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Mount Seymour Parkway Pedestrian & Cycling Safety Improvement Project Work continues on the north side of Mt Seymour Parkway (Seymour Blvd to Riverside Drive) and includes clearing trees to accommodate wider sidewalks and cycling lanes. A comprehensive environmental protection plan is in place to help us protect the sensitive area around Maplewood Creek. All work is subject to strict environmental controls and a detailed habitat and vegetation restoration plan is in place.

muNIcIPALITIES dIvIdEd - North Van City Coun. Guy Heywood straddles one of the boundaries between the two municipalities.

What’s happening with the Lower Capilano Village Centre Plan? There’s a community meeting coming up on February 13, and we’ve got lots of useful information to share.

You can review the environmental protection plan and the habitat and vegetation restoration plan on our web site

When Thursday, February 13, 2014 Where Grouse Inn - 1633 Capilano Road Agenda 5:30 – 7 pm - Open House – Public Realm Design 7 pm – Presentation / Q&A 8 pm – Working Session: Housing Options and Planning for the Peripheral Areas For more information about Lower Capilano Marine Village please visit

Seeking cafe operator for Lynn Canyon Cafe We’re looking for a new operator for the Lynn Canyon Cafe. This unique café represents an excellent opportunity for an experienced operator to provide food service in a park environment which attracts outdoor enthusiasts, local residents and tourists alike.

District Council has voted in favour of applying for intervener status regarding Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline. We expect to hear from the National Energy Board on the status of our application by the end of March. Stay tuned to for more details. Winter isn’t quite over yet. We’re in the midst of a blast of winter temperatures and the forecast shows a chance of snowfall this weekend. Make sure you’re prepared. Visit for winter weather tips.

The café premises comprise 2,245 sq. ft., and is primarily turn-key.

Tim Jones Memorial Fund A memorial fund has been set up to raise money in honour of former North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones. All money raised will go to North Shore Rescue. For details visit

Request for Proposal packages can be downloaded from the BC Bid website ( or the District Real Estate and Property website ( Deadline for RFP submissions: Friday, February 21, 2014.

Council Agendas and Meetings Council Meetings: Monday, February 17, 7pm Committee of the Whole: Tuesday, February 11, 5pm Monday, February 24, 7pm Public Hearings: Tuesday, February 18, 7pm This list is subject to change and new agenda items/meetings may be added or revised during the month. For more information: • visit for agendas, minutes and schedules • call 604-990-2315 for an audio list of upcoming agenda items • visit to get agendas by email • visit any District Library to view a copy of the agenda which is available the Friday before the regular Council Meeting All regular Council Meetings are open to the public and held in Council Chambers at District Hall, 355 West Queens Rd.


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North Van district and city still divided over amalgamation DNV has agreed to form a committee to study the cost benefits of amalgamation, while the city’s mayor is dead set against it MARIA SPITALE-LEISK S tA f f R e p o Rt e R


he amalgamation battle lines between North Vancouver city and district have been drawn. A motion made by Coun. Doug MacKay-Dunn in the district to strike an independent committee to study the cost benefits of sewing together the entire North Shore passed 4-3 on Monday night. Meanwhile, North Van City Coun. Guy Heywood stopped by the district’s council meeting to make a recommendation of his own: That both North Van municipalities ask the provincial government for guidance and to help fund the cost of undertaking a restructuring feasibility study. District Coun. Alan Nixon endorsed Heywood’s suggestion and made it into a motion that passed unanimously. For MacKay-Dunn, the crux of the amalgamation debate is ensuring the North Shore municipalities are operating in an efficient and economical manner. Using traffic congestion as an example of a shared concern that could be mitigated by combining forces, MacKay-Dunn said an integrated planning function amongst the North Shore communities is needed to help solve the problem. He also imagines recreational services, which are already combined in the North Vans, extended to all North Shore residents. “The swimmers want a 50-metre pool. If you want one, amalgamate — because that’s the only way you going to get it,” said MacKay-Dunn. He originally crafted the unification motion close to three years ago, but says he held back while the district and city explored shared services opportunities. “We have not made as much progress as I would have hoped,” said MacKay-Dunn. Heywood doesn’t want to drag West Vancouver into amalgamation discussions, but rather “focus on what is doable.” He points to the wide gulf in policing costs as a potential sticking point for West Van, where there is a municipal-run police department. Last year in West Van, $13.7 million was allocated for policing services for roughly 43,000 residents, while in North Van district — where there’s a population of approximately 84,000 — the police budget was $15.7 million. “In West Van, the police force is a very expensive one, and it’s there continued, PAGE 6


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an area that could be looked at,” said Smith. to protect property,” said Heywood. “You His ultimate amalgamation fear is have a community that places that West Van would lose a higher value on crime conits identity “that’s been 100 trol.” years in the making” — along Nixon shares Heywood’s with control over density and sentiments on not including growth. West Van in the amalgamaNorth Van city Mayor tion examination. He believes Darrell Mussatto is quite it’s prudent to look at the most adamant that he is against likely outcome as the municiamalgamation. While he palities go down this path. has not seen either of the “And quite frankly I don’t motions, he already knows Doug MacKayever see the District of West how he would vote if they Dunn Vancouver opting to join into were to come before city counan amalgamation of the two cil. North Vancouvers into a North “I can’t speak for council, Shore,” Nixon told council. “It but I would not be supportwould be, with no disrespect ing that,” said Mussatto, who intended on any party, like would rather see North Van trying to mix oil and water. I city and district concentrate just don’t see it happening.” on enhancing their shared West Van Mayor Michael services agreements. Smith offered his opinion on “We share more services the subject to The Outlook on with the district than any Monday. other two municipalities “I think it makes good sense Michael Smith in British Columbia,” said for North Van to amalgamate,” Mussatto, referencing crosssaid Smith. “As far as amalgajurisdictional agreements in mation with North Van and West Van, I areas such as policing, recreation, arts don’t think our citizens would support and culture and emergency planning. that.” He added, amalgamating with the However, Smith is in favour of lookdistrict would render the city vulnering for specific efficiencies through able to a tax burden. shared services with the North Van “We are very financially stable, the municipalities. city. We have no debt,” said Mussatto. “Police and fire services are certainly North Van Mayor Richard Walton told council amalgamation is a nonissue for the district. “We would like to begin discussions tomorrow,” said Walton. “But VALUE PRICED up to this point the city hasn’t Mediterranean Grill expressed an interest to do so.” Walton cautioned, the amalgad i n e i n • ta k e o u t • d e l i v e r y 1356 Marine Drive • North Van • • 604.985.7955 mation initiative has to come from continued from, PAGE 4



city council or the residents, otherwise the district’s actions might be seen as “disrespectful and threatening.” The independent committee tasked with the amalgamation study would have community representatives from across the North Shore as members. “I can think of some people who live on the North Shore who are knowledgable with corporate history,” said MacKay-Dunn. The group would report their findings to council no later than Sept. 8. That’s the deadline that has been set for a referendum question, such as amalgamation, to be included in the municipal election this November. District Coun. Roger Bassam, who along with Muri and Nixon voted against the motion that called for an amalgamation committee, said it’s unrealistic to expect that such a weighted question could be on the next election ballot. “I think this is a very large project that has to be done in a very detailed manner and take as much time as is required to get it done correctly,” said Bassam. Meanwhile, Heywood, who is not seeking re-election, is confident his motion will be approved by city council. Overseen and paid for in part by the provincial government, the study would take an objective look at the fiscal implications of restructuring the two municipalities. “If we want to talk about improving local government in North Vancouver — both quantitatively in terms of perhaps being more efficient, but also being more effective — the end result may not be amalgamation …” said Heywood. Heywood said his concern with tasking “volunteers” to form an amalgamation committee is that they are not

experts. “This isn’t their day job,” said Heywood. The restructuring study program, under the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Affairs, would include a comprehensive audit of both municipalities’ finances. The city and district could apply for a $40,000 grant to help cover the cost of the study. Heywood figures that money could buy some basic research. A lay governor on the Board of the Certified General Accountants of B.C., Heywood wants the audited statements of the two municipalities — which he says contain some reporting differences — to be presented through the ministry in a standardized format. “The point is the province is an independent third party,” said Heywood. The restructuring study could also factor in potential changes to political representation. Heywood envisions a ward system, similar to the way the North Vancouver Board of Education operates now, where there is equal representation from the city and district.

“We would like to begin discussions tomorrow. But up to this point the city hasn’t expressed an interest to do so.” Mayor Richard Walton

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Presentation of Draft Central Waterfront Area Vision COUNCIL WORKSHOP Tuesday, February 18 at 6pm, City Hall Council Chamber Last fall, the City launched a process to develop a vision for the Central Waterfront area. Following a public consultation process led by destination expert Roger Brooks, a draft vision for the central waterfront has been created and will be presented for Council’s consideration. Find out more at the workshop or visit CentralWaterfrontVision

2014 Utility Rates Utility statements for 2014 have been mailed to all property owners in the City. If you have not received your statement, contact the City Tax Office at 604-983-7316. For stratified buildings greater than six units, the utility statement is mailed to the management of the Strata Corporation. A 5% discount is offered on statements paid in full by Friday, February 28. A 5% penalty will be applied to outstanding statements after April 30 and a further 5% penalty will be added to charges remaining unpaid after July 31. Access your utility account online at Contact the City Tax Office at 604-983-7316 or for more information.

Lower Lonsdale Small Park Renewal: Chief Mathias Joe TWO OPEN HOUSE OPPORTUNITIES ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 10:30am-12pm at John Braithwaite Community Centre, 2nd Floor 145 West 1st Street -OR4:30pm-6:30pm at North Shore Neighbourhood House Gym 225 East 2nd Street The City is making improvements to Chief Mathias Joe Park. Join us at one of two Open Houses to share your ideas and explore a range of elements that could potentially be integrated into a renewed park design. For more information, visit

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Distracted driver dragnet It’s been four years since the B.C. government banned the use of cellphones while driving but it seems many motorists haven’t got the message


arlier this week while on patrol in his ghost car, WVPD traffic cop Sgt. Trevor James handed out six tickets for distracted driving. He wasn’t out targeting smartphone-using drivers; it was just regular patrol. And it was just that easy. During his time in the traffic section, the veteran policeman has witnessed some preposterous driver behaviour — a driver using his elbows to steer while eating a sandwich and having a cup of coffee, for instance — but, when it comes to distracted driving, unsafe cellphone use tops the list. “I can sit on any corner for half an hour and you are going to see multiple people on their phones,” he says. This happens despite the fact that using an electronic device without hands-free has been banned since 2010. It comes with a $167 fine and three penalty points. It’s illegal — and it’s dangerous. Each year distracted driving-related crashes kill, on average, more than 90 British Columbians. But that hasn’t stopped drivers from talking and texting. That’s why West Van police and North Vancouver RCMP have joined with other police agencies around B.C. for the month of February in a enforcement blitz targeting distracted drivers called “Don’t Text Your Loved Ones to Death.” “I’ve personally been to accident scenes [caused by distracted driving] and also live

in an area where there’s been accidents. I’ve got a family and son that’s driving so that’s a huge concern,” says James. “That’s why I say to my son: ‘I’m not overly concerned about your driving... but you can’t control the other driver and that’s what you’ve always got to be watching out for.’” Taking a quick glance down at your phone to read a text or taking an incoming call might not seem as dangerous as drinking and driving or speeding but it is. In fact, distracted driving ranks right behind the two aforementioned offences when it comes to causing deadly collisions. In 2013, West Van police handed out 503 distracted driving tickets. James is not surprised that drivers are still using their phones, especially given the ubiquity of smartphones in today’s culture. “It’s like anything else. How long did it take the seatbelt law to really take hold? Where now I can set up a seatbelt check and maybe, if I’m lucky, get one or two in an hour. But you go back 10 years and you were getting more people. It took a while for people to understand and recognize there was an issue. As much as I’d like to see a huge reduction this is one that I think is going to take time….” He is surprised, however, that more drivers aren’t adopting hands-free technology, which is readily available and relatively cheap. “That’s what concerns me; it’s not something that’s difficult to do if you so choose to drive and use a device.”

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Hilton in Windsor, Ont., and after a stint at the Intercontinental in Nairobi, they settled in Vancouver, where he cooked at the Delta Pacific and Teahouse before following his simmering desire to go out on his own. He opened his soup shop in the Quay in 1995 and five years later switched the name to Soup Meister and doubled his space. Along with a couple key full-timers, he employs 20 or so high school kids. For most it’s their first job. And along with learning to cook and properly use a kitchen knife they gain other valuable experiences like, for instance, organization and interacting with the public. Some will return years later with their own families for a bowl of soup. Right now, Dauns has about 100 soups and continues adding to his list. Inspiration comes from all places. Shortly after the new microbrewery Greenleaf opened in the Quay, he added a new chili with a special ingredient: beer. “It went really well,” he says, noting that it has a little after taste of the stout. Dauns also pays attention to food and





What do you think? Contact us at newsroom@northshoreoutlook, or nsoutlook health trends and now offers some gluten-free spoups and a few that contain quinoa. With the regular lineups at his soup counter, it’s not surprising he’s been approached about expanding and franchising but he says pushing paper in the back office isn’t him. “I can’t do it.” He’s too passionate about cooking and interacting with his customers, many of whom he knows by name. “How ya doin’?” asks a regular who’s arrived for soup. Soon the banter begins. Making soup seven days a week hasn’t diminished his love of the comfort food. In fact, when he has friends over for dinner he’ll often make a soup. And sometimes he even dreams about it. He has a recurring dream, usually once a year. In it, he runs out of soup. “That is my nightmare. The fridge, the freezer, everywhere [are empty].” Fortunately, it was only a dream. For more, visit


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On Tuesday evening, James and other members of the WVPD conducted an enforcement blitz on distracted driving and in two hours ticketed 19 drivers. One of the drivers had been ticketed for the same offence in the same spot a week earlier and another driver didn’t even bother putting down her phone when she was pulled over. James realizes these blitzes alone won’t change dangerous driving behaviour. “Enforcement only goes so far. It’s the education and, I hate to say it, it’s the accidents or the more visible ramifications of the use of something that’s prohibited,” says James. Still, at some point, drivers who’ve seen the ads on TV and been warned of the potential fines and driving penalties need to make the decision to let a call go to voicemail and wait to pull over to reply to a text. The police can’t patrol every roadway. As Sgt. Dave Jewers of the North Van RCMP traffic section noted in a recent release: “The public needs to be part of the solution by separating the activities of driving and electronic device use.” -The Outlook

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ariety – the Children’s Charity is well known for its ability to raise support for kids everywhere. But last week, on the heels of a very successful “Show of Hearts” telethon, the organization held a special VIP party of a different kind. Now it’s time to suit up and start your engines for the 2014 Variety Rally for Kids with Special Needs. Sponsored by West Vancouver’s Washington family and their new EBoost energy product, this night is just the first in a series of spectacular events leading up to the two-day rally later this year. Luxury cars and Hollywood stars are just the beginning as each registered team must raise a minimum of $25,000 to enter. Then, come May, it’s time to pick your celeb and hit the road. Celebrities participating in the past have included Eva Longoria, Gene Simmons, Goldie Hawn and Follow entertainment / events columninst Catherine Barr on these social media outlets Kurt Russell. So keep that pedal to the metal as many of our local famous faces take to the streets Linkedin @CatherineBarr CatBarr in support of this amazing cause.





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Pocket communities of the North Shore Despite incidental challenges, residents would never move from these secluded neighbourhoods BY MICHAELA GARSTIN

OFF THE BEATEN PATH - Real estate agent Stephanie La Porta (above) takes a small barge to and from her Eagle Island home every day. A young man from Norway (below), sits at his friend’s 1920s-era cabin on Hollyburn Ridge. The Cole family (right) bundle up to enjoy their view of Burrard Inlet from Woodlands, a secluded community in North Van. Rob Newell photo/ Eilif Haxthow-Hollyburn Heritage collection/ Michaela Garstin photo


tanding steady on a small barge, Stephanie La Porta cranks the motor and steers towards her house on Eagle Island. It’s less than a minute ride to the 13-acre island in West Van, but the commute separates two worlds. There are no roads or cars, just a garden tractor with a wagon used to haul heavy items. In 2008 residents firmly voted against building a footbridge — most like the peace and privacy open water provides. Over in Indian Arm, Kathy Cole drives along a remote road at the base of Mount Seymour to pick up her son from elementary school. She pulls over to the side as a car approaches — this is a winding, one-way route. Many Woodlands residents carry chainsaws with them in case a tree falls across the road. It’s easier to take care of the obstacle than to wait for a municipal worker to arrive.

Then there is the cabin community on Hollyburn Ridge, a cluster of homes that stems back to the late1920s when Hollyburn Ski Camp opened. Groups of young people built cottages close to fresh water and building supplies, usually flume boards or trees. Concerned about the future of the heritage cabins, owners formed the Hollyburn Ridge Association to preserve their “cherished way of life.” These are examples of “pocket communities” made possible by the North Shore’s unique geography of abundant forests and peninsulas. Unlike other Lower Mainland areas, North and West Van provide many options for private and secluded living — attracting an eclectic group of residents. “Priceless exclusivity” Eagle Island is home to an diverse group including restaurateurs, dentists, film industry professionals and an acclaimed Chinese poet. After parking her barge, La Porta, a real estate agent, makes the five-minute trek up a winding tree-canopied path to her waterfront home. “Most properties are waterfront and that’s the big attraction, but the short boat ride is not for everyone and, as a result, property values are less than half of what they are on the mainland,” she says. Many residents, however, unwaveringly insist their homes are priceless. “Seclusion isn’t a word that comes to mind when I think of Eagle Island, but certainly residents enjoy their privacy. There is almost a feeling of exclusivity.” Each house has a key to take a small barge back and forth — rain or shine. However, residents do enjoy some luxuries. With only a few hundred metres to the shore, they still use the same electricity and municipal sewer and water as the houses across the water. And then, of course, there is the stunning ocean view. “A bridge?” La Porta asks rhetorically. “For cars, never. For walking and some sort of personal transpor-

tation like golf carts? Maybe sometime in the future.” It’s been six years since residents voted on whether a pedestrian bridge would connect Eagle Island to the mainland. It was soundly rejected. “Regardless of any personal views regarding a bridge, from a real-estate perspective, property values would skyrocket if one was ever installed.” Homes on the water can go for around $4 million — across inlet they are on the market for three times that amount. Winding dirt paths leading to the seaside houses offer privacy and a low crime rate that can’t be found anywhere else on the North Shore. “We have newborns to those in their 70s and with only one or two exceptions, residents live on the island full time and know each other well,” says La Porta, an example of the eclectic group who lives there. La Porta was once married to Ed La Porta, an acclaimed Hollywood art director and Emmy nominee whose credits include Cheers, Taxi, The Tonight Show, General Hospital and Bill Cosby. She now lives on Eagle Island with her son and husband and works as a real estate agent with Vancouver Property Group, a boutique firm based in West Van. Currently a part-time actress rehearsing for an upcoming movie, she once gave up the lead role opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian. “My ex-husband regrets I gave up the role but I have absolutely no regrets because everything in my life has led to this idyllic little island.” Don’t forget the chainsaw Woodlands recently started popping up on Google Maps. “Someone here must have added it,” says Terry Cole, who has lived with his wife Kathy on the oceanfront property for 14 years. It’s easier to get this pocket community now but GPS routes aren’t perfect. “We like to tell people, ‘when you think you’re lost, you’re heading in the right direction,’” says Kathy with a laugh, standing in her renovated kitchen over- looking Burrard Inlet. Residents are spotting an increasing number of tourists, which the couple says may be a side effect of the neighborhood’s new internet presence. Newcomers don’t know the unspoken rules of the narrow road and challenging hair-pin turn. Plus, it’s common for neighbours to wave as they pass. “Houses tend to stay in families,” says Terry, listing the eminent last names McDonald and Paterson. Kathy’s grandparents settled into Woodlands with their five children in the late-’50s. At first, they spent summers at the house roughing it without power or water. Her grandfather, a river boat captain from Burma, ensconced his family to the remote area when electricity was introduced in the 1960s. Now Woodlands, with 100 or so houses, is the end of the line for vehicles. Homes further up Indian Arm are boat access only. A water taxi once took students to and from school but it was canceled by the district around 10 years ago. For many commuting is now done by boat. “See over there,” says Terry, pointing towards a small powerboat speeding by. “He commutes to work that way.” Despite the idyllic view, the Coles have to worry about problems other North Vancouverites don’t have to. A quaint grocery store was once located at Government Dock but now residents have to drive into Deep Cove. And households don’t have individual garbage pickup. Instead, they put their trash into communal dumpsters and recycling bins that are emptied once a week. “Playdates for our son can be challenging but we get there in our car,” says Kathy, nine-year-old Sam standing by her side. Despite the rural terrain she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else on the North Shore. “He was just four years old when he jumped in a kayak. It’s great here because we have the beach and the forest so close to us.” In fact, the family is surrounded by it. Island in the midst of traffic Living in a pocket community has one major perk — a tight-knit sense of fellowship not found in mainstream neighbourhoods. Unlike Eagle Island and Woodlands, however, there is a community in the middle of one of the busiest spots in North Van. The North Shore’s tiniest pocket community is surrounded by the constant buzz of cars. Driving up Capilano Road before merging east onto the Upper Levels Highway, the small neighborhood isn’t easy to access by car and even more difficult by foot. It’s completely surrounded by busy streets — an island in the middle of traffic. “It was created as a result of construction of the Upper Levels Highway in the early-’60s,” explains District of North Van spokeswoman Jeanine Bratina, who grew up nearby. An oddity on the North Shore, the island is owned by the Ministry of Transportation. With only five houses, neighbours know each other well, holding communal barbecues in the summer. Some people, however, prefer a much more secluded spot. By 1931 more than 200 cabins had been built on Hollyburn Ridge. Today there are around 100 left, most accessible only by trail. Concerned their beloved community was in jeopardy, the Hollyburn Ridge Association was formed in 1973. While most cabins on Grouse and Seymour mountains have disappeared, Hollyburn is still a thriving community. “You often see one community able to organize while another cannot,” says Catherine Rockandel, past president of the Hollyburn Ridge Association. “The biggest reason is the amount of social capital or trust, collaboration through volunteerism and organized community events…” Rockandel echoes the thoughts of everyone The Outlook spoke with. A strong sense of cohesion is what keeps these pocket communities thriving.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Le Cirque des Reves appears as though by magic. Only open after dark, its black-and-white striped tents contain incredibly unique performances and experiences. Unbeknownst to them, circus magicians Marco and Celia have each been trained since childhood for a fierce competition that will leave only one of them standing. Despite the consequences they fall deeply in love; causing a tragic series of events that will affect the lives of everyone involved.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Internet security officer Lincoln O’Neill is in love with Beth Fremont and, though they work together, they haven’t actually met yet! After reading Beth’s “flagged” emails instead of reporting them, Lincoln soon finds himself completely charmed and in love. Realizing that Beth probably won’t find this sneaky back-story very charming, he tries to decide if maybe he’s just too late. Told in alternating voices and emails, this is a fantastically funny book about love and friendship in the office.

Wedding Nights by Sophie Kinsella Years ago, Ben and Lottie made a pact: if they’re unmarried by the age of 30 they’ll marry one another! When Lottie’s current boyfriend proposes a vacation instead of marriage, she decides to jump at this new chance with Ben. They plan a quick trip to Greece for a simple ceremony and honeymoon... Everything seems perfect until Lottie’s sister and Ben’s co-worker get involved. Assuming that a huge mistake is being made they set out to stop the wedding. A hilarious race to the chapel ensues.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Don Tillman is a socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he’s capable of true love. Despite the fact that he’s yet to secure a second date, he truly believes that there is someone for everyone and so he starts The Wife Project. When Don meets Rosie an unlikely relationship blossoms; forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous, energetic Rosie, and the realization that love has nothing to do with the stats.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Cancer patient Hazel Grace has come to terms with her fate. Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that bought her a few extra years, she knows she’s incurable. Hazel meets August (Gus) Waters at Kids Cancer Support Group, and soon she can’t help but feel as though everything is about to change. John Green creates a heart-wrenching novel about love, life and hope.



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o, what exactly constitutes a good Valentine’s Day wine? As I started going through some recent notes and bottles, I contemplated the absurdity of designating one wine more romantic than another. Sparkling wines are an obvious go-to when conjuring images of starry-eyed dinners, or perhaps cinnamon-scented reds as a fireplace is cozied-up to. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. While this week’s wines should suit Valentine’s Day perfectly, they’d be just as delicious if it were Halloween. Make the most of them and enjoy each bottle from start to finish, whether February 14th is your favourite day of the year, or it’s just an idle Friday for you.

Michel Gros 2011 Hautes Cotes-de-Nuits | Burgundy, France | $44.99 | BC Liquor Stores The fruit from this velvety, slick Pinot Noir comes from an 11 hectare Burgundian stretch that offers a good dose of limestone, giving the wine’s silky red and black berry fruit a clean expression of the region’s minerality. The fruit is fairly compact, but will bloom further with every swirl of your glass.

Tinhorn Creek 2010 ‘Oldfield Series’ 2Bench Red | Okanagan Valley, Taittinger Brut BC | $29.99 | Winery Champagne | Reims, Direct/ Francs | $40+ Private / 375 ml | Stores Private Wine This Stores blend of I love that Merlot, this comes in Cabernet a half-bottle. Franc, This means Cabernet that you don’t Sauvignon and Petit have to commit Verdot fully integrated to more than a amidst 18 months of couple glasses, French oak aging, resulting in a confident although it could also mean Southern Okanagan take on Bordeaux. that you buy two and then drink ’em like What a well-suited homage to winery’s bottles of beer. I’m not going to confirm 20th anniversary! While the wine is by or deny that I’ve ever done this. What do no means shy, the roasted red bell pepper you get in these adorable little packages? and meaty flavours sail through a host of Aromatics of fresh-baked pretzel buns subtle herb and spice elements, allowing (Yup!), leading to apple cider, apricots and them to hit all the right notes. a very long finish.

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Haywire 2012 ‘Pink Bub’ | Okanagan Valley, BC | $25 | Winery Direct/ Private Stores Winemaker Michael Bartier blends Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in this sparkler, finished off with a splash of fresh Syrah for a tiny pinch of sweetness. Pink peppercorns galore entertain raspberries, a splash of cranberry and a spark of peppermint. Coming soon to stores, but for now it’s available via

Lange Twins 2010 Zinfandel | Lodi, California | $18.99 | BC Liquor Stores There’s nothing wrong with an ultra-ripe red that has a good dose of alcohol, as long as things are nice and balanced. This purple, juicy monster lays on plenty of mocha notes, but its saviour is decent acidity and a finish that’s not too cloying. My preference is generally softer, lighter reds but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t top up my glass more than once.

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Kurtis Kolt teams up with Loblaw’s City Market It’s a new year and Outlook wine columnist Kurtis Kolt is hunting the aisles of North Van’s Loblaw’s City Market in search of the perfect pairings to go along with his weekly wine picks. Now, let’s get pairing: I’d think that when you’re popping a sparkling wine, such as this week’s Taittinger Brut Champagne or Haywire 2012 ‘Pink Bub,’ it would almost be sacrilege not to enjoy a little artisan cheese along with it. You don’t have to stray too far, either. British Columbia’s very own gold medal-winning Natural Pastures Comox Brie has a nice, citrusy component that will hit each wine well, but the pairing art is in its rich, creamy texture, which will be livened up with each palate-refreshing sip. Staying local, Salt Spring Island’s ‘Ruckles’ Soft Goat Cheese with Garlic and Herbs should step up for many of the same reasons. I always like to assure people that just because you’re looking for a food match for something slightly higher-end like Michel Gros 2011 Hautes Cotes-de-Nuits, you don’t necessarily need to go fancy – as long as what you’re pairing up is made with integrity from quality ingredients. The Happy Planet Indian Split Pea Soup with plum tomatoes and coriander is made from organic ingredient and is only lightly curried, so you don’t have to worry about too much heat getting in the way of the wine’s more elegant nuances. There’s an earthy character to both the soup and the Pinot Noir, and that coriander will chime along with the wine’s minerality. With bigger, juicer wines like Tinhorn Creek’s 2010 ‘Oldfield Series’ 2Bench Red or Lange Twins 2010 Zinfandel, I always like to go big and hearty with a good burger. Even if you’re vegetarian or just not feeling that carnivorous this week, things like Yves Veggie Burgers or grilled PC Organics Portobello Mushrooms, loaded up with all the fixings, will have you smacking your chops in no time. Trying these pairings? Let me know how things work out! Drop me a line via!

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Lynn Valley’s Masonic Lodge welcomes curious visitors Most drivers pass by the nearly windowless grey building on the corner of Lynn Valley and Harold Road without a second glance, it having long ago disappeared into the invisibility that comes with familiarity.

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Walkers, though, travel at a different pace and have time to notice the building that has housed Lynn Valley’s Masonic brotherhood since 1930. If he happens to be on the premises, Mason Phil Perry, a member of the Lodge since 2009, welcomes their questions. In an interview with LynnValleyLife, Perry and fellow Mason Alphonse Quenneville explained that talk about freemasonry being steeped in secrecy and intrigue is largely urban myth fuelled by Dan Brown-style novels. There was certainly no hesitation shown in welcoming LynnValleyLife over the threshold, even to the point of allowing its female editor into the Lodge’s inner sanctum, camera in hand. While this upper-floor room is obviously decked out for ceremonial use – complete with throne-like chairs on a raised dais – the lower level consists of a kitchen and eating area used for socializing and Lodge garage sales. The history of freemasonry may be rife with intrigue, but Perry says today’s modern Masonic Lodges simply seek “to make good men better men.” The Lodge does not recruit members, but instead wants members to be attracted to Freemasonry for its values and fellowship. Masons must be men 21 and over, but beyond that, the Lodge says “to be one, just ask one!” Quenneville says the Lodge is “blessed with a great gang of high-energy guys,” and Perry notes that a growing number of the members are in their 20s and 30s. The only requirement for membership is that initiates believe in a Supreme Being – however they choose to define that. The Lodge’s members include people of all religions, and those who do not practice any religion. Membership in this cross-cultural group “is a constant, regular reminder that Freemasonry offers brotherhood and friendship across all of mankind,” says Perry. According to the Lodge website, Freemasons throughout the world give over $3 million dollars per day to a wide variety of causes, including Shriners’ hospitals, children’s learning centres, and the Masonic Angel Foundation, which helps needy individuals who do not fit other social services criteria. Along with supporting other local causes, Lynn Valley and other B.C. Masons run the Freemasons’ Cancer Car Program in partnership with the BC Cancer Agency, providing free round-trip rides for people without transportation to their treatments. So, the secret’s out – those interested are welcome to visit Lynn Valley’s Masonic Lodge, and, even better, everyone is warmly invited to the Mason’s biggest social event of the year - the annual Valentine Dinner Dance being held Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Capilano Golf and Country Club.  For more information about the Lynn Valley Masonic Lodge and dance, visit

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J O I N T H E N O R T H VA N CO U V E R C H A M B E R O F CO M M E R C E TO DAY! Chamber membership offers numerous benefits to small business including: • member only discounts and services; • access to health benefit program for 1-50 employees; • connections through networking opportunities; • raising your profile in the business community;

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Joining a running group has many benefits…

Kick this year off right by joining a Forerunners running clinic in North Vancouver. The benefits of running in a group include much more than getting in shape. “In general, runners who train with a group are a lot more consistent than if they train on their own,” says Jerry Ziak, co-owner of Forerunners North Shore and clinic coach. In addition, runners learn how to follow a proper schedule that includes a variety of workout types, as well as instruction in proper technique and modern warm-up and injury prevention routines. “The clinics are also a great way to make new friends,” says Ziak. “And there’s safety in numbers, especially when it gets dark so early.” Forerunners North Shore holds three clinics each week: Drop-in Speed Sessions on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Run Faster Workouts on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Long Runs and Run/Walk sessions on Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Long runs build towards local half marathons and marathons and run/walk clinics build towards 10 km of continuous running in 12 weeks (the next run/walk clinic begins this Saturday).

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During cold and flu season, we’re all looking for foods that help keep our immune system in tip top fighting shape. Pomelos are rich in vitamin C like all citrus fruits and also in Vitamin B. High amounts of beta carotene and folic acid, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2 and C, bioflavonoid, healthy fats, protein, fiber, antioxidants and enzymes make it equally nutritious and delicious! Pomelos are often confused with grapefruits –they look just like them, but larger with thicker rinds and a milder, even sweet flavour. They are surrounded by a tough, bitter membrane that is considered inedible (best just to cut them away). Nicole

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Ziak, a 2:17 marathoner, personally leads the running clinics, while longtime clinic coach Tiiu Vaartnou is responsible for the run/walk program.

“These clinics are designed to get participants into the best possible shape while balancing this with the most important goal of making it to the start line healthy and energized,” says Ziak. “It gives participants a lot of confidence to see themselves progressing in a controlled, persistent manner through a program that brings them to a higher level of both speed and endurance.”

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North Shore restaurants host free dinners for new immigrants

Cazba Restaurant is the first to serve traditional food while both newcomers and longterm residents learn how to make the North Shore community more inclusive


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erving up traditional Persian food, Cazba Restaurant kicked off a round of free dinners for new North Shore immigrants on Monday, Feb. 3. The evening dialogues, put on through North Shore CommUNITY, are hosted by restaurants owned and operated by immigrants. During the dinner, immigrants learn ways to transition successfully into their new lives in Canada, while longterm residents gain experience in making newcomers feel welcome. Nader Sigari, owner of Cazba Restaurant near 16th and Lonsdale, is the pinnacle of success. A former teacher, he moved to the North Shore from Iran during the late1980s with no restaurant experience. But he dove right in and, after six months of running a restaurant, he bought it from the owner. Sigari transformed the establishment into one of the North Shore’s first Persian restaurants. He now employs 75 people in a wide range of businesses he owns, including a food truck on Robson Street and Vanak Market & Deli located a few blocks from Cazba. “Knowing English before I came here helped a lot,” he advises the crowd of new immigrants from China, the U.K., Iran and other countries. His other top tips for success include gaining experience before opening a business and finding a prime location. Over the next month, Sushi Nami in central Lonsdale and Shanghai Village in Ambleside will also welcome new immigrants to sample traditional food

and learn ways to make their lives in Canada easier. The series is funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. This evening many people are trying Persian food for the first time. They look at the menu to identify each dish as speakers give presentations. “New census data tells us that immigrants account for 36 per cent of the North Shore’s population,” says Jody Johnson, North Shore CommUNITY project coordinator. “Unfortunately a large REACHING OUT - Nader Sigari and his wife welcome new North Shore immigrants to Cazba Restaurant for a free dinner on Feb. 3, complete with tea and bamieh, Persian-syle Timbits made percentage of our community is being left out... with honey and rose water, for dessert. Michaela Garstin photo meaning we are losing out on new business, new women is one of the lowest in the world. Iranian immigrants account for 22 staff and even new ideas While immigrants try to transition per cent, making them the largest and ways of thinking.” into B.C., she adds, it’s important for newcomer population. Other common The dinners are meant to stimulate longterm residents to make them feel countries of origin include China, Hong discussion on how North Shore resicomfortable. Kong and Taiwan (grouped together dents can change this. “One-third of people we interact with under Chinese), South Korea and the For appetizers, Cazba serves three every day are immigrants — that’s a Philippines. dips with bread: kas-e bademja (tangy huge per cent.” To the surprise of many guests that deep fried eggplant), mast-o moosir Future Dinner and Dialogue eve(yogurt with shallots) and garlic homus. evening, American immigrants account nings will be held at Sushi Nami, 1315 for around five per cent. Then comes the main course, which Lonsdale Avenue, on Feb. 24 and at In total, more than a quarter (27 per includes chelo kabob barg (beef steak cent) of people on the North Shore don’t Shanghai Village, 1479 Clyde Avenue, skewers) and fesenjoon (vegetable stew on March 4. speak English as their first language. with walnut and pomegranate purée). Visit Johnson says stories like Sigari’s And for dessert, tea and bamieh, a DialogueBuildingNSCommunity to regventure into the restaurant business Persian-style Timbit made with honey ister of call Cheryl McBride at North help breakdown the misconception that and rose water. immigrants need a lot of help to become Shore Neighbourhood House, 604-724For the decade from 2001 to 2011, 1504. productive members of society. nearly 19,000 immigrants arrived on “We need immigration because of our the North Shore, according to the North falling birthrate,” she says, pointing out Shore Multicultural Society. that Canada’s rate of 1.68 births per

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Bountiful harvest - This year the Ribalkin family’s annual Christmas light fundraiser for the Harvest Project got even brighter, with more than 100,000-plus lights adorning their North Vancouver house. And the total raised for the Harvest got bigger too. During the holidays, the Ribalkins took in $10,018 in cash and cheques and 158 bags of food for the local non-profit. Pictured here (from left): Ethan Ribalkin,  Aurore Viau, Gary Ansell (Harvest Project executive director), Felicity Brempong and  John Ribalkin. Submitted photo

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The cast of A Particular Class of Women.

A Particular Class of Women

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Showing at Presentation House Theatre, this play proves strippers are much more than their stereotypes


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ARNING: This play is more risqué than the North Shore is accustomed too. Inspired by a real-life 1985 Ontario court case where a judge minimized a crime against a stripper, insisting the victim was “from a particular class of women whose profession it is to promote lust,” A Particular Class of Women portrays the world of a 1980s strip club. “She was assaulted… and the judge thought ‘Well, I guess she kind of had this coming,” says Flora Karas, who plays Pink Champagne, a stripper who escaped communist Poland with a steadfast dream of becoming a famous movie star. “But strippers are females who just happen to be strippers. They are mothers, daughters, scholars, lesbians — high quality, high moraled ladies that aren’t all victims.” The honest, sexy and sometimes crass play by Janet Feindel, presented by Vancouver-based NeverYouMind Productions, is showing at Presentation House Theatre from Feb. 18 to 23. The eight lively women, each with

their own reason to choose the profession of stripping, show an intimate and eye-opening view of performing at The Cabaret Circus, a semiseedy strip club in Toronto. “I’ve had former strippers come up to me and say ‘thank you for this, it means a lot to me,”’ says Karas, broadly comparing the production to Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge. “This play deconstructs stereotypes. When you say stripper, there are a whole bunch of associations, but rarely mother, nurturer, animal activist, immigrant. “It’s a wake-up call that everything with a label has a story behind it.” Simultaneously funny and serious,

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the experiences in A Particular Class of Women are still relevant today. “Things change, but very slowly. I still believe that women are seen objects, as opposed to subjects, when it comes to sexuality,” says Karas, NeverYouMind Productions’ artistic director and cocreator. “But I truly believes humans want more than just shallow stereotypes, and

this play has that.” A Particular Class of Women shows at Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Ave., North Van, Feb. 18 to 22 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets:

We invite you to attend a 2014 Bus Service Optimization Open House to learn more about the proposed changes and how you may be affected, ask questions and review alternative travel options available to you.


Date: February 6, 2014 Time: 3:30pm – 7:00pm Location: Parkgate Community Center Mary Hunter Hall 3625 Banff Court North Vancouver

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From rather ordinary to rather extraordinary Tampa, Florida – Being the best at something is an achievement, and doing it repeatedly is impressive. The Honda Civic’s 16-year streak as the best selling passenger car in Canada is nothing short of astounding. For the introduction the 2014 Civic, Honda chose usually sunny and hot Tampa, to introduce their latest update. It was sunny but anything from hot, with overnight temperatures near freezing. Honda has been improving the Civic continuously since the 7th generation model was introduced as a 2012 model. Last year, for 2013, they updated the styling, handling and interior of the 2013 model and now for 2014 they are at it again. Looks The styling focus for 2014 is on the coupe. Roughly 15 per cent of all Civics are sold as a coupe, the most dominant player in the small coupe market. Last year, this sedan received updates to the front and rear styling to help make it look more upscale and sophisticated, and this year the coupe gets a similar update to the front and back, but the changes are meant to provide a sportier look with a bit more aggression. The most aggressive version of both

the sedan and coupe is the SI model that gets an even more forceful grille and front bumper design plus a rear spoiler and lower air diffuser. Wheel sizes have also changed with the regular coupe receiving 16-inch wheels, up from 15-inches, and the SI now bumps the size from 17-inches to 18-inches.

addition, the front seats are very supportive and the steering wheel is low and small for a racy feel. What is new for both the sedan and this coupe is the introduction of Display Audio system that is available From fuel on the EX and Touring economy to reliability, models. This is a large iPad-like touch-screen resale value, cost design that lets the driver of ownership and access many functions Inside sportiness the 2014 from the radio to apps One of the reasons that Honda Civic is a good that piggyback off your the Civic is the best iPhone. (No Android apps selling car in Canada is choice yet but they are working the practical, yet sporty Zack Spencer on this.) This taps into the interior in both the sedan power of your phone, in and coupe. Many people, the big screen, with full including me, didn’t integration. I liked the speed and funcinitially like the split dash with the tion of the design but really missed a speedometer on the top and the tarotary dial to adjust the volume over a chometer on the bottom, but over time touch screen volume design. Yes, there this design has proven to be a winner. is a volume control on the steering I was wrong. The split design now wheel but one next to the radio would incorporates more information to see complete the package. without having to take your eyes off the road. The trip computer and other Drive functions like radio station information Honda has made one small change are just below the front window. In and one big change to help with fuel



economy. The small one is the exhaust system has been adjusted in both the sedan and coupe to let the engine breath better, improving horsepower slightly from 140hp to 143hp. The big change is the introduction of an inhouse continuously variable transmission (CVT), replacing the old 5-speed automatic. This actually makes this little car more drivable and might be the best CVT on the market. The car snaps away from a stop and cruises with ease on the highway, with quick changes


in the gear ratio that helps mimic a conventional automatic design. In addition, there is a sport mode and paddle shifters on the steering wheel to help liven things up. Honda has done a first rate job here and their efforts have been rewarded with a six per cent improvement in city fuel economy and an overall drop from 6.2L/100km combined to 6.0L, something very hard to do with such a small car. The driving dynamics of the Civic has always been very good due to a fully independent suspension and willing engine. The 143hp is a nice match for this car and the CVT is a great complement. The 5-speed manual is a blast to drive but it could use a 6th gear on the highway, as the high-revving engine can get noisy. The steering is crisp and the car overall instills a high level of confidence. Verdict Honda admits that their Civic might not be the top choice in every reason to buy a compact car but they are near the top in all categories. From fuel economy to reliability, resale value, cost of ownership and sportiness this car is a good choice. The many improvements made to the car over the past three-model-years, has taken the Civic from rather ordinary to rather extraordinary. They know how to make a good, solid, reliable car and for 2014t hings just got a little bit more interesting. The Lowdown Power: 1.8L 4-cylinder with 143hp or 2.4L with 205hp Fill-up: 6.7L/5.0L/100km (city/highway) Sticker price: $15,690-$26,655

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Channelling your inner teenager in the snow Alexandra Straub at Camp4. submitted photos

Picture this: You’re a teenager with a driver’s license, your wealthy parents The program commences with a drivers’ briefing and introduction to have left you alone for the day and there has just been a huge snowfall. instructors. Proper seating position is explained and then it’s time to hit the Turns out, they decided to take the SUV and the Porsche Carrera 4S is track. sitting all by its lonesome in the garage. Exercises are done with two people to each car, and each All your friends are busy so you’ll need to make your own fun Porsche is equipped with radios that are linked together. today. But how? That way, the instructor can talk to you and give you The key to this stellar coupe, which generally remains under arpointers while they observe what’s going on. Sometimes you get praise. Sometimes you get construcmoured guard, somehow surfaces. Then you hear a voice calling tive criticism. It’s just part of the process. your name. You look around and wonder if you’re imagining Two major points that were stressed in any of the exerthings or if the milk you drank for breakfast had expired. cises were: look where you want to go not where you You look down and the key fob and it is speaking to you. are going and the tires can only do one job at a time. Through its German accent you decipher words like, “traction Even if you The latter means that if you are trying to brake and turn control off,” “sliding sideways,” “car control,” and the best of mess up, you keep in tandem, chances are you won’t have the maximum all, “you won’t get in trouble.” going . . . it’s part amount of traction, and therefore, you can upset the balThen giddiness overcomes your body. Your eyes widen. Your ance of the car and possibly not execute the manoeuvre smile is uncontrollable. of the learning you were trying to do. Before you know it you’re nestled cozily in the heated sport experience.” Even if you do make a mistake, you just dust off the driver’s seat, looking where you want to go and having the Alexandra Straub snow and try again. time of your life; sliding sideways on a snow and ice track in a The Camp4 program originated in Finland in 1996 and $140,000 sports car. has since been executed around the world. It’s hard to Life is wunderbar. The best part about this teenage dream is that believe how much you can learn in such a short amount of time. it’s not a teenage dream. And how much your face will hurt afterwards! – and that’s not even beIt’s a reality. cause of sub zero temperatures. For those wanting to learn car control on a designated ice/snow track, it’s The cost of Camp4 is $5,195 (plus applicable taxes.) entirely possible thanks to Porsche’s Camp4 training school. The track’s That includes three nights accommodation at The Esterel Suites & Spa (a location is less than a couple of hours outside of Montreal, Quebec at luxury hotel in a nearby area,) two full days of driving and all your meals Mecaglisse. It’s a playground for the German automaker’s rear-wheel drive and transfers from the track. 911 Carrera S and Cayman, along with the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S. As I said, even if you mess up, you keep going. And no, you won’t get in You’ll have the opportunity to drive all three vehicles in various parts of the trouble for having fun. It’s part of the learning experience. facility. Whether you are learning how to control over and understeer on the oval, or learning how to appropriately kick the back end out by blipping Visit for more information. the throttle at the slalom, chances are, you’ll have a grin on your face the whole time. And if you spin out, you just keep going.




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