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Canada Day at Canada Place - July 1 Unleash your Canadian pride for our country’s 145th birthday. The festival begins with the high-energy Canada Day Parade recognizing diversity, multiculturalism and freedom. Vancouver’s largest waterfront party will feature performance from Juno award-winners including Spirit of The West and Alex Cuba, along with 25 other fantastic music and dance performances on three stages. Enjoy lumberjack shows and Canadianinspired food from local vendors. No birthday is quite complete without a magical fireworks display, which will begin at 10:30 pm. CanadaPlace.ca/ canadaday
Block Party at the Waldorf Hotel The historic Waldorf hotel in Vancouver hosts its first Canada Day celebration, a block party gathering together the city’s best food carts and entertainment. Participating food carts include the Juice Truck, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Off the Wagon and La Brasserie. A diverse array of entertainment will include everything from French ukulele to 60s soul. Festivities will mark the launch of The Waldorf Hotel’s outdoor summer space, which includes a beer garden and a fish taco stand. The event runs from 12 - 6pm, with all ages welcome. WaldorfHotel.ca
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Granville Island will be throwing one of the city’s biggest parties this Canada Day, with tons of events running all afternoon. Join in the parade by decorating your stroller, bike or trike, followed by the singing of the national anthem and cake for everyone. Live performances and tantalizing food carts will be on site, as well as a fun-filled Children’s Pavilion. An all day dance party invites all ages and abilities to a “Last Dance”, celebrating the late Donna Summer with disco-style fun.
You don’t have to go far to celebrate. The following parks are hosting July 1 events: Britannia Community Services Centre, False Creek Community Centre, Hastings Community Centre, Hillcrest Centre, Kerrisdale Community Centre, Renfrew Community Centre, Sunset Community Centre, and Thunderbird Community Centre.
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C’mon, Vancouver. Get cycling COVERSTORY By Ulrike Rodrigues
yclists are everywhere. If you’re in traffic, we swirl around you. If you’re on the seawall, we glide past you. If you’re on the sidewalk, we steer around you. If you’re on a bike— we’re behind you. According to the City of Vancouver website, cycling is the fastest growing method of travel, and almost 16 per cent of Vancouver residents cycle or walk to work — including a full 41 per cent of the residents in the downtown and West End neighbourhoods. And if you’ve noticed more bikes than usual this spring, it’s because 2012 is a champagne year: at the convention centre, 1,500 delegates of the international Velo-City Global 2012 conference are rolling up their trousers to talk cycling planning. In the streets, thousands of participants of the third annual Velopalooza bicycle festival are rolling out their bikes for two weeks of themed rides, parties, talks and water fights. It’s getting to the point that driving is the old normal. Cycling is not just for weekends anymore, and it’s no longer rumpled. Like a lively golden thread, city cycling has sewn itself into the fabric of Vancouver’s dashing new look. It’s fresh-faced, lighthearted, practical-minded and easy on the eyes. It’s easy to try, too. With its mild weather, separated pathways, and cycle-themed hangouts, Vancouver dares you to not try a day on a bike. But about those sidewalks. It’s super that everyone’s so keen, but did you know that not only is it not legal to ride on the sidewalk, but it’s totally not cool in the cycling community. And that “cycling community” is actually a misnomer? June is Bike Month in Vancouver, and this week, WE shares tips, tricks, facts, and jabs from the heart of the cycling, er, scene.
A fashionista who rides: Christi York of BuenoStyle coasts along the Seawall near Granville Island. Martin Gisborn photo
[Connecting with cycling] If you’re new to cycling, new to Vancouver, or just velo-curious, cruise a few places to find your people. Go to a bike shop. Many bike shops have bulletin boards near the door or cash register. Browse the posters, brochures, maps and newsletters. Go to a bar or cafe. Hang out at a biker-loving watering hole like the Musette Caffe, Wilder Snail, Banditas Taquiera, The Brickhouse, or The Cambie. Go to a venue. Check out BMX, track, cyclocross or downhill mountain-biking by showing up as a spectator. Take a course. Volunteer. Like a Facebook group or join a Meetup online. It’s hard to recommend any one group over another, so use your Google sense and try some keywords. Browse a blog. Begin with a general blog like Average Joe’s Cycling Blog (AverageJoeCyclist.com),
Visit richmondgokarts.com for details. Get out and have yourself some REAL Canadian FUN!
Essential cycling gear: rear rack, bike bag, basket, kickstand, U-Lock, fender. Doug Shanks photo
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and follow the links. Pull up a general info website. The City of Vancouver (Vancouver. ca), Translink, (Translink.ca), Cycle Route Planner (CycleVancouver.UBC. ca), Tourism Vancouver (tourismvancouver.com) and Tourism BC (HelloBC.com) Poke around in a special interest website. HUB: Your cycling connection (BikeHub.ca), Velopalooza (Velopalooza.com), Vancouver Bicycle Club (VBC.bc.ca), Vancouver Bicycle Rides (VancouverBicycleRides. com), and Cycling BC (CyclingBC. net) are a good place to start.
[5 cool things to do with a bike] When is a bicycle not a bicycle? When it’s a burro, a bottle opener, a taxi and SUV (Supreme Utility Vehicle), and an unending source of amusement. Carry stuff. With a rear rack, a cardboard box and a couple of bungees, you can carry $200 worth of groceries from the supermarket. (MomentumMag.com/articles/fear-factorsuperstore-shopping) Carry people. It’s not legal in Vancouver, but if you pad the rear rack of your bicycle, you can invite a passenger to sit side-saddle and ride pillion. Open a bottle. If your bike has water bottle mounts, you can attach a specially-designed bottle opener to the frame of your bike. (TheBikeDr.com/ Cool-Stuff/norco-bottle-opener.html) Light up. Use the motion of your wheels to power the front and rear lights (ReeLight.com) or to animate
the streets. (MonkeyLectric.com) Play it straight. Ride a straight line in traffic, shoulder-check before you change direction, pedal one kilometre per hour at stop signs, use your right arm to signal right turns, and stay off the sidewalk.
[Dressing appropriately] Important Announcement: the days of pulling on shiny sport fabrics have passed. We can now return to riding bicycles in regular attire. Pants. Most pants are cycle pants. Look for stretchy fabrics and avoid pants with bulky inseams. Tuck the cuffs into your socks to protect them from the bike chain grease. Better yet, ride a bike with a chain guard. Skirt. Choose either a flowy A-line or a stretchy pencil silhouette. Add pleats and slits for even more mobility. Wear padded bike shorts underneath for comfort and modesty while pedaling, then discreetly pull off the shorts when you arrive. Tights or leggings. Black, footless leggings are great for warmth and style under regular shorts, skirts or dresses. Any kind will do, but a pair with more stretch than cotton in the blend help will help with shape and durability. High heels. Savvy, suited cyclists agree: it’s easier to pedal in heels than walk in them, because you have less weight on the ball of your foot. Requires some practise. (MomentumMag.com/videos/biking-to-work-in-adress-and-heels) Hair. Take preventative measures and seek a cycle-positive stylist who can offer well-tested suggestions.
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Never, ever wear a bicycle helmet over wet hair. Scarves. Cotton scarves or bandanas add flair to a summer outfit, keep your neck warm on a cool night, and work as an impromptu headband to hide helmet hair. Rain poncho. If rain threatens, a cover-all rain cape drapes over you, your regular jacket, and your bike. Under $50. Safety vest. As dusk falls, transform your regular clothes into reflective gear simply by slipping a mesh-fabric safety vest over top. Dress your bike. Add fenders so puddles donâ€™t splash your clothes. Add a chain guard so oil doesnâ€™t stain your slacks. Add a rack or basket to carry stuff instead of a shirt-wrinkling backpack. Bus fare. If you get caught in the wrong clothes, in the wrong weather, or at the wrong time, just call it a day and take your bike on the bus. Keep a book of Translink FareSaver tickets in your wallet so you donâ€™t have to scramble for change.
[Where to find affordable gear] Gone are the days when you needed to get technical at an outdoors store to ride cycle in the city. To feel safe, comfortable and stylish when you ride, the bargains are in a neighbourhood near you. Downtown. For dry feet, visit the boot department of Army and Navy for a houndstooth spin on the rubber boot. $29.99. Kitsilano (and other locations). If you donâ€™t ride far or fast when itâ€™s wet outside, try the featurerich rain pants at Markâ€™s Work Wearhouse instead. $29.99. Cambie Village. Pssstâ€”need a bike? The Vancouver Police Department has a deal for you. Once a year the VPD sells off their collection of unclaimed stolen bikes in a three-day public auction. There were 400 on offer this past spring. East Vancouver. For those who like to forage for bargain parts and accessories, check the aisles of donated or consigned items at Our Community Bikes and Sports Junkies.(PedalPower.org/our-community-bikes/ ; SportsJunkies.com/ East Village (formerly Hastings-Sunrise). When Main Street and Commercial Drive feel too mainstream, bike clothing crafters source wool pants and skirts, retro t-shirts, and Madmen jackets at the mom-and-pop thrift stores surrounding Value Village. (ValueVillage.com)
[5 accessories to make your bike more useful] When it comes to environmentally transporting goods and materials, we Vancouverites could learn from other continents â€” and eras. Rear rack. With a rack on the back of your bicycle, you can carry almost anything. It takes the weight off your sweaty back and your sore butt. Starting at $15. Bungee cords. Use one or two bungees to secure a box of groceries, extra clothing, a purse, a hockey stick, and a surprisingly wide range of odd objects to your bikeâ€™s frame or rear rack. $2 or less. Bike bags. Known as panniers, bike bags hook onto a rear rack and keep groceries (no more shopping bags!) and clothes (no more gym bag!) dry and secure. They usually come in a pair starting at $40. Basket. Metal newsboy-style front baskets and racks are making a comeback. They can be light enough to detach and carry like a shopping basket, or sturdy enough to transport a Bichon Frise. Starting at $25. Kickstand. Mounted on the bottom bracket or rear
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Ulrike Rodrigues is a lifelong, car-free cyclist who shares her female-flavoured tales of travel, sex and magic in print, web, and wine bars. She wrote a monthly cycling culture column for MomenumPlanet. com, and most recently contributed to On Bicycles, edited by Amy Walker. Ulrike.ca.
triangle of your bike, a kickstand allows your loaded bike to rest wherever it wants. Inside, it keeps the bike away from easily-scuffed walls. Starting at $10.
[Safety and security] Compared to automobiles, bicycles are easy and inexpensive to maintain. Remember, theyâ€™re simple contraptions with a few moving parts. Keep those parts happy, and your bicycle will be happy. Air in the tires. Most people ride bicycles with too-soft tires. It wears out the tires and makes the bike harder to pedal. Inflate the tires every month or so. Roll up to any bicycle shop and theyâ€™ll show you how to check and inflate the tires yourself. Oil on the chain. A dry chain creaks, wears out other parts, and makes the bike harder to pedal. A bottle of chain oil usually costs less than five dollars, and a bike shop can show you how to apply it. Lubricate your chain every couple of weeks; more frequently if the bike gets wet. A yearly tune-up. A bicycle tune-up generally costs less than $50 and includes air, oil, an adjustment of moving parts, and a safety check. If you donâ€™t ride your bike often, ask a bike shop for a free estimateâ€”you may not need a whole tune-up. If you do ride regularly, get a tune-up every spring and fall.
[Tough situations] Sometimes riding a bike is not breezy and effortless. You can get tired, sweaty, lost, and intimidated by traffic and hills. The solutions are so simple youâ€™ll be amazed you didnâ€™t think of them yourself. Call BCAA. Your favourite roadside assist now helps with common cycle crises. Flat tire? Broken chain? Stranded in Delta? Call BCAAâ€™s Bike Assist and theyâ€™ll either repair your bike on the spot or â€œtowâ€? you home or to the nearest bike shop. BCAA. com/bikeassist Go multi-modal. If you need a little help getting where youâ€™re going (like through the George Massey Tunnel), use Translink. Thanks to their Bikes on Transit policy, you can bring your bike on the bus, SeaBus or SkyTrain at no extra cost. Get off the bike. Is that hill too steep? Get off the bike and push it. Is that traffic too busy? Get off the bike and wheel it to a quieter street. Is that destination too far? Get off the bike and go multimodal. Donâ€™t feel shy â€” even if youâ€™re walking the bike, youâ€™re still getting more exercise than that driver in the Pathfinder.
This is how not to lock your bike. Make sure you lock the frame, not the wheel. Ulrike Rodrigues
To keep your bike safe, you must outsmart the criminals who know more about bike security than you do. Record your bikeâ€™s serial number. The Vancouver Police Department recovers thousands of stolen bikes every year, but canâ€™t return them because many victims didnâ€™t record the serial number and didnâ€™t report the bike stolen. To locate your bikeâ€™s serial
number, ask a bike shop. Replace the quick-release parts. Annoyingly, many new bikes still come with a quick-release (QR) front wheel, rear wheel, and seat post that are easy to steal. For as little as $20, you can replace all three QR parts with a security skewer set. Use a U-lock, not a cable lock. Yes, hauling a heavy, high-security lock along on a ride sucks, but itâ€™s a fact of life when you cycle in Vancouver. Use a U-lock to secure the frame (not wheel) of your bike to a rack or pole. Donâ€™t use a cable lock unless your bike is worth less than $30.
[Vancouverâ€™s best places to get your bike stolen] Itâ€™s about the lock, not the bike. As one pawn shop owner put it, â€œIf you locked a $800 stereo system out on the street, it would get stolen too.â€?
[Routes] Ocean, forest and mountains. Millions of bike-renting tourists canâ€™t be wrong: the car-free Seawall path around Stanley Park is a 360Â°, 10-kilometre, counter-clockwise ring of pedal heaven. Sun and beaches. The three-kilometre section of the Seaside Bicycle Route connecting Spanish Banks, Locarno Beach and Jericho Beach offers up a near-continuous, family-friendly stretch of sand. Bridges and cafĂŠs. The Seaside Bicycle Route also includes an urbane False Creek section dotted with sidewalk cafes and green gardens. The path runs seven kilometres between and beneath Vancouverâ€™s Burrard, Granville and Cambie Street bridges. History and industry. On Sundays only, the Burrard Inlet Commissioner Street route (four kilometres)
and the Fraser River Kent Avenue Bikeway (seven kilometres) lose their weekday truck traffic and reveal locals-only glimpses of sea port and wood mills. Bike geeks and freaks. Join the flow on the Adanac Bikeway (5.5 kilometres) or 10th Avenue Bikeway (seven kilometres). Both routes run east-west through central and east Vancouverâ€™s leafy residences. The most interesting bike route youâ€™ve never ridden. For an easy day trip or an after-work spin, jump on the 24-kilometre Central Valley Greenway. The inter-urban trail connects the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster on a flat, continuous, paved route that shadows the Translink Millennium line. Follow the path of creeks, crows and old railway lines from False Creek to the Fraser River, then grab a snack at New Westâ€™s River Market. INFORMATION FEATURE
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Constance Barnes: fashionista on wheels By Martha Perkins
Looking gorgeous on or off a bike doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here’s Contance Barnes’ deconstruction of her outfit:
• black patent stilettos, from one of my all time fave shoe stores, Army and Navy,$19.99
e all do it — come up with a reason why we can’t ride our bikes more often. Constance Barnes, a member of Vancouver’s parks board, former model and aspiring NDP MLA, travels almost exclusively by bike.
WE Vancouver: What do people say when you ride up to an event on your bike dressed to the nines?
• Magenta highwaisted magenta pencil skirt, Union Gospel Thrift Store on Hastings, $7.99
Constance Barnes: They always say the same thing over and over and over “Did you just bike here in that?!”
Is it really possible not to sacrifice fashion when you bike to work and various events during the day?
• Little Navy pinstriped bolero jacket, Winners, $23.99
Absolutely! If anything it makes me want to get my fashion groove on even more! There is nothing like biking past “the elites” on my way to work cruising over the Burrard Street Bridge at a slow and steady speed with my 30-year-old Raleigh bike, my big hand-woven basket made by Amy Robertson, the Mayor’s wife, and wearing a fabulous magenta pencil skirt suit, wicked stiletto heels and my favourite Mac Russian Red lipstick! I then have a big happy smile and a “good morning” to go with the outfit... Now how friggin’ fun is that! Oh and dare I say I forget to mention I always wear a gold sparkly helmet!
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But what do you do on rainy days? LOL! Exactly the same thing but pull on my “big” fluorescent pants, heels go into my waterproof backpack, rubber boots on the feet and my trusty red rain slicker. Lipstick and eyeliner optional — but smile is a must.
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What do you recommend for staying warm, dry, and above all, visible to motorists? Flashing LED lights are really affordable and a must! I have them on the front and back of my bike and on my basket. I also have reflectors on my outerwear. My sister (who is not only an “elite rider” but also a triathlete), bought me these fabulous cycling lobster gloves... soooo cozy even when it’s below zero. Layering and lights are the key! I would love one of those cool neon bikes in the Blackberry Curve commercial but, alas, a bit out of my price range.
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Jennyfleur loves the runway
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On June 28 Yaletown boutique Jennyfleur Loves... will present its first-ever fashion show event at Barcelona Ultra Lounge (1180 Granville). Jennyfleur Loves... will also have â€œHaute Wheelsâ€?, Vancouverâ€™s first and only fashion truck, parked in front of the venue for curious onlookers and attendees to check out. Presented by LuvnGrace Entertainment and organized by international stylist Nicolette Lang-Andersen, Pret a Porter Fashion Affair will present unique and high-end fashions from around the world, emceed by TV host Mandy Ross. Hats for the show will be provided by Hive Mind Millinery and jewelry by Boutique Jewels. Tickets are $20 advance ($25 at the door) and on sale now at LuvnGraceAffair.com or at the Jennyfleur Loves... boutique location (Suite 110 - 1058 Mainland). Show starts at 8pm; after the event day, bring your ticket stub into Jennyfleur Loves... to receive 25% off regularly priced items (excluding some handbags).
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More to â€˜Choosâ€™ from Eugene Choo is celebrating its 12th anniversary and the grand opening of the new Eugene Choo Annex on June 28 from 7 to 10 pm. The Eugene Choo Annex, located right next door to Eugene Choo at 3697 Main, features an expanded selection of shoes, bags, accessories and gifts and will give everyone at the original Eugene Choo room to breathe. They are introducing some specialty shoe lines that have not been available before in Vancouver, such as: A DĂŠtacher, The Office of Angela Scott, Armando Cabral and La Botte Gardiane and adding lines theyâ€™ve long admired but have not had room to carry, such as Florsheim, New Balance and Belle by Sigerson Morrison. Take advantage of the celebrationâ€™s offer of 30 per cent off regularly priced merchandise. EugeneChoo.com
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The coming of Acorn OnThePLATE By Andrew Morrison
early a year ago I wrote a story that doubled as a wish list. My working copy was called Restaurants We Donâ€™t Have But Should. I asked chefs and restaurateurs about the food concepts theyâ€™d most like to see arrive in Vancouver. These were, in no particular order of desirability: a new and improved style of ramen house that used top-drawer ingredients and served really good beer and cocktails; a higher-end vegetarian restaurant that was less about a lifestyle choice and more about cuisine; an authentic Spanish tapas joint that was as cool as it was casual; and a Bao Bei-like Southeast Asian eatery that was an atmospheric step up from East Georgiaâ€™s famed Phnom Penh. While the Southeast Asian eatery has yet to become a reality, regular readers and serial diners know full well that weâ€™ve since welcomed a Spanish tapas restaurant â€” The Sardine Can â€” and Iâ€™m happy to report that two more of the hitherto absent concepts are on their way, namely the updated ramen house and the discerning, forward-thinking vegetarian restaurant. While I canâ€™t go into detail on the former just yet (no location has been secured and I donâ€™t
imagine weâ€™ll see it open until late 2013), I can tell you everything I know about the latter, because its opening is imminent. The wholly vegetarian Acorn is coming to us from local musician Shira Blustein and chef Brian Skinner. (Theyâ€™re aiming for the first week of July). The 50-seater with a 10-seat bar will be in the old Ciprianoâ€™s space at 3395 Main. The ebony stained, wood-clad interior is being done by local designer Scott Cohen (see also Le Faux Bourgeois, Pronto, The Waldorf) with mirror installations by Henderson Dry Goods. I expect it will look good, and that there will be many late nights (they have a 2am liquor licence). Itâ€™ll be good for the neighbourhood to have something new and original to try. Though Iâ€™ve never â€” to my knowledge â€” eaten Skinnerâ€™s food, he has an impressive pedigree. He apprenticed at Bin 941 and cut his teeth in London, at Pierre Gagnaireâ€™s Michelin-starred Sketch, at the private membersâ€™ club Institute of Directors, and at Viajante under star chef Nuno Mendez. Heâ€™s also been a stagiere at Noma in Copenhagen, counted by many as the worldâ€™s best restaurant. And, until recently, he was a chef-instructor at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. So will Acorn be ultra fancy? I canâ€™t imagine it being overly so. Rather, I see a cozy neighbour-
hood restaurant with a solid bar program and a well presented, reasonably priced menu that just doesnâ€™t happen to have any meat on it. The way in which it will attract a fair number of people who arenâ€™t vegetarians will be by virtue of its concentration on quality instead of theme. From everything that Blustein and Skinner have told me to date, the fact that the food will be vegetarian will be purely incidental, as it should be. Blustein is particularly blunt about her motivation: â€œWhenever Iâ€™ve come home from touring and eating great vegetarian food all over the world, Iâ€™ve just looked at what we have here and just said â€˜fuckâ€™, you know?â€? I may be a devourer of bacon, a lover of offal, and an occasional victim of blood pudding, but I know. And itâ€™s more than just the food thatâ€™s bad. Many of Vancouverâ€™s vegetarian establishments still cling to the outdated notion that they are â€œfunkyâ€?, not knowing that in the restaurant lexicon that word has come to mean awful decor, lacklustre service and uninspired food from menus that change every few years instead of flexing and fluxing â€” as they really should â€” with the seasons. Acorn could be the sea change that the milieu is long overdue for. I hope so, and I hope to see some of you in line (please bring jerky).
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Minami makes waves in Yaletown Seigo Nakamura loves the rich history of Japanese traditions. But he also thrives on being innovative and modern. All of his passions — and a fine eye for style and design — come together at Minami (“beautiful wave.”) Named after his daughter, the Yaletown restaurant opened last week in the former Goldfish space. It is an ambitious undertaking for Nakamura, who was involved in every aspect of the restaurant’s development — he even handpainted the sign on the outdoor patio’s wall. The menu shows imagination and flair, and maybe you’ll notice a smokey aroma with many of the seafood dishes. The sushi chefs apply direct fire on the fish to enhance flavours. Signature items include aburi salmon oshi sushi, jidori chicken and foie gras gyoza, chilled king crab and shrimp cha-soba, and a duo of sweet soy-braised short ribs and New York strip. Muralist Hideki Kimua’s whimsical and colourful art is painted directly on the walls, another example of how the past is given a modern twist. The restaurant also includes two private rooms: Blue Wave Room which seats 12 and Blue Ocean Room which can seat up to 40. The bar includes an extensive sake list and original cocktails. Nakamura’s first Vancouver restaurant was named after his oldest daughter Miku. Minami was named after his youngest daughter. Nakamura and his wife also have a son. Could this mean another new exciting development on the horizon?
New Memphis Blues Park Heffelfinger and George Siu have opened their sixth Memphis Blues Barbeque House. It’s at 430 Robson betweem Homer and Richards. Classic favourites — ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and, of course, catfish — are all up for offer. MemphisBluesBBQ.com
New York restaurant hires Maenam’s Angus An At Maenam, Chef Angus An made a name for himself by incorporating the fresh flavours of each season into traditional Thai dishes, giving them a West Coast flair. Now the East Coast will get a taste of what he’s been up to. He’s been recruited as chef consultant for Kittichai, “New York’s answer to world-class Thai cuisine.” A graduate of New York’s prestigious French Culinary Institute, An trained under some of the world’s culinary greats, such as Jacques Pépin, Alain Sailhac, André Soltner and Normand Laprise. While he will remain hands-on at the Kitsilano restaurant (1938 West 4th), he will also be travelling to New York about eight times a year. He has promoted Mike Tuangkitkun to Chef du Cuisine, and Sean Mcguire to Sous Chef to allow for his New York excursions. Sommelier Kurtis Kolt, WE Vancouver’s City Cellar wine columnist, also joins the team as a wine consultant. KittichaiRestaurant.com. Maenam.ca
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A page from Julia Child’s book This summer, Tobias Grignon, the executive chef at Bistro Pastis will take a page out of Julia Child’s most famous book. He’s designed a series of three-course prix fixe menus that follow recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking in honour of the 100th anniversary of Child’s birth on August 15, 2012. Menus run for two weeks and then change, starting July 3. If you turn to page 315 you’ll find one of the classic French dishes on offer from July 3 to 15. BistroPastis. com | 2153 W. 4th | 604-731-5020.
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t’s overcast with a threat of rain, but that hasn’t stopped a few cyclists from stopping by Musette Caffe on a recent Friday afternoon. Done up in riding gear, they sip americanos and cappuccinos at the downtown Burrard Street café’s communal tables. There are a few customers not in Spandex, but that’s probably just temporary — one casually dressed woman has brought her laptop, and its Apple insignia is covered over by a sticker with an illustration of a bike and the words “Put the fun between your legs.” There’s certainly no mistaking Musette Caffe (Italian spelling) for anything other than a café established by and for cyclists and cycling enthusiasts. Jerseys, of both the vintage wool and newer Spandex varieties, dominate most of the wall space. Behind the milk service station, photos of cyclists are pinned in a collage. Memorabilia, from tire pumps to water bottles, from a Lance Armstrong lunchbox to books on cycling, are displayed in glassed-in old shelving units. Manager Dave Bukets, who has a background in sports nutrition (he owns Performa Nutrition Solutions), says that coffee is a fine boost for a ride. “It’s pretty common to stop for coffee during a ride. It’s part of the culture.” The memorabilia is mostly from Eleizegui’s collection, though some of the items have come from
customers. The coffee is from 49th Parallel; the treats are from Sweet Naturally and To Die For; and Bukets himself makes the raw energy bars. In keeping with the cycling theme, even the café’s Marzocco espresso maker has been custompainted the same famous turquoise, known in the cycling world as “Bianchi green,” as that of a classic Bianchi bike hanging along a wall. The café does bring in a fair number of noncyclists, usually during the week and mainly from surrounding businesses, says Bukets, who has been on board since owner Thomas Eleizegui opened the café three months ago. “It’s an almost garage-y kind of feeling, with the communal tables, and so you get a lot of this kind of stuff happening,” says the manager. He nods at a table where two men, one in a business suit and the other in cycling gear, chat. The latter, notes Bukets, is an Olympics-level cyclist originally from Colombia. “That for us is the nicest thing,” says Bukets. “It’s one thing to sell coffee and another thing to have a community happening.” But the new, half-hidden hangout (the entrance is in the alley off the east side of Burrard between Drake and Burnaby), which hosts group rides twice weekly, at 7 a.m. Monday and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, is definitely a hit with Vancouver cyclists needing a caffeine fix. On weekends, says Bukets, the café “is all spandex.”
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fter the sea of leafy greens that has flooded the market throughout the spring, strawberries are finally here with a tasty burst of sweetness and a welcome pop of colour. They pair very well with lemon, balsamic vinegar, red wine, orange and mint, to name a few flavours. Whether they’re tiny, luxurious ruby bites or juicy, chin-dripping mouthfuls, strawberries mean that summer is officially here. Strawberries are a great addition to smoothies in the morning, crumble for brunch, cocktails in the afternoon or with anything chocolate for dessert. All day long
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1 At Monday night’s Jessie awards at the Commodore, the cast of the Vancouver Playhouse’s La Cage Aux Folles took part in a tribute to the now defunct theatre company. 2 Devon Brooks and Amy “Fabulous” Chan enjoyed the opening of Yaletown’s Minami on June 21. 3 Wine diva Daenna Van Mulligen and Raymond James Undercover sponsor Bonnie Cyre hosted the Shooting Stars Foundation fundraiser June 21 at Heritage Hall. 4 The Bay downtown sales director Brian Bice and Brockton Preparatory School teacher Ron Fremont attended Project Empty Bowl, in support of A Loving Spoonful’s Family Pantry Program, June 22 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. 5 Pourhouse barman Craig “Old Timey” Kenzie was a good sport at his Restaurant Rumble fundraiser, benefiting Aprons for Gloves, on June 19 at Meat & Bread in Gastown. 6 To Die For founder Erin Ireland passed out slices of her famous banana bread at the Shangri-La Hotel’s inaugural farmers’ market June 24. 7 Zara Durrani, host of Life & Style with Zara, at London Drugs’ Fall Indulgences cosmetics preview June 21 at Harbour Centre Tower. 8 Revlon’s Dawn Heppell showcased new product from the global beauty brand at the London Drugs beauty night.
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Dance at Dusk Broaden your cultural horizons by learning traditional Scottish Country and International Folk Dance. All classes are free, and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Scottish Country Dance: Mondays to August 13, 7 - 9pm International Folk Dance, Tuesdays to August 14, 7:30 - 9:30pm Classes take place at Ceperley Meadow. Visit RSCDSVancouver.org and VCN.BC.ca/vifd
Theatre Under the Stars Theatre Under the Stars kicks off its 66th season in Malkin Bowl with two stellar musicals. Running from July 10 till August 18, the two alternating shows will be the spirited classic The Music Man and Titanic: A New Musical, which will making its Vancouver debut. Grab a blanket, some friends and enjoy a glorious evening of live theatre. TUTS.ca
People Like Us is ‘a hidden gem for adults’ PEOPLE LIKE US Directed by Alex Kurtzman Starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks Screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, best known for such big-budget spectacles as Star Trek and Transformers, tackles more contemporary content for his directorial debut in People Like Us. Struggling corporate salesman Sam (Chris Pine) flies to L.A. for the funeral of his late father and discovers that dad’s will states he must deliver $150,000 in cash to a sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew he had and her troubled 12-year-old son. Despite a horribly contrived trailer and equally saccharine poster, the film is surprisingly moving and features some fine acting. Once Sam gets to L.A. he must contend with the inevitable family baggage which is quickly addressed by his mother
Tell Sarah Polley your dance card is full MOVIEREVIEWS TAKE THIS WALTZ Starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby Directed by Sarah Polley Fancying itself an unflinching account of a woman torn between devotion and desire, Sarah Polley’s second feature instead proves a prime example of the sort of cringe-inducing, callow screenwriting that calls attention to itself for all the wrong reasons. For instance, an early scene finds Margot (Michelle Williams) partaking in a historical reenactment of an adulterer’s public flogging. Any guesses what’s being foreshadowed? Next, she’s being rolled through an airport in a wheelchair. As she explains to Daniel (Luke Kirby), the flirtatious stranger seated beside her on her flight, she’s “afraid of connections.” Any guesses what the subtext might be? And just in case you’re thinking, “Isn’t it
about time for some more narrative contrivance?”, it turns out that Daniel is neighbours with Margot and her husband Lou (Seth Rogen). Whereas Lou is a baby-talking teddy bear who writes cookbooks, Daniel is a smut-whispering rickshaw driver who dabbles in art. And while Polley inexplicably depicts Daniel’s romantic pursuit of Margot as behaviour bordering on predatory, Williams convinces us that her character would be drawn to him, if only because it’s been ages since anyone’s carried a torch for her that’s burned so blindingly. Likewise, Rogen is largely effective as the hapless cuckold who’s tragically taken his wife (and her fidelity) for granted. Alas, just when it seems possible that more emotionally honest territory might be explored, Polley sends her film into a tailspin with a third act that’s as ham-fisted as it is wrongheaded. Ultimately, the best that can be said about Take This Waltz is that at least its broken heart is in the right place. — Curtis Woloschuk
Ted talks but doesn’t really have much to say TED Starring Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis Directed by Seth MacFarlane
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Lillian (Michelle Pfeiffer). It’s refreshing to see the veteran actress (who could have used more screen time here) actually get a decent script for once, proving she can still be taken seriously. However, the movie really belongs to Pine and Banks, who respectively give the best performances of their careers. The subject matter and source material are tinged with familiarity but the two actors elevate the script to great heights thanks to genuine emotions and real chemistry. Things become a tad tedious in the middle Thor and some of the quick editing is more conducive Diakow to the action genre Kurtzman is so used to. Minor issues aside, the end result is an engaging, endearing character study and convincing family drama. During a summer full of numerous sequels, mind-numbing action and idiotic comedy, People Like Us is a satisfying hidden gem for adults.
With the rampant popularity of his Family Guy animated series making him the highest paid writer-producer in television, Seth MacFarlane was assuredly feeling no financial pressure to make the jump to the big screen. Consequently, one can only assume that the rationale for writing and directing his first feature film was that he wanted to stretch himself creatively. And based on the evidence found here, it seems that MacFarlane expanding his range amounts to adding some swearing to his mixed bag of eager-to-offend gags. Predictably, the laughsper-minute ratio (by my calculation: one-per-five) remains the same as an average episode of Family Guy, which means that this 105-minute investment of time meets with meagre returns.
After a faux fairy tale prologue tells us of a little boy wishing his teddy bear to life, we then get to see how that’s working out 27 years on. Stuck in a go-nowhere job, John (Mark Wahlberg) spends his days downing beers and getting high with his stuffed pal Ted (a CGI creation voiced by MacFarlane). This does little to impress John’s girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis), who pressures him to distance himself from his foul-mouthed, loutish sidekick. Given that MacFarlane’s television shows have always favoured digressions over plot advancement, it’s unsurprising that the storytelling here takes a backseat to incessant pop culture references and cameos by the likes of Flash Gordon’s Sam Jones. Disappointingly, when tasked with devising an inspired climax for its arrested development tale, Ted opts for a toothless chase scene instead. It seems that this wannabe subversive flick suffers from the same problem that plagues its horny namesake: it doesn’t have any balls. — Curtis Woloschuk
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Rogers opened its new retail concept store at the corner of Davie and Jervis by not only offering some great give-aways and prizes, but also by hosting a concert at the Commodore. Guest band? Metric, which will be performing at Rogers Arena on November 10. The store offers a new modern design, more personalized one-on-one service, more of the latest technology to try on-site. Robyn Hanson photo
Whistler Film Fest scores industry’s stamp of approval By Greg Ursic
t’s fitting that the recent Whistler Film Festival Society’s “On Location” fundraising event at Northshore Studios fell on the longest day of the year given the slate of major announcements on tap. Now in its 12th year, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF), which executive director (and co-founder) Shauna Hardy Mishaw explains came into being “almost by accident”, has become one of the premiere boutique festivals in the world. And this is no mere boast. As Hardy Mishaw notes, of the roughly 2,000 film festivals in the world, Variety magazine, considered to be “the Hollywood bible”, endorses 30 festivals a year, and in 2011 they chose to partner with WFF. And they’re back again for 2012. Asked what that means for WFF, Hardy Mishaw doesn’t hesitate: “Publicity. With media coming on board Shauna Hardy with five days of coverage it Mishaw is huge.” And where Variety goes, other media outlets are sure to follow, such as Bell Media which, this month also announced a multimedia partnership with WFF. Adding to the excitement is the China Canada Gateway for Film® Script Competition. The competition — open to Canadian writer/producer teams — has been in discussions for several years and is the “first international co-production of its kind with China. [Winning] ensures the distribution of the film in the Chinese marketplace [the second biggest in the world] and funding, which is a huge opportunity,” Hardy Mishaw says. If you’re interested you have until August 17th to pitch your synopsis for consideration. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s more to come. To help shepherd WFF to the next level, it brought Paul Gratton on board as the director of programming. In his varied 30-year career Gratton — an avowed tequila aficionado — has run an arthouse theatre, worked for Cineplex and helped jumpstart Canadian Pay TV. (“I was there in 1982 when the flip was switched [and] ran Superchannel.”) When CHUM TV wanted to apply for an arts channel, they approached Gratton. He laughs, “I
said “But you’re dirty rock ‘n’ rollers” and they said “That’s why we want you to join us.’ So I started Bravo with a desk in the hallway across from the men’s room.” But Gratton is a film buff at heart and was ready for some fun. “I’ve seen 19,000 films since 1963 at the age of 10 and I have the notes to prove it,” he says with a big smile. So what’s his vision for the festival? He chuckles. “It’s such an unfair question after 24 hours, but I’ll answer it anyways.” He notes that with the steep economic decline in Europe, rich film subsidies there will fall, so you have to follow the audiences. “India, China and Korea have large populations and a growing middle class, so I’m going Pacific Rim.” The BC connection isn’t lost on Gratton either. “BC is about service production, and of course Canadian films, but it’s also about special effects and I’d like to see panels that reflect that.” But he also wants to expand beyond being a destination or industry festival. “How do you get Vancouver audiences that are well served by its festival to drive two hours? Well you program things that they don’t,” and Gratton clearly isn’t worried about shaking things up. “I’ve got nothing against emulating a Midnight Madness kind of thing; it’s become one of the most important strands in Toronto.” And then he drops the “C” word: “I’d like to bring in some movies that are effects driven, and may not be considered to be ‘appropriate’ for festivals, such as commercial film — I see nothing wrong with opening with a 3D movie.” Following on that theme, he adds, “[or]a commercial Bollywood film and bring some of the stars up. I guarantee you their fans will make the two-hour journey to see them.” Asked for his thoughts on women in film (especially in light of the recent controversy at Cannes where no female directors had a film in competition) Gratton was straightforward: “ I don’t believe in programming for political correctness, but having said that, in Canada there has always been a strong contingent of female filmmakers [and] you’re sure to find solid representation of women directors at the festival.” Just as we’re about to finish, Gratton is pulled away for the fourth time during our interview. He jokes, “We’re going to have the ‘most-interruptedinterview-series,’” and closes with “Those are my thoughts after 24 hours. Give me a call next week and I’ll have a whole different story for you.”
Hookah trial challenges city’s bylaw on health-risk and Charter grounds By Shawn Conner
trial involving two hookah shops and the City of Vancouver is scheduled to resume this week. The June 26 – 28 court dates will continue the trial that began in November of last year. The trial follows fines issued by the city in 2009 against the Ahwaz Hookah House on Georgia and the Persian Tea House on Davie for violating an earlier city by-law banning the burning of any substance in public buildings. The first part of the trial lasted two weeks, but that wasn’t enough to hear all evidence, says lawyer Dean P. Davison, who is representing the shop owners Hamid Mohammadian of the Persian Tea House and Abbas Abdiannia of Ahwaz. Among those to appear when the trial resumes is Barbara Windsor. Now retired, the then-deputy chief licence inspector for Vancouver will testify as to the research efforts undertaken by the City into the health risks of hookah smoking. “What we are saying is that they have a burden to show there are health risks, and that those health risks outweigh protections under the Charter,” says Davison. “We’re talking about herbal hookah; there hasn’t
been much research done on that. [The City] made this decision to ticket my clients without, I would suggest, having enough information on the actual health ramifications of smoking herbal hookah as opposed to tobacco hookah.” Hookah smoking is a part of Middle Eastern culture and religion, says the Persian Tea House’s Mohammadian. “In the Middle East, there’s a hookah shop on every street, like Starbucks,” says Mohammadian, who has been running the Persian Tea House for 16 years. The business now supports himself, his wife, their two children and a son-in-law. “Lots of people who are from the Middle East come to my shop. Right now we have many students from Saudi Arabia in Vancouver, and when they see my business they jump. They are really really happy.” The City had no official statement to make, due to the ongoing nature of the trial. “The definition in the bylaw says ‘burn or light any substance’,” says Davison. “It doesn’t specify what that substance would be.” He adds that the two herbal hookah shops burn the same charcoal Catholic churches uses to burn incense. He and his clients hope that the 2007 bylaw will be struck down, and rewritten to be more specific — and to allow herbal hookah smoking in Vancouver.
Kyle Rideout’s movie future may be in your hands Curtis Woloschuk
iewers who tuned into CBC’s Short Film Faceoff competition last Saturday and caught Kyle Rideout’s Hop the Twig would probably be surprised to learn 1) the ambitiously conceived and confidently executed piece is the experienced Vancouver actor’s first effort as a writer-director and 2) he somehow managed to pull it off on a miniscule $1,000 budget. Actor Kyle Rideout’s Hop the Taking its title from the 18th Twig is a contender in CBC’s Century slang equivalent for “kick the bucket,” Hop the Twig transports short film competition. If he wins the most online votes, he us back to a Gothic mansion where can win $40,000, which he’ll put young Audrey (Emily Kozak) has towards his next film. just figured out that her mother (Kelly Metzger) will die one day. As she fixates on the various fates that might befall her mom, we’re treated to comically macabre vignettes rendered in varied visual styles and augmented by animated flourishes. “I did actually have a moment when I was younger, lying in bed and realizing, ‘Oh my gosh... One day, my mother is going to pass away.’ It really terrified me,” says Rideout, who readily admits that he didn’t share his protagonist’s colourful imagination. “I definitely embellished a lot there.” Somewhat surprisingly, a few of those embellishments came courtesy of Bard on the Beach. While starring as Romeo, Rideout and the actress playing Juliet killed time by cataloguing “crazy ways of dying.” Of course, bringing these absurd death scenes to life required considerable resourcefulness on Rideout’s part. “We shot for seven days, which is a long time for a [10-minute] film. It was because it was shot over 30 locations,” he shares. “When Audrey was in her room and then goes down the hall to her mom’s room, that’s three different houses all combined... The mom’s bedroom is my grandparents’. The hallway is Hycroft. And then her bedroom is a church. It’s amazing what you can do with film. With two shorts to his credit (the other was Wait for Rain), Rideout has now set his sights on his first feature film: an 1800s psychological drama. The Short Film Faceoff’s $40,000 grand prize (based on online votes) would certainly allay the costs associated with “a period piece with animals and children and all the stuff that makes your budget increase.” But regardless of whether Hop the Twig walks away the winner, Rideout is confident that it’s prepared him well for the task that awaits. “People tell me that this is the most expensive sort of film to make. But I say, ‘Look at my first film. We can make it for cheaper.’” Hop the Twig can be viewed at www.cbc.ca/shortfilmfaceoff/. Voting commences at 8pm on June 30 and is open for 24 hours.
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West End shout-out I want to give a shout-out to the almost 13,000 people who signed the petition against extreme rezonings for towers in the West End, especially to stop the rezoning of 1401 Comox (St. John’s Church site) for a 22-storey Yaletown-type tower, and thanks to all who have stood on street corners talking to their neighbours, gathering signatures, hosting meetings, writing letters and spoken at last week’s public hearings. You make me proud to be a West Ender! And my rant to the rest of you: Council makes its decision June 27. Get off your asses and call or write to email@example.com. If you don’t, you deserve the hiked-up rents, demolished buildings, lost privacy, sunshine, and greenspace that will follow throughout the West End. The developers/speculators are at our doorstep! Rise up! Veteran West Ender, via email
Put this in your pipe This letter is in response to the “transit user and health care organization volunteer” who complained about people having a smoke at the bus stop outside Commercial/Broadway Station: If you genuinely object to someone smoking tobacco there, surrounded as you are by cars and buses belching carbon monoxide-laden diesel fumes, then you are either a scientifically-illiterate and prissy bigot, or obsessive to the point of mental illness. Either way, you have more to worry about than either cigarette smoke or tailpipe emissions. You’ve banished us from every pub, cafe, restaurant, private members’ club, and beach. Are you going to harass us on the curbs of busy roads now? Anonymous, via email
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This is a rave for the VPD. I was leaving a booze cruise last Saturday night, when I had a sudden urge to write graffiti on the wall. I got caught by two undercover cops who pulled me over. At first I denied it, then finally admitted to it. They were very cool and calm and they let me go with a warning and a promise to cover it up the next day. The only problem is, I was so drunk that I couldn’t find it on Granville St. I’ve learned my lesson and I promise to never tag again. I’m really sorry. Anonymous, via Rantline
A nice rave This is a thank you rave to the lovely couple who found my mother’s purse on Comox St and returned it to her. It’s nice to know that there’s still good people on this earth. Linda, via Rantline
Let’s hear it for St. Paul’s! I want to thank the cardiac unit at St. Paul’s Hospital. Due to their professionalism and proficiency, I’m able to make this phone call. Keep up the good work. I’m alive today thanks to them. John MacElroy, via Rantline
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Luxury-brand outlet centre to open near YVR
rom the BC Les Clefs d’Or — Vancouver Airport Authority has announced a luxury designer outlet centre which will be coming to Sea Island in the fall of 2014. Construction will begin late this summer on Russ Baker Way near BCIT’s Aerospace Technology Campus. The proposed new centre would feature European and North American luxury, designer and mainstream brands, such as Prada, Armani, Burberry, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna and Michael Kors. It is aimed at increasing the region’s destination appeal for visiting travellers as well as encouraging local shoppers to spend within their own community. Areas of the Fraser River that border the outlet centre will be protected and environmental enhancement plans include the installation of foot and cycling paths as part of the existing network.
The Loonie turns 25
wenty-five years ago, in their self-depracating style, Canadians dubbed the new one-dollar coin the Loonie and the name stuck. It’s celebrating its 25th birthday on June 30 and while there is a new, slimmer version (that’s giving grief to the City of Vancouver’s parking meters), artist Robert Ralph Carmichael’s design has changed little. Inflation has dented the buying power of the 11-sided coin but it is still possible to go out with a single Loonie in your pocket and buy something (before taxes, of course.) To celebrate, the Canadian Mint has released a two-loon (not to be confused with a Toonie) silver version that’ll set you back 35 Loonies.
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Become a Psychiatric Nurse in your own community There is an urgent need for more Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), particularly outside the urban areas of the province. And with the workforce aging – the average age of a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in BC is 47 years – the number of retirees from the profession is exceeding the number of graduates. Entry-level earnings start at $30.79/hour to $40.42/hour. Train Locally – The only program of its kind in BC, students can learn within their local communities via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements, and some regional classroom delivery. This 23 month program is accredited by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC). Government student loans, Employment & Labour Market Services (ELMS), band funding & other ﬁnancing options available to qualiﬁed applicants.
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WE Vancouver Thursday, June 28, 2012 EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 114
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An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and labour/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. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-7235051. BRICK LAYERS. Permanent F/T position. Must have Brick Laying Certificate with 1 - 2 years experience. Commercial / Industrial construction. Monday to Friday 7:30 3:30. Salary depending on experience. Email resume to: email@example.com
CRANE OPERATORS G & K Excavation & Demolition Services Ltd. is hiring for Crane Operators $28/hr., 40 hrs/wk. Mail – 6979 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5P 3Y7. Fax 604-214-9643
DRIVERS & MECHANICS Sahota Diesel Repairs Ltd. o/a Sahota Logistics is hiring for F/T Truck Drivers ($23/hr) & Truck and Transport Mechanic ($26/hr). Mail – 4784 Ross St., Vancouver, BC V5V 4V2.
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SERVICE EVALUATOR No Associated Fees Greater Vancouver area opportunities! Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. The company operates 1,678 stores in the United States and western Canada. We are seeking responsible, motivated and computer literate individuals to provide feedback specific to store conditions and service levels. Hourly rate paid for driving, observation, and report times. Reimbursement for mileage based on the distance associated with assignments. For additional information and to submit an online application visit: https://qualityshopper.org TECHS LIVE LARGE in Alberta! Moving/training/tool allowances. Great wages. Full benefits. Investment program. Go Auto has 30 dealerships/18 brands. Apply now! Careers@goauto.ca.
T-MAR INDUSTRIES located in Campbell River is hiring for the position of Heavy Duty Mechanic. Position comes with a competitive benefit package and applicant must possess a valid driver’s license. For details visit www.t-mar.com Contact Tyson Lambert by Fax: 250-286-9502 or by Email:email@example.com
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PERSONAL SERVICES 182
HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 287
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Greenworks Redevlopment Inc. Hedges, Pavers, Ponds & Walls. Returfing, Demos, Drainage, Jackhammering, Old Pools Filled in, Irrigation 604-782-4322
1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555.
Local & Long Distance
From 1, 3, 5, 7,10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free estimate/Seniors discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos
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YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899
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Please fax resume: (1)604-796-0318 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT & DIESEL ENGINE MECHANICS Required for Cullen Diesel Power Ltd. and Western Star & Sterling Trucks of Vancouver Inc. Positions avail. in Surrey & Kamloops. Also, Elk Valley as resident men. Detroit Diesel / MTU experience an asset.
Union Shop ~ Full Beneﬁts. Forward Resume to Annish Singh: Fax: 604-888-4749 E-mail:email@example.com
263 EXCAVATING & DRAINAGE # 1 BACKHOE & BOBCAT services, backfilling, trucking, oil tank removal. Yard/clean-up, cement & pavement re & re. 604-341-4446.
EXCO INDUSTRIES in 100 Mile B.C. is seeking experienced Steel Fabricators and Welders. We are a well established company offering competitive wages and benefit package. Submit resumes by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
HARDWOOD FLOOR REFINISHING
OIL BURNER TECHNICIAN Plumber/Gasfitter, 4th Class Power Engineer required in Yellowknife, NT. Journeyperson, bondable and own hand tools. Resume to: email@example.com
Century Hardwood Floors 604-376-7224
FLOOR REFINISHING/ INSTALLATIONS
• Tree & Stump Removal • Certiﬁed Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~
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ROOFTOP GARDENS Free Estimates. Ph 604-728-2008. WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $180 or Well Rotted 10 yds - $200. 604-856-8877
283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627
CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866
A-TECH Services 604-230-3539
353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS A EAST WEST ROOFING & SIDING CO. Roofs & re-roofs. BBB & WCB. 10% Discount, Insured. Call 604-812-9721, 604-783-6437
AT SKY VIEW ROOFING LTD Lic. & Ins. Exc. Refs. 15% Discount google our site 604-317-4729
FIVE STAR ROOFING All kinds of re-roofing & repairs. Free est. Reasonable rates. (604)961-7505, 278-0375
GL ROOFING. Cedar shakes, Asphalt Shingles, Flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters. $80. 604-240-5362 LIFE time metal roof, 3.5/sf, patio cover, sunroom, replace double glass windows. Andy 604-715-7525
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
FLUFFY WHITE Maltese pups, 8 weeks old. Family raised. $750 firm. Call 604-597-4760.
NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com
SMOOTH MINI Dachshunds. Born May 11/12 Family raised. 1st shots, dewormed. $750. 604-855-6176
WHIPPET PUPPIES, born May 10, reg’d, housebroken, $750. Please call: (403)210-0884, (403)999-9041 (Calgary)
MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 542
FRUIT & VEGETABLES
STRAWBERRIES Greenvale Farms Now Open!! Take 264 St exit off Hwy #1 & follow yellow signs
(6030 248 Street) OPEN Mon. Sat. 8am - 7pm Sun. 8am - 6pm 604-856-3626 / 604-855-9351
MATTRESSES starting at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331
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QUALITY Control Inspector needed, familiar with machining, welding and assembly processes in a heavy equipment, manufacturing environment. Responsibilities to include incoming and in-process product inspections and participation in troubleshooting teams. Reply to: email@example.com Visit: www.cwsindustries.com
A-1 PAINTING CO. 604.723.8434 Top Quality Painting. Floors & Finishing. Insured, WCB, Written Guarantee. Free Est. 20 Years Exp.
INVENTORY Control & Warehouse person needed to kit parts and maintain accurate stock control in a fast paced manufacturing environment. Applicants should have previous stock control experience, using ERP stock control systems generated pick lists from Engineering BOM’s. Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.cwsindustries.com
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RECEIVER needed to visually inspect and post stock receipts against open PO’s in an ERP system. Responsibilities include maintaining accurate stock receiving records, part quality and proper identification of incoming materials in a fast paced manufacturing environment. Reply to: email@example.com Visit: www.cwsindustries.com
Aluminum patio cover, NO HST Summer Sale. 604-782-9108 www.PatioCoverVancouver.com
AWD Interior/Ext Painting. Drywall/Ceiling Repairs. Call Will for a Free Estimate. (778)709-1081
Factory Direct Cedar Fence Panels for Sale & Installation. 8291 No. 5 Road, Richmond. 604 275-3158
S & S LANDSCAPING & FENCING
EMPLOYMENT ALBERTA: Journeyman Sheet Metal Mechanic Field and Shop Fabrication/Refrigeration Mechanic/Plumbers/Pipefitters. Overtime and Benefit Package. Email resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 780-624-2190. Contact Todd at 780-624-4140
359 SAND, GRAVEL & TOPSOIL
Always! deliver Top soil, bark mulch, sand & gravel. 7days/wk. Simon 604-230-0627 will spread
HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 260
FLEETWOOD WASTE Bin Rentals 10-30 Yards. Call Ken at 604-294-1393
MOVING & STORAGE
Required Monday - Friday for a Fraser Valley logging company sort yard. No experience necessary. We will train. Summer position, potentially could turn into long term.
Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988
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
MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877776-1660.
MISC. FOR SALE
CURE FOR SNORING. Risk Free $1/each, min. 30. Need 2 weeks for delivery. PO Box 148, 946 12th St, New Westminster, V3M 4K6. Ph: 604-728-2008. Moon Construction Building Services. Your Specialists in; • Concrete Forming • Framing • Siding 604.218.3064
HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?
Thursday, June 28, 2012 WE Vancouver
REAL ESTATE 603
20 Acres - Only $99/mo. $0 Down, Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Near El Paso, Texas, Beautiful Mountain Views! Money Back Guarantee! Free Color Brochure. 800-755-8953 www.sunsetranches.com
SCRAP CAR REMOVAL
1994 18ft Rinker ski boat, open bow, 3L 135hp. Excellent cond. $7,000. Ed 604-788-5656. ALUMINUM BOAT WANTED, 10’, 12’ or 14’, with or without motor or trailer, will pay cash, 604-319-5720
BUTE MANOR 2 Bedroom apt avail starting at $1550/mo. - West End. Clean, Quiet Bldg. No Pets. Near beach!
Call 604-685-1272 Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal
615 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY STEEL BUILDING - HUGE CLEARANCE SALE! 20X24 $4,658. 25X28 $5,295. 30X40 $7,790. 32X54 $10,600. 40X58 $14,895. 47X78 $19,838. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca.
1989 Chev Getaway van raised roof, partially camperized. New tires, no rust. P/W, alarm, runs good. Pic’s avail. $1550. 604 - 996 - 8734
Comox Manor Bachelor - $950/mo. 2-Bdrm $1650,- Hardwood floors. Avail May 1. Call 604-669-9769
STEEL BUILDINGS for Sale. Need some extra storage or workspace? Alpine Steel Buildings is an Authorized Metallic Builder. Kelowna company with 1300+ sold. www.alpinesteelbuildings.com 1.800.565.9800
FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022 TOP CA$H PAID TODAY For SCRAP VEHICLES!
2 hr. Service www.a1casper.com (604)209-2026
WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-657-9422
1989 FORD E250 Van Amera camper van, fridge, stove, furn. bathrm. Only 142,000 km. New front brakes. Everything works. $5500 obo: (604)520-6512
639 REAL ESTATE SERVICES
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LOCAL Realtor working throughout the lower mainland with over 10 yrs of experience in the Real Estate Market. Interested in finding your new beautiful home? or to list your property? I would be pleased to help you. Cell: (604)218-4846 Email: email@example.com Or visit me on my Website: www.carmenleal.ca Services available in English or Spanish.
AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673
Affordable Westend living!
DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals
1 bedroom – includes heat / hot water some fully renovated! Sorry no pets.
www.PreApproval.cc DL# 7557
2007 30ft Trail Bay Tow Trailer full load generator awning 2 TV’s 13ft slide $16,900. 604-556-3731
Auto Loans or All Makes, All Models. New & Used Inventory.
1-888-229-0744 or apply at: www.greatcanadianautocredit.com Must be employed w/ $1800/mo. income w/ drivers license. DL #30526
JUNE SPECIAL Brand New 16’ Wide Modular Homes. From $69,900 Double Wide Modular 1350 sq ft from $99,900 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS
Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley
CARS - DOMESTIC
1987 CAMARO 2.8, just AirCared, looks excellent and runs excellent, $1495. Call: (604)866-6168.
1998 CHEVY MALIBU, 1 owner, only 80,000 miles. $5,000 obo. Phone 778-237-0828.
821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2002 HONDA CIVIC, clean, lots upgrades, high kms, $2800 obo. Micheline tires 1yr. 604- 536-1999 2004 MERCEDES E500, 4-matic, 4 dr, fully loaded, auto, black, 145K. good cond, no accid, $10,200 obo. 778-881-1216.
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
828 COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
2 hours of eBike Scooter Rental with a FREE 15 minute lesson
1990 Dodge Diesel Tow Truck. 5sp Runs exc, needs work, some whl lift parts missing lows km’s Pic’s avail $1900 or sell/parts 604 - 996 - 8734
16½’ RV travel trailer, Jay Suther Sport by Jayco, purchased new in Sept. 2010. Asking $10,900. (604)536-9108
*Deal June428-29 *Deal effective effective May – 11
1983 Dodge ext van, raised roof, camperized runs gd, needs lots of sm work New tires Lots of upgrades Pics avail $1500 604 - 996 - 8734
2001 GMC 1500. Reg cab, in top condition, 158,000/km, V6, plenty of extras. $5800. 604-823-6530 2003 CHEV SUBURBAN Z71, black, rebuilt trans. w/warranty, used eng., new B.J. & brakes. Inspected. $8900 obo (604)826-0519 2003 FORD WINDSTAR, rebuilt auto trans. Runs exc. Green. $3000 obo. (604)826-0519
We Will Pay You $1000 AVORADO RESORT. Beautiful waterfront RV Resort. New Sites For Sale ($63,900). All season, full amenities, clubhouse & beach access. Co-op Resort w/Lifetime Ownership! www.avorado.com Call 250-228-3586.
TRUCKS & VANS
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GOODS Will Be Auctioned On July 10, 2012 and thereafter at Tyldeskeys Auctions at 1055 Vernon Drive, Vancouver, BC to satisfy outstanding charges for storage rental at The Storeroom incurred by the following: Donovan Larson, Daniel Hamond, Mark Slack, Mathew Allen, Richard Beddard, Christopher Folland, Albrik Merkli, Nigel Moulton, Roberta Dobbie, Barbara Kerr, John McNeil, Jeanette Spalding, Graham McFarlane, Marija Maurovic, Jackie Neeld, Gordon Staples.
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Free Will Astrology Rob Brezsny • Week of JUNE 28 ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): If you play solitaire, your luck will be crazy strong in the coming weeks. If you have candid, wide-ranging talks with yourself in the mirror, the revelations are likely to be as interesting as if you had spoken directly with the river god or the angel of the sunrise. Taking long walks alone could lead to useful surprises, and so would crafting a new declaration of independence for yourself. It'll also be an excellent time to expand your skills at giving yourself pleasure. Please understand that I'm not advising you to be isolated and lonely. I merely want to emphasize the point that you're due for some breakthroughs in your relationship with yourself. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Are you in possession of a talent or interest or inclination or desire that no one else has? Is there some unique way you express what it means to be human? According to my understanding of the longterm astrological omens, the coming months will be your time to cultivate this specialty with unprecedented intensity; it'll be a window of opportunity to be more practical than ever before in making your signature mark on the world. Between now and your next birthday, I urge you to be persistent in celebrating the one-of-a-kind truth that is your individuality. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): "Message in a bottle" is not just a pirate movie cliche. It's a form of communication that has been used throughout history for serious purposes. England's Queen Elizabeth I even appointed an official "Uncorker of Ocean Bottles." And as recently as 2005, a message in a bottle saved the lives of 88 refugees adrift in the Caribbean Sea on a damaged boat. Glass, it turns out, is an excellent container for carrying sea-born dispatches. It lasts a long time and can even survive hur-
ricanes. In accordance with the astrological omens, I nominate "message in a bottle" to be your metaphor for the rest of 2012. Here's one way to apply this theme: Create a message you'd like to send to the person you will be in five years, perhaps a declaration of what your highest aspirations will be between now and then. Write it on paper and stash it in a bottle. Store this time capsule in a place you won't forget, and open it in 2017. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Every 10,000 years or so, reports the Weekly World News, hell actually does freeze over. A rare storm brings a massive amount of snow and ice to the infernal regions, and even the Lake of Fire looks like a glacier. "Satan himself was seen wearing earmuffs and making a snowman," the story says about the last time it happened. I foresee a hell-freezes-over type of event happening for you in the coming months, Cancerian -- and I mean that in a good way. The seemingly impossible will become possible; what's lost will be found and what's bent will be made straight; the lion will lie down not only with the lamb but also with the sasquatch. For best results, be ready to shed your expectations at a moment's notice. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): "In purely spiritual matters, God grants all desires," said philosopher and activist Simone Weil. "Those who have less have asked for less." I think this is a worthy hypothesis for you to try out in the next nine months, Leo. To be clear: It doesn't necessarily mean you will get a dream job and perfect lover and ten million dollars. (Although I'm not ruling that out.) What it does suggest is this: You can have any relationship with the Divine Wow that you dare to imagine; you can get all the grace you need to understand why your life is the way it is; you can make tremendous progress as you do the life-long work of liberating yourself from your suffering. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): A plain old ordinary leap of faith might not be ambitious enough for you in the coming months, Virgo. I suspect your potential is more robust than that, more primed for audacity. How would you feel about
attempting a quantum leap of faith? Here's what I mean by that: a soaring pirouette that sends you flying over the nagging obstacle and up onto higher ground, where the views are breathtakingly vast instead of gruntingly half-vast. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): "The dream which is not fed with dream disappears," said writer Antonio Porchia. Ain't that the truth! Especially for you right now. These last few months, you've been pretty good at attending to the details of your big dreams. You've taken the practical approach and done the hard work. But beginning any moment, it will be time for you to refresh your big dreams with an infusion of fantasies and brainstorms. You need to return to the source of your excitement and feed it and feed it and feed it. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): A Chinese businessman named Hu Xilin is the champion fly-killer of the world. Ever since one of the buzzing pests offended him at the dinner table back in 1997, he has made it his mission to fight back. He says he has exterminated more than ten million of the enemy with his patented "Fly Slayer" machine. And oh by the way, his obsession has made him a millionaire. It's possible, Scorpio, that your story during the second half of 2012 will have elements in common with Hu Xilin's. Is there any bad influence you could work to minimize or undo in such a way that it might ultimately earn you perks and prizes -- or at least deep satisfaction? SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): From the 14th through the 18th centuries, many towns in England observed a curious custom. If a couple could prove that they had gone a year and a day without ever once being sorry they got married, the two of them would receive an award: a side of cured pork, known as a flitch of bacon. Alas, the prize was rarely claimed. If this practice were still in effect, you Sagittarians would have an elevated chance of bringing home the bacon in the coming months. Your ability to create harmony and mutual respect in an intimate relationship will be much higher than usual.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): "If I had my life to live over," said Nadine Stair at age 85, "I would perhaps have more actual problems, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones." I suggest you write out that quote, Capricorn, and keep it close to you for the next six months. Your task, as I see it, will be to train yourself so you can expertly distinguish actual problems from imaginary ones. Part of your work, of course, will be to get in the habit of immediately ejecting any of the imaginary kind the moment you notice them creeping up on you. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Astronomer Percival Lowell (1855-1916) was instrumental in laying the groundwork that led to the discovery of Pluto. He was a visionary pioneer who helped change our conception of the solar system. But he also put forth a wacky notion or two. Among the most notable: He declared, against a great deal of contrary evidence, that the planet Mars was laced with canals. You have the potential be a bit like him in the coming months, Aquarius: mostly a wellspring of innovation but sometimes a source of errant theories. What can you do to ensure that the errant theories have minimal effect? Be humble and ask for feedback. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Throughout the 16th century and even beyond, European explorers trekked through the New World hunting for the mythical land of El Dorado: the Lost City of Gold. The precious metal was supposedly so abundant there that it was even used to make children's toys. The quest was ultimately futile, although it led the explorers to stumble upon lesser treasures of practical value -- the potato, for example. After being brought over to Europe from South America, it became a staple food. I'm foreseeing a comparable progression in your own world during the coming months: You may not locate the gold, but you'll find the equivalent of the potato. HOMEWORK: Make a prediction about where you'll be and what you'll be doing on January 1, 2013. Testify at Freewillastrology.com.
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