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orth Vancouver district is entering “a new era” of development, says community planner Ross Taylor. He’s talking specifically about the district’s active call-out to landscape architects and neighbourhood planners to remake the Lower Lynn area into the Lower Lynn Town Centre, set out in last year’s Official Community Plan. The neighbourhood will become the southern hub of a new dual-axis district; the counterpart to the already underway Lynn Valley Town Centre to the north. Mountain Highway is to be the town centre’s “high street,” anchored by a new town plaza or square near Fire Hall No. 2. The district hopes the changes will rejuvenate the light-industrial neighbourhood and create a community hub of residential density, transit access and walkability near the northern approach to the Second Narrows Bridge. The district issued a request for proposals last week for a “pre-design” plan that sets an architectural theme for the new town centre, while also providing space for approximately 3,000 new residential units, 120,000 square feet of “new locally oriented retail space” and up to 50,000 square feet of new office space over the next 20 years, according to the RFP document. “We want to get a bit of design continuity and a ‘look’ to take through the whole area,” Taylor told The Outlook in a phone interview. He gave as an example the “early logging

days” theme of the Lynn Valley Town Centre and how it informs the centre’s building materials and motifs. Whatever theme is ultimately decided upon for the area — bounded by Highway 1 to the north, Orwell Street to the east, Railway Street to the south and Lynnmouth Avenue to the west — it has to adhere to seven rules laid out in the RFP. The plans must all respond to the climate and geography of the North Shore; reflect the history, culture and natural heritage of the Lower Lynn area; create an enhanced pedestrian and public realm; respect the value of and integrate the industrial lands; create a unique identity and character for the Lower Lynn Town Centre; encourage design quality and innovation; and incorporate best practices in sustainable design. “Connecting Lower Lynn to nature,” will be an overall guiding theme, Taylor said, adding he favours the rustic design motif of the new Mountain Equipment Co-op building in the area. “We quite like that design they did there and how they’re trying to fit it in with the outdoor recreation theme and Lynn Creek itself,” he said. “We just need a little help, I think, translating that onto paper.” The Lower Lynn streetscape design RFP closes mid-January and staff will bring successful design plans to the public via district council some time in the early spring, Taylor predicted. “We want to really work this through quite thoroughly before we take that last plunge.”


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The high water closed the seawall from Ambleside to Dundarave, nearby parks, the Spirit Trail and two piers. The water was at its peak at 9 a.m. and began to slowly recede soon after, said District of West Vancouver spokesman Jeff McDonald. The total cost of the flood won’t be known for around two weeks because all the damage hasn’t been assessed yet, he added.

The Silk Purse, home of the West Van Community Arts Council, was one of the buildings hardest hit by the high water. Crews were at the building on Argyle Avenue this week pumping out water. The strong winds and high tide also damaged the seawall, littering logs, rocks and other debris and breaking off pieces of the barrier. Curious onlookers came to see John Lawson and Dundarave parks, which were closed to the public due to the flood. The parks are still closed until clean-up is complete. This degree of storm surge has happened in the past, said McDonald, so West Van crews have experience cleaning up this amount of debris.

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e’d been missing on the mountain — they weren’t sure which — for more than two days.

Sebastien Boucher, a 33-year-old snowboarder living in West Vancouver, was thought to have jumped the boundary of the Cypress Mountain ski area some time before Sunday afternoon, when his car was found abandoned in the resort parking lot. From that time until Tuesday evening, more than 50 centimetres of new snow had fallen on Cypress — at times grounding military, police and civilian search helicopters — while in the backcountry, rescue parties reported trudging through snow up to their necks. Not surprisingly, the stranded Boucher proved tough to track, with possible signs of life first appearing in the Montizambert Creek area of Cypress Mountain, then on the west side of Mount Strachan and finally, on Black Mountain. By 2 p.m. Tuesday, when a break in the weather allowed a North Shore Rescue team to be dropped by helicopter into the area where ground searchers had discovered tracks on Black Mountain, it was impossible to know if the man was still alive. “I was downtown and got the call about 1:50 p.m.,” NSR leader Tim Jones told The Outlook Wednesday. “So I literally ran down the street yelling and stopped the first cop I saw and said get me to the Helijet [helicopter pad]. And he did.” Jones was flown across the inlet where he rendezvoused with a waiting NSR helicopter extraction team and headed for Black Mountain. “We were looking for an insertion point, but it was way too steep so the four of us long-lined in with survival gear, hypothermia gear, medical gear — the kitchen sink — which is still buried there under two feet of snow.” The team tracked west, on snowshoes in waist-deep snow for nearly four hours. “By then he was on his [snow]board and we could see he had been just zooming down the hill and we thought he might have got out on his own,” Jones said. But Boucher wasn’t out of the woods, yet. In fact he was stuck on a dangerous slope near Lions Bay. “We heard yelling and made voice contact and he was right in a waterfall,” Jones said. “We had to make a 300-foot rappel down to him and left all our gear there — we won’t be getting that out.” In fact, the large Armed Forces Cormorant rescue helicopter was still needed to pull the four-member team and a cold but alive Boucher out on a winch at 10 p.m., almost 60 hours since the man first entered the wilderness.


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h, the beach is back. After first floating the idea last summer, North Vancouver city council spiked plans in October to build five temporary beach volleyball courts on the waterfront over concerns about the project’s $140,000 price tag. But a Dec. 3 vote on the city’s 10-year project plan has put the courts squarely back in play for the Lot 5 Shipyards site, east of Lonsdale Quay. While council is now awaiting a staff report on the long-term feasibility of making at least one of the courts permanent once the Lot 5 revitalization plan is finalized over the next couple years, construction on the five temporary courts at the derelict site will begin over the winter months. If all goes according to plan, the city’s newest beach — and the only venue for outdoor volleyball on the North Shore — could see action as early as April 2013, according to staff. But the plan didn’t win the immediate assent of all on council, with Coun. Rod Clark rejecting the idea outright, while councillors Don Bell, Pam Bookham and Guy Heywood approved the $140,000 spending but asked that staff suggest other possible sites for permanent beach volleyball in their report. “I have not been supportive of spending money for temporary facilities at the waterfront,” Bookham said. “Why not be a little more forward-looking and utilize that money to get a permanent home?” But avid beach-volleyballer and North Van resident Ashley Ardagh said many in the sport community

believe the city should use the Lot 5 site as a test case first, before committing to any facilities long term. “Use in the meantime while they’re not really doing anything else with it,” Ardagh told The Outlook in a phone interview. “Use it to see if beach volleyball belongs on the North Shore and, hopefully, that can get us the information we need to see if it would be good to find a permanent spot.” North Vancouver city engineer Douglas Pope told council staff would assess other possible sites for the seasonal sand courts — likely open from April to October — but said finding a more suitable location on city property would be “a challenge.” Mayor Darrell Mussatto said he too believes Lot 5 the most appropriate location for permanent courts, even as the city begins to seriously entertain plans at the site for a new Capilano University campus, North Van museum, Spirit Trail extension and retail space. “I think there’s an opportunity to maybe have a couple courts down there — I think that would be exciting,” Mussatto told council. “I actually think that site is appropriate for it; bring some activity down there while we’re waiting and then as we go forward.” Urban Rec is the Vancouver sporting body that oversees about 6,000 beach volleyball players across more than 60 city courts. On any given fair-weather evening, about 1,000 people — many from the North Shore — play beach volleyball in Vancouver, according to Urban Rec co-founder Chris McNally. “It’s not uncommon for us to be a placeholder on these kinds of real estate development sites,” McNally said, lending his support for Lot 5 volleyball. “In fact, that’s where we got our origin: Our very first volleyball urban beach facility was in partnership with Concord Pacific on the old Expo [86] lands.” McNally said $140,000 for just five courts is a gross overspend, but added the type of sand used and whether the site requires structural or environmental remediation can significantly drive up costs. In Vancouver they use a non-professional grade

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sand dredged from the Fraser River, and McNally, a trained engineer, does a lot of the expensive design and drainage work himself. “You can do it cheaper than that — certainly for five courts,” he said. Regardless of North Van’s start-up cost, McNally said, beach volleyball is still a low-barrier, gateway activity that will go a long way towards attracting people and businesses to the Lot 5 site. “A case can be made for bringing people down in the early stages of the development of a site,” McNally said. “It helps them envision living there long term and helps them envision it being a part of the community, because it becomes a part of their recreational life and a part of their community thereafter.”

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t’s 1983, and here’s what was making headlines in Vancouver: Wearing a blue hardhat, Premier Bill Bennett officially opens BC Place Stadium; Bryan Adams releases Cuts Like a Knife, his third studio album; and Joe Philliponi is shot dead inside the family’s nightclub on Seymour Street. Author Aaron Chapman was only 12 on Sept. 18, 1983, the day Philliponi’s (actual spelling: Filippone) death made the front page. But the memory is vivid. His father, a lawyer, mentioned to him that day that he’d done some work for the Filippones. “[I was] surprised my father even knew these guys — it [the murder] seemed something out of a theatre,” he recalls. Today, Chapman probably knows as much about the history of the Filippone family and more tales from the Penthouse club than many insiders. Chapman, a onetime North Van resident, has just published Liquor, Lust, and the Law: The story of Vancouver’s Legendary Penthouse Nightclub (Arsenal Pulp Press), the first book written about the landmark club on Seymour Street. A freelance writer and musician, Chapman first became interested in the history of the Penthouse club a few years back when he strolled past the iconic Seymour Street building and saw the mural on the side read: established in 1947. Coming up on its 60th anniversary, he pitched the story to the Vancouver Courier and ended up writing a 3,000-word piece. For the story, he interviewed Ross Filippone (brother of Joe, and one of the four brothers who opened the club), his son Danny (a North Van resident who now runs the club), an undercover cop from the 1970s and dug up lots of historical material.

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“They appreciated what I was trying to do with the [story],” says Chapman of the Filippone family. Then last January, he got a call from Danny Filippone. Danny and his father Ross, now deceased, had talked about doing a book on the Penthouse for years. And, after a recent fire at the club and his father’s passing, there was an even greater sense of urgency to record the history of the club. Chapman was his man. The fact that Chapman’s father had a connection, ableit minor, made him even more eager to get going on the book project. “[That] was part of the intrigue of researching the piece,” says Chapman. Because he’d already written a feature-length piece on the family, Chapman admits he was somewhat cavalier about writing the book. He already knew the story, or so

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he thought. “I had no idea what was in store for me,” he admits. After all, this is a story spanning 1927 to present day about four immigrant brothers — Joe, Ross, Mickey and Jimmy — opening a club that, as the author notes, each decade had its own “headline-grabbing controversy.” There was no shortage of material. Over the years, the Penthouse has seen its fair share of famous entertainers, celebrities, athletes, gangsters, as well as plenty of cops and members of the vice squad and exotic dancers. For the book, Chapman filed freedom of information requests with the police, combed Vancouver’s Police Museum, and interviewed more Filippone family members. He also went back to his original notes and was given a real treasure trove of Penthouse history — a large binder kept by Joe Philliponi that included every newspaper article ever written about the club and the family. “Everything seemed to lead to something else,” Chapman says.

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t’s just like a giant family dinner really,” explains Lisa Hubbard, executive director of the North Shore Neighbourhood House. She’s talking about the non-profit’s annual Christmas lunch, which will be turning 17 on Dec. 25th. And while the popular annual holiday event certainly has a familystyle feel, organizers continue to have to put out extra tables and cutlery for the growing gathering. It started with 40 guests; this year they expect 200, or more. To serve that many people, the kitchen staff goes through mountains of mashed potatoes, tons of turkey and gallons of gravy. Along with the lunchtime feast, guests are invited to sing Christmas carols and are treated to a visit from Santa Claus and other holiday-themed entertainment. Many volunteers and guests have been circling this event on their calendar for years. Some arrive for the lunch hours before the smell of turkey and the fixings starts wafting through the room just to sip coffee and tea and chat. One year, a lunch guest asked to borrow an organizer’s cellphone so he could call his family in Eastern Canada to excitedly let them know he was enjoying a home-cooked Christmas meal. There are also love stories: One couple who met for the first time at the Christmas lunch is now married. “Really, it’s become tradition for volunteers and the people who come in,” says Hubbard of the lunch. **** Lisa Hubbard still vividly recalls the first Christmas lunch the North Shore Neighbourhood House hosted nearly two decades ago. She remembers peeling a lot of potatoes that year. She also remembers the real joy it brought to the faces of the guests. “They were just so pleased,” she says. Hubbard and a former Neighbourhood House employee, Lisa Carter, got the idea to host the lunch because they saw a need for a place for people to gather on Christmas Day. “Sometimes people just don’t have a place to go,” explains Hubbard, noting that there aren’t many options on Dec. 25th, especially if you don’t have family around. The lunch started modestly. That first year, Hubbard got a $250 donation for the food from her parents, Trudy and Ernie, and her dad also agreed to play Santa at the lunch after his daughter presented him with a hand-stitched red suit. Originally the lunch was geared for seniors but the demographic has morphed over the years. Now on Christmas day at Neighbourhood House, along with a large contingent of elderly diners, the room is also filled with children and young families and many new immigrants. “It started so small and so simple,” says Hubbard. “Because of that it was able to grow and not get over the top. Over the years it’s just increased [to meet the need]. It’s a simple thing and it makes a huge difference.” **** For the past 14 years Dennis and Carolyn have worked the kitchen during the Neighbourhood House’s annual lunch. But the North Vancouver couple, who come with 30 years experience in the restaurant industry, doesn’t volunteer their time for the accolades. In fact, they don’t even want their last name published for this article. They just want to “do something for other people.” “We’ve been blessed. It’s great fun,” they say. “It’s magic time,” adds the couple, who will be retiring from their kitchen duties this year. They enjoy seeing the same faces each year, along with some new ones and meeting recent immigrants who are curious to understand more about the holiday customs in their new country. Carolyn notes with a smile that for many new Canadians it’s the first time they see cranberries. Volunteers like Dennis and Carolyn and generous community donors are the reason the lunch has been such a success through the years. To pull it off, a small army of volunteers is required — around 60 in total, some of whom are Neighbourhood House employees who volunteer their time. Hubbard says the event wouldn’t be possible without all the community goodwill. Many of the volunteers have been helping out for years, from 12-year-old James Celmainis who has volunteered for the past five years setting up the evening before the lunch to Neighbourhood House supervisor of maintenance Arnel Auyong who’s pitched in with the set-up crew for a decade. Or there’s the Roy family, who have been dishing out the desserts for years — to name just a few. Hubbard, meanwhile, can’t wait for Tuesday’s lunch. “It’s a total highlight of the year, for sure. Whether it’s seeing the volunteers or returning participants. It is just all over a happy event.” To make a donation to the North Shore Neighbourhood House: 225 East 2nd Street or call 604-987-8138.

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with Royal Icing Ingredients • 1 tbsp. instant espresso powder, with 1 tbsp. boiling water • 2 sticks of butter (softened) or margarine • 2/3 cup icing sugar • 1/2 tsp. vanilla • 2 cups all-purpose flower • Royal icing for decoration (optional) 1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and icing sugar together on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until the ingredients are very smooth. 2. Dissolve the espresso in boiling water. 3. On low speed, beat in the vanilla, espresso and flour. Try not to work the dough once the flour is added. 4. Split the dough in half and flatten. Refrigerate the sections for 1 1/2 hours. 5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. 6. Roll the dough into the thick-

ness you want, 1/4 inch thick is average. Cut out shapes. 7. Bake one tray at a time for 20 minutes. The shortbread cookies should be light-coloured, not over-cooked. Royal Icing These Espresso Shortbread Cookies could be cut into any Christmassy shape depending on the cutters you have. If you’re cooking with kids, stick to easy designs like Christmas trees or stars, instead of more complicated cookies like snowflakes. To decorate them, use royal icing because it hardens around the cookies (makes 2 cups): Ingredients • 4 egg whites • 1 tsp. lemon extract • 4 cups icing sugar • food colouring (any colour) In a large bowl, beat the egg whites at high speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar and lemon extract. Beat at high speed until thick. Add food colouring until the icing is bright enough.


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Waterfront exhibit a first for new curator North Shore artists explore connection between the port, shipbuilding and war TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R


n the Waterfront is the first exhibition from Café for Contemporary Art coordinator Golya Mirderikvand, and for it the new curator has pulled in some local art world heavies.

Names like Marcus Bowcott and Grace GordonCollins should be familiar to most, as two of the brightest beacons of the North Shore arts scene. And while the work of both has been the subject of considerable acclaim outside the Lower Mainland, the two credit North Van’s working waterfront with providing a whole industry of inspiration. Gordon-Collins’s studio overlooks the waterfront from East Esplanade and it was while watching container ships come into port that she was inspired to embark on a series of photos. “My training is architecture so I tend to see things in terms of form,” she told The Outlook at the opening of On the Waterfront. And so she began to explore shipping containers as the building blocks of the port, at one point even getting into a boat to tail large container ships with her camera. And in that building-block exploration she chased a thread of destruction too. “You remember there was this neurotic notion of ‘the nuke,’ when it came in, would be smuggled in a container through a port,” Gordon-Collins said, referring to the onset of post-Sept. 11th War on Terror-era thinking. “So I wanted to look at the whole notion of ports as being not just a benign thing but the source of potential terror, too.” Bowcott’s waterfront work similarly explores the darker side of “the things we make,” drawing a line between shipbuilding, the military industry and we

as willing spectators to our possible destruction. “There’s a terrible beauty to them in a way,” he said, referring to two of his paintings on exhibit; one, a hauntingly looming ship’s hull, the other a fighter jet. “I started out doing water surfaces,” Bowcott told The Outlook, explaining how his love for Monet and the reflective beauty of water slowly morphed into a fascination with the floating industrial detritus — “the boats and the docks and scaffolds and things.” From there Bowcott said his interest took off further, eventually taking as its muse the subject of military technology — its efficient and frightening beauty. “These jets are beautiful because they have been pared down to their essential items,” he said. “It’s that old dictum that form follows function and they are very functional. But it starts to beg moral questions.” Titled Sleep Country, the aircraft work is a study for something Bowcott and café staff hope will one day grace the wall of a shipping container as a permanent waterfront installation. Until then, On the Waterfront exhibits free at the Cafe for Contemporary Art until Jan. 4. “We’ve had a number of artists exhibiting here who have documented the older structures and the newer structures and all those changes on the waterfront,” exhibit curator Mirderikvand said. “So I really wanted to sort of bring that all together at the end of the year as a nice way for the community to reflect on what’s been happening down here.”

PORT TALK - Golya Mirderikvand, curator for Café for Contemporary Art, is coordinating her first exhibit, On the Waterfront. Todd Coyne photo

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Dreaming of a guilt-free Christmas? Dream on North Vancouver residents are concerned about holiday overeating, but we also report highest fitness levels region-wide TODD COYNE S Ta f f R e p O RT e R


early two-thirds of North Vancouver residents expect to suffer some guilt after overeating this holiday season, with the same 62 per cent — surprise, surprise — already planning to fight back with a gut-busting New Year’s resolution. That’s according to an Ipsos Reid poll released Tuesday asking 900 Metro Vancouver residents about their holiday exercise habits and overall physical fitness. Of the seven municipal areas studied, North Vancouver ranked second behind Vancouver for the highest percentage of adults who self-reported as physically fit and active. Sixty-four per cent of North Van residents who responded to the poll declared themselves fit, compared with 70 per cent in Vancouver, 58 per cent in Richmond, 54 per cent in Burnaby, 52 per cent in the Tri-Cities, 51 per cent in Surrey and just 43 per cent in Langley. Overall, far more Metro Vancouver men self-described as fit — 65 per cent — compared with just 58.5 per cent of women. There were disparities too in how different age groups rated their health, with 60 per

cent of respondents aged 35-54 declaring themselves fit, while 59 per cent of those over 55 claimed the same. Just over half of 18-34 year olds — 55 per cent — thought themselves fit. The poll was commissioned by exercise equipment retailer Fitness Town, as both a marketing research tool and a means of studying people’s perceptions of their own health and fitness levels. “As a personal trainer, this is typically done every time I’d have an intake session with a new client,” Fitness Town COO Dai Manuel told The Outlook in a phone interview about the findings. “You end up asking people a lot of personal questions to find out what motivates them and what it is that they’re truly looking to change from a fitness and health standpoint.” The 62-question survey featured several built-in redundancies, which Manuel said weeded out as much of the self-reporting bias inherent in this type of poll as possible. According to Ipsos Reid, the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 per cent. But some biases may run deeper than others, particularly when there is testosterone involved. “In particular, men 35 to 50 years old, their picture of themselves is still of that guy that played a collegiate sport,” Manuel said when asked, however anecdotally, whether Metro Vancouver men really are more fit than women. “Typically guys have maintained the same eating habits that they had when they were training and being athletes,” he said. continued, PAGE 19


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Upholstered in Oyster Dakota leather, the ActiveHybrid 3 in Modern trim comes with a full suite of equipment adding, among other options, a Premium Package with BMW On-Board Navigation, Rear View Camera and a Harman Kardon Sound System. system wired into the electric motor assist also powers the air conditioning compressor, ensuring constant climate control even when the engine is not running. Because, like most hybrids, the ActiveHybrid 3’s gasoline engine does turn off frequently, using a start/ stop system to prevent idling and a Coasting mode that also switches off the six-cylinder engine and disconnects it from the driveshaft when the driver eases off the gas. Drivers can choose exactly how much emphasis they want to put on fuel efficiency with a Driving Experience Control switch that can select from four different modes – the thriftiest ECO PRO mode, the default COMFORT mode setting, and the more performance-oriented SPORT and SPORT + modes, designed solely for track competition or for scaring your mother on the way to the mall. In ECO PRO mode, the ActiveHybrid 3 can switch into Coast mode at any speed below 160 km/h and, when fully

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During his research, Chapman managed to solve some old Penthouse mysteries and unearth a few new ones. Along with the terrific tales, the book is also filled with pages of recently discovered historic photos. A member of Heritage Vancouver and the Point Roberts Historical Society, Chapman has a real appreciation for Vancouver history. “I’ve seen the city change before my very eyes. The Penthouse is really a thread in Vancouver history to the past.” “We don’t have [many] of those places in Vancouver.” And while the club has become synonymous with exotic dancers through the years, Chapman is clear that this isn’t just a book about strippers. Sure there’s ample ink dedicated to the Penthouse’s famous exotic dancers in the book — “lust is in the title,” he says, jokingly, “it’s in there” — but it’s mostly a book

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“So they still think of themselves as very fit, while it doesn’t take long for them to realize very quickly that they’re not.” Women tend to be more honest and open with where they are at with their fitness level and lifestyle, Manuel said. “They say they had kids, got in an accident, got an injury or put on weight,” he added. Perhaps not surprisingly, given North Vancouver’s proximity to wilderness and tendency towards wealth and leisure, the community posted the highest rate of respondents claiming they exercise daily or otherwise regularly with 52.5 per cent, compared with 46 per cent region-wide. tcoyne@northshoreoutlook.cvom

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A little bit of magical wishing dust Created by a local actress, My Little Princess Party launches on the North Shore MICHAELA GARSTIN S tA f f W r I t E r


half dozen little princesses wearing pink tutus and sparkly tiaras sit in a circle listening intently to fairytales. Each older princess takes a turn telling her magical story, while the younger ones chime in with excitement. After the tales, the princesses grab cupcakes and punch while the pizza cooks in the kitchen. With magic wands in hand, they get ready for crafts, colouring and more make-believe. The girls are here for a My Little Princess Party, an event organized at Kirsty Provan’s house in North Vancouver. After completing Studio 58, a competitive theatre school in Vancouver, and with her love of children in mind, Provan started My Little Princess Parties this spring. Wearing an off-the-shoulder poofy yellow dress and her dark hair in a half-bun, Provan plays a stunning princess. She gathered three other friends — all professional actresses — to play the other princesses, including Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.

“Each girl has her favourite princess, one they associate with,” says Provan while taking a break from the launch party. “The way princesses are portrayed, they can be seen as weak and relying on men, but they are also powerful and tough. “We want to encourage girls to be strong, independent and brave.” Seven-year-old Nora Kopsa, sitting beside Provan and also dressed in yellow, agrees, reciting a long list of her favorite princesses. Provan, 25, worked as a nanny and a daycare teacher to pay her way through theatre school. Hosting princess parties is her ideal job because it combines her two passions; acting and working with children. It all started with private requests for dress-up parties, she adds, and eventually turned into a full-time business. “Kids grow up so quickly, especially in North America,” says Provan. “It’s important they take time to play and use their imagination.”

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K, so you left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, again. But don’t panic. We searched the city for the season’s hottest and unique items to put under the Christmas tree. It’s our holiday gift to you.

a 170-degree, ‘you-eye’ view of your adventure Simple one-finger operation lets you capture 1080p high-definition video at the touch of a button, or take stunning photos with the fivemegapixel 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 St. Snowshoes

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.

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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 & Makeup, 925 Main St., The Village at Park Royal, 604-922-6292)

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 212 Brooksbank Ave., North Van.

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Flying off the shelves alongside mirrorless cameras this season will be wearable ones. Taking your nice handheld camera snowboarding, for example, is a bulky and risky move. The new ION line, however, with its impressive array of accessories and options for the active outdoor videographer, is riding some serious industry buzz. The ION1011 (pictured) is a lightweight, waterproof sports action camera that easily attaches to helmets, handlebars, or any other gear to offer

—Kelsey Klassen compiled these inspiring choices, with contributions from Taraneh Ghajar Jerven, Sabrina Fuminger and Kenn Hamlin.

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Ease your stresss this December 12 tips for surviving the 12 days of Christmas of support and your act of kindness will outlast any monetary gift you can give. 6. Avoid triggers. Difficult family relationt doesn’t matter if you’re single, newly marships will not miraculously mend themselves in ried or have a bunch of kids, Christmastime time for Christmas dinner! Be aware of subjects can be stressful for anyone. that create heightened emotions in people and CaraLynne McLean, who owns CaraLynne try to avoid them. McLean Counselling in North Vancouver, says 7. Stay active. Rain or shine, plan to do an the holidays can be a wonderful time, but can activity outdoors after the Christmas meal. also be a source of stress, anxiety and Take the little ones out to a park depression because of added duties and or take the family pet for a walk. the complicated task of balancing family 8. Don’t do drugs. Avoid selftime. medicating with alcohol or drugs. Here’s what she recommends doing to Christmas cheer may feel good in ease the stress this December: the moment but too much tends to heighten depression and lead 1. Manage your time. Remember to other issues. you are in control of how much you do 9. Keep perspective. If you over the holidays. If you are feeling overstruggle with issues, especially whelmed give yourself some “time out.” food issues, the holidays are likeSaying “no” to requests is a healthy limit- CaraLynne ly a very challenging time. Try to McLean setting behaviour. keep the holiday season in focus.  2. Ask for help. You don’t have to do Remembering the old adage “This too shall the decorating, baking, wrapping and cooking pass” may just help to get you through.  all at once and by yourself. Make holiday tasks 10. Plan ahead. Financially, there are many a family affair and share duties. savings available beginning on December 26th 3. Set a budget. Setting and sticking to that will make your Christmas next year that a budget now will help you avoid the money much easier. blues in January. Think thoughtful rather than 11. Keep track. As you pack up holiday decexpensive gifts. orations, write a list of things that contributed 4. Stay flexible. Divorced or blended famito a good holiday season and those that didn’t. lies often find the holidays more challenging.  Place the list on the top of your decoration box If old traditions cause sadness replace them so that next year you’ll have a reminder! with new traditions that fit your new parenting 12. Stay connected. If you are feeling down, arrangement. When you’re not with your chilreach out. Contact a friend, family member or dren, consider getting away, visiting friends or professional counsellor and let them know what taking a holiday rather than being alone. you are going through.  Grief, loss, depression 5. Volunteer. It often feels better to give and anxiety don’t magically disappear because than to receive. Consider volunteering at a soup there are shiny lights and holiday music all kitchen, homeless shelter, or a retirement or around. nursing home. There are many people in need



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In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On July 13, 2012, at the intersection of 20th Avenue and Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C., Peace Officer(s) of the North Vancouver RCMP seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as: $450 CAD, on or about 19:28 Hours, and a Blackberry Bold, on or about 19:28 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was evidence that the subject property had been obtained by, and/or used in, the commission of an offence (or offences) under section 5(2) (Possession for purpose of trafficking) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2012-1308, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the

Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture unless a notice of dispute is filed with the Director within the time period set out in this notice. A notice of dispute may be filed by a person who claims to have an interest in all or part of the subject property. The notice of dispute must be filed within 60 days of the date upon which this notice is first published. You may obtain the form of a notice of dispute, which must meet the requirements of Section 14.07 of the CFA, from the Director’s website, accessible online at civilforfeiture. The notice must be in writing, signed in the presence of a lawyer or notary public, and mailed to the Civil Forfeiture Office, PO Box 9234 Station Provincial Government, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J1.

NOTICE OF INTENT RE: LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING ACT APPLICATIONS FOR A LIQUOR PRIMARY (LP) AMENDMENT An application for expansion has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch from Jack Lonsdale’s Pub at #127 - 1433 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. The current capacity is 98 patrons inside and 20 patrons on a patio. The proposed capacity is 149 persons which includes the patio seating. The current licensed hours remain unchanged and are between 11 AM to 12 midnight on Monday to Sunday. Residents and owners of business located within a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by 1) Writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER C/O Licensing Analyst LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH PO BOX 9292, Victoria, BC V8W 9J8 OR 2. By email: PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED To ensure the consideration of your views, your comments, name and address must be received on or before January, 20th, 2013. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

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Outlook West Vancouver, December 20, 2012  

December 20, 2012 edition of the Outlook West Vancouver

Outlook West Vancouver, December 20, 2012  

December 20, 2012 edition of the Outlook West Vancouver