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home taste Grey Cup great with wings Page 41 Time to winterize garden Page 13 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 72 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! sport Blues learning on the fly Page 60 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper Wait times for ER at LGH go online Jane Seyd NORTH Shore patients needing emergency medical care will soon be able to check waiting times online before heading off to the ER. Lions Gate Hospital is one of six hospitals in the Vancouver Coastal Health region taking part in a pilot project that will allow the public to log on and check wait times. The “real time dashboard,” set to go live in February, will update every five minutes. It will include wait times in emergency departments at St. Paul’s Hospital downtown, UBC, Vancouver General and Mount. St. Joseph’s hospitals, as well as Lions Gate. The website will show “average” wait times at the emergency department as See ER page 3 Food bank gets a brake NEWS photo Mike Wakefield MECHANIC Charlie Cole with fellow Derosa Automotive employees Eric Yeung, Ryan Elm, Keiran Durnin and Tony Bernardo invite the public to take part in their sixth annual Harvest Project food drive. By bringing in a full bag of groceries customers will receive a free brake inspection and free brake pads or shoes. Labour will be charged. For more details, call 604 988-2239. Packed Onni hearing goes 6 hours Brent Richter AFTER more than two years of debate, redesign and controversy, it will still be another week before the City of North Vancouver makes a decision on the proposed redevelopment of the Safeway site at Lonsdale and 13th. City councillors listened to almost six hours of public comment Monday night — the vast majority of speakers in favour of developer Onni’s proposal — before voting to defer their discussion and decision until the regular council meeting of Monday, Nov. 26. “After 15 pages of notes and 93 speakers, I would like time to digest the information I’ve heard tonight,” said Coun. Don Bell before putting forward a motion to defer. Council members are allowed to discuss the project but they Council defers debate for 1 week after listening to 93 speakers are not allowed to accept any more formal public comment or petitions on the matter now that the consultation period is over. Onni is proposing to build 344 condo units in two towers measuring 180 and 240 feet in height, atop a commercial podium including a new grocery store, as well as 40,000 square feet of office space. The proposal, which almost doubles the density allowed by the official community plan, follows an even bigger project Onni asked to build in 2010, which council rejected. In exchange for the increase in density allowed for the site, Onni is offering 44,000 square feet of non-profit housing (approximately 12 units), childcare space, a $1-million contribution to the city’s amenity fund, a connection to the Lonsdale Energy Corporation, infrastructure upgrades to the surrounding streets and utilities, $250,000 in public art, green building standards and extra commercial space. When the last speaker left the mic just before 1 a.m., those urging council to approve the development outnumbered those arguing against it by a ratio of about four or five to one. The age of the proposal’s supporters was markedly younger than most council meeting attendees, with the majority describing themselves as “young professionals.” About half a dozen speakers disclosed that they were either working for or connected to Onni. The developer had been caught astroturfing — manufacturing the appearance of grassroots support — earlier in the process, which critics noted at the onset of the public hearing. Many who came to speak noted that neither the size, See Societies page 3 On the prowl again.

North Shore News November 21 2012

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