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OTTAWA: Chinese restaurant fined after rice served sent six children to hospital

27 people at Tian Tian Chinese Summer Camp, 17 others got sick after eating rice

CBC News Posted: Aug 22, 2014 4:26 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 22, 2014 4:33 PM ET

A west Ottawa restaurant has been fined by Ottawa Public Health after rice it served made dozens of people sick and sent six children to hospital from a summer camp.

Paramedics were called to St. Cecilia School the afternoon of July 31 after several children and adults from the Tian Tian Chinese Summer Camp reported feeling ill.

Six children suffering from vomiting, dizziness and diarrhea were taken to hospital with suspected food poisoning. They were all released later that day.

Ottawa Public Health said in a statement Friday they inspected three restaurants that provided food for the camp that week. Two of those restaurants passed but the third, Lotus Chinese Food Takeout on Fallowfield Road, did not.

After interviewing more than 90 people from the camp, Ottawa Public Health said a total of 44 people felt sick after eating a fried rice dish from Lotus.

Analysis showed the presence of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that releases toxins causing symptoms reported by those who got sick, in the rice and a noodle dishes from Lotus.

“Although this type of bacteria was found in both the rice and the noodle dishes prepared, the bacteria in the rice dish was at a level consistent with levels known to cause food-borne illness,” the statement said.

Inspection records show Lotus was found in compliance with regulations on Aug. 1, but had a “critical” food safety issue on Aug. 19 related to keeping food protected from contamination.

Lotus has been fined for operating a food premise maintained in a manner permitting a health hazard, and operating a food premise maintained adversely affecting sanitary conditions. Together, the offences carry a maximum fine of $600.

TORONTO: Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma lost money in condo development deal

Police investigating after condo deal falls apart

Toronto police confirm they are investigating a number of complaints from prospective buyers in the condo development who say they have lost money.

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Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma are among the prospective buyers who say they lost money in a condo development deal that fell apart.  Toronto police are investigating.

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Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma are among the prospective buyers who say they lost money in a condo development deal that fell apart. Toronto police are investigating.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Fri Aug 22 2014

When a group of retail and condo buyers purchased units in an up-and-coming Yonge and Finch building also featuring a hotel, they envisioned packing up their current homes and moving into new ones where they would raise families, grow old and make memories together.

Instead, they say they’ve been subjected to almost nine months of anguish as they fret over what happened to the condos they were expecting and the millions they collectively spent on units at 5220 Yonge St. Continue reading

Vancouver flooded by immigrants from mainland China

Vancouver housing data reveal Chinese connection

IAIN MARLOW - ASIA-PACIFIC CORRESPONDENTThe Globe and Mail

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Macdonald Realty Ltd., which has over 1,000 agents and staff in B.C., said 33.5 per cent of the 531 single family homes sold by its Vancouver offices in 2013 went to people who the company said were a mix of recent immigrants and Canadian citizens.

Those buyers, the company added, tended to spend more money, too, with the average cost of a house sold to these clients topping $2-million, compared to $1.4-million on average overall.

The figures did not include Macdonald’s sales in suburban areas such as Richmond, Burnaby or North Vancouver.

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The information is based on reports from the firm’s sales, anecdotes from its agents and Mr. Scarrow’s own experience working with mainland Chinese clients, and it’s a glimpse into the influence of mainland Chinese money on Vancouver’s real estate market, which is considered among the most expensive in North America.

Vancouver has been flooded in recent years by tens of thousands of investor-class immigrants from mainland China, who have seen the west coast city as a stable – and picturesque – place to park their capital in luxury property.

That has helped drive up the average price of a single-family home in Vancouver to around $1.2-million.

Mr. Scarrow, who noted the firm does not query buyers about immigration status, believes that investment flowing from mainland China into Vancouver real estate is a quantifiable phenomenon, but has not personally seen much of the more controversial type of buyer: Those from abroad who buy for investment purposes but never live in the city. “We still see very few pure investors from China who have no connection to Vancouver,” he says.

Getting a handle on foreign buyers is difficult and Macdonald’s survey is far from exact – though one major property developer in Richmond said “that sounds about right.” The federal government does not collect meaningful data on the number of foreign buyers purchasing Canadian real estate, leaving industry participants to debate the impact of foreign capital on the local market. And that debate has gotten heated recently, with some developers accusing others of racism and criticizing those who want to slap curbs on foreign investment. The issue is complicated by the fact that some of Vancouver’s ethnically Chinese-Canadian citizens with ties to Hong Kong view newer immigrants from mainland China with a degree of suspicion, assuming their wealth might have been accumulated in part by proximity to China’s Communist Party, rather than in a free market with the rule of law like Hong Kong.

The lack of hard data has also complicated discussions about the city’s affordability crisis and fuelled a local cottage industry where analysts attempt to decipher the scope of foreign money by looking at things like electricity usage in downtown neighbourhoods where some suspect foreign buyers have bought condos in which they never live. Continue reading

Klaus Nielsen charged with trying to smuggle bacteria into China, Canada-wide arrest warrant issued for Wei Ling Yu

Canadian scientists perplexed why researcher would try to smuggle readily available pathogen to China

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OTTAWA — Scientists familiar with contagions are scratching their heads over the arrest of a former federal government researcher who was allegedly trying to smuggle bacteria into China.

Klaus Nielsen, a former lead researcher with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, faces charges in what police say was a scheme to illegally commercialize a testing device for Brucella bacteria.

The Mounties say Nielsen, of Richmond, Ont., and a fellow researcher, Wei Ling Yu, have been charged with breach of trust by a public officer. Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Jeffrey Chang targeted in drive-by shooting, Mia Deakin injured

By Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun June 11, 2014

Two men targeted in separate weekend shootings in Vancouver are from rival gangs that have been warring with each other across the region for years.

The Vancouver Sun has learned the target of an East Hastings drive-by shooting Sunday that left 28-year-old Mia Deakin wounded was gangster Jeffrey Chang.

Chang, 27, is involved in the Wolf Pack gang alliance and has been the subject of several recent warnings from police about threats to his life, sources said. Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Words like “racism” used as scarecrow when discussing the impact of rich Chinese immigrants on greater Vancouver

In Vancouver, race undercuts the discussion on affordability

IAN YOUNG

VANCOUVER — Special to The Globe and Mail

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It helps to have a thick skin when reporting on the nexus between Chinese money and Vancouver’s sky-high property market. It also might help if that skin, like mine, isn’t white.

Accusations of racism flow thick and fast whenever an attempt is made to connect wealth-based immigration, primarily by rich Chinese, and housing prices here. Since influential condo marketer Bob Rennie delivered a speech to the Urban Development Institute in May, in which he said “sensational” stories making that link were “bordering on racism,” an array of industry figures have lined up to support his proposition.

But now, some in the Chinese community are pushing back. “Guys like Bob Rennie, they are trying to stop full conversation and intelligent conversation by using words like ‘racism,’” said long-time Chinatown activist David Wong. “People are afraid to speak when people start throwing that word around.”

Mr. Wong, an architect who has campaigned on behalf of impoverished Chinese immigrants, said it was vital to have a frank discussion about the impact of rich immigrants on greater Vancouver, where average detached house prices top $1.2-million. “Every time people want to talk about this, they get labelled a racist, especially if they are non-Asian,” said Wong. “That’s nonsense. We’ve got to talk about it. The politicians are gutless because they are afraid they are going to lose the so-called ethnic vote.” Continue reading

Vancouver House Tower condos reserved for Asian buyers will have “asset management” program for absentee owners

 BY SAM COOPER, THE PROVINCE JULY 27, 2014

With its twisted sculptural design, the “iconic” $500-million Vancouver House is being marketed across Asia as a symbol of Vancouver’s future.

The 52-storey Westbank project alongside the north end of Granville Bridge is slated to open in 2018 and is being aggressively marketed in Asia, with up to half of the owners expected to buy from outside Canada.

According to the South China Morning Post, two sales offices were opened in Hong Kong in June.

Sales agents then visited China’s largest cities in search of buyers. And in July, Vancouver House units were marketed in Singapore. According to Singapore publications, Vancouver House condos were reserved for overseas buyers.

This week, Singapore-based website Property Guru reported there was an “overwhelming response” to the launch of Vancouver House, one of “Canada’s iconic buildings.”

“Vancouver House … saw more than 30 units transacted — far more than expected,” according to Property Guru.

“The response surprised us and surprised the developer,” an “excited” Singapore agent was quoted telling Property Guru, which reported a second “showcase” event was planned this week in Singapore. In mid-July The Business Times reported that of “388 units in the 52-storey tower, 30 units are reserved for the Singapore market, said Westbank’s marketing director Michael Braun.”

Westbank spokeswoman Jill Killeen said an initial September date to start selling to locals had been brought forward after Westbank received its disclosure statement last Thursday, ”making it legal to sell.”

“Our tracking indicates that more than 50 per cent of buyers will come from the Vancouver marketplace,” Killeen said in a prepared statement. Sales for local buyers will begin this week. Killeen said Westbank had been marketing to locals through print and television and had hosted an arts event under the bridge to generate interest.

In a story featuring an interview with Vancouver House developer Ian Gillespie, the South China Morning Post noted the building will have an “asset management” program for absentee owners, with staff periodically turning on taps and appliances in unoccupied units.

Gillespie said Vancouver House will be the most expensive building ever in Vancouver and units will be for art-collector-like buyers looking for “live-in sculpture.”

Vancouver House’s star architect, Bjarke Ingels, suggests the building — which will include revitalizing the space under the Granville Bridge at the 1400-block of Howe Street — is symbolic of “a giant curtain, at the moment of being pulled back to reveal the world to Vancouver and Vancouver to the world.” Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Chinese non-profit plans to build orphanage in Congo

 With the rustle of envelopes and the flutter of butterfly wings, a Vancouver organization’s dream of building an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo came one step closer to reality.

About 300 butterflies soared into the air outside an East Vancouver church Sunday, raising $1,500 for Light and Love Home, a non-profit that works closely with the Church of God near East 6th and Main and operates community and charity services in developing countries.

Josh Yu, a Grade 10 student at Tupper Secondary who bred the orange-and-black Painted Ladies butterflies, led the mass release.

“Releasing butterflies creates of a symbol of hope and freedom,” said Yu, who began breeding butterflies three years ago and sells them for weddings and other events.

“I’ve heard many of the people who came back from missions and I wanted to do my part to help them even though I can’t help in person.”

In January, Light and Love home purchased six hectares of land outsideLubumbashi, the Congo’s second-largest city, for $25,000. It needs another $100,000 to build the orphanage and other buildings.

The planned orphanage will include dormitories to house 30 kids — ranging in age from 4 to 18 — a school, and a community centre. It will also have some farm land and a solar power plant that would help the orphanage be self-sufficient.

Violet Chan, vice-president for outreach programs for Light and Love, said the group was approached by a Congolese charity called African Children of Hope, which ran two orphanages but was struggling to stay open.

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BROSSARD, QC.: Jian Ping Li”s brother and sister plan to stay in Canada until she is found

CTV Montreal
Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014 9:27AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:04AM EDT

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Jian Ping Li and her six month old baby went missing about 11 weeks ago.

Li’s sister, Jian Ying Li, is holding out hope that the 42-year-old mother is alive. But Li’s brother, who is a police officer in China, isn’t as optimistic. He believes the case should be a criminal investigation and not a missing person’s case. He also says that Li and her husband were having marital problems prior to her disappearance.

Jian Jun Li and Jian Ying Li

Jian Jun Li and Jian Ying Li came to Canada to help find their missing sister, Jian Ping Li, who disappeared from her Brossard home on April 30

Longueuil police searched Li’s home and nearby parks and rivers. They say her husband is cooperating with the investigation. “We still consider it a disappearance case,” says Lonqueuil police spokesperson Mark David. “Of course all hypotheses are being looked at, but nothing indicates right now that it is criminal.”

Police also spoke to members of Li’s church and her co-workers. All of Li’s belongings, including her car and wallet were left at home. The only thing missing is Li’s Chinese passport.

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Both the RCMP and Interpol are involved in the investigation.

Li’s brother and sister plan to stay in Canada until she is found.

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/family-of-missing-brossard-woman-want-answers-1.1927542#ixzz38LGJ3jo5

Putting Canada First expresses concern on the future of English in Vancouver

Vancouver Anti-Chinese-Language Movement Focused On Chinese Language Signs, Advertisements

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Vancouver, Canada Reuters

Canada’s West Coast hub, Vancouver, is home to a Chinese immigrant population so large that the city has earned the nickname “Hongcouver” and the title of“most Asian city” outside of Asia. The city’s Chinese have enriched the culture and created employment opportunities, but recently the growing number of Chinese-language signs and advertisements has sparked protests from some non-Chinese residents.

Brad Saltzberg, a North Vancouver resident, told the Vancouver Sun he takes issue with targeted Chinese advertising for real estate agents, financial planning and other products because it undermines “traditional English and French Canadian identity.”

Saltzberg is also the spokesperson and regional director for Putting Canada First, a nonprofit “dedicated to the maintenance and advancement of traditional Canadian identity, history and language.” It appears that Saltzberg isn’t the only one who has a problem with the increasing use of Chinese in public. Last week, stickers that said “Please Respect Canada’s Official Languages” covered Chinese-language advertisements in West Vancouver’s bus stations.   Continue reading