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Some of them stared intently at the officer, while some were feverishly taking notes as he spoke. And the rest? They had worried looks on their faces as Chris Piper, an undercover officer from the Richmond Drug Target Team, revealed the reach illegal substances has across the city. It was an eye-opener for many in the 45-strong RCMP Youth Squad program — an eight-week program for invited Grade 10-12 students who’ve shown a special interest in the emergency services. The students, for example, raised their collective eyebrows when Piper explained that ketamine — a horse tranquilizer with an hallucinogenic effect on humans — can be found being dealt in many Richmond schools. It was a fascinating hour for the students; sixty minutes which culminated in them passing around bags of confiscated heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, crack and meth pipes. They asked questions, such as “How does heroin kill you?” and “Where do you find meth?” Piper, a nine-year veteran of the drug team, told how the squad he works with aim to “strike hard and strike fast” on the 15 drug lines known to operate currently around the city. He told of informants and sources the unit utilizes to keep track of the drug scene in Richmond.

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RCMP Youth Squad participants, from left, Jasmine Braun, Avery Rennie and Glen Kirkland have enjoyed the eight-week program. Right, students get a close look at confiscated drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. whom have aspirations to join one of The students were then shown the emergency services when they’re three short, but harrowing, videos: old enough. One of a drug-addicted prostitute, Jasmine Braun, Avery Rennie and who told of being raped multiple Glen Kirkland times, one of a — all Grade cocaine addict, 12 students at who explained McMath sechow he’s lost ondary — are everything, and a three such teenthird of a slaveragers. ing man, lying “If other prostrate on the kids watched curb from being (the videos), high on ket— Jasmine Braun they might amine. think twice Piper’s hardabout getting involved with drugs,” hitting presentation was the last said Jasmine, who’s interested in a of seven for the students, many of

“If other kids watched (the videos) they might think twice about getting involved in drugs.”

career in law. “I was surprised to hear about the ketamine in our schools and the meth labs in the city.” All three said they learned a lot from the presentation about the warning signs of people involved in dealing or taking drugs and from the previous six weeks. “It’s been great to see that people in the emergency services, especially the RCMP, are normal people,” said Avery. Glen, who’s already actively involved in Richmond RCMP’s Crime Prevention Unit and was the only Grade 11 student from see Martin page 5

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Richmond RCMP are investigating a shooting outside a Bridgeport Road business Wednesday evening that left a man with life threatening injuries. Police were called to 11200 block of Bridgeport Road just after 6:30 p.m. following a report of gunshots being fired. RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said the victim

was outside Ace Tile & Stone when he was hit once, but was able to cross the street following the gunfire and seek help from employees at a neighbouring business. The victim’s identity has not been released. Police investigators are waiting for his condition to stabilize so they can interview him, Ashton said. “We do have officers at the hospital hoping to speak with him once he’s been treated,” Ashton said. While it has not been officially

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Continued from page 3 Richmond to attend the 2013 Lower Mainland RCMP Youth Academy, wants to pursue a career in law enforcement because he “loves giving back to the community” and “cares about helping people.” “I’m really interested in how police tackle organized crime, so tonight’s presentation was very informative,” said Glen. Cpl. Anette Martin — who spearheaded the program, along with the other emergency services and the school district — said the last two months provided a wonderful opportunity to interact with some top-of-the-barrel students. “A lot of the time, we only really get to know the more problematic kids, so this has been very worthwhile,” said Martin, a 29-year veteran of the Mounties. “And it’s been a great opportunity to partner with the other agencies as well. “The program itself, I think, has given the students a sense of what a career in the emergency services is like; it’s hard not to be impressed by what they’ve seen.” The program closes Monday with a certificate presentation ceremony.

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Give people a microphone and the chance to talk about their passions, and it could be a long night. But give them six minutes and 20 slides (20 seconds per slide) that advance automatically, For a and you get an array of video pithy yet thought-proof the voking ideas. night For its fourth PechaKucha night, meaning chit chat in Japanese, the city encouraged people to rethink transportation and the artist’s role in planning, drawing from a repertoire of 12 transportation professionals, artists and designers. “We are in constant motion,” said Cameron Cartiere, dean of graduate studies at Emily Carr and first presenter. “We’ll be spending more time waiting in airports in a post-911 world.” Cartiere pointed to airport artwork at the Sacramento International Airport, such as a sculpture of Samson luggage, as a way to better engage the commuter and enrich their travelling experience. In a similar vein, Kelly Lycan of the artist collective Instant Coffee, applied the same ideas to bus routes in Vancouver. Some of Instant Coffee’s projects included installing a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) light at a bus shelter

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ou can save a life today. When we think of saving a life, we think of someone jumping into freezing water to rescue people trapped in a car that slid off an icy road, or a firefighter running into a burning building to pull out a child. Most of us will never attempt a daring rescue, yet any of us — if we’ve registered ahead of time — could save one or more lives through organ donation. Last week, some of the people who are still here because they received the gift of life visited Richmond Hospital as part of Operation Popcorn. The campaign involves transplant recipients delivering festive tins of popcorn to staff in hospital intensive care units, emergency departments and operating rooms across B.C. In 2013, 314 organ transplants were performed throughout B.C., up from 284 the year before. Some, such as 120 kidney transplants and three liver transplants, were from living donors. But most, including 95 kidney transplants, 53 liver transplants, 19 heart transplants and 15 lung transplants, were from deceased donors. As of November, 507 B.C. residents were on a wait-list for a transplant. According to Transplant BC, 85 per cent of B.C. residents support the concept of organ donation, yet only 19 per cent have registered their decision. You can do so online with your CareCard in less than two minutes at transplant.bc.ca, or through the form that comes with your driver’s licence renewal.

CHOICE WORDS

What about simplicity? The Editor, Re: “Canada Line gets artsy,” News, Dec. 04 I wish to apologize to the current regime at Richmond City Hall. It is very difficult to keep track of the cornucopia of gifts being showered on the Richmond public (aka, repatriation of our tax dollars) by this same regime. Shame on me, I wasn’t aware of the Canada Line Terminus plinth art contest. Heck, I wasn’t even aware the word “plinth” existed. A small historical digression: A few days prior to the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics (which coincidentally had the Canada Line completed just in time) I was a personal witness to a city crew working late one evening mounting a Canadian flag to cover the previously au naturel end of the Canada Line. Somehow, this simple, yet, patriotic accoutrement has vanished. The only other suggestion I submit is that we sequester a poll by the Richmond taxpayers asking which council member has contributed most to our city motto, “For the City of Richmond to be the most appealing, liveable, and well-managed community in Canada” and the winner have their effigy (or at a minimum, an enlarged photo) mounted on the plinth, at least until the 2014 elections. Or, as a contingency plan, in case of a tie vote — or, more likely, lack of interest — perhaps let’s just leave the plinth au naturel. Roland Hoegler Richmond

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Minoru Precinct renovations needed Recently, we approved the need, location and financing for the major updating of the Minoru Older Adults Centre and the Minoru Aquatic Centre. These facilities have been well used by the public since they were built many decades ago and the growth of our city necessitates the expansion and modernization of these two facilities. During the planning stage in 2014, we will undergo an extensive public engagement process. The need for these two new centres is obvious. Firstly, our demographics in Richmond show a definite increase in older adults as baby-boomers age. The demand for quality facilities to provide space for evolving services is increasing and the existing facility won’t meet future needs. Similarly, the Minoru Aquatic Centre, while updated in phases, is almost a 50 year old facility. A valid common complaint of the Aquatic Centre is the lack of family change rooms — and this cannot be easily incorporated into the current building. The central, preferred location of both buildings — Minoru Park — is undeniable. Minoru Park has been the recreational and cultural hub of Richmond for decades. By replacing both facilities on this site, it ensures convenient public access, as well as Minoru Park’s continued relevance to the city. Also, the relocation of

Coun. Derek Dang CITY SCENE

the two facilities to the west side of the Park will allow us to redesign parking and traffic patterns to maximize public safety and traffic flow. Further, we will be able to make the Minoru Pavilion more efficient by providing additional programming space. However, for council, the biggest concern was how to continue service to current users of both facilities during construction of the new buildings. We’ve managed to come up with a plan that allows us to keep both buildings open while construction occurs. Also important to us, is that the financing plan for the construction of the new facilities will have no impact on property taxes. Most of the costs will be financed internally through use of reserves and other financial instruments. Just over $50 million will be financed through borrowing, taking advantage of current low interest rates. Through prudent fiscal management, the city will be free of current outstanding debts by the end of 2014. This frees up more than $6 million annually, which will go towards ser-

vicing the new loan, without having to impact taxpayers. In 2014, extensive public engagement will be held throughout the planning and development process to share information and obtain public feedback. Stakeholders like the Minoru Older Adult’s Board have already established a building oversight committee and the Richmond Aquatics Services Board has provided insight and suggestions up to this point. We’ll establish a special advisory committee to provide input. Other community stakeholders to be consulted include the Richmond Sports Council, Richmond Fitness and Wellness Association and the Richmond Centre of Disability. The city will use many methods to share and receive information. These include a dedicated web page on the city’s website, as well as the use of interactive tools such as www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca, Facebook and Twitter. Newspaper notices, media outreach, open houses and printed materials at city facilities (the library, city hall, community centres, and arenas for example) will all be used to share information. I’m very proud to share this latest information on these two significant centres at Minoru Park. Finally, I’d like to encourage everyone to communicate your thoughts through the public engagement process.


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Speed isn’t only factor The Editor, Re: “More traffic action needed,” Letters, Dec. 4. Was excessive speed a factor in these accidents? How will slowing traffic down on Steveston Highway prevent them? That is very casual assumption or correlation to make. If everyone is driving 70 kilometres per hour on Steveston Highway, then maybe this is likely the norm. If you are driving at 50 kilometres per hour, then you’re actually creating a circumstance where drivers will anxiously try to get around you, and create a more dangerous situation, compared to if you drove at the natural speed on that road. Most likely, you’re doggedly sitting in the left lane, smug in the idea you’re a safe driver. You’re actually creating a circumstance where other drivers, frustrated with your behaviour, are more likely to engage in risky behaviour. The argument could be made that speeds on these roads should reflect the actual speed

as a percentile of what 80 per cent of drivers judge to be safe. There are numerous studies from the U.S., and Europe on road fatalities and accidents that prove this. People that either drive at, or below, the set speed limit and drivers that greatly exceed it, are statistically involved in more accidents. This is compared to drivers in the 70-80 percentile. Not withstanding other factors, like DUI or texting. This is not to say speeds should be raised everywhere. No. 3 Road, from Granville to Cambie, could actually have its speed lowered. Most people are reasonable, and will travel at what are reasonable speeds for given circumstances. Increased driver training would be a benefit here. Speed blitzes do nothing for safety. They are just cash cows, and an excuse for ICBC to ding you again. David Taylor Richmond

Time to rethink beer, wine sales The Editor, Re: “Yap review recommends grocery store liquor sales,” News, Nov. 29. This is a good moment for British Columbia to stop treating and portraying soft alcohol (beer and wine) as a terrible drug by presenting it as merely a beverage item in grocery stores. Europe has done this forever and there’s no major decadence, certainly no elevated levels of problem drinking.

Now, if only we would realize that marijuana is likewise simply an alternative relaxation choice for those adults who choose to make it their preference. Cannabis prohibition in Canada was founded, not on science nor actual problems, but on anti-Chinese bigotry. It’s past time to repatriate our freedom and choices! George Pope Richmond

PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT UNDER the Liquor Control & Licensing Act

An application has been received by the Liquor Control & Licensing Branch and by the City of Richmond from: Shelter Island Restaurants DBA Tugboat Annie’s Pub 100-6911 Graybar Rd The intent of this application is to increase patron capacity under current Liquor License No. 110707 From: 85 person capacity (65 interior 20 exterior) To: 194 person capacity (78 interior 116 exterior) Residents and owners of businesses may comment on this application by writing to: City of Richmond Business Licence Division Liquor Licence Applications 6911 No. 3 Road Richmond, B.C., V6Y 2C1 To ensure the consideration of your views, your written comments must be received on or before January 5th 2014. Your name, address and phone number must be included with your comments. Please note that your comments may be made available to the Applicant and Local Government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

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Great Cities of the World have Great Parks The great cities of the world have great parks; London and Hyde Park, Boston and the Boston Public Gardens, Paris and Jardin de Tuileries, New York and Central Park, Vancouver and Stanley Park. All of these parks are world renowned for family spaces - some with walking paths six metres across to accommodate walkers, strollers, dancers, runners. Parks that define their cities include activities for all seasons, from picnickers to kite flyers, dog walkers, little leaguers, strollers, observers, frisbee tossers, and huge informal soccer matches… Richmond has the opportunity to add a great park to a fine collection of parks. What makes a park great? Memorial gardens, outdoor markets, volleyball games, drumming circles, family Bar-b-ques, performances, pedal boats, youth hostels, multiple entrances, grand sport facilities, fireworks, opera, libraries, jazz festivals, outdoor film screenings …

UNDER the Liquor Control & Licensing Act

An application has been received by the Liquor Control & Licensing Branch by the City of Richmond from: Plaza Premium Lounge B.C. Ltd., doing business as Distinguished Visitor Lounge Unit C2315, Level 2, International & USA Arrivals 3211 Grant McConachie Way The intent of the application is to apply for a new Liquor Primary Licence. The proposed operating hours will be:

“Public space is for living, doing, kissing and playing. It can’t be measured with economics; it must be felt with the soul.” – Enrique Penalosa

Monday to Sunday: 9:00am to 2:00am

I want the Garden City lands to be Richmond’s next great park. I want us to be looking for enhanced parkland, green space, orchards, memorial gardens, rows of maple trees, public space, amenity buildings, community gardens, blueberries, fish ponds… The people of Richmond believe in green space! This could be a legacy of enormous magnitude. After all, it is about who comes after us…

Residents and owners of business may comment on this application by writing to: City of Richmond Business Licence Division Liquor Licence Applications 6911 No. 3 Road Richmond, B.C., V6Y 2C1 To ensure the consideration of your views, your written comments must be received on or before December 29, 2013. Your name, address and phone number must be included with your comments. Please note that your comments may be made available to the Applicant and Local Government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

Constituency Office 130 - 8040 Garden City Road Richmond, BC V6Y 2N9 Tel: 604-775-0891 linda.reid.mla@leg.bc.ca lindareidmla.ca

Stay in touch with the public comment opportunities for Phase 2, general comments are also accepted on an ongoing basis at gardencitylands@richmond.ca. All information received will be compiled and considered as the planning process continues. You may also register at creategardencitylands.ca and you will receive email notices about future activities including Reports to Council and specific consultation activities or events.

Linda Reid, MLA Richmond East


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Friday Feature GROWING CONCERN

Growing the food movement by bridging cultures

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BY G RAEME W OOD Special to the News

Last month a leaked document from the office of Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm showed proposals to change the Agricultural Land Commission’s legislative mandate to fall more in line with the province’s priorities for economic development. Among some of the recommendations was to have “community growth applications decided by local governments.” Following the leak, Richmond city council reiterated its commitment to protecting, enhancing and enforcing the Agricultural Land Reserve with a fully independent ALC. But Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Coun. Harold Steves, who helped draft the initial For a ALC legislation in 1973, told the News that video should the ALC be weakened and/or decision making return to the municipalities, it will be up to future generations to protect Richmond’s 5,000 hectares of ALR land. That’s because however noble the efforts of today’s city council are to strengthen agricultural zoning laws and community bylaws to protect soil, such measures can always be overturned by future councils, and without an overruling ALC the road to more development can be paved. As the Chinese-Canadian community reaches the absolute majority in the city, environmentalists believe a greater importance should be placed on engaging Chinese-Canadians in the local food movement, which has otherwise been indirectly exclusionary to date. The issue, according to environmentalist Claudia Li, is complicated, but there are at least two major factors she says need to be addressed. First, there are misconceptions from outside the Chinese-Canadian community that its people simply don’t care about food and agricultural values, hence, the local food movement, as it currently exists, is indirectly exclusionary. Second, the Chinese-Canadian community has failed to align its traditional food values with the goals of the local food movement. “It’s a very big community and one of the problems is people see it as monolithic. They say, ‘Well why don’t Chinese people care?’ It’s not because we don’t care, it’s that the messaging doesn’t resonate with us,” said Li, who was born in Richmond from parents who emigrated from Hong Kong.

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Colin Dring, of the Richmond Food Security Society, and Claudia Li, of the Hua Foundation, both agree there are big differences in Eastern and Western values of food.

The assertion that the ChineseCanadian population is not concerned about agricultural issues is untrue, according to Claudia Li.

ing about food with the assumption that everybody talks about This year, Li founded the environmental group Hua Foundation, a byproduct of her first grassroots group, Shark food in the same way and has the same values,” he said. Like the Hua Foundation, the society hopes to create Truth, which sought to dissuade the use of shark fin food places — be it at a community garden or a cooking class products within the Chinese-Canadian community. Li draws parallels between the shark fin issue and the local — where these values can intersect and mingle with residents from all backgrounds. There needs to be more engagement. food movement in how Chinese-Canadians are perceived “A couple years ago, I would have as not caring about the environment. Put called (the level of engagement) non-exisplainly: Chinese people don’t care about tent, but now I think we’re connecting with the ecosystem and all they want to do is a number of cultural organizations within build large homes and develop condos. Richmond. “When we make those explicit assump“We’re trying to create a more resilient tions, it creates a divide and an excuse for and robust food system that services every(Chinese-Canadian people) not to care,” one in the community and not just a niche said Li. The more division we have, the few,” said Dring. more screwed we all are. This environmenIn November, Li held one of the foundatal movement isn’t going to last if it keeps — Claudia Li tion’s first events, a cooking class, dubbed happening like this. The level of controver“G-Ma,” with Chinese-Canadian seniors sy that explodes when something ‘Chinese’ instructing others how to make wontons happens is an illustration of the amount of using locally raised organic pork and organic produce from a frustrations with both communities not coming to a middle nearby farm. ground to understand one another.” The key, as it was with Shark Truth, is to find a common ground and frame the matter in a way that makes sense to Health a major Chinese food value Chinese-Canadians. It starts with engagement, said Li, and all Walk into a Chinese vegetable market and you’ll find the the tools exist to make it happen. majority of bulk vegetables are pre-wrapped for the customNot only are there concerns within the community for ers. However misguided this demand for pre-wrapped vegetahealth and food safety, Chinese-Canadians in Richmond have bles may be, Dring says it’s indicative of Chinese-Canadians’ a long history of farming that has resulted in an unregulated, desire for safer food. largely unknown, local supply of popular Chinese vegetables Both Li and Dring say of all the Richmond’s residents, it — like leafy greens (choy), roots and Chinese cabbage. is arguably the Chinese-Canadians who have the most concern about imported food and food safety, particularly when Connecting with it comes to imports from China. “So to frame the message in one way would be to say we traditional Chinese food values support our agricultural land reserve because we have greater As Hua’s director, Li is hoping the foundation can form control and ability to be more accountable to consumers connections between Chinese organizations and the mainstream local food movement, which advocates for the protec- when we localize our food system,” said Dring. Li cited the 2008 tainted milk scandal as just one example tion of nearby farmland and promotes the purchasing of local that has led to extreme wariness within the community. Li says (and often organic) produce and meat. one way to hit a note with the community may be to frame Organizing efforts are now underway to create an interlocal food as essential for one’s health, which is of paramount cultural food literacy program in Richmond, according to Li. importance within the traditional culture. The program is planned for this spring and will aim to eduHowever, on the whole, despite their worries, Li says cate the Chinese-Canadian community about the importance Chinese-Canadians aren’t connected well enough with the of sourcing food locally in the context of food security and local food movement to take advantage of it, let alone underenvironmental sustainability. stand the steps needed to move it forward. But it will also frame the issue according to traditional “Ask a Chinese person where to get organic bok choy and Chinese food values, which are not entirely the same as those they won’t know — including myself. Literally, there’s no in the West, according to both Li and her counterpart Colin place to buy it,” she added. Dring, the director of the Richmond Food Security Society. Such knowledge gaps need to be closed, Li said. Dring, who is of half-Chinese descent, says that, while She added that, if the “eat local” message reached the food-related values between the West and East overlap, there Chinese-Canadian community, there would be a swell of are, nevertheless, big differences, particularly in how they are demand for organic Chinese greens (which, to boot, grow prioritized. remarkably well in B.C.’s temperate climate.) “We want to frame the discourse in a way that’s relevant to see East page 11 people. That has been our real disservice (to date.) We’re talk-

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Sharing knowledge

Dring says one of the more interesting and positive aspects of incorporating the Chinese-Canadian community into the mainstream talk about local food is the wealth of knowledge it has on sustainable agriculture. “We’re talking about a culture, broadly speaking, that has been doing sustainable agriculture for millennia. It’s not something that was invented in the West,” said Dring. For example, typical ChineseCanadian farms are more labour intensive because many Chinese vegetables require handpicking. These vegetables also have low start-up costs. Dring says the society is hoping to tap into this knowledge with future research within the community. “We have a lot to do,” he said. Li contends seniors who have come from agrarian backgrounds possess a wealth of knowledge when it comes to growing vegetables. “When I came to Canada, one of my first memories was of my grandma growing tomatoes in the backyard.” But none of that knowledge was passed on as her family became wealthier, she said.

Class plays a role

While Chinese-Canadian seniors and others with strong agrarian ties back in China may hold a key to success by possessing valuable knowledge about cooking and growing vegetables, Li acknowledges a paradigm shift needs to occur when it comes to acknowledging their agrarian roots and the positives that come with them. “Part of the problem is this thing of class. Once you move up the class ladder you stop growing food. That’s kind of how people look at it,” said Li, acknowledging the farmer is less revered. Another problem, said Li, is a lot of new immigrants are just coming into wealth and don’t understand the consumer decisions they make can impact the environment. This naivety, however, has been met with indifference from the mainstream local food movement, said Li, who points to a lack of intercultural con-

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Richmond’s farmland has a better chance of being protected if western and eastern cultures worked together. nections at local farmers’ markets in Richmond and Metro Vancouver. Given how the vast majority of people shop for food in Asia is by going to a market, Li contends there should be no excuse to not have ChineseCanadian customers represented at farmers’ markets equal to that of the city’s population. “Going to a farmers’ market has a certain culture around it and it’s marketed toward the Caucasian community,” said Li.

Drawing on Chinese vegetable network

Part of the problem is rooted in historical racism, Li said, pointing to a 2011 sociology study from Simon Fraser University on Chinese-Canadian farmers and the local food movement. The study concluded that despite efforts from market organizers to include a diverse group of farmers, Chinese-Canadian farmers, who represent about 15 per cent of farmers in Metro Vancouver, remain underrepresented at farmers’ markets (as well as in the policy, educational, and promotional documents produced by the local food movement) in the region. This exclusion may be rooted in the fact Metro Vancouver’s ChineseCanadian farmers were effectively forced into low-earning farming jobs in the late 19th century, but when their businesses grew, they were faced with systemic racism from vegetable marketing boards, wholesale distribution laws and Caucasian farmers. As a result, Chinese-Canadians created

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an alternative supply chain of Chinese vegetables that exists to this day. A 2011 food policy study by the City of Vancouver on Asian-owned grocery stores found Asian produce is grown primarily by Asian farmers who have their own distribution networks. A 2004 Ministry of Agriculture and Lands study found 41 per cent of Chinese vegetables grown in the Lower Mainland were sold on the roadside or through direct sales to retail outlets, whereas only nine per cent of regular field vegetables went through similar sales avenues. Chinese vegetables are considered a “specialty crop” by the Minisitry of Agriculture. About 1.5 million kilograms of such vegetables are grown in B.C. annually compared to 10 million kilograms of lettuce or 18 million kilograms of corn. While many Chinese-Canadian independently operated green grocers buy B.C. Chinese vegetables straight from farmers’ trucks much of them are imported from California, or even China, especially in the winter. Li contends the fact that such a demand for local Chinese vegetables exists is not only proof there is a place for Chinese-Canadians within the mainstream local food movement, but there is a place for them to strengthen the movement. She also notes that it’s important for both sides to recognize the contributions that Chinese-Canadian farmers had on carving out a place for agriculture in B.C.

When Chinese farmer Chung Chuck tried to cross the Lulu Island Bridge with his crop of potatoes one fateful August day in 1935, he was confronted by a group of Caucasian farmers and members of the newly formed B.C. Vegetable Marketing Board. Chuck normally sold his potatoes at markets in New Westminster or Vancouver, but this time he wasn’t legally allowed to do so. When he tried to make it over the bridge illegally, Chuck was beaten to a pulp by a board enforcement officer and six Caucasian farmers. The incident was born of Richmond’s Chinese potato growers’ indignation for the new Vegetable Marketing Act, which barred them from selling their products whenever and wherever they wanted. If farmers were caught selling produce without the permission of the marketing board, they faced stiff penalties of up to $500 in fines and three months in jail. The act particularly affected Chinese farmers more than their Caucasian counterparts because they depended more on the local connections they had made with vendors. Logistical problems followed the act, such as vegetables rotting in barns for no reason other than bureaucratic red tape. On Jan. 12, 1938, Chuck, after failed appeals, was found guilty of illegally transporting his potatoes. During the sentencing, he bolted from the courtroom with a policeman in high pursuit. He evaded capture, but eventually turned himself in, according to the local newspaper. Chuck’s story is etched in the city’s history and represents many of the struggles Chinese immigrant farmers faced during the early twentieth century. Richmond has a long farming history and Chinese-Canadian farmers are some of its the most important subjects. A 2011 Simon Fraser University study on ChineseCanadian farmers noted by 1921, 90 per cent of vegetables in B.C. were produced and distributed by Chinese immigrants. But, as the study notes, because of their success, racism took hold. In 1923, the Chinese Immigration Act was enacted and fear from Caucasian farmers that Chinese immigrants would take over spread. Then, in 1927, the province enacted its first laws to regulate and market vegetables. “It was the use of laws to break an existing industry. AntiChinese racism was about driving them out of an industry that they helped to build,” notes history professor Henry Yu of the University of British Columbia. Eventually, Chinese immigrants were forced into creating their own farmers associations in order to protect whatever rights they could hold on to. As a result of this overt and systemic racism, a separate food supply network emerged for unregulated, non-marketed Chinese vegetables. Hence, it’s argued by some scholars like Yu that ChineseCanadian farmers developed a local and sustainable food movement long before this century’s own mainstream movement took hold.


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Parents’ finances – children shouldn’t be idle The Globe and Mail published an article earlier this week about seniors dying with debt. In terms of debt accumulation, they are the fastest-growing segment of the population. They don’t tend to talk about it, and the debt seems to come from gradual accumulation rather than, for example, large one-time purchases. The article also discusses the fact that, if a person dies with more debt than assets, their Estate will probably be insolvent. Generally, Executors of such Estates (usually children of the deceased person) don’t need to worry about personal liability for such insolvent Estates. But in my view, it does not end there. What children should not do over the years (if at all possible) is stay silent. There are several stories of children discovering, after their parents pass (and much to their chagrin), different forms of debt their parents had accumulated, such as reverse mortgages, credit cards, credit lines, and so on. It’s a shock, and it should encourage children to watch their parents’ lifestyle and not be afraid to speak with their parents about it.

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drop. Versatile, it can be your turkey white or just a holiday party pleaser. It’s nice now, but will benefit from a couple more years of cellaring. Sisters Run Verdelho 2012 – Australia $23 - O’Hare’s Liquor Store If you are feeling up for something different or want to show off your wine savvy to friends and family, give this tasty well-made white a try. The ginger-lime nose gives way to well balanced, medium bodied gooseberry, lemon palate followed by hints of tropical fruit and a lengthy refreshing finish. Appetizers, pesto sauces and roast veggies will pair well. Tantalus – Riesling 2012 – BC $22.90 - Sip Wines Always one of B.C.’s best wines. This edition is brimming with ripe apple, guava and lemon-lime flavours balanced by mouthwatering minerality and acidity. The acidity here will let you pair this one with fatty foods, citrus flavoured dishes, salads, seafood or rich cheeses like Brie or Cambozola. see Port page 13


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Calona Artist Series Pinot Noir 2011 - BC $15.99 - BC Liquor Stores/Sip Wines True Pinot Noir almost never exists at this price point. Lighter bodied with cherry and red fruits on the palate, a touch of earth and leather, followed by silky, fine textured tannins. This versatile wine will be suited for anything from turkey to braised red meat dishes or holiday appetizers. Monte Antico Toscano 2009 - Italy $16.99 - BC Liquor Stores A nice blend of mostly Sangiovese with a little Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this budget friendly red has good acidity along with pronounced red and black fruit character, leather, and hints of vanilla on the palate. Suitable for medium to heavy dishes, or as a winter sipper with cheese plates. Pierre Henri Morel Signargues Cotes du Rhone Villages – France - 2011 $19.99 - BC Liquor Stores This Rhone blend of

mainly Grenache and Syrah shows layers of black fruit and the classic meaty, gamey Rhone flavours on the palate, followed by a touch of spice on the finish. This Cote du Rhone would pair perfectly with lamb and winter stews. Stella Bella Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 – Australia $33.95 - BC Liquor Stores Having once lived in Western Australia, I was excited to find wines from this Margaret River producer available here in B.C. I can’t decide what I like best about this wine. The rich red and black fruit character, expressive perfumed nose or lengthy, concentrated finish.

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village by night. It will be cold. Bring your mitts. There will be hot chocolate. Start by parking your car at the Steveston Community Centre around 4 p.m. If you take transit, bus 402 will take you to the front door. Walking along Moncton, you’ll reach the corner at No. 1 Road and you may just hear the silver bells emanating from the old Steveston interurban tram resting in its house. Take a moment to gather your thoughts. Experience the scramble crosswalk of Moncton and No. 1 as the stop lights blink red and green as shoppers rush home

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Pieces, Nikaido, Serenity and A Monkey Tree are just a few within a small radius. At Splash Toys you’ll hear children laughing with some of the newest and classic toys on the market. If you seek more handy gifts, Nikka Fishing Marine and Steveston Marine and Hardware are more than enough to inspire the handyman. And if you need a really handy gift, there’s always Rod’s Building Supplies. Not to be rushed, but you’ll want to consider walking to Garry Point Park for sunset. You can always come back to the shops before they close. see Garry Point page 17

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Garry Point: Catch the sunset, cherish the silence Continued from page 16 You’ll soon reach the Steveston Hotel, marking the end of Moncton Street, where those who aren’t used to such a conticent evening will be compelled to stop in at the Buck & Ear for a craft winter ale. Again, this can be done on the way back or, perhaps you’ll have to schedule another visit to the village. Take note of the 30-foot Christmas tree in front of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery museum, which itself is lit up with Santared lights. At 5 p.m., when you reach Garry Point, silence encircles you, save for the hum of the city and the gentle ripple of the Fraser River. These days, at this time, the moon is a waxing crescent and Venus is shining brilliantly in the west sky as the sun sets behind Vancouver Island, blackening its mountains and radiating a red hue that slowly turns to midnight blue as the minutes pass. A tugboat horn goes ring-a-ling and wakes you from your awe, and, at this point, you’ll probably be a bit cold after noticing that hot chocolate you bought at the iconic Cannery Cafe on Moncton has emptied. Time to turn around. Walk down the path behind the cannery and listen to frost crunch beneath your feet. When you reach the big Christmas

tree again it’s about 5:30 p.m. and you’ll have to make a choice on where to eat. Along Moncton and its now-glowing strings of holiday street lights Kisamos greek restaurant and its neighbour Dave’s Fish and Chips have seemingly got into a friendly battle of who can best decorate their window with Christmas-inspired pictures. So, if it comes down to fish or souvlaki, let the kids choose. For a more formal meal inspired by local food and fusion creations, visit Gudrun, which sets its menu daily depending on what the chef is inspired by at the local butcher and produce shops. There are a number of over-reviewed, but nonetheless satisfying, seafood restaurants along Bayview Street as well. After dinner stop into a coffee shop for another hot drink and stroll down Bayview toward Imperial Landing boardwalk where you can take in the river views at night. Many of the nearby condo owners have started to dress their balconies with lights giving the neighbourhood a more welcoming vibe. As you return to the community centre, you’ll save the best for last and pass under the many trees dressed in holiday style. But before turning the corner on Moncton peer into the windows of the Prickly Pear garden centre and seek out a

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MARK BOOTH/RICHMOND NEWS

Richmond Synergy battled to a 2-2 draw with the Central City Breakers Elite in U16 Metro Girls Soccer League action last Sunday at Hugh Boyd.

Former Canadians standout invited to World Junior camp

Greater Vancouver Canadians graduate Nic Petan is among 25 players invited to Hockey Canada’s upcoming national junior camp in preparation for the 2014 IHL World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. The 18-year-old is having another outstanding season with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks, with 68 points in 28 games. That ranks him second in in the WHL. Last year, Petan recorded 120 points to share league scoring honours with teammate Brendan Leipsic. He went on to be selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the NHL Draft in June by the Winnipeg Jets. Two other his Portland teammates

— forward Taylor Leier and defenceman Derrick Pouliot — were also invited to Team Canada’s camp, slated Dec. 12-15 in Toronto. The Winterhawk trio suited up for Team WHL in last week’s Subway Super Series against Russia. “All three players had exceptional showings at last week’s Subway Super Series, and I’m excited for all of them to have this opportunity,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “It’s a challenge for us to lose key players during the season, but it’ll be an opportunity for other players to play meaningful minutes and step up in their absence.”

SCOREBOARD Hockey

Leading Scorers

Pacific International Jr Hockey League Tom Shaw Conference GP W L T Otl Pts Delta Ice Hawks 27 18 6 1 2 39 Richmond Sockeyes 22 13 4 3 2 31 North Van Wolf Pack 24 14 8 1 1 30 Grandview Steelers 25 12 9 2 2 28 North Delta Devils 26 6 19 1 0 13 Harold Brittian Conference Aldergrove Kodiaks 23 17 4 Abbotsford Pilots 23 15 7 Ridge Meadows 24 7 12 Mission City Outlaws 24 6 14 Port Moody Panthers 26 6 17

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Stephen Ryan (Ald) Kenny Prato (Ald) Adam Callegari (Ald) Spencer Quon (NV) Daniel Delbianco (PM) Bradley Parker (Abb) Marcus Houck (NV) Kolten Grieve (Abb) Braeden Monk (Abb) Christopher Seto (Gra) Liam Lawson (Rmd) W. Schoenefuhs (PM) John Wesley (Rmd) Timothy Chow (Gra) Scott McHaffie (Ald)

GP 22 22 19 24 25 23 21 23 23 23 22 26 22 24 21

G 20 13 13 8 19 18 15 9 9 16 10 9 11 11 9

A 23 24 22 27 13 14 14 20 20 11 17 17 14 14 15

Pts 43 37 35 35 32 32 29 29 29 27 27 26 25 25 2

Tanner Gattinger (Del) Jarrett Martin (Abb) Travis Oddy (RM)

26 9 15 24 23 7 17 24 24 13 10 23

B.C. Major Midget Hockey League GP W L T Okanagan Rockets 20 16 3 1 Vancouver NW Giants 20 16 3 1 Valley West Hawks 20 14 6 0 GV Canadians 20 9 10 1 Vancouver NE Chiefs 20 8 9 3 FV Thunderbirds 20 8 10 2 North Island Silvertips 20 8 10 2 South Island Royals 20 8 10 2 Cariboo Cougars 20 8 11 1 Kootenay Ice 20 3 13 4 Thompson Blazers 20 1 14 5

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Sports

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Richmond’s Stecher recognized for his play at North Dakota Troy Stecher has wasted little time in Hockey alumni is tied for the team scoring making an impact at the University of lead among freshmen. North Dakota. Awards are nothing new for Stecher The Richmond native was named who enjoyed three productive seasons National Collegiate Hockey Conference in the B.C. Hockey League with the (NCHC) Defenceman of the Week after Penticton Vees before heading south on a North Dakota Fighting Sioux split a pair full ride scholarship. Last season, he was of non-conference games against St. named the BCHL’s Interior Conference Lawrence last weekend. Defenceman of the Year after producing 47 Stecher was a +1 each night and points in 52 games. He was also selected assisted on Connor Gaarder’s go-ahead, to the Interior Conference First All-Star power-play goal late in the second period Team. of Saturday’s 3-2 victory. He helped UND In 2011-12 season, Stecher had a leadhold the nation’s top power play scoreless ing role in Penticton capturing the RBC in three chances on Saturday Cup national junior “A” chamSCAN WITH and was UND’s only defensepionship. He was named top man to register a positive plus/ defenceman of the RBC playminus in the series. offs. TO REVEAL VIDEO Each game drew nearly Playing alongside current 11,000 fans at UND’s home rink Vancouver Giants Carter Popoff — the Ralph Engelstad Arena and Anthony Ast, Stecher helped — in Grand Forks. The venue is considthe Richmond Blues reached the provinered one of the finest hockey facilities cial Bantam A1 championship game in in the world, complete with an adjacent his final year of local minor hockey. He Olympic-size practice rink and a 10,000 then moved out to the B.C. Major Midget square foot weight room. Hockey League where he earned team “It’s unbelievable. As players we are all MVP honours with the Greater Vancouver blessed to have an opportunity to play in Canadians. Stecher made the rare jump this beautiful facility and have the support to the junior “A” ranks as a 16-year-old we do from the fans,” said Stecher. “Even blueliner. the coaching staff, every single day they He is majoring in Pre-Business are positive and trying to make us better.” Economics at North Dakota. With a goal and four assists through 14 UND returns to conference play this games this season, the Richmond Minor weekend against Western Michigan.

MARK BOOTH/RICHMOND NEWS

Richmond Roadrunners battled New West in Pacific Coast Field Lacrosse League U14 division action at Minoru Park.

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