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Magazine Look Winter issue Sunday, December 2, 2012 48 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! travel Paraguay: A land of extremes Page 35 sport Hoop classic clashes set Page 39 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper City may cancel 2nd Onni hearing CITY of North Vancouver council is set to cancel a promised second public hearing on the controversial Onni development proposal for the Safeway site, and instead move to debating approval on Monday. Council voted 4-3 last week to hold a second public hearing in late January after critics decried the first one as unfair. Coun. Don Bell voted for a second public hearing — but for the separate reason that he still had major concerns about traffic, shading and visual impacts on Stella Jo-Dean plaza and placement of commercial storefronts. Those issues could be fixed without a public hearing, Bell later learned. “(Mayor Darrell Mussatto) asked me that if the item was brought back on the understanding I didn’t need a new public hearing to pursue the issues I wanted to pursue, would I support a reconsideration of the motion to go to public hearing? “I said, ‘yes,’” said Bell. — Brent Richter NEWS photo Mike Wakefield Farm boys DISTRICT of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton and North Vancouver MP Andrew Saxton get to know the Goat Hill Gang at Maplewood Farm Friday. The impromptu petting session took place after a joint announcement of federal funding of almost $250,000 from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The funds will be matched by the municipality and used to improve accessibility and increase visitor use of the popular family destination. Metro to generate dam revenue Brent Richter METRO Vancouver is hoping to generate millions of dollars and hydroelectric energy for thousands of homes by installing turbines on the Cleveland and Seymour dams. The Greater Vancouver Water Board voted Friday morning to ago ahead with the plan and apply to the province for water licences by the end of December. “We’re spilling a lot of water over the damns, both Seymour and Capilano, that could be used for power generation with no Cleveland and Seymour dams could both generate hydro power effect at all on the environment,” said City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto. “At this point, we see a large number of potential environmental, social and operational benefits that would result from hydro power and related improvements. We also see economic benefits. Electricity sales would help pay for the costs of Metro Vancouver’s water system.” If it clears an environmental assessment, the Cleveland Dam on Capilano Lake could generate enough electricity to power about 6,000 homes annually, The proposal comes with a sizable price tag of about $90 million, which would be paid for out of Metro Vancouver reserves and borrowing. But it is projected to turn an annual profit for regional government within 10 to 15 years, said Mussatto who is also chairman of Metro Vancouver’s utilities committee. The electricity would likely be sold back to B.C. Hydro’s grid and transmitted along buried power lines. The dams would only produce power during the seven or eight rainy months a year when water is already gushing over them. See Project page 5 Beginner/10km/Half & Full Marathon Starting in January! 12-16 Week Program - $119.95 + Free Shoes ($150 Value) Find out more 975 Marine Drive North Vancouver 604.980.5633

North Shore News December 2 2012

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