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Sears to close, Target aims for Nov. 13 opening Simpson-Sears first opened in Richmond in 1964

advantage of that offer,” said Power. As for how many jobs within the chain will be lost because of the deal, Power said Richmond’s major retail landscape shifted staff levels will need to be carefully managed significantly on the news of two announceas the closing date approaches, “so we can ments earlier this week. terminate as few positions as possible.” One of the city’s longest serving departPower added that since there remains ment stores — Sears at Richmond Centre a number of Sears stores in the Lower — will be closing by February 2015, while Mainland, staff wishing to remain with the newcomer Target set the opening date of its company will have an opportunity to relocate. Lansdowne Centre location for “That can probably happen Scan this because the turnover rate is such Nov. 13. page to that we’d be likely to find positions The closure of Sears locally comment for them.” will bring to an end an association online of the brand that was first part of Included in the closures is Sears’ the Richmond Square location as flagship location at Toronto’s Eaton Simpson-Sears in 1964 and later Centre. The move is expected to became one of the single largest retailers affect 965 employees across the country. when an amalgamation of Richmond Square As for speculation on what will fill the and Richmond Centre took place in the early soon-to-be vacant space, Cadillac Fairview 1990s. Currently, the two-storey, 145,000remains tight-lipped. But following U.S. square-foot store employs 159 full and partretailer Nordstrom’s acquisition of Sears’ time workers. Downtown Vancouver location last year, specAccording to Sears Canada, the store cloulation is the upmarket chain is in contention sure is one of five across the chain with the for other locations in Greater Vancouver. company receiving payment, worth an estiMeanwhile, across town at Lansdowne mated $400 million from landlord Cadillac Centre, officials from Target announced the Fairview and its partners, to terminate their Richmond location will be among six of its leases early. stores across the Lower Mainland that will Sears Canada’s divisional vice president, open for business on Nov. 13. Vincent Power, told the Richmond News the The two-storey, 138,000-square-foot department store chain has no present stratlocal Target is situated where, most recently egy in place to close stores but was offered Zellers, was located. Target already has 33 the early lease termination deal that made stores across Canada, most of them moving economic sense. into re-developed spaces last held by Zellers. Power said Sears had to weigh how much “The final store openings for this year of a return the five stores would produce over mark a major milestone in Target’s history,” the remaining length of the leases in relation said Tony Fisher, president of Target Canada, to the money being offered by the landlord. in a press release. “The goal for our Canadian In the end, the money on the table won expansion was to open 124 stores across all the day. 10 provinces in 2013...We have accomplished “It was clear to us that we should take this unprecedented undertaking.” BY PHILIP RAPHAEL

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Nature and agriculture were dominant themes in the three options nailed down by City of Richmond staff for the future of Garden City Lands. However, none of the choices, which were due to be presented to a city council committee on Tuesday, make mention of any form of sportrelated activities — a fear raised earlier this year by Jim Lamond, Richmond Sports Council chair. The options will be laid out for all to see at a public open house on Thursday, Nov. 7. The option ultimately chosen — or a combination of all three — by the parks and recreation committee will form the final concept plan to develop the controversial, 136-acre parcel of land, bought by the city for almost $60 million in 2010. The main difference between the options is that “A” focuses on the majority of the site being natural, with

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No room for sports-facility on 136-acre site a 35-acre urban agriculture component. “B” and “C” increase the urban agriculture portion to around 50 acres. Option A, called “In Nature,” is described in city parks manager Mike Redpath’s report as having a “nature conservation framework.” This option, says Redpath, focuses on reflecting the existing landscape while creating a “natural sanctuary or experience within the city centre.” A large naturalized woodlot along the Alderbridge Way edge of the lands is envisaged in A, with an extension of the existing seasonal wetlands forming a storm water retention area. The raised peat bog, fern “forest,” natural grass and sedge fields on the lands would all be conserved under Option A. The 35-acre urban agriculture component will consist of a “Community Farm and Sustainability Hub” and multi-purpose community fields (open

green spaces) on the north edge of the lands. Option B, called “On the Grid,” focuses a little more on the urban agriculture element. A larger, 50-acre urban agriculture area is suggested to run through the middle of the site. This plan breaks the site into oneacre parcels for agriculture plots, community use, gardens and ecological conservation, according to the report. The final option, C, dubbed “Off the Grid,” suggests a similar focus to Option B, but has a different design approach, most notably placing the community farm and fields to the more urban edge along Garden City Road. As well as the open house on Nov. 7, the three options are being placed on the creategardencitylands.ca and see UBC page 4

A Richmond man who packed three bear paws in his carry-on luggage and tried to board an airplane to China has been fined $4,000. Zhen Kun Chen, 41, pleaded guilty this month to one count of illegally exporting bear paws. A second charge of exporting wildlife was stayed. He was sentenced Monday in Provincial Court in Richmond. On Aug. 14, 2011 around 2 a.m., Chen was going through security at Vancouver International Airport when an official who was scanning Chen’s carry-on bag spotted what looked like a human hand inside. “You can imagine the reaction of everybody when that came up on the screen,” Crown prosecutor Jim Cryder said during his submissions in court. Police were called and the package was opened. It was found to contain three black bear paws see Chen page 4

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News Three charged for drug operation A seven-month police operation has busted a Richmond drug operation. Known as the “Kevin Drug Line,” on the streets, the ring was shut down last week, resulting in the arrest of three men. Fernando Oraha was charged with one count of trafficking cocaine and one count possession for the purposes of trafficking (PPT) cocaine.

Daylen Fairley has been charged with one count of PPT cocaine and Amir Khatan has been charged with PPT cocaine and two firearms offences. All accused were in Richmond Provincial Court on Oct. 24. Fairley’s next appearance is Oct. 31, while Oraha and Khatan will appear Nov. 28 in the same court. Richmond RCMP said

four search warrants were executed last week, which led to the arrests. Police seized several thousand dollars in cash, cocaine and crack cocaine, drug trafficking materials and a loaded firearm. Two high-end vehicles were also seized in connection with the operation, which police say sold cocaine and crack cocaine to addicts in Richmond.

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Continued from page 3 — with part of the leg attached — wrapped in aluminum foil and plastic bags. The paws, which came from at least two bears, had been frozen. Chen had legally hunted the bears from which the paws had been taken in June 2011 and froze them. He planned to take them to China to give to his elderly parents as a gift — “to fulfil his filial duty and pay filial respects to his parents,” his lawyer said. The paws are considered a delicacy in China and are believed to promote good health and longevity. They are often made into soup. Cryder said poaching and trafficking were not issues in Chen’s case. Both Crown and defence suggested a fine of $4,000, with $3,500 going to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. Judge Jodie Werier imposed the fine, but did not accede to the Crown’s request for a one-year hunting prohibition.

The maximum penalty for exporting bear paws — for a first-time offender — is a $100,000 fine and/or a year in jail. Conservation officer Dave Cox, who was the lead investigator on the file, said although a higher fine would have been more of a deterrent, he’s satisfied with the outcome. “Obviously we’re happy there’s a guilty plea and the outcome is this individual is facing consequences for these actions,” Cox xaid. Cox said it’s hard to say how often bear paws are imported or exported, but Chen’s is the only case the B.C. Conservation Officer Service is aware of in the province in recent years. In March 2012, a Cranbrook man was fined $5,500 under the Canadian National Parks Act for possessing wildlife parts after admitting to having two black bear paws in his vehicle as he travelled through Banff National Park on his way to Vancouver.

UBC: Consulted for choices Continued from page 3 Let’s Talk Richmond websites for public feedback. Prior to coming up with the options, city staff consulted with the Agricultural Land Commission, the Scientific Advisory Panel for Burns Bog and land and food experts at the University of B.C. All three options, according to the city staff report, include: natural and water features; agricultural fields; gateways and connections; parkland spaces; interpretive art opportunities and a community hub.

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Vendor shamed for Ikea appearance BY PHILIP RAPHAEL

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Union supporters and hot dog lovers alike took to social media to shame a vendor for crossing a picket line to sell its wares at the Richmond Ikea store last week. Japadog — a well-known street vendor in Vancouver and Richmond — set up one of its carts at the Swedish furniture giant’s location, where unionized staff have been walking the picket line since mid-May. The job action by about 350 workers has forced Ikea to shut the store’s bistro, which serves up cheap hot dogs as part of its limited menu of frozen yogurt, cinnamon rolls and soft drinks. The store’s 600-seat restaurant has also been shut for the duration of the labour action. But after Japadog started selling its trademark hotdogs, topped with unique Japanese ingredients such as seaweed and freshly grated daikon, union supporters and even self-proclaimed Japadog fans lambasted the company for its decision to set up shop so close to the store. “Shame on Japadog for conducting business during a labour dispute!! NEVER will any of us EVER eat Japadog again!!” wrote Kimm Davis on Japadog’s Facebook page. “It’s a disgrace to the community and the locked out workers fighting for their rights!! Boycott Japadog!!!” “I was a Japadog fan. No longer! How dare you open business at Ikea,” added Grant Coleman. Even those not familiar with Japadog added their opinion from a pure labour relations point of view.

“Don’t know this company or tried it’s food, but the owner has made a big mistake in judgment,” wrote Larry Bensette. Japadog did have some supporters, although they were by far the minority. One was Arlene Kennedy, who wrote, “Too bad you were intimidated by union bullies, Japadog. You were just doing what any free enterprise would do. I am always amazed at how people who go on strike hold the rest of the world hostage for a

“Shame on Japadog for conducting business during a labout dispute.” — Kimm Davis

choice they have made...” Following the barrage of comments on Facebook, Japadog said, “We decided to close the location...we apologize to all Ikea staff members for any inconvenience.” Those supporting the union congratulated Japadog for its decision. “I congratulate Japadog for making the right decision,” wrote Ross Brown. “I for one will take my whole family down to buy hotdogs and will be changing my reviews to reflect the change of heart. Credit where credit is due.” “Thank you japadog. We are up against Goliath and little things mean a lot. Three-hundred families are fighting for survival,” wrote Jacqueline Jones. “Four-hour weeks are not a living wage. Too many of us have to use the food bank, and that is not right when you work for one of the richest families in the world.”

Ikea officials said they had invited Japadog to the site to serve an anticipated increase in customer traffic after the recent distribution of the popular chain’s 2014 catalogue. “We contacted popular local food vendor Japadog to enhance our customers’ shopping experience and to provide our customers with a fun day out for the family,” wrote Madeleine Löwenborg-Frick, Ikea’s corporate communications and public relations manager in an email. Löwenborg-Frick added Ikea found it unfortunate the Teamsters’ union initiated a campaign against this small business owner, particularly since they have nothing to do with the on-going strike. “They (Japadog) were busy the whole day they were on site and enjoyed a great deal of public support,” she added. “Ikea of course respects Japadog’s decision to withdraw, based on the union’s reaction.”

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A major step toward improving breast cancer prevention and treatment was taken by the Richmond Hospital Foundation last week as it procured new state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment with a donation from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon via the Nite of Hope. Over the next two years CBCF BC/Yukon will redirect up to $435,000 from the 2014 and 2015 Nite of Hope charity galas to the hospital foundation in order to buy a new ultrasound machine as well as biopsy equipment and software. “For the hospital it means we can provide a higher quality level of care to more patients,” said Natalie Meixner, the foundation’s president and CEO, after the three parties signed a letter of understanding on Oct. 22. Normally the funds from Richmond’s Nite of Hope are put toward cancer research, but, because the hospital has been identified by the province to become a breast cancer screening and treatment hub, the need for more equipment was paramount. “It’s the first time the hospital foundation has done something like

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this and it speaks volumes about the Nite of Hope and the CBCF for funding research but also investing in this equipment,” said Meixner. Nite of Hope chair Rob Akimow said knowing the donation will be used directly in Richmond gives the upcoming event an even greater meaning. “The biggest difference here is this is something people can

literally touch, see and feel. This is something that can help people right now in the community.” The province has already purchased a new digital mammography unit at a cost of $630,000. With the additional equipment, Meixner said the new hub will provide the best screening available. She also noted digital archives can be filed, making comparisons between mammograms easier to look at. Also, the files can be emailed to patients. With the hub, it is hoped that women who are battling the disease will not have to trek to various locations around the Lower Mainland to get treatment as the hospital will be able to provide everything from initial screening to treatment and care. As it stands the mammography screening program in Richmond has the highest participation rate — 63 per cent for 50-69 year-old women — among the province’s 16 health service delivery areas. The provincial rate is 54 per cent, as of 2011. According to Nicholas Locke, the vice-president of business development at CBCF BC/Yukon, the target screening rate should be 70 per cent and women should be screened every two years.

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f you’re finding it difficult to keep pace with what is now the roiling boil of our Senate scandal, you’re in good company. Three Stephen Harper-appointed senators, all accused of misusing senate funds (and one of hitting his wife), are facing suspension from the senate. But they aren’t going down quietly. When Senator Mike Duffy showed up to say his piece this week, he let a few cats out of a few bags, including that the prime minister knew far more about the questionable expenses far earlier. Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau have also turned around to bite the hand that once fed them, and named the Prime Minister’s Office. The strategy on the part of the disgraced senators seems to be along the lines of “If I’m going down, you’re going to break my fall.” To Harper’s credit, he did show up to face questions in the House of Commons this week, rather than have one of his underlings take the heat for him. He refuted Duffy’s claims, even though he must now admit he at least knew what was going on, which he denied before. Proroguing Parliament clearly didn’t work as hoped for the Conservatives. It remains to be seen whether the attempts to make the bad press surrounding the expense scandal go away will hurt them more than the image of three Harper appointees fiddling expenses on a massive scale. Whether or not Harper survives the “What did he know, and when did he know it?” spotlight, this whole sorry debacle drags Canada’s upper chamber ever deeper into the muck. Our prime minister once campaigned for a Senate that was equal, elected and effective. Does anyone care anymore?

CHOICE WORDS

Spooky Halloween stats The Editor, It’s that month again where kids are excited to carve the orange circular vegetable and put it outside their doorway as a decoration. The pumpkin patch will be a hit, and thousands of people will be out there having fun. Now how about this: 842 million people around the world are hungry. Poor nutrition causes nearly 45 per cent of deaths in children under five, that is approximately 3.1 million each year. One in six children in a developing country is underweight. Fifteen million children die every year. The United Nations World Food Program claims it would cost US$3.2 billion per year to reach all 66 million hungry schoolage children. Meanwhile, Americans will spend more than twice that (US$6.9 billion) on Halloween costumes, treats, festivities and pets this year alone, according to ReadingEagle, an online business magazine. Back to pumpkins, in just six states the pumpkin industry is worth $113 million a year. In Canada, it’s $15 million. Now if you imagine your every purchase of a pumpkin could help save a child’s life, what would you do? I am not saying we should stop carving pumpkins at Halloween, because that is just cruel and kids, including myself, love it! Instead, I want to show that, if we can spend this much to make a decoration, why can’t we also spend this much to save a life? Erika Bawar, Grade 12 Richmond

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How far will Liberals go with liquor laws? Other than its all-in approach to creating a liquefied natural gas industry and talking about growing the economy, the B.C. Liberal government is not particularly active when it comes to other initiatives. But there is a big exception to this light touch of lawmaking that will affect many people, and that is the looming overhaul of the province’s liquor laws. Changing the rules when it comes to alcohol use is always tinged with controversy, which is why major changes rarely occur. The last significant overhaul was done for the province’s Expo ’86, although there has been the occasional tweak since then. B.C. Liberal MLA John Yap is heading up the review. The public consultation phase ends this week and so far Yap has received a blizzard of feedback. The website set up for the review has had more than 50,000 hits (average stay: 10 minutes) while there have been more than 100 email submissions and almost 60 meetings with stakeholders. It’s not surprising there is enormous public interest in the subject, given the evolution of B.C.’s laws governing alcohol. Framed against modern attitudes, some of the old laws seem downright bizarre and would surprise most people today that they even existed. For example, how many people know that vodka was banned in B.C. until

Keith Baldrey IN THE HOUSE

1960? Or that music was only permitted in drinking establishments in 1954? Sunday openings only became legal as a pilot project for Expo ’86, and that was the year import draft beer was first available. Women were prevented from working in government liquor stores until 1962. But some odd laws still remain on the books, and I suspect many will disappear after Yap’s review becomes legislation. Licensees currently can’t change their prices during the day, which means no “happy hour” specials, a common attraction in most U.S. establishments. As well, licensed clubs (such as a Legion) have to prepare its own food on site and are not allowed to contract that service out, which seems unreasonable. Did you know liquor tastings can only be done using plastic cups instead of glasses? Or that you can’t take a drink from a bar and into a restaurant, even if the two establishments are adjoining? Most of these rules and regulations fall into the red tape category and may be more easily dealt with than other, more complex issues

that have come up in the review. The various stakeholders in the liquor industry all have positions on a number of reforms they’d like to see implemented, or perhaps blocked. There seems to be a general consensus that B.C. has enough outlets that dispense alcohol, although B.C.’s wine and craft brewer industries would like more access and visibility. But there is one huge exception: Yap’s review has found the number one hot button issue is that people want the convenience of buying wine or beer in their local grocery story. The idea is viewed with considerable alarm by pubs and private store owners, who have invested huge amounts of capital in their operations and don’t want to be threatened. Then there is the medical and law enforcement communities, which understandably are pushing back against any major loosening of rules that would make alcohol easier to obtain. So how far will the B.C. Liberal government go in this sensitive area? Talking about LNG and the economy is easy. But mixing alcohol with politics is a more potent cocktail, which is why the government will find it easier to cut red tape rather than wholesale changes when it comes to booze. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC.


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Neighbourhood series has me wanting more Editor’s Note: The Richmond News has received great response to our My Neighbourhood feature, Oct. 23 that looked at 17 different neighbourhoods throughout the city. Most of it has been positive; however, some have complained, “Why wasn’t my neigbhourhood included?” To that end, we would like to continue this series of peering down lane ways, meandering through parks and checking out pubs to find the gems — and the grit — that make our ‘‘hoods” unique. If you have a neigbhourhood that needs recognition, let us know. And, yes, we hear you Hamilton. The Editor, Re: “Readers’ Choice Awards edition,” News, Oct. 23. Thanks for your excellent “My Neighbourhood” special edition of the Richmond News. I have lived in Richmond for over 50 years and I gained a broader sense of just how special Richmond still is. The writers did a fantastic job of telling the whole story, good and bad about each neighbourhood. That was brave and made the series so much more interesting. I think this topic could turn into a book one day because while you scratched the surface, I am sure we all thought “there is so much more to tell.” I have long thought it was time to break down Richmond into distinct neighbourhoods to celebrate our special characteristics, recognize our problems and create a unique identity for each neighbourhood. Richmond has grown so much over the years and a great way to continue to have a sense of community is to bring people together in mini communities. Schools are a great place to start as they become a gathering place for people with children, but I think we can take that a step further and involve all residents of the mini community. We can start by simply identifying the mini neighbourhoods with soft boundaries to encourage interaction. Signs do a great job of letting people know they are entering a neighbourhood and can inform residents of community

Hamilton exists, too The Editor, Re: “Readers’ Choice Awards edition,” News, Oct. 23. I am writing you from the neighbourhood of Hamilton. Obviously, you have never heard of it because we were not on the map nor mentioned in your list of 17 neighbourhoods of Richmond in your edition of Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013. We are located at the eastern tip of the city, we have a beautiful community centre that was renovated and enlarged in April 2011,

an elementary school with over 300 children, a small shopping mall, a fire hall, a big park and much more. We are home to more than 5,100 people, according to the latest census. Even though we seem far away from downtown Richmond, we are actually only 10 minutes from the city centre. We are definitely hidden, but not invisible! I hope you take the time to come and visit our neighbourhood for the first time. Agnes Shinkarik Richmond

Program cut misses the mark I’ve worked as a craft maker for 3H Craftworks for seven years, a non-profit organization that gives work to people with disabilities. I cannot work at a normal job, so Craftworks was perfect for my situation. Staff would come once a month to my place to drop off supplies and pick up what I made the last month. I got a call from them last month, saying they got their funding cut by Vancouver Coastal Health,

so there’s no work for me (and 30+ other clients) for the next four months. My jaws dropped. Craftwork’s art therapy program has helped me a lot: it’s given me a creative outlet, structure during the day and supplemental income. If VCH’s mission is to help people, I think it’s defeating the purpose. VCH needs to re-evaluate its vision. Ho-Mei Cha Richmond

events. Events as simple as garage sales or block parties can bring people together and help them tear down boundaries — but first people need to know about them. Although we have seen old Richmond houses torn down and new gated communities and gated homes go up, that does not mean we have to give up on building our communities back up and bringing people together. I have dreams that every day people will say good morning or good day to at least five people, that people will give the greatest gift of all, a smile to help connect with both Richmond pioneers and Richmond newcomers. Thanks again for helping bridge the gap with the “My Neighbourhood” edition. I really appreciate the work you all did and the benefit this series could have to the City of Richmond but, more importantly, to the neighbourhoods. Carol Day Richmond

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Tire Specialist

Ricky Wong

Q: Will all-season tires work in winter weather? A: By design, All-Season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable traits under a wide variety of conditions. However, that compromised goal prevents them from being a master of any one of them. The All-Season tire tread designs and compounds that are engineered to provide extended mileages and durability under the summer’s sun are less effective in winter’s freezing temperatures, and through snow and on ice. Specific winter tires deliver much better snow and ice performance than All-Season tires because their tread designs and tread compounds are engineered to master those conditions, while summer tires are engineered to deliver better handling in the rain and on dry roads. Why not have the best tires for each of the conditions you’ll encounter?

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Richard Vetter BA, CFP, CLU Certified Financial Planner

Dignity and Independence are the two main issues facing seniors today are. Statistics tell us that, although we are progressively living longer on average, we are facing hefty increases in the cost of caring for our aging population. You need to plan for this. Many seniors will either end up exhausting their retirement nest-egg to pay for the cost of long term care; or they will try to preserve their investments by settling for a less dignified quality of care. One solution lies in planning ahead by purchasing Long Term Care Insurance which provides a tax-free monthly benefit to pay for these costs. Before considering this type of coverage, it is important to review a pre-qualification checklist that is available by contacting our office.

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Halloween is here and my dog is terrified of the sound of fireworks. She shakes, pants and runs all around in a panic. What can I do to keep my dog from freaking out?

Bella

604-270-1341

Q: What should I be doing to get my car ready for winter? A: Well, unlike the older vehicles, your needs for getting ready for winter are not

the same as they used to be. For the lower mainland you can use the same viscosity engine oil year round; but if you are going into colder climates you should consider following the recommendations of your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Ensure that your coolant concentration is adequate for the climate. Normally you are looking for a coolant mix good to -36 C unless you are going into colder areas. Windshield washer fluid needs to be a winter mix with a low freezing level. Good wiper blades, snow tires and working lights are always important, as is your emergency kit for those unexpected problems. A thorough check of your battery, starting and charging system may avert an inconvenient no start situation. A regular maintenance schedule will normally take care of these things automatically but if you are unsure of your needs consult your service professional and trust them to steer you in the right direction.

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Q: How long does Home Staging take? A: With the popularity of HGTV shows, one can get the impression that projects

take only an hour! In reality…it does take a little longer. A qualified Stager will be involved in many steps to help showcase your largest asset; one goal is for the process to be as stress free as possible. Depending on the amount of furniture and existing visual layout, on-site staging projects can range from half to full day. Behind the scenes, it takes longer to prepare the home for market if inventory rentals and movers are required.

Elle Hunter

Staging the property, displaying professional pictures on the MLS, followed by an open house -- these are 3 powerful edges. Creating a visual impact and positive first impression is more essential than ever, as 80% of people research their next home on-line!

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A: Ideally, a few months before Halloween you would start desensitizing your dog by playing the sound of fireworks at increasingly louder volumes

before feeding, walks, treats, pets, or anything she loves. Over time she'll associate the sound of fireworks with good feelings. Since you don't have a few months to desensitize her, I suggest you drain your dogs excess energy with exercise, provide an enclosed place for her to feel safe like a kennel or closet and ask your veterinarian about a sedative. Dogs look to their pack leader for cues so stay calm and act like its no big deal. Do NOT introduce any new calming "tools" like calming coats etc. for the first time during the fireworks! Read the manufacturers directions! Good Luck and Happy Halloween!

Cavities in the teeth, also known as dental caries, are classified as bacterial infections of the teeth. There are several factors necessary for dental cavities to grow; presence of specific bacteria, acidic environment, and host susceptibility. Once you have the cavity bug (believe it or not, some people never get it), brushing and flossing alone may not prevent cavities from growing. Strategies to make the tooth structure stronger with exposure to fluoride and remineralizing toothpastes are effective. Additionally effective are rinses that make the pH of the saliva more basic so that the acid loving cavity bacteria are minimized. The strength and structure of teeth is generally the same for everyone. However, each person has a uniquely different oral environment in their mouth. This “saliva environment” and its bacterial inhabitants is what can protect us or harm us from cavities. If you were to place a healthy tooth in a cup of water compared to a solution of soda pop, the tooth would erode in the soda pop. The same situation is in the mouth, with the saliva acting as the liquid in a cup.

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to renew without a fee if you sign within a certain ‘time offer’ at their posted rates. Please keep it mind that if you use a mortgage broker it is unlikely that you will pay a renewal fee. The mortgage broker will shop the market for you and find a lender that doesn’t charge a fee AND will beat your current lender’s mortgage renewal rate!

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My skin starts to feel dry and itchy this time of year. Why is that and what can I do to treat it?

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Q: How much exercise do we need each week? A: Any amount of exercises is better than no exercise so remember

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As the temperature drops and the heaters warm up, our skin goes through a bit of a change. The outer most layer of our skin is made up of cells and lipids that are arranged in a brick and mortar manner, forming a physical barrier. That barrier becomes impaired in the cooler months, causing water loss through the skin’s membranes. This is often characterized by redness, itchiness, dull or ashy looking skin. Simply applying a moisturizer is not enough. It gives temporary relief, but it doesn’t get absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin. This is the perfect time of year to seek out professional treatments, like microdermabrasion or chemical peel, and to switch up your home care routine to incorporate more hydrating and nourishing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Imperata Cylindrica or Sodium PCA.

that all activity counts! If exercise and being active is something that gets pushed aside regularly you will need to start finding ways to incorporate it into your daily life, plan activities with friends, or join classes/sports that keep you engaged. At Balance In Motion we like to refer to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) guidelines that suggest in order to achieve health benefits, adults aged 18-64 years should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more. For more information our website: www.balancemotion.com.

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fits into the masonry opening. There is no need for renovation because they have a larger surround to go around the fireplace to cover up the gaps when finished. Most importantly, they have 2 separate 3” pipes that attach to the top of the fireplace and run up the chimney to a chimney cap that sits up on top. The cap is then sealed all around so the only air in or out is through those pipes and into the sealed fireplace, so no more draft. If a gas line needs to be run we can do that easily too. Come in to see us for more information

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I have a drafty masonry fireplace that I never use. How easy is it to convert to gas?

A: Very easy! Gas insert fireplaces are made in different sizes to accommodate different sized masonry openings. An insert is a smaller fireplace that

A: The Real Estate industry is changing.With the introduction of realtor.ca,the

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Q: How can I increase my breast milk? A: There are a few easy things you can do before going on medication. Resting and eating well must be a priority. Napping when baby naps, in the daytime.

Have someone come in and help with the day to day tasks for you for a week. Pumping for 10 minutes after you nurse, best is to pump in the morning & early afternoon 4x a day max. When you are breastfeeding you have to add 500 extra calories to your diet daily, sounds easy but can be overwhelming when you are taking care of a newborn. Foods that will help your body produce more milk are; 1. Oatmeal 2. Almonds 3. Papaya 4. Salmon 5. Drink plenty of water Usually it will take about 4-7 days to see results. The next step would be to talk with your Care Provider (doctor or midwife) and discuss options such as medications.

Q: I noticed the new trend for neutral color is grey. What should I consider before integrating this neutral in my own home? A: Grey as a neutral started in home fashion in Europe about 5 years ago and has finally reached North America in the last couple of years. Grey is a

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Mother Me Servicing all the Lower Mainland

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very forgiving and therefore versatile neutral as it can be paired effortlessly and beautifully with most colors. You can layer it with off whites for a very fresh feel, or punctuate your space with a bright turquoise or lime green for more energy. For more formal spaces, adding colors such as a rich eggplant, a royal blue or a deep emerald creates a sumptuous mood. If you’re more playful, pair it will a flirtatious soft pink or with a citrus yellow for a lighter space. If you are affected by our predominately rainy weather, using a brown based grey which is a warmer tone will minimize the depressing effects of gloomy dark days. If you have been living with a beige or brown neutral for many years, the change to a grey neutral will present your home in a refreshing new outlook.

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Home Inspection

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What is Polybutylene piping and what are the potential concerns?

Q: I suffer from anxiety and depression. What natural alternatives would you recommend to supplement my existing therapy?

Pharmacist

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A: Polybutylene piping is a plastic,typically dull,light grey distribution pipe used to replace copper from the early

There are many prescriptions that are currently used for anxiety and depression. Depending on their effectiveness, there may be a role for natural supplementation. Often, when severe stress exists, boosting adrenal gland function can help increase energy and help you better deal with stress and this can greatly improve your mood. To do this, I recommend a combination of an adrenal supplement that uses ginseng and ashwagandha (natural herbs that promote homeostasis) alongside a high dose vitamin B12. An example of an adrenal supplement that can be very effective is Innate Adrenal Response. An example of a high dose vitamin B12 is AOR Methylcobalamin 15mg, a B12 supplement that is 15 times stronger than the regular 1 mg over the counter supplement dose. To further decrease anxiety, I recommend Theanine, an amino acid derived from green tea. Taking 1 capsule twice a day can help promote calmness and decrease some of the anxiety that you might be feeling. For acute cases of anxiety, taking a double dose at once can often decrease symptoms within 5 minutes. For theanine, I suggest Thorne Theanine or NHP GABA-T, a combination of GABA with theanine. Lastly, with sunshine decreasing as we approach the fall and winter, make sure you increase your dose of vitamin D to at least 2000 IU per day and see how your mood improves with the above suggestions! For more detailed and specific recommendations, contact our integrative pharmacists at Pharmasave Steveston Village.

1980’s up until the mid 1990’s,for it’s flexibility & lower cost.

You can find it under sinks,unfinished basement ceilings,crawlspaces,the boiler room,or anywhere pipes are located. Polybutylene is problematic due to failures,most commonly at the plastic or“acetal”fittings (where pipes join).Essentially,chemicals in the water like chlorine cause micro tears and erosion within the pipes from the inside out,making it impossible to detect.This results in leaks & expensive repair costs. The pipes are oxygen permeable which is bad news for radiant & in-floor heating systems.When oxygen passes through the pipe walls,the metal components in boilers rust while significantly diminishing their service life… unless adjustments are made.

Sean Moss

If you are planning to purchase a home with Polybutylene or suspect it within your home,contact a plumber or home inspector to evaluate your plumbing system.

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Q: I have had shoulder pain on and off for many years. Can TCM help me?

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Traditional Chinese Medicine & Western Science to Promote Health Registered Acupuncturist Past-President of the TCM Association of BC

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Thomas Forbes Insurance Broker Email: tforbes@mardoninsurance.ca

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As Notaries were scriveners & scribes dating back to ancient times, what do you know of Halloween?? The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840’s by Irish immigrants fleeing their country’s potato famine. At that time, the favourite pranks in New England included tipping over outhouses and unhinging fence posts. The Jack-O-Lantern custom apparently comes from Irish folklore as well. As the tale is told, a man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and a trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of a cross in the tree’s trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that, if he would never tempt him again, he would promise to let him down the tree. According to the tale, after Jack died, he was denied entrance to Heaven because of his evil ways, but also denied access to Hell because he had tricked the devil. Instead, the devil gave him a single ember to light his way through the frigid darkness. The ember was placed inside a hollowed-out turnip to keep it glowing. The Irish originally used turnips as their “Jack’s lanterns”. But when the immigrants came to America, pumpkins were more plentiful. So the Jack-O-Lantern became a hollowed-out pumpkin, lit with an ember.

Hans Podzun Notary Public #630-4400 Hazelbridge Way, (Fairchild Square) Richmond

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health or mobility challenges. Homecare is taking care of your loved one with compassion, ensuring that they receive the best possible care; this can be done by a family care giver or through a homecare agency. Homecare is there for you if you feel you are unable to care for yourself temporarily or are in need of long-term support. Services such as post-operative care, personal care, meal preparation and homemaking services are available, provided by registered care aides.

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What does a commercial building owners policy cover when it comes to equipment or contents? We own a building and rent the premises to retail shop, my policy states that it covers the equipment and contents, I don't want to insure the tenants contents or equipment. Where does my coverage stop and the tenants start?

This territory is often misunderstood between a landlord and tenant, not without good reason. For various reasons a landlord may indicate his policy covers contents as it appears to state this in his policy. The rule of thumb is a landlords policy is covers equipment or contents used to maintain or service a premises. Otherwise the tenant is responsible for all other items. An exception is improvements a landlord installs or were part of the building prior to the tenants occupancy, these are responsibility of the landlord. Examples of a landlords contents: Fire extinguishing equipment, Floor coverings, buildings electrical systems, appliances used for heating or ventilating. This is one of the types of questions that should be discussed with a commercial broker when buying or renewing a commercial insurance policy. We are always happy to answer any questions there are about this or any insurance matter.

Mardon Insurance Brokers #145-3900 Steveston Hwy., Richmond, BC

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Alex Hupka Reg’d Denturist Reg’d Dental Technician

Q: Is it harmful to wear my dentures during sleep? A: Wearing your dentures at night can be consequential in a number of ways. Your tissues need to defoliate, just as any other epidermal (skin) surface requires. Your body needs to slough and renew tissues to remain healthy. Sleeping with dentures at night might also predispose the wearer to a mild form of non growing thrush. Other issues can result from sleeping patterns. Depending on how you sleep, back or sides, you will clench your teeth and wear them out unevenly. The effect will produce an uneven bite and will prematurely require denture replacement. An uneven bite is difficult if not impossible to fix. There are rare occasions wear nightly denture wear may be advised. If you have any questions regarding this procedure or any other denture related subject, please book your free consultation with us.

Alex Hupka Denturist #224-8055 Anderson Rd., Richmond (1 block from Richmond Centre)

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problem. Many factors contribute to it: invasion by external cold, excessive work or exercise as well as minor and major accidents. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very effective in treating the Painful Obstruction Syndrome resulting in the shoulder. Distal points away from the painful shoulder would be used and specific exercises would be recommended. The best results are achieved when treatment begins soon after the injury.

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At 17 and just six months since obtaining her driver’s license, Noemie Thomas is already an expert on navigating her way through Vancouver rush hour traffic. “I know the ins and outs,” chuckled Thomas. “I also go different routes home so it doesn’t get so boring all the time.” Her weekday commute from Steveston to the city comes with being one of the top up-and-coming swimmers in the country. Thomas left McMath secondary after her Grade 10 year to enroll at Magee. The school’s sports program for high level athletes not only gives her a flexible schedule, it puts her much closer to the Vancouver National Training Centre at UBC where she spends at least five days a week in the water working with coach Tom Johnson. Her dedication has already produced spectacular results. Thomas not only made the Canadian team for last summer’s World Championships in Barcelona, the butterfly specialist qualified for the 100 metre final with the fifth fastest time and went on to place seventh overall. Next April, she is a solid bet to secure her national team status again at trials and swim for Canada at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia and the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. Thomas’ potential also made her one of the top university recruits in the world. Elite NCAA programs lined-up to offer her full-ride scholarships. She spent the entire month of September on recruiting trips, passing on such high-profile schools as Michigan and Stanford to commit to the University of California Berkley in the fall of 2014. Attending UBC was also very much an option that would have kept her under the wing of the

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Richmond teen Noemie Thomas finished seventh in the 100 metre butterfly at last summer’s World Championships in Barcelona. She recently committed to University of California Berkeley after being pursued by several high profile NCAA programs. national team program. However, led by coach Teri McKeever, the Bears are an NCAA powerhouse that have attracted world class international swimmers, including 2012 Olympic Summer Games star Missy Franklin who won four gold medals at London and is only in her freshman year. Cal’s roster also features athletes from Spain, New Zealand and China. “The team atmosphere is different than what I am use to with female coaches where I have had male coaches all my life. That really intrigued me,” explained Thomas. “I’m also going to be pushed in training with the high level of athletes they have.”

Thomas says she made a check list and wrote down the pros and cons of each school before making her final decision. It was similar to what she went through five years earlier when she had to make up her mind between swimming and competitive ballet. The choice to end her dance career after eight years was not only a wise one, it would help her succeed in the pool too. It was her flexibility and leg strength from ballet training that was recognized by her former coach Tom Rushton when she was with the Winskill Dolphins Swim Club. She was encouraged to focus

on the butterfly and the 5-foot-4 dynamo has since thrived in swimming’s most difficult stroke. “When I was younger I did summer swimming but never the butterfly,” recalled Thomas. “All the jumping in ballet really strengthened my legs and I have good flexibility which is a big thing swimming.” Other than being away from her family, life in California might be a little less hectic for Thomas than it is now. Three times a week she is out of the house for training at 4:30 a.m. She attends classes until 11:30 before another couple hours of dryland workouts. She then

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returns to the pool for a two-hour afternoon session before finally heading home and is typically in bed before 9:30 p.m.. The other two weekdays, she heads to school at 7:30 a.m. and trains after classes. Next spring promises to be hectic as Thomas prepares for national team trials — never mind high school graduation. “It’s definitely been a busy last couple of years,” said Thomas. “But I also think the experiences I have been through have made me grow as a person too. There’s a lot of different people I have met through swimming and have got close to as well.”

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Sports Sockeyes and Kodiaks put win streaks on the line tonight

Something has to give tonight when two of the hottest teams in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League collide in Aldergrove. The Richmond Sockeyes take a three-game win streak into the Fraser Valley city while the host Kodiaks have rolled off four straight victories that includes a 4-3 at Richmond on Oct. 17. The Sockeyes closed within a single point of the Delta Ice Hawks for top spot in the Tom Shaw Conference with a 6-3 win over the North Delta Devils on Saturday night at Sungod Arena. The visitors opened up a 3-0 lead on first period goals by John Wesley,

Ayden McDonald and Richmond Minor alumni Jacob Wesley. The Devils answered with a pair in the second period before captain Adam Nishi answered for the Sockeyes. After North Delta had once again pulled within a goal, MacDonald’s second of the night with 9:19 remaining provided some breathing room. Jackson Waniek closed out the scoring less than two minutes later. The 17-year-old Surrey native also chipped in with a pair of assists and now has five points in as many games since being acquired from Aldergrove for future considerations earlier this month. Nishi also enjoyed a three point night, while

Cole Plotnikoff chipped had a pair of assists. Kootenay Alder made 27 saves for the win as Richmond outshot the Devils 52-30. Two nights earlier, Richmond scored four unanswered second period goals en route to a 5-2 home ice win over the Ridge Meadows Flames. Trailing 1-0, Waniek began the outburst with a power play tally. MacDonald then notched a pair and Mac Colasimone made it 4-1. Waniek closed out the scoring with his second of the night in the early stages of the third period. Matthew Bissett notched a pair of assists, while Kurt Russell made 28 saves.

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Richmond News October 30 2013  

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