home taste Resolve to be reasonably healthy Page 21 Garden trends Page 11 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 32 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! sport Park riding soars in popularity Page 24 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper www.nsnews.com N. Shore stats sum up life – and death Jane Seyd email@example.com PEOPLE on the North Shore live a little longer, have babies later and have both a lower birth and death rate than the provincial average. NEWS photo Mike Wakeﬁeld Book value LAURA Hotte and her 15-month-old son, Charlie, share a book at the City of North Vancouver library. The library will host 90 minutes of activities in the children’s department for Family Literacy Day on Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Learn more about cnv.org/nvcl. That’s according to information released by B.C.’s vital statistics agency in its annual report, that provided tidbits about how many of us were born, how old we were when we married or had children and how and where we shufﬂed off this mortal coil in 2011. On a typical day in British Columbia last year, 121 people were born — slightly more than half of them boys, and almost a quarter to mothers 35 and older — 60 marriages were performed (most of them civil ceremonies) and 87 people died. Statistics for the North Shore reﬂected many of those across the province. In general, we’re doing everything later in life than we did a generation See Birth page 5 Road rage bat wielder avoids jail Jane Seyd firstname.lastname@example.org A mini van driver who beat a stranger with a metal baseball bat in a case of road rage has been handed a six-month conditional jail sentence — to be served at home — and ordered to take a defensive driving course. Judge Doug Moss handed the sentence to Gerardo Arguello, 38, Dec. 20 in North Vancouver provincial court for the brutal beating of Ryan McCaffery, which took place by the side of the road on Conditional sentence for assault with aluminum baseball bat North Vancouver’s “Cut” on New Year’s Day 2011. “We have a problem in our society with what they call road rage,” said Moss in handing down his sentence. “It seems to take place all too often.” Moss told Arguello that attacking McCaffery with a bat was “totally out of proportion to the circumstances that faced you. “You did it in front of your own children,” the judge added. “That’s reprehensible to me.” Moss sentenced Arguello after ﬁnding him guilty in September of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm. Moss found a second man, 35-year-old Norman Segundo, who was a passenger in Arguello’s mini van, not guilty of assault in the case. During the trial, McCaffery described how the incident started after he cut off Arguello’s minivan in the process of merging onto the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing, heading into North Vancouver on the afternoon of Jan. 1, 2011. Arguello and Segundo — who were heading to the North Shore See Victim page 5 On the prowl again.