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Paul Barber left his dream job as executive director of North London’s famed Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to become the newly appointed CEO of the not so famous Vancouver Whitecaps. He couldn’t be happier. —story by Scott Steedman

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aul Barber knows he’s the odd man out at the Vancouver Whitecaps branding launch. When the soccer team’s new CEO gets up to introduce Bob Lenarduzzi, the club’s president and most illustrious former player, he begins with an apology. “I’m sorry about not being tall, Italian and good-looking,” he begins in his gentle, well-mannered English voice. “I’m a bit worried.” It’s June 8, and the diminutive Englishman, barely four months into the job, actually seems remarkably unworried. He’s a marketing man and he knows how to win over a crowd. He also seems to enjoy a challenge. Six months ago, he was executive director of Tottenham Hotspur, one of soccer’s greatest and oldest clubs. Barber grew up in North London near Tottenham’s mythical White Hart Lane stadium and cheered the team as a small boy with his dad and little brother. Working at Spurs—yet alone running the club—was literally a boyhood dream. Then he threw it all in to come and do the same thing in Vancouver. Rewind back to March 2009, when the Whitecaps learned that their application to become the 17th team in Major League Soccer (MLS) had been approved. Knowing that they had just two years to get ready for the big leagues, one of their first moves was hiring Barber.

The rabid group of Whitecaps fans known as the Southsiders hope a change in the front office photo Jason Lang translates into on-field success. At today’s event he has helped the born-again team past another milestone: unveiling a new look and logo. It’s a slick and slightly bland concoction, three jagged white triangles rising over blue reflections, a nod to the mountains and surf of the city’s surrounds. Barber has a lot more to tackle between now and March 2011, when the team will play their first MLS game. Starting with a shirt sponsor (since announced as Bell Canada, in a deal rumoured to

be worth more than $4 million a year); a new $31-million training facility (ground almost got broken in Delta, but the local council got cold feet); completing not one but two stadiums for their debut season (they’ll kick off at a temporary set-up at Empire Field, where the Lions are now playing, then move to the revamped B.C. Place in the summer); and selling a mighty wodge of season tickets (14,000 of the targeted 16,500 deposits sold, at last count).

And he might also want to remember to put together a competitive team, so they don’t get humiliated by local rivals Seattle Sounders (who joined MLS last year) or Portland Timbers (also joining in 2011) or, worse yet, Toronto F.C. (veterans now in their third season). The team may even try to land a big name “designated player,” now that L.A. has David Beckham and New York has signed up French star Thierry Henry.

Which still doesn’t answer the question: What is Paul Barber doing in Vancouver? Why would any sane man walk away from his dream job to start from scratch in the 17th-most soccery city in North America, the last continent on Earth to embrace the round version of football? The way Lenarduzzi—or Bobby, as everyone calls him—tells the story, it was Barber who approached the Whitecaps. Two of the club’s owners, Steve Nash (yes, that one) and Jeff Mallett (who helped build Yahoo!), were visiting Spurs to discuss buying into the team. “They were talking about the Whitecaps, and Paul said, is there an opportunity there?” explains Bobby. “Jeff was kinda taken aback, didn’t really know if he [Barber] was asking for himself. And it became clear that he was.” From the banks of the Thames to the shores of the Georgia Strait. Who would have thought? “I wouldn’t have!” laughs Lenarduzzi. “He was a Spurs fan growing up, and now he has the top job and he wants to leave!”

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n person, Barber is disarmingly soft-spoken. He’s 42, with a boyish face and crew cut that make him seem 10 years younger. But his dulcet tones exude the confidence of a very successful executive who’s managed a sports franchise with an annual revenue of $245 million. And who is obviously not afraid of a leap in the dark. Continued on page 5

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Continued from page 4 So what did Nash and Mallet do to convince him to come onboard? The first reason, Barber explains, was the chance to work in the sport he loves in another part of the world. He came to Vancouver asking himself if he could live here, and when he saw the ocean, the city and the mountains, the answer was, “Yes, absolutely. There aren’t many better places to live. That’s a fact.” You only get one, maybe two, opportunities in life to do something really special, he reasoned. And this was the challenge he’d been looking for. It wasn’t a difficult decision, he claims. The hard bit was leaving Tottenham, where he’s still on the board of directors. “That’s my hometown club, I’d run the club for five years and loved every minute of it.” But two of his three children—son Sam, 15, and daughters Georgia, 12, and Ellie, 10—were going to start at new schools in September, so their lives were going to be disrupted even if they stayed in London. The family had always talked about living overseas at some point, so he and his wife, Helen, decided this was the time. So he signed a contract and moved here in February. The family arrived in July. He knew it was a good move in April, when the kids were stranded in the city after their Easter vacation because of the Icelandic volcano ash cloud. “They absolutely love it … So they weren’t too disappointed about being stuck here a few days longer.” He thinks Vancouver is a great city to live in. Compared to London, the traffic is

was brought up in the north of England by the sea, but for Barber, used to the endless, gritty suburbs of London, “it’s an aspiration, living on the ocean is fantastic. I love it, absolutely love it.”

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Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi (left) and CEO Paul Barber chat on the sidephoto Jason Lang line during a recent game at Swangard Stadium. a breeze, the scenery is spectacular and the people are friendly. “London can be a very intimidating, unfriendly, difficult place to get around. You come from that environment to this environment, you immediately feel like a weight’s been lifted off your shoulder.” Barber also had the good fortune to arrive just before what he calls “The Olympic brand experience,” which at the very

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least made explaining his move easier. “I was over in Argentina last week, you say Vancouver, and people go, ‘Wow, we saw that in the Olympics, what a city, you live there?’” He gets the same awed reaction in London, which will host the 2012 Summer Games. He has a house in West Vancouver and can’t believe that such beauty exists so close to the club’s Gastown office. Helen

ompeting for attention in a city the size of Vancouver might be tough, but Barber doesn’t see any conflict with the Vancouver Canucks or B.C. Lions. The town is big enough for three professional teams, he surmises. He’s already been to four Canucks games, and each time his neighbours have outed him as that new Whitecaps guy from England. “I saw you in the newspaper, or whatever. And then they say, ‘Yeah, I might get Whitecaps season tickets.’” He argues that the seasons don’t overlap much, and anyway, sports fans just love sports. And then there’s the great history the Whitecaps have. It may seem a long time ago, but in the late 1970s, the original Whitecaps were the city’s number one sports team, regularly drawing 30,000 spectators to home games. In September 1979, when they won the Soccer Bowl— the championship game of the long defunct North American Soccer League—100,000 people joined the homecoming parade. It was the biggest crowd ever seen in Vancouver until this year’s Olympics. “So much of soccer in Europe is about storytelling,” Barber says. People rhapsodize about the great games of the past, the famous stadiums and players, where they are now. And the Whitecaps have almost four decades of history. Continued on page 6


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Continued from page 5 “Going into MLS now is a big deal, it’s fantastic for us, but it’s not new, there’s a history, this is what we do… There’s a story to tell here, and this is just the new chapter. It’s not the beginning, this is halfway through.” And you don’t have to drop hockey for soccer. “Watch both—I do,” he says with a laugh. “Why wouldn’t Canucks fans want to watch the Whitecaps? Canucks players do, why wouldn’t the fans?” Then there’s the enthusiasm for playing. Vancouver has an ideal climate for soccer—it’s the only major Canadian city where you can play outdoors all year—and soccer is one of the most popular sport in the province, with 130,000 registered players. He talks about driving back to his home in West Vancouver in the evening and seeing all the soccer games at Ambleside, every single day. “Today I drove in at 7 o’clock in the morning, there’s two girls teams on the artificial surface at Ambleside, training. Seven o’clock, pouring down with rain, Tuesday morning, still not quite light. That’s a passion for soccer!” Which isn’t to say Barber doesn’t have a mighty challenge on his hands. The viewing figures for the World Cup in South Africa weren’t stellar, and Vancouver fans are fickle, quick to drop the Canucks or Lions when they start losing — which both manage to do consistently. Pundits agree that Barber’s priority should be putting together a winning team. The fans at MLS games tend to be wilder than in other sports, a 20something crowd that likes to bellow witty chants rather than follow the big-screen teleprompter. If the Caps can perform on the pitch, the atmosphere at games will be a big draw.

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That said, Barber appreciates the thoughtful, slow-building model of the MLS. It’s a relief after the hothouse madness of the English Premier League, where it’s “success yesterday, please. It’s unforgiving.” Here there are salary caps and a “we’re all in this together” ethos that supports new teams and helps the entire league grow. A big part of this is the team’s residency program, which has provided seven players for the current squad and will continue into the MLS era. The Whitecaps aren’t just one team, they’re a string of teams—minor league, women’s, youth, etc.—with the MLS squad at the top of the pyramid. It includes youth development programs, such as summer camps for teens and U18 training. Elite tournaments here and abroad groom youth for professional play in Canada or elsewhere. It’s a clever way to produce homegrown talent while keeping costs down, and it’s great for soccer in B.C., Barber says.

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“The next 12 months are going to be busy. And the next 12 months after that, it’s the first season in MLS. So that’s two years,” he chuckles, “before you even have a chance to think.” He may just be saying that, but Whitecaps fans don’t seem to care. Michael McColl spokesperson for the rabid supporters group the Southsiders, says Barber’s appointment sent a strong message to the rest of the league: We’re in this to win, not just to make up the numbers. The fans have taken to Barber “with open arms,” McColl says. More than 100 of them did a Q&A session with him in a packed pub recently and everyone was impressed by his plans for the future of the club. “It’s an exciting time to be a football fan in the city with Paul Barber at the Caps.” McColl also thinks the regional rivalry will be great for the sport. It might just make the Pacific Northwest one of the centres of the North American game, with crowds travelling between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland like they did in the glory days of the NASL. The new Amtrak lines between the cities will only encourage that. So the fans won’t care if Barber disappears again in two or three years. As long as the Whitecaps are launched and on their way by then, he’ll forever be a saint for the Southsiders. And Barber knows how hard it is to build a club in a short period of time and then also sustain success. When he talks about legacy, he mentions Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, the club Ferguson has built and rebuilt several times over 20 some years. “That’s the kind of legacy that you have to work on, over decades. And if I can play a part in that, fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.” scottrsteed@gmail.com

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The hot topic out of city hall this week is, again, bike lanes. As I reported in Wednesday’s print edition, some business operators aren’t too keen on the idea of barriers being erected outside their stores on Hornby Street to construct a protected lane for cyclists. Their complaints, aired again at an open house on the issue at Pacific Centre Mall Wednesday, include the loss of parking spots, a decrease in business and a city with misplaced priorities. Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s director of transportation, has heard it all since city council directed staff in the summer of 2009 to implement protected bike lanes over the Burrard Bridge. Dobrovolny also heard the squeals from businesses and motorists when the Dunsmuir viaduct and a long stretch of Dunsmuir Street became protected bike lanes. He’s also heard from business owners and others who don’t have a problem with the lanes. Cyclists, of course, love them. While the city has dutifully sup-

Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s director of transportation, fielded questions from the public about bikes and bike lanes at a open house Wednesday at Pacific Centre Mall. photo Dan Toulgoet plied statistics showing more cyclists are riding in the protected lanes, businesses continue to say they hardly see any cyclists. I’ve received phone calls from residents and motorists on this, too. So what’s Dobrovolny think about this back-and-forth? “The one thing that is a little bit disappointing is that sometimes when people drive over the viaduct and they don’t see a number of bikes on it at that time, they feel that that’s an indication of nobody

using it. I’ve walked downtown and looked down Richards Street and not seen any cars. It doesn’t mean cars aren’t using it.” Then there’s the bikes-don’tneed-a-lane argument. “We’re getting comments that people don’t get the reason for reallocating space from cars to bikes, and don’t feel there’s enough bikes to warrant that allocation of space. Those are comments that are harder to address. There are very clear reasons why, but it’s a larger con-

versation. Sometimes that’s harder to have with these owners.” Dobrovolny said “very little” space is dedicated to cyclists in the city. “Obviously, a bike can ride in a lane of traffic, as well. But in terms of attracting new riders that may not be comfortable riding in traffic, very little amount of space is actually dedicated to cyclists.” Since the city’s 1997 transportation plan, total trips by bikes, pedestrians, cars and transit have increased by 23 per cent, the pop-

ulation has jumped by 27 per cent and there has been an 18 per cent spike in jobs. So the economy is strong, he said. “The only way we were able to accommodate 23 per cent more trips was by doing it in modes other than the car—because there isn’t room for 23 per cent more cars. So if we want to have the next decade that grows the economy like that, then we need to continue to grow walking, cycling and transit.” Cycling trips along Dunsmuir increased from 500 before the route opened in June to an average of 2,000 per day, peaking at 2,500 one day this summer, according to Dobrovolny. “You can think of these separated bikeways as being sort of the bike freeways or the bike highways. The goal is not to put a separated bike lane on every street in the city. The goal is to provide connections. In this case, it’s to connect Kits to downtown to Grandview-Woodland, with Kits and Grandview-Woodland being our highest cycling communities in the city, at around 12 per cent.” City council has the final vote on whether Hornby Street will become a protected bike lane. But as Mayor Gregor Robertson said before he left for China last week, “it’s not a done deal.” mhowell@vancourier.com

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WEB POLL NATION Go to www.vancourier.com to vote Have you noticed an increase in graffiti in your neighbourhood? Last week’s poll question: When it comes to city hall, city manager Penny Ballem is: a) shaking up a lazy, inefficient bureaucracy: 33 per cent b) shattering staff morale: 52 per cent c) a snappy dresser: 15 per cent This is not a scientific poll.

Those of you re-entering the Vancouver civic scene after a summer away will notice there is an election campaign underway. It is hard to say exactly when this activity started—perhaps as far back as when Gregor Robertson and his Vision colleagues trounced the NPA. Since then the few fragments left of Vancouver’s most successful civic party have been represented by opposition surrogates. Members of Sam Sullivan’s staff who failed to even get their guy the party nomination have been barking in the blogosphere. It is a matter of simple political fact that ever since our rookie mayor and his party took over they had nowhere to go but down. Once politicians move from vague promises to hard decisions they also start losing friends. This has been a tough summer for Robertson. It started with his private comments made public thanks to an open mic about the “NPA hacks” who turned up at a public meeting to oppose Vision’s STIR housing project designed to create market rental housing in the West End. A story broke in the Courier 252 affordable housing units in the Olympic Village project. We learned that while housing is desperately needed, the process of renting those units was inexplicably stalled—costing the city revenue, to say nothing of the families who need a more secure place to live. Then, in the midst of a story about vacant space at city hall and city departments spending a small fortune on rental facilities elsewhere, we were told about the mayor’s plans to expand his

allengarr office and build a dining room for councillors. If that weren’t enough, the exempt (non-union) staff leaked a memo including a survey expressing their fear and loathing of city manager Penny Ballem. While most reported bits of the memo dealt with complaints that Ballem tends to micromanage and overwork staff, a careful reading of the document—all three “expectations” from its authors—tells you it is all about money and getting the same wage increases as the union staff. But that’s not what made the headlines. For opponents of the mayor and his party it was an unparalleled feast. So when a poll turned up this week from Justason Market Intelligence pointing out the mayor’s approval rating was at 49 per cent, folks immediately recalled the last poll results from Vision’s pollster Stratcom which pegged the mayor at 78 per cent and declared an explainable huge plunge

in popularity. Oddly Barb Justason doesn’t think so and here’s why: The Stratcom poll included only decided voters in arriving at that figure. Justason included all folks polled including people who had no opinion. She says if she used the same formula as Stratcom, Robertson would come out at 69 per cent. But regardless, she says, Robertson has an approval rating of two to one over those who disapprove of what he is doing. “I was impressed,” she says. But there are a couple of more points as we are in the midst of what is likely to be the longest election campaign in this city’s history. First, there is the remarkable strength of the NPA brand. An organization Justason describes as “leaderless and rudderless,” one that at this point has no mayoral candidate and no party president (Michael Davis stepped down as president last week), can still pull 28 per cent of decided voters. And while that puts the NPA more than 20 points behind Vision and where it was throughout the last election, the party ain’t dead yet. The same can’t be said for COPE at 13 per cent. Finally there is this point about the poll. The same issues—homelessness, cycle lanes and even backyard chickens—that are causing Vision grief from its opposition are also drawing significant support from the majority of people polled, which is to say they are divisive but not that they should be abandoned as the election campaign continues with more than a year to go. agarr@vancourier.com

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Fox News North would provide bully pulpit for far-right hacks Over the past week, my email inbox has been flooded with the same message from multiple senders, to “Stop Fox News North.” Apparently a lot of Canadians don’t care much for a plan by Tory-connected flacks to introduce a far-right cable news network in Canada. The online petition, from www. avaaz.org, solicits public resistance to Quebecor’s bid for a broadcasting license for Sun Media, a Canadian national news network modelled after Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News. In June the Canadian Press reported that Prime Minister Stephen Harper sat down for lunch with Rupert Murdoch on March 30, 2009. Also present at the New York meeting were Fox News president and Republican strategist Roger Aisles, and former Harper’s chief spokesman Kory Teneycke, who is now the front man for the aforementioned Sun Media. There is understandable concern that Sun Media will become the Canadian equivalent of Fox News, a media outlet that has been the principal enabler for the Tea Party movement in the U.S.. Fox has poisoned political discourse south of the border with its roster of screeching demagogues, from Glenn Beck to Ann Coulter to Bill O’Reilly. The showboating Beck has said that “Obama has a deep-seated hatred for white people,” and the hatchet-faced Coulter has said Canadians are “lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent.” The hypertensive Bill O’Reilly acts as spillway for Republican taking points, spewing contempt for anyone who isn’t to the right of Attila the Hun. Murdoch’s “Fair and Balanced” outlet is no such thing. One excellent example was provided in the 2003 film The Corporation. Fox News hired journalists Jane Akre and Steve Wilson for an investigative news series, but trouble started right away when the two put together a report on Posilac, a bovine growth hormone made by Monsanto. They documented potential health and safety problems involving milk containing the synthetic hormone. Threatened with legal action by Monsanto, Fox directed the pair to play down the negative effects in their report. They refused, and Fox fired them. Akre launched a whistleblower lawsuit against her former employer, but a Florida appeals court overturned the case, deciding that the falsifying news is not against the law. Murdoch’s bully pulpit was and is free to claim that growth hormone in milk is safe, war is peace, freedom is slavery, and two plus two equals five.

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geoffolson You might say that Fox News acts as a psychological warfare outfit, by default if not design. By whipping Red State viewers into a frenzy over illegal immigrants, Obama’s mythical foreign birthplace, and Manhattan’s proposed mosque, the media outlet has ensured many Americans are pointing in the wrong direction—not at the financial-military complex, but at each other. Fox News stalwarts such as Beck and Sarah Palin have fronted some of the Tea Party rallies. Meanwhile, liberal-minded Americans who might otherwise dismiss Obama as a betrayer-in-chief feel compelled to defend a slick hawk who has extended almost the entire Bush legacy, from Guantanamo to wireless wiretapping to Wall Street bailouts. It’s been a great exercise in divide and conquer. Hedge fund managers and the rest of the top one per cent get to roll around in piles of cash like Scrooge McDuck, while the rest of the republic is fractured into Yankees and Confederates all over again. Or maybe it’s more like Serbs and Croats this time. Avaaz, an online public advocacy group, is attempting to address Fox-style social engineering in Canada. According to the email petition. “One man stands in the way of this nightmare—the chairman of Canada’s Radio and Telecommunications Commission Konrad von Finckenstein. He’s rejected the plan as a violation of CRTC policies, so now Harper is trying to get him out of the job. Let’s urgently send a massive wave of public support to von Finckenstein, with 100,000 Canadians encouraging him to keep standing up for Canada, and standing firm against Harper’s pressure.” If the petition is not already in your email inbox, you can find it by googling “Stop Fox News North.” (And now for something completely different: I will be giving an illustrated presentation at Vancouver public library on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. on “LightTime: A Natural History of Illumination.” It’s about life and light, science and spirit. There will even be a few cartoons. Details at www.geoffolson.com)

Cyclist James Carruthers was ticketed for failing to stop at a four-way. file photo Rebecca Blissett To the editor: Re: “Vancouver cycling advocates peddle stop sign rule change,” Sept. 1. When is a stop sign not a stop sign? When a cyclist sees it. I hope the cops that issued James Carruthers a $167 ticket for flaunting the Motor Vehicle Act show up when he has his day in court to dispute it. Cal Koat, Vancouver

••• To the editor: I applaud James for at least slowing down before riding through the stop sign—unlike many of his cycling brethren and sisters who “barrel” through this stop sign without slowing down at all. Carl Perez, Vancouver

••• To the editor: I agree with James Carruthers about the absurdity of bicycles (and other human-powered vehicles) having to come to a complete stop at a stop sign when there is clearly no traffic anywhere around. This is a rule that was written to apply to automobiles. But to force bicycles to stop and start repeatedly on an empty street, thereby causing them to lose any momentum gained from the previous pedal, only serves to demonstrate just how different these two modes of transport really are. Joshua Hergesheimer, Vancouver

To the editor: If bikes want to ride on the same streets as cars they should be subject to the same penalties as other drivers. I hope to see more equality in traffic tickets this year instead of bikes whizzing through intersections where cars are obeying the law. Scott Burrell, Vancouver

••• To the editor: All that we get from city hall is lip service about promoting cycling and concerns for safety while they are throwing money that they took away from emergency services and libraries to buy votes from well organized cycling lobbyists. Maciek Kon, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Mr. Carruthers is no victim. Our police are sending a message—you want to ride on roads, obey the law. It is an embarrassment that cycling advocates like Carruthers can’t see the value in enforcing the rules. Pierre Blais, Vancouver

••• To the editor: This article, and the push to change road rules at the stop sign for cyclists, miss an important point. The requirement to stop at a four-way stop intersection is solely intended to determine the sequential rightof-way of all the vehicles,

including bicycles. The functioning of such intersections would become chaotic and right-of-way impossible to determine if cyclists are exempt from full stopping. The other purpose of full stop at the stop sign is to assure safety when view is obstructed by a structure or greenery. The real issue is that in many locations of merging traffic and Tintersections, there are no obstructions at all. Yield sign should be used instead to enhance the flow of traffic while preserving the same level of safety as provided by the stop sign. Thomas Bonac, Vancouver

••• To the editor: What purpose does it serve to mention that this fellow (James Carruthers) is a senior executive with the B.C. Women’s Hospital Foundation? Does his lofty bureaucratic position somehow entitle him to break the law? Gordon R. Heck, Richmond, B.C.

••• To the editor: Stop whining, James, you deserved the fine! Oh, I know how tough it is coming to a stop sign and having to actually stop and put one foot down onto the road for a second. It ruins your whole day, does it? Peter Reusch, Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Food for thought,” Sept. 3. I really appreciate stories like these that can help readers and consumers of meat and dairy and agricultural products understand where their food is actually coming from and how essential it is to protect and

preserve farm lands for our food security. People need to understand where those plastic trays of beef and pork ribs and steaks come from that are on sale in the supermarkets. Leslie Benisz, Vancouver

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Opinion polls track ups and downs of Vision Vancouver Mike Howell Staff writer

If polls are any indication, Mayor Gregor Robertson’s popularity is waning. Or is it? Justason Market Intelligence released a poll to the Globe and Mail Tuesday showing Robertson had a 49 per cent approval rating among 505 adults randomly surveyed in August by telephone and in an online poll. In May, Strategic Communications, which helped run and fund Robertson’s 2008 election campaign, released a poll to the Vancouver Sun indicating the mayor had a 78 per cent approval rating. While NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton was quick to point out to the Courier the 29 per cent drop in the

Mayor Gregor Robertson mayor’s popularity, Barb Justason of Justason Market Intelligence said the link cannot be drawn. That’s because the 49 per cent approval rating she discovered in her poll included respondents (29 per cent) who didn’t have an opinion. Had she not included those respondents in her calculation, the numbers would add up to a 69 per cent approval rating for Robertson.

“It’s a bit of a drop, but it could be apples to oranges,” said Justason, who has not seen the poll done by Strategic Communications. The Strategic Communications’ poll did not include respondents who were undecided when it finalized its numbers, putting Robertson’s approval rating at 78 per cent, according to Ian Baillie, executive director of the mayor’s party, Vision Vancouver. “It’s just a different way of reporting it,” said Baillie, noting both polls also had a margin of error of five per cent. “Pollsters are sort of like lawyers—everybody has a different opinion on how to best represent the numbers.” The Courier contacted Bob Penner, the president and chief executive officer

Coun. Suzanne Anton of Strategic Communications, for further explanation and to view a copy of the poll. But Penner said he was busy in meetings Wednesday and referred calls to Baillie. Regardless of the methodology of the Justason poll, Vision Vancouver issued a press release Tuesday with the headline, “New poll shows Vision Vancouver almost twice as popular as NPA.”

The release did not include the 49 per cent approval rating for the mayor but instead focused on a result that showed 52 per cent of voters would vote for Vision compared to 28 per cent for the NPA and 13 per cent for COPE. “If those numbers held today, you’d have the same result as we did on election day [in 2008], and that was a huge landslide for Vision Vancouver,” Baillie said. Also missing from Vision’s release was Justason’s finding that 55 per cent of people polled were uncertain about how or even if they will vote. As a result, the poll’s findings by no means predict a Vision win in 2011, Justason said. Some of Justason’s findings: • Homelessness and pov-

erty are top issues of concern for respondents, with 48 per cent approving of the ruling Vision council’s work on reducing street homelessness. One third (34 per cent) disapproved with 18 per cent undecided. • Just over half (55 per cent) of respondents approve of council’s efforts to improve the Downtown Eastside. One quarter (27 per cent) disapprove with 18 per cent undecided. • Council’s handling of the Olympic Village, which was in financial trouble and still hasn’t sold all the condos or moved anybody in the 252 affordable housing units, was given a 43 per cent disapproval rating. A total of 36 per cent approved, with 21 per cent undecided. mhowell@vancourier.com

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The Vancouver Police Department has beefed up its fleet of vehicles with a $350,000 military-styled armoured “rescue vehicle” that it says will be used to keep officers and citizens safe in incidents such as shootings. The department literally rolled out its new set of wheels at Queen Elizabeth Park Tuesday morning for the media. It stopped near the Bloedel Conservatory, and out piled members of an emergency response team. “I know that the entrance of this vehicle may have seemed a bit dramatic but we’re here to introduce you to a dramatically different piece of police equipment,” said Deputy Chief Adam Palmer. The vehicle, which is commonly referred to by police as the ARV, will primarily be used to help the VPD rescue injured or trapped officers and citizens during serious incidents in the city. That includes calls involving guns, kidnappings, hostage takings and situations where a person has barricaded himself from police. Palmer said such incidents constitute “a relatively low number.” “But when you do have incidents like that, you need something with ballistic protection to respond appropriately,” he said, adding that police cruisers provide limited protection from bullets. The vehicle resembles an armoured Brinks truck and is equipped with bulletproof windows and small turret-like metal doors on its side that can be opened and closed. It has a roof hatch that can double as a shield and its interior is fitted with two bench seats, two drop seats and seats for the driver and passenger. “In an emergency situation, we would just load it up and get the people out of there,” said Palmer, when asked the seating capacity of the vehicle. “We would make it work.” The deputy chief pointed to several cases in previous years where the vehicle would have been valuable, including a shooting in December 2008 where a disgruntled employee killed his boss with a shotgun on East Fifth Avenue. “Eventually, police were able to negotiate the man’s peaceful surrender,” he

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said. “In this situation, the ARV could have been used to transport citizens away from the dangerous area and brought police closer to the address while minimizing concern for their safety.” In July 2005, a man on the Lions Gate Bridge fired his shotgun over the guard rail and waved the barrel in the direction of police. The ARV would have provided a safe haven for the citizens on the bridge and the officers, he said. Palmer said the vehicle will also work as a deterrent when arresting gang members and suspects with highcalibre weapons prepared to “do battle or protect their criminal enterprise at any cost.” He said Victoria, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and the RCMP all have or are negotiating to buy such vehicles. The VPD’s truck was built by Cambli International in Quebec and cost $350,000 More than $250,00 came from the Vancouver Police Foundation and the remainder from the city. Annual operating costs are estimated at $5,000. David Eby, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, agreed the ARV could be helpful in serious incidents highlighted by Palmer. But Eby said the $350,000 should have been spent on a bigger priority—more officer training on dealing with mentally ill people. “In terms of bang for the buck, and limited policing dollars, I do question whether purchasing military hardware is the way forward for police,” he said. In 2008, the VPD released its “Lost in Transition” report that revealed more than 30 per cent of VPD calls in a two-week stretch studied in 2007 involved at least one mentally ill person. The VPD estimated in 2009 that it spent $9 million of its budget on officers responding to calls involving a mentally ill person. mhowell@vancourier.com


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Patti Bacchus tunity for individual learners so that their pathway to graduation can become more customized to their individual needs.” Bacchus said the possibility isn’t driven by financial concerns. “There is evidence that there are educational benefits to a balanced school year, particularly for students that also have certain vulnerabilities, students who may not have enriching activities to do during the break and that achievement gaps can get wider over those long vacations,” she said in an interview with the Courier this week. “Over all the discussions about 21st century learning—the sort of anytime, anywhere learning—[we think] it might be time to have that discussion about the school calendar, which is still a fairly old-style format that maybe doesn’t make as much sense now as it once did.” Although Bacchus said the discussion isn’t urgent

given other pressing issues the district faces, it’s among the education ideas that should be investigated. But a change in the school calendar would have far-reaching impacts on families’ and staff schedules. Bacchus suspects it would be difficult to implement a year-round calendar piecemeal since some families have children at more than one school and some teachers teach at more than one school. She hopes other districts will look into it too. Bacchus also sees advantages to students having more flexible timetables. Most Vancouver high schools operate on a full-year calendar rather than a semester system, which complicates schedules for some students. “I’m interested in what we see in the adult ed centre, which is much more flexible. They can take evening courses, self-paced courses. So it’s looking at some flexibility to see what works well for some students.” Even the traditional 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule may be outdated for many families that are increasingly demanding before-and-after-school care, according to Bacchus. “A number of things have been the way they are for some time and we haven’t generally stopped to say is it time to review this.” noconnor@vancourier.com

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Kits patroller sees rise in graffiti Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

Geraldine James has patrolled her neighbourhood for eight months and lately doesn’t like what she sees. The volunteer with the Kitsilano Fairview Community Policing Centre has noticed a spike in graffiti tags and litter in the area around West Broadway, Maple and Pine. She believes the city’s cancellation of its graffiti management program has led to the blight on an otherwise beautiful location. “Just on Maple Street from Broadway down to Sixth, almost every post, almost every mailbox has been tagged,” said James, who has lived in Kitsilano for five years and previously resided on the East Side. “I worry about it not stopping,” she added. “It isn’t a victimless crime. People who cannot afford to keep painting their property, because they can’t afford supplies or they’re seniors or whatever, I don’t want to see it continue to the point where it’s almost uncontrollable.” City staff, the police and the manager of the Kitsilano Fourth Avenue Business Association suggest the combination of summer weather and bored youth can be credited with the increase in tagging. Neal Carley, assistant city engineer in streets for the city, said he’s heard anecdotes about tagging being on the rise, but he doesn’t know whether it’s true. Const. Lindsey Houghton, media relations officer for the Vancouver police, said it’s impossible to measure the effectiveness of prevention programs like the city’s graffiti management program. The city axed its graffiti management program for a savings of $300,000 in January. The program had a coordinator to promote and organize murals on walls that were frequent targets for taggers because taggers were less likely to hit walls painted

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by others. The city no longer provides or subsidizes paint for murals or provides honorariums to youth who’ve been caught painting graffiti in the past and are trying to go legit with street art. The city also stopped providing property owners and community groups with free paint and rollers to coat graffiti. But the city continues to encourage murals on target walls by fast-tracking permits, and Carley said the city’s discussing how to continue to support murals within its 2011 budget. Everyone agrees that illegal graffiti attracts more graffiti so erasing it quickly is essential. Russ Davies, manager of the Kitsilano BIA, said the city has been quick to respond to calls about graffiti on public property. Davies and the city suggest anyone who sees graffiti to report it to the city by dialing 311. The city also asks anyone who sees a tagger in the act to call 911. The city wants victims of graffiti to photograph the vandalism and call the police non-emergency number, 604-717-3321, to file a report. The city requires private property owners to remove graffiti from their property within 10 days of a receiving a notice from a property use inspector. Carley said most owners comply. If they don’t, the city could remove the graffiti and charge the property owner for the work or pursue prosecution under its graffiti bylaw which can levy fines of $250 to $2,000. Houghton said graffiti perpetrators caught in the act are typically charged with mischief under $5,000. crossi@vancourier.com


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Two more senior managers are leaving their jobs at the Vancouver School Board. Laurie Anderson, associate superintendent of continuing and international education, will become executive director at SFU’s downtown campus as of Nov. 1. His last day with the VSB is Sept. 30. Anderson, who’s worked for the VSB since 1992, is the fourth associate superintendent to exit the VSB in recent months. Gary Little and Sonia Hutson retired, while Lynn Green left to become CEO of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Two new associate superintendents have since been hired—Jordan Tinney and Maureen Ciarniello—but the top-level staff changes mean only two of the old guard remain: Val Overgaard in learning services and Paul Wlodarczak

in Human Resources. Mark Dale, assistant secretary treasurer-facilities, also recently left the VSB for a position with BCIT. The sweeping changes in the upper levels of school board management come on the heels of last January’s naming of a new superintendent, Steve Cardwell, coupled with major budget cuts announced at the end of the school year and as trustees prepare to discuss which, if any, schools should be closed in 2011. The staff changes had been expected, to some extent, given many senior managers were nearing retirement age or had peaked in their career with the district, according to Vision Vancouver board chair Patti Bacchus. But she acknowledges their loss will be felt. “We’ve lost a big chunk of institutional knowledge with four longtime associate superintendents going. It’s going to be a tough fall for sure because we have two new ones, who are very experienced educational leaders, but they’re not from Vancouver,” Bacchus said. “They don’t have that knowledge of the history and the relationships with schools.”

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In a recent Class Notes, I mentioned a 60th reunion for graduates from the King George secondary Class of 1950. The item included a photo of the old West End school when it was located at the corner of Burrard and Nelson streets across from St. Paul’s hospital. The building has since been demolished and a new King George school was opened at 1755 Barclay St. A reader contacted me to say the photo provided by the VSB and published by the Courier was actually Sir William Dawson elementary school. It turns out there’s some truth to both identifications, according to the district’s communication manager David Weir. The school that was built at the corner of Burrard and Nelson streets in or around 1896 was originally called Dawson Public School. In 1912, however, it was boarded up and condemned to be torn down. The building was instead fixed up in 1914 and reopened as the West End high school or King George high school. The old King George building was demolished in 1978. noconnor@vancourier.com

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The newly redesigned Tecumseh Park officially reopens tomorrow. Highlights include the installation of a red, 1940s-era tractor and water trough in the play area, which the park board expects will be popular with the kids. The board hopes the improvements will make the park, located near East 45th Avenue and Commercial Drive, a destination for families. The redesign, which came about after extensive consultation with the community, includes upgrades to the 2.2-hectare park at a cost of $500,000. Improvements include new play equipment and seating area, paved areas for tai chi enthusiasts, levelled lawn areas, improved drainage and new pathways around the perimeter. The public is invited to the official opening Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1751 East 45th Ave., for cake, refreshments and entertainment.

The redesigned Tecumseh Park includes a red 1940s-era tractor. Stanley Park closes, so this weekend is your final opportunity to board the Spirit Catcher Train for a narrated journey of aboriginal history and culture in B.C. The village, which opened July 1, was a celebration of aboriginal culture through song, dance, art and cuisine, presented in partnership with the Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C. Through Sunday, (Sept. 12) the exhibit includes daily live performances, artisan displays of woodworking and weaving, aboriginal crafts for adults and kids and food from vendors.

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The village is located at the Miniature Train station in Stanley Park. You might want to say your goodbyes to your favourite animals at the neighbouring Children’s Farmyard while you’re at it, because unless someone with deep pockets steps up to the plate soon, that popular attraction will also close.

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To coincide with the city’s fifth annual Wild Salmon Month, the dedicated volunteers with the non-profit False Creek Watershed Society are presenting their third

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annual Lost Streams and History Walks beginning tomorrow (Sept. 11) and continuing all week. The first walk explores the area once home to St. George’s Creek and begins at the Mount Pleasant Family Centre, 2910 St. George’s St. at 11 a.m. Sustainability consultant and author Bryn Johnson leads the walk, which meanders from Robson Park along St. George Street down Great Northern Way. Following the walk, participants are invited to take part in the St. George Street Party at East Fifth Avenue. Bring your own lunch and beverages.

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Here’s a brief update on my efforts to score a phone interview with Cesar Millan of Dog Whisperer fame. As of the Courier’s Thursday press deadline, I had received not one word, not even a generic, “Thanks we received your email request and will be getting back to you soon.” I’ve emailed his people twice and contacted the local media spokesperson for the River Rock Casino, where Millan is scheduled to appear twice in October, but so far nothing. sthomas@vancourier.com

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Veterinarian Joseph Martinez slept on a mattress on the floor of his tiny Richmond clinic Sunday night to give post-op care to 10 rabbits that had been spayed or neutered in a 15-hour marathon the day before. The 10 animals are some of the 40 rabbits Martinez spayed or neutered last weekend with the help of volunteer technicians at his Little Paws Animal Clinic. The rabbits are transplants from the University of Victoria, where a remarkable rescue operation is underway to trap, spay or neuter and relocate 1,400 rabbits. Martinez said he was happy to volunteer his time helping the rescue effort. So far he’s received no payment for his work, but the Burnaby-based animal-rights group Fur-Bearer Defenders is expected to cover some of the costs through its spay and neuter fund. “I obviously love animals, they are my passion,” said Martinez. “I have no family so they are my family.” UVic has a long history of wild rabbits, and this year proposed trapping and euthanizing the free-range bunnies. Last spring more than 100 rabbits were euthanized, which angered animal rights groups who protested a cull. In response, the provincial Ministry of Environment recently granted a trapping permit to the ad hoc group TRACS for Texas-bound Bunnies, whose members include Dunbar realtor Laura-Leah Shaw, West End rabbit rescue volunteer Sorelle Saidman and Downtown Vancouver resident Drina Read. The provincial government considers rabbits “wildlife,” so a special permit was needed to trap, transport and spay or neuter the rabbits. Martinez is the only Metro Vancouver veterinarian named in that government permit. Of the 1,400 rabbits, 400 will remain on Vancouver Island at a rabbit sanctuary, while TRACS is relocating 1,000 to the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Texas. Shaw was key in

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The ‘Quad Father’ touts wheelchair rugby Megan Stewart Staff writer

“After I hit my first guy, I was hooked.” These words were followed by a pleased smirk on the lips of Vancouver’s Garett Hickling, a Paralympian and three-time Canadian MVP with the national team of a sport famously called murderball. Before the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships crash at the Richmond Oval later this month, Hickling can be seen in a viral ad campaign on YouTube, his blond locks flying as he smashes into a competitor with his wheelchair and knocks him flat. The intensity of wheelchair rugby, known in the U.S. as quad rugby, is indicative of its third, more violent and provocative name. Murderball is also the title of a 2005 documentary that drew enormous publicity to a sport that champions physical toughness, body contact, strategy and aggression. “It’s a very intense game,” said Duncan Campbell, a player, manager and Paralympic hall-of-famer for his integral role in the world history of wheelchair rugby. He’s affectionately called the “Quad Father.” “It’s a little bit of respect for both

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athletes and realizing that they have to work their asses off to get to the point where they are on a national team,” he said. Wheelchair rugby is played by quadriplegic athletes and combines elements of basketball, handball and hockey. The competition is co-ed, but Canada is one of only three countries with both men and women on its national team. Wheelchairs are custom-made and designed for mobility and speed. Metal bumpers afford crash-andbang contact as players run picks, set screens and line-up collisions. Players are classified from 0.5 to 3.5 points depending on the nature of their injury and physical abilities. A team can have no more than four players and eight total points on the court at one time. Campbell likened the role of lowerclassified players to football’s muscled offensive linemen—a confirmation of the sport’s physicality. Canada is ranked third behind the U.S. and Australia. The World Wheelchair Rugby Championships begin Sept. 21 at the Richmond Oval. Tickets are available at 2010wwrc.com. mstewart@vancourier.com


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Web videos target cycling scofflaws Megan Stewart Staff writer

A Vancouver motorist is using YouTube to broadcast the flagrant violations of traffic laws by city cyclists in a bid to undermine what he says is a cycling lobby with too much power at city hall. Using a “dash-cam” mounted inside his Mitsubishi sedan, Maciek Kon—known as “vancouvercommuter” on the video sharing website—posted his first video June 21 of cycling lawbreakers at the intersection of Yukon and 10th Avenue north of city hall. He has since uploaded 25 short clips of cyclists breaking various traffic laws. “I’m intending this to serve as evidence that city hall has been advised of a problem,” he said. “Ignoring the laws being broken by cyclists doesn’t promote cycling.” Kon, 46, believes the city’s ambitious greenway cycling networks and infrastructure is a misallocation of resources. He also contends the inclusion of designated bicycle lanes contributes to traffic congestion and pollution because cyclists clog arteries, delay commercial and transit vehicles and cause motorists to idle. “We’re carving out a piece of a roadway that is very popular among various types of commuters, therefore we’re making [the road] smaller. The street is shared with vehicles both private and commercial, between public transit, which by extension is pedestrian, and bicycles,” he said. “But if you look at the bike lane, it’s only for bicycles. So, if cyclists tell you this is about equality, it’s not at all. It’s exclusive use of our public space.” Kon is not the only road user to throw the on-switch while taking to the city’s streets. Alex Precosky, 28, wears a camera strapped to his helmet nearly every trip he makes on his bike. The engineer also uploads his footage to YouTube as “alexwarrior1” and has 95 subscribers, which include other cyclists in the U.K and U.S. who film their traffic movements. He takes

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viewers along off-road bike paths and seeks to impart safety, instructional and educational material. “At the same time, part of instruction is showing hazards,” he said. He welcomes Kon’s videos of violators. “Pretty much every type of road user sometimes commits violations, it doesn’t matter if it’s car, bike or pedestrian. I think it’s important to show that because some of us only use one mode of transportation and we need to know what are the hazards out there.” One of Precosky’s clips shows two cars crossing the centre line into oncoming traffic to pass him. Another shows a driver who reverses out of an intersection after having encroached too far. Kon uploads footage of lawbreakers who run stop signs and make illegal passes through traffic. He says he is well-versed in the regulations of the provincial Motor Vehicle Act, which applies equally to cyclists and drivers. He is collecting the video evidence in attempt to deflate health, safety and environmental claims about cycling. “We’ve all heard so much how separated bike lanes increase safety,” he said, challenging the fundamental arguments of recent research and the cycling advocates he feels have unprecedented access and influence with city councillors. “They’re trying to pretend that they are more broadly represented than they are,” said Kon, who cycles in his neighbourhood close to home with his two young children. “I really have a hard time believing that—if [these are] a group of unlicensed commuters that do not obey the law and think that the law should not apply to them.” mstewart@vancourier.com

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kids tent, an agility show, live music and dancing. The money raised through the 36 Paws for a Cause events taking place across the province this Sunday, Sept. 12, is used to “speak for those who can’t speak for themselves,” by providing emergency medical care and shelter for 37,000 animals each year through the association’s 41 facilities and operations across B.C. In Vancouver, registration for both the walk and run begins at 9 a.m. at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park, with the five-kilometre run beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 3.5-kilometre walk at 11 a.m. In 2009 Scotiabank and B.C. SPCA Paws for a Cause events across the province raised $1.1 million for ani-

share what they are doing to “green” up their services and lower their carbon footprint. The event includes a vegetarian barbecue, kids zone festival, continuous live entertainment and local provincial and civic politicians.

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In celebration of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary next year, the city is announcing a grants program and public information sessions that begin Sept. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Progress Lab, 1422 William St. The program is a time-limited opportunity intended to foster awareness and understanding of Vancouver’s identities, First Nations’ heritage and cultural diversity. The program seeks to support activities that enrich society through civic engagement and the celebration of art, culture and heritage. Community members are invited to attend any one of four information sessions. The final session is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis St. To register for a session, contact lisa. manhas@vancouver.ca or call 604-873-7451.

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Starting Sept. 14 until March 31, Emotional Geometry, an exhibit of works by renowned Mexican sculptor SEBASTIAN will deck the great lawn at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The exhibit celebrates the bicentennial of the Republic of Mexico and is co-presented by the Consulate General of Mexico and the Vancouver Biennale, vancouverbiennale.com.

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The Stanley Park Ecology Society presents “State of the Park Ecology Integrity” between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sept. 19. Last spring, the ecology society’s conservation programs released this groundbreaking report on the condition of the vari-

ous habitats of Stanley Park. The report compiled a bioinventory of the park’s flora and fauna and identified areas of concern in the park’s various habitats. Sonya, the society’s environmental educator, will give a tour of areas and concerns highlighted in the report. The Discovery Walks leave from the Stanley Park Nature House at Lost Lagoon. There is no fee for members free, but there is a $5 fee for the public.

Sharing the wealth

The Sharing Our Wealth neighbourhood festival promises rides, entertainment, carnival games, silent auction, community displays and more from noon to 4 p.m., Sept. 19, at Douglas Park Community Centre. Kids can come with a greenthemed Lego creation to win prizes. Barbecue and concession begins at 11 a.m. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank fundraiser. The park is at 801 West 22nd Ave. between Oak and Cambie Street.

2-D art

Hey artists—are you into two-dimensional platforms? If you are, you can propose artworks for what the City of Vancouver is calling “2-D platforms.” These artworks will be presented during 2011, the city’s 125th anniversary year. The platforms include transit shelter ad space, video screens and a large photographic work. Proposed artwork must be newly created for the platform commission. You would supply a high-quality digital file of the work and the city will pick up the costs of production and installation. The overall budget per artist is $8,000. The context of the city’s 125th anniversary is quite broad, so you can propose what you think is relevant or appropriate. Deadline for proposals is Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. All proposals must be submitted by email to vancouverpublicart@gmail. com. More information is available on the city’s website, Vancouver.ca.

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That Barista Thing, an international latte art competition happens at the Vancouver Public Library Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local baristas will compete for cash against those from far away as Japan in the second annual international Vancouver latte art and latte etching competition. There will be art, music, latte art workshops, tea leaf reading a matcha tea ceremony at 350 West Georgia St. For more information, see thatbaristathing.com.


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the morning and noon doses. She was doing more laundry now than when her kids were home. Her dad’s underwear and trousers were soiled from incontinence. Susan loved her dad, and didn’t mind giving him whatever he needed, but she was feeling burnt out and she resented her sister who did little to help. She was also worried because her father would soon need to move to a long-term care facility. He had planned to live in his home for the rest of his life. She dreaded having to lock horns with her sister in sharing the decision-making regarding these living arrangements, his finances and his medical care. Throughout their lives, they could never agree. But Susan faced her greatest heartache every day when her father would talk about her mom as if she was still alive. She once corrected him, and reminded of the terrible grief he relived at that moment, she couldn’t put him through that pain again. Her father had taught her to be honest, and she wondered if it was OK to lie to him now and what the father of her childhood would have thought about that. The ethical framework of medicine is centred on autonomy—the individual’s freedom of choice. Informed consent requires that we explain the risks and benefits

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OVER TIME, THE LOVED ONES OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DEMENTIA MUST TRAVERSE A MORAL MINEFIELD. of various treatment choices and not subject patients to treatments and investigations they do not choose. The principle of truth-telling directs us not to deceive or withhold important information. It can conflict with the first rule of medicine—to do no harm. With Susan’s father, reminding him of his greatest loss caused him unnecessary emotional distress with no benefit. During my 10 years of ethics consultations at Burnaby Hospital, each case involved a patient who was no longer capable of giving informed consent. Their autonomy was compromised by cognitive impairment due to their medical conditions, including dementia and strokes. Spouses and family members had to share in these patients’ decision-making. Over time, the loved ones of individuals with dementia must traverse a moral minefield. At the same time, they struggle to balance their own self-care with the care of their loved ones. Family dynamics are in flux. The Tapestry Foundation for Health Care is presenting a free public lecture, Demen-

tia and Ethical Dilemmas: Answers to Hard Questions for Families, Friday, Sept. 17 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Dr. Hilde Lindemann is a professor of philosophy at Michigan State University and coauthor of Alzheimer’s: Hard Questions for Families. She will offer her advice to help families cope with the difficult moral questions raised by this condition. How much should your loved one with dementia be told? Is it ever OK to lie? How should you deal with the sometimes frightening changes in your loved one’s personality? How can family members resolve their own disagreements about these matters and other aspects of their loved one’s care? Dr. Lindemann’s talk begins at 7:15 p.m. with checkin at 6:15 p.m. Seating is limited. For more information contact the Tapestry Foundation at 604-877-8312 or tapestryfoundation.ca. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a family physician. His column appears regularly in this paper and his internet radio show can be heard on pwrnradio.com.

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SZENTENDRE, Hungary— This is the sort of charming small town that, even though you quickly see that you’re far from the first to find it, is still a pleasure to discover. The fact that it’s just 20 kilometres from Budapest and has at least four trains an hour arriving at it from the capital explains both why it’s so busy and why, if you’re already in Budapest, you’d have to be very lazy indeed to miss it. Szentendre (St. Andrew) became an art colony in the 1920s and 30s. The painters, sculptors and ceramicists who came moved into a town built largely in the 18th century and filled with baroque art and architecture. Its streets were narrow and twisting and the Danube flowed smoothly past in a nicely drawn curve. All that is still true today. From the train station it’s

a 15-minute walk north, crossing Bukkos Stream, to the centre of town. As soon as you’re over the bridge you’re in the most delightful, and touristed, part of Szendentre. Restaurant patios stand next to crafts shops, broken by the occasional museum dedicated to local art, history or marzipan. In the town square stands a cross that was erected as thanks for Szendentre having escaped the Black Plague in 1763. In the square’s northeast corner is the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (Blagovestenska Church), one of several houses of worship for the area’s Serbian population, which arrived in waves, beginning in the 14th century as the advancing Turks pushed them out. The church exterior is plain, but the inside is baroque and rococo with a distinctly eastern flavour. From the square, setting out in any direction is re-

warding. Continue north and you’re on the longest stretch of crafts and souvenir stalls selling everything from pricey Herend ceramics to wooden slingshots, all giving the street a colourful demeanour. To the west is another burst of galleries and restaurants. If you slip between the shops at number 8 and 9 on the square you can climb a narrow staircase to the terrace of the parish church of St. John, which may give you a respite from the busyness below as well as providing views of the town and glimpses of the Danube. To the east is the Danube itself, another place to enjoy a bit of tranquility. A gravel path leads along the riverbank, with benches where locals read the paper and young couples hold hands. For the serious art lover there are dozens of galleries to explore. One of the best is the Erdesz Galeria just off the main square. It sells

Szentendre (St. Andrew) is the type of charming, baroque town too pretty not to have been discovered by tourists, but too good to pass up. photo John Masters works by a number of wellknown Hungarian artists, including Lajos Vajda (19081941), whose combining of cubism and surrealism with folk motifs spawned a school. A Vajda can cost about $18,000 but, according to Budapest-based guide

Andrea Wurmb, in Szentendre you can bargain for just about anything except Herend ceramics. “Don’t expect to get 50 per cent off,” she says, “but you might get 10 or 15 per cent, especially if you say up front that you’re paying cash.”

If you go: For information on travel in Hungary, visit the Hungarian National Tourist Office website at www.gotohungary.com. John Masters is a member of the Meridian Writers’ Group.

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1. The Vancouver International Fringe Festival runs until Sept. 19 at various locations including Granville Island, a fire escape and a cubby hole above our desk. It’s a cavalcade of do-it-yourself theatre filled with laughs, tears, sexual innuendos, Japanese clowns and Precious Chong’s latest onewoman show Zdenka Now! Info at vancouverfringe.com. 2. Media art, electronic music and digital culture converge for New Forms Festival #10 Sept. 10 to 18 at W2/Storyeum. From cutting-edge beats to a pedal-powered gramophone on rails, there’s something for everyone, or at least your avatar. More info at newformsfestival.com.

3. DJ Lance Rock and the rest of the Yo Gabba Gabba! gang bring the hipster friendly kids TV show to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Sept. 11 and 12. Local popsters The Salteens will be on hand to give the show some added indie cred. For tickets, call 604-280-4444 or go to ticketmaster.ca. 4. Named after Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, New Jersey history buffs Titus Andronicus play equally pulverizing punk rock informed by Bruce Springsteen and the American Civil War as evidenced on their concept album The Monitor. They’ll be rocking the Biltmore Sept. 10 with guests Free Energy. Tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, Zulu, Highlife or at ticketweb.ca.

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Good news, people easily captivated by unnecessary technological advances. On Wednesday, Google introduced its new search engine Google Instant, once again foregoing K&K’s helpful name suggestions of Googleheim, Electric Googleloo and The Google, the Badass and the Fugly. Using technology similar to the “auto-complete” function used in word processing programs and cellphones, which anticipates and predicts words you’re about to type and isn’t totally annoying or ever wrong… ever, Google Instant “estimates” what a user is searching for, and revises itself as you type more letters. For instance, if you were to start searching for Vancouver Courier, it might predict venereal disease, then vagabond, then vancougar, then Vancouver cake farts, then Vancouver Canucks, then Vancouver Courage, then finally Vancouver Courier. But hey, isn’t it so much better, quicker and cooler than just letting users type out words on their own? Don’t answer that. We’ve already predicted your response.

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Good news, out of shape cheapos who may or may not have restraining orders against them for “showing too much loyalty” to retired Vancouver Canucks players. Trevor Linden and his salt-and-peppered wet-look curly locks are getting into the fitness business. Since retiring, the hometown hero has dabbled in property development and offering his wizard-like powers to a mail order eyewear service. Now he’s launching a fitness company called Club 16, a nod to his jersey number that hangs from the rafters of Rogers Arena like a blue teardrop in every local armchair athlete’s eye, sniff, sniff. The first location opens in January in Coquitlam, or as we like to call it, that place we like to make fun of because one of our hick co-workers has given up on life there. Unlike the upscale Steve Nash Fitness Clubs, the average monthly fee at lowball Linden’s exercise emporium will be a mere $15. Mind you, at those kind of prices and Linden’s business savvy, we’re guessing much of the fitness equipment will have to be corporate sponsored or endorsed by celebrities, such as the

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News that fruit wines will be included for judging at this year’s Okanagan Wine Festival (Oct. 1-10 at various venues and wineries throughout the Okanagan Valley) found us foraging in our cellar for a long-ignored bottle of Columbia Classics Raspberry, which we bought sometime in the mid-’90s. B.C.’s first fruit winery, Columbia Classics’ wines were made by Dominic Rivard. Even though the winery has since changed hands and been renamed, they were— and still are, as it turns out—among the best fruit wines we’ve tasted. Fruit wines aren’t supposed to age well, but the raspberry (probably at least 15 years old) showed remarkably vibrant fruit flavours, as well as some gentle tannin and an overall character that reminded us of some older Pinots. Rivard, meanwhile, has put on a few miles since then. His company, aptly named Wine Planet Consulting, works on projects around the world, including ventures in Chile, Taiwan, Spain, Korea, China and across North America. This year he helped launch Saskatoon’s Living Sky Winery, and is now working with Nova Scotia’s Luckett Vineyards, in the Gaspereau Valley. Rivard has also written the definitive The Ultimate Fruit Winemaker’s Guide, and in his spare time is studying towards his Master of Wine. The Okanagan Fall Wine Festival contest, in which I’ll be one of the judges, is a “double blind” judging so we won’t know the wine producers until the results are announced. However, we’re pretty sure that among the entries will be wines from Similkameen’s organic Forbidden Fruit Winery, which Rivard also consults for, and whose wines left a good impression when we tasted them at the inaugural Similkameen Spring Release Tasting and Barbecue, earlier this year. Forbidden Fruit is a clever doubleentendre of a name that not only has biblical connotations but makes reference to the fact that fruit wines—long the purview of home winemakers—are still not taken seriously in wine circles.

Forbidden Fruit’s Kim Brind’Amour makes polished fruit wines thanks to photo Tim Pawsey 28 acres of organic orchards and vineyards. However, this is one fruit winery that’s all about making polished wines, with tree fruit from its expansive 28 acres of certified organic orchards and vineyards on the banks of the Similkameen River, located in Cawston, just east of Keremeos on the way to Osoyoos. Owners Kim Brind’Amour and Steve Venables run Ven’Amour Farm (ph. 250-499-2649), which has been growing organic since 1977, and achieved B.C. Certified Organic Status in 1984, the first year of the organic program’s introduction. Also on site is the Harvest Moon Retreat Guest House, and an art gallery that includes works by Brind’Amour. The winery makes drier-style table wines, dessert and fortified wines, as well as Earth Series wines, which raise funds for supporting sustainable initiatives. Wines that caught our attention include Adam’s Apple White, a drier-style, crisp white with some intriguing citrus notes and lengthy end (that might easily go with salmon) $16.90; Cherysh, a sweeter, rosélike cherry-toned drop with a plush close that cries out for blue cheese, $19.95; and

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Financial meltdown provides wealth of theatrical inspiration The Power of Yes

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Here’s an interesting exercise: read Sir David Hare’s 2009 The Power of Yes and imagine trying to stage it. Hare offers no directions, opens the play with “This isn’t a play” and furthermore, it’s all talk—mostly guys in suits talking about the 2008 economic crisis. United Players’ artistic director Andree Karas wisely threw the challenge out to director Adam Henderson who did a spectacular job a few years back with Hare’s Democracy—so successful, in fact, that United Players took a big risk, rented the Vancouver Playhouse and remounted their production—and didn’t lose their shirt! I saw The Power of Yes on the second night—often a “down” night, but not this night—and I was completely blown away by Henderson’s endless invention. The play

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falls into the genre “verbatim drama”—plays cobbled together with real quotes from real people. These plays are often long on talk, short on action, but in this UP production, Henderson keeps the action imaginative and continuous. Twelve actors (all but one being not-yetprofessionals) play 30 characters; three roles—hooded, head-lamped graffiti artists— are completely Henderson’s invention. Sir David Hare (played by Bill Devine) appears as the main character. Following the Sept. 15, 2008 implosion of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac and the subsequent financial shockwave that swept around the world, Britain’s National Theatre commissioned Hare to write a play about it. Like most of us, Hare didn’t understand how it had all gone sideways so he went looking for all the likely culprits from Alan Greenspan to David Freud. He found that the whole mess was collectively allowed to happen by politicians, bankers, financiers, academics and investors who treated economics as some sort of game.

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dress rehearsal so opening night must have been a scary experience for everyone involved.) The performers pull together in an astonishingly professional fashion—even allowing for the youth and inexperience of some and the “late-blooming” (as Godfrey Levy describes himself) of others. Also late blooming is Luke Day whose career began in 2003 in the Downtown Eastside community play In the Heart of a City. Jason Logan is gravel-voiced and pragmatic as George Soros; Marisa Smith, as Masa, brings clarity to the debate; Helen Martin is buoyant and flirty in several roles; Patrick Spencer is awesome delivering dialogue while doing crunches; and the always dependable James Gill is, as usual, a pleasure to watch. The Power of Yes is sometimes heavy going, but you have to love a play that ends with a quote from Hungarian-American philanthropist billionaire Soros: “The people who pay the price are never the people who get the benefits.” Too bloody true. joled@telus.net

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Drew Barrymore may not pick projects that will earn her an Oscar nomination, but you can count on her charisma to light up whatever fluffy endeavour she headlines. Alas, this is not the case with Going The Distance, further evidence that the recession is romanceproof, not vice versa. The stream of rom-coms that have rolled out since the economy went sour almost challenges moviegoers: at what point will you put your foot down and refuse to part with your hardearned dollars? Sex and the City 2, Valen-

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ship that is soon thwarted by their jobs: she has to head to San Francisco while he stays put in New York City. Barrymore’s character is a brassy alternative to the cardboard-cutout heroines of the genre, at the film’s beginning, anyway. But then her flame is quickly doused by awkward dialogue and scenes so cheesy they might as well have been filmed in slow-motion

with a soft filter. Every plot device feels like a missed opportunity for something more. Both leads are in dying industries (she’s in newspapers, he’s in music promotion), but that topical thread goes nowhere. Erin’s sister (a great Christina Applegate in a less-than-great role) and Garrett’s goofy friends seem to exist only to make Garrett seem like more of a catch than he actually is. Real life on-again, offagain couple Barrymore and Long have enough genuine chemistry to get the job done, but not the dialogue. Director Nanette Burstein, best known for the docs American Teen and The Kid Stays in the Picture, loudly proclaims her film’s indie sensibilities in everything from the title sequences to the soundtrack, focusing so much on the phone sex and dining-table coitus that she forgets to give the film what every romantic comedy really needs: heart. jcrawfordfilm@gmail.com


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Seasoned singing group not opposed to jazz hands and hookups

Choir members in Glee-influenced Sing City don’t stop believin’ State of the Arts

with Cheryl Rossi They may be sprouting grey hair and their romances may be slower to bloom, but Vancouver’s Sing City Show Choir could still be considered the local, adult version of Glee, according to its members and vocal coach. “In this choir you feel like you cannot let the rest of the team down,” said Paul Crouser, 58, who joined his wife, Lynda, in the Sing City Show Choir last year. “You have to do your homework, you have to learn your part. I’ve seen episodes [of the TV show Glee] where that’s been a source of tension… The choir fills a bit of a social void and provides a healthy place to come and meet people that are actually doing something, not just sitting at a bar.” Crouser won’t be surprised if some of the choir members hook up. “A couple of the basses are on the prowl,” he said. But the self-described “spastic” dancer was surprised with how well the amateur choir’s singing and choreography, including jazz hands, came together at its concerts last season. “It’s like patting my head and rubbing my belly at the same time,” he said. “But we did it— we did it. I’ve watched the videos and we pulled it off.” A video montage of the choir’s

In addition to singing hit songs from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, members of the Sing City Show Choir performed choreographed moves such as jazz hands. sold-out June performance at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Jervis Street, where members rehearse for two-and-half hours each week and also perform, shows them swaying in relative synchronicity to songs including “Gimme Some Lovin’” by Spencer Davis Group, a smaller section of the choir chugging their arms to “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie” by Manhattan Transfer and throwing their hands into the air for “Hallelu-

jah I Just Love Her So” by Ray Charles. Crouser joined Sing City after his wife received an email begging for basses from a professional singer she admires and who conducts the choir, Laura Lang. Now these men are the most cohesive section of the choir, meeting over the summer and mixing their twice-monthly bass section rehearsals with cheese and scotch.

Lang’s always searching for more men to join the choir but, for once, she’s seeking more men who sing tenor. Lang, who first sang on the radio when she was six with her mother who was a professional singer, travelled the world for 15 years as a professional singer and performed as part of the local cabaret jazz trio A String of Girls, started the Sing City choir in 2007. She saw a lack of Van-

couver choirs harmonizing on the revamped 1960s, ’70s and ’80s tunes she favours. The choir started with 31 women and four men and has 65 people registered so far this year. The first rehearsal of the season starts Sept. 14. About one-third of the registrants are men. Lang auditions wannabe performers on the phone to ensure they can sing in tune. “Everything else I can teach them,” she said. “Everybody is capable of much more than they think they are and they end up feeling so proud of themselves because they’re doing things at a much, much higher level than they ever thought they were capable of,” Lang said. “They’re so thrilled when they’re performing… They’re like, ‘Oh my God, I’m doing this, I’m doing this.’” She selects more advanced members of the choir and arranges the music for a smaller group called Fat Chants. Lang says Glee has inspired more people, especially those in their 20s, to give performing with her choir a try. “We’re doing ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ [Glee’s] version, this season,” she said. “So many people who have enquired about Sing City have said, ‘I love the fact that you’re doing Don’t Stop from Glee.’” The choir performs each season in December and June. The next show is Dec. 5. For more information, email singcity@live.ca. crossi@vancourier.com

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Experienced Insulation Installers, Foam Sprayers and Fire Stoppers required. Vehicle required. Top rates paid. Fax brief resume to 604-572-5278 or call 604-572-5288. JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN. Ford Diesel experience an asset. Excellent remuneration. Full benefits. Moving assistance considered. Mail resume attention Chris to Wolverine Ford, 10103 - 97 Street, High Level, Alberta, T0H 1Z0 or email chris@wolverineford.com

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Education

FOODSAFE 1 DAY COURSES – ONLY $62 BEST VALUE GUARANTEED Classes Every Sat & Mon Taught by Certified Public Health Inspectors ADVANCE Hospitality Education BC’s #1 Foodsafe Choice

www.advance-education.com

604-272-7213

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Education

MARITIME DRILLING SCHOOL

Entry-level training for land and offshore oilrigs. Excellent wages, benefits and opportunities to travel the world. Oct 11-Oct 30 and Nov 8-Nov 27. Contact: 1-866-807-3960 www.mdslimited.ca

MEDICAL OFFFICE TRAINEES NEEDED!

FOODSAFE 1 DAY COURSES Guaranteed best value! Six Metro Vancouver Locations: Vancouver • Burnaby • Surrey • Richmond • Coquitlam • Maple Ridge All our Instructors are also working local Health Inspectors! Classes held each week & weekend! Course materials available in 6 languages. Same-day Certification. Visit our website at www.foodsafe-courses.com or call 604-272-7213 ADVANCE Hospitality Education – B.C.’s #1 Choice for Foodsafe & WorldHost Training.

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL

Train on Full-Size Excavators, Dozers, Graders, Loaders. Oil Field Tickets. Provincially Certified Instructors. Government Accredited. Job Placement assistance. www.iheschool.com 1-866-399-3853

Doctors & Hospitals need Medical Administrative & Medical Office Staff! No Experience? Need Training? Local Training & Job Placement is also available.

1-888-748-4126

Personal Trainer Certification

Earn up to $70/hr as a Personal Trainer. Government Financial Aid may be available. 604-930-8377 Hilltop Academy

Looking for a career in

Education?

Log on to working.com to find a job you’ll love.

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Music/Theatre/ Dance

★ SING! ★

Vocal Lessons. Exp’d Professional Instruction M. Mus., NATS, BCRMTA, CAEA Professional actress/singer. Private Lessons.

604-264-4649

ART & Music classes avail for all ages. PHD in music, BC registered teacher. 604-720-7480 Cheryl Carruthers’ Piano Studio B. Mus. U . Toronto, 3 yrs Vienna, BCRMT. 21 yrs exp. Accepting students, all levels. 604-732-3602 www.ccpianist.ca IN HOME OR STUDIO LESSONS Piano, Theory & other instruments. Allegro Music School 604-327-7765 PIANO LESSONS www.ccpianist.ca PIANO LESSONS- ALL LEVELS Bernard Duerksen, M.Mus. 30 yrs exp. West side. 604-605-0962. PIANO, Theory lessons. New students of all ages & levels are welcome. Linda Jentsch B. MUS.

ARCT. .... Call 604-224-7935

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and Recorder. Lessons By exp’d reg. music teacher 604-876-6861 www.rosscurran.com Voice Lessons Just For You Every lesson developed to suit each student’s potential. Discover your authentic voice through breathing exercises & posture alignment. Develop the skill to sing well without accomp. 1 hr lesson, 15 yrs. exp. Renee 1-250-721-4445

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Tutoring Services

FOR THE BEST Elementary & Highschool Tutor Call 604-322-3909 HELPFUL MATH TUTOR Phone: 778-866-8877 Web: http://m101m.org QUALIFIED TUTORS in your home $32/hr. All subjects. All levels. www.pdplustutors.com or call Angela at 604-421-6101

2010

Appliances

LIKE NEW!

Fridge $200 • Stove $150 Washer $175 • Dryer $150

604-306-5134 Warranty & Delivery Removal Available

For Sale Miscellaneous

YOU OWN the most powerful computer ever-your mind. Find out how you can use it to reach your full potential. DIANETICS: The Evolution of a Science by L. Ron Hubbard Discover your mind and how it works. Price: $16.80 Church of Scientology of BC 401 W Hastings Vancouver BC V6B 1L5 vancouver@scientology.net

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Fuel

★COMPUTERS★

COMPUTER LESSONS FOR 50+ $30/hr Fall Special $210 /8hrs. Call Sol at 604-266-2414 Website: www.easypc.ca

How to write a classified ad that works. Writing an effective classified ad is easy when you know how. What follows is a step-by-step guide focusing on the time-tested principles of a successful ad. • Use a keyword. Start your ad with the item for sale, service offered or the job title. • Be descriptive. Give customers a reason to respond. Advertisers have found that the more information you provide, the better the response. • Limit abbreviations. Use only standard abbreviations to avoid confusion and misinterpretations. • Include price. Always include price of the item for sale. • How to respond. Always include a phone number (with area code) and/or street and email address.

To place your ad call:

604-630-3300

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Food Products

Blueberries Birak Farms (Rmd)

U pick $1.50 per lb. Ready pick $20 per 10lb flat

604-339-9335 3 locations:

3600 # 6 Rd • 4200 # 6 Rd 9111 # 6 Rd

www.birakfarms.com

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For Sale Miscellaneous

LARGE DOG KENNEL FOR SALE $60. 604-946-9612

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Wanted to Buy

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

3507

Cats

CATS. Fixed - male and female rescued cats. Free to good, n/s indoor homes only. 604-513-9310

Alder • Birch • Maple Dry, Clean Hardwoods

#1 in Sales • 26 yrs in business Full & half cords 7days/week

604-805-6694

PERSIAN & Himalayan kittens reg $600.00 up 604-939-1231 dreamhimicattery.com

TOP KNOT FIREWOOD est 1981 Dry Alder, Birch & Maple. Pick up or delivered. Rod 604-985-7193

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Furniture

RAGDOLLS & Domestic Kittens, $100-$500. 604 590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

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

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Musical Instruments

KAWAI PIANO, Spinnet style, 41’’ high, medium brown, perfect condition, tuned last wk, $1750. 604-228-1194 PIANO, SAMICK SG185, 6ft polished walnut w/matching bench, professionally tuned. pristine cond., $10,000 604-341-8226

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

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THE VANCOUVER COURIER FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

GARAGE SALES

cont. from previous page

3508

3508

Dogs

3508

Dogs

LOCATED IN

SURREY

Dogs

2 HUSBY Yorkies (male and female).needs re-homing, they are both A K C registered, if you are interested kindly send an email to bcrandell@blumail.org

Dogs

Puppy Paradise

3508

ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding $350+. 604-590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

JACK RUSSELL pups smooth, stubby, black & white, $400. Phone 604-701-1587

MULTI POO Pups, non shed, 2 female & 2 males, $550, Maple Ridge 604-462-0843

9613 192ND Street

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BREED BREED

LHASALIER LHASALIER MORKIE MORKIE HAVANESE/PUG HAVANESE Registered

B- GIANT THRIFT SALE SAT/SUN, Sept 11th/12th 10 to 2 pm Corner of 7th & Vine Kits Day Care Society. Fundraiser for a new Home. ★ Tons of Items ★ Donate your coin jar for a chance to win a prize. C

Big Garage Sale! Sat. Sept 11 10am - 2pm 5841 Dunbar St. 40 yrs of stuff, lots of decorating/household items, some toys and much more!

C

East 41st Ave

MOVING SUNDAY ONLY!

September 12th 9am to 2 pm 1236 East 41st Ave (41st & Sherbrooke St.) Vancouver 45 Years of Treasures!

Furniture, Kitchenware, Crystal, Household Items, Clothes, Garden Tools & more!

MOVING SALE Sat Sept 11th 10 am - 3pm 3908 West 23rd Ave All kinds of treasures, household items, furniture, records, and much more!

C

H - WILSON HEIGHTS ★ THRIFT SALE ★ 1634 East 41st Ave (at Argyle)

GARAGE SALE Saturday 9:30am - 4pm 5973 Holland St Alley between Crown & Holland St. Fridge with ice maker & much more!

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Southlands Country Fair Thrift Sale! Sun. Sept 12 10am - 5pm 7025 MacDonald St. Toys, books, furn. All donated by Club Members. Silent auction.... Pony rides... children activities & so much more.

Fri, Sept 10th, 5 to 7 pm Sat, Sept 11th, 9am - 12

GARAGE SALE

Empty your Garage Fill Your Wallet

MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

M M

$695 $595 $795 $695 $695 $795 PEKAPOMRETRIEVERS $695 GOLDEN (SHIHTZU/PUGS BD> Registered, 1 left!) $495 PAPILLON Registered $695 HAVENESE $795 PEKEPOO Registered $695 PEKAPOM $695 WESTIE MIN PIN $595 SHELTIE Registered $495 MINI PUGGLE $595 BICHAPOO $695 SHIHTZU/PUGS $695 YORKIE Registered PAPILLON $695 COCKALIER Registered $695 PEKEPOO $695 ENG TOY/BICHON $695 WESTIE $795 BEAGLE $795 SHELTIE $795 PUGGLE Registered $695 BICHAPOO $695 CHIHUAHUA $695+ YORKIE Registered $795 DASCHUND $795 COCKALIER $695 CHI-WEENIE $695 POM (8WEEKS,REG) $595 $795 Pekingese ENG TOY/BICHON $695 Chi/Pug $795 BEAGLE $795 Italian Greyhound $795 Sheltie-Mo

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$895 $795 $795 $895

$795 $695

$895 $795 $895 $695 $795 $695 $895 $895 $795 $895 $895 $795 $795 $895 $795 $895 $895

Shihtzu-Poodle XX Shihtzu-Poodle Yorkie-Poo Maltese-Pekingese X Shihtzu $495 Pomeranian Registered, M/F Yorkie-Poo

Childcare Available

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

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Music/Dance Instruction

Maureen Clare EXPERIENCED PIANO TEACHER

Now accepting adults, children, students & children with special needs. Dunbar area. References available.

Maureen Clare 604-228-8388

CHOCOLATE LAB pups, PB both mother and father come from a bird dog lineage father is ckc reg 1st shots vet checked and dewormed $600 604-768-7130

$275 $275 $395 $275 $395 $395

Mon-Sat 11-7/Sun - Free Delivery - 12-6

@

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place your ad online @

http://classified.van.net

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Agents

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

6005

Real Estate Services

CKC REG’D Rottweiller Pups, 11 wks, Champion German lines, vet chk’ed, $1000+. 1-604-287-7688 FILA/MASTIFF GUARD DOGS owners best friend. Intruders worst nightmare. all shots, $2000 each. ready now! 604-817-5957 MAREMMA PUPS for sale. 5 males, 3 females. Working parents. $450 each. 604-823-4797

6007

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

GAS STATION & Garage. Well established, very successful. Serious inquiries only . 604-724-4848

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-04

Burnaby

6008-08

Don’t settle with only one lender

604-612-0407

Coquitlam

COQ/BBY, CORA Tower. Brand new, 1000+sf, 2 BR, 2bth, appls, Gym, Media, 2 sec prkg. Near SFU/skytrn. Dave 604-787-1413

6008-30

Surrey

ehughes@dominionlending.ca ★ 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

6008

Sry, 6960-120 St, Harleen Gardn New 900sf, 1 BR garden patio ste, ALL appls, f/p, sec’d parking, +. $200k incls HST! 604-690-4979

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-34

Vancouver East Side

Registered Massage Services

SWEDISH BODY MASSAGE & WAXING

$45/hr. $109 Head to toe pkg. $78/2hrs Body + Facial or Waxing pkg. Brazilian Waxing from $35

3482 Main St. Van 604-376-1686 Try the Best 604-872-1702

Corporate Tax Returns $225 +up $20 and up for personal tax. Monthly bookkeeping $20 hr +. Specialize: construction; sm bus. accounting. Trevor 604-788-0396 SMALL BUSINESS accounting and bookkeeping, from set up to tax returns your local one stop accounting firm. 604-261-7797

Financial Services

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4060

Metaphysical

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

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

● DIFFICULTY SELLING? ●

We Will Take Over Your Payment

SAT SEPT 11th, 2-4pm, 6963 Victoria Dr. 12th flr, 2 BR + den, 2 baths, lam flrs, new paint, cntrl loc. Mala @ Sutton 604-710-9030

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

uSELLaHOME.com

$99 can sell your home 574-5243 Abbotsford huge 1700sf 2br+den 2ba top fl condo, 55+, pool, $259K 859-0967 id5217 Chilliwack Promontory 4500sf 5br 5ba home, 2 bsmt suites, $599,500 824-9700 id5206 Coquitlam 10,000sf lot w/1000sf 3br 2ba home, outbuilding $440K 778-859-0717 id4272 Langley renovated top floor 1161sf 2br 2ba condo, view $293K 778-996-3444 id5179 Maple Ridge drastically reduced 4.9ac serviced vu acreage $440Kobo 722-3996 id4694 Sry E Newton 1 acre lot with 2600sf 6br 2.5ba bungalow $499,900 778-549-2056 id5198 Sry Guildford bargain,huge spotless 1227sf 2br 2ba condo $235,900 589-6265 id5213 Sry Fleetwood cozy 800sf mobile, only $454/mo pad rent $37,300 722-9876 id5214

Avoid Bankruptcy, Stops Creditor Calls. Much lower Payments at 0% Interest. We work for You, not Your Creditors.

Call 1-866-690-3328 www.4pillars.ca

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

Expired Listing, No Equity, High Pymts?

6020 SUN Sep 12th, 2-4, Quick Sale! Reno’d 1 BR with view, new kitch, rentals ok, wlk to L’heed Skytrn, Mala, Sutton, 604-710-9030

Estela Hughes Mobile Mortgage Specialist Spanish & Italian speaking Dominion Lending Centres Mountain View Ltd.

YORKIE OR Yorkie X Maltese Toy size, local, 604-590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

4051

The Vancouver Courier has partnered with the BC SPCA to encourage responsible pet guardianship and the humane treatment of animals. Before purchasing a new puppy, ensure the seller has provided excellent care and treatment of the animal and the breeding parents. For a complete guide to finding a reputable breeder and other considerations when acquiring a new pet, visit spca.bc.ca.

REAL ESTATE

Daycare Centres

W.SIDE LIC. FAMILY DAYCARE Montessori F/T spaces, 12 mth3yrs. Music, crafts, snacks.18th Ave. Colleen 604-602-1964

Cares!

$795

778-552-5366 or 778-298-5758 778-552-5366 or 778-298-5758 Mon-Sat 11:30-6:30/Sun 12-6

POODLE/SCHNAUZER X, 8 mos wks, shots, deworm, declawed, doc’d tails. 3F/2M. 604-951-6890

Accounting/ Bookkeeping

Cut Your Debt by up to 70% DEBT Forgiveness Program

SPECIALS *** ******SPECIALS ***

CHILDREN 3015

AMERICAN PITBULL pups, P/B, $500. Call for more information, 604-819-6006

5005

Until Your Property Is Sold. No Fees. Call Kristen today (604) 786-4663

www.HomeBuyingCenter.ca

❏ WE BUY HOMES ❏

Any Price, Any Condition Any Location. No Fees! No Risk ! (604) 435-5555 OR (604) 786-4663

www.HomeBuyingCenter.ca ★ WE BUY HOUSES ★ Foreclosure Help! Debt Relief! No Equity! Don’t Delay! Call us First! 604-657-9422

* WE BUY HOUSES * Older House! Damaged House! Pretty House! Divorcing! Moving! Mortgage too high! Too much debt! Quick Cash! Convenient! Private! ( 604 ) 626-9647 www.webuyhomesbc.com

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5040

Franchises/ Business Opps

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

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-34

Surrey

7 BR, 1/2 Acre view lot. 10576 125B St., Sry. 2,900 sf, oak hrdw flrs, 10’ ceilings, lrg kitch, 2 BR bsmt ste, views of N. West & Mtns. $675,000. Rob Visnjak 604.531.1111. HomeLife Benchmark Realty White Rock

6030

Lots & Acreage

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT, New Westminster. $75,000 in services paid! 33’ x 130’. No HST! $324,888. Call 604-726-0677.

Coquitlam

Sat & Sun, 2-4pm, 1721 Booth Ave, Coq. 4 BR hse, ste potential, lrg lot, $528,000. Call Joe, Prudential Sterling Realty 604-833-6814

classified.van.net

It’s time for bargain hunting! Browse our Garage Sale section to find deals near you.

Weekends were made for shopping, so make sure you check our Classifieds for a comprehensive listing of garage sales in your area! Follow the garage sale trail in

The Vancouver Courier Classifieds Call 604-630-3300 to book your ad

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Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

Re: GEORGE STANLEY BOULTER, Deceased, also known as Stan Boulter, Retired Business Executive, formerly of #303-3790 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia Creditors and others having claims against the estate of GEORGE STANLEY BOULTER, deceased, also known as Stan Boulter, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to Shelley Bentley, solicitor for the Executors, Carol Pauline Anderson and MD Private Trust Company, at #410-1333 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 4C1 on or before October 10th, 2010 after which date the Executors will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF SOLOMON ROSENBAUM, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Administrator, at 505 Fairway Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46260, USA on or before the 29th day of October, 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. Gadi Boukai, Administrator CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: Robert George Taylor Deceased, formerly of #104 - 1958 Barclay Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of ROBERT GEORGE TAYLOR, who died on February 20, 2010 at Vancouver, British Columbia, are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor at #2700 - 700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V7Y 1B8, on or before, October 8, 2010, after which the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Executor. Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Solicitors.

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HOME SERVICES 8035

Body Work

$38 Relaxing Massage

Massage, Facial, Nails, Waxing

604-709-6168 410 E. Broadway JUNE’S MASSAGE

Treat, train couple sex problems, pain. DON’T WORK NO CHARGE within 10 min.

www.sexclinic.tw

$40UP IN/OUT Cell: 604-603-3638

Carpet Cleaning

ROYAL STEAM CLEANING CO. Carpet & Upholstery. Move in & out cleaning. Call 604-765-8054

8055

Cleaning

A.S.B.A ENTERPRISE Comm/ Res, Free Est, $20/hr incls supplies, Insured, 604-723-0162 Butterfly Cleaning Inc. ‘‘Moving out, Home & Office’’ Bonded, Prof & Affordable. 604-781-4374

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

ENVIRO MAID INSURED and BONDED. Residential. Available on a regular basis. Excellent refs. Free est. $20 p/hr. 604-685-1344

**RELIEVE ROAD RAGE**

EXP CLEANING ladies avail 7 days/wk. Bonded. Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond 604-928-0025

604-739-3998

7010

H.C. Office / House Cleaning Quality & Experience. Bonded & Insured. 604-725-0856

Personals

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

full body rub sauna & steam Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai

QUALITY CLEANING. Exc refs. Res/com. Move in/out. Carpets + pressure wash’g. 778-895-3522

8058

8060

Computer REPAIR: PC, Internet, Network, Home/Office maint. Ink & Toner. •Simon •604-999-0815

8060

Concrete

CONCRETE SPECIALIST Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

Reasonable rates. 35 yrs. exp. For free estimates call Mario

253-0049

A. FOUNDATIONS, Retaining walls, Stairs, Driveways, Sidewalks. Any concrete project. We also do all types of block, & stone work. Free ests. Basile 604-617-5813 Tom 604-690-3316 All Concrete/Asphalt Removal Disposal incls Quality Guaranteed, Free Estimates. Comm/ Res. 604-540-6567

RENTALS

Sun-Thur 10-Midnight Fri/Sat 10am-1pm

Angel Massage 604-294-8038

6505

402-3701 Hastings St., Burnaby

Apartments & Condos

2BR CONDO, 4th & Dunbar, Excellent Condition, Insuite Laundry & Parking; close to UBC, and Downtown $1900, ns, cats okay, avail Oct 1, 778-883-4773 leave msg

6508 AMAPOLA SPA Best massage skills, lrg selection Asian girls, good service, low rate,

#1 choice open 7 days 10am-10pm hiring 604-266-8300 5763 Balsam Street @ W. 41st, Van., Kerrisdale.

Apt/Condos

2 BR, corner ste, W.Georgia @ Bute Coal Harbour, new reno, w/d $1800. Avail now 604-922-4344

GEORGIAN TOWERS 1450 WEST GEORGIA ST.

1 & 2 bedrooms

starting from $1150

SENSUAL TOUCH Swedish & deep tissue massage, great technique, pretty girl. ★ Facial waxing ★ nails ★ foot reflexology 10% off! 1200 Burrard St @ Davie 604.602.6665

Heart of Downtown, easy transit access. Large gym, laundry on every floor, dishwashers in all suites, in/outdoor parking.

RENTALS 604-669-4185 rentals@capreit.net www.caprent.com

6508

BACH SUITE must be 55 yrs. or older, incl heat, 3 flrs with elevator, new reno, great deal, ns bus route, Rupert & 5, 604-255-7707 BEAUTIFUL APTS. 1 & 2 BR available. Special rates. Call 604-327-9419 for appt. to view.

Langara Gardens

601 West 57th Ave, Van Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments and Townhouses 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, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry facilities, parking and 16 shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School, Langara Golf Course and much more. For more information: 604-327-1178 info-vnc@langaragardens.com www.langaragardens.com

Cancer June 21-July 22: This week starts with a romantic mood (Sunday) – and it’s a clue for the future, as a major romantic theme plays for you now through next January. If you’re single, this could have wedding bells attached. Two types of delays end early this week: the setbacks and mistakes in travel, communications and bitty details over the last several weeks,and the deeper,more subtle but powerful delays in relationships, marriage, partnership, opportunity and negotiations (since April). These resume forward motion. A lucky legal, travel, educational, love or cultural event (or “start”) is imminent! Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Something will either be solved, end, or begin this week. (Gee, that was an easy prediction!) This occurs in your spheres of sexual intimacy, mutual financial resources, investments/debt, deep health, or “detective work.” (These are actually the same sphere – it’s the place of deep drives, your “engine room.”) An ally or enemy is involved. And the actual “event” is sudden, lucky, perhaps unexpected. (Lucky, but not necessarily monetarily: the exhilaration here is from freedom.) Many delays end now, especially in earnings, possessions, home, real estate and employment. Don’t look back! Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your energy, charisma and effectiveness hit a yearly high. Delays end. (You might still feel indecisive, but the cure for this is to act – action creates its own decisiveness.) A new start, or the sudden solution to an old problem, or the sudden return of an old situation, occurs – it involves marriage or a partnership, an opportunity, relocation, fame, dealings with the public, negotiations, litigation, competition, or similar relationship dealings. A fivemonth delay in romantic, creative, speculative or child-oriented ventures also ends now. Thursday/ Friday contain nice clues about this.

Concrete

8073

Drainage

8075

Drywall

Concrete Specialist. Driveways, sidewalks, exposed aggregate & patios. Santino 604.254.5551

DRAIN TILES, sewer lines, water lines & sumps. Mini excavation 604-230-1472 or 604-327-0885

ALL WORK GUARANTEED

CONCRETE SPECIALIST, patio sidewalk, driveway, exposed aggregate reas rate 604-764-2726

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Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A breakthrough or new start might occur in employment, machinery or health zones. (Perhaps Saturday late afternoon/supper hour – a good time to chase such things.) You’ve attracted attention, obvious or not, for the last five weeks. Now that romantic wave subsides. But your chances for sensual satisfaction (e.g., a casual affair) actually increase, now to December. Keep your eye on the long-term: 2011 through 2012 will bring partnership excitement on a level you haven’t seen for at least seven years. Delays end in law, education, publishing and travel, real estate, home and family. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: A former love or creative, speculative or child-oriented situation could return – perhaps with a bang that launches a new beginning. Delays are over in social, political, organizational, entertainment and planning activities. Also, a quiet general feeling of indecision or slowness, affecting you since last April, dissolves now. Your energy stays nicely high Sunday onward. A wish could come true this week! Your sexual and romantic magnetism are climbing, will surge through December. Chase money Monday/Tuesday. Travel, call people Thursday/Friday. Be domestic, with family Saturday. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Be ambitious – delays, barriers and mistakes are over. (Indecision lingers, but that can be solved by action. Do what makes you feel cheerful or optimistic – these are always, all life, your signal of the correct choice.) Spend Sunday resting. Tackle the world when your energy and charisma leap upward Monday through Wednesday morning. (Your home situation might interfere with your career for four months – choose career Wednesday, home later. Your family, property, security “start anew” this week in a lucky, freeing way!) Chase money, not friends, Thursday/Friday. Saturday’s lively!

Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Delays end in legal, intellectual, far travel, publishing, insurance, cultural and love spheres. Chase one or more of these now, without delay. Delays also end in a more subtle, halfsensed area: within yourself, in your compass, your choices about your future – once again, you can steer your life. (At least until next April, when the spring/ summer brings the same subtle indecision. This pattern will hold for some years. Knowing this can save you wasted effort.) Past weeks mixed lust with career. Now to January, light romance, social flirtations arrive! Grab success Thursday/Friday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Delays end in sexual, financial,deephealthandlifestyleareas–makechoices in these during the next 10 days. This decade and next, each spring/summer brings quiet, unannounced delays or hold-ups to your career zone, usually from head office or a government agency. Now these delays lift – until next April. Time to act! A new monetary or earnings picture comes this week. But it’s “back to the future” somehow – a repeat/evolvement of a former situation. A romantic or heightened intellectual interest ebbs – instead, to December, “romance” enters your career zone: take care! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: The accent remains on relationships, opportunities, negotiation, contracts, agreements and possible clashes. But now the future comes in – delays, indecision and faces from the past ebb, and valid new meetings, opportunities arrive. A wish might come true in this area Wednesday to Friday! More deeply, you finally will begin to seek, plan and visualize your future (and your social contacts) without dithering about the ethics or wisdom of this or that. The rest of 2010 lifts your love/romance prospects – and career luck! (Perhaps suddenly – overnight.) August/September’s “lust” fades. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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and seatbacks that recline. The base-level front-wheel versions of Terrain are priced low enough to be cross-shopped against popular but slightly smaller compact utility vehicles like the Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4. Moving up to all-wheel-drive and more lavish trim levels, vehicles like the Ford Edge or even the Nissan Murano might also be competitors. Built on a car-like unibody chassis, the Terrain is offered with a choice of four-cylinder or six-cylinder engines and all models come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Terrain rides on an extra-long 2,857 mm (112.5-inch) wheelbase and has a four-wheel independent suspension system. GM’s first use of active noise cancellation technology is also used on 2.4-litre models. This system uses microphones to detect booming sounds inside the vehicle and sends counteracting sound waves through the audio system’s speakers to provide a quieter driving experience. The new direct-injection 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine delivers surprisingly good performance and its max output is rated at 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet

GMC Terrain stands out with distinctive styling, top-notch occupant safety and exceptionally good fuel economy of torque. Fuel economy is excellent and a highway rating of just 6.1 L/100km is outstanding. Fuel consumption can be further reduced by activating the “ECO” drive mode at the push of a button. It lowers the torque converter lockup speed to 1,125 rpm and comes with models equipped with the 2.4L engine. The optional 3.0-litre V6 can provide 264 horsepower and 222 lb-ft of torque. If you’re planning

to pull something with a Terrain, it’s definitely the better engine choice as it increases the Terrain’s towing capability from 680 kg (1500 lb.) to 1588 kg (3500 lb). Our test Terrain was a top-line SLT-2 all-wheel-drive version with the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine. Leather upholstery and a programmable power rear liftgate come with this trim level and the options also included were a rear seat entertainment system ($1,750), a cargo man-

agement package ($345) and a trailer tow package ($515). All of which brought its full price up to $38,790. Design—GMC is exclusively a truck, van and utility vehicle division of General Motors. The styling of its product line typically reflects its robust truck heritage and has a sturdy theme with extra chrome plus more prominent and bolder grille designs. From a front view, the Terrain has a wide stance and a solid, well-planted appearance with large well-defined fender flares. Its long wheelbase allows a larger passenger cabin and compared to the Equinox it has more traditional SUV styling with larger rear doors. Interior—A tall seating position and high beltline gives occupants a well-protected, safe and secure feeling. Yet the floor height is relatively low, compared to a truck-based SUV, which makes passenger entry and exit and cargo loading easier. The premium interior in the test Terrain came with attractive contrasting red stitching. It also came with the optional DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system. Continued on next page


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The Terrain is a nice size in that it’s not too big to manoeuvre around town, yet it feels substantial and rides very comfortably on the highway. While the suspension is on the soft side, cornering is predictable, it feels secure and is aided by its wide stance and a stability system that keeps it nicely balanced. The quick-shifting six-speed transmission combines well with the 182-hp four-cylinder engine and provides ample power. The engine has to work a little harder at times, so the noise level is also a little higher than you get from a larger engine. A small price to pay for the truly outstanding fuel economy provided. Score—A generously sized compact utility vehicle, the well put-together GMC Terrain offers roomy passenger accommodations, great fuel economy and great value. Specs • Trim levels: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1 & SLT-2 • Sticker Price: $27,465 to $35,755 • Power: 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder, 182 horsepower • Power: 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder, 264 horsepower • Transmission: 6-speed automatic • Fuel consumption (2.4L/2WD): 9.2/6.1 L/100 km (city/highway) • Fuel consumption (3.0L/AWD): 12.2/8.4 L/100 km (city/highway) • Basic Warranty: three years/ 60,000 km • Powertrain Warranty: five years/ 160,000 km • Rust Warranty: six years/unlimited km.

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School calendar may live on borrowed time Staff writer

Students returned to classes for another school year this week, but the days of the traditional 10-month calendar could be numbered. Signals are growing stronger that the district could move to year-round schooling and more flexible student timetables in the future. Talk of year-round school emerged during last spring’s budget discussions that saw two weeks chopped off the school year to save the district money. At the time, trustees also asked the school calendar committee to look into the possibility of a balanced calendar. Board chair Patti Bacchus raised the idea more recently in an Aug. 30 letter to Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. Bacchus asked MacDiarmid to meet with the board to discuss various district initiatives, including the possibility of a year-round or “balanced” calendar. “In keeping with a 21st century learning agenda, the district is entering into a dialogue about a balanced school year. We are hoping other neighbouring school districts will take a similar lead,” wrote Bacchus, who also wants to explore the idea of flexible timetabling “in order to provide greater choice and oppor-

Patti Bacchus tunity for individual learners so that their pathway to graduation can become more customized to their individual needs.” Bacchus said the possibility isn’t driven by financial concerns. “There is evidence that there are educational benefits to a balanced school year, particularly for students that also have certain vulnerabilities, students who may not have enriching activities to do during the break and that achievement gaps can get wider over those long vacations,” she said in an interview with the Courier this week. “Over all the discussions about 21st century learning—the sort of anytime, anywhere learning—[we think] it might be time to have that discussion about the school calendar, which is still a fairly old-style format that maybe doesn’t make as much sense now as it once did.” Although Bacchus said the discussion isn’t urgent

given other pressing issues the district faces, it’s among the education ideas that should be investigated. But a change in the school calendar would have far-reaching impacts on families’ and staff schedules. Bacchus suspects it would be difficult to implement a year-round calendar piecemeal since some families have children at more than one school and some teachers teach at more than one school. She hopes other districts will look into it too. Bacchus also sees advantages to students having more flexible timetables. Most Vancouver high schools operate on a full-year calendar rather than a semester system, which complicates schedules for some students. “I’m interested in what we see in the adult ed centre, which is much more flexible. They can take evening courses, self-paced courses. So it’s looking at some flexibility to see what works well for some students.” Even the traditional 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule may be outdated for many families that are increasingly demanding before-and-after-school care, according to Bacchus. “A number of things have been the way they are for some time and we haven’t generally stopped to say is it time to review this.” noconnor@vancourier.com

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sented her sister who did little to help. She was also worried because her father would soon need to move to a long-term care facility. He had planned to live in his home for the rest of his life. She dreaded having to lock horns with her sister in sharing the decision-making regarding these living arrangements, his finances and his medical care. Through their lives, they could never agree. But Susan faced her greatest heartache every day when her father would talk about her mom as if she was still alive. She once corrected him, and reminded of the terrible grief he relived at that moment, she couldn’t put him through that pain again. Her father had taught her to be honest, and she wondered if it was OK to lie to him now and what the father of her childhood would have thought about that. The ethical framework of medicine is centred on autonomy—the individual’s freedom of choice. Informed consent requires that we explain the risks and benefits of various treatment choices and not subject patients to treatments and investigations they do not choose. The principle of truthtelling directs us not to deceive or withhold important information. It can conflict with the first rule of medicine—to do no harm. With Susan’s father, reminding him of his greatest loss caused him unnecessary emotional distress with no benefit. During my 10 years of ethics consultations at Burnaby Hospital, each case involved a patient who was no longer capable of giving informed consent. Their autonomy was

compromised by cognitive impairment due to their medical conditions, including dementia and strokes. Spouses and family members had to share in these patients’ decisionmaking. Over time, loved ones of individuals with dementia must traverse a moral minefield while struggling to balance their own self-care with the care of their loved ones. Family dynamics are in flux. The Tapestry Foundation for Health Care is presenting a free public lecture, Dementia and Ethical Dilemmas: Answers to Hard Questions for Families, Friday, Sept. 17 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Dr. Hilde Lindemann is a professor of philosophy at Michigan State University and coauthor of Alzheimer’s: Hard Questions for Families. She will offer her advice to help families cope with difficult moral questions raised by this condition. How much should your loved one with dementia be told? Is it ever OK to lie? How should you deal with the sometimes frightening changes in your loved one’s personality? How can family members resolve their own disagreements about these matters and other aspects of their loved one’s care? Dr. Lindemann’s talk begins at 7:15 p.m. with check-in at 6:15 p.m. Seating is limited. For more information contact the Tapestry Foundation at 604-877-8312 or tapestryfoundation.ca. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a family physician. His column appears regularly in this paper. His internet radio show can be heard on pwrnradio.com.

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BUMBLEBEE NESTS CAN VARY FROM ABOUT 50 BEES TO AS HIGH AS 200. A: Bumblebees don’t reuse the old nests the next season. Neither do wasps. But that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear because your siding may have other suitable places for a new bumblebee nest. If there’s space alongside the old nest, they may establish a new nest there. By the end of the season, bumblebee nests can vary from about 50 bees to as high as 200. In early spring there are very few bees. But as the queen breeds more helpers the numbers increase.

Q: The area behind my pond has lots of roots. I have Miss Kim lilac there, a Mexican Orange and a Japanese Snowball Tree. Are they causing the root problem? Can you suggest some perennials that can fill in the bare patches and compete with roots? I’d like something with a mounding habit. Maybe an azalea? Melanie, via email A: Your three shrubs are fairly close together, and this would cause root problems. But the shrubs are also close to the fence and I wonder if there are trees on the other side with roots, which also come into your yard. There are ways of dealing with root problems. When you put in a new plant, choose places where roots are fine and cut a hole through the roots with a sharp knife. The hole should be just a little larger than the plant you’re inserting. Fertilize the soil in the hole before you plant. One or two holes per shrub are quite enough because cutting roots does interfere with nutrition available to the shrubs. After doing this, it helps if you feed the shrubs and plants by mulching with an inch or two of compost. It should be a light layer because a thick one would smother their roots. Next spring check whether the shrub roots are reaching up into the new layer. If they are, a very light sprinkling of compost would be OK. If not, plant feeding will have to be by liquid or granular fertilizer. An azalea may not establish well there. If it did,

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there would be even more root competition. Cranesbills tolerate shade or part sun and have a low, mounding habit. Many flower profusely in late spring then bloom sporadically the rest of the summer. Some, such as Geranium sanguinarium (deep pink or

white blooms) have a low, mounding form, G. “Johnson’s Blue” makes a taller mound and “Rosanne” a smaller one. G. Macrorrhizum is a pink-flowered ground cover that is evergreen in mild winters. “Ladies Mantle” (Alchemi-

lla mollis) is pretty and easy care—though it does seed around if you don’t deadhead. It has dense, soft clusters of tiny yellow flowers. The leaves are spangled with silver when they catch and hold raindrops and dew. Another possibility is pulmonaria. This grows

densely. Flowers are dark blue, white or pink flowers and leaves usually silverspotted or pure silver. The greener the leaf, the easier it is to establish. Anne Marrison is happy to answer garden questions. Send them to her via amarrison@shaw.ca.

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aul Barber knows he’s the odd man out at the Vancouver Whitecaps branding launch. When the soccer team’s new CEO gets up to introduce Bob Lenarduzzi, the club’s president and most illustrious former player, he begins with an apology. “I’m sorry about not being tall, Italian and good-looking,” he begins in his gentle, well-mannered English voice. “I’m a bit worried.” It’s June 8, and the diminutive Englishman, barely four months into the job, actually seems remarkably unworried. He’s a marketing man and he knows how to win over a crowd. He also seems to enjoy a challenge. Six months ago, he was executive director of Tottenham Hotspur, one of soccer’s greatest and oldest clubs. Barber grew up in North London near Tottenham’s mythical White Hart Lane stadium and cheered the team as a small boy with his dad and little brother. Working at Spurs—yet alone running the club—was literally a boyhood dream. Then he threw it all in to come and do the same thing in Vancouver. Rewind back to March 2009, when the Whitecaps learned that their application to become the 17th team in Major League Soccer (MLS) had been approved. Knowing that they had just two years to get ready for the big leagues, one of their first moves was hiring Barber.

The rabid group of Whitecaps fans known as the Southsiders hope a change in the front office photo Jason Lang translates into on-field success. At today’s event he has helped the born-again team past another milestone: unveiling a new look and logo. It’s a slick and slightly bland concoction, three jagged white triangles rising over blue reflections, a nod to the mountains and surf of the city’s surrounds. Barber has a lot more to tackle between now and March 2011, when the team will play their first MLS game. Starting with a shirt sponsor (since announced as Bell Canada, in a deal rumoured to

be worth more than $4 million a year); a new $31-million training facility (ground almost got broken in Delta, but the local council got cold feet); completing not one but two stadiums for their debut season (they’ll kick off at a temporary set-up at Empire Field, where the Lions are now playing, then move to the revamped B.C. Place in the summer); and selling a mighty wodge of season tickets (14,000 of the targeted 16,500 deposits sold, at last count).

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n person, Barber is disarmingly soft-spoken. He’s 42, with a boyish face and crew cut that make him seem 10 years younger. But his dulcet tones exude the confidence of a very successful executive who’s managed a sports franchise with an annual revenue of $245 million. And who is obviously not afraid of a leap in the dark. Continued on page 5

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And he might also want to remember to put together a competitive team, so they don’t get humiliated by local rivals Seattle Sounders (who joined MLS last year) or Portland Timbers (also joining in 2011) or, worse yet, Toronto F.C. (veterans now in their third season). The team may even try to land a big name “designated player,” now that L.A. has David Beckham and New York has signed up French star Thierry Henry.

Which still doesn’t answer the question: What is Paul Barber doing in Vancouver? Why would any sane man walk away from his dream job to start from scratch in the 17th-most soccery city in North America, the last continent on Earth to embrace the round version of football? The way Lenarduzzi—or Bobby, as everyone calls him—tells the story, it was Barber who approached the Whitecaps. Two of the club’s owners, Steve Nash (yes, that one) and Jeff Mallett (who helped build Yahoo!), were visiting Spurs to discuss buying into the team. “They were talking about the Whitecaps, and Paul said, is there an opportunity there?” explains Bobby. “Jeff was kinda taken aback, didn’t really know if he [Barber] was asking for himself. And it became clear that he was.” From the banks of the Thames to the shores of the Georgia Strait. Who would have thought? “I wouldn’t have!” laughs Lenarduzzi. “He was a Spurs fan growing up, and now he has the top job and he wants to leave!”

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Continued from page 4 So what did Nash and Mallet do to convince him to come onboard? The first reason, Barber explains, was the chance to work in the sport he loves in another part of the world. He came to Vancouver asking himself if he could live here, and when he saw the ocean, the city and the mountains, the answer was, “Yes, absolutely. There aren’t many better places to live. That’s a fact.” You only get one, maybe two, opportunities in life to do something really special, he reasoned. And this was the challenge he’d been looking for. It wasn’t a difficult decision, he claims. The hard bit was leaving Tottenham, where he’s still on the board of directors. “That’s my hometown club, I’d run the club for five years and loved every minute of it.” But two of his three children—son Sam, 15, and daughters Georgia, 12, and Ellie, 10—were going to start at new schools in September, so their lives were going to be disrupted even if they stayed in London. The family had always talked about living overseas at some point, so he and his wife, Helen, decided this was the time. So he signed a contract and moved here in February. The family arrived in July. He knew it was a good move in April, when the kids were stranded in the city after their Easter vacation because of the Icelandic volcano ash cloud. “They absolutely love it … So they weren’t too disappointed about being stuck here a few days longer.” He thinks Vancouver is a great city to live in. Compared to London, the traffic is

was brought up in the north of England by the sea, but for Barber, used to the endless, gritty suburbs of London, “it’s an aspiration, living on the ocean is fantastic. I love it, absolutely love it.”

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Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi (left) and CEO Paul Barber chat on the sidephoto Jason Lang line during a recent game at Swangard Stadium. a breeze, the scenery is spectacular and the people are friendly. “London can be a very intimidating, unfriendly, difficult place to get around. You come from that environment to this environment, you immediately feel like a weight’s been lifted off your shoulder.” Barber also had the good fortune to arrive just before what he calls “The Olympic brand experience,” which at the very

least made explaining his move easier. “I was over in Argentina last week, you say Vancouver, and people go, ‘Wow, we saw that in the Olympics, what a city, you live there?’” He gets the same awed reaction in London, which will host the 2012 Summer Games. He has a house in West Vancouver and can’t believe that such beauty exists so close to the club’s Gastown office. Helen

ompeting for attention in a city the size of Vancouver might be tough, but Barber doesn’t see any conflict with the Vancouver Canucks or B.C. Lions. The town is big enough for three professional teams, he surmises. He’s already been to four Canucks games, and each time his neighbours have outed him as that new Whitecaps guy from England. “I saw you in the newspaper, or whatever. And then they say, ‘Yeah, I might get Whitecaps season tickets.’” He argues that the seasons don’t overlap much, and anyway, sports fans just love sports. And then there’s the great history the Whitecaps have. It may seem a long time ago, but in the late 1970s, the original Whitecaps were the city’s number one sports team, regularly drawing 30,000 spectators to home games. In September 1979, when they won the Soccer Bowl— the championship game of the long defunct North American Soccer League—100,000 people joined the homecoming parade. It was the biggest crowd ever seen in Vancouver until this year’s Olympics. “So much of soccer in Europe is about storytelling,” Barber says. People rhapsodize about the great games of the past, the famous stadiums and players, where they are now. And the Whitecaps have almost four decades of history. Continued on page 6

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That said, Barber appreciates the thoughtful, slow-building model of the MLS. It’s a relief after the hothouse madness of the English Premier League, where it’s “success yesterday, please. It’s unforgiving.” Here there are salary caps and a “we’re all in this together” ethos that supports new teams and helps the entire league grow. A big part of this is the team’s residency program, which has provided seven players for the current squad and will continue into the MLS era. The Whitecaps aren’t just one team, they’re a string of teams—minor league, women’s, youth, etc.—with the MLS squad at the top of the pyramid. It includes youth development programs, such as summer camps for teens and U18 training. Elite tournaments here and abroad groom youth for professional play in Canada or elsewhere. It’s a clever way to produce homegrown talent while keeping costs down, and it’s great for soccer in B.C., Barber says.

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“The next 12 months are going to be busy. And the next 12 months after that, it’s the first season in MLS. So that’s two years,” he chuckles, “before you even have a chance to think.” He may just be saying that, but Whitecaps fans don’t seem to care. Michael McColl spokesperson for the rabid supporters group the Southsiders, says Barber’s appointment sent a strong message to the rest of the league: We’re in this to win, not just to make up the numbers. The fans have taken to Barber “with open arms,” McColl says. More than 100 of them did a Q&A session with him in a packed pub recently and everyone was impressed by his plans for the future of the club. “It’s an exciting time to be a football fan in the city with Paul Barber at the Caps.” McColl also thinks the regional rivalry will be great for the sport. It might just make the Pacific Northwest one of the centres of the North American game, with crowds travelling between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland like they did in the glory days of the NASL. The new Amtrak lines between the cities will only encourage that. So the fans won’t care if Barber disappears again in two or three years. As long as the Whitecaps are launched and on their way by then, he’ll forever be a saint for the Southsiders. And Barber knows how hard it is to build a club in a short period of time and then also sustain success. When he talks about legacy, he mentions Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, the club Ferguson has built and rebuilt several times over 20 some years. “That’s the kind of legacy that you have to work on, over decades. And if I can play a part in that, fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.” scottrsteed@gmail.com

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Continued from page 5 “Going into MLS now is a big deal, it’s fantastic for us, but it’s not new, there’s a history, this is what we do… There’s a story to tell here, and this is just the new chapter. It’s not the beginning, this is halfway through.” And you don’t have to drop hockey for soccer. “Watch both—I do,” he says with a laugh. “Why wouldn’t Canucks fans want to watch the Whitecaps? Canucks players do, why wouldn’t the fans?” Then there’s the enthusiasm for playing. Vancouver has an ideal climate for soccer—it’s the only major Canadian city where you can play outdoors all year—and soccer is one of the most popular sport in the province, with 130,000 registered players. He talks about driving back to his home in West Vancouver in the evening and seeing all the soccer games at Ambleside, every single day. “Today I drove in at 7 o’clock in the morning, there’s two girls teams on the artificial surface at Ambleside, training. Seven o’clock, pouring down with rain, Tuesday morning, still not quite light. That’s a passion for soccer!” Which isn’t to say Barber doesn’t have a mighty challenge on his hands. The viewing figures for the World Cup in South Africa weren’t stellar, and Vancouver fans are fickle, quick to drop the Canucks or Lions when they start losing — which both manage to do consistently. Pundits agree that Barber’s priority should be putting together a winning team. The fans at MLS games tend to be wilder than in other sports, a 20something crowd that likes to bellow witty chants rather than follow the big-screen teleprompter. If the Caps can perform on the pitch, the atmosphere at games will be a big draw.

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The hot topic out of city hall this week is, again, bike lanes. As I reported in Wednesday’s print edition, some business operators aren’t too keen on the idea of barriers being erected outside their stores on Hornby Street to construct a protected lane for cyclists. Their complaints, aired again at an open house on the issue at Pacific Centre Mall Wednesday, include the loss of parking spots, a decrease in business and a city with misplaced priorities. Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s director of transportation, has heard it all since city council directed staff in the summer of 2009 to implement protected bike lanes over the Burrard Bridge. Dobrovolny also heard the squeals from businesses and motorists when the Dunsmuir viaduct and a long stretch of Dunsmuir Street became protected bike lanes. He’s also heard from business owners and others who don’t have a problem with the lanes. Cyclists, of course, love them. While the city has dutifully sup-

Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s director of transportation, fielded questions from the public about bikes and bike lanes at a open house Wednesday at Pacific Centre Mall. photo Dan Toulgoet plied statistics showing more cyclists are riding in the protected lanes, businesses continue to say they hardly see any cyclists. I’ve received phone calls from residents and motorists on this, too. So what’s Dobrovolny think about this back-and-forth? “The one thing that is a little bit disappointing is that sometimes when people drive over the viaduct and they don’t see a number of bikes on it at that time, they feel that that’s an indication of nobody

using it. I’ve walked downtown and looked down Richards Street and not seen any cars. It doesn’t mean cars aren’t using it.” Then there’s the bikes-don’tneed-a-lane argument. “We’re getting comments that people don’t get the reason for reallocating space from cars to bikes, and don’t feel there’s enough bikes to warrant that allocation of space. Those are comments that are harder to address. There are very clear reasons why, but it’s a larger con-

versation. Sometimes that’s harder to have with these owners.” Dobrovolny said “very little” space is dedicated to cyclists in the city. “Obviously, a bike can ride in a lane of traffic, as well. But in terms of attracting new riders that may not be comfortable riding in traffic, very little amount of space is actually dedicated to cyclists.” Since the city’s 1997 transportation plan, total trips by bikes, pedestrians, cars and transit have increased by 23 per cent, the pop-

ulation has jumped by 27 per cent and there has been an 18 per cent spike in jobs. So the economy is strong, he said. “The only way we were able to accommodate 23 per cent more trips was by doing it in modes other than the car—because there isn’t room for 23 per cent more cars. So if we want to have the next decade that grows the economy like that, then we need to continue to grow walking, cycling and transit.” Cycling trips along Dunsmuir increased from 500 before the route opened in June to an average of 2,000 per day, peaking at 2,500 one day this summer, according to Dobrovolny. “You can think of these separated bikeways as being sort of the bike freeways or the bike highways. The goal is not to put a separated bike lane on every street in the city. The goal is to provide connections. In this case, it’s to connect Kits to downtown to Grandview-Woodland, with Kits and Grandview-Woodland being our highest cycling communities in the city, at around 12 per cent.” City council has the final vote on whether Hornby Street will become a protected bike lane. But as Mayor Gregor Robertson said before he left for China last week, “it’s not a done deal.” mhowell@vancourier.com

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WEB POLL NATION Go to www.vancourier.com to vote Have you noticed an increase in graffiti in your neighbourhood? Last week’s poll question: When it comes to city hall, city manager Penny Ballem is: a) shaking up a lazy, inefficient bureaucracy: 33 per cent b) shattering staff morale: 52 per cent c) a snappy dresser: 15 per cent This is not a scientific poll.

Those of you re-entering the Vancouver civic scene after a summer away will notice there is an election campaign underway. It is hard to say exactly when this activity started—perhaps as far back as when Gregor Robertson and his Vision colleagues trounced the NPA. Since then the few fragments left of Vancouver’s most successful civic party have been represented by opposition surrogates. Members of Sam Sullivan’s staff who failed to even get their guy the party nomination have been barking in the blogosphere. It is a matter of simple political fact that ever since our rookie mayor and his party took over they had nowhere to go but down. Once politicians move from vague promises to hard decisions they also start losing friends. This has been a tough summer for Robertson. It started with his private comments made public thanks to an open mic about the “NPA hacks” who turned up at a public meeting to oppose Vision’s STIR housing project designed to create market rental housing in the West End. A story broke in the Courier 252 affordable housing units in the Olympic Village project. We learned that while housing is desperately needed, the process of renting those units was inexplicably stalled—costing the city revenue, to say nothing of the families who need a more secure place to live. Then, in the midst of a story about vacant space at city hall and city departments spending a small fortune on rental facilities elsewhere, we were told about the mayor’s plans to expand his

allengarr office and build a dining room for councillors. If that weren’t enough, the exempt (non-union) staff leaked a memo including a survey expressing their fear and loathing of city manager Penny Ballem. While most reported bits of the memo dealt with complaints that Ballem tends to micromanage and overwork staff, a careful reading of the document—all three “expectations” from its authors—tells you it is all about money and getting the same wage increases as the union staff. But that’s not what made the headlines. For opponents of the mayor and his party it was an unparalleled feast. So when a poll turned up this week from Justason Market Intelligence pointing out the mayor’s approval rating was at 49 per cent, folks immediately recalled the last poll results from Vision’s pollster Stratcom which pegged the mayor at 78 per cent and declared an explainable huge plunge

in popularity. Oddly Barb Justason doesn’t think so and here’s why: The Stratcom poll included only decided voters in arriving at that figure. Justason included all folks polled including people who had no opinion. She says if she used the same formula as Stratcom, Robertson would come out at 69 per cent. But regardless, she says, Robertson has an approval rating of two to one over those who disapprove of what he is doing. “I was impressed,” she says. But there are a couple of more points as we are in the midst of what is likely to be the longest election campaign in this city’s history. First, there is the remarkable strength of the NPA brand. An organization Justason describes as “leaderless and rudderless,” one that at this point has no mayoral candidate and no party president (Michael Davis stepped down as president last week), can still pull 28 per cent of decided voters. And while that puts the NPA more than 20 points behind Vision and where it was throughout the last election, the party ain’t dead yet. The same can’t be said for COPE at 13 per cent. Finally there is this point about the poll. The same issues—homelessness, cycle lanes and even backyard chickens—that are causing Vision grief from its opposition are also drawing significant support from the majority of people polled, which is to say they are divisive but not that they should be abandoned as the election campaign continues with more than a year to go. agarr@vancourier.com

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Fox News North would provide bully pulpit for far-right hacks Over the past week, my email inbox has been flooded with the same message from multiple senders, to “Stop Fox News North.” Apparently a lot of Canadians don’t care much for a plan by Tory-connected flacks to introduce a far-right cable news network in Canada. The online petition, from www. avaaz.org, solicits public resistance to Quebecor’s bid for a broadcasting license for Sun Media, a Canadian national news network modelled after Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News. In June the Canadian Press reported that Prime Minister Stephen Harper sat down for lunch with Rupert Murdoch on March 30, 2009. Also present at the New York meeting were Fox News president and Republican strategist Roger Aisles, and former Harper’s chief spokesman Kory Teneycke, who is now the front man for the aforementioned Sun Media. There is understandable concern that Sun Media will become the Canadian equivalent of Fox News, a media outlet that has been the principal enabler for the Tea Party movement in the U.S.. Fox has poisoned political discourse south of the border with its roster of screeching demagogues, from Glenn Beck to Ann Coulter to Bill O’Reilly. The showboating Beck has said that “Obama has a deep-seated hatred for white people,” and the hatchet-faced Coulter has said Canadians are “lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent.” The hypertensive Bill O’Reilly acts as spillway for Republican taking points, spewing contempt for anyone who isn’t to the right of Attila the Hun. Murdoch’s “Fair and Balanced” outlet is no such thing. One excellent example was provided in the 2003 film The Corporation. Fox News hired journalists Jane Akre and Steve Wilson for an investigative news series, but trouble started right away when the two put together a report on Posilac, a bovine growth hormone made by Monsanto. They documented potential health and safety problems involving milk containing the synthetic hormone. Threatened with legal action by Monsanto, Fox directed the pair to play down the negative effects in their report. They refused, and Fox fired them. Akre launched a whistleblower lawsuit against her former employer, but a Florida appeals court overturned the case, deciding that the falsifying news is not against the law. Murdoch’s bully pulpit was and is free to claim that growth hormone in milk is safe, war is peace, freedom is slavery, and two plus two equals five.

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geoffolson You might say that Fox News acts as a psychological warfare outfit, by default if not design. By whipping Red State viewers into a frenzy over illegal immigrants, Obama’s mythical foreign birthplace, and Manhattan’s proposed mosque, the media outlet has ensured many Americans are pointing in the wrong direction—not at the financial-military complex, but at each other. Fox News stalwarts such as Beck and Sarah Palin have fronted some of the Tea Party rallies. Meanwhile, liberal-minded Americans who might otherwise dismiss Obama as a betrayer-in-chief feel compelled to defend a slick hawk who has extended almost the entire Bush legacy, from Guantanamo to wireless wiretapping to Wall Street bailouts. It’s been a great exercise in divide and conquer. Hedge fund managers and the rest of the top one per cent get to roll around in piles of cash like Scrooge McDuck, while the rest of the republic is fractured into Yankees and Confederates all over again. Or maybe it’s more like Serbs and Croats this time. Avaaz, an online public advocacy group, is attempting to address Fox-style social engineering in Canada. According to the email petition. “One man stands in the way of this nightmare—the chairman of Canada’s Radio and Telecommunications Commission Konrad von Finckenstein. He’s rejected the plan as a violation of CRTC policies, so now Harper is trying to get him out of the job. Let’s urgently send a massive wave of public support to von Finckenstein, with 100,000 Canadians encouraging him to keep standing up for Canada, and standing firm against Harper’s pressure.” If the petition is not already in your email inbox, you can find it by googling “Stop Fox News North.” (And now for something completely different: I will be giving an illustrated presentation at Vancouver public library on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. on “LightTime: A Natural History of Illumination.” It’s about life and light, science and spirit. There will even be a few cartoons. Details at www.geoffolson.com)

Cyclist James Carruthers was ticketed for failing to stop at a four-way. file photo Rebecca Blissett To the editor: Re: “Vancouver cycling advocates peddle stop sign rule change,” Sept. 1. When is a stop sign not a stop sign? When a cyclist sees it. I hope the cops that issued James Carruthers a $167 ticket for flaunting the Motor Vehicle Act show up when he has his day in court to dispute it. Cal Koat, Vancouver

••• To the editor: I applaud James for at least slowing down before riding through the stop sign—unlike many of his cycling brethren and sisters who “barrel” through this stop sign without slowing down at all. Carl Perez, Vancouver

••• To the editor: I agree with James Carruthers about the absurdity of bicycles (and other human-powered vehicles) having to come to a complete stop at a stop sign when there is clearly no traffic anywhere around. This is a rule that was written to apply to automobiles. But to force bicycles to stop and start repeatedly on an empty street, thereby causing them to lose any momentum gained from the previous pedal, only serves to demonstrate just how different these two modes of transport really are. Joshua Hergesheimer, Vancouver

To the editor: If bikes want to ride on the same streets as cars they should be subject to the same penalties as other drivers. I hope to see more equality in traffic tickets this year instead of bikes whizzing through intersections where cars are obeying the law. Scott Burrell, Vancouver

••• To the editor: All that we get from city hall is lip service about promoting cycling and concerns for safety while they are throwing money that they took away from emergency services and libraries to buy votes from well organized cycling lobbyists. Maciek Kon, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Mr. Carruthers is no victim. Our police are sending a message—you want to ride on roads, obey the law. It is an embarrassment that cycling advocates like Carruthers can’t see the value in enforcing the rules. Pierre Blais, Vancouver

••• To the editor: This article, and the push to change road rules at the stop sign for cyclists, miss an important point. The requirement to stop at a four-way stop intersection is solely intended to determine the sequential rightof-way of all the vehicles,

including bicycles. The functioning of such intersections would become chaotic and right-of-way impossible to determine if cyclists are exempt from full stopping. The other purpose of full stop at the stop sign is to assure safety when view is obstructed by a structure or greenery. The real issue is that in many locations of merging traffic and Tintersections, there are no obstructions at all. Yield sign should be used instead to enhance the flow of traffic while preserving the same level of safety as provided by the stop sign. Thomas Bonac, Vancouver

••• To the editor: What purpose does it serve to mention that this fellow (James Carruthers) is a senior executive with the B.C. Women’s Hospital Foundation? Does his lofty bureaucratic position somehow entitle him to break the law? Gordon R. Heck, Richmond, B.C.

••• To the editor: Stop whining, James, you deserved the fine! Oh, I know how tough it is coming to a stop sign and having to actually stop and put one foot down onto the road for a second. It ruins your whole day, does it? Peter Reusch, Vancouver

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To the editor: Re: “Food for thought,” Sept. 3. I really appreciate stories like these that can help readers and consumers of meat and dairy and agricultural products understand where their food is actually coming from and how essential it is to protect and

preserve farm lands for our food security. People need to understand where those plastic trays of beef and pork ribs and steaks come from that are on sale in the supermarkets. Leslie Benisz, Vancouver

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Opinion polls track ups and downs of Vision Vancouver Mike Howell

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If polls are any indication, Mayor Gregor Robertson’s popularity is waning. Or is it? Justason Market Intelligence released a poll to the Globe and Mail Tuesday showing Robertson had a 49 per cent approval rating among 505 adults randomly surveyed in August by telephone and in an online poll. In May, Strategic Communications, which helped run and fund Robertson’s 2008

election campaign, released a poll to the Vancouver Sun indicating the mayor had a 78 per cent approval rating. While NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton was quick to point out to the Courier the 29 per cent drop in the mayor’s popularity, Barb Justason of Justason Market Intelligence said the link cannot be drawn. That’s because the 49 per cent approval rating she discovered in her poll included respondents (29 per cent) who didn’t have an opinion. Had she not included those respondents in her calcula-

tion, the numbers would add up to a 69 per cent approval rating for Robertson. “It’s a bit of a drop, but it could be apples to oranges,” said Justason, who has not seen the poll done by Strategic Communications. The Strategic Communications’ poll did not include respondents who were undecided when it finalized its numbers, putting Robertson’s approval rating at 78 per cent, according to Ian Baillie, executive director of the mayor’s party, Vision Vancouver. “It’s just a differ-

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hen Nat King Cole sang about the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” by ‘crazy’ he meant ‘crazy great’. This summer has been ‘crazy’. ‘ Crazy good’ locally: crashes way down on the new Seato-Sky highway and also down across the province. But just plain old Cedric Hughes ‘crazy — not great’ internationally. In early August, in Switzerland, a Swedish motorist driving a $230,000 Mercedes was caught by a ‘new generation’ speed camera on the A12 highway between Bern and Lausanne travelling at close to 290 kmh. Swiss speeding fines are a function of the motorist’s income and the vehicle’s speed. This motorist is facing the highest possible penalty of 300 days of fines at $3,533 per day, which at $1,060,000 totals the world’s biggest speeding fine. Also in early August, the American Automobile Association released a study in which two-thirds of the dog owners surveyed said they routinely drive while cradling pets in their laps or “perching [them…] on their chests.” Unrestrained pets inside moving vehicles are a hazard. They are distracting, they can become lethal projectiles, and if they survive a crash, they can be a hazard to emergency-responders. About 40 per cent of Americans own dogs. Only 17 per cent of the survey respondents said they use a pet-restraint system. In short, we now know that pets are a major distraction for a significant number of drivers. The reporting of the death of a two-year-old Ontario boy in Houston, Texas from excessive heat exposure on August 19th after being forgotten for two hours in a sweltering vehicle also disclosed that eight other children have died in Texas due to excessive heat in the past two months. One of these children, a two-year-old in an elderly

woman’s care wandered outside and locked himself in an abandoned vehicle where he was found five hours later. Janette Fennell of the non-profit organization Kids and Cars says the invention of the airbag has led to a marked increase in child deaths due Barrister & Solicitor to excessive heat. “Because children can no longer sit in front seats due to risk of …airbag detonation, parents are more likely to forget their children are seated behind them.” She notes that nothing has been designed to compensate for this important change. “A simple technological reminder,” she said, “could save hundreds of children’s lives.” In late August, a Calgary story contradicted what we like to think about the Canadian character. A surveillance video captured first a crash on a freeway ramp only minutes from a Calgary hospital, and then car after car driving past without stopping to help the injured driver, ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. The police reported no “endless list of calls to 911.” People didn’t call and people didn’t stop. …And finally there was the traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet expressway: 100 kilometers long and lasting nine days with individual drivers caught for as long as three days. A spokesman for the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau reportedly said the backup was due to “insufficient traffic capacity … caused by maintenance construction.”

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ent way of reporting it,” said Baillie, noting both polls also had a margin of error of five per cent. “Pollsters are sort of like lawyers—everybody has a different opinion on how to best represent the numbers.” Bob Penner, the president and chief executive officer of Strategic Communications, was unavailable for comment. Regardless of the methodology of the Justason poll, Vision Vancouver issued a press release Tuesday with the headline, “New poll shows Vision Vancouver almost twice as popular as NPA.” The release did not include the 49 per cent approval rating for the mayor but instead focused on a result

that showed 52 per cent of voters would vote for Vision compared to 28 per cent for the NPA and 13 per cent for COPE. “If those numbers held today, you’d have the same result as we did on election day [in 2008], and that was a huge landslide for Vision Vancouver,” Baillie said. Also missing from Vision’s release was Justason’s finding that 55 per cent of people polled were uncertain about how or even if they will vote. As a result, the poll’s findings by no means predict a Vision win in 2011, Justason said. Some of her findings: • Homelessness and poverty are top issues of concern for respondents, with 48 per cent approving of the ruling

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Vision council’s work on reducing street homelessness. One third (34 per cent) disapproved with 18 per cent undecided. • Just over half (55 per cent) of respondents approve of council’s efforts to improve the Downtown Eastside. One quarter (27 per cent) disapprove with 18 per cent undecided. • Council’s handling of the Olympic Village, which was in financial trouble and still hasn’t sold all the condos or moved anybody in the 252 affordable housing units, was given a 43 per cent disapproval rating. A total of 36 per cent approved, with 21 per cent undecided. mhowell@vancourier.com

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Cops say ARV will respond to gunplay, kidnappings, hostage situations

New armoured police vehicle ready for ‘rescues’ Mike Howell Staff writer

The VPD rolled out Tuesday its new $350,000 military-styled armoured “rescue vehicle.”

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Helping you prepare your children for tomorrow Full day kindergarten – It’s back to school time and, in today’s skill based economy, it’s more important than ever to ensure children get an early start on their education. That’s why the Province of B.C. is implementing full day kindergarten for more than half of all five-year olds in 2010 and for all eligible children starting in 2011. Providing kids with an early start will give them the skills they need to be successful in school and to be prepared for the opportunities of the twenty-first century. For more on helping prepare your children for tomorrow, visit gov.bc.ca

The Vancouver Police Department has beefed up its fleet of vehicles with a $350,000 military-styled armoured “rescue vehicle” that it says will be used to keep officers and citizens safe in incidents such as shootings. The department literally rolled out its new set of wheels at Queen Elizabeth Park Tuesday morning for the media. It stopped near the Bloedel Conservatory, and out piled members of an emergency response team. “I know that the entrance of this vehicle may have seemed a bit dramatic but we’re here to introduce you to a dramatically different piece of police equipment,” said Deputy Chief Adam Palmer. The vehicle, which is commonly referred to by police as the ARV, will primarily be used to help the VPD rescue injured or trapped officers and citizens during serious incidents in the city. That includes calls involving guns, kidnappings, hostage takings and situations where a person has barricaded himself from police. Palmer said such incidents constitute “a relatively low number.” “But when you do have incidents like that, you need something with ballistic protection to respond appropriately,” he said, adding that police cruisers provide limited protection from bullets. The vehicle resembles an armoured Brinks truck and is equipped with bulletproof windows and small turret-like metal doors on its side that can be opened and closed. It has a roof hatch that can double as a shield and its interior is fitted with two bench seats, two drop seats and seats for the driver and passenger. “In an emergency situation, we would just load it up and get the people out of there,” said Palmer, when asked the seating capacity of the vehicle. “We would make it work.” The deputy chief pointed to several cases in previous years where the vehicle would have been valuable, including a shooting in December 2008 where a disgruntled employee killed his boss with a shotgun on East Fifth Avenue. “Eventually, police were able to negotiate the man’s peaceful surrender,” he

“YOU NEED SOMETHING WITH BALLISTIC PROTECTION TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY.” Adam Palmer

said. “In this situation, the ARV could have been used to transport citizens away from the dangerous area and brought police closer to the address while minimizing concern for their safety.” In July 2005, a man on the Lions Gate Bridge fired his shotgun over the guard rail and waved the barrel in the direction of police. The ARV would have provided a safe haven for the citizens on the bridge and the officers, he said. Palmer said the vehicle will also work as a deterrent when arresting gang members and suspects with highcalibre weapons prepared to “do battle or protect their criminal enterprise at any cost.” He said Victoria, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and the RCMP all have or are negotiating to buy such vehicles. The VPD’s truck was built by Cambli International in Quebec and cost $350,000 More than $250,00 came from the Vancouver Police Foundation and the remainder from the city. Annual operating costs are estimated at $5,000. David Eby, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, agreed the ARV could be helpful in serious incidents highlighted by Palmer. But Eby said the $350,000 should have been spent on a bigger priority—more officer training on dealing with mentally ill people. “In terms of bang for the buck, and limited policing dollars, I do question whether purchasing military hardware is the way forward for police,” he said. In 2008, the VPD released its “Lost in Transition” report that revealed more than 30 per cent of VPD calls in a two-week stretch studied in 2007 involved at least one mentally ill person. The VPD estimated in 2009 that it spent $9 million of its budget on officers responding to calls involving a mentally ill person. mhowell@vancourier.com


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Hold onto summer by staying outside. Visitors to VanDusen Botanical Garden can enjoy a guided birding exploration led by Jeremy Gordon from Nature Vancouver Sept. 11. The walk will happen rain or shine and will accommodate 20 people. It’s free for members or included with garden admission. For more information, see vandusengarden.org.

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More than 60 community exhibitors will be featured for the fourth annual Oakridge Block Party, from 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 12. The event runs on the street, on a two block strip between 37th & 39th avenues, in front of Ecole Jules-Verne and Ecole Rose-des-Vents. The theme is Green Up Your Life Oakridge and celebrates Vancouver’s greenness and

shares information about environmentally friendly living. Organizations taking part include Langara Family YMCA, Oakridge Library, Kerrisdale Oakridge Marpole Police, Langara College, Oakridge Seniors Centre, RCMP and Vancity. Several organizations and businesses, such as the David Suzuki Foundation, Organic Lives Raw Food Restaurant, Habitat for Humanity, Dogwood

Initiative, Frog Boxes and The Hackery, will focus on improving the environment and educating consumers on better green choices. The exhibitors will share what they are doing to “green” up their services and lower their carbon footprint. The event includes a vegetarian barbecue, kids zone festival, continuous live entertainment and local provincial and civic politicians.

2010 city grants

In celebration of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary next year, the city is announcing a grants program and public information sessions that begin Sept. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Progress Lab, 1422 William St. The program is a timelimited opportunity intended to foster awareness and understanding of Vancouver’s identities, First Nations’ heritage and cultural diversity.

The program seeks to support activities that enrich society through civic engagement and the celebration of art, culture and heritage. Community members are invited to attend any one of four information sessions. The final session is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis St. To register for a session, contact lisa. manhas@vancouver.ca or call 604-873-7451.

Your BC Lions — In Their Own Words Jon Hameister-Ries - 67 I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and didn’t begin playing football until my senior year at Strathcona High School when my team went undefeated and won the city and provincial championships – I’d say that was a pretty good start to my football career! Following my high school graduation, I had an opportunity to head south to continue my education and play football for the University of Tulsa, which was a long way from home but turned out to be one of the most positive experiences of my life. After four years on the Golden Hurricanes’ offensive line, I was excited to hear I’d be returning home to Canada after I was selected by the Lions in 2006 CFL draft. Now in my first full season on the Leos’ offensive line, I truly enjoy coming to work every day and playing football for a living. My teammates on the offensive line would do anything for each other and it’s good to know that the guys you’re going into battle with are people you can count on. From a very young age, I’ve always believed in the importance of higher education, which is why I completed my MBA at Tulsa last year. As a guy who has had a couple of injuries in his career, I know that football isn’t forever and it’s important to look ahead to the future in preparation for the next phase in life. For that reason, I really enjoy taking part in the club’s Lions in the House program. In today’s world, youth are faced with many decisions that can ultimately determine their future and it’s a good feeling to know that I might in some small way inspire a high school student to make positive life choices. Jon Hameister-Ries in action. Photos courtesy BC Lions

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Two more senior managers are leaving their jobs at the Vancouver School Board. Laurie Anderson, associate superintendent of continuing and international education, will become executive director at SFU’s downtown campus as of Nov. 1. His last day with the VSB is Sept. 30. He told me his new job was too good to pass up and if the opportunity hadn’t arisen he wouldn’t be leaving the school district.

Anderson, who’s worked for the VSB since 1992, is the fourth associate superintendent to exit the VSB in recent months. Gary Little and Sonia Hutson retired, while Lynn Green left to become CEO of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Two new associate superintendents have since been hired—Jordan Tinney and Maureen Ciarniello—but the top-level staff changes mean only two of the old guard remain: Val Overgaard, in learning services and Paul Wlodarczak in Human Resources. Mark Dale, assistant secretary treasurer-facilities, also recently left the VSB for a position with BCIT. The sweeping changes in the upper levels of school board management come on the heels of last January’s naming of a new su-

perintendent, Steve Cardwell, coupled with major budget cuts announced at the end of the school year and as trustees prepare to discuss which, if any, schools should be closed in 2011. The staff changes had been expected, to some extent, given many senior managers were nearing retirement age or had peaked in their career with the district, according to Vision Vancouver board chair Patti Bacchus. But she acknowledges their loss will be felt in what’s expected to be a difficult year. “We’ve lost a big chunk of institutional knowledge with four longtime associate superintendents going. It’s going to be a tough fall for sure because we have two new ones, who are very experienced

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In a recent Class Notes, I mentioned a 60th reunion for graduates from the King George secondary Class of 1950. The item included a photo of the old West End school when it was located at the corner of Burrard and Nelson streets across from St. Paul’s hospital. The building has since been demolished and a new King George school was opened at 1755 Barclay St. A reader contacted me to say the photo provided by the VSB and published by the Courier was actu-

ally Sir William Dawson elementary school. It turns out there’s some truth to both identifications, according to the district’s communications manager David Weir. The school that was built at the corner of Burrard and Nelson streets in or around 1896 was originally called Dawson Public School. In 1912, however, it was boarded up and condemned to be torn down. The building was instead fixed up in 1914 and reopened as the West End high school or King George high school. “King George occupied the building until 1963 when the school moved to its current site. City school and ideal mini used the former King George building from 1974 to 1977 before it was demolished,” Weir said. noconnor@vancourier.com

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Bunnies headed for Texas

Animal advocates trapping rabbits Sandra Thomas Staff writer

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Veterinarian Joseph Martinez slept on a mattress on the floor of his tiny Richmond clinic Sunday night to give post-op care to 10 rabbits that had been spayed or neutered in a 15-hour marathon the day before. The 10 animals are some of the 40 rabbits Martinez spayed or neutered last weekend with the help of volunteer technicians at his Little Paws Animal Clinic. The rabbits are transplants from the University of Victoria, where a remarkable rescue operation is underway to trap, spay or neuter and relocate 1,400 rabbits. Martinez said he was happy to volunteer his time helping the rescue effort. So far he’s received no payment for his work, but the Burnaby-based animal-rights group Fur-Bearer Defenders is expected to cover some of the costs through its spay and neuter fund. “I obviously love animals, they are my passion,” said Martinez. “I have no family so they are my family.” UVic has a long history of wild rabbits, and this year proposed trapping and euthanizing the free-range bunnies. Last spring more than 100 rabbits were euthanized, which angered animal rights groups who protested a cull. In response, the provincial Ministry of Environment recently granted a trapping permit to the ad hoc group TRACS for Texas-bound Bunnies, whose members include Dunbar realtor Laura-Leah Shaw, West End rabbit rescue volunteer Sorelle Saidman and Downtown Vancouver resident Drina Read. The provincial government considers rabbits “wildlife,” so a special permit was needed to trap, transport and spay or neuter the rabbits. Martinez is the only Metro Vancouver veterinarian named in that government permit. Of the 1,400 rabbits, 400 will remain on Vancouver Island at a rabbit sanctuary, while TRACS is relocating 1,000 to the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Texas. Shaw was key in

“I OBVIOUSLY LOVE ANIMALS, THEY ARE MY PASSION. I HAVE NO FAMILY SO THEY ARE MY FAMILY.” Joseph Martinez

securing the permit from the Ministry of Environment and after a search for a sanctuary large enough to take 1,000 rabbits, the volunteers discovered the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch. On Wednesday, Shaw dropped several dozen rabbits off at a sanctuary in Washington State, where they’ll remain until volunteers from Wild Rose pick them up by truck and transport them to Texas. Reached by cellphone, Shaw was preparing to leave Washington for a return trip to Victoria, where she planned to pick up dozens more of the rabbits headed for Little Paws in Richmond and eventually Texas. Shaw said while she volunteers her time for many causes, this is the first time she’s been involved with a rabbit rescue. “And I’ve discovered they’re amazing little creatures,” said Shaw, the Green Party of B.C.’s candidate for VancouverQuilchena. Shaw said she had no choice but to get involved with the rabbit rescue efforts at UVIC after hearing trapping would be done during breeding season. “That would leave all of those babies to starve,” said Shaw. “The university has all of these rabbits but no spay or neuter program, so their answer was to kill them. That just seemed wrong to me.” Shaw said at this point she and most of the volunteers involved in the rescue effort are paying for travel costs, housing and rabbit food and are scrambling to raise the money needed to complete the rescue effort. “We’re desperate for donations,” she said. For more information, see tracs-bc.ca. sthomas@vancourier.com


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1. The Vancouver International Fringe Festival runs until Sept. 19 at various locations including Granville Island, a fire escape and a cubby hole above our desk. It’s a cavalcade of do-it-yourself theatre filled with laughs, tears, sexual innuendos, Japanese clowns and Precious Chong’s latest onewoman show Zdenka Now! Info at vancouverfringe.com. 2. Media art, electronic music and digital culture converge for New Forms Festival #10 Sept. 10 to 18 at W2/Storyeum. From cutting-edge beats to a pedal-powered gramophone on rails, there’s something for everyone, or at least your avatar. More info at newformsfestival.com.

3. DJ Lance Rock and the rest of the Yo Gabba Gabba! gang bring the hipster friendly kids TV show to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Sept. 11 and 12. Local popsters The Salteens will be on hand to give the show some added indie cred. For tickets, call 604-280-4444 or go to ticketmaster.ca. 4. Named after Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, New Jersey history buffs Titus Andronicus play equally pulverizing punk rock informed by Bruce Springsteen and the American Civil War as evidenced on their concept album The Monitor. They’ll be rocking the Biltmore Sept. 10 with guests Free Energy. Tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, Zulu, Highlife or at ticketweb.ca.

kudos & kvetches Going the instance

Good news, people easily captivated by unnecessary technological advances. On Wednesday, Google introduced its new search engine Google Instant, once again foregoing K&K’s helpful name suggestions of Googleheim, Electric Googleloo and The Google, the Badass and the Fugly. Using technology similar to the “auto-complete” function used in word processing programs and cellphones, which anticipates and predicts words you’re about to type and isn’t totally annoying or ever wrong… ever, Google Instant “estimates” what a user is searching for, and revises itself as you type more letters. For instance, if you were to start searching for Vancouver Courier, it might predict venereal disease, then vagabond, then vancougar, then Vancouver cake farts, then Vancouver Canucks, then Vancouver Courage, then finally Vancouver Courier. But hey, isn’t it so much better, quicker and cooler than just letting users type out words on their own? Don’t answer that. We’ve already predicted your response.

He can work it out

Good news, out of shape cheapos who may or may not have restraining orders against them for “showing too much loyalty” to retired Vancouver Canucks players. Trevor Linden and his salt-and-peppered wet-look curly locks are getting into the fitness business. Since retiring, the hometown hero has dabbled in property development and offering his wizard-like powers to a mail order eyewear service. Now he’s launching a fitness company called Club 16, a nod to his jersey number that hangs from the rafters of Rogers Arena like a blue teardrop in every local armchair athlete’s eye, sniff, sniff. The first location opens in January in Coquitlam, or as we like to call it, that place we like to make fun of because one of our hick co-workers has given up on life there. Unlike the upscale Steve Nash Fitness Clubs, the average monthly fee at lowball Linden’s exercise emporium will be a mere $15. Mind you, at those kind of prices and Linden’s business savvy, we’re guessing much of the fitness equipment will have to be corporate sponsored or endorsed by celebrities, such as the

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Shane O’Brien Beer Can Curl, the Matt Cooke Speedbag and the Harold Snepts Moustache Ride. Apparently it’s quite invigorating.

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Good news, fans of pointless studies printed in newspapers to fill space and cut down on paying for staff reporters. A recent study, conducted by a York University student and published in the apparently very real journal Cyberspsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, has determined that people who frequently update their Facebook status may suffer from low self-esteem. K&K “likes” this. After examining the online habits and personalities of a whopping 100 Facebookers, the study found that people who filled their pages with self-promotion are more likely to be narcissistic or have low self-esteem, traits which are closely linked. For example, thinking that your study of a mere 100 people’s Facebook pages equates to journalworthy science seems to us narcissistic, whereas the newspapers that print such findings and represent them as actual news stories have given up on self esteem and moved to Coquitlam.


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Sweet sippers gain respect in wine world

Fruit wines ripe for the picking The Hired Belly

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CITY LIFE

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Check out our revamped website at www.vancourier.com starting Sept. 10, for the contest winners, plus a runner-up in each category. Photos were taken this summer in the categories of sports/outdoors, kids ‘n families, and entertainment. Thanks to all the readers who entered the contest - we’ve got some great, creative shutterbugs in Vancouver!

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News that fruit wines will be included for judging at this year’s Okanagan Wine Festival (Oct. 1-10 at various venues and wineries throughout the Okanagan Valley) found us foraging in our cellar for a long-ignored bottle of Columbia Classics Raspberry, which we bought sometime in the mid-’90s. B.C.’s first fruit winery, Columbia Classics’ wines were made by Dominic Rivard. Even though the winery has since changed hands and been renamed, they were— and still are, as it turns out—among the best fruit wines we’ve tasted. Fruit wines aren’t supposed to age well, but the raspberry (probably at least 15 years old) showed remarkably vibrant fruit flavours, as well as some gentle tannin and an overall character that reminded us of some older Pinots. Rivard, meanwhile, has put on a few miles since then. His company, aptly named Wine Planet Consulting, works on projects around the world, including ventures in Chile, Taiwan, Spain, Korea, China and across North America. This year he helped launch Saskatoon’s Living Sky Winery, and is now working with Nova Scotia’s Luckett Vineyards, in the Gaspereau Valley. Rivard has also written the definitive The Ultimate Fruit Winemaker’s Guide, and in his spare time is studying towards his Master of Wine. The Okanagan Fall Wine Festival contest, in which I’ll be one of the judges, is a “double blind” judging so we won’t know the wine producers until the results are announced. However, we’re pretty sure that among the entries will be wines from Similkameen’s organic Forbidden Fruit Winery, which Rivard also consults for, and whose wines left a good impression when we tasted them at the inaugural Similkameen Spring Release Tasting and Barbecue, earlier this year. Forbidden Fruit is a clever doubleentendre of a name that not only has biblical connotations but makes reference to the fact that fruit wines—long the purview of home winemakers—are still not taken seriously in wine circles.

Forbidden Fruit’s Kim Brind’Amour makes polished fruit wines thanks to photo Tim Pawsey 28 acres of organic orchards and vineyards. However, this is one fruit winery that’s all about making polished wines, with tree fruit from its expansive 28 acres of certified organic orchards and vineyards on the banks of the Similkameen River, located in Cawston, just east of Keremeos on the way to Osoyoos. Owners Kim Brind’Amour and Steve Venables run Ven’Amour Farm (ph. 250-499-2649), which has been growing organic since 1977, and achieved B.C. Certified Organic Status in 1984, the first year of the organic program’s introduction. Also on site is the Harvest Moon Retreat Guest House, and an art gallery that includes works by Brind’Amour. The winery makes drier-style table wines, dessert and fortified wines, as well as Earth Series wines, which raise funds for supporting sustainable initiatives. Wines that caught our attention include Adam’s Apple White, a drier-style, crisp white with some intriguing citrus notes and lengthy end (that might easily go with salmon) $16.90; Cherysh, a sweeter, rosélike cherry-toned drop with a plush close that cries out for blue cheese, $19.95; and

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the amusingly christened Plumiscuous Plum Mistelle, a vibrant, fuchsia, fortified dessert wine made from Italian and Japanese strains of organic plum, with tropical undertones and zingy cranberry notes, $29.95. Fruit wineries may be springing up all over, but few can boast a pedigree like this. Another that comes immediately to mind is Elephant Island, on the Naramata Bench. Hopefully, neither will hesitate to enter wines into this year’s judging to ensure that the fruit wine bar is set—and remains—high. Both these producers wines are available at better private wine stores. info@hirebelly.com

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Despite modest budget, United Players does economic crisis justice

Financial meltdown provides wealth of theatrical inspiration These plays are often long on talk, short on action, but in this UP production, Henderson keeps the action imaginative and continuous. Twelve actors (all but one being not-yet-professionals) play 30 characters; three roles—hooded, headlamped graffiti artists—are completely Henderson’s invention. Sir David Hare (played by Bill Devine) appears as the main character. Following the Sept. 15, 2008 implosion of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac and the subsequent financial shockwave that swept around the world, Britain’s National Theatre commissioned Hare to write a play about it. Like most of us, Hare didn’t understand how it had all gone sideways so he went looking for all the likely culprits from Alan Greenspan to David Freud. He found that the whole mess was collectively allowed to happen by politicians, bankers, financiers, academics and investors who treated economics as some sort of game. Consequently, Henderson has his characters mime various sports while stating their staunchly defended positions: one pontificates while shooting pool, another holds forth while golfing, yet another declares his innocence as he’s fly fish-

The Power of Yes

At Jericho Arts Centre until Sept. 26 Tickets: 604.224.8007 www.unitedplayers.com Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

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Here’s an interesting exercise: read Sir David Hare’s 2009 The Power of Yes and imagine trying to stage it. Hare offers no directions, opens the play with “This isn’t a play” and furthermore, it’s all talk—mostly guys in suits talking about the 2008 economic crisis. United Players’ artistic director Andree Karas wisely threw the challenge out to director Adam Henderson who did a spectacular job a few years back with Hare’s Democracy—so successful, in fact, that United Players took a big risk, rented the Vancouver Playhouse and remounted their production— and didn’t lose their shirt! I saw The Power of Yes on the second night—often a “down” night, but not this night—and I was completely blown away by Henderson’s endless invention. The play falls into the genre “verbatim drama”—plays cobbled together with real quotes from real people.

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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 $$

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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 $ – $$

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Marisa Smith and Bill Devine appear in The Power of Yes. ing. Collectively, at other points, the actors mime standing at a bar or betting on the greyhounds while debating the finer points of sub prime mortgages, hedge funds, securitized credit and unobservable profits. Furtive graffiti artists race cartoon images of bears, bulls and overfed pigs across the stage as a visual correlative to the dialogue. This production presents huge challenges for United Players’ limited resources—a condition

pean favourites: perogies, cabbage rolls, Transylvanian sausages, pork tenderloin & red cabbage, stuffed Portabella mushrooms, polenta croquettes, borscht, schnitzel and more. 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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that has never kept this feisty little company from tackling big plays. The Power of Yes warrants a major professional stage with all the technical amenities (although I’m not sure a major Vancouver company would risk producing a play that garnered tepid response from the London critics following its 2009 premiere.) But Henderson and his cast do a terrific job of animating the arguments, and the crew rises to

the challenge of scores of light and sound cues. (Maintenance of the building prevented a full dress rehearsal so opening night must have been a scary experience for everyone involved.) The performers pull together in an astonishingly professional fashion—even allowing for the youth and inexperience of some and the “late-blooming” (as Godfrey Levy describes himself) of others. Also late blooming is Luke Day whose career began in 2003 in the Downtown Eastside community play In the Heart of a City. Jason Logan is gravel-voiced and pragmatic as George Soros; Marisa Smith, as Masa, brings clarity to the debate; Helen Martin is buoyant and flirty in several roles; Patrick Spencer is awesome delivering dialogue while doing crunches; and the always dependable James Gill is, as usual, a pleasure to watch. The Power of Yes is sometimes heavy going, but you have to love a play that ends with a quote from Hungarian-American philanthropist billionaire Soros: “The people who pay the price are never the people who get the benefits.” Too bloody true. joled@telus.net

Lounge 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 $$

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New Chef, New Menu. Quality food at great prices. Amazing Brunch for $7.95 Fri–Sun. UFC Fights Shown. Book your party for our private room. www.snslounge.ca 1144 Homer Street (Yaletown) 604.609.0901 $–$$$

Mexican Ricky’s All Day Grill

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 big-elicious burgers to steak and ribs, we’ve got it covered. 111 Dunsmuir Street (at Beatty) 604.602.9233 $$ Waterfront Centre – 200 Burrard Street 604.669.2781 $$

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Nirvana Restaurant

Nirvana Restaurant offers the best in Northern Indian Cuisine. For sixteen years, our dedicated Hyderabadi chef has been creating authentic and unsurpassed Mughai cuisine from the heart of Northern India. Choose from sizzling tandooris, creamy hormas, festive biryanis, enchanting thalis, lamb, chicken, seafood, vegetarian and vegan options. Dine in, Takeout and Delivery www.nirvanarestaurant.ca MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE 10% OFF 2313 Main Street 604.872.8779 $$

Local – Organic Madras Dosa House Restaurant

Madras Dosa House Restaurant is a unique South Indian cuisine in East Vancouver. We offer vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Specialized in many varieties of dosas, curries, and biriyanis to enjoy. www.madrasdosahouse.com 5656 Fraser Street 604.327.1233

CALLI Mexican Restaurant

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

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Radha Yoga & Eatery

Innovative & organic vegan cuisine in a beautiful setting. Featuring a seasonally changing menu, dinner is served Wed-Sat, 6-10pm. Large party bookings available. www.radhavancouver.org 728 Main Street 604.605.0011 $$–$$$

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Seasoned singing group not opposed to jazz hands and hookups

Choir members in Glee-influenced Sing City don’t stop believin’ State of the Arts

with Cheryl Rossi

They may be sprouting grey hair and their romances may be slower to bloom, but Vancouver’s Sing City Show Choir could still be considered the local, adult version of Glee, according to its members and vocal coach. “In this choir you feel like you cannot let the rest of the team down,” said Paul Crouser, 58, who joined his wife, Lynda, in the Sing City Show Choir last year. “You have to do your homework, you have to learn your part. I’ve seen episodes [of the TV show Glee] where that’s been a source of tension… The choir fills a bit of a social void and provides a healthy place to come and meet people that are actually doing something, not just sitting at a bar.” Crouser won’t be surprised if some of the choir members hook up. “A couple of the basses are on the prowl,” he said. But the self-described “spastic” dancer was surprised with how well the amateur choir’s singing and choreography, including jazz hands, came together at its concerts last season. “It’s like patting my head and rubbing my belly at the same time,” he said. “But we did it— we did it. I’ve watched the videos and we pulled it off.” A video montage of the choir’s

In addition to singing hit songs from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, members of the Sing City Show Choir performed choreographed moves such as jazz hands. sold-out June performance at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Jervis Street, where members rehearse for two-and-half hours each week and also perform, shows them swaying in relative synchronicity to songs including “Gimme Some Lovin’” by Spencer Davis Group, a smaller section of the choir chugging their arms to “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie” by Manhattan Transfer and throwing their hands into the air for “Hallelu-

jah I Just Love Her So” by Ray Charles. Crouser joined Sing City after his wife received an email begging for basses from a professional singer she admires and who conducts the choir, Laura Lang. Now these men are the most cohesive section of the choir, meeting over the summer and mixing their twice-monthly bass section rehearsals with cheese and scotch.

Lang’s always searching for more men to join the choir but, for once, she’s seeking more men who sing tenor. Lang, who first sang on the radio when she was six with her mother who was a professional singer, travelled the world for 15 years as a professional singer and performed as part of the local cabaret jazz trio A String of Girls, started the Sing City choir in 2007. She saw a lack of Van-

couver choirs harmonizing on the revamped 1960s, ’70s and ’80s tunes she favours. The choir started with 31 women and four men and has 65 people registered so far this year. The first rehearsal of the season starts Sept. 14. About one-third of the registrants are men. Lang auditions wannabe performers on the phone to ensure they can sing in tune. “Everything else I can teach them,” she said. “Everybody is capable of much more than they think they are and they end up feeling so proud of themselves because they’re doing things at a much, much higher level than they ever thought they were capable of,” Lang said. “They’re so thrilled when they’re performing… They’re like, ‘Oh my God, I’m doing this, I’m doing this.’” She selects more advanced members of the choir and arranges the music for a smaller group called Fat Chants. Lang says Glee has inspired more people, especially those in their 20s, to give performing with her choir a try. “We’re doing ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ [Glee’s] version, this season,” she said. “So many people who have enquired about Sing City have said, ‘I love the fact that you’re doing Don’t Stop from Glee.’” The choir performs each season in December and June. The next show is Dec. 5. For more information, email singcity@live.ca. crossi@vancourier.com

Dialogue on Aging

Public Presentation Series Presented by

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www.tapestryfoundation.ca or 604-877-8312 Join us for one or all three informative sessions on the topic of dementia and other issues related to aging. Hear renowned experts discuss a number of the challenges facing society, families and caregivers. • Friday, September 17, 2010 • Monday, September 27, 2010 • Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guest Check In 6:15 pm Guest Check In 6:30 pm Guest Check In 2:00 pm

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Owner Harry Kambolis and his son Alex welcomed foodies, friends and family to Nu Restaurant and Lounge’s fifth anniversary False Creek celebrations.

Opa! Dancer Yasmina had Nu partygoers belly-up at the resto’s Greek-themed birthday party.

Raising awareness of childhood cancer, Megan McNeil and Genevieve Duford spoke of their fight at the Giovanni Bastone Foundation Gala.

Hope floats! Contemporary dancer Bevin Poole and graphic designer Keith Leinweber hit the waters off English Bay for the fifth Kayak for a Cure Canadian Cancer Society benefit.

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Using the former space of a French bistro, Opus’s Peter Girges and Chella Levesque reveal the hotel’s temporary 100 Days pop-up urban diner.

Fred

UNLEESHED

Will I Am: Battling a form of adrenal cancer since she was 16, Megan McNeil composed “Will to Survive” as a way of helping others, especially children battling childhood cancer. McNeil performed the song at the Giovanni Bastone Foundation Gala, which yours truly emceed earlier this year. Since then, having already endured 20 rounds of chemo, the 19 year-old has relapsed with cancer reportedly found in her liver. In the midst of all of her treatments, her song—produced by Grammy winner Garth Richardson— has been released on iTunes with a portion of every paid download to benefit childhood cancer research. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. High notes: Cantonese opera enthusiasts helped SUCCCESS Foundation, Fronted by chair Betty Funston, raise $56,000 for senior services. Fans enjoyed the evening’s performances, which included selections from the classic The Flower Princess, two of Asia’s most celebrated opera artists and six seasoned performers, including Vancouverite Alice Choi. Pop art: Using the transition period between old and new to do something unique and unexpected, Yaletown’s Opus Hotel unveiled its pop-up eatery 100 Days, transforming its French bistro into a graffiti-adorned urban diner. As the name suggests, it will operate for exactly that amount of time before a permanent restaurant opens in 2011. 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.

Giving back, Glowbal Group of Restaurants Shannon Bosa and Emad Yacoub served up 4,000 barbecue lunches at Oppenheimer Park for J. Stewart’s (centre) Union Gospel Mission.

Forecasting fall fashion trends at the Obakki gettogether was stylish FASHION Magazine editor Rebecca Tay.

SUCCESS Multi-Level Care Society executive director and Chinese Opera artist Alice Choi helped raise $56,000 for the non-profit agency’s senior services and programs.


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THE VANCOUVER COURIER FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

We Believe in You.

INDEX Community Notices ....................................1000 Family Announcements ...........................1119 Employment..........................................................1200 Education .................................................................1400 Special Occasions...........................................1600 Marketplace ..........................................................2000 Children ......................................................................3000 Pets & Livestock ...............................................3500 Health............................................................................4000 Travel & Recreation ......................................4500 Business & Finance .......................................5000 Legals ............................................................................5500 Real Estate ..............................................................6000 Rentals .........................................................................6500 Personals ...................................................................7000 Service Directory .............................................8000 Transportation ....................................................9000

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ACCOUNT MANAGER

Corix is in need of an experienced Account Manager who will service an existing customer base and secure new customers. Experience in industrial and waterworks products is essential. For more details and to apply online, visit:

www.corix.com

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Announcements

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Autumn Harvest Sale Saturday, Sept 11, 2010 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Bargains Everywhere Upstairs & Downstairs

• Preserves & Home Baking • Treasures • Jewellery • New Items • Boutique Clothes Racks • Wedding Dress Clearance

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Busy Construction Company looking for a Full CyCle Bookkeeper DItiDs wiHH incHIdD: • Processing Direct Deposit semi-monthly payroll for 100 employees • Administration of Benefit and Pension Plan • All aspects of A/P and AR including Collections. • Process HST; Worksafe BC; CCRA Returns, Month-end reports and assist with Year End documentation preparation. Must have experience with QuickBooks, Outlook, Excel and Word. Well organized, with ability to prioritize duties and maintain attention to detail. Must be self-motivated and determined. Ability to work with minimal supervision, punctual, responsible, and able to multi-task. Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send resume and application: citGECFjDctsHtd@gmaiH.cFm fax: 604-874-2161

EMPLOYMENT Accounting

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KENSINGTON PAINT, Burnaby’s Benjamin Moore retailer reqs P/T Bookkeeper. Please reply with resume at 6791 Hastings St, Burnaby.

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Career Services/ Job Search

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We are seeking a talented housekeeper and cook, with lots of initiative.

Experience and training in catering or cooking is beneficial. You must love to cook. your duties include, cleaning the house, laundry, errands, shopping and evening meal preparation, occassional dinner party assistance. The successful candidate should be able to manage the household. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 to 5:00 requirements include: able to take directions,neat and organized, experience, non-smoking, B.C.drivers license. References are mandatory. Please contact: housekeeper2010@hotmail.ca

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General Employment

Amazing Opportunity!

Funded in whole or part through the CanadaBritish Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement

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Domestics

Career Services/ Job Search Unemployed? Feeling stuck?

FREE Job Search Support for People with Disabilities and/or Chronic Health Conditions The EDGE Program IAM CARES Society 604 -731- 8504 info@iamcares.ca

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Drivers

Class 1 Drivers & Owner Operators Req. Highway - BC & AB

Please fax resume & Commercial “N” Print Abstract to: 1 888 778-3563 jobs@bstmanagement.net tel # 604 273 5525 ext 2262

Up to $800/week, no commission, benefits available. Promotion company is gearing up for its busiest time of year. We offer full paid training, and a fast paced environment. Tons of advancement and travel opportunities! Must like music & work well with the opposite sex. Call today for an interview.

Mindi, 604-777-2195

LABORATORY ASSISTANT

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General Employment

EMBROIDERY MACHINE OPERATOR ● Work related experience an asset but not necessary. We will train. ● Work on 4 & 8 head EMBROIDERY machine ● Must speak English. Fax resume to 604-255-9333, attention: LG F/T CASHIER SUPERVISOR Retail - Night Shift at Shell Gas station (Vancouver). $16.50/hr. Min. 1-2 yrs. exp. Send resume by email: kumarshell@hotmail.com

SUPERVISOR

One permanent F/T Supervisor required at Bashir Auto Cosmetic, 5751 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC V6X 2B1. Must have experience in anti rust under-coating protection, cut polishing, use of paint, leather & fabric protection detailing and install pin strips and body side mouldings on new and used cars and trucks. Duties: Supervise and scheduling of workers, recommending additional services to clients, receive payments and assist cleaners in performing specialized duties. Must be fluent in English and able to operate cleaning machines. $17.50/hour. Fax resume to 604-270-4431 or email: bashir@bashirsauto.com

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

Interested parties should submit resume and cover letter by email as instructed on the website.

Busy Construction Company looking for a Material and driver dispatcher

PHOTO LAB

Established Photo Lab in Burnaby requires: ❏ Lab Assistants (computer work, printers, packagers), ❏ Account Clerks & Cashiers, ❏ Data Entry Clerks, ❏ Customer Service Assist. Morning & Afternoon Shifts. Seasonal Full-time from Sep to Dec. Rate: $9/Hr - $10/Hr depending on experience. Training provided. Please indicate job you are applying for. Fax resume: 604-433-0556 Or Email: jobs@mountainwest.ca

General Employment

FALL OPENINGS

Flexible schedules, F/T, P/T, $16.25 base/appt. Customer sales/service, Students welcome, conditions apply, will train. Call 604-676-0446 EarnPartTime.ca 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.

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Hotel Restaurant

KOREAN Food Cooks G-12, 3 yr

Acme Analytical Laboratories (Vancouver), a premier BC mining laboratory, is looking to fill various Laboratory Assistant positions for the graveyard shift (11pm - 7am) in its Vancouver facility. Must be able to handle up to 40 lbs as some heavy manual labor may be required. Experience in a lab environment an asset but training will be provided. Starting wage of approximately $13 (combination of base wage, graveyard shift premium and daily production bonus). Detail descriptions of the various positions are available on Acme’s website:

www.acmelab.com

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Must be dependable, friendly, and work well with people in a fast-pace environment. Previous related experience helpful but not required. Training provided. Strong Computer and Organization skills a must. Burnaby area 2 blocks from skytrain station. Wage 12.50 /hr to start with benefits after standard probationary period. Please send resume and application: cityprojectsltd@gmail.com fax: 604-874-2161

exp, no cert, $18up/hr, 40hr/wk, Korean, no/basic English, duties: cook & plan menu, check order supl. train 1 P/R or 1 Canadian F: 604-602-4949 Daebakbonga 1949 West 4th Ave. Van Email: daebakbonga@gmail.com

KOREAN Food Cooks G-12, 3 yr exp,no cert, $18up/hr, 40hr/wk, korean,no/ basic english. Duties: cook & plan menu, check order supl. train 1 P/R or 1 Canadian F: 604-602-4949/ Dae Bak Bon Ga#201-1323 Robson St.Van Email: daebakbonga@gmail.com

KOREAN Food Cooks G9-12

3 yr exp, no cert, $18/hr & up, 40hr/ wk Korean, no/or basic English, Duty cook/plan menu, check order supl train 1 P/R or 1 Cand. 687-0712 JangMojib,1719 Robson St. Van, jangmojib@hotmail.com

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Trades/Technical

Experienced Insulation Installers, Foam Sprayers and Fire Stoppers required. Vehicle required. Top rates paid. Fax brief resume to 604-572-5278 or call 604-572-5288. JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN. Ford Diesel experience an asset. Excellent remuneration. Full benefits. Moving assistance considered. Mail resume attention Chris to Wolverine Ford, 10103 - 97 Street, High Level, Alberta, T0H 1Z0 or email chris@wolverineford.com

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Education

FOODSAFE 1 DAY COURSES – ONLY $62 BEST VALUE GUARANTEED Classes Every Sat & Mon Taught by Certified Public Health Inspectors ADVANCE Hospitality Education BC’s #1 Foodsafe Choice

www.advance-education.com

604-272-7213

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Education

MARITIME DRILLING SCHOOL

Entry-level training for land and offshore oilrigs. Excellent wages, benefits and opportunities to travel the world. Oct 11-Oct 30 and Nov 8-Nov 27. Contact: 1-866-807-3960 www.mdslimited.ca

MEDICAL OFFFICE TRAINEES NEEDED!

FOODSAFE 1 DAY COURSES Guaranteed best value! Six Metro Vancouver Locations: Vancouver • Burnaby • Surrey • Richmond • Coquitlam • Maple Ridge All our Instructors are also working local Health Inspectors! Classes held each week & weekend! Course materials available in 6 languages. Same-day Certification. Visit our website at www.foodsafe-courses.com or call 604-272-7213 ADVANCE Hospitality Education – B.C.’s #1 Choice for Foodsafe & WorldHost Training.

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL

Train on Full-Size Excavators, Dozers, Graders, Loaders. Oil Field Tickets. Provincially Certified Instructors. Government Accredited. Job Placement assistance. www.iheschool.com 1-866-399-3853

Doctors & Hospitals need Medical Administrative & Medical Office Staff! No Experience? Need Training? Local Training & Job Placement is also available.

1-888-748-4126

Personal Trainer Certification

Earn up to $70/hr as a Personal Trainer. Government Financial Aid may be available. 604-930-8377 Hilltop Academy

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Music/Theatre/ Dance

★ SING! ★

Vocal Lessons. Exp’d Professional Instruction M. Mus., NATS, BCRMTA, CAEA Professional actress/singer. Private Lessons.

604-264-4649

ART & Music classes avail for all ages. PHD in music, BC registered teacher. 604-720-7480 Cheryl Carruthers’ Piano Studio B. Mus. U . Toronto, 3 yrs Vienna, BCRMT. 21 yrs exp. Accepting students, all levels. 604-732-3602 www.ccpianist.ca IN HOME OR STUDIO LESSONS Piano, Theory & other instruments. Allegro Music School 604-327-7765 PIANO LESSONS www.ccpianist.ca PIANO LESSONS- ALL LEVELS Bernard Duerksen, M.Mus. 30 yrs exp. West side. 604-605-0962. PIANO, Theory lessons. New students of all ages & levels are welcome. Linda Jentsch B. MUS.

ARCT. .... Call 604-224-7935

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and Recorder. Lessons By exp’d reg. music teacher 604-876-6861 www.rosscurran.com Voice Lessons Just For You Every lesson developed to suit each student’s potential. Discover your authentic voice through breathing exercises & posture alignment. Develop the skill to sing well without accomp. 1 hr lesson, 15 yrs. exp. Renee 1-250-721-4445

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Tutoring Services

FOR THE BEST Elementary & Highschool Tutor Call 604-322-3909 HELPFUL MATH TUTOR Phone: 778-866-8877 Web: http://m101m.org 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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Appliances

LIKE NEW!

Fridge $200 • Stove $150 Washer $175 • Dryer $150

604-306-5134 Warranty & Delivery Removal Available

For Sale Miscellaneous

YOU OWN the most powerful computer ever-your mind. Find out how you can use it to reach your full potential. DIANETICS: The Evolution of a Science by L. Ron Hubbard Discover your mind and how it works. Price: $16.80 Church of Scientology of BC 401 W Hastings Vancouver BC V6B 1L5 vancouver@scientology.net

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Fuel

★COMPUTERS★

COMPUTER LESSONS FOR 50+ $30/hr Fall Special $210 /8hrs. Call Sol at 604-266-2414 Website: www.easypc.ca

How to write a classified ad that works. Writing an effective classified ad is easy when you know how. What follows is a step-by-step guide focusing on the time-tested principles of a successful ad. • Use a keyword. Start your ad with the item for sale, service offered or the job title. • Be descriptive. Give customers a reason to respond. Advertisers have found that the more information you provide, the better the response. • Limit abbreviations. Use only standard abbreviations to avoid confusion and misinterpretations. • Include price. Always include price of the item for sale. • How to respond. Always include a phone number (with area code) and/or street and email address.

To place your ad call:

604-630-3300

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Food Products

Blueberries Birak Farms (Rmd)

U pick $1.50 per lb. Ready pick $20 per 10lb flat

604-339-9335 3 locations:

3600 # 6 Rd • 4200 # 6 Rd 9111 # 6 Rd

www.birakfarms.com

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For Sale Miscellaneous

LARGE DOG KENNEL FOR SALE $60. 604-946-9612

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Wanted to Buy

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

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Cats

CATS. Fixed - male and female rescued cats. Free to good, n/s indoor homes only. 604-513-9310

Alder • Birch • Maple Dry, Clean Hardwoods

#1 in Sales • 26 yrs in business Full & half cords 7days/week

604-805-6694

PERSIAN & Himalayan kittens reg $600.00 up 604-939-1231 dreamhimicattery.com

TOP KNOT FIREWOOD est 1981 Dry Alder, Birch & Maple. Pick up or delivered. Rod 604-985-7193

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Furniture

RAGDOLLS & Domestic Kittens, $100-$500. 604 590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

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

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Musical Instruments

KAWAI PIANO, Spinnet style, 41’’ high, medium brown, perfect condition, tuned last wk, $1750. 604-228-1194 PIANO, SAMICK SG185, 6ft polished walnut w/matching bench, professionally tuned. pristine cond., $10,000 604-341-8226

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

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GARAGE SALES

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2 HUSBY Yorkies (male and female).needs re-homing, they are both A K C registered, if you are interested kindly send an email to bcrandell@blumail.org

Dogs

Puppy Paradise

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ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding $350+. 604-590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

JACK RUSSELL pups smooth, stubby, black & white, $400. Phone 604-701-1587

MULTI POO Pups, non shed, 2 female & 2 males, $550, Maple Ridge 604-462-0843

9613 192ND Street

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B- GIANT THRIFT SALE SAT/SUN, Sept 11th/12th 10 to 2 pm Corner of 7th & Vine Kits Day Care Society. Fundraiser for a new Home. ★ Tons of Items ★ Donate your coin jar for a chance to win a prize. C

Big Garage Sale! Sat. Sept 11 10am - 2pm 5841 Dunbar St. 40 yrs of stuff, lots of decorating/household items, some toys and much more!

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East 41st Ave

MOVING SUNDAY ONLY!

September 12th 9am to 2 pm 1236 East 41st Ave (41st & Sherbrooke St.) Vancouver 45 Years of Treasures!

Furniture, Kitchenware, Crystal, Household Items, Clothes, Garden Tools & more!

MOVING SALE Sat Sept 11th 10 am - 3pm 3908 West 23rd Ave All kinds of treasures, household items, furniture, records, and much more!

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H - WILSON HEIGHTS ★ THRIFT SALE ★ 1634 East 41st Ave (at Argyle)

GARAGE SALE Saturday 9:30am - 4pm 5973 Holland St Alley between Crown & Holland St. Fridge with ice maker & much more!

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Southlands Country Fair Thrift Sale! Sun. Sept 12 10am - 5pm 7025 MacDonald St. Toys, books, furn. All donated by Club Members. Silent auction.... Pony rides... children activities & so much more.

Fri, Sept 10th, 5 to 7 pm Sat, Sept 11th, 9am - 12

GARAGE SALE

Empty your Garage Fill Your Wallet

MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

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Shihtzu-Poodle XX Shihtzu-Poodle Yorkie-Poo Maltese-Pekingese X Shihtzu $495 Pomeranian Registered, M/F Yorkie-Poo

Childcare Available

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

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Music/Dance Instruction

Maureen Clare EXPERIENCED PIANO TEACHER

Now accepting adults, children, students & children with special needs. Dunbar area. References available.

Maureen Clare 604-228-8388

CHOCOLATE LAB pups, PB both mother and father come from a bird dog lineage father is ckc reg 1st shots vet checked and dewormed $600 604-768-7130

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Agents

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

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Real Estate Services

CKC REG’D Rottweiller Pups, 11 wks, Champion German lines, vet chk’ed, $1000+. 1-604-287-7688 FILA/MASTIFF GUARD DOGS owners best friend. Intruders worst nightmare. all shots, $2000 each. ready now! 604-817-5957 MAREMMA PUPS for sale. 5 males, 3 females. Working parents. $450 each. 604-823-4797

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BUSINESSES FOR SALE

GAS STATION & Garage. Well established, very successful. Serious inquiries only . 604-724-4848

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Condos/ Townhouses

6008-04

Burnaby

6008-08

Don’t settle with only one lender

604-612-0407

Coquitlam

COQ/BBY, CORA Tower. Brand new, 1000+sf, 2 BR, 2bth, appls, Gym, Media, 2 sec prkg. Near SFU/skytrn. Dave 604-787-1413

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Surrey

ehughes@dominionlending.ca ★ 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

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Sry, 6960-120 St, Harleen Gardn New 900sf, 1 BR garden patio ste, ALL appls, f/p, sec’d parking, +. $200k incls HST! 604-690-4979

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-34

Vancouver East Side

Registered Massage Services

SWEDISH BODY MASSAGE & WAXING

$45/hr. $109 Head to toe pkg. $78/2hrs Body + Facial or Waxing pkg. Brazilian Waxing from $35

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Financial Services

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4060

Metaphysical

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Houses - Sale

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REAL ESTATE

Daycare Centres

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Franchises/ Business Opps

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6020

Houses - Sale

6020-34

Surrey

7 BR, 1/2 Acre view lot. 10576 125B St., Sry. 2,900 sf, oak hrdw flrs, 10’ ceilings, lrg kitch, 2 BR bsmt ste, views of N. West & Mtns. $675,000. Rob Visnjak 604.531.1111. HomeLife Benchmark Realty White Rock

6030

Lots & Acreage

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING LOT, New Westminster. $75,000 in services paid! 33’ x 130’. No HST! $324,888. Call 604-726-0677.

Coquitlam

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Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

Re: GEORGE STANLEY BOULTER, Deceased, also known as Stan Boulter, Retired Business Executive, formerly of #303-3790 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia Creditors and others having claims against the estate of GEORGE STANLEY BOULTER, deceased, also known as Stan Boulter, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to Shelley Bentley, solicitor for the Executors, Carol Pauline Anderson and MD Private Trust Company, at #410-1333 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 4C1 on or before October 10th, 2010 after which date the Executors will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF SOLOMON ROSENBAUM, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Administrator, at 505 Fairway Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46260, USA on or before the 29th day of October, 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. Gadi Boukai, Administrator CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: Robert George Taylor Deceased, formerly of #104 - 1958 Barclay Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of ROBERT GEORGE TAYLOR, who died on February 20, 2010 at Vancouver, British Columbia, are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor at #2700 - 700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V7Y 1B8, on or before, October 8, 2010, after which the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company, Executor. Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Solicitors.

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HOME SERVICES 8035

Body Work

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Massage, Facial, Nails, Waxing

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Carpet Cleaning

ROYAL STEAM CLEANING CO. Carpet & Upholstery. Move in & out cleaning. Call 604-765-8054

8055

Cleaning

A.S.B.A ENTERPRISE Comm/ Res, Free Est, $20/hr incls supplies, Insured, 604-723-0162 Butterfly Cleaning Inc. ‘‘Moving out, Home & Office’’ Bonded, Prof & Affordable. 604-781-4374

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

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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7010

H.C. Office / House Cleaning Quality & Experience. Bonded & Insured. 604-725-0856

Personals

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

full body rub sauna & steam Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai

QUALITY CLEANING. Exc refs. Res/com. Move in/out. Carpets + pressure wash’g. 778-895-3522

8058

8060

Computer REPAIR: PC, Internet, Network, Home/Office maint. Ink & Toner. •Simon •604-999-0815

8060

Concrete

CONCRETE SPECIALIST Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

Reasonable rates. 35 yrs. exp. For free estimates call Mario

253-0049

A. FOUNDATIONS, Retaining walls, Stairs, Driveways, Sidewalks. Any concrete project. We also do all types of block, & stone work. Free ests. Basile 604-617-5813 Tom 604-690-3316 All Concrete/Asphalt Removal Disposal incls Quality Guaranteed, Free Estimates. Comm/ Res. 604-540-6567

RENTALS

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6505

402-3701 Hastings St., Burnaby

Apartments & Condos

2BR CONDO, 4th & Dunbar, Excellent Condition, Insuite Laundry & Parking; close to UBC, and Downtown $1900, ns, cats okay, avail Oct 1, 778-883-4773 leave msg

6508 AMAPOLA SPA Best massage skills, lrg selection Asian girls, good service, low rate,

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Apt/Condos

2 BR, corner ste, W.Georgia @ Bute Coal Harbour, new reno, w/d $1800. Avail now 604-922-4344

GEORGIAN TOWERS 1450 WEST GEORGIA ST.

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SENSUAL TOUCH Swedish & deep tissue massage, great technique, pretty girl. ★ Facial waxing ★ nails ★ foot reflexology 10% off! 1200 Burrard St @ Davie 604.602.6665

Heart of Downtown, easy transit access. Large gym, laundry on every floor, dishwashers in all suites, in/outdoor parking.

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6508

BACH SUITE must be 55 yrs. or older, incl heat, 3 flrs with elevator, new reno, great deal, ns bus route, Rupert & 5, 604-255-7707 BEAUTIFUL APTS. 1 & 2 BR available. Special rates. Call 604-327-9419 for appt. to view.

Langara Gardens

601 West 57th Ave, Van Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments and Townhouses 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, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry facilities, parking and 16 shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School, Langara Golf Course and much more. For more information: 604-327-1178 info-vnc@langaragardens.com www.langaragardens.com

Cancer June 21-July 22: This week starts with a romantic mood (Sunday) – and it’s a clue for the future, as a major romantic theme plays for you now through next January. If you’re single, this could have wedding bells attached. Two types of delays end early this week: the setbacks and mistakes in travel, communications and bitty details over the last several weeks,and the deeper,more subtle but powerful delays in relationships, marriage, partnership, opportunity and negotiations (since April). These resume forward motion. A lucky legal, travel, educational, love or cultural event (or “start”) is imminent! Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Something will either be solved, end, or begin this week. (Gee, that was an easy prediction!) This occurs in your spheres of sexual intimacy, mutual financial resources, investments/debt, deep health, or “detective work.” (These are actually the same sphere – it’s the place of deep drives, your “engine room.”) An ally or enemy is involved. And the actual “event” is sudden, lucky, perhaps unexpected. (Lucky, but not necessarily monetarily: the exhilaration here is from freedom.) Many delays end now, especially in earnings, possessions, home, real estate and employment. Don’t look back! Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your energy, charisma and effectiveness hit a yearly high. Delays end. (You might still feel indecisive, but the cure for this is to act – action creates its own decisiveness.) A new start, or the sudden solution to an old problem, or the sudden return of an old situation, occurs – it involves marriage or a partnership, an opportunity, relocation, fame, dealings with the public, negotiations, litigation, competition, or similar relationship dealings. A fivemonth delay in romantic, creative, speculative or child-oriented ventures also ends now. Thursday/ Friday contain nice clues about this.

Concrete

8073

Drainage

8075

Drywall

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DRAIN TILES, sewer lines, water lines & sumps. Mini excavation 604-230-1472 or 604-327-0885

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DRIVEWAY / CONCRETE REMOVAL. Free estimates. Disposal King, 604-889-2085 L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

8070

Doors

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J.A. CONSTRUCTION

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6508

Apt/Condos

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: It’s your last week (well, 10 days) of work, drudgery and health concerns. Recent delays and mistakes ebb, giving you the freedom to charge ahead. Quickly tackle past due and new jobs. Next week will begin a month of opportunity, negotiation or wrestling with a challenge – you’ll want to be free of the chains of chores. Your sexual, financial and “deep health” zones grow more and more important – and generally lucky – now into December. This can lead to a lustful affair, an investment or settlement – all of which open lifestyle doorways. Love is a (the!) “source of health.” Taurus April 20-May 20: Romantic, creative, child-oriented and pleasure delays end. Act fast – you only have 10 days to win someone’s heart, or make your creative mark. (Of course there will be other opportunities down the road. In fact, you’ve just started a four-month run of social luck, flirtations and popularity – and light romance, if you’re single. But “light” contrasts with the present deep influence.) Sunday promotes partnerships (be diplomatic). Sex, secrets and high finance Monday to Wednesday: caution flags fly. Mellow wisdom, love Wednesday-Friday. A big (social) surprise Saturday! Gemini May 21-June 20: This week offers a sudden breakthrough in career, prestige and worldly position, or with a parent, boss or authority figure. A legal, publishing, educational or far-travel project might be involved – so might a partner, a fight or a negotiation (even potential fame). Hope, pray, have faith! Delays at home and in general end now – more subtly, elusive but quietly crushing delays (since April) in sexual, health and financial zones also end. You’ll feel more effective. The 10 days ahead feature your domestic scene, real estate, kids, security: charge ahead here, especially Friday.

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D25

Apt/Condos

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6540

Houses - Rent

1088 W49 Av 7 br, 7 bath, 4940sf, new reno, new gas stove & fridge, 1 yr lease, np, ns, $4900, Sep 15, Eric 604-723-7368 (Prop Mngt)

6540

Houses - Rent

4 BR, tastefully reno’d, Point Grey, 2 full baths, family room, den, 5 appls, decks, fp, yard, np, avail now, $3000, 604-725-6462

6565

Office/Retail Rent

Offices: 2nd floor 2000 sq.ft. Main floor $200 per month and up. Ground floor 4000sf. 2163 Kingsway.. 604-454-1617..812-8188

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

180° VIEWS 4 br, upper Delbrook 3300 sf. cul de sac, garage. priv, city/ocean views, 2 f/p, Avail Now. $2900. 518 Alpine Crt. Text or call 604-617-7383

3 BR bsmt suite, 29th & Elgin, large, own entry $900 + 50% utils, ns np, avail Oct 1. 604-876-2761 or 604-649-4645 after 4pm

2 BR + full bsmt, 33rd & Vic., new paint, rugs, fridge/stove, np, 1 yr lease, $1775. 604-431-9544

3 BR garden ste grd lvl, np,ns, w/d, 2 bath, incl hydro heat $2000 Granville & 64th. Avail Immed. 604-708-0200

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN No Qualification - Low Down CHILLIWACK – 9557 Williams St, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town, close to shops & schools............... $888/M

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6605

Townhouses Rent

$2200 / 2br Townhouse. Beautiful home! Ideal for working professionals or small family. Freshly painted in modern colours & new oak flooring. No smokers/ pets please. Approx 1620 sq ft.,2 1/2 bathrooms, raised diningroom, 7 appliances, sm deck off kitchen. Master bdrm has small deck, soaker tub, large 2nd bdrm, pool, exercise and party facilities available, 5 minute walk to canada line Contact Atira Property Management at 604-439-8848 or 604-215-7228 for showing and/or application. Manitoba Street at 59th Street. COMMERCIAL DR area, 2bdrm townhome, 3 story walk up, $1200 + utils, Oct 1, no pets, Call Rob 604-783-3171

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Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A breakthrough or new start might occur in employment, machinery or health zones. (Perhaps Saturday late afternoon/supper hour – a good time to chase such things.) You’ve attracted attention, obvious or not, for the last five weeks. Now that romantic wave subsides. But your chances for sensual satisfaction (e.g., a casual affair) actually increase, now to December. Keep your eye on the long-term: 2011 through 2012 will bring partnership excitement on a level you haven’t seen for at least seven years. Delays end in law, education, publishing and travel, real estate, home and family. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: A former love or creative, speculative or child-oriented situation could return – perhaps with a bang that launches a new beginning. Delays are over in social, political, organizational, entertainment and planning activities. Also, a quiet general feeling of indecision or slowness, affecting you since last April, dissolves now. Your energy stays nicely high Sunday onward. A wish could come true this week! Your sexual and romantic magnetism are climbing, will surge through December. Chase money Monday/Tuesday. Travel, call people Thursday/Friday. Be domestic, with family Saturday. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Be ambitious – delays, barriers and mistakes are over. (Indecision lingers, but that can be solved by action. Do what makes you feel cheerful or optimistic – these are always, all life, your signal of the correct choice.) Spend Sunday resting. Tackle the world when your energy and charisma leap upward Monday through Wednesday morning. (Your home situation might interfere with your career for four months – choose career Wednesday, home later. Your family, property, security “start anew” this week in a lucky, freeing way!) Chase money, not friends, Thursday/Friday. Saturday’s lively!

Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Delays end in legal, intellectual, far travel, publishing, insurance, cultural and love spheres. Chase one or more of these now, without delay. Delays also end in a more subtle, halfsensed area: within yourself, in your compass, your choices about your future – once again, you can steer your life. (At least until next April, when the spring/ summer brings the same subtle indecision. This pattern will hold for some years. Knowing this can save you wasted effort.) Past weeks mixed lust with career. Now to January, light romance, social flirtations arrive! Grab success Thursday/Friday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Delays end in sexual, financial,deephealthandlifestyleareas–makechoices in these during the next 10 days. This decade and next, each spring/summer brings quiet, unannounced delays or hold-ups to your career zone, usually from head office or a government agency. Now these delays lift – until next April. Time to act! A new monetary or earnings picture comes this week. But it’s “back to the future” somehow – a repeat/evolvement of a former situation. A romantic or heightened intellectual interest ebbs – instead, to December, “romance” enters your career zone: take care! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: The accent remains on relationships, opportunities, negotiation, contracts, agreements and possible clashes. But now the future comes in – delays, indecision and faces from the past ebb, and valid new meetings, opportunities arrive. A wish might come true in this area Wednesday to Friday! More deeply, you finally will begin to seek, plan and visualize your future (and your social contacts) without dithering about the ethics or wisdom of this or that. The rest of 2010 lifts your love/romance prospects – and career luck! (Perhaps suddenly – overnight.) August/September’s “lust” fades. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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Electrical

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8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

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8120

8130

Handyperson

8160

Lawn & Garden

TRUSTED HOME IMPROVEMENTS

1 to 3 Men

Tree Topping, Clean-Up, Planting, Trimming, Power Raking, Aeration, etc. • Westside & Eastside

A. LIC. ELECTRICIAN #19807 Semi-retired wants small jobs only. 604-689-1747, pgr 604-686-2319 A Lic’d. Electrician #30582. Rewiring & Reno, Appliance/Plumbing. Rotor Rooter & Hydro Pressure Jetting Service, 604-255-9026 - 778-998-9026 Free Estimates / 24 Hr Service

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Gutters

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8087

Excavating

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8090

Fencing/Gates

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8140

Heating

8150

Kitchens/Baths

Counter Tops, Custom Cabinets & Refacing

Factory Direct Cedar Fence Panel for Sale & Installation 8291 No.5 Rd Richmond Call 604-275-3158

West Coast Cedar Installations Custom fencing, decking & more 604-244-8824, Cell: 604-788-6458

Flooring/ Refinishing

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8155

Landscaping

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8160

Lawn & Garden

HEDGE SHRUB TREE & STUMP REMOVAL

Northwest Arboriculture Colin Malcolm, Insured

INSTALLATION REFINISHING, Sanding. Free est, great prices. Satisfaction guar. 604-518-7508

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COMPLETE YARD Redevelopment. Jackhammer. Hedge Install, Removal and Trim. Returfing and Drainage. Call Tobias 604 7824322

Expert Pruning ISA By Certified Arborist Ornamental & Fruit Trees, Shrubs & Hedges

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GMC Terrain stands out with distinctive styling, top-notch occupant safety and exceptionally good fuel economy of torque. Fuel economy is excellent and a highway rating of just 6.1 L/100km is outstanding. Fuel consumption can be further reduced by activating the “ECO” drive mode at the push of a button. It lowers the torque converter lockup speed to 1,125 rpm and comes with models equipped with the 2.4L engine. The optional 3.0-litre V6 can provide 264 horsepower and 222 lb-ft of torque. If you’re planning

to pull something with a Terrain, it’s definitely the better engine choice as it increases the Terrain’s towing capability from 680 kg (1500 lb.) to 1588 kg (3500 lb). Our test Terrain was a top-line SLT-2 all-wheel-drive version with the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine. Leather upholstery and a programmable power rear liftgate come with this trim level and the options also included were a rear seat entertainment system ($1,750), a cargo man-

agement package ($345) and a trailer tow package ($515). All of which brought its full price up to $38,790. Design—GMC is exclusively a truck, van and utility vehicle division of General Motors. The styling of its product line typically reflects its robust truck heritage and has a sturdy theme with extra chrome plus more prominent and bolder grille designs. From a front view, the Terrain has a wide stance and a solid, well-planted appearance with large well-defined fender flares. Its long wheelbase allows a larger passenger cabin and compared to the Equinox it has more traditional SUV styling with larger rear doors. Interior—A tall seating position and high beltline gives occupants a well-protected, safe and secure feeling. Yet the floor height is relatively low, compared to a truck-based SUV, which makes passenger entry and exit and cargo loading easier. The premium interior in the test Terrain came with attractive contrasting red stitching. It also came with the optional DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system. Continued on next page


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GMC Terrain sized just right Continued from page 40 This has two independently operable screens that can run separate programs, so that those junior back-seat occupants can stay happy and harmonious. An oversized glove compartment, a centre-dash storage bin, and a compartment under the centre armrest that’s large enough to swallow a laptop computer are examples of the excellent storage places offered in Terrain. The standard “MultiFlex” sliding rear seat, with 60/40-split rear seat-back, can also be moved forward nearly 200 mm (eight inches) for extra rear cargo capacity. Safety—In a recent test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2010 GMC Terrain received the highest-possible rollover protection rating and was named a 2010 Top Safety Pick. The Terrain’s roof withstood a force equal to four times the vehicle’s weight. Standard safety features throughout the Terrain lineup include six airbags, electronic stability control and a rear-view camera with a small screen in the rear-view mirror (photo). In addition, Terrain also offers the security of the OnStar system. Performance—The dash slopes away from the front occupants, which helps give the cabin an open and spacious feel. The driver’s instrument pod houses easy-to-read gauges and a tilt/telescopic steering column plus height-adjustable seat made finding a good driving position effortless.

The Terrain is a nice size in that it’s not too big to manoeuvre around town, yet it feels substantial and rides very comfortably on the highway. While the suspension is on the soft side, cornering is predictable, it feels secure and is aided by its wide stance and a stability system that keeps it nicely balanced. The quick-shifting six-speed transmission combines well with the 182-hp four-cylinder engine and provides ample power. The engine has to work a little harder at times, so the noise level is also a little higher than you get from a larger engine. A small price to pay for the truly outstanding fuel economy provided. Score—A generously sized compact utility vehicle, the well put-together GMC Terrain offers roomy passenger accommodations, great fuel economy and great value. Specs • Trim levels: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1 & SLT-2 • Sticker Price: $27,465 to $35,755 • Power: 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder, 182 horsepower • Power: 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder, 264 horsepower • Transmission: 6-speed automatic • Fuel consumption (2.4L/2WD): 9.2/6.1 L/100 km (city/highway) • Fuel consumption (3.0L/AWD): 12.2/8.4 L/100 km (city/highway) • Basic Warranty: three years/ 60,000 km • Powertrain Warranty: five years/ 160,000 km • Rust Warranty: six years/unlimited km.

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Vancouver Courier September 10 2010