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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Taking Action to End Violence in Relationships

December 06 - National day of Remembrance and
Action on Violence against Women


DOVE (Delta Opposes Violence Everywhere) is a committee of community agencies working together to end violence in relationships. The Dove Committee came together in 2000 and consists of multiple community agencies including; Deltassist Family & Community Services, Delta Police Victim Services, Stroh Healthcare, Diversecity, Options, Family Justice Services, Delta School District, Delta/Surrey Community Corrections, Boys and Girls Club, Ministry for Children and Families and Delta Mental Health.
This committee works in a coordinated effort to end violence in all relationships by bringing about public awareness, as well as working to minimize potential gaps or duplications of services within Delta.

The Dove Committee is one of action and members of the committee will be visible in the community as December 06 - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women approaches.

December 01-06 DOVE Committee EVENTS:

• December 01-03 - Committee members will be hosting displays in three secondary schools in Delta in an effort to educate youth on the issues of relationship violence.

• Sunday December 05, in addition to hosting a display in South Delta Baptist Church, the DOVE committee will be receiving recognition and a special presentation from that congregation.

South Delta Baptist Church, Pastor Paul Johnson says, “As a church we recognize there are difficult circumstances faced by people in our community. We endeavor to help in prayerful, practical and meaningful ways. Supporting the work of the DOVE committee is one of many opportunities we have to make a positive impact in our community. We are pleased to make a financial contribution to DOVE from the Thanksgiving offerings that took place in our congregation through the month of October.”

On Monday Dec 6th the National Day of Remembrance, the DOVE committee will be accessible and provide resource information at a display in the Scottsdale Center ( 7100 block 120th St in North Delta) between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m.

DOVE focuses on ending violence in relationships through;

• Awareness and education – the committee educates the community by identifying different forms of violence that exist in all relationships. Dove is proactive in reaching all age and multicultural groups via outreach at various events through out the year.

• Providing referrals, support and resources – using a holistic approach Dove explores preventative options
looking at all aspects of violence from the victim, offender, to family members. Has developed various resources focusing on safety for adults, teens, and elderly.

• Practical Action – Emergency Care Kits; created and provided to those fleeing abuse.

Last year the DOVE Committee initiated the “Emergency Care Kits” for women, men and children leaving an abusive relationship. The nature of an abusive relationship, often require those involved to relocate suddenly without notice for safety reasons. Emergency Care Kits include basic items such as toiletries to get them through a critical time. With the support of the community the DOVE Committee was able to achieve its 2009 goal of creating 150 Emergency Care Kits. There is always a need for these short term necessities, if you wish to donate various supplies please visit the DOVE website at, deltaassist.com/dove.html or contact Jill Colley at jcolley@deltapolice.ca

DVD Releases Tuesday November 30, 2010

This Week's Top Pick:
The Twilight Saga: EclipseThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse In the third chapter in the Twilight franchise, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob -- knowing that her decision has the potential to re-ignite the ageless battle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life. Vitals: Director: David Slade. Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Billy Burke, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Gil Birgmingham, Christian Serratos. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 124 min., Fantasy-Drama, Box office gross: $295.9 million, Summit Entertainment. Due December 4
THIS WEEK'S DVD RELEASES:

Alarm (2008) Emmet Bergin, Ruth Bradley. A grieving woman, fed up with crime, leaves Dublin for the Irish countryside for a fresh start, but her new life is disturbed by a vendetta and her own suspicion towards her new neighbors and her old friends. (IFC Films).

Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition (1940, 1999) Available as a four-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (with both films, in DVD and Blu-ray versions) and a two-disc DVD with both films. Fantasia Extras: New audio commentary with Disney historian Brian Sibley; "Disney Family Museum" tour of the new Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, featuring a very large exhibit on Fantasia and most importantly, the Schultheis notebook with long lost Fantasia production notes found in the walls of a convent. Fantasia 2000 Extras: "Musicana," Walt Disney's late 1970's project intended as a "Fantasia" sequel with a focus on exploring other cultures via their greatest musical compositions. Fantasia Blu-ray adds: "Disney View" viewing mode maximizes the Blu-ray viewing experience with a 16 x 9 aspect ratio and original artwork created by a Disney artist, in a style that complements the beauty of the film; "The Shultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure" in-depth look at the recently discovered Schultheis Notebook, a detailed log created by Herman Schultheis, an effects man on "Fantasia," that intricately breaks down the film from a technical view (many of the special effects used in Fantasia were a mystery to modern day animators until this notebook was recovered); interactive art gallery and screensavers; commentaries from the "Fantasia Legacy Collection," one with executive producer Roy E. Disney, conductor James Levine, animation historian John Canemaker, and Scott McQueen, manager of film restoration, and one with interviews and story note recreations by Walt Disney, hosted by John Canemaker. Fantasia 2000 Blu-ray adds: "Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino" documentary explores the collaborative relationship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, revealing how and why the "Destino" short came to fruition under the lead of Roy E. Disney in 2003 so many years after its inception in 1946; "Destino," the legacy of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali lives on in this highly anticipated short film; "Disney's Virtual Vault" BD-Live Feature; original DVD bonus features from Legacy Collection. Four-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack: $45.99; two-disc DVD: $39.99. (Disney).

Going the Distance (2010) Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston. Extras: Additional scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (New Line).

Have Gun -- Will Travel: Season Five, Volume One (1961-62) Three-disc set, $42.99. (Paramount).

Iron Man -- Extremis (2010) Six episodes from the multi-part series in a unique replica of comic book-style packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. $14.97 Extras: A conversation with Adi Granov, behind-the-scenes look at Marvel Knights Animation, "Marvel Super Heroes: What The ? Starring Iron Man," "Visual History of Iron Man," music video. (Shout! Factory).

Knight and Day (2010) Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Marc Blucas, Maggie Grace. Available as a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: "Wilder Knights and Crazier Days" featurette, "Knight and Someday" featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Tom Cruise, two viral videos: "Soccer" and "Kick." Two-disc combo adds:" Boston Days and Spanish Knights," "Knight and Day: Story," "Knight and Day: Scope," BD-Live extras: "What's New," Live LookUp, "Not Your Regular Spy," excerpt from "Wilder Knights and Crazier Days"; Three-disc combo adds digital copy. (Fox).

Life in Flight (2008) Patrick Wilson, Amy Smart, Lynn Collins. A well-respected architect -- happily married with a beautiful wife and an adoring son -- begins to question his life when he colloaborates with a quirky young female urban designer on a huge development. (IFC Films).

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Foghorn Leghorn & Friends Barnyard Bigmouth. Fifteen cartoon shorts, 14 of which are new to DVD, $19.98. Intended for the adult collector and may not be suitable for children. (Warner).

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Tweety & Sylvester Feline Fwenzy. Showcases 15 of some of the best and brightest shorts featuring the popular canary and cat. All featured cartoons were previously released on DVD. Included are two Academy Award- winning cartoons: "Birds Anonymous" and the seminal "Tweetie Pie." Directed by legendary animator Friz Freleng, "Tweetie Pie" united a duo that appears in more than 40 Warner Bros. cartoon shorts and would go on to earn several other Oscar nominations through the years. $19.98. (Warner).

The Lucy Show: The Third Season (1964-65) Four-disc set with 26 episodes, $42.99. Extras: CBS Opening Materials: Whip 'n' Chill, LUX Liquid, Lux Beauty Soap, Dream Whip, Wisk, Log Cabin Syrup; "A Note About Color," "Lucy at the World's Fair," "Lucy and Jack Benny" (Intro), "The Danny Kaye Show," French clip, cast bios, production notes, photo gallery. (Paramount).

Meet the Fockers (2004) Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Nicole DeHuff, Jon Abrahams, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand. Available on standard DVD and in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: "Inside the Lit," "The Adventures of a Baby Wrangler," "Matt Lauer Meets The Fockers," commentary by director Jay Roach and editor/co-producer Jon Poll. (Universal).

Meet the Parents (2000) Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Nicole DeHuff, Jon Abrahams, Owen Wilson. Available on standard DVD and in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: Outtakes; deleted scenes; "De Niro Unplugged"; "The Truth About Lying"; "Silly Cat Tricks"; "Jay Roach: A Director's Profile"; commentary by director Jay Roach and editor Jon Poll; commentary by Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, director Jay Roach and producer Jane Rosenthal; "Take the Lie Detector Test" game; "The Forecaster" game. (Universal).

Monkey Monkey Music: The Videos With Meredith Levande (2010) A collection of 15 delightfully bright-eyed videos based on songs from award-winning children's musician Meredith Levande's first album, "Monkey Monkey Music With Meredith LeVande." The DVD inspires kids to "get up off the sofa," dance and sing along to an array of fun, rockin', energizing tunes that encourage movement and imagination. From jumping high, to exploring Chinatown, to flying around the country, LeVande's upbeat, educational music comes to life through a highly creative blending of live action videos and colorful animation. For ages 2-5. $19.99, available online at amazon.com, cdbaby.com, filmbaby.com, and monkeymonkeymusic.com. Due December 1.

Parks and Recreation: Season Two (2009) Four-disc set with 24 episodes, $39.98 Extras: Commentary on select episodes, blooper reel, "Pratt on Parks," "Mouse Rat Rocks the Wrap Party," "?uestlove on: Parks," "Parks and Recreation" theme song performed by Gabby Moreno, "Parks and Recreation" promos -- Winter Games. (Universal).

The Price of Pleasure (2008) Provocative documentary by Chyng Sun and XYZ explores commercial pornography as it increasingly becomes a part of American pop culture and how it has impacted our daily lives. A scholarly take, the film asks what happens when pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility are intertwined with our human responsibility. (Cinema Libre Studio).

Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Deluxe Edition (2004) AnnaSophia Robb, Mia Farrow, Jordan Bridges. Live-action film based on the popular line of American Girl books and 18-inch dolls that depict important times in America's past. Based on the books about Samantha Parkington, a 9-year-old orphan being raised by her wealthy and proper grandmother in 1904 New York. Extras: "Votes For Women: An American Girl: Samantha," "Mount Bedford News: A Victorian Wedding" featurette. (Warner).

The Sicilian Girl (2010 -- Italy) Veronica D'Agostino, Gerard Jugnot, Francesco Casisa, Marcello Mazzarella, Mario Pupella, Paolo Briguglia. Based on the true story of how 17-year-old Rita Atria broke the Sicilian Mafia's code of silence when she provided testimony about "The Family" after the murder of her father and brother, who were Mafia members as well. The prosecution was based on Rita's first-hand account of life within the Cosa Nostra (which she had scrupulously recorded in the diaries she kept since she was a child), and the trial that's depicted resulted in the conviction of a group of powerful Sicilian syndicate members. The event marked the first time a woman born into a mob-affiliated household would defy "The Family" and offer testimony about their nefarious activities. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette. (Music Box Films Home Entertainment).

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell, Omar Benson Miller, Monica Bellucci, Alice Krige. Available as a three-disc combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy; two-disc combo pack with DVD and Blu-ray, and single-disc DVD. Extras: "The Making of the Sorcerer's Apprentice," deleted scene. Blu-ray extras: Behind the scenes featurettes: "Magic in the City," "The Science of Sorcery," "Making Magic Real," "The Fashionable Drake Stone," "The Grimhold: An Evil Work of Art," "The Encantus," "Wolves & Puppies," "The World's Coolest Car"; deleted scenes, outtakes. (Disney).

The Special Relationship (2010) Michael Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Hope Davis, Helen McCrory. In 1993, Tony Blair was a rising young star in British politics. Three years later he ran for Prime Minister -- and began a "special relationship" with U.S. President Bill Clinton that endured through triumph, conflict and personal scandal. (HBO).

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Billy Burke, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Gil Birgmingham, Christian Serratos. Available as a single-disc DVD, a single-disc Blu-ray, a double-disc DVD special edition, and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The single-disc editions are movie only. Two-disc special edition extras: Deleted and extended scenes, commentary with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, commentary with Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey, photo gallery, six-part "making of" documentary, music videos, "Edward Fast-Forward": Jump to all your favorite Edward scenes, "Jacob Fast-Forward": Jump to all your favorite Jacob scenes. Blu-ray/DVD combo adds "Fast-Forward: Love Triangle," "Fast-Forward: The Cullens," "Fast-Forward: The Wolfpack," "Fast-Forward: The Humans," "Fast-Forward: Victoria's Army." (Summit Entertainment). Due December 4.

Valhalla Rising (2009 -- U.K.) Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis, Ewan Stewart. A brutally beautiful Viking film with international star that centers on One Eye, a chained prisoner forced to fight to the death for the entertainment of his captors. When One Eye escapes, he stumbles upon a group of warriors headed to the Crusades. But fate has something else in store, as the men drift into the New World, where savages stalk them one by one in increasingly violent ways. Is One Eye an avenging angel or just the guiltiest of them all? (IFC Films).

Vampires Suck (2010) Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Diedrich Bader, Chris Riggi, Ken Jeong, Anneliese van der Pol. Available as a single-disc DVD with both theatrical and unrated extended versions, and as a two-disc Blu-ray Disc with both the theatrical and unrated extended versions. Extras: Five deleted scenes, gag reel. Blu-ray adds four more deleted scenes, BD Live and a digital copy. (Fox).

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Burns Bog Society Launches Lawsuit Against Feds

LAWSUIT LAUNCHED OVER ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON BURNS BOG

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 – Delta, B.C. – The Burns Bog Conservation Society announced today that it has delivered a statement of claim to Federal court office. The Society claims that the Federal Government has violated the conservation covenant to protect Burns Bog.

“The construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road will have a significant impact to the health and well being of residents, plants and animals alike,” said Eliza Olson, President, Burns Bog Conservation Society. “Our Governments have failed to conduct a thorough and credible analysis of the environmental impact of paving a highway through Burns Bog, over valuable farmland, and along the Fraser River.”

The freeway will cause irreparable harm to critical habitats of the Fraser delta including the bog, farmland, and the forests and wetlands located in Surrey and North Delta. As such, Burns Bog Conservation Society, with a grant from West Coast Environmental Law, has hired Vancouver lawyer Jay Straith to advocate on their behalf.

“The governments have failed to honour their commitment to protect Burns Bog under a Conservation Covenant and Management Plan signed by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, and the Corporation of Delta,” said lawyer Jay Straith. “They must be held accountable for their actions and negligence.”

Further, the Federal Government has violated public trust, and ignored their fiduciary duty to protect the environment, by carrying out the development of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. The development contravenes the laws outlined in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Federal Species at Risk Act in the following ways:

  • Fails to ensure that the Federal Environmental Assessment of the South Fraser Perimeter Road was considered in a careful and precautionary manner, to avoid adverse environmental effects
  • Fails to disclose the use of Federal lands for the purpose of enabling the project to be carried out
  • Fails to protect endangered species such as the Pacific Water Shrew
  • Fails to meet the legal requirement of assessing the overall cumulative effects of the South Fraser
  • Perimeter Road, in combination with related Gateway Projects such as the Delta Port expansion and Golden Ears Bridge.

Eliza Olson, president of the Burns Bog Conservation Society, is one of ten finalists in CBC's Champions of Change contest. If she wins, Burns Bog will get $25,000 which would help pay for the lawsuit. If you haven't already, please go to CBC's Champions of Change and vote for Eliza. You can vote up to ten times, and can cast all of your votes today.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DVD Releases Tuesday November 23, 2010

This Week's Top Pick:
The ExpendablesThe Expendables A hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things arent quite as they appear, and they find themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose. Fearless and void of emotion, he is the leader, the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe. His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors. The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Jet Li), a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture), a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons.

When the mysterious Church offers Barney a job no one else would take, Barney and his team embark on what appears to be a routine mission: overthrow General Gaza (David Zayas), the murderous dictator of the small island country of Vilena and end the years of death and destruction inflicted on its people. On a reconnaissance mission to Vilena, Barney and Christmas meet their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie), a local freedom-fighter with a dark secret. They also come to learn who their true enemy is: rogue ex-CIA operative James Monroe (Eric Roberts) and his henchman Paine (Steve Austin). When things go terribly wrong, Barney and Christmas are forced to leave Sandra behind, essentially giving her a death sentence. Haunted by this failure, Barney convinces the team to return to Vilena to rescue the hostage and finish the job he started. Vitals: Director: Sylvester Stallone. Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Giselle Itie, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Charisma Carpenter, David Zayas, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: R, 103 min., Action, Box office gross: $102.516 million, Lionsgate.
THIS WEEK'S DVD RELEASES:

Ancient Aliens: The Complete Season One (2010) Three-disc set with 5 episodes, $29.95. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Animal Tales (2010) An animal-themed collection of episodes from Barney ("Pets"), Bob the Builder ("Scruffty on Guard"), Thomas & Friends ("Thomas and the Golden Eagle"), Fireman Sam ("Baa Baa Baby") and Kipper ("Cakes and Tails"), $14.98. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).

Batman Beyond: The Complete Series. Nine-disc set with all 52 episodes from Seasons 1-3, $99.98. Extras: Commentaries; season retrospectives; featurettes: "Tomorrow Knight: The Batman Reborn," "Gotham: City of the Future," "The High Tech Hero"; four-page, 8"x 12" collectible booklet. (Warner).

Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2000, 2002) Lindsay Crouse, Meredith Monroe, Richard Thomas, Skye Bartusiak, Walton Goggins, Tess Harper. Parts 1 and 2. (Paramount)

Countdown to Zero (2010) Traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Extras: Deleted scenes, additional interviews, archival footage, Ploughshares Fund PSA. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

David Bowie: Rare and Unseen (2009) A look at the British actor, musician and producer who has lead the pop music scene for five decades. Most famous for his alter-ego, the ostentatious, androgynous "Ziggy Stardust" during the glam-rock era of the early 1970s, Bowie has continually reinvented his music and image and is regarded as an influential innovator. Uses missing-believed-wiped archive interviews and rare and unseen footage. $14.95. (MVD Entertainment).

The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan, Gemma Arterton. Two masked men kidnap the daughter of a millionaire but their plan goes awry when she fights back and turns the tables on them. Extras: Commentary by director J. Blakeson, storyboard featurettes, extended scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (WestEnd Films).

Eat Pray Love (2009) Julia Roberts, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem. Includes both theatrical and director's cut. Extras: "Ryan Murphy's Journey With Eat Pray Love" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds "Eat Pray Love: The Beginning of the Journey" featurette, "Finding Balance" featurette, "Praying in India" featurette. (Sony).

Exhibit A (2007 -- U.K.) Brittany Ashworth, Bradley Cole, Angela Forrest, Oliver Lee. A young girl's video camera documentation of her family's financial and emotional deterioration ... and then the unimaginable. Extras: "Making of" featurette, behind-the-scenes footage, bonus teaser trailers, more. (IndiePix).

The Expendables (2010) Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Giselle Itie, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Charisma Carpenter, David Zayas, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray/DVD Combo with digital copy. (Lionsgate)

Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles (2008 -- TV) Amy Acker, Tom Wisdom, John Rhys-Davies, Arnold Vosloo. A peaceful kingdom is invaded by a fire dragon. (Entertainment One).

Flipped (2010) Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney, Penelope Ann Miller, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Weisman, Morgan Lily, Ryan Ketzner, Gillian Pfaff. Extras: "Anatomy of a near Kiss" featurette. Also available as a Blu-ray/Combo Pack with digital copy. (Warner).

If You Could Say It With Words (2009) Marin Ireland, Gerry Lehanea. A painter with undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome challenges a young woman's conventional idea of romance and his own understanding of love. (Vanguard Cinema).

I'm Still Here (2010) Casey Affleck's documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. Is it truth or fiction? Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, alternate ending outtakes, more. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

Jolene (2010) Jessica Chastain, Dermot Mulroney, Theresa Russell, Chazz Palminteri, Rupert Friend, Michael Vartan, Denise Richards, Donald Sutherland. Jolene is a red-haired wanderer who isn't content to call one place home for any expended stretch of time. Setting off to explore the outside world at age 15, the free-spirited teen embarks on a decade-long cross-country of adventure which finds her crossing the paths of everyone from a firebrand Texan who steals her heart and destroys her marriage to his wealthy fundamentalist nephew, to an ex-mobster attempting to make good in Las Vegas. Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed short story. (Entertainment One).

Journal of a Contract Killer (2008) Justine Powell, Jake Canuso, Marco Gambino, Adam Leese. A high-class hooker and assassin for the Italian Mob, now a single mother working in London as a waitress, is forced by the mob to do one last job. The hit goes wrong and her daughter is kidnapped ... but the mob didn't figure on her capacity for revenge. (Vanguard Cinema).

Leather Jacket Love Story (1997) Sean Tataryn, Christipher Bradley. A tough-as-nails biker and a naive young poet search for love in bohemian L.A. (Entertainment One).

LennonNYC (2010) The recent documentary on the years John Lennon spent living in new York City; aired on American Masters as part of the celebration of Lennon's 70th birthday. Following the breakup of the Beatles, the film follows Lennon and Yoko Ono as they moved to Manhattan in 1971, where he sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life. At the same time, he created some of the most acclaimed songs and albums of his career. He also remained highly active in the anti-war movement as well as numerous other progressive political causes. With unprecedented and exclusive cooperation from Yoko Ono, access to never-before seen material from the Lennon archives, conversations with his closest confidants -- Ono, Elton John, David Geffen, the photographer Bob Gruen -- and rare recordings of Lennon's greatest solo hits. $24.95. (A&E Home Entertainment).

Love Shack (2010) Mark Feuerstein, Michael B. Silver, Pete Gardner, Molly Hagan, Diora Baird. Porn industry spoof centers on a dysfunctional "family" of adult film stars for a memorial porn shoot following the death of a legendary producer. Along the way, the film's hapless director must contend with dueling Divas, bickering couples, emotionally-scarred tag-team brothers, and a dominatrix with low self-esteem. Extras: Deleted scenes. (Strand Releasing).

Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Twelfth Season (1995-96) Five-disc set with all 24 episodes of the final season, $49.98. (Universal).

A Nanny for Christmas (2010) Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain, Cynthia Gibb, Richard Ruccolo. Romantic comedy about a smart and sassy business woman searching for a new job who gets a gig as a nanny at Christmas time, and receives a gift she never expected. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Not Since You (2009) Desmond Harrington, Kathleen Robertson, Christian Kane, Jon Abrahams, Sunny Mabrey. A romantic drama about a tight-knit group of college friends who graduated from NYU the year of 9/11 and reunite years later for a weekend wedding in Georgia, where unresolved conflicts and love affairs come to the fore. (Monarch Home Video).

The Pillars of the Earth (2009) Donald Sutherland, Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Rufus Sewell. Three-disc uncut set of the eight-part Starz miniseries based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel about an idealistic mason who sets out on a quest to erect a glorious Cathedral bathed in light during England's Dark Ages -- and runs up against a conspiracy of secrets. $59.95 Extras: "The Making of The Pillars of the Earth," "Visual Effects Progression," "Main Titles Progression." Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Sony).

Presenting Roger Corman's ... Best of the B's Collection 3: Escape From Prison! Three-disc set with five digitally remastered, full-length women-in-prison feature films: "Swamp Women" (1955)," Women in Cages" (1971), "The Big Bust Out" (1973) "The Hot Box" (1972), "High School Big Shot" (1959). $29.98. Extras: Classic Corman film trailer. (Infinity Entertainment Group).

7th Heaven: The Final Season (2006-07) Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.99. (CBS/Paramount).

Shaolin Mantis (1978 -- Hong Kong) A young scholar recruited by the Emperor to infiltrate the Tien Clan in order to get evidence of the clan's connection to Ming loyalists and anti-Ching activities. If Wei fails in his mission, his own well-connected family will be punished. As the plot thickens, the young man goes into the wild to observe a praying mantis to develop the mantis style of fighting to save the day. (Weinstein/Vivendi Entertainment).

The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection. Forty-DVD set with all 100 digitally-preserved hour-long episodes -- including three presented in their original two-hour broadcast versions, all remastered from the original, uncut broadcast versions. The set also contains more than 17 hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by new, in-depth interviews with Lee Majors (Col. Steve Austin) and Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman) among others. Also included will be the three pilot TV movies ("The Six Million Dollar Man," "Wine, Women and War" and "Solid Gold Kidnapping"), the three reunion TV movies ("The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman," "Bionic Showdown" [featuring Sandra Bullock] and "Bionic Ever After?"), the never-before-released cross-over episodes of "The Bionic Woman," 17 original featurettes, audio commentaries and more. $239.95 from Time-Life. Preorders: 6mdm.com.

Space Precinct: The Complete Series (1994-95) Five-disc set with 24 episodes of the live-action/animated series about the extraterrestrial adventures of two NYPD detectives who are transferred to the Demeter City police force on the planet Altor. Created by animation genius Gerry Anderson. $49.98. (Image Entertainment).

Strictly Ballroom Special Edition (1992) Dir.: Baz Luhrmann; Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson, Gia Carides. Extras: New mini documentary "Strictly Ballroom: From Stage to Screen," "Samba to Slow Fox" featurette, commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catheriine Martin and John O'Connell, photo gallery. (Disney).

The Tudors: The Complete Series (2007-10) Sixteen-disc set, $129.98. Extras: "Hirst's Castle" interview with Michael Hirst discussing the creation and writing process of "The Tudors" series; "Reviving History" featurette on the adaptation of the Tudors story to modern audiences; "Royal Manners" etiquette featurette; "Poetic License" interactive quiz; "Henry's Wives Club"; "History of the Tudor Rose"; "Medieval Arms"; "Tracking the Tudor Dynasty"; "Wheel of Misfortune"; deleted scenes; blooper reel; "Tudors 500th Anniversary: Hampton Court"; "Tudors 500th Anniversary: Tower of London"; "Tudors 500th Anniversary: British Library." (CBS/Paramount).

12 Men of Christmas (2009) Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Chlumsky, Josh Hopkins. When die-hard New Yorker and publicist E.J. Baxter (Chenoweth) loses both her high-powered Manhattan job and her lawyer-fiance at her office Christmas party, she winds up taking a job and moving to Montana. To help the local search-and-rescue station raise desperately needed funds, she convinces the male rescue workers to pose for a naked calendar, winning the heart of one of the pin-ups. Extras: Interactive calendar using images from the film. (Fox).

The Winning Season (2009) Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Margo Martindale, Rob Corddry. A has-been coach is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.Extras: Commentary by director James C. Strouse. (Lionsgate).

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Re-zoning ROW Could Cost Delta Millions

Tsawwassen Power LinesMayor and Council,

The overwhelming opposition expressed by Tsawwassen residents resulted in the Mayor’s declaration last Thursday that the poorly conceived Tsawwassen Area Plan would be abandoned. However, the part of the plan dealing with higher density, town homes, condos, etc., on the power line properties along 53A Street requires further attention. The advantages and suitability of such development on the power line properties along 53A, specifically for the section between 8A and 16th Avenue, were identified early in the community’s opposition against BC Transmission Corporation’s (now BC Hydro) proposal for the new high voltage transmission lines through Tsawwassen. The suggestion was at the time made on the premise that the power lines would be relocated away from the existing Tsawwassen Right-of-Way, and all soil contamination appropriately excavated and removed from the many affected properties. The new lines and tall, steel poles are clear evidence that the lines are here to stay, committed contamination clean-up was not conducted, and the residents will continue to be affected by all negative aspects associated with the lines and the ROW.

The electromagnetic radiation and corona will increase with an escalating power demand on Vancouver Island, and the resulting controversial health aspects will persist. Signed affidavits presented to the BC Utilities Commission by the property owners in 2006 established that 43 percent of ROW households had experienced one or more incidents of cancer illnesses or deaths. While this was dismissed by the authorities as inconclusive, it remains a significant fact and concern, and exposing an even larger number of residents to these hazards would be reprehensible. Creosote associated soil contamination, proven through soils analysis, exceeding levels allowed by B.C. Contaminated Sites Regulation, exists on many properties.

Future potential liabilities and litigation which may arise as a result of health problems and soil contamination clean-up costs related to the ROW must remain the sole responsibility of BC Hydro and the BC Government. The Corporation of Delta should therefore exercise extreme caution with respect to rezoning or issuing of development permits and other permits which could be construed as Delta accepting responsibility for any of these inherent negative aspects of the ROW properties. Otherwise, the Corporation, and consequently all Delta taxpayers, could be exposed to numerous future litigation and soil contamination clean-up costs, which could run into tens of millions of dollars!

Karsten Holmsen

Delta

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

By Debbie McBride - Beneath cloudy skies and standing in a brisk cold breeze, over a hundred people took part in an intimate and moving Remembrance Day service at Delta Heritage Airpark. This was the fifth year Delta Heritage Airpark, which is located at the foot of 104 St. in Delta, has held a Remembrance Day service.
The ceremony is centered around the flagpole located near the grass landing strip and heritage hangers which house numerous recreational aircraft.

The start of the service is signalled by the rumbling flyover of World War II aircraft taking off from nearby Boundary Bay Airport. These Warbirds then continue on to participate in Remembrance Day services located throughout Metro Vancouver.

The service continued as words of remembrance, including the reading of In Flanders Fields, were spoken and the flag lowered to half-mast. Serving as Colour Guards were members of 655 Richmond Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets, who also provided Bugler Sgt Asheesh Jagdeo.

The haunting strains of Last Post, the observance of two minutes of silence and Reveille were all the more poignant as birdsong surrounded the diverse crowd of all ages who had come to pay their respect to and honour all those who had sacrificed so much.

Wreaths were placed in memory of All Veterans by Larry Thomson and Tony Swain and for Commonwealth Airmen by Ralph Rowe. At the end of the service a number of people placed their poppies on this wreath which was later taken to and placed at the little known Commonwealth Airmen Memorial Garden in Stanley Park.
What makes this service so unique is the time of personal reflection that is open to all in attendance. During this time people spoke of those they had known during times of war and shared their stories in a personal and touching time that isn’t possible in larger, more formal ceremonies.

The service was then concluded by the singing of O Canada led by 10 year old Isabelle Hui Bon Hoa and the flypast of the returning Warbirds and a formation flight of nine single engine aircraft from Delta Heritage Airpark.
After the ceremony all were invited to the Airpark coffee shop to partake in a chili lunch hosted by the Airpark and the Recreational Aircraft Association Chapter 85.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

TAP Gate - Who's to blame for botched Tsawwassen Area Plan?

Will Anyone Lose Their Job Over Failed TAP Bylaw?


Editorial by Elvis Glazier - It's pretty rare that I wait so long to jump on a story as juicy as the failed Tsawwassen Area Plan debacle. It's taken me this long for the ramifications of “TAP Gate” to sink in and I really wanted to see the media reaction and political spin before weighing in. The bombshell announcement by Delta Mayor Lois Jackson to end the public hearing was like watching bugs scramble as the rock was lifted exposing them to the elements. Of course in this analogy the bugs are Delta's mayor, councilors, chief administrative officer, and planning staff.

I freely admit that I have been quite critical of the planning process from the onset. Having attended almost every meeting open to the public I have watched this train wreck unfold into this complete failure that concluded with the mayor conceding defeat and stopping the bylaw dead in its tracks.

But now that it’s over the question that is on everyone's minds, especially in Tsawwassen is:

Will anyone lose their job for this waste of taxpayer time and money?


Let's examine the people involved:

Councilor Bruce McDonald, TAP Chairman?

Watching Councilor Bruce McDonald chair the TAP committee was every bit as entertaining as watching 'Mutiny on the Bounty'. His committee didn't really come to a consensus in the end and there were even threats of minority reports by factions with the committee. McDonald's Captain Bligh character played perfectly as he took every opportunity to push through Delta's agenda, even though there were definite concerns expressed by the committee and alarm bells raised by residents. It became very clear (to me) early on that this plan was being conceived in a vacuum without any semblance of public input. If I were a member of the TAP committee I would be calling for his resignation from council (or at least a promise not to run again) for allowing this to happen. Defiant to the bitter end, McDonald chastised "crusading citizen groups" for hi-jacking his committee by seeking nothing more than some public input in their community's area plan. I don't know how the man who fancied himself mayor is going to survive TAP-Gate unscathed. My prediction is this will be the end of McDonald's tenure. If it isn't then my faith in the electorate teeming with” crusading citizen groups” will hit an all time low.

Mayor Lois Jackson?

The Mayor espoused her epiphany and called an end to the public hearing curiously right before her former mayoral adversary Krista Englland was scheduled to speak. The real question is how did this bylaw get this far in the first place? Is the Mayor not familiar with a plan that has been almost two years in the making. How many terms does it take to gauge public sentiment? Perhaps the Mayor was more interested in selling softwood lumber to the tropics than dealing with an area plan in the city she's supposed to serve. Listening to the Mayor applaud herself for killing the flawed bylaw borders on the ridiculous. Perhaps the better question is, how many terms does it take before you become completely out of touch with your constituency? Terminating the public hearing robbed the public of finally giving this Mayor proper public input in a legal forum. Praising yourself for suppressing the public is a political skill-set that can only be honed over time. To then say publicly that the area plan is committee work and not council work just goes to show that this council doesn’t work. Jackson’s apparent lack of interest and leadership on this issue signals to me that it’s time for her to have a serious soul search before penning her name on any future nomination papers.

CAO George Harvie and Delta City Planning Staff?

Since it seems that Jackson has abdicated her responsibility as mayor because she's been too busy playing the head of Metro and it's far easier to just let the bureaucracy run the city, we need to examine what George Harvie’s role is in TAP Gate. What influence did Harvie have in hiring city planners Tom Leathem and Barry Konkin? They were brought in to Delta with a background of doing large development projects. It is no secret that there aren’t many spots that would be remotely suitable for Surrey type of developments. With the fight for the Southlands lost, they were really only left with the town center and the area under the power lines.

In fact, Leathem and Konkin are both on the record as saying that the plan was a staff driven document and all they wanted was some resident input. The problem for them, in retrospect, is they didn't know what to do once the citizens actually took over the process because that wasn't supposed to happen. For that fact alone the City of Delta needs to re-examine what our land use policy should look like and hire staff that reflects this vision.

Council?

I recently read a retraction in the Vancouver Province that read, "The Municipality of Delta has not endorsed a plan for multi-family properties under the controversial power lines." It may be true that the municipality didn't endorse the idea, but I don't believe the same can be said for Council. This area plan was almost two years in the making followed by first and second reading and still this council voted to send the bylaw to public hearing. That is an endorsement in my view. When ,during the first two readings, did someone speak up and denounce the bylaw for even suggesting the idea of building under the power lines? I heard Councilor Anne Pedersen make an attempt at discussing it but nothing with vigour and stature. No desk pounding, filibustering, or finger wagging. Pedersen and King were either powerless or unwilling to take on Mayor Jackson and her council of DIVA’s. They have the numbers and they run council with an iron fist. I will exclude newly anointed DIVA councilor Ian Paton Jr. from blame as he has just had the good fortune of joining council, but fellow DIVA members Robert Campbell and Scott Hamilton have run roughshod over this council with the help of McDonald.

I believe a good case could be made to get rid of any number of politicians and bureaucrats involved in TAP Gate. To see such an expensive process take so long and come up with a solution so far removed from the will of the people that the entire exercise is destroyed must not be allowed to go unpunished. Will TAP Gate be the rallying point for the electorate to demand drastic change with their municipal politicians? If the electorate decides to vote against wasteful spending and shutting out the public from civic process, then I believe Delta will follow the nationwide trend and demand change.

The only question now is who, besides the taxpayers of Delta, will pay?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

DVD Releases Tuesday November 9, 2010

This Week's Top Pick:
Scott Pilgrim vs. The WorldScott Pilgrim vs. the World photo Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It's getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart's ass -- and now is back in town -- to the teenage distraction he's trying to shake when he finally meets the woman of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), love hasn't been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues gallery from her past -- from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins -- all told, seven evil exes who are coming to kill him. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over. Vitals: Director: Edgar Wright. Stars: Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 112 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $30.438 million, Universal.
THIS WEEK'S DVD RELEASES:

Antichrist (2009) Lars von Trier ("Europa," "Breaking the Waves," "Dancer in the Dark") shook up the film world when he premiered "Antichrist" at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. In this graphic psychodrama, a grief-stricken man and woman -- Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg -- retreat to a cabin deep in the woods after the accidental death of their infant son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other. But this most confrontational work yet from one of contemporary cinema's most controversial artists is no mere provocation. It is a visually sublime, emotionally ravaging journey to the darkest corners of the possessed human mind; a disturbing battle of the sexes that pits rational psychology against age-old superstition; and a profoundly effective horror film. New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Lars von Trier and supervised by director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle. Extras: Commentary by von Trier and professor Murray Smith; video interviews with von Trier and actors Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg; collection of video pieces delving into the production of "Antichrist," including interviews with von Trier and key members of his filmmaking team as well as behind-the-scenes footage; "Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Film Festival 2009," a documentary on the film's world premiere, plus press interviews with Dafoe and Gainsbourg; booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).

Barney: Best Fairy Tales (2010) Nine classic fairy tales as only Barney could tell them: "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Three Billy Goats Gruff," "Shoemaker & Elves," "The Sharing Hen," "Little Boy Blue," "Three Little Kittens," "Tortoise and the Hare" and "Girl Who Cried Wolf." $14.98. Extras: "Super-Dee-Duper Shape" game. (HIT Entertainment/Lionsgate).

The Boondocks: The Complete Third Season (2010) Three-disc set with 15 uncensored episodes of the Adult Swim series, $49.95. Extras: Commentaries, "Slink on the Street: Who is Your Favorite Character?", animatic to screen comparisons, Seung Eun Kim sketch photo gallery. (Sony).

The Brazen Bull (2010) Michael Madsen, Jennifer Tisdale, Rachel Hunter, David Frank Fletcher Jr. Trapped in an abandoned warehouse, a woman and her real-estate investing fiance inadvertently fall prey to a terrorizing killer on the loose. Extras: Making-of featurette, interviews. (Virgil Films & Entertainment). Californication: The Third Season (2009) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $42.99 (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).

Californication: The Third Season (2009) Two-disc set with 12 episodes, $42.99 (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).

Californication: Three Season Pack (2007-09) All three seasons, $117.98. (Showtime/CBS/Paramount).

Car Bomb (2008) Forget about nuclear missiles; the decisive weapon of the 21st century is the car bomb. With just a trunk load of home-made explosives and a battered old car, terrorists can intimidate a goverernment and a population. Featuring footage of car bomb attacks and interviews with car bombers, ex-CIA agent Robert Baer reveals how the century of the car turned into the century of the car bomb. And, surprisingly, he starts the story with what may be the first "car" bombing of them all: a horse drawn wagon laden with dynamite that was detonated outside the J.P. Morgan bank on Wall Street on Sept. 16, 1920. $19.98. (The Disinformation Co.)

Charlie St. Cloud (2010) Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger, Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew, Donal Logue. Extras: Deleted scenes, "On Location With Zac Efron." "Zac Efron: Leading Man," "The In-Between World," commentary by director Burr Steers. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Universal),

DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection Four animated shorts featuring characters from the celebrated DC Comics vault: "Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam," "The Spectre," "Jonah Hex" and "Green Arrow." Extras: Four additional bonus TV series episodes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc, which adds commentaries. (Warner).

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series (2010) Six-disc set with 13 episodes, $79.98. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan star as the new Doctor (the 11th) and his companion Amy Pond. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (BBC/Warner).

Don't Look Back (2009 -- France) Sophie Marceau, Monica Bellucci, Andrea Di Stefano. Jeanne (Sophie Marceau) is a successful biographer, who, against the advice of her publisher, decides to write a novel based on her own life experiences. As she becomes consumed by her work, she starts to uncover a series of disturbing changes happening to her life. The world around her -- her home, her family, her life -- are beginning to transform into something beyond her recognition. Then she realizes that she too is changing ... her body is beginning to change, and her physical features are slowly morphing into that of another woman (Monica Bellucci). Yet, no one around her seems to notice. (IFC/MPI Media Group).

The Dry Land (2010) Ryan O'Nan, America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Jason Ritter, Wilmer Valderrama. A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences with the life and family he left in Texas. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Maya Entertainment).

Elia Kazan Film Collection. Eighteen-disc DVD gift set of Elia Kazan films, including "A Letter to Elia," Martin Scorsese's new documentary exploring the life and talent of the director, which will air on PBS' "American Masters" On October 4. The full collection, in addition to the documentary, includes: " A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945), "Boomerang!" (1947)," Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), "Pinky" (1949), "Panic in the Streets" (1950), "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), "Viva Zapata!" (1952), "Man on a Tightrope" (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955), "Baby Doll" (1956), "A Face in the Crowd"(1957), "Wild River" (1960), "Splendor in the Grass" (1961), and "America, America" (1963). Of the collection, 5 films have never before been released on DVD: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," "Viva Zapata!", "Man on a Tightrope," "Wild River" and "America, America." $199.98. Includes a commemorative book.(Fox).

Elmo and Friends: The Letter Quest (2010) Three magical adventures, $12.96. (Warner).

The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection (1985-92) Twenty-one disc set with 180 episodes, $149.99. Extras: "Thank You for Being a Friend" featurette; "Go for the Gold" trivia challenge; "Golden Moments" compilation of the biggest laughs; "The Golden Girls" scrapbook of each Golden Girl's funniest moments; exclusive insights and commentaries with Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White; fashion commentary. (Disney).

Grown Ups (2010) Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph. Available as a single disc Blu-ray and DVD and a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack. Extras: Bloopers, gag reel, "Laughing is Contagious" and "The Cast of Grown Ups" featurettes. Blu-ray adds Deleted scenes, "Riff-O-Rama" blooper reel, commentary by director Dennis Dugan, "Dennis Dugan: Hands on Director" featurette, "The Lost Tapes of Norm MacDonald" featurette, "Busey and the Monkey" featurette, movieIQ+sync and BD-Live. Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack includes a digital copy. (Sony).

Hunt to Kill (2010) Steve Austin, Marie Avgeropoulos, Gil Bellows, Emilie Ullerup, Eric Roberts, Michael Eklund. Steve Austin stars as U.S. Border Patrol agent Jim Rhodes, a tough divorcee mourning the loss of his murdered partner while struggling to raise his rebellious daughter in the mountains of Montana. When a crew of trigger-happy fugitives takes Rhodes' daughter hostage and leave him for dead, all hell breaks loose. Extras: Commentary with director Keoni Waxman and actor Michael Eklund, "Behind-the-Scenes of Hunt to Kill" featurette. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Ice Blues: A Donald Strachey Mystery (2008) Fourth installment in the critically-acclaimed series featuring America's best-known gay private investigator, based on the best-selling novels by Richard Stevenson. (Entertainment One).

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) In his short life, Jean-Michel Basquiat was an international superstar in the art scene and pop-culture, creating thousands of paintings, dating Madonna, befriending and collaborating with Andy Warhol, walking on the runway for Comme des Garcons, and appearing in a Debbie Harry video. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public at large, Basquiat was an international star. Directed by Basquiat's friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis ("Billy Madison"), this is the definitive documentary on one of the most captivating figures of the contemporary art world. Containing one of the only full-length interviews on film or video Basquiat ever made, the film captures the legendary artist at the height of his career -- which was cut short when he died due to a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988, at the age of 27. Extras: Interview with the director. (Arthouse Films/New Video).

Lie to Me: Season Two (2009-10) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.99. Extras: Deleted scenes, Dr. Ekman's blog, "Dr. Ekman/Dr. Lightman -- Lie Detection Tutorial," "Eli Loker-- An Honest Man." (Fox).

Light Gradient (2009 -- Germany) Sebastian Schlecht, Eric Golub. A young gay couple travel to the countryside to get to know each other better, and find paradise -- or so they think. (Strand Releasing).

Love Ranch (2010) Dir.: Taylor Hackford; Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, Scout Taylor-Compton, Bai Ling, Taryn Manning. Fictionalized account of the incredible true story of the proprietors of Nevada's first legalized brothel in the late 1970s. Extras: Commentary by Mirren and Hackford, deleted scenes. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (National Entertainment Media).

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XIX (2010) Four-disc set featuring never-before-released MST3K Episodes "Robot Monster," "Bride of the Monster," "Devil Doll" and "Devil Fish," $69.97. Extras: New introduction by J. Elvis Weinstein; cult filmmaker Larry Blamir's full-fledged geek-out on "Robot Monster," new featurettes on "Bride of the Monster" and "Devil Doll," "MST3K: Origins and Beyond from CONvergence 2009," original movie trailers, four exclusive MST3K mini-posters by artist Steve Vance, figurine of Gypsy, the perfect companion to the Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo figurines included in previous year-end Mystery Science Theater 3000 box sets. (Shout! Factory).

Ramona and Beezus (2010) Selena Gomez, Joey King, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Duhamel, Jason Spevack, Sandra Oh. Coming-of-age comedy -- based on the best-selling books by Beverly Cleary -- follows the misadventures of grade-schooler Ramona and her older sister Beezus. Available as a single-disc standard DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Extras: Gag reel, deleted Scenes, "My Ramona" with author Beverly Cleary, "Show & Tell Film School" with tips and tricks on how kids can make their own movie. Blu-ray adds "A Day in the Life of Joey King," Selena and Joey audition footage, "Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School" with director Elizabeth Allen, digital copy. (Fox).

Robin-B-Hood (2006 -- Hong Kong) Jackie Chan, Michael Hui, Louis Koo, Charlene Choi, Biao Yuen. Jackie Chan plays a gambler who turns to burglary to pay his debts. But when his buddies try to score a big payout by kidnapping a baby, he finds himself in an entirely new mess. (Vivendi Entertainment).

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Machine Limited Edition Collection. Seven-disc set with 41 episodes, plus an eighth disc of bonus features, housed in a molded-plastic Mystery Machine case, $79.95. (Warner).

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh. Extras: Commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and author Bryan Lee O'Malley; technical commentary with director/producer/co-writer Edgar Wright and director of photography Bill Pope; cast commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh; cast commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber; trivia track; deleted and alternate scenes; "Scott Pilgrim vs. the Bloopers"; behind-the-scenes photo galleries including Edgar Wright's photo blog; production photos, art galleries and marketing concepts. Also available as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack, which adds U-Control: storyboard picture-in-picture; insider documentaries; alternate footage and alternative edits to the film; pre-production featurette that takes a look inside the film's pre-production process including storyboards, pre-visualizations, animatics, motion capture tests, rehearsal footage, casting tapes, hair/make-up tests and more; "The Music of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,": including four complete music videos and video remixes from DJ Osymyso; visual effects; sound work; Adult Swim: "Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation"; "Scott Pilgrim vs the Censors": TV-safe version; behind-the-scenes production blogs by Edgar Wright from the set trailers and TV spots; Pocket Blu; and BD-Live. (Universal).

Secret Origins: The Story of DC Comics (2010) A look at the history of the comic book publication that launched such legendary characters as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman; $24.98. (Warner).

Sherlock (2010) Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman. BBC modern-day update of the famous sleuth. Extras: Commentaries, making-of featurette, pilot episode. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (BBC/Warner).

Stuck! (2009) Starina Johnson, Karen Black, Jane Wiedlin, Susan Traylor, Mink Stole, Stacy Cunningham. Homage to film noir women-in-prison films, faithfully re-producing the genre with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist, with all the hallmarks of a classic prison movie complete with a wrongly accused heroine, hard boiled dames, diabolical alliances, forbidden love, cat-fighting cuties, a sadistic warden, and corrupt prison guards. The film centers on Daisy, an innocent young woman framed for killing her mother, who's sent to death row. (MTI Home Video).

The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest for the Infinity Sword! Volume 2 (2009-10) Six episodes. Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Silver Surfer, Thor, Falcon and their friends protect Super Hero City from the wild, weird and even wacky villainy of VillainVille's most infamous baddies, led by the sinister Dr. Doom. $14.93. Extras: Interview with Tom Kenny, hero profiles, concept art gallery. (Shout! Factory).

thirtysomething: The Complete Final Season (1990-91) Six-disc set with 23 episodes, $59.97. Mastered from new high defintion transfers. Extras: New introduction by Edwrad Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. (Shout! Factory).

Three and Out (aka A Deal Is a Deal) (2008 -- U.K.) Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Imelda Staunton, Gemma Arterton. Following two accidental deaths under the wheels of his train, a London subway driver discovers a loophole: a third accidental death will result in his early retirement with gigantic benefits. To make it happen, he finds a young man with a death wish and persuades him to jump under his train -- after a weekend to remember. Dark comedy. (Entertainment One).

The Trial (2010) Matthew Modine, Randy Wayn, Rance Howard, Robert Forster, Bob Gunton. A small-town attorney who is left devastated and purposeless by the horrific death of his wife and two sons in a tragic accident agrees to take on one final case before committing suicide. Defending accused murderer Peter Thomason against capital punishment, the lawyer begins a trial that transforms his life and the lives of those around him. (Fox).

You Lucky Dog (2010) Natasha Henstridge, Harry Hamlin. Hallmark Channel original movie follows a working woman as she returns to her hometown of White Tail Creek to pay respect to her late mother, where she sticks around to help the struggling community, which has fallen on hard economic times. (Vivendi Entertainment).

Cancer Society Applauds Delta's New Pesticide Ban

Delta Bans PesticidesEditor:


The Canadian Cancer Society would like to congratulate the Mayor and Councilors and residents of Delta for their enactment of a Pesticide Use Control bylaw which will come into effect on November 16, 2010. We would also like to applaud the Corporation of Delta for their exhaustive efforts to educate the community on pesticide-free lawn and garden maintenance.

In Canada, more than 130 municipalities have taken a leadership role in banning pesticides in their communities. Many more will soon follow. By taking its first step toward becoming a pesticide-free municipality, Delta will be able to join this list of progressive communities and further enhance its image as a family-friendly and healthy community.

The Canadian Cancer Society would also like to congratulate the members of the Delta Pesticide Coalition, who for over three years have contributed their time and energy to raising awareness in the community about the risks of pesticide exposure and what we can do in our families, neighborhoods and community to make a difference.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national organization, which along with providing community programs and funding research, advocates for cancer prevention and healthy public policies. The Canadian Cancer Society is very concerned about the use of potentially carcinogenic substances for the purpose of enhancing the appearance of private gardens and lawns as well as parks, recreational facilities and golf courses. We base this concern on the conclusions of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which states that some substances used in pesticides are classified as known, probable or possible carcinogens. Studies have linked pesticide exposure to both adult and childhood cancers.

The list of cancers includes childhood and adult leukemia, childhood brain cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, neuroblastoma, brain cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, and some lung cancers. Further, the use of pesticides to beautify lawns and gardens is non-essential.

Therefore, because of the association between certain substances in pesticides and cancer, and because the cosmetic use of pesticides has the potential to cause harm, the Canadian Cancer Society calls for a ban restricting the cosmetic use of pesticides on private and public lands.

There are numerous non-toxic alternatives to pesticides, and research tells us that in regions where pesticide bylaws are in place, businesses have not only shifted successfully to non-toxic alternatives, but that sales and offerings of non-toxic alternatives are growing.

Once again, congratulations to the Corporation of Delta and residents of Delta!


Natasha Raey,

Health Promotion Coordinator - White Rock, Delta, Surrey
Canadian Cancer Society

Monday, November 8, 2010

Vicki Huntington Hosts Town Hall Meeting Tonight

Vicki Huntington Delta MLANovember 8, 2010 - Town Hall meetings may not be a new political idea, but it’s a proven one, and it's happening in Tsawwassen tonight! Vicki Huntington's Delta South Constituency Association will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with BC's only elected independent MLA. The event begins tonight at 7PM at the Tsawwassen Longhouse near the South Delta Recreation Centre.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to met Vicki and ask the questions that matter to them,” said Association president Billy Mitchell. “It seemed like an appropriate time to invite everyone to come, and open up the evening to questions for our MLA. We hope to pack the place.”

The evening should be a quite lively with Mitchell, a local media personality and stand up comic moderating the event.

Huntington wrote herself into the history books last election when she successfully campaigned as an Independent in the May 12, 2009 provincial election defeating Liberal Attorney General Wally Oppal. Since then, others have departed from the Liberal ranks to become independents.

“I know we’re all looking forward to what Vicki has to say,” said Mitchell. “I’m sure her insight into provincial politics will be what the constituents of Delta South will want to hear about. A town hall meeting seemed like the way to bring it all together.”

Memberships in the Delta South Constituency Association will be available at the meeting.

“We look forward to seeing new members join the Association,” said Mitchell. “Before too long, we’ll be into another election, and we plan to have Vicki win again.”

Saturday, November 6, 2010

BC Charities Not Receiving Fair Share fof Gaming Revenues

Attention: Editor

The Hon. Rich Coleman’s letter needs clarification and correction. The Burns Bog Conservation Society did not receive $120,000 between September 2008 and August 2010.  The Society received a letter dated September 8, 2008 for $90,000.00 for a three year period.

The Society is not the issue. The issue is that the BC government has not been honouring agreements made with the BC Association for Charitable Gaming, the UBCM and the BC Government on June 17, 1999. This agreement set in place the permanent revenue sharing formula for all three parties.

1.    Municipalities: per the 1999 White Paper on Gaming recommendation of 10% net revenues from community casinos, and 16.7% of the net of destination casinos (Delta has no destination or community casinos that I am aware of);
2.    Charities: 33.3% of net gaming revenues of community casinos.

The agreement was in two parts of the same whole. The Meekison Report, 2000, treated them as foundational and binding on the BC government.

In 1995, based on a Vancouver staff report on the White Paper on gaming, charities received $131 million (35% of the net) and in 2010 (per BC Lottery Corporation Annual Report) charities received $112.5M (10.42% of the net). The $120 million for 2011 does not come up to the agreed 33.3% in 1999.

In spite of a 292% increase in annual gaming revenue over 1995, the BC government shocked the entire charitable sector in 2009 by unilaterally cutting the share allocated to charities by tens of millions of dollars to $112.5 million or $18.5 million below the 1995 levels (not adjusted for inflation) in 2009.

In 1995 charities received 35% of gaming proceeds. In 1999 when they signed the MoA they were guaranteed 33.3% as a permanent share. The current BC government has stripped this to 10.43% of the proceeds.

The bottom line is the BC Government is reneging on its legal agreement with BC Charities and forcing them to either close or drastically cut their services to BC communities all over the province including Delta.

The BC Government owes BC charities $1,279,566,670.00 in accrued arrears, not including interest.

I look forward to the BC Government recommitting itself to honouring the MoA signed in 1999 and immediately restoring gaming funds to all BC charities. I cannot think of a better way for the BC Government to honour charities, the volunteers and staff who toil for the good of the community.

Sincerely,

Eliza Olson
Director
BCACG

Friday, November 5, 2010

Traffic Stop Results in 50 Pound Seizure of Marijauna

Traffic Ticket the Least of the Drivers Worries


Delta Police Seize 50 Pounds of Pot in Routine Traffic StopOn Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at approximately 2:30 p.m. a Delta Police traffic officer conducting patrols in the area of 10900 blk of Kitsen Park Way observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed.

The officer initiated a traffic stop to deal with the moving violation. On approach of the vehicle and interaction with the driver, an odor consistent with marijuana was emanating from the pick-up truck. Upon further investigation and with the assistance of a K-9 team, a large quantity of marijuana (approximately 50 pounds) was discovered in the covered box of the pick-up truck. The box of the truck had a tonneau cover in an effort to prevent detection.

The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, was taken into custody without incident. The 30 yr old male from Surrey faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance. He was later released on a Promise to Appear compelling his court appearance at a later date. The estimated street value if sold by the pound is in excess of $100,000.
The Delta Police continue to work to keep our roadways safe and drugs off our streets.

Global Environmental Issues Can Distract Us From Local Problems

By Susan Jones - I'd like to share my current thoughts on the use of the terms “climate change” and “global warming”. My comments are triggered after watching coverage of the excellent demonstration “Dig in for Climate Change” and while it appears to have been a great success, from my point of view, the use of the term, “climate change” distracted from the real issues of the South Fraser Perimeter Road.

I'm concerned about the use of the terms “climate change” and “global warming” as it is my opinion that they are too broad in scope and are not good labels to consistently use. It is simple to call me a “climate change denier” and ignore this, however I request that you give me an opportunity to share my thoughts.

I think debating the truth about “climate change” and “global warming” is a way of distracting people from looking at specific issues. People are being “sucked into” using these terms. It prevents people from examining the direct impact of actions and developments that are destroying the environment. To me, the worldwide loss of habitat is devastating. The loss of species, farmland, and natural environments along with the pollution of soil, air and water are critical issues. In some cases, the causes are change in climatic conditions and these should be specifically cited as caused by warming or cooling conditions.

I suspect our governments, and “destroyers of the environment” like nothing better than to use “green rhetoric” to avoid the truth about what they are wilfully doing for power and money. They love to use the terms, “climate change”, “global warming”, “greenhouse gases”, “sustainability”, “alternate energy”, “green buildings”, “ecodensity”, “growth” and “balance”. It is my opinion that these terms have become green rubbish.

It is important to avoid the rhetoric and point out the specific impacts of actions and developments that are destroying the environment.

In the case of the South Fraser Perimeter Road, the Project will destroy some of Canada’s best farmland, habitat for species at risk, Burns Bog hydrology, transitional habitat, a highly-significant archaeological site and the quality of life. It will result in air pollution and over 50 kilometers of environmental degradation.

Prince Charles who in a recent interview declared his aim is to be a “defender of nature…, makes a more accurate statement as to what our goals should be.

The debate about “climate change” is ongoing. I am alarmed about the information that is coming out. It is so easy to use the terms as if they are the “cause” of all evil. I haven’t read anything that would help me use these terms with comfort and have a sense that I know what I am talking about. Using these labels is a lazy way of avoiding doing proper homework on the issues facing us and sidetracks the debate about the real issues of willful environmental destruction.

I'd like you to consider the following article. It is articles like this that make me uncomfortable using terms that I know so little about. One can go on the internet and find excellent arguments on both sides of the debate. How many of us really know and understand the science? What we do know is that we need to continually speak up against deliberate environmental degradation.

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US physics professor: 'Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life'



Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Here is his letter of resignation to Curtis G. Callan Jr, Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society.


Dear Curt:

When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago). Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence—it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue, The Reactor Safety Study, though there were zealots aplenty on the outside there was no hint of inordinate pressure on us as physicists. We were therefore able to produce what I believe was and is an honest appraisal of the situation at that time. We were further enabled by the presence of an oversight committee consisting of Pief Panofsky, Vicki Weisskopf, and Hans Bethe, all towering physicists beyond reproach. I was proud of what we did in a charged atmosphere. In the end the oversight committee, in its report to the APS President, noted the complete independence in which we did the job, and predicted that the report would be attacked from both sides. What greater tribute could there be?

How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d’ĂȘtre of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.
It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.

So what has the APS, as an organization, done in the face of this challenge? It has accepted the corruption as the norm, and gone along with it. For example:

1. About a year ago a few of us sent an e-mail on the subject to a fraction of the membership. APS ignored the issues, but the then President immediately launched a hostile investigation of where we got the e-mail addresses. In its better days, APS used to encourage discussion of important issues, and indeed the Constitution cites that as its principal purpose. No more. Everything that has been done in the last year has been designed to silence debate

2. The appallingly tendentious APS statement on Climate Change was apparently written in a hurry by a few people over lunch, and is certainly not representative of the talents of APS members as I have long known them. So a few of us petitioned the Council to reconsider it. One of the outstanding marks of (in)distinction in the Statement was the poison word incontrovertible, which describes few items in physics, certainly not this one. In response APS appointed a secret committee that never met, never troubled to speak to any skeptics, yet endorsed the Statement in its entirety. (They did admit that the tone was a bit strong, but amazingly kept the poison word incontrovertible to describe the evidence, a position supported by no one.) In the end, the Council kept the original statement, word for word, but approved a far longer “explanatory” screed, admitting that there were uncertainties, but brushing them aside to give blanket approval to the original. The original Statement, which still stands as the APS position, also contains what I consider pompous and asinine advice to all world governments, as if the APS were master of the universe. It is not, and I am embarrassed that our leaders seem to think it is. This is not fun and games, these are serious matters involving vast fractions of our national substance, and the reputation of the Society as a scientific society is at stake.

3. In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work.

4. So a few of us tried to bring science into the act (that is, after all, the alleged and historic purpose of APS), and collected the necessary 200+ signatures to bring to the Council a proposal for a Topical Group on Climate Science, thinking that open discussion of the scientific issues, in the best tradition of physics, would be beneficial to all, and also a contribution to the nation. I might note that it was not easy to collect the signatures, since you denied us the use of the APS membership list. We conformed in every way with the requirements of the APS Constitution, and described in great detail what we had in mind—simply to bring the subject into the open.

5. To our amazement, Constitution be damned, you declined to accept our petition, but instead used your own control of the mailing list to run a poll on the members’ interest in a TG on Climate and the Environment. You did ask the members if they would sign a petition to form a TG on your yet-to-be-defined subject, but provided no petition, and got lots of affirmative responses. (If you had asked about sex you would have gotten more expressions of interest.) There was of course no such petition or proposal, and you have now dropped the Environment part, so the whole matter is moot. (Any lawyer will tell you that you cannot collect signatures on a vague petition, and then fill in whatever you like.) The entire purpose of this exercise was to avoid your constitutional responsibility to take our petition to the Council.

6. As of now you have formed still another secret and stacked committee to organize your own TG, simply ignoring our lawful petition.

APS management has gamed the problem from the beginning, to suppress serious conversation about the merits of the climate change claims. Do you wonder that I have lost confidence in the organization?

I do feel the need to add one note, and this is conjecture, since it is always risky to discuss other people’s motives. This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don’t think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I’m not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.

I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation. APS no longer represents me, but I hope we are still friends.

Hal

Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, Chairman of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tragedy Forces City Hall to Rethink Priorities

By Debbie McBride - It has been a month since the murder of North Delta teen Laura Szendri it's my hope that each of us will learn something to prevent such a tragedy ever occurring again.

First let me offer my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Laura Szendri, the young girl who was brutally murdered in North Delta. I cannot fathom the pain they are in now and will be forever.

I've been greatly concerned about a number of things surrounding this tragedy on many levels. That this murder occurred at all in the middle of the afternoon in an area surrounded by people and even though people who were close by responded immediately upon hearing Laura's cry, she still was fatally injured. Those who were there and responded are still extremely distressed and have been left with unanswerable questions. The shoulda, wouda, coulda feelings that will never go away. This was not their fault and it was certainly not the fault of Laura Szendrei.

I was brought up with roots in the aviation industry and so many times it has been shown that it is a number of factors that come together that result in aviation accidents and it would behoove us to pay attention to what we learn as the investigation continues.

Of course we don't know what happened that day and we should not rush to judgment as to who committed this murder or why but there are concerns that immediately jump out at us.

I have been contacted by a number of Delta residents who told me they had expressed concern previously about the undergrowth in many of Delta's parks. I understand that Mayor Jackson has ordered a clearing of all undergrowth in all Delta urban parks and that's a good start. That being said, it should not have taken a murder for such an initiative to take place. It certainly seems that keeping the sight-lines of these parks should have always been a priority for our municipality.

I understand fully that to do so costs money but over the years I have seen money spent on projects that were not and should not have been a priority for the municipality. One example that jumps out at me is the $50,000 spent on the Recognition Square in front of Delta's municipal hall last year. Certainly, in hindsight, that money could have been better spent on staff to maintain municipal parks and that is merely one example of misplaced priorities.

Delta has recently announced the hiring of new lifeguards for Delta's swimming pools after a recent study found that staffing levels were inadequate. Whether or not that study was prompted by the drowning of a young foreign student in the Tsawwassen pool this year one can only speculate on. I for one had been at the local pools quite often the last 6 months and had expressed my own concerns about the lack of staffing so I am gratified to see the increase put into place.

I was also perturbed by the fact that there had been at least two recent incidents in North Delta that bear striking similarities to the murder of Laura. Yet, the public was hardly informed of the attacks. Why not? How many more similar attacks have occurred throughout Metro Vancouver?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sandhill Cranes and the SFPR

Join the Delta Nats for our November meeting on Monday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Park. Charlie Palmer will be speaking on understanding the presence and distribution of sandhill cranes in southwest Delta. Four years of field and behavioural observations will be presented. Charlie is a professional biologist who is now leading the biological monitoring of species that use areas in and around the road alignment for the South Fraser Perimeter Road. There is no cost and everyone is welcome. For more information, call Joanne at 604-946-2240.

Thrifty Foods Recalls BBQ Chicken and Pot Pies

Thrifty Foods Barbecue Chicken and Pot Pies at Tsawwassen Location May Contain Possible Chemical Contaminant


Thrifty Foods Recalls Chicken ProductsTsawwassen, BC. November 2, 2010: A health hazard alert has been issued by Thrifty Foods through the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Thrifty Foods Tsawwassen is warning the public not to consume barbecue chicken, pre-cooked chicken pot pies and pre-cooked broccoli pot pies produced and sold at the store on November 1, 2010.

The following products are being voluntarily recalled as they may have come in contact with a chemical used to clean the ovens at the Tsawwassen store:

Brand Product UPC Best Before Date
Thrifty Foods Barbecue whole chicken 77414730220 November 2, 2010
Thrifty Foods Barbecue chicken breast 20608200000 November 2, 2010
Thrifty Foods Barbecue chicken leg 20608400000 November 2, 2010
Thrifty Foods Pre-cooked, hot chicken pot pies 20589400000 November 2, 2010
Thrifty Foods Pre-cooked, hot broccoli pot pies 20622900000 November 2, 2010


There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products and recalled product has been sent to food laboratories for testing.

Thrifty Foods Tsawwassen consumers may bring products back to the Tsawwassen store for a full refund.

Group Hike on the South Fraser Witness Trail This Friday!

See the South Fraser Perimeter Road on Foot


Witness TrailThe South Fraser Witness Trail was begun in 2009 by volunteers from Surrey Environmental Partners and the Wilderness Committee. It follows the route of the proposed South Fraser Perimeter Road freeway through an urban forest in Surrey. Named as one of the city's five major natural area hubs in a recent study, it is home to deer, beavers, herons, owls, salmon, and endangered species such as the Red legged frog and Pacific water shrew.

Witness Trails are a time tested way of protecting natural areas from irresponsible development. Come on the hike to see the wildlife and old growth spruce trees. Find out what is at stake if the South Fraser Freeway gets built, and what we can do to stop it!

Witness TrailWhen: Friday November 5, 3:15 pm
Where: 168 St. & 108 Ave. in Surrey (meet at bus stop click on map for directions)

(The C74 bus runs direct to this location from Surrey Central Skytrain. Just get on the bus at 2:47 pm at Bay 12 under the tracks, and ask the driver to let you off at 168 St. & 108 Ave.)

The trail includes rugged sections. Bring drinking water, a snack, and water resistant footwear. The hike will proceed rain or shine and will only be canceled in case of high winds or dangerous conditions. For more info call 604 588 4203 (including day of) or email witnesstrail@gmail.com

More info including trail map and brochure at http://gatewaysucks.org/trail