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Vol. 101 No. 35
Brian Street, President
Joan Posivy, Secretary
 

Next meeting: Tuesday March 19, 2019
Club Day!!

 

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday March 26, 2019
"Poo Bear" and "Bulldog", members of B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse)
Introduction to B.A.C.A.

Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle. (Source: http://bacaworld.org/mission/)
 

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday April 2, 2019
Mark Haden, Executive Director, Psychedelic Stress Disorder, UBC School of Social Work
Healing with Psychedelics - A Research Prospective

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2019 District 5040 Conference
May 3 - 5, 2019

Want to know what the program looks like? CLICK HERE

What about the speakers? Who are they? There will be a great list of speakers. CLICK HERE to read about them.

In addition, the District Conference Committee is very to proud present a huge list of optional conference activities. We've got a great line-up with a variety of great experiences.  Your chance for some great fellowship and fun.

Remember space is limited and these are joint activities with our fellow Rotarians from District 5060. Register now to avoid disappointment.

Not sure how to register? Click for instructions on how to register for the optional activities.

 

CLICK HERE for hotel information
CLICK HERE to register
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Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting
Swissreal offices (Franz)
Mar 26, 2019 8:30 AM
 
Networking & Vocational Service Committee
Swissreal Office (Franz)
Mar 26, 2019 8:30 AM
 
Investment Club
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Mar 28, 2019 6:00 PM
 
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Apr 02, 2019 11:00 AM
 
Youth Gala Organizing Committee Meeting
Water Street Cafe
Apr 17, 2019 5:30 PM
 
Food on the Corner
Apr 20, 2019 11:00 AM
 
Investment Club
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Apr 25, 2019 6:00 PM
 
Membership Committee Meeting
Swissreal offices (Franz)
Apr 30, 2019 8:30 AM
 
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
May 07, 2019 11:00 AM
 
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Last Meeting March 12, 2019

President, Brian Street chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Don Evans accompanied us on the piano for the singing of O Canada.
Joe Lopushinsky, Sergeant-at-Arms, introduced visitors and guests.
 
President's Announcements:
  • Report from Board meeting:
    • Polio donation from the Club. It costs US$3.00 to fully immunize a child. This includes multiple vaccinations, support and delivery. With the 3:1 match from the Gates Foundation, it costs us approximately US$1.00 per child. We currently donate $50 to the campaign in thanks to our speakers. So, 50 children are being protected against polio rather than the 250 that we've been stating in our thank you letters. The Board decided to keep our donation at $50 per guest speaker so we are going to adjust our letters to reflect this, i.e., change from 250 to 50 children being immunized.
       
  • Foundation Dinner update:
    • The dinner was well attended and seemed to have raised some decent funds for the Foundation. We had to sing for our supper, at least to get up to the buffet table sooner; our table sang the chorus for Do-Re-Mi. Did the trick, we got to eat first.
       
  • Rotary Curling League:
    • It was our wrap up this last week. Thanks to Bill and Wendy Dauphinee we are the champions! Looking forward to next year.
       
Joan Posivy provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Michael Woolnough Mar12, Jack Zaleski Mar12, Brian Street Mar14, Narv Gill Mar16
  • member anniversaries: Peter Clarke 14 years, Verona Edelstein 18 years, Charles Flavelle 55 years
  • wedding anniversaries: none this week
     
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Don Evans extended thanks on behalf of DG Darcy Long for the Club's support in sending a Vocational Training Team to Kenya. The details are that the Rotary Foundation and The Rotary Foundation Canada have approved Global Grant GG1981495, Kenya/BC Canada Secondary School Teachers VTT - Learning With Technology, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Karen-Nairobi and District 5040. The project is for two Vocational Training Teams - from British Columbia to Kenya and from Kenya to BC - to enhance teaching effectiveness using technology at four schools: Kyaithani and Yatta Secondary Schools in Kyaithani, Kitui County; and Kikaso and Nyaani Secondary Schools in Wamunyu, Machakos County, Kenya.
     
  • Michael Woolnough spoke of the Rotary World Help Network, an organization that was started by members of our Club, including Ralph Towsley. It continues to provide vital hospital and school equipment to needy locations around the world. So far approximately $300,000,000 (no extra zeros there!) worth of equipment has been sent to more than 60 countries. Michael made an appeal for new RWHN Board members. The current group is aging and the organization needs some new faces and energy to keep it going. They meet one evening per month. Please consider joining as a member-at-large, no further commitment than that until you check it out to see if it's something you want to be more involved with. Contact Michael for more information.
     
  • Navid Morawej gave an Expert Moments presentation. His topic was "BC Child Care". Navid's main business is real estate investment, however, he acquired a child care business a few years ago.
    • There is definitely a child care crisis in British Columbia. There is a lack of space, a lack of quality programs, long wait lists, challenging affordability, a shortage of daycare staff. In April 2017, the Vancouver Magazine, stated that more than half of Vancouver's families were thinking of leaving the city in the next two years due to issues in finding quality child care.
    • There are very few areas in the lower mainland that have adequate child care coverage.
    • The government is aware of the crisis. Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development says, "Parents are struggling to find quality, affordable childcare."
    • Quality daycare is essential to lifelong development for: increasing socialization, the concept of cooperation, developing enthusiasm for lifelong learning, providing education through experience, teamwork, resilience, patience, respect, confidence & self-esteem, exposure to diversity, and encouraging holistic development.
    • The BC Government has implemented a number of programs that don't quite reach the mark.
      • Providing bursaries to aid education in the field. Unfortunately the pay after the fact just doesn't match living expenses in Vancouver. Child care centres cannot match school districts or health boards, e.g., Fraser or Coastal Health, in terms of job security, benefits, and pay rates. As a result a good percentage of graduates will choose these over small child care centres.
      • Wage Enhancements are being implemented, $1 increase in January 2019 and another $1 increase coming up in April 2020. This isn't nearly enough. Also, this enhancement doesn't apply to all educators so results in additional administrative work = additional cost to the day care.
    • What are some other solutions that BC should be pursuing?
      • Subsidize staff wages up to 60% (e.g., Alberta). This would have tremendous benefits: more people will pursue ECE & IT programs, staff will be more valued, more ECEs will work at centres, there would be job security, that would be no additional cost for families in their childcare fees, and there would be an increased ability of childcare centres to afford quality educators.  
    • In terms of addressing the quality of day care, Navid's day care has implemented a program they developed, Bitaa. It is a training & educaiton system that is adaptable to different age groups and is compatible with various environments. It follows the Reggio Emilio approach. The Bitaa daily activity book is available for all at no cost. Contact Navid if interested in learning more.
 
Program:
John Bathurst introduced this week's speaker, Peter German, QC, PhD. Dr. German's talk was on The 'Vancouver Model' of Money Laundering.
 
When Dr. German released his report he had no idea what chaos would be created. It's been fascinating. He noted that all the things that attract us to Vancouver also attract crime. Vancouver is the meeting point for Asia and North America with both a large seaport and airport. It has modern banking facilities and communications networks. It has easy access to the U.S. and Mexico, and has large ethnic diasporas. Vancouver has relatively mild criminal sanctions, there have been long standing organized crime networks, there is little enforcement of white collar crime. There are well over 100 organized crime units in the greater Vancouver area. 
 
Most crime is profit driven. Alliances will be struck, for various time frames from more lengthy to a single job, to facilitate and maximize profits. A new trend is the convergence of different criminal and terrorist groups around the globe and the trading of illegal proceeds to fit the needs of each group.  The trade can also involve legal funds on one end, and is almost always coordinated by a money broker. 
 
As a money laundering course 101, it involves wash - spin - dry cycles. The correct terms being placement - layering - integration. Example, an individual buys drugs on the street, the dealer gives the money to his supplier, the supplier moves the money around repeatedly thereby removing any paper trail, then the money can be used as clean money to pay debts, invest, etc. Money laundering is the opposite of terrorist financing, with the former going from bad money to good, and the latter going from good money to bad.
 
The BCLC is an extremely efficient source of funds for the government. Casinos are owned by the BCLC and are run by service providers contracted to them. Casinos provide a wonderful mechanism to clean money. They are a cash-based industry. Organized crime generates huge amounts of cash that needs to be cleaned. Not only that but Chinese (and other countries as well) have currency controls that impact on the movement of money creating a need to move money out of the country in a secret way.
 
It was noticed that an extremely large amount of cash was moving through the casinos. Peter German was asked to look at the situation. During his research he came across the term "The Vancouver Model" which was penned by Professor John Langdale. An Australian, John Langdale is an expert on transnational crime and financial crime at Macquarie University’s Department of Security Studies and Criminology. 
 
The employees at BCLC were filling out the forms they were required to identifying the issues and concerns. Nothing was done about it so the exercise became a rote one. The casinos did and do want help to regulate. Some of the suggestions that came out of Dr. German's report: Change the paradigm to a risk-based model, in keeping with the industry internationally (with some prescriptive elements). Create an independent agency of government with a Board of Directors and a CEO/GM or Registrar. Improve criminal enforcement by including casinos requiring a peace officer present 24/7 and creating a designated policing unit (such as the current Transit police).
 
The next step is looking at money moving within the real estate, luxury cars, and horse racing industries. That report is due out at the end or March or beginning of April
 
Some extra reading/viewing:
  • CBC, B.C. casinos 'unwittingly served as laundromats' for proceeds of crime: report, by Rhianna Schmunk, CLICK HERE
  • BLCL website, BCLC Statement on Dr. Peter German Report, CLICK HERE
  • Global News, Exclusive: Peter German denies conflict in B.C. casino probe despite sitting on board with casino executive, by Sam Cooper CLICK HERE
  • The Breaker, Exclusive: The “Vancouver model” was coined by a prof from a land Down Under, by Bob Mackin, CLICK HERE
 
 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to clean up crime.
 

March 22, 2019

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