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The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows NEws - July 22, 2011 Online Edition

The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows NEws - July 22, 2011 Online Edition

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Complete July 22, 2011 issue of The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.mapleridgenews.com
Complete July 22, 2011 issue of The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News newspaper as it appeared in print. For more online, all the time, see www.mapleridgenews.com

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Four people from Maple Ridge arebeing investigated for participating ina riot last month following the StanleyCup final in downtown Vancouver.So far, 30 men and seven women haveturned themselves in to police, whohave 50 officers from around MetroVancouver investigating the June 15rampage that erupted after the Vancou-ver Canucks lost Game 7 of the StanleyCup finals to the Boston Bruins.“There are many challenges in thisinvestigation, not the least of whichis the sheer amount of evidence andinformation that must be painstak-ingly analyzed to ensure a completeand thorough investigation,” said anews release from the Integrated RiotSquad.“The team is still fine-tuning the in-frastructure that is dealing with theunprecedented volume of data.”After asking the public to submitvideos and photos of the riot, theforce received 4,300 email tips and iscurrently sifting through 15,000 im-ages and 1,500 hours of video.Besides the 37 who turned themselvesin, the team is investigating an addi-tional 111 people on a slew of chargesthat include arson, assaulting peace of-ficers, theft, assault and robbery.
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The last time water rose inthe North Alouette River andspilled over its banks, Rose-mary Webster and her husbandwere asleep.They woke up to a loud bangon their front door.Mounties and the fire de-partment were evacuating theneighbourhood along 224thStreet past 132nd Avenue, alow-lying stretch of the Alou-ette Valley that’s prone toflooding.The water gushed into Web-ster’s workshop and garage atthe back of the property, intothe crawl space and flooded outtheir septic tank.She now fears the next per-sistent deluge will cause evenmore damage.“Heaven help us all if we get areally big flood.”The Websters and the Alou-ette Valley Association con-tinue to blame a wall built bya farmer along 224th St. for di-verting flood water that wouldusually wash back into the riv-er, onto nearby properties.The farmer, Hang Cho, is nowhauling in soil on to his proper-ty, at 13261 and 13347 224th St.The dump trucks carrying ex-cavated material from severaldevelopment sites in MapleRidge have been rolling ontothe properties for months.
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Sgt. Rob Tam, of the Lower Mainland emergency response team, stands by an armoured vehicle while talking to summer camp students during Ridge MeadowsRCMP Kids Day by Memorial Peace Park on Wednesday. The RCMP helicopter Air 1 also made a landing.
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Opinion
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Community Calendar
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The District of Maple Ridge is now on Face-book and Twitter.After mulling over it for months, staff have fi-nally created a page on the website, hoping totap into the online phenomena that draws morethan 540 million unique visitors per month, or35.2 percent of the Internet population.For now, the district has set some modest goalsand hopes to achieve 1,000 “likes” by September2012. So far, 74 people have clicked on.District staff will be posting a minimum of 10status updates a week and one photo gallery permonth.“The real key is to reach out to the most en-gaged citizens,” said district director of commu-nications Fred Armstrong.“Twitter has great potential for use in emer-gency operations.”Council, though, is worried the social mediaforay will saddle time-crunched staff with an-other seemingly unnecessary task.“I see this becoming a real full-time position,”said coun. Judy Dueck, who was concerned thatthe Facebook page could be monopolized bypeople who will be seeking council seats in theupcoming civic election.“It’s really important that the municipalitystay unbiased and neutral,” she added.The district intends to use the medium to alertresidents to events and information about mu-nicipal services from property taxes to publichearings.Craig Speirs, one of the six councillors whohas a fairly active online presence, welcomedthe venture.“You’ve got to remember this is all about com-munication,” he said.“It’s interactive.Coun. Al Hogarth hoped the district’s Face-book and Twitter presence doesn’t mean they’llbe shifting virtual service.“There’s nothing like a real person,” he said.
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