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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017 n Rey Ylala is planning to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday by handing over a petition on behalf of global non-profit organization ONE to StevestonRichmond East MP Joe Peschisolido at his office on No. 5 Road in Ironwood. Ylala, along with thousands of fellow ONE members around the world, will also break 130 pencils outside the office to signify the estimated 130 million girls and women globally who don’t have access to education. Photo by Alan Campbell/Richmond News

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Making a point for women Lone man will mark global recognition day outside MP’s office Alan Campbell

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f you see a man frantically snapping pencils outside MP Joe Peschisolido’s office on Wednesday, don’t be alarmed or feel the need to contact the police. Rey Ylala will, in fact, be ceremoniously breaking the lead 130 times to represent the 130 million girls and women around the world that don’t have access to education. And with Wednesday being International Women’s Day, Ylala — on behalf of ONE, a global anti-poverty advocacy organization — will be one of 70 people making a “point” outside of MP’s constituency offices across Canada. The irony of Ylala being a man, advocating for women on their international day of recognition, and that he’s the single Richmond member of a group called ONE, is not lost on the community worker and foster parent.

“It may be a little odd, but as a foster parent and in my job, I experience the challenges faced by girls and women; I’m surrounded by them all the time,” said Ylala, who hopes to hand over ONE documents and a petition to Peschisolido on Wednesday at his office on No. 5 Road, just south of Steveston Highway. “I was also born and raised in the Philippines and witnessed extreme poverty first hand. So I have seen how the opportunities to learn, to read and write around the world can be totally sexist.” Although being the only local member of ONE, Ylala, who lives in the Bridgeport and No. 4 roads area, said he will be embarking on a recruiting drive for volunteers and advocates this summer. On Wednesday, Ylala and fellow ONE members across Canada and around the world will be lobbying their MPs to call on the federal government to increase international

development spending to help ensure that girls around the world have access to quality education. The meeting with the MPs will also include a delivery of hundreds of hand-written letters from constituents about this issue. In January, ONE launched their “Poverty is Sexist” letter, calling on world leaders and citizens to make sure every girl has the chance to go to school. The letter has been signed by more than 289,000 people, including George Stroumboulopoulos, Meghan Markle, Ryan Reynolds, and Blake Lively. ONE, which was co-founded by U2 lead singer Bono, doesn’t solicit donations, as it’s funded almost entirely by foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations. The global non-profit organization of nearly 7.5 million people, takes action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. See Women’s page 4

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I was pleased to speak on BC’s Strong Economy at the Northeast China Chamber of Commerce of Canada Chinese New Year Gala.

Dear Constituents, There is lots of good news contained in Budget 2017 that will benefit everyone in this province. This is our government’s fifth consecutive balanced budget, and through thoughtful control of government spending we are able to afford the things that matter most to people. British Columbians, including Richmond residents, will benefit from record investments in health care. We recognize our aging population that will place greater demand on our health care system. This is why we are using a large part of the surplus from our balanced budget and applying an extra $4.2 billion over the next three years to improve healthcare, especially for seniors. We also need to address mental health and substance abuse issues, particularly for youth, so we are allocating $100 million to enhance those services.

Last month, along with my colleagues Hon. Teresa Wat and Hon. Linda Reid, I met with the Richmond Centre for Disability Board of Directors to discuss issues of concern.

The education budget will get a big boost of an additional $740 million. This means we will be spending almost $9,000 per student to ensure that young people get the best start in life. For those with student loans, we are going to make repayment easier by reducing the interest rate from prime plus 2.5% to just the prime rate. We are also going to provide an additional $796 million for programs that support families, individuals and children in need. A balanced budget also means we can target relief in specific areas. For those with a small business, the tax rate is going to fall from 2.5% to 2 percent to help stimulate the economy. This means that B.C. will have the second lowest small business rate in the country. We are also eliminating PST on electricity for businesses. This will allow small and medium sized businesses to save $50 million per year across B.C., allowing them to reinvest in equipment, increased wages or adopt new technologies. The biggest story of this budget, is the tax relief we are providing British Columbians by cutting MSP premiums in half. For most families paying full premiums, this represents a savings of $900 a year. This will be the first step towards eliminating MSP premiums all together.

In January I was honored to be able to present a $60,000 cheque to the Steveston Harbour Authority (SHA). This provincial funding was used to dredge a specific area of the harbour to improve marine traffic. Pictured with me is Robert Kiesman, Chair of the SHA Board and Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

Our goal is to make life affordable for families in Richmond and keep British Columbia the leading economy in all of Canada.

John Yap MLA, Richmond-Steveston On February 12th I had the privilege of speaking at the official unveiling of the Fisherman’s Park Mural, . A mural celebrating Steveston’s connection to the fishing industry.

Earlier this year I was delighted to present a $40,000 Gaming Grant cheque to Erin McRae and “Dusty” of the Richmond Therapeutic Riding Society.

John hosted a Chinese New Year lunch for seniors to celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

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Marijuana shop busted — again Graeme Wood

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ichmond RCMP refuse to be fooled by a marijuana dispensary operating under the guise of a wellness centre, after busting the owners a second time in just over a month. In January, police executed a search warrant at the WeeMedical Wellness Center on Anderson Road, just a stone’s throw from the front door of Richmond City Hall. On Wednesday, after discovering the owners opened the shop again, police returned. “This second search also yielded marijuana and marijuana-based products including baked goods, confectionaries, and other edible products. Many of the items were discovered concealed in an ATM machine within the establishment,” stated police in a news release. “This marks the second time in

recent months that the Richmond RCMP has executed a search warrant at this location. As the law stands today, selling marijuana in the manner that it was being sold at WeeMedical is illegal. The Richmond RCMP will continue to address marijuana dispensaries in our community, whether it be through prevention, awareness, and education,” said Staff Sgt. Wayne Flewelling, of the Richmond RCMP Serious Crimes Unit. The store has been the recipient of numerous City of Richmond bylaw infraction tickets. According to the City of Richmond, bylaw officers have been pursuing the store for some time for operating without a licence. According to police, during the initial bust, around 180 small bags, believed to contain marijuana, and quantities of baked goods, confectioneries and other edible products, believed to contain marijuana, were seized.

n The Lower Mainland Explosive Disposal Unit was called into Richmond after a suspicious package was found in the north of the city. Photo submitted

Explosive disposal team called in after bomb scare Alan Campbell

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bomb disposal team had to be called into Richmond on Monday morning after reports of a suspicious package in the north of the city. The Surrey-based Lower

Mainland Explosive Disposal Unit (LMEDU) was called in by Richmond RCMP after it received a report of the package in the 10,000 block of River Drive — near the No. 4 Road intersection — at around 11:10 a.m. According to police, a passerby spotted the package in an

outdoor location and called the RCMP, which, shortly afterwards, evacuated the surrounding area. The EDU team was able to render the package safe and police are continuing the investigation. Further details may be released at a later date.

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as the first infrastructure priority for Richmond. Upgrading schools was second. Staff Reporter Mayor Malcolm Brodie took a shot at the GWOOD@RICHMOND-NEWS.COM provincial government for building a bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, ichmond city councillors are once again instead. renewing their call to the provincial “The government can commit to whatever government to expedite the it wants to,” said Brodie. construction of a new north “We need a hospital (tower) tower at Richmond Hospital. not a bridge,” chimed Coun. On Monday, at a commitWe need a hospital Bill McNulty. tee meeting, council listened, Hospital foundation CEO (tower), not a bridge. once again, to the grave Natalie Meixner pointed concerns over the existing – Bill McNulty out that a number of cities tower from hospital staff and have had funds committed members of the Richmond for their hospitals, ahead of Hospital Foundation. Richmond. “We’re constantly juggling “It seems like we’re being resources,” said Dr. Ken Poon, head of under served,” said Coun. Derek Dang. surgery. “When will it be Richmond’s turn and how At issue is an overutilized tower that, aclong do we have to wait?” stated Meixner, cording to assessments, would be at serious whose foundation has raised $25 million of risk of collapse in a moderate to strong the $40 million it said it would to put towards earthquake. Furthermore, the ground-floor the estimated $283 million project. facilities are beneath the flood plain. Last month, the proposed acute care tower “Where will these patients go in the event was named after the Yurkovich family after of an earthquake? I don’t have the answer they made the single-biggest donation in the for that. I don’t think anyone has the anfoundation’s history. swer,” said Poon. There was some good news to report, said In its own survey, the foundation claims Meixner. the majority of residents deem the hospital After local MLAs announced the first phase

Meixner. Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat, first elected in 2013, said last month that she has been pursuing the ministry for the new hospital tower, but said no funds have been earmarked for the project over the next three years, adding it could take up to seven years for it to be completed. The foundation points to engineer reports from 2005 and 2011, commissioned by the health authority, that note the tower’s state of disrepair. Poon said the tower is presently 79 per cent deficient and it’s becoming more expensive to maintain than it would be to tear down and rebuild. “This needs to get moving as fast as it possibly can,” said Meixner.


n Recent upgrades across B.C n Natalie Meixner, Hospital Foundation CEO, says numerous other communities have been prioritized over Richmond. Photo submitted

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Women's group marks 50th From page 1 Deborah Track, of the Richmond branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), said bringing women out of poverty, tends to result in families breaking out of poverty as well. “When there’s a single parent, it’s often a woman. And if they have an education, they can better provide for their family,” said Track, whose CFUW branch is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. “When women earn a decent salary, it’s been found that a large proportion of that goes back to the family; when a man earns that money, less goes back to the family. “It’s important for women to reach their potential and be who they want to be, for themselves and their families.” CFUW Richmond’s founding members, Sophie McDougall and Mary Smillie, have seen a lot of changes since they and a handful of other locals formed the University Women’s Club of Richmond, as it was in 1967. From its early days with 15 members, the branch — one of more than 100 across Canada — has grown to more than 80 members, with goals to promote the education of girls and women, to advocate on female issues and to encourage and enable women to advance in their careers. Members have contributed more than $80,000 in scholarships to girls who are graduating from Richmond high schools and moving on to post-secondary education; has established an endowment fund for women students at KPU and is embedded in many other local educational and social programs. “I think long-term membership creates

n CFUW Richmond’s founding members Sophie McDougall (left) and Mary Smillie, at the group’s 40th anniversary in 2007. Photo submitted

stability in a club,” said McDougall. “I have always been very vocal on issues that were important to me.” In honour of CFUW Richmond’s 50th anniversary, Mayor Malcolm Brodie will proclaim March 8 “CFUW Richmond Day.” “We are very pleased and proud that the city has recognized our club in this way, and that (it) coincides with International Women’s Day,” said club president Brenda Denchfield. As part of its anniversary year, CFUW Richmond will host the CFUW National AGM in June, welcoming guests from all across Canada. In addition to a business meeting, there are speakers on topics of interest to members, plus opportunities to socialize. There is no longer a requirement that members possess a university degree, only that they support the goals of CFUW. More information is available online at

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Students get job safety warning incident and doctors considered amputating his arm. Staff Reporter But he fought to keep it and today has ACAMPBELL@RICHMOND-NEWS.COM enough shoulder function to tuck it behind his back. ith spring traditionally being the time Johnson was sharing his survival story that high school students start thinkas part of the WorkSafeBC program for the ing about summer jobs, some Richmond past six years, speaking at schools and teenagers were given a first-hand account workplaces throughout the province. of the dangers. And after years of sitting on the sidelines, As part of WorkSafeBC’s Young Worker he’s now back doing many of the things he Speaker Program, students at Stevestonloves. London met face-to-face “I’m back to snowon Friday with 31-yearboarding and slo-pitch old Mark Johnson, who baseball,” he said. became trapped in a “I coach the team and What counts most on the moving roller while he can bat one-handed, hit was cleaning a conveyor job is staying safe and getthe ball pretty far, catch belt more than 10 years with my right arm, and ting home in one piece. ago. run really fast.” Johnson told the Whether you’re young – Mark Johnson students that he knew or old, added Johnson, his co-workers wouldn’t “the same thing applies be able to hear his cries to all workers — what for help over the noise of counts most on the job the machines at the Maple Ridge sawmill is staying safe and getting home in one where he worked. piece.” “After about 20 minutes, I almost passed WorkSafeBC continues to focus accident out from blood loss,” said Johnson. prevention efforts on young workers — con“I knew I’d die if somebody didn’t help centrating on industries that pose the highme, so I threw up a prayer to God.” est risk to youth — while partnering with Miraculously, the conveyor belt stopped, employer associations, organized labour, though no one had touched it, and his government, parents, community groups co-workers immediately sawed off the belt and employment centres. and unbolted the roller that had entangled According to WorkSafeBC, over the five his arm. year period from 2011 to 2015: Johnson was fortunate to survive the z The young worker injury rate for male



n Mark Johnson talks to students about getting trapped in a roller while on the job and almost losing his arm. Johnson’s presentation is part of a WorkSafeBC program to raise awareness among youth about job safety. Photo submitted

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olice investigators are probing what could be Richmond’s fourth homicide of 2017, after discovering a man’s body on the south arm of the Fraser River. On Friday, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) identified 52-year-old Allen William Skedden, of Delta, as the victim. Skedden was last seen on Feb. 21 and a search began that day by Delta Police, said IHIT investigators, who deem his death suspicious and have yet to rule out foul play. Shortly before 1 p.m. on Thursday, Richmond RCMP was called to the 20000 block of Fraserwood Way — close to the Highway 91 and Westminster Highway interchange — for a discovery of a body. Mounties at the scene confirmed the body was that of a deceased male, at which point they called IHIT, which has now taken over the investigation and will be working with the Richmond RCMP. No further details are available surrounding the death at this time. If Skedden’s death turns out to, indeed, be a homicide, it will the city’s fourth of 2017. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at

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n Police cover the scene of the grim discovery on the south arm of the Fraser River last Thursday. GlobalBC photo

mond Hospital shortly before midnight on Friday, Jan. 27. When the police arrived, Le was found to be suffering from “injuries consistent with foul play.” — On Jan. 10, Richmond produced Metro Vancouver’s first homicide of the year, when 21-year-old Vancouver resident Calvin Chi Hang Zhao was found shot dead in his black SUV outside of a townhouse complex on Ash Street at Granville Avenue. According to media reports, the vehicle was still running when police arrived at the scene. Police, initially, believed a white SUV may be linked to the shooter. — On Monday, Jan. 17, a man’s body was found inside the premises of a trucking firm on Viking Way, near Cambie Road. A man has been arrested in connection with that homicide and is in police custody. — With a file from Graeme Wood Richmond News


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ment and clarity regarding bed and breakfasts, which allow only up to three rooms to be rented to up to six guests. On Monday, councillors further explored new policies on short-term rentals. They decided to consider more options for multifamily (strata) units at a later date, via public consultation, said Townsend. They also plan to nix the idea that the rental operator be the owner of the home, something Coun Harold Steves said is a mistake. The city will restrict the number of licensed bed and breakfasts by imposing a 500 metre buffer between them. The most egregious cases are considered to be entire homes being rented out, acting like a hotel. Any listing that offers more than two guests can theoretically be cross-referenced by inspectors with bed and breakfast licences. However, listings do not show addresses, so the city staff would have to book a room to gain access to the site information. Moreover, people who rent to “boarders and lodgers” will not require a licence, nor insurance, per staff recommendations. Realtor Lyn Terborg is a critic of the “watered down” proposals and said a number of loopholes remain. An operator could also skirt the bylaws by posting different photos in separate listings. Townsend said the city will deal with cheaters based on complaints and more proactive inspections (the city is adding four new inspectors to the short-term rental file). Council votes on the new policies Monday at city hall at 7 p.m.

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esidents in condos and townhouses will continue to be able to list their couch or bed for rent on a daily basis. The News previously reported such rentals would be stricken from websites such as Expedia and Airbnb, under new short-term rental policies being drafted by City of Richmond bureaucrats. In fact, after reviewing its short-term rental policies, the city will keep “boarding and lodging” on the bylaw books, as a “secondary use” for a residential home. Boarding and lodging (once typically reserved for needs such as homestay students and sport-hosting programs) allows for up to two guests in a home and does not specify the length of stay. Therefore, a townhouse/condo resident may rent out one or two bedrooms for up to two people, so long as their strata allows it and they are the principal resident. Any online listing that shows a condo or townhouse with capacity beyond two guests would be illegal, explained city spokesperson Ted Townsend. Technically, a one-bedroom condo owner or renter could rent out their bed when they are on holiday or if they contend they sleep on the couch (or the opposite). The big difference in terms of limiting shortterm rentals, said Townsend, will come with more robust enforcement, steeper enfortce-


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‘Fake news’ label saves thinking Dear Editor: Re: “Fake news invites real response in Richmond,” Column, March 3. In an era increasingly defined in relation to “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and “bubble filters,” it would be worthwhile to try and understand why some people choose to perceive things in particular ways, even when evidence would indicate that those beliefs are invalid and unjustifiable. Why can seemingly rational people become totally irrational, even when it is clearly obvious that believing in something or someone could actually work against their best interests? This can, in many ways, be attributed to what psychologists and cognition researchers call “confirmation bias” — the tendency people have to embrace information that support already held beliefs and reject information that refutes or threatens those beliefs. We are all guilty in some ways and in varying degrees of engaging in this type of “faulty thinking” or “faulty reasoning.” Life is very complex and challenging and the work involved in trying to conduct a comprehensive and objective analysis of important claims is something most people are not willing to devote time to. It is far easier just to uncritically affiliate oneself with an established value system and maintain that stance

no matter what new information might reveal about the legitimacy of those points-of-view. This inclination is related to the deep-seated need we human beings have for socialization and tribalism — next to satisfying our food, shelter, and safety needs, we need to be part of a tribe and enjoy all the experiences and benefits that come with being part of a group that shares and abides by the same values and rules (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs). And, we depend on these affiliations to define our identities and our worth. Objective, non-biased criticalreasoning and analysis is not only hard work but it can also be very dangerous because it can lead to possible re-evaluations and even re-adjustments to one’s belief-system and many people are simply afraid to take that risk. Much easier and safer to just find a tribe and/or a set of beliefs that provide the most comfort and which support our entrenched opinions and then help defend those against the relentless forces of reason and logic. It’s easy — just start by labelling any information you don’t like or feel uncomfortable thinking about as “fake news.” If the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations can do it, so can you. Ray Arnold Richmond

n Letter writer, and former Richmond MLA, Nick Loenen believes respect for diversity is an ingrained, Canadian value that should be embraced by all. File photo

Gays are part of my Christian world Dear Editor: Re: “Religion, LGBT rights are both matters of faith,” Letters, March 3. I support the school board’s efforts to promote understanding about sexual identity. I have lived with homosexuality my entire life. My late brother was in a longterm, committed same-sex relationship. Similarly, my sister, now aged 80, has been together with her lesbian friend longer than most straight people are married. They truly love each other. My earliest memories are of my mother’s voice, “That boy should have been a girl!” That boy was my younger brother. From his earliest days he preferred dolls and dresses. For my siblings, sexual identity was fixed as much as their blue eyes and blond hair. For most, sexual identity is not a choice. Who would choose to go against one’s own nature? I am a practising Christian and

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take the Bible seriously. The Christian message is that every human is a treasure, made in God’s image, richly endowed but also deeply flawed, yet loved of God. That puts us all on the same footing. Hence, Jesus says, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” The late George Grant, a Canadian philosopher of note, defined love as respect for otherness. Because Canada has been shaped by diverse peoples, from First Nations to many immigrant groups, respect for otherness is a human value deeply ingrained in Canadian culture. The Asian immigrants of recent decades that have flooded into Richmond have been welcomed because of that Canadian value. They would do well to embrace that value and make it their own, as many have. Nick Loenen Richmond


ast fall, I addressed the Massey transmission line issue in this column. Electric power lines, secure in the tunnel in working condition, were to be junked. New lines would be suspended over the Fraser from towers 120 metres tall. The effect would be massive clutter, with no evident benefits for Richmond. So, Richmond council firmly objected. But the B.C. government simply priced the power line project at $76 million and prodded BC Hydro to go full speed ahead with it. Hydro did as told, even though the consultation guide had said it could start after bridge construction began, if need be. That same B.C. government likes to describe how much Richmond has been consulted on this issue and related ones, but consultation without heeding is nothing. So why the hurry? The Sun’s Vaughn Palmer thinks it’s because, “Christy Clark promised after the last election that construction would be underway before the next one.” It’s that and more. Near-ready towers before election day could give voters the impression it’s too late for a new government to revisit the

n A rendering shows a grey 75-metre tower (right) and red 120-metre tower for electric-power transmission lines to replace the ones in the George Massey Tunnel. File photo

Massey options. For sure, speeded-up tower work makes it harder to build another tunnel tube beside the existing one, since the tower foundations would block the new-tube route on one side. On the bright side, it may prompt voters thinking about the Massey project to realize that it’s a tunnel removal project. The key word is “removal.” The intent is to remove what the project has called “an impediment” to bigger ships going upriver and back. Transporting LNG, they’d put residents of Richmond and Delta at risk with substandard LNG safety. And they’d transport Wyoming

thermal coal, via Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD), that U.S. ports refuse to handle. FSD proposals require that the deep-sea ship channel be dredged to a depth of at least 13.5 metres. That’s at least two extra metres, which is a lot. Channel widening, with still more dredging, would be needed, too. The ecological effects of deep-dredging the 34-kilometre channel each year would be devastating, especially since several other ecologically risky projects are planned or in progress. Only the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project is getting a federal review. In contrast, the Fraser River Estuary Management Plan (FREMP) harmonized the estuary’s ecology, economic development and quality of life for 20 years, and it was bolstered by federal willingness to do environmental reviews. Then, in 2013, the Harper government handed it over to Port Metro Vancouver, an agent of industrializing — and deadening — the Fraser. That typifies the problem. The Trudeau government promised to fix the problem. We’ll see. For now, moving a transmission line from the tunnel to towers may seem like a local detail, but keeping it in the tunnel would have welcome ripple effects for the estuary. And every battle matters in the Fraser’s fight for life. Next week, watch for a column that will present the other side of the debate.




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Parent response shows why LGBTQ policy is needed Dear Editor, I attended the Board of Education meeting on Feb. 20, I’ve read the articles in your paper and the parent letters around the LGBTQ policy that will be created by Richmond — like most other school boards in this province and country. I’ve also read the petition put forward by the parent group opposed to the policy. And, quite frankly, the response by these parents highlight exactly why such a policy is needed. If it were not, there would be little to no response — proven by the fact that there are already existing policies for children with extra needs and First Nations students that have been created with nary a ripple from the public. If the LGBTQ community were truly accepted and supported, as this parent group claims they would be under the general code of conduct policy, there might be a few questions around the creation of a separate policy. But, on the whole, no one would mind nor care. However, with the false statements of “life-

style choice” and “turning children homosexual” and the continuing of myths and untruths around bathroom safety, these parents are showing empirical evidence that statistics and factual studies state: the LGBTQ community continues to be targeted far more than other communities. Trustees Ho and Wong, and many of these parents, have also continually stated that parents get to make choices for their children’s education. And that parents get to make the decisions in their home. While true, what they are failing to understand, or choosing to ignore, is that what that actually means is they get to choose schooling and situations for their children that align with their personal and religious values — NOT that those beliefs and values get to dictate public education policy, or indeed curriculum. There is a reason why church and state are supposed to be separated, and one of those reasons is to facilitate growth and learning based on facts and realities. The arguments

put forth for not creating this policy are based on neither, and, in fact, contain incorrect and utterly false information. I do not share the beliefs of these parents. However, I do support their right to voice them — that is one of the basic rights and freedoms of this country. And one hopes that, by sharing opposing views, a dialogue can start about issues. However, I also absolutely support the freedom of equality granted to all in our country. Our LGBTQ community faces discrimination, physical, mental and emotional abuse, bullying and hateful actions on an unacceptable level; they are not equal. To deny a policy that protects the marginalized or targeted is unacceptable. And I am very glad to see we have a school board that is committed to working for equality for all. As a parent, but most importantly as a member of an inclusive society, I wholeheartedly support this policy. Megan Riter Richmond

Legal zoning doesn’t make it right Dear Editor, On the corner of Doulton Avenue and Doulton Place, (north-east of No. 2 Road and Frances Avenue) there is a massive three-storey home under construction. It has three full storeys and is already well above the roof line of all other houses in the area. I cannot wait to see this thing once it has a roof. A second house is starting construction at Doulton Avenue and Dakota. It is directly behind the house at Doulton and Doulton. Both are on lots of about 6,500 sq. ft. The new construction at Doulton and Doulton Place (the one without a roof yet) dwarfs a recently completed 4,000plus square-foot house on a nearby corner. A fourth property has recently been cleared for construction. It is opposite the place on Doulton and

Dakota. Yes, there are three new, massive homes in a row, either under construction or recently completed, on three corner lots in an established residential subdivision. A fourth is being built directly opposite one of the three houses just mentioned. All dwarf or will dwarf neighbouring properties. A fifth is under construction on Doulton Place, between 50 and 200 meters from all the aforementioned properties. This house has a massive wall that extends beyond the front and back of the neighbouring property. That existing property has been sentenced to limited natural light and sunshine and little or no ability to grow anything in the huge shadow of this house. It has the feel of a prison wall or a tunnel. I cannot believe that our mayor


and council think this is a good idea. Since none of this is new, I can only conclude they agree with what is happening. To allow massive structures that dwarf neighbourhoods is ridiculous. It is definitely unfair. The reason for allowing this is zoning? That’s nuts. Isn’t it the responsibility of the city to ensure that development is proper and appropriate? These megahomes are neither. Mayor Brodie and his councillors should hang their heads in shame when you consider what Richmond has become under their watch. Blind adherence to zoning and unaccountable elected officials does not build a livable city. John Edmondson Richmond

n Local Black History Month organizer Mary Wilson. File photo

Kudos for Black History support Dear Editor, Thank you to the people who participated in Richmond 2017, Black History Month events. At the launch, Roberta Price provided the territory welcome, while Mayor Malcolm Brodie read a proclamation to make February Black History Month in Richmond. We also saw the Canada Post's unveiling of the Mathieu Da Costa commemorative stamp for 2017 BHM. Emcee Daniel Sheriff kept us entertained and on track. There were tributes to Jean Augustine who, in 1995, encouraged legislation to recognize February as BHM in Canada and Lt .Col. Robert Alolega, who paid tribute to Canadian veterans of African/Black descent. Phyllis Adelyne States and Don Hardy serenaded us with soulful music. Alan Hill from the City of Richmond and Clay Tang from CHIMO Community Services and their staff added their expertise. Light refreshments by The Butler Did It Catering provided a fine end to the evening. I’d also like to thank volunteers Judy Hanazawa and Grace Boakye-Agyeman. Thank you to Wendy Jang from Richmond Public Library, which hosted a variety of programs, including Hogan’s Alley: A look at an early black community in Vancouver, presented by Yasin Misago; the showing and discussion of Selma, by Media Lab; Lauren Burrows Backhouse’s presentation, Early Black Pioneers in B.C; Valin Marshall from Black History Awareness Society in Victoria and the Children’s Reading Groups, hosted by Cindy Kloos and Deepika Thaman. Most of all, thank you Richmond for supporting these events and Canada 150, Richmond City Hall, Chimo Community Services, Richmond Public Library for making it happen. Mary Wilson Richmond



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Measles scare at YVR Graeme Wood

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ichmond’s health authority is warning that measles may have been spread at Vancouver International Airport on Feb. 24. Travellers on China Airlines Flight C132 (Taipei to Vancouver) and WestJet WS 186 (Vancouver to Edmonton) may have been exposed to the illness, according to Vancouver Coastal Health. Passengers waiting at Immigration/Customs and the domestic terminal at Vancouver International Airport, between 6:10 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 12:20 a.m. on Feb. 25, may also have been exposed. Anyone who may have been exposed to measles should watch for signs and symptoms until March 18, 2017, stated VCH in a news release. “Travellers who develop these symptoms

should see a doctor, and call the doctor’s office before going, so precautions can be taken to protect other patients. Passengers with symptoms should also report their illness to VCH Public Health by calling 604675-3900. “Most people in B.C. are immune to measles because they’ve had the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination or already had the illness as a child. MMR, which most people in B.C. have received, is safe and effective. Some young adults and those born outside Canada may not be completely immunized against measles.” “This case associated with international travel is a reminder that all travellers should ensure they are up-to-date with their measles and other vaccinations before travelling.” VCH operates travel clinics in Vancouver and Richmond; call 604-736-9244 for an appointment.

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mobile app for the public to hail a licensed taxi and install crash avoidance technology in all B.C. taxis. Taxis will also be given exclusive rights to street hailing. Stone wants to encourage municipalities to increase taxi supply, as well. Richmond has 156 taxis from three companies (Richmond Cabs, Garden City Cabs and Kimber Cabs). — Graeme Wood/Richmond News




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Learn more about graffiti and underground street art at the Lulu Series presentation with David Vertesi’s Collaboration as Innovation March 9 at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road) at 7 p.m. Once viewed as a form of vandalism, graffiti and underground street art have been gaining popularity as a legitimate art form

around the globe. Today, street art is finding its place with mainstream audiences. David Vertesi, Executive Director of the Vancouver Mural Festival. This talk will be preceded by a short performance by local beatboxer, Shamik.

n Friday

South Arm United Church invites the public to Sing a

Song With Me, a concert featuring singer/actress Christine Anton and pianist/ singer Perry Dickison on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at South Arm United Church (11051 #3 Road - corner of No. 3 Road and Steveston Hwy.). Enjoy the music of Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern and more. Tickets are $15 at the door.


Find out how you can save a life. Every day, people are losing their lives to overdoses in BC. These deaths are preventable. Many illegal drugs, including party drugs, have been found to contain deadly fentanyl. And even more toxic carfentanil is now being detected in BC. Not using drugs is the best defence — using alone is the greatest risk. If you use drugs or know someone who does, help is available. Learn about treatment, and where to find naloxone and overdose prevention sites in your area by calling 8-1-1 or visiting Your knowledge, compassion and action can save a life.

n Saturday

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style on the weekend when London Heritage Farm (6511 Dyke Road) hosts a special tea on March 11 and 12 from 12 – 5 p.m. For $12.50 per person, enjoy scones and special themed goodies from East Village Bakery. For more information, call 604-271-5220. Meet snakes, lizards and geckos at the Exotic Reptile Show on March 11 and 12, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Hwy.) The event is presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles. Admission is by donation. Proceeds support the Richmond Nature Park Society’s environmental education programs. For more information, call 604718-6188. Get ready to see the Greatest Show On Ice March 11 at 1 and 5 p.m. as the Connaught Skating Club showcases Richmond skaters of all levels who will entertain you with some incredible performances at Minoru Arenas (7551 Minoru Gate) Price: $10 for children under 10; $15 per adult; $30 for a family of four; free for children under four. Lace up your running shoes and take part in a free, timed (non-competitive)

n David Vertesi is the co-founder of Create Vancouver, a non-profit society that aims to change the way art is seen in the city. He will be the featured speaker at the Lulu Series presentation on March 9 on the subject of graffiti and underground street art. Photo submitted

5 km Parkrun on March 11 Middle Arm Trail and Waterfront Greenway (7920 Cambie Road) Start time is 8:45 a.m. For more information, and barcode registration, visit online at ParkRun. ca/RichmondOlympic/. As part of the Red Curtain Art Series, the Thompson Community Centre (5151 Granville Ave.) will be hosting local artists throughout 2017 for Canada’s 150th Birthday, and Axe Capoeira will be performing a Brazilian martial art on March 11 from 2 – 3 p.m. that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

n Sunday

Tap into your artistic side March 12 at the open studio, drop-in session with Richmond’s artist-in-residence Barbara Meneley from

1 – 3 p.m. at Branscombe House in Steveston (4900 Steveston Highway). Learn how to see everyday materials in new ways; creatively upcycle scrap paper to make unique art objects. Participants will learn precision paper-folding techniques, practice color composition, and develop skills in three-dimensional design. No experience necessary, all materials will be supplied. All ages are invited. The Cannery Farmers’ Market returns to Steveston March 12, inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (12138 4th Ave.) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This indoor community market, operated by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, features local food and artisan merchants, in a unique historic cannery setting.

Call for Public Comment B.C. credit union seeks to exit provincial regulation On Dec. 14, 2016, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union based in Surrey, B.C. announced that its members have voted to apply to be governed by the federal Bank Act and other applicable federal laws as a federal credit union. As part of the application, FICOM (the B.C. Regulator) and the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation, have now received formal notice, seeking their consent for the change. As FICOM considers this application, the regulator recognizes that the wider public and other financial institutions may wish to provide comment on this change of regulatory jurisdiction. FICOM is extending an invitation to the public for feedback to inform the decision on consent. Comments must be received no later than March 30th, 2017. You can find out more about the proposed change here: Please send your comments and concerns to: Or write to FICOM at: Commission Consultation Financial Institutions Commission 2800 - 555 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6

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ety and took special interest in cultivating the colourful dahlias in the site’s heritage garden. ichmond recently lost one “He took over minding the of its close connections flowers from a retired couple with the past. who weren’t able to volunteer Bill London, whose family their time there anymore built and ran London Farm, and made it his responsibilpassed away Feb. 1, leaving ity,” Eileen said, adding the behind him a treasure trove hobby even spilled over to of memories and a garden their own backyard, where full of spectacular dahlias at Bill would raise new varieties the century-plus old heritage of the flowers and transplant site overlooking the Steveston some to the farm. waterfront. “Bill was also an avid “He was so very proud of golfer who’d meet up with his family, that’s why he was his teacher friends, who so involved with the farm,” had also retired, and play at said London’s wife, Eileen. Country Meadows at least “He would always be there, once a week,” Eileen said. helping set up and take “He was also a very kind and things down for weddings gentle soul.” and other special Local realtor occasions. And Keith Liedtke, who he just loved the served on the herflowers. It was a itage farm society special thing for board with Bill, him.” said he put a lot of London, who effort into helping would have been out wherever he 80 this August, could, whether was born in n Bill London it was putting out Vancouver, went to chairs and raising UBC and then taught high tents for special events, or school (Palmer and McNair tending to the flowers in the secondary schools) math garden. and physical education in “We’d be stringing up Richmond where he and EiChristmas lights together and leen raised two children. Bill Bill would bring his camera never lived on the farm that when we had photos with his grandfather, Charles E. Santa at the farm,” Liedtke London, built in the 1880s. said. “And he’d assist with But he maintained an attachthe restoration projects, as ment to it throughout his life. well.” “When Bill’s father came On that point, Bill was able back after serving in the First to tap into a unique and deWorld War, he didn’t want finitive source of information. to be a farmer and moved “It was kinda neat because the family into Vancouver,” his aunt (May London) in Eileen said, adding her Victoria, the sister of one of husband’s interest in helping the original Londons who preserve the farm grew as it built the farm, would come eventually became the reover for celebrations at the sponsibility of the city, which farm and Bill would arrange now maintains it as a popular that,” said local historian and heritage site. former London Farm board Bill played a role for member Ron Hyde. “And several years as the chair of when we had questions on the board of directors for the how something should be London Heritage Farm SociStaff Reporter




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restored at the farmhouse, Bill would just phone up his aunt and get the information so we could do the work and make it as close to the original as possible.” Liedtke said Bill did so much for the city and touched many lives, as a teacher and historical resource and custodian. “He was the last, active member of the London family to play a role with the historic farmhouse,” Liedtke said. “And with him gone now, that’s a big loss for our community.”

n London Heritage Farm was built in the 1880s and today is one of the city’s popular historical sites, which includes a spectacular garden full of dahlias that were tended by Bill London, a descendent of the farm’s original family. Bill London passed away Feb. 1. Photo submitted

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n Richmond Centre MP Alice Wong (above) was on hand on March 4 to present members of the 180th Pacific Coast Scout Group with a Canadian flag they will take with them on an international service project trip to Taiwan later this year. While abroad, the scouts will work with local youth in rural areas to help develop their digital literacy by teaching them technical skills used in today’s workplace. The scouts will also raise awareness about ecological conservation and protection, while learning about Taiwan’s ecology and history. Photos by Gord Goble/Special to the News

KIDS ‘JAMMED’ FULL OF SCIENCE n Students in Grades 4 -7 from schools across Richmond displayed their scientific savvy Feb. 28 at Aberdeen Centre during the annual Science Jam event, which is billed as the biggest, non-competitive science fair in B.C. Photos by Collin Neal/ Special to the News




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he McMath Wildcats got to see first hand just how deep and competitive the Fraser Valley region proved to be this season. The young Wildcats closed out an impressive campaign with a 12th place finish at the B.C. “AAA” Girls Basketball Championships. They entered the 16-team tournament as the No. 9 seed thanks to a second place finish in the Lower Mainland, however, it provided nothing in the way of an easier path. McMath opened against the No. 8 Lord Tweedsmuir — the Cloverdale school that was the team to beat at the Fraser Valley Championships but was upset (85-83) by Abbotsford in the quarter-finals. The Panthers would not lose again. They won their remaining games to finish fifth at the Valleys then rolled to an 86-44 victory over McMath. They ended their dominant run by avenging the earlier loss to Abbotsford with a 67-57 win in Saturday night’s championship game. Meanwhile, the Wildcats turned their attention consolation play, defeating a tougher than expected Mt. Baker Wild team from Cranbrook, before falling to Vancouver champion Churchill 56-47 on Friday morning. They closed out the tournament Saturday afternoon with one final taste of Fraser Valley competition, this time dropping a 70-48 decision to Abbotsford’s Yale Lions. The future is bright for this group. Only two players will be lost to graduation and just one starter — Mahara GibsonZeinoun — although they will certainly miss the guard’s athleticism and leadership. Abby Zawada had a tremendous season and the city MVP is poised to be one of the top Grade 12s in the province next year.

Leading Scorers L. DiPietro (Rmd) R. Smith (Kam) A. Kedra (FV) A. Long (TWU) T. Chiu (SF) T. Jaksa (TWU) E. Jude (MR) K. Mihalcheon (SF) A. Choy (Island) E. Bajkov (TWU) C. Hambly (SF) T. Chang (SF) N. Lim (Rmd) N. May (SF)

■ McMath Wildcats’ Mahara Gibson-Zeinoun hauls in a rebound in her team’s win over the Mt. Baker Wild at the B.C. AAA Girls Basketball Championships. She is just one of two graduating players on the Wildcats’ roster. Photo by Mark Booth

Steveston-London finishes 2nd at Grade 8 provincials


teveston-London Sharks concluded an outstanding season with a second place finish at the B.C. Grade 8 Girls Invitational Basketball Championships in Pitt Meadows. Coming off earlier wins in the Richmond and Vancouver District playoffs, the Sharks rode their momentum all the way to Saturday’s title game before falling to a juggernaut team from Semiahmoo. The road to the final was hardly an easy one as Steveston-London opened with a 49-34 victory over Seaquam, then slipped past Gordon Head 38-35 in the quarterfinals. The girls booked their spot in the championship game with a 48-39 triumph on Friday against

Lord Tweedmuir. Three challenging games in as many days, coupled with a dominant Semiahmoo team resulted in the Sharks being on the short end of a 89-25 decision. The South Surrey school was a major force all season, to the point where they were also beating many of the top junior teams in the province. The Sharks still proved they will be a major force in the years to come. They also were named the tournament’s most sportsmanlike team, while Mina Chong and Katie Chan were named first and second team all-stars respectively. On the boys side, the McMath Wildcats turned in a strong performance from start to finish — ending

up in eighth place. They opened with a 59-44 round of 16 win over Gordon Head, then dropped a 6857 decision to eventual runner-up C&G Howe. The Wildcats were edged 65-62 in overtime by Vancouver College, before closing out the tournament with a 60-28 win over Churchill. The MacNeill Ravens concluded their solid season with a 10th place finish. They opened with a heartbreaking 60-58 loss to Abby Middle School, then rebounded with consolation wins against Ladysmith (52-31) and Vernon (55-32). They concluded play Saturday with 53-45 loss to Gordon Head. Jackson Thackwray was named a second team tournament all-star.

In Courtenay, the McMath Wildcats finished fifth at the B.C. Grade 9 Boys Invitational Championships. The Wildcats cruised past Lake Trail 60-44 in the opening round, then lost a tight battle with St. George’s, 51-43. The boys bounced back with consolation wins over Tupper (68-58) and Carson Graham (58-42). Rohan Balaggan and Victor Radocaj were name second and third team all-stars respectively. Earlier, at the B.C. Grade 9 Girls Championships, RC Palmer wrapped up a terrific season with a 12th place finish. The future is bright for this group with over half the team aging up from Grade 8 to play.

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■ A 5-1 win over Arbutus on Sunday in the championship game earned the PCAHA President’s League Blue Group playoff banner for Seafair Minor Hockey’s Midget C2 team.


eafair Minor Hockey’s C2 Midget team closed out an outstanding season in style by being crowned Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association President’s League Blue Group playoff champions. Seafair concluded their post-season run with a 5-1 win over arch-rival Arbutus Club C1 in Sunday’s championship game. The result came just 48 hours after the teams met to close out round-robin play — a game Arbutus won 7-5. Still, the locals’ 4-3-2 record was good enough for second place and another shot at the Vancouver squad. Brandon Woo opened the scoring midway into the first period with a brilliant slap shot from the blueline. His effort seemed to inspire his teammates as Seafair played terrific hockey the rest of the way. “They started out pretty tight,” said assistant coach Chris Wong, “That first goal took the lid off and it was like they knew they could do it at that point.” Goals followed by Mason Wong, Tyler

Coulson and Kyle Wong. Cameron Knight scored the final goal late in the third period. Goalie Isaac Fung played a brilliant game, allowing just the one goal in the final period. Defencemen Patrick Phi, Adam Barish, Quintin Long, Parker Shaw, Parm Shidhu, Sam Moor-Smith and Riley Wong battled hard to keep Arbutus at bay. Forwards Chase Eichen, Mitchell Schroter, Giancarlo Sellitti, Brian Steeves and Emma Wallace were instrumental in all plays as a good portion of the game was played in the Arbutus zone. The playoff championship is in addition to Seafair also earning regular season honours and taking first place at the Seattle Arctic Blast tournament.” Head coach Dan Wallace and assistants Paul Knight and Chris Wong did a great job guiding the team and keeping the adrenaline up. Manager Rhonda Barish also worked hard all season keeping everyone organized.


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LIVING TRUTH BAPTIST CHURCH 3720 Broadway Street, Richmond BC We are a multicultural Christian Faith Community Join us in our Worship Service.....2:00 p.m. Sunday School and Fellowship Follows Pastor: Joe De Guzman.....778-997-5673

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