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home taste Snacks fit for tree trimming Page 35 Wildlife-friendly gardens Page 13 Wednesday, December 5, 2012 56 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! sport Boys hit hockey field Page 45 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper Recovery centre to get petition vote Jeremy Shepherd THE fate of what could be the District of North Vancouver’s first alcohol recovery centre is in the hands of the community for the next 45 days, following a unanimous decision by council Monday. ‘Anything to drink tonight, sir?’ NEWS photo Paul McGrath RCMP Const. Lorianne Neu and fellow police officers from North and West Vancouver will be checking for drinking drivers over the holiday season. The annual CounterAttack program officially kicked off Nov. 29. Police and ICBC are asking drivers who know they might drink to arrange for a ride home — possibly through Operation Red Nose — or a designated driver. Council approved engaging its alternative approval process for the North Shore Support Recovery House, a two-storey, nine-bed, women-only centre earmarked for the north end of Lloyd Avenue. The alternate process means the project’s opponents have until Jan. 28 to garner signatures from 10 per cent of the district’s electors, about 6,000 signees, and trigger a district-wide referendum on the issue. If no petition is completed, the district will reconsider the centre’s merits and drawbacks following a public information session in early spring. While no one spoke against the aims of Turning Point, the Vancouver non-profit that See Neighbours page 3 Safeway development dead: Onni Brent Richter IT appears developer Onni Group is giving up on its proposal to build condos, offices and retail space at the Safeway site on Lonsdale at 13th. In a Dec. 3 letter to City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto and copied to the rest of council, Onni’s president states that the company will be withdrawing its application because of comments made throughout the public process by Couns. Pam Bookham and Rod Clark. “We intend to announce publicly within the next 48-72 hours that we are withdrawing our application. . . ,” Rossano De Company can no longer tolerate councillors’ abuse: president Cotiis stated. “Unfortunately, we are no longer able to tolerate public abuse from these colleagues of yours and are unwilling to continue to go to endless rounds of public hearings until Councillors Bookham and Clark get their way.” Specifically, it was the accusations that Onni had manipulated the town hall meeting and public hearing and otherwise manufactured public support for the project. “The outrageous public comments made by Councillor Clark and Councillor Bookham over the past number of months are not only unprofessional and undemocratic but, in our view, possibly defamatory,” De Cotiis states. An Onni employee signed up a host of supporters to the Nov. 19 public hearing speakers list, though council has noted that is not a violation of any rules. However, council voted 4-3 on Nov. 26 to hold a second public hearing in January. Subsequent to that meeting, the issue was place on Monday night’s agenda after Coun. Don Bell announced he would reconsider his vote for a second hearing. See Clark page 5 On the prowl again.

North Shore News December 5 2012

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