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As the clock ticks down to implementing changes to B.C. liquor sales, that will include grocery stores starting in 2015, the future for some private liquor store owners remains unclear. One of them is Richmond’s Glenn Jensen, who runs Legend’s at Terra Nova Liquor Store. Jensen said he has yet to receive any offers to purchase his licence or to run a liquor outlet within another grocery store location following the government’s recent announcement of the changes. One of the most likely ones to come calling is Save-On-Foods, which operates in the same mall where Jensen has run his business for the past 12 years. “If they did give me a good offer, sure I’d be interested,” Jensen said. “But we have about 4,000-square-feet here, and we’re considered a relatively small liquor store. And I can’t see a grocery store like Save-On-Foods dedicating that much space inside their operation just to liquor.”

This B.C. government rendering, showing a liquor store within a supermarket, is on its way in Richmond and across the province. However, there doesn’t appear to be any moves yet from grocery giants to attain any of Richmond’s liquor licences. That doubt arises from the 16 per cent margin private liquor stores have when buying stock from the government liquor distributor. Jensen said that, despite the 16 per cent discount, it still makes it hard for private stores, with significant overhead costs, to make a profit. “I’m sure Save-On-Foods makes more than 16 per cent selling bananas and cereal, so that will make locating a liquor store

inside their stores difficult from a financial perspective,” Jensen said. As for what may happen to the government-owned liquor stores and the well-paying union jobs within them if they also shift premises, it’s too early to say, said Darryl Walker, president of the BCGEU, which represents a variety of government workers, including the 2,500 in government liquor stores. “We’re not sure what it would look like

when you transfer the licences around,” said Walker, adding the union does have a guarantee that 185 government-run liquor stores would remain open over the next five years, as part of the union’s collective agreement. “In order to move a store, it would take moving that particular licence, which in some cases may move it into a store within a store that is already unionized,” Walker said. “So, there is some question about how that would work, whether we’d set up a separate store. “It’s like an idea has been thrown out there without specifics,” Walker added. “The knot has to be tied in this thing to get an idea of what it looks like.” There are 197 government liquor stores in B.C. where employees’ wages range from $20 to $22 an hour.

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A 28-year-old Richmond man, who allegedly posed online as a modelling agent to lure victims via social media to photo shoots, is facing 11 charges relating to sexual assault, break and enter, theft and fraud At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Richmond RCMP said Novid Dadmand was arrested March 18. He also went by the name Robert Peako. Police allege Dadmand

Novid Dadmand, aka, Robert Peako, is facing sexual assault charges.

convinced victims to meet with him for the photo shoot in exchange for money and gifts, and during those

meetings, the majority of the alleged offences took place. The case dates back to 2008 and came to the attention of the police after similar reports in North Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby. A ban on publication prevented the RCMP from divulging the age of the victims, but they were all identified as women. Cpl. Stephanie Ashton told media gathered at the Richmond RCMP headquarters they anticipate more victims to come forward, and

advised those looking to get into the modelling business to verify the background of people they come into contact with, before agreeing to meet them. Police have set up a tip line for others to come forward. They can call 604-207-4762. The Richmond RCMP’s social media tip account is also available at Richmond_tips@ rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Minoru numbers don’t add up for city; program without a gaming licence Graeme Wood

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It’s a case of B-I-N-G-NO! About 50 seniors who take part in the bingo Minoru bingo players, from left, Evelyn Ingram, Georgina Hamilton and Aline Doyle are left with program at Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre are upset a bunch of spare bingo cards after the program was abruptly pulled. Far right, Doyle’s daughter, over the sudden cancellation of their twice weekly Valerie Taylor, spoke out in support of the group. Photo by Graeme Wood/Richmond News activity. Hamilton also said some of the issues were One of the problems cited by players is the plays bingo, said the centre’s alternative to shuttle abrupt end of the games and a lack of consultation. understandable but questioned why bingo couldn’t players to more expensive bingo halls is shortbe moved to a smaller room or to a different day “The problem I have is that no one consulted sighted. and time. with us on what was happening,” explained “You would think with the amount of money She also questioned the study’s veracity, noting Georgina Hamilton, a past president of the being spent on the new and larger centre, they an 83 per cent drop would have meant there was Minoru Seniors Society, and an avid bingo player. would be thinking about expanding programs, not According to a memorandum from Renata once hundreds of bingo players, which is not the eliminating them,” said Taylor. case now. Turick, a seniors’ centre coordinator, the Bingo Taylor also questioned the timing of the closure, In the memo to bingo players, Turick noted the Committee had conducted a study of the bingo noting it was terminated immediately after some program would be terminated in August after a program and found an 83 per cent drop in of the players had begun a petition. vote from the board of directors. participation over the last five years. “I see that the (centre) seems to be running What happened instead According to the study, much like a dictatorship,” added Taylor. was a sudden the bingo program had I see that the (centre) seems cancellation last gone from generating to running much like a week because, revenue to losing money. according to Management at the dictatorship. Townsend, the centre had also neglected - Valeria Taylor to apply for a gaming gaming commission licence with the BC approached the city Gaming Commission. about the program. No one from management, including the Hamilton said she suspects the city could centre’s head coordinator Eva Busich-Veloso, have notified the commission itself to would speak directly to the News when contacted, expedite the closure. In any case, the centre and inquiries were directed to city spokesperson was negligent for not having a licence to Ted Townsend. begin with, she said. Townsend said the program was being “heavily” Townsend said, when the program subsidized but couldn’t provide numbers. started years ago, no licence was required. “It doesn’t justify the time and space being The commission was contacted by the Reg. $2400 + TAX devoted to the program, given all the other News, but did not respond. BRAKE SPECIAL demands at the centre,” said Townsend. Valerie Taylor, whose 83 year-old mother

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Richmond’s proximity to YVR, its Asian attractions and food, as well as Steveston, continue to be the driving forces behind Richmond’s tourism revenue stream. Last summer, between May and September, 1.9 million visitors set foot in Richmond, bringing with them $400 million in loose change, according to a Tourism Richmond report sent to the city this week. Promoting the city to Asian markets, particularly China, remains a priority according to Tourism Richmond CEO Tracy Lakeman. Last year, Tourism Richmond staff visited China to promote the city. Why, however, would Chinese people want to travel across the Pacific to see Chinese things, one may ask? “Travel for Chinese visitors is relatively new, so they like being comfortable when they’re travelling. They like they’re own food and aren’t overly adventurous,” explained Lakeman, noting the city’s Asian experience, including several Buddhist temples, is also a novelty for North American visitors. The Olympic oval was noted to be an increasingly popular visitor’s destination

and there are hopes the Richmond Olympic Experience museum will be a financial success come fall. Adding to Richmond’s public profile was film and television production. This week, the city reported it exceeded projected targets in 2013. Last year, 11 feature films (including Godzilla) and 16 TV series were shot in Richmond. In the summer months, it was estimated overnight visitors using hotels accounted for half of all visits to Richmond and two-thirds of all expenditures. According to city data, tourism accounts for seven per cent of jobs in Richmond. And in 2012, Tourism Richmond took in about $2.5 million from a two per cent hotel room tax, representing 80 per cent of its gross revenue. Its total budget was roughly $3 million. Each year, until 2016, the organization will transfer $900,000 of its tax revenue to the city, with $2.5 million going to the construction of the $5.7 million Olympic museum. Visitors by location: ! Other provinces — 25 per cent; ! United States —24 per cent; ! British Columbia — 17 per cent; ! Europe and others — 18 per cent; ! Asia Pacific — 16 per cent.

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our team has barely won three games a month. You’ve traded away your franchise’s best and most loved players for nothing, and your dwindling fan base is calling for the heads of management and coaching staff alike. What do you do? If you’re Canucks Sports and Entertainment, you lay off 1,000 unionized concession stand workers and announce you’ll be replacing them with new staff, very likely willing to work for less. That bit of bad PR trickled out last week when it was revealed the Vancouver

Canucks’ parent company was terminating its contract with Aramark a year early so it could retool food offerings at Rogers Arena. Apparently, the profit margin on an $8 cup of draft Budweiser or $6 slice of pizza just wasn’t wide enough. Servers, cashiers and cooks earned between $13 and $21 dollars per hour and received MSP coverage and modest dental benefits. It’s true the job doesn’t require specialized skills or training, but when did it become such a sin to pay your employees enough to keep

their heads above water? For many of the laid off workers, many of whom are women and immigrants, the nighttime work is a second income needed to make ends meet. In a part of the world where the cost of living runs laps around increases in wages, it would be nice if such large and profitable private sector employers weren’t so intent on undercutting those struggling at the bottom. Maybe Canucks Sports and Entertainment is expecting fewer bums in seats next season. That’s certainly what they deserve.

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ritish Columbians Critical decisions about the have every right province’s recycling program will to be proud of our no longer be made by elected GuestShot world-leading recycling representatives who live in the program, built right here in communities those programs Peter Kvarnstrom this province. serve. Instead, a group made The achievement of the up almost entirely of Torontomighty Blue Box is the product of an efficient based executives of multinational companies partnership between municipal governments, will decide who will pay how much for the the private sector, and the people of British privilege of collecting and processing your Columbia. It gets the job done and, at an recyclables. What is going on here? average cost of $35 per household each year, it The consequence will be a dramatic increase gets the job done at a good price. in costs for British Columbia’s businesses, So, if the system for recycling waste particularly the province’s newspapers. In fact, packaging is working so well, why is the we estimate that the newspaper industry is province so keen to “fix it” and hand it over threatened with a bill that could come to $14 to the very multinational corporations who million. That is a dramatic increase when you shipped us all that packaging in the first place? consider that newspapers aren’t required to Sounds remarkable, but that is exactly what pay product stewardship fees today, directly. the provincial government is doing. On May Newspapers, like all businesses, pay for these 19, the government’s new multi-material services the same way all British Columbians recycling regulation will formally end the days do: through their property taxes. That doesn’t mean newspapers haven’t of local decision-making over our Blue Box been participating in recycling and the programs and hand it to some of the largest environment, far from it. producers of plastic and paper packaging the In fact, newspapers are the original recycled world has ever known.

product and publishers have taken steps, such as moving to vegetable-based inks, to minimize the environmental impact of our product. Diversion rates for newsprint are a remarkable 85 per cent. The government’s new recycling regulation wouldn’t do a thing to improve newspapers’ already impressive recycling record. What it will do, however, is dump a massive new cost onto the back of a fragile industry still challenged to stay standing. While our readership is stronger than ever, B.C.’s newspapers are struggling financially. Having Victoria force a $14 million tax on newspapers looks an awful lot like someone throwing an anchor to a drowning person. Indeed, there is no greater threat to the vibrancy of British Columbia’s newspaper industry today than the government’s new recycling policy. Think about that for a minute while enjoying your next read. It’s your community weekly that’s at risk here. But the new recycling regime will not only cause a wave of damage and job losses across newsrooms everywhere, it will also have an impact on many other businesses, as well as

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Put money where your mouth is The Editor, Re: “Richmond benefits from thriving arts scene,” Opinion, March 19. As a retired art and design instructor, I am gratified to hear that Richmond has the “thriving arts scene” that Coun. Bill McNulty described in his column. There is one glaring omission in his profile, however: Richmond still lacks the kind of purpose-built art gallery that a city of this size needs and deserves. If Mr. McNulty wants to trumpet the existence of a thriving arts scene in Richmond, he should recognize it is time that Richmond had an arts facility that was something more than just an after-thought at the back of the library building and, at the very least, would be comparable to the wonderful new art museum in Bellingham, Wa. Bellingham, with a much smaller population, found the means to design and build a class facility that represents a higher

level of commitment to the arts than seems to be the case in our community. If you are really dedicated to promoting the arts in Richmond Mr. McNulty, take a leadership role by spearheading an initiative to create a worthy showcase for the arts in this community! The staff at The Richmond Art Gallery do a terrific job with what they are given, but one can only imagine what they could accomplish with two to three times the space and a facility that was designed expressly for the display and promotion of the arts. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the same kind of pride in a gallery that is enjoyed by our neighbours in Bellingham, Bellevue, and Tacoma? Unless, of course, mega-houses and condominium towers really represent the true nature of “culture” in Richmond. Well? Ray Arnold Richmond

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owners who have been hit two weeks to clean things up. If the they don’t comply, the city can then perform the work and bill the owners. It’s a scenario that’s not preferred, said Const. Baljinder Kandola, the Richmond RCMP’s graffiti investigator, who believes that outcome only victimizes the victims. “What we need is the graffiti coming down,” she said. “The longer it’s up there, the notoriety of whoever did it, builds.”

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fter a few gentle dabs on the stained, granite surface, the acetone-soaked cotton swab in Betty Murphy’s hand takes on a greyish hue. It makes her quietly sigh with despair as she carries on with the painstaking task of removing the faint remains of black spray paint from the 92year-old cenotaph outside Richmond City Hall. Murphy, a member of the Vancouver Naval Veterans Association, can’t fathom why anyone would target the public monument commemorating the community’s war dead with graffiti. “I don’t think you can print what I’m thinking,” said Murphy, 87, with a stern look in her eyes as she carries on, along with other volunteers. The cenotaph, shrouded in white plastic sheets last week to protect clean-up efforts from the tale end of winter, was one of several sites hit with graffiti, stretching from the middle arm dyke to city hall and down to Steveston.

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Veteran Betty Murphy and local volunteer Matthew McBride were part of a group, armed only with a box of cotton swabs dipped in acetone, trying to clean up graffiti from the cenotaph outside Richmond City Hall. Photo by Philip Raphael/Richmond News It’s a situation the City of Richmond spent $7,806 in 2012 to address, and a further $8,586 last year for graffiti clean-up of city owned sites — those figures don’t include road signs or local parks. “Graffiti begets graffiti,” Hawthorne said. “If people see graffiti and it’s left for long periods,

others will come and do it, too, to get recognized. That’s why we have bylaws and programs to get it off as quick as possible.” City crews in Richmond try to remove all traces of graffiti on city property within 24 hours. The City of Richmond, however, gives property

major tool to eradicate graffiti is a relatively simple one — limiting the attention it draws — said Greg Jenion, who teaches crime prevention and community safety at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus. But just how to go about that effectively, requires defining which category it falls into. “You want to be careful how you respond,” Jenion said. “We all want things to get better, and the initial, knee-jerk reactions, if they are not well thought out, can cause more harm than good.” A quiet, yet effective, clean-up campaign like the one used in New York City in the 1970s and ‘80s is an example where efforts were consistent, but not heralded. Jenion said subway trains — a favourite target — had graffiti removed or painted over on a daily basis until the incidents started subsiding. In that case much of the graffiti was classified as “tagging” which refers to a signature or mark, often applied repetitively across a large area. ”Envision it like a dog going around marking its territory,” Jenion said. How you deal with the culprits, when finally caught, can also vary in treating the problem. While restitution is favoured by Transit Police, a hands-on approach is not always a good idea. “Originally, you would think having them clean up their own work would be smart to do,” Jenion said. Not so, in some cases, he said, because that can provide a learning experience for graffiti artists for what surfaces are more difficult to be cleaned.


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raffiti — art and free speech, or a crime of trespass and vandalism? Which is it? That depends on who you talk to, said Pontus Agren, a former, prolific graffiti writer in his youth who went on to form an anti-graffiti program in 2001, then later earned a degree in criminology at Simon Fraser University. “Putting any type of ink on a wall without the consent of the owner is naturally going to warrant a criminal charge,” said Agren. “But the hip-hop graffiti artists do this because it’s part of their language in their subculture. They are talking to each other. They are seeking recognition and fame. Knowing that, you might see the crime in a different way. “The guys in the graffiti subculture I’ve worked with they feel like it’s an expression. If you come from a government perspective, it’s deviant.” But why target private and public property with spray cans, markers and other media? “I’ve talked with so many of these kids (graffiti writers), they’ve come from broken homes, they’ve been bullied at school and feel they don’t have a voice in our society,”

he said. “And one way to get heard is by putting your name up on a wall. That’s why it becomes a subculture and a way of getting recognition. “We talk about embracing all the people within our community in order to make our community stronger. And it’s these kids who get brushed aside.” But it’s also that group that’s likely not to consider what they do as art or free expression, but merely a way of, “getting some recognition in a society so heavily populated where kids feel they’ve lost their identity,” Agren said. And with that desire to be heard comes a form of addiction for many graffiti writers. “That’s why a lot of the kids stay in it so long,” he said. “They want that fame. “For me, it was hard to get out of that, too. I had to get caught several times.” Eventually, Agren, of Surrey, was diverted to a restorative justice process that put him in touch with his victims and an opportunity to develop empathy for those he offended. Ultimately, that helped Agren work his way out of the graffiti life. As for his impressions of the recent graffiti covering Richmond’s cenotaph, Agren said, from what he’s seen, it was simply vandalism. “These are people who just want to get

Pontus Agren, a former prolific graffiti writer in his youth who went on to form an anti-graffiti program, said the reasons people take part in graffiti are multi-faceted. Below, tagging is becoming more prevalent across Richmond. Photos by Philip Raphael/Richmond News recognized for being disruptive,” he said. “They are not putting their names out there like they might do in the hip-hop world, where they want to get known for their artistic approach. “This is scribbles across a cenotaph. They are not leaving their calling card. It’s purely just damage to be destructive.” He explained that in hip-hop culture, there are some tacit rules for where graffiti is not placed. “Some of the graffiti writers do have some morals,” Agren said, adding most official memorials are on that no-tag list.

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Too much of a coincidence, Suri said. That was about a year and a half ago. The graffiti remains and has attracted just one more addition. What motivates someone to reach for a spray can or permanent marker to deface a sign, wall or window? Karen Parhar, a member of KPU’s department of psychology, said it can be attributed to a number of causes. “One theory of why people do things like this is self determination,” Parhar said. “Another is a competency factor — you feel you’re good at something. And a third is the need for expression, to state your individuality or autonomy, having freedom.” Some of it can be traced back to gang

cultures and the individual’s desire to fit in with a group, while at the same time expressing their unique attributes, added Parhar, whose background is in motivational research, criminal behaviour and forensic psychology. “When somebody feels they’re good at something, they’ll feel part of a group. And it’s a way to express their individuality. Plus, they don’t feel like they are controlled.” Graffiti artists, especially those classified as taggers, also fall into the narcissistic category. “Definitely,” Parhar said. “They are trying to make themselves individuals by getting their mark out there and want to show everyone what they have done.”

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n high school, there are always the students that seem to have it all together. They somehow manage to juggle athletic commitments, leadership responsibilities, club meetings and a social life… all while maintaining an impressive grade point average. If you are part of this fortunate fraction to whom success comes with a relative effortlessness, it is very easy to find yourself settling with being “good enough.” Riding the waves of your teachers’ approval and your peers’ respect is… comfortable. It’s a reputation and a lifestyle that works itself into the fabric of your identity. You’re familiar with working hard, and your time management is to be admired.

Compliments and words of congratulation StudentbyDay are frequently showered in your direction. Without really being of aware of it, Anna it’s very easy to get used to it all. It’s easy Toth to unconsciously assume you’ll achieve everything you attempt, and remain consistently above the curve. I’m sure we’re all familiar with Aesop’s Fable about the Tortoise and the Hare. Usually, the take home lesson is that the “slow and steady” one wins the race, but the story can also be considered from an alternative perspective. The hare can be seen as the “talented” racer, the racer with every required resource and ability. The assumption that he will cross the finish line first seems painfully obvious to every

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spectator; yet, it is his overconfident self-assurance that causes him to relax… to get just a little bit too comfortable. He never considers failure as an option, because winning has always been easy for him. I write this article as a second year student at UBC. I admit, I have been guilty of harbouring the misinformed idea that “I’m good enough… just as I am right now.” I have also watched other students confidently enter university with that entitled mentality, only to be emotionally shattered by the first test results and grade finals. Skills such as writing, researching, calculating, leading, and managing are all examples of skills that we can continuously strive to improve on. Outside of school, maybe it’s our athletic ability, musical ear, or cultural awareness that we’re proud of. Maybe we’re known as the star soccer player on our team, or the graphic designer in our classroom. Pausing to ask ourselves how we can continue to improve and develop our skills ensures that we put our abilities to good use, and never take our gifts for granted. Self-evaluating, setting small goals, choosing role models that demonstrate higher competence, and never settling for “good enough” will help prevent a lot of regrets down the line. Obviously, one cannot be accomplished at everything. Life can get busy and overwhelming. As the responsibilities and worries of adult life start to fill the creases of our mind, it becomes more and more important to identify our priorities and make decisions as to which skills we want to support and foster. There will be some periods when incremental improvement may seem impossible, but if we’re ever bored with the predictable monotony of a non-challenging schedule, I’m sure the efforts we apply to improvement will be rewarding. Anna Toth is a JN Burnett graduate and currently attends UBC.

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NITE OF HOPE

Revealing the ‘Naked’ truth Philip Raphael

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Almost from the very moment of being diagnosed with breast cancer, Bif Naked knew it was an event in her life she was going to willingly share. But it wasn’t her celebrity as a singer and familiarity in spotlight urging her to do so — although that would help. It was a conscious decision to tell her story, and in doing so help enlarge the community of people touched by the disease allowing them to share in the strength of unity and break down the social barriers associated with the illness. “I discovered that in our culture, our society, many people were internalizing this — cancer. Some really didn’t want to talk about it,” said Naked who is the guest speaker at this year’s Nite of Hope Gala Evening, a cancer fundraiser April 8 at the River Rock Show Theatre. “It seems to me, the more time I spent in the waiting room for my own appointments, and the more time I spent in the chemo wards, I learned more that people isolate. I don’t know

Singer Bif Naked is keen to share her cancer story for the Nite of Hope fundraiser April 8 at the River Rock Show Theatre. Photo submitted whether it’s because we’re Canadian or in the west, but people tend to close the blinds.”

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Much of that stems from a level of embarrassment many feel when going through a health crisis, Naked said. “And they don’t want to trouble anybody. They don’t want anyone to come and see them struggling.” Naked added society, in general, prefers to project an appearance of health. “Families want to show they are busy, thriving, healthy and happy. We don’t want our neighbours know our business,” she said. But it’s her message that it’s okay to share and draw on the positives from being open about the situation. That was the direction Naked took in 2011 when she discovered a chick pea-sized lump in her breast. The diagnosis followed quickly, and her journey to share he story began. “At the time, I was a newlywed. My wedding (photos) had been in Hello Magazine. It was a perfect tragedy,” she said. “Because of that it was easy to talk about because it was a bit of a sensationalistic type of story. Plus, at the time I was what I considered to be in optimal health. Everyone knew I was an athletic person, a vegan, I didn’t smoke or drink. It was part of my

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Richmond Devils Jodie Wong heads up ice during her team’s 8-0 win over Dawson Creek at last week’s B.C. Hockey Senior “A” Women’s Provincial Championships at the Richmond Ice Centre. The hosts finished round-robin play with a 2-1-1 record and narrowly missed out on a spot in the gold medal game. The Devils opened with a 5-1 victory over SFU before dropping a last minute 5-4 heartbreaker to South Fraser TNT. That result meant the girls had to produce a win over pre-tournament favourite Kamloops in their final qualifying game. The teams battled to a scoreless tie. Kamloops went on to defeat South Fraser 3-1 in the final. Photo by Mark Booth

This weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval, fans will have the unique opportunity to watch world class athletes from three different sports without having to leave the venue. It’s a bonus for the athletes, organizers and Mother Nature too. The Battle and Blades Super Weekend began Thursday with the Intact Insurance Speed Skating qualifier which will set-up races over the next three days. This competition will be used to rank the 24 men and women for the 2014-15 national and development teams. Tickets are available at the door. “Sochi may just have finished, but the hard work continues at the Intact Insurance Short Track Speed Skating Qualifier where fans can see the next generation of Olympians and cheer them on. Some of these athletes are beginning their quest to join veterans at the next Olympic Games in 2018,” said Ted Houghton, Executive Director of the BC Speed Skating Association. Exciting talents continue their journey to the top.” Next up is the 2014 Victor Gantsevich Fencing Grand Prix. One of only three Men’s Épée

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Uchiages lead host club The 41st annual Steveston Karate International Invitational features some outstanding performances by the host club. Taking part in the event’s opening ceremonies were Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Consol General of Japan Sejii Okada, Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap and Consul of Japan’s Akira Uchida. They welcomed the athletes, while Uchida also presented the Consol General’s Award to Toshi Uchiage — recognizing his competitive accomplishments. They include: Senior WFK and PKF medalist, Junior PFK champion, Commonwealth champion, 12-time Canadian senior champion and five-time Canadian junior champion. Uchiage then proceeded to win the men’s Kata event. His sisters reached the women’s Kata final with Sumi edging out Hidemi. The two have faced each other three times in the past four national championships. In men’s Kumite, Masayoshi Nishiuchi lived up to his reputation, capturing both the Men’s 70 kg and Open titles. He is the JKF Shito-Kai Kumite World Champion and won several tournaments for Japan. He trained for 10 months at Steveston Dojo and now is based out of Ippon Dojo in Calgary.

Guest referees were Chuck Sweigart (WKF Referee), Zvonko Celibija (WKF Referee and PKF Referee Committee). Over 450 athletes competed this year. Here’s a rundown of the division medal winners: WKF Girl Kata: Gold- Shalene Lee. Silver- Gwyndoline Tingey. BronzeDarbyanh Heeman, Erica Chow. WKF Boy Kata: Gold- Khyber Barnett. Silver- Brandon Wilson. Bronze- Nathan Dong, Amr Fahmy. Women’s Kata: Gold- Sumi Uchiage. Silver- Hidemi Uchiage. Bronze- Miho Kataoka, Shalene Lee. Women’s 60 kg: Gold- Vienna Krumwiede. Silver- Hidemi Uchiage. Bronze- Gurkamal Gill, Valerie Doyon. Women’s Open: Gold- Vienna Krumwiede. Silver- Hidemi Uchiage. Bronze- Laura Wiederrich, Kelsey Orvick. Men’s Kata: Gold- Toshi Uchiage. Silver- Jeff Ng. Bronze- Kenneth Lee, Seiya Takeuchi. Men’s 70 Kg: Gold- Masayoshi Nishiuchi. Silver- Seiya Takeuchi. Bronze- Nao Takeda, Jaon Farquharson. Men’s Open: Gold- Masayoshi Nishiuchi. Silver- Nao Takeda. Bronze- Adam Wackershauser, Jeff Othon.

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Familiar fate for Canadians It was a playoff script so painfully familiar for the Greater Vancouver Canadians. For the seventh consecutive season, the Canadians saw their season come to an end at the hands of the Vancouver Northwest Giants, this time in a two-game semi-final sweep. The defending league champions squeaked out a 2-1 series opening win, then closed it out with a 4-1 triumph 24 hours later at the Burnaby Winter Club. The result marked the first time a playoff

series between the rivals had not gone the distance. The Canadians enjoyed a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes in game two on a goal by Alex Whitwham but the Giants tied it early in the second then scored three more times in the final period. The opener saw the Giants strike for a pair of first period goals in 39 seconds and it was enough for the victory. Gunnar Wegleitner got the visitors on the board late in the second period.

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