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Complete August 13, 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 August 13, 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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EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER
Deckhand Sandra Pinette sorts through a sockeye catch on theFraser River near Barnston Island on Tuesday evening. Commercial,recreational and First Nations fishermen are enjoying the best salmonfishing in years.
by Jef Nagel
THE SOUND
o nets being ratcheted out o the Fraser Riverand big healthy salmon fopping into boats was music to theears o commercial shermen uesday.Aer our years o being sidelined because o insu cientstocks, gillnetters took to the water to harvest sockeye in thelower river.By all accounts, shing was good with each boat haulingin an average o 250 sockeye, despite challenging tides andbeing limited to just a three-hour opening.“It’s always a happy moment to be out on the boat shing,”said B.C. Fisheries Survival Coalition spokesman Phil Eids- vik rom his boat o Surrey near Barnston Island.“Tere’s more than we expected this ar up.”Recreational anglers and First Nations shermen have alsobeen eagerly pulling sockeye rom the river, as have seinersand trollers urther oshore.“Te catches are good and people areshing hard,” Sto:lo sheries adviser ErnieCrey said.Tere are growing hopes the catch com-ing in isn’t just a fash in the pan but willcontinue through September, when mil-lions more sockeye are still due to arrive.Up to 11 million sockeye were orecastthis year, but shermen hardly daredthink about that number, aer similaroptimistic projections ell way short threeyears running.“We’re just hopeul this is the beginning o some kind o a turnaround here,” said Irvin Figg, president o the UnitedFishermen and Allied Workers Union.He said gillnetters are disappointed that aer not havingshed since 2006 they’ve got only a brie opening so ar.“Some people are insulted by that. I don’t blame them,” hesaid, but added he’s glad ederal sheries managers at leastdidn’t wait until most o the run had passed beore giving thegreen light.
Sockeye runa happy shtale so ar
See FISH / Page 3
Commercial fishermen pullingin good catches
Sanghera to liftin Singapore
page 23
Dancing withtradition in Delta
page 26
Friday 
August 13, 2010
Serving Surrey and North Delta
by Jef Nagel
THE HISTORIC
anti-HS petition cam-paign has been ruled successul, butElections BC is blocking urther actionuntil a court battle over the validity o the initiative is settled.Fight HS campaign leader BillVander Zalm accused the independentelectoral o ce o stalling by reusingto take the next step o orwarding thepetition and his HS-repealing legisla-tion on to a legislative committee.Tat committee would then berequired to either send the dra law tounravel the Harmonized Sales ax to avote o the house or else hold a reeren-dum in September o 2011.Vander Zalm saidacting chie electoralo cer Craig Jamesadvised he wouldtake no action untilthe court proceed-ings were nal andcomplete.“Tat is a com-plete stalling tacticwhich I’m sure wasmuch encouragedby the governmentand the big business groups that initi-ated the action in the rst place,” hesaid.“One bureaucrat says they can stop itall, they can stop the will o the people?It’s ridiculous. No one should stand orit. We won’t stand or it.”A court challenge by pro-HSbusiness and industry groups aiming
Anti-HSTpetitionerssuccessful,but blocked
Elections BC won’tforward signaturesto legislature yet
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Eight-month-oldDustin Lammingof White Rock,held by hismom HeatherJones, was alldecked out ashe arrived at theSurrey Museum’sopen houseon Saturdayfor the exhibitPirates! Blocks ‘nBuccaneers. TheVancouver LEGOClub’s displaycontinues untilAug. 28 at themuseum, 1771056A Ave.
BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
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Surrey-based Khaira Enterprises claim thetree planting company ailed to properly eed or house themand their paycheques bounced.Te 28 immigrant workers, most o them rom the Congo,were employed at Bluewater Creek, 40 kilometres west o Golden.Te Khaira camp was shut down on July 21, when it wasdiscovered by a conservation o cer and ministry o orestsworker who were investigating reports o illegal burning.When they discovered the workers had no money, notransportation and were unable to leave the remote location,the RCMP was called in.“We have met with about a dozen people who worked atKhaira Enterprises this spring and summer and the storiesthey tell are absolutely shocking,” said Jim Sinclair, presidento the B.C. Federation o Labour. “We have pieced together astory that seems rom another century.”Te workers said the mistreatment included:• No sae drinking water at camp. Workers told to drink rom a nearby creek.• No toilet acilities.• Insu cient ood. Breakast consisted o bread, jam andpeanut butter. Tere was no lunch. Unrerigerated chickenwas served most nights.• Workers transported in overloaded and unsae vehicles.Some slept on mattresses in the back o a van.• Underpayment and non-payment o wages includingcheques returned by banks due to insu cient unds.• Employment Standards Branch violations including themisrepresentation o hours worked.• Physical and verbal abuse o workers.• Workplace racism.• Death threats to workers.• Reusal o adequate medical treatment or injured work-ers and ailure to report workplace injuries to WorkSae B.C.
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Surrey North Delta Leader
 
Friday
 
August 13
 
2010
 
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See COMPANY OWNER / Page 5
“[Theworkers]were at themercy of acontractorthat wastreatingthem likeanimals. ”
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Fish:
Stockscould stillbe at risk 
From page 1
Fisheries and Oceans Canada(DFO) area manager Barry Rosen-berger said the early summer runis currently estimated at 1.6 millionfsh, about twice as many as hadbeen projected.It’s too early or in-season esti-mates o the later stocks, but DFOprojected a urther 2.6 millionsummer-run and 8.2 million late-summer-run sockeye would returnto the Fraser.“We’re trying to take a precau-tionary approach as we move ourway through this,” Rosenbergersaid.According to Pacifc SalmonCommission estimates, just overone million sockeye have beencaught as o Wednesday, with theCanadian commercial eet taking359,000, U.S. commercial boatstaking 298,000 and First Nationson the Fraser taking 234,000. Tebalance includes test fshing, recre-ational and marine-area aboriginalcatches.George Heras, president o Ladner-based Seven Seas Fish Co.,said processors are scrambling tohandle the incoming sockeye aerbecoming accustomed to years o anon-existent Fraser fshery.Te harvest comes as the eder-lly appointed Cohen Commissionn the decline o Fraser sockeyeonducts feld tours ahead o publicearings slated to begin this all.Some observers worry DFO isot exercising enough caution.Just because enough sockeyeshow up and make it past theets and rods on the lower Fraseroesn’t mean enough will survivehe long trip upriver to spawn inheir birth streams.“Te Fraser is warmer than usualhis year,” SFU fsheries biologistJohn Reynolds said.“It’s getting to the critical tem-perature threshold where the fshcan actually die beore they get achance to spawn because they’renot adapted to these warm tem-peratures.”Te provincial government alsowarned this week drought condi-tions and near- record low streamows in much o northern B.C.could put fsh stocks at risk.
 jnagel@surreyleader.com

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