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Pissing matches, insane divers and the search for Christ: roundup

January 12, 2011

 

First the good news, then the bad in your Lower Mainland roundup.

Very nice story by Abbotsford News reporter Rochelle Baker on the 100th anniversary of the first Sikh temple in the area and on one of the first Sikh pioneers in the Fraser Valley. Who knew there was anything historic at all about Abbotsford?

The Abbotsford temple is the oldest, and longest standing building of its kind in North America, and the only gurdwara to have a national historic designation outside of India and Pakistan.

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James Weldon‘s lede in the North Shore News: “A North Vancouver parish is looking for the public’s help to find Jesus.” Bravo. Read on…

Who knew tap water could be such a controversial issue. It is in New Westminster, according to an article by Royal City Record reporter Niki Hope.

Maria Spitale-Leisk of the North Shore Outlook tells a marvelous (and quite long) tale about local insane free divers who swim underwater with no oxygen for as much as four minutes.

Approximately four minutes have sluggishly passed since Yoneda gulped in the biggest breath of air she could muster and disappeared under the water. She isn’t wearing an oxygen tank.

The explosion of colours that surround Yoneda – the beds of strawberry sea anemones and starfish dressed in brilliant hues of red, orange, yellow and pink – slowly blur together as her vision narrows.

Now her chest is tightening and the contractions in her diaphragm begin. Again, Yoneda tunes out what she calls the “bad monkey” on her shoulder. Relaxing during the contractions is the trick because you can still squeeze a bit more oxygen out at that point.

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Maybe that “bad monkey” has a point. Just sayin’. Nice mermaid statue-inspired photo by Rob Newell.

A crazy pissing match in White Rock that began with the mayor spouting off to the Peace Arch News has concluded with that mayor being forced to read a letter rebuking her at a council meeting, Tracy Holmes of the News reports. The issue had led to the resignation of the city’s communications officer.

The website of the Hope Standard has a great video on the Highway 1 rockslide featiromg an interview with a truck driver who narrowly escaped. I’d like to see the guy’s comments written up in a story, though, beyond the one-paragraph paraphrase. Very rarely do I click on video because I figure it’s not worth it the minimal effort it takes to find my headphones, and turn on my sound. (You could argue, I suppose, that by including exclusive stuff in the video, I”m more likely to actually watch the next video I come across. Which is true. But I’m a print guy. That’s why I read newspapers.) All that said, it’s very possible that the print story will make an appearance in the print edition because The Standard is a weekly and the video was put up shortly after the slide.

I don’t like this unbylined Delta Optimist story on an everyday Mark’s Work Wearhouse.

Point Zero, Powder Room, Ripzone and Dickies.

Those are just some of the clothing brands Ladner Mark’s Work Wearhouse owner Elliott Graham chooses to stock.

“The neat thing about this business is there’s not many franchises left, they’re mostly corporate locations. Being a franchise owner … I carry everything a corporate store would carry but on top of that I’m able to carry stuff that suits the needs of our customers in Ladner,” said Graham. “I can bring in some niche products that our Ladner customers are inclined to purchase. That’s what makes it a little bit special.”

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Sorry Mr. Graham, it doesn’t make your store special enough to warrant a story in a decent-sized paper like the Optimist. They ran another story that is just as unworthy. Give an inch, the salespeople will take a mile. Just say no. This sentence is for an ad, not a story: “No matter the size of the job, every customer receives the personal service many long-time clients have come to expect.” (The Optimist is a Postmedia newspaper).

Photo by Liz West via Flickr.

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