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not V School’s out for summer? BY ALAN CAMPBELL

A seismic shift in the foundation of many people’s daily lives could be about to shake down after the B.C. government decided last week to allow school districts to switch to a balanced calendar. The move could result in a dramatic change from a traditional school schedule to a year-round timetable, which could create a wave of wide-ranging effects that would ripple beyond students, parents and teachers and into the community at large. Should Richmond School District decide to slide over to a balanced calendar — or “year-round” schooling, as it’s called — any transformation is likely years, and not months, away. If it does go ahead, it may be modelled on the city’s Spul’u’kwuks elementary, which has been operating successfully on the balanced calendar since 2004. Spul’u’kwuks runs on three three-month educational sessions with three one month-long vacation breaks in April, August and December. See pages 3 and 4 for the first of two special editions, where the News looks at the pros and cons of the balanced calendar through the eyes of an education expert and a family which has experienced both schedules. Next week, we’ll profile the schools already offering a balanced calendar, what teachers feel about the possible change and how the school district intends to approach the whole issue in the coming months.

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Striking balance between life and learning Busy mom enjoys summer break to connect with son


Vicky Forsyth has had one brush with a balanced school calendar — and the very busy, working, single mom is none to keen on turning back the clock. Forsyth’s son, Connor, in Grade 2 at the time, was one of the first students to experience the switch away from the traditional calendar when his school, Spul’u’kwuks elementary, changed over in 2004. Instead of the standard two-month summer break, the Terra Nova-based school slid over to three, three-month educational sessions, each followed by a one-month vacation in December, April and August. While the major shift was embraced by the majority of the Spul’u’kwuks community — everyone affected voted — Forsyth knew right off the bat there would be significant challenges to overcome. “I voted against it for a number of reasons,” said Forsyth, a qualified physiotherapist and full-time project manager. “It was going to be the only school in the district on this calendar and Connor had lots of friends in other schools on the traditional calendar. If everyone had changed, it would have been okay. I was also worried about the daycare situation. Would they be changing too? “And we are not a traditional nuclear family. My ex-husband doesn’t live with us and we (mom and son) use the summer to reconnect. If we only had four weeks off in the summer, I would only have him for two weeks of that.” see Student page 4


Vicky Forsyth and her son, Connor, 15, have experienced both the traditional and balanced school calendars. Neither of them favour a return to the balanced calendar, preferring to stick with the longer summer vacation.

No ‘silver bullet’ fired from calendar switch: Prof However, Dan Laitsch, associate professor at SFU’s Faculty of Education and director at the university’s Centre for the Study of Educational There are many arguments, positive and Leadership and Policy, cautioned school districts negative, surrounding whether school districts against basing their decisions to switch should take the plunge into the choppy calendars on the “loss of learning” educational waters of a balanced “yearresearch. round” calendar. “There are some studies that claim One of the strongest claims being slightly higher achievement for students made for making the change is the “loss enrolled in the year-round model,” said of learning” theory. Laitsch. “But there are also many studIt’s an assertion, backed up by a ies that show no difference at all. It does degree of research, that students lose seem to be fairly inconclusive. — over the extended two-month summer “And there is the theory that more vacation — a lot of what they learned in frequent breaks allows students to Dan Laitsch the weeks and months leading up to the decompress more often and come back big break. to school more refreshed. But I’m not The theory is that, shorter one-month vacasure the research backs this claim up.” tions such as the Spul’u’kwuks elementary Kids going off into summer camps during the model in Richmond, mitigate that “loss.” BY ALAN CAMPBELL


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longer, traditional summer vacation may also be stimulated in ways other than academia, Laitsch suggested. “In the summer their learning does continue and there are many opportunities for enrichment,” he said. “There is research that shows, for kids who get this enrichment, there is more information retention than those who do not throughout the summer.” Laitsch said he is aware that the longer break does cause more problems regarding behavioral. “(A shorter break) does appear to help with behaviour,” he said. “Students can be more ‘on task’ when they return after a shorter break in a year-round school. There can be less referrals to the principal’s office, for example, and less disciplinary actions.” see Districts page 4

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Besides, Forsyth said she loved the long summer break as a child, as it’s a special time for “socializing with family, friends and the community,” she insisted. “I really don’t think the academic benefits outweigh the social benefits. “If they’re on the X-Box in the summer, they’re going to be on it in December and April, it depends what the environment is at home.”

“I was thinking, ‘there goes the summer.’”

— Connor Forsyth Connor, who turned 15 this week, and is in Grade 9 at McMath secondary, said he was “shocked” when he heard that balanced calendars might be considered. And he’s absolutely certain what schedule he’d rather be on. “I was thinking, ‘there goes the summer,’” said Connor. “Even when it gets to the end of May, it kinda sucks to be stuck inside all day, never mind in July. I would much rather be out in the sunshine in July than be stuck inside in December and April. “I usually go away for a really big chunk of the summer and spend a lot of time hanging with family and friends. It’s pretty much what

we all look forward to the year round.” One of the theories backing up a switch to the balanced calendar is that the longer, two-month summer break leads to a dramatic “loss of learning” of what was taught prior to the vacation. It’s a theory, not surprisingly, Connor struggles to prescribe to. “With kids our age, it doesn’t matter if it’s two weeks or two months, we still lose something I think,” he said. “I don’t think having just a month off instead of two months off will make any difference. I know I lose information after a twoweek spring break.” If, at some point down the line, Richmond School District did decide to make the switch, the challenges for families such as the Forsyths would be front and centre. “Personally, trying to manage the time off would be challenging. I have six weeks vacation every year and I try to take as much of that as possible off in the summer and spend it with Connor,” said Forsyth. “I can’t imagine being able to take two weeks off at spring break, I’m just too busy. “And I’d imagine there are lots of people who can’t take time off in December for the same reasons.”

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Continued from page 3 As well as the concept of the “year-round” balanced calendar, such as at Spul’u’kwuks, a number of schools in the U.S. work on a “multi-track” schedule. It’s not clear whether this avenue would be explored by schools in B.C., but in a multi-track school, you might have four or five different tracks or schedules, each track taking vacation breaks at different times. This means there are always students at the school. The 180 days of schooling are still there; they’re just arranged in a different way. “If one of the tracks is on vacation, this will allow schools to add more students,” Laitsch said of the multi-track benefits. “But there are a number of challenges. If you’re a parent who has children in different tracks and even in different schools, then they will be off at different times. “And if there are students at the school all year round, when will maintenance of a roof, for example, be done?” No matter which way school districts lean, Laitsch acknowledges big decisions await all concerned. “It will not be easy and engaging all members of the community should be done to make sure the change is something they all want,” he added. “(The districts) should be clear about why they’re making the change.” If it’s about increasing enrollment, that should be stated and should be transparent, advised Laitsch. “But I don’t think it should be seen as a silver bullet for increasing academic achievement. “For the last 150 years, society has adapted itself around the traditional school calendar. “It’s not just the schools, students and parents that would have to change; everyone would have to change.”

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Tourism Richmond announces top three bloggers BY YVONNE ROBERTSON

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Tourism Richmond has now narrowed down a 1,500-applicant search for a food blogger to an elite three — a Vancouverite, a Torontonian and an Ottawan. The successful applicant lands a job eating at, and writing about, one local restaurant a day for a year. Oh yes, they also get $50,000 and a membership for the Richmond Olympic Oval gym. After calling for applications in March, a Tourism Richmond panel narrowed the list to 12 bloggers. Of the 12, Lindsay Anderson of Vancouver caught the public’s attention after voting was opened April 24 through the company’s Facebook page. As the winner of the public vote, she received 3,366 hits out of more than 10,000, according to Tourism Richmond’s director of communications Michelle Dunn. The win gained her an automatic place in the top three. Ottawa’s Kelly Brisson and Melanie Hillier of Toronto, selected by the panel, compete with Anderson for the top spot. “All of the top 12 blew us away,” said Dunn. “It was a very challenging, gutwrenching experience having to choose. We all came to know them well through the power and passion in their blogs and meeting them in person.” To help the process, the panel of judges stuck to a strict criteria, looking for a good communicator, great writer and


Lindsay Anderson of Vancouver (clockwise from top) blogs at linds.eats and won the public vote, landing her an automatic place in the top three. Kelly Brisson from Ottawa blogs at The Gouda Life and served as official blogger for Celebrity Chefs of Canada. Toronto’s Melanie Hillier has her blog called Dulcet Devotion and a degree in nutrition and food science. photographer, as well as someone with a strong social media presence. “It’s also personality,” said Dunn. “They have to resonate with the community and be engaging.” By telling a tale through their taste buds, Dunn said Tourism Richmond hopes the blogger will be able to expose the unique culture of Richmond and what it’s like to live in the city. She speculates the contestant will become a bit of a celebrity throughout the year. So far, the three have been bonding with the community and each other

over Twitter and other social media, but the competition is sure to heat up in the coming weeks, as each contestant will be granted a face-to-face interview with a Tourism Richmond panel. The panel hopes to have a decision by the end of the month, according to the website. The association’s 365 Days of Dining campaign is part of a long-term strategy for tourism growth in Richmond, according to Tourism Richmond CEO Tracy Lakeman. Entrants applied from close to 30 different countries, including England and the United States.

❚ Lindsay Anderson, Vancouver Blog: linds.eats — Lindsay Anderson launched an online photo campaign where supporters from across the world championed her food blogging skills. She’s worked as a film set caterer, served as the head cook for up to 120 tree planters and completed her Masters in Food Culture and Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. ❚ Kelly Brisson, Ottawa Blog: The Gouda Life — Kelly Brisson began her blog nearly five years ago. She’s done cooking demonstrations on CTV’s Ottawa Morning Live and contributions to Eat in Eat Out Magazine and Ottawa’s community newspaper Centretown Buzz. She also served as the official blogger for Celebrity Chefs of Canada. Brisson loves creating recipes and scouring farmers’ markets. ❚ Melanie Hillier, Toronto Blog: Dulcet Devotion — Melanie Hillier’s passion for food and travel is conveyed through her explorations in Europe and Australia. With a degree in nutrition and food science, Hillier approaches cuisine with a fresh perspective. She was one of few candidates to provide a strategic plan for the role.

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Workplaces more attuned to mental health issues: Fee BY YVONNE ROBERTSON Special to the News

Next week, Pathways Clubhouse helps celebrate the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) mental health awareness week through the free screening of This Dust of Words, an information display and a thrift store sale for the public. The theme, “mental health for all,” represents the right for every Canadian to enjoy mental health, said Pathways public education program manager Barbara Fee. Next week’s programming highlights the need to raise

awareness about mental illness and to engage more people in discussion. As Pathways works to help educate the community, Fee has noticed an increase in initiatives surrounding these issues, particularly when it comes to the workplace. “The calls have most definitely increased,” she said. “These are calls of inquiry from employers with employees dealing with these issues. Agencies have implemented their own programs, recognizing the need. The word is out.” In recent years, employers have begun to realize the advantages of being more aware, citing a noticeable impact on their bottom line and workplace productivity. The fact that mental

illness is no longer lumped under stress, and is recognized as a separate health concern, allows companies to address the issue directly, according to Fee. “Employers are being more pro-active before things really begin to deteriorate,” said Fee. “They offer more support to families. It’s a better outcome for all.” Fee cites the creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2007 and national conferences such as The Bottom Line as game changers in the field. CMHA’s annual Bottom Line Conference brings together business leaders, policymakers, workers and researchers to improve mental health in the workplace to educate all parties involved. One in five Canadians will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime, according to Health Canada. “It’s something that affects all of us at some point, given the broad scope of it,” said Fee. “No one can escape when a difficult situation arises, so we educate and make sure tools are available.” But while initiatives are implemented, those returning to the workplace after a prolonged leave still face lack of confidence, anxiety about the return gaps in resumes, and fear they will need to take another leave. To remedy these apprehensions, Pathways has a transitional employment program. Staff works to find members a job, are trained in that job and educate the employer about mental health issues. The staff then trains the potential employee for the job, rather than the employer. If the new employee needs to leave the job again, a Pathways staff member will step in, so that the employer is guaranteed employment. “It’s an incentive for the employer to take a chance,” said Fee. The jobs are generally part time, entry-level positions in order for the return to work be a safe and do-able task. Twenty-four members participated through this program last year, said Fee. Through the support employment program, 45 members worked for over 6,300 hours, earning over $58,000, while more than 30 members worked independently, according to the 2011 Annual Report. “Awareness and education is the key piece, which is what next week is all about,” said Fee. “All these initiatives, locally and nationally, have helped a broader discussion take place, getting people talking about it.”

Next week’s schedule

❚ Pathways Clubhouse information display, May 7-9: People are encouraged to drop by the table at Landsdowne Centre, 5300 No. 3 Rd. It will provide an opportunity to increase mental health awareness and learn more about local services. There will also be fun giveaways. The display will be up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., between the Zellers and food court. ❚ This Dust of Words free film screening, May 8: The film documents the life of Elizabeth Wiltsee who suffered from schizophrenia. The screening will be held at the Ralph Fisher Auditorium of the Richmond Hospital, 7000 Westminster Hwy at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Harry Karlinsky (coordinator of medical education/professional development at Richmond Health Services) will host a postscreening discussion. ❚ Pathways Clubhouse thrift store sale, May 8-12: Everything at Pathways thrift store will be 50 per cent off. The store will be open between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at 7351 Elmbridge Way. Visit or call 604-2768834, for more information.



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Jeremy was born with bilateral corneal opacities, an eye condition that left him blind in his left eye and partially sighted in his right. Upon his diagnosis Jeremy’s family was referred to CNIB (the Canadian National Institute for the Blind), a charity that provides support to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. When Jeremy was young, CNIB taught him how to read Braille and to use a white cane to walk around safely by himself - and he continues to receive these orientation lessons once a week. Jeremy also attends CNIB’s summer camp and says that he can’t wait for it each year. CNIB camps give children and youth with vision loss the opportunity to learn new skills and try new activities in a safe and accessible environment.

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Safeway accessibility limited Open letter to Safeway Canada, It seems for people who use wheelchairs at Safeway, it’s “two steps forward and one step back.” You now have accessible washrooms and all checkouts are wide enough for a person with a wheelchair to use. (We used to have to go to specific checkouts that were wide enough.) Now that you have chosen to use a type of credit/debit card reader that is fixed and can not be removed from the stand, except for the odd one, we are once again forced to go to specific checkouts — a step back. When I complained, I was given the excuse that these readers are being stolen or compromised. I find this excuse unacceptable. If a few can be removed from their fixed positions, why can’t they all? Alternatively, why not replace them or modify the stands so they can be tilted to a downward position (like other retail chains) and allow those of us who use wheelchairs to once again retain our dignity and use any checkout. The last straw was this afternoon at the Safeway at No. 1 and Francis roads. I went to a checkout that was designated for wheelchair use — with a logo — and after checking through my groceries, I was told the reader was not removable. To reiterate, two steps forward and one step back at Safeway. Why not consult with a disability consumer organization that will happily assess your equipment and other changes you make to provide better service to your customers? I have patronized Safeway for over 40 years, but when I continue to face what seems to a discriminatory mentality, I can no longer be apathetic. Vince Miele Richmond

Reduce, recylce to meet new challenge Are you ready for the 70 per cent challenge? Richmond residents are among the best in the nation in recycling. About half of all the garbage we produce gets diverted from the landfill to be recycled or composted. That’s well above the national average of about 30 per cent. But we need to do more. It takes one million years for a plastic bottle to breakdown in a landfill, yet four two-litre bottles can be recycled into one t-shirt, filling for a ski jacket and two ball caps. By 2015, we are aiming to divert 70 per cent of all our waste from the landfill. We can all do our part. Richmond offers many ways to help our residents manage and reduce their solid waste. Our recycling program remains the core of our waste reduction and diversion efforts. Since we first introduced our recycling program in 1990, residents in single-family homes have increased the amount they recycle from just 350 tonnes to nearly 20,000 tonnes annually. Most people know about our residential recycling program that provides curbside pickup of some basic recyclables for single family homes and the Blue Cart program for multi-family residences. But, you can recycle many more items than are included in those programs. Our Recycling Depot on Lynas Lane accepts a wide

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variety of materials and we are constantly expanding the list of accepted items. For example, in 2011, Richmond expanded its program to accept free drop off of small electrical or battery operated appliances. There are hundreds of other materials that can be recycled too. Now you can use your cell phone to find out how to easily and responsibly dispose of all sorts of different products. Metro Vancouver Recycles is a mobile application you can download onto your iPhone. You can also find the program online at www. With spring here, many of us are getting back into the yard and garden, which produces yard trimmings and other waste. Through composting and our other yard trimmings options, most of those wastes can be diverted from the landfill. Composting takes waste like food scraps and yard trimmings and turns them into nutrient rich soil. Richmond offers residents compost bins for just $25, plus we offer numerous free composting workshops. With more than 10,200 bins sold, home composting helps to divert more than 3,000 tonnes of green waste

from the garbage disposal system each year. One of the newest ways to divert waste is the city’s Green Can program. Residents can use special containers to recycle fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee and tea grounds, meat, bones and other food waste, pizza boxes, and lawn and yard trimmings that are picked up from your curbside. A similar Green Cart program for multi-family homes was piloted at 75 residential complexes in 2011 and plans for implementing it throughout the city are now being developed. When combined, food scraps and yard trimmings represent approximately 40 per cent of generated waste, so it provides a huge opportunity to reduce waste going to the landfill. And now, there’s even more benefits to composting. The Richmond composting facility which accepts our region’s food scraps is now developing an initiative that will use the biogas created during the decomposition process to produce energy for heat and electricity. Just think of it — those table scraps left over from dinner could be what powers your evening’s television viewing. To find out more about recycling and composting options and the Green Can program, call our information line at 604-276-4010 or visit Let’s meet the 70 per cent challenge.

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The Editor, Re: “BC Hydro thanks customers’ patience,” Letters, May 2. BC Hydro is right that British Columbians have been patient. For over a year now, they’ve brought forward varied concerns about Smart Meters and borne the fact that the B.C. government refused to subject the program to the oversight of the BC Utilities Commission. They’ve faced the reality of having no real opt-out provision. But even farther back there’s a group that’s been even more patient: meter readers. Since 2008, they have waited for the government and BC Hydro to come up with a transition plan for their jobs, knowing their years of

institutional knowledge is invaluable to our public utility. When that failed to happen, they asked to meet with Minister Rich Coleman or the premier. The almost 400 meter readers are still waiting for a meeting with them as individuals or with their union. The government has already had four years to take the opportunity to listen to meter readers and help protect communitysupporting jobs. This doesn’t bode well for concerned British Columbians who are looking for the right to opt-out. Gwenne Farrell Vice President, Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378

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Canadians are living longer and costs for the Old Age Security (OAS) are rising. On April 1, 2023 the Government of Canada plans to start raising the age of eligibility for OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 65 to 67.*

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The Editor, East Richmond Community Association (ERCA) in partnership with the City of Richmond, is proud to provide a variety of community recreation, cultural and social programs and services at Cambie Community Centre. Sunday, April 22 was a very special day for ERCA. More than 350 men, women and children came out to participate in our sixth annual Earth Day activities. ERCA, in collaboration with the City of Richmond, Richmond Food Security Society and Tree Canada brought together a diverse group of residents to clean up the popular King George Park and its neighbourhood. This hands-on event was an excellent way of creating more pride amongst residents in their environment. It was a wonderful opportunity for ERCA to work in partnership with so many organizations and businesses. ERCA was privileged to have our local businesses like Disposal King, Starbucks-Bridgeport, Kin’s

Farm Market and Home Depot support our efforts by donating equipment and supplies. The leadership provided by the association, city, parks, Cambie secondary youth and community volunteers was exemplary. The ERCA continues to support community garden initiatives and environmental programs. One of our priorities is to be leaders in environmental sustainability. Our board, staff and volunteers consider this goal in everything we do. This past year, we created a new seasonal pre-school program called Pee Wee Farmers.We have just begun developing a second natural play space and truly support the philosophy and benefits of children interacting with nature. Thanks to the city and its parks department, the King George Park has become a very popular and well-used landmark/attraction for our community. On behalf of the ERCA board and staff, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to help. Balwant Sanghera ERCA President

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The Editor, Reading in the Richmond newspapers that councillors Bill McNulty and Harold Steves are in Japan and China, made me laugh. I would like to ask them what does the city of Richmond accomplish by visiting Japan and China? I sincerely think the

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majority of the city’s taxpayers would be much happier to read about these councillors, plus Mayor Brodie and administrator George Duncan, retiring. In my opinion, these trips are a big waste of taxpayers money. Mario Ferreira Richmond Send letters to The Editor, Richmond News, 5731 No. 3 Road Richmond, B.C. V6X 2C9 Fax: 604-270-2248 or e-mail:

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The Richmond Olympic Oval will launch its $550,000 climbing centre next week. The 6,400 sq ft. wall will feature 31 routes for all skills levels and a wheelchair accessible rappel deck. It will be the highest of its kind in B.C. To kick off the opening, there will be aerial dance performances and demonstrations from the National Sport Climbing Team on May 8. Twenty-four children from Kingswood elementary will also take part in the event. The centre, considered to be one of the best in the region, was built as part of the oval’s post-Olympics Community Legacy Program. Not long after the idea was first intro-

duced in 2010, the cost of installing the climbing wall more than doubled to $550,000. However, oval bosses told city councillors — some of whom were worried about the cost — that they were confident that the increased scale of the wall would pull people into the facility from all over the Lower Mainland. In particular, Coun. Bill McNulty was concerned about insurance premiums for people falling off the wall and that it may take up to 10 years to recoup the cash outlaid for the attraction, with forecasts of around $50,000 per year in net revenue. The oval’s decision to go ahead with the new climbing centre is part of its mandate to offer the community something different from the services already provided in the likes of local community centres.

Patients contacted following hospital glitch Vancouver Coastal Health is contacting about 1,000 patients in connection with diagnostic imaging glitches from March 18 to 21 at Richmond, Vancouver General and the University of B.C. hospitals. Officials say a short-term computer glitch delayed results and prevented doctors from comparing test results from CT scans, MRIs and other tests with previous images stored in computer banks. “They could see the scans — what they

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Coast Capital helps youth steer clear of gang life StreetSmarts has received a $20,000 financial boost from Canada’s second largest credit union Coast Capital Savings. The program — targeted at youth involved in gangs, or who are at risk of engaging in gang activity — is run by Touchstone Family Association and works with youth referred by school counsellors, probation officers, RCMP or peers who have been through the program. Many youth also refer themselves. Judy Valsonis, director of operations for Touchstone, said StreetSmarts focuses on prevention, education and working on issues that are currently impacting the youths’ lives. “This is a critical program that has the potential to turn around the lives of these young men and women and steer them away from a potentially destructive future and the funding from Coast Capital Savings will help ensure we can reach out to more youth,” Valsonis said. “We also work collaboratively with community partners in an effort to provide additional resources to these marginalized youth.” Wendy Lachance, director, community leadership for Coast Capital Savings, said the credit union is committed to



helping build a richer future for youth. “At Coast Capital Savings, we believe our future lies in the hands of our youth and we want to help them make positive decisions and support them as they work towards productive and successful lives,” Lachance said. StreetSmarts has typically run two to three times a year, depending on the amount of funding the program receives. The grant from Coast Capital Savings allows the program to run two more groups, positively impacting the lives of 40 to 50 more youth. For more information about StreetSmarts, visit For further information, contact Chris Samulak at 604-279-5599 or


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AroundTown at Garry Point Park. Bring your family and join us for a great hike along Richmond’s beautiful west dyke. Registration by donation. For more information call 604-279-7140. Moms Unite Swap Meet happens Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Arm Community Centre, 8880 Williams Rd. Free admission. Tables are $15. Call 604-7188060 for more information. Local Volkssport club is hosting a non-competitive 5K/10K walk in Terra Nova on Sunday, May 6, starting at 10 am. Free for new participants. For more information, call Verni at 604-682-8390.


The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month through to June, at the Richmond Presbyterian Church, 7111 No 2 Rd, Family members, friends and caregivers also welcome. For more information, call Pat McKendrick at 604-271-6065 or Mary James 604-277-5977.


Volunteer Richmond Information Services (VRIS), Seniors Community Support Services is accepting registration for the first Caregivers Education and Support series to be conducted in Cantonese. A caregiver is anyone who provides unpaid care and support for an adult (55 plus) living in Richmond. The first of five once-a-week Caregiver Education and Support sessions begins Wednesday, May 2 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at South Arm Community Centre. Topics include stress management, navigating the health care system, and more. This program is free, but there are limited spots available. Caregivers are advised to register early by contacting Peggy Tang at 604-279-7030 or ptang@ Richmond Artists’ Guild meets second Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. Visit or call 604-241-1120.

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Forget Seattle, it’s time for brilliance in Bellevue BY LAUREN KRAMER Special to the News

Is Bellevue the new Seattle? The thought crossed my mind several times when I spent a few rainy April days in Bellevue this April. For years, Vancouverites have been converging on Seattle for quick weekend getaways, drawn by the malls, the kid-friendly entertainment and the city’s sheer vibrancy. But Bellevue is quickly catching up to its big sister down the road, with attractions of its own that are starting to turn heads — with good reason. Take the shopping, for example. What do Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Jimmy Choo and Salvatore Ferragamo have in common? The exclusive boutiques are all at The Bravern, Bellevue’s outdoor courtyard mall. A few blocks away at Bellevue Square, Tesla’s sleek electric vehicles rub shoulders with some of the 250 stores connected by pedestrian corridors to nearby hotels like the Westin and the Hyatt. That means in one of the Pacific Northwest’s weekend-long downpours you can move around downtown Bellevue without the need for bulky jackets and umbrellas. It’s not just the shopping that’s exploded in Bellevue. The city’s arts fair, held in July each year, gave birth to the impressive Bellevue Arts Museum where the focus is on threedimensional hand-made art. And in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency, you can peek into the future of the Tateuchi Center, a $160 million performing arts centre that will feature a 250-seat cabaret and 2,000 seat theatre when it opens in 2016. Like the shopping environment in Bellevue, it’s designed with a younger demographic in mind, says John Hayes, CEO of the Performing Arts Center Eastside. “Younger people interact differently, in groups, so we had to make this a place they will want to go,” he explains. The cabaret is his solution, a nightclubtype arts space where the Center can present different kinds of performances — such as an emerging local band — in a smaller, more intimate space. No “please turn off your cell phones” here, where Wi-Fi will be ubiquitous and cell phones will be wel-

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KidsQuest Children’s Museum is a learning centre for children up to eight with innovative play stations and activities (above). Indoor rock climbing keeps you active on rainy days.

comed. “Phones are the way younger people access things,” Hayes says with a shrug. “In this building, the way we communicate with

people inside and outside has to be the way younger people communicate.” If he had to see Bellevue today, Mr. Tiddy would be rolling in his grave. Tiddy,

one of Bellevue’s early visionaries, amassed a large collection of real estate between 1910 and 1930, convinced Bellevue was en route to becoming a high-profile, affluent and vibrant city. At the time, streets were unpaved and the economy was largely agricultural, and no one shared his vision. It was only when he died, in 1962, that Bellevue started to develop rapidly. Boeing attracted new residents to Bellevue, which initially became a bedroom community to Seattle. By the ’70s and ’80s, city leaders began planning further growth, wedding-cakestyle, with downtown skyscrapers growing up and residential neighbourhoods spreading around the periphery. They kept Bellevue Park, a 20-acre green space in the shadow of the skyscrapers, as a reminder to have fun. In the summer months, kids converge on the park with frisbees, dogs lead their owners along the promenade and families picnic near the waterfall. In rainy weather, though, you’ll find many of those families at KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Presently at Factoria Mall, but moving next year to downtown Bellevue, KidsQuest is a learning centre for children up to age eight, with a selection of innovative play stations where kids can learn through activity. At Waterways, they explore the movement of water through tubes and pipes, learning how it can be manipulated to make musical notes. At the Lab Table, they shape a slimy, playdough-like substance called “gak,” while in the Garage, they play with the concept of weight and explore the insides of a truck. There’s a treehouse, a play area just for babies and a craft table where kids draw on a community art wall. Even the washroom is a learning experience, with a board on the wall that teaches about the scat shape and size of different animals. When the rain finally stops, we head to Mercer Slough, a 320-acre environmental education centre minutes from downtown. see Mercer Slough page 19


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Continued from page 18 At the visitors centre, we borrow a backpack stocked with binoculars and nature guides on birds and plants, before trekking down the hill to the slough. A series of boardwalks leads us along the water, where we look out for some of the 170 species of wildlife that live in this protected wetland of Lake Washington. It’s peaceful down here and herons fish quietly from the still water. Look closely into the mist and you might see the ghost of Mr. Tiddy, gazing from the slough to Bellevue’s burgeoning downtown. If he could talk about the fast growth of this vibrant city, he’d surely say, “I told you so!”

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Training early in the year we thought it was can be more grueling as you Lori good training. The ride a lot in the rain. I am skies got darker and Chalmers fortunate to have a reliable the rain heavier. riding partner, my brother I had to keep my Mark. He is also riding for my sunglasses on to husband Glenn and for a dear shield my eyes from LORI’S JOURNEY friend who recently passed the pelting rain. away from cancer. Mark lives Halfway through in Langley, so some of my early riding the ride, we rewarded ourselves with a escapades were in that city. It is a bit warm cup of coffee and hot chocolate. hillier than Richmond so offers a pretty Back onto the bike, we encountered good leg and cardio workout, which we one of Langley’s many sets of train need to do the journey to Seattle. tracks. In hindsight I should have disOn our first ride I was pretty mounted… I suspect there was a sign impressed to have gone 30 km. My telling me to do just that. I watched knees were a bit sore, but I was managmy brother go over the tracks, without ing OK. The second ride in Langley was realizing he had angled his bike so a bit more challenging. his wheels were perpendicular to the We set out early on a Saturday morn- tracks. When I crossed, the train track ing. As soon as we started pedaling sucked in my front tire, twisted my bike the rain came down, but that wasn’t sideways and literally threw me down going to stop us. The Ride to Conquer on the slippery road. Being clipped Cancer is often done in bad weather so onto the bike, there was no chance to

get my feet free fast enough to stop my fall. The majority of impact was on my head and the crash actually split my helmet. Fortunately helmets are made to withstand a good amount of shock so the end result was a bit of whiplash, some minor bruising and the need for a new helmet! I was very fortunate that a kind doctor and nurse were first on the scene and had a large van that took me and my brother to his house. Such good luck, such wonderful people. What I learned from this ride was that helmets are essential, that mine likely saved my life, and that people are kind enough to help you when you have fallen and you can’t get up! Richmond News publisher Lori Chalmers joined the Ride to Conquer Cancer to raise money for research and help herself cope with her own husband’s recent diagnoses of the disease. She’ll chronicle her journey in this column, which is also posted online.

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Family of star squash player appeals for sponsor BY ALAN CAMPBELL

She’s just finished second in Canadian nationals and is being courted by the likes of Princeton and Yale for a future scholarship. It seems 16-year-old Richmondite, star student and squash player Alex Toth has the world at her feet. In fact, the only goal out of the talented teenager’s reach right now is a place on the Canadian national squash team. But the barrier standing in her way is not ability; it’s plain and simple money. To even be considered for the national team, Alex must play in at least six major tournaments during the year, but has competed in just one. The problem, if you can call it that, is her parents, Patrick and Carissa, don’t just have one star squash player — they have another two, Matthew, 14, and Andrea, 12, playing at the highest national level, with three more excelling at a young age. And all of that, inevitably, costs

money to bankroll the family around the province and country, playing in tournaments and paying for hotels and flights. Now, in a bid to help Alex live her dream of playing for Canada, her family has appealed for a generous sponsor to step up. “Last year, we had a sponsor and the name on the shirts and bags, but that was a short-term thing,” said Patrick Toth, who runs an art gallery and custom framing business in Vancouver. “We would love to have new sponsorship for Alex. I have three children playing at a very high national level and three others playing at a top level locally, so you have lots to pay for. It all adds up.” Alex’s dad explained how his daughter has been approached by top Ivy League universities. “She will need very high marks, but she’s right up there already,” he said, adding that the family’s squash coach, Shakiru Matti, used to coach at the universities and has strong ties there.


Alex Toth, 16, plays a game of squash while her coach, Shakiru Matti, watches on in the background. The star squash player has already been approached by Princeton and Yale for scholarships. “If she gets in, we hope it opens the door for the other family members, as Matthew and Andrea can play at the same level.” Matti, who coaches the entire family at his own academy out of Sports Central in Richmond, said the Grade 11 student has the ability to get into the team, after beat-



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ing the No. 2 seed in Canada at the nationals. “It’s painful for me as a coach, knowing she has the ability. If I had the money, I would help. The families of the national team members must have the means, I guess, to do that.” If the achievements of Alex and her siblings is anything to go

by, the Toths’ issue of funding the family’s squash exploits is going to be a recurring theme. Despite nursing a back problem at the nationals last week, Matthew came third in the boys under 15 section, losing only to the No.1 seed, while Andrea came second in the girls under 13 group. Matti said he draws immense satisfaction as the family’s coach, especially since they’re up against players produced from long-running high-performance programs. “They’ve achieved so much more than I had hoped for, because the programs over there (in the East) have been running for more than 15 years, while our program here has only been going for five years or so,” he said. “I’m so happy with what they did in the nationals. “I say this because a lot of people that they were competing against have been playing in all the top tournaments around the world. Alex has never played in a competition outside of this country, so it’s a huge feat for her.”

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Sports Teams compete for Coastal Cup Air attack wins provincials, again Six local teams are hoping to celebrate on home turf this weekend when Richmond hosts B.C. Soccer’s Coastal Cup Championships at Minoru Park. The showcase tournament for youth soccer, will feature 44 teams from throughout Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island battling for regional bragging rights in 22 boys and girls “A” and “B” divisions. Richmond Youth Soccer Association’s boys select program has four teams in the hunt. On Saturday at 1 p.m. at Minoru’s #2 turf field, U16 United will be battling Coquitlam Metro-Ford Bayern. That game will be followed by two more Richmond teams in action. U18 Richmond United will face Central City Breakers at Minoru’s stadium field at 3:15 p.m. Across the street, U13 Richmond United will take on the Burnaby Selects at Richmond High with kickoff at 3:30 p.m. The weekend schedule for United teams will conclude with the U15 side up against the Central City Breakers on Sunday morning (9 a.m.) at Minoru stadium. The Richmond Girls Soccer Association will have two teams in action. U14 Synergy will kick off the tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m. when they


Amrit Berar and the Richmond Red Hot Selects take on Surrey FC Pegasus in the U18 Coastal A Cup final on Saturday.

take on the Central City Breakers Elite at Minoru Stadium. The U18 Red Hot Selects will square off against Surrey FC Pegasus at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday at Minoru stadium. Closing ceremonies are slated for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Richmond Air Attack 17U Girls Volleyball Team just wrapped up a successful weekend out at the Tradex in Abbottsford winning the provincial title for the third time in five years. The two day tournament saw the team go a perfect 6-0 to claim volleyball supremacy against the top teams from throughout B.C. The team is coached by PHOTO SUBMITTED Greg Blasco, Jodi Blasco, Richmond Air Attack 17U girls volleyball team claimed and Huan Pham. The team the provincial title for the third time in five years. consists of tournament MVP Rowyn Neufeld, tournament all stars Katrina MBA "!# Tolentino and Emma Robinson, Amber Pomeroy, 778 999 2168 Alyssa Choy, Hunter Mclean, Rebecca Hansen, April Houweling, Rachel Funk, Kristiann Man and “Your Honest & Reliable Realtor” Emma Glennon. They head to Toronto for the national volleyball $886,000 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING $886,000 championships from May 20 to 22.

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Rapids Thomas Huen and Anthony Chan each received B.C. AA Championships qualifying times at the meet. personal bests. Kevin Ye, 12, from Richmond set a new record in the boys 12-

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Though legal matters might have bugged you over the past 14 months, a kind of healing entered in April, and continues into August. At the very least, you feel less traumatized; perhaps you’ve started to forgive your “enemy.” By September onward, you might even begin winning the suit. (Chances switch from 80 per cent against you, to 80 for you.) Talk comes, about sex, intimacy, or financial situations. You might seize a major success, in money or intimacy, by May 11 to 14. Sunday’s shopping yields empty results. Forgo it. Travel, talk Monday/Tuesday. Home, midweek. Romance, Friday on. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Exciting relationships and exciting opportunities – welcome these wherever they appear. Someone you know might hold a “gold key” for you.You’re energetic,charming Sunday,but don’t tackle new things. Money, earnings, purchases, possessions – and a sensual urge – fill Monday/Tuesday. Chase what you want! Travel, communications, errands and paperwork arise Tuesday night to Thursday. Don’t invest, these few days. Home, children, property, security and retirement come into focus Friday/ Saturday. Someone who talks more than usual, wants something with (not from) you. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Bosses are shorttempered, but peers are sweet and affectionate. Be careful – don’t get involved with the boss, nor mix sex and power. (If you ever act unethically in a career, you’ll likely abandon that career sooner than later.) This is a good week to tackle big chores, and to buy machinery (Monday to Wednesday, and Saturday evening). Lie low, rest Sunday. Your energy and charisma return this night to Tuesday. Start things Monday. Chase money, spend and “recount possessions” Wednesday/Thursday. DON’T invest. Friends, short trips, communications grow lively Friday/Saturday.

May 6 - 12, 2012 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: A trend of romance, creativity, speculation, art, beauty, charming kids, still fills your days. Of course, romance will only come in as far and wide as your expectation or hope. Resentment or despair can defeat the best of prospects. Coworkers are affectionate. Still, wait until September onward to make a bid for a workplace “appointment” (e.g., union designation or promotion). Be optimistic, social Sunday. Retreat this eve for contemplation and rest – to Tuesday eve. Then, you’ll emerge strong, vibrant and ready to start things Wednesday/Thursday – do! Money, late week. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Take power naps. You’re in “hibernation mode” these weeks. You could be building to a lucky climax in real estate, home, family, security, retirement, agriculture, gardening and similar zones. Remember, this luck only lasts to early June, so if you want/need a better home, get out and look for it a.s.a.p. An opportunity virtually confronts you this week (it reaches peak intensity May 13). Cool your jets Sunday: results are elusive. Your optimism, popularity and social joys grow Monday/Tuesday. Retreat, rest, study and think midweek. Your energy, charisma return Friday/Saturday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: This is a busy but not important time. Messages surround you, you run repeated errands. Two areas are important: relationships, which remain more intense until early July) and family/real estate,which have begun to please you but might still hold a “trap” until late August. Take advantage of relationships (form money partnerships) now forward, but hold off on major home/realty action until September onward. Sunday’s mellow. Be ambitious Tuesday/Wednesday. Wishes come true, popularity soars, Wednesday/Thursday. Retreat, rest and plan late week. Soon, good career news. • Reading: 604-727-3673

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PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE Blue Whale Children’s Learning Centre offers preschool program for children age 3-5 Add. 8060 No. 1 Road, Richmond Saturday May 5th 10-12pm Call: (604) 762-1666



BENGAL KITTENS, vet ✔ 1st shots dewormed, sweet natured, $500 Mission 1-604-814-1235

Are you looking to make a move this year?

Cares! The Richmond News has partnered with the BC SPCA to encourage responsible pet guardianship and the humane treatment of animals. Before purchasing a new puppy, ensure the seller has provided excellent care and treatment of the animal and the breeding parents. For a complete guide to finding a reputable breeder and other considerations when acquiring a new pet, visit

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TO APPROVED HOME pug x beagle 2.5yrs old, loving, playful, energetic. (778) 823-5885


Real Estate Services


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ST Bernese Beautiful mix of the St Bernard and Bernese Mountain dog. Ready mid May. Call to reserve your favorite. Call: (604) 796-0116 email:


Accounting/ Bookkeeping

ACCOUNTING & Bookkeeping financial statement,bookkeeping Call: (778) 319-7598 CKC LAB Puppies only 4 left black/ yellow. Field champion stock. Vet ✔, shots, wormed. $900. Training started. 604-454-8643


Business Opps/ Franchises

A Great Janitorial Franchise Opportunity

*Annual starting revenue of $12,000-$120,000 *Guaranteed cleaning contracts *Professional training provided *Financing available *Ongoing support *Low down payment required ADORABLE Havanese 10 wks old, $750. 604-940-8096

Fila Guard Dog Pups owners closest friend. Thieves worst nightmare. All shots. Ready now! 604-817-5957

MIN PIN red male, shots, puppy pkg, 9 weeks, smart, friendly, gd w/kids. $550 obo. 604-719-4404

P/B STD Poodles apricot/beige & black, 10 wks, shots, vet check, tails docked, family raised, M & F $800 each. 604-607-5003

Contact Coverall of BC A Respected Worldwide Leader in Franchised Office Cleaning!

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BUSINESS FOR SALE Be your own boss publishing your own local entertainment/humor magazine. JavaJoke publications is offering an exclusive protected license in your area. We will teach you our lucrative proven system, step by step to create the wealth that you want. Call today to get your no obligation info packet. 250.785.1232


N. VAN: Townhouse; 5 BR, 1800sf, $479,900. Condo’s: 1 BR ocean view, concrete $339,900. 1 BR, 680sf, updated $238,900. 1 BR, concrete, view $289,900. HIRA • Sutton• 604-318-9474

SPACIOUS 2 bed/2 Bath 925 sq. ft. $429,000.Grt open plan, gas f/p. Open Sat May 5th 2 - 4pm C10-332 Lonsdale Ave. Troy Re/ Max Select Prpty 604-737-8865

For Sale by Owner

Houses - Sale


ED GOSS Park Georgia Realty

SELLING /BUYING Serving you for 28 years Call 604-644-0141

ROGER BASI Interested In Selling Your Home? Lets Talk!!! Remax Award Winner 100% Club. Certified in Feng Shui Home Stager. List and Sell your home with me & receive $500.00 towards moving costs. Cell: (604) 618-2820




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Serious Inquiries only Call OWNER 604-612-5536 for further information.


Condos/ Townhouses


THOM CREEK Ranch - House for Sale By Owner. In Chilliwack’s premier retirement complex. 2090 sq ft finished plus 294 unfinished ready to model. In the top row with superb, unspoilable views of the City, mountains and way beyond. Excellent Clubhouse. Friendly neighbours $440,000 negotiable. No HST. 604-824-1892


Houses - Sale


Real Estate

BC FIXER UPPERS These Homes need work!


Difficulty Making Payments?

No Equity? Expired Listing? Penalty? We Take Over Payments! No Fees! / 604-786-4663 5 BR home from $23,500 down $2,235/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock


Maple Ridge/ Pitt Mead.

DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL (Maple Ridge) 5 acres w/ no water course owner occupied 2 storey home in Thornhill’s designated Urban Reserve, $1,550,000. No real estate commission. Please call 778-858-8825

GETAWAY ON GALIANO ISLAND (Lt.27 Stewart Rd). Completely furnished home & cabin on .9 acre w/private beach, deep water mourage, $999,000. 604-802-8711. View website for more info, photos & virtual tour:

Out Of Town Property


Okanagen/ Interior Fabulous Summer Home Terrific Retirement Home Country Bed & Breakfast $537,500 USD

10 ACRES OF OKANAGAN VIEW PROPERTY FOR SALE There are several suitable building sites on the property with spectacular views of city of Penticton, and both Lakes. Power at lot line and only 10 minutes from the full service Hospital. This beautiful property is being sold by the owner at only $299,000. Contact: for further details, or call 250-493-5737.

* 2,750 sqft./ on .95 acres* * 4 Bedrooms * 3.25 Bathrooms * Oversized 2 Car Garage * Carport & Outbuilding * Drive onto Beautiful Samish Island, just North of Anacortes, Wa., to this custom Craftsman home with 25 feet of waterfront with adjacent road access. Park like setting. Two level exotic wood deck with views of Padilla Bay. Master with high ceilings, walk in closet, attached bath and solid Carerra marble surfaces. Bonus room upstairs. Extensive hardwoods, solid fir doors, walkin pantry, plenty of indoor storage, maple cabinets. For more information pls call:

Robert & Nancy Chaney, (for sale by owners)


9418 Marshall Rd, Bow, WA

1-(360)395-5525. EXCEPTIONAL LAKEVIEW Lots from $140,000. Nice trees. No time limit to build. Owner wants to retire. Will carry financing. Also: 1 spectacular 3 acre parcel $390,000. 1-250-558-7888 MISSION MULTI family 10 legal rental homes on 6.5 acres, with $92,000 net income. $1,099,000 604-838-8692


New Westminster


Recreation Property

CULTUS LAKE beautiful year round RV site grt location, low fees, all ament., $117,500. 1-604-795-9785 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Exclusive & Private Lake Shore Cottage, for all info: $329,000 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

QUEENS PARK Heritage Home, 5 bdrms + family room, updated bthrms, custom kitchen + eating area, lrg living & dining, wood flrs thru out, 2 fireplaces, full bsmt, new roof & eaves, newer paint, garage & carport, lane access, 44 x 137 lot. $948,000. 410 5th St. Martin 604-220-2129


Port Moody


Recreation Property


Out Of Town Property

REAL ESTATE Opportunities in USA - Commercial & Residential Retail building in Lynden WA $329,900; Profitable antique & gift business $95,000. 4 BR, 3 bath 3,524 Sq Ft home in Bellingham $350,000. Many other great buys. MacDonough Real Estate 360-733-3308

3/4 ACRE lot on Fraser River, 8 km outside Lillooet on highway 12. Beautiful view with 90 ft. of river frontage. Drilled well. Build your dream home or cottage. 3.5 hrs from Vancouver. $89,000. Mark Rawson, Re/Max Sea to Sky R.E. Lillooet. 250-256-1898.


Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast near ferry bright 1 BR, 1 bath w/shower, 30’ Trailer, 55+, 2 decks, shed, priv yd. Great getaway or live yr round. Pad rent incls: heat/elec/ 9 hole golf course, excerise rm, licensed clubhouse, w/d/shower facil. $9,500obo. 604-312-3025

3BDRM/2.5BTH 3875 Bedwell Bay Road, Waterfront Access, 1/4 dock share $999,000 Call: (604) 328-8127 email: BURNABY South; CORNER 8810sq ft lot 3 BR 1200sf home. $999,000. No agents. 604-439-7554





HOUSE ON 1/2 acre lot, rented, future developement, good investment. $695K 604-324-0655 WANTED We Buy Homes & Town Homes anywhere in the Lower Mainland. NO real estate commission. Please call 778-858-8825

1706 612 5th Ave. Incredible views! 1086 sf. 1.5 baths. 1 BR + den. $299,000. Brian Erhardt, Royal LePage Coronation West, 604-649-4382. N. WEST: 2 BR, Sunny west exp, inste W/D + 4 appls, F/P, sec prkg, locker. Rentals/Pets OK. Near skytrain/transit. $215,500. HIRA • Sutton• 604-318-9474

PRE OWNED, 2004 DW 24x44. Immaculate. Large windows, fridge, stove & security system. Asking $59,900.00. Brookswood Homes Ltd. 604 530-9566

7243 199 Street, Langley Beautiful 4 BR family home with legal bsmt ste, central location, $629,000. Sutton West Coast RUPE MANN 778 240-7914


Recreation Property



1 BDRM Condo in Chwk, 780sf, 55+ bldg, $88,000. (furnished) 604-219-8485 or 604-583-2510


Mobile Homes

− Great Location & Quiet − LANGLEY / BROOKSWOOD 2 BR single mobile, OWN lot, storage shed, 55 + Park. Pet OK. RV Parking. Maint fee $100/mo. $131,900. Agents ok. Open to Offer. By OWNER. 604-309-5974


★ WE BUY HOMES ★ Damaged Homes! Pretty Homes! Any Condition! No Fees! No Risk! Quick Cash! Convenient! Private! (604) 626-9647


New Westminster

Langley/ Aldergrove

673 Homes 62 businesses FSBO Sell your home, only $99. 604-574-5243 Sry Fleetwood immaculate 1785sf 3br 2.5ba tnhouse $419,900 507-8186 id5525 S. Surrey Open House, Sun 2-4, #215, 2239-152st. beautifully updated 976sf 2br 2ba +55 condo $208K 542-0233 id5527



OPEN HOUSE Sundays 1-3PM 9420 Woodbine St, Chilliwack 45+ Rancher in Quiet Gated Community, 2 BR, 2 f/bath, all appls, 1200sf, dble garage, maint free yard, strata fee $136mo. Walk to amens. $234,900. Motivated. 1 604 625-3498


Legal Services

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Gadry Consultation

North Vancouver 778-896-0619



Condos/ Townhouses

Desirable North Vancouver Paul: 604-789-4924

SAVE A LIFE. Wonderful rescue dogs from Foreclosed Upon Pets. Spay/neutered, regular vaccinations & rabies, microchipped. $449 adoption fee, avail at your local Petcetera stores.

ADAM LLOYD 604.526.2888 Re/Max Advantage Realty Buy or Sell with Me and Use My Truck for Free!




LIVE IN Caregiver req’d for children 7 & 14, if interested, Please call 604-241-2674.

Preschools/ Kindergarten

The Richmond News May 4, 2012 A29

6030 OPEN HOUSE Sun May 6th 1-4pm. 30 - 45752 Stevenson Rd Chwk, $438,500 55+ Gated Complex. 604-858-8608

Lots & Acreage

TEXAS USA BEST BUY! Take over 20 acres in scenic West Texas, $395 per acre, $99 per month. Call 1-800-875-6568

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Collectibles & Classics

2009 Dodge Calibur Hatchback (sports model). 31, 000 km. 4 Door, 4 Cylinders. Excellent Shape, easy on gas. Asking $10,500. For more details call Mike at 604-463-4831.

Steveston Village, Richmond


Heated outdoor swimming pool, sauna & gym, balconies, dishwasher, underground parking

1977 FORD F250 Super Cab, Camper Special, collector plates, 351 c.i. Cleveland motor, 86,500 orig mi, P.S., P.B., A.T., AM/FM radio, bench seat, matching canopy, shop manuals, extra parts, 2nd owner for 32 yrs, Asking $12,000 Rick @ 604-463-8059

RENTALS 778-803-1614 1 month FREE


Bach from $795 1 Bdrm from $900 2 Bdrm from $1085 3 Bdrm from $1320

Includes heat, hot water, D/W, Outdoor pool, gym & visual intercom. On a major bus route. Well maintained landscaped grounds.

RENTALS 778-732-0140 Family Friendly Complex Call for Details! 3 BR suites avail. Immediately. Outdoor pool, close to shopping, schools & transit. Heat & hot water inc. Small pets ok.

South False Creek, nr Monk McQueens, on seawall, 2 BR + den, 1100 sf, quiet, view, parks, gym, social rm, 2 prkg + visitors, storage, NS, April 1, $2500/mo + utils. Jason 604-928-4367 or 1-250-378-8286


Houses - Rent

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49’x171’lot, Exc investment. $888/M VANCOUVER - 1066 East 8th Ave

1br Mt. Pleasant Condo, Quiet, Cental Area, Solid Bldg...$788/M ABBOTSFORD - 2087 Lonsdale, Handy man special house, 3bd w/ 2bd Ste, Quiet Area...$1,388/M RICHMOND - 8031 Ryan Rd, 3br Condo, Quiet, Spacious Top Flr, Cental, Convenient Area...$888/M Call Kristen today (604)786-4663


1990 BENTLEY Mulsane 4 Dr Sedan, leather upholstery. Like New. ONLY 42,000 kms, $20,000 obo. Lgly. Ralph 778-988-2055

3 BR UPR house, large, 1.5 bath, quiet area, West Rich, NS/NP, avail June 1, 604-277-1746 #4 & Williams, new house, 2 br, incl utils, cbl, net, ldry, 2 prkg, ns, np, $1,050, quiet 604-313-1833 1 BR ste on main in new house, own laundry, nr bus/shops, $950. Nr Steveston & #4, 604-551-7007


1968 THUNDERBIRD 429 quadra jet, 2 dr cpe, reblt mtr, new brakes &lines & paint, $9,500 604-376-8363

2011 CADILLAC CTS (Luxury. Leather, Panaramic Sunroof, Mags, 10 to clear)....MSRP $45,645 Now $29,995 1-888-812-2511


2005 HUNTER 33 Sailboat, $95,900. Moored @ Point Roberts. Call Greg 778-686-5299

NEW CHEVROLET Silverado Crew Cabs (Auto, V8, Air, Onstar, well equiped, 200 Trucks to Clear)) MSRP $33,980 Now $21,995 - 1-888-812-2511

BOAT FOR SALE 17’ bowrider/ 144hp io/ready to go $5,000 Call: 604-703-0133 email:

2006 HYUNDAI TIBURON SE. 103K km. Leather, mint, sunroof, a/c, CD, alarm. 2.0 L, 4 cyl. No accid. $9600. 604-839-6253

1993 Toyota Hilux Surf SSR-X 3.0L RHD 99,645km Auto, Bluetooth Stereo, Rmt Strt, Recarro Seats. $8,500 (778) 863-8434 2003 JEEP Liberty Limited 6 Cylinder, 140,000km, service history, $5,950. 604-357-4707



1990 FORD 24’ Class C Glendale Royal Classic m/h, $8500. 88,000 org kms, well maint., Ph Art 604-858-5909 2007 PT CRUISER. Hot deal! Auto, low kms, very clean. Cream exterior, grey interior. A/C. Mag wheels. Spoiler. Aircared. Rear wiper. $6,395 obo. 778-242-2018

1995 FLEETWOOD Class A 28’ fully equipped, comfortable, reliable very gd cond 118,000km, $10,300 or may swap for smaller RV or vehicle similar value. 604-846-8125

2006 Mercedes-Benz ML500 4Matic, 149,500 kms. Excellent, loaded, Nav, DVD. $19,995 (604) 290-3975

ALEX’S TOWING FREE SCRAP CAR REMOVAL No Wheels, No Problem CASH for some complete cars OPEN 24 hrs includes holidays MIKE 604-872-0109


2002 Toyota Sequoia Automatic 305,000 kms 1 owner, top condition, all records, new Michelins. $13,900 email:


Sports & Imports




Services & Repairs

2007 BMW 525I, black, loaded, leather, sunroof, very clean, 122K, $24,900. 604-999-4097

2007 BMW 335 coupe 62km 1 ownr, mint cond, leather, auto, sunroof, Sports Package & Prem Package $32,900. 604-6167727

Motorcycles/ Dirt Bikes

2007 HONDA Shadow VT750C, 11,150 km, like new, many extras, $5900. obo 604-531-9373

2007 PIAGGIO scooter MP3-250, silver, practically new, less than 500 km, fuel injected engine, security lock, new battery, $4300. Call Don 604-987-9166

1994 PONTIAC Trans Am GT red with grey int., well maint., lady driven $4800. Serious inquires only. Ph 604-997-2583

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

2011 HYUNDAI ACCENT GL 4 dr, loaded. 25,500 km. $11,795. Exc cond. 1-604-793-5520 (5961)

KIA MAGENTIS 2008 lx V6 auto 200 hp - 20,300 km. Only $12,500. Chwk 604-847-3297 NEED CHEAP AUTOBODY ? 604-341-7738

Call KoolAir King

1995 BMW 328I Convertible, 88,000kms, leather int, new tires/ brakes, $7,999. 604 536-4293

1990 GMC Suburban. 4 WD, underdrive, blue, well kept. New Bluetooth. $6,000. 604-584-0324


1988 CHEV 20 work van, 3/4 ton, Aircared, original owner, good running order $2750 obo 604-986-2430 2002 WINDSTAR (Ford) 137 kms, good cond., $4300. 604-845-4766 after 4pm or all day wkends

2000 FORD Explorer 4x4, fully loaded, 150K, exc cond, white, air cared. $3,750. 604-218-8499 1996 MAZDA Precidia MX-3, std, 181K, exc cond, air cared. $1650 obo. (Richmond) 778-881-6478

2001 INFINITY QX4, 4 dr, 222,000 km, fully loaded, exc cond $8,900 Call 604-846-6648 2003 MAZDA Prote´ge´ 5, 5 spd, 140K km, new water pump, timing belt & front wheel bearings, sunroof, pwr windows, locks, cruise, nice cond. $7,700. 778-227-2010 2002 SANTA FE, 128K kms, 4 cyl, 5 spd, air, pw, exc cond $5300 obo 604-710-8053 2007 CHEVY LS, HD Quad cab. 130k, no acc, matching canopy, tow pkg, $18,000 604-798-2275

1996 10’ Slumber Queen camper, north south bed for ext cab, loaded. $6500. Ph 604-858-2617 1996 ITASCA Class A M/H 28ft, new awning, exc cond. 100,000 kms. $16,000 obo. 604-574-3141 1997 WILDERNESS 22ft, good cond, sleeps 5, fridge/freezer. $5,500 obo. Tony 604-464-1072

2004 PORSCHE CAYANNE S MODEL. Sacrifice $18,000, no accidents, local, fully serviced, comes w/car proof. 778-319-8192

2011 CHEVROLET Impala (Auto, air, Fully Loaded, V6, 30 to clear)....MSRP $29,690 Now $13,995 #4135 - 1-888-812-2511

2011 NISSAN Xterra 4wd (Auto, V6, Loaded, Mags, 10 Xterra to clear)...$25,995 #3895 1-888-812-2511

2005 AUDI S4. Quattro (AWD). 102,000 km. Blk leather. Incl 2 set of wheels & tires. 6 speed. Power everything! Exc cond. $19,500. Call/text Rick @ 778-847-2975.

2011 CHEVROLET Malibu (Auto,air, fully loaded, 80 to clear)....MSRP $26,200 Now $14,995 #4140 – 1-888-812-2511

2011 SUBARU Outback (Luxury Crossover, Auto, Loaded)...$26,988 #3626 1-888-812-2511

2008 CORVETTE Convertible (26,000km’s) (leather, All Optins, Chrome Mags) $37,995 #3345 1-888-812-2511

1998 NOMAD 5th Wheel 25 ft. 1 slide; Standup/walk around Bdrm $12,000 604-796-2866 2000 FORD Travelaire Mtrhome Superduty, 25ft, 125,000kms, exc cond, $16,000obo. 604-531-2109

Vans 2001 26.6 Frontier Plainsmen with slide ’00 FORD 350 V10, 133 kms. Grt cond. $24,000 both. 604-824-2362 2002 WINNEBAGO Sova, fiberglass roof, 51,400 kms, kitchen slide, awning, tow bar incl, 4K gen, $42,000. 604-943-2583 2004 PLEASUREWAY Plateau M/H, Mercedes Benz diesel, Mi. 61,588K, Immac cond & loaded. Ph Peter 1-604-357-3918

1995 SUBARU Legacy wagon good run cond 242,000 k, s/roof, $2600. 604-985-8495 eves pls.

2009 DODGE p/u 150 hemi SLT, loaded, matching canopy, rhino lined, show room cond. 8,000 org km ’s, $25,000. 1-604-613-3727 1-604-796-9060

2009 YAMAHA VINO 125 cc scooter, 2,300 km, exc condition, $1,950 pls call 604-241-5775

1995 SEA Breeze 31 (Class A) Fully equipped, exc. cond., tow car avail $22,500 obo 604-746-5898'

1992 SAAB 9000, 4 cyl, auto, loaded, runs great, affordable luxry, $2400, obo, 604-984-4490



2008 HONDA Civic, 4 dr, silver, auto, 60,000kms, excl cond, fully loaded, $11,500. 604 518-3166

2003 MERCEDES CLK 320, 105k, 2nd owner, no acc. mint, local, $14,250. 604-626-8009

Avoid Costly repairs, let us tune up your original a/c system. Save lots of $$$ Guaranteed Results! 2005 ASTON Martin DB9. 'James Bond style car!' Silver metallic. 23,000 km. 6.0, V12, 450 hp. New tires. 1 owner. You deserve the best! $87,980. 604-781-7614.

2007 TOYOTA Yaris, 4 door hatchback, 78K, automatic. Well maintained, reliable and excellent on gas. Brand new tires, A/C, power locks and windows. $10,500. Call 778-239-7112

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash paid for full sized vehicles. 604-518-3673

Is your Vehicle A/C Not Working?

2006 LINCOLN LS, 1 owner 26,000K, garage kept, immac, loaded, dark wine colour ext, blk leather int, $18,500 + HST. Call 604 584-4704 or 778 228-2721

2008 CADILLAC Escalade EXT $39,888. (604) 626-4548 #30576

#1 FREE Scrap Vehicle Removal Ask about $500 Credit!!! $$ PAID for Some 604.683.2200



2007 CADILLAC Escalade 4wd (Luxury, Leather, Sunroof, Mags)...$32,995 #3339 1-888-812-2511


604-790-3900 OUR SERVIC

2008 BMW 335 i Coupe 19,500 kms, sport pckg, 19" bmw rims $34,900 (778) 772-4359

1997 TOYOTA Camry LE. 4 drs, 4 cyl, auto, a/c. Well maintained. Aircared. $3700. 604-936-1270



1997 Chevy 4x4 1500. 4.3liter vortec v6, sound system, tinted windows.$2400. 604-807-4203


1981 LINCOLN Town car, signature series, stock, collector plates, $5000 obo 604-792-6367

1995 FORD Mustang convertible, new top, Aircared, V6, auto, good cond $3200. 604-984-7574

Sports & Imports

Scrap Car Removal


MIKE: 1995 FERRARI F355 GTB. Meticulously cared for. Canadian car. Recent full engine out service, new clutch and release bearing, Tubi exhaust, Hyperflow cats, wheel spacers. Drives and looks perfect! A must see! $54,900. Call 778-834-6069

2001 CORVETTE Z06 black on black, absolute mint cond, 55k. Must sell! $32,000. 604-574-7629

1992 CADILLAC Deville, navy blue, alarm, michelin tires, good cond. $1850. 604-732-6991



1999 BENTLEY Arnage Stunning sapphire on cream interior. Quick 4.4L twin turbo. Non smoker, No accidents. Mint. Looks new! $54,900. Call 604-889-2525



Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks


1997 PORSCHE 911 C2S Wide body. Silver on black. Last of the air cooled, hand built 911’s. Tiptronic. Mint cond. Many extras! 117K km. $36,999. 604-630-2500


2010 KAWASAKI Vulcan 900 custom, 5200km, mint, extras, wrty. $7000, 604 556-8862


No Wheels, No Problem

Sweet Suite, Ladner Bright 1BR glvl, priv ent, fp, $750 incl utils/cbl, f/bath, shared w/d, nr bus, avail May 15th, ns/np, 604-786-7535

Collectibles & Classics

Motorcycles/ Dirt Bikes


1998 MUSTANG SVT Cobra Convertible, 35,350 orig km, very detailed history, pristine show quality, $17,900 obo. 604-531-9373

2 BDRM ste, avail NOW, nr #4 & Williams, ns/np, refs $850 incl utils 604-275-2909 604-839-2958 3 BR ste, upper flr of house, $1100 + 60% utils, w/d included, 5271 Williams Rd, nr amen, ns np, avail now 604-710-9448


Luxury Cars

1987 ROLLS Royce S. Spirit Beautiful cond. 96k, all records, local Carter car, 24yrs one owner. $26,500 obo 604-644-6061.

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BDRM G/L, incl utils, heat, laundry, cable, n/s, n/p, Nr Cambie/#5, $800. call 604-273-0972 3094 Westwood St, Port Coq 604 945-4999. 2925 Murray St, Port Moody 604 461-7995.


(604) 448-0842 RMD 2 BR condo, top flr, 5 appls, storage, u/g prkg, pool, nr elem. school, Rmd Centre & Canada Line, ns np, July 1, $1235 incl heat/hw 604-304-9252 eves, msg


1969 FORD Falcon Futura 302 auto, fully restored, immac paint & body, numerous high performance options. $13,500. Photos at Call 604-307-0201

11675 7th Ave.

Bach from $880 1 bdrm from $945 1 bdrm & den from $1020 2 bdrm from $1155


2005 CHRYSLER Town & Country Touring, fully loaded, pwr side door/taildoor, store & go seats. $6,500 obo. 604-710-9030 2010 CHEVROLET Express 2500 Cargo (Auto, air, 15 Cargo Vans to Clear)...$21,995 #3330 1-888-812-2511 2010 DODGE Grand Caravan (Fully Loaded, Media Centre with Stow’n Go, 40 Grand caravans to Clear)...$15,995 #3530 1-888-812-2511

2009 Chevrolet Uplander Automatic 86,000 kms Priced to sell!! Burgundy LS ,7 pass, two sets of tires, Rear DVD , well maintained and mostly Hwy kms $9,900 Call: (604) 614-0762

CHEVY UPLANDER 2005. V-6, auto, 7 pass., grey, A/C, power locks & windows, cruise, tilt, 93K km. Runs very well. $6,400. 604-241-2530 or 604-375-2570



12FT ALUMINUM HARBOURCRAFT BOAT, no leaks, good shape, $750. 604-584-1846

2006 26FT Grand Surveyor queen bed, a/c, etc. Light weight. $11,900 obo. 604 596-7060

2008 SPORTSMEN 28’ 5th wheel, all equip’d, spotless. Reduced $19,900. 604-230-2728

2002 GMC Adventurer. Great camping with snowbird option! 106,000 kms Excellent 20’ motorhome. Sleeps 4, with oven, microwave, fridge & new stereo system. Low km, little used. $20,000. (604) 833-4537

ROAD RANGER 5TH WHEEL 24 FT. Rear bath, queen bed, new tires. New cond. $11,950. Call: (604) 325-7871 or email:

VW Westfalia - 1990 One owner. 180,000 kms. Nice shape. $12,000. Call: (604) 341-6574

The Richmond News May 4, 2012 A31

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HOT WATER TANKS Installed from $735


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• Tree/Snow Removal Service • Dangerous Tree Removal • Hedge Trimming • Pruning • Land Clearing • Soil

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Patio Covers

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EZ CLEANING. Bonded/insured. $20/hour. Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby/N. West. 604-505-0108 LIDIA’S EUROPEAN Cleaning. Res/Com. Specializing in detail cleaning. Bonded. 604-541-9255



*Patios, Pool Decks, *Sidewalks Driveways *Forming *Finishing * Re & Re All Your Concrete Needs

30 yr exp. Quality workmanship Fully insured

Danny 604.307.7722 Concrete Specialist, Driveways, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 604.254.5551




Reliable Work ★ Res & Comm

Mike 604-789-5268





#1 A-CERTIFIED Lic. Electrician. New or old wiring. Reasonable rates. Lic #11967. 604-879-9394 YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guar’d. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

EXCAVATING & BOBCAT SERVICES • Garage Teardowns • Demolition • Driveway Widening • Concrete & Asphalt Removal • Landscape Removal • Yard Leveling & Clean Up • Digging & Trenching • Dirt Removal • Retaining Wall • 10-40 Yard Disposal Bins



Able Boys Landscaping Ltd. bobcat, turf, cedar fence, paving stones, ashphalt 604-377-3107 Greenworx Redevelopment Inc. Hedges, Pavers, Ponds & Walls, Returfing, Demos, Drainage, Jackhammering. Old Pools Filled in, irrigation. 604.782.4322


Lawn & Garden


Moving & Storage


Flooring/ Refinishing



one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865

BROTHERS MOVING & Delivery Local & Long Distance 604-720-0931 Best rates.

WEE HAUL Moving/Rubbish Removal Low Rates. 778-968-3001

Painting/ Wallpaper

Century Hardwood Floors 604-376-7224

HARDWOOD Refinishing plenty of experience,flexible pricing! Peter:(604) 329-4498


Scheduled Lawn Cutting & Complete Landscape Maintenance. Spring Aeration Special! Fully Insured • Seniors Discount

778- 869-6901

B. DHALIWAL GARDENING & LANDSCAPING LTD Lawn maintenance, general cleanup, power raking, moss control, aerating. Complete lawn/ garden serv. Bill 604-317-9961



HEDGES AND SHRUBS CUT Lawns cut (604) 274-9656 $

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


Ny Ton Gardening yard & lawn maint. trimming, shrubs, hedging, power raking etc. 604-782-5288

★ QUAYSIDE PAINTING ★ 3 rooms $250.00 (604) 727-0043

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Commercial/Residential Interior/Exterior Powerwashing Quality Workmanship Free Estimates

Call Tony 604 562-1241


Paving/Seal Coating

ALLEN ASPHALT concrete, brick, drains, foundations, walls, membranes 604-618-2304/ 820-2187




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Painting Contractor Residential / Commercial

• New Construction • Re-paint Interior / Exterior We Provide the High-End Quality! WCB Insured • Free Estimates Call Henry


LAWNS MOWED, gardening, yard clean-up, power raking, aerating, hedges, gutters, rubbish. Seniors’ discount! 604-773-0075

Painting/ Wallpaper

Interior & Exterior ★ UNBEATABLE PRICES ★ Free Est. / Written Guarantee


Tree Topping, Clean-Up, Planting, Trimming, Power Raking, Aeration, etc. • Westside & Eastside


Res - Com Professional Service FLAT RATE 7 DAYS/WK

Interior/Exterior Specialist

Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

NO HST! til MAY 31


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

Quality Work You Can Trust!

Hardwood Floor Refinishing


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


Factory Direct Cedar Fence Panel for Sale & Installation 8291 No.5 Rd Richmond Call 604-275-3158


Experienced Movers ~ 2 Men $55 ~


(max. 400)




EUROPEAN DETAILED Service cleaning. Sophia 604-805-3376




Plumbing, Heating, Plugged drains. Ironman Plumbing 604-510-2155

PLUMBING & HEATING Shore Plumbing. Licensed, insured and bonded. 604-318-6529


Renovations & Home Improvement


• Complete Renovations • Plumbing • Electrical • Master Carpenter • Painting • Wallpapering • Kitchen/Bathroom designer & installer • Floors • Ceramic • Tiles • Drywall

★ BATHROOM SPECIALIST★ Tiles, tub, vanity, plumbing, paint framing. From start to finish. Over 20 yrs exp. Peter 604-715-0030 D & M RENOVATIONS, Flooring, tiling, finishing. Fully Insured. Top quality, quick work 604-724-3832

Serving Richmond since 1988

A1 CONTRACTING. Bsmt, bath, kitchen cabinets, tiling, painting & decks. Dhillon, 604-782-1936 ALLQUEST PAINTING Quality Work You Can Trust! 778 997-9582



JJ ROOFING, Repair specialist, Reroof, New Roof. Seniors disc. WCB, BBB, fully insured. 604-726-6345 Samra Bros. Roofing Ltd. 40 yrs+ Cedar / Fiberglass / Torch On Free Estimates. 604-946-4333

FAIRWAY PAINTING 604 729-1234 Moon Const Building Services. Specialize in Concrete, Forming & Framing. Call Patrick 218-3064


SAVE on ROOFING Ltd Reroofing / Repair / New Roof Fully Ins. WCB. 10% disc, Work Gtd, Free Est. 778-319-5001




NO HST! til MAY 31

(max. $400)

• Roofing & Roof Repairs • Duroid, Cedar, Torch-on • Moss Control, Removal & Prevention • Gutter Installation, Cleaning & Repairs

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A Eastcan Roofing & Siding Ltd Re-Roof, Repair. Ins. WCB. BBB. 604-562-0957 or 604-961-0324 A Eastwest Roofing & Siding Re-roofing, Gutter, Free Est, BBB Member, 10% disc, Seniors Disc, 604-812-9721, 604-783-6437

$35/HOUR PER PERSON • 24/7 Abe Moving & Delivery and Rubbish Removal. 604-999-6020 DISPOSAL BINS: All bins are $199 + dump fees. 604-306-8599

A32 May 4, 2012 The Richmond News

Spring into Summer with Richport Ford Lincoln

Get a BBQ or Patio Set with EVERY vehicle purchase in May!

Great Deals from a Winning President's Award Dealer!


Payments based on 72mths

Bi-weekly payment $101


2004 FORD MUSTANG V6 CONV Black Leather, Alloys, Power, Buckets 44,015 Kms Stk# C182071




Black Leather, Moonroof, Nav, Heated Seats 111,412 Kms Stk# C807497

Payments based on 60mths

Bi-weekly payment $154

Black Cloth, Power, Roof, Alloys 62,266 Kms Stk# C002584

Bi-weekly payment $145

Black Cloth, Auto, A/C, SYNC, Heated Seats 82,347 Kms Stk# C271408

Payments based on 60mths

Bi-weekly payment $99



2007 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER Auto, CD, Power, Alloys 55,585 Kms Stk# C556324

Payments based on 60mths

Bi-weekly payment $99

Cloth, A/C, Power, Alloy, Roof 99,094 Kms Stk# C127167



2008 HONDA CIVIC LX COUPE Black Cloth, Power, A/C, Cruise 33,567 Kms Stk# C004415

Payments based on 60mths

Bi-weekly payment $145

2010 FORD FUSION SEL Alloys, A/C, Power, SYNC 58,040 Kms Stk# C385106

Payments based on 72mths

Bi-weekly payment $140



2004 HONDA CIVIC COUPE Black Cloth, Auto, A/C, Power, CD 92,793 Kms Stk# C811253





Payments based on 60mths




2006 PONTIAC PURSUIT SE Auto, Power, A/C, Spoiler, Fog 82,230 Kms Stk# C802855

Payments based on 36mths

Bi-weekly payment $114


2005 HONDA ACCORD EX-L Black Leather, Roof, Heated Seats 107,055 Kms Stk# C803041

Payments based on 36mths

Bi-weekly payment $269


All payments based on 6.49% with $0 down, except #C802855 & C803041 which are at 14% with $0 down. Prices do not include taxes and Documentation Fee.


604-273-7331 DL# 10904

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Richmond News May 4 2012  

Richmond News May 4 2012

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