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Calendar of events: 2013/2014 TCCC Executives Patron:

His Excellence Ambassador of Canada

Officers: President – Peter van Haren Vice President – Derek van Pelt Vice President – John Stevens Treasurer – Michael Howard Secretary – Dean Outerson Executive Board: John Casella Surachit Chanovan Neil Chiu Kobsak Duangdee Nelson Hilton Michael Howard Ron Livingston Dean Outerson Jim Patterson John Stevens Peter van Haren Derek van Pelt

Embassy Representative: Ping Kitnikone




Friday, March 28, 2014; 7:00pm onwards 2014 All Chambers Young Professionals Networking Night KU DE TA, Bangkok 100 baht for members and non-members Free finger food and drinks @ happy hour prices


Friday, April 4, 2014; 6:00pm – 10:00pm Eastern Seaboard Networking Night Tavern by the Sea, Amari Orchid Hotel, Pattaya Registered Beaver Golf Tournament Players – no charge & all other guests – 400 baht


Saturday, April 5, 2014; 11:30am shotgun start Beaver Invitational Charity Golf Tournament Phoenix Golf and Country Club, Pattaya


Saturday, April 5, 2014; 7:00pm – 10:00pm Beaver Invitational Charity Golf Tournament Dinner Amari Orchid Hotel, Pattaya Registered Beaver Golf Tournament – no charge & guests - 1,200 baht


Thursday, April 10, 2014; 6:30pm onwards Canuck Connections – All Chamber’s Songkran Party Hilton Sukhumvit, Bangkok 100 baht for members and non-members Free finger food and drinks @ happy hour prices Please see below for further details


Wednesday, April 23, 2014; 11:30am – 1:30pm April Speaker Luncheon – Chris Bruton, Dataconsult: “The Indochina Region: Thailand’s Opportunities and Challenges” To be announced 800 baht – members & 900 baht – non-members

Sean Brady Sam Cohen Ali Fancy Don Lavoie Dusanee Promtan Picharn Sukparangsee


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KOREA: WHEN: March 21, 2014 WHAT: 2014 Maple Gala: Feast of Northern Light WHERE: Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul PRICE: Member KRW175,000 / Non-Member KRW200,000 / Table (10) KRW1,600,000

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Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce 139 Pan Road, Sethiwan Tower 9th floor, Bangkok 10500 Tel: +66(0) 2266-6085-6 Fax: +66(0) 2266-6087 Email: Website:

The Voyageur is the monthly magazine of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, covering all Thai-Canadian business, legal and social news of interest to the members and others who are active in expanding Thai-Canadian bilateral trade. Editor: Alexandra Morrow, Executive Director, Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Publisher: Scandinavian Publishing Co., Ltd. 211 Soi Prasert-Manukitch 29, Prasert-Manukitch Rd., Chorakeabua, Ladprao Bangkok 10230 Tel: +66(0) 2943-7166-8 Fax: +66(0) 2943-7169 Design: Disraporn Yatprom Email: Advertising Contact: Mr. Finn Balslev, Marketing Director Scandinavian Publishing Co., Ltd. Tel: +66(0) 2943-7166 ext.116 or 08-1866-2577 Email:

Upcoming events in the region:


VIETNAM: WHEN: March 27, 2014 WHAT: CanCham’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) WHERE: Park Hyatt Saigon PRICE: Free HONG KONG: WHEN: March 28, 2014 WHAT: Exporting to Canada: Key Issues in Managing Risk WHERE: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong PRICE: Free



Thursday, April 10 | 6.30pm onwards Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok Join us and 15 other Chambers of Commerce and kick off this year’s Songkran in style at the Hilton Sukhumvit! Entrance: 100 baht – complimentary finger food provided Happy hour drink prices Don’t miss out – RSVP today:

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British Club Celebrates Canadian Gold O

n the evening of Sunday February 23rd, the last night of the Sochi Winter Olympics, around 150 red-and-white clad Canadian supporters thronged to the front lawn of the British Club to watch Canada and Sweden battle it out on the big screen for the gold medal in Olympic ice hockey. Both teams were undefeated going into the championship final and both were missing key players (Steven Stamkos for Canada and Henrik Sedin & Nicklas Backstrom for Sweden). In attendance were Canadian Ambassador Philip Calvert and his family as well as Czech Ambassador Victor Grepl plus many key members of the TCCC, the Flying Farang ice hockey team and the Thai Stix ball hockey team as well. Team Canada goalie Cary Price continued his net minding mastery recording a shut-out in the final game as the Canadians defeated a stubborn and skilled Swedish squad 3-0. The mobile Canadian defence continued to impress with Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and Duncan Keith both leading and breaking up rushes throughout the game. Assistant captain Jonathon Toews scored the winning goal for Team Canada while Captain Canada Sidney Crosby put the Canucks up by two on a nice breakaway goal and his Pittsburgh line-and-teammate Chris Kunitz gave Team Canada a cushion making it 3-0. One of the most impressive lines for Team Canada was the three big men of Ryan Getzlaf, Cory Perry and Jamie Benn who made life miserable for Swedish keeper Henrik ‘The King” Lundqvist.

Canadian Ambassador Phil Calvert and family with Czech Ambassador Victor Grepl (left)

In a touch of irony, Johnny Oduya who played with the Flying Farangs during the last NHL strike was playing for the Swedish team. Both teams had defeated their arch-rivals in the semi-finals with Team Canada beating Team USA 1-0 and the Swedish squad beating the Finns 2-1. In the quarter finals, the Swedes defeated Slovenia 5-0 while Team Canada survived a scare from Latvia, winning 2-1 even though the Latvian goalie Kristers Gudlevskis made 55 saves. This may be the last time NHL players compete in the Olympics as a number of key players were injured, particularly John Tavares, the captain of the New York Islanders, and Henrik Zetterberg the captain of the Detroit Red Wings.

Pictures courtesy of Brad Mol

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Kudos must go to John Stevens and the British Club for putting together this event so quickly and successfully. All those in attendance enjoyed the food and beverage on offer and Canada’s convincing win lead to much celebration long after the game was over.

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The Monument to Canadian Fallen - Remembering Canadians who served in Korea


he “Turn Toward Busan” ceremony commemorates the Canadians who fought and died during the Korean War. This past Remembrance Day 2013, as a brief part of the main remembrance ceremony held at the Canadian Ambassador’s residence, the Canadian community in Bangkok paid homage to those soldiers fallen in Korea, by turning and facing on a 45 degree great circle bearing towards the only UN Cemetery in the World, in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a minute of silent remembrance. From 1950-53, Canada sent 26,000 soldiers to Korea, with 515 dead. To put this in context we sent more than 30,000 personnel to Afghanistan over a 10-year period with 158 killed. Since World War I the casualty rate charted against soldiers committed to action continues to drop. In the Korean War, the United Nations Command, led in combat by the United States, comprised 22 allies, including the Commonwealth nations, pitted against the three enemy countries of North Korea, the Soviet Union and China. Because it was near the start of the Cold War, the US had to tread carefully for fear of pushing the Soviet Union towards a war in Europe and risking a global conflict. In China, Mao used the Korean War as a proxy for his limitless, but as it turns out pointless ambitions to rule Asia and establish world communism. From a legal perspective, the Korean conflict was never called a “war” but a “police action” instead. Allied nations were also fearful that their citizens would not accept another war, coming so soon after World War II.

Authorities today believe the total number of people, civilian and military killed on both sides because of the Korean War to be 1.2 million.

South Korea had asked the United Nations and the United States for help, so the UN passed UN Security Council Resolution 82 that Called upon all Member States to “render (every) assistance to the United Nations in the execution of this resolution and. to refrain from giving assistance to the North Korean authorities.” Shortly afterwards the US formed the “United Nations Command”, which was established to offer all forms of military assistance possible to South Koreans to stop the invasion from North Korea. The Korean War never ended. On 27 July 1953, North and South Korea and their allies signed an Armistice, establishing the Demilitarized Zone that extends for 250 km across the peninsula. To this day, the two Koreas and the UN Command patrol the DMZ. Canada retains a seat on the Armistice Commission and provides an Army Colonel as a permanent member.

When the Canadian soldiers came home from Korea, they received little or no recognition. This was because as mentioned it was so soon after World War II, because it happened in a relatively small area, - North and South Korea - and because it was a police action. Few thought it was a real war. Returning soldiers were not treated very well; they were not recognized and did not get any thanks from the government or anyone else, and they did not get much other support from the government for several years. This caused a lot of resentment among those 26,000 serving Canadian soldiers and their families. In the 1990s, South Korea, now a thriving democracy and prospering, continued to stage re-visits for veterans from all the Allied countries. The South Korean government hosted these veterans to return to Korea, to commemorate their service there and to honour their dead.

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In the late 1990s a former Canadian soldier named Vince Courtenay, who fought with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry in Korea, and has written books on the war, decided to create a monument to these forgotten soldiers, and teamed up with Colonel Chip Bowness of the Canadian Army to do so. Vince Courtenay, upon returning from the Korean War had gotten a Master’s Degree in English and chosen a career in journalism, eventually becoming editor of the Detroit newspaper. Later, his focus became automotive journalism, which took him to Korea, where he gained the confidence of the Hyundai Chaebol management and others, one of the major conglomerates that the Korean government very successfully used for nation building. While in Korea, Vince learned of these revisits for Korean vets and joined in. Chip Bowness was posted to South Korea in 1999 as the Canadian Defense Attaché (he was also the Canadian liaison officer to the US Commander-in-Chief as well as being the Canadian member of the UN Command

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Chip Bowness (left) with Sam Cohen (right) at Remembrance Day ceremony. Canadian Forces personnel and Ambassador Calvert making the Turn to Busan during the Remembrance Day ceremony held last November on the Ambassador's front lawn. Military Armistice Commission). He went there with limited knowledge of the Korean conflict. But it was about the time the South Koreans and Americans were talking about commemorating the start of the Korean conflict (25 June 1950), so he asked his headquarters what the Canadians were going to do to commemorate this 50th Anniversary. The response was “Canada does not commemorate the start of wars, and if you think something should be done in Korea you’ll have to do it yourself.” So he took the challenge and decided to do something himself. There was already a Canadian Korean War Memorial Garden situated in Naechon, northeast of Kapyong-gun and just below the mountains defended by the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in the Battle of Kapyong in April 1951. The monument was already about 25 years old and failing, so Bowness decided, after consultation with PPCLI and Korean representatives, to refurbish it. Mr. Chi Kap Chong, a retired Korean journalist and former member of the Korean National Assembly, selected land for this memorial park and raised funds to purchase the land. He subsequently supervised the construction of the Canadian Korean War Memorial Garden put in place with the support of PPCLI veterans and others to commemorate Canada’s assistance to his country during the Korean War. He again was instrumental in getting the monument restored. Some historians say that because the Canadians held their ground there and stopped the Chinese, they prevented the Chinese from outflanking the UN Command Forces and taking Seoul. Vince Courtenay got wind of these activities and came to the Attaches office, saying, when asked if he had any ideas for a commemoration activity that he wanted to “put a monument into the UN cemetery in Busan”. At first, Chip thought Vince was asking him to build the monument, but he was not; he said, “I just need help”.

The next time they met, in the Fall of 1999, Vince brought a sketch of the understated and evocative monument that was shown to Arthur Perron, a former Ambassador to Thailand and the Canadian Ambassador to South Korea at the time, who agreed to support the effort. In 2000, Ambassador Denis Comeau arrived and became a staunch supporter of Vince’s project, attending ceremonies and intervening when needed. (Later, both Comeau, as Canada’s Ambassador to Thailand and Bowness, as the UNDP Asia Region Coordinator for Landmine Removal Programs) would arrive in Bangkok in August 2004). Vince Courtenay soon started the Canadian Korean War Commemoration Committee, and asked Bowness to chair it, with a major effort by the small committee to raise nearly CAD 180,000 from veterans and friends. Master sculptor Yu Young Mun, who had a small studio north of Seoul in the former Canadian battle area, sculpted The Monument to Canadian Fallen in Korea destined for the United Nations Cemetery in Busan. The monument itself was rendered in bronze and is a third size larger than real life (for some reason, the human eye when it sees a statue outdoors that is normal size sees it as smaller than it actually is). The statue in Pusan was unveiled in April of 2001 at a Ceremony attended by dignitaries of several allied countries. When Mr. Yoo presented his bill Vince realized they had over half the money they raised left, so after a short discussion it was decided to make an identical monument (The “Echo Copy”) thinking ”someone might want it one day. And so began the follow-on project to bring the Echo Copy of the monument to Canada. Vince made contact with Sheila Copps, during a dinner in Windsor, and she became interested in the project. To this point, Vince had volunteered most of his time to the

Monuments and supporting his fellow Korean War veterans, and with great success. Now, the workload would increase as he took on the challenge of working in his own country to establish a national Korean War monument in Ottawa. In 2002, after three decades of service Bowness left the Army and went back to Canada, where Vince contacted him, asking that he volunteer to help bring the Monument to Canadian Fallen in Korea to Ottawa. He again became Chair of the Canadian Korean War Commemoration Committee, worked with the National Capital Commission (selecting a site for the monument) as well as with the Prime Minister’s Office and Heritage Canada. With the input of local Korean War veterans, Chip eventually recommended to Vince, who agreed, that they choose the large, readily accessible and prestigious site at the west end of the McKenzie Bridge, fronting on the Rideau Canal across from the Defence Headquarters, adjacent to the National Arts Centre and overlooking Centennial Park. Chip came up with the idea to site the monument looking along the “great circle route to Busan”, and had the bearing calculated by The Mapping and Charting Establishment. The idea was to connect the monuments and the 378 Canadians buried there. The soldier and children on the Ottawa monument would be looking towards their echo in Busan. The young lady engineer at the NCC suggested inlaying a large stone arrow pointing from the base of the Monument along the bearing, and this happened. The Canadian version was unveiled before more than 3000 veterans, government officials including Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many local citizens on 28 Sept 2003. The date depended on Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s schedule, and Chip picked his wife’s birthday from the dates available. The event ended up being a two-hour live CBC special, because Vince’s contact at CBC, the senior news director, now retired Mark Bulgutch, though it should be a nationally televised event. Continued on page 10 March 2014


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Member Profile Chip’s wife, Dawn Lynn Bowness played a major role in organizing the dedication and consecration events for the monument in Ottawa, including care of the enchanting Sukpo Children’s Choir flown over from Korea, and supervision and collection of funds for the dedication banquet attended by more than 1300 veterans and family members.

honour where the Canadian Fallen rest, who carries a bouquet of maple leaves and Mugunghwa, the national flower of Korea, known the world over as the Rose of Sharon. The serviceman wears the proud insignia of the Canadian Special Force, stood up for service in Korea, on his sleeve. It is the official badge of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade and also for all members of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force while they were deployed in the Korean theatre. He does not wear headgear as the war is over.

Something very auspicious (or eerie depending on your view) happened during the two-hour dedication ceremony, held in Centennial Park under cloudy conditions, but without rain. Within 15 minutes of the actual dedication ceremony and PM Chretien’s speech concluding, and clearly visible on the CBC video, the clouds opened for a short time and the sun shone directly on the Monument - only - before again disappearing moments later.

Chip’s contribution to the monument itself lay in the design of the plinths, to be cut from stone from the 25 Brigade former areas if possible, and to have rough-hewn sides to remind of the conditions under which the war was fought. The 4-ton plinth the bronze rests on was hand carved from a granite block that was quarried from mountains near the old headquarters base of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade.

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The Monument to Canadian Fallen stands in its own boutique park on an escarpment overlooking Confederation Park in Ottawa. The promise that rings the bottom of the bronze base in large letters affirms in both English and French that “WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU BRAVE SONS OF CANADA.” And we never will.

A similar plinth supports the Ottawa monument. The Korean Embassy in Ottawa paid all costs for flying the plinth to Canada. The National Capital Commission takes care of all upkeep for the Monument to Canadian Fallen. The full Monument is positioned so that the eyes of the Canadian serviceman look along the great circle bearing to the United Nations Memorial Cemetery some 10,715 kilometres (6,658 miles) away in Busan, Korea. This bearing also happens to pass nearly through the Canadian National War Memorial at the top of Elgin Street. The National Capital Commission, which accepted the monument from the veterans committee that raised the funds to develop it, had their surveyors plot the direction two different times to ensure accuracy. The arms of a large stone compass are inlaid in the walkways and lawns to point directly to the UN Cemetery, which is located at coordinates 35°7'39"N by 129°5'50"E.

Vince Courtenay, who designed the monument, worked closely with the sculptor, Maestro Yu Young Moon in his small studio along the DMZ in Korea. Every raised letter of the inscripted 515 names directly below the statue was hand cut from rubber, set in plaster molds, and then filled with molten bronze. Vince Courtenay later edited and approved all letters and amended many that were distorted. (He had worked on the second monument, destined for Canada, while recovering from serious major surgery in Korea). Maestro Yoo would then revise each letter with hammer and chisel, a painstaking process until every one of them was acceptable. It is noteworthy that Mr. Yoo spent more than two years working on the monument project at his own expense, and never asked for an advance of fees, another small tribute. Mr. Yoo speaks and reads no English. None of the workers in the small foundry – a melting vat covered over by a canvas canopy in the hills where we once fought near the present day DMZ – speak any other language than their unique hill country dialect of Korean. He is an artist of the higher rank in Korea, a quiet and inspiring man. This inscription immediately below the statue reads: THIS MONUMENT IS ONE OF TWO DEVELOPED AND CAST IN KOREA IN 2001. SYMBOLICALLY, AFTER HALF A CENTURY, THE BRAVE CANADIANS WHO DIED

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Both Vincent Courtenay and Yoo, Young Mun had practically to be coerced to sign in bronze the “Echo Copy” of the Monument in Ottawa. The Busan Monument is unsigned.

“Turn Toward Busan” Service


Each year, on November 10 at 9 p.m. in Ottawa, the “Turn Toward Busan” service is held. Participants turn along the plot line to face Busan for one minute of silence in honour of the Korean War Fallen.

The Canadian serviceman carries a small girl who looks up to him tenderly and thankfully for his strength and his kindness and with the gaze that shows she knows she is safe from harm and deprivation in his arms. She carries a bouquet of 16 maple leaves that symbolize the 16 Canadians who went missing in action and who rest somewhere in Korea in unmarked graves and the five sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy who were lost at sea. The soldier guides a boy to the place of

At the exact same time in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, a national ceremony is taking place and a respectful one minute of silence also occurs. The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs supports and manages this national service. Other Turn Toward Busan ceremonies are held in many places including England, Australia and the United States, and now, Thailand.

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hile taking a ferry up the Chao Phraya River or riding a canal boat to avoid street traffic, you may notice that the quality of Bangkok’s waterways leaves much to be desired. Drinking the water would be foolhardy, and merely having it splash on your shirt cuff creates a challenge that only the best dry cleaner can overcome. The quality of Thailand’s waterways is governed by a cluster of legislation that addresses water pollution from multiple angles. The Enhancement and Conservation of National Environmental Quality Act BE 2535 (1992) regulates the sources of wastewater, such as factories, that dump directly into the public waterways or the environment, by prescribing specific effluent standards. This Act and its related Ministerial Notifications detail the types of factory businesses that must treat their wastewater and sets limits for a list of harmful metals, toxins, and other chemicals to ensure that their wastewater is not harmful to the environment. The Factories Act BE 2535 (1992) also restricts the concentration levels of chemicals and metal pollutants in wastewater being dumped into the environment. In addition, under Section 69 of the Act, the owner or possessor of the source of pollution has the duty to install an on-site facility for wastewater treatment or waste disposal, as determined by the relevant pollution control official. An “Environmental Fund” has been established, whose moneys come from a tax on gasoline, which is designated for, among other things, investment and operation of wastewater treatment plants and waste disposal facilities by local administrations or state enterprises. Moneys from this fund can also be allocated as loans to private persons in the event that they have a legal duty to install an on-site facility for wastewater treatment. The Navigation in Thai Waterways Act (as amended in 1992) and the Public Cleanliness and Orderliness Act BE 2535 (1992), both prohibit the dumping of refuse into rivers, canals, and other waterways. The Public Health Act regulates the nuisance activities related to water pollution such as odor, chemical fumes, and the wastewater discharge systems of buildings, factories or animal feedlots that cause harmful health effects. This Act was also passed in 1992, which was a year in which a military coup took place. The appointed Prime Minister, Anand Panyarashun, initiated a number of progressive environmental protection laws

almost immediately upon entering office. The regulators of water pollution are the Pollution Control Department (PCD) and the Department of Industrial Works (DIW). The PCD is responsible for the management of overall water quality and for the control of wastewater discharge. Wastes from industries are controlled by the DIW under the Ministry of Industry. Wastes from agriculture are controlled by agencies under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The local governments control domestic waste. There are five principal sources of organic wastewater discharged into Bangkok’s waterways according to the Global Water Partnership, who released a National Consultation Report on Thailand: - domestic sewage and wastewater which finds its way to the canals and eventually to the river - direct discharge by people living along the banks of the river (wastewater from houses/restaurants) - industries which discharge directly or indirectly into the river - solid wastes and other wastes thrown into rivers and canals - agricultural wastes International standards for monitoring the quality of water test for five different factors. They are: •

Dissolved Oxygen (DO): how much oxygen is available in the water for aquatic organisms (a high DO level is good)

Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD): the amount of oxygen consumed by bacteria while decomposing organisms in water (a high BOD is bad)

Total Coliform Bacteria (TCB): level of bacterial contamination from human waste

Fecal Coliform Bacteria (FCB): level of contamination likely to harbor bacteria that cause digestive diseases

BOD whereas only slightly over 50 percent of tests met national standards for NH3. However, the most surprising statistics were for TCB (46 percent of tests passed) and FCB (29 percent of tests passed). These are the two tests that measure the amount of human waste and bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illnesses in the water. The raw data shows that the Chao Phraya averaged 24,000 mpn/100ml in TCB tests and 7,900 mpn/100ml in FCB tests. As a comparison, the US Environmental Protection Agency set contamination standards well below those levels, finding that water above the thresholds of 2,300 mpn/100ml (TCB) and 400 mpn/100ml (FCB) were associated with gastrointestinal illnesses; the actual “safe” standards imposed by the EPA are considerably lower than these. This means that the amount of fecal matter and accompanying harmful bacteria in the Chao Phraya River is over 10 times higher than the threshold that the US EPA has determined causes digestive illnesses. Perhaps inadvertently ingesting Chao Phraya River water on a water taxi commute is a health risk approaching that of getting on the back of a motorbike taxi during rush hour. The main cause of deteriorated water quality, according to the PCD, is untreated municipal wastewater being drained directly into public waterways. In fact, 90% of all wastewater nationwide, including residential sewage and industrial discharge, flows directly into public waterways untreated according to the Report. Commercial and industrial expansion, combined with exponential population growth and a rural migration to Bangkok, has resulted in an accumulation of water pollution that has overwhelmed nature, leaving it unable to cope. Although the state of Bangkok’s waterways is better than when most of the environmental legislation was first introduced, their quality still falls well short of what is appropriate for the great city through which they run. Angus Mitchell ( Matthew Christensen ( Pavitra Sakulchaimongkol (

Total Ammonia (NH3): the amount of nitrogen in the form of ammonia (a high level is bad)

According to the 2011 Thailand State of Pollution Report compiled by the PCD, around 70 percent of tested areas in the lower Chao Phraya met national standards for DO and March 2014


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Thai Stix defend title in Chiang Mai


he Thai Stix ball hockey team recently defended their Highlands Cup title in Chiang Mai, going undefeated in a three-game sweep of the two Chiang Mai teams they faced. The Stix sent seven players plus a goalie to defend their crown. The two forward units saw Jesse Starosta and Eddie Pasco pair up while John Stevens teamed with rookie Charlie Gurtner. On defense, Antti Nyrhinen, Stephen Sproule and a hobbled Scott Murray held the fort while Marc Brouillette from the Canadian embassy played brilliantly in net. The round-robin affair saw each team play each other once, then the two teams with the best records faced off

in the final. The Stix played against the Chiang Mai “B” team to start the tourney and then faced the Highlander “A” team in the second game of the event. The Stix won both and then headed to the nearby Mexican Grill for lunch waiting to hear who they would play in the final; it ended up being the Chiang Mai “A” team. In a rough final contest; the Stix, trailing by a goal late in the game, came alive and stormed back to victory with Frenchman Gurtner playing a very physical game and making his presence felt throughout the game. Finn Nyrhinen scored the final two Stix goals on big blasts from the point, ironically scoring on fellow Finn and former Thai Stix player Ozzi Jaarvinen, who moved to Chiang Mai a few years back.

The players celebrated and swapped stories at a buffet held that night at the UN Irish Bar in Chiang Mai, a city that was traffic gridlockled because of the ongoing flower festival. The 20th Mekong Cup is set to go on Saturday March 15th in Phuket at the Centara Karon Resort, the two meets will meet again, and play against squads from Hong Kong, Singapore and Slovakia. Info about playing in Chiang Mai The Chiang Mai Highlanders ball hockey team was started in 2011; games are Mondays 7:30pm - 9:30pm and Thursdays 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Typically, 10-18 players play per game; the charge is 100 Baht per game; contact should

Mother on a mission – Dyslexia By Dominque Perry


will always remember 14 May 2013. This is the day my life changed and sent me on an educational mission. My 8-yearold daughter had been assessed by a professional educational psychologist and was diagnosed with dyslexia. I spent four hours reviewing the results with the assessor, and discussing what options where available to us in Bangkok. To my shock there is not a single, wholly dedicated dyslexic program, at any school in Bangkok. So on the one hand; I was relieved that we finally had a name/a reason for my daughter’s difficulties. However, we had zero options to deal with the diagnosis.

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Studying in the dyslexia program at Berkley

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be made through the Facebook page ( 474711125890763/?fref=ts), post a message on the page with any questions and the team will answer. The court is off Canal Road, directly behind the Sibsongpanna Restaurant (66/2 Moo.10 T.Sutep A.Muang). Players must sign up in advance for each game on the Facebook page. Tragedy in Chiang Mai Nicolas Brown, a Canadian from Vancouver, one of the players that played against the Thai Stix last year, was shot and paralyzed from the waist down last June. Below follows a few words from Nick and a link to a video detailing the incident and its aftermath.

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John Stevens, left and Charlie Gurtner, right, in action

“I was the victim of a random and brutal shooting while working abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. As a result of the shooting, I am now paraplegic with no sensation or movement from about the belly button down. I spent six months in a Thai hospital recovering from multiple surgeries and a nasty pressure ulcer on my tailbone that wore down the bone (sacrum bone exposed) The man that shot me is currently out on bail of the equivalent of 5,000USD and facing trial soon. His family have put him in a mental institute for a time and he has joined the 'monkhood' in Thailand to strengthen his case. In the meantime, I have been unable to work while travelling between my hometown, Vancouver, and Thailand for trial and medical treatments. Insurance and fundraisers have covered a lot, but

the bills continue pile up as I struggle to maintain my mental and physical health now newly confined to a wheelchair.

During our time in Camp Dunnbeck, I met three expat families from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. We had numerous conversations and all felt frustrated at the lack of dyslexic learning program in Asia – not one. Amazing considering there are estimates that 20% of the population are dyslexic. It was from these conversations and more than three months in the US and UK that I came up with the idea of setting up a program for dyslexia at a school here in Thailand.

academy for Orton-Gillingham teachers. Kildonan School will be supplying the teachers and establishing the program here in Bangkok at Berkeley International School. The Thai Ministry of Education has even shown an interest in using this as a case study for schools in Thailand.

“I am not one to normally ask for handouts or personal charity, but under these extreme circumstances and under the advisement of those who care, I have decided to reach out the larger global community for help. Anything you offer would be invaluable toward easing the extreme duress I am under. All money would go towards medical bills. Thank you very much.” The link to the video that covers the details of the shooting and the fall out: s0sQMLOc&

in Thailand What was I going to do?

There is a world of research on educating children with dyslexia and many institutes and schools around the world that specialize in programs for children of all ages. In my search, I eventually stumbled across Kildonan School in the US. The US is leading the world with dyslexic teaching, and Kildonan is one of the top dyslexic schools in the world. I was ecstatic to find out that the school has a summer camp, Camp Dunnback and the timing worked out perfectly for us – I couldn’t believe my luck. As I looked into it further I found that they use the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching (multi-sensory), which is widely recognized as the number one method of teaching dyslexia.

In conjunction with Kildonan School and Berkeley International School, we have set up a 100% dedicated dyslexia program starting in January 2014. Kildonan School has an impressive record of getting 100% of their students into university and is also a training

For more in depth information please contact either (please make the subject dyslexia as this is my work email account) or info@ The full version of this story by Dominque Perry can be found in the April edition of the newly launched Expat Kids magazine.

March 2014


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The Legacy Drawer:

An Essential Item for Your Loved Ones T

hinking about the legacy you will leave when you’re gone may not be something that jumps to the top of today’s list of priorities. Yet there are many famous examples of people who never got round to considering the future and consequently left a labyrinthine trail of paperwork behind, which was complex and time-consuming for their family to unravel. I’ve long adhered to the concept of helping clients make sure their affairs are in order should anything happen to them. This way, loved ones do not have to deal with such financial and administrative complications, as these are the last things anyone wants to endure during times of emotional distress. With that in mind, I like the idea of a legacy drawer proposed by James Starr, a former VP of an American money advisor. In essence, the legacy drawer is a drawer somewhere that holds all of the important information your family needs in case something happens to you. It’s somewhere that they can get to immediately and they know there’s no need to look anywhere further. Whether you’re single without children or in your seventies with a host of grandchildren, a legacy drawer is vital. It should be in your home and contain everything that has to do with your finances and be organised in a way that any document can found in a few seconds. Starr suggests that your legacy drawer should contain ten items: 1. Cover Letter – A letter stating the purpose of the legacy drawer. It should introduce your loved ones to the contents of the drawer. 2. Financial Account – Anything that has money in it and your name on it

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should be listed in the legacy drawer. This includes account names, amounts and account numbers. 3. Funeral Instructions – All details and specifications for funeral plans should be listed so the family can fulfil your wishes. If you are married, you will need one for you and one for your spouse. 4. Insurance Policies – All insurance information, including health, car, disability, term life, etc., should be combined into one single document for easy reference. List the type of insurance, who the policy is for, contact information and policy numbers. 5. Important Documents – Any legal or other important documents you have should be noted in the file. This includes deeds, birth certificates, social security cards and titles. 6. Personal Letters – Since the intention behind the legacy drawer is to keep your legacy going after you’ve gone, it’s a great idea to include letters to your loved ones. 7. Monthly Budget – If necessary, add a copy of your written budget, so your spouse or loved ones know how to operate your household once you’re gone. This will help your family keep track of bills and focus on more important things. 8. Passwords – Write down all passwords, combinations, usernames and PIN numbers. This information allows your loved ones access to any documents, money or information that is left when you are gone. 9. Tax Returns – Keeping tax returns in your legacy drawer is like an insurance policy for yourself in the event that you get audited. Hopefully you never have to pull them out, but if you do, at least you are prepared. 10.Will and Estate Plans – All information pertaining to your will and estate,

including names of the executor and Power of Attorney should be located in one file. This may be a tedious job. Preparing for when something happens to you is not a fun task, but it’s crucial to do this to protect you and your family. Don't overlook this essential part of your future plan. You may not know how pleased you will be once the legacy drawer is created. Paul Gambles is co-founder of MBMG Group. MBMG Group is an advisory firm that assists expatriates and locals within the South East Asia Region with services ranging from Personal Advisory, Insurance Services, Private Equity, Accounting & Auditing, Legal Services, Property Solutions and Estate Planning.

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