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A Richmond-based travel firm has closed its doors leaving customers in the lurch and thousands of dollars out of pocket. With no warning, Alameda Travels Ltd. shut up shop Monday morning at its office in Admiralty Centre on McKim Way, just southwest of the Cambie and Garden City roads intersection. Lights were on in the office, files were scattered across tables, but the blinds were closed and no one was inside or answering the door Tuesday. At least nine worried customers have already alerted Consumer Protection BC about the sudden closure. The consumer watchdog, which is responsible for enforcing consumer law and issues travel firm licences, said it received a call from Alameda Monday morning to say it was “ceasing operations immediately.” Consumer Protection BC’s vice president of corporate relations, Manjit Bains, said she doesn’t yet know why the firm folded and how many customers are affected. “We have a compliance inspector working on it right now and hopefully we will find out what happened,” said Bains, who added that Alameda has held a licence for many years. “Some customers have contacted us to say they’ve booked travel with Alameda. It’s too early to tell how many people are out there, but I suspect there could be many more to come. “We need to make sure consumers are aware of this as quickly as possible.” If you have booked travel services through Alameda, Bains said you will need to fill out a travel assurance claim form as soon as possible. “People should contact the airline or whatever service they’ve paid for to make

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Is it stigma, is it location or is it a communication problem? Whatever the root cause, Richmond Addiction Services (RAS) is having serious trouble reaching out to the city’s Punjabi community. For the second year in a row, RAS has organized a “Punjabi Education Series,” free drop-ins to help addicts and their families deal with substance abuse and gambling problems. And for the second year in a row, not one person has darkened RAS’s door for the six-date event. RAS is at a loss to explain the apparent dearth of interest in the Punjabi language led program. They know there are people suffering — addicts and their families — out there in the Punjabi community. But, for some reason, the same people who seek help in local hospitals and who tell tales of woe at other RAS events are not coming forward. Tonight (Wednesday, April 24) is the third in the six-part series of drop-ins and RAS is keeping its fingers crossed the trend will reverse. “If you look at the amount of people from this demographic who are going to the hospital to be treated for addictions, then you know there are people in the

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Deshpal Grewal is a practicum counseling student for RAS and can’t account for the lack of turnout for his Punjabi educational series. Punjabi community here who need help,” said Deshpal Grewal, the practicum counseling student for RAS, who’s leading the drop-ins. “During National Addiction Awareness Week, we held talks at

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and at the Cambie Community Centre, but nothing has worked so far.” Grewal suggests the program title “education series” may be putting people off, adding that addicts and their families need hands-on help. However, RAS’ executive director, Rick Dubras, believes a combination of factors may have conspired to discourage the Punjabi community from engaging in the program. “I think the stigma of addiction in the community Scan page to most likely has view website something to do with it, but I think we also have to do a better job of reaching out to them,” explained Dubras. “Our poster advertising the series didn’t emphasize that this event was in Punjabi, so maybe that is a factor? “It’s really difficult to tell sometimes and we have been successful in the past with the Punjabi community when we’ve brought in some bigger names.” Balwant Sanghera, a director at Richmond Multicultural Community Services, was in no doubt stigma attached to asking for help for reasons such as addictions is playing a major role in the lack of attendance. “The Indo-Canadian community is very well connected and see Reasons page 4

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manufacturer, and then committing to buying 23 systems outright, I got BOTH the furnace AND the heat pump at a price that would have made Sam Walton proud. This means when you buy one of these 23 new, premiumquality heat pumps I will “give” you the furnace and ask you to pay only the $1181 in labor it costs to install your furnace. Pick up your phone right now Simply call me at 946-1000 at anytime so I can come out and measure your home (to see if I’ve got the proper size unit). Remember ... I’ve got only 23 matched systems in 3 sizes so you’ll want to let me know VERY SOON that you’re interested. When these 23 systems are gone, they’re gone, and this offer is null and void. Call me right now so we can get the ball rolling! As part of the deal, I’ll show you how much the heat pump costs ... how much the furnace WOULD have cost ... and your savings when you buy your new heat pump and furnace as part of this special offer. The price I show you will include all installation materials and labor. There’s no fine print, nothing left out. Earlier I said that making you this amazing offer is also good business for me The way I look at it, by letting YOU win big now, I’ll win at the end of the year. And I won’t have to “make up” for the lost sales during my slowest months. I figure if I make you an absolutely irresistible offer .. if your furnace is pushing 8 years or more ... and if I barely mark up the price I paid, I’ll accomplish 2 major objectives that will allow me to reduce my losses the rest of the year. I’ll be able to ... • Pay my overhead (rent, utilities, insurance and taxes) during the slow period • Keep my service & installation technicians busy enough to pay them to work instead of sit at home. As you can see, when you take me up on my “Hottest AND Coolest Deal of the Century,” EVERYONE IS A WINNER! And by the way, there’s no obligation when you have me come out to measure your house and explain the installation If you decide you don’t want to take advantage of this incredible deal (although I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to save this kind of money), it’s no problem. You’re not obligated in any way. In fact, just for taking time to read this letter and having me out to survey your house ... I’ll give you a

Very Special Free Gift Coupon ($50 value). Why? Even if we don’t do business together now, I want you to remember us in the future. If you’re thinking a new furnace (& heat pump) isn’t in your budget - don’t worry! You don’t have to pay me right now Because I’ve tried to think of every reason possible why you WOULDN’T take me up on this spectacular offer, I’ve even made arrangements for a super bank rate financing plan. And I’m not “marking up” the interest rate like so many other companies do. While I can’t promise you this, it’s possible that with this financing plan your monthly investments in a new system could be more than paid for by the savings you see on your monthly utility bills. My Disappointment-Proof Guarantee Talking about lower utility bills, I’m so sure you’ll see at least a 25% cut in your heating and cooling bills (in reality, it may be more like 35%+), if you don’t I’ll pay you twice the difference for 2 years. Not only are you getting a new, firstquality furnace virtually free, plus a firstquality heat pump at a great price, I guarantee you’ll lower your heating and cooling bills by at least 25% or I’ll pay you double your savings for 2 years. (This alone should convince you that these systems are some of the very best quality and most efficient available). But you’ve got to act fast ... call me at 9461000 right now! This offer ends April 30th no matter what Don’t wait to call me. Here’s why. I have only 8 of each of the 3 sizes. When all of the air conditioners are sold and all the furnaces “given away” in a certain size, the “Hottest AND Coolest Deal of the Century” is over. And if I still have any of the 23 systems left on April 30th, this offer still ends. The reason is that my business only slows down for a short time. Since these furnaces cost me so little, if I’ve got any left, I’ll sell them next winter at last year’s prices and still come out ahead. So call me right now at 946-1000 Thanking you in advance, Scott Campbell Owner P.S. Remember, there’s no obligation and even if you change your mind once I measure your house and give you the estimate - you still get that Free Gift Coupon worth $50.

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Richmond Fire-Rescue (RFR) is warning of the dangers of vacant homes after 18 firefighters from six fire trucks battled a blaze last week. The crews were called out last Thursday at 4 a.m. to a house fire in a vacant home on No. 4 Road. It took them around 40 minutes to put out the fire. Now RFR is asking homeowners to take extra precautions if they intend to leave their property unattended for a lengthy period of time. “It is important for property owners to be diligent in their efforts to secure their vacant homes to eliminate the possibility of a dwelling fire or illegal activities occurring,” said deputy chief Kim Howell. “Securing your vacant properties helps to keep the community safe and reduces the risk for emergency responders.” Owners of vacant property can avoid potential hazards by following a few easy steps, according to RFR. ! Remove combustibles from inside and outside of the building, lock all windows and doors and board them up snugly with plywood and erect fencing panels around the perimeter of the property. ! Fencing panels should be a minimum height of two metres (six feet) and sustain security by cutting off access to the building. ! RFR suggests that if you see a property that seems to be vacant, unattended or in some way derelict, contact the non-emergency number to advise of the situation. The phone numbers are Richmond Fire-Rescue 604-278-5131, RCMP 604-278-1212, City of Richmond bylaw 604-2048631 or go to the City of Richmond website for more information on abandoned/vacant properties.

Oval to host first martial arts games The Richmond Olympic Oval will be home to the first TAFISA World Martial Arts Games next September. In partnership with TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All), the games will be the first of their kind, encompassing a martial arts festival that combines interactive demonstrations and competitive events. The event plans to showcase the talents of athletes around the world.

“This is truly a historic beginning to an idea that came to life more than three years ago,” said Ken Marchtaler, newly appointed TAFISA martial arts commissioner. “I look forward to being part of the committee that brings the 2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts Games to life.” The full details of the event will be released shortly. For more information about TAFISA, visit www.tafisa. net.

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nother April 20, another 4/20 rally in which recreational pot enthusiasts gather en masse, light up their doobies in defiance of the man, and let the world know they think marijuana should be legal, or at least decriminalized. It may seem like a juvenile act of insubordination, but the 4/20 rallies have evolved from smoky, alternative gatherings into an establishment-based pro-marijuana legalization campaign. The movement to reform the country’s ridiculous pot laws now wears a suit or lab coat, not a Bob Marley T-shirt. It has become tedious making the intellectual argument year after year that on a legal, public health and safety level our existing laws make no sense. But Stop the Violence B.C., the group of like-minded doctors, academics and law enforcement professionals pushing to legalize the drug, continue to add high-profile names to the list of converts willing to go public with their arguments. According to recent polls released by STVBC, the vast majority of British Columbians are on-side with a legalization and taxation model for marijuana policy. The rest of Canada is not far behind either. We’ve seen a trend of politicians “coming out” as prolegalization only after they’re out of office, or supporting it in name only when they are trying to get elected. It’s the ones in power now who need to look at the overwhelming evidence that it’s time for reform. So, go ahead and have the rallies, they look like fun. But if the war is to be won any time soon, it’s going to also happen in the halls of power — and they don’t let you smoke in there.

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Go back to basics, city The Editor, Unless funds are privately donated, wishlist mega-projects such as Richmond’s proposed $59-million museum must materialize from general revenue, i.e., the pot supported by Richmond’s tax-paying residents and businesses. I’d prefer that city councillors and staff use my family’s hardearned tax dollars to: Fill in all remaining open ditches — they inevitably attract rodents; plant all residential streets with trees to provide beauty and shade; ensure well-placed benches in all parks — the elderly deserve a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the morning sun or a cool afternoon rest. Widen and level all sidewalks to invite walking and more easily facilitate shopping trolleys, walkers, wheelchairs and motorized scooters, not to mention baby strollers and tricycles; install fun, challenging, and universally accessible equipment in every playground; prioritize properly separated bicycle paths on all major streets, and traffic-calming circles at all neighbourhood intersections. This particular wishlist is inspired by my own bare-bones Richmond neighbourhood, and I’m sure we’re not the only neglected pocket in the city. Yes, museums are important and documenting history for future generations vitally so. But please take care of basics first. Ruth Alsemgeest Richmond

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It didn’t take long in the election campaign for both of our major political parties to prove they are both capable of making foolish mistakes and policies, and that neither has a monopoly on good sense. The NDP, for example, trumpeted it would freeze fares on the B.C. Ferry routes for two years while it conducts an audit of the company. That no doubt is good news for ferry users, but it is hardly the basis of a sound public policy. There have been independent reviews of the B.C. Ferry system in the recent past, and they’ve all made things pretty clear: the systemic problems with B.C. Ferries are steadily rising fuel costs, entrenched labour costs and money losing routes. Another audit may conceivably come up with evidence that supports actually raising some fares, while cutting others. The point is, if they are going to further study the problem, why would the NDP arrive at a solution before knowing the study’s outcome? Freezing ferry fares simply puts off the day of reckoning for some tough decisions to be made by government. Freezes of such public services are simply political stunts and are not sustainable over time. They are implemented purely to curry favour with the public, and the timing of this one is crassly political. The NDP also found

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itself trying to square a poorly worded fundraising letter to businesses with its promise to ban corporate and union donations to political parties. The letter was written in January, but presumably at that time the party must have had at least a notion it may be banning business donations, so why it was even written in the first place is bizarre. And bizarre is the term to attach to Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals’ sudden manic insistence that somehow the entire provincial debt will be paid off before too long. Her fantasy daydreaming of “trillions” of dollars flowing B.C.’s way because of liquefied natural gas exports seems silly at best. In fact, Clark may be the first incumbent leader ever to wage an election campaign based on something that may or may not happen until after the NEXT election or even the one after that. But back to this debt thing. Not only is her musing about eliminating the debt coming extremely late in the game (since she became premier, the debt has ballooned from $45 billion to a forecasted $70

billion two years from now) but her government’s own fiscal plan forecasts the debt to keep rising. By clinging to this unbelievable scheme, she risks further straining her credibility with the voters. It will be interesting to see if this is all she talks about between now and voting day. It certainly appears this may be the case. The B.C. Liberals seem to have no more policies to unveil, and Clark may simply continue to tour various industrial sites (to leave the impression she’s all about the economy and jobs and nothing else). In any event, after week one, I fail to see much evidence that the public is fully engaged in what the politicians are doing, so any gaffes or wrongheaded schemes are more easily overcome. But it’s what happens nearer the end of the campaign that may matter most. If those foolish mistakes occur in that time period, the consequences may prove to be more serious. In fact, I suspect the campaign won’t really get going until the televised leaders’ debate (set for Monday, April 29). While the so-called “knockout punch” rarely happens in such events, it may cause the public to be more focused on what the politicians are saying. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC.


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Daycare more than business The Editor, Re: “Little Pilots’ wings clipped,” News, April 12. I am writing regarding the closure of YMCA Little Pilots’ childcare center. I worked at Little Pilots for 20 years and agree that it is not “just a business.” I worked in an office environment for 10 years and, believe me, it was far more fulfilling working with families and children. I will consider the time I spent there as some of the best of my life. The relationship the program had with the school and community was truly unique and, as Lisa said it, did improve the quality of many lives. The closure of Little Pilots is sad and

unfortunate, but I know for a fact that the YMCA tried to increase enrollment, to no avail. It is my understanding that the YMCA is doing its best to assist families in finding alternate care, where possible. The YMCA has core values: respect, responsibility, caring and honesty. These values are solid and affected me and the way I worked, taught and live. I am proud to have been a part of this special little corner of the world and wish everyone who is and was a part of it a wonderful future. Carole Epp Richmond

Enviable farmland is slipping away The Editor, Richmond is facing an important problem: the continuous loss of our remaining farmland. This will affect our community in the present and in years to come. It should be dealt with now while there is time. Our municipal leaders seem to be unaware of the seriousness of the situation. Is the British Columbia Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) blind to the fact that inappropriate fill is being dumped on good arable soil in the B.C. Agricultural Land Reserve? Or is it unwilling to protect farmland contrary to its mandate? Would it be for the lack of proper funding? Really? Does the City of Richmond not have a say on these matters? The courageous farmers who drove their tractors to city hall recently, and also to the office of our premier, Christy Clark, need our full support. They expressed deep concern as to the dumping of demolition and excavation material on productive farmland, which, in the process, is ruined forever. It is irreversible. A good farmer is one who follows good farming practices and leaves his land in a better condition than when he took it.

Would a bona fide farmer ever build a 30-foot wide access road in the middle of his field using 12” to 18” broken pieces of concrete? I read recently that an officer of the ALC and a Richmond MLA said that this is okay and widely done in British Columbia. This is simply not true. Wrong: there are plenty of existing municipal bylaws and provincial regulations forbidding such actions. Why are they not enforced? Why? As a resident of Richmond since 1955, I have seen a rural community develop over time into a beautiful green city close to nature. In so doing, Richmond has often been recognized as a “model community” enjoyed by the great majority of us, Richmondites. However, this very enviable status seems to be slowly slipping away. A plethora of new buildings are sprouting all around us. They require good control and inspection to ensure that everything is done right. In the same manner, our remaining farmland deserves the same degree of attention and control. John Massot Richmond

LINGYEN MOUNTAIN TEMPLE OPEN HOUSE Please join us at a public open house to receive information about the Lingyen Mountain Temple’s potential expansion. The purpose of the Open House is to share information on the public consultation process to date and gather additional community input before the Temple works on a revised proposal. Since your feedback will help inform these new plans, there will be no concepts shown at this Open House. We appreciate the community’s participation in the previous proposals and look forward to meeting with you again.

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With immensely popular shows like American Idol and The Voice giving hopefuls the chance at stardom, the International Summer Night Market is looking to give people a similar opportunity, albeit on a slightly smaller scale. The first, and aiming to be annual, Summer Night Idol will take place at this year’s Summer Night Market giving singers of all ages a chance to let their voices be heard. The idea came from Robb Hardnette, the founder of the StreetBeat Entertainment Society, a group that encourages diversity, self-esteem and an awareness of social issues through the arts and entertainment. “I had talked with the owner, Paul Cheung, and we did a performance last year at the summer market and he came up and said, ‘Wow that was fantastic, we’d like to have you again next year and maybe be more a part of it,’” said Hardnette. “I had seen some of the idol show that they had and I said here’s an area where StreetBeat itself could really support and give more organization to it, because I think the idea itself is a fabulous idea to showcase talent here in B.C.” The night market had been doing a small idol type of event for the last couple of years, but it was always more of an impromptu thing, with people just

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Immigrants should prepare for career setbacks Immigrants’ expectations I’ve had occasion to think have certainly changed over a lot about job prospects for the years. immigrants lately. I remember reading 10 First because CIC has set years or so ago about how the stage for the re-opening we would all need to become of the Foreign Skilled Worker our own “brands” — bundles category by publishing its of transferrable skills — and new list of occupations under IMMIGRATION that everyone would be which they can apply — did able to fit seamlessly into you know that Canada is apparently facing a critical shortage of finan- standardized roles wherever they find themselves, as interchangeable cogs in global cial and investment analysts? I was at a talk at UBC last week about the enterprises. But those neo-liberal assumptions (or is unexpected career paths of Chinese profesit neo-conservative — I always have trouble sional women after they’d immigrated to telling them apart) fail to take our inability Canada. to transcend our human limitations into The gist of it was that almost none of the account. women were able to find a position similar Immigrants used to expect to have to reinto the one she’d left in China and most had vent themselves as an inevitable consequence experienced a career downgrade, from proof starting a new life in a new country. fessional to less skilled work. Completely uprooting ourselves to move Finally, there was a recent Province to another place with a different language, article about a 25-year-old refugee from culture and environment is the more proPakistan who was disappointed to find foundly unsettling change we can experihimself working at a fast food restaurant in ence. Canada because he had been teaching IT Everything we take for granted, right courses in his homeland.

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down to buying milk at the corner store — if they sell milk, is done differently. Anyone who thinks they can leave their home in China or Pakistan or even Australia or the U.S. and “hit the ground running” in a new country is delusional. We might get over the acute stage of culture shock in several months, but the aftershocks last for years, often hardening into attitudes and rationalizations we’re not even aware of. And that’s only what’s going on inside our heads, without even touching on how our new environment reacts to us. At the UBC talk, I learned that the women in the study (and, by extension, immigrant professionals in general) were unable to seamlessly resume the careers they’d trained for because of the “systemic devaluation of their foreign credentials” and the requirement to be recertified in Canada — which was too difficult, apparently. I don’t believe that credentials should be automatically devalued just because they’re foreign, but there are public policy and public safety issues at play as well. It’s why we certify certain professions

in the first place. Is it really discriminatory to ask that a foreign-trained civil engineer demonstrate knowledge of Canadian building codes, materials, and constructions techniques? Or that foreign-trained doctors and nurses demonstrate that their training is up to Canadian standards? I don’t think it is, even if that throws a monkey wrench into immigrants’ career plans. I’m invested in immigration to Canada, for obvious reasons, but I never let clients convince themselves that coming to Canada is not going to profoundly change every aspect of their lives. To do otherwise would be incredibly irresponsible. And as for the ubiquitous stories of immigrants with PhDs reduced to driving taxis in Canada... I have a PhD. We’re a dime a dozen. Get over it. 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 BUILDING

Community Building Series — Richmond

Kwantlen Polytechnic University By Michelle Hopkins

mb a†Œ‡}{|‹ ”ƒw{ {‰‰Šxw ” h†‹Š x”|ˆŠ {‰ ”xvw™ wŒ†Š|ŒŠ™ “uw†|Šww ”|‹ }”x„Šv†|ˆ ‹ŠˆxŠŠw— ]‡†w ‰”ƒƒ mb h†ƒƒ u|tŠ†ƒ †vw |ŠhŠwv zx{ˆx”}™ v‡Š €”Œ‡Šƒ{x {‰ _Œ†Š|ŒŠ †| _uwv”†|”“ƒŠ ˆx†ŒuƒvuxŠ—

Exciting, vibrant and diverse – Richmond is a city that ‡{|{uxw †vw ”ˆx†Œuƒvux”ƒ x{{vw ”|‹ `w‡†|ˆ ‡Šx†v”ˆŠ h‡†ƒŠ Š}“x”Œ†|ˆ v‡Š {zz{xvu|†v†Šw v‡”v Œ{}Š h†v‡ ˆx{hv‡ ”|‹ wvx”vŠˆ†Œ ‹ŠtŠƒ{z}Š|v— mh”|vƒŠ| b{ƒfvŠŒ‡|†Œ |†tŠxw†vf ›mbš †w a†Œ‡}{|‹nw u|†tŠxw†vf™ ”|‹ †vnw ˆx{h†|ˆ alongside the eclectic island city. mb ‡”w Œ{|w†wvŠ|vƒf „Šzv uz h†v‡ v‡Š v†}Šw “f zx{t†‹†|ˆ a†Œ‡}{|‹ xŠw†‹Š|vw h†v‡ Š‹uŒ”v†{|”ƒ {zz{xvu|†v†Šw in careers that are relevant and sought-after. Case in point: the Bachelor of Design, Fashion and Technology, †w mb a†Œ‡}{|‹nw ^”ˆw‡†z zx{ˆx”}— ov †w v‡Š {|ƒf ‹ŠˆxŠŠ˜ˆx”|v†|ˆ ‰”w‡†{| zx{ˆx”} hŠwv {‰ c|v”x†{— ov †w w{ hŠƒƒ˜xŠˆ”x‹Š‹ v‡”v luƒuƒŠ}{| v‡ƒŠv†Œ” ‰{u|‹Šx ‡†z œ†ƒw{|™ ‡ŠƒzŠ‹ ‰u|‹ ” |Šh iŽ˜}†ƒƒ†{| wŒ‡{{ƒ {‰ ‹Šw†ˆ| offering innovative education in fashion, interior, graphic and product design at the Richmond campus. Wilson

rmb _uwv”†|”“ƒŠ ˆx†ŒuƒvuxŠ †w ” u|†yuŠ ”|‹ ƒŠ”‹†|ˆ˜ edge program that offers a comprehensive perspective on sustainable food production and focuses on the ˆx{h†|ˆ ‹Š}”|‹ ‰{x ‡Š”ƒv‡f™ ƒ{Œ”ƒƒf zx{‹uŒŠ‹ ‰{{‹w ”|‹ the creation of a robust regional food system,” said Dr. ~”t†w— r_vu‹Š|vw †| v‡†w zx{ˆx”} h†ƒƒ “Š|Š`v ‰x{} ‡”|‹w˜ on learning at a teaching and research farm, exploring ‡{h |Š”x˜ux“”| ”ˆx†ŒuƒvuxŠ ”|‹ ‰{{‹ wfwvŠ}w Œ”| “Š ”| †|vŠˆx”ƒ z”xv {‰ wuwv”†|”“ƒŠ ‘’wv ŒŠ|vuxf Œ†v†Šw ”|‹ v‡Š†x economies.” ~x— ~”t†w “Šƒ†ŠtŠw mbnw }{wv †}z{xv”|v x{ƒŠ †w v{ xŠwz{|‹ v{ Œ{}}u|†vf ”|‹ …{“ }”x„Šv |ŠŠ‹w™ r†| {x‹Šx ‰{x {ux wvu‹Š|vw v{ ƒŠ”tŠ h†v‡ v‡Š w„†ƒƒ wŠv v{ “Š wuŒŒŠww‰uƒ †| v‡Š h{x„zƒ”ŒŠ ”|‹ “Š zx{‹uŒv†tŠ }Š}“Šxw of society. By marrying the hands-on approach of z{ƒfvŠŒ‡|†Œ h†v‡ ” u|†tŠxw†vf “”Œ„ˆx{u|‹™ {ux ˆx”‹u”vŠw are not only job ready, but they also have a broad social u|‹Šxwv”|‹†|ˆ {‰ v‡Š h{xƒ‹—p

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Richmond is one of the most diverse communities in Canada. We’re also one of the healthiest. What are some of the things that make this a great place to live and work? In an interview for this Richmond News special feature, Mayor Malcolm Brodie offered his thoughts on this and other matters.

BUILDING An interview with

Richmond

our mayor: Malcolm Brodie What makes Richmond special?

“I would say that one of the main factors would be the breadth of our volunteer base,” answered the mayor. “We have a very active volunteer network of people all over the community who help each other out. Also, the diversity of our community makes it very interesting. We’re known as a healthy community where the people in our city live longer on average than people anywhere else in the country. We have good facilities and a balance of amenities.”

Managing growth

It’s not news to anyone living in Richmond that our population is growing, and growing in ways that defy the suburban, single-familyhome lifestyle of old. “Residential growth will happen in our city centre,” said Brodie. “We have been planning for this for many years starting off with the 1990s when we envisioned there would be growth in

the city centre supported by rapid transit. We lost the rapid transit project for a time and then it came back in the early 2000s and ever since then we’ve gone on with our plans and we see the whole area of the city centre densifying.”

Climate change has led to new initiatives as buildings are developed. Mayor Brodie: “We insist on LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] standards for many of the buildings that are being built. We’ve pledged that we’ll become carbon neutral by the end of this year. We have a green-roof policy to assist with the rain run-off issues. We focus very heavily on the various climate change issues and environmental issues. Another example would be that, for many years now, we have been the only b{hŠx _}”xv˜ŒŠxv†`Š‹ Œ†vf ”w ŒŠxv†`Š‹ by BC Hydro. We’ve spent a lot of effort and invested in being smarter with our facilities in terms of their use of energy and the like.”

Affordable housing Richmond was one of the earliest municipalities within Metro Vancouver to create an affordable housing strategy that contains recommendations and policies.

The closer a development is to a Canada Line station, the higher and the denser it can be. This new density is focused on proximity to public transportation, which reduces the number of cars in the downtown area as well as the number of parking stalls. “The challenge is that we have a very good quality of life right now; we’ve always enjoyed that here in the city of Richmond,” said Brodie. “And that’s the result of good planning and a whole range of facilities and good transportation. I think those are the qualities that we have to preserve and plan very carefully to make sure that we do have the range of services available to our residents.”

COMMUNITY BUILDING

Mayor Malcolm Brodie, City of Richmond

“All the developments, right down to the smallest, are expected to contribute to affordable housing as they redevelop,” said the mayor. “At the lower end that might be a cash contribution; at the higher end that may be actual units being built and those are dedicated as affordable units. There’s one project that’s going forward right now, as an example, on Minoru right across from the Bay Shopping Centre, where we’re getting 300 affordable seniors units.”

> “The challenge is that we have a very good quality of life right now; we’ve always enjoyed that here in the city of Richmond.”

> “All the developments, right down to the smallest, are expected to contribute to affordable housing as they redevelop.”

Secondary suites, which add to the rental stock and can be mortgage helpers, are legal in all residential areas. Richmond also allows coach ‡{uwŠw ”|‹ ˆx”||f ^”vw †| w{}Š areas.

where we are either redeveloping or upgrading for seismic reasons all the `xŠ ‡”ƒƒw ”|‹ hŠ ‡”tŠ vh{ }{xŠ v{ go.”

Infrastructure priorities

It’s the people, not the places, that ultimately make a city a special place to live. Mayor Brodie talked about how Richmond supports community building.

Our city’s infrastructure is aging. We asked the mayor what major projects we can expect to see over the next `tŠ fŠ”xw— rœŠnxŠ †| v‡Š zx{ŒŠww {‰ xŠ`|†|ˆ v‡Š list and seeing where we’re going,” responded Brodie, “but the main projects at the top of the list would be the need for a new seniors centre. The current one is getting aged and it’s far too small. The main pool we have in the city centre [Minoru Aquatic Centre], is coming to the end of its lifespan and we’re looking to replace that. We have had a program for the last eight or so years

Building a sense of community

“I think the main way we do it is through our support for the volunteers. We have a very strong volunteer network. The city works with many community groups and we’re able to take on some very w†ˆ|†`Œ”|v zx{…ŠŒvw uw†|ˆ t{ƒu|vŠŠx assistance, plus they’re a part of the day-to-day life of our city. For instance, when we were involved in the Olympics and we had a celebration site where we welcomed

> “We focus very heavily on the various climate change issues and environmental issues.”

about half a million people over 17 days… that was all staffed by volunteers.”

Council priorities Mayor Brodie lists community safety as one of Richmond’s top priorities, along with reviewing the social services the city provides and what the limits of these provisions are. The city is also stressing economic development, attracting businesses that add to our community as well as to our business sector, and how to retain those that are here. “We have a very strong business sector but we are always trying to attract new business and there’s always a certain amount of attrition,” commented Brodie. “We also did a land strategy within the last couple of years and we’re proactively identifying and sometimes changing the zoning to attract business to be in various areas of our city.” o| vŠx}w {‰ wzŠŒ†`Œ †vŠ}w v‡”v €x{‹†Š would like to see accomplished during his current mandate, the mayor said, “One is we are taking a look to our police force to see whether we believe that the current service that we are getting will serve us best in the long run. Secondly, we have some land called the Garden City Lands which the city has purchased and we’re starting the zƒ”||†|ˆ zx{ŒŠww— œŠ h”|v v{ `|”ƒ†eŠ a vision for that this term.”


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Richmond, BC: The economic evolution

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he business and economic activity occurring every day in Richmond is astoundingly diverse. This city of 200,000 provides jobs for its residents and still draws in more daily commuters than any other community in Metro Vancouver. Far-reaching sea, rail, road, and air transportation links provide this gateway city to the Asia Pacific with trade, commerce, knowledge and cultural connections well beyond its historical boundaries.

Richmond’s pioneer industries evolved around the region’s natural assets. Settlers farmed the rich, peat-based soils of the Fraser River delta and fishing fleets brought their catches to be processed along the river banks. A now thriving aerospace sector was launched with BC’s first flight from the Minoru Racetrack in 1910. These activities marked the beginning of Richmond’s prosperous local economy. Today film crews transform Steveston streets into a fairy tale scene, over 100,000 passengers dash in and out of Vancouver International Airport daily, farmers deliver their berry harvests to nearby processing facilities, and university graduates work tirelessly prototyping their next technology ideas. Over 500 freight and logistics companies move goods to and from the rest of Canada, the United States, and all over the world. Hundreds of students learn how to service and maintain aircraft, and software developers build systems to make life easier and businesses more efficient. Builders design

communities around rapid transit, retailers serve up Asian delicacies, and manufacturers dream up ways to satisfy rapidly changing consumer demands. All this activity continues to centralize around and benefit from what made Richmond unique over a century ago: the land, the river and the sea.

Scan page to watch business stories and connect with us. Successful businesses and industries result in high quality jobs for Richmond residents and generate tax revenues for community infrastructure and programs. The City of Richmond recognizes the significance and contribution of local businesses and economic activity to a resilient and balanced community, and continues to work with other levels of government and the private sector towards enhancing local infrastructure. Highways and interchanges to better transport goods, dykes and drainage systems to support local agriculture, and rapid transit bringing employees to work, are among the local infrastructure improvements facilitating business success across Richmond’s sectors.

Our success in growing local businesses and attracting new companies to Richmond has been recently recognized by fDi Magazine’s rankings of the American Cities of the Future; Richmond was awarded a top 10 placement in the business friendliness, foreign direct investment strategy and overall categories, among 196 cities of its size from across the Americas. A suite of business development initiatives now provides a single-access point to City services and information for companies that choose to operate in Richmond. Through the City’s economic development portal www.businessinrichmond.ca, clients can access information and connect with the City’s economic development team. Find out about Richmond’s growth sectors, local companies, success stories, and available commercial space. Keep track of local economic trends, such as real estate values, housing starts, container ship movements and travel volumes. Stay connected with monthly business news and other exciting happenings related to commerce and investment in Richmond. Or use the channels below to connect with us and to find out more about Richmond’s business advantage, business programs and factors that contribute to a well-established, rapidly growing and vastly diverse business base and local economy. !

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RICHMOND EAST Each Wednesday for the next three weeks leading up to the May 14 provincial election, the Richmond News will bring you the candidates and the issues in each of the three ridings on Lulu Island. In the first installment, we focus on Richmond-East.

Farmland a priority: Reid Sihota wants more transit

BY PHILIP RAPHAEL Special to the News

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he challengers in the riding of Richmond-East have an almost thankless task in the May 14 provincial election — trying to unseat longtime incumbent Liberal MLA Linda Reid. Reid is embarking on her sixth, consecutive campaign — she was first elected in 1991 — and in the last provincial vote in 2009 she cruised to victory with 10,853 votes — close to double her nearest rival, Shawkat Hasan who ran for the NDP. So, the Richmond News sat down with each of the currently registered candidates — Reid, Nathaniel Lim (BC Conservative Party), Gian Sihota (NDP), and Ping Chan (BC Excalibur Party) this week to get a read on who they are and where they stand on a number of issues that resonated with constituents. We asked them about illegal dumping on farmland; the proposals to transport jet fuel and coal down the South Arm of the Fraser River; and the option to replace the congested Massey Tunnel with a new crossing from South Delta, possibly in the No. 8 Road area.

Linda Reid (BC Liberal)

On the issue of illegal dumping of farmland, Reid, a former educator, said she has spent her career promoting the preservation of farmland and green space. “There are issues today, complicated ones, around the jurisdiction of the Agricultural Land Commission,” Reid said, referring to the ongoing matter of building a roadway through a farm property for a forthcoming tree nursery along Finn Road. Reid said farmers are currently disagreeing with each other on what type of development is allowable on agricultural properties, but hoped there can be a resolution to satisfy the opposing parties. “The reality is you need a very solid commitment to how you go forward,” she said. On the matter of transportation and the Massey Tunnel, Reid said the issue was first presented as addressing the need to improve connections between Richmond and Delta, not Richmond and Vancouver. Reid added she has concerns over any options that would impact agriculture in east

Richmond. “I’m not supporting that. This is about the preservation of farmland.” Reid said she was not in a Gian Sihota position to second guess the (NDP) Massey Tunnel project’s conGian Sihota, a retired transit sultation process that has taken operator and CAW union repreplace so far, but believes the sentative, who has a Bachelor of majority of those expressing a Education and Masters’ degree preference will choose a bridge in Economics, said he considers option where the tunnel is now. illegal dumping on local farm“I have no way of knowing land a huge concern. that, I have no idea what the “When I go and speak consultation will provide to people on the doorsteps, at the end of the day, but I they are worried because wouldn’t be opposed to it (a Richmond is a significant new bridge) in the current For video farming community,” he said. location.” of the “And we have already lost a As for jet fuel and coal candidates lot of good, fertile agriculshipping along the South tural land, so the dumping on Arm, Reid said the risks farmland is a huge issue.” involved in the jet fuel proposal Sihota said he’d be in favour are too great. of strengthening the rules and “I want to see very much a regulations regarding what can land and marine spill response, be done on B.C.’s farmland. we don’t have it today,” she said. “I think that’s the right way “I think that comes first. to go.” “It doesn’t much matter where When it comes to shipping the spill is. If it’s in Washington jet fuel and coal, Sihota said, he State, it affects us. If it’s in understands the economic imporAlaska, it’s affecting us. Do we tance of the proposed projects, have an obligation to ramp up but would like to see increased and be prepared? I think we public consultation including “all absolutely do.”

the parties affected by this.” “Also, we have to look at some of the alternatives to these options.” On the Massey Tunnel replacement impacting east Richmond, Sihota said the proposal to build a new link between Richmond and Delta needs to be assessed on a provincial scale. “This is an infrastructure issue that has to be looked at in light of all of the other major infrastructure projects in B.C.,” he said. When asked where he would rank a replacement for the Massey Tunnel on a list of transportation improvement projects, Sihota said there are some other priority areas, but “certainly, it needs some improvement to get the traffic moving.” He suggested more efforts need to be made to increase public transportation ridership and decrease the amount of single occupancy vehicles through the tunnel.

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Governing is a balancing act I work for riding, not party Ping Chan (BC Excalibur Party)

Nathaniel Lim (BC Conservative)

Making a bid in Richmond-East on behalf of the BC Excalibur Party is Ping Chan who is listed in his bio as a professional engineer. Chan left the Green Party before the election writ was dropped April 16, because he was uncomfortable with the requirement to undergo the “Greens’” media training, to “become an actor” prior to hitting the hustings. “I was not even elected. What would happen if I got elected? I’d be a Muppet,” quipped Chan. “That would mean I’d be working for the party, not the riding. That would defeat the purpose of being a public servant to the constituency.” On the issue of illegal dumping on farmland, Chan said he’d go so far as seeking imprisonment for those found guilty. “Farmland is getting less and less. And we don’t want to beg for food from Uncle Sam,” Chan said. “We should defend every inch of our good farmland.” He added agriculture in Scan page to view Richmond is vital given its proximity to other, large population video centres such as Vancouver.

made a point of visiting the Finn Road protest to familiarize himself with the issue. “I have seen it and heard the concerns of the farmers,” he said. “Whether what they (farm owners) are doing is legitimate, that’s up to the government to enforce and decide. But from what I see, there’s a lot of rocks and rubble that doesn’t look like other farm roads. “Richmond has some of the best and most productive farmlands in the world, and I’d hate to see that lost. But again, that’s private property, and it’s up to the Agricultural Land Commission to make a decision.” (

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Richmond Sockeyes celebrate their perfect run at the Keystone Cup Western Canadian Championships, capped off by a 5-2 win over Saskatoon in Sunday’s gold medal game.

Barbecue puts sizzle in Sockeyes playoff run After game six loss to Delta, junior hockey club regroups and proceeds to win next 15 games en route to 3 titles

“We had to figure out how to play in a rink that was basically a sheet of ice in a phone booth,” said Wilbur of the small dimensions. “It was probably our third game when we figured out how to use our skill game and there was no looking back after that.” Celebrating their 40th season, general manager Richard Petrowsky and the club’s ownership group made all the right moves in assembling this team, including the hiring Wilbur. They had proven veterans, such as homegrown 20-year-olds Sam Chichak, Jeremy Hamaguchi, Rudi Thorsteinson and Matt Wagner, along with Scott Wessa. Petrowsky added to that group with mid-season trades for Adam Nishi and Stephen Campbell, while convincing proven sniper Jake Roder to return for his final year of junior hockey. There was also plenty of young talent destined to move onto the next level of junior hockey including 17-year-olds Daniell Lange and Danton Heinen, along with leading scorer Dean Allison. Local product Kootenay Alder was a steady influence all season long in net. After blasting the Royals 10-2 in round-robin play, the Keystone Cup final at least proved to be more competitive. Following a scoreless first period, the Sockeyes dominated the middle stanza, outshooting the Saskatchewan champions 24-4 and opening up a 3-0 lead on goals by Austin Adamson, Heinen and Roder. Thorsteinson added his tournament leading 11th goal midway through the final period and Heinen’s second of the game closed out the scoring for Richmond. B.C. teams have now won four of the last five Keystone Cups with 2012 champion Abbotsford Pilots slated to host the 2014 tournament.

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The turning point of the Richmond Sockeyes’ remarkable playoff run didn’t happen on the ice or even in the dressing room. It was at a barbecue in South Surrey. Following a lethargic 4-2 game six loss to the Delta Ice Hawks in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League semi-finals, a players only meeting was held. Veteran Jake Roder took it a step further by inviting everyone to his house the next day for a team barbecue. “There was no alcohol or even a party atmosphere,” said Sockeyes co-owner Doug Paterson. “It was about bringing all the players together and determining if they were going to let the season slip away or do something about it.” The Sockeyes returned to the ice the next evening and put together their most complete game to date in a convincing 5-1 victory. They would never look back, winning their next 14 games to capture three titles including the Keystone Cup Western Canadian championship on Sunday in St. Malo, Manitoba. Richmond capped a 6-0 run at the tournament with a 5-2 victory over the Saskatoon Royals for their second Keystone Cup in five years. Head coach Aaron Wilbur didn’t even know about the players’ barbecue until after the game seven win over the Ice Hawks. “For them to go out and do that on their own just showed what kind of leadership this team had,” he said. “From the start of the season to the playoffs, we came a long way as a team. The improvement from the start to the end of the playoffs was even greater.” Richmond’s most competitive game in St. Malo proved to be its opener a 5-3 victory over Alberta champion Okotoks Bisons. The Sockeyes would go on to outscore their opponents by a whopping 44-12 margin.

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Sam Chichak (left) and Jeremy Hamaguchi have been teammates since their days in Seafair Minor Hockey.

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Sockeyes coach steps down to focus on his hockey business BY MARK BOOTH

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Aaron Wilbur will go down as the most successful coach in the 40-year history of the Richmond Sockeyes. Soon after arriving in Vancouver Monday morning following a victorious run at the Keystone Cup Western Canadian Junior “B” Hockey Championships in St. Malo, Manitoba, the first-year bench boss announced he won’t be returning next season. The 32-year-old says the demands of his other hockey interests made it impossible to continue on. Wilbur is president of The Coaches Site, a leading edge company that provides coaching conferences to minor hockey associations across Western Canada. He also is an instructor with the Vancouver Hockey School where he regularly works alongside Derek Popke and Yogi Svejkovsky. “Next September I will be organizing a coaches conference in Vancouver instead of getting ready for the season,” said Wilbur. “The business is growing and with that comes demands with my time. Down the road, I

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just couldn’t see myself having the time to continue on.” Wilbur arrived in Richmond with an impressive coach-

ing background that included stops with the the UBC Thunderbirds, the B.C. Hockey League’s Penticton Vees and the

Castlegar Rebels of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. What lured him to the

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Sockeyes was the club’s rich history and he has seen what it’s all about during what was a most memorable 40th anniversary season. When Richmond won the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial championship in Courtenay, Wilbur was well aware the ownership group would have to reach deep into their pockets for a hastily planned trip to Manitoba. Yet, the cost to attend the tournament was never an issue. The only concern was making sure the players and coaching staff were comfortably taken care of. “I sure hope the community appreciates what they have (in this ownership) group and their passion for the Richmond Sockeyes,” said Wilbur. “You definitely don’t own a junior ‘B’ hockey team to make money. This is such a strong organization with first class guys running it. I’m really proud to know I was part of it. “I will still be teaching a lot of hockey in Richmond and definitely be watching how the team is doing.” According to team co-owner Doug Paterson, the process of replacing Wilbur won’t begin until next month.


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Sports Oval Speed Skating program hosting recruitment sessions Youth hockey and figure skaters ages 9-16 that show extraordinary speed on ice could earn themselves an invite to the Richmond Olympic Oval’s new Short Track Speed Skating Development programs. The second of six recruitment sessions takes place on Thursday night (8-10 p.m.) and will continue until June 7. “Short Track Speed Skating is a fast, furious, thrill a minute race on hockey ice,” says David Morrison, Head Coach of the Short Track Speed Skating Development Program. “Within six to 12 months, we can get those with good skating fundamentals up to a competitive level with their peers.” Successful skaters will be invited to join the Oval’s summer and fall development programs to build the skater’s technical speed skating abilities. From there, the Oval would apply its ‘Centres

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Richmond pitcher shines for UBC

Richmond pitcher Sean Callegari has earned player of the week honours as a member of the UBC Thunderbirds varsity baseball team. The junior standout was named Red Lion Pitcher of the Week after allowing just two hits over seven innings to an Oregon Tech team that averages nearly 10 hits a game. He struck out nine batters

and gave up only two walks, earning the victory in a 3-1 win for the Thunderbirds in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader versus the Hustlin’ Owls. Callegari improved his record to 4-1 on the year. With three wins last weekend, UBC sits at 17-7 in NAIA West Conference play and 23-14 overall.

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