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FOR LEASE Taking care of business is taking its toll on North Van shop owners

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TO THE RESCUE Tim Jones says NSR needs to establish ‘legacy funding’

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ROCK OF AGES LONDON BOUND The mysterious craft of rock artist John Shaver

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North Van’s Jessica Smith heads to the Olympics

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NSR to seek ‘legacy funding’ in midst of tough year Amid budget constraints and increasing demands, the all-volunteer alpine rescue team finds itself at a crossroads TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R

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he changing role of the North Shore’s all-volunteer mountain rescue team is taking a toll on its members, says North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones. And that, coupled with a particularly grueling season in the backcountry, has the group reevaluating its function and its funding for the long-term. “We’re doing some very serious work now and it’s become evident to members of this team how key we are in the emergency response network for the North Shore,” Jones told The Outlook in a phone interview Monday. “What we deliver to this community is essentially a fourth emergency service” after fire rescue, police and ambulance services, he added. Following on the heels of two “textbook” helicopter rescues of injured, underequipped hikers from the Howe Sound Crest Trail above Lions Bay this past weekend, Jones said 2012 has been and will continue to be a year of “dramatic” change for the squad. “It’s becoming very evident to us, as the senior members of the team, exactly what is required to make this team continue and the investment that we’re going to have to put into it both in training, funding and recruiting, logistics and communications,” Jones said. “The challenge is to create a legacy of funding and that’s going to be our next major priority,” he said. “Municipalities could never pay for something like this,” he added, putting the real cost of operating the team far beyond the budgets of North Vancouver city, North Vancouver district or West Vancouver. Blaming this year’s lingering snowpack for some of the most dangerous and demanding late-season extractions the team has ever encountered, Jones said 2012 has already marked a “serious change” from years past. “It’s really come to a head for us this year,” he said. “The number of serious calls we’ve been doing and the reliance that is on us is incredible.” The stats seem to bear that out, with North Shore Rescuers serving as the primary responders in two alpine fatalities so far in 2012 and assisting in others, compared to three fatalities for all of the previous year. In the first six months of 2012, North Shore Rescue responded to 32 calls to help 49 people, for a commitment of 1,756 rescue hours and approximately 20,000 total hours when training, fundraising and education are included, according to numbers posted on the organization’s website. The latter half of 2012 promises to be as busy off the mountain as on for Jones and his team as they consider going public in the coming weeks for some much-needed cash to pay for the completion of a new post-disaster headquarters in North Vancouver and to recruit as many as four new rescue members by the year’s end. “The challenge is to create a legacy of funding and that’s going to be our next major

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ALWAYS ON CALL - North Shore Rescue team leader Tim Jones (right) sits opposite a Talon helicopter pilot during a rescue operation. North Shore Rescue photo

priority,” Jones said. “We have to create a legacy fund to maintain our team — that’s the only way it’s going to continue on.” “And I’m talking major legacy funds,” he added. “We’re talking millions.” Concrete footings for the new North Shore Rescue base were poured on July 3rd as part of the City of North Vancouver’s new waterfront works yard at 61 Bewicke Ave. The rescue team’s 5,000-square-foot wing of the new building will have a radiocommand room, administrative office, planning and equipment rooms and vehicle bays to house the team’s four trucks, two snowmobiles, amphibious all-terrain vehicle and equipment trailer. The majority of North Shore Rescue’s funding comes from the three North Shore municipalities, with North Vancouver district and West Vancouver covering about a quarter of the municipal costs each, while North Vancouver city picks up the other half. tcoyne@northshoreoutlook.com twitter.com/toddcoyne

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Free musical entertainment for all ages returns to Shipbuilders' Square, located at the foot of Lonsdale on the City's waterfront. Concerts in the Square is back for a second season of free outdoor summer concerts featuring cultural performances and contemporary recording artists such as Jon and Roy, Barney Bentall, Kyprios, Neil Osborne and a Strawberry Tea for seniors featuring the legendary Dal Richards Orchestra. As well, 'Art on the Pier' will showcase local artists, artisans and vendors. The weekly series begins on Saturday, August 4 from 4pm-10pm and continues each Saturday throughout August. For more information, visit www.cnv.org

Interested in becoming a Firefighter? The City of North Vancouver and Districts of North and West Vancouver are jointly recruiting for professional Firefighters. If you are community-minded, energetic, active and looking for a career in the Fire Service we’d like to hear from you. Find out more, and apply online at www.cnv.org/careers.

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Portrait of a rock artist in West Vancouver While most people enjoy John Shaver’s carefully balanced rock statues, not everyone is a fan MICHAELA GARSTIN

A MAN AND HIS WORK - Rock artist John Shaver in Dundarave with one of his creations. Michaela Garstin photo

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ohn Shaver carefully examines the shape and weight of rocks, looking for indents and textured points that will make his seemingly impossible statues stand strong. Based on decades of painstaking practice, he knows exactly how stones will balance before he places one on top of another. Each rock is swiftly placed on top, leaving spectators wondering how the odd silhouette can be created without the use of glue. “As I hold the rock and let it go, it tells me which way it wants to go,” Shaver tells The Outlook as he adjusts a top-heavy rock on top of large boulder near the Dundarave Centennial Seawalk. He learned the art form from a “master” in English Bay when he was in elementary school, but only started taking the craft seriously in the last five years. Often the smallest part of the rock is left holding up what seems to be the heavier end, but in this case it’s actually the tip of the rock that holds the most weight. “People think a part of a rock weighs more just because it’s bigger, but the centre of weight isn’t always where it seems to be. It can be on the side of the smaller half,” Shaver explains, while adding a smaller rock onto the three-tier statue. The figures are more stable than they look and can last well after the artist finishes his displays along the seawalls in West Vancouver and English Bay. But wind and water can pose problems, like they did while Shaver showed The Outlook his balancing technique. Wind can blow over smaller rocks which, surprisingly, are much more challenging to use than larger ones even when the air is still. Shaver himself also has to control his balance when he navigates over slippery rocks, seaweed and barnacles while holding a heavy boulder. “It can be a tragic step if you’re carrying a large stone. A lot of rocks are heavy enough to split your shin cap.” Adding to these problems is Dundarave’s rocky terrain, which is more difficult to work on than English Bay’s because it lacks sand, a helpful substance used to absorb water and keep the rocks dry. The rocks can stay wet hours after the tide has receded. Shaver has been hurt climbing over slimy rocks to put up displays, but so far hasn’t had any serious injuries like other rock-balancers he knows. The rock haters Shaver’s popular artwork is liked by nearly everyone who passes by. Admirers routinely shake his hand, give him a thumbs-up and thank him. Kids often stop by for a quick lesson on technique. “All ages and ethnicities like what I do. It reminds them that everything is possible, something most people forget.” But some people are less than enthusiastic about the rock formations.

A woman once asked Shaver to take down the rocks right away because she found his creations “unnatural”. “She said stones don’t stand up like this, even after I explained I don’t use glue and they come down everyday.” Others don’t give Shaver a choice about removing his artwork. Each morning, a man walks along the beach to kick down every statue. “But it actually helps me because I have to knock them down anyway to build new ones. He doesn’t realize he’s helping me by working for free,” says Shaver, showing a quick sense of humour about his critics. But a paintball gun attack was the most brazen incident he’s ever experienced. As soon as he completed a tall stand-alone rock feature, a paintball flew within inches of his head and splattered green paint on the base rock he was using. Shaver thinks the culprit lives inside a nearby apartment, based on the accuracy of the aim. Shocked, long-time supporters quickly came out of their apartments to see if he was okay, give him a hug and encourage him to build more. But events like this don’t deter Shaver. Instead, he builds more statues to show his critics nothing will stop him from bringing art to people walking the seawall. Shaver will be creating displays throughout the summer at the Dundarave Centennial Seawalk. For more information visit jjshaver.deviantart.com.

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nspiring chefs have been fighting for a spot at the North Shore Culinary School since it opened four years ago, but the number of students will soon double when a new outdoor restaurant opens in Mahon Park later this summer. The burger-and-sandwich-style restaurant and concession stand will be a training ground for the cooks, all of whom have experienced or are at risk of becoming homeless. “The restaurant’s clientele will dictate the direction we’ll go, whether it will be a full-service restaurant or more casual,” said chef Don Guthro, founder of the culinary school, as he gave The Outlook a tour of the grounds. The outside of the old concession stand, which is no longer in use, will get a facelift with new paint, signs and seating and the inside will be completely overhauled to create a kitchen suitable for a modern restaurant. North Van city council unanimously approved the plans earlier this month, offering $15,000 to upgrade the building and offset the cost of new equipment. Another $40,000 will be invested by the school for upgrades. “Anything we can do to improve the employability skills of young adults in our community is an endeavor that’s worth supporting,” said Coun. Linda Buchanan at a July 9 city council meeting. Mayor Darrell Mussatto said Vancouver city council is interested in implementing a similar program downtown. Guthro plans to have the restaurant open by the end of August. The wait list for the tuition-free school is long, with people from outside the North Shore also vying for seats. Approximately eight intermediate students will be trained on site, learning how to professionally bake, cook and run a restaurant. Graduates have an 80-per-cent employment rate from both the fundamental and the 50-week rigorous advance courses, Guthro said. He believes the school should fund itself through projects that provide training, like the school’s catering service, rather than asking for government money. The revenue from the restaurant will go back to the school to create opportunities for additional students to join. “We want this to to be the jewel of the industry on the North Shore. We really want the community to embrace this,” said Guthro, who plans to keep the restaurant open into the fall, depending on the reaction of restaurant goers. His plans to develop Mahon Park’s unused Horseshoe Club have been put on hold until more money can be raised, but the City of North Van has put aside $100,000 to upgrade the building and outside area when the project is ready to go. The Horseshoe Club area, which could be running as early as next summer, will be used to train more students, hold outdoor dinner events and house a garden to grow food for the restaurant. Do you know what to name the new restaurant? Email don.guthro@ northshoreculinaryschool.com for a chance to win four meals for you and a friend. mgarstin@northshoreoutlook.com twitter.com/MichaelaGarstin


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City slams province’s liquor privatization plan CNV council votes to support a moratorium on the sale of BC Liquor’s warehousing and distribution branch to the private sector TODD COYNE STAFF REPORTER

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orth Vancouver city council slammed the provincial government’s plans to privatize the BC Liquor distribution and warehousing branch Monday, calling on Victoria to appoint an independent commissioner or committee of MLAs to air the issue publicly. But those were ideas the B.C. labour minister was quick to shoot down. “We’re not anticipating doing that at all at this point,� Minister Margaret MacDiarmid told The Outlook in a phone interview Tuesday. “But we will certainly be very, very clear about what this is costing government now and, if there’s a successful proponent, here’s the savings that are going to be available.� The city’s call for a moratorium on the liquor distribution sale was tabled by city councillor and NDP MLA candidate for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, Craig Keating. Council voted 5-1 in favour of halting any sale before a public discussion has taken place, with Coun. Guy Heywood casting the lone dissenting vote. Coun. Pam Bookham was absent when the vote was taken. In their February budget, the BC Liberal government released plans to sell off “surplus� assets to the private sector, including liquor distribution and storage services throughout the province. The plan angered B.C.’s largest public-sector labour group — the B.C.

Government and Service Employees’ Union — whose 25,000 employees include thousands of BC Liquor distribution and warehouse staff. In a letter to City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto, BCGEU president Darryl Walker asked the mayor to oppose the BC Liquor sale, citing what he called a lack of public consultation on the decision and a likely loss of government revenue if the plan goes through. “In the last five years, the LDB [Liquor Distribution Branch] we all own contributed a net income of $4.3 billion to help pay for public services such as health, education and highways,� Walker wrote. “Rather than handing over liquor distribution to a for-profit private company, the government should consider modernizing government liquor stores through Sunday openings and extended hours to generate more revenues for public services.� It was a sentiment that Coun. Rod Clark agreed with, telling council “I cannot believe the government is getting NO SALE - North Van city council voted 5-1 in favour of halting the sale of the BC out of one of the businesses they make Liquor Distribution Branch. Todd Coyne photo money at.� Coun. Heywood, on the other hand, and they’re looking at reasons why or why private sector for the liquor storage and said it was in the municipality’s best interthey shouldn’t be doing this because they distribution contract, adding “if it’s not est to stay out of the liquor privatization didn’t do their research in the first place,� actually going to cost less, we simply won’t matter, going on to characterize the liquor Mussatto said. “They just went out trying do it.� distribution branch as a bureaucratic relic to privatize without really looking at the The province plans to announce its which no longer needs to be staffed by consequences of, and the costs of, and the shortlist of three companies for the liquor government employees. savings for, which they need to do.� distribution and storage contract on Mayor Mussatto fired back, voicing his Minister MacDiarmid responded by sayFriday, July 20. support for a moratorium on the sale. tcoyne@northshoreoutlook.com ing the government is not reconsidering “From what I understand, the provincial twitter.com/toddcoyne its decision to solicit proposals from the government is reconsidering this decision

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Newly crowned Mrs. Lower Mainland says meeting other pageant contestants taught her that others struggle with life as well

“If I can give someone just a couple more hours a week of free time, they could be with S TA F F R E P O RT E R their kids more or do something else that needs unning for MissBC was a proactive way to be done.” for West Vancouver’s Danielle Bermel to Bermel also plans to take trips to B.C. deal with the loss of two loved ones who Children’s Hospital to cheer up kids with cancer. died from cancer in the same month. “It will definitely be hard, but I want to do this “I was praying a lot and looking for guidance. to make these kids’ lives a bit more happy that I knew I had to do something more to help out,” day.” says the medical assistant and part-time model Bermel’s favourite quote, “Success is achieved who works in North Van. and maintained by those who try After competitive interand keep on trying,” is the path views and a televised “It’ll be a great way she follows in life. competition, she won the for me to give back to Diagnosed with learning disregional title, Mrs. Lower abilities while at Lynnmour comMainland 2012. people who suffer losses munity school in North Van, she She joined a group of to study harder than other and need someone extra had 45 other women from kids to keep up. B.C. vying for the top title to be there for them.” “My dad told me to keep posiby showing their skills in tive, and never give up no matsportswear, gowns and Danielle Bermel ter what. People always say I’m speech categories. After Mrs. Lower Mainland 2012 very strong — my dad built me winning the sought-after that way.” regional title, Bermel now After graduating from Windsor has a year to give back to secondary school and starting her modeling her community. career in the wedding dress industry, Bermel Joining the MissBC competition helped the knew she had to further her education. She studmodel deal with the loss of three close friends ied to be a medical assistant, is in the process within a short period of time, including a famof becoming a financial planner and eventually ily member who passed away from a non-cancer wants to be a radiologist or ultrasound tech. related illness. “I was so surprised to win the title, I couldn’t “I’ve learned a lot from every [MissBC conbelieve it at first. It’ll be a great way for me to testant]. It helps to know I’m not the only one give back to people who suffer losses, and need who’s had a hard time in life.” someone extra to be there for them.” Bermel is setting up an organization that will help grieving North Shore residents with chores mgarstin@northshoreoutlook.com around the house or simply offer someone to talk twitter.com/MichaelaGarstin to. MICHAELA GARSTIN

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HOPING TO HELP - West Vancouver’s Danielle Bermel plans to use her Mrs. Lower Mainland title to help others who have lost family. Michaela Garstin photo

Stinky food waste composters face odour fees Region plans to charge plant operators based on smell, carefully selected panelists will be deemed odour judges JEFF NAGEL BLACK PRESS

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ndustries such as organic composting plants that stink up a local neighbourhood may soon pay fees to Metro Vancouver based on the severity of the odours they emit. The fees are being proposed on a polluter-pay basis to recover what Metro says is hundreds of thousands of dollars a year expended in staff time responding to industrial odour complaints. “What we’re saying is you can emit the odour but we’re going to charge you based on what impact that odour has,” said Ray Robb, Metro’s air quality division manager. The details are set out in a Metro discussion paper that proposes to categorize different emitters based on high, medium and low risk of posing an odour problem. Officials will consider how much odour is emitted, as well as how well it is dispersed and the proximity to people it might offend. “If you put a stinky thing in the middle of nowhere and put it up a tall stack and nobody smells it, who cares?” Robb said. “Put that same emission source in the middle of a community – maybe at the bottom of a hill where it drifts up a hillside and ruins everybody’s weekend – that’s a substantially different matter.” Industries deemed high risk – which include compost operations with more than 10,000 cubic metres of compostibles on site and animal renderers – would be charged $5 per year for every person they expose to a specified level of smell. Metro estimates the fees might add up to $110,000 per year for the worst offenders. Robb said about six operators might now be in the high-risk category, but added more new sources are coming on stream as cities divert more organic waste from landfills.

Moderate risk facilities would pay a $500 registration fee and have to develop an odour management plan, which could be subject to review and higher fees if Metro decides the odour is offending the community. Low-risk sites face no fees or requirements. Robb said it’s an important issue to address now because Metro’s decision to mandate curbside organic waste pickup means huge volumes of food waste will be composted at facilities that will be built in the region. Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre is the existing operator taking some food waste already but more are expected to spring up. All organics will be banned from the region’s dumps and transfer stations by 2015 and residents will be required to put all their food waste in a green bin instead of the garbage. Metro’s discussion paper says smelly emissions can interfere with sleep, add to stress and anxiety, disrupt family barbecues and cause health impacts ranging from nausea and watery eyes to headaches and sore throats. It’s not the first time air quality regulators have tried to slap fees on stinky industries. But a previous effort by Metro to actually regulate or outlaw extreme odours was struck down by an environmental appeal board. This time, the region is just trying to recover costs through fees, rather than trying to enforce limits. Robb said the odour response costs are being unfairly borne either by other air polluters through fees on their contaminants or else by taxpayers. The region is seeking feedback on the plan and the Metro board would have to vote on any bylaw imposing the fees. Metro’s own sewage treatment plants would be exempt from the odour fees. Robb said they aren’t subject to Metro’s air quality rules because they are regulated separately by the province.

Gauging odour is a job for humans, not machinery here’s no high-tech smell-o-meter to precisely gauge industrial stink for the purpose of levying fees. Instead, the measurement depends on finely tuned human schnozzes and an internationally accepted methodology. “It’s not as witchcrafty as people think,” said Metro Vancouver air quality division Ray Robb. He said the first step is to carefully collect a sample of a suspect odour in a special emission bag that’s then sent to an Ontario lab. A panel of eight odour testers is convened there to smell the sample. They’re carefully selected – only 20 per cent of the population has the right nasal sensitivity and the ability to consistently detect odours at a certain intensity. Each panelist then sniffs air coming from three ports – two of which release clean air – and reports if they detect the sample. The sample is at first heavily diluted with clean air and the concentration is steadily increased until all panelists correctly identify the sample twice. The detection threshold – an average of how dilute the sample was when each panelist could sense it – is then expressed as a measurement in odour units.

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n this month, 65 years ago, a French designer developed a fashion trend that, for good or bad, has created intrigue for generations of men. First impressions were that it was scandalous, and it really wasn’t universally adopted until the “freedom” decade of the 1960s. Oddly enough, despite its development having nothing to do with the atomic age, it is for some of us who have an interest in historic events a vague and very rare reminder of nuclear testing on a remote Pacific Island. What was revealed on that July day so long ago, along with a generous show of flesh, was the bikini, named after the famous atoll on which numerous bombs were detonated. The outfit’s ‘explosive’ design has become not so much a bathing suit as it is a declaration of uninhibitedness which, on the sleek and fit, is a wonderful sight. And it took a mindless, but obviously influential song: Itsy Bitsy Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, to launch it into world acceptance. It obviously looks ‘wonderful’ on magazine models, but on those “less fit” or well past the age of appropriateness it can be downright awful. Rather like the 1980s’ adoption of lycra-spandex: worn on a person of normal height/weight proportion acceptable, on those who are not … the contemplation of such visions is enough to generate thoughts of nightmarish dimension. However, it’s not for me to judge a person’s feeling of comfort, possible lack of taste or the clothes they wear, for that only leads to possibly inaccurate conclusions. For instance, last week in a parking lot tying down a couple of lawn chairs just purchased, I heard someone say something. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a man who, judging by his apparel, I assumed was a homeless person about to hit me up for change or cigarettes. I gave a cursory and dismissive hello, and then

he said “You’re Mark Rushton,” before wandering off. Perhaps he was someone from my past who, now down on his luck, I didn’t recognize, or maybe he is homeless and just reads my column. I regret not calling him back for a quick chat. However . . . . The encounter did, on the other hand, remind me that what you wear isn’t necessarily an indicator of what or who you are. I recall back in the days of long hair responding to an old guy who came into my office complaining about something I’d written. He said (and I paraphrase here) “What do you know, with all that long hair?” “Jack”, I replied, “it’s not what’s on your head that counts, but what’s in it.” The same goes for clothing, though I must confess that when I’m in town shopping while wearing a pair of grubby gardening jeans with the knees ripped out, I am occasionally embarrassed. However, when something is needed in a hurry, and then on the same trip I figure I might as well pick up stuff in places other than the hardware store, convenience occasionally supercedes couture. I’m also reminded not to come to quick conclusions, for as the old saying goes: to assume is to often make an ‘ass (of) u (or) me’. As to the bikini and the iterations and variations of today, I will leave their appreciation to those of an age that is more appropriate to appreciate them. Then again, when you quit looking you might as well quit living, especially when you consider the suit itself is now officially a ‘senior citizen’! Mark Rushton is a veteran journalist, a former editor of the Abbotsford News, and a longtime observer of B.C. provincial politics. markrushton@abbynews.com

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am deeply concerned about our society’s growing tendency to encourage and facilitate the killing of human beings. On June 15th, 2012, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lynn Smith legislated from the bench (usurping the role of Parliament) that Canada’s criminal code prohibition against assisted suicide is “unconstitutional.” This decision puts all Canadians at risk, most especially the elderly and disabled. Because of its past, Germany today takes a strong stand against attempts to advance euthanasia and assisted suicide. Germany has learned from its past. Canada must not ignore those same lessons. Your readership must consider the fallout of such poorly considered legislation!

Legalizing assisted suicide or euthanasia will profoundly change the psyche of our health care system for the worse. Palliative care and pain management medicine must be Canada’s first concern. The slippery slope tread by the encouragement of legalized assisted suicide has lead the Netherlands to loosen its restrictions over time. Now, it is legal for those suffering from depression to end their lives without proper psychiatric care and support from the medical system. What kind of life are we making for future Canadians with dangerous moves like these? We have the chance to stop it before it starts.

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hen North Vancouver’s Brad Hodson bought his Valley Estates U-brew business at Second Street and Lonsdale Avenue back in 2007, he says there was a buzz of excitement in the Lower Lonsdale business community. Shop owners were pleased with the development planned for the neighbourhood. Towers meant more residents. More residents meant more shoppers. And more shoppers, naturally, meant more money for area businesses. The future looked promising. And the turnaround of the waterfront, he says, was an added bonus. Hodson saw the former Shipyard precinct as a burgeoning North Shore version of Granville Island, the kind of thing people want to see, he says. The kind of thing people will travel to. Unfortunately for Hodson, business never turned around. His struggles continued and he began looking to set up shop elsewhere. New digs Hodson lives near Lions Gate Hospital and on his commute to LoLo each day he would pass the sky-blue heritage building at 279 East 8th St. On one of those routine morning drives, he noticed the place was for sale. Interesting, he thought. So interesting, in fact, he bought the joint. Since December 2010, Hodson has been the owner of the 100-year-old building and now runs his business from one of its two street-level retail units. He’s been busy since the move — taking over a century-old structure, with its two rental suites located on the second level, has piled a host of renovation duties on his plate — but things are already starting to turn around. Since the move, Hodson says he’s seen a significant jump in new customers to his shop, and his mortgage payments on the building are less than his rent was on Lonsdale. “I’ve seen a 150-per-cent increase in new customers since the move. It’s night and day,” Hodson says, plainly, while seated on the back steps of Valley Estates. “At Second and Lonsdale, we were just waiting for it to pick up. And in the old place, I was paying $6,500 per month, taxes in. Here, I’m paying about $4,000, and I rent two apartments and the café.” And while Hodson’s new bottom line was surely a driving force behind the relocation of his business, he says other factors contributed as well. “Parking is a problem [in Lower Lonsdale]. And the hills, I don’t think people want to walk. It just isn’t that accessible. I think people would rather just go to the mall and find

MOVIN’ ON UP TO THE EAST SIDE - To escape the expensive rents of Lonsdale Avenue, Valley Estates owner Brad Hodson moved his business into a heritage building on East Keith Road. His mortgage payments on the building, which includes two commercial spaces and two apartments, are cheaper than the rent was at his former storefront. Sean Kolenko photo more accessible businesses,” he says. Neighbour feels the pinch too Like Hodson prior to his move, husband and wife team Darlene and David Straarup, who own La Lucy Thrift and Boutique at 225 Lonsdale Ave., are also struggling with the rising cost of doing business in Lower Lonsdale. When they first opened their shop about two years ago, Darlene says the couple thought their rent, about $5,200 per month, was reasonable. And she, echoing Hodson’s sentiments, thought the neighbourhood was developing a good “vibe.” But it wasn’t long before she received the first in a series of rent and property tax increases. Within six months of opening, the Straarup’s property tax was raised $200 per month. And to make matters worse, they had to pay retroactively, which cost them an added $1,500. About a year after that, their rent was raised $200. At that point, she figured there wouldn’t be any more increases. She was wrong. In June, he property tax went up another $300 and, again, she was charged retroactively, costing her an additional $1,800 in back taxes. Rent on the shop, taxes included, is now continued, PAGE 13

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continued, PAGE 12 $5,900. “It’s killing us. Something has to give,” she says. “Small business can’t pay that, they can’t keep it up.” As a result, Darlene is looking for a new location — including way out in Fort Langley — once the lease is up in a year. She’s grown attached to her customers, she says, and feels many in the community really want to support independent business. But the cost has simply become too much. “I love the people here and I still maintain the potential of the neighbourhood is amazing,” she says. “But the rents will not support business. We know we’ll have to relocate.” Moving in the right direction? Despite the struggles and concerns of some past and present LoLo shop owners, Lonsdale Avenue remains the core shopping area of North Vancouver. It is the major transit corridor connecting the city and district of North Vancouver and it’s the precinct that will continue to absorb density. For instance, the Onni Group’s proposal for a large mixed-use development on the Safeway site at 13th Street and Lonsdale — while far from being approved and a few blocks north of LoLo — is a testament to what type of changes are still envisioned for the area. What, then, is the trouble? Why the regular ‘For Lease’ signs? According to Ross Forman and Jeff Pilkington, a real estate team specializing in commercial properties on the North Shore, the issue is threefold: rising rental costs, landlords with deep pockets and development outpacing interested tenants. “Now you’re looking at $40 per square foot, plus $15 per square foot for your property tax, insurance and strata fess, if it is strata,” says Pilkington. “Which means over time the cost of doing business has gone from $30 per square foot to $55.” That increase, however, doesn’t mean there aren’t offers being placed on vacant properties. The former RDS store in Lower Lonsdale, for example, has sat empty for a year but has had a number of offers, Forman and Pilkington say. It’s just that some landlords look for specific partners and can take the financial hit of an empty space until they find them. And, they add, the rate at which mixed-use developments are sprouting up can make it seem as if there is a problem in the commercial market. “People see vacancy out there and they think the market is crashing,” says Forman. “But it isn’t. It just takes a while to absorb all

The right fit Of course, not all businesses are up and leaving the Lower Lonsdale corridor. Some are moving in. Just weeks ago, Vancouver-based canine boutique Bow Wow Haus made Lower Lonsdale its new home and so too did its owner, Chelsea Caines. Fleeing the cramped quarters over town in the West End, Caines decided that when the time came to expand her business to the North Shore, she’d move house with it. For the business’s fourth location, Caines chose the heart of Lower Lonsdale, just steps off the main drag at First Street. And while she found her new retail home on a block that, as of July 6, had three empty streetlevel storefronts and several hundred square feet of vacant second-storey office space, Caines is confident she’s landed in the right neighbourhood to grow her business. “We looked all over — Gastown, South Surrey, West Vancouver — and actually found better rent here,” Caines tells The Outlook, in an interview at her store’s new North Van address. “I was living in the West End and residential rent is much cheaper here. Then someone gave me a dog who’s going to be big soon,” Caines says, nodding towards Dylan, a weeks-old black lab resting quietly in a corner of the shop. “Life seems to be slower over here too — not so rushed, not so impersonal — and I really like that.” That slow, personal touch is something her North Shore patrons seem to appreciate as well. “We’re a business that does well with walk-by customers and people walk their dogs by here all the time,” Caines says. “We’re a boutique business so we were looking for a unique neighbourhood and one that; for one, had a lot of dogs in it and; two, was our demographic with other boutique businesses.” Caines says that any worries she may have had about moving to a block pock-marked with ‘For Lease’ signs were quickly eased by the warm reception of not only her new customers, but other businesses as well. “Some of the other local business owners have stopped by to welcome us to the neighbourhood and they’ve been here a few years so that was reassuring,” she says. And when a large part of your business’s margins are made selling locally made organic dog treats, the LoLo neighbourhood has another competitive advantage — the Lonsdale Quay farmers’ market. “That’s really helped a lot,” Caines says, adding it’s helped not only in sales but in getting the word out about the new location and the new services it offers like dog daycare and grooming. “According to my expectations, we’re already doing a lot better than I thought we would,” Caines says. “I expected we’d rely on our services, but we’re already making more in our retail sales than I expected.” —with Outlook files skolenko@northshoreoutlook.com twitter.com/SeanKolenko tcoyne@northshoreoutlook.com twitter.com/toddcoyne

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.C.’s bad drivers have kicked an extra $2 million into the North Shore’s municipal coffers — money that’s earmarked to pay police and public safety costs. The province announced the individual tallies of its $51.1-million traffic-fine revenue sharing program last week, with the District of North Vancouver taking home $775,164, the City of North Vancouver earning $574,406 and West Vancouver’s take totalling $675,348. In all, that amounts to $2,024,918 for the three North Shore municipalities this time around, up from just $1.25-million at the same time last year. In a July 11 press release, B.C. minister of community, sport and cultural development Ida Chong said the traffic-fine revenue sharing program is intended to “provide local services, to provide important local programs and and to invest in community safety.” And while across the province those traffic-fine revChief Peter Lepine enue grants were on the rise, one North Shore police chief says he expects this year’s bump to be clawed back by Victoria next year. “With the increase this year,” said West Vancouver police chief Peter Lepine, whose department netted a surprising $270,000 more in fees over last June, “what we were told by the province is that next year there will be an almost equivalent reduction in that amount.” Lepine said that as a result of the expected take-back, he has advised West Vancouver’s police board and finance staff to squirrel away the excess cash, rather than spending it on community safety programs or hiring new constables. “We didn’t want to get caught going into a budget cycle for 2013 with already $270,000 that won’t be there next year,” Lepine told The Outlook. Both North Vancouver city and district also saw big boosts in traffic fine revenues from this June over last — with the city taking home $210,000 more in fees and the district clearing last year’s take-away by $284,000. The traffic fine revenue is raised through roadside and court-imposed traffic violation fines and is doled out in biannual intervals with the next installment due in March 2013. tcoyne@northshoreoutlook.com twitter.com/toddcoyne

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In fact, the realization that every beauty WEST VAN product I added to my routine was tantaBUSINESS - Ilia Beauty mount to food, ingested by my skin instead of founder Sasha Plavsic my stomach, disconcerted me much later, in was inspired to create my 20s. a natural lip care line that packed as much pop I briefly met West Van’s Sasha Plavsic here as mainstream products, but came with 100 per in the fall of 2011 — the older sister of a friend cent transparency. Her current biggest sellers: — and the only thing I really knew about Balmy Nights lip exfoliator - $24 (top) and the gorgeous brunette was that she had just Blossom Lady tinted lip conditioner - $24. launched her own organic lip care line, Ilia. Submitted photo I was intrigued. Time went by, and the nowL.A. resident popped up on my radar again, Belgrade and he was really into aesthetic and only this time Ilia was in the July edition of Elle. providing a good product. What I like about it Enough said. was he was very strong and masculine, but in I caught up with Plavsic by phone during a English it sounds like a very feminine name, so I break from her desksides (face-to-face meetings thought it was really suited to a beauty brand.” with editors and journalists) in New York last Satisfied with the formula (touted by Marie week, and quickly discovered that her lip care Claire as the best natural lipstick ever), she line is only half the story. The 33-year-old is also focused on the packaging — a huge priority for a savvy businesswomen, marketer and salesperthe experienced designer and typographer. The son. end result was a natural tinted lip conditioner Plavsic had just finished sitting down with the that proudly lists its ingredients, wrapped in beauty director for fashion bible W magazine: Plavsic’s ideal aesthetic — sleek recycled alumi“She was really excited about (Ilia). It felt kind num tubes. Ilia’s refined luxury was first picked of unreal.” up by LYNNsteven and then Misch boutique. When I asked for her story, she laughed and Plavsic actually landed the first 50 accounts said she’s been giving it all week, so it’s getherself and now her team has placed Ilia in ting easy. The gist? Her little tube of lipstick has 70 accounts worldwide, including Barneys in become huge. America and Colette in Paris. Plavsic left her California packaging design During her three-day junket in New York, job, against the advice of friends and family, after she personally met with the beauty editors of noticing she couldn’t find an all-natural lip prod25 magazines and says the interest in Ilia has uct that looked beautiful and was also nourishboomed in the last six months. ing. “I think it’s because of the packaging, in com“I saw a hole in the market, but I only found bination with the fact that I can talk about all that hole by trying to look for something that I the ingredients in there and that I know where wanted and couldn’t find. I took a risk and startthey come from. A lot of beauty brands won’t ed thinking about what I wanted to do — create divulge all those details. A lot of them will say a lip balm that’s packaged nicely that has total they’re paraben-free and this and that, but it’s transparency — where the packaging came from, not enough anymore. And a lot of beauty editors all the ingredients, everything.” will say those brands are lying,” she cautions. “I It took two years to create the first Ilia formuthink at the end of the day, [Ilia] is something la. “You research all the ingredients like, ‘Oh, I different.” really like this cake, I wonder what the recipe is? With this much attention to detail, she must I bet I can make this cake tastier if I cut out half have some very specific preferences when it the sugar and put this in it instead,’” she explains. comes to what she uses on her own skin. Plavsic went through three labs trying to find “I like Devita skin care. It’s a natural skin care the right fit of working relationship, organic line that has SPF. I really like their face lotion, ingredients and accountability to produce Ilia. my skin is really sensitive. I use all my own The first lab wouldn’t release the list of ingredicosmetic products, obviously,” she laughs, “but ents before she signed on. “It’s like raising a kid lotions... Even just using a vitamin E oil on the without knowing what you’re putting in it,” she body to moisturize is really important.” countered. The second lab had trouble sourcing She also has some kind words for her peers. the organic ingredients she demanded. The third “Linda Rodin — she’s an older woman in her 60s, one was the perfect size for Plavsic’s new busitotally beautiful. She’s actually a stylist in New ness and she quickly formed a bond with her York, and she has an amazing line of natural oils chemist. for the face and the hair and has also pioneered “She’s like my aunt,” Plavsic says affectionately. something on her own.” Her desire to work with people she cares about And that embodies the spirit of Sasha Plavsic. is evidenced even in the name of her line — Ilia. 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oving ahead with plans to offload nearly a dozen vacant school sites, the North Vancouver School District is putting four properties valued at more than $26 million on the auction block. On July 6, the school district issued a request for proposals to buy or lease the former Monteray elementary, Ridgeway Annex, Keith Lynn and Plymouth elementary school sites in North Vancouver city and district. With a combined 2011 BC Assessment value of $26,214,000, the schools are just four of 11 surplus properties valued at $137 million that the board is considering ridding itself of. In all, the 11 properties comprise 28.61 hectares of some of the last development-friendly land located in the heart of North Vanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residential neighbourhoods. North Vancouver School District secretary-treasurer Irene Young told The Outlook that while the board hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t received any proposals on the properties just yet, they have received requests for the paperwork. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People usually wait until the end,â&#x20AC;? Young said in a phone interview Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The RFP is open until September 28 so we probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually see too many submissions much before that date.â&#x20AC;? In the meantime, Young expects would-

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be buyers and renters will want to take the time to arrange tours of the building sites and do their own studies on the properties before making any offers. Under the RFP rules, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible all four properties could wind up being sold to the same developer, Young said. Though such a case is highly unlikely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all such different properties,â&#x20AC;? said Young. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A medium- to large-size developer might be interested in a property like a Plymouth or a Keith Lynn because it is larger and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily deal with small properties like Monteray and Ridgeway Annex that might be more suitable for a much smaller developer.â&#x20AC;? Both Plymouth and Monteray have found themselves at the auction block before. Vacated in 2010, Plymouth was given the RFP treatment soon after but garnered no interest from the development community. A year later, Monteray was shopped around for expressions of interest in buying or leasing the property, getting two bites before the process fell by the wayside with the November 2011 election of a new school board. But with renewed interest earlier this year, the school district decided to explore selling or leasing the 11 properties now deemed surplus to its needs. That has caused some criticism among residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups who have called the move short-sighted, saying once these publicly

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South Hazelton BC, 5-acre Mountain view Farm, newly renovated 4-bdrm, 2.5/bath house, 2 greenhouses, large garden, 2.5 acres fenced, animal shelters. $200,000. Seller Motivated. 1 (250)842-7103

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1995 SAFARI 7 pass van, all whl drive, 199K, AirCared, 2nd owner, good cond, $2600. (604)430-3556 1996 FORD RANGER, ext. cab, 2 whl. drive, auto, ArCrd, 3LV6, canopy, CD, $2500. obo 604-812-1278 2000 DURANGO 4X4, loaded, seats 7, AirCrd, exc. cond. $4500 obo. Call 604-780-8404

PETS

Take 264 St exit off Hwy #1 & follow yellow signs (6030 248 Street, Aldergrove)

560

TRUCKS & VANS

2003 CHEV SUBURBAN Z71, black, rebuilt trans. w/warranty, used eng. new B.J. & brakes. Inspected $8400obo 604-826-0519

ANTIQUES/CLASSICS

RASPBERRIES

548

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821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS

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

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CARS - DOMESTIC

Call 604-985-2639

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

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818

1989 CAMARO RS, V6, auto, Ttop, AirCrd, N/S lady driven, $1900. Phone (604)591-6918.

P/B Choc. lab puppies, 5M, 6F, born June 27, CKC reg. vet✓ $750. 604-217-6551 or 604-825-1730

SUMMER GRANTS!

WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Christmas in July, $500 cash back. We fund your future not your past. All credit situations accepted. www.creditdrivers.ca 1-888-5936095.

2009 Saturn Astra XE, 4 dr h/b. Automatic. Options. Silver. 18,000 kms. $8300/firm. 604-538-4883

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1-800-910-6402

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604-787-5915, 604-291-7778

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NORTH VANCOUVER

www.EconPro.com 604-882-2733

A-TECH Services 604-230-3539

3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour

The Scrapper

CENTURY APT 250 East 15th St.

PROFESSIONAL lifetime metal roof, aluminum patio cover, sunroom, windows, Andy 604-7157525

PAINT SPECIAL

#1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200

APARTMENT/CONDO

Always!pressure washing, window cleaning, Gutter, lawn maintains, yard clean-up. Simon 604-230-0627

JJ ROOFING ABOVE THE REST “ Int. & Ext., Unbeatable Prices, Professional Crew. Free Est. Written Guarantee. No Hassle, Quick Work, Insured, WCB. Call (778)997-9582

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PRESSURE WASHING

GL ROOFING. Cedar shakes, Asphalt Shingles, Flat roofs, WCB Clean Gutters. $80. 604-240-5362

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022

RENTALS

Residential & Commercial Services

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OTHER AREAS

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AUTO FINANCING

1997 CITATION 5th wheel, 27.5’ with pop out. Good condition, $6000 604-860-5225/604-869-6159 2007 HARLEY SPORTSTER, factory custom, 74 cube (1200) big bore by Denco Cycle, Bassani pipe, Windshield, sissy bar, leather bags. 27,000Km, one old guy owner, $7,450 obo. Phone (604)817-1945

845 TOP CA$H PAID TODAY For SCRAP VEHICLES!

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL 2 hr. Service www.a1casper.com (604)209-2026

HOMES WANTED

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

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673

Notice To Creditors & Others Notice is hereby given that creditors & others having claims against the estate of Beverley Bristol deceased, formerly of North Vancouver are req. to send full particulars of such claims to R. Clark, 416, 3600 Windcrest Drive, North Vancouver, V3G 3S5 on or before August 30, 2012 after which date the executor will distribute the assets having regard only to claims that have been received.


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Outlook West Vancouver, July 19, 2012