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Lynn Valley Centre 2.0 would have glass storefronts facing the parking lot to create a transparent effect, and public gathering spaces outside the mall. And while it is still premature to talk about new retailers, Sager did say there is a community desire to see a family restaurant come into the mall. In the meantime, a “secret” business will open in the old Zellers store at Lynn Valley Centre in November, said Sager. “[The store] is going to be quite fun,” he adds. At last Thursday’s informal session, Lynn Valley resident Linda Findlay stood up in favour of the entire Lynn Valley Centre revitalization. “There has to be compromise. Not any one group is going to get everything they want,” said Findlay, a mortgage specialist by profession. Her wish list for Lynn Valley town centre includes green spaces, open spaces and offices for professionals such as doctors and accountants. “After seeing the reworking of the plans here tonight, I think they might have just got it right,” said Findlay, who drafted a petition that she will be forwarding to council, asking them to support the Lynn Valley Centre redevelopment. Another proponent of the project, an Upper Lonsdale resident, said a lot of the discussion that has been going on in the municipality has been misinformation. “I would hope that if you are supporters for something differ-

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Summer’s end - how to keep it going? A s a kid, I recall watching my dad swimming, and floating on his back in the water. It was like this amazing magic trick. It seemed he could do it as long as he liked — just float there, gazing up at the sky. I’d try and try, but sink like a stone. On Labour Day, the last day of summer for many people, my wife and I were out with our boys at Crescent Beach. The day was hot so I had a swim. The water was deliciously warm, and I tried my dad’s trick again. Eventually, I let go — mastering the knack of trying not to try — and felt a fantastic sensation as my head went back and my hips rose to the surface, almost of their own accord. My envy of my dad’s magic trick was justified: it felt fantastic. I could have stayed for hours. A day later, my short holiday was over and I went back to work and all that entails. We ushered our oldest son to Grade 2 and the est into daycare. It was back to packing lunches, planning meals, and signing the kids up for activities, skirting that fine line between enough “exposure” to new things and driving us all bonkers with a jammed schedule. For many of us, the first week of

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September is a time of excitement about new activities and projects, but for me there’s trepidation about overscheduling life and resenting it later. As life gets busy, carefree downtime evaporates. This past summer was one of my most enjoyable in years. The glorious stretch of sun helped, as did visits with family. A good summer can give you that sensation of floating. Life just seems so much simpler, easier than the rest of the year. The future, if your mind wanders that way, seems a quaint, imaginary place over the horizon. And when you’re on a holiday out of town, those feelings are magnified as you visit new places, enjoy the calm, the sun, the food, and wonder if it’s possible that life could always be thus. My wife and I gave the kids a break with their grandparents and spent the August long weekend in Montreal where we walked, cycled, meandered, and ate and drank our way around a city that seemed created for enjoying life. Residents seemed to spend their days migrating from café to bistro to bar. Patios were jammed. We also spent a little time in the Gulf Islands this summer, swimming, exploring, reading and skipping stones. Life was spent barefoot. It’s at times like this that people often muse about a “big change” in life.

Could I live here? they ask. Sipping a bowl of coffee at 11 a.m. on a sidewalk patio I wondered: Wouldn’t it be great to live in Montreal all the time? How about Gulf Island living? Maybe buy a boat, a kayak? Learn to sculpt or paint? Write crime novels? Browsing the local real estate listings is a common symptom of this state of mind. For most, it’s pure fantasy. A chance to briefly inhabit another life, if only in their mind. The rational, left brain is put into neutral. That’s the boring side that, when the time comes, is only too happy to remind us that our heads are in the clouds. That we’re seeing life through a summer lens, a time when life everywhere is different. Come back to Montreal in December, it sneers, when that sidewalk patio is buried under a freshly ploughed snow. And you think the Gulf Islands are peaceful now? Try January when it’s as quiet as the interior of an abandoned mine shaft. But hey, we all need to float a little sometimes. And when September returns, and we get back to our routines, many of us wish we could just float a little longer. Who knows? Maybe, like my dad’s trick, with a little practice, it just might be possible. -Chris Bryan is the editor of the Burnaby Newsleader, a sister paper of the Outlook

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Rosemary Rocksalt’s (left to right) Caitlin Wilson, Parise Siegel and Ken Sim gather around Pam Horton from the North Shore Disability Resource Centre at the store’s plaque dedication for a new wheelchairaccessible door. Michaela Garstin photo


N. Shore accessibility advocate tackles a frequent obstacles Pam Horton says every store on the North Shore should have a wheelchair-accessible front door MICHAELA GARSTIN S tA f f R E p o Rt E R t’s the seemingly small things that can make Pam Horton’s life difficult. Businesses that lack automated doors are one of her biggest obstacles — a problem she sees far too often on the North Shore. Even when stores are accommodating, the buttons are often in inappropriate places, making it difficult or impossible for Horton to get in on her own. Always ready to educate shop own“My dream is to ers on wheelchair accessibility, she approached Rosemary Rocksalt on have a bylaw that 16th and Lonsdale after noticing the requires that there store’s front door wasn’t wheelchair friendly. be push-buttons for “I’m the co-founder of Nurse Next Door, a home healthcare company, so doors... on all store I felt particularly embarrassed about fronts.” this blunder,” said Ken Sim, co-owner of Rosemary Rocksalt, at a recent Pam Horton plaque dedication to Horton, who Accessibility advocate works with the North Shore Disability Resource Centre. As someone who has MS and has used a scooter for 24 years, Horton’s expertise helped him work out the details and go beyond minimum codes for the door. Horton says new developers or store owners looking to put in wheelchair-friendly doors should seek the advice of people in wheelchairs to avoid putting buttons in the wrong places. “We can always find things wrong but the North Shore as a whole is pretty accessible,” she tells The Outlook. “The City of North Vancouver has been a leader around accessibility for years.” Small improvements, such as curve ramps and keeping sidewalks clear, are among the most important. Every public bus on the North Shore is wheelchair friendly and buses in North Van give audible location announcements, a valuable addition for people in wheelchairs who can’t look out the window easily. “These are big improvements, they matter,” says Johnstone, who recently helped the Centennial Theatre become completely wheelchair accessible. Her biggest vision, however, isn’t a reality yet. “My dream is to have a bylaw that requires that there be pushbuttons for doors… on all store fronts,” she says.


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TrèS mAGNIfIquE - Master of Wine Barbara Philip is excited about the arrival of the Bordeaux wines she chose for BC Liquor Stores. Kurtis Kolt photo than two years ago, wines for the 2010 release have been maturing in Châteaux cellars. “Here, the tannins have softened, flavours have become more complex and the wines, overall, have become more approachable. Like the excellent 2009s that preceded them, the 2010 Bordeaux have concentrated flavours and tannins that are both bold and ripe. Generally, the international wine trade and journalists describe the 2010 as more ‘classic,’ ‘restrained’ and

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s all of you beer aficionados already know, Canada’s craft beer history started here on the North Shore slightly more than 30 years ago when John Mitchell and Frank Appleton opened the first brew pub in North America and the first craft brewery in Canada: the Troller Pub and Horseshoe Bay Brewery. Well, the brewery is no more but the beer that started the revolution has returned! To mark the opening of the relocated, expanded, and beautifully re-envisioned Troller Ale House, Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish is brewing the Horseshoe Bay Ale as per Mitchell and Appleton’s original recipe. After a year of renovations, the Troller has moved a block down the street into new digs and as an ale house will be offering a selection of 14 beers on tap along with gastropub nibblies. The craft beer selection will favour beers from BC Ferries’ destinations: Townsite Brewing in Powell River, Persephone Brewing in Gibsons, as well as

Lighthouse Brewing and Driftwood Brewing from Victoria. These will be complemented by offerings from Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish) and Whistler Brewing. Although already open, its official debut will be next Thursday (Sept. 26).

Beer of the Month: Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers’ Wise Crack West Coast Lager

Brewmaster Kevin Emms and the crew at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers have found a delicious unique spot in the beer flavour spectrum with their pre-Prohibition-styled lager. In the ever-crowded craft beer market, finding a niche can be difficult, and does the world really need another IPA or pilsner? Lagers normally need refrigeration (or deep caves) as keeping the lager yeast happy requires cool temperatures. Neither was available at the end of the 19th century in California, so the creative brewers had to adapt their German lager heritage. The result was a beer style that is a combination of lager and ale styles: a beer fermented at ale temperatures using a lager yeast. Known generically as


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If Charlie Brown had been of the age of majority, he would have been in the pumpkin patch awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, not because of the presents, but because of the beer! It’s the season for pumpkin beer and many brew pubs and breweries will be bringing out their versions, and keeping in the historical vein of this month’s column, I’d like to point out pumpkin beer was very popular in the 18th century in New England primarily because of a shortage of quality grains from which to brew. So look for this other example of a heritage beer and enjoy the final days of summer. -George Pajari is a BJCP certified beer judge and elected member (ret’d) of the Institute of Brewing, London, UK. Reach him at and follow him at @zythesis.

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NEW AT THE MARKET “Too few people understand a really good sandwich.” James Beard Could there be any dish more simple, more convenient, and more universally appealing than a really good sandwich? From burgers and barbecue to brioche and Banh Mi, every nation has its sandwich – and its sandwich lovers. At The Sandwich Shop, we understand a really good sandwich. It’s about great, freshly baked bread. It’s about generous helpings of fresh, juicy ingredients. It’s about slow cooking and fast chopping, the soft embrace of pillowy bread around crunchy pickles and sumptuous deli. At The Sandwich Shop, it’s about time honored traditions from around the world applied to local ingredients, the refinement of mankind’s first and best “fast food.” We are here to understand a really good sandwich – and after tasting our work – you’ll know what James Beard was talking about.



ALL DAY CAFE Regina, owner of this iconic breakfast spot in the market, never compromises on freshness. Fresh local free run eggs are the main stars of the menu. Served steamed with toppings from local veggies to velvety hollandaise sauce on the signature bennies. There are two herbs that Regina recommends for you to try when making your own hollandaise sauce – nutmeg and estragon (aka terragon). Of course, you’re always welcome to come down to The All Day Cafe and have your bennies with a view!



THE SOUP MEISTER Executive Chef Ralf Dauns, the Soupmeister, shares his secrets to creating a delicious soup: Add fresh ingredients to a strong stock (the Chef has many to take home if you don’t make your own; choose from veal, beef, fish, vegetable, or chicken). Then add the spice. Some of his favourites are pepper, cumin, paprika, tumeric, ginger, or corriander. To enhance your soup’s flavour without salt Chef Ralf says the key is to add some fresh herbs and for acidity, fresh lime or lemon or balsmic or rice vinegar. And, TLC of course.


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SHARKY’S CHOPHOUSE SUNDAY ROAST BEEF COOKED TO PERFECTION - here are thermometer tips: RARE 140°F, MEDIUM RARE 145°F and MEDIUM 160°F. At Sharky’s we work hard to give you fresh top quality meats, specialty cuts and gourmet selections ready for cooking (we even have gluten free sausages). And, speaking of cooking, we make hot homestyle meals every day for you to enjoy at the market or take home. Here’s a sample from today’s menu, (changes daily) Shepherd’s Pie, Roasted Orange Pork Loin, Jerk Chicken with Rice Pilaf and sauteed veggies. $7.95 for a huge plate of real comfort food. Last tip – it’s time to order the bird for Thanksgiving!

FISH & CHIPS, AND MUSHY PEAS  TRIED & TRUE! Montgomery’s is the real deal. The fish is fresh & flaky. You can choose from Alaskan cod or halibut – always good – or try the red snapper for a change. Chips are hand cut every day & they use local potatoes from Ladner (100 mile diet anyone?). And yes! They have real mushy peas. Affectionately known as “Yorkshire Caviar” the British would most certainly approve. Owners Derek and James say the market crowd favourite is a handy little sandwich called a Fish Buttie.


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MARGITTA’S. Margitta believes flowers are good for the soul and she keeps her shop brimming with natural beauty. Right now, to walk through her door is to be instantly inspired: the fall colours are stunning and the selection is at its peak. You’ll see Hydrangea’s, Roses, Delphiniums, Celosia, Sunflowers, Orchids, Chinese Lanterns, Campanulas, Anthuriums, Birds of Paradise, Gerber Daisies, Zinnias, & more. We often think of buying flowers for our friends and family, but Margitta’s tip? Treat yourself to a hand-tied bouquet ~ and you’ll be smiling all the way home!


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he’s “paying-it-forward,” wedding day style. A North Van wedding dress designer is completely reworking secondhand, out-of-date wedding dresses for five brides-tobe from the Downtown Eastside. “These women are unable to afford a wedding let alone a custom-made wedding dress,” says Patty Nayel, owner of Pure Pure Magnolia owner Patty Nayel (middle) Magnolia in Lynn Valley. is donating revamped dresses to five “…Everyone deserves to feel women who gone through programs on like a princess on their wedthe Downtown Eastside, including Claire ding day, regardless of their tax (left) and Lisa. Submitted photo bracket.” The five women have gone though programs at the Crabtree Corner Family Resource Centre, a program for mothers in the poorest part on Vancouver. They are now engaged to be married and ready to start a new chapter in their lives. The upcycled dresses, along with the debut of Pure Magnolia’s 2014 collection, is showcasing at the boutique’s Re-Vamp Charity Gala at the Vancouver Aquarium on Oct. 2. A mermaid-style dress is being made from a dress donated by Value Village for one of the recipients, Claire, while Lisa is opting for a seashell ball gown, the boutique’s most popular design. To help the five ladies look their best, North Van’s Zazou Salon and Spa is holding a pampering “Oprah-like” day, and Mirror Mirror Bijoux, a studio in Coquitlam, is designing custom jewelry. “We applaud the efforts of every women who has decided to take the path of sober living and recovery in the best way we know how, by creating sustainable custom-made wedding gowns,” says Nayel, who hopes the dresses will add a touch of sparkle on each woman’s wedding day. All proceeds from the charity gala go to YMCA Crabtree Corner. For ticket go to or on Twitter at #pmrevamp.


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Shakespeare Homes takes North Van residence from rags to riches KERRY VITAL CoNtRibutoR


illiam Shakespeare was known for his literary masterpieces. Now a North Vancouver building company that bears his name brings that same attention to detail and zeal for perfection to every project. Mark Cooper, president of Shakespeare Homes, cites a recent full-house renovation as the perfect example of the work the company does. As a North Vancouver resident himself, Cooper says he and his team love working in the community in which they live and are very familiar with the building restrictions that make North Vancouver and West Vancouver different. The original home was built in the early 1960s, and it looked it. It had two storeys, no space for a garage and just didn’t work for the family. However, it was located on a seriously beautiful piece of property, backing onto a creek and with tons of natural greenery surrounding it. It was time to make the house match its surroundings. One of the homeowners had grown up in a heritage home and had dreamed of living in a similar place as an adult. So, he brought in Cooper and his team to make his dream a reality. “This was a great opportunity for the homeowners and my people to express themselves,” Cooper says. “We didn’t just construct something that looks like it’s from the 1800s, we actually built the home like it would have been then, while meeting today’s building codes and ensuring energy efficiency.” Working with Cooper’s team of professionals, includ-

dIggIn’ The new dIgs - Shakespeare Homes completely transformed a 1960s-era home in North Vancouver, adding, among other things, a third storey and detached garage. ing Susanne Doise of Sensitive Design, Shakespeare Homes tore the original house down to the broken foundation and began the process of rebuilding it. Among the changes are a third storey and a detached garage for the “man toys” of the homeowner. The garage is built to look like a carriage house, and has its own heat, power and bathroom, making it a true man cave. It’s built with a vaulted cathedral-framed

ceiling, making it an architectural masterpiece in itself. The homeowner is planning to install car and motorcycle lifts inside. The biggest challenge that Cooper found while planning and building the home were the strict rules governing the location and the height of the finished

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Decorating for Thanksgiving as easy as looking outside KERRY VITAL ConTRibuToR


ummer has ended and fall will soon be well-entrenched. With the change of season comes the holidays, new colours and new decor ideas that suit any budget or taste. “The biggest trends for home decor in the fall are the colours and shades,” says Ikea Canada’s Alicia Zoffranieri. “The most popular shades during the fall season and around Thanksgiving are earth tones, such as “We’ve brought the outdoors in with decor and accessories inspired by nature’s beauty and woodland chocolate brown, grey, creatures,” says Aimee Beatty of Pier I Imports. black or cream.” Pier 1 Imports inhouse stylist Aimee Beatty agrees, noting, “It’s all about colour, specifically jewel tones in rich textures and distinctive silhouettes.” Among the luxurious colours will be deep purples, red and blues, along with nature themes. “We’ve brought the outdoors in with decor and accessories inspired by nature’s beauty and woodland creatures,” Beatty says. “You’ll see a lot of vibrant orange or green, and dark lilac or dark blue at Ikea,” Zoffranieri says. “Also trendy this year are patterns with elements of nature, such as trees or leaves.” Gathering your own leaves to decorate the Thanksgiving table can be a great activity for kids and adults alike. Hitting your local park and choosing the perfect leaves to make a centrepiece (perhaps mixed with some feathers, chestnuts or acorns) can become a family tradition. Just make sure to give them a rinse

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sider taking some tissue paper in your favourite fall colours, wrapping clear glass vases or candleholders and securing the edges of the paper with clear tape to make an elegant addition to your tables or fireplace mantel. You can do a similar thing with those leaves you collected! Whatever your style or budget, decorating for Thanksgiving doesn’t need to be complicated. A little bit of creativity and some inspiration goes a long way towards making your home glow. Spending some time online on sites such as Pintrest and Tumblr will garner tons of ideas. Perhaps you’ll become your neighbourhood Martha Stewart.



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first to remove any bugs or dirt. Another great idea for the kids is to unroll a length of butcher paper on the table, provide some coloured pencils or crayons, and let them go to town making a tablecloth or placemats. The grocery store can also be a good source for decorations, including fall flowers (your local market will be able to advise on what’s growing in your area), pumpkins and other gourds. “We’re also seeing unique oneof-a-kind decor as a hit this fall,” says Beatty. “Each piece tells its own story while being part of the bigger style story in the room.” If you’re looking for something a bit more time-consuming, con-

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The Benefits of Design Services Residential Renovations and Custom Homes The benefits of design services incorporated for renovations and new custom homes are many. What is the right amount of money and time to spend on residential architectural and design services for your new custom home or renovation? Part of the answer depends on your goals for the project but there are some basics that apply to all projects.

Does an Original Home Design Cost or Save You Money?

According to Doug Kerr of Kerr Construction, there is a rule in the construction business called the 1-10-100 rule. The way it works is, if you made a change at the design stage that cost you $1 dollar, that same change would cost you $10 dollars to do during the construction phase and $100 dollars to do after construction is complete. A real life example of this would be deciding to move a wall a few feet over. You decide which of the three stages you would prefer to make the change in. 1 Take one hour in the design stage to redraw some lines on a drawing – Cost $100 2 Take a day with the crew on site to move the wall once framed – Cost $1,000 3 Take a week or more to rebuild the wall including all the drywall, baseboards, paint electrical etc. after the job is completed – Cost $10,000

Cut Cost and Delay

If you want to cut out cost overruns and time delays on projects then the answer is to properly design it before you start construction. That is the only way you can accurately set and stick to a budget.

Getting What You Want

There are many reasons to renovate your home or to build a new custom home. Almost as many reasons as there are homeowners. Spending the money on a proper

design process will help isolate exactly what it is that you want as well as address what you are willing to spend. Fully completed drawings and design specifications provide a road map for the builder to construct. The designs give the homeowner a way to see how the building will turn out, says Kerr. You don’t want to be in a situation where you have spent a large amount of money on a home renovation or new home and not get what you really wanted. A properly done design process prevents this from occurring as well as providing the clearest picture of what the budget will be.

How Much Will My Renovation Cost?

Without a proper design package there is no way to really know. Every contractor will give you a different price because they will be using different materials, procedures and standards. If you want to be able to compare apples to apples, you need to have an accurate detailed design done first. A proper design package means all the drawings, including engineered drawings, 3D and shop drawing of special details, and a complete specifications list of all finishes and fixtures. Without the full design package the prices are going to be all over the map, asserts Kerr. Asking “what will my new kitchen cost?” before you get a design package done up is like asking “What does a new car cost?” without specifying what car with what features. Good luck with your project. For more information about how the design process works and how it can benefit you, please call 604.263.0343 or visit us at our website. Doug Kerr is the owner of Kerr Construction in Vancouver. With over 26 years of experience in the renovation and new home construction business, he has developed the Kerr System for designing and building. With this Design/ Build system he has helped hundreds of clients achieve their dream homes while also winning multiple national and provincial building and renovations awards. Being a former world-class athlete on the Canadian National Ski Team, he has the determination and work-ethic to achieve any goals set. He subscribes to core values which include helping people, honesty, growth and excellence. Using these values throughout Kerr Construction, he is able to deliver top-quality completed projects for the clients. | 604.263.0343 |

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garage door is often one of the first things you’ll see as you pull up to your house, but one of the last things you think about until it doesn’t work. It’s something that can add a lot of curb appeal to your home, and there are many options to choose from when it comes to materials and appearance. If you’re considering replacing your current garage door, it’s best to start with a professional opinion. “The first thing you should do if you are interested in buying a new garage door is call a sales representative, and have that person come visit your home so that they can take all of the necessary measurements of your garage,” says James Matheson, account manager for Overhead Door Co. of Vancouver. “Most companies provide free estimates, so there is no financial obligation required.” He or she will then go over your options with you and give you advice on what would work best for your particular needs. “You may be trying to keep the garage warm for the purposes of using it as a workshop, in which case you would most likely choose from a range of fully insulated garage doors,” Matheson says. “Or maybe you’re tired of looking at the square raised panels on your garage door because that’s what everyone else has, and so now you would like to have something a little bit fancier such as an elegant-looking carriage house-style garage door with decorative spear hinges and handles.” There are several different materials available for

Garage doors are available in a variety of different materials, including steel, vinyl, fibreglass, wood and aluminum. garage doors, including steel, vinyl, fibreglass, wood and aluminum. “Most common garage doors today are made with galvanized steel sheet metal, from which you have a choice between insulated and non-insulated models,” says Matheson. “Non-insulated garage doors tend to be the least durable, as they are constructed from only one exterior layer of sheet metal, which makes them very easy to dent.” Fully insulated doors are built with three layers: an exterior layer of sheet metal, an interior layer of sheet metal and a middle layer of either polyurethane foam or polystyrene. There are also semi-insulated garage doors which have an exterior sheet metal and an interior vinylbacked insulation. However, Matheson notes that those

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items that can be found inexpensively or even for free on our websites and then offers several upcycling options for that item.” Pintrest and Facebook are also a great source for upcycling ideas. “Choose good quality items to upcycle,” says Bosma. “The item itself may be ugly, but what’s important is the quality of the material. An upcycle can be as simple as a lick of paint and new handles or as complicated as your imagination allows.” Upcycled items are more than just unique; they’re also much kinder to the environment. “Why throw it away when it can be reused and given a new lease on life?” says Bosma. “If you love unique pieces of furniture then upcycling is the way to go, plus you get to add your own flair if it’s a do-it-yourself project. And best of all, if you’re like me and you love to bag a bargain, upcycling your own items is much cheaper than buying new.” Suddenly spending weekends scouring garage sales sounds much more appealing! You never know what treasures you’ll find or what will inspire your next project.

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HOLLYWOOD ENDING? The B.C. film industry looks to be slowly rebounding after an apocalyptic start to 2013 MICHAELA GARSTIN

ON SET - North Shore Studio’s president Peter Leitch stands in front of a facade of townhouses used for movies and TV shows. Michaela Garstin photo


he first half of 2013 is labelled as the worst in B.C. film industry history. Thousands of people were out of jobs, including many of the 5,000 trade professionals living on the North Shore. At the worst point, the Save BC Film campaign reports 90 per cent of the province’s 28,000 film workers, such as costume designers, production managers and casting directors, were unemployed because of tax credit cuts imposed by the BC Liberal government. But the industry is picking up, including in North Van where 50 Shades of Grey is rumoured on several blogs to film at North Shore Studios in midNovember. While it’s widespread news the salacious book-to-movie adaptation is filming in Vancouver, the exact location hasn’t been officially confirmed,

although Peter Leitch, president of the studios, did give hope. “If that’s what they say, then maybe it’s true. I can’t confirm it,” he told The Outlook while giving a tour of the lot’s eight studios, where crews are hustling back and forth on the sets of TV shows Falling Skies, Tomorrow People and Fairly Odd Summer. 50 Shades of Grey – which is rumoured to be filmed under the discreet working name The Adventures of Max & Banks — is set to be a major feature film and would likely bring back an enthusiasm to the North Shore film industry that was seen with blockbuster film series Twilight a few years ago and The X-Files from 1993 to 2002. “B.C. is never going to be the lowest price but we still need to be competitive,” says Leitch. “If it was all about price, we would be out of business here.”

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It’s the province’s natural setting, skilled professionals and matching timezone with L.A. that will keep the industry going, he adds, despite cuts to tax credits in B.C. and more competitive breaks in Ontario, Quebec and some U.S. states. Although filming on the North Shore appears to be relatively thriving, at least compared to earlier this year, it’s a delicate balancing act. Many insiders doubt there will ever be nearly as much action as the industry’s heyday during the early 2000s. If locally-made movies and TV series decide to shoot in eastern Canada or down to the U.S., (Louisiana, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois and Michigan are among some 40 states that offer incentives that can lure B.C. business with them) then B.C.’s industry could return to where it was five months ago. “You have to watch it, it can change quickly. In L.A. it got very difficult and expensive to film in neighbourhoods, that’s part of the reason why they left,” says Leitch, stopping at a set decoration and wardrobe sale from the detective comedy-drama series Psych that filmed at the studios for eight seasons. The next day people lined up for 45 minutes to buy the discounted props and clothes, which can run $50,000 per episode. “Everyone is busy right now. We hope it lasts.”

A few minutes away, under the Second Narrows Bridge, gritty facades line war-torn streets with blown-out cars and squalid, deserted buildings — a post-apocalyptic Boston following an alien invasion (cover photo). This is a set for Falling Skies, a science-fiction TV series produced by Steven Spielberg and staring Noah Wyle and Tom Mason, that premiers its fourth season next summer.

Towering lights will soon shine on the streets at night as actors and crews start filming again at the Dollartonarea location and Riverview Hospital, a deserted mental health facility in Coquitlam. Over in West Van, the TV show Almost Human has applied to Transport Canada for permission to fly helicopters low enough to film scenes over the Upper Levels Highway and along the seawall this weekend.

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But despite the upturn in B.C.’s film industry, John Quee, owner of production supply store Thomas FX in North Van, says his business can’t survive on solely servicing movies produced in this province. He has made a deliberate attempt to create a global appeal so location doesn’t affect his bottom line. Whether a movie is filmed in Vancouver, the eastern U.S. or Europe, productions still buy from the store’s website. His credits include most TV series and movies filmed in B.C., including Twilight, Supernatural (he supplied several thousand body parts), Tomorrowland, Falling Skies and Almost Human. Outside B.C. he’s sold to hundreds of other productions, such as The Hobbit, Total Recall 2, The Book of Eli and Cinderella Man.

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“Out of 20 new calls, four or five have been from Vancouver. A smaller and smaller per cent of them are from Vancouver,” he tells The Outlook. “So if you don’t go global, you can’t survive in this market.” The first major signs the Vancouver film industry was slowing down occurred in 2008, he explains, when the economy crashed. “The world changed, the film industry was hit just as hard.” Then unions started fighting with each other and the situation got worse, he adds. And, earlier this year, local filmmakers were hit again. Currently, a 33 per cent tax credit is offered in B.C. but only for labour costs, while Ontario and Quebec offer a 25 per cent credit on all production expenditures. This gap has led the province’s estimated 25,000 industry professionals to call on the government for more support for their threatened livelihoods. Now that the local industry is picking up, Quee is happy but emphasizes that his business will remain global and not depend on B.C.’s economy.

In town filming Disney’s sci-fi production Tomorrowland, George Clooney was spotted bar-hoping in Vancouver on the weekend – a testament to B.C.’s rebounding film industry. He was first seen at Joey Burrard downtown when a starstruck Twitter user posted “OMG GEORGE CLOONEY IS AT MY BAR HOLY S--- LOL” and then uploaded a photo of the eligible bachelor waiting for a drink. Then, posing with three thrilled fans, another

photo of the Hollywood A-lister was Tweeted outside the sushi restaurant Minami in Yaletown, where he stopped for sashimi and a martini. And soon, if the blogs and websites including Production Weekly are correct, 50 Shades of Grey’s leading stars Charlie Hunnam (Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) will soon be caught at cafés and restaurants in North and West Vancouver.

“If you can’t go global, you can’t survive in this market” John Quee

Thomas FX owner But there’s no assurance the buzz will stay, as industry insiders experienced first hand earlier this year. The volatile local film industry definitely isn’t as it was during its peak, says Quee. “Choices are being made for economic reasons, not creative reasons,” he says, comparing tight production costs today to those a decade ago. Pointing out dozens of different contractors involved in running North Shore Studios, Leitch warns, “One of the differences in this industry is that it’s project based.” Although optimistic about the future, he knows, in the blink of an eye, movies and TV series can easily decide to pack up and relocate elsewhere.

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bent on reinventing the jazz scene in Vancouver, after seeing the upbeat offerings in jazz clubs across North America and overseas. “It just seemed like there was a real lull in the [Vancouver jazz] scene,� recalls Weeds. Craving a jazz venue to call his own, he went to BCIT where he learned business skills and specifically how to start a music promotion company. Opportunity knocked soon after: Weeds was hired by the then-owner of the Cellar Jazz Club to do his first gig. “I will never forget it,� says Weeds. “I was really sick. I had the flu. But I thought, ‘Wow, the Cellar, what a cool spot.’�

With his heart on his sleeve, Weeds outright said to the owner of the club: “Whenever you are ready to sell, let me know.� Five months later he read an article in a local newspaper that said a west side Vancouver jazz club was for sale. Weeds was in his early 20s at the time and also broke. Somehow, he convinced his parents to loan him $80,000 for his nightclub venture. “I didn’t think it was going to be successful,� admits Weeds. “Why should it be successful? I’m a young punk kid.� Thirteen years later and Weeds is proving himself wrong. The Cellar Jazz Club is perennially listed among the world’s finest jazz venues by Downbeat magazine.

When he started the Cellar, Weeds figured his foray into club-ownership would put an end to his own career as a saxophonist. Being around jazz greats only inspired Weeds to continue making music himself. His 2012 album, Up a Step, earned Weeds his first Juno nomination for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year. And his new project, With Benefits, with Bill Coon, Lewis Nash, and Peter Washington, is proving to be his most successful yet, spending 21 weeks so far on the JazzWeek charts. Stay tuned for the release of his album Let’s Go featuring a collaboration with renowned trombonist Steve Davis. From Sept. 26-29, Weeds will celebrate

the 13th anniversary of Cellar Jazz Club with a weekend-long party that will see him perform with the legendary, 77-yearold pianist Harold Mabern — a one-time side-man for Miles Davis — and his trio. Weeds will record with Mabern, one of North America’s surviving jazz greats, later this fall for the Cellar’s award-winning Cellar Live record label. “It’s something that I am nervous and honoured about,� says Weeds. Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club 13th Anniversary Bash will have 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. seatings. The cost is $59 which includes a two-course meal. For more information and reservations call 604738-1959 or visit



NV kidney transplant recipient taking part in Ambleside charity walk Four months after receiving a new kidney, Bob Johnstone is up to the 2.5 km walk MICHAELA GARSTIN S tA f f R E p o Rt E R


North Vancouver man who recently underwent a successful kidney transplant will be showing off his new strength at the 2013 North Shore Kidney Walk & Run on Sunday, Sept. 22. Bob Johnstone, who was given a new kidney at the end of May, is this year’s run honouree. Marianne Farmer, a good friend and retired RCMP officer, donated her kidney to Johnstone, who has a form of kidney disease that is passed down from parents to children. “I have all the energy in the world now, it’s unbelievable. I can’t thank Marianne enough for what she’s done,â€? says the 62-year-old, who will be walking two and a half kilometres for the event, which starts at Ambleside Park at 9 a.m. and ends at Navvy Jack Point Park near 21st Street. Runners will keep going another 2.5 kilometres to Dundarave Park. Johnstone arrived at St. Paul’s Hospital a few NEW LIFE - Bob Johnstone with his hours before his transfriend Marianne Farmer, who donated a plant surgery, his friend kidney to him at the end of May this year. already in the operating Submitted photo room. “Marianne told me she was donating a kidney on June 27th of last year. It took all that time to get everything approved for the tissue match and other things,â€? he told The Outlook, adding he felt better very shortly after the operation. “As soon as they put the kidney in, it started working right away‌ My colour came back to my skin within half hour.â€? He was out of the hospital within five days, and his friend left a day before. “The first criteria is a matching blood type. If you don’t have the same type, you can’t get the kidney,â€? he says, adding his wife wasn’t a match. Because finding an suitable match causes some people to wait up to five years for a transplant, Johnstone is urging people to register as organ donors. Eighty-five per cent of British Columbians are in favour of organ donation, according to the Kidney Foundation, but only 19 per cent are registered. For more information or to sponsor Johnstone, visit

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Any disagreements between the two parties were playfully settled on the paintball course at the base of Capilano Road. The women say their foray into reality TV offered them some valuable insight for their company. “We really learned we are capable of delivering on time and on budget, because there was no room for error [on the show],” says Diaz. And while they haven’t inked any deals as a direct result of the show — their episodes only started airing three weeks ago — the women are poised to grow their business. “We are really starting to see all the seeding that we have done over the years starting to take shape,” says Shimizu, who met Diaz a decade ago while they were doing their MBA at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. The two women bonded right off the bat, partnering on almost every school project. Diaz decided to pursue a career in interior design, rather than marketing, after she finished the MBA program. “I call [marketing] answering emails all the time, and all the creative fun part gets missed,” figures Diaz. Meanwhile, Shimizu went off and worked at an art gallery. But the two friends always kept in touch and even collaborated on some side interior design projects before eventually going into business together. “We just had this chemistry and we really synced with each other in our work styles, and we just carried that through on to our professional lives,” says Shimizu of the genesis of Harmony Sense Interiors. Right out of the gate the designers scored a high-profile gig: a facelift of the Sutton Place Hotel lobby residential tower. They have also worked on a PNE prize home and landed the cover of BC Home Magazine. Two years ago Harmony Sense Interiors was a finalist for the Georgie Awards, which celebrates excellence in B.C. home building. Designing their personal spaces is another challenge the mothers pull off seamlessly. Shimizu compromises with her kids, by letting them decorate their rooms after she has chosen the foundation pieces. “My son is enthralled with the world and geography so he loves maps and atlases. My daughter, she is all about dance and dolls,” explains Shimizu. And, in Diaz’s small condo, organization is key. “You cannot avoid kids having toys, but there should be a place for them,” says Diaz. “I tell my kids, ‘You can have all the Lego pieces you want but when you are finished they go in this drawer so we can have a nice living room.’” Both Diaz and Shimizu abide by the same design philosophy: “Every space has to be harmonious and balanced.”

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The natural salesman later became a GM at the dealership and then, in 1992, he set out on his own, leasing a location on Marine Drive in North Van in December and securing a Suzuki franchise. Today, two decades later, Tai is still at the same location serving North Shore clients — many of whom have been with him since the beginning. “We’ve been serving the North Shore for over 20 years.” Of course, starting a dealership from scratch wasn’t easy. But he built a business based on trust. Soon came referrals and repeat customers. “I worked seven days a week. I was younger then I had all kinds of energy,” he says. Some of his longtime customers have purchased as many as 10 cars from him, he says proudly. “Friends and family buying cars. Honesty is the best way to do business.” And he never gets tired of meeting new people. “I get to meet a lot of different people every

day. Every customer has a different story. I enjoy dealing with people.” Today Tai wears several different hats: dealer principal, GM, sales manager and occasionally floor salesman. He has 12 employees, many long term — like his service manager, who has been with him since day one. After Suzuki’s recent decision to pull out of Canada, Tai officially became a Mitsubishi dealership in July. He didn’t need to be sold on the brand. “Nice quality. Made in Japan, very good warranty — best warranty in the world,” he says noting the one exception is the RVR crossover which is built in the U.S. He’s excited about the 2014 Mirage, Mitsubishi’s all-new three-cylinder, five-door hatchback, which he should have by the end of the month. “The most fuel-efficient gas engine in Canada,” he says. He’s also waiting for the arrival of his own Mitsubishi, the Lancer Evolution, or Evo. “That is a beautiful car,” he says.

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On Sunday, North Shore Rescue flew a group, including Deacon Gordon Barrett and Chief Warrant Officer Tom Holland (left), to Hastings Lake for a ceremony to honour Pte. Donald Hastings, a soldier from North Van who died in the Korean War. Right: Pte. Donald Hastings in his Canadian military uniform, second from left. Submitted photos

Ceremony honours North Shore’s only soldier killed in Korean War On Sunday a plaque was placed at Mount Seymour’s Hastings Lake to honour Pte. Donald Hastings MICHAELA GARSTIN S tA f f R E p o Rt E R


rriving by helicopter on Sunday afternoon, a group gathered deep in Mount Seymour’s backcountry to honour the North Shore’s only soldier to die in the “forgotten war.” A plaque was placed beside Hastings Lake, a secluded body of water dedicated to Pte. Donald Hastings who was killed in South Korea on Oct. 15, 1952. “At the cenotaph in North Van, I would see names listed for World War I and II, but only one name for the Korean War,” says Guy Black, a former Blueridge resident and military history buff who spearheaded renaming “The Lake with No Name” after Hastings. After discovering the small lake on the east side of Mount Seymour Provincial Park didn’t have an official title, Black sent for Hastings’ military file and made an application to honour the North Van soldier. “Talking with historians, they told me the Korean War is in the shadow of World War II,” says Black, who hopes permanently commemorating Hastings will help people remember the “forgotten war” this year — the 60th anniversary of ceasefire — and in years after. Pte. Hastings grew up in Lower Lonsdale and later moved to Calgary, where he married, joined the army and served in the merchant navy during the Second World War. When war broke out in Korea in 1950, he joined 26,000 other Canadians in battle. He was fatally wounded while on patrol with the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry at Tombstone Ridge. “His body was never found,” says Black, who sought out Hastings’ relatives for more historical information, including his sisterin-law in Parksville. With the help of North Shore Rescue, Black visited Mount Seymour to have a plaque honouring “North Vancouver’s Korean War Hero” set in a large rock overlooking the lake. A week later, another group including

Deacon Gordon Barrett and Chief Warrant Officer Tom Holland, who represents Hastings’ regiment, flew three kilometres from the mountain’s parking lot for a formal ceremony, where flags for Canada, British Columbia and Hastings’ regiment were placed beside the plaque. “Last year [Black] contacted the team about how ‘The Lake with No Name’ was renamed,” says Tim Jones, North Shore Rescue’s team leader, who organized the helicopter transportation. Earlier this week, four team members cleared a larger area for a second helicopter to land. Often overlooked in high school textbooks, the Korean War was significant, explains Black as he waits for the helicopters to arrive. Canada sent eight destroyers to Korea on the side of the United Nations. From 1950 to 1953, 516 Canadians died, including 38 British Columbians. “It’s the third highest casualty wise in Canada,” adds Black, who works for ICBC and now lives in Port Moody. In late June Black travelled on foot from Coquitlam to Simon Fraser University and over the Second Narrows Bridge to meet Korean War veterans, dignitaries and others along the way. He collected stones to use for a “Gapyeong ceremony,” an offering of stones as a memorial to the nearly 20,000 South Korean and allied soldiers who died in battle. Concerned the Korean War could be overlooked, B.C. Senator Yonah Martin worked to have a national day of remembrance enacted into law. July 27, the 60th anniversary of the armistice, marked the first year Korean War Veterans Day was held in Canada. “It had been on that day for years, but it wasn’t a law,” Martin told The Outlook at the top of Mount Seymour. “We have national days for other wars and I had the feeling that everyone thought it was about time to have one for Korea too.”

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resh fruits and vegetables are often out of reach for seniors on a fixed income, either because of the cost or mobility issues that prevent them from making it to the grocery store. Hollyburn Family Services Society, which provides outreach services to some of the North Shore’s most vulnerable people, identified a need for food security among low-income seniors through a survey that was sent out to their clients earlier this year. Now, thanks to a new food box program, that’s starting to change. “Hi. Come in. Welcome.” A warm greeting is offered the moment someone walks through the door of this multi-purpose room in the basement of North Shore Neighbourhood House. The sun is streaming in through the doorway, as volunteers keep busy assembling fruit and vegetable packages in the centre of the room. There is a lot of laughing coming from this blended group of 20 seniors and young adults who make up the North Shore Food Box Cooperative. Charles Phoenix is one of the first shoppers to arrive. Wearing a fedora that shields his eyes, he quietly peruses the selection of fruits and vegetables compartmentalized on a table along the back wall. “I’m going to take some of these trees,” says Phoenix as he reaches for some broccoli. The 80-year-old, who lives in a nearby affordable housing complex for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities, has been spared a trek downhill to the closest supermarket, which is many blocks away on Esplanade. “So far the evidence of what I have seen here is really nice fresh food,” says Phoenix of the North Shore Food Box Cooperative set-up. “Almost a little bit of everything — veggies, bananas, cheese, yogurt.” His small box filled with fresh produce that would sell for as much as $25 in a grocery store will only cost him $15 today. The food box program was born out of an intergenerational mentorship project — “Honoring Our Past, Nurturing Our Future” — spearheaded by HFSS. Supported by provincial money, the initiative focuses on collaboration between seniors and youth ages 19 to 24. Through workshops and activities there is a transmission of intergenerational knowledge that occurs. Kristen Pring-Mill was one of the young participants in the 10-week program. Each week she would bring in a short comedic script for the seniors to act out. “I guess one of the things that is fun about this group is that many of them have never performed before,” says PringMill. For Maureen Reierstad, the companionship helps abate any feelings of isolation. The 73-year-old is just starting to get back on her feet again. A year and a half ago, Reierstad’s life turned upside down on a dime. She lost her long-time job, her mother died and her personal life went sideways — all at once. “I was in financial straits, definitely to the point where I had no grocery money,” she recalls.

Lower Lonsdale resident Charles Phoenix, who lives on a low-income budget, peruses the produce in a multi-purpose room at North Shore Neighbourhood House. He will save $10, and a long walk to the grocery store, by purchasing his fruits and vegetables through the North Shore Food Box Cooperative. Maria Spitale-Leisk photo

The staff at Hollyburn, which delivers B.C. Housing’s Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program, provided Reierstad with the resources she needed to get her life back on track. “I’m not very clever asking for things, especially when people are doing things for me,” says Reierstad. Linda Brown has a similar tale of adversity. In 2007, after falling and fracturing her elbow, she was unable to hold down a full-time job and subsequently her apartment went into foreclosure. Hollyburn staff also helped her find affordable housing. However, her monthly income is a $920 Persons With Disabilities (PWD) benefit, $700 of which goes towards her rent. “Without this [North Shore Food Box Cooperative] I wouldn’t be eating,” says Brown. Reierstad and Brown, along with the other food box program volunteers, take home a bag of groceries when they leave. However, Leya Eguchi, Hollyburn’s coordinator of seniors programs, says they are not looking for a hand-out. “Everyone is here on their own accord because they want to help each other,” adds Eguchi. Hollyburn was only temporarily hosting

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North Shore Food Box Cooperative volunteers, from left, Linda Brown, Leya Eguchi, Hollyburn Family Services Society coordinator of seniors programs, Victor Amato and Kristen Pring-Mill. Maria Spitale-Leisk photo continued from, PAGE 38

the food box cooperative at North Shore Neighbourhood House. Starting next week, the volunteers will deliver the fruits and vegetables to a seniors’ affordable housing complex in Lower Lonsdale. “The goal was not to create a supermarket here,” explains Eguchi. The group is learning as they go with this pilot project. Right now they source the produce from wholesalers. Soon, they hope to tap into a community resource next door to North Shore Neighbourhood House — the Edible Garden Project. “We are looking at getting food from them and partnering with farmers,” says Eguchi. The food box cooperative supplements Hollyburn’s overarching Seniors at Housing Risk Outreach Program. This past year alone, Hollyburn social workers helped 235 marginalized seniors secure affordable housing and/or income support. “I’m getting up to 20 calls a day,” says Eguchi. “The concern is that these people are about to lose their housing.” According to Eguchi, with the baby boomer generation now entering retirement age, the number of seniors needing outreach services is expected to swell.

alling all gardeners! Fall, the brief finale to the growing season, is a beautiful time to show off your garden in all its autumn glory. Rusting leaves, nodding anemones, fall vegetables, gourds or fall-blooming bulbs. Share photos of your garden, lawn, window box, planter, garden bed, or whole garden – flowers or vegetables. Three finalists will be chosen, and their photos will be published in The Outlook and displayed at the West Vancouver Community Centre lobby during this year’s Pumpkin Fest celebrations to be held on Oct. 5 and 6. The winner will be announced at Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 6 and will receive “The Great Canadian Fall Garden Cleanup” ($500 value) from Great Canadian Landscaping. Give your garden that extra TLC, and email your photos to with the subject “Great Garden Contest.” Check out Home & Harvest and other events that are part of Pumpkin Fest at Pumpkin Fest is a fundraising event of the West Vancouver Community Centres Society. All proceeds benefit the West Vancouver Community Centre. Garden Tips of the Week

Get Pruning! It’s time to go through your fall gardening checklist to get your garden ready for winter. According to Jason Black of Great Canadian Landscaping, fall is a great time to prune, plant and clean up. “From fall through spring, your plants are in their dormant stage. It’s important to get your pruning done before the cold weather hits.” September Checklist: • Prune down your perennials, such as hostas and daisies. • Prune your hedges – cedars, laurels and yews will be better at springtime if excess weight is removed. • Pull weeds before they go to seed to reduce the number of weeds next year. • Add compost or manure to garden beds. • Cleanup leaves to avoid rotting of turf below. Look for more gardening tips next week, and check out the Home & Harvest section of the Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 6 at the West Vancouver Community Centre. Check out

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hree North Shore police officers are putting their pedals to the metal this week as they bike 900 kilometres in nine days to raise money for pediatric cancer programs and research. The trio are riding alongside hundreds of law enforcement officers and paramedics participating in the 2013 Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast. Wearing matching jerseys, they are cycling en masse through the Sea to Sky corridor, Sunshine Coast, North Shore and Greater Vancouver from now until Sept. 26. It’s a poignant journey for West Vancouver Police Department Const. Nicole Hartwig, whose mom was diagnosed with cancer mere weeks after she was accepted into the Cops for Cancer program. The rookie police officer was with her fiancé on vacation in Hawaii when she got the fateful call from her family. “Mom’s sick” were the first words spoken by her brother on the other end of the line. Since February, Hartwig’s mom has endured six chemotherapy sessions to treat her B-cell lymphoma — a blood cancer of the lymph glands. But today, Hartwig has some happy news to share about her mom’s healing journey: “As of a couple weeks ago she was put into remission.” Her family’s brush with serious illness has spurred them into action to help raise money for the Cops for Cancer campaign.

“Every time someone comes into my mom’s house she makes them hand over a toonie or they are not allowed inside,” laughs Hartwig, whose family alone has donated $7,800 to her Cops for Cancer personal fundraising page. She was the first Tour de Coast rider to raise $7,000 — and is well on her way to reaching her goal of collecting $10,000 for cancer research. “When you have something you truly believe in, there are a lot of people willing to help. You just have to ask,” says Hartwig of the outpouring of financial contributions she has received. Hartwig, along with fellow WVPD Const. Griffin Gillan, recently received a cheque for $5473.05 from Fresh St. Market in Ambleside. Gillian, a second-year participant, signed up for the charity bike ride after watching the Cops the Cancer cavalcade roll past him every year. He knows the uphill challenges that are in store, after getting a taste of the terrain last September. “I remember the hill coming out of Lund, that was one of the memorable hills,” he says. The camaraderie amongst the riders is evident: if someone is struggling to make it up a hill, another rider will come along and place a hand on their back to help propel them to the top, recalls Gillian. continued, PAGE 41

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att Polidoro feels like fate intervened when he began his new band earlier this year. After the Port Moody guitarist broke ties with his former ensemble, Men of the West, Polidoro called on his drummer friend, Chris SallisLyon, to join his outfit called Paper Trails. Polidoro and Sallis-Lyon — a North Vancouver resident who studied jazz percussion at Vancouver Community College — had competed against each other in a battle-of-the-bands hAppy TRAIls - Paper Trails is a blues rock/folk contest at the Roxy; they also had band made up of Matt Polidoro, Lucas Drever and worked together on a Men of the Teile Iantorno of Port Moody and Les Hill and Chris West album. Sallis-Lyon from North Vancouver. Submitted photo Soon, the pair had Polidoro’s best friend Lucas Drever to play guitar and, two months later, Teile Iantorno along once in a blue moon and consists of the on vocals. The trio recruited her on the spot types of musicians that any manager would after she pulled over her vehicle and recorded kill to work with,” Dunn-Roy said. “Their a song on her cell phone. “When we heard her, drive, focus and overall passion for music far it was like ‘Holy cow,’” Polidoro said. “We knew succeeds that of most musicians attempting she was the one.” to make it in this business and, to add to the Two months later, luck struck again when mix, I was gifted with a group that could also Sallis-Lyon’s friend, Les Hill, a former jazz back up their big dreams with even bigger drummer and teacher, signed on as the basstalent.” ist. “And since then, everything has flown by This month, Paper Trails started working so fast,” Polidoro said. with music producer Jordan Oorebeek to cut Paper Trails put on its first show — mostly two original songs for a five-track, self-titled in front of friends — at the Kozmik Zoo in EP; the other three songs will be recorded June. But also in the crowd was Kate Dunnby students at Harbourside Institute of Roy of Kapital Entertainment, who Polidoro Technology, of which Sallis-Lyon is an alumsaid was so impressed that she immediately nus. asked to manage the group. Polidoro hopes the album will be out later The next month, Dunn-Roy organized the next month; it will be followed by a cross-CanPaper Trails to appear at Granville Island’s ada tour next summer to promote the release. Backstage Lounge. “And we had double the “We feel very fortunate to have done so well crowd and that was on a Wednesday night,” in such a short time,” Polidoro said. “It’s like he said. “It’s all because of Kate.” it was meant to be.” “Paper Trails is the type of band that comes -Jannis Warren continued from, PAGE 40

said North Vancouver RCMP Supt. Chris Kennedy in a press release. Cops for Cancer was initiated in 1994 when an Edmonton police officer posed for a photo with a young cancer patient who was being teased at school because of his hair loss. The program launched in B.C. four years later and has since raised over $25 million for the Canadian Cancer Society. Each of the three North Shore police officers participating in Tour de Coast has an online donation page at

Like Hartwig, North Vancouver RCMP Const. Marie-Eve Beaupre family has also been affected by cancer. Her aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer a decade ago. Beaupre’s motivation for participating in Tour de Coast is two-fold: to stay in shape and to give back to the community. The Quebec City native had no idea what to expect when she moved to North Vancouver four years ago. “I didn’t know anything about B.C., except that it was in the west of Canada,” says Beaupre. Since exploring the North Shore’s myriad trails, including the ones in the Seymour Demonstration Forest, she’s become hooked on biking. Still, the tales she’s heard from seasoned Cops for Cancer riders make Beaupre a litVALUE PRICED tle nervous. Mediterranean Grill “There’s a lot of hills that people barely dine in • take out • delivery make it up because it’s so steep,” she says. 1356 Marine Drive • North Van • • 604.985.7955 “The people cheering you on, that’s what motivates you.” Beaupre raised $900 through donations from the RCMP Musical Ride when it Host of CBC Radio’s made a stop at Mahon “If I had known he was The Debaters going to be THAT good, Park on Aug. 21. In I would have cancelled total, $10,839.63 was Centennial Theatre him” ~ Steve Martin raised for the Cops North Van for Cancer campaign y” nn Fri, Nov 8 - 7:30pm fu y from that single event dl “wicke rald He le in North Van. nic ro Ch ax Centennial Box Office: - Halif “The North 604 984 4484 Vancouver RCMP Detachment would like to thank everyone who came out to help make this a successful day,”




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Outlook West Vancouver, September 19, 2013  

September 19, 2013 edition of the Outlook West Vancouver