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Lack of ethnic organ donors on Canadian registry frightening

October 18, 2014 10:42 pm

Bone marrow recipient urges ethnic donors to join registry

By   Global News

VANCOUVER — As hundreds run and walk through Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park tonight as part of the fight against Leukemia, Christina Law is particularly grateful for their support.

The 38-year-old was first diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and though her doctors wanted to perform a bone marrow transplant, she couldn’t find a match. Law was treated with high-dose chemotherapy, and was in remission for 10 years.

Unfortunately, in 2012 she had to fight for her life again when she was diagnosed with another blood disorder.  This time, a bone marrow transplant was the only option. She found a match and had the procedure, but it didn’t work as well as doctors had hoped. In a few weeks, with thanks to an anonymous donor, Law will be undergoing a second transplant.

“It’s like a ticking time bomb inside me and I don’t know whether things will go even worse, to the point that the doctor cannot save my life. It’s very scary,” Law toldGlobal News.

What is particularly frightening is the lack of ethnic donors on the Canadian registry. Only one in four are non-Caucasians.

Read More: Montreal woman who pleaded with B.C. residents to save her life finds umbilical cord donor

“A patient’s chance of finding a match within their own ethnic background is much, much higher,” says Law.

That’s why Law has become an advocate with the Chinese Stem Cell Initiative and urges people to take five minutes to sign up online with the bone marrow donor registry.

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–With files from Elaine Yong.

BURNABY, B.C.: Mayoral candidate Sylvia Gung wants to ban any display of affection, from wedding kisses to holding hands

You may not kiss the bride.

That’s what grooms will be told at the altar if this Burnaby mayoral candidate wins the Nov. 15 election.

Sylvia Gung is running on a platform to create a “wholesome society,” which would mean banning any public displays of affection including wedding kisses and holding hands in public.

These behaviours “hurt public decorum and lead to further violence,” according to Gung’s profile on the city’s website.

This is Gung’s second run for the mayor’s seat.

She’s up against incumbent Mayor Derek Corrigan, who has held the position for 12 years. Corrigan is known for his adamant opposition to Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion.

There are four other candidates vying for the city’s top job.

Helen Hee Soon Chang, who has been elected as a school trustee, organizes multicultural forums and would strive to boost safety and inclusivity.

Realtor Raj Gupta, who ran unsuccessfully for the B.C. Conservative Party in the 2013 provincial election, promises to cut property taxes and improve spending.

Entrepreneur Daren Hancott, leader of the Burnaby First party, pledges his management expertise will make him a capable leader at City Hall.

Allan Hutton, a longtime Burnaby resident and volunteer, wants to preserve the city’s natural areas and create an accountable government.

VANCOUVER: City’s real estate market invaded by millionaire Chinese immigrants

Vancouver’s real estate boom: The rising price of ‘heaven’

IAIN MARLOW AND BRENT JANG

VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

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 Qiqi Hong walks past her sleek, blue-tiled hot tub and an infinity pool that seems to disappear like a waterfall into the chilly air above West Vancouver. She leans on the patio railing and breathes in the majestic ocean view that takes in the towering Douglas firs of Stanley Park, the skyscrapers of Vancouver, the Asia-bound freighters anchored in English Bay and – way off in the misty distance – the faint, rugged outline of Gabriola Island.

“We’re in heaven,” says Ms. Hong. “I can’t find any house that can compare to my house.”

The serene West Coast lifestyle did not come cheaply: Ms. Hong’s home cost $6-million. But it is an investment she can easily afford. The irrepressible businesswoman founded a successful lighting-design business in Beijing that thrived in China’s building boom. It now has more than 100 employees. But tired of Beijing’s hectic pace and foul air, she decided to come to Vancouver – after looking in Switzerland, Germany and the United States – on the Canadian government’s immigrant investor program in 2011. She now also owns three other houses on Vancouver’s west side, each valued in excess of $1.3-million, as well as a downtown condo she uses on weekends and lends to visiting friends.

Demand from wealthy migrants from mainland China such as Ms. Hong has helped make the Vancouver area the most expensive real estate market in Canada. The average price of a single-family detached home is $1.26-million, higher than any other Canadian city. The rising flow of foreign capital – stemming from a long tradition of transpacific migration and investment – has turned Vancouver into a truly global real estate market. One large real estate firm calculated that roughly one-third of the detached homes it sold within the City of Vancouver last year went to buyers from China. Vancouver developers and real estate firms have hit the jackpot, and some have rushed to set up offices in Shanghai and Beijing. Some now say Vancouver is a bedroom community for the world.

The upscale Point Grey neighbourhood is on Vancouver’s west side, where benchmark prices for detached homes have soared. DARRYL DYCK FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL

But Vancouver real estate prices have also become increasingly unhinged from local incomes, prompting concerns about affordability. It has led to middle– and even upper-middle class Vancouverites renting permanently or fleeing for cheaper suburbs such as Burnaby. There is a search for better data on foreign buyers, which is only haphazardly tracked. There is now a heated debate – that includes accusations of racism – about whether anything should be done to curb foreign buying, or if what is happening is simply an inevitable, and welcome, facet of globalization in a free market.

After all, the ebullient Ms. Hong hasn’t just bought houses here. She founded a charity with other wealthy migrants from China; the group just held a Thanksgiving lunch for 1,000 seniors and recently collected $250,000 for a local hospital and pet shelter. She has founded several businesses in Vancouver, including one in real estate, and drives to ESL classes. She’s learning English, and has even joined a protest, hitting the streets during the recent B.C. teachers’ strike. While she stays busy in Vancouver, her husband frequently flies to China to manage the firm.

In my opinion, I think it’s good for the economy,” Ms. Hong says, noting that the number of Chinese residents on her street has soared in recent years and that the local businessman she bought her house from made a cool $1.5-million more than he originally paid. “In Vancouver,” Ms. Hong says, “the house prices are perfect.”

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TORONTO: During rapid-fire exchanges, mayoral candidate Olivia Chow translates in her head

Chow responds to column on her English-speaking ability

OLIVER MOORE The Globe and Mail

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Olivia Chow likes to say that she’s not a “fast” or “smooth” talker. It’s a self-deprecating way to explain her occasional struggles to be heard amid bombastic mayoral debates.

It’s also an acknowledgement that her English – while perfectly understandable – isn’t as good as her opponents. (…)

“It may look to some voters, many of whom struggle with English, as if she doesn’t care enough about communicating with them to get her nouns and verbs to agree,” Rick Salutin wrote in Friday’s Toronto Star. “I’m not saying that’s so, I know it’s not. But we’re talking about impressions.”

Ms. Chow came to Canada from Hong Kong at the age of 13 and her background prompted racist heckling during at least one debate.

Her people have said that she is not as fast during rapid-fire exchanges because she translates in her head as she goes. The possible political drawbacks of her speaking ability have generally remained a taboo subject for pundits, though. And when the issue was raised she was quick to hit back.

“[He] needs to open [his] eyes and look at what this city represents,” Ms. Chow said Friday morning. A lot of people that live in this city speaks with an accent. But they become top surgeons, top scientists. It’s quite astounding that you have journalists that want to pick on my language capacity. I have no problem communicating, I don’t believe.”

The analysis was part of a list of “potential incitements” that Mr. Salutin suggested could be swaying public opinion. But Ms. Chow brushed it off.

“Actions speak louder than words, right,” she said. “You want a mayor that can get things done.”

Follow Oliver Moore on Twitter: @moore_oliver

Vancouver International Film Festival not enough Asian oriented ?

by CRAIG TAKEUCHI on OCT 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Vancouver Asahi stars Tsumabuki Satoshi and Kamenashi Kazuya drew crowds of fans to the Vancouver International Film Festival.
CRAIG TAKEUCHI

ANYONE WHO ATTENDEDThe Vancouver Asahi world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival on September 29 saw the intense J-power of the J-pop machine in full force.

 Japanese stars Tsumabuki Satoshi and Kamenashi Kazuya (who are actors as well as J-Pop stars) aren’t just big in Japan, but across Asia. And, as evidenced by the screaming throngs of fans at the Centre for Performing Arts, also around the world, including right here in little Vancouver.

Fans were not only vocal in their adoration, but also physical.

When the stars waltzed the red carpet, fans mobbed up against the line of security guards. At one point, the stars were ushered off the red carpet after the situation threatened to deteriorate.

A few days earlier, Vancouver was graced by another dazzling convoy of Asian stars: Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, and Bollywood powerhouse Shah Rukh Khan. As Charlie Smith  reported, King Khan and his costars drew massive crowds to the Pacific Coliseum.

Of course, these aren’t the first or last times that Vancouver has seen the power of Asian stars to draw huge crowds, even if they fly under the radar of mainstream media.

However, there appears to be an opportunity for the Vancouver International Film Festival to recognize, should it be intent on balancing a commercially competitive future with an artistic one.

The Toronto International Film Festival has well established itself as a destination event for Hollywood’s glitterati. The VIFF has traditionally focussed more on being a filmmakers’ festival, and it can’t compete with TIFF for attracting stars. Well, from Hollywood, that is.

But contrary to what they’d have us believe (or beliebe, for all your Beliebers), there is a world beyond Hollywood.

Judging by this year’s changes at VIFF, there have been hints of more competitive marketing and a broader reach than in previous years, such as the creation of the new Style in Film series and the merger of the two print guides into one. Continue reading

Monkland Village, MONTREAL: Alleged hate crime targeting Jewish, Chinese and Vietnamese businesses

Posted on 10/1/2014 11:53:00 AM by Patrick Lejtenyi

Photo by Patrick Lejtenyi

Merchants in the Monkland Village are wondering if they’ve been the target of a possible hate crime.

Following an early morning fire on Friday, the Jewish owner of dog grooming salon discovered three swastikas and a pentagram spray painted in the hallway connecting his store to those of his neighbours — one of the owners is Chinese, the other Vietnamese.

Kobi Ben-Jacob says he only discovered the swastikas on Monday morning after he dealt with the smoke and water damage from the fire on Friday — the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

He still doesn’t know if the fire and graffiti are connected, or even if the spray-painted symbols should be constitute an actual hate crime.

“Obviously it’s upsetting, but it’s very hard to determine whether it was done by a bunch of kids who were playing around and be foolish, or whether it was done as a hate crime,” he says. “It shouldn’t be taken lightly, but it’s hard to say whether it’s a hate crime or a crime of opportunity.”

He says the Monkland Village is a safe, multi-cultural family neighbourhood, and that he has never experienced any hate crimes there before.

TORONTO: Randall Baran-Chong of HanVoice hoping to see Canadian sponsorship program for North Koreans

What’s Keeping Door Shut to North Koreans Seeking Haven in Canada?

Group says progress on sponsorships slowed since new immigration minister appointed.

By Jeremy J. Nuttall, 23 Sep 2014, TheTyee.ca

Randall Baran-Chong in Vancouver: His organization HanVoice seeks to match 100 North Koreans with welcoming Canadian families.

A group that advocates on behalf of North Korean refugees says it believes it is close to establishing a sponsorship program making it easier for those who originated from the oppressive country to come to Canada.

Toronto organization HanVoice said it has been in talks with the federal government — mainly the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration — for some time and almost came to a firm proposal under former minister Jason Kenney.

The Tyee reported on Sept. 11 that Canada has not given a single North Korean refugee claimant status in Canada this year, compared to 230 in 2012.

The revelation came 10 months after current Immigration Minister Chris Alexander successfully challenged the granting of a North Korean woman and her child refugee status.

Since then, no North Korean has been granted refugee protection as the decision essentially shut the door to them, according to critics.

But Randall Baran-Chong of HanVoice said his group hopes to change the situation by establishing a program whereby Canadians can sponsor North Koreans for immigration.

He said progress has been slower since Alexander took over the immigration portfolio in July 2013 and he’s hoping with the opening of Parliament progress can be made. Continue reading

Chinese province of Guangdong opening trade office in Vancouver

Press Release issued today, Sept 25, 2014

http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2014PREM0092-001431.htm

VANCOUVER – The Chinese province of Guangdong today announced the opening of a trade office in Vancouver – the first of its kind in Canada – and Premier Christy Clark was on hand to mark the strengthening of this important economic relationship.

The historic trade office opening was one of several announcements made during Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan’s three-day visit to B.C. Other announcements include an action plan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the B.C.-Guangdong sister-province relationship and a memorandum of understanding between the B.C. government and the Guangdong Sub-Council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).

Bradley: Christy Clark and her government have no qualms about the cultural ramafications of Canadian/B.C. integration with the nation of China. The act in a unilateral manner, never asking B.C. residents and voters if this societal direction is a path the majority want to take.

 “This new trade office in Vancouver is another milestone in the rich history and is increasing ties between B.C. and Guangdong,” said Clark. “As sister provinces, B.C. and Guangdong already enjoy cultural, economic and trade ties. The new office, the action plan, and the MOU signify Guangdong’s confidence in B.C. as an investment and trading partner.”

Bradley: Has anyone asked B.C. residents about their confidence in the Guangdong province? The answer is no, because everyone already knows the answer: we have none.

At the event at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Zhu unveiled a plaque for the inauguration of the Guangdong Economic and Trade Representative Office, which was witnessed by Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat and Chen Qiuyan, president of the CCPIT Guangdong Sub-Council. The office will promote bilateral trade and investment relations between the two jurisdictions, further strengthening trade andcultural ties that span decades.

Bradley: Has B.C. Minister of the Multicult Teresa Wat EVER said no, or made negative or disapproving comments of ANYTHING leading to the assimilation of Asian and Canadian culture? Is she not aperpetual advocate of the decline of  Canadian sovereignty, identity, and cultural preservation? 

“The fact that Guangdong chose Vancouver as the home of its first trade office in Canada has demonstrated the great importance Guangdong attaches to our 20-year long sister province relations,” said Zhu. “With the establishment of trade offices in each other’s province, Guangdong and B.C. will be more closely related than ever.

Bradley: Notice how EVERY PIECE of information delivered on these topics always positions China as doing Canada/B.C./Vancouver a favour? They “bestow upon us” official tourist destination status. The “choose” Vancouver to be the benefactor of their altruism regarding Canada-China cultural integration. There is a word for this: PROPAGANDA.

Sincerely,

Bradley Saltzberg

TORONTO: Chinese leaders urge community to support Olivia Chow because she is a visible minority and Chinese mayoral candidate

Chinese leaders urge community to support Toronto’s first high-profile mayoral candidate of a visible minority

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The deep-fried aroma of dim sum hung over tables dressed in canary yellow at the Very Fair Chinese Seafood Restaurant on a day that would have been ordinary, except for the appearance of Olivia Chow.

Before patrons greeted her with hugs, Ms. Chow, a candidate for mayor, sat sandwiched amongst nine members of the Chinese community in a partitioned section of the Scarborough dining hall, under two elaborate chandeliers.

They gathered this week to announce the first major fundraiser of the Chow campaign, to be held at the same restaurant later this month.

We should have someone from the minority community

Addressing the modest crowd mostly in Cantonese and Mandarin (they added comments in English for the benefit of one reporter), the speakers touted Ms. Chow’s record of pushing for Toronto’s multilingual 911 service, helping the Vietnamese boat people, and pressing Japan to apologize to its “comfort women” of the Second World War.

Lead organizer Joseph Yu Kai Wong called on the Chinese community to stand united behind Ms. Chow.

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Tyler Anderson/National PostToronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow (centre standing) announces a fundraising banquet during a press conference at Very Fair Chinese Seafood Restaurant in Scarborough, Ontario, April 8, 2014.

We are not asking people to vote Olivia because she is Chinese,” Mr. Wong, a prominent figure in the community, said in an interview. “We are asking people to vote for her because she has the quality, the integrity, and the honesty and the leadership, and the heart in the right place to bring the city forward. And because she is also a Chinese woman it would also reinforce my belief that we should have someone from the minority community [as mayor]. It’s about time.”

Ms. Chow says she doesn’t see herself as a candidate for visible minorities; “I represent all people,” she said simply in Scarborough. But, she hasn’t shied away from the issue of race, either. This week, when asked during an online chat at another newspaper how she would distinguish herself from David Miller, she wrote: “I’m not male. Not white. Want to start there?”

It is a start of sorts, since there has never been a high-profile mayoral candidate of a visible minority in Toronto, and none has worn the chains of office. Is it accurate to assume that ethnicity could play any more of a role this time than it has in the past?

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