home Resist urge to clean, preen Page 13 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 taste Ginger ﬁne fresh or frozen Page 39 56 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! sport Injury dampens fast start Page 45 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper www.nsnews.com Ruling derails pot bust Jane Seyd email@example.com TWO men who were stopped driving away from a West Vancouver grow-op with more than eight kilograms of marijuana in their car have had their case tossed out after a judge ruled police violated their rights to get the evidence. Phat Van Tran, 50, and Huu Hung Nguyen, 43, of Vancouver were both charged with production of marijuana in connection with a grow operation raided by West Vancouver police in May of last year. Police seized more than 600 pot plants from the home at 3939 Viewridge Place, a quiet residential area. But prosecutors abruptly dropped the charges against both men recently after North Vancouver Judge Judy Gedye ruled Nov. 2 that none of the evidence connecting the See Defence page 3 100 happy returns NEWS photo Mike Wakeﬁeld KATE Beaulieu, a third-generation Hollyburn elementary student, and teacher Brayden Gordon, who was also a Hollyburn pupil, invite former students, family and friends to the 100th birthday celebration of the West Vancouver school. There will be an open house Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., school tours Saturday afternoon and a reunion party Saturday night, advance tickets required. Busker takes city bylaw to court Jane Seyd firstname.lastname@example.org A North Vancouver jazz singer and street performer is challenging the City of North Vancouver’s noise bylaw, saying it violates her charter-guaranteed right to free expression. The showdown over Megan Regehr’s busking is now headed before a judge, as Regehr — who goes by the stage name Babe Coal — ﬁled documents in B.C. Supreme Court recently asking the court to ﬁnd the noise bylaw unenforceable. Regehr, who often performs on the sidewalk or in the civic plaza near Lonsdale Avenue and 14th Street, was handed at least six tickets this summer by the city’s bylaw staff and RCMP ofﬁcers for violating the city’s noise bylaw. Each ticket means a ﬁne of up to $200. At issue was Regehr’s use of an amp for the street grousemountain Crooner claims ‘no amp’ rule denies her freedom of expression performances and her refusal to unplug when asked to do so by city staff. Regehr argues that as a “crooner” who whispers some of her lyrics, her songs wouldn’t be audible without the amp. Regehr says she sets the amp at between two and four watts for her public busking sessions — arguing that’s quieter than some performers without an amp. In her court documents, Regehr writes that performing her soulful jazz is “how I communicate and express myself.” Being asked to unplug takes that away, she said, and denies her freedom of expression. In the time she’s been busking, Regehr has only had one person in North Vancouver voice disapproval, said her manager Mitch Barnes, while the vast majority of those who’ve heard her have been supportive. In July, when Regehr ﬁrst went public with her ﬁght against the bylaw, managers and staff at neighbouring businesses including Money Mart, the Eighties restaurant, Ocean Wellness and Scotiabank all praised Regehr and her music. But the city stands behind its position that not all listeners are fans — at least when they don’t have a choice about hearing the music — and that they have the right to ban use of ampliﬁers in public spaces. According to court documents ﬁled by the city’s bylaw manager, Brad McRae, between June 11 and Aug. 20 this year, the city received 22 complaints from 12 people about Regehr’s busking, saying her music could be heard in nearby homes and businesses “morning, afternoon and evening.” In the court documents, McRae said Regehr received tickets See City page 5 Snow Camps & Clinics - Save 20% Fun, learning and a love of snow sports. Book by Nov. 30 to save. Call 604.980.9311 today.