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City reverses SeaBus terminal roundabout ticketing policy Some drivers dropping off and picking up passengers near the SeaBus terminal last week were slapped with parking tickets after a miscommunication between the city and the North Van RCMP MARIA SPITALE-LEISK S tA f f R e p o Rt e R


arry on as usual is the message from North Vancouver city after a “misunderstanding” led to drivers being ticketed in the roundabout near the SeaBus terminal at Lonsdale Quay last week. Historically, drivers have dropped off and picked up passengers in this area, which is closest in proximity to the

SeaBus. However, in recent years, residents of Chadwick Court have complained to the city about taxi drivers loitering in the roundabout. Since, technically, the signage prior to Monday (Dec. 2) stated there was no stopping in the area, city bylaw staff had starting issuing tickets to taxi drivers. Then last week came some miscom-

munication between the city and the North Van RCMP, whose members mistakenly began ticketing other drivers. “As much of the taxi activity had been occurring after bylaws staff were off duty, the City Bylaws manager asked the RCMP to enforce in the evenings to address the issue with taxis — however, the enforcement was then applied to all vehicles rather than just taxis, and some members of the public received tickets,” explained city spokesperson Connie Rabold in an email to The Outlook. “Unfortunately, this ticketing was a misunderstanding and has ceased.” Rabold confirmed there is no change to parking and drop-off/pick-up rules in the Chadwick Court roundabout at the foot of Chesterfield Avenue. New signs installed on Monday clearly identify that stopping in the area is for pick-up and drop-off only. The city has cancelled tickets that were handed out to drivers in the roundabout last week, and asked

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the RCMP to stop enhanced parking enforcement in the area. Speaking with The Outlook on Monday, Mayor Darrell Mussatto was outraged by the gaffe. He said he marched right down to the bylaws department and directed staff to immediately stop issuing parking tickets at Chadwick Court. “I found that was unacceptable,” said Mussatto, adding the city had received a number of complaints from residents last week over the perceived parking changes. Mussatto said city staff will work with taxis companies directly to address parking issues near SeaBus terminal. “It’s much more efficient and civil than simply issuing tickets,” said Mussatto. And at Monday’s council meeting, Mussatto made a motion, which passed unanimously, to direct staff to work with TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company to create a shelter for waiting passengers at Chadwick Court.

TrAffIc coNfuSIoN - Congestion created by taxi drivers congregating in the roundabout near the SeaBus terminal has led to complaints from residents in the area. Submitted photo


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Lower Lonsdale BIA bid moves ahead MARIA SPITALE-LEISK S tA f f R e p o Rt e R


Teachers and West Vancouver Board of Education Vice-Chair Carolyn Broady proudly join Rockridge Secondary students from six service clubs who have joined together to form a “Philippines Support Committee” to help those devastated by the impact of Typhoon Haiyan. So far, a benefit concert and BBQ have raised several thousand dollars towards the relief efforts.

A Time to Give Students in West Vancouver School District are well known for their community leadership throughout the year and especially during the holiday season. Their strong sense of social responsibility is fostered early on through a variety of programs, including district-wide participation in Free the Children’s WE DAY and Pink Day anti-bullying activities. This year we are especially proud of several of our school communities for taking action in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, as a number of staff and families in the district have been affected. Students at Lions Bay Primary have raised $750 through a “Fitness for the Philippines” event. At Rockridge Secondary, several service clubs have formed a “Philippines Support Committee” which has raised several thousand dollars through a benefit concert and BBQ. “Even though all of our clubs stand for different causes we felt this was a problem that we could all work together on,” said organizer Lauren Bauman.

he City of North Van is preparing to undertake a “negative petition” process in which Lower Lonsdale business owners will have a month to have their say on the creation of a Business Improvement Area (BIA). In January, city staff will create a BIA bylaw and send a notice to all commercial property owners in a specific geographical boundary, asking them to return the petition only if they are against the BIA proposal. It would take opposition from 51 per cent of the property owners to terminate the creation of a BIA for Lower Lonsdale. While there are no BIAs currently on the North Shore, there are approximately 70 in communities throughout B.C. — including 22 in Vancouver. These nonprofits are run by an elected mix of business people in the designated area who advocate on behalf of the entire BIA member base for area improvements ranging from beautification projects to bylaw changes. Annual BIA budgets are funded through a special levy paid by the property owners. The Lower Lonsdale Business Association, which is spearheading the BIA bid, is proposing a $385,000 budget raised through a commercial property levy of 89 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. LLBA director Doug Ausman, speaking at a city council meeting on Monday night, gave an example of what an annual levy might look like for a mom-and-pop shop owner with 1,000 square feet: somewhere in the range of $400 to $600. Coun. Pam Bookham asked Ausman if the LLBA, a volunteer-run organization, can say they have spoken with every business owner in the proposed BIA boundary. “No we can’t,” said Ausman, clarifying that there are 660 businesses operating in the area. “So it’s just physically impossible to talk to all of them.” However, the LLBA did hold two open houses in October to reveal continued, PAGE 25

This spirit of giving will continue through the holiday season in West Vancouver School District with secondary schools supporting The Harvest Project and Covenant House as well as needy elementary schools on the downtown east-side. To help get you into the holiday spirit, we invite you to enjoy the exceptional talents of our choral, band and dance students at three upcoming holiday concerts. Please check our website at for more details. Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season with family and friends. We look forward to sharing more news from the premier place of learning with you in the New Year! Sincerely

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West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith stands at the 1300-block of Marine Drive, an area he has been determined to change since elected mayor in 2011. He previously referred to the block’s aging buildings as a “shantytown” and says the development will help revitalize the area. Rob Newell photo

Big changes for Ambleside After a year of intense debate, on Monday evening council narrowly approved Grosvenor’s development for the 1300-block of Marine Drive

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Two new buildings — one six storeys and the other seven — will be built on the Ambleside-area block, which currently houses the West Vancouver police department, an empty lot and a handful of small stores and restaurants.


The mixed-use development will have 98 residential units with commercial and office space below.


The opposition says there are 1,600 signatures against the development. Their main concern is height.

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Some residents opposing the development wore “No More Than 4” badges to indicate they didn’t want any buildings over four storeys high. Organizers told The Outlook that they aren’t opposed to development, just its size.


Mayor Michael Smith “The building is not out of context with the surrounding area. If we didn’t have the apartment zone then I think we would be having a different conversation.” An artist rendering by Grosvenor of the view from 14th Street and Marine Drive. The development is designed by architect James Cheng, whose credits include Living Shangri-La (Vancouver’s tallest building) and the Chinese Cultural Centre.

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Coun. Michael Lewis “This has been a lengthy process, it’s been exhaustive. And I think at times it’s been exhausting… The 1300-block is sorely in need of change…”

Coun. Trish Panz “This is the most significant decision for this council… We’ve been talking about this for decades with dozens of thoughtful citizen-led reports...”

Coun. Bill Soprovich “We will look back on this building... and say that was the right thing to do.”

Coun. Craig Cameron “I don’t think this is the right project and I think we can do better… As designed, the project isn’t consistent with the district’s Ambleside Town Centre Strategy.”

Coun. Nora Gambioli “It is too high for the site. It is too urban, it is too modern for Ambleside Village. Ambleside is more natural, more subtle, more quaint, more seaside-village...”

(Coun. Mary-Ann Booth recused herself from the vote)

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Grant Lawrence’s life at the Other End of the Rink


West Van CBC host’s conflicted history with the game of hockey is resolved in his new book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie GEN HANDLEY

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oing to school in West Vancouver, writer Grant Lawrence was picked on regularly. “I was the smallest kid, wore the biggest glasses, wore squeaky knee braces — I was the target,” he says. “I kind of get it now, because I’ve analyzed it, but it’s like the survival of the fittest: the prey with the least resistance were picked off first and that was always me. And the guys picking me off were always, without exception, wearing hockey jackets — they’d just pick on me.” He pauses to think about how this all affected him. “So at a very early age, I began to associate violence and intimidation and fear with hockey, even though, like a lot of Canadian kids, I wanted to play it and I wanted to be a part of it and I wanted to love the Vancouver Canucks,” he continues. “But I didn’t feel like I could because I felt like only [expletive] were involved in the game.” So it was a surprise, years later, after starting a beer league hockey team with other local writers and musicians, that he found himself back on the rink and inspired to write his latest book The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie. “There was one day I was standing in my goal crease and the play was down at the other end of the ice and I thought, ‘I cannot believe this. How the hell am I playing hockey?’” he recalls. “This is so foreign and bizarre but also fun. How did I get to this place?’ And that was the impetus of the book.” Lawrence says the book is a story of “overcoming” and living life “on your own comfortable terms.” Despite the serious roots of the novel, the story is propelled by a lot of sharp, frank humour and anecdotes. “I wanted to trace the story of how I got from the little nerd who wasn’t welcome at all to championshipwinning beer-league goalie,” the CBC Radio host says laughing. Four months ago, Lawrence and his wife, singer-songwriter Jill Barber, had their first child. The proud father hopes his son doesn’t go through the intimation he endured over his

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t’s the most wonderful — and busiest, and most stressful — time of the year for bike shop owner James Wilson and his band of merry mechanics. “More are coming in,” says Wilson, putting down the phone to count the number of donated kids’ bikes that have arrived at his Obsession: Bikes shop in Lower Lonsdale on this frigid Tuesday. “Maybe six or seven,” he guesses. That’s encouraging, but he’s still 140 bikes short and it’s already the first week of December. In 2005 Wilson started Bikes for Tykes, a program that provides bikes for underprivileged North Shore kids. Partnering with Family Services of the North Shore, Hollyburn Family Services and other organizations, they find tykes who need bikes for Christmas. Since its inception, the program has, on average, given away about 100 bikes a year — but that number is steadily growing. “The demand for the bikes is higher,” says the community-minded bike store owner. Last year Bikes for Tykes was able to provide 150 kids with bikes for Christmas. This year, they’ve already got 220 names on their bike wish list and with only 80 collected so far, they’re desperately trying to get the word out that they need some help. And they need them fast. That’s because once the bikes come into the shop Wilson’s crew then has to refurbish them which can range from a quick “dust up” — say 15 minutes — to an hour-and-a-half overhaul. Then, they must get them to the kids, with many bikes getting piled into the back of Wilson’s pick-up truck for delivery. It’s not just a commitment of time that Wilson, a 48-year-old father of two, puts into this project. Typically this isn’t a busy season at his shop but rather than reducing the hours of his mechanics he has them fixing up bikes for kids. That costs him more than $5,000 in donated labour. Wilson doesn’t go out of his way to tell you that, you have to ask. But he’s more than happy to tell you about others in the community who are equally generous. Last year, for instance, a group of local families dropped off $900 in cash to buy helmets to be distributed with the bikes and North Van company CCN Cycling Component Network donated bikes in bulk to the program. For James, there’s nothing he’d rather be doing in December. “If it changes one kid’s way to the positive, it’s 100 per cent worth it,” says Wilson. And he’s already witnessed lives changed. “So we’re going to keep doing it.” Bikes can be dropped off at: Obsession: Bikes, 94 Lonsdale Ave. You can also call 604-985-2213, email or search Bikes for Tykes North Vancouver on Facebook

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1 Organizers Monica Soprovich, left, and Janis O’Sullivan cuddle up to Beach House manager Mike Mitchell. 2 Christie Lee attends the event with mom Carlota Lee, who is also part of the organizing committee. 3 Looking festive for the fundraiser are Kirsten Morrison, left, Kelly Fuller and Christy Young. 4 Family Services’ own Cynthia Orr, left, and Julia

Staub French are very pleased with the generous turnout for the big Christmas event. 5 BlueShore Financial president and CEO Chris Catliff and wife Kym are among the VIPs and supporters in attendance. 6 Cheers to Kim and Jeff McCord who are wellknown for their philanthropy and generosity to so many charities.




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orth Shore Family Services is known for its outreach and for the many programs it runs to help families all across our community. They also provide especially important services over the holidays, including the North Shore Christmas Bureau campaign which helps ensure that no child goes without during this special season. Last week, the Fuller family graciously donated use of the Beach House restaurant in West Vancouver to hold an important fundraising evening. Guests paid a suggested $500 donation to attend and all of the funds raised go to support the Christmas Bureau program. Big thanks to committee members Karen Bruk, Charlene Dalton, Marie Genest, Susan Green, Coryn Hemsley, Carlota Lee, Susan MacDonald, Janice O’Sullivan, Cindy Pasco, Monica Soprovich, Lisa Stout, Coleen Weir and Christy Young.

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HOliDaY SpaRklE - The Ribalkin family home at 4967 Chalet Place in North Van boasts 100,000-plus Christmas lights. Michael Iwasaki photo


Making Seasons BRIGHT Every December two North Shore dads brighten spirits with their dazzling Christmas light displays BY MaRia SpiTalE-lEiSk


n the 1980s, Ron Jamieson factored in Christmas on the blueprint for his custom-built Blueridge home. He had outlets installed in the eaves of his roof that were wired to accommodate the energy of 2,000-plus Christmas lights. The electrician tried to talk him out of it, but Ron insisted. This light display was going to be his legacy. Last Sunday afternoon, Ron emerged from his garage armed with bundles of light strands. “This is a bonus,” he bellows, referring to blue skies overhead and mild temperature. Almost every year, Ron, now entering his 37th season as the reigning king of Blueridge Christmas displays, dons a rain slicker and completes the selfless task in the throes of a torrential downpour in late November. But today he’s sporting sweatpants and a sweatshirt from the University of Toronto, where his youngest daughter went to nursing school. From the street, Ron stands back and surveys his two-storey canvas and sprawling property punctuated with barren cherry blossom trees. Eleven months out of the year, his house blends into the suburban landscape of this peaceful neighbourhood at the edge of the forest. His next-door neighbour pokes her head around the corner and joyfully announces, “Christmas is unfolding as it should.” Seeing Ron set up his perennial Christmas masterpiece sends a gentle

nudging to his neighbours to get their act in gear. One time he entered the entire neighbourhood in a Christmas lights contest hosted by Grouse Mountain. The plethora of lights created a Christmas beacon high on the hillside that could be seen from the Second Narrows Bridge as you entered North Van. That year the Jamieson family won the award for the best Christmas lights display, along with a free season’s pass to Grouse Mountain. **** According to Ron, there is no exact formula for putting together this grandiose exhibit of glistening lights. “This isn’t rocket science,” he says. Ron might look at a picture of the display from the previous year and say to himself: “OK, these lights fit here.” However, there is one exception in his festive configuration: The strands of lights framing six bedroom windows on the top floor. They have remained a permanent fixture throughout the year. Using a sledgehammer, Ron secures a “Merry Christmas” sign between two wooden, red-nosed reindeer. One of his helpers, Danelle Wright, an employee of his highway line painting company, props up the sign. The reindeer are among 27 life-size, colourful wooden Christmas decorations that adorn the face of the house and front yard. Handcrafting each one himself, Ron drew his inspiration from holiday gift tags. Sitting in his basement, using a grid system, he scaled the gift tags up to poster size, later hand-painting each one onto sheets of plywood. The signs, most of them depicting scenes of animal characters frolicking in the snow, are now 37 years old and have held up well. Except there’s one missing — a penguin that was stolen by kids many Christmases ago. Ron smiles, with a what-can-you-do shrug. The subject of energy-efficient LEDs is broached. Ron is decidedly a Christmas lights traditionalist. There are no icicle lights or flashy decorations to be found in his display. Why? “I think it’s tacky,” says Ron matter-of-factly. Even with 10,000 LED lights, the house wouldn’t be half as bright, he figures. Ron’s neighbour has even joked about it, telling him: “If you go to LED, I’m moving.” Speaking of electricity bills, when asked how much it costs to put on this Christmas show, Ron’s humble nature shines through in his response. “People come by and the lights make them feel good, so I don’t worry about the price. It’s really nothing,” he says. There are purposely no white bulbs on any of the multi-colour strands of lights. “If you see a clear bulb that means the socket doesn’t work. It’s a time saver,” explains Ron. He’ll probably replace 500 faded or burnt-out bulbs, this year alone. Another one of Ron’s employees, Pat Keoush, who’s knee-deep in tangled light strands at the bottom of the driveway, has been lending a hand with this display for seven years. “I don’t consider it hard work because I enjoy Christmas,” says Keoush. **** A few hours later, when the day fades to night, a steady stream of cars will slowly drive by the illuminated house — once on the way up the cul-de-sac, and then a second time on the way down. The show starts at 5 p.m. when Ron physically flips on a series of light switches stationed throughout the house. As there are no timers on this display, the Jamiesons enjoy a staycation every December. If it pours rain, Ron will instinctively look out the window no less than five times a night to make sure the show is still on and no parts of it have short-circuited. Seeing families linger in front of the glowing display with their loved ones is Ron’s reward. For many of them, coming to this house is an annual Christmas tradition. Even those who move away from North Van often come back to 2931 Marykirk Place during the holidays. The show typically wraps up every night at 10:30. But there have been some exceptions. Ron shares a few special memories of how he made the season brighter for some folks. One year, a grandmother, while making a special trip from Squamish to show her grandkids the Christmas lights in Blueridge, became sidelined by a flat tire. By the time she reached Ron’s doorstep, it was 3 o’clock in the morning. After breathlessly explaining her predicament, Ron didn’t hesitate for a second to accommodate the grandmother’s request. “And I looked at her and said, ‘Yes, not a problem,’” recalls Ron. On another occasion, a group of New Year’s Eve revelers clutching flasks had congregated at 2 a.m. on the street in front of his property. Ron was most likely smiling as he flipped the switches, creating a spontaneous explosion of light on the darkened street. The revelers basked in the glow of the lights for half an hour, most likely continued, PAGE 33

pREp TiME - Blueridge’s Ron Jamieson sets up his renowned Christmas light display at 2931 Marykirk Place in North Van. Maria Spitale-Leisk photo

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fter months of dialogue with retail, trade, consumers and other interested parties, the BC Liquor Policy Review report was handed in by Parliamentary Secretary John Yap with 70 recommendations on modernizing provincial liquor laws. It looks as though the contents of the report are going to be released on a slow and steady basis, figuring that as I write this, we only know what one of those recommendations entails. Unless you have been living under a rock over the last week or so, you’re well aware via an onslaught of media coverage that the government is looking to offer liquor sales in grocery stores, a huge step that is purportedly all about convenience. What initially appears to be good news quickly deflates from where I’m sitting, as there are a few aspects of the official announcement that I find concerning. First off, it had been stated that three quarters of respondents, myself included, were in favour of this step. The thing is, everyone I’ve talked to imagined this looking like the American model, with an aisle (or part of an aisle) dedicated to wine, beer and spirit offerings. This is the convenience many had in mind. That concept is kyboshed with the announcement that alcohol will be kept separate from grocery products, most likely a store-within-a-store. Figuring most grocery stores are fairly close, if not adjacent, to liquor or wine and beer stores, this move really just saves a few footsteps. There will still be a completely separate transaction and step when grabbing your wine for dinner. On top of this, and this is the big one for many, Yap recommends we keep the current cap on total retail outlets in the province. This either means closing some B.C. Liquor Stores or, perish the thought, independent retail outlets to create space for those in grocery stores. Your favourite wine store just a couple blocks away? It might not be there any more after this shift. That doesn’t sound more convenient to me. Also, there are way more grocery stores than liquor outlets in the province, so how will it be designated which stores will get the opportunity to carry alcohol? Since B.C. has almost 2,400 grocery stores and about 1,100 liquor outlets (and not all of those will be closing,) odds are your local grocery store might not end up carrying liquor anyways. For a major step that was supposed to be all about convenience, this really doesn’t seem to be thoroughly planned. While we’re long overdue to steer the ship towards modernization, my feeling is so far we’re just re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Kurtis Kolt

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Kurtis Kolt teams up with City Market Just in time for the holidays Outlook wine columnist Kurtis Kolt will be hunting the aisles of Loblaw’s City Market in North Vancouver in search of the perfect pairings to go along with his weekly wine picks. Now, let’s get pairing: Sure, in this week’s column I only recommended one wine, but the best thing about dry, sparkling wines is that they offer such diversity with food-pairing opportunities. I love playing around with that fresh-baked-bread element of sparkling wines, the result of a second fermentation and extra yeast (or ‘lees’) contact in the bottle. With the sourdough note so key to the wine, grabbing a baguette would be a no-brainer and I’m thinking you should go with a President’s Choice Barbecue Seasoned Whole Chicken to make an awesome sandwich with, and slather on some PC Black Label Classic Aioli to add a little richness. You can also slice off some of that baguette and have it with a little Stilton Blue Cheese. The citrusy flair of the wine will be a good contrast to the saltier aspect of the cheese, and those bubbles will freshen that palate after every sip. If you’re feeling a little more snacky or perhaps doing a little entertaining (‘tis the season after all), go quick and easy with some President’s Choice Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops or President’s Choice Pad Thai Spring Rolls. Really, you don’t even have to go fancy at all. Pop the cork, open a bag of Popcorn Indiana White Cheddar Popcorn and be delighted by the combo. If that ends up being your dinner, I won’t tell.

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t’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but the grim reality is some families can’t afford Christmas. Fortunately, those in need on the North Shore can count on the community to rally together and ensure everyone receives a gift come Christmas morning. One block west of Chesterfield Avenue there is some vacant office space that has been transformed into Santa’s workshop. Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau manager Janet Quenneville scurries around checking the unwrapped presents stockpiled in six themed rooms. In the boys’ room every toy is categorized in groups: action figures, sports equipment, model cars, etc. Meanwhile, next door, the girls’ room has a decidedly more pink hue. A pair of hula hoops rests against a table on which sits pyramids of colourful boxes containing, among other girlie toys, jewelry projects and a lone Justin Bieber doll for one lucky adolescent female. SAntA’S HELpErS - (L to R) North Shore Christmas Bureau volunteers Liz “We are badly in need of more items for teens,” says Quenneville. “Gift cards Neal and Teale and Shelley Tisdall. Rob Newell photo are welcome because a lot of people struggle with knowing what teens would like.” More often than not sponsors will include a special Practical choices for teens include gift cards for Tim something that wasn’t requested by the hamper applicant, Hortons, Chapters, Subway, iTunes and EB Games. such as candles and chocolates. And anything Vancouver Canucks related. Kids love the There were 755 hampers handed out last year, 370 of Canucks, affirms Quenneville. which were sponsored by people in the community, with When someone contacts the Christmas Bureau to sponthe rest funded by in-kind donations and community sor a family, they are given guidelines for what to include grants. in their hamper and a wish list. A household of four Once assembled, the sponsor brings the hamper to receives $200 in grocery store certificates and an ageNorth Shore Christmas Bureau headquarters where volappropriate gift valued at approximately $30 for each unteers set it aside for delivery on Dec. 20. family member. There are 125 or so volunteers that Dixon says are For a single parent with one child, sponsors purchase happy to be part of the magic that happens at the a $100 grocery store gift card and two presents that cost Christmas bureau. close to $30 each. “Building these hampers for people who don’t have Meanwhile, a single person receives a hamper valued at sponsors themselves, it’s very affirming,” says Dixon. $80. “You come away feeling like you are doing something “We are here to support low-income families who have for the community.” children that are 18 years old and younger living at home, For more information on the hamper program, you low-income seniors aged 65 years and older and lowcan call the North Shore Christmas Bureau at 604-984income people with disabilities,” says Quenneville. 9627 or visit their website at Christmas automatically brings children to mind, which, where you can also make an means seniors in need sometimes gets overlooked, accordonline donation. Tax receipts will be issued for all donaing to Patty Dixon, volunteer supervisor for the Christmas tions over $20. hampers. “Seniors ask for so little: shavers, toothpaste,” says Dixon.




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Roasted yellow pepper soup Daisy Sandwich & Such shares a delicious winter soup recipe that’s also a perfect Christmas cocktail appy — just substitute the bowl for a shooter glass INGREDIENTS -6 large yellow peppers (sweet) -1 large onion, chopped -1 cup of chopped leeks (white portion only) -¼ cup of butter, cubed -2 cups of small potatoes, peeled and cubed -5 cups of vegetable (if you want your recipe to be vegetarian) or chicken broth -Seasoned with salt and pepper -Plain Greek yogurt, optional

METHOD Halve peppers; remove and discard tops and seeds. Broil peppers about 4 inches from the heat until the skins blister (about 3 to 4 minutes). When done, place peppers in a bowl and cover. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes. In a large saucepan, sauté onion and leeks in butter until tender. Add the potatoes, broth, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Peel off and discard charred skin from the peppers. Finely chop peppers; add to potato mixture. Let cool slightly. Using an immersion blender (or blender) purée until smooth. Heat the soup again (do not boil). Serve with a drizzle of Greek yogurt if desired. YIELD: 8 CUPS This recipe is gluten sensitive and vegetarian (if using the vegetarian broth). It is also a great soup to serve at a cocktail party in small shooter glass topped with the Greek yogurt. It is always a favourite with guests and kids love it to.

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Shine on It’s all about the sparkle this holiday season


lush bridal and cocktail wear boutique has you covered in the gold, silver and sequin department this holiday party season. Embellishments that sparkle are en vogue this Christmas, explains Blush store manager Joelle Larabie. Wear a plain, black-hued heel with this look, so you don’t outshine, so to speak, the other party guests. Blush, which stocks an assortment of party dresses for any occasion, is located at 1403 Bellevue Ave. in West Van.

DAZZLING DRESSES - (left to right): This Nicole Miller multi-colour sequin sheath with gold patterns creates an illusion of a slimmer waistline. This Romona Keveza lace cocktail dress in Mandarin red is inspired by the colour of the season. The lace appliqué on this Mandalay silk dress with tulle draping is a romantic look fitting for New Year’s Eve.


Consider locally-made presents this Christmas From scarves to paintings, jewelry to pottery, find the perfect Christmas gift made by a local artist during the Winter Artisan Market open until Dec. 24 at the Seymour Art Gallery, 4360 Gallant Ave., North Van. More info:

1. Eagle steel wire sculpture, $200. Made by West Van artist Joanne Waters. 2.

Ceramic monsters, to scare away the monsters under your bed, $15 each. Made by North Van native Meghan Leeburn.


Sterling silver, gold and copper disc hoop necklaces, $60 and $70 each. Made by West Van jewelry artist Chi C. Lee.


Watercolour painting depicting Deep Cove , $42. Made by Deep Cove artist Marnie Boullard.

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West Van Dec. 10: Collingwood School presents its annual Winter Holiday Concerts at the Kay Meek Centre, showcasing Grade 8 to 12 students in both the instrumental and vocal music programs, which include the orchestra, jazz bands, choir and vocal jazz ensembles. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 at Dec. 13: Enjoy the Christmas magic with a lantern parade in Horseshoe Bay beginning at 6 p.m. from St. Monica’s Church. Both adults and kids will march down to the beach for a bonfire, carols, hot chocolate and cookies. Don’t forget to bring your own lantern! Ongoing until Jan. 4: Last year, more than 65,000 people continued the tradition of bundling up to see the annual Dundarave Festival of Lights. This November 100 Christmas trees

are decorated to raise money for the North Shore Lookout Shelter. has a list of events including a bonfire night on Dec. 21. North Van Dec. 11-21: Feeling underprivileged at the North Pole, Mrs. Claus discovers a magical recipe for drawing families together. This is how Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen starts, followed by elves, laughter and song. This family musical is playing at the Presentation House Theatre for two weeks. Tickets are $28 for adults and $23 for students/seniors. Visit for show times. Dec. 14: This is a winter concert for the whole family to enjoy presented by the Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts students at Centennial Theatre from 4 to 6 p.m. Featuring original choreography in ballet, contemporary,

jazz, hip hop and tap, as well as holiday favourites such as Big Swans from Swan Lake, this evening is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. Visit for ticket information. Ongoing until Dec. 24: From scarves to paintings, jewelry to pottery, find the perfect Christmas gift made by a local artist during the Winter Artisan Market open until Dec. 24 at the Seymour Art Gallery. 4360 Gallant Ave., North Van. More info: Ongoing until Jan. 4: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday event Canyon Lights has something special this Christmas — the world’s largest Christmas tree. Come see hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, the holiday band and much more. Visit for admission information.

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Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for the New Year. Clients often remark that we are a different kind of law firm. We think so too. The difference is in our expertise and approachability. You’ll be relaxed and comfortable with us.

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Celebrate the Season! Throughout the month of December, the City celebrates the season with numerous events for the entire family to enjoy. Visit for festivities taking place in the community, sustainable holiday tips, snow clearing and preparedness information, plus seasonal safety tips. Please note, City Hall will be closed from noon on December 24 to December 27, and on January 1. Find hours of operation for recreational facilities and the City Library at

10th Annual Lower Lonsdale Christmas Festival Saturday, December 7th, 4:30pm-8pm at The Shipyards (Foot of Lonsdale) Shipbuilders’ Square sparkles with holiday cheer at this festive outdoor community event. Family activities include gingerbread decorating, Christmas crafts and the popular bug lantern building workshop. Don’t miss a visit from Santa, live music and entertainment, lighting of the giant Christmas tree, free horse and carriage rides plus complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Hosted by the Lower Lonsdale Business Association, in partnership with the City of North Vancouver. Details at

Holiday Happenings and Seasonal Light Displays There's lots to do this holiday season right here in our community. Be sure to stop by Shipbuilders' Square for the Christmas by the Sea Parade of Trees and enjoy a festive display of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. Don't miss the City of North Vancouver's 'City scenic' themed tree. Open until January 5. Check our online events calendar for more holiday events. Colourful light displays shine throughout the City. Lonsdale Avenue, City Hall, Civic Plaza, Shipbuilders' Square and the Pier all sparkle with holiday lights. More information at CelebrateTheSeason

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Thursday, Thursday, December December 5, 5, 2013 2013 23 23 Play it again! - Outlook columnist Len Corben (at left) will sign copies of his two most recent books, Play It Again! A Century PLUS of North Shore Sports Stories and The Pitching Professor: The Life and Times of Ernie Kershaw at Save On Foods on Brooksbank Ave. this Sunday, Dec. 8 beginning at 1 p.m. The books are also available at the Outlook office, Larry Sports on Lonsdale, the Dogwood Shop at Lions Gate Hospital, Black Bond Books in Lynn Valley and The Dog’s Ear T-shirt Shop in West Van, or by contacting Len at

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This is a very busy time of year for our retail business owners. Support our community of unique businesses when Christmas shopping and dining out. As a West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce member you can save on the member to member discounts, group insurance and more. Meet your local government, network with business owners and market your business at the Chamber events. Connect, get educated and grow your business with the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Join today at It is with great pleasure to introduce West Van Florist as our Member Profile. They have been a Chamber member since 1957 and were last year’s recipient for the Big Business of the Year Chamber Excellence Award. For such a successful and long standing company, owners Wendy and Rob Harrington are refreshingly modest. They give to countless causes and always step up for their community in both the private and business sectors. “We joined the Chamber to connect with other business owners and have Chamber representation with the different levels of government. The Chamber Member Directory allows customers to locate WV shops. Working with the Chamber is helping Ambleside, and West Vancouver commercial sector grow and prosper. The most valuable service the Chamber provides is giving feedback to various government levels regarding the issues facing retailers and businesses. They provide opportunities to meet with other business owners plus save money on Group Benefits such as Insurance, Health and Fuel. Our customers choose us because of the quality, selection and service we offer. We go the extra mile for our customers by providing knowledge so that the customer will have success with the product they purchase. We offer good value, knowledgeable staff, attention to detail and super high standards. Good enough is not good enough. Our store is unique because of the combination of product offered – indoor and outdoor flowers, unique flower designs, plants, home décor, cards and chocolates, women’s accessories, including jewellery, purses, scarves etc. To stay in business as long as we have you need to be passionate about your company and your community; be passionate about your customer’s satisfaction; be passionate about the people who assist you in running the company; and be passionate about the products you sell.” Wendy Harrington West Van Florist, 1821 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC., 604 922-4171,

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Thursday, Thursday, December December 5, 5, 2013 2013 25 25 continued from, PAGE 4 BIA plans to area stakeholders, and all property owners received information packets by mail. Ausman said the bid has also been the main subject of conversation at monthly LLBA meetings. Coun. Rod Clark questioned the democratic process when talking about the “negative petition” process. “Normally you vote in favour of something — not in a negative capacity,” said Clark. “... And if they can’t sell it in Lower Lonsdale, I’ll be damned if I am going to stand there and say you can do it by this negative petition. It’s simply wrong.” LLBA executive-director Stephanie Clarke told council that through a negative petition is typically how BIAs become established. She gave an example of the Dunbar BIA in Vancouver, explaining how there was opposition in the beginning and the BIA was only approved by a hair of a margin. By the time the BIA renewal came up five years later, only one person opposed it, said Clarke. “So what that shows you also is… the negative petition process actually identifies the stakeholder groups,” said Clarke. “So you find out who is sort of not interested or who is opposed even if it’s under the threshold. Those are the people you go and talk to and say what are their concerns, why aren’t you supportive.” Coun. Guy Heywood asked about the historical success rates for negative BIA petitions. Clarke said she was only aware of two BIAs — in Victoria and Prince George — that were voted out in the process, but later reinstated. “So basically in the province of B.C. or anywhere in Canada, I don’t know of one BIA that was voted out and has stayed out,” said Clarke. During a previous campaign, in 2010, by the LLBA, 49 per cent of Lower Lonsdale property owners opposed the establishment of a BIA.

From that experience, the LLBA learned most of the BIA opposition came from light industrial businesses in a concentrated area north of East Esplanade Avenue at St. Georges Avenue. The LLBA has been given $120,000 in grant money from the City of North Vancouver — in two installments — for administrative support to assist the volunteer-run organization with this latest campaign. Coun. Craig Keating made the motion to direct staff to create the BIA bylaw and petition the Lower Lonsdale business owners. “I’ve been in municipal politics for 15 years and I understand one thing: No is the iron law,” said Keating. “If you want to motivate people tell them they have a chance to come out and say no to things.” Coun. Linda Buchanan echoed Keating’s sentiments saying the BIA is a good opportunity for the Lower Lonsdale community to move forward. “I think we are in a time of transformation down there,” said Buchanan. “[The LLBA] have done a tremendous amount of work as volunteers, but I think we are moving to another level and another stage in that particular area of our community.” Heywood said it would be a “folly” and irrational to abandon the BIA process now because the city has already invested money in it. “At worst we are going to see part of the business community fund their own collective requirements,” said Heywood. “At best, it’s going to be outrageously successfully… and actually put Lower Lonsdale on the map with Yaletown and with West Fourth...” The motion to create a Lower Lonsdale BIA bylaw passed 5-2, with Bookham and Clark opposed.

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Drive The launch event for this new CLA was held in the Washington DC area, leaving historic Georgetown and heading towards Maryland’s ports and navel academy. This provided some excellent stop-and-go traffic opportunities in Washington’s morning rush hour and then getting to stretch the new CLA’s legs on fabulous Interstate highways. The power plant is a direct injection turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a healthy 208hp. The power goes through a 7-speed dual clutch ! ge a massa even Santa needs automatic transmission to the front wheels. The This time of year, tes ca ifi rt Ce more expensive and powerful 355hp CLA 45 t if G as Christm e’s Best Massage clinic ~ AMG has an all wheel drive (AWD) system as or Sh rth No m fro ~ EK WE A standard equipment but the base CLA 250 will YS DA 7 EN OP get this important option sometime in 2014. Power is fantastic, especially if the transmission is placed in the sportier mode. This car cruises effortlessly at highway speeds and passes with Suite 8 – 3046 Edgemont Boulevard ease. Even though it uses the same engine as the B-Class, this car felt more planted and sophisti3_NE121G113.P001 604.983.3151 cated, maybe due to the lower centre of gravity and a trunk, which will Th urs ., D muffle road noise ec. 5t compared to the oS un hatchback. ., D ec. All CLA models 8

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ew species are as graceful, agile, and intelligent as the horse — and, in Cavalia’s Odysseo, audiences are treated to a dazzling display of equine range. In the touring extravaganza — which invites audiences into its White Big Top in the Olympic Village beginning Dec. 7 — the spotlight is on the enduring majesty and rippling musculature of the horse. It’s difficult not to sit awestruck as dozens of horses gallop through the custom-built mega-tent, or read traits such as bravery, playfulness and wisdom in their whinnies and seemingly effortlessly executed choreographed movements. And then there is the interaction between the 63 horses and the 47 humans: riders, acrobats and other stage artists who appear to have entered into almost, well, human-like repartee with the equine stars. It’s a wholly intoxicating theatrical spectacle that first wowed Vancouver audiences in 2011, and one for which the demand was so great that organizers quickly added 13 shows after announcing the dates for the upcoming run. Audiences aren’t alone in their passion for Cavalia. It’s a source of ongoing delight for the performers, too. Among them: Michel Charron and Tomoko Onishi. The married duo met in Japan (Onishi’s country of birth; Charron is a Canuck from New Brunswick), attended circus school together in the U.K., and toured with an aerial acrobatics show through Japan until the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 — at which point, they fled Asia, touched down in Montreal, and their Cavalia journey began. To date, they’ve performed in well over 200 performances with Cavalia. In Odysseo, they can even be glimpsed together: as one of three acrobatic couples performing on a 16,000-pound merry-go-round that descends from the overhead grid, as well as in the hoop act. “It’s a thrill,” said Charron on the phone from Washington, D.C. (the show’s stop before Vancouver). “You get to be onstage with your wife. It doesn’t get much better than that.” Equally thrilling to both is the opportunity to work with horses. The horses are more than animals to the human performers; they’re complex, charismatic colleagues, each with their own personality and set of quirks. “It’s such a unique experience working with each horse,” said Charron. “They’re the stars of the show and I’m happy to be there supporting them.” His favourite moment with the horses occurs early in the show, when man and horse run together in liberty (without harnesses). “When we let out this primitive scream and we all start running together, it’s really an awesome moment,” said Charron. Charron and Onishi’s love story is built on acrobats, mutual admiration, and adventure. They both speak highly of the others’ abilities, and of the hiking, camping, rock-climbing, and other assorted outdoor adventures they have as they drive between tour stops (“I don’t want to miss seeing the most beautiful parts of the world,” said Onishi). Despite the more than a decade they’ve spent working together, they’re not looking to work separate gigs anytime soon. “You look into your partner’s eyes, and you smile, and it’s genuine,” said Charron. “You’re there with the person you love, and that is a major plus.” Cavalia’s Odysseo runs until Jan. 5, 2014. For tickets, visit Cavalia. net.

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reminiscing about the year gone by. Growing up in East Vancouver, Ron remembers how every Christmas his family would drive around to see houses decked out with lights and decorations. “One guy even had tin soldiers coming down his driveway,” describes Ron. “That was the highlight of my Christmas.” For pint-sized Raya Grant, it’s the Grinch — that’s her favourite part of Ron’s Christmas display. On Sunday evening, when the lights switched on for the first time this season, Raya and her mom Sheila were among the first to see them. The Blueridge family takes a picture at this house every Christmas and had been waiting with anticipation for opening night. “We will come here almost daily,” says Sheila admiring the colourful scene. Moments later another family drives by in an SUV and two teenage sisters jump out. The mom points out Ron’s old-fashioned drawings. “They are from our day,” she says. “You just don’t see them anymore.” **** Meanwhile, on the other side of North Van, the Ribalkin family is busily setting up their annual Christmas display in Canyon Heights. Standing on his top floor balcony last Friday, family patriarch John Ribalkin is multi-tasking, hanging yet another string of lights while simultaneously talking to The Outlook. “We finished the roof at 6 p.m. last night,” proclaims John. Dripping with twinkling blue icicles, the eaves are just one facet in this brilliant display that boasts 100,000-plus Christmas lights. “Our light display, we look at it as being a Disneyland display,” describes John. Strategically placed around the yard are festive scenes featuring such holiday characters as an 18-foot-tall Frosty the Snowman and Jolly Old Saint Nick himself. The crowning glory is a massive blue star suspended 86 feet in the air by ropes attached to Douglas fir trees. Each line on the star is 20 feet long and, from what the Ribalkins have been told, can been seen all the way from Coal Harbour. Setting the star in place above the house each year is no easy feat. It involves a minimum of four men using a pulley system on the trees that was set up with the help of an arborist. One false move and the star will smash into one of the trees. The Ribalkins start the preparations for their Christmas display around Halloween. They unbox all the lights and ornaments and make any necessary repairs. Then it takes two full weekends to do the setup outside. John’s son Ethan was holding down the fort at the family business, Verico Nova Financial Services, on Friday while his parents worked on decorating the house. He mentions how they are behind schedule, because, as per usual, his dad “secretly” bought more Christmas lights on Boxing Day last year. “We only have so much room to mount things on the house,” laughs Ethan. The family is chasing a Sunday evening deadline when scores of family will turn up to their house to see the spectacle of lights. Ethan recalls how this tradition turned into a fundraiser for the Harvest Project. “I remember a couple years ago I said to my dad, ‘There are a lot of people driving past the house,’” says Ethan. The family chose to collect donations for the Harvest Project, which supports North Shore families in need, because, as John puts it, they give people a second chance in life. “The main reason is that some of us are privileged, but there are many in our community that don’t have the kickstart that others have,” says John. The Harvest Project has set a goal of raising $200,000 from across the North Shore community by mid-January to support programs such as food distribution for those in need. Last year, the Ribalkins raised $3,869 and collected 51 bags of groceries for the Harvest Project. And like Ron Jamieson over in Blueridge, John has also touched people through his display of lights. Two days before Christmas last year, a friend of the family knocked on the door. Her husband, a retired teacher who had suffered a stroke three months before, was in poor health, but it was his wish to see the lights. “His last two words to me were, “Looks good,” recalls John, whose friend died one month later. This past Sunday, the Ribalkins officially lit up their home for the season. Visit 4967 Chalet Place to see the display and make a food or cash donation to the Harvest Project.

For a list of other dazzling displays on the North Shore turn to page 36

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Metro directors tussle over oil pipeline response Kinder Morgan set to apply for Trans Mountain twinning


Kinder Morgan project goes ahead, there ith Kinder Morgan Canada poised will be risks in the future.” this month to unveil its applicaWalton said the planned seven-fold tion to twin the Trans Mountain increase in tanker traffic could actually oil pipeline, Metro Vancouver politicians are result in less risk to the environment than scrambling to decide how to respond. posed by the current shipments if regulaThe Metro board voted Friday to begin tions tighten and Kinder Morgan and other its own preliminary analysis of the $5.4-bilresponders are compelled to improve pipelion project so the regional district can raise line monitoring and cleanup capability. tough questions when the National Energy West Vancouver Mayor Mike Smith said Board begins formal hearings in 2014. Metro must let the NEB process unfold, But there’s a wide spectrum of thinking adding it’s premature to take any position. on the board, from mayors who have already Richmond Coun. Harold Steves fears come out against the new pipeline that will opposition to shipments through Burrard triple Trans Mountain’s capacity to 890,000 Inlet may prompt Kinder Morgan to switch barrels per day to those who prefer a waitto an alternate terminal in the Fraser River and-see stance to press the company for betestuary that would risk a catastrophic spill. ter safety measures. Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore said a “This isn’t about bargaining, this is about defeat of the project as currently proposed saying ‘no’ to something that we know is might bring other risks, such as a proliferagoing to be disastrous for our communition of oil-carrying rail cars rolling through ties in the long run,” Burnaby Mayor Derek local cities as oil moves by rail instead. Corrigan said Friday. “I do not want to leave “If a pipeline doesn’t get built, I can probthis as my legacy as a politician.” ably foresee our rail yard – Port Coquitlam Metro’s board had been expected to ProtEctioN PlaN - Belcarra Mayor Ralph Drew has proposed prehas the biggest rail yard in B.C and the endorse concerns raised by Belcarra Mayor staging booms and other equipment so that oil from a spill at Kinder second biggest in Western Canada – will Ralph Drew, who has exchanged letters Morgan’s terminal could be more quickly contained along the yellow lines. become a mobile pipeline.” with Kinder Morgan officials for the past Village of Belcarra image Also referred to staff for further recomyear in an attempt to probe their plans and mendation was a request from Delta Mayor seek improvements. He fears a pipeline rupture spilling into Burrard Lois Jackson that officials from Kinder Morgan, the But, at Corrigan’s urging, directors voted to defer Inlet and has argued for faster spill response assurNEB and Port Metro Vancouver appear before the that endorsement pending more study. ances, potentially by pre-staging booms and other Metro board to answer questions. “I don’t want to be in a position where the National necessary equipment near the Burnaby terminal to Other directors warned that couldn’t be done withEnergy Board says ‘Well, Metro says it’s okay as long quickly contain escaped oil. out also hearing delegations from dozens if not hunas we do whatever Belcarra has indicated are the North Vancouver District Mayor Richard Walton dreds of project opponents. appropriate measures,’” Corrigan said. noted oil has been shipped through the harbour for a Councils in Vancouver and Burnaby already oppose century, albeit in much smaller quantities. the project and Drew said their strategy of refusing to “There have always been risks,” he said. “There -Jeff Nagel talk directly to Kinder Morgan is a mistake. are risks now and, regardless of whether or not the

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Local designers, artisans merge at Ambleside store West Van council wants innovative stores to revitalize the waterfront district MICHAELA GARSTIN S tA f f R E p o Rt E R


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block. A possible sign of future revitalization, Station & Post at 1362 Marine Drive is home to a collaboration of designers, importers and artisans. Owner Michelle Kelava-Juszczyk, a furniture designer, spent a month renovating the bright waterfront location, which was once home to Beachside Forno. “It’s a way to get vendors and designers together and give them a presence in the West Van market,” she says standing among the store’s eclectic “beachside cottage” furniture and accessories. Kendall Gustavson, who grew up in West Vancouver, runs The Modern Pantry in one corner of the store. After specializing in food and culture at the University of Gastronomy in northern Italy, she brought her knowledge back home to the North Shore. “I want to bring new products that use old skills to the Canadian market,” she says, a small bottle of honey, har-

vested in West Vancouver this summer, sitting on the counter beside her. “In a time when so much emphasis is placed on sourcing locally, sometimes the key to ethical purchasing is lost: genuine and direct relationships with producers.” The Modern Pantry offers a range of food from Canada, the U.S., Italy and France, including unique jams — sour cherry, craft beer, onion and green tomato — olive oil, chocolate and candied fruit baskets that would be otherwise difficult to find on the West Coast. Determined to make Station & Post a mainstay in West Van, Kelava-Juszczyk says the store will likely be moving somewhere else in the district when the lease is up. Buildings on ColleCTIve poweR - Station & Post owner Michelle Kelava-Juszczyk (right) and the south side of the 1300Kendall Gustavson, owner of The Modern Pantry, combined their businesses to offer block of Marine Drive will be customers more options. Rob Newell photo replaced by a new development, which includes a sixrecreated for homes or businesses, she sents three international buyers, two and seven-storey building with commer- interior designers and a host of local adds, pointing to a map of the world cial and residential space. that spans an entire wall. artisans that make everything from West Vancouver Mayor Michael “By working together, we’re making candles to bath salts. By collaborating Smith has called the area a “shantyon the space, the business owners share it easier for designers and artisans to town” because of aging and boarded-up reach people,” she says. the burdens of starting a retail busibuildings. New, modern stores are part ness. of the revitalization effort backed by For more information, visit facebook. High quality peel-and-stick posters council. com/stationandpost or themodernpanare a unique item at the store, says All together, Station & Post Kelava-Juszczyk. Any image can be



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Light Bright: A guide to extraordinary North Shore X-mas light displays Park & Tilford Gardens 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Van The Holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens, happening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly, showcases 50,000 lights blanketing the trees and water features throughout the gardens. Santa will hold court in the gardens on Friday and Saturday evenings until Christmas. On Fridays there is live entertainment by local artist Adam Woodall and the Catching Art Contemporary Ballet Theatre, plus strolling characters and carol singers, cookie decorating, face painting and balloon art. The Hi-Light festival, which runs until Dec. 31, is a charitable event with North Vancouver firefighters on hand to collect donations.

The Holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens.

Dundarave Festival of Lights Dundarave Beach Last year, more than 65,000 people continued the tradition of bundling up to see the

annual Dundarave Festival of Lights. Until Jan. 4 you can stroll along the beach and see 100 Christmas trees that were decorated by the community to raise money for the North Shore Lookout Shelter. Check for a list of events planned for the festival including a bonfire night on Dec. 21. Peak of Christmas Grouse Mountain At Santa’s Workshop on top of Grouse Mountain is where you will find the magic of Christmas. Meet reindeer and take a sleigh-ride through the mystical alpine forest. Or indulge in the quintessential Canadian outdoor experience: skating on an 8,000-square-foot mountaintop pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. More info: Canyon Lights Festival Capilano Suspension Bridge The Capilano Suspension Bridge can lay claim to the world’s tallest living Christmas tree, a 46.4-metre Douglas fir decked with 10,000 twinkling lights.

The 250-year-old majestic evergreen conifer is the main attraction at Cap Bridge’s annual Canyon Lights festival, which runs until Jan. 4. Adding to the enchanting experience are the hundreds of thousands of lights adorning the rainforest canopy, the Suspension Bridge and CLIFFWALK. This family-friendly event features a children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, singa-long carols and a glass blowing demonstration. For more information visit Carol Ships sail pas Panorama Park Carol ships, decked out in dazzling festive lights, will sail past the shores of Panorama Park on Saturday Dec. 21 at 8:00 p.m. The park will come alive with holiday cheer. There will be musical entertainment by The Bobcats, warm refreshments, roving performers, free holiday craft workshops, face painting and a blazing bonfire. Food donations in support of the Harvest Project will be collected. For more information, visit Parking is available at Myrtle Park (Banbury Road).

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TO Serve AND prOTecT (chrISTmAS) - Not only do West Van firefighters and police officers save lives — they also save Christmas. The annual West Vancouver Emergency Services Toy and Food Drive has returned to brighten another holiday season for families in need. From Nov. 25 through Dec. 20, the West Vancouver Police Department and West Vancouver Fire and Rescue will collect donations on behalf of the Family Services Christmas Bureau of the North Shore. New and unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at WVPD headquarters, any West Van fire hall or District of West Vancouver municipal hall. Donation locations: WVPD headquarters - 1330 Marine Dr; WVFR Fire Hall #1 - 760 16th St.; WVFR Fire Hall #2 – 6272 Marine Dr.; WVFR Fire Hall #3 – 4895 Marine Dr.;VFR Fire Hall #4 – 965 Cross Creek Rd.; DWV municipal hall – 750 17th St.. Last Friday, members of the WVPD and WVFR teamed up with some players from the West Van Soccer Club to kick off the toy drive. Counterclockwise from left: WVPD Sgt. Ed Pearce, West Van firefighters Domenic Scorda and Eric Blank, WVPD Const. Chris Bigland, Tommy Rieder, Gaby Boppart and Jessie Markic. Maria Spitale-Leisk photo

ScOUTING OUT The perfecT Tree - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Parkgate Shopping Centre. The 11th annual Seymour Scout Group Christmas tree fundraiser began Sunday (Dec. 1) in the southeast corner of the centre’s parking lot and there are four different varieties to choose from this year: Noble, Fraser, Douglas and Grand Fir. All proceeds from tree sales go towards programs for Deep Cove Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Ventures and Rovers. The sale runs until Dec. 23 and the lot is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Parkgate Shopping Centre is located at 3650 Mt. Seymour Parkway. Trees range in price. Cash only.

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We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package.




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A Great Janitorial Franchise Opportunity

• Annual Starting Revenue of $12,000 - $120,000 • Guaranteed Cleaning Contracts • Professional Training Provided • Financing Available • Ongoing Support • Low Down Payment required A Respected Worldwide Leader in Franchised Office Cleaning. Coverall of BC 604.434.7744


INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. SIGN UP ONLINE! 1-866-399-3853 TRAIN TO BE AN Apartment/ Condominium Manager ONLINE! Graduates get access to all jobs posted with us. 33 years of success! Government certified. or 1-800-665-8339, 604-681-5456.



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

Only those of interest will be contacted. Van Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.

LOST KEYS: Marine Dr. in West Vancouver on Sunday Nov. 23rd. Pls call (604)369-3372.


COOK, Genji Japanese Restaurant (North Vancouver). F/T, 1-2yrs exp. High School Grad. $15-18/hr Fax: 604-980-6886

To join our team of professional drivers, email a detailed resume, current driver’s abstract and details of your truck to: or Call 604-968-5488 or Fax: 604-587-9889




HOME BASED Embroidery Business for less than $10,000. Get started in the promotional products industry. Work from home on your schedule. Call Nicolle at 1-866-890-9488.

172 ASTROLOGY/PSYCHICS PSYCHIC MIRACLES by Call and get a free reading by phone. Love money job family, restores broken relationships, solves all problems permanently. 1-866-229-5072



GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420

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From 1, 3, 5, 7 & 10 Ton Trucks Licensed ~ Reliable ~ 1 to 3 Men Free Estimate/Senior Discount Residential~Commercial~Pianos


YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 Service Call Lic #89402 Same day guarn’td We love small jobs! 604-568-1899 Lic. Electrician A+, BBB member Expert trouble shooter, All types of Electrical work 24/7 604-617-1774



1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Across the street - across the world Real Professionals, Reas. Rates. Best in every way! 604-721-4555. MOUNTAIN MOVERS- Your trusted choice for residential moving services. (778)378-6683

263 EXCAVATING & DRAINAGE BAJ EXCAVATING DEMO, Sewer, storm, drainage, remove concrete & blacktop, old house drainage. Call 604-779-7816.





DRAIN Tiles, Sewer, Water Video Inspection, Jack Hammering, Hand Excavating CALL TOBIAS 604.782.4322

283 GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS ALWAYS! GUTTER Cleaning & Roof Blowing, Moss Control,30 yrs exp., Reliable! Simon 604-230-0627



MOON CONSTRUCTION BUILDING SERVICES • Additions • Renovations • New Construction

.Can-Pro Paint & Drywall. 3 rooms $250. Over 25 yrs of quality service. Insured/Free Est. 604-7717052 604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley Running this ad for 8yrs


Specializing in • Concrete • Forming • Framing • Siding

All your carpentry needs & handyman requirements.


Always Done Right With Integrity.

3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour

(Ceiling & Trim extra) Price incls Cloverdale Premium quality paint. NO PAYMENT until Job is completed. Ask us about our Laminate Flooring & Maid Services.

Complete Dry-wall & Renovation services. Textured ceiling specialist. Phone Steve (604)613-4861






Need CA$H Today? Own a vehicle? Borrow up to $25,000 604-777-5046

Become a PLEA Family Caregiver. PLEA provides ongoing training and support. A young person is waiting for an open door...make it yyours. 604.708.2628 w w w. p l e a . c a

NIGHT TIME Restaurant Cleaners needed 7 nights/wk, lower mainland area. (604)572-0070



CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540

If you own a home or real estate, ALPINE CREDITS can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is NOT an issue. 1.800.587.2161

SHEETMETAL AND CRANE OPERATORS WANTED WKM is currently looking for journeymen and/or registered apprentices We offer competitive wage packages and LOA Please send resumes to Box 225, Trail BC V1R4L5 or email or phone 250-364-1541 for more information









PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM PRAC Train with one of Canada’s largest Practical Nursing trainers.

EXCITING NEW CANADIAN BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. Available in your area! Min inv req’d. For more info, call 866-945-6409 GET FREE VENDING MACHINES Can Earn $100,000.00 + Per Year. All Cash-Retire in Just 3 Years. Protected Territories. Full Details CALL NOW 1-866-668-6629. Website WWW.TCVEND.COM.


F/T LIVE-IN CAREGIVER req for North Van elderly couple. Min wage. Email

Van Kam’s group of companies req. Highway linehaul owner operators based in our Surrey terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain driving experience/training.



- FREE Math, English & Biology Upgrading* - Career Placement Assistance - Financial Options Available Health Care related careers have an expected annual growth rate of 2.4 percent in BC over the next 10 years.

CALL EAST VANCOUVER: 604.251.4473 110 OR VISIT SPROTTSHAW.COM *Conditions apply -





10% OFF if you Mention this AD! *Plumbing *Heating *Reno’s *More Lic.gas fitter. Aman: 778-895-2005


TREE PRUNING Best done in Dec. or Jan. while dormant for optimal health!

CRESCENT Plumbing & Heating Licensed Residential 24hr. Service

• Tree Trimming • Christmas Lights Installation • Snow Removal

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

BRO MARV PLUMBING 24/7 Plumbing, heating, plugged drains BBB. (604)582-1598,



DISPOSAL BINS By Recycle-it 6 - 50 Yard Bins Starting from $99.00 604.586.5865

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

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But Dead Bodies!!

20 YARD BINS AVAILABLE We Load or You Load !

604.220.JUNK(5865) Serving Metro Vancouver Since 1988 FLEETWOOD WASTE Bin Rentals 10-30 Yards. Call Ken at 604-294-1393



STANDARD POODLES- Big, beautiful, healthy puppies. Smart, calm, hypo-allergenic. Vet checked, vaccinations, house trained. Males, females, Blacks, Apricots, Reds. Delivery available. $1000, 250-5450158. TOY POODLE PUP 7 weeks old. Male, white with black markings $700. 604-820-4230, 604-302-7602


Brad’s Bin Service 604.220.5865


P/B GERMAN ROTTWEILERS 3 female pups. Vet ✓. Ready to go. $500/each. 778-899-3326

CATS GALORE, TLC has for adoption spayed & neutered adult cats. 604-309-5388 / 604-856-4866

Hauling Anything..


YELLOW LAB PUPS. 3 females. Ready to go. Vet checked. $600. 604-852-6176 Abbotsford.

CHIHUAHUAS, tiny tea cups, ready to go now, 2 males. $650. Call 604794-7347

PATTAR ROOFING LTD. All types of Roofing. Over 35 years in business. 604.588.0833


LOVING DOG FOR GOOD HOME, Staffordshire/Pitbull, 2yrs spade female. Brindle. Great with kids & adutls. 604-615-7244 Abbotsford, 604-514-3809 Langley

BEAGLES, 12’’ size, ready Dec 11, tri-colour. 5 male, $650. (604)3160376,

CATS OF ALL DESCRIPTION in need of caring homes! All cats are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. Visit us at or call 1 (604)820-2977





Great Pyrenees pups, M/F, 1st shots, parents on site, ready Dec 6. $700. Call (604)798-5069 NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or



HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 STEEL BUILDINGS/ METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206 STEEL BUILDING...”THE BIG YEAR END CLEAR OUT!” 20X22 $4,259. 25X24 $4,684. 30X34 $6,895. 35X36 $9,190. 40X48 $12,526. 47X70 $17,200. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422. VIAGRA 100mg or CIALIS 20mg. Generic. 40 tabs + 10 FREE all for $99 including FREE SHIPPING. Discreet, Fast Shipping. 888-8360780 or

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


Difficulty Making Payments? No Equity? Penalty? Expired Listing? We Buy Homes! No Fees! No Risk! / 604-786-4663



3BED/2BA Beautiful renovated home on 11,000 sq feet lot in Panorama Ridge. $1650/month. Call 778-929-4696



POINT GREY 3 bdrm & den, 2 lvl home, avail now. 4426 West 9th. $3200 + utils. NP/NS 604-649-3028

FOR SALE. My Piano accordion collection of 16 piano accordions. Priced from $190. to $1500. (604)853-7773



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

CASH FOR X-MAS Cash for all vehicles Free towing Quick service Always available

TRANSPORTATION 810 Need A Vehicle! Guaranteed Auto Loan. Apply Now,

AUTO FINANCING 1.877.680.1231

778-865-5454 #1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200 The Scrapper

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Outlook West Vancouver, December 05, 2013  

December 05, 2013 edition of the Outlook West Vancouver

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