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Vancouver Short Film Festival In a year when short stories are getting their due — Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize for Literature and Lynne Coady’s Giller — the Vancouver Short Film Festival is lauding little gems of cinematic story-telling. Included is Vancouver actor Mackenzie Gray’s Under the Bridge of Fear, a noir thriller that doubles as a love letter to Vancouver. (You’ve got to love characters with names such as Hamilton Drake and Georgia Thurlow.) The 21 short films and four web series episodes run the gamut of human emotions, exposing our strengths, foibles and complexities. There’s also BC All Stars, a selection of notable local films (and this in a city where a lot of great filmes are made.) The festival is November 15 and 16 at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour.) Tickets are $11 each or $40 for a pass for students/seniors; or $13 each or $55 for a pass for adults. Must be 19 and older to attend. • Cineworks is hosting a film and media showcase featuring three filmmakers — Jason Karman, Nathan Boey and Brian Lye — who want to engage in a lively discussion. It’s Nov. 20 from 7 to 9pm at 1131 Howe (back entrance.) Free.

Art for Life More than 100 artworks from top local and international artists such as Tiko Kerr, Holly Armishaw and London-based Emily Carr graduate Andrew Salgado will be up for bids at the 20th Annual Art for Life Fine Art Auction on Nov. 16 at the CBC Studios. Supported by galleries, private collectors and artists, the event hopes to raise at least $200,000 for the Vancouver Friends for Life Society which provides holistic health services, a daily meal program and in-home end-of-life care, for free, to people who face life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and cystic fibrosis. As party-goers view which art they’d like hanging on their wall, they’ll be entertained by live performances by DJ Calhoun and Melody Courage of Vivace and Nathalie Heath and Mackenzie Green from So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Tickets to what’s always been a magical night are $90 and are available at Tito Kerr’s Friends for a Better Life (pictured) is this year’s featured painting.

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The art of being a tailor Exhibit honours 100th anniversary of Wong family business By Martha Perkins


t’s as if a window is opened and sun is streaming into Bill Wong’s soul. Words aren’t enough to convey his message so he almost lifts from his chair in excitement. Any signs of his 91 years recede and he’s back to being a young man again. And to think that all this happens because he’s asked why he’s not bitter. In the new exhibit at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden called Modernize Tailors: 100 Years of Dressing the Modern Man, there’s a photo of Wong as part of the 1946 mechanical engineering graduating class at UBC. He’s one of only two non-caucasians. He never got a chance to work in his chosen field because no one would hire a Chinese engineer. He wasn’t even allowed to vote. And so he went to work at Modernize Tailors, the business his father started in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown in 1913. There’s also a photo of all the male workers at Modernize Tailors gathered for a Christmas meal in the 1950s. It’s only men because the Chinese Exclusion Act made it

Trained as an engineer, 91-year-old Bill Wong has no regrets about joining his family business, Modernize Tailors, which is being feted at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden. Martha Perkins photo impossible for them to bring their wives and families to Canada. Such racism could eat into a soul. Being told you couldn’t follow your dreams could tarnish all hopes and aspirations. But not if you’re Bill Wong. “My knowledge of mechani-

cal engineering helped keep the machines going; my education was not wasted,” he says, gesturing towards the 71-year-old cast iron Singer button maker that he still threads and uses today. “I’m using a different material and in a way it’s more interesting than prefabri-

cated steel. After I graduated I took a lot of art courses to finish my education. Tailoring is an art; life drawing is a study of the human body, which is tailoring. “We’re in the fashion business and it’s always changing. Fashion involves every-day life, politics,


the arts, lifestyle. The time. The tastes. That’s where we come in. We alter and recycle clothing and that’s not only challenging but very interesting.” On Nov. 16, JJ Lee will read from his book The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit which recounts Lee’s experiences as an apprentice at Modernize Tailors. In a telephone interview, Lee’s also asked why Bill has not let bitterness poison his outlook. “If you tell yourself the story of your life in tragic terms, it tends not to work out well,” Lee says. “If you see your life as perseverance and overcoming obstacles, you’re a much happier person.” Puclic acknowledgemens, such as the new exhibit and the 2007 documentary, Tailor Made, have also done a lot to give relevancy to Wong’s life, Lee says. The affirmation of what he’s achieved in life “expands his heart.” When more than 200 people crammed into the gardens to hear Wong read from his diary at the exhibit’s opening, his heart expanded a whole lot more. “It was a beautiful day, a wonderful day,” Wong says of the Nov. 3 event. “I consider the way [the opening] turned out as the best day of my life.”

Lee’s reading at the garden starts at 2pm. On Nov. 17 and 25 at 10:15am, Wong will lead a class in Sundo, the Taoist Yoga that’s helped him stay limber enough to keep working. Meanwhile, Modernize Tailors is at 5 West Pender in a building bought by Bill’s brother, the late Milton Wong. The exhibit runs to Nov. 30.

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Dean Thullner owes his life to St. Paul’s Hopsital. He’s now helping it raise hundreds of thousands of dollars as his way of giving thanks By Martha Perkins


wenty-one years ago, Dean Thullner held Vancouver in the palm of his hand. With his background in theatre and dance and as owner of a 4,000 sq.ft. hair salon, he was, in his own words, “a big player” in the city’s cultural and social scene. And then his doctor told him that he had HIV and had three months to live. That palm had become a fist. If this was a movie — let’s say the Dallas Buyers Club — Thullner would have turned to underground suppliers of alternatives to AZT, the drug therapy that turned out to be deathly toxic. Instead, Thullner turned to St. Paul’s Hospital. In the late 1980s, it was the only hospital in Vancouver that would knowingly treat people with HIV/ AIDS. Not only was it developing its own antiretroviral therapy under the leadership of Dr. Julio Montaner, but its holistic approach was, at the time, unusually compassionate as well as caring. “St. Paul’s treated everyone with kindness and respect,” Thullner says. “They touched us, they didn’t put us in separate wards.” Now weighing 200 pounds and feeling fully healthy for the first time since his diagnosis, Thullner has dedicated himself to giving back to the hospital that saved his life. Everything he does has a component of charity, from the sales of art at his Davie Village hair salon, Volume, to the Pride party he helps host. But it’s brilliant!, his annual fashion/performance art show and dance party that has fast become one of the hospital’s pre-eminent fundraisers. In its first year at the


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A year ago, Dean Thullner felt well enough to open Volume, a hair salon/flower shop/art gallery. He owes his life to the care he received at St. Paul’s Hospital. Martha Perkins photo Commodore it raised $100,000. In its second year (this past September), it raised $500,000 in cash and in-kind donations. Given its meteoric success, and how time-consuming it is to stage, brilliant! will now be under the auspices of St. Paul’s itself, with Thullner signed on as its volunteer producer. It is both a testament to everything that St. Paul’s has accomplished and a recognition that we are in the midst of a mental health crisis that, instead of earmarking the money for HIV, the proceeds will now be donated to the hospital’s mental health department. Thanks to the advances in treatment that St. Paul’s has helped make possible, HIV is no longer a death sentence. But Thullner also

wants to recognize that a person’s health is not only their physical wellbeing. While St. Paul’s treatments kept Thullner alive, it’s the work of its mental health department that gave him the will to keep going and techniques to help him turn his life around. At so many points over the past 20 years, including the time he was told to get his affairs in order because he likely wouldn’t live much longer, he gave up hope. Why plan for a future you won’t have? Why take care of yourself when you’re going to die soon? “When you find yourself in an isolated, dark place, you burn the candle bright because you feel it won’t burn long,” he says. St. Paul’s gave him back his hope but others have not been as lucky.

He had to watch as many of his friends and colleagues died. When he walks up Davie Street today, he can’t help but think of all the businesses, now long gone, that were owned by gay men who succumbed to HIV/AIDS. He’s also learned a lot about the struggles that people with mental illness face through his husband David Veljacic, who is bi-polar. They married four months after they met eight years ago and it’s Veljacic who’s turned part of Volume into a flower shop. As Thullner told his St. Paul’s story, other people told him theirs. He learned that St. Paul’s hired the city’s first black nurse and first male nurse. When sex trade workers were too frightened to seek medical care because they would be turned over to police, St. Paul’s staff created a system where they’d call themselves Carla 1, Carla 2.... The files were kept in a separate drawer for ready access when, for instance, Carla 17 came in. Its non-judgemental nature shines through every department. When Thullner came up with the idea for brilliant!, he wanted to learn from all the fundraisers he’d been to and didn’t like. First, he wants it to be fun. Second, he wants to treat everyone the same, whether they donate $10,000 or buy a $75 ticket. With hundreds of people volunteering — there were 168 people in the cast, plus just as many more behind the scenes — he also took the unprecendented step of telling everyone involved that they needed to buy a ticket. That means the stylist who takes a day off work to volunteer for the show also pays to be there. Thullner is deeply touched by how the fashion and style community has come together to make brilliant! well, brilliant. He and his show co-prouducer Roma Sumra (“my right arm”) are already planning next year’s theme on cultural diversity. First up is Volume’s Christmas party. From 2 to 7pm on Dec. 8 you’re invited to join the celebration. Please bring a non-perishable donation for A Loving Spoonful, which provides free nourishment for people living with HIV/AIDS. The salon ( is at 1209 Bute Street.

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arvelling at the brilliant display of lights along the Burrard Street entrance of St. Paul’s Hopsital has has become a cherished holiday tradition in Vancouver. But it’s also an important fundraiser for St. Paul’s Foundation. See it as a reminder that the hospital is a beacon of hope as well as care for its patients but that it needs your help. • Each year, volunteers build the display of lights to recognize donors to the campaign and inspire others to give • According to BC Hydro, Lights of Hope uses very little energy. To operate the full display results in an energy bill of just $65 each night thanks to the use of LED bulbs (60 per cent of the lights.) Strings of LED bulbs use only one to three kilowatt hours of energy, while strings of incandescent bulbs use anywhere from 12 to 105 kilowatt hours. • The 2013 display will be lit for the first time during a special community celebration on November 20. It’s a festive outdoor event for the entire family, with fireworks between 6:30 and 7pm, food trucks and entertainment. • The lights will be on display every night from November 20 to January 6. • You can make donations at or by calling 604-682-8206.

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West End Saturday night By Martha Perkins


n Vancouver, we really can’t complain about how cold winter is. But we can join our fellow Canadians in bemoaning how early night falls, especially as we approach the shortest day of the year. If there’s a time of year when we need a little razzle dazzle in our lives, it’s December. The West End BIA and Robson Street BIA are joining forces to brighten up our holiday season. Every Saturday from November 23 to December 31, they’re inviting you to hop on a free trolley car to Shine, Shop and Dine.

It’s a way to easily navigate the West End but also to enjoy the various light displays including St. Paul’s Lights of Hope, Robson Street’s decorative lights, Beach Avenue’s Lights for Life and, it’s hoped, a new lighting display at the Laughing Men sculptures. “We want to give people a magical holiday experience,” says Stephen Regan, executive director of the West End BIA. His Robson Street counterpart Teri Smith adds, “People can experience the great shopping and dining there is amidst a beautiful backdrop of twinkling lights. A few other surprises will be sure to get everyone into the spirit of the season.”

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From 4:30 to 9:30pm every Saturday from now until December 21, a trolley will stop at the following locations once every 10 minutes: St. Paul’s Hospital and Sutton Place on Burrard; Davie Village Community Garden, Bute Plaza and Best Western Sands on Davie; Denman Place Mall and West End Community Centre on Denman; and Robson Market, Empire Landmark, Modern Art Gallery, CinCin and Urban Pasture on Robson. Although the trolley is free, people are invited to make a donation to St. Paul’s Lights of Hope.

Brighten up your holiday season! The Shine, Shop & Dine trolley tour showcases the best and brightest of the West End. Saturdays between Nov. 23 to Dec. 21, hop on the free trolleys (departing every 10 minutes) at any one of 12 sites from 4:30pm to 9:30pm. Easily accessible by transit and lots of nearby parking.

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n 1966, the CBC aired a documentary about Canada’s most densely populated neighbourhood at the time — Vancouver’s West End. There’d been a huge growth spurt since the previous decade when, in 1958, the Sylvia Hotel was the tallest building on the horizon. But, surprisingly, the neighbourhood’s density hadn’t really gone up by much because there had been so many people living in boarding houses — often converted mansions. Today Vancouver’s density is reflected in the green-glass windows of its towering condo buildings. But that doesn’t mean that the pressures on the West End have subsided. Encompassing 112 city blocks, it is home to 45,000 people, making it the fourth most dense neighbourhood in the city. What’s striking is how many people live in rental units. Thirty per cent of the city’s rental stock is in the West End, and 81 per cent of that is considered affordable. Many apartments are studios or one-bedrooms; there are virtually no four-bedroom accommodations. As a result, it’s a place where many people start their life in Vancouver but it’s also a place that many people leave as they can afford other neighbourhoods or want more space for children. Sixty-five per cent of residents move, and each one of them is quickly replaced. This history is part of the reason why the City of Vancouver has come up with a West End Plan, city planner Holly Sovdi said at a recent meeting at Gordon Neighourhood House.

The plan’s 30-year strategy wants to make room for growth so that more people can stay in the West End but instead of changing the character of the four neighbourhoods, most of the 7,000 to 10,000 new living spaces it expects to be created by 2041 will be along the downtown “frame” — streets such as Robson, Georgia and Thurlow where tall buildings already stand. To keep the neighbourhood affordable, the city wants new developments to have a social housing component of 25 per cent. It also wants to fill in existing spaces in the lowrise neighbourhoods, partly by adding laneway housing. While still a challenge, it’s made easier by the fact that in the West End laneways are 33 feet wide; in other parts of the city the distance is only 20 feet. For the first time, there will be a zoning policy that will set out where changes can be made, making it less likely to have piece-meal decisions application by application. The city wants to invest in community infrastructure such as the aquatic centre, which needs seismic and epxeriential upgrades, the libraries and proved more space for groups such as QMunity. For businesses in this most walkable part of the city, it wants to make the area more appealling to pedestrians by widening sidewalks and improving lighting. “It won’t happen quickly,” Sovdi said of the plan’s scope and aspirations. Council is expected to debate the plan at its November 20th meeting. You can read it on the city’s website,

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eaction to the West End plan has been as varied as the neighbourhood itself. At the Gordon Neighbourhood House presentation, planners faced derision, skepticism and a hesitant wait-and-see attitude. West End Seniors Network executive director Eric Kowalski was concerned that there wasn’t specific mention of seniors spaces. “All we have is Barclay Manor which which we can’t expand into evenings and weekends.” One woman who loves laneway housing can’t see it working in the West End. Referring to the planners’ illustration of a laneway housing idea for Haro and Cardero, she said it’s already an unsafe place to walk at night and access to public parking appears blocked in the drawing. “How do you plan to make it safe,” asked another woman. “Lighting laneways? I just can’t see living there with small children.” As to complaints that the plan does nothing to address a real concern in the neighbourhood — merchants being forced to close their doors because of rising rents — city planner Holly Sovdi said such things were beyond the city’s control. However, the plan does reduce the risk of redevelopment of existing buildings that will result in higher rents. “We want to protect existing rental stock and not allow speculation,” Sovdi said, noting that since some buildings were built in the 1970s with more density than they were allowed, tearing down some of the old buildings to make way for newer, more expensive buildings “doesn’t make sense.” One man questioned how much meaningful employment will be created by the plan. New jobs are promised but will they be full-time with “proper” wages? When it came to complaints about parking, Sovdi said his department did listen to the “push back” over its proposals. Parking issues have been taken out of the plan to give time for further reflection. (One of the issues is that there are few spaces on the street but it’s too expensive for residents to rent the unused parking stalls in apartment buildings. It’s the difference between $76 a year for a city parking permit and $40 to $50 a month for the indoor parking space.) After being given months to talk about a draft plan that had few details, one man bemoaned having to read through the entire plan and comment

thoughtfully in the few weeks before council’s discussion. “It’s insulting. There’s no time at all.” “The engagement process has been flawed since day one,” said one woman, who said the city should have had people go door-to-door to discuss the plan and what it means to the West End. “This process has been about manufacturing consent.” When one woman asked “how can we keep this city accountable,” Sovdi said that the process has tried to capture as much of the neighbourhood’s sentiments as possible. Lobbying efforts for an extension of the public debate are still ongoing by groups such as West End Neighbours. Council turned down its request at a Sept. 23 meeting but the group takes heart from a letter from the Vancouver City Planning Commission, also asking for an extension. “Embarking on three community plans simultaneously, with a fourth underway concurrently, was an ambitious undertaking,” the commissioners say. “Pausing for a review may delay completion, but improve outcomes for the other indicators of success.” WEN is part of the new Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods which wants to act as a united, non-political voice in the planning process. As well, an ad hoc West End Plan Working Group (separate from but supported by WEN) has been formed to facilitate analysis and discussion of the draft West End Community Plan. It hosted a strategy meeting November 12. Heritage Vancouver wants the neighbourhood’s historical buildings to be remembered in any discussions. It’s hosting a presentation called “The West End Plan: Ensuring our Past Enhances our Future” at Gordon Neighbourhood House on Nov. 13 starting at 7pm. But Stephen Regan, the executive director of the West End BIA, is much more positive. “Not everything we wanted landed in the plan but I think the city struck and interesting balance,” he told WE Vancouver. His business members like the thought of more density because it brings more foot traffic and they want something to be done to prevent growing families (like Regan’s) getting squeezed out of the neighbourhood’s small living spaces. More twoand three-bedroom spaces are needed, says the father of three daughters. “Challenge yourself people,” he says. “We have good architects and designers and planners... Sometimes it’s hard to imagine what it could be but if we could pull it off it would be pretty amazing.”

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and less congested, protecting vital green space by removing cars from the road.” Modo estimates that for every vehicle it adds to the grid, as many as 13 privately owned vehicles are taken off the road, with 41 per cent of members reporting they’d sold or gotten rid of a vehicle within one year of joining Modo. In a recent survey, 81 per cent of members said they would likely have bought a personal vehicle had it not been for Modo. In a region where a new car is added to the road roughly every 15 minutes, carsharing offers relief to Metro Vancouver’s land base. From 16 West Enders sharing two cars, Modo has grown to more than 9,000 drivers sharing 300 cars, trucks, vans and electrics. — Kelsey Klassen

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Lewis Kane: outside the box By Kelsey Klassen


ou could see the surprise in the eyes of the audience. When Lewis Kane was introduced under the bright lights of Talent Time at the Biltmore, no one expected a 6’5” Scotsman in a kilt and undershirt to step up to the microphone with his accordion, smile sweetly and begin singing a softly lilting cover of Wagon Wheel by Bob Dylan. “Rock me mama like a wagon wheel, rock me mama anyway you feel, heyyyy, mama rock me.” As the North American folk anthem limbicly landed, hardened East Van hearts visibly swooned. The only person who knew this goodbomb was about to go off would be Paul Anthony, Talent Time host and scout, who discovered Kane performing at the West End Farmers Market earlier this summer. Kane, a 22-year-old architecture graduate from Scotland, has lived in Vancouver for just over a year, and in his West End bachelor apartment since the start of June. “It’s my own little sanctuary. People have time to talk to each other in this neighbourhood. People live here because it is a community and you can stop and talk to your neighbours, pet their dog. It’s a great cross section of society.” The West End has a history of attracting newcomers. For Kane, it’s become an integral part of his dream to establish himself in Vancouver. “I could not wait to get here. Then when I was here, it was,” he pauses, before sighing, “better than I imagined. Walking out of the airport, just being hit with the scent of the air and how fresh it was. And Vancouver was all glass and space-aged in my eyes. “I’ll always remember being on Cypress Mountain, the first time I went skiing here. When darkness fell and those flood lights came on, I was like, ‘This is where Vancouver’s night life is,’” he

says, his unruly hair nodding in agreement. Kane has had music to help him along, but his assimilation strategy included joining in with as many different groups as he could. “I row at Vancouver Rowing Club. I’m always quite conscious to not put myself in a box or limit myself to certain types of people and the rowing club is great for that. There’s people from all walks, all professions, all ages. And I’m gay as well, so it’s this common thread. It’s not, like, the ‘Tall Gay Club’ — I don’t want to be casting aspersions,” he smiles. “But the rowing club is a really special spot for me.” The Perthshire lad, who, like his two brothers, is proficient in multiple instruments (be it piano, violin or bagpipes), fondly recalls his parents taking him to see legends like Jock the Box and Full Steam Ahead in Killin village bars well before he was of age. But it’s a long gangly leap from instrumental traditionals and back up bands to making Bob Dylan standards sound sexy. “I never sang before I left Scotland. I took myself out of the scene that I grew up in for 21 years, a music scene that was very connected to each other. It was a big kick up the backside.” And for someone who moved here hoping to find work in architecture, it’s telling that he isn’t looking all that hard anymore. “I’ve had good culture shocks. People here are very expressive about spirituality and how they’re feeling in their soul. Where I come from, there’s a lot of subtleties involved with interactions. A nod and grimace will speak volumes. I’ve gotten much more in touch with that side of me since I’ve been here; you can’t write a song with a nod and a grimace.” Just prior to sitting down with WE at Cardero Bottega, Kane had been in Nelson performing on Kootenay Co-op Radio. He had also just taken part in the Lab Art Show. Between gigs, he is known to drop in to Spartacus Books’ for their monthly Squeeze Box

Circles (the next one is Dec. 5) and represented at their annual niche night Accordion Noir — his pure voice floating like sea foam over the surface of background chatter and genre stereotypes. “It’s an underdog instrument and the butt of a lot of jokes. It’s definitely more popular in Scotland, but still, it’s not as cool as guitar when you’re in high school, so I was constantly trying to make this instrument more cool. It’s been, like, my life’s work,” he says with an understated chuckle. “I get a lot of people saying, ‘I’ve never heard an accordion played that way; that’s so different.’ But no matter how you play it, it has that sound to it, which is nostalgic for a lot of people. There’s so many cultures across the world where accordion is deeply rooted.” While many fellow squeeze box geeks obsess over their instruments, he pragmatically turned in his old accordion for this travel-sized one in Nottingham, just prior to boarding a plane to Vancouver. He needed something small enough to fit in carry-on. Equally practical, the West End is also walking distance from his “office” — after quitting his job, Kane spent his entire summer busking on the beaches of English Bay. “When I play there, no one is paying me to turn up, but I put everything into that performance. My entire set is built around what would be nice to hear at sunset on English Bay. It might not be Queen Elizabeth Theatre, but I think it’s pretty good stage, with a pretty good backdrop.“ Lewis Kane is now traveling down the West Coast to South America. “I’m currently on board a train bound for what I’m expecting to be the biggest adventure of my life so far. My accordion is by my side; my bicycle, Fergie is a few carriages behind, and we’re about to take to the open road,” he writes on his blog. Keep up with his adventures and new music at He’ll be back in Vancouver and taking to (very tall) microphones in May.

Scottish transplant Lewis Kane can probably name every other accordionist in Vancouver by now. The West End musician has marked out his territory on the shores of English Bay, where his interpretations of popular music have quickly caught attention. Rob Newell photo

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Tractor Foods is a small, cafeteria-style joint at the corner of West 4 and Cypress. Specializing in “everyday, healthy foods,” the menu focuses on soups, salads, sandwiches and stews, all priced under $10, and available to take away or eat-in. Even better, it’s licensed, meaning six ounces of Blasted Church’s Cabernet Merlot is just $8. (Hey, a little red wine a day keeps the heart surgeon away.) Try the roasted red and yellow beet salad with green beans, goat’s milk feta and herb vinaigrette ($3.25) or the arugula with grilled pears, candied walnuts, blue cheese, and lemon-champagne vinaigrette ($3.25). Stews are $8 each. We tried the braised beef short rib with porcini mushrooms, which was rich, flavourful, and hearty. Also good was the Moroccan chicken with chickpeas, which had just a lick of heat and moist meat. Fine dining it’s not, but if you’re looking for a quick and healthy meal on the go, or a respite from rich, holiday fare, this might be the answer.


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The Hopscotch Festival is running now through November 17. With world-renowned guest speakers, over 350 scotches, whiskeys, spirits and craft brews to sample — with and without food — and more than 25 events to enjoy, it’s only a hop, skip and jump to enjoy.

DRINK | DINE Buy to give… Several new programs have launched at local Vancouver restaurants with the aim of letting restaurant goers give back at every meal. StreetSmart Canada is an innovative system that works with restaurants to support local food banks. Diners at participating restaurants are offered the option of adding one dollar to their bill at the end of the evening. For a party of four people, that’s only 25 cents per person. The restaurant then remits 100 per cent of all money raised to StreetSmart, which then passes it on to the local food bank. Participating restaurants include Chambar, Cuchillo, España, Fable, Hamilton Street Grill, Lupo, Maenam, Milestones, Provence Restaurants, Sol Sun Belt Cookery, and The Fish House in Stanley Park. The program runs now through December 31. Mealshare works on a “buy one, give one” structure, where diners at participating restaurants can order menu items with the Mealshare logo next to them, and in turn a meal will be donated to someone in need. Participating restaurants include C Restaurant, Whet, Ethical Kitchen, Living Café, Aphrodite’s Organic Café, Darby’s Pub, and Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen. Anya Levykh has been writing about all things ingestible for over a decade. Hear her every Monday on CBC Radio One’s On the Coast, follow her on Twitter @ foodgirlfriday and catch up at

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Dim sum in Hong Kong Follow Me Foodie im sum literally means “touch the heart” and, in a Western context, it’s considered Chinese-style tapas. Historically, it was a meal served at teahouses for farmers along the Silk Road, a loud experience with music and snacks. Nowadays, throughout China it is a brunch shared by friends and families, although a few places in Hong Kong serve it all day. Depending on the quality of restaurant, it is also seen as a luxurious activity, especially on a weekday, since it implies you don’t have to work and can afford to spend hours eating and sipping tea with good company. Along with the change in definition, the dishes have also come a long way. Vancouver dim sum chefs have become creative by adapting dishes to local tastes, but so has Hong Kong. It’s a very international, lively, and modern city, so while it is one of the homes to traditional Cantonese food, there is a scene for modern dim sum. Sure, it is an insult to mess around with a dish that took a dim sum chef his whole life to master, but if you have the foundation and technique down, then why not bring a new flavour to it? I can’t always take the purist approach; the old and the new can’t be compared. Both can be appreciated in their respective categories and for the clientele they are intended for. Here are some modern dim sum dishes and concepts in Hong Kong that might make their way to Vancouver.

1) Dim Sum Lounge and Art Gallery at Duddell’s, This new upscale restaurant is popular with a posh crowd and social elite. It offers traditional Cantonese dishes with slight modern influences and Asian-infused cocktails in a lounge-like atmosphere. (The first floor’s business dress code is enforced and they also have a garden terrace and Library Room for diners to relax). The Saturday Salon Brunch features unlimited dim sum, brut, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. While it is pricey, the chef uses premium ingredients on classic dishes. Take for example his steamed shrimp dumplings with bird’s nest, which is a luxury version of a prawn dumpling (har gow). The dishes are served in individual portions rather than shared tapas. Closest thing to it in Vancouver: Bambudda in Gastown,

2) Vegetarian Truffle Dumplings at Summer Palace at Island Shangri-La Hotel, Mushrooms have been long valued for their health benefits and symbolism (long life and rebirth) in Chinese culture. However, truffles are new to

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Canadian-raised chef Alvin Leung, who is also a judge on MasterChef Canada, is the king of molecular gastronomy in Hong Kong. Previously an engineer, he takes Chinese cooking to the extreme at his restaurant, Bo Innovation. It’s not for everyone, but the creativity is admirable, techniques professional, and food thoughtful. The XLB is sensitive to being altered, but his interpretation of it uses reverse specification so all you get is the pork soup, which is the most desirable part in XLB. Closest thing to it in Vancouver: Sorry, you must go to Hong Kong for anything he does.

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get asked for recommendations for books on wine all the time. The thing is, whoever’s asking usually has visions of grandeur, that they’re going to pick up some 700-page glossy tome, spend days poring over the pages and, upon closing the back cover, will know the entire world of wine like the back of their hand. The best of intentions are there, but within days these heavy by Kurtis Kolt encyclopedic volumes almost always go from the bag to the coffee table, and then straight to their final resting place, gathering dust on the bookshelf, never to be cracked again. What most people need, myself included, are books on wine they can actually use. A book that gets highlighted, dog-eared and spilled upon weekly. Well, my buddy, wine-writer and educator James Nevison, has just published such a book. Had A Glass 2014 is his annual ode to the top 100 wines under the $20 mark currently available in BC. Ranging from sparkling, through

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whites, pinks, reds and fortified wines, his take is always casual and full of enthusiasm — often setting the scene that would suit each wine well. With each recommendation, you get food pairing suggestions, a shot of the label for easy retail navigation and a bar code for extra geekery. Before diving into all of that, however, he lays out how to properly taste, shop, decipher labels, pinpoint aromas and flavours, and so much more in a mere 21 pages, something other books take hundreds to accomplish. The book, published by Random House, comes in at $19.95, itself an under-$20 bargain. I advise you do what I do — pick up a copy for yourself and then another couple for what will be well-received gifts and stocking stuffers. Above all, do enjoy perusing the thing. It’s James’ tone and cheer that I always enjoy most. Below, two of his profiles excerpted from the book, on wines that I’m happy to endorse as well!

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Three British Columbia residents are getting the chance to win $10,000 towards a room makeover with natural gas after being chosen as a finalist in the RenoMe! with FortisBC contest. Over 150 entries were received from all over the province, but the final three were narrowed down to Gayle Curtis of Maple Ridge for her kitchen, Melissa Tolsma of Nanaimo for her outdoor space and Wendy Frose of Chilliwack for her great room. Designer Sarah Gallop of Sarah Gallop Design Inc. (SGDI) has taken on the outdoor space project, while SGDI’s Stephanie Malhas will design the great room, and Susanne Doise of Sensitive Design will handle the kitchen. In the next phase of the contest, the three finalists will receive renderings of their space from their designer, and then readers will vote on which one deserves the makeover the most. The room with the most votes will win $10,000 towards their renovation, while the second and third-place finalists will receive $2,000 each. Doise has consulted with Curtis, and has provided a rendering of how she thinks the kitchen could look once it’s renovated. “The kitchen is in bad shape,” says Doise. “I want to give her a better flow between the work spaces and the rest of the room.” Curtis calls her kitchen disgusting, gross and old, and says she’s tired of burning everything she cooks due to a bad stove, so Doise will be incorporating natural gas in the kitchen with a Viking dual-fuel gas range. “It’s a very simple way to use natural gas,” she says. Gas cooktops have long been popular with professional

chefs for their even cooking, precise temperature control and instant heat. Homeowners have increasingly been choosing them for their new and renovated kitchens alike. One of the concerns with the room is the lack of space. In order to combat this, Doise has suggested a movable butcher block island that can be pushed into the pantry wall to open up the space. She notes that currently, you can’t even open the refrigerator without bumping into the existing counter, and opening the dishwasher blocks you from doing anything else in the kitchen. “I want to bring in more light as well,” she says. “It will look more friendly and inviting.” She also plans to incorporate an area for the homeowners to work and study. “I want to make it multifunctional,” she says. Doise has considered the owner’s tastes as well, and would incorporate her likes and dislikes into the final design. “I want to make her happy,” she says. Malhas is similarly excited about her great room project. “People live in their space for so long that they get used to it and have trouble visualizing changing it,” she says. “I don’t have that emotional connection to it so I can see the potential in the room and suggest ways to fix it.” The current room is the main living area for Frose’s family, and it’s in dire need of an update. “Any time I can get into wood panelling is good,” laughs Malhas. “It will definitely be gone.” One of the biggest issues with the room is the current wood-burning fireplace, which isn’t centred in the room and makes for awkward

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Winner will receive $10,000 towards a natural gas room makeover from FortisBC homeowners more storage space via built-in shelving, as well as a music area. “She’s embarrassed by the room,” Malhas says. “It’s very dark, but it’s quite a big space so I want to make it more contemporary with a retro style.” A natural gas fireplace is both

more energy-efficient and more convenient for homeowners. You no longer have to worry about power outages, since the fireplace doesn’t run on electricity, and there is no more waiting for your fireplace to heat up, since natural gas is available at the push of a button. There

are even some models that can be pre-programmed to turn on seating around it. Malhas plans to at a specific time. FortisBC is fix this. currently offering a $300 rebate “We’re going to put a natural for homeowners who purchase a gas fireplace centred on the wall,” qualifying EnerChoice fireplace. she says, “and get rid of the metal Tolsma’s outdoor space offers pipe that goes into the ceiling.” plenty of scope for a makeover. She also plans to give the The space is currently only usable in the warmer months, so she’s hoping to be able to use it yearround if she wins the contest. Among the ideas Gallop has for the yard is a hot tub with an arbor above it. “That will give them a little bit of coverage and privacy,” she says, adding that the hot tub will be heated by natural gas. Gallop also plans to include an outdoor kitchen with natural gas barbecue and a natural gas firepit. A natural gas hot tub is a great idea for homeowners, with its consistent, fast heat and automatic safety shut-off controls for added peace of mind. Swimming pools can also be heated by natural gas. FortisBC notes that a natural gas barbecue can be extremely convenient for homeowners looking for fuel on demand, Sarah Gallop rendering as you’ll never have to deal Sarah Gallop of Sarah Gallop Design Inc. has envisioned an outdoor space with a natural gas hot tub, natural gas barbecue and with running out of propane natural gas firepit for Melissa Tolsma of Nanaimo. or charcoal. It also allows you to cook with different temperatures at the same time and control the heat more easily. It also burns cleaner than other fuel sources, making it good for the environment as well. FortisBC offers a energy calculator that will help you compare the cost of fuel sources and their energy efficiency, demonstrating that natural gas is the most affordable choice for homeowners. Find it at www. FortisBC natural gas customers are also continuing to benefit from some of the lowest prices in a decade, at under $4 per gigajoule. Firepits are becoming increasingly popular in outdoor spaces, especially for those who want to use their outdoor space Susanne Doise rendering for more than just the summer Susanne Doise of Sensitive Design is aiming to give Gayle Curtis more work space in her cramped kitchen, as well as including a months. They also make for great entertaining areas natural gas range and a movable kitchen island. that Gallop describes as like camping in your own backyard. Gallop’s design features several levels to define the different spaces in the yard. “The space looked disconnected before,” she says. “This gives (Tolsma) different zones in the yard while still being connected.” It also makes the space transition a bit better between the casual entertaining area, the hot tub and the rest of the yard. “It’s a pretty straightforward renovation,” Gallop says. “The homeowner will be very happy with it.” To vote, visit your local Black Press paper’s website and click on the Contests link. Voting is open until Nov. 30, and every voter will be entered into a draw Stephanie Malhas rendering to win a $500 gift card towards Stephanie Malhas of Sarah Gallop Design Inc. has suggested moving the fireplace over to the centre of the room and including the purchase of a natural gas appliance. built-in storage and shelving for Wendy Frose’s living area. CONTINUED FROM HOME FRONT

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Remodelled 2,270 sqft Enjoy Life in one of the Best Buildings Character home just blocks in the West End. The Westport is from the “Drive”. Open centrally located between Robson & plan living over 3 levels. Davie Street. Walk to all your favorite Main floor has a customized restaurants, coffee shops & shopping kitchen, full bath and 2 stores. Stroll down to the seawall & bedrooms. Up is the master Stanly Park. Move in condition for suite with en-suite. Lower this extra large 1 bedroom w/ walk in closet. 2 person soaker tub, level has a family room, enclosed solarium for either a home office or lounge area. 1 parking stall & storage locker. You will fall in love with this suite location. access to the fenced yard, garage and large deck and self contained 1 bdrm suite with private entrance. Walk score 95. Pet & rental friendly building.

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VANCOUVER’S PREMIER ENGLISH BAY OCEAN FRONT LOCATION SHOWCASES A STUNNING TWO LEVEL MAGESTIC PENTHOUSE OF OVER 2,000 SQ.FT. WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE OCEAN, BEACHES & CITY! Completely Renovated to the Highest Standards with Custom Finishing Throughout and a Sensational Architectural Contemporary Design. Suspended Glass & Floating Wooden Staircase has Floor to Ceiling Windows, Large Gracious Rms for Entertaining, Spacious Private Terrace, Wide Plank Peruvian Walnut Flrs, Custom Kitchen with Calzalta Baglia Marble & High End Appliances, Wood Burning F/P.  Two Oversized Bedrooms & Den with Soaring Ceilings plus Stunning Ocean View Marble Spa Ensuite! A UNIQUE PRIVATE HOME IN THE SKY THAT REDEFINES THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURIOUS LIVING!

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Fantastic Investment opportunity in Coal Harbour. Nicely updated with paint, new lighting and window blinds. Nice hardwood floors and great outlook located in one of Canada’s most exclusive real estate markets. Seawall is steps away aswell as world class shopping and restaurants.

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• Rare SW corner oceanfront 1 blk to Park • 2 BR 2 bath1246 sf Beach T’house Apts. • Lovely view corridors to Eng Bay & Kits • House like feel–right on the water • New engineered oak HW floors & baths

• Grand 30’ LR/DR for entertaining • New kitch w/SS appls, granite counters • 2 king-size BR, formal entry, tons of closets • AVAIL. NOW! 1 parking, lrg priv storage • Amazing common roof deck & BBQ area

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• Dazzling city lights & Beach in view • Complete reno incl granite & wood kitch • Loft style open plan 1 BR + sunny balc • Glass doors, HW floors, spa bath • Seawall + Beach at your door!

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• Great style 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom strata • Landmark Henriquez architecture • Fresh modern redesign throughout • Stainless Steel appls, Silstone, custom lighting • New guest bath w/tile, shower fixture & vanity


• Ensuite bath w/soaker tub, new tile & vanity • Custom millwork in laundry room/storage • Rich teak flooring & wide opening windows • Solid concrete and steel exterior walls • 1 parking, 1 storage, Building just re-piped

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New Listing 1655 Nelson Rental and pet friendly. Best strata studio suite offered in a long time. Come check it out. $219,900.

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OPEN: SUNDAY from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. A unique opportunity to own a quality strata studio with PARKING in the English Bay neighbourhood. Includes a Murphy bed, large open balcony, separate kitchen, large bathroom, 9 ft. ceilings & post and beam construction. Well managed building. 455 sf. Pets & rentals OK. $219,900.



1277 Nelson, 2 bdrm, $569,000, Sun 3-5 1655 Nelson #207, Studio, $219,900, Sun 2-3 1878 Robson, $479,000, Sun 2-4

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west 4th 25 WEST of DENmaN Amazing space & grace in character building near Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon, Coal Harbour seawall & Denman & Robson’s shops & services. 1140 sf corner second level home offers extra large rooms, wraparound windows & gorgeous h/w floors. Meticulously maintained building for worry free living. $479,000

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New Listing 3760 Albert #902 A Treasure Outside The West End Looking for view, space and concrete; but cannot find it downtown? Try this 2 bedroom in Burnaby Heights. $314,900.

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CENTRaL WEST END Top floor end unit with ultimate position for peace, quiet & outlook. Tranquil garden courtyard setting with westerly exposure to sunsets & distant mountains from super floorplan accomodating house size furnishings & perfect for rental or designer touches. Unbelievable storage, underground parking, bike room & guest parking included. Insuite laundy with permission. Pet & rental friendly. $339,800


West End Neighbours

KEEP THE LIGHTS BURNING BRIGHTLY Critical time to review the draft West End plan on City of Vancouver website. More details at Understand, ask questions, complete surveys, sign up to speak at council prior to Nov 13. Decision council meeting Nov 20 at City Hall. They are talking about changes that will impact all for 30 years and beyond. Have your say.

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Sprawling 1311sf NW corner 2 bdrm + 2bath in a waterfront seaside highly desirable location • Right on seawall, aquabus to Granville Island, mins. to beaches & parks • Generous rooms thruout, perfect for entertaining & house size furniture! • Reno’d kitchen w/ new S/S Fisher Paykel, Miele & Bosch appliances, lovely kitchen island & windows in kitch., h/w flrs, gas f/p, king size bdrms, Master has 5pc. bath w/ sep. shower, jetted tub & W/I closet • Outdoor covered balcony for bbqs, real laundry room, 2 parking & storage locker • This is a jewel in the sky. Clubhouse, guest suite, sauna, hottub & gym • Exterior paint & sealant completed 2011.

Unrivaled splendor. Vancouver’s premiere waterfront residences combining two suites and conceived over 2 years of design & construction • 270 degree views flr-ceiling views of marinas, False Crk, Granville Island & cityscapes • House size 3255 sqft complimented by a 360 degree elliptical flrplan centered around a glass wine room, 4 bdrms, 4 bathrms, 5 parking & 2 storage lckrs • Featuring: 12 piece Miele & Thermador S/S appliances, Capolavaro granite, Zebrano book-matched cabinetry, 2 home theatre systems, surround audio thruout, marble & onyx flooring thruout, T5 wired, video security system, Lutron one touch light & shades control, all rooms are a unique design & statement, Swarovski chandeliers, 6 piece master bath with 273 spray & steam shower, air jet tub, his/hers sinks; W/I closet, a ‘pink mosaic Bisazza’ bathroom, family room, great room, formal & informal dining areas, formal living room, dual entry, two balconies, two gas f/p, nanny quarters & much more • Simply spectacular!



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Beautiful 1126 sqft 2 level Townhome boasts 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, large kitchen island, granite countertops, electric fireplace, outdoor patio & more. Just steps to Robson retail district, Granville street entertainment district, entertainment venues & just mins to the seawall & marine recreation. 2-5-10 warranty, Rainscreened – Completed 2008. Ultra modern, sleek & feels like a home in the city! 1 parking, Rentals & pets allowed. Great investment property too!

SUBPENTHOUSE – 270 degree views of N. Shore Mtns. as far as you can see • 3 bdrms/2bathrms, 1179sf, open & modern floorplan w/ flr to ceiling windows, only 3 years old • Oversized bedrooms, dream master bedroom w/ its own balcony, den , walk-in closet & 5pc. ensuite bath, granite countertops, S/S appliances, laminate flooring throughout, 100sqft+ outdoor balcony for bbqs w/ views, NE corner unit with sweeping views • Location Location Location – steps to Canada Line to YVR, downtown, across from Lansdowne Mall (new Target store), Kwantlen University & more • Guest suite, clubhouse, media rm.

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Spectacular 180 degree views of unobstructed water, park & as far as you can see in a luxury waterfront Masterplanned community • Steps to the seawall, million $ parks, Granville Island aquabus, seaside restaurants & marinas • SW Corner 1138 sqft 2bdrm+2bath+real den • Features hardwood flrs throughout, S/S appliances, gas stove, granite countertops, flr-ceiling windows, lots of natural light and views from every room! • TWO PARKING STALLS & storage locker • Mint condition and show suite quality • Resort amenities: Club Viva pool, hottub, concierge, squash courts, theatre, gym, guest suite & more.

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Beautiful floorplan N, E & S corner 1079sf 2 bdrm + 2bath + real den • Across the street from Elsie Roy Elementary, seawall, David Lam Park, Roundhouse Comm. Centre, Urban Fare, Canada Line & Yaletown • Generous rooms, master fits king bed, granite counters, window in kitchen, marble in bathrooms, H/W flrs & new carpet in bdrms, views of False Creek, city & courtyard, Iarge insuite storage, excellent for entertaining w/ spacious living/dining, den w/ windows. Solid building, best managed in Yaletown w/ onsite Mgr. I/D pool, hot tub, gym, bike room.

802-1455 HOWE STREET POMARIA: $509,000 Highly sought after – Pomaria, sleek European design by Robert Ledingham and developed by Qualek Landmark • Ultra modern high end luxury with open floorplan for the most discerning buyer, 703 sqft, 1 bdrm + den (windows) featuring high ceilings, Bosch Stainless Steel appliances w/ gas stove, black granite countertops, insuite storage (pantry), corner NE city views, balcony for bbq’s, 1 locker & prkg • Steps to seawall, Granville Island market aquabus, tranquil marine culture, marinas and parks • Geothermal heating / cooling (Air conditioning) • Guest suite, gym, concierge • Don’t miss this one!

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views! Yaletown’s most exciting new luxury highrise, The Mark - Redefining elegance, cosmopolitan & luxury • Gold LEED certified, sophisticated interiors & 10,000 sqft Wellness Centre • Steps to waterfront parks, seawall, marinas, Urban Fare, seaside restaurants & central to downtown’s best entertainment & shopping districts • 460 sqft 1 bdrm exquisite finishings: granite & quartz countertops, wide-plank hrdwd, A/C, Nuheat elec. flrs in bathrm, softclose oak flat panel cabs., rollerblinds, S/S appl., gas stove, balcony, 1 prkg, 1 lckr & more • Rooftop O/D hottub & pool, gym, guest suite, media rm, clubhouse, yoga, boardrms & more • Move in November 2013!!

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RARELY ON THE MARKET • Affordable 2 bdrms + 2 bath in the waterfront master planned Marinaside neighborhood • Everything at your doorstep: Urban Fare, seawall, Roundhouse Centre, Yaletown & marinas • NE Corner 787 sqft 2bdrm + 2 full baths w/ ensuite in master, beautiful views of marina from living /dining, overlooking lagoon & city views too • Fabulous floorplan, new stainless gas stove, granite countertops, marble in bathrooms, full 4pc. guest bathroom, large insuite storage, hardwood flrs throughout, balcony for bbq’s, 1 prkg, excellent condition! • 24/7 concierge, I/D pool, hot tub, sauna, lagoon, club house, theatre, gym & more • Don’t miss this one!


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and driving/cycling and can quickly clog up storm drains. We are at the dangerous/unsightly stage now on many streets. So, here’s the request: can the City of Vancouver please do something about this mess before it gets out of hand?! The solution is very simple: business owners, home owners and condo/apt building managers are supposed to maintain the sidewalk, boulevard and curb lane that runs along their property (on any and all sides). Fine (repeatedly) those that don’t maintain the sections for which they’re responsible. One fine should be all it takes to teach a person/organization to do the right thing. The threat of a fine is useless if there’s no follow-through. If they’re not willing to do that, then

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Are you listening, City Hall? The West End is covered with hundreds of beautiful deciduous trees that add beauty year-round and help make it a fantastic place in which to live. Now, as they are deciduous, they lose their leaves (duh!). After the rain, the leaves turn to a huge mess that can be hazardous for walking

notice of intent re: liquor control and licensing act patron participation entertainment for food primary licence An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Victoria, BC from Neverland Tea Salon Ltd., operating the Neverland Tea Salon, located at 3066 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC to allow for patron participation entertainment ending at 12 Midnight daily. The current licensed hours are between 9:00 AM and 12 Midnight (Monday to Sunday). There are no proposed changes to the capacity. Residents and owners of business located within a 1/2 mile (0.8 km) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by 1) Writing to: The GeNeRAL MANAGeR C/O Case manager LiquOR CONTROL ANd LiCeNSiNG BRANCh PO BOx 9292, ViCTORiA, BC V8W 9J8

spend the money to hire people to do it. Millions were spent on the Comox bike lane and, in many sections, it’s not even navigable due to the mounds of leaves. Canadian Guy

Is this seat taken? Although I could choose to be offended by you — the mature/elderly woman with chocolate-coloured leather jacket who moved to the other seat beside your husband when I sat down in the theatre seat beside you for Saturday night’s screening of the Dallas Buyer’s Club at Tinseltown Cinema — I would prefer to express my gratitude for not only vacating the seat beside me but also for showing the entire audience what selfish judgemental assholes you both are. Two women who wanted to sit together politely asked if both of you would move down to fill that single seat beside me so that they could sit in the row that we all shared, to which your husband replied, ‘no’. When that single seat beside me sat empty for the movie’s entire duration as three more couples searched for pair of seats in the packed theatre before the movie began, I could only conclude that you didn’t want to sit beside a plus-size developmentally disabled man such as myself who

poses no danger to anyone; nor are my larger body size and diagnosis of autism contagious in any way whatsoever. I’ve chosen to accept everyone as they are until they show a valid reason for me to distance myself from them and while you don’t know me nor are you aware of what a kind-hearted, gentle, considerate person that I am, I really hope that I never again have to encounter uppity ‘creme de la phlegm’ such as yourselves. As a final note, I took my garbage with me when I left the theatre while you both left your popcorn bags and drinking cups on the floor. A fatso like myself could probably teach you about manners and consideration if I didn’t think that is was a waste of time to begin with. Leslie Benisz

Nurse next door Kudos and thanks to St. Paul’s emergency nurse, Melissa. Your manner and kindness are greatly appreciated. Victoria Joss

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7-9 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 19 Vancouver Hospice Society 4615 Granville Street, Vancouver

We invite you to bring a photograph of your loved one for the memorial table.

RSVP to Christina Johnson at 604.737.7305 or Vancouver Hospice Society provides compassionate end-of-life care for those facing death and bereavement.


November 14 – 20, 2013

Learn more at a Thursday info session:

november 21, 2013, 5:00pm City University of Seattle in Vancouver, BC 789 West Pender Street, Suite 310, Vancouver RSVP to 1.800.663.7466


Holidays can be difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. If you are struggling with a recent death, Vancouver Hospice Society invites you to attend an evening of support to help you through this upcoming holiday season.

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Red Cross accepting donations to Phillipines aid, Ottawa to match By Jeff Nagel


ilipino-Canadians and their supporters in the Lower Mainland are rallying to help raise relief aid money to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the devastated Phillipines. A benefit concert is planned in Surrey Thursday night and Indo-Canadian car dealer Sukhi Bath has pledged to pay for the hall and 1,000 dinners – a value of about $20,000. The $30-per-person Celebrity Tribute for the Phillipines by the Friends of the Filipino Typhoon Victims is at 6pm Nov. 14 at Surrey’s Grand Taj Banquet Hall and promises dinner and entertainment, including performances by Filipino Canadians and a silent auction. Planned performers include Tina Turner tribute artist Luisa Marshall, originally from Manilla, as well as ABBA, Neil Diamond and Elvis tribute acts. For tickets call 604-580-1000 or see “Our goal is to raise $50,000 total,” said Bath, who said he will personally guarantee a minimum of $20,000 in proceeds to the Canadian Red Cross for typhoon relief. Up to 10,000 people are feared dead after a massive storm surge and ensuing flooding in what’s been described as the worst storm to ever hit the country. Millions of survivors are without adequate food and drinking water and face a monumental challenge to rebuild. To directly contribute to the Canadian Red Cross for Phillipines relief, visit or call 1-800-418-1111. The federal government has pledged $5 million in aid in the wake of the disaster and has also said it will also contribute matching amounts to its Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund for every dollar Canadians give to registered charities up to Dec. 9. Canada has also deployed its Disaster Assistance Response Team to the Phillipines.


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ROBSON SQUARE ICE RINK: Skaters of all ages and levels of ability are invited to skate on the provincial government’s downtown rink. Admission is free and skate rentals are available. November 15-February 28, 2014 at Robson Square Ice Rink (800 Robson).

Light up the nIght: Celebrate the first night of Chanukah as Canada’s tallest Menorah is lit in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Includes fire performers, hot cocoa and latkes and photos with Judah the Macabee. Nov. 27 at 6pm. www.

WINTER ART MARKET: The Museum of Anthropology’s annual sale features a special selection of festive gifts from Mexico and Peru, fair trade jewellery and accessories from international markets, holiday decorations, and more. November 19-December 24 (6393 NW Marine Drive, UBC).

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER: A cast of world-class skaters bring scenes from BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast to life on ice. November 27-December 1 at Pacific Coliseum (100 North Renfrew). $22.90-$93.50 at www.

LIGHTS OF HOPE: Thousands of lights create a sense of wonder at St. Paul’s Hospital. Community celebration on November 20 includes fireworks from 6:30 to 7pm, food trucks and entertainment. Nightly until January 6.


MAKE IT! CRAFT MARKET: Art, fashion, accessories, baby items, home decor and more by 250 Canadian crafters and makers. November 28-December 1 at PNE Forum (2901 East Hastings). $7 at door.

CHRISTMAS AT HYCROFT: Edwardian mansion is dressed up as a Christmas marketplace and performance space. Shopping, food vendors, children’s crafts, and an appearance by Jolly Old Saint Nick. November 21-24 at Hycroft Manor – University Women’s Club of Vancouver (1489 McRae). $5-$13


LUMINESCENCE: Explore the deep-sea world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light, watch Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4D and catch a glimpse of Scuba Claus. November 28-January 22, 2014 at Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way, Stanley Park).

VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET: Traditional German Christmas market features a Christmas carousel, live entertainment, and 45 wooden huts showcasing an array of artisans and food vendors. November 22-December 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton). $3-$6 Snow Queen: Karen Flamenco Company embarks on a journey sparked by evil and guided by enduring love. November 22 & 23, 7pm, Vancouver Playhouse, $26$32.50.

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HANDEL’S MESSIAH: 200 performers – including the UBC University Singers with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, Choral Union, and soloists from the UBC Opera Ensemble – perform Handel’s masterpiece. November 30 at Chan Centre (6265 Crescent Road, UBC). $16-$27 at

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A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS: Christmas music and carols are performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, UBC Opera Ensemble, and EnChoir. Conducted by Gordon Gerrard and hosted by Christopher Gaze. December 12-14 at St. Andrews-Wesley (1012 Nelson). $36-$40 at www. HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Famed rocker sisters perform holiday songs and iconic hits with special guests Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Colvin, and Ben Mink. December 13 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie). $62.50-$85 at JOY TO THE WORLD: Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir will have you smiling, singing, and grooving along in your seat. December 13-15, Christ Church Cathedral, 7:30pm, $10 to $25.

Here comes Santa Claus: The annual Santa Claus parade winds through downtown on December 1 with lots of activities before and after the man in red’s arrival.

MESSIAH: Superb music and ancient text combine in this treasured oratorio performed by the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. December 14 at Orpheum Theatre (884 Granville). $25-$59 at www.

John Burge. December 20 (at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard) and 21 (Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue). $10-$35 at

VAN DJANGO BELLS: Vancouver string quartet headlines this gypsy-flavoured Christmas party. Dec. 14 at St. James Hall (3214 West 10th). $16-$20 at

MERRY CHRISTMAS!: Susan Skemp and Phil Moriarity perform seasonal favourites and lead a festive sing-along. December 15 at Metro Theatre (1370 SW Marine). $18 at

LIGHT FOR THE CHILD: musica intima presents a choral program celebrating the birth of Christ. Works by Benjamin Britten, Kristopher Fulton, Michael Conway Baker, and

HOLIDAY HOORAY!: Children’s entertainers Let Your Music Shine! With Lisa & Linda celebrate the holiday season with sing-along snow songs and move-alongs from Tchaikovsky’s

Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir

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2013 Christmas Concerts Fri, Nov 29th, 7:30pm White Rock with Johnston Heights Secondary Senior Choir White Rock Baptist Church 1657 - 140th Street, Surrey Sun, Dec 1st, 2:00pm New Westminster with Winter Harp✷ Massey Theatre 735 - 8th Avenue, New Westminster Thur, Dec 5th, 7:30pm Downtown Vancouver with Collingwood School Senior Choir Christ Church Cathedral 690 Burrard St at Georgia, Vancouver Fri, Dec 6th, 7:30pm Shaughnessy with Magee Secondary Chamber Choir Shaughnessy Heights United Church 1550 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver Fri, Dec 13th, 7:30pm North Vancouver with Argyle School Choir Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver

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holiday hot tickets The Nutcracker. December 20 at Vancouver Playhouse Theatre (600 Hamilton). $2-$15 at THE FOUR SEASONS: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine in the VSO’s annual presentation of Vivaldi’s timeless classic. December 20-21 at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent, UBC). CHRISTMAS REPRISE XI: Vancouver Cantata Singers perform holiday favourites spanning cultures and eras, and a glorious arrangement of Ave Maria. December 21 at Holy Rosary Cathedral (646 Richards). $18 at WINTER HARP: Musicians clad in medieval attire perform songs and stories. December 21 at St. Andrews-Wesley (1012 Nelson). $37.25 at

DANCE GOH BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER: More than 200 local performers will share the stage with principal dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet and members of the Beijing Dance Academy. Music performed by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. December 14-22 at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts (777 Homer). From $28 at www.ticketmasterca. ALBERTA BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER: Seasonal classic features choreography by Edmund Stripe, sets and costumes by Emmy Award-winning designer Zack Brown, scores of children, and the VSO performing Tchaikovsky’s famous score. December 28-31 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie). $26.50-$85 at


Capilano Suspension Bridge boasts the world’s tallest living Christmas tree: Standing 46.4m tall, the towering Douglas-fir is adorned with 10,000 twinkling lights. K Tregillas photo

HERITAGE CHRISTMAS: Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmases past. November 23-December 13 at Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake, Burnaby). PEAK OF CHRISTMAS: Gingerbread village, Santa’s workshop, snowman building, reindeer, outdoor ice skating, mountaintop sleigh rides, Christmas movies. November 23-December 24 at Grouse Mountain. PARADE OF CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY GALA: Festive event for SOS Children’s Village features hors d’oeuvres, fine wine, live music, live and silent auction. Nov. 28 at Grouse Mountain, $50 at GREAT CANADIAN CRAFT: CHRISTMAS EDITION: More than 200 independent artisans hawk their handmade creations. November 29-December 1 at Cloverdale Agriplex. $4 at


CANYON LIGHTS: Children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols, glass blowing and thousands of lights glittering across the Capilano Suspension Bridge. November 30-January 4 (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver). $12-$39.95 at www. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Includes entertainment, surprises, and pancakes. December 7 at Nikkei Centre (6688 Southoaks, Burnaby). $3$7 at 604-777-7000. MRS. CLAUS’ KITCHEN: Santa’s under-appreciated spouse discovers a magical recipe for drawing families together in new holiday musical. Dec.11-21 at Presentation House (333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver). $23-$28 at



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Starring Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland Directed by Kevin Macdonald Nuclear fallout meets teen romance in Kevin Macdonald’s flawed but effective near-future drama How I Live Now. Based on the acclaimed novel by Meg Rosoff, this adaptation opens with neurotic and lippy American teen Daisy (Saorirse Ronan) travelling to the English countryside to stay with her relatives, including young cousin Isaac (The Impossible star Tom Holland). Something about the Thor Diakow picturesque setting doesn’t seem quite right — tanks file down the streets, jets scream overhead and TV news outlets are awash with insurgent attack headlines. We soon learn the world could be on the brink of WWIII as terrorists begin a UK siege that culminates in a devastating nuclear attack on London; an effectively chilling scene set well outside the city. After being initially withdrawn, Daisy soon begins to soften and strikes up a romance with handsome Edmund (George MacKay) only to be separated from him by military forces. She soon must travel with young Piper (Harley Bird) on a dangerous journey to reunite with her newfound love.

Saorirse Ronan and Harley Bird are travel partners in a strange new world. For the most part, Macdonald paints a profound and often grim portrait of an unsettling future with several outstanding scenes that linger in the mind long after the film is over. Yet, How I Live Now succumbs to familiar young adult romance tropes that often fail to match the emotional resonance of the story’s themes. However, Ronan’s powerful and unflinching portrayal of Daisy is another masterstroke for the young actress and gives the movie, along with Macdonald’s keen direction, a healthy injection of credibility.




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Pull the plug on Kill Your Darlings KILL YOUR DARLINGS

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan Directed by John Krokidas An account of a young Allen Ginsberg discovering his voice and modus operandi (and getting wrapped up in a murder in the process), John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings represents a debut feature in which an obviously talented filmmaker is still honing his craft. Arriving at Columbia University in 1943, Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe, whose eagerness to reinvent himself results in too deliberate a performance) is taken under the corruptive wing of seductive Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan, Daniel Radcliffe as who remains one of the Allen Ginsberg.

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ovie fans are invited to Cineplex Theatres on the morning of November 16 as part of the national theatre chain’s Community Day. Popcorn, soft drinks and select candy items will be sold for $2, with all proceeds benefitting the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Staff will be volunteering their time. Theatres will open at 8:30am with the first movies beginning at 9. Go to Cineplex. com for details.

screen’s most intriguing new presences thanks to his naturally odd, unfailingly intense bearing). Introducing Ginsberg to narcotics, revolutionary theories and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), Carr ducks cryptic mentions of an incident in Chicago. However, does it really qualify as a mystery if we can’t care less about discovering what actually happened? The film inspires just such apathy far too frequently. With the details and trajectory of this true story already dictated by history, it’s incumbent on Krokidas to inject some immediacy. Alas, the anachronistic inclusion of TV on the Radio’s music seems more like window dressing than a genuine anarchic flourish. And while explicitly declaring that “killing your darlings”— doing away with elements that you’re most attached to — is the first principle of creation, Krokidas’ film is rife with touches that seem included for his benefit rather than the good of the narrative. Furthermore, it’s rather condescending for a film to equate traditional poetic technique with fascism while constantly lapsing into convention itself. While talking a depraved game, Kill Your Darlings is largely DOA. — Curtis Woloschuk

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Call for nominations 2014 Vancity Board of Directors’ Election

The Nominations and Election Committee is seeking Vancity members to fill three director positions in the 2014 election. Each position is for a three-year term, commencing after the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Prospective candidates are strongly advised to attend an information session which will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Vancity Centre, 183 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver. Please contact the Governance Department by no later than 12 noon, Tuesday, December 3, 2013 to register for this session. Prospective candidates are required to submit confirmation of their intention to run by no later than 12 noon on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Interviews will be scheduled shortly thereafter. Specific details about running for election can be found in the Candidates’ Package posted on our website, If you require a hard copy of this information, please contact the Governance Department at 604.877.7595.

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1 Olympic gold medalist Ashley McIvor with Sportchek Pacific Centre store manager Ryan Swanson, at the launch of Adidas’ Canadian Olympic Team collection Nov. 6. 2 Artist Mark Warren Jaques at the opening of Little Mountain Workshop Oct. 25 (Tom Nugent). 3 Craft Beer Market owner PJ L’Heureux and colleagues greeted guests at the grand opening at the Salt Building Nov. 5. 4 Junior fan Ava Stumph met actress Danielle Wade (Dorothy) from the musical The Wizard of Oz at the Queen E Nov. 5. 5 Miku chef Kazuya Matsuoka and owner Seigo Nakamura at the Cornucopia chef luncheon in Whistler Nov. 10. 6-7 Cornucopia presenter Daenna Van Mulligen of and Kurtis Kolt. 8 Owner Dan Obodas and former owner Francesco Alongi at Francesco’s Ristorante Italia.

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Welcome to the driver’s seat

Established in 1902, Cadillac is one of the oldest luxury brands, and continues to be General Motors’ flagship in terms of refinement and technology. Zack Spencer

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Cadillac in the rear-view mirror of the European premium brands 2014 Cadillac CTS One auto trend that shows little sign of waning is the move towards more luxury or premium cars by manufacturers and consumers alike. As baby boomers age, they have earned the nicer things in life, and the offspring of baby boomers are getting used to the finer things in life, so more automakers are moving upscale. The Europeans do luxury and performance better than most and the Japanese luxury brands have been putting in their time to becoming a real force. But long before the Japanese, there have always been the American luxury brands, with many firsts in features and technology. Established in 1902, Cadillac is one of the oldest, along with Mercedes-Benz, and continues to be General Motors’ flagship in terms of refinement and technology. Looks The smaller Cadillac ATS was released a year ago and went on to win the North American Car of the Year award. General Motors has taken that platform and elongated it to produce the lightest mid-sized car in its class. It’s a full 173kg lighter than the benchmark BMW 5-Series it competes against, and 34kg lighter than the outgoing car. A lighter car, made of

Drive With a lighter car high tensile steel, is stiffer, comes a better performsafer, handles better ing car, but the heart of and above all is more any luxury performance efficient. What Cadillac car is a solid engine. On didn’t change was the this front, Cadillac offers edgy design language three options and all they have become known three have more power for. The LED accent lights The longer and than the closest comare especially attractive lower stance of the CTS petitors. The first is the at night and run vertical makes it look athletic, same 2.0L turbocharged compared to most cars’ engine used by the ATS. horizontal approach. The yet elegant. With 272hp it is well longer and lower stance Zack Spencer above the 240hp offered of the CTS makes it look in the BMW 528i. The athletic, yet elegant. The carryover engine is the direct injection one weak area is the back. It lacks the 3.6L V6 with 321hp, again more than same visual punch as the impressive the 300hp in the 535i. The top of range front grille and headlamps. motor, for now, is the Vsport model Inside The new CTS is lighter than with a twin turbocharged version of the BMW but it is a bit smaller inside. the 3.6L engine, putting out 420hp. You It’s not as wide and the back seat is a guessed it, more power than the 400hp bit shorter. Front seat passengers are found in the V8 550i. The Vsport is only treated to plenty of room and a view sold as a rear wheel drive car (RWD) onto the dash is impressive. The centre where all the others are available with console has a touch-screen system all wheel drive (AWD). The catch is that called CUE, which has rich colours and AWD models come with an 8-speed striking graphics. The heat, volume and automatic transmission, but the AWD a few other controls are all touch-senversions are fitted with a 6-speed unit. sitive, meaning they have no dials The steering offers good feedback or switches. The problem is it shows to the driver and the suspension is fingerprints and dust against the shiny smooth, yet lively, and has a nearly black plastic. perfect 50/50 weight distribution.










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ON NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada†Offer valid only to eligible retail lessees in Canada who have obtained credit approval by GM Financial, have entered into a lease agreement with GM Financial, and who accept delivery from October 11, 2013 through January 2, 2014 of a new eligible 2014 model. General Motors of Canada will pay the first month’s lease payment (inclusive of taxes and any applicable pro-rata amount normally due at lease delivery as defined on the lease agreement). $0 first month lease payment means no bi-weekly payments will be due in the first month of your lease agreement. After the first month, lessee will be required to make all remaining scheduled payments over the remaining term of the lease agreement. PPSA/RDPRM is not due. Insurance, license, dealer fees, and applicable taxes not included. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Limited reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Void where prohibited by law. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. While we try to ensure accuracy, we reserve the right to correct any errors in pricing or descriptions, and to cancel or refuse to accept a purchase based on an incorrect price or description listed online. Please see your dealer for the most accurate and up-to-date product and pricing details. ^ Offer only valid from November 1, 2013 to December 2, 2013 (the “Program Period”) to retail customers resident in Canada who own or are currently leasing a Chevrolet Aveo, Cobalt, Caprice, Cavalier, Cruze, Epica, Impala, Lumina, Malibu, Metro, Monte Carlo, Optra Sonic, Spark, Volt, Saturn Ion, Aura, Astra, L-Series, S-Series, Sky, that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six months, will receive a $2,000 credit towards the lease or a $1000 credit towards the purchase or finance of an eligible new 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze, Malibu or Impala delivered during the Program Period. Eligible retail customers resident in Canada who own or are currently leasing a Chevrolet HHR, Equinox, Tracker, Uplander, Venture, Astro, Lumina APV, Blazer, Traverse, Trailblazer; Saturn Vue, Relay, Outlook; Pontiac Montana/SV6, Transport, Torrent, Aztek, Sunrunner; Buick Rendezvous, Terraza, Enclave, Rainier; Oldsmobile Silhouette, Bravada; GMC Safari, Jimmy, Terrain, Acadia or Envoy, that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six months, will receive a $2,000 credit towards the lease; or a $1000 credit towards the purchase or finance of an eligible new 2014 Chevrolet Trax, Equinox or Traverse delivered during the program period. Only one (1) credit may be applied per eligible vehicle sale. Offer is transferable to a family member living in the same household (proof of address required). This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. The $2,000/$1,000 credit includes HST/GST/QST/PST as applicable by province. As part of the transaction, dealer will request current vehicle registration and/or insurance to prove ownership for the previous consecutive six months. GMCL reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Void where prohibited by law. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer for details. CHV_BP_Banner_10.33.indd

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Perpetual Driving Self-Betterment: Because You’re Worth It B.C. racecar driver Cherie Storms told me she was taking an advanced driver training course to appease her father’s wishes. She’d been putting it off since teenagedom. That said, her father is an accomplished racecar driver and a proficient motorist, so you could argue it was an inevitability. But she had to find the desire in herself first. What followed, even she didn’t think would happen. She recently took home the championship “Every time title for the B Spec you get behind the series in her Mazwheel of a vehicle, da2 for the 2013 there’s a possibility race season. She grew up in you can change a motorsports your life or the lives household but it of others. wasn’t until she actually got behind Alexandra Straub the wheel at the driving course that her mindset changed. “I was just overwhelmed with all of the technical aspects that it takes to be a good driver,” she stated. It’s like what my grade 12 math teacher always said, “Math is not a spectator sport.”There was even a poster on the cubicle wall to remind us.



The same thing goes for driving. Except there’s no poster in the cubicle for that! We need to be an active participant, not a wallflower. Anyone who has taken advanced driving courses will know exactly what Cherie is talking about. It’s not just about knowing how to shift gears on a manual transmission without jerking the car, or parallel parking your sedan without curbing the rims. Driving is so much more. I understand that this mode of transportation is a necessity for many. And it’s something done out of convenience rather than love. Kind of like laundry or grouting the bathroom floor tiles. Then again, for others, it’s a passion. Myself included. Taking a specialized course, whether it’s a track day or a race school isn’t just for wannabe racers. It’s for everyone. And we can all learn if we have an open mind. We read to keep our mind sharp. We walk/run/ work out to keep our bodies active. We sleep to keep our bodies functioning. Why should driving be any different? Why shouldn’t we actively engage in making ourselves better drivers? Every time you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, there’s a possibility you can change your life or the lives of others. We might not think too much about it, but operating a vehicle is a huge responsibility. Poor driving habits, not shoulder checking, not using your signals, driving in the left lane when you’re not passing are minor details in the grand scheme of things, but have a large impact.

It’s never too late to refresh the basics and then pick up a few new good habits. For example, if you look at any of the top athletes in their sport, they’re training most of the time. They’re trying to perfect their craft, even when they’re at the top of it. I doubt Sebastian Vettel slums around in his down time, even after winning his fourth consecutive Formula1 world championship. Sure, he gets a break, but he’s constantly training to be faster and stronger. In another interview, I chatted with Izod Indy racecar driver Simona de Silvestro. She tells me that there’s really no such thing as an “off-season.” She says she trains all year long. In fact, she trains harder when she’s not always behind the wheel of a car to prepare for the upcoming races. If the pros do it, we should to. Some of the most fun I’ve had behind the wheel of a car has been at a driving school. Whether it was the three-day racing school at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the Skip Barber program, or a track day at the Mission Raceway with Morrisport Advanced Driving, or even a track program close to you, it’s a win-win. If we’re all safer drivers then the chances of accidents are minimized and we can keep our vehicles dent-free longer. And avoid going through insurance claims. The few hundred dollars it takes to enroll is of infinite worth in the long run.

Even B.C. racecar driver Cherie Storms benefited from a driving course. alexandra straub




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Thursday, November 14, 2013 WE Vancouver

Free Will Astrology by Rob Brezsny r8FFLPG/07&.#&3 ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): There’s something resembling a big red snake slithering around in your mind these days. I don’t mean that literally, of course. I’m talking about a big red imaginary snake. But it’s still quite potent. While it’s not poisonous, neither is it a pure embodiment of sweetness and light. Whether it ends up having a disorienting or benevolent influence on your life all depends on how you handle your relationship with it. I suggest you treat it with respect but also let it know that you’re the boss. Give it guidelines and a clear mandate so that it serves your noble ambitions and not your chaotic desires. If you do that, your big red snake will heal and uplift you. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): In my astrological opinion, almost nothing can keep you from getting the love you need in the coming days. Here’s the only potential problem: You might have a mistaken or incomplete understanding about the love you need, and that could interfere with you recognizing and welcoming the real thing. So here’s my prescription: Keep an open mind about the true nature of the love that you actually need most, and stay alert for the perhaps unexpected ways it might make itself available. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): “People fall so in love with their pain, they can’t leave it behind,” asserts novelist Chuck Palahniuk. Your assignment, Gemini, is to work your ass off to fall out of love with your pain. As if you were talking to a child, explain to your subconscious mind that the suffering it has gotten so accustomed to has outlived its usefulness. Tell your deep self that you no longer want the ancient ache to be a cornerstone of your identity. To aid the banishment, I recommend that you conduct a ritual of severing. Tie one side of a ribbon to a symbol of your pain and tie the other side around your waist. Then cut the ribbon in half and bury the symbol in the dirt. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): “You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again,” said painter Joan Miró. “You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life,” he added. The coming days are likely to bring you none of the former kind of experiences and several of the latter, Cancerian. It’s a numinous time in your long-term cycle: a phase when you’re likely to encounter beauty that enchants you and mysteries that titillate your sense of wonder for a long time. In other words, the eternal is coming to visit you in very concrete ways. How do you like your epiphanies? Hot





and wild? Cool and soaring? Comical and lyrical? Hot and soaring and comical and wild and cool and lyrical? LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): There’s a new genre of erotic literature: dinosaur porn. E-books like In the Velociraptor’s Nest and Ravished by the Triceratops tell tall tales about encounters between people and prehistoric reptiles. I don’t recommend you read this stuff, though. While I do believe that now is a good time to add new twists to your sexual repertoire and explore the frontiers of pleasure, I think you should remain rooted in the real world, even in your fantasy life. It’s also important to be safe as you experiment. You really don’t want to explore the frontiers of pleasure with cold-blooded beasts. Either travel alone or else round up a warm-blooded compassion specialist who has a few skills in the arts of intimacy. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): The saxifrage is a small plant with white flowers. It grows best in subarctic regions and cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The word “saxifrage” is derived from the Latin word saxifraga, whose literal meaning is “stone-breaker.” Indeed, the plant does often appear in the clefts of stones and boulders. In his poem “A Sort of a Song,” William Carlos Williams celebrates its strength: “Saxifrage is my flower that splits the rocks.” I nominate this darling little dynamo to be your metaphorical power object of the week, Virgo. May it inspire you to crack through blocks and barriers with subtle force. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): You’re not being swept along in a flood of meaningless distractions and irrelevant information and trivial wishes, right? I’m hoping that you have a sixth sense about which few stimuli are useful and meaningful to you, and which thousands of stimuli are not. But if you are experiencing a bit of trouble staying well-grounded in the midst of the frenzied babble, now would be a good time to take strenuous action. The universe will conspire to help you become extra stable and secure if you resolve to eliminate as much nonsense from your life as you can. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): Sweetness is good. Sweetness is desirable. To be healthy, you need to give and receive sweetness on a regular basis. But you can’t flourish on sweetness alone. In fact, too much of it may be oppressive or numbing. I’m speaking both literally and metaphorically: To be balanced you need all of the other tastes, including saltiness, sourness, bitterness, and savoriness. From what I understand, you are headed into a phase when you’ll thrive on more bitterness and savoriness than usual. To get an idea of what I mean, meditate on what the emotional equivalents might be for bitter tastes like coffee, beer, and olives, and for savory tastes like mushrooms, cheese, spinach, and green tea.



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JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages from $32/hour, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; Email:

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SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): When you procrastinate, you avoid doing an important task. Instead, you goof off, doing something fun or simply puttering around wasting time. But what if there were a higher form of procrastination? What if you could avoid an important task by doing other tasks that were somewhat less important but still quite valuable? Here’s what that might look like for you right now: You could postpone your search for the key to everything by throwing yourself into a project that will give you the key to one small part of everything. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): In his utopian novel Looking Backward, American author Edward Bellamy wrote a passage that I suspect applies to you right now: “It is under what may be called unnatural, in the sense of extraordinary, circumstances that people behave most naturally, for the reason that such circumstances banish artificiality.” Think of the relief and release that await you, Capricorn: an end to pretending, a dissolution of deception, the fall of fakery. As you weave you way through extraordinary circumstances, you will be moved to act with brave authenticity. Take full advantage. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): “I have your back” is an American expression that could also be rendered as “I’m right behind you, ready to help and defend you” or “I’m ready to support you whenever you’ve got a problem.” Is there anyone in the world who feels that way about you? If not, now would be an excellent time to work on getting such an ally. Cosmic conditions are ripe for bringing greater levels of assistance and collaboration into your life. And if you already do have confederates of that caliber, I suggest you take this opportunity to deepen your symbiotic connection even further. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Over a hundred countries around the world celebrate a holiday called Independence Day, memorializing a time when they broke away from another nation and formed a separate state. I encourage you to create your own personal version of this festival. It could commemorate a breakthrough moment in the past when you escaped an oppressive situation, a turning point when you achieved a higher level of autonomy, or a taboo-busting transition when you started expressing your own thoughts and making your own decisions with more authority. By the way, a fresh opportunity to take this kind of action is available to you. Any day now might be a good time to declare a new Independence Day. HOMEWORK: At what moment in your life were you closest to being perfectly content? Recreate the conditions that prevailed then. Testify at

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Creditors and others having claims against the estate of JOHN VEITCH, otherwise known as J. VEITCH are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the executors, RUSSELL JOHN VEITCH and LESLIE MARGARET ZAWADA c/o Wilson Rasmussen LLP, at #30015127 100th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, on or before December 18, 2013, after which date the executors will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the executors then have notice.

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), 2600 Lou Menk Drive OOB-3, Ft. Worth Texas 76131. Tel: (817) 352-2732. SMC Consulting, 1582 Lawrence Avenue, Penticton BC V2A 3C1 Tel/Fax: (250) 492-6193 e-mail:

The purpose of the proposed Pest Management Plan (PMP) is to control vegetation, including noxious weeds and invasive plants, on ballast, rights-of-way, station grounds, yards, and around buildings, shops, material storage areas, crossings, and bridges using the principles of integrated pest management. The pest management methods proposed for use include hand removal and cutting, weed trimming, mowing, brush cutters, chainsaws, and the use of pesticides. The use of pesticides is intended within the area to which the PMP applies. The PMP applies to BNSF property within their New Westminster Subdivision, and is located in proximity to the communities of White Rock, Delta, Surrey, Vancouver and New Westminster. The common name and examples of trade names of the pesticides proposed for use under this plan include: aminopyralid (Milestone), chlorsulfuron (Telar), dicamba (Vanquish), diuron (Karmex DF), flumioxazin (Payload), glyphosate (Vantage XRT), imazapyr (Arsenal), metsulfuron methyl (Escort) and triclopyr (Garlon XRT). Application methods include: wick/wipe on applications, truck mounted shrouded spray boom, back pack/hand held sprayers, power hose and nozzle, squirt bottles and injection tools.

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The proposed duration of the PMP is from January 31, 2014 to January 31, 2019.

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A draft copy of the proposed PMP and maps of the proposed treatment areas may be examined in detail at: BNSF Railway, 400 Brunette Avenue, New Westminster, BC, or by contacting the Agent listed above. 604.708.2628

“A person wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of the pest management plan, may send copies of the information to the applicant (c/o SMC Consulting, Agent, at the address listed above), within 30 days of the publication of this notice”

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Health Care Department

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assorted varieties


20% off regular retail price

Organic Country French, Organic 60% Whole Wheat French or Organic SpeltKamut 7 Grain Bread

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120g product of New Zealand

Cookin' Greens Frozen Vegetables


Organic, Roasted or Unsalted Hazelnuts bags or bins

Bakery Department 1.00 off regular

assorted varieties

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3.98lb/ 8.77kg

Bulk Department

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Wedderspoon Manuka Lozenges






1 dry pint

Mexico Grown


Grana Padano Oro Del Tempo Parmesan Cheese

assorted varieties

946ml +deposit +eco fee



Green Asparagus

All for

Casbah Prepared Mixes


Kind Fruit and Nut Bars



113 - 249g product of USA

1L +deposit +eco fee product of USA


1.89L Product of Canada

Cascades Bathroom Tissue



Mexico Grown

Enjoy a Family Greek Meal Night! 4 Spanakopitas with either a Family Sized Greek Salad or Family Sized Lemon Herb Potatoes




product of USA

Organic Red Grape Cherry Tomatoes

Deli Department

regular or with pineapple

R.W. Knudsen Apple Juice with Spice


120-213g product of USA, Canada, Asia

Coco Libre Organic Coconut Water

Earth’s Own Almond Fresh Beverages



5.99lb/ 13.21kg


Mariner Water Crackers and Stoned Wheat Crackers assorted varieties

California Grown

value pack


assorted varieties


Okanagan’s Finest Lean Ground Beef


Liberté Classique Yogurt



assorted varieties

500ml Product of Canada



Gold Seal No-Drain Light Tuna or Pink Salmon


Organic Green Kiwi 1lb package

4.99lb/ 11.00kg

assorted varieties


Luc Bergeron Organic 100% Pure Maple Syrup


Whole Organic Chickens

Popcorn Indiana Popcorn, Chipins or Indulgent Snacks

assorted varieties

Produce Department

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Rice Bakery

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. Vancouver 604.263.4600

1202 Richards St. Vancouver 604.633.2392

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0301

South Surrey 3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Burnaby Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936


Floral Shop

1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna 250.862.4864

2615 W. 16th Vancouver 603-736-7522

WE Vancouver, November 14, 2013  
WE Vancouver, November 14, 2013  

November 14, 2013 edition of the WE Vancouver