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The Best of Richmond is our biggest edition of the year and certainly the one we most enjoy putting together. It’s a chance for us to take a break from news beats to take a snapshot of the many things we love about this community. Many “best ofs” came to us through our day-to-day work, but a lot of eating and shopping went into our lists. We’ve also asked some of our readers what they like best about the community.

And readers took part as well in our annual Best of Richmond Reader’s Poll, where you got to pick your favourite things in Richmond. The top finisher in each category gets to place a funky Best of Richmond sticker in their store. Congrats to all the winners and finalists!

About our models Robin Eder-Warren and Jacqueline Ko are on the cover of this year’s Best of Richmond. The young women are opera singers and the creative minds behind Opera Mariposa, a company dedicated to showcasing the

Lower Mainland’s most promising opera performers. Ko, who serves as the company’s artistic director, is a versatile artist with a voice ready for everything from opera to jazz. Her awards include a Most Outstanding Talent prize from the Richmond Music Festival. Eder-Warren, the company’s managing director, caught the performer’s bug at Gateway Theatre during a summer musical theatre camp years ago. Also a recipient of a top music festival prize, she went on to study opera in university and honed her craft in Europe. She now regularly shares her voice with local audiences, and teaches voice from her private Richmond studio. The two sopranos have also dedicated themselves to giving back, having hosted two successful fundraising shows for the B.C. Women’s Hospital Foundation, benefiting the complex chronic diseases program. In their most recent work, The Butterfly, the singers tell the true story of their lives through song, weaving in music from Frozen, Wicked and Les Misérables, creating a narrative about adversity, friendship and transformation. Richard Lam took the cover photo and James Marshall designed the cover.

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READERS’ POLL We asked you what your favourite things were in Richmond and here are your answers in our annual Best of Richmond Readers’ Poll. Look for the coveted Best of Richmond sticker in the windows of winners. Richard Lam photo Robin Eder-Warren and Jacqueline Ko are checking out the Best of Richmond.

People & Places

2. Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant, 4231 Hazelbridge Way 3. Kisha Poppo, 1060-11660 Steveston Hwy.

Best Citizen 1. Jim van der Tas 2. Harold Steves 3. Dr. Doug Nielsen HON. LINDA REID, MLA Best Community Event 1. Steveston Salmon Festival 2. Christmas in Steveston 3. Richmond Night Market Best Community Group 1. Volunteer Richmond Information Services 2. Steveston Community Association 3. Steveston Merchants Association Best Local Politician 1. Linda Reid 2. Harold Steves 3. Malcolm Brodie Best Person You Would Like to See in Office 1. Michael Wolfe 2. Rick Hansen 3. Cynthia Chen Best Memory of Old Richmond 1. Bayview before Onni development 2. (tie) A&W Drive-In & Stardust roller rink. 3. Steveston

“She is so very generous with her time and I truly believe she cares about Richmond and all the people who live here. She is authentic and has a beautiful smile!” Best Neighbourhood 1. Steveston 2. Terra Nova and Westwind (tie) 3. Seafair Best Newspaper Carrier 1. Josh & Sean Booth 2. (tie) Steven Wade and Todashi 3. Teaghan Collins Best Person Most Likely to be Mayor in the Future 1. Michael Wolfe 2. Matt Pitcairn 3. Natasha Jung Best Place to Volunteer 1. Volunteer Richmond 2. Richmond Hospital 3. B.C. SPCA Best Playground 1. Steveston Park 2. Garden City Park 3. South Arm Park

VOLUNTEER RICHMOND INFORMATION SERVICES

“I have been volunteering at Volunteer Richmond Information Services since January 2008. I love offering my time and help giving back to the community of Richmond in a perfect fit that suits me and VRIS allows me to do just that. They really appreciate their volunteers and the contribution they make to the organization. They have great staff members that work excellently with all their volunteers. I can’t say enough wonderful things about them. Each staff member have all of MY VOTES! Thank you VRIS!!!”

Best Reason to Live in Richmond 1. Steveston 2. The dyke 3. (tie) Parks and people Best Local Twitter Feed 1. Volunteer Richmond Information Services 2. B.C. SPCA 3. Richmond Centre Best Unusual Place to Hold a Wedding Reception 1. UBC Boathouse 2. London Heritage Farm 3. River Rock Casino Resort

Food & Drink Best All You Can Eat Restaurant 1. Richmond Sushi, 1488-8388 Capstan Way

Best Banh Mi 1. Green Lemongrass, 8180 Westminster Hwy. 2. Pho Ten, 130-11080 No. 5 Rd. 3. Pho An Nam, 6820 No. 3 Rd. Best Bakery 1. Diplomat Bakery, 6111 London Rd. 2. The Sweet Spot, 12000 No. 1 Rd. 3. Steveston Bakery, 12231 No. 1 Rd. Best Beer Selection 1. O’Hares Gastropub, 5031 Steveston Hwy. 2. Pumphouse Pub, 6031 Blundell Rd. 3. Hog Shack Cook House, 3900 Bayview St.

Best Chocoholic Experience 1. Sinfully the Best, 13-3993 Chatham St. 2. Le Chocolaterie, 160-7971 Alderbridge Way 3. Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, 8120 No. 2 Rd.

ABERDEEN CENTRE

“It has the best food court with great dishes and variety!”

Best Breakfast or Brunch 1. Cora, 170-11380 Steveston Hwy. 2. IHOP, 6780 No 3 Rd., 10551 St. Edwards Dr. 3. Cimona Cafe, 3791 Bayview St.,

Best Cocktail Lounge 1. (tie) Blue Canoe, 140-3866 Bayview St. 1. (tie) Chop, 10251 St. Edwards Dr. 2. Cactus Club, 5500 No. 3 Rd. 3. Browns Socialhouse, 11660 Steveston Hwy.

Best Buffet 1. The Buffet, River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd. 2. Veggie Bunch Vegetarian Restaurant, 6611 Buswell St. 3. Himalaya Restaurant, 4011 No. 5 Rd.

Best Coffee Shop (Chain) 1. Starbucks, numerous locations 2. Waves, 120-12231 First Ave. & 5951 No 3 Rd. 3. Tim Hortons, various locations.

Best Burger 1. White Spot, 5880 & 6551 No. 3 Rd. 2. Burger King, various locations 3. A&W, various locations.

Best Coffee (Independent) 1. Bean and Beyond, 120-12420 No. 1 Rd. 2. Café Savoureux, 1326-8368 Capstan Way 3. Rocanini, 115-3900 Moncton St.

Best Butcher Shop 1. Seafair Gourmet Meats, 8671 No. 1 Rd. 2. Heringers Olde Fashioned Quality Meats, 12231 No. 1 Rd. 3. Amron’s Gourmet Meats, 1708180 No. 2 Rd. Best Chef 1. Danillo Ibarra, Blue Canoe, 1403866 Bayview St. 2. Daniela Iaci, Pumphouse Pub, 6031 Blundell Rd. 3. John Lim Hing, Hog Shack, 1603900 Bayview St. Best Chinese Food 1. Danny’s Wun Tun Restaurant, 11666 Steveston Hwy. 2. Sun Sui Wah, 102-4940 No. 3 Rd. 3. Kirin, 7900 Westminster Hwy.

Best Comfort Food 1. Hog Shack Cook House, 3900 Bayview St. 2. Pumphouse Pub, 6031 Blundell Rd. 3, Friendly Banners Restaurant, 10151 No. 3 Rd. Best Curry 1. Tandoori Kona, 170-11700 Cambie Rd. 2. Curry Express, Lansdowne Centre, 1045-5300 No. 3 Rd. 3. Mui Garden Restaurant, 5960 Minoru Blvd. Best Deli 1. D - Original Sausage Haus, 13012000 First Ave. 2. Heringers Olde Fashioned Quality

Meats, 12231 No. 1 Rd. 3. Save on Foods, 11666 Steveston Hwy., 3673 Westminster Hwy. Best Dessert 1. Sweet Spot Bakery, 110 - 12000 First Ave. 2. Diplomat Bakery, 6111 London Rd. 3. Gudrun Tasting Room, 3500 Moncton St. Best Dim Sum 1. Sun Sui Wah, 102-4940 No. 3 Rd. 2. Kirin Seafood Restauraunt, 7900 Westminster Hwy. 3. The Jade Seafood Restaurant, 8511 Alexandra Rd. Best Fine Dining 1. Tapenade Bistro, 3711 Bayview St. 2. Blue Canoe, 140-3866 Bayview St. 3. Chop, 10251 St. Edwards Dr.

BLUE CANOE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT

“I LOVE Blue Canoe. The menu changes each season and is a thoughtful use of fresh, local food. The staff have always been welcoming and take the time to get to know client preferences. The deck is my absolute favorite anywhere. What a great place! Very well run.” Best Fish & Chips 1. Pajo’s Fish & Chips, 3500 Bayview St. and Garry Point Park 2. Dave’s Fish and Chips, 3460 Moncton St. 3, Friendly Banners Restaurant, 10151 No. 3 Rd. Best Food Court 1. Richmond Centre, 6551 No. 3 Rd. 2. Aberdeen Centre, 4151 Hazelbridge Way 3. Lansdowne Centre, 5300 No. 3 Rd. Best French Fries 1. McDonald’s, various locations 2. Pajo’s Fish & Chips, 3500 Bayview St. and Garry Point Park 3. New York Fries, Richmond Centre


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The Best of Richmond Readers’ Poll Best Greek 1. Kisamos Greek Taverna, 3420 Moncton St. 2. Mad Greek Restaurant, 7260 Westminster Hwy. 3. Felicos Restaurant, 8140 Leslie Rd. Best Italian 1. Paesano’s Restaurant, 250-12240 Second Ave. 2. Italian Tomato, 8380 Bridgeport Rd. 3. Tramonto, 8811 River Rd. Best Japanese 1. Mega Sushi, 100-3131 Chatham St. 2. Ichiro Japanese Restaurant, #11012011 Second Ave. 3. Sushi Han, 6020 Blundell Rd. Best Kid Friendly Restaurant 1. White Spot, 5880 & 6551 No. 3 Rd. 2. Cora, 170-11380 Steveston Hwy. 3. Boston Pizza, 8100 Ackroyd Rd., 2000-11662 Steveston Hwy. Best Korean Restaurant 1. Hanok Korean Restaurant, 8400 Alexandra Rd. 2. Haroo Korean Homestyle Cuisine, 8580 Alexandra Rd. 3. Kyung Bok Palace, #720 - 5300 No. 3 Rd. Best Late Night Munchies 1. #9 Restaurant, 812-5300 No. 3 Rd. 2. Pumphouse Pub, 6031 Blundell Rd. 3. Gudrun Tasting Room, 3500 Moncton St. Best Patio 1. Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, 140 - 3866 Bayview St. 2. Flying Beaver, 4760 Inglis Dr. 3. Pier 73, 3500 Cessna Dr. Best Pho 1. Pho Lan, 6950 No. 3 Rd. 2. Steveston Village Vietnamese Restaurant, 120-12480 No. 1 Rd. 3. Green Lemongrass, 8180 Westminster Hwy. Best Pizza 1. Steveston Pizza Co., 3400 Moncton St. 2. Round Table Pizza, 8780 Blundell Rd., 8120 No. 2 Rd. 3. Pizza Hut, 3675 Westminster Hwy., 8340 Westminster Hwy., 1408980 No 3 Rd. Best Place to go for Afternoon Tea 1. Adorabelle Tea Room, 12051 Third Ave., www.adorabelletearoom. com 2. London Heritage Farm, 6511 Dyke Rd. 3. Fairmont Vancouver Airport, 3111 Grant McConachie Way Best Place to go on a First Date 1. Cora, 170-11380 Steveston Hwy. 2. Blue Canoe Waterfront

TAPENADE BISTRO

“This is a wonderful restaurant, the food is always the best, and the staff are wonderful. The best place for an evening out, or a nice summer lunch on the patio.”

Restaurant, 140 - 3866 Bayview St. 3. Gudrun Tasting Room, 3500 Moncton St.

Moncton St. 3. Future Shop, Lansdowne Centre and 149 - 2780 Sweden Way.

Best Place to Watch the Game 1. Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, 140 - 3866 Bayview St. 2. Pumphouse Pub, 6031 Blundell Rd. 3. Boston Pizza, various locations

Best Auto Service Shop 1. Fastrack Autobody, 105-11820 River Rd. 2. Modern Auto Tech, 105-13931 Sparwood Pl. 3. Auto Wizard, 12340 Trites Rd., and Express Lube & Tune Centre, 2840 No. 3 Rd.

PIER 73 DELTA VANCOUVER AIRPORT

“The best water view ever! All staff are very nice and friendly! The most important thing, their food is amazing!”

Best Pub Food 1. O’Hares Gastropub, 5031 Steveston Hwy. 2. Flying Beaver, 4760 Inglis Dr. 3. The Buck & Ear, 12111 3rd Ave. Best Restaurant to Celebrate an Anniversary 1. Tapenade Bistro, 3711 Bayview St. 2. Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, 140 - 3866 Bayview St. 3. The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, 11151 No. 5 Rd Best Restaurant with a View 1. Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, 140 - 3866 Bayview St. 2. Flying Beaver, 4760 Inglis Dr. 3. Mandalay Lounge and Steakhouse, 3900 Bayview St. Best Seafood Restaurant 1. Steveston Seafood House, 3951 Moncton St. 2. Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, 140 - 3866 Bayview St. 2. Kirin Seafood Restauraunt, 7900 Westminster Hwy. Best Southeast Asian 1. Steveston Village Vietnamese Restaurant, 120-12480 No. 1 Rd. 2. Kumare Restaurant and Bakery, 8130 Park Rd. 3. Kari House, 3900 Bayview St. Best Sushi 1. Mega Sushi, 100-3131 Chatham St. 2. Ichiro Japanese Restaurant, #11012011 Second Ave. 3. Sushi Han, 6020 Blundell Rd. Best Thai/Malaysian 1. Kari House, 3900 Bayview St. 2. Thai House, 4940 No. 3 Rd. 3. Tropika, 1830-4400 Hazelbridge Way Best Wine Selection 1. Gudrun Tasting Room, 3500 Moncton St. 2. Sip Wines, 1030-11660 Steveston Hwy. 3. Tapenade Bistro, 3711 Bayview St.

Shopping Best Appliance Store 1. Trail Appliances, 5400 Minoru Blvd. 2. Budget Appliances, 3831

Best Children’s Clothes 1. Steveston Village Maternity, 110–3911 Moncton St. 2. The Gap, Richmond Centre. 3. The Children’s Place, Richmond Centre Best Chiropractor 1. Colin McKay, Precision Health, 430-6091 Gilbert Rd. 2. Sean Graham, Satori. 12004 No. 1 Rd. 3. Brett Peters, 140 - 12000 First Ave. Best Condo Development 1. River Green 2. The Village at Imperial Landing 3. Copper Sky Best Consignment/Thrift Store 1. Richmond Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, 3731 Chatham St. 2. SOS Children’s Village Thrift Store, 3800 Moncton St. 3. Value Village, 8240 Granville Ave. Best Customer Service 1. International News Stand at River Rock, 8811 River Rd. 2. Body Glo Tan, 8120 No. 2 Rd. 3. Dr. Kyra Sturrock, Brio Integrative Health Centre, #223 11020 No. 5 Rd., Best Daycare 1. Core Education & Fine Arts Jr. Kindergarten, 160-10811 No. 4 Rd., 2. Creative Art Montessori School,

3. Dollar Max, 6680 No. 3 Rd. Best Dry Cleaners 1. Easy Care Dry Cleaners 192-8120 No. 2 Rd. 2. Busy Bee, 105-6100 Buswell, 10111 No. 3 Rd. 3. Townline Dry Cleaners, 6540 No. 3 Rd. Best Ethnic Grocery Store 1. T&T Supermarket, 8181 Cambie Rd. 2. Osaka Supermarket, Yaohan Centre. 3. Super Grocer, 12051 No. 1 Rd.

“Dr. J. Rana is a wonderful Veterinarian. He is very patient and knowledgeable. He takes time seeing his clients and answers every question you might have. He really cares for your furry loved ones’ well-being. Plus, his staff are very nice and attentive too!” 12551 Jensen Dr. 3. Renaissance Kids, 1–12491 No. 2 Rd. Best Dentist 1. Dr. Doug Nielsen and Dr. Michele Nielsen, Steveston Smiles, 3951 Steveston Hwy. 2. Dr. Ryan Kaltio, 500-6091 Gilbert Rd. 3. Dr. Greg Nelson, 280-7580 River Rd. Best Dollar Store 1. Dollarama, 9751 Bridgeport Rd. 2. Loonie Town, 140-8180 No. 2 Rd,

Best Investment Advisor 1. Richard Nash 2. Various tied for second place Best Jeweller 1. Seafair Jewellers, 178-8120 No. 2 Rd. 2. Juvelisto Design, 120-3500 Moncton St. 3. Prestige Jewellers, 205-6700 No. 3 Rd.

Best Facial 1. Lacquer Beauty Bar, 3900 Moncton St. 2. Tao Day Spa, 115-3900 Bayview St. 3. Raintree Wellness Spa, 125-13020 No. 2 Rd. Best Fashion 1. Violet Hill Clothing, 108-12211 No. 1 Rd. 2. Jet Lag Travel Boutique, 110 12031 Second Ave. 3. Forever 21, 1105-6551 No. 3 Rd. Best Financial Institution 1. TD Canada Trust 2. Scotiabank 3. Coast Capital Savings Best Flower Shop 1. Super Grocer, 12051 No. 1 Rd. 2. Prickly Pear, 12311 No. 1 Rd. 3. Blundell Blossoms, 172-8180 No. 2 Rd. Best Gardening Store 1. Prickly Pear, 12311 No. 1 Rd. 2. Art Knapp Plantland, 7780 Alderbridge Way, 11020 No. 4 Rd. 3. Home Depot, 2700 Sweden Way. Best Gift Shop 1. Urban Value, 150-11380 Steveston Hwy. 2. Pieces Giftware, 100-3580 Moncton St. 3. A Monkey Tree, 3900 Moncton St. Best Green Business 1. Tao Day Spa, 115 Bayview St. 2. Urban Edibles, 7200 Steveston Hwy. 3. Richmond Centre, 6551 No. 3 Rd.

LANSDOWNE ANIMAL HOSPITAL

River Rd. 2. Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3111 Grant McConachie Way. 3. Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Hwy.

Best Grocery Store 1, Save on Foods, 11666 Steveston Hwy., 3673 Westminster Hwy. 2. Real Canadian Superstore, 4651 No. 3 Rd. 3. Safeway, 8671 No. 1 Rd., 10151 No. 3 Rd., 6140 Blundell Rd. Best Hair Salon 1. Lacquer Beauty Bar, 3900 Moncton St. 2. Zary Hair Design, 5-6360 No. 3 Rd. 3. Ask Hair Studios, 150-3900 Bayview St. Best Home Decor Store 1. HomeSense, 100-5300 No. 3 Rd. 2. The Spotted Frog Furniture Co., 110-12480 No. 1 Rd. 3. (tie) Pieces Giftware, 100-3580 Moncton St. and Urban Value, 15011380 Steveston Hwy. Best Home Improvement Store 1. Home Depot, 2700 Sweden Way 2. RONA, 7111 Elmbridge Way 3. Rod’s Building Supply, 3471 Moncton St. Best Hotel 1. River Rock Casino Resort, 8811

THE SWEET SPOT

“This is such a wonderful patisserie in Steveston. All the food is amazing and delicious and the owners are lovely people. Really high quality and wonderful to have this lovely shop in our neighbourhood!” Best Lawyer 1. Patricia Fleming, Fleming and Associates 2. Jason Tarnow, Tarnow Criminal Law 3. Jeff Froh, Campbell Froh May and Rice LLP Best Lingerie Store 1. Bare Basics, 3871 Moncton St. 2. La Senza, 1762-6060 Minoru Blvd. 3. La Vie En Rose, 2202-6060 Minoru Blvd. Best Liquor, Beer and Wine Store 1. O’Hares Liquor Store, 5031 Steveston Hwy. 2. Legends Terra Nova, 3671 Westminster Hwy. 3. Sip Wines, 1030-11660 Steveston Hwy. Best Local Entrepreneur 1. Russel Favel, Russell Sean Fitness, 9-12491 No. 2 Rd. 2. Stephanie Sy, Pur Movement, 123 – 11180 Coppersmith Pl. 3. Julia Zu & Nancy Lin, Sunberry Fitness, 4400 Hazelbridge Way Best Local Farm 1. Richmond Country Farms, 12900 Steveston Hwy. 2. Urban Edibles, 7200 Steveston Hwy. 3. CanWest Farms, 13051 Blundell Rd. Best Manicure/Pedicure 1. Lacquer Beauty Bar, 3900 Moncton St. 2. Tao Day Spa, 115-3900 Bayview St. 3. Raintree Wellness Spa, 12513020 No. 2 Rd. Best Mechanic 1. Juan Recaverren, Juan’s Auto Service, 8580 River Rd. 2. Seppo’s Automotive, 3611 Moncton St, 3. Jackson Ma, Minit Tune, 4280 No. 3 Rd. See Page 6


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The Best of Richmond Readers’ Poll Best Mortgage Broker 1. Tyler Wilson, Invis, www. tylerwilson.ca 2. Chris Pughe, Verico Complete Mortgage Services, www.chrispughe. com 3. Ivan Sobko, Origin National Mortgage Web, www.sobko.ca Best Movers 1. Accent Moving, 4751 Shell Rd. 2. Salmon Transfer, 100 – 9500 Van Horne Way 3. Ferguson Moving & Storage, 2251 No. 5 Rd.

ASK HAIR STUDIO

“They do EXCELLENT work!!! BEST haircuts and colour EVER.”

Best Naturopath 1. Dr. Neetu Dhiman, Brio Integrative Health Centre, #223 11020 No. 5 Rd. 3. Dr. Raj Jheeta, Richmond Naturopathic Medical Clinic, 2308211 Ackroyd Rd. 3. Dr. Jeffrey Lee, Brio Integrative Health Centre, #223 - 11020 No. 5 Rd. Best New Business (2 years or less) 1. Pur Movement, 123 – 11180 Coppersmith Pl., 2. Sunberry Fitness, 4400 Hazelbridge Way 3. True Conditioning, 102-12071 First Ave. Best Notary 1. Nancy Schick Skinner, 650-5900 No. 3 Rd. 2. Malek Allibhai, 210-6411 Buswell St. 3. Gail Maida, 155-8040 Garden City Rd. Best Pet Services 1. Shelley Smith Dog Training Services, www.dogtrainershelley.ca 2. Doggy-Six Grooming & Pet Supplies, 6-12491 No. 2 Rd. 3. Christine’s Grooming Studio, 2633 Viking Way Best Pet Supply Store 1. Tisol, 5431 No. 3 Rd. 2. Bosley’s, 160-11700 Steveston Hwy., 130-3675 Westminster Hwy. 3. Pet Smart, 9751 Bridgeport Rd. Best Pharmacy (chain) 1. Shoppers Drug Mart

JUANS AUTO SERVICE

“Juan Recavarren is the most honest and fair mechanic in not only Richmond, but the entire Lower Mainland. Juans honesty and integrity are second to none.”

2. Pharmasave, various locations, 3. London Drugs, 5971 No. 3 Rd. 3200-11666 Steveston Hwy. Best Pharmacy (independent) 1. Medicine Shoppe, 3993 Chatham St. 2. Bioscript Pharmacy, 4050-8171 Ackroyd Rd. 3. McCue Drugs, 100-8120 Cook Rd. Best Place to Buy a Car 1. Richmond Auto Mall, 13460 Smallwood Pl. 2. Kia Richmond, 5660 Minoru Blvd. 3. Richmond Honda, 13600 Smallwood Pl. Best Place to Hold a Birthday Party 1. Sunberry Fitness 2. With Our Own Two Hands, 3871 Moncton St. 3. River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd. Best Preschool 1. With Our Own Two Hands, 3871 Moncton St. 2. Terra Nova Montessori 3760 Moresby Dr. (inside Quilchena Elementary School) 3. Core Education & Fine Arts Jr. Kindergarten, 160-10811 No. 4 Rd. Best Produce 1. Kins Farm Market, various locations 2. Richmond Country Farms, 12900 Steveston Hwy. 3. Langley Farm Market, Lansdowne Centre

RAINTREE WELLNESS SPA

It’s a locally owned small business that gives you the feeling of being away on vacation each time you go. The services are the best in Vancouver, the atmosphere is something you would find on a tropical island somewhere and the staff are amazing. It’s always a treat going there - and a rude awakening when you leave and realize that you’re still in Richmond and not Tahiti. Best Real Estate Agency 1. Remax WestCoast, 110-6086 Russ Baker Way 2. Sutton Group - Seafair Realty, 550 – 9100 Blundell Rd. 3. Macdonald Realty, 5188 Westminster Hwy. Best Realtor 1. Henry So, Remax WestCoast, 410 - 650 W 41st Ave., Vancouver 2. Jess Baxter, Remax WestCoast, 12235 No. 1 Rd. 3. Shafik Ladha, Remax WestCoast, 110-6086 Russ Baker Way Best Shoe Store 1. Aldo, Richmond Centre 2. Stepin’ Out, 3991 Moncton St. 3. Ronson’s, various locations

Entertainment Best Community Arts Group 1. La Chaleur Dance Co. 2. Little Sun Childrens’ Art Studio 3. Gateway Theatre DEFY GRAVITY

“Defy Gravity Dance Company is my favourite business because it has been my second home for as long as they have been open. All of the staff and students are welcoming and caring and there is no other place I would rather spend six hours after school everyday!”

Best Concert 1. Daniel Tosh at River Rock 2. Natalie Cole at River Rock 3. Richmond Orchestra and Chorus Best Dance Instructor 1. Stephanie Sy, Pur Movement 2. Marilu Retani ,Sunberry Fitness 3. (tie) Rishell O’Brien, Defy Gravity, and Gabriela Moutal, Gabriela’s Movement

“I like Kees Tae Kwon Do because the classes are fun, challenging and you get a great work-out while learning. The instuctor and leadership team take great pride in the school and students. People of all ages participate and everyone has a great time and great friends are made.”

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Best High Performance Training 1. U RISE Personal Training, 140A6351 Westminster. 2. Russell Sean Fitness, 9-12491 No. 2 Rd. 3. Pur Movement, 123 – 11180 Coppersmith Pl.

Best Specialty Furniture Store 1. The Spotted Frog Furniture Co., 110-12480 No.1 Rd. 2. The Brick, 150-3100 St. Edwards Dr. 3. IKEA, 3320 Jacombs Rd. Best Sporting Goods Store 1. Sport Chek, Richmond Centre 2. Highmore Uniforms, 2900 Smith St. 3. (tie) Canadian Tire, 3500 No. 3 Rd., 11388 Steveston Hwy., Dunrite Sports Co. 1126-8328 Capstan Way. Best Tanning Salon 1. Body Glo Tan, 8120 No. 2 Rd. 2. Escape Tanning, 460- 9100 Blundell Rd. 3. Radiant Tanning Salon, 110 – 3591 Chatham St. Best Tattoo Parlour 1. Steveston Tattoo Company, 110-12020 First Ave. 2. Dermagraphic Osmosis, 6631 Buswell St. 3. Floating World, 1468-8388 Capstan Way Best Toy Shop 1. Splash, 140 - 3580 Moncton St., 2. Toys “R” Us 5300 No. 3 Rd 3. Urban Value, 150-11380 Steveston Hwy. Best Travel Agency 1. Flight Centre, various locations, 2. Marlin Travel, 6551 No. 3 Rd. 3. Expedia CruiseShipCenters, 8291 Ackroyd Rd. Best Veterinarian 1. Dr Jatinder Rana, Lansdowne Animal Hospital, 190-8351 Alexandra Rd. 2. Dr. Michael Schaufele, 9220 No. 3 Rd. 3. Dr. Joseph Martinez, Little Paws Animal Clinic, 130-12011 Second Ave.

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“When you work out at Russel Sean fitness, you are working out with a community of people committed to bettering themselves in a gym. No frills, no glamour and no stares from other people judging you. Just real hard work, sweat, and friendly knowledgeable staff helping you find your fit you. I love that the focus is on the exercise and the people. Russel and staff are very caring and accepting. Workouts are never the same and all of the thinking is done for you, so you just have to show up, try your best and leave feeling more energized and happier.”

Best Karaoke 1. Millennium Karaoke, 201-4451 No. 3 Rd. 2. Mix-2 Karaoke, 130-8400 Alexandra Rd 3. Party World KTV Family Karaoke, 8711 Alexandra Rd. Best Music Teacher (School) 1. Long & McQuade Academy 2. Chuen Ying Arts Centre 3. Showcase Academy

Best Local Sports Team 1. Panther Cheer Athletics 2. Richmond Sockeyes 3. Richmond Rapids Best Martial Arts Studio 1. Apex Martial Arts, 12351 Bridgeport Rd. 2. Kees Tae Kwon Do, 111 - 5560 Minoru Blvd. 3. Pacific Wave Jiu-Jitsu, 140-12811 Clarke Pl. Best Personal Trainer 1. Gary Dhillon, U RISE Personal Training, 140A-6351 Westminster Hwy. 2. Russel Favel, Russel Sean Fitness, 9-12491 No. 2 Rd. 3. 2. Stephanie Sy, Pur Movement Best Sports Facility 1. Pur Movement, 123 – 11180 Coppersmith Pl. 2. Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Rd. 3. Sunberry Fitness, 4400 Hazelbridge Way

Best Music Teacher 1. Susan Garrett 2. Anna Vavilova 2. Len Kay Best Once Upon a Time Character 1. Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold 2. (tie) Snow White and Cindarella 3. (tie) Captain Hook and Princess Abigail Best Public Art 1. Water #10 2. Minoru (horse statue) 3. Richmond street banners

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Best Golf Course 1. Mayfair Lakes, 5460 No. 7 Rd. 2. Quilchena Golf & Country Club, 3551 Granville Ave. 3. Country Meadows Golf Course, 8482 No. 6 Rd.

Best Sporting Goods Store 1. Sport Chek, Richmond Centre, www.sportchek.ca 2. Ice Level Sports, 806-11688 Steveston Hwy. 3. Canadian Tire, 3500 No. 3 Rd., 11388 Steveston Hwy.

Best Gym 1. Russell Sean Fitness, 9-12491 No. 2 Rd. 2. Pur Movement, 123 – 11180 Coppersmith Pl. 3. Sunberry Fitness, 4400 Hazelbridge Way

Best Yoga Studio 1. Perfect Hearts Yoga, 12151 First Ave. 2. YYoga. 102-7731 Alderbridge Way 3. Bikram Yoga Richmond, 105-5300 No. 3 Rd.


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The Best of Richmond 2014 Best explanation for Richmond’s sky-high real estate prices There’s been plenty of speculation about why Richmond’s real estate prices have shot into the stratosphere over the past four years. Much of the talk has centred around the influence of foreign buyers, but there’s been a dearth of hard evidence to back those theories, little more than anecdotes from realtors. But a Sotheby’s International Realty Canada report suggests there’s more than just hot air behind the claims international investors are strongly influencing the Lower Mainland market. In a report released last year and referenced in a recent New Yorker magazine article, a survey conducted by the real estate firm found: • foreign buyers comprise 40 percent of the market for luxury single family homes (defined as $1 million or more); • China remains the “top market influencer.” This part of the report focused solely on sales in Vancouver, and not Richmond, it should be noted. However, the rise of Richmond’s real estate has mirrored the steeply upward trend experienced on the west side of Vancouver. Tsur Somerville, associate professor at the University of B.C.’s Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate, questioned how Sotheby’s obtained its information for the survey. And he said the experience at Sotheby’s might not reflect what other real estate companies have seen. At best, the Sotheby’s survey indicates that agency is selling units to people who “fit the profile of those we want to blame for a lack of affordability in the Lower Mainland.” He noted that real estate prices in 2006 were also unaffordable for most local first-time buyers. At worst, the survey gives a window into Sotheby’s clientele. The question is, how representative of the overall market is Sotheby’s buyers? In a The New Yorker magazine article, author James Surowiecki described Vancouver as “the

A Sotheby’s International Realty Canada report suggests there’s more than just hot air behind the claims international investors are strongly influencing the Lower Mainland market.

most expensive housing market in North America,” and quotes Andy Yan, an urban planner for Bing Thom Architects, as saying Vancouver is a “hedge city.”

“There are now rich people around the world who are looking for places where they can park some of their cash and feel safe about it,”Yan is quoted as saying. “If the choice is between

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Here’s what Review readers had to say about Richmond’s finest businesses, people and places!

CEFA “It’s a childcare centre that goes beyond just providing care for children. The management and staff are dedicated to providing an amazing program which is fun and educational!”

Brio Integrative Health Centre “I have been going to this clinic for 5 years and love the approach, the doctors and how caring they all are. Dr. Neetu and Dr. Jeff are two of the best naturopathic docors in the lower mainland and I consider this clinic to be my family doctor.” Don Denton photo An ornate gate marks the entrance to Chinatown in Victoria.

Best tourist idea Richmond council seems excited to spend money towards getting Steveston named a national historic site, UNESCO World Heritage Site and a dwarf planet. Meanwhile, another part of town that is a big hit with the tourists gets no such attention. Richmond’s City Cen-

tre is home to a diverse collection of amazing Chinese restaurants. Last year, Erika Simm, sought council’s support to designate an area of Richmond as a Chinatown, complete with an ornate gate to mark its entrance. Wouldn’t it be nice if Alexandra Road, the epicentre of Chinese restaurants in Richmond, had a Chinese-style gate? “Richmond has

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a Chinatown in the making, however, it has no character whatsoever… It is generic, bland and modern,” said Simm. Council didn’t shoot down the idea, but didn’t take it and run with it either. Considering the area is a draw already and well-served by transit, sprucing it up with a gate and other improvements would be a great idea.

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Best tribute to Nordic countries At a regular council meeting in March, Mayor Malcolm Brodie passed on a little bit of news to the community. Who knows how many people heard it. Plenty of seats could be had in council chambers, but we’re sure Richmond’s fine citizens were glued to Shaw cable to watch the evening unfold. Brodie announced council had chosen Mannini Way as the name for a new road that connects Knight Street to Jacombs Road. It’s a

Best spot for sidewalks Years ago, our local politicians decided to pave over pasture for dairy cows around Knight Street and replace them with a bumper crop of industrial parks. Now that the area is reasonably wellserved by transit, many workers take the bus to work. Unfortunately, on some roads, such as Viking Way, there are no sidewalks. Pedestrians get the choice of either walking on spongy lawn and dodging bushes or walking on the road, which can be quite hazardous on a dark winter’s night.

yet-to-open off-ramp linking Knight Street motorists to IKEA, whose workers, incidentally, continue to walk picket lines in a year-long labour dispute. The new road is Finnish, but IKEA is Swedish. At least they’re in the same region. And besides, IKEA already has Sweden Way. Mannini Way—basking in the glory of its two consonants and two vowels—takes its name from Peter Mannini, believed to be the first Finnish settler in Richmond, around 1890. But

history isn’t always crystal clear. Finn Slough historian David Dorrington believes the family name was actually Manninen. In an article at the City of Richmond Archives, he notes many early Finnish settlers changed their surnames for ease of spelling and pronunciation. But it’s hard to celebrate this new Nordic road when a labour dispute continues to boil next door. Settle this IKEA, so we can all get back to eating meatballs in the comfort of our saunas.

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Did you know – property tax relief for the disabled? The Home Owner Grant Act of B.C. allows a disabled person who owns their residence some property tax relief in the appropriate circumstances. Where the homeowner is a “person with disabilities,” one of the categories of eligibility is when the owner spends funds to make an upgrade to the residence that helps the owner with, or otherwise alleviates, his or her disability. There is a form (Form B – Certificate of Physician and Property owner) which a physician must complete, and sign. The particular upgrade must be described on the form. If the Grant Administration department approves it, the homeowner’s property taxes will be reduced. If you think you may be eligible, I suggest contacting your city tax department for more information. Visit our website (www.WillPowerLaw.com) or call us at (604)233-7001 to discuss your Wills, Estates and Seniors’ questions.

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Best plinth proposal There are two things we don’t like about Brighouse Station on the Canada Line: 1) it abruptly ends as an unadorned concrete plinth and 2) it’s often like a smoke pit. The City of Richmond has long been aware of the first problem and has approved public art projects for the plinth. But we’ve got an idea that would address both issues. Norman Wrigglesworth, Richmond’s great anti-smoking crusader, used to have what he called the word’s largest no-smoking sign on his roof. While it was dismantled after Norman moved from his home, how about putting up a replica at the Canada Line Anti-smoking activist Norman Wrigglesworth used to have a large noplinth? smoking sign on his roof. He still wears a small one on his hat.

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It’s all warm and fuzzy in Victoria. Governments are known for their spin-laden press releases—that’s nothing new. Christy Clark’s Liberal government and its three local Liberal MLAs are no exception. A 350-word release from the government’s caucus communications this month announced funding to the City of Richmond to fight invasive plants. Seems worthy, but the cash is just $7,000. That might buy the city a couple of gas-powered weed whackers, a few gallons of vinegar and weekend of work from summer students. Au contraire, the government says. The money will be invested in “public awareness,” “surveying invasive plant populations” and “actively treating high-priority sites.” All our MLAs weighed in to express their support for cracking down on these vegetative vagrants, using words like “action,” “managing” and “protecting.” Don’t say Victoria isn’t showing us love.

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Best ghost cab Police with the RCMP’s Deas Island Traffic Services have decked out a car to look like a taxi cab as part of a new enforcement blitz to catch distracted drivers. The mock cab watches out for distracted drivers on Richmond highways and radios the information to police further on up the road, who greet violators with a ticket.

Business Licence Regulation Bylaw 7538 Amendment Bylaw 9142 At the May 26, 2014 Council meeting, three readings were given to Business Licence Bylaw 7538, Amendment Bylaw 9142, which amends Schedule A of the bylaw to include the premises at Unit 118 – 4411 No. 3 Road among the sites which permits an amusement centre to operate with more than 4 amusement machines. Those persons who consider themselves affected by the proposed bylaw are invited to make written submissions to Council c/o the City Clerk at 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, B.C., V6Y 2C1 or by fax at 604-278-5139 or by email to cityclerk@richmond.ca; or make a verbal presentation to Council by appearing as a delegation at the June 23, 2014 Council meeting.

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Those who have lived in Richmond since the 1970s will remember how neighbourhoods with older homes, big lots, ditches and septic fields were paved over and rezoned to allow denser development. This process happened gradually over two decades. But on Alexandra Road, an entire old neighbourhood has been flattened for the Wal-Mart development. Until even a few months ago, driving down Alexandra (at least the south side of the street) was like travelling back in time to Richmond in the 1970s. But with Wal-Mart approved, the street will look like the rest of Richmond pretty quickly.

Sea Island used to have a small park called Flight Path Park. Its meagre offerings had deteriorated over the years. For kids less familiar with self-directed play and more in tune with modern play structures, there wasn’t much here but views of the airport beyond its barbed wire fence. But, dear citizens of Richmond, you can thank Larry Berg for reinventing this space. Days before Berg left his position as president and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority, shovels hit the ground in the park. Workers left months later, and airport officials celebrated the refreshed two-hectare green space by renaming it Larry Berg Flight Path Park. It’s less pretentious than other possibilities: Larry Berg is the Wind Beneath My Wings Park or Stop Playing and Celebrate Larry Berg Park. Berg was a man who engineered significant growth at YVR during his tenure, but some passengers might simply remember him as the man who gave us the Airport Improvement Fee. Now they have a park to forget about all that.

Best road for a Google Streetview update Alexandra Road. See above.

Best politician to start a protest chant Hey hey ho ho, so-and-so has got to go! Most of us recognize the classic political protest chants. We’re sure Premier Christy Clark and our other elected leaders have heard a few. Then we have Harold Steves, a 77-year-old politician who’s served as a city councillor for over four decades. Steves convinced a crowd of people who turned up at the March Against Monsanto event at Vancouver Art Gallery this month to join him in a protest chant that covered everything from genetically modified foods to fracking. The last bit of the chant was saved for the pesticide producing namesake of the protest. Steves belted into a microphone: “Do we really like Monsanto?” The crowd dutifully responded: “No fracking way.” Perhaps next time his council colleagues disagree on a vote in council chambers, Steves will unleash a version of this little ditty.

For some reason, a lot of Richmond drivers back in to parking spaces. It seems to be a geographical anomaly. Maybe the drivers have cars with those fancy cameras and sensors in the back. Maybe they wish to show off their grill. Or maybe they think it is safer for pedestrians when leaving the spot. Whatever the case, it sure is confusing to the rest of us who park the old fashioned way of just simply driving into the parking spot. The back-in crowd does create a lot of confusion in parking lots. The other day your correspondent was in a busy parking lot and saw a car pass one of the few vacant spots. A car driving behind pulled into the spot. But wait, car No. 1 was actually trying to back into the spot. Much honking ensued as both cars tied up traffic.

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n the 16 years since driver and passenger frontal impact airbags became mandatory in passenger cars and light trucks built after September 1, 1998, airbag technology continues to be refined and, correspondingly, both relied upon and taken for granted as one of the most valuable components—along with seatbelts—of the safety systems for vehicle interiors. Second-generation advanced frontal airbag systems have been mandatory in new vehicles since September 1, 2006. And on September 1, 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] in the United States phased in new side-impact standards requiring side airbags as standard equipment. But even the most economic new sub-compacts now offer multiple airbag systems designed beyond the legally required specifications. Dual-stage and dual-depth airbags, knee airbags to protect a driver’s legs—the refinements keep coming. Traffic safety statisticians say that seatbelts and airbags in combination have reduced crash fatalities by 24% since the time when only seatbelts were used. While early stage airbags reportedly caused the deaths of 291 people since 1990, the NHTSA also estimates that since 1998, airbags have saved nearly 28,000 people and that “using a seat belt and having an airbag reduces the risk of death by 61 percent. Simply put, this combination is the most basic and effective safety precaution available.” These days, if airbags fail to deploy when they

should, such failure is considered a major defect and possible cause for a widespread recall by the vehicle manufacturer. Innovators are finding creative ways to use the latest airbag technologies to protect the most vulnerable road users. Volvo has developed Pedestrian Airbag Technology that deploys an airbag on the outside of a vehicle when it hits a pedestrian. The external airbag is deployed from under the hood at the base of the front window to cover and cushion the hood and the area around the wiper recess and A-pillar, the areas most likely to cause severe head injury on impact. In Sweden, two young industrial designers working on their masters degrees at the University of Lund, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, developed the concept of an airbag bicycle helmet that they now produce and sell through their company, Hovding. The Hovding website contains videos showing deployment of the airbag helmet in the various common types of cycling crashes. The airbag, made of an ultra-strong nylon fabric that won’t rip when scraped against the ground, is inside a zipped-on collar. When inflated, it covers much more of the head than a traditional cycle helmet while still leaving a vision field opening. The Hovding website describes the airbag helmet as “like a hood” offering the greatest protection where it is needed most and providing “extremely soft and gentle shock absorption. The pressure remains constant for several seconds, making it able to withstand multiple head impacts during the same accident. After that the airbag slowly starts to deflate.” External airbags to protect motorcyclists— typically to cushion the head and upper body areas that suffer the greatest injury from impact with the road are also being tested, refined and marketed. …by Cedric Hughes, Barrister & Solicitor with regular weekly contributions from Leslie McGuffin, LL.B.

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Best of Richmond People & Places Best place to watch money shoot from a wall It’s sometimes hard to see the forest for the trees. Or the cash for the bottles covering that garage floor. But there’s help at your local bottle depot. In North Richmond, there’s Regional Recycling, where money shoots out of a wall. OK, so first you’ll need to gather up all those beer bottles and pop cans, bring them to the Vulcan Way depot

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and have a friendly staff member look over your sorting work. Those cauldrons of cola and jugs of juice are then wheeled away, and a piece of paper is handed to the customer. A sophisticated wall-mounted machine then reads this simple stationary and instantly dispenses cash. There. A forest of money.

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Best hopping hope for humanity Developers are busy rebuilding City Centre, displacing rabbits from urban homes they’ve been forced to adopt after being dumped by bored pet owners. This could make for some hopping mad hot cross bunnies, but instead of splitting hares these carrot-chompers are just trying to make do in a dog-eat-rabbit world. One resident has taken it upon herself or himself to give at least one rabbit the star treatment by creating a cardboard-and-duct-tape house—

complete with sloped roof—next to a rabbit hole outside Townline’s development site at Granville Avenue and St. Albans Road. It’s not exactly a shelter with any permanency, but word around the rabbit hole is that these new digs have now given one hopper celebrity status. The Bun Affleck of Richmond, if you will. The Kirsten Bunst. The Barak Obunya. One can hope this small show of citizen compassion is the start of a shift in attitudes toward our pets.

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River Green and its seven-figure riverside condos are pretty impressive. There's still much more development on its way from developer Aspac, but what it's created already is living up to expectations. Flying under the radar somewhat is a project from Onni. No, not those riverfront buildings in Steveston that have a few people talking, it's the developer's Ora project across the street from the Richmond Olympic Oval. The mixed-use development includes three residential towers and street-level retail that will include a T&T Supermarket. It also includes an impressive design feature called "the birdcage," which faces the Hollybridge Canal. The towers, from 12 to 15 storeys, "shine as the gateway" (Onni's words) to a fast-changing neighbourhood called the Oval Village. Perhaps this birdcage will lure a few of our feathered fowl friends known as snow geese back to this area once construction is complete. Terra Nova can't have all the fun.

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Best show of leading by example It's an easy, lowimpact form of exercise. Walking has many benefits, especially to office workers trapped at a desk for much of the day. Employees at the Richmond headquarters of WorkSafeBC—the provincial agency dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety—walk the talk. Seeing office workers pounding the pavement around the Oval Village neighbourhood is a common sight during lunchtime. Oodles of experts have weighed in on the positive health impacts of the simple act of walking, including Dr. Oz. The TV doc tells us walking fends off heart attacks and strokes, lowers risk of diabetes, cuts cigarette cravings, burns calories, keeps the brain sharp, reduces stress, increases energy and boosts the immune system. These sneakerwearing steppers are on to something.


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Best place for an outboard motor emporium The final piece of Onni’s Imperial Landing development is up, but with vacant shops. The commercial portion of the development is zoned by the city for mixed-maritime use, but the developer says there’s no prospective tenants and would rather have a grocery store like Nestor’s in it instead. City council has been sticking to its guns. Perhaps Onni should try a different tactic. We think this

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Best small town event in a notso-small city In that weekly CBC TV show Rick Mercer Report, Mercer does that thing at the end. You know, the thing where he starts talking about some random Canadian town’s festival that’s a little different from the norm? OK, so you may be among the millions of Canadians who don’t tune in, but if he happened to turn his gaze on Richmond, he might pick Shelter Island Marina’s annual Marina Days event. Sure the name is a little plain, but this annual appreciation of anchors includes a good ol’ fashioned chowder cook-off and swap meet. Just the thought of various vats of steaming seafood surprises is enough to send a foodie’s heart aflutter. Discerning samplers, who pay a buck a taste, ultimately award a $500 prize to the winner, along with $300 and $100 prizes to the runners-up. This year’s event was May 24, which also marked the marina’s achievement of a 4-Anchor environmental rating (out of five) from the Georgia Strait Alliance.

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Suggesting fish-and-chips are “to die for” comes close, but calling Onni’s new Imperial Landing commercial properties “a ghost town” is the fishiest. These vacant spaces, with rental apartments above, are zoned for maritime-related businesses. But the developer isn’t too keen on soliciting interest from folks who make a living because of our beautiful waterways. Instead it’s seeking rezoning to allow broader uses—the holy grail sought before with no success. Those supporting Onni’s latest bid decry the “eyesore” that this small strip of Bayview has become due to vacant buildings, but might be forgetting the unsightly fenced field that existed before. We're guessing most people stroll this stretch for the river views, not the ability to glance longingly at a Nester's market or outboard motor shop.

Plenty of opinions continue to percolate around the issue of language on storefront signs and public advertisements. Should those foreignlanguage banners have at least a little bit of English? Maybe even some French? Someone took the debate to a whole new level at the corner of No. 3 Road and Steveston Highway. A fenced lot at the intersection’s southeast corner proclaims “NO SIGN.” Existentialism? Objectivism? Dogmatism? What might be going on here is a statement to end this language debate once and for all. We envision a few problems with this new way of thinking—you know, a world with no signs. Then again, maybe this signposter aimed to simply put the words of Five Man Electric Band’s “Signs” song into action: Sign, sign. Everywhere a sign. Blockin’ out the scenery. Breakin’ my mind…

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Best of Richmond People & Places Best a-developer-hasn’t-bought-this-yet? It can sometimes seem like developers are overrunning the city. In City Centre, blocks are being levelled and rebuilt, as other properties are bought and held by developers waiting to make their move. In some single-family neighbourhoods, entire streets

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Best place to spend quality time with your soulmate While many couples these days cringe at putting away their smartphones to spend quality time together, don’t count Liyi Le and Yuru Zhang among them. The couple have been married for 50 years, and can often

be seen spending their afternoons on Williams Road, the octogenarians sitting side-by-side on their walkers, taking in the fresh air as they watch school children and other pedestrians pass by. Le said he and his wife, who have

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Best of Richmond People & Places Best listening skills When the Vancouver Airport Authority announced plans for a luxury outlet mall on Sea Island by the Dinsmore Bridge, the move raised some alarm bells at Richmond City Hall. That stretch of Russ Baker Way isn’t the most pleasant place to be during rush hour and adding a giant mall wouldn’t help matters. Also, as Mayor Malcolm

Brodie pointed out, YVR invested in the Canada Line on Sea Island so why build a mall which can’t be accessed by rapid transit? So give the Vancouver Airport Authority full credit for listening—it moved the mall to a site next to Templeton Station. Construction is well under way and the posh mall will open next spring.

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Best example why guidelines don’t work A guideline is a principle or criterion guiding or directing action. That’s Oxford. And from that other rock solid source Wiktionary: A non-specific rule or principle that provides direction or action or behaviour. If rules were made to be broken, what then do we say of guidelines? Ask West Richmond residents, who constantly endure the noise of floatplanes. Last fall, a city report showed the majority of noise complaints related to the airport had to do with floatplane operations. And complaints last year to YVR’s Official Committee in Charge of Noise from the Air (or something like that) were up substantially from the previous year. New guidelines published last year urged floatplane pilots to “avoid departure routes that fly over the City of Richmond, whenever possible.” Judging from floatplane activity over West Richmond, it’s not clear whether pilots are even aware of this new principle. Word is, these low-flying planes are even ruffling the feathers of local snow geese that just want to rip up playing fields in peace.

Best new sister city for Richmond Richmond already boasts a trio of sister cities, but we think this city has more sisterly love to give. Why should we limit all this “mutual understanding and meaningful connections”—the Sister City Program’s boast—to Pierrefonds, Wakayama and Xiamen? No offence Pierrefonders, but you were swallowed up by Montreal over a decade ago, going from city to the “shared borough” of Pierrefonds-Roxboro. Wakayama? We really like you, but it’s been 40 years. And Xiamen, well, you’re so mysterious that the City of Richmond’s website can’t even explain you, choosing instead to only link to your Chinese government hosted homepage. We’re proposing Lausanne as our new sister city. Richmond has already shared plenty of Olympic secrets in this Switzerland city that’s home to the International Olympic Committee. Now city brass want to join an exclusive Olympic club based there, the World Union of Olympic Cities, even though 2010 was technically Vancouver’s Games. But never mind that. Richmond could become the West Coast destination for Swiss cheese, army knives, chocolate and watches. And just think of the “meaningful connections” we could have with Swiss cows and Swiss guards. This could be the gold medal of sister city relationships.

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Finding that perfect home is hard to do. Fans of House Hunters know that one property rarely ticks all the boxes. But if you find that perfect place next to the mighty Fraser River, the majestic water and estuary views just might make up for junky appliances, creaky floors or a lack of outdoor space. Riverside homes can be wonderful— unless your next door neighbour is a federal entity with unending power. Our advice: if Port Metro Vancouver buys property near you, find a good realtor. Last year the port bought land in Riverport that had long been home to a vehicle import business. It was a light industrial use whose zoning was controlled by the city. Residents of Waterstone Pier and Riverport Flats undoubtedly found this to be a pretty peaceful spot. Then the port moved it, rendering city zon-

Best four-wheeled heroes Hello Zipcar. Good day Car2Go. Hey there Modo. With a rapid transit link to the big city, Richmond is now being noticed by

car-sharing companies. Carsharing networks are small here compared to Vancouver, but locals are starting to get more transportation options. It’ll just be hard to pry us out of our own vehicles. Richmond citizens love their cars, MoneySense magazine once found, ranking Richmond first in new car ownership out of 154 Canadian cities. The magazine’s survey found nearly one in four vehicles were four years old or newer. Yes motorists, that 2010 model in your driveway is starting to look fit for a pushpull-and-drag sale. But with downtown Richmond quickly densifying and no new roads of significance being built, more Richmond families will likely question whether they need to own two cars—or a car at all. Car sharing vehicles just may be Richmond’s new sustainability supporters, pollution protectors and four-wheeled warriors.

Best surprise some don’t see coming City planners are in the midst of deciding the future of a sprawling chunk of land council bought for $59.2 million four years ago. What it becomes might surprise people. Right now the Garden City lands is a 55-hectare field that’s occasionally mowed to expose its rich field-iness. What’s being planned here is strictly “Off the Grid”—the working title of the concept plan. No, this won’t be some living-offthe-land experiment led by the mayor. Nor is this some kind of an attempt to lure Jesse Ventura here to film his like-named TV show whose hashtag is the ominous #STAYVIGILANT. What’s coming is a plot of land focused on its Agricultural Land Reserve designation: farming. No soccer pitches, baseball diamonds or tennis courts will be found here. Instead, residents will get farm fields, a bog conservation area, sphagnum moss sanctuary, informal play area, pathways and community gardens. Early designs also call for something known as “the mound.” Maybe we need the bold, brazen and bare-knuckled Ventura to check this out after all.

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Bargain priced Nissan Micra returns to basics Montreal, QC. - Even though the with the same peppy powerplant. days of roll down windows, no air Okay, I realize that “peppy” is a relaconditioning or fancy features aren’t tive term here. There’s 109 horsepower that far behind us, it’s tough to find a and 107 lb-ft of torque generated back-to-basics car in today’s market. from its 1.6L, 4-cylinder engine. But in Enter the 2015 Nissan Micra with a the city and on the highway, it’s still a price tag under $10k. decent amount. As its name suggests, Three trims of Micra it’s not a full-size SUV. are available: S, SV, What it is is a front and SR. Each can be engine, front-wheel paired with either the drive, five-door vehicle. aforementioned 5-speed It’s diminutive in size manual or an available but not lacking in the 4-speed automatic. The personality department. mid-grade SV trim can The Micra Not at all. also be paired with a is affordable You’d think that with a Convenience package starting MSRP of $9,998 transportation with (available both on the for the Micra S (with the amiable drivability, MT and AT). manual transmission) Looking at it, I’m exan easy-on-the you might get shorttremely tempted to use eyes interior and changed on the fun the word “cute.” But I overall a bubbly factor. Again, not the won’t. It’s small, which personality. case. definitely contributes to In fact, of the four modits c-word factor, and Alexandra Straub els I drove (there are comes it some bubbly eight models available) colours, as well as acit happened to be my favourite. cent colours. For example, the SV with The 5-speed manual transmission has the automatic I drove had a white a springy clutch, a gearbox that shifts exterior with purple accents. up and down smoothly, and a personInside, you and your four passengers ality that is waiting to be unleashed. will we greeted with cushy cloth seats. It might not have air conditioning, The driver will then have access to a Bluetooth or a rearview camera (on centre stack that is easy to use and this trim, but they are available on organized ergonomically. other models), but those aren’t deal Describing its aura could best be debreakers for me, nor are they for fined as “welcoming.” And despite its people looking to buy a great car at a size, even taller individuals shouldn’t great price. feel claustrophobic. With a driving What’s more, each Micra model comes partner who stands 6’2”, he still had

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While very affordable, the Micra isn’t “cheap” in execution. Even the knobs on the roll down windows have a soft touch to them. And there are metallic accents to break up the otherwise bland black interior. I certainly wasn’t disappointed when captaining the Micra. Even though that might sound like a backhanded compliment, it’s not. As far as small cars go, it’s functional, funky and has great value. Whether you’re looking for a vehicle that gets you from point A to B – minus all the options – or said vehicle with a few extras, the 2015 Micra might be the car for you. Summed up, the Micra is affordable transportation with amiable drivability, an easy-on-the eyes interior and overall a bubbly personality. alexandra.straub@drivewaybc.ca

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Safety Recalls: 2011 to 2013 Volkswagen Jetta: 2009/2010/2011/2012: The fuel injection lines may crack and cause diesel fuel leakage, on vehicles equipped with a 2.0L TDI (diesel) engine. Dealers will install vibration dampers on the fuel injection lines and replace them, if necessary. 2011: The converter box may be protected by the same fuse as the horn and the anti-theft alarm system. If this fuse gets blown, the converter box may shut-off applications such as the engine management system, lighting system and wipers. Dealers will separate the wiring for the horn and the theft protection horn from the power supply of the converter box, and route the wires to separate fuses. 2011/2012: Stainless steel exhaust tips, sold as overthe-counter accessories, may extend beyond the original length of the factory-installed exhaust pipes. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the exhaust tips with updated versions. 2012: Jetta GLI models may have been equipped with a Daytime Running Light (DRL) system that can be deactivated. Dealers will reprogram the Body Control Module. 2013: Jetta hybrid models equipped with the direct-shift gearbox may experience electrical shorts and blown gearbox fuses, as a result of corrosion inside the gearbox due to incompatible gearbox lubricant additives. Dealers will replace the existing gearbox lubricant with an updated formulation. 2013/2014: The factory installed block heater may overheat while in use and potentially result in a fire. Dealers will replace the block heater and advise owners to stop using it in the interim. bob.mchugh@drivewaybc.ca


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Mazda3 achieves mainly top marks by Zack Spencer The traditional one week in a media test drive car offers a good chance to get to know it but two weeks is even better! Recently, I go a chance to spend a week in the base Mazda3 and a second week in the higher performance Mazda3 GT. This real-life experience driving each day solidified my positive thoughts on many parts of the car but also highlighted a few shortcomings. Looks Mazda has done a great job of producing a compact car that looks stylish and upscale in both the sedan and hatchback forms. The hatchback version, called Sport, I test drove was the middle GS trim, which is where most people in this segment will typically shop. The GS starts at $19,695 for the sedan and $20,695 for the Sport (hatchback) version. The top GT sedan I drove is much more expensive, starting at $25,855 for the sedan and $26,855 for the Sport. There are some nice upgrades to the GT, like LED marker lights and tail light, Xenon headlamps, bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, versus 16-inches on the lower trim levels. Then there is the added power from the larger engine. A fully kitted out GT runs up to the $30,000 mark. Yes, compact cars have more features then ever but the price has moved up accordingly. Inside The interior of the middle GS and high end GT trim is worth the extra cost, over the basic GX, as it features a centre mounted screen on the dash for things like radio, telephone and navigation features. This is activated by a controller in the centre of the two front seats and is easy to master. The radio reception I found was rather weak, the FM signal faded in and out, as did the volume and treble. Both versions of the Mazda3 performed this way. The higher end GT model comes with a few extras like automatic climate control, a small heads-up display in front of the driver’s position and optional leather seats. The back seats are comfortable but the doors are high and the side windows small, making outward visibility a problem for kids. Drive At the heart of both the sedan and GT is the same great “Skyactiv” platform developed by Mazda that is lighter than the previous car and can be matched to two powerful and fun to use engines. The base engine is a 155hp 2.0L direct injection engine. This engine surprised me with the amount of very usable mid-range torque. The bigger 184hp 2.5L version of the same engine has more grunt but I’m not sure it is worth the added money, the smaller 2.0L is that good. Yes the GT comes with the bigger wheels and tires, plus a sport button to make the automatic transmission livelier but this is the only gearbox offered on the GT, no manual. For the car with more power and road-handling prowess, I’m surprised the manual is not offered here, it’s only offered with the 2.0L engine. Verdict I have mixed feelings about the Mazda3. I do like the engineering that went into this car, the lighter platform, the impressive direct injection engines, great styling and comfortable cabin. The dash and interior looks upscale and in some cases is expensive. The FM radio reception needs to be fixed and that back seat is claustrophobic for small children. I’m usually drawn to more powerful cars like the GT version but in this case, the base 2.0L is so good, you might want to save a few dollars and get the cheaper car. If you want the best Mazda has to offer, the GT will not disappoint zack.spencer@drivewaybc.ca

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Two thirds of BC residents say gas price increases have caused hardship in their household, according to a new Black Press/Insights West poll. And 55 per cent of those polled say they now drive less than usual due to high gas prices. Gas taxes are too high say 85 per cent and 77 per cent claim they are unfair for 77. A whopping 91 per cent assert drivers are gouged at the pump before long weekends. Those comments were the results of a scientifically conducted poll but it remarkably reflects many sentiments expressed in response to our unscientific Question of the Week, which we posed before the long weekend. We asked if high gas prices would stall planned driving vacation plans and a massive 560 of you were moved to answer online. Specifically, we asked “Would a

optimum level, pack all luggage inside the car to reduce air drag, and not drive aggressively. The time to scrimp is during day-to-day use: don’t drive when you could walk or cycle.” Debbie, in Abbotsford, claimed: “It’s cheaper now to fly to Vegas or California, than to drive.” BC tourism’s loss is the United States’ gain; with many saying cheaper gas in down south made it a more economical drive vacation destination, even with the current inferior exchange rate. Sandi, of Vancouver, said: “We cancelled our Christmas trip and will not be travelling this summer. . . . groceries are my first priority.” Rodney, of Vernon, also did some math: “A good modern vehicle can get a fuel economy of about 10L/100km (about 28MPG, for us old folks). So a 3,000 km driving vacation would cost $417 in gas at a price of $1.39, and the same trip would cost $447 in gas at $1.49.” keith.morgan@drivewaybc.ca

10 cents per litre increase in the price of gas at the pump cause you to cancel a driving vacation?” A categorical ‘no’ was the response from 131 readers, a similar number said ‘yes’ but most wavered, saying the increase would have to be more substantial or they might consider shortening their route or holiday’s duration. Shawn, of Maple Ridge, set the tone for those undeterred by the assault on their wallet: “Money isn’t the main focus when it is a welldeserved vacation.” Kay, of Coquitlam, warned: “I would not cancel . . . however I may change plans and go to the USA instead of Canada.” Renay, of Richmond, said: “I would still take the vacation and just have to re-adjust the budget to include the increase.” Murray, in Vancouver, has some good advice: “I would minimize fuel consumption by keeping the car maintained, keep tire pressure at the

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thing you could possibly think for a great tourist destination to have: shopping, diverse food spots from quaint cafes to fine dining restaurants, gorgeous scenery along the boardwalk and through the streets, and with Garry Point a stone’s throw away. There’s also the historical significance, and of course, the friendly village feeling that makes it such a hot spot for all ages whenever the weather’s nice.” Best hidden gem? “I would have to say Minoru Park. While not necessarily unknown by Richmondites, I feel like the nature walkways in Minoru is one of Richmond’s finest places to go for a calm and relaxing experience. It’s a quiet area hidden in the midst of the busy Minoru track area and complex and the ever populated Westminster Highway. I love to go there to enjoy my surroundings, because between the absolutely gorgeous scenery and the adorable wildlife, it’s a wonderfully peaceful place to take a break from the sounds of the city and just breathe in Richmond’s most serene.” Best lunch? “Cimona Cafe in Steveston Village. I’m a cafe person, and the quaint, homey atmosphere this diner gives as well as the top quality food (best yam fries I’ve ever eaten!) makes for a very satisfying lunch with a small party of people or on your own. The prices are reasonable and the service is good, and it’s smack in the

Anushka Kurian is a Grade 10 student at Hugh Boyd Secondary.

center of Steveston Village with ice cream for dessert just around the corner—what’s not to love?” Best thing you’d like to see in Richmond? “An end to the teacher’s strike! I think it’s terrible right now that teachers can’t spend lunch hours in their classrooms and are only allowed to be in their classrooms 45 minutes before and after school. A day of school was cancelled on the 27th and teachers are not able to go to any grad events, which means many may be cancelled, but more importantly that teachers won’t have the chance to see their students graduate after five years of achievements and growth unless things change. I’d love to see the strike resolved so that the school year can end on a good note for students and teachers alike.”

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What do you like best about Richmond? “I love the feeling of community in Richmond. Living on an island contributes to this, that we are contained within an area defined by the mighty Fraser River, and we share, and are always so close to, a number of special features such as the dykes, the agricultural and fishing industries, and the many parks and community centres, each with its own identity.” What’s the best place to take out-oftowners? “My visitors from out of town enjoy a walk south along the dyke from the

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west end of Steveston Highway and into the village. The views over Sturgeon Bank, and the sights and sounds of the birds are peaceful and lovely. We walk around Garry Point, pausing at the Fishermen’s Memorial, and the Kuno Japanese Garden which honours Steveston’s early immigrants from Wakayama over 125 years ago. The village is a

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While Richmond is home to a diverse world of Chinese food, another Asian cuisine is becoming well-represented on Lulu Island. Vietnamese is nothing new in Richmond: Pho Lan on No. 3 Road has been at it for years—for many Richmondites, it was the first place they tried beef noodle soup. Many Vietnamese restaurants have opened up in Richmond over the past dozen years, but in the past few years, many have been raising their game. Everyone has their favourite: we like Pho Han, an unpretentious hole-in-the-wall at Capstan Way and Garden City. Nice banh mi plus a chicken pho adorned with a quail’s egg are among the favourites.

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Zephyr Tea House Cafe is a Taiwanese bubble tea house and restaurant with pretty good reviews. Diners liked the salty peppery chicken, beef noodle soup and coconut toast, but most complained of inattentive service. The saving grace for at least the under-25 crowd is the vibe here. Located across from Lansdowne Centre mall, Zephyr sets the late-night mood with Asian pop music, while decor is like a student’s living room: couches, mini-motorcycles and a reindeer with Christmas-style necklace ready for someone’s front yard in December. Put away your smartphones and, while waiting for your server to bring you sustenance, take in the unusual view.

Richmond is said to boast over 800 restaurants—one for every 250 residents. At least half of them are Asian, prompting the Frommer’s travel guide to dish that our city is “arguably the Asian food capital of North America.” With all that food there’s plenty of menu offerings that would make even the most confident diner squeamish. Then there’s Richmond’s night markets, whose food vendors continue to try and reinvent food staples like the potato, and octopus. Richmond Night Market offers a test of one’s gut popularized by Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition—the deep fried Mars bar. It comes on a stick and also sticks to stomach lining.


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With its acres of Chinese restaurants, dining out in Richmond can pose a challenge for those who are on gluten-free diets. But if you go to the Living Cafe (240-12240 Second Ave.) in Steveston, there’s no Adjacent to River Rock Casino just north of Bridgeport Skytrain station

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We’ve all been there, right? Cash just sitting around the house, needlessly filling the sock drawer and crowding the kitchen catch-all cubby. Thankfully we have a restaurateur who understands. Chef Nader Hatami’s Steveston Pizza Co. has the $10 wings and the $14 pizzas one might expect, but he also dishes up more pricey pizza pies. For $120, diners can enjoy a “C5”—a roasted garlic, Icelandic scampi, smoked steelhead, lobster ratatouille pizza. We’re guessing the “C” stands for cent (French for 100), because the “C6” rings in at $450. It’s described as “thermidor of lobster and black Alaskan cod, side of Russian osetra caviar.”

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Best name for a farm market Steveston Highway—look south—is a reminder of Richmond’s farmland. Spend too much time in condos-are-beingbuilt-everywhere City Centre, and it’s easy to forget that onethird of Lulu Island is protected farmland. So hug a farm market proprietor for bringing us back to our roots. Steveston Highway has a bunch, make that a bushel, including one between No. 3 and 4 roads. Previously Chong’s, this farm market now has a fresh coat of paint and a new attitude: fun. FUN Farm Market—capital letters are theirs—is now selling laughing leeks, amusing asparagus and entertaining endives. Don’t listen to pint-sized naysayers who say fruits and vegetables are boring, this farm market will surely prove them wrong. What kid would say no to: “Do you want to go have some FUN?”

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Best local strawberries when it’s not the height of strawberry season Late June is such a beautiful time in Richmond. It’s when fields of green turn red with strawberries. Farmers stock fruit stands and open fields to U-pickers. But Richmond Country Farms has gotten a jump on supplying those hungry for the harvest with glowing red fruit of the gods. This marks the second year the popular Steveston Highway farm has grown everbearing strawberries, which

started coming off the fields this month. The early strawberry season is expected to wrap up by the time the June berries appear. But should the everbearing plants live up to their name, more strawberries will appear in the fields later this summer, all the way until the fall frost. These new strawberries have the appearance of a California berry, but pack more taste. We’ve got our jam jars ready.

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Best of Richmond Food Best fruits de mer worth remortgaging for Call it the lobster of the West Coast. Wild B.C. spot prawns, once cast as inferior to far-away crustaceans that land in supermarket freezers, are now sought after shrimps. The short spot prawn season began this month with a lowerthan-usual supply. That’s driving up the cost of

Milltown Bar photo Milltown Bar is Richmond’s newest watering hole, located on the North Arm.

Best bar to contemplate municipal boundaries Milltown Bar is Richmond’s newest watering hole, offering stunning Fraser River views from its unusual perch. Part of the Milltown Marina and Boatyard, which opened this spring, the bar offers staples like burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas, along with a good selection of popular adult refreshments. Its location is also a good conversation starter. Milltown Bar is on Richmond Island—an island that’s physically attached to

Vancouver, but is actually a territory of Richmond. Adding to the drama is that Richmond doesn’t have control of the lands due to federal ownership, and that Milltown says it’s a part of Marpole. The Musqueam Indian Band is also involved, as a part owner. All those jurisdictional gems are easy to forget, however, when sitting on the patio with a burger and beer, soaking in views of the marina, Fraser River and YVR runway.

the already pricey seafood, to the point some restaurants have abandoned ship on the product this season. True, the sticker price might have many of us running for Captain High Liner, but c’mon. Sauteed with garlic parsley butter? Spot prawn ceviche? Spot prawn cobb salad? This limited-time seafood—usually available at the Steveston Harbour Authority’s sales float—is worth jumping overboard for.

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Best time for TUMS We love our kids, gosh darn it. Especially when they do something cute like make us lunch or dinner. Oh, you shouldn’t have. Really. Brave executives at Fairchild Television has decided to take these rascals out of their KidCraft play kitchens and put them on stage to show off their sizzling sauté skills. The local network is planning to host a competition at River Rock Casino Resort this summer called Chef Corner Jr. Vancouver,

based on a popular Hong Kong TV show. Finalists will train with some local “celebrity chef” in advance of the July 29 competition that will feature kids ages eight to 14. Fairchild has been accepting applications from would-be Bobby Flay’s and Nigella Lawson’s whatever their ethnicity, first language or kitchen specialty. The winner, along with a guardian, nets a trip to Hong Kong. We’re expect some top notch nuggets.

Best Eat Street area standout MoMa Contemporary Bistro isn’t exactly on Alexandra Road, also known as Eat Street for its 200 or so restaurants. But MoMa is pretty close, located at Cambie and Sexsmith roads. We’re not bold enough to say such-and-such restaurant is the best or so-and-so restaurant does it better. Those choices might be easier if Richmond had a couple dozen restaurants, not 800. But MoMa is a standout. If not for its food, then certainly for its cuisine. In a sea of Asian restaurants, chefs and owners Henry Mok and Xin Mao serve traditional French and Italian food with an Asian influence. The name of the restau-

rant is curiously similar to MoMA, the famous New York institution also known as the Museum of Modern Art. But the restaurant’s website tells us MoMa is a combination of the chefs’ last names and “represents the two chefs coming together to create flavourful and refined dishes in a causal atmosphere.” Few cities can call an Italian restaurant unique, but it’s appropriate here. On the MoMa menu is tagliatelle bolognese and octopus carpaccio, alongside crispy pork belly and smoked duck breast with Asian aromatic glaze. Un tavolo per due, per favore.

Best one of these things is not like the other... A visit to Aberdeen Centre’s food court. Cantonese food? Check. Korean? check. Congee? Check. And then there’s Vera’s Burger Shack? Actually, the Lower Mainland burger chain has

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Twitter photo A new sign of danger for Steveston fishermen or a tasty retreat? Pajo’s offers a menu entirely sourced from sustainable fisheries.

Best sign of danger for fishermen Best reason to eat fish ‘n’ chips It always seems like a good idea, doesn’t it: a somewhat slippery bit of flavourful fried fish, nested comfortably in an intricate bed of French fries. Those I-shouldn’t-have’s are quickly doused by lemon juice and drowned in tarter sauce, and that malt vinegar makes it a complete stomach celebration. A bit of gastrointestinal bliss, if you will. If a fish ‘n’ chips meal is a guilty pleasure, Pajo’s has managed to wash that guilt away by becoming a fully certified partner in Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. That means every bit of seafood ordered from the eatery’s Garry Point and Fisherman’s Wharf locations is sourced from sustainable fish stocks. The small restaurant chain holds claim to be the only 100 per cent Ocean Wise fish ‘n’ chips shop in the Lower Mainland. So go ahead and eat every last oily morsel, resting comfortably knowing your meal isn’t worsening problems of overfishing and habitat damage.

There’s long been talk of the demise of the fishing industry. Although it’s true it wasn’t what it once was, Steveston is still home to the largest commercial fishing fleet in Canada and millions of pounds of seafood are unloaded at Steveston Harbour Authority facilities each year. There is, however, a sign in Richmond that doesn’t bode well for the men and women who make their living on the water. Fishermen Sushi restaurant recently opened next to Starbucks on No. 1 Road in Steveston. But the menu offers relief for those targeted in the Japanese restaurant’s name. Nary a mention of gillnetters and seiners among the sashimi offerings. Diners can instead order up plates of hokkigai, amaebi, hamachi and spicy salmon. The eatery’s special rolls do have a “fishermen” option, but fear not, only scallops, cucumber, shrimp, avocado, crab, tobiko and mango sauce are the listed ingredients.

Best culinary coup An R.C. Palmer Secondary student’s culinary skills have earned her some impressive bragging rights. After all, how many people can claim their kitchen creations will be featured on local store shelves. Christa Yeung was recently named the winner of

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Richard Lam photo Robin Eder-Warren and Jacqueline Ko look at Evan Lee’s Elders and Roots exhibition at Richmond Art Gallery.


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Best of Richmond Arts & Entertainment Best dance photo Some photos speak for themselves. Others need a little explaining. Others still might be best left to the imagination. The social media camera offers us a peak inside local dance academies, where we might see balancing ballerinas or hip hop artists doing their thang. (Oh yes we did.) Secciya Yingying shared a photo from her No. 3 Road school, Flying Dance Studio. The studio offers classes in new and old school hip hop, street jazz and popping. (Completely unrelated to Fizz Wiz and Pop Rocks.) One recent dance performance was set to the song “Catallena,” a hit from Korean pop group Orange Caramel, whose music video features the singers dressed as mermaids trying to escape over-sized plastic wrapped meat trays. The local dance studio also employed costumes, which weren’t harmed during the making of the routine.

Best small venue The Richmond Cultural Centre’s Performance Hall used to be an all-purpose room that seemed like an afterthought—a fairly large space tucked between a corridor and cafe, with an entrance obscured by a staircase. However, in recent years the city has renovated the space into a smart-looking hall, which is home to screenings at the Your Kontinent film festival and various other events throughout the year. Your Kontinent returns July 17 - 26.

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Best way to brighten up a pedestrian’s day So city council hiked your property taxes another three per cent this year. And last year, and the year before, etcetera etcetera. But there’s bright spots amidst all that super spending. One such example is only costing taxpayers a measly $16,000. It’s a public art project that will swap out 150 manhole covers with new artistic designs. Planners of the modest plan will select two designs from artists—one for storm water covers, one for sewer covers. Entries from children will also be wel-

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Best of Richmond Arts & Entertainment The Steveston Grand Prix of Art is an increasingly popular event drawing a range of artists to the fishing village.

Best weekend art event Richmond’s own children’s singer Charlotte Diamond.

Best comeback Still seen as a superstar to many children, the three-decades-old career of Charlotte Diamond was put on the ropes by cancer. But Diamond, a multi-lingual singer-songwriter, wasn’t ready to give up. Known for songs like “I Am a Pizza,� “Octopus (Slippery Fish)� and “Four Hugs a Day,� Diamond also has a positive personality, and believed a breast cancer diagnosis wasn’t the end. She was the one who brought a lion puppet to the hospital and decorated the treatment room. She even wrote a story about a lion that lost its mane, but his buddies—giraffe, hyena and zebra—stay by his side. She regained her health and is now continuing in music and children’s literature, having recently released her first book based on one of her best known songs. Her music calendar is busy. She’s also encouraging women to get mammograms—and never stop roaring.

Short of the Louvre or Smithsonian setting up a temporary impromptu exhibition in Richmond, Steveston hosts the best weekend art event in the city. It’s like the little engine that could, without the engine part. The Steveston Grand Prix of Art is a show of what hard work and perseverance can do. Organized by Mark Glavina and the Phoenix Art Workshop, this annual event sees about 85 artists stationed throughout Steveston painting en plein air. Participants have three hours to complete a masterpiece.

Finished works are judged and put on display at Britannia Shipyards. It’s an art race that challenges artists of all levels who put on quite a show for spectators around Steveston Village. Last year Stephen Chen was crowned the Grand Champion for his oil painting, while Jodie Blaney earned the People’s Choice prize for her acrylic work of the Steveston tram. Sept. 20 marks the 2014 edition. Registration, which includes lunch, is $25 for adults—about the same cost as admission to the Louvre.

Best way to experience Africa Boarding a plane or watching the BBC documentary series Africa might be the best ways to experience the world’s second largest continent. Or head down to the Buck and Ear in Steveston. The band Pendomoja aka XKalibre is known to regulars of the 3rd Avenue bar for spreading their message of love and peace through an African

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The battle for the best fish and chips in Steveston now seems more like a friendly tussle. The kind where proprietors are more likely to give each other noogies and pillow face-washes than attempt mixed martial arts moves on each other—the kind learned from reality TV. The real war is in the fine art of coffee. There’s Rocanini, BLENZ, Steveston Coffee Company, Waves, Cimona, Village Books & Coffee House, Bean and Beyond, Peaks and Timo-

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Best make-over William Bridge Elementary, near No. 3 Road and Steveston Highway, will soon be getting a massive make-over, splashes of vibrant colours and cheerful children’s art, courtesy of its students working under the direction of artist Ann Thorsteinsson. For weeks, Thorsteinsson has helped students transfer their original artwork onto four-by-eight-foot plywood panels, leaning like over-sized hockey cards against a classroom wall. Those imaginative panels, which look like they were plucked from a children’s book, will be stacked two high, and eventually end up adorning the exterior walls of the school’s gym. They will cover the bland blue cinder blocks in colours that Thorsteinsson hopes will bring a proud smile to students, teachers, parents and neighbours alike. Shades of energetic orange and yellow, down to the more subdued blues, will be arranged along the walls to act like a pointing stick, drawing the eye and thereby directing visitors unfamiliar with the school to the sometimes-difficult-to-spot front doors.

Best drive-in The Delta Drive-In was an outdoor movie theatre on No. 5 Road near Cambie that operated from 1953 into the 1970s. While drive-in theatres have pretty much gone the way of the dodo, you can still catch an outdoor movie in Richmond. East Richmond Community Centre hosts an outdoor movie night in the summer in King George Park, which is close to the old Delta Drive-In site. Other community associations put on movie nights as well throughout the summer. The movie nights tend to be kids movies, so younger folks can find out what it is like to watch movies outdoors.

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What do you like best about Richmond? “I love Richmond’s natural setting on the Fraser delta. We live right beside the West Dike, so having the spectacular view of the mountains whilst being surrounded by water, is a true gift. Whether it’s watching the blue herons regularly spread their expansive wings and swoop by, or the eagles teaching their babies to hunt right outside our front door, it’s a never ending source of entertainment. Island city, by nature. I’ve always appreciated that.” What’s the best place to take outof-towners? “No question. Steveston. Not only is it fun to show outsiders the ins and outs of Storybrooke or where Godzilla was filmed, but the many restaurants are a foodie’s delight. Of course, my wife likes the shopping. Having grown up here, we regularly run into friends, old and new. And it’s difficult to find a singular place in Richmond more steeped in history.” Best hidden gem? “The Pumphouse Taproom Sunday Night Jam. Held every Sunday night for the last 12 years, the veteran house band hosts some of the best live music you’ll hear anywhere. The wide

variety of musicians who show up to play—young and old—always give the audience a fantastic show. You can expect to hear classic rock, original music, funky jazz and some really amazing jams. The place is cracking, especially on a long weekend. The food is fantastic, and the staff are friendly. The outdoor fire pit is also a great place to hang out on a summer Sunday night.” Best lunch? “My wife would say Tapenade or Blue Canoe, but I think the best places for lunch are any one of Richmond’s exceptional parks. Just grab a sandwich and head to Garry Point or the docks in Steveston, to Chester Johnson Park at YVR (a real hidden gem), or to Minoru Lakes, on a beautiful day.” Best thing you’d like to see in Richmond? “I’d like to see more appreciation for Richmond’s dynamic cultural diversity, and have people truly understand how this has greatly improved everyone’s way of life. Too often we hear people bemoan, ‘Oh, Richmond USED to be so great!’ Hold on. We have a wonderfully rich history in our city, but Richmond is also pretty amazing NOW.”

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Richmond-raised co-founder of Opera Mariposa. What do you like best about Richmond? “I love the feeling of community that gets fostered here. I teach yoga at a gym in town every week, and the women in my class have all become great friends—we go to lunch, see my operas, and are a part of each other's major life events. In the same complex where I teach, I’ve become friends with employees and owners at three different businesses. Our community feels small, but has the resources of a large city. That’s my favourite thing about Richmond.”

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Best lunch? “Top Gun dim sum! I’m vegetarian and glutenfree, and there are tons of delicious options for me there. I definitely have a regular order though! “ Best thing you’d like to see in Richmond? “I’d love to see another theatre space pop up, designed for smaller performance companies (like my own!) who would want to rent venues in Richmond. Minoru Chapel is a beautiful space, but its stage is too small for a full production; conversely, small companies usually can’t afford a theatre space as large and with as many resources as the Gateway Theatre. For small-scale theatre, opera and musicals, Richmond residents still have to go into Vancouver, or in some cases out into other cities of the Lower Mainland—but there is little here. I would love to see that kind of space open up in this town.”


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Best of Richmond Shopping & Services Best place for moonfish, Dora piñatas and dog toys If dollar stores had a factory outlet, a retailer on Hazelbridge Way would be the place. Dollar Smart is 99¢-andup store with so much stuff it fills two floors. Usual dollar store goods are here—dishes, toys, stationary, and party supplies—along with clothing, auto accessories, Filipino groceries, photo

frames, furniture, restaurant supplies and even luggage. Of course, not everything is a loonie, but with 18,000 square feet of displays, it’s still a discount Disneyland that should save you enough cash to afford some suman sa ibos, chicken tosino, moonfish and Mister Swifts from the frozen food section.

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Good luck finding two other sideby-side stores in Richmond that couldn’t be more different and simultaneously the same. At Aberdeen Centre, there’s the two-dollar store Daiso, two-storeys of cheap goodies, from houseware to toys to stationary

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Best of Richmond Shopping & Services Best big building dream A Chinese company has big plans for North Richmond. Jingon International Development Group has made early plans public for an area west of River Rock Casino Resort known as Duck Island. The idea is a four-million-squarefoot project covering nearly 30 hectares. Envisioned is a destination shopping centre and entertainment district. It could include six hotels, a trade and convention centre, along with retail, office and entertainment space. It’s the largest single application Richmond City Hall has ever received. City officials already seem on board, so as long as Jingon has deep pockets, the foundation could be laid soon. This former cement plant is now the temporary home of the Richmond Night Market. Meanwhile project developers shape their plans while perhaps watching reruns of I Dream of Jeannie.

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Best cursed place VooDoo Palace inside Aberdeen Centre is hardly cursed. The 100-square-foot second-floor shop has been a hex of a success, in fact. Offering a wide-array of voodoo dolls that are equal measure cute and creepy—there were no bulk pins or needles for sale nearby—the owners have reportedly been pleasantly surprised by the store’s faithful—dare we say occult-like—following. Each of the dolls are “hand-writhed from a single string of cotton or line threads,” according to the company’s website at voodoopalace.com. There are several series of dolls available, each meant to “meet all your spiritual needs.” There’s the Love Series, which give the owners “all the power and fortune they need to strike the beloved ones’ heart.” There’s also the Guardian, Antidote, Strength and

Spell Series, the latter including the Witch doll, which helps the owner “keep stupid people at bay, mean people at home and jerks in the dark!” The most popular in the store: a blue-caped dracula, with its lips sewn shut, and a ninja doll, complete with a sheathed sword. Oh, by the way: it’s all a bunch of nonsense, says the company on its website. “VooDoo Palace dolls are purely our expression of imagination, creativity, and appreciation of anything cute. They are NOT for real and possess no curse effect whatsoever.” Turns out kids like them as fashion accessories or even key chains.

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Best way to escape the escape game For that, dear Richmondites, we must leave our fair Lulu Island. The real-life escape game arrived here last fall. Participants enter a specially-designed room from which they must escape by finding clues and solving puzzles. With little startup costs and the ability to charge customers nearly $25 each for 45 minutes of locked-door fun—read frustration—other entrepreneurs quickly clued in to this made-in-Asia phenomenon. Richmond now boasts a bevy of these vexing entertainment enterprises, including Trapped Vancouver, Xcape Vancouver, Exit Canada and Freeing Canada.

Best place to save your phone People spend a ton of money on protective cases for their smart phones, but often forget about covering up their touch screens. Nothing worse than when screens get scratched by keys or when they’re dropped and skitter across the ground. A new screen is pricey. The best place to buy these screen protectors is at Lansdowne Centre, where those centre-of-hallway kiosks can seem like a godsend. At one of these booths, last seen near the food fair, they offer a wide array of cases, and for less than $10, they’ll meticulously clean your phone with some alcohol-based fluid and a cotton ball, then apply the virtually invisible, thin film of plastic. All in less than five minutes, while you wait.

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“Winnie and the personnel under her supervision provide outstanding, relevant, and customized services. These days, when profit tends to be more important than people, quality and professional pride, it is a privilege to be the client of a service provider with such remarkable standards, as Tao Day Spa has.”

Renaissance Kids “This is just the best early learning centre in Richmond hands down! From the beautiful space to the great teachers... I have 2 children BLOOMING there.” Martin van den Hemel photo At up to $200 each, the combs at Carpenter Tan’s at Parker Place Mall promise improved health.

Best comb over At up to $200, Carpenter Tan’s combs promise more than just good grooming. For skeptical local shoppers, that’s probably a good thing. Last summer, the franchise opened its doors at Parker Place Mall on No. 3 Road. It’s one of 1,500 franchises worldwide, boasting 2,400 products for sale from around the world. According to a sales clerk, the combs are made of special types of wood, and are designed to last 10 to 20 years. Combing the scalp 50 times at night helps reduce stress, relieve the nerves and improve sleep, according to “the great litterateur Su

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“It’s not just a relaxing spa, they have helped me with my skin condition and alleviate problems with my ingrown nails.”

Steveston Smiles “I am a dental phobic, and due to the kind and compassionate nature of their entire office I have been able to have regular check-ups and work done for the past 20 years. There is no judgement from anyone, just the ability to care and allow whatever it takes to get the necessary work done. I trust them totally with my dental care and feel very lucky to have found them. Thanks Doug, Michelle and all the wonderful staff!”

Tao Day Spa “The staff are very friendly, professional and knowledgeable in both their products and services. The facility is clean, well managed and has an atmosphere and decor of a peaceful and relaxing spa setting. Excellent manicures and pedicures with a far-reaching variety of services and colours. I would not hesitate to recommend this business to anyone.”

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Michelle Zhou Michelle Zhou is the assistant editor of Rview, the youth publication of the Richmond Review. She grew up in Burnaby but spent a lot of her teenage years in Richmond. She participated in Volunteer Richmond’s Youth Now program in 2012-13, during which she sat on the board of directors of Gateway Theatre. She gradu-

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What do you like best about Richmond?  “The bustling city centre and the everincreasing population. It seems counter-intuitive but I love that there is an abundance of people, shops, community centres and restaurants all in close proximity to one another. I don’t mind the congested traffic and

frequent crowds at all. They exhibit life.”    What’s the best place to take out-oftowners? “Steveston Village is a no-brainer with its gorgeous view and rich heritage, but aside from that I would definitely take my guests blueberry/strawberry picking. It’s deliciously rewarding and a totally different experience for those without easy access to farms. Fierce competi-

tion for the biggest berries is strongly encouraged. At night, Gateway Theatre is home to some of the best live theatre performances across Canada.” Best hidden gem? “Watermania. It always makes me feel like a five-year-old kid again. I can play in the wave pool all day.”   Best lunch? “Shanghai River on Westminster Highway. It

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Best small town hockey game It doesn’t matter if there was a healthy group of Aldergrove Kodiak fans in the crowd, Minoru Arenas was packed. The atmosphere was wild. The Richmond Sockeyes squared off against the Kodi-yaks in Game 7 of the Pacific Junior Hockey League Championship final earlier this spring. The worn wooden benches of the Minoru rink were crowded, and hockey fans formed a nearly impenetrable ring around the concourse. The Aldergrove players quickly quieted local fans by scoring two early goals, and the visitors eventually won the game. It was memorable nonetheless. Seeing a recreational institution like Minoru Arenas packed with hockey fans was like a scene straight out of a small town, where citizens rally around the only team in town. Sure there are newer venues—Langley Events Centre is a fantastic facility—but Minoru Park’s rink is still a great place to watch a hockey game. Even if it’s a heartbreaking loss.


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Best of Richmond Sports & Recreation Best defiance of age and time It’s said that wine gets better with age. Gwen McFarlan just gets faster. On Sunday, at the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, Richmond’s McFarlan set a new world record for the women’s 80-and-over division in four hours, 12 minutes and 32 seconds. The previous record was held by another renowned athlete B.J. McCue, who finished last weekend’s marathon in 4:36.57. Long an inspiration to her Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club teammates, McFarlan’s incremental times were also near world records. She completed the first five kilometres of the race in 27.52, reached the 10 kilometre mark in 55:52 and the half marathon point in 2:00.06.

Best showing by a Giant sophomore Richmond’s Carter Popoff was a valued contributor in his first full season as a Vancouver Giant during the 2012-13 Western Hockey League. He scored 27 points, but the coaching staff really appreciated his ability as a defensive centre. Popoff continued to display his defensive prowess during the 2013-14 campaign as well, including a great proficiency in the faceoff circle. But rewarded with more ice time, he also showed an ability to create offence leading the team in scoring at season’s end with 13 goals and 51 assists in 72 games. Gwen McFarlan, 80, holds a world record in the women’s marathon.

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Best show of perseverance Seafair Peewee A4 Islanders won the local minor hockey association’s first provincial championship in six years in March. While that in itself is noteworthy, it was the fashion in which they captured the B.C. title that will in time become more memorable. After all but coasting through the season, the Islanders didn’t face their first real hurdle until the district playoff banner game which, after leading by a goal heading into the third period, they lost in the final two minutes of regulation to the North Shore Winter Club. The players were devastated, said coach Terrence Lau. But thanks to Lau’s encouragement, they never lost faith in themselves. A week later they defeated the same North Shore Winter Club team in the opening game at the provincial championships, re-establishing the confidence that ultimately led them to a 4-3 final-game victory over Fernie’s Elk Valley in the title game played at Minoru Arenas.


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Best of Richmond Sports & Recreation Best example that those who teach can also do Mo Zhang proved that those who teach can also do last summer, when she won the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singles and doubles titles at the 2013 Butterfly Canadian Championships. A coach at the Richmond Olympic Oval Table Tennis Centre of Excellence, Zhang defeated Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anqui Luo in the singles final and partnered with B.C.

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Best of Richmond Sports & Recreation Best soccer camp tradition Last spring, Mike Quinn dispelled rumours of an impending retirement. And true to his word his annual summer camps at Hugh Boyd Park went ahead as planned. This year, for the 17th consecutive summer, Quinn will be overseeing the 2014 camps July 7 to Aug. 25. The camps are clearly a labour of love for the Mighty Quinn, who has been coaching youth soccer in Richmond for 35 years after playing professionally back in his native England. Endorsed by Richmond FC (formerly Richmond youth soccer), the camps continue to grow every year. Most of the instructors are themselves young players from the R.A. McMath high school team and players—both boys and girls—from the local youth program. Several more are graduates of the youth program now playing at the post-secondary level. Quinn hopes the campers better their skillset and learn the importance of conditioning, but equally important is that they leave having had fun.

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File photo Mike Quinn’s popular summer soccer camps return to Hugh Boyd Park beginning July 7.

Best reason to keep at it As a first-year engineering student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Joshua Stuart has plenty on his plate. But the workload is at least doubled when you consider the 19-year-old Richmondite is also one of Canada’s most promising young gymnasts. The fact he was the top all-around athlete on the Canadian Gymnastics Team at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia—competing among a field of 13,000 athletes—helps to keep Stuart motivated to at least try to remain among gymnastics’ elite. “It’s challenging,” says Ferenc Szabo Jr., his coach with the Richmond Gymnastics Association. “But he’s adjusting and sometimes stays longer in the gym just to fulfill the workload required. I still believe he has a lot of (success) ahead of him.”

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Asianna Covington’s final performance in the senior girls’ discus event at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships was—fittingly— record-breaking. The Richmond Kajaks’ thrower was competing last spring as a member of Vancouver’s Little Flower Academy when she broke Joan Pavelich’s 42-year-old mark of 47.37 metres in the senior girls’ discus event at Langley’s MacLeod Park. Convington also defended her title in the hammer throw with a winning distance of 53.83 metres and placed second in the shot put with a throw of 12.83 metres. These days, Covington is competing for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Earlier this season she competed at her first conference championships and finished third in the hammer throw at 61.4 metres at the Texas A&M Invitational.

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Twenty-five years ago Wei Foung Yuan founded an exercise club with some serious staying power. He created Richmond Wellness Club in 1989, an exercise group that uses space inside Richmond Centre mall. What started with 50 participants has become a club with much more clout, drawing hundreds each morning to the mall before regular store hours for tai chi sessions. Participants pay a small membership fee, which benefits the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Now in his mid-90s, Yuan still leads exercise sessions. He’s living proof that getting up and moving is good for us.

Summer Clarke scored in her first game as a member of Louisiana State University’s women’s soccer team.

Best way to kick off your college career Summer Clarke long ago began showing signs she’d grow up to be one of Canada’s top young female soccer players. But when she accepted an opportunity to attend Louisiana State University on a soccer scholarship, it’s unlikely many folks in the southern state were too familiar with her. That quickly changed last summer when she scored in her Tigers’ debut, a 4-1 exhibition win over Nicholls State Colonels. She scored her team’s only goal in the next game, and again in a 4-2 loss to No. 6-ranked Brigham Young to close out the exhibition schedule. Coupled with a pair of early regular-season matches, Clarke had scored five of her team’s first eight goals to serve notice she would be one of the conference’s most prolific scorers despite only being in her freshman year. She finished the 2013 campaign with 29 goals and a team-best 71 shots on net. Clarke’s older brother, Caleb, is apparently no slouch on the soccer pitch either. A 20-year-old forward prospect with Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps, Clarke is currently on a year-long loan to FC Augsburg in Germany, where he scored eight goals in 25 games this season.


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Best of Richmond Sports & Recreation Best Workout to Conquer Cancer Once a year, at least for each of the last two, the BC Cancer Foundation has encouraged local residents to grab their sneakers and head on over to the Richmond Olympic Oval for a workout—specifically a Workout to Conquer Cancer. With motivation provided by one of Canada’s most soughtafter fitness coaches, former B.C. Lion Tommy Europe, and former Vancouver Canucks’ fitness coordinator Peter Twist, participants enjoyed up to a full day of upbeat group exercises classes, each supporting the life-saving cancer research going on in B.C. This past March, the workout generated $379,000 to power further research.

Best source of inspiration A goalkeeper on Canada’s national women’s field hockey team and a three-time member of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion University of B.C. Thunderbirds, Bea Francisco is both thoughtful and talented and most deserving of the accolades she receives. But the 21-year-old human kinetics student’s greatest quality may well be her quest to live every day to the fullest, a gift she inherited from her older brother, Raffy, who was born with cerebral palsy. “My parents were warned that he might not be able to walk,” she said. “When I was eight or nine I watched my dad teach him how to ride a bike. For months I watched him fall countless times only to get up and try again. His persistence and positive attitude helped him accomplish something amazing despite his disability. Every day he inspires me to be the best I can be no matter what the circumstances are.”

Don Fennell photo Participants clearly enjoyed themselves at Workout to Conquer Cancer, a fundraiser for the B.C. Cancer Foundation, held in March at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

surprisingly, she responded with great success. Lim’s leadership was apparent early on. Always giving her best and rarely not winning a challenge, she earned the captaincy on her senior girls’ high school team at Matthew McNair despite only being in Grade 9.

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Best show of leadership Taryn Lim has always been passionate about the beautiful game, and equally so when it comes to providing leadership. It was a bittersweet moment when her university soccer career ended last October in Victoria, as Lim scored the University of B.C.’s lone goal on a penalty kick in a 3-1 loss to University of Victoria Vikes in the third-fourth place game at the Canadian Inter-University women’s soccer final four championships. She also stepped up to head home the Thunderbirds’ only marker in a 2-1 overtime loss the day before to University of Alberta Pandas—a day after being honoured with selection to the Canada West First All-Star Team. Lim played fullback at the national championships, a position she easily readjusted to having been a defender most of her soccer career. But the previous season, for the betterment of the team, she agreed to become a striker—and to score goals, rather than help keep them out of her net. Not

Best reason to loan your nation’s flag Steveston merchants, led by Bean & Beyond owner Davood Khatami, are hoping local residents catch the World Cup soccer fever when the biggest sporting event on the planet kicks off June 12 in Brazil. A village-wide cultural celebration will have shopkeepers each adopting a country, and showcasing its colours in Steveston for the month prior to the Sunday, July 13 championship final, where one country will snatch bragging rights for the next four years until the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Selected as the host pavilion for Nigeria, the Army, Navy and Airforce unit 284 in Steveston will also be the adult international pavilion for the semifinal and final matches.To help make sure your country of choice is well-represented, organizer Marc Bowley is asking for a little help. He’d like to display flags and jerseys of each of the participating nations in the club. If you can lend either, he’d like to hear from you at 604-278-9302.

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Taryn Lim showed great leadership throughout her post-secondary career as a member of the University of B.C. Thunderbirds women’s soccer team.

Like anyone, Evan Dunfee enjoys a leisurely stroll now and then. But most of the time when he walks it’s competitive. Dunfee is the Canadian record holder in men’s racewalk. The 23-year-old Richmond man bettered his previous personal best by more than two-and-half minutes recently at the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China. Dunfee finished 11th overall in one hour, 20 minutes, 13 seconds—just ahead of longtime teammate and friend Inaki Gomez who was 12th in 1:20:18 and Benjamin Thorne who was 13th in 1:20:19. The three Canadians were all below the previous Canadian record in the men’s 20-kilometre race.


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Portrait Homes wins Diamond Avid Award By Kerry Vital

Local builder Portrait Homes is garnering nation-wide attention for their commitment to customer service. “We are once again honoured to announce that Portrait Homes is the proud recipient of the 2014 Avid Diamond Award for the best new home customer experience in Canada,” says Portrait Chief Operating Officer Dave Wallace. “Our entire team works exceptionally hard at creating a stellar customer

experience and this is a great way to measure and acknowledge the effort. We were quite pleased to see a score of 91-plus per cent willingness to refer and wish to thank all of our customers for choosing to live in a Portrait community!” The Avid Awards recognize North American companies that provide excellent customer service to their homeowners. Portrait also won an Avid Gold Award for Best Customer Experience in British Columbia, and has taken home Avid Awards in the past for their customer service, including an

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Gorgeous views at Forge Properties’ Royce By Kerry Vital

Inspired by White Rock’s stunning scenery, Forge Properties’ Royce is an elegant addition to the neighbourhood, with plenty of curb appeal as it moves into the final cladding stage. Offering spacious homes and a prime location, Royce has proven incredibly popular. “We like to think of it as a true White Rock landmark,” says project marketing manager Brandon Trent. “It’s a one-of-a-kind building with West Coast architecture featuring a blend of modern and natural materials, including B.C. timber posts.” The development takes full advantage of the location. “The building is designed to cascade towards the ocean and maximize stunning ocean views over top of a lush landscaped courtyard,” Trent says. Each home has an expansive terrace or

patio, affording beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean or over the courtyard. Inside, oversized windows and nine-foot ceilings in the main living areas add to the sense of spaciousness. Gourmet kitchens feature floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances and distinctive quartz countertops, complemented by an integral Carrera marble backsplash. The space is lit by under-cabinet task lighting, pot lights and chic pendants over the kitchen island. “These kitchens live like a single-family home,” says Trent. The luxurious bathrooms are spa-like and relaxing, with quartz countertops, recessed pot lighting and large-format porcelain tile with mosaic-style polished marble accents. The ensuite features a walk-in shower, separate soaker tub (most homes) with largeformat marble tile flooring with a mosaic herringbone-style marble accent. Homeowners at Royce will have access to The Royce Club, an amenities space with a fireside lounge with kitchen area and library, and a fully equipped fitness centre with yoga studio. Venturing off the property you’ll find everything you need, from shopping and dining to leisure and recreation opportunities.

Combined with the gorgeous homes, Royce has something for everyone. “With so many great floorplans to choose from, both singles and couples can find a home at the right size to fit their lifestyle with a true White Rock address,” says Trent. Royce was the recipient of four Georgie Awards earlier this year, which honour the best in British Columbia’s residential

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F/T & P/T Outdoors. Spring / Summer Work. Seeking Honest, Hard Working Staff. www.PropertyStarsJobs.com Wide Loyal Development Ltd Technical support sales engineer (multiple). Requires relative experience. Duties: Conduct market & technology research; Act as field customer service rep; Trouble shoot, acknowledge & answer customer concerns, etc. Paid $25/H, 37.5 H/W, Please send resume to: pliu.wideloyal@gmail.com

YARD PERSON, F/T

HELP WANTED

HOUSE CLEANERS/ JANITORS

PERSONAL SERVICES

Work Today, Daily or Weekly Pay Apply 9AM to 2PM at: 118 – 713 Columbia Street

Mega Cranes Ltd. an industry leader, is seeking an energetic, aggressive, self starter for full time yard position. Must have a valid driver’s license, have a minimum grade 12 education. If you are interested in this exciting and unique opportunity. Fax or email resume Attn. Mike Fax: 604-599-5250 email:mike@megacranes.com

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FLAGGERS NEEDED. No Certification? Get Certified, 604-575-3944

Van Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.

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An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring experienced dozer and excavator operators, meals and lodging provided. Drug testing required. 1-(780)7235051.

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION

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PROFESSIONAL SALES ASSOCIATES Gregg Distributors Ltd. Is Rapidly Growing! Are YOU Interested in INDUSTRIAL SALES? Outgoing? Motivated?

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MILANO PAINTING Int./Ext. Prof. Painters. Free Est. Bonded & Insured. 604-551-6510

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JOURNEYMAN Glazier, Lake City Glass in Williams Lake now hiring. Fax resume to: 250-392-5369 or email: sheila@lakecityglass.ca

HELP WANTED

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YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

Automotive Service Administrator Req’d F/T for Euroasia Transload Inc. $21/hr. Oversee, coordinate admin procedures. Monitor staff performance. Coordinate and plan for maintenance services. Order truck and trailer parts. Min. 1 yr. of relevant experience req’d. Contact: Aman Email: euroasia81@yahoo.ca Business address and location of work: 16108 Blundell Road Richmond BC

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Residential & Commercial Clean Courteous Service FREE ESTIMATES

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~CHOICE CARPET CLEANING~ 604-897-6025 (24 hr) Free Est. Steam Carpet Cleaning.

Fax Resumes: 604.888.4688 or Email to: info@greggbc.ca or Visit:www.greggdistributors.ca

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JAPANESE PRO GARDENER Lawns, Power Raking, Hedges & Trees. Free Estimates 604-839-8856 PARM LANDSCAPING LTD. Complete Lawn Maint. Pwr Raking, Cedar Fence Intall. 604-271-5319

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10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005

283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS Gutter & Roof Cleaning since 1982. WCB/Liability insurance. Call Simon for prompt service. 604-230-0627

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MIN. EXPRESS PAGING SYSTEM Reasonable Rates 604-270-6338

RICHMOND RESIDENT Semi-Retired w/ workshop • Custom Cabinet Design • Cabinet & Furniture Repair Small carpentry jobs WELCOME! * Over 40yrs. woodworking exp.*

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PRESSURE WASHING

Power Washing, Gutters, Windows, Maintenance, Res/Comm. Lic/Ins’d. Free Est. Call Dean 604-839-8856 Mr. SIDEWALK Power Washing *Entrances *Patios *Driveways John @ 604-802-9033 (Richmond)

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COMPLETE Handyman Services. Tile, drywall, carpentry, paint, flooring. All repairs. Dan 604-761-9717

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ASPHALT PAVING • Brick Driveways • Retaining Walls • Foundation Repairs • Sealcoating 604-618-2304

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JUNK REMOVAL By RECYCLE-IT! 604.587.5865 www.recycleitcanada.ca

POWER WASHING GUTTER CLEANING SAME DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE

Call Ian 604-724-6373 POWER WASHING since 1982. WCB/Liability insurance. Call Simon for prompt service. 604-230-0627

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FIVE STAR ROOFING All kinds of re-roofing & repairs. Free est. Reasonable rates. 778-998-7505 or 604-961-7505

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CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

Collie Doodle Puppies (Collie x Poodle) Born Feb 26. Mom is a Rough Collie (45 lbs) and Dad is a small Standard Poodle (50 lbs). Both have health clearances (eyes, hips, elbows). 2 very curly black females avail. We have bred this litter special to create the perfect family companion (intelligent, gentle, easy to train, always willing to please, happy indoors and outdoors, good with children and animals, low to no shed). These puppies will not need a heavy hand to train. They are sweet, kind and sensitive puppies. They will be very similar in looks and in nature to the Golden Doodle only smaller, calmer and will mature sooner. We are a 4H (agility, obedience, showmanship) family and our dogs are a part of our home and life and we wish the same for our puppies. Please consider the time and commitment needed to raise a dog and you will have our support and guidance for life. Pups will have shots and deworming. Reduced to $850. 604820-4827

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com PITTBULL Puppies - Purebred. Born March 7th. Great bloodlines. $850-$1500. Call 604-765-0453.

PRESA CANARIO P/B pups UKC, brindle $600 ea. 2 mo old. Both parents approx 150 lbs. 604-302-2357

ROTTWEILLER guard dog, 6 yr old male, p/b no papers. Too good home. (604)798-9159


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ARTISTS large wooden prof. easel $75. 4 Winter tires, like new, Pirelli Scorpion 4.26â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-line6 $250. 2 Wilson pro staff & 2 Wilson Hyper Hammer Tennis racquets with US Open bag $100. Call: 604-271-0431

ITALIAN MASTIFF (Cane Corso)

English Springer Spaniels CKC Reg. Puppies Champ lines, tails docked, vet checked, 1st shots, guaranteed. Home raised, well socialized. Ready May 30. $1,200. peterandskye@gmail.com (250) 392-1440 Williams Lake

Purebred blue males & females. Ready to go. 1st shots & tails/dew claws done. ULTIMATE FAMILY GUARDIAN Pet homes. $800. 604-308-5665

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ELLIPTICAL, Nordic collapsible elliptical, $150. Call: (604)277-1092

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MUST sell! London Station II entertaining all reasonable offers .Deluxe 2 bedrm 2 level condo in Steveston South 1066sqft 2 patios with great views, minutes to the Dyke, Restaurants.Quick access to the rest of Richmond and Vancouver $508,000. Call or text Heather Cook Coldwellbanker 778 891 7169

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WANTED: GANDY or equivalent dry fertilizer applicator for potato planter. 12 volt. Call 250-706-9305.

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HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

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11TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE Saturday June 7th 9am-2pm 5600 Andrews Rd. (Steveston) South on #2 Rd 1 block before the dyke Rain or Shine, Complementary BBQ and lots of shopping

Terra Nova Co-Op

Like New Townhouse. Only 3 years old. Immaculate Deluxe, 2 bdrm. + Rec. Room/Office + 2 Full Bath T/House. Flr. to ceiling storage + storage rm. in garage. 6 s/s appli. d/w, w/d, Garburator. Crown Mouldings, 9ft. ceilings, H/W laminate flooring and slate tile. Gas F/P & Alarm. 1 car garage parking. Covered patio lower & outdoor patio upper. Amenities room incls. full gym, outdoor hot tub & pool. Walk to Morgan Heights shopping. NO Smoking inside & NO Pets! $2250/mo. Avail. June 14

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Richmond GARAGE SALE Sat, May 31, 9am-noon. 11280 #2 Road All Proceeds to Relay for Life. NEB RICHMOND, YARD SALE Party. Saturday May 11:30-4:30. 7100 Ledway Rd.

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brand new clothing & accessories, $3/ea. Stagers sell out: lamps, rugs, chairs, china, jewelery, candles. Also large dog crate, bicycle, household, & tons more.

Baby to Household items and a Hot Dog Sale!

Multi Family Sale & Fundraiser, Sat May 31, 9am-3pm 3151 Francis Rd. Wide variety of items

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673

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In early May, 70 students from Richmond presented their projects at the Richmond-Delta Regional Heritage Fair. Three of those students will be representing the Richmond-Delta region at the 2014 BC Provincial Heritage Fair in Kamloops, BC from June 29 to July 3: The History of Rapid Transit by Vedanshi Vala, Grade 7, McNeely Elementary School (left); Nobel Winner Alice Munro by Veronica Xia, Grade. 6, Cornerstone Christian Academy (bottom left); Clara Hughes by Yonatan Marom, Grade 4, Whiteside Elementary School (bottom right).

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Best place to drink up local farmland Leave the liquid in flooded farm fields to the geese. To really drink in the Richmond landscape, visit one of the city’s local wineries. There’s three here now, serving up a range of delicious wines, which may or may not contain locally-grown ingredients. But most of the wines offered are at least made on local terra nova. Ice, red, white, fruit and specialty wines are all available. Tours and tastings are also popular with visitors. Sanduz Estate Wines, Lulu Island Winery and Isabella Winery are all located here, and offer great ways to experience the sweet nectar from farmland.

Best lawnmower that might get you into trouble A landscaper was on to something last year when he herded a flock of sheep onto a vacant City Centre lot. A commercial complex that includes a nine-storey hotel is planned for the site, but until construction started, a little landscape maintenance was needed. Choosing hungry sheep over a John Deere is certainly innovative, but not everyone was cool with the idea. The property’s zoning of auto oriented commercial doesn’t allow for the keeping of sheep, and city officials gave the boot to the animals. The lot also happens to be on Alexandra Road— Richmond’s Eat Street—where restaurants number in the neighbourhood of 200. We’re not sure what restaurateurs thought of the idea, but curiously six sheep went missing during this pasture procedure. Police were called, but with no witnesses, they couldn’t find the animals. Word is, braised lamb shanks were on a few restaurant special sheets around the same time.

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About 75 cadets from the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets participated in a Battle of Atlantic ceremony recently at 195 RCSCC Bicknell in Richmond.

Best way to celebrate an anniversary Jewelry, flowers and dinner are all recommended ways to tell your partner you care about an anniversary. So we’re told. Leaders at 195 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Bicknell are kicking it up a notch to mark the unit’s 50th anniversary. There will be dinner, yes, but also a parade. The June 7 celebration (look up 195bicknell.ca) is open to all serving members and alumni, and takes place a week after the unit’s Annual Ceremonial Review June 1. Bicknell, the first and only sea cadet unit on Lulu Island, was born in 1964 and named after Richmond native Ray Bicknell. The unit held its first parade in September of that year, in quarters loaned to organizers by the Richmond Rod and Gun Club, at River and Cambie roads. A public parade in Minoru Pavilion followed. Next Saturday at 1 p.m., the unit will commemorate its history with an anniversary parade at the Navy League of Canada building, 7411 River Rd. A traditional 50th anniversary gift is gold. But a parade, now that’s even better.

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