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Plans gear up for unconventional waterfront museum The website for the Centre for Art, Architecture + Design shows progress is well underway MICHAELA GARSTIN S tA f f R E P o Rt E R
ill the new 30,000-square-foot Centre for Art, Architecture + Design soon be built overlooking John Lawson Park? While not officially approved, the project is gearing up to be the new home of the West Vancouver Museum. The district-run website for CAAD says the new arts centre “will focus on exhibiting contemporary and historical art, architecture and design.” It will be built on top of a parking lot on the 1600block of Bellevue Avenue near the waterfront; a location council voted to support in principle in May last year. Once the plan is more precise, public consultations must be called, a fact the CAAD website doesn’t outline except briefly in multi-page documents linked to the page. This appears to have led to some confusion with some people thinking the arts centre is actually a done deal, without the public being consulted. For instance, Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism posted on Facebook “A new Centre for Art Architecture and Design in West Vancouver… Congratulations to everyone involved in establishing the Centre!” Others have also mistaken CAAD as approved. An opinion letter published in a North Shore paper on Oct. 18 says, “This, at a time of growth in the arts on the North Shore, e.g. the Gordon Smith Gallery, the Centre for Art, Architecture and Design envi-
sioned and approved in West Vancouver…” But Darrin Morrison, who is the curator/director for both the West Van Museum and the Centre for Arts, Architecture + Design, says there are more steps in the process before the centre can be given the green light. “The last year of work was to develop the business plan, to select an architect and then the next step is to raise funds to build the centre,” he told The Outlook. The plan is to have the Centre NEW MUSEUM? - Preliminary designs for the proposed Centre for Art, Architecture + Design on the 1600-block Argyle Avenue near John Lawson for Art, Architecture + Design Park in West Vancouver. District of West Vancouver photo built on a district-owned parking lot near the waterfront and funded by donors. Taxpayers will CAO for the district, who said the website isn’t mispay for operation costs. leading. The current West Vancouver Museum on 17th “If you’re going to appeal to donors, you’ve got to Street took on a different focus than many tradihave your act in gear. You’ve got to have your business tional museums after it split with the archival secplan and some levels of design and certainly have the tion in 2005. Instead of displaying old artifacts and presence through a website to say this is what we’re historical records, it focuses on the area’s rich hisdoing.” tory in West Coast Modernism and hosts eclectic art He said donors need to be organized to fund the exhibits. centre before the project can be approved. Morrison says the current museum, which is housed “This year we will pursue three things: the complein the 74-year-old Gertrude Lawson House, has outtion of the business plan, some ideas around the congrown its space and desperately needs an updated ceptual approach that we’re taking to design and parfacility to better serve North Shore residents. ticularly an understanding about the donor feasibility The West Vancouver Society for Art, Architecture + status and strategy,” he explained. Design was formed to support the creation of the new In August an architect firm, Russell Hollingsworth, facility, led by a board of directors including acclaimed was chosen from nearly 30 respondents and the busilocal artist Gordon Smith, Mayor Michael Smith and ness plan for the centre is expected to be presented to Merla Beckerman, an arts advisor and consultant. council in December. The board is working with Brent Leigh, deputy For more information about the centre go to caad.ca.
The latest news and information from the City of North Vancouver
New Garbage Collection Schedule Starts January 2014 The City is changing garbage collection service to every other week. Beginning in January 2014, garbage collection for single-family homes will be collected every second week, while Blue Box recycling, GreenCan and Yard Trimmings will continue to be collected every week. The first non-collection week for garbage will be January 13th. Garbage limits will remain at two 77-litre cans per collection. There is no restriction on the number of GreenCans or Yard Trimmings cans. The City's 2014 Collection Calendar will clearly outline collection days for both garbage and recycling for each zone and will be available in mid-December. For more information go to www.cnv.org/collection or call 604-987-7155.
Remembrance Day Service and Parade The annual Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place in Victoria Park on Monday, November 11th at 10:30am. The parade begins at 9:20am at the JP Fell Armoury at 15th Street and Forbes Avenue and travels to the Cenotaph at Victoria Park.
City Hall Wins Prestigious Design Award The City Hall renovation project has been recognized with a design award from The Architectural Institute of BC. The project took top honours winning a Lieutenant Governor Award of Excellence Medal. The award program recognizes design excellence and is the top award for architecture in the province. The renovated City Hall has also been honoured by the The Canadian Wood Council. Come visit City Hall and see what all the fuss is about. Learn more at www.cnv.org/CivicCentreRedevelopment
North Shore Municipal Community Grants Workshop Wednesday, November 20, 7pm - 9pm North Vancouver Municipal Hall Council Chamber, 355 West Queens Non-profit organizations offering programs and services on the North Shore are invited to attend a workshop about how to write and apply for municipal grants. This two hour interactive session will provide an overview of grant writing using the revised 2014 forms. Pre-registration is required to attend the workshop. Please RSVP by Friday, November 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is hosted by the three North Shore municipalities. www.dnv.org/communitygrants
Book a City Facility Looking for an outdoor location to host your next community event? The City has a number of unique venues that are available to the public for booking. Complete the online event application form at www.cnv.org/BookAFacility
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Remembrance Day Services Remembrance Day Ceremonies are happening throughout the North Shore Monday, November 11. Burrard Yacht Club is hosting a Maritime Memorial Service at 10:30am at Cates Park; a parade and service are being held at the Victoria Park Cenotaph at 10:30am; and a ceremony is being held at the Lynn Valley Memorial Cairn (Mountain Hwy and Lynn Valley Rd) at 10:45am.
The salmon are spawning! Did you know? District watersheds are home to six species of Pacific Salmon: pink, sockeye, chum, coho, chinook, as well as steelhead. Autumn marks the time when those species travel the last leg of their journey to spawn. North Vancouver streams provide critical habitat for salmon to spawn and die - starting another life cycle and ensuring that salmon will call local watersheds home for generations to come.
The Grant Connell Tennis Centre Expansion Project is nearly complete! Tennis is already underway on the three new courts. The final phase of construction is almost done, with the finishing touches expected to be complete by the end of November. Please visit dnv.org/gctennis for project information.
Does your non-profit need a grant? Attend How to Write and Apply for North Shore Municipal Community Grants, Wednesday, November 20, 7pm -9pm, in Council Chambers at District Hall. Please pre-register by Friday, November 15 by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improvements are now underway at Maplewood Farm including six new shelters by the animal viewing pens, renovated washrooms, an improved goat playground, a new enclosed multi-use area, and interpretive signage. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of January. For more info visit dnv.org/maplewoodfarm.
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You can view the spawning salmon at the Capilano River Salmon Hatchery, the Seymour River Hatchery and at Maplewood Farm. Please remember to view spawning salmon from a safe distance, respecting all signage and being careful not to impact the streamside habitat.
With few new rental units built since the 1970s, should the district encourage more housing diversity?
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Traffic Notes Attention drivers! Traffic in the Seylynn area will experience delays as work begins mid-November on the upgrade to the area sewer system, which is under the roadway. Please allow extra time when travelling in the area. Lane closures are expected, however, single lane traffic in each direction will be maintained during peak hours. Visit dnv.org for more info. The Mount Seymour Parkway Widening and Bike Lanes project has begun. Crews are widening the roadway between Seymour Boulevard and Riverside Drive to create safer and more comfortable bike lanes in both directions. Completion is anticipated for spring 2014. Please check dnv.org/mspbridge for regular updates.
Council Agendas and Meetings Following is a list of Council meetings for this month. This list is subject to change and new agenda items/meetings may be added or revised during the month.
Council Meetings: Monday, November 18, 7pm Committee of the Whole: Tuesday, November 12, 7pm Tuesday, November 19, 7pm Monday, November 25, 7pm For more information: • visit dnv.org for agendas, minutes and schedules • call 604-990-2315 for an audio list of upcoming agenda items • visit dnv.org/agendanotice to get agendas by email • visit any District Library to view a copy of the agenda which is available the Friday before the regular Council Meeting All regular Council Meetings are open to the public and held in Council Chambers at District Hall, 355 West Queens Rd. District of North Vancouver 355 West Queens Road, North Vancouver, BC V7N 4N5 Main Line 604-990-2311 facebook.com/NVanDistrict
MOVE ON - Rental signs outside apartments in Ambleside often show there is no vacancy. Michaela Garstin photo
One woman gasped, shifted in her seat and awkwardly glanced at her neighbour before a simultaneous chorus of applause and boos rang out from the theatre. “We have homes in Port Moody, in Yaletown and in West Van,” the man began, as a couple hundred people set their eyes on him. “One of the reasons we chose to come and live in West Vancouver is that there’s no social housing.” He continued: “My question to the panel is: Who has taken the decision that West Vancouver needs to start looking like North Vancouver?” While some speakers at a public forum held at the Kay Meek Theatre in May said allowing coach houses in West Vancouver would cause more traffic, drain resources or “ruin neighbourhood character,” this speaker was the only one to share his opinion so bluntly. The panel sitting at the front of the theatre was in full support, praising alternative housing options, but nearly every resident who spoke said no to coach houses (a.k.a. laneway housing, grannie flats and carriage homes) in the district. In September, a unanimous vote by council called for draft bylaws to be written up, covering allowable size, height, style and location. Now that the topic of purpose-built rental housing came before council on Monday (Nov. 4), the question is: Will West Van residents support alternatives to the area’s single-family homes and is it the responsibility of the district to advocate for it? There are currently 1,900 purpose-built rental units throughout West Van, most built during the 1960s and ’70s and many vulnerable to loss as new developers move in and want to maximize the return of their investment in expensive district land. Making matters worse, only 20 new units have been added since the late-1970s. “We need to do what we can in West Vancouver to be inclusive and to allow people to stay in the community they’ve grown up in and lived in,” said Coun. Craig Cameron at Monday’s council meeting. “We think ‘aren’t we an affluent neighbourhood, doesn’t everyone have money to afford houses here?’ They don’t. “…If the average house is now over $2 million, that puts it out of reach of not only people of limited circumstances, it puts it out of reach of the middle class.” continued, PAGE 6
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Understanding the district can’t force apartment buildings to remain exclusively rental, staff asked council whether infill rental development should be allowed in the Ambleside Apartment Area. Rental housing could be considered a “community amenity,” said staff, which would exempt community amenity contributions and encourage construction. Right now 309, or 17 per cent, of rental units are classified as high risk, particularly in buildings on the waterfront because, for one reason, the value of the sites are worth more than income made from renters. “When a purpose-built rental comes along in this day and age, it’s really something,” Don Peters, North Shore Community Resources’ community liaison, told The Outlook. He says the most important initiative a municipality like West Vancouver can take is to provide land for rental housing to be built on. “[Municipalities] maintain that developers and builders don’t make any money out of rental,” he added. “If they build, then they have to find somebody to operate it. They
don’t want to be landlords. They want to just build condos and get out of there.” He points to a positive case proposed for near Phibbs Exchange in North Vancouver. Darwin Construction has applied to rezone four single-family lots to build 107 rental apartment units, along with commercial space, in a six-storey building. The project would break with the district’s official community plan and increase density from 2.5 FSR to 3.35 FSR. People who can’t afford to own their own place should be able to live in West Vancouver, said Peters. “If you’re asking them to move to North Vancouver, I guess some of them do, then that same thing is going on in North Vancouver too — demand for affordable rental housing is enormous.” District staff will hold public meetings about how best to preserve and add to West Van’s rental housing stock and are expected to report back to council in mid- to late-2014 with the results. email@example.com twitter.com/MichaelaGarstin
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number of unique medals including, U-S Navy ribbons, were stolen from a house in West Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 4. Police were called to the 4900-block of Beacon Lane when the homeowners discovered “highly sentimental” items were stolen during a break-and-enter. The victim, Dr. Murray Newman, also lost Order of Canada, Canada 125th and Queen’s Jubilee medals (pictured on the right). Anyone with information should call West Van police at 604-925-7300. -The Outlook
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Internet voting. which had an uncontested race for mayor, led oter lineups in the city and district OK, maybe there are still a few bugs. But I the North Shore with 23.73 per cent voter of North Vancouver grew modestly in still think e-voting would drive traffic at the turnout. 2011. polls — both by engaging young tech-savvy Those numbers put all That likely had something to voters and, as mentioned by the panel, makthree North Shore commudo with the push by both municiing it easier and more efficient for others. nities among the lowestpalities prior to election night voting municipalities in the We’ve grown to enjoy the simplicity of online to get the vote out after dismal banking, shopping and communication and province. turnout numbers in 2008. I’m sure it would be ditto for online voting if So, that all leads back to Many political pundits specuit’s offered. the question: What’s the lated that those paltry results But obviously, there will be no electronic secret to getting more vot— 16.5 per cent in the district ers having a say on election ballots in time for the 2014 election. and 17.67 in the city — could email@example.com Fortunately, there may be an interim solunight, both municipally and be explained by the lack of a tion to getting the vote out in North Van, in provincially? mayor’s race in both municipalidroves. E-voting has long been lauded as a possible ties and absence of any real hot-button issues. George Pringle, who ran for mayor in the solution to entice apathetic voters to particiStill, the anemic numbers in ’08 were city in 2011 and sat on the city’s civic engagepate in the democratic process. enough to spark a Civic Engagement Task ment task force, says he plans to run slates in In 2011, the Independent Panel on Internet Force in the city which led to the adoption of both the city and district for the 2014 municiVoting was tasked with investigating the posseveral recommendations made by the group pal election under the banner Unite North sibility of Internet-based voting in B.C. for to bump the number of ballot-casters, includVancouver (unitenorthvan.ca). civic and provincial elections. ing a CNV Facebook page replete with voter Pringle hopes to spark increased voter turnA few weeks ago, it released its preliminary info and pre-election information kiosks, to out. And if anything is going to get tepid report — and it doesn’t look like B.C. will be name a few. North Vancouver voters off the couch, it’s adopting all-out e-voting anytime soon. The DNV also ramped up its efforts to the A-Word — amalgamation. Throw in a The panel concluded that while Internet engage its residents, using traditional methpossible TransLink referendum question voting has some merit — “the most signifiods — brochures, banners, newspaper ads — and the polling stations might be busier cant potential benefit of Internet voting is along with social media for voter outreach. than usual next November. increased accessibility and convenience for West Van used voting reminder postcards B.C. voters” — it notes that and other forms of engagement. “other presumed benefits such as What do you think? Contact us at Still, the 2011 voter turnout numbers increased turnout and lower cost weren’t exactly stellar. The CNV got 21.2 per newsroom@northshoreoutlook, twitter.com/ are not typically realized.” cent out (7,082 of the municipality’s 33,415 It also warns of inherent residents), while the DNV only got 20.96 or nsoutlook or facebook.com/nsoutlook security and technical risks of 12,675 of its eligible 60,450 voters; West Van,
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ust how much did it cost to defend our freedom in the Great War of 1914-18? Perhaps we can judge it best by the lives of those who thankfully did return safely, after courageously venturing to take part in the conflicts in lands far away, and then were able to spend the rest of their days contributing to the betterment of our community right here as well. You see, the contributions of these returning heroes – such as one Ebenezer Crute – greatly magnifies the loss we all suffered by the sacrificial and untimely deaths overseas of those who never made it back to fulfill their dreams and help fulfill those of their families and friends. What impact it would have made if all those who died had been able to return. Eb Crute – apparently nobody ever called him Ebenezer – returned to become, among many other things, a long-time and beloved elementary and high school teacher, principal and coach in North Vancouver. And he might never have come back because he was wounded twice, the last time just two days before the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, now 95 years ago, which marked the truce between the Allies and Germany and the day from which our annual Remembrance Day is derived. Extensive research into the Crute family through ship passenger lists, marriage and deaths certificates, attestation papers, obituaries, B.C. directories, newspaper clippings, archival photos and interviews reveals that Eb was born on Dec. 3, 1883, in Sunderland, a town in northeast England, as the middle child of John George and Edith (Fowles) Crute. His two sisters, Edith and Hilda, were born earlier in 1878 and 1881. Brothers William Arthur “Art” and Percy came along in 1889 and 1892. As Sunderland was known for shipbuilding, it’s not surprising that young Eb trained as a marine engineer and served on the S.S. Surrey as noted in his obituary in The North Shore Citizen following his death on Oct. 31, 1968, almost exactly 50 years to the very day of his being wounded at the conclusion
Presbyterian church in Agassiz of the war. and a year of Normal School to Eb was the first in his famobtain his teaching certification, ily to migrate to Canada, arrivhe joined the staff at Lonsdale ing in 1908, ending up initially in School in 1922, living for eight Vancouver and then becoming a years at 1612 Lonsdale, where pioneer North Vancouverite along the new City Market complex with his brothers. has just been built, and for the He would later explain in a remaining 38 years of his life in 1948 interview with editor Herb a now-demolished house facing H. Morden for the “Old-Timers’ Victoria Park at 112 West Keith Club” feature in The North Shore Road. Press that when the school, where He became principal of he was in charge of the pumping Capilano elementary in 1926 and electrical plant, closed for a and of Queen Mary in 1929. He three-month vacation he decided it moved to North Van High as a would be a good time to fulfill one teacher in 1932 and finished of his cherished ambitions, to see his teaching career at Ridgeway Canada and especially B.C. which Junior High in 1949. He then had been “boosted” among the offispent 15 years as district regcers of one of the ships on which istrar, keeping track of such he had served. things as births, deaths and So, after crossing the Atlantic, marriages. he hopped a “harvest excursion I don’t believe I ever met Eb, train” in the east, eventually but his brother Art – the movie reaching Vancouver. Except for the projectionist at North Van’s war, he never went back. He must original Empire and Lonsdale have praised his newfound land in theatres – lived across the lane letters home because, other than from me when I was growing up; his father who died about 1907 MILITARY MAN - Eb Crute (above in 1923) and Margaret Crute, the daughter in England, each member of the was an advocate for cadet training for many years of his brother Percy, a clerk with Crute family eventually set sail for following his WWI tour of duty in which he was B.C. Telephone, was my journalCanada and headed for the west twice wounded. Ellen (Crute) Coates collection. ism teacher at North Van High. coast. Her niece, Ellen (Crute) Coates, Brother Art followed Eb in 1909, a Carson Graham grad and longlanding in Quebec before continuthose who fought and died there during time Qualicum Beach teacher, has ing to Vancouver where he took up resi- WWI. inherited boxes of family photos and dence in a rooming house with Eb at As the war neared its end, Crute was documents which Margaret possessed 754 Hamilton St., ironically right across wounded a second time on Nov. 9, 1918, until her death. the street from the future main branch during the “Pursuit to Mons,” the conEb played soccer for North Shore of the Vancouver library where some of cluding 32 days of the Allied Forces’ teams and coached numerous teams at this research took place. Hundred Days Offensive in France in school and in the community, mostly Eb was listed in directories of the which Canadian troops paid such an boys’ soccer and girls’ softball, grass day as an engineer before enrolling important role that a plaque was erected hockey and basketball. He was secreat Westminster Hall (Presbyterian in the city hall’s entrance that proclaims: tary of the North Shore men’s baseball College) and McGill University College Mons was recaptured by the Canadian league for 10 years during its heyof British Columbia, more commonly corps on the 11th November 1918 after day, chairman of the Juvenile Soccer called McGill B.C., before it became fifty months of German occupation. Commission, president of the North UBC. It was then situated in Fairview Freedom was restored to the city. Here Shore women’s basketball league and (the present site of Vancouver General was fired the last shot of the Great War. the race starter at community sports Hospital) as this was before the Great What Crute’s wounds were and the Trek protest of 1922 that paved the way extent to which he suffered is unknown. days. He was the Sunday school superinfor a Point Grey campus. Like many who fought overseas, he tendent at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian By 1913, Eb’s mother, his sisters and apparently said little about those days. (later United) Church at 10th and St. brother Percy had arrived. With the Whatever way they met, he did bring Georges for 28 years. He was a scoutwar underway in Europe, Eb signed up back something he didn’t hide: a wife. master. He was an instructor for the for the 38th Battalion of the Canadian Just how he met Caroline Augustine 6th Field Company cadets. He served Expeditionary Force on March 5, 1915, Maze of LeHavre, France, has been with the Canadian Legion War Services and joined the Princess Patricia’s lost to the passages of time. Perhaps Pacific Command during WWII. Canadian Light Infantry on July 16 of she was a nurse who looked after him. Yes, it’s wonderful Eb came back from that year as a machine gunner. It was However they met, they were married the war and so sad that many others a year later on March 15, 1916, that he on July 31, 1919, in Vancouver. didn’t. was wounded at Hooge, a little Flanders Eb returned to UBC where he played This is episode 491 from Len Corben’s village then occupied by the Germans varsity soccer and graduated with a treasure chest of stories – the great just east of Ypres in Belgium. The BA alongside future North Van High events and the quirky – that bring to life Hooge Crater Museum and Cemetery principal Mickey McDougall in 1921. the North Shore’s rich sports history and the In Flanders Field Museum are After a short time as minister of the located in the area to commemorate
THE ‘EB’ AND FLOW OF THINGS - (From left)The 1925-26 band and cadets at the J.P. Fell Armoury; Eb Crute as a UBC grad in 1921; and a copy of Eb Crute’s 1955 attestation papers North Van Archives collection
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NOISE COMPLAINT - A Lower Lonsdale resident says signs telling drivers to turn off their engine brakes near Esplanade Avenue likely go unnoticed because of their small size. Submitted photo
Esplanade resident irritated by excessive engine brake use Don Hosek is calling on the City of North Vancouver to install more noise reduction signage along Esplanade and reduce the speed limit to 40 kilometres per hour MARIA SPITALE-LEISK S tA f f R e p o Rt e R
he random machine gun-like chattering sound of engine brakes being applied along the Esplanade Avenue corridor is uninviting, says one area resident. Don Hosek, who lives in a new high-rise on East Esplanade Avenue near the foot of Lonsdale, recorded 35 engine brake events during a period of 92 days starting on Dec. 10, 2012. He figures the noises occurred more frequently, as he was only recording three days a week between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Each time a truck has to stop or slow down for a light, they most often use their engine brakes, and the noise that their wheel brakes often make is loud due to the speed at which they are often travelling,” said Hosek. He emailed the City of North Vancouver in June to ask why there was no signage asking truck operators to avoid the use of engine brakes from where Low Level Road meets Esplanade Avenue to Forbes Avenue. A city transportation planner responded to Hosek’s query, saying the city had installed a sign westbound at Esplanade, but that it had been removed by Port Metro Vancouver contractors working on the Low Level Road project. That signage has since been reinstalled. Still, Hosek says the sign at East Esplanade Avenue and Low Level Road is too small and most likely unnoticeable by drivers. “Why is the City of North Vancouver ignoring this [engine brake] issue along a densely populated residential and commercial street in an area of the city being promoted as a great place to live,” questioned Hosek. CNV spokesperson Connie Rabold said there have been two complaints about truck traffic noise on Esplanade, which is classified as a major arterial and truck route. She added, those concerns were lodged with the city prior to the start of the Low Level Road project. “The city has a noise control bylaw, which specifies the maximum sound level a vehicle may make on the road, depending on the weight of the vehicle and the speed limit of the road. The city does not have a specific policy on mitigating truck traffic noise,” Rabold further explained. For its part, Port Metro Vancouver says it’s working within CNV noise bylaw allowances, which permits construction to start at 7 a.m. and complete by 8 p.m. “The majority of the work stops before 4 p.m., before evening rush hour,” said Justin Pedley, director of trade areas, Port Metro Vancouver. During the day there are 30 construction trucks being routed through the Low Level Road corridor as part of PMV’s expansion project, from Saint Georges Street in the west to Cotton Road in the east. Pedley said there is a traffic management plan in place with signs that address, for example, speed limits, but given that it’s a construction zone there are no restrictions around the use of engine brakes. “Our contractors should not be using engine brakes when prudent, not while travelling through a residential area,” said Pedley. continued, PAGE 34
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Elderly North Vancouver brothers donate their rare WWII-era cadet uniforms to armoury museum Archie and Gerry Steacy, both in their 80s, joined the North Van cadets during the Second World War when enrolment was compulsory for all boys in Grades 7-13 JUSTIN BEDDALL EdITor
s a director of the 6th Field Engineer Squadron Museum, Major Bob Irvine keeps his eyes peeled for long-forgotten military treasures. But he admits that private donations of medals, uniforms and other war-era paraphernalia to the North Van armoury museum don’t happen as often these days. One reason for that is the rise in popularity of “militaria” — the term for collecting war artifacts. It has become a thriving industry in recent years, and relics once destined for a museum case or thrift shop now routinely fetch dollars on eBay and at auction instead. So, when 80-something North Vancouver brothers Archie and Gerry Steacy told him they wanted to donate their Second World War-era cadet uniforms to the museum, Irvine was justifiably excited. He’d first spied Archie Steacy’s cadet jacket a few years prior when he was reading a book by Lloyd Schopp entitled While Her Loyal Sons Are Marching - The Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps of North Vancouver - A History. In it, there was a photograph of Archie’s woolen cadet coat on display inside a glass case at the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. “That’s where I first saw this jacket,” Irvine remembers. A former cadet himself, Irvine is currently writing a book about the history of cadets on the North Shore so he was interested in examining the badges on Archie’s coat. He contacted the museum to see if he could see the jacket, but was told they no longer possessed it. He knew Archie, so the next time he saw him he asked about the coat. “No, no, I have it, I just loaned it to them,” Archie explained. The jacket, along with one worn by his younger brother Gerry, was actually safely stowed away in a
covEtED coAtS - Above: Archie (left) and Gerry Steacy stand outside the North Van armoury holding their vintage cadet coats. At left: Gerry Steacy decked out in his cadet uniform. Above: Justin Beddall photo/Left: Submitted photo
trunk in the basement of his North Vancouver house. He said he’d dig them out and later, after talking to his brother, offered the jackets to the museum at the J.P. Fell Armoury. After all, the cadet corps that they had belonged to as teenagers was affiliated with 6th Field Engineer Squadron. “Wow, this is kind of cool,” Irvine thought. “I’d seen lots of jackets — but these were worn by the Steacy brothers and were connected to the 6th Field Engineer Squadron.” There used to be piles of these uniforms around but over the decades they’ve been destroyed by moths, discarded or recycled as movie props. And even if you did happen to come across one of
the uniforms, chances are the badges and insignias would be gone, stripped as keepsakes by those who wore them or salvaged as trophies by souvenir hunters. The Steacy brothers’ uniforms are of a particularly rare vintage. As Irvine notes, cadet training became compulsory for all boys in Grades 7-13 in B.C. at the beginning of the Second World War and the Steacys’ uniforms were part of an initial run of standardized uniforms issued across Canada in 1943. Six or so years later, the cadet uniform was changed to the “battledress”-style worn by Canadian soldiers in the continued, PAGE 14
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Lynn Valley Neighbourhood News Peggy Trendell-Jensen, LynnValleyLife.com Editor.
Lynn Valley landmark shutting down operations Whether they call it the “Irly Building Centre” or still refer to it by its earlier moniker, “Woodstop Building Supplies,” local residents are sorry to hear this Lynn Valley landmark is shutting down operations. Trevor Stephenson, the co-owner who founded the store in 1978, first went into business in the adjacent lumberyard, which had been abandoned by previous operators. Stephenson believes it had been run as a lumberyard since the 1950s; he says a six (not seven!)-digit telephone number is still written on the inside of the warehouse door. Five years later, he built the building supply store and was joined by recent Argyle Secondary grad John Horsnel, who later became a co-owner of the business. Over the years, Stephenson says they have served many longtime customers; about 80 per cent have been contractors and 20 per cent homeowners. He’s been in business so long, he says, that he’s seen some contractors through their entire career. As for himself, he’s still getting used to the idea of semi-retirement.
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“I’m still in denial to some extent,” he says. But he’s warming up to the thought. “The beauty of retirement is the ability to be on your own schedule, not someone else’s. I’m looking forward to that flexibility.” That’s no wonder, considering that Stephenson has been up at 5 a.m. for the past 35 or so years, in order to commute from his Port Coquitlam home to be at work by 6:30.
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But it won’t be all play, no work. The pair also own North Shore Door, which sells doors, windows, moldings and door hardware from its shop at 103 – 2433 Dollarton. Horsnel has been working full-time at that location for the past year, and Stephenson intends to lend a hand to help the shop build its brand. The owners have sold the property to a residential developer, a land use that Stephenson feels is a better fit for that corner of Lynn Valley. The contents of the building supply sale are being sold at cost until Dec. 15, and they plan to be closed by Dec. 31.
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Stephenson says he’ll definitely miss his customers and the relationships he’s developed through his work. “It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle,” he notes. “We’re awful thankful for people’s support over the years.”
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The perpetually busy intersection at Marine Drive and Taylor Way near Park Royal mall. Dodging heavy traffic in narrow lanes puts cyclists at risk, Robert Wyckham, representative from Norwest Cycle Club, told council on Monday evening. Another perilous spot is when Bridge Road ends at Park Royal South, intersecting with the beginning of Taylor Way. There is little room for bikes to travel over the narrow bridge across Capilano River, resulting in speed limits lowered to 20 kilometres per hour, he said. “Why are these places dangerous? Mostly it had to do with heavy traffic, vehicles turning, no bike lanes and vehicles running yellow lights,” said Wyckham, citing results from an online survey taken by 508 people living on the North Shore. Most other hot spots were at intersections along Marine Drive, particularly at 15th Street which sees a spike in traffic heading to and from the highway during rush hour. “I argue that Marine Drive from Taylor Way to the other side of Dundarave ought to be 30 kilometres an hour,” Wyckham told council. “And I would think that Bellevue should be 30 kilometres an hour.” He says drivers routinely speed along Marine Drive. “The probability of death when you reach 60 kilometres an hour is significantly more than a 30-kilometre-an-hour zone.” continued, PAGE 29
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November in Vancouver has a way of bringing on seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, for some people. North Van holistic nutritionist Nicole Robins, owner of Sprout Organic Market, knows one of the ways to combat the winter blues: by upping your leafy green intake. From kale to collards, these nutritional powerhouses pack a folate punch that helps regulate brain function and fight fatigue. “I’m feeling low energy,” is a refrain heard regularly by Robins, who offers nutritional counseling in her store. Sometimes, says Robins, all it takes is a few small lifestyle and dietary changes to see an immediate improvement in energy levels. “I would first look at how many hours they are sleeping, quality of sleep, computer screen time and improving their diet by suggesting they eat more leafy greens, more fruit and eliminate Nicole Robins. Sprout Organic Market owner, Registered Holistic process foods,” explains Robins. Nutritionist and Mom. Robins herself began adopting healthier eating habits and, at the same time, making sustainable food choices while she was pregnant with her first child. “It just opened my eyes to food, our food security and how important it is to make proper choices. It led me down a food path that brought me to pursuing a holistic nutrition certification,” she says. Wherever possible, Robins sources fruits and veggies from local artisans and organic farmers. Her store, stocked with 100 per cent certified organic produce, dairy and meat — makes it easy for people to eat healthy food. “When you purchase certified organic food it cannot be genetically modified,” assures Robins. She even helps with meal planning. “Maybe a tip for busy families is to make bigger batches of soups, stews and curries and have them ready to go for busier times in the week,” advises Robins. As for making those leafy greens more palatable, Robins has a delicious recipe for rainbow chard: cooking it with lemon, butter, garlic and capers, and then serving it over a bed of rice. For more recipe ideas and nutritional information, check out Robins’ blog at sproutmarket.ca. Sprout Organic Market is located at 700 East Seventh St. in North Vancouver.
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pseudonym, despite not suffering any illness. Dedman attempts to uncover why such a person would vanish, starting with the fortune that made Clark an heiress, her eccentric gilded age family and the reclusive woman herself. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban – Malala Yousafzai Mulala Yousafsai has been a regular name in the news over the past year; first as a victim of an assassination attempt by the Taliban, then for her precarious medical recovery and lately as youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Delve behind the headlines and soundbites with Malala’s harrowing tale of growing up in Swat, Pakistan under Taliban occupation, where she was denied the right to go to school. Readers young and old will be inspired by her early advocacy efforts and her resilience in the face of opposition. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End – Jennifer Worth
The final book in Worth’s trilogy documents her life as a young midwife in the impoverished East End of post-war London. As a neighbourhood chronicler she recounts the crippling poverty of the tight-knit community, as well as the humorous characters and anecdotes of a London beyond Buckingham Palace. While Worth’s memoirs were published over the past decade, the popular BBC TV series based on them has renewed interest. Here’s a chance for impatient viewers to see how it all turns out. The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century – Joel Harrington For the history buffs, Joel Harrington’s book, based on the diary kept by a German executioner in Nuremberg in the late 1500s, will prove irresistible. While he put to death hundreds, Meister Frantz Schmidt’s papers reveal the man behind the scaffold, someone who struggled with his faith and the needs of his family. Providing a rich glimpse into medieval world criminals, corrupt officials and those designated to mete out justice, Harrington’s book paints the portrait of an oddly appealing man isolated from his community. Meghan Bellavance is a librarian at the Capilano Branch of the North Vancouver District Public Library
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Making matters more difficult, the intersection at Taylor Way and Marine Drive is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation, not the District of West Vancouver, said Raymond Fung, director of engineering and transportation. The bridge crossing Capilano River is on land leased by Park Royal, he explained. “We’re working very much collaboratively with those other partners in order to try to work on some of those locations.” Space is slim on Marine Drive and 15th, he added, and the only way to make the intersection less dangerous is to create left turn lanes, which would eliminate a dozen parking spaces. According to the survey, 29 per cent of people think cycling in West Vancouver is dangerous and 20 per cent have had a collision, often involving a vehicle. Four per cent say their crashes had serious consequences, including broken bones. email@example.com twitter.com/MichaelaGarstin
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irefighters in West Vancouver will soon have new skills to treat patients before ambulances arrive, including giving painkillers, splinting and monitoring glucose levels of diabetics. With Emergency Medical Responder certification, which council unanimously voted for on Monday (Nov. 4), 90 firefighters will be able to provide more care than under the current Fire Responder III program. “If you can believe it, firefighters [currently] aren’t allowed to administer Aspirin for heart patients,” said assistant fire chief Martin Leduc. “As simple protocol as that, we’re not permitted to do…” On average, firefighters arrive nearly four minutes ahead of paramedics, and sometimes up to 10 or 15 minutes faster, he said. These first minutes are critical to a patient’s care, added Leduc, and enhanced training would be beneficial before and after ambulance paramedics arrive. “1989 was the last time citizens of West Vancouver had a firefighter apply a simple splint and we want to bring that service back
up,” he added. This training is in addition to firefighters being allowed to monitor blood pressure and use Epinephrine injections for allergic reactions since April. Seven firefighters have gone through training and full implementation is expected by the end of this year. Emergency Medical Responder certification, along with equipment such as metered dose inhalers and glucometers, will “If you can believe cost $106,650. The training it, firefighters is valid for aren’t allowed to five years and the program’s administer Aspirin maintenance for heart patients.” will come in at $10,000 a year. Martin Leduc “It’s fair to say that we Asst. fire chief have a very expensive fire service here in West Vancouver and the number of fires, hopefully, will be diminishing because all the homes have to sprinklered,” said Mayor Michael Smith. “It only makes good sense for our citizens to use our fire service personnel as fully as possible to get the best bang for the public’s buck.” email@example.com twitter.com/MichaelaGarsitn
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HOME 1829 Arbutus Road Bowen Island LIST 3,100,000 AGENT Dee Elliott Personal Real Estate Corporation 604.612.7798 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bowenhomes.ca
Bowen Island is the perfect place for the city dweller looking for an escape. A short 20 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, Bowen features West Coast natural surroundings at their most stunning, in addition to amenities such as a golf course and numerous restaurant options. And there’s no place more beautiful on Bowen than the property on Arbutus Point, just ask any local. The 1.18 acre property at 1829 Arbutus Road features panoramic views stretching from the Sunshine Coast to Keats, Pasley and Worlcombe Islands, with all the West Coast beauty of the Salish Sea and Strait of Georgia in between. The ocean vistas offer a variety of marine traffic, ranging from human, such as boats, to wildlife in the form of orcas, dolphins, seals and others. It’s a view that will never grow dull. Realtor Dee Elliott has been admiring the property since before
she became a realtor eight years ago. She now has the pleasure of matching the dream property of many with the perfect new owner. Priced at $3.1 million, the west-facing property enjoys good light all day, year-round, including stunning sunset views. The 4,400 square foot home has two bedrooms, three baths and is set up for alternative energy sources. It boasts a rustic one-bedroom, one-bath guest cottage, hot tub and in-ground lap pool with a full ocean view. Stairs lead down to a rocky shoreline with lapping waves. Here, enjoy a crackling fire on a cool evening, with the soundtrack of the ocean playing in the background. All this, only a 20 minute commute from bustling city life in Vancouver. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder Bowen’s slogan is, “Within reach. Beyond comparison.” Contact Elliott for any inquiries about the listing, or for a tour of the property, at 604-612-7798 or email@example.com.
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All of this, located in exclusive Eagle Harbour in West Vancouver – the perfect place for the nautically inclined Vancouverite. Socialize at the nearby Eagle Harbour Yacht Club or take a relaxing stroll at Eagle Harbour Beach, within walking distance of your front door. This 3,870 square foot home features two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and separate guest accommodations. This property’s 190 feet of waterfront overlook the serene inlet that separates Eagle Harbour from Eagle Harbour Island. Carefully designed to fit into the rocky bluff on the edge of the 21,775 square foot lot, this stunning example of West Coast architecture is sure to impress. When you return home from a day out on the open ocean, enjoy the spacious, airy living area created by the home’s vaulted ceilings. Bask in the glow of the property’s southwesterly exposure. Peruse through the books in your private library before selecting the perfect vintage for the evening out of your own personal wine cellar. Soak in the spectacular waterfront view from your deck then host to impress with a unique circular dining area surrounded by soaring cedar columns. This listing is priced at $8,995,000 Contact realtor Jacquie Swaisland for any inquiries about the listing, or for a tour of the property, at 604-202-1000.
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Upper Lonsdale daycare loses bid for 10 more childcare spaces In a 4-2 decision, council denied an Upper Lonsdale daycare operator’s application for an additional 10 childcare spaces. Little Bunnies Learning Centre on West Kings Road currently cares for 10 children under the age of three. The daycare’s owner Laya Shakery is looking to add a new group child care for 10 children aged 30 months to school age, which would prevent parents from having to find a new daycare once their child reaches the age limit of three years old. At public meetings held in September, district staff heard support from eight parents whose children attend the daycare. There was also opposition from six households whose occupants live in close proximity to the site, and whose main concerns were an existing concentration of daycares, traffic, parking and noise. According to a staff report, within the Norwood/Queens neighbourhood, there are eight childcare facilities. West Kings Road resident James Gill is one of the neighbours opposed to the new continued, PAGE 35
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MARIA SPITALE-LEISK eisty figure skater Liam Firus is the one to watch this Olympic season. The 21-year-old who has called Lynn Valley home his whole life has February’s Sochi Olympics in his sights. His road to Russia, however, has seen some hurdles — far more challenging than landing those double and triple axels. Firus skated through excruciating pelvis pain while training intensely for the 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships held in January. He was rewarded with a commendable fifth place finish. At the same time, he had the foresight to sit on the sidelines for the five months that followed, to rest his body for what Firus calls a three-way dogfight that will decide who takes the final Olympic berth for Canadian men’s figure skating. Firus’s injury progressed into a debilitating condition called osteitis pubis, commonly seen in NHL players. During his rehabilitation, he underwent an extremely painful treatment called prolotherapy, which involved 10 to 12 weekly injections of a solution that irritated the injured region to promote healing. “To regain mental focus from my injury last season was a challenge. Learning to trust my body again was a big part to my recovery,” said Firus via email from France, where he was competing at the International Cup of Nice last week. The event marked Firus’s first time back on the ice after his injury. The only Canadian male entry in the Cup of Nice, Firus, who placed sixth out of 25 international skaters, was pleased with his result. “The competition was a great start to the season,” said Firus. “The programs were good overall with minor mistakes which can be easily fixed for the next competition.” This skating season has also brought about a coaching change for Firus, who first took to the ice when he was eight years old. He started taking lessons at the Vancouver Skating Club, with the intention of becoming a stronger hockey player. Instead, he developed a strong desire to glide on the ice and attempt those impressive acts of dexterity. With Lorna Bauer as his coach, Firus moved up the ranks in the realm of figure skating. In 2010, the same year the Winter Olympics were held in his backyard, Firus took the Canadian junior title. Now an Olympic hopeful himself, Firus has
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started training with U.S. champion figure skater Christy Krall in Colorado Springs. Krall has coached celebrated Canadian figure skater and three-time world champion Patrick Chan. Firus’s full training regimen — two and a half hours on the ice and an hour and a half in the gym — runs five days a week. “Staying motivated this year is definitely easier than other years — with the Olympics in mind,” said Firus. “I remind myself every day of how amazing it would feel to represent our country at the largest sporting event in the world. It’s been my dream since I started skating to go to the Olympics, and now the time is finally here.” Canada has three spots for the men’s figure skating event in Sochi, which are decided in January at the national championships. Firus figures two of the berths are locked in, one belonging to Chan and the other for Kevin Reynolds, a fellow North Van native and three-time Canadian national medalist. “There are a handful of us gunning for that third spot,” said Firus. “It’s going to be a dogfight at nationals this year — and I can’t wait.” In his downtime, back at home in North Van, Firus can be found devouring Japanese food at Sushi Bella on Lonsdale. He recently passed the Canadian Securities Course and is planning for a career in the investment world after he hangs up his skates.
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Bird is the word - The UBC Thunderbirds captured the CIS women’s field hockey crown on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Victoria. Argyle grad Rachel Donohoe (pictured right) scored a goal for the Lady T-Birds in the championship game. At the awards ceremony that followed, she and teammates Hanna Haughn (Handsworth) and Kate Gillis (Toronto) were named All-Canadians. Other North Shore players on the UBC squad include Katrira Davis (Collingwood), Samantha Saddler (Little Flower Academy), Meghan Hayden (Handsworth) and Sophie Jones (Rockridge). Photo courtesy of Rich Lam, UBC Thunderbirds.
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and on Port Metro Vancouver property. Tony Valente is the chair of the Low Level Road & Port Area Community Liaison Committee, whose members include local residents and business owners. An Esplanade resident himself, Valente said the watchdog group has not received any complaints about truck traffic in the area. That said, Valente is not immune to the noise caused by engine brakes along Esplanade. “It is going on at night, you hear it. It doesn’t wake you up, but you hear it,” describes Valente. “Unfortunately, it’s kind of become the norm.” The goal of the committee is to constructively work with Port Metro Vancouver and their tenants and city staff to address the concerns of residents, according to Valente. Any future complaints will be forwarded from the city to that group, which will remain active until 2016 — a year after the target completion date for the Low Level Road project.
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Hosek concedes that the number of dump trucks will decrease once the Low Level Road project is complete. But he also knows the port’s expansion will pave the way for more industrial activity in the area, which Hosek figures will bring more truck traffic. He’s calling on the city to reduce the speed limit along Esplanade Avenue to 40 kilometres per hour and add more noise restriction signage. He said those measurements will go a long way to bring people, small businesses and tourists to the Lonsdale waterfront. “It would be a friendlier and more inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy,” added Hosek, who is currently circulating a petition among residents of other buildings in the area. In the summer, a city committee was struck to address safety, noise, air quality and traffic concerns along the Low Level Road
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and stabbed him in the abdomen. The suspect is not known to the victim. The suspect then fled the trail, which runs parallel to the Grouse Grind, leaving the victim to struggle down the mountain. Fortunately, he met other hikers who alerted emergency services. He was rushed to Lions Gate Hospital in an ambulance and is said to have non-lifethreatening injuries. The North Vancouver RCMP, along with the Lower Mainland Police Dog Services and an emergency response team, secured the area and searched other local trails for potential victims. Police haven’t located the suspect yet and are working with the victim on a description. Check northshoreoutlook.com for updates. -The Outlook
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Community gardens for Lynn Valley Community Recreation Centre and Garibaldi Park in the Seymour area have been approved in principle by council. The North Shore Community Garden Society told district staff that it has fielded enquires from residents in those areas who desire a community garden. In the spring of 2010, council approved the Lillooet Community Gardens, a pilot project that has proven to be successful. The NSCGS reports a three- to five-year wait for plots in that garden, as only two to four plots become available each year. At the time, council approved a one-time $15,000 grant for the Lillooet garden, plus an additional $4,000 for a water hook-up. Speaking to the current community garden proposal, Coun. Robin Hicks was supportive of the application. “Well, I’ve always been in favour of community gardens … there’s a sense of community, there’s food security, a greater use of vegetables…,” said Hicks. Meanwhile, Coun. Mike Little expressed some concern. “I definitely see the recreational benefits of [community gardens] and acknowledge that aspect of it,” said Little. “My struggle has always been the private specialized use for one citizen of a public asset for a long period of time.” The application will now move forward to a public consultation process in which staff will engage the residents of the neighbourhoods where the community gardens are being proposed.
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William Griffin Community Centre public consultation delayed to 2015 Council has voted to defer the formal public engagement process for the new William Griffin Community Centre project until 2015. The current design calls for a three-level, 84,000-square-foot glass structure, which would house leisure and lane pools, squash courts and administrative offices, among other amenities. The new centre is to be built from scratch atop the existing William Griffin centre.
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ix North Shore firefighters proved they could handle the heat in the kitchen, while competing against fellow firefighters from across the country on Shaw TV’s reality show Cooking with Fire. North Van district fire hall No. 4 firefighters Brad Gaudette and Gunter Kramer cooked up some clam chowder and baked salmon. “We tried to use as many local ingredients as possible,” says Kramer. During their episode, which aired the week of Oct. 22, the Deep Cove firefighter duo, beat out a two-man team from Edmonton that also made a salmon dish. Gaudette and Kramer won $1,000, which was donated to the District of North Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society. The show’s judges include the winner of Top Chef Canada, Dale Mackay, who’s worked the front lines for famously fiery chef Gordon Ramsey. Tune into Shaw TV the week of Nov. 19 to watch West Van district fire hall No. 1 firefighters Giulio Caravatta and Nathan Jensen take on the competition from Saskatoon with their trio of bruschetta, spaghetti and meatballs. Finally, during the week of Feb. 11, catch North Van city fire hall No. 1 firefighters Mitch MacKay and Joe Bovill as they put their culinary skills to the test in the battle of the tenderloins. -Maria Spitale-Leisk
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hey don’t do it for the accolades. But it must feel nice to be recognized for all your hard work, especially when it’s usually done late-night on the weekends in risky conditions. The unsung heroes of North Shore Rescue will be honoured on Nov. 28 by the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) at an awards gala at the Hyatt Regency. NSR is one of four recipients to be honoured at JIBC’s 12th annual awards that recognize individuals and organizations for “outstanding contributions in the areas of justice, public safety and community leadership.” Tim Jones, longtime rescue leader for NSR, will be accepting the Dr. Joseph H. Cohen Award on behalf of the entire NSR team for its contribution to public safety. “North Shore Rescue is an invaluable resource in our community,” said John Chesman, JIBC Foundation chair, in a release. “These courageous men and women oftentimes place their own lives at risk in dangerous alpine terrain to search and rescue hikers in distress. We are grateful to Tim and his team of volunteers for their dedication in helping to keep our community members safe.” Other recipients this year include: • West Van’s Hon. Thomas, R. Braidwood, QC — Anthony P. Pantages, QC Medal for outstanding contribution in the field of justice • Eric J. Harris, QC – JIBC Foundation Community Leadership Award for extraordinary leadership that demonstrates the value and spirit of community • Master Corporal Brent Nolasco, Search and Rescue Technician, Canadian Armed Forces – JIBC Foundation Heroes & Rescue Award for demonstrating courage in carrying out a difficult or heroic rescue to save another person’s life For more information about the Awards Gala and to purchase tickets, visit www.jibc.ca/gala or call 604-685-4888.
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he property at 1524 Ottawa Ave. in the fashionable Ambleside neighbourhood of West Vancouver is a testament to West Coast living and design, infused with Japanese influences. A low-maintenance Zen garden-inspired front yard greets you from the street. A geometric stepping stone pathway, lined with beds of river rocks, enhances the contemporary feel of the structure. Designed with clean lines and modern Asian influences, the 3,011 square foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms – all with edge grain fir trim and windows. Clear storey roof extensions rise up from HOME the top floor, providing 1524 Ottawa Avenue a bright alternative to West Vancouver a traditional skylight and adding to the LIST pagoda-esque feel of 2,788,000 the roof. With 1,200 square feet AGENT of decks – extending Grant Connell from each of its three 604.250.5183 floors – this home is firstname.lastname@example.org for fresh air lovers and grantconnell.com sun seekers alike. Not
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only does its southern exposure provide beautiful light, the upper decks also show off an unobstructed view of Stanley Park and Vancouver’s city skyline beyond. A walk-out basement leads onto a stamped concrete patio, complete with hot tub – sheltered under a contemporary glass and wood structure for year-round use. The bright, airy feel of the kitchen and dining area is enhanced by the cherry-stained wood cabinetry, luxurious granite countertops and island with built-in sink. For the environmentally conscious home-owner, this property utilizes energy-efficient heating. The main floor features a striking stone fireplace. Wood burning, it has 74 per cent energy efficiency because it utilizes outside air for combustion and possesses a twospeed circulation fan that spreads warmth throughout the house. It also has in-floor radiant hot water heating, with 94 per cent energy efficiency. Situated on a 6,100 square foot lot, this modern Zeninspired residence provides a peaceful and relaxing retreat. It’s priced at $2,788,000. Contact realtor Grant Connell for any inquiries about the listing, or for a tour of the property, at 604-250-5183.
Grant Connell serves up North Shore real estate advice Former professional tennis player turned real estate agent Grant Connell is always on top of his game. No longer serving up aces on the court, Connell is now taking on Vancouver’s real estate market which can be just as competitive as a Wimbledon doubles final. But enough with the tennis talk. While some of the traits learned through the sport — a hard-driven work ethic and perseverance — have carried over into Connell’s real estate career, he has put that part of his life behind him. Connell has carved a new reputation for himself as Connell has carved an honest realtor who puts his clients first. a new reputation A rewarding part of for himself as an his career is working honest realtor who with people who have been out of the real puts his clients estate market for a long time and may be first. nervous about their next transaction — whether it’s buying or selling a home. For sellers, Connell’s advice is to not wait until the last second to put your house on the market. He has seen this scenario play out many times: seniors, who have had a fall or are no longer able to negotiate stairs, having to sell their home in a heartbeat.
“There is nothing worse than a panic sale. The word gets out pretty fast and you don’t get the top dollar,” says Connell. Seniors looking to downsize should be aware when buying apartments because it’s easy to get taken advantage of, especially where special assessments are concerned. “You have to do your homework. Understand the [strata] minutes,” advises Connell. He says more and more seniors are downsizing as West Vancouver’s condo stock grows with new developments cropping up at the base of Cypress Mountain and in the Dundarave area. The same advice that Connell has for seasoned real estate investors rings true for first-time homeowners. The low maintenance and lower price tag appeal of condos can cloud the minuses. “I’ve seen a few people get stuck where they have gotten a place that did not allow rentals,” says Connell. Also, he says it’s important for any potential homeowner to talk to their bank and their mortgage broker, because lending rules all changing all the time. And remember to ask about a home loan exit strategy. Asked to forecast Vancouver’s housing market for the next three months, Connell says, “I think we are just going to see a consistent normal market — you price it right and you will sell it.”
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