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Local cadet parade set for Thursday

New Westminster Police Chief Const. Dave Jones is the reviewing officer for the parade that will include more than 150 cadets this week.

New Westminster Police Chief Const. Dave Jones is the reviewing officer for the parade that will include more than 150 cadets this week.

Brian Rainbow, who was presented the award for top sea cadet in Canada in 2008 and has served as a civilian instructor with 102 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Fraser for the past two years, will be enrolled into the Royal Canadian Navy as a naval cadet during a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 27. Rainbow will train as an officer of the Cadet Instructors Cadres, which is responsible for delivering the cadet program in 1,100 cadet corps and squadrons from coast to coast.

Jones is the reviewing officer for the parade that will include 50 cadets from the New Westminster Sea Cadets Corps Fraser and more than 100 air cadets of 637 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Arrow squadron of Burnaby.

"We are happy to host the members of the Arrow Air Cadet Squadron on what is an important night for our cadets and Naval Cadet Rainbow," said Lieut. Megan St. Hilaire, commanding officer of RCSCC Fraser. "It is always worthwhile when a former cadet makes the decision to enroll in the Canadian Forces to give back to the organization as an adult leader."

Following the parade, members of the New Westminster Police Service and the Delta Fire and Rescue Services will lead the cadets in a series of safety briefings and handson demonstrations about personal safety, drugs and alcohol, fire prevention and aspects of a career in emergency services.

One of the aims of the cadet organization is to instill in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership.

The 102 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets training at the Annacis Island Training quarters at 535 Derwent Way. For more information, visit www.joinsea


The Hard Times! Good Times event raised about $2,000 for two local organizations.

The New Westminster Lions Club and the Sapperton Old Age Pensioners Association recently held the fundraising dinner.

Mark MacKenzie led off the entertainment by relaying stories about New Westminster struggling through tough times in the past and benefits seen. The Royal City Swing Dancers performed, and Derrick Bloomfield sang at the event.

Chef Judy Brennan created a three-course harvest dinner that was followed by a bounty of desserts. Poet Susan McLeod read aloud a poem that she created for the event.

Louisa Lundy, cochair of the event, said it's estimated that the event raised about $2,000, which will be split evenly between the two organizations. The pensioners will use it to pay for upgrades to their building on Keary Street, and the Lions Club will use it for community projects.


The Litterless Lunch Challenge asks participating schools to track and record the number of litterless lunches packed each day during Waste Reduction Week, which is Oct. 17 to 21. MP Fin Donnelly will announce the class with the highest percentage of litterless lunches in the House of Commons, and the winning class will receive a free litterless lunch.

"Imagine if every school in Canada went litter-free," Donnelly said. "What a difference that would make."

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