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Your Community, Your Budget Opportunity for input on March 24 Join us on March 24 (7 pm) and provide input on our Draft 2014 – 2018 Financial Plan. The Plan contains our proposed operating and capital budget, highlights of our work program, and the proposed tax increase for 2014. To review the plan, visit

Traffic Notes This tree, a former resident of the William Griffin site, is lowered into its new home alongside the Spirit Trail.

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Thirteen trees from the William Griffin Community Recreation Centre site were relocated throughout the District as we prepared for the demolition phase of the project. The trees, some of which are nearly 26 feet tall and weighed in at several tons, include Japanese Maples, Dogwoods, Paperback Maples, Cypresses, and Corkscrew Maples. We are pleased to report that they are thriving in their new homes in Deep Cove, Garibaldi Park, Kirkstone Park, Princess Park, Murdo Frazer Park, Parkgate Park, Inter River Park, Delbrook Park and along the Spirit Trail at Welch Street. The first phase of the demolition is underway and involves removing materials from inside the facility. It will take approximately five weeks to complete. The playing field, lower parking lot, and trails remain open, however parking is limited. Stay up-todate as the project moves ahead, by visiting

Work is underway on the Mountain Highway section (Rupert St to Keith Rd) of the Seylynn area sewer upgrade. Traffic delays are expected and detours are in place. Please allow extra time when travelling in the area. Visit for updates. Crews are replacing a watermain on East 29 St (William Ave to Lynn Valley Rd). Please consider using an alternate route during construction as delays are expected. Please follow all signs and flag person directions. Completion is expected in May 2014. Work on Mount Seymour Parkway (Seymour Blvd to Riverside Dr) continues. Visit for details.

Do you know a young person who deserves recognition for their achievements and contribution to the community? Nominate them for a Civic Youth Award. The program recognizes District youth (10 to 24 years old) for outstanding achievements. Visit for details. The nomination deadline is March 12, 2014.

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City to explore value of $120,000 restructure study North Van city council has not closed the door on the unification debate with the district.

On Monday Coun. Guy Heywood tabled a motion, which was already unanimously approved in the district, that asks the city to approve a provinicallyoverseen restructure study. “We all know that this [restructuring] issue in various forms has been around an awfully long time — perhaps from the time the city and district were initially divided,” said Heywood. Heywood said 1963 was the last time a study of this kind was done. And while that exercise was conducted by volunteers, the subject of examining each municipality’s finances, figures Heywood, requires expert knowledge. “They need the help of paid professionals who can spend some time and look at the very sophisticated and complex organizations that we have been building here at 14th and Lonsdale — and another one at Queens and Mahon,” said Heywood. He noted an ongoing city and district shared services review has not produced much tangible result. Coun. Craig Keating disagreed, rattling off a laundry list of areas where there are shared efficiencies, including the arts and emergency services. Mayor Darrell Mussatto said the city has built up a significant financial base, and only the district would stand to benefit from “amalgamation.” Heywood said the province would put up $40,000, which would pay for some basic research. Coun. Rod Clark was concerned it might be a waste of money. He suggested the city, district and province each chip in $40,000 to elicit “real hard facts” from the study. His motion, directing city and district staff to find out what $120,000 can buy in this case, passed 4-3, with Mussatto and Couns. Keating and Linda VALUE PRICED Buchanan opposed. Maria Spitale-Leisk Mediterranean Grill


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fter some sober second thought, on Monday city council again voted to scrap the stern of the Flamborough Head. It was thought the stern’s fate was sealed last week, when council signed off on the demolition, and at the same time asked staff to look at salvaging a portion of it for a memorial. But Coun. Pam Bookham, who has championed the preservation efforts for many months, made one last effort to save the North Vancouver-built Victory ship relic by way of a motion to rescind last week’s decision. Bookham used her allotted minutes to take council on a trip down memory lane. She played the DVD the city created for the now-defunct national maritime centre plan. “… So that you will understand the rich maritime heritage that we have and that we need to preserve,” said Bookham. Afterwards, Coun. Don Bell, who said he was disappointed when the national maritime project did not proceed, was supportive of Bookham’s motion. “I think we just need to have a little more time to try and figure out if there is some way to maintain the Flamborough Head of the Cape Breton in some way,” said Bell. Coun. Guy Heywood admitted he has been flip-flopping on the issue, adding he was recently reminded of what a great artifact the stern is. “… And it deserves time to be processed appropriately by all the groups that are interested in what it represents. And I’m certainly willing to give it time,” said Heywood. City manager Ken Tollstam pointed out, if council passed the motion to delay the demolition, there would be potential legal challenges because the work order has been issued. Coun. Rod Clark was unwavering in his position on the stern. “I haven’t changed my mind. The taxpayer has paid mightily for this [stern] so far, and now I don’t see an end in sight,” said Clark. But the stern’s demolition has been upheld, as Bookham’s motion was defeated 4-3, with Mayor Darrell Mussatto and Couns. Clark, Linda Buchanan and Craig Keating opposed.


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ince returning from the Sochi Games, snowboarder Chris Robanske has been enjoying some North Shore-style R&R. Just check out his Instagram account: mountain biking on the local trails with his pro rider girlfriend Micayla Gatto; kicking back on Adirondack chairs in Deep Cove soaking in the scenery; working up a sweat at Level 10 Fitness; and enjoying lunch with friends at Sushi Bella. “I’ve had a really good time being home,” says the 24-year-old Albertan who moved to North Van two years ago to train for snowboarding. Of course, even though he’s back on home turf, memories of the 2014 Winter Games are still as fresh as the snow he was shredding earlier today on Mount Baker with another national team rider. Reflecting on suiting up for Team Canada at the Games, Robanske sums up the Sochi experience this way: “unnn-real.” “It was awesome. I know we all had a blast. Obviously the race didn’t go as well as I would have liked but we made sure to really have some fun and enjoy all the other sports and other venues as well.” In the quarterfinals of the snowboard cross event, Robanske, considered a medal favourite, led the race at times before a crash ended his Olympic dream. “I was pretty upset at the time. But then I realized I need to leave it behind at the hill. You can sit there and dwell on it but it doesn’t do you any good.” Instead, he donned his Maple Leaf gear and attended the women’s bobsled finals and then sat rinkside for the Canada-U.S. men’s hockey quarterfinal tilt. “It was amazing. They definitely don’t go as crazy as us at hockey games. But the cool thing was all the Russians are cheering for Canada,” he says. And while some journalists tweeted derisively about their Sochi accommodations, Robanske says he felt right at home at the Games, especially at the Team Canada housing complex at the Mountain Olympic Village.

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“They did such a phenomenal job making it feel like home,” says Robanske. That included everything from familiar toothpaste and Canadian snacks and coffee to beanbag chairs for comfortably lounging. “I would say it [took] less acclimatization than any of the other events I’ve been to,” says Robanske who regularly competes across Europe and North America on the World Cup snowboard circuit. Of course, last year during a test race at Sochi, Robanske got a more authentic taste of Russia. “I’d say last year when I went to the test event it was more of a shock. Seeing it a year before, staying at your everyday hotel, that was kind of like ‘Oh, this is definitely Russia.’” Robanske, who returned home with some Sochi souvenirs and authentic Russian nesting dolls, gives the host country high praise for the job it did putting on the Games. “Russia itself is a much different place than Canada but we knew they were going to put on a great show. Obviously, what seems to be an unlimited amount of money went into it. It was an incredible show. They did a phenomenal job….” And while star athlete sightings are common at the Games, one particular encounter left Robanske in awe. On the morning of the snowcross event Robanske was warming up when Switzerland’s Didier Cuche — “one of the best all-time skiers in the world,” he explains excitedly — skied into the tent to say hello to one of the wax technicians who was a countryman. “He skis right up and gives me a big high five and tells me to go for it and stuff. That was pretty cool. You expect to see other athletes but I did not expect to have that happen,” he recalls. One of the other indelible Sochi moments was “just being part of the Canadian team as whole,” he says. “I got to meet a lot of the athletes — and I had met [a lot of] them before — but going into the closing ceremonies as a full team, and the people, the fans are cheering for Canada, it’s pretty cool. Really, really, cool.”

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Around the kitchen table A group of North Shore seniors transformed a cookbook into a historical compilation of cheerful, challenging and inspirational memories centred around food BY MICHAELA GARSTIN

REMINISCING - Contributors Gail Coleman (above left) and Ira MacInnis, both North Shore residents, recreate a dessert from North Shore Volunteers for Seniors’ new cookbook. Some of the stories in the book include memories of hard work during the Great Depression, including at factories similar to the one in the background. Rob Newell photo/ File image


hen a group of 50 North Shore seniors gathered to create a cookbook, the result was much more than a list of recipes. Around the Kitchen Table: Reminiscences & Recipes, compiled by North Shore Volunteers for Seniors, is a series of memories associated with food, many of which are startling to imagine today. Favourite recipes are added alongside each autobiographical snippet. Most of the seniors, now in their 80s and 90s, remember the strong role food played as they grew up in the 1930s during the Great Depression. “For many, the story isn’t the food they had eaten, it’s the food they hadn’t eaten,” says volunteer coordinator Alison Bridger, who gathered the stories and took photos for the book. “Everything was rationed: meat, sugar, eggs.” “For many, the During the Great Depression, a significant per cent story isn’t the of people lost their jobs and affording food was difficult. Long lines formed at soup kitchens run by churches and food they had charities, but countless people were still forced to go eaten, it’s the without. Many dishes in the cookbook come from this era, with food they hadn’t improvements made once ingredients became more plentiful. eaten.” Discussing the recipes, which include chilled cherAlison Bridger ry soup, traditional Fishermen’s pie and tamale pie, Volunteer coordinator a popular 1950s dish, brought back some memories that had been buried for years. It was an exercise that transformed a traditional cookbook into a valuable piece of history. ***** Deirdre Cowan remembers eating baked beans, potatoes, Spam fritters and more baked beans. It was the height of the Second World War, and she was working long hours for England as a decoder in direct contact with the Maquis Underground in France. “We were absolutely top secret,” she recalls. “The messages came to us in French,

and though I could barely speak French I could divide up the words.” Food was scarce, especially meat and eggs, so the decoders drank sweet tea to keep them energized for standard 18-hour shifts. “We had powdered eggs. You put water in them and then you had scrambled eggs. “Sometimes if you were lucky, you had a friend who had hens, and they might give you an egg or two, which was really exciting.” Cowan worked in an operation similar to Bletchley Park, a decoder headquarters located in Buckinghamshire that is heralded for its vital importance to England’s national security and the Allied forces ultimate victory. It was here that German, Japanese and other Axis nations’ communication was interrupted. Even though the food they were served was less than appealing, Cowan says it was nutritious. “…Almost all you needed to be healthy were potatoes. And there was no sweets, no sugar, no fat.” During the last years of the Great Depression, most people in England ate the same simple food. Creamed chipped beef on toast, macaroni and cheese and soups were popular frugal meals. “The food they gave us was appalling. I mean, it was wartime and we had baked beans, endlessly baked beans,” she says, thinking back to her youth 70-odd years ago. For Cowan and other participants, the stark memories of the Second World War are strongly associated with the modest meals they ate. ***** Earlier this year the seniors gathered to recreate some of the cookbook’s recipes, some of which hadn’t been made in years. They tried Fishermen’s pie, a traditional British dish, made with fish off-cuts, leeks, milk, butter and potatoes. “It brings back so many memories. Based on the idea of food, they could write whatever they wanted,” says Bridger, who added photos to further entice readers’ memories. “I have a fridge from the ’40s that was my parents. I took a photo of that,” she says, flipping through a draft version of the book. She also included pictures of chil- dren’s books and toys made in the early half of the 20th century. “They may say ‘yes, I played with these toys, I remember that.’” Thinking of food, or lack of it, made Cowan recall her years as a decoder for England, an intensely stressful but exciting time. It’s been roughly seven decades since the Second World War, but she remembers every detail with ease. While the Americans stationed nearby enjoyed eggs and bacon for breakfast, the English workers made do with paraffin oil instead of fat to make cake. Despite the tough times Cowan remembers the experience with a sense of humour. She was a university student at the beginning of the war but took a position with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry because she wanted to serve England. Instead of becoming a nurse, however, she was given the job as an inter signaler to decode messages for England. And even though she worked relentlessly late hours, her parents never had a clue about her secret life. “My parents thought I was a waitress and they were fed up with me. They never knew what I did — it was amazing,” she writes in the book. ***** For Laura Olga Holm, a senior living on the North Shore, creating the cookbook brought back memories of her childhood. But unlike contributers growing up during the Great Depression and other tough times, she has fond memories of delicious meals, particularly seafood caught near her hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “We would walk along the water when we got off the ferry, and they had all this lobster in the window that was already shucked...” her story in the cookbook reads. Her family often bought a pound of fresh cooked lobster to have for dinner. “And we might just eat it like hors d’oeuvres. It was just so good.” Recollections of Maritime seafood stretched into adulthood when Holm and her husband bought a heaping 200 pounds of lobster for a big “hoedown” at a local cottage. “A lot of friends came and we had lobster, potato salad and fresh rolls, and either blueberry or apple pie... “Two or three of us could play the guitar and a couple were wonderful fiddlers — that was great fun!” Like other participants, many of Holm’s most cherished memories centred around food. In her family’s case, there were lucky to have plenty to go around. After interviewing the participants, Bridger sent the recording to a transcription service. Besides shortening the length of some stories, the memories went in verbatim. Underneath the personal stories, she added tried-and-true recipes, including beet leaf rolls, red pepper jelly and Ukrainian borscht. “It’s honestly the best borscht I’ve ever had,” says Bridger from her office while the contributors discuss creating Around the Kitchen Table: Reminiscences & Recipes. They have just finished tea and cookies and are eager to see the final version of cookbook. Around the Kitchen Table: Reminiscences & Recipes is available starting March 13 for $10 at North Shore Volunteer for Seniors, 275 21st St., West Vancouver. *With excerpts from Around the Kitchen Table: Reminiscences & Recipes

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ast week, it was in one of the smallest, nondescript meeting rooms at the Vancouver Convention Centre where a few wine writers had gathered to have a chat with Michel Chapoutier, the current owner, winemaker and philosopher of Maison Chapoutier in France’s Rhône Valley. Though a couple thousand trade and media were flocking through the International Tasting Room for the first hours of sampling the wares of 177 wineries as an epic view of the water and North Shore mountains shone throughout it all, we considered ourselves the lucky ones to be crammed in the small space, garish artificial lighting and all. It was, simply, a rare opportunity to discover what makes a legend tick. Having purchased the property from his grandfather when it was facing bankruptcy in 1990, Chapoutier had returned from spending time in California, finding himself inspired by biodynamic practices and their successful results with regard to vineyard farming. The multi-use farms in place of monoculture, the lack of chemicals in favour of natural elements and using the lunar schedule, which affects the earth’s gravity pull, as a guide to when vines, grapes and wines should be tended to, are all aspects that are now in common practice throughout his vineyards. Deeply philosophical, he is a man who points out that while modern biodynamic farming was spawned by Rudolf Steiner in 1920s Austria; “You only have to look towards Taoist philosophies of the last few millennia to see the exact same thing.” He’s a man unafraid to unleash a little cheeky bravado, sharing that, “Every winemaker will tell you that their region is the best in the world, but what makes the Rhône Valley so unique is that in the Rhône, it’s actually true.” He points toward the many appellations like Hermitage, Châteauneuf-duPape and Saint-Joseph, and how it’s each of their unique soils and conditions that make the region as a whole, all the more exceptional. Though most wines in the region are built from well-known varieties like Syrah, Grenache, Viognier and more, he sees the grapes as a mere vehicle to express their soils’ qualities and sense of place. While it is the Rhône Valley that will always be synonymous with the name Chapoutier, he is unafraid to go way past its borders for worthy projects. His Schieferkopf property way up in Alsace

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allows him to play around with Rieslings and the like, while he continues with Rhône varieties like Syrah and Grenache down in Australia for the opportunity to plant roots in the oldest soils on Earth. It’s never easy to sum up biodynamic farming in a few words, but I was a fan of his analogy. “Say you’re getting headaches. With the philosophy of conventional farming, you’d take an aspirin. With an organic philosophy you’d try some willow tree bark, a natural remedy. With biodynamics, you’d step back and see what’s causing the headaches. Blood pressure? Improper sleep? You then change the big picture to create a better whole self.” To get a good sense of the man and his wines, these three bottles are a good start.

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Perfect Pairings: Kurtis Kolt teams up with Loblaw’s City Market Outlook wine columnist Kurtis Kolt is hunting the aisles of North Vancouver’s Loblaw’s City Market in search of the perfect pairings to go along with his weekly wine picks. Now, let’s get pairing: This week’s wines each have their own distinct styles and qualities. While they’re an absolute delight to enjoy on their own, it’s when they meet food that they’ll enter another dimension to revel in. Schieferkopf 2010 Fels Riesling, for me, begs for something creamy for the wine’s acidity to strike through, yet carrying enough flavour for the bright, fruity character to play around with. Umi’s Kitchen Seafood Curry Sauce, used with your seafood of choice, should be a worthy challenger to step up to the plate here; the smattering of spices will complement the wine’s minerality. Bila-Haut 2012 Rouge is chock-full of savoury fruit, and served with a bit of a chill, will brighten up rich dishes that have some pretty bold flavours. We’re going to actually stick with our Indian theme here, and enjoy it alongside President’s Choice Dal Lentil Stew. Stew There’s a touch of heat to the stew, but the wine’s lovely fruitiness will have no problem lapping that up. Finally, Chapoutier 2011 Meysonniers Crozes-Hermitage is a meaty, peppery wonder. Grab a Triple-A Beef Tenderloin Roast or a Prime Grade Striploin Steak, and do it up right!

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n Irish dance studio from North Vancouver is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a round of “front clicks,” “sevens” and “bicycles” at roughly 80 shows booked around March 17. Ranging in age from six to 24, the Eire Born Irish Dancers from Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy have a busy week of performing during CelticFest Vancouver and other St. Patty’s celebrations at Lower Mainland pubs, community centres and seniors homes. In total, the group consists of 50 dancers divided into seven troops. “The majority of the youngest dancers are drawn to the lively music and the intricate foot movements,” says instructor Nora Pickett, who began Irish dancing at just seven years old. Her two daughters began learning the steps as toddlers. “There is a lot of jumping and loud rhythm on the floor,” she explains. “They can feel the music in their spirit, the power of their legs moving and making all the cool rhythms.” The energetic sound comes from the dancers’ “heavy shoes” with fiberglass tips and leather tops. CelticFest Vancouver’s 10th annual parade, which runs through downtown Vancouver on March 16 starting at 11 a.m., is one of the


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SLOW DOWN, PLEASE - This crosswalk at Colwood Drive and Queens Road is a chief concern for some Edgemont Village-area parents, who say motorists are not paying attention to the signal. Rob Newell photo

District parents seek safer routes to school The Handsworth family of schools has started a group called Safe Routes Advocates which is lobbying the district and school board for traffic safety improvements MARIA SPITALE-LEISK S TA F F R E P O RT E R


rin MacNair cringes at the thought of her kids stepping foot in the crosswalk at Colwood Drive and Queens Road. Last year a parent volunteer was hit twice by a vehicle while helping students navigate the busy thoroughfare that leads in and out of Edgemont Village. MacNair is part of a North Van district parents’ collective that has taken it upon themselves to temporarily mitigate traffic issues near their children’s schools while they wait for the municipality and school district to take action. North Shore Safe Routes Advocates, whose members hail mainly from the Handsworth secondary family of schools, presented their concerns to district council in January. “The main problem we have is with Colwood and Queens. There is a flashing light, but drivers just don’t heed it,” MacNair, a mother of two Highlands elementary students, told The Outlook last Friday. “It’s pretty scary actually, because people are not paying attention.” Ridgewood Drive and Ayr Avenue is another trouble spot for the young pedestrians — as is Highland Boulevard and Belmont Avenue. “People have a really hard time stopping, we don’t understand why,” said MacNair. The Parent Advisory Council at Canyon Heights and Highlands elementary schools recently paid for sandwichboard-style, yellow signs emblazoned with a big heart and the words: “We love our kids, please slow down.” Meanwhile, the Safe Routes Advocates group is asking the district to do their part to improve road safety near schools. They have requested staff review recommendations in a report they have provided, implement the district’s Bicycle Master Plan and start a safe route to school pilot project for Highlands elementary. “We are encouraging [the district] to take a close look at the Queensbury [elementary] pilot project,” said MacNair. A year ago North Van city conducted a traffic management study around Queensbury school as part of a pilot project for Active and Safe Routes to School — a national movement that encourages cities to promote the use of walking and biking to school. Since 1997, the city has allocated $70,000 in its annual budget to help the North Vancouver School District fund five adult crossing guard positions. Last week city council approved a funding increase of $23,800, which will, in part, afford the school district a crossing guard for Queensbury. “We would love it if the district could earmark some money for crossing guards,” said MacNair. Currently, parent volunteers and students take on that role near some of the district schools. After the crosswalk accidents at Colwood and Queens, the volunteer crossing guard position at that intersection was pulled. Historically, when funding has been available, the district has taken a piecemeal approach to tackling roadway safety near schools. In 2010 and 2011, the municipality and school district collaborated on two studies to identify strategies to improve routes to Seymour Heights, Lynn Valley, Upper Lynn, Braemar, Ross Road and Cleveland elementary schools. And some improvements have already been made:




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ith Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013, there’s plenty to celebrate when it comes to Canadian authors. Canadian literature is as varied as our country with something for everyone. Here are five recent, notable titles from Canadian authors – all available at the North Vancouver District Public Library. Pick one up and have a read.

Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman

Grandmother Annie Weird gave each of her grandchildren a special power when they were born. Now on her deathbed, Annie’s instructions are for her family to come together from all four corners of the country in order for her to release the blessingsturned-curses she placed on each of them. What follows is a fast paced, quirky story as the weird siblings rush to meet before Grandma’s looming final departure.

Cataract City by Craig Davidson

Duncan and Owen are two childhood friends born and raised in Niagara Falls. Both dreamed of growing up and escaping their gritty, working class roots. Now as adults, Owen is a local police officer and Duncan is serving a prison sentence for manslaughter. While they now exist on opposite sides of the law, a shared ordeal in their past ties them together. Cataract City is a gritty, gruelling story of hope, friendship, survival and escape. It’s a story of place and how where you are from shapes who you become.


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Whether she’s playing Carrie Bradshaw or just being herself on the red carpet, Sarah Jessica Parker knows shoes. SJP’s first-ever shoe line for Nordstorm is filled with strappy, open-toed heels in soft colours and as well as some single sole pumps and sandals, it’s a welledited and wearable first showing. Read more on

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Jack Lewis is a dashing jazz musician when Vivian meets and falls in love with him in 1950s Toronto. Later, when they are married, the surprising truth of Jack’s heritage is revealed. He is a light skinned black man who denied his roots and instead chose to live as a white man. Based on the author’s own family history, Emancipation Day explores race relations in Canada in the 1950s and tells a thought provoking story of identity and belonging, fathers and sons and ultimately, love.

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

This is a well-crafted, psychological thriller with comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. In the Silent Wife, Jodi and her long-term partner, Todd, live in an affluent lifestyle in a beautiful condo in Chicago. Jodi is a psychotherapist and Todd is a real estate developer with a penchant for philandering. Before the first page is out, we learn that Jodi will become a killer and thus begin the gripping journey to the inevitable result. Told in alternating voices between husband and wife, we get both perspectives of their unfolding domestic catastrophe. Lisa Winkelaar is a librarian at the North Vancouver District Public Library’s Parkgate Branch

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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.

The risk of developing glaucoma, dubbed “the thief in the night” because it has no symptoms in the early stages, is another reason early detection is important. “You can lose at least 50 per cent of vision from glaucoma before you would know it,” explains Dr. McRoberts, founder of Optomeyes clinic. Anyone over the age of 40 should be routinely tested for glaucoma, a gradual loss of mid-peripheral vision, where the fibres in the optic nerve slowly die. Eventually, all that is left to look through is a narrow tube. “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, very recently, 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 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. McRoberts, who adds the advent of technology and computers has created an increase in the number of nearsighted children. There are myopia progression treatments for these children as well. The key here is to prevent high prescriptions from occurring. One final piece of advice from Dr. McRoberts is ”our practice is big on ocular nutrition. Eat your leafy greens, Pharmaceutical grade omega-3s and orange peppers, and avoid fried foods.”





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t’s time to name Canada’s largest gantry crane that now sits at the foot of Pemberton Avenue. Seaspan’s new 300-tonne crane arrived at Vancouver Shipyards by barge in late-February. It was shipped from China on a deep sea ship in three large pieces — the fixed leg, hinged leg and main girder — along with thousands of smaller components to Fraser Surrey Docks before being offloaded and transported to Seaspan at North Vancouver’s waterfront. At 80 metres high and spanning 76 metres wide, it’s the largest in Canada. North Vancouver students in Grades 4 to 7 are coming up with NEW HEIGHT - The main girder of Seaspan’s 300a name for the crane, which will tonne crane arrives at Vancouver Shipyards late last help deliver non-combat vessels month. Submitted photo for the Royal Canadian Navy and $200-million modernization project, the crane Canadian Coast Guard. is scheduled to be working by this summer. The winner of the contest will have his or The overall two-year project began in October her name permanently etched onto the crane. 2012 and is slated to be finished in the fall. While Seaspan isn’t picky about where the “No construction project is complete without name comes from, spokesman Jeff Taylor says creative inspiration, and I personally can’t there needs to be meaning behind it. want to see some of the great names that “The name should be two words or less and are sure to be submitted,” said Brian Carter, then the students will tell us why they chose president of Seaspan Shipyards, adding the it,” he tells The Outlook. crane is the latest landmark in the National Roughly 4,000 students from 25 schools Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, an effort across North Van are taking part in the conby the federal government to increase the test. number of navy and coast guard ships built in An intricate part of Vancouver Shipyard’s Canada. Students must have their crane names in by March 14. The grand prize, which includes iPad Air, will be presented during an offiVALUE PRICED an cial naming ceremony at Seaspan. Entry Mediterranean Grill forms are available at in the News & Media section. d i n e i n • ta k e o u t • d e l i v e r y



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PLAYER, coAch ANd REfEREE Bill Ruby (#4) is shown with North Van High’s basketball team in 1966, plus below at right being photographed by Bill Cunningham while receiving the third-place trophy at the B.C. high school tournament as Gladstone’s coach in 1979, and at far left refereeing in the tourney in the 1980s.

Bill Ruby’s gem of a career The makings of a unique trivia question began at Handsworth 50 years ago


ill Ruby, who grew up playing basketball at Handsworth and North Vancouver high schools, is the answer to an interesting trivia question. Who is the only person to play, coach and referee in the top-tier of the B.C. high school boys’ basketball championships? And you need to know that Ruby didn’t just play, coach and referee in the tournament which is set to begin its 69th annual edition on Wednesday, March 12, at the Langley Events Centre. No sir. Ruby was selected as a second-team all-star as a player in the tournament (1966), became the head coach of two top-eight teams (third in 1979, seventh in 1980) and was chosen to referee in the championship game (1990). That covers four decades, although technically the years ending in 0 are at the end of a decade, not the beginning. However, there’s no disputing Ruby’s amazing versatility at such a high level. Bill Ruby’s prowess on the court first became recognized with his selection by the local senior coaches as a North Shore all-star while a Grade 11 guard at Handsworth in 1964, exactly half a century ago now. He was a second-team choice along with teammate Ed Richmond, West Van’s Phil Langley, North Van’s John Hart and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Bob Lidgate. The first team was made up of Dave Rice and Glen Carter of Delbrook, Ken Kern and Mike Dowty of West Van and Argyle’s Bob Molinski. By the 1964-65 season, Ruby, Richmond, Langley and Lidgate were all North Shore first all-stars with Molinski who by then had transferred to North Van High. The next year Ruby moved over to North Van for the 1965-66 school year to take Grade 13 which was then in its last year in the B.C. school system. Ruby, Jim Kardash, Russ Black and Bill Russell led the Norsemen to third place at the B.C. championships, the best finish in school history. The B.C.s then consisted of one tournament for all schools regardless of size. A second tier was added in 1969, a third in 1979 and this year for the first time in boys’ basketball there are A, AA, AAA and AAAA competitions according to the male student population in Grades 11 and 12, though schools may choose to move up to another category if they feel they can compete. Ruby played two years as starting guard with UBC’s junior varsity team (winning the Canadian junior men’s championship in St. John, New Brunswick, in 1967) and one season with the Thunderbirds before a serious ACL injury in soccer put him out of sports for an entire year. To stay in basketball, the game he loved, he took up an offer to coach UBC women’s junior varsity team, his first coaching position. He did return to play hoops later in the old Dogwood senior A men’s league where he captained the Vancouver Capilanos team to the Canadian title. After graduating with a teaching degree, he taught and coached at Gladstone in Vancouver where his Gladiators made the B.C.s in 1979 and 1980, the first time for the school since 1965, pulling off huge upsets to finish third that first year. He eventually switched to refereeing and during his 10 years with the whistle he did games at the B.C. AAA girls’ championships one year and then four years for the boys, officiating the 1990 title game. He also refereed at the university level. Following retirement from teaching at Gladstone (21 years) and Tamanawis in Surrey

(11 years), he returned to coaching his sons Glenn and Drew at Surrey’s Clayton Heights. By the time the boys were playing senior, Bill had the school in the 2010 B.C. tournament for the only time in the school’s history. He’s now in his fourth season as assistant coach with Trinity Western University’s men’s team. And it all started back there at Handsworth, the year the school opened in September 1961 as a Grade 6-9 school. “The year I came there, we were the oldest,” he reflects now. “Every year they eliminated one grade and added one. We were the senior class every year. It was a small grad class so we became very, very close. There was a small group of us that lived relatively close to Handsworth and we were all very athletic and we all played all sports. I would have played volleyball, soccer, cross country and basketball, all with the same guys. “I can remember Doug Jennings, who was the P.E. teacher at the time [and eventually superintendent of schools in Surrey] and our basketball coach from Grade 9 to 12, saying, ‘Okay, we’re Handsworth. What should we call ourselves? What should be our nickname?’ We just bantered it around, throwing out names. Whether we came up with the name [Royals] or somebody else did, I can’t remember. But I remember him asking that because it was kind of unique, obviously, and very interesting. “In some ways it was neat because we were the leaders but it also was a big hindrance because we never had anybody to look up to. We never had anybody to lead us, to set any precedent for us to try to attain certain goals or anything. It was always just blank.” Grade 12 at Handsworth is actually where Ruby got his start refereeing. Jennings asked him if he’d referee during a Grade 8 tournament. “At the end of the day, he handed me $10 or $15. It was the first time I ever got paid for refereeing. Hey, I thought, that’s a good deal. I had fun refereeing. I never thought I was going to get anything. That carried over to when I was coaching at Gladstone. I made it mandatory that if you played on the senior team you had to referee at either the Grade 8 boys or girls level. When I left Gladstone there was something like seven players who had gone into refereeing. “When I was a player at North Vancouver, our coach, Ed Pedersen, said that one of the most important recognitions a team can have at the high school level in a major tournament was to be selected as the most sportsmanlike team. That year, North Vancouver did win that award and I know Ed was extremely proud of that accomplishment.  “My first year coaching in the tournament with Gladstone, I also told my team about that award and how it signifies not only being competitive but also doing it with respect for the game itself, your opponents and for the referees.  And that year Gladstone also was selected as the most sportsmanlike team. This I am very proud of.  To have won the award as a player and a coach, to me is something special.” Whether Bill might even be the only one to have been part of a most sportsmanlike team as both a player and a coach, I don’t know, but for sure he is the answer to the unique playercoach-referee trivia question.  

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Luxury wheels at just the light price MALAGA, SPAIN - It might be winter here but it’s always nice to look forward to warmer days, filled with sun and clear roads. To get a sneak peak at what better weather looks and feels like, plus get a chance to drive the all new Mercedes GLA250 and GLA 45 AMG, the advanced drive program was held in Malaga, Spain. The GLA is built of the same platform as the hot, new CLA sedan that arrived last fall. Developing it into a taller, more practical small SUV is perfect for young families or couples that want the same underlying goodness that is in the CLA but with standard all wheel drive (AWD) and ease of use. Pricing has not been confirmed but when it arrives this fall, expect the same aggressive pricing that the CLA delivers. That car starts at $33,900 but with AWD comes up to $36,800. Looks This new GLA is not as tall as the B-Class, which also shares the same platform, and not nearly as low-slung as the CLA. The GLA has a less aggressive front grille

do a great job of and stance, plus directing air flow smaller wheel sizes to just the right compared to the location. The centre high performance cluster below the GLA 45 AMG version screen is very that sports 19-inch straightforward and wheels compared easy to master. The to the base 18-inch difference wheels, but even the Mercedes Benz is biggest between the base base model can get larger wheels as part enabling more people model and the 45 AMG are the seats. of the Sport Package. to access its brand The base comes The small, more with smaller less with faux leather aggressive touches expensive vehicles. 12-way power seats and the lowered susthat look and feel pension do make the Zack Spencer very good. Leather AMG look sportier is optional plus the seats are more and more purposeful but the standard GLA with the optional 19-inch bolstered. The AMG gets upgraded seats as standard equipment but wheels is a head turner too. race inspired Recaro seats are Inside part of the Exclusive Package and The dash of the GLA is almost look superb, thanks to aluminum identical to both the CLA sedan accents and chunky side boland B-Class hatchback. There is a sters. Other differences include a prominent screen mounted high in centre-mounted shifter in the AMG, the centre of the dash, like an iPad where the base 250 gets the more application. practical column mounted gear seThe rest of the dash is sporty lector, which frees up much needed and functional thanks to stylish storage in the centre of the car. jet engine inspired air vents that Speaking of space, the back seats are much more practical compared to the CLA sedan thanks to a higher roof, bigger back windows and much better outward visibility. The cargo area isn’t huge at 1235L but the rear seats do split and fold for additional cargo capabilities.


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Driving through the mountain canyons back from Granada to Malaga was a real treat. The countryside is rustic and beautiful and the twisty roads sublime. The base GLA never set a wheel wrong and the 7-speed duel-clutch automatic can be left in economy, sport or manual for each driving situation. All GLA models come with standard AWD and this system can detach the rear wheels and drive in FWD for better economy but switches seamlessly back when more traction or cornering capability is required, plus Dynamic Cornering Assist applies just a small amount of brake force to the inside wheel when cornering to aid in the process. The 45 AMG takes things to a completely new level. The 2.0L 4-cylinder is hand assembled and pumps out a whopping 355hp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The 7-speed transmission and AWD system have been adapted by AMG to deliver a go-cart like drive that is so reassuring and potent that it makes the driver look and feel fantastic. Cornering is effortless and the bigger wheels and lowered suspension give great feedback but it is not jarring. Verdict Mercedes Benz is enabling more people to access its brand with smaller less expensive vehicles. The new GLA 250 and GLA 45 AMG are certainly very attractive, powerful and fun vehicles to drive. The Lowdown Power: 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder with 208hp or 355hp Fill-up: N/A Sticker price: N/A

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