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Officer Acknowledged for his Bravery

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Replica Firearm siezedIncident: On April 05, 2010, at 10:35 pm the Delta Police responded to the 1500 blk of 56th St. in relation to a report of two suspicious persons wearing masks and walking toward a local convenience store.  Cst. Kevin Dueck arrived on scene first and observed two men wearing masks approaching the store. One of them was carrying a shotgun. With his weapon drawn, Cst. Dueck confronted the men, ordering them to surrender. The man with the shotgun fled on foot while the second man submitted to Dueck’s demands.

Surrey Group Fighting Habitat Destruction Holds Forced to Move Sale

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The Pcific Water Shrew

The Burns Bog Conservation Society launched a legal action in November to stop construction of the South Fraser Freeway from causing irreparable damage to critical habitat in the Fraser wetlands. Despite the lawsuit, preparation for the controversial truck route is proceeding and presently includes clear cutting in the vicinity of  Surrey Bend's unique eco-system, along the South Fraser Witness Trail.

‘Traditional’ schools proving very popular in Delta

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Pebble Hill ElementaryDelta, BC – A more formal learning environment with a focus on manners, school-wide homework policies, and uniforms is proving to be a popular choice for Delta families.

The Delta School District introduced its first ‘Traditional School’ at Tsawwassen’s Pebble Hill Elementary in 2008. A ‘traditional’ setting provides a private school style, but in a public school setting. The Delta School District decided to offer this form of education, as a way of delivering choice to families. The more structured learning environment quickly proved to be a popular option.

Enrollment at Pebble Hill had been declining. From September 2006 to September 2007, the student population dropped from 184 students to 146. Once the school became traditional, enrolment started to increase, back up to 164 students in the 2010/2011 school year. Kindergarten numbers have nearly quadrupled from 12 students in 2008 to 43 students enrolled for the upcoming 2011/2012 school year.

The success at Pebble Hill prompted the district to open a second traditional school in North Delta the following year. Jarvis Traditional Elementary School opened its doors in September 2009. Enrolment jumped from 363 students in 2008 to 391 students in 2010. Parents supported the new school format for a variety of reasons.

“At Jarvis, the parents who have chosen the traditional school seem to be parents  who prefer schools with uniforms and with the increased attention to displays of  respectful behaviour, such as formal greetings and the emphasis on manners,” said  Ragini Kapil, Principal at Jarvis Traditional Elementary and formerly Principal at  Pebble Hill Traditional Elementary.

The traditional model offers parents a choice that was not available previously in the public school system, explains Garnet Ayres, Delta School District Deputy Superintendent. “All of our schools are fairly traditional in one sense of the word, but parents have responded to these changes positively and the increase in enrolment at each school has been an indicator of that,” he said.

Now, the Delta School District is proud to announce that Heath Elementary School will become a traditional school as of September 2011. This decision was made following a consultation process involving parents, students and staff, which garnered great support for a switch to a traditional model.

“I’m excited because this decision was very much made in community,” said Janet Lauman, Principal at Heath Elementary.

Heath Traditional Elementary School is located at 11364 72nd Avenue in North Delta. Registrations are now being accepted for the fall and already there is an upturn in enrolment.

Delta Police Raid Two Homes

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Delta Police Emergency Response TeamDelta police raided two homes in a rural nieghbourhood near the 6000 block of 28th Avenue this morning. The Criminal Investigation Branch, executed a series of search warrants for controlled substances. Due to the nature of the search warrants and the potential for high risk the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team (MIERT), assisted by the Vancouver Police ERT, was utilized to execute the search warrants.

A written statement from Delta's media relations officer, Sgt. Paul Eisenzimmer confirmed that the properties have been contained and there is no danger to the public.

Taking Action to End Violence in Relationships

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End Domestic Violence

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


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