Issuu on Google+ THE VOICE OF VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOODS Medicine man 16 MIDWEEK EDITION WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2, 2013 Vol. 104 No. 1 • Established 1908 SPORTS: Sports news to hope for 18 Pols,notcops, mustdecide onregional force:chief 2008 VPD REPORT QUESTIONED CURRENT POLICING MODEL MIKE HOWELL Staff writer P Monk McQueens served its last customers on New Year’s Eve, 26 years after opening on False Creek. photo Jason Lang Monk McQueens closes after 26 years SAMANTHA WRIGHT ALLEN Contributing Writer M onk McQueens, the longtime landmark seafood restaurant, is closing its doors after a New Year’s Eve bash celebrating 26 years on False Creek’s waterfront. Monks’ story is also that of its owner, Robert Lindsay, known simply as Bob to thousands of past employees, other restaurateurs and his fellow board directors at Tourism Vancouver. He said he finds it bittersweet saying goodbye to the successful business, but that the timing is right. Held over until January 7th + New Arrivals 15% Off “I am sad. It’s a business and that’s why we’ve been around so long, because we treat it like a business,” said Lindsay, adding each of the different places he’s owned from Calgary to Vancouver to Whistler become more than simply restaurants. “You always fall in love with them.” Lindsay is a transplant from Calgary who studied at Ryerson University and who also owns LIFT Bar & Grill in Coal Harbour, which opened eight years ago. Monk McQueens, named for a classic West Coast wooden boat by designer Ed Monk, is Lindsay’s second restaurant to reach 26 years. The other was the former Cannery Row in Calgary. See MAHONY on page 4 70 % up to Off olice Chief Jim Chu made it clear last month that a decision to implement a regional police force in the Lower Mainland should be left to politicians. But a report written by his department in 2008 questioned the effectiveness of the current policing model in the Lower Mainland that has a mix of RCMP and municipal detachments. “It is questionable as to whether the existing disparate policing structures can provide the level of service that residents of every municipality have come to expect,” said the report, which was prepared by the Vancouver Police Department’s planning and audit section for the Vancouver Police Board. The report said a close examination of the policing model in the Lower Mainland would discover “economic inefficiencies, service and funding disparities, separate complaint and accountability processes and a lack of policies and procedures to facilitate collaboration and coordination among the myriad of police services in the region.” Neither the police board or the department ever released the report but it can now be viewed on the website of Simon Fraser University criminologist Curt Taylor Griffiths, who assisted in the research. See OPPAL’S on page 4 Women’s Apparel, Shoes & Handbags BRAX, Cole Haan, Ella Moss, Eileen Fisher, Elie Tahari, Emu Australia, Penny Black, Orla Kiely, Rebecca Minkoff, Seventy, Cambio, and more. 4346 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver | 604.228.1214 |

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