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Harmony Arts Festival SeaWheeze half marathon Lululemon is celebrating its love of Vancouver with its first SeaWheeze half marathon. The event will have everything from an outdoor concert by New York City band FUN., to some of the huge inflatable characters from the 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremony, to a nail polish change station at the race expo. And naturally they’re setting up a 22,000 square-foot SeaWheeze store on site that will be the only place to buy exclusive SeaWheeze products. The yoga brand says they have more than 7,500 participants signed up at press time with almost half from the States and 68 per cent from outside Vancouver. Starting Friday, Aug. 10 at 8am, you can catch the run expo and showcase store at the Vancouver Convention Centre and a noon yoga class at Jack Poole Plaza. The half marathon starts the next morning at 7:37 am. Crowds can cheer on the runners at the SeaWheeze Canadiana zoo at David Lam Park (7 to 10am), World’s largest cheer station and pancake breakfast at lululemon Kitsilano (7 to 11am at West 4th and Arbutus), SeaWheeze luau at English bay (in front of Cactus Club), SeaWheeze summer session concert featuring FUN. and Hey Ocean! at Jack Poole Plaza from 2:45 to 5:30pm and SeaWheeze sunset yoga on Kits Beach from 7:37 to 8:37pm. SeaWheeze. com Supplied photo

West End Fest Gordon Neighbourhood House presents its 70th anniversary celebration in conjunction with the West End Cultural Festival on Aug. 11 from 11am to 3pm on the 1000 block of Broughton Street. This is a free event with guest speakers, live street entertainment, a multicultural craft fair, community info tables, a children’s carnival with games and prizes, face painting and tattoo booths, 25 cent hot dogs, seniors’ tea and tarts, the Tim Hortons cruiser and a dunk tank. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact Agata at 604-683-2554.

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n December 2008, Jive Communications co-founders Lindsay Nahmiache and Almira Bardai were working a Vancouver media event. They soon discovered that although they had followed very different paths that converged at that moment, they had a lot in common. Nahmiache had lit out for London at 18 “to waitress for three months and stayed for four years,” trading tables for a principal position at the nascent E Entertainment Europe office. (“There were five of us, then; now they’re a 200-strong operation.”) A decision to backpack India led her to Mumbai and a job “producing films and television at one of the largest production companies in India” and work in international sales and marketing. “At 23 I would walk into meetings that I would never have been able to elsewhere and brokered amazing deals. It was very stressful but I went to incredible parties — it was a lot of fun.” Bardai had followed a more traditional career trajectory: while finishing her communications degree at SFU, she was snapped up by Wilcox PR, one of the biggest PR firms in Canada. In search of new challenges, she went to work for Cobra, an international brewer in London and “…within two years I was their global communications manager.” This was followed by a stint Down Under at a communications firm in Sydney. Upon each of their returns to

V Almira Bardai and Lindsay Nahmiache were each at a crossroads in their careers when they met by chance. They founded Jive Communications and know exactly where they’re heading. Vancouver, the pair shared a common dilemma. “I couldn’t get a job; my international experience was worth nothing,” Nahmiache sighs. Bardai concurs, “I was told I was unemployable.” Dejected yet determined, they began freelancing. After their chance meeting they “had a couple lunches” and decided to merge their resources. Jive communications was born. This spirit of grabbing the moment has come to define define their partnership — and their approach with clients. “If something feels right you just go for it,” says Nahmiache. “Most of our clients have been with us if not from day one, then within the first six months,” Bardai notes with pride. “And as clients have scaled up so have we: Granville Island Brewing [recently went] national and we’ve gone national with them.” Unlike many entrepreneurs, Jive is actively managing their growth — “doing the things that most people don’t want to do,

like writing the manuals and documenting all our processes.” The company’s fast-paced environment necessitates self-motivated individuals who possess an entrepreneurial spirit. Nahmiache recalls warning their new intern that “we don’t throw you in the shallow end; you go right in the deep end.” As a result, “in her first week we were teaching her how to pitch, write press releases and press packs. She loves it and is absolutely thriving.” Bardai adds that teamwork and freedom are also essential as “everyone takes on an ownership of whatever division they’re in, and we allow them to shape it.” But they also preach balance. “We work hard but we have fun doing it. We have champagne at staff meetings, take the staff to Vegas every year and go to the opening game of the Canadiens .” Clearly their strategy is working: named one of the top boutique PR firms in Vancouver, Bardai adds they “surpassed our financial goals for 2011, and al-

ready need to set higher goals for 2012” — a problem any business would envy. Their advice for budding entrepreneurs? “Just jump in,” Nahmiache enthuses, “but it has to be at your own pace. Join an organization, for women. I’d suggest the Forum for Women entrepreneurs, as it will give you a taste of what it’s like.” She smiles. “And when your business reaches a certain point, ditch your day job.” And don’t get bogged down in the details. Bardai remembers the advice she heard at a seminar. “[He said] you always hear that business is 80 per cent plan and 20 per cent do. That’s crap! It’s 20 per cent plan 80 per cent do.” Nahmiache sums up their philosophy this way: “at the end of the day it’s all about relationships — with clients, media, and the public.” “And each other” Bardai adds. “The key to our success has been and always will be strong relationships; our clients love our team.”

ancouver runners are prepping to be hit with a tsunami of color on Aug. 18 as they take on the Color Me Rad 5K. As white-clad participants wind through UBC Thunderbird Stadium, they’ll be bombarded with colour throughout the course until their face, shirt and body cross the finish line looking like a pack of Skittles. Finishers, coated from head to toe in blue, green, pink, purple and yellow, will then toss individual bags of colour in the air every 15 minutes to create a final “blitzkrieg of colour” in celebration of their accomplishment. The coloured dust is made of FDA-approved colored cornstarch, and it washes off in the shower. The Vancouver race is the twelfth stop on Color Me Rad’s nation-wide tour. A portion of the proceeds goes to Keep-A-Breast Canada. Waves of 1,000 people will take off every five minutes beginning at 9am. Participants of all ages are welcome to run or walk. Registration is at ColorMeRad.com. Use promo code KEEPABREAST for 10 per cent off registration. Colour Me Rad is giving WE Readers four chances to win entry. The winners will receive free race registration and all the RAD swag that goes with it. Go to Contests at WEVancouver.com.

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Josh Perrin, Ivo Staiano and Trevor Broad want your vote on fun designs for Flying Flips. Doug Shanks photo

Walking the walk Flying Flips is not only an eco-friendly company; it cares about people, too By Gen Handley

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ccording to Ivo Staiano, flip flops can be worn in any situation — with a couple of exceptions. “I think you can wear flip flops pretty much anywhere,” the Flying Flips founder says. “They’re a ubiquitous footwear.” “Well, except maybe for a funeral or Yellowknife,” he adds with a laugh. It is the popularity of the footwear, the unpretentiousness of the flip flop that gave California-native Staiano the idea for Flying Flips, his philanthropic company that is based on the Buy One Give One principle. When you purchase a pair of their locally

designed, eco-friendly sandals, partner charity groups Souls4Souls and Fundación A. Jean Brugger donate a pair of footwear to a person in need. The designs are submitted by local designers and are then posted online for visitors to vote on. The winning design receives a $300 prize and is sold on the Flying Flips site. “Everyone from small, independent artists to artists with a bigger following have all been interested and submitted their work,” says Trevor Broad, Flying Flips co-founder and website developer. “We’ve received some really good quality designs.” The winning designs are implemented sustainably with the flips flops made of 20 to 30 per cent post-consumer recycled material. Broad says his organization will

even allow customers to send back their used Flying Flips footwear to be recycled and receive a discount on their next pair. Additionally, Flying Flips is working with a group in Mexico to finance the replantation of rubber trees. “We want to make them as recycled and as eco-friendly as possible,” Broad says. “But we also want to create a community of creative people, all focused on the same goal.” As a former restaurateur (he is the past owner of the New Bohemian in Kitsilano), it is this community, this unique connection to one’s personal space that Staiano wanted to continue with in the Flying Flips idea. “I liked how flips flops are very much identified with personal time – I liked the idea of being involved with that,” he says.

“People are working more and more, with less extra time, and I always took it as a real compliment when they decided to spend that personal time with me, in my restaurant. I guess Flying Flips is an extension of that – of wanting to be involved with people on a personal level.” On a personal level, Staiano feels that the Flying Flips customer feels a connection as well. “When they put them on their feet, they identify with that,” he says. “When they’re walking around, they know they’ve given that same feeling, that benefit, to somebody else. It really connects people with the charity.” To buy or vote on Flying Flips sandals, visit FlyingFlips.com.

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The green side of the tracks ‘Guerilla gardeners’ transform abandoned rail line into a linear farm By Martha Perkins

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he vegetables and flowers growing alongside the abandoned rail lines next to Fir Street give new meaning to the word organic. Not only is no pesticide used on this lovely stretch of “farmland� between West 1st and 2nd Avenues in Kitsilano, but the garden sprung up on its own after CPR abandoned the tracks eight years ago. Unlike the community garden farther up the track, this one has no formal structure. The first gardener lived in the co-op next door; he simply starting planting a small garden. Now there are seven faithfuls who grow everything from high-bush blueberries to chard, with some beeattracting flowers thrown in for good measure. (A second garden, closer to West 2nd, has about seven new enthusiasts.) The garden would be even more popular were it not for the one downside — the gardeners have to bring their own water. “It’s relaxing,� says Shirley Julien, a Canada Post letter carrier who was among the first people to see

the stretch of rail line as the perfect border for a garden. She used to own a farm in Comox — she had an acre devoted to garlic — and the garden “gets me out of city mode.� Two years ago, she met Dan Lennox at the garden. Their romance blossomed and ast November, she and the retired firefighter married. Today, they get at least half of their vegetables from what Lennox fondly calls “guerilla gardening.� Another organic aspect of the garden is the materials that have been used for the raised beds. Some of the wood came from a house that was torn down nearby; other bits and pieces of lumber have been donated or found on Craigs List. (More lumber is welcome.) Nearly every part of the garden has been created with free supplies. Julien’s manure comes from a horse farm in Southlands and Go Fish donated $100 for supplies. However, please don’t assume that the fruits of the gardeners’ labour is free for the taking. As a sign in the garden says, the children who plant here are extremely disappointed when they discover their vegetable garden has been harvested by someone else. Please enjoy this little oasis of goodness with your eyes only.

Shirley Julien and Dan Lennox have helped turn an abandoned railway line into a veritable harvest table. Martha Perkins photo

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A back alley tour of Sean Orr’s ‘Potemkin City’ him talk about nothing. For $15, he said before taking a swan dive off the stage, he’d take people on a personal tour of Vancouver. That $15 in his pocket — as well as sales of music and art — would be a better way of supporting him as an artist. “I think we’re being lied to,” he says. “I think this city is a facade. It only consists of surfaces and it makes me angry. People would rather go to hear people talk about art than go to an art show.” The WE was the only one to take him up on the tour offer. The rendezvous is at the steam clock in Gastown. Orr chose it as the start of a tour of all the places he loves because it’s a symbol of everything he hates about Vancouver. The clock is a sham. It looks like an antique, and people gather ‘round it with their cameras, but it’s new and it’s digital. It was put there as part of a very deliberate campaign to turn Gastown into a tourist destination by gussying up its history. “It’s another facade,” he says. “It’s pretending to be something it’s not. It was put there in the ‘70s. It’s a lie.” Orr loves that history but he prefers the real version, which is

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y his very name, Sean Michael David Orr is a protest. Born into a Protestant Irish family with deep political roots, Orr’s father got revenge on that history by giving his son as many Catholic names as possible. “I’m a testament to standing up for what you believe in,” Sean Orr says as he takes WE on a walking tour in and around Gastown. The tour itself is the result of Orr’s protest against people who say they love the arts and yet do little to actually support artists. At this spring’s Pecha Kucha night, he stood up in front of 1,200 people at the Vogue and showed them photos from his Facebook page. The audience laughed at his stories — “Here’s my cat. I love my cat. He tells me when he wants to go out, he tells me when he’s hungry…” — because Orr can be disarmingly funny. He’s got a charm that can make him seem sweet and forever youthful. And yet at the end of his 10-minute presentation he revealed he was angry at the audience for paying $15 just to hear

This alleyway in Gastown says a lot about Vancouver — and not all of it good, says Sean Orr. Martha Perkins photo why his next destination is an alleyway. It runs parallel to Blood Alley — a made-up name to give the neighbourhood a mysterious yet safe allure — and used to be part of the main east/west corridor of the city. The tracks are gone but here Tramway 20 used to run, bringing workers to the factories and sugar refineries along the railway tracks. But then, Orr says, city fathers and developers decided to create a new downtown, just a few blocks away, even though a real one still existed. Gastown was turned into a tourist destination by celebrating the very history that everyone was so quick to abandon for the next

new shiny thing. “We create a city and then abandon it,” Orr says of Vancouver’s habit of constantly re-inventing its narrative. “When are we done defining ourselves?” By now we’re at Andy Livingstone Park, “an example of getting it right.” Its gently sloping banks and meandering walking trail makes it “conducive to just hanging out,” he says. Standing on its crest, you catch a glimpse of the many faces of Vancouver: Chinatown’s gritty brick buildings; the Skytrain that takes commuters to their singlefamily homes in the distant, less

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expensive suburbs; the football and soccer fields that create a sense of neighbourhood; and the Expo lands that mark an era of resurgence. “My mother calls Vancouver Potemkin City,” he says, referring to the Russian minister who purportedly built a city of facades to fool Catherine the Great. “We seem to be doing that here for the world,” he adds. “Vancouver doesn’t have a middle. It’s just green-coloured glass.”

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e asked some of Vancouver’s historians and street connoisseurs to reveal their favourite alleys in the city, reminding us of Vancouver’s most illicit and illustrious moments in its 126-year history.

VancouverIsAwesome.com JEFFREY BOONE Executive director of Eastside Culture Crawl — a free, three-day annual event in November that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public

JOHN ATKIN Civic historian and author who conducts walking tours of Vancouver, and curator of Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver — on until Aug. 12 at the Museum of Vancouver

Favourite alley: The west side of 1000 Parker (pictured left). Why: There seems to be a very intriguing history there given the unusual shape and sense of seclusion on that side of the building. It’s attracted a lot of taggers and graffiti artists, making the site a dynamic confluence of historical industrial architecture and contemporary urban culture. It’s a unique space in a unique location and the addition of the vibrant tags, graffiti and paste-ups attracts a certain type of photographer and filmmaker. Seems there’s always someone back there with a camera. It is adjacent to the railway and appears to have been two separate building with a section of track that ran between them. It was and, in part, still is a warehouse. I understand that the trains would pull into that section to have goods loaded from the warehouse for shipping. There’s something a bit poetic about the alley and how it’s used knowing that there are so many working artists, designers and craft-makers in this building along with the warehouse and manufacturing that continues the buildings original purpose.

Favourite alley: Downtown, it’s Market Alley between Hastings and Pender running east from Carrall. Why: For me it’s the history of the alley, which was a thriving business street in the early 1900s. Tinsmiths, shoe makers, vegetable dealers and pawnbrokers could all be found there. It was part of Chinatown and you can still see a few of the old store fronts. At No. 34, this was the location of one of two opium factories in Vancouver (pictuted next page). Opium was legal in Canada until 1908. And there were the restaurants at the rear of the card rooms which, in the 1940s, became popular late night eateries and were known by the colour of their doors — the last one being the famous Green Door.

JohnAtkin.com WILL WOODS Actor, history buff , and founder of Forbidden Vancouver walking tours — prohibitionthemed, investigative explorations of 1930s Chinatown and Gastown Favourite alley: The view looking east on the alleyway running between (parallel to) Hastings and Pender, from under the archway beneath the Province building (now occupied by the Vancouver Film School). 1000 Parker St. Why: It’s a very well-preserved alKelsey Klassen photo leyway view. This alleyway also has the obligatory ‘shoes’ hanging on power lines. There are many theories about these shoes (tributes to fallen friends or gang members, signs for gang boundaries, signs that drug dealing is ‘OK’ in the area, pranks etc.). Farther east along the same alleyway, you see some interesting makeshift mechanisms used to release emergency staircases (old bricks, etc., hanging off ropes). Favourite alley: Blood Alley has the most ‘gothic’ reputation. Why: The truth is Blood Alley was named in 1971 by an urban planner who was part of a project to revitalize Gastown. The basis for the name was that it hosted a butcher’s shop and so one might imagine blood spilling into the road. According to local historian John Atkin, the slaughterhouse for that particular butcher was at False Creek, so this was just a meat store and there would not have been blood flowing down the street by any means. Still, it’s a name that captivates people! I think the alleyway south of Blood Alley is more interesting. It runs in between (parallel to) Cordova and Hastings, with entrances on Carrall and Abbott and has a crazy tree growing out of the side of a building two levels up. Tip: There is a ‘hidden Chinatown’ alleyway that is largely unknown in our city. There are green and red marked tours that show its entrance, on Carrall. If you walk along Pender there are two places you can see in — but keep your eyes peeled, the gates are narrow. Allegedly this alleyway was used by the Chinese in the early part of the 20th century to trade with each other, socialize etc, while they were not safe on the streets of Vancouver after dark. The alleyway is totally enclosed by buildings and is now broken down into courtyards from what I understand.

ForbiddenVancouver.ca DANIELLE TATARIN Bar manager of The Keefer in Chinatown and founding president of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association Favourite alley: Trounce Alley, between Powell and Cordova — aka the alley in The NeverEnding Story (one of my favorite movies) and a reoccurring theme in Ken Foster’s street art (pictured bottom right).

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JAMES JOHNSTONE Home history researcher whose work covers close to 500 Vancouver addresses, ranging from Shaughnessy mansions to pioneer cabins and worker row houses in Vancouver’s old East End.

Favourite Alley: Between Hawks and Heatley, between East Pender and Keefer. Why: In the 1910s there was a street leveling program in the East End, so all the streets are more or less flat now. The low places were filled in and the high place shaved down to improve safety of those driving the horse-drawn drays and early cars in the neighbourhood. Therefore, in the East End (Strathcona), you see houses perched high above the streets or sometimes lower than the street and connected to the street by a bridge. The alleys, though, were left untouched and it is in the alleyways that you can see the original topography of the land. This particular alleyway stretches from the old Schara Tsedeck Synagogue at Heatley and Pender and dips low below the street level. There are several interesting houses from the 1890s and early 1900s still standing on either side of the alley, including a number of tenement apartments and rowhouses which were built to house newly ar-

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BOB KRONBAUER Founder and editor-in-chief of Vancouver Is Awesome, and guest judge at many community events, including the Celebration of Light, Polaris Music Prize and Peak Performance Project Favourite alley: 70th and Selkirk. Why: My fondest memory of a Vancouver alleyway is from the mid-90s when I first moved here. I landed in a one-bedroom apartment in Marpole and one of my neighbours was another recent transplant; he from from Toronto and I from Vernon. The guy always seemed to be “looking for work” at the bottom of a sixpack as well as looking for cigarettes on my doorstep. Now, I don’t know if the rules of business are different in Ontario or what, but one day he had this flash of inspiration to make money without having to tell the government; he decided to open up a café out of his second-storey, alleyfacing suite. He cut the letters C-A-F-E out of paper and taped them to the sliding door on his balcony, placing two tiny chairs and an end table between them, with a candle on it, in plain view from the alley. He went to the store and bought bags of frozen perogies and instant coffee, leaving the shopping cart at the back door of the apartment building with the other three he had piled up there. Then, finally, he drew up up a menu of

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rived immigrants. The building at 733-735 Keefer started off as a bakery, but later was a grocery, then a broom factory and a fish canning business, then, for about a decade before WWII, was a Nichiren Buddhist Temple. Across the alley, 742 East Pender was a Chinese sausage factory for a number of years. On the eastern end of the alley on Hawks Avenue stand a number of pre-fab kit houses from the BC Mills Timber & Trading Company (the old Hastings Sawmill). Favourite alley: The alley immediately to the north of that one, between Heatley and Hawks, running between East Hastings and East Pender. Why: During the Spanish flu epidemic at the end of WWI, people were dying so fast in the neighbourhood that the undertaker who lived in the house on the northeast corner of Pender and Heatley had to stack the bodies of the deceased under tarps in the alley, just north of the house. Favourite alley: Farther south in the neighbourhood, stretching from about Jackson to Hawks, running between Prior and Union, is an alley that locals still call Cow Shit Alley. Why: It was the route that neighbourhood cattle (kept overnight in cowbarns... many which still stand along the alley) were taken to the False Creek Flats (todays Strathcona Park) every day to graze in the early 1900s.

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WALT JUDAS Vice-president, marketing communications & member services at Tourism Vancouver Favourite alley: I regularly run through the alleys in the East End, behind Hastings (north side) from Main to Clark. Why: The combination of old or well-established businesses, residences, empty lots, discarded items and homeless people/addicts provides a window to the other side of Vancouver that people rarely talk about or see. Each time I run in this

area of town, I see or discover something new. I am never afraid for my safety and am sometimes greeted warmly by Shanghai Alley was once the addicts or, location of an opium factory. conversely, looked at with bewilderment (as if to say, “Why is he running here instead of on the seawall at Stanley Park?�)

TourismVancouver.com AARON CHAPMAN Musician/writer (currently working on Liquor Lust and The Law - The Story of Vancouver’s Legendary Penthouse Nightclub due out in October by Arsenal Press) Favourite alley: my favourite alley these days is so rife with Vancouver show business and entertainment history that it even has a name — Ackery’s Alley. Why: It’s the alleyway off Smythe, between Seymour and Granville. It’s named after Ivan Ackery, who was the theatre manager of the Orpheum from 1935 to 1969 back when the Orpheum was a movie theatre. Ivan was famous for his publicity stunts. When there was a Western film showing, all the ushers would be dressed up like cowgirls; if it was a science fiction picture, he’d have a guy walking up and down Granville Street in a space suit passing out handbills to come see the show. He once got a real cow to stand in front of the front door of the theatre on Granville with a sign around its neck saying “There’s a Great Show at the Orpheum Tonight and That’s no Bull!� The city fined him $15 for having livestock on city streets but he happily paid it for all the publicity he got for the incident. He won awards for this kind of stuff.

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Rasoee Inspired Chicken Tandoori 4 lbs chicken pieces, patted dry with paper towel {bone-in and skinless works best.} 1 cup plain pro-biotic yogurt 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tbsp ginger, freshly grated 1 garlic clove, finely sliced ¼ tbsp hot chili paste (sambal; optional) ½ tbsp chili powder ½ tbsp ground coriander ½ tbsp ground cumin ¼ tbsp sea salt ¼ tbsps Garam Masala 4 strands saffron 2 tbsp canola oil Using a small paring knife, cut 3 or 4 small incisions (not too deep!) into each piece of chicken. Combine all other ingredients together in a large bowl to prepare your marinade for the chicken. Ensure it is well mixed. Add chicken to marinade in bowl, and ensure each piece is well coated. Massage the marinade into the incisions

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ohlrabi may be one of the weirdest looking veggies in the farmers market but it is also one of the most underrated. It has a bright peppery freshness with a similar texture to a broccoli stalk. Once peeled of its bright purple or pale green skin, kohlrabi can be eaten raw like cabbage — grated, julienned or sliced and tossed in a creamy dressing for a memorable slaw. Otherwise, boil or steam the bulb and mash up like potatoes. The long stalks and leaves are much sweeter than the bulb and can be prepared in a variety of ways. It’s available fresh at the market from as early as May to as late as December. A simple preparation for stuffing larger bulbs with a combination of sweet shallots and herbs makes a wonderful side dish.

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Stuffed Kohlrabi Adapted from The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins. Serves 4. Ingredients: 4 kohlrabi bulbs 3 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ cup chopped shallots ½ teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Method: Trim and peel the kohlrabi. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil, and add the kohlrabi bulbs. Simmer until tender when pierced with a knife, 25 to 30 minutes. Rinse them under cold water and drain. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350º. Butter a baking sheet and set it aside. Melt the butter add shallots and saute over very low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Let cool. Carefully scoop out the centres of the kohlrabi bulbs, leaving a shell ¼ inch thick (or thicker). Mash or puree the kohlrabi centres, and combine with cooked shallot, parsley, and salt and pepper, to taste. Fill the shells with the mixture, mounding it slightly. Arrange on the baking sheet, and bake until the tops are golden, 30 minutes. Jenn Chic is a writer, photographer, baker, cook and the market manager for the Kitsilano and Kerrisdale Farmers Markets. EatLocal.org, JennChicCooks.com

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Glowbal Group reaches out to Union Gospel Mission Five thousand burgers, 900 pounds of coleslaw, 900 pounds of fruit salad, 5,000 bags of chips and 5,000 cans of ice tea: that’s what the staff from the Glowbal Group will be serving at this Saturday’s summer barbeque for Union Gospel Mission at Oppenheimer Park. “This will be our third year,” say Glowbal owners Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa Yacoub in a press release, “and every year we have hundreds of restaurant staff, business colleagues and friends volunteer their time. They always come back raving about the experience and how it wasn’t just fun, it was enriching. We are grateful for the amazing response from our recent volunteer call-out and look forward to welcoming those who are aligned in our passion to promote positive change.” Bruce Curtiss, UGM’s senior chaplain, says “community in this context communicates a sense of belonging. This restores feelings of hope and safety, making it possible for vulnerable people to open up and trust others again.”

Granville’s new Pho Hoa Noodle Shop Pho Hoa Noodle Soup’s newest location is at 3121 Granville at W. 15th. Open seven days a week, from 11am to 11pm, the restaurant specializes in Vietnamese pho (rice noodles) accompanied by its signature broth and assorted and exotic cuts of beef. There are 17 varieties of beef pho, as well as chicken and seafood pho and rice and vermicelli dishes. PhoHoa.com.

Joe Beef’s philosophy The Art of Living According to Joe Beef is more than a cookbook. It is a memoir of the Montreal eatery’s unconventional approach to French market cuisine, a history of Montreal, tales of people, places and things with a little philosophy thrown in. Chef Fred Morin is hosting a demo and chat at BarbaraJo’s Books to Cooks on August 16 at 6pm. The $65 fee includes a signed copy of the book. To register call 604-688-6755.

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Wushu Body Wisdom Make your workouts go further with restorative post-activity massage at the Shangri-La

KnowSWEAT By Kate MacLennan

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itness comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s a gruelling hour at Crossfit, or a six-day hike in the rain on the West Coast Trail with 65 pounds on your back. Other times it’s stretching and bending over a bamboo stick wearing nothing but a plush bathrobe before a softspoken woman, whose name translates to “dreams and visions”, massages you into putty in a warm, dimly-lit room high above the bustle of the city. The latter is the Wushu Body Wisdom Massage at CHI The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel and, yes, it counts as part of your fitness regime — the restorative part of it, after you’ve worked up a sweat doing the Grind or whatever other workout suits you. CHI’s website advises that the Wushu treatments are inspired by Chinese martial arts stretching and post-activity body care methods. Translation: utilizing natural healing methods, the Wushu treatments are a series of stretching and breathing exercises and movements used, post-workout or alongside your workouts, to get you nimble, loose and relaxed, and to open up the meridians (the 20 “paths” identified in Chinese medicine that connect about 400 acupuncture points in the body) before you sink into a deep massage. The experience begins the moment I step off the elevator on the hotel’s fifth floor: the sound of a gentle waterfall greets my ears while calming scents slow your heart rate, and the tension across my forehead, through my jaw and behind my eyes begins to unfurl. In this serene environment, the pop quiz that comes next a bit out of left field, but it’s nothing too taxing. Rather, it’s a questionnaire to determine what aromatherapy best matches my Chinese element: wood, earth, fire, metal or water. What is my favourite colour? Flavour? Time of the day? Weather condition? I fret slightly when several of my automatic responses aren’t on the list of answers provided to choose from, but the spa manager assures me that my therapist will get my scents and element right. I finish the form and am ushered to my treatment room. By “room,” I mean a space bigger than the new micro-lofts in Gastown, with cozy wood walls, heated floors and soft lighting. There, I slip into the provided robe and loose sandals before

joining my therapist, Raya, in what can only be described as the foyer of the space. Raya asks me a few questions about my usual fitness routine and then we begin guided, slow stretches coupled with breathing exercises. This is conscious stretching, like you’d do in Hatha yoga (a very gentle style of the practice). I don’t break a sweat, but my body begins to warm up. After several stretches, Raya hands me a long bamboo rod and gently twists me around and over it so that I can feel my muscles lengthening and loosening – my meridians, she says, are gently opening. She encourages me to take long, deep breaths to stimulate relaxation. After around 15 or 20 minutes of unhurried stretching (I’ve eased so happily into the process of achieving relaxation that I’m, frankly, unaware how many minutes have passed), she directs me to the massage bed. I crawl beneath the soft linens and feel, almost immediately, like I could doze off — especially when Raya rubs calming scents on her hands, places them near my nose and instructs me to breathe deeply. But as she starts to knead the muscles in my back, hitting various acupressure points, the urge to sleep vanishes and the impulse to savour the feeling rushes in. The oils for my massage reflect earth, my Chinese element, but I’m already in heaven. Officially, she’s harmonizing my body’s energy for better body balance, the process of which eases stressed nerves and releases back and shoulder tension. Raya works a bit overtime (“you needed it,” she tells me after), and by the time she rings a delicate bell, signifying the end of the 90-minute treatment, I’m in a state of semi-consciousness. A a spritz of mineral water to my face and a cup of sweet tea later, and I’m released into the real world. Outside, the sun shines brightly down on West Georgia Street, rush hour traffic surges past, and I float home through it all, restored.

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These photos by Sonia Photography show the ongoing transformation from Raylene to Ray. Clockwise from left: December 2010, March 2011, June 2011 and June 2012

Becoming Ray In a powerfully moving story about the transition between Raylene and Ray, a well-known Vancouver photographer gives voice to the strength and courage it takes to finally be himself By Ray D. McEachern, as told to Derek Bedry

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eing transgendered is about small victories. I don’t take little affirmations of my gender presentation for granted; right now, they are few and far between. My friends who knew me before — real friends, the ones who’ve stuck by me — sometimes slip on the pronoun and let out a “she,” despite their best intentions. At the grocery store, clerks call me ma’am. And because I’m a gay trans man, I’m challenged by the fact that when I do pass for male, I still present on the feminine side. The type of man I’m attracted to isn’t usually attracted to the physical male type I embody, let alone my female genitalia and the breasts bound under my baggy rock band t-shirts. That’s a cruel irony. Shooting yourself in the thigh with a needle full of testosterone once a week sends your sex drive through the roof. I — that is, girl-me — used to be a guy magnet. People tell me she was beautiful, and I see that, but it’s someone else in those “before” glamour shots that I keep on my phone for fun. I like showing her off. She’s a drag queen, made up and teased and airbrushed. When that kind of attention comes to me for who I really am, it won’t be a minor victory. I was born Raylene Dawn McEachern in Kelowna on August 28, 1989. My mother and I always had an extremely strained relationship, and she never wanted me to leave the house without “enough” makeup on. She wanted me to present myself the way society expects females to (and I had bad acne as a teen), so Mom would say, “Why don’t you put on some more coverup? Some more

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blush? Why don’t you try some mascara?” I know she thought I was beautiful, but under that constant pressure, I never felt it. Telling her I wasn’t sure I even belonged in a female body seemed out of the question. As soon as I was able, I fled Kelowna to Vancouver in 2007. Still living as female, I got into film school (with hard work and a full scholarship) while honing my passion for photography. I made friends, I was around like-minded people, but it wasn’t the release I was hoping for. I didn’t quite know what yet, but something didn’t fit. I didn’t fit. I was lost, hiding in shadows. “You were sweet as bunny’s ears, but there was no depth,” says my friend Kelsey, who held my hand for half an hour as I tremblingly worked up the nerve to take my first T (testosterone)-injection. “You weren’t a girl anyone would lean on, you never showed an opinion or an original thought. I didn’t see a person worth knowing until the masks started coming off.” It wasn’t until 2010 that I started poking around on the internet and came across trans videos on Youtube, finding a huge community of support there. Things people were saying in the videos resonated with me deeply; when one Youtuber said he’d always imagined growing up what he’d look like as a man, it clicked. Soon, I cut my hair, started donning boy clothes, and got a transition doctor. I came out to my father in August last year. It made sense, he said; I was always his tomboy, I always did like playing with trucks. “I never saw you as my daughter. I just saw you as Ray,” he said. “But don’t tell your mom yet.” Nevertheless, when I went back to Kelowna last Christmas, there was no hiding my new appearance. But Mom said nothing. Maybe she chalked it up to normal college-

age experimentations, I don’t know. But the night before I was to leave for Vancouver again, I resolved to tell her she had a son. I was in my pajamas, and she was having a last drink before bed. Shaking from the anxiety, I sat down on the other end of the long couch from her, our feet together in the middle. “Mom, ummmm,” I stammered. “I’m um. I’m, um… Mom, I’m transgender. I feel I have always been a boy.” Silence. Finally: “You mean like Cher’s daughter? Er, son?” Mom said. “Like how she was Chastity but now she’s Chaz?” We talked until the initial shock subsided — hers and mine. Mine, because she wasn’t angry. She didn’t yell or curse me or disown me or ask what she’d done wrong. She was worried about what I’d have to go through, afraid the social and physical rigours of the transition would be too traumatic for me. When I’d explained I knew I was making the right choice, she told me she’d always love and support me, no matter what. That release overwhelmed me. We held each other for a long time, and cried. Now, my mother and I talk much more freely. I can be myself around her without fearing judgment. She asks questions, wants to be updated on my progress, and she’s even done lots of her own research. I visited home about two weeks ago, and when I walked in the door she joyfully exclaimed, “Oh, there he is!” That felt great. She still struggles with pronouns occasionally, but coming out has really strengthened our relationship. She gained a son, and I gained a mother. Since that fateful Christmas, I’ve been blessed during my public coming-out with massive support, both online and in the real world — partly because I no longer feel the

need to surround myself with people who don’t accept me. “Now I see your courage, your strength, so many qualities I respect so much,” says Kelsey. “Your confidence has increased. You seem grown-up, not that lost little kid you used to be. You share your opinions now, you get respect, and you’re not afraid to show yourself. Since you started transitioning, you’re becoming a complete person.” The road to a complete transition is long and hard. If I nick a vein in my leg when shooting my testosterone, I could give myself a heart attack. It could be years before I qualify for expensive top surgery to remove my breasts, so I can’t enjoy the beach the way others do. Bathrooms suck; I get looks no matter which gendered bathroom I enter, if I’m lucky enough to be spared hateful jibes. My mother was right to worry that it would be easier not to live this way. Tiny things cisgendered people (people who identify as they gender/sex they were assigned at birth) barely notice can make or ruin my day. I rejoice in every new chin hair, I’m stung by every thoughtless denial of my male presentation. But there’s no life in hiding. I have to live day by day, as me, whoever I discover that to be; I’m meeting him in increments, with each passing moment, or perhaps with each moment I’m passing. The other day on the bus, the driver said, “Welcome aboard, sir,” as my ticket popped out of the fare box, validated. Small victories. I live for those. You can follow Ray’s progress at Youtube. com/user/RayDawson99. Ray McEachern is a prominent supporter of Vancouver’s live music scene, photographing countless events around the city. Music lovers can follow his coverage at Ow.ly/cBtSt.

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Men’s Fashion Week

ShopTalk By Kelsey Klassen

Canada’s best menswear designers will have the runway all to themselves at the country’s only Men’s Fashion Week (MensFashionWeek.ca). When Jun Ramos, co-owner of Ramos & Fortier, decided to start MFW in Vancouver in 2011, he must have been acutely aware that he was joining the forward-thinking ranks of only Milan, Paris and New York... while beating fashion mecca London to the ball. London’s first Men’s Fashion Week debuted just this year. Meanwhile MFW Vancouver is in its second season and showcasing more than a dozen local and international talents. The launch Aug. 9 at ING Direct Bank (466 Howe) focuses on ‘men trends’ with skin care, health, fitness and fashion entrepreneurship seminars. Then Aug. 11 showcases more than a dozen local and international talents, such as Vancouver’s Katherine Soucie, who makes eco-conscious couture pieces from textile industry castoffs. She’ll open the show at the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut) with her new Remaker Menswear Collection. Pictured right: Musician, Adam Farnsworth wears a jacket from Katherine Soucie’s first menswear collection.

Love Jules Leather expands into accessories The creative minds behind Love Jules Leather have spent the last two years working in new ways with their favourite medium. Best known for their original handworked leather shoes and sick-as Sitka collaborations, fans of the Whistler-based twosome can now eagerly anticipate leather ties ($60), suspenders ($150) and bowties (pictured Katherine Soucie’s below $80) hitting Sitka’s flagship Vancouver store (1864 new collection. W. 4th) for spring/summer 2013. Items from the accessoCarl Craig photo ries collection were already appearing at the recent Gather pop-up, but those who missed seeing them in person can go behind the scenes at their garage studio and see the new products in this catalogue teaser: Vimeo.com/45541764. Twenty-five pairs of their latest hightops are available starting this week at Sitka ($350). LoveJulesLeather.com

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe. Supplied photo

Rachel Zoe comes to Vancouver First singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham drew crowds with a June appearance at Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir). Now the luxury department store will host another fashion celebrity. Rachel Zoe will be visiting Holts on Aug. 9. The stylist-turned-fashion designer will be previewing her upcoming 2012 fall/winter collection and taking part in a public Q and A from 12:30 to 1:15pm, with Holt Renfrew’s vice president of fashion direction, Barbara Atkin. Zoe has starred in four seasons of her own reality TV show, The Rachel Zoe Project, before releasing her own premium clothing line in 2011. The American stylist is best known for dressing numerous red-carpet celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Kiera Knightley and Anne Hathaway. Those looking to catch the star should head to Holt Renfrew, Level 2, early.

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Poison’s Bret Michaels grooms pets for rock star status Get your pet entourage ready. PetSmart and multi-platinum rock star Bret Michaels are prepping pets for the limelight with the new Bret Michaels Pets Rock collection. Available exclusively at PetSmart stores, the collection includes toys, beds, apparel, collars, leashes, and bowls – everything your pet needs to go from the backyard to backstage and beyond. “I know there are other pet parents like me who want to show off their pets in rock-star style,” said the Poison lead singer in a press release. “I’ve been a pet lover since I was a child so I created this line for everyone who wants something unique to rock their pets’ world.” Michaels’ most recent reality show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, gave fans a glimpse into his family life, which includes two German Shepherds (among other pets). He designed the new collection with his very own pets in mind and in his signature rock-star style, complete with tattoos, skulls, thorns and faux-leather trim decorations. The collection includes his trademark doo-rag, made for dogs, with guitar and flame prints. For more information on the Bret Michaels Pets Rock collection, visit www.petsmart.com/bretmichaelsrocks. WE readers can enter to win Bret Michael’s doggy denim and T-shirt set (size medium) and squeaky vinyl cowboy boot toy. Go to the Contests page of WEVancouver.com for details.

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Meryl Streep stars with Tommy Lee Jones in a movie about a marriage that’s lost its spark.

Hope Springs for this middle-age romantic comedy MOVIEREVIEWS HOPE SPRINGS Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell Directed by David Frankel Dealing with a couple of 31 years whose marriage has lost its spark, this initially appears to be just another one of those innocuous palette cleansers (à la It’s Complicated) that Meryl Streep serves up between her more prestigious work. However, almost immediately, Vanessa Taylor’s screenplay exhibits some welcome emotional complexity that refuses to be undone by David Frankel’s cloying direction. The film’s unpromising title is taken from the New England community that Kay (Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) retreat to at her insistence. No longer sharing a bed, much less any meaningful conversations, she’s enrolled them in a week’s worth of intensive marriage counselling with Dr. Bernie

Feld (Steve Carell, somewhat distracting in a primarily non-comedic role). Thoroughly unimpressed, Arnold indulges in the sort of curmudgeonly griping that Jones is capable of uttering in his sleep. That said, Hope Springs distinguishes itself by skilfully delving into the deep-seated frustration festering under that standoffish facade. It quickly becomes apparent that Arnold is desperately avoiding actual conversation through his sarcastic barbs. In turn, we see how any honest expression represents a Herculean task for him. Similarly, there’s initially the sense that Streep is simply going through the paces. However, this abates once we understand that it’s actually Kay who’s playing a character. While delivering several quality laughs, Taylor’s script is most successful in its frank depiction of how a romantic relationship can change over time, allowing intimacy to cede to insecurity. At a time of year dedicated to mindless entertainment, this represents a genuine rarity: a mature and thoughtful studio comedy that’s capable of inspiring self-reflection. — Curtis Woloschuk

Killer Joe is a contract with a new breed of devil KILLER JOE Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple Directed by William Friedkin The fact that William Friedkin — director of The Exorcist — has heralded Killer Joe as his most disturbing film hints at the deranged, lurid depths plumbed by this backwater noir. However, that bold proclamation fails to convey the delirious comedy that arises when hopeless hicks cut a deal with a different breed of devil. In the capable hands of Friedkin and screenwriter Tracy Letts (adapting his play), sadism can occasionally be as sidesplitting as it is sickening. Arriving at the doublewide doorstep of his dad, Ansel (Thomas Haden Church), Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) suggests that they kill his mother and collect on her meagre $50,000 life insurance policy. Recognizing that they’re too stupid to plot a murder, they hire on Killer Joe (Matthew McConaughey), a cop

who’s not so much crooked as distorted, offering him Chris’ loopy sister Dottie (Juno Temple) as a retainer. “Your eyes hurt,” Dottie astutely notes of Joe. The riveting McConaughey takes this characteristic and runs with it. And while his withering stare incapacitates anyone in its path, it also betrays the torment churning inside of him. In turn, the rules that Joe institutes are intended to both simplify his dealings with dimwits and keep himself in check. Consequently, as the Smiths insist on testing Joe’s patience and principles, the proceedings are suffused with an intoxicating tension. And only during an over-the-top climax do they (and the audience) come to realize precisely what they’ve welcomed into their trailer and invited upon themselves. Staggering from the theatre, you might just find yourself thinking that Regan got off easy in The Exorcist. — Curtis Woloschuk

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Free Will Astrology Rob Brezsny • Week of August 9 ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Apollo astronaut Russell Schweickart had a vision of loveliness while flying through outer space in his lunar module. “One of the most beautiful sights is a urine dump at sunset,â€? he testified. He said it resembles a “spray of sparklers,â€? as ten million little ice crystals shoot out into the void at high velocity. As you feed your quest for a lusty life, Aries, I urge you to be as quirky and resourceful as Schweickart. Come up with your own definitions about what’s gorgeous and revelatory. Take epiphanies any way you can get them. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): At the heart of this horoscope is a quote from Maya Angelou. While it may seem schmaltzy, I assure you that its counsel will be essential to your success in the coming weeks. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,â€? said Angelou, “people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.â€? Can you see how valuable this principle might be for you, Taurus? If you hope to get what you desire, you should turn your empathy on full blast. If you’d like to supercharge your vitality, hone your skills as a judge of character. If you want to get the love you think you deserve, be a master at making people feel good in your presence. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): The coming week will be prime time to celebrate your eccentricities and cultivate your idiosyncrasies. Do you like ketchup on your bananas? Is heavy metal the music you can best relax to? Do you have a tendency to break out in raucous laughter when people brag about themselves? I really think you should make note of all the qualities that make you odd or unique, and express those qualities with extra intensity. That may grate on some people, true, but it should have a potent healing effect on you. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Here are my questions: Will you thrust your foot across that imaginary line, or will you back away from it, scouting around for an escape route? Will you risk causing a commotion in order to scratch the itch in your ambition? Or will you shuffle on back to your comfort zone and caress your perfect daydreams? Personally, Cancerian, I’m hoping you will elect to do what’s a bit unsettling. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. If you make a bold move, make sure you’re not angling to please or impress me — or anyone else, for that matter. Do it as a way to express your respect for yourself — or don’t do it. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): When Tchaikovsky wrote the musical score for his famous *1812 Overture,* it included 16 cannon shots. Literally. These blasts weren’t sup-

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posed to be made by, say, a sledgehammer pounded against a wooden mallet, but rather by the detonation of an actual cannon. As crazy as that is, you’ve got to admire Tchaikovsky’s creative gall. He was going way out of the box, calling on a source of sound no other composer had ever done. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to be inspired by his example, Leo. In your own chosen field, mess with the rules about how to play in your chosen field. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): “And if nothing is repeated in the same way,� says poet Antonio Porchia, “all things are last things.� That’s a good principle to adapt for your own purposes, Virgo. A few weeks from now, I bet you’ll be enmeshed in an orgy of novelty, creating yourself from scratch and exploring experiences you’ve never heard of before. But in the meantime, as you bring this cycle to a close, be equally inventive about how you finish things off. Don’t imitate the approach you used in tying up loose ends in the past. Don’t put stale, boring karma to rest in stale, boring ways. Nothing repeated! All things last things! LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): All of us feel bad sometimes -- sad, discouraged, helpless, unloved, and all the rest. It’s a natural part of being human. Here’s the good news: I am not predicting you will go through a phase like that anytime soon. Here’s the even better news: The coming week will be an excellent time to come up with effective strategies for what to do in the future when you go through a rough period. For example, instead of wallowing in self-pity or berating yourself for your weakness, maybe you can resolve, next time, to amble aimlessly out in nature, dance to cathartic music for three hours, or go to the gym and smack around a punching bag. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): When a domesticated weasel captures some treasure or beats out a competitor for food, it performs a celebratory dance that’s referred to as the “weasel war dance.� During this triumphant display, it might hiss, arch its back, fluff out its tail, and hop around madly. I encourage you to come up with your own private version of this ritual, Scorpio. It can be more dignified if you like: snapping your fingers, singing a magical phrase, or raising your arms in a V-for-victory gesture. Whatever you choose, do it after every accomplishment, no matter how small: buying groceries, arriving at an appointment on time, getting a good new idea, or any other success. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): One out of every four of us is afraid that we have missed our calling -- that we have misread our soul’s code and failed to identify the labor of love that would provide our ultimate fuel for living. If you’re among this deprived group, I have good news: The

next six weeks will be an excellent time to fix the problem — to leave the niche where you don’t belong and go off to create a new power spot. And if you are among the 75 per cent of us who are confident you’ve found your vocation, the next six weeks will be prime time to boost your efforts to a higher level. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You can take this as a metaphor if you like, but I’m getting a psychic impression that you will soon be drawing on the energy of one of your past lives. Will it be a 13th-century Chinese lute player or a kitchen maid from 15thcentury France? Will you be high on the vitality you had when you were a Yoruba priest living in West Africa 300 years ago or when you were a 16th-century Guarani herbalist in what’s now Paraguay? I invite you to play with fantasies like these, even if you don’t believe they’re literally true. You might be surprised at the boost you get from imagining yourself alive in a different body and historical era. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): The Italian mattress company Sogniflex has created a bed with features designed to facilitate love-making. It has straps and handles, plus a trench that helps you get better traction. The extrastrong springs produce an exceptional bouncing action. You might consider buying one for yourself. The astrological omens suggest it’s time to play with more intensity in the intimate clinches. You could also try these things: 1. Upgrade your licking and sucking skills. 2. Cultivate your ability to listen receptively. 3. Deepen your sincere appreciation for what’s beautiful about anyone you’re attracted to. 4. Make yourself even more lovable than you already are. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): My $10-an-hour counsel only requires a few seconds to deliver. Here it is: “Never try to be someone you’re not. Discover what you were made for, and do it with all of your passionate intensity.� On the other hand, Pisces, my $100-a-minute wisdom is more complicated, subtle, and hard to impart in less than an hour of storytelling. Here’s a hint of it: There are times when you can get interesting and even brilliant results by experimenting with being something you’re not. Going against the flow of your instinctual urges and customary tendencies might tweak you in just the right way -- giving you an exotic grace and wild depth when you ultimately return to the path you were born to tread.

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Uncork those fees I heartily endorse the bringing of one’s wine to restaurants. It’s the norm in my hometown, Montreal, as well as Sydney, Australia. The corkage fee is non-existant in Montreal and is either complimentary or up to $3 in Sydney. Why do restaurants such as Earl’s (who’ll charge $15) or Hawksworth (who’ll charge $35) even bother saying one can bring one’s own wine. The exorbitant corkage fee is saying that it’s going to end up being the same price after the corkage and that we’re only letting you do it to be nice. If they attempt to excel in their food, they won’t have to rely on their alcohol sales. Clifford Chan, via email

Rainbow painted crosswalks? Come on! I respect and embrace all people’s natural persuasions and choices. I love it! But painting the crosswalks in rainbow colours is just so effing ugly and tacky. What else can City Hall do make Vancouver even more uglier than it has in the last few years? Anonymous, via email

A driver's pledge I am sick of being bullied in traffic every time I drive in this city, so here's the deal: I'm going to travel within the speed limit, I will stop at red lights and stop signs and for occupied crosswalks. If you don't like it, that's just too bad. Who decided that the speed limit is now 60 KPH (or more)? For those who think they are better drivers than everyone else and are entitled to speed, I have one thing to say: not everyone can be a better driver than everyone else by definition. Honk away, I couldn't care less. Anonymous, via email

Polite smokers? An oxymoron I have to comment on the latest "Persecuting puffers" rant. What is polite about a smoker putting out toxic smoke that non-smokers have to breath in? What is polite about an addiction choice that we are forced to witness/ breath in everyday? What is polite about supporting the tobacco corporations who get wealthy on a toxic substance? Everyday I witness smokers on Translink property where the only ones who don't see the "no smoking rules", clearly marked, are smokers. You would have to wonder why non smokers are getting pissed off. Please keep your addiction to yourself. Anonymous, via email

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Rick Antonson shares his impressions of America along the Mother Road

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or 3,940 kilometres, Rick Antonson had his “nose pressed up to the window of America.” Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California — all passed by in a kaleidoscope of images and impressions as he and his driving companion travelled what’s known as Main Street America or the Mother Road. Along the way, myth and reality intermingled, in part because they discovered the American ability to tell a myth so often that it becomes its own sort of reality. “America is not to be understood,” Antonson says. “It can be contemplated, but never understood.” That’s the advantage of having Antonson as our cultural voyeur in his new book, Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street. The head of Tourism Vancouver packs along his Canadian sense of detachment. He can be shocked when an American store owner walks towards him carrying a gun but then be able to carry out a polite conversation. He knows that Americans are different than Canadians but that it doesn’t make them strangers. “America is as much myth as it is fact,” he says, nestled in a booth in The Templeton, Granville Street’s homage to the diners that catered to Americans’ sense of adventure when roadways opened up the country in the prosperous years following the Second World War. Americans don’t have Canadians’ self-doubt, or self-questioning, and, as a result, “they do a lot of self-conversion.” In other words, don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. “[They] take the facts and re-tell them in a self-friendly way.” Antonson started his journey with his own set of preconceptions and biases. His own views of life are left of centre and Route 66 takes you right to the heart of places that voted for George Bush not once, but twice, and without question. (He thinks the perfect ticket in this year’s presidential campaign would be Barack

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AUTOMATED TANK MANUFACTURING INC. is looking for welders. Due to a huge expansion to our plant located in Kitscoty, Alberta, 20km west of Lloydminster. We have openings for 10-3rd year apprentices or journey person welders. We offer best wage in industry. 3rd yr apprentice $28-$30/hr, journey person $32-$35/hr, higher with tank experience. Profit sharing bonus plus manufacturing bonus incentive. Full insurance package 100% paid by company. Good working environment. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine at; (office)780-846-2231; (fax)780-8462241 or send resume to: blaine@autotanks.ca production@autotanks.ca Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through inhole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform.

Required for NRI, one of Canada’s leading distribution services located in Surrey. We provide manpower & facilities to distribute product across Canada.

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EDUCATION

income

HELP WANTED

$100-$400 CASH DAILY

Super Save is committed to Employment Equity and Diversity.

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Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door.

Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.bc.ca

WE OFFER Competitive Wages & Full Benefits.

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IF YOU’RE INTERESTED in real estate, then take Appraisal and Assessment, a specialized two-year business major at Lakeland College’s campus in Lloydminster, Alberta. Your training includes assessment principles, computerized mass appraisal valuation of properties, farmland evaluation and property analysis. Start September; www.lakelandcollege.ca. 1-800661-6490, ext. 5429.

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION

Toll Free:

1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com


WE Vancouver Thursday, August 9, 2012 HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 320

WEVancouver.com 23

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

MOVING & STORAGE

356

RUBBISH REMOVAL FLEETWOOD WASTE Bin Rentals 10-30 Yards. Call Ken at 604-294-1393

AFFORDABLE MOVING Local & Long Distance

$45/Hr

DISPOSAL BINS

From 1, 3, 5, 7,10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free estimate/Seniors discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos

Residential & Commercial Services

604-537-4140

REAL ESTATE 603

ACREAGE

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

625

BEST RATE MOVING

627

(604)787-8061 GET THE BEST FOR YOUR MOVING From $40/Hr Licensed - Insured 1 to 3 men Free estimate/Senior discount Residential & Commercial 778-773-3737

• Portable Toilets • Fencing • Containers • Waste Management • Storage

We Recycle! GO GREEN!

MOVIN ON UP MOVERS Rates start @ $79/hr. Call: 604-294-6683. visit: movinonupmovers.com SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240

www.EconPro.com 604-882-2733

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

329 PAINTING & DECORATING

Haul Anything...

2 Bedroom apt avail starting at $1550/mo. - West End. Clean, Quiet Bldg. No Pets. Near beach!

But Dead Bodies!!

Call 604-685-1272

604.

220.JUNK(5865)

359 SAND, GRAVEL & TOPSOIL Always! deliver Top soil, bark mulch, sand & gravel. 7days/wk. Simon 604-230-0627 will spread

Bachelor - $950/mo. 2-Bdrm $1650,- Hardwood floors. Avail May 1. Call 604-669-9769

PETS

A-TECH Services 604-230-3539 Running this ad for 8yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour (Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services. www.paintspecial.com

338

PLUMBING

10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005

2009 GM Saturn Astra XE, 4 dr h/b. Auto. Options. Silver. 18,000 kms. $7700/firm. 604-538-4883

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS

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15ft long trailer w/2 axles 1 w/elec brakes made from 4’’ chanel iron 2 spare tires $500 obo 604-817-2534

2000 BENTLY ARNAGE RED LABEL - loaded, leather, navigation, 6.75 Rolls Royce motor, SUPER HOT RIDE. $39,995 (604)328-1883

MARINE

477

838

RECREATIONAL/SALE

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS AT SKY VIEW ROOFING LTD Lic. & Ins. Exc. Refs. 10% Discount 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

JJ ROOFING SPECIALIZING IN RE-ROOFING WCB Insured. 3rd Party Liability, BBB Member. Jas 604-726-6345

356

RUBBISH REMOVAL

RECYCLE-IT!

JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly • Estate Services • Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses & More!

On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!

604.587.5865

www.recycleitcanada.ca

BOATS

2009- Super Lite- 26 FT Grey Wolf Trailer - 1 slide out, sleeps 6, a/c, 3 piece bath, full kitchen. 15 ft awning. $16,000: (604)532-0726

PETS

BOXER PUP, 8 wks old, PB male. Family raised. Declawed, tail docked, shots, health cert., exc. quality $900. 604-820-0027 Mission

845

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

TOP CA$H PAID TODAY For SCRAP VEHICLES!

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

BOXER puppies ready Aug 12. Choose early. Vet ✓ tails/dewclaws, 1st shots. $875. 604-882-7477. BOXER PUPPIES, white, 10 wks old, tails docked, dewclws, 1st shots, $400. Ready. 604-476-0766. CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866 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 GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS. Exc. bloodline. 3 males 3 females. 7 wks old. Ready to go. 604-226-7202 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 P/B Choc. lab puppies, 5M, 6F, born June 27, CKC reg. vet✓ $750. 604-217-6551 or 604-825-1730 PUPPIES FOR SALE, 7 wks old, Terrier X Multi Poo $400 Call 604-856-3855 SHELTIES SABLE COLOUR full white collars, selecting and caring for loveable precious puppies. Take pups home Aug 11 (604)826-6311

736

HOMES FOR RENT

4800SF. 2 storey home on Lake Country acreage, newly reno’d, 7Bdrm. 4bath, 2kits, sep. 3bd. 2ba. legal ste., priv. beach & dock Avail. for responsible family for Sept. More info call 604-866-0320

Metal Recycling Ltd. We Pay CA$H For •Auto •Scrap Metals •Batteries •Machinery •Lead

Scotty 604-313-1887

TRANSPORTATION 806

ANTIQUES/CLASSICS

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal

1965 MUSTANG Coupe 289, auto, no rust. Runs good. Lots of work done. Needs paint job. $6800: (778)889-3079 1974 VW BEETLE COVERTIBLE,4 spd. Looks & runs good. May trade. $3,800 obo. 778-908-5164.

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542

FREE TOWING 7 days/wk. We pay Up To $500 CA$H Rick Goodchild 604.551.9022 The Scrapper

AUTO FINANCING

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

CHERRY JUBILEE Sour Cherries 2017 - 272nd St., Aldergrove. Open Until Friday, August 10th 8:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Call to Order: 604-856-5844 CHERRY JUBILEE Sour Cherries 2017 - 272nd St., Aldergrove. Opening Sat. Aug. 4th - Fri. Aug. 10 8:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Call to Order: 604-856-5844

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FURNITURE

A NEW QUEEN MATTRESS SET Still in Original Plastic! Must Sell! Only $125 - CALL: 604-484-0379

MATTRESSES starting at $99 • Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct Liquidation.ca (604)294-2331

560

MISC. FOR SALE

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

REAL ESTATE 603

ACREAGE

OFF grid 10 Acre 2300’ House, Creek on Prop. Water rights, Pwr. Sys. Must sell now 250K Yallakom Valley, Lillooet 250-256-7166

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402

www.PreApproval.cc DL# 7557

WAREHOUSEMAN’S LIEN Whereas Remo Rea & Project Blueprint Ltd. is indebted to Elite Bailiff Services Ltd. for storage on the following equipment; 1 Craftex Bandsaw, 7 Chairs, 1 Lamp, 1 Ridged Arm Saw, 1 Horne Made Router Table, Misc Wire, 1 Ridgid Planer, 1 Fan, Misc. Office Supplies & Scaffolding A lien is claimed under the Act. There is presently an amount due and owing of $5,784.80 plus any additional costs of storage, seizure and sale. Notice is hereby given that on the 30th day of August, 2012 or thereafter, the said equipment will be sold. The equipment is currently stored at Elite Bailiff Services, 20473 Logan Avenue Langley BC V3A 4L8. The equipment was placed in storage on April 18th, 2012.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: ESTATE OF MARGARET STEWART MARGETTS, late of CROFTON, BC, and previously of VANCOUVER, BC, DECEASED. NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the estate of the above deceased are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executor at 1225 Douglas Street, 2nd Floor Victoria, BC V8W 2E6, before the 13th day of September, 2012, after which date the Executor will distribute the said estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which it then has notice. BMO Trust Company, EXECUTOR By its Solicitors, HORNE COUPAR

For more info. call Elite Bailiff Services at 604-539-9900 WWW.REPOBC.COM .One 4 Yacht 604.669.2248

1995 PROWLER 5TH WHEEL 25.ft, slide out, fully contained, with shed, large deck and holding tank at Lakeview RV site at Nicola Lake in Merrit BC $10,000 Phone (604)826-6256 Bill

PRESSURE WASHING Handyman - 604-518-4778 WCB & Liability Insured. www.lwrestoration.com

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UTILITY TRAILERS

2011 NISSAN VERSA 4/dr h/back, auto, 25,000/km, red, many options, $8700/firm. 604-538-9257.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 341

2008 FORD 350, diesel. Black. $27,000. Call 604-589-6032 or 604807-6022

1997 TOYOTA CAMRY XLE. 4 dr. standard. 223,000 kms. No accd’s. Still in great shape. Reg. serviced. $2600 778-344-5008; 604-850-8899

Comox Manor

A-1 PAINTING CO. 604.723.8434 Top Quality Painting. Floors & Finishing. Insured, WCB, Written Guarantee. Free Est. 20 Years Exp.

AWD Interior/Ext Painting. Drywall/Ceiling Repairs. Call Will for a Free Estimate. (778)709-1081

TRUCKS & VANS

65 Shelby Cobra candy apple red, 400hp 331 5spd leather & hardwood int, show winner $60k O.B.O. 775-558-3342.

Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988

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

CARS - DOMESTIC

RENTALS APARTMENT/CONDO

851

BUTE MANOR

bradsjunkremoval.com

818

2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 175K fully loaded Great cond. Asking $5570. Daniel 778-574-5081

2006 GM Uplander. 7 seater van. $3200. Good condition. Gold. 180,000 kms. (778)241-2037

2006 JETTA 2.0T 73,000 kms. fully loaded, org owner. s/rf hid hd/lights, dsg auto. $14,900. 604-307-9159.

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

Northstar Painting Ltd.- The Residential Specialists. BIG jobs, Small jobs - We do it all! Interior and Exterior Projects. Master Painters at Students Rates. WCB Safe, Reliable, Efficient & Quality Paint. 778.245.9069

BUDGET PAINTING, 25% Off Special, Int,Ext,Res,Comm, 15 Yrs Experience, Excellent References, Senior Discounts, Free Estimates, 1(604)619-1517

847 SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

www.dannyevans.ca

HOMES FOR SALE-SUPER BUYS

706

AUTO FINANCING

2004 Mercedes Benz CL55 - fully loaded, all options, 2 dr. coupe, leather, navigation, fully serviced, no accidents. Such a Beautiful ride. Must see! $25,998 604.328.1883

660 LANGLEY/ALDERGROVE

RECYCLE YOUR JUNK! Rubbish Removal, Caring for the Earth. Professional Quality Service at Great Rates. 604-787-8782

810

TRANSPORTATION

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

FOR SALE BY OWNER

1.2 ACRES of most beautiful peaceful view of Sunshine Valley & Nicola River. 3 bdrm., 3 bath, perfect for bed & breakfast. $950,000. Paul (250)378-2337

EXPERIENCED MOVERS WITH AFFORDABLE RATES. Starting $40/hr. LICENSED & INSURED. ✶ Local & Long Distance ✶ ✶Seniors Discount. ✶

TRANSPORTATION

940 ADULT PHONE SERVICE

940 ADULT PHONE SERVICE

940 ADULT PHONE SERVICE


WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective August 9 to August 15, 2012. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department Crofter's Organic Premium Fruit Spreads

Meat Department

Silver Hills Squirrelly Bread

PRICING

500ml • product of Canada

Choices’ Own Barbecue Sausages

Blue Monkey Coconut Water

3/9.99 600g • product of Canada

with or without pulp

assorted varieties

3/4.98

8.99lb/ 19.82kg

300ml • product of Thailand +deposit +eco fee

Nature's Path Organic Eco Pak Cereals assorted varieties

Gerolsteiner Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

from 5.99

3/4.98

650g – 1 kg product of Canada

1 L • product of Germany +deposit +eco fee

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Beverages

Eco Max HE Liquid Laundry Detergents

7.99

WOW!

PRICING reg 16.99

3.59/100g

3/3.99

3L product of Canada

Health Care Department

assorted varieties

gluten free, assorted varieties

2/5.00

3/7.98

Biscotti

Pastificio Di Martino Semolina Pasta

Lucini Pasta Sauce

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

3/4.98

6.99

29.99 WOW!

600g

PRICING

cranberry pistachio, triple chocolate or hazelnut espresso

! New

Aubrey Sunscreen

WOW! SPF 15+ to 30+

PRICING

13.99

118ml

Sheer and never greasy, Aubrey sunscreens offer full UVA/UVB protection, plus botanical moisturizers to keep skin soft and healthy.

Vega Energizing Smoothie Powder

16.99

Sourdough Rice Bread or Buns with pectin

267-285g

Energize your day with a serving of Vega Energizing Smoothie: 10 g protein, 5 g fiber, and 1 g Omega-3. Just add water, shake and go!

2.00 off

regular retail price

556-720ml

240 softgels

NutraSea by Ascenta is a balanced EPA + DHA formula beneficial for cardiovascular health and brain function. Also available in liquid.

130g

Rice Bakery

150-170g • product of USA

Ascenta NutraSea Original

Sourdough Multiseed Bread

4.99 Pamela's Cookies

20% off regular retail price

Bakery Department

40-45g • product of USA

Want Want SuperSlim Rice Crisps

453g • product of Italy

reg 4.59

3.49

9.99

100g • product of China

bins or bags

225g • reg 9.99

Kind Fruit & Nut Bars assorted varieties

.58lb/ 1.28kg

Raw Energy Mix

Oka Regular or Light Cheese

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

WOW!

PRICING

Bulk Department

Kitchen Basics Cooking Stock

3/7.98

1 dry pint

B.C. Grown

Oka with Mushrooms or L’Artisan

946ml • product of USA

3.98

reg 3.29

946ml • product of USA

7.99

Organic Mixed Medley Cherry Tomatoes from Lina’s

2.79/100g

170g • product of USA

1.75 Kg • product of BC

3.98lb/ 8.77kg

Kans Onion Bhaji Fritters

2/5.00

assorted varieties

PRICING

Galia or Green Honeydew Melons from Desert Hills Farm

Deli Department

assorted varieties

3/5.49

WOW!

B.C. Grown

Lundberg Rice Chips

assorted varieties

Olympic Organic Yogurt

B.C. Grown

8.99lb/ 19.82kg

WOW!

5.49

2/5.00

Organic Cherries from Sproule and Sons Farm Value Pack

assorted varieties

235ml • product of Canada

Produce Department

Wild Coho Salmon Fillets

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Pennies for Peru:

WOW!

Re-purpose your pennies by donating them to Pennies for Peru! Choices is supporting this project to help

PRICING

small scale farmers recover from recent rainfalls that have left 1000’s of hectares of farmland flooded. All of Choices Fair Trade bananas as well as seasonal mango, avocado and quinoa crops come from these regions.

Look for our

Choices will be collecting pennies at each location for Fair Trade Vancouver.

WOW!

See your Produce or Store Manager for more details. For more information visit www.fairtradevancouver.ca

PRICING

www.choicesmarkets.com Kitsilano

Cambie

Kerrisdale

Yaletown

Rice Bakery

South Surrey

2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936

Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864

WE Vancouver, August 09, 2012  

August 09, 2012 edition of the WE Vancouver