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More than half of Richmond’s commuters work in the city they live. According to data conducted as part of the National Household Survey, 40,705 out of Richmond’s 73,770 commuters don’t leave the city’s boundaries to get to work. The statistics fly in the face of the stereotype that the majority of commuters head to Downtown Vancouver to earn a crust. In fact, just 20,215 Richmondites, or 27.4 per cent, head over the north arm of the Fraser River every day to get to their place of work. The figures come as little surprise to the city’s mayor, Malcolm Brodie, who cited Richmond’s high ratio of jobs per worker in the region. “There is a significant amount of jobs in Richmond, so it makes sense that a great proportion of people are living and working in Richmond,” said Brodie. “And as we continue to look into the future, we’re working towards attracting and retaining major industrial and commercial employers to the city.”

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The National Household Survey statistics fly in the face of the stereotype that most people commute to Downtown Vancouver for work. Citing more major employers heading into Richmond in the next few years — including Canada Post, YVR’s luxury outlet mall and Walmart — Brodie expects that ratio to hold firm, despite the 40,000 or so forecasted population spike by 2040. “If we can provide the resources and amenities for people to live in Richmond, then it makes sense that employers are going to want to be near that labour source,” added Brodie. The data indicates that the majority of commuters across the Metro Vancouver

region work in the same city they live, or commute to another suburb, rather than Vancouver. Indeed, of the roughly 650,000 employed residents of Metro Vancouver’s suburbs, only one-fifth travel into Vancouver for work, although rates are higher on the North Shore and — the nearby suburbs of Richmond and Burnaby. Around 4,400 Richmondites commute to Burnaby to work, accounting for 6.1 per cent of com-

muters, while 2,345 (3.2 per cent) travel south to Delta, 2,025 (2.7 per cent) to Surrey, 675 (0.9 per cent) to New Westminster, 400 (0.5

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Malcolm Brodie per cent) to Langley City and Township and 375 (0.1 per cent) to White Rock. Such diffuse commuting patterns are in stark contrast to those found in other major Canadian cities, and make providing transit services more challenging. In comparison, 48 per cent of those in Markham, ON. work in Toronto, and 59 per cent of those in Airdrie, AB. work in Calgary. —With a file from the Vancouver Sun

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A mental healthcare pilot program that launched in Richmond last year aiming to better protect children will expand to other municipalities across the province, according to the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Safe Relationships, Safe Children has sought to change the way front-line mental health practitioners identify risks posed to children in families affected by mental illness. The program, started in Richmond and Vernon, was born of a high-profile filicide in Merritt in 2008 when mentally ill Merritt resident Allan Schoenborn killed his three children Kaitlynn, 10, Max, 8, and Cordon, 5, at their home in April, 2008 The program will now expand to 19 other municipalities in the short-term until it is eventually implemented province-wide. The program prioritizes identifying if a patient has children and, if so, instructs practitioners to make a determination if they are in danger. In such cases the program also helps different mental healthcare facilities and organizations communicate and collaborate with one another on the needs of the patient and children. Whereas before the focus may have just been on the patient, the program represents a “paradigm” shift in how to identify children

in dangerous situations, according to Sonja Sinclair, Richmond’s program coordinator for Vancouver Coastal Health. “We’re pulling children further into the forefront and making practitioners more aware of what the risk factors are for children,” said Sinclair. She added Richmond was chosen for the program because it had a number of mental healthcare facilities and organizations in place that had already shown a degree of collaboration. Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafonde, who provides legislated independent oversight of the Ministry, called the family-based approach to mental health important and a “good development.” She noted that the next step is to improve services for children thereafter. “I think what we’ve seen in Richmond — because there is a diversity of resources that have been pulled together there — has been some really good family-focused work done,” she said. Turpel-Lafonde added she is still waiting for a promised provincial integrated domestic violence policy which has been postponed to date. She said Safe Relationships Safe Children is “a piece of the puzzle that still needs the other parts.” Sharing information and needs of a patient is a critical component for finding a solution, Sinclair said, especially if the patient visits see Walls page 7

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Richmond’s diligent and professional Mayor Malcolm Brodie laughed at the idea people would pay to see him whilst on a city hall tour. “They all want to see me,” quipped Brodie sarcastically, as city council this week discussed a new fee schedule for city hall tours and delegation visits. And while Brodie’s actions and demeanour in running a city are a universe away from Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford, his city is hoping to cash in on delegation visits and city hall tours, much like Canada’s biggest city.

Staff presented council with a recommendation that for-profit groups be charged anywhere from $500 for a basic city hall tour to $2,000 for a full-day “study tour,” where a group obtains information about the city’s best practices for delivering municipal services. By comparison, Toronto charges $3,000 for a full-day study tour. Brodie requested the fees be cut in half. City hall staff at Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver had no immediate knowledge of fees for similar study tours and no scheduled fees are posted on their respective websites. Richmond will not be charging students or non-profit groups for basic

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he B.C. Legislature will begin sitting again this February, for the first time in months. Last year, provincial politicians in B.C. got together in Victoria for a mere 36 days. There are excuses, of course, for the very short sittings, and the cancelled fall session. There are always excuses. There was a provincial election, the MLAs must have time to take care of constituency business, not all government work is done in Victoria, and so on, ad nauseum. Many of these issues no doubt affected other provinces, yet they don’t seem to have reduced their sitting days so drastically. Alberta, not a place where extra government expenditure has ever been welcomed, managed 50 days of sitting in 2013. Saskatchewan had 65 and Manitoba 84. Ontario hit triple digits at 101 days, with a government frequently battered by scandals, yet at least willing to weather them through question periods. Even the government of Yukon Territory sat for 60 days last year. The population of Yukon was under 34,000 during the last census. What is the value of a sitting legislature? Premier Christy Clark doesn’t see much of one, preferring to be elsewhere, by her own account. She has called the culture of the Legislature “sick.” Of course, that was quite a contrast from her 2005 views, when she said this: “I love question period. I love debate. I love the people I’ve met. I even love the protesters. I love politics.” Some of us also love politics, and the opportunity to actually see our politicians debate things, in public, on television, on the record, and under a format in which they’re held to a certain level of decorum. The Legislature, like it or not, is where the votes happen. Without the debates and cut-and-thrust that Clark either loves or finds sick, we have government via press release and focus group. Both the government and opposition MLAs deserve more time to make their case to British Columbians in 2014.

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Toll every bridge, plus tunnel The Editor, It goes without saying that we need to raise money to allow SkyTrain to further service the outlying areas. When a new bridge is built (as we have seen) and a toll is applied, people will drive further to avoid the toll, leaving the new bridges at under capacity. It is my suggestion that we toll EVERY bridge (and the tunnel) at a low rate. I am suggesting a UTT (Universal Toonie Toll) for prime time and a ULT (Universal Loonie Toll) for off-peak times. Keep it at a modest rate and make it affordable to all. Of course, reduced transponder pricing could be an option. With the 10 bridges (and the tunnel) that are not tolled at present, along with lowering the Port Mann and Golden Ears toll to this reasonable price, I think it would bring in a fair chunk of change every day without digging too deeply into the pockets of commuters, and might encourage more passengers per vehicle. It only seems right that we all contribute towards furthering the extension of the SkyTrain. Let’s get on this and get it built! We are far behind most cities I have visited and are leaving those commuting from the outlying areas very little options time-wise to travel to their workplace. Ken Brodie Richmond

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s we enter a new year, it is time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. It’s a timely opportunity for your city council to consider what we’ve achieved during the past few years and what key tasks we still have ahead. As always, we’ve placed a strong focus on planning for Richmond’s future. The primary building block was adoption of our Official Community Plan Update, which lays out a roadmap for the continued evolution of our city through to 2041. It supports sustainable, smart growth that focuses new development in our city centre, so that we can protect existing single-family neighbourhoods, farmland and other open spaces. Another critical part of our planning framework is the new Social Development Strategy. We continue to see increasing strains on the social fabric in our community. With senior governments failing to adequately address these issues, the city has taken a greater role, working with our community partners, to meet local social needs. The Social Development Strategy provides us with goals and priorities over the next decade to ensure Richmond will continue to be an inclusive community with good quality of life for all. While council has started to lay the foundation for Richmond’s future with

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these plans, there is important work left to do. We need the community’s input to keep moving forward. Back in 2010, the city acquired the Garden City Lands, ensuring this priceless asset will remain under public control for community use. For the past year, we’ve been engaged in a public planning process to develop a plan for the future of these lands. In the coming months, we will be seeking further public input as we narrow down the options for these lands to arrive at a final master plan. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to be able to plan the future of 55-hectares (136 acres) of open, park space right in the heart of the city. But what exactly it will look like is up to you. Make sure your voice is heard in shaping this great new central park for Richmond. Last fall, council also approved an ambitious new building program to continue replacing and updating key civic facilities. This includes replacing the Minoru Aquatic Centre, which is more than half a century old, is outdated and no longer adequate for our growing community. We’ve also approved

replacement of the existing Minoru Place Seniors Centre, which is simply too small to meet the needs of our rapidly growing population of older adults. Both these new facilities are to be built by 2017. But while council has provided for the funding and selected a site for these two facilities, there are still many key decisions to be made. We need to ensure the amenities and programs inside these two facilities are sufficient to meet the needs of our community for the next half century or longer. It is critical we hear from our residents to ensure we provide the right mix of services within these new buildings. As we move into the design phase for these facilities, we will be seeking your input. Too often, we hear from a very small segment of the community when we conduct public consultation. But we want to hear from everyone, not just those with the loudest voices. We try to address the needs of all our citizens, but if we don’t hear from you, your concerns may not be reflected in council’s decisions. Don’t miss your chance to be heard. Watch our city website and local newspapers for upcoming opportunities for public input on these and other important projects. Speak up, so we can make Richmond an even better place to live.


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Change to crude tactics needed The Editor, There’s a largely overlooked background issue with regard to the proposed Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) fuel delivery project that also needs to be considered. VAFFC argues that Burnaby’s Chevron refinery cannot meet their needs. While most of the discussion revolves around the viability of the existing Burnaby to YVR jet fuel pipeline, the elephant in the room getting little or no mention is that the Chevron refinery is unable to operate at full capacity. This is because more and more of the synthetic crude arriving from Alberta via the current Kinder Morgan pipeline is being diverted away from the refinery to be shipped to higher paying offshore customers via tankers through Vancouver harbour. Chevron has speculated that it may even have to shut the Burnaby refinery down if it does not get enough of the synthetic crude coming from Alberta. The existing Burnaby to YVR jet fuel pipeline is also operated by Kinder Morgan. Given that less jet fuel runs through the line, Kinder Morgan has indicated that it may have to shut it down and is demanding higher rates to keep it operating at less than optimal capacity driving jet fuel prices up. This uncertainty is a major contributor to VAFFC’s quest for other sources of jet

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New country. New school. New opportunities. It’s safe to say Priyanka is enjoying her time at the Richmond campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), far from her home in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It has given her a chance to grow in a way that would have been much more difficult to accomplish back home. Not only is she working towards her accounting diploma PHOTO SUBMITTED — skills she is planSandra ning to use when Schinnerl says she returns to Dubai international stuto help her father’s dents contribute to construction and learning for all. real estate business – Priyanka is keen to play a role outside of the classroom here in her adopted community. “Even though it’s very westernized, Dubai’s culture is very different. Here, it’s more open. There are more opportunities for women. Right away when I came to Canada, I started volunteering and got involved in the community,” she said. “Back in Dubai, I would have just gone to school, visited friends, and then gone home.” Priyanka, 19, is one of a growing number of overseas students at KPU which is aiming to expand its international student program as a means of broadening its revenue base, but also more importantly it argues, enriching its learning environment. That’s according to Sandra Schinnerl, director of KPU’s Office of International Students and Scholars. “They (foreign students) come with a different perspective. They, themselves, can

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International students Bruna Lopes (Brazil) and Priyanka (Dubai) say they have gained much more than just academics during their time at KPU’s Richmond campus.

With most schools charging them about contribute to the learning in the classroom three times what domestic students pay to by talking about what their perspectives and offset provincial subsidies, it’s a potential understandings are,” Schinnerl said. “They revenue stream that is hard to ignore, as govprovide a way for domestic students to learn ernment purse strings remain tight around about the world.” Since 2008, KPU has managed to do quite education funding. According to the B.C. Council for well in attracting international students to its International Education, in 2011-12, the more Richmond and Surrey campuses. Numbers than 100,000 international have gone from 520 five students in B.C. injected years ago to more than in excess of $2 billion 1,300 currently. into the province’s econo“They (foreign students) my, supporting more than are an important part of our 22,000 jobs. internationalization stratOverall, the provincial egy,” Schinnerl said. “We Crown corporation that want to have students from — David Eby supports international around the world in our education stated that forclassrooms. And we want eign students were responsible for generating them in all of our programs.” a $6 billion ripple effect across B.C. Hopes are to increase the numbers from So, international students are big business. the current eight per cent of the school’s popBut is it a segment of the economy we may ulation to 10 per cent in the coming years. have already become too reliant upon? While that may seem like a modest jump, David Eby, advanced education critic for have school’s like KPU gone too far already the provincial NDP, said there is a danger in soaking up the revenue international stuof getting too used to the economic benefits dents bring with them?

“The schools are using this funding to just fill in for the government cuts.”

international students pack along with them when they land here. “The point has passed where there’s a debate about whether or not we depend on this funding. It’s very clear that if international students stop coming tomorrow, there would be massive layoffs and huge impacts for domestic students,” Eby said. “The schools are using this funding to just fill in for the government cuts. “I don’t think anyone can say, credibly, that you could get rid of the international student program and not impact domestic students.” Eby conceded that most people do believe international student programs are a benefit for classmates who were born here. But with international student numbers, and their revenues, rising, there is a concern about their impact on what programs get offered. “It’s leading to distortions,” Eby said. “The more and more we rely on international students, the more administrations depend on that funding, the more they direct their programming decisions around what internationals will sign up for. “(For example) international students are overwhelmingly choosing to study business in British Columbia,” Eby said. As a result, we are seeing more business studies programs, many with new facilities, increased staffing and better research material, he said. “The issue comes in when there begins to be a perception that the institutional resources are going to marketing and improving programs for international students instead of domestic students.” Increasingly, said Eby, domestic students’ needs are taking a backseat to the “all important needs of the international student. “And that’s putting the caboose at the front of the train,” he said. It’s also a mistake, added Eby, to call for an influx of overseas students when many schools are already at capacity and would be hard pressed to accommodate them. “Issues arise when the Premier, on the back of a napkin, decides all of the schools in B.C. — publicly funded ones like Kwantlen — should increase their international student population by 50 per cent by 2016,” Eby said. see KPU page 13

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Education hub sought Balancing school budget CIBT eyes 313-room hotel for foreign students BY GRAEME WOOD Special to the News

International education is a rapidly growing multi-billion dollar industry the provincial government likens to the lumber and mining sector and a major education management firm is hoping to cash in on its booming growth right here in Richmond. Vancouver-based CIBT Education Group, whose most recognizable school is Sprott Shaw College, is hoping to attract international stuToby Chu dents to Richmond with a new development it’s dubbing a “Global Education Centre.” The company is in the planning stages of building a 313-room hotel, largely designed for private post-secondary international students, in addition to a nine-storey campus building that will house classrooms for a number of private education companies, offices for education agents as well as student amenities such as a cafeteria, fitness centre and digital library. Consider it a one-stop shop for learning. “We feel there are so many education institutions in Vancouver, being a world-class city, but they’re all fragmented and spread out. The super centre concept is to aggregate maybe eight to 12 of these institutions — whether it’s public or private and ESL or career-oriented,” said CIBT President and CEO Toby Chu. While the proposed development — to be built at the corner of No. 3 Road and Bridgeport Road — is still in the planning stage and under review by city staff, it didn’t stop Chu from announcing another venture with a commercial hotel development on nearby Capstan Way this week. According to Chu a memorandum of understanding was signed between CIBT and the site’s developer to rent out another 62 “student hotel suites” capable of accommodating up to 248 K-12 students in the summer months. Students

would be able to walk to GEC, which would act as the hub. Chu said the larger $120 million GEC development was initially proposed as a student dormitory but the city has the land zoned only for hotel use as it’s under an airport flight path. That means the new proposal has CIBT operating a de-facto hotel that will nonetheless primarily cater to temporary students, Chu said. If all goes accordingly GEC could be up and running in about four years. Coun. Linda Barnes said if the proposal reaches city council many questions will be asked. “There are always some issues around having any large group of people on a temporary basis coming into the community. It will have to have some discussion and work done to make sure it’s a viable project,” said Barnes. According to the B.C. International Education Strategy of 2012 the government’s goal is to increase the international student population to 140,000 by 2016. As of 2012 there were about 107,000 students and of that an estimated 47,000 were with private language schools — the prospective majority of GEC residents. According to a government study, in 2012 international students contributed $2.1 billion to the economy — a 17 per cent increase from 2010. By comparison copper ore mining accounted for $1.9 billion in 2012.

Foreign student influx saves service cuts: District BY GRAEME WOOD Special to the News

As the Richmond School District is tasked to tighten its belt once more to pay for declining enrolment, wage increases and rising utility costs, one source of revenue is on a steady ascent — international education. The district’s international student population is once again expected to increase in 2014 as estimated gross revenue from foreign students reached $10 million this school year, representing five per cent of total district revenue. Last year, the district earned just over $3 million in net profits from the international education program. And while the district contends its international education program is sustainable and well-planned, the pressure to at least maintain international student enrolment is mounting, according to the district’s treasurer Mark De Mello. “As enrolment declines we’re able to bolster numbers with international students. It helps us keep our budget balanced. …The more you can grow the international student programs and sustain them, the more you can turn that revenue into saving things that may otherwise be cut,” said De Mello, noting the district’s decline of 412 domestic students this year. Al Klassen, president of the Richmond Teachers’ Association, called the funding, in general, “extremely problematic” but noted Richmond has made good strides to make its program sustainable. Richard Hudson is the district’s director of the international education program and said the district is in an advantageous position compared to others in Metro Vancouver thanks to its multicultural profile. Because of the district’s high rate of English language learners the schools are set-up well to accommodate the needs of international students. Hudson has also overseen the transition of the district becoming the primary handler of homestay placements for its students. Three years ago, the service was outsourced to Langara College. Hudson said this makes communication with parents abroad easier and gives

Richmond’s program more credibility. Another benefit for Richmond is that many Chinese families in the city house international students who may be relatives or family friends. This convenience is an added bonus for the program, Hudson said. Last semester, the district’s international students numbered 614, or three per cent of the overall student population. In 2009 they accounted for about 1.2 per cent. Hudson believes the September 2014 number could approach 650. Each student pays about $13,000 in tuition directly to the district. By comparison Surrey’s international student population is just 0.9 per cent, largely because it’s a growing district. Vancouver stands at 1.9 per cent and has been reported to be actively expanding its international program to make up for declining enrolment. Burnaby and Coquitlam hover around three per cent. When it comes to quality of education Klassen calls the influx of international students a “conflicting issue.” “It comes not with a cost or price necessarily but certainly with a challenge for teaching. That said, there are lots of teachers who like it. There are learning opportunities, so that’s an advantage,” he said. NDP MLA and education critic Rob Flemming said Richmond could be an exception to an otherwise serious problem in the education system. “International education programs are good but many districts have been forced to pursue this as a revenue source because the funding has failed to keep up with cost increases over the years. Many districts have fared well and Richmond is one of them,” said Flemming. But as the rate of international student revenue increases the question for school board trustee Kenny Chiu and others will be at what point is it enough. “We have to make sure the district does not rely on the international program too much,” said Chiu. “We want to provide a good education for international students, but, at the same time, let’s not kid ourselves, they do bring in extra resources for the district,” he added.

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KPU: International students create seats Continued from page 10 That’s one major reason why KPU is hoping to find a suitable spot for a campus housing facility in Richmond where a portion of the international students could call home. For students like Bruna Lopes, 24, from Brazil, who is studying graphic design and English, that would beat renting a home with friends and classmates. But she enjoys being immersed in the Canadian culture, which has helped improve her English language skills and confidence to be more outgoing. “It is very important to get involved as much as you can,” she said. “That way it is easier for me now to get in touch, or approach people I don’t know and start a conversation. Those are skills I will be able to take with me when I go back to Brazil.” But not all international students end up returning home. And it’s often an overlooked

benefit of what international student programs can contribute, apart from their economic impact, said KPU’s Schinnerl. And she dispelled an “urban myth”— the belief that accepting international students can exclude domestic students from getting a classroom seat. “It could not be further from the truth,” she said. “If we were running a section that was facilitated by 10 international students, we can open up a new course and 35 students can take it. That means 25 domestic students have a seat we wouldn’t have been able to offer.” Moreover, 83 per cent of graduating international students at KPU apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit, which can amount to a more attractive immigration process if they choose to take up residence in Canada, Schinnerl added.

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Housing: A major concern for industry Continued from page 11 Globally, the international education industry is expected to grow by 118 per cent by 2025, according to the study’s sources. A provincial government study noted private language school students are the highest spenders (compared to public K-12 or post-secondary school students) and are believed to contribute an annual average of about $33,000 to the economy. However, one of the problems often cited within the industry is a lack of adequate housing, which according to Chu and edu-

cation critics, is among the biggest problems damaging the industry’s image in B.C. “The demand for housing far outstrips the supply,” said Chu, who notes homestay mills exist in Metro Vancouver, where a single house will be entirely rented out to up to 10 international students, while the hosts provide minimal resources. “It’s terrible. It’s becoming a problem for our education business. It’s also hurting the public school image as well,” said Chu. The GEC hotel will follow models of micro-apartments typically found in South Korea and Japan.

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Grill & Vine is the latest addition to The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler, a contemporary but casual space with upscale food offerings. Open for both breakfast and dinner, every menu item is made from fresh ingredients, coming by way of local suppliers such as Pemberton’s North Arm Farm. For starters, the crispy quail ($15) is a savoury twist on traditional chicken and waffles. Mains come straight from the grill and stone hearth oven; you can’t go wrong with the light Louis Lake steelhead ($30) or the hearty wild board lasagna ($26). Sides here are the definition of comfort food — think chorizo tater tots ($6) and truffle mac & cheese ($8). The wine list of local and international labels is just as phenomenal, and available by the glass, carafe or bottle. Après-ski just got a whole lot swankier. 4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, 604-905-5000, www.westinwhistler.com

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Seafair Sharks (above) took on the Semiahmoo Honey Badgers and Richmond Fighting Cobras battled Surrey as part of last weekend’s Odlum Brown Hockey 1-4 RIC Tournament, hosted by both local associations.

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Gawdin helps Pacific win silver at World U17 Challenge

Richmond’s Glenn Gawdin helped Team Pacific win silver at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sydney, NS. The Seafair Minor Hockey product finished the tournament with six points in as many games, including three goals, as Team Pacific fell 4-0 to the United States in the final. Gawdin had a pair of assists in a 7-3 semi-final victory over Russia. Team Pacific, featuring players from B.C. and Alberta, opened with a 4-3 loss to Quebec before reeling off wins against Team West (6-3), Czech Republic (4-1) and Sweden. The Americans dominated the event from start to finish, outscoring

their opponents 47-6 Team Pacific has now finished second on six different occasions, including three losses (2001, 2002 and 2014) to the Americans. Gawdin has since returned to the Swift Current Broncos to resume his rookie season in the Western Hockey League. The Broncos’ first round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft has 15 points in 38 games, including five goals. After a productive run through Seafair Minor Hockey’s rep system, Gawdin spent the 2012-13 campaign in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League where he led the Greater Vancouver Canadians in scoring.

Meanwhile, a pair of former Canadians standouts have signed their first NHL contracts. Forwards Nic Petan and Ryan Olsen both agreed to entry level deals with the Winnipeg Jets last week. Petan played for Canada at the recent World U20 Hockey Championships in Sweden. The Portland Winterhawks’ sniper is currently second in WHL scoring with 67 points in 33 games. His three-year two-way contract with the Jets averages $925,000 per season. He was selected in the second round of last June’s 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Olsen, 19, has played in 37 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL so far

this season. The right-handed centre has recorded 37 points, including 19 goals. He was originally drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. His three-year deal averages $726,000 per season. The Canadians resume their regular season schedule this weekend with a key series against the Valley West Hawks. The opener goes Saturday (4:45 p.m.) at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The teams also meet on Sunday at the Langley Events Centre. Greater Vancouver (13-12-1) sits fifth in the league standings, eight points back of the third place Hawks (17-8-1).

Midget C3 Blues win pair of tournaments over holidays

Richmond Midget C3 Blues hockey team earned double gold medals over the holiday season — capturing the Richmond Midget “C” and Vancouver Minor Canucks Place Charity Tournaments in consecutive weeks. In Richmond, the Blues went undefeated through round-robin play, defeating Port Coquitlam 3-1, North Delta 3-1, Seattle 8-3 and Surrey C4 6-0. This set the team up for the playoffs with quarter-final date against Langley. After a tight two periods of play, Richmond managed a 5-2 victory. In the semi-finals, the opponents were a strong Richmond C1 team. Despite being shorthanded for much of the second period, the C3s pulled out the win. At the same time, Richmond C5 was squeezing out a overtime victory over Richmond C2, setting up the all-Richmond final. In the final, Richmond C5 ran out of steam and the C3s went on to a decisive 6-0

victory to secure the tournament championship. Both teams celebrated on the ice at the end of the game, realizing that on any given day, either could have won.

At the Vancouver tournament, a tired Blues team started out with a 4-1 win over Surrey C6 and a 7-1 victory over Ridge Meadows C6, before facing their toughest

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challenge in a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Surrey C2. The locals’ final round robin game was a 9-0 win over a depleted Vancouver C2 team. This left them in first place in their pool and a berth in the championship game. The final was against Seattle Junior, who started strong, but eventually dropped a 7-2 decision. The C3 Blues are captained by stalwart defenseman Kevin Coates while the assistants are Matt Lee, Evan Braun, Ryan Molina and Ryan Kollmuss. The rest of the team includes goalies, Danica Lum and Justin Kucheran; along with skaters Emerson Chan, Ryley Hamson, Sam Kiang, Shawn Purewal, Sebastian Robitaille, Colton Rodger, Jinder Sandhar, Nick Seto, Chris Sipsas, Jerry So and Conph Zhi. The team is capably coached by Jim Seto, with assistants Roger Hamson and Yu-Zhi Kiang; and managed by Lily Hamson.


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