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The secret to making big changes however might not come from grand gestures, effect of but the cumulative effect thousands of small acts that we can all make as part of our day-to-day lives.

Whether it’s aluminium cans, glass bottles, or cardboard cartons, recycling drinks containers uses a fraction of the energy that it takes to create new ones. It also helps to divert thousands of tonnes of landfill material from landfill each year.

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But making the choice to recycle isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for you too.

Just look at recycling for example. The average BC resident generates around five empty beverage containers a week. Now that might not sound like a lot, but when you start to multiply it by the more than 200,000 people who live in Richmond then you start to see the

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Conveniently located at the heart of Richmond, the Retrun-It Depot in the Blundell Centre offers would-be recyclers seven cents for every bottle or can they return. Like the impact that your recycling can have on the environment that small change can add up over time, helping to put a few extra dollars back in your pocket that you can spend on anything you want to. Open from 9 am to 6 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays and Holidays, the Return-It depot fits around most peoples’ schedules so there really is no excuse for you not to do your bit.

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NEWS Supporters and opponets of housing project for homeless host forums 10 NEWS Life-long NDPer appears to be turning a shade of Green 14 COMMUNITY Minoru memories at the heart of art project 18 BUSINESS Owners differ on what’s “normal” turnover in Steveston 25 SPORTS Wrestling club on Sidaway Road farm is now producing provincial champions

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Housing built over coffee Eve Edmonds RICHMOND NEWS

Finally -- a good news housing story. Our front page feature on Gumatchu Taha and his family from Ethiopia is moving on many accounts. It’s wonderful to learn about this family who has endured hardship yet persevered and is now being rewarded with that most basic of human need -- a home. At 1,100 square feet, it’s no mansion, but it’s new, has a yard and — above all — it’s theirs.

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Habitat for Humanity, founded 42 years ago, continues to do yeoman’s work, building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing, all over the world, Richmond included. Once this project is done, Habitat’s Greater Vancouver chapter will move on to building 40-50 units in Coquitlam. And then there is the backbone of this organization: its volunteers, people such as Yvette Luke, who remembers the generousity extended to her after immigrating to Canada from China and wants to do the same for others. Now, I know we’ve done this story before, or some variation of: a hard working family that has endured challenges, is deemed deserving and is now blessed with charity. But we retell it for a reason. Everyone’s circumstances are unique, and that matters. We also retell it because it has power. It touches and inspires us; it builds compassion and empathy. It helps us connect with humanity at large. It was with that in mind that a couple of people suggested we write one or maybe a few profiles of the very homeless people who could be housed in the proposed temporary housing project on Elmbridge Way, the project that hundreds of nearby residents have been ardently protesting.

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Those who are in favour of the housing refer to the slew of misinformation that is causing this backlash. Perhaps if residents actually met some of their potential new neighbours, they wouldn’t feel so nervous....maybe. While I have no doubt candidates will be vetted and supported to ensure they can be good neighbours, they may not fit the “deserving family” image. Then again, should they have to? And just because they are, or may be, recepients of assistence, do they owe us their life story?

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We don’t ask the protesters to “tell all” to help justify their current situation — although maybe we should. I know I probably have a better understanding of how many of our homeless came to their circumstances than I do of how many of our protesters came to theirs. But while personal stories matter, so does context. One person is homeless while another owns a million-dollar condo due, at least in part, to factors beyond either of their control. It’s those factors that also warrant discussion. And here’s where coffee comes in. The most hopeful thing I heard of late was De Whalen, a supporter of the project, coming out of a forum organized by those opposed to it, saying “I’m feeling good,” that there is “common ground” and she plans to have coffee with protest organizers sometime this week. This isn’t rocket science; it’s harder. But I still have no doubt we can make our community habitable for all — one cup at a time.

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We asked Seafair Minor hockey players: What’s your best memory of Minoru Arenas?

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I can remember running around the stadium warming up for playoff games, or public skating with my team for wrap-up parties. I even remember watching the Sockeyes on a Thursday night and being able to stay up late. Minoru ice rink has been a big part of my childhood memories!

My most favourite memory at Minoru Arenas was learning how to skate with my grandpa and receiving my first ever hockey stick from the iceman Jeff. And also playing during the Sockeyes intermission. And, the many hockey games with friends and teaching classmates how to skate. Oh, also broomball!

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Playing manhunt and handball soccer while watching my sister’s and cousins’ many hockey games. Also, watching the many exciting Sockeye games and lacrosse games. I now enjoy playing hockey at Minoru because lots of people are able to watch and I can hear them cheer so loud.

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Let’s get to ‘yes’ on housing homeless Dear Editor, Re: “A community divided?” News, March 8. I have been hearing about the people who object to the proposed supportive housing for homeless and disabled. It seems to me that land was bought for this purpose and is in a perfect area: near transit, near the hospital, near many of the community facilities, and near food stores. It is also near a liquor store and a pub. Someone objected to this in the News, as if a person who has been homeless should not ever have a beer or glass of wine. I worked with drug and alcohol addictions, as a nurse, in a Shaughnessy detox home. There was never any trouble with the neighbours — ever. It is still there. Property values have not been affected. What we are planning for Richmond is not even a detox centre! Pathways Clubhouse has been in this location in Richmond, there is a food bank nearby, and neither have had a problem. No one realizes that there is a homeless problem in this neighbourhood — there

is a problem.

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People are homeless for so many reasons and it is not always addiction. Some people are homeless due to disability. Some disabilities include autism, diabetes, or smokers who have lost their leg to vascular disease. Some people are worried that there will be needles on the property. If this happens, I will personally go every morning and check the area and clean them up. I am sure that it will not happen.

Re: “A community divided?” News, March 8.

I hope and pray that council maintains their compassion and integrity (and that of previous councils who had enough forethought to purchase the land) and do not succumb to a few loud people who do not want us to look after the homeless and disabled. Some of the councillors have received letters and emails from hundreds of people who do not support this project. They need to hear from those of us who do support it. The email address is: MayorAndCouncillors@Richmond.ca”.

Toni Loo Richmond

I was absolutely moritfied and appauled when I read the feature article on March 8 about the proposed modular housing. The building would be run by RainCity Housing, a well-established nonprofit housing society that operates many projects throughout Metro Vancouver. The lack of compassion and open-mindedness displayed by my fellow Richmondites is actually baffling. It was also amusing that many of those surveyed opposed to the project claimed to approve of it, but feel it’s just the “wrong location”. Not a single person interviewed suggested where the “right location” might be. Some of my favourite quotes from the article: -”To us residents, dogs are not just pets but significant family members, especially to seniors who are accompanied by their dogs most of the time.” -”We believe the initiative is a worthy cause... however, no one wants this type of housing or the proposed residents as our neighbours or in our neighbourhood” -”Richmond is filled with luxury cars. Our strata is no different...our members certainly do not feel safe with their vehicles overnight should this housing go forward.” Here’s the message I took away from these opponents: your dogs, cars and property values are way more important than your fellow neighbours, many

An artist’s rendering of a 40-unit modular housing unit. BC Housing photo. of whom probably already live precariously close to your beloved condos! It’s great to know I live amongst some of the least compassionate people around. Shame on you. I hope you never find yourselves down on your luck and needing any form of assistance or help. Here’s a piece of insider info, though: if this project goes ahead, the people housed in the units will no longer be homeless! Imagine that. And imagine the possibilities that might exist for some folks who have been struggling to get back on their feet, who need extra support, and who need somewhere to belong. That’s the kind of community I want to be a part of. I hope there are more who share my view.

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Bylaw unproven Dear Editor, Humraj Kallu of the Richmond Farmland Owners’ Association claims there is “clear evidence” that the current bylaw restricting house size on ALR land in Richmond to 10,783 square feet is “working.” His evidence is that there has been a 32-per-cent reduction in home size under the new regulations. But does that prove the bylaw is working? Not one bit. During the first three months of 2017, when council indicated that it was looking to impose a housesize limit, developers inundated the city with building applications. Three quarters were for more than 10,000 square feet and the average was for 12,918 square feet. This is an extraordinary base to work from. After the house-size limit was imposed and for the balance of the year, there was just a handful of applications. The average was for about 8,640 square feet, which is a reduction of about one-third from the permit fever that we experienced during the first three months of 2017.

Most were at or near the allowable limit. The average was dragged down by a couple of modest applications, including one for just 2,881 square feet. So what does this prove? Only that most developers will build as big as they can. It does not prove that restricting farmhouse size to 10,763 square feet is tempering farmland speculation. It does not prove that the bylaw is deterring purchasers whose main interest is building a luxury home rather than farming. It does not prove that the bylaw is keeping farmland prices to levels that are affordable for genuine farmers, which is what this issue is all about. Unless Mr. Kallu and his associates can provide some real evidence that this bylaw is doing what it is intended to do, city council should give serious consideration to a further reduction in the maximum allowable house size.

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Thanks to the community of Richmond and beyond for supporting Black History Month here. Thank you to those who attended the events, the presenters, volunteers, and those who spread the word, businesses which put flyers in their windows, on bulletin boards, and in the News. Thank you to Mitchell elementary and its students, to Thelma Stogan, our MC Shiraine Haas, to the initiator of Black History Month, Jean Augustine and to Canadian Veterans of Black descent. Thanks to Checo and VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir who had us dancing and moving in the aisles with several traditional black songs. Thanks to our guest speaker, Warren Williams, president of Cupe 15, who talked about his family’s journey to Canada from the U.S. and within Canada. And thanks to the Richmond Public Library for hosting five amazing events.

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The local government oversees the contractor with quality control to ensure that violations are in accordance with the tolerance levels of the municipality. So what was the result? Driving behaviours changed quickly. Enforcement revenue to the municipality increased significantly at first but declined as the behaviours and attitudes changed. And that was the ultimate goal – improved safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The Province should enable the municipalities to adopt similar bylaws and the municipalities should be encouraged by residents to do so and allow them to reside with safer streets.

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A backlash against those opposed to a proposed housing project for the homeless in City Centre has resulted in a call for an “emergency action planning forum,” which was expected to be held last night. Richmond Poverty Response Committee (RPRC) planned to host “From NIMBY to YIMBY,” (From Not In My Back Yard to Yes In My Back Yard) at Richmond Caring Place. “It is important to show Richmond city council that the community is in support of the project (at 7300 Elmbridge Way), which will help people move off the street into a supportive environment,” said the RPRC website. RPRC chair De Whalen told the Richmond News that the forum was being hosted to bring people supporting the project together, so that they could discuss “a coordinated campaign of action.” “We think it’s the right place to build it, it’s the right time; we should be doing it right now. That’s the main message. We will see where it goes from there,” said Whalen. “There appears to be some opposition to both the concept of supportive housing and the proposed location. There is a lot of misinformation out there based on I don’t know what. “We want to get the right information to people, to alleviate their fears and to lay some common ground, if that’s possible.” Meanwhile, a bilingual (English/Chinese) Change.org peti-

Those for and against housing project seek common ground tion supporting the temporary 40-unit housing project was launched last weekend by two University of Toronto students, Joannie Fu and Vinson Shih, who grew up in Richmond. On Sunday, Whalen made an appearance at the antimodular housing forum at the Sheraton Hotel, organized by some area residents. “Some of the conclusions they came to were based on misinformation; that’s unfortunate. But there is some common ground we can work on,” said Whalen.

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“We agree that there should be more resources for people in need,” such as a detox centre and expanded shelter capacity. However, she also thinks there is a lot of “fear-mongering, especially through Wechat,” adding that she plans on having coffee with protest organizers this week to talk about it.

“The purpose (of the forum) is to solve the problem of information asymmetry between people supporting and opposing the project,” said the spokesperson David Shao.

“They were very pleasant and willing to talk and discuss with us, and were willing to know if their information was wrong and needed to be corrected. I came out (of the forum) feeling good about it. Maybe there is hope,” said Whalen.

“We want people to know that, opponents are not ‘coldbloods’ who worry about house prices. We are more concerned about whether the government is performing their duty and spending taxpayers’ money appropriately,” he added. See councillors’ reactions 8

At the forum, some residents explained why they think TMH is not the best way to solve homelessness in Richmond.

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Two city councillors, Bill McNulty and Alexa Loo, have taken clear, but opposing, stances on the controversial homeless housing project slated for construction on Elmbridge Way, while other councillors have yet to decide. “Right now I’m a ‘no’ vote. I’m not supporting the project. I think there is a better place for it,” McNulty told the Richmond News. “My concern is I want to know who the operators are, who the clientele is, what the screening process is and if there a better place to put this.” Those questions need to be answered before the city goes ahead with “any development of that nature,” said McNulty. Last week, Peter Liu — a former city council running mate McNulty — said on Wechat that McNulty claimed the city had decided to choose another location. McNulty denied the rumour. “I have said I am looking for an alternative, not ‘we,’; I can’t speak for council. I’m going to recommend (to the city) we look into all places,” said McNulty. “I’m not sure if the location is the right location. Because it’s in the downtown core, that property should

have a tower on it, as opposed to 40 units, then there could be a better use – to house more people in need, affordable housing, market rental housing, all kinds of things.”

“Why doesn’t the (provincial) government just give us the $5.9 million to let us deal with the problem,” said Au, noting he has requested staff to ask about the feasibility.

However, Loo told the News she is supportive of the modular project at the proposed location.

“We have an (affordable housing) strategy and have been doing well with our strategy; we can do more. I don’t want BC Housing just to impose on us and do this kind of temporary housing.”

“I think once you house the homeless, they are no longer homeless, it solves the problem,” said Loo. “It is a good location, right near transit, the hospital, and all the support that is needed.” Loo said more public consultation is necessary to “make sure that people have the information they need to understand the issue.” “(Our information session) didn’t answer people’s questions enough. There are still lots of fears and questions surrounding the whole project, how it’s going to be run, what they can expect and the kinds of people that the services will help,” said Loo. “Once people get more information, I’m hopeful that it will give them the comfort level they are looking for, and really help people to be compassionate about what the situation is for many of our homeless people.” Other councillors told the News they are neither for nor against the project, while waiting to hear more information through consultations, but some have raised questions.

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He said the modular housing may be a quick solution for other cities, but not necessarily the best one for Richmond. “I’d rather have a long-term solution for the problem. If it’s only temporary, only five years, then what? You will demolish the place, and we’ll still have 40 people to house,” he added. Coun. Carol Day said she is waiting to see if the new project can follow the “successful model” of the Salvation Army’s emergency shelters before making a decision. “If they are gonna follow that model, no problem: no police for them, no complaints from the neighbours, and then I’m 100 per cent in favour,” said Day. “But it must be the same type of model, which was done very efficiently — there were very strict rules for the residents living there.” The city said at this point, no timeline for further steps about the project are set yet.

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“We’re still working on the plan for the next round of consultations. We’ll announce details when it’s ready but it is a ways off yet,” said the city’s spokesperson Ted Townsend.

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A global, neoliberal food network and speculative “land banks” are threatening food security for British Columbians, according to researchers at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). Possible policy reforms they’ve outlined in a newly-published white paper aimed at staving off a potential food crisis in B.C. include: - Foreign ownership restrictions, - Transparent oversight of farmland sales, - Restructuring tax credit and leasing regulations, - Strategic zoning aimed at curbing speculative behaviour in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). It is argued these reforms, postulated by Richmond’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at KPU, will counter a potential food shortage, particularly considering less than five per cent of land is suitable for farming, and of that only 50 per cent is under production, according to the authors of Protection is not Enough: Policy Precedents to Increase the Agricultural Use of British Columbia’s Farmland.

Such reforms aim to increase new farmers’ access to farmland at more reasonable prices. This will, in turn, provide for more productive land and a better regional food system that accounts for environmental and social costs that are typically “externalized” by mass free trade-oriented agriculture, as contended by institute director Dr. Kent Mullinix. B.C. farmland most at threat to speculation is along the urban-rural interface in Metro Vancouver and the report cites a recent sale in Richmond, whereby an eight hectare (20 acre) ALR property sold in late 2017 for $9.2 million, over 100 times its assessed value. Part of the problem is small land parcels that are attractive to development. In Richmond, for instance, small farm lots were created after the war era for returning soldiers. It is suggested governments form public land banks or help establish land trusts from these parcels, however the costs would be high. Meanwhile, large homes is another issue tackled by the paper. “It seems apparent that in the Lower Mainland, farmland is being promoted for its investment value and development potential. Municipalities that allow very large residential buildings on farmland, or do not regulate the footprint of residential uses com-

mensurate with urban/suburban areas, may be particularly attractive to speculators and investors,” notes KPU. The paper suggests examining farmland ownership restrictions that target foreign and domestic speculators, including corporations and pension funds intent on buying “land banks.” Concurrently, loopholes such as beneficial ownership agreements and corporations masking the true nature of ownership must be addressed by the provincial government. Tax policies were also targeted as opportunities to encourage farming in the ALR. Presently, a 2-10 acre lot can achieve an average property tax savings in Metro Vancouver of $7,088 by declaring only $2,500 of gross farm income, which “has been characterized as easily achieved.” The paper suggests increasing the income threshold and establishing a multi-tier system that awards greater benefits to more profitable/productive farms. Other measures proposed are a farmland conversion tax, which would penalize rezoning ALR land to non-farm use, and farm income tax relief. As well, an “agricultural enterprise zone” is seen as a way to promote farming viability. This zone would be at or near the urban-rural divide, such as in Richmond, and encourage

Dr. Kent Mullinix argues for protection of the ALR. File photo the co-location of critical farm-related businesses such as processing and storage facilities. And if new farmers cannot afford to buy farmland, then governments should establish lease regulations that promote long-term land access. Short-term leases, according to the paper, discourage farmers from investing in farmland improvements, or utilizing more costly stewardship practices that promote long-term soil and ecosystem health. Short-term leases can also jeopardize a farmer’s ability to secure a bank loan.

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He views Horgan’s NDP as one that has abandoned core enviornmental beliefs, citing a Times Colonist editorial that claims Horgan is “going down in history as the premier who split the country’s NDP movement.” Steves concurred, claiming “Horgan should have thought of that before he approved [Site C and LNG]. Horgan has already split the NDP.” Like Weaver, Steves is opposed to the Site C project, rejecting its renewable energy production because power may end up feeding LNG production for exports to China. It also floods a valley of viable farmland, noted Steves. But Horgan approved the dam. And Steves rejects Horgan’s opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion considering Horgan “has no control over” it. Like Weaver, Steves wants to see a ban on foreign home ownership. And at

The environmental wing of the party is being ignored for the ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ group HAROLD STEVES the least, he, like Weaver, and unlike Horgan to date, wants to see the foreign home buyers’ tax applied to farmland to curb speculation. Instead, the NDP is now consulting on ways to “protect” the Agricultural Land Reserve. Steves called the consultation a “rescue mission” that cannot be counted on to protect farmland. When Premier Dave Barrett passed away in February, Steves took to Twitter

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In fact, the only thing brighter than the spring sunshine warming the construction site on Ash Street was the collective smiles on the faces of himself, his wife and three young children. In 2005, Taha, a student at the time, was arrested in his native Ethiopia for being nothing more than outspoken and politically active. Fast forward 13 years and the former refugee turned Canadian citizen is only a few months away from moving his family-of-five from their tiny, one-bedroom, Marpole apartment into their very own, three-bedroom detached home in Richmond, which he helped build. And as he gave the Richmond News a special tour of one of three Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver homes on the site, the intense pride brimming from the 37-year-old is there for all to see. “We are very, very excited; especially my wife; she’s looking forward to having our own room,” said a beaming Taha, a London Drugs department manager, adding that the family is hoping to move into their 1,100-square-foot home in October. “It means a lot to us. Especially for my children. Having a place they can call their own home, where they can play inside and outside. “Whenever they go out, they can say they have a proper home to go back to and without worrying about anything.” As a family, added Taha, his voice now cracking a little with emotion, “knowing we have a place, is just something that we could only dream about.” The home which he has his eye on – his family will be placed in one of them – is one of six on site, each unit also having a 700-square-foot rental suite. It’s all down to the incredible work of charity Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, with an assist from the B.C. government, which sold at a discount the 25,000-squarefoot site in 2013 in order for six, affordable homes to be built. Ultimately, six families, including the Tahas, become first-time homeowners through the Habitat for Humanity program, which has the primary remit of providing safe and affordable housing. As part of the deal, the families invest 500 hours of labour (called sweat equity) into the building of the home, in lieu of a downpayment and are financed with affordable, nointerest mortgages.

foundations were laid last June. “I’ve done a lot and learned a lot. Woodcutting, window installing, flooring, just about everything…and I’m very happy to do that.”

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he “sweat equity” he’s poured into the project is nothing compared to the uphill struggle he’s faced in getting his family to where they are now. Although he managed to flee Ethiopia to Canada, where he sought and gained refugee status, he had to leave behind his family and future wife, Dureti (which means “rich” in Ethiopia). It was another seven years before Taha, by then a Canadian citizen, was reunited with Dureti.

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And it was while living in their cramped, one-bedroom apartment in Marpole that Taha first came across Habitat for Humanity. “We were, and still are, living really close to each other; we all share one bedroom,” he said. “I was searching the market for a house and what it will cost and I ended up seeing Habitat’s website and its criteria. “I realized we met their criteria, even with only two children. I called around and I realized a friend of mine already had a house with Habitat in Burnaby.” The couple now has a third child, a second son called Ifnan (meaning “clarity”), who is now nine months old and was only three days into the world when he first “set foot” on the building site which will soon be his home.

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or more than 12 years – 10 in Saskatchewan and two in Metro Vancouver – Dennis Coutts, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, has been feeding off the buzz of seeing families in need get a leg-up in life. Asked what goes through his mind when he sees the project taking shape and reaching its finale, Coutts took a little breath and smiled. “This is everything for Habitat. This is what we do,” he told the News. “Our mission is to engage the community and change lives. I was up most of the night, I was so excited.

Some community volunteers, including Chinese immigrant Yvette Luke, 59, also put their shoulder to the Habitat house-building wheel.

As for the volunteers, Coutts said they “go to bed at night feeling very happy they’ve changed a life; it’s so gratifying that they get to do something that has made a difference and is tangible.

By the time the homes are completed in the fall, Taha will have almost certainly blown through his 500-hour target, having already racked up 492 in his spare time since the

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After Dureti’s arrival in 2012, the couple started a family, producing a son, Dursa, (meaning “priority”), now age five, and a daughter, Nanati (meaning “compassionate”), now age three.

“I love coming on site and meeting the people and seeing faces lighting up and people crying. It’s pure joy. This is where it matters.

“I was interviewed by a social housing consultant and they were so good to me and actually hired me. I’ve never forgotten that.”

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In those seven years, Taha completed high school and then went to Langara College, where he graduated as an accountant.

The homes are also, in part, built by volunteers of corporate sponsors, such as Bentall Kennedy, who were on site last week, helping to install energy efficient windows on the three new homes being constructed.

“I just want to give back. When I first came to Canada 20 years ago, I was looking for a job, I was in a minority and English was my second language,” said Luke, who carries out site preparation, painting and “learns something new every day.”

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“Having a calling, a passion such as this, I think ‘lucky me.’”

“Twenty years from now, they could drive by here and say ‘I built that, I’ve changed a life.’ Referring to the families in question being able to enter into the property market at a reduced rate, Coutts said the benefits can spread beyond the parents. “If they invest that reduction into their children, that’s where the magic is,” he said. “It’s about breaking the cycle of poverty. It works, it absolutely does.”

Gumatcha Taha (above) and his family (below) are hoping to move into their new Habitat for Humanity home on Ash Street in October. Taha (above), an Ethiopian refugee 13 years ago, shows where he has helped build the single-family home. Alan Campbell photos


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To make this happen, developers of projects with more than 60 units are now required to use 10 per cent of their project’s total residential floor area for Low-End Market Rental (LEMR) units. The previous policy required only five per cent of units be designated LEMR units, and only in projects with more than 80 units. The new strategy also requires that a minimum of 15 per cent of the LEMR units have to be two-bedroom apartments and five per cent need to be three-bedroom

Staff estimate that the new strategy will create an extra 50 low-rent units annually. Meanwhile, developers of projects with less than 60 units are asked to pay more cash-in-lieu contribution to the city, which will use the money to support affordable housing projects. Cash-in-lieu contribution rates per sq. ft. have increased from $6 to $10 for wood-frame apartments and from $6 to $14 for concrete buildings. Per sq. ft. cash contributions also rose from $2 to $4 for srezoned detahced homes and from $4 to $8.5 for townhouse developments. According to the staff report, the city has set the annual target for total cash contributions at $1.5 million, which will be used to “support innovative affordable housing projects, partner-

ships and land acquisition.” The changes to LEMR and cash-in-lieu contributions were implemented in July, 2017, before the whole strategy was passed, “because council thought they were so important and didn’t want to wait,” said to Coun. Chak Au. “We are on the right track... entring phase two of our strategy. Richmond is ahead of many communities already. I really look forward to working more closely with our community partners.” said Au. When the News asked Au whether developers will shift the city’s extra costs on to homebuyers, he admits they may, but the city is also giving developers bonuses, such as a density bonus, which should aleviate some of the financial pressure. Those savings should be passed on to home buyers, he added.

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What are your memories of Minoru Arenas? That’s the question Vancouver-based artist Faith Moosang is posing to Richmondites past and present for a crowd-sourced public art project. Moosang will be installing a series of art wraps around the main rink’s large concrete pillars to pay homage to the people and events that have helped shape the building into an iconic piece of Richmond history. To do so, she’ll be asking the public to submit photos, videos, memorabilia and stories to her. Moosang, a multimedia artist, curator, writer and researcher, said the work will depend heavily on her research skills but also what residents provide her. It is from these submissions that she will form a concept for the project. She hopes to connect the many generations who have passed through the building in a way that relates to everyone. “It’s regular people going through their regular lives and documenting it. I think there’s a beauty in that, our regular lives,” said Moosang. “I hope people will be opening up their albums for inclusion. I hope people get excited. This is their chance to put their thumbprint on this space,” she said. And she hopes to engage with people beyond the obvious hockey fixation that the arenas have typically fostered. “It should resonate with people who do sports and also who are less serious about it. I think there’s something underneath it all. I’m not a sports person per se, but I watch the Olympics and I’m blown away by fleetness of foot. I love the expression of human physicality.” She notes there have been numerous nonhockey related events at the facility over the decades. One of the biggest highlights was in 2010 when it was host to Holland Heineken House for the Winter Games. She may also involve nearby activities in Minoru Park. Minoru Arenas is presently the host venue for recreational hockey, figure skating and lacrosse. It is also the Richmond Sockeyes’ home arena. The art wraps — commissioned by the Richmond Public Art Program in partnership with the Richmond Arenas Community Association (RACA) — may be a collage or an abstract theme, perhaps based on chronological order or events-based. Moosang said she already loves the pillars. “They’re a little bit regimental. That’s the way architecture goes. “I love old buildings. The things that have happened and resonated in that space will be depicted in the columns,” she said. Seafair Minor Hockey Association president Nigel Shackles, who is also a RACA

board member, said Minoru Arenas was lacking a showcase for its history. “It’s one of my favourite rinks in the province,” said Shackles. “I’d take it over any shiny rink any day of the week. The configuration is great, it’s nice to take in a game there. The bench seating is informal and there are lots of nooks and crannies. It’s got a historic feeling to it.” The art project is an opportunity to showcase Richmond’s history to an ever-growing immigrant-based population, he noted. “I feel it’s important for a city like Richmond, with new people, that we show them the past as we keep building for the future,” said Shackles. Moosang, 50, has one Richmond art project under her belt already, at the Olympic Oval. Her work centres on inquiry into spectacle culture, media, mediated imagery and the mechanically-reproduced image. She has Masters of Fine Arts from the School for Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University. Moosang will be hosting a series of public engagement events at Minoru Arenas and the Richmond Ice Centre on the following dates, for the public to share their artefacts and memories: Tuesday, March 27, 4 - 10 p.m. at Richmond Ice Centre, 14140 Triangle Rd; Sunday, April 8, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Minoru Arenas, 7551 Minoru Gate; Sunday, April 15, 1 - 8 p.m. at Richmond Ice Centre, 14140 Triangle Rd; Monday, April 21, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Minoru Arenas, 7551 Minoru Gate. For more information and to learn how you can participate, visit CommunityPillars.Wordpress.com.

Minoru Arena opened in 1965 with 40 cent skating sessions

Artist Faith Moosang has been tasked by the City of Richmond and Richmond Arenas Community Association to pay homage to our memories of Minoru Arenas with an art project for the Stadium pillars. Boaz Joseph photo

Minoru Arena officially opened Oct. 26, 1965. Reeve Anderson sent a cordial invite to Hon. W. K. Kiernan, Minister of Recreation and Conservation, who attended the ceremony, which closed with a prayer by Reverend J. D. Murdock, pastor of the Brighouse United Church, according to the Richmond Review. Back then skating sessions cost 40 cents per adult (60 cents in the evening) and 20 cents for children, according to city archive documents. The facility only included the one rink at the time. Council initially approved construction costs of $360,000 in 1963 but the arena ended up costing $500,000, according to the Review. This after voters approved the project in a Dec. 5, 1963 referendum.

Minoru Arena was built in 1965 as a single arena, for about $500,000. Reeve Anderson opened the facility to great fanfare. A second arena was later added. City of Richmond archives


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Spring Break at the Cannery Visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site over Spring Break, on weekdays until Thursday, March 29 for activities, crafts and games for kids of all ages! Drop-in for daily themed programs from 12 to 3 p.m. Enjoy interactive exhibits about Canada’s west coast fishing history all day in the museum, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t miss the historic canning line in action as we rev up the equipment in our daily machine demos at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. Visit GulfOfGeorgiaCannery.org for details.

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With the tax season officially open, the Richmond Public Library and Family Christian Fellowship are offering Free Income Tax Clinics for Low Income Families from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To qualify for this free service, individuals must have a maximum income of $30,000 and a couple must have a maximum income of $40,000 plus $2,500 per child. Call 604-231-6413.

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Left, Vancouver Metropolitan Lions Club’s Chinese New Year Celebration banquet resulted in good fortune with $5,688 raised for the Richmond Hospital Foundation. Photo submitted Left, keynote speaker at the Richmond Women’s Resource Centre’s (RWRC) International Women’s Day event was Tara Teng (centre left). Teng, who was Canada’s “Woman of the Year” in 2011, is pictured with RWRC board members. Right, there was a standing ovation for longtime RWRC board member and co-founder Marielle Demorest. Photos submitted


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For the better part of 40 years, Cliff Houff has looked out of his bedroom window to check the weather on Sturgeon Banks and taken for granted the four, 200-foot radio towers that pierce the skyline. When he glanced out of the same window last week, however, something other than the weather was taking place on the south end of the West Dyke Trail, just north of Steveston Highway. Engineers, according to Houff, were slowly, but surely, dismantling two of the four towers, which belong to CBC Transmission, and are among 500 or so similar structures across Canada. “The two closest to shore, according to the fellow I spoke to yesterday, will be left,” Houff told the Richmond News, adding that the walkway leading to the towers seems to have been left alone. “As far as the walkway (is concerned), I’m

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Is Village turnover rate high? “I spent a long time persuading the staff to stay, and as a condition, I will let her work on the days she wants, which means I may have to close on Friday now.”

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Khatami said only two to three people responded to his job ads online, compared to at least 50 applicants five years ago.

When people talk about Steveston Village, they usually think about the docks, seafood, and the many boutique small businesses.

Now, he and his one employee cover all the shifts, with help from his wife who has a regular job on weekdays. If either of them calls in sick or goes on vacation, the shop has to be closed.

However, while said businesses are enjoyed by many, in 2017, an average of more than one shut down every month, according to the Steveston Merchants Association (SMA).

“I don’t have any future plans. I don’t know when the situation is gonna change. I just have my business day by day and wish I will get lucky someday and get more staff,” said Khatami.

Some business owners think the trend is nothing unusual, but others think it is a sign that businesses in Steveston are struggling. A recent statement from the Steveston Insider reveals 27 new shops opened while 14 said goodbye to the community last year.

Mackelworth said what the businesses are suffering now is only the “tip of the iceberg.”

This month, the well-known, long-established Greek restaurant George’s Taverna was taken over by the former owner of Italian restaurant Paesano’s, Satinder Jaswal. Carolynne Palla, the Insider’s chief editor and SMA administrator, who did the research, said the turnover rate was within a reasonable range. “Businesses open and close; owners retire, all have other personal reasons, it’s normal. I wouldn’t say it’s any different than any other year of any other community really,” said Palla.

“If still nothing happens, no infrastructure is built, no one will come to work in Steveston in the future, and it will become a ‘ghost town,’” he warned.

Davood Khatami believes many businesses are struggling partly due to staff shortages while Carolynne Palla (below) said the turnover is normal.

Businesses that closed covered a wide range of services, including an art studio, café, bicycle shop, antique store, travel agency, bakery, restaurant, home store and law firm.

Khatami added that increasing costs, such as rental prices and insurance, might also be reasons that drive businesses away from Steveston.

“much more often in recent years.” “I have talked to many business owners here and many are struggling. One problem talked about again and again is that they can’t find workers,” said Mackelworth.

“The rental prices can go up to $50 per sq. ft. now; It’s unbelievable. But there is only so much we can increase our prices by. Will you pay five dollars for a coffee or croissant?” Khatami asked.

He attributes the labour shortage to a lack of public transit infrastructure to Steveston while an exodus of workers moving away due to high housing prices.

“Business owners come to Steveston and think they can be different, then face the same problems and leave.”

“I don’t care how much the house prices are, we need the infrastructure to bring people into work who had moved away,” said Mackelworth.

Palla said potential business owners do tend to overestimate the traffic Steveston businesses are getting. “The only thing I would personally say is that when businesses open in Steveston, they think that there is a lot of traffic here, and there is not,” said Palla.

“I’m from London, the UK, and the housing there is much more expensive, but workers living in the suburbs can get to work in London in 10 minutes by train. Our government should learn from them.”

However, long-time Steveston business owner, Steveston Barbers’ Iain Mackelworth, told the News that, although businesses change hands all the time, he has seen it

“It’s very seasonal, so you just don’t have the volume of people here to fill out the stores and get a lot of businesses here.

Mackelworth’s friend, owner of Davood’s Bistro, Davood Khatami, said he nearly had to close his business when the only staff member asked to leave recently.

“So I think if you don’t really do your homework and really know what you are getting into when you start businesses here, you may be surprised that there isn’t a lot of businesses here to be had.”

“I have had stable customers over the years, but because I couldn’t find staff, I have to close the shop two days a week now,” said Khatami.

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Night at the Museum comes to life Grade 7 students Fifi Zhao and Drishya Mitra (left) were the Richmond News’ private tour guides at Anderson elementary’s Night at the Museum event. Below, the Ancient Greece live exhibits, (bottom) Elena Shravah shows off her mummy and (below, left) the Ancient Egypt live exhibits. Alan Campbell photos. More photos at Richmond-News.com

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Remember the days of “show & tell” projects at school? Well, people of a certain generation might have blushed if they toured Anderson elementary’s Night at the Museum interactive exhibit. Based on the 2006 hit adventure movie of the same name, seven classes, from Kindergarten to Grade 7, at the Alberta Road school spent weeks creating incredibly detailed exhibits on the likes of the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece. Every student participant had a “job” in their museum and many costumed characters came to life – just as they did in the movie – during student-led tours for kids and their parents all day and evening last Tuesday. “It was my idea and shared it with the other teachers and we took it from there,” said Grade 6/7 teacher Julie Wilson. “They covered criteria under the new curriculum, all topics related to what they are studying. The key is for them to find something they are passionate about and research it and exhibit their findings.” Wilson said the students developed their own completion plan, appointed three museum directors, went through the process with human resources people, to hire museum designers and public relations officers. The tour included the Grade 3 and 4 French Immersion program exhibiting the history of water resources in Canada. In the Ancient Egypt exhibit, there was a live Egyptian king, tombs and a mummy. Over in Ancient Greece, there were live gods and goddesses, Corinthian soldiers and Trojan horses.

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Police: Hide your clicker, secure docs Richmond drivers need to be more discerning with how they safeguard their garage door remotes, according to Richmond RCMP’s Cpl Dennis Hwang.

their vehicle registration papers, which include the home address — thousands of people may be exposing their homes to easy entry by criminals, said Hwang.

In 2017, there were 328 auto thefts and 2,193 thefts from cars, according to police data reported to the City of Richmond.

“In terms of safety, that marvellous little garage door remote, is falling into the wrong hands.

Because many people leave their clickers in their vehicles — along with

“Criminals are specifically breaking into cars to steal them.

“Why? With it, they can enter your garage, rummage about, and then proceed to enter your home via an adjoining door. If that adjoining door is unlocked, the task is made even easier. The garage door remote is the path of least resistance,” said Hwang. Hwang suggests keeping only a photocopy of vehicle registration in the car, with the address portion blacked out.

Richmond Centre is another top spot for car thefts. A surprising hot spot is Parksville Drive near Hugh Boyd Park pitch and putt. Google Street View photo

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parking spaces far from any building. As such, 18 cars have been stolen from here.

Richmond Centre – Just another reminder to not leave valuables in your car when you go shopping as Richmond’s largest mall is a prime target for thieves, who have jacked 13 cars in the 6000-block of No. 3 Road. Ackroyd Road – A small part of Ackroyd, between Cooney and Arcadia roads, has seen 13 car thefts. The road is popular for visitor parking for the numerous apartments, many of which have dark, ground-level parkades. River Rock Casino and Resort – The two portions of road immediately fronting the casino and Bridgeport station, River Road and Charles Street, have seen 13 successful “transit-oriented” car thefts. Maybe it’s time to invest those winnings on The Club (a steering-wheel lock)? Moffatt Road – Perhaps the most popular arterial road connector in Richmond for pedestrians, Moffatt, between Blundell Road and Granville Avenue, disappoints with its car theft record of 12. Jones Road – Between Garden City and No. 3 roads, Jones ‘don’t take your date here’ Road is another densely populated area with ground-level parkades that has seen 12 car thefts. 21000-block Westminster Highway – Stiffing it to the working man is priority No.1 for thieves in Richmond’s busy industrial park along Westminster nearby Fraserwood Place where 12 car thefts have occurred. Parksville Drive – Car thefts are par for the course on Parksville, next to Richmond Pitch and Putt (and a large apartment complex). A total of 10 vehicles have “missed the cut” here.

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A real estate speculator who used two numbered companies to purchase 10 “pre-sale” townhouse units in Richmond has failed in his bid to be compensated after the development, Mandarin Walk, went belly-up. Investor Pa Hung Leung, director of 1042056 B.C. Ltd. and 1042060 B.C. Ltd. unsuccessfully sued developer Jatinder Minhas, president and CEO of Elegant Development Inc., who represented the defendants Elegant Alexandra Gate Project Ltd. and Elegant Alexandra Gate Limited Partnership. According to a B.C. Supreme Court ruling on March 2, Hon. Madam Justice Maisonville found no grounds to award Leung the $600,000 in damages he

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In July 2015, Leung paid the initial deposits, which were held in trust. However, the court ordered the money be returned after May 2016 when foreclosure proceedings began because Minhas was unable to raise funds to build the development, located near the Cambie Fire Hall at No. 4 Road.

Justice Maisonville agreed and ruled the MOUs did not validate Leung’s claim and dismissed it.

At issue was whether two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) were binding alongside the pre-sale contract. Leung claimed, per the MOUs, that his companies were owed $30,000 for each townhouse paid to each company. However, such details were not explicit in the MOUs. Minhas argued that the contracts were merely options to purchase the townhouses and that the plaintiff Leung was free to walk away within a prescribed period of time. Fur-

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The annual popsicle bridgebuilding contest took place Saturday at Richmond Public Library, as part of National Engineering and Geoscience Month. Dozens of students from Richmond’s schools took

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part in the contest, which tasks the participants to design and build a bridge using popsicle sticks. Winner of the Grade 10 and under category was Ian

Bautista, with a 915-pound force on the bridge (matched last year’s all time high). Winner of the Grade 11 and 12 category was Matthew Poon with 117-pound force.

And the post-secondary winner was Marivi Bautista, with a 1,206-pound force (this is a new all-time high). Photos by Boaz Joseph/Special to the News

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THE Homegrown provincial champs BY NUMBERS

Three members of Bhullar Wrestling Club reach podium in Port Alberni Mark Booth

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Bhullar Wrestling made quite an impression at the B.C. Secondary Schools Championships in Port Alberni. The popular family-run club, which is bursting at the seams in their own gym on Sidaway Road, had three members reach the podium — including gold medals for Calista Espinosa and Marques Calapiz. A courageous performance by Toni Medeiros earned her silver.

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The Bhullars have been working with the city to find a larger facility so the club can accommodate even more kids. In an era where so many amateur sports feature paid professional coaches, their dedication is remarkable. Jag works full time, will soon be a father and is running sessions on Thursday and Sunday year round.

Bhullar Wrestling Club members Calista Espinosa and Marques Calapiz struck gold in their respective weight categories at the B.C. Secondary Schools Championships in Port Alberni.

“It’s been quite the five-year (high school) journey and I really wanted this (gold medal) badly. Expectations were high and I wanted to finish off strong,” smiled Espinosa, who began training at Bhullar Wrestling four years ago. “They have helped me grow not only as a wrestler but as a person too. They have inspired me to be humble on and off the mats.” Calapiz wasn’t the gold medal favourite when he headed to Port Alberni but he ended up dominating his 48 kg. division, pinning Dylan Battle just 34 seconds into his gold medal match. It was Grade 10 Notre Dame student’s fourth win of the weekend. “I knew it was going to be a hard tournament but I believed I was going to take the gold medal home,” said Calapiz who is now focusing on the upcoming Cadet Nationals in Edmonton. “One

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of my jujitsu coaches recommended to try out this club and I have been doing it ever since. It’s very welcoming. Unlike some wrestling clubs they focus on every single child. There is no favouritism. Every person is built to the best of their abilities.” If there was a courage award at the championships Medeiros would have been the ideal recipient. She somehow advanced to the final after cracking her rib in her second of four matches. The Grade 11 Notre Dame student and her two sisters are all members of Bhullar Wrestling which has the admiration of their father. “It’s been absolutely fantastic. This place is like the ‘Rocky’ of gyms,” said Tony Medeiros, in reference to the popular 1976 movie. “Like Jag mentioned, it’s definitely a family here. They give up so much of their time and their dedication too. It’s a great club to be at.”

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“For me it’s gratifying. All I want is success for these kids. I’m happy to see them perform and go out there and give their best,” said Jag.

Espinosa capped her high school career in grand style by winning four straight matches, including a decision over Kianna Shew in the 47 kg. gold medal bout. The Grade 12 St. Pat’s student, who represented Canada and finished seventh at the Cadet World Championships two years ago, is now determining which university is the next chapter of her career. She is also preparing for the upcoming Nationals.

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Members only pay insurance fees and volunteer instruction is provided by a staff that includes Jag Bhullar and his cousin Arjan. Both became world class wrestlers learning their trade in the very same gym. Arjan has now taken his career to the UFC.

“We have wrestled plenty of tournaments over the years and nobody wants to train the day after. But all three (medalists) were here the next day. This is their home and it’s important for them to celebrate the win with their family.”

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The impressive showing is further testament at what this club is doing for the sport, not only in Richmond but all of B.C.

“You will see we need more space badly and the city agrees too. It’s a matter of the logistics and putting it all together,” continued Jag. “Wrestling has given us a lot which I have always said but we have also created family here. This is our family and everyone in the club feels that way.

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SPORTS Ravens name their first Director of Hockey Operations

The Richmond Ravens Female Hockey Association has named Milan Dragicevic its first-ever Director of Hockey Operations.

tion, Dragicevic will also assume the head coach position for the Ravens Bantam ‘A’ team for the 2018-19 season.

Dragicevic has been a coach and skills provider to the organization since 2008 and will be working closely with coaches and players to continue to grow and expand the hockey program. In addition to the Director of Hockey Operations posi-

He brings exceptional experience to the role having played in the Western Hockey League from 1986 to 1990, then serving as an assistant coach in the WHL from 1996 to 1998. It was then three years in the Alberta Junior Hockey League

before becoming the Vancouver Giants first-ever head coach from 2000-2002. Dragicevic then took his career to UBC where he guided the Point Grey men’s university program for 12 seasons. Since 2014, he has been the Director of Hockey Operations for Richmond Minor Hockey.

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“I have always been a supporter of the Richmond Ravens Female Hock-

ey Association and look forward to continuing to work with them to develop and enhance the players and coaches. The Richmond Ravens are an outstanding female hockey association and I am pleased to be part of their ongoing growth and success.” To learn more about the Richmond Ravens Female Hockey Association visit richmondravenshockey.ca.

Richmond fighter preparing to defend his new City Boxing title of Combsport. He is coming out of a hiatus to challenge Fruto on April 6. A win would pave the way for Fruto to contend for the B.C. and potentially the WBC titles as well.

It was a big win for Richmond fighter Elroy Fruto. The Pack of Wild Dogs Combat Club member recorded an unanimous decision over Cloverdale Boxing’s Cal Bennett to capture the Combsport Amateur City Boxing 135-pound title. The bout was part of the 50th Clash at the Cascades Casino in Langley.

Pack of Wild Dogs is a boxing club located at Westminster highway and No. 2 Road. Head coach Mark Friedman launched the club 25 years ago and has guided many fighters to bronze, silver, gold and diamond provincial and now city championships.

It was a rematch of a year ago when Bennett won in a split decision. This time Fruto left no doubt with a dominating performance over the four rounds. A potential third meeting has been turned down by Jackson. Instead, Fruto will take on Levi Jackson — a former B.C. and WBC Amateur Champion who is in the elite level

“The buzz in the backroom is ‘what’s in the Richmond water making all the Richmond guys so strong,” said Friedman. “I answered ‘it’s the food.’” City Boxing champion Elroy Fruto was officially presented with his belt at the

Pack of Wild Dogs gym last week after his recent big win in Langley.

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Sunday 8:30 am Eucharist and 10:00 am Family Eucharist with Church School Wednesday 10:00 am Eucharist with Bible Study at 11:00 am The Reverend Brian Vickers, Rector www.stannessteveston.ca • 604-277-9626

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SPORTS Seafair Midget C3s

roared back with five straight wins to capture their playoff group in PCAHA President’s League play.

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A fantastic finish has helped Seafair Minor Hockey’s Midget C3 team complete its campaign with a championship banner. The C3s captured Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association’s President’s League Blue Group after an 8-4 upset victory over Arbutus Club C2 in the title game.

Wallace was surprised at the sudden turn of events.

The championship game saw the line of Tyler Coulson/Alexander Hodgkinson/Scott Weber produce five goals to lead way. Coulson had a hat trick and two assists while Hodgkinson enjoyed a four point game, including a pair of goals.

Seafair finished third in the regular season and looked like it would be a non-factor in the playoffs, dropping four straight games to open round-robin play. The C3s battled back into contention with three wins, then came through in a do-or-die scenario against Seafair C2.

Devin Gorski rounded out the scoring. Ethan Wong, Emma Wallace, Scott Weber and Ben Spare all earned helpers.

They not only got the result they needed with a 5-3 triumph but also earned a valuable sportsmanship point. That clinched second place in the five-team playdowns and a spot in the final. Even head coach Dan

Evan Panjwani had one of his best games of the season between the pipes The team also includes: defencemen: Vikan Boyajian, Cole Cho, Jonathan Cook, Patrick Phi and Jaspreet Sidhu.

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