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midweek edition WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22, 2010 Vol. 101 No. 102 • Established 1908 • West 21 Art class with sass Olympic SWAGger 22 Vulnerable students find refuge at school for holidays KidSafe formed after 1993 child beating Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer KidSafe coordinator Kristi Rintoul with students at Queen Alexandra elementary school. photo Dan Toulgoet Students typically can’t wait for the two-week winter break, but school is a refuge for some children with difficult lives. That’s why many of the district’s most vulnerable students aged six to 13 will continue to go to school through the holidays thanks to the KidSafe Project Society. The society, in partnership with the Vancouver School Board, keeps five schools open—Queen Alexandra, Macdonald, Grandview, Florence Nightingale and Mount Pleasant—from Dec. 20 to 31 to provide activities for about 350 needy kids from six schools. (Students from Admiral Seymour are bused to Macdonald.) The 17-year-old organization formed in 1993 after an eight-year-old student was beaten and left in a vacant East Side apartment. KidSafe operates year round, providing care for students after school, during winter and spring breaks, and during summer vacation at no charge to participants. Program coordinator Kristi Rintoul said the children look forward to showing up at school even though it’s out of session. “They receive all the things they receive in school with a little bit of a fun twist,” she said. “It’s not like they’re doing schoolwork when they’re here. It’s fun.” See TEACHERS on page 4 Cops combed bullet-riddled Oak Street crime scene for days VPD’s CSI-style identification unit includes 24 officers Mike Howell Staff writer The reality of how different the popular CSI television series is to what actually goes on in the city was evident in the recent gangland shooting of 10 people on Oak Street. Unlike the series featuring the work of fictional crime scene investigators in Las Vegas and Miami, the Vancouver Police Department’s forensic identification unit was unable to wrap up its work and get a confession from a gangster within 60 minutes (minus commercials). “It takes an awful lot longer,” said Sgt. Hal Hamilton of the VPD’s identification unit. “A lot of what is done on the CSI programs is based on reality but with a bit of a Hollywood flair.” From the early morning hours of Dec. 12 until several days afterwards, the VPD unit slowly and methodically collected evidence from The Best Neighbours Restaurant and surrounding neighbourhood on Oak Street at 22nd Avenue. Media video footage captured police recovering an assault rifle, a bullet-riddled truck and shell casings in an investigation that has yet to lead to arrests. The shooter or shooters targeted a crowd of people at a private party in the restaurant. Several victims with gang ties remain in hospital. Hamilton is one of 24 identification unit officers relied upon to collect evidence from crime scenes. See FORENSIC on page 4 YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT! WWW.VANCOURIER.COM

Vancouver Courier December 22 2010

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