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  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014YOUR SOURCE RICHMOND-NEWS.COM FOLLOWUS ON TWITTER@THERICHMONDNEWS

    Ground breaks on $80millionMinoru complexRECREATION

    Local dignitaries ceremoniously brokeground on the new, $80 million MinoruRecreation Complex Monday morning.Construction of the project, which will

    replace the existing aquatic facility, seniorscentre and Minoru Pavilion, is expected tobegin next summer with a completion date ofJune 2017 pinned on the calendar.The 110,000 square-foot complex will

    house improved aquatic spaces including

    a 25-metre pool more dedicated space forseniors, a fitness centre, multi-purpose roomsand change rooms for outdoor athletes.Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the need to

    build a new seniors centre to be officiallydubbed the Richmond Older AdultsCentre is evident in the growing population ofthose over the age of 55; in the past 10 yearssaid population has risen from 20 per cent to25 per cent in the city and in 30 years it couldreach roughly 45 per cent, according to censusand population trends.Brodie said the existing 56-year-old

    aquatics centre sees roughly 500,000 visitsper year, but because it has aged it lacksmany of the modern amenities it needs fortoday and tomorrow.Monday evening Brodie and each city

    councillor attended a general purposescommittee meeting to receive a reportfrom staff outlining the guiding principlesof the new complex, determined throughconsultation with stakeholders, whichincluded a citizen-led advisory committee.Largely at issue was how synergies would

    work between the seniors and the general

    public.Although the lobby will be shared, the

    seniors centre will also have a separateentrance and reception.The complex will house just one central

    kitchen, to be used by all parties.To make the best use of space and

    equipment, the fitness centre will also beshared by seniors and the general public.The committee accepted the principles on

    condition that staff ensure some of the sharedmultipurpose space be completely separable

    see HEADLINE page 4

    see STEVES page 4

    Police dressed in body armour and carrying rifles make their way out of a property in Steveston after responding to areport of gunfire in the area on Saturday evening. Photo by GraemeWood/Richmond News

    Armed cops storm property

    A teenager shooting an air rifle for fun resulted in anunexpected and heavily-armed reaction from RichmondRCMP Saturday evening in a quiet, farmland neighbourhood.At around 6 p.m. theAir One helicopter could be seen

    circling a home under construction on Monteith Road, nearthe corner of Moncton Street and No. 2 Road, after a call wasmade to police about loud, gunshot-like noises.The RCMPK-9 Unit was deployed to the scene along with

    several police vehicles.When the Richmond News arrived on the scene, one police

    cruiser was parked on a side street behind houses fronting No.2 Road, while another five cruisers and two police SUVs wereparked along Monteith. More police vehicles could be spottedfurther down the road on the other side of its divider.A police dog and officers in body armour, armed with

    assault rifles, were also spotted entering and leaving theproperty. After a search, no youth or gun was found, saidpolice. However, Mounties did speak to a youth suspect andparents connected to the incident.The youth admitted to using an air rifle to do target

    practice, said Richmond RCMPs Cpl. Stephanie Ashton viaemail. The youth was warned, addedAshton, regarding properfirearms handling.

    Steveston teen found with air rifleGraemeWoodStaff Reportergwood@richmond-news.com

    GraemeWoodStaff Reportergwood@richmond-news.com

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    Richmond spending $10million on flood protection

    Pathways joins charities elite

    Richmonds Pathways Clubhouse joineda select group of charitable organizationsin Canada after being awarded a four-starrating for its open way of doing business andaccessibility.Last week, Charity Intelligence Canada,

    which ranks how charities spend theirmoney and the work they do gave Pathwaysrecognition that a mere 15 per cent of similarorganizations receive.Were thrilled, said Dave MacDonald,

    executive director of Pathways, in apress release. While we appreciate therecognition for our work, were also gratefulfor the focus it helps place on the importanceof mental health services.According to its website, Pathways offers

    hope, encouragement and opportunities topeople whose lives have been shattered bymental illness by providing a supportiveenvironment that focuses on each personsstrengths and talents, rather than the illness.The award is encouraging given Charity

    Intelligence Canadas task is, in part, toprovide information to philanthropistson how to best direct their donations tocharitable organizations, said Pathways

    spokeswoman Georgina Patko.Charity Intelligence helps make informed

    decisions for the best results of donatedfunds, said Patko, adding the organizationsmotto is: Be informed, give intelligently,have impact.Giving credence to the impact Pathways

    can have was an independent review thisspring showing that every dollar donated tothe organization resulted in $14 of societalvalue to their members and the largercommunity.The review was undertaken by Success

    Markets, which independently evaluatescharity programs based on their investigationof expected and actual results realized bybeneficiaries relative to program costs andrisks.On the more recent award from Charity

    Intelligence Canada, PathwaysMacDonaldsaid, he hoped the recognition helps tocement mental health programs and servicesas a wise investment, and highlight theprevalence of mental health issues in thecommunity.There was some more good news for

    Pathways this week as the Fountain House/Clubhouse International a pioneeringorganization that created a successful modelPathways has adopted to help those suffering

    from mental illness reclaim their lives andrealize their potential through work andthe support of a caring community wasselected to receive the 2014 Conrad N.Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million.The annual award is touted as the worlds

    largest humanitarian prize and is bestowedon an organization considered to be doingextraordinary work to alleviate humansuffering.An independent international jury makes

    the final selection.

    The City of Richmond released its 2014 flood protectionupdate today at a public works committee to highlight some ofthe improvements being made to the citys infrastructure.This year the city will spend about $10 million on drainage

    and dyking improvements.Over the past five years, 4.4 kilometres of dykes have

    been or are scheduled to be raised to between four and 4.7metres above average sea level, slightly exceeding provincialrequirements. Also, ten drainage pump stations have beenrebuilt to improve capacity.Since 2008 the city has spent $45 million on drainage and

    dyking and next year, a new five-year capital plan will propose

    spending $50 million, which will target five pump stationrebuilds, 10 lane way drainage upgrades and $7 million worthof dyke upgrades.The report indicates waterfront developments play a

    contributing factor in improving dykes. It also states sea levelswill rise approximately 1.2 metres in Richmond over the next100 years.

    Athletes to be honoured on wallOn Thursday city staff will ask city council to approve the

    Richmond Sports Wall of Fame as a key component of theRichmond Olympic Experience project at the Olympic Oval.It is hoped the wall will serve to honour some of Richmondsgreatest athletes.It is being proposed that honoured members be approved

    by city council at the behest of a nominating committee. Thecommittee would include one council member, three currentmembers of the Richmond Sports Council and one lifetimemember of RSC.

    Utility boxes could become artsyPublic artwork could be coming to a utility box near you.On Thursday, city staff will propose to the parks committee

    that art work be integrated into infrastructure design, includingpump stations and traffic control utility boxes. Utility boxwraps can already be seen in neighbouring communities.Inexpensive vinyl wraps can be applied to improve their

    appearance. As well, art wraps are effective in reducinggraffiti, notes a staff report.

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    Celebrating Pathways Clubhouses recent four-star rating from Charity Intelligence Canadaare (from left) Pathways spokeswoman Georgina Patko, club member Kristie Collins, andexecutive director Dave MacDonald. Photo by Philip Raphael/Richmond News

    Philip RaphaelStaff Reporterpraphael@richmond-news.com

    GraemeWoodStaff Reportergwood@richmond-news.com

  • NEWS

    Steves:Regret over 50m pool

    for the seniors facility during certain hoursof the day.Coun. Harold Steves expressed concern

    about not building a 50-metre pool forcompetitions in light of the lease atWatermania expiring in 10 years. Staffassured Steves the city would not be lefthigh and dry.Learning from staff that a 50-metre pool

    would cost an additional $8 million as wellas greater annual operating costs, Coun. BillMcNulty, also expressing a desire for a 50-metre pool, expressed regrets that staff waslimited to the $80 million budget.City staff noted the new aquatics facility

    should host a greater variety of pools andactivities than what currently exists atMinoru. The pools were largely designedwith older adults in mind; compared to theexisting facility, there will be a cold plungepool, leisure pool, more hot pools and afive-fold increase in sauna and steam rooms.The seniors centre will house a games

    room, activity room, fireplace lounge andwoodworking shop, among other things.In addition to change rooms, outdoor

    athletes should be able to access a first-aidroom, public washrooms and a concessionstand built into the complex.The building will be placed on an existing

    sports field. That field, as well as sometennis courts, will be pushed further north.The baseball diamond will be turned intoan all-weather, artificial turf baseball/soccer field and the cricket grounds willalso be moved in a bid to make land useat Minoru Park more efficient. The movescontentiously came at the cost of several,mature trees along Gilbert Road, which the

    city says will be replaced by a one-to-threeratio.Brodie said there was minimal burden

    on the taxpayer as the city borrowed about$50 million and dipped into reserves to paythe remaining costs. It is expected casinorevenues will pay off the debt.At the sod-turning ceremony, the chair of

    theAquatic Services Board, Ian MacLeod,said he was pleased that construction of thenew facility would not interrupt services atthe existing pool.President of the Minoru Place Seniors

    Society Kathleen Holmes said the 60,000visitors to her centre will benefit from amore holistic centre.President of the Richmond Sports Council

    Jim Lamond said the new artificial turffields and the bigger and better facilityshould fit the needs of everyone in thecommunity.The next step in the process will be to

    have Hughes Condon Marler Architectsdesign the facility. The firm also designedthe aquatic centre at Vancouvers HillcrestPark and Killarney Community Pool.Among the goals of the project are

    financial and social transparency.

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    City council breaks ground.

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    deputy chief of operations, said when thereis a good run of sunshine it can force theclosure of some local trails, mainly the ShellRoad Trail, a narrow strip of underbrush andtrees stretching fromAlderbridgeWay toWilliams Road.Plus, Richmond Nature Park, on the

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    of caution when deciding to close trails orthe nature park a process done with inputfrom fire-rescue, Metro Vancouver and theCity of Richmonds parks department.The reason for that is the difficulty we

    have accessing the trails to fight those fires,Wilkinson said.Impeded access to water and the type of

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    the fire can go underground into the peatonce its burned off the material on thesurface. Once that happens, its very difficultto put out from the surface. You reallyhave to wait for the water table to rise to beconfident its out.It can take several days of rain for the

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    A non-smoking sign at an entrance to the Shell Road Trail defines the fire risk during thehot summer months. Photo by Alan Campbell/Richmond News

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    A cultural revolution inregional theatre is going tobe played out on the stageduring the Gateway PacificTheatre Festival, Aug. 15-24.

    Thats the hope of EstherHo, the shows producerwho is bringing three,world-class productionsfrom Hong Kong to theRichmond stage she feelscan act as a bridge to theAsian community.On Tuesday, Ho told

    a gathering of mediaassembled in the Gatewayslobby that the time is rightin the Lower Mainland toroll out such an endeavour.There is now the

    population base forthis whereas before theopportunity to see thesetypes of performanceswas very limited,Hosaid, adding she and theGateways artistic directorJovanni Sy scouredproductions in Hong Kong,Shanghai, Beijing and otherAsian destinations to comeup with a selection thatwould both draw audiencesand act as a conduit to theculture.Kicking off the festival

    is Detention, a non-verbal,physical comedy set in anafter school classroom thatcombines clowning, martialarts and percussion.With no translation

    needed, Ho said Detentionis the perfect way to launchthe festival.The remaining two

    productions The Isle, andThe Fire of Desirewill bepresented with subtitles.

    The Isle, written by HongKong playwright PaulPoon features a couplesencounter on a remoteisland where their past andpresent overlap.

    The Fire of Desire,which is based on theclassic 1900 play, Reigen,

    explores the frustrationsand perspectives on love,marriage, and sex.Gateway Theatre Board

    Chair Susan Ness saidtheatre is a wonderfulway to present a windowon a culture and narrowthe divide betweencommunities.And we are very pleased

    to be bringing communitytogether and celebratingRichmonds culturaldiversity,Ness said. Thisunique festival promises tobe very special.Also on hand was City

    of Richmond Coun. ChakAu, who added theatre canact as an effective culturalbridge and lauded theGateway Theatre for stagingthe festival.This is a very progressive

    experiment,Au said.Festival producer Ho said

    one of the best parts of thecoming event is its long-term view.The plan is to run the

    festival over a 15-yearperiod with each passingyear cultivating anincreasing line up of localtalent and productions thatwill eventually graduate to anational touring level.As well, during year one

    the festival will provide amasterclass series for upto 10 actors from acrossthe country to take partin workshops taught byvisiting artists from HongKong.For more information

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    Bridging cultures on stage

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    Philip RaphaelStaff Reporterpraphael@richmond-news.com

    Detention kicks off the Gateway Pacific Theatre Festivals three-production run with anon-verbal comedy punctuated with martial arts and physical humour. Photo submitted

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    On Tuesday, the federalgovernment announcedproposed changes tofood labelling with an aim for usto make healthier choices at thesupermarket.The proposed changes would

    make it easier for us to readthose labels, Health Canadasays, and include tweaks tothe Nutrition Facts table,ingredients list and Daily Valueson food labels, as well as anudge to suppliers of similarfood products to use consistentserving sizes for the nutritioninfo on those labels.Health Canada is hoping that

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    to the park to play rather thanallowing endless hours of screentime indoors.Easier-to-read food labels are

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    Spend and save for cheap teachers

    Weve almostforgotten aboutthe B.C. teachersstrike, as its faded from ourminds like a bad smell. Butyou can only spray on so muchodour-masking gunk beforeit comes back, so lets talk about ending thedarn strike!I have ideas about ways to save the

    province a little money and help out youngteachers at the same time. You say I have noexpertise in education or public policy? Thatis true. On the other hand, I could literallynot do worse than the people who areactually negotiating right now.No, really. Theyre competing to see who

    can toss out the stupidest ideas.The government has gone quiet on their

    most egregious suggestion: Big classes aregood for kids! Yeah, like back in the 1930s!Having one teacher and a roomful of 50students is a great formula for success. Letsscrap all those computer classes while wereat it, who needs modernity?

    The teachers have been quitereasonable on wage demands,dipping a couple of times.And then they asked for $225million a year for a workloadfund to hire more teachers.Considering the government

    already hates the teachers (and the feeling ismutual) that seems more like waving a redflag in front of a fiscally conservative bull.Opponents of the teachers are now

    painting them as wealthy fat cats.Were to imagine teachers lazily

    dismissing their students at 3 p.m. so theycan race to the country club in their jewel-encrusted Porsches, mink stoles whipping inthe wind.The reality is that teachers pay in B.C.

    starts as low as $38,000 and change a year.Which is not to be sneered at, but they alsotop out at just over $70,000.B.C. MLAs start at $101,000 a year. There

    is no minimum education requirement tobecome an MLA; teachers require years ofuniversity.

    While the room to manoeuvre between thelower and higher end of the teacher pay scalemay not be massive, it does suggest at leasta partial solution to a couple of problemsfacing the province.Right now, the government would like to

    save money, which is all well and good.And teachers in B.C. would like to have

    jobs, preferably full-time ones.Which brings us to the second problem

    beyond mere cash there are a lot ofunemployed and underemployed teachers inB.C.There are 69,400 people with valid

    teaching certificates in B.C., and just 30,101full-time equivalent jobs in the schoolsystem.About two to three times as many teachers

    are trained every year as there are jobs.Many teachers, both at the end of theircareers and at the beginning, job share orstay on the teacher on-call lists as substitutes.This is not so great for new teachers tryingto get a foot in the door some of them onlywork four hours a week in classrooms.

    So, if the province wants to reduce itsbills, why not offer the senior teachersbuyouts? Offer a full years salary andbenefits to teachers who are making morethan $65,000. Some of them must bethinking of early retirement. Nudge em outat 60 instead of 65.Obviously, a buyout like this is an

    investment. Itll cost you money in your firstyear.But this is the government were talking

    about, they borrow in bulk and they have thelowest interest rates around.And a conservative back-of-the-envelope

    calculation suggests if you can convince just100 teachers making $65,000 or up to takethe deal, over five years the province savesmore than $6 million.As I mentioned, it will go at least

    partway to dealing with the vast number ofexpensively educated proto-teachers whoare currently using their four or five years ofuniversity education to make nice lattes.Matthew Claxton is a reporter with the

    Langley Advance.

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  • POLITICS

    LETTERS

    Coalitionmisses the pointsThe Editor,I was disappointed

    that, when attending therecent town hall of the newRichmond CommunityCoalition, there was nomention of the elephant inthe room in our city.While improved bike

    lanes would be great, themajor issues I hear discussedby residents are the rapid

    growth without adequateplanning of services forthe increased populationand the destruction ofneighbourhoods.It is disheartening to see

    long-time residents feelingforced to move away fromRichmond, but even morethe adult children, whocannot afford the housing.I am also surprised that

    there is not more outcry fromresidents who have to dealwith huge tax bills caused bythe building of a much largerhome next door that maystay unoccupied for longperiods.In what way is this a

    good thing for Richmond?Bigger is not always betterand neither is growth forgrowths sake.

    I would love to see anew political movementin Richmond that does notspout the same old rhetoricand is not dominated bythe realtors and developers,who, it seems to me, are theonly ones really benefittingfrom the current municipalpolicies.

    Mary PhillipsRichmond

    DOG PARK

    When nomeans noOpen letter to City of

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    park, News, July 11.We, the residents and the

    users of SouthArm Park,have already made it clearto the board of SouthArmCommunity Centre and thecity that we want no changesto the park. We want the parkas is no changes!A few years ago, a petition

    was presented to the cityto keep the park as is, afterbeing made aware, via thelocal papers, that a newvision for SouthArm Parkwas being created.The new vision was

    comprised of: Artificialturf for the fields; outdoorexercise equipment; jogging

    tracks; gathering places forvarious events and concerts;more basketball courts; etc.This would have destroyed

    the serenity and tranquility ofthe park. We said no to this.All these brilliant ideas

    are apparently coming fromthe board of the SouthArmCommunity Centre. Then thisgoes to the city, is reviewedby staff and then voted on bycouncil.All of this without any

    consultation from residentsand park users.Now, here is a fenced, off-

    leash dog park, again withoutconsultation with residentsand park users.Of course we need more

    off-leash areas and dogparks. Dogs need to run, play

    like us, but the designatedlocation right in the middleof the park does not work wrong location! So we sayno again.An alternate location is

    the open space at the northside of the park, next to 9020Williams Rd.It is shaded with large trees

    and has a large open greenspace. Dogs would love itand the owners as well.Another alternate location

    is the big open field onSaunders Road, betweenOsterley Park and HeritagePark. It is a large area andused by many dog owners.The reasons why

    we oppose the chosenlocation are: Appearance(the beautiful and serene

    appearance will be destroyedas the chain link fence willbe an eyesore and unsightlyto look at); impact to theonly open space for parkusers when sports fields areoccupied; the noise fromdogs barking at all hours ofthe day will be disruptiveto local residents and otherpark users; parking greatlyincreases issues to parkingon Ryan Road and MortfieldRoad and parking lots due toincreased non-resident dogowners.With this public letter, we

    formally request that the cityput a 20-year moratorium onpark changes in SouthArmPark.

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    Cafe improved standard of Living

    Last week, I had thepleasure of meetingAmanda Kroetsch, ownerof the Living Cafe in Steveston.

    Kroetsch, an Ontario native,recalls being sick for herentire childhood, adolescence,and early adulthood. She suffered fromabdominal pain, bloating, and discomfort,and found that if she ate anything within fivehours of retiring at night, she would havesuch severe heartburn that the only way tosleep was propped up with pillows in a sittingposition.

    After consulting with numerousspecialists, she was misdiagnosed withanemia, Chrohns disease, acid refluxdisease, and irritable bowel syndrome, andfollowing the advice of the various medicalprofessionals she saw proved unsuccessful.Kroetsch has a petite frame, but about five

    years ago, her weight fell to a dangerous 80pounds. She began suffering from severeanxiety and panic attacks with no apparenttriggers. Upon the advice of her holisticallyminded chiropractor, she sought the help of

    a naturopath and discoveredthat she was actually sufferingfrom celiac disease, anautoimmune disorder of thesmall intestine that occursin genetically predisposedindividuals.

    When a celiac ingests gluten; a proteinfound in wheat, barley and rye; it triggersan immune response in the small intestine,resulting in symptoms such as diarrhea,constipation, headaches, fatigue, acid reflux,and heartburn. Over time, the reactionproduces inflammation that damages thesmall intestines lining, preventing nutrientabsorption.The celiac disease diagnosis signaled a new

    beginning for Kroetsch. She discovered thather digestive system was so out of balancethat she needed to go on a full elimination dietto determine which foods she could and couldnot eat. She subsisted on pured cookedvegetables (what she refers to as baby food),bone broth that was simmered for a full twodays before drinking, and slowly reintroducedfoods to test what she could tolerate.

    As a celiac, Kroetsch found it challengingto find restaurants that could accommodateher critical dietary requirements.Eating in Vancouver was a little easier, but

    the options in Richmond were next to none;therefore, the natural thing to do was to opena gluten and peanut-free restaurant close toher home. Her father had owned a vegetarian

    restaurant in Ontario, so with his help, theystarted the Living Cafe inAugust of 2013.The Living Cafe began as a quick-serveeatery, offering sandwiches, salads, smoothiesand fresh juices.However, as word spread, things quickly

    evolved and Kroetschs vision blossomed.

    Celiac sufferer tookmatters into her own handsRichmond Newscolumnist DoraHo, right, withAmanda Kroetschof the LivingCafe in Steveston.Photo submitted

    FoodMatters

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    see CAFE page 17

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    Cafe:Awaiting liquor licenceAs a celiac, I know that dining out with

    friends and family can be a potentiallydangerous hit-and-miss experience, muchlike walking through a field of hidden landmines.I wanted to create a place where dining

    isnt complicated and where food canbring people together like it is supposedto, not segregate them. I started wonderinghow can we create a menu that genuinelyaccommodates as many people aspossible?What Kroetsch has come up with is a

    menu that features organically-inspiredgluten and peanut-free foods with raw,vegan, vegetarian, and Paleo-Friendly(e.g. Caveman: higher protein, lowercarbohydrate, grain-free) options.After chatting for a while, Kroetsch

    brought me a menu and showed me therange of items that the restaurant offers. Istarted off with a cold infused iced coffee,featuring sustainably grown, fairly traded,and locally roasted Mogiana coffee from afarm in Brazil; house made almond milk;and coconut sugar water (the Living Cafedoes not use any refined sugars).As we continued chatting, we nibbled on

    perfectly seasoned kale chips with gluten-free tamari and dulse flakes. I orderedthe Butternut Squash Spaghetti: sauteed

    butternut squash spirals, sweet peppers,spinach, carrots and a mild coconut currysauce, and supplemented it with an orderof grilled free-range, organic chickenbreast. Kroetsch, who for so many yearscould not enjoy traditional breakfast farein restaurants, ordered the Living Cafesversion of a traditional breakfast: two eggswith turkey bacon, sweet browns (hashbrowns made with sweet potatoes andyams) and toast, gluten-free of course.As we ate and continued chatting,

    she shared the importance of creating asustainable restaurant that strives to sourcelocally. For example, organic, hormone-and antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef is fromBlue Goose Cattle Company, whose ranchis in the South Caribou; free-run organiceggs are from Rabbit River Farms locatedin Richmond; hormone- and antibiotic-freespecialty chicken is from Farmcrest Foodsin SalmonArm; wild fish is from HillisBrothers Fishing, a local family-owned andoperated fishing vessel that can be foundat the Steveston Fishermans Wharf; andorganic produce is supplied by Richmondsown Cherry Lane Farms and Urban Edibles,or sourced from Discovery Organics.The Living Cafe also grows some of its

    own herbs and vegetables in its windowboxes and tower gardens.The Living Cafes one year anniversary

    is soon approaching and Kroetsch isthrilled with the great reception the cafehas received so far. As we were wrappingup, she shared with me the greatestmisconception about the cafe that she wouldlike to correct.The Living Cafe serves a variety of

    delicious organic juices, but it is not just ajuice bar. It is a full-service restaurant that serves

    breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It hostsinspiring events, offers event spacerental, provides gluten-free catering andevent planning, offers cooking and foodpreparation classes, retails popular gluten-free items, and provides gallery space for

    local artists to display and sell their work.Furthermore, the cafe has applied for

    and is awaiting its liquor licence, andKroetschs next goal is to open a co-opto give customers the opportunity to orderingredients when the cafe does. This willnot only increase the cafes purchasingpower, but allow customers access todesired products at a reasonable price...awin-win situation.The Living Cafe is located in Steveston

    Village: 240-12240 SecondAve., (2nd floorabove the Beat Merchant and Outpost MiniDonuts).Here is the Living Cafes recipe for

    gluten-free spaghetti:

    Butternut SquashSpaghetti with CoconutCurry SauceCoconut Curry Sauce2 cans full fat coconut milk4 tbsp organic unsweetened shredded

    coconut4 tsp pureed ginger2 tbsp yellow curry powder tsp herbamare (or sea salt)

    Mix all ingredients in a saucepan andbring to a light boil. Simmer on low,

    stirring frequently until it thickens to agravy. Blend on high until smooth.

    Butternut Squash SpaghettiPeel and de-seed butternut squash.Use a spiraler to turn the butternut

    squash into spaghetti noodles.Heat 1 tsp of coconut oil or avocado oil

    in a wok or frying pan; lightly saut spiralsto desired consistency.Add veggies of choice; we like spinach,

    carrots & sweet peppers.Add coconut curry sauce to taste.

    from page 16

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    X-Falcons soar to Dolphin supremacyTeam Fusion win womens title in strongest everfemale section since tournament began

    With top-class basketball, crowds andmostly sunshine, the 29th Dolphin Classicrarely fails to deliver and the 2014renewal was no exception.The annual 4-on-4 tournament at

    Thompson Community Centre over theweekend saw the talented X-Falcons teamwin the mens title for the second yearrunning and its fourth championship in thelast five years.They overpowered UVF (predominantly

    a University of Fraser Valley select) 54-

    43 to clinch the mens prize on Sundayevening, with the X-Falcons Josh Whytepicking up MVP as well.In the womens section, which

    tournament co-organizer Bruce Watson saidwas the strongest ever, Team Fusion beatPippen Aint Easy in the final, with FusionsKathy Germain the MVP.In the slam-dunk contest, the reportedly

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    Thomasmedalrout at nationalsSwimmer Noemie

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    Mean Irish shut-out IndiaEire keeperMVP as late goal sealsNations Cup triumph

    After a tournament-long shut-out, its little wonder Irelandskeeper, Luke OShea, was named the 2014 Nations Cup MVP.OSheas heroics in net throughout the tournaments three

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