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

January 12, 2011 Comments off


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.


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.


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.”


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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Giving series

December 19, 2010 Comments off

The New Westminster Record wrapped up its annual Guide to Giving series — a three-parter written by Theresa McManus — on Saturday. The series showcases different non-profit organizations to which locals can donate over the holiday season, and beyond. Here’s part one, part two and part three, along with an accompanying editorial.

The series is a great timely idea that could easily be stolen by other papers, if they wanted to.

As with all series, the only drawback is a lack of links to other parts of the series, making a hit-and-miss search necessary. This is a problem with series on Glacier, Postmedia and Black Press sites. Ideally if you’re reading part two of a three-parter there will be a link at the top of the story to part one, and a link at the bottom to part three.

Immigrants and Santa

December 8, 2010 Comments off

Two Lower Mainland papers this week localized significant international stories. These are great for community newspapers because they tell local stories while broadening the international knowledge of readers and scope of the topics covered.

Everybody should know what has happened in Sudan and South Sudan in the past 20 years but few probably do. Hopefully Michael McQuillin‘s story in the New Westminster News Leader gets one or two more readers to look carefully at the country, which really needs more attention if it’s to successfully split up. The subject in McQuillin’s story, a refugee from South Sudan, is urging his fellow refugees to vote in an upcoming referendum that could see the southern region of the country secede, ala Quebec.

Meanwhile, (Coquitlam) Now reporter Jennifer McFee writes about how the North Korean artillery barrage on a South Korean island has affected the local Korean community.

Keeping the international news trend going, Monisha Martins of the Maple Ridge News reports that WikiLeaks documents reveal that a Maple Ridge company has been listed as vital to the United States’ national security. The high tech company is “critical to production of various military application electronics, General Dynamics Land Systems,” according to the document.

On the Santa beat, the aforementioned Michael McQuillin (he’s freaking everywhere) has a cheery Claus tale punctuated by this touching anecdote:

Last year while spreading cheer, Kolody met an older male patient who said to him, “I don’t know why I’m here.”

Caught off guard, Kolody responded, “I guess you need help.”

“You don’t understand,” said the gentleman, “I’m a doctor.”

“Then it’s your turn to get help,” Kolody reassured the patient.


And finally Abbotsford Times’ Jean Konda-Witte has a poignant photo essay (gallery?) of an Abbotsford charity photo session for the less fortunate. Check the photos out here…

More to come later today…


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Car bombs, crossbows and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

November 25, 2010 Comments off

Crusied through the Lower Mainland papers and came across the following stories.

Good work by David Burke at the Squamish Chief on that insane improvised explosive device (a.k.a. car bomb) in Whistler the other day. Plenty of neighbour quotes makes for good reading.

Nice short story by Mitch Thompson of the Maple Ridge Times on those crazies who dress up like they lived in medieval Europe. Nice photo too.

Wow, wow, wow. This is just abominable. I feel for Marco Morelli. This story/ad was run in the Bowen Island Undercurrent and Langley Times. Morelli actually did as good a job as one could expect and thankfully buried the Black Press angle. But still… I didn’t want to write anything negative today but this is just too much. At very least the story should acknowledge that Black Press owns the paper the story appeared in. And the headline… “Group buying phenomenon offers a great deal for everyone.” Oh my.

Lighter fare (in a good way) from the Burnaby NewsLeader’s Wanda Chow, who breaks a story about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’s Burnaby connection.

Great ongoing court reporting from the Surrey Now’s Tom Zytaruk on the murder trial of Muhktiar Singh Panghali (whose name I had to copy and paste just to get it right).

The submitted photo on this Langley Times story is very, very creepy…

Michael McQuillin‘s story in the the New Westminster NewsLeader about the collateral damage that may be caused by a proposed new overpass is terrific. He actually personalizes a traffic story. Mario Bartel‘s photo is awesome too. Story also links to a powerpoint presentationon the NewsLeader’s Facebook (!) page.

Simple but well written story on a new swim coach by Phillip Raphael in the South Delta Leader.

Finally, a cool snow football picby Fred Schaad.

Photo by Victoria Reay via Flickr
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