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Mentally ill North Van killer sentenced to at least 12 months at psychiatric hospital

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mentally ill North Vancouver man who beat his father to death with a wrench and put his mother in a coma last July will spend no less than the next 12 months in a Lower Mainland psychiatric hospital. But the sister of the deceased — and aunt to the 28-year-old killer Jordan Campbell Ramsay — says her nephew should be locked up indefinitely. On Aug. 15, a B.C. Review Board panel ordered Ramsay, who suffers from severe schizophrenia, into the immediate custody of the Colony Farm Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam. Under order of the three-member panel, Ramsay must remain under the authority of the psychiatric hospital director, must be of good behaviour, must present himself to the panel when required and may not “acquire, possess or use any firearm, explosive or offensive weapon.� Ramsay’s custodial sentence is open for review after 12 months, on Aug. 15, 2013. Ramsay was found not criminally responsible for the second-degree murder of his father, Donald Ramsay, 53, and the attempted murder of his mother, Wendy Ramsay, in the family’s North Vancouver apartment, by a B.C. Supreme Court

judge on July 6. In her findings, Judge Deborah Kloegman blamed the Ramsay family’s decision to replace Jordan’s prescribed antipsychotic drugs with a controversial multivitamin therapy regiment for contributing to the brutal attack on the Ramsays as they slept in their West 28th Street apartment last November. “Had he remained on the medications he had been on prior,� Jordan’s aunt, LeeAnn Ramsay, told The Outlook on Thursday, “my brother would be alive today.� Wendy Ramsay, 54, barely survived the severe head injuries she suffered that night. But now recovered from her coma, Wendy asked the review panel last Wednesday to remove the no-contact order barring her from seeing her son. “She is on board with his treatment and is anxious to help with his recovery,� said LeeAnn in an email exchange with The Outlook. LeeAnn added, however, that she believes 12 months is too soon to review her nephew’s sentence and that to do so would be a dangerous mistake. “The prospect of him being released in the future is disconcerting and I wish that due to the horrific nature of his offence that they could work in increments of far greater than one year,� LeeAnn said. “He should remain there for the rest of his life.� Jordan Ramsay had been battling schizophrenia for two decades and was on leave from the psychiatric ward at Nanaimo General Hospital when he attacked his parents in the early-morning hours of Nov. 5, 2011.





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‘Looks as though someone attempted to conceal the body’: IHIT in North Vancouver A body found Saturday in North Vancouver could be the remains of a murder victim

CRIME SCENE? - An RCMP forensics unit at the scene in the 2000-block of Curling Avenue Monday morning. Justin Beddall photo



omicide investigators believe human remains found Saturday in a North Vancouver neighbourhood may be those of a murder victim because the body appears to have been intentionally hidden from view. The RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team were called to an area just off a gravel foot path in the 2000block of Curling Road Sunday morning after the North Vancouver RCMP confirmed human remains were found there the night before. The advanced decomposition of the body has left investigators in the dark as to the age, gender and identity of the victim, but it does suggest the person has likely been dead for some time. The BC Coroners Service was scheduled to perform an autopsy on the remains Wednesday, but it could be weeks before any results come back. “There are many unanswered questions in these early stages and much of the details of the findings can’t be released at this time as we are pursuing this as a homicide investigation, “ said IHIT spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Pound in a press release on Monday. Pound told The Outlook, however, that because the body appears to have been intentionally hidden from sight, the victim may have met with foul play. “It looks as though someone attempted to conceal the body, so it appears more suspicious than just finding human remains in the bush,” Pound said. Police would not confirm whether the remains were buried in the ground or concealed in some other manner. Neighbours in the 2000-block of Curling Road told

reporters at the scene that the area behind the Travelodge motel on Marine Drive where the body was found is frequented by transient people and drug users. IHIT remained on-scene Monday afternoon with the BC Coroners Service, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section and a forensic entomologist, who studies insects found on human remains to determine a person’s time of death. If the remains prove to be those of a murder victim, it will

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From West Vancouver to the world: Police chief tells U.N. why his is the most successful police department around TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R


n West Vancouver, crime is down by a third and one-half of all reported crimes get solved. The common denominator among those best-inB.C. crime stats is what West Vancouver police chief Peter Lepine calls his “prolific offender management” strategy. And if the opinion of the United Nations department of economic and social affairs means anything — it does — he might be on to something. Earlier this month, Lepine was invited to speak about his department’s crime stats at the U.N. headquarters in New York, as part of the International Police Executive Symposium. There, Lepine schooled police chiefs, lawyers, criminologists and judges from around the globe on how West Van’s bad-apple targeting model has put the district atop the crime-reduction pile in the province, and maybe even on the planet. “The fact is, we solve more crime here than any other police department in British Columbia,” Lepine told The Outlook on his return home to the North Shore. That’s at a time when crime in this province has fallen faster in the last decade than anywhere else in the world, Lepine added. “So that said, West Vancouver’s drop in crime has even surpassed [B.C.’s] in particular over the past two years. So we’re doing this rate of drop faster and we’re also doing it in an environment where low crime rates already exist,” Lepine said. “It’s easy to drop when you’ve got crime coming out the yin-yang but try to do it when you’re already at the bottom of the barrel — this is the discussion that they [at the U.N.] wanted to hear from me.” And many, skeptically, wanted to see the numbers too. Like West Van’s reported 33.75-per-cent drop in crime from 2009 to 2011, the department’s solved-crime clearance rate of 49.4-per-cent is also the highest rate in B.C. Compare that number with runners-up like Vancouver, whose next-best clearance rate was more than 13 points

CHIEF BRIEFS - West Vancouver police chief Peter Lepine is just back from speaking to the U.N. International Police Executive Symposium in New York. Outlook file photo


lower at 36.1 per cent, followed by Abbotsford with 34.6 per cent, Delta with 32.6 per cent and Burnaby at 30.6 per cent. North Vancouver district is down the list in the No. 7 spot with a clearance rate of one-quarter, or 25.6 per cent of all crimes. “In an environment here where we don’t have a hotspot issue like the Downtown Eastside,” Lepine said, “the key to our success has been the prolific offender management program.” That means targeting known offenders where they live — almost always outside of West Vancouver and often in the Downtown Eastside, Lepine admits — and reminding them they’re constantly being watched. “The fact is that we will go to other communities in order to track down our prolific offenders and then monitor their behaviour,” Lepine said. “It’s all about the extra mile.” But carrying out surveillance on citizens outside his department’s West Van jurisdiction is both expensive and amounts to what some might consider undue harassment. For Lepine, though, it’s money and time vigilantly spent. “If somebody gets released from the courts and has a curfew to abstain from drugs or alcohol, well then we have an obligation — so that we can reduce crime — to ensure that they are abstaining from drugs or alcohol,” Lepine said. “Preventing crime is far cheaper than having to investigate crime.” The chief estimates there are between six and 10 prolific offenders under the watch of his department at any one time. “And just by focusing on that key group as opposed to trying to catch every criminal, we get the best bang for our dollar,” he said. Before departing on his WVPD-funded $2,600 trip to New York, Lepine was given yet another stat to brag about. In late July, Statistics Canada released its crime severity index for 239 Canadian communities with populations over 10,000. West Van ranked in 215th place for the overall prevalence of severe crime, while North Vancouver city and district placed 99th and 210th, respectively.

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Confusion over sanctions keeps Iran aid money in Canada Newly explained exemptions should allow the North Shore Persian community to send money to earthquake victims in Iran MICHAELA GARSTIN S TA F F R E P O RT E R


he North Shore Persian community is still looking for ways to help people in Iran after two deadly earthquakes hit East Azerbaijan province last week, killing 306 people and injuring another 3,000. But Canadian sanctions against Iran, coupled with the fear aid might not successfully reach the area, have left many confused about what to do. “A lot people want to donate money but aren’t sure exactly how to do it and are scared what may happen if they do,” Nassreen Filsoof, president of the North Shorebased Canadian Iranian Foundation, told The Outlook. Money desperately needs to get to the survivors of twin earthquakes that hit the towns of Ahar, Haris and Varzaqan in a region along the borders of Azerbaijan and Armenia on Aug. 11, she says, which reportedly affected 300,000 people by leveling villages and heavily damaging roads. The foundation has set up a fund at VanCity, raising around $3,500 already, but confusion over how to send money to Iran has kept the funds in Canada. Canadian sanctions against Iran were heightened in November 2011 in response to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s assessment of the country’s nuclear program. Under the sanctions, Canadians are forbidden from providing money to anyone in Iran or for the benefit of Iran. But financial donations can still be sent to Iran for humanitarian reasons, said Canada’s department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in a press release on Aug. 21. Up to $40,000 can be sent in a transaction to family members in Iran, provided that it is for non-commercial use. Another exemption for “activity that has as its purpose the safeguarding of human life, disaster relief, or the proving of medicine or medical supplies” can also be used to help victims of the earthquake. In both cases, it is up to the person sending the money to prove to the financial institution it is for non-commercial use and for disaster relief. “[The exemptions] make our work much easier. We can

send the money directly to Iran ourselves,” says Filsoof. Donations will likely go through the Red Cross, says Filsoof, adding that many people are hesitant to help because they feel money raised for the survivors of a 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran — which killed 26,000 people and injured 30,000 — wasn’t used properly after it left the Canadian Red Cross’s hands. Helping people in Iran has been difficult because of the adverse relations between the Canadian and Iranian governments, said West Vancouver MP John Weston, who is also the government liaison to the Persian community. “We don’t have the freedom to respond in the way we responded to the earthquake in Haiti, and the way we Canadians respond to disasters in other countries, because of the tension between the governments,” he told The Outlook. “[Sanctions] are an uncomfortable and awkward tool, but they are essential as an alternative to military action,” said Weston, adding the Canadian government has a problem with the Iranian government, not its people. Even with strict restrictions on sending money, Weston said the sanctions will not stand in the way of helping victims of the earthquake. “We have no quarrel with Iranian people, and we’ll be there shoulder-to-shoulder to work with them and help them in their time of need. It’s the government of Iran which Canadians have a quarrel and we hope that will not impact Canadians’ efforts to help afflicted people in Iran at this difficult time.” The Canadian Iranian Foundation’s goal of raising $20,000 will be difficult, said Filsoof, but it could easily be met if all Iranian-Canadians on the North Shore donated. “We have many thousands of Iranians on the North Shore. If each person gave only $5 or $10, that would be a huge amount.” And any amount really does help, said Filsoof, mentioning she recently talked to a man who said he didn’t have much money, but wanted to donate $6, a dollar for each person in his family. The Canadian Iranian Foundation is coming up with other ways to boost their donations, including hosting the

HELP NEEDED - Nassreen Filsoof, president of the North Shore-based Canadian Iranian Foundation, holds a photo of a woman searching through rubble after twin earthquakes in Iran on Aug 11. Michaela Garstin photo

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Exhibit showcases painter who uses art to help cope with mental illness Leef Evans says painting has saved his life by helping him battle severe depression



ancouver expressionist painter Leef Evans sits forward in his chair, seemingly in high spirits, as he eagerly explains the process behind his artwork, but it took him hours that morning to work up enough energy to chat with The Outlook at a coffee shop in Deep Cove. Evans, whose real name is Eric Howker, has depression, a debilitating mental illness that forced him to quit university half way through third year, eventually leading him to a hard life in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. After graduating from high school, the skilled athlete went to South Carolina on a soccer scholarship, where he quickly became “king of the school” landing on the dean’s list for earning top grades. Then a serious bout of depression hit, one that he wasn’t prepared for but, in hindsight, had all the tell-tale warning signs before it quietly snuck up. After leaving university and spending time in different hospitals, he continued to experience episodes of deep depression, eventually losing his home and car and winding up homeless on the streets of Vancouver. But times changed when Evans started taking painting classes through Coast Mental Health seven years ago, a decision he says saved his life by helping him battle his daily struggle with depression. “I don’t know where I’d be today if it wasn’t for art,” says Evans, standing outside the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver, where his paintings will be on display alongside other formerly homeless artists until Sept. 2. Evans says he hasn’t suffered a major attack of depression since he got in touch with his creative side, although he has to constantly deal with the mental illness, carefully taking one day at a time. Fighting with art Evans is like other formerly homeless artists who have found a way to cope through art, says his art instructor Jeanne Krabbendam, who organized the exhibit and is also showing her artwork. “Transitioning from living on the streets to an apartment can be very difficult. I’ve heard of quite a few times

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when people who used to be homeless sleep on their balconies at night because they’re not used to being inside,” Krabbendam tells The Outlook at her quaint studio on Granville Island, filled with abstract paintings and sketches. Krabbendam, who has volunteered with Coast Mental Health once a week for eight years, picks up “Through the Keyhole,” a painting that is now hanging on the wall at the exhibit in North Van. In it, a homeless man’s face is gazing through a large keyhole, unsure if he’ll be able to survive living in a tidy, small apartment, living quarters most people take for granted, but somewhere he is no longer used to. “They’ve told me they have to sleep on their balcony — it’s what they’re used to — but they also say it’s the first night they’ve been able to keep their eyes and ears closed,” says Krabbendam, who was startled to see how people lived in the Downtown Eastside after emigrating from Holland 12 years ago. Like the two other once-homeless artists in the show, Evans says his life is back on track, at least compared to the way it once was. He likes to paint the mundane and arbitrary, ordinary sights most people are quick to overlook, around bustling downtown Vancouver, often featuring apparently rough and unpleasant areas that aren’t usually captured in art. “I’m not looking at anything new; I’m just seeing it in a new way. This is our job,” says Evans, as he raises his hand, motioning how he paints with a large brush and quick strokes. The key to Evans’ success is using brushes no smaller than his thumb, which help him overcome a tendency to obsess about making paintings perfect. Before he discovered this technique, he once spent a month on a single painting, carefully making each line precisely straight, but in the end didn’t enjoy the frustrating process. Now applying gobs of paint with long strokes and quick flicks of the wrist, Evans enjoys painting and is much more pleased with the end result. “If I make a mistake, that’s fine. Some of my best art is made from a mistake,” says Evans, who is also critical of his own work, adding that his paintings were “awful” when he first started because he didn’t know how to mix colours.

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ART THERAPY - Artist Leef Evans (top) and his art instructor Jeanne Krabbendam (above) have works on display at the Seymour Art Gallery until Sept. 2. Michaela Garstin photos

“I take horrible photos,” Evans confesses, “but it doesn’t matter because all I’m looking for is interesting compositions. If I can get this right, I’ll use the photo as a guide to start painting.” Evans’ paintings, along with his instructor’s work and multimedia art by two other men coping with mental illness, can be seen at the Seymour Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week until Sept. 2. For more information about the exhibit, visit

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He answered the bell for 31 years “The adrenaline, the unknown, I really love firefighting. The danger didn’t overcome the confidence. We were well trained and had good equipment. You’re in the business of protecting people, you have that mentality anyway.” He still remembers his first nightorth Vancouver City Fire Department Fire Chief shift. It was a Sunday and he was Barrie Penman will need a new weekday wardin his early 20s. “They always said robe. On Aug. 31, the chief is retiring after 31 Sundays are quiet,” he says, sitting years on the job. back in his black leather chair. That means no more crisp white-and-black uniform But not that night. There was a big Monday to Friday. fire at the Venice Bakery warehouse “I’m going to have to buy my own clothes,” says on Brooksbank Avenue. Penman, a smile flashing across his face. “The thing was going right through The chief, a solidly built guy with an old-school flat top, the roof,” he recalls. “It was all night. low voice and friendly manner, has a lot of things on his It was big.” mind with his retirement just weeks away. He knew he’d chosen the right career His office is lined with yet-to-be-built bankers boxes NVCFD Fire Chief Barrie “I never regretted this job, ever.” and he’s got three decades of memories to sift through. Penman. Justin Beddall photo A rookie in 1981, Penman became But he hadn’t thought about his closet full of uniforms assistant fire chief in 1998. Three until now. “They love this place.” years later he was deputy fire chief, and in 2005 he was While he may have to buck up for some new casual Penman admits the initial decision to leave the firehall chosen fire chief. wear, the veteran firefighter is looking forward to civilian was nerve-wracking. My whole family was proud,” says Penman, whose famlife. Now 53, Penman admits over the last decade and “[It’s the ]biggest change in my life; I’ve been here a ily has strong roots in North Vancouver. half he’s pretty much forgotten what it feels like not to be long time.” Penman’s life has been played out in a fairly close stressed. But he’s content with his decision. After all, he went proximity to the station that he’s sitting in today. He was Perhaps one of most liberating parts of retirement will from bottom to top — from scrubbing toilets as a rookie to born across the street at Lions Gate Hospital, played ball be the luxury of not being reachable. running a department with an annual operating budget of at Mahon Park and attended Carson Graham secondary “It’s a stressful job. You carry your phone 24/7 — even $7 million and 66 personnel. just down the street. He now lives in his childhood home when you are on vacation. The phone doesn’t leave my “I’ll miss this place because I adore the fire service and in the Grand Boulevard area that he purchased from his hip,” he says. I love the place but I also feel fulfilled in my career.” parents. So whether he’s watching his son Cole play basketball And he’s not planning to sit around reliving his glory Penman’s younger brother, Victor, is the fire chief of the at Carleton University or vacationing in Cancun, Penman days. He plans to travel to Ottawa to watch his son District of North Vancouver has always had to be ready for the call. Emergencies and Cole play some more games at Carleton, follow stepson “I’m very proud of him too,” says Penman, who has two fires don’t take holidays. Jackson on the road with the Vancouver Giants and play daughters, Brittaney and Brooke, two sons Jordan and And the higher you move up the ranks, the more some golf, maybe even Pebble Beach. He’s also got plans Cole and a pair of stepsons, Jackson and Marcus Houck. responsibility you shoulder for the overall safety of not to travel with spouse Joanne. First stop: England, where And there may be another Penman in uniform soon. only for your firefighters but also every resident of the his mother is from. They’re also considering a trip to Rio His son Jordan is seriously concity. for the Olympics in 2016. sidering a career in firefighting, “It’s a just-in-case business,” he As of 5 p.m. on Aug. 15, he won’t need to be reachable while stepson Jackson will think says. “We’re at the ready.” but that doesn’t mean he won’t stop by the station. about it if he For Penman, some of the doesn’t play pro toughest decisions he’s had to hockey. make over the years came when Along the hallway JUSTIN BEDDALL » EDITOR his crews were inside burning to Penman’s office buildings. hang photos of each “’You do have to make deciand every firefighter to ever suit up for A NEIGHBOURHOOD SHOWCASE sions to make people safe — tough decisions to not make the NVCFD. He knows a lot about the it more serious by leaving people in too long.” A great place to relax and unwind while enjoying department’s 105-year history and has a Firefighters are by nature a fearless, hard-charging thousands of exhilarating musicians, dynamic photo circa 1907 of the original firehall breed — meaning retreat isn’t their natural instinct. dancers and special guests from across BC. on 4th Street with a horse-drawn fire “People or no people, we fight fires from the inside,” truck parked in front. explains Penman. “You can’t put out a fire from a side“The two horses were Tom and Jerry,” walk.” he says. But he must temper that hard-charging mind-set with Penman believes the department can caution, carefully considering the potential for collapsing ceilings, explosions and other danger lurking in the flames always adapt and improve, but it should always maintain a connection to the past, when it comes time to call out the troops. Fortunately in like for instance, maintaining the departits history the NVCFD has never lost a firefighter in the ment’s unique colour scheme — black and line of duty. red — which was modeled after the first Penman saw plenty of action inside burning buildings fire department in Chicago. as a young firefighter. Competitive by nature, Penman, a “I respect all those guys — the guys star athlete growing up who earned a baseball scholarbefore us,” he says. ship to the University of Western Washington, was always Many retired firefighters still drop by. eager to hop aboard the fire truck when the bell rang.

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ICBC mishandled The BC Liberals have completely mishandled ICBC, and the proof came last week, when a review showed that the company has been hiring boatloads of senior managers and paying them more each year — with the government apparently oblivious. There are 32 per cent more managers than in 2007, and they are paid (as a group) 70 per cent more than managers received in 2007. Fifty-four of them made more than $200,000 each in 2011. The Liberals insisted, on taking office in 2001, that ICBC didn’t need to be privatized, nor did there need to be complete competition in the auto insurance sector. They have also insisted, especially in recent years, that substantial dividends from ICBC go back to the shareholder — the government. This means that all ICBC customers, and that’s everyone who owns a vehicle, are paying additional insurance premiums to boost government revenues. It’s a tax grab, hidden in the guise of insurance costs. The government has now, very belatedly, said ICBC needs to cut its management costs and manager compensation. This comes just after ICBC has boosted insurance rates by 11.2 per cent. The simple fact is this: ICBC is being used by government for all sorts of purposes that are far afield from its ostensible role as a public car insurance company. This isn’t new — the NDP did this with ICBC back in its earliest days. But it certainly points out that the Liberals are just as good as the NDP at mismanaging Crown corporations and sticking taxpayers with extra costs. ICBC needs to be privatized. There is no real need to have government operate a car insurance company that forces all drivers to buy at least basic car insurance.

MUSIC IN THE PARK Pack a picnic and blanket and find a spot at Cleveland Dam on Sept. 3 for a free outdoor concert, from 3 to 7 p.m. Along with a variety of music genres, from jazz to contemporary harp, there will also be visual arts displays and demonstrations. The lineup includes: Colette Gariepy (3-4:45 p.m.), David Blair (3:155 p.m.), The Grand Trine (3:15-5 p.m.), Lora Bird (4-5:45 p.m.), Lorna and Mark Fortin (4:30-6:15 p.m.) and Lynn Canyon Band (5:15-7 p.m.). There will also be art displays and demos by Maria Josenhans, Eileen Fong, James Elton, Gary Eder and John Winkler. Pictured here, clockwise starting top left: David Blair, Lynn Canyon Band and Grand Trine. Music in the Park is presented by Metro Vancouver and the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. For more info visit events/music-park.

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I am confident that Canadians are scrambling in our typical fashion, innovating to find resourceful and generous ways to help the stricken people of Iran. Meanwhile may you join me in longing for the day of peace and friendship when, no matter where the need arises, the people of Iran and Canada may work together more readily for our mutual welfare. John Weston, M.P., West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast Sea to Sky Country Government Liaison to the Persian and Iranian Community


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D History class By Michaela Garstin

Queen Mary elementary is just a brick shell until renovations are finished, but the historic school is still filled with decades of memories

onna Skalmerud went to Queen Mary elementary at a time when girls could only wear long dresses — absolutely no jeans allowed — and were restricted to half of the large brick school, out of reach of rough young boys. Today the nearly century-old school is a hollow shell as construction crews tear down the classrooms inside, leaving just the three-storey historical brick facade behind. Skalmerud, who now lives in White Rock, remembers being daunted by the school’s long cement staircase and towering front doors on her first day of Grade 1, nearly 65 years ago. Nervous and unsure, she walked through the right-hand door labelled “GIRLS” to the entrance hall inside where other students and staff quickly made her feel at home. “I consider myself privileged to have attended this stately school for my first eight years,” says Skalmerud as she reminisces about her early education in the late 1940s, a time when North Vancouver’s population was rapidly growing. Despite the outbreak of the First World War, Queen Mary Elementary was built in 1914 to accommodate an ever-increasing number of young students whose parents settled nearby to take advantage of North Vancouver’s economic boom. The opening of North Vancouver Ferry and Power Company and Wallace Shipyards earlier that century brought an unprecedented number of people to the North Shore. By 1906, acres of land were being cleared for residential lots, which followed streetcar lines servicing Lonsdale Avenue, Lynn Valley and Capilano communities. Large plots of land were leveled for parks and green spaces, creating Victoria Park, Grand Boulevard and Mahon Park, all of which still exist today. Thanks to electricity and telephone service arriving on Lonsdale Avenue in the early 1900s, the Hotel North Vancouver, Bank of North America, streetcar service and The Express newspaper set up shop in the up-and-coming city. Following the opening of St. Paul’s Indian Residential School in 1898 and Central School in 1902, Queen Mary was built close to

the foot of Lonsdale, the busiest part of North Van. The school’s classic architecture looked much the same when Skalmerud attended some 30-or-so years later.

Boomer years North Vancouver was a much quieter place when Skalmerud stepped foot in Queen Mary nearly seven decades ago, but it was beginning to bustle. New subdivisions, such as Norgate and Capilano Highlands were under construction, brought on by more people owning cars and the demise of the streetcar system in 1947, the year Skalmerud started first grade. During the post-war “baby boom” years, North Shore residents worked in the lumber and shipping industries on the North Van waterfront. Wallace Shipards, which by this time was renamed Burrard Dry Docks, was a major employer in the city, keeping crews busy with government contracts for naval and coastal ships. Even though the company closed down in 1992, many of the shipyard buildings are still standing at the foot of Lonsdale. In the next two decades to come, construction of the Second Narrows Bridge and the Upper Levels Highway, along with the Lions Gate Bridge completed in 1938, made getting from downtown Vancouver to the North Shore much easier. Condos have now replaced the single-family homes Skalmerud remembers surrounding the school. There was even an empty lot nearby, a handy shortcut to school for Skalmerud and her friends. “On the school grounds was a big, oldish brown house which housed the minister of St. John’s Anglican, Reverend and Mrs. C. Bishop and their three children. It’s gone now,” says Skalmerud, as she thinks back to a time when she looked forward to buying penny candy at a small shop inside the school. “I have not been able to find a black jawbreaker with a cinnamon-seed middle since the store closed,” she says, remembering a happy childhood memory.


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FLASH BACK - Once renovations are complete, Queen Mary elementary will look similar to this photo taken in 1920. North Vancouver Museum & Archives photo

Queen Mary elementary, now a well-known heritage building renowned for its Edwardian Baroque architecture, was the work of English-trained architect William Charles Frederick Gillam, who also designed Ridgeway School in North Van and the Provincial Normal School in Victoria. The school’s rows of sash windows are characteristic of the time and were required by the province to allow ample natural light into the classrooms. The image of the imposing but elegant school is firmly set in Skalmerud’s mind, who remembers her early years fondly with a few exceptions, including students falling on the cement floor of the make-shift gym in the basement that was separated in half into boys’ and girls’ sections. “Unless I have buried the bad memories, I really don’t recall anything other than a little bullying and name calling, as there was somewhat of a division between the kids who lived south of the school and the kids north of the school.” It’s been a long time since Skalmerud first practiced cursive writing by dipping her pen in an inkwell, but she still keeps in touch with old friends from Queen Mary 65 years later. They last met up as a group in 1989 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of school’s construction. Now that the 100-year mark looms near, local historians are happy the historic character of the school will survive, while also providing up-to-date amenities for students.

A new school for a new era Queen Mary’s $19-million renovations are slated to finish in September 2013, just in time for the first day of classes a year from now. The interior will be completely replaced and upgraded to meet current building and seismic codes, while preserving the outside historical character. “The original school had the separate boys’ and girls’ entrances and those carried up all the way to the third floor, so in the new design we create a three-storey atrium space to visually connect all three floors,” James Kao, the project’s architect with DA Architects + Planners, tells The Outlook. A spot in the centre of the atrium is being set aside for a totem pole and other carvings.

when she saw the original shell was kept in place. Preserving Queen Mary’s heritage look was important to planners as well, says Kao, who plans to preserve the school’s first paint colours, including returning the window trim to its original light-yellow. “The community around Queen Mary was not very vocal about retaining the school, but it is from 1914, and in discussions with the city we felt it was important to retain as much as we could and restore it back to its original condition,” he says. Students are going to school a few blocks away at Cloverly elementary until the new school, which will accommodate 350 elementary and 120 kindergarten students, is completed. “No longer will there be corridors with no sense of what’s happening on other floors. From the centre por(With documents and photos from the North Vancouver tion, you can look down and see what’s happening, all the Museum & Archives) way down to the first floor,” he says, adding that new play areas with basketball nets and all-weather fields will be added around the school. The elementary school will even get a high school-sized gym at the back, which NEW will be used by community members as ! well. In line with this century’s environmental concerns, the new school will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards, produce lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to older schools and cost up to 60 per cent less to operate. Aging areas on the historical brick exterior will be restored to their original conshows dition, says Kao, a move that pleases Skalmerud, who is grateful the facade is 3pm, 5pm being kept in tact. & 7pm “When the demolition first started, although I had read the plans, I was mortified to see how [the school] looked amongst the rubble.” But, after driving by five months ago, she changed her mind


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BACK TO THE FUTURE - West Vancouver artist Bill Koochin stands behind “Passionate Pursuit,� a metal sculpture that was once shown at the New Design Gallery. Michaela Garstin photo

The indelible history of WV’s New Design Gallery West Vancouver Museum is currently showing paintings and sculptures once displayed at the trailblazing contemporary art gallery that opened in West Vancouver in 1955 MICHAELA GARSTIN S TA F F R E P O RT E R


hen the New Design Gallery opened in West Vancouver, contemporary art was anything but popular, especially among “stuffy� Vancouverites who preferred traditional landscapes over abstract designs. That was 57 years ago, a time when brave people were still settling into communities as they pioneered the rugged North Shore. But a close-knit group of artists who were ahead of their time — especially in Canada — built homes on vacant forested lots in West Van, creating an artistic hub for those pushing creative boundaries. Strongly influenced by Europe, modern art was just emerging on the scene in British Columbia. When the New Design Gallery launched in 1955 on the 1400-block of Marine Drive above a jewelry studio, a crowd gathered but few people actually bought anything, Bill Koochin recalls as he examines a wooden sculpture of his that was shown at the gallery on opening night. Bringing back fond memories from the past, the West Vancouver Museum is currently showing paintings and sculptures once displayed at the New Design Gallery in an exhibit that runs until Sept. 15. Leading the way, the New Design Gallery was one of the very first galleries in Canada to be dedicated exclusively to modern art. It filled a niche when it opened in West Van in the mid-1950s. North Shore artists, who were becoming well known on the West Coast and internationally, had few opportunities to exhibit and sell their work locally. “There was hardly any money in art at the time,� says Koochin, as he strolls around the museum pointing at friends’ paintings he hasn’t seen in more than five decades. “If anyone made $100 it was a big story, but still we all enjoyed being artists.�

But the scene was about to change for these artists, allowing a certain few to make a living at their craft. In December 1955, shortly after arriving in Vancouver from the United States, Alvin Balkind and Abraham Rogatnick opened the gallery. Having studied art and design at university, and influenced by local architects Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey, they brought new perspectives about contemporary art to the Lower Mainland, an area that lagged behind Europe in the art scene. “The gallery was very instrumental in promoting art,� explains Koochin, adding that although people didn’t buy much at first, they were still being exposed to design they weren’t used to. The New Design Gallery showed other North Shore artists, including Gordon Smith, Bill Mayrs, B.C. Binning, Zoltan Kiss and Don Jarvis. Their paintings can currently be seen at the West Vancouver Museum, much in the same way they were almost 60 years ago, three blocks away at the New Design Gallery. “Being an artist back then was much different than today; they weren’t as accepted in the community. But there seemed to be a lot of artists here, especially in West End rooming houses,� says Koochin, adding that he was one of few contemporary artists who did sculpture instead of painting. The gallery received attention across Canada, including in the local papers. “I herewith stick my neck forward at an unbecoming angle and say that even the most discriminating shopper among us will find a gift that would be acceptable to the most discriminating recipient,� wrote Vancouver Sun columnist Penny Wise soon after the grand opening. The New Design Gallery served as meeting spot for North Shore artists for three years, until it moved downtown on West Pender Street, where it merged with the newly formed Arts Club. For more information about the current exhibit, visit Bill Koochin’s sculptures, including his newest “portrait masks,� can be seen at






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ike many other cats at the crowded West Vancouver SPCA, 11-year-old Hailey has a heartbreaking story. Dropped off after her young owner suddenly died seven months ago, the shy orange-and-white calico hadn’t lived anywhere else except the man’s apartment. “Hailey only knew him, and didn’t have contact with any other people or cats,” says a volunteer at the SPCA as she coaches Hailey out of hiding for her photo to be taken. “She was very depressed when she first came in, staring at the wall all day, but now she has come around and likes to be brushed but only on her terms.” Hailey is just one of many adult cats at the SPCA struggling to find a permanent home. The shelter is nearing capacity with around two dozen cats and kittens to look after. Spring and summer see more tiny kittens dropped off, taking attention away from adult cats who typically have a harder time being adopted. And finding an owner for Hailey has proved to be even more challenging.

Most people want a cuddly cat that will come sit on their lap, says the volunteer, but Hailey needs to have an owner that will let her do her own thing. “She tries to bond with us but there’s always different people here, so she’s hesitant because she’s traumatized from the loss of her owner. She tries to be sweet, then she gets afraid.” The shy but loving feline, who sits in her own cage at the front of the building because she doesn’t get along with other cats, needs a home with only adults. To make the adjustment run smoothly, an SPCA volunteer is willing to do an in-home visit to help Hailey get aquatinted with her new surroundings. “We’re looking for a special person who will open their home to Hailey and understand that she’s not going to be a cat that will instantly sit on your lap. She could be the sweetest cat, if someone would just give her a chance.” For more information on Hailey or other cats for adoption, call the West Vancouver SPCA at 604-9224622.

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he Mount Seymour ski resort is nearing the end of a $5-million overhaul that could triple the skier and snowboarder capacity on many of the mountain’s most popular trails. At the centre of the changes is the replacement of a 35-year-old two-seater chairlift with a new high-speed detachable quad chair. Having begun in April, the work will boost per-hour ridership from 700 to 1,400 patrons once completed in November, and will be capable of carrying as many as 2,200 riders as more chairs are added in the future. The new lift will not only reduce wait times on the ground, but will cut the actual time spent on the lift by more than a third. Where the old Mystery Peak chair took 10 minutes from top to bottom, the new quad will take only three minutes to cover the same ground. The $5-million price tag for the new Doppelmayr-built Mystery Peak Express chairlift will be paid down with a six-per-cent bump in the cost of lift tickets and a four-per-cent hike for season's passes over last year. Earlier this month, the 11 new steel chairlift towers were amassed in the guest parking lot and then flown up the mountain and anchored onto

concrete platforms by helicopter. The lift system is now undergoing electrical work before the cable is strung through the poles with a tow-rope and the chairs hung. Meanwhile, new lift stations are being constructed and staging areas at the top, middle and bottom of the lift have already been cleared out, in some cases by blasting away at the mountain. “At the lower station, we changed the elevation to make it easier for guests to congregate, and the same with the top,” said Mount Seymour Resorts president and general manager Eddie Wood while taking The Outlook on a top-to-bottom tour under the new Mystery Peak Express. Like the new staging area at the top of the chairlift, an area midway down the hill at the second pitch of the Manning run has also been cleared with explosives to allow more skiers and riders on the trail. Last season, the resort spent half a million dollars on the Goldie Magic Carpet conveyor lift to replace a rope-tow for novice skiers and boarders on the bunny hill. Like that lift, the new Mystery Express is slated to be up and running on opening day, which typically falls in late November. The only hard decision left to make is the allimportant question of who will be first to ride it? For the moment, Wood isn't volunteering. “We haven't figured that out yet,” he said.

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the two-minute promotional piece, which debuted to the entire school and garnered much acclaim. Also slated for viewing at an upcoming school assembly is Hewson’s presentation of the Leadership 11 class’s kayaking trip. In order to achieve a natural feel, he took care to capture his peers in a relaxed and candid manner. “It’s not a big spectacle, but there’s so much thought that went into it... We wanted it to be raw and real.” When it comes to filming style, Hewson prefers to keep things clean and simple. To that end, he employs carefully selected soundtracks and voice-overs rather than live or scripted dialogue, in order to evoke appropriate emotions in the audience. “I’m able to get my message across without people having to speak.” In order to expand his cinematic skill set, Hewson recently completed an intensive, week-long course in filmmaking at UBC Robson Square, and plans to return to attend a night class in November. Once the school year begins, he intends to use his spare schedule block to help Collingwood create new marketing videos. Hewson gladly took on the project because he is dedicated to his school and the myriad personal and academic doors he believes it opens for its students. “We really come through in all four strands: academics, arts, athletics, and service,” he says. Hewson’s interests evidently span the length and breadth of the arts strand, but he remains uncertain of the exact origins of his muse. “Sometimes I can’t put my finger on why I connect with it... I get inspired by everything,” he explains. One thing is crystal clear: this promising teen has a host of creative pathways available to him post-graduation. At this point, Hewson is still weighing his options, one of which includes film school and creative direction classes in New York. Wherever he goes, he knows this for sure: “I want to immerse myself as much as possible in the creative world.” And with so much talent and determination to draw upon, it’s a safe bet that Hewson will start off on a high note. To view Hewson’s Collingwood videos on YouTube: and

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y the time players hoist the Calder Cup, the storied championship trophy of the American Hockey League, they’re usually emotionally drained, bruised and bearded. But the journey isn’t over. Next, each player gets to return to their hometown with the coveted silver trophy in the offseason — which can also be a grind, but in a fun way. Just ask North Vancouver’s Trevor Smith of the Calder-winning Norfolk Admirals, who had the Cup for 48 hours last week. ON TOP OF “My forearms are dying from carry THE WORLD it around,” says Smith, smiling. - Trevor Smith A teammate told him the 24-inch with the Cup trophy weighs more than its NHL on Grouse. counterpart, the Stanley Cup. Derek Smith photo Whatever it weighs in at, it’s an impressive-looking trophy. And if you look closely at some of the past AHL champs engraved on the sterling sliver trophy you will see players like Manny Malhotra of the Canucks, Patrick Roy, the ex-Hab, and former L.A. Kings coach Barry Melrose, to name a few. Dressed in a Blue Jays cap, grey shirt, shorts and flip-flops, sipping a bottle of water at Delany’s in Edgemont Village, Smith still has a grin on his face about last week’s Cup revelry. He got the trophy on Thursday when he met up with teammate Brandon Segal of Surrey at a gas station near Metrotown Mall to exchange the Cup — a halfway meeting spot between the two players’ homes. Immediately, Smith shucked open the protective travel case and put the trophy in the front seat of his pickup truck and fastened its seatbelt. When he arrived at his apartment near Yaletown he took a photo of the Cup on his porch and tweeted it to his 1,000-plus followers. Then with the Cup and his wife Meghan in his truck it was off to his parents home in North Vancouver. From there, the entire Smith clan — mom, dad, brother and sister, plus his aunt, uncle and some cousins — took the Cup to the top of Grouse Mountain, where Trevor grew up skiing and snowboarding. After some sunset photo-ops they dined at the Altitude Bistro. “[The Cup was] on a chair sitting with us,” recalls Smith, 27. Friday morning, along with Meghan and his brother Derek, he took the Cup to Stanley Park and then Third Beach where it had a dip in the Pacific Ocean. The trophy, he explains, had already been in the Atlantic Ocean when the team celebrated at Virginia Beach after winning the title in June, so he thought it should also enjoy the waters of the West Coast. Then it was back to his parents home for a barbecue pool party with 40 friends and family with the Cup regally perched like a wedding cake in the backyard atop a clothed table in front of a purple hydrangea bush — but it didn’t stay there all night. “I think it might have made it for a dip in the pool,” he confesses. The next day, Smith brought it to Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club where it was presented to coach Jon Cooper. After golf and dinner at the club, the Cup was spirited away downtown where it made some rounds in the local bars. “It was amazing, awesome to have the Cup around,” says Smith. “We really got to show it around.” And, as is the case with its slightly older counterpart, the NHL’s Stanley Cup, the Calder Cup bowl has been filled up with a lot of different things. “Oh yeah, everything — babies, beers and champagne,” says Smith. For Smith, winning the Calder is without question a career highlight. “For sure this was a big one,” says Smith, who played 18 games and scored five goals and 11 assists in the 15-game playoff run. But the Calder Cup wasn’t the only highlight for him this year. After winning the puck championship on June 9 in Toronto with his family in attendance, he then flew to the Dominican Republic on June 20 to get married to his longtime girlfriend Meghan, whom he met while they both attended the University of New Hampshire. Then, on July 1, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a contract that will pay him $525,000 if he plays in the NHL. Last season Smith got a taste of the NHL after being called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 16 games he scored five points and got to play with star sniper Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone and even a few shifts with league scoring champ Steven Stamkos. In Tampa, the difference in lifestyle between playing in the AHL and NHL was quickly evident. From the first-class hotels and flights to the pre-game meals. “The spread is unbelievable,” says Smith, who was so impressed he snapped some pics of the food with his iPhone. An offensive, playmaking centre, Smith is training hard this summer so he can hopefully turn some heads at the Penguins training camp which is slated to start in September. “I’m really excited,” he says. “I still want to play in the NHL.”

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PACIFIC Coast Community Resources are recruiting casual staff for a group home in Maple Ridge and a one-to-one program in Surrey. Successful applicants will have both experience and education in the Community Living field. First aid and a driver’s licence are minimal requirements. To arrange an interview please forward your ressume to: PCCR, 1805 Scarborough Cres., Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C2R2,, Please indicate which location you prefer. If there is no site indicated we will assume you want to be considered for either position


ARCTIC CO-OPERATIVES LTD is currently recruiting Line Cooks for Inns North hotels in Nunavut. We provide meal allowances, subsidized accommodations, and relocation assistance. Please forward your resume to: or fax to: (204) 632-8575. Visit: for more information.






Healthcare Assistants are prepared to work in both healthcare facilities and community agencies. HCA’s provide & maintain the health, safety, independence, comfort & well-being of individuals & families. Train locally for the skills necessary in this rewarding career field.

We offer: • Competitive Hourly pay with Safety Bonus • Great bene¿ts package • Excellent equipment • 4 on and 4 off work schedule • Steady year round local work • On the job training leading to certi¿cation in the transportation and handling of petroleum products

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Email your resume and current drivers abstract to:





We require Drivers with: an excellent safety record 3 years exp. Class 1 with Air


Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Fax resumes to: 780-725-4430


Denwill, a carrier of bulk liquid petroleum products based in Burnaby requires

Class 1 Drivers


ARE YOU a self starter who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of seniors? A Residential Complex Care facility in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island is recruiting for a full-time Occupational Therapist. This position comes with a competitive salary and benefits package. Qualified OTs please send your resume to


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CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT wanted for 4 days a week. Minimum 2 years experience. E-mail Resume or inquiries to:



CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATOR. Chwk Bridge Const Co has an immediate opening for an exp and energetic estimator. The successful candidate will be able to analyze and prepare estimates for bridges, precast products and earthworks. This is a full time position. Wages TBD with experience. Must be selfmotivated and able to work independently. Email resume with a handwritten cover letter to or fax to 604702-0620. No phone calls.


GET PAID TO LOSE WEIGHT. $5,000 For Your Success Story. Personal Image TV Show. Call to Qualify: 1.888.771.7607.


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



YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899


Big or Small Moves. 604-809-9041 SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240


Must have a min. of three years experience building logging roads.

Accommodation available.

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

QUALITY CONTROL PERSON experienced with Piping & Structural Welding needed for a growing Northern Company. Competitive wages & benefits. Please email resume to: Fax 250-775-6227 or apply online:

DROWNING IN DEBTS? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. AVOID BANKRUPTCY! Free consultation. or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500 GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161. INCOME TAX PROBLEMS? Have you been audited, reassessed or disallowed certain claims by Canada Revenue Agency? Call Bob Allen @ 250-542-0295 35yrs. Income Tax experience, 8.5yrs. with Revenue Canada. Email:

Residential & Commercial Services

English Bulldog Pups, 7wks. Ch. Bred, shots.Gorgeous show qual. 3Females. $2800. 604-513-0092 Two Registered German Shepherd Males. Excellent breeding lines. $800 each. Serious inquiries only. Call 604-869-3349.

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

We Recycle! GO GREEN! 604-882-2733


WEED FREE Mushroom Manure 13 yards - $180 or Well Rotted 10 yds - $200. 604-856-8877

• Estate Services • Electronics • Appliances • Old Furniture • Construction • Yard Waste • Concrete • Drywall • Junk • Rubbish • Mattresses & More!

ADDITIONS & RENOVATIONS Electrical, Plumbing Res/Comm. Liability Ins & WCB. 604-600-1368

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

A-TECH Services

604-230-3539 Running this ad for 8yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour

Concrete, Forming, Framing & Siding. Crews available for new construction & additions Patrick 604-218-3064


On Time, As Promised, Service Guaranteed!


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



(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls. Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed.

• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331



HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

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. 1-888-936095.




2006 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 SL, 38K fully loaded, heated lthr seats, snrf, exc cond, $16,900. (604)306-6216 2011 NISSAN VERSA 4/dr h/back, auto, 25,000/km, red, many options, $8600/firm. 604-538-9257.




2000 Windstar SEL, mini van 5 dr. exc cond. loaded, a/c $2500 obo. Pictures avail. 604-996-8734. 2008 FORD 350, diesel. Black. 3 yr warranty left. $27,000. Call 604589-6032 or 604-807-6022. 2008 FORD F150 regular cab 2 whl dr 8ft box auto V6 only 14,000kms, silver $10,500 firm 604-538-4883



1983 Dodge ext van, wide body raised roof, camperized runs gd, needs lots of sm work. New tires Lots of upgrades Pics avail $1500/obo. 604-996-8734



1989 Chev Getaway van raised roof, new tires, no rust. P/W, alarm, runs good. Pic’s avail. $1550. 604-996-8734

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley


.One4YachtFractions 604.669.2248





CHERYL MANOR 210 East 2nd Street North Vancouver 1 bdrmHeat/hot water incl. Sorry no pets

1991 Class A MOTORHOME Mode-34 SI. Ford chasse, 460CID engine SFI, 4 spd, auto. trans (with over drive) Power steering, power brakes, disk brakes on 4 wheels, tilt st. wheel, a/c, cruise, burner range, oven, double sink & many more extras. A must see! Original owner. Under 70,000 miles.

Call 604-985-2639

Keen Projects Ltd. Renos, Design, Build, Finish, Paint Crown Moulding Specialist

Price $19,950. Henry 604-309-6012


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







Always!pressure washing, window cleaning, Gutter, lawn maintains, yard clean-up. Simon 604-230-0627 Handyman - 604-518-4778 WCB & Liability Insured.

Tree removal done RIGHT! • Tree & Stump Removal • Certified Arborists • 20 yrs exp. • 60’ Bucket Truck • Crown Reduction • Spiral Pruning • Land Clearing • Selective Logging ~ Fully Insured • Best Rates ~

2007 WILDERNESS trailer, bought new in 2009 - 28’, Alum frame, 2 doors, 2 slides, Q bed, comp. w/hitch, exc. shape. $18,500/obo. 604-856-3777





2008 CROSSROADS Seville 38’ 5th wheel. Winter package. 4 slideouts, fireplace, Corian counters, 17 cu.ft. dble door fridge, oak cabinets, electric awning, lots of heated storage. Luxury year round living! $43,800. 604-870-4799

BULL MASTIFF available for stud service. Call 604-997-2001 or 604997-9500 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 or call 1 (604)820-2977




ACKER’S RUBBISH REMOVAL. Quick. 7 days. Fast/reliable. Call Spencer 604-924-1511.

ABBA MOVERS & DEL. Res/com 1-4 ton truck, 1 man $35/hr, 2 men from $45. Honest, bsmt clean up. 25 yrs of experience.604-506-7576


GET the best for your moving 24/7 From $40/hr Licensed & Insured Senior Discount 778-773-3737

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

P/B Choc. lab puppies, 5 left, born June 27, CKC reg. vet✓ $750. 604217-6551 or 604-825-1730. P/B MINI Aussie Shepherd puppies, 1M, 1F. Vet3 ready now. contct 604-308-8784 or SHELTIES SABLE COLOUR full white collars, 9 weeks old, selecting and caring for loveable precious puppies, (604)826-6311


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

Metal Recycling Ltd.

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or



Factory custom, 74 cube (1200) big bore by Denco Cycle, Bassani pipe, windshield, sissy bar, leather bags. 27,000km, one old guy owner, $7450 obo (604)817-1945 10% OFF with this AD


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

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604-787-5915, 604-291-7778

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

1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555.


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

Gary 604-339-5430




STEEL BUILDING - HUGE CLEARANCE SALE! 20X24 $4,658. 25X28 $5,295. 30X40 $7,790. 32X54 $10,600. 40X58 $14,895. 47X78 $19,838. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

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CASH BACK - $10 for every pound you lose. Lose weight quickly and safely and keep it off, results guaranteed! Call Herbal Magic today! 1800-854-5176.191

Autos • Trucks • Equipment Removal

2006 CHRYSLER 300, 4 dr, loaded, 77K, fresh AirCare, awesome shape, $9950. Jim 604-828-2084


Drywall work/rubbish removal



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



MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877776-1660.

845 The Scrapper



Landon 604.307.5628



MATTRESSES starting at $99

Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.



A New Pillowtop Mattress Set Still in Packaging! Can Deliver! $150 - Call: 604-484-0379

JUNK REMOVAL Recycled Earth Friendly




AAA PRECISION PAINTING. Quality work. 778-881-6096.







But Dead Bodies!! 604.


Please fax: 604-796-0318 or e-mail:


GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs Free Est, 20 yrs exp, Rain or shine. 7 days/week. Simon 604-230-0627


Haul Anything...


Competitive Wages & Benefits After 3 mos.


Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988




DRILLER / BLASTER with valid ticket required.


Local & Long Distance


AMIX HEAVY Lift and Amix Marine Services are sourcing certified Crane Operators for mobile cranes (hydraulic and friction) and boom trucks. Wages will be determined in accordance with experience and ability. Amix is a growing company that will provide training and opportunity for advancement. Please enquire and become part of a great team. E-mail resume to or Fax to 604517-0875





A lien is claimed under the Act. There is presently an amount due and owing of $5,546.55 plus any additional costs of storage, seizure and sale. Notice is hereby given that on the 20th day of September, 2012 or thereafter, the said trailer will be sold. The trailer is currently stored at Elite Bailiff Services, 20473 Logan Avenue Langley BC V3A 4L8. The trailer was placed in storage on March 20th, 2012. For more info. call Elite Bailiff Services at 604-539-9900 WWW.REPOBC.COM

Whether it is comic books, dirt bikes or video games you crave…

We Pay CA$H For •Auto •Scrap Metals •Batteries •Machinery •Lead


Whereas Stephen Wayne Neil is indebted to Mitchell’s Towing Ltd. for storage and towing on a; 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer with: JA3AU16U78U604608

2 hr. Service (604)209-2026

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

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557


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Outlook West Vancouver, August 23, 2012  

August 23, 2012 edition of the Outlook West Vancouver

Outlook West Vancouver, August 23, 2012  

August 23, 2012 edition of the Outlook West Vancouver