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North Van city hosts lengthy Low Level Road meeting Port Metro Vancouver, city staff and residents all weigh in on project SEAN KOLENKO S TA F F R E P O RT E R
n expectedly full city council chamber was the scene of an expectedly long open house on May 23. The proceedings marked the final opportunity for the public to share their thoughts on the potential overhaul of the Low Level Road and for Port Metro Vancouver, project coordinators, to outline its preferred design before city council debated and voted on the controversial project on June 11. Like many of the open houses, community meetings and workshops held to date, worries over the height of the road, changes to local traffic and noise were offered by residents. And the port had the opportunity to share recent successes such as the 166 feedback forms received from open houses held in March, the 1,200 views of its project video and the 85-per-cent approval rating from respondents who felt the latest design addressed community input. But the meeting also highlighted a new batch of concerns: unfinished engineering reports from PMV, a lack of access in the design to businesses in the 300-block of East Esplanade Avenue and the question of whether or not a covenant can be placed on the land the city is giving to the port to ensure it remains used for rail purposes. Data on both the noise and environmental impacts of a new Low Level Road weren’t available at the meeting as the port has yet to finish the final drafts of either document. That information, however, is significant material needed to evaluate the project and was repeatedly asked for by both council and residents. Its absence caused each member of council to express their concern that the port had once again arrived at city hall without the requisite information. “I expected to receive these materials, detailed engineering designs, well in advance of yesterday’s meeting,” Coun. Pam Bookham told The Outlook, in a phone interview last week. “They [the port] have had a year. That’s ample time to complete this work. We need time to get as many answers as we can. I’m prepared to continue this discussion for as long as it takes.” Councillors Don Bell, Rod Clark, Guy Heywood and
WHERE THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD Paul McAlduff, owner of Tireland Performance Centre Ltd., with his two-person staff. Sean Kolenko photo Bookham each said they were uncomfortable with the port returning to council on June 11 for a final decision because they felt there isn’t enough time for them or the community to digest the forthcoming reports. In its preferred design option released last month, PMV outlined a handful of changes to East Esplanade Avenue. One of those changes, a new signalled intersection at East Esplanade and St. Andrews avenues, has caught the ire of businesses in the area who worry about the change to eastwest traffic the job will bring. If approved, cars travelling east on East Esplanade will be able to access shops in the 300 block by turning north at the new intersection. Those travelling west will not have the same option and will be forced to turn north at St. Georges Avenue, then head east around the block to get to the stores. Cars going south on St. Andrews will also have to turn west at Esplanade and double-back to get to the 300 block. Paul McAlduff, owner of Tireland Performance Centre Ltd. at 300 East Esplanade, said restricted access to his and
other nearby shops may force customers to look elsewhere because of the comparative ease of getting to similar businesses in other areas. Couple that with the threat of detours during the construction period — assumed to begin in September and to last about 16 months, although not all of that time will be spent working near the shops in question — and McAlduff worries about losing one of his staff because of a possible downturn in sales. “City council has to be sensitive to local businesses. These businesses are serving residents. You don’t want them to start travelling, you want to stay local and it doesn’t matter if its auto shops, flower shops or coffee shops,” McAlduff told The Outlook. “We’ve never said ‘no’ to the cleanup of the Low Level Road. It is fabulous what they [the port] area planning. But the months of October, November and December are critical months. Conservatively, it represents about 50 per cent of the year’s business. If council isn’t sensitive to that it will effect staffing and service.” City engineer Doug Pope fielded numerous questions about the proposed design for the intersection and stressed the city had evaluated the area from all perspectives. The final scheme, he added, represented the best option for both safety and access. As part of the North Shore Trade Area Agreement, a sweeping plan designed to increase Canada’s competitiveness in emerging Asian markets signed by the city in principle a few years ago, land transfers for associated projects have typically been given in-kind and haven’t been subject to lease agreements or covenants dictating their future use. But both councillors Bell and Heywood inquired about establishing a covenant on the city land being given in the deal. The rationale behind the inquiry was city staff’s valuation of the land at $15 per square foot, totalling $4 million. That value was assigned under the assumption the land will remain used for rail purposes in the future. If that use changes to, for example, light industrial concerns, then the plot becomes more valuable — $13 million, according to city estimates — and the city should see a piece of that increase, said Bell. continued, PAGE 4
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“It seems to me, if the value of the land is in the $4 million-$13 million range, and that’s valued into the package, then that’s fine as long as it remains railway use. But if its used for another purpose of higher value in the future then the city should benefit,” said Bell. “It would be a shame to pass up on the economic benefits of those lands in the future.” June 11 remains the date scheduled for PMV’s return to council and a final decision on the Low Level Road. According to a staff report, the city will receive the following improvements if the project is approved:
Drainage, paving and upgrade to the Low Level Road –$7 million. Slope stability work –$10 million. Spirit Trail – $6 million. Sub total – $23 million. CNV’s contribution – $800,000. Net value of works to CNV –$22.2 million Estimated value of land contributed by the city –$4 million ($15 per square foot if considered for rail use) – $13 million ($50 per square foot if considered for light industrial use). Total project cost – $100 million. Coun. Craig Keating was absent from the meeting. For a full breakdown of the preferred design of the Low Level Road, visit northshoreoutlook.com.
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undreds of marijuana plants have been seized in the City of North Vancouver from what police are calling a sophisticated grow-op. At 2 a.m. on May 25, the North Vancouver RCMP responded to a domestic violence complaint in the 600-block of East 21st Street. Shortly upon arrival at the home, the Mounties discovered in excess of 300 plants in a detached garage on the property, according to the North Van RCMP.
Charges have not yet been recommended in the case but police are pursuing investigations into the suspected production of a controlled substance and the possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call the North Vancouver RCMP at 604985-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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n the eve of an end-of-May deadline, North Vancouver district council remained staunchly opposed to signing a new 20-year contract for policing with the RCMP because they still have too many unresolved questions. On Tuesday, district CAO David Stuart gave council the latest on the progress — or lack thereof — in the ongoing talks between the district and the province on ratifying B.C.’s municipal policing agreement with Ottawa. The district joins 14 other B.C. municipalities, including the City of North Vancouver, that have yet to sign on with the Mounties despite the passing of the original April 30th deadline and subsequent one-month extension granted by B.C. Justice Minister Shirley Bond. But Stuart told council on Tuesday evening that the province had granted one final extension until the end of June for municipalities like the two North Vancouvers to either sign the contract as-is or provide their own policing. Stuart said the district still has a list of about 45 questions they want answered before signing on with the Mounties, chief among them are concerns about hidden and ballooning
costs within the contract, lack of municipal oversight and the B.C. Mounties’ increasingly tarnished reputation due to the actions of some officers. There was no formal vote Tuesday, but council reached the verbal consensus that in all likelihood they would sign the contract on or before the June 30th deadline and then explore other policing options for North Vancouver if their questions and concerns remain unresolved. “Ultimately whether we like it or not, we’re going to have to sign it,” Stuart said. “If we want to get away from the RCMP, if we’d like to go with an independent force, the expectation would be that we would contract or partner with either Vancouver or West Vancouver,” he said, adding that it would likely take more than two years to opt out of the new RCMP contract once signed.
efore his death, West Vancouver’s Craig Rea spent his fair share of time patrolling area waters with the local arm of the all-volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary. If a call for help was placed, Rea was there. And it didn’t matter when — day, night, or during Thanksgiving dinner. To honour Rea’s commitment, the squad’s new 33-foot rescue boat, unveiled at a ceremony in Horseshoe Bay on Saturday, was christened the Craig Rea Spirit West Vancouver, B.C. “Out saving someone’s life was way more exciting then sitting around the table with us,” Rea’s daughter, Justine Simmons, told The Outlook. “To see his name in print on that boat reminds me he’s still with us.” The vessel’s christening was but one of the major announcements made at last weekend’s event. To a crowd of supporters, the Coast Guard Auxiliary also revealed its new name, Royal Canadian
Marine Search and Rescue, and its new operations centre located in the old harbour master’s shed at the end of the pier, adjacent to the Boathouse Restaurant. Dugal Purdie, station coordinator, lauded the high-profile location and called the move a chance to provide some exposure to the group after years of toiling in obscurity. “It started with a dream. Years ago, we were just a few volunteers working out of a garden shed. But we had a dream of being one of the best stations on the coast. I’m proud of the men and women in this unit,” said Purdie. Purdie praised the numerous donors involved — too many to name individually, he said, as the search and rescue team relies almost wholly on fundraised dollars — and his group’s partnership with the District of West Vancouver, which allowed them to move into the new building. The crew’s old boat will remain docked at the West Vancouver Yacht Club in Fisherman’s Cove, where the team had been headquartered for the past 20 years.
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he North Vancouver School District has published the results of last month’s public consultation on the fate of 11 surplus school buildings worth an estimated $137 million. Of primary concern for the nearly 300 respondents to the school district’s call for input was “the selling of land assets that may be needed in the future,” according to the school district’s report. The report was presented at a public dialogue Tuesday night at the Lucas Centre — coincidentally, the school site that the most survey respondents said they were most concerned about. North Van School District trustees and superintendent John Lewis took questions from approximately 50 attendees at the presentation, ranging from whether the school district has already begun dialogues with any developers interested in the 11 disused or soon-to-be-disused school properties to how the school district plans to cope with the future densification of North Vancouver without some or all of the properties. On the first question, school board chair Franci Stratton was adamant. “We have had no discussions yet with any developers,” she told the gathering of concerned school district parents and neighbours. Questions about the school district’s capacity to house and educate more kids as North Vancouver city and district redouble efforts to densify North Shore neighbourhoods in the coming decades were mainly fielded by Superintendent Lewis. Such questions were especially timely given the release Tuesday of Statistics Canada’s 2011 community census numbers showing that the population of 0—4-year-old kids in North Vancouver had already grown by 1.6 per cent over 2006, from 6235 pre-schoolers then to 6335 now. Some residents complained that it’s already hard enough to find daycare in North Vancouver without the possible closure of the school
district-leased daycare facility in the Lonsdale Creek Annex building. Another resident raised the specter of Seaspan’s unprecedented plan for growth and the thousands of new jobs and families it is likely to bring to North Vancouver in the coming years. “Right now with our buildings, not counting the schools that are closed or are leased, we have space for 16,800 students — that’s what’s termed the official capacity — and we have 15,200 students,” Lewis said. “We can readily accommodate 22,000 students in the school district and that was the peak that was experienced in the early seventies in North Vancouver with the baby boom. So we’re very comfortable with the retaining of properties that we can accommodate 22,000 students in seats, and that’s not considering how much distributed learning and online learning will take place in the future as well.” Chair Stratton said the school district doesn’t need to sell or lease any of its surplus properties in order to balance its annual budget, a rumour that had apparently circulated among some residents. That said, Stratton added that selling or leasing properties would provide the school district the opportunity to increase programs and services for students. Holding onto each vacant school property currently costs the school district between $10,000-$20,000 a year, according to the school district. While each potential North Van school property sale would be handled on a case-by-case basis, any and all proceeds from the sales would go directly to the school board, with 75 per cent of the revenues going to a “restricted capital” budget that requires the permission of the provincial education minister to spend and the other 25 per cent going to a “local capital” budget to be spent at the discretion of the board. “But just to reiterate,” said school district treasurer Irene Young, “all 100 per cent goes to the school district to spend.” email@example.com twitter.com/toddcoyne
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AQUA MAN Aidan Wind, founder and executive director of Global Reef. Sean Kolenko photo
One for the waters West Van-based firm Global Reef spreads the news of oceans advocacy
or his 30th birthday, Aidan Wind needed a “But I also realized then that I had to start break. doing solutions-based entertainment. Everything For years, the Banff native had been toildone from that point on had to be positive, not ing in the super yacht world, vessel captain of a nihilistic view of reefs. There would be no finthe rich and famous. But the job did nothing for ger pointing, it would be about solutions. I lost him. The travel, the sights and the excess just everything in Spain, but it was the beginning of didn’t cut it. my life.” So he quit, chartered a boat in Fiji and went Since his wine-fueled epiphany, Wind, now 35, diving. On the trip, he befriended a traveling cinhas been working on building his ocean-conserematographer and the pair started shooting what vation media agency, Global Reef. Through varithey saw on their dives. ous film and television productions, Global Reef, “I was just blown away by says Wind, provides a the destruction,” says Wind. soapbox for those firstname.lastname@example.org “The over-fishing, dismaning on the front lines twitter.com/seankolenko tling of reefs and offshore of oceans advocacy. long-lining. I was blown Think of the firm as away.” an intermediary for all SEAN KOLENKO » STAFF REPORTER Troubling as it was, the those working to save experience proved an “a-ha” the world’s oceans, he moment for Wind, who explains. knew right away the scenes they were capturAnd his professional dance card is filling up. ing had to be shown to the world. The two put Currently, Wind is hard at work on an hour-long together a short film and, rather quickly, got documentary about declining shark populations some interest in their work from some folks in and a pair of television shows, one which mixes Spain. extreme sports and oceans conservation, the Wind hopped on the next plane, flew to other a daily series featuring the people working Barcelona and readied himself for a meeting. But to save ocean life around the world. The latter is before he got a chance to sit down and talk shop set to air next fall. about his film, Wind was robbed. The gig means a lot of travel and little time Everything was gone. spent in his West Vancouver office, but that’s the After a phone call to his father — who made way Wind likes it. Because that’s what it takes to him promise, beyond all else, to eat breakfast in push the message of oceans advocacy. the morning — Wind checked into a hotel and “I’m not trained in the media but I knew if we got some sleep. Over breakfast the next morning, were going to succeed we had to be in it for the he attempted to re-write the stolen work. long haul,” he says. For a little inspiration, or to fight off the des“We’re still building our network, but we’re peration, Wind had a few glasses of wine with finally starting to make waves. We’re just getting breakfast. Then, he had a few more. started.” “After 14 glasses of red wine, I realized I For more information, visit globalreef.org. couldn’t do it. I had to start again,” says Wind, email@example.com with a laugh.
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RIP AirCare - your time was up AirCare will die a natural death in est vehicles not needing them at all. December, 2014. It is long overdue. This is because vehicle emission stanThe provincial program, which is dards are much higher than they were operated by a private operator under in the early 1990s. TransLink oversight, was actually instiAs a result, AirCare hasn’t been nectuted in the dying days of the Social essary for some time. There simply Credit government. The Socreds were aren’t enough older vehicles on the desperate to be seen as ‘doing someroad to make such an expensive and thing’ about air pollution from vehibureaucratic program necessary. cles. The province’s idea is to perhaps By the time the program was up and shift the emphasis to testing of largrunning in early 1992, the Socreds er vehicles, which has always been had been voted out and the NDP were AirCare’s Achilles heel. in power. Thus some members of the Large trucks and buses have not NDP are claiming that the program been held to the same anti-pollution came in under their government, which standards, even though they are a key is technically true. However, it was not source of vehicle emissions. their policy initiative. It doesn’t make sense to set up AirCare has been unpopular from AirCare-type stations for large vehicles. the beginning, but at first it did serve What would be more logical would be a purpose. There were a lot of pollutto give police and commercial vehicle ing vehicles on the road, some with inspectors enough power to take a pollution control equipment that had badly-polluting vehicle off the road, been disabled. Others or order one in belched oil smoke for testing if they because of engine suspect pollution wear, and there was control devices nothing to stop such have been tamvehicles from being pered with. This WWW.NORTHSHOREOUTLOOK.COM driven indefinitely. should apply to all AirCare either vehicles. forced these vehicles Random enforceoff the road, or into a shop for needed ment to reduce air pollution is best, in repairs. But the testing was erratic at an era where emission controls stanfirst, with vehicles failing at one test dards are much higher than they used station and passing at another. to be. The program was updated several times, with newer vehicles only requir—Black Press ing two-year inspections, and the new-
— LET TER OF T HE W EEK— the world readies for our changing cliEarth Summit deserves mate? your attention Who will tell Canadians that our Editor; I am disappointed, to say the least, by the absence of news coverage on the upcoming Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro from June 20-22. Negotiations are at a standstill in New York and our government is barely acknowledging that the Summit is even taking place! Who will tell Canadians that our government is largely silent on sustainable development, while the rest of
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he inherent flaw with emergency preparedness is that there’s seldom an emergency happening while one is preparing. Case in point: May 11, Capilano elementary school. That afternoon, the 450-student school staged a dry run of its emergency release drill to test its ability to get students out of the building and to their families in a timely fashion. The results were good. According to Jennifer Wilson, nearly three-quarters of the students were released within 90 minutes. “It went really smoothly,” says Wilson. “We were quite excited. It gives us confidence in the fact that there is enough people picking up.” Of course, admits Wilson, most of the adults involved drove to the school that day and most lined up promptly at 1 p.m., the time the drill was scheduled to begin. If there was a real emergency, parking the car on a tree-lined street in Pemberton Heights and calmly queuing behind the school’s gym may not have been such an easily executed exercise. But that’s the thing with emergency preparedness, isn’t it? Best laid plans Capilano elementary, like all schools in the
WEB WONDER - Kirsten Koppang Telford, co-founder of ePACT, in her North Vancouver office. Rob Newell photo
North Vancouver School District, has a strictly enforced student release scheme. Inside the gym, parents — or other adults, known as alternates, who are authorized to collect the students — line up in front of tables marked with the letter corresponding to their last name. Once it’s their turn, they show ID, a representative from the school checks the form they have on file and then fills out a separate slip of paper outlining when the child left the school and with whom. The adult is then given a sticker with the child’s name — that adult could be given more than one sticker, depending on how many children they are tasked with picking up — and a Grade 6 student goes to retrieve the child. As the student is brought to the adult, he or she is also given a sticker with their name on it. If the sticker matches the one worn by the adult, they are let out of the gym. The system, as they say, works. But this drill was a bit different. This year, Cap elementary is involved in an emergency preparedness experiment: Use the electronic contact forms created by the North Vancouver-based firm ePACT. “Traditional paper forms, one of many forms, are sent home at the beginning of the year and not all come back,” explains Wilson. “And then we’re chasing down forms. If an emergency happens in that time, we’ve got nothing on hand. The paper copy is not always here.”
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10 Thursday, May 31, 2012 continued from, PAGE 9 Disaster strikes Fukushima, Japan is about 300 kilometres from Tokyo, about an hour-and-a-half ride on the bullet train. On March 11, 2011, Ayumi Takeuchi, a Fukushima native, was in Tokyo on business. After a day of meetings, Takeuchi hopped in a cab and began making her way to the train station. It was 2:40 p.m. About six minutes later, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rattled the southeastern coast of the country for more than four minutes. Traffic screeched to a halt. She reached for her cellphone. Nothing. Trains? No chance. Her only choice was to head over to a friend’s place and wait out the chaos. It was 24 hours before Takeuchi was able to connect with her family via the Internet. Everyone was okay, she learned, but Takeuchi remained in Tokyo, unable to return to Fukushima because portions of the town’s nuclear power plant were going into meltdown. It took three days for her children and parents to join her in Tokyo. ePACT ePACT is the brainchild of Christine Sommers and her business partner Kirsten Koppang Telford, both veterans of the web world. In 1995, Koppang Telford befriended Takeuchi while she was living in Japan for work. And it was Takeuchi’s story that sparked a discussion, more than 7,000 kilometres from where so many suffered, about whether we are ready to handle an emergency in our own backyards. “The impetus behind this really was Kirsten’s friend [Takeuchi] surviving the Fukushima disaster,” says Sommers. “So, we started talking about emergency preparedness.” From the brainstorming came ePACT, an online communication network — think Facebook for disasters — aimed at connecting organizations and families to ensure a greater level of preparation in the event of an emergency. How it works: Each family is invited by, say, the school their children attend to join the network. The school requires the standard information such as the child’s address, medical information and the names of their guardians and alternates. That data is completed by the
www.northshoreoutlook.com family and submitted. The information on the alternate guardians is then confirmed by whomever was selected by the family to fill that role. Each school also has its own dashboard where teachers or administration staff can track each student, ensuring all information is received. Any changes made are also seen immediately. Families, as well, can set up their own personal networks without being invited by a specific institution. At no point can those at ePACT see any of the information being shared. They provide the service and host the data. All data is hosted in Canada and to ensure information is available during large-scale disasters such as earthquakes, backup servers are located in Ontario. A similar scenario is in place for organizations who choose to implement ePACT for its employees as businesses — typically via the human resources department — often ask a similar set of questions of their staff. And this is the realm in which ePACT hopes to make its money. The service will be free for families but organizations will have to license a module specific to them and pay a per-person fee. “So many organizations ask this but it often comes at a time when people are giving out so much information with new jobs for instance,” says Koppang Telford. “But we don’t think about it at the time, maybe. And how do you update? Is that easy? Where do you go?” Early days Thus far, ePACT has only undertaken trial runs in North Van schools. But, naturally, the plan is for more. A full launch is scheduled for the fall and, recently, Koppang Telford and Sommers approached City of North Vancouver council to propose a trial run of their product to the municipality. Both Sommers and Koppang Telford say the city could benefit from using ePACT in places such as daycares, community centres and city hall.
City councillors, however, were quick to ask how ePACT would work with the North Shore Emergency Management Office, the municipally-funded organization charged with all facets of emergency preparedness on the North Shore. Sommers says ePACT would compliment the services offered by NSEMO and add “another layer to what they’re doing.”
TEST CASE - Jennifer Wilson, principal at Capilano elementary, one of the schools currently using ePACT’s forms. Sean Kolenko photo
Dorit Mason, director of NSEMO, echoed those sentiments, lauding anyone working to equip residents for emergencies as engaging in a worthy pursuit. But Mason also stressed her group’s basket of services, from their workshops to their rapid notify system, which sends text messages to subscribers alerting them to in-progress emergencies. Unfortunately, Mason says, NSEMO’s electronic service hasn’t grown as quickly as she’d like. “It’s progressing slowly,” says Mason. “We’d prefer there to be more people using it.” And therein lies the gap ePACT hopes to fill. By harnessing the power of the Internet and social media, Sommers and Koppang Telford hope to make planning for emergencies as easy as possible. That isn’t to say ePACT would render a crisis worry-free. It can’t. But it is one more tool to help. “If you can get to the community and prepare the community,” says Sommers, “the better off we are.” twitter.com/seankolenko
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t was a British invasion of sorts last week as Sir Richard Branson was back in Vancouver for the launch of Virgin Atlantic. Branson’s whirlwind Vancouver tour began when he arrived in style on the early morning jet to greet Premier Christy Clark. Then it was lunch with the Vancouver Board of Trade followed by a charity photo op with Glee star Cory Monteith. A private VIP evening reception was then followed by the party of all parties at the Commodore featuring young U.K. singer Conor Maynard. Also last week, it was the BC Centre for Ability’s Dining for Dreams gala. Chaired by CTV news anchor Tamara Taggart, the evening also featured Real Housewives of Vancouver star and West Vancouverite Ronnie Seterdahl Negus and her daughter Remington. Congrats to all involved.
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B What a pleasure meeting rising star and singer Conor Follow entertainment / events columninst Catherine Barr on these social media outlets Maynard. Headlining at the Virgin Atlantic super-party at the Commodore, this young Linkedin @CatherineBarr CatBarr man is being dubbed the U.K.’s Justin Bieber and is well on his way to fame and fortune. C Living life as an adventurer is hard work. Just ask Sir Richard Branson who went from early morning until late night greeting guests and VIPs in Vancouver at the launch of Virgin Atlantic.D Helping support the BC Centre for Ability are West Vancouverites Richard and Heidi Coglan at the Dining for Dreams gala at the Four Seasons. E Ronnie Seterdahl Negus, of Real Housewives of Vancouver fame, poses with son Jhordan Stevenson and husband Russell Negus. FEvent chair Tamara Taggart, left, a mother of three herself, teams up with fellow CTV news gal Mi-Jung Lee who is happy to be the evening’s MC. G Musician Dave Genn, of 54-40 and Matthew Good Band fame, left, chats with CTV news anchor Mike Killeen, who hails from North Van, at the Dining for Dreams gala. H Real Housewives of Vancouver star Reiko Mackenzie is known for her fast cars and fabulous fitness regime. This night, she and husband Sunny are thrilled to be supporting the BC Centre for Ability. I Mother Ronnie Seterdahl Negus has spent the last nine years looking after daughter Remington’s special needs. The family had a major scare last February when ‘Remy’ almost died in Ronnie’s arms after a piece of steak lodged itself in her windpipe and then lung. Thankfully, Remington recovered and this night mother and daughter are pairing up to support the BC Centre for Ability’s gala event.
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The rock shop boys Lyle and Brian Craver’s Capilano Rock & Gem, started by their parents in 1976, is legendary among jewelry designers and rock hounds JUSTIN BEDDALL THE OUTLOOK
hey’ve got more rock stars than the pages of Rolling Stone magazine. “It’s the biggest selection of natural stone beads in Canada,” says Lyle Craver, giving a tour of Capilano Rock & Gem, an iconic North Vancouver store his parents started in 1976. It’s arguably the busiest few hundred square feet of the shop, with row after row, box upon box, of stones in endless varieties of shapes and exotic colours, from Dalmatian Jasper and Cherry Quartz to Pink Opal, Russian Serpentine and Lava Rock. “All over,” says Lyle about the provenance of the stones. “Brazil, Southeast Asia, China.” “India, Nepal,” adds brother Brian, who co-owns the Pemberton Avenue store. “Getting a lot more out of Russia [these days],” adds Lyle. There’s B.C. jade and pink rhodonite from Argentina. And labradorite from the Labrador peninsula. Plus much more. “Amethyst to zoisite,” says Lyle, spelling the latter out. “Did I spell it correctly?” he wonders aloud as he walks over to a display case. “It’s material that ruby grows in. [It’s found] mostly in India — you do get some in Brazil. It’s typically a green stone.” “That’s it right there,” he says fishing inside the case. The brothers hand-select stone beads from a list global contacts they’ve cultivated over the years. Most stone beads are sold in 16-inch strands and they run from $3 to $3,800, with the majority $30 and under. The store caters mostly to professional jewelry designers, DIYers and rock hounds so you won’t find a lot of readyto-wear pieces. Instead, they offer all the stuff needed to make handcrafted jewelry, including all the “findings,” the hardware needed to make pieces, like clasps, hooks and pins. But that’s just a tiny section of jam-packed 3,000-square-foot store. Lyle estimates they have 100,000plus inventory items. “I wish I could say we’re kidding,” he says, a smile forming. “Almost the only thing we don’t have is diamonds.” Brian reminds him that they actually do. “A couple of strands.” That massive, ever-changing inventory means they’re almost always able to fulfill customer requests, no matter
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how unique. “We don’t get stumped often,” says Lyle. The store tour continues. “We do a lot of Swarovski crystals,” he notes. There’s also a vast assortment of fresh water pearls — one of the store’s other best-selling items — pewter beads, metals, books, lapidary equipment, polishing compounds, drills and silversmith tools, display pads, earring stands, stone cutting equipment, and more. ROCK STARS - Lyle (left) and Brian Craver are carrying on the family “We have all kinds of mineral specibusiness started by their parents in the mid-1970s. Rob Newell photo mens,” says Lyle, who later adds, “We can’t let him get away without mentioning the fossils.” items. Next, he points out an “amethyst cave” a glittery, natu“We are constantly experimenting and trying new rally formed crystal formation. “Some call them churchthings,” says Lyle. es,” adds Brian. “Or cathedrals.” The formula seems to be working. When jewelry Capilano Rock & Gem was started by Lyle and Brian’s designer Trudy Wynans of Toodlebunny Designs overparents — Chuck and Phyllis — in 1976, shortly after the hears the brothers being interviewed for a newspaper family purchased a West Vancouver home that was previstory she jokes: “No! Then everyone will know where I ously owned by a mining promoter. Brian, then 15, disget my stuff. This is the mecca of everything good,” says covered the previous owner had left something behind in Wynans, who was recently featured in the Globe and a crawl space: a few large rocks that looked like they had Mail style section. gold inside. As Lyle explains, in this business you need to purchase His dad took them to the B.C. and Yukon Chamber prudently, never wanting to be too far ahead — or too of Mines and was offered $17.50 and $7.50 for the rocks. far behind — your customer’s tastes. Otherwise, you get He balked at the offer, but it gave him the idea to open stuck with a bunch on inventory. a rock and gem shop. Chuck later asked Don German, “You have to buy right,” says Lyle. who’d run a shop called Capilano Rock & Gem until he When asked about his favourite item in the store, retired, if he’d mind if he borrowed the name for his store. there’s a pause. “Oh boy,” he says, putting his hand up to Chuck Craver had previously operated a salmon cannery his mustache in contemplation as he scans the aisles. in Vancouver but was a rock hound at heart. After some thought, he steers towards the front of the The joke at the Craver family table was that the parents shop. went rock-hounding on their first date. “They went agate “Smaller, high-end stones,” he answers. hunting,” says Brian. Rock hounds, explains Lyle, collect Unset stones are kept in a rotating display cases up everything, from quartz crystals to fossils, and his dad was front. Sapphires, emeralds, and more. an inveterate collector. He pulls out an aqua cabochon. Both brothers worked for the family business grow“As you can see it has all different shades of blue,” he ing up. A few years after earning a business degree at says, extracting a stone from a small box. McMaster University, Lyle joined the family business. He takes the aqua stone over to a scale to measure it. Brian, a chiropractor, began working in the shop in 2005 Lyle purchased it, along with about $100,000 worth of after his mother was killed in a MVA in Arizona during a other gem stones and high-end pearls during a recent buying trip. Chuck, who retired a few years later, passed trips overseas. away earlier this year. “It’s the largest of the aquas — about $500.” “It’s a vital business that is worth continuing,” says It’s a real gem. Brian. For more info about Capilano Rock & Gem, visit capiBoth brothers enjoy the pursuit of interesting, unique lanorock.ca.
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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY - After working out of town for the weekend, North Vancouver paramedic Karin Foulds arrived home on Mother’s Day to a fabulous surprise. Her daughters (pictured above, left to right: Remi, Lisette and Rayne) handed her some homemade cards. Then she noticed a $870 gift package the girls had won for her by entering The Outlook’s Mother’s Day Giveaway contest which asked for a short note about “why your mom is the best mom in the whole world.” The prize package included a stunning bouquet from West Van Florist, a massage from Sabai Thai Spa, house-cleaning services by AspenClean, a Boathouse gift certificate and family portrait session.
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Going car-less Transit can help make life simpler, cheaper for seniors. JOSIE PADRO CONTRIBUTOR
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oira is a vivacious retiree with volunteer commitments in various locations on the North Shore. On occasion she also babysits her nine-month-old granddaughter. It all adds up to a busy life — and she has a secret she doesn’t share with too many people. Moira doesn’t want her real name used because she’d rather not let people know she doesn’t own a car; instead she uses transit to get around and finds her car-less lifestyle has some significant benefits. Moira lives just a couple of blocks from the SeaBus terminal and Lonsdale Quay. “I think the SeaBus is the most awesome thing,” she says. “When you get to the other side, you can jump on buses. You can jump on the SkyTrain. You can go to the airport.” Moira has found that opting out of car ownership has its advantages. Cost, she says, is the most obvious. She
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not only saves the purchase price of a vehicle, but also the associated costs: insurance, parking, repairs and the ever increasing cost of fuel. She finds trips to downtown Vancouver are much quicker because she can bypass bridge traffic. She also likes the freedom of being able to hop on and off at different stops without having to worry about parking. The added walking, she adds, keeps her fit. The car-free picture is not all sunshine, especially in the colder, wetter months when waiting for a bus can be miserable. But using her iPhone to look up bus arrival times allows Moira to minimize time spent waiting at bus stops. Also, she points out that some areas of the North Shore are poorly served by transit, so she takes a taxi instead. She’s simplified that by having an account with a local cab company, which bills her monthly for any rides she’s taken. North and West Vancouver municipal transportation plans have set a goal to reduce private vehicle traffic and promote alternate modes of transportation such as transit, walking and cycling. The City of North Vancouver has completed a number of projects aimed at increasing pedestrian safety with the construction of more sidewalks and the installation of more traffic lights. Also in the works are a network of walkways that can be used for recreation or as a traffic-free byways. Most recently the Harbourside Overpass was added to allow pedestrian’s access to the Spirit Trail. When completed, the trail will wind along the waterfront, linking North Shore communities. The Green Necklace is another walking route that, once completed, will create a seven-kilometre circle centred on Lonsdale, including Greenwood Park to the north and Victoria Park to the south. Physically fit seniors may choose to get around by bicycle. In the last few years, bike lanes have made a place for cyclists on North Shore roads — along Marine Drive and Larson Road — and there are plans to add more. With its health benefits, both physical and mental, it’s a great option for residents who are able. Electric bicycles are a good alternative for those who need a little help on the hills. continued, NEXT PAGE
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Last June, the Harbourside West Overpass section of the Spirit Trail was opened, giving pedestrians and cyclists greater access to the waterfront. Submitted photo
continued from, PREVIOUS PAGE Cycling, however, isn’t a practical solution for many, especially in rainy and snowy weather. City of North Vancouver transportation engineer Dragana Mitic points out that there has been a gradual shift toward the use of greener modes of transportation. She suggests that some North Shore residents may be unaware of the improvements that make walking and cycling more accessible. She also feels that some may be a little inhibited to make changes, but she is optimistic the trend toward greener forms of transportation will continue. As we age, living close to services, shopping and social centres can allow us to preserve our independence. As Moira has found, life without a car can be simpler, cheaper and healthier. Living near transit routes seems to be the key to making it work. It’s comforting to know, though, that whether we have to or choose to, going car-less is not only possible, but also has its advantages. —Josie Padro works for North Shore Caregiver Support Project
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257 Horseshoe Bay and 250 Blue Bus travel to Horseshoe Bay with several stops along the way. TransLink offers a number of convenient ways to access transit information: ■ Visit www.translink.ca, for routes, schedules and service updates as well as videos with tips on navigating the system. ■ Contact TransLink by phone at 604-9533333, daily, 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. ■ If you have a cellphone, go to m.translink. ca, for schedules, service alerts and other rider information ■ Also by phone, access TransLink’s Next Bus short message service. Phone 33333 and text in your bus stop number (found on the upper right hand corner of the bus stop sign). An automatic text response will reply with the next six arrival times for your bus. A number of mobile apps, transitASSIST and iTransit for example, are also handy for obtaining transit information. A newly created map of North Shore cycling routes will be available at various public locations during Bike to Work Week, May SENIOR 28 to June 1; after that SERVICES AT it can be picked up at Mountain Equipment A GLANCE: Co-ops, libraries, bike ROYALTY shops and community HOME CARE centres on the North 604.986.6796 Shore. www. Bike lockers are royaltyhomecare.ca available at Phibbs From Deep Cove to Exchange, on Main Horseshoe Bay, Royalty east of Mountain Home Care provides Highway, allowing services to enable seniors cyclists to store their to be able to continue living at home. Whatever bikes in a safe and dry health or safety issues you place while they take may have – Royalty Home transit further. Lockers Care is able to help you live can be rented for $10 a independently at home. month plus deposit.
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Making dining out just a little bit easier It is now easier than ever to make healthy choices when dining out with the recent launch of the Province of British Columbia’s Informed Dining program. Featuring more than 300 restaurant outlets in British Columbia, the program publishes nutritional information and allows diners to view the information in a format similar to that of a nutritional guide on products at the grocery store. All you have to do is look for the Informed Dining logo at participating restaurants. “British Columbians have made it clear they want information to help them make informed choices about what they and their families are eating,” says B.C. Minister of Health Mike de Jong. “With Informed Dining, we are partnering with B.C. restaurants to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.” Some of the participating restaurants include chains such as The Boathouse, De Dutch, A&W and Little Caesar’s, and stand-alone restaurants such as H.A.V.E. Cafe in Vancouver, Mountain Eagle Books in Smithers and Joseph’s Coffee House in Victoria. With people in British Columbia eating a meal in a restaurant approximately 10 per cent of the time, it’s never been more important to be able to source out healthy options. With the new program, calorie and sodium information is prominently highlighted for all regular menu items, while other nutrients, including carbohydrates and fat, are also noted. The program also gives advice on daily calorie and
British Columbians have made it clear they want information to help them make informed choices about what they and their families are eating,” says B.C. Minister of Health Michael de Jong. “With Informed Dining, we are partnering with B.C. restaurants to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.” sodium requirements. Excess weight can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and various cancers, so caloriecounting is an important part of a healthy diet. Eating too much sodium contributes to high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease, making sodium another important piece of the healthy eating puzzle. “Healthy eating is a critical element in living a long and healthy life and avoiding cardiovascular disease,” says Gavin Arthur, vice-president of research and health promotion for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. “The Informed Dining program takes a positive step forward in providing people with information they can use in making informed choices while dining out.” The program is voluntary, but the provincial government is
encouraging every restaurant to join the initiative and make such information available. “We want to be part of the solution in making healthy choices, easy choices in B.C.,” says Vice-President of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association Mark von Schellwitz. “This program has the potential to help restaurant patrons become more conscious about what they are eating – it also shines a light on those establishments already providing menu nutrition content while encouraging other restaurants to follow suit.” The provincial government has been working on this program since 2010, and has given restaurants several options for disclosing nutrition information, including a menu insert, a poster or a brochure. “I am proud that we have about 300 outlets across the province signed up to participate in this important program,” says Ian Tostenson, CEO and president of the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “I know that other business will continue to learn more about Informed Dining and sign up – this information is what our customers have been telling us they want, and it is our responsibility to provide it.” The initiative is part of the Healthy Families BC campaign, created by the Province to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic disease. For more information, visit www. healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/informed-dining. The website also features a contest with weekly draws and a grand prize to cook like a chef and learn from a dietitian.
START ASKING GE T THE FAC TS Making informed menu choices can be challenging. But with the new Informed Dining program, restaurant-goers can now get the facts when dining out. Just look for the Informed Dining logo at participating restaurants and ask your server for nutrition information to help you make healthy choices from the menu. You can now be confident when eating at participating restaurants that you’ll have access to nutrition information before you make your menu choice. Stop guessing...and start asking!
WIN BIG! Enter now for a chance to win great prizes, including a Grand Prize worth $2,500! Other prizes include $150 prize packs to featured Informed Dining restaurants across B.C. Enter weekly for more chances to win! Learn more and enter today at healthyfamiliesbc.ca
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DRIVER. Class 1 Drivers wanted. Offering top pay. Close to home. Home most weekends. Family comes first! 1 year flat deck exp. & border crossing a must. Fax resume & driver abstract to 604-853-4179.
Seeking mature individuals with car or truck to deliver the new Canpage phonebooks in greater Vancouver area. Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door.
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The North Shore Outlook, a weekly publication serving more than 56,350 homes in North and West Vancouver, has an opening for a full-time, multi-media journalist. The successful candidate will have diverse writing capabilities, including a flair for narrative. Advanced photography and video skills will be key attributes, as well as excellent time management. An ideal applicant will have a strong grasp of social media best practices (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), a passion for online journalism, and an understanding of how to tailor content accordingly. We are looking for someone who will be a key contributor to the core print product, while bringing creativity and innovation to our web-based branding. Knowledge of basic Photoshop, iMovie and InDesign is a must. Candidates should have a diploma/degree in journalism, or a related field. The successful candidate will show keen attention to detail, work well under deadline pressures, and be willing to learn in a fastpaced environment, as well as have the ability to teach others as new strategies and techniques are incorporated into our media package. The Outlook is part of Black Press, Canada’s largest private, independent newspaper company, with more than 150 community, daily and urban newspapers in B.C., Alberta, Washington State, Ohio and Hawaii. Those interested should submit a resume, writing samples and a cover letter by June 29, 2012. Contact: email@example.com fax: 604 903-1001 #104 – 980 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3N4 Only selected applications will be contacted.
STRUCTURLAM PRODUCTS Ltd., located in beautiful Penticton, B.C. is seeking experienced Timber Framers. For more information and to apply, please visit our website @ firstname.lastname@example.org WANT TO SEE Scenic BC! Needed Immediately . Experienced Feller Buncher Operator with Chipper Head/Mower to work around Hydro Transmission Lines. Must be willing to travel throughout BC (based out of Vanderhoof). $28-$34 per hour + Benefits. For more info. e-mail: email@example.com. Send Resume to: SBCJOBS Box 1136 Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 or Fax: (250) 567-2550
wanted by Fuchs Lubricants Co. in Langley to do shipping / receiving, packaging and yard maintenance. Must be physically fit and capable of some heavy lifting and forklift work.
$17/hr. to start immediately + Beneﬁts & Proﬁt Bonus. Email resume to custservpaciﬁc@fuchs.com or fax to 604-888-1145
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PropertyStarsJobs.Com An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. An Earthmoving Company in Alberta is looking for a 3rd year or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will be part of a team maintaining and servicing our fleet of Cat dozers, graders and rock trucks plus Deere/Hitachi excavators. You will work at our Modern Shop at Edson, Alberta with some associated field work. Call Contour Construction at (780)723-5051
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AIRLINES ARE HIRING- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783
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The Tsleil-Waututh Child & Family Development Centre has limited spaces to offer part-time preschool experiences. Have your child engage with other children and experience a stimulating environment, supervised by qualified Early Childhood Educators, in a First Nation’s setting. With our limited spaces, we can offer plenty of flexibility on days and hours. Please call Marc at 604 929 0693.
MATURE COUPLE/single person to be caretaker & p/t laborer. Accommodations prov’d, small equipment exp. req’d. Salary to be negotiated. Reply to Box #235 c/o 34375 Gladys Ave., Abbotsford BC V2S 2H5.
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HOTEL, RESTAURANT, FOOD SERVICES
Hiring for all FULL & PART TIME Shifts for 1034 Marine Drive, North Van location. Ability to work till late or work early (6am start) a great asset. Benefits available, and competitive wage Email resume and hours available to: Subway_careers@shaw.ca
INSTALLERS & HELPERS for SHOWER DOOR & CLOSET ORGANIZER INSTALLATION Surrey’s Leading Glass & Shower Door Company Rahul Glass Ltd. is looking for experienced Full-Time Installers & Helpers. Exciting packages will be offered to those with previous exp. WILLING TO TRAIN. Punjabi speaking is an asset.
Contact Raj 604-710-1581 or fax resume: 604-592-2690
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BULK PETROLEUM Denwill, a carrier of bulk liquid petroleum products based in Burnaby requires Class 1 Drivers. We offer: • Competitive Hourly pay • Great benefits package • Excellent equipment • 4 on and 4 off work schedule • Steady year round local work • On the job training leading to certification in the transportation and handling of petroleum products
We require Drivers with: an excellent safety record 3 years exp. Class 1 with Air Email your resume and current drivers abstract to: HR@denwill.net
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ABEAM contracting. Reno’s, Decks, Fences, Construction. Richard 604-928-2944
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Be part of our exciting, worldclass softball tournament, which takes place from June 30 - July 9 in Surrey, BC. We are looking for volunteers in areas such as: scorekeeping, security & parking, tickets & gates, announcers, transportation, batgirls and more! We ask that each volunteer work a minimum of 20 hours. In exchange for your time, each volunteer will receive:
CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are Spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at fraservalleyhumanesociety.com or call 1 (604)820-2977
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Golden Retriever, 1 male/1 female, 2 & 3 yrs old, good temperament. $150. (604)795-0118 No Sun calls LAB PUPS, Chocolate, $700. vet ch, dew-claws rem. 1st shots, dewormed. qual. lines (604)702-0217
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Driver’s license and reliable vehicle required. Familiarity with North Shore streets an asset. Earn money delivering The Outlook newspaper.
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WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in June, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888-5936095.
CARS - DOMESTIC
CENTURY APT 250 East 15th St.
1985 CADILLAC SEVILLE, 4 L, loaded, all options, mint in/out. all orig, and car cover. 70,000 orig miles. $5000 obo. (604)505-7713.
Spacious 1 bdrm ($950/mo) & 2 bdrms ($1300/mo) avail June 1/15. Heat & hot water inc. Balcony Laundry fac. avail. Off street parking, $25. Children welcome. No pets.
1992 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD, Immaculate condition. Loaded, sunroof. Bose gold stereo. 58,000 org. mls. $4000. 604-532-8040.
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TRUCKS & VANS
1988 CHEVY SILVERADO 2500, 3/4 ton, loaded, a/c, Air Cared, premium cond. 178K. $3500 obo (778)565-4334
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Interior/Ext Painting. Drywall Repairs. Text Ceiling Repair. Power washing. Free Est. (778)709-1081
Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. income w/ drivers license. DL #30526
ALDERGROVE 7 bdrm, 4 bath, 9 yrs old, 2 a/g stes on 1st floor, 4 bdrms up, open concept kitchen with island, crown moldings, south backyrd. RV access. $579,900. Offers. (604)856-4721
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SCRAP CAR REMOVAL
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HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?
“ ABOVE THE REST “ Int. & Ext., Unbeatable Prices, Professional Crew. Free Est. Written Guarantee. No Hassle, Quick Work, Insured, WCB. Call (778)997-9582
2008 FREEDOM SPIRIT 20’ travel trailer, like new, hardly used, a/c, f/s, dble bed, dble sink, nook, couch 2 prop tanks/2 batteries, $10,500 obo. Must sell. (604)581-5117
Always! deliver Top soil, bark mulch, sand & gravel. 7days/wk. Simon 604-230-0627 will spread
(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. www.paintspecial.com
2001 VICTORY CRUISER deluxe 46,000 kms. 1500 cc, AT H/P $6,500. Call 604-534-2503.
But Dead Bodies!!
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3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour
WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $180 or Well Rotted 10 yds - $200. 604-856-8877
THURSDAY DELIVERIES ONLY
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ACKER’S RUBBISH REMOVAL. Quick. 7 days. Fast/reliable. Call Spencer 604-924-1511.
Adult Carriers Needed Immediately
2007 Honda Civic DXG 5 speed standard, 2 dr., grey, 135K, p/w, p/l, a/c, am/fm/cd, no acc. $10,000 604-793-3819 6-9pm
1990 Dodge Diesel Tow Truck. 5spd, new tires, wheel lift, low km’s, does need finishing work. Pictures available. $3500. 604-996-8734.
• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331
2001 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA, 1.8T turbo, 4 dr sedan, std, all options, exc cond. $5300 obo 604-780-8404 2003 TOYOTA COROLLA 5 spd manual, silver, 152K, 1 owner, great on gas, winter & summer tires. $5500. Call 604-560-1684. 2006 JAGUAR X-Type, 3.0, V6, 114K, silver, black lthr, lady driven, exc cond!! $19,800. 604-542-5833.
828 COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
MATTRESSES starting at $99
GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627
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CARS - DOMESTIC
ABBOTSFORD: For Lease: 12,000 sf industrial bldg with 3 large overhead drs & office. 1 acre paved and fenced yard with ample parking. Located close to Mt Lehman interchange. Call Ken 604-855-6430
PITTBULL PUPPIES. 8 weeks old. 4M & 2 F. Bluenose. Vet checked. $350. each. 604-825-6793
TOY POODLE puppies. 1 apricot, 1 white, both male. Adorable. $700. 778-240-2400 (Cloverdale)
2001 CHEV CAVALIER, 5spd manual, 4dr, low kms, new aircare, $2450 firm. 604-538-4883
PERSONAL SERVICES HEALTH PRODUCTS
COCKER SPANIEL Puppies Family raised – pure bred, no papers, $500. (604) 888-0832 FILA GUARD DOGS. Excellent Loyal Family Pet, all shots Great Protectors! Ph 604-817-5957.
On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!
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JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly
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For more information, visit our website at: www.canadian openfastpitch.com or contact our ofﬁce at 604.536.9287 or info@canadianopen fastpitch.com And don’t forget to like us on Facebook at: http://www. facebook.com/Canadian OpenFastpitch and follow us on Twitter @CdnOpen!
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25 yrs in rooﬁng industry
GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc is seeking skilled Formwork Carpenters and apprentices for projects in the GVRD. Good knowledge of commercial construction forming systems/ processes and training in Fall Pro, Scissor Lift an asset. Send resume via fax:
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Mainland Rooﬁng Ltd.
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GL ROOFING. Cedar shakes, Asphalt Shingles, Flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters. $80. 604-240-5362 SPECIALIZING IN RE-ROOFING. WCB Insured., 3rd Party Liability, BBB member. Jas 604-726-6345
Qualify Now To Be Debt Free 1-877-220-3328 PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc is seeking skilled Tower Crane RIGGERS for projects in the GVRD. Rigging ticket, experience on a commercial construction site working under a crane is required. Send resume via fax:
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1998 CADILLAC D Ellegance, 107 km, 4 dr sedan, fully loaded, Aircrd to 2013. Very clean. Exc. runner. $3700 firm. Call 604-534-0923
1997 VENTURA Mini Van, like new cond in/out, loaded, tinted windows, 4 16” extra new high performance tires on allied wheel avail. $350. AirCared. Picture avail. $1200. 604-9968734.
2000 DURANGO 4X4, loaded, seats 7, AirCrd, exc. cond. $4100 obo. Call 604-780-8404 2003 CHEVY VENTURE LS, 7 passenger, auto, 5 door, 189K, $3500 obo (604)298-2659 2005 FORD F150, 4X4, crew cab , green, auto, 160 kms, options, $12,000 firm. Call 604-538-9257.
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Welcome to Kanaka Creek. An idyllic Maple Ridge neighbourhood close to schools and parks.
3 & 4 BEDROOM TOWNHOMES from $299,900
MOVE IN NOW Sales Centre open 12-5pm daily 11176 Gilker Hill Rd. 604- 476 -1188
Pricing is subject to change. Net HST not included. E.&O.E.
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