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Iranian involvement in local politics low One politically involved Iranian-Canadian says this community is slowly becoming more involved in municipal decision-making MICHAELA GARSTIN S tA f f R E p o Rt E R


ow engaged are Iranian-Canadians in municipal politics on the North Shore?

West Vancouver Board of Education Chair Cindy Dekker (far right) and fellow trustees enjoyed a performance from Choir Director Suzanne Fulton and the WVSS Vocal Ensemble at a recent meeting. The group is looking forward to singing at the upcoming Lighthouse Festival in Park Royal South.

Lighthouse Festival 2013 West Vancouver School District is pleased to be casting a spotlight on its Creative and Performing Arts programs at our new Lighthouse Festival taking place April 15-27 in Park Royal South. The exceptional visual art work of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students from all 17 of our public schools in Lions Bay, Bowen Island and West Vancouver will be on display throughout the festival. On stage in South Centre Court, you’ll hear choral and musical performances by Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Rock Band, R&B Band and Elementary School Band students. There will also be a Fashion Show featuring the work of Textiles students and special performances by Theatre and Dance students.

The question came up at a recent West Vancouver council meeting after a presentation about the annual Norouz celebration at Ambleside. After discussing the Persian New Year event that draws thousands every March, one councillor said he would like more IranianCanadians to attend council meetings. Noticing relatively few at previous meetings, he wanted to make sure their needs were being addressed. So this begs the question, how involved is the Iranian-Canadian community in local government decisions that affect North and West Vancouver? “It takes time,” said Mehrdad Rahbar, a member of the Iranian-Canadian Steering Committee who ran for a West Van councillor position in 2005. “There is a big population, Mehrdad Rahbar but [many] are not involved in politics.” The main reason Rahbar ran for council was to create interest in municipal politics. Iranians are one of the most educated immigrant groups, he said, so picking up Canadian politics would come easily to them. But at the same time, he added, many don’t trust the government because they come from a dictatorship, which didn’t need their votes.

This is an exciting opportunity for our staff and students to showcase their artistic and musical talents and to connect with the community. Providing unique opportunities for students to deepen their learning and further their personal development is a key goal of the district.

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Superintendent Chris Kennedy recently noted that West Vancouver School District’s innovative ways are part of a larger provincial story, “one of a highly achieving system looking where it needs to go next.” We are proud of our reputation as the premier place for learning, but continue to look for new and better ways to give our students the 21st century skills they need to succeed. On behalf of the Board, I would like to personally invite you to attend the Lighthouse Festival to see what’s going on “behind the scenes” in the West Vancouver School District. I know you will be impressed by the outstanding quality of our Creative and Performing Arts programs.

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North Shore Rescue Open House Saturday, April 6 from 10am - 4pm, Dedication Ceremony at 1pm 61 Bewicke Avenue, North Vancouver North Shore Rescue is opening their doors on April 6 to showcase their new Rescue Base. Everyone is welcome! Come meet the North Shore Rescue members, check out interactive displays, take a guided tour of the new facility, plus enter the draw for a chance to win a helicopter tour. Learn more at

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Chesterfield Avenue Cycling Improvements Open House Thursday, April 18 from 5pm - 7:30pm North Vancouver City Hall Atrium The City is considering options to improve cycling facilities along Chesterfield Ave between West 4th and West 13th Streets. The project aims to increase awareness and safety of cyclists in this key cycling corridor. The Open House is an opportunity to view information boards and provide input and feedback. Get more information at

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West Vancouver police investigate VPD punch The Police Complaint Commissioner asked West Vancouver police to investigate after a Vancouver police officer was caught on video last week allegedly punching a cyclist in the face TODD COYNE S TA F F R E P O RT E R


he West Vancouver Police Department is exploring possible criminal charges after a Vancouver police officer allegedly punched a detained cyclist in the face last week, in an incident that has since gone viral in an online video. The officer, Const. Ismail Bhabha, is currently on a leave of absence, according to a Vancouver Police Department spokesperson, who told The Outlook Tuesday she did not know if or when Bhabha would return to regular duty. The incident happened on March 25 when Kharazi Andisheh Akhavan, 28, was riding his bike home through downtown Vancouver at around 10:30 p.m. The Vancouver man said he was stopped by two plainclothes VPD officers in an unmarked cruiser who told him they were issuing him a ticket for allegedly riding through a red light. From there things escalated verbally, according to statements made by Akhavan, and soon the plainclothes officers produced handcuffs and placed him under arrest. That’s when a passerby saw Akhavan with the two officers and hit ‘record’ on his cellphone, preserving a video that has since been viewed thousands of times online. In it, one of the two officers holding the cyclist appears to cock his left arm and punch the unsuspecting Akhavan in the cheek, before shouting at him twice to relax his arms. The video then shows Akhavan bleeding from the mouth where he was apparently struck by Const. Bhabha. The VPD immediately opened its own investigation into the incident, but a spokesman for B.C.’s provincial police watchdog, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, told The Outlook it was crucial that the commission launch an external investigation too. “The commissioner decided it would be in the public interest to have an external agency investigate the matter,” OPCC spokesman Rollie Woods said Tuesday. With that in mind, the commissioner’s office asked West Vancouver Police Chief Peter Lepine over the weekend if his department would head up the investigation. The chief obliged. “Just to make sure there’s a level of independence and objectivity, the commissioner decided to have an external department do it and West Vancouver was available and willing to do it,” Woods said. West Van was the only department the OPCC contacted to act as its external investigator for this particular case, he added. According to a statement from Chief Lepine’s office Tuesday, the VPD has requested that the WVPD conduct a separate investigation into whether the incident merits criminal charges against Const. Bhabha. Neither department would comment further on either investigation. In keeping with the OPCC’s six-month time limit on investigations, the WVPD now have until Sept. 28 to determine whether Akhavan’s arrest involved any wrongdoing at the hands of the VPD. Woods said a senior OPCC analyst will work closely with the WVPD to make sure “all avenues of investigation are thoroughly examined,” adding, in his opinion, the investigation should be a fairly simple one. “This doesn’t strike me as being — on the face of it anyway — a particularly complex or difficult investigation; there’s a fairly small number of witnesses, I think, that were involved and there is video that would be helpful,” he said. “So hopefully it would be done sooner than the sixmonth period but that is definitely in the hands of the West Vancouver police to decide the pace of the investigation.”

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ot too long ago, female sci-fi writers were hard to come by, but this former North Vancouver author is showing women have what it takes.

Growing up watching Star Trek marathons and working with computers, Andrea Stewart gained an appreciation for fantasy and science fiction books at a young age. Now she is a winner of The Writers of the Future contest for a short story she submitted. “I like to explore real-world issues while drawing on fantastical aspects,” said Stewart, who grew up in North Van and now lives in Sacramento, California. Although the 30-yearold author isn’t allowed to reveal what the short story is about until after the awards are presented, a full-length book she wrote could give some clues. “It’s a dark epic fantasy like the Game of Thrones,” she tells The Outlook. “It’s about a young woman who has to balance her addiction with blood magic with the country she loves.” Women dominated the 11 winners of the writing contest this year, she added, showing they are stepping into the once male-dominated genre. “It’s been a long and arduous road for me,”

she writes on her blog, “A lot of late nights meeting self-imposed deadlines, of toting the laptop or notebook places so I could squeeze in some writing time. “… I am so glad it’s going to see print, that it will be on book shelves, that it will be read.” While not writing, Stewart works as a contract analyst and paints on the side. She lives with her husband and a “veritable menagerie” of animals on her suburban microfarm.

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Refinery a good investment for B.C. I first heard of the concept for a refinery in Kitimat from David Black a number of years ago. At the time I was skeptical of its chances. My initially negative attitude was based mainly on my experience of 10 years service on the board of directors of Imperial Oil. Since I was accustomed to the discussion of petroleum economics centered in Calgary, I saw no need for a refinery in Kitimat. That attitude was based on the fact that there had not been a new refinery built in North America in Op-ed column many years. And any needed increase in petroleum production was achieved by expansion of existing refineries throughout North America. But after my service with Imperial Oil, I went on to serve four years at Canfor which led to my nine visits to China in search of lumber markets. My exposure to the phenomenal expansion of China’s economy opened my eyes to the true merit of the Kitimat refinery concept. It made me realize that it would not be just another refinery relying on the North America market but rather a refinery that would supply the vast appetite of China for petroleum products. The challenge will be to draw the attention of Asian investors who would see the value to this investment. It appears that David Black, after many years of effort, is nearing an agreement that could provide the vast capital infusion needed to make this refinery initiative a reality. The appetite for oil products for Asia will continue to grow and the Kitimat refinery is ideally

situated to take advantage. Asian countries, especially China, are very interested in securing sustainable supply of resources that will flow freely without undue trade barriers like surprises with taxes, regulations or tariffs. Canada has a good reputation as a free trade country that can be relied on as a dependable source of supply. Now is a very opportune time to attract the vast investment needed to make the Kitimat refinery go ahead. David Black, with his years of diligence, deserves our appreciation for displaying the foresight and courage to invest his time, money and reputation to help bring along this huge initiative. The positive merits of the Kitimat refinery are so profound that this project is really beyond any political persuasion. Any and all supporters of NDP, Liberal, Conservative or even Green should see the tremendous benefits that would come to B.C. with this project. This initiative will involve the investment of many billions of dollars. That’s for sure. It’s hard for any of us to visualize a million let alone a billion of any thing. So lets look at the “on the ground” facts of such an undertaking for all of us in B.C. Let’s start with the big picture. When it comes to the benefits of a petroleum cycle from well exploration to the gas station, the jurisdiction that hosts the refining process enjoys a huge portion of the value addition to the raw material. For the KFC Project that would mean several thousand mostly trade union jobs for the multi-year term of the construction phase. It would also mean the creation of over

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3,000 permanent jobs for the operation and supply support of the refinery when running. This refinery would be processing 175 million barrels per year which means the tax revenue that could go toward health care, education, vital services for the disabled and elderly would be immense. But job creation and tax revenue is not the only desirable feature of the KRC. It also would provide much lower risk to the marine environment. The shipments out of the refinery would be finished product like aviation fuel, gasoline and diesel. These products if ever spilt would be much less impactful on the marine environment. They would also be transported in smaller ships. I know there are those on both sides of the political aisle that address this as a political issue. And I would disagree with both. This is a project that can be attractive to all political stripes. Trade unions would see a significant increase in jobs and memberships. Hospitals and schools across the province would see an improvement in government funding. Business activity especially in the challenged north west B.C. would be very positively impacted. And those with a concern for the threat of marine spills would see a significantly reduced exposure for the environment. Based on the huge positive impact this initiative could have on B.C., I think the question should not be if we want it... but rather, how can we help make sure that the petroleum world sees this as an attractive way to invest billions of shareholder capital. —Jim Shepard is a former president of Finning and Canfor, and a past director of Imperial Oil

Some of the things that I love about Norgate elementary: -Runamania: Norgate’s schoolwide running program -The diversity -The teachers, support staff, our dedicated P.A.C., our administration and Carmen, the custodian -The fact that the staff at Norgate know my son’s name, and almost always greet him by name when they see him -The fact that the school has a small population. The benefits of

cover of The Outlook newspaper); and the vegetable garden project last spring -The fact that our school is in our community. This means… -I can drive by and see my son playing at lunch -My son’s friends live in our neighbourhood -Drop off/pick up is a three-minute walk away -My son knows the value of community as he experiences it in his own neighbourhood -My neighbours see my child throughout the day. I often get reports of conversations and what they saw him doing on the playground. -My son can walk to school, safe-

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1 Two-year-old Chloe Gibson and mom Jessica are on the hunt for goodies. Jessica owns the butcher shop in Dundarave Village. 2 Truffle House owner Fabienne Chaber and daughter Olivia are busy handing out chocolate eggs in front of their popular restaurant. 3 The ladies from the Knit-n-Stich wool shop, namely Lilias Barr, left, and Emma Owen, have lots of children visit the store. 4 Hauling fluffy bunnies down to the beach for the big giveaway is Patrick Snowball. His


mom Mariane is one of the event organizers. 5 Financially speaking, the girls from RBC Bank are all too happy to pay out their interests in chocolate this day. From left: Tina Abdollahi and Prab Wong. 6 In her Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, Colleen Cranney is all smiles inside Delany’s Coffee House. 7 Nineyear-old Narin Salekdeh and mom Nazila follow their Easter egg map to find treasures.




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ehrdad Rahbar wants to put a public art piece on the North Shore, possibly at Ambleside Park or Lower Lonsdale. It would be a tribute to women, particularly Iranian-Canadians, in their struggle for equality, freedom and peace. “The uprising of Iranian women in the summer of 2009 marked a historical moment in the history of the women’s movement in the world,” Rahbar, who works as an architect and artist in West Van, tells The Outlook. In his preliminary drawing, a group of abstract female figures made from copper plates form a circle and hold a globe with a dove captive inside, yet trying to fly to freedom. The women represent the five continents on earth. “Today, any freedom movement should concern all

Architect and artist Mehrdad Rahbar with his public art piece in West Vancouver. Rob Newell photo

members on our planet,” Rahbar writes in the proposal he plans to present to the North Shore’s three municipalities. “The Iranian women demonstrated this struggle as a member of this global community in summer of 2009 and the world in unison is marching with them.” Rahbar is talking about an uprising in Iran that took place four years ago. Thousands of women, seen as The Friendliest Dealers second-class citizens under Iranian law, and Best Deals in Town protested what they say is a corrupt political system. “In order to reach the optimum expression of the artwork [a] circle is chosen as the primary form of unity, a geometric order for universal unity that has existed in the development of all human cultures throughout history,” writes Rahbar, who moved to Canada in 1979 after the Iranian Revolution, A p r i l 1 - 28 a time of violent protests when a new leader came to power. After completing THURSDAYS AT 8PM! a master’s degree in architecture from $ $ $ $ 1,500 2,500 3,500 4,500 McGill University, he moved to West April 11 April 4 April 18 April 25 Van where he operates an architectural Only $500 awarded if first winner not present! and development firm. Remainder rolls to For his first public artwork, Rahbar APRIL 25 - WIN UP TO $10,500 created a piece for a development he SUNDAYS AT 2PM! worked on in the 2100-block of Marine $ $ $ $ Drive in West Vancouver. A male and 250 500 750 1,000 female figure, with Persian and English April 7 April 14 April 21 April 28 writing, carry a bronze vessel to hold



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art category but would have to wait for an opportunity to arise and also meet the specific criteria. North Vancouver has two other programs: Community public art, which includes murals and other artwork created by community members, and developer public art where artwork is paid for by developers and installed outside their buildings. Over in West Vancouver, the programs are different, but the long selection process is similar. Besides civic public art where any artist can compete, a specific group can be targeted to participate, such as how the Squamish Nation has been in the past. Individual artists can also be invited or artwork can be bought directly, although these are not the preferred means, says Glenn Madsen, cultural program coordinator for West Vancouver. So where does Rahbar’s public art fit in on the North Shore? It’s a tough question because it doesn’t meet the criteria for many projects but, says Rahbar, the subject matter has deep meaning for many Iranian-Canadians living in North and West Van. “The [municipalities] could acknowledge our community through public art,” says Rahbar.

BONG? - Mirare had to find an new home after Deep Cove residents complained it looked like pot-smoking paraphernalia. File photo

“We’re here, we call it home. Let’s show that we’re here.” **** Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This old cliché applies to public art, where certain pieces are adored by some and detested by others. Take Mirare, a controversial 17-foot stainless steel sculpture cast from a 100-year-old hemlock, that was planned for Deep Cove Park. After nearby residents complained about its “inappropriate location” in a park setting and said it looked like pot-smoking paraphernalia, dubbing it “the bong”, the artwork’s home was moved west to Princess Park. Deciding to install Mirare at its original site was an arduous decision, not one taken lightly. It was chosen from 36 other submissions. As part of standard procedure, it was picked by a panel, which this time included a Deep Cove resident, local artist, curator and member of the district’s public art advisory committee, and a member of the park department. As it turns out, the community’s reaction is never truly known until the art is unveiled. “This hadn’t happened before” says Lori Phillips, North Van’s public art coordinator, adding most public art is welcomed by the community. The abstract work Veil, a group of multicoloured lights cascading down one side of Centennial Theatre on Lonsdale, is another example of how a piece can be loved and hated at the same time. While many people praise the public art for brightening up rainy North Shore days, a few say the lights are simply too bright. “This is why the process and procedures are so important,” says Phillips. “We want to be fair, go through each step carefully and let the panel decide.” But does this North Shore-wide process hamper public artwork that doesn’t fit into any category? That’s a difficult question because, says Phillips, the guidelines are in place for an important reason — to make the competition fair for all artists and to ensure suitable artwork is installed. But still, where does Rahbar’s piece about Iranian women’s fight for equality and freedom fit in? To some, it arguably has more meaning behind it than some artwork installed on the North Shore. However, allowing one ethnic group to have public artwork and not permitting others poses a problem, says Phillips, because each may want to be represented. continued, NEXT PAGE


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An option for IranianCanadian public art in North Vancouver, advises Phillips, could include the program that allows community members to do the work. Under this program, trees were yarn-bombed this summer in a park on Lonsdale. Community members got together to knit swatches that were sewn around tree trunks, beatifying the park. The controversial $7,500-project wasn’t without it’s naysayers though, with some council members initially opposing the idea. But community artwork doesn’t necessarily have to be temporary. Other projects have included murals and mosaics, but sculptures created by a single person are out of the question. Rahbar is planning to approach the North Shore’s three municipalities with his proposal to see what his next steps are to get his sculpture displayed for the public. This LOOK HIGH - Moving Up, an elevated beaver’s nest, is on time he plans to bring along the Spirit Trail along Welsh Street in North Vancouver. representatives from the The Arts Office, North Vancouver Canadian Iranian Foundation and the Iranian Canadian That’s why, she says, most of the projects Congress, both of which support cultural are about themes that are equally important activities. to everyone, often the North Shore’s connec“I hope this will happen in the end,” he tion to its natural surroundings. says. “It would make a lot of people proud and But this process can be frustrating to arthappy to see it up near their home.” ists like Rahbar, whose pieces don’t seem to fit easily into any category. “It’s a long bureaucratic process, often with no results,” he says about his past experiences dealing with municipalities on the North Shore.

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VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark and Environment Minister Terry Lake are expected to announce this week that a B.C. Liberal government will freeze B.C.’s carbon tax on fossil fuels at current rates for five years. Government sources said the freeze is to allow other jurisdictions to catch up to B.C., which taxes carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels at $30 a tonne. Former finance minister Carole Taylor introduced the carbon tax in 2008, covering transportation and heating fuel for homes and businesses. The rate rose over four years and was frozen for this year at seven cents per litre of gasoline, with comparable taxes on diesel, coal, natural gas and other fuels. The carbon tax is budgeted to raise $1.2 billion in the fiscal year that began April 1, with all revenues required to be returned through personal and business income tax reductions. B.C.’s carbon tax was a political battleground before the 2009 election, with former NDP leader Carole James campaigning for it to be scrapped. At the 2008 municipal convention in Penticton, when former premier Gordon Campbell announced grants to offset carbon tax costs for towns and cities, James claimed the grants were to placate local politicians who were in open revolt against the tax. After the 2009 election, the NDP changed its position to support the carbon tax. Leader Adrian Dix has said revenues should go towards transit expansion or energy-saving upgrades in municipal buildings and operations. B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins promises to eliminate the carbon tax. Cummins emphasizes the disproportionate

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impact the tax has on colder and more remote parts of B.C., but has not yet specified if offsetting income tax cuts would be reversed to make up the revenue to the province. B.C. Green Party leader Jane Sterk has restated her 2009 policy of raising the carbon tax from the current $30 per tonne to $50 a tonne immediately. That would bring the tax to more than 10 cents per litre of gasoline. The Greens would also extend the tax to industrial process emissions such as cement kilns, and cancel the offsetting income tax reductions. The revenues would instead be used to fund transit and possibly energy retrofits for homes and other buildings. The recent focus has been on another climate program to make the provincial government and its agencies buy carbon offsets through the Pacific Carbon Trust. Facing criticism about transferring millions of dollars from school and hospital budgets to fund emission reduction projects in private industry, Environment Minister Terry Lake announced in April 2012 that $5 million a year would be set aside from carbon offset payments to fund school district energy efficiency projects.

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admitting pot use at U.s. border may get you banned Border guards take new tack after Wash. legalization vote JeFF NAGEL Black Press


ot-smoking B.C. residents are increasingly being banned from entering the U.S. as American border guards try to stem the flow of Canadian marijuana tourists in the wake of Washington State’s weed legalization vote late last year.

Blaine lawyer Len Saunders said he’s seeing more cases of B.C. residents being permanently denied entry after trying to carry pot across the border, thinking it’s no longer an issue. Because marijuana is now legal to possess under state law, Canadians caught bringing less than an ounce across aren’t charged, as they were in the past. “I’m seeing no prosecutions – zero since November,” Saunders said. “But there’s more confusion.” What happens now, he said, is pot-packing Canucks have their stash confiscated and are then interrogated under oath about their drug-using habits. Admit that you’ve ever smoked or used marijuana in your life, he said, and you’re deemed inadmissable to the U.S. because you’ve confessed to a crime of moral turpitude. “The key is to not admit that you’ve ever used it,” Saunders said, stressing he isn’t

counselling anyone to lie under oath. He noted anyone could be questioned about past marijuana use at the border, whether Customs and Border Protection agents find pot on them or not. Past studies have found a majority of B.C. residents report using marijuana at least once. Saunders said he’s increasingly had calls from Canadians deemed inadmissable over pot use who say they can’t believe it happened to them and must now apply for a tough-to-obtain re-entry waiver also required for anyone with a criminal conviction who wants to return to the U.S. A pot dispensary is expected to open in Blaine, he said, but the licence hasn’t been granted yet. “It’s legal to possess,” Saunders said. “So if you make it over the border you can buy it and you can use it.” Saunders noted Washington’s legalization of pot doen’t extend to use by minors age 18 or under. And anyone who brings a “truckload” of pot over the border can still expect to be prosecuted under U.S. federal law. Ironically, he said, while an admission of marijuana use in the distant past can bar you from the U.S. for life, convicted drunk drivers face no such problem. “If you have multiple DUIs you are admissable to the U.S.,” Saunders said. “A DUI is not a crime of moral turpitude because you didn’t have the intention to drive drunk. Because you were drunk.”

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Daughter’s school project morphs into art show North Vancouver artist Grace Gordon-Collins shows her family dynamic in a new show

Butterfly, Marilyn Monroe and Frida Kahlo. With poetry written by Alexandria alongside the photos, Icon was born as a book project when Gordon-Collins took CONTRIBUTOR a bookmaking course at Emily Carr. ‘”I thought ‘Gosh these are beautiful photos,’” Gordonrace Gordon-Collins has put together two of her Collins remarked. art series under one title: Phantasma. Thus, Icon, the first half of the Phantasma show, was Showing at the Cafe for Contemporary Art, created. Gordon-Collin’s work showcases her family life and expeThe book itself, with transparencies and layers, won’t riences through portraits of her daughter as iconic women be out for reading during the show as there is but one of her time. unbound copy, but rather will be shown as a large video Phantasma consists of two art pieces, Icon and Pulp. component, projecting while Gordon-Collins voice-reads Gordon-Collins’ daughter Alexandria wanted her mother her daughter’s poetry. to help her with an essay she was writing while studying After creating Icon, Gordon-Collins found parallels at Capilano University. between herself and these strong female role models. We’re 1/2 block South of Richmond Auto Mall That help turned into a photo shoot of Alexandria as She then decided to bring back some of the characters 604-278-6184 | 6631 Sidaway Road, Richmond B.C. several strong female role models, including Madame her daughter portrayed and gave them new life as stars on pulp paperback covers with titles and stories rooted in her own past. BLACK “I like looking at the darker side,” said trAp At output ON YOUR NEXT Gordon-Collins as she explains the stories $ Richmond Go Karts FOntS: Helv BILL! neue, impact GROCERY behind her paperback covers. “I like to get UP TO GK_SpringBreadAd_bw.indd ScReen: 200ppi into people’s heads.” arch 3, 2012 FinAl: PdF Pointing at one piece of the Pulp series, e: 2.83"w x 5”h PROductiOn: m. mcKendry ek’s money saving deals de from our team of experts. { Check out this week’s starring her daughter and son in an apartns: ment doorway, Gordon-Collins points out that y Leader the quotation on the cover was actually said Drop by your Kin’s North Shore ey Times to her. Westender location, 1199 Lynn Valley Rd., on “It’s exactly what this guy said as he tried aby/New West News Leader Saturday April 6th between 2 and 4pm. to push his way into my apartment,” she said, Julie will be selling daffodil pins as a recounting the tale of a party gone awry as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer bunch of thugs tried to crash the shindig. Society. Stop by the booth to purchase “My story became her story,” she said. As her daughter posed in these dress-up photo your pin. Fresh fruit and veggie samples shoots, she found out more and more about and balloons for the kids. The Kin’s her mother and her life. Green Fighter who sells the “Before, she probably thought I was just her most pins will receive a mom and not this individual.” Julie Dunsterville home gym equipment “Her personal narrative, memories and takes the from Canadian Tire. experiences have by extension, become part of challenge for me,” said Alexandria Gordon-Collins. “[Icon] North and her later work Pulp opened my eyes to Vancouver! the life my mother had before I came into the world.” Follow Julie and find out who her opponents are at The show’s reception is April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. and runs until May 3 at the Cafe for Contemporary Art in North Vancouver.





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Metro should end garbage incineration: study Report criticizes carbon emissions from waste-toenergy plants JEFF NAGEL Black PrEss


new report urges Metro Vancouver not to build any new waste-to-energy plants and that its existing garbage incinerator in Burnaby be phased out. Those are among the recommendations in a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Its paper titled “Closing the Loop” examines solid waste policy through the prism of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and encouraging green industries. Author Marc Lee takes aim in part at Metro Vancouver’s advancing strategy of building a new waste-to-energy plant to consume 370,000 tonnes of garbage by 2018, ending the region’s use of the Cache Creek regional landfill. The Burnaby incinerator, which burns 280,000 tonnes of waste per year, is a heavy carbon emitter even using disputed official estimates, according to the report, making it a considerably worse source of electricity than burning natural gas. “Incineration has adverse consequences for health and GHG emissions, and requires a steady stream of waste that is inconsistent with zero waste objectives,” the report said. In particular, it notes plastics and paper – key materials that should be diverted for recycling – contribute the most energy when burned. “Programs that succeed in reducing waste could, perversely, be a challenge for incinerators needing to run at high enough temperatures to reduce the formation of toxic compounds.” From a climate change perspective, it said, landfilling plastics and wood products would be preferable to incineration, because it would be a form of carbon storage, even though other strategies to reduce, reuse and recycle

would be better. Incineration doesn’t make garbage disappear, it said, noting at least 22 per cent is typically reduced to ash that still must be landfilled, while heavy metals and other toxins can escape. “Even if energy is produced from incineration, it is uneconomic energy as it destroys useful materials that are costly to replace from virgin sources.” The report also urges province-wide composting and a phase-out of single-use products and packaging. Materials that are toxic or non-recyclable should be either banned or tightly regulated. It also says B.C. needs to develop green manufacturing or reprocessing industries, but admits it will be challenging. Public investments will be needed, it says, to support a shift away from landfills and incinerators in favour of waste reduction, reuse, repair and maintenance, and finally recycling and composting. No estimate is provided of the public cost, but the report argues fees to landfill or incinerate garbage should be steadily increased to create an advantage for diversion. It also notes much of what’s considered recycling is really “down-cycling” – degrading something like high-quality plastic to lowergrade uses like plastic wood. The study admits its ultimate “closed loop” vision of a low-waste society where appliances, for example, are repaired and reused for far longer than today is at odds with an open economy that freely allows imports and exports, as well as consumers’ penchant for quickly discarding tech gadgets in favour of new models. “Meaningful progress will be difficult,” it said, but argued changes made now will be “much less painful than if we wait for nature to impose its own limits tomorrow.” Nineteen firms are in the running to build a new waste-to-energy plant for Metro Vancouver. Over the next two years the regional district is to determine a preferred technology and identify potential sites.


Webster needs your help SPCA seeks funds to cover the cost of surgery for an abandoned miniature poodle with a leg broken in two places lEY DOCTOR contriButor


n injured six-year-old miniature poodle needs donors to help cover the cost of his surgery after he was found abandoned on the doorstep of a BC SPCA branch earlier this month. Webster (pictured at right) was found in a crate with his leg broken in two places and underwent an operation last week. His surgery cost about $1,120 and a BC SPCA spokesperson pointed out that the society relies entirely on donations to fund treatment for sick or injured animals. “Sadly, it’s not uncommon for animals to be surrendered to us needing urgent medical care,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations. Last year the West Vancouver SPCA branch cared for more than 1,000 animals. Webster, who was dropped off on the front steps of a Burnaby location, was taken to the West Vancouver site for his surgery and care. “He was lifting his front left leg in pain,” said Dragana Hajdukovic, West Vancouver

SPCA’s branch manager. Webster will make a full recovery in the next six to eight weeks. As well as looking for donations to offset the cost of his surgery, the SPCA is also hoping to find him a new guardian. “Unfortunately, the adoption fee falls way below our cost of daily care, let alone the veterinary fees we incur,” said Hajdukovic. The total cost of Webster’s treatment is just under $2,000. Donations to help Webster can be given online or over the phone to the West Vancouver SPCA at 604-922-4622 as well as in person.

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Metro Vancouver’s existing waste-toenergy incinerator in south Burnaby burns 280,000 tonnes of garbage each year.



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ames Walton’s black leather jacket, platinum blond hair, silver earring and funky coloured glasses juxtapose his old-school ways when it comes to making beer at Storm Brewery. (Where else could you find a Black Plague Stout for all that ales you?) Back in 1997, Walton did a sour beer aged in oak barrels. Few people were interested in buying it so he halted production. Today, sour beers are the all the rage or, as Walton says, “sour is the new bitter.” Then there’s his recipe for Red Sky Alt Beer. It’s an ale brewed with classic lager techniques, resulting in a “nice, full rich mouth beer.” First designed as one of his home brews, he stopped making it at his Commercial Drive brewery a few years ago. Then Graham With dropped by for a visit. With is the designated brewmaster of the signature beer for 2013 Vancouver Craft Beer Week. The first craft beer he ever tried (before he was of legal age to imbibe) was the Red Sky Alt Beer. He loved it and convinced Walton to share his recipe for this year’s collaboration brew. On Friday afternoon, brew masters from across the Lower Mainland gathered at Parallel 49 Brewing Company in East Van, With’s home hopping ground, to

toast the return of Red Sky Alt Beer. A collaboration of the 31 breweries from across the province taking part in the nine-day celebration, the beer will only be available around the time of Vancouver Craft Beer Week (May 31 to June 8.) Proceeds will be donated to Mark Brand’s A Better Life Foundation. Brand, who recently put his own mark on the craft beer scene with Portside Pub in Gastown and who is about to open Beachcomber Brewing in Gibsons, has agreed to use the money to buy food tokens at Save On Meats (which Brand also owns.) Those tokens will be given away in the Downtown Eastside. “We want to show that Vancouver Craft Beer Week is socially aware of what’s going on,” says Chris Bjerrisgaard, one of VCBW’s organizers. Previous recipients were the tsunami relief fund and the BC Farmland Defence League. Meanwhile, at six o’clock last Friday morning, With and Walton were at Parallel 49 to start making the Red Sky Alt Beer. A traditional beer calls for a traditional method of making it, i.e. a “long, intensive process.” But the result will be a light, refreshing German-style beer. “You can convert non beer drinkers into craft beer drinkers with this one,” Bjerrisgaard says. To keep up to date on what’s being planned, go to

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MP John Weston

MP John Weston, who is the government liaison to the Persian and Iranian community, said many people who grew up in Canada cannot imagine some of the reasons why IranianCanadians hesitate to go to public events. For instance, when Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer who won a Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering efforts to support democracy and human rights, visited West Vancouver, Weston was surprised by the number of people who said they would like to meet her but

SomEthINg bREwINg - Brewmasters from across the Lower Mainland gathered at Parallel 49 to toast the signature beer for the 2013 Vancouver Craft Beer Week, May 31 to June 8. For more information about the event, go to vancouvercraftbeerweek. com.

feared their attendance would be reported back to Iran’s regime. “For people who would naturally want to be involved in democratic expressions, they may be averse to doing so for reasons most Canadians would not imagine,” Weston said, adding the majority of Iranian-Canadians came to Canada after Iran’s 1979 revolution, a time of protest and violence. In addition, new Canadians, including those from Iran, have to get settled before they take part in municipal politics, he noted, adding learning English can also take time. Trying to to encourage more involvement in municipal politics, the Civic Association of IranianCanadians, commonly know as Civic IC, is a non-partisan group that is organizing Iranian Canadians into a more civically active community. The organization began in 2008 after its founders noticed participation in elections needed to be improved. “If you look back two years ago, there are more

“If you look back two years ago, there are more people showing up today.” Mehrdad Rahbar

Civic IC

people showing up today,” said Rahbar, who is involved with Civic IC. Getting together can be a challenge because the organization is volunteer run, he said, adding that being provided with a room by one of the North Shore’s municipalities would help

the group meet regularly. “They realize this is their home… Now, through education, I think they will start participating [in politics] more,” said Rahbar.


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» GREEN FIGHTER Julie Dunsterville, North Van’s Green Fighter. Julie Dunsterville photo

HARDwARE HAUl - Soon, they’re going to need to build a trophy room. Since 2011, Adera’s seven35 project in North Van has garnered a dozen-plus municipal, provincial, national and international awards. “It is gratifying to be honoured by so many organizations in so many categories,” said Adera president Norm Couttie in a release. “The range of awards demonstrate Adera’s attention to every aspect of seven35, from cutting edge design to energy efficiency.” Submitted photo


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esides exercising at the gym regularly, North Vancouver’s Kin’s Green Fighter is using the great outdoors to stay in shape.

“Beautiful Lynn Canyon is my backyard,” says Julie Dunsterville on her blog. “Literally my house is across the street from one of the entrances to a huge outdoor playground with trails and even a suspension bridge.” Dunsterville is one of 13 contestants from throughout B.C. competing in Kin’s 13-week health and fitness challenge. On sunny days, her family takes their dog Sage down to popular swimming holes in the river. “I have never really gotten into walking the trails though,” Dunsterville admits. “I have been reluctant to walk the steep trails because I would get out of breath stomping up the endless stairs and up and down the hills.” But now that the Green Fighter is eating healthier and exercising more, she plans to start taking longer hikes. “I may even work up to a 2-3 hour hike with my two boys and hubby, but no promises!” she writes. For more information about the Kin’s Green Fighter challenge, visit - The Outlook

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Donald’s Fine Foods is a family owned company providing specialty meat procurement, processing, and distribution of our quality products and services from three sites to customers in Western Canadian and International Markets. Our production and distribution facilities work in partnership to deliver an exceptional product. Donald’s Fine Foods has built the business around our mission and core values of integrity, quality, innovation, superior customer service and our dedicated staff. We currently have an opportunity in our IT Department for a selfmotivated, results-oriented individual who would be a positive addition to our dedicated staff. The System/ Network Administrator would work as part of our current IT employee base assisting all of DFF’s staff with system and network administration, on site and remote assistance, desktop and Ethernet ready device support. Our current computer network consists of 100 workstations and servers spanning three different locations, Richmond, B.C., Langley B.C. and Moose Jaw, SK. Donald’s Fine Foods offers the successful candidate a competitive compensation package, excellent employee benefit program, RRSP and an employee development plan including, regular performance feedback, a comprehensive development/improvement process, recognition for your team and individual accomplishments and specific developmental activities to ensure continued learning and development. We require a self motivated, independent individual who can maintain the company’s IT infrastructure needs with confidence and a professional attitude. This individual is someone who thrives in a challenging, productive environment built on respectful collaboration and will strive to complete tasks promptly and adhere to deadlines. To apply, please forward your resume along with your qualifications no later than: April 10, 2013 to or fax 604-533-0896.

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PSB DRYWALL ★ All Boarding, Taping, Framing & Texture. Insured work. 604-762-4657/604-764-6416

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Capilano Mall

Lynn Valley Centre

Lonsdale Quay

Park Royal

OPEN Same as mall hours

OPEN Same as mall hours


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20 - 935 Marine Dr. Across from Walmart 604.904.0257

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Outlook West Vancouver, April 04, 2013  

April 04, 2013 edition of the Outlook West Vancouver

Outlook West Vancouver, April 04, 2013  

April 04, 2013 edition of the Outlook West Vancouver