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Teachers on three-day strike starting Monday BY ALAN CAMPBELL

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Richmond’s teachers will join 41,000 of their B.C. colleagues on Monday when they walk out on a three-day strike. The teachers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the all-out strike amid anger over wages, benefits, class size and composition. Schools in the district will still be open and manned by a skeleton administration staff Monday through Wednesday. But Richmond’s school superintendent, Monica Pamer, is urging parents to make alternative arrangements for their kids during the strike. Pamer said, while there will be a few staff

Schools open, but parents urged to make alternative arrangements for kids

on the premises, supervising even a small number of students could be difficult. “Other employees will be there, but there will be no instruction and I would encourage parents to keep their kids somewhere else if they can,” said Pamer. “The front door will be open and we’ve instructed staff to greet everyone who comes to the door. “We’re getting a letter to the parents drafted right now and getting it translated.” Pamer added that daycares that are offered independently from the school will still be open.

As well as the letter home with the students, the school district will be posting a notice on its website at www.sd38.bc.ca. The strike vote on Wednesday followed the government’s decision this week to introduce legislation — Bill-22 — making strike action illegal during a “cooling-off ” period, and bringing in a mediator to find some common ground. The legislation, however, is not expected to become law for at least another week, affording the teachers the opportunity to squeeze in a three-day walkout. Richmond Teachers Association president

Al Klassen described the teachers’ working conditions as being in “dire straits,” leaving them no alternative but to pull their labour. And he dismissed the introduction of a mediator during the enforced cooling-off period as a complete waste of time because the mediator has to work within the government’s “net zero wage mandate.” “The cooling off period tells us to go back to work and keep on bargaining,” said Klassen. “But the framework is the same as it was before and it was a frame that we couldn’t get the government off.” see Klassen page 4

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B.C. Mobile Medical Unit (MMU), a 16-metre tractor-trailor, expands into a 90 sq. metre mobile hospital that can support 10-12 patient treatment bays. It’s parked in the Gateway Theatre parking lot until the end of today (Friday) under a tent that can act as a clinical area or triage for 100 people. It is one of two such units in North America available 24/7/365 and can be deployed anywhere in B.C.

Education Minister George Abbott said in a news teleconference Thursday he still “believes that having a thoughtful and constructive mediator is a route we have to go down. “The mediator will be free and independent and will not be getting any advice on what to report.” Abbott added that the cash injection into the Learning Improvement Fund (LIF) can be used for a variety of things school districts see fit, such as extra teachers or educational assistants to help deal with a variety of student demands. It has been acknowledged that the mediator being brought in cannot negotiate the teachers’ wages and benefits demands beyond the government’s “net zero wage mandate.” However, no one from the ministry could answer whether the mediator will have the ability to negotiate for funds beyond the teachers’ wages and benefits demands. Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap said he was “disappointed,” with the teachers’ decision to strike. Yap said now is the time to start thinking about the students and their parents. “We’ve got to think about the impact on the families. The vast majority of public sector unions have been able to agree with the net zero mandate.” see Bill-22 page 4


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Ships to Shore sails in for Canada Day The boating event and Steveston Salmon Festival will join forces

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Two of Richmond’s biggest festivals are set to join forces this summer. The inaugural Ships to Shore event last year will return in late June and culminate with the Steveston Salmon Festival on July 1. It’s hoped the two events, both very popular in their own right, will compliment each other and deliver an added attraction to the historic Canada Day celebrations. However, Ships to Shore 2012 will not be at the Garry Point dock and will be hosted at Imperial Landing on Bayview Street instead. The floats that welcomed the likes of the Hawaiian Chieftan and Lady Washington last year have been moved to Imperial Landing. In his report to city council this week, parks senior manager Mike Redpath said the switch to Canada Day will provide a “waterfront element to the existing Steveston Salmon Festival.” Redpath said the city has already received some “positive interest from an exciting mix of vessels,” about attending Ships to Shore 2012. It was also highlighted in the report that the Ships to Shore event will be able to enjoy a read-made crowd from the ever-successful Salmon Fest. If approved by city council next month, this year’s Ships to Shore will run from June 29 until July 1 with ships arriving the day before and departing the day after. The $115,000 needed to host this year’s event would be taken from the city’s major events provisional fund. Meanwhile, the city has been consulting with other west coast port cities with a view to attracting the larger tall

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ships for 2013 and 2014. The Japanese Sail Training Institute has expressed interest in potentially returning to Richmond for the first time since 2005, when its highly popular Kaiwo Maru tall ship visited. The Nippon Maru, which sailed into Richmond in 2002, may also make an appearance. “These magnificent Japanese tall ship sailing vessels would be a welcome addition to the maritime programming in Steveston,” wrote Redpath. “Both have historically drawn a large regional audience for ship viewing and boarding opportunities.” Future ship recruitment may also include vessels from Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

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Lady Washington sailed into Garry Point Park for the Ship to Shore Festival last year.

Pedestrian killed on city road, bounced from car to car BY EVE EDMONDS

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The second pedestrian to be killed on Richmond’s roads this year was yet another elderly person wearing dark clothes. A 75-year-old woman was struck and killed on No. 1 Road just south of Blundell Road on Feb. 16 around

6:30 p.m. The woman was crossing No. 1 Road, not at a crosswalk and was struck by a southbound vehicle. The impact propelled her into northbound traffic where the pedestrian was struck again by a northbound vehicle. The woman was transported to Vancouver General Hospital, how-

ever she died shortly after. At the time of the collision the roadways were wet as it was raining lightly. It was dark and the pedestrian was wearing dark, non-reflective clothing. There was a marked crosswalk just north of where the collision occurred. Richmond RCMP pedestrian safety tips include:

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News Raymond skates the Oval Klassen: Classes will get bigger Continued from page 1 “We’re going to have big, big classes happening all over the place and it’s going to be problematic.” The government has agreed to put cash — $30 million this year, rising to $75 million a year in two years’ time — into a Learning Improvement Fund (LIF) for classroom support. “It’s nowhere nearly enough to address class composition,” said Klassen, pointing to the large number of students requiring support daily. Richmond District Parents Association chair, Byron Stevens, said he believes parents are split down the middle on the whole issue. “We can’t support education being taken away from the kids, but we’d encourage both parties to sit down and come to an agreement,” said Stevens. “We would agree (class size and composition) needs improved.” Stevens said he’s hearing that Richmond’s teachers are making more of an effort than colleagues in other districts to minimize the impact on students during the strike. If the provincial government’s legislation is enacted before Wednesday, the BC Teachers Federation (BCTF) said it will consult its members about the next step. BCTF’s leader Susan Lambert said she

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Vancouver Canucks forward Mason Raymond laces up his skates Monday at the Richmond Olympic Oval to launch this year’s Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge and mark the countdown to the 14th Annual Scotiabank Vancouver HalfMarathon and 5K on June 24. Raymond will team up with honorary chairman of the challenge and a record 50 local charities for a friendly skate to encourage the public to “run for the sake of others” at the upcoming marathons. The event begins at 2 p.m. with a Q&A before the skate and autograph signing with Raymond after from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. The Scotiabank Vancouver HalfMarathon has raised over $2.5 million for local charities in 14 years.

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move will stimulate job growth in the construction industry. Also, in the name of job creation, Falcon scrapped the two cents per litre tax on jet fuel, saying this will be a boon for the airport. He credited Richmond Centre MLA Rob Howard for the initiative. Howard has been a champion of the Gateway project, attracting investment from Asia, and views the airport as an integral part of that. While more jobs at the airport may help the local economy, cheaper jet fuel is not viewed as a boon for the environment, according to environmentalists, while unions question how the government can give the airline industry what amounts to a $12 million tax break, while claiming there is no cash to negotiate union contracts.

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Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day. In some other provinces, the last Wednesday of February is called Anti-Bullying Day. Its “pinkness” sprang from an incident in a Nova Scotia high school that captured national attention. Some Grade 12 boys heard that a new-to-the-school Grade 9 boy had been called a “fag” and threatened for wearing a pink polo shirt to school on his first day. About a dozen of the Grade 12 boys went to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops; others spread the word. The next day many students wore pink to show they did not support the bullying. The point of the day reflects what those Grade 12 boys did and reinforces a simple message: Take appropriate action. They chose a way to stand up to bullying, while avoiding confrontation. There is a lesson here in empowerment for all those who have felt too uncertain about confronting bullying: the majority are allies. There is far more good than bad in our world. Seek it out and enlist its help. Those who seek to inflate their own worth by demeaning or intimidating others are likely in trouble as well. Physical aggression is most commonly learned in — or in the absence of — a home environment. Early intervention can make a difference, but that requires others to speak up. We can all help to empower others. In doing so, we make the immediate society in which we function a better place to live.

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The Editor, A wage increase is not what it’s about for most teachers. It’s about the children who are falling through the cracks of an overburdened system, who “fail” every day in school because the support they need is not available and who come to believe they are just plain stupid and worthless. And for the children who are in the same classsroom and who’s learning is being derailed because teachers are human and we can only do so much. Last year I taught Grade 8 science to a class of 23 students. 17 of them had special educational needs. I spent the first few months trying to instill a culture of success in the classroom. Unfortunately, this was at the expense of covering much of the curriculum. But how could I leave the failing students to fail some more? It took four months for the children to believe that they were safe in my classroom and wouldn’t be allowed to “fail” or feel stupid. And it took four months for the school to respond to my requests for an SSW/EA. Only then were we finally able to do some experiments in my science room. You know, the types of activities where the children learn through discovery and experience. We didn’t cover the prescribed curriculum for Grade 8 science, but I did have a classroom of students who enjoyed coming to class. Did I do the right thing? In my opinion, yes, but I know many others will disagree. All I know is that due to dreadful cuts to public education in B.C., I had to choose whether to focus on the mental health of my students and their ability to learn, or covering the prescribed curriculum. I came in to teaching to do both. And that’s why I ask everybody to suppport the teachers in their current job action. Kay Lever Richmond

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RCMP respond to priorities, local concerns The recent spate of negative incidents involving the RCMP has been well documented in the media. This has led to public concern about the operations of the RCMP across British Columbia. As the province moves closer to ratifying a contract with the RCMP, many municipalities have expressed concern about RCMP fiscal accountability and more importantly, local community accountability. Many politicians, including myself, see a regional police force as the best alternative to the ongoing challenge of contracting a federally structured police force. However, until all municipalities in the region are willing to agree on developing a regional force, it will not happen. The good news for Richmond is that over recent years, our detachment has responded to our call for greater accountability to city needs. Under Superintendent Rendall Nesset’s leadership, the Richmond RCMP are paying attention to our community concerns by the following actions: n Monthly reporting of crime statistics, trends and operations to the city’s Community Safety Committee.

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n Community engagement workshops with residents, community groups and business groups to get feedback on their concerns. n Preparation of an Annual Performance Plan that reflects Richmond community priorities. For 2012-2013, youth, property crime, pedestrian safety and establishing and developing a police presence in the downtown core are the community priorities for this year. The city has matched these improvements over the past few years by funding new positions in key areas, as well as, purchasing and renovating the RCMP’s new Richmond detachment headquarters, which they moved into last fall. Later this year, the new City Centre Police Office at Lansdowne and No. 3 roads will be opened to ensure we maintain an appropriate level of police presence within our city core. I believe the local improvement in accountability and service is reflected in the Richmond crime statistics which have been consistently

trending downward and are among the lowest in the region. It is our hope the new RCMP contract will continue the trend toward local accountability that we’ve seen over the past few years here in Richmond and across the province, ensuring council and our community have more input in key decisions around staffing, long-term planning and service priorities. Affordability and cost containment will be major issues going forward. Policing is one of the major cost centres for the city. About 20 cents of every dollar of taxes you pay to the city goes to policing, yet we have little control over how those dollars are spent. Ottawa fixes most of the costs for RCMP services and passes it on to the municipality. These costs routinely exceed the rate of inflation, which puts upward pressure on our budget and property taxes. We need to work together to ensure we find the proper balance of containing costs, while ensuring the safety of our community is not compromised. We still have a long way to go but we are making progress. Ken Johnston is a Richmond city councillor.


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The Editor, I am a Richmond resident who teaches Grade 7 in Surrey at an elementary, inner city school. I have been in my current position for 10 years. When I began working here, our school district still had separate support teachers for ESL, Resource Room and Learning Assistance. Students in my class received learning support from these three departments on a daily basis and individual student needs were generally well met. When the system changed to a Learning Support Team (LST) model, my class received daily support from an LST teacher. That teacher and I decided how to best use that time to meet the needs of students who were not working at grade level. Within that LST model, a single teacher was assigned to each class. It did not guarantee that a particular specialist would be matched with the best fit for an individual student’s needs. For example, the ESL teacher was now a member of the LST. If that teacher was matched to my class and I determined that most of the students with specific learning in my class needed help with math, an ESL specialist would then be using his/her time to teach math, rather than to help individual children with acquiring English language skills. Nonetheless, as a staff we tried our best to make it work within the new system.

Today, I have 24 students in my class, 11 girls and 13 boys. Of these 24 students, eight of them have special designations. I do not have a special education assistant (SPA) assigned to any of these students. One boy has a mild intellectual disability. He came to my class this past September from a different school district. He cannot read and he writes at a Grade 2 level. As an athletic and socially well-connected boy, he is reluctant to even pick up a pencil for fear of judgment by his peers. Another boy, also new to our school this year, has chronic health issues relating to oxygen deprivation at birth. He has a variety of physical, academic and social difficulties. One of my girls has an ESL designation. We no longer have designated ESL teachers within our system. She tries her best, but clearly she often does not have an effective grasp of the English language to perform at grade level. Two more girls and three more boys have designations for learning disabilities, two for both math and literacy and the others for literacy. The boy who cannot read gets help from an SEA on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30 minutes and LST support on Mondays and Fridays for 35 minutes. Five of the students get LST support for math for 45 minutes each day. What about literacy support? That is up to me. I am an experienced teacher with a

Masters in Educational Practice. I have developed a host of strategies for differentiating instruction and assignments to match my students’ needs. But one person can only do so much. Everyone is losing out. I am exhausted at the end of each day and the students are not getting what they need to succeed. The students who need more help are not getting enough and, in turn, by spreading myself too thin, the students who could be challenged to delve deeper do not get my full attention. How can I challenge one group of students, scribe for the student who cannot read and write and help the ESL student understand the instructions? And what about those five students who are not reading and writing at grade level? When am I going to get to them, to target their skills and help them get to where they need to be? The major problem here is clear. Over the past ten years, conditions to effectively support students’ needs have deteriorated to an unacceptable level. We need smaller class sizes and greater attention to the composition of these classes. Eight out of 24 is 33 per cent. My class is not the exception. It’s the reality in inner city Surrey. The proposed “Educational Plan” by our provincial government does nothing to address what teachers and students really need. Genevieve Patterson Richmond

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Richmond when so many people have obviously seen them?” An investigative columnist is only as good as his sources. Two gentlemen of my acquaintance — staunch and trustworthy men, pillars of the community — decided that the only sure way to get a handle on the signage situation was to do an inventory; to count them, in other words. On Feb. 11, they slowly drove and walked Richmond’s core, noting every bilingual and Chinese-only sign in downtown Richmond. They patrolled the length of No. 3 Road from Sea Island Way to Granville Street. They surveyed Buswell Street, Cooney Road, Park, Cook, Saba, Ackroyd. They toured Cambie from No. 3 Road to Garden City. They scrutinized Westminster Highway, Capstan, Sexsmith and more. They went into the malls, including the Richmond Public Market, Parker Place, Aberdeen Center and Yaohan Centre. They put the strip malls under their empirical microscope. And the results of this unique effort to find out what the fuss was about? Out of 869 businesses, they found a total of 12 (one of which appeared to have recently gone bankrupt) with Chinese-only signs. That comes to 1.4 per cent of the shops in Richmond’s business core. Is that what “many residents are upset” about? Is that why Ms. Starchuk (whom I’ve never met but is no doubt a lovely person in her own right) has been “writing letters to the editor and buttonholing politicians?” according to the Sun story. Eleven businesses with Chinese-only signs? The gentlemen asked the shopkeepers with no

English on their signs why that was the case. One was a bookstore that sold books only in Chinese. What would his sign say, one wonders — Chinese Books. Not for You. So why do I believe that this first-ever objective assessment won’t end the controversy? Because the “problem” of Chinese-only signage exists purely in the mind of the beholder. It is a problem of perception, not in fact. I’m just spitballin’ here, you understand, but my favourite explanation is Terror Management Theory (TMT). Ernest Becker, a cultural anthropologist at SFU in the early ‘70s figured that knowing we’re going to die, but not knowing what comes after (the Terror) subconsciously influences everything we do. We’re afraid to disappear without a trace so we’re driven to carve out a little slice of immortality. One of the ways we do that is to be a part of something bigger than ourselves that will go on long after we’re gone, like our religions and our cultures. Threats to our culture get magnified in our minds. When whole swaths of the city seem to have become foreign territory, Chinese on a sign, becomes a Chinese-only sign. It’s just an idea, but it has its charms. I think we owe it to ourselves to have an open and honest discussion about how and why the virtually non-existent problem of Chinese-only signage has become such a controversial topic in Richmond. How is it that “many residents are upset by the large Chinese-only signs being erected in the city” when the fact is that not only are they not large, there’s barely a dozen of them. What do you think is really going on here? Dr. Joe Greenholtz is a regulated Canadian immigration consultant (RCIC) and a director of the Premier Canadian Immigration Co-op. He also sits on the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee. He can be reached at joe@premiercic.com.


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Community Train our memory Here’s a with Euclid’s scary thought “pons asino— you’ve rum” in his been asked Geometry). to speak in It involves public before building a a large audiconnection IN OTHER WORDS ence, on a between complex two things, subject, without any notes. allowing us to remember by Could you do it? I couldn’t. association. And yet, this is preI’ll give you an example cisely what orators in ancient from my own memory Greece were expected to do. storehouse. In medieval In those days, there was no Italy there were two prinsuch thing as paper on which cipal political factions, the they could have scribbled Guelfs and the Ghibellines, notes, just bulky writing tab- and I could never remember lets covered with wax. which supported the Pope Their speeches were and which the Emperor. entirely in their heads. Until, that is, I thought of Memory was all they could building an asses’ bridge. In rely on to lead them through truth, this particular bridge their orations. was virtually pre-fabricated, The ancient Greeks because all I had to do was invented solutions to many pair the words with the same problems, and one of these number of syllables — it just was a method for remember- so happens that the Guelfs ing complicated things like supported the Pope, and the speeches. In English, it’s Ghibellines the Emperor. called a mnemonic, from the At present, I’m intent on Greek for remembrance. devising a mnemonic for The basic elements remembering the various — the building blocks, let’s passwords I need to access say — for creating such an different internet sites. I’m artificial memory are places not supposed to write them and images. First the oradown. I’m supposed to keep tor visualizes a house with them in my head. And in my many rooms. Every room head they invariably become corresponds to a part of his as tangled as a skein of wool speech. In each room, he sets batted by a playful kitten. objects or images that relate So now I want to try a to the subject. new tactic. For every site When he begins his talk, requiring a password, I’m he mentally enters his memgoing to visualize a door of ory house and walks through a colour that has a particular it room by room, visiting meaning for me, and this each object and image in meaning will also be assosuccession, recalling what ciated with the password. he has to say. By following Then, when I’m asked to the proper route, he’s able to produce my password, I’ll deliver all parts of his oration imagine myself in front of in the right sequence. the correctly-coloured door, Most of us don’t require open it and find the magic an architectural support sysword. tem on that scale for our artiDo you think the ancient ficial memory, but we often Greeks would have approved need to find ways to help us of my little mnemonic? More remember things. A memory to the point — do you think aid of this kind is sometimes it will work? Stay tuned. called a “pons asinorum,” Sabine Eiche is a writer which is Latin for asses’ and art historian (http:// bridge (not to be confused members.shaw.ca/seiche/).

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Community CULTURE

City seeks nominees for annual arts awards BY MICHELLE HOPKINS

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Nadeane Trowse received the 2011 Richmond Arts Award for Volunterrism. one you think is making an impact in the local arts scene. The City of Richmond Arts Awards program recognizes the artistic achievements and contributions of residents, artists, educators, organizations and business leaders. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 19. All arts disciplines are eligible and nominators can only submit one nomination per category — Business and Arts, Volunteerism, Cultural Leadership, Artistic

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Innovation, Arts Education and Youth Arts. For each of the six categories, three finalists will be announced on April 20. As for Art About Finn, this year’s show includes work by dozens of artists (nearly 600 visitors enjoyed work by 55 artists in 2011), music, food, guest speakers and more. Trowse is the driving force behind this community-based event, which showcases and inspires artists of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. “It’s my gift (the art show) to the community,” she said, adding she was both humbled and thrilled to have won the award. “Many people volunteer to put this show together… We can’t stop because we love to do it. “The first year, we had 28 artists, and this year it looks like we will have 60.” Today, she continues to be as enthusiastic about the free celebration of the arts show as ever. She is a one-woman dynamo, putting up signage, baking goodies for the Friday


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Arts Calendar

Until March 7

KAWAII The Rufus Lin Gallery is pleased to announce a new solo show, “KAWAII — the dreams of a young girl” featuring nine imaginative colour ink and watercolour illustrations. The Japanese artist, Kouna, hopes to convey the “world in which young Japanese girls live and what their dreams are like.” Admission is free. Location: Rufus Lin Gallery, 415-5811 Cooney Rd. Phone: 604-303-6330

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Pacific Piano Society presents The Donna Fishwick Piano Ensemble Twenty talented, multi award-winning young pianists will play an entertaining program of solos and various ensembles, from duets at one piano to 8hands at two Steinway concert grand pianos. Selections will include Chopin, Schubert, Liszt and Xian (the famed Yellow River Concerto). Concert starts at 8 p.m., $20 for adults, $25 for students/seniors. Location: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Rd. Phone: 604-241-8834 www.gatewaytheatre.com

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Richmond Art Gallery, Panel Discussion/Open Forum “Developing Richmond” How has Richmond changed over the years? What is the process for new developments to the city? In conjunction with the exhibition Fantasy Gardens at Richmond Art Gallery, members of the Richmond community will speak on the Fantasy Gardens site history, urban planning developments in the city and the impacts of the changes taking place in Richmond and the Lower Mainland. The free event

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12th Annual Finn Slough The exhibition is presented by the Finn Slough Heritage and Wetlands Society. The theme for 2012 is “Celebrating the Current”. All forms of arts about Finn Slough such as painting, wood work, film, ceramics, poetry, and short written reflections will be included in the display. Location: Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate Phone: 604-247-8300 www.finnslough.com

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Jazznite 2012 presented by School District #38 (Richmond) An evening showcase of secondary school jazz bands begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, eyeGO $5. Location: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Rd. Phone: 604-241-8834 www.gatewaytheatre.com

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Music in Our Schools presented by School District 38 features Cambie secondary and elementary schools. Tickets are $8 for adults, eyeGO $5. Location: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Rd.

Vancouver Opera Host and pianist Kinza Tyrrell, the opera’s principal répétiteur and associate chorus director — along with baritone Aaron Durand, soprano Melanie Krueger and tenor Frederik Robert — will perform highlights from recent and upcoming productions such as Mozart’s joyful The Magic Flute and Puccini’s tragic love story La bohéme. The shows begin at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Location: Minoru Chapel, 6540 Gilbert Rd. Phone: 604-276-4300 www.richmond.ca/ minoruchapel see Arts Calendar page 19

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KISMET one to one hundred (A Chop Theatre production) In the spring of 2009, four artists set out across Canada to interview 100 people, aged one through 100 about their experiences and beliefs around kismet-fate and destiny. What they discovered on the road, a myriad of personal stories of mystery, joy and endurance, became the anchor for a fascinating and intimate show that blends verbatim interviews with the travelers’ experiences. Show starts at 8 p.m., 1 and 2 p.m. (select days). Tickets are $37 for adults and $30 for students and seniors. Location: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Rd. Phone: 604-241-8834 www.gatewaytheatre.com

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Culture Club Diversity Talent Show organized by the Richmond Multicultural Community Services Richmond youth can use dance, drama, or music to deliver messages of diversity, harmony and inclusion. Be a part of creating a more connected and welcoming Richmond. This project is

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Let’s make stuff This event offers a relaxed, social approach to learning and improving one’s artistic technique or to kick start that project you’ve been procrastinating on. Bring your new or continuing projects to work on alongside your fellow artists, along with all of your materials and get to work. This event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Adults only. Free for RAG members and $5 for non-members. Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate Phone: 604-247-8300 www.richmondartgallery.org

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The scourge of Dementia is now felt even in the United States prison system. The New York Times recently reported that in 2010, 9560 people over age 55 were sentenced. Over 125,000 United States prisoners are 55 and over. At the California Men’s Colony, a program known as the“Gold Coats”allows some prisoners (who are specially trained) to assist prisoners with Dementia. They are paid, and it may help them with their own parole eligibility. I would imagine the problem exists in B.C., but on a smaller scale. Still, it illustrates the extent of this terrible disease.

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In my family, cancer runs rampant on my father’s side, whereas on my mother’s side it’s diabetes and heart disease. When an email came in my inbox recently from Richmond cardiologist Dr. Teddi Orenstein about women and heart disease, I knew I wanted to interview her. Many of my friends, all of whom are in their 50s, talk about cancer with gnawing fear. Every month, it seems, we hear about yet another friend struck by the disease, and we all have a family member who has or is battling cancer. My father died of cancer four years ago and my sister has had it twice. Darn right, I fear cancer. Yet, it’s heart disease and stroke that kills more Canadian women than all cancers combined. Yes, this isn’t a typo. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in this country. So, armed with my reporter’s notepad and a list of questions to ask a doctor about my risk factors for heart disease or stroke (which you can download online at http: thehearttruth.ca/know-your-risk/questions-toask-your-doctor), I met Orenstein at her busy office across from Richmond Hospital. I liked her immediately. Her smart, nononsense attitude struck a cord with me. “Overall, the signs of a stroke or heart attack are the same for men and women,” said Orenstein. “The severe pain in the chest, shortness of breath, sweaty feeling, abdominal pain and a crescendo of pain are all classic signs, but there are lots of variations. “What is troubling is that nine out of 10 women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke and they don’t even know it.” (See below for the risk factors.) With pen and paper in her hand, Orenstein started asking me for background information such as age, activity level, diabetes history in my family, about my siblings, history of chest pain and so on. When she asked me if I’d had my cholesterol tested recently, I paused. I couldn’t remember. “You need to know your cholesterol numbers and what they mean to you,” she said. She then asked if I exercise and whether I smoke. I told Orenstein I exercise every day for at least an hour, I don’t smoke and I try to keep my stress level down — although deadlines can keep me up at night. I digress … “You have to have at least 30 minutes a day (of exercise), but you can break it down to 10-10-10 or 15 and 15 and it still will

and fried foods, lower your cholesterol and exercise every day you will increase your chances of survival,” she added. “If you are a woman over 50, and you are obese and stressed, you have increased your risk exponentially.” Orenstein continued, “Women typically suffer heart problems 10 years after men, however, they are at a higher risk of dying from heart disease than men are.” As we shook hands and said goodbye, Orenstein told me, unless my cholesterol numbers are bad, I’m at a low risk for heart disease. Phew! One less thing to worry about. For more information about heart disease, visit the Heart & Stroke Foundation at www. thehearttruth.ca.

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Dr. Teddi Orenstein, Richmond cardiologist, decided on her specialty after her father suffered a heart attack in 1986. reduce your risk for heart disease,” she said. Orenstein’s bookcase is filled with thankyou cards from patients — a testament to her commitment to preventative heart disease. She has practiced in Richmond since 1994. “For women, chest pain may not be the first sign of heart trouble,” she said. “Some of my patients experienced unusual tiredness, trouble sleeping, problems breathing, indigestion and anxiety up to a month or so before the heart attack.” Her message, one that she reiterated a few times during our interview is “Know your risk factors.” I asked her how she chose cardiology as a specialty. In 1986, while a resident on orthopedic rotation, her father suffered a heart attack. “My dad was only 65 when he had his heart attack,” she said. “A few months earlier, I had done a rotation in the cardiology department and, suddenly, I decided I wanted to switch (my specialty).” The reason she is so passionate about

informing women about their risks is that her mother died suddenly of a heart attack two years ago at the age of 82. She had no known history of coronary disease. Orenstein remembers walking in the Butchard Gardens with her mom a few months before she died and she seemed short of breath. “I assumed it was her sedentary lifestyle,” she said. “Mom had beat cancer twice, so I wasn’t thinking heart disease, I was more worried about cancer. “A week before she died, she had complained of chest pains … I should have had her screened (for heart disease).” Orenstein said the sudden and painful loss of her mother has made her even more aware about not missing the warning signs in her elderly female patients. The good news, though, is that women who know their risk factors and recognize the signs and symptoms, can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by 80 per cent. “If you stop smoking, watch your diet, specifically cut down on your carbohydrates

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Sharks come up just short in bid to reach provincial “AAA” tourney

The Steveston-London Sharks were the last Richmond teams standing but neither could make it to B.C. high school basketball’s biggest stage. Steveston-London’s senior girls team came within in one game of advancing to next week’s B.C. “AAA” tournament at Capilano, falling 78-59 to Maple Ridge in a provincial wild card game played on Tuesday in Ladner. The result ended a grinding backdoor journey for the Sharks that saw them win three consolation games at the Lower Mainland Tournament to place fifth and extend their season.

After falling 82-50 to top 10 ranked Argyle in the quarter-finals, StevestonLondon produced wins over Burnaby North (55-34) and Carson Graham (7638). They had home court advantage against the New West Hyacks but dropped a 71-55 decision last Friday, setting the stage for Saturday’s fifth place game against Kitsilano. It proved to be a thriller as the Sharks squeaked out a 58-57 victory behind the spectacular 37-point performance of Grade 11 guard and tournament all-star Anmol Mattu. Meanwhile, the Sharks senior boys team saw their

provincial tourney hopes end on Wednesday afternoon with a 73-55 loss to Point Grey. Steveston-London began play with a 78-55 win over Eric Hamber, then dropped a 73-50 decision to No. 3 ranked St. George’s. The Sharks then got past league rival Burnett 69-64 on Tuesday before falling to Point Grey.

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Boyd Junior and Juvenile girls teams win city titles

Girls basketball is on the rise at Hugh Boyd secondary school. The Trojans managed to win a pair of city championships, capturing titles at the Juvenile and Junior levels. The Juvenile squad, coached by Jon Saltel, edged the McMath Wildcats 28-24 in the championship game. Boyd’s road to the final included a 60-35 opening round win over McRoberts, then getting past the MacNeill Ravens 53-35 in the semi-finals. The Trojans entered the playoffs as the top seed after finishing in first place dur-

ing league play. Standouts for the Grade 9 squad included Sarah Strelau, Mae Que, Jenn Lee and Amelia Crawford. The team also features Nicole Samsom-Kapp, Jenn Lee, Jessica Naples, Cassandra Lucke, Toni Lopez, Abbey Coulthard, Alex Tanco-Smith, Daria Tai, Courtney Gilles and Charleen Gabriel. Meanwhile, the Juniors took top honours in the city with a 31-22 triumph over the Steveston-London Sharks. After receiving an opening round bye thanks to their first place finish, the Trojans got past McMath 32-15 in the semi-

finals. Standouts included Emma Kallner, Jacqueline Yan, Niki Frias and Callee Yuen. Head coach Sean Berda’s squad also features Rachel Cheng, Victoria

Dengler, Jellica Nohay, Leia Morit, Angela De Weert, Harmony Galang, Adrienne Vargas and Robin Harrison. Matt Winograd rounds out the coaching staff.

Hugh Boyd Trojans girls basketball program enjoyed plenty of success this season, highlighted by the West Richmond secondary school’s Juvenile (left) and Junior (above) teams win city championships.

U18 United a win away from repeating as Metro Select League champions

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Richmond United are 90 minutes away from repeating as Metro Selects League U18 champions. The boys team haven enjoyed another outstanding campaign, winning 18 of 19 games, and can cap the impressive run when Richmond hosts the Central City Breakers Pegasus (Surrey) on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Hugh Boyd.

Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Continue to rest, lie low. Contemplate: how have you come here, and where are you going? It’s a little too early to make plans, as many factors, and your own certainty, will “show up missing” over the next few weeks – significant revisions will arise in April. Complete projects and duties now, rather than starting anything new. What seems a dull Sunday might transform, this night or Tuesday, into romance or a pleasure foray. Your money luck improves over the next four weeks. Tackle growing chores midweek. Relationships have a strong message for you Thursday night onward. Taurus April 20-May 20: You’ve felt a bit put-upon, that luck wasn’t on your side, these last few weeks. That changes, Monday onward. Your gracefulness and subtle magnetism return; your popularity surges upward, puzzlement will dissolve. Still, don’t start new projects or new romances before April. You often judge yourself by your possessions. That will cause you much wondering and bemusement in May/June – but these months of indecision will be only part of a longer phase of good money/possessions luck, from April to July, which in turn kicks off a hugely lucky year of money, lasting to mid-2013.) Gemini May 21-June 20: The accent continues on ambition, reputation, mingling with “big shots” – considering your poor luck of the last few years, take a defensive rather than daring stance here. Strictly avoid starting ambitious new projects before April 4. (A slowdown starts soon, technically March 12. This will bring back a former hope, or “light lover” – but that’s next week onward.) You’ve been more gregarious the last few weeks: now, through March, socializing mingles with “quiet joys.” BTW, those years of bad luck end in June; bad karma ends in late August. Then a year of splendid fortune begins.

Cancer June21-July22:Yourmellow,understanding mood continues. Relationships are changing (20082023). This month is an excellent time to figure out why – why they’ve changed, what you can do, the meaning of it all. Your vision and thoughts are broader and more acute than usual. You’ll be surprised/ gratified by the nuggets of affection and optimism you uncover. (That’s partly because, now to April 3, your popularity rises.) Chase money – carefully – Sunday eve to Tuesday. Travel, talk, messages fill midweek: say heartfelt, loving things. Settle into home Friday/ Saturday. Finish, don’t start, projects. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: The mysteries continue. But you’ll solve a lot of them Sunday eve to Tuesday, when your energy and alertness return. (Passivity promotes mystery; action solves it.) And Tuesday night to Thursday, when money luck (combined with action) can reveal the forces and currents underlying many aspects of your life, and reveal a profitable, satisfying road ahead. Take action! But stop Thursday; sit back, relax, have a coffee and communicate Friday/ Saturday. All week, start nothing that will demand further (supportive) efforts after this week. E.g., buy stocks, don’t start a business. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Relationships dominate all month, but this week the aces fall in your lap. Take advantage of your position, luck and strength, especially Wednesday – but keep in mind the need to please another, to co-operate and work as a team. Strictly avoid starting any new projects before April 4; finish instead. (A period of slowdowns, mistakes and indecision technically begin March 12.) You’re hopeful Sunday morning, but to little avail. Retreat this p.m. through Tuesday eve: meditate, finish chores, rest. Your energy and charisma surge midweek. Examine money (buy nothing) Friday/Saturday.

United has managed the dominating run despite having a roster that features just 13 players. It has resulted in players from the Richmond Youth Soccer Association’s U16 Selects squad being called up on a regular basis. Goalkeeper Ante Boskovic leads the league with 12 clean sheets and Alexander Escobar (27 goals), Rylan Sangha (21) and Armando Matok (14)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Tackle chores. Protect health; eat and dress sensibly. Though March is always a month of drudgery for you, it will be lightened this time by a relationship. A friend could be all talk, or physically intimate – the former is a lot safer. (You aren’t really in a good mating phase before June, not in an excellent one until September – before this, sex is great, but not a basis for life-mating.) Your popularity and optimism rise Sunday eve to Tuesday – be happy! But retreat to rest, contemplate and exercise charity midweek. Your energy and charisma rise Friday on. Start nothing new, big. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: You’re on a wee winning streak – take risks, be adventurous. But don’t start any large projects (ones that will demand your participation later in March). Sunday morning’s mellow but not successful – leave love for the moment. Be ambitious Sunday eve to Tuesday pre-dawn – the path is smooth. An ally will either fight you or promote you. Wishes come true Tuesday night to Thursday: optimism, social delights and entertainment arrive. A love interest could climax, become an affair. But retreat, rest and contemplate Friday/Saturday. Plan nothing big, start nothing big this week. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The accent lies on home, family, property, security, retirement, gardening, nutrition, stomach and soul. Diving into any of these will give you a feeling of satisfaction – but finish rather than begin projects, in these or any zones. A romantic glance, a friendly but rushed conversation, could spark an affectionate interlude, but any relationship begun now will inherit indecision. (And an old flame might return later in March, complicating everything.) These are just a “stirring” – soon, April onward (into 2013) a serious sweet bond will arise. Good career luck midweek.

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pace the Richmond attack. “We scored 83 goals and only allowed 15 against this year which we thought we still could have had allowed even fewer,” said captain Fergus Kennedy. The U16 Selects are also looking to secure the league championship. They will host Vancouver F.C. at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Boyd.

March 4 - 10, 2012 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Travel, communicate, perform errands, do paperwork – do these quickly, now, as a major slow-down hits this area next week, which will leave you “out of the loop,” planning-wise and data-wise, to April 4. (Speaking of planning, make none now; wait until April, after the situation has changed.) Life’s depths, sexual urges and financial actions fill Sunday eve to Tuesday. A mellow, wise mood flows Tuesday night to Thursday: dive into culture, international affairs, intellectual pursuits, and love. Luck accompanies you Sunday eve to Thursday, so act. A romantic mood creeps in. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Chase money – but don’t start any large projects (especially in monetary, friendship or communication zones) before April 4. Your home becomes a more affectionate place in March. You’ll be talking, mailing, travelling all month, too, but make your major contacts now, not later. Schedule meetings for April, not March. Relationships bless you Sunday eve to Tuesday: a property question might arise. Delve into intimacy, big finance, research or health problems Tuesday night to Thursday – you might make a major, lucky investment. Wisdom, but not much luck, Friday/Saturday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Your energy, charisma and clout ride a peak wave – but the results of your actions might not be what you want, if you begin projects now (or anytime before April 4). Finish things, instead. You might meet a splendid friend soon (around March 13, but it could occur anytime March 5 onward). Tackle chores, protect your health, Sunday eve to Tuesday. Tuesday night to Thursday brings great relationships, exciting meetings and new opportunities (but remember my advice about new projects). (You’ll see these people again mid-next week.) Take care with money, intimacy Friday/Saturday. timstephens@shaw.ca

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CHOCOLATE Lab Puppies Born Jan 2/12. They are ready to go now. Both parents on site to view. Pups come with a written one year any genetic health gaurantee. They have had 1st shots, are vet checked and de-wormed. Asking $750 Call: (778) 891-4556 or email: baghail@live.com. YORKIE PUPS 9 wks, male & female 1st shots, reg/tinnies. $700. Ph 604-792-6277

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Mortgages

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A26 March 2, 2012 The Richmond News

LEGALS

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City Board

Help shape Hamilton’s future… for you and generations to come The City of Richmond and Oris Consulting Ltd. invite you to attend the first public consultation meeting to consider the future of the Hamilton community. We are in the early stages of creating a Hamilton Area Plan Update which will consider revisions to: • residential and retail land uses At the meeting, • transportation, parks and open space policies there will be: Tell us your thoughts as we get started. Date: Time: Location:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Hamilton Community Centre 5140 Smith Drive, Richmond

Background In December 2011, City Council approved a process to update the 1995 Hamilton Area Plan. The Area Plan Update will include revisions that respond to current community development trends and public feedback.

• An opportunity for you to provide feedback by completing a survey • Child minding onsite • Refreshments

For more information, please email hamiltonplan@richmond.ca or call Mark McMullen, Senior Co-ordinator, Major Projects at 604-276-4196. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about what you think.

City of Richmond | 6911 No. 3 Rd. Richmond BC V6Y 2C1 | Tel: 604-276-4000

RENTALS 2BDRM/1BTH 8460 Ackroyd Rd Richmond EXCELLENT LOCATION. 785 sq.ft. rent includes heat and hot water. new carpets and paint, in suite laundry, swimming pool, secure parking. close to Price Smart Foods, sky train station, b98 bus. Landsdowne mall. No Pets $1,295 Monthly. (604) 677-2737 shimacmail@gmail.com

6515

Duplexes - Rent

3 BR Hamilton area, Richmond, nr Walmart shopping, private w/d, gas f/p, ns $1350. 604-241-7163

apts/condos

office/retail suites & partial houses

warehouses

townhouses

homestay

shared accommodation

To advertise in Rentals call 604-630-3300

Apt/Condos

MOVE IN BONUS $200 OFF YOUR 1ST MONTH’S RENT!!!! COQ, 2 BR Condo, 'Larkin House' on Lincoln Ave, Corner Unit, lots of windows, 3rd Floor, low rise condo, 3 blocks from Coq Centre, 2.5 yrs old, 2 full baths, 6 appliances, balc, walkin closet, approx 900sf, No Smoking, No Pets, avail Immediately, storage, sec gated u/g parking, 2 parking stalls, Awesome amenities incls 15000 sf Nakoma club, including outdoor pool, exercise room, clubhouse & close to Coquitlam Centre, Douglas College, shops, restaurants & other amenities. $1400/mo, min 1 yr lease, ref’s required, call 604-931-4860 please leave msg

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Houses - Rent

4 BR, 2 lvls, dbl garage, 5 appls, f/yard, ns/np, avail Now, $2200/mo, 604-868-0033 lv msg 4 BR, 2.5 bath, 1 garage, Gilbert Cr. nr school, ns, np, avail now $2000+utils. 604-275-2629

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Concrete

30 yr exp. Quality workmanship Fully insured

Danny 604.307.7722

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Drywall

*Drywall * Taping * Texture * Stucco*Painting * Steel stud framing Quality Home 604-725-8925

RMD 1 br bsmt ste, reno’d like new, ns np, shrd ldry, $675 incl utils. Feb 1st.. 604-754-7917 W Rich, 2 BR glvl ste, newly reno’d, f/bath, wd/dw, ns/np, Apr 1, $1000+ 1/2 util, 604-220-4909

Find

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When You Place Your Ad in the Classifieds!

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Electrical

Excavating

# 1 BACKHOE, EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT

one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865 Need a Painter? Find one in the Home Services section.

Other Areas BC

PT MOODY 2BR+DEN/2 BATH v/Spacious Condo in Suter Brook Village. Lge balcony facing court yd. The ‘jewel’ of the complex! $435K Rob Boies 604-341-3009

6008-10

Ladner/ South Delta

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www.bcforeclosures.com 6 BR home from $23,600 down $2,180/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock

2BDRM/2BTH "SAHALEE" "Views" $669,000 1642 sq.ft. Re/Max Select Properties Call: 604-868-2217

6015

6020-20

Mission

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Fencing/Gates

West Coast Cedar Installations New or repaired outdoor cedar ★ specialists since 1991 ★ 604-270-2358 or 604-788-6458

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Flooring/ Refinishing

MISSION MULTI family 10 legal rental homes on 6.5 acres, with $92,000 net income. $1,050,000 www.saxvik.com 604-838-8692

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Landscaping

Greenworx Redevelopment Inc. Hedges, Pavers, Ponds & Walls, Returfing, Demos, Drainage, Jackhammering. Old Pools Filled in, irrigation. 604.782.4322

8160

Lawn & Garden

8125

Gutters

RICHMOND AT YOUR HOME GUTTERS

NO HST! til MARCH 31

• Gutter Installation, Cleaning & Repairs • Roofing & Roof Repairs • Moss Control, Removal & Prevention 25 year Warranteed Leaf & Needle Guard WCB – Fully Insured 100% Money Back Guarantee

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Handyperson

6035

Mobile Homes

LANGLEY. Great 2 BR mobile, $48,900. Pad rental: $460/mo. No age restriction & 1 small pet ok. Lorraine Cauley, Royal Lepage North Star, 604-889-4874

Recreation Property

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Exclusive & Private Lake Shore Cottage, for all info: www.cottageonlake.ca $329,000 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

6075

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast 1 BR 30’ Trailer, near ferry, 55+ park. Licensed clubhouse/ exercise rm, 9 hole golf course, 2 decks, shed w/d facil, priv yd. Inc all amen/heat. $12,000. 1-604-886-3836

8185

Moving & Storage

B&Y MOVING Experienced Movers ~ 2 Men $55 ~

Over 10 yrs. Exp. • Licenced & Insured • Professional Piano Movers

604-708-8850

$35/HOUR PER PERSON • 24/7 Abe Moving & Delivery and Rubbish Removal. 604-999-6020

Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

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NEW - Open House on BOWEN ISLAND, Sunday! 911 Elrond’s Ct., Bowen, Sunday 1-3 pm MLS #V929464-$1,295,000 Peter Courtney, Prudential Sussex Realty 604-202-6544

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AL ISAAC (FORMER OWNER OF WEST VAN SHELL) & SON COLIN * YARD CLEAN UPS * AERATION PACKAGES * CUT AND EDGE * GARDEN SERVICES * Residential Snow Removal & De-icing

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Painting/ Wallpaper

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Interior/Exterior Specialist

The Most Thorough Lawn Service Ever…

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Lawn Mowing Aeration & Power Raking Lime & Moss Control Hedging, Yard Cleanup & More Call us today (604) 229-2797 or visit www.totallawn.ca B. DHALIWAL GARDENING & LANDSCAPING LTD Lawn maintenance, general cleanup, power raking, moss control, aerating. Complete lawn/ garden serv. Bill 604-317-9961

YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guar’d. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

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Houses - Sale

6020-52

*AT WE BUY HOMES*

Century Hardwood Floors

3 BR, 2 bath upper lvl, Nr #1/Blundell, shr’d wd, ns s, np, 604-761-5928 or 604-319-4140

3 BR top lvl, 2 bth, No 2 & Granville, balcony, own laundry, $1500 avail now 778-840-3532

6020-01

6020

Quick Closing! (778) 707-9647

Sister Team office/hse cleaning. We will make your house sparkle. 15 yrs exp. $25/hr. 604 306-5993

DRYWALL. Low prices, good clean work. Fast & reliable. Residential & commercial. Mike 604-789-5268

3 BR, d/w, patio, big yard, 3 min to Ironwood Plaza, bus depot, ns/np $2100. 604-220-4466

Houses - Sale

We Buy Older Houses! Quick Cash!

Hardwood Floor Refinishing

1 BR suite, new lrg, ns, np. $750 incl hydro, nr Williams & Garden City, Refs, March 15th 604-272-5943

3 BR 2 baths, very large main flr, 5 appls, laundry, garage, ns np, #3 & Francis, 604-244-3764

Coquitlam

LIDIA’S EUROPEAN Cleaning. Res/Com. Specializing in detail cleaning. Bonded. 604-541-9255

All Your Concrete Needs

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6008-08

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HOME SERVICES

*Patios, Pool Decks, *Sidewalks Driveways *Forming *Finishing * Re & Re

1 BACH STE, avail now, $550 inc heat, hydro, cat/dog ok, near Ironwood Mall. 604-244-8483

Condos/ Townhouses

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STAMPED CONCRETE

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6008

One Call Does It All

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www.richmond.ca

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: ESTATE OF RUTH ELISABETH HOWARD, also known as Ruth Elizabeth Howard, Ruth E. Howard and Ruth Howard, Deceased, formerly of #21 – 11771 Kingfisher Drive, Richmond, British Columbia, V7E 3T1 Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Ruth Elisabeth Howard, also known as Ruth Elizabeth Howard, Ruth E. Howard and Ruth Howard, Deceased, who died on the March 23, 2011, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executrix, Catherine Elisabeth Howard, c/o Aydin Bird Business Lawyers, Suite 530 North Tower, 650 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 2M9, on or before April 5, 2012, after which date the Executrix will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard only to the claims of which the Executrix then has notice. KIRSTEN JENKINS Aydin Bird Solicitors Suite 530 North Tower 650 West 41st Avenue Vancouver, B. C. V5Z 2M9

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On March 13, 2012, we will also launch a Hamilton Area Plan Update website which can be accessed through www.richmond.ca, www.orisconsulting.ca or www.placespeak.com. These websites will provide ongoing information on the Hamilton Area Plan Update process.

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Legal/Public Notices

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Paving/Seal Coating

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8150

Kitchens/Baths

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The Richmond News March 2, 2012 A27

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Roofing

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NO HST! til MARCH 31

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Collectibles & Classics

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9145

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2001 Acura CL

Fully loaded 2001 Acura CL in great condition inside and out, and runs really well. • Black on black leather interior • Power everything (seats, mirrors, windows, sunroof) • Heated front seats • 6 disc CD player with bose sound system • Automatic transmission with triptronic shifting • Comes with winter, and all season tires; both in great shape • Air conditioning • 109,000 km • HID headlights • Dual exhaust

Asking $7,500 Please call 604.316.4342 2001 CHEVROLET Cavalier. White in colour, 4 door, automatic, AM/FM radio, Air Conditioning the best part is it only less than 75,000 original km on it. It has some scratches near the driver side door but other than that it’s in very good condition. No rust, interior is all clean and in good condition. (Pic is not actual car but very close) $3000. 778-227-1041

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Luxury Cars

2003 Mercedes-Benz C230 Komp. Coupe, 120kms. 1 family owned, $9,875 (604) 649-5566

9145

9150

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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

1992 DODGE Dakota pick-up, extra cab, auto, a/c, V6, aircared, runs good $1100obo. 604-984-7574

CASH FOR SOME COMPLETE CARS OPEN 24 HRS. INCLUDING HOLIDAYS

MIKE:

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Boats

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2008 VW Passat Wagon, 2.0T, silver, loaded, auto, low kms, wrty, no accid, non smoker, alarm, immac, $20,800 obo, 604-980-7675

30’ Converted Albion River Gillnet Elisha Is a thirty four foot excommercial fishing vessel lovingly reconfigured to a pleasure craft. For full details visit www.bosuns.ca $18,500 Call: (604) 551-2163 or email: db@bosuns.ca.

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9160

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9160

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Conveniently Located at: 705 E 17th Ave (Corner of Fraser & 17th) Vancouver, British Columbia

Hours of Operation Monday To Friday 8:00AM - 5:30PM Saturday 9:00AM - 4:00PM Sunday Closed

Contact Us Tel: 604-879-1555 Fax: 604-879-1575 www.HandyAppliances.ca

We Sell, Service & Install Appliances. And We Sell Appliance Parts!

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Richmond News March 2 2012