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Charlotte Diamond celebrates her return to the stage
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Singer’s cancer journey ‘was like being a caged lion’
Council calls for new process to consider change in jet fuel delivery
by Matthew Hoekstra Staff Reporter Charlotte Diamond sang all the songs the kids wanted to hear— ”I am a Pizza,” “Octopus (Slippery Fish)” and “Four Hugs a Day.” A breast cancer diagnosis didn’t change anything. It certainly didn’t stop her from performing a Christmas concert at Lansdowne Centre that’s been a Richmond tradition since 1995. Diamond had kept it quiet. But following last year’s show, she had surgery and spent the next eight months undergoing chemotherapy. It put her longtime stage career on hold. “It was like being a caged lion,” she said in an interview with The Richmond Review. “It really was.” Having regained her health, this month she’s celebrating with two concerts—including a return to Lansdowne Centre Sunday, Dec. 15. “I’m through my cancer treatments. I’m on the other side. I’m feeling great, and I’ve got all this musical energy. I feel like I’m vibrating with it, so I know these are going to be excellent shows. For me it’s going to be a celebration to be out there again.” At the Richmond show she’ll officially release of her first book, Slippery Fish in Hawai’i, a 20-page children’s board book whose illustrations bring to life one of her best known songs “Octopus (Slippery Fish).”
by Matthew Hoekstra Staff Reporter
Charlotte Diamond will be bringing Christmas cheer to the community in her annual concert at Lansdowne Centre Dec. 15.
Charlotte Diamond •Sunday, Dec. 8: Holiday Celebration with Hug Bug Band and ShowStoppers, 11 a.m. at Vancouver Playhouse; tickets are $25 at TicketsTonight.ca or 604-684-2787 •Sunday, Dec. 15: Holiday Delight Concert with Hug Bug Band, 1 p.m. at Lansdowne Centre mall; free •Diamond’s new board book Slippery Fish in Hawai’i is available at charlottediamond.com and Splash Toy Shop (3580 Moncton St.)
The book also marks a new chapter in the performing artist’s 28-year career—and it came almost unexpectedly. Speaking at a conference in Hawaii, word trick-
led down to a publisher about the popularity of her songs. Soon Diamond had a publishing offer. Illustrator John Aardema brought one of her best known songs to life
with drawings of Hawaii’s vibrant underwater world. “Of all the things I’ve written I’m just so proud the book is out because it reflects it’s an international song now,” she said. Born and raised in Richmond, Diamond is a former junior high school teacher who began singing and writing songs when her own two boys came along. She developed a preschool music program, which led to performances at her children’s parent-participation preschool. Word spread and soon Diamond was out with her own independently-released album. See Page 3
Senior government officials are about to get another terse letter from Mayor Malcolm Brodie’s office on a familiar topic. As the latest deadline looms for a decision on a controversial jet fuel delivery project, Richmond council is reminding political leaders it doesn’t want it. “(The) City of Richmond remains opposed to the current proposal and advocates that the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation conduct a process which fully and openly considers the economic, environmental and social aspects of any new program for jet fuel delivery to the airport,” reads the motion made Monday. Council endorsed the motion at a committee meeting after reviewing a report summarizing the city’s fears. The city contends inadequate resources exist to deal with a major jet fuel spill on the Fraser River or a fire at the proposed tank farm near Riverport. Coun. Evelina Halsey-Brandt said she feels angry, upset and disappointed that concerns of Richmond citizens are being ignored. “For Richmond’s concerns to be not addressed appropriately is very disappointing,” said Coun. Evelina Halsey-Brandt. Coun. Ken Johnston added that he believes the proposed project is “a done deal.” See Page 3
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Cancer didn’t get Charlotte Diamond down
Matthew Hoekstra photo Mayor Malcolm Brodie questioned the need for a new jet fuel pipeline at a news conference Nov. 26 at Garry Point Park.
Jet fuel project touted as ‘low risk’ From Page 1 Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation is proposing a new way to deliver jet fuel to YVR—by barging it up the Fraser River to a new tank farm at Riverport, where it would then be transported to the airport via underground pipeline travelling along Highway 99. Fuelling aircraft at YVR today is a halfcentury-old underground pipeline connecting the airport with Burnaby’s Chev-
ron refinery. Tanker trucks deliver more fuel from the Cherry Point refinery near Blaine, Wash. Expected to cost up to $100 million, the proposed project has been reviewed by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office, which referred the matter to the province one year ago for a decision. Minister of Environment Mary Polak now faces a Dec. 24 deadline to make a ruling or otherwise extend the deadline for a third time.
Following a news conference at Garry Point Park last Tuesday, at which the mayor and other opponents blasted the plan, the project’s director told The Richmond Review the proposal has been through a “comprehensive environmental review process.” Said Adrian Pollard: “The project’s benefits are significant, the risks are low and the technical work completed will ensure it is built and operated safely.”
Shooting on Bridgeport sends man to hospital Drivers in the area sought as witnesses by police by Martin van den Hemel
Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said Thursday afternoon that the victim was awaiting surgery and remained in hospital.
Staff Reporter If you happened to have been driving down Bridgeport Road between 6:20 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, between Shell and Simpson roads, Richmond RCMP want to talk with you. It was at this time that a man who had seconds earlier been shot, ran out into traffic, seeking help from people he knew from across the street on the north side of Bridgeport Road. Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said Thursday afternoon that the victim was awaiting surgery and remained in hospital. The wounded victim crossed the street from near the front door of Ace Tile and Stone, at 11180 Bridgeport Rd., and now police are searching for witnesses who happened to be in the area, either in their vehicle, walking or working nearby. Anyone with information is asked to call the Rich-
mond RCMP at 604-278-1212. According to an Ace Tile and Stone employee, the store had already closed for the evening when the incident took place. A nearby tenant said he didn’t hear anything around the time of the shooting at 6:30 p.m. when Richmond Mounties were called. But the man said he spoke to other tenants Thursday morning about the shooting as television news cameras filmed the scene. “Nobody heard anything last night...no angry customers,” the tenant told The Richmond Review. Another nearby shopkeeper said he was in his garage’s paint room when he heard from a co-worker that the area had been cordoned off by police and employees weren’t permitted to leave.
Courthouse evacuated after bomb threat The Richmond provincial court warehouse was evacuated shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday after Richmond Mounties received a threat. Many media had gathered at the courthouse to cover the sentencing of convicted child sex predator Christopher Neil, who was scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Richmond RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said the threat was made by phone directly to the RCMP about the courthouse, and it was of a serious enough nature that Mounties elected to clear the building. Ashton was not aware of the nature of the threat, or whether it might have involved a bomb. As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, bomb-sniffing dogs had still not arrived at the courthouse, which remained empty. —Martin van den Hemel
From Page 1 She now has over a dozen albums to her credit, along with countless concerts and speaking engagements. Putting on the brakes earlier this year—and cancelling shows—was hard. But cancer didn’t get her down. Diamond was the chatty one during chemotherapy. The one who brought a lion puppet to hospital and decorated the treatment room. In the midst of her cancer fight, Diamond’s friend and longtime accompanist Bob Wishinski lost his. The pianist, singer and member of Diamond’s Hug Bug Band died of lung cancer in April. The two had performed together for 35 years, including at last year’s Lansdowne show. His handiwork is also featured on the original recording of the song that’s now also a book. The talented Linnea Good is now filling his shoes with the Hug Bug Band, but his sound hasn’t disappeared. Her son Matthew—who plays guitar and sings with the band—has picked up some of his licks. “Bob is always there. I’m hearing his parts,” said Diamond. “He played the most spectacular music up until a month or two before he passed away.” Diamond recently released a best-of compilation, 24 Carrot Diamond: The Best of Charlotte Diamond— a collection of 24 of her best known songs from the past 25 years. It’s a testament to her music’s enduring quality and widespread popularity. Last year popular daytime TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz sang “Four Hugs a Day” on The Dr. Oz Show in an episode about the importance of showing affection. Diamond said when she first recorded those popular children’s songs, she hoped they would last, in the same way songs she learned as a child became part of who she is. “I hoped that that’s what would happen—that parents would sing them and grandparents, and it would go on through the generations. It seems to have done that.” During cancer treatments Diamond lost her hair and wrote a story in poem form she called The Lion Who Lost His Mane. It’s about adapting to change: the lion loses his mane, but his buddies—giraffe, hyena and zebra—stick with him and come up with ideas of what he could do. Diamond hopes her writing will become a book someday. But right now she’s encouraging women to get mammograms—how her cancer was discovered—and is concentrating on returning to the stage. “I’m definitely roaring and raring to go. I think of that Katy Perry song ‘Roar.’ I think sometimes performers are like that. We really really like to do our art form.”
photo Charlote Diamond and the Hug Bug Band return to Lansdowne Centre Dec. 15.
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Notice of Public Hearing Monday, December 16, 2013 – 7 p.m. Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall 6911 No. 3 Rd. Richmond BC V6Y 2C1 | Tel: 604-276-4000 Fax: 604-278-5139
TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Richmond will hold a Public Hearing as noted above, on the following items: 1. RICHMOND ZONING BYLAW 8500, AMENDMENT BYLAW 8907 (RZ 11-586861) Location/s: 7460 Ash Street Applicant/s: Man-Chui Leung and Nora Leung Purpose: To rezone the subject property from “Single Detached (RS1/F)” to “Single Detached (ZS14) – South McLennan (City Centre)”, to permit development of six (6) single detached lots. City Contact: David Johnson 604.276.4193 Planning and Development Department BYLAW 8907
2. OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW 7100, AMENDMENT BYLAW 9065 AND RICHMOND ZONING BYLAW 8500, AMENDMENT BYLAW 9066 (RZ 12-605272) Location/s: 8451 Bridgeport Road and Surplus City Road Applicant/s: Hotel Versante Ltd. Purpose of Ofﬁcial Community Plan Bylaw 7100, Amendment Bylaw 9065: To amend OCP Schedule 2.10 (City Centre Area Plan): by re-designating the subject consolidated location to “Urban Centre T5 (45m)” from the existing designations of “Urban Centre T5 (45m)”, “Urban Centre T5 (35m)”, and road; and by inserting River Road between West Road and Bridgeport Road; together with related minor map and text amendments. Purpose of Richmond Zoning Bylaw 8500, Amendment Bylaw 9066: To create a new “High Rise Ofﬁce Commercial (ZC33) – (City Centre)” zone and rezone the subject location from “Light Industrial (IL)” to “High Rise Ofﬁce Commercial (ZC33) – (City Centre)”, to permit the construction of a high rise commercial development with three towers of nine, twelve, and fourteen storey building height, a common ﬁve-storey base building, and approximately 19,882 m2 of commercial, hotel and ofﬁce space.
Sara Badyal 604.276.4282 Planning and Development Department BYLAWS 9065 and 9066
3. RICHMOND ZONING BYLAW 8500, AMENDMENT BYLAW 9069 (RZ 13-641189) Location/s: 3800/3820 Blundell Road Applicant/s: Khalid Hasan Purpose: To rezone the subject property from “Two-Unit Dwellings (RD1)” to “Single Detached (RS2/B)”, to permit the property to be subdivided to create two (2) lots. City Contact: Cynthia Lussier 604.276.4108 Planning and Development Department BYLAW 9069
4. RICHMOND ZONING BYLAW 8500, AMENDMENT BYLAW 9071 Location/s: City-Wide Applicant/s: City of Richmond Purpose: To add deﬁnitions for “Medical Marihuana Production Facility” and “Medical Marihuana Research and Development Facility”; To amend the deﬁnition of “Farm Business” to not allow a “Medical Marihuana Production Facility” and “Medical Marihuana Research and Development Facility” as a permitted use; To amend the deﬁnition of “Ofﬁce” to exclude a “Medical Marihuana Research and
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Development Facility” as a permitted use; and To amend the Speciﬁc Use Regulations – Uses Permitted in All Zones to not allow a “Medical Marihuana Production Facility” and “Medical Marihuana Research and Development Facility” as an agricultural (secondary) use. City Contact: Kevin Eng 604.247.4626 Planning and Development Department 5. RICHMOND ZONING BYLAW 8500, AMENDMENT BYLAW 9077 (ZT 13-646207) Location/s: 4691 Francis Road Applicant/s: Vanlux Development Inc. Purpose: To amend the Single Detached (ZS21) - Lancelot Gate (Seafair) Zoning District to allow a maximum ﬂoor area ratio (FAR) of 0.55 to apply to the entire site. City Contact: Edwin Lee 604.276.4121 Planning and Development Department BYLAW 9077
How to obtain further information: • By Phone: If you have questions or concerns, please call the CITY CONTACT shown above. • On the City Website: Public Hearing Agendas, including staff reports and the proposed bylaws, are available on the City Website at http://www. richmond.ca/cityhall/council/agendas/hearings/2013. htm • At City Hall: Copies of the proposed bylaw, supporting staff and Committee reports and other background material, are also available for inspection at the Planning & Development Department at City Hall, between the hours of 8:15 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except statutory holidays, commencing December 6, 2013 and ending December 16, 2013, or upon the conclusion of the hearing. • By Fax or Mail: Staff reports and the proposed bylaws may also be obtained by FAX or by standard mail, by calling 604.276.4007 between
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City’s top cops don’t meet criteria to take cars home Taking police vehicles home must be of ‘operational necessity,’ says RCMP by Matthew Hoekstra Staff Reporter The B.C. RCMP is rejecting the city’s assertion that top ranking officers in Richmond should be permitted to take police vehicles home. Insp. Ed Boettcher, officer in charge of communication services for the force in B.C. said in an e-mail to The Richmond Review the RCMP’s policy on approval of the overnight custody of police vehicles is clear. “The ability to take a police car home is approved against a set of criteria that include operational necessity. In circumstances where it cannot be demonstrated that the criteria are being met, approval is not granted.” On Wednesday, the Review reported on the policy change that prevents Richmond RCMP’s senior officers from taking police cars home. Senior staff at city hall say the Richmond RCMP’s Senior Leadership Team—Supt. Rendall Nesset and three inspectors—is on call 24/7 “to respond to emerging situations.” But under the new policy, the officers are forced to retrieve a cop car at the No. 5 Road detachment before responding to the scene of an after-hours incident. City council endorsed to a plan Monday to circumvent the policy by agreeing to a 2014 capital budget that includes $105,000 in spending for four vehicles for the Senior Leadership Team. The city will retain ownership of the
“They are on call 24-7 and regularly respond direct to scene and require vehicles that are designated and equipped for emergency response, with sirens, enhanced safety features, etc.” — Ted Townsend police-outfitted vehicles, meaning the officers will be free to take them home. The cost will be recouped by reducing the RCMP’s budget by the amount spent on the cars. Existing RCMP vehicles previously used by the team will be reallocated to the Serious Crime Unit, according to a city staff report. Hearing of the policy also prompted council to fire a letter off to the B.C. RCMP, also known as “E” Division, to relay a message that the policy is unacceptable. At Richmond Fire-Rescue, by contrast, the city provides the fire chief and three deputy chiefs with vehicles, which they take home. They do so for the same reasons the city wants its top cops to take police vehicles home, according to city spokesperson Ted Townsend. “They are on call 24-7 and regularly respond direct to scene and require vehicles that are designated and equipped for emergency response, with sirens, enhanced safety features, etc.,” he noted. The city also extends the privilege of taking vehicles home to commuting employees for carpooling purposes. Eligible staff pay a nominal amount for the perk, which allows staffers to use city vehicles to drive to and from city hall or the works yard.
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Notice of Public Hearing continued the hours of 8:15 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except statutory holidays, commencing December 6, 2013 and ending December 16, 2013. Participating in the Public Hearing process: • The Public Hearing is open to all members of the public. If you believe that you are affected by the proposed bylaw, you may make a presentation or submit written comments at the Public Hearing. If you are unable to attend, you may send your
written comments to the City Clerk’s Ofﬁce by 4 pm on the date of the Public Hearing as follows: • By E-mail: using the on-line form at http://www. richmond.ca/cityhall/council/hearings/about.htm • By Standard Mail: 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC, V6Y 2C1, Attention: Director, City Clerk’s Ofﬁce • By Fax: 604.278.5139, Attention: Director, City Clerk’s Ofﬁce • Public Hearing Rules: For information on public hearing rules and procedures, please consult the City website at http://www.richmond.ca/cityhall/
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Three Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion students will get to see their designs on the runway at Montreal Fashion Week this February. Richmond residents Nicole Boyer and Capri Philip, along with Coquitlam resident Angela Huang, are three of 25 talented designers selected to manufacture the designs they submitted to TĂŠlioâ€™s 2014 Canadaâ€™s Breakthrough Designers competition. This year, hundreds of sketches from across the country tailored to the theme of â€œtexturesâ€? were submitted to the North American textile giant. The finalistsâ€™ creations will be made with materials provided by TĂŠlio, then modeled down the runway in Montreal to compete for one of five scholarships sponsored by the company. â€œItâ€™s my first time being in a show, ever, and getting to be a part of the whole experience is really amazing,â€? says Boyer, a second-year student in the fashion design and technology program at the Richmond campus. The students received their fabrics Nov. 7, all of which are black, white
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or shades of grey. The theme of the competition is meant to encourage students to innovate a design that lights up the runway through texture, despite being devoid of significant colour. Boyer says her design was inspired by an elaborate, furry coat worn by the character Rachel in the movie Blade Runner. â€œShe wears a giant fur coat with
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Newcomers Guide now available in Punjabi Punjabi is primary language of nearly 6,000 residents, according to census data Richmond City Hall unveiled Thursday the latest version of its Newcomers Guide, now published in the Punjabi language. The guide, which provides new residents with information about the city, local government and community services, was previously only offered in English, Chinese and Tagalog. Richmond has a growing number of new residents and introducing the New-
City of Richmond photo Mayor Brodie presents the Newcomers Guide to Balwinder Singh Chauhan and Sukhwant Kaur Chauhan Thursday at city hall.
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EDITORIAL: A good will mission
s it too soon to urge a little peace and good will this Christmas?
Probably not. We’ve all seen the alternative, and it isn’t pretty. Some of us, it seems, are so busy pursuing the material side of the holidays that we’ve lost sight of the spirit. Stressed-out shoppers grimly hunting bargains in the aisles, screaming kids with surly parents and couples who look like they’re going to a funeral instead of experiencing the joy of the season. In short, people who bring their bad mood into a retail outlet to share with the staff and other consumers. While this can be a tough time of year if your finances are tight, it doesn’t have to be a fiscal or emotional crisis. After all, the most expensive item in the store is no gift at all if the giver is grinding their teeth about the cost and the resulting damage to their credit rating. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong about giving big gifts, but not at the cost of civility and peace of mind. There are any number of inexpensive ways of celebrating the holiday
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season that don’t require busting your bank balance or losing your mind. Try asking the people in the stores, nicely, and you might discover some clever alternatives. So this Christmas, a
suggestion: if you feel yourself starting to get anxious or angry, pause and take a deep breath and try to keep things in their proper perspective. Try smiling. Do something nice like holding
a door open or letting a driver merge in front. It doesn’t cost a thing. Keep in mind, this is all supposed to be honouring the memory of someone who lived an impoverished life devoted to
the less fortunate. Someone whose sacrifice might be better celebrated with a little more gratitude for the people in our lives and a little less drama at the tills this season. —Black Press
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’ve been spending a lot of time in Richmond’s coffee shops this past month. It’s odd really because I don’t like coffee an awful lot but faced with a huge writing deadline, these cafés were the best place I could find some writer’s peace.
I visited a variety of shops, my only requirement being that they had tables with access to an electrical outlet. Some were rife with students and writers like myself, all hunched over intensely as they tapped out term papers or manuscripts. Other cafés were human thoroughfares with people moving in and out like a train station. All were busy hives of activity for a cross section of society. There were the couples, sharing time across a table for two. Young lovers would hold hands and chat shyly across their lattes, swirling their drinks with wooden sticks and checking on their phones. Older couples hung out together, reading their papers across from each other in companionable silence. Other twosomes were there for business meetings. I was surprised at what I overheard about business partnerships gone sideways from the overheated coffee shop
meetings. I got the sense that these people choose public locations in an attempt to lessen emotional outbursts. Workers from all professions popped in on their coffee breaks, women in pencil skirts and high heels, men in grubby coverall, and police in crisp blue uniforms. All had come in for a quick pick me up in an otherwise busy day. My favourite patrons were the girlfriends, sitting at tables for as much time as the students, laughing over life’s little quirks, and talking with their heads close together. They came in groups of two to five and seemed to have the most fun of all groups, bringing in colour to the room in more ways than one. The common thread is that all had come here not just for the heavenly bean but also to connect with others. Coffee shops are a way of relating to the whole even if you happen
to be a lonely writer tapping away at nine at night on a workday. Humans are social creatures and need to interact even in an anonymous way in a coffee shop. In today’s busy world where people are often long distances away from home, coming in to a warm coffee shop is a way to feel a part of the human family. Leaving the cold outside and entering one of these shops makes one feel a little bit warmer inside not only with a smooth coffee but also with some genuine human contact. Coffee shops are not just venues to feed our cravings for caffeine but also transplant homes in which to feed our hunger for human connections. Andrea Phillpotts is a Richmond writer and teacher. Opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of any school district, organization, or school.
The common thread is that all had come here not just for the heavenly bean but also to connect with others.
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letters Seniors need a break from utility hikes Editor: How about giving an over-80 senior citizen who lives alone in an apartment a break on the utility rates. I am struggling as it is to pay my bills; however, it really annoys me that I am paying the regular rate in my apartment where there are families of 2, 3, 4-plus who are using far more water than myself, including laundering two to three times a week. This includes rental units, who are sub-renting the extra rooms or sharing to help the initial renter to pay the monthly rent. Years ago, back in 1994 through 2006,
I used to sign a declaration as an over-65 and was paying the single rate and had a break. Since 2007, however, I have had to pay the regular rate, which has continually increased well over 50 per cent. I can only hope for a drastic change to assist us oldies—our pensions certainly have not increased. Now we are informed in the local paper that another increase is coming. Surely, there must be a way to assist the elderly apartment owners to return to the single rate. John Beckett Richmond
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Editor: Re: Canada Line terminus “art .“ I wish to apologize to the current regime at Richmond City Hall. It is very difficult to keep track of the cornucopia of gifts being showered on the Richmond public (aka repatriation of our tax dollars) by this same regime. Shame on me, I wasn’t aware of the Canada Line terminus plinth art contest. Heck,
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letters Rats meet cats Editor: Re: “Fight against rats is a ‘never-ending battle,” Richmond Review, Nov. 29. Let me pen an encomium to my dear, dear friend Nicolette. I have known this youngster for just over eight years now. An inquisitive, affectionate dear little creature, she patrols our backyard in her never-outmoded, stylish, black and white fur coat. Athletic from birth, she would, I recall, lift her arm and casually snatch a fly as it went by. She would catch it with no difficulty at all. She had an unpleasant habit, it's true, of popping it straight into her mouth. But I digress. I remember vividly the day my husband asked, "How long has that been there?", indicating the lifeless body of rattus rattus on the rug’s edge and carefully guarded by Nico. Sometimes the bodies were alive (mice, thankfully, not rats) and it was clear she was trying her utmost to train us. Or at least, to give us some of the fun of the chase. But in the end, it is Nico who is the best of our family at rodent control. The other three cats don’t “do” rat! Though they are happy to do “mouse.” All hail to felis catus! Why don’t more of us use them for what they were domesticated to do? Catherine Mori Richmond
Herring sale was a great idea Editor: This year I had a privilege to donate to B.C. Children’s Hospital by buying herrings in Steveston. What an amazing idea. I just would like to thank you to all fishermen, organizers, sponsors and very hard working volunteers for very well organized event and job very well done. Amazing job. Jerzy Bigosinski Chilliwack
Better Grades Happier Kids Time to deal with epidemic rat problem Editor: Having read Mr. Campolongo’s comments about the “never ending battle” with rats in the city it is yet time the city was held up as one of the worst offenders at creating the problem and doing nothing in the way of prevention. Let’s start looking at some hard facts, ugly though they may be. The city ripped out all of the vegetation and shrubs along Railway to create the new bike trail—all of the ditches and shrubs along that route were homes for our ugly little friends and where do you think those rats went? Into the adjacent neighbourhoods looking to set up new homes. Walk along the seawall at Garry Point at twilight and the rocks are alive with rats. The city has built community gardens all over Richmond, but when the sun goes down those gardens are setting out a feast for every rat in the city. We drop old houses and dig up those properties, driving all the little creature that have set up
housekeeping in them into all of the surrounding neighborhoods and yet, after everything the city has set before these nasty vermin as food and fodder the city does nothing but refer you to a pest control company when you call with concerns. There is absolutely no rodent control program in the City of Richmond despite all of the underlying health concerns rats create. We have a problem, an epidemic of rats. Our city can fund sending a posse of councillors and friends off on another “Sister City” trip half way round the world but can’t seem to find the funds nor the interest to do anything about the very significant rat issue this city has and will face in ever increasing amounts. This is part of the ugly side of any city, but most cities don’t choose to sweep it under the rug like Richmond does, and we are now starting to reap the rewards of years of not addressing this issue and it is only gong to get worse. R. Lamb Richmond
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n Gateway’s upcoming production of The King and I, Musical Director Christopher King will bring the gorgeous score to life. Beyond his talents in the orchestra pit, Christopher is also a huge musical theatre buff who knows plenty of little known facts about the show. Here are Christopher’s top three insider stories about the music in The King and I:
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The Magic of Orchestration Though Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the songs, it’s orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett who selected the speciﬁc instruments to be played in particular moments. Chris beams: “he used traditional sounds mixed with Asian inﬂuences to great effect.” Why Anna Sings (Almost) All the Songs The famous actor Gertrude Lawrence read “Anna and the King of Siam” and asked her lawyer to get Rodgers and Hammerstein to adapt it into a musical for her. This is why the story is so heavily focused on Anna and why she sings almost every song. Anna’s songs also have limited vocal range because Gertrude had “a nasty penchant for singing out of tune”—the limited range minimized the risk of notes going awry. It Holds All the Hits The King and I holds the greatest number of hits in one show. “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Whistle a Happy Tune” are instantly recognizable. To hear the beloved music live at Gateway, book your tickets to The King and I! Tickets available at tickets.gatewaytheatre.com. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
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community Yachts light up the Middle Arm this weekend The Richmond Yacht Club’s annual Parade of Lights is set for Dec. 7 and 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. both nights. Decorated vessels will be on parade in the Middle Arm of the Fraser River between the Dinsmore Bridge and Moray Channel Bridge (swing bridge). Up to 15 boats will participate in the parade, a two
decades’ old Richmond tradition. Spectators can watch the action from the Richmond Yacht Club clubhouse, 7471 River Rd., where hot chocolate, cookies and hotdogs will be available. Performances from the Richmond Singers and Salvation Army band are also planned, along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
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n Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 07:17 p.m. PST the Santa Clarita Valley Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department posted the following: Sheriff ’s deputies … responded to a report of a traffic collision at approximately 3:30PM in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia, on Saturday, November 30, 2013. When they arrived, deputies found the vehicle engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire and subsequently located two victims inside the vehicle. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the collision is under investigation by traffic investigators with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff ’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department. The Office of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner will determine the identities and the cause of death of the victims. But unofficial identification followed quickly in media reports. The passenger was Paul Walker, 40, reported to be an actor in a street racing action movie series called The Fast and the Furious. The driver was Mr. Walker’s friend and financial advisor, Roger Rodas, 38, a Pirelli World Challenge race car driver who owned Always Evolving, an auto dealership and racing services company. The two friends were in a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that burst into flames after crashing into a tree and a utility pole supporting a speed limit sign of 45 mph. Autoweek magazine reported the following
day that the very pricey car is “notoriously difficult … to handle, even for professional drivers” and that a top driver called the car with its V-10, 610-hp engine “scary.” Mr. Walker’s official Facebook page said that he had been at a fundraiser for victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines hosted by Reach Out Worldwide, the charity he founded in 2010 to aid victims of natural disasters. One aftermath witness to the crash, Jim Torp, was quoted as saying “Walker and Rodas planned a quick ride.” Reportedly, the last words Mr. Walker said to anybody were, “Hey, I’ll be back in five minutes. All right?” Mr. Torp said he heard the loud sound of a car’s engine revving and then an explosion. The Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department said that, “Speed was a factor … [but] how fast the car was going had not [yet] been established.” Photographs and videos show a heap of charred pieces of metal and glass piled on and extruding from a red shell resting on turned, bent wheels. Fragments were scattered along the boulevard. The crash aftermath was soon eclipsed by the makeshift memorial nearby—an ever-growing mound of flowers, candles, and hand-lettered messages watched over by grief-stricken co-stars and friends. Paul William Walker IV, born September 12, 1973, in Glendale, CA, began acting in his childhood in commercials and moved on to roles in numerous TV series and movies. His breakthrough to stardom came as undercover police officer, Brian O’Conner, infiltrating a street-racing gang in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, now into its upcoming seventh sequel. In real life, Paul Walker liked to go fast in cars, reportedly saying he had managed to reach speeds of 197 mph and was aiming to break 200. …by Cedric Hughes, Barrister & Solicitor with regular weekly contributions from Leslie McGuffin, LL.B.
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half of residents aged 55 (48 percent) would like to see photo radar coming back, support is decidedly lower among residents aged 18-to-34 (36 percent) and 35-to-54 (31 percent). I supported photo radar initially because when used in high-collision locations, elsewhere in the world, it has a remarkable record for reducing death and injuries. It never operated that way in BC and soon became public enemy number one where it was perceived as merely a cash cow for greedy provincial government. Residents were also asked about the quality of British Columbia’s roads and infrastructure. More than seven-in-
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ten (74 percent) rate it as “good” (68 percent) or “very good” (6 percent), while only 22 per cent deem it “bad” (19 percent) or “very bad” (3 percent). Overall, only 16 percent of British Columbians believe that the province’s roads are “not too safe” or “not safe at all” for motorists, while four-in-five (82 percent) consider them “very safe” or “moderately safe.” This is the first of four surveys Insights West will conduct during the next year in partnership with Black Press. We hope these poll findings will find their way in the current speed limit and traffic safety review by the provincial government. This week in Driveway, our “Question of the Week” and “Drives-U-Crazy” spots focus on speed-related issues please participate online. firstname.lastname@example.org About the survey: Results are based on an online study conducted from October 23 to October 27, 2013, among 838 British Columbians who are aged 18+ and are Your Insights panel members. YourInsights.ca is Insights West’s in-house access panel offering on-demand samples for both clients and research suppliers looking for Western Canadian populations. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age and gender. While statistical margins of error are arguably not applicable to online panels/online studies of this nature, we have assumed that the same margins of error apply as if it were a true unweighted random probability sample with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty. To view the detailed data tabulations go to www.insightswest.com
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Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is a stylish price buster by Zack Spencer
The Mercedes CLA 250 is here and it is a cause for celebration. This stylish compact car is powerful, filled with all kinds of features and starts at an amazing $33,900. What this means for the entire car market is a trend towards more car for less money. If Mercedes Benz can sell such a competent car for so little, the pressure will be on non-premium brands to sharpen their pencil, add more features, and revise their prices lower. Mercedes already has a very affordable hatchback with the B250, which arrived about a year ago and is the basis for this CLA. Both of these cars open up Mercedes Benz to a new market of buyers who might have been thinking about buying a non-premium brand but now realized a CLA is within reach. This, along with Mercedes strong resale value will help to keep lease rates low, amplifying the value this car offers. Looks Mercedes helped create the “coupe” 4-door sedan several years ago with the CLS sedan, which is based on the E-Class sedan. By dropping the roof, raking the front and rear windows and adding a more aggressive front end, produces an eye-catching sedan that looks classy and aggressive at the same time. Mercedes has taken this formula and applied it to the B-Class platform to produce this coupe-like sedan. The base model comes with 17-inch wheels but the sport package is great value, at $1,600, which adds 18-inch AMG wheels and extra AMG exterior trim pieces. The side windows are slim as is the back window for limited outward visibility, not so much for the driver but the rear seat passengers, especially kids. Inside One trend I’m not sure I like is placing a screen in the centre of the dash, like putting an iPad Mini in the permanently placed in middle of the dash. It doesn’t look particularly polished, almost like an afterthought. Audi’s new A3 sedan, arriving in March, has the ability to lower their screen, which I think is a better approach. The premium package is a must because it includes a huge panoramic sunroof, backup camera, automatic
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If Mercedes Benz can sell such a competent car for so little, the pressure will be on non-premium brands to sharpen their pencil, add more features, and revise their prices lower. Zack Spencer
front seats; all of this for $2,800. This is a small car; the roof feels very low and back seat passenger’s needs to be children or shorter adults. Rear seat outward visibility is limited and legroom is also at a premium. Drive The launch event for this new CLA was held in the Washington DC area, leaving historic Georgetown and heading towards Maryland’s ports and navel academy. This provided some excellent stop-andgo traffic opportunities in Washington’s morning rush hour and then getting to stretch the new CLA’s legs on fabulous Interstate highways. The power plant is a direct injection turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a healthy 208hp. The power goes through a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission to the front wheels. The more expensive and powerful 355hp CLA 45 AMG has an all wheel drive (AWD) system as standard equipment but the base CLA 250 will get this important option sometime in 2014. Power is fantastic, especially if the transmission is placed in the sportier mode. This car cruises effortlessly at highway speeds and passes with ease. All CLA models come with a Collision Prevention Assist feature that alerts the driver to the possibility of an impending collision.
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Alexandra car shops for herself for once by Alexandra Straub
One of the questions I’m asked most often when
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owners of a 2001 VW Cabrio. We imported it from Southern California and have put quite a few kilometres on it. But, we needed something that was bigger, had more trunk space, was preferably a diesel and could make it through the snow. So, the hunt began. It actually began in December of 2012. The better half and I went looking for an SUV. It didn’t matter if it had five or seven seats. We preferred a diesel but were not excluding gasoline options. The first place we went to was the Mercedes-Benz dealership. The ML350 Bluetec was in a new generation and something we were interested in. However, with the options we wanted and a three month wait time, the price was out of our range and the wait was too long. Then we looked into the Mazda CX-9. Granted, it’s not a diesel but a classy car and one that’s nice to drive. Again, the Ford Explorer Sport was not diesel, but a strong contender. Though, the fuel economy wasn’t as stellar as we had hoped.
We had spent the better part of a road trip in an Acura MDX in 2013 but wanted to wait until 2014 for the all-new version to come out. After taking that for a spin, that was top three on the list. We also fancied the Volvo XC90 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel. With all these great options, it was hard to narrow it down. But there was one that we had still not looked at. That was the 2014 VW Touareg TDI. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with it. As a VW owner, it’s something I should have thought about right away but for some reason didn’t. Regardless, testing it out fit everything we were looking for. The Touareg was within our price range, it had a generous cargo capacity, all-wheel drive (for our various trips up the mountain) and best of all, a diesel engine. I’m a huge supporter of alternatives to gaspowered vehicles, whether that’s diesel, electric or hybrids. It only seemed fitting to welcome this type of beautiful machine into our home.
The Touareg was within our price range, it had a generous cargo capacity, all-wheel drive (for our various trips up the mountain) and best of all, a diesel engine.
With our new addition to the family and smiles on everyone’s faces, we couldn’t be happier. We’ve also driven almost 2,000 kilometres in the first two weeks of having the Touareg TDI at home and have only filled the tank twice. Even better! alexandra.straub @driveway.bc.ca
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Steveston Folk Guild welcomes Westwynds The Steveston Folk Guild is presenting the Westwynds for its annual Christmas show. A favourite at last year’s show, the Westwynds will present an evening of Christmas music: yuletide carols and a few lively gospel numbers to add to the
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Christmas Fair at St. Anne’s The Parish of St Anne’s Steveston (4071 Francis Rd.) hosts a Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be baking, crafts, Christmas decor and books for sale.
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arts & entertainment Richmond Yacht Club Presents the Annual
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Vessels will be on parade between Cambie Road and the Dinsmore Bridge.
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Hugh Boyd drama students take part in Green Thumb’s Edge Project Hugh Boyd’s senior theatre class is among the high schools performing in the Edge Project at the Roundhouse Theatre in Vancouver Dec. 12 to 14. The Edge Project is a multimedia theatre show that is devised, written and performed by 70 students from Hugh Boyd as well as Windermere Secondary in Vancouver and Windsor Secondary in North Vancouver. The students create, write and perform their own work, telling stories with their own voices and exploring themes and experiences that are relevant to their own lives. Green Thumb Theatre
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Youth choir presents annual festive concert The Richmond Youth Honour Choir is presenting its annual festive holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 15. Holiday Harmonies is filled with songs to warm the heart and lift the spirit. The choir’s program includes both secular and sacred music. A family-friendly concert, the evening promises to tickle funny bones, energize joy and even have the audience singing along. The concert is 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Peace Mennonite Church, 11571 Daniels Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth.
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facilitates the project. Since September, the students have been writing, improvising, collaborating and rehearsing as they build material around a unifying thematic guideline. Shawn MacDonald, a veteran actor and playwright, is the director. Performances take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets (students $5, seniors $10, adults $15) are available for purchase at each participating school or from Green Thumb at 604-2544055.
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Richmond City Hall’s galleria will be filled with sounds of the season Saturday. As part of Winter Wonderland, the B.C. Registered Music Teachers’ Association will host a musical performance Saturday, Dec.7 from 1 to 2 p.m. Emmanuel Children’s Chorus will then perform from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Winter Wonderland is an annual display organized by the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset, featuring 32 decorated Christmas trees and Saturday matinee musical performances. On Dec. 14, band and choir students of Hugh Boyd Secondary will deliver two shows: 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the concerts is free, but monetary or non-perishable food donations for the Richmond Food Bank are encouraged. Visitors to city hall are also encouraged to vote for their favourite decorated tree, whose sponsors help the Rotary Club provide support for international and local charitable projects. The Winter Wonderland display continues until Jan. 5, 2014.
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The King and I opens at Gateway Theatre Gateway Theatre artistic director Jovanni Sy is making his Vancouver stage debut this week as the King of Siam in a new production of a Tony Awardwinning musical. The King and I is on the MainStage now until Dec. 31. The Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II classic about the clashing of cultural values and the healing power of sympathy for others is known for songs like “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Whistle a Happy Tune.” Shortly after arriving in Bangkok, British school teacher Anna Leonowens (Barb Tomasic) tests the limits of the King of Siam (Jovanni Sy). Originally hired to educate the King’s wives and children, Anna turns out to have a mind of her own—questioning the King’s decisions and meddling in matters that are none of her business. But when British officials set sail for Siam, sent to investigate rumours that the King is barbaric, Anna is determined to prove the Brits wrong. Tickets, $30 to $49, available at gatewaytheatre. com or 604-270-1812. Special performances include Dec. 10 at noon (tea matinee) and Dec. 10 at 7:15 p.m. (pre-show chat with artists).
Christmas brought to life with concert at Broadmoor Broadmoor Baptist Church will host a special Christmas concert with songs and stories Sunday, Dec. 15. Storyteller Justyn Rees and singer-songwriter Russ Rosen will join with instrumentalist Brett Ziegler and percussionist Calum Rees in Christmas Tales, a show of music and theatre. Rees will present a retelling of the first Christmas, presenting characters such as Joseph, the Inn Keeper and Dick the Shepherd, while Rosen will bring festive and reflective carols to life. The show is travelling throughout B.C. this season. The Richmond event begins 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Broadmoor Baptist Church is at 8140 Saunders Rd.
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community Museum seeks artefacts for new exhibit For Richmond Museum’s upcoming Language of Learning exhibition that opens Feb. 25, 2014, the public is invited to share, by loaning or donating, objects or photos related to learning in Richmond. The museum has a growing collection of artefacts from public schools, but would like to broaden the scope. The museum is looking for both old and new objects that represent nontraditional forms of education. They could be items that represent a time when you attended an independent
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“Our goal is for B.C. youth to have good self esteem.” — Karina Jesson Finally after all the hard work last February, they did their first collection of donations. “Many people showed us lack of respect, since we were the little ones,” said Mak. They said they were so discouraged that they almost gave up hope. But still they got back up on their feet. Now they are doing their second collection of donations. “Our goal is for B.C. youth to have good self esteem,” said Jesson. They said that the first time they collected 900 items. And, just recently, they collected another 600 and raised $325.75. “Soap for Hope” collects solely toiletries and cash products. All their donations go to Covenant House Vancouver, which provides “sanctuary and a brighter future” for some 1,500 street-involved youth who are homeless, lost and afraid. “I feel so good doing this” said Yip. “We are honoured for starting this” said Lau.
House sales slow, as prices ease Median selling price fell to $990,000 by Martin van den Hemel Staff Reporter Richmond house sales slowed, and median selling prices eased in November compared to a month earlier, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s latest numbers. 109 houses traded hands last month in Richmond, down 9.2 per cent compared to October. The median selling price also fell
6.5 per cent over that period to $990,000. The number of townhouses that sold in November inched up compared to a month earlier, and prices were also up modestly to a median price of $528,500. But the sale of condos was down sharply, from 132 in October to 104 in November, a drop of more than 21 per cent. The median selling price remained strong, however, down just 1.1 per cent. “This year’s activity has resulted in gradual and modest increases in home prices of approximately
one per cent over the last 12 months in the region,” said board president Sandra Wyant. Across the region, sales were 1.2 per cent below the 10-year sales average for the month. Listings were 1.5 per cent above the 10-year November range. Compared to a year ago, Richmond’s real estate market has seen much more activity. House sales were up in November compared to a year ago by 43 per cent, while townhouse sales were up 50 per cent and condo sales were up 28.4 per cent.
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Don Fennell photo Seafair Peewee A1 Islanders heed the advice of coach Yogi Svejkovsky.
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Getting into the holiday spirit at Portrait’s Silver Ridge By Kerry Vital
On Monday Dec. 16, the homeowners at Portrait Homes’ Silver Ridge community will demonstrate their Christmas spirit with a decorating contest. “This is our fourth annual display contest,” says Robert Grimm, principal at Portrait Homes. “We started the event to
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Christmas spirit?” asks Grimm. Homeowners are encouraged to use lights and other decor items to make a festive display. Decorating has already started, and anticipation is building as the 16th nears. Silver Ridge is a 105-acre master-planned community. The latest phase is Hampstead, a collection of four- and fivebedroom single-family homes. Portrait Homes has been the recipient of many awards for Silver Ridge, including 27 Gold Georgies. Among the awards is Best Residential Development in B.C. and Best Residential Community in Canada. Portrait itself has been the winner of the Customer Choice Awards for 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and Best Single Family Home Builder in British Columbia for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. For more information about Hampstead at Silver Ridge, visit www.portraithomes.ca/communities/hampstead or call 604466-9278.
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Three is a lucky number at G3, an exciting condominium development in Surrey’s Guildford neighbourhood that features three buildings with a huge variety of floorplans that will definitely suit the needs of all discerning buyers. “The quality here is excellent,” says sales manager Margaret Bird. “It’s been especially appealing to first-time buyers.”
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Parity will make for exciting race in Richmond by Don Fennell Sports Editor Parity promises to make this Richmond high school senior girls’ basketball season a memorable one, with top spot clearly up for grabs. Two of the early favourites are the A.R. MacNeill Ravens and R.A. McMath Wildcats, with the Steveston-London Sharks—aiming for a third consecutive championship—certainly capable as well. Even without Denise DeJesus at point guard, who graduated last year as the league’s most valuable player, the Ravens had plenty of reason to think this will be their year. And even usuallyreserved coach Fred Chiang can’t help but gush at the teams talent and depth. MacNeill returns seven players from the 2012-13 team, bolstered by a solid group of Grade 11s. “This group committed themselves three years ago to developing a girls’ basketball program at MacNeill, and as each year has passed the group has gotten stron-
ger and stronger,” says Chiang. Last year, both the junior and senior teams reached the playoff semifinals. At McMath, coach Bik Chatha welcomes back six players—now all Grade 12s— from last year’s team, while four Grade 11s who played at the junior level have also made the cut. Chatha especially likes his team’s athleticism and energy. “We don’t believe in one key player, but in a team concept,” he says. “To achieve success every player is important and we need them to be playing their best every game. Our aim is to improve every day and to play hard.” Though longtime Steveston-London coach Les Hamaguchi says his team is in “rebuilding mode,” he still believes the Sharks can contend for another Richmond title. The Sharks return eight players from last year’s team, but only Aliya Prasad (a zone and league all-star) was a starter. Forward Precilia Kong and guard Emily Ip were a big part of last years’
rotation and Hamaguchi expects both will have productive seasons. Also back are Joan Canave, Alexa Santiago, Michelle Koo, Joanne Li, and Johwena Si. Grade 11s Yoyo Mok, Queena Zeng, Crystal Mattu, Rebecca Chen, Janice Wong, and Tina Daschuk round out the roster. Popular Hugh Boyd Trojans’ mentor Stuart Ruttan has every reason to believe in his players too. “I like our athleticism and experience, and we have a bit more depth with five seniors returning and six Grade 11s who are just beginning to understand the senior game,” he explains. “The key to our team’s success will be the bench strength to sustain a solid set of starters. It will be a process, but one that should be fun.” Hoping to improve on last year’s sixth-place finish, the Hugh McRoberts Strikers boast five returning players (two Grade 12s) to help along six other Grade 12s who haven’t played hoops the past couple of seasons but were part of city cham-
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Macalipay has also developed into a strong leader on the court, and is now able to vocalize what he feels needs to be done to his teammates. Coach Meier says if he has a flaw it may be that his talented point guard can be too unselfish. He is always looking to set up his teammates, but at times needs to look to score more himself. Macalipay enjoyed an impressive opening game this season with 25 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and seven steals—the type of numbers he’s capable of on any given night, says Meier. “I think my style has a lot to do with my speed, and because I’m smaller I try to use it create space or blow by defenders to get closer to the basket or even draw more
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defenders so my teammates are open to pass to,” Macalipay explains. “As a point guard my role to distribute the ball is important. I have always been passfirst. I think I have improved my shooting, which for me is probably the hardest thing to work on. I’ve been working on it ever since I started playing and still have much to learn. But since Grade 9 (when he made the senior boys’ basketball team at McRoberts) I’ve felt more and more confident. Still, none of your skills can be perfect and there is always something to improve.” Macalipay was introduced to the roundball game by his dad, who started taking his seven-year-old son to watch his games. Then when he joined the Richmond Youth
“One moment he can be rolling on the ground laughing with his buddies about something that only a young teenager would lose it over, and the next moment he may as well be 32-years-old offering up advice to a friend about life.” –Brian Meier Basketball League, his dad began teaching him such basics as shooting and dribbling. Not long after making Richmond’s under-13 team, Macalipay made the Strikers. Now as team captain he is eager to raise his level of play even another notch while hopefully leading the team to a Lower Mainland title and a berth in the provincials. “I have never been to provincials and I can’t imagine how amazing the experience
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Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Ian Macdonald are hereby notified under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor, W. D. Macdonald at the following address on or before January 2, 2014, after which date the executor and executrix will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the executor then has notice. W.D.Macdonald 6331 Dover Road, Richmond, BC V7C 3K9
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Tzu Chi volunteers gave winter relief supplies to 631 families in Richmond. They distributed daily necessities to the clients of the Richmond Food Bank, such as toilet paper, shower gel, shampoo, lotion, tooth brush, tooth paste, laundry detergent and warm hat. On Nov. 26, there was a service at Peace Mennonite Church. The remaining three services were held at Richmond Food Bank in the following two days. Tzu Chi also made a donation to the Richmond Food Bank’s Dairy Program. Since 2008, this program has been providing fresh milk, eggs and cheese to underprivileged children, pregnant women and those with child, and seniors. Tzu Chi Foundation donated $12,000 to this program, and it was expected to help 400 people per week.
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It’s a hat trick of awards for Tourism Richmond’s www.365daysofdining.com campaign. At this week’s Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s annual Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Toronto Star and Visa Canada in Ottawa, Tourism Richmond’s innovative year-long foodie-focused campaign captured The Social Media Initiative of the Year Award. Earlier this year, 365 Days of Dining won Best Social Media Campaign (Public) at the Vancouver Social Media Awards and Innovation of the Year at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards of Excellence. “We are honoured and proud to be recognized in this way by our peers with a Canadian Tourism Award for excellence,” said Tracy Lakeman, CEO of Tourism Richmond (pictured above with the latest award).
On Dec. 5, the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise held their annual breakfast in support of the Richmond Christmas Fund, where they presented the program with a $2,800 donation and bags full of toys and books. Pictured here from the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise are Christine Brodie (left) and Club president Kal Mahal (second from right), along with the Christmas Fund’s Wayne Duzita and Elizabeth Specht.
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