens couldn’t quite make our 2010 top-story list after falling to Vancouver College in the B.C. AAA senior high school football final. were: Mike Reelie (lacrosse), Lars Hansen (basketball), Kelley Law (curling), Craig Forrest (soccer), Christine Larsen (synchronized swimming), Ljiljana Ljubisic (track and field), Lui Passaglia (football) and Chris Wilson (wrestling). Builders were Wingrove (lacrosse), Dan Doyle (high school sports), Susan Kemper (synchronized swimming) and Gordon Welbourne (baseball), while the Centennial Centaurs 1966 football squad and the Coquitlam Sr. Adanacs 1980 World Nations lacrosse champs went in the teams category.


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604-944-2963 COQUITLAM

CRESCENT VIEW A few large 3 bdrms, reno’d townhouses avail with bsmt and patio. Different floor plans avail to choose from. 5 Appl’s some with garage in or beside. Near Port Mann bridge in magnificent area.

For info call 604-834-4097


GARDEN COURT HOUSING CO-OP 2865 Packard Ave. Now accepting applic’s for 1 & 2 bdrm apt’s. Share purchase req’d

604-464-4921 COQUITLAM: Lincoln/Pipeline (Windsor Gate), insuite W/D, s/s appliances, brand new 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 948 sq.ft. $1400/month. 1 yr term. Linda 604-761-7226 COQUITLAM

Lougheed Mall Skytrain, 5 min walk 1 & 2 Bdrm & 2 Bdrms Split Level Units Avail. Call 604-931-2024 COQUITLAM

Nice, well maintained studio, 1 and 2 bdrm. Fridge and stove. Balcony. Heat, hot water and 1 parking stall included. Nice location in Coquitlam just off Lougheed in quiet cul-de-sac. Please call Nova for viewing at 604-767-9832 535 - 555 Shaw Avenue (google map) (yahoo map)

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

For more info & viewing call

Dragan 778-788-1845

Fab location close to everything. 1 bdrm suites avail. Mins from Lougheed Mall, Skytrain Shopping & parks. Bus station right in front. Parking and Laundry room. For more info & viewing call

Beata 778-788-1840 Professionally Managed by Gateway Property Management

GARIBALDI Court (604) 463-9522 Central Maple Ridge Available 2 BEDROOM Great location for seniors!

Clean, quiet & affordable! Incl. heat, h/w, cable. Senior Move-In Allowance.

Criminal/cr check & refs. Sorry No Pets For more info. google us. MAPLE RIDGE

1 & 2 Bdrs from $740/mo GREAT LOCATION

Queen Anne Apts.








TOWNHOUSES *Near schools *5 Appliances *Decorative Fireplaces

Quiet, clean, well-maintained, updated, adult oriented one bdrm suites. Close to all amenities, and WC Express. Gated parking. Call for appointment to view. SORRY, NO PETS. Starting at $700/mo.

PITT MEADOWS: 2-3 bdrm co-op T/H $1005/mo - $1089/mo. Shares req’d. No subsidy available. Orientation 2nd Sun. 2 pm & 3rd Tues. 7 pm ea mo. 19225 119th Ave., Pitt Meadows V3Y 2B2. Send SASE or leave msg 604-465-1938

Call 604-724-6967

709 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL COQUITLAM warehouse, 175 Schoolhouse St. 3,579 - 5,900 sq ft. Call Rachel 604-633-2888. PORT MOODY. St. John’s St. 600 sq ft office space. $1300/mo + hst. Avail Jan 1. Phone 604-4699100 leave message.



WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Last week 11 out of 13 applications approved! We fund your future not your past. Any Credit. $500.00 Xmas CASH back. or 1-888-208-3205.

2 & 3 Bedrooms Available

*No Pets *Avail Immediately


WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Last week 11 out of 13 applications approved! We fund your future not your past. Any Credit. $500.00 Xmas CASH back. or 1-888-208-3205.

PORT Moody. 3 bdrm, nr Newport Vlg. F/p, w/d, awesome deck, np/ ns. $1195 +60% util. 604-469-9402

Start Your New Year Right... At, The PERFECT LOCATION!


Call 604-942-2012


1997 Chrysler Intrepid Sport 192K, well maint/good shape/runs well, 1 owner, $1500 as is, 604-460-2021. 2000 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX SE grey, good condition. AirCared. $3200. Call 604-463-9407.

POCO. Spotless 3 bdrm. w/bsmt. gated T/H. Central Citadel Hgts. Restriction over 19. $1500/mo. + utils. Ref’s. req’d. 604-944-3937

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2002 MAZDA PROTEGE 5. H/back, red, 5/spd manual, fully loaded, 106K, $4950 firm. 604-538-9257.

PORT COQUITLAM: 2 Bdrm T/H’s, $755/mo & $775/mo. 3 Bdrm $955. Quiet family complex. No pets. 604464-0034.







Bottom of Burnaby Mtn, SFU 1, 2, 3, 4 bedroom Apts & Townhouses. Rent includes heat, fenced yard, u/g prkg. Share purchase starts at $1600. Email: The Scrapper



ALDERGROVE Rent-to-Own a brand new mobile home! Looking for outstanding tenant and will help you build equity! 778-908-0245 ANMORE 2 bd rancher, 1900 s/f. 2 bath, cln, reno’d, level acreage, 5 appl, f/p, dbl. gar, patio.Nr Pomo/ Coq Ctr, Bunzen Lk. 778-688-6622 PITT MEADOWS 900 sq.ft. 2 bdrm house, 6 new appls. NS/NP, Ref’s. $950/mo. 604-856-5760.


750 + SQ/FT OFFICE space with small kitchen.


604-463-7450 604-463-2236 12186-224 St, Maple Ridge Certified Crime Free Buildings PITT MEADOWS

CHELSEA PARK APTS Large, Bright, Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms Apts, Also 3 Bdrm T/Homes Avail Rent includes heat, hot water, underground parking, New appls, fresh paint, insuite hook-up for washer/dryer. Near West Coast Express Train & All Amen. Ref’s required.

Call 604-830-7846 Visit our website: PITT MEADOWS

The Meadows Gated underground parking, heated outdoor pool. Heat, hot water & 3 appliances included. 2 min. walk to Westcoast Express.

Large 1, 2 & 3 Bdrm Suites Available

Call: 604-460-7539 604-465-0008 or 604-465-5818



Shared ownership late model 40’ 60’ cruising yachts moored on Vancouver Island & Lower Mainland. Sail & Power. Professionally maintained. 604-669-2248.



Furn. Room $480, + utils, security dep $150. Avail Jan 1 for employed female. Refs. Pross 604 202 4203.


POCO DOWNTOWN All-Inclusive Seniors Residence 1 Bdrm. Apartment Rent incls. freshly prepared meals, cable, housekeeping, emergency response & activities. 2675 Shaughnessy St. Call: 778-285-5554



STORAGE SPACE for rent.. Good for car, boat etc. 1400 sf. For more info call 604-866-8182.



BELCARRA beautiful 1bdrm gr/lvl ste, 1200 s/f, w/water view, avl now, n/s $900 incl all utils. 604-618-4296 COQUITLAM Capehorn Ave. Bright 1 bdrm & den, shrd lndry, yard $725 incl utils. Jan15. 604-780-7726. PORT COQUITLAM 2 bdrm, bright, above grnd, NP/NS, no lndry. Incl cble, hydro. $750m. 604-866-8182 PORT COQUITLAM lrg 3 bdr above ground soundproofed on acreage & mtn view. lots of parking, not on bus route. non smoker, in floor rdnt heat inc. utilities $1200 month 778-8613498 or PORT MOODY. Bright 1 bdrm $700 + 20% utils. Free lndry, nr Newport Village. NP/NS. Call 604-469-9402. PORT MOODY, College Park, Brand new, 2 bdrm, 2 baths, 1,047 sf, sep. entr, 5 appl, radiant heat, NS/NP, avail. Feb. 1st. $1200 + 35% utils. Phone (604)462-8173.

PORT COQUITLAM; clean, spac 2 bdrm apt. Heat & h/w incl, $950/mo. Avail now. Ref’s. (604)783-2262. PORT MOODY. Now renting ~ Villa Leah 1, 2 & 3 bdrm. suites. $950 $1475/mo Newly reno’d & upgraded Available immed. 778-355-6677

POCO, MARYHILL AREA, 3 bdrm, 5 appls, top level of house. N/S, sm pet ok, ref’s. $1600/mo incl utils. Avail now. (604)329-2783

Walking distance to all amenities and WC Express. New carpets and appl’s. Gated parking. Quiet and secure bldg. Adult oriented. Sorry no pets. Refs required.

Call 604-941-9051 PORT COQUITLAM


Call (604) 931-2670

D/W, Heat and hot water included. Close to schools, shopping & public transportation.

Call 604-837-4589

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $100 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673


INCLUDES: HEAT, HOT WATER & HYDRO Near Shopping & Amenities.



Clean, very quiet, large,


PORT COQUITLAM: 2 bdrm apt. $775/mo. Quiet family complex. No pets. Call 604-464-0034.


* Renovated Suites *

Bright & Clean 1 & 2 Bdrms

Older Home? Damaged Home? Need Repairs? Behind on Payments? Quick CASH! Call Us First! 604.657.9422




1 Bedrooms available near Lougheed Mall and transit. Rent includes heat & hot water. Sorry No Pets. Refs required.


NEW carpets & lino $775/mo 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 Secure gated parking S Adult oriented building S References required CALL FOR APPOINTMENT

655 North Rd, Coquitlam

Welcome Home !



Cedar Grove Apartments

COLLECTORS SAXOPHONES Soprano Buecher Silver 80 yrs old, excellent condition $3000. Baritone Saxophone 1926 Silver CM Conn Ltd, all original $2700. Call 604534-2997




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.

2 Bdrm Suites Available With Large Balcony / Patio



Dragan 778-788-1845


COQUITLAM nr L’heed mall/skytrain, 533 Cottonwood, reno’d, adult bldg, quiet, n/p, gated prkg, video surveillance, 1 bdrm $780, incl heat, h/w, Jan. 1, Crime-Free, Cert. 604-937-7812


Coquitlam/Port Moody

PARKSIDE APT 1 Bdrm across from Park. Lge suites, storage, walk-in closet.





545 ✓ Tree & Stump Removal ✓ Certified Arborists ✓ 20 yrs exp. 60’ bucket truck ✓ Crown reduction ✓ Spiral pruning ✓ Fully insured. Best Rates



1 Bdrm close to trans & shop with d/washer, f/p, heat incl’d.


Get your trees or tree removal done NOW while they’re dormant


1 Bdrm in quiet bldg near Safeway with d/washer, storage, heat inc’/d

~~~ SNOW REMOVAL ~~~ Bobcat & ATV Plow, salting, fully insured., WCB. 24 hours, Free Est. (778)231-9675, (778)231-9147

☎ 604-521-7594 ☞ 604-817-8899




✶ Pruning & Shaping ✶ Tree Removal ✶ Stump Grinding NEW HOME AND LAND in the Shuswap! Doublewides and singlewides.... No Pad Rent! Close to shopping and recreation, Alice: 250-819-0047.


#1 DUMP YOUR JUNK No job too small.On time every time 604-939-0808 D 604-649-4339



Andrew 604-618-8585 $ Best Rates $


Call 604-421-1235


A1-TRI-CRAFT Tree Serv. Dangerous tree removal, spiral pruning hedge trimming, stump grinding, topping. Insured, WCB Free Est Arborist Reports

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

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.










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