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Investigators seeking dark green minivan that fled scene Tuesday by Martin van den Hemel Staff Reporter Tuesday afternoon’s brazen shooting in the parkade beneath the mega new IKEA store on Bridgeport Road was a targetted incident, and investigators have identified the intended victim. And they’re also looking for a dark green domestic minivan seen fleeing the scene right after the shooting. “After interviewing several witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage, police are now able to say that the incident is a targeted shooting,” Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said Thursday. “The intended target is known to police however the incident is not gang related.” Multiple shots were fired around 4:30 p.m., but despite the fact the store was busy with Christmas shoppers, nobody was injured. “The incident occurred in the parkade and miraculously no one was injured.  There was also no property damage,” she said. “Suspects fled prior to police arrival and the reasons this incident occurred are not yet known.” Investigators are unable to provide a description of the suspect or suspects, and said no other description is available of the minivan. Richmond Mounties have gathred evidence from the scrime scene that will help paint a picture of precisely what happened. “To say that this incident is very concerning is an understatement,” Turley said. “Given the time of day and location, the total disregard of public safety is appalling.” ScanBC tweeted about the shooting shortly after it occurred: “Report of shots fired in the underground parking @ IKEACanada Possibly multiple shooters. Victim fled scene. 3320 Jacombs Rd #RichmondBC” Meanwhile, investigators are requesting witnesses to contact them. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone that has information about this incident is asked to please call Richmond RCMP at (604)278-1212.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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City seeks grant for Kiwanis towers Wellness plan needed for amenity space in two towers now under construction by Matthew Hoekstra Staff Reporter City council is making a pitch to the Union of B.C. municipalities for a grant to support future residents of Kiwanis Towers.

Polygon is now redeveloping the Richmond Kiwanis Senior Citizens Housing Society property on Minoru Boulevard. Two towers—296 units—will be rental apartments for seniors with limited income, and owned by the Kiwanis society. Another 335 units would comprise Polygon’s proposed Carrera condominium development. The UBCM “age-friendly” grant would be used to study wellness programming for the Kiwanis residents in the amenity space of the Kiwanis towers. Coun. Evelina Halsey-Brandt noted

Monday that up to 592 seniors will live in the towers. “It’s easy to put up a building, but you want to ensure that the people you put into that building have everything that everyone else in the city has, and that’s a really really good quality of life,” she said. The UBCM awarded the city the grant in 2008 to develop a health and wellness project at Minoru Place Activity Centre. Since then, the project has been continuously funded by Vancouver Coastal Health, according to a staff report

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Gloria earns pageant glory ‘Shocked’ Richmond High grad wins Miss Chinese Vancouver pageant by Matthew Hoekstra Staff Reporter Richmond’s Gloria Tang has earned herself a place in pageant royalty. Strutting across a Vancouver Convention Centre stage Wednesday night, the 20-year-old University of B.C. marketing student won the hearts of an audience and panel of judges, earning her the Miss Chinese Vancouver 2012 pageant crown. “It really felt like I was dreaming. That moment they announced my name I was really shocked,” said Tang, a Richmond High grad, following the threehour event. “I felt like I was about to cry.” Born in Hong Kong, Tang arrived in Richmond as a young girl and tuned in each year to the local pageant. She dreamed of making it on the stage one day. This year, with a less intensive school schedule, Tang decided to give it a shot. Fairchild Television organized the pageant, which featured 10 finalists— eight of whom were born in China or Hong Kong. Tang spent the last three months training in the beauty queen arts. She

First runner-up Veronica Shiu of Richmond performs a traditional Chinese dance at the Miss Chinese Vancouver 2012 pageant Wednesday in Vancouver.

put her best foot forward Wednesday, dancing, answering Canadian culture questions and showing off in everything from a red-and-white bikini to a cheongsam—a traditional Chinese dress. The experience allowed her to see what goes into such a production while bringing her close to the other contestants. “I really felt like I had nine extra sisters during this competition,” she said. As winner, Tang will now compete in the Miss Chinese International pageant

“It really felt like I was dreaming. That moment they announced my name I was really shocked.” – Gloria Tang

in Hong Kong next year. “I’m really excited for that,” she said. “In the coming weeks I’ll continue to keep fit and be in the best shape for Miss International.” Another Richmond resident made the podium Wednesday. Veronica Shiu, 22, earned the title of first runner-up. Shiu decided to try out after recently experiencing the stage in Hong Kong, where she performed in a Michael Jackson musical tribute. “That’s what gave me the confidence to come into this competition,” said Shiu, a fourth-year psychology student at Simon Fraser University. Happy with her performance Wednesday, Shiu said the greatest experience the pageant awarded her was friendship. “We saw each other every day as 10 girls and our friendship really built up.”

Richmond’s Gloria Tang models an evening gown at the Miss Chinese Vancouver 2012 pageant Wednesday night. Tang ultimately took home the crown.

U-Pass deal means transit price hikes for students Provincial aid never covered TransLink susbsidy: Corrigan by Jeff Nagel Black Press Post-secondary students across Metro Vancouver will vote early next year in referenda to increase transit U-Pass rates and renew the compulsory pass program for three years. If approved, the monthly cost of the universal transit passes for students will rise from $30 to $35 next May and climb to $38 by the summer of 2016. An extra $10 is charged for Kwantlen Polytechnic University students in Richmond, Surrey and Langley to cover an inter-campus shuttle as well as other benefits. Student associations at UBC, SFU and other institutions are now urging students to approve the change, arguing U-Pass is still a good deal despite the price hike. “The alternative is to purchase a much more expensive regular adult pass and those fares have increased as well,” said Arzo Ansary, a Kwantlen Student Association spokesperson.

She noted regular adult monthly transit passes will cost $91 for one zone as of Jan. 1 ($124 for two zones; $170 for three zones.) “I think we have a pretty high chance of our referendum passing successfully.” U-Passes are mandatory and the cost is built into fees students pay – even those who drive to classes and don’t take transit can’t opt out to save money. A majority vote will rule whether each institution stays in the U-Pass system or drops out. U-Passes were extended beyond UBC and SFU a few years ago when the provincial government mandated a province-wide U-Pass system extending to other institutions. Under the renewal agreement, the provincial government will continue to provide TransLink aid for bus service to help meet the demand from U-Pass holders. U-Pass fans say the system has fostered a new generation of transit users, reducing road traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. But because not all students use their U-Passes, many end up on the black market and Transit Police spokesperson Anne Drennan said officers continue to battle fraudulent sales and unauthorized use. “It’s an ongoing battle,” she said. “As they’re tak-

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en off a (free classifieds) site, more pop up.” Charges are expected soon against a repeat offender, she said. TransLink switched to issuing U-Passes monthly,

instead of for a whole term, to help curb reselling, but Drennan said that hasn’t had a huge effect. Starting later in 2013, U-Passes will be built into TransLink’s new Compass smart card system

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Buyers cautioned on Sandy cars Car buyers are being warned to watch out for U.S. imports that are flood-damaged from Hurricane Sandy. Tens of thousands of vehicles on the U.S. east coast were submerged in salt water and contaminated by bacteria and toxins from the storm. And ICBC warns they’ll soon end up on the market across North America, with some likely showing up in B.C. Flood-damaged vehicles are being designated nonrepairable by Transport Canada and won’t qualify for on-road use in Canada because they can be extremely unsafe due to compromised electronic and computer systems. ICBC recommends buying a U.S. import only from a licensed dealer, which are required to disclose the vehicle’s history, conducting a thorough vehicle inspection and researching the vehicle’s history.

Regional dikes require big-ticket upgrades to hold back the sea Report flags seismic risks, possible ‘retreat’ from some areas by Jeff Nagel

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Rising sea levels will force major upgrades to the Lower Mainland’s expansive network of dikes in the coming decades, according to a provincial government report. The newly released findings estimate dike upgrades could cost $9.5 billion over the next 90 to 100 years to prepare the Metro Vancouver area to withstand a significant increase in

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ocean levels as a result of climate change. The report, titled Cost of Adaptation – Sea Dikes and Alternative Strategies, examined 250 kilometres of ocean shoreline from West Vancouver to White Rock and on the Fraser River as far upstream as the Port Mann Bridge. It’s a follow-up to a 2011 report that predicted a one-metre rise in sea level along the B.C. coast by the end of the century. Actual construction of larger dikes or other protective structures would be a small $880-million slice of the overall cost estimate. A larger chunk is $1.6 billion for property acquisition, much of it in areas where taller dikes will require larger footprints, encroaching on adjacent land. But the biggest cost component is an estimated $3.25 billion for seismic upgrades – more than half of the $6.3-billion overall cost before a 50 per cent contingency is added. One of the risks flagged in the report is that an earthquake could cause some soil layers underneath dikes to liquefy, threatening their integ-

rity. The proposed changes take into account not just the sea level rise but land subsidence, maximum high tide, storm surge, wave effects and the need for freeboard. Not all areas of lowlying land threatened by the ocean would be defended. The report calls for a strategy in some floodprone areas of “managed retreat” where currently developed areas are decommissioned over time and returned to a natural or low-value state that can flood periodically. “Managed retreat may be a viable option at Mud Bay [in Surrey],” it says. “However, the decision to retreat is complicated and would have to be made with extensive stakeholder input and economic analyses.” Also contemplated are $10-million sea gates at the mouths of the Serpentine and Nicomekl Rivers, as well as a $25 million sea gate that could be closed during storms to protect Vancouver’s False Creek area. Steveston’s densely developed waterfront of historic buildings might

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be protected by using Shady Island and a new sea gate as a storm surge barrier. The report also considered the value of property and buildings in areas of Metro Vancouver – as well as social and environmental factors –  as part of deciding whether expensive flood-protection works are justified on a cost-benefit basis. The report also suggests a Regional Flood Protection Plan be drawn up with the province, municipalities and other agencies participating. Developers are already recognizing the need for change. Norm Shearing, vicepresident of Parklane Homes, told a Metro Vancouver forum last month plans for the new River District residential area in Vancouver along the Fraser River were revised at huge expense to meet higher flood plain requirements. “It was a thing we had to do to protect ourselves from the future,” Shearing said. “The implications of sea level rise on the region and the engineering solutions that are going to have to occur is huge, it’s enormous.

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The Business Licence/Invoice renewal documents for licences expiring January 1, 2013, have been mailed. The top part of the document is the Business Licence for posting and the bottom portion is the invoice for payment. A licence becomes valid once payment has been processed. If you have not received your renewal document, please contact the Business Licence Division at 604-276-4328. For your convenience, payments can now be made through the City web site at and click on the Pay & Purchase tab. Please use the Licence Year Number and the account number found on your current renewal notice noted below.

Tuesday, December 18 The City is upgrading the recreation registration and Point of Sale (POS) systems to update technology, improve the look of the registration website and to allow for higher security chip cards to be accepted. The registration system (including refunds and transfers), POS systems and debit/credit card payment systems will be unavailable for the entire day on Tuesday, December 18. All programs will run as usual on December 18; however, cash or cheque only will be accepted for drop-in programs on this day. Visit Cards will be recorded manually.

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Transit goal not being reached: Auditor by Tom Fletcher Black Press The B.C. government’s ambitious goal to double transit ridership by 2020 is not going to be met at the current rate of growth, Auditor General John Doyle reported Thursday. Doyle’s audit of BC Transit’s efforts to meet that goal found that since it was set in 2008, ridership increased by 6.9 million by last spring, the latest annual total available. The original target was 9.4 million by that time, and the gap is expected to grow further by 2014-15. The provincial transit plan was unveiled early in 2008 by former premier Gordon Campbell and then-transportation minister Kevin Falcon. Its $14 billion price tag included federal and municipal investment, with SkyTrain and other urban light rail accounting for $10 billion. It included the nowcompleted Canada line, the Evergreen extension to Coquitlam and another SkyTrain extension to the University of B.C. Rapid bus systems for Kelowna and Victoria were the only parts of the plan outside the Lower Mainland. The audit identified a lack of clear targets and collaboration between BC Transit and the B.C. transportation ministry, and recommended that the targets and timelines be reviewed. The audit was underway when the province did its own review of BC Transit’s rocky relationship with local governments. Transportation Minister Mary Polak announced in September that local communities will be asked to nominate directors for the BC Transit board, and the province would make it easier to amalgamate a patchwork of local transit systems into regional authorities like the one that serves Greater Victoria. The B.C. government pays 47 per cent of costs for BC Transit service in partnership with 58 local governments in B.C.

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Three locals named to Coast Capital team Corinna Chan, Dylan Acheson and Maggie Kong to help award community grants to youth issues by Martin van den Hemel

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Maggie Kong, Corinna Chan and Dylan Acheson to help award community grants to youth issues.

Three Richmond residents have been named to the Metro Vancouver Young Leaders Community Council, a Coast Capital Savings group that will allocate grants for youth issues. Corinna Chan, Dylan Acheson and Maggie Kong are part of the 3 0 -ye a r s - a n d - u n d e r team tasked with reviewing grant applications and awarding community grants on behalf of Coast Capital. The council comprises four community representatives and four Coast Capital employees. “It’s great to have the opportunity to do something meaningful in the community with other young people who share the same energy and passions as you,” said Sonja Baikogli, chair of the council. “We all haves this desire to make our world better and this program is a unique opportunity to put that energy into motion.

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Richmond swimmer sets Canadian record Noemie Thomas, 16, wins 50-metre butterfly in 25.76 seconds at world championships in Istanbul It was a big day for little Noemie Thomas at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul Thursday. The five-foot-four 16-year-old from Richmond, B.C., set a new Canadian record of 25.76

in the 50-metre butterfly heats, then matched that time in the semifinals to advance to Friday’s final. “To repeat that exactly is pretty good. Maybe I would have liked to go a little bit better,” Thomas said. “I felt like my start,

I was one stroke over what I usually do in the first 25 (metres) of my race. If I just lengthen out my strokes in the first 25, then I think I can get down to (a faster time).” The world short-course championships are the






first senior international meet for Thomas, who bested Victoria Poon’s three-year-old Canadian record of 25.87. That was good for the top overall time in the heats. She followed up with the fourth-best time in the semifinals and will have a chance at a medal for Canada at 12:43 p.m. ET Friday. “I’m pretty excited about the finals. The goal coming in was just to have fun and see where I was at in my training,” Thomas said. “I’ve been to the junior worlds and everything and it’s similar but in its own ways (world short course) is different. Especially the (amount of ) people here and the atmosphere was pretty nice. It was cool to walk through those doors.” Courtesy: SendtoNews/ Swimming Canada

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Longest-serving Ravens’ coach helping to give back AJ Sander to play in Saturday’s Coaches Charity Game by Don Fennell Sports Editor It’s been a while since AJ Sander pulled on his skates to actually play hockey. He’s been too busy coaching the game. But Sander, who last week guided the Richmond Midget A1 Ravens to top spot at a tournament in Ontario—and last season coached the core of the team to the provincial championship—is expecting to suit up in the Richmond Ravens’

Coaches Charity Game Saturday evening at Minoru Arenas. The game, besides being a fun event, will benefit both the Richmond Food Bank and Richmond Christmas Fund. The brainchild of Pewee C1 bench boss Adam Carmichael, the action is set to begin at 6:45 p.m. “Someone has to represent my team,” laughed Sander, who is beginning his sixth season as coach of the Midget A1 Ravens— the longest-serving


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Parade of Lights is set for this weekend The Richmond Yacht Club is presenting the annual Parade of Lights this weekend, with donations encouraged to benefit local families in need. Decorated vessels will be on parade between the Middle Arm Bridge and the Dinsmore Bridge from 6 to 8 p.m. on both Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16.

The best spot to view the vessels, adorned with Christmas lights, reindeers, Santas and other holiday decor, is from the Richmond Yacht Club, 7471 River Rd., where everything from hot dogs, hot chocolate, and cookies will be served up to raise funds for the Richmond Christmas Fund.

Do you want to practise forestry in BC? New forestry designation available now Martin van den Hemel photo The B.C. Ambulance Service building at Williams and No. 1 is decked out for Christmas.

The Natural Resource Professional (or NRP) designation is new and recent grads from natural resources conservation programs at the University of BC, Thompson Rivers University and the University of Northern BC can apply today. The NRP designation will allow you to practise aspects of professional forestry in every corner of media and otherwise, about the contest. the province. You might find yourself working for government, What’s up grabs, other than civic consultants, industry, Aboriginal groups and more! For more pride? crete utility pole just The grand prize is $500, with information and to see which programs qualify, visit our website before 4 from a.m. All four the runner-up landing $250 at Lansdowne Centre.were thrown from the

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City parks get kudos Two City of Richmond parks have recently received distinguished design awards for the notable benefits they bring the community: the 2012 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Professional Awards given to Middle Arm Waterfront Greenway, and the 2012 National Urban Design Awards presented to Garden City Play Environment. The Middle Arm Waterfront Greenway, an innovative, 1.5-kilometre linear park on Richmond’s city centre waterfront, was awarded the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Merit Award. Garden City Play Environment, designed by space2place design inc., along with Pod Design, is a public place designed for children near the city centre of Richmond, and was awarded the 2012 National Urban Design Award. The park is an organic, flowing space where the structures and systems combine to create a setting that invokes the natural world and reflects the regional character of the Pacific Northwest.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

EDITORIAL: Time to trim the spending tree


hile many of us are trimming trees, reminders came this week that trimming appears to be a lost art in government.

The most egregious news came Wednesday, when taxpayers learned the true cost of buying and operating a new fleet of F-35 warplanes. That figure is a staggering $45.8 billion—or about the cost of 22 entire Canada Line rapid transit systems. It’s an example of government getting too comfortable being

government. It’s time taxpayers— the ones who pay the bills—are treated with greater respect. It took an external auditor’s report for the federal Conservatives to back away from its plan to buy 65 of these battle jets. The truly sad part of this story is the feds have repeatedly dodged revealing true costs of the purchase. Why do we need these fighter jets anyway? Is Canada preparing for something that we’re not being told about? More importantly, are the Conservatives the good fiscal managers they claim to be? This debacle is

proving otherwise. On the provincial front, if taxpayers needed another reminder of a new Port Mann Bridge, look no farther than its $400,000 campaign promoting the $3.3-billion bridgehighway project. How about a reality check? Commuters used to being stuck in the bridge’s previous gridlock for two or three hours each day have had plenty of time to think about what a new crossing would mean to them. These motorists don’t need to be led down a garden path to discover how much they’ll be paying in tolls.

Also this week—albeit hidden under a stealth-like jet stream—is that the average federal worker is costing taxpayers $114,100 a year. Compensation for federal bureaucrats is growing faster than any other employee group in Canada. By 2015, the average pay—including benefits and pension costs—of a bureaucrat could reach $130,000, we learned from Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page. Hopefully this Christmas our political leaders will be thinking less about decorating trees, and more about trimming wasteful costs to taxpayers.

Holiday hints to feast on

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y mom thinks I’m crazy because I think it’s OK to bring Tupperware out to restaurants. In fact, I like to provide reminders whenever we go out to eat.

Did you bring your containers? Did you bring your bags? I’m a broken record of green reminders which I’m quite certain everyone around me appreciates. On a side note, great gift ideas this season are reusable travel chopsticks and foldable containers. With the holiday season shortly upon us, many of us are starting to anticipate the gluttony and abandonment of portion control while navigating savvy advertising geared to getting you to buy some pretty unhealthy products. For example, the amount of chocolates being sold this time of year is astronomical. One of the flyers I received had four pages devoted to chocolates. These are chocolates that contain genetically engineered ingredients including highfructose corn syrup, sugar, and soy lecithin. As well, the low price of

Columnist Colin Dring is never one to shy away from bringing Tupperware to a restaurant.

these products is contingent on farmers being paid abysmally low prices for their corn, soy and beets. Highly processed food products have been demonstrated to have impacts on human health particularly in rates of cancer, obesity, and diabetes. As well, the idea that concentrating consumption over a week or two having little impact is far from the truth. A 2011 study in the Journal of Public Health and Nutrition looking at processed foods in Brazil concludes that ready-toeat, highly processed foods should be banned from sale due to their negative health impacts. While the nutrition of these food products is questionable, the impacts

on the environment from transport of food products and ingredients across the globe generate significant emissions and waste. According to Metro Vancouver, families in 2010 generated approximately 440,400 tonnes of solid waste, of that number roughly 39 to 45 percent was compostable organics much of which is food waste. Just for your information, approximately 71 per cent of residential waste is compostable organics, paper and plastic. These three categories represent most of the waste that gets produced particularly en masse during the holidays. Food waste is an on-going problem, and an issue worth bringing up around

the holiday dinner table. Suggestions to reduce food waste and environmental impacts are plentiful. Eating seasonally and tailoring your festive feasts with creative use of produce that is readily available during the winter such as cabbage and brussels sprouts is one way. Another great way is to make shopping lists and to stick to them! Choosing organic foods and freerange turkeys, meats and eggs, or local and seasonal products is one way to do it. The holiday meal, or meals if you’re in my house, usually generates a fair amount of leftovers. Dealing with and celebrating leftovers requires ingenuity and resourcefulness. In our house, every year after the

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turkey dinner we make a bunch of soup stock and a delicious turkey congee. For many of my friends and myself, I have been known to deeply appreciate having leftovers to take home. On a final thought, while many of us this holiday will be eating our fill, and then some, many others in our community are not. In Richmond, an estimated 30,000 people are considered lowincome, and food programs can only do so much. Supporting the Richmond Food Bank or local community meals with a donation of food, time, or more appropriately, cash, will make a meaningful impact for many of Richmond’s needy this holiday season. Merry green feasting and happy holidays Richmond!

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There’s more than three roads Editor: I don’t believe city council knows there are 10 roads in Richmond not “three” roads! I’m tiered of all my tax dollars being spent west of No. 3 Road to the dike and being called central Richmond. The last thing we need to do is spend another $2 million paving the old tram line when there already is a sidewalk and bike lanes on Railway Avenue, but I guess I forgot council thinks that’s central Richmond and I live east of Shell Road. Maybe I can get them to spend a couple of dollars stocking the lake in my back lane with fish when it rains as they can’t afford to spend any of my tax dollars fixing it, or even a street sweeper, but that might be asking for to much. R. Ewen Richmond

Flooding the house that Jack built Editor: Chasing geese down with dogs and volunteers (or boys in cars) is unlikely to solve the flooding problem here in Richmond. Yes we have high water tables yes we have a lot of rain. But we also have a lot of, especially since 2004, development, some would argue overdevelopment. How can we tell it is over-development? There are signs. First, when urban coyotes, the resident Anna’s hummingbird, and other species are seen fleeing down Westminster Highway to escape a building site demolition in the middle of the day last week, that could be one sign. How about the repeated drainage of the collection pond at Garden City Park during the rainy season. A system designed by city parks folk to capture and biologically treat, storm run-off. But if the pond has to be drained multiple times in the rainy season, do the plants, like cat-tails, planted by city parks to filter the water have

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yard habitats, we now have more and more multi family buildings, with large footprints, expansive roofs, eves, and gutters shedding rain run-off, that cannot be taken up and stored by juvenile trees, into the storm sewers, which finds its way into the Fraser River, flooding the house that Jack built. So our fight is not with the trees, or the geese but with urban run-off. If your not convinced, then better ask for Santa for a life supply of rubber boots or webbing between your toes, if you want to live in this city. Instead of swimming with sharks, be prepared to float with the Humboldt squid, and bear in mind, when Mao ordered the destruction of swallows, there was massive crop failure and famine in China. Enjoy the season? C. Jones Richmond






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Cultural diversity explored through film, book Cinevolution Media Arts Society is presenting a day-long event at the Richmond Cultural Centre Saturday featuring film, art and open dialogue on topics of cultural engagement. Close Encounters: A Celebration of Diversity in Richmond on Dec. 15 begins at 11 a.m. with an encore screening of Kenda Gee’s Lost Years: A People’s Struggle for Justice. At 1:15 p.m. author David H.T. Wong will launch his book Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America. A

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Corny humour is part of panto fun From Page 11 Music, dancing, grandiose costumes and familiar storylines can all be expected. And as per panto tradition, cross-dressing, corny humour and unusual plot twists will make for an unusual theatre experience. Among the cast is Richmond’s Jessica Wong, a 16-year-old Grade 11 student at J.N. Burnett Secondary. Wong is no stranger to the Metro panto, having played in the chorus of two previous shows: Cinderella and Ali Baba and the Seven Thieves. She’s now graduated to a starring role, playing the lead female Jill—alternating with fellow actor Kathleen Robertson. “It was the most exciting thing when I found out they wanted me to play a lead because I’m so used to being ensemble for them,” she said in an interview. “I didn’t expect the part I got.” Jill is the daughter of Mother Goose and the epitome of happiness and goodness. She falls in love with Colin, and Mother Goose, well she can’t pay the rent. “I love pantos so much. You get to be as eccentric and over the top at all times. You get to interact with the audience—it’s so much fun. In other theatre you have to work so hard to maintain that storyline, but panto there’s so much improv and fun on stage,” said Wong. “I feel panto has the closest cast because of how much fun you have every night.” Wong has been a part of two shows at Burnett and appeared at the Fringe Festival twice with Awkward Stage Productions—first playing a pageant queen in Smile and then landing a role in Zanna, Don’t! “It was a really great show where everything was flipped upside down. Everyone was homosexual. When we found out that some people were heterosexual, it was a big scandal. It’s just really cool to see different perspectives.” Also appearing in Mother Goose for the third time is Wong’s sister Stephanie, 18, a member of the ensemble

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For long-time Richmond resident Carol Brown (names in this story have been changed to protect the donor’s privacy), Richmond Hospital holds a special place in her heart, especially during this time of year as she’s had to spend part of her holidays with our caring staff on more than one occasion. Her touching story is a reminder, to all of us, that giving is often the greatest gift of all: “Many families have cherished traditions during the holiday season. “Years ago, every December I would make little baskets of shortbread, cake and jam. My children would wrap them in festive paper and help deliver them to people who didn’t have anybody during the holidays— some of whom were patients at Richmond Hospital. “When I moved to Richmond in 1946, I didn’t know I would become so involved with Richmond Hospital after it first opened in 1966—or how often it would be there for my family. “I’ve sat with other parents as our children needed Richmond Hospital to mend their injuries. Later, I celebrated with others in the waiting room as I welcomed the births of five of our grandchildren. “One year, my husband and I even spent Christmas Eve together in the Emergency Department. Thankfully, we made it home for Christmas dinner, but we knew that many others would be spending their holi-

Natalie D. Meixner is president and CEO of Richmond Hospital Foundation. Her column will appear monthly in The Richmond Review. See www.richmond for info.

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can see how often Richmond Hospital has been there for my family. No matter how our families change, there is one constant— Richmond Hospital is always there for us, just like they’ll be here for you.” Watch for Carol’s story in your mailbox this holiday. If you did not receive your copy and would like to learn more, or if you’d like to donate to Richmond Hospital Foundation, please call 604-2445252, or visit our website at www.richmond hospitalfoundation. com.

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our family just a few days before Christmas. Jack was able to spend a crisp, starlit night sipping his customary rum and eggnog, surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and his little greatgranddaughter. It was a beautiful night. Three days later, he quietly passed away. “That Christmas, we celebrated Jack’s life and I’m so grateful that the staff at Richmond Hospital took the time to give us such a precious memory to cherish for years to come. “This year I wanted to give something special in return. I don’t bake or make jam anymore. Instead, I made two donations to Richmond Hospital, in loving memory of my late husbands, Peter and Jack. “I’ve shared my story with you today, so you

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t’s a Steveston Christmas tradition of sorts. The Steveston Folk Guild hosts its final concert of the year next week, and it promises to be a musical show trimmed with tinsel and sparkling with snowflakes.

Performing in the intimate bunkhouse at Britannia Heritage Shipyard will be the Westwynds— a local trio of folk musicians known to audiences at folk clubs, fundraisers and community events. Nancy Hundal, Kirk Holland and Karen Holland comprise the group, which focuses on vocal harmony, but also play a range of instruments, including the guitar, concertina, banjo, bodhran and djembe. The concert will feature plenty of yuletide carols and a few lively gospel numbers to add to the holiday atmosphere. The Dec. 20 show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $10, at the door. Contact Dave McArthur to reserve a seat: dave@, 604-272-9294 or text 604-715-9294. Coffee and nibbles served; snack contributions appreciated. Donations to the Richmond Food Bank are also encouraged. This week the Westwynds’ Karen Holland told The Review about her history in music and why “Sleigh Ride” is one of her favourite Christmas songs. Who are the Westwynds? “We are three musicians who met in an early music group specializing in madrigals. The group was formed by a retired music and drama teacher Frances Norman. We love a broad range of music, and so decided to branch out into a smaller group to explore the folk and world music genres.” What’s your own history with music? “Music has always been a significant part of my life—whether singing in choirs that rejoiced in rich harmony, playing the piano, performing musicals in high school or Rainbow Stage (theatre in Winnipeg, Man.), or studying music and singing madrigals and art songs whilst at university. We all have a passion for music that stems from early childhood. We all appreciate the inspiration received from special music teachers and conductors along the way.” If you were to go carolling in the streets, what are three

Christmas songs you’d be singing? “So hard to choose only three carols, but ‘Christmas is Coming,’ ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Silent Night’ would definitely make the list.” A busy December can leave some people feeling blue. What Christmas song would you prescribe? “For me, ‘Sleigh Ride’ conjures up the all the nostalgia, warmth and shared merriment of the holiday season—’Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling’—but it is also hard to listen to ‘Carol of the Bells’ or ‘Old King Cole’ without grinning from ear to ear. From the more traditional repertoire, the rich harmony of ‘The Coventry Carol’ leaves me feeling inspired and deeply moved. What will you be performing at the Dec. 20 Steveston Folk Guild show? “An important part of the evening will be singalong numbers, as we know many people will want to join in. Lyric sheets will be handed out for those who need a little help remembering the words. Apart from the songs already mentioned, we will perform a whole range of standards… We will also sing some rousing spirituals… We cannot help venturing into the folk genre a little, with the very fitting Gordon Lightfoot number, ‘Song for a Winter’s Night.’”

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Ransomware is malware that locks you out and/or restricts access to your files while displaying a variation of a notification stating the authorities in your area have detected a illegal activity on your computer. Then it demands you pay some sort of “fine.” Most of this type of malware comes from infected websites. Always have backups of your data, never pay any such fines, and look online for instructions on how to remove the malware. And a heads up, removing malware may damage your operating system to the point where it may need a complete reinstall — not easy or cheap.

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Fortunately the Canadian Mint has a series of silver maple leaves. These are a $5 face value one ounce silver coin with designs featuring Canadian wildlife. We carry the 2013 Antelope for $39, also the 2012 Moose and 2012 Cougar for $40 each. We also have 3 different Vancouver Olympic styles. The 2008 Inukshuk is $42 while the 2009 Thunderbird and the 2010 Hockey are $45. Just arriving in this week is the new $8 Polar Bear containing one and a half ounce silver; this Canadian coin was only released in the USA. Luckily our US supplier was able to get us some. Only 200 coins were struck and our price is $68 each or 10 for $670. I expect these to sell out quickly. Remember we carry all the 2012 Mint product that is available.

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The holiday season has and always will be a trying time for most people to stay disciplined with their eating habits and exercise routine. There are a few simple things you can do to reduce the damage during the holidays. For starters, at dinner or special events have only one plate of food and share dessert if possible. Second, moderate your alcoholic consumption by having 1 or 2 drinks and opt for mixes that are lower in sugar. Lastly, try to exercise at least 2-3 times per week to keep your metabolism elevated. The key is to not abandon your good lifestyle habits altogether but simply enjoy the temptations of the holiday season in moderation. All the best and Happy Holidays! Yours in health, Isaac Payne

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Depending on the type of crash you had it sure could. Many “rear enders” which can cause whiplash are highly likely to cause pain in your muscles anywhere from the pelvis up. Neck and shoulder muscles are usually the most traumatized but often the jaw muscles become involved as things seize up in the other muscles. Muscle trauma/damage often results in “guarding” or tightening of adjacent muscles to protect the injured areas. The jaw joints are susceptible to developing painful symptoms too. Your jaw joints work together to produce many different movements when chewing, eating and speaking. A problem in the soft tissues which sling the jaw to your head and neck can result in a painful joint (TMJ) disorder. Often the jaw symptoms can be the last to resolve and it can take months for them to do so. In fact, jaw joint pain may not even show up until later. “One in three people who are exposed to whiplash trauma, which includes neck symptoms, is at risk of developing delayed TMJ pain and dysfunction during the year after the accident”, according to a study done at Umea University in Sweden (Journal of the American Dental Assoc. Aug. 2007). In fact, the incidence of new TMJ pain symptoms, dysfunction, or both, between the initial incident and the follow up one year later was 500% higher in these subjects than uninjured control subjects. In that year, 7% of control subjects developed TMJ symptoms versus 34% of study (injured) subjects. Dentists, who know how to properly make a jaw orthotic, can significantly help in the rehabilitation of TMJ issues. Massage and physiotherapy are usually the first line of treating the problem.

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A new study from a Boston University says that women who regularly take Aspirin or Ibuprofen for headaches are at a greater risk for Hearing Loss than women who don’t. An ingredient in the drugs can reduce blood flow to the cochlea (hearing organ) causing cell damage. About 62,000 women were followed for 14 years. Those who used Ibuprofen regularly (weekly) had a 24% increased risk of hearing loss. Aspirin had a similar effect on men that has also been well documented. The greatest increase of hearing loss risk occurred in women under age 50 mainly because of the accumulative effects of the drugs, but also before other factors like age could contribute. The next study in more detail of the specific ingredients will include 150,000 participants and is underway currently.

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1. Keep your weight and waistline in check. For men, waistline over 102 cm and women over 89 cm has a higher risk of high blood pressure. In asian men, the numbers are 91cm for men and 81cm for women. 2. Exercise regularly, minimum five days a week. A minimum 30 minutes brisk walk on a daily basis is sufficient. Don’t combine your exercise in to one to two days a week. 3. Watch your diet. Lots of vegetables and fruits. Consume only low fat dairy products, very little saturated fats and less of cholesterol rich foods. 4. Stop drinking alcohol or no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. 5. Stop cigarrete smoking and stay away from second hand smoke. 6. Minimize salt intake to less than 1500 mg per day. 7. Minimize stress, relax and laugh a lot. 8. Avoid or consume very little coffee. 9. Enjoy your holidays without excessive alcohol intake and overeating and stay happy and enjoy your family and friends. 10. Monitor your blood pressure regularly. If it is higher than 140/90, visit your family doctor. Don’t be fooled, control it right away before it controls you. Remember, it is a silent killer. Until next time, this is your local family doctor serving you for the last 27 years.

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One of our favourite expressions is “posture is the window to your spine.” All your life you have been told to “stand up straight ... watch your posture.” Hopefully you have listened to the advice because you will look better and have more energy. If posture is out of balance, the spine is out of balance, putting unhealthy pressure upon your nervous system. Activities as subtle as sleeping, traumas like emotional stress, work or auto injuries, recreational injuries and even the birthing process itself can result in spinal imbalances. Your spine is the most important factor affecting your posture. In order to have the best possible posture and health your spine has to be in the best possible condition. Thus, a chiropractic checkup can help keep your spine and posture healthy.

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Technically, the regulations do not prohibit a strata corporation from preparing their own depreciation report. The decision to do this may be a perceived conflict of interest by other Board members or even owners within the strata. Does the Board make this decision or do all the owners vote at either a Special Meeting or an AGM? However, those persons from a strata corp should consider the requirements of the Strata Property Act / Regulations and the liabilities first. A person (when applied also means the consulting firm or group of certified professionals who make the proposal) MUST be identified as providing the report. The identification goes further and the entity or person completing the report MUST disclose the relationship to the Strata corporation as a Board member, owner ,property manager or independent third party. If it is the strata corporation providing their own report, then it will be disclosed in the report that the information has been provided by the strata corporation, and/or specific individuals. You will have to disclose in the report who that is and the liability, qualifications and competency of that person. The issue is raised on Board of Director Liability Insurance for volunteers to the Board whether or not that insurance coverage could become invalid if the insurer considered it a conflict. For example, Realtors who list and manage their own property fall outside the Professional Liability coverage afforded Real Estate professionals and thus the main reason why most realtors have a another Realtor handle the sale of their own homes. In addition to providing a planning tool for renewals, maintenance and financial planning for the strata corporation, the Depreciation report also imposes a level of liability on the strata corporation for accuracy. Remember that the report may be used by insurance providers, mortgage providers and mortgage insurers, and most of all, BUYERS. This is an official report, and will be used to determine a buyer’s qualifications for a mortgage, to establish risk for insurers, and for buyers to determine their future liabilities, before they make a decision or make an offer for purchase. Throughout all of these transactions, the strata corporation is exposed to liability. Depreciation Reports completed by Campbell & Pound and their staff are all covered by a $ 2,000,000.00 Professional Liability insurance policy for the protection of the owners and the Strata Corporation.

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by connecting with us online. For flight info, operational updates

Travelling through YVR this season? The

and the latest news, check our

weather outside may be frightful, but

website – For unique stories

that doesn’t mean holiday travel can’t be

about YVR’s people, destinations

delightful. Here are a few tips to keep your

and community, drop by our blog,

festive spirit intact while in transit.

available through our website. And

Go online and save some time. Flight

for the social media-inclined, be sure

status, online check-in, the latest

to follow us on Twitter @yvrairport

weather info and security restrictions is

and like Vancouver International

all available at Visit the website

Airport’s profile on Facebook.

before you leave the house so you know what to expect. Remembering to pack your mitts and gloves is almost as important as remembering that restrictions still apply for liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on luggage. Be sure to check the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s website for the latest packing do’s and don’ts at While tempting, don’t wrap gifts before packing; they may need to be inspected during security screening. Have a transportation plan. On-airport parking is available this season at just $39.85 per week, one of YVR’s lowest rates yet. The Canada Line is another great option, whisking travellers and their bags from central Richmond to YVR in less than 18 minutes. Arrive early. Keep those spirits bright by arriving with plenty of time to get to the gate. Our dining, shopping and children’s play areas will keep families occupied until boarding time. Toast your loved one’s safe arrival to YVR with a flight of your own - three B.C. wine

DID YOU KNOW? community embraced the joy of giving


with our annual Christmas Hamper


Drive in support of Quest Food Exchange.


Now in its final year, the tree decorating

Airport employees, tenants, Green Coat

iconic Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade

contest supports Quest Food Exchange and

volunteers and locals together donated

Canoe sculpture and its surrounding

its efforts to supply Christmas dinner and

260 complete Christmas dinners for low

seating area is often considered the

income families in our community.

heart of YVR. Beginning December

For the second year running, the YVR

tasters at Vino Volo. Located in the public International arrivals area, this beautiful wine

14, it will also serve as a home base

bar is open just in time for the holidays.

for the airport’s holiday spirit, as

Forgotten someone on your list? From locally-made ceramics at Crafthouse to the latest golf wear at the PGA Tour store and popular electronics at iStore, YVR has an incredible array of stocking stuffers, gifts and gift certificates in the public areas of the airport.

singers, guitarists, pianists and even local school choirs perform holiday classics on our peak travel days. And no holiday entertainment schedule

Travellers can enjoy complimentary gift-wrapping for any purchase made at any YVR

would be complete without a glimpse of

store. This service is available at three after-security locations: Domestic Departures,

that elusive Christmas character in his

C Gates; International Departures, D Gates; and U.S. Departures, E Gates.

distinctive red suit; keep an eye out for

Questions? 24-hour Customer Care staff and Green Coat volunteers are always on hand to help.

roving Santa until December 24.

handmade ornaments. Trees that receive the most votes from a group of airport community judges will earn students great prizes from sponsors including Richmond Aquatic Services, Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Staples and Care Pest Control.

DECK THE CHECK-IN HALL ARTFULLY-DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES LINE THE INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL CHECK-IN AREA THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON, thanks to local Lower Mainland elementary school students who participated in the Airport Authority’s 14th annual tree decorating contest. Some 30 classes visited YVR between November 24 and 28 to bedeck trees sponsored by local businesses with

holiday cheer to low income families across Metro Vancouver.


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Friday, December 14, 2012






by connecting with us online. For flight info, operational updates

Travelling through YVR this season? The

and the latest news, check our

weather outside may be frightful, but

website – For unique stories

that doesn’t mean holiday travel can’t be

about YVR’s people, destinations

delightful. Here are a few tips to keep your

and community, drop by our blog,

festive spirit intact while in transit.

available through our website. And

Go online and save some time. Flight

for the social media-inclined, be sure

status, online check-in, the latest

to follow us on Twitter @yvrairport

weather info and security restrictions is

and like Vancouver International

all available at Visit the website

Airport’s profile on Facebook.

before you leave the house so you know what to expect. Remembering to pack your mitts and gloves is almost as important as remembering that restrictions still apply for liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on luggage. Be sure to check the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s website for the latest packing do’s and don’ts at While tempting, don’t wrap gifts before packing; they may need to be inspected during security screening. Have a transportation plan. On-airport parking is available this season at just $39.85 per week, one of YVR’s lowest rates yet. The Canada Line is another great option, whisking travellers and their bags from central Richmond to YVR in less than 18 minutes. Arrive early. Keep those spirits bright by arriving with plenty of time to get to the gate. Our dining, shopping and children’s play areas will keep families occupied until boarding time. Toast your loved one’s safe arrival to YVR with a flight of your own - three B.C. wine

DID YOU KNOW? community embraced the joy of giving


with our annual Christmas Hamper


Drive in support of Quest Food Exchange.


Now in its final year, the tree decorating

Airport employees, tenants, Green Coat

iconic Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade

contest supports Quest Food Exchange and

volunteers and locals together donated

Canoe sculpture and its surrounding

its efforts to supply Christmas dinner and

260 complete Christmas dinners for low

seating area is often considered the

income families in our community.

heart of YVR. Beginning December

For the second year running, the YVR

tasters at Vino Volo. Located in the public International arrivals area, this beautiful wine

14, it will also serve as a home base

bar is open just in time for the holidays.

for the airport’s holiday spirit, as

Forgotten someone on your list? From locally-made ceramics at Crafthouse to the latest golf wear at the PGA Tour store and popular electronics at iStore, YVR has an incredible array of stocking stuffers, gifts and gift certificates in the public areas of the airport.

singers, guitarists, pianists and even local school choirs perform holiday classics on our peak travel days. And no holiday entertainment schedule

Travellers can enjoy complimentary gift-wrapping for any purchase made at any YVR

would be complete without a glimpse of

store. This service is available at three after-security locations: Domestic Departures,

that elusive Christmas character in his

C Gates; International Departures, D Gates; and U.S. Departures, E Gates.

distinctive red suit; keep an eye out for

Questions? 24-hour Customer Care staff and Green Coat volunteers are always on hand to help.

roving Santa until December 24.

handmade ornaments. Trees that receive the most votes from a group of airport community judges will earn students great prizes from sponsors including Richmond Aquatic Services, Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Staples and Care Pest Control.

DECK THE CHECK-IN HALL ARTFULLY-DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES LINE THE INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL CHECK-IN AREA THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON, thanks to local Lower Mainland elementary school students who participated in the Airport Authority’s 14th annual tree decorating contest. Some 30 classes visited YVR between November 24 and 28 to bedeck trees sponsored by local businesses with

holiday cheer to low income families across Metro Vancouver.


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Standing tall once more Carrying on a tradition of excellence within the club, members of Richmond’s Panther Cheer Athletics’ youth team accept congrulations for their winning performance at the Telus Basketball Classic’s Cheer and Dance event Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.


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Teacher earns kudos for class project by Sidney Gao Youth Reporter Midnight bank robberies and puzzling searches for sneaky perpetrators are plots usually reserved for fans of CSI: Miami, not the students of Robert A. McMath Secondary School. Such gun-wielding crimes and perplexing mysteries are typically left in the capable hands of the Richmond RCMP’s bravest. But this past Halloween night, students from McMath Secondary were thrust into that exact situation as they fired up their imaginations to fabricate alter egos for Rebeca Rubio’s English 11 Honours Class. Students wrote creative short stories, for an above-and-beyond school project, as their inventive alter egos tried to prove their innocence in a Halloween bank robbery. Hilarity ensued as each suspect was intensely interrogated by local RCMP liaison officer Const. Gray and McMath’s own vice-principal, “Constable” Charleton. Genia Zhang and Ian Kobylanski, avid participants of this crazy crime, and students of Rubio, enthused over the creative-andout-of-the-norm project, citing it as ”unique, but still effective and engaging.” “I liked the fact that we could create our own characters and, in ways, we created new lives and got to live them for a moment. One of the coolest projects I’ve ever had!” says Zhang, who shouldered the identity of feisty Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. An excerpt from Zhang’s short story reveals an altered reality in which Richmond and Tinkerbell’s Neverland are intertwined:


Continued on Page 28


Rebeca Rubio’s English 11 class re-enacted a crime scene, earning rave reviews from her students.


“Captain Hook’s next stop was Steveston, Richmond, because there was a ‘Tall Ships’ ship showing there, and he wanted to show off his new ride. When we arrived, I was so surprised at how magical Steveston was. It was almost like going back to Neverland.” Kobylanski, who redefined himself as a spirited Mexican immigrant, adds that because the class was interrogated by real RCMP officers, there was a whole new dimension and level of engagement that lent a sense of purpose to this project, as opposed to simply handing in a paper or pretending that the situations were real. “It was overwhelming to recognize all the different opportunities we could was challenging to create a real character to portray,” explains Kobylanski, whose creative story involves disreputable runaway husbands and lavish celebrity parties.  Both Zhang and Kobylanski attribute the great success of this unprecedented project to their English teacher, Rebeca Rubio. These enthusiastic students applaud Rubio for efforts to engage her students. Both make it clear that the incredible passion Rubio demonstrates by creating such out-of-the-box projects for her students truly sets her apart from ordinary high school teachers. “There are some teachers who just see [teaching] as an opportunity to bore students with notes day in and day out, who come to school at 8 and leave right when the bell rings. Ms. Rubio, however, puts passion into her teaching, which sets her apart from other teachers. Her effort shines through and makes the biggest difference to her students,” enthuses Zhang.


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Teens seeking thrills by Rebecca Lim Youth Reporter Stories about blooding-sucking vampires and creatures that get hairy under the full moon are in the spotlight. These novels are popular because they are paranormal and dystopian fiction, genres that teenagers enjoy. “Especially girls,” said Melanie Au, a librarian at the Richmond Public Library. Paranormal novels are filled with mystery and danger while dystopian novels bring up fictional places where lives are horrible and glum. These characteristics attract teens that love seeking thrills and excitement, adding splashes of mystery and danger into their lives. Examine the Teen’s Good Reads section in the library, and you’ll find at least 20 percent of the books labeled: Paranormal. Other shelves will likely be filled with many dystopian novels. The big wave of paranormal fiction started to roll in after the success of the vampire-themed fantasy romance series, Twilight, by American author Stephanie Mayer. More recently, Suzanne Collins hit the mark with her Hunger Games series, which has gone on to become an international success. Youth readers enjoy sinking their teeth into books with supernatural creatures and fictional unpleasant settings because they like the mystery and danger. These books draw readers into situations they are unable to encounter in real life. “Teenagers like paranormal and dystopian fiction because they enjoy the romance and the mystery,” Au says. “Most of these books are

Librarian Melanie Au says dystopian novels are increasingly popular among teenage girls. Rebecca Lim Photo

more exciting than their real personal lives.” Tahereh Mafi, the author of dystopian novel Shatter Me, explains another reason why adolescents favour reading paranormal fiction. “At 16, we’re unique just like everyone else; we’re different and misunderstood and stereotyped just like everyone else. We’re each very different and therefore exactly the same. Supernatural and paranormal fiction mimics these feelings so well that we don’t even realize it until we pay too much attention. Characters with strange powers/circumstances/destinies are different from their peers, and, in being different, give us someone to connect with; someone to relate to.” Dystopian novels also mimic the unpleasant state teens feel they

are in. They take place in a fictional state or place where everything is dreadful and unpleasant. Is reading paranormal and dystopian fiction good for teenagers? “I think it is good. It makes them read more. Not all of these books are good literature, but there are good ones,” Au says. The Heritage Christian Online School Grade 8 teacher Sarah Kraushar somewhat disagrees. “I would caution teens about reading paranormal fiction. Although teens are often fascinated by the paranormal, the reality is it can be dark and frightening. If teens want to read novels in this genre I would suggest they read it along with a parent, so that they can discuss the message of the book.”

‘We underestimate what youth capable of’ From Page 26 Rubio herself also believes that English is not a class dictated by the stereotypes of the subject, such as laborious note-taking and sleepinducing lectures. “Literature should disturb you somehow... that’s how you know that the writer has written something worth reading.  I want my students to always be reading, questioning and engaging. English classes should not be about note taking and answering questions. They should be about discussion, creativity, inquiry and expression,” clarifies Rubio. When asked how she incorporates fun aspects into her projects, Rubio states simply: “We often underestimate what young people are

capable of. Sometimes we feel that we need to entertain them in order to reach them, but this

has not been my experience. I find that if we ask them just the right questions and push them to

really wonder about their world, they rise to the occasion...the ‘fun’ just shapes itself.”

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The businesses, schools and citizens of the City of Richmond. Special thanks also to the Richmond Cadets Corps for stepping up to take the place of the aging veterans and contributing to a very successful Poppy Fund Campaign 2012.

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Number of children in foster care has risen 65 per cent to 76,000 since 1998:



Volleyball star Neufeld credits loving family by Joannie Fu Youth Reporter

Playing alongside the best in the province, Rowyn Neufeld is a volleyball star in the making. But the bright future that she has ahead of her might have been vastly different if not for her foster parents who took her in at the age of 18 months, and adopted her when she was thirteen. Neufeld grew up in a loving home of six brothers and two sisters, all of whom were also adopted, except for her eldest brother. “No one really knew I was adopted because I just kept it to myself. I felt differently…seeing kids with their real parents…but then I just forgot about it after a while,” says Neufeld. Neufeld’s parents felt they were called to adopt. “They felt that that was something God led them to do, and it was God’s leading in their life to look after kids who needed a home.” Playing for the first time in the summer of Grade 8 for club volleyball team Air Attack without any serious intent, Neufeld soon developed a love of the sport that grew with her talent.

Neufeld says her parents provided her inspiration, encouragement, and kept her on track. “They come to every single game and they help pay for my club volleyball, my gear and stuff, they help me in my school work...they keep me accountable in my faith and (going to) church.” In the summer of Grade 10, she made it on to Team BC after trying out. Playing as left-side on the team, she trained for most of July in Kamloops. In no time, Neufeld was at the top of the ladder, becoming captain of the number one team in a competition at Kelowna. Neufeld played for Team BC all of July this year as well, and competed in the National Team Cup Challenge, where the junior national team is chosen and although she did not make the squad, she has confidence she will make it next year. Neufeld is comfortable with being adopted, and if the topic comes up she is more than willing to share her experiences. “I’m comfortable with being adopted…not so many adopted kids have that much success in life…It’s more of a blessing in my life.” Although Neufeld’s story is one of

Richmond Christian’s Rowyn Neufeld is eyeing a spot on the junior national team next year. Danika Lee photo

success, for others who belong to the foster care system, this is not the case. According to an article in the Georgia Straight, within six months of turning 19, half of the teens who leave the foster system apply for social assistance. Neufeld acknowledges this: “It’s a big issue, but I was just one of those fortunate kids that ended up with a really good home.” With the support of family, friends,

and coaches, Neufeld has exceeded all expectations and continues to do so. Her talent has not gone unnoticed as she has caught the eye of Trinity Western University, and has committed to their volleyball team since Grade 11. Now in Grade 12 and a senior at Richmond Christian Secondary School, Neufeld works hard in achieving her dreams, and looks up to Misty-

May Treanor, an Olympic beach volleyball athlete. Neufeld strives to be like Treanor, who she finds ‘inspiring’. “She works to reach her goals,” says Neufeld, who aspires to one day play at the Olympic level herself. When asked what she sees herself doing in the future, Neufeld answers without hesitation: “Definitely want to play for Team Canada.”

‘Circle of friends more important than cliques’ by Angelica Poversky and Anushka Kurian Youth Reporters

Clique /klēk/ Noun: A small group of people with shared interests who spend time together, and exclude others. The life of a high school student is often stereotyped, in movies and books alike. Several local teens agree that the severity of cliques and their behaviour are often exaggerated. While the concept of defined cliques are often shrugged off by teens as a stereotype, some are willing to vouch that cliques not only exist, but strongly affect the life and behaviour of a teen, and result in people transforming themselves to be accepted. Karly Lim, a local teen who claims to be a part of the “academic clique” shares: “Everyone belongs to a clique of some sort, and there are a lot of cliques.

There are the gangsters who lumber down the halls banging the lockers, the quiet kids who remain secluded together, the smart kids, there’s a clique for really any trait: tech kids, gamers, geeks, you name it.” Aly Moscotivz, a social butterfly who travels through several cliques, shares what insight she’s had about the variety and behaviour. “Cliques exist, but that’s not really a bad thing,” she says. “A clique is just a group of people who are alike, who share the same interests and act the same way. There is nothing wrong with people hanging out with a group of friends and spending time together. The problem with cliques is that in high school, every clique has a rating, a worth, and it’s changed from groups of friends taking pleasure in each other’s company to a social pyramid, with some cliques acting and believing they are

The stereotype of high school cliques is often exaggerated, and less important than circle of friends, teens say. Sidney Gao photo

superior to others.” Lim agrees: “They work like a social ranking, ranging from the popular group to the outcasts and everybody in between.” “In high school, the “popular group,” is the

top of the food chain, the group that many aspire to join the ranks of, even if it means they have to change everything about themselves.” Moscovitz believes that the status of being a popular person seems

to come with an icy isolation within the clique. “You might be surrounded by people who are ‘all that’, but you’re alone. Being in that group means you can’t trust anyone,

because everyone talks behind each other’s back.” Lim says “exclusion isn’t a big deal” because in most cases, “those who are left out of a group usually find common ground with others who aren’t a part of another clique.” But then, aren’t those who are outcast, banned together in their exclusion a clique of their own? Eric Ma, a McMath Secondary student, says it is important to have a group of friends to rely on and depend on, especially for those who are just entering the high school environment. “It’s a good thing to be in one, but don’t get swallowed by exclusivity and separate yourself from other groups of people.” The musical 16 year old explains that belonging to the band-room group of friends, he has positive influences in his own life, and has led to learning

new things from his peers and experiencing and experimenting through new music. This, he says, betters him as a musician and brings his friendships closer. But as Moscovitz and Lim suggested, not all high school groups are accepting and nurturing. Lim believes that: “the person you are is a result of the group you belong to. Teens should choose to have a social circle that benefits them.” Moscovitz concludes: “What’s sad is that we’re dropping down to the most stereotypical ideals of high school life by allowing cliques to constrict who we are. It’s possible to be smart and social and artistic all at once. We’re setting boundaries for ourselves through the cliques we’ve established. My advice is: choose to be with the people who make you happy...So don’t find a clique, find friends.”

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Friday, December 14, 2012 Nine per cent of Canadians believe the world will end in December 2012: Ipsos Reid global survey



Some teens fear Dec. 21—NASA doesn’t by Angelica Poversky Youth Reporter

As you read these words in The Richmond Review’s greatest section, the date is precisely one week before the world is set to—I quote the great minds that surround me—“Go boom”. Doomsday. Dec. 21, 2012. Life will end...Or will it? The Mayan calendar ends on the 21st day of December of the 2012th year and it has been wildly thought to indicate that this day is the end of time and our existence.

For some local teenagers that means the night of Dec. 20 is when they must overdose on drugs and ogle asteroids on a crash course with Earth. I for one am planning to act as destructive as possible on the 20th, because I look forward to getting lectures from my parents instead of Christmas gifts on the 25th. An anonymous 14-year-old student says on the day right before the world is supposed to end, he will be partaking in “bad things” of which he cannot specify in this local newspaper. As the artist Drake said

“You only live Once” or the popular acronym YOLO, and some teens feels they must stand by this quote as if it were a religion. If death approaches, some teenagers feel they must do illegal things as it simply won’t matter if the world disintegrates. I’m given to conclude there will be wild behaviour and mayhem by students who might not turn in socials papers, use up all their monthly texts, or watch R-rated movies. “My friend wants to overdose on drugs that day,” Robert Liszt Mac-

farlane, a Richmond High student, says. His friends’ perspective is that when millions of meteorites collide into the earth it will appear like a videogame, which is obviously the most respectable way to die. I can already see the headlines: “15 teenagers killed on December 21st, confused asteroid for Mario Cart Wii.” Most teens plan to stay rational on Dec. 20, even though they have their doubts. Macfarlane continues that he wants to live his last day in peace unlike his panicked friend.

A surprising portrait of the Downtown Eastside by Andrew Hung Youth reporter

Many people remember the holidays for the presents, the shopping, and the time with family. The team of young volunteers from a Richmond church who came to the Help-Portrait Vancouver outreach initiative now remember the Christmas season for another reason. Earlier this month, Help-Portrait Vancouver treated the low-income people of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to a free portrait, makeup, and hairstyling session. Residents from the DTES streamed into the doors of the Union Gospel Mission. Some of the visitors, in ragged, wornout jackets, carried a distinctive smell of alcohol and tobacco. Others carried a downcast and dejected expression. But inside the Mission, these individuals immediately took on a new entity. Two rows of volunteers, on each side of the entrance, greeted the people as they walked into the building. They were also drawn by steaming cups of hot chocolate and coffee, given to the people upon their arrival. They were treated to front row seats to a live concert, with numerous bands performing Christ-

mas tunes. The people were also welcome to take any of the Christmas cards that sat on the table. For some, these cards were the only ones they would get during the holidays. The visitors were soon

led to the highlight of the day. One part of the room was transformed into a hair and beauty salon. The people, from the elderly to toddlers, were pampered to a hair and makeup session. From here, the patrons

were escorted to another room that had been changed into a photography studio. For Phoebe Chiu, one of the greeters at the door, the highlight of the day was seeing the people brighten up.

“I think I will just think of it as a normal day and play 8 hours of piano like I usually do so at least if it ends I’m doing what I love most.” So will the world end or not? Many of the world’s top scientists say there’s nothing to fear. “The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” NASA reassures. Just as Dec. 31, 1999 didn’t cause every hu-

man being to simultaneously self destruct, the 21st of December is just a typical day, with no scientific red alarms blaring. “This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then—just as your calendar begins again on January 1—another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.” The Mayan calendar’s cycle restarting on Dec. 21 doesn’t intrigue McNair’s Dennis Virshilias who plans on approaching the day just like any other says. “If it’s going to happen it’s going to happen on

any day. It’ll be unexpected because you can’t predict these things. Also if the world is going to end I don’t see it all happening in one day, I see it stretching out to maybe even weeks of just terror before finally everyone’s dead.” On that uplifting note on mass apocalyptic, destructive catastrophe, I would like to say that I had a good run in Rview. It was fun to be a youth reporter before the world exploded and we all died, please report back to my next article in February to see if I made it out alive.



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Their best mid-size sedan yet Accord-ing to Honda by Jim Robinson Special to Black Press


hat’s in a name can be everything and that certainly applies to Honda’s Accord.

Now in its ninth generation, the 2013 Accord, like Civic, is a name people not only associated with Honda, but trust and the sales records over the decades prove that’s why they keep coming back again and again. The Accord was the first Japanese car built in North America. Honda has a huge presence on the continent now to the point it really is a domestic maker now. But in recent years the Accord has started to flag against increasingly stiff competition in the mid-size market coming from all sides. So for 2013, Honda has upgraded just about everything on the car but has retained the core values of what I call “Hondaness” meaning substantial build quality and engineering along with the best materials and technology that owners know will stand them in good stead when it is time to trade in or end a lease. Accord will be offered in sedan and coupe formats with a choice of engines, but for this story we will stick with the sedans, the Sport model in particular. It is based on the base LX but adds a number of extras starting with the

engine. While the LX has the same 2.4-litre, direct injection, DOHC inline four-cylinder with 185 hp and 181 lb/ft of torque, the Sport improves that slightly to 189 hp and 182 lb/ft of torque due mainly to a larger exhaust, which lessens back pressure. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while a CVT (continuously variable transmission) is a $1,200 option and that includes steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Increasingly, CVTs are proving more frugal than manuals or automatics which is why the shift to CVTs is becoming more prevalent. The proof is in fuel efficiency with the CVT rated at 7.8/5.5/6.7L/100 km city/highway/combined compared to 8.7/5.7/7.4L/100 km for the manual. This is all due to Earth Dreams, Honda’s comprehensive approach to making their cars and trucks better through a number of initiatives such as technology and weight reduction of its engines and transmissions. The engines now have reduced friction plus improved torque, while the available transmissions enhance acceleration and responsiveness through improvements such as wider ratios and sporty shift programming. While classified as a mid-size sedan, it really is a large car especially in the back seat with Honda claim-

Honda Accord Sport 2013 BODY STYLE: four-door, fivepassenger mid-size sedan. DRIVE METHOD: front-engine, front-wheel drive. ENGINE: 2.4-litre DOHC inline four-cylinder (189 hp, 182 Lb/ft) CARGO CAPACITY: 447 litres. FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular) CVT as tested 7.8/5.5/6.7L/100 km city/highway/combined; sixspeed manual 8.7/5.7/7.4L/100 km PRICE: $25,490; as tested with CVT, $26,690 not including $1.640 shipping fee The Honda Accord, the first Japanese car to be built in North America, is now in its ninth generation with the 2013 model.

ing it has the largest rear passenger volume in the segment while the trunk is increased to 447 litres, up 50 litres from the 2012 model even though the 2013 is 80 mm shorter. Styling looks a bit more edgy then previously, but it was done to reduce drag, which is another part of the Earth Dreams mantra. The Sport has its own 17-inch alloy wheels along with fully independent suspension, which, as you’d expect, has that sporting Honda feel. Another bonus is the inclusion of hill holder assist, a feature other

brands are starting to adopt. Lastly, I liked the iPod-like click wheel grafted into the right spoke of the steering wheel, making it super simple to use instead of rocker switches. On the highway, I made a lot of use of the cruise function because it was so easy to touch the separate “cancel” button. A lot of the time, in other vehicles I just leave the cruise off because I constantly find myself looking down to find the cancel switch, as I don’t like taking my eyes off the road. The 2.4-litre is a lusty engine

giving the driver the sense that most of the 182 lb/ft of torque is real, not just part of the advertising copy. Pricing for the Sport starts at $25,490 with the optional CVT ($1,200) bringing the price to $26,690 not including the $1,640 shipping fee. The 2013 Accord, no matter which of the nine four-cylinder or V6 models one chooses, is the distillation of almost four decades of providing the kind of sedan buyers want. Once again it looks like Honda has hit the right Accord with consumers.



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BMW charges in the hybrid segment by Rob Beintema Special to Black Press


ou wouldn’t expect BMW to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to hybrids.

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BMW adds socially conscious feel-good factor From Page 33 The ActiveHybrid 3 adds a synchronous electric motor that develops a maximum output of 55 hp. Like all electric motors, full torque – in this case 155 lb/ft – comes on in a virtually instantaneous rush from a standing start. The combined power rating of the gasoline engine/electric motor combo works out to 335 hp at 5800 rpm and 330 lb/ft of torque from 1300-5000 rpm, an increase of 13 per cent and 11 per cent respectively. 0-100 km/h times average 5.5 seconds. What that all translates into is a car that goes like stink. There’s an inevitable tendency to baby a hybrid about town, to get caught up in the fuel efficiency readouts and to try to milk the mile-

age. It’s only natural. But every once in a while, the right situation comes up. The right highway entry ramp. The right gap in traffic. The right time to stomp the go pedal flat to the floor, hear the engine roar under full throttle, feel the electric assist helping to push you deep into the seat back. And then you are gone, baby, gone. The electric motor gets its juice from a 96-cell lithium-ion high-voltage battery pack positioned between the wheel arches under the trunk floor. Despite the added bulk, the ActiveHybrid 3 maintains BMW’s trademark 50/50 fore/aft weight distribution. The battery is cooled by the car’s air conditioning cooling circuit and, correspondingly, the 317-volt electrical system wired into the electric motor assist also powers the air conditioning

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Strikers join Sharks atop senior boys’ standings From Page 21 “We know we have some athletic guys, but most are multi-sport athletes and not basketball players first. If we’re going to be successful we have to buy into playing well without the ball.” The Strikers were able to take the Dragons to overtime with the teams tied 53-53 through regulation. They had several good looks at the basket and perhaps even deserved to win in four quarters, with an open jump shot by John Tseng, their impressive six-foot-four Grade 11 guard, bouncing off the back rim as time expired. “He looked so depressed, but I told him,‘Hey, it was a great shot,’” said Meier. In overtime Tseng, who is frequently his own toughest critic, was instrumental in the Strikers’ persistence being rewarded. Tseng, who helps to coach the Grade 8 boys’ team at McRoberts, is an example of the talented, but more importantly dedicated athletes Meier is relying on. Through nine games this season, Tseng—who benefit-

ted from playing senior ball as a Grade 10 last year and has since began working out regularly with weights—is averaging nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. Along with Nolan Howell, who is also six-foot-four, he provides the Strikers with some much needed height in the starting lineup. Both players were first team all-stars at the John Oliver tournament, with Howell’s biggest contribution coming on the boards where he pulled down 17 rebounds in the final game. “It was a big thing for us to keep King George’s athleticism in check,”said Meier. “If we could do that we knew we’d have a chance to win because we’re often in close games. Now we’re starting to finally learn how to finish them off.” While Meier promotes a family atmosphere at McRoberts—and the senior Strikers reflect it well—there’s little doubt that Arnold Macalipay stirs the drink. MVP at the John Oliver tournament, McRoberts’ starting point guard is still only in Grade

MVP Arnold Macalipay and coach Brian Meier hoist the championship trophy at the Joker Classic.

10 and already one of the best players in senior basketball in the province let alone Richmond. Averaging 18-plus points, eight assists and rebounds per game, he continually amazes Meier with his athleticism. “I’ve coached him since Grade 8 and also had him on regional and provincial select teams and

every game he still does something unbelievable that makes me shake my head,” Meier said of Macalipay, who last summer suited up for the provincial under-15 boys’ team. “Arnold continues to improve because his decision making also improves as he gets more experience. His turnovers continue to decrease, and playing

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another summer against some of the best players throughout Canada and Washington state he’s learned not to force the play.” Returning to league play this week—posting victories over A.R. MacNeill Ravens (63-58 Monday and Richmond Christian Eagles 99-38 Tuesday)—the Strikers also strengthened themselves with the addition of talented Grade 11 Tony Ye. A defensive specialist, Ye, who provides the team with a lot energy, is returning to the team after being given time off by Meier to focus on writing SATs. Further reflecting the growth of the Strikers, the team’s leading scorer against Richmond Christian was Evan Lee. The team’s sixth man last season, the McRoberts’ backup Grade 10 guard had 21 points. It’s taken a significant amount of time and patience waiting for the boys’ basketball program at McRoberts to again be considered serious title contenders. But there’s every indication that time

has arrived. “We had a clear idea of what we wanted to attain, but it’s been a lot easier when you come from a program that had some success,” said Meier, who helped coach the Paul Eberhardt-led R.C. Palmer Griffins to the B.C. AAA high school senior boys’ basketball championship in 2011. “And Edward Fan, who played for us in the early days at Palmer, has also been instrumental in our success at McRoberts having coached the cur-

rent Grade 10 group since they were in Grade 8. Our feeling is that every game, no matter the score, is an opportunity to learn. As long as we improve, we’re succeeding.” After two games, both wins, in the Richmond senior boys’ basketball league, the Strikers—hoping to qualify for the provincial AA championships in March, share top spot with the Steveston-London Sharks, a AAA team, who have also won their first two league games.

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Georgie Awards nominees announced

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The 21st annual Georgie Awards dinner will be held on Feb. 23 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

By Kerry Vital

Vancouver, the first European to enter Burrard Inlet in 1792. Since the awards began in 1992, the categories, criteria, price points and square footage have changed to reflect new ideas in the construction industry. The most recent change has been to energy-efficiency categories, with the creation of new ones and the addition of new criteria to older categories. The winners will be announced at a black-tie awards gala in February. For a full list of finalists, check out www.





















The Canadian Home Builders’ Association of British Columbia has announced the finalists for this year’s Georgie Awards, honouring the best in the residential construction industry. This will be the 21st annual awards, which reward builders, renovators, marketers and sales representatives. The awards are known across Canada for recognizing excellence and innovation in B.C. “A Georgie Award is recognized as an industry stamp of quality. Award entries are at a record high, and the calibre of projects is a testament to the talents and efforts of CHBA BC members,” says the CHBA BC. This year, the CHBA BC received over 500 entries in a total of 45 categories. The categories include awards for singlefamily, multi-family and custom homes, as well as renovations on various budgets, marketing and outdoor spaces. Among the nominees are Portrait Homes, Kenorah Construction & Design, Adera Development Corporation and Harald Koehn Construction Ltd. The awards will be presented by CHBA BC and BC Homes, and are judged by a panel of residential construction industry professionals from outside of the province. Finalists for the Grand Georgie Awards and Customer Choice Georgie Awards will be announced next month. The Georgie Awards are named after Captain George




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McCorkell - Jessie Cecelia (McMeekin) Passed away November 11/2012 at Richmond General Hospital. Born in Ottawa Ontario October 19/2015 and was a long time resident of Richmond BC. Pre-deceased by her husband William John, sons James, Frank, daughter in-law Carol and grandson Billy. Survived by daughter Dorothy (Hanover ON), son David (Karen), daughter-inlaw Alviena, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and extended family. Mom will be missed dearly by the family and her friends at Minoru Seniors Center where she served on the Board of Directors and was a Past President - when she was not indulging in her greatest passion - travelling. Special thanks to her friend Liz and Dr Desai-Ranchod both of whom enriched her life greatly. Graveside service will be held at a later date. In memory, please donate to a charity of your choice.

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Richmond Sylvan Learning, together with 10 other Sylvan locations in B.C., has raised $10,000 to support Free the Children’s school building campaign Brick by Brick. Thanks to the generosity of Sylvan students, families and staff, the company has contributed a total of $76,000 since first participating in the campaign in 2008. Brick by Brick funds the creation of classrooms in countries where children would not otherwise receive an education. Pictured next to a campaign poster at the Richmond location are students Erin, Friday and Sarah.

Kudos is a weekly feature showcasing announcements, achievements and good deeds happening around town. E-mail submissions to news@richmond

Stork Craft’s Adam Segal (centre) and UPS staff John Forbes, Damir Luksic, Terry Haase and Jeff Knauer, recently partnered to bring holiday cheer to some deserving families in Calgary. The two Richmond firms connected with NeighbourLink Calgary, which provides families living below the poverty line with baby supplies, furniture and household items. The non-profit organization had a wait-list of babies in need of a crib. Stork Craft went above and beyond, donating 130 cribs with a retail value of over $30,000. UPS then responded by shipping all the cribs to Calgary free of charge to get the items to babies before Christmas.



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Richmond Sunrise Rotary members brought a bevy of gifts for the Richmond Christmas Fund as well as a $3,000 donation at their Dec. 6 meeting. Making the presentation is Rotary’s Georgina Patko (left) to the Richmond Christmas Fund’s Wayne Duzita and Lois Hourston.

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December 14, 2012 edition of the Richmond Review