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F YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL R I D SPORTS , N A Y , NEWS , O V E M W E AT H E R B E AND R 3 0 , 2 0 1 2 E N T E RTA I N M E N T ! WWW .RICHMOND-NEWS.COM Two local men killed in Lions Gate crash Take it from the tap UBC students from Richmond launched a campaign encouraging Richmondites to go water bottle free, exchanging disposable for the reusable. BY ALAN CAMPBELL Two young Richmond lives have been wiped out following a fatal crash on the Lions Gate Bridge. West Vancouver police confirmed the men, age 21 and 20, were seen speeding northbound on the bridge just before midnight on Wednesday when they lost control and slammed into an oncoming transit bus. The Jaws of Life were used to extract the male driver and passenger from the Mazda 6 vehicle that struck the bus, West Vancouver Police’s Sgt. Ed Pearce said in a media statement. One man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital and died shortly after from injuries. The southbound transit bus carried about 15 people on board, all who survived. A third vehicle, trying to avoid the accident, was also involved. Police described the victims’ vehicle as being “demolished” by the collision. The victims’ identities will not be released until their next of kin has been notified. The bridge, which was closed for several hours for crash investigators to comb the scene, reopened to busy morning commuter traffic shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday. Police say it’s too early to tell whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the tragic incident. Four others, including the bus driver and three of his passengers, were taken to hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries. Check for updates. $ $ $ $ 3 KEVIN HILL/SPECIAL TO THE NEWS There goes Movember ... The month-long fundraising campaign supporting the awareness of prostate cancer, Movember, came to a shivering halt Thursday when Richmond Fire-Rescue hosted a Movember Shave-Off at Richmond City Hall. Pictured is Iain Mackelworth, of Steveston Barbers, donating his services. For a full photo gallery, go to Richmond group studies poverty Having a job doesn’t necessarily shield you from hardship BY YVONNE ROBERTSON The 2012 Child Poverty Report Card, released by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition last Wednesday doesn’t offer specific statistics regarding Richmond, however its conclusion appears to mirror a local trend: Having a job doesn’t necessarily guard you from poverty. “It’s been difficult finding individual community results, but I’ve made some calls to get child poverty data for Richmond,” said Helen Davidson, of Richmond Children First. “We’re hearing that there’s a lot more working poor in the city, where both parents are working in most cases. With the increasing cost of food, gas, etc., a family’s income does not go as far these days. “Anecdotally, we’re hearing that the Richmond Food Bank is seeing more working families and attendance is also up at community meals.” Using the latest statistics in 2010, the Child Poverty Report Card found B.C.’s child poverty rate fell in that year to 10.5 per cent after tax, from 12 per cent in 2009. The coalition estimates 87,000 children in the province live in poverty. The figure brings B.C. closer to the national average at 8.2 per cent, but it still has the second highest rate in Canada, with Manitoba in the top spot. Most pressing is to move from an ideological agenda of job creation and low taxes to solutions with more of an impact such as increasing minimum wage and welfare rates, decreasing tuition fees and providing better funding for childcare, according to First Call’s provincial coordinator, Adrienne Montani. “Not all jobs are good jobs. Are we only creating low wage jobs? Decreasing tuition fees would allow better access to higher education so people can $ $ it. 16 The great escape Escape from reality and read about Honolulu, where paradise means swimming with dolphins, sipping cocktails or hiking up Diamond Head. 25 Index News Editorial Letters Healthwise Arts Calendar Sports Classified 8171 Westminster Hwy. (at Buswell, one block east of No. 3 Rd.) Walkway access also from Price-Smart Foods parking lot Mon-Sat 8:45-6:30 Sun 10-5 (604) 780-4959 Westminster Hwy. Buswell It's worth =$ The first weekend of December traditionally kicks off the holiday season and this year is no exception. Check pages 16 to 18 for some of the week’s events. No. 3 Rd. Beer, Wine, Pop, Juice, Water RICHMOND BOTTLE DEPOT find more meaningful employment. “Childcare is the next highest expense beside the exorbitant housing costs.” In order to get a clearer picture of poverty in Richmond, The Face of Child Poverty in Richmond project aims to engage parents and children about what it means for children to live in poverty here, said Davidson of the Children First study. At Wednesday’s meeting, the committee put final touches on a survey to send out to organizations about formal and informal supports offered for low-income families. The project hopes to craft a study with concrete figures and experiences in order to move forward and create policy change. Throughout the past few months, it worked with more than 3,000 kids, ages three to 12, to put together a Children’s Charter. see Food banks page 13 ’Tis the season 3 8 9 12 18 31 33

Richmond News November 30 2012

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