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live travel New perspective Page 15 Sunday, November 25, 2012 Montpellier: Step back in time Page 37 56 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! sport Royals roll to repeat title Page 45 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper Bookham asks for Onni vote delay Jeremy Shepherd DUE to fairness concerns following Monday’s marathon hearing on redevelopment bylaws for the Safeway site, Coun. Pam Bookham has called on the B.C. Ombudsperson to suspend a council vote scheduled for Nov. 26. OMG, it’s Christmas NEWS photo Cindy Goodman ISABEL Elm (4) encourages families to venture down to The Shipyards at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver for the annual Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature children’s crafts and entertainment, live music, a visit from Santa Claus and the official lighting of the city Christmas trees. By stacking the speaker’s list with interested employees and investors, Onni development group has interfered with the public process, according to Bookham. In response, Onni released a statement alleging bias on Bookham’s part due to her low opinion of the development. Though the meeting extended past midnight, seniors and people with family obligations were afforded a chance to speak first by Mayor Darrell Mussatto. Onni is proposing to build 344 condo units in two towers measuring 180 and 240 feet See Hearing’s page 5 Ambleside plan to get public airing Jeremy Shepherd REJECTING a call to kill the project now, District of West Vancouver council has unanimously approved taking a controversial plan to redesign the 1300-block of Marine Drive to the public to gauge feedback over the coming months. A crowd of increasingly restless West Vancouverites packed council chambers Monday, waiting nearly two hours to express their thoughts on Grosvenor’s plan to develop the 1300-block of Marine Drive. WV council wants feedback on mid-rise plans for 1300-bl. Marine The international property development company unveiled its plan to build tiered mid-rise buildings joined by a galleria last month. If council approves the $37-million project, Grosvenor would become owners of the block, which includes the West Vancouver police station. In its place, Grosvenor would erect a seven- and an eight-storey tower on either end of the street, each one sloping down from mid-block to two-storeys at the lowest points. Grosvenor’s plans include 88 units, with approximately onethird of the suites measuring more than 2,500 square feet. The mixture of ground floor retail space and modern architecture with a covered community meeting area failed to win over Monday’s crowd, although there were a few supporters. Former real estate agent Stephanie La Porta said the design represented a break from the stagnancy that has characterized Ambleside for several decades. “I am sorry to say nothing of great significance has changed SANTA'S 24 – DEC. 24 COME HERE NOV. Park Royal North TOGETHER for the Holidays SHOPPARKROYAL .COM FOLLOW US See Concerns page 5

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