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www.mapleridgenews.com Wednesday, October 6, 2010 · Serving Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows · est. 1978 · 604-467-1122 · 50¢
Seeing all
of life
as art.
p29

Settlement
conference
set for
Greybrook
by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f
staff reporter

Greybrook Academy parents and


staff left in the lurch after the school
suddenly closed its doors last year
may be close to a settlement with the
now-defunct school and its founder.
A settlement conference between
parents, staff and the school’s found-
er, Nigel Turner, has been ordered for
Dec. 9 at the Port Coquitlam Provin-
cial Court.
Parents were left without a school
to send their children to, and staff
was left jobless after Greybrook shut
its doors Dec. 1, 2009.
Teachers and staff rejected a pro-
posal by the non-profit society that
owned and operated the school, the
Vancouver International Primary and
James Maclennan/THE NEWS Secondary School Society, that would
have had the school’s staff work for
Little pumpkin free in order to keep the school open.
Year-old Everley Fyke rides in a wheelbarrow pushed by her grandfather as they collect pumpkins at the Laity Pumpkin Patch on Sunday. See Greybrook, p9

Flats in quake, flood zone says Steve Litke, with the Fraser study says that in 40 years, the Creek would allow high water to
Fraser River not the only Basin Council. sea level will rise by half a me- get to the fields.
threat, either: basin council And if the sea level was to rise, tre on the B.C. coast, consultant But the lumbering Fraser River
“it is likely the entire site would Mark Holland told participants at isn’t the only threat.
be breached,” says a study by the first Albion flats open house Heavy rains from the surround-
by Phi l M elnyc h u k
Raincoast Applied Ecology and last week. ing uplands during a big storm
staff reporter
HB Lanarc. “Flooding can be considered as could also submerge the flats as
It is one the background reports a risk throughout the site, with climate change brings increas-
Count on Albion flats flooding being used to develop the Albion the exception of the raised areas ingly freakish weather, says Lit-
– every 500 years. area plan. …” the Raincoast report, titled ke.
As part of the Fraser-flood-of- About 84 per cent of Albion flats Albion Flats Environmental And what about the big one?
record area, the flats have less is in the Fraser River flood plain. Baseline Report, continues. About 72 per cent of the 323
than a two-per-cent chance ev- Rise it will, says another report, It notes, even though the flats acres of Albion flats has a “very
ery year of being submerged by due soon from the Ministry of En- area is surrounded by six-metre- high hazard rating” for liquefac- District of Maple Ridge
a rising Fraser River – one that vironment. high dikes, the pumping station tion. The creeks and streams that lace the Albion
reached the flood levels of 1894, Though still in draft form, the at Tamarack Lane and Kanaka See Albion, p14 flats are subject to a 30-metre setback.

Index
Opinion 6
Tom Fletcher 6
Letters 7
Arts&life 29
Community Calendar 32
Sports 35
Classifieds 39
Abby to pipe drinking water from Stave
worst-case scenario, if there was a
Maple Ridge councillor wor- spill of some kind in the lake, the
ried what that means for treatment plant would be shut
down.
Alouette Lake Metro Vancouver, like other mu-
nicipalities, has a source-protection
by Phi l M elnyc h u k program that uses a multi-barrier
staff reporter approach, consisting of: source wa-
ter protection, source water treat-
ment, a well-maintained water dis-
If Mission and Abbotsford use tribution system and water quality
Stave Lake for drinking water, monitoring.
does that mean Maple Ridge can “We’re very fortunate, over time
no longer play? the various governments and peo-
Maple Ridge Coun. Al Hogarth is ple have made the decision to allow
asking that question after learning us to have closed and protected wa-
of plans by the two municipalities tersheds,” said Stan Woods, senior
to tap into Stave Lake to meet a engineer with regional utility plan-
growing demand for drinking wa- ning.
ter. No recreational activities are al-
“Are we going to shut off the lowed on Metro Vancouver’s reser-
whole watershed now? There’s a voirs and any access is only under
huge amount of activity,” in both escort.
Stave and Alouette Lake, Hogarth Woods said the better protection
said. a water source receives, the less
Alouette Lake is used by fisher- treatment is required.
men, boaters and water skiers and But there are few watersheds as
thousands of campers every year protected as much as Metro Van-
in Golden Ears Provincial Park. couver’s.
Pipes at the north end of Alou- Kamloops, Woods points out,
ette Lake connect it to Stave Lake takes its water from the North
as part of B.C. Hydro’s operation of Thompson River and Kelowna
the Stave hydroelectric dam. draws from Okanagan Lake, used
Hogarth is concerned that health heavily for recreation.
regulations could restrict rec- The Alouette and Stave reser-
reational activity in the lakes in voirs are less developed than other
order to preserve drinking water watersheds, he said.
quality. THE NEWS/files While Metro Vancouver and B.C.
He also wondered if the fish fertil- Pipes at the north end of Alouette Lake connect it to Stave Lake as part of B.C. Hydro’s operation of the Stave hydroelectric dam. Hydro are trying to re-introduce
ization program in Alouette, where sockeye salmon back into the Co-
small amounts of phosphorus and Abbotsford’s Jim Gordon, gen- isting activities to be curtailed and the Alouette Lake fertilization quitlam reservoir, the question of
nitrogen are dumped into the lake eral manager of engineering and those activities are not affecting program, to remove any chance of whether to put in small amounts
to help feed the kokanee salmon regional utilities, said the intent the water quality as far as we can being shut down because of health of phosphorus and nitrogen to help
and grow the population, would is to be withdrawing water from see in the tests. concerns. nurture the salmon hasn’t been
have to be cut. the Stave by 2015. Over time, Stave “It’s a very big lake and we’re “We will definitely talk to the so- considered.
Those chemicals mimic the natu- Lake could supply half the city’s taking a very small quantity from ciety, but certainly the activities Currently, “our policy would not
ral fertilization present when fish drinking water. that lake.” that are taking place are not a con- support fertilization of Coquitlam
spawn and die, leaving carcasses Negotiations have already started Abbotsford’s daily average water cern,” Gordon said. Lake.”
to provide nutrition. with B.C. Hydro and First Nations. use is about 75 million litres. Most major cities have water sup- It would seem counter-productive
Would water levels in the reser- “It’s a long process, but we start- Gordon said he wasn’t aware of plies that are open to the public to add chemicals to the reservoir,
voirs have to change as result, a ed it,” Gordon said. the Alouette River Management for other uses and that Metro Van- Woods said. “But we haven’t re-
change that could affect B.C. Hydro Water testing has already started Society’s concerns about the ko- couver’s water reservoirs – Capi- ally looked at it … because it really
power generation? and has shown to be good. “If we kanee fertilization program and lano, Seymour and Coquitlam – are hasn’t come up.”
“There’s all kinds of questions keep doing what they’re doing said he’d talk to the society. closed to public use, which are Woods said the Coquitlam reser-
that have to be answered. These now, there’s absolutely no problem Geoff Clayton, with the ARMS, “ideal” situations. voir could sustain a small salmon
are just a few that I can think of,” because the water quality is good. still wants Abbotsford and Mis- The water would go through an population and still maintain drink-
Hogarth said. “We’re not asking any of the ex- sion to sign and agree to accept advanced treatment plant and in a ing water quality.

Cost of sewer line to provincial prisons jumps to $11.7 M


by Phi l M elnyc h u k en on 248th Street and the Fraser the province paying Maple Ridge wants to use that line to service cent to 256th Street.
staff reporter Regional Correctional Centre on a $5 million one-time grant, plus its industrial area at the north It also approved another con-
256th Street. annual payments, to make up the end of 256th Street. tract worth $1.6 million to Precise
The provincial government total of $9.2 million. The municipality is also paying Crossings, for specialized drill-
The cost to extend the sewer wants the prisons to be able hook Extra costs, because of the com- interest costs for the project by ing beneath the South Alouette
line from Fern Crescent to the two into the sewer lines so the insti- plexity of the project, have raised fronting the money, then collect- River.
provincial prisons has climbed by tutes can disconnect from septic that to $11.7 million. The project ed the grants later from the Min- Included in the project is instal-
$1.75 million to $11.7 million. fields. requires that horizontal drilling istry of Public Safety and Solicitor lation of a separate pipe in the
But local taxpayers are off the Both the men’s and women’s be done beneath the South Alou- General. same trench that will allow future
hook. Provincial taxpayers are prisons have expended or are in ette River in order to protect the Monday, council OK’d a contract installation of fibre-optic cable to
picking up the tab to stretch the the process. riverbed. for $7.7 million to Double M Exca- connect the northeastern part of
line from Fern Crescent to Alou- Originally, the cost of the new While the project is primarily vating, for conventional sewer the district with core area.
ette Correctional Centre for Wom- sewer line was $9.2 million, with for the prisons, the district also line construction from Fern Cres- See Sewer, p4
RCMP trying to break code of silence
Variety of techniques will be used to get teens to come forward about Pitt rave
by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s Police allege the girl was raped the right thing to do if they’ve got
staff reporter by several boys at a party held on information that is crucial to this
a farm at 12993 Harris Road. that would assist us in trying to
The 16-year-old boy charged al- find out exactly what occurred?”
RCMP school liaison officers legedly photographed the rape An 18-year-old man was also
could play a crucial role in get- on his cell phone. arrested by police for his alleged
ting teens to tell them about an The “graphic” photographs participation in the sexual as-
alleged sexual assault at a Pitt were then posted on the Internet sault, but charges have yet to be
Meadows rave last month. and distributed to hundreds of laid against him.
“We’ve got them in the school,” teens via Facebook. Thiessen said a report to Crown
said RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen. So far, only two witnesses to has not yet been filed by investi-
“They will continue to make ef- the rape have come forward to gators for charges against the
forts with the students around speak to police. 18-year-old.
this.” Investigators are now consid- But, he added, “we are hoping
Although a 16-year-old boy has ering a variety of investigative that is going to be happening at
been charged with producing and techniques to get other teens to some point.”
distributing child pornography, talk. • Anyone with any informa-
the investigation remains ham- Thiessen would not elaborate tion is asked to call RCMP at
pered by a code of silence involv- on what they are, though. 604-463-6251. To remain anony-
ing a dozen or so people who may “The bottom line is the youth mous call CrimeStoppers at
have watched the Sept. 10 assault have got to utilize some com- 1-800-222-8477 or contact RCMP
of a 16-year-old girl. mon sense,” he said. “What is via Twitter or Facebook.

Project must be done by March 31


Sewer from p3 line, the government will still cover the cost.
A previous part of the project has already The main construction period starts this month,
been completed, over Millionaire Creek and Zirk with March the date for completion.
Brook. That required an aerial crossing of the Residents in existing homes along the new line
streams and had to be done in August, when fish that runs along the 128th Avenue corridor can
weren’t in the streams. hook into it if they’re within the Agricultural
The diameter of the sewer line on 256th Street Land Reserve and there are health concerns with
will be 45 centimetres. their septic systems, council heard last spring.
The additional $1.75 million from the province Design work for the project started in 2009 and
means the project has to be done by March 31, to is almost complete, while brush clearing for the
qualify for B.C. Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. route was done earlier this year before the bird-
However, if the project doesn’t meet that dead- nesting season.
Next phase for Pitt business park
The developer of Pitt the golf course as part
Meadows’ first business of compensation for ar-
park is getting ready to eas affected by the con-
begin construction on its struction of the Golden
second phase. Ears Bridge.
Onni Contracting is The consolidation in-
applying to rezone prop- volves land that strad-
erty at the south end of dles the Pitt Meadows-
Harris Road, near the Maple Ridge border
city’s public works yard, and also involves subdi-
from Airport to Light In- viding the land to sepa-
dustrial/Business Park. rate Golden Ears Way.
As the project involves The proposed subdi-
rezoning that will result vision will result in the
in an industrial develop- creation of a 3.3 hectare
ment that’s more than parcel, of which 2.67
10,000 square feet, coun- hectares are located in
cil policy requires Onni Pitt Meadows.
to host a development Planning technician
information meeting. Anne Berry said while
Staff have asked coun- separating Golden Ears
cil to waive the require- Way from its parent
ment. parcel will create an
“Staff believe that a de- additional parcel in the
velopment information Agricultural Land Re-
meeting is not necessary serve, the consolidation
for this application, as Contributed of the rest of the land
the proposed rezoning is TransLink is transferring land to the golf course. with the golf course will
essentially an extension prevent further fractur-
of the project,” planning meeting. two parcels of farm ing of the ALR.
technician Anne Berry land affected by the The subdivision ap-
said in a report to coun- construction of Golden plication must be for-
cil Tuesday.
Farmland added Ears Way. warded to the provin-
Onni has already be- Meadows Garden Golf TransLink is transfer- cial Agricultural Land
gun construction on the Course and TransLink ring land it acquired for Commission for re-
Golden Ears Business are finally combining the connector road to view.
Centre’s first building,
just off Airport Way and
Harris Road.
Berry added that a
public hearing, to be
hosted after the rezon-
ing application gets a
first and second reading,
will satisfy the public in-
formation component.
The application is
scheduled to receive
first and second reading
at next week’s council
THE NEWS/opinion Published and printed by Black Press at 22328 – 119th Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C., V2X 2Z3

News Views Ingrid Rice

Let the Game begin


The anticipation is palpable.
The tension is as thick as a January fog.
Everywhere, hearts are buoyant with hope.
Hockey season is about to begin.
And for the 40th successive year, fans of the
Vancouver Canucks are united by a single
thought: maybe this will be our year to win the
Stanley Cup.
Like sugar plums on Christmas Eve, images of
the gleaming silver chalice dance in our heads.
On Luongo, on Burrows. On Daniel and Hen-
rik. On Kesler, on Raymond and Samuelsson.
On Bieksa, on Ballard, and maybe even Edler.
Will these be the players to lead the confetti
parade up Burrard Street in June?
O, to dream a little dream of championship
glory.
And Lord Stanley knows, Canucks fans have
been dreaming a really, really long time.
From their ill-fated loss of the wheel spin to
decide the first pick in their very first amateur
draft that gifted the Canucks’ expansion rivals,
the Buffalo Sabres, with Gilbert Perreault and
left them with Dale Tallon, the Canucks’ his-
tory has been fraught with lunch bag letdown.
Perreault became a superstar. Tallon never
scored more than 17 goals in a season. Al-
though he eventually did lay the foundation
for a Stanley Cup champion. As a general man-
ager. In Chicago.
Twice the Canucks came tantalizing close
to winning it all. Only to break our hearts.
Along the way we’ve been electrified by the
talents of players like Bure, Gradin, Mogilny,
Naslund and the Sedins. We’ve respected the
grit of Linden, Smyl, Snepsts, and even Tiger
Williams. We’ve been befuddled by Bertuzzi,
maddened by Messier and crucified by Clout-
ier. We booed LaForge and rued Keenan. We
B.C.’s haves and have-nots
WHISTLER – The workers, and even subsidize their rent, diered on with the program. Some were
suffered the optical indignity of the “Flying V” glass-and-cedar but the cost of living keeps rising. It saying that the only thing we had really
yellow, black and red uniforms. mansions of B.C.’s appears B.C. will soon grudgingly join mastered was the death spiral.”
But as the first days of October slip away, and Olympic playground Newfoundland and Nunavut at $10 an Then he got serious. He didn’t plot the
the leaves turn gold and crimson, all of that sparkled in the sun hour. HST before the election. He didn’t lie,
history is forgotten. It’s a new hockey season. as local government Lost in all this were the real subjects but he accepts now that many people
A new beginning. Nine months of triumphant leaders arrived for of the economic panel, such as a plea for will never believe it.
goals and glorious victories lie stretched out their annual date provincial help to keep farms viable. No- Then Campbell threw his latest pitch
before us, like a silver-bricked road leading with the premier. body talks about an $8 minimum wage in a long-shot bid to save the HST and
to... They swung off the for farms, corner stores or other seven- his government via referendum next
Let’s get on with it. new Sea-to-Sky High- day-a-week family businesses, where it’s fall. The HST helps the poor.
– Black Press way to full hotels, mostly a theory. Tax rebates for more than a million
packed restaurants, B.C. Views As expected, the most divisive issue at low-income people add up to $230 a year
designer shops, Tom Fletcher this year’s convention was a proposed for a single senior, or $920 a year for a

THE NEWSServing Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows since 1978


strolling internation-
al tourists and lavish
government and corporate receptions.
shift to four-year terms for councils.
Here again, a canyon separates urban
and rural, rich and poor.
low-income family of four.

This display of wealth and privilege A Vancouver councillor now makes


Jim Coulter, publisher offered quite a culture shock for small- $61,674 a year, plus expenses for things
publisher@mapleridgenews.com town delegates who make up the major- like the UBCM convention. Not bad for “Nobody talks about an $8
Michael Hall, editor ity at the Union of B.C. Municipalities a part-time job. In B.C.’s smallest towns, minimum wage for farms, corner
editor@mapleridgenews.com
convention. when you calculate the actual hours for
Carly Ferguson, advertising, creative services manager
admanager@mapleridgenews.com So it was interesting to see poverty councillors you find another group that stores or other seven-day-a-week
Kathy Blore, circulation manager emerge as the unofficial theme this year. doesn’t make even Campbell’s miserly family businesses, where it’s
circulation@mapleridgenews.com I happened to be the only reporter in minimum wage.
22328 – 119th Avenue,
the room as delegates questioned cabi- It was these folks who voted down the mostly a theory.”
Maple Ridge, B.C., net ministers on building local econo- idea of four-year terms. Three years is
V2X 2Z3 mies. The first question, tossed out as an enough of a commitment.
Office: 604-467-1122 icebreaker, was about B.C.’s minimum The poor were thrust into the spotlight
Fax: 604-463-4741 wage, frozen at $8 an hour since Gordon again when Campbell took the stage Campbell did not return to the ar-
Delivery: 604-466-6397
Website: www.mapleridgenews.com Campbell imposed his market philoso- for the traditional convention-closing gument that the HST helps resource
Email: newsroom@mapleridgenews.com phy on the province in 2001. Labour Min- speech. industries recover and grow. It’s too
ister Murray Coell’s admission that it’s After a fond look back at the Olympics, vague for people intent on checking their
The News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-
regulatory body governing the province's newspaper industry. The coun- almost time to raise it caused a feeding he imagined himself and Finance Min- restaurant bills.
cil considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member frenzy by the city media, bored as they ister Colin Hansen as a figure skating He also knows the media are bored
newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input
from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the
are with small resource towns and their pair for a little self-deprecating humour by economics, just as they are the sob
editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or hard-luck stories. about the hasty introduction of the har- stories of small-town unemployment.
story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written Coell tried to skate backwards when monized sales tax.
concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201
Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or TV cameras cornered him the next day, With the federal clock ticking, “we Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and
go to www.bcpresscouncil.org. but his original point stood. The B.C. rushed out, and we threw the HST up columnist for Black Press
CCAB audited circulation: (as of September 2009): Liberals long ago eliminated income in the air, and we promptly fell on our and BCLocalnews.com
Wednesday - 30,221; Friday – 30,197. tax and medical premiums for low-wage faces,” Campbell said. “Well, we sol- (tfletcher@blackpress.ca).

This week’s question: Should prostitution be decriminalized in B.C.?


@ Online poll: cast your vote at www.mapleridgenews.com, or e-mail your vote and comments to editor@mapleridgenews.com
THE NEWS/letters
Why not do nothing Pub owner’s remarks offensive
with Albion flats? EDITOR, THE NEWS:
Re: New drunk driving rules hurting
pub (The News, Sept. 29).
family was shaken to its core.
When I read in your paper that a lo-
cal pub owner is suffering financial
EDITOR, THE NEWS: I would like to tell you about my setbacks because of new drunk driv-
Re: Public gets say on Albion flats (The News, Oct. 1). friend Carol. When our families where ing regulations, I find it offensive that
What to do about the Albion flats? Why is it so neces- younger, we were best friends. We this is even newsworthy.
sary to do anything with this marginally viable bit of shared our goals, dreams, frustrations, His balance sheet might be differ-
farmland? We don’t need any more horse trails; nor do we shared meals, holidays and vaca- ent at the end of the day and he may
we need big-box retail in that location. tions. We looked after each other’s have to hire a shuttle to send home his
Agriculture would seem a logical use of the land, but kids and made each other casseroles drunk patrons, but in the end, he can
would only be viable for greenhouses or other industrial in times of crisis. We celebrated anni- go home and hug his family. He can
agricultural activities. versaries, birthdays and Christmases walk his dog and enjoy the sunshine.
If the residents along Kanaka Ridge don’t want to gaze together, our kids played dress up, He can take in a hockey game or hike
down on a multitude of big-box retail outlets in a sur- Lego and acted out stories together. in the mountains.
rounding sea of asphalt, they sure as the devil won’t like As time went on, Carol and her fam- My friend Carol will not do any of
the ugly sprawl and all-night lighting overcast of green- ily moved to another city and so did those things.
houses. we. But we still kept in touch and re- She did not get to attend her kids’
There are other areas in Maple Ridge where big-box re- membered each other’s milestones high school graduation or university
tail could be accommodated with less impact on the sur- and we even got to visit and see how graduation, she did not see them go
rounding neighbours. our families had grown. out and make a difference in the world,
It appears that the supporters of retail development on Then eight years ago we got a phone she never got to see her daughter’s
the Albion flats are mainly realtors and some of those call. The phone call that no one ex- walk down the aisle or meet her six,
land owners in the area. It seems silly to base a decision pects and everyone dreads. Carol had THE NEWS/files soon to be seven grandchildren – and
that will impact everyone in the area on the basis of a been killed in a car accident. Hit by a Fox’s Reach owner Todd Arbuthnot plans to they are beautiful children.
relatively small number of supporters. drunk driver. It was two days before When I read that it will cost more
offer a shuttle service for his pub patrons.
The suggestion that the site could be served by the West Christmas. Her husband and two of than $3,700 and 90 days to get your car
Coast Express is simply shortsighted and silly. To say her five kids were also in the car. We Soon after her death, her fam- back after a drunk driving charge, I
nothing of the matter of constructing some form of cross- had to wait two weeks to have the fu- ily reached out and forgave the young want to applaud the government for
ing from the railroad to the north side of the Lougheed neral so he could be released from the man who took Carol’s life. They knew finally getting something right.
Highway, there is the matter of downgrading the West hospital. that they could not begin their own A drunk driving charge might be an
Coast Express from an ideal commuting train to a local To this day he, and both of her daugh- healing until they let go of their anger inconvenience and an economical hard
transit service. I can’t imagine any transportation or ters receive treatment for injuries from towards him. ship, but it is not even remotely close
transit experts agreeing to that. that accident. The driver spent years wrangling to the consequences of taking some-
Neither is the land in question suitable for residential Carol was a wife, mother, sister, through the courts and, in the end, one’s life because you got behind the
or industrial use. teacher, daughter and friend. could not forgive himself and took his wheel while drunk.
Municipal and regional authorities have no mandate More than 1,200 people came to her own life. VALERIE BERKENPAS
to approve any or all projects that would eventually pave funeral. The tragedy doubled, and another MAPLE RIDGE
and subdivide everything from the Fraser River to the
Golden Ears.
Why not just leave the Albion Flats alone?
SANDY MACDOUGALL
MAPLE RIDGE Hunting rifle wasn’t to blame for tragedy
chat@www.mapleridgenews.com EDITOR, THE NEWS:
Re: Long-gun and painful memories
and jumps off a bridge committing sui-
cide.
caused the tragedy.
By pointing the finger at guns, we
(The News, Oct. 1). Media will focus on the individual will never look at the real problem in
Not Langley I fail to see what this story has to do and his mental illness. these situations. This is a catastrophic
From: LaneAnderson, posted on www.mapleridgenews.com. with the long-gun registry. These two scenarios both end with failure of media and society.
Re: Public gets say on Albion flats (The News, Oct. 1). I read this story and see a woman roughly the same consequences, but Let’s all look at the ‘why’ a little more
What I love about Maple Ridge is the freedom from the stifling presence of who was too scared to leave her abu- the majority of the blame is placed often, the ‘how’ is pointless after the
box stores. I love to support local and independent businesses and would sive husband, and too ignorant to on guns when they are used in a fact.
mention to the police that her husband crime. The focus should be on the BRANDON WAGG
detest the business-crunching effect of stores like Walmart. Please don’t TORONTO ONTARIO
had rifles and may be dangerous. I see individual and the mental issues that
turn Maple Ridge into another bland community of enormous signs blaring someone who is wallowing in self pity
the same logos and names you see in so many other neighbourhoods. If we and looking for an excuse to detract saved and help thousands of families had it been
turn into another Langley I guess I’ll just move elsewhere. attention from the fact that she has
to share a portion of the blame in the
chat@www.mapleridgenews.com better spent.
tragedy. Not just guns
How Phil Melnychuk twisted this into Not the answer
Fast and loose with facts a story about guns is beyond me. This
is the story of a man with a serious un-
diagnosed mental illness who slipped
From: Anopheles, posted on www.mapleridge-
news.com.
Re: Long-gun and painful memories (The News, Oct. 1).
From: 5_O_Clock_Charlie, posted on www.
mapleridgenews.com.
EDITOR, THE NEWS: through the cracks and received no And 100 per cent of domestic shootings are done Re: Long-gun and painful memories (The News,
Every time I listen to Gordon Campbell, he never fails to medical attention for his condition. with a firearm. So what? Does that mean if a gun was Oct. 1).
twist the facts to favour his elitist agenda, for example his Two people were killed in this trag- Let me get this straight, Shirley left and went back
registered that magically an assault wouldn’t have
twisted vision of the minimum wage edy, so please let’s look beyond the happened and everyone would have lived happily ever to her abusive husband twice previously. She never
If you have 100 workers making $8 an hour, they will hunting rifle; this could just as easily
make $16,000 a year each. If you add one person making after? informed the police about the firearms her husband
have been a deadly kitchen knife or a The most common form of domestic assault is with possessed on their previous calls to the residence.
$1,000,000 a year to that group, all of a sudden you have an hardened aluminum baseball bat.
average wage of $25,742.57, and an average hourly wage bare hands, and second to that a knife. But apparently She left a young, vulnerable child in the custody
The fact a gun was used has very lit-
of $12.87 for all 101 workers – just another example of Mr. tle to do with the big picture and only in this story it only matters if someone was killed with a of a man she was afraid of, a man with a history
Campbell playing fast and loose with the facts. serves to bolster the seemingly inten- gun. No other assaults matter. of violence and who had abused her other son. Yet
All his statement really means is that there are a few tional media attempts to frighten the The gun registry is just as effective at stopping violence somehow a registry is the answer?
highly overpaid executives in B.C. and a whole lot of un- public into a large scale fear of hunting as licence plates on cars are effective at stopping drunk
derpaid wage slaves at the bottom. rifles and all firearms, in general. driving.
WAYNE CLARK It was a mentally ill man who killed
Scare resources
MAPLE RIDGE From: Stormbringer, posted on www.maplerid-
these people, first and foremost, not a
hunting rifle. Just a list genews.com.
Let me put it to you this way, two sce- From: riptide1, posted on www.mapleridge- Re: Long-gun and painful memories (The News,
Letters welcome narios: news.com. Oct. 1).
a) A man is severely depressed; he Re: Long-gun and painful memories (The News, Nothing about the registry would have prevented
Letters to the editor should be exclusive to The News
shoots his son and commits suicide what occurred in this story. However, wasting scarce
and address topics of interest to residents of Maple Oct. 1).
with the same rifle.
Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Include full name and address, It’s unfortunate that Shirley feels the need to use resources on the registry has diverted funds from
as well as daytime phone number for verification. Keep Media will focus on the fact that a
gun was used. her story in an emotional tirade to defend the programs that would certainly have positive results,
letters to 500 words or less. Letters may be edited for actions such as suicide prevention call centres,
b) A man is severely depressed, he long-gun registry. A list doesn’t protect people, it
length and clarity.
@ E-mail letters to editor@mapleridgenews.com. beats his son to death with a hammer can’t. However, the millions spent on it could have women’s shelters and background checks.
Through
the fog
Marlis Martin
leads a quarter
horse named
Major through
the fog at a
ranch on 224
Street Thursday
morning.
James Maclennan/
THE NEWS

Conference meant to encourage a settlement


Greybrook from front Kelln paid a full year’s when the school closed. None of the claims have
The school and Turner tuition, $10,520, at the The Pitt Meadows cou- been proven in court.
are currently being sued beginning of the school ple paid a total of $9,520
by more than a dozen year and have not been in tuition and $350 for
parents and former reimbursed for the 33 school uniforms prior to
teachers, each attempt- weeks of schooling their the 2009/10 school year.
ing to recover lost tu- daughter did not receive. “We are left without
ition or severance pay as They are suing Turner educational instruction
a result of Greybrook’s and the Vancouver In- and academic devel-
closure. ternational Primary and opmental supervision
The conference is Secondary School Soci- for our daughter,” they
meant to encourage a ety for a total of $11,770, state in their notice of
settlement of the case, which includes tutoring claim. “We will now
or if a settlement is not fees and uniform costs. have to pay new student
possible, to help the par- Pamela Piddocke and fees and an application
ties prepare their cases Christopher Jack, both fee to another school
for trial. parents, are also suing in the area and pay the
According to their Turner and VIPSSS in higher rate of tuition as
statement of claim, par- an attempt to recover it is part way through
ents Richard and Karen the tuition fees they lost the school year.”
Wholesale burying streams not considered small considering that
327,000 people already
live in the flood plain
from Hope to Vancou-
Albion from front ally have a setback of would be the intent of ings were constructed, ver.
That happens when 30 metres from the top this. Certainly, we’d “it tends to mean no On the other hand,
the ground shakes and of its bank, meaning no be looking to maintain ground-floor residen- developing 323 acres in
causes saturated sandy construction could take streams. tial.” the flood plain, “that’s
soil to behave like a liq- place in that streamside “It will certainly affect However, such consid- significant.”
uid. area. the lands available for erations are all made The value of such a de-
“Liquefaction can be District of Maple development.” later once a plan is in velopment would have
one of the major causes Ridge planner Diana She agreed about a place and when devel- to be balanced with the
of damage during an Hall agreed the area third of the site could be opment proposals come social and economic
earthquake,” says the has many challenges, protected for streams. forward. hardship that could
baseline report. many of which can be Despite that, “there is When it comes to result if a catastrophic
It is one of seven back- addressed through en- considerable space that building on soil that flood hits.
grounders used in the gineering and design. could be developed.” could turn to mush if an But Maple Ridge would
Albion flats planning And while a developer Flood concerns could earthquake hit, “That’s likely require raising
process and online at can sometimes environ- also be addressed by definitely going to be a of land elevations to re-
the District of Maple mentally enhance one bringing in fill and rais- concern,” which can be duce the flooding risk,
Ridge’s website (www. area in return for in- ing the elevation of the addressed through en- he added.
mapleridge.ca). fringing on another, the building sites. “Cer- gineering and design, Still, Litke had a cau-
The site is also laced district wouldn’t consid- tainly, habitable space Hall said. tion.
with fish-bearing creeks er wholesale burying of where people are living “It’s likely those condi- The cheapest and best
and ditches. streams. would be a concern.” tions exist throughout way to minimize flood-
Each creek would usu- “I don’t think that If those types of build- the community.” ing is by land-use plan-
Litke says the basin ning.
council encourages cit- “This involves concen-
ies to build outside the trating growth outside
flood plain, rather than of floodplain areas to
in it. the extent possible, and
For the most part, Low- by requiring any new
er Mainland cities have development within
been following that. floodplains to be flood-
According to Statistics proofed by building hab-
Canada, from 2000 to itable living space, above
2006, most of the growth predicted flood levels.
has been outside the “The Fraser Basin
flood plain, apart from Council encourages
areas in Abbotsford, communities to adopt an
where there was “mod- integrated approach to
est” growth in the flood flood management that
plain. includes land-use plan-
Most of the construc- ning, flood protection
tion and development dikes and emergency
within the flood plain, planning and prepared-
such as in Richmond and ness.”
Chilliwack, occurred be- “In terms of recom-
fore 1970, Litke pointed mendations generally,
out. if communities have an
“The municipalities opportunity to develop
seem to be holding the outside flood plain ar-
line.” eas, that’s what we en-
For him to say that courage.”
Maple Ridge is going Residents can’t get
against the trend would flood insurance, but
depend on the scale of businesses can. If a flood
development planned hit, the Provincial Emer-
for Albion. gency Program and fed-
A development that eral governments would
would house 500 people provide financial help to
would be relatively flooded residents.
Man punched trying to break up fight
A man who intervened under new legislation to In addition, the driver She was taken to a
in a fight outside a Maple curb excessive speeding will have to pay admin- youth detention centre.
Ridge pub was punched and impaired driving. istration fees to get his
in the face early Sun- During the past week, driver’s licence back.
day. two drivers were stopped
Break-ins
Ridge Meadows RCMP for travelling 29 kms Ridge Meadows RCMP
said the assault took over the posted speed
Thieves caught are investigating a series
place outside Shooter’s, limit on the Lougheed Two car thieves are of residential break-ins
in 20600-block of Dewd- Highway. in police custody after that took place Friday in
ney Trunk Road around Under the new legisla- they crashed a stolen Maple Ridge.
2 a.m. tion, their vehicles were truck in a Maple Ridge The thefts happened in
The 27-year-old Lan- towed and impounded yard on Friday. the 21600- to 21800-block
gley man was trying to for seven days. The costs The crash happened of River Road, as well as
break up a fight between for towing and storing around 11 p.m., when one home in the same
two other men. them are the responsi- Ridge Meadows RCMP area on Holly Street.
Cpl. Alanna Dunlop bility of the driver, as is tried to stop a Ford A quantity of jewelry,
said without provoca- the fine for $398. pickup truck. The truck money – including a
tion or warning, the man Another driver was fled from the first offi- small amount of U.S.
was struck in the face, stopped for driving with- cers, then almost struck currency – televisions, a
knocking him to the out a driver’s licence. another police officer computer and two moun-
ground. His vehicle was im- when he tried to use a tain bikes were stolen.
He was taken to Ridge pounded for 30 days and spike belt to stop it. A black car was seen in
Meadows Hospital by the driver has to pay The truck then trav- the area around 4:30 p.m.
the B.C. Ambulance Ser- $138 fine. elled to Silver Valley, • Anyone with any in-
vice. The last incident in- where police tried to formation is asked to call
Police are looking for volved a man who had stop it again. But the RCMP at 604-463-6251.
a white man, approxi- consumed alcohol be- driver accelerated away. To remain anony-
mately 22 years old, 5-4 fore getting behind the The driver then traveled mous call CrimeStop-
tall with bleach blond wheel. into a private yard, and pers at 1-800-222-8477.
hair. He ran off before A sample of his breath drove the truck off of an CrimeStoppers will pay a
police arrived. resulted in a fail reading. embankment. reward of up to $2,000 for
The fail resulted in an Cpl. Alanna Dunlop information leading to an
automatic 90-day driving said the thieves then arrest and conviction.
Drivers nabbed prohibition. His car was jumped out and tried
Ridge Meadows RCMP towed and impounded to make their escape on
continue to nab drivers for 30 days. foot.
Strange man
A police dog and Air Ridge Meadows RCMP
One, the RCMP Traf- are alerting residents to
fic Services helicopter, a man who approached
were called to assist and a young boy in a car on
two men, aged 36 and 40, Friday.
were arrested. The 10-year-old was
The truck, which had stopped around noon by
been stolen from Na- a man in a small white
kusp, was damage in car near 117th Avenue
the pursuit. and 232A Street in Maple
The pair were held in Ridge.
police custody for a first The man asked the
court appearance on young boy if he wanted
Monday . candy and told him to
get into his car. The man
opened one of the car
Disturbance doors, but he did not get
An 18-year-old wom- out of the car.
an was arrested by po- The boy continued to
lice Sunday afternoon walk home and the man
after she caused a dis- drove off.
turbance in a fast food He is described as a
restaurant. white man, approximate-
Police were called to a ly 40 years with short
McDonald’s Restaurant hair and slightly balding.
in Pitt Meadows around
2:30 p.m. to deal with a
woman who was yelling
Coffee caper
at customers and staff. A man crashed his
The woman left the res- van into a parked moto-
taurant before police rhome Thursday while
arrived, but was found trying to keep his cof-
nearby. fee from spilling.
RCMP Cpl. Alanna The accident hap-
Dunlop said due to pened at 10:45 a.m. on
her odd behaviour, the Davidson Road in Pitt
woman was taken to Meadows.
Ridge Meadows Hospi- Police are charging
tal, but she was found the man for driving
to be fine. without due care, as
Officers then arrested he was trying to avoid
her on an outstanding spilling a coffee he has
Youth Court warrant. just bought.
Longerboarders push for cancer cure
by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f
staff reporter

Sedrick Simon and


Matt Mattice of Maple
Ridge will be among
the more than 100 long-
boarders pushing their
way through town this
Thanksgiving weekend
as part of the Push for
the Cure breast cancer
fundraising event.
Breast cancer has
claimed three genera-
tions of Simon’s family,
with his great grand-
mother, great aunt, and
his cousin all succumb-
ing to the disease. James Maclennan/THE NEWS
He said he hopes to Sedrick Simon (left) and Matt Mattice will be participating in Push For the Cure,
raise awareness about a three-day skate from Hope to Vancouver to raise funds for the Canadian Breast
the deadly disease, as Cancer Foundation.
well as funds to help
cancer research. take off at 9 a.m. Mon- about breast cancer. the same route has
He’s helping to orga- day to ride through Upon learning of the been followed, and the
nize the local leg of the Maple Ridge along the group’s trek, close to now-annual event has
153-km trek from Hope Lougheed Highway en 50 longboarders from raised close to $1 mil-
to Vancouver. route to Stanley Park the Lower Mainland lion.
“The support has in Vancouver. met them in Hope, • For more informa-
been unbelievable,” he The event started and pushed along with tion or to donate, visit
said. five years ago when a them for the final leg of www.pushforthecure.
The long line of pink- group of friends long- their journey into Van- com. Donations will
shirted longboarders boarded across Cana- couver. also be taken by partic-
are expected to push da to raise awareness Every year since, ipants along the route.
their way into Maple
Ridge Sunday around 6
p.m., and will be camp-
ing out for the night at
the Albion Fairgrounds.
They’ll be up early the
next morning as they
Too soon to pick SkyTrain over light rail
SkyTrain.” commitment to take rap- new taxes or revenue
Mayors react to Surrey’s land mass is id transit further than sources will fund Trans-
premier’s pledge almost as large as Van- previously discussed. Link expansion, particu-
couver, Burnaby and “I was surprised to larly the money needed
for line to Langley Richmond combined, hear SkyTrain was go- to start construction of
she said, and SkyTrain ing to come to Lang- the Evergreen Line to
by J eff Nagel technology that might ley City,” said Langley Coquitlam next year.
Black Press work well in those cities City Mayor Peter Fass- “There’s a third Sea-
is less suited to the Sur- bender and the chair of Bus sitting rusting right
rey-Langley extension. the TransLink mayors’ now because they don’t
Premier Gordon Camp- “When you’re looking council. “It reflects our have the operating mon-
bell pledged on Friday at putting rapid transit vision for our down- ey,” Bains said, adding
to deliver “SkyTrain to across those kinds of ki- town and the fact we’ve the province’s promises
Langley,” but Surrey lometres, you need to be already increased den- are meaningless with-
Mayor Dianne Watts looking at all options,” sity,” he said. out reliable long-term
says the option of using Watts said. But Fassbender cau- funding.
at-grade light rail tech- TransLink will soon tioned there’s much The 2008 pledge also
nology should not be launch a new round of work to be done exam- committed to a Rapid-
ruled out. public consultations on ining the rapid transit Bus network by 2020
“I’d be surprised if he’s the routes and technolo- options and stressed with bus rapid transit
excluding any technol- gies for Surrey-area rap- TransLink and the may- lines running down
ogy,” Watts said, adding id transit extensions. ors who control funding King George Highway to
she took the reference Surrey council is also must consider the broad White Rock, from South
as intended to mean a set to visit Portland, Or- needs of the entire re- Surrey through Delta to
rapid transit line will egon this month to study gion. the Canada Line in Rich-
run to Langley, with the that city’s light-rail sys- The province has mond, from Lougheed
exact system and route tem. spelled out no timeline, Station in Burnaby
to be determined by In January, 2008, cost estimate or method across the Port Mann
TransLink, Surrey and Campbell unveiled of paying for the exten- Bridge to north Langley
Langley. the Provincial Transit sion, except to indicate and then over the Gold-
Officials in the Pre- Plan, which indicated a Partnerships B.C. will en Ears Bridge to Maple
mier’s Office, however, rapid transit extension lead work to cost it out Ridge, then Coquitlam.
confirmed Campbell to Guildford and then and develop a plan. The premier’s now-
did intend to specify southeast to roughly “There are no details stated preference for
SkyTrain when he ad- 168 Street and Fraser of how to pay for it,” SkyTrain irks light rail
dressed the Union of B.C. Highway, after which a NDP transportation advocates, who say it
Municipalities. RapidBus system would critic Harry Bains said. would preclude the use
“The community run to Langley City. “And the key issue here of the existing rail tracks
prefers light rail for a Campbell’s UBCM is funding.” on the old interurban
number of reasons,” speech pledging The province and may- corridor, which they say
Watts said. “You can SkyTrain to Langley and ors’ council last month could launch light rail
have double the tracks then RapidBus to Chilli- agreed to redouble ef- service at a modest cost.
for the same price as wack is being taken as a forts to determine what See SkyTrain, p19
James Maclennan/THE NEWS

Just say no
A man cuts his lawn where he posted a sign he made to prevent strangers from knocking on his front door in search
of illegal drugs. The house on St. Anne street had a reputation for drug activity before the previous tenants moved.

‘At-grade light rail can be located anywhere’


SkyTrain from p19 proposal to restart a would attract more rid- line along Broadway
“Promising SkyTrain modern light rail sys- ers. to UBC but used the
to Langley is not real- tem on the existing The premier’s speech words “rapid transit,”
istic,” said Rail For the tracks, which he argues also committed to a not SkyTrain.
Valley spokesman John
Vissers. “Does anybody
in the Fraser Valley
believe that’s going to
happen in their life-
time?”
He said elevated or
underground SkyTrain
is “monolithic” with
stations that are en-
trenched, while at-
grade light rail stops
are easy to create any-
where and can even be
relocated from one spot
to a different one if rid-
ership patterns change.
Vissers said he’s dis-
appointed the premier
hasn’t looked more
closely at the group’s
Minimum wage hike considered
by Tom Fletcher to put more money and $10 in Nunavut
Black Press back in people’s pock- and Newfoundland.
ets other than raising B.C. Federation of
the minimum wage,” Labour president Jim
WHISTLER – After Coell said, responding Sinclair has taken ev-
nearly a decade of re- to a question ery opportu-
sisting an increase to from Oak Bay nity to push
the minimum wage, Mayor Chris- the govern-
the B.C. government topher Caus- ment on the
is considering the is- ton. issue in re-
sue. “But we are cent years, as
When the B.C. Liber- getting close well as con-
als took office in 2001, to, I would demning the
the province’s $8-an- say, running $6-an-hour
hour minimum was the out of levers “training
highest in the country. that we can wage” is still
It’s now the lowest, as use, so it’s available to
the B.C. Federation of s o m e t h i n g Coell B.C. employ-
Labour and the NDP we’re defi- ers.
opposition frequently nitely going to have a “The Liberals told
remind the govern- look at in the future.” us the minimum wage
ment. New Brunswick is did not need to be
Labour Minister Mur- the latest province increased when the
ray Coell was asked to raise its minimum economy was produc-
about the minimum wage, going from $8.50 ing jobs,” Sinclair
wage at an economic to $9 an hour on Sept. said in a statement
development forum 1. New Brunswick has released for Labour
at last week’s Union announced further in- Day.
of B.C. Municipalities creases to take it to “According to the
convention in Whis- $10 an hour by next B.C. Liberals, there is
tler. He said the gov- summer. never a good time to
ernment’s approach In March, Ontario increase the minimum
has been to eliminate raised its minimum wage.”
provincial income tax wage by 75 cents to The B.C. Fed calcu-
for minimum wage $10.25, the highest in lates that inflation
earners, provide rent- Canada. has increased nearly
al assistance for low- It’s $8.70 in Prince 15 per cent in the past
income people, and Edward Island, $8.93 in nine years, and that
exempt people mak- Yukon, $8.80 in Alber- B.C. also has a higher
ing $10 an hour or less ta, $9.25 in Saskatch- cost of living than oth-
from monthly medical ewan, $9 in Manitoba er provinces. Sinclair
premiums. and Northwest Ter- says B.C. should im-
“Those were all le- ritories, $9.20 in Nova mediately move to a
vers that we could pull Scotia, $9.50 in Quebec $10 an hour minimum.
Participation in community events on the rise works, Albion Fairgrounds,
Oct. 30; Remembrance Day
ceremonies in Pitt Meadows
teer groups that plan events,
recognizing the recreational
benefits of celebrations.
Spring and summer spe- in full planning mode and a indicate an increase in event kets, an expanded Caribbean Spirit Square and Maple Events are valued for build-
cial events and festivals at- number of free activities are participation, up from 151,000 Festival, and several new Ridge Memorial Peace Park, ing community spirit, for de-
tracted a record number of scheduled in celebration of to 165,500 based on the first grassroots events have con- Nov. 11; Christmas in the City, veloping volunteer life and
participants in Maple Ridge traditional holidays, active three quarters of 2010. tributed to the rise in event Pitt Meadows Spirit Square, career skills, for attracting
and Pitt Meadows this year, living, and beneficial causes, The Olympic and Paralym- numbers. Dec. 3; Christmas Festival local business and tourism,
demonstrating the growing said Kathryn Baird of Maple pic Torch Relays, Bard in Some upcoming community and Santa Parade, Memorial for providing low or no cost
popularity of community cel- Ridge and Pitt Meadows the Spirit Square, lunchtime events to mark on the calen- Peace Park, Dec. 4. family activities, for devel-
ebrations. Parks and Leisure Services. concerts in Memorial Peace dar: Ghost Ridge, Oct. 24-30, Parks and Leisure Services oping local arts, culture and
Fall and winter events are Community event statistics Park, Osprey Village Mar- Albion Fairgrounds; fire- supports community volun- heritage, and more.
THE NEWS/seniority
Soft martial arts can
counteract aging
by K aren B. Cohen muscle strength and bone
contributor mass. The vital weight-bear-
ing postures of yoga stimulate
the bones to retain calcium.
Most people know about the In yoga, both the upper and
research that shows that reg- lower body receive the ben-
ular exercise provides a wide efits of bearing weight, unlike
range of health benefits and, walking or running.
perhaps most importantly, Improved Heart and Re-
can preserve function and spiratory Health. Chi Gung
independence. Fewer realize and the soft martial arts
that their choice of exercise have been shown in studies
activity can produce another to improve circulation, heart
host of unexpected benefits. health, and respiratory func-
By choosing mind/body ex- tion. Yoga breathing exercis-
ercises, such as yoga or soft es are very powerful tools to
martial arts (like Chi Gung increase respiratory function,
and T’ai Chi), older adults can breath capacity and physical
unleash even greater health energy. Both increase vitality
and vitality. and sense of well-being.
Yoga and Chi Gung (as well Increased Flexibility. Yoga
as all other soft arts) are ideal and Chi Gung both increase
choices for older adults be- overall flexibility, contribut-
cause they positively affect ing to improved everyday
the whole person: body, in- functioning and mobility, and
tellect, emotions, and spirit. protection from falls. Despite
They increase vital energy popular notions, you do not
Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS
while strengthening and need to be flexible to practice
Red and gold soothing the body, focusing
the mind, and nurturing the
yoga. The idea is to practice
at your current level with pa-
Red Hat Society queen Carolyn Grange (left) presents vice-queen Hazel Motick with a gold medal for perfect attendance dur- spirit. tience and compassion, gently
ing the group’s fifth anniversary celebration at the Bella Vita Restaurant on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Mayor Ernie Daykin was in Strengthen Muscles and becoming more pliable.
attendance for the special event, sporting a red shirt and purple tie. Bones. Yoga especially builds See Yoga, p23
Seniority
Happy
birthday
Mae Simpson of
Maple Ridge will
be turning 101 on
Friday. Simpson
lives at the Maple
Ridge Seniors’
Village.
James Maclennan/
THE NEWS

Contributed
Yoga a tonic for the body, mind and soul
Class Act Yoga from p22
Better Posture. Good posture
like those found in yoga and Chi
Gung, can avert the devastating ef-
learning a new language with its
own vocabulary and rules. It takes
Bigbey Belcher on violin and Lorne McNaughton on keys entertain the crowd calls upon our new strength and fects of a fall – the second leading focused attention. It is a practice ... a
at the 55th high school reunion for Maple Ridge Secondary School’s Class flexibility to keep our spine healthy cause of accidental death for seniors. journey of exploration. Yoga and the
of 1955. More than 75 people gathered on Sept. 11 and 12 to celebrate and and strong. Healthy body posture Balance is an intangible force that soft martial arts also invite us to ex-
reminisce. The class of ‘55 was the first to attend and graduate from the supports digestive and respiratory many people take for granted. plore a way of thinking that may be
newly rebuilt Maple Ridge High School, after the original building burned functions as well. Poor posture in Increased Energy. Yoga and Chi very unfamiliar to us.
to the ground on Father’s Day, 1953. Students were scattered all over the combination with osteoporosis leads Gung are, in essence, ancient re- Emotional Support. The philoso-
district the next school year as they took their classes wherever there was to stress fractures. newal and balancing systems for our phies infusing yoga and Chi Gung
Improved Balance. Balance gives vital energy. More than the sum of encourage us to be mindful of the
room while the school was being rebuilt. older adults the confidence to move their parts, these practices gently re- present moment, to be aware and
As a result, many members of the Class of 1954 had to come back in 1955 to the freely and to engage in physical ac- vitalize the body. The term “Chi” it- grateful of all around us, and to let
new school building to finish off their high school diplomas, so all members of tivities. One of the most important self means “energy”, and “Chi Gung” go of our attachments of how we
the ‘54 class were invited to the reunion. parts of a senior fitness program is literally means “energy work”. think things should be. This positive
“The camaraderie of these two classes has never waned, and it’s great to know balance training. Seniors who exer- Intellectual Stimulation. Learn- outlook leads to a sense of calm and
we can still have a lot of fun,” said Joan Skelton, one of the reunion organizers. cise and practice balance activities, ing a mind-body exercise is like well-being.
Policing costs loom large for cities
this summer. Ottawa from 10 per cent. A UBCM survey found
Survey finds little also refused to move to The province has re- nearly two-thirds of
appetite to drop a 50-50 split in costs for jected federal attempts municipalities consider
most smaller communi- to download even more RCMP policing costs
Mounties ties, which now pay 70 costs on cities, he said, to be unaffordable and
per cent. but added mayors re- limiting the delivery of
Cities alarmed about Civic leaders now plan main worried. other civic services.
rising RCMP costs are to press federal cabi- RCMP officers get a “It’s reaching a tip-
pressing Ottawa to take net ministers and B.C. 1.5 per cent pay raise ping point,” Salmon
on more of the burden Conservative MPs to next year but the costs Arm Coun. Kevin Flynn
and rein in spending by rework the formula and of each officer are to said, adding cities like
the Mounties. provide more RCMP ac- grow by a further $4,700 his may be forced to cut
Policing devours close countability. due to higher pension the number of officers.
to half the total budget “Every mayor and costs. “I understand that
of many municipalities. council that has RCMP Rifles are also being you are concerned,”
Cities larger than are concerned about added to each patrol Attorney-General Mike
15,000 residents pay 90 the costs,” City of North car at a cost of at least de Jong responded. “So
per cent of RCMP costs Vancouver Mayor Dar- $1,000 each in response are we.”
and their mayors want rell Mussatto said at to the 2006 shooting of De Jong said he’s can-
that cut to 70 per cent the Union of B.C. Mu- two RCMP officers in vassed RCMP-policed
– a proposal the federal nicipalities convention Saskatchewan. cities and found almost
government rejected in Whistler. Detachments also no appetite to actually
The push for cost must provide rifle- abandon the Mounties.
control comes amid resistant body armour Critical regional po-
negotiations to renew for officers and install licing functions are per-
B.C.’s contract with the more video cameras to formed by the integrat-
RCMP – which expires monitor prisoners in ed investigation teams
in March of 2012 – and areas beyond cells. that draw officers from
growing debate over “The costs are going multiple RCMP detach-
whether to instead shift up whether it’s sala- ments or civic forces
to a provincial police ries or new equipment – a system some con-
force. needed,” said RCMP sider a form of regional
Langley City Mayor Pacific Region Deputy policing.
Peter Fassbender, a civ- Commissioner Gary But the case for
ic observer in the talks, Bass, who met with a deeper reform gained
said some progress has number of mayors at momentum this month
been made. UBCM Tuesday. when former Solicitor
The federal govern- Bass said the issue General Kash Heed
ment has agreed to isn’t limited to the called integrated teams
cover 30 per cent of the RCMP, adding cities a “band-aid solution”
cost of integrated re- with municipal forces and said B.C. should
gional policing teams are also struggling with consider creating a new
and cadet training, up rising costs. force.
UBCM supports booze pricing reform
pegs the price to the debates over increas- reducing the number
Coalition aiming to alcohol content. ing it to two years of approved patients
jack cost of cheap, Authorities there re- and the present three growing their own pot.
port a decrease in pub- years. There has been Delegates also de-
strong drink lic drunkenness and no shortage of candi- bated a call from Mer-
police calls from neigh- dates to run for the ritt for tighter en-
A stiff drink could bourhoods known for longer terms, he said. forcement of licensed
come with stiffer taxes chronic alcoholism. Councillors for small- medical marijuana
if B.C. cities get their The concept has been er communities dis- growers to ensure they
way. endorsed here by B.C. puted that, and argued meet local regulations
Delegates at the Provincial Health Offi- that with the low pay, and don’t pose similar
Union of B.C. Munici- cer Dr. Perry Kendall. a four-year term would safety risks to illegal
palities convention in But Buchanan said prevent many candi- grow-ops.
Whistler voted unani- Rich Coleman, the min- dates from making the That resolution was
mously to lobby the ister responsible for li- commitment. referred back for fur-
province to launch an quor policy, has so far The task force also ther study after Koote-
alcoholism reduction shown little interest in recommended limits nay delegates argued
strategy. alcohol pricing reform on spending for civic it could violate the pri-
One plank of it advo- and concerted lobby- election campaigns, vacy rights of medical
cated by the B.C. Coali- ing will be required to but not restrictions on pot users.
tion for Action on Alco- make it happen. campaign donations.
hol Reform would see The B.C. Coalition Those changes are ex-
strong liquor and other for Action on Alcohol pected to be incorpo-
Drug policy
high-alcohol bever- Reform also proposes rated in provincial leg- A call for the provi-
ages like vodka coolers minimum prices for islation next spring. sion of needle exchang-
taxed at a higher rate alcohol – $7.80 for a es and base levels of
than lower-alcohol op- bottle of wine, $9 for other harm-reduction
tions like beer. a six-pack of beer and
Medical marijuana services for addicts in
Current liquor taxes $26 per bottle of hard It’s too hard for pa- every B.C. community
don’t escalate by al- liquor – as well as tients to get medical narrowly passed by a
cohol content and co- equivalent taxes on marijuana, so regula- 124-118 vote.
alition chair Lembi products made at U- tion of the issue should Opponents said it
Buchanan said that en- brew outlets. be transferred from would lead to greater
courages heavy drink- the federal to the pro- provision of free drugs
ers and young people vincial government. to addicts in the name
to buy what gives them Three more years The Victoria motion of harm reduction.
more bang for their Municipal election passed, with advocates Advocates said such
buck. terms will remain at suggesting the prov- services should be
Binge drinking, ac- three years, delegates ince could then dis- consistent, rather than
cidents, crime and to the Union of B.C. tribute medical mari- the current patchwork
health problems are Municipalities conven- juana via pharmacies that stems from local
the result, she said. tion decided in a hotly and community dis- opposition in some re-
The tax shift to contested vote. pensaries, potentially gions.
raise the cost of cheap The executive of the
high-strength booze UBCM had endorsed
wouldn’t alter the price the idea after a pro-
of most beer and wine, vincial-municipal task
she said. force recommended it
Low-alcohol bever- this spring. Support-
ages would actually ers noted that most
get cheaper and, it’s Canadian provinces
thought, more popular, have already gone to
reducing related harm. four-year terms, and
Saskatchewan took it may improve the low
the reform plunge in turnout of local elec-
April, driving up the tions.
cost of targeted high- Burnaby councillor
alcohol beer, coolers, Sav Dhaliwal said he
cider and wine by as started in politics with
much as 40 per cent by a one-year term, and
using a formula that went through similar
tling and similar pro matches like

UBCM votes down mandatory helmets for skaters mixed-martial arts.


UBCM will ask the province to
ban such events unless they’re
One of the closest votes at UBCM also apply to seniors or the handi- Powell River Coun. Debbie Dee youth. regulated by an athletic commis-
came when delegates debated capped in electric scooters or chil- defended the measure as one that The motion was defeated sion.
whether to press for mandatory dren’s tricycles. would prevent brain injuries. 198-190. North Cowichan Coun. Al Sie-
helmet use by skateboarders, in- “This is going to cost people A Tofino councillor suggested bring said the move shouldn’t
line skaters and scooter riders. quite a bit of money,” Langford the overwhelmingly non-skate- stamp out the popular fight events,
But the wheels quickly started to Coun. Lillian Szpak said, adding it boarding mayors and councillors
Regulate MMA but is merely an attempt to “set
come off the idea when some civic could deter young people from be- at UBCM were unreasonably try- Civic reps voted to ask for tight- standards on this vastly growing
reps questioned whether it might ing outside and active. ing to restrict the lifestyle of local er restrictions on boxing, wres- sport.”
Section coordinator:

THE NEWS/arts&life
Monisha Martins
604-467-1122 ext. 217
newsroom@mapleridgenews.com

Seeing all of life as art


Vladimir Kolosov finds
every aspect of his life is an
inspiration for art
by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s
staff reporter

V
ladimir Kolosov believes every
aspect of his life is essential – his
pursuit of music, his passion for
numbers, his business acumen, his art.
Not one can be discounted as a mere
hobby, a leisurely pastime to fill up a
day.
“All this is me,” says Kolosov, pointing
his art studio, his art collection, his mini
music studio and home office.
For Kolosov, though, art is alter ego, his
second self.
“It’s a confirmation of what I see and I
transform what I see,” says the artist who
moved with his family to Maple Ridge
from Moscow in 2006.

“I transform what I see.”


Vladimir Kolosov, artist

Although they appear surrealistic, al-


most Dali-esque, Kolosov’s paintings James Maclennan/THE NEWS
chronicle situations that are very real, Vladimir Kolosov in front of a painting called “Goodbye Mary Lou.” He is currently working at his Maple Ridge studio. His work will be featured in En-
sometimes almost mundane. semble, an exhibition that opens at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery next month.
A early morning trip to drop his wife to
the airport inspired “Goodbye Mary Lou”, Moscow’s Fine Arts Youth School, a pro- ist but soon grew mesmerized by math-
a canvas that captures the rocky ridges of gram that ran parallel to a regular prima- ematics and abandoned his dreams for
the Coast Mountains and dawn’s orange ry and secondary education. a life steeped in creative pursuit for a
glow as well as the song that shares a It was a time when only one movement more practical one that eventually saw
name with the painting. was official approved and supported – so- him work for the Institute of Aviation and
A flight high above a storm in Chicago cialist realism with mission to further of Space Medicine.
sparked “Visible Danger”. the goals of socialism and communism. When Perestroika began dismantling the
“I’m very careful about the title,” says It promoted Kolosov to investigate other Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist state, Kolosov
Kolosov. art movements. seized the opportunity to study business.
“Well-fed and saturated life of a stom- “My surrealistic way began when I He currently works as a consultant, us-
ach” with its bulging innards illustrate started to think about transforming of the ing his creativity to fuel success.
just how he felt during a bout of food pois- Hunting Season Lady & Gent at the reality in our mentality – it is different “I can say now, that your life is a piece of
ing. The guts displayed are drawn from an print beach, Monterrey to everyone. I started to put together ob- art,” reflects Kolosov.
digital scan of his belly. jects that are incompatible to each other “If you life your job and do it in a good
“Is it surreal?,” he asks. “Not really. It’s tured in the book Artists of B.C. Volume and tried to imagine how they can live way, it is art. I can’t imagine myself with-
about everything that’s real.” II, which publishes later this year. He will together,” he says, now counting Turner, out everything.”
Kolosov’s work will be shown in “En- also show his work in juried exhibitions Picasso, Serov and many 19th and early
semble”, an exhibition next month at the next year in New York and New Jersey. 20th century Russian artists among his • To learn more about Vladimir Kolosov and his art,
Maple Ridge Art Galley and his paint- Born in the former U.S.S.R., Kolosov influences. visit artofvk.com.
ing “Carnevale Veneziano” will be fea- studied painting, sculpture and music at He initially wanted he would be an art-
Arts&Life

Up close with Patsy Cline


Arts Club Theatre
on tour
From small town
Virginia to the bright
lights of Carnegie Hall,
Patsy Cline’s legend is
a monument to ambi-
tion, grace, and talent.
A Closer Walk with
Patsy Cline is a moving
tribute to a dazzling
star lost at the peak
of her career features
classics like Walkin’
After Midnight, Sweet
Dreams, and Crazy.
Experience the mag-
ic of an unforgettable
woman and an unfor-
gettable voice.
Starring Sara-Jeanne
Hosie and Kevin James
and musicians Nico
Rhodes (leader, piano), David Cooper/ARTS CLUB THEATRE
Marisha Devoin (bass), Sara-Jeanne Hosie in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s
James McRae (drums), production of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.
Allan Medcalf (guitar,
baritone guitar), Na- • A Closer Walk with Ridge as part of Arts
than Tinkham (steel Patsy Cline stops at Club on Tour on Satur-
guitar). The ACT in Maple day, Oct. 9.

Films at Maple Ridge library


The Maple Ridge Pub- Zelary, which plays agrees to hide her as his
lic Library will be screen- Oct. 26, won an Oscar for wife.
ing a series of “Essential best foreign language Admission in free. To
Foreign Films” this film in 2004. reserve your seat call
month on Tuesdays. It tells the story of a the Main Floor informa-
French cult classic Del- nurse and her surgeon- tion desk at 604-467-7417.
icastessen plays Oct. 12. lover who are part of a Movies begin at 6 p.m.
Directed by Jean-Pierre resistance movement in
Jeunet (Amélie) and 1940s Czechoslovakia.
Teen movie
Marc Caro, Delicates- When they are discov- Watch Sleepy Hollow
sen is post-apocalyptic ered, her lover flees and next week at the Ma-
surrealist black comedy she must find a place to ple Ridge library as as
about the landlord of an hide. A patient whose part of the Teen Movie
apartment building who life she saved, a man Night series. The movie
occasional prepares a from a remote moun- plays Wednesday, Oct.
delicacy for his odd ten- tain village where time 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
ants. stopped 150 years ago, Admission is free.
Arts&Life

Contributed
The Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir sing at The ACT on Oct.16.

Welsh choir to perform at ACT


and much more, the Lower Mainland and the
100-strong men’s choir tours extensively province and is particu-
ensemble sings in throughout British Co- larly proud of its work
lumbia and internation- in communities through
Maple Ridge ally. the numerous fund-
The year 2005 marked raising concerts it has
Founded in 1980 by a the silver jubilee for the performed for worthy
handful of expatriate Vancouver Welsh Men’s causes over the years.
Welshmen, the Van- Choir – 25 years of per- The choir has a very
couver Welsh Men’s formances. active season, usually
Choir has grown into a This celebrated performing 15 to 18 con-
100-man ensemble from 100-voice choir has per- certs a year in the prov-
throughout the Lower formed, by invitation, in ince.
Mainland of British Co- Royal Albert Hall, Lon- Last year, the choir
lumbia and represent- don, in St. Petersburg was invited to perform
ing Canada’s cultural and Moscow on the in- in Berlin, Dresden,
mosaic. vitation of the Russian Salzsburg, Vienna and
Offering an entertain- Ministry of Culture, and Prague.
ing repertoire of tra- in many other countries • The Vancouver
ditional Welsh hymns, around the world. Welsh Men’s Choir
spirituals, opera cho- It entertains audi- plays the ACT Oct. 16 at
ruses, show tunes ences throughout the 8 p.m.
Community Calendar

C
ommunity Calendar lists Pitt Meadows library, 7 to 8:30
events in Maple Ridge and p.m. Free admission. Call 604-
Pitt Meadows. Notices are 375-9341 or visit www.
free to local non-profit groups wellnessconnectionbc.com for
courtesy of The News. Drop off more information.
details to 22328 119 Ave., fax
to 604-463-4741 or e-mail Thursday, Oct. 7
events@mapleridgenews. • A support group for
com at least a week before the caregivers, family and friends of
event. Include a contact name people with Parkinson’s disease
and number. (No submissions meets from 10 a.m. to noon. For
by phone.) Listings appear as more information please call
space permits. For guaranteed or email Elinor Verkerk at 604-
publication, ask our classified 467-2768, or email jdverkerk@
department at 604-467-1122 shaw.ca
about non-profit rates. • The Maple Ridge Public
Library presents An Evening
Wednesday, Oct. 6 with ‘Robin’ Maharaj at 7:30 p.m.
• The Maple Ridge Public Robin Maharaj, author of The
Library is offering homework Picture of Nobody, will be visiting
help on the Internet workshop the library as part of the Goo-
for children in Grades 4 to 7 and dReads series tour. He teaches
their parents or caregivers. Come writing and has written several
and find out where to look on the books including the Amazing Boy
Internet for great age-appropri- and the series Malcolm and Alvin
ate information for homework for CBC Radio. For more informa-
assignments. This program will tion, please call the Maple Ridge
be held in the computer lab of Public Library at 604-467-7417.
the Maple Ridge Public Library • The Better Breather Club
from 7 to 8 p.m. Please register will hold their next meeting
at the second floor information from noon to 2 p.m. in the Fraser
desk. For more information, Room of the Public Library. This
please call the Maple Ridge club is a support group for people
Public Library at 604-467-7417. with chronic lung diseases. The
• Are you ready for a guest speaker at this meet-
change in your life? The Well- ing will be Elaine Brown, a
ness Connection presents reg- pharmacist with Safeway who
istered hypnotherapist Jackie will give a talk on stress. Family,
Maclean, and holistic life and friends and caretakers welcome.
business coach Brenda Wallace For more information call Heidi at
in an informative evening at the 604-466-1366.
Section coordinator:

THE NEWS/sports
Robert Mangelsdorf
604-467-1122 ext. 216
newsroom@mapleridgenews.com

Father
and son
duel on
track
by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f
staff reporter

I
t was a sheer stroke of luck that Peter
Dame and his son Jordan ended up
lined up together on the final race of
the day.
The pair had come up to the Eagle Mo-
torplex in Ashcroft for the final race of
the summer and faced off together for the
first time, and by chance ended up pitted
against each other.
Peter may have made it down the track
first, but the real thrill was just lining up
alongside his son.
The two have been drag racing fans since
Peter started taking Jordan, 18, to Mission
Raceway when he was three years old, and
Jordan would race his matchbox cars on an
imaginary track.
James Maclennan/THE NEWS
Peter saw his first drag race at the age of
10 in his hometown of Winnipeg, and the Peter Dame and his son Jordan pose with their 1934 Ford Roadster at their home in Pitt Meadows. The paired raced against each other at the Eagle
image of a dragster popping a wheelie has Motorplex in Ashcroft Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
always stayed with him.
“I couldn’t believe that a car could do dan delivery wagon, a 700-horsepower big everything taken into account every possi- Peter popped his first wheelie that week-
that,” he says. “It was just the most amaz- block beast of a machine. bility. Of course, there were still hiccups. end, an experience he likens to an amuse-
ing thing.” The pair worked non-stop throughout the The Ford’s fuel pump couldn’t keep up ment park ride.
Peter bought his first dragster more than winter months and into spring to get their with its supercharger, robbing it of power. “I couldn’t see a thing. She goes any-
25 years ago, but it remained untouched in cars race-ready. “It wasn’t running right, so Jordan where but straight, so I was just praying
his garage for more than 10 years. Two years ago, Peter tried to race at couldn’t go too fast, but that was okay with she’s come down alright.”
“Work, kids, family, the house, there just Ashcroft, but found out quickly he wasn’t us,” says Peter. The pair plan to race at Mission Raceway
wasn’t any time for it,” he says. ready. Instead, Jordan had to settle for a quar- in the new year.
Today, the 1934 Ford Roadster has been “We got there and we weren’t prepared,” ter-mile time of 14 seconds, and topped 100 Peter said he enjoys spending time with
completely rebuilt. The supercharged he said. miles per hour. his son more than winning races.
350-cubic inch V-8 spits out close to 400 Track officials required a number of safe- “Yeah, I like to go fast,” says Jordan. “When they’re young, kids want to be
horsepower, by his estimation. ty measures to be taken before they could In fact, he wants to graduate to pro-mod around you all the time,” says Peter. “Then
However, it was Jordan behind the wheel race, but a late start meant they were un- drag racing and drive the 3,000-horsepow- they become teenagers and they want
of the Ford on race day. Dad, meanwhile, able to get the work done in time. er alcohol-powered dragsters similar to nothing to do with you.
was behind the wheel of his 1955 Chevy se- This year, however, Peter and Jordan had “funny cars.” “It’s nice having him around.”

Ridge Meadows Flames drop pair at home despite goalie addition


he’s likely to get with the team, said head injured, and was airlifted to Vancouver, be faulted for the ones that got by him.
Junior B team falls to third place in coach Tavis Eaton. where he underwent surgery. “Our guys did not give him a lot of help,”
PIJHL’s Harold Brittain Conference “I thought he played fantastic Friday
night,” said Eaton. “We wanted to send a
Skapski sustained a serious concussion
in the crash and had to have two metal
he said.
The Flames took an early 3-1 lead
by R o b e r t M a n g e l s d o r f message to him that he’ll get a chance to plates installed surgically in his on Port Moody thanks to goals by
staff reporter play here.” head to allow him to heal. As a Danny Brandys, CJ Legassic,
Skapski was recently cut by the Koote- result, Skapski was off the ice and Ryan Stewart. However,
nay Ice of the Western Hockey League af- for close to three months. the Black Panthers were able
The Ridge Meadows Flames welcomed ter being selected in the third round of the However, the young goalie to claw their way back into
16-year-old goaltender Mackenzie Skapski 2009 bantam draft. was been able to bounce the game after the Flames
to the team this past weekend. However, He previously played with the Fraser back from his injury and was took a string of bad penal-
the WHL prospect was unable to help the Valley Bruins of the B.C. Major Midget short-listed for the U-17 Team ties, allowing Port Moody to
team win either of its home games. Hockey League, and missed much of last Pacific this season. He also score three power play goals in
The local junior B hockey club lost 5-4 season after being seriously injured when represented B.C. in the Western the second and third periods.
to the Port Moody Black Panthers Friday the team’s bus crashed after hitting black Canada U-16 Challenge Cup last “They were lazy, selfish penal-
night at home, before dropping a 4-3 deci- ice near Williams Lake. year, ties, and they capitalized on them,” said
sion to Abbotsford Pilots on Saturday. Fourteen players, as well as the bus driv- Skapski stopped 29 of 34 shots in his Eaton. “The outcome is that we lose two
Skapski got the starting nod in net both er, were taken to hospital after the crash, debut with the Flames Friday night, but points.”
nights, an indication of the playing time while Skapski was the most seriously Eaton said the young goalie could hardly See Flames, p36
Sports

Flames face Wolf Pack next


Flames from p35 too late.”
The Flames have dropped three With the
of their last four, with all of their loss, the
losses coming by a goal. Flames fall to
The Flames fell behind 4-0 early 4-5 on the sea-
against Abbotsford as the Pilots son, and now
peppered Skapski with 26 shots sit in third
in just 27 minutes. Skapski got place in the
the hook after the fourth goal, Harold Brit-
and Tyler Klassen was perfect in tain Confer-
his relieving duties, stopping all ence.
21 shots he faced. Skapski Eaton said
Eaton was again quick to de- the team is
fend his newly-acquired goalie, still experi-
saying there was plenty of blame encing a bit of a learning curve
to go around for the team’s poor with so many new players joining
start. the team this season. But despite
“It was sort of the opposite of the recent losing skid, he sees
the first game,” he said. “We promise in his young squad.
were sleeping at the start.” “Most of our losses have been
The Flames were able to mount by one goal, so it shows we can
a comeback thanks to goals by play with anyone in this league,”
Matthew Genovese, Matt Keller, he said. If the team can put to-
and Brent Fletcher. But time ul- gether a consistent 60-minute
timately ran out on the team as effort, “I think we’re going to be
James Maclennan/THE NEWS
they were once again unable to just fine.”
pot the equalizer with the extra
attacker on the ice.
• The Flames face the Squamish
Wolf Pack this Friday at home at
Promising paddlers
“We had some life in us,” said Planet Ice in Maple Ridge. Game Haley Leatherdale and Noah Said compete in the atom 200-metre kayak race during the RCKC Pacific Cup at Whonnock
Eaton. “We just found it a little time is at 7:30 p.m. Lake on Sunday.
Sports

Stick-up
Olah Jarek
of the Ridge
Meadows
Burrards U-14
field lacrosse
team tries to
evade a Delta
Footmen
long-stick
midfielder
Sunday night
at Westview
secondary.
The Burrards
won the game
8-1.
James Maclennan/
THE NEWS

Bantam Knights topple Giants at home


The Meadow Ridge Knights Knights got some strong play effort helped the Knights post a
bantam football squad took top from Cody Stewart and Tyson 21-0 victory.
spot in their division Saturday Phare as they downed the North Drake Kindred scored two
with a convincing 40-6 win over Langley Bears 48-0 to remain rushing touchdowns behind the
the visiting Chilliwack Giants. undefeated after five weeks. The blocking of Mark Podschadly and
Leading the offense was full- Blue Knights defence was led by Jeremie Kankolongo. Hayden
back Damian Hartman who Dallas Pattenden and Guy Rod- Barton hauled in a couple of
had several key gains and a gers. They face the Chilliwack passes for converts to lead the
touchdown. Also scoring for Giants this weekend offense. Defensively the Knights
the Knights were Brett Boyce, The Gold Knights played hard were outstanding and led by the
Rashaun Simonise and Tanner but lost 38-14 to the Abbotsford play of Jayden Shanley, Trent
Hartley. Kicker Coltan Davis Falcons. Touchdowns were Cooper, Mackenzie Baust and
kept the Giants bottled up with scored by Tyler Spencer and Will Chartrand
several excellent punts. Jackson Cody Hogarth. Michael Howarth The junior bantam Knights
Murdoch and Mike Vegh had a made some great runs in the started strong but faded late
strong game on defence while second half, while Mason Waka- against Chilliwack Giants, los-
Jeff Seebauer had an intercep- bayashi. Jacob Peterson and ing 50-14. Devon Bird and Mat-
tion. Kurtis Heron made some key de- thew Cameron were the Knights
The bantam Knights improve fensive plays. leading receivers while Brian
to 3-1-1 this season, and will en- The peewee Knights and the Dongalen was the leading rush-
joy a much-deserved bye week Chilliwack Giants met last Sat- er. Marcello Lucarino and Peter
this week. urday in a battle of undefeated de Zeeuw were standouts on de-
In the atom division, the Blue teams and a stellar defensive fence.

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