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Were those who threw garbage at South Asian grandmas in Surrey park RCMP supporters?

EVERYBODY in the South Asian community wants to know if the racist couple who shamelessly assaulted South Asian grandmothers and their grandkids with garbage that included doo-doo and needles at a Surrey Park on the pretext that they were not speaking English were RCMP supporters.

CTV reporter Bhinder Sajan reported on Sunday that a video that captured that altercation has been circulating on social media after the granddaughter of one of the victims discovered that video from someone who didn’t want to reveal their identity. She posted it to her Instagram page.

Sahiba Sangha told CTV that she noticed that her grandmother’s clothing appeared to be a bit dirty  when she returned home from Aspen Park last Wednesday. Her grandmother told her that ‘this couple came out and they started swearing at us and then they brought litter out from the garbage and threw it on us and the kids.’

An angry Sahiba wrote on her Instagram post: “Elderly bibis of the south Asian community bring their grandchildren to this park every single day, my grandma has been taking my siblings and cousins there too for the past so many years. All of a sudden today a Caucasian couple picked garbage out of trash bin and started throwing it on brown kids playing there and then dirty bags from trash which had dog poop in it was thrown on these elderly women, who are OUR GRANDMOTHERS. Their fault? They don’t speak English and sit in the middle of the park. The couple raged on these grandmothers continuously until the neighbours called the police. Thankfully it was all recorded. When the police officer came, he ignored the statements of all the brown kids present there who COULD COMMUNICATE in English and believed the couple’s story of how all the trash present there was thrown by the bibis. When a mere 12 year old boy asked the officer “why didn’t he punish the couple?” The officer replied “maybe they were having a bad day!”. The officer then made the bibi’s and kids pick up the trash thrown by the couple. IS THIS FAIR? #Racism needs to end. This country #canada if it’s not ours, it’s not yours either.”

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If Surrey RCMP does not take action against the offenders, it will be quite clear that those attackers are RCMP supporters who were taking out their venom on those poor defenseless grandmothers because the RCMP is being replaced by the Surrey Police Service.

Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald
Photo: BC RCMP

The offenders must be charged with assault and hate crime. The South Asian community will be watching this case very carefully, so RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Commanding Officer of the RCMP in British Columbia, should make sure appropriate action is taken. Otherwise, the South Asians will have right to take suitable action to protect their rights – and their elderly members and kids.

Can you imagine the reaction if a BROWN couple had thrown garbage with dog doo-doo and needles at a group of WHITE grandmothers in a park?

Premier John Horgan and all Surrey MLAs must condemn this racist assault and demand that Surrey RCMP do their job properly. What do RCMP supporters Surrey Councillors Brenda Locke and Jack Hundial have to say about this?

 

 

Olympics hockey: Indian women make historic entry into semifinals

Tokyo (IANS): Indian women’s hockey scripted a historic moment of their own by making their maiden entry into the semifinals at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Monday.

India defeated world No. 2 Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals to storm into the last-four stage, marking their maiden entry into the medal round with a brilliant performance against a team that had dominated the tournament so far and was one of the favourites to win the gold medal.

Drag flicker Gurjit Kaur scored the all-important goal in the 22nd minute with a powerful flick that deflected off a defender’s stick into the goal.

The Indians then defended superbly and did not allow Australia, three-time gold medallists in the Olympics, to score in the entire second half with defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Udita and Gurjit Kaur and midfielder Monika, standing like a wall to guard the goal. And whenever the Aussies got past them, goalkeeper Savita was there to save India as she pulled off at least seven brilliant saves to thwart the Hockeyroos.

The Indians attacked aggressively, defended stoutly and controlled the midfield that allowed them to enjoy possession in the first half. Australia could not get into their rhythm early on and kept chasing the ball in the entire match.

India dominated the first half; they enjoyed more possession and also created better chances against an Australian team that had dominated Pool B with an all-win record in five matches.

They were not cowed down by the reputation of the world No. 2 team and stood toe-to-toe with the mighty Hockeyroos.

Australia earned the first chance when Ambrosia Malone struck the post off their first penalty corner.

The Indians too were unlucky not to take the lead in the first quarter as Sharmila’s shot at the far post came off the upright. Vandana Katariya made a superb run to the left backline and sent in a pullback to Lalremsiami who had positioned herself near the far post. However, her deflection came off the post as the two teams went into the first-quarter break goalless.

The Indians started aggressively and did not allow the Aussie forwards, who have been rampant in the group stage, many chances. They defended well and in numbers, especially Deep Grace Ekka and Monika were solid and brilliant as they cut down many Australian moves.

Goalkeeper Savita was rock solid and pulled off a number of good saves.

The second quarter changed the complexion of the match as the Indians went into the lead, leaving Australia frustrated.

India earned a penalty corner in the 21st minute of the match and went ahead, increasing the pressure on the Hockeyroos. Drag flicker Gurjit Kaur, who had failed to score a single direct goal despite a bag full of chances, struck for India, her drag-flick getting deflected from a defender’s stick and looping over goalkeeper Rachael Ann Lynch’s outstretched leg into the goal.

Australia attacked in numbers but found the Indian defence, especially goalkeeper Savita, impregnable. The Australians earned three penalty corners but could not capitalise on any. They had seven shots at the goal.

Olympic hockey: India secure semifinal berth after four decades

Tokyo (IANS): With a brilliant performance, India made it to the medal round of the Olympic Games men’s hockey tournament after a gap of 41 years, beating Great Britain 3-1 in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

It was Super Sunday for India as the team coached by Australia’s Graham Reid rode on a scintillating performance by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh to outwit Great Britain in the fourth and final quarterfinal, setting up a last-four clash with reigning World Cup winners Belgium. Australia take on Germany in the other semifinal.

Victory over Belgium will put India in the final for the first time since the 1980 Moscow Olympics when they beat Spain to win their eighth and last gold medal in Olympics hockey.

A defeat against Belgium will keep them in the hunt for the bronze medal.

It is the first time that India have reached the semifinal of Olympic hockey competition since 1972 when they won a bronze in Munich as there were no semifinals played in Moscow, with the top-two teams in the preliminary league making it to the gold-medal match while the team that finished third and fourth contested for bronze.

Forwards Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, and Hardik Singh scored for India while Sam Ward reduced the margin off an indirect penalty corner.

But India have to thank their defenders and goalkeeper Sreejesh for the victory as they absorbed the pressure from Great Britain — especially in the fourth quarter when skipper Manpreet Singh was shown the yellow card for a desperate tackle — and thwarted repeated attempts from the British forwards.

Earlier, India started off well and went into the lead in the seventh minute after Great Britain had earned the first penalty corner of the match in the third minute. Amit Rohidas rushed forward to cut down the space, which did not allow the rivals to take a clear shot.

India took control of the first quarter and scored when Dilpreet capitalised on a superb move and pass by Gurjant to slam the ball past the goalkeeper.

India dictated the pace, dominated the midfield, and goalkeeper PR Sreejesh stood like a rock, denying the British goals off penalty corners as well as their forward Sam Ward, who looked threatening on a couple of occasions.

Sreejesh was the best Indian player in the first half as she denied the British forwards on several occasions.

Gurjant Singh made it 2-0 in the second quarter with another superb field goal, his third in the Tokyo Olympics so far.

Great Britain picked up the tempo in the second quarter and created a number of chances, always looking to Sam Ward to provide the final push towards the goal. But with the Indian defence, manned by Amit Rohidas, Rupinderpal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Sumit blocking, tackling and thwarting the rivals, Great Britain found the going tough.

 

Man dead in Coquitlam incident, BC RCMP notify IIO BC

THE BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Coquitlam where one man has died.

On August 1, shortly before 3:30 a.m., Coquitlam RCMP received a complaint of disturbance in a home. It was reported that when officers arrived at the door to a home in a residential building, a man pushed it back before running towards the patio.

The officers entered the home and made their way to the patio but reportedly did not see him. When they looked over the railing he was spotted below. He was later confirmed deceased.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.

All aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC, visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.

Air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley Regional District

METRO Vancouver on Sunday issued an air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter that are expected during the next few days.

Smoke from wildfires burning in the interior of B.C. and Washington has moved into and over the region, contributing to elevated fine particulate matter concentrations and hazy skies.

Onshore winds forecast for Tuesday may begin to clear the smoke.

Smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as wildfire behaviour changes.

Fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres or less. PM2.5 can easily penetrate indoors because of its small size.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions or acute infections such as COVID-19 should postpone or reduce outdoor physical activity until the advisory is lifted, especially if breathing feels uncomfortable. Exposure to PM2.5 is particularly a concern for people with underlying conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and/or diabetes; individuals with respiratory infections such as COVID-19; pregnant women and infants; children; and older adults. Individuals who are socially marginalized may also be at elevated risk (e.g. people who are experiencing homelessness or are underhoused).

Metro Vancouver said that as we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with HEPA air cleaner filtration and air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution, but observe any COVID-19 protocols. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, seek prompt medical attention. Call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.

Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fraser Valley Regional District and B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to look after air quality.

Information about real-time air quality readings for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley communities and potential health impacts can be found at www.airmap.ca and www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/readings/find-stations-map.html.

To sign up for air quality alerts in your area, go to: www.metrovancouver.org/services/air-quality/engagement/mailing-list

Surrey man sustains life-threatening injuries in targeted shooting in Kelowna

KELOWNA RCMP remain on scene of Saturday’s shooting because of an explosive device found on scene.

On July 31, just before 7 p.m., Kelowna RCMP responded to a report that two men had been shot in area of Pandosy Street and KLO Road.

Both victims were transported by BC Emergency Health Services to hospital for treatment of their injuries.

West Kelowna resident Kyle Gianis, 37, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released from the hospital.

The second victim, a 25-year-old Surrey man, remains in hospital with what are believed to be life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses reported a man fleeing the scene in a silver SUV. No arrests have been made at this time.

“We have reason to believe this was a targeted attack on these two men,” said Inspector Beth McAndie. “Because of his criminal activities and associates, Mr. Gianis poses a threat to our community and the public in general, and we are putting all our resources into investigating this newest incident.”

“While investigating the scene of the shooting, frontline officers located what is believed to be an undetonated improvised explosive device,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, Media Relations Officer for the Kelowna RCMP. “Police immediately cordoned off the area. It will remain closed until officers with the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit have safely dealt with the device.”

No further information is being released at this time, but Kelowna RCMP are urging anyone who witnessed or has knowledge of this crime to come forward to speak with police immediately.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300, or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 2 – MINNESOTA UNITED FC 2

‘Caps, MNUFC draw as Dájome buries late PK in last home match in Utah

SANDY, UT – Cristian Dájome recorded a brace, including a penalty equalizer in the dying moments, to lead Vancouver Whitecaps FC to a come-from-behind 2-2- draw versus Minnesota United FC in their last home match at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening.

The ‘Caps were back in Sandy, Utah for the match after returning to train in Vancouver for the first time since April last Sunday.

The game remained scoreless until the 36th-minute mark when Dájome netted his seventh goal of the season. From the corner of the penalty area, Dájome was able to strike the ball past Minnesota goalkeeper Tyler Miller after being set up for the play by Russell Teibert.

In the final seconds leading into halftime, Ethan Finlay tied up the score 1-1 for Minnesota.

In the second half, more back and forth ensued and the strong winds in Sandy, Utah posed a challenge for both teams.

For Vancouver, Dájome and Ranko Veselinović put up strong shots while Thomas Hasal made several stops in net.

The score remained the same until the 75th minute when Robin Lod scored Minnesota’s second of the evening.

With the match going into its final moments, Dájome was awarded a penalty kick after being fouled by Finlay inside the box, of which he successfully put past Miller to even the scoring once again to 2-2.

With Dajome’s second goal of the evening, the ‘Caps were able to secure a point and extend their unbeaten streak to four games, the first time they have done so since May-June of 2019.

Up next is a trip to Southern California for a visit against LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park. Catch the game live on TSN and AM730, with kickoff set for 5 p.m. PT. The ‘Caps will be without Michael Baldisimo, who will serve a one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation. They are expected to welcome back Canadian internationals Lucas Cavallini and Maxime Crepeau from the Concacaf Gold Cup.

MATCH DETAILS

GE Appliances VWFC Player of Quality: Cristian Dájome
Referee: Lukasz Szpala

Scoring Summary
36’ – VAN – Cristian Dájome (Russell Teibert)
45’ – MIN – Ethan Finlay (Emanuel Reynoso, Robin Lod)
75’ – MIN – Robin Lod (Wil Trapp)
90’+4’ – VAN – Cristian Dájome (penalty kick)

Statistics
Possession: VAN 51.1% – MIN 48.9%
Shots: VAN 11 – MIN 13
Shots on Goal: VAN 3 – MIN 4
Saves: VAN 2 – MIN 1
Fouls: VAN 17 – MIN 14
Offsides: VAN 2 – MIN 3
Corners: VAN 5 – MIN 3

Cautions
34’ – VAN – Michael Baldisimo
45’+2’ – MIN – Romain Métanire
48’ – MIN – D.J. Taylor
55’ – MIN – Wil Trapp
86’ – VAN – Tosaint Ricketts
87’ – VAN – Janio Bikel

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Thomas Hasal; 28.Jake Nerwinski (23.Javain Brown 80’), 4.Ranko Veselinović, 22.Érik Godoy, 3.Cristian Gutierrez, 19.Janio Bikel, 55.Michael Baldisimo (32.Patrick Metcalfe 62’), 31.Russell Teibert © (27.Ryan Raposo 79’); 11.Cristian Dájome (14.Theo Bair 90’+6’), 24.Brian White (87.Tosaint Ricketts 79’), 7.Déiber Caicedo

Substitutes not used
12.Evan Newton, 6.Bruno Gaspar, 15.Andy Rose, 17.Leonard Owusu

Minnesota United FC
1.Tyler Miller; 19.Romain Métanire, 14.Brent Kallman, 12.Bakaye Dibassy, 26.D.J. Taylor; 5.Jacori Hayes (23.Adrien Hunou HT), 20.Wil Trapp ©; 13.Ethan Finlay, 31.Hassani Dotson, 10.Emanuel Reynoso (8.Jan Gregus 90’+1’); 17.Robin Lod

Substitutes not used
97.Dayne St. Clair, 11.Niko Hansen, 21.Juan Agudelo, 22.Jukka Raitala

Missing Surrey person: Jaskaran Sandhu

Jaskaran Sandhu

SURREY RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a high-risk missing person identified as Jaskaran Sandhu.

Sandhu was last seen at 11:30 a.m. on July 30 leaving his residence located in the 12200-block of 96A Avenue in Surrey. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Sandhu is described as a 52-year-old South Asian male, 5’6”, 165lbs, with short black hair, brown eyes and a black beard (see photo). He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, grey shorts with black/white running shoes.

Jaskaran Sandhu

Police and family are concerned for his health and well-being. It is out of character for this person to be out of touch this long and he suffers from a medical condition. He is known to frequent parks and beaches and had possibly travelled near the Harbour Centre in the downtown Vancouver area.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or  www.solvecrime.ca, quoting file number 2021-114785.

Air quality advisory cancellation

METRO Vancouver on Saturday ended the ground-level ozone air quality advisory for eastern Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District that has been in effect since July 30. Air quality has improved due to cooler weather and cloud moving in over the region.

Metro Vancouver continues to monitor conditions associated with wildfire smoke from fires burning in the interior of B.C. and Washington. Wildfire smoke models are forecasting that smoke from these fires may reach parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District on Saturday or Sunday. Smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as wildfire behaviour changes.

Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fraser Valley Regional District and B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to look after air quality.

Information about real-time air quality readings for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley communities and potential health impacts can be found at www.airmap.ca and www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/readings/find-stations-map.html.

Abbotsford Police investigating suspicious fire in Mill Lake Park

Photo: Abbotsford Police

JUST after 4 a.m. on Saturday, Emergency Services responded to a fully engulfed fire on a section of the boardwalk bridge in Mill Lake Park, just off the Bourquin Cres West entrance. Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services extinguished the fire, preventing further spread to the park and homes.

The fire burned through a section of the boardwalk causing the structure to be unsafe and no longer usable for park patrons.

The Abbotsford Police General Investigation Section and Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service continue to investigate this incident.

It is believed that the fire started shortly before 4 a.m. If you have any information or have CCTV footage or dashcam footage in this area, contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text at 22973 (abbypd).

Police said: “A reminder to everyone that we are experiencing unprecedented dry conditions. Please be responsible and abide by all fire bans and restrictions.”