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The 7th Annual Victor Ghirra Toy Drive took place last Saturday at the Riverside Banquet Hall. The Ghirra family, Vancity Credit Union, the Co-Operators Insurance Agencies and the Benevolent Brotherhood Society partnered to raise a record-breaking 7,000 plus toys for the drive. Centre, Michael Ghirra, Victor’s brother, is surrounded by volunteers and Santa. For more photos, see The Pulse on page 14.

Jet fuel protestors mount legal challenge BY ALAN CAMPBELL

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The B.C. government’s approval of an airline consortium’s jet fuel delivery plan could be challenged in court. Environment Minister Mary Polak issued last Thursday a conditional environmental certificate to the consortium (VAFFC), which wants to ship aviation fuel up the south arm of the Fraser River, off-load at a storage facility on the banks of the river, then pipe it up Highway 99 and across north Richmond to YVR. However, after meeting with its lawyer on Friday, Richmond-born protest group VAPOR is now lining up a legal challenge of the province’s decision. VAPOR’s Otto Langer — who last week branded Polak’s decision as “pathetic” and “misguided” — said the group is now setting

VAPOR needs public’s help to raise $30,000 to take fight to court about the task of raising the $30,000 needed from Washington State and pipeline from a to mount the challenge. Burnaby refinery — is unreliable and inad“It’s been a terribly flawed process from equate to meet future demands. the beginning,” said former fedLanger said he was not at all eral fisheries biologist Langer. surprised by the government’s “We will be asking the public for “...our lawyer decision, accusing it of delayhelp (to fund the challenge), but was positive ing tactics to avoid the decision our lawyer was positive that we becoming an election issue last that we have spring. have a case.” Langer said he wasn’t certain And he rubbished Polak’s a case.” what court the legal challenge claim of the decision-making may be lodged, but expected it to — Otto Langer process being “rigorous,” addbe the BC Supreme Court. ing there’s not even been one VAFFC was given the environmental cerpublic hearing and that alternatives to the tificate almost three years into what should approved plan were ignored. have been a 180-day process. The risk of a major fuel spill on the deliThe consortium claims the current fuel cate Fraser River estuary should have been supply to the airport — via tanker truck reason enough, according to VAPOR, to

refuse the plan a certificate. Also ignored, according to Langer and the City of Richmond, were concerns of the public and the city’s fire-rescue department, the latter of which has said it can’t respond in time to any major incident at or near the proposed fuel off-loading facility. Mayor Malcolm Brodie also condemned the decision, calling the process “flawed” and reiterated the City of Richmond’s disapproval of the fuel delivery plan. The city remains unconvinced by the B.C. government’s assessment that the environmental and safety risks for the project are low. VAFFC still has to get a permit from the federal entity — Port Metro Vancouver — in the so-called “harmonized” environmental approval process. ENGINE UPGRADES & TUNING

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Anyone remotely interested in birds has a fantastic opportunity this weekend to get closer to the species. The annual Ladner Christmas Bird Count takes places Sunday, Dec. 22 and people with a passion for our feathered friends are invited to take part. Counting events have been going on internationally for more than a century, with up to 100 people turning out in recent years in Ladner and Richmond. And the local count organizer, Jude Grass, is encouraging more bird enthusiasts to get involved, even if it’s just keeping an eye on your bird feeder in your backyard. “It’s a great learning experience if you’re interested in birds; getting out to see where birds live and identify them,” said Grass. “It’s also a good social event and all you need is a good pair of binoculars and warm clothes. “And if you can’t come out to the count, you can help by watching your feeder at home in your backyard, as our counters can’t go crawling around in there!” In terms of the count in Richmond, most of the areas of interest are in the south of the city, from Garry Point Park to Highway 99. More than 12,000 volunteers across Canada — and more than 60,000 continent-wide — will be counting birds from Dec. 14 to Jan.

recording 146 species of birds on 5. Locally, many “birders” will be count day. rising before dawn on Sunday to There are two ways you can parparticipate in the world’s longest ticipate: running wildlife ! Join a census, which small team of began in 1900. birders as they Last year, drive and/or the Ladner walk around Christmas Bird — Jude Grass their area Count was the counting all number one Christmas Bird Count in Canada by the birds they see — you don’t need

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97-year-old is 2013’s ninth vehicle related fatality BY ALAN CAMPBELL

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It’s time for the annual Ladner Christmas Bird Count, which takes place Sunday, Dec. 22. Organizers encourage volunteers to keep an eye out and count the species of birds they see.

A 97-year-old man has become Richmond’s ninth vehicle-related fatality in 2013. Jim Shu Sheng Wu was struck by a car around 3:30 p.m. on Friday as he crossed the road in the 8600 block of Lansdowne Road.

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“Things such as vapour suppression, foam systems, water deluge systems, automatic fire detection, monitoring, security, etc., will be described in more detail through the project permit,” he said. Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington said the Richmond fire department doesn’t have the kind of training to deal with an incident of such magnitude. “Richmond would need a serious upgrade to their capacity,” she said. “This points to the irresponsibility of the approval process.” The project has received approval from the B.C. government, but has been ordered to come up with an acceptable firefighting plan.

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Five years ago, Trevor the RBC Olympic program. Hirschfield remembers train“It’s been a bit of an ing in the concrete parkade of identity crisis since my retirethe Richmond Olympic Oval, ment,” she said. “I would before the actual structure always call myself a rower. was complete. The RBC program helped me The London Games sildevelop new skills though.” NEWS REPORTER ver medalist and his fellow I was drawn to the sound wheelchair rugby teammates of the field hockey ball would occupy the space several times a week. being whipped across the gym, slamming “I think we were the first rugby team to the wooden backboard of the goal. Although train in the oval,” said Hirschfield, who used I fared a bit better when playing Natalie to live close by. “I’ve seen its turnover.” Sourisseau (I managed to keep the ball for at To celebrate its five years, oval officials least a few seconds), I couldn’t get enough invited the media to go head-to-head with a power behind my swing to make that slamhandful of athletes. Sitting in a wheelchair ming sound. across from Hirschfield, I quickly came “We’re lucky to have so much space to to realize the amount of coordination and work with,” said Sourisseau, originally from strength involved in the sport. Kelowna. He showed me the battle scars on his Her and fellow teammate Kate Gillis are wheelchair and thankfully refused to accept training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games my challenge for a game. in Glasgow. Both started playing the sport in “If you hit a player hard enough, they can high school. “It’s growing here, but still not definitely get knocked over,” he said. “We go as much as in other places,” said Gillis. pretty hard, and I wouldn’t want to knock you “The Commonwealth Games are going over,” he added with a smile. to be incredible because we’ll be in a place Next up was challenge-turned-pity rally where field hockey has such a fan base.” with table tennis player Mo Zhang. Being I’m then taken to watch speed skaters a more familiar sport, I went in with confiwhiz around the rink at over 40 kilomedence — perhaps too much. tres per hour coached by Michelle Pepin, After her first serve hit the floor beside Canadian Master Women’s record holder. me before I had any time to react, I decided “In 2012, we saw a direct correlation to stop the trash talking. between training and the athletes’ finishes,” Rower and Richmondite Darcy Marquardt said Jordan Mottl, program manager of comwas also on hand with her silver medal from munity sports at the oval. “I’d love to see the London 2012 Games. She talked about B.C. skaters filter into the senior levels. It’s a life after retirement and her participation in sport still dominated by Eastern Canada.”

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Harold Steves, another one of the speakers at the town hall meeting. Steves agreed there should be a full health impact assessment on the coal proposal, plus an agricultural impact assessment since dust blowing off the barges carrying coal could settle on nearby farmland. “If you’ve got farms along the river, and the wind blows your way, you’re gonna have coal dust,” Steves said. “And what’s in the coal dust? Well, some coal is not too bad. This coal is not too good. It has all kinds of heavy metals — lead, mercury, selenium, and arsenic. “That’s not too good for your health, and not too good

for the food that might grow on the farmland.” At the close of the meeting, Mayor Malcolm Brodie told the crowd there are, “fundamental changes are envisioned by certain parties for the whole south arm of the Fraser River. And if we don’t stand up do something about it, and make our voices heard we’re going to come back in 10 or 15 years and the whole area is going to be completely industrialized.” Brodie encouraged the crowd to continue to make their concerns known. “It’s important we do everything we can to preserve the things that are good about the City of Richmond.”

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xactly what have the B.C. Liberals been doing since winning the May election? We know they’re not in the legislature, tackling issues and answering questions. The premier conflated her win in the election with having a mandate strong enough to cancel the fall session and effectively reduce the legislature to a Victoria tourist attraction. That mandate, however, wasn’t strong enough to show leadership or planning when it comes to transit funding in the Lower Mainland, which Clark decided will be settled by a referendum. So, with all this downtime to focus on getting the job done, how will this referendum be presented? Depends who you ask. The premier insists it will be multiple choice and held concurrent with the next municipal election. Transportation Minister Todd Stone said days later the format hasn’t been decided and neither has the date. Previously, we saw MLA John Yap hold a press conference making much ado about his recommendation for alcohol sales in grocery stores, only to have the premier soberly say a few days later that she’s not ready to OK the plan over fears of public safety. In both cases, the conflicting information only seems to distract us and the government from things that should be demanding our attention. Yet again, we rank first in child poverty in Canada and the province is hemorrhaging jobs despite the muchtouted B.C. Jobs Plan. It’s bad enough our government representatives aren’t in the legislature they were elected to. But it would be nice to think they do occasionally meet in the same room.

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Ikea loses customer The Editor, Re: “Union solidarity now part of Ikea dispute,” News, Dec. 11. Ikea continues to use strike breakers in its attempt to break the union in this protracted seven-month dispute. As for the company saying strike breakers have a legal right to work whether or not they are actual union members and after repeatedly crossing a legal picket line is absurd. Ikea signed the collective agreement. It says, employees must be members of the union as a condition of work. The union has removed these strike breakers as members and, as such, they no longer meet the conditions to be employed at this store. Ikea continues to bargain with the union, but not recognize its rights. I will not support Ikea by shopping there, maybe even after this dispute ends. I’m a proud union member for 35 years. David L. Merke Richmond

Why is there a coal-rush? The Editor, We’ve had mile-long trains of covered coal cars moving to the coast at least as far back as 1972. Someone explain, please, why is there an urgent need now, in spite of taxpayer/voter concerns, to barge it down the Fraser? Dear mayor and council, could you please make an effort to serve your average working constituents more than non-locally-based corporations? They are not seeking our interests in any way — that is YOUR job! George Pope Richmond

Chamber of Commerce finds its voice After fumbling the ball during the HST debacle and remaining virtually silent during the Enbridge pipeline debate, the B.C. business community is showing signs it intends to be more organized and vocal when it comes to other controversial economic developments. Last week, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce organized an event aimed at sending Ottawa the message that the proposed New Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake has considerable support in the province, despite the fact it has failed two federal environmental assessment processes. And now various business groups are gearing up to make their presence known in the hearings for the Site C dam project on the Peace River. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce, the B.C. Business Council and even the New Car Dealers of B.C. all intend to send representatives to Fort. St. John to make submissions in favour of building the dam. This kind of effort from a constituency that is well funded, but not necessarily well organized may prove pivotal in determining whether some of these megaprojects go ahead. In some ways, the business community has stolen a page out of the environmental move-

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ment’s playbook. One business leader told me the environmentalists essentially took over any public debate about the Enbridge pipeline right from the start, and were so effective in their anti-pipeline messaging that there was little the pro-pipeline interests could do to counter things. Lately, Enbridge has done a better job of articulating its position and a couple of recent polls indicate opposition to the project has diminished considerably. But it’s also fair to say the company has a long ways to go in winning over a majority of the population on this sensitive issue. However, the prodevelopment lobby appears determined not to make the same mistake twice, whether it concerns Site C, the New Prosperity Mine or presumably the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal. Adopting a more proactive approach may make the public debate over those projects more even, and therefore may

make them more politically palatable for both the provincial and federal governments. The B.C. government has already signaled it is in favour of the Site C dam and the New Prosperity mine, and a more aggressive and organized campaign by business interests may nudge it closer to favouring the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In the last provincial election campaign, B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark was cautioned by her advisers not to wade into the Kinder Morgan issue after NDP leader Adrian Dix made his now infamous gaffe of opposing the projects. But her political instincts told her the issue was a good one for her and her party, because it exposed a neat fault line between the B.C. Liberals and the NDP. The rest, of course, is history. Clark has clearly aligned her government with megaprojects that produce jobs, no matter how controversial they may be. She realizes her base of supporters agree with her, and an organized campaign by the business community will only strengthen her resolve in these matters. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC.


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Smartphones can dumb down kids The Editor, Re: “Texting in class fractures focus,” Column, Dec. 13. Thank you Anna Toth, Richmond News columnist, for your recent article, “Texting in class fractures focus.” As a high school teacher, I believe this is a very timely topic. Technology has improved faster than consumers can figure out how to use it productively and responsibly. Many of these consumers are school-aged children who ask their parents for smartphones as Christmas presents. Texting and other smartphone-related distractions have become a serious issue for classroom management. Many students lack the self-control and self-awareness to know what is appropriate and what is not when it comes to smartphone etiquette. In the past, students might have smuggled written notes; today, they are texting students in other classes, playing video games, updating Facebook, Tweeting updates, listening to music, watching YouTube videos, and taking hidden pictures/ videos. Instead of passing one handwritten note, they now have the ability to pass a hundred virtual notes, and participate in five different, yet simultaneous, conversations within the space of one class. A proper learning environment demands focus, mental discipline and active

participation. Students who abuse their smartphones in class are not capable of any of that. As a teacher, it’s disheartening to see hands hidden behind desks, slack jaws, blank faces and downcast eyes. This behaviour is tantamount to skipping class. Would a potential boss tolerate texters /Tweeters during a job interview, an employee training session, or a sales meeting? Ramifications are serious. To generate web traffic and revenue from advertising, games, apps and social media are designed to be addictive, not necessarily educational, or even fun. Many students appear to be showing signs of such addiction to technology. Their inability to stop a harmful behaviour, regardless of the consequences, is one indicator. Habitual lying or deception to continue said behaviour is another. When asked to put away their phones, they suffer separation anxiety and sneak them back out. Unlimited access to social media results in a vicious cycle where easily-bored students use smartphones for entertainment and stimulation, but this need for instant gratification deflates their motivation to focus, to participate, to engage, to wonder, to invest of themselves, to inspire and be inspired. The cycle is complete when their lack of motivation or intellectual curiosity turns them into boring people.

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HELLO, HANEDA! YVR Welcomes All Nippon Airways’ First Flight to Canada It’s not every day that YVR welcomes a new destination and a new airline. All Nippon Airways (ANA) just announced plans to operate a daily, year-round non-stop flight between Vancouver International Airport and Tokyo Haneda Airport, beginning March 30, 2014. The new service is another sign of YVR’s growing connections with Asia. It’s also the direct result of a more open air service agreement between Canada and Japan. The second-busiest airport in Asia, Haneda is located just 15 km away from Tokyo’s downtown core. From there, passengers can connect to other Asian destinations,

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ThePulse We’ve got our finger on it VICTOR GHIRRA TOY DRIVE

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The Ghirra family, Benevolent Brotherhood Society, the Co-operators Insurance agencies and VanCity Credit Union donated a record-breaking 7,000 plus toys for the 7th Annual Victor Ghirra Toy Drive last Saturday at Riverside Palace Hall. Victor Ghirra’s brother, Michael (second from right), sits with other volunteers and Santa. Every December for 12 years, Victor and a VanCity colleague would, unbeknown to friends and family, spend $1,000 on toys in Toys R Us and take the lot down to BC Childrens Hospital. Victor died in his sleep in 2007.

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One of my earliest Practical Geek columns predicted your next computer would be a tablet. I can’t take credit for it, but that suggestion is coming true: next year, according to a recent estimate, at least half of all “computers” sold in 2014 will be tablets like the iPad and Surface. Fortunately, for those of you who are considering getting a tablet (or a second or even third one), the choices and prices are the best they’ve ever been. As before, your choices break down to size and operating system. The two main sizes are mini tablets at seven to eight inches and “standard” tablets at 10 to 11 inches. (There are a few outliers, with Samsung trying to create a tablet for every conceivable hand size, and some manufacturers offering Windows behemoths of 20 inches or more.) Mini tablets include the iPad mini, the Google Nexus 7 (made by Asus) and a new breed of Windows 8.1 tablets such as the Dell Venue 8 Pro. Mini tablets are less expensive than their larger cousins and are considered “consumption devices,” best used for surfing, email, social media, ebooks, games and video. They are light, portable, and the perfect travel and coffee shop companion. Thanks to their cheaper prices, they are also the most popular segment of the tablet market. The best value tablet is still widely considered to be the Nexus 7, which starts at $249 at retail. It’s fast, has a beautiful screen and features the latest pure version of Android, including the powerful Google Now feature that makes Siri look like a circus monkey. The most expensive by far is the iPad mini with Retina display at a bracing $419. By all acounts it’s gorgeous (“Retina” simply means nice looking screen) and speedy and offers the widest selection of apps available for tablets. Apple still sells the first-generation iPad mini for $319. It has a “lesser” screen and is technically slower, but I use one at work and think it remains a fine choice. The interesting entries

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this year are Windows 8.1 tablets from Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba. They offer the full power of Windows, including free versions of Office, and both the 8.1 Metro environment (that’s the one with the colourful array of tiles), and the traditional desktop view on an eightinch touchscreen. I bought the Dell Venue 8 Pro for $299 and find it goes toe-to-toe with my Nexus 7 for ease and variety of use, while meshing much better with my Windows-based setup. There are a slew of other mini tablets available, and models with good reviews include those from Samsung and Asus. I’m not big on the Kindle Fire tablets because the Canadian versions lack access to Amazon’s video and music stores, two major features which the Fire is designed to showcase. It also lacks full access to Google’s Play Store. So much of the tablet action is now in the mini category that standard sized tablets can be covered in one sentence: there are really expensive iPads, very expensive Windows tablets like the Surface, and often equally expensive Android devices. With a few exceptions, such as the Asus Transformer 10.1 tablet which comes with a keyboard for $399, you won’t find many bargains at this size, which is why you should never give one to your kid to play with. Standard size tablets are mostly used at home and are great for entertainment and media consumption. They also have a much better shot than the mini tablets at replacing a conventional laptop or desktop PC. The iPad remains the king of the ecosystems race with the broadest selection of apps, the industry-leading iTunes store, and excellent hardware. Windows tablets, or hybrids such as the Surface, are still catching up with apps, and might never really match

the iPad’s depth, but they cover the majors (Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Netflix, Audible, Kobo) and retain an edge in productivity thanks to features like USB and HDMI ports and the nifty ability to run apps side by side on the screen. Many come with free versions of Office, a significant value, and Microsoft’s Surface lineup offers beautiful hardware and very good tablet-based keyboards. Standard sized Android tablets continue to make me shrug. Some, like the 10-inch tabs by Samsung, are nice pieces of kit and have useful multi-tasking and stylus support, but Android still seems to struggle on a larger screen thanks to a reported lack of tabletbased apps. Unless you like to experiment, hold off on larger Android screens and see what comes next year. There’s no doubt they will improve. Barry Link is the editor of the Vancouver Courier.

The thing about the Much to the relief of pernicious “luxuries” catour boys, Christmas is the egory is that we generally only time of year when want more of them than I pick up a guitar and we can afford and we end shamelessly lead the famup not having enough for ily in our favourite carols, future needs or for charity. whether I can hold a tune A good plan will or not! WEALTHSMARTS reduce the drag of outraI can’t help it. The geous fees and excessive Christmas spirit recharges me! I look forward to the time spent with taxation. It will have a game plan in case family and friends, and my heart will also of illness, death, loss of income, property damage or litigation. be with the millions who won’t enjoy It will fund our life goals and it will those privileges. build in a generosity factor that could Throughout the world, unfortunately, change many lives for the better. greed and intolerance are often the rule, Your generosity can only be improved while indifference and despair are the by taking care of all other parts of your tragic response. plan. And yet, what good is all this navel Through some cash flow transformagazing if it doesn’t inspire us to reach tion modelling that we’ve done, I know out to those in need? I believe most of that some very simple financial “tweaks” us have charitable goals, but we lack the can make a world of difference in our plans to realize them. personal financial plans and on the many It’s an easy matter to think about all needs in our society. the good we’ll be able to do “when we The challenge then becomes not only have the money.” what we can do during these few weeks I’d say “why not now?” Let’s build of Christmas, but what we can aspire to financial plans that fully fund our life in the coming year and beyond. Life is goals, build a healthy nest egg and way too short to not make a mark while include the funding of our charitable we’re still around. goals that need to be addressed today. Merry Christmas to you and all those We have a cash flow decision to make. you love. We usually pay for the necessities of Richard Vetter, is a senior financial life, then the luxuries. If there’s anything advisor with WealthSmart Financial left over, we save for future needs and, Group/Manulife Securities Incorporated depending on our mood, we might give a in Richmond. few dollars to charity.

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Legendary coach has the ingredients that could lead to a provincial berth BY MARK BOOTH

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McMath Wildcats represent the the past and future of Richmond girls high school basketball. As one of the top junior girls teams in the province, they are the city’s best bet to return to the B.C. AAA tournament as soon as 2016. Their roster features three players whose parents were on dominant Lulu Island teams in the 1980s. Jessica and Abby Zawada’s father Andrew was a key member of the 1988 B.C. champion Richmond Colts team that is considered by many as one of the greatest ever assembled. Jessica Jones’ mother Teresa DeBou played for the powerhouse Steveston Packers back in 1984. The coach of the Packers happened to Anne GillrieCarre who has teamed up with Nathan Kishi to lead this promising Wildcat group. At 59, Gillrie-Carre has been coaching basketball

for over 40 years. When she left her position at McMath as vice-principal last June to become a District Administrator she wasn’t going to abandon her girls. “Some people have hobbies and do other things but coaching is my passion,” said Gillrie-Carre. “There is no better way of spending my free time than being in the gym at practices and games. This is a great group of girls to work with which makes even better.” The Wildcats’ potential resembles Gillrie-Carre’s previous coaching stint at South Delta secondary. She took a talented group of players at a non-traditional basketball school and led them to a provincial junior title in 2003, then a third place finish at the “AAA” tournament two years later. The roster included her daughter Kira who has combined with a couple of her former teammates to guide the Grade 8 squad at McMath. The recent lack of success for girls basketball in Richmond has a lot to do

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Anne Gillrie-Carre, who enjoyed a decorated run at Steveston secondary that culminated with a provincial senior girls basketball title in 1993, has teamed up with Nathan Kishi to guide a talented junior girls squad at McMath. with the lure of other sports and the commitment it takes to play at a high level. While the Wildcats roster does include HPL-level soccer and club volleyball players, it also features a core that has basketball at the top of their priority list. Justine McCaskill, Jessica Zawada and Jones are all part of the Langley-based Basketball B.C.Centre of Performance

Program for top up-andcoming players. Zawada’s younger sister Abby is also part of the program and showed enough potential to crack the Wildcats roster as a Grade 8. So did Lyric Custodio who also plays for a Surrey-based club team. Another Grade 10 — Julia Wilson — is a participant in a regional training program.

It all adds up to a team that should be a major threat to win the provincial junior title next March after a commendable seventh place finish with nothing but Grade 9s last spring. Gillrie-Carre and Kishi even put some thought into aging the team up to play three years of senior but they rather follow the South Delta blueprint and keep building the momentum

while enjoying success at the junior level. It was definitely something we talked about,” said Gillrie-Carre. “But it also would have meant leaving behind a couple of exceptionally talented Grade 8 girls that definitely can help (at this level). This is the best situation that will allow them to mature as players going into Grade 11.”

Bissett’s hat trick powers Sockeyes to road win over Abbotsford Matthew Bissett showed exactly what he is capable of providing the Richmond Sockeyes. The 19-year-old returned to the line-up last week after missing a month’s worth of action to record a hat trick in a 6-3 road victory over the Abbotsford Pilots on Friday. The result improved the Sockeyes’ record to 16-4-2-3 and leaves them just three points back of the Tom Shaw Conference leading North Vancouver Wolf

Pack with a whopping five games in hand. Bissett was acquired last June after a pair of productive seasons with his hometown Ridge Meadows Flames. After scoring 31 goals and 50 points in just 33 games as a rookie, he added 25 more goals last season and was named the team’s coMVP. He now has 13 points in 16 games for Richmond and is expected to be a key contributor as the Pacific International Junior Hockey League regular season

heads into the stretch run. Ayden MacDonald, Justin White and John Wesley had the other goals. Dominic Centis chipped in with a pair of assists. Kootenay Alder was solid between the pipes, turning aside 43 shots. Two nights earlier, the 20-year-old Richmond native made 26 saves in a 2-0 home ice win over the Port Moody Panthers. Blueliner Jordan Andrews’ goal in the late stages of the first period stood

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Richmond’s Bryan Abrey is among a pool of athletes selected as candidates for the national senior men’s softball team that will be competing at next year’s Pan American Championships in Parana, Argentina. The tournament will serve as a qualifier for the 2015 International Softball Federation (ISF) XIV Men’s World Championship which will be held June, 2015 in Saskatoon and also for the 2015 Pan American Games that will take place the following week in Toronto. Canada is the defending champion of the Pan American Championship, having defeated Venezuela 4-1 to win gold at the previous event held in Colombia in 2012. Abrey, 26, helped Canada place sixth at the 2013 ISF World Championships held earlier this year in New Zealand. He has suited up for the junior and senior national teams since 2005. The standout athlete also played baseball on a scholarship south of the border, including two years at Lewis-Clarke State College in Idaho where he graduated with AllAmerican Academic honours. His softball career includes suiting up for the New York Gremlins — a high-profile club team that plays in tournaments throughout North America. “The Senior Men’s National Team coaching staff are excited about our 40-man athlete pool” said Men’s National Team head coach Don Bates. “Offensively, we have a good mix of speed, power, and on-base percentage. Defensively we are solid in the infield, outfield, behind the plate, and in the pitcher’s circle. We have a number of young talented players who we feel will be challenging for starting positions.”

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MacNeill Ravens Denzel De Jesus works his way towards the hoop during Monday night’s Richmond Senior Boys Basketball League game against the Hugh Boyd Trojans. The Ravens jumped out to an early 25-9 then held off a second half Boyd charge to win 87-72 and improve to 3-0 on the season. De Jesus scored a game-high 27 points and added 10 rebounds and eight assists. Marcus Moldowan (centre) had 19 for the Trojans who dropped to 2-2 with the loss.

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Major Midget Canadians return home with split on Prince George trip Braeden Gurney had a hat trick to power the Greater Vancouver Canadians to a 10-2 romp of the Cariboo Cougars to salvage a split of the two game B.C. Major Midget Hockey League series in Prince George last

weekend. Following a 3-2 loss on Saturday, the Canadians built up a 5-1 first period lead and never looked back. Dante Hannoun enjoyed a four point

outing, including a pair of goals, while Jordan Deyremenjian also scored twice. Alex Whitwham and Scott Munro each added a goal and three helpers. Greater Vancouver (12-11-1) return to

action Saturday when perennial powerhouse Vancouver Northwest Giants (18-3-1) visit the Richmond Olympic Oval at 4:45 p.m. The two teams also meet Sunday morning at the Burnaby Winter Club.

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