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live travelBC Modern mamas Page 13 Surf’s Up Page 31 sport wild ride continues AA Simmerling’s Park Page Ro34yal now open Sundays! 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2013 HOME ! C AR ! TR AVEL Voted Canada’s Best Newspaper INSCommunity UR 44 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! ANCE Hollywood North may be heading south B.C. losing film business to Ontario and Quebec where tax breaks are bigger Jane Seyd FACED with the prospect of losing its “Hollywood North” title to Ontario and Quebec, the local film business is calling on the province for assistance. But so far, the movie makers haven’t been getting a lot of reassuring signals from B.C. decision makers. Heading into 2013, “We’ve been down three years in a row,” said Paul Klassen, spokesman for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents many people who work in the local movie business. Peter Leitch, president of the North Shore Studios, Mammoth Studios and chair of the Motion Picture Production Association, agrees it’s been a tough go for the industry recently. “We struggled last year with feature films we’d usually get that went elsewhere,” he said. A decade ago, B.C. was considered the third top location for movie making in North America, earning it the title Hollywood North. That year, movie projects spent a high of $1.4 billion in the province. Local studios became known for work on productions like Stargate and Smallville. The last three years haven’t been nearly as good. In 2010, spending was See Filming page 5 Cyber bandits posing as police to rob their victims Brent Richter WEST Vancouver police are warning computer users to beware of fishy messages coming from the RCMP demanding money. Appliance & Mattress WAREHOUSE “Saving you money since 1969” SAVE UP TO 80% ON BEDDING UNTIL JAN 31 1075 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver (2 blocks behind Indigo Books - south of Marine Drive) 604-985-8738 • 9am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday • Noon-4pm Sundays VISIT US ONLINE: COLONY – A FAMILY BUSINESS BASED ON SERVICE, SELECTION AND VALUE AWARD WINNING NORTH SHORE RETAILER THREE YEARS IN A ROW. MARINE DRIVE CAPILANO VW CHURCHILL ROOSEVELT COLONY COLONY MACKAY HAMILTON COLONY LLOYD SARA Morison is one of four artists exhibiting in Abstract Narrative at the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Ave., West Vancouver, from Jan. 22 to Feb. 20. The other artists are Monica Gerwurz, Michael Jeffery and Shakun Jhangiani. An opening reception runs 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday. The public can meet the artists Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. PEMBERTON Abstract narrative NEWS photo Mike Wakefield The department has received several recent complaints from residents targeted in the “Ukash” scam in which users find their computers frozen and unable to navigate away from a fraudulent message. In Canada, the message typically purports to be from the RCMP’s cyber crime unit, advising that a fine must be paid in order for the computer to be unlocked. To pay the bogus fine, the scammers direct victims to go purchase a “Ukash” voucher from a store and input the voucher’s pin number, which transfers funds to online thieves. The RCMP, of course, does not freeze people’s computers and demand payoffs to unfreeze them. The Ukash scam is triggered by a software virus circulating the web that is best removed with up-to-date antivirus software. Police would like to remind residents that they should not be giving out information or providing money in any form to anyone that they do not know or trust. CAPILANO MALL

North Shore News January 20 2013

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