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Agassiz man saved by concerned co-workers
Jessica PetersTHE OBSERVER
A group of concerned co-workers likely saved an Agassiz man from
carbon monoxide poisoning on Sunday morning.
When the man didn't arrive for work that day, his co-workers
found that out of character, and decided to go check up on him at
his Morrow Road home.
They found him in bed, alive but unable to get up.
They quickly called 911, and Agassiz re ghters arrived on scene,
Chief Wayne Dyer said.
"The place was full of carbon monoxide," he said. "If it wasn't
for the co-workers showing up to see why he didn't show up, he
would have perished."
Fire ghters carry around C02 monitors, and the alarm went off
immediately when they entered the man's home.
The man did not have a C02 monitor, which would have gone off
and alerted him to the gases that were building up in his home.
Dyer says the build up was the result of "issues with his gas
furnace, and the hot water tank."
He stresses that anyone who has a gas appliance in their home
should de nitely have a carbon monoxide monitor. The gas is
virtually undetectable, and can cause death with long
Even low exposures to carbon monoxide can cause symptoms, such
as nausea, headaches and dizziness.
Dyer says the man will now be susceptible to carbon monoxide
poisoning even in small doses. He was taken to Chilliwack Hospital,
and then to Vancouver for treatment in a hyperbaric chamber.
"This was the result of a blocked chimney," Dyer says. "People
need to pay attention to their gas appliances. If you have any gas
appliances, you need to have a monitor."
Other incidents the Agassiz Fire Department responded to in the
last few weeks include a debris re on McRae Road
(Nov. 2), lines down on Pioneer and Heath (Nov. 3), a tree re on
the Lougheed Hwy. (Nov. 4) and a call to some burn piles on Mt.
Woodside (Nov. 5).
On November 7, a young woman was kicked off a horse on Cemetery
Road, and landed on her back. There were no serious injuries in
that incident, and she was treated by B.C. Ambulance
An ATV was in a motor vehicle incident on Tuyttens Road on
November 13, requiring an emergency call out.
And while there was the smell of smoke in a building on Hwy. 9,
on Nov. 8, there was no re. Also that day, they responded to a call
about a broken gas line on Birch Road.
There were false commercial alarms on Elm Road (Nov. 12) and
Tower Road (Nov. 6).
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(Top) Former Agassiz music teacher Bob Tunbridge plays The Last
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Green waste will now be picked up curbside in Harrison Hot
The decision follows the closure of the green waste collection
site, which was becoming a nancial burden to the Village
The closure caused a bit of an uproar in the community,
and plenty of discussion in council meetings.
The Village held several community discussions to nd a way to
either keep the site open, or nd a suitable alternative.
Economic development of cer Andre Isakov brought a report to
council two weeks ago announcing that First Class Waste Services
the company to bring curbside collection to Harrison. The
services will begin on January 1, following a series of two open
houses. One was held on Tuesday, and another is scheduled for
The services will include garbage pickup, unlimited household
recycling and weekly green waste pickup.
It will be mandatory for all
single family and duplex units, of which there are about 575
units. The service will be billed through the municipality.
Multi-family dwellings will have the option of using the service
as well, and will be encouraged to contact the Village for
For more information on the open houses, phone the Village at
Proposal made for Agassiz spray parkJessica PetersTHE
Agassiz could one
day boast a water park, if a request for provincial funding
District of Kent staff has prepared a request to build a spray
park and playground in and around the existing playground at
Under the proposal, the current playground
equipment would also be replaced. The estimated costs of such a
project is about $270,000 plus taxes, based on an analysis by van
der Zalm + associates.
A request for funding will be put through the Towns for Tomorrow
program, run by the provincial government.
That's the same program that helped fund the current renovations
at Harrison Memorial Hall.
Towns for Tomorrow offers up to 80 per cent of the cost of
infrastructure development. For a project of the estimated cost of
the spray park, that would equal a grant
of about $216,000. The district's portion of the total would
come from development cost charges.
Staff is hoping a spray park would help stimulate the downtown
core businesses, and boost participation in events such as the
Summer Concert Series and Farmers' Market.
Stabbing at Kent prisonA ght that broke out
in the gymnasium of Kent Institution Sunday night ended with one
man being sent to hospital.
Kent of cials say the ght started at
about 6:45 p.m., during some recreation time. One inmate was
stabbed, but is now in stable condition. He is expected to survive
A weapon was
found on scene, and the assailant has been identi ed and put
into the segregation unit. The institution was in lockdown until a
search was completed, with all regular visits cancelled.
Do you use public trails, regional parks or other outdoor
The Fraser Valley Regional District is hoping anyone who enjoys
outdoor recreation will give a few minutes of their time this
The FVRD is working with Metro Vancouver to develop a plan for
outdoor recreational demands and trends, and they've created an
online survey to target speci c needs.
The survey asks for general information, along with detailed
information about what the types of outdoor activities you
participate in, and exactly which large park areas you use,
including Harrison area parks.
It also asks how often you participate in each activity, how far
you would travel to enjoy the outdoors and what services you would
expect once you get there, such as washrooms, water fountains,
children's play areas, marked trails and showers.
There is also a chance to be heard in regards to what you may
feel is lacking in regional parks.
The survey can be found at www.fvrd.bc.ca, under the heading Hot
Topics. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, and will be
available online for the public to access until sometime in mid to
Local hikers, bikers have a chance to discuss trails
Anyone who uses the outdoors as a playground is invited to fill
out a questionaire online, as part of a FVRD info-gathering
process. JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER
Jessica PetersTHE OBSERVER
Run-of-river projects are stirring up a bit of controversy, as
more of the water-diverting power plants are quietly popping up in
the Fraser Valley hinterlands.
But, as our need for power continues to grow, so does the need
for power sources, said Graham Horn, executive vice president of
Cloudworks Energy. And run-of-river technology has been chosen by
B.C. Hydro as a "clean energy" source, offering contracts to
companies to construct and operate projects around the province.
Cloudworks is among a handful of companies which have won bids to
build those projects. While these are being built in many small
communities, Cloudworks is focused on areas around Stave Lake and
The basic technology behind these projects is nothing new, Horn
explains. Hydropower has been used in North America since the late
1800s, about the time Niagara Falls started
powering street lights in that city. But even before then,
waterwheels (hydropower in its most basic form) were used by
ancient civilizations; the Chinese, Romans and Indians all
engineered hydropower in some form, often to power machines such as
But there has been a resurgence of the technology, and Horn
acknowledges that the projects have some people worried. (See
related story below.) When Cloudworks nishes their next projects in
the area, they'll have six in total here (producing about the same
amount of power needed to run a city the size of Chilliwack). While
some people, such as local MLA Barry Penner, tout the wonders of
run-of-river projects, others, such as pundit Rafe Mair, use the
run-of-river projects to denounce the Liberal party.
Much of the worry is about effects on the environment. The
concerns are valid, Horn told media during a recent trip to
Tipella, tiny community within
the Douglas First Nations at the northern tip of Harrison
Yes, Horn admits, they are altering the natural course of
waterways, and constructing pipelines and buildings in riparian
"We do alter the waterways. We do affect the salmon habitat,"
Horn said, during a helicopter ride to the remote area. "We try to
avoid it ... we try to compensate for it."
In fact, it's a Department of Fisheries and Oceans requirement
that they compensate for any environmental impacts.
"It's very strictly regulated. Our goal is to create more
habitat than when we started," he said. "We've spent $3.5 million
on compensation channels, and there are already coho and sockeye
(in those channels)."
The media tour he's organized is an attempt to shed some light
on the projects, and their long-term goal. Most people will never
get to see a run-of-river
Graham Horn, execu-tive vice president ofCloudworks
Energy,points out a fish com-pensation project nearthe Tipella
Creek proj-ect. Visible in the back-ground is the penstockand
powerhouse. Hornsays that the area sur-rounding the penstockhas
been replanted, andeventually wont be sovisible.
JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER
Rivers being used for power
Paddler: Creeks could be dangerousJessica PetersTHE OBSERVER
Most people will never have the chance to see a run-of-river
power station. Most of these hydropower projects are tucked away in
hard-to-get-to, heavily-forested corners of the province.
But Ryan Bayes has seen his fair share of them in the past few
years. As an avid white water kayaker and owner of an
Abbotsford-based canoe and kayak supply store, he's kayaking
in local creeks anywhere from 200 to 300 days of the year.
And so far, he doesn't like what he's seeing.
Environmentally, Bayes questions the compensation process that
businesses like Cloudworks are required to go through. At Tipella
Creek, at the north end of Harrison Lake, a pond was built near the
powerhouse to offer an alternative habitat for displaced sh. While
he admits he's "no sh expert" he feels
commonsense says it's probably not enough.
"They say they compensate because they build a little pond,"
Bayes says. He doesn't feel that's enough for the amount of
de-watering that happens at each creek that's been developed. He
also worries that the altering of the water ow will change the way
At one creek, there was a 10 foot ledge that sh could not
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Reason can still prevail on HSTPeter Kingma addressed Harrison
Hot Springs council and spoke to the public in November last year,
regarding his companys pur-chase of several hundred acres of land
within the Village of Harrison.
Hard road paved for LiberalsGordon Campbells slow
resignation leaves the Liberals with quite the political
Clearly, his decision was made, at least in part, for the bene t
of the party. As the most unpopular premier in recent history, the
longer that Campbell stayed on, the longer the public discontent
with the present government.
From that perspective, a fast-tracked change of leadership would
be a clear advantage to the Liberals.However, its not that simple.
The party has two choices available to it select a leader from
among its sitting MLAs, or, give someone else the opportunity.
Its easier and quicker to do the former, yet that carries a
serious downside. Anyone from the Liberal benches is an integral
part of the governments decisions if not in personal philosophy,
certainly by direct association.
And that will invariably impact votes in the next provincial
On the other hand, if the Liberals clear the way for an
outsider, such as Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts who some experts say
has strong potential to pull the party from the political re the
process is far more complicated.
Because she doesnt have the pro le of the possible inside
contenders, such as Abbotsford MLA Mike de Jong, Watts would have
to move fast and effectively to gain enough party support.
Even so, if Watts or another external candidate were to win the
Liberal leadership race, she or he would then need to win a
byelection in a vacant constituency to take part in the spring
session of the legislature that begins in February. The window for
that is very narrow.
Either way, the Liberals have no easy political road to travel.
And theyll do so in a very large shadow, unless Campbell speeds his
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couldnt be much simpler.
Next Sept. 24, those voters who take the time to head down to
the polling booth will check Yes or No to the following:
Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales
Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction
with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)?
When Premier Gordon Campbell announced a few weeks ago that the
government would abide by a simple majority vote, I said it would
be mission impossible for the HST to survive. Its chances may now
have improved from none to slim.
The question at least frames the only practical choice. Keep the
HST or go back to sales tax status quo, without the refund that
petitioner Bill Vander Zalm conjured up to attract signatures.
I asked Finance Minister Colin Hansen about the question, the
fate of the proposed refund and the impact of the 15 per cent
personal income tax cut imposed by the outgoing premier.
Hansen agreed that its important to have a simple question,
although the implications for the economy go far beyond the tax at
the bottom of your sales slip.
As for the supposed refund, Vander Zalms proposed HST
Extinguishment Act calls for the old PST to be restored retroactive
to last July, with any extra tax collected under the new system
repaid on an averaged basis.
But in fact what happens this year is that we would collect
slightly less under the HST system than we would have collected had
the PST system continued in place, Hansen said. So there would not
be any extra revenues to the province, and therefore the whole
thing is moot.
Making the PST retroactive would also mean somehow collecting
back taxes on 15 months worth of expenditures that are reduced
under HST, such as disposable diapers, hotel rooms and business
phone services. This would be administratively as well as
In short, Vander Zalms proposal cant be done, and the refund he
dangled doesnt exist. Its too bad more people didnt understand this
before they signed the petition.
So if you vote Yes next fall, you will still pay the federal
GST, and you will get back some form of the old PST, once the
provincial government rehires hundreds of tax staff transferred to
the federal government.
A nance ministry brie ng memo, released last week, points out
that if B.C. ip- ops and brings back the PST, businesses might
leave the province. Some rms that signed contracts based on HST
input tax credits may sue the government to recover their losses.
B.C.s reputation as a stable place to invest will be damaged.
Then there is the personal income tax cut, which like the HST is
intended to attract investment and jobs. Hansen has already noti ed
the Canada Revenue Agency of the 15 per cent reduction, so the
income tax deducted from your paycheque will be reduced starting
That tax cut will put about $600 million a year into the B.C.
consumer economy, a stimulus that will show up in government
revenues. But the ministry forecasts it will be several years
before growth lls the revenue hole.
Hansen insisted that even with the income tax cut, the B.C.
government can still get out of de cit by 2013 and have some
exibility in this springs budget.
All this of course rests on the assumption of an economy growing
and recovering from recession.
Indulging in the latest wacky B.C. political protest would
almost certainly weaken that recovery.
Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black
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War vet lost small medal at ceremoniesDear Editor, I had the
pleasure of visiting
Agassiz last week.Thursday being Remembrance
Day, my daughter and son-in-law took me to the local high school
to take part in your town's commemoration of this special day.
Wherever I happened to be at the eleventh day of the eleventh
month I would take time out to remember.
This year it was Agassiz. I was very impressed with the planned
events.The chosen M.C. kept everything running smoothly. The
community's churches chose the
appropriate readings from holy scripture. The hymn "Make me a
channel of your peace" struck me as the correct theme for all
mankind to follow. The young people took their part, as did the
cadets and military.
To crown an orderly event, the high school orchestra
of the New World Symphony was a perfect conclusion before
marching to the lay the wreathes. Congratulations to all who worked
to make your remembrance very special.
I am a Second World War veteran. Sadly, I lost a small medal I
was given in the Netherlands when
I visited the liberation event in Holland. If someone nds it
please drop it off at this newspaper and they will make sure it is
returned to me.
Thank you for a great visit one I will remember.
Yard clippings dont belong near the riverDear Editor,Two
planting of the Miami
River were done in the rst week of November. The rst on November
2 saw over 20 volunteers from Harrison, Agassiz and Chilliwack
plant over 700 shrubs along the 200-block of Miami River Drive.
Blackberry removal and knotweed treatment prior to the planting
prepared the site for a variety of owering and bank-stabilizing
native shrubs. This work is a joint project of the Village of
Harrison Hot Springs and the Miami River Stream Keepers. The
Miami Creek Water Quality Improvement and Environmental Damages
Restoration Initiative Project is funded by Environment Canada. The
MRSk extend a very big thank you to all volunteers including Mayor
Becotte and members of the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition.
The second planting took place on November 4 after September
of yellow iris, which, like blackberries, can overwhelm and
destabilize the riparian foreshore. Environmental compensation
money provided in 2007 to the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition
for the Miami River funds this work. Four leadership students from
the Agassiz high school helped members of the MRSk and the FVWC to
complete this job on Cedar Avenue. Again, MRSk extend a big thank
you to these volunteers.
The Streamkeepers will help monitor both sites for invasive
Without routine maintenance, new plantings cannot be successful.
Along the Miami River several noxious (legislative backing) and
invasive (a plant that has spread and out competed native plants)
weeds threaten the environmental health of the system.
Two major culprits are Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan
The Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council treated the knotweed in
August and September and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs
removed blackberry before the 200-block planting.
H o m e o w n e r s inadvertently introduce two other invasive
plants, lamium or silver nettle plant and English ivy. Walk the
400-block of the Miami river Trail to see for yourself. Where these
two plants grow sword fern and other
shrubby natives are lost. Please put your yard waste at a green
dump. Never dump yard clippings in the woods or along the
The Miami River Trail network improvements will bene t the
health of the river and of local citizens as they get out
You may meet Ruth Altendorf bumbering along. Thanks again for
Janne Perrin, for the Miami River Streamkeepers
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project, because of their locations, and Horn is hoping to
inform the public through newspaper and magazine stories. They also
held a public information meeting last
week in Chilliwack. The tour was
thorough, with a y-over of current and proposed projects, a tour
of the generating station and powerhouse at Tipella Creek, along
with a hike to the original Tipella
Creek waterfall, where water continues to fall during the
And this is how it works, as explained through the tour.
Run-of-river works best in waterfalls with a grade of at least
cent, because the force of the water moving downward is what's
causing the energy.
"The higher the elevation, the better," Horn said.
Water is diverted into a generating station, after falling
through a screen that lters out sh and river debris. Only the water
that's needed goes through the screen and into the station. The
rest of the water carries down the hill, as it would have
The captured water falls through a pipeline, called a penstock.
Sometimes that penstock is buried, other times it sits above the
on the topography of each project. The development of these
penstocks has created clearcut swaths through the forest, visible
from land and the air. These have been replanted and will
eventually be virtually undetectable, Horn said. And at Tipella,
Douglas First Nation elders made the decision as to what trees and
shrubs would be planted.
The water is sent to a powerhouse, where it ows through two
turbines. The turbines create the energy, which is sent to a
switchyard. Some of the energy is siphoned off right away, for
Cloudworks to power its operations.
(One powerhouse requires about 10 times the average household.)
The rest of the energy ows into B.C. Hydro's main power supply.
Back at the powerhouse, once the water ows through the turbines,
it ows out into what is called the tailrace. The tailrace is
essentially a new waterway that connects the water that was
diverted back to the natural water ow.
From that convergence, the river carries on as it would
The Douglas First Nation sees the projects as a step
Daryl Peters, former Chief of the band, said
the project strengthens the small community's economy, and
produces less of a footprint than logging.
It also comes at a time when B.C. Hydro and three communities at
the north end of Harrison have nally connected. As of November 12,
the power lines that have hovered over their heads for 30 years are
now connected to their homes.
That means no more diesel generators burning fuel night and day,
to provide power for the 50 people who live on the reservation.
"We're hoping to catch up to the rest of B.C. now," he said.
moved through. However, development turned that ledge into a
rolling incline, allowing sh to move further upstream.
The sh are an important factor in river health, but there are
other impacts Bayes feels should be considered.
There is a "global paddling community" that sees B.C., and
notably the Fraser Valley, as one of the most pristine areas to
enjoy white water activities. Many
of his customers are European tourists, here speci cally to
paddle our rivers. They tell Bayes that in Europe, run-of-river
projects have been built on virtually every river that was
previously a paddling spot.
That's because run-of-river projects and paddling are done in
the same ideal locations glacier-fed rivers with high inclines and
plenty of water supply.
There are about 10 rivers that are "paddlable" in the Harrison
Lake area. Three of those are
either already sites of power projects, or slated to become
them. Those are Douglas Creek, Fire Creek and Tipella Creek. The
development means a loss in paddling areas, and Bayes says tourists
are taking note.
"They rent a kayak and go tour around, and they come back and
say 'you guys are doing what we did. We ruined it.'" Bayes
While paddlers could, and do, portage around the areas used by
power companies, there are new dangers in those waterways now, he
The power plant can unexpectedly ush large amounts of water into
a creek. For a paddler downstream, that could be not only
but lethal. "There's warning
signs," he says, but no warning as to when it may happen.
Bayes has been to a public information meeting on the subject,
held recently in Chilliwack. But he also has spoken out online.
There is a government website page that is open to comment on the
subject, and Bayes has contributed to a blog, as well.
Public comment is open until November 25.
For more information, visit
www.fraservalleywhitewater.com. [email protected]
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
The higher the elevation, the better
High inclines best for paddlers, tooCONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
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OBSERVERcommunityThe 13th Annual Fraser Valley Metis
Association Harvest Dinner & Dance will be held on Saturday
November 27 at Yarrow Community Hall.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Harvest Dinner Prayer at 6:30 p.m. (only
200 tickets will be sold)
Tickets are $20, available at Bigfoot Moccasin, or by calling
604-853-3936 (Abbotsford), Chilliwack Metis Association President
Les Mitchell at 604-823-4533, or Marie Carter at 604-859-8789.
Metis traditional food will be served
with entertainment. Jigging & ddling will be by Lisa
Shepherd, Amy Eusterling, Keith Hill & Ron Gerard.
Betty Gladue will be giving a lesson in playing the spoons.
Please bring a non-perishable donation for the Blade Runners
Metis Harvest dinner in Yarrow
The AESS grad class has found a way to put fun back into
They'll be holding their AESS Grad Fashion Show on Thursday,
November 25 in the school gymnasium.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and show time is at 7 p.m.
There will be a loonie concession and a silent auction. Tickets
are $5 and children under ve years of age get in free.
Fashion show for AESS grads
Are you in the market for a new pair of eyeglasses? Chances are,
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helps distribute them to people in need around the world. You can
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OBSERVERcommunityDr. Pearson to speak at bald eagle festival
Sonsie the eagle looks at her handler at the 2009 Fraser Valley
Bald Eagle Festival.
JESSICA PETERS / OBSERVER
An evening with Dr. Mike Pearson has been added to the list of
events for the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.
The festival runs throughout this weekend, in key points around
the Valley, celebrating the annual return of the eagles to this
The festival is designed for the entire family. It is
educational, fun and with eleven venues participating, nding a
location to enjoy the eagles is easy. It features excellent eagle
watching, a wide range of activities, environmental presentations,
nature walks, displays, speakers and more.
Dr. Pearson will be speaking about "Species at Risk in the
Eastern Fraser." That will be at Kilby Historic Site on Sunday,
November 21, at 1 p.m. Dr. Pearson, an Agassiz-based ecologist,
will speak on habitat restoration and species at risk in our
He'll use photographs and maps to introduce local species at
risk, particularly lesser known examples. He will discuss the state
of habitat protection in British Columbia and common trends in the
Fraser Valley area. He'll also discuss local species recovery
Dr. Pearson holds a Ph.D. in Resource Management and
Environmental Science from UBC for his work on the biology and
management of two endangered sh; the Salish sucker and the Nooksack
dace. He currently runs Pearson Ecological, a small consulting rm
specializing in species at risk and aquatic habitat restoration. He
is also lead author
of the web site Species at Risk and Local Government: A Primer
for British Columbia.
For more information, call Kilby Historic Site at 604-796-9576.
Or to download your 2010 Eagle Festival Program, visit
Got a sports tip, photo or story?
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The District of Kent intends to lease the property as a
protective services residence to encourage members to reside in the
community. If the District cannot secure an applicable protective
services tenant, the option to lease would be extended to the
The lease shall commence in January 2011. The property would be
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Submitted by Hans Mulder SECOND LIEUTENANT, 1789 ROYAL CANADIAN
After hosting an air cadet squadron from PEI in 2009, 2010 was
1789 Royal Westminster Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
turn to travel.
For the 2010
I n t e r p r o v i n c i a l Exchange, 1789 was selected to
visit 213 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps QuAppelle
in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Twenty cadets and two of cers left
Abbotsford International Airport at 6:30 a.m. on October 14. Upon
arrival in Winnipeg, the corps moved into the transient quarters at
CFB Winnipeg 17 Wing.
The following morning, the Army and Sea Cadets met at the
Manitoba Legislature for a tour of the building and grounds,
graciously hosted by the Manitoba Attach for Military Affairs.
After an excellent lunch at 17 Wings All Ranks Mess, the
combined corps marched over to Hanger 16 for a look at the C130
Hercules and more. Split up into several groups, the cadets
received an introduction to the Hercules, a SAR techs job and
equipment, the Dash-8 radar operator training craft, and the
aircraft maintenance shop.
For such an excellent tour, many thanks to the CF members based
out of Hanger 16. In gratitude, these members received the 1789
Westminster Regiment RCACC commemorative coin.
That evening, the cadets gathered at the Unique Corral for a
sample of ranch life, including a cadet-sized western town,
moonlight hay rides by James and Jade (the Clydesdales) and hot
chocolate and cookies around a roaring bon re.
For Saturday, the two corps were introduced to early life on the
prairie at Fort Whyte. The enlightening tour included baking
bannock on a stick over the re (and eating it!), learning about
various useful plants, visiting both a tipi and a sod house, and
learning to hunt bison the native way. This included lessons in
throwing spears and how to construct and use a crush to stampede
and capture the herd. After a morning in bracing wind it was nice
to get into the warmth at the Royal Canadian Mint. Here, all of
Canadas circulation coins are produced, as well as coins for more
than 70 other countries.
We are happy to report there were no arrests as a result of this
tour, mostly because the gold bar had a logging chain attached to
it, and two watchful and armed mint of cers. Unfortunately,
photographs were not permitted.
That evening before the Manitoba Moose hockey game, we paid a
visit to 213 RCSCCs home; Winnipegs stone frigate HMCS Chippewa.
This was quite interesting as it also houses the Manitoba Maritime
museum. There was a quiz to follow the tour, with the prizes
including Navy thunder sticks, perfect for cheering on the
Vancouver Canucks farm team.
Unfortunately, the Manitoba Moose lost to the Grand Rapids Grif
ns, 3-2, despite the massive sea and army cadet cheering section,
which made it onto the Jumbotron several times.
For their last day together, the sea and army cadet corps toured
the Manitoba Museum. The tour started with
fossils and dinosaurs and progressed to native bison and caribou
hunting, the fur trade and the formation of the Hudsons Bay
Company. This was particularly exciting, as the Museum houses the
replica of the Nonesuch, HBCs rst ship, reconstructed and sailed
from Portsmouth for the 300 year anniversary of the company. After
silent Charlie Chaplin icks in the 1930s Winnipeg exhibit, the
cadets took in lms about the Swiss Alps and about whales and
dolphins at the IMAX.
Then it was time to prepare for the mess dinner.
Uniforms were washed and pressed, shirts were starched, and the
navy mess rules fervently memorized. Despite all this preparation,
several cadets were tried and convicted by the head table presiding
over kangaroo court for various infractions, real or imagined. The
guards (cadets who forgot their Westie challenge coins) were unable
to protect the gavel (or complicit in the plot), and hilarity
continued for some time. A paddle with marvellous rope work was
presented to 1789 RCACC on the occasion of their visit, which was
reciprocated by the presentation of a handsome Royal Westminster
Regiment plaque. After the Loyal Toast, the mess was adjourned and
cadets socialized and danced the night awayor at least until 11:30
p.m. Then with declarations of eternal friendship and email
addresses yelled from the bus windows, we left 213 RCSCC for our
last night at 17 Wing before ying home.
Local cadets tour cool Winnipeg spots
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Golf pro Rhodes honoured 50 Years Ago, 1960In the 1960s the
Fraser Valley Regional
Library offered its services to rural residents by providing a
book van which made stops every second Tuesday at Lake Errock,
Harrison Mills, Harrison River, Mountain (now known as Mount
Woodside), and the Sasquatch. The schedule was listed in the local
paper for residents reference.
The Agassiz Library was situated in the Kent Municipal Hall and
the Harrison Hot Springs branch operated in their Village Hall.
The local golf pro at the Harrison Golf Course, Hal Rhodes, was
honoured by being made a life member of the BC Professional Golfers
Association, joining a very select and small number of people.
By this time, Mr. Rhodes had mastered four highly successful
careers encompassing a wide variety of interests. He had been a
successful land surveyor with his own company, a businessman
marketing outdoor goods, a respected professional golfer and a
high-quality professional photographer.
He attributed his success to admitting
his own lack of knowledge and weighing the ideas of experienced
men under him before deciding how to proceed.
The rst rugby match between the Old Boys and the high school
players was played in November of 1960. It was reported that the
Old Boys took the match by using their experience to capitalize on
a few lucky breaks and by kicking the ball out of bounds whenever
they needed a rest.
Echoes From the Past is submitted weekly by the Agassiz Harrison
ECHOES FROM THE PAST
Recognition for peace officers at All Saints
Peace of cers and correctional of cers don't have the easiest
And a day has been set aside to recognize the hard, and
sometimes dangerous, work that they carry out every day, in an
effort to make our communities safer.
The Second Annual Peace Of cers and Correctional Of cers
Appreciation Day will be held on Sunday, November 21 this year.
And to mark the day, a special service will once again be held
at All Saints Anglican Church.
The celebration will begin in the regular church service,
beginning at 10 a.m. Lunch, pipers and special guest speakers from
the correctional system will follow.
For more information, phone 604-796-3103.
The All Saints Anglican Church is located at 6904 Lougheed Hwy.,
Food driveThe annual Agassiz re ghters food drive will take
place on Thursday, December 2 this year.
Fire ghters will spend the evening going door to door,
collecting donations for the Agassiz Community Services food
Watch for them from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and have your
non-perishable food items ready to donate.
AGASSIZ-HARRISON MILLS DRAINAGE AREA
Annual General Meeting Centennial Center in Municipal
Harrison teen heading to World Youth Day in Madrid Ruth
AltendorfFOR THE OBSERVER
Regina Wenk is only 18 years of age, but has achieved so much
After graduating with honour in eight subjects from Agassiz
senior secondary, she is now enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program
at the University of British Columbia.
Regina grew up in Harrison Hot Springs. She took dancing lessons
since she was ve years of age, was a member of the Agassiz High
School Band (one of her honour subjects) and has become an
accomplished dancer, musician and vocalist.
But while reading Reginas portfolio, it becomes quite clear
that, though she excelled in all her school subjects, she never
lost sight at all of the other parts of life and,
as a result, has a very well-rounded education.
She has been a member of the Agassiz St. Anthonys Youth Group,
has sponsored a ve year old boy from the Philippines, and has been
volunteering for the Harrison Festival of the Arts, to name only a
few of her endeavors.
Currently, while living at UBC, she is now a certi ed member of
the PS98 Music Ministry and is involved with a group of talented
The group will be part of a Grace and Gratitude Concert on
November 27, 2010 at the Christian School in Agassiz. Their aim is
to raise funds for a trip to the World Youth Day 2011 which will
take place in Madrid, Spain.
To take part in the World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney,
must have been an unforgettable experience for these young
Should you not be able to attend the concert in Agassiz, you can
help the group by buying their PS98 Grace and Gratitude CD which
will, and I quote, present stunning arrangements and sparklig
original compositions and share the amazing faith experience from
their journey to the World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia.
Should you be interested in more information, contact Emee Wenk,
the current St. Anthonys Youth Coordinator, at 604-796-3116.
While reading Reginas portfolio, I could not help but be very
I am looking forward to hear more about her in the future and
wish her the best in all her undertakings!Regina Wenk is
fundraising for a trip to attend World Youth
Day in Madrid next year.
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Church Christmas Tea, Bazaar & Bake Sale - Sat., Nov. 20th 1:30
- 3 pm Donations at the door. (Agassiz)
Preschool Storytime @ Agassiz Library. Every Friday, 10:15 am
Fun, stories, a little noise, a snack & coffee break too. Free
program, drop-in, all welcome.
Breakfast with Santa presented by Harrison Hot Springs Preschool
& After School Care & The Village of Harrison Hot Springs,
Saturday December 4 at HHS Elementary School Gym, 9am and 10:30am
seatings. Tickets $5. Includes pancake breakfast made fresh by
Oasis Bistro, craft table, colouring contest, story time with
librar-ian Terrell, music, and a raf e that includes a chance to
win a Nintendo DSI XL! For tickets call 604-796-8738.
Lego Build-Up @ Agassiz Library. Nov. 18, with a special
building day on Friday Nov. 19 at 3:30 pm. Awards day, Saturday,
Nov. 20. All ages welcome. FMI call your library 604-796-9510.
PS98 (Psalm 98) Music Minis-trys Grace and Grati