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The toilet. A necessity. A place of convenience — yes? Try telling that to the people over at CHOP Steakhouse on St. Edward’s Drive in Bridgeport. The restaurant has taken the modest lavatory and turned it into a land of luxury, comScan plete with an page to vote eight-foot tall stone fountain for carved with flobest ral and animal loo artwork and leather couches. Now the Richmond toilet is in the running to be crowned “Cintas Canada’s Best Restroom.” A team of judges has narrowed down the top potties in the country to five, with CHOP and Vancouver’s Steamworks Bew Pub the B.C. contenders. “It’s kinda neat, we’ve got pretty nice washrooms here,” said CHOP’s general manager, Eric Rudd. “All the time, I hear people coming back from the washroom and saying ‘wow.’

“Many customers sit on the couches in there and work off their laptops and stuff and just relax. Our washrooms are a talking point for sure.” CHOP’s lavish loo also boasts the same ambient lighting as the restaurant, flower arrangements and a

vaulted wooden ceiling with natural light peeking in overhead. The public can get in on the water closet act also, by casting a ballot for their favourite washroom online at www.bestrestroom.com/canada through the end of November. The contest site takes visitors on

Steveston Facebook parents worried about possessing stolen items

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a photographic tour of each convenience. The winner of the 4th Annual Cintas Canada’s Best Restroom Contest will be revealed later this fall and both the winner and runner-up will secure a place in a rather unique “Hall of Fame.” Other finalists include: a gas station grocery store in Alberta that has geo-thermal heating and cooling technologies and granite countertops and a a chocolate boutique in Toronto that has a heart-shaped, silver vanity mirror and a tea set suspended upside down from the ceiling. Last year’s winner was the Langley Street Loo in Vancouver.

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Police have raided a family home, suspected to have stolen toys, which were being sold to Steveston parents on Facebook. The house, in the 4700 block of Steveston Highway, received a visit from Mounties around 8 a.m. last Tuesday (Oct. 1). Boxes of toys were removed from the property. Police believe many toys that have passed through the home were sold to parents via the Steveston Kid Swap and Shop Facebook page. “The mother was part of the Facebook group,” said a neighbour who witnessed the raid. “Everything she would sell on the page would be brand new items, so people think they’re stolen items

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mom shoplifting to care for her sold for a discounted price.” Richmond RCMP confirmed the kids,” she said. Pictures of the raid, which were home (just west of Railway Avenue) had been raided as part of an ongo- posted on the Swap and Shop Facebook page (and shortly after ing investigation into charges of taken down) theft under $5,000 lead to a flurry and possession of of calls to stolen property. RCMP from Richmond Fireworried parents Rescue was also concerned they brought in on the bought, and are case, which means now in possesthere may also be sion of, stolen a hoarding issue — Stephanie Ashton goods. and a violation of “They’re worhousing bylaws, said Cpl. Stephanie Ashton, RCMP ried they might lose the Christmas presents they bought for their kids media relations officer. and that they can’t afford to buy “This isn’t just a story about a

“They’re worried they might lose the Christmas presents they bought for their kids,”

new ones,” said Ashton. She assured the parents Richmond RCMP will not be going to people’s houses and repossessing the toys. “If I had one message to give people it would be this, when you buy online and the deal seems too good to be true, you are probably dealing with someone who has obtained those items through crime,” said Ashton. She has set up an email contact for anyone wishing to provide information in relation to this investigation at Richmond_Tips@rcmpgrc.gc.ca More details cannot be released until charges are laid.

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8811 River Rd. This year, it brings the British Invasion to Richmond with impressionist band Atlantic Crossing performing hits by The Beatles, Elton John and Rod Stewart. The gala is the centre’s key fundraising event and seeks to raise awareness about disability issues. All proceeds go towards the centre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the Bonspiel Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment and dancing until 11 p.m. Tickets are $88 or $800 for a table of 10. For more information, call 604-232-2404 or visit www. rcdrichmond.org.

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he next federal election is still a couple of years away, but the Conservatives have already found their candidate for the new riding of Delta. First elected in 2011 in Delta-Richmond East, MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay announced last Thursday she would be running in Delta in 2015. After making her plans known to directors at a meeting of the Delta-Richmond

East Electoral District Association the night before, Findlay, who just purchased a home in Ladner, held a get together with friends and supporters at Sharkey’s Seafood Bar & Grille. The first-term MP won the riding of Delta-Richmond East two years ago by a wide margin, replacing retired longtime Conservative MP John Cummins, who also dominated at the polls during his years in office. The next election will see a substantial change in electoral boundaries as South

Delta and North Delta merge into one federal riding. “While I continue to serve constituents in all of DeltaRichmond East on both sides of the Fraser River, in the next election I can, of course, only run in either Delta or the new riding of StevestonRichmond East,” Findlay said. “Working with individuals and businesses with both municipalities, the provincial government and federal government departments on a variety issues continues to be a great honour for me. “I enjoy meeting with people in Steveston, Richmond East and Delta. Their issues and concerns are important nationally as well as right here at home. I will continue to serve my constituents on both sides of the Fraser until the next election.” It’s been a rapid rise in the ranks for the veteran lawyer, who most recently moved from Associate Minister of National Defence to Minister of National Revenue. She was previously parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice, helping oversee a

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Building bridges — one section at a time. That’s the motto driving Chak Au, as he continues the journey down the sometimes rocky road of laying communication lines between Richmond’s much-vaunted multicultural communities. It appears, however, that Au — a health department program leader and first season city councillor — has made a breakthrough in his bid to bring Richmondites of different stripes closer together. Au recently managed to broker a social luncheon between two, apparently, distinctly different groups of women. Only thing was, when the two did come face to face; they realized they weren’t that different and had lots to talk about. The groups — the Vancouver Chinese Women Association and an informal collection of Muslim women — broke down many barriers during a lunch at an Islamic restaurant and swapped ideas of how the two could work together in the future. “It was actually really easy,” said Au of arranging the meet. “I simply said, ‘hey, there’s a group out there, would you like to meet them?’ They were both quite enthusiastic. I think a lot of stereotypes were broken down on the day. For example, many of the Chinese women were surprised to see that the ladies in the Islamic group were from various parts of the world and, on the other side, I think the Muslim ladies were surprised

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A little goes a little way Work matters. Having a job and being compensated for our skills, time and energy is an important part of life for most of us. So there is no doubt Mark Wafer’s efforts to make our work force more inclusive and diverse is commendable. The owner of six Tim Horton’s franchises in Ontario has hired up to 90 people with various disabilities in his operations. Wafer was in Richmond last week convincing other business owners to do the same, to create work opportunities for those with physical and developmental disabilities. His speech, hosted by Richmond Community Living, marked the launch of Community Living Month. The organization supports people with developmental disabilities and their families. So what’s wrong with this picture? Apart from the irony of holding an event that promotes inclusion at one of the most exclusive places in Richmond (the Richmond Golf and Country Club), there is something unsavory about a pitch to business owners, telling them how they can increase their profits by hiring people with developmental disabilities, knowing very few of those hires will earn more than minimum wage. Granted, something is better than nothing. And, in some cases, a low wage, part time, private sector job is just the ticket. But obviously it’s not enough. The worry is that our government thinks it is. People like Wafer are leaders who should be commended. But holding them up as shining examples of the private sector delivering social good only further justifies government cuts to vital social agencies. Having a disability is hugely expensive. Inclusion in the workplace is laudable, but it doesn’t excuse the government from its responsibility.

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Paralympian passes the torch The Editor: Re: “Paralympic medalist inspires young Muslims,” News, Oct 4. Thank you for your excellent article by Phillip Raphael on Paralympian Walter Wu. I had the pleasure of meeting Walter a few years back, as well as his father. One thing that was not mentioned in the article is the fact that families like Wu’s faced some extraordinary costs for schooling while training for the extra time needed to compete at the elite levels. Because of this, Wu’s father, Santos, started a permanent endowment fund at the Richmond Community Foundation that invites people to support future athletes in the Richmond area by providing funds to families that need an extra hand in obtaining books, tuition and educational needs, while training for the Olympics, Special Olympics or other elite events. Wu and his family have put in place this permanent endowment from which the interest each year is available for this purpose. For more information, please contact the Richmond Community Foundation on the criteria to apply for funding support. Wu and his father have said many times, education is very important in the future plans for all young people as they train to compete. Jim Watson Mission, B.C.

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Tunnel replacement plan raises questions So they’re going to replace the tunnel! As someone who uses it, (who doesn’t?) I’m ecstatic. But then my scepticism starts up. Work is slated to begin in 2017 — isn’t that an election year? And what about those oil tankers that can’t get over the existing tunnel? Actually, I seem to remember hearing choked tunnel solutions in the past. In 2006 a local newspaper reported Kevin Falcon (then Liberal Transportation Minister) as saying, “The plan is to twin the tunnel — and pay for it in part through tolls — after the Gateway project and other major infrastructure projects, such as the Sea-to-Sky Highway widening and Golden Ears Bridge, are complete. That puts the tunnel at least 15 years away.” Falcon, to his credit, continued, he’s “willing to sit down with Richmond council and discuss the timing of the tunnel project.” At the time, I’m noted as commenting that I was “sceptical of massive road improvement plans. A balance needs to be struck between new roads and bridges with rapid transit and dedicated truck lanes for goods movement.” Not much has changed other than this announcement is for a bridge rather than a tunnel. To call it a plan is premature as no one has any information regarding design, traffic patterns and corridors, environmental and farmland impacts.

Linda Barnes CITY SCENE

Project Manager Geoff Freer stated, “We’ll be looking at every inter-change and updating the traffic numbers north and south of the tunnel.” If he’s read his letters he would know Richmond has sent dozens telling him exactly what is required for Westminster and Steveston interchanges. Also, this bridge plan seems to ignore the city’s long-term plans to construct a mid-island dike along the highway corridor to enhance flood protection. We’ve even sent in suggestions for decongesting the corridor up to the tunnel. In a letter to Port Metro Vancouver, we suggested, “reducing truck trips in peak periods by encouraging truck drivers and companies to shift their pickup and delivery to off-peak delivery times....Utilize GPS or other tracking technology in co-operation with trucking associations... to anticipate travelling conditions for individual vehicles, thereby creating better arrival and departure strategies; and providing designated sites in the vicinity of Deltaport for waiting trucks.” I think we received a “Thanks for your suggestions letter.” TransLink has a regional

plan and states “significant investments are needed to expand the transportation system, to keep pace with growth, achieve our goals and meet the diverse needs of all parts of the region.... “Pubic resources are scarce, so we have to maximize the value of every transportation investment from fare purchases to new rapid transit projects.” The premier’s government is looking at a referendum on TransLink. These huge infrastructure projects need to be integrated into a regional plan, not announced as a plum for election promises. Do we need a replacement for the Massey tunnel? Probably yes, but we also need rapid transit south of the Fraser. Do we want a bridge that will inevitably be tall enough for oil tanker traffic in the Fraser may be another question. Has Port Metro been made to consider other alternatives to simply another costly bridge? I just have this nagging concern this announcement has less to do with easing life for the commuter than making more money for the Port and pipeline people. I have to question the motives for this announcement, which seems devoid of any rapid transit solutions, eliminates the barrier to very large oil tankers and doesn’t appear to be linked to regional planning. I hope I’m wrong. Linda Barnes is a Richmond City Councillor.


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Quest for lost goat continues Open letter to Richmond, Re: “Grazing stock sheep-knapped,” News, Sept. 13. My partner lives next to the farm where Sandy Chappell permanently kept his sheep. Up until a few weeks ago, in addition to the shy sheep, there was a dog-like goat that would stand at the barbed wire fence and call to us and our young girls. He had a distinctive cry, so my daughter nicknamed him, “Loudy,” and he became a pet by proxy. For months, we would visit him. Then the sheep went missing, and suddenly Loudy was gone, too. I visited the land owner and he told me someone had given him the goat, but after he was placed in the field, the neighbours had complained he was “too loud.” Chappell sold him to another farm. When I spoke to him, he told me that a man had knocked on his door and offered to buy Loudy and six sheep.

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He never gave Chappell a number, and even though Chappell acknowledged Loudy was like a dog, he was pretty sure he was destined for slaughter. He had hoped to find a good home for him, but was under pressure from the SPCA to sell his animals. Chappell was often in the field with the sheep and treated them very well. He didn’t deserve the backlash he’s received. I know this is an impossible task, but I need help in locating Loudy. If Loudy is still alive, I obviously want to prevent him from being slaughtered. We would like to adopt Loudy and would pay triple whatever this man paid. This has been devastating to our family, and the girls are bereft. If anyone knows where Loudy is, please email me at poignanttv@yahoo.ca. Louise Walker Richmond

The Editor, We wish to thank you, Richmond, for your support for the South Arm United Church Country Fair. We thank the members of our church family, the high school students and other friends who donated time, energy and expertise in the months of preparation and on the day of the event.

We thank those who donated items to be sold; and the public who came out to snap up treasures and share a day of fun. We are glad to provide this opportunity for neighbours to get together. Please join us next year for our 55th Country Fair. Maylene Williams Joanne Woodrow Fair coordinators

Will Walmart destroy oldest tree? The Editor, Re: “Walmart goes before council again,” News, Oct. 9. I live on Alexandra Road, across the street from the proposed Wal-Mart, and have biked, walked and driven past the largest tree in the area hundreds of times. Today, I measured the circumference of the tree, and, five feet from the ground, it measures 12 feet, eight inches. I have no idea of its height but think at least 100 feet. My question: Would anyone know if this is the oldest tree in Richmond, and if so, should it not somehow be preserved? Jack Danyluk Richmond

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Did area plan box city into a corner? Some say the West Cambie Area Plan wasn’t conceived for big box stores, others beg to differ, insisting it’s all part of the vision BY ALAN CAMPBELL

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hat came first, the big boxes or the area plan to control their size? The answer lies somewhere in the middle of a see-sawing, decade-long desire to balance the growth of a vibrant, sustainable neighbourhood with a developer’s urge to construct a 14-acre, Walmart-anchored shopping centre in the Alexandra portion of West Cambie. Sure, the shopping centre proposal was first on the scene in 2003, but was ahead of its time in terms of planning for the area bound by Garden City Road, Alderbridge Way, No. 4 Road and Alexandra Road. Its arrival prompted the city council of the day into action in terms of propelling a larger area plan into motion. That grand plan, the West Cambie Area Plan (WCAP), was adopted in 2006 by council to oversee and control the potential growing pains. Depending on whom you speak to, the WCAP has done exactly what it set out to do seven years ago and there’s no rabbit being pulled from any hat. For others, like veteran councillor Harold Steves, the plan, in his mind, was never conceived to allow the birth of another big box shopping centre in Richmond. “This is a decision we should have taken 10 years ago,” Steves told city council’s planning committee this week, moments before Smartcentres’ proposal was approved to the next stage. “If the area plan allows this, then the area plan is in error. We never, ever set this up to have big box stores in there, it was supposed to be a neighbourhood shopping centre. This is contrary to our OCP (Official Community Plan) concept. Big developments are supposed to be transit orientated and this clearly is not.” Since the WCAP’s inception, numerous revisions to Smartcentres’ plan have “ended up justifying what we have now,” said Steves. Steves said the damage, as he sees it, could have been undone several times over the years, but said some fellow councillors kept “sitting on the fence.” When you do that, he charged, “everybody eventually gets on side” with the idea. “In the early days, I was in favour of the idea of a neighbourhood shopping centre. But it always had the potential to turn into something big box like this and I told (council members) at the time.” Many on that 2006 council were themselves concerned about what might happen in terms of this turning into a big box shopping centre, Steves recalled. “But I guess, over time, they seem to have forgotten, I don’t know. It’s against all the planning we’ve done over the years, in terms of everything you need being within five to 10 minutes walking distance. This is totally outside of that, it makes no sense whatsoever.”

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n the contrary, retorted Coun. Evelina Hasley-Brandt. She believes the WCAP and the shopping centre proposal go hand-in-hand and make near perfect sense, no matter what tenant anchors the development, referring to the vitriol spilled by many at the prospect of welcoming Walmart into the city. “This meets the OCP and the WCAP,” she said. “When we did the (area plan), what we envisaged was a large retail area. “But if we’re going to start getting into which restaurant can go in this corner and what store can go in that corner, then we’re heading into dangerous territory.

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“That’s not what we do; this is a good land use plan.” Did Halsey-Brandt always see big box stores sprouting up as part of the WCAP? “There’s always been large plate stores planned for this area, whether that would be a Safeway or a Superstore-type place,” she said. “This was what was expected; build up the residential component and then the retail would catch up.” Halsey-Brandt said it’s unreasonable to ask people to come live in the area — 1,200 of the WCAP’s envisaged 3,000 homes have been built in the Alexandra portion of West Cambie — and then tell them they have to go to No. 3 Road to get what they need. “That wasn’t the vision of this area plan,” she added. “That whole community should be able to come out to a public hearing. We cannot always have perfection, but I think this is pretty close to it.” The assertion that such a major retail development, placed far from transit hubs, flies in the face of the city’s long-term sustainable community goal, also bemuses Halsey-Brandt. “The reality is that people drive to get their groceries, I don’t know anyone who cycles or gets the bus to do that,” she said. “It’s not going to be any bigger than the likes of Ironwood. I know Walmart is not just a Safeway or whatever, it’s a combination of a few things. I think it’s quite smart, people might not need to drive around so much.” Mayor Malcolm Brodie, meanwhile, is surprised to hear

Shopping centre will beautify neighbourhood: Resident

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helley Rupert has seen lots of changes in her West Cambie neighbourhood over the years. And the prospect of yet another change is one the resident welcomes with open arms. She believes — as opposed to a 14-acre, Walmartanchored shopping centre bringing the neighbouhood down — it will drag the place up by the scruff of the neck. “It sure would be nice to be able to walk to a neighbourhood mall,” she told city council’s planning committee this

so many people are, well, surprised by the possibility of a big box shopping centre. “This has been around for 10 years and I can’t see why anyone is surprised by it,” Brodie told the News. “To me, what’s proposed here, in general terms, is what we envisaged with this (area plan). “I believe the plan always had the potential to produce what we have in front of us now; there’s no surprises.”

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espite the planning committee voting 4-1 in favour of sending the shopping centre proposal to full council and then a probable public hearing, Steves hasn’t lost hope of the big boxes being folded down in size. Harking back to when a similarly large shopping centre was proposed in Terra Nova, Steves said it’s never too late to say no. “There was due to be a huge grocery store there and we said ‘we don’t want that,’ and we went back to the developer and it was reduced in size. “We didn’t have to approve it and we didn’t. We can still have a neighbourhood shopping centre (in West Cambie), with a grocery store, smaller businesses, but no big boxes; we don’t need them. It doesn’t need a Walmart or whatever.” And if and when the public hearing arrives later this fall, city council, said Steves, can “vote this down.” “There’s still a chance. But with the attitude on council, I’m not holding my breath. We’ll see what happens, there’s going to be a lot of people at the public hearing.” week. “The location makes sense, close to connector roads and bridges; people here need choices. “For those people who want to keep urban forests, West Cambie Park is nearby. Also nearby are abandoned homes with junk outside and many homes filled with people of questionable character.” Rupert questioned how many more loopholes must shopping centre plan proponent Smartcentres jump through. “It’s time to get this going and make this area an actual neighbourhood,” she added. “For me, this plan is more of a beautification than anything else.”


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West Cambie: Where, what, why

2006 area plan boasted vision, ‘open space’ goals

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est Cambie is located in the north central part of Richmond and abuts the east side of the city

centre. According to the WCAP, the area already has “excellent access to major transportation connections in all directions and is within walking distance of Richmond’s City Centre.” Approximately two-thirds of the area has developed over the last 40 years, close to its full potential, including the neighbourhoods of The Oaks and Odlinwood.

Alexandra:

Approximately one-third of West Cambie, called Alexandra, remained undeveloped until the adoption in 2006 by city council of the West Cambie Area Plan (WCAP). The Alexandra neighbourhood is bound by Cambie Road, Garden City Road, Alderbridge Way and No. 4 Road. The WCAP envisaged around 3,000 townhomes being built. Latest city figures indicate approximately 1,200 dwelling units in the Alexandra area, with a couple of other developments currently under construction and a few

more applications in various stages of staff review. An Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) is located in the south-east portion of the neighbourhood.

WCAP vision:

Retain/enhance the “livability of The Oaks and Odlinwood neighbourhoods” and “encourage redevelopment of the Alexandra neighbourhood as a complete and balanced community.”

WCAP goals:

Designate land uses that are “compatible with overall city objectives” and promote “opportunities that improve the overall quality of life for residents of West Cambie and support practices that create a sustainable community.” The goals also encourage a “range of transportation modes that provides access to facilities and services, while minimizing the impacts of traffic, particularly within residential neighbourhoods” and support “opportunities for city parks, open space, natural areas, recreation, environmental protection and heritage preservation...”

The Vancouver question Plan scores own goal: Wolfe

City baulked at distance between big box and people BY ALAN CAMPBELL

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After years of pushing, a big box Walmart Supercentre finally set up shop in Vancouver in 2008. But it wasn’t before the retail giant tried and failed to get a foothold just over the river from Richmond, at Marine Drive and Cambie Street. An application in 2005 went before the City of Vancouver council of the day, but was rejected because it wasn’t the right fit for the area, recalls Coun. Raymond Louie. “That area is specific to highway-orientated retail, for the likes of furniture stores, automotive sales, large, bulky purchases and is designed to generate less frequent trips,” Louie told the News. “It was rejected on those grounds; it simply didn’t meet the criteria.” Walmart eventually located elsewhere in Vancouver,

around 2008, taking position in a former Costco at Grandview Highway and Boundary Road. “That site was already approved for that use, so it was no problem,” said Louie. Coun. Raymond Louie “Subsequent to that, Walmart hasn’t re-applied for the Marine Drive site. But the thinking is that it still isn’t a really good use of the site. “It doesn’t suit the intentions of this council in terms of Vancouver being a sustainable city and one of the greenest cities in the world. “It simply doesn’t match most basic sustainable practices to have something like that so far away from where most people live.”

has been overlooked,” he said. “The developer has been allowed so many last-minute adjustments each time West Cambie Area Plan: 1.0: Plan overthat we’ve been left with virtually nothing view: 1.4 Goals: 6. “Promote and support of any (environmental) value. opportunities for city parks, open space, “What has been protected by this pronatural areas, recreation, environmental posal in terms of the heritage?” protection and heritage preservaFrom a “green” angle, Wolfe tion…” contends that having a shopping If there’s a sub section of the centre in the Alexandra area WCAP that local resident and would prevent the thousands of environmentalist Michael Wolfe residents already living there feels has been ridden roughshod from having to drive long disby the Smartcentres’ proposal, it’s tances to get what they need. this one. “Do we need big box stores The shopping centre proposal in there, though?” he quesnegatively affects around 1.5 tioned. acres of land designated as being Michael Wolfe “Something like what they environmentally sensitive and, as have out at Terra Nova is all recompense, the developer has dedicated that’s needed; something that’s not meant to park space on site and put up $240,000 attract people in from other neighbourhoods towards extending a nearby ecological area and cities. of West Cambie Park. “This proposal has enjoyed exemption It’s not nearly enough to sway Wolfe. after exemption that it now goes against so “I think you can safely say this (goal) many of the city’s principals.” BY ALAN CAMPBELL

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Arts&Culture Van Belle: Play about leaping, falling Continued from page 12 pick up a plain script and stage it.” Van Belle, in plain clothes sitting on a white chair, begins by sharing his own obsession with flight and his experience watching the Challenger as a 14-year-old. He then dons a white suit and the play takes off with him assuming the role of Joseph Kittinger, who in 1960, jumped 102,800 feet from a high-altitude weather balloon to test a new parachute system. Van Belle also assumes the role of Vesna Vulovic — a Serbian flight attendant who was the only survivor of an in-flight bomb and as a result became the world record holder for the highest fall without a parachute — as well as, a modern-day Daedalus and Icarus.

His flight through the the- “It’s so different from anyatre on harness is supported thing we’ve done here and by projections on a screen it’s such an engaging story.” behind him. Staging the show was Costume changes come about a two-week process, in the form which of further included projecthe instaltions on his lation of white suit, a frame — Jovanni Sy making for hangwhat looks ing from to be a visually stunning the ceiling to hook up van piece. Belle’s harness, making it “Amy knows these guys more technical than the averfrom Calgary, so when she age Gateway play. showed me the archival “Everything’s hyper-chofootage, I was just knocked reographed, like where David out by it,” said Jovanni Sy, stands for the projects,” said Gateway artistic director. Strilchuk. “It’s called devised

“I was just knocked out by it.”

theatre and strongly integrates video with story.” Both humourous and tragic, as van Belle states, it’s a play about leaping and falling, reminding us that in the midst of technological advances, the human body stays a vulnerable combination of blood, muscle and bone. The Gateway show is part of the production’s larger movement into bigger studios. This will be the second time van Belle and Rose produce the play in a venue the size of Gateway. For more information, visit www.gatewaytheatre.com

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Arts&Culture Stigma still a main fight when living with HIV BY YVONNE ROBERTSON

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For the first time three years ago, Al decided to publicly share his experiences of living with HIV within his own Richmond community. He was absolutely terrified. “I thought, ‘what would the reaction be?’ But it’s been extremely positive so far,” said Al ((last name withheld). He volunteers for the

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gious. “I always think how does this affect my friends and family. If it was any other illness, we may not have the same hesitation. “It’s unfair actually that we allow it to happen while people are fighting for their lives here.” Raising awareness and giving people a better understanding of the virus are some of the main things the society strives towards.

It’ll be part of its 11th Annual Heart & Soul dinner and dance fundraiser next Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel. All proceeds go towards the society’s initiatives such as its Safeway Grocery Voucher program, one-on-one counseling, the weekly support group and High School 101. “I would say some of the main challenges right now would be nutrition and getting access to quality food at a reasonable rate,” said Carl Bailey, president of the society. “Mental stability is also affected because they spend a lot of time worrying about health, about expenses, about what people will think if they’re open about their illness.” Many members live on long-term disability, as they are prone to fatigue and various side effects from the medications. Al volunteers as much as possible, but can get

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VICTORIA

Hop the straight, step back into Island time BY ALAN CAMPBELL

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The hooves from a horse-drawn carriage clip-clop past, just as the city centre’s clock tower chimes 4 p.m. Iconic 19th century redstone buildings cast their historic shadows over the throngs from around the globe as cartoonesque miniature ferries chug tourists and commuters back and forth across the harbour. So far is Victoria’s blast-from-the-past downtown removed from the rat race of the Lower Mainland, it’s hard to believe it’s just a two-hour ride across the Georgia Strait on BC Ferries away. The truly impressive Victorian sights of the B.C. Legislature and the Fairmont Empress hotel, built in 1897 and 1908 respectively, dwarf anything Vancouver has to offer. And that’s before you’ve even set foot in the stately surroundings of Craigdarroch Castle, erected in 1889 by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, the wealthiest man in B.C. of the time. Suffice to say, spending a weekend in Victoria — my first, and long overdue, visit in six years of Canadian life, motivated out of ‘you’ve never been there?’ comments — is all about stepping back in time and immersing yourself in the grandeur of B.C.’s rich past.

B.C. Legislature, Fairmont Empress Hotel dwarfs anything Vancouver offers

It certainly breaks up the journey and lends the trip across and back a certain depth, no pun intended. Another redeeming feature of a weekend away in Victoria, is the easy half hour-drive from the Schwartz Bay terminal into the city centre. And while on the subject of redeeming qualities, I would thoroughly recommend splashing out a little bit extra for your base camp by staying at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa. Many of its rooms boast fantastic views across Victoria’s famed inner harbour and everything about this hotel — from the friendly and professional staff, to the fixtures and fittings in the Lure restaurant and lounge and in the bedrooms — oozes quality and a teaspoon of class, especially for a hotel chain. Delta Victoria also has a pretty good health club, spa, of course, an indoor swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, if you need a workout of sorts. And if you have a four-legged family member, like we do, the hotel welcomes dogs with open arms, offering a one-time $35 pet fee (other hotels charge per night) and a welcome pack for the pooch. The hotel is only a 10-minute walk into the downtown core, but it offers guests a complimentary shuttle service if you don’t feel like putting one foot in front of the other. The hotel also has its own floating jetty where you can hop on one of the many water taxis that zip around the harbour.

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ictoria really is a city where the ALAN CAMPBELL/RICHMOND NEWS old shakes hands Victoria is a city that combines the old with the new, with horse- with the new, as neighbouring centudrawn carriages and modern architecture. ries fold over each other inside, around and above the Inner Harbour. ike any great vacation, the journey to Horse-drawn carriages and sailing ships your destination is all part of the road/ share the spotlight with cruise liners and sea trip fun. floatplanes, while ornate, Victorian architecBeing able to put the car in park, breathe ture rubs shoulders with 21st century design. in the clean ocean air, armed only with a The B.C. Legislature is one of the mustfresh cup of coffee and a sniper’s eye for see echoes of the past and present, and does, orcas is definitely one of B.C.’s most underthankfully — in a city that’s not shy in chargrated travel experiences. ing the tourist top dollar for its attractions For the last few summer seasons, BC — offer a free guided tour. Ferries also offers up, on its main routes to Nearby “The Leg” is Thunderbird Park, Vancouver Island the “Coastal Naturalists” home to many spectacular and fascinating program. totem poles and monuments from various In conjunction with Parks Canada, the First Nations. Coastal Naturalists offer an entertaining, Also in the park are St. Anne’s 30-minute interactive talk on the open deck, Schoolhouse (built 1844) and Helmcken beguiling adults and children with all kinds House (built in 1852 by Dr. John Helmcken). of fascinating marine information of what Right next door is the renowned Royal BC lies beneath and in front of them on the Museum, where the resident exhibition will islands and ocean.

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The Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa is just a 10-minute walk on the other side of Victoria’s inner harbour. Below, an interactive, marine talk on the ferry. carry you through the dinosaur and Ice Age in our province, all the way to Capt. George Vancouver’s ship landing on Vancouver Island in 1792. The current feature exhibition — running until Oct. 14 — is Race to the End of the Earth, charting, with real artefacts, the grueling and often harrowing race to the South Pole between Britain’s Robert Scott and Norway’s Roald Amundsen. Both exhibits were captivating and educational and it’s not too pricey at $61 for a family of five for a one-day pass. A mere 400 yards away — most attractions in Downtown Victoria are within walking distance of each other — is the famous landmark of the Fairmont Empress hotel, with its yawning, sculpted hedge trims, stretching out to grab your attention. According to many, a trip to Victoria is not complete without an “afternoon tea,” a time honoured English tradition for over a century, served in the elegant tea lobby of the Empress. We never partook of the “tea” — that’s been served up to royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike — but I’m led to believe it’s well worth the effort, despite the $60 per head tab that awaits you. If you’re with a young family and don’t fancy splashing out $200 plus for some fancy pastries, sandwiches and teas, Miniature World is actually within the Empress’ north entrance and will cost you less than a quarter of the tea. Billed as “the greatest little show on Earth,” Miniature World is every kid’s and many adult’s dream of, yes, you guessed it, everything in miniature, from actual World War II battle scenes to the Great Canadian

Railway and fairytale land to outer space. There’s no end to eating options in the downtown core, but when it is time to break from sightseeing, I’d recommend some fish ’n’ chips and a Bellini cocktail or two on Milestone’s upper patio, right behind the tourist information office. Great value, quick service and serves up fantastic open air views of the harbour. And when you’re done, slip down the few steps to the dock and enjoy the boats coming in and out and the buskers and street entertainment, often on show in the summer months. They even sell the finest Beaver Tales down there, a B.C. delicacy I’ve only ever been able to source in Whistler or up Grouse Mountain! If you still have funds left, one of the more expensive, yet worthwhile, attractions is the Hippo tour, offering an amphibious 90-minute land and sea tour of the city. Yes, the bus goes on land and into the sea and it is a lot of fun, but some of you might drown in the $43/adult or see Orcas page 20

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! Rooms at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa start at around $200 per night for a twin room, depending on the time of year (www.deltavictoria. com). ! Tourism Victoria is a great source of information for planning your vacation (www.tourismvictoria.com). ! BC Ferries offers several daily sailings from Tsawwassen to Schwartz Bay. A regular sized vehicle, two adults and two children (under 12) will cost $190 return (www.bcferries.com).


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Orcas: Nice surprise on return Continued from page 19 $125/family-of-four ticket price. Exceptionally lighter on the wallet is the free summer tours of the CFB Esquimalt naval base, just 10 minutes’ drive from Victoria and the by-donation Naval & Military Museum at Naden. Both are definitely worth the effort if you’re interested in military and your history of conflict over the last century. So that was Victoria in about a day and a

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is a landmark in Victoria and offers high tea, complete with pastries, sandwiches and a variety of teas.

half. Many firsts for us and you can hit up many of the main attractions in a couple of days without breaking the bank or too much sweat. I’m looking forward to heading back to fill in the blanks and, just maybe, an afternoon tea. There was time, however, for one last “first” on the journey home. A pod of orcas surfaced about 500 yards away, while on the ferry, much to the awe of our 11-year-old son, who knows the Free Willy script by heart.

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Created by Ghost River Theatre with video designer Ben Chaisson—one of Canada’s leading innovators in video projection—the creative team “workshopped [Highest Step] over the course of a year, with three [different] three-week intensives.” Alongside Court Brinsmead (Animator and Motion Graphics Designer), Ben projected images on stage while David van Belle (performer) was flying in the air and Eric Rose (director) was conducting the big picture on stage. Some of the projections are so precise that “[David] has to stand in the right place and hold his arms in just the right way.” To throw one more challenge into the mix, now that the play is touring across Canada, Ben notes that “the angle of the projector has to be just right and the imagery must be resized in each venue.”

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Greg Halsey-Brandt receives highest local government honour Former Richmond mayor, councillor and MLA Greg Halsey-Brandt has been given the Freedom of the City, the highest honour a local government can bestow on one of its own. Halsey-Brandt served for 12 years as a Richmond councillor and 11 years as mayor, as well as one term as MLA for Richmond Centre. During his civic service, Halsey-Brandt represented the city on numerous local and regional boards and was an active community volunteer. “I very much appreciate the honour that the city has bestowed upon me,” he said upon receiving the award at a special reception Tuesday night. “Thank you to city council for this recognition and to all the citizens of Richmond for the privilege of serving them in elected capacities for 23 years. “The city has evolved from the Township of Richmond of 96,000 people at the time I was first elected in 1981, to a city of over 200,000 people. It has been a truly rewarding experience to be part of the evolution of Richmond into the vibrant, multicultural, environmentally responsible and inclusive city of today.” Mayor Malcolm Brodie awarded Halsey-Brandt at the city’s annual Civic Appreciation Event on Tuesday, which honours citizens who volunteer on council’s numerous advisory committees and appointed boards. “Greg Halsey-Brandt served his community with distinction for more than two decades as an elected official and continues to work for Richmond today as a volunteer,” said Brodie. “His vision and leadership during a time of extraordinary growth and evolution in Richmond contributed greatly to the outstanding quality of life and great civic amenities and services we all enjoy today.” Halsey-Brandt is the fifth individual to receive the Freedom of the City honour. Previous honourees included long-time mayors Gil Blair and Henry Anderson and long-time council members Bob McMath and Archie Blair. The 12th Service Battalion has also received Freedom of the City recognition.

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Greg Halsey-Brandt (centre) received the Freedom of the City award at Richmond City Hall. He stands with, from left, Couns. Derek Dang, Chak Au, Linda Barnes, Evelina Halsey-Brandt, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Ken Johnston, Bill McNulty, Linda McPhail and Harold Steves.

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Community

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project

Invitation to Participate in Pre-Design Consultation October 7 – November 12, 2013

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Progress slow but change coming for Haiti’s children 45 children lived. “My heart broke when I saw how they were living,” said Thomas, who at the time had three young children of her own. “I Change has come slowly to Haiti. But prayed and said, ‘God, help me to offer to Gladys Thomas has spent more than three these children what I wanted for my three.’ decades helping its chilScan And I started working towards that.” dren live through impoverthis She knew the goal was not reachable by ished conditions and seen page herself. Soon, she was able to enlist the help many of them thrive. to view of friends and then other agencies. “For the past 33 years web“It’s not my work,” Thomas said humbly. I have been working with site “I am just an instrument in it, just a servant. families and children, lookBut so many people have come along to ing at what life requires — watch these children bloom and grow.” love, health, shelter, education. It’s a calling From that one orphanage, I’ve had since I was a child,” there are now three schools, said Thomas, president of the and a hospital she started Foundation for Children of building with donations of Haiti, who was in Richmond $2,000. this week to meet with memToday, it’s a multi-million bers of the the Rotary Club of dollar facility that has operRichmond, the Rotary Club ated for the past 20 years. of Richmond Sunset and “Poverty is all over the the Richmond Firefighters’ world and Haiti wasn’t getSociety, all of which have ting any better. But now we agreed to offer support to have reached a level where help build a new school in the education really should be capital city of Port-au-Prince. the priority,” Thomas said. With room for 300 stuPHOTO SUBMITTED “The government is trying, dents, it will allow the founbut with corruption, it is very dation’s orphanage to increase Gladys Thomas in town difficult.” its capacity and include more looking for support. A catastrophic earthquake room for special needs chilin 2010 did not help, either. But through it dren. Total cost of the project is $500,000. The Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset has all, Thomas said she remains very positive. “I am the last one to say there has been $10,000 in its reserve to fund the project. no change, because every little change can Plus, there is a $20,000-commitment from become something big for us. We need to Rotary District 3500 (Taiwan) to participate honour that,” she said. “It’s a constant strugas the sunset club’s international partner. Thomas said her calling to help was some- gle. Nobody can say that they’ve made it. We thing she was born with. As the seventh of 11 have got a long way to go.” It’s a mission that almost every day bears children, she remembers growing up in need, fruit as Thomas sees how some of those chilbut remembers watching her parents who dren, who were in poverty when she started, were always willing to give of themselves and share what they had to ensure no one was have grown up to become successful and free from the cycle of hardship. left wanting. “I know that if it wasn’t for this work, if It’s a way of life she has adopted and carsomeone had not responded to this call, what ried with her ever since. “I learned that this is what life is all about would have happened to this child,” Thomas said. “So, we have a motto which is ‘making — you receive and you give,” Thomas said. a difference, one child at a time.’ And that “You feel this within yourself, that this is the right thing to do. When you see the successes really helps us to limit the big picture and allows us to help one child, then one more, or the failures, it comes from the heart. And and one more after that until there are no it’s the most wonderful work anyone can do. more.” And I feel very privileged to have been able For more information about the Canadian to touch the lives of so many children in Foundation for Children of Haiti, an offshoot Haiti.” of Thomas’ organization in this country, visit Thomas started her work when she was cfchcanada.ca. 26, taking over a rundown orphanage where BY PHILIP RAPHAEL

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Proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2

Existing Roberts Bank Terminals

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, adjacent to the existing Roberts Bank terminals.

Port Metro Vancouver is conducting Pre-Design Consultation regarding the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a proposed new three-berth container terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta, B.C. that could provide 2.4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of container capacity.

You are invited to provide feedback and learn more about the project by: • Attending a small group meeting or open house (see schedule below) • Reading consultation materials and providing feedback online (consultation materials and an online feedback form will be available at www.portmetrovancouver.com/RBT2 on October 7, 2013) • Visiting Port Talk (www.porttalk.ca) and participating in a discussion forum • Calling 604.665.9337 • Providing a written submission through: container.improvement@portmetrovancouver.com - Fax: 1 866.284.4271 - Email: - Mail: Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, 100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4 SMALL GROUP MEETINGS & OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE Date Tuesday, October 8

Event Type Small Group Meeting

Time 5:00pm-7:00pm

Wednesday, October 9

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5:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday, October 10

Small Group Meeting

1:00pm-3:00pm

Tuesday, October 15

Small Group Meeting

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Tuesday, October 15

Small Group Meeting

5:00pm-7:00pm

Wednesday, October 16

Small Group Meeting

9:00am-11:00am

Wednesday, October 16

Open House

5:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, October 17

Open House

5:00pm-8:00pm

Tuesday, October 22

Open House

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Thursday, October 24

Open House

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Saturday, October 26

Open House

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Location Coast Tsawwassen Inn 1665 56 Street, Delta Coast Hotel & Convention Centre 20393 Fraser Highway, Langley Delta Town & Country Inn 6005 Highway 17, Delta Surrey Arts Centre 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey UBC Boathouse 7277 River Road, Richmond SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver UBC Boathouse 7277 River Road, Richmond Surrey Arts Centre 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey Coast Hotel & Convention Centre 20393 Fraser Highway, Langley Delta Town & Country Inn 6005 Highway 17, Delta Coast Tsawwassen Inn 1665 56 Street, Delta

*To register for a small group meeting, please email container.improvement@portmetrovancouver.com or call 604.665.9337. Please provide your name and specify the date and time of the meeting you wish to attend. Pre-registration for open houses is not required.

How Input Will Be Used - Input received will be considered, along with technical and economic information, in developing project designs or plans, including engineering and environmental mitigation plans, for the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. p o r t m e t r o v a n c o u v e r. c o m / R B T 2

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