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Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 – Los Angeles Galaxy 3

‘Caps move to second place in the Western Conference

 

  • Saturday’s match was the fourth time this season that a crowd of over 24,000 came to BC Place, and the third match in a row. Dating back to the end of last season, it was also the seventh straight crowd over 22,000
  • Brian White scored his third goal of the season. With 42 goals for the ‘Caps in all competitions, he is now only one goal behind Camilo Sanvezzo for the most goals scored for Whitecaps FC in the MLS era
  • With his assist, Ryan Gauld recorded a goal contribution for a fourth straight match (2 goals, 2 assists)

VANCOUVER, BC – On a cool April evening, Vancouver Whitecaps FC put in a big second half, but ultimately succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to Los Angeles Galaxy in what was a thrilling match in front of 25,026 fans at BC Place.

The match pitted the top two sides in the Western Conference standings, with the Galaxy moving into first place with the result and the ‘Caps now in second.

It was an end-to-end start to the game. Gabriel Pec forced Yohei Takaoka into a full-stretch stop inside 10 minutes, cutting inside and unleashing a lethal curling effort.

Brian White nearly got the opener just inside half an hour, latching onto a beautifully over the top floated ball by Ryan Gauld, but his low strike at full sprint just went a whisker wide.

At the other end of the pitch, Joseph Paintsil was a threat all night long for the visitors. On 37 minutes, the Ghanaian tried to get the better of Takaoka while picking the ball up on the right, but his quick turn shot was dragged wide of the Japanese keeper’s net.

Despite a scoreless first half, the match opened up in the second half.

The Galaxy had the first chance, as Pec managed to rise above everyone else and head an effort against the crossbar, with Delgado’s follow-up shot pulled wide.

White then had another big chance to break the deadlock, being put in behind one-on-one on John McCarthy, but the Galaxy keeper denied the striker from point-blank.

Soon after that chance, the Galaxy came back the other way to open the scoring on the break. Takaoka came up with another big save to deny Pec inside the box, but it would fall for Dejan Joveljić to tap it into an open net.

Minutes later, White was back threating the Galaxy goal. The American almost caught McCarthy out in the 60th minute, dispossessing the keeper through some intense pressing, but was unable to slide it past him to level the match.

Alessandro Schöpf then forced McCarthy into another snap save as his volley inside the box almost nestled into the side-netting.

White would finally get his goal after 77 minutes, powering a header from a Gauld corner to tie the match 1-1.

The drama was not done though. LA would hit back moments later, with Puig threading a ball through in behind for Paintsil to run on to and tuck home for the 2-1 lead.

The Galaxy would make it three goals two minutes later, with Paintsil sprinting down the right side and driving it across goal for substitute Diego Fagúndez to tap in.

Damir Kreilach, coming off the bench, had three close chances to nearly halve the deficit. First, in the 89th minute, the Croatian forced McCarthy into two good saves in quick succession. Then, in the dying moments of the match, Kreilach had the goal at his mercy to make it 3-2, but couldn’t direct his effort on target, meaning the Galaxy would keep their two-goal advantage to the final whistle.

Whitecaps FC are back in action on the road, as they travel for another Cascadia derby against Seattle Sounders FC next Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. PT, available to watch on Apple TV+ MLS Season Pass and TSN, and to listen to on AM730 radio.

The ‘Caps come back home on May 4, where they face Austin FC in the club’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Match at 7:30 p.m. PT. For tickets, visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.

MATCH DETAILS

VWFC GE Appliances Player of Quality: Ryan Gauld
Attendance: 25,026
Referee: Ismir Pekmic

Scoring Summary
57’ – LAG – Dejan Joveljić
77’ – VAN – Brian White (Ryan Gauld)
80’ – LAG – Joseph Paintsil (Riqui Puig)
82’ – LAG – Diego Fagúndez (Joseph Paintsil, Riqui Puig)

Statistics
Possession: VAN 41.9% – LAG 58.1%
Shots: VAN 18 – LAG 12
Shots on Goal: VAN 7 – LAG 5
Saves: VAN 2 – LAG 6
Fouls: VAN 8 – LAG 8
Offsides: VAN 0 – LAG 1
Corners: VAN 10 – LAG 7

Cautions
20’ – VAN – Andrés Cubas
25’ – LAG – Miki Yamane
45’+2 – VAN – Ranko Veselinović
54’ – VAN – Ali Ahmed
85’ – VAN – Brian White

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Yohei Takaoka; 2.Mathías Laborda, 4.Ranko Veselinović (28.Levonte Johnson 84’), 6.Tristan Blackmon; 7.Ryan Raposo (3.Sam Adekugbe 45’), 20.Andrés Cubas (19.Damir Kreilach 85’), 8.Alessandro Schöpf (16.Sebastian Berhalter 84’), 22.Ali Ahmed; 25.Ryan Gauld ©, 24.Brian White, 11.Fafà Picault (45.Pedro Vite 16’)

Substitutes not used
32.Isaac Boehmer, 13.Ralph Priso, 14.Luis Martins, 23.Javain Brown

Los Angeles Galaxy
77.John McCarthy; 2.Miki Yamane (19.Mauricio Cuevas 86’), 4.Maya Yoshida, 22.Martín Cáceres, 3.Julian Aude; 8.Marky Delgado (37.Daniel Aguirre 86’), 5.Gastón Brugman (20.Edwin Cerrillo 74’), 10.Riqui Puig; 11.Gabriel Pec (7.Diego Fagúndez 74’), 9.Dejan Joveljić (27.Miguel Berry 78’), 28.Joseph Paintsil

Substitutes not used
35.Novak Micovic, 14.John Nelson, 18.Jonathan Pérez, 30.Gino Vivi

AT THE VANCOUVER VAISAKHI NAGAR KIRTAN (Part 2)

All photos by INDIRA PRAHST

AT THE VANCOUVER VAISAKHI NAGAR KIRTAN (Part 1)

All photos by ASHU SAREEN

Premier David Eby (centre)

Indian student Chiraj Antil shot and killed in Vancouver’s Sunset area

Chiraj Antil

VANCOUVER Police are investigating an overnight homicide in the city’s Sunset neighbourhood.

Officers were called to East 55th Avenue and Main Street around 11 p.m. on Friday, April 12 after residents heard the sound of gunshots. Chirag Antil, 24, was found deceased inside a vehicle in the area.

No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD’s Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500.

The victim has been identified as a student from India by Varun Choudhary, national president of the National Students’ Union of India, who tweeted: “Urgent attention regarding the murder of Chirag Antil, an Indian student in Vancouver, Canada. We urge the Ministry of External Affairs to closely monitor the progress of the investigation and ensure that justice is swiftly served. Additionally, we request the Ministry to extend all necessary support and assistance to the family of the deceased during this difficult time.”

A GoFundMe page set up by Anurag Dahiya, who says he is the victim’s elder brother in Winnipeg, Manitoba, reads:
“Chirag Antil, an international student from Haryana, India, who arrived in Vancouver in 2022 for his studies, tragically lost his life due to a recent murder in the city. We urgently need assistance to raise funds for sending his body back to India. If you are in Vancouver and able to offer any support or help, please reach out to us. Your help in this matter would be deeply appreciated by Chirag’s family and friends, as we work towards bringing closure and peace during this heartbreaking time.”

Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Eby, other leaders wish ‘Happy Vaisakhi’

Justin Trudeau Photo: Twitter

PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday issued the following statement on Vaisakhi:

“Today, Sikhs in Canada and around the world will come together to celebrate Vaisakhi, one of the holiest days of the Sikh calendar.

“Vaisakhi commemorates the creation of the Khalsa and is also a celebration of the spring harvest festival. It is a time of reflection, gratitude, and renewal, symbolizing unity and community. Today, Sikhs will gather at their local Gurdwaras, participate in vibrant and colourful parades known as Nagar Kirtans, and celebrate their rich diversity and heritage.

“As Canada marks its fifth annual celebration of Sikh Heritage Month this April, Vaisakhi offers another opportunity for all of us to recognize the invaluable and ongoing contributions that Canadians of Sikh faith bring our communities. This is especially evident in their countless acts of selfless service – or seva – which exemplify the values of generosity and compassion at the heart of their faith and encourage us to be better.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish everyone celebrating today a happy and blessed Vaisakhi.

“Vaisakhi diyan lakh lakh vadhaiyan.”

 

David Eby
Photo: Eby website

PREMIER David Eby said: “Sikhs in British Columbia will join those around the world today in celebrating Vaisakhi.

“One of the holiest days in the Sikh calendar, Vaisakhi commemorates the creation of the order of the Khalsa by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, more than three centuries ago. The order of the Khalsa gave the Sikh community a unique identity and bestowed on it a code of conduct that every Sikh is expected to follow.

“Vaisakhi is a time for family and friends to gather in worship and celebration. People will pray at gurdwaras, participate in parades and attend other happy gatherings.

“This day is also a time to recognize and honour the values at the heart of Sikhism, such as equality, community and Seva – selfless service to others.

“April is also Sikh heritage month, a chance to recount the many contributions the Sikh community in B.C. – the largest outside of India – has made to building our province. We have all benefited.

“Vaisakhi is also celebrated in other parts of India as a harvest festival. People visit temples, gather for feasts and herald the arrival of spring.

“I wish everyone celebrating a joyous Vaisakhi.

“Vaisakhi Diyan Lakh Lakh Vadhaiyan!”

 

Pierre Poilievre
Photo: Conservative Party

CONSERVATIVE Leader Pierre Poilievre said: “Every year, on Vaisakhi, Sikhs around the world celebrate the establishment of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Reflecting on the rich tapestry of their history, they will retell the story of the Five Beloved Ones, whose sacrifice and devotion to the Sikh faith secured the five sacred symbols that would guide a new order of Sikhs.

“Today, as parades and Nagar kirtans make their way through neighbourhoods across the country, this powerful history is put on full display. With the Panj Pyare standing in full formation at the front, thousands of Sikhs will follow in a symbolic display of their loyalty and gratitude for the inheritance their ancestors secured over 300 years ago.

“In the generations that have followed, Sikhs have dutifully carried forward the legacy of the Five Beloved Ones, working to emulate their inspiring obedience and faithfulness. Guided by God’s instruction, they continue to wear the Five Ks and live in selfless service to others. Consistently, they have poured back into their communities through Langars and other charitable causes, bearing a message of hope and strength for the future.

“As Canadians, we are truly blessed to live alongside so many Sikhs who make our country a better place, and who live out the spirit of Vaisakhi every day through their unequalled contributions to our common home.

“On behalf of Canada’s Common Sense Conservatives, Happy Vaisakhi to all Sikhs celebrating. Vaisakhi diyan lakh lakh vadhaiyan!”

 

Jagmeet Singh
Official photo

FEDERAL NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said: “On behalf of all New Democrats, I’d like to wish all those celebrating, a happy Vaisakhi.

“For Sikhs in Canada and around the world, Vaisakhi marks the creation of the Khalsa, which translates to the sovereign. A tradition that began in the 17th century, the Khalsa continues to be grounded in a belief that we are all one and that all people should live free of oppression, regardless of gender, background, sexuality, or identity.

“Over the next few weeks, Sikhs across Canada will celebrate Vaisakhi by marching in Khalsa Day parades and more importantly by doing sewa—selfless community service.

“During this Vaisakhi, let us embrace the ideas of equality, selflessness, and love for all of humanity.

“When we lift each other up, we all rise.

“Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!”

Multi vehicle collision involving pedestrian in 6200-block of 144 Street in Surrey

SURREY RCMP say that a section of 144 Street is currently shut down due to a collision.

On Friday, April 12 at approximately 8:37 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a multiple motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian in the 6200-block of 144 Street.

Surrey Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service also attended to provide assistance to those involved.

Two persons were transported to local area hospitals with undetermined injuries.

Traffic in the area will be affected for an undetermined amount of time as officers continue their investigation. A road closure is in effect on 144 Street between 64 Avenue and 60 Avenue. The public are requested to avoid the area until further notice.

Police say the investigation is in its early stages. Investigators are collecting statements and canvassing for video. Anyone with information, including dash cam footage in the area on 144 Street, is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 and quote file 2024-51286.

If you wish to make an anonymous report, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-22-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca

Hospital-level care at home launches in Lower Mainland

Adrian Dix Photo: BC Government

PATIENTS are benefiting from convenient, safe and timely acute-level care from the comfort of their own home as the Hospital at Home (HaH) program launches in several hospitals in Vancouver, the Province announced on Friday.

HaH is an internationally recognized model that is both safe and effective, and is designed to improve patient comfort, privacy and independence. The teams include doctors, registered nurses, pharmacists, occupational and physiotherapists, and speech-language pathologists, among others. Other specialists may be provided as needed so care is tailored to a patient’s individual needs.

“Giving patients the option to receive safe and individualized care in their own homes not only helps with the recovery of the patient, but it also benefits the health-care system,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Piloted in the Island Health’s hospitals, the Hospital at Home program has had remarkably successful results. As our government is committed to strengthening people’s access to high-quality health services, the launch of this program in the Lower Mainland will help improve care at Vancouver hospitals.”

Eligible patients at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), UBC Hospital (UBCH), St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) and Mount Saint Joseph Hospital (MSJH) can choose to receive acute care in their own home rather than the hospital, if deemed safe and appropriate.

The program is open to qualifying patients at VGH, UBCH, SPH and MSJH who have a diagnosis, such as (but not limited to) sepsis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or dehydration.

“The biggest benefit of Hospital at Home we hear from our patients is that they get to recover in their own home,” said Dr. Iain McCormick, Hospital at Home medical lead, VGH. “Patients have a lot of support wrapped around them, including daily in-person visits and a mix of virtual and monitoring technologies.”

Since March 2024, the Hospital at Home program has supported as many as 18 patients at a time in Vancouver. Qualifying patients must be medically and geographically appropriate for the program and participation is voluntary. While in the HaH program, patients have a virtual call bell and phone number to connect with their care team 24/7. If patients no longer want to participate in the program or their condition changes, the health authority will co-ordinate their transfer back to the hospital.

The multidisciplinary teams of health-care professionals make daily visits to patients at their own homes. Patients receive one visit a day from the HaH nurses, who are also available to patients 24/7 for consultation and check-ins. Other members of the HaH team are also available to provide virtual visits.

Care teams provide services, including medication management, blood draws, IV therapy and supplemental oxygen. Transfers to hospital can be arranged for services provided only in hospital.

“Patients need to meet certain criteria, including living within the boundaries of the city of Vancouver,” said Dr. Jonathan Dick, Hospital at Home medical lead, Providence Health Care. “This ensures patients can get back to the hospital setting quickly if needed and care providers spend minimal time on the road.”

Through a partnership with Evo Car Share, all registered hospital staff have access to a vehicle to visit patients each day, with in-person and virtual visits from doctors and other health-care providers as required.

 

Quick Facts:

* Data from B.C.’s first HaH program in Island Health, which launched in 2020, shows that with its 18 Hospital at Home beds, Island Health has been able to provide more than 17,500 beds since its launch.

* An evaluation after the first year of Island Health HaH service found:
– ninety-nine per cent of patients would recommend HaH to family and friends;

– ninety-eight per cent of caregivers would recommend HaH and felt confident as a caregiver; and

– all the staff would recommend HaH to friends and family.

* Demonstrated outcomes of HaH include, but are not limited to:
– improved patient comfort, privacy and independence;

– improved caregiver satisfaction and involvement; and

– decreased risk of hospital-acquired delirium, infections and mortality.

 

Learn More:

To learn more about Hospital at Home, visit:

https://www.vch.ca/en/service/hospital-home

https://www.islandhealth.ca/our-services/hospital-home-services/hospital-home

https://www.northernhealth.ca/services/hospital-services/hospital-at-home

Vancouver leads industry in protecting firefighters with new PFAS-free gear

Photo: City of Vancouver

CITY of Vancouver firefighters will face reduced risk of cancer as Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) becomes the first fire department in North America to transition to turnout gear free from Per-and-Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).

On April 9, Vancouver City Council approved a one-time VFRS 2024 budget increase of $2.8 million to procure PFAS-free bunker gear to ensure all personnel are covered for the remainder of 2024.

“The City is proud to be the North American leader in creating a safer workplace for Vancouver’s firefighters,” said Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim on Friday. “In approving the transition to PFAS-free gear, we provide greater protection to those who put their lives on the line daily for Vancouverites. It is the least we can do for our hardworking team members.”

Commonly known as “forever chemicals”, PFAS are found in the water-repellent inner liner of structural firefighting turnout gear. Firefighters are exposed through daily skin contact with this moisture barrier, which is intensified during periods of extreme heat and high physical exertion.

Just under a quarter of all occupational claims within VFRS are linked to cancer, or cancer-related illnesses, with 34 members having died from work-related cancers since 2017.

“Firefighter occupational cancer is currently the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the Canadian fire service. We need to change that,” said Karen Fry, Fire Chief and General Manager of Vancouver Fire Rescue Services. “We are proud to be leading the way as the first fire service in North America to provide PFAS-free gear and will continue to seek new innovations to support the health and safety of our crews.”

Using existing budgets, a partial order of 220 units of new bunker gear has already been placed to supply around a quarter of the VFRS workforce, with delivery expected by the end of the year.

 

Quick Facts

  • Occupational cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters, with the World Health Organization classifying their exposure as a top-level carcinogen.
  • In 2023, 72 per cent of firefighter deaths in the International Association of Fire Fighters were due to occupational cancer, and in Canada, this figure was nearly 94 per cent.
  • 20 per cent of all VFRS are for presumptive cancers, with 34 members having died from work-related cancer in the last seven years.

Canadian rent growth shows signs of Moderation

North Vancouver finished 1st out of 35 cities in the month of March. The average 1 bedroom rent was $2704, which was a -0.4% decrease month-over-month, and 7.9% increase year-over-year, while the average 2-bedroom rent was $3662, which was a 0.3% increase month-over-month, and a 6.1% increase year-over-year.
Vancouver finished 2nd out of 35 cities in the month of March. The average 1 bedroom rent was $2633, which was a -0.8% decrease month-over-month, and -4% decrease year-over-year, while the average 2-bedroom rent was $3611, which was a 2% increase month-over-month, and a -1.1% decrease year-over-year.
Victoria finished 10th out of 35 cities in the month of March. The average 1 bedroom rent was $2111, which was a -0.2% decrease month-over-month, and 5.2% increase year-over-year, while the average 2-bedroom rent was $2677, which was a -2.4% decrease month-over-month, and a 5.2% increase year-over-year.
Surrey finished 11th out of 35 cities in the month of March. The average 1 bedroom rent was $2099, which was a 2.1% increase month-over-month, and 10.8% increase year-over-year, while the average 2-bedroom rent was $2531, which was a 0.4% increase month-over-month, and a 6.8% increase year-over-year.

 

AVERAGE asking rents for all property types in Canada increased 8.8% in March, reaching $2,181  according to Rentals.ca and Urbanation’s latest National Rent Report. While still showing substantial growth, this indicates some moderation from the 10.5% annual increase recorded in February. Moreover, rents saw a 0.6% month-over-month decrease in March, which can be partly attributed to seasonal factors and a recent slowdown in rental demand in Canada’s most expensive markets.

Since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, average asking rents in Canada have risen by a total of 21%, equivalent to an average annual increase of just over 5% during the latest four-year period.

“The March data showed early signs of rent increases easing at the national level, weighed down by recent declines in key markets in Vancouver and Toronto,” said Shaun Hildebrand, President of Urbanation. “As population growth slows with caps on non-permanent residents and supply increases as rental completions continue to rise, rent growth should continue to moderate towards more sustainable levels.”

Purpose-built rental apartments saw a 12.7% year-over-year increase, averaging $2,117 in March. In contrast, condominium rental apartments experienced a slower growth rate, with a 3.9% annual increase, reaching an average of $2,321. This divergence in growth rates can be attributed to factors such as record-high condominium completions in certain markets.

Regional disparities in rent trends were notable in March. While British Columbia and Ontario witnessed declines in average asking rents, Alberta maintained its position as the province with the fastest-growing rents, experiencing an 18.3% annual increase. Edmonton once again showed the strongest rent growth amongst Canada’s largest cities, however asking rents for apartments were 27% lower than in Calgary. Vancouver in particular saw rents fall below $3,000 for the first time since July 2022.

Saskatchewan is emerging as a close contender for rent growth leadership, with average asking rents for apartments rising by 18.2% annually. Despite this growth, rents in Saskatchewan remain the lowest in Canada, averaging $1,297 in March.

In smaller markets, the fastest-rising apartment rents over the past year continued to be led by Pointe-Claire in Quebec (+31.0%) and Lloydminster in Alberta (+27.2%). Additionally, asking rents for shared accommodations continued to rise, with the average remaining above $1,000 for the fourth consecutive month.

 

The National Rent Report charts and analyzes monthly, quarterly and annual rates and trends in the rental market on national, provincial, and municipal levels across all listings on the Rentals.ca Network for Canada. The data from the digital rental platform Rentfaster.ca is incorporated into this report.
Rentals.ca Network data is analyzed and the report is written by Urbanation, a Toronto-based real estate research firm providing in-depth market analysis and consulting services since 1981.
*The data includes single-detached homes, semi-detached homes, townhouses, condominium apartments, rental apartments and basement apartments (outlier listings are removed, as are single-room rentals.)

Preferred proponent chosen for Surrey Langley SkyTrain station construction

A rendering of the Langley SkyTrain Station.

PLANS for Surrey Langley SkyTrain have taken another step forward with the selection of a preferred proponent team to design and build eight new stations for the project, including cycling and walking paths around the new stations, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced on Friday.

Following a competitive procurement process, the Province has chosen South Fraser Station Partners to enter into contract negotiations. The South Fraser Station Partners team is comprised of:

* Aecon Constructors, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.;

* Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc.;

* Pomerleau BC Inc.; and

* AECOM Canada Ltd.

As the Province enters contract negotiations with South Fraser Station Partners, the team will start early works on the project, such as pre-construction site surveys, locating utilities, geotechnical drilling and station design work.

The Surrey Langley SkyTrain project is a 16-kilometre extension of the Expo Line from King George Station to Langley City Centre, the first rapid-transit expansion south of the Fraser River in 30 years.

Other early works are underway along the Fraser Highway corridor. This includes work to relocate power lines and prepare for the start of major construction this year. People who travel the Fraser Highway should plan additional travel time or consider alternative routes, as work is taking place in multiple locations along the corridor.

Once complete, the project will provide high-quality, low-cost transportation for people in Surrey, Langley and across Metro Vancouver. Major construction is expected to begin this year.

The Surrey Langley SkyTrain project is being delivered through three separate contracts. Last month, the Province announced that SkyLink Guideway Partners has been chosen as the preferred proponent to design, build and finance the elevated guideway and associated roadworks, utilities and active transportation elements of the project.

The competitive selection process for the systems and trackwork contract is ongoing. Requests for proposals for all three phases were issued in early 2023. Formal contract-award announcements are anticipated in the coming months.

 

Learn More:

Surrey Langley SkyTrain project: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation-projects/surrey-langley-skytrain