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Concord Pacific paid $4,347 in taxes on its waterfront property

False Creek lot worth far less than typical home Mike Howell Staff writer

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t is one of the most prized pieces of undeveloped waterfront land in the city. At nine sprawling acres, with unobstructed views of the eastern point of False Creek and the Olympic Village, it would cost a bundle to buy. Or would it? If the value set by the B.C. Assessment office is any indication, the property owned by Concord Pacific Developments Inc. has a surprisingly low market value. This year, it was assessed at $400,000. Last year, it was $192,000—a value that dates back to 2001 and included an additional three acres of land until Concord subdivided its properties in the neighbourhood last year, according to assessment office records. The value has translated to several years of low tax bills on the land, including a $4,347.43 tab last year. The property is bounded by Pacific Boulevard, Quebec Street and the strip of False Creek waterfront that runs between Carrall Street and the Telus World of Science parking lot. Twenty years ago, Concord struck a deal with the provincial government and the city to build a park on the property. The deal was part of Concord’s plans to develop the former Expo lands from the north end of the Granville Bridge to the World of Science. Concord purchased the lands from the province in 1988 for $320 million and has developed most of the 204-acre property, including water lots. It has left Northeast False Creek and the park site as the last piece of the project. But the park site has not remained idle. Over the years, the vast piece of asphalt has been used for a variety of events, including the Molson Indy, the Cirque du So-

Patsy McMillan (left) and Fern Jeffries, co-chairs of the False Creek Residents Association, have closely monitored Concord’s development plans for Northeast False Creek. photo Dan Toulgoet leil and more recently, Olympic pavilions and Molson Hockey House. Concord has made millions of dollars leasing the land known in planning documents as the Creekside Park Extension. The Quebec government, for example, paid Concord $1.3 million to set up the Maison du Quebec on the property during the 2010 Winter Games. Concord now has plans to make more money on the land. It wants the park site reconfigured so it can build three highrises that would back up against the Georgia viaduct.

If approved by city council, Concord would give up some of its waterfront property to accommodate a longer, narrower park between the World of Science parking lot and the Plaza of Nations. But until council decides on the proposal, which could come in the fall or early next year, Concord will continue to generate more money from the land with the return of Cirque du Soleil in July. So what’s wrong with that? What seems like a good business move on Concord’s part is contrarily described by leaders of a neighbourhood group as a

developer enjoying a sweet deal while the future park site remains covered in blacktop. Patsy McMillan and Fern Jeffries, cochairs of the False Creek Residents Association, have closely monitored Concord’s development plans for Northeast False Creek. The fact that city politicians, many of whom received generous campaign donations from Concord over the years, have not questioned the assessed value of the park site or the taxes on it is troubling, they say. Continued on page 5

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City has not appealed assessed value of Concord Pacific park site

Continued from page 4 “When the city and the park board are having to make cuts to their budgets and raise property taxes, why isn’t anybody looking at this?” said McMillan, whose 14th floor apartment on Quebec Street overlooks the park site. The city’s interest in Concord’s proposal to reconfigure the park will only lead to more delays in the developer’s promise to build it, they believe, noting the park board rejected the reconfiguration. “Concord Pacific has promised a park as part of its development and we believe council should hold the developer to that promise,” said Jeffries, who lives in a townhouse near Tinseltown. “We’ve been waiting 20 years for this park and Concord may force us to wait another 20 years while they reap ongoing profits from rentals to the Cirque du Soleil and others interested in taking advantage of this wonderful waterfront setting.”

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o to the question: Why, for several years, has the park site been assessed at a value far less than the average home in the city? “It’s complicated,” answered Deborah Francis, the assessment office’s deputy assessor for Vancouver. But the specific details that complicate the answer is information only shared between the assessment office and Concord, said Francis, citing privacy rules.

“I can say we have done a considerable amount of due diligence on the subject property you are referring to and we believe that the market value of that property is correct.” Generally, Francis said, value is set after reviewing information such as planning documents, land prices, zoning regulations and any restrictions on the property. The assessment office must be able to justify the value in court, she added. “So we don’t just set the value willy-nilly.” Concord’s park site has some of the most contaminated soil in the city. Creosote and various chemicals and oils were left in the ground when the property was home to industry. Francis would only say the soil issue is a “red herring” when asked about it being a factor in setting the $400,000 value for nine acres. But she noted council’s approval in October 2009 of the Northeast False Creek Higher Level Review was examined in determining this year’s assessment. “That Higher Level Review would definitely impact some of the valuation of the surrounding properties, but may or may not have reflected the park land,” said Francis, when asked why the property’s value jumped from $192,000 to $400,000. Effectively, council’s approval of the Higher Level Review opened the door for mixed-use development on Concord’s two properties adjacent to the park site. Continued on page 6

Boundaries of Concord Pacific land in Northeast False Creek The Concord property designated for a nine-acre park was assessed at $400,000 photo illustration this year. Last year, it was assessed at $192,000.

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Continued from page 5 The approval translates to the developer being given the green light, subject to rezoning, to build at least six highrises—three more, if the reconfiguration of the park is accepted. Those two properties, on the east side of B.C. Place and GM Place, are divided into five lots and range in value from $1.7 million to $19.5 million, according to this year’s assessment. Combined, the properties are 7.8 acres and have an assessed value of $62.7 million. Taxes are estimated to be close to $1 million. The 5.7-acre chunk of property on the east side of B.C. Place is what the city’s planning director Brent Toderian refers to as “the trigger” in getting the neighbouring park site built. That property, which is being used this Sunday for the Vancouver marathon, also contains contaminated soils. And as per an agreement with the city and Concord, the park cannot be built until that property is developed. The province agreed to pay for soil remediation, which could mean moving soil off site or treating it and using it as part of the park’s development. The province has a small soil treatment facility under the viaducts. “There’s been the suggestion that Concord or the city haven’t done what they’re supposed to have done,” said Toderian. “That’s not accurate because the original deal had always been that certain development steps would kick in the requirement to build the park. And those certain development steps haven’t happened yet.” Those steps will occur after the city consults the public in a series of forums on the possible reconfiguration of the park site. Toderian wouldn’t provide a timeframe for the public dialogue. “I wouldn’t guess how long it would take but I would say that a key message is to give it enough time for us to have a very good engagement and consultation from the public,” he said. “There’s very strong feelings about the park and so we don’t want to shortchange that process.” The debate about reconfiguring the park comes as planning staff studies whether to demolish the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts—a request introduced in a motion to council from Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs, who describes the structures as “an eyesore.” Such a move could free up more space for Concord to develop but Toderian noted the developer’s proposal to reconfigure the park doesn’t consider the removal of the viaducts. Besides, he said, a decision on reconfiguring the park will likely be made before determining the future of the viaducts. He added that “you don’t necessarily need to come to a conclusion on both to have a conclusion on one.” To the question of property tax Concord pays on the park site, it is not an arbitrary number, according to Ken Bayne, the city’s general manager of business planning services. As Bayne explained it, the city sets the taxes based on the assessed value determined by the assessment office. He agreed the taxes on the park site

Concord wants the park site reconfigured to allow three new highrises (left side of model) near the Georgia viaduct. photo Dan Toulgoet “seem low” but not for the value. “We don’t say, ‘Well look there’s a market value here and it’s too high or too low and so we’re going to charge you something different.’ We don’t have the authority to do that.” But the city has the right to launch a third party appeal with the assessment office, if it believes the assessed value is too low. It hasn’t in the case of the park site. “The city hasn’t appealed and I don’t know the reason,” Bayne said. “We haven’t had specific conversations about those values and about whether they’re appropriate or not.” But Bayne pointed out focusing on one piece of property instead of all of Concord’s properties in Northeast False Creek doesn’t give proper context to what the developer pays in tax. “While one piece of property may very well appear to have a low value, and the developer is making money off it, they may be paying considerably more taxes on an adjacent piece of property that they’re not doing anything with.”

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o what does Concord think about all this? The Courier met with Matthew Meehan, senior vice-president of planning for Concord, at the company’s sales centre, which is temporarily located on the park site. First, the company’s explanation on the assessed value of the land: “There’s no buildings [allowed to be built] on it, so it really doesn’t have any value,” Meehan said. “It may not be the answer people are looking for, but this is the anomaly you have with master plan communities. People kind of look at one piece and go, ‘What’s that all about?’ But you’ve got to look at the whole plan.” Since it bought the former Expo lands in 1988, Concord has paid millions of dollars in taxes, said Meehan, noting some of that tax money was for 41 acres of property that was turned into parks and given to the city. They include David Lam, George Wainborn

and Coopers parks. A little known fact about Concord’s development of the lands is that its first project was the construction of Andy Livingstone Park on Keefer Street, a few blocks north of the park site in question. “That was a commitment to help out the Downtown Eastside,” said Meehan of Andy Livingstone, which is largely a turf sports field. “That park was built before one tower was erected.” Concord then shifted to building highrises in Yaletown and built enough towers to accommodate 7,900 residences. As Northeast False Creek is built out, that number is expected to jump to 10,000 residences. So why reconfigure the park site? Meehan’s explanation is the city wants to build a large plaza and pier on the waterfront near the Plaza of Nations, which would effectively cut through Concord’s property and eliminate its ability to build three highrises on the land. Knowing that, Concord hired architect Gregory Henriquez to consider a reconfiguration of the park that would allow for the three highrises lost under the city’s plaza plan to be moved elsewhere. Hence, Concord’s desire to build three highrises that back up against the Georgia viaduct and reshape the park so it is longer and narrower, still with roughly the same square footage. “There’s some issues with it, but overall we think it has a lot of merit,” said Meehan, noting the reconfigured design could include a soccer field, a feature not considered in the current shape of the park. Either way, the park is estimated to cost up to $20 million to build. When built, the park is expected to include a reconstructed seawall, café, picnic area, a water play feature, washrooms, storage for dragon boats and access to a non-motorized boat dock. As Meehan tells it, the area residents could have had a park in the neighbourhood 20 years ago. Continued on page 7


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Councillor, deputy assessor, park commissioner can’t explain assessment disparity Continued from page 6 Not the park in question that Concord has promised, but one the city decided not to have built under a deal with Bosa Development Corporation. Bosa built the three blocks of highrises that run north from the Vancity building at Terminal and Quebec to Prior Street. Known as Citygate, the city took $6 million from the developer instead of requiring a park be built as part of the project. That $6 million went to upgrade Thornton Park in front of the train station near Main and Terminal and the purchase of 7.5 acres of land on Malkin Avenue, the future Trillium Park. The city also bought a small piece of land at Fraser and 8th for a park site. “To me, that’s where the problem started,” Meehan said. “One of the problems you have with park pay-in-lieu is the residents don’t get a park where they want it to be.”

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ut here’s where it gets more complicated. The Trillium Park site, which was purchased for $5.3 million,

is not taxable because it is owned by the city. But this year’s assessment is $18.5 million, $18 million more than Concord’s larger park site in Northeast False Creek. “Lots of information needs to be gathered to draw comparisons,” said deputy assessor Francis. “I’m not in a position to comment on its comparability without all of those details.” Neither was Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs when told of the disparity in assessed values between the two park sites. “I don’t know how to explain that contradiction,” said Meggs, who is council’s most well-versed politician on development in Northeast False Creek. But Meggs said focusing on assessed values and property taxes deviates from finding a solution to expedite the development of Concord’s park site. Besides, he said, Concord is paying its share of property taxes. “The delivery of the park is closer than it’s ever been and that’s not just because time has gone on—it’s because there is active interest in development around there,” he said. “The

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time now is to sit down around the table and deal with it—not demand, in my view, absurd requests to have the city out of the blue pick on a single landowner to go through some review about assessments.” Meggs said Concord’s proposal to reconfigure the park shouldn’t be rejected “out of hand” until staff prepares a final report on the idea. He won’t comment on whether he supports the reconfiguration until reviewing the report. “I was disappointed that community leaders adamantly refused to consider it, even though it was proposed it could accelerate the

delivery of the park,” he said, referring to the position of co-chairs of the False Creek Residents Association and the park board. NPA park board commissioner Ian Robertson said he wants the original plan for the park to stay in place because it creates a bigger, open space for the public. When told Concord is evaluating whether a sports field could be included in the reconfiguration, Robertson said the city doesn’t need it because two such fields will be part of Trillium Park. “What we need is an open park space where people can enjoy the park, they can toss a Frisbee

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eanwhile, the False Creek Residents Association launched an appeal with the assessment office over the $400,000 value tagged to Concord’s park site. “We think the value is out of sync with its use,” said Patsy McMillan of the residents’ association. “If the value of a 7.5 acre site [Trillium] a mile from the water, that’s sitting fallow, is $18.5 million, then I would think it should be somewhere around the $20 million mark and taxes should be commensurate.” Someone else has also appealed. Their argument is the $400,000 value is too high. That someone is Concord. mhowell@vancourier.com

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Tales of two political parties unfolded Wednesday evening as both the NPA and Vision Vancouver held their annual general meetings. Even members of the once powerful Non Partisan Association found some amusement in the fact they chose to gather in a museum. My agent at the Vancouver Museum reported some 75 souls were present. Interestingly, only 13 of those were women. If you were looking for additional X chromosomes on the civic scene you would find them among the 150 bodies at Vision’s love-in at BCIT’s downtown campus; the organization’s board chair, the meeting’s chair, Vision’s treasurer, the person leading the fundraising pitch and more than half the people running for the board were women, confirming that the female gender skews to the left of males when it comes to electoral politics. But I digress. I must confess, having watched the NPA crowd for much of my adult life, I’ve been fully expecting them to rise up out of the most recent muck into which they sank during the last electoral adventure. But the folks at the NPA meeting were once again hopelessly tangled in the debate that has been going on for years now, which is whether to actually set policy so they can say they stand for something other than the usual bromides about good government and responsible leadership. I’m told that former councillor and mayoral candidate Peter Ladner took the pragmatic view that, despite decades of rhetoric to the contrary, the NPA is actually a political party and should have policies. While he was not alone, he did

allengarr not win on that one. And there was little left to do but deal with a proposal to change the name the party’s name while keeping the NPA initials so as to not lose the value of the brand. Before you cut your imaginations loose on that exercise, I should inform you that my buddy Frances Bula has already registered the trademark on the “No Poultry Association.” Meanwhile, few feathers were flying across town among the Vision types where Coun. Raymond Louie was introducing his colleague Andrea Reimer and the “chicken lady.” What we were watching was anything but a free-range flock. Dissent was limited to one friendly question to Mayor Gregor Robertson about the STIR rental housing program, which is bending some West End residents out of shape. That includes the five from WEN (West End Neighbours) handing out pamphlets to arriving Vision members.

Evidence of Vision’s tight control, by the way, was found in an email string that arrived on my desk over a week ago. It was the occasion of the announcement by the province that they would continue to fund three of the HEAT shelters. Vision councillors were warned not to say anything until the “messaging” had been worked out. And while the NPA is fiddling with name changes, the Vision machine is building for the next campaign and beyond. They now have a full time executive director, a fundraiser and two more staffers. And if you want evidence of how they have effectively occupied the centre of this city’s political spectrum, look no further than the treasurer’s report presented at the meeting. I am not referring to the fact that after the last election they were over $100,000 in the hole. I want to draw your attention to the graphic breakdown of dollars received. Almost half (47.5 per cent) came from corporations. And 25 per cent came from unions with the rest from individuals. That combination of funding sources would have been anathema to COPE and impossible for the NPA. Nonetheless, the bloom is somewhat off the Vision rose. COPE is already benefiting from the disillusioned Vision’s left; and there will be a bit of drifting on the right. The only question, a year and a half away from the next vote, is this: Will the centre hold? At this point I would say there is no reason to doubt it will. The NPA may make that museum their permanent home. agarr@vancourier.com

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Pointless love affair with lawns causes cancer and wastes water David Lynch’s 1989 film Blue Velvet opens with a summer suburban scene of a senior watering his lawn. The man has a seizure and drops to the ground. As a dog laps at water running from the dropped hose, the camera travels downward to the lawn, through the grass and into the soil, revealing a roiling mass of beetles. Below the polite, cosmetic surfaces of domestic life, there’s a constant struggle for existence, Lynch suggested. This spring in Vancouver, it seems Blue Velvet’s bio-noir has leapt from the screen to the lawn. The larval stage of the European chafer beetle has damaged thousands of lawns across the city, by feeding on grassroots in late summer and early spring. Crows and raccoons love the grubs, and tear up the grass to get at the tasty morsels. Three cheers for the European chafer beetle! I welcome any organism that speeds the death of the “lawn”—a middleclass affectation that combines ornamental pointlessness with ecological ignorance. The typical lawn is little more than a botanical proclamation of a landowner’s dominion over an underused plot of land. It’s a Tinkertoy version of the acreage of big estates, where nature is diced-and-sliced into topiaries, hedges and monoculture grasses. Lawns suck back ridiculous amounts of fresh water, something even Vancouver can be short of during a long, hot summer. There’s also the issue of lawn-maintaining chemicals that have been implicated in cancers and other illnesses. Although pesticides have been banned for cosmetic use in Vancouver, Courier reporter Sandra Thomas has witnessed several incidents of illegal spraying in her Queen Elizabeth Park neighbourhood. Forget it, people. The lawn is on its way out, and trying to save it organically—by lacing it with nematodes that will invade chafer beetles and eat them from the inside out, for example—is a halfway measure. Nothing less than a total rethink is in order. The damage from an invasive species offers a great opportunity to repurpose local lawns into gardens for tomatoes, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables—as one Vancouver resident profiled in last week’s Courier cover story intends to do. As for those of us with detached homes who aren’t up for microfarming, we can always sit back and let nature take its course. Sure, a certain crackshack aesthetic results from properties fronted by grasses growing two feet high. But it’s all

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geoffolson about perception, and that can change faster than our enthusiasm for the Canucks. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, a weed is “a plant whose virtues have not been discovered.” (I should qualify this to explain it’s only a certain type of lawn I’m talking about. Rooftop lawns, which are maintained for environmental sustainability and ecological variety, are a great idea.) Since 2006, Vancouver city hall has restricted the use of pesticides—including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides—while still allowing for a big laundry list of inorganic “reduced risk products on lawns and gardens.” There are also efforts to expand a chemical ban to the provincial level. A coalition of 18 health and environment organizations is urging the B.C. government to follow the lead of Quebec and Ontario by introducing legislation prohibiting the use and sale of toxic lawn and garden chemicals. “With each new month, new evidence comes forward citing the link between pesticides and cancer, birth defects, and neurological illness,” notes Warren Bell, past president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, in a report at Greenpages.ca. “Children are at greatest risk,” he adds. It’s my fond hope the chafer beetles will now move on to golf courses. These vast, green expanses, hacked shorter than a marine’s pigshave, are maintained solely to entice adults into whacking little balls into holes. Golf courses are exempt from pesticide restrictions. Every time you step onto one of these eco-nightmares, you are incrementally exposed to toxic substances that are illegal for your own lawn. Of all the things about human beings that would puzzle creatures from another world, surely lawns and golf courses would be close to the top. Visitors from space would look aghast at these green grids, and wonder who is responsible for such ecoidiocy. “Take us to your weeder,” they’d say. www.geoffolson.com

Reader Anne Montgomery says Vancouver should copy Texas and allow more photo Dan Toulgoet street food vendors such as Japadog. To the editor: Re: “Sidewalk buffet, April 16. I just came back from five days in Austin, Texas. Not only is it the live music capital of the world, but it’s home to dozens and dozens of street vendors doing a brisk business. All so-called empty lots are filled with vendors using old Airstreams and little

trailers, serving everything from Tex-Mex to waffles, barbecue to cupcakes—I counted five different cupcake trailers. I hope the city allows many more street vendors. Liven up the place a little and give us some variety. I, for one, am looking forward to sidewalk tacos! Anne Montgomery, Vancouver

School budget story biased, ignored union angle

To the editor: Re: “People want more public school funding: poll,” April 23. I found this article to be one-sided and biased. The provincial government is contributing more money to education than last year and the number of students is diminishing. This extra money is being taken up by salary and benefit increases to existing staff. If the provincial government “protected” public education by freezing salaries and benefits at 2009 levels, freeing up the extra funds to be spent on students, there would be an uproar and walkouts by those who now protest these so-called cuts. Did Courier reporter Naoibh O’Connor ask Catherine Evans if her group supported maintaining teacher sal-

aries and benefits to teachers at 2009 levels to assist students? Everyone wants more benefits without paying for them. I believe O’Connor’s research should have at least compared the additional government contributions to the dollar increase of teacher salary and benefits. Why does Surrey provide public education at a much lower cost annually per student than Vancouver? Why do government employees receive benefits far in excess of the private sector? David Colley, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Kudos to the Courier and to your education reporter Naoibh O’Connor for her consistent and detailed re-

porting on the current financial crisis facing the Vancouver School Board. She’s recently reported on many school issues including a poll by the B.C. Society for Public Education that noted that almost 80 per cent of residents support more money for public schools, which belies the hyperbolic and misleading “greatest ever” funding mantra of our embattled education minister Margaret MacDiarmid. Add to this two letters to the editor about the threat to the district’s string program and your readers continue to receive up-to-date and well-informed information and commentary on emerging education issues. Noel Herron, Vancouver

‘Unfair’ columnist shills for political party pals

To the editor: Re: “‘Workforce’ housing idea problematic,” April 23. Columnist Allen Garr only addresses the political problem the workforce housing idea may cause to his political pals in Vision and COPE. He does not address nor seem to care whether the idea is good for our city and its taxpayers. And on that topic, there should be much debate. This idea appears to be nothing more than a political payoff to supporters that could substantially damage our city’s finances by mixing two very separate functions: landlord and employer. In future, this plan will inevitably become a subsidy as the city either holds the rent down, or

boosts the pay of “essential workforce” workers. But in his column Mr. Garr neglects all other issues except how this political play will affect his political buddies. Like a company hawking its wares, Mr. Garr’s column should have the header “advertising feature” posted at the top of the page. It is unbalanced, and it is unfair to readers who might reasonably expect they are reading anything more than political propaganda. The Courier has a duty to act in the interest of its reputation, and of those of us on whose lawn it is thrown each week. Readers deserve honest disclosure. David Ball, Vancouver

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It was around this time last year that Mayor Gregor Robertson’s visage took on a rather grizzled look. Remember the so-called “playoff beard?” The fresh-faced 40-something made his best attempt to grow whiskers in support of the Vancouver Canucks playoff drive. Sadly, the mayor’s dreams of a David Cadman-esque beard and the Canucks Stanley Cup hopes were dashed by the Chicago Blackhawks. But here we are again in Round Two of the playoffs, with the pesky Hawks determined to put another beating on the Canucks. So where’s the beard, Mr. Mayor? “I decided this year to go without,” he said after a rally on the back steps of city hall Tuesday to proclaim Canucks Day. “It didn’t work last year and it’s not a great beard to start with.” But Hawks superstar Patrick Kane, who is about 12 years old, can’t grow a beard either. So he’s elected to style his hair in a way that is reminiscent of an ’80s era mullet. How about a mullet, Mr. Mayor? “I’m not a mullet guy. That’s not going to happen.” Canucks GM Mike Gillis happened to be in the crowd with Mr. Mayor Tuesday. I sought his thoughts on beards and mullets. When Gillis, a former NHL player, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1978, he had a healthy mop reminiscent of teen idol Shaun Cassidy. His lid is much shorter now and he is clean shaven. He also doesn’t say much, but I did my best Geraldo to get him to open up. So what’s he think of Kane’s mullet?

Mulletless Mayor Gregor Robertson welcomed Canucks fans to city hall Tuesday, as Canucks GM Mike Gillis (far left) meditated. photo Dan Toulgoet “I think it’s pretty funny.” Why do hockey players grow beards during the playoffs? “I have no idea.” Did you ever grow one in your playing days? “No.” Do you recommend that your players grow a playoff beard? “I think if they like it, they can grow one.” Do you recommend your players grow mullets? “I don’t care. I only care if they score and how they play. I don’t care how they look.” Gillis and his Canucks begin Game One Saturday night in Chicago. By then, Robertson will have sorted out what he is wagering with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Last year, Robertson had to send a bunch of goodies to Daley, including beer, Happy Planet juice, smoked salmon, chocolates and chips. He also spent several days cleaning the egg off his face. The mayors hadn’t settled on what was up for grabs before the Courier’s deadline. Backyard chickens for barbecued ribs, maybe? How about Gregor’s bike for the Pacer driven by Wayne and Garth in the Chicago-

based movie Wayne’s World? Or a box of Timbits for some of Stan Mikita’s donuts? Meanwhile, buzz killing reporters wondered Tuesday why the city proclaimed Canucks Day in the city when all the team has really done is win four games. Still 12 more to go. Robertson deflected the doubters. “We’re supercharging it,” he said. “We’re on a roll now and I think it’s important to keep the momentum going.”

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A side note to Tuesday’s towel-waving festivities at city hall. NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton has great timing. After all the speeches were made and the Canucks flag was raised, there was the obligatory photo-op with Mr. Mayor and some of his Vision Vancouver councillors. COPE councillors Ellen Woodsworth and David Cadman were there, too. They were all squeezing together with Canucks GM Mike Gillis and Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini when Anton suddenly zipped in front of the group. She smiled for the cameras as her fellow councillors grumbled. mhowell@vancourier.com

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In a city that strives to promote food security and gardens, a household on East 56th Avenue near Main Street has been told its food garden is an eyesore. The tenants, in what they’ve dubbed the Farmhouse at 470 East 56th Ave., received an order from the city April 19 telling them to rip out the beds on the boulevard that fronts their house, cut back their front yard garden two feet from the sidewalk and remove the buckets of soil and wooden pallets they re-use for fire wood and compost bins. The order falls under the city’s untidy premises bylaw. Landlords can face fines of $250 to $2,000 for each offence and fines of $50 a day for offences of a continuing nature. The city’s received three complaints from three neighbours in two years about the property. But 21 neighbours on their block signed a petition in support of the garden, which gave the renters an extension until May 15 to tidy up. An unexpected outpouring of support for the Farmhouse followed a radio news report and a page on Facebook. Ander Gates, one of five tenants at the house, said the landlord of the house to the east is concerned the wild-looking garden will lower his property value. Instead of beds of flowering kale and soil covered in a mulch of leaves and scattered grass, the landlord wants them to grow grass on their boulevard and in their yard.

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outside and noted the gardeners had mulched late. She’s reluctant to forward a motion for a new bylaw. She said staff is aware of the need to amend bylaws to better reflect the city’s green goals. Robbins says the city’s order forced the tenants to talk with their neighbours and reduce animosity. “Last summer, it really did look horrific,” Robbins said. “By the same token, we respect the tenants’ right to have this garden, we think it’s a great initiative, and so we’re not trying to bulldoze the garden as some of the public has assumed.” Robbins said their landlord has agreed to remove the plantings on the boulevard. Otherwise the city’s satisfied with the cleanup. crossi@vancourier.com

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Two new deputy police chiefs were introduced to the media this week at a press conference that recognized two deputy chiefs who are retiring after lengthy careers Police Chief Jim Chu announced Tuesday that superintendents Warren Lemcke and Adam Palmer will replace Bob Rolls and Steve Sweeney as deputy chiefs. Rolls, a 33-year veteran, leaves after a career that included overseeing the department’s budget and leading a number of projects in the Downtown Eastside that tackled the underground economy. Rolls pointed to the

Retiring deputy police chief Bob Rolls (right) introduced new deputy chiefs Adam Palmer (left) and Warren Lemcke. photo Dan Toulgoet Downtown Eastside when asked to recall highlights of his years on the job, which began in 1977 after completing a geography degree at the University of B.C. “It was kind of interesting for me because when I was going to university and

I used to go down to the Downtown Eastside. I found it kind of depressing,” Rolls told reporters. “But when I actually ended up working down there, I found it anything but. I found it an incredibly interesting and challenging area.”

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Sweeney began his career with the VPD in 1980. He rose to prominence over the past year for his work with the 2010 Winter Games. Sweeney, a former member of the emergency and operational planning section, was the VPD’s officer responsible for deployment at the Games. He was on vacation in Mexico and unable to attend the press conference. But Chu recognized Sweeney’s work, including his service with the VPD’s crowd control unit. “We all remember what valuable and important assets those were during the Olympic Games,” Chu said. Lemcke, 51, leaves his post as superintendent in charge of the northern part of the city, where he led

campaigns to reduce street disorder in the Downtown Eastside and on the Granville strip. His new role is to command the investigation division, which includes major crime, gangs and drugs, forensic services and criminal intelligence. Palmer, 46, is a longtime patrol officer recently in charge of police district two, which runs roughly from Cambie Street to the Pacific National Exhibition. He will oversee human resources, recruiting and training, financial services and facilities sections. Lemcke and Palmer join deputy chief Doug LePard, who has been a deputy chief for several years. Tuesday’s announcement marked another round of

deputy chief promotions in which none of the VPD’s female officers were considered for the high-ranking roles. “I think in the future you will see lots of diversity in terms of gender and ethnicity,” Chu told the Courier. The VPD’s last female deputy chief was Carolyn Daley, who retired in 2004. Of the department’s 1,327 officers, 316 (or 24 per cent) are women. The VPD has two female inspectors, no female superintendents but several women working as sergeants and staff sergeants. The VPD has never had a female chief, although departments in Calgary, Guelph and the B.C. RCMP have been headed by women. mhowell@vancourier.com


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More than five weeks after a medical emergency derailed his part in the Paralympic torch relay, Dan LeBlanc, a quadriplegic recovering from Guillain-Barre syndrome, had his own torch relay on Wednesday. With an Olympic torch topped with a flame of orange and yellow crepe paper and sporting a Vancouver 2010 jacket zipped up over a breathing tube connected to his lung ventilator in his wheelchair, the 32-year-old LeBlanc led a convoy of 20 friends, residents and family members in a relay around the George Pearson Centre. The event was initiated by LeBlanc’s family and organized by Ron Steadman, the supervisor of recreation therapy at the centre, after LeBlanc missed his spot in the relay March 11. LeBlanc was paralyzed in a dirt biking accident six years ago. While recovering at Vancouver General Hospital, the former surfer and snowboarder received treatment from respiratory therapists Taryn Corrie and Kate Bondartchonk. “He had way more drive and determination than the average patient,” said Corrie. “I’ve never seen him bitter,” agreed Bondartchonk. “Some people think this work is depressing but he’s an inspiration.” LeBlanc was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre in December 2008. “The worst virus anybody can get,” said Alvina LeBlanc, his mother.

Dan LeBlanc led a convoy of friends, residents and family members in a relay around the George Pearson Centre. photo Dan Toulgoet The disorder attacks the nervous system, the first symptom often being a tingling in the hands or feet. “For Dan, because he was already paralyzed, they couldn’t diagnose him until his face was paralyzed,” she said. “As nerves regenerate, there’s a lot of pain.” LeBlanc, whose speaking engagements had taken him as far as Osaka, Japan before the onset of the syndrome, was rendered mute. He communicated on Wednesday by mouthing words and nodding. LeBlanc was scheduled to be a torchbearer for the Paralympic Games because his neighbour, Ken Marchant, got a job during the Olympics as a driver for Brian Williams, a news anchor for the American network NBC. Williams gave

Marchant tickets to the gold medal men’s hockey game as a tip. Feeling like the luckiest Canadian in the country, Marchant said he made an appeal to Williams on behalf of the unluckiest Canadian to get him a spot in the Paralympic torch relay. “The spirit around the city was so great, I wanted [LeBlanc] to be part of it,” Marchant said. Williams made it happen, but “a dream turned into a nightmare,” according to Marchant. The night before the relay, LeBlanc was unable to breathe. Paramedics revived him, but LeBlanc spent the next day under observation at St. Paul’s Hospital and missed the torch event. His second chance came Wednesday, as cameras

clicked and onlookers urged him to look happy before Wednesday’s relay. “I’m just waiting for the day when I can hear him speak,” said Glen Davis, a minister who described himself as Dan’s friend and advocate. Davis said much of the time he spends with LeBlanc is divided between reading him Clive Cussler novels and watching the Montreal Canadiens. After completing the relay, no one had to remind LeBlanc to grin. “He’s been smiling,” said his mother. “I had to ask him to relax his mouth.” In LeBlanc’s room at George Pearson, there are sailing pictures, an Olympicthemed posterband a button reading: “I Survived Damn Near Everything.” jshepherdcourier@gmail.com

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Elementary students tap school history through seniors Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

Jack Uppal picked up an old class photo and pointed to a cross-legged boy in the front row. “That’s me,” the 85-year-old told 12year-old Angel Mei. The octogenarian and Grade 6 student were sitting at a table Tuesday in the library at Lord Beaconsfield elementary, the East Side school he attended generations before she entered its doors. Most of Uppal’s formal education took place at Beaconsfield, located at 3663 Penticton St., near East 20th Avenue and Nanaimo. He was one of the first Sikh children in a public school in Vancouver. His father died in an accident when he was a teenager, forcing the then 13year-old and his brother to quit school to support the family. Uppal, who was born in India but moved to Vancouver when he was less than a year old, dropped out at the end of his Grade 9 year at Van Tech. Despite

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the setback, Uppal became a successful businessman and leader in the Indo-Canadian community. He’s president of Goldwood Industries, a lumber company. “Anything I have today is because of the schooling and teaching I had at Beaconsfield,” he explained to Mei. Uppal is among 22 seniors who were interviewed by 20 Grade 4 and Grade 6 students about their experiences at Beaconsfield. The interviews came through a project proposed by Karen Sanderson and taken on by three teachers and the principal. Sanderson, 59, attended

Former student Jack Uppal talks with 12-year-old Angel Mei in the library at Lord photo Dan Toulgoet Beaconsfield elementary. the elementary school, as did her children. Seniors who were enrolled at the school or whose children attended were involved in the project. Sanderson wanted students to better understand the school and the neighbourhood’s history. “And I wanted the seniors to feel valued and respected and to connect to the current students in the neighbourhood,”

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About 60 per cent of Beaconsfield’s 250 students are classed as ESL—English as a second language. The months-long seniors’ project was celebrated at a potluck dinner at the school on Tuesday. A booklet, entitled Stories from our Streets, which documents the students’ interpretations of their interviews with the seniors, was

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“IN PAST YEARS, FOR AWAY GAMES, WE’VE HAD TO DEPLOY AT LEAST ONE SQUAD TO ASSIST.” VPD Insp. Rick McKenna

it on the Canucks playing seven games in each series, totalling 28 games if the team made it to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final. Total cost was $968,232, which covers various needs including bike squads, foot patrols and crowd control units. But McKenna noted in his report that costs may change depending on the size of the crowds. Larger crowds could mean relying on the RCMP for support. McKenna provided historical evidence of how small crowds celebrating in the early rounds of a Stanley Cup drive can quickly change if the Canucks continue to win. McKenna recalled that in 1994, the year of the infamous Stanley Cup riot, celebrations in the first two rounds were “relatively short, loud and harmless.” That shifted as the Canucks battled to reach a seventh and final game against the New York Rangers for the Stanley Cup. The game was played in New York and the Canucks lost. Mayhem ensued on Robson Street that night and caused the VPD to study how to prevent such a riot from occurring again. “The belief is that a large visible police presence is a deterrent to those members of the crowd that attend to cause problems,” McKenna said in his report. Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini is also mindful of the city’s history with the playoffs. At city hall Tuesday, where Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed Canucks Day, Aquilini delivered a speech in which he urged fans to “celebrate responsibly.” The Canucks first home game of the series is May 5 at GM Place. mhowell@vancourier.com


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we’re adding these days off we should be looking at cultural groups and when celebrations are like Lunar New Year and the aboriginal family celebration that happens later in the spring. Maybe we could give some consideration to these activities as we look at the days, so it’s not just a question of the usual Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays.” The profile of Vancouver students has changed significantly over the decades. About a quarter of Vancouver’s kindergarten to Grade 12 students are designated ESL and 60 per cent speak a language other than English at home, according to the VSB website. It notes that 126 languages have been identified in schools and four per cent of students are aboriginal—2,000 self-identified aboriginal students represent 600 bands and nations. Finding out which days to pick for new school holidays may be as simple as looking at the absentee rate during popular ethnic festivals. “Parents are already pulling their kids out for ethnic celebrations like Chinese New Year, Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah,” said Julianne Doctor, District Parent Advisory Committee chair. “Our average student is probably not a white Christian boy or girl anymore and all our holidays are based around Eurocentric Christian holidays.” Doctor believes a broader discussion about holidays would be helpful and has been raised informally among parents in the past. I’m also interested in readers’ take on this issue. Do you take your kids out of class to participate in festivals or holidays that aren’t represented on the school calendar? What holidays do you think should be considered? Which groups’ holidays should get precedence? What difficulties could emerge out of the debate? noconnor@vancourier.com

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Vancouver motorcyclists are revved up, and Saturday they’ll be looking for a place to park. Frustrated with limited parking for motorcyclists and what he views as bylaws that need amending, motorcyclist Ian Tootill is planning to lead between 100 and 200 motorcyclists downtown on Saturday morning to occupy parking spots on 10 city blocks. “The purpose of the rally is to garner empathy and support from the city,” Tootill explained. According to Tootill, the secret rally point will be in a central location downtown between 9 and 11 a.m. and each motorcycle will occupy a single metered parking spot. Tootill is asking for more spots and for the city to allow motorcyclists to park in painted triangles between metered parking and crosswalks. There are 42 parking spots designated for motorcycles in the city. Assistant city engineer Jerry Dobrovolny said multiple motorcycles can park in a single spot, as long as the meter has been paid. “As many motorcycles as can fit in a spot are allowed to [park] there,” he said. COPE Coun. David Cadman put forward a motion last October asking the city to free up street parking for motorcycles. The motion cited an increasing number of Vancouverites getting around on the estimated 26,000 motorcycles and scooters in the city, as well as damage regularly caused to parked motorcycles. Cadman said the staff report is scheduled to come to council on Tuesday. Tootill, who was a prominent opponent of photo radar, said communication with city council has been difficult. “We think we’re

part of the transit solution, not the problem” said Tootill. He argued motorcycle and scooter riders relieve traffic congestion by reducing the number of cars and trucks on the road. Tootill, who owns a motorcycle and a scooter, said Vancouver lags behind cities like Portland, Toronto and San Francisco which provide plentiful and inexpensive motorcycle parking. Adele Tompkins, executive director of the B.C. Coalition of Motorcycles, said she’s “trying to get city hall to stop dragging their feet” on the issue. “They have a stance that no one will ever park for free in Vancouver,” she said. “All it would take is some paint and a stencil,” said Tompkins, arguing the change would result in a more efficient allocation of parking spaces in the city. Tompkins said motorcycles, particularly newer models with a catalytic converter, cause less much less pollution than most vehicles. Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs said he would be reluctant to endorse complimentary parking. “It’s hard to justify why a motorcycle should park for free,” he said. Meggs said the environmental implications need to be investigated as well as safety questions associated with motorcycles parking near street corners. He said he would not want to provide major infrastructure for riders who might climb on their motorcycles and scooters only during the warmer months of the year. Cadman said the city needed to accommodate motorcyclists. “Parking is scarce anyway, why are we making cars compete with motorcyclists?” he asked. jshepherdcourier@gmail.com

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Quick now, where would you find one of the world’s highest building, some of the world’s greatest Buddhist temples, bullet trains connecting major cities, Grand Canyon-type scenery, high tech toys the likes of which Canada hasn’t seen yet, old farmers markets and the world’s best food? It’s all found on one small island in the Pacific Ocean. No, it’s not Hawaii. Venture west, further west, to the lush garden isle of Taiwan, and you’ll discover one of the world’s best-kept travel secrets.

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Continued from page 24 When the communists took over the government of mainland China in 1949, many Chinese fled to the nearby island of Formosa, bringing with them their talent, capital and many ancient items of Chinese glory. The museums in what is now Taiwan are jammed full of these priceless artifacts. Lovers of art, museums, temples, and Chinese history don’t need to travel the length and breath of gigantic mainland China to see the breadth and scope of Chinese talent. It’s all on display in one compact island that can easily be explored by bullet train or plane in a few days or weeks. Before the Burj Dubai hotel opened in the United Arab Emirates this year, the world’s tallest building was in the country’s capital, the Taipei 101, also known as the Taipei Financial Centre. Upon its recent opening, it was named as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World by Newsweek magazine. The building’s five underground levels may be even more impressive, packed with hip, modern shops and high tech wonders. For instance, you can reach the top of Taipei 101 and its astounding views via the world’s fastest elevator in under one minute. But there’s no point going to Taiwan just to discover what new technology looks like. Taking the bullet train down the eastern coast at 300 kph will deliver you to rural Taiwan in mere minutes, and then you start to discover why the country is such a marvel. Temples, old farmer’s markets, lakes and mountains and fabulous restau-

rants can be found in old cities and quaint country towns alike. Few cultures in the world can match the Taiwanese for manners, style and politeness; tourists will find they are treated with great respect. Did someone mention temples? Beautiful temples and pavilions dedicated to Buddhist and Confucian philosophy are found everywhere, from the old city centres of Taipei, Hainan and Kaohsiung to fabled Sun Moon Lake and even remote Taroko Gorge, a marble and granite Grand Canyon in miniature hidden away on the country’s east coast. In fact, the entire country of Taiwan remains hidden from the eyes of the world, obscured by the giant shadow of its huge neighbour, where Beijing casts a covetous eye on its crown jewel. Like the territory of Hong Kong, Taiwan is a brilliant mix of rich urban capitalism, towering peaks, fabulous dining and even richer cultural history. Unlike Hong Kong, where the vast majority of Asian commuters land and transfer, the jewel of the Pacific remains largely undiscovered, perhaps due to its tropical heat and humidity. This problem can easily be avoided by going there in the cooler winter months; those looking for warmth in the depths of Canadian winter are well-advised to bypass expensive, overbuilt and often unfriendly Hawaii and head directly to this garden isle, where history and geography contrive to bring you the “real China” all in one small island. For other Michael McCarthy travel stories, go to www.intentional-traveler.com.

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Stacked tires a bad idea for garden border

Organic fertilizer best when starting vegetable garden Anne Marrison

Contributing writer

Q: I’m planting a small vegetable garden this year on my old compost heap. Where can I find three potatoes to plant?

Is Yukon Gold a good variety? Could I use stacked rubber tires? I plan to plant green onion, carrots, pole beans, sugar peas and possibly beets. Last year, I planted tomatoes in large pots in my greenhouse

but after a few pickings there was little fruit. Tish Oliver, Burnaby

A: First some general thoughts on vegetable gardening. Always try to use organic

fertilizer (or weed-free compost). Both are gentle and release nutriment slowly. Nonorganic fertilizers can burn roots if one mistakenly applies it too often or too much. The first number on fer-

tilizer packages is nitrogen (enhances leafy growth), the second is phosphorus (encourages flowers and fruit) and potassium (good for general plant health). Crop rotation is hugely im-

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portant in discouraging pests so don’t grow a vegetable where the same kind grew the year before. Some pests won’t find their favourite food if it’s growing in a different place. Uproot weeds when they’re young enough to be hoed up and don’t let them seed. Mature weed seed can stay in the soil for decades. Stacked tires are a terrible idea. When the rubber breaks down, harmful substances may be released into the soil. This is also a good reason to avoid treated wood for compost boxes and raised garden beds. Yukon Gold is a good potato, but seed potatoes always come in packs larger than three. Could a friend share a potato package with you? Or could you plant potatoes in your flower garden? Potato flowers are quite showy. If you were flexible about variety, you could buy three organic potatoes from a store or farmers market. Locally grown ones will be better adapted to our climate. Add soil around the plants as they grow: the tuber-producing roots are quite shallow. When potato blight hits (brown blotches, dying stems), cut foliage down and dig the tubers. Blight usually strikes after rain in late summer. Potatoes grown under cover don’t get infected. Green onions like rich soil and can tolerate some shade. Beets also do better in rich soil and young leaves are good in salads. Mature beet leaves can be cooked like spinach. Peas should be planted before the end of April because they don’t grow well in hot summers. Most kinds need a little support. Some shrub and tree prunings make good pea sticks but the branches need to be quite twiggy. Garden centres have pea netting or you can use wire netting fastened to wooden stakes. Wire netting can be stripped of pea vines in fall, stored and used year after year. Beans and peas are both legumes that leave the soil more nutritious than it was previously. Beans won’t germinate till the soil is warm. Standard pole beans can be planted around mid-May. Watch out for slugs. Regular watering and rich feeding is crucial to tomatoes, but the ones in pots never produce as much as in-ground tomatoes. Send questions to amarrison@shaw.ca.


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On Mother’s Day, there are a variety of ways to recognize the special women who have made a difference in our lives. In fact, a recent study conducted by Yahoo indicated that over 85 per cent of consumers celebrate the second Sunday in May, spending millions of dollars on gifts. Times are changing, however, and many experts are noticing an increased trend towards Mother’s Day gifts with a more personal touch. According to Shelli Gardner, CEO and cofounder of crafting company Stampin’ Up!, a growing number of Canadians are choosing handmade or personalized Mother’s Day gifts that were created especially for the receiver. “Showing your love and appreciation for Mom doesn’t have to cost a fortune,” said Gardner. “The gift with the greatest impact, the one that

shows you truly wanted to make someone feel special, is the one you make yourself.” Gardner suggests the following Mother’s Day gift ideas for creative types: Handmade cards: Creating a unique do-it-yourself Mother’s Day card can be as simple as gathering coloured paper, punches and rubber stamps, or investing in a ready-made card-making kit that includes all required supplies. Include favourite photos, phrases, and colours, and don’t be afraid to get decorative with ribbons and other accessories. Personalized jewellery: There was a time when handmade Mother’s Day jewellery meant paper-clip necklaces and other grade school art projects, but there are some new options available that make it easy for creative types of all ages to create professional-quality customized necklaces, bracelets and other adornments.

Consider taking a class at a local studio, or invest in a kit that includes chains, bracelets and locket-style charms (you can visit www.stampinup.ca for information about where to buy). For example, consider adding an antique-style charm with a favourite childhood photo to a necklace chain for a keepsake that will be (literally) close to Mom’s heart. Mother’s Day scrapbook: The entire family can get together to pool favourite photos, vacation mementos and other special souvenirs to create a special Mother’s Day scrapbook. Work with a traditional album and crafting materials or go high-tech and try an option like My Digital Studio, an easyto-use software-based design studio that features thousands of exclusive images, colours, and accessories. Ideas and photo courtesy www.newscanada.com.

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This Mother’s Day, create a decadent dessert that “lactose tolerant” Moms will love. This rich and creamy finalé will add a special touch to a celebratory meal.

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4 tsp (20 mL) instant espresso granules Pinch salt ¾ cup (175 mL) hot water 1 bottle (400 mL) Dairyland Toffee Caramel Creama

3 tbsp (45 mL) cornstarch 1 tbsp (15 mL) cold butter lightly sweetened whipped cream (optional) chocolate covered coffee beans (optional) toffee bits (optional)

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ma mixture to the coffee mixture. Set saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for eight to 10 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil and is glossy and thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Divide between eight espresso cups or small dessert dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and cool to room temperature. Chill for up to two days. Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream, coffee beans and toffee bits. Makes eight servings.

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GREAT GIFTS FOR HER

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Spoiling mom is a rite of passage for any offspring. Take these ideas for example: Flower Power: At Get Fresh Flowers, the West End’s chic flower boutique celebrates Mother’s Day with gifts that are fabulously fresh. In honour of Mother’s Day May 9—and all year long—Get Fresh Flowers will create outstanding handmade floral creations in custom colours, made with locally grown B.C. flowers. Mothers adore the Phalaenopsis orchid plants in custom pots. Get Fresh Flowers specializes in the freshest, locally sourced blooms, plants and foliage, plus hand-selected glassware, pots and giftware. Located at 1688 Davie Street; visit: www.getfreshflowers.ca

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ALL ABOUT YOU SPA RETREAT Book your customized Mothers Day Spa package and give the special woman in your life a truly rejuvinating day or weekend of pampered bliss she won’t forget... Fashion Passion: For some retail hijinks with Mom, a girls’ trip to Mark’s Work Wearhouse unveils the hottest trend of the season. It’s a comfy crossover of jeans and leggings that some call ‘jeggings’. Made from stretchy, spandex and elastane-based fabrics that feel more like leggings than jeans, they do feature a denim-like finish and colour. “Wear them with tunic tops and other great layering pieces, then finish off with ballet flats or even high heels,” says spokesperson Nancy Cherniwchan. Retails for just under 40 bucks, the brand is Denver Hayes; www2.marks. com for locations. Devine Wine: For something a little different, and with the bouquet of fine wines still wafting from the International Wine Festival, why not keep Mom with a smile on her face year ’round? At Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard, membership at the Wine Club has its privileges. Like up to 50 per cent off dining at the hotel; access to purchase history on-line; first access to special release products; monthly newsletter; and invites to Wine Club member-only events. Check it out at www.suttonplacewinemerchant.com.

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MOMS TAKE ON THE TOWN Treating that special woman in your life next weekend (or earlier) means a lot. You can take her to the spa for a sumptuous massage or manicure; and dining out for brunch or dinner at any of our city’s great restaurants is always a treat. Or, might she enjoy a relaxing cruise across our local waters? Check out this section for fantastic “let’s do it” ideas for mom and the whole family. Or you can always say it with words. Here are some cool events taking place before, during and after that will inspire her with the literary side of things:

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Mother, Writer takes place May 5 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Vancouver Public Library, Central branch - 350 W. Georgia St., Peter Kaye room, lower level. This Mother’s Day, celebrate the intersection of creation and creativity with awardwinning authors Catherine Owen, Rachel Rose, Luanne Armstrong and Dorothy Woodend. Hosted by Cathy Stonehouse (“Double Lives: Writers and Motherhood”) and Cori Howard (“Between Interruptions” and “The Momoir Project”), this event will illuminate the rewards of nurturing children while pursuing the passion to write. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Contact VPL’s Marketing & Communications department at 604-331-4044 for further details. Mothership Stories Society presents My Mother’s Story on May 9, which combines the life stories of 10 extraordinary, ordinary women as written and told by their daughters. Storytelling at its best, this 60 minute show documents the lives of women from all over the world, of all races, living through all kinds of heartache and joy. Great for teens and seniors, it prompts reflection on family memories featuring 10 of Vancouver’s most loved profes-

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sional actors telling their mothers’ stories. “I walked home in a daze of emotion inspired by an afternoon of pure truth,” says one thespian offspring. St. Andrew’s Wesley Church at 1022 Nelson is the venue; time: 2:00 p.m. Adult price $20.00 plus service charge; child (16 and under) $15.00 plus s.c. Go to www.mymothersstory. org for more info. Explore The Natural World of William Shakespeare with Harry Jongerden, director of Van Dusen Botanical Garden, which takes place May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Floral Hall. Poets for centuries have used plants and flowers for symbolic effect, but Shakespeare

astonishes by presenting us with 180 different plant species. Beyond the sheer numbers, he also astonishes us with an intimate understanding of how the natural world works. Deepen your understanding of Shakespeare as Jongerden helps you explore this world through the works of this 16th Century poetic genius and naturalist. Jongerden is the author of This Other Eden: the Gardens of the Stratford Festival of Canada, a book he wrote during his eight-year tenure with Stratford as its head gardener. Cost: Members $10 / Non-Members $15. Phone 604-878-9821 for automated phone registration, or go to www. vandusengarden.org for details.

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Local moms love gardening – and attracting birds is half the fun. Check out these Mother’s Day ideas: Wild Birds Unlimited (www. vancouver.wbu.com) is now nesting in its bright new location at 1302 W. Broadway, at the corner of Birch St. Owner John Morton still features the best in quality bird food and bird feeding supplies. In addition to many new nature gift ideas for Mom, there are new feeding treats for your favou-

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rite birds – especially the new suet/seed stackables. Remember to keep those hummingbird feeders filled for those locally-based Anna’s Hummingbirds, who will appreciate a warm breakfast on cold winter mornings. Come to the store for instructions and supplies! Randy Solomon and the team at Backyard Bird Centres on Oak (www.backyardbirds.ca) are proud to carry the highest quality bird feeders, includ-

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planned gift to a nonprofit society, foundation or other organization allows you to create a legacy for your community while meeting your own financial and personal objectives.

There are opportunities that may allow you to: • Reduce income, gift and Kathy Mannas estate taxes • Secure a source of cash flow for the rest of your life • Reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes The Leave a Legacy program offers readers details on how this works, called “Exercising your ‘Will’ Power with a Charitable Bequest.” When we think of will power, we often incur thoughts of resisting temptation and sticking with a pre-determined goal, according to Kathy Mannas of Leave a Legacy and the Salvation Army. Will power is not as frequently recognized in terms of preparing a will

and exercising the power to include a charitable gift, known as a bequest, in one’s will. Mannas says that a charitable bequest can be a surprisingly significant gift that provides tremendous personal satisfaction to the donor, through a lasting legacy. The benefactor wants to help future generations by investing wisely with one or several charitable organizations he or she admires and trusts.

When you prepare a will in consultation with a professional advisor, there is important documentation you must gather and important family matters and dynamics to consider. Who should you select as trustee (executor) of your estate? Does the Wills Variation Act in B.C. enable family members to challenge a will? What can cause a current will to be declared invalid?

Your Last Will and Testament is transcription of your final wishes into a legal document. In British Columbia, there are a number of legal options to consider when preparing your will. It is critical to discuss your unique set of financial and personal circumstances with a professional advisor such as a lawyer, accountant or trust officer before finalizing this important document.

Leave a Legacy is a public awareness program promoted by the Canadian Association of Gift Planners to stress the importance of having a properly-prepared will and to consider the personal and tax-wise benefits of including a gift for your favourite charities in your will. The options can include leaving a charitable bequest in addition to offering different ways to give optimally to friends and family through your will.

If you do not have a will, it is possible your assets upon death will not be distributed as you had intended, Mannas warns. In fact, partial or significant proceeds of your estate could end up under the management of the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia, for distribution based on their regulations.

For further information on how to prepare your will to incorporate a community or charitable component, you can attend a forum May 27 at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre‚ 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Pre-registration is required for free admission. Visit www.leavealegacy.ca/vancouver for further information.

LEAVE A LEGACY™ Leave a Bequest in your Will to Variety – The Children’s Charity and BC’s children who have special needs. You will truly be making your Gift of a Lifetime. Your generosity will provide a future gift for children like the ones pictured above, and may provide you and your estate with substantial tax benefits. Please notify us of your bequest or contact us for more information on how your charitable bequest will benefit you and these children. Variety - The Children’s Charity Director of Planned Giving 4300 Still Creek Drive 604-320-0505 Burnaby, BC, V5C 6C6 1-800-381-2040 peter.chipman@variety.bc.ca Fax 604-320-0535 paul.spelliscy@variety.bc.ca

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“Although each autistic child is unique, many exhibit behaviours that lead to social isolation, mobility issues and a lack of awareness of danger in everyday situations,” said William Thornton, executive director of ASD. For parents and family, this results in a stressful daily life and an inability to function normally in social situations, like going to a mall or restaurant. Also, there are issues of safety, with many children displaying a tendency to bolt away when in open spaces. Benefits of an autism support dog include increased safety and independence, plus positive changes in behaviour, communication and responsibility. Most times, the dog becomes the child’s best friend, and helps to reduce the stress associated with interacting with other people. “It takes two years of intensive work to

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There is currently a two-year waiting list for an autism support dog in British Columbia, and the list is growing longer daily as more families with autistic children become aware of the program. To promote the role of support dogs during Autism Awareness Month, ASD is initiating a Puppy Sponsorship program. Puppy sponsorship offers a unique opportunity to follow the life of a dog from birth through training and final placement. Donors receive updates on the events and milestones in the life of the puppy they help to sponsor, including photos, stories and other happenings along the way. To learn more about puppy sponsorship contact the ASD office at 604-940-4504 or on the web at www.autismsupportdogs.org.

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On May 8, in the shiny confines of Brian Jessel BMW’s dealership and showroom on Boundary Road, the fashion-forward and hoi polloi of Vancouver will fork out $200 for a ticket to nibble, swirl, chat (and dance!) among some of the most luxurious automobiles on the planet. In support of Canucks Autism Network, Arts Umbrella and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, the Gala, which begins at 7 pm, will feature a special guest, none other than comedian Jay Leno, who will crack up the crowd in the name of charity. Silent auction and more…. Go to www.brianjesselbmw.com/cabriolet for ticket info.

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This year’s fifth annual “Karts 4 Kids” will bring together corporate, student and service group teams to race for the Grand Prix Cup in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Join in on May 7 with your choice of three races at TBC Raceway in Richmond and put your pedal to the metal! Starlight’s programs support pediatric patients served by hospitals, clinics, schools, support groups, and healthcare centres that the foundation part-

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Sitar wars

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In addition to being the daughter of Ravi Shankar and half sister to adult contemporary singer Norah Jones, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is the Courier’s favourite excuse for using the headlines “Sitar hero” and “While my sitar gently weeps.” Although we feel we need to change it up a little this time out. Having played Vancouver several times with her legendary father, Shankar goes it alone April 30 for a concert at the University of B.C.’s Chan Centre for Performing Arts, where she’ll be joined by master tabla player Tanmoy Bose, Pirashanna Thevarajah on mridangam, kanjira and ghatam and Ravichandra Kulur on flute and Kanjira. Just nod and pretend you know what we’re talking about. We don’t. Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 604-280-3311. For more info, go to www.caravanbc.com.

Show: The Antlers with Phantogram May 4 at the Biltmore Cabaret Poster artist: Lindsey Hampton

Sew and sew

Both a tool for exploitation and liberation since its invention in the 19th century, the sewing machine also serves as a musical instrument in Stitch, billed as an “a cappella opera for three women and three sewing machines.” We’re still hoping for a musical about nunchuks. It all goes down April 30, 8 p.m. and May 1, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at EDAM Studio (303 East Eighth Ave.) as part of the Voice Over Mind Festival. Tickets at 604-684-2787 or ticketstonight.ca.

Metheny method

Keeper of the best loaf in jazz, guitarist Pat Metheny lets his fingers do the walking May 1 at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts as part of his “Orchestrion Tour.” Incidentally, Orchestrion “brings a musical idea from the turn of the last century—a large mechanical multi-instrument device that utilizes actual orchestral instruments of various types, called an orchestrion—to the technologies of today.” Maybe it can do something about Metheny’s split ends. Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Fab Albert

Distinguished American documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles drops by Pacific Cinematheque April 30 to talk shop. And wouldn’t you know it, they’re playing two of his better known films—the tragic Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens April 30 and May 1. For info and show times, call 604- 688-FILM or go to www.cinematheque.bc.ca.

kudos & kvetches Canucks haiku

K&K continues its series of Basho-inspired haikus in honour of the Canucks playoff run. Who’s got the Bactine? O’Brien has a charley horse Stallion on the dance floor

Haiku invitational

A visitor to K&K’s blog at vancourier.com who goes by the name Chi-town Hustler kindly submitted his own haiku: “Long awaited foe/ Returns for bitter battle/Hawks make Luon, go.” So we’d like to extend the invitation to both Canucks and Blackhawks fans to write their best playoff haiku, and we’ll publish our favourites over the next few weeks. Send your poetic gems to k&k@vancourier.com. Good luck.

Friendly wagers

This week in front of city hall, a noticeably goateeless Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed April 27 Vancouver Canucks Day, which struck us as odd since every day at K&K headquarters is Vancouver Canucks Day. We were also led to believe a few years ago that “all of us our Canucks,” which

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Sewing machines and sitar heroics

Anoushka Shankar unleashes some sitar action on the Chan Centre for Performing Arts April 30.

Pretty percussion Concert roundup

What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? A drummer. What do you call a drummer who breaks up with his girlfriend? Homeless. How do you get a drummer off your porch? Pay him for the pizza. We’ve got a million of them, but make sure you don’t mention any if you’re attending RePercussion May 1 at the Vogue Theatre. Percussion dude Sal Ferreras and guests lead a drum-happy evening of percussion and folk drumming traditions of Asia, Africa and Europe blended with Punjabi folk dancers. Tickets at www.vibc.org/tickets.

we found to be patently untrue after GM Place security forcibly removed us from the premises when we tried to enter the team locker room wearing nothing but a towel and a thin layer of coconut-scented body lotion. But we digress. Flanked by the team’s eternally joyless general manager Mike Gillis, owner Francesco Aquilini and some dude we’ve never seen before— perhaps Gillis’s sorrow wrangler?—the mayor was in fine, free-associating form. At one point, we thought he might break into a recitation of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” But we were disheartened to learn Robertson had yet to make a wager with Chicago mayor Richard Daley, as is customary between rival sports cities with, apparently, few pressing issues at hand. You may recall last year when the Canucks lost to Chicago Robertson had to ship Chicago’s mayor a case of beer, chocolates, Happy Planet juice, smoked salmon and a lock of Luongo’s chest hair. We may have made that last item up. So what should the two mayors wager this time? The gambling addicts at K&K have thought long and hard about it—only taking a break so we could pawn our office furniture to place a hefty bet on the mighty Washington Capitals…. —and

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Liars with guests Fol Chen play an early show at Venue April 30 while L.A.-based instrumental band Red Sparrowes sprawl out at the Biltmore with guests Caspian and Fang Island. The same night, local indie duo Japandroids, No Gold and Babe Rainbow play for the hip kids at Gastown’s Lifetime Collective. Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper spill blood all over the Pacific Coliseum May 1. Country duo Brooks & Dunn let their moustaches soak up the tears as they play GM Place May 2 as part of their farewell tour. Say it ain’t so.

here’s what we think should be laid on the line. If the Canucks win… • the band Chicago has to change its name to Vancouver. • Oprah for Fanny Kiefer, straight up. • whenever a Chicago band comes to town, Robertson gets to sit in on drums for three songs—and one has to be “In a Gadda Da Vida.” • Daley has to administer a hot-stone massage to Vision Vancouver Coun. Andrea Reimer. • Chicago has to change its Chi-town nickname to “Chai-town.” • Blackhawk Patrick Kane gets to work the coat-check at the Roxy the entire summer. If the Blackhawks win… • Happy Planet will come out with a new juice called Dustin Byfuglien’s Armpit Nectar. • Force and Sully, the green bodysuited pranksters who taunt opposing players when they sit in the penalty box, will spend a week outside NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton’s office and pretend to cry whenever she walks by. • the Vancouver band Chilliwack has to change its name to Marpole. • Blackhawk Patrick Kane gets to work the coat-check at the Roxy the entire summer.


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Sean Heather has a problem that would be the envy of most restaurateurs. As the brains behind newly minted hideaway Judas Goat (27 Blood Alley, ph. 604-681-5090), Heather says his Spanish inspired tapas bar, down from Salt, was intended to be a stopover for a drink and a bite on the way to more obvious neighbouring destinations. Instead, the diminutive stainless steel, grey-trimmed, 28 seater has itself become the destination. Not that he’s complaining. That comes as no surprise to us, as we found ourselves road testing a goodly part of the menu one recent rain swept soiree. Before you even get to look at a menu, the ’Goat’s compact design will have you marveling—assuming you can get a seat or have reserved—at how much is creatively shoe-horned into this culinary gem in Blood Alley. Our resident architect guru, in tow this night, was impressed by the “intimate urban scale” from the seating (at bar height throughout) to the indoor-outdoor connection to the courtyard to the progressive LED lighting. Not to mention

the striking Carerra marble long bar and equally long suede bench that runs the width of the room. In short, even if it’s small, it’s still a dazzler. On the plate we found plenty to lure us back. Running the (essentially prep) kitchen here is former Figmint chef Lee Humphries, who now heads up Sean Heather’s ever-expanding gustatory empire—including Chinatown’s Everything Café (75 East Pender St.), which is opening shortly. The more intricate dishes (such as mildly addictive spotted prawns in pastachio butter for $7) and the artful saltimbocca of veal sweetbreads ($6) are made ahead of time at the Irish Heather (although the chef will soon move to a new, central kitchen). More tastes that still have us salivating range from the tender and assertively flavoured lamb cheek nuggets with savoy cabbage and white truffle oil ($6), rabbit rillette with carrot panna cotta ($6) and a slow-cooked couscous-topped sablefish that melts in your mouth ($9). Also not to be missed are the crispy prosciutto and Manchego salad ($8) and vibrant English pea and pecorino salad bumped up with lemon and mint ($8). The night’s only misfire was a cured salmon pastrami that proved impossibly salty—necessitating extra bottles of Phillips Phoenix Gold Lager ($6) all round. There are smart wines, too, including Vina Esmeralda, well chosen by Kurtis Kolt, who was recently named

Sommelier of the Year at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. The style is deliberately more West Coast than Spanish, although there’s also good sherry to be had. And the intricacy of these plates, far beyond the simplicity of most tapas, is what’s keeping folks here. But the interplay of the room with its surroundings is genius—a reminder of the walk-in street scene you find in San Sebastian or Logrono. Come summer, when the doors are rolled back and you can sit outside looking in, that scene will become even livelier. Even now, you might want to try and make a reservation, when available. Without dwelling on the challenges of licensing and other issues—let alone the edgy ’hood—it takes guts to open a room like this. Our sense is that Judas Goat, which we view as a pivotal newcomer, could be a template for others to come, in a city where dining and drinking is perhaps no longer hampered by lack of bureaucratic vision. info@hiredbelly.com twitter.com/hiredBelly

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The Tipper Restaurant & Review Room

Also known as the Bottle Tipper, a cozy unassuming restaurant and bistro serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and supports local artists. Offers a simple but delicious menu of fresh food. www.thebottletipper.com 2066 Kingsway at Victoria 604.873.1010 $$

Kerkis Greek Taverna

A homestyle restaurant in the heart of Kitsilano, in a warm friendly setting. Weekly specials, participating in Dine Out, 3 course meal, starting April 26th. The most mouth watering roast lamb, chicken souvlaki in Vancouver.

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Japanese KITSTAYA SUSHI Japanese Restaurant

Voted in Stars of Vancouver 2010 as No. 1 Cheap Eats and No.3 Best Sushi Bar. Come try our “Famous Roll”. Many to choose from SPECIAL 20% off (offer valid to May 30th). 3105 W. Broadway 604.737.0181 $ – $$

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Breakfast – Lunch Tsolias Taverna Paul’s Place Omelettery Restaurant

Just moments from Granville Island, in Art Gallery Row on the South Granville rise.Paul’s Place Omelettery Restaurant uses only the finest ingredients, and everything on the menu is prepared on site fresh daily. You’ll definitely leave this cheery, licensed café feeling satisfied. Open Daily 7am – 3 pm 2211 Granville Street @ 6th Avenue 604.737.2857 $ – $$

Neighbourhood Greek restaurant in business since 1991. Visit Tsolias tonight and celebrate the Greek Way with a selection of dishes to choose from such as souvlaki, roast lamb, and more. Dine in lunch specials as low as $6.75. 2217 East Hastings 604.251.6010 $$

Dim Sum served daily 10am to 3pm. Dinner served 5pm to 10pm daily. Royal Centre, 1088 Melville Street 604.669.8383 $ – $$$

Comfort Food

Everyone feels welcome at Ricky’s. Our menu is large, comfortable and tasty. With over 100 items, Ricky’s has something for every taste. From signature breakfasts to bigelicious burgers to steak and ribs, we’ve got it covered. 111 Dunsmuir Street (at Beatty) 604.602.9233 $$ Waterfront Centre – 200 Burrard Street 604.669.2781 $$

Indian Cravings Restaurant & Lounge

Hip without pretense, hearty yet healthy. Comfort Food is what makes you feel like your best self. Comfort Food would mean nothing if not offered in a setting that also makes you feel good. Cravings has two newly renovated contemporary dining rooms, a sophisticated and cozy lounge, and service that your best self deserves. 8804 Osler St. (behind the Coast Hotel) www.cravings.ca 604.264.8444 $$–$$$

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New India Buffet & Restaurant

New India Buffet and Restaurant is the largest buffet in town featuring an outstanding menu with an original taste of India. The varied menu is inspired by different cuisines’ specialties and offers choices for everyone. The restaurant offers a spectacular ambience making it great for business meetings, quiet conversation or a party for a special occasion. 805 West Broadway 604.874.5800 $$

Redfort Authentic Indian Cuisine

Redfort serves only the finest East Indian Cuisine including Vegetarian, meat, chicken and fish prepared by our master chefs. We provide a hall with 50 people capacity for any private party or function. Make Refort your choice and we promise that we will give you a memorable dinner. www.redfort.ca 1962 Kingsway, at Victoria Drive 604.873.2440 $$$

Italian Athene’s Classic Greek Cuisine

Serving authentic Greek food in the heart of Kitsilano for over 30 years. Specializing in lamb and vegetarian dishes. Catering available for small or large groups. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. 3618 West Broadway 604.731.4135 $$

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Great variety of Homemade Eastern & Western European favourites like schnitzel, ossobuco, borscht, polenta, perogies, gnocchi, goulash, cabbage rolls, short ribs, Paprikash. Classic creations, warm atmosphere, great fresh food & good hosts. Open lunch & dinner. www.transylvaniaflavour.com 2120 West Broadway (corner Arbutus) 604.730.0880 $$$

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The Tooth Fairy

At the Cultch until May 1 Tickets: 604.251.1363 www.thecultch.com Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

At the risk of getting children’s advocates on their high horses, The Tooth Fairy is almost too good for kids. It’s a remount of a 2002 Old Trout Puppet Workshop production, and it’s aimed at kids from seven to 107, but it’s full of the Old Trout’s distinguishing features: glorious language (“Go forth, beak and claws, my plumages,” urges Grandfather to his rare birds); dark humour (just when things look like they can’t get any worse, they do); and irony (as a boy, Grandfather sold all his teeth to the Tooth Fairy and then bought a boat so his family could catch fish, which, because he had no teeth, he couldn’t eat). And there’s always the overriding sense of doom: “Nothing lasts forever. Your teeth will fall out. It’s inevitable,” warns whitewhiskered, toothless Grandfather. The kids will love it, anyway. After the show I asked a beautiful, curly haired youngster who looked about three or four, if the show had been scary. “No,” was the perky reply, “I knew it was pretend.” What sort of an idiot was I?

But grownups will love this show more than the kids, and they shouldn’t stay away because this is the last of the Cultch’s Family Series. The Tooth Fairy is based on the first book in the series “Preposterous Fables for Unusual Children,” written and illustrated by Judd Palmer, one of the founding puppeteers with the Old Trouts, which originated in 1999 in Calgary. This production is directed by Pete Balkwill, another in the trio of founders (and unforgettable as Don Juan in 2009’s The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan). The Tooth Fairy was originally performed by longtime Old Trouts, but this production features five new performers. They’re terrific, and it’s hard to imagine a finer Abigail than Kyla Read (a graduate of Studio 58). This Abigail, so the story goes, had “awe-striking, spectacular teeth,” and her life was as perfect as her teeth. Her only sorrow was that her old geezer of a grandfather wouldn’t let her out to play. “The world is toothy,” he warned. But Abigail got into her grandfather’s old boat (a tiny thing that Read wears around her shoulders and paddles with her puppet hands), took his helmet and harpoon and “snuck off into the night” to have tooth-threatening misadventures, including one with Captain Bleak who can’t wait to pull her “chompers” and use her for whale bait. Continued next page


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Trouts’ latest full of toothy hubris Continued from page 38 Nobody does it better than the Old Trouts. Abigail first appears behind a counter. We see Read’s head (and undeniably beautiful smile), below which is a tiny white collar and tiny blue dress. Her little hands are operated by Read with sticks. It’s amazing how quickly we accept the technique and actually enjoy slipping back and forth between the story and the presentation. Read uses those little hands so well: crossing them so demurely, tucking them under her head when she sleeps, pushing away a would-be tooth thief, placing them tidily on the coverlet when she’s in her little bed. The masks on the other performers are surreal concoctions of wood, paint, feath-

ers and stuff—including the outlandish getup on the Tooth Fairy, whom Abigail finally encounters and with whom strikes a Faustian bargain. Music by David Rhymer is delightful and sung solo or by the superb puppeteer ensemble that includes Léda Davies, Nicolas di Gaetano, Len Harvey and Teddy Valentine Ivanova. Lovely, funny, astonishingly creative from costumes to set design (parts of which are manually cranked up and down by the performers), The Tooth Fairy is a cautionary tale about toothy hubris. Claiming to have “the greatest teeth in the whole world” will put the Tooth Fairy on high alert. And that could be bad news for your pearly whites. joled@telus.net

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In a downtown parkade that grows desolate after 7 p.m., nine emerging theatre companies will take advantage of the location’s spectacular top floor views and treat audiences to sketch comedy, horror and butoh dance. Produced by Enlightenment Theatre and ITSAZOO Productions, Bridge Mix parks May 5 to 8 and 11 to 15 at the Metro Parkade at Thurlow and Pender. Besides the unusual setting, audiences will have plenty to see considering the number of theatre companies and performances involved. “The audience doesn’t have to worry that they’re not going to like one of the pieces,” said Peter Carlone, half of the comedic duo The Peter N’ Chris Show! “They just have to wait eight minutes and then the canvas is totally new.” “I like the idea of this particular group piece where you get to see them all. That’s one thing with HIVE, that you don’t get to see everything,” added Carlone’s comedy partner Chris Wilson, referring to the wildly popular showcase of local theatre companies. For Bridge Mix, ITSAZOO and Enlightenment enlisted their companies and seven others with devising an original eight-minute, site-specific piece that includes a car and a ball, in whatever form, be it the actual object, a photograph, a toy, or just the idea. Audience members will be led from piece to piece along with music and a roving bar. Carlone and Wilson joined forces in 2008 and debuted their full-length play The Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!! at the 2009 Victoria and Vancouver Fringe festivals, attracting critical acclaim and selling

out runs in both cities. They’ve got a show in the works for the Vancouver Fringe Festival in September. For their current endeavour, Carlone and Wilson moseyed around the Metro Parkade for 90 minutes searching for inspiration. Finally they settled on a particular sign to riff off, “Don’t back in, low ceilings.” Their piece depicts a sad sack reporter searching for a prophetic bum akin to the Julliard-trained street violinist in the movie The Soloist, but their guy finds a rather different street person, purportedly to hilarious effect. David Benedict Brown, co-artistic director of Enlightenment Theatre and one of the five producers of Bridge Mix, said they wanted to unite younger performance groups like Peter n’ Chris with those that had been around a bit longer like Genus Theatre, the Tiger Milk Collective and Spectral Theatre. “It’s really important these days especially because of the recent arts funding cuts and the economic climate... private funding is suffering as well,” Brown said. “We really need to come together to share audiences, to share ideas, to get to know each other so that we can collaborate in the future and forge long-lasting relationships.” Reflecting its name, the collaborative production features a broad mix of works. Enlightenment’s piece will feature two men arguing about the Bridge Mix show, while a young businessman returning to his car from an office party will face the wrath of evil clowns in ITSAZOO’s production. Audience members will watch the story of a suicide unfolding on the sidewalk from the parkade, and Genus Theatre’s sketch will include ball hockey and prizes. Bridge Mix kicks off at 1070 Pender St. with a pay-what-you-can preview May 5. Otherwise tickets are $14 to $18. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, see www. itsazoo.org/home. crossi@vancourier.com

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Job Description: The individuals selected for these positions will be expected to provide all facets of underground mining development. They will be responsible for all development tasks and shall have sufficient experience with daily activities such as a range of LHD operation, jumbo operators, and mechanized bolting. Other support duties such as mechanical installation(s) (installation and maintenance of air, water and ventilation) and ground support will also be required. These individuals will be expected to receive daily safety and work line-up from their immediate supervisor(s) and complete the daily line-up safely and on time. Job Qualifications: ● Must possess their Full Common Core for Underground Hard Rock Miner (U0000 to U0012), or equivalent provincial designation ● Must have a minimum of 3 years work experience ● Must have U0018, U0089 or U0092 depending on equipment or specific task ● Experience with either MacLean Series bolters or Atlas Copco Boltec are will be given top consideration

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● All applicants must meet the stated Job Qualifications ● Please provide any/all references with resume ● Remuneration shall be based on experience and qualifications ● Positions available immediately for long term contract. We will only receive resumes via fax: 705-692-4310 or by e-mail: info@technicagroup.com , any drop in will not be accepted. Please note that we will only consider individuals who meet or exceed the above qualifications AND experience requirements.

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Work Wanted

PROJECT/SITE MANAGER AVAILABLE My name is Werner Buehner, I am a German Citizen & would like to work in Canada. I am a professional, with Master & Technical Degrees, in the area of corrosion protecting coatings, i.e. coatings for storage tanks, paint application, fire proofing, floor linings, wallpapering, texture & plastering, painting, insulation against sound & heat etc, crown moulding installation. I calculate costs, staff, accounting & prepare estimates. I would like to work in Vancouver or Fort McMurrary as a Site Manager or Project Leader for a good company. References available (www.wbuehner.com ) Please contact me by Fax 0049 711 840034 or email: Werner-Buehner@web.de

hotels/restaurants

retail sales

general

accounting careers

trades/technical farm workers

health care To advertise in Employment call 604-630-3300

GARAGE SALES

Cats

BEAUTIFUL KITTENS Siemese X, tabby, solids $40. Call 604-392-6898 Chilliwack

PRODUCTION MINERS:

Job Description: The individuals selected for these positions shall be required to provide all facets of underground production services. They will be responsible for the completion of various production tasks with an emphasis on the operation of a range of LHD equipment, truck haulage, “In The Hole” (ITH) drilling and blasting. Other support duties such as mechanical installation(s) (installation and maintenance of air, water and ventilation) and ground support will also be required. These individuals will be expected to receive daily safety and work line-up from their immediate supervisor(s) and complete the daily line-up safely and on time. Job Qualifications: ● Must have Full Underground Hard Rock Mining Service Type Common Core (U0000 to U0012), or equivalent provincial designation ● Must have a minimum of 3 years underground production experience ● Must have modules U0068A/B, U0071, U0091 or U0092 depending on specific task.

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Dogs

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UNDER PRESSURE

HIMALAYAN KITTENS, 3 f/2 m, vet ✔, 1st shots, family raised, ready. $200. Aldgr 604-626-4650

SYSTEMS INC.

We sell & service all hot & cold pressure washers 604.434.2188 upsi.ca #11 - 5850 Byrne Rd. Burnaby

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Auctions

PERSIAN KITTEN spayed female 6 mth CFA reg health gaur gentle $600 firm 604-939-1231 www.dreamhimicattery.com

MULTI-FAMILY SALE

AUCTIONS

NEXT AUCTION

New & Used Rest. Equip., New Patio & Teak Furniture, Sofas, Dining, & Bedroom Furniture, Huge Qty. of Bikes & Quads.

Saturday, May 29, 9 am Industrial, Construction, Cars, Trucks, Boats, and etc… Located in Langley just 30 minutes from Vancouver.

(Imperial St/Nelson Ave) Spawn action figures, bikes, kid’s French books, games.

★CATS & KITTENS★ FOR ADOPTION ! 604-724-7652

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C Multi-Family Garage Sale, Sat May 1st, 9:30 am-3pm, 3876 West 36th Ave Household furnishings, quality framed art, china, dishes, books, sporting goods. Everything to go!! No Early dealers!!!!

Dogs

WELCOMING INDUSTRIAL SMALLS.

6780 Glover Rd., Langley, BC ph: 604-534-0901 www.canamauctions.com

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For Sale Miscellaneous

MECCANO SET. Almost complete. $500.00 OBO VRF@shaw.ca

2075

Coffee Table, 45' long, 23.5 'wide, 16' tall, glass, slides & horizontal. $45. Danish style table, 4ft 7 ' long, 30.5' wide, 29' high, 2 x 13inch leaves, tile design in the middle. $195 Mt Pleasant area, Van, 604-875-8055 MATCHING SOFA/LOVE seat, area rugs, dining set & rocker, in Exc. cond. Kitsilano, $750 604-739-3489 * 778-888-7439

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AUSSIE PUPS. Ten to choose from. Ready to go the first weekend in June. Tails & claws done. Both parents available to view. $700 - $1000/ea. 604-607-7372

BARE NAKED BABIES, Rare True Hairless Chinese Cresteds, family raised, vet checked, 14 weeks, $1000 604-723-1963 BORDERNESE X puppies, born Mar 13 have both parents grt family & camping dog. $300. 604-792-3280

DOUBLE DOODLES! Goldendoodle x Labradoodle Pups Best of the Best! Almost ready Fr. $850.00 Call 604-533-6905

PUPPY PARADISE Beautiful Shelties 'Little Lassies!' (PB, Reg’d) M $895. F $995. 778-552-0822

MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

Foster homes urgently req’d for rescued, abandoned & neglected dogs. Many breeds 778-688-6340 abetterlifedogrescue.com

Olympic disposal Sale on Now April 23 - May 16 9am-3pm daily

New/used furniture, new clothes, torch relay outfits, household items, one of a kind Olympic memorabilia

PUPPY PARADISE Havanese Gorgeous & Smart! (PB, Reg’d) M $895. F $995. 778-552-0822

ROTTWEILER PUPS Purebreds. D.O.B. 03/04/10. 3 females & 1 male. Full tails; dew claws removed; dewormed & vet checked. Ready now! $800 firm. (1)-604-794-3953, Chilliwack SHARPEI IN Coquitlam is looking for good home, very healthy and great with people. Must go through Sharpei rescue for an application. www.tntsharpeirescue.com please contact freesharpei@hotmail.com

Low, low prices, great Deals!!!...Hurry in 7530 Hopcott Road Delta BC

Want to own part of the Olympic dream? Believe you can... Log on to bid on great Olympic items

www.bcauction.ca

Registration for FREE!!! New items each day, while supplies last

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Annual Spring Fair McBride Annex School May 15, 2010

Multi Family Garage Sale

Flea Market at Gray’s Park 11 am - 3 pm

E - KNOX CHURCH

Spring Cleaning Time... Jewelry, Arts & Crafts, Clothing, Houshold Items, Baked Goods, Plant Sale, etc. $15 per table More info - Connie

Fri. April 30th @ 5pm-8:30pm & Sat. May 1st @ 10am-1pm

604-877-1557

✓ Silent Auctions ✓ Kids games & prizes ✓ Henna & face painting ✓ Food & drinks ✓ 50/50 and lots more...

GARAGE SALE

Sun. May 2 10-4pm 519 SW Marine Drive (Enter off Lord Street, rear of the building) Golf bags, cassettes and lots more stuff.

Rain or Shine

BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW!

SPRING SALE

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Moving Sale Sat, May 1 11 to 2pm 1927 East 34th Ave @ Victoria

Lots of furniture 3 families liquidating 25 years of quality items

Vancouver

www.westcoastfrenchbulldogs.com

Auctions

EMAGEE TAILGATE MARKET ★ May 15th, ★ 11-3 PM @ 49th & Maple Deals! Vendors $10 a space! Call May 604 713-8200

Boutique, books, baking, furniture, household items, etc.

RARE! CHOCOLATE & BLUE French Bulldogs, 1st in Canada. Reserve now! 604-802-6934 JACK RUSSELL pups male, female smooth coat, tails docked, dewormed, 1st shots $450. 604-701-1587

SPRING BAZAAR LION’S DEN - SENIORS 770 Commercial/Adanac St. Saturday, May 1st 10AM - 3PM 10 Tables Baking & Peserves Hot Dogs/Pop COME ENJOY

41st & Balaclava St.

FILA/MASTIFF GUARD DOGS owners best friend. Intruders worst nightmare. all shots, $2000 each. ready now! 604-817-5957

Empty your Garage Fill Your Wallet

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Saturday, May 1st 9 am to 12noon, In lane behind 2708 - 14th Ave. W. Volumes of great quality items for everyone including lot’s of FREE things.

PURE BRED Male British Bulldog, 5 months old, Moving must sell, $2000 obo. 778-552-4509

GARAGE SALE

2020

POMERANIAN PUPPIES 2 males, ready to go. $500 ea, mom & dad also avail. 604-858-7606

PUPPY PARADISE Golden Retriever Awesome Family Dog! (PB, Reg’d) F $795 M $895 778-552-0822

Wanted to Buy

Old Books Wanted also: Photos Postcards, Letters, Paintings. (no text books/encyclopedia) I pay cash. 604-737-0530

KOMONDOR 3 mos male, smart, loving, strong personality. Needs exp owner. $800. 604-857-4120

CHIHUAHUA PUP, purebred, family raised, male, ready to go. Vancouver. $390. 778-239-6252

Lumber/Building Supplies

#1A STEEL BUILDING SALE! Save up to 60% on your new garage, shop, warehouse or storage building. 6 different colors available! 40 year warranty! FREE shipping for the first 20 callers! 1-800-457-2206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

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ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding $400+ 604 590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

Furniture

BEST Deal Restwell Matt Sets. Full wrty, Dble $319. Queen $339 King $559. Will deliver. 722-3636

100 FAMILY SALE ST MARKS CHURCH 1593 EAST 18TH AVE btwn Knight & Commercial Sat May 1st 9-2pm German books & food. Something for everyone!! www.stmarkschurch.ca

Sunday, May 2nd From 10am until 4pm 5128 Victory St, Burnaby

CAN-AM

Saturday, May 15, 10 am HUGE TENT AUCTION!!!

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BURNABY

Sir Richard McBride Annex 4750 St. Catherines Street Vancouver 604-713-5374

TAPESTRY THRIFT SHOP 1669 Kingsway

1669 Kingsway (just (just west west of of Knight Knight St) St) G N •• Furniture • Houseware I G H N Furniture • Houseware I ET TOH R E!! •• Books •• Knick R ON Books Knick Knacks Knacks SSOOM MEFO NE Y F •• Jewellery YO T ER R Jewellery •• Accessories Accessories V A EVE REATS! •• Clothing E GREICES! Clothing for for Women, Women, Men Men GPRICE and Children PR and Children

OPEN OPEN TUES.-SAT. TUES.-SAT. 10am-5pm 10am-5pm SUNDAY SUNDAY 10am 10am to to 4pm 4pm

Proceeds to the Tapestry Foundation in support Proceeds to the Tapestry support of residential & elder care atFoundation Mount St. in Joseph, of residential care atLangara, Mount St. Joseph, Holy Family, &St.elder Vincent’s Brock Farhni, Holy Family, St. Vincent’s Langara, Brock Farhni, Youville Residence & Marion Hospice. Youville Residence & Marion Hospice.

CHILDREN 3015

Childcare Available

* * BOOK NOW!! * * An overseas live-in Nanny for 2010 placement. 604-682-4688

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Childcare Wanted

NANNIES WANTED email resumes to thaniel0510@yahoo.com

Preschools/Kindergarten NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

for July & August Summer Sessions

TEACUP YORKSHIRE Terrier pups. Health guar. 604-825-2001 www.fraservalleyyorkies.com

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3508

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Dogs

SHIH TZU & Lhasa Apso pups, home raised, vet ✔ 1st shot, dewormed, ready to view, $495. Chwk 604-702-1960 or 794-3197

4530-10

YORKSHIRE TERRIERS fem 2yrs, housebroken, all shots, non shed. to good home $350 ea 604-724-4314

3540

OSOYOOS LAKEFRONT Weekly Rentals. 3 br villas, pool, priv pier, boat moorage. $1600 week & up. Call 1-250-495-2238 email: desertproperty@telus.net

Pet Services

WATERFRONT COTTAGE on Gambier Island, Howe Sound sleeps 6. $1000 wk 604-737-8108

Clean Sweep?

OSOYOOS WATERFRONT 3br, 2bath, fully equipped & furn large deck, BBQ, ac, canoes, priv. dock, Avail June to Sept. $1500 /wk, 604-922-6103...551-3014

LATISHA’S PET CARE

Dog walking seven days a week Vanc only Michele 778-385-7313

3550

Okanagan/ Interior

Poultry

WATERFRONT CABIN 3 BR on Sakinaw Lake, Pender Harbor. Large deck, dock, use of canoe, June, July , Aug. 1-604-859-0292

4530-16

KATISSA POULTRY Non medicated, all vegetable feed, no animal by products, grown and sold on the farm. Fully Processed, Flash Frozen Ready for roasting. For prices & details see www.specialtychicken.com Cloverdale area, 604 541-0007

Whistler

ATTRACTIVE EXECUTIVE home close to Whistler Village, ideal for 2 mature couples or 1 family. 4 baths, n/s n/p, no parties, avail now. $2900/mo + utils. Call for more details 1-604-932-3502

6020

Agents

NEED A MORTGAGE 1st and 2nd Mortgages, Self Employed, Refinancing, Forclosures, Low Rates. 604-629-8628 www.MazumaCapital.ca

6020-01

$99 can sell your home 574-5243 Abbotsford beautifully updated end unit 1250sf 3br 2ba thse $239,900 504-1551 id5107 Maple Ridge drastically reduced 4.9ac serviced vu acreage $468,888 722-3996 id4694 Port Moody Suter Brook Village top floor 710sf 1br condo $359,900 313-1480 id5083 Sry Cloverdale 1910 Heritage Home 3082sf 7br 3.5ba w/suite $649K 576-3191id5054 Sry Fleetwood 1655sf 2 or 3br 2.5ba tnhse, gated, dbl garage $379K 951-0405id5078 Sry Fleetwood 3260sf 3or4br 2.5ba, 17192sf lot, triple garage $739K 599-7009 id5093 Sry/Langley border beautifully updated 850sf 2br condo $259,900 514-3374 id5098 Sry Sullivan Hts magnificent 3651sf 7br 6ba, 5285sf lot $736,999 778-892-2143 id5100

I BUY PROPERTIES Any Condition, location or price 1-800-963-2115 www.StrategicHousing.ca

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-24

Port Coquitlam

OPEN HSE Sun, May 2nd, 2-4pm, 3348 Vincent St, Poco, 2 storey T/H 3 BR, 1255 sf, updates, f/back yard Kerry 604-763-4638, www.sandrin.com Royal LePage Coronation West

6008-30

Sell it in the Classifieds!

604

630.3300

3 BR Townhouse rancher Clearbrook Village, 1 bath, fp, w/d, lrg yard. nr school/rec ctre $230,000 By Owner 604-870-4708

Surrey

★ WE BUY HOUSES ★ Older home? Damaged home? Needs repairs? Quick Cash! Call us First! 604-657-9422 * WE BUY HOUSES * * Since 1998 Older House! Damaged House!

Behind on Mortgage? Too much Debt!

Need to Sell Now! Just Want Out! Quick Cash! Convenient! Private! ( 604 ) 626-9647 www.webuyhomesbc.com

Houses - Sale

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Houses - Sale

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North Delta

10671 WESTSIDE Drive, Canterbury Hts, N. Delta; Sunday only, 2- 4pm. Updated home with view! $584,900. Bob Edwards, Re/Max Performance Rlty, 604-590-4888

6020-40

Lots & Acreage

LANGLEY LOT. $284,000. Fully serviced. 3,800 sq ft. Prime location in new area of Willoughby Heights. Can build three level house with bsmnt and double garage, with lane access. Close to Hwy 1 & amen. 604-618-3244 ★ MISSION ★ 1.35 Acres Come Build your Dream Home Rare Cul-de-sac building lot in Mission. Street of High End Homes, backs onto Greenbelt. Lots of Privacy - Room for sep garage. 10 mins to downtown. Drive by 9749 Jones Terrace on Dewdney Trunk Rd, nr the Abbey, $298K. Call Len 604-763-4118

www.bcforeclosures.com 5 BR home from $18,500 down $1,975/mo. 604-538-8888, Alain @ Sutton WC Realty W. Rock

Real Estate

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Any Price, Condition, or Location No Fees, No Risk − 604 435-5555

6020-22

HOME BUYING CENTER INC How to Buy Nice HOUSES FOR BIG PROFITS Make $232,016.96 a Year in 7 hours a week without touching a hammer. $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 24 Hr Rec. Msg. 1-866-215-8037 ID 207 LeaveWorkSomeDay.com Invigo Realty Ltd.

New Westminster

NW/BBY Border. New, spac 6 BR + Den, 4 baths. 2,600 sf. Granite, SS appl, legal suite, river view. Call now-beat the HST! $749,000, & no tax! Kelly Bhatti, Century 21 Coastal Realty, 604-808-0221

6002

THINKING OF SELLING? Real Estate Commission Savings of up to 50% ★

Full Service Commitment ★

27 Years of Award-Winning Sales Experience C Peter A L 604-290-1002 L Amex Broadway West

N. WEST. All services paid, inclds u/grd electrical, DCC’s, survey & eng’ng report. 33’ x 130’ lot. No GST. $339,000. 604-726-0677. usellahome.com ● ID # 4711

Need a New Place? Find one in the Classifieds To advertise call 604-630-3300

6007

Agents

ACCOUNTING & TAXATION for small business, financial statements and personal taxes. SYLVIA SY, CGA 604-732-5511 Corporate Tax Returns $225 +up $20 and up for personal tax. Monthly bookkeeping $20 hr +. Specialize: construction; sm bus. accounting. Trevor 604-788-0396

5015

Business Opportunity

#1 JANITORIAL FRANCHISE Customers, (Office Cleaning), Training and support. Financing. www.coverall.com 604-434-7744 info@coverallbc.com

6040

Okanagen/ Interior

EXCEPTIONAL LAKEVIEW Lots from $160,000 also: 1 panoramic 3 - acre parcel. Owner Financing, 250-307-2558 www.orlandoprojects.com

6050

Out Of Town Property

Vancouver West Side

Sat May 1, 2-4pm 207 W 49th Best Deal! 5 BR with 2 BR ste, wlk to skytrain/Langara/Oakridge $889K. Mala @ Sutton 710-9030

6030

$365,000 2BR - 2bath Condo Spec 180° view. Beautifully reno, elegant decor, granite, tile & hardwood. Walk-in shower. Stainless appls, gas fp. Crown mouldings & chair rails. Bldg completely updated & rain screened. Gym, spa & pool. Near skytrain. 604-628-8172 http://picasaweb.google.ca/ tocololo/CondoOdysseyTowers

6020

Real Estate

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Real Estate Services

6005

Houses - Sale

Accounting/ Bookkeeping

Roger Chung, CGA Tax, bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, acct systems. #206-1089 W Broadway www.rogerchung.com 604 628-1960

REAL ESTATE 6002

5005

K.K. Accounting. Tax returns $25+ up. Audits, bookkeeping, financial statements, corp returns, payroll GST/PST. #105 -111 West Broadway. Call 604-876-5899

Sunshine Coast

4530-11

5017

Vacation Spots

KAMLOOPS RIVERFRONT. Watch Swans & eagles from deck on a 20x600sf lot. Waterski on S. Thompson from wharf. Quiet area quaint 2 br w/bsmt. Priced to sell $493,000....Royal LePage Kamloops Joyce 1-866-374-3022

6052

Real Estate Investment

★ RENT TO OWN! ★ If you have a small down payment, I have a nice home for you! Less then perfect credit OK. Call Kim 604-628-6598

6065

Recreation Property

COZY COTTAGE Home on .82 acres Lake Front, less than 1 hour fr Vancouver. Just $525K. Park Georgia Rlty, Lisa 778 882-7275

GRANDVIEW @ Las Vegas on South Blvd brand new concrete bldg, 2 sep 1 br XLrg units, Luxurious, ldry, 2 jacuzzi, a/c, plasma, king bed, slps 8, full equipped kitchen. Timeshare 4 x per yr, you own % of property, Rentals ok Asking $35,000 604-374-4350 * 604-506-7576 PALM DESERT, California 50% fractional ownership for sale. Recently reno’d 3300 sq ft 3 bedroom home. High end Resort Fully equip’d, pool, spa, car and golf cart. Exc mtge, rental revenue with personal availability, 125K Can $ (terms available) 604-244-1986 weden@telus.net

BUSINESSES FOR SALE BEAUTIFUL 3700 sq.ft. restaurant/lounge in KITSILANO

with a 2 a.m. liquor license. Seats 96 in restaurant, 26 in lounge and 16 on the patio. Incredible kitchen and outstanding leasehold improvements. 30 secured underground parking spots. Selling due to health concerns.

Call listing agent for appointment.

$398,500 Armida Spada-McDougall • 604-728-7765

Realty

Royal LePage City Centre — armida@novuscom.net

Business Services

IN A CAR Accident? Getting DIVORCED? INHERITANCE coming? GET MONEY TODAY!

Up to $10,000 Canada Wide Settlement Lenders 1-866-210-7200

5035

Financial Services

NEED CASH AND OWN A VEHICLE?

You keep your keys and drive away with cash. Call Got Keys? Got Cash! (604) 760-9629

http://www.gotkeysgotcash.com

5060

Legal Services

#1 IN PARDONS Remove your criminal record. Express Pardons offers the FASTEST pardons, LOWEST prices, and it’s GUARANTEED. BBB Accredited. FREE Consultation Toll-free: 1-866-416-6772 www.ExpressPardons.com

5505

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF MARION ROSE WILSON, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, at 650 West Georgia Street, 5th Floor, PO Box 11538, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 4N7, Canada (Attention: Erin Devereaux), on or before the 18th day of June, 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Executor CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF ANNIE CONSTANCE GOODYEAR, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executors, care of their solicitors, Clark Wilson LLP, 800-885 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 3H1, on or before the 4th day of June 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company and Bryan John Leary also known as Brian Leary, Executors CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

Legal/Public Notices

5505

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF DOROTHY CHRISTINA CAMERON late of Yaletown House, Room 224 – 1099 Cambie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5A8 (the “Estate”) NOTICE is given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate are required to send them to the Executor, The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, at P.O. Box 11130, #3000 – 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3R3, on or before June 1, 2010, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims that have been received. EXECUTOR: THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA TRUST COMPANY SOLICITOR: Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

Homecare Available

COOKING, CLEANING, shopping, appointments. Have own vehicle. Shannon. 604-321-7029 HAPPY, ENERGETIC, POSITIVE, retired caucasian nurse/ grandma, seeks a job as an elderly companion/caregiver. I have worked in the companion/ caregiver field for over 20 yrs, I come with glowing ref’s as well as lots of love, laughter and nutritious home cooked meals and baking. Please call 604-329-4466

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Registered Massage Services

SWISS BODY

RE: The Estate of Paolo Allan Barazzuol, otherwise known as Paul Barazzuol, Paul A. Barazzuol and P.A. Barazzuol, deceased, formerly of 2761 Turner Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Paolo Allan Barazzuol, otherwise known as Paul Barazzuol, Paul A. Barazzuol and P.A. Barazzuol, deceased, are hereby notified under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the undersigned Executor, c/o Cohen Buchan Edwards, Lawyers & Notaries, Suite 208 - 4940 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC, V6X 3A5, on or before the 1st day of June, 2010, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. DATED at Richmond, BC this 23rd day of April, 2010. K. BRUCE PANTON COHEN BUCHAN EDWARDS Solicitors for the Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Executor

Notice to Creditors and Others

Re: The Estate of Winnifred Margaret Anne Gauthier, also known as Peggy W. Gauthier and also known as Peggy Gauthier, Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Winnifred Margaret Anne Gauthier, also known as Peggy W. Gauthier and also known as Peggy Gauthier, of 1645 West 14th Avenue, Vancouver B.C. are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to David Unterman at 200-6330 Fraser Street, Vancouver B.C. on or before July 31, 2010 after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.

GARAGE SALE

Empty your Garage Fill Your Wallet

MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

4051

Registered Massage Services

NORAH SPA Opening Massage 4085 Oak St & King Edward 604-677-5121 PROF. SPORT MASSAGE @ Sport Central Fitness, Rmd. NOW OPEN. Appt.: 242-2998 Try the Best 604-872-1702

4060

Metaphysical

LOVE! MONEY! LIFE! #1 Psychics! 1-877-478-4410 CreditCards/Deposit $3.19/min 18+ 1-900-783-3800 www.mysticalconnections.ca

MASSAGE & WAXING Men & Women

Massage $29 Head to Toe 3 hrs $109

3482 Main St. Van 604-873-9890

Body Work

RELAXING MASSAGE very clean/private. 9am-11pm, 7days, D/town & Kits. Anie 604-684-8773

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604-739-3998

7010

Personals

GENTLEMEN! Attractive discreet, European lady is available for company 604-451-0175

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

HEALTH 4035

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Mind,Body&Soul

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE $45/Hr Massage, Acupuncture (Ins. covered)

604-568-6123 (7days/week)

AMAPOLA SPA Best massage skills, lrg selection Asian girls, good service, low rate, #1 choice open 7 days 10am-10pm hiring 778-321-6657 5763 Balsam Street @ W. 41st, Van., Kerrisdale.


F R I D AY, A P R I L 3 0 , 2 0 1 0 T H E VAN C O U V E R C O U R I E R

RENTALS 6508

Apt/Condos

6508

6540

Apt/Condos

Langara Gardens

1101- 1723 Alberni St. 1br +den 600 sf, reno’d, hardwood, private garage, lease, ns, np, $1350, avail now, Eric, 604-723-7368

BACH & 1 BR, Newly Reno’d, cls to shop & transit, 2nd flr, incls heat, h/w, prkg, Start @ $675. 604-325-1385 www.remirealty.ca BEAUTIFUL APTS. 1 & 2 BR avail. Special rates. Open House FRI & SAT @ 8665 Shaughnessy Call 604-327-9419

601 West 57th Ave, Van Spacious 1, 2 & 3 Bdrm Rental Apartments and Townhouses in beautiful Langara Gardens, located in the Oakridge area at West 57th Ave and Cambie St. This landmark property is clean and very well maintained by friendly on-site staff. Quiet and tasteful gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, gym, activity/event room, laundry facilities and parking. Near Oakridge Mall, Canada Line, public transit, Langara College, Churchill High School and Langara Golf Course. For more information please call 604-327-1178 www.langaragardens.com

6522 GINGER Crosstown, Deluxe! 718 Main St. 1 BR condo, all appls, storage, bike locker, sec’d prkg, Media/amenties rm & more. NS/NP. Avail now. 604-861-6303 MARPOLE 1323 W. 71st Ave. Studio $730. Incl. Hot Wtr, u/g prkg. N/P. 1 Yr Lease. May 1. www.apt4rent.ca, 604-727-9022 www.easyrent.ca 683 Beach Cr. Icon 1. 3br+den, 2.5 bath, 1560sf fp balc. 1 yr lease, stainless appls, 2 prkg, $3495, 604-662-3279

6508

Furnished Accommodation

12 & Quebec, Bright, clean, quiet furnished 2nd flr room, W/D, Female ONLY. NS/NP. $425/mo incls utils. May 1. 604-576-1746 2 B/R all-in furn near new bsmt ste in great neighborhood, nr Parkgate, Seymour hiking/biking/ skiing/golfcourse and Deep Cove. N/S, in-ste w/d/dishwasher, util/ cbl/internet+int lcl phn # all inc $1600/mo 604-904-9428

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6570

Out Of Town

CULTUS LAKE Cottage available for short or long term rental. Fully furn 2BR, BBQ & sunny deck. Near beach. 604-813-7535

6580

Rental Services

OWNERS – call us for all your property management needs. 604-982-7059 or email jdennison@dpmonline.ca Dennison Prop. Management Ltd

6595

Shared Accommodation

6595-15

South Burnaby

BBY, S. Friendly female seeks a roommate to share ½ duplex near Metrotown. Accomodations include furnished room, hydro/ cable/’net. Sh’d laundry. NS/NP. $550/mo. Immed. 604-722-6701

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BDRM & Den, large grnd level bsmt suite, private entry, furn/ unfurn, prefer couple. n/s, n/p $1100 incl util. Call 604-255-7150 1 BDRM g/l, nr 33rd & Knight, shrd bath, w/d, full kitchen, ns np, incl utils, Internet, Female only $460 Avail. May 1! 604-726-1873 1 BR. FURN bsmt suite, Arbutus area, on bus route, own entry, updated, ns, np, suit 1, avail now, $700 incld utils, 604-737-8464 1 BR, KERRISDALE spacious, bright basement ste, own w/d, $1050 incl utils, cable & internet. May 1, ns np. 604-263-4234 2 BR, ground, by schools, 22nd & Victoria, suits 2 people or couple w/child, ns, small pet ok, St. prkg, $850+, ASAP, 604-419-4525

8030

Carpentry

GENERAL CARPENTRY •Small Jobs •Handyman •Finishing •Siding •Repairs. Call Russell @ Deka Construction.... 604-618-0459

8040

Carpet/Flooring Installation

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8055

Cleaning

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TOP CLEANING SERVICES 778-565-6000 www.topcleaning.ca

8058

Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Drainage installation & repair. 604-327-3086

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8060

Townhouses Rent

Clean Your house using less chemicals! Reliable, bonded, 10 yrs in bus. Helen 778-855-7882 ENVIRO MAID INSURED and BONDED. Residential. Available on a regular basis. Excellent refs. Free est. $20 p/hr. 604-685-1344

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GRAND BLVD 1 bdrm Garden Suite avail May 1. $975 inc util. W/D, N/S, 1 cat OK. Quiet single person. 604-340-0419

MARINE WOODS 3399 Fieldstone Ave, 3 BR, 3 bath, 1300sf, End Unit, Lease, NP, NS, $1650 June 1. Eric 604-723-7368

8073

Cleaning

778-384-2019

3 BR grnd flr ste, pkrg, nr Joyce Skytrain, schools, library, bus & shops, np ns, share w/d. May 1 $1100 + 1/2 utils. 604-435-4917

6605

8055

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

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Aries March 21 - April 19: Chase money, especially money owed to you, or pursue past dollar sources such as a former job/employer. Pay old bills. Life is easy, mild. But don’t start any new projects before May 11. You might discover, early week, that there is a flaw or major hindrance in something you thought was “in the bag,” especially in romantic, creative or speculation zones. Work with a Gemini, Taurus or Capricorn to overcome that flaw. (Or just accept it.) Communications are affectionate, especially with someone who means a lot to you (enemies can mean a lot, too!). Happiness, Wednesday/Thursday!

Cancer June 21-July 22: A former friend, schoolmate, could pop by, phone. If this occurs Sunday to Tuesday noon, or Friday/Saturday, it could have bigger implications – opportunity, love, travel, etc. Be engaging, welcoming. Your domestic scene has “lightened up” lately, and will stay light until late July. (This also takes the pressure off marriage and other partnerships.) Use this interval to prepare for the resumption of “serious matters” in this arena late July through 2012. Get contracts signed, disagreements settled, etc. Someone out there wants to “rescue” you. If the knight’s white, say yes.

Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Mysteries, intimate bonding, sex, pregnancy, lifestyle change, commitments and consequences, crime, research, dreams, investments, finances, inheritances and other people’s money – these continue to occupy you, and continue to be subject to delays, mistakes and misunderstandings. Be patient. Reprise the past – e.g., grab a former lover, chase former financial situations, revisit former mysteries. You might be contemplating marriage, or another cultural passage. Wait: January to June 2011 will bring your answer, ring your bell. Security, home Sunday-Tuesday. Romance mid-week.

Taurus April 20-May 20: Your energy and charisma soar, you love life and it loves you! But once every four years your April/May high-energy period will occur while it is unwise to begin new projects – as now. These 1-in-4 year phases must be meant to nudge you into cleaning up your past, or seizing it so you don’t lose something --- or someone – valuable. That might be why old flames, nostalgia, old contacts, and past “ungrabbed” opportunities return, as they are doing now. So use your high energy and magnetism this week, but use it to reprise (or clean up) the past. Joy, Friday/Saturday!

Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Start nothing new before May 11. Reprise the past in career, prestige areas – and protect these from mistakes, supply shortages, missed meetings, etc. A former career role might return. You’re still assertive/aggressive, your face is redder than usual, you want quick results, and you might push people too hard – this from last October to early June 2010 (and Monday/Tuesday!). On the good side, higher learning, foreign countries and lawyers benefit you. Your social life has picked up! Work hard Sunday to Tuesday noon. Be flexible, welcoming mid-week. Mysteries, intimacy late week.

Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Relationships remain your prime focus. Don’t start new ones. Protect ongoing contacts from (your?) neglect. You could deal with a former spouse, business partner or contact, or a former opportunity might return (especially one involving the public, relocation, sex, finances, and/or a social group). You could grow increasingly intimate with a friend or affectionate bond. That’s good. If you learn a secret Sunday/Monday, it’s true. Take care if a relationship conflicts with your career or community status. Slow down, attend to home, family mid-week. Romance, creativity visit Friday/Saturday!

Gemini May 21-June 20: Lie low, rest, make no demands.Cleanup,handleoldobligations,governmentrelated tasks, administrative duties – and be nice. (Bureaucrats do engage in revenge sometimes.) Your speech and writing is a bit aggressive, male, volatile – and unusually friendly – last October to this coming June. Neglected chores will return. So might an old flame, but a quiet or restrictive or burdensome one, perhaps someone you want to protect. (Remember, this is your year for career success, not for shenanigans.) Big money, mysteries and sex favour you Sunday to Tuesday. Mid-week’s mellow.

Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Start nothing new before May 11. An assortment of old friends, former lovers, teachers, schoolmates, even bosses might have started flowing in – most of these won’t last, so be non-committal until you see who “sticks.” A Taurus, Gemini and/or another Virgo figure prominently. Romance, creative or speculative urges, love for happy children – these bless you Sunday to noon Tuesday. The “person” side of this shines bright; the sex/ intimate side meets problems, perhaps due to security factors. Relationships intrigue you Friday/Saturday. For 15 years, marriage/love will fascinate you.

Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The accent remains on work — you have a lot to do, including chores you neglected weeks or months ago. Tackle these. If unemployed, contact former employers, or return to a former field. But DON’T start any brand new work projects, nor buy machinery. All this to May 11. If a co-worker’s driving you crazy, just take a deep breath. Your spouse is affectionate. If you’re unattached, others respond sweetly (but don’t seek anyone brand new before May 11). Money has “significance” or involves important news Sunday-Tuesday. Be domestic, or in nature, Friday/Saturday.

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Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Romance is deep, meaningful, might be of marriage quality. This applies especially if an old flame has wandered back. Take a chance on this. But don’t start a brand new relationship now – it would forever remain an “unfinished symphony.” Same advice applies to creative, speculative, sports and pleasure projects. Work is pleasant, co-workers affectionate. Your energy and charisma soar Sunday to noon Tuesday – much succeeds, but don’t push love toward intimacy too soon, and beware mixing gambling with investments. Money’s important mid-week – be nimble! Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Rest, lie low and contemplate people, things, your life Sunday to noon Tuesday. There is much to think over, and a series of valuable insights, especially in the areas of home, security, spirit, government, sex and intimacy, romance and large finances. Your relations with others (or one other) are at a low, and critical point. Don’t expect agreement, but do realize you are probably in the “power seat” of this relationship now. (As opposed to last October/November, when roles were switched.) A “déjà-vu” situation might exist. Your energy and charisma return mid-week. Money, Friday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: You’re busy, but not pressured (much) – enjoy the respite.Your popularity rises Sunday to noon Tuesday – seek friends, be happy, flirt with a casual acquaintance you haven’t seen in awhile, have fun! (That casual friend might be the key to a significant social, even partnership event.) But realize restlessness can interfere with job success. Settle into rest, contemplation and mild withdrawal Tuesday noon through Thursday. True insight, inspiration arrives Thursday. Your energy and charisma surge Friday/Saturday! Attract and do. But don’t start anything new before May 11. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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8120

Glass Mirrors

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Plumbing

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Stucco

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give up],” Bacchus said early Thursday morning. “It is an exceptional situation with the special adviser in. We’re told she’s here to help us and while we’re not overly optimistic that’s going to be the case, it’s better than nothing. It gives us a reason to think there could be something different on the table come June.” On Tuesday, the district presented its revised preliminary budget proposal based on comments and lobbying from the public, staff, student and parent groups. The proposal reflects the additional $1.79 million from the adjusted budget shortfall, which dropped from $18.12 to $16.33 million. It reduced the proposed teacher cuts by 25.9 fulltime equivalent positions. Most are under the nonenrolling teacher category, which includes librarians, counsellors, ESL and special education teachers. “This is still a manage-

ment budget, our senior management recommendations to us based on feedback and some input from us,” Bacchus explained. “Had we gone ahead [Thursday night], I know there would have been further changes from trustees—there would have been amendments based on what trustees want, but I don’t believe those [amendments] will go ahead at this point— perhaps later.” Anne Guthrie Warman, president of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association, said staffing decisions couldn’t be delayed. “The only issue for us was the staffing and respecting the collective agreement,” she said. “We would never get schools staffed in time if we waited until June.” Julianne Doctor, District Parent Advisory Committee chair, said she was surprised but pleased to hear the final budget decision would be delayed. “The board made it clear they weren’t looking forward to doing this,” she said. “It gives us the opportunity to keep the pressure on [the government].” noconnor@vancourier.com

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Should public school students get a day off to celebrate Chinese New Year? How about Vaisakhi? Maybe for a First Nations festival? A parent raised that point this week during the debate about whether to shorten the next school year to save the district $1.2 million. Trustees cut 10 days from the school calendar— schools will close for an extra week at spring break and five other days sprin-

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kled throughout the year. The district picked Oct. 8 to lengthen the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend, Nov. 12 to create a four-day weekend around Remembrance Day, Feb. 11 and Feb. 14, which coincide with Valentine’s Day, and May 20, which lengthens the Victoria Day weekend. The parent suggested the board could rethink how new school holiday days are selected to better reflect student demographics. New days off could be tied to different cultural celebrations or other important dates to particular interest groups such as gay and lesbian or disabled students. Board chair Patti Bacchus said she wished the board had more time to consider this question during budget deliberations, but the sub-

Should Vaisakhi and other cultural events in the city be holidays photo Stuart Davis/Vancouver Sun in the school calendar? ject will likely be discussed as part of next year’s review of the timetable change. “It could be an opportunity to be more inclusive,” Bacchus agreed, pointing out the district’s current holiday schedule is based on a Eurocentric approach. “Maybe when we’re adding these days off we should be

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looking at cultural groups and when celebrations are like Lunar New Year and the aboriginal family celebration that happens later in the spring. Maybe we could give some consideration to these activities as we look at the days, so it’s not just a question of the usual Thanksgiving, Christ-

mas and Easter holidays.” The profile of Vancouver students has changed significantly over the decades. About a quarter of Vancouver’s kindergarten to Grade 12 students are designated ESL and 60 per cent speak a language other than English at home, according to the VSB website. It notes that 126 languages have been identified in schools and four per cent of students are aboriginal—2,000 self-identified aboriginal students represent 600 bands and nations. Finding out which days to pick for new school holidays may be as simple as looking at the absentee rate during popular ethnic festivals. “Parents are already pulling their kids out for ethnic celebrations like Chinese New Year, Ramadan and Rosh

Hashanah,” said Julianne Doctor, District Parent Advisory Committee chair. “Our average student is probably not a white Christian boy or girl anymore and all our holidays are based around Eurocentric Christian holidays.” Doctor believes a broader discussion about holidays would be helpful and has been raised informally among parents in the past. I’m also interested in readers’ take on this issue. Do you take your kids out of class to participate in festivals or holidays that aren’t represented on the school calendar? What holidays do you think should be considered? Which groups’ holidays should get precedence? What difficulties could emerge out of the debate? noconnor@vancourier.com

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Continued from page 24 When the communists took over the government of mainland China in 1949, many Chinese fled to the nearby island of Formosa, bringing with them their talent, capital and many ancient items of Chinese glory. The museums in what is now Taiwan are jammed full of these priceless artifacts. Lovers of art, museums, temples, and Chinese history don’t need to travel the length and breath of gigantic mainland China to see the breadth and scope of Chinese talent. It’s all on display in one compact island that can easily be explored by bullet train or plane in a few days or weeks. Before the Burj Dubai hotel opened in the United Arab Emirates this year, the world’s tallest building was in the country’s capital, the Taipei 101, also known as the Taipei Financial Centre. Upon its recent opening, it was named as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World by Newsweek magazine. The building’s five underground levels may be even more impressive, packed with hip, modern shops and high tech wonders. For instance, you can reach the top of Taipei 101 and its astounding views via the world’s fastest elevator in under one minute. But there’s no point going to Taiwan just to discover what new technology looks like. Taking the bullet train down the eastern coast at 300 kph will deliver you to rural Taiwan in mere minutes, and then you start to discover why the country is such a marvel. Temples, old farmer’s markets, lakes and mountains and fabulous restau-

rants can be found in old cities and quaint country towns alike. Few cultures in the world can match the Taiwanese for manners, style and politeness; tourists will find they are treated with great respect. Did someone mention temples? Beautiful temples and pavilions dedicated to Buddhist and Confucian philosophy are found everywhere, from the old city centres of Taipei, Hainan and Kaohsiung to fabled Sun Moon Lake and even remote Taroko Gorge, a marble and granite Grand Canyon in miniature hidden away on the country’s east coast. In fact, the entire country of Taiwan remains hidden from the eyes of the world, obscured by the giant shadow of its huge neighbour, where Beijing casts a covetous eye on its crown jewel. Like the territory of Hong Kong, Taiwan is a brilliant mix of rich urban capitalism, towering peaks, fabulous dining and even richer cultural history. Unlike Hong Kong, where the vast majority of Asian commuters land and transfer, the jewel of the Pacific remains largely undiscovered, perhaps due to its tropical heat and humidity. This problem can easily be avoided by going there in the cooler winter months; those looking for warmth in the depths of Canadian winter are well-advised to bypass expensive, overbuilt and often unfriendly Hawaii and head directly to this garden isle, where history and geography contrive to bring you the “real China” all in one small island. For other Michael McCarthy travel stories, go to www.intentional-traveler.com.

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Fresh Deli Specials Festive Ham Turkey Breast

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1 clove garlic minced. ½ tsp. salt. ¹⁄8 tsp. ground black pepper. 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce. ¾ cup crumbled blue cheese In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire Sauce and salt and pepper until combined and thickened. Gently mix in the cheese. Cover and chill until needed. Preheat grill to high heat. Grill steak about 3-5 minutes per side or until desired doneness is reached. Remove from heat and let sit until cool enough to handle. Slice thinly on the diagonal. Combine all salad ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and toss with half of the dressing to coat. Arrange on individual salad plates. Arrange the sliced steak on top and drizzle with the remaining dressing.

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Fair

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A nine-acre waterfront property on False Creek, owned by mega-developer Concord Pacific, is assessed at a surprising $400,000. Why so low? The answer is complicated, and not even city politicians can explain why. —story by Mike Howell YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS, WEATHER AND ENTERTAINMENT! WWW.VANCOURIER.COM


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Maestro Bramwell Tovey (left) and chair Glyn Townson feted heroes in the HIV/AIDS movement as the AccolAIDS Gala raised $105,000 for BCPWA.

Alumnae Eloise Lloyd (left) and executive director Deborah Twocock welcomed guests to the Dress for Success signature soiree at Birks.

Fred Argentine dancers Analia Morales and Gabriel Ponce helped raise $320,000 for the Vancouver Playhouse at the Wine Fest’s Bacchanalia gala.

UNLEESHED

Keg Restaurant mogul David Aisenstat and Kathleen Bartels hosted a Venetian-inspired masked ball in support of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Wine, women and song: There was plenty of sipping, spitting and, yes, even a bit of stumbling at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. One of the biggest and oldest wine festivals in the world, the annual piss-up of 62 wine events drew oenophiles from all over the map for the weeklong series of seminars, tastings and winemaker dinners. The wine flowed and the bids rose at the Bacchanalia Gala, the marquee event of the festival. Chair Vicki Prince Wright, who bounced back hours after her loser boyfriend of less than a year dumped her by text, rallied gala-goers to cough up $320,000 for Max Reimer’s Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. Designing women: Women Dress for Success Vancouver hosted Impact, their signature soiree at Birks downtown. Gala chair Emma Cooper, DFS executive director Deborah Twocock and broadcaster Christy Clarke welcomed supporters to the ménage a trios (times a hundred) shindig honouring women who have benefitted from its career, dressing and counselling services. Figaro!: Vancouver sopranos Barbara Towell and Melanie Krueger broke out in Italian song at Masquerade, a Venetianinspired masked ball held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The $225-a-ticket fundraiser supported exhibitions and programming at the VAG. Hear Fred Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition AM690 and 88.1FM; email Fred at yvrflee@hotmail. com; follow Fred on Twitter: @FredAboutTown.

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival executive director Harry Hertscheg welcomed riesling wine queen Sonja Christ to the tipple fest.

Jan Petrykowski modelled Carlie Wong’s latest line of fab clothing for men and women at the OPUS Hotel.

Venture capitalist Jamie King and his wife Christie donned masks for Masquerade, the VAG’s major fundraiser.

Market, by Jean-Georges’ Richard Luxton (left) and executive chef Wayne Harris, received 500 reservations on the first day of Dine Out.


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Waterfront Food and Beverage Establishment at 1756 Argyle Avenue The District of West Vancouver has a unique opportunity for a food and beverage establishment at a premier waterfront location in Ambleside. The property (1756 Argyle Avenue) is directly on the waterfront and is about 20 feet from the beach. The two-storey duplex has 1700 square feet per floor, was built in 1971 and is largely in original condition. The property has excellent exposure with its prominent location next to John Lawson Park, with a pedestrian seawalk path on the waterfront to the front, John Lawson Park on the east and Argyle Avenue to the rear. Please visit: westvancouver.ca/purchasing for photos of the property and an aerial map. The District of West Vancouver invites submissions of Expressions of Interest from established companies for a food and beverage establishment. The property will need to be renovated and rezoned photo Dan Toulgoet

Company of men

BY MIKE HOWELL Warren Lemcke and Adam Palmer are the Vancouver Police Department’s newest deputy chiefs as two veterans retire. Once again, the senior promotions excluded women.

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and the District would like to hear from potential operators regarding their interest and potential investment in this project. Site visits can be arranged by contacting Clay Nelson as set out below. Responses to this Expression of Interest should be submitted in a letter briefly outlining: the company’s preliminary concept for this project; the company’s professional qualifications; current operations and business background. Expressions of Interest shall be accepted up to 2:00 pm, local time, Friday, May 21, 2010 and can be submitted by email, mail, or fax. The District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Expressions of Interest received. A Request for Proposal process may or may not take place as a result of Expressions of Interest received. Interested firms shall be responsible for all costs associated with preparing their submission.

Enquiries regarding this Expression of Interest, or to arrange a site visit, contact: Clay Nelson, CPPB, Manager, Construction & Contracts 3755 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver, BC, V7S 3E7 Tel: 604-925-7062 / Fax: 604-925-5959 Email: cnelson@westvancouver.ca

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GEOFF OLSON The chafer beetle invasion is doing us a favour by forcing us to acknowledge our lawns as unimaginative and ecologically harmful. BY

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Concord Pacific paid $4,347 in taxes on its waterfront property

False Creek lot worth far less than typical home Mike Howell Staff writer

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t is one of the most prized pieces of undeveloped waterfront land in the city. At nine sprawling acres, with unobstructed views of the eastern point of False Creek and the Olympic Village, it would cost a bundle to buy. Or would it? If the value set by the B.C. Assessment office is any indication, the property owned by Concord Pacific Developments Inc. has a surprisingly low market value. This year, it was assessed at $400,000. Last year, it was $192,000—a value that dates back to 2001 and included an additional three acres of land until Concord subdivided its properties in the neighbourhood last year, according to assessment office records. The value has translated to several years of low tax bills on the land, including a $4,347.43 tab last year. The property is bounded by Pacific Boulevard, Quebec Street and the strip of False Creek waterfront that runs between Carrall Street and the Telus World of Science parking lot. Twenty years ago, Concord struck a deal with the provincial government and the city to build a park on the property. The deal was part of Concord’s plans to develop the former Expo lands from the north end of the Granville Bridge to the World of Science. Concord purchased the lands from the province in 1988 for $320 million and has developed most of the 204-acre property, including water lots. It has left Northeast False Creek and the park site as the last piece of the project. But the park site has not remained idle. Over the years, the vast piece of asphalt has been used for a variety of events, including the Molson Indy, the Cirque du So-

Patsy McMillan (left) and Fern Jeffries, co-chairs of the False Creek Residents Association, have closely monitored Concord’s development plans for Northeast False Creek. photo Dan Toulgoet leil and more recently, Olympic pavilions and Molson Hockey House. Concord has made millions of dollars leasing the land known in planning documents as the Creekside Park Extension. The Quebec government, for example, paid Concord $1.3 million to set up the Maison du Quebec on the property during the 2010 Winter Games. Concord now has plans to make more money on the land. It wants the park site reconfigured so it can build three highrises that would back up against the Georgia viaduct.

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If approved by city council, Concord would give up some of its waterfront property to accommodate a longer, narrower park between the World of Science parking lot and the Plaza of Nations. But until council decides on the proposal, which could come in the fall or early next year, Concord will continue to generate more money from the land with the return of Cirque du Soleil in July. So what’s wrong with that? What seems like a good business move on Concord’s part is contrarily described by leaders of a neighbourhood group as a

developer enjoying a sweet deal while the future park site remains covered in blacktop. Patsy McMillan and Fern Jeffries, cochairs of the False Creek Residents Association, have closely monitored Concord’s development plans for Northeast False Creek. The fact that city politicians, many of whom received generous campaign donations from Concord over the years, have not questioned the assessed value of the park site or the taxes on it is troubling, they say. Continued on page 5


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Continued from page 4 “When the city and the park board are having to make cuts to their budgets and raise property taxes, why isn’t anybody looking at this?” said McMillan, whose 14th floor apartment on Quebec Street overlooks the park site. The city’s interest in Concord’s proposal to reconfigure the park will only lead to more delays in the developer’s promise to build it, they believe, noting the park board rejected the reconfiguration. “Concord Pacific has promised a park as part of its development and we believe council should hold the developer to that promise,” said Jeffries, who lives in a townhouse near Tinseltown. “We’ve been waiting 20 years for this park and Concord may force us to wait another 20 years while they reap ongoing profits from rentals to the Cirque du Soleil and others interested in taking advantage of this wonderful waterfront setting.”

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o to the question: Why, for several years, has the park site been assessed at a value far less than the average home in the city? “It’s complicated,” answered Deborah Francis, the assessment office’s deputy assessor for Vancouver. But the specific details that complicate the answer is information only shared between the assessment office and Concord, said Francis, citing privacy rules.

“I can say we have done a considerable amount of due diligence on the subject property you are referring to and we believe that the market value of that property is correct.” Generally, Francis said, value is set after reviewing information such as planning documents, land prices, zoning regulations and any restrictions on the property. The assessment office must be able to justify the value in court, she added. “So we don’t just set the value willy-nilly.” Concord’s park site has some of the most contaminated soil in the city. Creosote and various chemicals and oils were left in the ground when the property was home to industry. Francis would only say the soil issue is a “red herring” when asked about it being a factor in setting the $400,000 value for nine acres. But she noted council’s approval in October 2009 of the Northeast False Creek Higher Level Review was examined in determining this year’s assessment. “That Higher Level Review would definitely impact some of the valuation of the surrounding properties, but may or may not have reflected the park land,” said Francis, when asked why the property’s value jumped from $192,000 to $400,000. Effectively, council’s approval of the Higher Level Review opened the door for mixed-use development on Concord’s two properties adjacent to the park site. Continued on page 6

Boundaries of Concord Pacific land in Northeast False Creek The Concord property designated for a nine-acre park was assessed at $400,000 photo illustration this year. Last year, it was assessed at $192,000.


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Continued from page 5 The approval translates to the developer being given the green light, subject to rezoning, to build at least six highrises—three more, if the reconfiguration of the park is accepted. Those two properties, on the east side of B.C. Place and GM Place, are divided into five lots and range in value from $1.7 million to $19.5 million, according to this year’s assessment. Combined, the properties are 7.8 acres and have an assessed value of $62.7 million. Taxes are estimated to be close to $1 million. The 5.7-acre chunk of property on the east side of B.C. Place is what the city’s planning director Brent Toderian refers to as “the trigger” in getting the neighbouring park site built. That property, which is being used this Sunday for the Vancouver marathon, also contains contaminated soils. And as per an agreement with the city and Concord, the park cannot be built until that property is developed. The province agreed to pay for soil remediation, which could mean moving soil off site or treating it and using it as part of the park’s development. The province has a small soil treatment facility under the viaducts. “There’s been the suggestion that Concord or the city haven’t done what they’re supposed to have done,” said Toderian. “That’s not accurate because the original deal had always been that certain development steps would kick in the requirement to build the park. And those certain development steps haven’t happened yet.” Those steps will occur after the city consults the public in a series of forums on the possible reconfiguration of the park site. Toderian wouldn’t provide a timeframe for the public dialogue. “I wouldn’t guess how long it would take but I would say that a key message is to give it enough time for us to have a very good engagement and consultation from the public,” he said. “There’s very strong feelings about the park and so we don’t want to shortchange that process.” The debate about reconfiguring the park comes as planning staff studies whether to demolish the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts—a request introduced in a motion to council from Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs, who describes the structures as “an eyesore.” Such a move could free up more space for Concord to develop but Toderian noted the developer’s proposal to reconfigure the park doesn’t consider the removal of the viaducts. Besides, he said, a decision on reconfiguring the park will likely be made before determining the future of the viaducts. He added that “you don’t necessarily need to come to a conclusion on both to have a conclusion on one.” To the question of property tax Concord pays on the park site, it is not an arbitrary number, according to Ken Bayne, the city’s general manager of business planning services. As Bayne explained it, the city sets the taxes based on the assessed value determined by the assessment office. He agreed the taxes on the park site

Concord wants the park site reconfigured to allow three new highrises (left side of model) near the Georgia viaduct. photo Dan Toulgoet “seem low” but not for the value. “We don’t say, ‘Well look there’s a market value here and it’s too high or too low and so we’re going to charge you something different.’ We don’t have the authority to do that.” But the city has the right to launch a third party appeal with the assessment office, if it believes the assessed value is too low. It hasn’t in the case of the park site. “The city hasn’t appealed and I don’t know the reason,” Bayne said. “We haven’t had specific conversations about those values and about whether they’re appropriate or not.” But Bayne pointed out focusing on one piece of property instead of all of Concord’s properties in Northeast False Creek doesn’t give proper context to what the developer pays in tax. “While one piece of property may very well appear to have a low value, and the developer is making money off it, they may be paying considerably more taxes on an adjacent piece of property that they’re not doing anything with.”

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o what does Concord think about all this? The Courier met with Matthew Meehan, senior vice-president of planning for Concord, at the company’s sales centre, which is temporarily located on the park site. First, the company’s explanation on the assessed value of the land: “There’s no buildings [allowed to be built] on it, so it really doesn’t have any value,” Meehan said. “It may not be the answer people are looking for, but this is the anomaly you have with master plan communities. People kind of look at one piece and go, ‘What’s that all about?’ But you’ve got to look at the whole plan.” Since it bought the former Expo lands in 1988, Concord has paid millions of dollars in taxes, said Meehan, noting some of that tax money was for 41 acres of property that was turned into parks and given to the city. They include David Lam, George Wainborn

and Coopers parks. A little known fact about Concord’s development of the lands is that its first project was the construction of Andy Livingstone Park on Keefer Street, a few blocks north of the park site in question. “That was a commitment to help out the Downtown Eastside,” said Meehan of Andy Livingstone, which is largely a turf sports field. “That park was built before one tower was erected.” Concord then shifted to building highrises in Yaletown and built enough towers to accommodate 7,900 residences. As Northeast False Creek is built out, that number is expected to jump to 10,000 residences. So why reconfigure the park site? Meehan’s explanation is the city wants to build a large plaza and pier on the waterfront near the Plaza of Nations, which would effectively cut through Concord’s property and eliminate its ability to build three highrises on the land. Knowing that, Concord hired architect Gregory Henriquez to consider a reconfiguration of the park that would allow for the three highrises lost under the city’s plaza plan to be moved elsewhere. Hence, Concord’s desire to build three highrises that back up against the Georgia viaduct and reshape the park so it is longer and narrower, still with roughly the same square footage. “There’s some issues with it, but overall we think it has a lot of merit,” said Meehan, noting the reconfigured design could include a soccer field, a feature not considered in the current shape of the park. Either way, the park is estimated to cost up to $20 million to build. When built, the park is expected to include a reconstructed seawall, café, picnic area, a water play feature, washrooms, storage for dragon boats and access to a non-motorized boat dock. As Meehan tells it, the area residents could have had a park in the neighbourhood 20 years ago. Continued on page 7


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Councillor, deputy assessor, park commissioner can’t explain assessment disparity Continued from page 6 Not the park in question that Concord has promised, but one the city decided not to have built under a deal with Bosa Development Corporation. Bosa built the three blocks of highrises that run north from the Vancity building at Terminal and Quebec to Prior Street. Known as Citygate, the city took $6 million from the developer instead of requiring a park be built as part of the project. That $6 million went to upgrade Thornton Park in front of the train station near Main and Terminal and the purchase of 7.5 acres of land on Malkin Avenue, the future Trillium Park. The city also bought a small piece of land at Fraser and 8th for a park site. “To me, that’s where the problem started,” Meehan said. “One of the problems you have with park pay-in-lieu is the residents don’t get a park where they want it to be.”

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ut here’s where it gets more complicated. The Trillium Park site, which was purchased for $5.3 million,

is not taxable because it is owned by the city. But this year’s assessment is $18.5 million, $18 million more than Concord’s larger park site in Northeast False Creek. “Lots of information needs to be gathered to draw comparisons,” said deputy assessor Francis. “I’m not in a position to comment on its comparability without all of those details.” Neither was Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs when told of the disparity in assessed values between the two park sites. “I don’t know how to explain that contradiction,” said Meggs, who is council’s most well-versed politician on development in Northeast False Creek. But Meggs said focusing on assessed values and property taxes deviates from finding a solution to expedite the development of Concord’s park site. Besides, he said, Concord is paying its share of property taxes. “The delivery of the park is closer than it’s ever been and that’s not just because time has gone on—it’s because there is active interest in development around there,” he said. “The

around, there can be some festivals down there, dragon boats, etcetera,” Robertson said. Robertson, too, couldn’t answer the disparity between the assessed values of the two park sites. He wasn’t aware of the assessed values and said he was surprised of the numbers when told by the Courier. “That puzzles me, as well.”

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time now is to sit down around the table and deal with it—not demand, in my view, absurd requests to have the city out of the blue pick on a single landowner to go through some review about assessments.” Meggs said Concord’s proposal to reconfigure the park shouldn’t be rejected “out of hand” until staff prepares a final report on the idea. He won’t comment on whether he supports the reconfiguration until reviewing the report. “I was disappointed that community leaders adamantly refused to consider it, even though it was proposed it could accelerate the

delivery of the park,” he said, referring to the position of co-chairs of the False Creek Residents Association and the park board. NPA park board commissioner Ian Robertson said he wants the original plan for the park to stay in place because it creates a bigger, open space for the public. When told Concord is evaluating whether a sports field could be included in the reconfiguration, Robertson said the city doesn’t need it because two such fields will be part of Trillium Park. “What we need is an open park space where people can enjoy the park, they can toss a Frisbee

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Tales of two political parties unfolded Wednesday evening as both the NPA and Vision Vancouver held their annual general meetings. Even members of the once powerful Non Partisan Association found some amusement in the fact they chose to gather in a museum. My agent at the Vancouver Museum reported some 75 souls were present. Interestingly, only 13 of those were women. If you were looking for additional X chromosomes on the civic scene you would find them among the 150 bodies at Vision’s love-in at BCIT’s downtown campus; the organization’s board chair, the meeting’s chair, Vision’s treasurer, the person leading the fundraising pitch and more than half the people running for the board were women, confirming that the female gender skews to the left of males when it comes to electoral politics. But I digress. I must confess, having watched the NPA crowd for much of my adult life, I’ve been fully expecting them to rise up out of the most recent muck into which they sank during the last electoral adventure. But the folks at the NPA meeting were once again hopelessly tangled in the debate that has been going on for years now, which is whether to actually set policy so they can say they stand for something other than the usual bromides about good government and responsible leadership. I’m told that former councillor and mayoral candidate Peter Ladner took the pragmatic view that, despite decades of rhetoric to the contrary, the NPA is actually a political party and should have policies. While he was not alone, he did

allengarr not win on that one. And there was little left to do but deal with a proposal to change the name the party’s name while keeping the NPA initials so as to not lose the value of the brand. Before you cut your imaginations loose on that exercise, I should inform you that my buddy Frances Bula has already registered the trademark on the “No Poultry Association.” Meanwhile, few feathers were flying across town among the Vision types where Coun. Raymond Louie was introducing his colleague Andrea Reimer and the “chicken lady.” What we were watching was anything but a free-range flock. Dissent was limited to one friendly question to Mayor Gregor Robertson about the STIR rental housing program, which is bending some West End residents out of shape. That includes the five from WEN (West End Neighbours) handing out pamphlets to arriving Vision members.

Evidence of Vision’s tight control, by the way, was found in an email string that arrived on my desk over a week ago. It was the occasion of the announcement by the province that they would continue to fund three of the HEAT shelters. Vision councillors were warned not to say anything until the “messaging” had been worked out. And while the NPA is fiddling with name changes, the Vision machine is building for the next campaign and beyond. They now have a full time executive director, a fundraiser and two more staffers. And if you want evidence of how they have effectively occupied the centre of this city’s political spectrum, look no further than the treasurer’s report presented at the meeting. I am not referring to the fact that after the last election they were over $100,000 in the hole. I want to draw your attention to the graphic breakdown of dollars received. Almost half (47.5 per cent) came from corporations. And 25 per cent came from unions with the rest from individuals. That combination of funding sources would have been anathema to COPE and impossible for the NPA. Nonetheless, the bloom is somewhat off the Vision rose. COPE is already benefiting from the disillusioned Vision’s left; and there will be a bit of drifting on the right. The only question, a year and a half away from the next vote, is this: Will the centre hold? At this point I would say there is no reason to doubt it will. The NPA may make that museum their permanent home. agarr@vancourier.com

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Pointless love affair with lawns causes cancer and wastes water David Lynch’s 1989 film Blue Velvet opens with a summer suburban scene of a senior watering his lawn. The man has a seizure and drops to the ground. As a dog laps at water running from the dropped hose, the camera travels downward to the lawn, through the grass and into the soil, revealing a roiling mass of beetles. Below the polite, cosmetic surfaces of domestic life, there’s a constant struggle for existence, Lynch suggested. This spring in Vancouver, it seems Blue Velvet’s bio-noir has leapt from the screen to the lawn. The larval stage of the European chafer beetle has damaged thousands of lawns across the city, by feeding on grassroots in late summer and early spring. Crows and raccoons love the grubs, and tear up the grass to get at the tasty morsels. Three cheers for the European chafer beetle! I welcome any organism that speeds the death of the “lawn”—a middleclass affectation that combines ornamental pointlessness with ecological ignorance. The typical lawn is little more than a botanical proclamation of a landowner’s dominion over an underused plot of land. It’s a Tinkertoy version of the acreage of big estates, where nature is diced-and-sliced into topiaries, hedges and monoculture grasses. Lawns suck back ridiculous amounts of fresh water, something even Vancouver can be short of during a long, hot summer. There’s also the issue of lawn-maintaining chemicals that have been implicated in cancers and other illnesses. Although pesticides have been banned for cosmetic use in Vancouver, Courier reporter Sandra Thomas has witnessed several incidents of illegal spraying in her Queen Elizabeth Park neighbourhood. Forget it, people. The lawn is on its way out, and trying to save it organically—by lacing it with nematodes that will invade chafer beetles and eat them from the inside out, for example—is a halfway measure. Nothing less than a total rethink is in order. The damage from an invasive species offers a great opportunity to repurpose local lawns into gardens for tomatoes, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables—as one Vancouver resident profiled in last week’s Courier cover story intends to do. As for those of us with detached homes who aren’t up for microfarming, we can always sit back and let nature take its course. Sure, a certain crackshack aesthetic results from properties fronted by grasses growing two feet high. But it’s all

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geoffolson about perception, and that can change faster than our enthusiasm for the Canucks. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, a weed is “a plant whose virtues have not been discovered.” (I should qualify this to explain it’s only a certain type of lawn I’m talking about. Rooftop lawns, which are maintained for environmental sustainability and ecological variety, are a great idea.) Since 2006, Vancouver city hall has restricted the use of pesticides—including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides—while still allowing for a big laundry list of inorganic “reduced risk products on lawns and gardens.” There are also efforts to expand a chemical ban to the provincial level. A coalition of 18 health and environment organizations is urging the B.C. government to follow the lead of Quebec and Ontario by introducing legislation prohibiting the use and sale of toxic lawn and garden chemicals. “With each new month, new evidence comes forward citing the link between pesticides and cancer, birth defects, and neurological illness,” notes Warren Bell, past president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, in a report at Greenpages.ca. “Children are at greatest risk,” he adds. It’s my fond hope the chafer beetles will now move on to golf courses. These vast, green expanses, hacked shorter than a marine’s pigshave, are maintained solely to entice adults into whacking little balls into holes. Golf courses are exempt from pesticide restrictions. Every time you step onto one of these eco-nightmares, you are incrementally exposed to toxic substances that are illegal for your own lawn. Of all the things about human beings that would puzzle creatures from another world, surely lawns and golf courses would be close to the top. Visitors from space would look aghast at these green grids, and wonder who is responsible for such ecoidiocy. “Take us to your weeder,” they’d say. www.geoffolson.com

Reader Anne Montgomery says Vancouver should copy Texas and allow more photo Dan Toulgoet street food vendors such as Japadog. To the editor: Re: “Sidewalk buffet, April 16. I just came back from five days in Austin, Texas. Not only is it the live music capital of the world, but it’s home to dozens and dozens of street vendors doing a brisk business. All so-called empty lots are filled with vendors using old Airstreams and little

trailers, serving everything from Tex-Mex to waffles, barbecue to cupcakes—I counted five different cupcake trailers. I hope the city allows many more street vendors. Liven up the place a little and give us some variety. I, for one, am looking forward to sidewalk tacos! Anne Montgomery, Vancouver

School budget story biased, ignored union angle

To the editor: Re: “People want more public school funding: poll,” April 23. I found this article to be one-sided and biased. The provincial government is contributing more money to education than last year and the number of students is diminishing. This extra money is being taken up by salary and benefit increases to existing staff. If the provincial government “protected” public education by freezing salaries and benefits at 2009 levels, freeing up the extra funds to be spent on students, there would be an uproar and walkouts by those who now protest these so-called cuts. Did Courier reporter Naoibh O’Connor ask Catherine Evans if her group supported maintaining teacher sal-

aries and benefits to teachers at 2009 levels to assist students? Everyone wants more benefits without paying for them. I believe O’Connor’s research should have at least compared the additional government contributions to the dollar increase of teacher salary and benefits. Why does Surrey provide public education at a much lower cost annually per student than Vancouver? Why do government employees receive benefits far in excess of the private sector? David Colley, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Kudos to the Courier and to your education reporter Naoibh O’Connor for her consistent and detailed re-

porting on the current financial crisis facing the Vancouver School Board. She’s recently reported on many school issues including a poll by the B.C. Society for Public Education that noted that almost 80 per cent of residents support more money for public schools, which belies the hyperbolic and misleading “greatest ever” funding mantra of our embattled education minister Margaret MacDiarmid. Add to this two letters to the editor about the threat to the district’s string program and your readers continue to receive up-to-date and well-informed information and commentary on emerging education issues. Noel Herron, Vancouver

‘Unfair’ columnist shills for political party pals

To the editor: Re: “‘Workforce’ housing idea problematic,” April 23. Columnist Allen Garr only addresses the political problem the workforce housing idea may cause to his political pals in Vision and COPE. He does not address nor seem to care whether the idea is good for our city and its taxpayers. And on that topic, there should be much debate. This idea appears to be nothing more than a political payoff to supporters that could substantially damage our city’s finances by mixing two very separate functions: landlord and employer. In future, this plan will inevitably become a subsidy as the city either holds the rent down, or

boosts the pay of “essential workforce” workers. But in his column Mr. Garr neglects all other issues except how this political play will affect his political buddies. Like a company hawking its wares, Mr. Garr’s column should have the header “advertising feature” posted at the top of the page. It is unbalanced, and it is unfair to readers who might reasonably expect they are reading anything more than political propaganda. The Courier has a duty to act in the interest of its reputation, and of those of us on whose lawn it is thrown each week. Readers deserve honest disclosure. David Ball, Vancouver

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n a March 2010 news release, ICBC thanked commuters for “planning ahead and commuting creatively,” and making “smart decisions” that contributed to there being “approximately 20 per cent fewer claims [in the Lower Mainland] reported during the 2010 Winter Cedric Hughes Games than the same time period in 2009.” Likewise, crashes were down across BC: 17,400 crashes in February, 2,200 less than in February 2009, and 18,600 reported crashes in March 2010, 2,200 less than in March 2009. On a percentage basis, these numbers translate into an 11.2 per cent reduction in February and a 13.5 per cent reduction in March. Commentators have surmised that the “transit-friendly Olympics” and the [mostly good] weather were important contributing factors, but also noted that, “ the new provincial law against hand-held cell phone use and texting while driving, imposed in January and enforced since February” may also have had an impact. That the Olympics were ‘transit friendly’ and that this helped to reduce crashes is indisputable. The Vancouver Sun reported that “more people than ever before in Metro Vancouver took transit in the first week of the Olympics and cited Translink statistics of ridership on buses up 34 per cent, the Sky Train’s Expo/ Millennium line up 54 per cent, the SeaBus up 200 per cent, and the West Coast Express up 78 per cent. That the new cell phone law (banning the use of hand held cell phones) contributed is less conclusive. ICBC spokesman Mark Jan Vrem was quoted as saying “he’d like to think the new law is making the roads safer.” Enforcement during the Olympics was problematic but across the province the police reportedly handed out 2,200 tickets in February for cell phone law infrac-

tions. In March, the VPD handed out 249 such tickets and in West Vancouver police reported issuing 54 such tickets since February 1st, amounting to “about 10 per cent of all tickets issued in West Vancouver for driving violations.” A recent study by Barrister & Solicitor Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson, University of Illinois, analyzing the relationship between pre- and post-law crash rates using public data from 62 counties in New York concludes that it does make a positive difference, especially “in densely populated urban areas with a higher number of licensed drivers than in rural areas.” Professor Jacobson’s study found that after banning handheld cell phone use while driving, 46 counties in New York experienced lower fatal accident rates, 10 of which did so at a statistically significant level, while all 62 counties experienced lower personal injury accident rates. According to a US Highway Loss Data Institute study (also recent), however, insurance claims in four states that have “cell phone bans” in place compared to areas where drivers can talk freely were not significantly different. HLDI president, Adrian Lund, said “If crash risk increases with phone use and fewer drivers use phones where it’s illegal to do so, we would expect to see a decrease in crashes, but we aren’t seeing it.” Mr. Lund reportedly believes that drivers in jurisdictions with such bans may be switching to hands-free phones, which may pose similar risks for driver distraction. Time will tell.

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Small Canuck crowds confound cops Mike Howell Staff writer

Are Vancouverites still suffering from an Olympic hangover? Maybe. How else to explain the unexpectedly small crowds assembling downtown to cheer on the Vancouver Canucks in their playoff drive to the Stanley Cup. The crowds are so sparse the Vancouver Police Department will not deploy extra squads for Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The game is in Chicago but history has shown large crowds gather downtown during away games, particularly along Robson and Granville streets. “Based on our 2010 experience so far, we’re not going to deploy [more officers] for an away game in round two until we see crowds starting to gather and vehicle traffic start to attend downtown,” said Insp. Rick McKenna of the department’s emergency and operational planning section. “It’s unusual. In past years, for away games, we’ve had to deploy at least one squad to assist.” McKenna couldn’t specify the reason for the low turnout but speculated areas in Surrey and Abbotsford, which have become gathering spots for fans, might have something to do with it. He pointed to the intersection of 72nd Avenue and Scott Road in Surrey and Fraser Way in Abbotsford as emerging locations for Canucks revelers. “Maybe it’s spreading out rather than having one central gathering point. Or, I guess it’s possible [the playoffs] really haven’t reached that interest level yet.” The Olympic hangover, in which residents have had enough of crowds and partying for the time being, could also be a factor, he said. “We were actually concerned that the reverse would be true—that you’d have the let’s-keep-the-party-going sort of thing, but it just hasn’t happened.” McKenna authored a report for the Vancouver Police Board in which he estimated policing costs for the playoffs. He based

“IN PAST YEARS, FOR AWAY GAMES, WE’VE HAD TO DEPLOY AT LEAST ONE SQUAD TO ASSIST.” VPD Insp. Rick McKenna

it on the Canucks playing seven games in each series, totalling 28 games if the team made it to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final. Total cost was $968,232, which covers various needs including bike squads, foot patrols and crowd control units. But McKenna noted in his report that costs may change depending on the size of the crowds. Larger crowds could mean relying on the RCMP for support. McKenna provided historical evidence of how small crowds celebrating in the early rounds of a Stanley Cup drive can quickly change if the Canucks continue to win. McKenna recalled that in 1994, the year of the infamous Stanley Cup riot, celebrations in the first two rounds were “relatively short, loud and harmless.” That shifted as the Canucks battled to reach a seventh and final game against the New York Rangers for the Stanley Cup. The game was played in New York and the Canucks lost. Mayhem ensued on Robson Street that night and caused the VPD to study how to prevent such a riot from occurring again. “The belief is that a large visible police presence is a deterrent to those members of the crowd that attend to cause problems,” McKenna said in his report. Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini is also mindful of the city’s history with the playoffs. At city hall Tuesday, where Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed Canucks Day, Aquilini delivered a speech in which he urged fans to “celebrate responsibly.” The Canucks first home game of the series is May 5 at GM Place. mhowell@vancourier.com


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Should public school students get a day off to celebrate Chinese New Year? How about Vaisakhi? Maybe for a First Nations festival? A parent raised that point this week during the debate about whether to shorten the next school year to save the district $1.2 million. Trustees cut 10 days from the school calendar—schools will close for an extra week at spring break and five other days sprinkled throughout the year. The district picked Oct. 8 to lengthen the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend, Nov. 12 to create a four-day weekend around Remembrance Day, Feb. 11 and Feb. 14, which coincide with Valentine’s Day, and May 20, which lengthens the Victoria Day weekend. The parent suggested the board could rethink how new school holiday days are selected to better reflect student demographics. New days off could be tied to different cultural celebrations or other important dates to particular interest groups such as gay and lesbian or disabled students. Board chair Patti Bacchus said she wished the board had more time to consider this question during budget deliberations, but the subject will likely be discussed as part of next year’s review of the timetable change. “It could be an opportunity to be more inclusive,” Bacchus agreed, pointing out the district’s current holiday schedule is based on a Eurocentric approach. “Maybe when

we’re adding these days off we should be looking at cultural groups and when celebrations are like Lunar New Year and the aboriginal family celebration that happens later in the spring. Maybe we could give some consideration to these activities as we look at the days, so it’s not just a question of the usual Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays.” The profile of Vancouver students has changed significantly over the decades. About a quarter of Vancouver’s kindergarten to Grade 12 students are designated ESL and 60 per cent speak a language other than English at home, according to the VSB website. It notes that 126 languages have been identified in schools and four per cent of students are aboriginal—2,000 selfidentified aboriginal students represent 600 bands and nations. Finding out which days to pick for new school holidays may be as simple as looking at the absentee rate during popular ethnic festivals. “Parents are already pulling their kids out for ethnic celebrations like Chinese New Year, Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah,” said Julianne Doctor, District Parent Advisory Committee chair. “Our average student is probably not a white Christian boy or girl anymore and all our holidays are based around Eurocentric Christian holidays.” Doctor believes a broader discussion about holidays would be helpful and has been raised informally among parents in the past. I’m also interested in readers’ take on this issue. Do you take your kids out of class to participate in festivals or holidays that aren’t represented on the school calendar? What holidays do you think should be considered? Which groups’ holidays should get precedence? What difficulties could emerge out of the debate? noconnor@vancourier.com

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Mulling mullets

It was around this time last year that Mayor Gregor Robertson’s visage took on a rather grizzled look. Remember the so-called “playoff beard?” The fresh-faced 40-something made his best attempt to grow whiskers in support of the Vancouver Canucks playoff drive. Sadly, the mayor’s dreams of a David Cadman-esque beard and the Canucks Stanley Cup hopes were dashed by the Chicago Blackhawks. But here we are again in Round Two of the playoffs, with the pesky Hawks determined to put another beating on the Canucks. So where’s the beard, Mr. Mayor? “I decided this year to go without,” he said after a rally on the back steps of city hall Tuesday to proclaim Canucks Day. “It didn’t work last year and it’s not a great beard to start with.” But Hawks superstar Patrick Kane, who is about 12 years old, can’t grow a beard either. So he’s elected to style his hair in a way that is reminiscent of an ’80s era mullet. How about a mullet, Mr. Mayor? “I’m not a mullet guy. That’s not going to happen.” Canucks GM Mike Gillis happened to be in the crowd with Mr. Mayor Tuesday. I sought his thoughts on beards and mullets. When Gillis, a former NHL player, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1978, he had a healthy mop reminiscent of teen idol Shaun Cassidy. His lid is much shorter now and he is clean shaven. He also doesn’t say much, but I did my best Geraldo to get him to open up. So what’s he think of Kane’s mullet?

Mulletless Mayor Gregor Robertson welcomed Canucks fans to city hall Tuesday, as Canucks GM Mike Gillis (far left) meditated. photo Dan Toulgoet “I think it’s pretty funny.” Why do hockey players grow beards during the playoffs? “I have no idea.” Did you ever grow one in your playing days? “No.” Do you recommend that your players grow a playoff beard? “I think if they like it, they can grow one.” Do you recommend your players grow mullets? “I don’t care. I only care if they score and how they play. I don’t care how they look.” Gillis and his Canucks begin Game One Saturday night in Chicago. By then, Robertson will have sorted out what he is wagering with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Last year, Robertson had to send a bunch of goodies to Daley, including beer, Happy Planet juice, smoked salmon, chocolates and chips. He also spent several days cleaning the egg off his face. The mayors hadn’t settled on what was up for grabs before the Courier’s deadline. Backyard chickens for barbecued ribs, maybe? How about Gregor’s bike for the Pacer driven by Wayne and Garth in the Chicago-

based movie Wayne’s World? Or a box of Timbits for some of Stan Mikita’s donuts? Meanwhile, buzz killing reporters wondered Tuesday why the city proclaimed Canucks Day in the city when all the team has really done is win four games. Still 12 more to go. Robertson deflected the doubters. “We’re supercharging it,” he said. “We’re on a roll now and I think it’s important to keep the momentum going.”

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A side note to Tuesday’s towel-waving festivities at city hall. NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton has great timing. After all the speeches were made and the Canucks flag was raised, there was the obligatory photo-op with Mr. Mayor and some of his Vision Vancouver councillors. COPE councillors Ellen Woodsworth and David Cadman were there, too. They were all squeezing together with Canucks GM Mike Gillis and Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini when Anton suddenly zipped in front of the group. She smiled for the cameras as her fellow councillors grumbled. mhowell@vancourier.com

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City drops hammer on front yard garden Cheryl Rossi

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In a city that strives to promote food security and gardens, a household on East 56th Avenue near Main Street has been told its food garden is an eyesore. The tenants, in what they’ve dubbed the Farmhouse at 470 East 56th Ave., received an order from the city April 19 telling them to rip out the beds on the boulevard that fronts their house, cut back their front yard garden two feet from the sidewalk and remove the buckets of soil and wooden pallets they re-use for fire wood and compost bins. The order falls under the city’s untidy premises bylaw. Landlords can face fines of $250 to $2,000 for each offence and fines of $50 a day for offences of a continuing nature. The city’s received three complaints from three neighbours in two years about the property. But 21 neighbours on their block signed a petition in support of the garden, which gave the renters an extension until May 15 to tidy up. An unexpected outpouring of support for the Farmhouse followed a radio news report and a page on Facebook. Ander Gates, one of five tenants at the house, said the landlord of the house to the east is concerned the wild-looking garden will lower his property value. Instead of beds of flowering kale and soil covered in a mulch of leaves and scattered grass, the landlord wants them to grow grass on their boulevard and in their yard.

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outside and noted the gardeners had mulched late. She’s reluctant to forward a motion for a new bylaw. She said staff is aware of the need to amend bylaws to better reflect the city’s green goals. Robbins says the city’s order forced the tenants to talk with their neighbours and reduce animosity. “Last summer, it really did look horrific,” Robbins said. “By the same token, we respect the tenants’ right to have this garden, we think it’s a great initiative, and so we’re not trying to bulldoze the garden as some of the public has assumed.” Robbins said their landlord has agreed to remove the plantings on the boulevard. Otherwise the city’s satisfied with the cleanup. crossi@vancourier.com

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Police force undergoes changing of the guard Mike Howell Staff writer

Two new deputy police chiefs were introduced to the media this week at a press conference that recognized two deputy chiefs who are retiring after lengthy careers Police Chief Jim Chu announced Tuesday that superintendents Warren Lemcke and Adam Palmer will replace Bob Rolls and Steve Sweeney as deputy chiefs. Rolls, a 33-year veteran, leaves after a career that included overseeing the department’s budget and leading a number of projects in the Downtown Eastside that tackled the underground economy. Rolls pointed to the Downtown Eastside when asked to recall highlights of his years on the job, which began in 1977 after completing a geography degree at the University of B.C. “It was kind of interesting for me because when I was going to university and I used to go down to the Downtown Eastside. I found it kind of depressing,” Rolls told reporters. “But when I actually ended up working down there, I found it anything but. I found it an incredibly interesting and challenging area.” Sweeney began his ca-

Deputy Chief Bob Rolls reer with the VPD in 1980. He rose to prominence over the past year for his work with the 2010 Winter Games. Sweeney, a former member of the emergency and operational planning section, was the VPD’s officer responsible for deployment at the Games. He was on vacation in Mexico and unable to attend the press conference. But Chu recognized Sweeney’s work, including his service with the VPD’s crowd control unit. “We all remember what valuable and important assets those were during the Olympic Games,” Chu said. Lemcke, 51, leaves his post as superintendent in charge of the northern part of the city, where he led campaigns to reduce street disorder in the Downtown Eastside and on the Granville strip. His new role is to command the investigation division, which includes major crime, gangs and

drugs, forensic services and criminal intelligence. Palmer, 46, is a longtime patrol officer recently in charge of police district two, which runs roughly from Cambie Street to the Pacific National Exhibition. He will oversee human resources, recruiting and training, financial services and facilities sections. Lemcke and Palmer join deputy chief Doug LePard, who has been a deputy chief for several years. Tuesday’s announcement marked another round of deputy chief promotions in which none of the VPD’s female officers were considered for the high-ranking roles. “I think in the future you will see lots of diversity in terms of gender and ethnicity,” Chu told the Courier. The VPD’s last female deputy chief was Carolyn Daley, who retired in 2004. Of the department’s 1,327 officers, 316 (or 24 per cent) are women. The VPD has two female inspectors, no female superintendents but several women working as sergeants and staff sergeants. The VPD has never had a female chief, although departments in Calgary, Guelph and the B.C. RCMP have been headed by women. mhowell@vancourier.com

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School board stalls budget pending provincial review Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

In a last-minute decision, the Vancouver School Board was expected Thursday night to postpone passing its final budget until later in June. The decision was expected at a board meeting after the Courier’s print deadline, but board chair Patti Bacchus confirmed trustees were likely to pass a motion deferring the budget decision, while proposed staff layoffs would go ahead to conform with collective agreement requirements. If the district’s financial situation changes, staff could be rehired at a later date. In the meantime, senior staff can make staffing decisions for the next school year. The school district faces a $16.33 million budget shortfall. Although the board usually passes its budget by the end of April because of requirements in its collective agreements, it actually has until June 30 to present its final budget to the ministry. Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid appointed a special adviser—B.C. Comptroller General Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland—to examine the school board’s financial performance earlier this month, but her report isn’t due until the end of May. “This is the last glimmer—we just weren’t ready to give up. It’s not OK and until we know we’ve exhausted every option for averting some or all of these cuts [we won’t

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give up],” Bacchus said early Thursday morning. “It is an exceptional situation with the special adviser in. We’re told she’s here to help us and while we’re not overly optimistic that’s going to be the case, it’s better than nothing. It gives us a reason to think there could be something different on the table come June.” On Tuesday, the district presented its revised preliminary budget proposal based on comments and lobbying from the public, staff, student and parent groups. The proposal reflects the additional $1.79 million from the adjusted budget shortfall, which dropped from $18.12 to $16.33 million. It reduced the proposed teacher cuts by 25.9 fulltime equivalent positions. Most are under the nonenrolling teacher category, which includes librarians, counsellors, ESL and special education teachers. “This is still a manage-

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Ian Tootill hopes to lead between 100 and 200 motorcyclists downtown Saturday to occupy parking spots on 10 city blocks. photo Dan Toulgoet

Motorcyclists target parking, bylaws Contributing writer

Vancouver motorcyclists are revved up, and Saturday they’ll be looking for a place to park. Frustrated with limited parking for motorcyclists and what he views as bylaws that need amending, motorcyclist Ian Tootill is planning to lead between 100 and 200 motorcyclists downtown on Saturday morning to occupy parking spots on 10 city blocks. “The purpose of the rally is to garner empathy and support from the city,” Tootill explained. According to Tootill, the secret rally point will be in a central location downtown between 9 and 11 a.m. and each motorcycle will occupy a single metered parking spot. Tootill is asking for more spots and for the city to allow motorcyclists to park in painted triangles between metered parking and crosswalks. There are 42 parking spots designated for motorcycles in the city. Assistant city engineer Jerry Dobrovolny said multiple motorcycles can park in a single spot, as long as the meter has been paid. “As many motorcycles as can fit in a spot are allowed to [park] there,” he said. COPE Coun. David Cadman put forward a motion last October asking the city to free up street parking for motorcycles. The motion cited an increasing number of Vancouverites getting around on the estimated 26,000 motorcycles and scooters in the city, as well as damage regularly caused to parked motorcycles. Cadman said the staff report is scheduled to come to council on Tuesday. Tootill, who was a prominent opponent of photo radar, said communication with city council has been difficult. “We think we’re

part of the transit solution, not the problem” said Tootill. He argued motorcycle and scooter riders relieve traffic congestion by reducing the number of cars and trucks on the road. Tootill, who owns a motorcycle and a scooter, said Vancouver lags behind cities like Portland, Toronto and San Francisco which provide plentiful and inexpensive motorcycle parking. Adele Tompkins, executive director of the B.C. Coalition of Motorcycles, said she’s “trying to get city hall to stop dragging their feet” on the issue. “They have a stance that no one will ever park for free in Vancouver,” she said. “All it would take is some paint and a stencil,” said Tompkins, arguing the change would result in a more efficient allocation of parking spaces in the city. Tompkins said motorcycles, particularly newer models with a catalytic converter, cause less much less pollution than most vehicles. Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs said he would be reluctant to endorse complimentary parking. “It’s hard to justify why a motorcycle should park for free,” he said. Meggs said the environmental implications need to be investigated as well as safety questions associated with motorcycles parking near street corners. He said he would not want to provide major infrastructure for riders who might climb on their motorcycles and scooters only during the warmer months of the year. Cadman said the city needed to accommodate motorcyclists. “Parking is scarce anyway, why are we making cars compete with motorcyclists?” he asked. jshepherdcourier@gmail.com

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Spoiling mom is a rite of passage for any offspring. Take these ideas for example: Flower Power: At Get Fresh Flowers, the West End’s chic flower boutique celebrates Mother’s Day with gifts that are fabulously fresh. In honour of Mother’s Day May 9—and all year long—Get Fresh Flowers will create outstanding handmade floral creations in custom colours, made with locally grown B.C. flowers. Mothers adore the Phalaenopsis orchid plants in custom pots. Get Fresh Flowers specializes in the freshest, locally sourced blooms, plants and foliage, plus hand-selected glassware, pots and giftware. Located at 1688 Davie Street; visit: www.getfreshflowers.ca

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Fashion Passion: For some retail hijinks with Mom, a girls’ trip to Mark’s Work Wearhouse unveils the hottest trend of the season. It’s a comfy crossover of jeans and leggings that some call ‘jeggings’. Made from stretchy, spandex and elastane-based fabrics that feel more like leggings than jeans, they do feature a denim-like finish and colour. “Wear them with tunic tops and other great layering pieces, then finish off with ballet flats or even high heels,” says spokesperson Nancy Cherniwchan. Retails for just under 40 bucks, the brand is Denver Hayes; www2.marks. com for locations. Devine Wine: For something a little different, and with the bouquet of fine wines still wafting from the International Wine Festival, why not keep Mom with a smile on her face year ’round? At Sutton Place Wine Merchant on Burrard, membership at the Wine Club has its privileges. Like up to 50 per cent off dining at the hotel; access to purchase history on-line; first access to special release products; monthly newsletter; and invites to Wine Club member-only events. Check it out at www.suttonplacewinemerchant.com.

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You’ll want to treat Mom right this year. And to help celebrate all that’s great with our Moms, The Courier and partners want to give away one of three fab prizes to lucky readers: • $100 gift certificate to Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver (where you can buy your Mom a wonderful gift). • A $75 gift basket courtesy the Indulgent Foodie, with Marie Belle chocolates, Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and gourmet popcorn. • A gorgeous silver and beaded necklace made especially for Moms, by local bead artist Thunderpeep Designs (value approx. $40). TO ENTER: Simply email contest@vancourier.com and put Mother’s Day Contest in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and daytime phone number in the email. Enter by 4 p.m., Wed. May 5, 2010. A random draw will take place on May 6; winners will be notified by phone and announced in Fresh, May 14.


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Treating that special woman in your life next weekend (or earlier) means a lot. You can take her to the spa for a sumptuous massage or manicure; and dining out for brunch or dinner at any of our city’s great restaurants is always a treat. Or, might she enjoy a relaxing cruise across our local waters? Check out this section for fantastic “let’s do it” ideas for mom and the whole family. Or you can always say it with words. Here are some cool events taking place before, during and after that will inspire her with the literary side of things:

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Mother, Writer takes place May 5 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Vancouver Public Library, Central branch - 350 W. Georgia St., Peter Kaye room, lower level. This Mother’s Day, celebrate the intersection of creation and creativity with awardwinning authors Catherine Owen, Rachel Rose, Luanne Armstrong and Dorothy Woodend. Hosted by Cathy Stonehouse (“Double Lives: Writers and Motherhood”) and Cori Howard (“Between Interruptions” and “The Momoir Project”), this event will illuminate the rewards of nurturing children while pursuing the passion to write. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Contact VPL’s Marketing & Communications department at 604-331-4044 for further details. Mothership Stories Society presents My Mother’s Story on May 9, which combines the life stories of 10 extraordinary, ordinary women as written and told by their daughters. Storytelling at its best, this 60 minute show documents the lives of women from all over the world, of all races, living through all kinds of heartache and joy. Great for teens and seniors, it prompts reflection on family memories featuring 10 of Vancouver’s most loved profes-

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sional actors telling their mothers’ stories. “I walked home in a daze of emotion inspired by an afternoon of pure truth,” says one thespian offspring. St. Andrew’s Wesley Church at 1022 Nelson is the venue; time: 2:00 p.m. Adult price $20.00 plus service charge; child (16 and under) $15.00 plus s.c. Go to www.mymothersstory. org for more info. Explore The Natural World of William Shakespeare with Harry Jongerden, director of Van Dusen Botanical Garden, which takes place May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Floral Hall. Poets for centuries have used plants and flowers for symbolic effect, but Shakespeare

astonishes by presenting us with 180 different plant species. Beyond the sheer numbers, he also astonishes us with an intimate understanding of how the natural world works. Deepen your understanding of Shakespeare as Jongerden helps you explore this world through the works of this 16th Century poetic genius and naturalist. Jongerden is the author of This Other Eden: the Gardens of the Stratford Festival of Canada, a book he wrote during his eight-year tenure with Stratford as its head gardener. Cost: Members $10 / Non-Members $15. Phone 604-878-9821 for automated phone registration, or go to www. vandusengarden.org for details.

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The Tipper Restaurant & Review Room

Also known as the Bottle Tipper, a cozy unassuming restaurant and bistro serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and supports local artists. Offers a simple but delicious menu of fresh food. www.thebottletipper.com 2066 Kingsway at Victoria 604.873.1010 $$

Kerkis Greek Taverna

A homestyle restaurant in the heart of Kitsilano, in a warm friendly setting. Weekly specials, participating in Dine Out, 3 course meal, starting April 26th. The most mouth watering roast lamb, chicken souvlaki in Vancouver.

3605 West 4th Avenue at Dunbar 604.731.2712 $$ – $$$

Japanese KITSTAYA SUSHI Japanese Restaurant

Voted in Stars of Vancouver 2010 as No. 1 Cheap Eats and No.3 Best Sushi Bar. Come try our “Famous Roll”. Many to choose from SPECIAL 20% off (offer valid to May 30th). 3105 W. Broadway 604.737.0181 $ – $$

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Breakfast – Lunch Tsolias Taverna Paul’s Place Omelettery Restaurant

Just moments from Granville Island, in Art Gallery Row on the South Granville rise.Paul’s Place Omelettery Restaurant uses only the finest ingredients, and everything on the menu is prepared on site fresh daily. You’ll definitely leave this cheery, licensed café feeling satisfied. Open Daily 7am – 3 pm 2211 Granville Street @ 6th Avenue 604.737.2857 $ – $$

Neighbourhood Greek restaurant in business since 1991. Visit Tsolias tonight and celebrate the Greek Way with a selection of dishes to choose from such as souvlaki, roast lamb, and more. Dine in lunch specials as low as $6.75. 2217 East Hastings 604.251.6010 $$

Dim Sum served daily 10am to 3pm. Dinner served 5pm to 10pm daily. Royal Centre, 1088 Melville Street 604.669.8383 $ – $$$

Comfort Food

Everyone feels welcome at Ricky’s. Our menu is large, comfortable and tasty. With over 100 items, Ricky’s has something for every taste. From signature breakfasts to bigelicious burgers to steak and ribs, we’ve got it covered. 111 Dunsmuir Street (at Beatty) 604.602.9233 $$ Waterfront Centre – 200 Burrard Street 604.669.2781 $$

Indian Cravings Restaurant & Lounge

Hip without pretense, hearty yet healthy. Comfort Food is what makes you feel like your best self. Comfort Food would mean nothing if not offered in a setting that also makes you feel good. Cravings has two newly renovated contemporary dining rooms, a sophisticated and cozy lounge, and service that your best self deserves. 8804 Osler St. (behind the Coast Hotel) www.cravings.ca 604.264.8444 $$–$$$

European

New India Buffet & Restaurant

New India Buffet and Restaurant is the largest buffet in town featuring an outstanding menu with an original taste of India. The varied menu is inspired by different cuisines’ specialties and offers choices for everyone. The restaurant offers a spectacular ambience making it great for business meetings, quiet conversation or a party for a special occasion. 805 West Broadway 604.874.5800 $$

Redfort Authentic Indian Cuisine

Redfort serves only the finest East Indian Cuisine including Vegetarian, meat, chicken and fish prepared by our master chefs. We provide a hall with 50 people capacity for any private party or function. Make Refort your choice and we promise that we will give you a memorable dinner. www.redfort.ca 1962 Kingsway, at Victoria Drive 604.873.2440 $$$

Italian Athene’s Classic Greek Cuisine

Serving authentic Greek food in the heart of Kitsilano for over 30 years. Specializing in lamb and vegetarian dishes. Catering available for small or large groups. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. 3618 West Broadway 604.731.4135 $$

Have you tried ours??!! Best homemade Mexican food, the choice for doctors at St. Paul’s. Meat, chicken or veggie enchiladas, mole, tacos, burritos and more. www.callirestaurant.com 1102 Davie St. & Thurlow 604.633.9950 $

The Vallarta Grill

Authentic Mexican Cuisine Dine & Dance served in an ambiance that would make you swear you were there! Salsa dancing with instructor& live DJ on Friday and Saturday eves. Don’tmiss our CINCO DE MAYO PARTY Wed. May 5th!! www.thevallartagrill.com 102 Water St. (Gastown) 604.696.9580 Accept: Visa, M/C, Amex, Interac and cash $-$$

Pizza & Steak House

George’s Pizza & Steakhouse

Transylvania Flavour Restaurant

Great variety of Homemade Eastern & Western European favourites like schnitzel, ossobuco, borscht, polenta, perogies, gnocchi, goulash, cabbage rolls, short ribs, Paprikash. Classic creations, warm atmosphere, great fresh food & good hosts. Open lunch & dinner. www.transylvaniaflavour.com 2120 West Broadway (corner Arbutus) 604.730.0880 $$$

Mexican

CALLI Mexican Restaurant

Ricky’s All Day Grill

Victoria Chinese Restaurant

Radha Yoga & Eatery

Innovative & organic vegan cuisine in a beautiful setting. Featuring a seasonally changing menu, dinner is served Wed-Sat, 610pm. Large party bookings available. www.radhavancouver.org 728 Main Street 604.605.0011 $$–$$$

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Legend Cheap Eats ($5–$8) Inexpensive ($9–$12) Moderate ($13–$15) Fine Dining ($15–$25)

Bistro

Newly renovated! Featuring homemade crust, sauce and three cheese-blend. 10% off on pick up orders only. 6109 West Boulevard 604.266.0411 or 604.266.2511 $-$$

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Darby’s Pub

Neighborhood pub with a focus on craft burgers and craft beer. www.darbyspub.ca 2001 Macdonald Street @ West 4th, Kitsilano 604.731.0617 $$

La Notte Ristorante Italiano

Casual fine Italian dining, serving the westside for over 20 years. Well known for its Pasta selections and veal specialties. www.lanotte.ca Open Nightly from 5pm 3307 Dunbar Street 604.222.4033 $$$

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POSTER OF THE WEEK

In addition to being the daughter of Ravi Shankar and half sister to adult contemporary singer Norah Jones, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is the Courier’s favourite excuse for using the headlines “Sitar hero” and “While my sitar gently weeps.” Although we feel we need to change it up a little this time out. Having played Vancouver several times with her legendary father, Shankar goes it alone April 30 for a concert at the University of B.C.’s Chan Centre for Performing Arts, where she’ll be joined by master tabla player Tanmoy Bose, Pirashanna Thevarajah on mridangam, kanjira and ghatam and Ravichandra Kulur on flute and Kanjira. Just nod and pretend you know what we’re talking about. We don’t. Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 604-280-3311. For more info, go to www.caravanbc.com.

Show: The Antlers with Phantogram May 4 at the Biltmore Cabaret Poster artist: Lindsey Hampton

Sew and sew

Both a tool for exploitation and liberation since its invention in the 19th century, the sewing machine also serves as a musical instrument in Stitch, billed as an “a cappella opera for three women and three sewing machines.” We’re still hoping for a musical about nunchuks. It all goes down April 30, 8 p.m. and May 1, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at EDAM Studio (303 East Eighth Ave.) as part of the Voice Over Mind Festival. Tickets at 604-684-2787 or ticketstonight.ca.

Metheny method

Keeper of the best loaf in jazz, guitarist Pat Metheny lets his fingers do the walking May 1 at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts as part of his “Orchestrion Tour.” Incidentally, Orchestrion “brings a musical idea from the turn of the last century—a large mechanical multi-instrument device that utilizes actual orchestral instruments of various types, called an orchestrion—to the technologies of today.” Maybe it can do something about Metheny’s split ends. Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Fab Albert

Distinguished American documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles drops by Pacific Cinematheque April 30 to talk shop. And wouldn’t you know it, they’re playing two of his better known films—the tragic Rolling Stones concert film Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens April 30 and May 1. For info and show times, call 604- 688-FILM or go to www.cinematheque.bc.ca.

kudos & kvetches Canucks haiku

K&K continues its series of Basho-inspired haikus in honour of the Canucks playoff run. Who’s got the Bactine? O’Brien has a charley horse Stallion on the dance floor

Haiku invitational

A visitor to K&K’s blog at vancourier.com who goes by the name Chi-town Hustler kindly submitted his own haiku: “Long awaited foe/ Returns for bitter battle/Hawks make Luon, go.” So we’d like to extend the invitation to both Canucks and Blackhawks fans to write their best playoff haiku, and we’ll publish our favourites over the next few weeks. Send your poetic gems to k&k@vancourier.com. Good luck.

Friendly wagers

This week in front of city hall, a noticeably goateeless Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed April 27 Vancouver Canucks Day, which struck us as odd since every day at K&K headquarters is Vancouver Canucks Day. We were also led to believe a few years ago that “all of us our Canucks,” which

arts & entertainment

Sewing machines and sitar heroics

Anoushka Shankar unleashes some sitar action on the Chan Centre for Performing Arts April 30.

Pretty percussion Concert roundup

What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? A drummer. What do you call a drummer who breaks up with his girlfriend? Homeless. How do you get a drummer off your porch? Pay him for the pizza. We’ve got a million of them, but make sure you don’t mention any if you’re attending RePercussion May 1 at the Vogue Theatre. Percussion dude Sal Ferreras and guests lead a drum-happy evening of percussion and folk drumming traditions of Asia, Africa and Europe blended with Punjabi folk dancers. Tickets at www.vibc.org/tickets.

we found to be patently untrue after GM Place security forcibly removed us from the premises when we tried to enter the team locker room wearing nothing but a towel and a thin layer of coconut-scented body lotion. But we digress. Flanked by the team’s eternally joyless general manager Mike Gillis, owner Francesco Aquilini and some dude we’ve never seen before— perhaps Gillis’s sorrow wrangler?—the mayor was in fine, free-associating form. At one point, we thought he might break into a recitation of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” But we were disheartened to learn Robertson had yet to make a wager with Chicago mayor Richard Daley, as is customary between rival sports cities with, apparently, few pressing issues at hand. You may recall last year when the Canucks lost to Chicago Robertson had to ship Chicago’s mayor a case of beer, chocolates, Happy Planet juice, smoked salmon and a lock of Luongo’s chest hair. We may have made that last item up. So what should the two mayors wager this time? The gambling addicts at K&K have thought long and hard about it—only taking a break so we could pawn our office furniture to place a hefty bet on the mighty Washington Capitals…. —and

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Liars with guests Fol Chen play an early show at Venue April 30 while L.A.-based instrumental band Red Sparrowes sprawl out at the Biltmore with guests Caspian and Fang Island. The same night, local indie duo Japandroids, No Gold and Babe Rainbow play for the hip kids at Gastown’s Lifetime Collective. Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper spill blood all over the Pacific Coliseum May 1. Country duo Brooks & Dunn let their moustaches soak up the tears as they play GM Place May 2 as part of their farewell tour. Say it ain’t so.

here’s what we think should be laid on the line. If the Canucks win… • the band Chicago has to change its name to Vancouver. • Oprah for Fanny Kiefer, straight up. • whenever a Chicago band comes to town, Robertson gets to sit in on drums for three songs—and one has to be “In a Gadda Da Vida.” • Daley has to administer a hot-stone massage to Vision Vancouver Coun. Andrea Reimer. • Chicago has to change its Chi-town nickname to “Chai-town.” • Blackhawk Patrick Kane gets to work the coat-check at the Roxy the entire summer. If the Blackhawks win… • Happy Planet will come out with a new juice called Dustin Byfuglien’s Armpit Nectar. • Force and Sully, the green bodysuited pranksters who taunt opposing players when they sit in the penalty box, will spend a week outside NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton’s office and pretend to cry whenever she walks by. • the Vancouver band Chilliwack has to change its name to Marpole. • Blackhawk Patrick Kane gets to work the coat-check at the Roxy the entire summer.


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In a downtown parkade that grows desolate after 7 p.m., nine emerging theatre companies will take advantage of the location’s spectacular top floor views and treat audiences to sketch comedy, horror and butoh dance. Produced by Enlightenment Theatre and ITSAZOO Productions, Bridge Mix parks May 5 to 8 and 11 to 15 at the Metro Parkade at Thurlow and Pender. Besides the unusual setting, audiences will have plenty to see considering the number of theatre companies and performances involved. “The audience doesn’t have to worry that they’re not going to like one of the pieces,” said Peter Carlone, half of the comedic duo The Peter N’ Chris Show! “They just have to wait eight minutes and then the canvas is totally new.” “I like the idea of this particular group piece where you get to see them all. That’s one thing with HIVE, that you don’t get to see everything,” added Carlone’s comedy partner Chris Wilson, referring to the wildly popular showcase of local theatre companies. For Bridge Mix, ITSAZOO and Enlightenment enlisted their companies and seven others with devising an original eight-minute, sitespecific piece that includes a car and a ball, in what-

Nine emerging theatre companies take over a downtown parkade for Bridge Mix, May 5 to 8 and 11 to 15. ever form, be it the actual object, a photograph, a toy, or just the idea. Audience members will be led from piece to piece along with music and a roving bar. Carlone and Wilson joined forces in 2008 and debuted their full-length play The Peter n’ Chris Show! With Peter n’ Chris!! at the 2009 Victoria and Vancouver Fringe festivals, attracting critical acclaim and selling out runs in both

cities. They’ve got a show in the works for the Vancouver Fringe Festival in September. For their current endeavour, Carlone and Wilson moseyed around the Metro Parkade for 90 minutes searching for inspiration. Finally they settled on a particular sign to riff off, “Don’t back in, low ceilings.” Their piece depicts a sad sack reporter searching for a prophetic bum akin to the Julliard-trained street

violinist in the movie The Soloist, but their guy finds a rather different street person, purportedly to hilarious effect. David Benedict Brown, co-artistic director of Enlightenment Theatre and one of the five producers of Bridge Mix, said they wanted to unite younger performance groups like Peter n’ Chris with those that had been around a bit longer like Genus Theatre, the Tiger Milk Collective and Spectral Theatre. “It’s really important these days especially because of the recent arts funding cuts and the economic climate... private funding is suffering as well,” Brown said. “We really need to come together to share audiences, to share ideas, to get to know each other so that we can collaborate in the future and forge long-lasting relationships.” Reflecting its name, the collaborative production features a broad mix of works. Enlightenment’s piece will feature two men arguing about the Bridge Mix show, while a young businessman returning to his car from an office party will face the wrath of evil clowns in ITSAZOO’s production. Audience members will watch the story of a suicide unfolding on the sidewalk from the parkade, and Genus Theatre’s sketch will include ball hockey and prizes. Bridge Mix kicks off at 1070 Pender St. with a paywhat-you-can preview May 5. Otherwise tickets are $14 to $18. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, see www.itsazoo.org/home. crossi@vancourier.com

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MCSHANE Thomas Lovell

Born December 30th, 1923, passed peacefully with God at his side on April 21st 2010.

Thomas will be remembered with great love by his daughter Julia, granddaughter Lavinia and all of his family and friends. Funeral service will be held Tuesday May 4th 2010 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2025 Napier St. Vancouver BC.Procession to Forest Lawn Cemetery 3789 Royal Oak Ave. Burnaby B.C. Reception to be announced. Flowers may be sent to St. Francis of Assisi.

In Memoriam

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Are you a member of the Memorial Society of BC? To ensure that your funeral costs are kept low at the time of death, please inform your next of kin and/or your executor about your membership. Should anything happen to you, they must inform the Society about your passing, and tell the Funeral Provider that you are a member of the Society. To join the society, contact us at 1-888-816-5902 or online www.memsoc.org

DOREEN PATTERSON REITSMA December 12, 1927 - April 30, 2000 Doreen Nettie Patterson was born in Vancouver, and was the first woman from BC chosen to serve in Canada’s new post WWII women’s division of the Royal Canadian Navy. She received her basic training at HMCS Cornwallis, and was trained as an elite radio intelligence operator for the wireless communications base at HMC NRS Coverdale. In 1953 Doreen became one of only eleven Wren’s to serve at the Naval Radio Station at Churchill, Manitoba. At her death, the Premier of BC sent a letter to her family in Ladner which acknowledged her initiative as “an achievement for women, and her example as an inspiration for all British Columbians.” Doreen married Korean War Veteran Gerard “Bill” Reitsma in North Vancouver in 1960, and they adopted 2 children, Raymond and Richard. The family will gather at the Hotel Vancouver for a memorial brunch on Sunday May 2, 2010. Doreen’s family is proud to announce her naval biography in the Hall of Fame section of the new book and website “The History of Metropolitan Vancouver” by Chuck Davis.

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BETTER WOMEN’S WEAR FACTORY SALE All Sizes: Petite, Regular, Washable

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Are You Pregnant? Planning On Breastfeeding? You may be eligible to participate in a research study to determine maternal and infant response to Vitamin D. We are looking for participants that are between 12 & 21 weeks pregnant and do not have a history of pregnancy complications. If eligible, you will receive maternal vitamin supplements and a vitamin D supplement. You will be asked to give a blood sample, urine sample, and complete questionnaires about dietary vitamin D and sun exposure. For more information please contact, Kaitlin 778-989-5984 or Andrea 604-928-6952 http://blogs.landfood.ubc.ca/vitamind/ Principle Investigator: Dr. Tim Green, Dept. Human Nutrition

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FEATURED EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT Unemployed? Working less than 20 hours per week? Need ideas? We can help. FREE job search and training assistance for men and women

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5th Floor 5750 Oak Street (at 41st Avenue)

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Personal Trainer Certification Earn up to $70/hr as a Personal Trainer. Government Financial Aid may be avail. 604-930-8377 See our ad in todays paper under Education.

General Employment ATTENTION STUDENTS/ SUMMER WORK

NWI HIRING Painters. $18.50 hr/ 40 hr wk. Compl. sec. sch + min. 3 yrs of exp. req. E-resume: enrique@nwicontracting.com

IRRIGATION INSTALLERS Join Permanent Irrigation a responsible person with irrigation installation knowledge required. Drivers licence an asset. Full time. Fax resume: 604-241-1410 or email to: permanent_irrigation@shaw.ca

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Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. If you’ve been looking for a home-based opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work. Qualified applicants receive training, support and monthly remuneration. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door. Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.ca

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Day & Evening Classes Available Sales and Admin Support

Established in 1986, Business Pro Computers is an award winning computer company that has developed a strong reputation in the IT industry in B.C. and across Canada. We offer a range of IT services including hardware, software, maintenance, warranty, networking and project management services. Our customers include some of BC’s and Canada’s most successful corporations, government and educational institutes. We are looking for a Sales and Admin Support person to start immediately. This is a full time position. This position includes the opportunity to grow and develop within the company and the role. Duties and responsibilities include: • service agreement contracts renewals • provide sales quotes to customers and back up support for sales team • sales and admin support for the Director of Sales • organize customer events and marketing programs Skills and Requirements: • strong customer service attitude and the ability to engage people easily • pleasant telephone manner and upbeat personality • excellent computer skills (word, excel, outlook) • strong organizational and time management skills • university degree • basic computer knowledge an asset • 2 to 3 years sales support and admin experience an asset along with familiarity with contracts Competitive compensation with benefits, bonus plan and training. To apply send your cover letter and resume to: info@businesspro.com

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Music/Theatre/ Dance

IN HOME OR STUDIO LESSONS Piano, Theory & other instruments. Allegro Music School 604-327-7765 www.AllegroMusicSchool.com

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QUALIFIED TUTORS in your home $32/hr. All subjects. All levels. www.pdplustutors.com or call Angela at 604-421-6101

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LEARN ITALIAN One of the most beautiful languages.... and perhaps the easiest. Private/small classes. Day/Evenings. 604-872-4545

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WANTED

2 BAKER ASSISTANTS

$14/hour, Night shifts Russian speaking Amra Bakery Inc. 4324 Fraser Street Vancouver info@europeanbreads.com

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F/T LI Caregiver for senior couple, Vancouver East. $8/hr, minus room & board. To apply call German @604-872-6819

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Hotel Restaurant

KOREAN food cooks, no cert, G-9, 40hr/wk, $18-$20/hr, Korean, no/basic English, 3yr exp, Duties, train 1 PR or 1 Cdn, cook/plan menu, check & order supp Fax 604-872-0799 Han Sem Food, 1647 E. Pender St. Van.

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SECRETARY

A solid work ethic, oldfashioned values and a “can do” attitude describe the person needed for a small Accounting firm in downtown Vancouver. Eight years’ related experience, MS Word, Excel, dicta-typing, an eye for detail and excellent English language skills are a must. Multi-tasking, flexibility and team work are the “glue”. Please send your cover letter and resume, quoting salary expectations to: recruitingyou2@gmail.com by May 7th. Thank you for your interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note this position does not offer benefits.

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CURRICULUM COORDINATOR Licensed ECE professional with 5 years experience required. Preferred PID and/ or curriculum development experience. Part Time Position available. Fax Resume: 604-540-8550 Email: admin@chcabc.com FERNANDEZ YOUNG LLP

F/T Perm. Pos. as Accting Mgr., $45.00/hr. 40 hr/wk & health benefits. Req: univ. degree in accounting, 5-7 year experience in public firms w/min. 1 year experience in Canada. Must have knowledge. in CDN GAAP, speak French + English fluently. Must have extensive knowledge of French Code General des Imports. Email CV to ann@fernandezyoung.com

TRUTH IN ''EMPLOYMENT'' ADVERTISING Canwest Community Publishing makes every effort to ensure you are responding to a reputable and legitimate job opportunity. If you suspect that an ad to which you have responded is misleading, here are some hints to remember. Legitimate employers do not ask for money as part of the application process; do not send money; do not give any credit card information; or call a 900 number in order to respond to an employment ad. Job opportunity ads are salary based and do not require an investment. If you have responded to an ad which you believe to be misleading please call the Better Business Bureau at 604-682-2711, Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm or email inquiries@bbbvan.org and they will investigate.

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F R I D AY, A P R I L 3 0 , 2 0 1 0 T H E VAN C O U V E R C O U R I E R

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Appliances

Canadian Mining Contractor is seeking dedicated, hardworking and self-motivated individuals for the following positions:

DEVELOPMENT MINERS:

Job Description: The individuals selected for these positions will be expected to provide all facets of underground mining development. They will be responsible for all development tasks and shall have sufficient experience with daily activities such as a range of LHD operation, jumbo operators, and mechanized bolting. Other support duties such as mechanical installation(s) (installation and maintenance of air, water and ventilation) and ground support will also be required. These individuals will be expected to receive daily safety and work line-up from their immediate supervisor(s) and complete the daily line-up safely and on time. Job Qualifications: ● Must possess their Full Common Core for Underground Hard Rock Miner (U0000 to U0012), or equivalent provincial designation ● Must have a minimum of 3 years work experience ● Must have U0018, U0089 or U0092 depending on equipment or specific task ● Experience with either MacLean Series bolters or Atlas Copco Boltec are will be given top consideration

GENERAL:

● All applicants must meet the stated Job Qualifications ● Please provide any/all references with resume ● Remuneration shall be based on experience and qualifications ● Positions available immediately for long term contract. We will only receive resumes via fax: 705-692-4310 or by e-mail: info@technicagroup.com , any drop in will not be accepted. Please note that we will only consider individuals who meet or exceed the above qualifications AND experience requirements.

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Work Wanted

PROJECT/SITE MANAGER AVAILABLE My name is Werner Buehner, I am a German Citizen & would like to work in Canada. I am a professional, with Master & Technical Degrees, in the area of corrosion protecting coatings, i.e. coatings for storage tanks, paint application, fire proofing, floor linings, wallpapering, texture & plastering, painting, insulation against sound & heat etc, crown moulding installation. I calculate costs, staff, accounting & prepare estimates. I would like to work in Vancouver or Fort McMurrary as a Site Manager or Project Leader for a good company. References available (www.wbuehner.com ) Please contact me by Fax 0049 711 840034 or email: Werner-Buehner@web.de

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general

accounting careers

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GARAGE SALES

Cats

BEAUTIFUL KITTENS Siemese X, tabby, solids $40. Call 604-392-6898 Chilliwack

PRODUCTION MINERS:

Job Description: The individuals selected for these positions shall be required to provide all facets of underground production services. They will be responsible for the completion of various production tasks with an emphasis on the operation of a range of LHD equipment, truck haulage, “In The Hole” (ITH) drilling and blasting. Other support duties such as mechanical installation(s) (installation and maintenance of air, water and ventilation) and ground support will also be required. These individuals will be expected to receive daily safety and work line-up from their immediate supervisor(s) and complete the daily line-up safely and on time. Job Qualifications: ● Must have Full Underground Hard Rock Mining Service Type Common Core (U0000 to U0012), or equivalent provincial designation ● Must have a minimum of 3 years underground production experience ● Must have modules U0068A/B, U0071, U0091 or U0092 depending on specific task.

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HIMALAYAN KITTENS, 3 f/2 m, vet ✔, 1st shots, family raised, ready. $200. Aldgr 604-626-4650

SYSTEMS INC.

We sell & service all hot & cold pressure washers 604.434.2188 upsi.ca #11 - 5850 Byrne Rd. Burnaby

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PERSIAN KITTEN spayed female 6 mth CFA reg health gaur gentle $600 firm 604-939-1231 www.dreamhimicattery.com

MULTI-FAMILY SALE

AUCTIONS

NEXT AUCTION

New & Used Rest. Equip., New Patio & Teak Furniture, Sofas, Dining, & Bedroom Furniture, Huge Qty. of Bikes & Quads.

Saturday, May 29, 9 am Industrial, Construction, Cars, Trucks, Boats, and etc… Located in Langley just 30 minutes from Vancouver.

(Imperial St/Nelson Ave) Spawn action figures, bikes, kid’s French books, games.

★CATS & KITTENS★ FOR ADOPTION ! 604-724-7652

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C Multi-Family Garage Sale, Sat May 1st, 9:30 am-3pm, 3876 West 36th Ave Household furnishings, quality framed art, china, dishes, books, sporting goods. Everything to go!! No Early dealers!!!!

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MECCANO SET. Almost complete. $500.00 OBO VRF@shaw.ca

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Coffee Table, 45' long, 23.5 'wide, 16' tall, glass, slides & horizontal. $45. Danish style table, 4ft 7 ' long, 30.5' wide, 29' high, 2 x 13inch leaves, tile design in the middle. $195 Mt Pleasant area, Van, 604-875-8055 MATCHING SOFA/LOVE seat, area rugs, dining set & rocker, in Exc. cond. Kitsilano, $750 604-739-3489 * 778-888-7439

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AUSSIE PUPS. Ten to choose from. Ready to go the first weekend in June. Tails & claws done. Both parents available to view. $700 - $1000/ea. 604-607-7372

BARE NAKED BABIES, Rare True Hairless Chinese Cresteds, family raised, vet checked, 14 weeks, $1000 604-723-1963 BORDERNESE X puppies, born Mar 13 have both parents grt family & camping dog. $300. 604-792-3280

DOUBLE DOODLES! Goldendoodle x Labradoodle Pups Best of the Best! Almost ready Fr. $850.00 Call 604-533-6905

PUPPY PARADISE Beautiful Shelties 'Little Lassies!' (PB, Reg’d) M $895. F $995. 778-552-0822

MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

Foster homes urgently req’d for rescued, abandoned & neglected dogs. Many breeds 778-688-6340 abetterlifedogrescue.com

Olympic disposal Sale on Now April 23 - May 16 9am-3pm daily

New/used furniture, new clothes, torch relay outfits, household items, one of a kind Olympic memorabilia

PUPPY PARADISE Havanese Gorgeous & Smart! (PB, Reg’d) M $895. F $995. 778-552-0822

ROTTWEILER PUPS Purebreds. D.O.B. 03/04/10. 3 females & 1 male. Full tails; dew claws removed; dewormed & vet checked. Ready now! $800 firm. (1)-604-794-3953, Chilliwack SHARPEI IN Coquitlam is looking for good home, very healthy and great with people. Must go through Sharpei rescue for an application. www.tntsharpeirescue.com please contact freesharpei@hotmail.com

Low, low prices, great Deals!!!...Hurry in 7530 Hopcott Road Delta BC

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Annual Spring Fair McBride Annex School May 15, 2010

Multi Family Garage Sale

Flea Market at Gray’s Park 11 am - 3 pm

E - KNOX CHURCH

Spring Cleaning Time... Jewelry, Arts & Crafts, Clothing, Houshold Items, Baked Goods, Plant Sale, etc. $15 per table More info - Connie

Fri. April 30th @ 5pm-8:30pm & Sat. May 1st @ 10am-1pm

604-877-1557

✓ Silent Auctions ✓ Kids games & prizes ✓ Henna & face painting ✓ Food & drinks ✓ 50/50 and lots more...

GARAGE SALE

Sun. May 2 10-4pm 519 SW Marine Drive (Enter off Lord Street, rear of the building) Golf bags, cassettes and lots more stuff.

Rain or Shine

BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW!

SPRING SALE

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Moving Sale Sat, May 1 11 to 2pm 1927 East 34th Ave @ Victoria

Lots of furniture 3 families liquidating 25 years of quality items

Vancouver

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Auctions

EMAGEE TAILGATE MARKET ★ May 15th, ★ 11-3 PM @ 49th & Maple Deals! Vendors $10 a space! Call May 604 713-8200

Boutique, books, baking, furniture, household items, etc.

RARE! CHOCOLATE & BLUE French Bulldogs, 1st in Canada. Reserve now! 604-802-6934 JACK RUSSELL pups male, female smooth coat, tails docked, dewormed, 1st shots $450. 604-701-1587

SPRING BAZAAR LION’S DEN - SENIORS 770 Commercial/Adanac St. Saturday, May 1st 10AM - 3PM 10 Tables Baking & Peserves Hot Dogs/Pop COME ENJOY

41st & Balaclava St.

FILA/MASTIFF GUARD DOGS owners best friend. Intruders worst nightmare. all shots, $2000 each. ready now! 604-817-5957

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Saturday, May 1st 9 am to 12noon, In lane behind 2708 - 14th Ave. W. Volumes of great quality items for everyone including lot’s of FREE things.

PURE BRED Male British Bulldog, 5 months old, Moving must sell, $2000 obo. 778-552-4509

GARAGE SALE

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POMERANIAN PUPPIES 2 males, ready to go. $500 ea, mom & dad also avail. 604-858-7606

PUPPY PARADISE Golden Retriever Awesome Family Dog! (PB, Reg’d) F $795 M $895 778-552-0822

Wanted to Buy

Old Books Wanted also: Photos Postcards, Letters, Paintings. (no text books/encyclopedia) I pay cash. 604-737-0530

KOMONDOR 3 mos male, smart, loving, strong personality. Needs exp owner. $800. 604-857-4120

CHIHUAHUA PUP, purebred, family raised, male, ready to go. Vancouver. $390. 778-239-6252

Lumber/Building Supplies

#1A STEEL BUILDING SALE! Save up to 60% on your new garage, shop, warehouse or storage building. 6 different colors available! 40 year warranty! FREE shipping for the first 20 callers! 1-800-457-2206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca

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ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding $400+ 604 590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

Furniture

BEST Deal Restwell Matt Sets. Full wrty, Dble $319. Queen $339 King $559. Will deliver. 722-3636

100 FAMILY SALE ST MARKS CHURCH 1593 EAST 18TH AVE btwn Knight & Commercial Sat May 1st 9-2pm German books & food. Something for everyone!! www.stmarkschurch.ca

Sunday, May 2nd From 10am until 4pm 5128 Victory St, Burnaby

CAN-AM

Saturday, May 15, 10 am HUGE TENT AUCTION!!!

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BURNABY

Sir Richard McBride Annex 4750 St. Catherines Street Vancouver 604-713-5374

TAPESTRY THRIFT SHOP 1669 Kingsway

1669 Kingsway (just (just west west of of Knight Knight St) St) G N •• Furniture • Houseware I G H N Furniture • Houseware I ET TOH R E!! •• Books •• Knick R ON Books Knick Knacks Knacks SSOOM MEFO NE Y F •• Jewellery YO T ER R Jewellery •• Accessories Accessories V A EVE REATS! •• Clothing E GREICES! Clothing for for Women, Women, Men Men GPRICE and Children PR and Children

OPEN OPEN TUES.-SAT. TUES.-SAT. 10am-5pm 10am-5pm SUNDAY SUNDAY 10am 10am to to 4pm 4pm

Proceeds to the Tapestry Foundation in support Proceeds to the Tapestry support of residential & elder care atFoundation Mount St. in Joseph, of residential care atLangara, Mount St. Joseph, Holy Family, &St.elder Vincent’s Brock Farhni, Holy Family, St. Vincent’s Langara, Brock Farhni, Youville Residence & Marion Hospice. Youville Residence & Marion Hospice.

CHILDREN 3015

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* * BOOK NOW!! * * An overseas live-in Nanny for 2010 placement. 604-682-4688

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NANNIES WANTED email resumes to thaniel0510@yahoo.com

Preschools/Kindergarten NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

for July & August Summer Sessions

TEACUP YORKSHIRE Terrier pups. Health guar. 604-825-2001 www.fraservalleyyorkies.com

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Summer program runs Monday thru Thursday and includes Phonics, Reading, Writing, Math, Art, Science, French & Spanish all within our Montessori curriculum. For more info call us at

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SHIH TZU & Lhasa Apso pups, home raised, vet ✔ 1st shot, dewormed, ready to view, $495. Chwk 604-702-1960 or 794-3197

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YORKSHIRE TERRIERS fem 2yrs, housebroken, all shots, non shed. to good home $350 ea 604-724-4314

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OSOYOOS LAKEFRONT Weekly Rentals. 3 br villas, pool, priv pier, boat moorage. $1600 week & up. Call 1-250-495-2238 email: desertproperty@telus.net

Pet Services

WATERFRONT COTTAGE on Gambier Island, Howe Sound sleeps 6. $1000 wk 604-737-8108

Clean Sweep?

OSOYOOS WATERFRONT 3br, 2bath, fully equipped & furn large deck, BBQ, ac, canoes, priv. dock, Avail June to Sept. $1500 /wk, 604-922-6103...551-3014

LATISHA’S PET CARE

Dog walking seven days a week Vanc only Michele 778-385-7313

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Poultry

WATERFRONT CABIN 3 BR on Sakinaw Lake, Pender Harbor. Large deck, dock, use of canoe, June, July , Aug. 1-604-859-0292

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KATISSA POULTRY Non medicated, all vegetable feed, no animal by products, grown and sold on the farm. Fully Processed, Flash Frozen Ready for roasting. For prices & details see www.specialtychicken.com Cloverdale area, 604 541-0007

Whistler

ATTRACTIVE EXECUTIVE home close to Whistler Village, ideal for 2 mature couples or 1 family. 4 baths, n/s n/p, no parties, avail now. $2900/mo + utils. Call for more details 1-604-932-3502

6020

Agents

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6020-01

$99 can sell your home 574-5243 Abbotsford beautifully updated end unit 1250sf 3br 2ba thse $239,900 504-1551 id5107 Maple Ridge drastically reduced 4.9ac serviced vu acreage $468,888 722-3996 id4694 Port Moody Suter Brook Village top floor 710sf 1br condo $359,900 313-1480 id5083 Sry Cloverdale 1910 Heritage Home 3082sf 7br 3.5ba w/suite $649K 576-3191id5054 Sry Fleetwood 1655sf 2 or 3br 2.5ba tnhse, gated, dbl garage $379K 951-0405id5078 Sry Fleetwood 3260sf 3or4br 2.5ba, 17192sf lot, triple garage $739K 599-7009 id5093 Sry/Langley border beautifully updated 850sf 2br condo $259,900 514-3374 id5098 Sry Sullivan Hts magnificent 3651sf 7br 6ba, 5285sf lot $736,999 778-892-2143 id5100

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6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-24

Port Coquitlam

OPEN HSE Sun, May 2nd, 2-4pm, 3348 Vincent St, Poco, 2 storey T/H 3 BR, 1255 sf, updates, f/back yard Kerry 604-763-4638, www.sandrin.com Royal LePage Coronation West

6008-30

Sell it in the Classifieds!

604

630.3300

3 BR Townhouse rancher Clearbrook Village, 1 bath, fp, w/d, lrg yard. nr school/rec ctre $230,000 By Owner 604-870-4708

Surrey

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6020-01

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-24

North Delta

10671 WESTSIDE Drive, Canterbury Hts, N. Delta; Sunday only, 2- 4pm. Updated home with view! $584,900. Bob Edwards, Re/Max Performance Rlty, 604-590-4888

6020-40

Lots & Acreage

LANGLEY LOT. $284,000. Fully serviced. 3,800 sq ft. Prime location in new area of Willoughby Heights. Can build three level house with bsmnt and double garage, with lane access. Close to Hwy 1 & amen. 604-618-3244 ★ MISSION ★ 1.35 Acres Come Build your Dream Home Rare Cul-de-sac building lot in Mission. Street of High End Homes, backs onto Greenbelt. Lots of Privacy - Room for sep garage. 10 mins to downtown. Drive by 9749 Jones Terrace on Dewdney Trunk Rd, nr the Abbey, $298K. Call Len 604-763-4118

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6020-22

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New Westminster

NW/BBY Border. New, spac 6 BR + Den, 4 baths. 2,600 sf. Granite, SS appl, legal suite, river view. Call now-beat the HST! $749,000, & no tax! Kelly Bhatti, Century 21 Coastal Realty, 604-808-0221

6002

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6007

Agents

ACCOUNTING & TAXATION for small business, financial statements and personal taxes. SYLVIA SY, CGA 604-732-5511 Corporate Tax Returns $225 +up $20 and up for personal tax. Monthly bookkeeping $20 hr +. Specialize: construction; sm bus. accounting. Trevor 604-788-0396

5015

Business Opportunity

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6040

Okanagen/ Interior

EXCEPTIONAL LAKEVIEW Lots from $160,000 also: 1 panoramic 3 - acre parcel. Owner Financing, 250-307-2558 www.orlandoprojects.com

6050

Out Of Town Property

Vancouver West Side

Sat May 1, 2-4pm 207 W 49th Best Deal! 5 BR with 2 BR ste, wlk to skytrain/Langara/Oakridge $889K. Mala @ Sutton 710-9030

6030

$365,000 2BR - 2bath Condo Spec 180° view. Beautifully reno, elegant decor, granite, tile & hardwood. Walk-in shower. Stainless appls, gas fp. Crown mouldings & chair rails. Bldg completely updated & rain screened. Gym, spa & pool. Near skytrain. 604-628-8172 http://picasaweb.google.ca/ tocololo/CondoOdysseyTowers

6020

Real Estate

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Real Estate Services

6005

Houses - Sale

Accounting/ Bookkeeping

Roger Chung, CGA Tax, bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, acct systems. #206-1089 W Broadway www.rogerchung.com 604 628-1960

REAL ESTATE 6002

5005

K.K. Accounting. Tax returns $25+ up. Audits, bookkeeping, financial statements, corp returns, payroll GST/PST. #105 -111 West Broadway. Call 604-876-5899

Sunshine Coast

4530-11

5017

Vacation Spots

KAMLOOPS RIVERFRONT. Watch Swans & eagles from deck on a 20x600sf lot. Waterski on S. Thompson from wharf. Quiet area quaint 2 br w/bsmt. Priced to sell $493,000....Royal LePage Kamloops Joyce 1-866-374-3022

6052

Real Estate Investment

★ RENT TO OWN! ★ If you have a small down payment, I have a nice home for you! Less then perfect credit OK. Call Kim 604-628-6598

6065

Recreation Property

COZY COTTAGE Home on .82 acres Lake Front, less than 1 hour fr Vancouver. Just $525K. Park Georgia Rlty, Lisa 778 882-7275

GRANDVIEW @ Las Vegas on South Blvd brand new concrete bldg, 2 sep 1 br XLrg units, Luxurious, ldry, 2 jacuzzi, a/c, plasma, king bed, slps 8, full equipped kitchen. Timeshare 4 x per yr, you own % of property, Rentals ok Asking $35,000 604-374-4350 * 604-506-7576 PALM DESERT, California 50% fractional ownership for sale. Recently reno’d 3300 sq ft 3 bedroom home. High end Resort Fully equip’d, pool, spa, car and golf cart. Exc mtge, rental revenue with personal availability, 125K Can $ (terms available) 604-244-1986 weden@telus.net

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$398,500 Armida Spada-McDougall • 604-728-7765

Realty

Royal LePage City Centre — armida@novuscom.net

Business Services

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5035

Financial Services

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5060

Legal Services

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5505

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF MARION ROSE WILSON, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, at 650 West Georgia Street, 5th Floor, PO Box 11538, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 4N7, Canada (Attention: Erin Devereaux), on or before the 18th day of June, 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Executor CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF ANNIE CONSTANCE GOODYEAR, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executors, care of their solicitors, Clark Wilson LLP, 800-885 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 3H1, on or before the 4th day of June 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company and Bryan John Leary also known as Brian Leary, Executors CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

Legal/Public Notices

5505

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: ESTATE OF DOROTHY CHRISTINA CAMERON late of Yaletown House, Room 224 – 1099 Cambie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5A8 (the “Estate”) NOTICE is given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate are required to send them to the Executor, The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, at P.O. Box 11130, #3000 – 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3R3, on or before June 1, 2010, after which date the Estate assets will be distributed having regard only to claims that have been received. EXECUTOR: THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA TRUST COMPANY SOLICITOR: Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

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4051

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RE: The Estate of Paolo Allan Barazzuol, otherwise known as Paul Barazzuol, Paul A. Barazzuol and P.A. Barazzuol, deceased, formerly of 2761 Turner Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Paolo Allan Barazzuol, otherwise known as Paul Barazzuol, Paul A. Barazzuol and P.A. Barazzuol, deceased, are hereby notified under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the undersigned Executor, c/o Cohen Buchan Edwards, Lawyers & Notaries, Suite 208 - 4940 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC, V6X 3A5, on or before the 1st day of June, 2010, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. DATED at Richmond, BC this 23rd day of April, 2010. K. BRUCE PANTON COHEN BUCHAN EDWARDS Solicitors for the Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Executor

Notice to Creditors and Others

Re: The Estate of Winnifred Margaret Anne Gauthier, also known as Peggy W. Gauthier and also known as Peggy Gauthier, Creditors and others having claims against the estate of Winnifred Margaret Anne Gauthier, also known as Peggy W. Gauthier and also known as Peggy Gauthier, of 1645 West 14th Avenue, Vancouver B.C. are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to David Unterman at 200-6330 Fraser Street, Vancouver B.C. on or before July 31, 2010 after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice.

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4051

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4060

Metaphysical

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Body Work

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7010

Personals

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7005

4062

Mind,Body&Soul

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Apt/Condos

6508

6540

Apt/Condos

Langara Gardens

1101- 1723 Alberni St. 1br +den 600 sf, reno’d, hardwood, private garage, lease, ns, np, $1350, avail now, Eric, 604-723-7368

BACH & 1 BR, Newly Reno’d, cls to shop & transit, 2nd flr, incls heat, h/w, prkg, Start @ $675. 604-325-1385 www.remirealty.ca BEAUTIFUL APTS. 1 & 2 BR avail. Special rates. Open House FRI & SAT @ 8665 Shaughnessy Call 604-327-9419

601 West 57th Ave, Van Spacious 1, 2 & 3 Bdrm Rental Apartments and Townhouses in beautiful Langara Gardens, located in the Oakridge area at West 57th Ave and Cambie St. This landmark property is clean and very well maintained by friendly on-site staff. Quiet and tasteful gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tub, gym, activity/event room, laundry facilities and parking. Near Oakridge Mall, Canada Line, public transit, Langara College, Churchill High School and Langara Golf Course. For more information please call 604-327-1178 www.langaragardens.com

6522 GINGER Crosstown, Deluxe! 718 Main St. 1 BR condo, all appls, storage, bike locker, sec’d prkg, Media/amenties rm & more. NS/NP. Avail now. 604-861-6303 MARPOLE 1323 W. 71st Ave. Studio $730. Incl. Hot Wtr, u/g prkg. N/P. 1 Yr Lease. May 1. www.apt4rent.ca, 604-727-9022 www.easyrent.ca 683 Beach Cr. Icon 1. 3br+den, 2.5 bath, 1560sf fp balc. 1 yr lease, stainless appls, 2 prkg, $3495, 604-662-3279

6508

Furnished Accommodation

12 & Quebec, Bright, clean, quiet furnished 2nd flr room, W/D, Female ONLY. NS/NP. $425/mo incls utils. May 1. 604-576-1746 2 B/R all-in furn near new bsmt ste in great neighborhood, nr Parkgate, Seymour hiking/biking/ skiing/golfcourse and Deep Cove. N/S, in-ste w/d/dishwasher, util/ cbl/internet+int lcl phn # all inc $1600/mo 604-904-9428

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Apt/Condos

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Houses - Rent

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN No Qualification - Low Down CHILLIWACK – 9557 Williams St, 3 bdrm, 2 baths, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town, close to shops & schools................ $888/M VANCOUVER – 558 Taylor St, 1 bdrm + den, 2 level TOWNHOME, nr GM Place, 1.5% Finance $988/M PITT MEADOWS -11860 Springdale Dr. 4 Bdrm, 3 Bath FAMILY HOUSE Appliances, huge family room, f/p, fully fenced back yard, garage, close to West Coast Express, Schools & shops..............$1988/M CLOVERDALE – 6965 - 192nd St, 6 bdrms, 5 baths NEW HOUSE with 3 suites + BIG income potential, all new appliance, w/d, f/p ....$2,688/M

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6570

Out Of Town

CULTUS LAKE Cottage available for short or long term rental. Fully furn 2BR, BBQ & sunny deck. Near beach. 604-813-7535

6580

Rental Services

OWNERS – call us for all your property management needs. 604-982-7059 or email jdennison@dpmonline.ca Dennison Prop. Management Ltd

6595

Shared Accommodation

6595-15

South Burnaby

BBY, S. Friendly female seeks a roommate to share ½ duplex near Metrotown. Accomodations include furnished room, hydro/ cable/’net. Sh’d laundry. NS/NP. $550/mo. Immed. 604-722-6701

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BDRM & Den, large grnd level bsmt suite, private entry, furn/ unfurn, prefer couple. n/s, n/p $1100 incl util. Call 604-255-7150 1 BDRM g/l, nr 33rd & Knight, shrd bath, w/d, full kitchen, ns np, incl utils, Internet, Female only $460 Avail. May 1! 604-726-1873 1 BR. FURN bsmt suite, Arbutus area, on bus route, own entry, updated, ns, np, suit 1, avail now, $700 incld utils, 604-737-8464 1 BR, KERRISDALE spacious, bright basement ste, own w/d, $1050 incl utils, cable & internet. May 1, ns np. 604-263-4234 2 BR, ground, by schools, 22nd & Victoria, suits 2 people or couple w/child, ns, small pet ok, St. prkg, $850+, ASAP, 604-419-4525

8030

Carpentry

GENERAL CARPENTRY •Small Jobs •Handyman •Finishing •Siding •Repairs. Call Russell @ Deka Construction.... 604-618-0459

8040

Carpet/Flooring Installation

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8055

Cleaning

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8058

Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Drainage installation & repair. 604-327-3086

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Concrete

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8060

Townhouses Rent

Clean Your house using less chemicals! Reliable, bonded, 10 yrs in bus. Helen 778-855-7882 ENVIRO MAID INSURED and BONDED. Residential. Available on a regular basis. Excellent refs. Free est. $20 p/hr. 604-685-1344

Drainage

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GRAND BLVD 1 bdrm Garden Suite avail May 1. $975 inc util. W/D, N/S, 1 cat OK. Quiet single person. 604-340-0419

MARINE WOODS 3399 Fieldstone Ave, 3 BR, 3 bath, 1300sf, End Unit, Lease, NP, NS, $1650 June 1. Eric 604-723-7368

8073

Cleaning

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3 BR grnd flr ste, pkrg, nr Joyce Skytrain, schools, library, bus & shops, np ns, share w/d. May 1 $1100 + 1/2 utils. 604-435-4917

6605

8055

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

Prof. refinish, sanding from $2. installs. Dustless 604-219-6944

2BR $1750. Large, new reno, south facing. Sm. dog ok, n/s, now. 604-222-8879

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Aries March 21 - April 19: Chase money, especially money owed to you, or pursue past dollar sources such as a former job/employer. Pay old bills. Life is easy, mild. But don’t start any new projects before May 11. You might discover, early week, that there is a flaw or major hindrance in something you thought was “in the bag,” especially in romantic, creative or speculation zones. Work with a Gemini, Taurus or Capricorn to overcome that flaw. (Or just accept it.) Communications are affectionate, especially with someone who means a lot to you (enemies can mean a lot, too!). Happiness, Wednesday/Thursday!

Cancer June 21-July 22: A former friend, schoolmate, could pop by, phone. If this occurs Sunday to Tuesday noon, or Friday/Saturday, it could have bigger implications – opportunity, love, travel, etc. Be engaging, welcoming. Your domestic scene has “lightened up” lately, and will stay light until late July. (This also takes the pressure off marriage and other partnerships.) Use this interval to prepare for the resumption of “serious matters” in this arena late July through 2012. Get contracts signed, disagreements settled, etc. Someone out there wants to “rescue” you. If the knight’s white, say yes.

Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Mysteries, intimate bonding, sex, pregnancy, lifestyle change, commitments and consequences, crime, research, dreams, investments, finances, inheritances and other people’s money – these continue to occupy you, and continue to be subject to delays, mistakes and misunderstandings. Be patient. Reprise the past – e.g., grab a former lover, chase former financial situations, revisit former mysteries. You might be contemplating marriage, or another cultural passage. Wait: January to June 2011 will bring your answer, ring your bell. Security, home Sunday-Tuesday. Romance mid-week.

Taurus April 20-May 20: Your energy and charisma soar, you love life and it loves you! But once every four years your April/May high-energy period will occur while it is unwise to begin new projects – as now. These 1-in-4 year phases must be meant to nudge you into cleaning up your past, or seizing it so you don’t lose something --- or someone – valuable. That might be why old flames, nostalgia, old contacts, and past “ungrabbed” opportunities return, as they are doing now. So use your high energy and magnetism this week, but use it to reprise (or clean up) the past. Joy, Friday/Saturday!

Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Start nothing new before May 11. Reprise the past in career, prestige areas – and protect these from mistakes, supply shortages, missed meetings, etc. A former career role might return. You’re still assertive/aggressive, your face is redder than usual, you want quick results, and you might push people too hard – this from last October to early June 2010 (and Monday/Tuesday!). On the good side, higher learning, foreign countries and lawyers benefit you. Your social life has picked up! Work hard Sunday to Tuesday noon. Be flexible, welcoming mid-week. Mysteries, intimacy late week.

Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Relationships remain your prime focus. Don’t start new ones. Protect ongoing contacts from (your?) neglect. You could deal with a former spouse, business partner or contact, or a former opportunity might return (especially one involving the public, relocation, sex, finances, and/or a social group). You could grow increasingly intimate with a friend or affectionate bond. That’s good. If you learn a secret Sunday/Monday, it’s true. Take care if a relationship conflicts with your career or community status. Slow down, attend to home, family mid-week. Romance, creativity visit Friday/Saturday!

Gemini May 21-June 20: Lie low, rest, make no demands.Cleanup,handleoldobligations,governmentrelated tasks, administrative duties – and be nice. (Bureaucrats do engage in revenge sometimes.) Your speech and writing is a bit aggressive, male, volatile – and unusually friendly – last October to this coming June. Neglected chores will return. So might an old flame, but a quiet or restrictive or burdensome one, perhaps someone you want to protect. (Remember, this is your year for career success, not for shenanigans.) Big money, mysteries and sex favour you Sunday to Tuesday. Mid-week’s mellow.

Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Start nothing new before May 11. An assortment of old friends, former lovers, teachers, schoolmates, even bosses might have started flowing in – most of these won’t last, so be non-committal until you see who “sticks.” A Taurus, Gemini and/or another Virgo figure prominently. Romance, creative or speculative urges, love for happy children – these bless you Sunday to noon Tuesday. The “person” side of this shines bright; the sex/ intimate side meets problems, perhaps due to security factors. Relationships intrigue you Friday/Saturday. For 15 years, marriage/love will fascinate you.

Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The accent remains on work — you have a lot to do, including chores you neglected weeks or months ago. Tackle these. If unemployed, contact former employers, or return to a former field. But DON’T start any brand new work projects, nor buy machinery. All this to May 11. If a co-worker’s driving you crazy, just take a deep breath. Your spouse is affectionate. If you’re unattached, others respond sweetly (but don’t seek anyone brand new before May 11). Money has “significance” or involves important news Sunday-Tuesday. Be domestic, or in nature, Friday/Saturday.

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Stucco

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The vehicles in Mercedes-Benz’s extensive line-up all have specific purposes, and they win a lot of respect in the marketplace as a result. In the case of the efficient B-Class, that purpose is to bring in entry-level buyers with the hatchback’s unique and innovative design, making the brand more accessible to the general public. On the flip side, the new SLS AMG Coupe is intended to set MercedesBenz apart from the competition, with its throwback gullwing doors and stunning design that makes people say “wow.” And then there’s the rock-solid E-Class sedan, which plays an important role as a vehicle that represents the mainstream luxury car market. While its younger siblings are designed with relatively narrow and straightforward goals in mind, the E-Class is intended to represent the Mercedes-Benz brand as a whole. Considering the wide gap between the aforementioned B-Class and SLS AMG, the position held by the E-Class is critical. So it’s nice to see that the new, 2010 EClass does an exceptional job of it. Undoubtedly one of the most important cars produced by the German automaker, the E-Class is luxurious and upper-class without being too “mushy” or “excessive.” It’s aggressive in its AMG performance-tuned guise, or smooth when equipped with a dynamic air suspension. Most of all, it’s historic and futuristic,

davidchao paying tribute to the cars that came before while keeping its vision towards the future. Put all of this together and the latest E-Class manages to capture exactly what Mercedes-Benz designers hoped for when they drew it up: sophistication and superior refinement balanced with plentiful features and strong performances. Add in a decent price that gives it surprisingly good value, and the E-Class is an even better deal. That might seem a contentious statement considering that the base models costs $10k more than a similarly sized Audi A6 or Lexus GS, but when you’re already spending over $50k on a vehicle, value is about more than just the bottom line. Mercedes-Benz

has loaded the E-Class with so many great features and thoughtful design elements that the extra cash is, quite simply, money well spent. In the end, that’s what the Mercedes-Benz brand is really all about, and that’s why the 2010 E-Class is already a success. Design—The E-Class’s design has evolved over the years, and the newest version takes on the chiselled, carved-from-granite look common amongst current Mercedes-Benz vehicles. It looks fantastic, with strong lines that convey a rock-solid feel as you walk up to the car. Traditional E-Class design elements are maintained, with welcome additions such the LED fog lamps built into the lower bumpers and highbeam lamps that are almost hidden in the creases of the front hood. Even the mirror-mounted turn signals have gained a degree of style, blending smoothly rather than standing out from the car. Inside, the E-Class features an upright dashboard with an LCD screen mounted atop the console and one of the bestlooking gauge clusters to come along in a while. The design has a very squaredoff, angular feel, adding a modern touch to the classic Benz styling. Continued next page

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Langley Walnut Grove Town Centre Willowbrook Shopping Centre 19638 Fraser Hwy. 19700 Langley Bypass 20159 88th Ave. 20202 66th Ave.

Maple Ridge Haney Place Mall 22661 Lougheed Hwy.

Enjoy the freedom of wireless Internet access. Only with TELUS High Speed.

Mission 32670 Lougheed Hwy. 32555 London Ave.

*

New Westminster Royal City Centre

Start flying with a FREE HP laptop when you switch to

North Vancouver Capilano Mall 1199 Lynn Valley Rd. 1295 Marine Dr. 1801 Lonsdale Ave.

TELUS High Speed on a 3 year term.†

FREE

With TELUS High Speed you get:

Pitt Meadows

Wireless home networking

19800 Lougheed Hwy.

Richmond

The most secure High Speed access‡

Admiralty Centre Mall Ironwood Mall Parker Place Richmond Centre

24/7/365 technical support

Surrey

Hurry, offer ends April 30. TELUS has been named the most outstanding philanthropic company in the world.

Central City Shopping Centre Grandview Corners Guildford Town Centre 13734 104th Ave. 12477 88th Ave. 7380 King George Hwy. 15940 Fraser Hwy.

West Vancouver ®

Park Royal Shopping Centre North/South

White Rock Semiahmoo Shopping Centre 3189 King George Hwy.

Call 310 -1144 or visit telus.com/gethighspeed or your nearest TELUS authorized dealer. Offer available until April 30, 2010, to new clients who have not signed up for TELUS High Speed Internet in the past 90 days. *Offer includes a wireless gateway rental at no extra cost; not available from any other Internet service provider in Western Canada. †Offer available with TELUS High Speed while quantities last. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the HP G61 laptop is $599.99. TELUS and Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. reserve the right to substitute an equivalent or better laptop without notice. A cancellation fee of $17 per month for the remainder of the 3 year term applies to early cancellation of a service agreement. Minimum system requirements apply. Final eligibility for the services will be determined by a TELUS representative at the point of installation. ‡Defined as the most comprehensive suite of hardware and software security tools. TELUS, the TELUS logo and the future is friendly are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under licence. Designs, images and specifications are subject to change without notice. HP and the HP logo are registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. © 2010 TELUS.


Vancouver Courier - April 30th 2010