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A B.C. Supreme Court judge ordered the owner of a Richmond luxury car detailing business to pay back $240,000 to an investor, plus interest and costs.

Zi Hao Zhou sued Zhi Yuan Li, the owner of Morecan Auto Spa, Morecan Auto Detailing and Morecan Auto Group Corp., alleging fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. Justice Barbara Norell found that Li falsely told Zhou that he invested $700,000 in the company.

From a Morecan Auto Group promotional video in 2016 (TIV Productions)

“I find Mr. Zhou would not have invested $240,000 for a 35% interest in Morecan if he had been told the true information, which was that Mr. Li’s investment was either in the range of $250,000 or even up to $430,000 which is what Mr. Li has pleaded in his response to civil claim,” said Norell’s Feb. 21 judgment, published almost a month later.

The money was not Zhou’s first choice for a remedy. He wanted Norell to declare a constructive trust over a strata property in Richmond’s River Green development. She heard testimony that Li was the beneficial owner who placed the property in permanent resident Jian Fu’s name so that he could avoid paying the 15% foreign buyer’s tax.

Norell ruled it was not appropriate to order a remedial constructive trust in this case.

Li did not attend the trial, so Norell dismissed his countersuit alleging Zhou breached a shareholders’ agreement and breached fiduciary duty.

A little over a year after Zhou bought the shares in Morecan, the company closed.

Zhou, 26, immigrated to Canada in 2008, attended senior high school and studied business from 2009 to 2011 at Douglas College.

“From 2014 to mid-2015 he worked as a realtor’s assistant, taking clients to open houses, and introducing new immigrants to Vancouver. At the time he purchased shares in Morecan from Mr. Li in early 2016, he had no other work experience, no experience in running or buying a business, and no experience in the auto detailing business.”


Zhou was introduced to Li by a mutual friend in mid-2015. The business was known at the time as CSC Auto Spa Club Inc. Near the end of the year, Li offered Zhou 35% of Morecan shares. Zhou did not ask for any documents or to review any company financial statements. He said he trusted what Li told him orally. Zhou paid $10,000 cash and the remaining $230,000 by bank draft. He received 35,000 shares on Jan. 28, 2016, but there was no share agreement.

“Mr. Li told Mr. Zhou that simpler would be better and that it would save them money not to have an agreement drafted.”

Zhou expected a $5,000 return at the end of every month, but has not received any funds. Zhou discovered in early July 2016, when Li asked him to go to the bank to withdraw money for employee payroll, that the company had insufficient funds. A review of bank statements showed\ unrelated purchases, including goods at Holt Renfrew.

Witness Shu Heng Xu testified that he worked at both CSC and Morecan, washing cars and helping in management. He testified that Li constantly made excuses not to pay employees on time. Xu quit at the end of 2016 or start of 2017 because he was working long hours and not always getting paid on time.

“He would post pictures on the internet to make it look like the company was busy,” the judge wrote.  Included in the Morecan Instagram account are photographs of a waiting room that resembles an e-gaming lounge.

“Mr. Xu said Morecan was not profitable. Some transactions were in cash as the clientele were wealthy, and either the clients offered to pay in cash or Mr. Li would ask to be paid in cash. This money did not go into the company account. Mr. Xu said he knew of $12,000 in cash transactions during the time Mr. Li operated the business from August 2015 to December 2016. Mr. Xu also thought there were wasted expenses. He saw expense items on a statement Mr. Zhou showed him that could not be company expenses, such as a charge at Holt Renfrew.”

Inside Morecan’s e-gaming lounge (Instagram)

Jian Fu was named as a defendant because his name is on title of the Richmond property. He did not file a response but was called by Zhou as the first witness.

The court heard that Fu owned a 99/100 interest and Li 1/100 in a strata lot in Richmond’s River Green with a mortgage in favour of CIBC, certificates of pending litigation, liens and a judgment against Li. 

Fu, 26, testified that he paid nothing for the property.

“He said he signed the documents to put the property in his name ‘unwittingly’ as Mr. Li ‘asked me to hold the interest in trust for him’. When asked why he did this he said it was ‘based on the deception’ of Mr. Li. They were friends. He said he ‘did not tell me the whole truth about’ the property. He believed he was still on title but Mr. Li was ‘withholding information’ from him.”

“Mr. Zhou testified that Mr. Li told him that he was purchasing property and he did not want to pay the 15% foreign buyer’s tax. He said he wanted to find someone with a permanent resident card to hold the property for him. He said he needed Mr. Fu to help him so he would be spared paying the tax. He said Mr. Fu has a permanent resident card.”

Xu testified that he did not know how Fu became 99/100 owner, but said Li had asked him to be a 99/100 owner so that he could avoid paying the 15% tax.

“Mr. Xu asked Mr. Li if it was legal and decided not to do it,” Norell wrote. “Mr. Xu helped Mr. Li move into the Richmond property which is in an area of Richmond called River Green.”

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The $1.25 billion First-Time Home Buyer Incentive in the Trudeau Liberals’ pre-election budget is based on a failed British Columbia scheme that was sharply criticized by the head of the federal housing agency.

The March 19-announced mortgage helper program offers qualified first-time home buyers a 10% shared equity mortgage for a newly built home or a 5% shared equity mortgage for an existing home. The buyer would repay the incentive at re-sale.

CMHC CEO Evan Siddall (CMHC)

The B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (BC HOME) Partnership was tailored by the BC Liberals to quell public anger after foreign speculators inflated prices in B.C.’s biggest real estate markets. The BC Liberals announced their $700 million, three-year program six months before the 2017 provincial election. They offered loans to first-time home buyers of up to $37,500 with no interest and no payments due in the first five years, for houses and condos up to $750,000. 

BC HOME was slammed after the December 2016 announcement by none other than Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. CEO Evan Siddall, who is now in charge of the federal First-Time Home Buyer Incentive.

“Programs that support demand in supply constrained markets, like Vancouver, serve primarily to increase prices and make the affordability problem worse,” Siddall wrote to B.C. officials in email released to The Tyee under the freedom of information laws two days after the May 2017 B.C. election. 

One of Siddall’s email messages panning BC HOME (BC Gov)

In another email, Siddall told a B.C. housing ministry bureaucrat: “You will know we are holding our noses firmly on this and I would not want any other [provincial or territorial government] to be misled into thinking this ill-advised program represents good public policy.” wanted Siddall to comment on the similarities and differences between the 2016 B.C. and 2019 federal programs, but was told by CMHC spokesman Charles Sauriol that he is not allowed to comment for the time being. 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s chief of staff is Ben Chin, who was the top communications bureaucrat in Premier Christy Clark’s office. Chin also helped develop and launch the ill-fated B.C. program, but he did not respond to a request for comment from

Under the CMHC program, the budget said, “a borrower purchases a $400,000 home with a 5% down payment and a 5% CMHC shared equity mortgage ($20,000), the size of the borrower’s insured mortgage would be reduced from $380,000 to $360,000, helping to lower the borrower’s monthly mortgage bill.”

Rich Coleman selling mortgages in January 2017 (BC Gov)

The 10% rate for newly built homes is intended to stimulate construction, “particularly in our largest cities,” the budget said. 

The BC Liberals said they hoped 42,000 British Columbians would be approved for BC HOME. But, after its first year, only 3,000 had applied. The minority NDP government, formed in July 2017 with support of the Green Party, cancelled the program in March 2018.

When asked for a copy of the business case and cost-benefit analysis for BC HOME, the BC Liberal government sent an invoice for $1,140 because it claimed it would take 41 hours to find relevant documents about the 2016-devised scheme. When the NDP government came to power, it said the reports were covered by cabinet confidentiality. 

Siddall frequently downplayed the impact of foreign investors, primarily from China, as the Vancouver market bubble grew. A new Statistics Canada report, however, says that almost one in five condos built in 2016 and 2017 in B.C. is owned by a non-resident and that 6.2% of all B.C. properties have one or more non-resident owners.

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Unveilings galore, of new Genesis, Lexus and McLaren models, at the Vancouver International Auto Show.

Now until March 24.

A highlight of the media preview on March 19 was the restored 1980 Ford Econoline van that Terry Fox used in his heroic Marathon of Hope 39 years ago.

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British Columbia’s newest casino is next to its biggest sporting venue.

There was nothing happening at B.C. Place Stadium on March 14, but B.C. Lottery Corporation’s annual New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference was wrapping up at the 2017-opened Parq Casino conference centre. Sports betting was on the mind of Don Feeney of the United States’ National Council on Problem Gambling.

Feeney unveiled the findings of an Ipsos survey about problem gambling, which was conducted nationwide last November. The survey concluded that the risks for sports and fantasy sports gamblers becoming addicts are twice that of casino and lottery gamblers. 

“Is this because sports betting is inherently more risky or because sports betting is done largely in an unregulated environment? I don’t know,” Feeney said. “Particularly as sports betting expands in the U.S., in Canada, elsewhere in the world, this is where we really need to focus our efforts. For whatever reason this is a population that is of a greater risk than your other forms of gamblers. Fantasy sports gamblers, the difference is even more extreme.”

Listen to highlights of Feeney’s presentation on this edition of Podcast. 

Plus a salute to St. Patrick’s Day, and Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim headlines and commentaries.

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La fheile Padraig sona duit!

That’s how you say Happy St. Patrick’s Day, the Gaelic way. 

(It’s pronounced “lah-leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch.”)

Consul General Frank Flood (left), Premier John Horgan, Ciaran Cannon and Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada Jim Kelly on March 15, 2019 (BC Gov)

The happiest day of the year takes on special meaning in Victoria in 2019. There is a distinct Celtic flavour again in the Legislature and the orange-clad party in power owes it to the Green Party for the privilege of governing. (In Ireland, the orange and the green have a whole other meaning, as covered by the Irish Rovers at bottom.)

Premier John Joseph Horgan’s father Pat came to Canada from County Cork. Tragically, he passed away when young John was just 18 months old.

B.C.’s 36th premier isn’t known to play hurling, but lacrosse. He is a devoted follower of the Victoria Shamrocks. On March 15, Ireland’s Consul General to Vancouver, Frank Flood, Ambassador to Canada, Jim Kelly, and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon, visited the Legislature. Cannon posed with a wee caman (or hurling stick), but no sliotar (ball) was visible in the photograph.

B.C.’s first premier was Irish. John Foster McCreight, a Trinity College Dublin graduate from Caledon in County Tyrone. He was in B.C.’s first post-Confederation government in August 1871. The Canadian Encyclopedia cites the former judge’s “lack of political experience, seemingly aloof person and outspoken opposition to responsible government and other reformist policies.” Newpaper editor William Smith, better known as Amor de Cosmos, succeeded McCreight in 1872. 

George Anthony Walker from Newry in Northern Ireland had two stints as premier, 1874-1876 and 1878-1882.  

B.C.’s Irish premiers: (clockwise, upper left) McCreight, Walker, Hart and Elliott.

Walker’s time in the top office sandwiched Andrew Charles Elliott (1876-1878), who came from an unspecified area of Ireland. 

John Hart from Mohill, County Leitrim was premier during World War II. The Liberal led a coalition with Conservatives from 1941 to 1947 which kept the CCF, the forerunner of the NDP, out of power. Hart’s legacy was the B.C. Power Commission, the forerunner of BC Hydro.

Horgan’s predecessor as leader of the NDP is health minister Adrian Dix. His late father, Dubliner Ken Dix, was a prominent Kerrisdale insurance salesman. 

Press secretary Sheena McConnell is one of many Irish names in Horgan’s office. 

Christine Kennedy (assistant deputy minister) and Eleanor Mulloy (executive coordinator) are others.

Another former NDP leader, Joy MacPhail, is ICBC’s chair. Derek Corrigan’s grandfather came from Ballinakill in County Laois. The longtime Burnaby mayor was unseated last October by Mike Hurley, the Gaelic football-playing, musical former fire chief who hails from Magherafelt in Derry, Northern Ireland. 

One of the busiest folks in the Legislature these days is Alan Mullen, chief of staff to Speaker Darryl Plecas. Together, they’re rooting out corruption and bringing sunlight to the institution.

Érinn go Brách!

  • Bob Mackin is a descendant of Joseph Patrick Mackin (born St. Patrick’s Day, 1855) and Catherine Byrne of Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. 

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British Columbia’s Ministry of Education admits it did not require students to show identification at the time when United States authorities allege David Sidoo paid for someone to write a provincial exam to help his oldest son graduate from the elite St. George’s private school for boys.

Jordan (left) and Dylan Sidoo ( Inc.)

David Sidoo is scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston on March 15 to face conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud charges related to Operation Varsity Blues. Sidoo is accused of paying $200,000 to have someone else write the college entrance examinations for his sons, Dylan and Jordan. Sidoo was arrested in San Jose, Calif. on March 8, held in jail over the weekend and released on a $1 million bond so that he can appear in Boston. He is expected to plead not guilty. If convicted, the Vancouver businessman and philanthropist could face up to 20 years in jail and forfeit any proceeds derived from the offence.

“In 2012, there were no Ministry directives in place regarding ID being required for provincial assessments,” said the prepared statement from the Ministry of Education. “This changed in 2014, and the standard protocol and expectation today is that students are responsible to provide photo ID, and that a school’s administration is responsible to ensure that the ID is valid for that student. Any student who cannot identify themselves in a satisfactory way would be refused entry into an exam room.”

The Ministry of Education said it will not comment on the Sidoo case, because it is before the courts. St. George’s received $3.35 million in public funding during the 2017-2018 school year.

The names of Sidoo’s sons, Jordan and Dylan, are not visible in the U.S. indictment that was unsealed March 12. Only David Sidoo is charged and none of the allegations has been tested in court. 

In fall 2011, the indictment alleges, a person hired by David Sidoo wrote the SAT exam for his older son, Dylan. Sidoo eventually paid the person $100,000 and, in late January 2012, Dylan Sidoo was admitted to Chapman University in Orange County, Calif. 

David Sidoo (left) and Justin Trudeau in 2016 (PMO)

In June 2012, a person is accused of flying from Tampa, Fla. to Vancouver to secretly take the high school graduation exam in place of Dylan Sidoo. 

St. George’s issued a statement March 13, that said a review of 2012 records indicates there were no school or provincial exams written at St. George’s “by the student in question on or around the date named in the indictment.” 

Dylan Sidoo’s bio on the Meridius Resources website, where it says he is the CEO, said he graduated from the University of Southern California’s school of cinematic arts in December 2016. 

Sidoo’s younger son, Jordan, used his exam results to gain admission to the University of California Berkeley, where he coxed the national championship men’s varsity rowing team and majored in history. Earlier this week, his LinkedIn profile said he worked as a data analyst for the San Francisco 49ers until February when he joined the Vancouver Whitecaps front office in a similar position. However, that LinkedIn profile was changed and his Whitecaps position has disappeared. 

Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi and communications director Tom Plasteras have not responded to requests for comment. 

The Sidoo brothers are two of the three founders of Inc., which markets the Vanish encrypted messaging app.  

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Despite the NDP government’s worries about money laundering at Metro Vancouver casinos, the Minister of Labour has scheduled a party fundraiser at one in Burnaby. 

“After Work With Harry Bains” in the Personas Restaurant at Gateway Casinos’ Grand Villa Casino on May 23 is advertised on the NDP website. Tickets are $100 until May 1, when prices rise to $125.

Labour Minister Harry Bains (BC Gov)

Bains is to be joined by B.C. Federation of Labour president Laird Cronk and secretary-treasurer Sussanne Skidmore “for an evening of food, drink and great conversation.”

Bains is a target on Cronk and Skidmore’s lobbying registrations, which seek changes to the Labour Code, Employment Standards Act and better compensation for injured workers. 

BC Fed executive director Brynn Bourke said neither Cronk nor Skidmore were available for comment because of executive council meetings with all federation affiliates. 

Bourke sent a prepared statement from Skidmore: “Laird and I have been long-time members of the NDP. We are happy to take part in this event at a unionized restaurant (Personas).”

Representatives for Bains in the Ministry of Labour referred to the party office. Asked about the optics of holding a party function at a casino, NDP fundraising officer Dan Coulter said the event is being held at “a location convenient to many of the prospective attendees.”

Bains did not respond to email or a call to his mobile phone. 

Burnaby casino hosting Surrey MLA’s fundraiser (Grand Villa)

The Grand Villa Casino hosted Liberal Richard Lee’s recent Burnaby South by-election party. In February 2017, then Transportation Minister Todd Stone and Burnaby-Lougheed candidate Steve Darling held a pre-election fundraiser at Grand Villa, where they charged $175 to $5,000 for admission. In 2015, Mike de Jong, who was then the minister in charge of regulating casinos, held a charity roast for himself at River Rock Casino Resort. 

Last December, B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union announced workers at the Grand Villa Casino voted to accept a new four-year collective bargaining agreement after earlier voting to strike. 

Earlier this year, BCGEU joined the campaign for a public inquiry into money laundering in B.C. 

Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby are waiting for Peter German’s second report, due by the end of March, before deciding on whether to proceed with a public inquiry on money laundering related to casinos, real estate and the opioid crisis.

From 2013 to 2017, Gateway Casino gave the NDP $77,223, including $4,000 to Bains, the Surrey-Newton MLA. Corporations and unions were banned from donating to political parties in fall 2017.

Last fall, the B.C. Lottery Corporation, under Attorney General David Eby, rubber-stamped Gateway’s plan to move its Newton Community Gaming Centre casino licence to the Delta Town and Country Hotel site near the Massey Tunnel in 2020. 

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David Sidoo, who was a member of the University of British Columbia’s board of governors from 2014 to 2017, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for allegedly paying six-figure sums to have someone else write his sons’ university entrance exams. 

Sidoo was among dozens of people charged by United States authorities for conspiracy to cheat on exams, pay bribes and commit fraud to gain admission to elite universities.

David Sidoo accepting the Order of B.C. from Premier Christy Clark and Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon in 2016 (BC Gov)

The March 5 federal indictment in Massachusetts against Sidoo, unsealed March 12, alleges that from 2011 to February of 2019, Sidoo “conspired with [names censored] and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury to commit mail and wire fraud by cheating on college entrance exams, including by having [name censored] secretly take the exams in place of the actual students, or replace the students’ exam responses with his own; and submitting the falsified test scores to colleges and university as part of the college admissions process.”

Sidoo did not answer his cell phone when called. A statement from Sidoo’s lawyer, Las Vegas-based Richard Schonfeld, said that Sidoo is a philanthropist “which is the true testament of his character.”

“The charge that has been lodged against David is an allegation that carries with it the presumption that he is innocent,” Schonfeld wrote. “We look forward to presenting our case in court, and ask that people don’t rush to judgment in the meantime.” 

The indictment alleges Sidoo paid someone $100,000 to pose as his older son, Dylan, and write the scholastic aptitude test in 2011 that resulted in admission to Chapman University in Orange County, Calif.. It also alleges that he paid someone $100,000 to pose as his younger son, Jordan, and write the SAT in fall 2012. Sidoo’s younger son applied in 2013 to Yale and Georgetown, but was admitted in 2014 to University of California-Berkeley. Names of Sidoo’s sons are not visible in the indictment and the criminal allegations, which are only against their father, have not been tested in court.

Sidoo graduated the University of B.C. in 1983 with a bachelor of physical education degree after earning most valuable player honours as a defensive back in the Thunderbirds’ undefeated 1982 Vanier Cup championship season. He also played five years in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium is named in his honour. The T-Birds were Vanier Cup champions again in 2015. Sidoo celebrated with a May 2016 trip to the Prime Minister’s Office and a photo op with Justin Trudeau. 

After football, Sidoo became a partner at Yorkton Securities and later founded American Oil and Gas Inc., which was sold for US$630 million to Hess Corp. in late 2010. Sidoo, now CEO of Advantage Lithium, was appointed to the board of governors at UBC by Premier Christy Clark and he helped rejuvenate the football program. 

From 2005 to 2017, Sidoo donated $166,010 to the BC Liberals (including $50,000 donations in 2014 and 2015). He also donated $3,000 to the NDP in 2012.

Elections Canada’s database shows that in 2017 he donated $1,550 to Kevin O’Leary’s Conservative leadership campaign and two $1,485 donations to the Conservative Party. Sidoo  also gave $1,500 to the Surrey Centre Federal Liberal Association in 2016 and two $1,022.40 donations to the central party in 2010.  

Sidoo was arrested March 8 in San Jose, Calif. and his initial appearance in court there was March 11. A judge in Massachusetts ordered him on March 12 to submit a $1 million cashier’s cheque to the clerk at the District of Massachusetts court. The cheque, obtained via wire transfer from his account in Vancouver, allows Sidoo to travel to Boston for his first appearance on March 15, where he intends to plead not guilty. Sidoo is represented by lawyers Schonfeld and David Chesnoff of Las Vegas and Mark Weinberg of Boston.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have failed to deliver points to begin their 2019 season. 

They also failed to deliver a copy of their agreement to play at B.C. Place Stadium to by the March 11 deadline.

Instead, the Major League Soccer club filed papers in B.C. Supreme Court, hoping to find a judge who will overturn an adjudicator’s order to pass that contract to

Whitecaps’ Bell Pitch signage in B.C. Place (Mackin)

The Whitecaps claim the adjudicator from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Erika Syrotuck, “made unreasonable errors” in the application and interpretation of the freedom of information law. 

“The commissioner’s delegate erred in concluding that the Act does not protect the interests of private organizations,” said the court filing by Whitecaps’ lawyer Joan Young of McMillan. McMillan is the Vancouver firm that sponsored the team from 2015 to 2018.

In her Jan. 25 ruling, Syrotuck noted that numerous OIPC orders and court decisions have found in favour of public disclosure of negotiated contracts between private sports and entertainment companies and public-owned venues. 

The Whitecaps have an 0-2 record in similar disputes, losing bids to block public disclosure of their actual game attendance and the amounts paid to PavCo for rent, food and beverage. PavCo, it should be noted, is named as a respondent in the Whitecaps’ petition; the Crown corporation is not opposing the OIPC order. 

This dispute kicked-off in December 2016 when sought a copy of amendments or modifications to the Whitecaps’ contract with B.C. Pavilion Corporation, the Crown company that manages the stadium. In March 2017, PavCo disclosed a copy of the sponsorship addendum agreement that was almost fully censored. PavCo cited fear of economic harm and the Whitecaps claimed the document contained trade secrets. 

In late September 2017, more than two months after the NDP replaced the BC Liberals in government, PavCo released more of the contract, but kept key sections hidden.

Whitecaps’ owner Greg Kerfoot (Santa Ono, Twitter)

PavCo withheld terms about: sponsorship in return form game-day naming of the pitch; B.C. Place naming rights; how much the Whitecaps will pay PavCo under the agreement; and the current status of PavCo’s contracts with food and beverage sponsors.

The Whitecaps convinced PavCo to also keep secret the clauses about: the agreement’s expiry date; game day services; terms about naming rights; and the amount the Whitecaps will pay PavCo. 

Wrote Syrotuck in her order: “I do not agree with the Whitecaps’ assertion that a purpose of [the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act] is to protect the interests of private organizations. The purposes of FIPPA are set out in section 2 and include giving the public a right of access to records and specifying limited exceptions to the rights of access. Private organizations that contract with public bodies do so with the knowledge that public bodies are subject to FIPPA.” 

The Whitecaps’ principal owner is the reclusive Greg Kerfoot, who parlayed his software fortune into a lucrative residential and commercial real estate portfolio, including a $17.6 million, lakeside chalet in Whistler with an NHL-size hockey rink. Kerfoot, a friend of former premier Christy Clark, donated $79,875 to the BC Liberal Party between 2005 and 2016, in his own name and as the principal officer of Carrera Management Corp., Inspirit Group, and the Whitecaps. B.C. taxpayers paid for the Whitecaps’ $14 million University of B.C. training centre.

The Whitecaps did not contribute to B.C. Place’s $514 million roof and renovation project, which got fast-track priority over hospital, school and social housing capital projects.

In 2015, B.C. Place’s other anchor tenant, the B.C. Lions, complied with an OIPC order to release their contract. 

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South Africa returned to the Cup Final at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver on Marcch 10, after finishing as runner-up in 2016 and 2017. 

This time, the Blitzboks rushed to defeat France 21-12 at B.C. Place Stadium. Fiji finished in third place. 

Australia beat host Canada 35-21 in the Challenge Trophy final. An announced crowd of more than 73,000 attended the fourth edition of the sevens in Vancouver. The stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Cup tour is set to return to B.C. Place in 2020 and for at least three more years after that.

United States leads the series, followed by New Zealand and Fiji, after six stops. Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris remain. Canada is 12th.

Meanwhile, another story to watch in the months to come: Labour relations between the team and Rugby Canada, which lost a bid to thwart a union certification drive by the United Steelworkers.   

Canada Sevens 2019 champion South Africa shares a moment with runner-up France and third-place Fiji (Mackin)

A Fijian player signs autographs (Mackin)

A French defender challenges a South African ball carrier (Mackin)

Faux Mounties and papally imgregnated nuns were among the 2019 Canada Sevens costumes (Mackin)

A CBC crew costume at Canada Sevens (Mackin)

Premier John Horgan shoots a selfie with a fan at Canada Sevens (Mackin)

Canada’s Harry Jones scores a try against Australia (Mackin)

A streaker is escorted off the pitch at B.C. Place during Canada Sevens (Mackin)

Canada lost to Australia in the consolation final (Mackin)


South Africa upended France in the final (Mackin)


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South Africa returned to the Cup Final