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Two people were taken away in ambulances after a car flipped onto its roof on Fourth Street last Friday afternoon. The single-vehicle accident happened on a steep incline between Royal Avenue and Agnes Street about 1:15 p.m. Police said the vehicle was going down the hill in the wrong lane, hit a support wire for a utility pole causing it to flip onto its roof. The NWPD also said both occupants of the vehicle suffered minor injuries. The cause remains under investigation but alcohol isn’t believed to be a factor.
U.S. luring charge follows local complaint Family complaint passed on to FBI in United States A complaint from a New Westminster family has led to a 20-year-old man being indicted on child pornography charges in Pennsylvania. New Westminster police said the family contacted them about
their 13-year-old daughter and inappropriate images that were being sent over the Internet by an unknown American. After doing an initial investigation they turned over what they found out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
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The New Westminster board of education plans to approve a budget for the 2014-15 school year by the end of April. But that’s much too late for some parents. The school district announced a timeline for its budget process last week. It will involve not only balancing the budget but also beginning to make up for the $5-million deficit it has accumulated. The process involves three regular board meetings and two public sessions, with a final decision April 29. “To be completely honest, trying to understand the process and the rationale for the process is very confusing to me and most parents,” said New Westminster secondary parent advisory council (PAC) chair Stephen Bruyneel. “Maybe we’re looking through a small lens (at NWSS) … [but] why not give us a ballpark budget?” please see suPerintendent, a3
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CITYPAGE CHILD & YOUTH FRIENDLY COMMUNITY STRATEGY If you have children aged 0 to 17 years, the City of New Westminster would like to hear from you. The City and the Society for Children and Youth of BC are seeking your input to develop a Child and Youth Friendly Community Strategy. This strategy will inform the future design and development of the city and will help ensure that neighbourhoods better meet the needs of children, youth and families. To complete the survey, please visit: surveymonkey.com/s/HV676D3
VANCOUVER FOUNDATION’S NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANT PROGRAM The Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grant Program is now active in New Westminster. The intention of this program is to connect and engage community members at the neighbourhood level by providing individual community members with small amounts of money to develop their ideas. Examples can include a block party, a book exchange, a community garden, a local food potluck, a seniors appreciation event, etc.
COUNCIL MEETINGS Monday, March 24 No Council Meeting Please note that council meetings are now video streamed online at www.newwestcity.ca.
For more information, please visit www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca or contact Family Services of Greater Vancouver at 604-525-9144. The deadline to apply for the first application intake is April 7, 2014.
For more information, contact John Stark, Senior Social Planner, City of New Westminster, 604-515-3777.
FOURTH STREET OVERPASS CONSTRUCTION - TEMPORARY FRONT STREET CLOSURES Construction on the Fourth Street Overpass will begin Monday, March 24, 2014 and continue until the Fall of 2014. During this time, there will be intermittent road closures along Front Street, between East Columbia Street and Columbia Street, to westbound traffic. Westbound traffic will be rerouted temporarily to Columbia Street during these periods. Local access will be maintained throughout the construction period and affected businesses will receive advance notification before road closures take place. For updates on the Fourth St Pedestrian Overpass project and upcoming road closures, please visit www.newwestcity.ca/fourthstreetoverpass, or contact the Engineering Department at 604-527-4592.
GLENBROOKE NORTH RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING Thursday, March 27, 2014 New Westminster Public Library, 716 6th Ave. upstairs in the Plaskett Room 6:45 pm registration; meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Agenda: Pedestrian Safety in Glenbrooke North Help us map our neighbourhood and prioritize trouble areas • vehicular traffic; high risk areas; streets, sidewalks, crosswalks and lighting Harvest Box A 10 pound box of fruit and vegetables will be given away to a GN resident attending the meeting.
2014 WATER MAIN FLUSHING PROGRAM The City of New Westminster Water Branch commenced the annual program of flushing water mains on Monday, March 17, 2014, for a period of approximately twelve weeks. This procedure will cause pressure fluctuations, some discolouration and sediment in the water reaching your home or business. These conditions should be of short duration and will not pose a health hazard. If your water appears discoloured, run a cold water tap until the water clears. City staff will try to minimize any inconvenience. For more information, please contact Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691.
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Author inspired by tales from ‘the other side’ New Westminster doc pens novel about Eastern front based on father’s stories Grant Granger
Robert Hirzer didn’t know much about his father’s Second World War experiences fighting for “the other side.” When he did find out, though, a novel was born. “I just always thought that would make a great book,” says Hirzer of his father’s stories. Karl Hirzer was an Austrian conscripted into the Nazi German army and trained as a mountain trooper. His unit was never used for that purpose, spending the war on the Eastern front. He didn’t talk much about those years to young Robert. But in the last decade or so the stories started to tumble out of him. Hirzer loves fiction. He loves to read it. He loves to write it. The family physician and New Westminster resident has written many unpublished short stories. “Sometimes in medicine there isn’t always an
opportunity for creativity,” says Hirzer. His father’s recollections inspired Hirzer to write a novel based on the stories. He calls The Last Plane a “fictionalized memoir” which he has self-published. After the war, Karl Hirzer spent a couple of years in Soviet prisoner of war camps before moving to Canada. He settled in the heavily German Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario where Robert and his siblings grew up. Karl worked in construction and also made furniture, some of which Robert still has in his Queens Avenue home. Most of Hollywood’s history of the Second World War focuses on the Allies and their exploits on the Western front. Hirzer says they were hard to watch for his dad. “My father would leave the room when those shows were on (TV) and not talk about those things,” recalls Hirzer. “My father was a good man.” In his later years, Hirzer’s father talked of the hardships on the Eastern front. He spoke of harsh winters and cruel conditions. “It was just a horrific conflict,” says Hirzer.
side,” says Hirzer. up. Those anecdotes have Hirzer, 59, retired from evolved for Robert into a his Coquitlam practice last fictional yarn about a poor October but still fills in for family with five children in other doctors when needed. Austria between the world But he doesn’t expect he’ll wars. be doing another novel The storyline intertwines anytime soon. with those of their “I much prefer the descendants in Canada and writing process to the elsewhere. Hirzer says it’s a marketing process,” says mix of historical romance, Hirzer. “I haven’t bet the adventure and mystery. farm on this, and haven’t “By making it fiction quit my day job. It’s just there are fun getting a few a story out advantages,” there you feel It was a story that just says Hirzer. wasn’t told on the other passionate “With about.” side. fiction you His sister can get into a character’s loves the book, and his spry head and create more of an 84-year-old mother keeps interest that way. It’s just “flogging it to her friends,” more readable.” says Hirzer. Hirzer says he was Unfortunately, although also inspired by advice his father knew he New Westminster author was writing a book he Annabel Lyon gave during developed dementia and a talk. died in December at the age “She said write 200 of 92. words a day. If you follow The soft cover book is that rule you start to layer available at amazon.com things together bit by bit,” and at Renaissance Books says Hirzer. “It starts to on Sixth Street. Ebook pour out of you.” versions are also available Hirzer worked with at amazon.ca (Kindle) and an editor for six months kobobooks.com (Kobo). to strengthen his novel. An official book launch is He decided to publish it at the New Westminster himself when two of the Public Library on Saturday, five publishing houses he April 12, 3 to 5 p.m. sent the book to went belly
Robert Hirzer, a retired family physician, has written a novel, The Last Plane, inspired by his father’s experiences as an Austrian conscripted into the German Army and fighting on the Eastern front during the Second World War. Karl Hirzer moved to Canada after the war and as a hobby made furniture, some of which Robert has in his New Westminster home including this box.
Karl told him about the Seige of Leningrad, which lasted 28 months. Hirzer says it was “terrible for both sides.” “Not many returned to Austria. A lot of them
succumbed to starvation and disease,” says Hirzer. Two of Karl’s brothers were not heard from. “They just didn’t come back. It was a story that just wasn’t told on the other
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In January, the PAC called for the district to produce a projected budget by mid-February. They wanted the board to decide which programs would survive and which wouldn’t so parents could plan for the next school year. Bruyneel said it’s already too late for some parents to switch
school districts. He noted, for example, deadlines for International Baccalaureate in others districts have passed. The district said in January it couldn’t draw up a budget until the province determines its funding. But Bruyneel said they should have been able to come up with a good estimate. Bruyneel said he met with
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Tides no longer attempts to hide its strategy of targeting energy development in B.C. and Alberta. Its tactics are well known, too. Environmentalists need highprofile wins, and the economic pain is best inflicted outside of the U.S., the biggest polluter in world history. Organizing for Change’s stated priorities for the year are the “last stand of the Great Bear Rainforest,” the “Sacred Headwaters” and the Water Sustainability Act. Professional protesters are mainly just taking credit for the 2012 buy-back of Shell’s coalbed gas licences around the headwaters of the Nass, Skeena and Stikine Rivers. Tahltan Central Council declared that territory theirs in 1910, and having pros roll in with slogans and graphics wasn’t exactly crucial to the outcome. Their greatest marketing success so far is the Great Bear Rainforest, which is continually portrayed as being in peril from hunting, logging and of course, oil and gas development. One of the documents Krause unearthed is a 2008 plan entitled “Tar Sands Campaign Strategy
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Fond memories of Mr. Gair Re: Long-time NWSS hoop coach dies (NewsLeader, March 14) It was a pleasure to be associated with Bob. He was an exemplary role model and mentor. Honoured to have known him. Christman Lee •••••
If he had to go, he could not have planned it any better. I was always so Proud to have him for my brother. Joyce Gair Wareham •••••
My fondest memories of Mr. Gair, were in grade 8-9 PE class when I would be running the infamous figure-eight run, and all I would hear from behind was “Let’s get a move on, Mr. Wood,” as he would be chasing me. Brad Wood
I work at Northview Golf and Country Club. My Wife and I have known Carol and Bob for about 20 years. Bob Gair and his friends golfed at ••••• Northview once a week I met Bob in 1964 when during the season. Every week I I joined the phys ed staff would look forward to chatting at Vincent Massey. We with him and his group. We always joked around as Bob had became good friends and our families spent vacations quite the sense of humour. You and time together. Bob was a will dearly be missed my friend. Dave and Marena Dyke hardworking, generous and honest man. He will be missed. ••••• Ron Homen Bob was so loved and will ••••• be missed by so many. He was He will be missed by those of golfing, he had just parred the us he touched and always had 14th hole and dropped on the a moment to listen to us when 15th... He did not suffer !
we were not always receptive to having any body help us ... He was able to break through barriers that some of us (as teenagers/Gen Xers) put up and explain to us in a way we could understand. Scott T. Bergeron •••••
Bob Gair will always be remembered. Our daughter, Jennifer Ward, played for Bob in three consecutive years culminating with a provincial championship in 1994. There were numerous trips on weekends that we thoroughly enjoyed with Bob and Carol. Bob was always exemplary, a great role model, a dedicated coach and most of all a good friend. You will be sadly missed, much too young to leave us. Frank Benoit
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Creating inclusive workplaces in New Westminster Many of us have been in taxis driven by former doctors and engineers â€“ highly skilled people who could not find work in their professions after coming to Canada. Perhaps you know a barista who was once an accountant or a floor cleaner who formerly polished teeth. Finding any sort of employment is an important part of immigrating to a new country. Securing a position appropriate to your education and training is even more critical in the integration process. Immigrants can readily access programs designed for job seekers. But how receptive and welcoming are employers when it comes to hiring immigrants? Led by MOSAIC and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, the Welcoming and Inclusive New West (WINs) Inclusive Workplaces project set out to answer this question over the past year. The group conducted interviews, focus groups, and an online survey. They asked about practices related to everything from recruitment and hiring to integration in the workplace and retention of employees. And they also learned the facts: new immigrants are expected to fill many of the job openings in New Westminster Mustafa saMi/Contributed over the next 20 years in such areas as health care, education, It was an inspiring day at Century House last month when New Westminster Welcoming and Inclusive (WINs) hosted a celebration of the financial services, and large retail. work achieved over the past year. More than 380 people came out to enjoy everything from lion dancers and henna body painting to turban tying and drum circles.
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some employers maintain contact But the research also identified with immigrant specific employment serious obstacles, including services. government immigration policies not One employer adjusts the interview targeted or quick enough to find the process and uses visual aids to required employees. overcome language barriers. And also, the fact many local Another provides cross-cultural businesses are unaware how best in-house training to improve staff to attract, train, and retain new awareness of cultural differences and immigrant language employees. barriers, QuiCk Wins QuiCk Wins Key New while a Some ways local Westminster Major employers in New third grants businesses adapt: West have shared their employers special leaves • Free ESL classes expertise about what came for religious has worked, and the • Cross-cultural training challenges as they strive together to holidays, • adjusting interview to be inclusive. act as an provides a process Advisory prayer room, Committee, providing input and and offers free ESL classes. guidance for the Inclusive Workplaces These are just a few steps employers project. can take to integrate immigrants WINs was fortunate enough to successfully. attract Fred Pagotto from Lowe’s, To further this kind of thinking, the Vicki Shillington from Douglas Mustafa saMi/Contributed WINs planning table has developed In addition to speeches, the WINs celebration in February included a community drum circle led by Lyle Povah from a comprehensive self-assessment tool College, Joanna Whalley from Westminster Savings, Jalpa Ruparelia Drumming and Health. and a list of helpful resources for from TransLink, Patrick Service from This group met monthly to discuss wonderful things they are already doing to New Westminster employers who want to Kruger and Laurie Sing from Immigrant real-life examples of business challenges include immigrants in their businesses. improve their Human Resource practices Services Society of BC. and solutions, and shared some of the To recruit skilled immigrant workers, in hiring immigrants.
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Local institutions, such as schools, the healthcare system, and local organizations are essential to the integration of newcomers to the community. Public spaces reflect social inclusion where local authorities and service representatives can promote the integration of immigrants. Equal access to public services and employment opportunities inform newcomers’ success in forming intercultural relationships and reduce their perception of discrimination in the community. The Welcoming Spaces Project of the WINs initiative was lead by Family Services of Great Vancouver (FSGV) in partnership with MOSAIC. This project provided a positive, structured opportunity for an assessment team of New Westminster immigrant residents, local agencies, and institutions to learn more about creating welcoming and
inclusive environments in the city. An assessment tool was developed and tested to provide first impressions and further feedback on how welcoming institutional facilities appear to immigrants. This tool will be made available for institutions to assess their own spaces. The project components included: • Three focus groups and two training sessions • The development of the Welcoming Spaces assessment tool • Seven assessment visits to participating agencies and organizations • Seven individual confidential reports and one general report To create dialogues that encourage conditions that welcome and integrate newcomers, representatives of the Welcoming Spaces immigrant assessment team
also prepared a series of presentations for government representatives and main stakeholders on the assessments’ results and recommendations. The following were considered the main characteristics of public spaces that welcome immigrants: • promotes human contact and multicultural activities • is safe and accommodating for English language learners • has design and visual features that reflect community diversity • promotes involvement • reflects the local culture • is well maintained • has a unique or special character • has patient, supportive staff who promote a climate of cultural sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect. They are also knowledgeable about the different resources to assist immigrant clients.
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How do we create Receptive Communities? The third element of the WINs initiative, the Receptive Communities project, created a community dialogues toolkit to provide guidance that will facilitate awareness-building, intercultural relations and mutual trust. The toolkit allows participants to find what they have in common through individual perceptions, shared feelings and personal experiences. In November 2013 Family Services of Greater Vancouver, in partnership with Immigrant Services Society of BC, used the toolkit to implement a series of community dialogues named “Common Ground Circles”. The dialogues focused on four different social groups in New Westminster—seniors, men, women and youth—and incorporated best practices for engaging the community in order to build broader support for newcomers living in New
Westminster. The dialogues created space for real listening and understanding, and provided opportunities for all New West residents—newcomers, refugees, naturalized Canadians and native-born Canadians—to create long-term and positive relationships. The Common Ground Circles turned the shared immigrant stories and experiences into an informational tool, developing sympathy and connection among participants. As a result, nonimmigrant residents left with positive thoughts about their understanding and appreciation of their immigrant neighbours. A video series of the community dialogues highlighting the stories shared and connections made can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/ commongroundscircle
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A turban-tying demonstration was included in the New Westminster WINs celebration at Century House last month. There was also a showcase of 20 photos from the Through the Lens photography contest revolving around the theme of what a welcoming and inclusive community looks like. And at the end of the day’s event, Saja Agha received the People’s Choice Award for her photo Planting Diversity. You can view the photos on the second floor of the New Westminster Public Library during the month of March. For more information on the event or WINS visit www.facebook. com/newwestwins. Mustafa saMi/Contributed
Who’s involved in Wins? The Welcoming and Inclusive New West partner table includes participants of the following organizations: City of New Westminster: City Council, Development Services, Economic Development, Parks, Culture and Recreation Douglas College Elizabeth Fry Society Family Services of Greater Vancouver Fraserworks Immigrant Services of BC Lower Mainland Purpose Society MOSAIC New Westminster Chamber of Commerce S.U.C.C.E.S.S. School District #40 Umbrella Coop Western Society for Children
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‘B.C. is truly the leader when it comes to innovative design and quality construction’ “ from page. 15 1 the way they deserve to be looked after.” Adera Development Corporation also went home a winner, with awards for Best Multi-Family Low Rise Development for Sail at the University of British Columbia and Multi-Family Home Builder of the Year. Solterra Developments was also well-represented at the Georgies, with their awards for Best Project Identity, Best Multi-Family Kitchen – New and Best Interior Design Display Suite – Single-Family or Multi-Family, all for Keefer Block in Vancouver. Talisman Homes took home the Best Single Family Home up to 2,000 Square Feet under $500,000 for their home at Tsawwassen Springs, while first-time winner Saiya Developments Ltd. received the Best Single Family Home over 2,000 Square Feet under $750,000 award. Another first time winner, Alchemy Construction Ltd., took home the award for Best Townhouse Development for their Lonsdale Contemporary project in North Vancouver. Epta Properties received the Best Multi-Family High-Rise Development award for their condominium project Avra in White Rock. Forge Properties was also a big winner at the Georgies, with four awards for Best Advertising Campaign, Best Sales Centre, Best Salesperson of the Year in New Home Construction for Adriana Cikojevic and Marketing Campaign of the Year, all for their condominium project Royce. Among the renovators honoured at the Georgies was Shakespeare Homes for Best Residential Renovation over $800,000 for their Mountain Highway project in North Vancouver and reVISION Custom Home Renovations for Best Residential Renovation $500,000 to $799,999. Blackfish Homes and Construction took home the award for Best Custom Home valued under $750,000, while Tamlin Homes received the award for Best Custom Home valued between $750,000 and $1.5 million. In two of the more exciting categories of the night, Atira Women’s Resource Society won the awards for Best Innovative Feature and Best Environmental Initiative, both for their development built out of recycled shopping containers. Located in the Downtown Eastside, the homes provide safe, affordable housing for women in the neighbourhood. For a full list of winners and finalists, visit www.georgieawards.ca.
The gala awards ceremony took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, and was emceed by Wayne Cox. Portrait Homes was among the big winners, taking home several awards for Hampstead, below. Martin Knowles photo above, Portrait Homes photo below, Brian Dennehy photos below left and left.
Making it all make sense “ from page. 15 1 for Stor-More Closet and Blinds. “You may want to close the doors and just ignore it. Sometimes getting a fresh set of eyes is a good thing.” She suggests emptying the closet completely and taking a look at everything you’ve pulled out of it. “If you haven’t worn it in 12 months, you’re not going to wear it,” Carnaby says. “People can be sentimental about their clothes, but if you have a fresh new organizer, why would you put back something you don’t use?” Organizing a closet, or indeed almost anywhere in the home, is about more than functionality. Closet storage has come a long way from the plain white metal shelving and plastic boxes that many grew up with. Now doors, baskets, shelving, rods and racks are all available in a variety of finishes and colors. You can even find dedicated racks for ties, belts, pants and more. Shoe collectors can keep their favourite and most beautiful pairs on display while keeping the others tidied away. “You can also find pull-out laundry hampers, for example,” says Carnaby. “It’s possible to organize almost anything.” However, just because something looks good doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. “Sometimes something that looks pretty isn’t necessarily the most functional,” says Carnaby. “If you have 20 pairs of shoes, you don’t want storage for only 10. You need to have a game plan for what you’re storing.” Storage is also about more than just clothing and shoes. Carnaby says that she often sees people requesting storage for crafting materials, home decor such as holiday decorations, and wrapping paper and bows. “A professional can take your ideas and work with them,” says Carnaby. “There are so many things you can do with a closet now.” Another benefit of having a professionally organized closet is being able to get rid of furniture pieces that can clutter a room by installing drawers and shelving in the closet itself instead of having to store clothing and other items in a chest of drawers. “The possibilities are endless,” Carnaby says.
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Shakespeare Homes wins Georgie for North Vancouver renovation By Kerry Vital For North Shore builder Shakespeare Homes, winning a Georgie Award is one more feather in their cap. “We were up against some great competition,” says Mark Cooper, president of Shakespeare Homes. “This win is really a tribute to our talented staff and trades.” Cooper and his team earned the Georgie Award for Best Renovation over $800,000 for their Mountain Highway project in North Vancouver. The original home was built in the early 1960s, and came with a set of challenges. Among them were the strict rules that governed the location and height of the house, as well as regulations around the stream-side location. The original house had a broken foundation and was beginning to slide down to the creek, and the owners were looking for a change. One of the homeowners had grown up in a heritage house and wanted to include some of those details in his new home. However, new zoning rules would have required the home to be built right against the road due to setbacks from the stream and boundaries of the property. Shakespeare Homes went to the city of North Vancouver and learned that they could re-build the home right where it stood. “The Georgie committee appreciated that we were working with many restrictions,” says Cooper. “It takes more than pretty pictures to win a Georgie.” Inspired by the actual 1880s architecture of the original neighbourhood, Shakespeare Homes added a third storey to the house, and incorporated hand-cut granite
stonework, double-exposure cedar shingles and exposed rafters and soffits, among other heritage details. “We were also working with an eye to building green,” Cooper says. Among the environmental initiatives in the new home is a natural storm water treatment system that collects runoff, filters it and releases it back into the creek. Shakespeare Homes also built a detached garage with its own heritage-
style architecture. It looks like a carriage house, with its own heat, power and bathroom, and features a vaulted cathedral-framed ceiling. “This home is a real testament to the high quality that Shakespeare Homes provides,” says Cooper. Shakespeare Homes was also a finalist in the Best Residential Renovation $300,000 to $499,999 category for a project in Deep Cove.
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Where to splurge and where to save in your kitchen renovation By Kerry Vital Home renovations can be costly, to both your time and your wallet. But not everything has to be top-dollar. Many local experts have plenty of ideas for where you should splurge and where you should save. Kitchens and bathrooms are often two of the most expensive renovations in the home, as well as probably being the rooms used the most. You might be hesitant to choose less expensive options for either space, but it’s the surfaces that you really wouldn’t want to cut corners on. “People use their countertops every day,” says Aaron Woods, marketing manager for FLOFORM Countertops. “You want to spend money on the things you see every day.” Sheryn Calvert of Calvert Design Studio says that the biggest splurge in a home should be the technology, especially when it comes to kitchen appliances. “Steam ovens are a new way of cooking,” she says. “The food retains more flavour, and you can cook multiple items in a steam oven without transferring the flavours and scents between them. It’s a healthier way of cooking.”
It’s also best to splurge on the items that you care the most about. Do you love the look of elegant built-in cabinetry or the most up-to-date stainless-steel appliances, for example? The things that make you smile are worth leaving a bit of extra room in the budget for. Calvert also recommends purchasing items that will make your life easier, whether it’s a gadget that you’ll use every day or a storage solution to keep your counters clutter-free. “You want to get things out of your sight,” she says. These things don’t have to be expensive, but any time savings are well worth the cost, especially first thing in the morning. Calvert’s biggest tip for saving in the home is a well-known adage. “I’m a big advocate of reduce, reuse, Keeping your kitchen clutter-free can be one of the best investments you can make recycle,” says Calvert. “Reuse and refresh in your kitchen, along with the things you see every day such as countertops and items that you want to bring to life again.” cabinetry. FLOFORM photo above, Cutler Kitchen and Bath photo below.
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Shedding some light on a bright situation By Kerry Vital Like most home decor items, lighting has changed over the years. Gone are the yellowgold fixtures, mood lighting and lava lamps. Instead, something much more modern is taking shape. “LED is the hottest topic in lighting right now,” says Jim Ormshaw, lighting product specialist for the Robinson Group. “I’ve been in the business for 30 years and I have never seen so much conversation on one topic.” LED bulbs, or Light-Emitting Diode, are more energy-efficient than older bulbs, and have a much longer lifespan. They emit less heat, and Ormshaw notes that they have a much better colour now than they did in the past, as well as are capable of being dimmed. The rise in LED has influenced lighting design, especially with the generous rebates offered by the B.C. government when homeowners swap their old lightbulbs for the Among the trends in lighting this year are the rise of LED bulbs, new style. plenty of sparkle and polished metals. “It really makes sense to switch them out,” The Lighting Warehouse photos above and below right, Robinson Lighting and says Ormshaw. Something that homeowners Bath photo above right. need to keep in mind is that the 100-watt incandescent bulb will no longer be available in British Columbia once the current supplies in fixtures that will use LED bulbs.” stores are exhausted, along with the 75-watt. Homeowners are Antique-style bulbs with an exposed still able to purchase 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs for now, but filament, often called Edison bulbs, are also those will also be banned at the end of 2014. seeing a resurgence. “We feel that LED bulbs will replace the compact fluorescent “We’re seeing them in regular fixtures and bulbs,” says Sub Ketchen, owner of The Lighting Warehouse. old-fashioned ones as well,” says Ketchen. “It’s “They’re really making great strides and represent energy a great vintage look.” savings for the consumer.” Edison bulbs are available in a variety of Because LED bulbs have a 20- to 25-year life span, Ormshaw designs, from the traditional lightbulb shape notes that they are great for hotels and other businesses, as well to orbs to cylinder styles. as high-traffic areas in the home that will need the lights on Ormshaw has noticed a return to a more frequently. vintage look himself when it comes to “The price for LED bulbs is dropping dramatically,” says Ormshaw. “Right now there is a big race to manufacture “ more page. 20 10
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It’s also the best way to add a pop of colour if you’re not sure of how it will look. Changing a pillow or drapery can be a lot less expensive than purchasing a brand-new chair or sofa in the season’s latest colour that may no longer be popular in a year. “Switching out toss cushions and throws to a bright vibrant colour is a simple and cost-effective way to brighten up your space,” says Antonich. “Wallpaper is also an instant game changer.” Wallpaper has come a long way since the fussy florals and patterns everyone shudders at the thought of. Now, you’ll find plenty of options for any taste, from muted stripes to bold patterns and textures. When it comes to decor, old textures are new again. “We’ve come full circle with 60s Mod textures,” says Calvert. “It’s coming back in a big way.” She’s also seeing a return to velvet, though this one is different than the ones many saw growing up. “It’s a velvet with no sheen, sort of a matte finish,” she says. “We’re also seeing more sophisticated fabrics like wools and other suiting fabrics.” Patterns are also going back in time, with herringbone Among the trends for spring this year are pops of colour, herringbone patterns showing up in many applications, including flooring, fabrics and and shades of pink, orchid and blue. stone, among others. Photos submitted by Calvert Design Studio “We’re still seeing a lot of eclectic design,” says Antonich. “A mix of modern, traditional and rustic with an international flair.” “We’re also seeing big architectural lights, like pendant lights,” says Calvert. “They’re simple, refined and not fussy.” Even the metals used in home decor are changing. “Copper and brass metals are coming back,” Calvert says. “But you have to be really careful with that. You don’t want to put in brass faucets in the kitchen for example. You have to use them in a refined, very selective way.” She recommends adding the metals as an accent on a piece of furniture. She recently saw a copper sink that she describes as “stunning” as well as a copper hood fan. “You wouldn’t do the whole house,” she says. “It’s also a more subdued metal than in the past. It’s more of a soft matte brass rather than the shiny one we had before.” Antonich is also seeing a return to old-fashioned metals such as copper, gold and rose gold. “Gold hardware in the kitchen including hood fans” is something new for spring, she says. In the bedroom, Antonich suggest crisp white linens to enhance the airy feeling of a room that should be made for relaxation. Decluttering is the best way to renew your home for spring, Calvert says. “Spring is about rebirth and renewal,” she says. “A William Morris quote that I like is ‘Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.’ I think that says it all. You want your home to be a refuge.”
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Traditional and contemporary combine in countertop design By Kerry Vital One of the big decisions to be made when renovating or building a kitchen is the countertop. It’s one of the first things you notice in a kitchen, and the most-used surface in the house. But like anything else in your home, countertops are subject to changing trends. “Stone is the biggest trend right now,” says Aaron Woods, marketing manager for FLOFORM Countertops. “We’re seeing a lot of granite and quartz lately.” Woods attributes this to the style and hardness of the product, which can take more wear and tear than other materials. Natural products are also popular due to the ability to be completely different from one piece of stone to the next. “With natural stone, every shipment is different,” says Amit Thale, director for Aeon Stone + Tile. “There’s a uniqueness to that.” “The organic and natural look has a big presence,” Woods says. “We’re seeing a return to more natural patterns.” Classic colours such as greys, whites and taupes are still popular, Thale says, with more of Like most items, countertops are subject to trends. It’s important to consult a professional an emphasis on the white and grey side. when choosing a countertop and ensuring it fits with the other elements in your kitchen “White and grey offer homeowners the clean, such as cabinetry and flooring. simple lines they’re looking for,” says Domenic Aeon Stone + Tile photo above, Caesarstone photo above right, FLOFORM Countertops photo right Oppedisano, chief operating officer for “People tend to stick with classic colours in their countertops,” Caesarstone. “We’re also seeing thinner edges Woods says. “The bright and bold tends to be in the paint, which is and thinner countertops in general. This gives the homeowner the an easier application and less expensive.” clean look they’re looking for.” When homeowners are replacing a countertop or choosing He also notes the increase in waterfall-style countertops, which pour over the edge of a section of cabinets or kitchen island and reach something for a new home, Thale recommends bringing cabinetry and flooring samples as well, to ensure the entire room is cohesive. to the floor. Something else to keep in mind is to always work with a certified “Contemporary style is getting stronger and stronger,” says Peter Raimondi, branch manager for White-Wood Distribution Vancouver. countertop professional who can advise you on your options and work with you to find the perfect countertop for your home that “People are looking for clean lines and no clutter of any kind.” also fits your style and budget. As in most home items, trends in countertop design come and “The kitchen is the centrepiece of the home,” says Raimondi. go. Thale notes that a past popular style was speckled granite, but he “You want something that’s easy to maintain and is functional.” rarely sees homeowners choosing that anymore.
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Transportation Minister Todd Stone says workers in far-flung industries across B.C. are facing layoffs because of the continuing strike by Metro Vancouver’s container port truckers. “The stories are coming in fast and furious,” Stone said Monday. “Canada’s largest port cannot continue to be disrupted as it has been for the last 10 days.” Stone said 142 workers have been temporarily laid off at Aspen Planers in Merritt, because the mill has been unable to ship finished lumber by container. And he said layoffs are also beginning or anticipated at various Lower Mainland manufacturers that can’t get components they import – including one plant in Richmond – as well as at mines in the Kootenays and northeastern B.C.
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go back to work in the meantime. Asked if Ottawa should legislate a return to work, Stone said he encourages federal officials “to consider any and all options they feel are appropriate.” Port Metro Vancouver has also signalled it could suspend or terminate the port access permits of truckers who refuse to get back behind the wheel. Stone said the province is working as quickly as possible to implement the two of 14 action items that are within provincial jurisdiction.
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The BC Government is proposing to ofﬂoad the province’s world-class recycling programs, run by local municipalities, to an association led by big multi-national corporations. The idea is that we’ll get a better, more efﬁcient program that costs taxpayers less.
Currently, BC homeowners only pay, on average, $35 a year for curbside recycling. Under the proposed regime, you’ll pay more. Every time you bring home a pizza, buy toilet paper,
Unfortunately, what we’ll really end up with is anyone’s guess.
How much more? Well, nobody’s saying.
The association isn’t guaranteeing that we’ll get a better program, or even one as good as the current Blue Box program already in place. Since the association is led by big businesses outside of BC, many of whom are not even headquartered in Canada, one could presume that proﬁts will come before environmental stewardship. They usually do. They also won’t guarantee that there won’t be any job cuts here in BC.
Here’s the only thing anyone does know: we already have a Blue Box program that works, is efﬁcient, managed locally and puts the BC environment ﬁrst. So why is the BC government ﬂipping a coin, bringing in a questionable recycling program that some of our local elected ofﬁcials are already calling a “scam?”
And how is this supposed to make things better for BC?
or pretty much anything else that comes in a package, businesses will be passing their increased costs on to you.
It’s time to contact Premier Clark and ask her.
What’s going on here?
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EvEnTs New Westminster Historical Society: Presentation on the theme of “Heritage Afloat” including more colourful maritime accounts, tales, and photographs. Ashleigh Hibbins from the Fraser River Discovery Centre will also talk about a new project that connects the theme to the anniversary of the start of the First World War and local river related stories. Free and everyone welcome. When: Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Auditorium, New Westminster Public Library, 716 – 6th Ave. Fur, Feathers and Feet: Listen, look and identify the signs that animals leave as they pass by. Dissect owl pellets, feed the ducks and geese, examine fur and feathers, and make a plaster track to take home. Free, all ages, drop-in event. Allow one hour to complete activities. When: Friday, March 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park, meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave. off Winston Street. Info: www.metrovancouver.org.
Mad Science: Science educators present hands-on experiments, special guests, and an amazing live show for the family this spring break. Activities and exhibits by donation. “Fire and Ice” show is a ticketed event. When: Saturday, March 22, 1-4 p.m., ticketed show 2
p.m. Where: Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster. Cost: Fire and Ice $7 for one adult and one child, plus $5 for each additional child. Info and tickets: 604-521-8401.
Just Duets: Just Duets is Andrea Smith and Dave Lidstone in a musical collaboration of wonderful sibling-like vocal harmonies with solid guitar accompaniment. They perform from their new CD Get On Board. When: Saturday, March 22, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Where: Renaissance Books, 43-6th Street, New Westminster. Tickets: $10 at 604-525-4566. Info: renbooks@telus. net or www.renaissancebookstore. com
Notice of Upcoming Closure Highway 1 Ironworkers Memorial Bridge The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure would like to notify the public of the planned full closure of Highway 1 at the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge on: Wednesday, April 2, from 1:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m.
Both the overhead signs spanning the width of the bridge will be removed during this closure, and traffic will be directed to use Lions Gate Bridge.
The eastside bridge sidewalk remains closed until August 2014. Once the eastside sidewalk is completed and reopened, the westside sidewalk will close until March 2015.
This work is part of the safety fence installation and sidewalk widening construction for the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge project. To find out more about this project visit the project website at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/highwayprojects/IronWorkers/index.htm
For more information, please contact Project Manager Jay Porter at 604 527-3105, or by e-mail at Jay.Porter@gov.bc.ca
Floriography: New Westminster Arts Council presents Floriography: The Silent Language of Flowers, an exhibition of works by artist Grazyna Wolksi. When: Until March 29, 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Where: Gallery in Queen’s Park, Centennial Lodge, New Westminster. Municipal Pension Retirees’ Association: The MPRA works on behalf of those receiving a municipal pension to improve benefits. Burnaby District 02 meets and welcomes new members. When: Thursday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Bonsor Centre, Metro Sports Room, 6550 Bonsor St., Burnaby. Info: Pam, 604431-0179.
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CHRISTOPHER NIGEL BROWN August 13, 1960 - March 6,2014 On March 6th, 2014 our dear Chris passed away from cancer which he courageously fought right to the end. He was born in Huddersfield England and came to Canada in May 1967 with his family. He worked at Clark Trucking for 30 years and will be sorely missed by all those that had the privilege of working with him. Predeceased by his father Reginald, Chris is survived by his ever loving wife and best friend Coleen, mother Olive, mother and father in law Marg and Doug, children who he admired and respected Matthew, Chelsey (Mike), Nicole (Kyle), Mikayla (Kyle), his three grandchildren Addy, Evan and Logan, sister Janet (Keith), brother Rob, sister in laws Diana (Stewart), Simone, cousins, nieces and nephews and many good friends who were always there for him and will cherish his memory for ever in Canada and England. Chris was an exceptional craftsman who could turn his hand to anything woodwork, metalwork, machinery, there was never a challenge too big for him. His boat “The Hangover” is a legacy to Chris’s wonderful workmanship. He was a wonderful father, loving husband and grandpa who was the happiest when he was with his family nearby. He loved to entertain, travel to the sunshine and spend time at his pride and joy their home together on the lake. The family would like to thank Dr. Lee, all the nurses at RCH, CGH, Abbotsford Cancer Clinic, the home care staff and many others for the warm and compassionate care that they gave to Chris. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and by those who loved him. Please join us for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1pm at The Best Western Rainbow Inn on Lickman Road, Chilliwack.
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A Notice of Refund Eligibility was mailed to all clients of The Cash Store and Instaloans who negotiated a loan agreement between November 1, 2009 and March 23, 2012 who also purchased cash cards at the time of negotiating that loan agreement. The Notice of Refund Eligibility that was mailed to clients included a claim form that eligible claimants can use to verify their identity for the purposes of claiming a refund.
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Completed claim forms are to be submitted by July 31, 2014.
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DONALD’S MARKET VEGETABLE AND OKRA CHIPS Vegeable Chips 170g Okra Chips 110g
Assorted Varieties 16 Tea Bags Product of USA
Assorted Varieties 473 mL Product of USA
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SIMPLY WHEY - GLUTEN FREE WHEY BARS Assorted Varieties 40g Product of Canada
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