Health Care Shouldn’t we put patients first?


Premier Campbell stops by for a visit. p3
Business Harris Road cinema reopening. p8

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Sgt. Peter Thiessen addresses the media during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Only two witnesses in Pitt rave rape
RCMP appeal for more to come forward
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Only two people who witnessed the rape of 16-year-old girl at a Pitt Meadows rave have come forward to speak to police. “Cooperation has been a challenge,” RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. “We respect the courage it took for those witnesses to come forward under extreme peer pressure. But what’s really important now is that others need to follow their example.” The teen was allegedly raped at a at “Another Night in Bangkok,” a party held on a farm at 12993 Harris Road, Sept.10. But police are now saying that only “several” individuals or “more than one person” was involved in the sexual assault, instead of “five to seven” young adults and teens initially disclosed by investigators. See Rape, p14

Warrior cry
Ross Luckow films members of the Ridge Meadows Warriors at Planet Ice on Wednesday for a segment that will air on Hockey Night in Canada next month. See story, p51.

It’s Christmas in California
Movie takes over Maple Ridge homes, but still slow year for filming in district
by P hi l M e l nyc hu k staff reporter For the past three weeks, strange vehicles have been parking in a Maple Ridge cul de sac and strange people have been putting up Christmas stars, lights and Peace On Earth signs. Saturday, it all comes down, when shooting wraps up in the 23400-block of 114th Avenue. After getting their suburbia shots, Pitch Black Productions now moves to the ACT before putting the final touches on Battle of the Bulbs. “We’ve been there an extra long period of time,” said location manager Rico Mielnicki. And while neighbours sometimes can get annoyed about film crews, trucks and equipment taking over their streets, the folks in the cul de sac have been nothing but welcoming, prompting Mielnicki to write a thank-you letter to his hosts. See Movies, p5
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Premier Gordon Campbell discusses water licences, health care user fees, transportation funding, the HST and Bill Vander Zalm.

Premier Campbell pays a visit
B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell visited Maple Ridge on Thursday and had time to answer the following questions:
Question: When can B.C. expect or should we not be looking at raising the minimum wage ($8 an hour). We’ve got the lowest one in the country right now. Answer: The goal we set for ourselves when we were elected was to have a healthy economy, with more people at work. At this point, we have over 400,000 additional jobs since 2001. We have another 20,000 jobs that have been created in the last two months alone. The average wage in B.C. is not the minimum wage, it’s about $23. The average youth wage is about $13. Most people I hear, say they want to keep at work. One of the challenges of the minimum wage is it actually drives people out of work … that’s the evidence. We said we wanted to make sure we encourage more young people to be at work. The number of people on minimum wage has gone down about 2.3 per cent in B.C. today compared to what it was before. The lower income British Columbians pay virtually no (provincial income) tax. You pay a much lower medical services premium, we have new rent supplement programs. All of those things are aimed at trying to improve the quality of life for people with low income, while we increase the number of jobs that are available to people. Q: We’ve got cuts to the Ministry of Environment for several years. It affects their ability to enforce, protect. The health budget
is approaching 50 per cent of the total B.C. budget. Is it time to start looking at user fees on health services? A: I think the short answer is no, I don’t think it is. Usually when people talk about user fees, they don’t really mean user fees, they mean kind of an admission fee. As soon as the government starts collecting money you’ve got to track it, you’ve got to follow it up. In fact, they may end up costing you money at a time when you need more for health care.

“Usually when people talk about user fees, they don’t really mean user fees, they mean kind of an admission fee.”
I think we have to think long term. We think have to eat better we have to try to get maybe 30 minutes a day of physical activity. I think we have to pay for performance. That’s going to require all of us. I know were doing better than virtually every jurisdiction in Canada. Having said that it’s going to be an ongoing challenge that won’t be solved by government alone.

related companies have contributed more than $400,000 to the B.C. Liberal party in four years, $257,000 from 2005 to 2008 and $175,000 last year. Why after 16 months has the investigation not concluded. A: Because, as you know, we don’t interfere with either the investigations or the decisions of the Crown. The Crown is currently reviewing that and the Crown will make their decisions and the Crown will decide what they’re going to do. It would be inappropriate for me to be involved in that. It would be totally inappropriate for a politician to say to the Crown, ‘hurry up your investigation or slow down your investigation.’ I have had no conversations with the Crown whatsoever and it would be wrong for me to do so.”

Q: Last year, Golden Eagle Group, part of the Aquilini Investment Group, admitted to withdrawing water without a licence from the North Alouette River. It’s been referred to Ministry of Environment and to the Attorney General department. In the meantime, several companies the Aquilini group and

Q: Why is there still no secured funding for the entire Evergreen Line SkyTrain line and why, despite growing ridership and demand, is there no long-term plan for greater frequency for the West Coast Express commuter rail from Mission to Vancouver. While it’s a TransLink issue, the provincial government has shown willingness to interject into TransLink affairs in the past. From a costbenefit-ratio, is it not time to spend dollars on rapid transit rather than more roads in the Lower Mainland? A: We can’t pretend there is free money out there. There is no such thing as government money, it is your money. We want to have a public discussion about how the public is going to pay for it. I think we are going to see more transit investment ... and transit that reinforces community plans. Q: You’ve lowered the requirements pass-

ing to make it almost a certainty that the HST will be defeated. You’ve got the whole province up in arms for a year. Why not just keep the original referendum conditions in there, pay that political price, for the benefit of the province? A: I think we paid a significant political price and I take responsibility for that. Virtually every forest worker in B.C. will be negatively impacted if we go back to the old system. Virtually everybody in mining will be negatively impacted if we got back to the old system. We’ve said to people it’s your choice. We’re not hear as rulers, we’re here as servants. We are giving them the opportunity to decide for themselves. I actually think as people see the benefits the literally thousands of jobs it will create, the billions of dollars of investment it will create. I was at a Tri-City chamber of commerce meeting, sitting beside someone in the trucking business. He said he just bought himself a new truck. He said the savings he has, because we just moved to a new tax system, is enough to pay for one person to be at work. It’s why the chambers of commerce called for it for so long. I think yes we’re going to have engage people.

Q: Campbell on his legacy as premier: A: There is a sense of confidence and
pride in British Columbia that clearly wasn’t there when we were elected in 2002. I’m glad that we’ve seen that restored. I think the Olympics was a huge success for British Columbians, not for me. See Premier, p5



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Man who was shot in Maple Ridge dies
by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter A man with a lengthy criminal past who was gunned down while riding a bike on a quiet residential street in Maple Ridge Monday morning has died. Kenneth Corey Heathorn passed away Tuesday night, a day after he was shot several times at the corner of 233rd Street and 124th Avenue while riding a bicycle, around 7:45 a.m. Monday. It wasn’t the first time someone attempted to kill him. The Integrated Homicide Investigation team said the 36-year-old is very well known to Ridge Meadows RCMP for his involvement in criminal activity, specifically the street-level drug trade and other crimes associated with it. He was known on the street as “Bald Kenny.” Heathorn survived a similar attempt on an incident in Maple Ridge on Feb. 15, 2010. The file was set for trial in April 2011. Court records show that Heathorn had several criminal charges laid against him since 2006. He was caught with drugs in Vancouver in February 2006 and charged with three counts of possession for the purpose for trafficking, but the charges were stayed. Three months later, in May 2006, he was arrested again for trafficking, pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of possession and spent five days in jail. In February 2008, he was charged with assault. The charge was stayed.

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Police closed off a part of 124th Avenue during the investigation.
his life two years ago. Parker Meadows, 22, was charged with attempted murder for shooting Heathorn in the stomach, but was acquitted following a trial where witnesses changed their stories. “Based on the evidence at the scene and who the victim is, investigators are of the belief that this shooting was specifically targeted at Heathorn,” said Cpl. Dale Carr. He added, “investigators are looking into the theory that this incident is linked to drugs, gangs or organized crime” Investigators are canvassing the neighbourhood and speaking to neighbours to find out if they have any information that will advance the investigation. “We are attempting to identify Heathorn’s friends and associates. Often times they can offer information that is valuable to the investigation,” Carr said. Police have learned that a vehicle was seen fleeing the area moments after the shots were fired. Investigators are trying to get an accurate description of the car before they release information publicly. Heathorn was facing charges of uttering threats and assault for

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Daniel Stern parties with neighbours
Movies from front “It’s been a unique experience as far as I’m concerned because they’ve been so helpful.” Battle of the Bulbs is about a competition between two California neighbours trying to win a best-decorated house contest – only to they learn a widow nearby is about to lose her house and needs the prize money. The last scene was shot Thursday in which the mayor awards the prize for the best decorated house, in reality, owned by Debra and Dustin Bell. Having a film crew hang around for three weeks hasn’t been a bother at all, said Dustin. The action gave the neighbours something to watch during their Friday night block parties. Dustin started those 11 years ago after moving from Ontario and they’ve been going ever since. That’s brought the neighbourhood together, something the film producers valued when looking for a location. Thursday’s final shoot involved a crowd shot, so the crew asked neighbours to come out and appear in the scenes. Two teens also got speaking roles in the movie that stars Daniel Stern, one of the culprits in the Home Alone movies. Residents had a chance to meet Stern, who took in one of the block parties. “He’s a great guy. He’s so down-to-earth,” said Dustin. The movie will be released Dec. 18 on the Hallmark Channel. With Battle of the Bulbs done, Pitch Black starts another film, a female version of the film Taken, starring Maple Ridge-born actor Molly Parker. Dustin said the film company knows how to get along and keep the locals happy. “They learn everybody’s names, everybody’s pets names. They are very professional. They call you by your first name.” That may be a requirement, but Dustin felt they were genuine too. “It’s going to be a letdown to see them go.” This year has been a slow year for filming in Maple Ridge. District film liaison Marg Johnson said so far this year, 27 productions of all types (feature movies, TV series, made-for-TV movies) have been shot in the district. That compares with 39 productions shot in Maple Ridge the year before. With scouting in Maple Ridge for two feature films this fall, she expects by year end to match 2009. However, those numbers still are below the heady days of 2006 and 2007, when Insight Film Studios had a studio in Maple Ridge. In each of those years, 62 productions were shot. In 2008, 55 productions were filmed in Maple Ridge. Johnson is hoping another film company will locate here. “That would really bump up our figures.” She added events such as the 2010 Winter Olympic Games reduced the number of filming events as well as the economic recession and construction on 224th Street. But crews love filming in and around Memorial Peace Park, she added. In July and August, there were 38 shooting days in Maple Ridge. Each day works out to an infusion of about approximately $10,000 into the local economy. serious matter than pretending that this is a reality television show. Mr. Vander Zalm’s already been voted off the island, in fact he was kicked off the island.

‘We’ve seen this show before’
Premier from front We exceeded our expectation every step of the way. And the enormous capital contributions we’ve made as we’ve expanded health care facilities, transportation facilities. We’ve created a province with a quality of life that’s clearly been increased and I hope British Columbians feels that that’s been good for them.

A: I think it’s pretty clear that he is excited about the attention he is

getting. We’ve seen that picture show before. I think it is a much more

Q: On the HST and next year’s referendum: A: People have been upset and I take responsibility for that. I think what we’ve done here is a first in the country. We’ve said to people, it’s your choice. We are not here as rulers, we are here as servants. That doesn’t mean that everyone agrees with everything we do. The people who decide not to [vote to keep the HST] have to at least understand this. That means we will to return the 1.6 billion dollars to the federal government ... They will make us less competitive in forestry and mining and energy and small business, which has been calling for this for years. I’m not saying they have to agree with me. I have confidence that people will be pretty thoughtful about this.
Q: On Zalm:
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Rape is rape
Only two witnesses have come forward to RCMP to talk about the rape of a 16-year-old girl at a Pitt Meadows rave two weeks ago. They have said hundreds of teens and young adults attended the party, during which the teenage girl unknowingly ingested a drug, likely GHB, the date rape drug. Police want more witnesses to come forward and are asking that people refrain from describing the events that took place as a “gang rape.” They are now saying that only “several” individuals or “more than one person” was involved in the sexual assault, instead of “five to seven” teens or young adults, a number initially disclosed by investigators. Police said they don’t want to “inflame” the issue, which has generated opposing Facebook pages, one supporting the victim of the rape and another defending the several teenage boys or young adults involved. But, as police have made clear, there is no debate here. Rape is rape, and according to a UBC law professor, consent cannot be given if impaired by drugs or alcohol. Young men need to be warned of this, says Janine Benedet, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. “Unless they have voluntary agreement from someone who is capable of consent, not someone who is intoxicated, then they can’t proceed.” No consent, no sex. And being intoxicated is not a defence for the accused. Rape is not as difficult to prove as some might think, Benedet said, and in this incident, the aid of photos could make it easier to prosecute. Two people have already been arrested. Those who attended the party should do the right thing and speak with police. – The News Tell us what you think @

Shouldn’t we put patients first?
ne of my nowretired friends used to be an administrator in government. We often discuss past and current issues and during one of those debates he said that when faced with attempts to deal with budget shortfalls, as an administrator one Health Care tends to cut everywhere feasible and only Marco Terwiel when there is no possible other reduction in costs, one would consider if there could be any cost savings in one’s own department. Self-preservation is a useful and common trait, but in my opinion, that does not necessarily apply to departmental budgets. I have always wondered why in the organizational charts of hospitals the administration always is on top of the list. I think that this instinct of self preservation is a possible explanation for this curious priority, since they draw up the chart. As far as I am concerned, it should be the patient who is front and centre. But on all the charts of hospital organizational structure I have seen, the patient does not even get mentioned. When I looked at the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) website and tried to find ITS organizational chart, I found only a blank page with big letters in the masthead “Organizational Chart.” I patiently waited for the page to “load” and even though I have a high speed connection, nothing happened. It is truly blank. Symbolic of the current state of affairs? However, in exploring the website further, there are a good number of encouraging trends. From an anticipated $160 million budget shortfall at the beginning of the FHA financial year, it is now down to $10 million. That is certainly an accomplishment, but at what cost to patient care? Looking at the details, most of the savings are indeed in the area of improved administrative efficiencies and the elimination of some senior administration positions. But making progress in reducing the wait times for knee and hip replacements is falling short of the goal of having these done within half a year for 90 per cent or more of the patients on the list. But one cannot place the blame for this entirely on the shoulders of the FHA. With about half of the population overweight and a sizeable percentage of these are grossly obese, it is no wonder that all too many knees and hips wear out prematurely at a rate that is next to impossible to keep up with. That raises the question of who should be responsible and accountable in matters of health care. If there is unlimited demand, as there is now, then there will always be shortfalls. No level of funding will solve the problem. And it is always good to realize that all funding comes out of our own pockets as tax dollars. The Netherlands has a universal health care system in which everybody is assured of the care needed like we have. The structure of how things are organized is different, but in essence, the government is struggling with the same budgetary problems as we do in Canada. All hospitals are publicly funded, but a hospital in Amsterdam went essentially bankrupt with an unpaid tax bill of $10 million Euros and an annual operational shortfall of millions as well. The government wanted to close it. An enterprising business woman with absolutely no experience in health care bought the building and took charge of the operation as a commercial venture. She fired 40 people who were not looking after patients directly or indirectly. She reviewed and changed policies where indicated and within a year the place turned a profit. Did patient care suffer? Did the personnel suffer? In their masthead patient care is central and everything that is done is with the patient in mind. In this case, the more services you render, the more income you generate. The danger of that one can easily deteriorate into an assembly line type of mentality. In this case, that has not happened because of the caring, and the firm leadership of the woman who put her own money and reputation on the line. Dr. Marco Terwiel is a retired family physician who lives in Maple Ridge.

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Liberals would be Re-introduction of user fees needed lucky to get elected S
tats Canada is a wonderful dispenser of trivia, and more than one newspaper columnist has managed to pen a few lines based on the bizarre statistics that flow from our national agency of data collection. For example, among the causes of death to Canadians, lawn mowers are listed as being the grim reaper of at least two of our countrymen back in 2006, the latest date that such important information was compiled. Lawn mowing I know a little about, since I manage to rack up more than 100 hours every year on my mean green machine (I know it’s so, since there’s an operating hour-meter mounted on it). About the only death that stalks me aboard the machine is boredom, but I suppose if I were to venture too close to the ditch along the boulevard, distracted by thoughts to alleviate said boredom, and tip the thing into it, the whirling blades might permanently shred me. I also believe that if I had to push a mower instead of ride it, my demise would have long preceded the writings of any columns to date. So while I have never participated in, nor witnessed, death by lawn mower, I am aware of people (one a friend) who, in attempting to unplug the discharge chute on her pusher, negated the necessity to perform future manicures on a number of digits. Yet, accidents happen to the best of us when thought, caution or care is overlooked, and a trip to the doctor or emergency is top of mind. Which brings me to another statistic … that of the horrendous cost of health care, and possible ways to reduce that without cutting service. One way, which I have long supportCommentary ed, is the re-introMark Rushton duction of a fee for hospital emergency visits. Back when my kids were young, and I was hauling them off to emerg so often I was on a first-name basis with the nurses, each visit cost $10. It was not an onerous cost, though $10 bought a lot more than it does today. The one thing it accomplished was discourage “visitors” who show up, and tie up, emergency wards because they have little more than a mild headache, or appalling and system-abusive as it may sound, are actually there only because they are lonely and looking for attention. As a result, they cause back-ups in the delivery of service and deny a more speedy health resolution to those who truly require quick, efficient care. If you don’t believe people do frivolous things, a reading of the call logs made to 911 services is an eye-opener. People tie up the emergency line for ridiculous

Re: MLA on committee weighing anti-HST petition (The News, Sept. 10). According to our one man B.C. Liberal cheer leader Marc Dalton, both Gordon Campbell and Colin Hansen have, “been doing an excellent job managing our economy.” Our see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil MLA chooses to ignore the obvious modus operandi of our leaders of lying and deceiving the electorate on a regular basis – HST, B.C. Rail, to name just a few. How does it go “no we are definitely not looking at those issues during an election” and within days after said election doing exactly that. But to Mr. Dalton, it seems that is just good politics, taking care of the chosen few’s business despite of the vast majority of electorates wishes. Well, let’s for the minute say that is all true. How about the statement that Mr. Campbell and Mr. Hansen have managed the economy well, then why the big panic about the HST if the economy is in such great shape? Why the HST at this time, never mind the fact that the HST shall affect B.C.’s economy negatively for at least the next five years, according to experts. It is obvious Mr. Dalton is a great supporter of Mr. Campbell and Mr. Hansen and their highly questionable ethics, but how good a supporter is he of the constituents who voted for him, the very people that he is supposed to represent.

“I can’t imagine what party Mr. Dalton thinks is being benefited by the good management of the party.”
I can’t imagine what party Mr. Dalton thinks is being benefited by the good management of the party. The socalled B.C. Liberals would be lucky to elect one MLA, including himself at this particular time with their alleged good management and his questionable judgement.

reasons, including asking for the time, for weather reports, about why traffic is backed up on a particular road, or was that really a spaceship they saw twinkling in the night sky. Meantime, someone with a truly serious report is in danger of not getting the immediate service their situation requires. I’m not advocating a charge to use 911, despite the idiots who abuse it, but I firmly believe there needs to be one for emergency department visits to our hospitals. No one who really needs care will be turned away if they don’t have the necessary fee, but it would discourage those who are there merely for psychological ‘entertainment’. At the same time, it would permit the already stretched resources of our medical front-line to more readily provide care for those truly in need. And while we’re at it, perhaps a visitor fee should also be enacted for doctor visits, since each one of them costs our health care system a whack of cash. There are, I’m certain, many arguments against that, but like it or not, unless something is done to eliminate the frivolous, our health care costs will eventually spiral out of sight and out of our ability to financially support the system. Then what? Mark Rushton is a columnist with the Abbotsford News, a Black Press affiliate.

Liberal MLA Dalton has to go

Angel picture defaced

Whoever defaced the picture of Amy, the newest Angel at Ridge Meadows Hospital, needs to stand up and be counted. Amy is unable to open doors into the hospital, where she volunteers her time to visiting seniors and sick people. Who brings her in? Her owners, or trainer, or companion, who also volunteers her time, like donations to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation, and was so happy to have Amy nominated for the comfort, love and uplifting spirits she has brought to hundreds of people over the past six and a half years. Now she is winding down her days and handing over some of the duties to a younger dog, Molly. Do you donate your time to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation? Do you volunteer your time in the hospital, day after day, regardless of the weather? Maybe if you did, someone would donate in your name to be the next Angel. In the meantime, please think before you hurt people’s feelings, and keep you caustic thoughts and words, and deeds, to yourself.

Re: Dalton on MLA recall list (The News, Sept. 22). It’s amazing how Premier Gordon Campbell isn’t getting the message from the people of B.C. After the HST petition was successful, which Mr. Campbell and our local MLA Marc Dalton, and many others, were in denial, that Bill Vander Zalm and his hard working petitioners could pull it off. Well, they did, and the overloaded Liberal committee has now sent it to a vote. Which will cost us $30 million, and Mr. Campbell sets the date one year later, hoping to out-maneuver, and weaken Mr. Vander Zalm and his supporters. Good luck, Mr. Campbell. I think they came up with a clever idea, calling it the MLA Survivor Recall. This obviously has Mr. Campbell mad already, as he is calling it a celebrity show. I believe the recalls are going to be as successful as the petition on the HST. I understand in our riding Corisa Bell is heading up the Mr. Dalton recall with a meeting this Sunday at the Blenz coffee shop on Dewdney Trunk Road at 7 p.m., to get enough canvassers to be in the Top 3 of the Survivor Recall. I hope she makes the numbers for canvassers, as Mr. Dalton has to go.

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A pox on all of you

Re: Dalton on MLA recall list (The News, Sept. 22). The article identifying the fact that Marc Dalton is on the list of possible Liberals to face a recall campaign highlights what is wrong with most, if not all

politicians today. Even after a very successful anti-HST campaign that saw more people sign the petition than voted for Mr. Dalton in the last election, in addition to recent revelations that the Government had been advised that bringing in the HST would cause economic hardship for at least five years, and that positive results could take more than 10 years to become evident, Mr. Dalton is still adamant in his support for the HST. He, along with the Liberal caucus have forgotten the fact that the basis of our democratic process is that MLAs are elected to represent the wishes of the people. MLAs, Mr. Dalton included, have become spin doctors for their political parties, trying to convince the electorate that what the party wants is good for them. Contrary to Mr. Dalton’s opinion that the process is being misused, this is exactly what it was intended to be used for. Mr. Dalton has refused to represent the voters of Mission-Maple Ridge, and for that reason, he should have to face the electorate once more, to renew his mandate. We, the people, finally have an opportunity to tell all politicians of every party, at every level, that, “we are mad as hell and won’t take it anymore.” We finally have the opportunity to tell party leaders that we want our representatives to represent us, not them. For this reason I support the recall initiative and urge everyone, of all party affiliations, to work for the recall of Mr. Dalton, or at least to vote for it. A vote for the recall is a vote to reform our electoral process, it will not bring down the

government. If it is successful and a by-election is called, Liberal supporters can still vote for the candidate, be it Mr. Dalton or someone else. Personally I would like to see a third party represented in the election, so that I could say “a pox on all of you.”

One mockery

Re: Dalton on MLA recall list (The News, Sept. 22). I just had to respond to MLA Marc Dalton’s comment in Wednesday’s article by Phil Melnychuk, in which he stated that he felt that Fight HST leader Bill Vander Zalm’s Survivor strategy was making a mockery of the recall process. What about his government lying and deceiving the public to steal the last election? Is this guy totally deluded and living off in some sort of dreamland to think that his Liberal government can distort the democratic process by lying to us and think that they can get away with it? You may be able to fool some of the people, some of the time, but you sure as hell have not fooled us this time. The public has woken up, and we are demanding justice and real democracy, not the scam that you and your premier have shoved onto us. It’s time for Premier Gordon Campbell to resign and hold an election now. Let the people of this province decide our government’s fate, and not a year later. There is only one mockery, and that is the Liberal government staying in power one day longer after stealing the election.

Harris Road cinema set to reopen
See a movie for under $5
by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter Renovations on an movie theatre in Pitt Meadows that’s been gathering cobwebs for the past six years are nearly complete. Renamed Hollywood 3 Cinema, new owner Rahim Manji hopes to have its doors open around Thanksgiving. Once opened, the second-run movie theatre in the Meadow Vale Shopping Centre off Harris Road will boast some of the cheapest ticket prices in B.C. – $3.75 before 6 p.m. and $4.75 after 6 p.m. “The distributors take all the money anyway,” said Manji. “Our feeling is why give them all the money, why not give a break to the customer?” Manji and his wife Salima also own the Hollywood 3 Cinema in Surrey and believe there’s a market for independent movie theatres that show new releases, just two or three weeks after they’ve hit the screens ly with the economy the way it is.” Hollywood 3 Cinema will show between six and 10 movies on its three screens, with selections ranging from family flicks, block busters, movies on the film circuit buzz and even a few with subtitles for those foreign movie buffs. Over a year ago, a small group of film lovers tried to re-open the old cinema to show indie, cult and art house movies, but couldn’t financially support the project. Jon Aaron, who was part of the project, is happy to see the place finally reviving after a six-year hiatus. “It would be great to see that place operating again,” he said. Even the mayor of Pitt Meadows is wishing the Manjis’ luck. “Every time I go to Starbucks, I used to wonder what possibly could be done with that building,” said Don MacLean.

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Rahim and Salima Manji will be reopening the Harris Road cinema.
at larger theatres like Cineplex. “I’m not here to compete with the big theatres,” said Manji, who has been leaving the cinema’s doors open while renovations take place so people can see the changes happening inside. “Families don’t want to pay an exuberant price to see a movie, especial-

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Everybody wants a piece of Pitt field
Marauders football program wants more time
by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f staff reporter The new artificial turf field at Pitt Meadows secondary has become a battlefield as local sports organizations and high school teams fight over who can use the new facility. The new $2.2 million allweather field features highpowered lights for night-time use and a synthetic playing surface. As a result, a number of different sports groups are vying for time on the field, and some are not happy with how the time has been divvied up. “Were a victim of our own success in some ways,” said David Boag, the director of parks and facilities for Maple RidgePitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services. “It’s great that is in so much demand... but we need to find that balance.” Currently, Pitt Meadows Secondary School gets exclusive use of the field from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, as well as four weekends a year for games and tournaments. The remaining time is split among community sports groups, such as the Pitt Meadows Soccer Club, Ridge Meadows Rugby Club, and the Ridge Meadows Burrards Minor Lacrosse Association’s field lacrosse program. The deal is standard across the district’s other shared allweather fields at Westview and Samuel Robertson Technical secondary schools, but the Pitt Meadows Marauders football program wants more field time, so they can play under the lights on Friday nights. Friday night games are a tradition in high school football, one that Pitt Meadows athletics director Rich Goulet would like to start at the school. However, Goulet said the school district never consulted the school’s football program before agreeing to the field allocation. “That’s what high school football is all about,” he said. “It’s about the whole community coming out to these games.” Marauders’ parents have also been vocal with their displeasure about the situation, inundating parks staff with emails. However, any extra field time for the school would come at the expense of community sports groups. The Pitt Meadows Soccer Club were first champion the need for an all-weather field in Pitt Meadows five years ago, and contributed $100,000 to the facilities construction. The remainder of the funding to build the field came from federal and provincial grants totaling $1.2 million, along with $600,000 in municipal money and $300,000 from the school district. “People have to realize that this isn’t a school field,” said the soccer club’s past president, Rob Palis. “It’s a shared facility, so it’s going to be used that way.” With close to 1,700 kids registered, the club holds the majority of community time at the field. The soccer club runs a soccer academy Friday nights, and a football game would displace 120 soccer players.

“We’re a victim of our own success in some ways.”
David Boag, Parks and facilities director

“We run six groups at once,” said Palis of the soccer academy. “If we ran that many kids on the [grass] field, we would destroy it.” The only other field in Pitt Meadows that is lit for nighttime use is the grass field at Harris Road Park. While there are no limits on the amount of use on an artificial turf field, grass fields are limited to three games or practices a day, to protect the playing surface. See Pitt, p12

‘Other schools don’t have this sort of problem’
Pitt from p10 “The other schools don’t have this sort of problem [with community sports groups],” said Palis. “It’s too bad this one program doesn’t want to work within the agreement.” Palis said the soccer club would likely have been able to accommodate some of the football program’s requests if they had been aware of them earlier. The club has already allowed the school to have use of the field until 6 p.m. twice a week. “We are more than happy to give up time,” said Palis. “But we need to know that before the schedules are produced.” The newly minted parks master plan, which was approved by both municipalities this past summer, makes no mention of new artificial turf fields. However, parks and leisure services plans to rebuild many of the existing grass fields by replacing the playing surface and adding better drainage and irrigation. Boag said principals from both Pitt Meadows and Samuel Robertson Technical secondary schools will be invited to next year’s field allocation meetings to make sure the school’s football programs are included in the process. “We just want to make sure everyone is in the mix,” he said. “We’re here to serve the entire community.” Goulet said he is hopeful that next season the football program will have a more Friday nights allotted. Palis, meanwhile, said he hopes all the groups will be able to negotiate field time in good faith. “It’s really disappointing after five years of hard work for this to happen,” said Palis. “It’s unfortunate the way this has transpired.”

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Can’t give consent to sex if intoxicated
Young men need to be warned: professor
by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter A law professor currently researching sexual violence against women says young men need to heed a warning, following the alleged gang-rape of a girl at a rave in Pitt Meadows. “Unless they have voluntary agreement from someone who is capable of consent, not someone who is intoxicated, then they can’t proceed [with sex],” said Janine Benedet, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. “She doesn’t even have to say no, she just has to not say yes.” According to police, the 16-year-old girl was gang-raped in field by five to seven men – some adults and other teens – at “Another Night in Bangkok,” a party held on a farm at 12993 Harris Road, Sept.10. A 16-year-old boy was arrested four days later for distributing child porn. He allegedly took photographs of the rape on his cell phone and distributed them to friends, who then posted them to Facebook. Police have filed a report to Crown for charges against him, which have yet to be laid. An 18-year-old man was also arrested last week for his alleged participating in the sexual assault, but he too has yet to be charged. Although police are resolute in their statements that the sex was not consensual, many continue to question the incident in public and online. Benedet said the definition of a sexual assault is very simple. “It just re- Benedet quires some kind of sexual contact of a psychical nature where there is no consent on the part of the victim,” she explained. The Criminal Code is also clear and says explicitly: there is no consent where someone is incapable of consent or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Benedet added intoxication cannot be used as a defence by the accused. As for proving the allegation in court, Benedet believes it’s not as difficult as some people think. “Sometimes sexual assault cases are portrayed as a he-said she-said. But that’s misleading,” said Benedet, noting there is often both physical evidence and witness statements to place the complaint’s evidence in context. “Where accused persons are so foolish as to make a photographic or video record of themselves, they make it much, much easier to prosecute what can often be a difficult case.”

‘Incident has been devastating to our family’
Rape from front “We are trying to put this into context,” said Thiessen. “We are trying to make this as clear as we can without inflaming the issue. We can’t put a number to it, but the information isn’t that five to seven actually assaulted this young girl.” RCMP are also backing away from using the term “gang rape.” “This was a terrible, horrific event. It has been described as a gang rape and it can be described in many other terms. I really, really wish we could not use that term anymore,” Thiessen told reporters. Investigators now believe that as many as 12 people witnessed the alleged rape. A 16-year-old boy was arrested four days after the party for distributing child porn. He allegedly took photographs of the rape on his cell phone and distributed them to friends, who then posted them to Facebook. Police have filed a report to Crown for charges against him, which have yet to be laid. An 18-year-old man was also arrested last week for his alleged participating in the sexual assault, but he too has yet to be charged. Police warnings about the graphic photographs being child porn have been able to thwart their spread, to some extent. “The photos are coming down,” said Thiessen. “We’re pleased that youths took this message to heart.” The teen assaulted has since returned to high school and a statement from her family, read by police, said they are thankful for the support she is receiving. “This incident has been devastating to our family and close friends,” wrote the family. “In regard to the spread of picture on social media, this act continues to re-victimize our daughter everyday. She has no privacy and the wound is continually being opened up.”

Fate of Albion hall hangs in the balance
District may take over aging structure
by Phi l M elnyc h u k staff reporter A changing of the guard could soon take place at Albion Community Hall which could determine how the building is run and possibly, how long it will remain standing. For the past few months, members of the Albion Community Association have been discussing with the district council, having the municipality take over management of the building. The association, which stretches back decades, is dwindling in numbers and only about six people now attend meetings, said Patti Wood, booking agent with the association. So with volunteers wearing out, after serving for 30 or 40 years, and being unable to attract new members, the association approached the district to see if it would take over the management of Albion hall, as happened with Whonnock hall. “That’s basically where it’s at. They haven’t got back to us with an answer yet,” Wood said. Maple Ridge council and the association have been discussing the building in closed meetings, and while Coun. Craig Speirs couldn’t share those discussions, the state of the hall, built in 1923, has him wondering about its future. “I’m not sure what the final determination will be,” said Speirs. “I should think it would be a fairly quick decision.” But the future doesn’t look good. There are bats in the attic and the foundation has problems, said Speirs. He’d prefer a new building replace the aging structure and would like discussion about its replacement included in the Albion area plan process now underway. The building would be “problematic” to repair, he said. However, the decision is up to the Albion Community Association, which owns the land and the building. “They will control their own destiny.” Wood though said she had no idea what

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Albion Community Association wants the District of Maple Ridge to take over management of the Albion Community Hall.
might happen to the building. “Because we’re not even at that point yet.” She said the society would like the district to keep running the hall. “This has been going on for a while.” With a growing population which could reach 12,000, Speirs says the area needs a community centre, possibly on the location of Jackson Farm on 102nd Avenue and Jackson Road. “The bottom line is, there has to be a community centre in Albion. How this will all turn out in the fullness of time, I’m not quite sure.” If the hall were to close, longtime dance instructor Magdalene Stewart wonders where she’ll teach her students. “I just feel so bad because there aren’t many local halls around with a good wooden floor for dancing.” Performing on concrete leads to shin splints and stress fractures. Stewart has been teaching kids Irish dancing in the hall for the last decade. Her school, Stewart School of Irish Dance, also teaches in Surrey, Vancouver, Richmond and New Westminster, different nights of the week. Albion resident Elizabeth Taylor is mom to one of the children in the dance class, and wants to know what’s going on. She said residents should have been told if the association was having trouble running the building. “The newcomers don’t even know about the ACA.” She said residents should have been told and consulted if a decision has been made. “That’s a little unfair for all those taxpayers. “I’m angry at Maple Ridge council. I’m absolutely angry there’s been no public consultation with the people that live there.” But Wood said the association placed advertisements, had an open house and held annual meetings and tried to get people involved. “Basically, it’s been out there,” she said. “I think if you have an interest, you should be involved in it.”

Kids still kids, and they’re alright
survived last week’s camping trip with 17 Grade 9 students, despite two days of torrential rain, two nights of sub-zero temperatures and five days of sleeping on a surface that was basically a flat rock. Most amazing was how easily the students survived it. My age changes my perception of the trials and tribulations of camping. I love being in the outdoors, but my joints no longer share that enthusiasm, particularly after cold nights on rock surfaces. But the kids were like Gumby and seemed to bounce up and resume full speed within seconds of being called. Suffice it to say, I had to get up an hour earlier than they did to appear mobile enough to avoid my fate if they decided to go all Lord of the Flies on me. As I expected, the thin walls of the tents didn’t do much to dampen the noise and despite my reminders to them, nightly, that I could hear every word they said, the minute they got into the tent that concern raced from their consciousness. It seems they felt that not being able to see me meant that they had privacy, kind of like the illusion that typing on your computer on the internet is private. So here’s what I learned at camping (with some editing, for sure): • Parents are clueless when it comes to supervision. Story after story was exchanged about how


the kids did things their parents did not know about during the summer. Exaggerations? I’m sure, but even accounting for exaggeration, Parenting I was surGraham Hookey prised with how much the kids felt they were pulling the wool over the eyes of their parents. Their greatest ally? The cell phone and what they could make their parents believe using it. • Kids spend an extraordinary amount of time in their rooms on their own. To some extent, I knew that. But to listen to them talk about how much time they spent playing computer games and interacting on Facebook was surprising just the same. Perhaps most surprising was how much they felt connected even while they were isolated in their rooms. • Despite an enormous exposure to information, they are incredibly naïve and misinformed about many things. Kids always have been, but you’d expect with all the access to information that this generation has that they would be more in-the-know than they sounded to be. My sense was that they are exposed to a lot of information but only in a very

shallow way and so they think they know a lot when, in fact, they have barely scratched the surface. I’m not so sure that’s not more of a potential problem than not knowing anything, since overconfidence can lead to poor decisions. • Kids have a phenomenal memory for auditory and visual information. I don’t think a single line from any of the adolescent movies was missed as they tried to outdo each other in saying ludicrous things to get the laughter of their peers. Kids who tell me they can’t remember the times tables have extraordinary memories of multiple Adam Sandler lines. If anyone doubts that young people are losing their memory due to information surfing, I would suggest that it might be more the medium than the memory. They remember a lot of what they see and hear, but seemingly not much of what they read. • The kids were alright. While they were getting away with things, spending too much time on their computers, being naïve and quoting Adam Sandler, they were generally happy, cooperative and reasonably considerate of each other. Take away the digital stuff, and it could have been my friends in our tents a long time ago, when I, too, had the mobility of Gumby and the naiveté of Bambi. Graham Hookey is an educator and writer (

District trees rile local resident
Kathleen Langsford wants to know why she’s responsible for them
by Phil Mel nyc hu k staff reporter It would be difficult to mow the lawn in Kathleen Langsford’s back yard. That’s because the place is riddled with thick roots that have turned her yard into nicipal property just outside her property line in the 11600-block of Glenhurst Street. “These are the tallest trees on the block. When you see the roots, you’ll be absolutely aghast,” Langsford said. The trees are on a boulevard on the west side Cottonwood Drive and have reached heights of 15 to 20 metres and have crowded her back fence with overhanging branches. A new $3,000 fence she installed this spring to replace one that had already been pushed by trees, is already being crowded by the fast-growing trunks. What she wants to have explained is why the trees are her problem. “They’re their trees. I shouldn’t have to be responsible for the way they are growing.” Langsford called the District of Maple Ridge, which visited her home a few times and the response always was, “it’s not their problem, it’s my problem.” She was told she can cut the branches and roots that intrude into her yard, but points out digging out the latter would require an excavator. And if the roots are cut, she’s worried the trees will fall down, on to her house. Cutting the roots would require a small backhoe, she said. Langsford did try to prune some of the trees, but someone called police, who came and told her to stop cutting. Her next door neighbour said the same thing happened to him. He has a smaller number of trees in his yard and once this spring was cutting some branches when RCMP showed up. They told him to get permission before any cutting. Director of engineering operations Russ Carmichael affirmed that roots and branches encroaching on to private property are the landowner’s responsibility. That’s a common problem affecting many properties, with the district also contending with tree roots from private property upheaving municipal sidewalks. He said an arborist would stop by the house to advise how the roots can be cut without affecting the health of the trees.

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Kathleen Langsford just had her fence replaced because of the trees.
a maze of hardwood that lies just below the lawn. The roots come from a grove of trees that have sprung up on mu-

Patron suing country bar for negligence
Man was hit by a car after being kicked out of the Pitt Meadows bar
by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter A man who was hit by a car after being kicked out of a Pitt Meadows bar for being too drunk is suing the establishment for negligence. In a civil suit filed in Vancouver Supreme Court, Allan Power claims that in September 2008, he was served liquor by staff at Rooster’s Country Cabaret to a point where he was visibly intoxicated and unable to care for himself. Powers was then “forcefully ejected” from the bar and left on his own outside, close to Lougheed Highway. Shortly after being kicked out, he was hit by a car as he attempted to cross or walk along the highway. Power suffered a head and chest injury as a result of the collision, a concussion and injuries to both his legs, including a compound fracture in his left tibia, as well as torn ligaments in his right knee. The accident has left him with pain, headaches, dizziness, a loss of memory and depression. The suit alleges that the staff who served alcohol to Power, as well as those who kicked him out should have known he was a danger to himself and failed to take steps to see that he made it home safely. It seeks damages as well as health care costs from Rooster’s, its parent company ABC Ltd. and Banns Enterprises Ltd., the company that owns the building. Rooster’s general manager Cliff Barber said the cabaret was not interested in commenting on ongoing litigation. It isn’t the first time someone has been struck by a vehicle after being kicked out of the bar for being too drunk or fighting. A 21-year-old hockey player, Derek Matty, was killed in 2003 after he thrown out of the bar and stumbled into the path of a car on Lougheed Highway. Rooster’s was under different management and ownership at that time.

Two places to celebrate World Rivers Day in Maple Ridge
it cleaned for them, so they can take it home for dinner. Live music will brighten the mood, Katzie First Nations will do the welcoming ceremonies and groups such as Alouette Field Naturalists, Adopt A Block, the Community Education on Environment and Development and the Silver Valley Neighbourhood Association will have displays up. There even will be a tracking demonstration to show people how to track creatures in the wild. This is the 17th year that ARMS is celebrating B.C. Rivers Day. Last year, about 800 people visited, said acting executive-director Abby Cruickshank. More than 75,000 people around B.C. are expected to join in the 30th anniversary of BC Rivers Day. The whole purpose of the event is to raise awareness about the threats to rivers. “Rivers are the arteries of our planet and yet many waterways continue to suffer from inadequate protection and an array of impacts,” Mark Angelo, Rivers Day chair and head of the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, said in a news release. All countries are encouraged to participate and events can be registered at worldriversday. “It’s pretty exciting to see a local event that started 30 years ago in British Columbia evolve into such a positive global effort to better care for our rivers.”

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Amanda Balcke checks on the Rainbow Trout at the kid’s fishing pond, which will be open to the public during River’s day celebrations at last year at Allco Park
by Phi l M elnyc h u k staff reporter The first B.C. Rivers Day was held 30 years ago, now the idea has spread across borders and is known as World Rivers Day. The day is still going strong locally as well, as both Alouette River Management Society and Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society welcome the public this Sunday to their streams. Starting at 11 a.m., KEEPS holds its Rivers Day event at Kanaka Creek Regional Park, in the river front area on Lougheed Highway and Haney Bypass. Everyone’s welcome to the free family event. Canoe tours, interpretive walks and environmental displays will be part of the day. On the other side of Maple Ridge, at the north end of 248th Street, the Alouette society will hold its Rivers Day event at its Rivers Heritage Centre in Allco Park. The event also starts at 11 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m. and features a barbecue, a tour of Allco Park, a trout fishing pond where kids can catch a trout and have

Words can steer clear of storms
s someone who works with people and words, I am keenly aware how influential and powerful words are. Aren’t we all? We live in a wordy world. Our days and lives are wordfilled and word-shaped. There is not a single aspect of our lives that is not somehow defined by the words we speak, write, read, and hear. We use words in all our exchanges with people and also in prayers, confessions and worship. Now, the words we use in conversations, lectures, politics, and commerce are essentially the same words we use when we are speaking to God. There is not a special holy language for matters of God and then a secular language for everyday use. “‘Give us this day our daily bread’ and “’pass the potatoes’ come out of the same language pool,” writes Eugene Peterson. No matter then where, when, about what, and to whom we speak, words are sacred. It makes no difference whether we talk to people or converse with God in prayer. Words are sacred, whether we use them in casual conversations or in carefully constructed essays, at business meetings or in counseling sessions, in eye to eye conver-


sations or on Facebook pages, from the pulpit or on the golf course, words are sacred. Words are gifts of God who gives life by Acts of Faith speaking. Gerard Booy They are tools for communicating that have a tremendous impact. Our words have a God-given potential to create life or to destroy the people in their path. The apostle James wrote a remarkable passage in which he reminds us of our stewardship with regards to words (James 3:1-12). Words can be used carefully or carelessly, to adore or to mock, to praise or to slander, to build up or to tear down, to inspire or to discourage, to heal or to hurt, to forgive or to blame, to united or to divide. The trouble is that we frequently use words lightly, carelessly, recklessly, without thinking, and without praying. Carelessly used words, James reminds us, are not meaningless. They are sparks that can ignite raging fires. Those fires quickly burn out of control, wrecking lives, smash-

ing hopes, hurting feelings, and ruining friendships. We all know that it doesn’t take much for this to happen – only one tiny little spark. Words not controlled by the Spirit of God, not spoken in truth and love, and therefore used carelessly can cause great devastation in people’s lives. Carefully used words, on the other hand, are just as powerful. James gives us a graphic image of an ancient sailboat driven by strong winds. Here we have an image of people in a world where they face many difficulties. Strong winds that they have little or no control over blow against them; outside influences push them in directions they do not wish to go; storms threaten to rip them apart; they are battered by corrupted words. But with a small rudder (James’ image for the tongue), the pilot can steer the ship to safety. Under the control of God’s Wind, the Spirit, and used in accordance with God’s gracious love, used with caution and respect for the other person (who is God’s image, by the way), words can steer us through stormy waters and bring healing, understanding, hope, and life. Gerard Booy is pastor of Haney Presbyterian Church.

More ammo for light rail service through Fraser Valley
Report argues new line can be started for $492 million
by J eff Nage l Black Press A new Chilliwack-toSurrey light rail line could whisk passengers from deep in the Fraser Valley to the existing SkyTrain system in 90 minutes, according to a new study commissioned by groups campaigning for the project. The report, by U.K.based consultant David Cockle on behalf of Rail For The Valley, estimates an initial service running every 20 to 30 minutes on existing tracks could be launched with dieselelectric trains for $492 million. It could be later upgraded to a no-emission electric system for a further $115 million. Cockle called the proposal “very viable” with trains running 80 to 100 km/h between 18 stops along the 98-kilometre route. The line would fulfill a long-held dream to reinstate a modern version of the B.C. Electric interurban rail service to Chilliwack that was shut down 60 years ago. “When the Fraser Valley passenger service was suspended in 1950 there were less than 80,000 people living throughout the Valley,” Cockle said. “Today, one million people live in valley communities, with 1.5 million projected by 2031.” Rail For The Valley spokesman John Vissers said concerns about air quality, climate change and rising gas prices are fuelling demand for an alternative to driving long distances. “We can now prove from an engineering and marketing perspective that you can run light rail at speeds comparable to driving your car from community to community across the Fraser Valley,” Vissers said. “We want our train back.” Neither the province nor TransLink has so far shown much interest in using the historic corridor, both in the past citing concerns transit service could interfere with freight hauling and that other potential rapid transit routes in the Valley might serve more people. Advocates like Vissers note the price tag is a big advantage compared to building allnew tracks – especially when stacked against pricier SkyTrain technology. The study estimates the cost of a phase one startup at just $5


Light-rail trains would run every 20 to 30 minutes.
million per kilometre, compared to the almost $130 million per kilometre it will cost to build the $1.4-billion 11-kilometre Evergreen Line to Coquitlam. They also argue the province’s retention of free passenger rights on the corridor ensures railways cannot simply deny the dream out of concern they might make less money due to slowed freight service. “B.C. Hydro wisely retained the rights to passenger service and now we have an opportunity to capitalize on that,” Vissers said. The proposed route includes 10 main stations and eight more basic tram stops. The study also contemplates possible spurs connecting Chilliwack to Rosedale as well as Surrey to Richmond and potentially on to Vancouver. Passing loops would allow freight and passenger trains to pass, but Cockle’s study assumes most freight trains would be required to run at night only. “You don’t have to do any major track reconstruction,” Rail For the Valley researcher Malcolm Johnston said. He said there’s potential to use tram-trains that could operate on both the existing rail corridor through the valley plus possible new tram routes within local cities. That would open up the potential for the same rail cars to turn off and head along King George Boulevard in Surrey someday, or up 200 Street from Langley to Maple Ridge. “It’s do-able,” Johnston said. “It just takes political will.” Advocates will plead their case with local cities, TransLink and provincial government officials in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, the provincial government continues to keep the lid on the results of its own long-promised strategic review of Fraser Valley transit expansion options, including the existing rail corridor. A transportation ministry spokesman said the findings could be released this fall. TransLink previously estimated it would cost at $360 to $700 million to create a passenger rail service as far as Langley on the interurban corridor, although the City of Surrey estimated a shorter route as far as Cloverdale could be launched for as little as $110 million. Several area mayors are lobbying for light rail rather than SkyTrain technology for any rapid transit extension through Surrey to ensure a broader reach of the service.

Proposed stations: 1. Scott Road (SkyTrain connection); 2. Delta - Nordel Way; 3. Newton - King George; 4. South Surrey - 152 Street; 5. Cloverdale - 180 Street; 6. Langley - #10 Highway/ Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Langley campus) 7. Abbotsford - McCallum Road; 8. Yarrow/Cultus Lake; 9. Sardis - Knight Road; 10. Chilliwack Station, Yale; Road W and Young Road. Additional tram stops: 1. Langley – 200 Street; 2. Trinity Western University – Glover Road/Fort Langley; 3. Gloucester Estates/ Aldergrove; 4. Abbotsford, Essendene Avenue; 5. Abbotsford - Marshall Road/University of the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford campus); 6. McConnell Road/Abbotsford International Airport; 7. Huntingdon / Sumas, U.S. 8. Chilliwack - Airport Rd/ University of the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack campus).

Lower river dead to salmon, forum told
Cohen commission urged to probe habitat destruction
by J eff Nage l Black Press Optimism for the future of the Fraser River’s iconic salmon was in short supply at a public forum of the Cohen Commission in New Westminster Monday. Many of the 60 participants predicted this summer’s record sockeye run will prove a flash in the pan, giving way to further stock declines. Several speakers told inquiry head Bruce Cohen they believe much of the fishery’s trouble stems from habitat destruction through industrialization of the lower river, particularly the north arm between Richmond and Vancouver that some said seems dead to salmon. “There’s something terribly wrong here,” retired fisherman Terry Slack said, noting development covers most of the banks of those channels. Slack also pointed to Metro Vancouver’s sewage treatment plants, which pump “a river of effluent” out every day, hurting juvenile salmon. “We have to get these plants to clean up,” he said. Musqueam Band language coordinator Victor Guerin said the estuary is now almost devoid of salt marshes that serve as habitat for birds and juvenile salmon.



For video, visit He questioned the government’s “slippery” policy of no net habitat loss when developing major projects and others protested the loss of salmon streams to the construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. Port Coquitlam watershed stewardship volunteer Laura Dupont said the Gateway program represents the paving of the Lower Mainland “from stem to stern” and called the province’s environmental assessments for such projects a “sham.” Other speakers said past recommendations to switch fish farms to closed containment should have been followed and the province should rethink its strategy of generating power with run-of-river hydro-

electric projects. Bob Rezansoff, a seine boat owner from Delta, criticized the federal fisheries department’s management, predicting this year’s huge but largely uncaught run will mean tremendous overcrowding on the spawning grounds and weakened runs four years from now. “The pendulum has swung too far in the direction of conservation for conservation’s sake,” he said. He said the trend towards drought in the Interior means salmon must get priority for water in their spawning grounds ahead of agriculture. “Society has to decide what is more important – a second crop of irrigated hay or the survival of the salmon,” Rezansoff said. Port Coquitlam Coun. and commercial gillnetter Mike Forrest was one of those who alluded to long-held concerns in the industry of unreported aboriginal catches. Accurate catch reporting is critical to the survival of the stocks, he said. “We need to know how many fish are taken out of that river,” Forrest said. “It isn’t really important who’s taking it. But we need to know how many are gone.” Maple Ridge gillnetter Darrel McEachern championed the concept of individual transferrable quotas. Gillnetters unable to fish when scarce coho are coming in could sell their sockeye quota to a seiner or troller further offshore who could catch the sockeye on their behalf, he suggested. Such a system would be more cooperative, accountable and safer than the current “derbystyle” fishery with long competitive openings, he added. McEachern said an estimated 1.5 million sockeye, worth about $7.5 million, were “wasted” because gillnetters were ordered off the river to protect coho. “Those fish are on their way to the Shuswap where they won’t do any good and may do more harm than good.” Surrey actor and playwright Lorne Jones called for the creation of a new industry – “fish watching” – using hightech cameras dangled into the water. He envisioned a Meerkat Manor-style TV reality show that records and personalizes individual salmon, which he said would become “heroes”

and ultimately compel us to care more about their plight. The Cohen commission is investigating the deep drops in returning sockeye in the previous two

years, in which upwards of nine million expected salmon never showed up. Adding to the puzzle is this year’s record run, estimated at a staggering

34.5 million sockeye. Another public forum is slated for Sept. 29 in Chilliwack and the commission begins detailed hearings Oct. 25 in Vancouver.

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Lorne Jones at Cohen forum.

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(Above) Surrey Coun. Barbara Steele is taking over as president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities; (left) Harry Nyce, chair of the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District and a member of the Nisga’a Lisims Government, is completing his term as president of the UBCM.

Councillors to vote on four-year terms
by Tom Fletcher Black Press Municipal politicians are gathering in Whistler next week to decide whether to extend their term of office to four years. The B.C. government would have to amend the Local Government Act to extend the terms of councillors and school trustees beyond the existing three years. But Surrey Coun. Barbara Steele, incoming president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities, said provincial politicians have promised to abide by the decision made by delegates at their annual convention Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Steele sat on a provincial-municipal task force that recommended the move to four-year terms in May. In an interview Monday, Steele predicted a vigorous debate and a close vote on the proposed change, which could be made in time for civic elections next fall. Some smaller communities have difficulty finding candidates willing to make even a three-year commitment to a job that often features low pay, long hours and a lack of public recognition or respect. Among the resolutions put forward for debate at the convention is one from the northeast B.C. community of Hudson’s Hope, calling for three-year terms to be maintained. The rural-urban divide in B.C. will be prominent at this year’s convention. The UBCM executive has proposed adding two more members to represent the Metro Vancouver region, where more than half the province’s population now lives, to balance the majority of councillors from smaller communities who tend to dominate the executive. Another resolution calls for moving the date of local elections from November to October, so politicians outside the South Coast are less likely to campaign on snowy streets and highways. Other issues unite communities across the province, such as the impact of drug trafficking. The Cariboo Regional District is seeking provincial help to deal with marijuana growers in rural areas, while Maple Ridge wants better federal supervision of medical marijuana licences that allow people to grow legally. Metro Vancouver is calling for more effort to stop the import of chemical precursors for drug labs that make ecstasy and methamphetamine. Another popular topic is animal control. Richmond has proposed banning the sale of rabbits from pet stores, while Kimberley seeks a birth control solution for the proliferation of deer that have become habituated to living around people. Saanich and Osoyoos are calling for changes to wildlife regulations to give them more options to reduce the overpopulation of Canada geese and its impact on parks, lakes and crops.

THE NEWS/home&gardening

How to create spring bulb displays
illions, yes, millions of Dutch-grown bulbs are flowing into B.C. right now, giving gardeners an opportunity to create some spectacular displays next spring. The only problem is that many new gardeners are not quite sure Gardening just how to go about Brian Minter creating those eyecatching displays. Being faced with row upon row of all kinds of different bulbs which bloom in assorted colours, at different heights and at various times, can be somewhat confusing. Unless you are a connoisseur, ignore all these hundreds of choices and stick to the basics. Keep it simple. When I was in Keukenhoff Gardens, the world’s ultimate bulb display garden just outside of Amsterdam, the most effective and memorable displays were the ones that had the fewest varieties of bulbs. What made these displays were the shapes of the plantings and the use of contrasting colours. The secret to effective displays in your garden then is to choose different varieties that bloom at the same time and select interesting colour combinations. Let’s start with the earliest snowdrops. By themselves, they look okay. But if you plant them around dark purple helleborus (Christmas Rose), the effect is really quite lovely. It is difficult to find other bulbs that bloom at the same time as snowdrops, so be creative and plant them among large alpine stones or around a large, unique piece of driftwood. Delightful winter aconites often bloom at the same time or follow right behind snowdrops. Come to think of it, with snowdrops in the center, the two might make an interesting combination. These bulbs look sensational under a wonderful gnarled tree such as Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Contorted Filbert). I also like to see them intermingled with the rich red winter flowering heathers like ‘King George’, ‘December Red’ and my favourite, ‘Myrtoun Ruby’. The most charming mid-winter flowers



The most effective bulb displays have the fewest varieties of bulbs and use interesting shapes and contrasting colours.
are the miniature irises. These three-inchhigh sweeties are right at home in a rock garden, and I also saw them used in window boxes at several homes in Holland. Far more varieties are available today than ever before, but I still think the deep violet Iris reticulata and its fragrant yellow cousin, I. danfordiae, are the very best. You have to blend the two together for the best effect, but put them on the lee side of a large white stone for a genuine alpine display. Once we jump into March, all sorts of possibilities open up. The sleeper of all bulbs has to be the striking, but often ignored, grape hyacinth (Muscari). By themselves, these fragrant perennial bulbs look equally good in rock gardens, on top of rock walls, next to steps, or in sweeping drifts of mass plantings almost anywhere. I am not quite sure which I like more, the blue or white variety, but let me assure you these are probably the longest lasting, most durable bulbs you can get. Try planting them among ground covers, like ajuga, where the two flowers complement each other. Muscari also looks great mass-planted under early flowering shrubs and trees, like yellow forsythia, ‘White Star’ magnolias, and even early flowering cherries like Prunus autumnalis ‘Accolade’. In Keukenhoff Gardens, they used them extensively as solid borders around hundreds of beds, and the effect was simply breathtaking. Because Muscaris bloom as long as daffodils, they blend beautifully with either yellow or white varieties, like the old ‘King Alfred’ and elegant white ‘Ice Follies’. Almost any of the single early or ‘Triumph’ tulips will match the blooming season of Muscari, and almost any colour of tulip, mingled with the white or blue grape hyacinths, makes a great combination. Brian Minter owns and operates Minter Gardens just outside of Chilliwack.

Tax burden on businesses ‘unfair’
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows chamber of commerce wants business vote back
by G ar y Ahu ja Black Press An unfair tax burden on businesses, regional transportation issues, mobile licensing for municipalities, restoring the business vote and development permit time lines were the topics of discussion. Members of five different chambers of commerce were on hand at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre in Langley for the first annual Fraser Valley Business Summit, Sept. 17. The presidents of the five respective chambers — Greater Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows — each spoke on a separate topic of concern to the business community, sharing their thoughts with the municipal and provincial politicians on hand. Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce president Pat Sapielak spoke on the ever-increasing tax burden faced by business owners. The crux of the presentation was the concern certain local governments were subsidizing residential taxpayers by unfairly burdening businesses with property tax levies far in excess of the services they utilize. “While we appreciate the challenges faced by local governments with limited resources, raising those revenues by increasing costs to business is an unsustainable solution,” she said. While owning a home is the best investment, Sapielak said the downside is the property tax is based on the value of the property, not the business owners’ ability to pay. The solution is a cap on how much a business should have to pay in tax. Without that businesses will pay substantially more than a residential property owner and there becomes a risk of the businesses closing down or relocating. Some of the recommendations included developing a more sustainable tax structure related to the taxpayers’ ability to pay and establishing some mechanism which would allow for the review of local government taxation to ensure accountability. Another presentation focused on copying a pilot project in the Okanagan-Similikameen area from 2008, which proved so successful, it has since been extended. Milt Kruger, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president, shared an example of a plumbing company in Langley which needed a dozen licenses in order to work in the surrounding municipalities, since they were being called out to jobs outside of Langley and therefore were not licensed to work. Compare that to a business like Kruger’s, On Line Collision. Since customers bring their vehicles to him, he only requires the one license. The results from that pilot project showed there was an increase of 750 to 1,000 licenses issued in the region. That translated into an increase of $160,000-$200,000 in revenue for those municipalities in that one year alone. The project allowed businesses — contractors, trade businesses, photographers, caterers, etc. — to operate across participating boundaries with just a single license. This also benefited municipal governments as it lowered their administrative costs to process one license and increased revenue due to more businesses deciding to acquire mobile licenses. The goal is to develop mobile license program, first for the Fraser Valley, and then later on, for the entire province. Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce president Jeremy Bekar discussed restoration of the business vote. Studies suggest that businesses use fewer services than residents, and yet they are paying much more. “They are the easiest group on which to increase taxes because they no longer have a vote,” Bekar said. “Many business owners live outside their jurisdiction and cannot be part of the election process or vote in a referendum which may impact their business directly. “This gives them no voice in the communities in which they pay the highest taxes; this is taxation without representation.” If land is held in the name of an individual, or sole proprietorship, that individual can apply to vote in the jurisdiction. They may only apply for one vote, even though they may own multiple properties within that jurisdiction. He also explained that an incorporated business is recognized as a person under the law, has all the rights as a person and pays tax in basically the same manner as a person. See Chamber, p47

‘Investment in transportation next driver’
Chamber from p46 Every right and law recognizes the corporation as a person except the right to vote. The challenge is to produce a fair business vote without affording the owner the chance to use this as two votes Bekar wrapped up the discussion with two recommendations: allowing business a greater say in municipal elections through their vote, and working with the Chamber through the Community Charter process to develop legislation which includes a clear and workable legal definition for a business vote. Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce president Jason Lum focused on regional transportation issues, such as the need for an innovative approach to transportation for an increasingly urban province. With all three levels of government committing funding for the expansion of transportation infrastructure, an investment in transportation is the next big driver of growth for the province. “Urban productivity is highly dependent on the efficiency of its transportation systems,” he said. “The ability to move people and goods efficiently and smoothly between multiple origins and destinations is the cornerstone of successful urban regions.” As the province continues to grow, the ability to improve the flow of people and, more importantly, goods, will require new measures. The provincial government’s Asia Pacific Strategy is adding a strain on the entire transportation system. “The Chamber believes that new and innovative approaches to transportation in our urban centres are required to address these challenges now, and for the future,” Lum said. Some of the recommendations included moving forward with the development of a 30-year vision of public transportation, the need to invest in public transit in order to provide a viable alternative to single passenger vehicle travel, invest in infrastructure investment through mechanisms that are equitable, efficient and reflect traffic demand management principals, and finally, to examine the use of tolls and other innovative funding programs. Development permit time lines was discussed by Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce president Helen Secco. With no oversight from the provincial government, local governments have the chance to withhold approvals until the applicant agrees to take on costs that may or may not be related to the specific project application. Variances from municipality to municipality cause confusion for the applicants. The result is additional costs and delays.

“The ability to move people and goods efficiently and smoothly between multiple origins and destinations is the cornerstone of successful urban regions.”
Jason Lum, Chilliwack chamber president
B.C. and Quebec are the only provinces which do not have legislated mechanisms and protections which address these concerns. And in uncertain economic times, the provincial government needs to take action to ensure that the potential for development opportunities and the rights of applicants are protected, she said.

Scrubber upgrade for garbage incinerator
$7m system to cut nitrogen oxide emissions by two-thirds
by J eff Nagel Black Press Metro Vancouver will upgrade the emission scrubbers at its Burnaby garbage incinerator in anticipation of tighter provincial pollution regulations, but the new system won’t be as clean as originally envisioned. The $7-million project aims to slash levels of nitrogen oxides released from the stack of the waste-to-energy plant, which burns 276,000 tonnes of local garbage annually. The plant currently releases 280 milligrams per cubic metre of nitrogen oxide – one of the main pollutants contributing to smog in the Fraser Valley. Although that’s well within the current provincial regulatory limit of 350 mg per cubic metre, Metro staff expect the limit will be lowered from the more aggressive upgrade would have pushed the regional garbage tipping fee up by another $6.60 per tonne, compared to the extra $0.85 resulting from the more modest upgrade. There’s been no decision yet from the province on Metro’s proposed new solid waste management plan, which could, if approved, allow the construction of a new waste-to-energy plant serving the region. Moore said the emissions control upgrade at Burnaby has little bearing on pollution controls that could go into a new facility. “Any new facility will use the best technology available,” Moore said. “It would be even more stringent.” The Burnaby wasteto-energy plant releases 465 tonnes per year of nitrogen oxides or roughly one per cent of the total emitted annually in Metro Vancouver. Ten times as much comes from other industrial and building point sources in the region and far more yet – threequarters of all nitrogen oxide released – comes from cars, trucks, planes and ships.

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The incinerator burns 276,000 tonnes of garbage a year.
significantly by 2011. The planned upgrade would cut nitrogen oxide emissions to an estimated 90 mg per cubic metre. Metro waste committee chair Greg Moore predicts that will take the Burnaby incinerator to less than half the new limit expected to be set by the province. “We want to be proactive in making any adjustments we have to,” said Moore, the mayor of Port Coquitlam. “It will be more than twice as clean as the new provincial regulations.” But Metro had been pursuing an even cleaner system. Staff had weighed building an all-new $45-million scrubbing system using selective catalytic reduction technology that would have taken nitrogen oxide emissions down to just 40 mg per cubic metre. It had been hoped a major contribution would come from Ottawa, but the upgrade did not get approval for a federal government economic stimulus grant. Without federal aid, Moore said the benefit was not enough to justify the “substantially” higher cost to ratepayers. Besides the capital cost, higher operating and maintenance costs

Community Calendar


ommunity Calendar lists events in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Notices are free to local non-profit groups courtesy of The News. Drop off details to 22328 119 Ave., fax to 604-463-4741 or e-mail events@mapleridgenews. com at least a week before the event. Include a contact name and number. (No submissions by phone.) Listings appear as space permits. For guaranteed publication, ask our classified department at 604-467-1122 about non-profit rates. Friday, Sept. 24 • The HOMINUM Fraser Valley Chapter is a support and discussion group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. Its next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. For information and location, please call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604329-9760. Saturday, Sept. 25 • The 2010 Community Information and Safety Fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Haney Place Mall. The event features booths from more than 30 different agencies, businesses, and local service groups. Many local service providers and community organizations will be

available to share information or answer your questions as well as provide entertainment for fair visitors of all ages. If you are new to the community or in need of information, join friends and neighbours for this fun, family event. The event is put on by the Community Network, Maple Ridge Community Policing, Ridge Meadows Fall Prevention and the Downtown Business Improvement Association. For more information, contact Nichole Wismer at 604-616-6934. • Discover what Downtown Maple Ridge has to offer at the last Downtown Maple Ridge Summer Market for 2010 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street next to the Haney Farmers’ Market. Enjoy entertainment, kids’ activities and local vendors in a fun street market atmosphere. Call the DMRBIA at 604-467-2420 or visit downtownmapleridge. ca for more information, or if you’d like to be a vendor. • Every year the Haney Farmers’ Market dedicates a market day to the Friends in Need Food Bank and this year is no exception. Come by their booth and make a donation for the coming winter. Jeff Huggins performs. Memorial Peace Park on 224th Street in downtown Maple Ridge. www. • Canada Culture Day comes to the ACT in Maple Ridge. There will be gallery tours, hands-on art demonstrations, live music, film screenings and much more. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. at 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge. Organized by the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council. Sunday, Sept. 26 • The Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society will be hosting a Rivers Day event on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kanaka Creek Regional Park riverfront, on River Road east of Lougheed Highway and Haney Bypass. Canoe tours and interpretive walks will be part of this family event. Admission is free. For more information, call Ross at 604-970-8404 or visit Monday Sept 27 • The Fraser Valley Rhodo Club’s monthly meeting will be held at St Andrew’s Heritage Hall, 22279 - 116th Ave, just off the Haney Bypass in Maple Ridge. Ron Knight will be speaking on the development of Caron Gardens on the Sunshine Coast. All are welcome to attend this interesting evening.

Tuesday, Sept. 28 • Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association is presenting a free business to business event, hosted by Maple Ridge Lighting, at 11947 227th Street from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Topics to be discussed are: Fall promotion, suggestions for Christmas events, possible Winter/ Christmas Market and any topics brought up by members concerning Downtown. All BIA members and interested guests are welcome to this informal meet and greet. Refreshments are provided. Please call 604-467-2420 or inquiries@ and RSVP today. • Support group meeting for Parents and Family Members who have a child with autism. This group meets the last Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the downstairs boardroom at the Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, 11641 224th street, entrance off Callaghan Street. This month’s speaker is Stephanie Kwasnica, an ECE educator and music enthusiast who will be showing how music can be used to enhance the lives of our children. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tracy Hewgill at 604-467-8700. Wednesday, Sept. 29 • The Maple Ridge Public Library is hosting its third annual Chocolate Festival from 4 to 5 p.m. Bring your sweet tooth and enjoy an hour of fun filled chocolate activities and games. Kids Grades 5 and up welcome. Please register at the second floor information desk, or call the Maple Ridge Public Library for more information.

THE NEWS/sports
S tor y by M i c h a e l H a l l

Section coordinator: Robert Mangelsdorf 604-467-1122 ext. 216

Hockey night in Maple Ridge
oss Luckow has been a cameraman with Hockey Night in Canada for more than 30 years and says the segment he’s about to tape is Ron MacLean’s favourite.
A lone CBC van is parked in front of the stairs at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge on Wednesday. Luckow is in a corridor outside the dressing rooms in Rink 2, going over the script with Jason Disiewich, coach of the Ridge Meadows Warriors, an atom C team from the 2009-2010 season. The Warriors have been selected to perform on the pre-game show Scotiabank Hockey Tonight for the Oct. 23 broadcast, welcoming viewers from across the country to Hockey Night in Canada. The Warrior players, their hair styled neatly, some sporting streaks, start filing in to dressing room No. 2. After getting briefed on their roles by the head coach, they go over a few lines. Nine players will get individual speaking roles, but everyone will get to speak, and scream. They are encouraged to be as loud as they can, and not to worry about messing up their lines. Everyone makes mistakes. There will be numerous takes. “You guys have to have complete attention,” Disiewich says. “That means no horsing around.” Two players sitting in a corner are smelling each other’s hockey gloves. The whole room smells like hockey gear. Luckow is in dressing room No. 4, surrounded by a set of white jerseys hanging on hooks, the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association crest facing out, setting up a tripod and a 1,000-watt light, covered with a chimera to soften it. One parent wonders if Luckow knows that Andrew Ladd, a Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks last season and now with the Atlanta Thrashers, once played here. The Warriors, all 10 and 11 years old, play here now, although on different teams as a new season begins. But this evening, they are a team once again, young players who embody what Hockey Night in Canada is all about – bringing the national winter past-time into homes across the country, fostering the hopes and dreams of the next generation of hockey players since 1952 – from Foster Hewitt to Don Cherry to Cassie Campbell, Gordie Howe to Bobby Orr to Wayne Gretzky to Mario Lemieux, now Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Nine of the Warrior players enter room No. 4 and go over the individual lines for the segment. “No pausing and no forgetting,” Luckow says after demonstrating how he’s going to get in their faces with his camera and describing the


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Members of the Ridge Meadows Warriors, atom C3 hockey team, film a segment for Hockey Night in Canada on Wednesday at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge.
hand signals for when to scream and when to hush. “When the camera switches to the front of your face, as soon as the last word comes out, you hit your line,” Luckow says in an excited tone, his facial expressions exaggerated to convey encouragement, his face red, a stark contrast to his white-blonde hair. They start. “Tonight on Hockey Night in Canada,” the first player says into the camera, with modest enthusiasm. “The Leafs are in Philadelphia to take on the Flyers ...” says the second. “Even louder,” Luckow says. “And the Canadiens take on the Sens,” says the third. “Later out west, the Sharks battle the Oilers,” says the fourth. “We’re the Ridge Meadows Warriors and you’re watching ...” They all yell together, the camera pulling wide: “Hockey Night in Canada.” “Good,” says Luckow, “we’ve got some good guys.” Five stay in the dressing room, while the four who will speak in the second and third segments leave to go over their own lines. The five remaining rehearse several more times, getting louder and more confident each time through, with only a few flubs. “The support from the teachers, and parents, and the whole community was great,” said head coach Tom Levesque. “The stands were totally full, there were people tailgating, it was a great atmosphere.” SRT principal Mike Keenan said seeing the kids have fun on the field and in the stands confirms why the school decided to start a The rest of the team files into the room. Disiewich helps with the hand signals and gives the players a pep talk. They have to scream for 10 seconds before the lines start each time, then for 10 seconds afterwards, and they have to be as loud as they can each time. “Go, go, go until he says cut, like you guys are movie stars,” Disiewich says. They go through the first segment three times. Luckow wants them to be louder, to point their fingers at him and shake their sticks. They nail it the fourth time, then do it one more time, just in case. The players move out into the hallway to tape the second segment. The third one will be on the ice. They go over the lines and how they have to move around, encircling him at the end. Luckow sets up his light and has the parents at the end of the corridor move to the lobby, out of view of his camera. They run through the lines, then begin taping. Luckow raises his arm, the players begin to scream. He lowers it. “From Cam Neely Arena in Maple Ridge, B.C.,” says the first player. “Live, to your host,” says the second. Then they all yell: “Ron MacLean.” football program. “I often heard it said, including at the recent 2010 Olympics, that nothing brings people and the world together like sport,” Keenan said. “This was certainly evident yesterday.” Levesque admits expectations were high coming off last week’s preseason win over Hugh Boyd. “It was humbling, but it was Out on the ice, and more than an hour after they first arrived, the players skate around, diving on their chests and sliding on their knees while Luckow sets up his light. Their enthusiasm is waning, and it’s more difficult to get them to scream as loud as Luckow wants, but the payoff, to be on Hockey Night in Canada, is worth it. They run through the third segment several times before getting a good take recorded. Then they do one more. Ten seconds of screaming. “There’s a full night of hockey ahead,” said the next player. The last takes a slap shot into an empty net, then looks up to the camera as it pivots to him: “Stay tuned, Hockey Night in Canada is next,” he says. All the players, with their helmets on, their faces concealed by wire cages and plastic shields, crowd around Luckow in front of the net and scream. They’re done. A puck is thrown on the ice, and the players scrimmage. Scotiabank will host a viewing party for the Warriors the night their segment airs, Oct. 23, when the Leafs are in Philadelphia, the Canadiens take on the Sens, and later out west, the Sharks battle the Oilers. plugging up the middle,” said Levesque. “Establishing a better pass or outside [running] game will help open that up.” A number of false start penalties broke up drives for the Titans preventing them from gaining any momentum on offense. There were a few bright spots, however. See SRT, p52

Titans fall in home opener
by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f staff reporter The Samuel Robertson Technical Titans packed the bleachers for their home opener Wednesday afternoon against the Langley Saints, and while the AA junior varsity football team wasn’t able to give their fans a win, the support for the team was a victory for the school’s firstyear football program. The Titans fell 30-0 to the far more experienced Saints in their first-ever league game.

good to get this game out of the way early in the season,” he said. “[The Saints] are strong through and through, and this was the first time we came across any adversity.” The Saints defensive ends were able to contain the Titans’ outside running game, while their defensive line shut down any inside run attempts. “They did a good job at


Vertical jump for basketball or volleyball


technique can also affect the ver wonder how a short ability to generate power. If you basketball player like Spud watch a video of Webb’s jumping, Web at 5’6” could out-jump his last step before he explodes players more than one foot taller upward is exaggerated and about than him. In fact, at 46 inches, twice or three times no-one has a higher as long as his normal recorded vertical jump step. Why does he do in the NBA. That means that? That additional his feet are almost four length lowers his entire feet off the ground at the body, but it also allows peak of his jump. There for more momentum is even an Algerian to be developed and basketball player named transferred into vertical Kadour Ziani who, at kinetic energy. The 5’10”, apparently has the technique and timing of highest vertical jump at the series of movements an amazing 56 inches. has to be practiced and A shorter person is Kinected maximized to produce usually lighter so has Kerry Senchyna the most efficient force less mass to lift off the production possible. ground, but shorter leg As far as strength or length also means less explosive exercises goes, the muscle mass too, and this means there’s less power generating ma- athlete needs to be physically mature enough to handle the load terial to work with. Also, longer without creating an injury. The bones means more mechanical absolute minimum age for these advantage and better leverage. exercises is about 13 years old So it’s a bit of a trade-off when for simple strength or bounding it comes to the physical attriexercises, but should generally butes. What this does illustrate, start a little later for power exerhowever, is that size shouldn’t limit an athlete’s potential to play cises or depth-jumps. The athlete should also be able to squat-lift a sport even when it is normally one and a half times their body thought of as dominated by taller weight before attempting any of people. There can be many dynamics at these power or plyometric drills, play here. First, good old genetics and that requirement applies to any age. We often see adult is a factor you can’t do much bootcamp class participants beabout, except make sure you pick coming injured because they are your parents wisely. Then there is the training method, which can doing plyometric depth-jumps vary widely and include strength- when they do not have sufficient strength. However, it’s not just ening, plyometrics and explosive an issue of strength – proper training exercises. Jumping

technique for each drill must be carefully taught and monitored as the athlete progresses. Other requirements include at least three months of resistance training experience and no current injuries involved to any body segments. Ball and walls squats should be avoided for they do not use some of the core stability muscles and do not mimic the correct jump mechanics. The key points of a good jump squat are feet shoulder width apart, chest up, shoulders back, straight back with slight forward lean, knees directly above feet at all times (not inwards or flared outwards), lower back kept in neutral position and sitting back deep so the thighs are parallel to the ground. When rising in a jump squat, the weight transfers on to the balls of feet pushing off the ground using arms, legs and calf muscles. Body-weight jump squats with a broomstick are a good place to start with four sets of 10 repetitions, which is an actual vertical jump without using the arms in the movement. From jump-squats an athlete can progress to weight lifting and then plyometrics. A certified strength and conditioning specialist or kinesiologist should be consulted for proper conditioning, especially for youth. Kerry Senchyna holds a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and is owner of West Coast Kinesiology in Maple Ridge ( ry started ,” he said. “Hopefully this is the start of something.” The Titans face the Marauders at SRT’s Rotary Field on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Game time is 3 p.m.

SRT vs. Pitt
SRT from p51 Defensive tackle Brock Loewen had 11 tackles, including two sacks, as well as a forced fumble recov-

ery. “This was his first full game at defensive tackle, and he showed a ton of promise,” said Levesque. “ The Titans next face cross-town rivals, the

Pitt Meadows Marauders, next week, and Levesque and his squad are looking forward to the opportunity. “We’re excited to get our cross-district rival-

THE NEWS/scoreboard
Valley Community Football League Regular season standings Atom Team Abbotsford Meadow Ridge Blue Mission Meadow Ridge Gold Chilliwack Blue Chilliwack Red North Langley Bantam Team Mission-Abby Chilliwack Meadow Ridge North Langley W 4 3 2 1 1 1 0 W 2 2 1 0 W 2 2 2 1 1 0 W 3 2 1 1 1 0 W 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 L 0 0 1 2 3 3 3 L 0 1 1 3 L 0 0 1 2 2 3 L 0 0 1 2 2 3 L 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 T % STK 0 1.000 Won 4 0 1.000 Won 3 0 .667 Lost 1 0 .333 Lost 2 0 .250 Won 1 0 .250 Lost 1 0 .000 Lost 3 T 1 0 1 0 T 1 1 0 0 0 0 % STK .833 Won 1 .667 Lost 1 .500 Won 1 .000 Lost 3 % STK .833 Won 2 .833 Won 2 .667 Lost 1 .333 Won 1 .333 Lost 2 .000 Lost 3 PF PA PTS 172 6 8 60 30 6 58 64 4 52 42 2 38 98 2 75 108 2 18 125 0 PF 77 80 43 6 PA PTS 28 5 50 4 21 3 107 0

Furious Fire
A player from the Golden Ears Fury (right) controls the ball in front of a PoCo Fire foe during a Metro Women’s Soccer League U-21 silver division game Sunday at Citadel Middle School field in Port Coquitlam. The Fury won the game 5-0.

Junior bantam Team Chilliwack Blue Abbotsford Chilliwack Red Meadow Ridge North Langley Mission Peewee Team Chilliwack Blue Meadow Ridge Abbotsford Chilliwack Red North Langley Mission Zack Henry Ryan Cuthbert Marcus Chabot Thomas Hardy John Proctor Sam Chichak J. Hamaguchi Trevor Kang Steven Klips Ryan Stewart Grange Gordon Scott Mackey Tristano Falbo Spencer Traher Brendan Nadolny Rudi Thorsteinson Keagan Hunter Ryan Veillet Kevin Lourens Khalin Marsolais Jarrett Martin Cody Fidgett Shane Harle Black Panthers Ice Hawks Wolf Pack Kodiaks Ice Hawks Sockeyes Sockeyes Wolf Pack Icebreakers Flames Steelers Steelers Flames Ice Hawks Pilots Sockeyes Icebreakers Kodiaks Pilots Wolf Pack Pilots Ice Hawks Flames 4 5 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 0 0 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 5 5 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 Midget Team Langley North Delta Coquitlam Cloverdale Nanaimo Victoria Mission Cowichan Chilliwack White Rock North Surrey Richmond White Meadow Ridge Westside Richmond Black Burnaby Vancouver

PF PA PTS 116 48 5 138 56 5 71 56 4 30 98 2 62 77 2 66 148 0 PF PA PTS 109 53 6 83 13 5 73 47 3 42 64 2 12 64 2 18 96 0

Pacific International Junior Hockey League Harold Brittain Conference Team GP W L T OTL PTS Ridge Meadows Flames 5 3 2 0 0 6 Aldergrove Kodiaks 3 2 1 0 0 4 Abbotsford Pilots 4 2 2 0 0 4 Port Moody Black Panthers 4 1 1 0 2 4 Mission Icebreakers 4 0 4 0 0 0 Tom Shaw Conference Team North Delta Devils Richmond Sockeyes Delta Ice Hawks Grandview Steelers Squamish Wolf Pack GP 5 4 5 6 4 W 4 3 3 3 1 L 1 0 1 2 3 T 0 0 0 0 0 OTL PTS 0 8 1 7 1 7 1 7 0 2 GF 20 13 13 11 10 GF 15 21 20 24 11 GA 16 12 17 18 23 GA 12 9 13 19 19 PIJHL scoring leaders Players Liam Harding Marko Gordic Cody Smith Michael Nardi Jake Roder Robert Wilkinson Sebastien Pare Kentaro Tanaka Mitchell Smith Christopher Busto Dustin Cervo Danny Brandys Eli Wiebe Curtis Rocchetti Bradley Parker Julius Ho Reily Moffat Colton Precourt Sean Kavanagh Adam Nathwani Team Ice Hawks Steelers Ice Hawks Devils Sockeyes Steelers Sockeyes Steelers Sockeyes Devils Flames Flames Sockeyes Steelers Pilots Devils Steelers Kodiaks Flames Devils GP 5 6 4 5 4 6 4 6 4 5 5 5 4 6 4 5 6 3 5 5 G 6 4 3 3 5 5 4 2 0 3 3 2 1 1 3 2 2 1 1 1 A PTS 6 12 6 10 7 10 6 9 3 8 3 8 4 8 6 8 7 7 3 6 3 6 4 6 5 6 5 6 2 5 3 5 3 5 4 5 4 5 4 5

T % STK 0 1.000 Won 3 1 .833 Won 1 1 .500 Won 1 0 .333 Lost 1 0 .333 Lost 2 0 .000 Lost 3

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T % STK PF PA PTS 0 1.000 Won 3 102 7 6 0 1.000 Won 2 69 0 4 0 1.000 Won 2 47 8 4 0 .667 Won 2 55 50 4 0 .667 Lost 1 53 31 4 0 .667 Won 2 51 20 4 0 .667 Won 1 39 43 4 0 .667 Lost 1 44 63 4 0 .500 Lost 1 51 33 2 0 .333 Lost 1 42 38 2 0 .333 Won 1 48 70 2 0 .333 Lost 2 43 36 2 0 .333 Lost 2 45 29 2 0 .333 Won 1 49 65 2 0 .333 Lost 1 38 66 2 0 .000 Lost 3 8 106 0 0 .000 Lost 3 8 127 0

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