home feature Readers’ Choice Awards Inside Foam-paper hearts Page 13 Wednesday, February 13, 2013 52 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! sport Training program hits high gear Page 41 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper www.nsnews.com City seeks advice on density bonusing Brent Richter firstname.lastname@example.org THE City of North Vancouver is hiring an outside consultant to put one of its most critical pieces of development policy under the microscope. Council voted Feb. 4 to put up $45,000 for a study into density bonusing — the practice of trading development density for community amenities — after a deep philosophical divide between elected members resurfaced. Some on council argue the city would be better served by insisting developers put up cash on par with the value of extra density granted, which can then be spent as council sees ﬁt, while others felt more comfortable having developers incorporate community beneﬁts into their projects. Undertheofﬁcialcommunity plan, council can allow extra height and ﬂoor space in a building if the developer offers heritage preservation, community amenity space, affordable or non-proﬁt See Get page 3 The Canadian way NEWS photo Paul McGrath YOUNGSTERS from the North Shore Winter Club (Russian jerseys) and North Vancouver Minor Hockey (Team Canada jerseys) compete in the Grouse Mountain Junior Pond Hockey Tournament Saturday, part of the resort’s 24 hours of Winter celebrations. Liberals high on natural gas futures Jane Seyd email@example.com WITH just three months to go until a provincial election, the governing Liberals delivered a throne speech Tuesday that focused on the long-term development of a liqueﬁed natural gas (LNG) industry to bring cash into government coffers. The speech, delivered by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon, focused heavily on plans to establish a B.C. Prosperity Fund powered Throne speech outlines ‘prosperity fund’ powered by LNG royalties by royalties from selling LNG to Asian markets. Development of the natural gas export industry means seizing “one of the greatest economic opportunities our province has ever seen,” the government said, estimating royalty revenues from the industry at $100 billion over the next 30 years, part of $1 trillion in economic activity the government expects to generate from LNG development. The projections are based on ﬁve LNG plants being built in B.C. over the next 30 years. Money from the fund would be used to both pay down the provincial debt and fund social programs, the government said in the throne speech. But critics pointed to the emphasis on LNG royalty revenue in the speech as a lot of pre-election hot air by the Liberals. Political pundit and former North Vancouver NDP MLA David Schreck said both the NDP and Liberals support the development See Gas page 5 On the prowl again.