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Mental illness a family matter Documentary presents four families who describe living with bipolar disorder by Matthew Hoekstra Staff Reporter


devastating manic episode landed Kristy in hospital with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

With highs described as more addictive than drugs and lows as bottomless pits, the 21-year-old’s disorder also weighed heavily on her single father Ted. “She’s not the only one with bipolar. I have it too,” he says in Family Matters, a new documentary being screened in Richmond during the upcoming Mental Health Week. The 56-minute film follows four Lower Mainland families struggling to support a loved one with bipolar disorder, one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses. Also called manic depression, bipolar is an illness characterized by periods of deep depression followed by episodes of significant highs. The condition can range from mild to severe. There are no known causes, but research suggests that a genetic disposition is to blame, as it tends to run in families. It can be treated with medication and psychotherapy. Directed by Mary Frymire, whose mother

Family Matters •Free public screening 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Ralph Fisher Auditorium at Richmond Hospital (7000 Westminster Hwy.). Free parking in Westminster Highway gravel lot. Discussion with Dr. Harry Karlinksy and Dr. Raj Katta follows. •Airs on Knowledge Network May 3 at 9 p.m. and sister suffer from bipolar, Family Matters illustrates the importance of family as a support system. “With the family support around them, studies have actually shown that people with mental illnesses perform much better in life,” said Marsha Newbery, the film’s producer and president of Mars Entertainment. Few films tackle mental illness, but Family Matters goes one step farther by focusing on the community around the suffering. Filmmakers worked with mental health professionals in arranging Lower Mainland families to profile. “[For] a lot of families that we encountered, the experience was so painful,” said Newbery. “The process of being on film, while it can be incredibly cathartic and helpful for some people can be the opposite for others.” One family, retired couple Michael and Denise, had been dealing with Michael’s psychotic episodes and depressions for decades. “For them being in the film wasn’t so much a transformative experience as it was a giving-back, paying-it-forward kind of experience, where they felt they had learned something, they had really survived something, and wanted to share that knowledge with people,” said Newbery.

Kristy, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a devastating manic episode, is one of the subjects of Family Matters.

The experience was different for another family. Melanie is a mother of two and husband of Keith, who struggles with the most severe type of bipolar disorder. When filmmakers first met Melanie, she didn’t think she had anything to say, but came out of her shell during filming. She became more aware of her own health and got more involved with her family and in the community. “All the care can’t just go to the people who are ill—family members need care as well,” said Newbery. Melanie now speaks publicly about the disorder and her family’s situation, but the stigma of mental illness still abounds.

Newbery said half the disease is the hidden periods of depression. It’s during manic periods where bipolar becomes public—when someone struggling with the disorder might be hospitalized or commit crime or suicide. “People are afraid of it,” she said. “None of the mental illnesses get talked about very much.” That speaks to a key message of Family Matters—that someone with bipolar can’t get better on their own, they need support from family, from a community. Said Newbery: “We’re really calling on families, patients, the health care system and society to recognize families as a part of the health system in a way.”

Traditional Chinese medicine complements Western methods Public’s view of and access to traditional Chinese medicine has shifted greatly over the years by Martin van den Hemel Staff Reporter


r. Louise Demorest has had a bird’s-eye view of how the Western world’s opinion of traditional Chinese medicine has slowly shifted over the years. As a pioneer in the area of traditional medicine and acupuncture, Demorest saw the benefits of Eastern medicine long before it was legally acceptable in B.C. Before the 1980s, practitioners were persecuted by the government and some people were charged with practising medicine without a licence, Demorest said from her office near Ironwood Plaza. But things certainly have changed for the better, she said. Today, there’s Medical Services Plan coverage for users—introduced three years ago—meaning greater access for low-income families, she said. But more importantly, the coverage is a professional acknowledgement of the

benefits of the Eastern philosophy of dealing with what ails you. Demorest said traditional Chinese medicine can work well in conjunction with prescription medication, but it’s important that there’s full disclosure of what’s being used. This is so medical doctors and traditional practitioners can avoid negative interactions. “That is an issue and a problem, and that is one thing that the alternative medicine community is seriously involved in and wants to have dialogue with the Western medicine establishment,” Demorest said. Traditional Chinese medicine is now regulated in five provinces, with Newfoundland and Labrador the latest addition. But B.C. is the only province where herbology is regulated. In coming up with a solution for a patient’s ailments, some eight to 12 herbs can be used in a formula, she said. During the current election, medical health care costs is a big issue, and Demorest said traditional Chinese medicine offers a relatively cheap and effective treatment option. For example, with patients awaiting hip and knee replacements, Demorest can provide treatments that will keep them functional and on their feet until their operation. And while Western medicine doesn’t have a strong grip on preventative health advice, Demorest said Chinese medicine is “excellent for heading things off at the pass.”

Martin van den Hemel photo Donelda Rose poses with some acupuncture needles in her hand at the offices of Dr. Louise Demorest, who also practices traditional Chinese medicine which is largely rooted in the use of herbs to cure ills.

Donelda Rose, a Richmond teacher, said acupuncture has done wonders for her. Needles inserted at various depths in key locations along the body can be used to treat asthma, digestive problems, acid reflux and irritable bowels, as well as

arthritis. It can also assist in dealing with anxiety, stress and insomnia. There are currently 2,000 practitioners in B.C., and Demorest has seen the number of annual treatments she’s performed increase each year.

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health Make your voice heard on jet fuel pipeline project By Ken Johnston Richmond City Council is opposed to the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facility Ken Johnston Corporation’s Councillor (VAFFC’s) proposal for a new jet fuel delivery system. The VAFFC, owned and operated by a consortium of commercial airlines, is proposing to build a new jet fuel delivery system to serve the Vancouver International Airport’s long-term needs. Their initial options included a combination of fuel delivery by marine routes, rail, tanker trucks and pipeline to bring fuel from its sources to YVR. In February 2009, the VAFFC indicated it would pursue approvals from the Province for their preferred option which consists of large fuel vessels traveling into the south arm of the Fraser River to a new marine terminal and fuel receiving facility that would hold 80 million litres of jet fuel – all on the shores the river, in Richmond. The fuel tank facility would then connect to YVR via a new 15 kilometre pipeline through Richmond. The VAFFC purchased the land for the proposed off loading facility in 2007, two years before any public open houses. Disturbingly, VAFFC’s Environmental Assessment Application dated February 15, 2011 states “Effects of a worst case spill on fish were assessed as significant” and “Spill effects on shorebirds were assessed as significant.” With regard to human safety, the application states “Potential health effects could range from negligible to severe.”

The report assures us that spills larger than 10,000 barrels are highly unlikely (a 1 in 500 year chance of occurring.) Despite these assurances, accidents do happen – look at the devastation caused in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Council has continuously voiced opposition to this project since 2009. Our concerns are over safety and environmental protection of our waterways, rich farmland and urban areas. On April 26, 2010 and again on March 20, 2011 and April 4, 2011 Council passed resolutions opposing the proposal and asking that the existing pipeline be upgraded. I want to thank our MLA’s John Yap, Rob Howard and Linda Reid for quickly arranging a recent meeting with the BC Minister of the Environment where City Council members were given an opportunity to voice concerns to the Minister directly. I have been asked by many concerned Richmond residents, “Why doesn’t the City put a stop to this?” We cannot. The regulatory agencies that have powers to approve or reject this project include the BC Oil & Gas Commission and the Federal and Provincial Ministries of Environment. While the City of Richmond has and will continue to provide comments on the project, it does not have any regulatory power. The public written comment period ends on April 26. Please send your comments directly to the Environmental Assessment Office by online form at, by mail: Jennifer Dessouki, Project Assessment Manager, Environmental Assessment Office, PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt., Victoria, BC, V8W 9V1 or by fax at 250-356-7440.

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Better Grades Happier Kids

$10.2 million emergency room unveiled Bigger, safer, better is the theme at hospital by Martin van den Hemel Staff Reporter A splash of Star Trek is the shiny centrepiece of a $10.2-million renovation at Richmond Hospital's emergency department, where a futuristic badgetapping communicator was put on last week during the unveiling. Medical staff will now be able to exchange information with and talk directly to individuals or groups of colleagues in all parts of the hospital thanks to the hands-free device that's networked throughout the department. Clipped to a shirt pocket or hung from a lanyard, the new voice-operated device does away with the need for noisy hospital paging systems and gives caregivers instant access to critical information and expertise while keeping their hands free. Space was a big theme at the opening, as the department is now 2,000-square-feet larger, has two overflow beds, nine flexible care beds, and a dedicated pediatric resuscitation room. Security is improved, there's a larger waiting and triage area, and there's an expanded decontamination room, for patients exposed to unknown hazards or chemicals like bear spray who can enter the department through a separate external doorway to avoid spreading any noxious substances. Two negative-pressure isolation rooms will also help keep illnesses from spreading among patients and staff. Friday's opening was the culmination of the third phase of the renovation project, which began in the fall of 2009. The first two phases, at a cost of $5.3 million, saw an expansion to the ambulatory surgical services and sterile processing departments, the latter ensuring there's always clean instruments used during medical procedures. Health Minister Michael de Jong congratulated the Richmond Hospital Foundation which con-

Health Minister Michael de Jong congratulated the Richmond Hospital Foundation which contributed $1 million to the project.

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and the lab. "This project was completed on time and on budget, and the renovations and new expanded emergency department will increase patient flow and enhance the ability of Richmond Hospital staff to deliver safe, high-quality

patient care for Richmond patients and families for years to come." Richmond-Centre MLA Rob Howard said the urgent care area is a great addition to the facility that will help relieve stress on the emergency department. "Richmond is a fastgrowing community and this project will further improve health care for our residents." Lisa Westermark, the hospital foundation's chief executive officer, noted the emergency department serves 48,000 people annually. "It is critical to provide these skilled and caring people the best tools and environment possible so that they are able to help us when we are in need of care."

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EDITORIAL: Alternatives are sometimes better


hen you go to cast your vote in the federal election May 2, think about your prospective member of parliament and his or her party’s position on health.

It’s an important issue, but broader than simply where they stand on public health care. Health is a personal choice. And it should be. While there is the need for a mainstream, publicly-funded everyday medical system, alternative procedures must be considered for inclusion as well. Before massive pharmaceutical companies began pumping out drugs for the masses in the 20th century, doctors worked with what

they had and knew. And that involved working with herbs and natural remedies to help ease the suffering of patients. (Of course they didn’t know everything.) Doctors relied chiefly on wisdom passed down through the ages, but much of that went out the window when profit-motivated pharmaceutical companies began churning out cures, both good and bad. But what was old is new again, this time in the form of traditional Chinese medicine. If those old-fashioned cures worked for generations, there’s got to be some truth to them, one would think. Science doesn't have all the answers, but nature has many.

A recent example: manuka honey was recently cited for its ability to help the body fight antibiotic resistant bacteria, otherwise known as superbugs. For years, the New Zealand “superfood" produced only from the country's manuka trees, was known to be an infection fighter. Naturopathy is also becoming more popular. Naturopathic physicians receive extensive training and aim to go to the root of the problem in terms of health care. So when it comes to voting next month, perhaps ask your candidate's position on alternative medicines. It might wind up helping your health in the long run.

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his weekend, we have the double responsibility of covering both health and environment in this issue (yesterday was Earth Day, after all).

And not one to shy away from multi-tasking I thought I’d use food as the bridge between the two. So, here are my top five tips for improving both your health and being kind to the environment. •Eat more local vegetables. Veggies are heavy to ship—we’re basically just shipping water around so the closer to you they are the better. One of the best ways of boosting your veggie intake is to invest in your local farm. Community Supported Agriculture allows you to purchase a share of the harvest. You invest upfront, when the farmer needs the money the most, and during the season, you’ll get a weekly box of veggies. The Sharing Farm is one place where you can purchase such a share and it works out to $25 per week. Details are at •Eat more whole grains. A friend at the food bank pointed out that most packaged cereal boxes are full of air because the cereal

Blow those dandelion seeds. What many consider a weed is actually an edible plant with many uses.

settles in the bag. Again, we’re paying to ship air around! Instead, take your reusable bag to Save-On-Foods or Galloway’s and purchase some steel cut oats. One cup of oats plus 3 cups of water in your slow cooker overnight makes the most amazing oatmeal. A bit of applesauce and some toasted hazelnuts and you’ve got a gourmet meal! You’ll never go back to those sugar-ladden pre-packaged cereals again. •Grow a food garden. I can’t believe how much time, energy, water and pollution goes into maintaining a lush lawn. All that effort and what happens? You “harvest” the grass and hand it over to the City to compost. Might as well just open up your wallet and give them all that money. Instead, why not make use

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of that space and grow something useful? Don’t have a lawn? Herbs, salad greens, tomatoes and strawberries grow very well in containers.

•Eat those dandelions! Mother Nature must get quite a kick seeing how crazy we have become over this beautiful plant. She gives us a nectar-ladden flower that’s wonderful for honey bees and ladybugs; where all parts of the plant are edible from flower to leaves to root; that multiplies easily so we never have to worry about running out; and we wage an all-out war to get rid of it. Tempura the flowers, sautee the leaves, and roast the root to make a coffee substitute. The bitterness of dandelion is wonderful for liver function. •Choose local honey. If you must use a sweetener, try to use local honey wherever you can. Our honeybees have taken a huge hit over the last five years due to the use of pesticides, lack of a diversity of food sources,

pests and diseases. Our local beekeepers have faced severe financial hardship and deserve our support. Yes, local honey is more expensive than honey shipped in from China or Argentina but there are some dubious bee-keeping practices in those countries. Read the label. “Product of Canada” does not always mean that the honey comes from Canadian sources. Buy your honey from the beekeeper if you can. Your farmers market, the Local Food Guide, and the Richmond Beekeepers Association are great sources of information. Happy Earth Day everyone! Arzeena Hamir is co-ordinator of the Richmond Food Security Society. Reach her at

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Naturopathy now mainstream by Martin van den Hemel Staff Reporter Richmond naturopath Dr. Raj Jheeta credits the Internet with the improved perception his profession has earned since he ďŹ rst opened an ofďŹ ce in Richmond two decades ago. “People are clued into what complementary medicine is all about,â€? Jheeta said from his ofďŹ ce on Ackroyd Road. In the 1990s, doctors tapped inches-thick drug manuals when looking for a cure for their patients. Now, all patients have access to such information, thanks to the advent of the Internet which has also provided forums for discussion and debate. It’s enabled patients to advocate for their own best interests, and research about drugs they’re taking, the possible side-effects, and healthier alternatives. Jheeta said while traditional medicine looks for what’s wrong with you, the naturopathic approach is the opposite. It looks at what’s working well. In the case of one patient with low iron levels, a previous course of treatment wasn’t working and so Jheeta was consulted. He noted that his patient had low ferritin levels, a protein that helps the body absorb iron. By addressing the ferritin deďŹ ciency, the patient was able to again absorb iron and raise hemoglobin levels and was brought back to better health, he said. As another example, in the case of an overweight patient with normal blood-sugar levels, he tested for insulin levels and noted that it was off the charts. Jheeta said the patient was heading toward diabetes, and advised an immediate dietary change.

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half as many cavities as they once did, another problem has come to the forefront: sports drinks and carbonated beverages. It seems like kids today are always sipping sports drinks and pop, and these beverages are acidic, dissolving the layer of enamel that protects the teeth. And while cavities are simply a hole that can be cleaned out and plugged, dealing with dissolving teeth is actually harder, Nelson said. Aside from cutting down on the consumption of these drinks, Nelson advises his patients to use fluoride toothpaste and even fluoride mouth

rinses. Nelson has also seen an uptick in the number of people with bulimia—an eating disorder more common among female patients, but he’s seen male patients as well. People with bulimia vomit after a meal, thereby exposing their mouth to strong stomach acids which dissolve enamel. The telltale sign is the erosion dentists see on the back side of the upper row of teeth, he said. Dentists are often the ones to see the eating disorder first, and placed into the uncomfortable situation of raising this issue with patients. See Page 11

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tanding among the massive 1,200 square metres in the new LifeMark Sport Medicine clinic, set to open May 2 at the Richmond Olympic Oval, one begins to appreciate the scope of its services. But Stefan Fletcher, company vice-president for B.C., says being better—not bigger—is priority one. “We have a whole menu of opportunities here from pillar to post care including rehab, physio, massage, exercise therapy and traditional Chinese medicine as well as a full array of physician services,” he said. “And we’ll continue to grow and expand on that relative to the demands of the community.” The clinic at the oval is a flagship centre for LifeMark, a rehabilitation provider with more than 90 locations in Canada. The LifeMark family also includes a comprehensive independent medical examination business, an eldercare division serving long-term care and retirement homes, a full range of employee health and wellness programs and MediChair; a home medical equipment franchise with outlets from coast to coast. Fletcher stressed LifeMark is dedicated to catering to the entire public, from children to senior citizens, with a goal to help everyone stay active. “Even though we can cater to the elite athlete, the predominance of the business is going to be the community,” he said. “(The notion that sport medicine clinics cater specifically only to elite sport) is one of biggest misconceptions. It’s for everybody—people who have issues they need to try to get addressed so they can move forward and do whatever their activity is—whether that be walking on the dyke, running a marathon or lifting their baby out of the carriage.” While scientifically based, the clinic will also reflect the artistic side of medicine effectively bridging the differ-

ent spectrums of health care, said Fletcher. “Health care is very personal,” he said. Fletcher also envisions the oval clinic being able to serve British Columbians from outside of the Lower Mainland, due to its proximity to Vancouver International Airport. He said there will be the opportunity for people to fly in and be able to find out what the issues are in a one-stop setting. See Page 21

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Patient doesn’t have to go to several different places From Page 17 “It will be attractive for people from smaller communities to drop in here and have an assessment, and if needed to go off for any other diagnostic services or to see a sport medicine specialist to have a rehab program designed for them, and then fly out in the afternoon,” he said. Access to the clinic and cost of services won’t be any different than anyone in practice, said Fletcher. “This is not a private health care facility, but physiotherapy, for example, is generally not covered under (the provincial medical services plan),” he said. “Rates and accessibility will be

comparable to any other centre; make a phone call and we’ll get you in as soon as we can.” To illustrate who might use the clinic’s services, Fletcher points to an individual with a shoulder injury who is referred by his physician to get some treatment. “They don’t get better and generally have to go back to their physician and then go back in the cue waiting to see somebody,” he said. “We will have the people they can see here, and so we can possibly arrange, in co-ordination with their family doctor, for them to see a sport med physician or make an appointment here with some of

the visiting physicians. “Having everything here, the communication channels become a lot easier and things are able to done a lot quicker. The patient doesn’t have to go to several different places.” Fletcher believes the one-stop clinic is a model that will be widely duplicated in the future. “I think this is a vision for the future,” he said. “Not many have been able to do this because there is definitely a huge financial risk, but at the same time I think the marketplace is ready. I think it is a blend of what the (medical) system is needing while providing a great place for profes-

sionals to be together. Being able to work with their colleagues under one umbrella they’re able to create a synergy and that breeds a culture of excellence.” Acknowledged as one of Canada’s top sport medicine physicians, Dr. Bill Mackie will be among

the key primary care sport medicine doctors at the new LifeMark clinic at the Richmond Olympic Oval. He was asked to join the team and is excited about the opportunity to work alongside some of the leading sport medicine doctors in the region.

“I’ve been anticipating this clinic for a long time,” he said. “I’ve been planning my schedule since late last year.” Just back from a visit to the Cleveland Clinic, generally regarded as one of America’s top hospitals, Mackie hopes to be able to apply some

of the sport services offered there at the new oval clinic. He was particularly impressed by the generous space and brightness in the Cleveland centre as well as the co-operative nature of the doctors and rehab personnel. See Page 22

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health Injuries can discourage From Page 21 “The biggest thing the Cleveland Clinic has is a reputation for quality and that’s what I’m hoping we can do at the oval,” he said. The 2010 Canadian Community Sport Medicine Physician of the Year, Mackie was president of the B.C. Medical Association in 2008. In his role, he provided a voice for promoting improved physical activity, especially for youth and advocated for safety measures in sport and recreation such as mandatory bicycle helmets. “We want to encourage people to exercise for lifestyle,” he said. “But when they get injured doing that they can get discouraged. If we can keep them healthy so they keep exercising that’s a big accomplishment.” Mackie is himself a former competitive athlete. He competed in gymnastics for 10 years and represented Canada at the 1972 Olympics before pursuing a career in medicine—spurred, he said, by his athletic career.

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Four prenatal fitness myths busted back/pelvis discomforts, improve continence and reduce the chances of tearing or having an episiotomy during labour. The average pregnant woman will benefit from a routine that in-

cludes contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. If a woman has unusually strong pelvic floor muscles, perhaps due to a life of dancing or gymnastics, she may have a difficult time relaxing

these muscles during the pushing stages of labour. For these women, it is important to practice feeling the difference between activated and relaxed pelvic floor muscles. See Page 26

Fit 4 Two Nadyne Rousseau 1. Pregnant Women Should Just Walk. Walking rocks! It is fantastic for improving circulation and cardiovascular health. But it does not address muscular imbalances or give you the strength and flexibility you are going to need to stay comfortable during pregnancy and strong for parenting. In addition, doing the same type of exercise over and over again leads to overuse injuries. Mix it up! Combine walking, low impact aerobics, aqua fitness, and swimming for a well rounded cardio routine. Add in muscular endurance workouts three days a week and be sure to stretch daily. 2. Pregnant Women Can Only Lift Light Weights. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada encourages healthy women with normal pregnancies to focus on muscular endurance: 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 20 reps. Pregnant women can use the theory of progressive overload just like non pregnant women. In other words, if you can do three sets of 20 reps without problem, your weight is too light. Try increasing your weight by 2 to 3 pounds per side so that you feel challenged. Ideally you should fatigue before the last rep of your last set. Avoid adding more reps or sets as way to reach the targeted zone. Your joints are vulnerable due the effects of the pregnancy hormone relaxin. Sticking to muscular endurance will keep you safe and help you to achieve results. 3. A Strong Core = A Difficult Birth. Most women, even those who exercise regularly, have weak pelvic floor muscles. Toned pelvic floor muscles can reduce

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the health edition Mental Health Week observed in Richmond National Mental Health Week is turning 60 years old this May, and the Canadian Mental Health Association is inviting Richmond to celebrate. Taking place May 1-7, the annual awareness week encourages people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health and wellbeing. This year’s theme in Richmond, “Mental Health for All,” speaks to the importance of striking a personal balance in all aspects of our lives: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. “We recognize that at times all of us struggle to keep in balance and maintain our mental health,” says Dave MacDonald, executive director of Canadian Mental Health Association’s Richmond branch. “CMHA is here to offer support and encourage individuals to continue to work on finding that balance.”

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, it is important to take time to think about your emotional well-being and your “mental fitness.” Assess your emotional health regularly. Consider the particular demands or stresses you are facing and how they are affecting you. This year, in conjunction with other mental health agencies, we are screening the film Family Matters: Surviving the Bipolar Journey at Richmond Hospital on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. (See story on page 3.) A table display of community mental health agencies will be in the lobby of Richmond Hospital on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday May 3, 4 and 5. For more information about Mental Health Week, see To connect with your local branch, see www.richmond. or call 604-276-8834.

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GREAT LOCATION! Sought after WESTWATER VIEWS — steps to the river & minutes to shoreline boardwalk to Steveston Village - Gorgeous Rancher style walk-up first floor unit. No stairs, no elevator, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 1,500 sq.ft., huge living/dining area with gas F/P, take your house sized furniture it fits! Kitchen with eating area, opens to a large above ground balcony. Private setting with views over park! Updates throughout, H/W floors in foyer, den & kitchen. Insuite storage in laundry room. 2 PARKING! side by side, New roofs! Well maintained with active council. priced to sell! Open April 23 Saturday 2-4.




60 A Ave

60 Ave

168 St

164 St

163B St

163 St

OPEN DAILY Noon to 5pm 6094-163B Street, Cloverdale 778-571-1389

Only 6 homes remain in this lovely family oriented West Cloverdale neighbourhood.


single fa mily homes Please call Randy Larsen at 778-840-2650


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SUN 2 - 4

SAT 2 - 4

Aaron Munro

5784 Greenland Dr., TSAW $615,000


Aaron Munro 604-868-7858

#113 - 8391 Bennett Rd, RMD $229,000 Scott Walker 604-338-6414

Scott Walker 604-338-6414

9440 Bakerview Dr., RMD $1,128,000 Cora Kalaw 604-723-0011

Cora Kalaw 604-723-0011

SAT 1 - 3

SAT/ MON 2 - 4


#21 - 6105 River Rd., LADNER $579,900 Aaron Munro 604-868-7858

#9 - 7567 Humphries, BBY $249,500

Jose (Joey) Ong

Jan Rankin 604-329-0830


SAT 2 - 4

Pam Sutherland 604-802-0227

10640 Railway Ave., RMD $888,000 Scott Walker 604-338-6414

Diana Dickey 604-618-7060

#112 - 7531 Minoru., RMD $315,000 Merilee McCaffery 604-307-9722

8 Chair Hair Salon Central Richmond $100,000

#3 -5600 Ladner Trunk, LADNER $415,000 Pam Sutherland 604-802-0227

Jan Rankin

Jan Rankin 604-329-0830


3839 Richmond St., RMD $859,000 Merilee McCaffery 604-307-9722

Merilee McCaffery 604-307-9722


#27 - 3600 Cunningham, RMD $459,000

#47 - 8385 Delsom Way, N. Delta $407,900 Louise Uy 604-788-4549

Lydia Dowa 778-839-2768


Lydia Dowa 778-839-2768

7660 Frobisher Dr., RMD $619,000 Lydia Dowa 778-839-2768

Karen Will 604-786-3155

SUN 2 - 4

Tina Gonzalez 778-837-1144

7621 Manitoba St., VAN $745,800 Louise Uy 604-788-4549

Louise Uy 604-788-4549 1 BRM

SAT/ SUN 2 - 4


#334 - 7295 Moffatt, RMD $218,800 Courtney Anderson 604-763-5794

5800 Fair Wd., LADNER $1,095,000 Ricki Willing 604-788-9727

Harry Garcha 604-618-9605

#405 - 9200 Ferndale Rd., RMD $499,900 Paul Kurniawan 778-858-5874

Paul Kurniawan 778-858-5874

#105 - 4280 Moncton St, RMD $358,000 Helen Pettipiece 604-341-7997


1157 Fairway Views Wynd, TSAW $454,900 Courtney Anderson 604-763-5794

#403 - 9300 Parksville, RMD $308,000 Courtney Anderson 604-763-5794

#11 -3459 W. River Rd, LADNER $739,000 Ricki Willing 604-788-9727

10380 Williams Rd., RMD $998,900 Loida Cervantes 604-644-8319

#11 - 12333 English Ave., RMD $599,000 Helen Pettipiece 604-341-7997

#139 - 4280 Moncton St, RMD $375,000 Helen Pettipiece 604-341-7997


Courtney Anderson 604-763-5794

886 57th St., TSAW $1,498,000 Courtney Anderson 604-763-5794

#112 - 7531 Minoru Blvd., RMD $315,000 Loida Cervantes 604-644-8319

Loida Cervantes 604-644-8319

#116 - 12871 Railway Ave., RMD $530,000 Helen Pettipiece 604-341-7997

Helen Pettipiece 604-341-7997

SEAFAIR OPEN HOMES. COM!!! Sutton Group - Seafair Realty . #550 - 9100 Blundell Road . Richmond, BC . V6Y 1K3 . phone: 604.273.3155

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Visit our website to check out and register for hundreds of parks, recreation and cultural programs.

kudos register

The third annual Blenz Gang Open was held on April 16 at Country Meadows Golf Course in memory of Brian Boyle, who passed away Februray 2010.The Blenz Gang, from the Garden City and Blundell location, donated $800 from this event, in honour of Brian, to Covenant House. Kudos to Blenz Coffee for their donations along with Country Meadows, J Malones Pub, Karen McLean, Dave Dennison and all others, too numerous to mention. Richmond’s Masaomi Muraki and his family and friends collected $950 for Red Cross relief efforts in Japan at Sunday’s Vancouver Sun Run. Muraki, a native of Japan, said the country ‘still needs a lot of helping hands. Please keep praying for Japan.’


Thank You YTo our sponsors,

donors and attendees who made our fundraising Luncheon on April 3rd a great success.

YTo the volunteers who assist our

Kudos is a weekly feature showcasing announcements, achievements and good deeds happening around town. E-mail submissions to news@ richmond

On April 16, the annual Hamilton Spring Cleanup took place against the backdrop of the Hamilton Community Centre’s new expansion, set to open later this month. This event gives residents and volunteers the opportunity to clean out their homes and clean up their community. Left to right: Dave Minhas, Tyler Chan, Andrew Fleming, Dick Chan and Alisa Carey. Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset pastpresident and secretary Linda Coyle presents Kwantlen chief advancement officer Jeff Norris with a $1,500 donation alongside current Rotary president James Westmacott. Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Foundation received a $1,500 contribution towards its endowment fund, which supports a student in a Faculty of Humanities program with a $1,000 award to a Richmond student.

Program Instructors each week helping RTES make a difference to the lives of children with disabilities — we couldn’t do it without you. WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER FOR THIS AMAZING PROGRAM?

If you have a few hours available Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays each week Contact Jenny, our Volunteer Coordinator, to see if she has an opening for you on our team. 604-241-7837 or email 13671 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, B.C.


• Home Audio & Video Playback/ Recording Systems • Vehicle Audio & Video Systems (atermarket) • Non-cellular Telephones & Answering Machines • Home Theatre in a Box (HTB) systems



NO. 3 RD


• Desktop Computers • Computer Peripherals • Portable Personal Computers (PCs) • Display Devices • Scanners • Printers and Fax Machines • Personal or Portable Audio & Video Playback/Recording Systems

Book your next bottle drive with us!


We now take electronics!





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Lease & Purchase Financing




188 0.9%

$ #

$ £

298 3.9% #


With $2,160 down payment on approved credit. Includes freight and PDI.

298 0.9%


With $722 down payment on approved credit. Includes freight and PDI.






APR per Month for 48 Months

With $3,526 down payment on approved credit. Includes freight and PDI.





APR per Month for 48 Months






*Limited time finance offer based on a new 2011 Civic DX 5MT/Accord SE MT/CR-V LX 2WD, model FA1E2BEX/CP2E6BE/RE3H3BEY and a 60/24/60 month finance term available only through Honda Canada Finance Inc. O.A.C. Finance example: $16,385/$26,340/$27,880 at 0.9%/0.9%/0.9% per annum equals $279.38/$1107.82/$475.37 per month for 60/24/60 months. Freight and PDI of $1,395/$1,550/$1,590 included. Cost of borrowing is $377.80/$247.68/$642.20, for a total obligation of $16,762.80/$26,587.68/$28,552.20. **MSRP is $16,385/$26,340/$27,880 including freight and PDI of $1,395/$1,550/$1,590. For all offers license, insurance, applicable taxes and registration are extra. Dealer may sell for less. Dealer trade may be required. #Limited time lease offers based on a new 2011 Civic DX 5MT/Accord SE MT/CR-V LX 2WD, model FA1E2BEX/CP2E6BE/RE3H3BEY. Lease example based on new 2011 Civic DX 5MT/Accord SE MT/CR-V LX 2WD, model FA1E2BEX/CP2E6BE/RE3H3BEY available through Honda Canada Finance Inc. £0.9%/3.9%/0.9% lease APR for 48/48/48 months O.A.C. Monthly payment, including freight and PDI, is $188/$298/$298. Down payment of $722/$3,526/$2,160, first monthly payment, environmental fees and $0 security deposit due at lease inception. Total lease obligation is $9,745.84/$17,830.16/ $16,463.09. * 0.9% lease APR for up to 24 months on 2011 Accord models. Taxes, license, insurance and registration are extra. 96,000 kilometre allowance; charge of $0.12/km for excess kilometres. Retailer may lease for less. Dealer trade may be required. ¥$750 gas card offer applies only to retail customer purchase, lease or finance agreements on all new 2011 Civic models. Gas card offer includes HST/GST where applicable. Valid only on purchase, lease or finance agreements concluded at participating Honda retailers. Dealer participation required. */**/#/£/¥ Offers valid from April 1st through April 30th, 2011 at participating Honda retailers. Offers valid only for British Columbia residents at BC Honda Dealers locations. Offers subject to change or cancellation without notice. Terms and conditions apply. Visit or see your Honda retailer for full details.

604-207-1888 604.638.0497 APR per Month for 48 Months

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