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Join the Vancouver Men’s Chorus for its most popular holiday tradition – Making Spirits Bright. Recapture your inner child’s wonder at the joys of the season: nestle under the towering Christmas tree, take flight through the skies, and marvel at the characters along the way. The men of the Chorus capture vignettes of childhood wonderment in surprising and delightful ways. Marvellous toys, Nutcrackers, and even Christmas tree tops come to life in song and dance. And then surrender yourself to the grown up sensations of the season: darkness giving over to light, mysteries being revealed, and fantasies abounding. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $80 for reserved patron seating (includes $50 tax receiptable donation). Evening performances are 8pm on December 6, 8, 9 and 10; the December 9 matinee is at 3pm. All performances are at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis (at Pendrell).


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Home for the holidays, with a little help When two strangers depend on each other’s kindness, both of their Christmas wishes come true By Christine Lyon

Clara Howarth’s leukemia is in remission and she’s back in Grade 1. Her mother, Andrea Howarth (here with son Brennan) is grateful for the care Clara received at BC Children’s Hopsital.


Facing the words a parent most fears: your child has cancer By Diane Strandberg


ow did this happen?” The question on Andrea Howarth’s blog cuts like a knife. One day the Port Coquitlam mom and her husband, Nick, are planning a trip to Disneyland with their two children — Clara, now six, and Brennan, who just turned four — and a few months later, they are plunged into a nightmare from which they are still recovering. As she doles out cupcakes for a treat to her little ones in her comfortable condo, it’s hard to believe the story Howarth is about to tell, yet, according to statistics, it’s a sadly common tale for hundreds of BC families. Last February, Clara was struck down by a serious fever that turned out to be Strep A. Later, as the little girl’s body fought the illness, her blood work revealed an even stronger adversary: lymphoblastic leukemia. “It was very scary,” Howarth recalls. Flipping through a binder that logs Clara’s test results, prescriptions and hospital stays, she describes how Clara, then a kindergarten student, came home with a headache. That turned into flu-like symptoms and a fever of 40° C. “She couldn’t hold anything down,” Howarth said, and with a mother’s instinct, she and husband Nick decided to make the trek to BC Children’s Hospital on Oak Street in Vancouver for some expert advice. In the hospital’s intensive care unit, Clara was given round-theclock care by nurses and doctors who specialize in dealing with children and who patiently answered the Howarths’ litany of questions. It took several days for the eventual, shocking diagnosis, but by


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Fast facts: • BC Children’s Hospital has embarked on a $200-million capital campaign towards the construction of a $683-million hospital expected to open in 2018. • BC Children’s is the main provincial resource for children with cancer; any child in BC who is suspected of having cancer is sent to BCCH for diagnosis. • Between 100 and 150 children are diagnosed with cancer annually in BC, and at any given time BCCH has about 800 children in active treatment. • In 2011, 8,969 children and teens visited the oncology/hematology and bone marrow transplant clinics at BCCH. • • • or call 604-875-2444 then, anxiety and exhaustion had begun to take its toll. Thankfully, they had great support from the staff at BCCH, and their close-knit family, friends and colleagues. Howarth’s parents even cut short a cruise to be with their daughter and Nick, a police officer, was able to get time off work. The diagnosis, when it came about eight days after Clara was admitted, was hard to take. “We were just devastated,” said Howarth. With leukemia confirmed through bone marrow testing, the family exchanged one cramped room in ICU to another in the oncology ward and Clara began

chemotherapy treatments. Childhood cancer is surprisingly common, with approximately 850 Canadian children expected to develop cancer this year —100 of them newly diagnosed in BC. All of the British Columbia cases will end up at BC Children’s, where staff are experienced in dealing with the special needs of children and research is being conducted into new therapies. “I can’t say enough about the staff. They are amazing and they’ve become our friends,” Howarth now says, with some relief. Clara returned home in the spring and, although extremely weak and with the trade-mark hair loss, finished kindergarten and is now back at school in Grade 1. Her cancer is in remission, although she still has to receive treatments that are extremely hard on her body. The long-planned trip to Disneyland was cancelled but Howarth is thankful her daughter is doing so well. In fact, she has become a BC Children’s Hospital booster and is supportive of a $200-million capital campaign to replace the aging facilities with a new hospital that will be much more comfortable for families and more efficient for staff. Recently, she toured a mockup of the new design and can’t say enough about it. “There are families who have to live there and they need this.” Plans call for larger rooms, the consolidation of oncology services on one floor, instead of three, as they are now, dedicated lounge areas and larger shared facilities, including a kitchen. The improvements will be a benefit, she agrees, but for now, being home with her children every day and seeing Clara’s health improve is all Howarth really needs. That trip to Disneyland can wait.

ucia Frangione hadn’t expected to spend Christmas Eve standing on her front porch, dressed in her holiday best, carrying a suitcase full of food and bawling her eyes out, but, when her Kijiji-sourced rideshare stood her up, she found herself doing just that. Desperately, the Vancouver playwright and actress turned to Twitter, Facebook and Craigslist, appealing to anyone who could get her to Kamloops in time for dinner. “Just when I started to think about hitchhiking, I get a phone call,” said Frangione, who shared her story about depending on the kindness of strangers at The Flame: Holiday Season Edition last month at The Cultch. The caller was a flooring installer named Dave. He saw Frangione’s Craigslist posting and told her he would happily drop her off in Kamloops on his way to Saskatchewan. But first, she would have to help him tie up one very large loose end. “If you help me pack up my apartment then we can get on the road faster,” he said. Feeling she had no choice, Frangione swapped her fashionable gloves for the rubber variety and watched Dave pull up in a construction van trailing a UHaul. Inside the cab were about 20 empty energy drink cans. “That’s when I notice Dave’s a bit jittery and his eyes are bloodshot.” As Dave explained that he’d

just finished a huge flooring job by himself and hadn’t slept in five days, his girlfriend called to say how excited she was he’d be home for Christmas. But Frangione questioned whether or not that would happen after seeing the state of Dave’s apartment. “There’s clothes, there’s furniture, there’s food in the fridge, there’s condiments, there’s toiletries — everything.” Dave handed her a couple of boxes and left. Dejected, she began the uncomfortably intimate task of packing a stranger’s personal belongings. Three hours in, her cousin called to offer her a ride to Kamloops. “I looked around me and thought ‘I could escape right now, I could just take off’,” she said. “And then I saw a little pink bobby sock underneath Dave’s bed and I thought, ‘That’s the girlfriend’s little sock.” Frangione knew that if she left, Dave would never make it home for Christmas. So, reluctantly, she declined her cousin’s offer and got back to work. Five hours later, Dave returned to a clearedout apartment. They loaded the U-Haul and got on the road, with Frangione behind the wheel. During the drive, when Dave wasn’t fast asleep, the two chatted. “I realize, as he talks, this isn’t some crazy dude. This is a really nice guy who was in a tough spot and I was so happy to help him out.” The two parted ways in Kamloops. Fourteen hours later, Frangione received a heartening text message. It said “I made it. Merry Christmas, love Dave.” The Flame: Holiday Season Edition is presented with Metro Vancouver as part of its Create Memories, Not Garbage campaign. It will be broadcast on Shaw TV, Channel 4 in December and will be available to view at Read WE Vancouver for more Christmas tales from this year’s storytellers.

Lucia Frangione (with niece Hunter Booth, daughter Nora Kopsa and niece Scarlette Booth) took pity on a weary soul when she turned his offer of help into an even bigger way of helping him.



We searched the city for the season’s hottest — and unique — items to put under the Christmas tree. In the following pages Kelsey Klassen has compiled some inspiring choices, with contributions from Taraneh Ghajar Jerven, Sabrina Fuminger and Kenn Hamlin A spin through the soundtrack album Searching for Sugarman is like ambling down a serene country road with the feeling that it may lead where you least expect — so full of longing, desperation, and experimentation is the compilation of Sixto Díaz Rodríguez’s abridged life’s work. Discovered in a Detroit bar, the musician known as Rodriguez only recorded two albums — 1970s Cold Fact and ‘71s Coming From Reality. Despite critical acclaim, neither record sold well. Rodriguez was drifting into obscurity just as Cold Fact was becoming a surprise sensation amongst anti-Apartheid South African youth. As his fans grew in number, their inability to locate him only added fuel to the mystery of his disappearance; there were even rumors of a very public suicide on stage. All this was laid out in the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugarman by Malik Bendjelloul. Rodriguez, his deep voice honeyed, yet rasping slightly at the edges, goes gritty without giving in to bitterness. Life on the Detroit streets gave his Dylan-esque folk rock an urban edge, demonstrated hauntingly his pleading drug tune, Sugar Man. The subsequent soundtrack has been in such high demand that Zulu Records (972 W. 4th) was eagerly awaiting a new shipment at press time, and had a signup list of sorts going. To quote the chilled out guy behind the counter “It’s the cool music kids are into, but with older women it’s going like bonkers.” $19.98 Visit for your chance to WIN a copy of the CD.

Slimmer than an old school Cowichan, Granted’s Vancouver-made, hand-knitted sweaters update the iconic Vancouver Island look with inspired patterns (paper cranes; David Suzuki’s face) and salvaged wood zipper pulls. The brand is the brain child of sibling duo Minoru and Ai Hirano, who grew up making sweaters with their parents. Our favourite is the sun-kissed Mountain Range Yellow sweater, riffing on their Dad’s 1970s ski jacket. Granted Sweater in Mountain Range Yellow, $410. (Kiss & Make up, 925 Main St, The Village at Park Royal, (604) 922-6292, Kissandmakeupstore. com;

Get warm this winter with Glerups. You’ll love them. You know who else loves them? 007. Sean Connery, arguably the best James to ever Bond says he ABSOLUTELY loves them and can’t wait to put them on when he gets home. Can’t you just hear him saying that in his sexy Scottish accent? Handmade in Denmark, the slippers, indoor shoes, outdoor shoes and boots come complete with a charming family story about the farm they’re from and how they’re made. Warm and wooly (especially when wet), they come in an assortment of vibrant, earthy tones. The makers also encourage wearers to go sans socks, exploiting wool’s ability to generate heat when damp — five times warmer than any other fabric. The shoes are self cleaning, but hand washing instructions are included. Starting at $90 plus shipping online at, select colours and styles are available locally at Twigg&Hottie (3671 Main) and Walrus (3408 Cambie). Bracelet or coffee cuff? Or both? If you’re wearing this and forget your travel mug at home, have no fear! Vancouver’s Contexture Design (winner of Western Living magazine’s eco designer of the year in 2011) has come up with this beautiful wooden coffee cuff which is gorgeous as a bracelet but can actually come in handy when you visit your favourite coffee shop and don’t want to burn your fingers. Available in ebony with cherry (pictured), birdseye maple with black walnut or black walnut with anegre. $75 at Vancouver Special (3612 Main) and through their online shop at PS — if paper’s more your style, Giovane’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Cafe and Paper Ya carry their paper goods. Flying off the shelves alongside mirrorless cameras this season will be wearable ones. Taking a nice camera snowboarding, for example, is a bulky and risky move. The new ION line, with its impressive array of accessories and options for the active videographer, is riding some serious buzz. The ION1011 (pictured) is a lightweight, waterproof sports action camera that easily attaches to helmets, handlebars, or any other gear to offer a 170 degree, ‘you-eye’ view of your adventure. Simple one-finger operation lets you to capture 1080p high-definition video at the touch of a button, or take stunning photos with the 5-megapixel camera (sequenced one at a time, three in one second, or one photo every 10, 20 or 30 seconds to create time-lapse videos). The smartphone and Cloud compatible WiFi Podz shares your footage in real time via social network sites. $349 (includes ION helmet and bike kit). There are also alternate models for $229.99 and $299.99; All are available at Leo’s Camera Supply, 1055 Granville.

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For a gift that is completely unique to your loved one, get inside their head a little and share what you find with artist and illustrator Sean Viloria. Animals, anime and ancient mystics are all in his sculptural ‘Munny’ repertoire. And if you like collectibles that are cute and cuddly, you should see what he can do with artificial fur. Originally from Saskatoon, the Vancouver-based (and soon to be wed) Viloria is also an extremely versatile musician. It doesn’t get more “support local” than art commissions that likely go straight into a wedding fund. As for options, he creates custom art and designer toys on many platforms, but he typically uses Kidrobot products (Munny’s/Dunny’s) as the base and Super Sculpey with acrylic paints and ink. He took down “Best Animal Design” in the Kidrobot Munnyworld contest and this year won “Best Raffy” in the same contest for his alien “Life On Mars” design. Prices for pieces vary depending on size and difficulty but range anywhere from $100 to $2000. Email him with your ideas and inspirations at to start your quote. Vancouver’s Knot Theory has come up with a clever, in-house innovation — the interchangeable tie knot. The knot is a separate, triangular piece, with a closure inspired by traditional chained cufflinks. When wrapped around a tie, it forms a slightly asymmetric knot — a windsor knot (aka half windsor). The outfit pairings (for men and women) are vast, with more than 10 different colours of knots, embroidered knots, and personalized knot embroidery. The knot is also a functional improvement, as you no longer need to tie your ties, and can adjust the tie length while wearing it. Coloured: $25; embroidered: $32; customembroidered (e.g. initials, logos): $69 first one, $35 after.

For the outdoorsperson on your list, give the gift of walking on water (in snowflake form). Vancouver mountains are just begging for year round exploration; in fact, Mount Seymour was just voted Top Snowshoe Friendly Ski Resort in North America by Snowshoe Magazine. Torstin, a Mountain Equipment Co-op service advisor, says there are three main things to consider when buying a pair of snowshoes: 1. The person’s weight. The heavier they are, the wider the snowshoes need to be to keep them from sinking into the snow. 2. Adjustability requirements (do their feet turn inward when they walk, etc.). 3. The type of snowshoeing they will be doing — mountain, off-trail, trail or running. For the beginner weighing around 150 lbs who is looking to conquer the mountains, he recommends the sleek, unisex MSR Evo 22. $139, available in Navy and Dark Green from Mountain Equipment Co-op, 130 W. Broadway.

Founded by Vancouverites Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, Herschel designs timeless travel accessories that could have been used by B.C. homesteaders. Except for the fact that the heritagechic line also includes laptop and iPad cases. We fell for Herschel’s canvas and fleece-lined canvas iPad sleeve with pert tartan trim. Herschel Supply Co. Anchor iPad sleeves, $23. (Urban Outfitters, 830 Granville Street., (604) 685-1970,;

Looking for an original gift idea for the person who has everything? A stop into Oh Brothers in Kitsilano (2575 W. Broadway) is a must. Carrying a wide variety of functional art pieces handmade in Canada, such as these wooden bowls by Bob Gonzales (small, $45; large, $400) or cheese board by Wes Geisbrecht ($45), their gallery style display — featuring pottery, woodwork, jewelry, original paintings, glass-work, scarves, leather bags and photographic art — takes the work out of Christmas shopping.


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gifts for kids Low-tech, big fun A back-to-basics children’s gift guide By Sabrina Furminger


n today’s touchscreen-reliant world, it’s not uncommon for young children to play with smartphone apps that have been designed with them in mind. But kids who play primarily with smartphones, tablets and other hightech gadgets might be missing out on the countless benefits that come from tactile toys and good, old-fashioned interactive play. With expert assistance from two of Vancouver’s leading independent toy retailers — Lee Richmond from Kaboodles Toy Store and Joanna Mileos from the Granville Island Toy Company — we’ve compiled a list of battery-free toys (and a couple of battery-operated toys that are more fun when shared with others) that encourage interactivity, creativity, and carefree play in children ages 2 to 10.

Rory’s Story Cubes Rory’s Story Cubes nurture your child’s inner storyteller. Every game kit includes nine dice-sized cubes featuring an iconic image on each side. Players1 roll the cubes, 2_2.pdf 12-08-29 1:12 PM ponder the face-up images, and spin their fantastical yarns. And because there’s no reading involved, preliterate children can play, too (just make sure the small pieces don’t end up lodged in anyone’s throat). The manufacturer promises 10,000,000+ combinations; we anticipate endless fun. Ages: 8+ $9.99 at Kaboodles Toy Store

Magformers The slogan might read a little dry (“intelligent magnetic construction sets for brain development”), but Magformers kits are anything but boring. With their embedded magnets, bright colours, and assortment of shapes, Magformers’ sturdy, crowdpleasing kits encourage freeform building and experimentation. Our favourite: the carnival set, where kids (and their parents) can assemble a variety of carnival rides. Ages: 6+ $29.99$329 at Kaboodles Toy Store Quadrilla These German-designed marble runs mesmerize children with their winding, twisty, high-speed rail systems. Solidly constructed from birch-plywood and rubber wood, Quadrilla marble roller coasters are flying off the shelves in record numbers. Age: 4-99 $69.99-$179.99 at Granville Island Toy Company Teaching Cash Register Learning Resources’ Teaching Cash Register does just that: it arms kids with the tools they need to understand the value of money. The register beeps, speaks, lights up and comes equipped with a scanner and a pile of play coins and bills— and can hold actual-size Canadian money, too (sorry: actual Canadian money not included). Ages 3+ $74.99 at Granville Island Toy Company

Leonardo da Vinci Catapult The brainchild of a Vancouver Island teacher, the Leonardo da Vinci Catapult Kit contains all the materials required to build a miniature version of da Vinci’s intricate contraption, including pre-cut wood and instructions based on da Vinci’s own notes. Once the fun of assembly is over, the real fun of flinging stuff (like grapes and mini marshmallows) begins. Other Leonardo da Vinci kits available: the Helicopter and the Ornithopter. Ages: 9+ $19.99 at Granville Island Toy Company R/C Gecko This remote controlled toy car seems like something out of a science fiction movie. The Gecko car uses suction technology to drive up walls, windows, and even across ceilings — and it won’t leave a single scratch behind. Requires 6 AA batteries. Ages 6+ $44.99 at Granville Island Toy Company ThinkFun Roll & Play Most games in the marketplace are designed for children three and up, but now toddlers can get in on interactive play too with ThinkFun Roll & Play, a personal favourite of Richmond’s features a soft cube and a stack of cards. Children learn about colour matching, sounds, actions, shapes, taking turns, and the fun that can be had when playing cooperatively with others. Winner of a 2012 Dr. Toy’s Best Pick Award. Ages 18-months+ $22.99 at Kaboodles Toy Store







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Catch the eye of your favourite natural beauty by putting a simply sweet piece from Jessie Turner’s Open Hearts and Stars collection under the tree. Available at Dream (311 W. Cordova) in sterling silver or bronze, pieces range in price from $48-$380 depending on size. One of the city’s top jewelry designers, after more than 10 years in Vancouver, Turner recently relocated her workshop to be closer to her roots in the Comox Valley. Since 1993, Dream Apparel and Articles for People has been showing the diverse collections of a wide array of locally made fashion designs, and in 2008, Little Dream (it’s a small shop) opened in the Net Loft on Granville Island. They’re mittens. They’re gorgeous. And fingerless for all your habitual texting needs (just don’t text while walking or you might end up in our next Rants as “the girl with the rad mittens who needs to look where she’s going.”) Available at Adhesif Clothing, where new and recycled fabrics get all one-of-a-kinded, these mittens seriously fly off the shelf. Made from high quality reclaimed stretch wool panels (primarily cashmere and lambswool), these babies come in at $48; 2202 Main.


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Plant a tree this Christmas by gifting a We Wood watch. Fashioned from sustainably harvested, reclaimed wood, these Italian-made luxury timepieces have state-of-the-art Miyota movements and somehow pull off being elegant yet funky (could be those lovely natural tones). While topping many a blog as one of this season’s best men’s watches, the chunkier style also looks great on a slender lady-wrist. And she’ll always have something wood to knock on when superstition (or wrist fire) strikes. Made of 100 per cent natural wood, We Wood plants one tree in partnership with American Forests and Trees for the Future for each watch sold. $120-$139; Select colors and styles available at Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir) and Secret Location (1 Water).


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Bishop, Cardinal, Chancellor, Count, Duke, Lord and Prince — traditionally patriarchal authority figures. And you’ll want to collect them all when you realize that instead of stern men, they’re handsome, locally-designed leather bags (much easier to fit in a closet!). And what better way to commence the Dark Ages than with the Archbishop — a chic, go-anywhere hobo with luxe basket weave detail and the perfect slim cross body strap — at your side ($168; pictured left). But ‘winter is coming’ (or maybe I’m getting my medieval metaphors confused). Either way, this season, the Queen, Dame and Maiden have demanded an audience at court and are challenging for supremacy in the male-dominated world of One Fated Knight. Check out the feudal battlefield at or pick your winner at Plenty, Fine Finds, Riot Clothing + Accessories, Purr, Heel Boy, Rescue and more.

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MALL As an adult, I’d be hard pressed to rethink the design of Canada’s national winter symbol — The Toque — after a steady school-aged diet of hockey, hockey and bad French cartoons about hockey. But perhaps a Bosniantrained architect, who studied textile arts in Italy before moving to Canada and encountering this pervasive fashion accessory (and it’s quirky Canadian name), would have a better crack at it. Now based out of Vancouver, Lajla Nuhic’s handmade hats are half portable sculpture, half good old-fashioned practical headwear. Many of her crocheted forms — captured in soft, fuzzy chenille or the natural textures of linen and hemp that beg to be touched — are inspired by the structure of simple peasant homes, landscapes and rural habitats from her travels around the world. “One of her hats is inspired by the conical domes of the Trulli houses in Southern Italy… others seem inspired by the creatures of a tidepool or the shape of an ice cream cone,” identifies architect Robin McIntosh on Her work also effortlessly exudes the spirit in which she has embraced her new home in Canada. The Cleo, pictured on the left, is 90 per cent alpaca, 10 per cent nylon and $129. Icecream (right) is $135. Hats can be ordered online and are shipped within 10 days.

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On the lookout for a leather travelling case that would keep my 100-year-old Underwood typewriter safe, I stumbled across the classic leather goods and accessories of Vancouver brand Alex Folzi. What started as a hobby in 2010 for twin brothers Fola and Fela Fagbure, the distinct colours and signature logo present in all Alex Folzi collections was quickly associated around the world with the art of travel. These brightly coloured suitcases ($369) made from 100 per cent vegetable-tanned leather, just make me want to hitch a ride on the Darjeeling Limited. Perfect for carry-on travel or use as a statement briefcase, they are available in a range of colours and styles for both sexes.

If you’re into the local DIY (Do It Yourself) design scene, you’ll know what a big deal it is to be chosen as an Etsy featured seller. You’ll also know that anything made by that designer is sure to sell out (fast) as it works its way through the Christmas craft fair circuit. Vancouver’s own Valerie Thai was bestowed the honor in November for her rustic wood and collage work under the name Cabin & Cub. So get your hands on a lasercut, five-piece bamboo wildlife tie/lapel pin set ($50) at this weekend’s Got Craft before they’re gone, or the ties in your life have to go naked and shameless. Got Craft is Dec. 8 and 9, from 10am to 5pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial). If you really can’t make it, Cabin & Cub has an aforementioned Etsy site ( where all sorts of handmade goods are on offer. A selection of items are also for sale at Paper-Ya and Dandelion Emporium in Vancouver.

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gifts for him “You smell like a Canadian” can now be taken as a compliment. Escents Aromatherapy’s My Canada line is comprised of six aromatic blends inspired by the country’s dramatically different regions — Pacific (pine and cedarwood), Prairie (cardamom and davana), Metro (amyris and mimosa), Maritime (frankincense and bergamot), French (lavender and black pepper) and Arctic (anise and peppermint). Crafted from 100 per cent essential oils, My Canada is available in aroma blends ($13.95), hand and body lotion ($18.95), wash and bubble (pictured; $17.95), handmade soap ($4.95) and reed diffusers ($24.95) which bring ‘Air Therapy’ to any space or moment. Available at their various retail locations and at

Drawing cues from the Indian moccasin, which used overlay seams to prevent stones from entering into the shoe, the heavy gauge decorative stitching in Generic Surplus’ Apache Grey Tweed gives an intricate detail to its otherwise simple yet street-ready style ($95). And I’m pushing it with the number of gifts in the gift guide, but the leather man in your life will appreciate me sharing my like of the collaborative Generic Surplus x Harrington desert boot with embossed desert-inspired graphics in charcoal grey beeswax. Mmmm. Beeswax. $155. Both available at The Board of Trade (227 Union) and J2 (Oakridge Centre).

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health and beauty What vibrates softly and is used by thousands of women around the world? The Clarisonic Mia2 Skin Cleansing System! My sister uses one; so does my best friend. I’d be using one too but I’m waiting to see what’s under the tree for Christmas. Yep, in case you were wondering, top spot on my wishlist goes to this little handheld beauty. I’m told the Mia2 has an edge on the regular Mia system because of its travel-friendly wall charger. It’s a two-speed sonic skincare brush that claims to clean six times more effectively than scrubbing your face with your hands. I quote my familial source: “Was I even cleaning my skin before?” I don’t know, but I and members of the unwashed masses are intrigued. $149; available at Sephora in Pacific Centre (701 W. Georgia).

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The year of the 20th anniversary is a great time to join the cult of Huile Prodigieuse. One bottle of the Nuxe-brand skin softener is purchased every six seconds somewhere in the world and it retains its No. 1 beauty care product ranking in its home country of France year after year. Its 98 per cent natural formula, enriched with Vitamin E (and free of silicones, preservatives and mineral oils), is composed of six plant oils (Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borrage, Sweet Almond, Camellia and St.-John’s-Wort) to help nourish, repair and soften the skin with no greasy after effects. In 1998 the original Huile was given a golden glow, resulting in ultra-glamourous, iridescent skin. Available in 50 ml ($26) and 100 ml ($45, spray bottle) sizes, it can be applied directly to the face, arms, stomach, thighs etc. or combined with your regular skin or body cream. At Shoppers Drug Mart and The Bay.


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Looking for a nail polish without the nasty chemicals? All butter LONDON nail laquers are “3 Free”, meaning they are formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, DBP or parabens. Founded in 2005 by British entrepreneur, Sasha Muir, butter LONDON transforms runway trends into custom nail colour palettes. According to, the company was the first to sell 3 Free nail formulas in the United States. Priced at $17.50 a bottle, the non-toxic laquers are available in a variety of trendy shades at Sephora in Pacific Centre (701 W. Georgia), Indigo/Chapters, BeautyMark (1268 Pacific).

Everyone’s got to start somewhere, but if you don’t know were that is, the Even Keeled Kit from Vancouver skincare specialists, Skoah, will get you on the path to glowing skin. It contains products for every step of your skincare routine, gentle enough for all skin types. $125. Or check out their most popular mask, Hydradew (chock full of soothing sea kelp algae and plant extracts), for a great stocking stuffer. $40. And to increase your odds of making Santa’s ‘nice list’ next year, Skoah has partnered with the BC and Alberta Children’s Hospitals to donate 100 per cent of profits from the sale of their Hand Love lotion (pictured, 60ml $9, 240ml $15) to their new project, Hopeful Hand.

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magine having Kenn Hamlin’s job — as the director of special projects for TELUS, one of his tasks is to source and select the products carried at the four Caya locations in Vancouver. He was a part of the stores’ creation from day one, helping to launch a retail concept that connects with the community, both in terms of aesthetics and products, but also as a place where everyone knows they will be welcome. We asked him to pick five of his favourite products.

Everyone should include the X-Mini II Capsule Speaker on their holiday shopping list – it’s the perfect stocking stuffer. This portable speaker plugs into just about any type of device, comes in a variety of delicious colours and boasts amazing sound quality for the price. $29.99.

What do you get when you collide sexy and functional? Booq Cobra cases and a new brand featured at Caya! My favourite is the Cobra Hardcase, a sleek case for the 15-inch MacBook although it fits other laptops, too. Superior protection coupled with great design, this case could easily be in the latest James Bond flick. $64.95

Colourfully festive, the La Sardina Cubic Camera & Flash lends a fresh retro look to old school photography. The wide angle lens and multiple exposure capabilities paired with a powerful flash will leave the paparazzi jealous. Caya can process your film and perhaps turn your creations into an amazing canvas print or photo book. Check out several styles of Lomography. $109.99

Adventurous or know someone who is? The recently launched Go Pro Hero 3 Silver Edition video camera is smaller and lighter than its predecessor and has built in Wi-Fi. Download their free app and your smartphone or tablet functions as a live video remote. Wearable or gear mountable, this is a must have for anyone who lives life to the fullest. $349.99

Sophisticated and stylish, we found the Gräf & Lantz brand of bags at the New York gift show. This iPad messenger zip top is made of luxurious, layered merino wool and accented with leather. The slim-line design holds your gadgets with flair. I own a similar model from the line-up and always get compliments! $219.99

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The city is sparkling for the holidays From a canyon to a mountaintop, there are plenty of spots in the Vancouver area where people can take in a spectacular Christmas light display and bask in the seasonal ambience that comes with it By Jenn Chic Christmas at Canada Place Now in its 25th year, Christmas comes alive at Canada Place from December 8 to 30, with a variety of activities all in support of Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children Program. Sails of Light is a festive display of stunning colour, vivid design and holiday spirit right on the 90-foot sails. The Christmas Trail is perfect for a stroll to view 15 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and several Woodward’s window displays. Enjoy roaming entertainment, complimentary hot drinks and make a Christmas craft. Christmas. The Silber Family Agam Menora Lubatvitch BC has put menoras in many areas around Vancouver but none have had the impact of the Silber Family Agam Menora in the heart of Vancouver. For more than two decades, this 30-foot menora proudly stands at the corner of Georgia and Hornby every Chanukah season, as a symbol of tolerance, understanding and respect for Jewish Traditions. The lighting ceremony is the first day of Chanukah, December 8 at 7pm. A lively Chanuka party with delicious Chanuka treats, music and a celebration of the Silber family and their contribution to the community will take place at the Lubavitch Centre at 41st and Oak afterwards. Four Seasons Hotel Festival of Trees Get to the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and the upper lobby of Pacific Centre Mall to enjoy this

popular holiday event that raises funds for BC Children’s Hospital — The Festival of Trees. Make a donation and enter a vote for the best decorated tree submitted by local businesses and individuals, and then be entered to win a holiday with West Jet. Over the past 25 years the Festival of Trees has raised $2.5 million for BC Children’s Hospital. Vancouver Christmas Market When Malte Kleutz moved to Vancouver from Germany and discovered there was no Christmas market to celebrate the season, he got the wheels in motion to introduce this long-standing, muchloved German tradition to his new home. Now in its third year, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a wonderland in the midst of downtown in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza at 650 Hamilton. A beautiful carousel for all to ride and wooden cabins house a variety of vendors selling edible treats, gifts, authentic wooden decorations and a selection of Christmas pickles. Enjoy the lights, decorations, entertainment and a mug or two of Gluewein from 11am - 9pm. Purchase one entry ticket and have unlimited re-entry til closing night, December 24 at 6pm. Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas Reindeers! This may be the only spot this side of the North Pole where families can meet two of Santa’s reindeer. Grouse Mountain has created a special wildlife habitat for Dancer and Vixen, and are presenting Reindeer Ranger Talk and Holly the Jolly Reindeer Show. The Grouse Mountain Chalet will be lit up with a brand new Gingerbread Village in support of SOS Children’s Village, the

The Vancouver Christmas Market. Submitted photo provincial branch of an international children’s charity, providing long-term care for children in need. Corporate sponsors and local bakers have worked to create an inspiring and wondorous display. The fun continues inside and outside with mountain top sleigh rides, ice skating, Christmas-themed holiday movies, and complimentary skating lessons. Proceeds from skate rentals will be donated to the Karen Magnussen Foundation, to put more of BC’s youth on the world stage now and in years to come. Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park The 450-foot long, 230-foot high Capilano Suspension Bridge has been thrilling visitors since 1889, and was just named Canada’s Tourism Business of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. This Christmas season, come and be dazzled by hundred of thousands of lights decorating the rainforest, across the suspension bridge on the new Cliffwalk. Scavenger hunts, cookie decorating, caroling and glass blowing demonstrations are bound to create holiday memories to last a lifetime. Canyon Lights is easy to get to with a free shuttle from Canada Place every hour on the hour until January 5, with holiday activities running from 4pm to 9pm daily. Lost Lagoon Fountain in Stanley Park Strung with 6,000 multi-coloured S.L.E.D. (seasonal light emitting diodes, that is) lights, this display is easily visible form the Georgia Street Causeway from 3:30pm til midnight, until January 7. The Elm Grove at English Bay A cloud of over 12,000 energy-efficient S.L.E.D. lights cover six elm trees at the corner of Beach Avenue at Bidwell Street. Lights are on from 3:30pm to midnight, until January 7.


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Granville Island Enjoy musicians, horse-drawn trolley rides and hot chocolate. Throughout the month there will be special events, concerts and contests for visitors. The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft Snuggle up at 1489 McRae. The home of the University Women’s Club is covered in lights and garlands for the holiday season. The traditional architecture of this beautiful old mansion shines in all its glory. Christmas in Kerrisdale The Village of Kerrisdale, at West 41st between Maple and Larch, is all ready for the holiday season with weekly events to get those sugar plum fairies dancing through our heads. On December 8, 15, 22 and 23 there will be free horse and carriage rides, Santa (of course!) and roving quartets all set in the beautifully decorated village. Winter Solstice Lantern Festival December 21 is the shortest day of the year but also a time to celebrate the return of light in the Chinese tradition of Dong Zhi. Starting at 6pm from the Strathcona Community Centre, a lively lantern procession will make its way through the streets of Strathcona to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park at 568 Carrall. At the park, stroll the paths and be dazzled by lovely lantern creations, tea ceremonies and live music. Admission is free but donations are accepted.,


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Jewel Box of Lights at Bloedel Conservatory Take a step into the tropical paradise atop Queen Elizabeth Park. The Bloedel Conservatory, at 4600 Cambie, has been transformed with thousands of lights and an impressive display of holiday poinsettias, Christmas cactus and exotic free-flying birds. This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the Bloedel Conservatory. The Friends of Bloedel are presenting a special opening on December 6, featuring an evening of entertainment, snacks and a visit by Mr. Claus, himself. The conservatory is open from 4:30 to 9pm from December 6 to January 1st (closed Christmas Day).

St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope The annual fundraising campaign for St. Paul’s Hospital features 10 kilometres of lights that celebrate the season and inspire donations. The hospital, at 1081 Burrard Street, is dedicated to providing care and compassion to the downtown core and needs our support. Donations are used for a variety of projects from purchasing life-saving equipment to world-leading research.


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Bright Nights at Stanley Park The miniature train in Stanley Park is now a winter wonderland! Lit up with two million lights, featuring animated displays and holiday sounds, this annual family event, now in its 15th year, donates proceeds to their partner charity, the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund. It runs until January 1 (closed Christmas Day) and is open 3 to 10pm, Sunday to Thursday, 3 to 11pm Friday and Saturday and 11am to 3pm Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Special admission rates are in effect and visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance through

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his week we’ll continue where we left off last week, with holiday wine recommendations from Vancouver sommeliers who’ve made appearances in this column over the last year. The question was simple: Whether entertaining friends or family, what’s a perfect wine for the season?

Joseph Burrier Reserve 2007 Pouilly Vinzelles | Burgundy, France | $29.92 | BC Liquor Stores Kyle Gartlan-Close of Salt Tasting Room gave me two recommendations, equally stellar in their own separate ways: “When I think of the holidays and celebration in general, my inner wine-geek goes to Burgundy! The Burrier Pouilly Vinzelles delivers the balanced elegance and richness that makes great white Burgundy without breaking the bank. This Chardonnay is super creamy with interesting honeyed lemon on the midpalate, great baked apple roundness and nice acid on the finish. Perfect Christmas Eve wine for in front of the fire watching White Christmas!”

Canta Perdices 2008 Tempranillo | Ribera del Duero, Spain | $15.99 | BC Liquor Stores “My second offering,” says GartlanClose, “would be this tasty gem of a Tempranillo. Robust plum, baking spice and some nice savoury earthy notes. This wine punches well above its $16 price tag, perfect for drinking with Christmas rum pudding!”

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BC Liquor Stores Treve Ring, who heads up Edible Canada’s wine program says, “Just having this pretty bottle around makes people merry, but wait until they drink it! Tremendous value for this sparkler - dry, tart green apple, toasted nuts, lemon and a flood of mouthwatering acidity carried by plentiful bubbles to a lingering finish. Perfect for brunch, tree trimming, small plates and celebrations.” The best part? “It’s a perfect price to pick up by the case!”

Petalos 2009 by Alvaro Palacios | Bierzo, Spain | $29.99 | BC Liquor Stores Jay Whiteley, who currently heads up the wine program at Hawksworth, opted to go a little left field for “a wine that is nothing like Uncle Bob; maybe more like cousin Zed. Unique, fresh and friendly, it’s a trailblazer of a wine made from the obscure grape variety Mencia by a man with more energy than a child on Christmas morning. The bright red fruit flavours make it a perfect match with any dinner and it’s just as good with leftover sandwiches.” He adds that “it’s easy to consume a lot, making any awkward moment with family much more enjoyable!”

Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco | Veneto, Italy | $22.99 | BC Liquor Stores Blue Water Café wine director Andrea Vescovi had bubbles on the mind for his selection as well. “At $22.99, this great valued sparkler comes from a family widely considered to be one of the best Prosecco producers in the Valdobbiadene region. I love this bubble so much; I usually keep two or three bottles chilled during the holidays!”

Pichierri 2007 Tradizione del Nonno Primitivo di Manduria | Puglia, Italy | $29.99 | BC Liquor Stores Neil Ingram of Boneta in Gastown gives a cheeky nod to this Primitivo, the Italian grape considered to be the Old World grandfather of the Zinfandel variety. “It’s a young Sophia Loren in an elf dress made of port-soaked fruitcake, and if that’s not holiday cheer then what is? It’ll take you from tree-trimming to turkey and it’s got the kick of a mule for Yuletide stress to boot. Worth every penny.”

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Make a holiday snack with the family By Jenn Chic


rowing up in the Prairies, store-bought Christmas snacks were cause for great excitement. I knew the holidays had officially begun when a box of “Christmas” oranges and a large mesh bag of assorted nuts in their shells were unpacked from grocery bags. With a certain degree of ceremony, the oranges were arranged on the counter in the kitchen and the nut bowl, with its accompanying tools, was retrieved from amongst the Christmas decorations and left on the coffee table in the rumpus room. Chocolates would be secretly amassed in the front hall closet. After Eights were usually out first, in a pretty dish on the china cabinet. Pot of Gold came out much closer to Christmas Eve, and even with determined study of the chocolate map, it was still so disappointing to get a Strawberry Cream, when you really wanted the Vanilla Caramel. This recipe for Spicy Nuts is a perfect holiday snack and may be the start of a new tradition — it’s a quick and easy recipe that’s perfect to make with the family. Give a bag as a hostess gift, bring to a holiday potluck, or just have them around the house to enjoy with guests. While any combination of nuts can be used, walnuts and hazelnuts grown in BC can be found at the farmers markets from a variety of vendors.

Toasting nuts in the oven adds a warm and delightful aroma to any house. Add some spicy spices and rich maple syrup and it only gets better. SPICY NUT MIX Based on The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz 2 cups raw nuts — any combination of pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews and hazelnuts 1 tablespoon salted or unsalted butter, melted 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon chili powder or smoked paprika (or both!) 2 tablespoons maple syrup ½ teaspoon cocoa powder 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt 2 cups small pretzel twists Preheat the oven to 350º. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, chili powder, maple syrup, and cocoa. Stir the warm nuts into the spice mixture to coat them completely. Sprinkle on the salt and mix in the pretzels.Spread the mixture back on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the nuts are well glazed and browned. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Once cool, break up the clusters. Store in an air-tight container.

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chicken leg ballontine — sexy dark meat pounded flat, then rolled with elegant and earthy black trumpet mushrooms stuffed in the middle — is gently coated with a sherry jus. Fresh oysters, nestled upon a bed of coarse salt, are topped with a festive mignonette of cucumber and jalepeno. Yarrow Meadows duck breast, brined in advance, seared to dark honey crisp, waits on a resting rack before roasting. These are just a handful of the custom dishes created for clients at the full-service catering company, Butter On The Endive, where chef Owen Lightly and his co-conspirator, Naomi Horii, strive to create inspired food experiences. (The company’s name is kitchen code for “a beautiful man [or woman] just walked into the restaurant.”) All chefs know that what they do is a collaborative endeavour,

between each other in the kitchen, the front of house and especially with the farmer close by who is so proud of his latest harvest. Lightly’s relationship with local producers, such as Good Time Farming from Squamish or North Arm Farm in Pemberton, ensures that the menu is fresh. “I love to roll with the seasons,” he says. “I make a mean squash gratin, which tastes like Christmas dinner. I’ve been really into slow roasting onions lately. I turn the oven down to 200-250º F and just let them go. They get so sweet.” Horii is front of house. She has a knack for being able to transform

a space a lot by using very little. Natural elements, creative lighting — it all comes together with Lightly’s celebration of West Coast cuisine to create an event unlike any other. That commitment to local and seasonal ingredients, and a client’s whim, ensures that no two events have the same menu. Lightly and Horii have been shaking up the dining scene around Vancouver beyond their catering company with a band of good friends, who happen to be exceptionally talented chefs. In early summer 2012, working from Marche St. George, they threw a series of sold-out dinners in the

beautiful dining room atop the French-inspired cafe, each with a different chef collaborator — Adam Chandler of Beta 5, Jane Corborough formerly the chef de cuisine at Refuel and, finally, Alvaro Musso of Market at the Shangri-La. In September, at Railway Moonshiner, Lightly put together a wood-inspired menu of grilled and smoked delight and guests were invited to Union Supply Wood Co. to enjoy a couple of casks of hickory-smoked ale brewed by R&B Brewing Company. Blank Cinema DJ Jake Fox threw down tunes, Inner City Farms provided

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t’s not a big stretch to conclude that Wildebeest is one of the best new restaurants to have opened this year. The 120-seater from James Iranzad (Abigail’s Party) and Josh Pape (The Diamond) at 120 West Hastings has been pretty well rock solid on all fronts since it opened this past summer. It has certainly impressed me in the dozen or so visits that I’ve paid it so far. To start with, I dig the look of it. If it’s true that the popular, postindustrial, West Coast, reclaimed wood and wrought iron aesthetic is as “on the way out”, as communal dining is said to be, then let Wildebeest be the local high water mark of both. The long range of high-top tables running the length of the narrow, high-ceilinged room; the lights suspended from pulleys reclaimed from the Pantages Theatre demolition; the custom chairs from Railtown’s own Union Wood Co.; the homey, exacting open kitchen; the carefully considered music — it all works. If it lacks anything at all it is a sense of intimacy. To put that differently: more Chambar and less Salty Tongue. The bar is one of the better ones in town. It’s led by co-owner Pape, a former Bartender of the Year. His

Wildebeest is one of the best new arrivals on Vancouver’s restaurant scene.

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crew is engaging and well skilled at classic cocktail construction. They also work from a graphic list of 20 house originals, and one of these — the heady Bardstown Breakfast (a mix of Mezcal, aromatic bitters, maple syrup and bacon-infused Bourbon on ice in a rocks glass) — is my current liquid of choice. The bar program also offers a revolving selection of beers, sakes, and aperitifs, not to mention its very own subterranean wine bar, where a 12-bottle machine gushes reds and whites on tap to an additional 38 seats. The food isn’t as beastly as the brand would have you believe, nor is it that expensive. While there are big cuts of meat, plenty of foie gras, popcorn chicken hearts and sweetbreads galore, it isn’t all from the gnarly annals of witch-read innards. Far from it. My favourite dishes so far have been the lashloweringly smoky Castelvetrano olives (revelatory); the poutine (with or without duck liver); the red wine-braised chicken leg and roasted breast; the honey cured steelhead (previously with beets and dill oil, now with cabbage and celery root fricassee); and the roasted bone marrow, which comes with a follow-up act of its own. Once the bone has been

cleared of its marrow, it’s something of a tradition at the restaurant to do a “bone luge”, which is to say pour some sherry down the bone’s open cavity and into your mouth. Mmm. But the best dish to date was a housemade, sublimely decadent (but not noticeably fatty) cotechino sausage served with a toothsome flageolet cassoulet. It was later changed to a housemade chorizo — which was just as flavourful — but it has since disappeared off the menu. In my most private, quiet moments, I still weep for it. I’ve only had one other bit of misfortune with the menu, and that was with the slow-cooked short rib. The first time I ordered it, I was gobsmacked. It arrived naked on the plate save for a shallow puddle of hay-infused jus. It was lean for short rib meat, albeit dense with taste. When I ordered

it a month later, however, it arrived as one big slab of fat. It was the first dish I’d sent back in any restaurant in nearly over a year. I popped in with my kids for a midday snack over the weekend and the three of us knocked back the “Wildebeest Brunch”, which is a massive plate of sliced flank steak, crisped pork belly, exquisite bierwurst, and three — yes three — eggs. Excessive? Yes. Fantastic? Absolutely. One final plus (as if we need it), is an unheralded one. The staff, both in the front and back of house, are damn good. On any given evening, the kitchen crew behind executive chef David Gunawan (ex-West) brings a dozen exceptionally stable hands to bear, many of them with Michelinstarred experience (if you place any importance on that). And out front, Pape and Iranzad

have put together a dream team of few equals in town. Remember Corey Schwartz, the manager at La Quercia? He’s waiting tables here, and so is Matthew Morgenstern, who used to run Nicli Antica Pizzeria. Also on the floor are Miguel Quezada, formerly of L’Abattoir; Brooke Delves, who used to be the manager at Maenam (and Salt Tasting Room before that); and Alexandra Edwards, who was long a fixture at The Diamond. There are others, too, who are just as well respected. Alas, my column length runneth over. The short of it is that Wildebeest is among the most competent restaurants to arrive this year. Where it lands on my annual Top 10 Best New Restaurants list is still undecided, but it’s definitely in the mix. Check back here in two weeks to find out.









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“We’re all about bringing people together to learn from one another,” says Rick Antonson of Tourism Vancouver. “Tourism is a vital force for peace.” Randal Kurt Photography

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hen athletes converged in Vancouver to compete in the 2010 Olympics — and half the world tuned in to watch —, you could be excused for thinking that being in charge of promoting Vancouver tourism was the easiest job in the world. The city has majestic mountains, an ocean horizon, stately bridges, glittering condo towers, a seawall that snakes along a gorgeous coastline, oodles of restaurant districts, access to nature — what sort of a sell job is required? Of course, getting the Olympics to Vancouver was no easy feat in itself. As president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver, Rick Antonson was in on the dream for the 2010 bid from the beginning. “He was the one who was so persistent in bringing it before City Council,” says former mayor Sam Sullivan, describing Antonson’s role as “critical.” Vancouver’s pride in the Olympics’ success was the country’s pride and will certainly be one of 



the highlights of Antonson’s career. Last week in Ottawa, Antonson was inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame in recognition of his ability to turn everyone into believers of Vancouver’s potential. But friends say that Antonson’s true strength is in evidence more when things aren’t quite going Vancouver’s way. When the global economy sours, or Americans don’t like needing a passport to get here, or funding partners are feeling the fiscal pinch, this city counts on his refusal to join the chorus of gloom. “Anybody can be a great leader in easy times,” says Stephen Darling, a past chairman of Tourism Vancouver and a power broker in Vancouver’s hospitality scene. “Rick has the vision to lead everyone out of the bad times with a practical, strategic and organized plan. He creates an environment where people realize that team work is better than an

individual’s work.” Better yet, Darling says, when a solution is found, Antonson has a way of making everyone think it was their idea. “Rick cares about people,” Sullivan adds. “He is always looking for opportunities that would allow his staff to grow. He makes every effort to focus the attention on the people who work for Tourism Vancouver and not on himself. He believes in the importance of tourism both for the many people who work in the industry and also for the important role it has for world peace.” World peace through tourism? Think about it, Antonson said at a BC Clefs d’Or gala on Monday night at the Vancouver Art Gallery. By journeying to other countries, we learn more about their people and customs, which helps break down barriers of understanding. “We’re all about bringing people

together to learn from one another,” he said. Antonson gives credit to the people working in Vancouver’s tourism industry, for helping to give the world a positive impression of Vancouver. “Everyone in this room,” he told the gathering of professional hotel concierges, “does what you do because it’s important work…. You ensure good things happen.” Maybe Antonson’s success in promoting Vancouver as a destination comes from his ability to tap into his insatiable curiosity as a tourist himself, as chronicled in his books Route 66 Still Kicks (which was recently reviewed by the New York Times) and To Timbuktu for a Haircut. “Rick’s passion for travel and unique way for getting himself in and out of trouble is remarkable,” says his Route 66 travelling companion Peter Armstrong, who owns Rocky Mountaineer, with a laugh.

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he great thing about heirloom apples, besides their names, is that the varieties all look and taste so different. While the Gala is sweet and familiar, the Belle de Boskoop is tart and takes a little getting used to. The Cortland is firm, crisp and juicy and won’t brown when cut or break down when baked. The Gravenstein has just the right texture to make exceptional applesauce. Kidd’s Red Orange may be perfect for pie, but Yarlington Mill is made for cider making. Once you get the hang of them, introducing new flavours and textures to a recipe by combining apples will become second nature. Carefully chosen apples for pie, crisp, sauce or cider will take your recipes to the next level. The farmers market still has a bounty of apples and they store exceptionally well. Whether they are simply sauced or transformed into chutney, jelly, compote or pie filling, apples can be preserved in a variety of ways. Apple sauce is one of the most versatile ingredients around the kitchen. Once canned or frozen it lasts for months and can be used to sweeten up a curried squash soup or stirred into oatmeal with a sprinkle of raisins in the morning. In gluten-free baking, applesauce adds hearty flavour and moisture, while masking stronger tasting flours. This recipe is perfect for celiacs, vegans, and true cookie connoisseurs. For all that it doesn’t have (eggs, wheat, dairy) it’s a delicious cookie full of flavour and packed with energy.

Preheat oven to 325º. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla and stir with a rubber spatula until a thick dough forms. Add the chocolate chips and stir to evenly distribute.

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Beta 5 among magazine’s top 10 chocolatiers This entirely edible snowman should be proof enough of why the December issue of Dessert Professionals named Vancouver’s Beta5 as one of North America’s top 10 chocolatiers. He’s made of chocolate, filled with chocolate treats, and is painted with edible coloured cocoa butter. Even his hat, arms, scarf, pipe and nose are delicious. Being the only Canadian chocolatier to top the list is the icing on the proverbial (chocolate) cake for Beta5, which was also awarded a silver in the world finals of the International Chocolate Awards for its imperial stout chocolate. You can drop by the workshop at 413 Industrial to browse the selection of holiday treats. (The snowman is $85.)

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Who thinks about calories at Christmas? Lucky’s Doughnuts has come up with four inaugural limited-edition holiday doughnuts that are perfect as host/hostess gifts or for nibbling while watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas. There’s marzipan-filled spiced yeast bismarck (their version of stollen), cranberry rosemary cake doughnut with vanilla buttercream, coconut snowball filled with eggnog pastry cream, chocolate snowball filled with eggnog pastry cream, and chocolate old-fashioned with mint ganache and white chocolate shavings. They’re available during the holidays at 49th Parallel coffee (2902 Main).

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In the winter, when we like to eat heartier fare, Stanley Park Brewery would like to suggest pairing up with its new Belgian style dark ale. They also say it’s a perfect complement for cheese and chocolate so if you want to skip dinner, who’s stopping you? It’s described as having dried fruit aromatics and a distinctive malt taste. Go to to find out when you can buy this seasonal beer, which also hit the shelves of BC Liquor Stores on Dec. 3.

A new wine is born Vancouver Urban Winery has launched its first wine label — the Roaring Twenties Wine Co. First out of the barrel is a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand and a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, both with a suggested retail price of $14.99. The venture is a culmination of many of Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten’s passions for travel, good food and good wine, and their desire to share their discoveries with friends back at home in Vancouver. They visited more than 50 wineries in search of their favourites. Roaring Twenties Wines are available at their 55 Dunlevy location and at several private liquor stores in the province. You can buy it by the bottle or in stainless steel kegs via For more information go to

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Bring a toy, enjoy a free breakfast Last year, 4,000 people attended the Pan Pacific Vancouver Christmas Wish Breakfast and donated more than 12 tonnes of toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, along with $15,000 in cash. Executive Chef Bob Wiles and his culinary team served up 160,000 eggs, 12,500 sausages, 4,200 croissants and 500 kg of hash browns to make sure everyone was well fed. This year’s event — the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Wish Breakfast — is Dec. 13 from 6 to 9am. People are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the hotel and, as a thank you, Pan Pacific will provide everyone with a hot buffet breakfast from the hotel’s Cafe Pacifica Restaurant.

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There will be an entire day of music on Dec. 14 when Fairmont Pacific Rim and Shore 104.3 team up for the 12 Bands of Christmas food drive. Scheduled to perform are Greg Drummond, Zaac Pick, Dominique Fricot, Redgy Blackout, Harpoonish and the Axe Murderer, Dan Moxon and Matt & Matt from the Matinee. There will also be a sculpture made of more than 2,000 donated canned goods. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society will be on hand from 7am to 7pm to accept people’s donation of non-perishable food or cash donations (including credit cards.)

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efore anyone thinks that Liana Yap may go a bit too far in dressing up her eight-yearold Yorkshire Terrier, know this: Tye is like a human in more ways than one. His breed does not have an undercoat of fur to help keep him warm. His hair — one of the attractions of Yorkies — is similar to ours. Therefore, his collection of about 20 different coats is Yap’s way of helping him keep warm when temperatures drop. Secondly, Tye was born with a hole in his heart so he’s needed a bit more TLC. Seeing him in one of his outfits just makes you want to cuddle him even more. And he loves being cuddled. Thirdly, he’s just so darned adorable when he’s all dressed up, especially at Christmas. Yap first fell in love with her “furever companion” when he was a puppy. He was shivering, weak and cowering in fear behind the glass enclosure. He captured her heart the first time she held him and has been a constant companion for the Vancouver realtor ever since. He’s repaid her for her love and attention a hundred times over. “This little guy has actually saved my life twice, once from a house fire while I was sleeping and the other time from an intruder who would have walked right into my room while I was fast asleep,” Yap says. “Both times I was awakened by Tye jumping on my chest to alert me. He is the best early warning system a gal could ask for.” She might be the one who loves the outfits, but Tye is the one who loves playing with b-a-l-l-s, in

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The bins are new. The goal is the same. The program launched in August 2012 with the installation of 60 new beverage container recycling bins at high-traffic Vancouver beaches and on Commercial Drive. The bins are designed to encourage more recycling in Vancouver and to help the City achieve its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan zero waste goal. The new bins are non-locking, self-servicing recycling containers. This will allow the bins to be self-serviced by residents or people wanting to retrieve the deposit refund attached to each container.

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ncorp Pacific (Canada) is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit, product Stewardship Corporation with beverage container management as its core business. Their mandate is to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used packaging and end-of-life products from consumers and ensure that they are properly recycled and not landfilled or incinerated. This model is commonly referred to as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) or Industry Product Stewardship (IPS). Currently Encorp Pacific is recovering 80% of the beverage containers sold in BC and recycling them into new useable products.

Finding ways to increase that number has meant years of research. In fact, research over the past 15 years by Encorp has shown consistently that “the heavy discarders” of beverage containers are primarily single males 18 – 34, located in urban areas, and residing in multifamily dwellings. One of the reasons they cite for throwing away empty beverage containers is the lack of convenience; specifically, the lack of dedicated bins. In an effort to recycle more beverage containers and help “the heavy discarders”, Encor p Pacific has launched a new pilot program in partnership with the City of Vancouver.

Throughout the year, a series of waste audits will be conducted before, during and after the pilot to benchmark and analyze their effectiveness. At the conclusion of the oneyear pilot program, project partners will determine whether to keep the receptacles in their piloted locations permanently or explore expanding the network of bins to additional areas of the city. The pilot program in Vancouver will also serve as a model for potential future Encorp beverage container recycling bins that will be placed in other B.C. municipalities. For more information on the pilot program visit,

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Going behind the glam of beauty queens THE WORLD BEFORE HER

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North American opinions on beauty pageants vary wildly with some deeming them innocuous sideshows while others consider them corruptive and exploitative. In India, Hindu extremists have decried such contests an affront to their beliefs, leaving contestants lightning rods for scorn and even threats of reprisals. While the two young women spotlighted in Nisha Pahuja’s provocative documentary are a study in contrasts, they’re united by their struggles amidst a fiercely patriarchal society. A finalist for Miss India, 19-year-old Ruhi jumps through every degrading hoop that’s presented, confident that victory will ensure a career that offers her financial equality with men. Meanwhile, Prachi has spent two decades attending camps run by the Durga Vahini wing of fundamentalist movement, thus grow-

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ing up a militant who’s vehemently opposed to the progressiveness that Ruhi embraces. Consequently, she’s also fighting to keep herself subjugated. Prachi is undoubtedly the more fascinating of the two subjects. After delighting in terrifying the camp’s younger recruits, she returns home where she’s left to sit and smile politely as her father warmly reminisces about the times he’s beaten his insolent daughter. And while the abuses suffered by Ruhi are less shocking, Pahuja’s withering portrayal of the lead-up to the crowning of Miss India leaves little doubt that dignity is the first casualty of the war for the tiara. Just as the pageant lends the film its structure, its outcome leaves Ruhi with a semblance of closure. Conversely, as Prachi talks about the violence she’s willing to resort to in order to protect India’s traditions, there’s the troubling sense that her journey has only begun and it’s bound for even darker places. — Curtis Woloschuk

No one to love in this romantic comedy PLAYING FOR KEEPS

Starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel Directed by Gabriele Muccino The trajectory that Gabriele Muccino finds himself on offers a sobering cautionary tale for other directors: Go 0-for-2 on Will Smith Oscar-bait (Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness) and you’ll find yourself condemned to heading the latest attempt to resuscitate Gerard Butler’s career. This time around, Butler plays George, a former Scottish footballer whose career-ending injury and a series of poor business decisions have stranded him in a small Virginia community where he haphazardly seeks employment as a sportscaster and halfheartedly moons over his ex-wife (Jessica Biel). When George is handed the coaching reins for his young son’s soccer team, he finds himself caught in the sights of three oversexed soccer moms played

by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman and Judy Greer. And so, after making little attempt to either amuse us or engage us emotionally for its opening half-hour, this alleged romantic comedy desperately attempts to generate laughs by having these three talented performers embarrass themselves in utterly demeaning roles. Ultimately, Biel is the only actress who gets out of this debacle with her dignity intact thanks to being charged with doing what she excels at: being pleasantly bland. Granted, it would take more than her complete inability to emote or exhibit a single character trait to keep George from trying to reconcile. And every plodding step of the way, there’s the distinct sense that he’s making all of this effort — or what the perpetually disinterested Butler passes off as effort —because, well, it’s what a protagonist is obliged to do in dreck like this. — Curtis Woloschuk

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Directed Michael Apted Documentary (playing at Vancity Theatre) It’s perhaps the most ambitious and exhaustive chronicle in the history of documentary film — Michael Apted’s 7 Up series continues with his latest installment in 56 Up. The original began in 1964 as a one-off TV special that followed a group of British school children (aged seven of course) from varying backgrounds and social classes.  What followed was an update every seven years to chart the same group’s progress through life that has continued for nearly 50 years and spawned seven films. 

Now, at 56 years old, the subjects recount their past memories of the project, reflect on their own experiences and even lament their involvement in the films at times because, according to several, they offer only a brief snapshot of each respective individual. Thor What makes 56 Up Diakow so compelling and engrossing isn’t how amazing the lives of these people have been; on the contrary their worlds are seemingly mundane and ordinary. The truly fascinating elements of the film exist in the time capsule style of editing. The veteran Apted sits off camera in each conversation, asking his pointed questions – “did you regret that?”, “why did you do it?”, “are you afraid of getting old?”  Utilizing meticulous archival footage from the original and subsequent films, the director is able to weave a tapestry that may not examine each person in the detail they hoped for but still provides a sometimes funny, sometimes sad and always poignant look at what it means to be human.  

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A pedestrian fights back This may come as a news flash, but there are a lot of pedestrians in the West End. In dark and low light I attach lights to my body as a pedestrian, yet I still almost get hit at least once a week. So, in the interest of keeping me (and other pedestrians) alive, and you out of jail (even if you are a self involved little prick, you’re likely going to feel like shit when you finally succeed in killing someone with your car): • stop signs mean stop; they don’t mean slow down a little bit, or drive right through (same goes for red lights) • swerve abouts (they just don’t seem big enough to be called round abouts) often contain pedestrians so, driving through like a bat out of hell is a bad plan (I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to stop in the middle of the road to avoid being run over • get the eff off your cellphone. What part of illegal is hard to understand? I am about ready to arm myself with a big fat black felt-tip marker — you get close enough to me for me to reach your car, wait for the big black mark... PJH

Smile, Vancouver loves you Incivility and rudeness appear to be the overwhelming norm these days. Bad behaviour seems to be rewarded. Is it reality TV and/or 21st century technology that drives people to the lowest form of behaviour? Can’t we all just put a smile on our face and make the best of each day. Please! Anonymous

I am a volunteer at Tourism Vancouver and I get to speak to visitors from all over the world. I would like to pass on a rave from a visitor from Chicago. He was waiting and boarding a bus at UBC and was amazed. The students lined up for the bus in an orderly manner, no pushing or shoving. Every student thanked the driver as they got off. Thanks UBC students for giving a visitor a great impression of young people, UBC, Vancouver and Canada. Kim

Enough ranting! This rant is for all the ranters out there — in a city that has so much going for it, why must so many people concentrate on the negative? You don’t have to be a Pollyanna to know that we are very lucky to be living in such a beautiful city that offers so many cultural, epicurean and entertainment opportunities. But you do have to open your eyes to all the positive things that are happening here. Anonymous

Hey Bus Drivers I know yielding is the law, but cutting drivers off is dangerous. Yielding should work both ways — stop being so aggressive. It borders on road rage! Anonymous

Keep your wine snobbery to yourself Almost everytime I do a wine-tasting event, there’s always some kind of smart ass who will ask a question that is completely irrelevant to the wine he or she is drinking. Listen up — if you want to show off, don’t do it at an agent’s table. Because most likely he or she will know slightly more about wine than you do. So just drink the wine and enjoy it. Anonymous

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Free Will Astrology By Rob Brezsny • Week of December 6

literally hearing how your mind works. Even more importantly: The cheerleading you do, the encouragement you deliver, and the motivational speeches you give would have an unusually powerful impact if they were audibly articulated.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Spencer Silver was a co-inventor of Post-it notes, those small, colourful pieces of paper you can temporarily attach to things and then remove to use again and again. Speaking about the process he went through to develop this simple marvel, he said, “If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.” I’d like to make him your patron saint for the next few weeks, Aries. Like him, you now have the chance to make practical breakthroughs that may have seemed impossible, or at least unlikely. Ignore conventional wisdom — including your own. Trust your mischievous intuition.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, a grotesque human-like creature hosts the heroine in his home, treating her like a queen. She accepts his hospitality but rejects his constant requests to marry him. Eventually, he collapses from heartache. Moved by the depth of his suffering, she breaks into tears and confesses her deep affection for him. This shatters the spell and magically transforms the Beast back into the handsome prince he originally was. Your life may have parallels in the coming months, Scorpio. You might be tested. Can you discern the truth about a valuable resource that doesn’t look sexy? Will you be able to see beauty embedded in a rough or shabby form?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The axolotl is a kind of salamander that has an extraordinary capacity for regenerating itself. If it loses a leg in an accident, it will grow a new one in its place. It can even fix its damaged organs, including eyes, heart, and brain. And get this: There’s never any scar tissue left behind when its work is done. Its power to heal itself is pretty much perfect. I nominate the axolotl to be your power animal in the coming weeks, Taurus. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you now have an extraordinary ability to restore any part of your soul that got hurt or stolen or lost.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you shuffle a deck of cards, the novel arrangement you create is probably unique in all of human history; its specific order has never before occurred. I suspect the same principle applies to our lives: Each new day brings a singular set of circumstances that neither you nor anyone else in the last 10,000 years has ever had the pleasure of being challenged and intrigued by. There is always some fresh opportunity, however small, that is being offered you for the first time. I think it’s important for you to keep this perspective in mind during the coming week. Be alert for what you have never seen or experienced before.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In the coming months, I hope that you will get sweet revenge. In fact, I predict that you will get sweet revenge. Keep in mind that I’m not talking about angry, roaring vindication. I don’t mean you will destroy the reputations of your adversaries or reduce them to humiliating poverty or laugh at them as they grovel for mercy while lying in a muddy gutter. No, Gemini. The kind of revenge I foresee is that you will achieve a ringing triumph by mastering a challenge they all believed would defeat you. And your ascent to victory starts now. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I would love to speak with you about your hesitancy to fully confront your difficulties. But I will not speak forthrightly, since I’m pretty sure that would irritate you. It might even motivate you to procrastinate even further. So instead I will make a lame joke about how if you don’t stop avoiding the obvious, you will probably get bitten in the butt by a spider. I will try to subtly guilt-trip you into taking action by implying that I’ll be annoyed at you if you don’t. I will wax sarcastic and suggest that maybe just this once, ignorance is bliss. Hopefully that will nudge you into dealing straightforwardly with the unrest that’s burbling. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Drama is life with all the boring parts cut out of it,” said Leo filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. By that criterion, I’m guessing that your experience in the coming week will have a high concentration of magic and stimulation. You should be free from having to slog through stale details and prosaic storylines. Your word of power will be succulence. For best results, I suggest you take active control of the unfolding adventures. Be the director and lead actor in your drama, not a passive participant who merely reacts to what the other actors are doing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I wish I could do more than just fantasize about helping you achieve greater freedom. In my dreams, I am obliterating delusions that keep you moored to false idols. I am setting fire to the unnecessary burdens you lug around. And I am tearing you away from the galling compromises you made once upon a time in order to please people who don’t deserve to have so much power over you. But it’s actually a good thing I can’t just wave a magic wand to make all this happen. Here’s a much better solution: You will clarify your analysis of the binds you’re in, supercharge your willpower, and liberate yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In his book Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins talks about a gourmet who “gave up everything, travelled thousands of miles and spent his last dime to get to the highest lamasery in the Himalayas to taste the dish he’d longed for his whole life, Tibetan peach pie. When he got there... the lamas said they were all out of peach. ‘Okay,’ said the gourmet, ‘make it apple.’” I suspect you’ll be having a comparable experience some time soon, Aquarius. You may not get the exact treat you wanted, but what you’ll receive in its place is something that’s pretty damn good. I urge you to accept the gift as is! PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Having ‘a sense of self’ means possessing a set of stories about who we are,” writes William Kittredge in The Nature of Generosity. He says there are two basic types of stories: The first is “cautionary tales, which warn us” and therefore protect us. The second consists of “celebratory” tales, which we use to heal and calm ourselves. I believe that you Pisceans are now in a phase when you primarily need celebratory stories. It’s time to define yourself with accounts of what you love and value and regard as precious.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One of my spiritual teachers once told me that a good spiritual teacher makes an effort not to seem too perfect. She said some teachers even cultivate odd quirks and harmless failings on purpose. Why? To get the best learning experience, students must be discouraged from over-idealizing the wise advisors they look up to. It’s crucial they understand that achieving utter purity is impossible and unrealistic. Being perceived as an infallible expert is dangerous for teachers, too; it makes them prone to egotistical grandiosity. I bring this up, Virgo, because it’s an excellent time to reduce the likelihood that you’ll be seduced by the illusion of perfection. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): This would be a good week to talk to yourself far more than you usually do. If you’re the type of person who never talks to yourself, this is a perfect time to start. And I do mean that you should speak the words out loud. Actually address yourself with passionate, humorous, ironic, sincere, insightful comments, as you would any person you care about. Why am I suggesting this? Because according to my interpretation of the astrological omens, you would benefit from the shock of


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


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. LOAN HELP - Consolidate all your credit cards, bank loans, income tax debt and payday loans into ONE small interest-free monthly payment. Contact us ASAP TOLLFREE 1.888.528.4920. MONEYPROVIDER.COM. $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

âœś Repairs & Staining âœś Installation âœś Free Estimates

Century Hardwood Floors 604-376-7224 www.centuryhardwood .com



ALWAYS GUTTER Cleaning Service, Repairs, 20 yrs exp. Rain or shine.7dys/wk.Simon 604-230-0627



Additions, Home Improvements Restorations, Renovations, & New Construction. Specializing in Concrete, Forming, Framing & Siding. 604-218-3064

Always Done Right With Integrity.

Complete Dry-wall & Renovation services. Textured ceiling specialist. Phone Steve (604)613-4861


Reno’s Additions & Kitchens

Own A Vehicle? Borrow Up To $25,000

No Credit Checks!


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

Need CA$H Today?

Cash same day, local office.




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

XMAS CASH-PAID TO WALK! Door-to-Door Delivery. Start now. email: or (1) 604-998-1919 ext. #105


C & C Electrical Mechanical


RJJ Stucco Co. Ltd. is Hiring F/T Stucco Plasterer $25./hr & Construction Helper @ $18./hr. Mail: 6815 Sherbrooke Street, Vancouver BC V5X 4E1. Fax : 604-321-8422


Top Wages & BeneďŹ t Package



Drywall work/rubbish removal

JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIAN. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta) needs a few more good people. Busy, modern shop. $25. $31./hour + bonus, benefits. Great community. Inquire or send resume. Fax 403-854-2845; Email

BUSINESS AND FINANCE: Seeking a business opportunity or partner? Posting legal notices? Need investors, agents or distributors, this is where you advertise.





EDUCATION 604-777-5046

Email: hoot&

Gary 604-339-5430




Guided online learning, instructor-led, in a highly supported environment

Psychiatric Nursing (online): Learn at home through guided online learning combined with local clinical placements and some local classroom delivery. This 23 month program is accredited by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC). Entry-level earnings start at $30.79/hour to $40.42/hour.

Special Education Assistant (online): Learn at home through guided online learning combined with some local classroom delivery and two 3-week practicums. You can become a Special Education Assistant in just 9 months! Average starting wage in school districts is $24/hr. You will receive training and certiďŹ cation from the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD). Government student loans, Employment & Labour Market Services (ELMS), band funding & other ďŹ nancing options available to qualiďŹ ed applicants. Over 92% of our grads are employed in their ďŹ eld of study within 6 months of graduation.


WE Vancouver Thursday, December 6, 2012 HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 320


1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Real Professionals, Reasonable. Rates. Different From the Rest. 604-721-4555. Moving & Storage Visa OK. 604-628-7136 ABBA MOVERS & DEL Res/comm 1-4 ton truck, 1 man $35/hr, 2 men from $45. Honest, bsmt clean up. 25yrs Exp. 24hrs/7days 604-506-7576

AFFORDABLE MOVING Local & Long Distance


From 1, 3, 5, 7 & 10 Ton Trucks Licenced ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free Estimate/Senior Discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos 31

PETS 477


AKC English bulldogs pups available dewormed. Microchipped. All akc papers in hand 1 year health guarantee. They will also come with first set of shots. Text 916-6689109 or 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 CHIHUAHUA, FEMALE, 1 year old, long hair, $500. Please call 604-794-7347

604-537-4140 SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240








20 Acres FREE! Buy 40-Get 60 acres. $0-Down, $168/mo. Money Back Guarantee, NO CREDIT CHECKS. Beautiful Views. Roads/Surveyed. Near El Paso, Texas. 1-800-843-7537



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 604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley

1996 22’ SLUMBER QUEEN 5th wheel. Interior like new, has to be seen to appreciate. New stereo, back up camera, new HD antenna, m/w, a/c. Includes hitch. $6,500. 604-625-7761 Aldergrove.


Running this ad for 8yrs


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



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


(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.


GREAT GIFT IDEA!! ChillSpot is The COOLEST Dog Bed-A new and innovative, thermodynamically cooled dog bed, that enhances the cool tile surfaces our pets rely on during the warm weather months. Use promo code COOLGIFT For 10 % off!

700 CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES. 8 weeks old, purebred long hair female. Vaccinated & pad trained. $900 $1200. (604)807-9957


2 hr. Service (604)209-2026

GOLDEN RETRIEVER X COLLIE (Lassie) pups. You can’t find a better combo of smart and loyal dogs. Born Oct 13, ready Dec 8. Both parents on site. Raised in home with kids, cats & other dogs. Dad 75lbs (Golden) is OFA hip cert. free of hip displasia & eye cert. mom also (rare blue headed white Collie, 48lbs). Both parents 4H (obedience, showmanship & agility) dogs. 5 Males (3 are blue merle) & 3 females (black). $500. Mission, 604-820-4827 LAB PUPS black, M, CKC reg. papers, 1st&2nd shots, dew claws removed,tattooed $550(604)820-7714 LAB Yellow X Golden Retriever pups. Family / Hobby Farm raised. Vet ✓, shots, short hair, parents exc temper. $595. 604-835-0305


MINI SCHNAUZER pups. 1st shots, dewormed, tails docked, vet ✓ $550/ea. Call 604-657-2915.


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


AUTOS: To buy or sell your car, truck, RV, van, 4x4 or trailer - this category has it all. You’ll also find automotive supplies and classic cars for sale, or you can list the vehicle you’re seeking. call 604.575.5555



2 BRM 2 Bth. 55plus Mobile Home for rent. Must pass strata interview. Small dog ok sorry no cats. Renter responsible for all utilities. Long term tenant preferred. Lots of storage room, clean quiet. View @ 11915875 20 Ave. Reply to if interested. $1100mo. plus damage deposit.

747B SENIOR ASSISTED LIVING 1 bedroom in Crescent Gardens. h t t p : / / w w w. c h a r t w e l l r e i t . c a $1250/mo. PH Barbara at 604-5215900


Mainland Roofing Ltd.


Swiss Mountain pups, short-hair, family raised, gentle, vet chck, dewormed. $500. 604-795-7662

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!



0550 Jodi F. Fingarsen #106 - 1428 Parkway Blvd., Coquitlam 0583 N. Constantinescu #119 - 210 Abbott Street, Vancouver 0735 Ritchie Orbegoso 8630 Shaughnessy Street, Vancouver

A sale will take place at the storage location on Friday, December 14, 2012. Viewing 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sealed bids will be opened at 12:30 p.m. Room contents are personal / household goods unless noted otherwise. Bids will be for entire contents of each locker unit.


KITCHEN AIDE Built-in Fridge, model KBLC36FMS02. As new. Under warr. $3900: (604)536-4226



1YR Seasoned Alder Birch Maple Clean, Split, DRY & Delivered. Family Operated for 20 yrs. (604) 825-9264

MATTRESSES starting at $99

Serving The Lower Mainland Since 1988

0229 Laurent Lussier 616 Nodales Drive, Campbell River

AA5187A Cleopatra Lanyero 7529 Oak Street, Vancouver




1070 SE. Marine Drive, Vancouver , B.C. 604.325.6526

2032 Brody Dielessen #405 - 75 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

VIZSLA PUPS, PB, shots, vet✓ champion lines, $850. 604-8192115.


Claims Landlords Contractual Lien against the following persons goods in storage at:

1384 Joel A. Hartmann #2 - 7737 Main Street, Vancouver

Haul Anything... But Dead Bodies!!

U-Haul Moving Center Vancouver

0990 Christian J. Roux 2616 19th Avenue East, Vancouver


A virtual curb for your unwanted couch


• Twins • Fulls • Queens • Kings 100’s in stock! www.Direct (604)294-2331 *NEW QUEEN MATTRESS SET* Pillow Top in Plastic. Mfr. Warranty Must Sell $200 ~ 604-484-0379

Auto Financing 1.800.910.6402

DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-961-7022 DL# 7557 940 ADULT PHONE SERVICE

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

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




GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES P.B. $1200: Born Sept. 29th. 2 Male, 1 Female. (778)863-6332

25 yrs in roofing industry



Treat yourself! Find your next vacation spot with


Family owned & operated. Fully ins. We do Cedar Shakes, conversions, concrete tiles, torchon, fibreglass shingles, restoration & repairs. 20 yr labour warr. 604-427-2626 or 723-2626



Isn’t it time you had a vacation?


All kinds of re-roofing & repairs. Free est. Reasonable rates. (604)961-7505, 278-0375


STOP RENTING RENT TO OWN No Qualification Required, Flexible Terms! Cloverdale – 60th Ave &176th St. Spacious 742 sf. 1 Bdrm. Condo. Only $880/mo. Option Fee Required 604-657-9422

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



The Scrapper


Canuck Roofing All Roof Repairs Any job big or small. Free Est. *WCB *Insured *BBB 778-772-1969




WEEKLY SPECIALS 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective December 6 to December 12, 2012. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department Shady Maple Organic Maple Syrup

Meat Department Liberté Yogurt



500ml product of Canada

5.99lb/ 13.21kg


product of Canada

Imperial Organic Tea



18 bags

product of USA



14.99lb/ 33.05kg

made with organic corn, assorted varieties


Mexico Grown

Barbecue Salmon Strips or Tips

Que Pasa Tortilla Chips

assorted varieties

Organic Hot House Grown Long English Cucumbers

value pack

assorted varieties

medium or dark

Produce Department

Lean Organic Ground Beef

Texas Rio Star Grapefruits






5llb bag product of USA

product of Canada

Deli Department

The Udder Guy's Ice Cream

Erewhon Organic Cereal assorted varieties

assorted varieties



St. Dalfour Spreads


assorted varieties


from 2.49

225ml product of France


reg 4.99

Eden Natural and Organic Snacks

assorted varieties

1.58lb/ 3.48kg

assorted varieties

500ml product of Canada

284-326g product of USA

Biodynamic Organic Fuji Apples from JMJ Orchard in Oliver, B.C.

Summer Fresh Dips

Bulk Department

Kans Grain Conscious Entertaining Delectable Indian Delicacies


product of USA/China


made without wheat

bags or bins


20% off regular retail price

reg 3.29

Kicking Horse Organic Fair Trade Coffee assorted varieties

Simply Organic Packaged Organic Gravy Mixes assorted varieties

from 10.99


454 g • product of Canada

Health Care Department levain style


Way Better For You Snacks

Simply Organic Spices

assorted varieties

assorted varieties


from 1.79

6-69g • product of USA

Kikkoman Sauces and Soup

Pearl’s Frozen Perogies

assorted varieties

assorted varieties 30g-591ml

product of USA/Japan

Sugared Ginger or Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

946ml +deposit +eco fee • product of USA

500-600g product of Canada




Nature’s Gate offers a wide range of fluoride-free and sulfate-free natural toothpastes for the entire family.


assorted varieties


from 2.19


Odwalla Fruit Smoothie Blends

assorted varieties

156g • product of USA


Organic Sourdough Bread


product of USA

Life Choices Breaded Frozen Chicken or Fish

Nature’s Gate Toothpaste

Bakery Department



package of 12

Alba Hawaiian Body Care

from 5.99

Drenched in Island riches. Butter up with this smoothing, sumptuous, moisturizing treat.

Boiron Stodal Cough Medicine

Rice Bakery


Rice Rum Balls

250ml Adult or Child


Provides effective relief of wet and dry cough in adults and children. Honey or Sugar-Free available.

package of 6 600g

product of Canada


Choices’ Star of the Season Program


November 1st – December 24th Your donation of only $2 supports the growth of healthy communities. Now in its 11th year, Choices’ Star of the Season enriches the lives of families all across Metro Vancouver and the Central Okanagan. Kindly donated by Calabar Printers, Choices’ Holiday Stars may be purchased between November 1st and December 24th for a donation of $2.00.

Look for our


For more details on each neighborhood house, please visit 2011, 2012 Awards. Your Loyalty has helped Choices achieve these awards. Thank you! Kitsilano




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, December 06, 2012  

December 06, 2012 edition of the WE Vancouver

WE Vancouver, December 06, 2012  

December 06, 2012 edition of the WE Vancouver