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UBC’s annual plant sale Spring is here and so is UBC Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale! As the name ‘A Growing Affair’ suggests, the evolution of the Garden’s popular and long-running annual Perennial Plant Sale includes more than just plants. Designed to inform and empower plant lovers of all ages and to engage the local community with a deeper appreciation for all things growing, the event combines informative displays and fun demonstrations for both new and experienced gardeners with an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase. There are even garden tours throughout the day and activities for children to inspire the next generation of gardeners.

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Road pricing one issue that divides parties Whether road pricing should finance transit expansion in Metro Vancouver is one regional issue where the clearest lines have been drawn between provincial political parties. It’s one of the questions put to the parties ahead of the provincial election by the Metro regional district on its new advocacy website, As of Monday, the BC Liberals had yet to respond but the NDP, Greens and BC Conservatives had all provided answers. Most responses, particularly from the NDP, pledge mainly to work with local government on key issues without taking a detailed position. On the question of enabling road pricing to raise more money for TransLink, the NDP say only they “will be open to a discussion with a reformed TransLink board.”

As for how TransLink will be restructured, the NDP have only said they would put municipal elected representatives back on the board, without spelling out details. The Greens go farthest to endorse higher charges for motorists to drive in the region, saying they support a variety of strategies including road pricing, parking pricing and congestion pricing. BC Conservatives are staunchly against road pricing. “Drivers should not be punished with tolls and taxes at every road and bridge to pay for TransLink,” said the Conservatives’ response. The BC Liberals, who have been under fire from Conservative candidates in Surrey for introducing tolls on the Port Mann Bridge, have promised a November 2014 referendum on new funding sources for TransLink. BC Liberal leader Christy Clark has said she opposes tolls on existing roads and bridges. Clark said the referendum would allow voters to block new funding to TransLink if they don’t support it, although Transportation Minister Mary Polak had previously suggested the referendum would make voters provide more revenue to TransLink one way or another, by choosing the most acceptable source. — Jeff Nagel

Record-breaking start to May Fourteen heat records were broken on Sunday across BC, with the hottest temperature recorded in Lillooet at 32.8 degrees Celsius. Its previous record for May 5 was set in 1925 at 31.1. The mercury at Vancouver International airport topped out at 20.2, with inland temperatures soaring to 28, and, while not the hottest, impressive nonetheless considering that the airport average for this time of year is around 12.5. — Kelsey Klassen

Metro Vancouver ‘living wage’ rises to $19.62 The bare-bones family budget covers basic needs only By Jeff Nagel

The living wage this year is up 48 cents from $19.14 an hour in 2012 – a jump of 2.5 per cent or nearly double the rate of n annual recalculation of the inflation. so-called “living wage” for That increase is attributed in part to a Metro $28 per month jump in Vancouver a family’s transportation Monthly budget concludes two workcosts, due to rising costs (family of four) ing parents must each to own and operate a car now earn $19.62 an and a 13 per cent jump $19.62 per hour living wage works hour to adequately out to $35,708 for each parent this year in TransLink working full-time. support a family of fares. four. Rising child care costs, Their monthly spending breaks The calculation, food prices and a four per down as follows: published by the cent jump in Medical Ser• Shelter: $1,440 Canadian Centre for vices Plan premiums were Policy Alternatives, also to blame. • Child care: $1,193 estimates the wage Metro’s living wage has • Food: $775 including benefits reclimbed from $16.74 in quired for a family of • Transportation: $495 2008, when the calculatwo full-time earners tion was first made. • Contingency: $229 (cushion and two young chilThe CCPA and other against unexpected events) dren to meet basic advocacy groups are part • Clothing and footwear: $192 expenses, including of a Metro Vancouver rent, child care, food • MSP premiums: $133 Living Wage for Families and transportation, campaign that urges em• Non-MSP health care: $133 once government ployers to pay wages that • Parents education: $92 taxes, credits, deducreflect the real cost of livtions and subsidies ing in their communities. • Other household expenses: $729 are taken into acThey also want govcount. ernment to do more by “The living wage lifts families out of expanding the stock of affordable houspoverty, but it’s based on a bare-bones ing and pursuing universal child care, budget without the extras many of us national pharmacare or dental coverage take for granted,” said report co-author programs for children and lower income Iglika Ivanova. families. Not covered are student loan or credit A similar calculation in the Fraser card debt repayments or any savings for Valley pegged the living wage there at retirement or children’s education. $16.37.




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Rioters who looted London Drugs face civil suits Legal fallout from 2011 Stanley Cup not over yet By Jeff Nagel


ondon Drugs has filed the first civil law suits against 14 Stanley Cup rioters who trashed the firm’s downtown Vancouver store two years ago. Some are still before the courts on criminal charges but others — like 22-year-old Surrey looter Victor Varela — have been

convicted. Varela admitted stealing two laptop computers, binoculars and a camera before being sentenced to 30 days in jail for participating in a riot. London Drugs is seeking a combined total of $50,000 in damages from the initial four small claims lawsuits it has filed. But CEO Wynne Powell said money recovered through the courts must be repaid to insurance companies. “We’re not doing this for the money,” Powell said. “We’re doing this on behalf of

the staff who felt they were going to lose their lives on that night and felt terrorized by these people.” More than 340 looters poured into the store on the night of the riot, after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins, and more than $450,000 in merchandise was taken. Store staff hid in a secure steel room but Powell said they didn’t feel safe. “The store was destroyed around them,” leaving behind “absolute chaos,” he said. Powell noted Varela later bragged about

selling what he took for cash and, although he apologized in court, he did not return the money. Six of the rioters targeted in the law suits aren’t yet identified but the remaining eight have been charged and all but one has pleaded guilty. The maximum payout from any individual small claims case is $25,000. Powell said London Drugs intends to file more small claims suits against between eight and 21 more rioters before June 15, when a two-year deadline to file runs out.

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Coping with miscarriage Vancouver sci-fi star Amanda Tapping speaks publicly for the first time on overcoming eight miscarriages

Like so many other women, Tapping has wrestled with feelings of shame and isolation — and has done so largely without sharing her story with others. “[It’s] one of those taboo subjects that women don’t feel comfortable talking about,” By Sabrina Furminger says Tapping in an interview with WE in a North Vancouver café. Tapping first told WE about her miscariscarriages are rarely discussed openly in any riages in an off-the-record conversation about venue, despite the fact that one in six pregnanmotherhood back in January; it’s a part of her cies end in loss. life that she’s never shared in an interview. For many women, a miscarriage is a traumat“There were times where I felt downright ic and isolating experience, one that is worsened by feelings embarrassed. Truth be told, I still do. You of shame and guilt. These women feel that their miscarriagjust don’t know how to articulate it because es were their fault (even though miscarriages are very rarely you’re struggling so much, and you feel caused by anything the mother has done). Despite the statis- guilty, like ‘I must have done something tics, they often feel that no one could possibly understand wrong, and that’s why I’ve lost this baby.’” their pain. They might even feel an intense societal pressure Actress Amanda Tapping, here with her daughter Olivia, is sharing her When WE recently asked Tapping to to be a mother, and that if they’re unable to naturally birth consider speaking out about her miscarriage experience with miscarriages for the first time in the hopes of helping a child, they’re somehow less of a woman. journey, she decided the time was right. women who have endured similar loss. Tapping suffered two miscarCombined, such feelings can be absolutely crippling. “As hard as it is to talk about it, as scary as riages before Olivia’s birth, and six after. Photo courtesy Amanda Tapping Amanda Tapping knows the burden of these feelings all it is to talk about it, we have to talk about it, too well. Tapping — the Vancouver-based actor-director because how else are we going to support each those feelings had the time and space to burst through. who starred on Stargate SG-1 and Sanctuary — had two other if we don’t have those conversations? As soon as you “I thought I had no ripples on my lake, the waves gently miscarriages before the birth of her daughter Olivia, and six give a voice to it, then it ceases to have as much power over lapping on the shore, but then Sanctuary ended, and the full miscarriages after. you.” force of everything hit me,” she shares. “It was a tsunami of Tapping had never entertained the posgrief.” sibility that she could suffer a miscarriage, Her journey to motherhood and the healing of the last so when she lost her first pregnancy two year has given Tapping pause to consider the toxic emomonths in, she was completely stunned. tions that women battle on an ongoing basis. According to “I just always assumed I would have three Tapping, the guilt and shame that swirl around miscarriages children so it was a bit of a shock.” and infertility are indicative of societal pressures on women The second miscarriage further rattled that begin — and don’t cease — with childbirth. Tapping’s confidence. 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t’s not unusual for the co-workers at Lusso Verde, a beautiful one-stop-shop for Italian fine food and fresh flowers, to have dinner together after work. Sure they bond over creative experiments with the various products in the store — artisanal pastas, high quality risotto, olive oils and chocolate, to name a few — but it’s as if they’ve been lifelong friends. Clearly Susie Cahill has hired the best. Not only are the three young women who work with her talented, fun to be around and dedicated to the business, but they are also her daughters. “I always hoped that I would one day do a business with the girls,” says Cahill, who opened Lusso Verde in November on W. 8th at Granville. They all agree that, as the business started coming together, the girls joining her was a very natural progression. Kelsey, Alexa, and CJ have all inherited their mother’s passion for beauty, entertaining, fine wine and food. They took the opportunity to leave

their jobs in the restaurant industry to join her and ensure the success of their mother’s dream. Alexa has a business degree in entrepreneurial leadership and contributes behind the scenes, while Kelsey and CJ have each taken to flower arranging. Like their mom, they all love spending time in the gorgeous glass- and tile-walled cold room, sampling Italian cheeses and cured meats. Cahill has led by example, and now the girls all have the opportunity to shine. “She was like the ‘Martha Stewart’ mom,” says Alexa. “We always had tons of baking at home, our Christmas tree was amazing, the garden was beautiful. She always took such care with presentation.” As they grew up, Cahill instilled in her girls a love of la dolce vita — the sweet life. She has always taken great care to surround her girls with beautiful things — a well-known bias in Italian culture. While none of them have been to Italy (yet!), they all appreciate that very Italian way of living — cooking with love, eating well, and cherishing family and friends. So, together, they have brought the Italian experience to Vancouver. There is a trust and understanding that comes with working with family. Knowing each other so well makes the days easy and fun. Alexa admits that they laugh a lot at work and are often goofing around. When she goes into the back room to talk with her mom and sisters, it’s Cahill that teases, “Uh oh, the boss is here.” CJ jokes that even though she and her sisters have been living on their own for some time now, coming in to the store feels like they’re all back living at home. So what do the girls buy their mom for Mother’s Day considering Cahill has created a store full of all of her favourite things? “Wine!” exclaim CJ and Alexa in unison. Cahill smiles. “They know me so well.”

Above: Lusso Verde owner Susie Cahill focuses on more than just Italian delicacies for her South Granville store — she follows the Italian mantra of ‘family first’ as well. Clockwise from centre: Lusso the Great Dane and Cahill, with daughters Alexa, CJ , and Kelsey Milne. You can read more about Lusso on PETS page 19. Left: Kelsey showing off the selection of cheeses in the walk-in cooler. Rob Newell photos

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One in six Canadian couples will be affected by fertility issues. National Infertility Week is coming up on May 19-26 and counsellor Rita Schnarr wants to get people talking about it. Rob Newell photo

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aleh Hashemi lives in one of the most densely populated areas in Vancouver, but her daily life is more Small Town than Big City. “I love stepping into my elevator because I always see someone I know, and the minute I put my feet out onto the sidewalk, someone is waving at me from the other side of the street,” said Hashemi, an Iranian-born, Swiss-educated property manager and mother to children ages 10 and 15. Hashemi worked hard to cultivate this decidedly un-urban-like existence. Hashemi is a founding member of Parents of Yaletown, a burgeoning group that began as a coffee klatch for three moms but now boasts a membership of close to 170 moms and dads alike. And if membership trends are any indication, it should hit 200 by the middle of the year. Though every member of Parents of Yaletown lives in Vancouver’s upscale, renovated warehouse district, the group’s main venue for interaction is its Facebook page. Members — who are only able to view the page once they’ve been approved by

one of the group’s administrators — post notices, share event information, ask questions, and elicit discussions on a range of topics, from parentingrelated hot button issues (i.e. breastfeeding vs. formula) to education quandaries (i.e. lack of kindergarten spaces in Yaletown) to general resident dilemmas (i.e. dwindling number of garbage cans at the Roundhouse Community Centre) to adventures in childcare. These discussions spill over from the internet into brick-and-mortar Yaletown in a variety of ways. The group facilitates weekly coffee dates, monthly movie nights, and an assortment of meetups at the community centre. “People are viewing the posts, and interacting outside of Facebook,” said Hashemi. “It’s working.” When Hashemi first moved to Yaletown six years ago, she found herself longing for the sense of community she’d enjoyed growing up in Iran. Now Hashemi wants to give back to the community that has embraced her as one of its own. The group is examining ways to raise funds for the various schools and organizations that have contributed to its community-building efforts.

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South Granville Chali-Rosso Art Gallery: The largest private gallery collection of European masters in Canada By Kerry Vital

more of a luxury item than ever. Throughout the ages, art always has accompanied the wealthy and the powerful. From big corporations to banks, art tends to follow the money trail. The desire for the rare and luxurious art creates a high demand that drives the art market.” Besides its investment value, there is a great deal of prestige that surrounds fine art. To have an original hand-signed Picasso, Matisse or Dali on the wall is definitely a statement about its owner’s high level of sophistication and status in the society. At the same time, it does not have to cost millions of dollars. In contrast to the paintings, graphic works are in a much more affordable price range, some under $10,000. “Many companies are buying art from us, to decorate their meeting rooms and VIP halls with highend works of art, in order to impress their business partners and guests they invite.” says Strem. When it comes to original fine art the biggest concern is always the authenticity. For this reason Chali-Rosso Art Gallery gives lifetime warranty on every artwork that they are selling. How is this possible? Strem says they authenticate each and every artwork acquired; each piece is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and documentation. The gallery also implemented a special art verification system, similar to ones that some museums are using, in order to preserve certainty of the artwork’s authenticity. To browse the special collection of masterworks and to watch the video of the art exhibition that the gallery put on in China, visit


rtists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall and Joan Miro are the major names of the European Modern Masters. In addition to works by these artists, Chali-Rosso Art Gallery carries art by Rembrandt van Rijn, Pierre-August Renoir and Andy Warhol, just to name a few. Through the years Chali-Rosso Art Gallery has built up the largest private gallery collection of these famous masters’ original graphic works in Canada. Gallery owner Susanna Strem was born and raised in Europe. Her family has been collecting fine art for decades, so she grew up surrounded by them. When she opened the gallery in 2005 on South Granville’s “Gallery Row,” her aim was to show that beside the million-dollar paintings, these legendary masters created a large number of colourful graphic works as well. Many people forget about them, although they are just as original as the paintings, hand-signed by the artists. “The art market is booming continuously,” Strem says. Data provided by leading auction houses shows that the sales of original works of art increased from $10 billion to $12 billion in one year, from 2011 to 2012. Original graphic works, like the works in ChaliRosso Art Gallery, represent 20 per cent of the sales worldwide. Strem notes, “These days, original fine art is

Chali-Rosso Art Gallery makes sure to authenticate each piece of artwork aquired as they carry all of the European masters — from Dali to Matisse.

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et PEI have their mussels (even though I prefer BC ones). Let Nova Scotia have their lobsters (which I’m kind of jealous about). Let Manitoba have their Pickerel (which I’m not so jealous about). Why do we care when we have BC spot prawns? In fact, they should be jealous of us. This species of large local shrimp are firm in texture and sweet in flavour and only available for six to eight weeks. Or are they? BC spot prawn season officially starts today, so for the next two months expect to

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Mijune Pak (centre) on the Organic Ocean boat going wild BC spot prawn fishing with “a leader in sustainability, Mr. David Suzuki, who was incredibly down-to-earth (pun intended because I love him) and chef Jason Bangerter of Luma in Toronto.” Mijune Pak photos Nowadays it is great we can look for ocean-friendly symbols on menus, but the symbol doesn’t always represent the entire menu. It gets a bit confusing, so be careful with ordering if sustainable dining is of concern. It is always exciting to see chefs get creative with spot prawns, but this “great-as-is” ingredient can be easily enjoyed at home too. If eating them sashimi, the smaller ones are more tender and sweeter. If eating them cooked, don’t cook them for more than one to two minutes. Whichever you choose, remember not to put live prawns in tap water or waste the heads. The brains are full of flavour. If squeamish about sucking out the brains then try them

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La Chablisienne 2011 Saint-Bris Sauvignon | Chablis, France | $17.99 | BC Liquor Stores If there’s a seafood component to your brunch, here’s the direction you’ll want to be heading. Whether smoked salmon quiche, shrimp in your omelette or you’re being adventurous and shucking a few oysters; the SaintBris will certainly hit the spot.

The appellation is a rarity for white Burgundy, the only one where Sauvignon Blanc is permitted; this one offering fresh snap pea, crisp asparagus and a wee bit of lime leaf, making it all the more aromatic. The lemony minerality showing through makes it gleam and shimmer. Lovely.

Bellingham ‘Bernard Series’ 2010 Old Vine Chenin Blanc | Western Cape, South Africa | $24.99 | BC Liquor Stores If you’re going continental with yogurt, granola, fruit salad and perhaps an array of cheeses, this lowyield Chenin Blanc will add complexity and a boost of richness to the day. An assortment of pears, Honeycrisp apples and a sprig or two of sage are all in perfect position enhanced by some toasty French

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Olivares 2011 Jumilla Rosado | Jumilla, Spain | $12.95 | BC Liquor Stores Two-thirds Monastrell and onethird Syrah make this dry Rosé more than just a nice, dry summery wine. Note the peppery licorice notes permeating a good handful of cherries and blackberries with a mint leaf or two on the pleasantly vibrant finish. This one has some zing, perfect for cutting through chewy multigrain bread or bagels slathered with peanut butter or Nutella.

France | $30-ish | Kitsilano Wine Cellar / RacineWineImports. ca A naturallymade red (indigenous yeast, nothing added, unfiltered) that sails across the palate! Do serve this Pinot Noir and Gamay blend with a bit of a chill to it; the perfumed cherries, fennel top, currants and bright acidity will sing even louder that way. Serve with a stack of blueberry pancakes or slightly-warmed pain au chocolat! As always, if you’re having trouble tracking something down, find me via or tweet me @KurtisKolt.


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Stanley Park Wit Stanley Park Brewery’s newest seasonal beer is Stanley Park Wit — a Belgian style wheat beer. The locally made, internationally inspired hand-crafted beer is made with 100 per cent Canadian, prairiegrown two row malt. Look for Stanley Park Brewery pouring at Vancouver Craft Beer Week June 7 to 8.

Dish and Dazzle The BC Hospitality Foundation is hosting its annual Dish ‘n Dazzle event at the Pan Pacific Hotel from 6:30 to 9:30pm on Thurs, May 30. A dozen restaurants will be serving unique dishes (from Gotham Stekhouse to Forage), paired with wines presented by Wines of Chile. There will also be a cocktail competition, silent auction, raffle prizes, and live music. For more info,

Quinto Quarto returns Diners who are interested in where their food comes from will enjoy the upcoming Quinto Quarto dinner at Campagnolo and Campagnolo ROMA, 2297 E. Hastings. The dinner embraces Roman tradition and invites guests to experience the fifth quarter in an urban setting on Wed, May 15, at 8:30pm. The feast will feature unique cuts and preparations including tripe three ways, grilled marinated pork hearts, braised pork tongue and rhubarb and tendon jelly. For tickets, which are $59.50, visit QuintoQuartoMay2013.eventbrite. com

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ifteen new food vendors will be offering everything from Belgian waffles to Filipino fusion to French crepes and pastries on Vancouver’s streets this summer. The new vendors will begin operations this month and once fully-operational, will be among the 114 stationary food vendors on Vancouver’s streets. This year, vendors were also invited to apply to set up in one specific location, along with other vendors. This food truck group or ‘pod’ concept benefits both the public and vendors by offering more choices in one location. Five of the new vendors will be located along Hamilton Street outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The city’s street vending program received 29 ap-


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It takes three to Tangoo By Gen Handley


have boxes filled with journals that I used to write in, everyday. I need to look back at those again,” said Ronald Vautour, a concierge at the Vancouver Convention Centre. I had just met Ronald 15 minutes ago and now, like old college buddies, we were discussing the merits of journal writing with embarrassing examples over wine and food on the patio of Yaletown L’Antipasto. The evening I met Ronald was hosted by Tangoo, a service that helps Vancouverites have memorable evenings by planning the locations and people of a night out; people book online, pay one fee and Tangoo takes care of the rest. “The best nights are when you meet the right people, you go to the right places — it all sort of happens by chance,” said Tangoo founder Paul Davidescu. “I wanted to re-create that organized spontaneity.” Around us was the din of conversations between new acquaintances, feeling more like casual dinner party than a structured event. “You can expect a very effortless night where you can sit anywhere you like in our area and people will start to show up and chat,” Davidescu explained earlier when I asked what I should expect. “It’ll be very low-pressure and relaxed.” Davidescu said the idea for preplanned effortless nights came to him about a year after the Olympics. “During the Olympics, when there were things to do, people flocked to them,” he said. “The ‘No Fun City’ title doesn’t make any sense — I find that when things are organized, people in Vancouver

Tangoo helps Vancouverites have memorable evenings by planning the locations and people of a night out. Bookings are done online. participate.” And Vancouverites have been participating. Tonight’s dinner and wine at L’Antipasto (and later Hamilton Street Grill for desert) is the 15th evening Tangoo has planned with groups of 30 to 100 people attending. The attendees range from singles to clients wanting to hold private parties or corporate events. “When people attend a Tangoo night, they realize Vancouver has a lot to offer – there are great restaurants and great people in this city,” said Davidescu. Tangoo approaches restaurants that they feel could accommodate the social focus of the service.

Davidescu said they give establishments the “birthday test” — picturing if you could hold your birthday celebration at the restaurant. “The restaurants have been great and really open; and they get, like, 30 new customers. We talked to customers and about 75 per cent of people who had never been to the establishment before said they would be back.” Like the Tangoo namesake, these evenings allow you to “tango” across the city, anticipating what the next step will be. “People aren’t into getting out of their comfort zone but when they’re in social environment, Vancouverites are very friendly and open minded,” he said. “We take that first step for them.”

Women and Whiskey at Portside


oin a group of like-minded women for a night of whiskey tasting and music for a good cause. The Portside Pub is hosting ‘Women and Whiskey’ on Wed, May 15, with proceeds going towards the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective — a not-for-profit women’s health organization dedicated to providing access to health care services to women in need. On the third Wednesday of every month there will be tastings, education sessions, drink specials, raffles, and live music from female leads. Tickets for ‘Women and Whiskey’ are $30 and can be purchased at The Portside Pub at 7 Alexander. Tast-

ings start at 8pm with musical performances kicking off around 10pm. The inaugural evening will be hosted by certified beer server Aja Tylor, who will be kicking off the evening with a Craft Beer 101 class, followed by a whiskey tasting session led by Casey Mackay from Corby Distributors. Mackay will be giving an introductory talk followed by a comparison of some of the big brand labels from Ireland, Scotland and the US. AndWhiskey

City encourages conscious waste


he City wants to encourage you to be more conscious about your waste with its new garbage collection program. If you live in a house or duplex, you can now put all your food scraps, plate scrapings and food-soiled paper in your Green Bin. As of this week, the City will be organizing Green Bin and Blue Box pickup every week, with garbage pick-up every other week. The change will be made to houses and duplexes in the ‘green’ north collection zone. (Manitoba Street to Welwyn Street, and 37th Avenue north to Great Northern Way). During the next 10 weeks, the service change

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will roll-out to every zone in Vancouver and will be complete by July 11, covering more than 100,000 homes. Residents in houses and duplexes will receive a green kitchen container on their doorstep, full of useful information including a new program brochure and calendar. The City also offers a new service, called Recollect, which allows residents to look up their collection day online and sign up for automatic reminders of their service days. Visit and access the garbage schedule page to check your service day and sign up for reminders.

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Lusso the Great Dane By Jenn Chic


few years ago, while working at Meinhardt, Susie Cahill met a black Great Dane puppy and fell in love. Shortly after she got one for herself and Lusso (whose name means “luxury” in Italian), was welcomed into the family. The little brother Cahill’s three girls always wanted, Lusso is now the unofficial CEO of Cahill’s South Granville store, Lusso Verde (see page 9). At 3-years old, Lusso weighs 185 pounds but still believes himself to be a lap dog. When he was a puppy, he had thick legs that he would eventually grow into to become tall, slender and strong like a typical Great Dane. Although the breed was originally used for hunting boars, Lusso has a much more laid back life. He spends most of his time in a sunny nook at the front of the store sleeping the day away. And, as a true Vancouverite, he loves the sun, and hates the rain. Although their size is quite imposing, Great Danes are known for their friendly disposition. They are loving to-

wards their family and, with proper training, are excellent with children. Lusso loves his family and is most comfortable when he can see them. He may occasionally bark to protect them, but is generally quite docile. When happy, wagging his tail two, maybe three times, can be interpreted as ecstatic joy. Great Danes stress easily and Lusso hates fire alarms, arguing and fireworks — he’ll shake and shiver at loud noises. Great Danes have very small hearts for their body size so they typically don’t require much exercise. Care must especially be taken when they are puppies to not over-work them. Unlike a husky or border collie, they are quite content with a relatively short walk everyday, or a couple laps at the dog park. Then, it’s home for a good long nap. Lusso loves to nap. With such a slow metabolism, Great Danes require less food per pound of dog than small breeds. Lusso eats Blue Buffalo dog food, but for a special treat, Cahill cooks him an egg in olive oil — a fine Italian olive oil, that is.


Lusso is playfully known as CEO of South Granville store Lusso Verde. The 185-pound Great Dane loves a good nap and eggs cooked in olive oil. Rob Newell photo

Vancover dog inducted into hall of fame


Vancouver canine was recognized as Service Dog of the Year, and inducted into the 2013 Purina Animal Hall of Fame this week. At the Toronto event, four dogs were celebrated: Bella, Vicious, Snickers and Teak, receiving honours for their courage, determination and fearless devotion. In its 45th year, the induction is one of the longest-running pet recognition programs in Canada. Since its inception, 159 animals have been inducted — 132 dogs, 26 cats and one horse.

This year’s inductees were chosen from hundreds of nominations across the country, submitted by those impacted by the heroic acts exhibited by a pet or service animal over the past year.

Service Dog of the Year: Teak On the evening of Jan 11, 2013, Teak, an eightyear-old German Shepherdand his partner Const. Derrick Gibson responded to an armed robbery in progress. The suspect fled on foot to an area busy with shoppers. Teak caught the suspect, and brought him to the ground.

When he caught up to Teak, Gibson saw the suspect slashing the dog with a knife. Teak was rushed to the veterinary hospital where he had two surgeries. He’s now healed from almost all wounds. Const. Gibson believes that Teak was a true hero that night, not only saving his life but the passerbyers in the street, and even the suspect. Teak is now retired from the Vancouver Police Department. But the team always remembers his extreme bravery in exhibiting valour beyond the call of duty.


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The urban food revolution

Top 10 endagered heritage sites

Peter Ladner speaks about growing food in crowded spaces

Heritage Vancouver recently released its top 10 endangered heritage sites in the city. The organization is dedicated to creating a future for Vancouver’s heritage legacy and will be actively involved in development plans and other community initiatives.

By Sabrina Furminger


he Vancouver Heritage Foundation is dedicated to shining the spotlight on local wonders we might not otherwise see. This month, they’re spotlighting a tradition from of Vancouver’s past that could play a key role in the future: urban farming. Yes, at one time in our recent history, agricultural oases could be found on many city blocks (many of them spearheaded by Chinese immigrants from rural villages), and, according to Peter Ladner, author of The Urban Food

Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities, the concept is making a comeback. On May 21, Ladner will explore the nuances of urban food production in a talk entitled “Past Forward: How Today’s Urban Food Revolution is Re-inventing its Historical Roots.” The talk is a pre-event for Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s annual Heritage House Tour (June 2), which this year will include an urban farm as one of its stops. “Past Forward” takes place at 7pm at the Unitarian Church (49th and Oak).

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1. Forest Education Centre: VanDusen Botanical Garden Built in 1976, it was originally known as MacMillan-Bloedel Place. Its educational displays, including a 50-seat theatre, were called “A Walk in the Forest.” The Park Board has plans to demolish or abandon the building. 2. The East Hastings Corridor: Vancouver’s “Historic High Street” With more than 25 development projects undertaken or in the process of being completed, the East Hastings Corridor has experienced immense development. Numerous properties are unprotected.

Good things come to those who wait.

3. The Main Post Office The opening of the Main Post Office in 1958 marked the beginning of Vancouver’s development as a regional centre in the postwar era. It was recently sold and no plans have been announced. 4. Vancouver schools The Cecil Rhodes Public School building, known since 1977 as “l’Ecole Bilingue,” has recently been condemned to “seismic replacement.” 5. Delamont Park This unique collection of 22 city-owned preWWI houses, plus several privately owned residences, forms Kitsilano’s oldest predominantly intact neighbourhood. Its land is owned by CP Rail. 6. St. Paul’s Hospital – historic Burrard Building The historic Burrard Building at St Paul’s Hospital is in a state of decay. Though the Provincial Government has indicated support for redevelopment, it has not advanced any capital funds.

And by ‘good things’ we mean sweet, sweet cash.

7. The Waldorf Hotel The sale of the Waldorf Hotel, and freeze on demolition, created recent buzz. However its fate remains unknown as it lacks heritage protection. 8. West End heritage The historic buildings and heritage character of the West End are under threat of demolition.


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ShopTalk Retail and fashion news from across Vancouver

Bracelets benefit single mothers Blue Ruby has joined hands with Vancouverbased charity Cause We Care with a bracelet series that benefits Vancouver’s single mothers living in poverty. One hundred per cent of the purchase price of Blue Ruby’s handcrafted bracelets will go to the Cause We Care Foundation to support critical programs and resources such as after-school care, single mother workshops and emergency funding for single mothers in need. “What better time than Mother’s Day for women in Greater Vancouver to band together and share their passion for art, fashion and the community to raise money and awareness for mothers in need? Cause We Care is an inspiring local organization,” says Blue Ruby owner Nancy Hill. The symbolic bracelets are made of teak wood beads with turquoise, aquamarine and blue quartz accents. Single bracelets range from $20 to $45 with a set of three retailing for $55. All designs are available until the end of June at the following Blue Ruby locations: Robson Street, 1089 Robson; Pacific Centre, 701 West Georgia; Oakridge Centre, #437- 650 West 41st. or

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• May 15 is International Fluevog Day (IFD), best described as some of the best parts of other, slightly less famous days. This IFD promises to be bigger than anyone could have ever imagined, as vendors in all 14 major Fluevog cities, along with other online vendors across the world, are offering discounts and deals to help celebrate the “greatest shoe shopping day of the year.” Every year Fluevog gives away thousands of pairs of teal laces, stickers, and buttons through his retail stores worldwide, and even better, you could win a pair of Fluevogs every year for 10 years. • Miss World Canada 2013 takes place May 9 at the River Rock Casino & Resort. Vancouver’s own Andy Chu returns to produce the crowning gala, the winner of which goes on to compete in the 63rd edition of the Miss World competition. Just don’t call Miss World old — it might get jealous of its own contestants.

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• Mother’s Day weekend welcomes Great Canadian Craft: Spring Fling to the Vancouver Convention Centre May 11 and 12. With more than 90,000 sq.ft. of space under the sails, upwards of 500 independent artisans will converge to greet 25-30,000 eager shoppers. With a six-figure marketing campaign in place, you won’t want to miss out on this one. • Also just in time for Mother’s Day, shoppers at Holt Renfrew can savour specialty teas and soak up expert knowledge at The Urban Tea Merchant’s pop up tea shop, located just inside the skybridge until May 12.

Global Mothers’ day Local business is making good this Mother’s Day as Global Mothers celebrates its one year anniversary. Global Mothers is a local non-profit business that offers dignified, ethical employment to women overseas making products for babies and mothers here in Vancouver. In a time when concern over working conditions around the world deepens, Global Mothers shows that business and fashion can be ethical while still being stylish and affordable. Currently Global Mothers offers a range of products, from hand-knit finger puppets for babies to a funky patchwork apron and stylish jewelry for Mom. Each product includes information about the artisan community it came from and the number of hours it took to make. Since launching last year, Global Mothers has been able to help employ over 3,000 women, in turn supporting health care and education for over 15,000 children overseas.


1 Service director and sommelier Sebastien Le Goff, executive chef Rob Feenie, president and founder Richard Jaffray, and director of operations Andrew Latchford thanked supporters of their new flagship location in Coal Harbour on Monday, May 6. 2 Public Records co-founder Tony Yacowar with Lindsay MacPherson of Secret Study at the Public Records launch party on April 26. 3 Granville Island Brewing brewmaster Vern Lambourne (left) thanked the Sung Hang Do demonstrators at the launch of their newest seasonal taste: Ginja Ninja ginger beer April 30. 4 The Born To Style judges Marta Murray of AVEDA West, Ray Civello of AVEDA Canada and Western correspondent Flare Magazine and Vitamin Daily beauty editor Anya Georgijevic (left to right) at the annual AVEDA Born To Style final showdown on April 29, held at the AVEDA Institute in Gastown.

Pictured: Vancouver’s Peter Mogan and Katie Mogan Graham (cofounders of Global Mothers), meeting international artisans.

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Tips and goals for the inspired runner


dam Campbell, named 2012 ultra-runner of the year by Trail Running Canada, understands the challenges that come with running long distances and taking athletic goals to the next level. Now that the Sun Run and BMO Vancouver Marathon have inspired the masses, the Vancouver runner offers his tips for those who might also want to enter the world of ultra marathons. 1. Define success The key to training at the next level isn’t about shaving seconds off your personal best, it’s about challenging yourself. By removing the benchmarks of a traditional race, you open yourself up to a whole world of new goals. What does success mean to you? Plan ahead and identify what you want to

achieve from a new challenge. Set goals that are at the edge of what you have been able to accomplish. Incorporate small, achievable milestones into your training regime to keep yourself motivated. 2. Work backwards and embrace the challenge Based on your definition of success, focus your workouts on the end goal, but take it one step at a time. Train on routes and in conditions similar to what you’ll experience on race day to maximize preparedness. Imagine the elevation profile, then, add in tough weather conditions and personal conditions such as cramps, hunger, or thirst. Mentally placing yourself in those conditions, will prepare you for adversity, which will help manage the small

problems that inevitably come up on race day. Finally, be realistic with what your body — and life — allows. Keeping a positive attitude goes a long way.  3. Fuel yourself with proper nutrition Training for an ultra marathon can be gruelling and you’ll likely train more than once a day, so consider your body’s increased nutritional requirements.  Post-workout recovery is especially important. Having a snack after exercise, ideally within 30 minutes, is key in helping your body recover and prepare for the next workout. Always consider the 3Rs when planning for recovery nutrition: Refuel, Repair, and Rehydrate. Chocolate milk contains an ideal combination of carbo-

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hydrate, protein and water to refuel, repair and rehydrate tired muscles so that you’re at peak condition for your next training session.   4. Get plenty of sleep Before you lace up your shoes, training begins with rest. Ensure you are well rested by aiming to receive seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep. Proper sleep helps metabolize glucose levels in the body and lowers stress to the body. 5. Reward yourself Training mentally and physically can take a toll, so indulge in some R&R. After an intense training session, a massage soothes your mind and sore muscles, alleviates stiffness and pain, and can improve blood circulation. Many athletes follow a 80-20 rule — that is, 80 per cent of the time you eat according to your specific goal-based nutrition plan and 20

Adam Campbell was the 2012 ultra runner of the year, named by Trail Running Canada. Brian Goldstone photo per cent of the time you can indulge in something that isn’t on the plan.

In 2007, Adam Campbell qualified for the Canadian Mountain Running Team in his first trail race and

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GearUp4CF Next month, 22 cyclists will be riding from Vancouver to Banff to help combat Cystic Fibrosis — the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. On Sat, June 22, the group will begin the nine-day ride (1,200 km) in support of Cystic Fibrosis research. They will cycle across southern BC, climbing nine mountain summits before arriving in Banff, to a final altitude of 8,100m. This year’s GearUp4CF ride will be unlike the seven previous events as four riders participating have cystic fibrosis. The group’s goal is to raise $200,000. Since its inception in 2006, GearUp4CF has raised over $1.1 million. Though each rider has a unique story behind their motivation to ride, they all share one common goal: a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. For more information. Visit Cystic

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Starring Connor Jessup, Alexia Fast Directed by Jason Buxton One look at Sean (Connor Jessup) — an island of studded leather in a sea of letterman jackets — and you know that acceptance won’t come easy in his rural Ontario high school. The teenager recognizes this too, keenly aware that society is carving out a pigeon hole to slot him into. Little does he realize that it will take the very concrete form of a cell in a juvenile detention centre. When Sean is arrested for plotting a school shooting spree, the evidence seems flimsy: a graphic power fantasy he’s foolishly posted online and video he’s shot one of his dad’s hunting rifles. However, thanks to his community’s paranoia and prejudices, he finds himself trapped in a seemingly open-and-shut case and locked away with legitimately dangerous young offenders. Just as its protagonist bristles at

labels — he’s a “goth,” his unlikely love interest (Alexia Fast) a “puck bunny” — Jason Buxton’s first feature defies ready categorization, proving to be a prison drama, social critique, and character study in equal measure. Originally envisioned as a documentary, it remains rich in details concerning detention centres’ procedures and power structures. That said, these segments are sometimes undermined by Buxton’s habit of underscoring his intentions. We needn’t see Sean reading Kafka’s The trial to recognize the absurdity of his circumstances. Where Blackbird excels is in its thoughtful depiction of the transformative effects these ordeals have. Jessup skillfully conveys how Sean must quickly hone his survival instincts while gradually realizing that he must offer others the compassion he himself was denied. Meanwhile, Buxton asserts that a principled life is something worth fighting for.

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Kon-Tiki weaves a spellbinding tale KON-TIKI

Starring Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Before Marvel’s mighty denizen of Asgard took pop culture by storm, there was a real Thor whose true life journey inspired countless thrill seekers for years to come. Kon-Tiki tells the tale of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s famous 8,000 kilometer crossing of the Pacific ocean in 1947 that spawned a bestselling book and Oscar winning documentary. Armed with a crew of five men and a balsa wood raft, Heyerdahl sought to prove it was possible for pre-Columbian South Americans to cross the sea and settle in the Polynesian islands. The voyage lasted over 100 days and the crew faced numerous impediments from raging storms to hungry sharks. Opting (against the advice of many filmmakers)

for realism, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg shot the film on the open ocean for maximum effect; the results are often stunning and sometimes deeply moving. The movie plays out predictably but it’s easy to overlook the plot’s simplicity thanks to the strength of the visuals and the earnest performances from the actors, especially Pål Sverre Hagen, who channels Heyerdahl’s indomitable spirit masterfully. Perhaps the most refreshing aspect Thor of the film is the obvious nod to Diakow old school cinematic adventures that relied less on cluttered special effects and frantic editing and more on well-paced storytelling. Kon-Tiki only scratches the surface of the emotional range experienced by the voyagers but succeeds in creating a marvelous visual feast that reminds us all why heroes don’t always need to fall from the sky and carry a big hammer.

Driving in circles: At Any Price AT ANY PRICE

Starring Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron Directed by Ramin Bahrani With an Iowa farm town’s corn-fed residents filling the rickety stands for a stock car race, “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays over tiny speakers. Director Ramin Bahrani cuts between his characters, revealing each to be singing in a different untuneful key. Alas, while cleverly staged, a scene intended to illustrate the discord in the community, instead proves emblematic of a film hampered by its wobbly tone and unharmonious performances. The driver that everyone has come to see is Dean Whipple (Zac Efron), who has a legitimate shot of breaking into the NASCAR circuit. Achieving this goal would also free him of the family farm and accompanying business which is ruled with an alternately glad hand and iron fist by his dad Henry (Dennis Quaid). (That his avenue of

escape from cyclical drudgery involves racing around in circles is an irony lost on Dean.) Meanwhile, Henry finds his unscrupulous business practices concerning the sale of genetically-modified seeds coming home to roost. In previous films like Goodbye Solo, Bahrani has told remarkably contained stories that are character-driven rather than plot-heavy. Perhaps inspired by the expansive plains that feature so prominently here, he allows his story to sprawl out until he no longer has a firm handle on it. Furthermore, Quaid’s affected performance deprives the film of the naturalism it clearly aspires to. Perhaps understanding that he’s fighting a losing battle, Bahrani abandons the slow motion tragedies of dying industries and withering dreams for outlandish developments that see At Any Price devolve into precisely the sort of contrived nonsense that his earlier work was antithetical to. — Curtis Woloschuk

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ay Rathore remembers his reaction when he first heard about the CineCoup film accelerator and its pledge to grant one Canadian independent film $1-million in financing and a theatrical release in early 2014. “I thought it was a ‘too good to be true’ situation,” admits the Vancouver writerdirector. “I was pretty skeptical.” However, after investigating the track record of CineCoup founder/media entrepreneur J. Joly, Rathore and his collaborators took a leap of faith and uploaded their concept trailer for Grade Nine — a coming-of-age tale in which three Dungeon & Dragons geeks confront the realities of violence — to They immediately began building an audience for their project through the social web platform. Several months later, Grade Nine is one of the final 15 projects still in contention for financing and distribution. In the process, Rathore has learned precisely what an “accelerator” involves. “The workload was pretty crushing,” he says of the CineCoup-assigned missions that have required new content to be created on a weekly basis. “But, we’ve managed to survive and we’ve managed to be creative. I guess we tested ourselves as filmmakers.” These assignments — which included proving their resourcefulness and creating hooks to lure media attention – have also allowed the filmmakers to reassess and rework their project while it’s still in a formative stage. As Rathore explains, “The missions helped us take a cold, hard look at certain aspects of our film and really help us crystallize our vision.” That sentiment is echoed by Sean Horlor, writer and co-director of The Mill and the Mountain, another of six Vancouver films looking to emerge as CineCoup’s chosen one. “We did the ‘Speechless’ mission where we shot a scene (from our script) without dialogue... After getting feedback from fans, we changed that scene to have it work better,” he shares. “It was a collaborative filmmaking approach that I’ve never actually seen before. Where you can really crowdsource an idea with people who really love mystery thrillers.” Whereas Grade Nine draws on a universal experience — suffering through the most awkward stage in your life — The Mill and the Mountain is inspired by very specific events. Fans of thrillers like Insomnia and Winter’s Bone in which the geography factors heavily, Horlor and his collaborators wondered, “Why hasn’t there been a Canadian equivalent? Especially in BC, where the landscape is so immense? And then, you have a story like Highway 16... The Highway of Tears.” Further inspiration came from the fact co-director Steve Adams once babysat Cody Legebokoff, who’s accused of committing four murders along that infamous highway. Horlor asserts, “When CineCoup rolled out, we thought we had the per-

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2 hr. Service (604)209-2026

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

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

Home & Yard Clean Ups




604.562.0957 or 604.961.0324



WE BUY HOUSES! Older House • Damaged House Moving • Estate Sale • Just Want Out • Behind on Payments Quick Cash! • Flexible Terms! CALL US FIRST! 604-657-9422

778-997-9582 C & C Electrical Mechanical



OPEN HOUSE SAT. 1-3pm. 3 bed luxury townhome. See the video

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

Danny 604 - 307 - 7722



SHELTIES: 6/mo m, 4/yr male, 3/yr old fem, Puppies- Sable, ready now Shots/dewormed. 604-826-6311.

YELLOW LAB PUPS. Ready to go. Vet checked. $600. Parents on site. 604-852-6176 Abbotsford.


10% OFF - Call 604.812.9721 AMG ROOFING & SIDING. Re-roofing, new roof, gutters. WCB

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





25 yrs in roofing industry

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POMERANIAN - 10 weeks old. 2 black males. 1st shot, vet checked, paper trained. $500 (604)941-2959

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Certified, Insured & Bonded

MOVING & STORAGE Local & Long Distance

Own A Vehicle? Cash same day, local office.

C & C Electrical Mechanical


Borrow Up To $25,000

No Credit Checks!

• Hvac Gas Fitting • Electrical *Licensed *Insured 24hr. Emergency Service

• Hot water tanks • Furnaces • Broilers • Plugged Drains 778-862-0560


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


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CEDAR FENCE PANELS for Sale & Installation.

Appt only 604 872 - 7952




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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY 100% BC Owned and Operated Prices Effective May 9 to May 15, 2013. We reserve the right to limit quantities. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.

Grocery Department

Meat Department

Granola King Granola

Organic Coconut Bliss Frozen Coconut Dessert

gourmet or hazelnut hemp






product of Canada

Fair Trade Rainbow Rose Bouquets and Belvas Belgian Chocolates

value pack

5.99lb/ 13.21kg

assorted varieties


2 kg

Produce Department

Organic Lean Ground Beef


product of USA


plus applicable taxes

Whole Specialty Frying Chickens Hemp Bliss Organic Hemp Beverages

Made in Nature Dried Fruit Snacks







946ml product of Canada

Deli Department

GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha Beverages

assorted varieties

assorted varieties




Perfect For Brunch! Tartine Savoury Tarts – Balsamic Onion Confit and Swiss or Tomato, Feta and Dill


480ml • +deposit +eco fee product of USA




Patisserie Lebeau Frozen Waffles

assorted varieties






package of 6 product of Canada

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

SAVE from




283-454g • product of USA

Tasty Bite Ready To Eat Indian Side Dishes


Life Choices Organic Pizza




285g • product of India

Neal Brothers Organic Cheese Puffs, Twists or Pops assorted varieties



Penotti Snack Pack Dippi


350-415g • product of USA

Bulk Department 20% off regular retail price

Health Care Department Green Beaver Sunscreen assorted sizes

from 11.99 Acidophilus Pearls Products

from 17.99 With 6 unique formulas to choose from, there is a Probiotic Pearls formulation perfectly right for you.Each provides an effective potency of live probiotics guaranteed to the date of expiration stamped on the carton.

Organic Multigrain Bread


off regular retail price 530g Half Loaf


off regular retail price 260g

Rice Bakery

Kikkoman Gluten Free Soy Sauce


select varieties


off regular retail price 90-200g




product of Netherlands

Celimix Gluten Free Baking Mixes

Mother’s Day Belgian Chocolate Cupcakes or 4” Mother’s Day Belgian Chocolate or Raspberry Mousse Cakes

product of Canada

113g • product of USA


regular retail price

227g product of USA

assorted varieties, assorted sizes

assorted varieties


1.00/100g off

Bakery Department


Mother’s Day Rice Cookies or Cakes

1.00 off regular


retail price

product of Japan

Dr. Bronner’s Large Pure-Castile Soap



A combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils, creates a unique soap that cleans effectively without being aggressive and produces a velvety-lather that leaves the skin silky-smooth and refreshed. Made with organic oils.


Mother’s Day Make A Herb Planter For Your Mom!


Choices Floral Shop & Annex 2615 W 16th Ave., Vancouver. Saturday, May 11th, 10:30-11:00am or 1:30-2:30pm.

Look for our


Make a herb planter for Mom, all materials included – 4 piece planter, soil, herb plants, gift wrap and card. Cost $15. To register call 604-736-7522 or visit the Floral Shop in person. 2012, 2013 Awards. Your loyalty has helped Choices achieve these awards. Thank you!

.88lb/ 1.94kg

bags or bins

assorted flavours

175-250g product of UK



Hit the Trail Organic Trail Mix or Extreme Trail Mix

Bothwell Cheese

Amy’s Lite & Lean Frozen Meals

Earth Balance Spreads


from 2.29

1.98lb/ 4.37kg

Organic Fair Trade Bananas from BOS Co-op in Peru


each • reg 10.49

Ryvita Crispbread

assorted varieties



42- 425g

340g product of Canada

Organic Fair Trade Roma Tomatoes from Divine Favor in Mexico



Ethical Bean Organic Fair Trade Coffee



assorted varieties

assorted varieties

3.99lb/ 8.80kg


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South Surrey

2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936


Floral Shop

1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864

2615 W. 16th Vancouver 603-736-7522

WE Vancouver, May 09, 2013  

May 09, 2013 edition of the WE Vancouver