Archive for July, 2011

Urban Edibles on Steveston Hwy

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

A new vegetable and herb farm has appeared on Steveston Highway, which may change the way you shop for veggies. Urban Edibles owner and farmer Allan Surette handpicks fresh from the soil, organic vegetables for you to take home. Some of the vegetables that you will find at Urban Edibles farm include snow peas, swiss chard, mesclun greens, kohlrabi, edamame soy beans, Jerusalem artichoke, carrots, squash, beets, spinach, and even quinoa, the grain-like crop which Surette has discovered grows as well in Richmond as it does in its native South America.

Urban Edibles farm is located on the site of a former dairy farm, which operated thirty years ago, and the land has sat vacant ever since. Surette had been searching Richmond for an appropriate parcel of land to lease, and came across this prime location, which provides him with a short commute, and a convenient location for his customers.  The labour to prepare the soil for planting was intensive. He brought in an excavator to clean off the vegetation and soil from the concrete slabs where the barns previously stood. Surette was then able to see the lay of the land, and determine how useful the slabs would be as bases for greenhouses and a sales shed. 

Most days you can see Surette hard at work when you drive past his farm, where he is digging, weeding, planting, tending his crops, or picking and selling produce. He is a one-man show, although he does receive assistance and support from his wife Monica and their two children.

Surette did not start out as a farmer, in fact, he worked as a customer support supervisor for eBay for seven years, but after a major restructuring of the company, he decided it was time to explore a new career path.  Drawing upon the saying ‘’do something you love’’, he looked towards one of his favourite interests, gardening.  Some of Surette’s family lives and farms in Saskatchewan and they joke that while so many are trying to get out of farming; he has just entered the world. Surette had prior experience working at a retail garden shop; therefore, he was not entering the great unknown.  The idea of progressing to farming came in stages. An unexpected spark ignited inside Surette at a garage sale, where he admired some thriving planter boxes. Realizing he could do the same thing at home, Surette removed a massive hedge from his property and replaced it with planter boxes. He was hooked on growing his own veggies. Before long, Urban Edibles was born. 

In addition to farming, Urban Edibles offers garden consulting services, including building and installation of raised planters, throughout the Lower Mainland.  With Surette’s help, it is easy to get started growing your own organic vegetables at home. The benefits of growing your own vegetables are numerous, from improving your health by eating the freshest, pesticide-free produce, to helping stretch your food budget by producing your own crops.

Urban Edibles has new offerings throughout the harvest season. Check the website for updates to see which veggies are ready, or better yet, walk the farm with Surette who will give you his personal recommendations.
7200 Steveston Hwy, just east of Gilbert Rd

Minor Hockey in Richmond

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

As we roll through the summer, my son and I are anticipating the upcoming hockey season. With fond memories of the Canucks almost winning the Stanley Cup, it is difficult not to have “what if” moments when I see my son out on the ice. It is a nice dream many hockey parents share, as long as it is just a dream.

My son plays hockey and I am a hockey coach. I do my best to coach and teach, and strive to provide a good hockey experience for all the players. Playing hockey has not only been an amazing experience for my son, but also for me. He has had great coaches and made some good friends. With over 25 years coaching experience in other sports, I have found coaching hockey to be different. I appreciate the support from the hockey community which accepts, encourages and believes that each person has something special to offer the organization.

Richmond is fortunate to have two very strong, and very well-run hockey associations to choose from,

I am often asked “Richmond or Seafair? Which hockey association is better and why?” Since they are both good, the question comes down to which one is the best fit for your child and your family.

Richmond Minor Hockey and Seafair Minor Hockey. Dedicated volunteers who have the best interests of our children in mind run both associations. They offer the opportunity to play, learn and develop in a fun, safe and sportsmanlike environment.

Here are some tips:

•Go online and review both websites and registration packages.

•Attend the “Try Hockey” events that each association sets up for interested players.

•Ask your friends how they made their decision. They will tell you their personal reasons – sometimes it is money, particular coaches, schedules, who you know, perhaps just because friends are on the same team or it might be as simple as orange versus blue!

Both associations ask their players to agree to these basic principles:

•Play by the rules of hockey and in the spirit of the game. Show respect for on-ice officials, and abide by their decisions.

•Control your temper. Fighting and “mouthing off” can be detrimental to the team and spoil the activity for everyone.

•Respect opponents and do not intentionally hurt or try to hurt any other player.

•Be a true team player. Respect team members and do not intentionally do things that can spoil the fun of the game for them.

•Remember that winning isn’t everything – that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing your best are also important.

•Acknowledge all good plays and performances – those of your team and your opponents.

•Remember that coaches are there to help you. Accept their decisions and show them respect.

Parents should observe these principles of fair play:

•Do not force your child to participate in hockey.

•Your child plays hockey for his or her enjoyment, not yours.

•Encourage your child to play by the rules and to resolve conflict without resorting to hostility or violence.

•Teach your child that doing one’s best is as important as winning so that your child will never feel defeated by the outcome of the game.

•Make your child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and hard.

•Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a game.

•Remember that children learn by example. You should applaud good plays and performances by both your child’s team and their opponents.

•Never question the official’s judgment or honesty in public.

•Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s hockey games.

•Show respect and appreciation for the volunteers who give their time to hockey on behalf of your child.

Determine if your schedule allows you to get them to the practices on time. Hockey season is September – March and the schedule is not finalized until early October. Depending on age, expect a minimum commitment of twice per week. There is preparation in ensuring your child’s equipment is clean, maintained and ready for each practice.

Can you afford it? Hockey requires a commitment to the team, ice time, and equipment before stepping on the ice. (There is help available for families that require assistance so that no children are excluded.)

Here is a guideline of costs:

Registration (depending on age and ice time): $260 – $780; Extra skills programs (depending on number of sessions and instructor): $80 – $800; Skates: $40 (used) – $400. Average new skate is $180; Shin Pads $30; Hockey Pants $34; Hockey Gloves $69; Practice Jersey (game jerseys will be provided) $20; CSA approved neck guard $16; Shoulder Pads/Chest Protector $50; Elbow Pads $30; Protective Cup (jock strap) built into shorts with Velcro to hold up socks $22; Hockey Socks $12; Leggings and undershirt $60; Water Bottle $5; CSA Approved Helmets with full face mask and chin guard (no bicycle helmets) $89; Hockey Stick (not plastic) $20; Equipment Bag $40 – $150. Goalies require additional equipment.

For children who are starting out, you can buy equipment packages from Canadian Tire. Cyclone Taylor Sports, Ice Level Sports and Sportchek sell all the equipment and can also provide assistance in size and fit. Some stores offer programs for trading in skates each year. There are also many places to buy used equipment.

Children register based on their age and only move up if they are exceeding their level:

Hockey 1 born 2006/2007

Hockey 2 born 2005

Hockey 3 born 2004

Hockey 4 born 2003

Atom born 2001/2002

Pee Wee born 1999/2000

Bantam born 1997/1998

Midget born 1994-1996

Juvenile born 1991-1993

What is Rep hockey? Higher-skilled players will typically play on a ‘representative’ (a “rep” or “travel”) team that will travel to play rep teams from other areas.

Now that you have made the big decision, take a moment and imagine many years from now, when the Cup is being raised. While you are daydreaming about this magic moment, remember your little one still needs help lacing up those skates!

Dave Gillis is the co-ordinator of Sport and Instructional Programming for the University of BC in the Department of Athletics and Recreation and a coach of Soccer, Softball, Football, and Hockey in both Richmond and Vancouver. For over 25 years Dave has been working with adults, youth and children in health, fitness and sports as both a professionally certified coach and master level trainer with IDEA, the International Association of Health and Fitness.

Jim Wishlove

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Richmond Fire-Rescue (RFR) has a wonderful asset on its hands. Jim Wishlove was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief in September 2009. His enthusiasm for his job is highly apparent. He has extremely kind words to say about his co-workers and thoroughly enjoys his work with RFR, and in turn, it is evident that RFR staff enjoys working with the Deputy Chief.

Born in Kitimat, Wishlove grew up in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. He joined the Seaforth Highlanders Reserve Infantry Regiment as a cadet serving six years, earned his parachute wings in 1987, and then moved up to serve the Battalion for three years as a training officer to one of the cadet corps. He has been a member of the Regimental Association since 1991.

Wishlove’s firefighting career began at the age of nineteen when he was a member of the Sechelt Volunteer Fire Department, where he volunteered for one year, and then in the spring of 1990 he was hired by Richmond Fire-Rescue. During his time with RFR, Wishlove worked as a firefighter for sixteen years with various Richmond firehalls, including 7 ½ years at the old Steveston Firehall. He also worked as a dispatcher, a training officer and a company officer.

Three Deputy Chiefs work for Richmond Fire-Rescue. Wishlove’s portfolio includes being responsible for the Training Division staff who report to him. He is also responsible for all staff training and development, emergency dispatch and radio communications (E-COMM), long range strategic planning for the department, sustainability and technology. In addition, he oversees major projects and facilities. Wishlove has been actively involved with the rebuild of Steveston Firehall since he assumed his role as Deputy Chief. He graciously gives full credit to all who worked alongside him on this project, including the steering committee, RFR staff, the City of Richmond Facilities Management and Hughes Condon Marler Architects.

When he is not working, Wishlove enjoys music, downhill skiing, backpacking and mountaineering. He has reached the peaks of several local and distant mountains. In May 2004, Wishlove and four fellow Richmond firefighters travelled to Alaska and climbed Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in North America, and raised over $172,000.00 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of B.C. and Yukon. Five years ago, Wishlove learned to play the bagpipes, and now is a piper with the Delta Police Pipe Band. He has played at concerts locally, in the United States and throughout Europe.

Wishlove is proud to call Steveston home. He has lived here for five years and chose the area for its waterfront location, the views, and outdoor recreation including long runs along the dyke. He appreciates being close to Steveston village where he can find everything he needs from shopping to services. He enjoys relaxing and barbecuing on his patio, and trips to the Farmers Market and Fisherman’s Wharf.

Although Wishlove misses firefighting and the hands on difference firefighters make in people’s lives, having met him, it is apparent that he is still making a difference in the lives of his co-workers and indeed all Richmond residents, through his dedicated work with Richmond Fire-Rescue.

I had the good fortune to tour the new Steveston Firehall with Jim Wishlove. I was highly impressed with Jim Wishlove’s approachable manner, his extremely inclusive approach to management and his willingness to take time out of his busy schedule to accommodate Steveston Insider. Thank you Jim Wishlove, Richmond-Fire Rescue and the City of Richmond for allowing us this opportunity to showcase the new Steveston Firehall.

by Sarah Gordon

Flowers by Steveston Merchants

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Beautiful flowers by Steveston Merchants:  Bare Basics Lingerie, Heringers, Prickly Pear, Steveston Seafood House


Folk Thief at the Cannery

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

In between tours of the BC interior, southern Ontario, promoting the release of his debut album, Love, Heartache and Oblivion, Folk Thief will be kicking off a tour of Western Canada with a concert as part of the Gulf of Georgia Music at the Cannery Series. 

“I’ve been to Steveston a few times to visit the Beatmerchant Record store and play at the music night at Waves Coffee,” says Hadgkiss, “it’s a really beautiful spot and I’ve enjoyed every visit, so I’m definitely looking forward to playing there again!”

Folk Thief – the latest incarnation of Vancouver-based indie singer/songwriter Dave Hadgkiss – has gone from relative unknown, just a year ago, to having his debut album, Love, Heartache and Oblivion, make the top 10 (folk/roots/blues) on college radio charts across Canada!  Folk Thief will be joined by special guests, My Boy Rascal and Kelly Haigh, both talented Vancouver-based singer-songwriters.

Influenced by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, Folk Thief’s music is a very personal brand of heartfelt acoustic folk-pop which has already received critical acclaim in numerous music magazines and blogs, including and Penguin Eggs.

The Cannery Music series is sponsored the Steveston Folk Guild, The Beatmerchant Record Store, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society. 

 “Broken Record, Brand New Love and After the Accident aren’t the jingle-jangle proclamations of a pseudo-troubadour but close-to-the-bone expressions of a singer with something on his mind.” - Dean Gordon-Smith, Vernon Morning Star
“Such an absolute delight that Love, Heartache & Oblivion is worth a spot in anyone’s new fave playlist” –  Nereida Fernandes,

 “An eminently listenable piece of work, mellow and reflective with some lovely guitar picking”Les Siemieniuk, Penguin Eggs

 You’re invited – Don’t miss it!

July 22nd, 2011 in Steveston

6:30pm at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery,  12138 4th Avenue


Couture Consignment

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Rajan Paul announces Couture Consignment, the vintage and couture consignment store, at 3806 Moncton St in the historic Steveston Village.  The store opened with a soft launch in January 2010 and a  Grand Opening that occurred just in time for the Vancouver winter olympics on February 2010, that  included an official invitation-only party and special promotions.  Couture Consignment and Vintage combines an edited selection of unique vintage women’s clothing and accessories with a selection of new and consigned contemporary pieces.  This eclectic, wearable mix provides one-stop shopping in an intimate boutique setting.  Price points range from $10-14 for a one-of-a-kind locally made bracelet  to $300 for a designer dress from labels like Chloe and Missoni.  “The store inventory reflects the way women shop today,” says Paul.Each piece of clothing, handbag, shoes and accessories has been hand picked and checked thoroughly. Great care has been taken to make sure every hem is mended properly, every zipper is intact and every button is secure. We want each person to receive the highest quality garment possible, you should expect the very best! We love including vintage items in our store! Personally we believe it adds a bit of character and we love that every garment has a history and a life of its own. We take great measures to make sure that every piece is in great condition and we will not sell a garment otherwise.

Nestled in a cozy storefront on Moncton Street,  the store’s atmosphere and selection reflects the owner’s signature blend of eclectic influences.   As a reflection of Paul’s new and independent venture, riffs on the store theme, items are scattered throughout; old hat boxes, top hats, old roller skates, luggage other decorative elements featuring old birdcages, antique furniture all amp up the  lush red and gold decor.The storefront window showcases Couture Consignments artistic and often themed window displays; the sun-filled front window features contemporary pieces alongside new and vintage jewellery.  One area features vintage and contemporary dresses, another focuses on jeans, shoes and tops. Many accessories, including jewellery, fascinators and hats are artistically displayed amongst the store.

From exquisite party dresses and rockabilly clothing, to unique vintage pieces and casual bohemian style. Whether you are looking for California-cool styles or weekend-ready pieces,  Couture Consignment is the store.


Puppy Socializing and Obedience Classes

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Meow + Bark Avenue at 3820 Moncton St., Steveston Village, Richmond, B.C. will be hosting Puppy Socializing and Obedience Classes: 

Tuesday night from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  starting July 26th, 2011.   

Classes will run for 6 weeks and end on August 30th.  (Maximum 5 dogs)

 Cost: $150.00 plus HST for 6 group sessions

 Trainer: Amber Cottle, Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist

 Amber Cottle is a full-time, certified dog trainer and owner of the AmberCottle Canine Behavior Training Center in Delta.

To sign up please go to

 Class size is limited so sign up early to reserve your spot in class.

For more information on the class please contact Amber at 604-868-6840 0r


Steveston Sockeye Spin Cancelled

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The much anticipated bike race through Steveston village will not happen this year on July 31, 2011 due to a lack of sponsorships and last minute unexpected costs.   Hopefully the Steveston Community Society can bring this exciting event back to Steveston for the summer of 2012, with the support of our community.

Couture Consignment

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Steveston has a very unique and upscale vintage consignment store called Couture Consignment.  With a mixture of vintage and contemporary brands there is something for everyone!

Shopping in the store is fun! Unique items, reasonable prices, individual service.

Couture Consignment hand picks each piece of clothing, handbag, shoes and accessories. Great care has been taken to make sure every hem is mended properly, every zipper is intact and every button is secure.  They want shoppers to receive the highest quality items.

Some of the items are decades old and full of character and history, all worthy of collecting, and perhaps even pieces of art!

Couture Consignment is located on the main street in Steveston village:

3806 Moncton Street, Richmond BC.  Telephone 778-297-7080