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Gagan Josan celebrates during India’s victory at the Nations Cup soccer tournament last weekend. The team beat Italy 2-1 and took home the cup for the second time in four years. Josan was also named men’s open division MVP. See page 17 for the full story and visit www.richmond-news.com for a photo gallery and video.

Badminton brawl erupts at oval during Canada open Punches fly and shirts ripped off as two Thai players get into a fist fight during tournament finals

BY WILLIAM LUK, MIKE HAGER The Vancouver Sun

Shuttlecocks were traded for straight jabs Sunday afternoon at Richmond’s Olympic oval as the doubles finals of a world-class badminton tournament turned into a fist fight between two former partners who had represented Thailand together in London last summer. Fans at the Canada Open 2013 shouted in disbelief when Bodin Issara dropped his racket mid-match and chased Maneepong Jongjit into the neighbouring court, throwing haymakers onto his former playing partner until coaches and tournament staff pulled the two apart.

A stunned Jongjit rose from the floor shirtless while a fuming Issara was cornered by others. A video of the spat was being shared rapidly on Facebook and YouTube by Sunday evening. Both the players teams were immediately disqualified and Issara required two stitches to his ear, according to tournament medical staff. Badminton Canada has yet to decide if the two who fought will be further penalized. At the start of the match, the two were warned by the ref for a verbal exchange. As recently as this January, Issara and Jongjit were ranked one of the best duos in the sport before the former announced his surprise retirement to look after his ailing

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Bodin Issara attacked opponent, and former partner, Maneepong Jongjit at the Canada Open on Sunday. The two had represented Thailand together in London last summer. For the full story, video, visit www.richmond-news.com.

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Whale-sized controversy over store sign Steveston shop advertising plus-sizes is insensitive, says gastric bypass patient

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A Steveston gift shop is rippling the waters with its in-store signage for plus-sized clothing. Local resident Sharon Arnold says a section of Lulu Island Designs features a hand-written sign, denoting XXL and XL sized clothing as the “Whale” section is not appropriate and should be removed. “I felt that it doesn’t belong here, because it’s sending the wrong message. It’s ostracizing large women,” said Arnold, adding there is also a “shrimp” sign for smaller sized clothing in the store. Arnold, 58, who has lived in Steveston for the past two years, explains the signage hit a personal note with her since she has been a plus size for many years. And two years ago, she underwent gastric bypass surgery that limits how much she — Pete Jansen can ingest to deal with her weight. Arnold, who was at one time about 455 pounds, says she has managed to lose about 100 pounds since the surgery, and is committed to losing more. It’s that ongoing challenge to slim down, for her and others in a similar situation, she feels is being undermined by signage poking fun at overweight people, referring to them as “whalesized.” “I found it offensive, and I’m not the only one,” Arnold says, adding she has learned others have decided to boycott the store. “If a person is trying hard (to lose weight) and are brought down, they have low self-esteem to begin with, and that’s not right.” While a boycott might be what it takes for the signage to be removed, Arnold says that would be detrimental to the rest of the businesses in the historic fishing village. “We don’t want to send that kind of message out. Steveston is a great place to be. And that’s one store that is sending that rotten message, and people are getting upset.” The Richmond News called and visited Lulu Island Designs on Monday, but was unable to make contact with the store’s owner to comment on the situation. The controversy spilled over to social media last weekend after Arnold posted a

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photo she took of the store’s sign. On the “You grew up in Richmond, BC if you remember...” Facebook group, it sparked a stream of comments that were divided on the matter. “Pretty insensitive, eh? I guess they are trying to be funny and marine-themed,” wrote Joanne Nicholson. “How about an anorexic section?” suggested Brian Peterman. “Why do people feel so comfortable pickin’ on people with weight issues?” “Trying to be marine-themed and amusing is no excuse,” added Sandi Bezanson-Chan. “What if Sears or The Bay called their plus-sized area something like ‘Elephant Department’ or ‘Hippo Section?’” Anita Upadhyaya wrote, “I am overweight and I find that we, as a group, are among the most discriminated against (in) society. We don’t

need to encourage this kind of behaviour.” “People need to lighten up,” countered Pete Jansen. “I’m XXXL, and I take no offence at the poster. It’s funny how outraged we become in a public forum yet sit and laugh with the rest in the comfort and privacy of our living rooms as (Jay) Leno and (David) Letterman say far worse about celebrities and politicians or other people in the news.” City of Richmond spokesperson, Kim Decker, said the situation does not fall under the jurisdiction of the city, adding that “For cases like this we would say that the market will speak for itself.” The city is limited to issuing a business licence and it’s involvement stops short of regulating how a business markets its merchandise. Robyn Durling, spokesperson for the BC Human Rights Coalition, said the situation does not fall into the category of a human rights violation. While human rights does protect certain characteristics such as race, ancestry and gender, it does not cover weight and size of an individual. “If someone is very large, there’s no protection under the human rights code, unless their size is related to a disability,” Durling said.

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Workers in the ongoing labour dispute at Richmond’s Ikea location got a high-level boost last weekend when NDP leader Adrian Dix and B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair joined about 200 others at a rally Saturday outside the store. The B.C. Federation of Labour issued a statement over the weekend asking British Columbians not to shop at Ikea stores until the dispute, which started two and a half months ago, is settled. Richmond is one of only two unionized Ikea stores in the country — the other one is in Quebec. “Despite the Richmond location being highly profitable, management is seeking to impose significant wage cuts on the majority of its workforce. Five years ago, the Teamsters fought the tiered wage structure and won,” the statement said. While Ikea’s indoor showroom was tidied for Sunday’s crowds and cashiers were hustling shoppers through as usual, outside, each car driving into the half-filled parking lot was made aware of the ongoing strife between the Swedish home furnishings retailer and its union, Teamsters Local 213. A half-dozen picketers on rotating 24-hour shifts stopped traffic to hand out information pamphlets about what the union calls a 70-day lockout and the company calls a strike. Members wore signs saying “people before profit” and cheered when a passing vehicle honked in solidarity. Three hired guards in orange vests watched and other Ikea-hired representatives videotaped the morning’s interactions from behind a security fence. One shop steward, who sold living room storage furniture for 13 years, said it’s part of the company’s “intimidation and bullying tactics,” an accusation Ikea denies. More than 300 employees are on strike, said Teamster Derek Drake and 27 union members have crossed the picket line to work inside. The union has expelled those workers, increasing tensions as the sides attempt to negotiate. “We are of course concerned about this development as this action essentially means the union is asking

us to terminate our co-workers for exercising their legal right to work,” said Ikea spokeswoman Madeleine Lowenborg-Frick, who said she is hopeful mediation, which began July 13 and resumed yesterday, will bring a solution. “We’ve come to the union because we’re at an impasse. We’re open to discussions and finding creative solutions for us all to get back to business,” she said. As for the surveillance, “this is a very polarizing situation. Emotions are running high and the security is there for everybody’s safety. It’s absolutely not an intimidation tactic,” Lowenborg-Frick said. On May 9, the Teamsters served Ikea with a 72-hour strike notice approved by 86 per cent of its membership. The company responded with a one-hour lockout May 13, which the union says is ongoing. “The main issue is the two-tier wage system. And contracting out workers, and the fact they’re making it harder for people to make enough hours to get benefits,” Drake said. Under the old contract, a worker with a family would have to work 20 hours per week to receive benefits. That’s being raised to 24 hours under the new proposal, Drake said. Single workers need to work 15 hours per week, but are not getting enough shifts, the union is arguing. Employees who collect the shopping carts and food services workers make around $10.75 per hour. Supervisors can make around $24 per hour. Under the proposed collective agreement, similar wages would apply but a new two-tier structure could mean workers doing similar jobs would be paid differently. The two-tier wage system as well as the expulsion of employees from the union for crossing the picket line will be addressed through the mediator. The dispute has closed Smaland, the children’s play area, and Ikea’s huge, 600-seat restaurant, which serves up popular Swedish meatballs. It has also led to reduced store hours. Ikea maintains the union is not locked out, and is encouraging employees to return to work. Supervisor and shop steward Jody Adams, who

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Ghost of Twain returns to Fairhaven by Benjamin Yong It took some 118 years, but Mark Twain is again returning to the town of Fairhaven in Bellingham, Washington where he first made a stop in 1895 during a speaking tour.Well, sort of — this isn’t the famed American author and humourist who passed away in 1910, but rather a musical based on Twain’s earlier visit. Aptly titled Mark Twain in Fairhaven 2013 (MTIF), the performance, which opens Aug. 1, is sponsored by the Fairhaven Association, a community Leon Charbonneau is Mark Twain. organization made up of merchants and residents who promote and maintain the area. Chuck Robinson, a member of the association and owner of Village Books, said the script was actually written by a playwright/ historian 11 years ago.

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Other side of picket story The Editor, Re: “Ikea, union lock into mediation,” News, July 17. With regards to the recent story on the labour dispute at the Richmond Ikea, it might have been nice if the writer had gotten a little more detail. We are not on strike; we are locked out. We are fighting a tiered wage system. The section in the article about the benefits is mostly correct. We are running a 24-hour picket line and are always available to talk to whomever drops by. We are not a violent bunch; we are retail workers and not thugs. Perhaps if one of you came to speak to us you may find out a few more things about why we are out here. We have been wondering if the reason that nobody seems too interested in our story comes from the fact that Ikea spends so much money on advertising, but what do we know? If anyone from your paper would care to speak to us, Friday afternoons are the best times as we all try to meet up for a barbeque and to get our strike pay. Feel free to drop by. Dorothy Tompkins (one of the many picketers)

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Do political scandals still have power? Do political scandals really matter when all is said and done? It’s a fair and relevant question to pose after the surprise result of the May provincial election. The B.C. Liberals, as scandalplagued as any long-serving government, actually increased their majority over the NDP. For weeks preceding the election campaign, the NDP had raked the B.C. Liberal government over the coals for a number of controversies and outright scandals. The ethnic memo sparked a crisis of leadership within the party, as Premier Christy Clark had to beat back a growing chorus of disenchantment in her caucus. Her party looked spent as it entered the campaign, but then the NDP did a strange thing: it decided not to even mention the scandal a single time in the campaign. But now, as the legislative session enters its final week, the NDP has become obsessed by new wrinkles to the old scandal. It is determined to breathe new life into the controversy, even though the individuals most heavily involved in the scandal have left government (the one exception is Richmond MLA John Yap, who lost his cabinet post but was re-elected). Given the scandal did not work to the NDP’s benefit, one has to wonder what the motivation is now behind the decision to make the scandal pretty well

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the sole focus of the NDP caucus. It can be argued the NDP is simply doing the job of the Opposition, which is holding the government accountable for its actions. And there’s certainly no question the B.C. Liberals engaged in improper conduct (their own probe reached that conclusion before the election). But another theory has emerged in some media commentaries, and it has to do with NDP leader Adrian Dix’s future. The theory is this: Dix is leading the latest charge on the ethnic memo scandal in order to shore up his chances of remaining the leader of his party. Dix faces a critical vote at the party’s convention in November, and he needs to re-establish his credibility with an understandably furious party membership upset about losing an election they were convinced they were going to win. He’s certainly earned some media coverage with this latest strategy, although not nearly as much as he got back in the spring over the same issue. But the B.C. Liberals are definitely not reacting the same way

as they did back then, as Clark’s leadership problems have completely evaporated and the caucus’ gloom has been replaced with euphoria over the prospect of at least four more years in power. The other reality is that we are in mid-summer, and I suspect the public has pretty well tuned out politicians of all stripes and will remain tuned out until after Labour Day. So, do political scandals really matter? In this case, the key question is will this latest turn on the ethnic memo scandal matter to the NDP members who will vote in November on whether to hold a leadership contest. Will they be impressed by Dix’s performance in the legislature? Or have they also tuned him out, and no matter how effective his criticism is of the B.C. Liberals in this matter, aren’t willing to forgive him for seemingly fumbling the ball on the election’s goal line? The NDP lost the election largely because it wasn’t trusted on economic issues, and the scandals that plagued the B.C. Liberals for years turned out not to matter much with voters. But for the sake of his leadership, Dix better hope that political scandals do matter, at least to those who hold the future of his leadership in their hands. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC.


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Don’t need God to be fulfilled The Editor, Re: “Don’t forget your faith,” Letters, July 5. In Pat Macken’s, “Don’t forget your faith,” her generalized statement, “Many populations have walked away from God throughout history, and we in Canada are repeating this mistake” forgets many — we — Canadians and others, in the past and present, that live and have lived fulfilling and meaningful lives such as veterans, scientists, and common folk, have contributed to the quality of life in Canada and abroad as a whole without the belief in a god or have, as she states, “walked away from god.” Peter Soulikias Richmond

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Eight of a 10-part series. Despite all our efforts to deal logically with our money, we all fail to some degree or another. Behavioural finance examines the influence of social beliefs, psychology and emoWEALTH tion on economic decision making. Research suggests that humans are not naturally wired for making good investment decisions, due to cognitive errors and behavioural biases. My son Matt is finishing a degree in psychology in preparation for entering our family business, so I consulted with him and leading industry research on this topic. We came up with our own names for eight different emotions and biases: ! The Titanic Effect (Overconfidence). People get cocky, overestimate their ability to anticipate future investment results and often neither see nor prepare for the icebergs. ! I’m smart but stuff happens (Self-serving bias). Investors may take credit for their successful investment decisions, while blaming bad outcomes on outside influences. ! Should’a, could’a, would’a syndrome (Hindsight). When viewing past outcomes, investors may apply selective recall and conclude that future movements were obvious at that time. ! Life in the rear-view mirror (Extrapolation). Investors may expect recent market results to continue in the future, and may place too much weight on certain factors or recent events.

! The Comfort Zone (Familiarity). People may limit investing to areas in which they are familiar, resulting in a false sense of control. Despite this perceived “inside knowledge,” no one can predict future returns. SMARTS ! Mental accounting (Thinking inside the box). People partition their wealth in categories, resulting in inconsistent and fragmented financial decisions. A better approach is to see all components of wealth within a comprehensive framework. ! Don’t go breaking my heart (Regret avoidance). Investors who have experienced painful financial events tend to avoid those investments in the future. For example, those who sold their portfolios into cash in early 2009 permanently destroyed their wealth, while those who stuck to their long term plans preserved and grew wealth. ! Cherry picking (Confirmation). Investors seek out or interpret information that confirms what they want to believe about an investment, markets, or their own skill. Spend the time to formulate a plan, learn how to logically access long term returns, how to mitigate risk and how to avoid being sabotaged by your emotions and biases. Richard Vetter, BA, CFP, CLU, ChFC, is a senior financial advisor with WealthSmart Financial Group/Manulife Securities Incorporated. Manulife Securities Incorporated is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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Team India celebrate after lifting the Nations Cup at Hugh Boyd on Sunday evening. The team went six games unbeaten at the tournament, eventually edging out Italy 2-1 in a tense final.

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Gagan Josan receives his MVP award from Nations Cup president Jeff Wilson. Below, India battles with Italy during the final and, bottom, England in action (white), en route to beating India in the men’s over-30 final. BY ALAN CAMPBELL

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Thousands of players and fans lapped up glorious July sunshine at the Nations Cup on the weekend at the Hugh Boyd Complex. But it was the slick and speedy India that basked in the honour of lifting their second men’s open championship in four years, going undefeated throughout the tournament’s six games, eventually overcoming a well-organized and stubborn Italy 2-1 in the final. The victory, to the delight of the large Indian support that swarmed around the Boyd Oval, was masterminded by Raj Sandhu, who only took over the demanding role of coach this year. In other division finals, England triumphed 2-1 over India in the men’s over30s, while, in the men’s over-38s, India were again edged out 3-2, this time by Germany, which needed double-overtime to get its hands on the cup. Scotland took the remaining men’s age groups, beating Serbia 2-1 in the over-45s and China 3-1 in the over-52s. In the women’s open, Ireland bagged a hat-trick of titles, with its third consecutive championship after a tight 1-0 win over Canada. The men’s MVP crown went to India’s Gagan Josan, while the women’s went to Rachel Sawer of Ireland. However, the surprise of the tournament was the appearance in the men’s open semi-final of debutants Saudi Arabia, which had to go through the preliminary qualification round for the Nations Cup. “Saudi making it to the semis was very unexpected in

their first year,” said Nations Cup president Jeff Wilson. “And the coach of India (Raj Sandhu) coming in and winning it in his first year is also significant. “It was a great final and I couldn’t believe the quality and the speed of play considering it was the players’ third game of the day.” Another pleasing factor for Wilson, who suggested the crowds over the weekend may have been the biggest for years, was the connection between the fans and the games being played. “I’ve seen in other years, in the beer garden especially, tons of people who’re not even watching the final,” said Wilson. “But when I was walking back and forth past the beer garden this year, almost everyone was focused on the game Scan page and all the way around the field it was the to see video, same.” photo gallery Increased media exposure of the Nations Cup this year has definitely boosted the tournament’s profile once more, Wilson felt. “I’m very happy with how everything went,” he added. The tournament, which has a reputation for attracting stars of the game, was graced by two unexpected visitors for the final on Sunday — Vancouver Whitecaps’s African first-team duo of Gershon Koffie and Kekuta Manneh. The pair, who handed out medals to the winners, caught an earlier flight home from their game in L.A. Saturday night so they could watch friends play for Africa in the cup on Sunday. For more pictures and a video of Nations Cup finals day, go to www.richmond-news.com or download the free Layar app to your smartphone and scan the page (instructions on page 3).

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One of Richmond’s long-standing sports events tips off this weekend at the Thompson Community Centre. And Bruce Watson, one of the organizers of the annual Dolphin Classic, put in perspective the longevity of the homegrown basketball tournament which celebrates its 28th year. “We’ve been doing (organizing) it longer than anything any of us have done in our lives. We’ve been doing it longer than any of us have been married, longer than any of us have had a job. It’s the one thing in our lives — and it will stop eventually, one day I just don’t know when — that we have done consecutively.” It was 1986 and Richmond was still in the midst of a rich period of basketball supremacy when the first Dolphin Park Classic hit the asphalt for some four-on-four action. Two years previous, Watson was a member of the Steveston Packers basketball team that won the B.C. High School Boys championship, beating their cross-town rivals from Richmond High. The Colts would go on to win three championships over the next four years. The time was ripe for a grassroots, summertime celebration of the sport. So,

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“To have something like that in the city of Richmond where kids from a really age have a ball in their hands and learn to dribble and shoot a little bit, that was just huge,” Watson said. While the venue shifted several years ago from Dolphin Park to the Thompson Community Centre, the action on the court has remained at a high level. Bolstering that is the participation of some college and university teams making up the 12 mens and four women’s entries. Also taking part are teams from SFU, Thompson Rivers University from Kamloops, and UFV from Abbotsford. The remainder is made up of teams cobbled together from players from across the Lower Mainland, as well as south of the border. Admission is free to the tournament which gets underway Friday evening and ends Sunday afternoon. In addition to the games over the weekend there is are dunk and three-point shooting contests which are traditionally fan favourites. For more information about the Dolphin Basketball Classic at the Thompson Community Centre (5151 Granville Ave.), isit dolphinbasketball.com.

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The Grand Ensemble Chorus held their 10th Anniversary Concert at the River Rock Casino. Funds raised were donated to Pathways Clubhouse. From left, Casey Fei (founder), Gina Wang (member), Snow Zhu (president), Dave MacDonald (Pathways executive director), Nerissa Yee (Pathways staff) and Rosalind Lai (Grand Ensemble vice president). Pathways received $5,430.

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The Taiwan Night Market, organized by the Richmond Mandarin Lions Club and the International Summer Night Market, collected donations for the Richmond Food Bank on Monday night. The Richmond Mandarin Lions Club collected funds and non-perishable goods as well as daily necessities. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Army cadet Frankie Lam, a member of 2381 RCACC (Irish Fusiliers) of Richmond, marched in the Oliver Sunshine Parade as part of a large contingent of musicians from Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. He was joined by a fellow member Bronson Ng (not pictured).

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Richmond RCMP and Richmond Fire-Rescue teamed up to offer local youth an opportunity to participate in this year’s RCMP Summer Youth Camp. The camp was open to children nine to 12-years-old and enabled them to personally interact with officers and learned about different aspects of the job.

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Dr. Tung Chan, a long time volunteer in the community with organizations such as the Richmond Public Library and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University Canada West last Thursday. The degree recognized his work in helping new immigrants settle. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Sutton Group-Seafair Realty hosted the salmon barbecue at the Steveston Salmon Festival for the 19th consecutive year. The team served 1,940 dinners including 1,200 pounds of salmon. Volunteers from Sutton Group grilled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s barbecue raised $29,000 for children’s and seniors’ programs at the Steveston Community Centre. The fundraising total for the past 19 years has climbed to $280,000. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Richmond Public Libraries were visited by Norden the Magician to kick off the Summer Reading Club. Kids get a booklet to keep track of the books they read, weekly stickers, a White Spot Pirate Pak coupon and a completion medal when they’ve collected all seven stickers.

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Mayor Malcolm Brodie greets Vancouver Airport Authority’s new president and CEO Craig Richmond during his visit to Richmond City Hall.

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