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Campus could house Emily Carr and digital media offices Cheryl Rossi

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hundering cement trucks and streams of cars snake their way around Granville Island’s bustling streets on a weekday afternoon near the end of March. The public market swarms with tourists and foodies while the nearby home of Emily Carr University of Art + Design quietly purrs. Visitors pass swiftly through its doors while students are tucked away in studios and classes. A 10-minute drive east on the Great Northern Way Campus, dump trucks and tractors have been creating a din comparable to that on Granville Island. In a week, crews have built up and smoothed out enormous loads of sand to prepare the site for housing and a road realignment on the western portion of the 18.5acre property. At the southeast edge of the site crews insulate the new Centre for Digital Media that stands flush to Great Northern Way. A “blank spot” in the city, as one Emily Carr student put it, suddenly drones with new life. In five years, Emily Carr and Great Northern Way Campus Trust hope this campus will transform into a hub for the creative sector in the city, with student housing, an expanded and relocated Emily Carr and offices for digital media workers. The campus trust envisions that site could be fully developed

Student Adrian Wu and others study at Emily Carr on Granville Island. in 10 to 20 years, depending, in part, on market conditions.

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onsidered one of the top 10 art and design schools in the world, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is the second oldest post-secondary institution in the province. Its graduates include writer and artist Douglas Coupland, designer and sculptor Martha Sturdy and visual artist Brian Jungen, who’s celebrated for Northwest Coast-type native

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masks he fashioned from Nike Air Jordans. It started as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1925, seven years after the University of B.C. was founded. In 1978, the provincial government renamed it after the internationally renowned Victoriaborn painter and writer Emily Carr. It’s one of four institutions in Canada offering programs exclusively in fine and visual arts, media arts and design, and likely the only one headed by a French knight.

Emily Carr’s student body has more than doubled in size from the 850 budding artists it was designed for to 1,800 creative minds, not including the more than 3,000 continuing study students who patronize the institution each year. “The ratio of [qualified] applications to places is probably six to one… Providing access to those people who do want to come has always been one of our principles so we’ve allowed it to expand, but now we can’t add any more students, so the government has realized that,” says Ron Burnett, Emily Carr’s president and vice-chancellor for the last 16 years who was bestowed Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to Canadian and international culture. Fourteen hundred qualified students apply for the arts foundation first year but only 350 are accepted. Emily Carr offers four-year programs leading to bachelor degrees in fine arts, media arts and design, and a two-year applied master degree in visual arts, media arts and design. Emily Carr and North Island College offer a fine arts degree at NIC’s Comox Valley campus. The Ministry of Advanced Education gave $1.7 million to the university to develop a business case for the post-secondary institution’s relocation and development at Great Northern Way Campus, March 20. Continued on page 5

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Crews work on the new Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus. “You don’t get companies like Apple and Pixar involved with you—and these are economic drivers, right—unless they feel that you’re doing the right things,” Burnett says. “They don’t recruit in art schools, they recruit in Stanfords and MITs and Harvards and so we were quite privileged by their visit.” Burnett says 3.6 per cent of B.C.’s GDP is driven by the creative sector [which includes tourism, but not sports]. “It’s larger than forestry and mining together.” He notes many Emily Carr graduates are entrepreneurs, with 30 per cent of the 86 per cent of the working alumni self-employed. Burnett estimated the cost of developing a new Emily Carr to be $200 million in 2010, considerably less now that construction costs have fallen. He says he doesn’t know how Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the federal Crown corporation that manages Granville Island, feels about Emily Carr departing from its leased buildings on the peninsula that sees more than 10 million visitors each year. “This should always be a building devoted to the non-profit sector,” Burnett says. “I’m hoping that we can help in making this really active culture down here. It’s not

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like we’re saying screw off Granville Island.” CMHC told the Courier the art institution’s lease runs until 2043 and that Emily Carr would be responsible for managing the lease, which could include subletting the space to another institution, for example another school, which would be subject to the crown corporation’s approval.

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he clang and bang of dump trucks on the western portion of the Great Northern Way Campus rang out for weeks in March. Work was done in anticipation of artist studios, a Brewery Creek live/work development and student housing planned for this edge of the site that’s next to the Artech live/ work building on East First Avenue. Great Northern Way Campus Trust hopes to construct the live/work and student housing this year along with an office building. The offices are to be built next to the old Centre for Digital Media in the black building that’s decked with a white and blue grid pattern with a ribbon of red running through it, and behind the new Centre for Digital Media, which includes 76 apartments for grad students, and is set to open in September.

The westerly slanted exterior wall of the new Centre for Digital Media is to serve as a screen for projections of student’s work, just as it’s hoped an office building for digital companies and start-ups would provide more interplay between academics and industry. The 120 students who’ve graduated with a master’s degree in Digital Media since it started in 2007 and the 45 about to complete the 20-month program receive a master’s from all four partner institutions—Emily Carr, UBC, Simon Fraser University and the B.C. Institute of Technology. The UBC theatre department’s scene shop operates on the Great Northern Way campus, where acrobats fly through the air, and the world’s largest solar-powered tricycle dominates a corner of the old Centre for Digital Media, or “The Hangar.” The eatART Foundation that’s built the 1,600-pound walking Mondo Spider and the 50-foot long Titanoboa, or electromechanical serpent machine, created in a cluttered workshop there, and Blackbird Interactive, a company creating games for iPads that was started by eatART’s founder, Rob Cunningham, recently moved into The Hangar along with another digital media company. When the Centre for Digital Media moves, a café is planned for the front of its old space to cater to tenants who miss the amenities of Gastown. Great Northern Way hopes more digital media firms, particularly startups, will occupy the space in the back. A RenderCloud, a super-computing processing hub that allows animation firms to render their films in a more efficient way than possible in their own offices, was launched on the campus in February. “Often what becomes the bottleneck in an animation firm’s business to take on more work is whether or not they have rendering capacity in their office,” says Matthew Carter, the president of Great Northern Way. Firms led by Rainmaker asked Great Northern Way to host a collaborative rendering farm, likely the only one of its kind in Canada. Equinox Project Space, an offshoot of the Equinox Gallery on South Granville, opened in an old Finning building previously empty or used for storage in January with a retrospective of photographs by Fred Herzog. Continued on page 6

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work residence with 200 or 220 beds. Four students could occupy their own rooms that meet in a shared space with studios on one or two floors in the building. “Close to 20 per cent of our students come from 60 countries and it’s a really big problem, as you know, for people coming from outside the country to find really decent residences,” says Burnett. Alexandra Silvaggi, a 21-year-old second-year animation transfer student from Portland, concurs. She chose to study at Emily Carr because she was impressed by how the university presented itself at a national portfolio day, the Canadian school costs at least $14,000 less per year than animation school in the States, and she was “absolutely excited” about its location—which she hadn’t previously visited—on Granville Island. But once she considers the possibility of not having to book an oversubscribed room far in advance to carry out an assignment, that Great Northern Way is closer to her shared basement suite on Knight Street, that the new campus would offer student housing and includes the RenderCloud, Silvaggi says: “A rendering plant, huh. That’s awesome… Will I

be out of here by the time this would all take place?… That sucks.”

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ormer NPA councillor and mayoral hopeful Peter Ladner was an avid proponent of an earlier digital village concept for Great Northern Way. He hopes any rezoning doesn’t lose industrial land to more lucrative uses. “My other thought on this, for what it’s worth, is that this city desperately needs a visible centre for the high-tech industry the way that Toronto has the MaRS complex, which is now leading incubating new companies,” he says. Matt Shillito, assistant director of community planning, says the city wants the False Creek Flats area, which includes the Great Northern Way Campus, to provide diverse, green jobs. “The other big objective that we have for the campus is to really anchor cultural facilities and cultural activity in the area, which is very popular and very prominent in Mount Pleasant and we would like to see the campus really add to that vibrancy,” he says. “Obviously, Emily Carr is a big positive move in that direction.” Burnett calls such a cultural precinct a legacy for the city. “The intellectual wealth of this province is massive and we haven’t invested enough to produce the outcomes that would actually benefit us,” he says. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi See related story at

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Some Vancouver parent advisory councils waiting to be reimbursed with provincial government grants for money spent on school playgrounds will get less than expected. In one case, Thunderbird elementary, it’s a lot less—$5,700 instead of $27,000. A few schools, such as Jules Quesnel, will get larger grants. It expected $10,000 but is slated to get the maximum provincial grant of $50,000. The Ministry of Education announced in December that 13 Vancouver parent advisory councils would be reimbursed for money spent on school playgrounds. The ministry stated how much each would get based on projected figures provided by school districts last fall. The Vancouver school district has since revised its figures to, in some cases, reflect actual eligible playground supply and installation costs, and/or to reflect the actual amount the PAC contributed. The pool of money going to Vancouver parent groups— $318,500—remains the same. Re-

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vised allotments are listed in an April 3 Vancouver school district committee report, which went before the board Monday. Thunderbird elementary school’s grant dropped to $5,700 to meet ministry eligibility criteria specifying the money had to come from the PAC, according to the Vancouver school district. Janey Lee, a kindergarten teacher at Thunderbird, held summer workshops to raise money for the playground because parents in the East Side neighbourhood aren’t wealthy. “Because the funds she raised didn’t go through the PAC, they don’t meet the [Ministry of Education] requirements to be reimbursed,” board chair Patti Bacchus told the Courier in an email. Of 13 PACs being reimbursed, eight are getting less than expected—some by only a few hundred dollars, others like Thunderbird

Summer workshops helped raise money for Thunderbird elementary’s playground. photo Dan Toulgoet by thousands of dollars. The VSB’s revised numbers indicate Norquay gets $12,625, Selkirk gets $37,418, Renfrew gets $27,717, Mackenzie gets $19,183, Begbie gets $25,000, Tecumseh annex gets $25,272, and Moberly gets $25,196. Two schools, Jamieson and Tyee elementary, are getting exactly what was initially stated—the maximum $50,000 grant, while three schools, including Jules Quesnel, are getting more money than first indicated. Champlain

Heights gets $11,089 and Southlands gets $24,401. “We’ve constantly been working to confirm the actual expenditure costs, as well as the PAC’s actual contribution amounts since the program started. In some cases, these numbers couldn’t be confirmed until early 2012,��� VSB spokesperson Kurt Heinrich explained. “In most cases, it has worked out all right. However… there have been some cases, like Thunderbird, where there have been challenges in this process,

particularly around what qualified as PAC contributions as opposed to contributions from other individuals/groups.” The VSB placed close to $18,000 in a contingency fund. “The contingency fund will be used to deal with any outstanding issues that schools may have with respect to the revised grants. Thunderbird will likely submit a request to access some of this contingency, but other schools may as well,” Heinrich said. “The board will ultimately decide any use of the contingency.” It’s unclear yet if any schools other than Thunderbird will be concerned by the revisions or if they’ll be satisfied by the new amounts. The board directed staff to “investigate with negatively affected schools that received Ministry of Education playground grants to confirm with the Ministry the reimbursement and definition of Parent Advisory Council (PAC) contribution.” If the contingency fund isn’t enough to address shortfalls, the board may amend its bylaw and discuss shortfalls with the ministry. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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In the end, no one at the council table liked what the developers of the Rize Alliance complex planned for Broadway and Kingsway had to offer. After one of the most extensive set of public hearings in recent history, with more than 100 speakers spread over six nights, we were left with this: Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr wanted the whole plan scrapped and taken back to the community. Vision Vancouver Coun. Andrea Reimer declared: “My layperson’s opinion of the building is it’s ugly.” Reimer’s colleague Raymond Louie introduced a multi-part motion that seemed as concerned about the $6.5 million the developer was kicking in for community amenities for the extra density he was being granted as it was with the “ugly” building. That would be, at 19-storeys, the tallest in Mount Pleasant. When Louie was asked what effect his motion would have on the height, he replied, “It may be nominal.” While Carr insisted the proposal did not comply with the Mount Pleasant Community Plan passed in November of 2010, both staff and Vision councillors begged to differ. Vision’s Geoff Meggs said the community plan had a rendition of what should be built where the Rize Alliance project is planned and it looked remarkably like the developer’s proposal. But given the pushback from the community, you really have to wonder what has happened in the past year-and-a-half since the community plan was passed. The answer is somewhat complex. You could start by looking at who was pushing back. There were three factions. Not all

allengarr of them are actually from Mount Pleasant. What planners, politicians and pundits have observed is that some of the most vociferous opposition to this development and most new development in the city, which is being built in the name of densification, is coming from a group who, at another time, would have been considered crackpots. But thanks to social media, this group has been able to join together as a movement. During the last municipal election many of them populated a party called the Neighbours for a Sustainable Vancouver. They figured most prominently in the protests around the STIR projects designed to provide much needed affordable rental housing—most controversially in the West End. They gained traction because the STIR program, like the HEAT shelters for street homeless, was rolled out with pitiful little commu-

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Readers continue to weigh in on East Side versus West Side living, foreign investment and the normal development of rising house prices. file photo Jason Lang To the editor: Re: “Vibrant East Side as nice as West Side,” Letters, April 11. Just finished reading Louise Lee’s incorrect interpretation of my letter. Now I’m the one who is laughing. Where in my letter did I say that I wouldn’t live on the East Side? In fact, every time we have had to move the charming neighbourhoods in East Van are in our search. However, there are many things to consider when you’re renting a house and for whatever reason we’ve always landed on the West Side. My “less-than-perfect” remark seems to have really caused offense, which surprises me because offense was certainly not my intention. I really like the East Side. Apparently, it’s shame on me for expecting that a professional couple with a healthy salary, a family that pays taxes and contributes to society should have no trouble finding residential security in a safe neighbourhood near an elementary school that has a good reputation—wherever that may be. I think the East Side is a great place to raise a family—good for you if you were fortunate to be able to buy there, or if you were able to find a stable rental (the actual price of rentals doesn’t differ much from east to west). But come on, am I the only one who expects a little perfection when you pay $1-$2 million for a house anywhere? Please Louise, take a minute and stop jumping to conclusions. My letter was written as a comment on Mark Hasiuk’s column. Housing all over Vancouver is overpriced and rentals are getting harder to find because it’s quickly becoming a resort town. And Louise, you owe an apology to families who’ve lived in places where bombs and tanks are on the ground because that is not “less-than-perfect,” that’s life threatening. Rebecca Kovacs, Vancouver

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not because I cannot afford to buy a house on the West Side. I just don’t see the need to live on the West Side. I feel safe in my peaceful East Side neighbourhood, which has beautiful scenery and nice houses. If Ms. Kovacs has the nerve to migrate to the East Side and rent one of my rental houses, she will save a bundle in rent. Kelly Lo, Vancouver ••• To the editor:

I think Ms. Kovacs feels a sense of entitlement. Anytime a midlevel city grows and becomes a popular destination to live, people come, demand increases, supply dwindles, and prices go up. Witness New York and London 100 years ago and what it’s like now. New York City police and firefighters earn about $100k a year yet can’t afford to live in Manhattan. They live in New Jersey and commute. When I was in London, a shuttle bus driver told me he grew up in Earl’s Court, but had to move to Reading and commuted to work. This is a normal state of affairs. Vancouver is an international city. People are going to move here, as is happening in Germany. Real estate prices in Berlin and other cities are increasing because the remaining wealthy Europeans are moving and investing there because of the solid economy and collapsing prices in their home countries. They are pushing out middle-class Germans. The movement of people and capital to better places is normal development. What’s happening is not new. It has happened since the dawn of civilization. If Ms. Kovacs feels disenfranchised and displaced, she should remember the plight of the First Nations people. Their homes were taken from gun point and they were subjected to genocide. The remainder were made to feel really welcome by being forced to live on reserves and treated like second-class citizens in their ancestral homeland. At least the Chinese purchased their homes legally and are contributing to the economy by buying Canadian natural resources from which she is benefitting. Terry Chan Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Big, bad, ugly night,” April 13. I checked the date on a recent issue of the Courier to make sure it was the current edition and not one

published in June 2011. Why rehash the riot when there are more important current events to cover? I’m surprised you haven’t picked up on this month’s elections at Vancity, which

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City hall is urging the provincial government to allow longer buses on Broadway. City staff will work with TransLink to evaluate ways, which could include longer buses, to increase capacity to the University of B.C. City council unanimously supported the effort in a motion forwarded by NPA Coun. George Affleck and amended by Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs at council’s April 17 meeting. “Everybody’s aware of the challenges of the B-Line,” said Affleck, referring to the crammed, two-section articulated express buses that regularly leave passengers waiting for buses on Broadway. He wants a solution in place before the Evergreen Line, slated to open in 2016, dumps more transit users at Commercial and Broadway. “This is a stop-gap measure,” he said. “Let’s get some longer buses, increased capacity, without affecting traffic on the roads.” Affleck said rapid transit planning to UBC will take at least until 2020 to plan and implement. In exploring the possibility of bi-articulated buses, or buses with three sections, Affleck learned provincial legislation limits buses to 20 metres, the approximate length of a B-Line bus. He says depending on the model, bi-articulated buses could carry 30 to 50 per cent more passengers. TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider said “crush load” for an articulated bus is 110 passengers, so a bi-articulated bus could probably carry another 100 riders. Crush load on regular-length buses is 75. Snider said TransLink is considering biarticulated buses as one of the rapid transit options along Broadway to UBC, but the size of the layover and turnaround bay for buses at UBC could prove a hindrance to longer buses. An evaluation report, updated last year,

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NPAcouncil orspooh-poohparkingreserveraid The two NPA politicians on city council voted Tuesday against a $2-million “greenest city fund” because half of the money is coming from revenues generated from parking lots owned by the city. Councillors George Affleck and Elizabeth Ball said their rejection of creating the fund should not be interpreted as opposition to the city’s goal to become the “greenest city in the world” by 2020. “If we’re not going to use that parking reserve fund for what it was intended to be used for, then, to me, that should be a totally separate discussion,” Affleck told council. “I’m wondering why that didn’t happen and why we’re making two decisions today about the money and how to spend that money.” The $28-million parking sites reserve fund is generated from money collected via the city’s parking lots operated by EasyPark. Historically, the money was used to buy property and fund construction of parking lots. Some money was used to create a legacy fund for the 2010 Winter Olympics. City council, which approved the initiative, has the discretion to decide how money from the park-

Elizabeth Ball ing fund can be spent. But city manager Penny Ballem said the new greenest city fund, which will have the city’s $1-million contribution matched by the Vancouver Foundation, aligns with the environmentally friendly direction of the city. “We are going through a major transformation of our sustainable transportation initiatives and we don’t see, in the long term future, that buying and building new parking lots is going to be a prominent feature of our transportation planning,” she said. Ball echoed Affleck’s comments about the NPA supporting the city’s greenest city goals but said any time she hears from anybody over 50 years old, the complaint is about a lack of parking downtown. “I’m hoping that before we get this kind of request again that we will have a robust discussion about the needs of parking for tourism, for seniors, for the disabled in the city in downtown Vancouver before we try to take

away the funds,” she said. “So I do think that it’s possible to do both but it would be nice to have the cart come before the horse.” Over the next four years, the greenest city fund aims to support youth-led initiatives, neighbourhoodbased projects created by residents and environmental programs developed by charitable organizations. The city and the Vancouver Foundation will establish the criteria and both bodies will review the progress of the projects every six months to ensure they are advancing environmental goals of the city. Goals include increasing local food supply, reducing energy use, environmentally friendly transportation, increasing composting and recycling, conserving drinking water and supporting the socalled green economy. Vision Coun. Andrea Reimer, who voted for the greenest city fund, said she had “no problem” spending $1 million from the parking fund, knowing that Vancouver is not focused on building more parking lots. “I’m quite pleased to see that money re-purposed for a future that will serve the needs of Vancouverites a little better than it might as parking spots,” Reimer said. The new fund will officially launch April 25. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Vancouver Technical secondary school is hosting a celebration of life next week for teacher Amy Hurn, who died late last month in a cycling accident. Hurn, 32, was head of the East Side school’s science department. She’s a graduate of Churchill secondary school’s IB program and also taught at Kitsilano secondary, according to Van Tech principal Brenda Burroughs. Hurn was an executive member of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association, a local of the B.C. Teachers Federation, and was involved in community activities such as Girl Guides. Burroughs called Hurn a “talented, remarkable young woman.” “She was the department head of sciences, so she was a master teacher, but she was also a sponsor for our student council and really cared about student leadership, student engagement and involvement,” Burroughs said. “She had a kind word and time for everybody. Even kids that she never taught felt the real impact of what she did. She truly cared about education, the kids, the profession. She was a great colleague.” Students and staff are still getting over the shock of Hurn’s death. Students are preparing material for a display for the memorial event. “She wasn’t just a colleague. She was a really close friend to lots of teachers here, so it has been really difficult…I still expect

The Amy Hurn Scholarship will be available to local students. photo Dan Toulgoet to see her come walking in,” Burroughs added. A scholarship has been set up in Hurn’s name. Cheques can be made payable to the Alexandra Foundation, designated for the Amy Hurn Scholarship. Van Tech will accept donations and pass them along to the fund. Online donations can be made via Pay Pal (alexandrafoundation.org). Donors can specify that funds are for the Amy Hurn Scholarship by clicking “add special instructions to recipient” after signing into Pay Pal. Burroughs said Hurn’s family is establishing the criteria for the award. “It will not be a scholarship [limited to] Van Tech kids. It is a scholarship for the larger community because she did so much beyond the school she was at,” Burroughs said. The celebration of life runs from 3 to 6 p.m., April 26, in the Vancouver Technical secondary school cafeteria at 2600 East Broadway. Parking entrance off Penticton Street. Light refreshments will be available. The event is open to the public, although space may be limited. “She was a very special lady—completely missed,” Burroughs said. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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The British Columbia Real Estate Association reports that the dollar volume of homes sold in B.C. declined 26.5 per cent to $3.8 billion in March compared to a year ago. photo Dan Toulgoet The Bank of Canada Benchmark qualifying rate recently bumped up from 5.24 per cent to 5.44 per cent. It’s the five-year fixed term rate that CMHC uses to qualify borrowers for mortgage insurance. It’s meant to ensure that buyers who opt for variable or one to four-year fixed term mortgages or whose down payment is less than 20 per cent are still able to make their payments if rates go up. If you have a relationship with a bank or credit union, check out the current mortgage rates in B.C. on one of the many websites that track them before you apply for your mortgage loan. It’s a good starting point if you’re trying to negotiate a lower rate with your financial institution. If you’re not tied to a banking relationship, I recommend using a mortgage broker. They can prequalify you and help you find the lowest rates available from many of the banks and credit unions. It’s shocking, I know, but most financial institutions won’t

offer you their lowest rate unless you ask for it. Before you agree to anything, make sure that you understand all the features of your mortgage. Pre-payment options and penalty clauses can have a huge impact on the actual cost of your financing. Sometimes it’s better to have a slightly higher rate with more flexibility. Send me your questions. I’ve had hundreds of questions from readers in the past few months so beginning with my next column, every other column will be a Q&A. Please email any questions you have relating to Vancouver real estate. I won’t be able to answer all of them but I’ll get to as many as possible. Deb Abbey is a real estate agent at Royal LePage City Centre in Vancouver. She is the author of two best-selling books on Sustainable Investment. You can contact Abbey through her website: abbeypartners.ca or email any questions or comments to deb@abbeypartners.ca.

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This is either going to be good news or bad, depending on which side of the discussion you belong. The park board has accepted the long-term loan of the A-maze-ing Laughter sculpture on display at Morton Park across the road from English Bay. The sculpture was installed in 2009 by the Vancouver Biennale Foundation as a temporary exhibit, but the non-profit received such amazing feedback from the public it recently began fundraising to purchase the installation, which is made of up 14 large bronze sculptures frozen in mid-laughter. The goal was to buy the piece and then loan it or donate it back to the city. When the foundation approached the park board regarding a loan or donation, there was no policy to deal with such long-term agreements. Instead, the park board held a formal discussion regarding the donor’s responsibility and all costs associated with accepting the loan, consulted with the Public Art Committee, convened a technical review and held a community consultation on the proposal. Of the 1,014 responses, 912 were in favour of keeping the installation while 102 were against the plan.

The A-maze-ing Laughter sculpture was installed in 2009. photo Dan Toulgoet Meanwhile, the Biennale Foundation was able to negotiate a time-limited sale price for A-maze-ing Laughter from $5 million to $1.5 million based on the artist Yue Minjin’s desire to see the work remain on display.

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Kits Point will be the place to be this summer, what with year-round basketball and now a new 56-seat outdoor, rooftop patio at the Boathouse Restaurant. At the April 16 park board meeting, the commissioners approved the patio, which will be surrounded by a glass railing to minimize the visual impact. The railing facing the street will be six-feet tall in an effort to limit the noise. A green buffer zone facing the neighbouring residents will also be erected. The patio will be seasonal, running from June through September and closing at 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday

and Saturday. According to a park board staff report, to further reduce noise levels table seating will be limited to two or four. No exterior lighting will be added other than candles and there will be no umbrellas or heating units. The patio will operate under a Food Primary liquor licence, as does the restaurant. It’s estimated the addition of the patio will increase sales at the Boathouse by $600,000 annually, of which $39,000 will go to the park board.

Dearly departed

NPA park board commissioner John Coupar is bringing a motion to the park board at the April 30 meeting asking staff to find a way to better recognize former commissioners George Wainborn and Andy Livingstone, both now deceased. Coupar told me he fears the general history of the park board is losing some of its “institutional memory” and that residents and visitors will forget why the two men were honoured. His motion lists dozens of the accomplishments of the men, both of whom have parks named after them. Coupar also wants the long history of the park board to be highlighted on its website with specific biographical information on the accomplishments of citizens past and present who have facilities or parks named after them. Coupar’s motion can be read in full as part of the April 16 meeting agenda available at vancouver.ca/parks. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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So what did you think of city council’s decision to allow the $150-million mixed-use development in Mount Pleasant? By the groans I heard behind me in council chambers Tuesday, I guess not everybody is over the moon about Rize Alliance Properties Ltd.’s plan to redevelop a city block and build a complex that includes a 19-storey residential tower. That’s probably an understatement. So for those of you who couldn’t make it to the meeting, or watch it on your computer, here’s some more detail I couldn’t get in to my recent stories from three of the councillors on why they approved the project. Let me first point out several of the councillors referred to the Mount Pleasant Community Plan that was approved in November 2010. Six speakers showed up the night council approved the plan and all were in favour. The plan identifies three areas in the community where taller buildings can be constructed. They are 14th and Main (IGA site), Kingsgate Mall and the 1.25-acre site to be developed by Rize Alliance, which is bounded by Broadway, Kingsway, 10th Avenue and Watson Street. Take it away, Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs… “The plan talks about an iconic landmark building at this site, it talks about highrises at selected sites, it talks about the need to pursue additional height and density at select locations, it talks about large scale at Kingsway and Broadway.” Like his Vision colleagues Raymond Louie and Andrea Reimer, who described the complex as ugly, Meggs said more work has to be done on the design of the project, which will include 241 condos and commercial space. But Meggs didn’t have a problem with the tower. “I think we have to come to grips with the fact that towers are not a magic bullet but they’re not the work of the devil, either.” Vision Coun. Kerry Jang said what sealed his support for the project was the community amenity package from the developer, which includes $4.5 million for “cultural activities” such as artists’ space in Mount Pleasant and $1.7 million to be plunked down in an affordable housing fund. He then got philosophical. “What is a neighbourhood? What makes a neighbourhood? Is it buildings, or is it people? And certainly I came down on the side of people,” he said. NPA Coun. George Affleck reminded council that he voted against Rize Alliance’s proposal going to public hearing because he sensed there was a lot of anger in the community. And that anger should have been addressed before the hearing, he added. Affleck said he worried the city was “getting addicted” to community amenity financial contributions, but he ultimately agreed to support the project. Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr cast the only dissenting vote, arguing the proposal didn’t fit with Mount Pleasant’s community plan. Vision Coun. Tim Stevenson, who missed three nights of public hearings, abstained from voting. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Depending on whom you ask, Earth Day is something to be celebrated yearly, for a month, a week, a day or an hour. April 22 officially marks Earth Day annually across the globe and this year there’s lots going on across the city on various dates.

Stanley Park

Join NDP MLA for Vancouver-West End Spencer Herbert and the Stanley Park Ecology Centre April 22 for an enjoyable afternoon of habitat restoration at Stanley Park. Be prepared for the weather—and to get dirty—helping rid the park of the invasive plants that have created problems for native species. And please bring a friend. Volunteers of all ages can meet at the Pavilion in Stanley Park, 610 Pipeline Rd., at 1 p.m. The event runs until 3:30 p.m.

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And the winner for sending out the most email reminders about a single event goes to Youth For Climate Justice Now. If this is an example of the determination of youth today, get ready for them to take over the world. And that might be a good thing considering their concern for the environment. Y4CJN has organized an Earth Day Parade and Festival for Sunday, April 22 that begins at 11 a.m. under the SkyTrain at Grandview Highway and Commercial Drive just north of Commercial-Broadway station. The parade route then winds its way to Grandview Park for a celebration including funky live music, a family tent, the Queen of Green student art competition, hands-on activities and special guest speakers.

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This annual Earth Day event takes place next weekend at Everett Crowley Park and is always popular. Earth Day volunteers will plant 1,500 native trees and shrubs at the park during the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The park was once the Kerr Road Dump, but after years of hard work by volunteers in cooperation with the park board and city it’s been reclaimed as green space, which in itself is something to celebrate. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. April 30, rain or shine. The entrance to the park is off Kerr Street near East 64th Avenue.

hosting its annual “rooted cuttings” sale at VanDusen Botanical Garden, located off Oak Street at West 37th Avenue. The club is trying to attract new members, so memberships are half price and everyone who joins will receive a free chrysanthemum cutting. The sale takes place in the Cedar Room at VanDusen, Saturday April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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This item is more about the earth than Earth Day, but it’s still a fitting event for a fun-filled, green-themed weekend. The Point Grey Chrysanthemum Association is

The Point Grey Chrysanthemum Association will host its annual “rooted cuttings” sale at VanDusen Botanical Garden at Oak Street and West 37th Avenue. photo Dan Toulgoet

The Vancouver school board and UBC Museum of Anthropology are co-hosting a First Peoples Festival next week. The festival is a two-day event featuring

student workshops, activities and performances from a variety of First Nation artists and educators. While April 23 is a day of activities for secondary students, April 24 is programmed for elementary school kids. The hope is both aboriginal and nonaboriginal students will take part. The event runs April 23 and 24 at the museum, 6393 Northwest Marine Dr. For more information, visit vancouveryouth.ca.

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Seva Canada is marking its 30th anniversary with Beyond Darkness, a photography exhibition by documentary humanitarian

photographer and optometrist Larry Louie. Many of the award-winning images included in the exhibit were taken in Bangladesh, Mali, China, Tibet, Nepal and Tanzania. Louie uses his photography as a platform to highlight the work of Seva Canada and its partners. Seva Canada is a charity that works internationally to restore sight and prevent blindness in developing countries. The exhibit runs April 23 to May 12 at the HSBC Pendulum Gallery, 885 West Georgia St. A reception takes place April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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tor to slow down the progression of disease. A sense of control and recognizing that our actions can make a positive difference can make us empowered and engaged patients. Without that sense of control, we feel overwhelmed and anxious, demoralized and depressed. Our emotional state can influence our physical state. If you’re an employer or supervisor, it’s crucial that you keep your staff members informed of changes that will affect them personally and wherever possible, consult them and elicit their feedback. Engaged and empowered employees will not only be happier and less stressed; they will be more productive. With corporate downsizing and layoffs, the demands on individual employees can be overwhelming. If workers are not given sufficient time, training and support to meet their assigned tasks, they are set up for failure, stress and burnout. We have to be vigilant of the signs that workers—or we ourselves—are becoming significantly anxious or depressed. Productivity plummets, and employees become physically or psychiatrically ill. These are the usual reasons that employees will need to stop work and go on “stress leave.” In my next column, I’ll explore work stress—it’s recognition, management and prevention, and in upcoming columns and my website, other important aspects of workplace health. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a physician and writer. His column appears regularly in this paper. You can find his posts at davidicuswong. wordpress.com and listen to his Positive Potential Medicine podcasts at wgrnradio.com.

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JUST BY RECYCLING BEVERAGE CONTAINERS: You take the equivalent of 27,000 cars off BC’s roads for a year. You save enough energy to light 46,000 BC homes for a year. You contribute to the reduction of 94,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent being released into BC’s atmosphere.

A) PRINCIPLES FOR PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP 1 Producer-user responsibility – Costs are covered by consumers and producers of products and not downloaded to local governments or taxpayers. Often a deposit or levy is charged at the time of purchase. 2 Level playing field – All producers are treated equitably with no cross subsidization of container or product types. 3 Results based – Producers are required to set and achieve positive environmental results. The goal is continuous improvement. 4 Transparency and accountability – Financial statements are independently audited and publicly available. 5 Easy access – All consumers have reasonable access to collection sites.

B) TRANSPARENCY IS A PRIORITY Approximately 80% of the beverage containers sold in the province are recovered and recycled.

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Environmental Encorp Pacific (Canada) is British Columbia’s largest Product Stewardship Corporation. It is mandated to develop and manage a consumer friendly and cost effective system to recover endof-life consumer products and packaging for recycling. You probably know them best through the Return-It™ Depot system. There are 172 Return-It Depots and mobile collectors across BC which are independently owned and operated. Approximately 80% of the beverage containers sold in the province are recovered and recycled into something new. That’s around 1 billion containers kept out of our landfills. PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP TO THE RESCUE: Product stewardship is all about responsibility. The guiding principle of this environmental management strategy is that whoever designs, produces, sells or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing that product’s environmental impact. The aim is to divert recyclable materials from going to waste in landfills. The rewards are significant: we can reduce the need to develop new landfill sites and the diverted materials can be reused thus saving the energy needed to produce new products from raw materials. Many of the products we use every day can be harmful when they reach the end of their useful life. They may be corrosive, toxic or flammable. BC’s product stewards have committed to recycling their products safely and responsibly. By returning your products to the appropriate collection sites, you can guarantee a safe and responsible recycling process. WORKING TOGETHER LIKE A WELL-OILED RECYCLING MACHINE: BC’s Product Stewardship model works because Producers, Local and

Here is a guide to Encorp’s financial system. The money that comes in is made up of:

Provincial Governments, Retailers, Collection Sites and Consumers work together to ensure that products that have reached the end of their useful life are managed in an environmentally friendly manner. RECYCLING BY THE NUMBERS: Although almost 40 million fewer containers were sold in 2011, we still recovered nearly 1 billion containers. Here’s how those containers recycled in 2011 break out: Aluminum.................................. over 361 million Plastic .......................................... over 340 million Polycoat......................................... over 77 million Glass ............................................ over 199 million Other................................................. over 8 million 100% INDUSTRY OPERATED: Encorp is 100% industry operated and receives no government funding (see sidebar A). There is no cross subsidization of container types. Expenses incurred operating the Return-It system include deposit refunds, handling fees to depots, transportation and processing of collected containers, consumer awareness and administration. Revenues are made up of the sale of collected materials to recyclers, unredeemed container deposits and, if required, a container recycling fee (CRF). Encorp combines private sector efficiencies with a high degree of public sector transparency to manage collection and recycling programs (see sidebar B). Information about its mission, key objectives, operational and financial performance are made available to the public. The Board of Directors consists of beverage and retail industry representatives, as well as directors with no affiliation to either industry. For more information visit return-it.ca.

Unredeemed Deposits – For every container sold in BC, beverage producers pay Encorp a deposit. Deposits unclaimed by consumers are used to pay part of the system cost. Sale of Collected Materials – Collected materials, such as aluminum, glass and plastic, are sold in the marketplace. Container Recycling Fees – For some container types, where the above two revenue streams are insufficient to cover costs, Encorp charges a Container Recycling Fee which is paid by the consumer and is not refundable.

EXPENSES The money paid out is made up of: Deposit Refunds – Reimbursements to depots and grocery retailers for the deposits refunded to consumers. Handling Fees – Paid to depots and some retailers for collecting containers from consumers. Transportation and Processing – Encorp contracts with trucking companies to collect containers and with processing companies to compact containers for shipment to recyclers. Consumer Awareness and Education – Encorp promotes beverage container recycling through general advertising and specialty programs. Administration – Contract management, the collection of revenues and the payment of expenses to the dozens of independently owned companies under contract to Encorp.

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LOCAL GREEN INITIATIVES BRING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE PLANET COMPILED BY HELEN PETERSON

This weekend (and hopefully beyond) we celebrate Mother Earth, and honour her. You could even say that April 22 is her designated “birthday,” when we show appreciation for this place that has given, and sustaines, all of us in life. In Vancouver, plenty is going on that not only recognizes and appreciates the carbon, H2O and all the elements that make up our planet, but offers opportunities for community gatherings that honour the planet, while encouraging green behaviour.

tunes with local fave DJ’s K-Tel and Hebegebe. Disco tots will shake it for the planet as the DJ will be mixing Bee Gees, Sister Sledge, and Kool and the Gang, along with a craft table by Collage Collage and a photo booth, too. And don’t forget to pick up your goodie bag on the way out the door! Where: The Beaumont Studios - 316 West 5th Ave. with - lots of parking. When: Earth Day, Apr. 22nd - noon to 4pm. Tickets: $10 per person, kids under two are free. Available at the door only; info: www.hipbaby.com.

For example, Vancouver’s Westside merchants are unplugging for Earth Week 2012, which runs Apr. 14 through to Earth Day. Participating Westside merchants are reducing energy usage, offering earth-friendly samples and discounts.

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A new initiative by BC Hydro Power Smart and BC Live Smart, in partnership with the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce (www.kitsilanochamber.com) and Vancouver Westside BIAs, Westside Unplugged provides a fun way for local merchants and community members to join together to use electricity more efficiently and make a positive difference.

Isn’t that suite? Meet this local energy-saver LINDSAY COULTER, LEFT, AND DAVID SUZUKI CELEBRATE ‘CLEAN’ LIVING, THE NATURAL WAY.

The Hip Baby Disco: Plant the Seed event takes place on Sunday, when it’s time for parents and kiddies to get their dancin’ shoes on for four hours of funky

This spring, join David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter, for the Spring Breakup (www.springbreakup.ca), to learn if you’re in a healthy relationship with your household cleaners. Coulter bets – it’s likely time for a change! Over the next month, the Queen of Green will tackle the key barriers that keep us in loyal — if unhealthy — relationships with our favourite brands and expose many of the challenges we face in making safe, informed choices about the products we use.

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B.C. ‘CHARGED UP’ ABOUT DRIVING ALTERNATIVES

BY HELEN PETERSON

Since the release of the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? in 2006, North Americans have been speculating about the future of technology as it relates to their beloved automobile.

and the commuting requirements of consumers need to be considered, along with the environmental impact and the potential cost savings over using fossil fuels.

Director Chris Paine’s insightful film, narrated by Martin Sheen, investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future. It exposes perceived corruption by U.S. automakers – the “big three” – and government, to kill off any alternative to gasoline-run vehicles and in effect, keep oil on the front burner.

But these new battery-laden vehicles must be charged by electricity, and the bigger the batteries are, the more time it takes to charge them, and power to do it. Fortunately in B.C., hydroelectric power is currently plentiful, so we are able to take care of recharging said batteries without a lot of trouble, aside from erecting the necessary infrastructure (such as charging stations in condos or workplaces) to provide convenience in a fast-paced world.

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Locally, the electric avenues are filling up, slowly but surely. At the recent Vancouver International Auto Show, the showcase of fully electric, extended range electrics and hybrid (part battery powered, part internal combustion engine) cars and SUV’s were plentiful, as were displays of incentive programs and charging solutions.

Fast forward to 2012, and thanks to forward-thinking individuals, and fortuitously for the driving population, electricity as a power source for vehicles has been resurrected. But both the vehicles (in their capacity and function)

The major players in the marketplace include the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and the soon-to-be-released Ford Focus and Mitsubishi iMiev. These vehicles have about a 40k price-point, out of reach for many consumers at the moment.

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In effect, the first wave of buyers ends up paying – literally – for the research, design and technology that facilitated the car’s launch. It’s tough to convince a new car buyer to hand over ‘x’ when they can pick up a new, fuel-efficient small family car for half the price. So in order to plug in, automobile buyers have to, first and foremost, buy in. The Clean Energy Vehicles for B.C. (cevforbc.ca) program is a good start, where consumers can apply for the CEV Incentive Program through local dealerships that sell or lease qualifying new battery electric, fuel cell, plug-in hybrid electric, or compressed natural gas vehicles. Offering $5,000 off the pretax price per eligible clean energy vehicle, it’s an incentive to contribute to B.C.’s carbon neutral transportation options.

CEV data states that about 95 per cent of all car trips in B.C.’s urban areas are less than 30 kilometres, ideal for CEV’s. Needless to say, for drivers with a daily suburbs-to-city commute, the backup of a gas tank on board is imperative. Whether you are cruising up Vancouver Island for a vacation, commuting to work, picking up groceries at Costco or logging many kilometres per day, one thing is for certain - each and every driver’s vehicular needs are different. For many reasons, adapting to driving electric will happen in baby steps. In B.C., we’re cautiously optimistic but we’re going places, at 120 or 240 volts per charge.

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EPRA is a national not-for-profit extended producer responsibility association program that was previously run by ESABC. They have contracted Encorp Pacific to deliver the stewardship program under the Return-It™ Electronics brand in BC. Together, regulated electronics are managed and recycled in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. The program also prevents regulated electronics from ending up in landfills or being illegally shipped to developing countries.

You can find more than 125 Return-It Collection Sites at return-it.ca/electronics/locations. And for a full list of accepted electronics, visit return-it.ca/electronics/products. Get ready. New products are being added to the Return-It Electronics program on July 1st, 2012.

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The Electric Lifestyle

GOING INSIDE: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF CHEVY VOLTS

Extolling the virtues of the Chevrolet Volt may be in his job description, but Director of Engineering for GM of Canada, Matt Crossley, is much more than a talking billboard for the car and the company. Speaking at the Chevrolet Volt exhibit at this year’s Auto Show in Vancouver, Crossley divulged that he is also a member of GM’s Canadian Regional Engineering Centre (CREC) in Oshawa, Ontario. He was quick to point out that Canada did indeed have some input as part of the Volt development team.

“Our team handled the vehicle’s comprehensive diagnostics, so that the vehicle can operate at peak efficiency in all types of weather,” Crossley said. “We also had input into the navigation system. “The Volt is an extended range electric vehicle. It’s not a hybrid, as some may think,” said Crossley. “The battery will take you anywhere from 40 to 80 kilometres on a full charge, but usually around 60. If you drive a long way and need to go to the gas back-up engine, you can get up to 500 kilometres’ distance.”

The base model includes OnStar navigation; for a small upgrade you can get leather interior, park-assist and rearview assist and full navigation package. “We’re finding that buyers are those whose lifestyle dictates driving 60 kilometres or less a day, and who occasionally do more. And half of new Volt purchasers are female, so it’s not just the gear-heads who are showing enthusiasm,” Crossley said. “Even my Dad, after he took a ride with me a few times, loved it, so he bought himself one!”

MATT CROSSLEY OF GM OF CANADA EXPLAINS THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WENT IN TO PRODUCING THE VOLT, RELEASED IN FALL 2011. PHOTO: HELEN PETERSON

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AVAILABLE IN SEVERAL COLOURS WITH METALLIC UNDERTONE, THE CHEVROLET VOLT HAS A SLEEK LOOK. IT SEATS ONLY FOUR AND IS THEREFORE AN OPTIMUM CHOICE FOR COMMUTERS. (PHOTO: GM OF CANADA)

Converting to the electricallycharged mode of transportation is a double-edged sword. It’s all good, but someone has to pay the piper. For the well-off, the “early adopters,” technology buffs and gearheads, getting in on the first wave of a new standard of vehicle is exciting, challenging and even an attentionseeking mission. Electric vehicle owners are ostensibly the souped-up Mustang owners of our day. Auto manufacturers receive a ton of free

office in downtown Vancouver,” said Ciachurski. “My return trip is approximately 45 kilometres, and the total expense for that trip in electricity is… wait for it… 46 cents!” Ciachurski continued, “I think this car is awesome. The ride is very fast, it’s quite smooth and comfortable, too,” he said, “but of course that doesn’t make up for the steep price, not yet anyway. But the rest of its attributes are environmental bliss.”

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TOMBSTONE, Arizona— Arizona is a region of dry, open spaces where the main roads seem to run in straight lines for hundreds of kilometres and destinations are visible long before they are reached, only slowly crawling closer however hard the accelerator is pressed. Maps show other, smaller roads that wind more interestingly, but, when asked about these, local people look skeptically at you and your vehicle. “You’d best rent a proper truck,” they say, “and take plenty of water in case there’s trouble and you have to wait around.” Despite Arizona’s sandy horizons, to modern

man it’s apparently the lack of a mobile-phone signal that indicates true desert. In these open spaces lie many of Arizona’s original towns. They began as mining camps from the 1850s onward, springing up wherever gold, silver or copper was discovered and often dying out again just as quickly. Tombstone, about an hour’s drive south of Tucson, is amongst 130 ghost towns listed in Ghost Towns of Arizona by James and Barbara Sherman, and since it’s conveniently on a modern highway (the I-10), seems a suitable starting point for a casual exploration of abandoned settlements. This is a ghost town for those not wanting to be too alone with the ghosts.

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On most days, visitors fill its dusty main street lined with low-rise wooden stores and saloons that seem to have been transported down the decades unweathered. In its 1880–86 heyday, Tombstone was the last word in lawless boom-towns. Founded on the 1877 discovery of four major deposits of silver, its first proper house appeared in 1879 and by 1881 there was wealth enough to support substantial civic buildings of brick and stone. Its decline began when the silver mines flooded in 1886, and its residents now rely on tourism, trading on the notoriety of several gun-slinging former residents immortalized by Hollywood, such as Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo. The nearest real ghost town, Fairbank, is only about 15 minutes’ drive west of Tombstone on SR82. It grew as a railway depot, with a population at its peak of nearly 500. Fairbank’s last residents only left in the 1970s. Its school survived until 1944 and has been restored, although one of the few other remaining build-

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Le Vieux Pin Winery’s Kam Kamrani and Monika Deol helped raise funds for queer youth to develop leadership skills and build self-esteem at CampOUT.

Fred Wear Else president and CEO Zahra Mamdani (r) threw a spring fashion show benefitting CEO Laurie Clarke’s B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation.

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Happy campers: OPUS Hotel’s John Evans welcomed guests to his Fairmont Pacific Rim residence for a benefit in support of UBC’s CampOUT, a summer camp for LGBT kids and their allies. Business and community leaders gathered on the 33rd floor of his waterfront condo for the intimate affair that saw architect David Battersby and Roxy nightclub owner Blaine Culling tell their fondest “camp” stories. Both shared childhood challenges of owning and operating an Easy Bake oven. Luckily, cooking for the $250-a-ticket cocktail party and auction was left to Harry Kambolis’ C Restaurant. Chefs tables: Five simultaneous fine-dining dinner parties hosted in private homes and prepared by some of Vancouver’s most exciting chefs—that was the premise of Growing Chef Society’s inaugural Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner fundraiser. Proceeds went towards teaching kids about food and urban agriculture. Charity catwalk: Wear Else president and CEO Zahra Mamdani welcomed spring with a runway romp at her West Fourth store benefitting B.C. Women’s Hospital. Models clad in Jason Matlo, Sarah Pacini and Hugo Boss rocked the catwalk in the season’s top looks, which include the trench coat, bright colours and prints. Hear Fred Mondays 8:20 a.m. on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition AM690 and 88.1FM; email: yvrflee@hotmail.com; Twitter: @FredAboutTown or fredabouttown.blogspot.com.

Save-on-Meats owner Mark Brand is working with Atira Women’s Resource Centre to provide nutritious meals year-round to women living in the Downtown Eastside.

Hotelier John Evans welcomed Roxy nightclub’s Blaine Culling and architect David Battersby to his CampOUT benefit.

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1. Vancouver Opera closes its 2011-12 season with Verdi’s Aida, considered “the grandest of grand operas.” Set in ancient Egypt, the passionate tale of an enslaved Ethiopian princess who falls in love with her captor runs April 21 to May 3 at the Vancouver Playhouse. For more info and tickets, go to vancouveropera.ca or call 604-683-0222. 2. Writer-director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, Last Days of Disco) is back after a 14-year absence. His latest film, Damsels in Distress, is another preppy comedy of manners, starring the lovely and talented Greta Gerwig as the quirky leader of a group of female dogooders who aim to improve their campus through suicideprevention counselling, good grooming and tap dance. It opens April 20 at International Village.

3. One of the more criminally underappreciated and talented singer-songwriters toiling away today, Seattle’s Damien Jurado drops by the Biltmore April 21 with nearly a dozen albums of Nick Drake meets Springsteen folk-rock behind him. Jurado’s latest is called Maraqopa. Peter Wolf Crier opens. Tickets at Red Cat, Zulu, The River Vintage or online at ticketweb.ca. 4. Is it just us, or is Mike Reno’s headband getting bigger the older he gets? And when did Mickey Rourke join the band? All of these questions and more will be answered when Loverboy unleashes its well-oiled, classic rock canon on a sea of sweaty cougars and manthers grinding against one another to “Turn Me Loose,” April 21 at the Commodore. Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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As some of you may know, today (April 20) is the annual celebration of potheads the world over. Although every day is pretty much a celebration for jokers, smokers and midnight tokers, April 20 is particularly significant because it’s the 20th day of the fourth month, a.k.a. 420. But dude, you’re probably asking, how come 420 doesn’t stand for the fourth day of the 20th month? Good question. According to Wikipedia, 420 first became code for pot smoking in the early 1970s after a group of San Rafael, Calif. teenagers who called themselves the Waldos tried to find an abandoned marijuana crop they had heard about. Their arranged meet-up time was 4:20 p.m. The article further explained the evolution of 420 but we got distracted, as we usually do while using

Wikipedia, and started researching narwhales and leopard seals… which are awesome. Not content with having their own time of the day designated to enjoying the sweet herb, the cannabis community gradually bogarted the calendar and now have an entire day dedicated to their smoky pursuits. The 420 lobby has become so insidious, in fact, that society has become hostage to its every, munchie-inducing whim. You think we’re exaggerating? Just look at the TV lists for April 20. Why else would Country Music Television be airing an episode of Pet Heroes, which tells stories of brave and loyal animals that rescue people. And not just “animals” but “loving members of the family, these pets have proven their heroism and loyalty often by putting their own lives in danger to save those of their masters. Moving, inspirational and true-life, Pet Heroes is the feel-good series animal lovers everywhere can relate to.” Yeah, animal lovers who also love reefer. You think we’re being paranoid? Well, prepare to pick up what we’re about to lay down. At 9 p.m., almost four hours and 20 minutes after 4:20 p.m., History Channel is showing UFOs: The Secret History. And while all this conspiracy theorizing and

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anal probing is going on, A&E is, surprise, surprise, broadcasting a Storage Wars marathon. Do you know how far down the rabbit hole stoned viewers go when faced with hours upon hours of wondering what treasures and mysteries lurk within storage units about to be auctioned off? But the most damning piece of evidence that TV networks are catering to those who like to smoke tea is the subversive programming taking place at the Women’s Television Network. W Channel will be showing—we kid you not—Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. That’s the one about four friends who bond over a pair of jeans that magically fits all of them; and Bridget finds letters addressed to her from her grandmother that her father had hidden and she decides to visit her grandma, who discloses a secret about her mother; and Tibby makes love with her boyfriend Brian but they have problems with the condom and she gets worried about a possible pregnancy; and in the end, the girlfriends discover that their friendship is real and more important than a pair of jeans. Have we blown your mind yet? Thought so. k&k@vancourier.com Twitter: @KudosKvetches

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Suzanne Fielden’s Rocky Mountain Flatbread is a founding member of the Green Table Network, which helps restaurants become more environmentally responsible. photo Tim Pawsey board. The program mirrors the successful Ocean Wise program, which has brought awareness to which seafood species we should consume—although the Green Table process to certification is more comprehensive. Ultimately, the goal is to present the diner with a choice of restaurants that employ proven and realistic “green” practices from kitchen to table. For restaurants, ingredient sourcing is key, with preference given whenever possible to local farmers and suppliers. But it’s also about conservation in all areas, such as not automatically leaving lights on, moving from bottled water to inhouse filter systems and zeroing in on reducing kitchen waste and recycling.

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One of the greenest joints in the city might come as a surprise. Not only is Cactus Club fully Green Table certified, it was the first major chain to establish sustainable policies and practices at all of its locations. And it also enjoys the enviable reputation of having built the city’s first LEED certified restaurant at its new English Bay location. The list of Green Table restaurants, which is growing, spans the dining spectrum, from white linen fine dining to pubs and delis. One of the more intriguing is Woodlands Smokehouse. A locavore’s dream come true, the multitasking commissary recently opened its doors at 485 Commercial Dr. near East Hastings (ph. 604-681-0660). Walk in to the practical, spotless space and you’ll be greeted

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Explosive energy, brisk synchronized moves and exposed, muscled torsos compose IZM, a 60-minute hip-hop dance show that slides into to the Cultch, April 24 to 29. But choreographer and dancer Crazy Smooth, a.k.a. Yvon Soglo, said the stripped down finale isn’t meant to spotlight dancers’ ripped bodies. “It’s really what the ‘izm’ is, to express yourself purely and not be embellished by anything,” he said. The self-taught Soglo first came up with the concept of “izm” when he returned from studying with some of the U.S.’s top street dancers in New York in 2005, with the support of the first full Canada Council for the Arts grant awarded to a b-boy. “Every time I was trying to explain it to somebody, there was more like sounds coming out of my mouth. You know when somebody has the ugh, that ugh, I decided to call that the izm,” he said. “It’s that substance that you have when you’re dancing, when you let go of everything and you’re one with the music, you’re definitely not thinking anymore, it’s a state of mind.” Soglo saw dance performances by Hofesh Shechter Company, La La La Human Steps and another choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Eastman at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2009 and 2010 that inspired him to mount a theatre show. He wanted to showcase the equivalent level of technique and professionalism of his Ottawa/Gatineau-based company Bboyizm, while staying true to hip hop’s roots. “A lot of these companies that I mentioned… they did have some type of street

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so people could see, without saying one is better than the other. But if I’m doing art, then I’m not trying to entertain you, necessarily. I’m trying to say something. I’m trying to get a certain emotion out, and if my art does entertain you, well then it’s great, but it’s not meant for that.”

Ten of Canada’s most talented hip hop dancers, including Bourik, Chilly, Melly Mel and Lost Child, will bust out breaking and “rocking”-inspired moves to music mixed by Dp One during IZM. Soglo says rocking started in the boroughs of New York before break dancing, in the late 1960s or early 1970s. In rocking, two dancers face each other and mimic the other’s moves to make fun of or humiliate their opponent. “Basically, dancing, telling the other person that you’re better than them,” he said. Soglo choreographed one number where dancers perform combinations of moves at a slower tempo with the same intensity as when they’re moving fast, while black lights accent the white rubber that edges their shoes. He wanted audiences to appreciate hip-hop artistry alongside acrobatic feats. “I’ve had some people tell me that they’ve felt very compelled, it made them rethink their concept of what hip hop was and the izm. Some people leave and they’re just overjoyed and happy with life in general because of the show,” Soglo said. “It is a rollercoaster of emotions.” IZM starts at 8 p.m. at 1895 Venables St. There are post-show talkbacks April 25 and 26. Tickets start at $16. For more information, see thecultch.com. crossi@vancourier.com Twitter: @Cheryl_Rossi

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High school basketballers will play their last game in their school colours this Saturday in the best-of-B.C. all-star game hosted by the University of B.C. Two players—Isaiah Solomon of Vancouver College and York House Tigers Cherub Lum—will play on the court where they will compete next season as T-Birds. On the girls side, the city is represented by six players from the same two schools. Jennifer Carpio and Rebecca Fernandez of Britannia join Alisha Roberts of York House on one squad while Britannia’s Karen Li will suit up with York House’s Laura Baker and Lum, who will watch from the bench because of an injury. The two teams are drawn from the province’s best Grade 12s, meaning the game won’t include Britannia’s Jilliane Vina or AAA provincial tournament MVP Emma Wolfram of Kamloops because both are Grade 11 students. On the boys side, Cole Penman of Vancouver College, Andrew Mavety of Point Grey and Cameron Smythe of Tupper compete against a team led by coach Steve Hanson of the AAA provincial champion Terry Fox Ravens who counts Solomon and St. George’s Milan Mitrovic on his line-up. The girls game tips off April 21 at 1:30 p.m. followed by the boys at 3 p.m.

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The B.C. Angels hold a second tryout Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the downtown fields at Andy Livingstone Park. If you’re not a gawker (members of the media included) and want to try out, bring a headshot and wear “cute gym gear.” The Lingerie Football League is expanding into Canada and will count four teams when the season begins Aug. 25. I’m on the team. Don’t know if I’ll stay; it’s my roster spot to lose. Don’t know if I’ll stay; the uniforms include a garter belt. Playing tackle football—a pursuit that isn’t widely available to girls or women—is exhilarating and I’m already very loyal to the other selected Angels.

Van Tech secondary teacher Mike Allina, also a coach and president of the Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association, will vote against the BCTF’s recommendation to withdraw teachers’ extracurricular activities. photo Dan Toulgoet

Teacher defies BCTF and will coach Megan Stewart Staff writer As public school teachers across the province voted this week how to respond to the government’s back-to-work legislation and potentially withdraw extracurricular activities such as sports and graduation ceremonies, one East Side P.E. teacher says he will not halt the programs he runs and will not stop coaching. A yellow sign taped to a gymnasium door at Van Tech secondary reads “Intramurals Cancelled,” but the same day he and his colleagues cast ballots, Mike Allina handed out an indoor soccer ball to a group of boys dressed in blue and yellow pinnies. “I will continue to coach,” he said. Allina runs the senior girls soccer program at Van Tech and is also the president of the Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association, the organization responsible for setting schedules, securing referees and hosting playoffs. Vancouver public school leagues will operate with a minimum four teams. Allina expects some spring sports leagues will be cancelled. The VSSAA sent a letter to all school athletic directors Wednesday to determine what school teams will have a coach or teacher sponsor and which will compete in the spring league. “As VSSAA president we have asked teachers to make up their own minds,” said Allina. “We have said this is nothing the VSSAA controls. We’re asking you to use your discretion to do what you feel and if you feel you want to withdraw, you

do it. If you feel you want to coach, you do it because that’s what you feel.” Spring sports include girls soccer, juvenile and bantam boys volleyball, badminton, golf, rugby, senior girls softball, tennis, ultimate and track and field. “If people want to come, they will come; if they don’t want to come, we shut it down. There is no pressure from us, the VSSAA, to participate or to not participate,” said Allina, who started his teaching career at Van Tech in 1989 and returned this September after teaching at Point Grey. “A lot of districts have parents in place to handle the situation. We will have to cancel some, I’m sure.” A teacher’s decision to withdraw the extracurricular work he or she does is voluntary. The government’s Bill 22 prevents teachers from striking and threatens job action with hefty fines, including up to $475 a day for a teacher. That daily fine soars to a minimum $2,500 if the teacher is a union representative. Susan Lambert, the president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, outlined in a letter to union members, “This ballot is not for a full-scale withdrawal of services.” Ceasing extracurricular activities was decided “reluctantly,” she wrote, but “is a measure of the gravity of the situation.” Lambert urged teachers to vote in favour of the action plan, appealing to the collective’s ability to send a unified message. The vote doesn’t strike Allina with a sense of urgency. Because he’s not

voting for a complete withdrawal of service or a full-scale walk-out, which would be illegal under Bill 22, his personal decision to continue to volunteer as a coach is an easy one to make. He fears for the short- and longterm viability of public high school life and culture. Following job action in the last decade, Allina noticed a decline that, in some cases, crippled school sports so that some Vancouver programs have still not recovered. “Yes, I felt that. Schools have rebuilt. [John Oliver] is one that has rebuilt tremendously through the efforts of their athletic director and their coaches and teachers. Other schools that got hit very hard […] have never really climbed back up.” He said private and independent schools, which operate on a different mandate than the city’s public school district, may exacerbate any detrimental impact if sports programs are shuttered for the spring season. Although Allina is neither feeling nor putting pressure on other teachers and coaches to make a certain decision, the stress is certainly felt by others. At an outdoor, after-school practice earlier this month, one Vancouver school coach would not speak about a sports team and the pending season or be photographed in a team picture. The coach said, “I’m a teacher and it’s pretty sensitive these days. A lot of teachers have withdrawn their volunteer activities because of the job action.” mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

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You are only 10 kilometers from home at the end of a long ride and already dreaming of pancakes with maple syrup when it starts to rain. The group tries to pick up the pace, but everyone is feeling the fatigue of being in the saddle for so long. At the bottom of the last hill you hear it: the sudden hiss of escaping air. Your speed immediately drops off. As you come to a complete stop, you dismally look down at your now (probably rear) flat tire. If you ride a bike, at some point you will get a flat. If you haven’t yet, count yourself lucky and hopefully I haven’t jinxed you. If you have never changed a flat, you probably complete every ride with your fingers crossed and carry a credit card in your back pocket. But there is no need to cut your ride short for such a small inconvenience. Changing a clincher tire is quick and simple to do, but for some reason most new riders have a mental block about actually taking the time to learn how to do it. If you are unsure what type of tire you have, it’s probably a clincher, which includes a tire and tube. By contrast, tubular tires are glued on the rim and do not require a tube. There are pros and cons to both types of tires, but if you are training long distances and aren’t planning on racing for a gold medal, I recommend riding clinchers. If you still haven’t changed a flat on your own, now is the time to add learning and practising this skill to your workout schedule. There are three ways you can learn how to change a flat. You can watch several “how to” videos on YouTube. You can sign up for a course at most bike shops. Or you can take your best bike buddy out for dinner and have her teach you. Whichever way you choose, I recommend practising on your own until you’re confident you can re-

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The five-door Sonic hatchback has “concealed” rear door handles. brakes, electronic brake force distribution, Hill Hold Assist and the StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing. A standard hill-hold feature, which comes with both auto and manual transmissions, delays brake release for two seconds on a stationary takeoff, when the Sonic is on an incline. It’s particularly handy while trying to juggle the brake and clutch pedals with a manual transmission. The base engine is an Ecotec 1.8-litre engine paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The optional engine (late availability) is an Ecotec 1.4-litre turbo engine with a six-speed manual transmission. While horsepower output is the same (138-horsepower), the turbo engine has more impressive torque numbers. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic comes

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'SENIOR’S TRANSPORT' NO Licence? Lady full size car will take you to appt’s, shops, airport, etc! Marie pager 604-645-8060

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Qualifications for this position are: • A minimum of 3 - 5 years of collections experience in a high volume environment • Excellent communication and customer service skills • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel • Ability to multitask under pressure in a fast-paced working environment Responsibilities for this position include: • Credit checking and approval • Ensuring timely collection of outstanding amounts • Negotiating payment terms with customers • Reconciling customers accounts and resolving issues • Processing of adjustments • Processing cash receipts • Customer service related phone calls • Billing – creating, reviewing and finalizing invoices • Other duties as required The hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm. We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Please send your resume with a cover letter, including salary expectations, in confidence to: accounting@glaciermedia.ca attention: Credit Manager. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 25th, 2012. We thank all applicants for their submissions, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. If you are not contacted, we will keep your résumé on file for future opportunities.

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Beauticians/ Barbers

NEWLY REVAMPED Oceanbreeze Spa/Salon Seeking 3 chair rentals, $1,000/mth +hst. busy location heart of Yaletown, on Mainland. Val 604-669-9700 * 604-694-9000

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DRIVERS WANTED AZ, DZ, 3 or 1: - Terrific career opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects using non-destructive testing. No Exp. Needed!! Plus extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 weeks vacation and benefits pkg. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time, valid license, High School Diploma or GED. Apply online at: www.sperryrail.com under careers. Click here to apply, keyword: Driver. DO NOT FILL IN CITY OR STATE. EOE

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ULTRA-TECH CLEANING is now accepting applications for experienced heavy duty and light day cleaners. Must have good command of english. Apply within between 12:30pm and 2:30pm, every Wednesday for application & interview, at 201-1420 Adanac St, Van. Good wages/benefits.

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Education

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IN HOME OR STUDIO LESSONS Piano, Theory & other instruments. Allegro Music School 604-327-7765

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Social Services

Coulson Aircrane Ltd.

Pilot in Command (Sikorsky S61) (3 positions) Project based (May – October)

Port Alberni, BC with work in BC and other provinces. Permanent placement available through seasonal transfer to Australian company. Responsible for training of flight staff, transport and heavy lift operations. Minimum 2000 hours PIC or equivalent long line heavy lift experience. Salary is $200 per flt. hour. Approximately 120 hours per month, depending on contracts. Please email resume to: pilotresume@ coulsonaircrane.com

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HAS BAGGAGE HANDLER POSITIONS AVAILABLE

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Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door. Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.ca

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MACHINIST Manual Machinist needed for jobbing shop. Machining on larger vertical and horizontal milling machines and lathes. Manual machinist with minimum 4 years of experience on medium to large vertical and horizontal milling machines and lathes. Full time permanent day shift. Monday to Friday. Benefits after 3 months. $34 per Hour. Email to: shop@ chargerengineering.com

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BOXSPRING AND mattress, doublesize, good condition, free for pick up. call 604-677-8895

Antiques

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ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE 19th Annual Show & Sale

No phone calls please. We thank all applicants, however only successful applicants will be contacted.

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F/T REFLEXOLOGIST Consult, perform reflexology treatments and instruct staff. Complete related course or work/practical training exp required. $20-21/h. 37.5hrs/w. Resume: bodyspa.hr@gmail.com Rejuvenating Body Spa, 1836 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver, BC V7M 2J9

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APC GLOBAL INC

Hiring Salespeople Work in SEARS at:

Metrotown, Pacific Centre, Guildford Town Centre and Richmond Centre. Must be fluent in English and have good communication skills. Permanent full-time includes shifts & weekends. $13/hour. E-mail: arzepa@shaw.ca

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MACHINIST - Atlas Copco Thiessen manufactures mining consumables. We are looking for CNC machinists. Must be available to work shifts. Trade ticket, Fanuc controls an asset. Good knowledge of the English language. Email to jack.thalen@ca.atlascopco.com

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OUTSIDE Sales Econo-Pro Enterprises is looking to add to our Outside Sales team. Sales experience in Waste and/or Construction industries preferred. Email to hr@econopro.com

Glacier Media Group makes every effort to ensure you are responding to a reputable and legitimate job opportunity. If you suspect that an ad to which you have responded is misleading, here are some hints to remember. Legitimate employers do not ask for money as part of the application process; do not send money; do not give any credit card information; or call a 900 number in order to respond to an employment ad. Job opportunity ads are salary based and do not require an investment. If you have responded to an ad which you believe to be misleading please call the Better Business Bureau at 604-682-2711, Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm or email inquiries@bbbvan.org and they will investigate.

Saturday ★ April 21 ★ 9 - 4 Sunday ★ April 22 ★ 10 - 3 •General Admission $4.00 •Dealer Set - up Early Bird Admission $20 - 3 day pass Friday ★ April 20 ★ 6:30pm •200 plus Tables QUEENS PARK ARENA (by McBride Blvd & 6th Ave) NEW WESTMINSTER www.FVACC.com

Old Books Wanted also: Photos Postcards, Letters, Paintings. (no text books/encyclopedia) I pay cash. 604-737-0530

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FOREST LAWN, Imperial Garden, 1 NICHE wall# 41, $3500 604-502-0556 or 604-351-3775

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BENGAL KITTENS, vet ✔ 1st shots dewormed, sweet natured, $600 Mission 1-604-814-1235

COMPOST FOR SALE Composted cow manure. Great for gardens. $5 per yard Call: (604)-854-0669 Call: (604) 798-3498

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St. Bernese Puppies Gorgeous mix of St Bernard (dry mouth) and Bernese Mountain dog. Pups will be ready mid May. Striking markings. Call now to reserve your favorite Call: (604) 7960116 email: s.klass@telus.net

MOVING - Excellent Furniture in Great Condition Solid 48" Oak Dining Table, leaf + 4 chairs $425; Almost new 8’ cotton sofa $275; Queen Solid Pine 4-poster bed $200; Solid Oak Media Centre $25; New bone low-flo toilet - not used $50; Double Maple Bed $25; 18 Spd Mountain Bike $40 email: marandway@telus.net

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GLASS Table & 4 Chairs $475, Onyx Coffee Tble $250 Onyx Nest $275 Call: (604) 948-9862

CKC REG lab retriever pups black & yellow. Field champion stock. Shots, dew claws removed, wormed. $1,000. 604-454-8643 Fila/Mastiff Guard Dog Pups owners closest friend. Thieves worst nightmare. All shots. Ready now! 604-817-5957 LABRADOODLES creams & choc’s, vet checked, dewormed, reg’s parents. $650. 604-845-4951

BOXSPRING AND mattress, doublesize, 2 years old, excellent condition, very clean, $80. Brass headboard $25. 604-677-8895

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STAMPS wanted Collector looking to buy stamp collections. email: swisshouse@shaw.ca

Hosted by Fraser Valley Antique & Collectible Club

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MOVING LOOKING for a good home for our male lab/golden retriever very gentle loves kids and other animals, $50. 604-823-4199

Tools & Equipment

TOOL XCHANGE 604-973-0229 Tool Consignment Store www.toolxchange.ca

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Plants & Trees SAVE A LIFE. Wonderful rescue dogs from Foreclosed Upon Pets. Spay/neutered, regular vaccinations & rabies, microchipped. $449 adoption fee, avail at your local Petcetera stores.

6FT 5’’ HOYA PLANT STARTING it’s pretty pink blooms for the year . will flower until OCT/NOV likes South / East exposure only afternoon sun to hot.Has about 9 roots and may be repotted to make more. VERY HEALTHY.Has a beautiful brown ceramic pot and SQ water dish . This is a plant for high ceiling foyers or bright open entrances in an office or waiting area . Wanting $350.00 /// Worth $550.00 Call: (604) 946-1926 email: keojoe@eastlink.ca

CHOCOLATE LAB Puppies Born March 15 /12. Both parents on site to view & CKC Reg’d. www.vancouverlabs.com Call: (778) 891-4556

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MEXICAN Male Chihuahua Puppy. Sweet and playful. $600. Call: (604) 707-0314 or email cathalynn@shaw.ca

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ACCOUNTING & TAXATION for small business, financial statements and personal taxes. SYLVIA SY, CGA 604-732-5511

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Cares! The Vancouver Courier has partnered with the BC SPCA to encourage responsible pet guardianship and the humane treatment of animals. Before purchasing a new puppy, ensure the seller has provided excellent care and treatment of the animal and the breeding parents. For a complete guide to finding a reputable breeder and other considerations when acquiring a new pet, visit spca.bc.ca.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of MILDRED PAULINE HOLGATE, Deceased, late of Suite 605 4101 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, who died on the 15th day of March, 2012, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executors, on or before the 25th day of May, 2012, after after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have been received. BMO Trust Company Patricia Louise Ratchford Executors 595 Burrard St, 9th Floor, P.O. 49500 Vancouver, B.C., V7X 1L7 Tel: 604-668-1350 Fax: 604-665-7461 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is Hereby Given that Creditors and others, having claims against the Estate of Esperanza Rickards Winternitz, formerly of 5475 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6M 2V5, Deceased are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the undersigned Executor, c/o Christine Schiffmacher, 3926 156 Street, Surrey, BC V3S 0G7 on or before May 15, 2012, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. Christine Schiffmacher, Executor

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RUMMAGE SALE! ST. PHILIP’S CHURCH Saturday • April 21 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

New Arrival!

Thai, Philippine, Korean, Japanese. Package & Duo. Hotel Service avail.

3737 West 27th Ave Loads of Good Stuff!

Qualified Massage, Excellent Service 604-569-1858 (in/out) 7 Days • 10am - 10pm DOWNTOWN MASSAGE

BIG BLOWOUT DESIGNER SALE Armani & Switzer furniture, sofas, beds, artwork & more

9916 Lougheed Hwy., Bby. 604-421-5161 #104/204, 8364 Young Rd., Chilliwack 604-795-2230 We Are Now Hiring

1500 East Hastings St. Vancouver B. C. Saturday & Sunday April 21 & 22, 2012

Come Enjoy the Best!

7010

Garage Sale

1308 West 48th Avenue Enter off Hudson Street Moving Sale Saturday April 21, 10am-4pm Sunday April 22, 10am-4pm Sale of an assortment of furniture, tools, sportscards, books, glassware, china, sporting goods, paintings etc. Rain or Shine. H- 3 FAMILY INDOOR

GARAGE Sale Rain or shine Sat/Sun Apr 21/22 8am-3pm. 2231 East 51st Ave

2080

Garage Sale

SWEET SUITE SALE Sunday, April 22 10 to 4 336 E 1st Ave. (two blocks east of Main St.) Music Memorabilia, and collectibles, CD’s, DVD’s, Sporting Goods, Kitchenware, Gardening items.. and More!

★ THRIFT SALE ★ Dunbar Heights United Church 3525 West 24th Ave Sat. April 21st 9:30am - 1pm Great bargains, clothing, brica-brac, books, linens, kids stuff and much more

1-5 pm

Do not miss it! Parking available!

E - KNOX CHURCH

Personals

SPRING SALE

MALE CAUCASIAN Honest 50 yrs old, seeks Chinese women (5ft 2' +) 25-50. Larry 604-879-8029

7015

2080

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Chase money. Your work efforts yield extra cash – try to turn any monetary increase into a permanent situation – e.g., a pay raise is better than some overtime. The entire month ahead features buying, selling, possessions, memory, rote learning and sensual links. If you’re married, you and your spouse face a friendly, pleasant time together, through July. If single, romance is (will be) light, friendly, casual, same period – though it won’t survive if it starts before Thursday. Home, security and property values concern you Thursday/Friday. Romance, creativity Saturday. Taurus April 20-May 20: Your energy, charm, clout and effectiveness reach a yearly height this week and the next few. Start important projects, and tackle chores or meetings that have intimidated you – you’ll succeed.Your money luck looks buoyant now to early August. If you’re unemployed, the months ahead are an excellent interval to look for work. I’ve called this your lucky year, yet many of you have faced upheaval – in there lies the purest good luck. Chase money carefully Monday, confidently Tuesday. A love link might be strained midweek. Talk, travel Thursday/Friday. Home, Saturday. Gemini May 21-June 20: Retreat, rest, now to May 19 (especially Sunday). You will continue to be attractive to the opposite sex (for 14 months) but your energy and pizzazz are low through the few weeks ahead. This is nature’s time for healing, recuperation and spiritual contact. Be charitable, visit old friends, interface with government. These weeks can present you with good investment opportunities – AFTER Wednesday – especially if you keep these key words in mind: retreat, security, safety. You shine Monday/ Tuesday. Overcome a domestic liability. Organize your money chaos Thursday. Joy, Saturday!

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Body Work

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Cancer June 21-July 22: A wish or two might come true over the few weeks ahead. You face a rising popularity, optimism and happiness. Social delights and entertainment arrive. At work, there will be plenty of discussion, but not necessarily action. Still, you are free to communicate with VIPs and higher-ups, and they “like the cut of your jib,” as people used to say. Sunday’s happy. Retreat for a wee rest Monday (careful driving, talking) through Wednesday. Your energy and charisma surge upward Thursday/Friday – use this to overcome domestic and partnership “objections.” Buy electronics Saturday. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Be ambitious. You might face an ethical or social dilemma on the work front this week. The solution: act ethically, work hard – despite possible pressure from others. Your social life looks grand to early August –you could meet (or have, in April) a gracious, talkative person who lifts your heart a notch. This could become a major affair, but give it time. September onward will tell the truth. That truth might come in the form of a second love prospect – or not. Don’t reject; do be patient. Your prestige rises Sunday. Love, social joys tickle you Monday/Tuesday and Saturday. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: A sweet, mellow mood flows over you for the weeks ahead. Intellectual, cultural and travel involvements grow. Higher-ups favour you until mid-2013, but hidden glitches exist through August, so step carefully for four months; keep your “moral antennae” fully awake. Sunday’s mellow, wise. Your ambitions awaken (or authorities demand attention) Monday to Wednesday noon. Though you meet much luck and good feeling these days, realize that romance (and communications about it) can upset your financial and intimate applecart. (A slowmotion upset.) Social joys Thursday/Friday.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: One of the most significant months of this year, perhaps of many years, faces you. You’re likely to make some change(s) now that determine to a large extent what your future holds. You might purchase a home or other real estate (or invest in other things) change your lifestyle, start a powerful sexual relationship, become pregnant, discover a major secret, inherit, or otherwise take some deep step that has big consequences. This should work well, so go ahead, don’t waffle nor opt for passivity. Only one warning: stay away from overly legal, international or scholastic situations. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: No matter how much you protest and complain, true love is coming. It might come today or in five, even 10 years – but while you wait, pleasure and romantic notions will buoy you. Sunday (be early!) and the weeks ahead bring exciting meetings, partnership prospects, relocation and business opportunities – and opposition, if you’re selfish. Don’t be – the rewards for co-operation are big and lucrative. Finances, lifestyle changes, health diagnoses and sexual desires loom large Monday/ Tuesday: act in ambition zones (career, work) Monday, not in legal areas. Love is possible! Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Off to work you go, for several weeks. Protect your health; eat and dress sensibly. A Sunday morning chore might turn to a large task/project for two months – a good one. Relationships confuse, anger and please you Monday to Wednesday (in love, but also in status and money zones). There could be a “parting is such sweet sorrow” situation. Or, a crucial link simply needs “revision.” Guard your money Thursday/Friday – don’t invest. (Longer term, it would disappoint). A mellow, wise, loving mood (and friends) arrive Saturday. Many prospects come for singles, now to mid-2013.

April 22 - 28, 2012 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Ah, sweet romance! The weeks ahead feature love, pleasure, selfexpression, beauty, winning gambles, and joys with children. There is talk of endings, or of security, home, foundations. Your work scene is pleasant; co-workers are affectionate, into early August. Take advantage of this not to work harder, but to gain a little rest – your chores will multiply from June onward. Your best rest during the month ahead will be adventure, love’s escapades, and creative involvements. Sunday’s loving. Tackle chores Monday to Tuesday. Relationships excite, and challenge, Thursday/Friday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: The weeks ahead feature endings and new beginnings, grand luck in real estate, therapies that give you new hope (especially family-oriented counselling, or therapies for digestion). Luck soars in security, retirement and similar zones. You might end a relationship, perhaps with an entire group. You’re pruning your social tree. Sunday’s restful; be home or in nature. Romance, creativity and speculation call Monday to Wednesday, but go slow: a secret factor might “crush” a friend’s or lover’s feathers. Tackle chores – carefully – Thursday/ Friday. Friends, excitement Saturday! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Discussions about money, perhaps with a partner or spouse, run into problems the first half of this week. But generally (Wednesday p.m. onward) the air clears and these talks can lead to a career advancement or upward status. You are favoured to buy real estate now to mid-2013, but until Aug. 30 traps and pitfalls exist, so go slow. (That upward status might occur via property: buying a more prestigious house.) Sunday’s restless, talkative, lucky. Home, kids, property occupy you Monday-Wednesday. Romance, creativity and a wee winning streak Thursday/Friday. Chores, Saturday. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 604-727-3673

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RENTALS 6508

Apt/Condos

South False Creek, nr Monk McQueens, on seawall, 2 BR + den, 1100 sf, quiet, view, parks, gym, social rm, 2 prkg + visitors, storage, NS, April 1, $2500/mo + utils. Jason 604-928-4367 or 1-250-378-8286

6525

Garages

PARKING SPACE, off street, vic. of Kingsway & Boundary, $50/month. call 604-434-1037

6540

Houses - Rent

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on

49’x171’lot, Exc investment. $888/M

LANGLEY - 4 - 20159 68th Ave, TOWNHOUSE, 3bd, bright, quiet, family end unit, garage...$1,488/M Call Kristen today (604)786-4663 www.HomeBuyingCenter.ca

VICTORIA/E 53RD AVE, 5 br older renod clean & cozy house, hardwood flrs, close to all amen, all appls, $2175. 604-325-8857

6595

Shared Accommodation

6595-70

Vancouver East Side

1 BIG room, on 2nd floor in house, 2 beds, 2 closets, 2 desks. 1 pers $450, 2 pers $300/ea. n/s n/p, suits students, Near bus, Fraser & 31st. Call 604-879-4325

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

2 BR bsmt ste, 27 & Fraser, laminate & tiles flrs, $1050 incl, nr all amens, N/S inside or outside & visitors, N/P, refs req, suits quiet working tenants 604-874-1933 2 BR laneway house, $1200 + utils, 2657 East 8th, also 2 br ste Apr 15th, $900 incl utils, ns np, 1 br ste $800 incl util 604-537-4276 5725 HOLLAND St. 3 bdrm, 2 ba, w/d, parking, Avail now, no pets, n/s, $2300 nr UBC 778-706-2595 VAN W 64th/Heather, Clean spacious 2 BR bsmt, 1000sf, ns/np, May 6, nr bus/skytrn, $1000 includes utils, 604-327-1106

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HOME SERVICES 8025 8030

Real Estate Services

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-18 ADAM LLOYD 604.526.2888 Re/Max Advantage Realty Buy or Sell with Me and Use My Truck for Free! www.AdamLloyd.ca adamlloyd@remax.net

ED GOSS Park Georgia Realty

SELLING /BUYING

New Westminster

N. WEST: 2 BR, Sunny west exp, inste W/D + 4 appls, F/P, sec prkg, locker. Rentals/Pets OK. Near skytrain/transit. $219,900. HIRA • Sutton• 604-318-9474

6008-30

Surrey

8055

Sun April 22, 2pm to 4pm #412-10082 132nd St, Surrey Top floor, bright, open concept, 2 BR & 2 full baths, reno’d, w/d, Walk to amens/transit. $249,000. Mala, Sutton 778-859-4458

6007

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

NANAIMO BUSINESSES For Sale. Candy store with great volume $149,900; Bagel shop kitchen equipment $75,000; Other businesses too; 1-800-779-4966; 1-250-802-3650; Rob Boyle, Coast Realty Group; www.HomeAndLife.ca

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-06

Chilliwack

1 BDRM Condo in Chwk, 780sf, 55+ bldg, $88,000. (furnished) 604-219-8485 or 604-583-2510

6008-22

North Vancouver

N. VAN: Townhouse; 5 BR, 1800sf, $479,900. Condo’s: 1 BR ocean view, concrete $344,900. 1 BR, 680sf, updated $238,900. 1 BR, 7 appls, 4 yr new $309,900. HIRA • Sutton• 604-318-9474

Cleaning

A QUALITY CLEANING -7 days/ wk res/comm, senior discount low rate 778-998-9127 778-239-9609

A.S.B.A. ENTERPRISE. Comm/ Res. Free Est. $25/hour includes supplies. Insured. 604-723-0162 CLEANING SERVICE. Reas rates, specializing in homes. Guar work. Refs avail. 604-715-4706 EUROPEAN DETAILED Service cleaning. www.puma-cleaning.ca Sophia 604-805-3376

EZ CLEANING. Bonded/insured. $20/hour. Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby/N. West. 604-505-0108

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

www.bcforeclosures.com 5 BR home from $23,500 down $2,235/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock

6020-06

For Sale by Owner

Chilliwack

6015

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY April 22nd 1pm - 4pm HIGGINSON VILLAS 55+ Gated Community. 30 - 45752 Stevenson Rd, Chilliwack Empty, ready to go. Beautiful detached freehold rancher 2 bdrm +den, 2 bath, finished basement, Sardis Park area Nr all ammens $438,500. 604.824.7405

6020-14

8055

Cleaning

LIDIA’S EUROPEAN Cleaning. Res/Com. Specializing in detail cleaning. Bonded. 604-541-9255

WWW.LUCKYCLIENT.COM Home cleaning/maid service. Name your own price. 24/7

8060

Concrete

Langley/ Aldergrove

7243 199 Street, Langley Beautiful 4 BR family home with legal bsmt ste, central location, $629,000. Sutton West Coast RUPE MANN 778 240-7914

6020-34 THOM CREEK Ranch - House for Sale By Owner. In Chilliwack’s premier retirement complex. 2090 sq ft finished plus 294 unfinished ready to model. In the top row with superb, unspoilable views of the City, mountains and way beyond. Excellent Clubhouse. Friendly neighbours $440,000 negotiable. No HST. 604-824-1892

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

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Surrey

HOUSE ON 1/2 acre lot, rented, future developement, good investment. $695K 604-324-0655

6020-52

Other Areas BC

NANAIMO HOME FOR SALE 351 Woodhaven Dr; wonderful lake view; 3900 sq. ft. $498,000 Other homes also available. 1-800-779-4966; 1-250-802-3650; Rob Boyle, Coast Realty Group; www.HomeAndLife.ca

6035

Electrical

The current choice serving the Lower Mainland for more than 15 years. All Kinds of Work and Reasonable Rates.

Mobile Homes

Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

Reasonable rates. 35 yrs. exp. For free estimates call Mario

253-0049

Concrete Specialist. Garages, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 604.254.5551

8075

Drywall

PATCHING, TEXTURE / smooth ceilings, plaster walls. Small jobs. 25 years exp. Call 604-671-9901

Wayne The Drywaller

Quality Drywall Finishing. Textured Ceilings & Repair. Renov Specialist. No job too small. 837-1785

6040

Okanagen/ Interior

8087

Contact us today for a free estimate.

Excavating

# 1 BACKHOE, EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT

Max: 604-341-6059 Licensed & Bonded

Electrical

10 ACRES OF OKANAGAN VIEW PROPERTY FOR SALE There are several suitable building sites on the property with spectacular views of city of Penticton, and both Lakes. Power at lot line and only 10 minutes from the full service Hospital. This beautiful property is being sold by the owner at only $299,000. Contact: donaclair11@gmail.com for further details, or call 250-493-5737.

Lic. 22308

one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865

# 1167 LIC. $25 service charge. Bonded. BBB, lrg & sm jobs, expert trouble shooter. 617-1774

6050

Robert & Nancy Chaney, (for sale by owners)

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CABINETRY, countertops, bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127

A Lic’d. Electrician #30582. Rewiring & Reno, Appliance/ Plumbing. Rotor Rooter and Hydro Pressure Jetting Service, 778-998-9026 or 604-255-9026 Free Est / 24/7

MINI EXCAVATING Land & Brush clearing. Water line replacement, Drainage, small ditching. Call 778-222-9052

★ Fences ★ Forming ★ Framing ★ Bsmt’s Finished etc. ★ Call 604-734-3309

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR: Exp, friendly, reliable. Specializing in replacing old nob & tube wiring. Lic.#50084. 604-725-4535 YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guar’d. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

6065

Recreation Property

3/4 ACRE lot on Fraser River, 8 km outside Lillooet on highway 12. Beautiful view with 90 ft. of river frontage. Drilled well. Build your dream home or cottage. 3.5 hrs from Vancouver. $89,000. Mark Rawson, Re/Max Sea to Sky R.E. Lillooet. 250-256-1898. CULTUS LAKE beautiful year round RV site grt location, low fees, all ament., $117,500. 1-604-795-9785

6075

Sunshine Coast

8090

Fencing/Gates

S&S LANDSCAPING & FENCING

Factory Direct Cedar Fence Panel for Sale & Installation 8291 No.5 Rd Richmond Call 604-275-3158 West Coast Cedar Installations New or repaired outdoor cedar ★ specialists since 1991 ★ 604-270-2358 or 604-788-6458

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

6082

Need a New Place?

Kitchens/Baths

Plywood Kitchen Cabinets & Refacing, Counter Tops • In business 50 years 604-879-9191

Superior Cove Tops & Cabinets

#3 - 8652 Joffre Ave, Burnaby

REVISION CUSTOM Home Renos. Kitchens, Baths, Bsmts Award Winner. 604-835-4033

604-376-7224 www.centuryhardwood.com

CELTIC HARDWOOD FLOORS LTD.

Refinishing • Installation • New & Old Floors Ph. 604 293.0057 Cel. 604 657.8931

www.celtichardwoodfloors.ca

8155

Landscaping

Able Boys Landscaping Ltd. bobcat, turf, cedar fence, paving stones, ashphalt 604-377-3107 Greenworx Redevelopment Inc. Hedges, Pavers, Ponds & Walls, Returfing, Demos, Drainage, Jackhammering. Old Pools Filled in, irrigation. 604.782.4322

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944

8125

Gutters

8160

Lawn & Garden

Mowing•Hedge Trimming•Installation Maintenance•Design Residential•Strata

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• Gutter Installation, Cleaning & Repairs • Roofing & Roof Repairs • Moss Control, Removal & Prevention 25 year Warranteed Leaf & Needle Guard WCB – Fully Insured 100% Money Back Guarantee

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HEDGE SHRUB TREE & STUMP REMOVAL FREE ESTIMATE INSURED

224-3669

Continuous Gutters Leaf Protection Systems Fascia Covers Soffits & Siding New Construction & Renovations Fully Insured/WCB

604-868-1373

www.citywidegutters.com Edgemont Gutters. Sales & Install 5’’ continuous gutter, minor repairs, cleaning. 604-420-4800

Find one in the Classifieds To advertise call 604-630-3300

8150

Century Hardwood Floors

Warehouse

WHISTLER (Function Junction) 1150 sq ft., bathroom, bay door, mezzanine. 5 yrs old. Sell by owner $225k or lease $1200./mo 604-817-8140 darenmarcoux@gmail.com

Heating

Lorenzo & Son Plumbing & Heating (604) 312-6311 Local , lice’d plumbers & gas fitters.

Reno’s & Home Improvements Kitchen & Baths, Tiling, Electrical, Carpentry +. WCB. 604-518-2948

INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508

Sunshine Coast near ferry bright 1 BR, 1 bath w/shower, 30’ Trailer, 55+, 2 decks, shed, priv yd. Great getaway or live yr round. Pad rent incl: heat/elec/ 9 hole golf course, excerise rm, licensed clubhouse, w/d/shower facil. $9,500obo. 1-604-312-3025

8140

Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Golden Hardwood & Laminate & Tiles. Prof install, refinishing, sanding & repairs. 778-858-7263

1-(360)395-5525. bubba@wavecable.com

Find your perfect home at

732-8453

DUSTTIN’S HANDYMAN Service All jobs Large and Small. Competitive Rates 604-562-5711

MUST SELL!!! $217,000. 200ft ocean front. Hardy Island, 10 acres, sheltered bay, deep moorage, drilled well, septic approved, 5 min ot BC Ferry term, prop/fuel delivery, cell/internet, reasonable offers only. Call Rick 604-582-6907 or 604-230-8117

* 2,750 sqft./ on .95 acres* * 4 Bedrooms * 3.25 Bathrooms * Oversized 2 Car Garage * Carport & Outbuilding * Drive onto Beautiful Samish Island, just North of Anacortes, Wa., to this custom Craftsman home with 25 feet of waterfront with adjacent road access. Park like setting. Two level exotic wood deck with views of Padilla Bay. Master with high ceilings, walk in closet, attached bath and solid Carerra marble surfaces. Bonus room upstairs. Extensive hardwoods, solid fir doors, walkin pantry, plenty of indoor storage, maple cabinets. For more information pls call:

Since 1989

RENOS • REPAIRS 9129 Shaughnessy St., Van.

CONCRETE driveway, drainage, excavation, sidewalk, pavers, retaining walls landscape, backhoe & bobcat services 604-833-2103

Out Of Town Property

Fabulous Summer Home Terrific Retirement Home Country Bed & Breakfast $537,500 USD

Handyperson

A. LIC. ELECTRICIAN #19807 Semi-retired wants small jobs only. 604-689-1747, pgr 604-686-2319

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Exclusive & Private Lake Shore Cottage, for all info: www.cottageonlake.ca $329,000 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ EXCEPTIONAL LAKEVIEW Lots from $140,000. Nice trees. No time limit to build. Owner wants to retire. Will carry financing. Also: 1 spectacular 3 acre parcel $390,000. 1-250-558-7888 www.orlandoprojects.com

8130

LIC. ELECTRICIAN #37309 Commercial & residential renos & small jobs. 778-322-0934.

Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

9418 Marshall Rd, Bow, WA

− Great Location & Quiet − LANGLEY / BROOKSWOOD 2 BR single mobile, OWN lot, storage shed, 55 + Park. Pet OK. RV Parking. Maint fee $100/mo. $131,900. Agents ok. Open to Offer. By OWNER. 604-309-5974

8080

CONCRETE SPECIALIST

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8080

Real Estate

Sat April 21, 2pm to 4pm 7837 120A St, Surrey Unit 123: 2BR, 2bath, $265,000. Unit 222: 3 BR, 2bath, $297,900. Reno’d T/H’s close to all amens. Mala, Sutton 778-859-4458

Serving you for 28 years www.edgoss.com Call 604-644-0141

ROGER BASI Interested In Selling Your Home? Lets Talk!!! Remax Award Winner 100% Club. Certified in Feng Shui Home Stager. List and Sell your home with me & receive $500.00 towards moving costs. Cell: (604) 618-2820 www.rogerbasi.com

Carpentry

CARPENTER AVAIL for general work, clean & fast service. 40 yrs exp. 604-961-5906 or 732-0533.

REAL ESTATE 6005

Cabinet Making

CUSTOM Kitchens & Bath purpleheartkitchens.com 604 818-7787

Waters Home Maintenance Gutter Cleaning, repairs, windows Free estimate 604-738-6606

Expert Pruning ISA By Certified Arborist Ornamental & Fruit Trees, Shrubs & Hedges Northwest Arboriculture Colin Malcolm, Insured

604-618-9741

HOME SERVICES Lawn & Garden

8185

Moving & Storage

B&Y MOVING *Design/Build *Maintenance *Vegetable gardens*Raised beds

SPRING CLEAN-UP Laura 604-264-0775

Experienced Movers ~ 2 Men $55 ~

Over 10 yrs. Exp. • Licenced & Insured • Professional Piano Movers

604-708-8850

BEST RATE MOVING Experienced Movers with Affordable Rates!

Tree Topping, Clean-Up, Planting, Trimming, Power Raking, Aeration, etc. • Westside & Eastside

Starting $40/ hour Licensed & Insured

• Local & Long Distance • Seniors Discount

604-787-8061 Tran Gardening & Landscape New lawns & maintenance, Power raking, Aerating, Trimming, Pruning, Weeding, Weeding, Cleanups, and Garden maintenance

Reliable - 604.723.2468

West-side Lawn & Garden ● Lawn Cutting ● Gardening ● Landscaping 604-261-9697 Free Estimates

LAWNS CUT $22 and up Edge and Trim

Wes 604-266-5912 EXP. RELIABLE gardener yard clean up, new turf, lawn, pruning, planting, new soil, 604-783-2627 JIM’S MOWING 604-310-JIMS (5467) www.jimsmowing.ca Lawn Maint, Comm/Res. 20 yrs exp. power rake, aerating. Free est. Reliable Reas. 604-649-9965 LAWNS CUT Mowing, trimming & small pruning jobs. Call Andrew 604-708-1152

NAHANEE MOVING.COM Family Owned. Evening moves available. Bonded, Insured. Non Smoking, Free Est. 604-782-3973

8193

Oil Tank Removal

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

• Oil Tank Removal • Work complies with city bylaws • Always fair & BC Mainland reasonable rates • Excellent references For Free Estimates Call

Off: 604-266-2120 Cell: 604-290-8592 Serving West Side since 1987

STORMWORKS

● Oil Tank Removal ● Recommended ● Insured ● Reasonable Rates

604-724-3670

8195

Painting/ Wallpaper

PRICELESS

PAINTING

LAWNS MOWED, gardening, yard clean-up, power raking, aerating, hedges, gutters, rubbish. Seniors’ discount! 604-773-0075 Ny Ton Gardening yard & lawn maint. trimming, shrubs, hedging, power raking etc. 604-782-5288

VANCOUVER LTD. • Fully Insured • References • Green Products

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Organic Gardening Service Maintenance, Pruning, Edibles & Installation. 604-215-0232 www.aliveandwellorganic.ca

604-338-2339

★ SD ENTERPRISES ★ Gardening, power raking, lawncare, landscaping, pruning, cedar fencing. Call Terry, 604-726-1931

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SPRING Gardening pruning weeding, maintenance, silent lawn care. 604-440-9502

8175

Masonry

MASONRY and REPAIRS •Stone Walls •Bricks •Chimneys •Slate Patio/Sidewalk •Fireplaces All Concrete Work + more. Senior discount. George • 604-365-7672

8185

Moving & Storage

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$1,495 down payment. Offer includes delivery, destination and fees of $1,827 $2,199 down payment. Offer includes delivery, and fees of $1,927 and $500 lease destination savings. and $1,000 lease savings¥. ! PER MONTH AT PERFOR MONTH UP TO AT FOR48 UPMONTHS TO 48 MONTHS

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Own it from $409 per month for 60 months. Offer includes delivery, destination and fees of $1,772 and $1,000 loan savings‡. BASED ON A PURCHASE PRICE OF $28,367.

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Offer(s) available on select new 2011/2012 models through participating dealers to qualified customers who take delivery by April 30, 2012. Dealers may sell or lease for less. Some conditions apply. Offers are subject to change without notice. See dealer for complete details. Vehicle images shown may include optional accessories and upgrades available at extra cost. All offers exclude licensing, registration, insurance, other taxes and down payment (if applicable). Other dealer charges may be required at the time of purchase. Other lease and financing options also available. †Optima Test Drive Challenge offer is open to eligible retail customers who test drive a new 2011/2012 Optima between April 3-April 30, 2012 at a participating dealership and who purchase a competitive vehicle (2012 Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Altima, Dodge Charger or Mazda6) within 7 calendar days of their Optima test drive. Eligible participants must be Canadian residents and must provide satisfactory proof of their purchase/lease of a qualifying competitive vehicle. Participants will receive a $100 Visa (or gas) card. Limit one offer per person. Some conditions apply. See participating dealers for complete details. **0% purchase financing is available on select 2012 Kia models on approved credit (OAC). Terms vary by model and trim, see dealer for complete details. Representative financing example based on 2012 Sorento (SR75BC) with a selling price of $28,367 [includes delivery and destination fees of $1,650, other fees and certain taxes (including tire levies) and A/C tax ($100, where applicable)] financed at 0% APR for 60 months. Monthly payments equal $409 with a down payment/equivalent trade of $2,799. License, insurance, applicable taxes, variable dealer administration fees (up to $699), PPSA and registration fees are extra. Cost of borrowing of $0, for a total obligation of $28,367. Financing example excludes $1,000 loan savings (see below) that is deducted from the negotiated selling price before taxes. Retailer may sell for less. See dealer for full details. ! “Don’t Pay for 90 Days” on select models (90-day payment deferral) applies to purchase financing offers on select 2011 and 2012 models on approved credit (OAC) (2011/2012 Sportage/Sorento/Sedona/Borrego excluded). No interest will accrue during the first 60 days of the finance contract. After this period, interest starts to accrue and the purchaser will repay the principal interest monthly over the term of the contract. ! Lease offer available on approved credit (OAC) on 2012 Optima (OP541C)/2012 Rio5 (RO551C) is based on monthly payments of $267/$180 [includes delivery and destination fees of $1,455, other fees and certain taxes (including tire levies), A/C tax ($100, where applicable), $350 lease service fee and a lease savings (lease credit) of $1,000/$500 ($1,000/$500 includes $500/$0 Loyalty Bonus and $500 lease savings)] for 48 months at 2.9%/1.9% with a $2,199/$1,495 down payment/equivalent trade, security deposit and first monthly payment due at lease inception. Total lease obligation is $15,023/$10,114 with the option to purchase at the end of the term for $10,036/$6,582. Lease has 16,000 km/year allowance (other packages available and $0.12/km for excess kilometres). Other taxes, registration, insurance, licensing and variable dealer administration fees (up to $699) are excluded. ‡Loan savings for 2012 Kia Sorento LX AT (SR75BC) is $1,000 and is available on purchase financing only on approved credit (OAC). Loan savings varies by model and trim and are deducted from the negotiated selling price before taxes. ¥Loyalty Bonus offer available on 2012 Optima (OP541C) at a value of $500 for any current Kia owners towards the purchase or lease of a new 2012 Optima (OP541C) by April 30, 2012. Loyalty Bonus offer applicable to cash purchase, lease and purchase financing only and will be deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. Offer is transferrable within same household only (must provide proof of address). Limit of one Loyalty Bonus per customer or household. Certain restrictions apply. See dealer for details. §Compare against maximum cargo capacity when 2nd row seats are folded. 2012 Kia Sorento LX AT vs 2012 Honda CR-V FWD LX 2WD (4-CYL). ^2012 Kia Sorento awarded the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Visit iihs.org for full details. "Highway/city fuel consumption of these vehicles may vary. These estimates are based on Transport Canada’s approved criteria and testing methods. Refer to the Government of Canada’s EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide. Your actual fuel consumption will vary. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit kia.ca or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Reproduction of the contents of this material without the expressed written approval of Kia Canada Inc. is prohibited. All information is believed to be accurate, based on information available at the time of printing. Information sourced from independent third-party research. KIA is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation.

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WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective April 19 to April 25, 2012.

We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department

Meat Department

Uncle Luke’s Organic Maple Syrup

Earth’s Choice Tortilla Chips

light, medium or amber

454g

Four O’clock Tea

Earth’s Choice Organic Salsa

assorted varieties

2.79

PRICING

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

2/7.00

8.99

! New

Stahlbush Island Farms Frozen Fruit

2/6.00

assorted selections

save .70/100g

142-225g

Island Farms Vanilla Plus Yogurt

Boulder Canyon Rice and Beans Snack Chips

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

2/5.00

3/7.98

Bakery Department

.98lb/2.16kg

Bulk Department Brown and Golden Organic Flaxseed bags or bins

10% off

regular retail price

Health Care Department Manitoba Harvest Organic Shelled Hemp Seed Hearts

9 inch Fruit Pies

142g • product of USA

650g

OrganicVille Organic Salad Dressings

reg 2.79

Village Cheese

3.99

227-300g

Peruvian Grown

1.99/100g

assorted varieties

10.99

assorted varieties

340g

9.99

Sol Cuisine Veggie Burgers assorted varieties

An excellent source of the Omega 6 & 3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and delivers these EFAs in a balanced 3.75:1 ratio.

assorted varieties

2/6.00

236ml • product of USA

2/3.98

assorted varieties

2/4.00

66g • product of BC

Sequel Vega One Nutritional Shake

59.99

WOW!

PRICING

regular retail price

850-876g

This complete meal replacement and daily health-optimizer is made exclusively from natural plant-based whole foods.

new and improved recipe

40% off

150 caps • product of Canada

A highly absorbable vitamin C supplement that won’t cause stomach upset.

Rice Raisin Sunflower Cookies

all varieties

170g

26.99

560g

Rice Bakery

85g

If You Care Household Products

Earth’s Choice Light Chunk or Flaked Skipjack Tuna

3.99

PRICING

Endangered Species Chocolate Bars

assorted varieties

4.29

WOW!

284g • product of Canada

Elevate Me Protein and Whole Fruit Energy Bars

Sisu Ester-C Supreme Bonus Size

Organic Multigrain Bread

3.99

1.58lb/ 3.48kg

Satsuma Mandarin Oranges

Milano Salami, Porchetta, Porsciutto Cotto and Prosciutto Cotto with Herbs

Brookside Chocolate Covered Fruits and Nuts

assorted varieties

WOW!

2.99 PRICING

Montana Italian Selection

500g

2/4.00

Certified Organic, Mexican Grown

Deli Department

Armstrong Cheese Slices

B.C. Grown, Certified Organic

Field Tomatoes

8.99lb/ 19.82kg

2/7.00

1.89L

2.99 PRICING

value pack, previous frozen

500ml

So Nice Fresh Soy Beverages

WOW!

Sockeye Salmon Fillets

assorted varieties

15-16 count

3.99lb/ 8.80kg

WOW!

2/5.00

250ml

Long English Cucumbers from Origin Organics

value pack

made with organic corn

4.99

Produce Department

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

3.49

package of 6

Seminars and Events

WOW!

Earth Day

PRICING

Sunday, April 22, 12:00-4:00pm at all Choices locations.

Join us as we recognize Earth Day. We will be showcasing samples of environmentally friendly household items and delicious local and/or organic foods. We will also be hosting donation barbecues and giving the net proceeds to community organizations that are all lending a hand to help the planet.

Look for our

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www.choicesmarkets.com Kitsilano

Cambie

Kerrisdale

Yaletown

Rice Bakery

South Surrey

2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936

Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864


Vancouver Courier April 20 2012