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On Thursday morning Richmond high school students boldly went where no students had gone before — outer space. Well, kind of. Students from Cambie secondary school, along with their teachers, partnered with the American Radio Relay League to have their school become just the fourth in the province to host the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station event. Setting up the communication system was the Richmond Amateur Radio Club. The stage was set. Star Trek’s theme song blared over the gymnasium speakers and at 10:05 a.m. about 1,500 students from across the school district bore witness to verbal communication with International Space Station commander Koichi Wakata, a Japanese engineer and veteran astronaut, who is fulfilling the role Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield did in 2013. The space station orbits the earth 15.5 times a day at an average speed of 27,600 km/h. The radio club and students had but a mere seven minutes to make contact and ask questions as the station flew 400 kilometres above British Columbia and the Arctic. Grade 12 Cambie student Nica Gatchalian was tasked to make contact with the space station. “November Alpha One Sierra Sierra this is Victor Echo 7 Romeo Alpha Romeo, do you copy? Over,” she repeated several times before finally making contact. “Good morning H.J. Cambie secondary. Over,” declared Wakata. The first few questions went off without a hitch. Wakata described what space was like and told students that several years of training are required to become an astronaut. As the questions went on, however, it became more difficult to hear Wakata’s answers. As the space station headed toward Russia, the moment that took a year of planning was over. The fact that the students made

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Grade 12 student Nica Gatchalian and Richmond Amateur Radio Club’s Kishore Nair prepare to connect with the International Space Station at Cambie secondary on Thursday. antenna to track the moving station was contact pleased Cambie science teacher controlled from the computers as large Karen Ibbott. screens in the gym projected the flight path “What I’m happy to see is how much it of the space station over the Pacific Ocean. means to our students and staff and our A backup community. system was When I also put in thought of this Good morning H.J. Cambie place in case a year ago, I secondary. Over. the primary never thought - Koichi Wakata, astronaut system failed. that it would Urey Chan, become such director a wonderful of the radio club, said it was one of the production,” said Ibbott. most challenging endeavours the club has Five other schools visited Cambie and several others watched the event on a undertaken. webcast. “The club is used to putting up antennas Contact with Wakata was possible thanks to talk to people across continents, but to the technical savvy of the local radio club. never in outer space. Also, tracking the A large antenna was placed on the moving space station is a big challenge,” school’s roof and connected to a radio said Chan. transmitter, which relayed the signal to While most of the answers didn’t come computers in the gym. Rotation of the through clearly the students appeared to

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Nesting owls, SCAN grazing geese, and PAGE FOR soaring eagles are set VIDEO to take the place of building blocks and crayons at Richmond’s newest, outdoor activity-based preschool. The Thompson Community Association, Richmond Schoolyard Society, and the City of Richmond have partnered to create Richmond’s first not-for-profit nature preschool – the Terra Nova Nature Preschool. “Hands-on experience is more important than looking at it in a picture book. When you can see a bald eagle sitting on a branch and actually watch it and observe it and then go draw it in a journal or write about what you’ve just seen,” said Kelli Lundie, a kindergarten teacher at Annieville elementary in Delta, who was hoping to sign her son up for the program. A recent article by the Harvard Medical School points out that American children spend an average of six hours day indoors with electronic devices, and that kids are twice as physically active when playing

outdoors. “We’ve gotten kind of stuck a little bit with technology. Technology is very useful, but we need to have a balance,“ said Lundie. The evidence suggests that long term health and mental problems can be minimized by allowing kids to play outdoors – in that it allows for more physical play, and boosts social and problem solving skills. “I thought it was important for my son to experience the way we used to grow up and see first-hand, what is a bug and how to explore and look for things and create things out of nature.” The program, being readied for the 2014-2015 school year, will be based out of a restored heritage house amidst the Terra Nova Rural Park, which offers fantastic views of the Fraser River and coastal mountains, an abundance of animal life, and a community garden. Lundie is hoping that this program will help her son develop an appreciation for the area he lives in. And she’ not alone. Some parents even camped overnight to ensure their child would be guaranteed a spot in the preschool.

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Speaker of the Legislature and Richmond East MLA Linda Reid grounded her campaign manager’s taxpayer-paid travel tab and scrapped a free snack bar for politicians as MLAs on all sides gently chastised her Tuesday for not keeping them in the loop on her recent spending. “I certainly apologize, and I recognize the concerns which have been raised have detracted from our work to make the assembly’s financial management more accountable and transparent,” Reid told MLAs on the legislature management committee. She said she takes full responsibility for the public uproar over tens of thousands in spending, including $13,965 in new drapes for the dining room, a $48,412 high-tech computer console, and a $13,449 TV lounge for MLAs stocked with free muffins and coffee that sat on a $733 food table. She also spoke for the first time about hiring her Richmond East campaign manager as an executive assistant, and billing taxpayers for hotels, flights and meals required for the staffer to repeatedly commute from Richmond to Victoria. “In order to express concerns raised regarding staff travel expenses, my executive assistant has been assigned to work out of my Richmond East constituency office, thereby eliminating any ongoing expenses for travel and accommodation,” Reid said. She did not reveal how much the public has spent on travel to date, figures that were first

requested by The Vancouver Sun last month and which the Speaker has refused to provide. Both NDP and Liberal MLAs complained they were blindsided by the Speaker’s expenses, even if some of the work, such as a $42,949 wheelchair ramp to the library, was publicly defensible. “I didn’t know any of that when the cameras went on me, and the microphones were stuck in front of my face,” said NDP house leader John Horgan. “I would suggest that’s not good enough.” Even projects like the wheelchair ramp went over budget, and Horgan said he has no clear idea why. “If we are going to embark on a transparency agenda, it starts with every penny, right down to the muffin,” said Horgan. Reid did provide one previously withheld figure to MLAs on Tuesday. She said she has spent $79,000 to upgrade security in her Richmond East office after a “number of security assessments” carried out in the wake of an alleged attempt to explode a bomb at the legislature on Canada Day. Reid said she accepts the criticism and regrets she got “far more than I bargained for” in the touch-screen computer console, which sits in front of her in the chamber and comes with hand-crafted ornate wood panelling. MLAs voted to wrestle more control away from the Speaker on spending, so that projects that cost more than $5,000 or are 10 per cent over budget are brought to the attention of the management committee.

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Volunteers took to Richmond’s streets Wednesday to survey the city’s homeless population in hopes of finding out more about homelessness and how best to help. Headquartered at St. Alban Anglican Church, the 44 volunteers worked two-hour shifts in four sections of the city. The survey was part of the Metro Vancouver Homeless Count, an event that occurs every three years. Not only did volunteers count the homeless, they also asked various questions about their well-being and inquired about the services they may or may not use or require. Richmond’s lead volunteer organizer was Lynda Brummitt who noted the method isn’t without its faults, but the information that is gathered can help health and social service providers understand the needs of the general homeless population since there is little understanding of it as a whole. “It’s not a perfect method. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack. We send waves of volunteers out there and see if people want to participate,” said Brummitt. In 2011 there were 2,650 homeless noted in the survey, about the same number as 2008. Richmond had just 49 homeless people surveyed, down 13 per cent from 2008. Brummitt says the city’s homeless are more hidden than Vancouver’s. “I think with Richmond, homelessness isn’t as visible. People may be couch surfing or living in cars. We know that the count is an underestimate and that’s particularly the case in a community like Richmond,” she said. In Richmond, homeless people tend to live around shopping centres, parks or undeveloped green areas. Brummitt said anecdotal information indicates many homeless people use the Canada Line, noting Richmond has an active and mobile homeless population. Many will go to Vancouver for shelter at night but stay in Richmond by day. “They consider Richmond their home,” she

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said. The biggest reason Richmond has a low homeless count relative to the region (Vancouver accounts for 60 per cent of all homeless) is because Vancouver has the majority of social services, Brummitt said. Providing many of the few services for homeless in Richmond is the church where The Reverend Margaret Cornish and her colleagues, as well as several volunteers, do yeoman’s work helping the disadvantaged. “We urgently need a permanent drop-in centre and shelter,” said Cornish. Recently St. Alban had a new shower and laundry room installed, providing a much needed service for those who use the 16-bed extreme weather shelter or the drop-in centre from Monday to Friday that offers homeless people coffee, snacks and outreach. Cornish said a neutral site could make some homeless feel more welcome and comfortable. Volunteer Jennifer Larsen, a retired Richmond resident of 50-plus years, said the homeless require society’s understanding. “You have to at least imagine what it would be like. But until you lose everything, I suppose you can never really know,” said Larsen. In 2011 about one quarter of surveyed homeless self-identified as Aboriginal. Seventy per cent were male. The majority of homeless reported either mental illness, physical conditions or addiction. Nearly three in four homeless reported social isolation. The survey results are expected in April.


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A woman has warned homeowners to beware, after her trusting husband was duped into handing over cash to a scam artist. Jackie Yeates said her husband, Mike Nelle, answered their door on Afton Drive in central Richmond around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to be greeted by a man in his 30s. The man, according to Yeates, was apparently in some distress, in that his car had been towed by Rusty’s Auto Towing, he had no cash, and he needed to get his mom to hospital. He had a smart appearance, was of East Indian origin and claimed to live down the street from the senior couple, who live near Gilbert and Francis roads. Being a man who gladly helps people as much as he can, Nelle, 59, handed the con artist $60 and was promised he’d get the cash back. “He was so convincing,” said Yeates, 63. “It was only after he’d left that I remembered he said Rusty’s towed his car away. Our grandson works for Rusty’s and so I called him. “Of course, no car had been towed that day by them. And if this man was truly a neighbour, he’d have seen our grandson’s tow truck out front all the time and he

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op songstress Cyndi Lauper once opined, “Money changes everything.” That’s something many highprofile journalists would do well to keep in mind following the recent navel-gazing in media circles over the news that a number of journalists and commentators regularly accept speaking fees from well-heeled audiences - audiences whose interests they also happen to cover. Journalism’s dirty little secret was forced to take a public airing recently after both CBC news

anchor Peter Mansbridge and commentator Rex Murphy were outed as giving paid speeches to the oil industry. Since then, both Mansbridge and Murphy have been quick to defend themselves. Mansbridge has said he doesn’t talk about anything but journalism, Murphy that he’s a freelancer paid to have opinions. But none of that quite washes. The media has huge power. Their conduct is expected not only to be above reproach but to be seen that way. Taking cash for speaking engagements, or “buckraking” as it’s been dubbed, muddies the

waters significantly. Mansbridge and Murphy aren’t the only ones at fault here. The number of commentators who had to preface opinion pieces on the topic with a disclosure of their own journalist-for-hire arrangements has been telling. At its heart, this isn’t a complicated issue. Those in the news business shouldn’t take money from the interests whose fortunes are directly related to the public reporting of them. To paraphrase an old joke, once journalists take that cash, they’ve vacated the moral high ground.

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n 2012, Port Metro the port 66 hectares of habitat Vancouver (PMV) credit for removing logs from 70 and the Department hectares. of Fisheries and Oceans This means the port can now GuestShot (DFO) signed an agreement use 66 hectares of habitat for whereby PMV will be given highly destructive projects, such as Otto Langer habitat credits to remove a new container port on Roberts logs and debris from Fraser River estuary Bank or sell to others wanting to build. marshes. PMV has plans to do more of this This credit is then banked and entitles questionable marsh clean-up and PMV to destroy an equivalent amount of enhancement in good habitat areas in habitat capacity in other areas of the estuary. Vancouver, Richmond and Delta. Many Since there will always be wood debris of these areas have evolved good marsh or riparian (shoreline) vegetation around on marshes as long as there are trees and the wood debris through years of natural wood processing plants along the river, the processes. opportunity to ‘clean’ one hectare, then The plan to create marshes by engineering totally destroy another could eventually new habitat on top of what now exists is a eliminate much of the food producing form of habitat destruction. Often mudflats habitat of the river and estuary for the fish, and riparian brush are replaced by marsh in birds and mammals dependent on it. the belief that this is more productive for fish. It has to be appreciated that we now only Engineered replacement habitat to get have remnant marsh and habitats remaining along the river. Only about 20 percent of what credits to destroy other areas is irresponsible. If removing logs could increase productivity existed over 100 years ago remains. then do it for that reason alone and not to Why would the federal government design further the goals of a PMV determined to a program that will nibble away at this last 20 industrialize the river and estuary with new percent? Work on this new program began coal ports, jet fuel terminals and container in Boundary Bay late last year and DFO gave

ports. What is planned next? Plans are to engineer marshes on the booming ground mudflats near Wreck Beach, the riverside treed area at McDonald Beach and an area adjacent to Westham Island. This misguided program undermines years of positive protection and restoration in the estuary. In 1988, the North Fraser Harbour Commission and the DFO Minister, Tom Siddon, signed the first harbour management agreement in Canada. As part of the agreement, the Harbour Commission accepted marsh cleanup and protection as part of their corporate responsibility and not for habitat credits. If they wanted to gain habitat credits they had to develop habitat where it had not existed or had been destroyed such as by the dykes after the 1948 flood. Past programs and policies of DFO supported the principle of no net loss for habitat. What the new conglomerate PMV is doing, with the cooperation of the new DFO, is a program of half net loss. PMV and DFO are indeed taking us and the habitat that still supports world class populations of wildlife and salmon down a slippery slope.

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In 2012, the Harper government took habitat out of the Fisheries Act. It also dissolved FREMP, an overarching agency designed in the 1980s to coordinate various agencies with regulatory powers in the estuary and to ensure that development could take place without harming the environment. Obviously that is a program of days past. To add insult to injury, the federal government has delegated the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act to PMV. Now the port is the developer who does environmental reviews and approvals of projects they will promote and profit from. PMV, with the help of the DFO, is now essentially free to commodify publicly held habitat and sell it in the market place. If the port carries on with its mad rush to industrialize the estuary, future generations will wonder — what ever happened to the migratory birdlife, the salmon and the whales? The public, environmental groups, municipalities and fish and game clubs have to join forces to rein in what is now the single biggest threat to the river: Port Metro Vancouver. Otto Langer is a respected environmentalist and retired DFO senior biologist.

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pring break is looming, a gap in the calendar that elicits fear and anxiety among many of us who are not heading to YVR and boarding planes destined for exotic, sunny locales. It can be challenging keeping kids busy this time of year, but a well-planned staycation or couple nights away close to home can make a world of difference. Here’s our top picks for day-long and overnight getaways that will keep you and your kids entertained.

1. On the Spit Just a half-hour from Richmond across the border there’s a long strip of land that extends like a tongue into the bay beyond it. At its far end lies Semiahmoo Resort, a great family-friendly property with a heated pool, indoor tennis court and theatre for rainy days. When the sun is shining take the picturesque drive along the ocean to Birch Bay, where there’s a massive expanse of beach at low tide and a great ice cream and candy store at the C Shop. Nearby, the Point of Whitehorn Marine Park offers an easy forest hike down to a rocky beach with lots of tidal pools filled with marine treasures. This charming ocean retreat hasn’t changed much in the past century – so come here to enjoy the birdlife, and cozy up to Semiahmoo’s fire pit with smores after sunset. For spring break, the resort is offering a USD $273/night room rate that includes two complimentary meals for kids with the purchase of an adult meal. Info: semiahmoo.com or call (855) 917-3767.

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If your only encounter with Bellingham is Bellis Fair Mall, be sure to keep driving until you reach Fairhaven, the next time you cross the border. The Steveston equivalent of Bellingham, Fairhaven is where it all began, a small, walkable enclave whose historic buildings are now home to a great variety of momand-pop stores. Look out for CreativiTea (creativitea.com) on 11th Street, a cozy teashop, restaurant and pottery painting destination. Crafty kids of all ages adore a few hours of painting pottery, and parents relish the opportunity to decorate glass platters,

3 1. The Semiahmoo Resort is just a half-hour over the U.S. Border with great indoor and outdoor family fun. 2. Fairhaven is Bellingham’s answer to Steveston, with historic buildings galore. 3. There’s more to Bellevue than its popular mall. 4. The Great Wolf Lodge plays host to the state’s largest indoor waterpark. Above, the 40-foot climbing wall at Bellevue’s Stone Gardens. Below, the zipline ride at Wild Play in Maple Ridge is one of many great outdoor activities if you don’t fancy crossing the border.

4 coasters or necklace pendants with the store’s beautiful assortment of fused glass. Village Books (villagebooks.com) is another much-loved Fairhaven destination, an old-fashioned book shop with a great kids’ reading nook and many aisles of literature. Book lovers can easily lose themselves in this wonderful space, where friendly staff make personal recommendations and there’s no sense of rush or urgency. On the ground floor of the same building, the Colophon Café offers rich, hearty soups and a wide array of comfort food.

3. Bellevue blitz There’s way more to Bellevue than the mall, so if you’re making the three-hour trek south, treat your kids to some of the city’s lesser-known attractions. If your children are eight or younger, head to KidsQuest Children’s Museum, an innovative learning centre in Factoria Mall with various play stations where kids learn through activity. In Waterways they explore the movement

of water through tubes and pipes, learning how it can be manipulated to make musical notes. At the Lab Table they shape a slimy, playdough-like substance called “gak,” while in the Garage they play with the concept of weight and explore the insides of a truck. There’s a treehouse, a play area just for babies and a craft table where kids draw on a community art wall. Even the washroom is a learning experience, with a board on the wall that teaches about the scat shape and size of different animals. Admission is $8 per person and hours are 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Info: wwwkidsquestmuseum.org or (425) 637-8100. If you have tweens or teens in tow, take them to Stone Gardens, a 21,000-square-foot indoor climbing gym at Crossroads Shopping Center. The gym offers 40-foot walls, belay and rappel ledges and climbing terrains with a tilting wall. Special shoes, helmets and harnesses are mandatory and available for rent, and rates range from $15 to $18 per day. Info: stonegardens.com or call (425) 644-2445. see WILD › page 13


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Wild: Bungee, zipping, treehouses in the Ridge A Day in the Wild

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4. Great Wolf Lodge This massive indoor waterpark five hours south of Vancouver in Great Mound, Wa. is a (not cheap) gift we give to our kids when the weather is bleak. The water in this 56,000-square-foot facility is kept at a comfortable 28 degrees Celsius and the rides include the Howlin’ Tornado, a six-storey funnel that swishes and swirls riders up its sides, and the River Canyon Run, where families can raft together. There’s a wave pool, an interactive treehouse with suspension bridges and a special play area for kids two and under. Yes, you’ll get drenched at this lodge, where overnight stays are mandatory, but the kids will expend their energy. A one-night, mid-week stay for a family of four-to-six starts at $439 but there’s 15 per cent off two-or-more night stays during spring break. Info: greatwolf.com or (800) 640-9653. Add some education to the getaway by stopping at the nearby Wolf Haven International (wolfhaven.org) in Tenino, a sanctuary for displaced, captive-born wolves.

Head to the Hot Springs There’s nothing like that first dip in the hot water pools at Harrison Hot Springs Resort. With the air around you still carrying that winter-spring chill, the resort pools offer a respite from the cold and a comfortable dip for families from early in the morning ’til late at night. The large pools with their nooks and curves easily accommodate many bathers without feeling crowded, and when you need to get away from splashing kids there’s a quieter grownupsonly pool for a meditative soak. A one-night spring break package including dinner and breakfast starts at $268 while two nights is $449. Info: harrisonresort.com or (866) 638-5075. If you’re a foodie at heart, stop in at a few local farms before you head home. At FarmHouse Natural Cheeses (farmhousecheeses.com; 5634 McCallum Road

Maple Ridge’s Wild Play opens March 15, an outdoor playground with tree-top obstacles, zip lines and games suspended up to 18m above the ground. There’s bungee jumping, swings and three levels of Monkido courses that require you to traverse ladders, tightropes, swinging logs, wobbly bridges and more. Great for kids and adults aged seven and up, participants wear harness equipment and are monitored from the ground by trained guides. Bring lunch, drinks and snacks as this is easily a day-long activity that requires a spirit of adventure and a willingness to push your boundaries. The park is open rain or shine and prices range from $23 to $43, with 10 per cent group discounts for 10 or more. For more information, go to Wildplay.com or call (888) 50-7274. The Kids Quest Museum, above, in Bellevue offers a plethora of learning experiences, even in the washroom! Agassiz) we snacked on gruyere, goat gouda, peppercorn fromage and brie, marveling at the variety of 30 cheeses the cheese makers produce. We fed goats and chickens at The Back Porch (6116 Golf Rd), a picturesque farm where a husband and wife team indulge their passions of

pottery-making and coffee bean-roasting, using a coffee roaster that dates back to 1910. And we sampled hazelnuts at Canadian Hazelnut (6682 Highway 7), a farm that produces some delectable hazelnut products including roasted, candied and chocolate dipped. Treehouse fun at Wild Play in Maple Ridge.

Love the lush Lynn Canyon If you’re looking for some lush greenery but not too long a drive, head to Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver. (http://lynncanyon.ca/) There’s a beautiful suspension bridge (which you don’t have to pay for) and numerous hiking trails, as well as big fallen logs to scramble over. A good hike for smaller legs is Twin Falls (about 45 minutes round trip.) Make a stop at the lodge at the parking lot to check out an exhibit that tells of the various plants and animals in the area. Bring a lunch, as the concession won’t be open this time of year. Head home via the Iron Workers Bridge so you can make a stop at Maplewood Farm (http:// maplewoodfarm.bc.ca) where kids can ride a pony or feed some of the friendly farm animals. Historically, Maplewood was a thriving dairy, today it has been preserved, aiming to offer a rural experience to urban kids. ! Send us photos of your spring break adventures and we will include them on our website. Put “Spring Break” in the subject line.

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Play explores taboo territory Dennis Page Special to the News

Minh Ly makes his professional debut as a playwright with Ga Ting, meaning “family” in Cantonese, a play that explores the sensitive subjects of death and sexuality within the ChineseCanadian community. Ga Ting, playing at the Richmond Cultural Centre, tells the story, in English and Cantonese, of an immigrant Chinese couple, who not only have to deal with their son’s death, but also have to come to terms with the fact he was gay — and that he had a Caucasian partner. Michael Antonakos plays Matt, who was not invited to the funeral, and is meeting his partner’s parents for the first time. Antonakos explains how closely the story is rooted in reality. “Each person has their own way of expressing love, and I think when

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FASHION & SHOPPING BC Lee (left) and Michael Antonakos are cast members in Ga Ting which explores sexuality in the Chinese community. Photo submitted it’s different it can really intimidate and scare certain cultures and people who have beliefs that have been instilled over many generations. “In the Chinese community, sexuality is something that we don’t talk about,” says BC Lee, who plays the father character, Hong Lee. He hopes the production can help open

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up dialogue on culturally taboo subjects. “In the multicultural community, I think it’s time that we have the courage to face opinions that we are not familiar with, situations that we not comfortable with, and I think that is always a good thing – whether it’s about sexuality or not.” see FAMILY › page 20

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established institutions as well as rising stars in Richmond’s music, theatre, dance and literary arts scenes. Three finalists in each of the six categories will be named on April 18. Established in 2009, the Richmond Arts Awards program is designed to recognize the achievements in and contributions to the arts by Richmond residents, artists, educators, organizers and business leaders. Awards and award recipients will be announced on May 6 by Mayor Malcolm Brodie. Richmond Arts Awards 2014 was developed in partnership by the City of Richmond with the Richmond Arts Coalition and is sponsored by the Richmond News. For more information on the Richmond Arts Awards and to obtain a nomination form, visit www.richmond.ca/artists or call 604-204-8672.

Family: Play breaks barriers ‹ from page 19 Travelling from Hong Kong to play the female lead role of Mai Lee, the mother of the deceased, actress Alannah Ong says the play carries a very important message of family harmony. “In most Asian families, the parents are very traditional. They would not want to admit that their children are not straight. They find it a little bit shameful to the family. That’s why if the children are like that, then they have no way of telling their parents about how they feel.” She hopes that the play will help break

down barriers within families, something she sees as a problem in families as the children begin to grow into adults. “Especially for Asian parents. They feel that if they give money to support their children, it’s enough to show they love them, but in fact, they need to express, not only by giving money, they should really say, ‘I love you, and I care for you’ and they should really go and understand the children and their struggles through their world.” Ga Ting will be performing at the Richmond Cultural Centre from Saturday, March 22 to Sunday, March 30.


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Richmond vs. Aliens: Round 2 Youth get stuck into war with invasive bushes Boyd Reynolds

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This might sound like the sequel to a science fiction movie, rather it’s the sequel to an epic battle between local youth and “alien” plant species. Last Saturday 123 youth, armed with shovels and cutters, braved torrential rain and descended upon Garden City Park, to duel invasive bushes. “Despite the heavy downpour of rain, the youth persevered through the mud, the cold, the thorns, and the wind to remove garbage and invasive plants from Richmond Garden City Park,” said Henry Jiun-Hsien Yao, youth development coordinator for City Centre Community Association, which organized the hostile strike against the invasive specie. “Their dedication and commitment to our future is an important reminder for all of us that together, with a little hard work, we can better our future.” What started out as a once a month garbage removal at Garden City Park has turned into tour de force. During that initial garbage cleaning, the youth noticed blackberry bushes negatively impacting the park’s trees and plants. Yao said this invasive species was introduced

by people “after the park was designed and implemented.” As a result, the species has grown rapidly and aggressively. To their credit, not only did Richmond youth want something to be done about it, they wanted to be the ones to initiate it. “Even after 10 years of working with youth, the youth in Richmond still manage to surprise me with their excellence in making a difference,” added Yao. This was the second time the youth of Richmond have volunteered to battle the blackberry. Round 1 occurred Dec. 8 2013, which was the coldest day of last winter. Braving the frigid temperatures, 75 youth volunteered, trimming back a large blackberry bush. The job was so successful that six trees were rescued. Those trees had been planted during last year’s Earth Day on April 22, but were already overrun by the blackberry bushes. They had covered the new trees like a canopy, hindering them from sunlight. To Yao, this was an important event for Richmond’s youth for three reasons. “One, it provides an opportunity for youth to become leaders in the community. Two, it installs more of a passion and knowledge

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Despite torrential rain, 123 youth descended on Garden City Park to weed out blackberry bushes which had taken over the resident plant-life. Photo by Gord Goble/Special to the News of current problems and conflicts we have in our neighbourhood and three, it promotes awareness and gives youth an opportunity to really shine in different aspects of their passion.” For Yao, the struggle was not getting the youth to help. Many “people want to do something about it but due to lack of equipment and supplies, we had to limit the number of people for this.” Yao hopes to see more events like this

inspired by youth. The initiative is “part of a long-term strategy to remove invasive species in Garden City Park.” Yao is hoping that in the future, “we will get funding to get more equipment, more supplies and to purchase plants to replace the empty space created by removing the invasive species.” A third round of Richmond vs. Aliens will take place during the spring.

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In an effort to attract more tourism from China, Richmond is playing host to over 50 influential Chinese tourism operators during the 6th annual Active America-China Travel Summit. Richmond, the first Canadian city to ever host the summit, kicked off with a welcoming reception that included members from all three levels of local government, as well as the United States and China. “Tourism from China is the fastest growing segment of the Canadian tourism market and our city is committed to being the partner of choice to meet their needs,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie at the welcoming event. “Very significantly, we have strong cultural ties to Asia, as so many of our residents are of

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Trio of Seafair Pee Wee teams at provincials A1 and A3s rep squads capture Pacific Coast Final Four playoff titles while A4s will have home ice advantage The depth of talent in Seafair Minor Hockey’s Pee Wee Division will be on full display at next week’s provincial championships. The association will have three teams competing for tier titles in B.C. Hockey’s showcase event. Seafair’s highly touted A1 team has more than lived to its pre-season hype and will be one of the main contenders at the tier one championships which take place at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver. The Islanders captured the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association Final Four playoff championship with three straight wins on home ice. Seafair knocked off Langley (2-1) and the North Shore Winter Club (5-2), before defeating Burnaby Winter Club 4-1 in a showdown of unbeaten teams. The locals went 16-2-2 in the regular season to finish just behind BWC (17-12). The teams also split their three league meetings, going 1-1-1. Their rivalry will continue at UBC as two of seven clubs set to do battle. The other entries include Prince George, Cowichan

Seafair A1 Islanderrs celebrate a goal in their 4-1 win over the Burnaby Winter Club to capture the Pacific Coast Pee Wee Tier One playoff banner. Photo by Mark Booth Valley, Kelowna, Cranbrook and host Vancouver Thunderbirds. The Islanders open play at 4:30 p.m. Sunday against Cranbrook. The gold medal game is slated next Thursday at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, a successful playoff run has

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in their first meeting. Seafair also posted a 4-0 win over Port Moody and battled Langley to a 2-2 draw. The Islanders and Arbutus will continue their rivalry in Nelson. Other participating teams include Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Vanderhoof, Quesnel, Nelson, Victoria, Whitehorse and South Okanagan. The gold and bronze medal games take place next Friday. The Pee Wee A4 Islanders already knew they were in the provincials as the host team but still came close to winning the playoff banner. Seafair and the North Shore Winter Club also required an extra playoff game to determine a winner after both teams went 2-0-1 in round-robin play. North Shore prevailed 3-2. The Islanders will get a chance to avenge the loss Sunday morning when the two teams meet at Minoru Arenas to open the tier four championships. Other participating teams include: Burns Lake, Revelstoke, Victoria, Elk Valley and Prince George. The top two teams meet in next Thursday’s final at 8 p.m.

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Steveston-London places 5th at B.C. championships Steveston-London Sharks capped an outstanding season with a fifth place finish at last week’s B.C. Boys Grade 9 Basketball Championships, hosted by Kitsilano secondary school. The Richmond champion Sharks entered the 16-team event as the No. 8 seed after being edged by the Richmond Colts at the Vancouver and District Championships. Steveston-London opened the tournament with a thrilling 51-50 victory over No. 9 Brockelhurst. The locals then dropped a 69-42 decision to top seed and eventual champion Kitsilano, before rolling off two more wins to close out the championships. They toppled No. 4 Vancouver College 60-58, then slipped past No. 2 Terry Fox 54-52. In addition to the impressive showing, the Sharks received the Duncan Anderson Sportsmanship Award. After each game, the referees gave the team/coach a score out of 15. Steveston-London received a perfect score — marking only the third time that has happened. The Sharks were coached by 2013 SLSS alumni Malcolm Lee and Deion Adaza and current Grade 12 student Ibrahim Warsame. Ahmed Mohamud and Fardaws Aimaq received all-star honour mentions for their

Steveston-London Sharks capped an impressive season with a fifth place finish at last week’s B.C. Grade 9 Boys Basketball Championships in Vancouver. outstanding play. The roster also featured: Isaiah Hunter, Jerome Fernandez, Daniel Chen, Ryan Curtis, Emilio Cardenas, Jacky Liu, Michael Mendoza, Zach Cantwell, Craig Johnston, Jonah Pang, Nicolas Miu Steven Zhou and Jacob Ong. Meanwhile, the Colts finished in 10th

place after closing out the tournament with a 54-46 loss to Vancouver College. The No. 3 seed had opened with 58-56 win over Sentinel, before falling 36-31 in the quarterfinals to Lord Byng. Richmond High was then edged 58-52 by Terry Fox. Jonathan Mikhlin was named a Third Team All-Star.

The MacNeill Ravens made it three teams in the provincial tournament — capping a banner year in the city for this age group. The No. 10 seed Ravens opened with a 5633 loss to No. 7 Tamanawis, then rebounded with a 59-15 victory against St. Johns. The Ravens closed out play with losses to Sentinel (61-44) and New West (53-45). At the buzzer… Steveston-London and Cambie competed at the B.C. Grade 9 Girls Basketball Championships, hosted by Britannia secondary. The Sharks were seeded ninth and dropped a 35-30 decision to Heritage Woods in their opening game. The girls bounced back with a 48-23 win over Windermere, then cruised past Riverside 60-41. They settled for 10th after being edged 32-30 by Argyle. Nicole Canave was a allstar honourable mention. The No. 13 seed Crusaders hung tough with No. 4 Vedder Middle in their opener, dropping a 33-22 decision. They were then edged 43-41 by Riverside before defeating Windermere 41-37. Cambie closed out the tournament with a narrow 25-24 loss to Chilliwack in a battle for 13th. The Crusaders were also named the tournament’s most sportsmanlike team.

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