Issuu on Google+ THE VOICE OF VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOODS Working fortheweekend 28 WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013 Vol. 104 No. 16 • Established 1908 OPINION: Interview with an asteroid 11 MPdefends earlyclosing ofKitsCoast Guardbase WAI YOUNG SAYS FEBRUARY IS SPRING IN VANCOUVER SANDRA THOMAS Staff writer C photo Jason Lang Sam Sullivan (r) gets a hug from a supporter after winning the Vancouver-False Creek Liberal nomination Wednesday night. To see more content, scan page with Sullivan claimsVan-False Creek nomination EX-MAYOR EDGES OUT FORMER MLA MAYENCOURT MIKE HOWELL Staff writer A gain, he is the candidate. Former mayor Sam Sullivan is back in the political spotlight after winning the B.C. Liberals’ nomination race in the riding of Vancouver-False Creek. Sullivan beat out former Vancouver-Burrard Liberal MLA Lorne Mayencourt by 71 votes Wednesday night in arguably the party’s hottest contest in the province. stars “I am so deeply moved by the support I had from so many wonderful volunteers,” Sullivan told a crush of reporters seconds after a huge roar went up from the crowd when the result was announced at the Century Plaza Hotel on Burrard Street. Sullivan received 273 votes to Mayencourt’s 202 while rookie candidate Brian Fixter, a 31-year-old lawyer who urged members in his speech to distance themselves from “the fraying strands of the past,” finished with 40. See VOTER on page 4 of vancouver onservative MP for Vancouver-South Wai Young is defending what many in Vancouver consider the sudden closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard station. The station was scheduled to close this spring, but Vancouver politicians and residents were hoping the decision would be reversed. On Tuesday afternoon, the station closed with no notice. “February is spring in Vancouver,” said Young, when asked about the timing of the closure. “Quite frankly, some politicians have politicized this when it was all over the news and everyone knew it was set for closure.” The Conservative government announced last year the Kitsilano base, which has 12 staff and two search and rescue vessels, would close this spring as part of an estimated $900,000 budget cut. The government said the Coast Guard could rely on the Sea Island hovercraft stationed near the Vancouver International Airport and a new “inshore rescue boat” during the summer, as well as continued work with five volunteer Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue units. Spring begins March 20 on the 2013 calendar. Young rejects arguments the closure could result in loss of life. She said during a surprise drill last week using the new system, the Coast Guard also received a real emergency call and handled both incidents successfully. “They’ve had more than six months to prepare for this,” said Young. “The Coast Guard are experts on search and rescue and as far as I know no one from Vision Vancouver is. So I find it really interesting people like [Vision councillor] Kerry Jang is commenting.” See YOUNG on page 4 You’ll be seeing Stars in today’s Vancouver Courier. Check out our special“B”section pullout. 20 13 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

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