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Yuen Pau Woo: Within 10 years, Vancouver will be a majority “Asian” city

Yuen Pau Woo.

Yuen Pau Woo on Canada’s connection to Asia: ‘We have to figure out our energy relationship’

MONICA POHLMANN

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In a six-week series of interviews, Canadians with a variety of experiences discuss the major challenges our country is facing and how best to address them. This instalment deals with taking our place in the world.

Yuen Pau Woo, former president and chief executive officer of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, was interviewed Sept. 4 by Monica Pohlmann, a consultant with Reos Partners.

POSSIBLE CANADAS ON TAKING OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD

Pohlmann: What keeps you up at night about what’s going on in Canada?

Woo: Complacency. Canada has been blessed with numerous natural endowments and political and institutional assets. But we are slipping on many indices and our position in the world could deteriorate sharply. The usual story for why Canada didn’t fall into a more severe recession in 2008 is that we have strong banks and a good financial regulatory system – for example, that we didn’t have a subprime mortgage problem like the U.S. That’s all true. But we overlook the fact that China saved Canada from a more severe recession. If you look at what kept growth from falling even further between 2008 and 2011, the answer is Chinese demand. Exports from Canada to China doubled between 2008 and 2013. Exports from Canada to the rest of the world, including to the U.S., still have not caught up to the levels they were in 2007. Continue reading

Shaun Chen named Toronto District School Board chair

Shaun Chen named Toronto District School Board chair

Sheila Cary-Meagher elected vice-chair

CBC News Posted: Dec 01, 2014 9:23 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 01, 2014 9:23 PM ET

Shaun Chen is the new chair of the Toronto District School Board after winning a secret ballot at the board’s Monday evening meeting.

Chen, the trustee for Ward 21 — Scarborough-Rouge River who easily won re-election in October’s municipal election, assumes the role at a tense time for the largest school board in Canada.

Last week, Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals appointed an outside expert to review how the board operates, citing a “culture of fear” among staff. Then, in a Nov. 27 meeting, the fireworks continued with trustees siding with or against education director Donna Quan.

Sheila Cary-Meagher (Ward 16 — Beaches-East York) was elected vice-chair.

Chen previously served as the TDSB’s vice-chair.

Monday evening also served as the swearing-in for 11 new trustees.

ALBERTA: Hiring Albertans “is so expensive”, Chinese consul general in Calgary says referring to Chinese companies operating in the oilsands

China’s oil patch problems 5:13
Tonight’s first order of business, some shocking candour about China’s take on its Canadian energy investments, which apparently aren’t as profitable as they would be if only Chinese workers were allowed to be brought here.

The implication of lower wages for those workers is clear — but Canada’s message back could be that while we welcome investment, we don’t welcome labour practices that create a second class of citizen.

— Amanda Lang


The Chinese consul general in Calgary told the Globe and Mail that Chinese companies struggle to turn a profit on Canadian investments.

He said hiring Albertans “is so expensive” and that it “adds to the financial burden” of the Chinese companies operating in the oilsands. In the face of falling oil prices, pricier Canadian workers are only getting more burdensome for Chinese firms invested in Canadian resources.  Continue reading

RICHMOND, B.C.: Xun Wang charged in massive citizenship fraud scheme

Chinese passports have been seized by Canadian Border Services Agency after a “significant” fraud scheme was uncovered..

 

A Richmond man planned to help at least 165 people obtain Canadian citizenship by committing fraud, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Charges related to immigration fraud have been laid against Xun Wang, who is alleged to have been involved in a “significant” immigration scheme, said border officials.

Wang is said to have lied about the applicants’ residency status by creating a fictitious appearance of permanent residency, a precursor to citizenship.

CBSA released a statement concerning the case on Thursday:

“The CBSA’s Criminal Investigations Section conducted a lengthy investigation into the activities of Wang’s two unlicensed immigration consulting businesses, which offered services in Metro Vancouver. During the execution of search warrants, CBSA investigators discovered a complex immigration fraud scheme. Wang has been charged with six Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) offences and four Criminal Code offences, including allegations of advising foreign nationals to provide misleading and untruthful statements on their permanent resident card renewal applications, forgery and fraud.”

Wang is also charged with one count of tax evasion and two counts of fraudulently obtaining refunds or credits under the Income Tax Act.

CBSA worked in conjunction with the Canada Revenue Agency to nab Wang on the charges.

“Immigration fraud is a criminal offence in Canada and damages the integrity of our immigration system. The CBSA takes this issue very seriously and works closely to identify, investigate, and prosecute those engaging in immigration fraud to the full extent of the law.” stated CBSA’s chief of investigations Doug Mossey.

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VANCOUVER: Terry Dai Yee Ma charged in 2012 hit-and-run

By  Global News

Vancouver Police have made an arrest in a two year old hit-and-run that left a woman seriously injured.

Police say the 38-year-old woman is still suffering from injuries described as life-altering. She has had to undergo several surgeries as a result of the accident.

On November 8, 2012 at 1:00 a.m., the woman was struck in the intersection of Renfrew Street and Adanac Street by a car traveling south on Renfrew.

The driver fled the scene.

Police say they followed up relentlessly on leads, locating the vehicle and driver and gathering enough evidence to support recommending criminal charges.

“Our investigators never stop looking for those that fail to take responsibility for their actions,” says Inspector Les Yeo of the Vancouver Police Traffic Section.

29-year-old Terry Dai Yee Ma of Richmond has been charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.

Vancouver Police say they are still looking for the person responsible for the deadly hit-and-run of 43-year-old Leonida Tumanda. She was struck and killed on December 2nd 2012 as she crossed the intersection at East 43rd Avenue and Prince Edward Street.

“If you happen to be a driver that made the regrettable decision at the time to leave the scene of a collision you can still do the right thing” says Inspector Yeo. “This latest arrest shows that while these investigations are complex and take time, our officers will not give up. If your conscience is bothering you, contact us before we come knocking on your door.”

MISSISSAUGA: Jeong Moon Youn clocks 230km/h on highway

Ontario News

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Police say a 22-year-old man has been charged with stunt driving after his BMW clocked at nearly 230 kilometres an hour on a 100 km/h highway in Mississauga, Ont.

Ontario Provincial Police say Songmao Li, of Mississauga, was stopped by an officer conducting speed enforcement on Highway 403 near Ellington Avenue early Thursday.

In a separate incident, police say a Mercedes-Benz was observed travelling at more than 200 km/h on Highway 400 near Finch Avenue in Toronto.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jeong Moon Youn of North York has been charged with stunt driving in that case.Police say both drivers had their licences suspended and their vehicles were impounded for seven days.

The OPP said earlier this week that speed was a factor in 51 deaths on Ontario’s roads this year.

The force says it is joining other police services across the country to launch Operation Impact — a road safety enforcement and education campaign — ahead of the Thanksgiving long weekend.

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RICHMOND, B.C.: Mayoral contender Lifeng Wei wants to implement Chinese-style city policies

ELECTION 2014: Civic pay, Chinese signs focus of Richmond mayoral debate

Richmond mayoral candidates Malcolm Brodie, Richard Lee and Cliff Lifeng Wei.  - Matthew Hoekstra

Richmond mayoral candidates Malcolm Brodie, Richard Lee andCliff Lifeng Wei.

— Image Credit: Matthew Hoekstra

In the wake of a report documenting a rapid rise in municipal compensation, Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie defended city workers’ salaries in a Thursday mayoral debate.

Brodie, campaigning for a seventh term in the Nov. 15 vote, said unionized workers’ pay is governed by negotiated agreements. As for management—who are paid too much according to an Ernst and Young report made public last month—Brodie said “it’s all relative.”

“If we don’t pay our management enough, then they go somewhere else,” he said in front of a Minoru Place Activity Centre crowd of approximately 250 people. “That’s a huge cost, when you lose a longtime employee and that person goes elsewhere. So you have to pay market rate to your employees, and it’s also a matter of fairness.”

To probe municipal pay, the province hired consultants Ernst and Young, whose report criticized cities for allowing pay levels to climb by 38 per cent—twice the rate of the provincial public service—from 2001-12. The report also suggested municipal managers are paid too much and recommended the province take strong action to curb the trend.

Richard Lee, who is making a second run at the mayor’s job and running with Richmond Reform, said staff are entitled to their current deals, but suggested there’s room for wage scrutiny.

“I believe in the free market, we could have and in the future we will under my leadership, to hire somebody at a reasonable rate, not at the alarming rate that was shared with us in that study…”

Richmond City Hall’s payroll has grown by $15 million in five years. The city’s top earner is chief administrative officer George Duncan, who made $291,250 last year. Department heads also score high on the pay scale, as five of six general managers topped the $200,000 mark in 2013.

Thursday’s short debate, organized by the Richmond Centre for Disability, served as a prelude to a much larger forum featuring 28 candidates running for councillor.

Mayoral candidates also waded into the contentious waters of Chinese-only signs. Lee said they’re “not a good thing.” Some will argue for freedom of expression, he said, but added “all rights are conditional.” Continue reading

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.

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