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Shoplifters on loose
A Peninsula Village merchant is warning colleagues to keep closer eye on their wares after $300 worth of clothing was pilfered last week by a pair of shoplifters.
Never Enuff Clothes Kari McLennan said two women stole several items around 5 p.m. Jan. 12. They stuffed the articles into backpacks while in the changing room, she said.
McLennan said the incident may prompt the store to establish a no-bag policy and other rules, but its not something theyre happy about.
Our customers are... friends, people we see all the time, McLennan said.
We dont want to have a policy like that, but maybe well have to change.
McLennan said at least one other store was targeted that night. The incidents were reported to police.
School trustees will vote Jan. 25 on whether to ask the ministry of education to make policy changes so parents wishes are honoured.
The issue arose after trustee Heather Stilwell argued the School Act does not allow local school boards to enforce uniform votes at schools.
While local policy allows Surrey schools to enforce school uniforms as long as at least 80 per cent of parents are in favour, provincial rules say public schools cant make uniforms mandatory because of the potential of excluding students from their neighbourhood schools.
This is a concern at Creekside Elementary, said Stilwell, where despite a parent referendum where more than 80 per cent were in favour of a dress code, fewer than half of students attend class in uniform.
Principals have no jurisdiction to enforce the vote.
If were going to be accepting of parents as educational partners ... we need to look at ways so this is not just a waste of time.
Trustee Pam Glass suggested there may also be issues other than uniforms that might come up in other districts.
Supt. Mike McKay recommended such amendments should be raised at the B.C. School Trustees Association AGM in April.
For the record...
An article on councillors house assessments (Councillors sitting on million-dollar homes, Peace Arch News, Jan. 10) stated Coun. James Coleridge owns a White Rock home valued at $443,100 by B.C. Assessment.
Coleridge also owns a Langley home valued at $494,000, where he lives with his wife.
Coleridge said he lives in the White Rock home, which he says he owns with his mother, three days per week.