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fter years of precious little movement on the issue of illegal hotels, this past week we’ve seen a flurry of activity. On Jan. 3, councillors, at a committee meeting, endorsed (6-1) a staff report recommending the city legalize house-hotels. Staff argued that banning them would be too difficult — better to legalize and regulate them. Residents, at least the ones we heard from, flew into a rage, and just six days later, council did an about-face and ordered staff to draw up bylaws to prohibit house-hotels. In both cases, the votes were not to “seal the deal,” but to move the reports to public consultation. However, the point of consultation was to determine what bylaws should be enacted to regulate house-hotels, in the first instance, and, now, what bylaws should be enacted to prohibit house-hotels. Flip-flop? Maybe. I like to think our politicians did what they’re supposed to do — listen and reflect the wishes of the majority. Regarding the actual decision, many of our letter writers noted that if our city staff can’t enforce the bylaws as they stand and shut down illegal house-hotels, why should we think they can enforce regulation of legal house-hotels. To that, I’d argue when enough people are already participating in an activity, it’s easier to regulate it than stamp it out completely (see: prohibition, legalization of marijuana). In other words, the city may well be more successful in regulating house-hotels than they have been in closing them down. However, the problem now is, it’s too late. Had the city dealt with this issue a few years ago, when people first started complaining (and they were complaining) residents may be more amenable to some form of regulation. Certainly, other communities are managing the short-term rental phenomena without sounding the death knell for neighbourhoods. However, in Richmond the situation has gotten so out of control, people have lost faith in the city’s ability, or willingness, to fix it. I appreciate there is due process. But people believe what they see, and what they see are cars coming and going at all hours, garbage strewn about and an erosion of their neighbourhoods. Moreover, what they don’t see is a single fine issued or hotel closed. When it comes to bylaw enforcement, residents are understandably wary; consider mega homes, despite bylaws limiting house sizes; think Harvest Power stench, despite odour regulations; ponder treacherous, icy sidewalks, despite snow/ice clearing policies. I don’t particularly like seeing people penalized, but we all know how well a hockey game goes when the refs appear blind — things get ugly. So, while it will be interesting to see what city staff come up with for a house-hotel bylaw, we ought to also ask, “where’s the enforcement?”
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Next generation of voters challenges electoral system Dear Editor, We are three Grade 10 students from McMath secondary school and we are studying electoral reform. We are writing this letter to explain why we think the list proportional voting system is the most effective and fair way for Canadian citizens to vote. Our current voting system under represents minority parties, while over representing parties that may have less than 40 per cent of the popular vote. First, list proportional voting system effectively represents how people vote. If a party receives 40 per cent of the votes, they will get 40 per cent of the seats, exactly. Second, this system can be altered to suit
the needs of the people wanting to keep local representation, to vote in independent candidates, or to change party groups when voting. Lastly, the system treats all voters and parties equally. Because every vote counts, more people will likely vote. The core principle of the system is to treat all voters equally. In conclusion, list proportional system is the most effective voting system for Canada to use. Thank you for your time and effort to read this letter. Jordan Fenske White, Angus Tso and Wallace Liang Richmond
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Dear Editor, Just when I think that there is nothing more that can surprise me about our City of Richmond’s governance, another puzzling, head-scratching bylaw floats to the surface. Spokesperson Ted Townsend’s statement to the media regarding shoveling of sidewalks — “single-family homes are exempt as the feeling is many individual homeowners, particularly seniors, may not have the physical or financial capability to clear sidewalks, so it would be difficult for them to comply” — astounds me. With all the media attention regarding safety problems created by the recent snowfall and freezing temperatures one would think that the City of Richmond bylaw department would have reviewed their existing bylaw. But no …Why be proactive when you can do nothing? I have complete understanding and sympathy with those seniors who cannot clear
their sidewalks, but it also creates an opportunity for neighbours to be neighbourly and help those who are in need. To imply that most Richmondites do not have the physical or financial capability to comply with the bylaw especially when demographic, good health and longevity statistics would indicate otherwise, is ridiculous. Most Richmondites can shovel their sidewalks and driveways to create a safe passage for the mailman, paper delivery staff, dog walkers, moms with baby buggies and the elderly who may have to make their way to the store, get their prescriptions filled or attend to their appointments. It is unfortunate that we have to have a bylaw for something that is the considerate thing to do… but we do. It is time to review the bylaw and make some changes. N. McDonald Richmond
Mega approvals, mega problems Dear Editor, I’m disgusted with Richmond City Hall. It seems ethics has gone out of the window. About six years ago, when one of the monster homes went up in my residential neighbourhood, I went twice to city hall to inquire about the use of this building. The size: 11,000 square feet 19 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms and several kitchens. Questioning the legality, I was assured it’s a single-family home with one suite.
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Dear Editor, Re: “What’s lurking below elementary school in Richmond?” News, Nov. 17. Hi folks, I’m writing regarding the time capsule buried at Thomas Kidd Elementary school at Shell Road and Steveston Highway. I believe I was sitting on the lawn near the tree in 1967 with a buddy when a teacher came out and insisted we come in and put something in the capsule. I balked at the idea, however, we did put something in the capsule. I believe I tried to put a twig or piece of clover in at first. However, the teacher handed me a small piece of paper, and I recall I wrote a message on it, but I don’t think it was a too flattering, and wrapped it in clear plastic. Now, that was a long time ago, and the reason I remember the event was because of the teacher’s insistence that we partici-
pate. I believe the capsule was planted in the ground around the tree on a different day. Maybe I’m just dreaming this up....it was a long time ago. However, I do remember riding my bike in the school yard near the tree and my buddy asking me, “Do you know the game of chicken.” I said”no” and he showed me how to play. We started about 100 feet apart, parallel to the front windows of Thomas Kidd and rode towards each other and whomever chickened out won. He chickened out, and it was then that I knew I was going to be a bus driver. (Just kidding) Anyhow, the bike story is true. Kenny Simpson Richmond Editor’s note: Thomas Kidd is expected to unearth the time capsule sometime this month, 50 years after it was burried.
What makes Bond-style car news? Dear Editor, Re: “Driver of Bond-style car shaken, stirred over bill,” News, Jan. 11. I am writing to you in regards to the article of the lady complaining about her repair fees for her limited edition James Bond car. I have been a resident of Richmond my entire life. I’m 31 years old and this is the first time I am writing to the Richmond News because I find this article to be a waste of space in your otherwise respectable paper.
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At the January 09, 2017, Council Meeting, three readings were given to Business Licence Bylaw 7360, Amendment Bylaw 9632, to increase the maximum number of Class A Taxicabs to 112 and Class N Taxicabs to 44. Those persons who consider themselves affected by the proposed bylaw are invited to make written submissions to Council c/o the City Clerk at 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, B.C., V6Y 2C1, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax at 604-276-5139, or make a verbal presentation to Council by appearing as a delegation at the February 14, 2017 Council Meeting. All written submissions received prior to the proposed bylaw adoption date of February 14, 2017, will be forwarded to Council for consideration. A complete copy of the staff report is available on the city website at www.richmond.ca (City Council Agendas & Minutes>General Purposes Committee>2017 Agenda & Minutes>January 3, 2017>Agenda and Staff Reports>Item # 3). For more information on the proposed Bylaw Amendment, please contact the Business Licence Department at 604-276-4389.
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A $1.4 million renovation is planned this year for the Richmond Olympic Oval’s museum. The Richmond Olympic Experience, which opened 14 months ago, will undergo work intended to “improve the overall visitor experience in the ROX by reconfiguring the exhibit areas,” according to an annual Oval financial report to Richmond city council last week. The project will be funded by hotel room tax revenue, via Tourism Richmond. Recently, council approved a staff recommendation to increase the hotel tax from two to three per cent commencing this July, pending provincial government approval. The renovations represent about half of the 2017 capital budget, which is funded from Oval reserves, which come from annual net income. As a result of initially overestimating the useful life of ROX for budget purposes, amortization expenses
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are projected to be about $536,000 more in 2016, eating into net income ($1.3 million budgeted last year, $740,000 budgeted this year). The City of Richmond will increase its “contribution” to the Oval by about two per cent, to $3.4 million, this year. The Oval will also receive $2.9 million from the 2010 Games Operating Trust. It expects to take in close to $8.4 million in earned revenue (memberships, admissions and programs). Such revenue is projected to have fallen about three per cent in 2016. “Following the Oval’s first full year of operations for the Olympic Experience, the ROX SHOP and YYoga Richmond Oval, 2017 will be a year of enhancement and refinement for each of these areas,” notes the report. Seven years after hosting the Winter Olympics speed skating competitions, Oval executives continue to mar-
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Male author has recipe for moms to make money ALANCAMPBELL Staff Reporter
Richmond investor and financial advisor is attempting to draw parallels between killing it in the kitchen and making it big in the stock market. Inspired by his 50-something mom’s culinary skills and her financial acumen, Victor Chiu has written and published his first book, aimed specifically at women and stay-at-home moms. Chiu’s Wall Street Kitchen - The Recipe Behind a Housewife’s 1,000% Stock Return hit Amazon’s online shelves two months ago and has already received several five-star reviews. In the book, Chiu, 34, who has lived in West Richmond since Grade 1 after emigrating from Hong Kong, tells how his mom, Mary Chiu, basically raised her family-of-five financially on her own by dabbling in the stock market. But it only became a serious consideration, in terms of making some real money, about eight years ago when, in her early 50s, she set herself the specific goal of generating a full-time income. And in order to steer clear from yet another get-rich-quick book, which would likely end up in the discount bin, Victor
decided to focus, as well, on the success of his mom in the kitchen. “I’ve written this for women to help them take control of their own finances, simply by following a few principles to achieve financial success,” said Chiu, who still lives at the family home. “Have a plan and stick to it, no matter how dire it gets. It took my mom years to perfect it, and she had her pitfalls as well. When I wrote the book, she didn’t know anything about it. “But I also wanted to weave in family recipes; because, not only does she cook great food in the kitchen, she creates great wealth.” In the book, Chiu said he doesn’t divulge just how much his mom has made investing, adding that “she would like to, at least, keep that part private. “But there are some great recipes in there, not just Chinese, there are amazing pasta recipes and curries, including vindaloo.” Looking back to when he was a child, Chiu said his mom largely stayed at home, but said, in Asia, she worked as a secretary for a bank. “It was there that she was exposed to the numbers,” he said. “When our family moved here, there wasn’t much need for my father’s skills — he was in the cotton trade in Asia — so the majority of our family income came
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ore foreigners have chosen to purchase residential property in Richmond than any other municipality in B.C., including Vancouver, since a 15 per cent sales tax was introduced last August. According to the B.C. Ministry of Finance, foreign buyers continued to rebound in the city in November, as 68 such transactions took place, with an average sale price of $754,000. By comparison, Vancouver saw 51 transactions, with an average price of $1.63 million. In November, Richmond sales to foreign buyers accounted for $6.1 million in new tax revenue, while Vancouver sales accounted for $10.1 million. Since the introduction of the tax, the government has raised $49 million, earmarked for affordable housing projects. As the months go on, foreigners appear to be slowly returning to the market. Prior to August, foreigners were involved in 24.7 per cent of all such transactions in Richmond. That dropped to 1.9
per cent in August, then 4.4 per cent in September, 6.7 per cent in October and now 7.7 per cent in November. While sales have cooled considerably, prices have merely mellowed. According to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), benchmark prices for detached homes in Richmond declined 1.8 per cent in December and 6.2 per cent over the past three months. While they peaked in price last year at $1.72 million, they are now priced, on average, at $1.58 million. There were 59 sales overall, last month, but 177 in December, 2015. “The supply of homes for sale couldn’t keep up with home buyer demand for much of 2016. This allowed home sellers to raise their asking price. It wasn’t until the last half of the year that prices began to show modest declines,” said Dan Morrison, REBGV president. Townhouses prices in Richmond have not changed in the past three months. The average townhouse unit now costs $721,300. Meanwhile, apartment benchmark prices have risen 3.2 per cent.
from my mother. It’s been quite a feat. “If my mom can do this, then just about anyone can; all you need is a bit of discipline and a little bit of time. The majority of women don’t take advantage of the stock market.” Clearly having learned from his mom, Chiu — who graduated from UBC in 2005, where he studied economic geography to obtain his B.A. A contributor to business media – is a self-proclaimed “investment fanatic,” who’s “always n Victor Chiu penned his first book after his mom’s success in investing and been interested cooking as a potential road map leading to financial and familial prosperity. in finance and Photo submitted investing, whether it be stocks or real “You could say I’m an active pursuer estate; I’ve always of personal property, but we, as a family, liked the number side of things.” don’t live ostentatiously.” “It’s a simple concept of having your Wall Street Kitchen - The Recipe Bemoney work for you,” he added. hind a Housewife’s 1,000% Stock Return “It all started with my mom; who was, and still is, very astute with cash flow and is available on Amazon, from $9.99 for an having other people paying the mortgage. e-book to $19.99 for hardback.
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he engaging Gordon Jaggs is midway through his six-event Tree Protection tour. The ratings are solid. Jaggs, who heads Richmond’s trio of tree protection bylaw staff, uses slides of local trees and protective measures to illustrate his stories, with discussion welcome. That’s the first hour. The second is “Q & A.” It includes questions about park and street trees — beyond the tree bylaw, which applies to private property. One can just listen, but most people have good questions. The answers are also good, especially since Jaggs brings some informed colleagues with him, mainly parks staff, and they say what they think. Also, the public chime in. Sometimes Jaggs arranges to follow up. People arrive and leave at any time, and no one minds. Some of the public even stay around to chat at the end, with staff obliging. I gather the discussion has varied quite a bit from one event to another. There’s so much to talk about in a get-together of residents and staff who mostly love trees. There’s an event every month, always on a weekday evening at 6 p.m. at a community centre. So far, it’s been Thompson, West Richmond and South Arm. It’s Steveston’s turn next Wednesday (Jan. 18). The final events are on Thursdays: Cambie on Feb. 23 and Hamilton on March 23. I’m happy about the events, but I’m not saying all’s well with Richmond tree protection. The stated purpose of the bylaw is to “protect
Richmond’s urban forest,” and informed citizens don’t excuse the gap between that and reality. At the South Arm event, several were outraged about the urban forest on the north side of Alderbridge (the “Walmart block”) that’s been wiped out. A staff member implied the better trees there were too scattered. I joined in to mention tree-moving equipment that could have resolved that. Jaggs mused about encouraging the developers who save all the trees they can. I suggested ways to honour them, but he was hesitant. I suppose there’s not much support from higher-ups, since less-enlightened developers are dominant in Richmond. After the West Richmond event, conservationist Michael Wolfe told “Save Richmond Trees” on Facebook that “Staff misuse the term ‘dying’ when claiming trees are suitable for removal” and “they ignore the ecosystem values of woody debris (e.g., for nesting habitat).” More optimistically, he added, “Staff encouraged the crowd to speak at public hearings so council can be made aware of public concern for trees.” If the crowd heeded, that’s a worthwhile outcome. After the Thompson event, Sharon MacGougan, president of the Garden City Conservation Society, said, “This meeting style is a friendly way to communicate” and “Gordon Jaggs is good at what he does.” If you take part next Wednesday (or later), there’s a good chance you’ll find the experience engaging — and worthwhile. To learn more, google “Richmond Tree Protection Bylaw.” Jim Wright is a long-time Richmond activist
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Hero worker calls for more safety on small River Road section after recent tragedies ALANCAMPBELL
tefan Junker has seen more than his fair share of cars skidding off River Road or flipping over into the water-filled ditch that runs parallel to the North Arm of the Fraser River in East Richmond. However, last Monday morning was the worst one yet. Junker — a landcaping manager who lives and works in rural River Road, east of Nelson Road – rushed, along with four co-workers, to the aid of a driver who had skidded on black ice right outside their front gate, flipped and landed upside down in the icy ditch. When they arrived at the scene, another driver had stopped and was trying, in vain, to open one of the doors of the overturned, silver BMW, which was partly submerged in about three feet n of ice-covered water. The memories n of the next few minutes, after Junker had waded thigh-deep into the frigid ditch, will live long in his mind. “The horn was (blaring non-stop). One orange arm hung out of the small gap on the driver’s side window. It wasn’t moving at all… it wasn’t possible to reach (him) through the driver’s door,” he told the Richmond News. “One co-worker rushed back to our shop and brought large pry bars…I stepped into the water and tried to gain access to the interior. But most of it...(was) under water.” When the pry bars arrived, one of Junker’s colleagues climbed onto the car and tried to pry the door open from the top. “We concentrated on the driver’s side back door, since it seemed to be the only one with a chance to open. The horn stopped working and emergency services arrived.” After firefighters had extricated the male driver with the “jaws of life,” Junker and his colleagues climbed back onto the road,
soaked and muddied, and watched as paramedics administered CPR to the victim. “Our feelings were mixed afterwards,” Junker said. “When we talk or think about what happened, we...see this orange arm with the silver watch on it, dangling out of the window and I still can hear the sound of the horn.” Richmond RCMP said on Thursday that the driver is still in critical condition and the accident is under investigation.
ccording to Richmond RCMP, there were 21 driving-related fatalities on Richmond’s roads, including that of cyclists and pedestrians, from 2013 to 2015. However, in the last, eastern-most mile of River Road alone, there have been four driving-related deaths in recent years, one for each year from 2013 to 2016 (inclusive). Standing over the scene of Monday’s drama, which is in the middle of said mile, Junker said he’s just about had enough of what he calls the “Road of Death.” n n “People have to see how dangerous this part of the road is,” said Junker. “From as far as I can see to the west, and to the east, cars are overtaking all the time when it’s not safe. I’ve been here for three years and it’s like this every day; it’s like a highway and people end up in the ditch all the time, almost every other day.” Most come out of the ditch alive, “but some don’t,” added Junker, who said that, while the police were still dealing with Monday’s accident, a “lady was in a ditch at the other side,” pointing about 200 metres to the east. “In Germany, we have traffic islands with stop or slow down signs. I hear people racing down here every night. “(Monday) was definitely the worst one. And I won’t forget it.” In light of the death of a cyclist — killed after a head-on collision with a car in November last year, just a kilometre east of Monday’s
n Stefan Junker looks over the scene of Monday’s drama, where he and four colleagues tried to pull a driver out of his overturned and partly submerged car, which has spun off a section of rural River Road. Left, the red boxes indicate four driver-related deaths in four years in the mile-long stretch of road. Photo (above) by Alan Campbell/Richmond News
rollover — Mayor Malcolm Brodie told how the City of Richmond is currently analyzing the safety of the entire length of this section of River Road. A report is expected to be presented soon by staff to city council.
unker said co-workers arriving at the yard at 7 a.m. on Monday spoke of no ice being on the road. But by 8 a.m., he said another colleague had arrived saying the road outside the site was covered in black ice. “Half an hour (before the accident), the road was fine. And half an hour (after the accident), it was fine. It was just a short moment in the morning where black ice appeared.” According to other eye witnesses, even the emergency service vehicles arriving at the scene had trouble staying on the road. Given that the accident is still being inves-
tigated, the City of Richmond wouldn’t comment on whether that section of River Road had been salted prior to Monday’s rollover. However, city spokesperson Ted Townsend said, via email, that River Road is a “first priority route” within the city’s Snow Response Plan and, as such, “has been frequently brined and cleared throughout the recent extreme weather. “Frequency of brining is subject to weather forecasts, road temperature monitoring, visual inspections and other analysis.” Weather and road conditions, added Townsend, can “change quite rapidly as temperatures can fluctuate from above zero to below zero within minutes” and can “fluctuate as you move from one location to another, even within a relatively small area.” Townsend said the city’s records show that there was a “rapid change in the road conditions on Monday morning.”
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Homeowner Grant stiffs younger generation: Prof GRAEMEWOOD Staff Reporter
t’s difficult for University of B.C. associate professor Paul Kershaw, founder of advocacy group Generation Squeeze, to understand the rationale behind giving “paper millionaires” $821 million worth of property tax grants. “It’s not clear to me any longer why we’re talking about the Homeowner Grant. People are accruing so much wealth in their homes while they’re sleeping,” said Kershaw. Meanwhile, anyone under 35 — whom Generation Squeeze advocates for — is faced with lower wages and double the housing costs, in Metro Vancouver, relative to their boomer parents in the 1970s. Families are cramming into condos and children lack play space, said Kershaw, who can’t come to grips with the “doom and gloom” tone among homeowners who may lose their grant this year due to rising property value assessments that reflect sales prices.
The average assessed value of a detached home in Richmond is now about $1.7 million. Although the threshold for the $570 homeowner grant rose to $1.6 million, an estimated 14,000 households will still lose all or part of it, according to Landcor Data Corporation. The broad complaints by homeowners over their property tax burden is, said Kershaw, a “weird dynamic that plays out in Metro Vancouver,” especially considering anyone over age 55 can defer their bill for a subprime loan at 0.7 per cent (non-compounding) interest. Effectively, noted Kershaw, renters, who tend to be younger people, are forking out for provincial grants and tax deferrals to people who have millions in equity. “The housing market has left earnings behind so much we need a fundamental rethink about raising revenue,” said Kershaw. “Why are we not asking to cut income taxes and start taxing property more?” asked Kershaw. “Housing is treated so favourably for tax purposes,” he added. Adding to the millennial’s sting is the con-
n Paul Kershaw, of the UBC School of Population and Public Health. Photo by PNG
tention that aging boomers have not paid for their fair share of future health costs. Kershaw points out boomers “prepaid” for retirement costs by being charged for the Canadian Pension Plan. Not so, for healthcare, however, where such costs and payments are tabulated yearly. “Their bills will be passed on to their children,” said Kershaw.
UBC economist Tom Davidoff has also stated to media this week that the grant is poor economic policy. Davidoff is also a firm proponent of increasing property taxes and decreasing income taxes. He said this could also help put downward pressure on property values, including curtailing foreign demand on residential properties.
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roperty tax burdens are expected to shift further from condo and townhouse owners to those of detached homes, in Richmond this year. According to Landcor Data Corporation, assessed values for condos are up 15 per cent; townhouses spiked 32 per cent; and detached homes went up 44 per cent. The City of Richmond reports the overall average increase to residential properties, for 2017, was 35.2 per cent. The higher/lower one’s increase in home value is relative to the average, the more/fewer taxes one should expect to pay. Richmond’s manager of revenue, Ivy Wong, told city council she expects about 36,000 strata unit owners to
pay less tax this year. Council asked Wong to explore more equitable taxation options, such as different rates among property types (condos vs. houses). Council also agrees the estimated 14,000 Richmond homeowners losing their Homeowner Grant (HOG) is unfair. Coun. Chak Au said he wants the province to provide 95 per cent of all homeowners with the HOG, as a standard. This year, the province expects to dole out grants to 91 per cent of them, a figure that is in decline, since 2006, noted Au — who also wants the grant to increase $100, to reflect inflation. Council agreed to Au’s proposal. Coun. Harold Steves said the grant was initially created in the 1960s to address housing unaffordability. In Richmond, property values
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skyrocketed when farmland was rezoned for residential purposes. Now, the grant is available to all, regardless of income/ assets. Council is also advocating for the tax deferral program for seniors (permanent residents, over age 55), who are low-income. They can take a loan, with 0.7 per cent, non-compounding interest, against their home equity. The program is not based on income. Wealthy seniors can still defer toward a 1.5 per cent GIC, for example. “There are ways the equity of your home can be a benefit to you without actually moving out,” noted Coun. Derek Dang. “If your value went up $100,000 and your taxes went up $1,000. You just made $99,000,” noted Steves.
n Property value assessments for 2017 skyrocketed 35.2 per cent in Richmond, with detached homes in City Centre/Brighouse rising more (71 per cent) than in any other neighbourhood in B.C. This map charts assessment increases by percentage for each neighbourhood. Red circles indicate detached home assessments, while blue circles denote condo assessments.
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Feel like something a bit more light and easy? Wine minglers are your cup of tea, or glass of wine! Browse from table to table in an informal and hip setting. Learn about wine in a fun and relaxed way. One popular mingler is the 25 under $25, hosted by James Nevison, the author of the Had a Glass wine guide. You can also make a weekend out of the wine fest. Book a downtown hotel online through BeVancouver.com and get one free festival tasting room ticket, a $95 value. Remember to pace yourself at the wine festival.
es, and brunches spanning eight days in February pairing wine with the dishes will be there. Will you? If that’s not enough reason to join the 39th Annual Vancouver Wine Festival, here are more juicy reasons to twist your arm to go. You don’t just taste wine or have it with gourmet food. The wine world is at your fingertips. As a result, you get to talk to the vine stars: the wine maker or the owner of the winery. If you love California wines, drop by Geyser Peak’s table and chat chardonnay with Remember to pace yourself at wine maker Ondine Chattan. the wine festival. You can sip If German wine and spit; just remember to aim is your passion, reach out for for the bucket! Or, if you are some Riesling swallowing, you don’t have to and reconnoiter with Nik Weis, finish everything in your glass. owner and wine maker of St. Urban’s Hof. And if you want to find out more about the popular Black Hills Estate You can sip and spit; just Winery in the Okanagan, remember to aim for the Graham Pierce will be on bucket! hand to explain how he Or, if you are swallowmakes Notre Bene so deliing, you don’t have to cious and irresistible. finish everything in your And once you find a glass. Unless it’s a dinner, winner or two, you can go lunch, or brunch, you to the on site BC Liquor should have a meal before Store and buy them. They you go. will even ship it for free to And don’t forget to pick your local BCLDB store. up your free transit ticket If you find the crowds at on the way out. Don’t wine the festival tasting room and drive. overwhelming, consider Besides all of these attending one of the six amazing attractions, anwine seminars. other reason for attending Explore issues, trends, the Vancouver Wine Fesregions and varietals in tival is a charitable one. a dynamic educational The festival is the main setting. fundraiser for Bard on the Experts will guide you Beach. through the tasting (often Raise a glass to toast there are eight or more your contribution to this wines to taste) and winery important Shakespearean principals will speak to festival. their wines. Check it out online at Discover Ontario’s Cool VanWineFest.ca for all the is one such seminar, juicy details. which explores Canada’s See you there! largest wine region. Eric Hanson is a retired Enjoy the cool climate teacher and wine educavarietals including Riestor. Reach him at: Ehanling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and firstname.lastname@example.org sparkling and ice wine.
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Year of the Rooster celebrations: Saturday/ Sunday, Jan. 14-15: To help welcome the Year of the Rooster, Yaohan Centre (3700 No. 3 Road) presents a series of celebrations which include a flower market, Chinese lion dance, firecrackers, green picking, stage games, god of fortune and more until Jan. 27, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Meryl McMaster exhibition: Saturday, Jan. 14 onwards: The Richmond Art Gallery (7770 Minoru Gate) presents Confluence, a touring exhibition organized by the Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa and stops off in Richmond on Jan. 14. Meryl McMaster’s alluring photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, McMaster
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subsidiary of Richmond high-tech firm MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) is helping power a space exploration mission that is worthy of a big budget, Hollywood sci-fi movie script. Last week, the company announced that Space Systems Loral (SSL) in Palo Alto, California had been awarded a $100 million contract from NASA to provide the spacecraft intended to explore a 210 km diameter asteroid thought to be composed mostly of nickel, called 16 Psyche. Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis discovered it in 1852 and named it after the Greek goddess of the soul and wife of Cupid. After being launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2023, the spacecraft’s trip to the asteroid belt, which resides roughly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, is expected to take about seven years to complete and cover about 179.5 million km. So, a journey of that duration and distance required an engine that would not only be reliable, but have the efficiency to propel the telephone booth-sized main portion of the vehicle until it reaches its destination in 2030, then power it for up to another year or so as it collects data. “These missions are selected based on the science. And the technology has to be mature and solid,” said Said Al Tadros, vice president of civil and department of defence business at SSL. “And most of the technology for this mission was existing or being developed for our commercial business.” A small portion of that comes from
MDA’s communications satellite work that is done here and in Montreal. At the heart of the system is a solar electric propulsion system, which uses electricity gathered from solar panel arrays that extend from the body of the spacecraft. The power it collects is used to accelerate molecules of xenon gas from an onboard tank, which serves as a propellant, to drive the 1,300 kg craft up to a speed of around 4 km per second (8,947.75 mph). “It is not a chemical, rocket engine,” Tadros said. “It uses an electric thruster that is about n Al Tadros five times more efficient than a chemical propulsion system, but it produces much lower thrust. So, you get a lot of efficiency for the amount of propellant, But it takes much longer to move or change direction.” That’s an acceptable trade-off for this type of mission to such a distant destination that does not involve humans, he added. “Humans aren’t as patient as robots,” Tadros laughed when asked if this technology could one day deliver humans to Mars. But don’t discount it from playing a role in helping support manned flights to the red planet. “When we are thinking about sending humans to Mars, or an asteroid, we do need to take along a lot of other equip-
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BC Ferries’ new, hybrid ferry docked at its Richmond facility on Wednesday, following a close to two-month cruise from Poland. The Salish Orca, which can carry 145 vehicles and 600 passengers, runs on both natural gas and diesel fuels. After the vessel is inspected, it will move to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal for crew training. It is scheduled to be in operation by early spring on the Powell River-Comox route, said BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall. The Salish Orca is the first of three ferries set to join the fleet this year. Combined, they will account for an estimated reduction of 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. This is equivalent to taking around 1,900 vehicles off the road, the corporation said.
n The Salish Orca is BC Ferries’ new vessel features a hybrid system using both diesel and natural gas. Photo submitted
Mayor to make annual address Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie will deliver his Annual Address on Thursday, Jan. 26 at a luncheon hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (7551 Westminster Hwy.). Titled Building Our Future, the event will focus on the city’s progress in achieving the elected council’s 2015-2018 term goals. “We are witnessing a remarkable time in the history of Richmond. Our city is transforming right before our eyes,” Brodie said. “We are well on the way to realizing the dynamic future for Richmond envisioned in our Official Community Plan. We are working hard to ensure that the growth and change we see in our community is planned, managed and sustainable, while we are also addressing many challenges that threaten to undermine our community’s quality of life.” For tickets, visit online at RichmondChamber.ca. Price: $75, plus GST. Chamber members: $50,plus GST.
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SPORTSBeyond the Scores
■ It was an outstanding weekend of action as Richmond Ringette hosted its 22nd annual West Coast Classic, attracting over 60 teams from throughout B.C. and Alberta to do battle in nine divisions. A busy schedule also included a National Ringette League (NRL) game Saturday afternoon between the B.C. Thunder and Calgary Wrath (left). The hosts more than held their own, capturing two divisions and finishing as a runner-up in another. Richmond’s U19A team (right) defeated Kelowna on its way to reaching the semi-finals. Here are the division winners: U14A: Vancouver/Richmond. U14B: Fraser Valley Hurricanes. U16A: Delta/Richmond Rage. U16B: Kelowna. U19A: Edmonton U19B: NorthWest Van Open A: Fraser Valley Open B: Prince George. Masters: Comox. Photos by Gord Goble
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he Richmond Colts not only proved they are for real Wednesday night, they have put themselves in a favourable position for next month’s Lower Mainland “AAA” Championships. The Colts (3-1) came through with a big 74-70 home court win over the McNair Marlins (2-2 in a match-up of honourable mention ranked teams. That result, coupled with last month’s 80-75 victory against McMath, has them in the driver’s seat for a top two finish in the Richmond standings that will determine the Lower Mainland playoff seedings. Richmond High held off a furious Marlins’ comeback after dominating much of the night. The hosts led 28-15 after one quarter and took a 19-point lead into halftime. The margin was 67-45 with seven minutes remaining when McNair made a late charge and actually missed a pair of threepoint attempts in the dying seconds that would have tied the game. “I have a few grey hairs after that,” laughed Colts coach Brandon Harbour. “McNair is one of the toughest teams we have played and we have a bit of a rivalry going with them. You can never count them out and it was a good learning experience. “We’re super excited. I think people were count-
■ Richmond Colts Grade 11 standout Daniel Afanasivevskyy drives to the basket to score two of his team-high 23 points in Wednesday night’s 74-70 win over the McNair Marlins. Photo by Mark Booth
ing us out at the start of the year but this is a good group with lots of potential.” Harbour has come up with an impressive
contingent of Grade 11s he began coaching three years ago. Throw in some experienced seniors and this is a very athletic team that can run the floor and is fearless in attacking the basket. Grade 11s Daniel Afanasivevskyy (23) and Murad Mohammed (22) combined with senior guard Philip Gundic (20) to look after the bulk of the Colts’ scoring. “Transition is a big part of our game,” confirmed Harbour. “We have some guys who can shoot threes but mainly we want to get out and run and push the pace.” The Marlins have been plagued by slow starts for much of the season and now it’s likely going to create a very difficult road come playoff time. Their best case scenario in the Richmond League is finishing third and there is still plenty of work left to even achieve that. “We don’t come out strong and keep putting ourselves in these big holes. Sometimes we wake up when it’s too late, like tonight,” sighed McNair coach Jessy Dhillon. “We are just not taking care of the basketball. There are too many careless turnovers and guys are thinking it’s going to be a cakewalk too. Give Richmond High credit. They came to play today. “Hopefully our guys start gelling together and we peak at the right time.” Grade 11 guard Nathan Schroeder led the Marlins with a game-high 26 points. Talvinder Jadge added 16.
Parity creating cloudy picture so far in Richmond Senior Boys League P re-season forecasts are proving to mean very little when it comes to the Richmond Senior Boys Basketball League. Defending champion StevestonLondon Sharks (3-1) are at least looking capable of defending their city title, rolling to three straight wins since being stunned by McMath (2-1) in their season opener. Yet, the
Sharks still have plenty of work left, to not only nail down first place but the top Richmond “AAA” seed for the Lower Mainland playoffs. The Cambie Crusaders (3-0) are the league’s only unbeaten team after a 100-48 win against McRoberts on Wednesday and an 81-54 triumph over the MacNeill Ravens two nights earlier. They still have
the teeth of their schedule remaining with games against StevestonLondon, Richmond High, McMath (2-1) and McNair on the horizon. Yet, the Crusaders already have the top Richmond seed for the Lower Mainland “AA” tourney locked up thanks to earlier wins over Palmer and Boyd. The Ravens (3-1) are also very
much in the Lower Mainland “AAA” playoff picture after failing to advance to the tournament a year earlier. They handed Richmond High (3-1) its only loss back in early December and have key games remaining with Steveston-London, McMath and McNair to determine their Mainland seeding.
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The longtime Richmondbased Total Soccer Systems (TSS) Academy will be operating a team in the USL Premier Development League for the upcoming season. TSS has purchased the Washington Crossfire franchise and will be playing out of Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. The TSS FC Rovers will be part of the PDL Northwest Division that includes last year’s finalist Calgary Foothills, Seattle Sounders U23, Lane United of Oregon and the Victoria Highlanders. The Rovers will be led by TSS owner and head coach Colin Elmes. Their roster consist of entirely domestic players. “The PDL creates the apex of our player development model and gives the younger male players in our program a clear progression that takes them to the end of their high school period and beyond,” Elmes said. “TSS Rovers main objective will be to help push players into the higher levels of the game in North America, help populate our national
team programs and with our home being at Swangard Stadium, organically create a community-based culture that soccer people can own and support. “If along the way TSS Rovers hits the heights of some of our other Canadian
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