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F I D A Y , F E B R U A R Y 1 , 2 0 1 3 02082955 R CALL NOW! YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL SPORTS , NEWS , W E AT H E R AND E N T E RTA I N M E N T ! WWW FREE HOME EVALUATION • Free list of Available & Sold homes • Full details w/photos 604-649-0108 .RICHMOND-NEWS.COM Striking disability staff walk out Community service workers getting paid a dollar per hour less than 11 years ago BY BENJAMIN YONG Special to the News Dozens of community social services workers, many from the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA), went on a one-day strike Wednesday morning outside the DDA head office on Shell Road. DDA executive director Alanna Hendren was present and spoke to media and workers about the starting wages that are $15.54 an hour, down from $16.83 in 2002. “During a time when the cost of living has increased by 18 per cent, this has to change,” said Hendren who added her and the board of directors have no input into pay levels. “We have employment specialists at the DDA now making less money than the individuals with developmental disabilities for whom they are finding work,” The association provides a variety of services for people with learning disabilities of all ages such as infant development programs, childcare and educational programs and community housing for adults with complex medical and psychological needs. Oliver Rohlfs — B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union’s communications officer, of which the DDA belongs to — said the strike had minimal effects on those using the services. “The challenge is you have see Employers page 4 Fighting ground up Richmond martial arts school owner Lori O’Connell has written a book helping people defend themselves when they’re taken by surprise. 3 A wheely idea Steveston bike shop owner Tony Dales launched a DIY bike repair service in an effort to teach customers the basics in bike maintenance. 5 CHUNG CHOW/RICHMOND NEWS Developmental Disabilities Association strikes on Shell Road in Richmond. Director Alanna Hendren is in support of the striking community living workers. Peewee hockey coach facing house arrest BY ALAN CAMPBELL A hockey coach who tripped up two young Richmond players during a post-game handshake should face house arrest, a court heard Thursday. Martin Tremblay admitted assaulting the two Richmond Steel players following a heated spring hockey gold medal game at the UBC Thunderbird Arena last June. At his sentencing hearing in Richmond Provincial Court, Crown prosecutor Gerry-Lyn Nelson said Tremblay abused his position of trust, lost control and deliberately tripped up Tremblay had player, 13, in tears after trash-talking the players, aged nine and 13 at the time. The older boy had a cast on a suspected broken wrist, which later turned out not to be as serious as first thought. A YouTube video of the incident went viral on the Internet, attracting 2.5 million hits. As a result of the assault, Tremblay deserves to spend at least 30 days under house arrest, as well as a series of probation conditions, Nelson told Judge Patrick Chen. Tremblay’s defence is opposing the house arrest. AUTO WEST BMW EXCEPTIONALLY DRIVEN. IN EVERY WAY. Visit Canada’s first eco-luxury showroom and service centre. Passionate people with premium service and exceptional BMW vehicles. Auto West BMW 604.273.2217 AutoWestBMW 10780 Cambie Road, Richmond @AutoWestBMW “This was not about hockey,” Nelson said. “This is about the assault of an adult on a child. It just happened to be on a hockey rink. “Parents take their kids to the rink and have to feel they’re safe and not going to be harmed at the hands of someone in a supervisory role.” The court heard how, in an attempt to “put the 13-year-old player off his game,” Tremblay called the boy “Tinkerbell,” and “shitface,” to which the boy replied with his own insults and rude gestures. see Coach page 4 On The Pulse Check out our Pulse page for photo galleries of a couple of community events, the Robbie Burns Supper last Thursday and former high school band Thor’s reunion show Saturday. 24 Index News Editorial Letters WealthSmarts The Pulse Sports Classified 3 8 9 11 24 22 26

Richmond News February 1 2013

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