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NEWS: New education minister sets eyes on Richmond schools 3 n Ron Mahy leads a group of motorcyclists in the third-annual memorial ride in Richmond Saturday in honour of his daughter Christy Mahy, who was 36 years old when she was struck and killed by an SUV on Sea Island in 2014. No charges have yet been laid in connection with the incident. Photo by Boaz Joseph/Special to the Richmond News

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Only city in North America where cigarettes the No. 1 fire starter PAULACARLSON Contributor


t’s official: Richmond is smoking hot. And it’s not a good thing. With temperatures heating up and hazy skies reminding residents that the province’s Interior wildfires are not that far away from the Lower Mainland, Richmond Fire-Rescue is issuing an urgent warning about discarded cigarettes, which are now the number-one cause of fires in the city. Firefighters are currently having to respond to more than two cigarette-started fires each day, said Richmond Fire-Rescue spokesperson Capt. Brian MacLeod. During the first 25 days of July, fire crews responded to 55 blazes caused by carelessly discarded cigarettes and other smokers’ materials, such as matches, lighters and pipes. “These statistics are alarming and an

anomaly to the City of Richmond,” MacLeod said. “We aren’t aware of anywhere else in North America where smoking materials are attributed as the number-one cause of fires.” Cooking usually the main fire culprit, he said, and those blazes are accidental. Cigarette fires are almost 100 per cent preventable, said MacLeod, and as far as he’s concerned, discarding cigarettes improperly amounts to negligence. Butts are being tossed out of car windows (MacLeod noted new vehicles don’t come equipped with ashtrays anymore so incidents are on the rise), thrown on the ground and flicked off condo balconies. “This is especially problematic in Richmond with the older buildings,” he said. Richmond crews attend three fire calls a day on average and smoking-related blazes are now accounting for more than two-thirds of the responses, MacLeod said. These same types of fires accounted for just 43 per cent of all fires in Richmond in

2016. Cigarette fires entail sending out a truck, a minimum fire crew of four, and sometimes an inspector to ensure the fire doesn’t continue to smoulder under bark mulch or peat moss. “That truck is now taken out of service and can’t respond to other emergency calls,” MacLeod said. With the current tinder-dry conditions, people need to alter their behaviour immediately, said Richmond Fire Chief John McGowan. “We need to make a change and it needs to happen right now,” McGowan said. “Regardless of how the fires start, carelessly discarded smokers’ material fires are almost always preventable with care.” Due to the continued high fire risk, a number of trails in Richmond have been closed and all open air burning is completely prohibited in the city. See City page 4

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Education minister flush with cash vows n B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming, MLA for VictoriaSwan Lake, speaks to Richmond residents in Steveston last June. Fleming is promising the Richmond School District will get the money it is asking for, and more. File photo

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ritish Columbia’s new Minister of Education Rob Fleming said his number-one priority in Richmond is ensuring the school district has the money it needs to restore class sizes to 2002 levels. From there, the minister said he will turn his attention to seismically upgrading schools. “Our goal is to meet or do better than what the district is proposing,” said Fleming. What the district is proposing, included in its $328.6-million five-year capital plan submitted in late June, is an ambitious seismic remediation plan for 11 schools at an estimated cost of $210 million. “What’s exciting for me is we have a provincial government that’s on the same page with the district for the concerns that have been dominating our public education for a long time,” said Fleming, who personally called Board of Education Chair Debbie Tablotney to discuss Richmond School District goals, when he became the minister last month. Tablotney said the call was a pleasant surprise relative to past ministers’ methods of communication. She said Fleming’s new NDP Ministry of Education still owes the district $3 million to fully fund new teachers under what the B.C. Liberals called the “Classroom Enhancement Fund,” which is actually just an order by the Supreme Court of Canada to restore class size and composition to 2002 levels, when such matters were illegally stripped from the teachers’ bargaining table by the government.

The district needs $30 million but has only expects to complete: Bridge, Dixon, Gilmore, received $27 million. Still, Tablotney said Lee and Whiteside. The five latter schools it’s enough to resume hiring teachers, after will be the biggest projects, all costing an the district initially delayed hiring roughly estimated $24 million each. one-third of the 310 new, full-time teachers Cook elementary school has already reit needs to pare down ceived the green light class sizes. from the past B.C. The district’s Direc...we have a provincial government Liberal government tor of Facilities Clive to receive $14 million that’s on the same page with the Mason has already in seismic upgrades. submitted the district’s Former education district for the concerns that have plan to the ministry to minister Mike Bernier been dominating our public seismically upgrade said the government 11 of the 25 schools had earmarked $2 education for a long time. in need of serious billion during the next – Minister Rob Fleming repair. If everything is three years for capital funded and on schedprojects, adding that ule, the first schools he was committed to estimated to be completed in mid-2021 will upgrading every school outside of Vancouver be: Ferris, Tomsett, Steves, Tait and Mitchell by 2025. elementary schools, as well as Boyd secondRichmond could begin another round of ary school. At the end of 2021 the district 11 school upgrades in 2021 and have 23

complete by 2025. Mason told the News the district is limited in the number of upgrades it can do at once, as it would be impossible logistically to move so many students around as various wings to schools undergo repair. As it stands, the district still needs to devise a plan to shuffle students between schools during repairs. “We have a number of schools that need to be fixed. No one is thinking they’ll all get fixed at once. Capacity-wise you can only fix a few at a time. Our hope is to get the ball rolling... and funding commitments in place,” said Trustee Ken Hamaguchi, who is looking forward to a special seismic project office to be set up to streamline the process. Meanwhile, the district is also tabling its plans for two major elementary school projects. First, Dover Park elementary will cost $24 million to build and could be completed as early as 2021. Next, a new school in the City Centre is expected to cost $71 million, of which $47 million will be for land acquisition. It was thought the sale of Steveston High would pay for a new school, but Tablotney said Richmond’s hot real estate market has been devaluing the $41 million the district received in 2013. The district was also asked by the Liberals to take $1 million from the Steveston High pot to fund Cook. Richmond also needs to expand Hamilton elementary at an estimated cost of $9 million. And Talmey elementary’s expansion requires a $7-million land purchase. Fleming also said the new government would unclog a “backlog” of maintenance. In Richmond, there are six projects (roofs, lighting etc.) worth a total of $5.6 million.

Realtor alleges 'unethical and unlawful practices' Sam Coooper

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prominent Richmond realtor has been accused in a lawsuit by her former employer, New Coast Realty, of “forging and concealing” changes made to 11 contracts and causing the firm to lose listings contracts and commissions. But in her response to the lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court, realtor Wendy Yang alleges “it was common practice” for realtors at New Coast to write their manager’s name on documents submitted to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) and that she left the firm because she refused to take part in what she believed were “unethical and unlawful practices.” The case is set for trial in 2018 and none of the allegations have

been proven in court. The claim also states th without New Coast’s New Coast alleges in that k its claim that, in January knowledge, Yang inc 2016, “unbeknownst to cluded, in the terms for tw contracts, language New Coast... Yang was two th reduced New Coast’s planning her departure to that c a competitor real estate commissions. agency, Metro Edge.” It also alleges that Yang e According to the claim, entered into four new listin agreements for Metro New Coast learned in ing n Wendy Yang early February 2016 that Edge while still under “Ms. Yang had forged the contract with New Coast. name of New Coast’s managing New Coast complained to the broker” on 11 amended listing REBGV and the board terminated contracts and Yang “surreptitiously each of the contracts re-listed by submitted them to the Real Estate Yang, according to the claim. Board of Greater Vancouver, As a result, New Coast has lost thereby purporting to terminate commissions of $231,000 and fueach of the listing contracts.” ture commissions, and is seeking Yang switched her licence to damages over the alleged losses, a new firm, Metro Edge, and rethe claim states. listed nine of the contracts with But Yang’s response alleges that Metro Edge as the listing brokershe decided to leave the brokerage, New Coast’s claim says. age because her manager at the

... unbeknownst to New Coast... Yang was planning her departure to a competitor real estate agency, Metro Edge. – New Coast Realty lawsuit claim time, Ze Yu Wu, pressured her into “unethical and unlawful phantom assignments and other unlawful and unethical practices which she refused to be involved in.” “Phantom assignments” refers to a controversial practice, also known as “shadow flipping,” in which sales contracts for properties are transferred by brokers

multiple times before a sale closes. The response states as a result of Yang’s refusal to take part in unethical business, Wu took steps to ensure further business stopped coming to Yang. And so, she “took marketing steps at her cost to obtain listings.” Yang’s response states she joined Metro Edge Realty after she was “terminated” at New Coast, and “the only listings the defendant (Yang) dealt with were listings she had obtained as a result of her own efforts.” Yang’s response to allegations that she forged amended listing contracts states “it was common practice and accepted by the plaintiff (New Coast) for team leaders to sign the broker’s name on administrative communications with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.”



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City park Authorities warn of heat risks DAISYXIONG closures Staff Reporter


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Park and trail closures (as of July 31) include: Shell Road Trail, Horseshoe Slough Trail, Bridgeport Trail, Queens Canal Trails, and Nature Park West boardwalks and trails. To raise awareness of the escalating cigarette danger, Richmond FireRescue is asking the public to support a new campaign called The World is Not Your Ashtray – Butt Out Responsibly. Removable stickers that can be placed in vehicle windows are available at all seven Richmond fire halls or from a firefighter, if you see one. For more options to get a sticker, call 604-278-5131. If you are a smoker: • Extinguish cigarettes in deep, non-combustible ashtrays. • Make sure matches and cigarette butts in ashtrays are wet and completely extinguished before putting them in the garbage. • Never extinguish smoking materials in planted pots, bark mulch or peat moss. • Never throw cigarettes or other smoking materials on the ground. • Keep lighters, matches and cigarettes away from children.


ealth authorities have urged residents to take extra care to prevent heat-related risks as a heat wave hits the city this week. The temperature in Richmond is expected to hit 28 degrees Celsius on Friday, which will feel much hotter on the humidex. The heat will continue until Sunday. The average daily temperature in the first week of August is 22-23 degrees. A haze fell over the city Tuesday as smoke from wildfires in the Interior pushed in, posing potential health risks relating to air quality, especially to people with medical conditions. “We advise residents with breathing or cardiac conditions to stay in air-conditioned environments,” said Meena Dawar, Richmond’s Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health. “Also, keep monitoring the air quality posted by Environment Canada.” Compared to smoke, more people are at risk of heat-related diseases, according to Dawar, “but it is something preventable.” Young people, seniors, those with underlying health conditions, workers in the heat and homeless people are most at risk during the hot weather. “Keep an eye on your loved ones, especially elders that live alone. Homes can build up heat during the day without them realizing it, so make sure they are informed,” said Dawar. She suggests parents should be concerned if their young ones are not eating, drinking or

n Medical Health Officer Meena Dawar is urging people to keep hydrated and check on loved ones during this week’s heat wave. File photo

peeing much. These may be signs of overheating or dehydration and action should be taken to check that the child is hydrated and cool. “We can think of some heat-related illnesses like heat fatigue, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat swelling, heat rash, and others. For those who have chronic diseases, it will be much harder to cope with the high temperatures.” Residents are advised to stay in an airconditioned environment for at least one to two hours a day to reduce the risk of getting heat-related illnesses. Those without air-conditioned homes can go to public places such as shopping malls, supermarkets, libraries, community centres, swimming pools or ice rinks to cool down, which would see the Province strengthen and twin the especially

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It’s time to look at better options for solving tunnel congestion By Malcolm Brodie Mayor Traffic congestion around the Massey Tunnel causes real frustration daily for thousands from across the region who drive along the Highway 99 corridor. This bottleneck affects our residents as well as our regional economy since it hampers the free flow of both people and goods. A viable proposal to address this challenge is long overdue. Unfortunately, the Provincial bridge plan advanced over the past few years has never been the right solution. The proposed bridge is designed in part to accommodate larger ships navigating the river channel. Without the tunnel, some would advocate for the river to be dredged to a greater depth. However, since the Port has now confirmed it will not dredge the river any deeper in the foreseeable future, why remove the tunnel? Until this bridge plan was formulated, the solution had always involved upgrading and twinning the tunnel. If built, the negative impacts of the bridge include the encouragement of more single occupant vehicles that only heighten congestion, loss of farmland and parkland, consequences for the environment, new overhead Hydro line transmission towers, and more. The entire project would negatively impact Richmond significantly. Richmond City Council recently asked the Premier of British Columbia to suspend the current work associated with the project pending a comprehensive review and analysis. Richmond has suggested two specific options, both of City of Richmond | 6911 No. 3 Rd. Richmond BC V6Y 2C1 | Tel: 604-276-4000

existing tunnel, while at the same time make significant investments in public transportation and infrastructure. Measures would be proposed to remove the largest trucks from the corridor during peak rush-hours. Under one option, the Province would add a new 4-lane tube adjacent to the upgraded, existing tunnel. Two of the four new lanes would be reserved for High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) as well as public buses or eventually Light Rapid Transit (LRT). The remaining two new lanes would accommodate general traffic.

The second option would add to the upgraded, existing tunnel a new 2-lane tunnel for public transit and HOV use. Thus, either option would address in a timely manner the existing congestion and could be completed within the funding envelope earmarked for the bridge project. Concerns expressed about the tunnel’s future ability to withstand a major earthquake are ill-founded. Building on the tunnel’s recent upgrades, the further suggested improvements would ensure it would be seismically on par with spans crossing the region’s other water bodies. A cost-effective, environmentally-sound solution to the congestion problems around the Massey Tunnel cannot wait. After prompt examination, let’s reconsider this ill-conceived massive bridge plan in favour of a far better option. For a complete overview of the City’s concerns and our examination of options to twin the tunnel – take some time to visit

Heat safety tips: • Spend at least several hours every day in an air-conditioned facility. • Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages (preferably water) regularly. • Wear loose, lightweight clothing. • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses in the sun. • Stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more. • Open windows (ensuring children are not at risk of falling from them), close shades or blinds, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven at home. • Apply cool water mist or wet towels to your body prior to sitting in front of a fan. • Avoid tiring work or exercise in the heat, or drink at least two glasses of water each hour if you must exercise. • Limit outdoor activity during the day to early morning and evening. • Check in regularly with anyone who lives alone, particularly older people, those with mental illness and anyone else who is unable to leave their un-air conditioned homes, for signs of heat-related illness. • NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked car

from 4 to 6 p.m., when the temperature is at its peak. For those who have to work outdoors, Dawar says to “make sure you wear light-coloured loose clothing, wear a hat, put sunscreen on, try to stay in the shade, and stay hydrated. Don’t wait till you get thirsty before you start drinking water, and eat a lot of fruit. “If you feel overheated, get away from the sun, drink a lot of water and put some water over your head, That’s the best way to cool down quickly, then go to see your physician.” The city said emergency shelters for homeless residents will be activated if the heat becomes severe. However, this point has not been reached yet, so the city is still monitoring the situation.


A park named Lulu The City of Richmond has chosen the name Lulu Island Park for its future City Centre park along the Fraser River’s middle arm. Mayor Malcolm Brodie announced the name at a council meeting July 24. Lulu Island Park will begin immediately north of the Dinsmore Bridge and extend to near Cambie Road, along the river’s dyke trail. The city is in the tail-end of purchasing 28 acres of light industrial land and will demolish the existing buildings to make way for the likes of a large festival field, a native forest and wetland and an observation hill for rowing and Dragon Boat competitions. Moving people to and from the park will be a planned, $11-million, four-lane arterial road, River Parkway, which will replace River Road north of the Dinsmore Bridge and extend to Capstan



English sign coming Graeme Wood

Staff Reporter


Chinese-only sign installed by Canadian Tire on No. 3 Road has been removed by management after several Richmondites complained to the company last month. The signs indicate to potential shoppers or passersby that there is to be no dumping of recyclables in and around the store. The Richmond News asked a Canadian Tire spokesperson why the signs were not posted in English as well, and also inquired about whether or not the store had been briefed by City of Richmond staff, which is said to be on an education campaign to direct City Centre businesses to include English on signage. “The dealer has removed the sign until an English version can be posted alongside it. The signs will be reposted sometime next week,” said Canadian Tire Communications Advisor Ceilidh McMeekin, by email, offering no explanation as to why the signs only targeted Chinese-speaking people. Community activist Kerry Starchuk, who has petitioned the city to implement official language requirements on business signs, said this is one of many examples of Chinese-only signage becoming increasingly customary in the city. “Why has the store chosen to put the notices in a language without either of Canada’s official languages? Is the store not aware that there are 161 languages spoken in Richmond and there have been all differ-

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ww waasssseen n TTssaaw ocailety FenstFiveasl tSiv SunSu n A Chinese-only sign at Canadian Tire on No. 3 Road advises that dumping recyclables around the store is prohibited. The sign has now been removed until an English version can be posted alongside. Photo submitted

ent cultures that have supported Canadian Tire over the years?” wrote Starchuk to Canadian Tire. The News asked the city last week whether or not Canadian Tire was briefed about its new policy of inclusivity on business signs, but no one responded by press time. The city has stated in the past it encourages businesses to have English on all signs. The matter can be nuanced in many ways. For instance, the city only regulates official signs and the Canadian Tire anti-dumping sign is more of a poster. However, such a poster would fall under a new “clutter bylaw” that seeks to clear unwanted signs from the sidewalk view – and thus in a roundabout way limiting potentially controversial signs.

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Tommy Wong awarded ‘The Glory of Chinese’ award Daisy Xiong

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theatre performance was held last Thursday in Richmond to celebrate more than 150 years of Chinese-Canadian history, followed by an awards ceremony to commemorate Chinese-Canadian veterans who fought in World War II.

n Tommy Wong. File photo.

Five Chinese-Canadian veterans, including Richmond’s 99-year-old veteran Tommy Wong, were granted “The Glory of Chinese” award by the Richmond-based Canadian Community Service Association (CCSA) in recognition of their contribution towards winning full citizenship for all Chinese-Canadians.

About 1,000 guests, including MP Joe Peschisolido and Mayor Malcolm Brodie watched the show at the River Rock Theatre, which covered the founding of Canada to the present day, using a combination of dance, mini-plays, monologues and videos, taking the audience on a journey through time. “Through the show, we hope more people will understand the n The Glory of Chinese award. Photo by Richard Sun. history of ChineseCanadians, and immigration during the gold rush in understand that Chinese-Canadians Barkerville in 1863, the performance are not outsiders; we are one of the then moved on to the construction of builders of this country,” said CCSA the Canadian Pacific Railway in the President Hua Niu. 1880s by thousands of Chinese work“We also hope for more Chinese ers, many of whom lost their lives. immigrants to understand that we are Artists also reproduced the scene held accountable for the country and when Chinese-Canadians fought for should continue to work together with the right to serve in the armed forces other ethnicities to make Canada a during World War II and new immibetter place,” said Niu. grants’ visions in modern times. The vignettes were set in key periods The show is the culmination of a in Chinese-Canadian history. Begintwo-year effort featuring about 150 ning with the early wave of Chinese amateur and professional artists.

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his week is Pride Week throughout the City of Richmond. Mayor Malcolm Brodie issued the Pride Week proclamation for July 31 to Aug. 6, to complement a host of activities at civic facilities to acknowledge the LGBTQ community. “The City of Richmond values diversity as one of its fundamental strengths and understands that the work of creating a fully inclusive society is ongoing and there is need to expand people’s ideas about gender and sexual expression,” said Brodie in a news release Monday. According to the city, to mark Pride Week, youth in the city’s new Media Lab program joined together to paint the exterior steps at the main entrance to the Richmond Cultural Centre in the rainbow colours of the Pride flag. Staff at the Richmond Ice Centre also painted the referees’ circle on the Coliseum Rink ice in rainbow colours. A number of Richmond’s community centres as well as Richmond Public Library and Minoru Aquatic Centre have also created a variety of displays highlighting Pride Week. Several Pride Week events are also being held around Richmond. See for details.

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'Free' Nature Park event by donation Dear Editor, I’m just wondering if there are any other parents besides me that are annoyed by the increasing demand for organizations demanding a monetary amount to gain admittance to City of Richmond events that were assumed “free” and already covered by taxpayers. I have raised two children on my own in Richmond and work full-time. Over the years, while watching them develop, I have always strived to attend events in our city that included the Richmond Nature Park as I always found it important for them to understand and respect our wildlife and environment. Attending these city events were free (thanks to taxpayers) and I was not forced to give money at any time to attend. The last fossil show that I tried to take my children to was an unpleasant experience and somewhat embarrassing. At the door there was a large donation box and I was told in order for us to enter, we had to donate money. To demand money to enter would be classified as admission and this is not a fair deal to many families who can’t afford to donate. If there is an expense to put on a show, call it admission and let families be aware

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ahead of time. I remember one year for Open Doors, there was a location that demanded a “donation” before the public could visit displays and there was outrage that a City or Richmond event would allow this to happen. I ask that the Richmond Nature Park would discontinue the practice of demand-

ing a donation to get in the door to see a supposedly taxpayer-funded event. This would allow many families that are struggling financially to be able to attend future events without the same embarrassment that my family endured. Sarah Dyson Richmond

Homes taller, shadows longer Dear Editor, Re: “Backyards take backseat to the builders at hearing,” Richmond News, July 21. It is not only the backyards that have taken a backseat in the latest bylaw changes related to regulating the setbacks of single-family homes. The new bylaw amendments do not take into account the clear mandate for change that was given to council by a majority of residents who took the time to fill out the survey on house sizes. It certainly does not take into account the depth of distress that mega homes have caused neighbours whose sunlight and privacy have become severely compromised as these massive homes get built next to them. The problem is not who is buying and living in these homes or who is building them. The problem is this disruptive style of architecture where homes are built with really high ceilings and minimum setbacks (space between homes). Please see the attached picture of a lego model for two-storey homes. The model was built (by me) to explain to my family why high ceilings, and how they contribute to square footage in Richmond, is really at the heart of the problem of mega homes. The numbers on the face of the lego blocks represent the ceiling height in feet. The house in the centre with eight-foot ceiling heights are the majority of houses from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and the early 2000s.

You may be surprised to know that in Richmond the square footage of each of these houses is counted the same. That to me is an incentive to the seekers and builders of mega homes to build big and this incentive is intact even after the city has worked hard to mitigate the negative effect of mega homes for more than two years. I find it ironic that one of the builders was concerned about “over regulation” when it is the current regulation around ceiling height that has fuelled the developers’ ability to build huge homes and yet remain within the city’s allowable square footage. I think a true compromise would have been to amend how ceiling height counts towards allowable square footage, and it would have still allowed for people to build bigger homes but mitigated the negative impacts to neighbours and also allowed people to fit in the amenities they need in a less voluminous home. A compromise could also have been reached adopting the changes recommended by the city staff and mandated by a majority of residents through the survey. But many proposed fixes in the survey such as reducing allowable square footage, reducing projection for garages and having more setbacks for second-storey balconies and decks, never even made it to the stage of staff recommendations. At the public meeting July 17, the builders’ lobby even man-

n Resident Niti Sharma contends that developers and builders won the day at city council on house sizes. A Lego display shows why. Photo submitted.

aged to dilute the change to the backyard setback recommended by staff and mandated by a majority of the survey respondents. This change was justified by the builder’s lobby on the basis of two misleading arguments. The first claims that since the projection into the backyard will only be single storey, it will not cause shadowing. This is untrue since the single storey of today’s massive homes can be 16 feet or five metres tall. This is almost equal to the height of two storeys in homes built prior to the early 2000s. At this scale, it will certainly cause shadowing. The second argument claims this space is needed to build secondary suites to address affordability. Secondary suites can easily be built over the three-car garage projection in the front yard that is still part of the bylaw. In fact, when built over the garage,

t secondary suite does not even the c count towards the square footage o the home. of And if a secondary suite does need to be built on the first storey t generate additional income, to t homeowner should be willing the t sacrifice some of their allowto a square footage and trade an able a amenity for adding a suite as opposed to diluting staff’s proposed backyard setback (25 per cent of lot depth) and create continued shadowing. However, despite the evidence, the builder’s proposed change to the backyard setback was accepted by all council members and the mayor other than Coun. Carol Day, and the bylaw, in its current form, is very much an intended consequence. The current bylaw amendments do throw some morsels of livability at the residents who have begged for relief from massive homes but it will certainly not be enough to offer access to sunlight and reasonable privacy for those who live in the immediate vicinity of these mega-builds. I sure hope that the changes in the front yard landscaping requirement will allow more mature trees and hedges to be saved and keep room for songbirds and other living creatures to co-exist in this garden of white elephants. The neighbours be damned, the community be damned and who cares about the Earth, since it cannot show up at the public meeting. Niti Sharma, Richmond



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'Safe' now. But later? Dear Editor, Re: “Herbicide risk low: Prof,” Richmond News, July 28, 2017. Who’s asking this professor’s opinion on “risk.” The concerned Burkeville resident should be concerned, as her garden is now no longer organic. Chemicals don’t need a CDC-level confirmation of carcinogenic nature to still be harmful. What if the harm is negligible? Why should this person, or anyone seeking a chemical-free diet, not have such choice?

Perhaps, in 30 years, technology we don’t have now will show this herbicide is carcinogenic and what if our unnamed Burkevillian gardener has just died of the cancer it causes? She should have the right and ability to protect herself as she sees fit. As to the claimed safeness of this herbicide, do the applicators wear protective clothing and masks? Why? Curiously yours, George Pope Richmond

Ideas abound on making Steveston feet-friendly Dear Editor, Further to the recent Public Feedback Forum for the Steveston Village streetscape vision, I suggest the following: 1. Create a pedestrian precinct on part of Bayview Street by closing it to vehicles from First to Second avenues. 2. Make Third Avenue one-way north from Bayview to Moncton Sreet and modify to two-hour, public, angled street parking. This will restrict through traffic on Bayview and the area will be more pedestrian friendly. 3. Similarly make No.1 Road one-way south from Moncton to Bayview and modify to two-hour public, angled parking. 4. Make Bayview one-way west from No. 1 Road to Third Ave (interrupted by the new Bayview pedestrian precinct). The slower one-way traffic will enhance cycling safety on this part of Bayview. 5. Create a bus station with public washrooms on the south side of Chatham Street, near Fourth Avenue. 6. Create pedestrian islands at the street intersections on Chatham Street and reduce

to two traffic lanes from First Avenue to Garry Point Park entrance. Provide a dedicated single bus bay drop-off and pick-up in a part of each side of Chatham between First and Second Avenue. Provide angled, two-hour public parking on either side of Chatham in all other areas similar to the parking on the avenues. 7. Place a moratorium on any development on existing surface parking lots and with no municipal parking meters. These areas are to remain for parking only. Geoff White Richmond

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n Ron Mahy (far left and on motorcyle at left) led a third-annual memorial ride on July 29 dedicated to his daughter Christy Mahy (in picture frame), who was 36 when she was struck and killed by an SUV on Sea Island in 2014. No charges have yet been laid in connection with the incident. About two dozen motorcycles took part in the ride, which began at The Flying Beaver and travelled to Langley. Photos by Boaz Joseph/Special to the Richmond News


n Above, a group of percussionists backs up a lion dance by the Kin Fung Athletic Group during the Richmond Arts and Cultural Festival at Lansdowne Centre, while an unidentified girl (left) covers her ears. Photos by Boaz Joseph/ Special to the Richmond News

n Above, a member of the Kin Fung Athletic Group performs with a ceremonial sword at the Richmond Arts and Cultural Festival at Lansdowne Centre on Saturday, July 29. Below left, Korean artist Jung Hong Kim spins a clay pot. Below, right, is a finished sample of his work: a clay teapot. Photos by Boaz Joseph

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he sun continues to give us the summer we dream about during the cold days of winter. With temperatures soaring this week to the low 30 degrees Celsius, we are experiencing tinder-dry conditions. We all have been watching close to 30 major wildfires burning in B.C., with tragic results for the many communities affected by these massive fires. One of the sad facts about forest fires is that many are caused by people, such as by dropping burning cigarettes. Why would the Richmond Garden Club be concerned about forest fires? After all, most folks in the Lower Mainland almost feel immune to the rampage going on in the Interior. Richmond Garden Club adopted Paulik Park, a city-owned park, in 2008. The park consists of 1.5 acres of perennial garden beds, a playground, walking trails and an old forest. Back in the 1930s the Paulik family visited the North Shore, just after the Lions Gate Bridge opened, to pick up some coniferous seedlings. We now have magnificent towering trees in Paulik Park that are over 80 years old. Richmond Garden Club members and community members maintain the perennial garden beds almost year round. We feel a great sense of pride and ownership of the work we do in this lovely secret garden. The current fire risk in Paulik Park and all other parks and trails in the city is extreme. The city has closed some of the trails due to these hazardous conditions — Shell Road Trail, Horseshoe Slough Trail, Bridgeport Trail, Queens Canal Trail and the Richmond Nature Park trails. In our own little park, there are signs advising visitors to the extreme conditions, including a smoking ban. Besides our huge fir trees, towering sequoias, pines and other coniferous trees, and the tinder-dry underbrush, much of the soil is peat, which can spread fire quickly.

We continue to approach people smoking in the park and ask them to put out their cigarettes. Last year, someone flicked their butt into the grass on the edge. It caught fire and rapidly grew. We were very lucky that one of our volunteers was watering her garden bed and extinguished it quickly. The City of Richmond has banned all open air burning and they offer great advice on their website on what we can do to protect our parks and trails by exercising extra caution. You can follow these tips: -Do not toss smoking materials from vehicles. n Paulik Park has a small, urban forest -Do not dispose of and trails susceptible to fires in dry, hot butts in flower beds conditions. Photo by Metro Vancouver or bark mulch beds. -Campfires and briquette barbecues are prohibited everywhere. Lynda Pasacreta is the current president of the Richmond Garden Club. For more information visit

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‘I fit in and enjoy good food, good people and good music’ From page 14 “You know people, you know what’s going to happen here. It’s always been a friendly place where you never feel alienated. “If you’re looking for good food, good drinks, fun times and a lot of friends, you should come here because there’s lots to see and do at this club, and it’s really not a seniors’ club,” she continued. “We have firemen and policemen among our members, we have weddings happening here, celebrations of life, birthday parties, retirement parties and football team parties. And you don’t have to be a member to come in – all you have to do is sign the guest book.” Membership costs $40 per year. Ray Ramsay, one of the volunteers on the entertainment committee, said the club still gets packed to capacity when certain performers get up on stage. “Sibel Thrasher was here for Father’s Day and she’s a phenomenal gospel R&B jazz vocalist who just about burned the place down,” he recalled fondly. “We also had the blues player Wes Mackey in and he packed this place to the point where there was nowhere to sit.” The entertainment committee’s goal is to provide a good selection and variety of musical entertainment that includes classics, pop, country and oldies, delivered by single artists, duos and even five-piece bands. Performance entertainment is also on the cards for future entertainment, said Jackie Newton, who oversees entertainment and special events. Newton joined in 2008 after moving to Richmond from Vancouver. “All my friends were coming here and they urged me to join. I’ve not looked back since then,” she admitted. “This is a comfortable place with nice people, a place where I fit in and enjoy good food, good people and good music. I’m here up to four days a week, both to work and to socialize.” Most of the work done at ANAF 284 is volunteer-driven. Volunteers arrange the en-

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ArtRich 2017 competition entries are open! Go online to for more information and to apply. To help artists who may not be confident creating digital photo files for submission, RAC will be offering a workshop at the Richmond Art Gallery on Sept. 14 from 6 – 9 pm. You may bring to the workshop the artwork you

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n Exhibition by Joselito Macapagal

From Aug. 1-31, artist Joselito Macapagal will display art at the Richmond Cultural Centre – Upper Rotunda at 7700 Minoru Gate. Artist’s statement: “My theme for this exhibition is beautiful sceneries around us, titled Natural Beauty of B.C. I would like to convey an awareness and appreciation of the natural beauty that surrounds us. I used oil and acrylic. I tried to capture the colours and light of the scenery by using bright colours, bold brush strokes and textures. I paint

in the style of the Impressionist, and try to capture the emotional feelings while seeing the subject at that moments of time.” For more examples of Macapagal’s work, go online to Richmond. ca/Culture/Cul- n Art by Joselito Macapagal. tural-Centre/ArtDisplays.htm

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Artist Salon with Chris Charlebois happens at Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, from 7-9 p.m. As guest speaker he will introduce his art practice to the group, and share his experiences as a painter who exhibits with commercial art galleries in the Lower Mainland and abroad. Participants are welcome to bring their questions and join in the discussion about the local art scene. Born in 1952 in Arvida, Que., Charlebois has spent most of his life in British Columbia. He attended the Vancouver School of Art where he studied under Don Jarvis and Bruce Boyd. Inspired by the West Coast environment, his work is evolving into a kind of nature-based abstraction. His work has been collected by numerous private and corporate collectors. Charlebois is very active in the Richmond art community, successfully participating in many live art auctions as well as teaching at the Steveston Village Phoenix Art Workshops. Visit online at RichmondArtGallery. org/Upcoming.

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Tankless water heaters work on demand – they only heat water when necessary.When a hot water fixture is opened or hot water is required by an appliance, the water heater will sense the demand and heat water accordingly. Instead of wasting energy and money re-heating and storing water when it is not needed, tankless water heaters provide only as much hot water as needed. Tank type water heaters store and heat water at all times, thus incurring higher operating costs. They have a limited supply of hot water and will run out of hot water while tankless water heaters provide an unlimited supply of hot water – you will never run out. The size of a residential tankless water heater is about the size of a carry on suitcase and with a few exceptions, can be installed virtually anywhere inside your home. Using a tankless water heater will allow a home to use up to 50% less energy for heating water, which can save hundreds of dollars per year. Tankless water heaters can last 20 or more years, which by todays manufacturing standards, is 2-3 times longer than a traditional tank type heater. Apply now for your Fortis Rebate and save up to $500.00.

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Q: How long should full plate dentures last? is a multifactorial answer. Foremost it depends A: This on how well you take care of them. Subsequently

What is difference between an insurance policy

Insurance and warranties are not the same but they do come with costs for the piece of mind they provide: Do not hesitate to contact our offices if you have any questions on any insurance product.

Technological advances have changed the job of a real estate agent and the Internet has driven huge efficiencies into the real estate market. Today, the amount of time Realtors® spend on many aspects of each transaction is greatly reduced. With 1% Realty, I provide full MLS® service, charge a much fairer commission rate and still remain profitable.

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Q: and a warranty? A:

The straight forward answer is: Insurance policies provide protection for items we buy from the dangers of things such as theft, fire, water damages or liabilities and often the policy has a deductible. A warranty is a contract that will generally repair, replace and or amend the services promised, in the event the product does not live up to its promise or intended use with typically no deductibles. The difference between the two is easy to understand in the basic form, however we consumers now have more and more options presented to us when buying large and even small items and services. There are newer financial products that offer a blend of the two i.e. a one year service warranty and a two year insurance policy. These come from manufacturers or 3rd party Co.’s when we are buying cars, household appliances or when a business when they are buying machinery or service contracts. So it pays to be aware of what after the purchase products come with what we pay for.

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Not even close. Hackers at last weeks DEF CON computer security convention made short work of more than 30 commonly used electronic voting machines, needing just 90 minutes to find exploitable flaws in every piece of voting equipment they had! When looking south of the border at the recent US election for President, one truly has to wonder at the results. US Intel agencies say there was no evidence the Russians, or anyone else, got into the voting machines but now one has to wonder. The 2016 election was the first large-scale attempt to influence a U.S. election by a foreign power, and it was successful in installing Trump to the Presidency. Now we have to wonder how successful they were with the electronic voting systems in use. Last month, a leaked National Security Agency report claimed that election attackers targeted a U.S. voting software supplier in a spear-phishing campaign that contained a malwarelaced Word document. This is the way such exploits usually happen, and you know someone is going to click on such files regardless. Just takes one…

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I heard there were several reputable natural Q: true, supplement companies based out of BC. Is that and are their products any good?

Do you burn more calories not holding on to the treadmill while walking?



While walking on the treadmill, there are certain pros and cons to using the handle bar for support. Aside from holding on to the bar to temporarily check your heart rate, holding on to the bar can also be a great way to add some support and help you keep your balance if some assistance is necessary. However, there are many benefits to not holding on to the bar, no matter if you are walking on an incline or on a flat surface. Without the bar, you will be able to maintain a more natural walking stride and will have to rely on your core muscles to maintain a proper posture. As a result, the training benefit that you will receive from your workout will be more closely related to walking or jogging or activities of everyday life. If we are looking at it in terms of energy expenditure, you will expend more energy throughout your workout if none of your body weight is supported by the bar, especially when walking on an incline. My recommendations would be to not hold on unless you need to for a quick second or minute and if your incline is at a height that you cannot maintain a walk on without holding on.....well then it’s just too high. Lower it and walk naturally at a speed and incline that you can actually maintain.

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Q: Why teeth might get sensitive in your teeth can happen for several reasons, A: Sensitivity including:


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Earwax also called cerumen is a yellowish waxy substance produced in our ear canals. It is normal and healthy helping protect the ear from dust, dirt, bugs and other foreign objects. Some people produce more earwax than others.

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Kaizen Dental on the River

Dentist Suite 280-7580 River Road Richmond, B.C.

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Earwax is formed in the outer one-third of the ear canal. Under ideal circumstances, the ear canals should never have to be cleaned because earwax and dead skin cells can move slowly to the ear opening due to jaw motion. Then earwax dries and falls out. Removing earwax with a Q-tip may cause dry, itchy ears. When a patient has wax blockage deep near the eardrum, it is often because he has been cleaning the ear with Q-tips which only push the wax in deeper. Excessive earwax may block the ear canal and cause a temporary hearing loss. It is important to have ears checked and cleaned by doctors or specialists when you experience the following symptoms: • Earache, fullness in the ear

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• Can not hear as well as before • Tinnitus, ringing, or noises in the ear • Itching, odor, or discharge

Q: What is caveat emptor? Buyer Beware — If a Seller does not have any A: direct knowledge of any deficiencies then they do not have

What is an Appraiser looking for when they come to my home?

A: In simple terms the focus of our questions are:

How big, old, updated, renovated, is your home and how well maintained is it? Is there anything good or bad about your property that will have a positive or negative effect on the value? Our questions are posed to help us complete an accurate estimate of the value of your home. So when a C&P appraiser asks questions, takes notes, and takes photographs, there is more going on than meets the eye. By doing so, we are gathering information about your home to ensure an accurate appraisal. 10 simple questions our appraiser will ask you at your home 1. Have you done any updates? Recently? Or in the past? 2. Do you know how old the roof is? 3. Have your renovations been completed with a permit? 4. Have you added an addition to your home? 5. Are you aware of any easements on the property? 6. Are you aware of any special assessments (if your home is a strata property)? 7. What is the total living area and style of the home? 8. Are you aware of an oil tank on the property? 9. Do you have a copy of a site survey certificate? 10. And finally, is there anything you need to know about the appraisal process?

By Frederick Cheng, R.Ph. and Christine Cheng, R.Ph.

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• tooth decay (cavities) • fractured teeth • worn fillings • gum disease • worn tooth enamel • exposed tooth root

Sensitive teeth can be treated.Your dentist may recommend desensitizing toothpaste or an alternative treatment based on the cause of your sensitivity. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity. Top Ways to Prevent TOOTH SENSITIVITY • Daily brushing – Brushing properly twice daily for two minutes with toothpaste that does not have high levels of abrasives can help reduce the chance of tooth sensitivity • Flossing – flossing once a day can help get rid of plaque on the gum line and between the teeth, and can help reduce instances of tooth sensitivity • Follow a diet low in acid – a diet low in acidic foods and drinks also helps prevent tooth sensitivity

Such a timely question for BC Day. Some of our favourite companies are actually nestled right in our backyard here in BC. Why are they our favourites? Mainly because their products have proven to be highly effective in our experience. For beautiful skin, look to Organika®, a Richmond-based company for some beauty enhancing products. Pycnogenol®, the French Maritime Pine Bark extract, can help protect skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, reduce skin hyperpigmentation by affecting the skin at the genetic level, and improve skin elasticity and hydration. Organika®’s collagen is a non-flavoured powder that can be easily mixed into any hot or cold liquid. Collagen supplementation can provide multiple beauty benefits including increasing skin’s moisture and tone as well as increasing the strength of hair and nails. It can also contribute to bone strength. VIVA HEALTH PRODUCTS is a Richmond-based company that offers an effective line of skin care products that are made without the use of parabens, SLS/SLES, or artificial colours or fragrances. Their PURE HYALURONIC ACID (Pure HA) works well for helping the skin retains its natural moisture creating plump-looking skin. Try using Viva’s AMAZE EXFOLIATING GEL to slough off dead skin without any abrasive effects then applying the Pure HA for skin that literally glows. Our medical skincare pharmacists can tell you much more in person. Most people have heard of the internal health benefits of using Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), but may not be aware of what ACV can do for the hair. PHILLIP ADAM Inc. is a Vancouver-based company started by Phillip Adam, a hairdresser with nearly 50 years of experience. He has formulated an ACV SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER that cleans and conditions naturally without dulling the hair. A side benefit is that your hair then smells like apple pie! Beauty is not just what you see on the outside. What could be more beautiful than a healthy brain that allows us to express our inner selves? NEURO-FORCE™ is a supplement that combines the benefits of docosahexanoic acid (DHA), vinpocetine, pyrroloquinolone quinone (PQQ) and bacopa monnieri for their multiple neuroprotective and cognition-enhancing properties. Many clients have reported that just one softgel a day has made an impact on their cognition as they go about their daily activities. If you have been a reader of our articles through the years, you will know that we truly believe in RECOVERY® by Purica®. This combination includes some more commonly known ingredients such as glucosamine, methyl sulfonyl methane, and Betaine HCl, but the real star is Nutricol®, a potent proprietary bioflavonoid complex that helps reinforce the strength and elasticity of connective tissues and provide anti-inflammatory benefit. Recovery® has provided benefit to many, many clients over the years for multiple conditions, including, but not limited to arthritis (of differing origins), tendonitis, and healing from surgery. Furthermore, Recovery® can benefit all members of our families including dogs, cats, & horses. More recently, we have discovered MS+™ by Tait Laboratories, a company headquartered in Chinatown (Vancouver), which is appropriate as this mandarin skin-based product has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Constituents found in this orange peel extract act as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and can actively repair tight junctions in the gut. This supplement can help with diarrhea, bloating, acid indigestion, nausea, belching, vomiting, upset stomach and cough with phlegm. Benefits can be felt after just a few days. There are many effective supplements on the market from many wonderful local companies… too many for us address in a single article. It makes us proud to live in such a beautiful region with so much to offer. Christine and Fred Cheng are a passionate, charismatic sister-brother pharmacist team at their unique, family-owned and operated Pharmasave stores in Cloverdale and Steveston Village, B.C. They specialize in natural remedies and compounding for both human and veterinarian use. Everything mentioned in their article is available In-Store.

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a duty to warn a client of obvious risks (patent defects) and are not expected to possess the skills of building inspectors. Whether you are a Buyer or a Seller, if this is not clear to you, then have a professional explain how this can affect you in the sale of a property. We must always emphasize the strength of the caveat emptor (buyer beware) doctrine and the limitations of the Property Disclosure Statement. A buyer is responsible to discover all property defects which could be discovered upon a reasonable inspection by a qualified person. A buyer who chooses to purchase a property without first having it inspected by a qualified person takes a significant risk and may have no recourse against the seller or REALTORS® involved. If deficiencies can be discovered upon inspection, they were NOT latent defects and the buyers’ failure to discover them may leave no recourse against the seller.

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In-depth read captures mood of the Arctic

In Minds of Winter, author Ed O’Loughlin expertly weaves a tale that effectively puts the reader on ice HELENVARGA The Book Club


n 1845, the Erebus, an Arctic exploration vessel captained by Sir John Franklin, was lost to the harsh conditions of the North. Neither man nor artifact was ever recovered from this expedition and there has been much speculation about what happened to the ship and its crew. However, historians were stunned by the 2009 discovery of an Arnold Chronometer that was known to be onboard the Erebus for this Arctic exploration. The chronometer mysteriously surfaced in London disguised as a carriage clock. Such is the premise for the novel,

Minds of Winter, by Ed O’Loughlin, who brings uss to the n-day North through two modern-day ay, characters, Nelson and Fay, rn each on their own northern expedition of sorts. Nelson is searching for his brother, who has mysteriously committed suicide, but has left extensive e research and notes on the various expeditions that set out to find answers to Franklin’s end. Fay comes to Inuvik to trace the life of her grandfather, who has rthsome secretive ties to Northern exploration history.

The novel switches back a and forth betw tween Fay and N Nelson’s research an and the many exp expeditions to find the Northwest Passage sage. Mo of the expediMost ta tion tales are written th perspective from the some of someone who was v on the voyage, which makes it seem more rea vividly real. m I found myself checktim to time to ing from time o the historical see if any of

characters did in fact live – and many of them did. In this in-depth read, O’Loughlin has conducted thorough research on the history of these Arctic expeditions. He weaves a tale that effectively puts the reader on the ice, experiencing the loss of sanity that must have regularly occurred on these journeys that were so far from civilization in such harsh conditions. The story’s end comes quickly and leaves the reader with a sense of mystery and wonder at what just happened. Helen Varga is a library technician at the Steveston Branch of the Richmond Public Library. For other popular reading suggestions, you’re invited to check out Richmond Public Library’s website at

Ask A Professional year I tried to buy the yearly Charlton Q: Last Coin catalogue but was unable to find it.

Q: back pain?

Can chiropractic help pregnant women with


Chiropractic is extremely effective at helping pregnant women with back pain. In our office we have seen many women have outstanding results at reducing and eliminating back pain during pregnancy. In fact, it’s a shame all pregnant women with back pain don’t realize that chiropractic care can be utilized during this time (you don’t need a doctors referral to seek chiropractic care anytime). Many women needlessly suffer through most of their pregnancy with pain that could have been relieved. I was adjusted through my three pregnancies and I know for myself, getting adjusted regularly took away any aches and pains and allowed me to continue working through my pregnancies right until my due date. Dr. Bonnie Chuter Chiropractors change their technique to accommodate the changing posture of pregnant women to ensure comfort for the woman and baby. Pregnant women not only suffer from low back pain but can also suffer from mid back pain and headaches. During pregnancy it’s important to keep stomach and back muscles strong and to continue with an exercise routine #230-7340 but unfortunately many women do suffer from aches and pains that linger Westminster Hwy. despite exercising. Richmond, B.C. Chiropractic care should be your number one treatment choice as it’s best to avoid all drugs during this time. Since chiropractors are specialists in spinal problems coming to see a chiropractor is a natural choice. If you need any more information or would like to book an appointment call 604-284-5099.


If I come into your store do you have any for sale?


Last year Charlton was sold and they were unable to get the Standard Catalogue of Coins printed. This year everything seems to be working for them and the new 2018 catalogue is arriving to us on Friday August 4th. It has been completely revised and I am told with all new photos. The Charlton 2018 Paper Money should arrive two weeks later.

Jim Richardson

On that Friday we should also have all the new World coin catalogues arriving in. New editions of 1601 - 1700; 1701 - 1800; 1901 - 2000 and the 2001 - 2018 Krause World coin catalogues will be available. (Note the 1801 - 1900 edition is due next year.) We also will have the 2018 World Paper Money 1961 - date arriving.


For those of you who keep asking me, the older editions will go on sale as soon as the new editions arrive in. Jim

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Are there any laws about scattering cremated remains?

There are no provincial regulations that prohibit the scattering of cremated remains by land, sea, or by air, however some municipal by-laws may prohibit.This decision should be carefully considered. Cremated remains should not be scattered on private property without permission. Even with permission, that property can be sold and change hands leaving Larry Thompson no accessibility. Although the act of scattering may Senior Funeral Director have some romantic appeal, it is an irreversible decision that leaves no permanent memorial site for 604-273-3748 friends and family or for future generations. Richmond Funeral Home 8420 Cambie Road

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Dr. Manoj Singhal is the Medical Director and Cosmetic Specialist and oversees all of the clinic’s procedures. Dermatological fillers are used for lip enhancement and many other anti-aging procedures. For many it all starts in the cheeks with refilling the lost volume creating higher cheek bones which improves facial attractiveness. We use other fillers to lessen the bags under the eyes and allow for a more refreshed youthful appearance. Other common areas are the lateral mouth and “marionette lines” to allow for a more refreshed and youthful appearance. We use filler to enhance the chin especially if there are deficiencies with lost volume. We use Belkyra for permanent treatment of the double chin which is an area that many find great satisfaction in treating. Forehead wrinkles, frown lines and laugh lines or crow’s feet are treated with neuromodulators such as Botox or Dysport which relaxes muscles to soften the wrinkles that start with aging. This leaves a smoother and younger appearance. Many people have been familiar with Botox for many years. We won’t be satisfied unless our client is satisfied. We believe that looking good is great and then feeling good is absolutely priceless. Please see our website at For a safe, non-surgical and natural cosmetic enhancement, it is vital to seek out an experienced physician with an aesthetic vision. This will bring out your best features and allow you to look and feel your best. Please call or email us for a FREE consultation.

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Families new to Richmond? Moving within Richmond?

Register NOW for School! .&:$9'-43$& 3'!$94-&4;( 49-"237;% 7+3/ 1$27 !/-#4) &#*'+"!)%$( ,-5-/-8-&8 6-8*22/-4( 6-037-/3& /-'-&8) ".&.1 -&)0% #!./% !.!$ *0+(%' !., 4*6/.! .'2,% 1!/5!0 ".6*1$3)&* -!+!%!#5&!( 1. New residents of Richmond or students moving within Richmond and changing schools or non-Richmond residents wishing to apply to go to Richmond schools, should register as soon as possible at Central Registration at the Richmond School District Office - 7811 Granville Ave., Richmond, B.C. V6Y 3E3, 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday. 2. A parent or legal guardian must personally attend along with their child when registering for school with their original and single-sided photocopies of the documents in the following order below. The following documents are required at the time you register your child: a. Student’s Original Birth Certificate – translated into English by a Certified Translator, if necessary. b. Student’s and Parents’ /Guardians' Original Proof of Status in Canada – bring one of the following: 1. Current Permanent Resident card valid until June 30, 2018 onwards, or Landing document with passport (if PR card not issued yet); or 2. Canadian passport or Citizenship card or Canadian Birth Certificate; or 3. Letter of Acceptance from the Superintendent’s office prior to registering, If on Work Permit or Study Permit or Refugee Status or are a Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents who have been residing out of the country for more than 2 of the last 5 years. c. Parents’ Proof for Ordinarily Resident Status in BC - 1. Canadian or Permanent Residence parents or legal guardians require Notice of Assessment (income tax return - CRA) or local employment offer and/or pay stub; 2. Parents with Landing documents require 2 of the following: Canadian bank account or credit card document or child tax credit or GST credit or life/health insurance or car registration and BC driver’s license/service card. d. Current Residential Address – bring one of the following: 1. Property tax notice 2017 and current utility bill; or 2. Long-term rental agreement and landlord’s property tax notice 2017 and tenant’s 2nd proof of address; or 3. Signed contract of purchase and sale with possession date (by September, 2017), subjects removed and a copy of deposit draft. e. Other documents required for each student: 1. Last school report card or school transcript of marks; 2. Any Immunization record (health record); 3. Any reports needed to request extra classroom support; 4. Any legal custody documents; 5. A notarized letter of consent from a guardian who is not living in the lower mainland and not present at registration time, with a copy of his/her passport. *We reserve the right to request additional documents if required. 3. An English Language Assessment appointment will be scheduled, if necessary, once registration is complete. The student placement process is as follows: 1. Place student at the catchment (neighbourhood) school. 2. If there is no space at the catchment school, the District will place the student at a nearby school. 4. Late Returning Students: Parents of a child registered for school over the summer for Richmond school and is returning to school, for critical reasons, later than 12 NOON on Wednesday September 6, 2017 and on or before Friday September 15, 2017 must advise the Central Registration office by August 24, 2017 of the late return date to hold the student’s place in the school. Forms are available at the Central Registration office. For further information please contact the Central Registration office at 604-668-6058.

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Summer Reading Club book reviews These book reviews are provided by youth enrolled in Richmond Public Library’s Summer Reading Club. Title: The Fabulous Friend Machine Author: Nick Bland Reviewed by: Cara, age 6 This book is about a hen that got a phone and she heard Hello and they were wolves! I like this book because it teaches you how to not talk to someone who you do not know! I give this book 3 stars.

Title: Spiderman Versus Scorpion Author: Susan Hill Reviewed by: Bram, age 5 Spiderman uses his smarts to defeat Scorpion. I like the action pictures. I give this book 5 stars. Title: Fort Solitude Author: Derek Fridolfs Reviewed by: Precious, age 10 This book is about a group of superhero friends who work together to find miss-

n Cara, age 6 Photo submitted

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ing students at Evergreen Adventure Camp. They defeat their enemy, Brainiac, who captured the students to download their skills and strength and use them to take over the world. I like this book because it explains how friendships and being trustworthy are important. I like the part where the story leads into a mystery. It really makes me more excited as I read on. This book tells me to work hard with friends and to trust them. I give this book 5 stars.

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Duck race raises dollars T

housands of little, yellow “ducks” will hit the water and race in Steveston on Aug. 12, to raise funds for B.C. wildfire victims. The Rubber Duck Race, hosted by Steveston Rotary Club, has been an annual tradition in the village in the past four years to help raise funds for people in the community. Last year the Rotary Club Steveston raised over $7,000 from the duck race, which was used to support local projects. “This year part of the proceeds will go to the Rotary B.C. Wildfire Fund . . . to raise money to help those affected by the fires,” said Marion Whiting, public relations chair of the Steveston Rotary Club. People can purchase a $5 raffle ticket, or five tickets for $20; each ticket gets the owner a rubber duck in the race. “All the ducks will be released at the same time and the tide of the Fraser River does the rest. The first duck through the final funnel will be the winner. We have up to 4,000 rubber ducks ready to go,” said Whiting.

n The 14th Richmond Maritime Festival will feature live entertainment and a wooden boat festival. Unique ships will be on display as well. File photo

n This year’s Rotary Club of Steveston Rubber Duck Race in Steveston will raise money for victims of B.C.’s wildfires. Photo submitted.

The winner will have a oneweek vacation in a nice condo in Hawaii with $2,500 to cover air fares. Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes such as a stay in the Steveston Hotel, a one-night stay at the River Rock hotel, whale watching or a bumper bag of donuts. All the prizes are donated by Rotary members. The duck race will take place at 1 p.m. at the dock on the boardwalk opposite the Imperial Landing buildings. Tickets can be purchased at

Splash Toys shop on Moncton Street or at the club’s tent on race day from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations can also be made through Canada Helps at under “Rotary Club of Squamish Foundation.” “Once the situation with the fires has ended, a team will work with Rotary clubs in the affected areas to allocate funds for assisting people to recover and rebuild their communities, homes and their lives,” said Don Evans, governor or Rotary Club B.C. District.

which open at 6 p.m. Concerts are held outdoors on the cannery’s tank deck (indoors during inclement weather), so please dress warmly for any cool summer evenings. The concert series runs every Friday night until Aug. 25. Every week will feature a different musical act, catering to a wide range of musical tastes, from blues, jazz, folk and more. The Rock Line concert is sponsored by Legacy Senior Living.

n Gerry and Trevor Layton. Photo submitted.

Brit rock at Cannery


he Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s annual summertime concert series features Rock Line, Aug. 4. Recording artist and lead singer Gerry Layton, of the legendary Vancouver band 5 Man Cargo and Hong Kong’s Kontinentals, partners with his multi-talented son Trevor Layton to bring you the best of British rock and some of their own compositions under the banner of Rock Line. Tickets are $7 each and will be available at the cannery doors,


Maritime festival receives a boost


he 14th annual Richmond Maritime Festival returns to the Steveston waterfront on Saturday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13. This year the festival is bigger than ever in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. The festival will include a wooden boat festival within the site, roving characters, visual artists, puppets, storytellers and more. From performances on multiple stages to spontaneous encounters, the festival aims to provide a unique and engaging summer experience. “The Richmond Maritime Festival has become one of the highlights of the summer in our community,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It’s full of fun for the whole family with surprises around every corner. It is also an engaging celebration of the fishing and other maritime industries that helped build Richmond and B.C. “This year, we’re expanding the festival’s focus on the wooden boats that have played such a vital part in the history of Richmond and all of the B.C. West Coast.” Festival goers of all ages will be

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entertained by a wide variety of maritime-themed activities, including log rolling demonstrations, ship viewing opportunities and live entertainment. There will also be a fleet of food trucks on site to satisfy any appetite. A variety of performers will be on stage throughout the weekend including an early Saturday evening performance by local favourite Good for Grapes. This year the Richmond Maritime Festival’s poster was designed by Mathew McNair high school student Atheana Picha. Picha is a talented local artist that festival organisers are proud to have on the team. The Richmond Maritime Festival will run at Britannia Heritage Shipyard (5180 Westwater Drive) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. Admission is free. For more details, visit www. The festival is part of Richmond Canada 150, a year-long program of events and activities. For more information visit

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Shiny new tractor brings independence Community comes together to help The Sharing Farm find self-sufficiency while serving those in need We’ve also made a start on processing our own compost. Before this we were, of course, composting (we are strong believers in compost here). However, without the equipment to turn the pile (we produce a lot hanks to the City of Richmond’s Council of compost and it’s way beyond the scope of Community Initiatives process, the Sharing shovels and young backs), we weren’t able Farm is now the proud owner of something to use the results on our fields. we’ve never had before – a tractor! Compost needs to be aerated for it to Furthermore, this is no rundown, rusty, break down properly. Also, without regular on-its-last-legs tractor, but turning, the pile cannot get a brand-new shiny Kubota hot enough throughout for Previously, we have always all the weed seeds to be LA525. This fantastic machine had to bring in an external killed off. This would mean is opening up a whole new that by spreading our own world of possibilities for the contractor to plow this compost we would also be Sharing Farm. land, and whether we could spreading a nightmarish Recently arrived, it has amount of work for ourafford to do so was reliant already made its maiden selves by replanting all the “voyage,” plowing and weeds that we’d diligently on whether we received tilling a three-quarter-acre removed the previous patch of land, which we grant funding or not. Now years. are now in the process Now we should be able it’s as simple as heading for of seeding for pollinator to save at least a $1,000 plants. the tractor shed and annually by being able to This will encourage both produce our own compost. turning the key. our thriving honey bee We’ll also reduce the carapiary and our native polbon footprint of the farm, – Sarah Drewery linators. as compost won’t have to Previously, we have be hauled in from offsite. always had to bring in an The tractor originally came about through a external contractor to plow this land, and conversation between Richmond Coun. Bill whether we could afford to do so was reliant McNulty and my predecessor James Gates. on whether we received grant funding or not. McNulty is a big supporter of the Sharing Now it’s as simple as heading for the tractor Farm and could see what value a machine shed and turning the key.


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like this could have on our operations. He took it forward to council and it was approved earlier this year. We were also lucky enough to receive substantial discounts from both Kubota and the dealer, Avenue Machinery. We are very grateful that our ability to fulfil our mission of growing food for our neighbours in need will be so greatly improved

due to this generous contribution. If you walk through Terra Nova Park, take a look to see if you can spot our shiny orange beauty in action. Sarah Drewery is the Executive Director of the Sharing Farm. The Sharing Farm is a non-profit farm in Terra Nova Park, which grows food to donate to the food bank and community meal programs in Richmond.





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■ Richmond Chuckers’ Nathan Hikida looks for the umpire’s call after sliding into second base during action from Sunday’s B.C. Baseball 15U Bantam “AAA” provincial championship game at Blundell Park. The host Chuckers’ season ended with a silver medal after dropping a 5-2 decision to the Delta Tigers. Photo by Mark Booth

Bantam Chuckers come up just short Mark Booth

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t was a season blueprint that was followed to near perfection by the Richmond City Chuckers. As host of B.C. Baseball’s 15U Bantam AAA Provincial Championships, the Chuckers knew for months they would be part of the 10-team tournament. The plan was to make sure they would be peaking at the right time and they did just that. An outstanding season ended at a sun-soaked Blundell Park on Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 loss to the defending champion Delta Tigers in the gold medal game. “Silver is always a hard colour to win and I know this is pretty difficult for them right now. But just like I told our parents, you have to look at where this team came from and where it got to go. It’s a really good feeling how it all came together,” said head coach Shawn Hetherington. “We peaked hard and boys played the best they have played all year. (Assistant coach) Jack (Thompson) and I are pleasantly surprised at how everything worked out.” The championships unfolded completely to form with the top four seeds —Delta (24-7), West Coast (26-6), Chilliwack (20-11) and Richmond (20-12) — locking up semifinal berths with one game to spare in round-robin play. The Chuckers being among the league heavyweights is an impressive feat in itself given the size of their association compared to their

counterparts. It was only four years ago when Richmond was able to lean on Delta talent before the Tigers program was formed. The Chuckers line-up also featured five, first-year players. They came up with a big 3-2 win over Cloverdale on Thursday then produced a pair of victories Friday against Kamloops (11-1) and North Shore (10-6). That meant Saturday’s game against the tournament’s top seed and unbeaten West Coast would only determine the semi-final match-ups. Key pitchers were rested in a 6-5 defeat, setting the stage for Sunday morning’s thriller against unbeaten Chilliwack. The Chuckers jumped out to an early lead and hung on for a 3-2 win behind the terrific pitching of second-year right-hander Jake Finkelstein and the relief work Joey

Houston. “Jake was the best I have seen him all season,” continued Hetherington. “That was the hardest I have seen him throw by far. He was zipping it. Usually against a team like that he will use everything but he probably threw 80 percent fastballs because he was getting it by all of them.” Houston continued on his 95-pitch count in the championship game and held the Tigers in check for much of the way. Richmond enjoyed an early 1-0 lead when Delta took advantage of a couple of untimely miscues to wrestle the lead away for good. “It was a tight ball game and a couple of plays happen to go their way,” added Hetherington. “They did exactly what we thought they were going to do and we did a pretty

■ Jake Finkelstein was terrific on the mound in the Chuckers’ 3-2 semi-final win over Chilliwack. Photo by Mark Booth

good job of eliminating what they like to do. Our execution just needed to be a little bit better.” His teaching position at Douglas College means Hetherington won’t be able to continue on next season but says the program is in excellent shape moving forward. “It is such a good group of kids and for them to peak at the end the way we wanted them to do was awesome. A season like this is terrific for all of their development.” The Chuckers roster also features Josh Abraham, Nico Cole, Kyle Dodds-Eng, Sean Dolphin, Kyle Hepburn, Nathan Hikida, Shintaro Kawai, Skyler Lenihan, Kyle Matsunuma, Jonathan McGill and Daniel Salazar. The Tigers go on to represent Baseball B.C. at the Diamond Nation 16U Blue Chip Prospects Tournament in New Jersey, Aug. 7-11. McGill is one of two pick-up players they are adding for the trip. Extra Bases…. • Richmond City Baseball will host the 11U “A” Provincial Championship over the B.C. Day Weekend at the Palmer/Garden City diamonds. The host Chuckers have enjoyed a competitive season at this level, going 6-2-1 in playdowns. • The Chuckers continued their outstanding inaugural season at the College Prep level by sweeping a best-of-three series from Kamloops to advance to this weekend’s Final Four Championship in Chilliwack. • Richmond City will also have teams competing at the 11U “AA” and 11U “AAA” Tier Two Provincials this weekend.

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■ Richmond Field Hockey Club’s Dakota Chan (right) and Georgia Booker (above) helped the B.C. Rams win silver in the U18 Division at the recent National Championships in Surrey. Both girls were also named to Tournament 11 Team for their outstanding play. Booker hopes to be playing with her older sister Delaney at UVic this fall.

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he Richmond Field Hockey Club was wellrepresented on B.C. teams that competed at last week’s National Championships in Surrey. Seven RFHC players or alumni competed in the tournament that took place at Tamanawis Park.

Three RFHC members suited up at the U15 level, including Allie Marsh who helped the B.C Rams cap a dominating week with a 5-0 win over Ontario West in the gold medal game. Meanwhile, Brianna Acevedo helped the B.C. White Lions earn a fourth place finish.

Christina MacDonald was a member of the B.C. Royal Lions who ended up in sixth. Richmond was prominent at the U18 level with Georgia Booker, Dakota Chan and Aish Sander wearing provincial team colours. They helped the B.C. Rams earn a silver medal after losing a


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■ Richmond Field Hockey Club’s Allie Marsh was a member of the gold medal winning B.C. Rams in the U15 Division at the National Championships. The Rams defeated Ontario 5-0 in the final.

hard-fought battle to Ontario West in the final. Earlier the girls defeated the B.C. Stags 3-1 in the semi-final to advance. Booker and Chan were

recognized for their outstanding play by being named to Field Hockey Canada’s Tournament 11 Team. Finally, RFHC alumni and

current UVic player Delaney Booker was a member of the silver-medal winning B.C. Rams that fell to Ontario in the championship game.

Richmond golfers secure spots in U.S. Amateur championships A pair of Richmond golfers are headed to California to play at their respective U.S. Amateur championships. Quilchena Golf and Country Club junior Kathrine Chan fired an even par 72 to win last week’s qualifying event at the Richmond Country Club. The soon-to-be Grade 12 student at Burnett Secondary played as steady golf as it gets — firing 18 consecutive pars to secure her spot in the upcoming championship, slated for Aug. 7-13 at the San Diego Country Club. Chan will be joined by Delta’s Mary Parsons who happens to play out of Mayfair Lakes. She fired a 1-over 73 to secure the final spot. Meanwhile, Chris Crisologo will be adding to his ever-growing golf resumé by competing at the U.S. Amateur Championship. The men’s event takes place Aug. 14-20 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles.

The Simon Fraser University standout secured his spot in the renowned event at a qualifying tournament earlier this month at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, WA. Crisologo, the reigning GNAC Player of the Year and PING First Team All-American, earned medalist honors in the two-round tournament by one stroke over Charles Reiter. He shot 4-under-par 140, highlighted by an opening round 3-under 69. In the second round, he was one of just two players in the 78-man field to break par on a very hot day. Crisologo, who is entering his senior season at SFU this fall, also finished fourth at last week’s 115th annual B.C. Amateur Championship at Morgan Creek in South Surrey. He fired rounds of 68-73-69-70 to finish four shots back of winner Jake DuVall of Victoria. A clutch 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole sealed Crisologo a spot on the Willingdon Cup team that will be representing B.C. at the Canadian Amateur.




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EMPLOYMENT GULBRANSON, Donna Lee August 4, 1940 - July 17, 2017 Donna passed away peacefully in her Richmond home in the late hours of July 17, 2017. Donna was born in Vancouver, BC and predeceased by her parents Michael and Eveleen Principe and her sister Pat. Donna will be remembered for her love of family, golf and gardening as well as her sense of humour. Donna will be greatly missed by her son Lee (daughter-in-law Sharon), daughter Karen (son-inlaw Terry) and daughter Kelly (son-in-law Jamie). Also, she will be missed dearly by her five grandchildren Haley, Carolyn, Bradley, Kevin and Allison, as well as her brother-in-law Dave Bellentine, his wife Suzanne and Donna’s beloved cat - Luke. A Celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Love You Always - Your Family

SULLIVAN, Betty Virginia October 17, 1927 - July 23, 2017


It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Betty Virginia Sullivan. Mom was comforted in the knowledge that all her children gathered to be there in her final hours as she passed peacefully in her sleep on July 23, 2017. “Betty Boop” spent her time making sure everyone around her was enjoying a laugh, a smile and a kind word. Hers was a life well lived, built on a foundation of compassion and kindness. It was important to Mom that every stranger she met become a lifelong friend. She never met a baby that didn’t need a kiss or a puppy that didn’t need to be petted. Mom embraced life to its absolute fullest. She enjoyed golfing, swimming, playing bridge and Rummikub, volunteering for the Heart and Stroke foundation and acting as an informal ambassador for the Steveston Starbucks. She also enjoyed her daily walks with the Lansdowne Center Mall walking club, spending time with her friends at the Richmond Center coffee club and the occasional glass of wine or Dubonnet.

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Although there are too many people to name, Betty would have wanted to thank all the friends and acquaintances she met along life’s journey. She was especially appreciative of all the wonderful people she met during her 5 years residency at the Maple Residences in Steveston as those were wonderful years for her. Mom grew up an only child, however, she always felt a special kinship with Alannah and Bob Jacques; as well as her niece Susan; and nephews Kent and Adam and was always deeply grateful for their time together. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke foundation at As her last remaining wish was to make it to her 90th birthday, a celebration of her life will be postponed until October 21st, 2017.

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Fujian Evangelical Church welcomes you to Sunday Worship Services • English Services: 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. • Mandarin Service: 9:00 a.m. • Minnanese Service: 10:45 a.m. 12200 Blundell Road, Richmond, B.C., V6W 1B3 Phone 604-273-2757 •

11960 Montego St. (corner No. 5 Road), Richmond, BC (604) 520-0660

GILMORE PARK UNITED CHURCH 8060 No. 1 Road (corner of No. 1 & Blundell) 604.277.5377

Worship and Children’s Program Sundays 10:30 am

St. Alban

an Anglican parish in the heart of Richmond Services at 8:30 and 10:00 am Rev. Maggie Rose Muldoon Sunday School 10:00 am 7260 St. Albans Road, Richmond 604-278-2770 •

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Worship Service: Sundays 2:00 – 4:00 pm Senior Pastor - Abe Lagayan


Our multicultural community welcomes you to worship 4071 Francis Road, Richmond BC Sunday 8:30 am Eucharist, 10:00 am Family Eucharist with Church School Wednesday 10:00 am Eucharist with Bible Study at 11:00 am The Reverend Brian Vickers, Rector • 604-277-9626

Richmond United Church 8711 Cambie Rd. (near Garden City Rd.) 604-278-5622 Come for 10am Sunday Worship and Children’s Sunday School and after-service coffee and fellowship.

Rev. Dr. Warren McKinnon

Founded 1888. Richmond’s Oldest Church


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