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The Year in Review

Hockey legend Guy Lafleur visited the Richmond Olympic Oval in February.

Ray Galawan protested the dumping of broken pavement on a Finn Road farm.

Richmond High grad Gloria Tang won the Miss Robert De Guzman, a Grade 8 student at Hugh Boyd Secondary, won the RichCity Idol 2013 contest at Gateway Theatre in May. Chinese International pageant in Hong Kong.

Irene Frith was this year’s Ethel Tibbits Pioneer Award winner.

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The Year in Review in Richmond Here’s some of the top stories that happened in Richmond in 2013:

reputation and an always positive outlook, couldn’t translate that into any sort of traction during the May provincial election, losing to Teresa Wat.

Pageant winner Richmond’s Gloria Tang won a second pageant crown in February. Tang won the Miss Chinese International pageant in Hong Kong, beating 15 other competitors from around the world. The win comes two months after she claimed victory in the Miss Chinese Vancouver pageant in December.

Trinity Western campus inches closer

Women of distinction Eight women were honoured for their contributions to Richmond at the 20th annual Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Awards in March. The luncheon also served as a fundraiser for Nova House, a Chimo Community Services-operated shelter for women and their children escaping domestic violence, and is named after the pioneering editor of The Richmond Review. The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the Pioneer award to Irene Frith, a former city councillor and long-time community volunteer. Also honoured were: Cady Xu, business; Shirley Olafsson, sports; Annette Jakubowski/Heather Joosten-Fair, arts; Clara Chow, community (volunteer); and Ella Huang, community (professional).

Canadian singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk visited Richmond Hospital in October, and spoke with patients and families in the Cancer Care Clinic and Birth Centre after receiving a tour of the mental health ward.

Jimmy Ng’s mother passes away The mother of Richmond RCMP Const. Jimmy Ng, the victim of a street racing crash in 2002, succumbed to cancer. Therese Ng, and her husband Dr. Chris Ng, were regular fixturex at the annual Jimmy Ng charity street hockey tournament establshed the year after Ng was killed in a crash at No. 3 and Williams roads.

Liberals win big This year’s election saw active campaigning in Richmond by an NDP leader for the first time in recent memory. Adrian Dix was expected to become B.C.’s next premier. Past NDP leaders rarely bothered with Richmond as it contains three of B.C.’s safest Liberal ridings. It turns out Dix was a big story, but not for the reason people expected. The NDP shed a huge lead in the opinion polls to lose in the only poll that mattered—election night. B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark named rookie Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat to cabinet as Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. Veteran Richmond East MLA Linda Reid became speaker of the house, while Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap was also re-elected and went on to handle the government’s review of liquor laws. Two months prior to the election, Yap had resigned advanced education and multiculturalism minister over the government’s conduct on outreach to ethnic communities.

Jet fuel on the Fraser In December, Environment Minister Mary Polak granted a conditional environmental assessment certificate to Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation for its $100-million project to deliver jet fuel to YVR. The airlines consortium will barge fuel up the Fraser River to a new tank farm at Riverport, where it will then be transported to the airport via underground

Local dignitaries gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony in January for the new multi-million dollar campus in the heart of Richmond. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, the new 22,000-square-foot facility will sit alongside a brand new community centre for the fast-growing core of downtown Richmond, a stone’s throw from the Canada Line. The new campus was funded courtesy the developers of Quintet’s multi-tower residential complex, along with a $4 million investment by Trinity Western in programming and technology. Meanwhile, the $36 million Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design will be built over the course of the next three years at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The new design school promises to become a hub for fashion and design in Metro Vancouver.

Mountie faints in court A Mountie who was handed a suspended sentence for assaulting a suspect, fainted in Richmond provincial court during his sentencing hearing. Inderpal Singh Bal was also the subject of an internal code of conduct investigation in connection with the arrest he made in January of 2012.

Finn Road farm protest

Liberal MLA Teresa Wat was elected in Richmond Centre in May.

pipeline. A decision to allow jet fuel tankers on the Fraser River sets a “terrible precedent” for the future of the world’s largest salmon river and its estuary, according to the Vancouver Airport Project Opposition for Richmond, or VAPOR. B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office, which began its review in 2009, concluded there will be no significant adverse impacts. Mayor Malcolm Brodie added the city acknowledges the need for a reliable and adequate fuel system, but called the assumptions used to justify the project “questionable.”

Chantal Kreviazuk visits Richmond Hospital Canadian singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk visited Richmond Hospital in October, and spoke with patients and families

in the Cancer Care Clinic and Birth Centre after receiving a tour of the mental health ward. Kreviazuk was in town for Saturday night’s appearance at River Rock Casino Resort for the 15th annual Starlight Gala fundraiser for the Richmond Hospital Foundation.

RichCity Idol Robert De Guzman, a Grade 8 student at Hugh Boyd Secondary, won the RichCity Idol 2013 contest at Gateway Theatre in May. The diminutive Grade 8 student from Hugh Boyd Secondary sang Beyoncé’s “Listen” to a full house at Gateway Theatre—good enough to claim top spot in RichCity Idol 2013. The 10th annual singing competition for Richmond high school students pitted 10 school Idols against one another in a friendly American Idol-like contest.

2013 began on good note for hockey fans 2013 began on a positive note for both the NHL/Vancouver Canucks and aspiring politician Gary Law. The end of the lockout meant hockey was returning, which in a hockey-rabid city like Vancouver—and the many businesses that rely on the crowds that come downtown on game nights—was welcome news. But unfortunately, the good news didn’t come soon enough, as Wax Pax ‘n Stuff at Lansdowne Centre closed after more than 20 years in business, with owner Larry Weiss saying the lack of hockey and the recent poor playoff performances of the Vancouver Canucks spelled doom. The same could be said for Gary Law, who despite spending $100,000, having a stellar

Ray Galawan set up a lengthy protest outside a 13.5-hectare (33.4-acre) farm on Finn Road since Jan. 16 over a farm road being built with demolition waste. The heavy-duty road, according to the land’s leaseholders, is needed for a planned tree nursery. A sign was posted on the property, declaring the project to be in compliance with all regulations.

Walmart in Richmond Richmond council approved a SmartCentres plan to build the first Walmart store in Richmond. Central at Garden City will be built on vacant land northeast of the Alderbridge Way and Garden City Road intersection, and stores could be open as soon as summer of 2016. The 359,090-square-foot mall’s Walmart store is expected to have the same floor area as the Queensborough location.


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ect—assuming it is approved in the months ahead by the federal government. “This is about the environmental integrity of the watersheds we all share and we are willing to go to any lengths to defend our watersheds,” he said. “We are prepared to go to the wall against this project. We have no choice.” Wilderness Committee policy director Gwen Barlee called it a reckless, foolish, disappointing decision that will run into a wall of opposition in B.C. “It’s going to be tied up in courts for many, many, many years,” Bar-

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lee said. “Environmental organizations will be standing with First Nations and standing with the hundreds of thousands of other British Columbians who oppose this project and don’t want to see it proceed.” Barlee said the recommendation of approval flies in the face of a newly released federal report that flagged an insufficient capability to respond to an oil spill on the coast. “This is a project that’s dangerous to our climate, dangerous to our coast and dangerous to our rivers and our salmon,” she said. “We vow to stand shoulder to shoulder with First Nations, and the thousands of others who oppose this project,” said Murray Minchin of Kitimatbased Douglas Channel Watch, which was an intervenor in the hearings. “We are determined to keep the north coast of B.C. bitumen-free.” The twin pipelines, carrying diluted heavy bitumen from northern Alberta to Kitimat and condensate used to dliute the heavy oil in the opposite direction, would carve across hundreds of creeks and rivers and send oil tankers out through the narrow passages of B.C.’s north coast. Ecojustice staff lawyer Barry Robinson said the NEB ignored a huge volume of evidence indicating Northern Gateway is unsafe, unsustainable and unnecessary. Others argued Enbrige has not proven itself competent to be trusted with B.C.’s environment, citing its 2010 spill of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. Most environmental campaigners said they were not surprised, citing federal government moves to weaken environmental standards and gut protections for habitat in the Fisheries Act. Ninety-six per cent of written comments to the Joint Review Panel, including the submissions of the province, opposed the Northern Gateway pipeline.


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Paying child and spousal support: ‘til death do them part? Last week, our Court of Appeal released reasons for judgment in the case McLeod v. McLeod. The former spouses divorced in 2001 and had two children, the youngest of whom will soon turn 19 (the age of majority in B.C.). The father remarried in 2002, and died in 2011. Though the former spouses initially shared custody and guardianship of the children, after a Trial in 2007, the Court ordered that the husband have sole guardianship and principal residence. In 2008, the mother moved to California. The eldest child now lives in a condominium owned by the mother, while the youngest lives with the surviving widow. In 2005, the B.C. Supreme Court pronounced a final Order. Among the terms was the payment of child support in monthly instalments until February 2015. Legally, the obligation to pay child support appears to end with a person’s death, unless he or she enters an agreement (or one can otherwise be inferred) that the obligation continues (by the Estate) after the person’s death. At the hearing in Supreme Court, the mother argued that the parties intended that the child support payments continue after the father’s death. The Court disagreed, and the mother appealed. The Court of Appeal essentially agreed with the B.C. Supreme Court. The Court held that it must try to give effect to the parties’ intentions, as reflected in a separation agreement (if there is one) and/or a Court Order in a divorce proceeding, and to the intentions where it is in the best interests of the children. In this case, the children of course have the added benefit of eligibility under the Wills Variation Act in the event that the deceased parent’s Estate does not adequately provide for their benefit. But here, the Court held that the monthly instalment payment was really intended to be used to buy a home for the former wife and children. However, since the wife moved to California, the children’s living arrangements were provided for, and the instalment payments (if they had to be made) would deplete the late father’s Estate (which was being used to support the children), the Court could not reasonably order that the instalment payments continue. This case is important partly because it suggests that, in negotiations, divorcing parents should make financial arrangements for the possible death of one of them. It is also a good idea for such parents to make Wills.

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EDITORIAL: Changes to CPP needed

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ast week, the Conservative federal government opted not to address the very urgent and growing problem that is the Canadian Pension Plan. Instead offering any sort of meaningful reform or choosing to adequately fund CPP so that Canadians can expect to be taken care of—after having spent a lifetime of paying taxes—the Conservatives instead opted to do nothing, and presumably hope the problem just goes away. It’s no secret that CPP is underfunded. And given the country’s demographics—with mil-

The worst idea for Richmond in a lifetime Editor: Re: “New jet fuel for community benefit,” Dec. 20. As one of the 94 per cent of Richmond Residents who do not work for or at YVR I look at this expansive plant as a service and not the epicentre of our community. So while Mr. Gugliotta of YVR is welcome to “blog” his support for the worst idea for Richmond in my lifetime, I, with respect, am really not interested in his comments. I am however very interested in offering my full (approved by this taxpayer) support of whatever measures the City of Richmond needs to take to prevent the installation of a jet fuel pipeline through the most seismically and ecologically vulnerable city in Metro Vancouver. I am also in full support of any changes that could ensure that future proposals, by private companies, which pose environmental and safety risks with no measurable benefit to my community, whether sanctioned by the provincial Minister of the Minute or not, will need to be approved by the people of the City of Richmond, through their elected mayor and council. This is not a project of civic, provincial or national importance. It is cost cutter for a bunch of airlines—period. Kathy Kolb Richmond

Taxing concerns Editor: So it’s another year and another 3 per cent increase in taxes. Mayor Brodie and fellow spenders (Barnes, Steves, Halsey-Brandt, Au) seem to think that the greatest good the city can do is do more. Evelina Halsey-Brandt gets the award for the strangest argument: she doesn’t want to leave any debt for her children and grandchildren. Oops, nearly missed that we’re borrowing $50 million. Let’s hope her children and grandchildren don’t read about that. I’m wondering why anybody is buying staff ’s argument that taxes have to rise to balance the

lions of Canadians facing retirement in coming years—this is an issue that can’t be put off any longer. Seniors now make up close to 15 per cent of Canada’s population, totalling more than 4 million people. And with the median age in Canada now over 40 years old for the first time ever, the issue of our aging population and how to take care of them isn’t going away. The issue is clear to see: Canadians are living longer, and as a result, drawing on CPP more than in generations past. As result, we need to do a better job of funding CPP if we want it to work. Finance minister Jim Flaherty needn’t worry

budget. Hang on, didn’t we have a surplus? So logically you should then reduce taxes to balance the budget. But no, the charade that plays every year is that there is money left. And then that money gets spent. Another argument that needs to countered is that all is normal because the average tax increases remain comparable to other cities in Metro Vancouver. Yes, let us take solace in that we’re average. Talk about lack of ambition. When it comes time to vote again for a new slate of councilors, the thing I’ll be paying attention to is the candidate’s spending intentions. Any endorsements from the sitting councilors who voted in favor of the tax hike are not a good sign in that respect. Mark van den Boer Richmond

Improving education Editor: While there are many points in Branko Popazivano’s critique of our schooling system that need to be examined more thoroughly, I fully concur with his contention that ‘in the box’ learning (keeping subjects discrete from, and uninvolved with each other) is not the most appropriate method for helping students get properly prepared to face the realities and challenges of a constantly changing, increasingly complex world. Business people, scientists, engineers, architects, medical practitioners, media specialists, etc. etc. will be quick to point out that success, fulfillment, and even survival in this world are all dependent on the degree to which we understand and exploit the interdependence and reciprocity that exists between all fields-ofstudy, disciplines, and processes. To fully understand one thing well we have to first understand the full context within which it exists. This requires a full examination of the the ways in which the distinct parts interrelate to each other as well as the various the ways in which they can be woven together to create the best possible whole. This is the simple fact of life – nothing exists in isolation from anything else and, if we look hard enough we can discover that even those things that we first assume

about his own financial future, of course. As an MP who has served more than six years in the house of commons, Flaherty has a gold-plated taxpayer-funded pension to draw on for the rest of his life, upon his retirement. The rest of us aren’t so lucky. Adequately funding CPP is the fiscally responsible thing to do, but it is also politically difficult. As a result, the Conservatives have taken the easy way out, opting for the instant gratification of low taxes in the present at the cost of a stable future for our citizens. And isn’t that how we got into this mess in the first place? — South Delta Leader

are not related in any way do in fact have some kind or degree of relevant connection. But even given the interdisciplinary realities that exist beyond the walls of our classrooms we still insist, from kindergarten through to college and university, on having our students experience the process of learning within discrete, compartmentalized, purposely distanced, ‘black box’ domains. Little attention is paid to helping them gain a greater understanding of how each subject area is interrelated and interdependent with most others, or how they are all irrevocably linked together in the creation of the greater whole. We continue to focus our attention on only one half of the learning equation by emphasizing linear, convergent, selective, ‘in-the-box’ modes of thinking and learning while ignoring the concomitant development of divergent, contextual, non-linear, ‘out-of-the-box’ capabilities. Given the nature of the world our students will eventually enter, this ‘half-of-the-equation’ approach to education essentially short changes them and deprives them of a whole realm of learning opportunities. There are many reasons why we continue to do so – some simply have to do with keeping evaluations, grading, teaching methods, classroom management, and curriculum development as uncomplicated and easy to control as possible. Some of them have little if anything to do with doing what is best for the student. Many are directly tied to the politics of the day (for instance what is or is not included in the curriculums is a statement of the educational philosophy of the political party in power), and some are related to a lack of adaptability, flexibility, intellectual rigor, or even courage on the part of the educators themselves. I have been in interdisciplinary learning environments, most notably in Great Britain, where the principles of interdisciplinary study are the primary basis for learning and growth, not a minor priority, after-thought, or something that is paid nothing but lip service to in a galaxy of black boxes that are not even allowed to bump into each other, never mind start a conversation. These interdisciplinary programs are the most vital, dynamic, energized learning environments I have ever been in and noth-

ing I have ever encountered as a student or a teacher in our own public school systems has come close to exemplifying the levels of joy and eagerness about learning as I witnessed in those classrooms and studios. I tried hard to emulate these conditions as much as possible during my own teaching career but ran into such opposition to my attempts that I felt considerably less regret at retiring after twenty five years than I should have. Some people undoubtedly feel quite comfortable and safe in their isolated black boxes and it would be silly to claim that there is nothing valuable in the role that they play in process of education. But can we at least put some Velcro strips on their outer surfaces so that they might perhaps stick to one another once in awhile, Ray Arnold, Richmond

Safer options for jet fuel pipeline Editor: Vancouver International Airport is very important to Richmond, Greater Vancouver and B.C.’s economic well being. And it’s understandable that the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) wants to secure ongoing access to jet fuel for YVR for the future. Unfortunately this argument does not justify a project that could destroy the Fraser River estuary. Nor does this argument justify storing the explosive force of more than 600 kilotons of TNT next to residential condos, restaurants, public pools and movie theatres. There’s no question that a pipeline is a far safer way to transport jet fuel than via trucks. And a pipeline is also a far safer way to transport jet fuel than via huge tankers in the Fraser River estuary. A modern 70-kilometre pipeline could be built from the Cherry Point refinery and marine terminal in Washington State to YVR. The problem is, that this safer approach does not appear to be getting serious consideration from VAFFC. Most likely as doing so would undermine the proposed project. Frank Suto Richmond


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“Our events are not possible without the strong support from our membership and we sincerely thank and appreciate all of our loyal members.”

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The incoming board at the 88th Richmond Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting, June 20.

One of the main benefits of Chamber membership is the opportunity to attend our regularly held networking events. This year we hosted over 30 networking forums through our monthly Business After 5’s, morning Networking Breakfasts, Lunch & Learn Seminars, and numerous Greater China Exchange Committee Events. “A successful membership is directly related to how involved one gets. Simply put, you get out what you put in. Our networking events are a great opportunity to make valuable business connections, start to build the trust necessary to do business and enhance one’s professional skills,” says Brian Cole of BCGI Benefits, longtime Chamber Member, Director and Co-Chair of the Ambassadors Club. In 2013 we continued to build on the success of our many annual traditions: Our 11th 911 Awards, 36th Business Excellence Awards, 30th

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, was the special guest at the 11th Annual 911 Awards held May 7 at the River Rock Casino. Golf Tournament, our Summer BBQ, Post Budget Luncheon, 8th Economic Update and Forecast with RBC, and our longest standing tradition - our Annual Christmas Luncheon, going back nearly half a century.

Year after year we continue to attract sellout crowds and we believe our events are true highlights in the Richmond event calendar. “Our events are not possible without the strong support from our membership and we sincerely thank and appreciate all of our loyal members,”

Lansdowne Centre, with the support of many other community organizations. This event was a huge success with all proceeds benefiting Richmond Fire Rescue, and we plan to host an even larger Shred Day next year. The Chamber also hosted our first trade show in over six years. The event was held at the River Rock Show Theatre in September and was a sold out event, with over 50 vendors on site, and hundreds of people passing through the front gates. We look forward to expanding this event, and learning from this year’s experience to host even better and larger trade shows in the future. “This was our first event as a member of the Richmond Chamber and we made some great connections and will definitely be back next year,” writes new member Rand Nguyen of Rogers Communications.

A Richmond Chamber delegation attended both the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meetings and Policy Conferences this year. At both events the Richmond Chamber

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obtaining one mobile business license will not only save us money, but equally important, time,” says Brian Williams of Ashton Service Group, Chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

In 2013 we continued to strengthen our ongoing relationship

The Richmond Chamber delegation, including Staff Craig Jones and Matt Pitcairn, Policy Chair Howard Harowitz, and Board Chair Brian Williams, at the BC Chamber AGM in Nanaimo, May 24. stood out from the crowd, and was instrumental in passing numerous policy submissions, including one calling for Increased Air Access in the aviation sector, and another advocating for more long term management of the Fraser River.

In addition to the many successful policy resolutions passed at the Provincial and National level, the Richmond Chamber was extremely happy to see the implementation of the Metro West Intermunicipal Mobile Business license last fall. This is a policy which our Chamber

brought to the forefront in 2007 and has been working hard to see come to fruition ever since. With this new form of business license, a mobile tradesperson can obtain just one license, rather than paying for individual licenses in every municipality they operate in. This new program currently incorporates six cities, but the Richmond Chamber will continue to pursue this file until the entire lower mainland is covered by just one mobile business license program. “This new program is a huge win for businesses like mine. The convenience of only

with all three levels of government and other important community stakeholders. In order to maintain our strong advocacy role, we met on a regular basis with our two local Members of Parliament, our three local Members of Legislative Assembly, and our Mayor, councilors, and school trustees. We also met regularly with important stakeholders such as YVR, Metro Vancouver, Port Metro Vancouver, and the George Massey Corridor consultation team to name a few.

tower to the second floor of the north tower, in the Pacific Business Centre Complex at the corner of Ackroyd and Cooney. Other notable new achievements include our new and improved annual membership directory, including new features like our exclusive members benefits section. This year we also made some new

staffing changes as we wished the best to departing staff, and welcomed new faces to the team.

Lastly, we continued to enhance our new website at richmondchamber.ca, and membership database, as well as giving our events a facelift with a redesign of all our banners and event equipment. “We never stop

On October 1, the Cities of Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Delta, and Surrey announced the launch of Mobile Business Licensing program.

Chamber staff, board and members, had a slightly damp, but wonderful day at the 30th Annual Richmond Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Mayfair Lakes on June 24. striving to put our best foot forward on behalf of our membership and we are very proud of the many improvements we have made as an organization over the past year,” says Craig Jones, Executive Director of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

Ultimately, 2013 was a very successful year for the Richmond Chamber

and throughout 2014 we will continue to work on behalf of our current and future members to create value and results. Every Chamber of Commerce’s success is directly tied to the success of our membership and we will continue to strive to ensure our joint prosperity and growth as we welcome the Year of the Horse.

This past year was a true year of rejuvenation and positive change, with a number of new improvements. Our biggest and most noticeable change was the relocation of our office in the fall. We moved from the first floor of the south

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Honda’s contemporary on a dying breed 2014 Honda Accord Coupe V6 It’s fascinating to watch trends in the auto industry play out over time. Some changes happen quickly, with one manufacturer coming out with a feature, then the rest of the industry following suit. Backup cameras would be a good example of this. Other trends are much slower, changing because of demographic fluctuations. One example of a slow-moving trend is the two-door coupe falling out of favour and its replacement by sedans and crossovers. This trend is greatly affected by baby boomers getting older and buying more for practical reason, rather than styling. In the 1980s, and even the beginning of the 90s, there were plenty of coupes to choose from and they sold well. But where are the Honda Prelude, Toyota Celica, Pontiac Sunfire and Ford Probe coupes? Now gone and many not replaced with newer models. I’m thrilled to report that there are a few coupes still available and one that is worthy of consideration is this new 2014 Honda Accord Coupe V6. Looks The Accord Coupe is based on the all-new Accord sedan that has been selling very well for Honda. In fact, it won the Canadian Car of the Year this year as decided by the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada. Honda has done a good job of updating this big coupe with a more modern twist. Sold in three configurations from the base EX to the EX-L Navi (L stand for leather and navi is self-explanatory),

which are both 4-cylinder way the radio stores and equipped models. The top retrieves pre-set radio trim is the EX-L Navi with stations. It took a long V6. This top trim level is the time to set the stereo model seen here: it comes up and having to go with LED projector headback and forth between lamps, 18-inch wheels and different screens is not duel chrome exhaust tips. If you like the idea that intuitive. The rest of The 4-cylinder equipped the dash is large, with big models come with halogen of a smart looking car cup holder and plenty of headlamps and 17-inch storage areas. that is well equipped alloy wheels. The coupe The steering wheel and powerful, you starts at $26,400, a $2,500 buttons and heat controls premium over the regular might want to move on on the dash use first rate an Accord Coupe. sedan but when the switches and they are sedan is equipped with placed with precision. Zack Spencer alloy wheels, the price is Drive Another trend almost identical. The EX-L that Honda is bucking, with this Accord is $30,100 for the leather and navi and Coupe, is the inclusion of a 6-speed the V6 premium is $35,500. Not an manual transmission and V6 engine. The inexpensive car but most are very well latest movement is to turbo or superequipped. charged 4-cylinder engines to replace V6

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power plants and duel clutch automatic transmission in favour of a manual. I’m glad that Honda still offers this layout; it shows they are serious about being a true enthusiast’s car company. Granted, most buyers will get the very good 6-speed automatic transmission with the 3.5L V6, but with 278hp and 252 lb.ft. of torque it will be a very lively car in either configuration. The manual is a joy to use and it is like a throwback to drive a V6 equipped manual car. The 4-cylinder models have 185hp from a direct injection 2.4L engine and either a manual transmission or continuously variable transmission (CVT) for added fuel savings. The CVT is capable of 7.8L/100km in the city and 5.7L on the highway. The

V6 uses more at 10.0L/100km in the city and 6.1L on the highway. Verdict When I started reviewing cars back in the early 1990s, cars like this were common: a mid-sized sedan with a V6 engine and a manual transmission. I can clearly remember driving a Toyota Camry, Nissan Maxima and Accord equipped this way. While most companies are moving away from this design, Honda is sticking with it for now. Soon Honda will have smaller turbocharged 4-cylinder engines available and this big coupe might too be fitted with something more efficient. If you like the idea of a smart looking car that is well equipped and powerful, you might want to move on an Accord Coupe V6 before it follows the latest trend.

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HUNTER, BERNICE MARY LOUISE (NEE SHAW) APRIL 23, 1923 - NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Longtime resident of Richmond, B.C. Bernice passed away peacefully after a yearlong battle with illness. She was predeceased by her late husband, Thomas R. Hunter in 2004 , her father Rev. John Fielding Shaw, mother Mary Lavina , stepmother Elizabeth Pearl and her older brother Cecil . Bernice will be greatly missed by her sister Mrs. R. Evelyne Cameron; Stepsons - Jerry Dominato (Vickie), Robert Dominato (Caroline Nagy), John Hunter (Kathy); Stepdaughters - Leslie Gold (Doug) and Laurie Dutour (Barry); Grandchildren - Lisa Dominato- Steeves (Dale ), Lynn Sawatzky (Mel), Mischa Dominato (Leanne Rollins); Great Grandchildren - Ryan Sawatzky (Suzanne Olinik); Alexis and Lia Dominato-Steeves, Breanna Robertson; her nieces - Ruth Cameron Haden (Charlie Haden) Sheri Shaw Allen and nephews - J. Ewen Cameron (Donna) Rannoch Cameron and other nieces and nephews . Bernice was born in Ladysmith, B.C. She excelled in Drama in high school and earned a summer scholarship to the Banff School of Dramatic Arts after which she went elsewhere to get her teaching credentials. Bernice taught in several schools in B.C., including University Hill in Vancouver and Booth Memorial in Prince Rupert where she started the Drama curriculum. After moving to Richmond, Bernice taught at Steveston Sr. Secondary before transferring, in 1960, to R.C. Palmer Jr. High, where summers were spent earning a Bachelor of Education from UBC. At R.C. Palmer she acted as a Girls Counsellor and taught English and Drama. She played a significant role in fostering the Drama curriculum in Richmond and was involved in many school productions. She also coached sports, including curling. In 1983, she retired from teaching. Bernice became a member of the Quilchena Golf & Country Club in 1962. She organized and supported the B.C. Junior Girls Golf Program. She served with the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association as the District 5 Junior Girls Chair and later as the Provincial Director of the Association. She accompanied the Junior Girls teams to several Junior American Golf Tournaments throughout North America and also to the Junior Girls Provincial and Canadian Tournaments. She was a strong supporter of fundraising activities at the golf club for local charities like Chimo. In 2004 she was made an Honourary Life Member at Quilchena. A Celebration of Bernice’s Life will be held at Quilchena Golf and Country Club located at 3551 Granville Avenue, Richmond, B.C. on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Donations in Bernice’s name may be made to a charity of choice. The family expresses its thanks to the administration and staff at Royal City Manor in New Westminster where Bernice resided until she passed.

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HARRAWAY, Peter Coldrey February 23, 1921 – December 17, 2013 With increasingly shallow and gentle breaths, surrounded by family and unconditional love, Peter slipped away on the afternoon of December 17th to join his parents, son-in-law and friends who had passed before. Born in Abbotsford, BC to Vere and Alice Harraway; Peter and family moved to White Rock, BC where he led an idyllic outdoor life swimming in the ocean, fishing off the pier, crabbing and clamming, and bicycling with childhood chums to Crescent Beach and points far beyond. With the onset of World War II, Peter enlisted in the RCAF and was stationed in Ontario where he met Ruth, the love of his life. After the war Peter and Ruth moved to Vancouver where Peter started his career path at Queen Charlotte Airlines ultimately leading to a well-earned retirement from the insurance field in Tsawwassen, BC. Throughout his long and healthy life; Peter, an only child, personified generosity, love, and kinship to all who crossed his path. Not a day passed without Peter calling one or all of his children, if only to say hello. As the years took their inevitable toll; Peter relied on his children and their children to help him fulfill his vow to love and care for Ruth until his dying day. Peter was the essence of the word gentleman; he put all before him and performed random acts of kindness daily. For Peter family was first and foremost; his unexpected passing leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of his bereft wife Ruth, children Paul (Jody), Pat (Jim), Robbie (Denise), Phyllis (Henry); grandchildren and great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers; please consider a donation to the Canadian Museum of Flight, 5333 216 Street, Langley, BC, V2Y 2N3, 604-532-0035. And now it’s time to say goodbye until we meet again. Please join the family at The Chapel of Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. to celebrate Peter’s life. Refreshments will follow in the Fireside Lounge.

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Just a few sporting memories of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 by Don Fennell Sports Editor The Richmond Sockeyes visited city hall. Guy Lafleur played hockey at the Richmond Olympic Oval. And Noemie Thomas stood the swimming world on its ear. Those were just three of the highlights that made 2013 a memorable year for local athletes and sports in Richmond. The Sockeyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; visit to city hall, in May, capped a spectacular 40th anniversary season in which the team won the Keystone Cup as the top Junior B hockey team in Western Canada. In congratulating the Sockeyes, Mayor Malcolm Brodie quipped: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I should remind you that I dropped the first puck this season.â&#x20AC;? Lafleur, the Hockey Hall of Famer and Montreal Canadiensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; legend, sported an ever-present smile as the honoured guest at Richmond Celebrates Hockey Day in February. Lafleur joined in a celebrity ball hockey game and later dropped the puck prior to an ice hockey exhibition game between the Sockeyes Alumni and Vancouver Canucks oldtimers. In the pool, Thomas, Swimming Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 female youth swimmer of 287

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Clockwise from above: Richmond Sockeyes visit City Hall; Guy Lafleur plays ball hockey at Richmond Celebrates Hockey Day; and local swimmer Noemie Thomas placed eighth in her world debut.

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The Westwynds at the Steveston Folk Guild

Festive folk at the Steveston Folk Guild

Around Town Amanda Oye

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hristmas carols sung by the Westwynds put people in a festive mood, Dec. 18th at the Steveston Folk Guild’s annual Christmas show in the Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Heritage Shipyards. The event was put on “just to make sure everyone has a good time and enjoys Christmas,” said Dave McArthur, founder of the Steveston Folk Guild. Around 95 people came out to the event, a favourite annual show

Robbie and Jean Johnson.

for supporters of the folk guild. The Christmas show started around eight years ago “mainly because of public demand,” said McArthur. Both this year and last, The Westwynds delighted an audience of around 95 people with a variety of Christmas carols and gospel songs. Throughout the show they also led the group in

a few sing-a-long Christmas carols. “I thought they were good last year, but I thought they were way better [this year],” said McArthur. During a brief intermission guests enjoyed snacks and beverages and had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets. The show was one of over 150 shows the Ste-

veston Folk Guild has put on in the 13 years since it was created. The guild was established to support folk artists from around the Lower Mainland and beyond.

The Westwynds.

Amanda Oye covers the social scene for The Richmond Review. She may be reached at amanda.oye@ telus.net.

Eleanor Hamilton, Audrey Coutts and Donna Thomson.

ABOVE: Dave McArthur, founder of the Steveston Folk Guild. LEFT: David Jordan and Sheila Peacock.

Amanda Oye photos Barbara Baanders, Nicole Blackall, Clyde Mulhatt and Elizabeth and Gerry Waroway.

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