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Richmond Review July17-10

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REVIEW
by Matthew Hoekstra
Staff Reporter
Four-year-old Laiken was
running in Burnaby’s Central
Park, eager to show her mom
something she had found.

Instead, she found herself in the path of a high-speed cyclist. The collision threw Laiken out of her shoes and

sent the cyclist fl ying over his
handlebars.

Mom Nicole Rockmann quickly decided to drive her daughter to Richmond Hos- pital, where she’s had good

experiences and was close to
home.
“I wanted to make sure she
was OK, and that’s not what
happened,” said Rockmann,
35.

Laiken had bloody elbows, cuts on her face, swelling and a pair of lumps on her

head when the family arrived
at a seemingly empty Rich-
mond emergency department

around 6 p.m. Wednesday. She was hoping to get some basic fi rst aid for her daugh-

ter, and an assurance that she wasn’t suffering from head or internal injuries.

A nurse quickly assessed the
girl, but no treatment was of-
fered.
“We weren’t even given ice
bags for the goose eggs on her
head. It was ridiculous.”
The family left after nearly
two hours of waiting, with the
intent of going to a walk-in
clinic instead.

“I went (to Richmond Hos- pital) because I felt it was serious enough to not come home—and I was concerned

I wasn’t going to give her the
right care. And I got no care.
That’s what I was really upset
about.”
With her faith in the hospital
shaken, Rockmann had some
of it restored the next day af-
ter a conversation with the

hospital’s liaison, who is look- ing into the matter. Rockmann believes her daughter was la- belled with the wrong priority.

“I have been in the hospital
before, but I have never expe-
rienced that,” she said. “It was
a real eye-opener.”

Vancouver Coastal Health spokesperson Gavin Wilson said a triage nurse fl ags pa- tients who enter the emer- gency room by severity of

their condition. That initial as- sessment puts the patient in a queue to see a physician.

“If the triage nurse deter-

mines that someone can wait to see a physician, a couple of hours—depending on the se-

verity of the injuries—is cer-
tainly not an unusual amount
of time.”
Wilson said while the emer-
gency waiting room appeared
to be empty, inside it was a dif-
ferent story, as every bed and
stretcher was in use. He said
the emergency ward was fully
staffed that day.
“We do take concerns seri-
ously. We are reviewing the
circumstances to see if there’s
any aspect of (how she was
serviced) that could be im-
proved.”

Wilson said it’s helpful to the hospital when patients let them know if they have

concerns. He encourages any

patients who have concerns to contact Vancouver Coastal Health’s patient care quality

offi ce at 1-877-993-9199 (Rich-
mond residents should press
5) or e-mail pcqo@vch.ca.
Meanwhile, the B.C. govern-
ment announced Wednesday
it reached a deal with the B.C.
Medical Association to fund
more emergency-room phy-
sicians in 19 B.C. hospitals,
including Richmond.
Emergency-room physician
hours will increase by nearly
one half-time doctor in Rich-
mond.
Wilson also noted that the
emergency ward is under
renovation and will be much
improved once work is com-
pleted by September.
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Nicole Rockmann feels Richmond Hospital failed to properly assess her daughter, Laiken,
after the four-year-old was hit by a cyclist.
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Two visitors have been pleaded
guilty for trying to sneak animal
byproducts into the country.
On June 29, Dasheng Yi was
found guilty in Richmond Pro-
vincial Court for importing meat
contrary to sections 16 (1) of the
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to import animal byproducts. He
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fine.

On July 13, De Ming Wang pleaded guilty in Richmond Provincial Court to one count of attempting to import animal byproducts—namely chicken carcasses and chicken parts—

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import license.

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The Richmond Review • Page 3

Unable to walk,
Milo left for dead
on the side of
Highway 99

by Matthew Hoekstra
Staff Reporter

The Richmond Animal Protection Society is asking the public for help after a dog was hit by a car and left for dead on Highway 99.

A city worker found a four-year- old mastiff-shepherd dog around 5 a.m. Monday on the side of the highway near the Westminster Highway overpass. The dog, named Milo, was rushed to an emergency clinic and later trans- ferred to the Richmond Animal Shelter.

X-rays revealed one of Milo’s legs was broken into several pieces.

Shelter manager Sonya Kamp said Milo had surgery Tuesday, and he’s now recovering at the shelter.

“He’s doing very well consid- ering the intense surgery that he underwent,” said Kamp. “He can’t walk very well, but he’s eat- ing very well. He’s just happy to be resting.”

Neither the owner of the dog, nor the driver of the vehicle, have come forward, so RAPS is ask- ing the public for help to pay for Milo’s $2,000 surgery and care. Milo’s rehabilitation is expected to take 12 weeks.

Donations can be made at rapsociety.com or by calling the shelter at 604-275-2036.

Milo, a four-year-old mastiff-shepherd, is recovering from surgery after being rescued by a city worker Monday.

Cash-only deals dodge HST, but bring big risks

by Jeff Nagel
Black Press

Construction industry insiders say the Harmonized Sales Tax is likely already driving more of the home repair and renovation business underground, fuelling an increase in under-regulated and potentially dangerous workmanship.

Business ads have already popped up on craigslist promising ways to skirt the 12-per-cent HST.

Renovator Jeff Bain, of JKB Construction Ltd., said he’s already had one big project put on hold because of a customer’s reluctance to pay HST.

“There’s a good portion of the population that isn’t educated on the pitfalls who are going to go in that direction,” he said of the black market.

GST previously applied on con- struction work, but the HST gave cash-only operators another seven- per-cent advantage over legitimate contractors as of July 1.

Bain said his illicit competitors typically don’t take out city business licences or building permits, pay WorkSafeBC insurance premiums or pay income tax on their cash deals— adding up to a big cost differential.

“It’s hardly a fair playing field when somebody can undercut you 40 per cent or better,” he said.

Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association president and chief executive officer Peter Simpson warns customers run multiple risks if they hire under-the-table opera- tors.

Besides the potential to get ripped off—it’s hard to sue someone if there’s no written contract—a ren- ovation done without permits or inspections leaves no protection against shoddy electrical work, for example.

“They’re putting themselves at tre- mendous risk if things go dreadfully wrong,” Simpson said.

A cheap deal can backfire years
later.

Unpermitted renovations can come to light when a homeowner tries to sell or have new work done— at which point city inspectors can order walls ripped up to prove a past renovation or addition was done safely.

A less obvious danger is liability, Simpson said, noting that if there is no written agreement, the hom- eowner is deemed to be the con- tractor and legally responsible for things like worker safety.

He points to the case of an Ontario
couple who hired two men to refin-
ish their hardwood floors.
It was the dead of winter and the
duo kept the windows closed up.

One of the workers stepped back to admire his work and lit a ciga- rette, detonating the flammable fumes that had filled the room.

“They were both blown right through the window and one of them died,” Simpson said, adding the couple is now being sued because the workers weren’t covered under worker’s compensation.

“If somebody falls off a ladder or drops something on their foot on the property, they’ll look to you to get compensated.”

The home builders’ organization is lobbying the federal and provincial governments to create a permanent tax rebate for home renovations, along the lines of the temporary home renovation tax credit that was briefly offered as a recession-fight- ing measure.

One of the advantages of such a mechanism, Simpson said, is that homeowners would have to have receipts to qualify.

That paper trail would disqualify the cash-only operators and help narrow the disadvantage legitimate contractors are now under as a result of the HST.

“Government has to find ways to make it easier for homeowners to resist the lure of the cash deal,” Simpson said.

Finance Minister Colin Hansen has said the provincial government is continuing to study the impact of the HST on home renovations.

Home renovations are a big busi- ness in Metro Vancouver, accounting for 31,000 jobs here and $1.6 billion in wages annually.

The total value of all home renova- tions performed last year in Metro Vancouver was estimated at $3.7 billion.

Simpson said at least 30 per cent of that is believed to be under- ground.

Black market
for home renos
expected to rise

Animal shelter pleads for help after
dog left for dead in hit-and-run

Denver man arrested
at airport for
possessing child
pornography

A 21-year-old traveller from Denver, Colorado has
been arrested for possession of child pornography.

On July 13 around 4 p.m. Canada Border Services Agency inspectors found child sexual abuse images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children were located on a passenger’s laptop computer.

John Francis Scott, 21, was arrested a short time after and has been charged with possession of child pornography. He remained in custody pending bail with his next court appearance set for Aug. 26.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that Scott was traveling from Denver to Vancouver; however no explanation was provided by Scott as faras the purpose of his trip. Past cases have identified that U.S. citizens do travel to Canada for the sole pur- pose of sexually exploiting children.

“Child pornography is child abuse, plain and sim- ple,” said Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley says. These incidents are taken very seriously and every effort is made at bringing these sexual preda- tors to justice.”

Richmond RCMP is asking that anyone who knows of a child at risk or who knows someone who might pose a risk to children to contact your local police or if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association president and chief ex- ecutive officer Peter Simpson warns customers run multiple risks if they hire under-the-table operators.

B.C., U.S. name
waterway
the Salish Sea

There’s a new name to cover the collection of ocean waterways and inlets from Vancouver Island to Seattle.

The Salish Sea encompasses the Strait of Georgia, Juan de Fuca Strait, Desolation Sound and Puget Sound.

Those individual names are not changed or replaced – the Salish Sea is a supplemental umbrel- la name, like the Great Lakes.

“Coast Salish peoples have traversed these waters for thousands of years and this name pays homage to our collective history,” said B.C. Lt.-Gov. Steven Point at a formal naming ceremony Thursday fea- turing aboriginal leaders and dignitaries from both sides of the border.

As part of the celebrations, Coast Salish chiefs, elders and dancers gave the name Salish Sea to a canoe, which was hand-carved and painted by Point and master-carver KwaGulth Hereditary Chief Tony Hunt, and then presented to the Canadian Navy in honour of its centennial.

The new name had previously been endorsed by B.C., the Geographical Names Board of Canada, the Washington State Geographical Names Board, and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

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