POSTED FEBRUARY 29, 2012  10:30 pm

VANCOUVER — The husband of a star in Vancouver’s version of the reality TV show Real Housewives is a star of sorts himself, acquitted along with notorious crime boss Bindy Johal in Vancouver’s most sensational gangland murder trial.

According to her cast bio for The Real Housewives of Vancouver, Reiko MacKenzie — “a Japanese-Canadian bombshell” who spends her spare time studying mixed martial arts and collecting exotic sports cars — is married to a “soft-spoken venture capitalist.”

While her husband is not named in her biography, property records obtained by the Vancouver Province show “consultant” Reiko MacKenzie owns a mansion valued at $3.5 million along with a professional “day trader” known as Sun MacKenzie, who has also been known as Sun News MacKenzie and Sun News Lal.

Sun News Lal was considered a suspect in the 1994 murders of Jim and Ron Dosanjh, victims of a turf war between rival factions of a drug gang.  He was later acquitted in a trial along with colourful crime boss Bindy Johal, Peter Gill and three others.

The murder trial gained notoriety when it was later revealed that outside of the court, juror Gillian Guess had an affair with Gill, who was out on bail at the time. Guess was later convicted of obstruction of justice.  Sun News Lal was charged for possessing a restricted weapon in 1994 — a .25-calibre semi-automatic handgun — and lost his appeal of his conviction in 1998.

 In July 1998, his half-brother, Vinuse News MacKenzie, 27, was killed with a gunshot to the head after five men broke into the Vancouver home owned by the parents of Vinuse and Sun News Lal.

At the time, Vancouver police suspected the break-in was a so-called “drug rip” — a theft of illegal drugs — organized by the Big Circle Boys.  Both of MacKenzie’s parents were also wounded in the attack — his mother in the leg, his father in the chest — but survived.

No one associated with the show, which premieres April 4, agreed to be interviewed by the Vancouver Province.

But Barbara Williams of Shaw Media, which will air the show on its Slice Network, and Louise Clark, of Lark Productions, the Vancouver-based production company that shot the show, released the following joint statement:

 “Casting for The Real Housewives of Vancouver is a rigorous and thorough process. We acknowledge the level of interest that has developed relating to The Real Housewives of Vancouver cast member Reiko MacKenzie and her husband Sunny MacKenzie.

 “Reiko and Sunny married several years after he was acquitted. Today, almost two decades later, they are focused on their family and future together.”

 According to court records, Sun MacKenzie was still known as Sun News Lal in February 2000, when he was convicted for excessive speeding under the Motor Vehicle Act.  Documents connected to leases for exotic vehicles show that he changed his name some time after 2000.  The vehicle leases connected to Sun MacKenzie include a 2007 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Ferrari F430 Spider, Lamborghini Murcielago and 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia.

According to Reiko’s cast biography: “She and her husband, a soft-spoken venture capitalist, have two daughters, aged eight and two. Her very active household, which includes her mother who lives with them, keeps Reiko on her toes. It’s no secret she loves the lavish lifestyle. Their fleet of high-end vehicles consists of nine luxury cars including Reiko’s favourites — Ferraris 599 GTO and 458 Italia valued together at $1 million.”

If the producers of The Real Housewives of Vancouver — a series known for conspicuous consumption, cleavage and cat fights — get into hot water over the colourful history and associations of Reiko’s hubby, Reiko should be equipped to tackle any adversity.

“Reiko earned her degree from the University of British Columbia with plans for law school,” according to her bio, but she turned her focus to being a mother “when her first daughter came along.”

“She is definitely an intriguing blend of hard and soft,” her bio says. “Reiko can enter a room and turn heads in her sky-high heels, but in the ring, she’ll take you out. Careful not to take sides too quickly, Reiko can dodge a conflict like a pro.”

 The Real Housewives franchise is no stranger to crime-related controversy.   

Most notably the New York Daily News reported in 2009 that Albert (Tiny) Manzo — the father-in-law of Real Housewives of New Jersey cast members and sisters Dina and Caroline Manzo — was executed in August 1983, after he and Gambino family associate Peter A. Campisi were suspected of stealing from a mob-run casino on Staten Island.

Manzo was found in the trunk of a car. The crime was not solved.

Danielle Staub, a former New Jersey Housewives cast member, has a past that includes kidnapping and drug charges that resulted in her serving five years probation.

NOTE:  Could the notoriety associated with Reiko’s husband given Reiko an edge in being cast in the Vancouver franchise?   Hmmmmm….



  1. Wow…what a rap sheet…but he is soft spoken after all.. can’t be all bad. Will we US viewers ever be able to see this show? Not that our market isn’t saturated already and I’ve lost numerous brain cells watching the HWs franchises… :)


    • LOVE: Some ‘Slice’ shows are aired in the US… you can find some on MSNBC (sister station of Bravo). Not sure if RH of Vancouver will be shown in the US; however, there is quite a bit of interest from US viewers… and it would be nice to see a version from outside of the US. TFC!! SH


  2. I think they will show it, since it’s in english. They may put it on when they decided to air the RHONJ, since RHONY has just started filming and the NJ are already in the can.


  3. Really?
    you seriously want to watch this trash?
    Live your life to the fullest because we ain’t promised tomorrow
    and watching these airheads live is wasting precious moments you could be making in you’re own life.


  4. Reiko. seems like a nice person but is associated with major crime in Vancouver. What does her husband really do for a living? and what does she do except collect fancy cars and show up for lunches. She should not be on this show. I find this show offensive and not representive of Vancouver high life. Too artificial, JODY is the most offfensive human being! There are loads of NICE and genuine people in Vancouver who have money, you seemed to have picked some of the worst examples. Ratings is all you are after, consider seeing things as they really are!


  5. this show is just horrendous! Jody and her stupid daughter Mia are just the most ridiculous persons I have seen! a rhinoplasty will not fix how ugly inside and out her daughter really is. to think that Jody is supposed to represent a “self-made women “‘ is ridiculous and shameful. no self-made person who is a real business woman would be as tactless and deplorable as Jody and her daughter are . i am baffled that the producers of this show would cast these 2 losers in the show. these two muffin makers should go get a life and some decent attitude. i would never buy anything from her wanna-be high-end store that clearly sells second-hand goods.


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