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CNV looks to legalize secondary suites in duplexes TODD COYNE S Ta f f R e p O RT e R


uplex owners with secondary suites in their units may no longer find themselves in legal limbo as the City of North Vancouver considers allowing the secret mortgage helpers in semi-detached homes. Under current city bylaw and the B.C. Building Code, subdividing one or both units of a duplex — effectively rendering the building a triplex or fourplex — is outlawed. But an unofficial moratorium on the city bylaw’s enforcement has propagated the spread of the dubious dwellings. Last week the city held a public hearing on legalizing the accessory units, provided they comply with all provincial and municipal fire and safety codes. And the move may prove a trial balloon for legalizing the suites across the province. “A similar situation happened with the legalization of secondary suites in single-family homes,” said the city’s director of community development, Gary Penway. “Where our municipality had legalized suites in single-family homes prior to there being a special provision in the building code, the building code eventually caught up and now it’s in place for all municipalities.” Under the current provincial building code, only buildings with a single dwelling unit can have a secondary suite, which excludes not only duplexes, but townhouses and condos too. But a statement from B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman’s office Tuesday confirmed the ministry is working in concert with the city to potentially relax the province’s accessory duplex tenancy regulations. “The Building and Safety Standards Branch has been working with the City of North Vancouver, as well as other municipalities, to review and clarify the existing provisions in the B.C. Building Code related to secondary suites,” said an unnamed ministry spokesperson in a statement Monday. The city estimates there are at least 130 illegal suites in duplexes in the municipality today, but staff admit there must be many they don’t know about. Legally, there are 471 duplex buildings in the city limits, providing 942 legal duplex units. But if secondary suites are legalized, that number grow quickly, as will the number of homeowners seeking duplex rezoning, according to staff. The wording of the proposed amendment put to council last week stipulates that the main area of any duplex with a secondary suite must be occupied by the duplex owner and not a tenant. This provision mirrors the city’s secondary suite bylaw for singlefamily homes, but detractors complain it’s not enforceable. City resident and duplex owneroccupier Dave Sorensen said his neighbourhood is already rife with secondary duplex suites with no owners to be found. That’s a problem, he said, because owners tend

to take better care of their properties than renters. “What I see in how the owners are using the properties is that their heads are in the numbers, not in the neighbourhood,” he told council. Coun. Pam Bookham put the question of owner occupancy to staff, casting doubt on whether it could be enforced when the stricter bylaw banning the illegal suites hadn’t been. “How can we expect a new policy that requires owner occupancy when owner occupancy has not been enforced and your own statistics suggest that the majority of duplexes that have unauthorized suites have not [been] owner occupied?” she asked. “I don’t understand what staff’s thinking is and why they think a new policy with that provision would be enforceable.” Penway responded on behalf of staff, saying the city would use a complaint-based enforcement model, similar to what they use to root out non-compliant secondary suites in single-family homes. “All of the units that have been legalized or approved under the new policy, we get very few complaints about,” Penway said. “Part of it is, if you’ve gone through the process to legalize, you understand that if you didn’t handle it properly, you’re bound to get another complaint and if you’re not compliant with the owner occupancy then that can come against you and result in action against you.” City staff said the move to legitimize secondary suites in duplexes is in keeping with the city’s longterm plan to create a more sustainable and affordable housing base. Penway said the move might also lower the financial barrier to homeownership, as those who couldn’t previously afford to buy a duplex unit could potentially afford one with extra income from a mortgage-helper suite. But Coun. Guy Heywood countered the bylaw might open the door to not more housing opportunities but more investment opportunities for non-residents. “I don’t understand whether we’re trying to create livability in existing dwelling units or we’re trying to create a new kind of investment vehicle for real estate speculators,” Heywood said. “The numbers right now would leave me to believe that 90 per cent of the people who play in this market are simply investors looking for a return and we are not getting the kind of stewardship around the properties that we need.” At the request of Mayor Darrell Mussatto, a decision on the duplex bylaw amendment will be delayed at least another week until all members of council are present to vote. In addition to the owner occupancy stipulation, the wording of the proposed amendment also stipulates that a legal secondary duplex suite cannot be larger than 969 square feet and must be accompanied by one additional parking space.

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rustrated North Vancouver residents who won a narrow reprieve last week from having new high-voltage power lines criss-cross their community have since hardened their stance saying they won’t allow the new 69-kilovolt transmission lines anywhere in their neighbourhood, period. The new hydro lines are part of Port Metro Vancouver’s controversial Low Level Road expansion project, which the City of North Vancouver signed off on last year. But the project has since come with some surprises for the nearby Moodyville neighbourhood, including the deforestation of Moodyville Park, the expansion of coal facilities at Neptune Bulk Terminals and the planned expansion of the Richardson grain terminal. All of which, residents say, has harmed or will harm the comunity. But the latest surprise came on March 6 when, without any prior consultation, the Port announced that new industrial power lines would be installed over homes along Third Street and down St. Davids Avenue to service the Richardson terminal. The work, they were told would begin March 28. But a groundswell of neighbourhood resistance to the plan erupted at last week’s city council meeting, leading to an emergency discussion the following day. There, about 60 residents met with staff from the city, the Port and the provincial power utility. At the meeting, residents proposed two alternatives to the planned routing option through the skies over Moodyvile; one, bury continued, PAGE 16




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Micro-housing coming? Company wants to launch an affordable community of 375- to 450-square-foot homes in North Vancouver TODD COYNE S Ta f f R e p O RT e R


he urban convenience of a Smart Car meets the affordability of Ikea,” for “the couple who works at Starbucks.”

That’s how a B.C. company is branding its vision for a new kind of micro-housing community in North Vancouver. Affordable Sustainable Homes (ASH) president John Kay made the pitch to North Vancouver city council Monday, which sent the idea for the pilot project to city staff for further investigation. Kay’s plan is to make North Vancouver city the launch pad for his company’s first affordable modular home community, citing city council’s history of supporting housing innovation. Specifically, Kay is seeking a land deal for one or more parcels of city-owned residential property on Alder Street east of St. Patricks Avenue. The proposal calls for an ASH community of one or more 12-unit buildings situated one per standard lot and each unit with its own door to the outside. The buildings would be expertly designed and landscaped to fit the single-family character of the neighbourhood, Kay said. But the most attractive thing about the micro homes is probably their cost. Using a base land value of $550,000 per standard lot, a one-bedroom, 375-squarefoot ASH home can be had for just $165,000. For two bedrooms, the asking price rises to $199,900 for approximately 450 square feet of living space. The target market for the homes is chiefly young renters earning between $30,000 and $50,000 a year, Kay said. But the units are also highly adaptable to suit the needs of seniors and those who just want to downsize for any of a variety of reasons. In an interview with The Outlook Monday, Kay noted that while North Shore land values are admittedly north of the regional average, ASH homes are designed so that higher property costs are absorbed into the project budget with minimal impact to the buyer’s bottom line. “It’s designed to be built based on market prices and it’s replicable so that when land prices increase or decrease by about $100,000,

that will roughly impact the price of a unit by about $6,500 to $8,000.” So, for instance, a single-bedroom ASH home atop a modest $750,000 North Vancouver lot, would run its owner about $178,000 to $181,000. While a two-bedroom might sell for between $212,900 and $215,900. “And the sale prices include everything right down to the appliances in the units and all the soft costs,” Kay added. In his presentation to council Monday, Kay praised the city for its forward approach to promoting alternative transit modes and for fighting the stigma that affordable housing has to mean substandard housing — both key tenets of the ASH project, he said. “It’s the best place for ASH because of your commitment to affordability, because of your commitment to sustainability and because of the innovative work that you’ve done to create different responses to housing in the community,” Kay said. One such innovative response is the oftforgotten Quayside Village Cohousing project, a 19-unit strata building featuring a belowmarket rental unit and a community store at Fifth Street and Chesterfield Avenue. Mayor Darrell Mussatto lauded both ASH and the 14-year-old Quayside project as examples of something he’d like to see more of in the city. He suggested staff reach out to other companies like ASH with specific incentives for innovation in the future. “Maybe we need a call to the private sector to say, ‘We have some land, what do you propose?’ And this may be one,” Mussatto said. “I think that might be a way we can get some new ideas about how we can try to house some of those people that live in our community; people that have families that can’t afford a million-dollar house.” Coun. Pam Bookham agreed, adding that the initiative for something like an ASH project at Alder and St. Patricks must, like Quayside, come first and foremost from the residents. “Ultimately it’s for our community to decide what new forms of housing we ought to be considering, and not for any individual council to simply look at an idea, throw it up for a public hearing and make a decision,” Bookham concluded.

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Size doesn’t equal revitalization The majority of West Vancouver’s population resides in the Ambleside and Dundarave areas and the majority of these fully support the redevelopment of the 1300 block Marine Drive — but not at the proposed size and scale. There is no evidence that increased size results in revitalization. The Ambleside & Dundarave Ratepayer’s Association (ARDA) does not support “special sites.” It is unfair to those nearby to not have established zoning parameters. Significant height and mass increases should not be negotiable. These special sites actually inhibit the renewal of Ambleside as property owners (many who do not live in the community) patiently wait to see how far the height and

size envelope will be pushed. ADRA supports adhering to the height and mass maximums as permitted elsewhere in Ambleside. When height and mass maximums are consistent and judiciously upheld by mayor and council, redevelopment will be widely embraced and viable long-term leases will be offered to businesses. This is a better way to revitalize Ambleside rather than belittling our current hard working business owners or blocking the water and mountains out with multi-million dollar condos. Keith Pople Vice President, ADRA

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1 With a beautiful beaming smile, you wouldn’t guess that eight-year-old Cassie Porte, seen here with mom Debbie, suffers from debilitating JIA. Here they celebrate Childhood Arthritis Month together. 2 Communications manager Mike Leland is always on hand to lend a hand when it comes to working hard behind the scenes for The Arthritis Society – BC & Yukon Division. 3 Executive






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Yale at the Childhood Arthritis Month celebration. 5 Executive director Nancy Roper, of The Arthritis Society – BC & Yukon Division, chats with David Porte, who was instrumental in helping raise money for this cause and for starting the “Cassie & Friends” charity on behalf of his daughter.

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e’ve all heard of arthritis, but too often we think of it as an old person’s condition. And contrary to popular belief, children are also affected by an equally debilitating form of the disease, better known as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). However, thanks to the generosity of many families and donors, The Arthritis Society – BC & Yukon Division, definitely has something to celebrate. After raising $5 million, the Ross Petty Research Chair for Pediatric Rheumatology has now been established at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This legacy fund will ensure that children get help sooner and will further ensure continued funding and research of the 40-plus years of work that Dr. Petty has already dedicated to finding a cure. A small celebration marked the occasion as friends, family and dignitaries toasted this milestone moment together.

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Highly animated Annette Denk: writer, realtor and entrepreneur Working with Annette Denk, you get a realtor, career and life coach rolled into one. She started selling homes on the North Shore 19 years ago, quickly climbing the real estate earnings ladder. A former Prudential Sussex Realty agent, Denk was in the top two per cent of sales for North America. Recently, she was inducted into the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board’s Medallion Club, which recognizes top producers. With all these accolades pouring in, her friends and colleagues started leaning on Denk for business advice. “That’s when I started mentoring and coaching,” she says. “It was just natural for me to coach because I like helping people.” Denk did her due diligence by becoming certified at the Coaches Training Institute in California. She discovered her warm personality and openness are valuable traits she can use to help people. Now a professional life and business coach, Denk’s clients call her for an initial, 20-minute consultation session. The next step is mentoring them over a long lunch, where she elicits their strengths and weaknesses. “Then from there it’s clear to me where their problems are,” says Denk. “A lot of them are stuck and don’t know where to go first.” After a few months of mentoring, her clients begin to move forward in their lives and reach their goals. Denk has once again proved that she is at the top of her game, after being asked to author a chapter of Concrete Jungle: Survival Secrets for the Real World. Her contribution to the book focuses on time management, with themes of how self-esteem and confidence on the outside begin with integrity on the inside. Denk has shifted gears in her real estate career, moving to an independent agency — Team 3000 Realty Ltd. at Park Royal mall — that affords her free marketing reign. “Sometimes change is good,” she says. In her spare time, Denk volunteers as president of the British Properties Area Homeowners’ Association. The group communicates concerns to area stakeholders and the District of West Vancouver. Denk also donates a portion of her real estate commissions to the Canadian Sunshine Kids Foundation.

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Three words that describe yourself? Positive, passionate and helpful. Your favourite North Shore neighbourhood? Edgemont and Ambleside. Your favourite local restaurant? Quattro, Fishworks, The District. Who inspires you? Grandmother – she went through a lot of adversity in her life, during World War I and II. She was always in a positive spirit. She lived until 99. What do you do to unwind on a Sunday afternoon? Having an open house and chatting with people. Going for a hike.


he hum inside the Bosa Centre at Capilano University isn’t the heating system — it’s the gears of hundreds of minds turning with creativity. When you walk in the front doors, you immediately sense that you’re among artists. The state-of-the-art building, which opened about a year ago, houses film and animation students who are furiously at work bringing new characters and worlds to life. “You’re surrounded by like-minded people,” says Simon Edwards, a second-year commercial animation student. “I’ve learned what it’s like to work cooperatively with other people in an environment like a studio.” Capilano University offers three programs in animation — commercial animation, digital animation and visual effects. Carrying either a diploma or a certificate, these pro-

grams are all designed with the goal of employment in the industry. “We called it commercial animation because… you’re basically a chameleon of styles and designs, and are really geared towards stepping into a studio and working without a lot of supervision,” says Don Perro, program coordinator and an instructor of the commercial program. The three programs are all heavily vocation-based, with guest speakers and instructors from the industry and constant communication between the department and animation studios. “I always [ask] students when they come in here ‘Are you looking for a job... or are you looking for a career?’” says Craig Simmons, program coordinator of the digital program. “When things go up and down in this industry, a career is what we want our students to get.”

Who is your business mentor? Didn’t have one. I guess I have an entrepreneurial spirit. If you could have dinner with one person (living or not) who would it be and why? Yogananda – he’s actually a guru who introduced meditation to the western world. I get a really great calmness from meditation.

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dRawn TO digiTal - Capilano University digital animation coordinator Craig Simmons. Above: A commercial animation student works on a drawing. Rob Newell photos

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Julie and brother Dino continue the tradition

The digital animation program, which began in 1999, was created as a supplementary certificate for the two-year commercial animation students to take as a third year. “The idea of digital animation is that it becomes a third year for people who want it and we recruit from other places as well,” says Simmons. “A lot of our students come through the two years and go to the third year.” Simmons also coordinates the summer programs, where students can get a sample of any of the three animation streams for two months. “There should be a way to starting on that path,” says Simmons. “Some people are shocked, they come in here and suddenly they’re drawing for eight to 10 hours a day or working on a computer and they’ve never done that much before.”

**** With less than 30 students being accepted to each animation program once a year, competition for spots in the classes is fierce. “We like to keep [the classes] small because in good years and bad, the industry is cyclical. Even in bad years our students get jobs because we’re not throwing a bunch out there,” says Perro. Like many who apply to the animation programs at Capilano University, Edwards wasn’t accepted on his first try. “I thought I could draw,” says Edwards, who was considered one of the top art students in high school in Kelowna. “I didn’t get in because I didn’t get what life drawing was,” says Edwards. Perro agrees that life drawing is crucial, as well as an eye for design and technical skill. By drawing from real life, scenes or people, life drawing is just that — drawings with life in them.

Starting last year, the animation department began accepting portfolios posted online, so applicants can now post their work to a blog or website and send that, rather than hauling piles of paper to campus. Out of the acceptable applications, ranging in number from about 40 to 80 portfolios, Perro provides a small assignment to test the applicants to further whittle down the numbers. “I just took a picture of one of my daughter’s teddy bears... and say ‘OK start with this and create an original character design based on it.’” With cutting edge classrooms, including tablet computers for each student to use, and instructors with experience working in the industry, Capilano University’s animation program continues to make a name for itself as more quality graduates enter the field. “Cap grads are everywhere,” Edwards, who is currently on a summer internship at DHX Media as part of his studies, points out. “I work myself with Cap grads.” With so much to learn in just two years, Edwards points out that the heavy workload and long hours can “get a little much.” Often at school for 10 to 12 hours a day working on assignments or projects, drawing and refining, Edwards believes this greatly improves an artist’s technical skill. “You’re locked in this chamber of drawing,” he jokes. “You can only get better.” And you don’t have to look too hard to see the results. Several Cap U graduates have won awards for their work, including Sarah Airriess and Clio Pitt, who both contributed to Paperman, which won Disney the Oscar for best animated short film earlier this year.

Julie Minichiello has come out from under her dad’s wing and blossomed, rebranding his iconic Lower Lonsdale tailor shop to include beautifully designed women’s wear. In October 1964, master Italian tailor Paul Minichiello opened a menswear store at mid-Lonsdale. But if you asked him what year he started the business, he would tell you 1965. “My dad didn’t feel two months of 1964 was worthy [to include],” says Julie. “He’s an honest man with a big heart.” His show of integrity landed Paul the opportunity to dress some of the biggest hockey stars of the day. “Canucks — he did almost the whole [National Hockey] League,” recalls Julie. Back in the day, the NHL doled out a best-dressed player award, which perennially went to Chicago Blackhawks enforcer Jerry Korab who had an affinity for designer threads. Minichiello was the man behind those honours. Other NHLers: Harold Snepsts, John Grisdale, Dennis Ververgaert and Bobby Hull, also called on Minichiello to make their suits. “Oh my god — they are all like my uncles,” says Julie. She remembers monkeying around the shop while her dad measured and cut the fine Italian wool and linens. “When they wanted to get me out of their way they would say ‘go play hide and seek,’” laughs Julie. When she was older, Julie worked alongside her dad at Paul’s of North Shore on Esplanade Avenue. Accompanying him on a buying trip in Milan made for a decent fringe benefit. “We stayed in this mobster hotel,” recalls Julie. “It was fabulous.” Even though Paul retired from the tailoring business in 2007, he routinely checks in with his daughter at the shop, which recently migrated two blocks north to East 2nd and Lonsdale. Minichiello Bespoke Couture, as it’s now called, still employs tailor Francesco Fuscaldo, who has been a fixture at the family business for over 45 years, along with Laszlo Marton. Tailor Thanh Nguyen was brought on board six years ago when the shop expanded its couture womenswear selection. Alterations, repairs and dry cleaning are services also provided by Minichiello Bespoke Couture. Many people from the North Shore and beyond have relied on the Minichiellos to outfit them for a special occasion, especially weddings. “We just find that clients call us for the superior fabrics that we can get — European cotton and linens, fine men’s woolens, and designer fabrics such as Valentino,” explains Julie.

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Three words that describe yourself? Kind, calm, creative, reliable. Your favourite neighbourhood? The entire North Shore is incredible. In fact, I have never lived elsewhere. I live and work in the Lower Lonsdale area and have enjoyed watching it blossom into the exciting neighbourhood it is today. Your favourite local shop? There are so many unique and amazing shops and restaurants on the North Shore that picking a favourite would be like picking a favourite child! Who inspires you? Outside of my truly inspiring family, I would say that most of my inspiration comes from Mother Nature. She has perfected the balance of colour, texture, and beauty; as well as created the seasons that influence the fashion industry as nothing else does. How do you unwind? Sunday always has been and always will be “family day.” I love to spend time with my loving husband, Reg, and our young children, Sofia and Carlo. When weather and time permit, I enjoy getting my hands into the earth and puttering around our garden. The perfect end to our day is dinner at my parents with my brother, Dino and his daughter, Capri. If you could have dinner with one person who would it be? I feel like I should say Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (Coco Chanel) for many of her achievements, especially the “little black dress”; however, if I could break bread with absolutely anybody, I would choose Albert Einstein. Who is your business mentor? My father, Paul Minichiello, has been one of my mentors. His style, passion, and genuine flare for business has influenced me tremendously. I appreciate everything he has taught me over the last 20 plus years and realize that some of the most important lessons I’ve learned, he intentionally let me learn on my own. Another one of my mentors is my husband. He always has a level head and helps me stay grounded as well as focused.

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riving over the Lions Gate Bridge from downtown, it’s hard to miss West Vancouver’s Upper Lands. The sprawling cluster of homes backs onto forest at the top of the British Properties and other high-altitude communities. But development can’t reach all the way up the mountain; it has to stop at the 1,200-foot mark. That’s unless a newly formed working group decides important land below the line should be exchanged for some above. The group, consisting of district councillors, environmentalists and others, meets twice a month to discuss Upper Lands development. “I went on a hike with the Old Growth Conservancy [in the Upper Lands]… There are trees that are 600 to 1,000 years old in there,” said Coun. Craig Cameron, a member of the working group. He is discussing whether, for instance, Whyte Lake, an area near Horseshoe Bay below the 1,200-foot mark, should be traded for protected land above it. This way the district could have more control over the ecologically-sensitive habitat. Much of the land is owned by British Pacific Properties, a company that built the Lions Gate Bridge, Capilano Golf & Country Club and Park Royal mall. In the 1930s, the Guinness family — the wealthy owners of Guinness beer and British Pacific Properties — began buying up land in West Vancouver at a cheap price. Due to the low-cost deal — they bought 4,700 acres for $75,000, according to information from the West Van Library — the family agreed to build roads, bridges, a school and even a golf course. The company still owns a large chunk of undeveloped land in West Van — above and below the 1,200-foot mark — an important fact district council has to take into consideration when planning for the future of the municipality. Fast-forward 75 years and British Pacific Properties is now building Roger’s Creek in the Upper Lands, encompassing 200 acres of “the most desirable residential real estate in Canada.” The development will extend the line of houses abutting the mountains west in the direction of Horseshoe Bay. Single-family homes, which are already being constructed, and townhomes will fit into four neighbourhoods, each with its own “distinct architectural character.” Increasing density, and thereby smaller, more affordable units, was on the mind of West Vancouver council members who approved the plan in 2008. In total, there will be around 730 units with 30 per cent of the apartment units under 1,000 square feet. “The question is, when they go west from this, what happens?” Cameron asked. That’s where the working group, which held its first meeting in December, steps in. Restricted to land below the 1,200-foot mark, British Pacific Properties isn’t able to develop some of its property. But this could change, depending on whether the working group wants to exchange district-owned land with “outstanding community benefit” below the 1,200-foot with land owned by the company that’s above. This means certain areas, like Whyte Lake, could be preserved while houses and condos are built further up the mountain. “There are people who are passionate about preserving beautiful, special places they see in West Van, and making sure if they’re going to be developed its done in sensitive way,” said Cameron, adding the Upper Lands working group is looking for community input. The next meeting is scheduled for April 16 at 7p.m. at the West Vancouver Community Centre.

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rom Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove, there sure are a lot of artists in North and West Vancouver.

The third annual North Shore Arts Crawl makes getting to know them a bit easier. Running on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., around 200 artists will be on the free, self-paced crawl. “We’ve had quite a few people get to every artist on the list,” says organizer Norm Vipond, adding the task is easier than it may seem since a gallery can house upwards of 20 artists. “Other people stick close to where they live by visiting the artists nearby.” Around 3,500 people participate in the North Shore Arts Crawl each year, and he

expects an increase this April. Where’s the best place to start? Vipond suggests choosing a venue by picking up an Arts Crawl brochure and map. The exact locations aren’t available yet, but each artist on the crawl will have some. Visit the and for more information, including an interactive map of every artist participating in the crawl.

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No matter what time of day it is, head to the All Day Cafe to enjoy their signature breakfasts. Velvety smooth egg-bennies and the original Eyeopener – steamed eggs on a buttery croissant. Served with your choice of ham, salmon, or tomato and avocado. Market goers rave about the coffee and the second cup is always free – so you can relax and take in the view of hard-working tugboats against the Vancouver skyline. See something interesting? Feel free to borrow their binoculars for a closer look!

Kosta the Fishmonger is your local seafood expert. With more than 25 years in the business, his experience and passion make him a master of the trade. Yearround, Kosta sources the best of the season and brings in new delicacies for us all to try. And – bonus – the man can cook! He’s renowned for his culinary skills and happy to share his personal recipes (think Almond-crusted Halibut with Savory Kiwi Fruit. Need a new, fresh, and healthy idea for dinner? Come talk to Kosta. (You can spot him a mile away…he’s the one in the bright yellow sea-waders!) THE SALMON SHOP MARKET LEVEL | 604.987.3474

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Sharky’s Chophouse butchers Rob & Ben are set to make your life easy. For breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner – they’ve got all the Easter faves. Start with free-range eggs, & maple breakfast sausage (or choose from over 50 links, inc. gluten-free options). Then, decide on their double-smoked, bone-in Ham and/or the best free-range organic Turkey. Phone ahead to reserve yours – they go fast! And you’ve gotta try their famous homestyle hot meals! Easter weekend features include Turkey and/or Ham dinners, with all the trimmings for $7.95.

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And Montgomery’s Fish ‘n Chips has it all. Fresh and flaky, choose from Alaskan Cod or Halibut - or Red Snapper! The light crispy batter is always good and the chips? Yum. Hand cut daily from Russet potatoes they taste just right! Looking for something quick and easy to eat on the run? Try the Fish Buttie, a handy little sandwich that has long been a market favourite. Ask owners Derek and James about mushy peas – a real British treat that goes great with fish and chips! MONTGOMERY’S FISH N CHIPS INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT

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Worship services and community events for the whole family Capilano Mall

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SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH Easter Craft Event Noon - 3pm Join us in the Grand Court for some fun family Easter themed crafts and activities!

SATURDAY MARCH 30TH Eggztravaganza 10 am - 12:30pm Join the search! Don’t forget your Easter basket. Will Stroet performs at 11am

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SUNDAY MARCH 31ST Easter Egg Hunt 12-2pm Hop on down to John Lawson Park & join the Lions Club kids Easter egg hunt. This is a great family event to celebrate Easter.

Good Friday – March 29 10:30am “Dead to Sin; Alive to God” Pastor Peter Quek

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SUNDAY MARCH 31ST Spring Fest 2013 9am- 3pm March of the Penguins Pancake breakfast, Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, fun races and more.

8:45am and 10:30am “Risen and Exalted One” Pastor Peter Quek Baptism Service

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• GOOD FRIDAY at 10:30 am in WVPC

FRIDAY MARCH 29TH Annual Southern Straits Classic Yacht Race Dundarave Pier. Enjoy music, pancake breakfast and a visit from the Easter Bunny

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Maundy thursday Service March 28 at 7:00 pm The past still echoes today

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March 29 at 10:00 am The sadness still has power

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12 noon ~The Way of the Cross at St. Francis

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10:00 am ~ Messy Children’s Service at St. Monica’s

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16 Thursday, March 28, 2013 16 Thursday, March 28, 2013 NO SHELTER - Capilano U students recently took part in 5 Days For Homelessness by setting up camp and sleeping outside on the school’s campus. This event is held across Canada at more than 20 schools to raise awareness and create conversation about homelessness. Cap students collected donations of food and funds to go towards the North Shore Youth Safe House. Participant Tiare Jung (at left) understands the feeling of being at risk. “I haven’t been homeless myself but there have been times when there’s been a real choice or lack of choice between paying food and rent and being in that space of feeling like you’re not supported or like you’re at risk – it’s super vulnerable and you feel super ashamed and super visible.”

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the existing power lines along that corridor and string the new ones higher overhead; or two, bring power to Richardson along the Port’s Low Level Road from the west, requiring the company to relocate a hydro substation. But speaking with The Outlook Monday, Moodyville residents unanimously said that keeping Port power on Port land and out of residential neighbourhoods is now the only option they will accept. Justin Pedley, the Port’s director of trade areas and infrastructure delivery, said Tuesday he was aware those desired routing options had been narrowed to one, saying the Port will explore it and respond accordingly in two to three weeks. “We still need to look at it from a technical standpoint and also work with BC Hydro to see if it’s a viable option, but we’re doing that,” Pedley said. Those findings will be sent up the ladder to the Port executive before






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Mossop said he believes initial anger about the tolling of the Port Mann Bridge is fading fast as drivers get used to the new reality. And he said the results give more ammunition to Metro Vancouver mayors, who want the province to allow comprehensive road pricing – adding small road tolls everywhere instead of just tolling certain bridges. The option with the third most support was an annual vehicle levy, at 33 per cent, followed by a regional carbon tax at 26 per cent. The most unpopular source is the mayors’ proposal to add a new sales tax within Metro Vancouver of up to 0.5 per cent – 79 per cent of those polled opposed that idea. Also unpopular is any increase in property taxes or the gas tax, with opposition at 75 per cent and 74 per cent respectively. Mayors want the next provincial government to give the green light to either a vehicle levy, sales tax or share of carbon tax as short-term options ahead of eventual road pricing. The poll surveyed 838 Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley adults in early March. For a full results breakdown see





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Spring cleaning made easy Tips on de-cluttering, organizing and maintaining your home ELIZABETH SHEWCHUK ConTrIBuTor


pring has sprung: crocuses are in full bloom and cherry blossoms are fattening up, meaning that soon these trees will be transformed into beautiful clouds of pink. It’s a season of renewal. And cleaning, organizing, de-cluttering and repairing. Now is an ideal time to make lists for chores and projects that you want to tackle. And being a season of change, this is an ideal time to reduce and let go of some of the things we no longer need and bring order to the storage room or garage. Now is the time to have your children take ownership of the boxes of items they stored in the basement “just until they get settled.” Also, take some time to assess your living conditions. Do you need to replace batteries and burntout light bulbs, remove debris and reduce tripping hazards in your home such as loose floorboards and worn carpets? Starting your spring cleaning may seem overwhelming at first, so a plan helps. Pick a room and decide which day you will begin the project.

I find it’s easiest to plan your spring chores over the period of a month, scheduling a different task daily, working diligently for a few hours each day, then stop. You will enjoy this much more and you will be able to step back and see the progress you are making. Enlist the help of a friend or family member only if they are willing to take directions and be your helper. You could also hire people who specialize in debris removal who can take away larger items and dispose of them. Sometimes it’s wise to contract a handy person to help with the repair jobs that require tools and special knowledge to get it done the right way — which can save you time and money in the long run. Before you start weeding out a room, it is good to have containers or cartons to sort out items. Start with categories such as donate, give away, unusable. You should also have a few cartons for newspapers and magazines that accumulate over time. If there are things you wish to give your friends or family sort through those first and put those items into the giveaway carton. The articles that you no longer

use, need or want and are still useful or could be someone else’s treasure, put them into the donate carton. The items that are broken, cracked, soiled and worn beyond repair, put them into the unusable carton. Those will need to be disposed of properly. Newspapers, magazines and books are heavy and hard to find homes for. If they have been stored in damp basements they may smell musty and they should go into recycling. Unused medication and expired pills and vitamins should be taken to your local pharmacy and they will dispose of them for you. Check your refrigerator for expired jars and bottles and remove contents, wash and recycle containers. It takes a certain mindset and lots of discipline to accomplish a good spring clean but the benefits will last into the summer and by the time the fall has come, most of the items you removed will be a past memory. —Elizabeth Shewchuk is founder of Daughter for A Day, a North Shore company that provides home care assistance and support for elderly seniors.



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t the age of 40 Janice was single, working full-time and starting to plan for retirement. What she hadn’t planned was having someone else’s future to worry about. With very little notice Janice found herself taking on the full-time care of her baby granddaughter, Hanna. (Names have been changed to protect privacy.) Families headed by grandparents, also called skipped-generation families, are becoming more and more common – an arrangement often forged by difficult circumstances. The child’s parents may not be able to care for their child for a number of reasons, such as mental illness, disability, addiction, or death. The job of raising children later in life can come with greater challenges than the first time round. Grandparents may have health issues to deal with. They may be experiencing loss and grief for their adult child. They may be dealing with the special needs of their grandchildren, who may have started out life in an unstable environment or suffered some kind of physical or emotional trauma. Studies have found that grandparents who rate their stress level as high experienced more physical and mental health problems; financial concerns add to the pressure. Across Canada, close to 60,000 grandparents are raising their grandchildren. Census numbers tell us two-thirds of these grandparents were women and 46 percent were

retired. They cared for an average of two children, 44 per cent of whom were under age 14. An estimated 30 per cent of skippedgeneration families had incomes of $15,000 per year or less. “There’s a huge number — mostly invisible, under-recognized, under-resourced, and under-funded,” says Carol Ross executive director of Parents Support Services Society of BC. “In 2006, there were roughly just under 10,000 children in B.C. being raised by their grandparent. Our assumption is there are more and they’re definitely growing.” Just as every family is different, each one led by grandparents must arrive at a living arrangement that suits it best. Some families prefer to avoid involvement with social services entirely; some families choose to adopt their grandchildren. Janice decided to become Hanna’s foster parent because she believed it was the best way to secure funding for the things she wanted for her granddaughter. Janice advises grandparents whose grandchildren are in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development to initiate conversations and keep in frequent contact with ministry staff. She stresses the importance of coming across as a responsible person who can be counted on. “If you get that relationship going and if what you want is really reasonable and best for the child,” she says, “then they’ll go all out to get it for you,” she says. This, however, continued, PAGE 21

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ransLink’s disjointed and unaccountable governance system should be rebuilt, with elected representatives put back in charge. That’s the main finding of a new report commissioned by the Metro Vancouver regional mayors’ council, which has repeatedly called on the province to make reforms. The TransLink governance review, led by consultants Acuere Consulting at a cost of $74,000, doesn’t recommend one specific model, but examined practices in 13 cities around the world. It concludes TransLink’s structure with an appointed board of directors in control of all decisions except major revenue increases is an anomaly worldwide, while other jurisdictions invariably have elected representatives in charge who answer democratically to the people being served. The report found accountability is “almost completely missing” from TransLink’s current structure and it’s “less than ideal” on transparency, responsiveness, clarity of purpose, advocacy and productive relationships. “The province has exercised a dominant interest, feeling free to impose its priorities on the region and reluctant to provide a role in transit for local government institutions it did not directly or indirectly control,” it says. The release of the report comes just ahead of the provincial election and mayors hope the province will immediately agree to explore options, perhaps in concert with university academics and other experts. “There has to be an elected person or persons at the top who are responsible,” said Mayors Council chair Richard Walton. “I’m hoping this will elevate the level of conversation considerably.” TransLink used to have a board of directors consisting of elected mayors and city councillors, chosen via the Metro Vancouver regional dis-

Mayors’ Council chair Richard Walton, above, and Kevin Falcon, below, B.C.’s Transportation Minister in 2008 when TransLink’s elected board was replaced with an appointed one. trict board. Former Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon scrapped that system in 2008, calling it a “disaster circus” of infighting by local politicians who nearly refused to build the Canada Line ahead of the 2010 Olympics. In their place came the unelected “professional” board consisting of corporate directors with expertise in areas like finance, real estate and engineering. The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation was set up where mayors appointed the board directors, but could only choose from a tight short list vetted mainly by business groups allied with the province. The main role left to the mayors council was to approve or reject any significant fare or tax increases to fund expansion projects that the board proposed. The result, mayors charge, has been a system where they are left shouldering the blame for the increased bill to drivers, transit

users and property owners, but without any control over the actual priorities. The 2008 reform was an attempt by the province to hand over and deflect responsibility for the challenges at TransLink, Walton said, but he noted the province remains an integral player because any new capital funding needs Victoria’s approval. The challenges will persist, he said, no matter which party is in government after the May 14 election. The review said logical reform options include: - Assigning transportation governance to Metro Vancouver’s board or a committee. - Giving full control of TransLink policy to the mayors’ council. - Creating a new TransLink oversight board appointed by either the Metro Vancouver board or mayors’ council from among their members. A management-level board would still be needed to oversee day-to-day operations, the report says. It wouldn’t be a perfect solution to the accountability issue. Politicians picked by their cities to represent them at Metro Vancouver and then subsequently selected for TransLink duty would still face the same criticism as the old board – that they’re at best indirectly elected and not directly accountable to voters for what happens at TransLink. Stockholm and London – the two cities whose models scored best in the review – can’t be easily replicated here because their transport representatives are directly elected regionally, unlike Metro’s system. Some observers noted to the reviewers that Metro Vancouver has trouble dealing with divisive issues, usually deferring to a local city’s wishes rather than resolutely enforcing a regional perspective when needed. Their fear is that any restructured TransLink board that’s a subset of Metro’s board may have the same problem. One key consideration stressed in the report and by Walton is that the resulting system needs to not just effectively plan transportation for a rapidly growing, underserved region, but ensure that’s well coordinated with land-use planning and economic development and not working at cross-purposes.


rcMP seeking witness who recorded assault North Vancouver police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a witness who recorded a violent assault between a pedestrian and a passing motorist. At around noon on Friday, March 15, the North Van RCMP investigated an assault at the intersection of East Keith Road and Brooksbank Avenue. The driver of a vehicle got out of his car and allegedly struck the victim who was crossing the street with a fellow pedestrian. Police say a passerby recorded video of the entire incident on his cell phone.

“The North Vancouver RCMP would like to speak with the individual who took the time to record the actual assault,” said Cpl. Richard De Jong, spokesperson for the North Vancouver Mounties. “His evidence may assist police in determining exactly what transpired between the two individuals.” The witness is asked to speak to Const. Bissenden of the North Vancouver RCMP by calling 604-985-1311.

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West Vancouver Thunder minor hockey team

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he West Vancouver Thunder minor hockey team has graced itself with another award this season as the house bantam players won the division’s Team Achievement award.

For having the best attitudes on and off the ice, as well as impeccable sportsmanship, these players aged 13 and 14 were bestowed the Team Achievement banner after their last game, and also managed third place in the playoffs. “Out of all the banners that I give out at the end of the season, this is the best one I like to give out,” said Geordie Elson, managing director of PCAHA. “I think this one is better than any of the league winner and playoff champion banners. “We base the winner on the least amount of penalty minutes,” said Elson. As well as sportsmanship, nominees are also judged on how team members and officials respect the league’s volunteers. The award is decided by a recommendation to the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association, the league which governs the Thunder and other minor hockey teams in the Lions Gate league. Once suggestions are made, about 20 executive members of the league’s board vote on which teams are bestowed this honour. The only ones to know ahead of time about the Thunder being awarded the banner were the president of the team, the coach and Elson himself. By surprising the team, Elson said they “really caught these young players off guard.” Team manager Linda Dorazio agrees that the boys’ focus on respect along with welcoming new players into the dressing room helped them win the achievement. “They’re one of the nicest groups of boys,” she said. “They just enjoy playing good, clean hockey.” Her son Christian, 13, agrees. “Before every game our coach would tell us we don’t need to go out and get a lot of penalties,” he said. — Ley Doctor is a Langara College journalism student

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Tips on growing early season vegetables BRIAN MINTER CoNtRIButoR


inally, it’s time to get your early vegetables growing if you want to savour the wonderful fresh taste of new veggies this spring. Keep in mind, however, not all vegetables can be started early. Many, like bush and pole beans, need warmer soil temperatures for good germination and successful growth. Remember also at this time of year, you should be using raised beds (eight to 10 inches) and it is essential to have good soil preparation and drainage. Even though many seed catalogues recommend a later start, broad beans can be planted now. These large beans love cooler soil temperatures and mature early in the spring before the weather becomes too warm. If you haven’t tried them before, plant a few this year – they’re delicious. Early brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli), can be underway now as well. They do best from seedlings started indoors, but it’s important to use only early varieties at this time of year as they are bred to withstand cool conditions and to mature in early spring weather. Brassicas are lime lovers so use plenty of Dolopril lime in the rows. If root maggots have been a problem in the past, try drenching the planting holes with a solution of boiled rhubarb leaves and water. It’s worth a try. Lettuce is possibly the oldest, most popular of all

vegetables. It will grow under a wide diversity of conditions, but prefers cool growing temperatures of between 10 and 15 C. You can seed it directly in the ground later on, but for early crops, it’s best to transplant seedlings. Leaf lettuce is faster maturing than head types. Try some of the new ‘loose head’ varieties like ‘Buttercrunch’ and for an interesting change, plant some of the new vibrant redleafed varieties — they really colour up both the garden and a salad bowl. The new red romaine, mesclun salad blends and other interesting lettuce mixes will really spice up your taste buds too. Lettuce plants love high nitrogen soil, so mix plenty of compost and manures in their planting area. Sweet Spanish onions won’t be as sweet unless they are in the ground soon. You can seed them directly, but I prefer transplants to save both thinning and time. Many varieties are now available, but remember: some are good keepers while others are not. They all prefer a light, sandy loam and the hottest spot in the garden. In mild climates, bunching onions can be grown almost year round. Varieties like the white Lisbon, Tokyo, Long White and Stay Green Bunching are all excellent varieties. Many gardeners still prefer to use multiplier onion bulbs for some quick greens. I know one lady who plants multipliers in her garden every six weeks year round. Peas are cool croppers as well. It’s a great idea to sow just a few every two weeks until mid-May. Peas prefer a light, loamy soil, and I think you’ll find fewer

disease and insect problems if you take the time to keep your soil on the light side. Soil inoculants are a great idea for peas. All you do is sprinkle the dry granules of these live nitrogen-fixing bacteria over the seed before you cover them up. You should find both improved growth and increased yields. By the way, many new varieties of ‘Sugar Snap’ peas are the sweetest, most tender peas that I’ve ever tasted. Radishes, too, can be planted now. They need a wellmulched soil that has very good drainage. If the soil stays too wet, the radishes will split. On the other hand, they need moisture too. If we don’t get lots of rain, water them to prevent them from becoming woody or pithy. There’s nothing worse than a pithy radish! To avoid maggot problems, try raking wood ashes into the seed rows, and never grow radishes where brassicas were grown the previous year. Spinach is another good cold crop. Believe it or not, spinach germinates best at 5 C, so it should be quite happy to go in the ground soon. If you would like to enjoy spinach all season, even during the heat of summer, try the perennial variety ‘New Zealand’. Its seeds are nut-like in flavour and slow to germinate. The most awesome spinach, however, is Red Malabar Climbing Spinach. It grows like a vine and has beautiful purplish foliage, blue flowers and sweet tender leaves all summer. Malabar, however, needs heat and cannot go in until the end of May like most warmth-loving vegetables. If you’d like a headstart on other vegetables, such as early potatoes and swiss chard, choose the warmest spot in your garden. Make sure the soil is well drained and use raised beds. We can still get some pretty good frosts, so please make sure to have protective coverings like the new N-Sulate cloth, which can make an eight-degree difference in temperature, or use traditional cloches. —Brian Minter is a master gardener who operates Minter Gardens in Chilliwack.

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Renovations make up a huge will present you with a mental MAGGIE CALLOWAY part of the residential construction industry, and billions are lighting design concept when CONTRIBUTOR spent every year by Canadian someone asks how you light homeowners looking to imo you are excited about your a certain space,â€? she says. prove upon their homes. But impending renovation. You have “Lighting is a key factor in how can you make sure that you’re hiring a reputable person met with your architect, chosen helping the space meet the to renovate your home? The Rea contractor and are ready to begin‌ intent of its owner and the noMark program, developed by or are you? One professional who needs of its users. Keep that the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, gives should be part of the team from the in mind, and remember that homeowners the ability to find often incorporating a lighting beginning is a lighting professional, a reliable, professional renovadesigner into the design team which is not to be confused with an tor easily. “The RenoMark designacould be quite beneficial to the electrician. This often-forgotten protion assures consumers that outcome.â€? fessional is key to how you will live the renovator they are dealing y House Design/Build Team were honoured at the Georgie Awards last with five awards, including Best Residential Renovation $500,000 “Itmonth is a huge advantage with has completed industryin your renovated home and, even Best Interior Design Custom Residence – New or Renovation. leading education requirements when clients bring their more importantly, how you will feel Martin Knowles photo and are part of a professional plans or drawings into our in the space going forward. network apprised of the latest showroom because we can technologies and designs,â€? says Greg Chambers of Light The Store GVHBA CEO Bob de Wit. “As review the lighting specifi cacouldn’t agree more. well, all RenoMark holders tions and show how it will “I advise clients to do some“This homework, year’s Georgie Awards winners showcase “It’s an honour (to win), not only for us and have committed themselves to e Design/Build Team look in the space. Th is is the the culture and of imagination and ingenuity that our clients, but for all home builders, as we are go through publications, magazines the a code of business ethics and Marketing multiple grows stronger throughout province now recognized as creating some of the finest point our where changes can be offer warranties on the work like and see how everythingonly fi ts together. each year,â€? says CHBA BC President Nathan When aâ€? house, itthey is important toofget homes in all renovating of North America, do, offering peace mind made if the client does not and feelprojects atWhen CHBA awards. they get a sense of what they want Stone. “From Vancouver Island to Whistler, from says My House professional President and Managing Director to home-owners that RenoMark help when choosing how you will comfortable with the degree thecreate Okanagan the Interior, the winners and Graeme Huguet. “This has truly been a blessed and what feeling they want to in to the professionals stand behind the of light, etc.,for â€? us.â€? light your new space. thedesigner, finalists continue us thatthe B.C.intensity, is a year work they do.â€? 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ith the explosion of interest in cooking and baking at home, it should not come as a surprise there’s a parallel interest in growing herbs. Even if you live in the tiniest condo and cannot even contemplate a garden, you can still have almost the same fresh herb selection as a full-on garden. Miles Hunter of David Hunter Garden Centers, is an enthusiastic champion of growing your own herbs. “If you are growing herbs for the first time, start with something easy to grow; rosemary, mint, basil is a great start,” he says. “Some people have a problem with basil and the most common problem is they buy a plant that has been raised in a greenhouse then transferred from a greenhouse environment to an indoor environment and it doesn’t always transition well. I recommend starting basil from seed even if you are growing outside; it is very easy to germinate in a pot on a windowsill.” He notes that a mistake he often sees is when basil is put outside too early, as afterdark temperatures must be over 10 C or the plant might wither. He also tells people to keep their mint in a pot or an area where it can be contained as it grows so quickly. The holy trinity of herbs is basil, oregano and thyme. “Thyme is a great herb because there are lots of varieties,” Hunter says. “Thyme is one plant that has so many different flavours, like

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Outlook West Vancouver, March 28, 2013  
Outlook West Vancouver, March 28, 2013  

March 28, 2013 edition of the Outlook West Vancouver