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Wednesday June 23, 2010 Leader

Wednesday June 23, 2010 Leader

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Complete June 23, 2010 issue of the Surrey/North Delta Leader newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.surreyleader.com.
Complete June 23, 2010 issue of the Surrey/North Delta Leader newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.surreyleader.com.

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by Jef Nagel
on unsae heavy trucks frst promised by theprovincial government more than a year ago is now being imple-mented, but penalties won’t be as sti as previously promised.Te transportation ministry originally contemplated a “truck ail” similar to what Ontario uses to impound big rigs.But Victoria is instead mandating commercial vehicle inspectorso seize licence plates o trucks with critical deects and hold themntil repairs are made and owners present a plan assuring properaintenance and monitoring.Tat’s in line with recom-mendations made by anindustry-led advisory panel inApril o 2009.At that time, then-transpor-tation minister Kevin Falconsaid the changes would letauthorities hold seized platesor 30 days to eectively puttrucks o the road and depriveowners o revenue as a penalty.But provisions that took eect June 14 won’t keeptrucks out o action or any specifc period o time.rucking frms will be ableto get busted rigs back on theroad as ast as they can beepaired and jump through the paperwork hoops.Tat’s considerably weaker than saety provisions in Ontario,hich impounds violators a minimum 15 days and up to twoonths, as well as applying hey fnes.B.C. rucking Association president and CEO Paul Landry,hose organization helped cra the recommendations, said it willake some time and eort to make repairs and satisy governmentcials a aulty rig is roadworthy.“Tis is the sort o thing that’s not going to happen in the nextay or next couple o days,” he said. “Tey will lose revenue romhat vehicle or that period o time.”Te province is also pledging to tighten enorcement o privately un designated inspection acilities that sometimes pass trucks
New rules tokeep unsaetrucks of road
See TRUCKS / Page 5
by Sheila Reynolds
a dozen amily memberso 61-year-old Dilbag Singh Badhand his wie, Bakhshish Kaur Badh,60, fled into a room at Surrey RCMPheadquarters Friday morning to hearthe news they’d been waiting or ornearly two years.Someone had been arrested andcharged in the 2008 hit-and-run deatho the elderly couple.Several o themwearing black -shirts witha photo o themarried couplewith text reading“Vehicular Negli-gence = Murder,”the amily andmedia heard thata 27-year-old manwas in custody and acing mul-tiple charges inconnection to the atal crash.Ravinder Singh Binning appeared incourt last Friday on two counts o dan-gerous operation o a motor vehiclecausing death, one count o dangerousoperation o a motor vehicle causingbodily harm and one count o ailureto stop at the scene o an accident.It was July 12, 2008 when a speedingwhite 2006 Acura L side-swiped ablack Chevrolet Camaro then rear-ended a BMW on 128 Street and 85Avenue.Dilbag, Bakhshish and their daugh-ters, Rupi and Varinder, were insidethe BMW. Tey were returning homerom a wedding rehearsal or Rupi,
Arrest incrash thatkilled elderly couple
Chilliwack rocks Whalley
Chilliwack frontman Bill Henderson belts out a tune at the all-dayWhalley Community Festival on Saturday afternoon atNorth Surrey Recreation Centre.Commercial vehicleinspectors and police canseize the licence plate of atruck with serious safetyiolations under a newprovincial program.
But no guarantee they’llstay parked for long27-year-old facingmultiple charges
Blue Jays fly tofirst place
page 19
Rescued from NewOrleans, dog gives back
page 22
June 23, 2010
Serving Surrey and North Delta
Bakhshish andDilbag Badh.
Editorial6Letters7Sports 19Life22Classifieds26
See HIT AND RUN / Page 3
June 23
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Hayer slaying among ailurescited in Air India report
by Jef Nagel
to protect key suspects during their investigations o theAir India bombings, a long-awaited report into the 1985 tragedy concludedTursday.Te fndings o the inquiry led by Supreme Court Justice John Major inpart ound authorities missed chances to get evidence about theconspiracy to bomb India-bound planes, oen ailed to preservewhat they did uncover and then lost key witnesses who were totestiy against the accused.“In the end, o the three individuals who were to be the key witnesses in the Air India trial, one was murdered beore the trialbegan, one eigned memory loss because she was too rightened totestiy, and one was orced to enter the Witness Protection Programtwo years earlier than planned, due to the RCMP’s inadvertentdisclosure o her identity,” Major said.Te murdered witness he reers to was ara Singh Hayer, the out-spoken publisher o the Surrey-based Indo-Canadian imes, whosurvived a 1988 attempt on his lie that le him in a wheelchaironly to be shot to death in the garage o his Guildord home in 1998.His amily suspects the killing was ordered to prevent Hayer rom givingevidence and to deter other witnesses.Te inquiry concluded the RCMP ailed to adequately protect sourcesand witnesses and, at times, ailed to take threats against Hayer seriously.A video surveillance system installed at his home aer his name appearedon a hit list wasn’t working the day he was killed.“I the camera had been working we would have had the images and wewould be much urther ahead,” said Hayer’s son, Surrey-ynehead MLADave Hayer, who joined amilies o the victims in Ottawa Tursday or thereport’s release.Te two men charged with murder in connection with thebombings – Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri – wereacquitted in 2005.Malik, the millionaire ounder o the Surrey Khalsa Schooland the Surrey-based Khalsa Credit Union, and Bagri, a sawmillworker rom Kamloops, walked away at the end o Canada’slongest and most expensive trial – at $130 million and 347 days o court time.Inderjit Singh Reyat – the bomb maker – was the only conspira-tor ever convicted and jailed in Canada in connection with the AirIndia bombings.Te Duncan electrician served 10 years or manslaughter or theokyo airport deaths. He was later charged with 329 counts o manslaughterin connection with the Flight 182 bombing, but pleaded guilty to one countand a charge o aiding in the construction o a bomb, and was sentenced to
by Kevin Diakiw 
shelledut a bit more last year orheir city council due to aombination o increasedages and higher expenses.Financial fgures releasedhis week show it cost$679,923 or Surrey counciln 2009, up rom $650,875he year prior.Part o that is because o ost o living increases: theayor now makes $109,000(up $4,000) and council-ors get about $60,000 (up$2,000).Te top spender onouncil in 2009 was Coun.arinder Rasode, who rangp $13,322 in expenses. Teulk o that was miscel-aneous conerences and vents ($8,450), consultantsees ($2,000) and mileage($2,872). She was just ahead Coun, Marvin Hunt,ho spent $12,538, mostly or conerences and events($10,588) and mileage($1,950).Coun. Linda Hepnerame in just behind that at$11,827, ollowed by Coun.arbara Steele ($10,434),ayor Dianne Watts($9,988), Coun. Judy Ville-euve ($8,964), Coun. omill ($8,265) and Coun.ary Martin ($8,175). Teost rugal councillor wasob Bose who charged only $853 to his civic account.Section 168 o the Com-unity Charter requireshe release o councilxpenditures at least onceyear.
Search for justice to continue with Reyat perjury trial
Varinder Badh (right), daughter ofcrash victims Dilbag and BakhshishBadh, listens with other familymembers to the charges laid againstthe driver accused of hitting the carthat her parents were riding in.
who was at the wheel.Dilbag and Bakhshish were pronounceddead at the scene.Te occupants o the Acura – who weredescribed as young South Asian men – edon oot.Varinder Badh spoke at the police pressconerence, describing the arrest as “bit-tersweet.”“Nearly two years ago we were oreverchanged when we lost our beloved parents.We are devastated by the event that has or-ever cast a black cloud on our lives,” Varindersaid. “Mom and dad were the oundation o our amily – the glue that held us together.Our mom and dad deserve justice.”She said the amily would now place theirtrust in the Canadian legal system.In April 2009, a amily-sponsoreda petition calling or the creation o a vehicular-homicide law passed the10,000 signatures mark. Vehicular-homicide laws exist in the U.S., butnot in Canada. Currently, someoneinvolved in a hit-and-run causingdeath can be charged with criminalnegligence causing death (punishable by a maximum sentence o lie in prison) orwith dangerous operation o a motor vehiclecausing death (punishable by a jail term notexceeding 14 years).While Surrey RCMP wouldn’t say why it took almost two years to make anarrest, Insp. Bob Couture pointed to the di-fcult and intensive investigation.“With any motor vehicle collision, there’smany complexities,” Couture said, notingpolice had to determine actorssuch as speed and who was driv-ing.Police would also not commenton whether the second person inthe Acura would be arrested, butstressed the investigation is ongoing.Anyone with urther inormation aboutthe incident is urged to contact police at604-599-0502, or to remain anonymous, callCrime Stoppers at 1-800-222-IPS.
Hit and run:
‘Our mom and dad deserve justice’
From Page 1
Surrey North Delta Leader
June 23
See AIR INDIA / Page 4
Increase insalaries andexpensesto blame
Tara Singh Hayer
Also see $518M / Page 5

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