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Snow geese have returned to Richmond this season, poised to take over fields, parks and other open spaces of land. Above and right, they sit and then take flight from a farm at the end of Gilbert Road, south of Steveston Highway.
Farm neighbours raise concerns about more dumping Flooding in spring sets back farmers’ growing time by three months, according to worried local landowners BY PHILIP RAPHAEL
Long-time Westminster Highway farmers George Fong and Fred VanDyk are expecting a wet spring. The prediction, they feel, is pretty iron-clad, not because they have checked the venerable Farmer’s Almanac or Environment Canada for weather projections. All they have to do is look at what their neighbour has done to raise the level of their property with what they claim is demolition debris and ground up asphalt — materials prohibited from being dumped on farmland. The change in elevation — a good
four to five feet in some places — causes flooding on Fong and VanDyk’s properties just east of No. 6 Road, something that puts Fong back about three months of growing time in spring. “That’s worth about $10,000 to me,” said Fong who grows Chinese greens on the five-acre plot he has farmed since 1976. Moreover, the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) ordered a work stoppage on the land in April 2012 because the material dumped was deemed prohibitive. Fong and VanDyk believe that order is being ignored. On the other side of the raised property, VanDyk, 87, has long-since retired from farming, but has other
farmers raise and cut hay crops on his land. However, with the added moisture — run-off from his neighbour — that’s getting harder to do. “Instead of grass back there I am growing bullrushes,” said VanDyk who used to own the adjacent land but sold it when he retired. Since then, it has changed hands three times and is now listed as belonging to Guvinder Singh Aujla. Valvir Aujla told the Richmond News in a telephone interview his son, Guvinder, plans to build a 17,000square-foot home on the land and the work being done was in preparation for that project. see Aujla page 4
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Work on distributing fill around the five-acre farmland property at 14160 Westminster Hwy. continued Wednesday (Oct. 16) despite a stop work order from the Agricutural Land Commission.
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Continued from page 1 Plus, he wants to install a commercial greenhouse sprawling over an acre at the rear of the property. When asked about the ALC’s stop work order and recent activity on the site, the senior Aujla said asphalt grindings were trucked to the property and unloaded last week in order to construct a “clean” area at the entranceway to park vehicles and equipment, and limit the amount of mud being carted off the land and onto the roadway. Aujla said the allegations that anything other than soil previously being dumped on the land to raise it up are false, and that his neighbours’ flooding problems are the result of poor drainage on their property, not the work done on his son’s farmland. The situation has left a local farm protection group asking the city to go forward with a proposal to hire additional city staff to act as “soil cops” to investigate illegal
farm dumping on behalf of the ALC which has just two field officers to police the entire province. “I think if the city had the manpower on the ground, landowners would definitely think twice about doing this kind of thing,” said Ray Galawan of Farmwatch BC, which started the ball rolling on the matter after setting up a vigil at the entrance to a Finn Road farm earlier this year where illegal dumping was alleged. Two weeks ago, city councillors sent its plan for city-based inspectors back to staff for further study, citing concerns over the cost — around $230,000 a year. But if it’s just dollars holding the city back from getting city staff boots on the ground to do inspections, maybe the local agricultural community could help, Galawan said. Divided among the number of farm owners locally, it would be money well spent, he said.
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Proposal goes to public hearing BY ALAN CAMPBELL
The controversial Walmart-anchored shopping centre plan took another major — albeit expected — step forward Tuesday night. City council sent Smartcentres’ $100-million, 14-acre outdoor shopping mall proposal in West Cambie onto the public hearing stage with a vote of 8-1 — Coun. Harold Steves the lone dissenting voice. The two city council voices that had yet to be heard recently on the application — Ken Johnston and Derek Dang — both voted in favour of moving the plan forward. “I feel this is a land-use matter,” Johnston told the News, referring to the condemnation many objectors have to Walmart being the developer’s anchor tenant. “(City council) doesn’t get involved in Walmart’s corporate policies; it’s not our job. “This has been back and forth for too long and it’s time for us to listen to the folks at a public hearing; that’s what we do as councillors and we’ll make a decision after that.” Johnston added that he doesn’t have any major issues, at this point, with the proposal on the table. Dang, meanwhile, from what he’s heard from the public thus far, feels the public have bigger issues with Walmart than they do with
the shopping centre proposal itself. “People seem to have a real problem with (Walmart) and they will now get the chance to say what they want at the public hearing I guess,” said Dang. “But this area has been earmarked as a big box development for a while. It’s healthier that it all comes out at a public hearing though, and it’s really time to put this one to bed, one way or the other.” At a planning committee meeting two weeks ago, Smartcentres, in a bid to win favour with city council, offered $238,000 towards more To see park enhancements within the past stoWest Cambie site and for “ecories on logical” improvements within the pronearby West Cambie Park. posal The move was, in part, motivated by the potential loss of environmentally sensitive area (ESA) designated land within the proposed shopping centre site. Last month, councillors sent the application back to staff once more, with concerns over the loss of ESA land and the impact of traffic coming into Richmond from out of town. However, a revised city staff report indicated that only 15 per cent of the extra traffic is anticipated to come from outside the city. A number of intersection improvements in the area are also being paid for by the developer, should the plans be approved after the public hearing later this fall.
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The body of a man believed to be in his 60s has been hauled from the Fraser River in Richmond. The Coastguard’s hovercraft, working with Richmond RCMP, made the discovery Wednesday afternoon on the river near the Fraser Wharves car import depot, next to SilverCity on Steveston Highway. Early reports that the man was of East Indian origin have still to be confirmed by the B.C. Coroner’s Office.
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Au: ‘I will leave things open’ Continued from page 8 “I will leave things open,” he said. “If somebody can give me a good reason, I will look at it. But federal politics is not my focus right now.” While Au is willing to listen, cross firstterm school board trustee Eric Yung off the list of potential candidates. Yung, who was approached about two months ago to run, said he considers his job as trustee is not yet done and it would be “irresponsible spending three years getting my feet wet and then look for greener pastures” by seeking a federal seat.
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ardine seiner boats are reportedly coming home early after their annual fishing season netted nothing in several months of looking. While those who share close quarters with sardine eaters might not be mourning the disappearance of the odorous fish, their absence is worrying. This comes less than a month after local oceanographers began scratching their heads about a mass die-off of sea stars in Howe Sound off West Vancouver. The oceans and the webs of life they support are unimaginably complex and even the most accomplished marine scientists will tell you we only know a fraction of what there is to know about the deep blue. It is entirely possible that these are innocuous, naturally occurring phenomena, but our instincts — or guilty consciences — tell us otherwise. What a catastrophe it would be if the Pacific “dead zone” off the California coast were to extend north to B.C. waters. A healthy future for the Earth’s oceans likely depends on the outcome of a tug-of-war between conservation efforts and industry. At best, you could say we are giving the oceans mixed messages. We’re willing to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up our local wastewater output into Burrard Inlet, but at the same time we’re minimizing or ignoring the human contribution to climate change. Science is only just beginning to measure the effect that temperature change in the world’s oceans has on weather patterns. But because our knowledge is incomplete, the modelling based on it is easy to dismiss by, say, a government more focused on the extraction and sale of carbon fuels.
Practise inclusivity in city The Editor, While going through the inserts in the local paper, I discovered a 24-page Real Estate Weekly, which I could not read as it was in Chinese. I guess Richmond does not feel it needs me to be part of its real estate market. This letter has nothing to do with intolerance. My parents came from India more than 45 years ago with six young children in tow. Not one of us spoke a word of English. My father, in his 40s at the time, learned to speak broken English and my older siblings were sent to ESL classes right away. My family was able to maintain its cultural beliefs and practices without bombarding our neighbourhoods, shops and community with the Punjabi language. My parents were free to practise their Sikh religion while Canada continued to say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.” When literature shows up at my door, it should be in English or French. If I want a paper in Punjabi, I’ll subscribe to it. If I want one in Chinese, I’ll subscribe to it. This city continues to exclude me, while preaching the importance of being “inclusive.” Doesn’t everyone’s inclusivity count. For the politicians, it is all about the votes; for businesses, it is all about the money. For those of us who are bothered by a 24page insert sitting on our kitchen tables that we can’t read, it is about our community and Canada. Don’t we ALL count. For all immigrants, myself included, remember “Canada did not come to us; we came to Canada.” Amar Litt Richmond
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The origins of the natural species The various offshoots of the sovereign citizen movement have been back in the news lately. You may be familiar with this movement under another name, including natural persons or more recently Freeman on the Land. All these names are mere branches from the same tree, and all their adherents believe that they have discovered the truth — and the truth is weird. They believe that various government rules can be escaped by odd practices. Thus the freemen tend to give their names as John Brian of the Smith family rather than plain old John Brian Smith, or with odd punctuation, such as JohnBrian: Smith. Their practices include not paying income tax, not obeying building codes, never using their SIN cards (that lets the government own you, man!), not getting drivers’ licences, and making their own licence plates. When dragged into court for any of these practices, they typically try to drown the judge and prosecutors under a flood of legal bafflegab about natural rights, common law, admiralty law, and the importance of not spelling your name in allcapitals. Essentially, they believe their arcane knowledge is a get out of jail free card. So far, it has seldom proved useful, and a number of natural persons have spent time in jails across Canada for tax evasion and contempt of court.
Matthew Claxton PA I N F U L T RU T H
If you go all the way back, you find one root of the movement with the faith known as British Israelism, the idea that white Anglos are the descendents of the lost tribes of Israel. A virulently racist offshoot of this became Christian Identity by the 20th century, which had the charming view that only white people have souls. The Christian Identity folks cross-pollinated with (and were often the same people as) the Posse Comitatus movement, which was a cross between a militia movement and a tax-protesting self-help group. Tax protesting is the other root of the movement, going back to the 1940s. Some in the U.S. claimed that the government had no legal right to collect income taxes in particular. It was the Posse Comitatus that came up with a lot of the legal mythology used by the modern sovereign citizens, but it spread slowly outside of the right wing fringe, likely because no one wanted to be associated with a bunch of violent racists with a history of shooting/being shot at by the cops. Then sometime in the
late 1990s or early 2000s, the tax protesting ideas and conspiracy theories stripped away the racist taint, along with some of the violent tendencies of the groups. Now, the U.S. and Canadian tax resisters who subscribe to the ideas come from a variety of ethnic groups, and New Age spiritual beliefs seem to be almost as common as Christian ones. The ideology is now free to spread, and spread it does. Anyone who’s ever felt kicked around by the government or heartless corporations (that’s everyone) has to feel some sympathy for these folks. At least for the nonviolent ones. In Canada, Daren McCormick of Nova Scotia was convicted of threatening to kill police officers in 2012. His case and others have put the Freeman/sovereigns on the radar of CSIS, the RCMP and police associations. I know that true believers will think I’m just one of the sheep, or a shill for shadowy government forces. That’s fine. What I’m really hoping is that most people reading this will take away just one lesson: Nothing you hear about being a natural person or Freeman will help you with real tax authorities, real cops or real judges. Please, if you want to go to court, use a good lawyer, not an imaginary law. Matthew Claxton writes for the Langley Advance.
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Anna Toth spent a week recording with Sum 41’s Cone (left to right), producer Darcy Ataman and Kevin Dietz.
Musician’s studio experience extends beyond YouTube Anna Toth returns from her week recording with producer Darcy Ataman and Sum 41’s Cone in Toronto I arrived back in was the captain of some space vessel. Richmond at 12:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. Toronto time) on I didn’t want to forget how it felt to sit at a grand Sept. 27. piano in the dark, blind save Already, standing with for the light of the candles, the bleary-eyed crowd singing Tired Heart like my around the luggage carousel, life depended on it. the waves of nostalgia were YOUTH We managed to hitting hard. record four songs I knew that once I picked while I was there, three of the up my bags and returned home with my originals I had written before I parents to my room and my textbooks, it got to Toronto, and the last was a would feel like I had never left. joint effort between Simon Ward And I didn’t want to forget. I didn’t want to forget Carlton Street, the from the Strumbellas, Cone and I. Two other members from the Rehearsal Factory or Metalworks Studios. I didn’t want to forget the sight of Jason Strumbellas made contributions to the recordings: Jeremy Drury came out “Cone” McCaslin tapping out the ghost to play the drums, and Isabel Ritchie added of a rhythm, listening attentively to a song some violin and viola layers. nobody else could hear; or how Darcy Kristian Montano, a talented 25-year-old Ataman would answer his 101 emails while musician from Toronto played guitar. juggling 101 other things; or Kevin Dietz On a side note, Kristian’s band, Sun K, sitting behind the recording console in the will be recording an album with Cone in Nerve Control Room, turning dials, pushthe next few months, and it will be worth ing buttons and typing short cuts like he
looking out for. We rehearsed for the first three days of the trip, and then spent the rest of the week in the recording studio — testing drums, testing mic set ups, playing guitar and ukulele, violin and voice. And then doing it over and over again. Record. Playback. Cut. Split. Punch in. To view “Okay, take it from the a video top.” of Anna The days were long, but singing, rewarding. her first Each day we had someday in thing to show for our efforts Toronto — a small step closer, a few more ticks on the “to-do” list. When I left that Thursday evening, we had the roughs, they still needed to be mixed and mastered. There is a strategic game plan forming on how best to release these four songs. Contrary to what I initially thought, these songs will not merely be special features on my YouTube channel.
No dates or specifics have been released yet, but Darcy and Cone have assured me that something will happen, they have a bigger picture in mind. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, and commitment, but it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before. Because, as frightening as it sounds, I feel like I’ve discovered where I belong. A place where the hours alone in my room, the callused fingers, the lack of sleep, and the eternities of writer’s block take on a unique value and meaning. Obviously, I need to remain cautious, grounded and guarded — prepared with a “plan B.” But there is small hopeful chance that this trip may not be the absolute end of the journey. This trip may have opened a door to opportunities, and I am determined to step through. Anna Toth is a student at UBC, and a YouTube musician @musicdoodles from Richmond.
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By 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, artist Loraine Wellman anticipates a lineup snaking around the small Pioneer Church, flooding the doors as soon as they open — viewers ambling to get a look at all of the 10x10 canvases before choosing which one to take home. The Richmond Artist Guild has organized the first GuessWho? event, an art show where all the pieces cost $100, but the artist remains anonymous until the work is purchased. “It’s more To view of a challenge more for people to photos see what they of participating have an eye for, students and they’ll have a bit of fun guessing,” said Wellman, one of the organizers of the show. “The important thing is that it doesn’t really matter who did the work.”
Community members will have 15 minutes to look through the 100-plus paintings and photographs before they’re allowed to buy. Artists have signed their works on the back, but art-buyers will be purchasing blind until the transaction is completed. “I’m really impressed with the variety and the level of paintings we’ve been getting already,” said Wellman.
Sid Akselrod’s art class (above, below) at Steveston-London were eager to work on pieces for the GuessWho? art show at Pioneer Church, set for Nov. 2. About 31 students’ works from Steveston-London secondary will hang beside those of well-known professionals from across the Lower Mainland such as Joyce Kamikura, John Ferrie, Chris Charlebois and Dennis Magnusson. “It really evens the playing field,” said Precilia Kong, a Grade 12 student. “If you’re less known, but have a lot of talent, it allows you to express this artistic ability to the community.” The art scene in Richmond has recently seen an influx of motivated youth, eager to showcase their pieces outside of school. This year’s Steveston Grand Prix of Art saw the highest number of youth register. “They’re really skilled and confident,” said Steveston-London art teacher Sid Akselrod. “Kids are brave, way braver than most adults. “They don’t think too much before throwing themselves into something. It’s good for them to feel something special and different. We need them to continue it on and invest in that creative community spirit.”
Akselrod, who heads his school’s art club, bought about two-dozen canvases for students to participate in the show. Within days, he had run out. “It feels wonderful to be able to display beside professional artists,” said Daniel Fang, also in Grade 12. “I feel like I can get some recognition for my work, while also helping the community.” Artists receive $50 when their piece sells, with the other $50 going to the Richmond Food Bank. Wellman also hopes the event encourages people to buy art and realize it doesn’t always have to be an expensive purchase. “Once people have an original piece of art in their house, the IKEA posters aren’t going to cut it anymore,” she said. “They’ll start investing in more and supporting the community.” Artists have until Oct. 23 to submit up to three pieces of art. On Nov. 2, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but buyers are encouraged to show up early as pieces are expected to go fast.
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Vital night needed for Richmond animal shelter Annual gala is RAPS’ big chance to raise money BY ALAN CAMPBELL
Their monthly vet bills alone can often hit the $20,000 mark. It’s an astonishing figure that piles even more pressure on the Richmond Animal Protection Society (RAPS) to raise as much money as possible at its annual gala. Last year, RAPS’ inaugural black-tie gala rustled up an impressive $40,000 for the no-kill shelter, which saves, cares for and adopts out thousands of stricken, abandoned and unwanted animals every year in the city. This year, the “Paws and Pumpkins Halloween Gala” is set for Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel. And with around 100 of the 300 tickets still to be sold, time is running out for RAPS to cash in on what is its single biggest moneymaker for the year. “I guess this is the hard part of being a no-kill shelter,” said RAPS’ executive director Carol Reichert, referring to vet bills it shells out to keep the animals alive. “But we love them all and we wouldn’t have it any other way.” The need for donations and fundraising at RAPS was all the more evident earlier this year when 38 dogs were dumped in cages and crates at the No. 5 Road shelter’s front door. Thankfully, only five of them have yet to be adopted out. But it cost RAPS thousands of dollars to vaccinate, feed and board the dogs before they could find new homes. It’s such expenditures that RAPS hopes will be softened by next week’s gala, which volunteer Cathy Gvora promises is going to be a fun night. “Dressing up is optional, but there will be prizes for the best costume,” she said. “There’s going to be a wonderful buffet, a DJ, a live band, an Elvis impersonator and some amazing silent auction prizes. “It’s an extremely important night for us and we’d love to sell as many tickets as possible to help the shelter throughout the year.”
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City celebrates Halloween The City of Richmond is offering up a whole host of Halloween treats for families on Oct. 31. Richmond’s free annual fireworks show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Minoru Park will feature music, clowns, a magic show, fire juggling and a spectacular fireworks finale at 8:15 p.m. Away from the main event, there will be another five events across the city: ! McLean Park in Hamilton: Free Halloween fireworks show at 8:15 p.m.; ! South Arm Community Centre: Starting at 5 p.m.; stroll down the indoor street to trick or treat, collect candy, popcorn and cotton candy. There’s a witch-themed arts and crafts room, a non-scary room (including a bouncy castle) for younger children and a Haunted Barn — for a good scare, if you dare — by donation to the Richmond Food Bank. Fireworks at 8:15 p.m. ! West Richmond Community Centre/ Hugh Boyd Park Oval: Free fireworks show at 8:15 p.m. ! Britannia Shipyards: From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27. Come out for free family fun at the Haunted Shipyard. Take a brave walk through the shipyard and other buildings to meet spooky characters. Enjoy complimentary tours, children’s activities and Halloween treats. ! London Heritage Farm: From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Families are invited to the Halloween Pumpkin Carving Event. The pumpkins and carving sets are supplied by
Anna Xi makes a giant soap bubble at last year’s festivities at Minoru Park. donation, so come have fun carving your own personal pumpkin to take home. The City of Richmond is reminding the public that fireworks are illegal to possess, buy or sell in Richmond. And under Richmond’s Fireworks Regulation Bylaw, fines range up to $1,000. For more information on the free fireworks displays or other Halloween events, call the City of Richmond at 604-276-4300, or visit the events calendar at www.richmond. ca/events.
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NEED A NEW STROLLER, HIGH CHAIR OR KIDS STUFF??? KIDS ONLY SWAP MEET - STEVESTON COMMUNITY CENTER SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH, 2 - 4 PM If you are looking for anything you need for your little ones, then plan to drop by the Kids Only Swap Meet at Steveston Community Centre - 4111 Moncton St. - this coming Sunday from 10 - 2 pm. There will be a wide variety of items for sale including clothing, toys, baby items and more! It’s an awesome way to get things you need at low prices. Bring the kids and then stop for playtime in the fabulous Steveston Community Center Park. Have fun and hope you ﬁnd some great treasures!
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Richmond Thanksgiving Tournament served up plenty of soccer over the long weekend including this U12 girls silver game (above) between the Richmond Selects and Tsawwassen Blues and (right) U13 Gold action between Richmond and South Delta United.
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A perfect long weekend of weather was served up for the annual Richmond Thanksgiving Tournament. The event, which is co-hosted by the Richmond Youth Soccer Association and the Richmond Girls Soccer Association, is one of the largest tournaments in the province, making full use of city soccer fields. Hereâ€™s a rundown of the various division winners: Girls Divisions U13 Division One Winner: Vancouver United Storm. Runner-up: Surdel Scorpions. U13 Division 2/3 Winner: Burnaby Galaxy Runner-up: Surrey Titanium
U13 Metro Winner: Delta Coastal Selects Runner-up: Richmond FC U14 Division One Winner: Kamloops Blaze Runner-up: Chilliwack Attack U14 Division Two Winner: Guildford Phoenix Runner-up: Coastal FC Hornets U15 Metro Winner: Surrey Pegasus Runner-up: Vancouver FC U15 Division One Winner: Tsawwassen Rapids Runner-up: Vancouver Wolfpack U15 Division Two Winner: Richmond Wave Runner-up: CCB Impact U16/U17 Division One Winner: PoCo United Runnerup: Surrey Guildford United
U16 Division 2 Winner: Richmond Ravens Runner-up: Ladner United U17/U18 Division 3 Winner: Richmond Revolution Runner-up: Chilliwack Strikers Girls U17/U18 Metro Winner: TSS Academy Runnerup: PFC Excelsior Boys Divisions U13 Bronze Winner: CCB Strikers Runnerup: RYSA Cyclones U13/14 Silver Winner: CCB Avalanche Runner-up: South Burnaby Strikers U13 Gold Winner: Coastal FC Royal Runner-up: South Burnaby United
U13 Metro Winner: Burnaby Selects Runner-up: Coquitlam Metro Ford Athletico U14 Bronze Winner: CCB Islanders Runner-up: Richmond Thunder U14 Gold Winner: North Delta United Runner-up: CCB Flames U14 Gold Winner: VAFC Hurricanes Runner-up: Coquitlam Metro Ford Villa U15 Bronze Winner: CCB Tigers Runnerup: Richmond Tigers U15 Silver Winner: Surrey Cobras Runner-up: Richmond Strikers U15 Gold
Winner: MFM Storm Runnerup: Kelowna United U15 Metro Winner: Richmond United Runner-up: DCS U16/17 Silver Winner: Richmond U17 Gunners Runner-up: Richmond U16 Ravens U16 Gold Winner: Ladner Celtic Runnerup: CCB Steelers U16 Metro Winner: Port Moody Fluminese Runner-up: Richmond United U18 Silver Winner: Ladner Strikers Runner-up: Vancouver Vipers U18 Metro Winner: Richmond Athletics Runner-up: Penticton Excelsior
Tanaka rink wins in Abbotsford
Members of the Cody Tanaka rink with coaches Kevin Kelley and Randy Tanaka.
Thanks to the support of three curling clubs, the Cody Tanaka rink has wasted little time in capturing its first event of the season. The newly created team of Tanaka, Travis Cameron (third), Nicholas Umbach (second) and Donny MacKintosh (lead) won last weekendâ€™s Abbotsford Junior Curling Bonspiel. The boys will be returning to the Fraser Valley city early next month to promote junior curling by show-
casing their skills on the arena ice at the Masters Grand Slam of Curling event. Coached by Randy Tanaka, Kevn Kelley and Tammy Hughes, the team thanks Ken McDonald and the Abbotsford Curling Club for putting on an incredible bonspiel. They also thank the Richmond Curling Club, Tunnel Town Curling Club and Langley Curling Club for providing practice times and their continued support of junior curling.
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Canadians looking to snap six game losing streak The Greater Vancouver Ginnetti and another from Canadians will be lookAlex Whitwham but had no ing to snap a six game answer for the Bruins final losing streak when they period onslaught. take on the Fraser Valley Matt Barberis tied the Thunderbirds in a pair of game with 9:36 remaining games this weekend. and Eric Callegari notched After opening the B.C. what proved to be the winner two minutes later. Major Midget Hockey League season with a sweep It marked the secof the South Island Royals, ond time this season the the Canadians have dropped Canadians have failed to three consecutive series, hang on to a late third including period lead as last weekend the Cariboo against the Cougars ralValley West lied for a vicHawks. tory back in Last week two. Saturday at Earlier, the the Langley Canadians Events Centre, dropped a the Hawks pair of games scored twice to defending in the openchampion ing period and Vancouver went on to Northwest post a 2-1 vicGiants, tory. Greater including a Vancouver’s heartbreaking only goal 1-0 loss at the Dante Hannoun came from Oval. Dante Hannoun with just 35 The game’s only goal seconds remaining. came just 39 seconds into The next day at the the contest. Richmond Olympic Oval This weekend’s series saw the Hawks explode with the Thunderbirds confor five unanswered goals cludes on Sunday at the in the third period in a 7Oval at 10 a.m. 3 victory. The Canadians Icing... took a 3-2 lead into the There was at least some third period thanks to a pair good news for a pair of of goals from Cameron Canadians this week as
forward Dante Hannoun and defenceman Cameron Ginnetti have been named to the Team B.C. roster for the upcoming Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, slated for Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in Calgary. “In choosing Team BC, our coaching staff has spent plenty of hours debating.
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October marks the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and no brand has been more crucial to the fight against the disease as Estée Lauder, in its relentless campaigning and fundraising over the last two decades. The exquisitely beautiful Elizabeth Hurley has played a vital part in the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign since signing as the company spokesperson back in 1995. Intelligent and articulate, Elizabeth Hurley gave us an update on the company’s crusade against the agonizing disease, and even found time to give us a couple of valuable beauty tips. You’ve been an Estée Lauder spokesperson for almost two decades -- a rare thing in this industry. When you signed in 1995, did you think it would become a role of a lifetime? I couldn’t have dreamt it. I think my initial contract was two years. I was thrilled beyond belief when it was picked up again, after two years. It’s really been like having a second family. You’ve personally been affected by breast cancer; you lost your grandmother to the disease. Was that one of the reasons why you’ve been so passionately involved since the beginning? When Evelyn [Lauder] told me about her campaign, during my first two or three weeks at the company, I suppose my ears did perk up a bit more because of my grandmother. It was so sad the way she hadn’t told anybody about her lump, for the very reasons Evelyn went on to explain why she was doing the campaign. Because she said, “women are dying all over the world and nobody is talking about it.” She was so inspired by the AIDS activists, who, at that time, were very active. You also live and promote a healthy lifestyle, as part of the breast cancer prevention. Can you tell us a little bit more about that? I love living in the countryside, and I’ve always loved feeling healthy. Evelyn Lauder always said to me, “Don’t put on weight. It is not good for you in any way. Not because you won’t look as good, but it could be dangerous for your health.” It’s great for us that doctors and research scientists are now speaking out and saying that they really do believe that we can make a difference by following a healthy lifestyle. They know that we really have to go out of our way to deliberate exercise. I know I don’t step up so much on that one. I’m very active, but I don’t really do exercise regime, and I should. Eating-wise, I’ve eaten pretty well in the last 30 years, so I feel okay in that aspect. What are the goals of this year’s “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together” campaign? We know we’ve succeeded in some way with the awareness, and we’ve helped raise a huge amount of money. The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign itself has raised $48 million US dollars, most of which they’ve donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, also started by Evelyn Lauder, which has raised nearly half a billion dollars for research. What we’re trying to do this year is encourage people to get together and make a difference themselves. Small scale, big scale: it doesn’t matter. It might be getting a couple of your friends together, and all of you making a pledge to do something about it. It’s all about our “Circle of Strength” and all of that can be seen on BCAcampaign.com, and as well as Facebook, which you’re all on, so no excuses! Elizabeth Hurley photographed by Phillip Chin in Vancouver
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