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information on an adequate public transit plan for the Harbourside area and finalize some community amenity contribution details with City of North Vancouver staff before a public hearing can be called. On Monday, CNV council voted 5-2 in favour of scheduling a public hearing once those conditions are met, with Couns. Rod Clark and Pam Bookham opposed. Concert says it has met with TransLink staff and there are two transit service options under review. The preferred option is for a new rapid bus service that Coun. Rod would run along West First Street and pick up passengers between Lonsdale Quay and Park Royal mall. As a fall-back plan, Concert is exploring the possibility of bringing in a private shuttle. As for community amenity contributions, city staff have bumped the cash contribution requirement up to $5 million from $3.69 million. This is in addition to the developer paying an estimated $30 million in public amenities, bylaw-required works and other costs associated with the redeveloping the land, which is currently zoned for light industrial and commercial uses, to accommodate residential. Because the redevelopment of the land is being rolled out over many years, the city will also have the option to convert monies earmarked for public works projects that are no longer required to a cash contribution. Concert Properties’ and Knightsbridge Properties’ 10-year plan for Harbourside is to create 800 strata and rental housing units, while setting aside 372,000 square feet as

commercial space. Clark, a stark opponent of the development proposal, told council too much is unknown about the plans to send it to a public hearing. “I, as a council member, can’t point to exactly what’s going on, so how can the public?” questioned Clark. Bookham echoed Clark’s sentiments and added her own concerns. “And I have to say, in all my time on council, I have never seen a development proposal that is so challenged by the context in which Clark it’s located,” said Bookham. She said introducing a new residential development that is far from a transportation corridor doesn’t make sense. “I don’t know why, and have never understood why, we have made such exception for this particular proposal when we have had such a long-standing pattern that our community has for the most part supported,” said Bookham. “It makes sense to increase density where the option of public transit already exists and can be built upon.” Speaking to the transit issue, Coun. Linda Buchanan said Marine Drive is a five-minute walk away from the proposed development. She reminded council the current Official Community Plan states neighbourhoods should be created where residents will have a five- to 10-minute walk to any transit line. “So this is not unrealistic for this particular project,” said Buchanan. mspitale@northshoreoutlook.com

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ome North Vancouver students will soon earn graduation credits by practising dance and playing hockey, as the North dANcINg WITh joy - Front row, left to right: Instructor Vancouver School District looks to Katie Gillett, Sonia Ellis, president of Seymour Dance expand its academy offerings. and director of the future Windsor Dance Academy and In October the North Shore instructor Emily Tellier with students of Seymour Dance. Winter Club and Seymour Dance Rob Newell photo responded to the school district’s request for proposals for specialty said assistant Supt. Mark Jefferson. programs. “I think anytime a student can be engaged in By offering innovative programs that peak an area of interest it enhances their education students’ interest and, at the same time, are sustainable, is how the North Van school discontinued, PAGE 29 trict plans to keep enrolment numbers steady,

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he North Vancouver School District is making inroads with the disposition of its surplus lands. At a public meeting on Nov. 26 the school board voted 5-2 in favour of selling long-shuttered Monteray elementary to Morningstar Homes for at least $6.38 million. Morningstar, which specializes in building singlefamily homes, is now in the process of filing a development application with the District of North Vancouver for the decommissioned school property situated above Montroyal Boulevard. Monteray school officially closed in June 2004. The building was then leased for several years, but has been vacant since the spring of 2011. Board chair Franci Stratton said selling to Morningstar was the right decision for all concerned parties, including the Monterey school neighbourhood. “I think in terms of where it was located, this particular piece, the community was hoping it was something the board would approve,” said Stratton. Board trustee Barry Forward, who, along with trustee Susan Skinner voted against the motion to see Monteray sold, has maintained a prudent position in matters pertaining to surplus school lands. “I think that we have a limited amount of public hISTory cLASS - Monteray elementary school officially closed in 2004 and has been vacant since 2011. land on the North Shore,” said Forward. “We have to Maria Spitale-Leisk photo retain [school land] as a community asset and leverage it.” At the same time, Forward understands there is a Development Corporation, which had envisioned the options for the 450 East Fifth St. site — including a financial crunch the school district is facing. land for the expansion of their North Shore Studios mix of townhouses and single-family homes — during “My question is: “Is the only solution to sell real operation, was in talks with the school district to purthe bidding process last fall. estate today to fund these challenges?” said Forward. chase the site, but ultimately walked away from negoThe exact details of Anthem’s plan for the neigh“The challenge with the [school] district is, we bourhood won’t be revealed until a rezoning tiations earlier this year. are educators — we are not land people. We Now, it’s looking more like the Keith Lynn property application comes before North Vancouver wait for people to come to us with a solution.” could be used to divert motorists away from the trafcity council. Forward agreed the community around fic-snarled Lower Lynn area. Meanwhile, the fate of shuttered Monteray wanted to see something done with Currently being floated is the creation of a Highway Plymouth elementary in the Seymour area the property. 1 off-ramp on Keith Road that would connect with will be decided early next year. After put“No one likes a boarded-up school,” he said. Brooksbank Avenue and run right through the decomting out a request for proposals, the school Morningstar, speaking with The Outlook missioned Keith Lynn school site. district has short-listed three candidates: last Friday, was excited about its foray into At a school district-hosted meeting on Oct. 7, key Darwin Construction, Polygon Homes and the North Shore market. players from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry Lions Gate Christian Academy. “Our plan would only be for single-family of Transportation and DNV council and staff, among The school board will consider the folBarry Forward homes, similar to what would be in the surother stakeholders, got together to brainstorm solulowing options for Plymouth: purchase of rounding neighbourhood,” said Deborah tions that would mutually benefit the cash-strapped the building and site, a pre-paid, long-term Calahan, Morningstar vice-president of sales school district and transportation stakeholders in the lease of the site or a shorter-term lease and marketing. Lower Lynn area. of up to 10 years. The proponents will present their Calahan said the Monteray property was attracOne option might be for the province to pay for the case at a meeting tentatively scheduled for Jan. 28 at tive to them because “not very many opportunities school district’s capital projects in exchange for the Plymouth School. are available on the North Shore for large parcels of Lions Gate Christian Academy principal Terry Kooy land, district Coun. Roger Bassam told The Outlook in land.” October. told The Outlook the school’s lease is up at the end of Monteray is the second surplus property the school The school district is counting on the sale of the June and they are now looking for a permanent home. board has voted to sell. In March, the school disKeith Lynn and Monteray properties to shore up a She said the Plymouth site is the perfect fit for Lions trict entered into a purchase and sale agreement for $14 million funding gap to build a new Argyle secondGate Academy because the property is zoned for that Ridgeway Annex with real-estate developer Anthem ary, which no longer meets seismic standards. purpose, to house a school. Properties. Perhaps the most intriguing surplus school propThe Vancouver firm pitched a variety of housing twitter.com/MariaSpitale erty in play is the Keith Lynn school site. Bosa

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decked out in festive attire. The only warm-up is a festive lesson in germ spreading and the importance of hand sanitizer. Hill never knows from one year to the next who is going to show up and with what reporter@northshoreoutlook.com instrument. Most Christmas Eves they can count on Mike group of 30 unrehearsed Tanner and his guitar. The accomplished musisingers sounds like a choir of angels to cian heard about the festive philanthropic gig someone confined to a hospital bed on years ago from his mother who is a palliative Christmas Eve. Rosemary Hill helms this makeshift ensemble volunteer at LGH. “He has a wonderful connection with the comprised of Lions Gate Hospital employees patients,” says Hill. and patients’ families. Soon the choir migrates to the highest point Carolling is a LGH holiday tradition that was in the hospital, the palliative floor. And the singconceived 30-some-odd Christmases ago by paling begins. A stirring rendition of “Silent Night” liative nurse Muriel Wessel. comforts the palliative patients during what is “She wanted to bring some joy and recognize the patients who couldn’t be with their families, seemingly their last Christmas. Slowly, as the train of carollers move on, the and offer them a piece of Christmas,” recalls harmony fades into silence. Hill while bustling around the hospital on Carrying blue Duo-Tangs filled with Monday. On top of her busy schedule as an ostomy and Christmas song lyrics, they continue to sing their way through the middle floors —which wound nurse clinician, Hill makes time every holiday season to organize the carolling. For this house the surgical and maternity wards — eventually winding up at the bottom in the life-long warbler, who today is aptly wearing a chaotic emergency room. Hill says the singred sweater, it’s Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” ing has a calming effect on those people that that keeps her in the Christmas spirit. didn’t plan to spend their holiday at the Every Christmas Eve, the carollers arrive at the hospital — some donning Santa hats, others continued, PAGE 8

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North Shore Preservation Society president Peter Miller stands in front of the Flamborough Head. Rob Newell photo

Peter Miller’s electric Nissan is parked on the port side of the hulking stern of the HMS Flamborough Head on this drizzly December afternoon. With classical music playing softly on the stereo, Miller stares out of a fogged-up window with a slightly sullen expression as helmet-clad workers move up and down the scaffolding attached to the rusty maritime artifact located just steps from the Pinnacle Hotel on the Lower Lonsdale waterfront. Miller knows that the last remaining Burrard Dry Dock-built “Victory” ship, a supply vessel that survived enemy-infested waters in the Atlantic during the Second World War, is about to make its final voyage — this time to the scrapyard, piece by piece. The 40-foot, three-storey stern section and engine is being dismantled not far from where it was launched on Oct. 7, 1944. At the time, North Vancouver was a bustling shipbuilding hub supplying more than 150 of the 10,000-ton merchant ships to the Royal Navy for the war effort. The bespectacled Miller is today dressed in a grey sports coat, blue plaid shirt and brown corduroys that, along with his British accent, make him easy to mistake for, say, a history professor — but he’s not. A retired architect, Miller is the president of the North Shore Preservation Society and when it comes to protecting the past, he’s scrappy, outspoken and ever vigilant. “…the North Shore Heritage Preservation Society is — once again — dismayed at the North Vancouver City Council’s failure to respect the proud history of its community,” wrote Miller last week, in a letter to the editor sent to The Outlook, about the pending dismantling of the Flamborough stern. Looking out the car window, Miller says he’s surprised and saddened by CNV council’s decision to dispose of the Flamborough “because this was going to be the artifact to demonstrate the scale of the product the North Vancouver shipyards

was turning out for the war effort.” Even worse, he’s concerned that “this opens the door to the possible dismantling of the yellow crane,” he says, pausing to look over his left shoulder at the iconic shipbuilding crane situated a few hundred feet away at Shipbuilders’ Square, “for similar reasons, i.e. liability and future maintenance expense to the city.” ***** The stern section of Flamborough Head was originally obtained by the City of North Van in 2001 for $1 from the Artificial Reef Society before the rest of the ship was sunk near Nanaimo Harbour to create a recreational dive site. Originally, the plan was to incorporate the stern as part of a then-planned maritime museum for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. But when an ambitious National Maritime Centre was later slated for the redeveloping Lower Lonsdale waterfront, the stern was to be a centrepiece there. However, in 2007 the plan was scuttled when provincial funding was lost. “It was tabbed to be part of the national maritime centre so when the funding fell through for the national maritime centre from the provincial government I think that was the beginning of the end,” says CNV Mayor Darrell Mussatto. Since then, plans for the stern have been adrift and now the temporary cradle that’s held it upright for more than a decade needs to be replaced — something

the city says will cost big bucks. This July CNV council voted to use the Pipe Shop located in the historic waterfront precinct as North Vancouver Museum’s new space but it won’t have a strictly maritime theme. Barb Pearce, CNV’s director of special projects, who is directing the waterfront project, explained in an email that “There is no space or opportunity for the stern or engine to be used in conjunction with this new museum.” “Faced with the need to either replace the cradle with no plan in place for the stern, or to dispose of the stern, Council directed staff to proceed with the disposal,” she added. That happened after an in-camera meeting in September, with council voting unanimously in favour of spending up to $250,000 to dispose of the stern. (The Artificial Reef Society was first contacted to see if they had any interest in the stern or engine but they declined; a U.S. organization is interested in the engine.) The disposal cost is so steep because the stern contains amounts of asbestos, lead-based paint and pigeon poop — also considered a hazardous material — that’s accumulated through the years. To date, the city has paid around $381,000 to have the stern of the Flamborough removed from the rest of the ship, transported to North Van, moved to its current location and shrink-wrapped. As for the other heritage items located

The HMS Flamborough Head in 1945. North Vancouver Museum and Archives photo

in the central waterfront area, Pearce said there are no plans to dispose of the yellow crane or the historic Pacific Great Eastern Railway Station, which is being temporarily relocated while work is being done on the subsurface at the foot of Lonsdale. Miller, while complimentary of the city’s integration of maritime history into the redevelopment of the waterfront, bristles about the fact that the stern’s fate was decided behind closed doors. But Mayor Mussatto explains the decision was made in-camera “because there’s some liability issues with regard to the stern of the ship at its current location and liability and lawyer’s advice is kept in-camera.” “We invested a lot of time, money and energy into [the Flamborough Head] so it was not an easy decision and I can probably say for council it wasn’t an easy decision for them as well.” Still, he realizes the decision has rankled some members of the preservation society. “I feel for them. I think it’s understandable, it is a piece of heritage but we have to weigh all the information we have and we have to make a decision. And we made a tough decision.” Still, the mayor notes that there’s still a significant heritage component to the area, including Parcels 3 and 4, the Coppersmith’s and Pipe shops, refurbished shipbuilding crane and other vehicles


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built at the historic shipbuilding site. “I would say that our heritage component is equal to or greater than what Granville Island had on their site.” And, as he notes, there are still plans to display the massive 22,000-pound propeller the city purchased back in 2010 from the HMS Rame Head, a sister ship of the Flamborough, that is currently located next to the stern near Site 5. The cost to salvage the prop was just over $90,000. “The propeller is not part of what we are having to dispose of; we are hoping to keep the propeller and have it refurbished and have it part of the site,” says Mussatto. For Miller, the difference between a prop and stern is all about scale. He rolls down the driver’s side window and looks up admiringly at the Flamborough. “It’s exciting, it’s dramatic... an informative object.” He imagines a young child asking dad about the stern and then looking at an information display board with an image of the 441-foot Flamborough with a dotted line indicating the size of the stern in relation to the size of the vessel to put its behemoth size into context. “A concept of what was here. What was built here.” Miller agrees that in its current state the rusted and shrink-wrapped stern is a bit of an eyesore. But, looking over at the yellow crane, which has been resplendently refurbished, he images the same with the Flamborough, its rusty stern painted Royal Navy colours, with a information panel about its history and model class. He calls pieces like this historical “placeholders,” significant buildings and artifacts — ones that have often been documented in newspaper articles, photos, and paintings — that endure today as physical evidence of the past. “You remember these heritage [pieces] and you remove our connection to the past when you remove them.” And he’s not just thinking locally with his vision preserving history. Heritage landmarks aren’t only community assets, they draw visitors and tourists. In his letter to The Outlook, he notes: “Not only do these structures [honour] the important and unique shipbuilding and wartime past of North Vancouver, but their retention and integration into the development of the Lower Lonsdale area would have many positive consequences — by leveraging additional reinvestment in Lower Lonsdale, attracting more visitors and tourists, and creating an area with unique identity, rather than just another generic shopping and eating area.”   ****** Peter Miller’s penchant for preserving the past can be traced back to when he was young lad growing up in London, a city steeped in centuries-old history. He vividly recalls visiting Kensington Palace, The Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, where he’d touch the iron and brickwork and imagine that Henry VIII could have walked there. As a young architect, Miller worked on heritage projects in the U.K. and later Japan before relocating to Vancouver in 1979 to work for the renowned architecture firm Thompson, Berwick & Pratt. He recalls flying to Vancouver for an interview and walking down Robson Street and admiring a block of heritage homes. Five months later when he returned to start his new job, he strolled down the same block and all the houses had been razed. “What happened to the homes?” he asked. The response he got went something like, “Oh they were just a bunch of old houses.” He was floored by the general “lack of awareness and lack of sensitivity to the past.” Of course, not everyone had such a cavalier connection with history. The first Vancouver project he worked on was the ambitious restoration of the Manhattan Building at the corner of Robson and Thurlow that was built in 1907 and “saved by demolition” by its forward-thinking owner. “It’s one of the pleasures of restoring an old building — [maintaining] all the connection to history,” he says noting that he has decades-old photos of the iconic building with streetcars on Robson Street and women walking the streets carrying parasols. Every time he passes the building — which he does regularly, especially when taking visitors sightseeing — he has a certain sense of satisfaction. “I’m very happy to see it still there.” The North Shore Heritage Society, a group he helped start along with David Pike, his wife Gillian Welsh and some others, is determined to do the same in North and West Vancouver. The society was formed back in 2005 as a response “specifically to save a house in West Van, the Hodgson House,” explains Miller. Hastily, they prepared a report for West Van council on the house and its historic value. continued, PAGE 12

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And while the home was eventually sold and barged away, the experience left them “prepared to jump when there was news of another house in jeopardy.” Since then, the society has been involved in promoting the conservation of numerous heritage homes and buildings, including West Van’s Binning House (1939), which is currently at the centre of a legal battle over its sale, the Green-Armytage Residence (1903) at 23rd and Lonsdale and the iconic once-electric-blue heritage building (1912) on West Eighth that “could have been demolished” but has now been refurbished to its past glory. The group now has over 80 members and 200 in total on a distribution list to fan out information about “old buildings” and other heritagerelated matters. To promote local conservation, the group publishes a twice-yearly newsletter, distributes questionnaires to municipal councillors on their attitudes toward heritage, routinely speaks at council meetings to advocate on behalf of heritage buildings, negotiates with owners of heritages sites to keep the structures part of the local streetscape and does media interviews to promote heritage matters. In 2007, the society released its list of the North Shore’s Top 10 Endangered Heritage Sites. Number one on that list was “North

Vancouver Schools,” specially Ridgeway (1911) and Queen Mary (1914). Since that time both have undergone restorations, with Ridgeway (pictured above) already reopened and Queen Mary soon to follow. “There’s another success,” he says of the heritage schools. “Credit for that goes to the parents and teachers of those schools. Initially it was too expensive and a liability and looked what happened… its now an asset.” Miller hasn’t completely given up hope that Flamborough can be saved but his optimism is sinking. “I think that’s the phrase, ‘faint hope,’” he says. Defending heritage sites from demolition can be tireless and thankless work at times, but Miller notes the core group of members on the North Shore “feel that it’s worth it.” “The little that we’ve got left should be treasured.”

Flamborough Head by the numbers 381,000

Total cost the city has paid since 2001 to have the Flamborough stern removed, transported to North Van, moved to its current location and shrinkwrapped

441

Total length (in feet) of the Flamborough Head, which is approximately as long as a Canadian Football League field

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Top speed for the 8,718-tonne Flamborough Head in knots (20 km/h)

What do you think about the dismantling of the Flamborough Head? “It was of course my dream that we would use the stern of this ship along with the engine and giant propeller as a permanent display attached to a building facing outward towards the sea. That was my vision for the future on the waterfront and it celebrated our shipbuilding past. That ship, the Flamborough Head, that was built on this site during the Second World War and that shipyard was once the economic heart of our community. It could have been a wonderful addition to our waterfront and now that is not to be.” Bob Fearnley Former CNV councillor who played a vital role in acquiring the propeller for the planned Flamborough display

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Wholehearted holiday wine tips

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o, I pretty much have two guest columnists this week. You see, last week I’d cast a wide net to a few key wine and restaurant industry pros, looking to get holiday wine recommendations. While it can occasionally be like pulling teeth trying to get busy restaurant folks to drop me a quick email during a hectic time of year with their choices, there are others who embrace the request wholeheartedly, sending me epic manifestos. There’s so much thought and care in some of them, that it would crush me to hack them down to a sentence or two. In saying that, this week I’m letting two of the nicest guys is the business grab the reins around here.

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Casa dos Vinhos Selected Rich Madeira | Portugal $28.03 | BC Liquor Stores This recommendation comes from Jason Yamasaki, the mild-mannered, whip-smart sommelier at Chambar. “My favourite part of Christmas is being able to cook for my family for three days straight. Whilst always equipped with a glass of growers Champagne while I’m chopping, peeling, stuffing, and roasting, I am also uniquely armed with an arsenal of fortified wines, my counter always replete with sherry, port, and madeira. The particular madeira I’ve selected is a warming, sweet, and vivid expression of this traditional and relatively unloved fortified wine. Lengthy oxidative winemaking delivers an array of gastronomic flavours that I love to sip alongside candied walnuts and pecans. Why do I love this so much though? I use it in sauces and gravies to reveal a galaxy of flavours that will astound your guests and have them licking their plates. Finally, zest some orange into your best rendition of a butter tart. Pour a splash of this alongside and discover your new favourite winter warmer.” Velenosi 2010 La crima di Morro d’Alba | Italy $20-25 | Private Wine Stores Originally from Leeds, Alex Thornley runs the wine program at Homer Street Cafe & Bar, listing an incredibly sharp and dynamic selection of bottles. “For this holiday season, I’m going with a fairly unusual wine, there are only 150 hectares of the Lacrima grape planted in the Marche region of Italy, and it is shared between 18 producers. Though obscure, the wine is absolutely stunning and is my new wine crush. Don’t be afraid of all the strange words on the front — just buy it, open it, and drink. The naturally thin skin of the Lacrima grape means it has very little tannin, minimal acid, and basically goes down like juice — blueberry juice to be precise. If you like a lighter style of red and are looking for something other than Pinot or Gamay Noir this Christmas, Lacrima could be your new crush, too. Gorgeously expressive, it borders on opulent. It leans towards a New World, fruit-driven style of wine, but is most definitely sleek and sexy with some Old World intrigue. Easy to like, it suggests violets, wild blueberries, raspberries and a hint of purple wine gums on the nose, feels soft, light and silky as it glides across the tongue, and bursts with blueberry and wild red fruits on the palate. You can drink it anytime — there is no need to be paired with food. But it’s also extremely versatile, so if you do pair it with some holiday fare, go with lighter cheeses, turkey, pork or chicken. It is especially good wine to pair with good times and friends with board games on Boxing Day.” As always, if you’re having trouble finding something or just want to say hi, find me via KurtisKolt.com or on Twitter @KurtisKolt.

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Traditional Irish pudding Lovingly made by the grandmother of Helen Murphy, of Celtic Creations in Lonsdale Quay Ingredients 7oz of butter 12oz currants 8oz raisins 8oz sultanas 2oz mixed peel 1oz chopped almonds 6oz plain flour 2 heaped teaspoons of mixed spice 1 rounded teaspoon of nutmeg 7oz soft brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten Rind and juice of one lemon 1 tablespoon of black treacle 4 tablespoons of Guinness or milk 2 tablespoons of Brandy (optional) Method Combine all ingredients together. This recipe is for a two-pint glass bowl and should be steamed for 6 hours. Make sure to seal it well with parchment paper and make a lid with tinfoil tied with twine. Don’t forget that everyone in the house should stir the pudding before steaming, this will bring good luck for the year ahead.

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Helen’s story My grandmother Elizabeth McCarthy(nee Redmond) was born in Ringsend, Dublin in 1894. Her father was a sea captain and her mother a homemaker to seven children. Her family moved to beautiful West Cork, Bantry Bay when she was young. Her father captained a large ship called the “Princess Beara.” When my grandmother finished school she didn’t go to work but attended the Lace Room in the nearby convent. In later life she received an award from the Taoiseach(President) Charles Haughey for her

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lacework. My grandmother met my grandfather James McCarthy, a Bantry native, in the late 1920s but she had enrolled to study midwifery at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin. She fulfilled her education and graduated in 1932. She returned to Bantry and married James in 1933. They later had one daughter, my mother Maura McCarthy. They moved to Dublin in 1946 when the factory my grandfather was working in burnt to the ground. My grandfather started working at Boland’s mills and my grandmother worked as a midwife for the Eastern Health Board. She worked on the north side of Dublin and, when needed, in some of the poorer parts of the inner city. I remember her telling stories of delivering babies on newspapers and putting them in open drawers when families had no cribs or bedding. We would often cut up older sheets from home so she could distribute them to families in need. She truly was a remarkable, strongwilled lady, she had time for everybody, she was a good listener and she made changes happen for the better. She delivered her last baby when she was almost 80 years old. She was a beautiful crafter and I owe my love of all things handmade to her. She showed me how to knit, crochet and more importantly how to make a Christmas pudding. Having recently emigrated from Ireland I was lucky to get a job in Celtic Creations on Lonsdale Quay. I am a traditional felt maker creating unique pieces of art with wool fibres and I am sure it was my grandmother’s input that led me on this very happy path.

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1. Blair Peters, a partner in Vintage Sports Images, stands beside a limited edition photo of his boyhood idol Bobby Orr that is available at Bauer’s Framing and Art in West Van. Along with some classic images of Number 4, there’s also a Johnny Unitis Black and White (1960s), Roger Maris Colour (1960s), Bobby Orr and Cheevers Colour (1970s). Each costs $455 framed. You can also place orders for other photos that are loaded on an iPad on site until Dec. 21. 2.

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The City of North Van gets its first brewery Green Leaf Brewing is nearly on tap at the Quay, winter beers, Fall Mushroom Beer Feast and more bar made of reclaimed wood and a brewhouse that reclaims water otherwise lost to evaporation. Founder and director Martin Ebadi sees the Quay as the perfect location for a small craft brewery. “Customers can come to the market to pick up fresh food and now, fresh beer,” said Ebadi. “We’re trying, to the extent possible, to source our ingredients locally and hope to be able to produce an organic beer if we can get the hops we need.” Friday will represent a soft launch with their first two brews on offer: a rich dark stout and a hop-forward pale ale. A louder and more rambunctious grand opening will be scheduled in the new year along with special events such as brewmaster dinners in conjunction with Quay restaurants. Follow them on twitter or Facebook for announcements.

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Beer of the Month: Whistler Winter Dunkel ‘Tis the season of yummy dark beers, and picking one from the many great local offerings is unfair. But pick we must and Whistler’s Winter Dunkel is a delightful balance of rich dark malty flavours complementing the citrus bitter orange and chocolate notes, with just the right amount of hops to keep the beer from veering off into treacly sweetness. A grand beer for sipping in front of the fire or with a rich Christmas dessert. Another winter seasonal of note is Bridge Brewing’s The Grinch Winter Ale, a delicately spiced dry, yet

warming, dark ale with the classic holiday blend of nutmeg, allspice, clove, and the soft flavours of molasses and vanilla, that will keep you cosy through the solstice celebrations. You will also find toasty malty brews from R & B Brewing (Auld Nick), Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers (Smooth Criminal Nitro Oatmeal Stout), and Granville Island Brewing’s very limited release Chocolate Imperial Stout (aged in Jack Daniel’s casks), just to mention three others. Now you know what to ask for from Santa. Mushroom Madness The fungally affected genius of Brewmaster Todd Graham of R & B Brewing, combined with the talents of Chef Hugh Carbery made for a palateexpanding pairing of cask-conditioned mushroom beers matched perfectly with mycologically infused food at the first (and we desperately hope, annual) Fall Mushroom Beer Feast held at The Bottleneck (below the Commodore on Granville) last month. The beers included a chanterelle crystal weizen wheat beer, a burdock root and nettle Belgian ale, and finally a heavy winter ale with pine mushrooms.The mushrooms, burdock, and nettles were all locally sourced. Inspired, astounding, and delightful. Rumours are that the master is working on some herbal beer recipes for an as-yet-unannounced event in 2014. -George Pajari is a BJCP certified beer judge and elected member (ret’d) of the Institute of Brewing, London, UK. Reach him at zythesis@gmail.com and follow him at @zythesis.

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According to Ambleside optometrist Dr. Bart McRoberts, who has been in practice for 40 years on the North Shore, the key to optimal eye health is early detection of Sight Threatening Diseases. A couple of the more concerning eye conditions – glaucoma and macular degeneration – can be caught much earlier, thanks to new diagnostic tools such as High Definition Ocular Coherence Tomography – which is basically MRI for your eyes, and Auto Florescence – which allows you to look below the surface of the retina, than was ever possible before.

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“Hereditarily, if you have a father with it — your risk goes up. A mother, even more. A sibling; the risk goes way up,” says Dr. McRoberts. The new OCT digital imaging instrument allows Dr. McRoberts to actually measure how thick the optic nerve fibre layers are — and detect the disease five or six years earlier than before possible. So far this high definition scan is only available at a few optometry clinics in B.C., including Dr. McRoberts’ offices. And, as of a month ago, Dr. McRoberts has offered to do genetic testing on people with macular degeneration. The latest research shows that there are two distinct genetic types of this disease and each responds very differently to the recommended supplement treatment. By testing his patients, Dr. McRoberts learns who should take which type of supplements to control or even improve the condition. “It’s going to change everything with macular degeneration treatment, and definitely improve outcomes,” says Dr. McRoberts, of the genetic testing. In general, people aged 65 and older should see their optometrists annually for a dilated eye exam and retinal digital imaging. Those who fall into the 20-65 age category should have their eyes Dr. Bart McRoberts checked every two years. Exceptions to this are people who have particular ocular risk such as diabetics. Annual eye exams are important for youth under the age of 19 because their eyes are constantly changing and growing in those years. “Kids can have large vision changes from year to year,” says Dr. 210-1555 Marine Drive, McRoberts, who adds the advent of technology and computers has created an increase in the number of nearsighted children. There West Vancouver are myopia progression treatments for these children as well. The 604.922.0413 key here is to prevent high prescriptions from occurring. 101-40258 Glenalder Place, One final piece of advice from Dr. McRoberts is ”our practice is Squamish big on ocular nutrition. Eat your leafy greens, Pharmaceutical grade omega-3s and orange peppers, and avoid fried foods.” 604.892.5055

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Jerome Pathon and the River City Relay There were big local connections to one of the NFL’s most unforgettable touchdowns

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full stride, caught the hot potato 21 yards from the goal line and dashed for paydirt, taking advantage of a block by Brooks and then outsprinting the last Jaguar defender and diving across the line for an utterly astonishing major. Just as astonishingly, placekicker John Carney – who had made 131 consecutive converts and had missed only once in 230 attempts over the previous 121 games during some 8+ seasons – then miss-kicked the convert that would have put the game into overtime. New Orleans went from absolute elation to complete deflation instantly. Talk about a kick in the stomach. Catching up with Jerome Pathon this week (that’s a pun folks), I learned just how it was that our local lad was able to finish off that magnificently bizarre play. You see, Jerome – who celebrated his 38th birthday on Monday and will be back in town for Christmas by the time you read this – played a lot of soccer and competed in track and field (long and triple jump mostly) as well as football in the Gordon Sturtridge League and at Carson Graham while growing up in North Van. But he also played two seasons of rugby at school while in Grade 9 and 10. He believes it was his experience on the rugby field that led to that New Orleans’ TD. “I think it stems back to my days at Carson Graham and my short career as a rugby player,” he says. “Instincts really just kicked in. You know, as soon as I threw the block for Donté and realized he was going to get tackled, I got back up and just kind of trailed the play as a back would in rugby. I didn’t know where the ball was actually going to

get to me but still to this day – and I’ve spoken to Deuce McAllister – I have no idea how he managed to see me because he was being tackled. “When I caught the ball, I just looked directly straight ahead of me and gave everything I got to get to the end zone.” That’s Jerome diving unmolested over the line for the TD in the photo accompanying this story. Did he hear Jaguar footsteps behind him or was the dive in celebration of the impossible? “On the previous three downs that we had, we were just running verticals,” he explains. “I had run probably the equivalent of 400 yards before that play even happened. People don’t realize how exhausted we were, especially me. When I caught the ball, I had felt Aaron Brooks’ block. I didn’t know who else was behind me. “And so,” he adds, laughing at the thought, “I didn’t want to be the guy who got tackled at the two-yard line. So I gave it everything I got. If the guy was going to tackle me, he

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was going to tackle me in the end zone. It wasn’t going to be on the two-yard line.” Now there’s something else rather amazing about that long-ago contest. Only two North Shore-raised athletes have ever played in the NFL, Pathon and Sentinel’s Rob Meier, a twoway standout

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with the Spartans who went on to play 10 years with Jacksonville as a defensive tackle. Meier was playing the day of that River City Relay, though he wasn’t on the field when the touchdown was scored. “Football players’ memories aren’t usually very good,” he quips over the phone from his home in Jacksonville on Sunday after taking part in the Jaguars’ annual alumni weekend, “but, yeah, I remember that play. It was pretty shocking.” But there’s still more. Mitch Berger of North Delta also played in the game for New Orleans. It would take a bit of research, since Berger had a 14-year NFL career with seven different teams, but it’s possible that the River City Relay game is the only time three B.C. boys have ever played in the same NFL game. You should also know that Berger was a major part of the game, kicking off to begin the game, punting three times and kicking off after the Saints’ first touchdown. He was also the holder of the ball on the miss-kick.

This is episode 493 from Len Corben’s treasure chest of stories – the great events and the quirky – that bring to life the North Shore’s rich sports history.

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FESTIVE GIVING - Principal Brad Lund (back, from left), and teachers Tina Brown and Melissa Naccarato helped Caulfeild elementary students, including (clockwise from left) Annika, Kyra, Maya, Elizabeth and Maya, make Christmas crackers to put in hampers for those in need. Michaela Garstin photo

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Santa looking to swap outdated ride for super economy sleigh NORTH POLE - Driveway can exclusively reveal that Santa Claus has been visiting local dealerships kicking tires—ahem, rails—in his search for a new ride. Ever conscious of the increasing cost of gas and effect his multi-million-kilometre Christmas flight has on the environment, Santa seems to have opted for 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for his next sleigh. The wagon promises a fuel economy of 7.84 L/100 kms fuel economy,which means the sleigh will be kinder to the environment than his current means of transporting gifts to the world’s children. As an added benefit, the EcoBoost engine – which is finely tuned for high-speed performance – would offer speeds much faster than Santa ever travelled in his former 36-hoofpowered sleigh. The expected upgrade comes as a record number of children earn spots on the “nice” list, increasing the payload weight of his bag of gifts beyond the normal tow rating of his nine-reindeer team. Santa told me that changing his mode of transportation will not compromise his ability to remain true to his mission. “My goal is and always has been

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Even though we have high fuel prices in Canada, the trend is away from small fuel-efficient cars to larger vehicles. Subcompact and even compact sales are down but sales of small SUVs and even mid-sized vehicles are up. There are a couple of things at play here. The first is the stronger (not so much in the last two months) Canadian dollar over the last several years, which has allowed carmakers to jam more content into their cars and often the retail price has dropped too. The second is that vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient, so buying a slightly bigger car isn’t much of a hardship. With this as a backdrop, it is interesting to see that Mitsubishi has introduced a three-cylinder fuel saving car at the smallest end of the market.

Looks The Mirage is sold in two trim levels; the base starts at $12,498 and comes pretty sparsely equipped. It’s a small car with a little price tag. The much bigger Nissan Versa is cheaper at $11,898 and has buckets more power. The car that most people will choose is the Mirage SE which offers many more goodies, but the price jumps dramatically to $15,398 and with the automatic transmission it lands at $16,598. At this price, there are plenty of options in the subcompact class. Styling is not what I would call eye-catching. Cars like the Ford Fiesta or the Kia Rio have much more appeal and features for similar money to this SE Mirage. Zack Spencer

Inside On the plus side, the Mirage SE does come nicely equipped. The front driver’s seat has adjustment and both front seats have very good seat heaters that bring your backside up to the appropriate temperature in short order. The centre cluster is nicely finished and it features Bluetooth with streaming audio. There is an auxiliary jack but no USB jack to charge your phone. The back seat is small and the rear cargo area is what one might expect from a little car. But this vehicle does not live in a vacuum. The Kia Rio, with more features, like satellite radio, is only a $1,000 more and is way up on space and horsepower. The Nissan Versa Note is massive in comparison, and for $1,700 more has push button start and even a backup camera. So yes, the Mirage is nicely equipped and has a good price but there are other options out there that are as good if not better.

Drive What this little car was designed to do is deliver impressive fuel economy. This is achieved by placing a 3-cylinder engine under the hood and matching it to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). With just 74hp, this car is way down on power

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The eagles have landed Eagle viewing season in Squamish is from mid-November to mid-February, with prime viewing in December and January Every winter, thousands of bald eagles congregate on the shores of the rivers throughout Squamish to feed on the abundant spawning salmon. Hundreds of eagles at a time can be seen from the river dykes, feeding along sandbars or roosting in nearby cottonwood trees. Two dozen or more in a single tree is not uncommon. Eagle season in Squamish is from mid-November to mid-February, with prime viewing in December and January. There are a variety of opportunities to take part in eagle viewing in Squamish, and a quick stop in at the Squamish Adventure Centre, to chat to the Visitor Information counsellors will help you determine which Eagle Viewing adventure is next on your list. The Eagle Run Dyke, located in Brackendale, proves to be a popular spot with clear views across the Squamish river to the Brackendale Eagle Reserve, a provincial park established in 1996. Expertly trained Eagle Watch volunteers keep guard over their flock at the Eagle Run Shelter located at the Eagle Run Dyke and offer visitors the opportunity to view the eagles up close through telescopes. The Eagle Watch program is supported in part by the Executive Suites Garibaldi Resort, Squamish. When booking an overnight stay at the Executive Suites Garibaldi Resort, a monetary contribution toward this valuable program is made. You may choose to view the wintering Bald Eagles, from a uniquely remarkable vantage point – the river, via an Eagle Viewing Float along with the friendly guides at

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FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS 7

OBITUARIES

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 114

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS ...9-57 TRAVEL.............................................61-76

DRIVERS/COURIER/ TRUCKING

EXPERIENCED CLASS 1 Drivers, F/T, P/T needed for California & Arizona produce hauling, excellent pay and benefits+ safety bonus and home time. Call Jerry or Brian 1-877-539-1750.

CHILDREN ........................................80-98 EMPLOYMENT .............................102-198 BUSINESS SERVICES...................203-387 PETS & LIVESTOCK ......................453-483

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 130

OIL & GAS INDUSTRY GUARANTEED Job Placement

• Labourers • Tradesmen • Class 1 Drivers

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE...........503-587

Call 24Hr. Free Recorded Message 1-888-213-2854

REAL ESTATE ...............................603-696 RENTALS ......................................703-757 MARINE .......................................903-920

AGREEMENT

bcclassified.com cannot be responsible for errors after the first day of publication of any advertisement. Notice of errors on the first day should immediately be called to the attention of the Classified Department to be corrected for the following edition.

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INFORMATION

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

ADVERTISE in the LARGEST OUTDOOR PUBLICATION IN BC The 2014-2016 BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis

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

The most effective way to reach an incredible number of BC Sportsmen & women. Two year edition- terrific presence for your business.

Please call Annemarie 1.800.661.6335 email: fish@blackpress.ca

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EDUCATION

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. SIGN UP ONLINE! iheschool.com 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. www.RMTI.ca or 1-800-665-8339, 604-681-5456.

DISCRIMINATORY LEGISLATION

Copyright and/or properties subsist in all advertisements and in all other material appearing in this edition of bcclassified.com. Permission to reproduce wholly or in part and in any form whatsoever, particularly by a photographic or offset process in a publication must be obtained in writing from the publisher. Any unauthorized reproduction will be subject to recourse by law.

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.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

bcclassified.com reserves the right to revise, edit, classify or reject any advertisement and to retain any answers directed to the bcclassified.com Box Reply Service and to repay the customer the sum paid for the advertisement and box rental.

Advertisers are reminded that Provincial legislation forbids the publication of any advertisement which discriminates against any person because of race, religion, sex, color, nationality, ancestry or place of origin, or age, unless the condition is justified by a bona fide requirement for the work involved.

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HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

FINANCIAL SERVICES

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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. INCOME TAX PROBLEMS? Have you been audited, reassessed or disallowed certain claims by Canada Revenue Agency? Call Bob Allen @ 250-542-0295 35yrs. Income Tax experience, 8.5yrs. with Revenue Canada. Email: r.gallen@shaw.ca C- 250-938-1944 Need CA$H Today? Own a vehicle? Borrow up to $25,000 Snapcarcash.com 604-777-5046

HIGHWAY OWNER OPERATORS $3500 SIGNING BONUS

AUTOMOTIVE ..............................804-862

It is agreed by any Display or Classified Advertiser requesting space that the liability of the paper in the event of failure to publish an advertisement shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for that portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect item only, and that there shall be no liability in any event beyond the amount paid for such advertisement. The publisher shall not be liable for slight changes for typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement.

HELP WANTED

GENERAL LABOURERS

PERSONAL SERVICES

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HELP WANTED

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EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION 108 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES A PERFECT P/T Home Business. People Choice Award Winner 11 yrs in a row. 2 hours/day earns you financial freedom. 24 hour mess. 1-888-571-2381 EXCITING NEW CANADIAN BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. Available in your area! Min inv req’d. For more info, call 866-945-6409

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

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EDUCATION

$45/Hr

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

LOCAL & LONG DISTANCE

604-537-4140

329 PAINTING & DECORATING

PLUMBING

CRESCENT Plumbing & Heating Licensed Residential 24hr. Service

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

LOCAL PLUMBER $45 Service Call Plumbing, Heating, Plugged Drains. Mustang Plumbing 778-714-2441

353 ROOFING & SKYLIGHTS

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

www.paintspecial.com 604.339.1989 Lower Mainland 604.996.8128 Fraser Valley

COOK, Genji Japanese Restaurant (North Vancouver). F/T, 1-2yrs exp. High School Grad. $15-18/hr Fax: 604-980-6886 WANTED F/T Cook at SUSHI DEN Rest. 609 Abbott St. Vancouver. 2 yrs. exp., high school diploma. wage: $2240/mth. 40hrs/wk. Apply: sushiden94@gmail.com duties: cook Japanese meal, plan menu, create item. Staff training.

142 OFFICE SUPPORT/CLERKS EVENCE Ltd is a furniture supply company and we are looking for an administrative assistant for our busy office. This position requires strong organizational skills, attention to detail and good interpersonal skills. Duties include but are not limited to data entry, reception and production administration. The Successful candidate will: -Have strong analytical and communication skills, -Be a self-starter who is able to work with minimal supervision, -Have a sound knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook) Candidates with more than 2 years experience will be given preference.Salary is very attractive with other benefits attached. Please forward resume and cover letter to tass@offurntre.com for consideration.

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Running this ad for 8yrs

PAINT SPECIAL 3 rooms for $299, 2 coats any colour

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

ANNACIS ISLAND PAWNBROKERS open ‘till midnight 7 days a week. 604-540-1122. Cash loans for Jewellery, Computers, Smartphones, Games, Tools etc. #1041628 Fosters Way at Cliveden. annacisislandpawnbrokers.com.

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

LEGAL SERVICES

.Can-Pro Paint & Drywall. 3 rooms $250. Over 25 yrs of quality service. Insured/Free Est. 604-7717052

10% DISCOUNT. MG Roofing & Siding. CA. Re-roofing, New Roof Gutters.

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.

604-812-9721

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RUBBISH REMOVAL

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES 260

ELECTRICAL

Lic. Electrician A+, BBB member Expert trouble shooter, All types of Electrical work 24/7 604-617-1774

287

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

338

Complete Dry-wall & Renovation services. Textured ceiling specialist. Phone Steve (604)613-4861 Renovate Now 604-451-0229

BRO MARV PLUMBING 24/7 Plumbing, heating, plugged drains BBB. (604)582-1598, bromarv.com Ray Johnson Plumbing, Heating, Gas & HVAC. Serving North Shore Since 1940. 24/7. 604-988-4121

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PLUMBING

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

Always Done Right With Integrity.

TRADES, TECHNICAL

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

182 FLAGGERS NEEDED. No Certification? Get Certified, 604-575-3944

www.affordablemoversbc.com

HOTEL, RESTAURANT, FOOD SERVICES

PERSONAL SERVICES

TIMESHARE

AFFORDABLE MOVING

338

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

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TRAVEL

CANCEL YOUR TIMESHARE. NO Risk Program STOP Mortgage & Maintenance Payments Today. 100% Money Back Guarantee. FREE Consultation. Call Us NOW. We Can Help! 1-888-356-5248

MOVING & STORAGE

HOME/BUSINESS SERVICES

FOSTER/SOCIAL CARE

477

PETS

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

MOVING & STORAGE Become a PLEA Family Caregiver. PLEA provides ongoing training and support. A young person is waiting for an open door...make it yyours.

1PRO MOVING & SHIPPING. Across the street - across the world Real Professionals, Reas. Rates. Best in every way! 604-721-4555.

caregiving@plea.bc.ca 604.708.2628 w w w. p l e a . c a

MOUNTAIN MOVERS- Your trusted choice for residential moving services. (778)378-6683

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PETS

EDUCATION

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EDUCATION

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EDUCATION

HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT Our HCA program is for students with strong wills and warm hearts. Learn how to work with a team of health care professionals to identify and address the unique needs of each unique client. Career Opportunities: Community Health Worker O Care Aide Home Support O Acute & Complex Care

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PETS 477

PETS

PETS 477

PETS

Blue Italian Mastiff & Matiff/Boxer X pups, ready for good homes, view parents, vet checked/1st shots, $500. Text to view (604)819-2697

LOVE BIRDS. 5 baby peach faced love birds.1 month old. Like being together. $50/pair or $75 single bird. 604-859-5752 (Abbotsford)

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

NEED A GOOD HOME for a good dog or a good dog for a good home? We adopt dogs! Call 604856-3647 or www.856-dogs.com

CHIHUAHUAS, tiny tea cups, ready to go now, 2 males. $650. Call 604794-7347 Chocolate Labradoodle Puppies non-shedding, multi generation. Ready soon! $995. 604-355-9881. GERMAN SHEPHERD Pups & young adults. Quality German & Czech bloodlines. 604-856-8161.

P/B GERMAN ROTTWEILERS 3 female pups. Vet ✓. Ready to go. $500/each. 778-899-3326 TOY YORKI-POOH, 2mos old. Paper trained, shots and dewormed, 2 lbs. Mom & Dad - 5lbs ea. $700. 604-351-3347 YORKSHIRE Terrier Puppies. 2 males, ready to go. Shots, dewormed. $1200 ea. (604)304-1131

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 548

FURNITURE

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE 560

DISCONNECTED PHONE? National Teleconnect Home Phone Service. No One Refused! Low Monthly Rate! Calling Features and Unlimited Long Distance Available. Call National Teleconnect Today! 1-866-443-4408. www.nationalteleconnect.com. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper? STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-457-2206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

Searching for your dream home or selling it? This is the location. Listings include everything from acreage, farms/ranches to condos and waterfront homes. Visit bcclassified.com

LABRADINGER cross pups, ready to go born Oct 17, $500/each. Call (604)845-3972

Tribal, afghan persian rugs at great prices

REAL ESTATE 627

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ACREAGE

Tel: 604-299-3324

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AUTO FINANCING

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SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

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

TOP CA$H PAID TODAY For SCRAP VEHICLES! 2 hr. Service www.a1casper.com (604)209-2026

Sell your Home!

RENTALS 736

HOMES FOR RENT

SOUTH SURREY

821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS

Sold Your House? Downsizing? Renovating? Just bring Your Clothes.

2007 MERCEDES. A luxury car like no other. This fully loaded Mercedes S550 4-Matic S class. Premium and comfort package includes - navigation, voice command, heated and cooled seats, power rear shades and blinds, premium sound system, panoramic roofs both front and rear. Absolutely has it all. Very clean inside and out. No accidents. 150,000 km. Asking $29,500 OBO. Contact me via email for further information at:

Short Term or Long term

Fully Furnished & Equipped Like New Townhouse. Only 3 years old. Immaculate Deluxe, 2 bdrm. + Rec. Room/Office + 2 Full Bath T/House. Flr. to ceiling storage + storage rm. in garage. 6 s/s appli. d/w, w/d, Garburator. Crown Mouldings, 9ft. ceilings, H/W laminate flooring and slate tile. Gas F/P & Alarm. 1 car garage parking. Covered patio lower & outdoor patio upper. Amenities room incls. full gym, outdoor hot tub & pool. Walk to Morgan Heights shopping. NO Smoking inside & NO Pets! $2350/month. Available March 1.

TRANSPORTATION

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LADYSMITH HANDYMAN Special. 3bdrms up, 1bdrm suite down. Owner carries $1200 month (250)753-0160.

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SCRAP CAR REMOVAL

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $150 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673 #1 FREE SCRAP VEHICLE REMOVAL ASK ABOUT $500 CREDIT $$$ PAID FOR SOME 604.683.2200

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FOR SALE BY OWNER

HOMES WANTED

TRANSPORTATION

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Beautiful 2 acre South Island property, homes and garden $715,000

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TRANSPORTATION

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

REAL ESTATE

www.rugcanada.com Great Pyrenees pups, female, 1st shots, parents on site, ready now $600. Call (604)798-5069

MISC. FOR SALE

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SURREY: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, hardwood floors throughout and new roof. $549,000. 604-575-5555.

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CASH FOR X-MAS NANAIMO 3 HOUSES. Ocean & City views. Reas. Down! Owner carries . 250-753-0160 Townhouse for Sale. Abbotsford. 2 floors, 1660 sq ft per floor. Walk out bsmt. Upper floor view of mtns, Matsqui flats & Mission. 3/bdrms, 2 car garage. Call to view. 1 (604)856-8177 or 604-308-5489

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CASH for all Vehicles FREE Towing QUICK Service ALWAYS Available 778-865-5454

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Capilano Mall

Lynn Valley Centre

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