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Unfinished Vancouver book slated to include chapter for each year of city’s existence

Writer works despite cancer diagnosis Jeremy Shepherd Contributing writer

Will Kane said in the movie High Noon, I could use a little help.” Davis needs a writer, and he needs the money to pay a writer. The History of Metropolitan Vancouver would be his sixteenth book, most of which are about Vancouver. He estimates finishing his magnum opus will take a year, and he’s hoping to raise at least $30,000 to pay the writer. “This [book] is long overdue, and I’m really pissed off that it’s going to be delayed,” he says later in the evening, smiling but sincere. Davis is considering several writers to take over his history book. “It’s got to be somebody who really knows the city,” he says. “And affection for the city wouldn’t be a bad thing.”

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tanding on the stage of the Vancouver Playhouse, seemingly oblivious to the spotlight but completely attentive to the near-capacity audience, Chuck Davis labours for breath between sentences. “You’d never know from my voice I used to be a staff announcer at CBC,” he says, referring to the fluid in his lungs. The crowd turns sombre, but Davis won’t have it. He assures the audience they just heard a very funny joke, and as laughter ripples through the crowd, everyone seems to realize he’s right. Davis, 74, is that rare individual whose lifespan seems far too meager to accommodate his vitality. Speaking at the Public Salon, an event that brought together a collection of brilliant and notable people from the community, Davis speaks last. He reveals his untreatable cancer, something he found out only two days prior, and says he almost certainly won’t have the time to finish what will likely be the most comprehensive history of Vancouver ever written, what Davis calls, “The capstone of my writing career.” The as yet unfinished book is called The History of Metropolitan Vancouver, which he says focuses mainly on the central city but also includes the suburbs. The book, which Davis has laboured at for four years, is slated to have a chapter for every year of the city, beginning with Fort Langley in 1827. He’s currently up to 1994. Davis has spent the better part of seven decades in Vancouver, written more than a dozen books about the city, worked for the Vancouver Sun, the Province and CHAN-TV, which eventually became Global. Davis needs the book to be finished, whether cancer will permit him to be there for its publication or not.

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t’s not the first time health problems have kept him from his work. Davis was diagnosed with skin cancer, prostate cancer and bladder cancer in a single week in 2007. “The skin cancer was minor: they chipped a few bits from my skull and back. The bladder and prostrate cancer were more serious. They had to be removed,” he says, noting the operation helped him lose a little weight. No matter how grim the diagnosis, Davis never seems to be far from a joke or a limerick, like the one he wrote while lying in the hospital, waiting for his bladder to be removed. On the first day of 2008 Chuck Davis was mulling his fate: “I’d feel so much gladder If they left in my bladder ‘Cause peeing the old way was great!”

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He has been working steadily on his book since then, compiling more than 2,000 pages and 16 files of triumphs, tragedies and anecdotes about the city he loves. But on Tuesday, Sept. 21, Davis found out he probably won’t be able to finish the tome. “My wife Edna and our daughter Stephanie sat with me as an oncologist at the cancer agency told us that my cancer was incurable, and had reached a stage where it could not be treated with either radiation or chemotherapy.” Davis says the oncologist used the words “weeks” and “months” when answering his question about how much time he had left. “I don’t recall hearing the word years,” he says. “This lends a note of urgency to what I’m about to tell you,” he says, addressing the crowd. “As

avis has trouble catching his breath and walks with a cane as he navigates a flight of stairs. Still, his enthusiasm and capacity for amazement seem in complete contradiction to a man who may only have a few weeks to live. Standing on stage, Davis seems positively giddy as he relates a near-century old news article from the Vancouver Star detailing the effect of a 1912 volcanic eruption in Alaska on Vancouver. “All day yesterday the sky was overcast and the atmosphere was impregnated with sulphur fumes which caused considerable inconvenience in breathing to those who are inclined to be asthmatic,” he reads, adding he now shares a special empathy with the asthmatic. “Today’s heavy rain will probably have the effect of clearing the air and putting an end to the city’s emulation of Naples when Vesuvius is having a busy day,” he concludes. Clad in a sweater and grey sweatpants, Davis is treated like the prettiest girl at the dance after his speech as people thank him for his courage and offer their own stories of the city. Davis listens with the wide-eyed curiosity of a boy first discovering how his bicycle works. Continued on page 5

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Davis’s broadcasting career included 2,800 interviews for the CBC Continued from page 4 “If I’m still around in a year, I’ll be really embarrassed,” he confides to one friend. Without a pause, his friend responds: “Be embarrassed.” Someone strikes up a conversation about Davis’s website, vancouverhistory.ca and the historian is instantly engrossed. Davis leans forward in his chair, gesturing with one hand while resting the other on his cane and discussing getting his website translated into French.

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ccording to Davis, his previous health problems prepared him a little for the shock. “I’m facing this with equanimity,” he says of the oncologist’s pronouncement. “When the hammer dropped it wasn’t quite as severe as it might’ve been,” he says, adding that everyone in his family has had a good cry since he received the prognosis. Davis thanks his wife of 45 years, Edna. “My wife’s been an absolute rock,” he says. He met his wife at CBC Vancouver in the early 1960s. Edna was working in the TV newsroom, while Davis was pursuing a radio career that began with an army prank. Stationed in the Currie barracks in Calgary as an army private in 1955, Davis decided to “sell” radios to some his fellow soldiers, according to his official biography on bcradiohistory.com. After quoting them a low price, he would turn the switch on the

unplugged radio while a friend triggered a tape recorder. Following a few minutes of music, Davis’s booming baritone would blare from the tape recorder, reading the news bulletin: “Russian troops have landed in Churchill, Manitoba!” The prank ended when a sergeant, clearly impressed by Davis’s gravitas, reported the Russian invasion to headquarters. In 1956, Davis took to the air on Canadian Army radio in West Germany, launching a radio career that would eventually include 2,800 interviews for the CBC. His home office, affectionately nicknamed the world’s largest gerbil’s nest, is crammed with papers, books and clippings and may be slightly less organized than his garage, which he says is stuffed with thousands of magazines including the New Yorker, Esquire and Saturday Evening Post. Davis shows great humour and graciousness throughout the evening, but seems notably downcast at the prospect of getting rid of all those great magazines and not being able to find someone who truly wants them. “I’ll probably just throw them away,” he says. Continued on page 6

Davis relies on support from his family including wife Edna who he met at CBC Vancouver in the early 1960s. photo Dan Toulgoet

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ancouver Heritage president Donald Luxton says Davis’s work was an inspiration when he was a fine arts student at the University of B.C. in the early 1970s. “I think his contribution has been immense,” Luxton says. Luxton praises Davis for the level of detail in his books and expressed astonishment at the breadth of his study. “You know he gets it from talking to everyone in the western world,” Luxton said. “Some of us specialize a little more than that.” The heritage president also credits Davis with his ability to sift through piles of fine detail to tell a good story. “He’s always been entertaining,” Luxton

says. “[His stories] always have a punchline.” Luxton says Davis and his work are especially important given how quickly the city can change and calls him “the collective memory of the city.”

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Continued from page 5 Still, he insists his interests never became obsessions. “I don’t count it as obsessive, I count it as really interested,” he says. Davis insists he’s not a collector, not even keeping photos, but he makes one exception: “I collect coincidences,” he says. With barely a pause, Davis relates an incident from 1909, when he says Vancouver swelled with pride at having the first mechanized ambulance in the country. Almost immediately after getting the ambulance, it ran over an American tourist. Davis loves stories that deal in irony and unexpected reversals. He says it’s those little details, what he calls “raisins in the cake,” that make his job so rewarding. “It thickens your knowledge of the city,” he says, describing the ability to walk down a street with the knowledge that just over there, a century ago, Vancouver Mayor Louis Taylor hobnobbed with U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, while down that street the Vancouver Public Library became the city’s first glass curtain building, and just behind that door is where they saw the ghost. Davis doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he’s not completely immune to the pleasure of ghost stories, as he mentions the lady in red who has allegedly been seen exiting from the elevator that doesn’t exist in the Hotel Vancouver. Davis adds the hotel created the appearance of one elevator strictly for aesthetic reasons. He’s a thorough researcher even when it comes to dubious tales of the supernatural. Davis seems to see life in stories, and rarely answers a question without delving into his seemingly endless supply of Vancouver tales. When asked about the need for a greater knowledge of the city, Davis cites a visit he made to an elementary

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“WITHOUT EXCEPTION, 100 VOICES CRIED OUT, GEORGE WASHINGTON.” Chuck Davis

school when he was conducting local history lectures. He told the young people about the history of the city, and showed them a few slides, including one of a bronze statue standing in front of Vancouver city hall, sporting a powdered wig and clutching a scroll in one hand. He then asked the children to identify the man. “Without exception, 100 voices cried out, George Washington,” he says. A city that can’t pick its namesake, George Vancouver, out of a lineup, is in desperate need of more local history, he laments. This misidentification happened in 48 schools. Even at the Public Salon at the Playhouse, Davis identifies a historical mistake by one of the speakers who identified Francis Rattenbury, the architect best known for designing the B.C. parliament buildings, as a possible murderer. “He had it totally wrong,” Davis says. “Rattenbury was murdered by his wife’s lover.” Davis didn’t cross the bridge to history until he was in his 40s. He wrote a regular column for the Province newspaper, but one day while driving across the Burrard Bridge, he was struck by the beauty of the structure, and made the decision to write about the history of the bridge for his upcoming Sunday column. He wrote 194 consecutive columns detailing the history of different parts in the city for the Province “before they went tabloid.” At least financially, Davis’s detailed approach to history has sometimes been costly. In 1997, he self-pub-

lished the The Greater Vancouver Book, which turned into a 900-page albatross. “That put me in the poorhouse to the tune of about $250,000,” he says. “Ninety per cent of the writers still haven’t been paid.”

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n stage at the playhouse, the red light starts flashing in front of Davis. In an evening featuring brilliant speakers espousing on topics such as global sustainability, doctors without borders, and the map of the human brain, Davis’s announcement that he will not cut his speech short for the sake of the flashing red light ignites the audience, which gives him the loudest round of applause of the night. “Let me close with a small personal anecdote,” Davis says after the applause dies down. “My dad and I arrived in Vancouver from Winnipeg in December 1944. When we left Winnipeg the plows had piled the snow up higher than the level of the train itself. When we arrived in Vancouver,” Davis says, his voice choked by the emotion of the moment, “there were flowers growing in front of the CPR station. I turned to my dad, I was nine years old, and said, I think we’ve come to the right place. “Nothing has happened in the 66 years since to make me change my mind. This beautiful and exciting city, with its glowing future, needs a big book of its history for you and for your kids. I hope you can help.” Later that night, the Playhouse theatre has emptied and only a few people remain in the lobby, discussing the evening’s speakers and making small talk in front of the empty hangers at the coat check. An old friend spots Davis, and after a little conversation he starts to walk away. “Don’t go away,” Davis says. “I have a story to tell you.” jshepherdcourier@gmail.com


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If you’ve driven a car or ridden a bike in this city for any length of time, you’ve probably witnessed the following: • Motorists on cellphones who don’t signal, run red lights, cut off drivers and have a genuine disregard for the law. • Helmetless cyclists on cellphones who don’t signal, run red lights, cut off bike riders and have a genuine disregard for the law. They must be stopped! Arrested! Thrown in jail! But, sadly, they won’t. Seriously, some of my best friends are motorists. Some are cyclists, too. So what to do about this seemingly polarizing issue pitting cyclists against motorists and businesses that will reach a crescendo next week when city council decides whether to remove 158 metered parking spots on Hornby Street to make room for barriers to protect cyclists? I spoke to Erin O’Melinn of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition to get her thoughts.

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with the happy couple blazing through stop signs Wednesday morning on 10th Avenue and cutting off other cyclists. Then have a talk—if you can get his attention—with helmetless dude avec earbuds zigzagging from curb to curb along the same 10th Avenue path Wednesday afternoon. I digress. As I reported over the past two weeks, the Vancouver Board of

Trade and Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association said they were opposed to putting barriers on Hornby Street to protect cyclists. But it was made clear to me by Charles Gauthier, executive director of the business association, the position shouldn’t be viewed as anti-bike. In fact, Gauthier said, he occasionally rides his bike from Marpole to downtown.

I also understand that Jason McLean, chairperson of the board of trade, rides a bike but I haven’t been able to catch up with him to get more details. “We’re for bikes, too,” Gauthier said. “We just don’t like the separated bike lanes.” He added the business association has supported the VACC’s Bike to Work Week for four years. The business association also agrees with the VACC’s move to make businesses more bike friendly. But, Gauthier said, “it doesn’t mean we have to agree with separated bike lanes.” The business association and board of trade want more analysis of how separated bike lanes will affect the bottom line of businesses. The vote on the separated lane is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 5), although it could be bumped to a meeting on Thursday, depending on the number of speakers. For those who will attend, please note city hall has both parking stalls and bike racks. Chances are the majority of council will use the parking stalls, but don’t let that be an indication of their vote. The Dunsmuir viaduct, Dunsmuir Street and the Burrard Bridge all have separated bike lanes. And it was the ruling Vision Vancouver council that approved them. mhowell@vancourier.com

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WEB POLL NATION Go to www.vancourier.com to vote What should the city do with the empty suites at Olympic Village? a) ignore the province and find its own operator b) sell them and use the money to build social housing elsewhere c) turn them into well-appointed chicken hutches Last week’s poll question: With new businesses, restaurants and residents moving in, is Gastown changing for the better? Yes: 90 per cent No: 10 per cent This is not a scientific poll.

The Vision majority on city council was totally choked this week: More bad news down at the Olympic Village. This particular tracheal blockage came at the hands of B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman, the guy in charge of B.C. Housing. That crown corporation, along with the city, has spent the past six months hunting for an agency to run the city’s portion of the residential housing at the site. There are three buildings with 252 suites, half of which are meant to be subsidized or low-cost housing. (It’s part of the Olympic legacy mentioned in the bid book.) The remainder is to be rented at market rates to the likes of firefighters, police and teachers. It was a precipitous decision by the mayor and his majority that has caused more (unnecessary) controversy around the whole Olympic Village project. Then there is the cost of these three building: they were budgeted at $65 million. They came in at $210 million. Even though that overrun could be blamed on the previous administration, Vision takes heat for insisting half the rents be subsidized. Too rich for poor people. Then there is this point: Since the athletes moved out at the end of the Olympics, the three buildings have been vacant, which in itself has generated criticism from anti-poverty and housing activist groups. They note that while the city twiddles its thumbs, there are literally thousands of people on waiting lists who could benefit from that space. After much delay, B.C. Housing along with

allengarr the city asked for requests for proposals (RFPs) to run the operation. And in the past couple of weeks, a number of agencies have gone on the record complaining that the RFP application was too complex and the time frame for submitting too short. This simply added to the bad vibe that all but consumes the entire billion-dollar Village, which thanks to a real estate market that tanked and the resultant lack of sales, now resembles the most expensive ghost town on the continent. One of the bidders, Mark Townsend of the PHS Community Services Society, confirmed that agencies always make these complaints about complexities and the lack of time so in that sense nothing was different here. Townsend did say a number of the questions and assumptions in the application form were particularly obtuse, but let’s leave that aside for now. What was different was this: The bidding

process ended on Friday. Staff from the city and B.C. Housing were planning on meeting as recently as Wednesday (two days ago) to review the three proposals that were submitted. But on Tuesday, Coleman found it necessary to declare to Frances Bula at the Globe and Mail that none of the applicants were acceptable— before having the courtesy of first letting the city know. As Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs points out, the ink on the proposals wasn’t even dry before Coleman dropped that bomb. This cut the whole process off at its knees at which point the mayor and his merry band choked. In the scramble of the past few days, Meggs and the rest are talking about going it alone. Inevitably, it would expose the city to risk they hoped B.C. Housing would assume. But here’s the great irony. When the financial scandal first broke over the Olympic Village during the last election campaign, it looked like a gift to Vision and sealed its victory. That same project now seems to have turned into an albatross it’ll have to wear as we head into the November 2011 election. ••• Next Tuesday, the city will honour my old buddy Chuck Davis. The veteran broadcaster and respected local historian claims that his essential reference The Vancouver Book is the second most stolen volume at the Vancouver Public Library. To help honour Chuck, you may want to consider stealing more copies of that book to move it up to number one. agarr@vancourier.com

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Film festival projects eclectic array of art The Vancouver International Film Festival is now in gear, and with its more than 350 films, there’s something for everybody. Where else can you see an example of the “gay zombie porn genre,” (LA Zombie) or a French flick about the “plangent adventures of a rather vengeful telekinetic tire” (Rubber) in one venue? Not that you’d necessarily want to, but like Mount Everest, it’s nice to know VIFF is out there, and you have the option to scale it from any approach. If you’re planning to schedule a twoweek route to the summit, with the official film guide as your sherpa, good luck. Here’s a few of my top documentary choices from advance screenings, listed from great to good: Cities on Speed—Bogotá Change—In 1994, a rector at a Colombian university performs a lewd act in front of a jeering crowd, kickstarting a cascade of social consequences for “one of the most dangerous cities in the world,” transforming it beyond recognition. Alternately hilarious, moving and troubling, this doc demonstrates how one committed person (or two, in this case) can make an immense difference on the civic scale and beyond. The Red Chapel—A scheming Danish director pitches a goodwill performance to North Korea, and somehow gets an invite from DPRK apparatchiks. He arrives with two Danish-Korean “comedians,” one of them with cerebral palsy, with the intention of showcasing an unfunny slapstick routine for state officials. But the plan to punk the regime goes sideways when the disabled performer objects to the director’s efforts to use him to expose Kim Jong Il’s nightmare version of socialism. The 4th Revolution-Energy Autonomy—All around the world, solar contractors, producers and consumers are making alliances, doing an end run around King Cong (Coal, Oil, Nuclear, Gas). In his visually compelling film, globetrotting director Carl A. Fechner visits Denmark, Germany, Brazil and Bangladesh, tracking a building energy autonomy revolution. The brilliant German parliamentarian Herman Scheer provides side commentary. When the Devil Knocks—A low-budget film examining the mystery of dissassociative identity disorder, and the shadow cast across one Canadian woman’s life by monstrous sexual abuse in her childhood, that literally broke her into pieces. A decade of footage tells together the story of her healing, as a therapist attempts to

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geoffolson merge the fragmented personalities, or “alters,” into a unified personality. Himalaya, A Path to the Sky—Not a lot happens in this documentary, but that’s part of its otherworldly, off-the-grid charm. In an ancient, ramshackle Buddhist monastery on the cliffs of Pukthal, India, child monks live work and pray among their older mentors. Director Marianne Chaud focuses on one monk in particular, the puckish, eight year-old Kenrap, who is “different” from the other child monks, according to his teachers. “Where else can you pray and philosophize whenever you want?” Kenrap says of the home in the clouds. Into Eternity—This glacially paced, austere doc is in keeping with the topic of nuclear waste storage in Finland, and a radioactive legacy that keeps on giving. It will take the Finns more than 100 years to complete their immense Onkalo storage facility, in which the waste must sit undisturbed for 100,000 years. Various industry officials, academics and government bureaucrats shift uncomfortably in their chairs as they speculate on the unknowable intentions of a future race, which may ignore or misunderstand posted warnings from a long-gone civilization. Given all their contortions in justifying Onkalo, these head-scratching Finns might as well be wearing Spandex. But at least they’re spending more time thinking about the downside of nuclear energy than anyone else. Kinshasa Symphony—Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the most chaotic, poverty-stricken cities in the world. Yet the city dwellers succeeded in assembling an orchestra for a stirring performance of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.” Some instruments, including cellos, were made from scratch in the streets. The symphonic achievement is even more astonishing given the context the film failed to convey: since 1998, the wars in the Congo and their aftermath have resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people. www.geoffolson.com

According to one reader, you don’t require a doctor’s diagnosis to battle and defeat gluten intolerance symptoms. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Gluten for punishment,” Sept. 24. My excitement to see an article about gluten intolerance on the cover of the Courier turned to disappointment when I read the comments about how important it is to get a proper diagnosis. Three years ago, I became suddenly disabled with symptoms that seemed unrelated including dizziness and chronic fatigue. For a year and a half I saw doctor after doctor, being told over and over that my tests indicated that I was healthy and then suggesting I get counselling. Doctors and paramedics treated me very poorly, as though I was a hypochondriac or a drug seeker. Then one day, when I’d reached my

threshold of despair, I gave up on the medical community. I decided I would heal myself. Within four days of being on a non-allergen diet I experienced a miraculous recovery. I researched the probable cause of my illness among the foods I had eliminated and gluten jumped out of the page. To be sure, I re-introduced all the other foods one by one, except gluten and maintained my recovery. Let’s realize that gluten intolerance has the same devastating impacts whether a doctor diagnoses us as Celiac or not. And let’s admit that our medical system has failed us miserably by not looking at our foods as a potential source of our illness. Trina Ricketts, Surrey, B.C.

Board of Trade bike lane opposition is ignorant

To the editor: Re: “Board of Trade lobs letter bomb at Hornby bike lane,” Sept. 22. The recent missive from the Vancouver Board of Trade on the Hornby Bike Lane is not the first time this institution has lobbied on behalf of the automobile. As early as 1951, the board urged city council to create a new planning department with the priority to move all types of traffic freely in and out of the downtown area, so that shoppers’ dollars could be attracted back to the central business district. If council had listened to the board’s worries then, we might well have major free-

ways slicing right through the middle of downtown today—along with all the urban planning disasters that accompany them. Instead, we have a vibrant city core that is the envy of cities across North America. Separated bike lanes and cycling infrastructure are as key to our city’s future now as fighting the freeways was in the ’50s and ’60s. If we make these and other bike lanes permanent, future generations will look back and thank us. And they may also look back and find the 2010 Board of Trade’s complaints to be just as out-of-date as they were in 1951. Lorne Craig, Vancouver

To the editor: As a business owner in downtown Vancouver, I am appalled at the Vancouver Board of Trade’s short sighted criticism of the Hornby Bike lanes. If we learned one thing from the Burrard Bridge lane re-allocation it is that nobody can predict what will happen when these types of facilities are put in place. City engineers stood before council and proclaimed traffic would become a gridlocked nightmare if lanes were removed from automobile use. Clearly, the only way to know for sure is to try. Ron van der Eerden, Vancouver

Child self-report provides valuable information To the editor: Re: “School board ‘self-report’ survey produces pile of irrelevance,” Sept 22. The picture painted in the column about “fourth graders fed psycho-babble for Big Government waste” is misleading and erroneous on several points. First, the author implied that the research was a waste of time and the purpose was to justify the padding of Vancouver School Board budgets. To the contrary, the research provides useful information to all agencies and public institutions that work with children 6-12.

Secondly, that “there is no practical application for this survey” is inaccurate. As one of several community planning tables across the lower mainland which focuses on 6-12 year olds, the Vancouver Middle Childhood Matters Initiative will use the Vancouver MDI as a planning tool to help generate discussion, foster sharing of best practices and to support community initiatives at the neighbourhood level. Karen Sadler, community planning coordinator, Vancouver Middle Childhood Matters Initiative

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Members in subsidized units pay up to 30 per cent of gross income on housing

Housing co-op celebrates 25 years with restoration Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

They lived for years with mushrooms, two-by-fours propping walkways and condemned balconies. But last month, members of the Paloma Housing Co-op near Commercial Drive celebrated their co-op’s 25th anniversary and the restoration of their homes. “It feels good. The co-op came together,” said Michael Springate, a resident of six years. “There’s a sense of having proven ourselves as a community.” The co-op, which consists of 44 units in two complexes at 1580 and 1638 East Third Ave., was built under a federal housing program in 1984 on land leased from the city. Nearly half of the members receive subsidies for their monthly housing charges. Like many multi-unit residential buildings in Vancouver, serious building envelope problems had developed at the co-op by the mid 1990s. Paloma was one of nearly 70 leaky housing co-ops in B.C. representing 3,800 homes. It was also one of the most extreme cases. At one point, the co-op members were close to losing their homes, according to the Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C. Springate’s family of four moved into the co-op in 2005, and they were told remediation was underway. But by the end

“THERE’S A CERTAIN, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, SOLIDARITY THAT DEVELOPS.” Michael Springate

of 2005, financing negotiations had fallen apart. Springate says construction estimates were out of whack. Darren Kitchen, director of government relations for the provincial Co-operative Housing Federation, said Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, or CMHC, was dubious about granting the co-op a 35-year mortgage extension. But the extension was needed because of the high cost of replacing the roof and building envelope. In 2006, a worker stepped through a rotting walkway in the co-op, triggering emergency shoring and repairs. Springate, a writer, became head of the remediation committee. “There’s a certain, for lack of a better word, solidarity that develops when you see people in your community who you know would have an extremely hard time to try to find something that’s even remotely central,” he said, referring to low-income families and residents in wheelchairs who occupy the co-

op’s accessible suites. At the end of 2007, the city agreed to extend the co-op’s lease 20 years to 2044, so the co-op could refinance its mortgage to cover the construction and interest costs of $6 million. The co-op agreed that when its operating agreement with CMHC ends, it will continue to subsidize at least 11 of its units. The Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C. and CHF Canada negotiated with CMHC on the co-op’s behalf. CMHC helped Paloma with grants and mortgage financing and contracted with B.C. Housing to provide technical expertise. The provincial government provided grants through its Home Owner Protection Office. But monthly housing charges had to rise for co-op members who pay a $1,000 share to join. Some moved out. A two-bedroom was $887 in 2009, $942 this year and will be $1,000 in 2013. Members in subsidized units pay up to 30 per cent of their gross income on housing charges, which were increased where possible. The bulk of the construction was completed in June. Kitchen said more than two-thirds of the leaky co-ops across the province have been repaired or are being worked on, with others in the financing or design phase. crossi@vancourier.com

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Garbage and what to do with it has become a hot topic in recent years, but it’s still surprising to learn more than 75 per cent of garbage schools throw away could be diverted from the landfill. Metro Vancouver audited four random schools’ waste production earlier this year, which revealed the striking figure. I noted the audit in last issue’s story on the VSB’s plan to adopt a sustainability plan, and since talked to Kevin Millsip, the district’s sustainability coordinator, to get details. The two elementary and two high schools checked were not told they were being audited to ensure students and staff didn’t change their behaviour and so the four schools wouldn’t feel they were being singled out. Refuse was trucked to a central location, dumped, separated and categorized by Metro Vancouver staff, after which the VSB was given a breakdown of the trash. Millsip said an average of about 73 per cent of the garbage was paper and compostable organics, while 13.7

Kevin Millsip, the school district’s sustainability coordinator, notes the weight and smell of rotting photo Dan Toulgoet organic matter. per cent was plastic, metal and glass that is recyclable. “About half of our waste is compostable and that’s absolutely the norm,” he explained. “Any institution, if they had institutional composting, would cut their waste by about 50 per cent, which is just huge.” Not only does organic matter smell as it rots, it weighs a lot, Millsip added. “So if we take organic compostables out of our waste stream, out of our garbage bins, then the bins are

lighter and it might increase the times between pick-up because it’s not smelling. That’s also less weight for the trucks, which means they’re using less fuel. And if our waste gets picked up less frequently, we’re saving money etc. etc. It has all these dramatic impacts.” The district is working on how to best initiate district-wide composting, but it’s not the only area of concern. Recycling is in place for paper in schools, but the audit found that up to 20 per

cent of the garbage in some of the schools surveyed was paper. Millsip said the VSB has to find out why that’s the case and what can be done about it. Outsiders discarding their waste at schools are another source of the trash problem, according to the audit. “There were some items of electronic equipment, for example that we don’t use in our schools, so it’s probably someone in the community who just dumped it in there. We have to figure out how to track that stuff,” Millsip said, while noting that when VSB adopts a waste management plan, it would likely include periodic waste reviews to see how schools are doing. Courier photographer Dan Toulgoet’s shots of garbage thrown away at a Vancouver school Wednesday suggests waste management isn’t the only problem the VSB might want to address judging by the amount of perfectly good food that was tossed by students, including a lot of partially eaten fruits and half-full juice boxes. The photos reminded me of my high school days many years ago and how things haven’t changed much. Before one of our parentteacher interview nights, staff emptied all the garbage bins and attractively displayed all the wasted lunches—many not even touched—on tables at the entrance to the school for shocked parents to see as they entered. noconnor@vancourier.com

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City council expected to vote on Hornby bike lane next week

Bike lobby enlists business support Mike Howell Staff writer

A cycling advocacy organization has created a lobby group to provide a voice for more than 60 businesses in Metro Vancouver that support improvements for cyclists such as the proposal for a separated bike lane on Hornby Street in downtown. The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s creation of Businesses for Bikes comes as city council is expected to vote next week on a bike lane with barriers on Hornby Street. If implemented, the $3.2 million project would mean the loss of 158 metered parking spots on the street. The lane would connect with the separated lanes on Dunsmuir Street and the Burrard Bridge. As the Courier reported over the past two weeks, the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association have opposed the proposal for various reasons, including the lack of a study on the economic impacts to businesses. “We definitely wanted to provide a balanced view on the current issues about the new cycling infrastructure because the DVBIA and the Board of Trade have been quite vocal,” said Erin O’Melinn, manager of the Business for Bikes program. “We didn’t want all businesses to be slotted into that view because they don’t all feel that way.” Hornby Street area members of the 62member group include two Starbucks locations on Hornby, Pressed 4 Time drycleaning on Hornby and Pure Indulgence hair salon at Hornby and West Hastings streets. Dallas Kensington, owner of Pure Indulgence, said she joined the group because she supports more cycling infrastructure in the city. Kensington said more business owners should step up and voice their support for a separated bike lane on Hornby.

“NOBODY WANTS TO PARK THEIR BIKES ON CORDOVA OR HASTINGS AND LEAVE THEM THERE.” Dallas Kensington

It’s a debate she believes has been dominated by businesses opposed to the lane. “The [separated] bike lanes are a really great idea and they’re just going to promote a more green approach to getting around in this city,” said Kensington, whose salon opened in a plaza two months ago. Although some businesses interviewed over the past two months by the Courier believe their bottom line will suffer, Kensington said she doesn’t think a separated bike lane will affect her revenue. She said customers cycle, walk and drive to her salon. To attract more bike-riding customers, Kensington said she wants the city to install racks outside her business because cyclists have to lock up bikes to stair railings. “Nobody wants to park their bikes on Cordova or Hastings and leave them there,” she said. “It would be nicer to have [racks] closer. There’s a coffee shop next door and even the people working there bike to work every day.” Other Vancouver members of the group include the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Vancouver Renewable Energy, Westpoint Cycles, Whole Foods, Pacific Image Home Designs, VanPrint and Festival Cinemas. In the coming months, Businesses for Bikes will distribute a guide to companies interested in marketing to cyclists and will roll out the Discover by Bike project, a joint venture to showcase participating bikefriendly businesses to cyclists. mhowell@vancourier.com

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A West End resident says the grassy area of Sunset Beach is the wrong location for a community garden. “Right now sun-tanners put their blankets on the grass in the summer and kids toboggan down the hill in the winter,” said Erich Timm, who regularly walks the seawall near the proposed garden. “If this goes ahead it means for three months of the year only a limited number of people can use it. The rest of the year it will be an eyesore of 30 empty raised beds and home to raccoons and skunks.” If approved, the intercultural community garden will be a joint project spearheaded by YMCA Connections in partnership with the West End Residents Association (WERA) and Gordon Neighbourhood House, with support from the park board. To date, there are two community gardens on park board land, one on the edge of Stanley Park at Lost Lagoon and another in Nelson Park. The project will be modelled on the intercultural garden built on the rooftop of St. Paul’s Hospital on Burrard Street. It was a project of the same partners. Timm said he noticed a sign explaining the proposal near the proposed location of the garden last Friday, but added it was almost invisible from the pedestrian pathway. One of his neighbours turned the sign to make it more visible. “Signs should have been put next to the pathway and at Beach Avenue, but instead they put one in a spot where it couldn’t be read—well at least until the sign was turned,” said Timm. WERA president Brent Granby said the project is not an average community garden. He said 60 per cent of the garden beds will be dedicated to Canadian citizens, with 40 per cent for residents

WERA president Brent Granby supports the garden plan near Sunset Beach. who haven’t integrated into Canadian society. “It’s the exact demographic of the Downtown peninsula,” said Granby. He said along with growing fruits and vegetables, the goal of the garden is to cultivate community. The St. Paul’s garden was launched with a $200,000 joint provincial-federal government grant. Prior to taking part, participants attended a day-long workshop on racism, homophobia and intercultural communication. Granby said because so much of the infrastructure needed for the garden was in place at St. Paul’s, money remained to create a second garden. “I’m surprised that anyone would complain about a community garden,” said Granby. “They’re like apple pie and blue sky. I think once people see the merit and altruistic value of this project, like just how beneficial it is to

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health and creating community, they’ll realize the larger issue.” Vision Vancouver park board chair Aaron Jasper said the proposal is in its early days. “Nothing has been decided and we’re looking for feedback from residents,” said Jasper. “It’s so early on, we’re encouraging people to get back to us.” Jasper said the YMCA initially wanted to build the garden in David Lam Park in Yaletown, but enough residents in the neighbourhood spoke out against it that parks staff didn’t recommend the proposal to the board. “This isn’t just a community garden, it’s about building community,” said Jasper. “We still have to tread lightly, but I think it’s a great opportunity.” sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter@sthomas10

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Root cause

In Central Park Wednesday, I wrote about downtown residents who are concerned about two oak trees planted in Emery Barnes Park. According to information they found on the Internet, acorns and oak leaves can be toxic to dogs, especially small breeds. The woman I interviewed for the story told me a regular park user recently lost his two Chihuahuas as a result of kidney failure due to allegedly eating acorns. The American SPCA’s animal poison control website says oak trees are toxic only to horses, but there are pages of Internet sites that claim they’re also poisonous to dogs. No one from the park board or city called me back before press deadline Tuesday morning, but shortly after I heard from a frantic Constance Barnes, a Vision Vancouver park board commissioner and daughter of the late Emery Barnes, a former MLA, social activist and football player for whom the park is named.

Barnes told me she was in a meeting Monday when she received my message about the oak trees. I told Barnes my research hadn’t turned up anything conclusive. But she said the young oak trees will be uprooted and transplanted elsewhere. She noted there are 5,000 oak trees growing in the city. Barnes visited the park Tuesday morning to pick up acorns before any dogs could get to them. Barnes said parks staff were meticulous when planning the park, which includes a small fenced offleash area. “They even took great care choosing the right benches so dogs won’t get splinters,” says Barnes. “And the reason oak trees were chosen is because of their beautiful shade.” Barnes encourages dog owners to watch what their pets are eating off the ground, just as they would with their children.

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The park board is in the final stages of a decision on a five-year agreement with the Adanac Park Community Garden Society to allow a garden in Adanac Park. If approved, the community garden will be built in the southeast corner of the park, located at Adanac Street and Boundary Road, and will be 125 by 95 feet and include 56 plots. The society will be responsible

for the cost of pathways, fencing and a small tool shed, while the park board will provide water service. The board is expected to make a decision at Monday night’s park board meeting, which takes place at 7 p.m., Oct. 4 at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews.

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As anyone who reads Central Park knows by now, I’ve been trying to reach Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan every week for a month in an attempt to secure a phone interview prior to his Oct. 27 appearance at the River Rock Casino. On Monday I received a phone call from Toronto-based publicist Christine Liber, who’s handling Millan’s Canadian tour. Liber told me she was surfing the Internet last Friday and happened upon my last posting about my efforts. Liber was apologetic and assured me she hadn’t received any of my emails, which should have been forwarded from Millan’s Los Angeles headquarters. She also told me Millan is doing interviews only with “national” publications. As a consolation prize, Liber convinced his L.A. crew to allow me to submit questions for a Q&A article, which I’ve done. So thanks, Christine. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter@sthomas10

Resident Courier canine “Winston” could benefit from a private meeting with famed Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. photo Dan Toulgoet

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Less than 48 hours after they’d submitted proposals to manage rental housing in the Olympic Village, nonprofits learned the provincial government had rejected their bids. “Everybody is kind of reeling in shock,” said Thom Armstrong, executive director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C., which had hoped to establish a co-op in one of the three buildings. Only three organizations of 22 that attended a mandatory site meeting in August submitted bids Sept. 27. PHS Community Services Society, which provides homes to people who have serious problems maintaining them, wanted to manage all 252 units, half of which are meant for workers deemed essential to the city, including police officers, teachers and nurses, and half of which are to be subsidized. The Co-operative Housing Federation had wanted to turn one building of 84 units, most of which would be rented at market rates with a small amount of subsidized suites, into a non-profit co-op. B.C. Housing wouldn’t name the

third organization that submitted a bid. But Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman told the Globe and Mail Sept. 29 that two of the proponents weren’t experienced in managing housing for a complex mix of renters and establishing a coop isn’t part of the ministry’s mandate. City staff wouldn’t comment Wednesday on the development that likely quashes their hopes of seeing tenants move in next month, seven months after the buildings were returned to the city. “We’re very disappointed and frustrated in the province’s actions,” said Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs Wednesday. “The discussions occurred before we had a chance to formally evaluate the bids that came in and it was a true partnership on our side, with neither side having a complete veto on how things went, so the decision of B.C. Housing to simply declare that none of the bids are compliant is not consistent with how we would like to do business.” Coleman did not return interview requests from the Courier. His public affairs office reported that he had met with Mayor Gregor Robertson Sept. 29, and the minister anticipated

hearing back from Robertson shortly. “We entered into a request for proposal as a favour to the City of Vancouver, and we have been unable to attract a suitable operator for the social housing units planned for the Olympic Village,” Coleman said in a prepared statement. The Vision-dominated city council decided in April to keep half of the 252 units for social housing. Armstrong said the city approved an additional $32 million for rental subsidies to lease land to building operators for 60 years in exchange for $48 million in lease money up front, which would be financed through B.C. Housing. Mark Townsend, executive director of PHS, believes few groups submitted bids partly because they weren’t sure they could make the numbers work. “It would be hard work but it was worth doing because it’s worth getting a few units—obviously we’d like many hundred—that are a bit more affordable in this city that has a shortage of affordable housing,” he said. Armstrong said the request for proposals welcomed bids from co-ops and that overseeing mixed-income housing on land leased from the city is a natural fit for the federation. crossi@vancourier.com

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Four finalists have been shortlisted for the 2010 City of Vancouver book award. They are: George Bowering for The Box, which is a tour through the glory days of the 1960s in Vancouver led by Canada’s first poet laureate. In a series of 10 stories introduced by archival photographs, the book breaks with the conventional short story genre by weaving together biography, autobiography, parable and drama; Bruce Grenville and Scott Steedman for Visions of British Columbia, which matches images by notable visual artists with texts from acclaimed Vancouver and B.C. writers; Matt Hern for Common Ground in a Liquid City, which is a series of essays and images that examines the importance of place in the urban future and what makes cities livable; Chris MacDonald for A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver, which is a pocket guidebook featuring the city’s most interesting and innovative buildings. Mayor Gregor Robertson will present the book award and $2,000 to winning author Oct.19.

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Streetcar demonstration project coincided with Winter Olympics

UBC researcher expresses streetcar desires Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

Streetcars would be a great way to get more people out of their cars and swiftly and comfortably around downtown, say academics in transportation and planning at the University of B.C. Silas Archambault, who studied the Olympic streetcar line for his master’s thesis in community and regional planning at UBC, said streetcars not only shape how neighbourhoods develop, but they also appeal to riders who might not catch a bus. “That’s something we’re kind of missing the bus on, if you will, is just catering to a positive experience of transit,” Archambault said. “It’s not that hard. Just put on a little music and make sure that the awful smells are not set into the cloth.” Archambault presented the findings on the city and Bombardier’s streetcar demonstration project that coincided with the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at a local symposium on streetcars, Sept. 29. Archambault was surprised to learn: • 18 per cent of the 450 passengers he and other students surveyed over 60 days were riding the streetcars to work or school (there were more than

550,000 boardings over 60 days); • 82 per cent of those surveyed lived in Metro Vancouver, with little difference between the Olympic and non-Olympic periods; • 46 per cent of riders took a streetcar because it was more convenient or quicker than how they would otherwise get around; • 30 per cent of riders would not have made the trip if the streetcar didn’t exist; • 96 per cent of all passengers had a positive impression of the streetcar. The more an individual rode the streetcar, the more positive the impression. • Nearly one stroller rolled onto every streetcar trip during the entire demonstration. “This shows great potential for the Vancouver region, as the path to parenthood is often tied with the transition to an automobile household,” Archambault wrote in his report. Lawrence Frank, Bombardier chair in sustainable transportation at UBC and Archambault’s professor, organized the symposium entitled Streetcars: The Missing Link? to highlight the role streetcars could play in the region. Both Frank and Archambault want the city’s Downtown Streetcar project to

become a reality. The city recently spent $8.5 million upgrading the 1.8-kilometre stretch of the Downtown Historic Railway line between Granville Island and the Olympic Village. In 2008, council approved up to $1 million to safeguard future streetcar alignment

along West First Avenue to Science World. At this time, city staff estimated it would cost $90 million to buy six streetcars and establish two rail lines to Science World and a maintenance shed. It proposed the second phase as an extension to Waterfront Station. Additional

extensions could stretch to Stanley Park, along Pacific Boulevard to Granville, via Drake Street, into the False Creek Flats to connect with the Millennium SkyTrain line, into Vanier Park and potentially south along the Arbutus rail corridor. crossi@vancourier.com

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ter advising him about the Board of Variance hearing. A member of the Dickens group posted a message on its community email list calling attention to the appeal and urging neighbours to write to the five-member board. “Please help us take a stand,” it stated. Written comments have to be received by 4 p.m. Oct. 4, according to Louis Ng, secretary to the Board of Variance. He expects it will be a long meeting judging by the community interest. “The board will be asking themselves, did the City of Vancouver err in terms of their judgment of this decision on this application,” he explained. Carlene Robbins, Vancouver’s property use inspection branch manager, said the city must wait for the appeal to conclude before it decides its next move. noconnor@vancourier.com

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PORTLAND, OREGON—Although I didn’t hear The Clash song “Train in Vain” once during a recent carless vacation to Portland—where my girlfriend and I rode the rails, enjoyed free public transit, pedalled around town on two wheels and walked everywhere else—it would have been a fitting soundtrack. Just over a year ago, Amtrak added a second daily train to its Cascades route running to and from Vancouver. But despite its popularity (nearly 245,000 passengers rode between Portland and Vancouver last year) and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s assertion that “the second train has brought an estimated $11.8 million in economic benefits to British Columbia,” the Canadian federal government, in all of its supposedly green-minded wisdom, recently announced it was re-imposing $550,000 in border fees. Washington State officials say such a move will effectively kill the second train. Which would be a shame. Having travelled to Portland half

the historic train station to the Portland State University campus. Not only did it drop us in front of our downtown hotel The Nines—which occupies the top nine floors of the circa-1909 Meier & Frank department store building—the short trip didn’t cost a thing since it was within the city’s 330-block “Free Rail Zone,” meant to encourage the use of public transit and alleviate vehicle congestion in the downtown core. To further do our part for the environment, we visited The Nines’ space age bachelor pad known as Departures on the stylish, outdoorpatio-ensconced 15th floor and conserved water by only drinking bourbon sidecars and prosecco, gaining further insight into the definition of “happy” hour. Trains, light rail and bicycles: Spending a weekend in Portland without a vehicle is easy thanks to free public tranGood thing we went to bed early, sit in the downtown core and bike friendly streets. photos (left) courtesy Travel Portland photo (right) Michael Kissinger because our Saturday began at the ungodly hour of 9 a.m. for a threea dozen times, always in a gas- side rarely seen from the bustling upon when behind the wheel. and-half-hour culinary tour courhungry car, and always with an Interstate 5, we passed the time After arriving at Portland’s tesy of Pedal Bike Tours (pedalhour-plus wait at the border, playing travel scrabble, reading, Union Station at 3 p.m., we biketours.com), which also offers we appreciated the scenic eight- watching movies on our comput- hopped aboard the city’s new- a caffeinated Coffee Crawl and hour train trip this time around. er and drinking beer and wine est addition to its MAX light a beer-soaked journey along the Not only did it offer unhurried from the bistro car in our seats— rail system, the one-year-old treacherous Oregon Brewery Trail. views of the coast and country- activities that are, sadly, frowned “Green Line,” which connects Continued next page


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The farmer’s market at Portland State University offers an array of local produce, artisan cheeses, meats and food photos Michael Kissinger carts serving handmade cucumber, lime and jalapeno popsicles. locally grown produce, cheeses, salumi meats, apple ciders and some of the city’s famous food carts, including SolPops, which makes handmade popsicles such as Coconut Agave, Grapefruit Basil and personal favourite Cucumber Lime Jalapeno. In keeping with our environ-

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annemarrison a skinny, pear shape and when they are touched, they burst and the seeds fly. Ray Reynolds

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Q: I just received my little Rose of Sharon “Freedom” through mail order and was advised to plant it as soon as possible. With the current cold weather, should I set it out now or repot it in a bigger pot and store it in the garage until next spring? Funn Loong

A: The Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) will do best removed from the pot and planted outside this fall in a sheltered sunny spot. Protect it from cold by piling leaves, straw or bark mulch on top of the soil around your plant. Remove the mulch in spring after frost. If you garden only in containers, putting it in a bigger pot is a good idea. In the garage you will need to be very careful to water so that the soil stays gently moist.

Q: I have a 20-year-old, 15foot-tall Trachycarpus fortunii (Windmill Palm) in my front yard. Until this year, the frond stems were three to four feet long. This summer the new fronds became shorter and I didn’t see any new frond “spears” emerging. All my smaller palms are fine. What could be causing this? David Walsh, Vancouver

A: If smaller leaves and lack of new spears are the only untoward symptom, I’m sure the problem is drought. Windmill Palms are drought-tolerant in the sense that drought is unlikely to kill them. But when drought is prolonged, growth slows considerably. During this year, late winter was drier than usual followed by a somewhat dry spring. Even though we had many spring days of precipitation, frequently the rain was drizzle or showers that were not prolonged. The next season turned out to be a very dry summer with record-breaking heat on numerous days. Though Windmill Palm fronds should have no problem with high temperatures, the heat dries out the ground at a deeper level than usual and this reduces the moisture normally available to the roots. Many gardeners had problems with reputedly droughttolerant plants this year. When droughts are long, it would be best to thoroughly water your palm once or twice a month. Send your questions to amarrison@shaw.ca.

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Penitentiary comes alive with ghosts and ghouls in October

Philly haunted prison provides good Halloween chill Peter Neville-Hadley Contributing writer

Philadelphia’s decaying Eastern State Penitentiary is creepy enough in daylight, let alone walking its pitchblack corridors with only a tiny flashlight. photo Peter Neville-Hadley

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—The green-faced ghoul raised a hand to stop the conga line of jittery visitors, and raised his voice above a background of howls, screams and gloomy organ music. “How many in your party?” he asked in a sepulchral tone. “Eight,” volunteered a woman at the head of the line nervously. The ghoul leaned closer and gave her an eerie smile. “Not for long,” he said. Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary is Gothic enough in the daylight, the gloomy battlements and towers of its entrance and the peeling interiors of its solid stone original wings chilling even a sunny afternoon. Opened in 1829, the prison, with its hub-and-spoke design, was the original of hundreds of others around the world, and its philosophy was one of seeing imprisonment as providing an opportunity for monastic, solitary contemplation of wrongs done, putting the penitent in “penitentiary.” Economics, and the competing idea that prisons were places of punishment rather than reflection, eventually put multiple prisoners in the same cell. The green

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glasses that convince you you’re wading through something viscous on which it’s best not to speculate further, another is accomplished timidly, through the pitch dark, with only the tiniest flashlight. There are collapsing walls, sudden blasts of air and an endless—yet endlessly inventive—succession of grisly scenes and sudden shocks. Even outside the main gate those lining up for entrance are harassed by ghoulish characters with shredded clothing and slashed faces. Taken entirely by surprise by a lunging hunchback one woman jumps and shrieks, “I’m not ready yet!” Standing nearby, the show’s director, Jason Ohlsen, chuckles. “I love this job. I get to laugh every day, because believe it or not, scaring people is very fun to do.” It’s also profitable. Each year, more than 100,000 visitors pay to enter the darkened prison, producing about 65 per cent of the penitentiary’s annual fundraising income, money which goes directly towards restoration of the ancient monument. The evil ones are undying for a good cause. For more information, visit www.easternstate.org. Peter Neville-Hadley is a member of the Meridian Writers’ Group.

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1. The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company opens its 48th season with The Fantasticks, Oct. 2-23. With music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, the 1960 musical is the world’s longest running production and an endearing love story set in “a world of moonlight and magic, and later of honky-tonk carnivals and burning disillusion.” Kind of like the Courier. For tickets, call 604-873-3311 or go to vancouverplayhouse.com. 2. Elliott Louis Gallery (1-258 East First Ave.) hosts justiFYD: Art Crimes in America—a collaborative art project combining street art (graffiti) with studio painting by Vancouver artist Bruce Pashak. The exhibition runs Oct. 5 to Nov. 3, with an artist reception Oct. 7. More info at elliottlouis.com. 3. Local punk rock legends D.O.A. keep on ticking with their 13th studio album, Talk – Action = 0. They’ll be hauling their creaky bones to the Biltmore Oct. 1 for a release party. Tickets at Zulu, Scratch, Red Cat and Scrape Records or online at www.ticketweb.ca.

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Truth be told, the stoic dude faction at K&K, which brings this column its even-keeled dependability, rational thought and ability to hook up home electronics, does not cry easily. Sure we sniffled a bit when Spock died in Kirk’s arms at the end of Wrath of Khan and when we watched Trevor Linden’s retirement ceremony at GM Place, but usually we shrug off such emotions that fall outside the range of calm, cool and collected. So it was with some concern that we read that PRS for Music, the institution that collects and pays royalties to 70,000 songwriters in the U.S., recently conducted a survey of 1,700 people to determine what songs are most likely to make men cry. According to sadistic PRS chairman Ellis Rich, “A well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathize with. It is this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men.” So what songs possess that rare ability to turn men into blubbering piles of anguish? According to the survey, R.E.M.’s wussified “Everybody Hurts” is the tune most likely to make a man cry, followed by Eric Clapton’s career-resurrecting ode to his

4. Dust off you cloaks of invisibility and set phasers to stun as the Lower Mainland’s annual science-fiction and fantasy convention, VCON 35, takes over the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel in Richmond Oct. 1 to 3. In addition to movie screenings, costumes, a dance party and readings, guests include Seattle author Cherie Priests, actor David Nykl and former Courier writer Lisa Smedman who, as far as we know, lives in another dimension. More info at vcon.ca.

dead son “Tears In Heaven” and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s make-out theme “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen—that’s what we’ve heard. Rounding out the list is Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” (really?), U2’s “With Or Without You” (we always thought that was a “hump song” in high school), The Verve’s “The Drugs Don’t Work,” Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets Of Philadelphia,” Todd Duncan’s “Unchained Melody” and Robbie Williams’ “Angels.” To say we’re skeptical of the power of “Candle in the Wind” to make men cry is an understatement. And the fact that AC/DC’s “Ballbreaker” and Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” didn’t even crack the top 10 makes us feel tingly all over, gives us a lump in our throat and causes tightness in our chest. It’s as if we’re being overcome by a sensation we can’t control, one that makes us seek comfort and want to call our mother so she can tell us that everything is going to be all right, even though she’s always lived life like… like a candle in the wind. My God, what’s happening to us? We’re going to have to take a moment to collect ourselves.

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David Fincher’s new feature film The Social Network hits theatres this week. Apparently it follows the “tortured trail” of Mark Zuckerberg, the Harvard university computer programmer who created Facebook. We say “apparently” because we’ve yet to see the movie. Although the film’s been getting positive reviews, we have a feeling the film hasn’t gone far enough and doesn’t include the following characters and plotlines we feel would be imperative to doing justice to Facebook: • Former high school classmates that you never talked to when you were in school together suddenly wanting to be your Facebook “friend” and, when you reluctantly agree, cancel the request with a message that says, “Oh, I thought you were somebody else.” • Parents who want to be your Facebook “friend” and, when they do, feel the need to comment on pictures of you drunk in a bikini. • Daily accounts of what people just ate. • A visit to FarmVille.


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Scratch the surface of most Vancouver neighbourhoods and you can unearth at least one gem of an unsung restaurant, if not more. Not fancy—not even licensed, so far— one such West End find is Calli (1102 Davie St., ph. 604-633-9950), a diminutive Mexican 18 seater with little more than a collection of colourful raffia bowls and a giant spoon and fork for decor. Aside from word of mouth, what also drew me here was its outright simplicity. It’s a room devoid of any trimmings, where the only item on the agenda is the food. On the first visit, I was impressed by the way our host took the time to explain the menu, and also had no problem adjusting spicing and ingredients to suit our companion’s sensitive dietary needs. It comes as no surprise that Calli (which means “our home”) enjoys a growing number of fans, who come for the authentically Mexican, mainly freshmade fare and affordable prices. Nothing on the menu reaches beyond $8.90—the going rate for a substantial plate of enchiladas, fajitas or taquitos, complete with a generous serving of rice and refried beans. And there are burritos and tortas (sandwiches) for under $6. Worth noting is a small sign above

the kitchen door that reads, “Although we are not a fast food restaurant, we do our best to serve your food in less than 10 minutes.” The point is just about everything’s prepared to order. And it shows. Tomas Reyes, who runs Calli with his mom, Lulu Valdes, is a stickler for authenticity, although sometimes, he says, some adjustments are needed in order to satisfy local tastes. Reyes says coming from Mexico City is in itself key to the food’s authenticity. “Most of these plates we eat at home every day. Sometimes we can’t always find the exact ingredients, and the cooking technique might have to be adapted,

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but generally they’re pretty close.” One of the challenges, says Reyes, is to come up with recipes that balance authenticity with popular expectations, such as celebrated molé sauce. “Our molé is the way it should be— we’re constantly striving to get the best flavour. The style we offer here is considered the traditional Puebla,” he says. “Molé is made not just with chocolate, but is a complex sauce that actually contains five different kinds of peppers, burnt tortilla, sesame seeds, peanuts and more.” He adds, “It’s a love-hate item!” As for me, I’ll be back soon for more shredded chicken and molé—and to check out the tamale and tortilla soup. Besides, there aren’t too many places in this town where you can eat well with change from a $20. ••• More Belly’s Best neighbourhood faves to check out: • Mali Thai (2710 Main St., ph. 604-879-3929) is a compact spot that serves substantial value lunches ($6.95-$7.95 including salad), as well as wide ranging Thai specialties (curries are a highlight) spiced to taste. Free delivery within five kms. • Hawker’s Delight (4127 Main St., ph. 604-709-8188) is still the next best thing to Singapore street food in Vancouver. Marginal decor, minimal service—but who cares? Go for the laksa and Nasi Goreng. Cash only. Got a neighbourhood fave to share? Email info@hiredbelly.com or tweet @hiredbelly.

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Dysfunctional families, enigmatic musicians, fawning Atwood fans The Vancouver International Film Festival runs until Oct. 15. For more information and show times, go to viff.org.

Family Tree (L’arbre et la foret)

Oct. 1, 2 and 5 A dysfunctional French family gathers together after the death of a son—although, noticeably, not the elderly, Wagner-obsessed patriarch who skips out on the funeral to take a walk in the woods. Confusion, resentment and old grievances get aired in this talky, nearly plotless film, but it’s the revelation of a lifelong secret that causes the most disruption and latenight discussions. —Michael Kissinger

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Oct. 2 and 10 Although he’s been called “the Cole Porter of his generation,” talented über-curmudgeon Stephin Merritt comes off as a singer-song-

writer version of Eyore. But apparently that’s just a façade. The problem is, apart from a few skimmed-over details of his childhood and early incarnations of his band the Magnetic Fields, we still don’t learn much about the intensely private or, perhaps, disinterested musician. Sure, there’s plenty of footage of live performances and some unconventional recording sessions in his New York apartment, but the most compelling aspect of Strange Powers is the weirdly codependent relationship Merritt has with longtime friend/bandmate/manager Claudia Gonson. To Merritt’s credit, when asked about Gonson, he musters up enough warmth and admits that, as far as people go, she’s OK. —MK

A Night for Dying Tigers

Oct. 4 and 6 VIFF continues to meet, if not exceed, its dysfunc-

performances, particularly from Jennifer Beals, keeps the seemingly unwieldy plot, reminiscent of 25th Hour meets The Anniversary Party, from getting out of hand, even when things get, well, out of hand. —MK

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Stephin Merritt keeps up his droll defences in Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields. tional family quota this year with Terry Miles’ A Night For Dying Tigers. Thankfully, the local musician and filmmaker keeps things entertaining in this downward spiraling tale of messed-up offspring and their significant others as they gather for a dinner party at the old

family home. The reason is to say farewell to eldest brother Jack, who’s about to do five years in prison for manslaughter. But as with most booze-and-pillfilled family reunions, there’s much more going on behind the scenes and beneath the surface. Strong

Oct. 9, 10 and 13 While fans of Emily Carr who’ve worn out their copies of Klee Wyck won’t be blown over by any shocking new revelations about the iconic artist’s work and lifelong struggle for recognition, Michael Ostroff paints a vivid portrait of Carr’s growth (both personal and artistic), her connection to the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast and some textbook-worthy B.C. history. Using a combination of narration, dramatization, commentary, historical photos and Carr’s own words and art, the lovingly rendered doc should please Carr’s vast number

of shawl-wearing admirers and snag a few more in the process. —MK

In the Wake of the Flood

Oct. 8, 9 and 12 Fans of Margaret Atwood, overly earnest community theatre performances and vague, superficial discussions about saving the environment, your dream journal entries have been answered. Ron Mann’s documentary follows Canada’s famed novelist as she tends to her garden, drinks shadegrown coffee (because it’s the only way to save song birds, apparently) and promotes her environmental novel The Year of the Flood on an ambitious book tour in which fawning fans in each city perform songs and stage scenes inspired by the book. Personally, I found the whole thing an exhausting, cringe-worthy slog. And how many 47-minute movies can you say that about? —MK

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Puppets, artists who’ve trained at Chicago’s Second City and cheap tickets to not-socheap laughs should draw crowds to the 11th annual Vancouver International Improv Festival, says its founder Alistair Cook. “It’s $2 to see an hour-and-a-half performance of a wide-range of international performers and The Sunday Service. Really there is no reason, at all, to not come to that night,” said Cook, referring to the festival’s kick-off Toonie Tuesday showcase featuring the popular local comedy troupe. The festival also sells $40 passes, “which means you can see 22 performances at a recession-busting average of $1.80 each,” its press bumph states. Cook was producing short-form Vancouver TheatreSports League-style improv in 1999 when he was invited to an improv festival in Seattle. There he discovered Chicago-style long-form improv, where performers take suggestions from the audience upfront, then weave 30, even 60 minutes pieces, instead of brief scenes. Dazzled by the array of talents and styles he encountered, Cook, who’s also founder and director of !nstant Theatre Co., a professional improv theatre company, put together an international ensemble and showcases of short- and long-form improv in 2000. For the first time, this year’s comedy carnival features two ensembles. So many local talents auditioned for the International Ensemble, which includes performers from New York and Atlanta, Cook established a second troupe. The new Cascades Ensemble features performers from Vancouver, Victoria and Bellingham.

Performers at the 11th annual Vancouver International Improv Festival include (clockwise from top left) New York’s Doppelganger, Standards & Practices from Toronto, local comedy troupe The Sunday Service and Victoria storyteller and poet Dave Morris. Cook, who also performs with Vancouver TheatreSports League, isn’t surprised by the interest in improv. “Vancouver’s always had a steady interest in improvisation, especially with Vancouver TheatreSports having over 30 years of success,” he said. “With their new venue, I think it shows even more.” The International Ensemble, which includes artists from TheatreSports, performs Oct. 6. The ensemble will also stage two 30-minute pieces Oct. 9, one using Shake-

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spearean conventions and the other a Jane Austen-style piece, both developed in workshops over two days. Other acts include Toronto’s Standards & Practices, whose more alternative work verges on performance art according to Cook; Dave Morris, a storyteller, improviser and poet from Victoria; and Doppelganger, an all-female African-American trio from New York. For a time, this year’s festival looked like it might not materialize because of arts funding cuts said Cook. But festival orga-

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Activities of daily living stressing you out! From Heath to Private Investigation call 778-385-7313 CRIMINAL RECORD? Canadian pardon seals record. American waiver allows legal entry. Why risk employment, business, travel, licensing, deportation? All CANADIAN / AMERICAN Work & Travel Visa’s. 604-282-6668 or 1-800-347-2540

CULCHESKY - Marno Edwina November 23, 1931 to September 24, 2010. It is with sad hearts and fond memories that we announce the passing of our dear mom, wife, sister and friend. Early Friday morning, September 24th, Mom was lifted up to heaven. She left behind her husband Al of 55 years, son Dean (Tish), daughters Alison (Gary) and Christine (Norm), four brothers Orville, George, Frank and Bev; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A memorial service will announced at the end of October. Hamilton Harron Funeral Home 604-325-7441. www.hamiltonharronfunerals.com

Lost & Found

CAT LOST- black and white long hair, neutered male, extremely friendly, lost on 34B ave & 64st. Last seen Sept 15. May have jumped into a car. 778-887-0509 LOST TOOLS. Big canvas bag of tradesman tools, East Broadway Wed Sept 22 eve. Urgent, req’d for employment 604-946-5260

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Drivers

TEAM OWNER / OPS Quik X Transportation Inc. needs team owner/ops with late model trucks, 2 years min NA exp, clean record US qualified Contact Peter Million, toll free 1-877-493-6402

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BOOTUP LABS seeking experienced Python Software Engineer. B.S in Comp. Science required. $65K per yr/ 37.5 hr/wk. E-resume: danny@bootuplabs.com

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CUSTODIAN (Reg F/T - Permanent) Ryerson United Church

We are seeking a Custodian to work Monday to Friday (35 hours/ week). Duties include cleaning and general maintenance of the church, memorial centre and gym, general maintenance of the grounds, set-up for meetings and events and other duties as assigned by the Administrator. This is a regular full-time position beginning November 1, 2010. Please send your resume by Friday, October 8, to the attention of the Administrator by fax: 604-266-5378, by mail: 2195 West 45th Ave, Vancouver BC V6M 2J2, or by email: jean.roan@telus.net

FOOD DEMONSTRATORS

Need to Get Out Of The House, Talk to People & Create Extra Income?? Try a part-time job 2 or 3 days a week as a Food Demonstrator! Great for Seniors, Retirees & mature Adults! Do you enjoy talking to people & know how to do basic cooking? A job as a Product Demonstrator is perfect for men & women. Must be available on both Fri & Sat from 11-5 or 6pm (& some Sun). Requirements: As a Freelance Contractor, you must be a go getter able to work on your own, be able to carry medium weight equipment into stores & own a car. Must be well groomed, be bondable & fully able to read/ write/ speak & understand English. Pay starts at $10/hr. All day training provided in N.Burnaby.

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LABORATORY ASSISTANT Acme Analytical Laboratories (Vancouver), a premier BC mining laboratory, is looking to fill various Laboratory Assistant positions in Vancouver. 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 $12 (combination of base hourly rate and daily production bonus). Detailed descriptions of the various positions are available on Acme’s website:

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Medical/Dental

ACCENTUS MEDICAL Transcription Services requires Canadian MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS to work from home. Expertise in Operative Reports needed. Health Benefits now available! Please apply online www.accentus.ca/ employment.html

SENIOR SWIMMING INSTRUCTOR Instructing age groups 8 – 18 years. $15 hourly, for 30 hours per week. Minimum 1 – 3 years experience in recreation and competition instruction, and with special needs students. Technical ability, Level 1 NCCP and First Aid training required Post secondary diploma or degree preferred.

Busy Optometric office in Tsawwassen is looking for an Optician or Optometric Assistant. This is a part time position at present leading to full time in early Spring. Salary will commiserate with skill level. Please send resume to hansen03@telus.net

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FORK LIFT MECHANIC min 5 yrs exp. Competitive wage. Coq loc. Day shift, M-F. 604-540-2323

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

Trades/Technical

DCS seeking Concrete Finisher. Compl. high school and min. 3 yrs of exp required. $26 hr/40 hr wk. e-resume: despinal@telus.net

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Resident Care Attendants and Community Health Workers have an important contribution to make to BC’s Health Care system. The HCA program at Sprott-Shaw is current and relevant to the complex and changing health practice settings in which graduates will work. Includes: Crisis Prevention Management & Palliative Care SMALL CLASS SIZES • MONTHLY INTAKES • FINANCIAL OPTIONS CAREER FOCUSED PROGRAMS • FREE LIFETIME UPGRADING JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

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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

SHIATSU COURSE 14 hrs. Tues & Wed Oct 5th to Oct.13th, 6 pm -9:30pm. Kits 604-657-7756 www.vancouvershiatsu.com

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Music/Theatre/ Dance

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- ALL LEVELS Bernard Duerksen, M.Mus. 30 yrs exp. West side. 604-605-0962. SALSA PARTNER wanted for 52 yr old gentlemen. Downtown 778-839-0248 Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and Recorder. Lessons By exp’d reg. music teacher 604-876-6861 www.rosscurran.com

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ENGLISH/HISTORY TUTOR for high school/uni students. Quals: BA McGill, Eng. Lit. Honours; BEd Ottawa U. Grammar, essay writing, MLA, APA, Shakespeare, etc. Flex. hrs. Will travel. Contact Ms. Boyer 778-996-6153.

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

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2135 BEST Deal Restwell Matt Sets. Full wrty, Dble $319. Queen $339 King $559. Will deliver. 722-3636

CARROLL HOMECARE bed, fully electric, almost new (used 1 mo.). Incl. twin mattress worth $600. Pd $3200. Asking $2200 obo. Call 604-988-5874.

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BOWFLEX TREAD Climber, 2 yrs old, only used a dozen times. Moving must sell. Paid $2500, selling for $1200. Call 604-626-4122 Aldergrove HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best Price, Best Quality. All Shapes & Colors Available. Call 1-866-652-6837. www.thecoverguy.ca SCOOTER, FORTRESS almost new, w/battery, & Sony laptop brand new 604-261-6028

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

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SOFA &LOVESEAT - both excellent condition; originally purchased @Jordan’s; Barrymore 8way hand-tied construction; 4 matching cushions & sleeve covers incl; brown with toffee coloured stripes 604.221.0100 $500 TV CABINET/BOOKSHELVES 3 pieces ETHAN ALLEN; TV cabinet fits 21' TV & has pull-out swivel shelf, drawer & internal power bar; bookshelves have 3 adj. shelves; solid wood; v. good condition $650 will consider offer on indiv. pieces 604.240.3181

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

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: A powerful week for relationships,marriage,businesspartnerships,dealing with the public, opportunities, possible fame. What transpires now will have “sweet echoes” for three months. Love relationships are helped by October’s high level of sexual desire. Business partnerships might go through a process of re-arrangement, buyout, or balancing of assets/ownership. (All through October, with “lingering trailers” to January 2011.) Be diplomatic, flexible; if you insist on your way, you might turn opportunities into refusals, potential partners into competitors. Romance Sunday! Taurus April 20-May 20: The monthly emphasis lies on employment, chores, machinery, dependents and health. A new job can arise Wednesday onward. An important affectionate relationship might be developing – although you could begin to have a few mild doubts about your commitment to this bond. The same might be said about a contract, negotiation, relocation opportunity, or litigation. This indecision is due to a temporary factor. By late November, December, you’ll return to certainty about bonding with a person, place, agreement, etc., so remain optimistic. Excitement or disagreement grows Friday/Saturday. Gemini May 21-June 20: Romance (with a coworker?) pleasure, beauty are at the top of your wish list. You’re on a winning streak – you can succeed in speculation, gaming, sports and creative ventures. All these, from romance to creativity, are marked by a new sobriety, slowness and carefulness. Good, these will eventually bring depth, strength and durability to any love or venture you undertake. Your health needs attention. Your career ambitions will get an autumn boost (be active but patient: fastest progress comes in December). Rest early week. Wednesday to Saturday brings romantic (et al) excitement!

MOVING SALE ! Saturday, Oct. 2nd 10:00 - 2:00 4064 West 31 Ave. furniture, kitchenware, old bike, collectibles, clothing. Lots of good stuff. No Early Birds!

ST. FAITH’S ANGLICAN CHURCH FALL THRIFT SALE

Fri. Oct 1st, 6pm - 8pm Sat. Oct 2nd, 10am - noon 7284 Cypress St. at 57th Ave. on Arbutus Bus Route ★Treasures for All!★ Lots of Bargains & Variety! Toys, books, clothes, housewares, linens, knick knacks and lots more.

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Cancer June 21-July 22: The accent lies on home, children, security, gardening, nutrition, Mother Nature, foundations and basics. A streak of romance runs through your days (e.g., this Friday/Saturday) – right into next January. If you’re happily married, you’ll bask in love of children, creative joys, nature’s beauty, sports and/or simple pleasures, speculation, gambling, etc. Chase money Sunday. A Monday disagreement might be building with your mate over domestic/property concerns. It’s minor, but points to larger issues. Run errands, chat Tuesday/Wednesday. Friday p.m. starts an intriguing weekend! Leo July 23-Aug. 22: It’s a busy time but not an important time, Leo. Do paperwork, errands, chat, travel, email, schedule (especially Wednesday/ Thursday) but rest on a deeper level. Pause to watch nature, to meditate, contemplate, or simply to drink in family joys. (You’re a sweet’n’sour mixture in domestic arenas – after October, only the sweet will remain.) You shine Sunday, your charisma and energy surge. Chase money carefully Monday to Wednesday. (Your work habits need an overhaul: work smarter, not harder.) Friday afternoon begins a long, deep, renewing weekend – family reunions are blessed! Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Money, earnings, buying/selling fill this month. Your days bring interesting errands, casual meetings, paperwork, communications – a casual friendship could develop into a light romance (likely Oct. 8-10). You might sense that under a surface of free and easy flirtation a deeper “turn” is lurking – and it is. (Ditto in all areas – lightness hides depths. E.g., light communications or errands/travel could lead to an investment.) For students and intellectuals, October is a superb month for research and writing. Rest, lie low Sunday. Your energy and charisma rise Monday eve to Wednesday.

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Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Your charisma, energy, effectiveness and confidence soar, especially Wednesday afternoon to the weekend. Get out, start major projects, tackle difficult situations. See and be seen – be there in person. You’ll impress others. A sensual relationship attracts you all autumn – or you might pursue a luxury purchase. Either way, don’t be discouraged if mild delays occur next week to midto late November: success will still be the outcome. Sunday’s social, happy. But retreat, rest and plan mid-day Monday to mid-day Wednesday. If you have to insist Monday, it signals future incompatibility. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Rest, lie low, replenish energies. Life is sending a mixed message: your sexual/partnership magnetism is high, but the energy you need to act on it is low. Reflect on what you really want in love, so when your energy rises (Oct. 23 onward) you can chase the right person. There’s no rush – your unusual attractiveness will last into early January. Meanwhile, attend to neglected duties, governmental or institutional contacts, and administrative chores. Follow charitable urges. Drink spiritual breaths, envision your future. Tuesday, happiness! Saturday highlights that magnetism! Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Wishes come true, but in a quiet, sober way. Optimism, light romance, popularity, entertainment and social joys fill this month. Many of your deepest desires stay hidden, which can lead to a clandestine attraction, or might simply leave you quiet and contemplative despite your happiness. Realize that now to late 2012, your real wish is for money. Start thinking of ways to make this one come true. Your real estate luck returns, now to late January. Sunday’s mellow, loving. Monday brings a disagreement about money and the future. Midweek offers joy, friends. Rest, Friday eve, Saturday.

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H BIG FAMILY GARAGE SALE Sat & Sun, Oct 2 & 3 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, 5468 Inverness Street Dishes, furniture,clothing, electronics, books and more. Rain or Shine • No Early Birds

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Oct. 3 - Oct. 9 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: The accent lies on ambition, career, prestige relationships, your status in the community.You’ll meet with bigwigs or authorities, or feel their influence, especially Wednesday to Friday. If meeting, put on your charm – your social skills are tops now into next January. You might meet a “just right” romantic prospect in a group – if Monday to Wednesday, he/she will be obviously drawn to you. If late month – Oct. 22 to 24 — you will be the pursuer. Life’s depths, sex, finances, major commitments intrigue you Sunday. Wisdom Monday/Tuesday. Happiness Friday eve, Saturday! Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: For you, October is always loving, gentle, wise and compassionate. But this October your sweet mood can be slightly sullied by either 1) a temptation to use romance as a rung on the ladder of ambition, or 2) frustration that true love is unavailable. Realize that temptation and denial/ frustration are two manifestations of the same thing. (True love is never denied, but blocked by temptation.) Or, you might find true love now, especially Sunday (opposites attract) Monday-Wednesday (lust) Wednesday-Friday (gentle mind-meld) or Friday/ Saturday (nervous romance). An interesting week! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: You swim in life’s depths now: subconscious urges rise, your dreams intrigue, hunches prove accurate – rely on them when making consequential decisions. Commitments are serious, in finances, intimacy, lifestyle areas. What you do now can change your life. That applies particularly to love of a marriage/wedding kind, and to legal affairs touching on earnings and/or possessions (Friday/Saturday). A few months ago you had powerful ambitions, optimism about your prospects – grab those again, because you’re on a lucky four-month roll in career, worldly ambitions. Opportunities Tuesday! timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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T H E VANCOUV E R COURI ER FRI DAY, OCTOBER 1 , 2010

3508 3507

Dogs

Cats

FLAT FACED Persian/Exotic kittens. Call 604-277-7059.

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

3535 KITTENS- PERSIAN mom, 2 fluffy ginger, 2 white, some blue eyes, ready 3 wks, 1st vet chk $350. N. Shore, 604-789-7490

Livestock/ Poultry

LAYING BROWN HENS. Started Pullets. Tame. Lay well. $9.50ea. Cloverdale. ★ 604 541-0007

3540

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

3508

Dogs

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

LUXURY PET HOTEL @ YVR airport because your pet deserves a vacation too! 604-238-Pets (7387)

Cares! 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.

5005

CHIHUAHUA PUPS 3 female 1 male, healthy, playful, 1st shots, family raised, $500 604-799-2040 DOBERMAN PUPS. CKC Reg’d, males. 7 wks, health guar’d, $1300. (Sry) Call 604-589-7477

Accounting/ Bookkeeping

Corporate Tax Returns $225 +up $20 and up for personal tax. Monthly bookkeeping $20 hr +. Specialize: construction; sm bus. accounting. Trevor 604-788-0396

5035

Financial Services

Cut Your Debt by up to 70% DEBT Forgiveness Program Avoid Bankruptcy, Stops Creditor Calls. Much lower Payments at 0% Interest. We work for You, not Your Creditors.

Call 1-866-690-3328 DOBERMAN PUPS. Female/ Male. Tails/dew claws done. Blk/ tan. $1000-$1500. 604-607-7433 FILA/MASTIFF GUARD DOGS owners best friend. Intruders worst nightmare. all shots, $2000 each. ready now! 604-817-5957

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

5040

Business Opps/ Franchises

#1 JANITORIAL FRANCHISE Customers, (Office Cleaning), Training and support. Financing. www.coverall.com 604-434-7744 info@coverallbc.com JENNY - Lab Ret/Kelpie X/large/ young/female. Loves hugs & toys, energetic, boisterous with other dogs. Wary of new strangers /situations & will fear bark, blooms with consistent handlers, a rural quiet home is best. Visit the dogs at Vancouver Animal Shelter 1280 Raymur Ave 604-871-6885. LOOKING FOR forever home. 3 Jack Russell pups, family raised, 1st shots, dew claws, de wormed, 2 M, 1 F, $500 604-721-8371 MAREMMA GUARD dog pups for sale. 3 males, 2 females. $375. phone 604-823-4797.

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HOME BASED ONLINE GREETING CARD distributorships available. Complete program for $514.00/USD. Earn up to $140.00/new registrant. Call or email for full details, 778-436-9665, artped@shaw.ca HOMEWORKERS NEEDED!!! Full /Part time positions available - Will train. On-Line Data Entry, Typing Work, E-mail Reading, PC/Clerical Work, Homemailers, Assembling Products. HURRY, SPOTS GO FAST! www.CanadianJobsFromHome.com

7010

Personals

GENTLEMEN! Attractive discreet, European lady is available for company 604-451-0175 KITTENCLUB.CA 604-299-0872 near 2nd Narrows Bridge - $100 Special. ‘All we wear is lingerie’

STOP FORCLOSURES 1st and 2nd Mortgages 604-629-8628 www.Mazuma.ca

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of EMIL EGLI, Deceased formerly of Vancouver, B.C., are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executor c/o of his solicitors McLellan Herbert, #310 -800 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2V6 before the 29th day of October, 2010, after which date the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which they then have notice. Hugh S. McLellan, Executor By: McLELLAN HERBERT Barristers & Solicitors NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Michelle Louvain Swanney also known as Michelle Swanney and Michelle L. Swanney, Deceased, late of 201 - 2298 McBain Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6L 3B1, who died on April 5, 2010, at Vancouver, British Columbia, are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned at 510 - 1040 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 4H1, on or before October 22, 2010, after which the Executors will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. Carolyn M. Coleclough, solicitor for Gail Maltby and Don Farrell, Executors for the Estate NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA JOAN FORBES, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, at 27 – 4940 No. 3 Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6X 3A5, on or before the 26th day of November, 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. Donald Ivor Jeffery Executor CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

Real Estate Services

6005

★ 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

6007 Legal/Public Notices

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

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

6008

Condos/ Townhouses

6008-04

Burnaby

6008-34

Vancouver East Side

6020

Houses - Sale

6020-01

Real Estate

uSELLaHOME.com

$99 can sell your home 574-5243 Agassiz spotless 924sf 2br mobile home 55+ park $69,900 604-823-4710 id5221 Delta Bargain 450sf condo, 19+ complex, pool, park, $104,900 597-8361 id4714 Harrison Hot Springs immaculate 1650sf 3br, 2ba rancher $389K 604-796-3531 id5222 Maple Ridge drastically reduced 4.9ac serviced vu acreage $440Kobo 722-3996 id4694 Maple Ridge executive 2446sf 4br 3.5ba tnhse, fabulous view $423K 467-0275 id5226 Mission, Owner Retiring, profitable framing store & gallery $47,000 826-7993 id5176 Mission acreage secluded 2325sf 4br 3ba home 2.33 ac lot $589K 820-7222 id5225 New West updated new kit etc. 670sf 1br condo, pool $158,500 778-397-0508 id5230 Sry E Newton 1 acre lot with 2600sf 6br 2.5ba bungalow $479,900 778-549-2056 id5198 Sry Centre immaculate 872sf 2br 2ba condo nr Mall $194,900 778-228-5335 id5204 Sry Open House Sunday afternoons, 15210-82 Ave. Fleetwood huge 4542sf 8br 6ba on 6965sf lot with 2 suites $799K 507-0099 id5219 Sry Newton 1600sf 4br 2.5ba w/2nd 2br home in back, LUC lot, $479K 825-3280 id5231

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$38 Relaxing Massage

Massage, Facial, Nails, Waxing

604-709-6168 410 E. Broadway ABSOLUTELY the best full body massage in town. Female avail 8am - 10pm in/out. 604-771-4210 RELAXING MASSAGE very clean/private. 9am-11pm, 7days, D/town & Kits. Anie 604-684-8773

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7010

Personals

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

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

Angel Massage 604-294-8038

402-3701 Hastings St., Burnaby

6020-01

Real Estate

★ ALERT: WE BUY HOUSES ★ Foreclosure Help! Debt Relief! No Equity! Don’t Delay! Call us First! 604-657-9422

Burnaby

2420 NORCREST CT Beautifully Reno’d 5 BR, 3 baths, cls to schl/ bus, w/mortge helper, Must Sell. Mala @ Sutton, 604-710-9030

6020-26

www.HomeBuyingCenter.ca

* 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

6002

6508

Apt/Condos

BURNABY CENTRE Metrotown Area - Bby

Updated Studio & 1 BR Apts. Rental Incentives Offered. Rent includes heat and hot water.

North Vancouver

PRIME LOCATION - $930,000 Approx 13,200 sq ft, level lot, in Princess Park area, great potential for re-development. Build a mansion. Close to school, shopping, recreation. 15 mins to downtown & skiing. Mins to both bridges. 3 storey 4 BR house with basement suite. Ideal to renovate. Act fast. No agents 604-612-0227

6020-34

Collectibles & Classics

CALL (604) 438-4544

Surrey

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. Sorry no pets. For more information: 604-327-1178 info-vnc@langaragardens.com www.langaragardens.com

6522

N. SRY, Immac 2 BR, 1 bath, 534 sf. 6000+ lot. Move in or rent. Cls to Elem schl/skytrain. $239,000. 604-309-1888 Prudential Realty

6540

Houses - Rent

2BR+DEN BRIGHT house near 41st+Main, great area $1900 incl.util.wifi.cableTV 778-228-5009 visit: www3.telus.net/anzai/rental/ Sat & Sun - 1pm-4pm 11710 - 98A Avenue, Surrey 3 BR + 2 BR bmnt ste, workshop, dbl gar, sundeck, patio. $449,800. Mel, RE/MAX 604-726-6358

Lots & Acreage

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

2008 DODGE Viper SRT-10. Receivership Sale: A “black beauty” with only 8000 km. Convertible. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com.

9125

Domestic

1993 BUICK Regal, Grand Sport, 3.8L, 2 dr, black, 130K, good cond. $2900 obo, 604-985-2561 1994 GEO Metro, 5 spd, good cond, new exhaust/battery, $1400 obo 604-929-9572

9129

Luxury Cars

Furnished Accommodation

1 BR self cont’d grdn ste nr UBC. h/w flrs, np, ns, avail now, $1100 obo. ref’s please, 604-224-5379

6030

9110

leasing@burnabycentre.com

Cntrl Loc, Top Flr, 2 BR + 2 dens, 2 baths, inste w/d, lam flrs, new paint, wlk to transit/shops, $325K, Mala @ Sutton 778-859-4458

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Body Work

Houses - Sale

Seller Motivated! VIEW! Reno’d 1 BR, pets/rentals allowed, wlk to L’heed Skytrn/Mall. $228K, Mala, Sutton, 778-859-4458

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7005

6020

6020-04

Mortgages

NEED CASH AND OWN A VEHICLE?

http://www.gotkeysgotcash.com Foster homes urgently req’d for rescued, abandoned & neglected dogs. Many breeds. www. abetterlifedogrescue.com

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

5505

BLUENOSE PIT Pups 5m 4f 1st sht, vet chk. rdy 2 go Oct 6. taking dep 4 ur new pup! $1000 604 820 0073

BLUENOSE PITBULL pups, 6 left, taking appt/deposit,1st shots & wormed for info 604-701-7195

Legal Services

Pet Services

PERSIAN & Himalayan Kittens. reg $600 & up. 604-939-1231 dreamhimicattery.com RAGDOLL & Russian Blue Kittens, 6 wks, 1st st & wormed. SL & BL pt. $250 up. 604-581-2544

5060

2008 DODGE Viper SRT-10. Receivership Sale: A “black beauty” with only 8000 km. Convertible. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com.

9145

Scrap Car Removal

4 BR 3 baths, Point Grey, superb view of North Shore & city, steps from beach, nr UBC, $4200, avail immed 604-925-6683, 318-8211 KITS, 5 bdrm character home, lrg fenced yard, view, deck, hardwood floors, w/d, d/w, Oct 1, $3480 + utils. call 604-731-6684

NO WHEELS, NO PROBLEM

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN No Qualification - Low Down CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M VANCOUVER - 558 Taylor St, 1 bdrm + den, 2 level TOWNHOME, nr GM Place & Costco…$1,288/M CLOVERDALE - 6965-192nd St, 6 bdrms, 5 baths, NEW HOUSE, 3 suites equal BIG income, new appliances, gas f/p. ......$2,688/M

Removal FREEScrap/Car

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#1 FREE Scrap Vehicle Removal Ask about $500 Credit!!! $$ PAID for Some 604.683.2200

No Wheels No Problem

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Call (604)435-5555 or (604)786-4663

6508

Apt/Condos

GEORGIAN TOWERS 1450 WEST GEORGIA ST.

1 & 2 bedrooms starting from $1150

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

1 BDRM, $800. Newly reno’d. view, hardwood, Victoria Drive & 33rd. no pets, no smoking, Avail immed. 604-322-9224 2 BR, 2 bath, Yaletown Park 2, 30th flr, 780 sf, 1 prkg, storage, water view, n/p, n/s, long term. $1850. Immed. 604-345-6498 BEAUTIFUL APTS. 1 & 2 BR avail. Rates from $825. Call 604-327-9419.

MARPOLE’S BEST BUY $349,900 OPEN HOUSE: Sunday 2 - 4pm #302 - 1386 W. 73rd Ave, Vancouver

2 BEDROOM 2 BATH – 988 SF CONDO

2 BR Bsmt, newly reno’d, newer appls & carpets, close to ammens & Knight & Marine Dr., ns, np, avail immed, 604-614-4999 3 BR. E. VAN, 1400 block E 59th. bsmt suite, avail now. $1000 + utils. no smoking, no pets Refs req’d. By amens. 604-572-9948 3 BR garden ste grd lvl, np,ns, w/d, 2 bath, incl hydro heat $1800 Also 1 br $750 no kitchen, Granville &64th. Immed 604-708-0200

Pays $150 minimum for Full-Size Complete Vehicles. Free Removal! 2-Hr. Service in Most Areas

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9155

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

E 41ST & Inverness, 2Br, $885 incl hydro, gas, np ns grd lvl, new home. Nov 1. 604-671-6828 (txt)

1990 F250 4x4, canopy, well kept mechanically, good tires, great for work, $2500, 604-940-1580

OAK & WEST 29TH, 3 BR bsmt, shared w/d, share utils, n/p, Refs. $1100. Avail Now. 604-597-1300

2006 DODGE 3500 Laramie 1 ton Dually. Receivership Sal.130,000 km. Lanedo Deck Crane 1100 lb capacity. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com

Townhouses Rent

BBY SOUTH 2 BR T/H, Clean & Quiet, End Unit, 2 lvls, 945sf, u/g prking, 1 bath, Family Complex. Must have one child only. Nr Skytrain, schls/shops. Gross annual income requirement btwn $38K & $56K. Avail Nov1st. $975/mo + heat, NS/NP. For eligibility requirements & application please call 604-431-9225 or 604 517-8722

6615 Realty

Suites/Partial Houses

2 BR bsmt, 60TH & KNIGHT, n/s, n/p, Ref’s a must, suits quiet people, 1200 sf, avail Oct 15, $850 incl utils. 604-649-3525

6605

Agents

• Very well maintained unit and building • Gas fireplace & in-suite laundry • Freehold strata & secure parking • Across the street from park • Adult building with no rentals C Peter A L 604-290-1002 L Amex Broadway West

6602

Wanted To Rent

DEVOTED YOGA teacher (Fem) looking for quiet lodging in Kits for writing and meditation. Immed. Price neg. N/S. 604-781-7589

2 0 0 6 F O R D F 5 5 0 d i e se l . Receivership Sale. Flat Deck with mounted Lanedo 1100 crane. 230,000 km. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com

2007 CHEV Silverado HD2500 6 spd auto, trlr pkg, white, most options, ns, np, no accid, 1 owner, 52 km $23,000 mint 604-224-7819

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9155

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

HOME SERVICES 8055

2007 RANGE Rover Sport HSE, 43,000mi, stormer wheels, +tires studded $45,000, 604-728-7221 2008 DODGE RAM 2500 Diesel. Receivership Sale: Extended Cab. 90,000 kms. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email: marty.eakins@hmpltd.com 2008 DODGE RAM 5500. Receivership Sale. 15’ flat deck with deck mounted Lanedo 1100 lb crane. . Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com

9160

Sports & Imports

1990 MERCEDES 300E, auto, gold, local, exquisitely maintained, all records, new paint, 4 snow tires, sunroof, trailer hitch no rust $3800obo 604-528-1255 1990 TOYOTA Tercel, 2 dr h/b, white/blue, auto, 11,000 km on eng rebuild $1200. 604-732-7974 1998 VW Passat, requires trans work, exc. cond, 114,000 mi. 4 dr, 6 cyl $2500 obo, 604-288-5831

Cleaning

Butterfly Cleaning Inc. ‘‘Moving out, Home & Office’’ Bonded, Prof & Affordable. 604-781-4374 DOMESTIC CLEANING & Light Janitorial, $25/hr. Res/Comm. Bonded. Call Paul 604-325-0097 EXP CLEANING ladies avail 7 days/wk. Bonded. Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond 604-928-0025 H.C. Office / House Cleaning Quality & Experience. Bonded & Insured. 604-725-0856 QUALITY CLEANING. Exc refs. Res/com. Move in/out. Carpets + pressure wash’g. 778-895-3522

8058

Concrete

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

2006 NISSAN Sentra SE, 4 dr, 4 cyl, 1.8L, auto, white, 86,500 kms, CD, ac, loaded, tilt, cruise $10,000. 604-762-4107 2007 TOYOTA Camry, red, auto, 6 cyl, exc cond, like new, 24,000 kms, $20,000. 604-464-4172 NEED CHEAP AUTOBODY ? www.cheapautobody.ca 604-341-7738

9515

Boats

RECEIVERSHIP SALE: 28 Ft. Custom Built Aluminum Landing Craft. Twin Yamaha 350 hp outboards with 13 hours only. With or without 32’triple axel Highliner trailer. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty 250-217-4817 or email: marty.eakins@hmpltd.com

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Electrical

The current choice serving the Lower Mainland for more than 15 years. All Kinds of Work and Reasonable Rates.

CONCRETE SPECIALIST, patio sidewalk, driveway, exposed aggregate reas rate 604-764-2726 L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

8070

Doors

ALL GARAGE DOORS - install new door & opener, spring repair, door removal etc 604-719-1837

8073

Drainage

DRAIN TILES, sewer lines, water lines & sumps. Mini excavation 604-230-1472 or 604-327-0885 Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Roofing installations & repairs. 604-327-3086

Mia Casa − Drain Tile/Sewer Line Water Line Repairs / Replacement & Cleaning. Vince 604-941-6060, Al 604-783-3142

Drywall

ALL WORK GUARANTEED

J.A. CONSTRUCTION

Specializing in drywall & textured ceiling repairs, drywall finishing, stucco repairs, painting. Fully insured.

604-916-7729 JEFF

CITY LINK DRYWALL LTD WCB, liability insured. 20 yrs exp. Call Indy. Free Est. 604-780-5302 *Drywall * Taping * Texture * Stucco*Painting * Steel stud framing Quality Home 604-725-8925

FIJI ISLANDS

2837 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-603-9655

8125

Licensed & Bonded

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 Contr 97222. 40 yrs exp. 1 stop! Reas. rates! BBB. 778-988-9493.

ELECTRIC AVE Installations. Electrian lic# 99207, Res/comm, www.electric-ave.ca 604-215-0562 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR: Exp, friendly, reliable. Specializing in replacing old nob & tube wiring. Lic.#50084. 604-725-4535 YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guaranteed. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

8087

Excavating

# 1 BACKHOE, EXCAVATOR & BOBCAT

one mini, drainage, landscaping, stump / rock / cement / oil tank removal. Water / sewer line, 24 hours Call 341-4446 or 254-6865

8090

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

Full Seamless Gutter Installation/Repairs Soffits All jobs Guaranteed. Fully insured/WCB covered Will beat any competitors price

604-439-9417 EDGEMONT GUTTERS

• Sales & Installation of 5’’ Continuous Gutter • Minor Repairs • Cleaning

604-420-4800 Established 1963

DYNAMIC GUTTERS & Exteriors. Full seamless gutters. Installation repairs & soffits. All jobs guaranteed. Fully insured, bonded, WCB. Will beat any competitors price. 604-439-9417 Professional Powerwash Gutters cleaned & repaired Since 1984, 604-339-0949 Waters Home Maintenance Gutter Cleaning, repairs, windows Free estimate 604-738-6606

Flooring/ Refinishing

Hardwood Floor Refinishing Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

Century Hardwood Floors 604-376-7224 www.centuryhardwood.com

ALL FLOOR COVERINGS Repair & Replace. Material sales Dwight, 604-732-3057 I’ll show you the inexpensive route www.fccarpets.shawwebspace.ca ANYTHING IN WOOD Hardwood flrs, install, refinishing. Non-toxic finishes. 604-782-8275

Artistry of Hardwood Floors

DRYWALL Boarding, Taping & Painting cell: 604-318-3584

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless 604-219-6944 We cover the HST

VICTORIA DRYWALL LTD. 25 yrs exp. Reno’s & New Constr. Call Bruno ★ 604-313-2763

Golden Hardwood & Laminate Prof install, refinishing, sanding, and repairs. 778-858-7263

VINCE’S MAGIC Drywalling & textured ceiling repairs. Bonded 604-307-2295 / 778-340-5208

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

Kurt 778.233.5262 or Andrew 778.991.6535

SYKES LANDSCAPES - New lawns, paving stones, ret walls, fencing, outdoor kitchens - 604-454-4954

8160

Lawn & Garden

HEDGE SHRUB TREE & STUMP REMOVAL FREE ESTIMATE INSURED

224-3669

Expert Pruning ISA By Certified Arborist Ornamental & Fruit Trees, Shrubs & Hedges Northwest Arboriculture Colin Malcolm, Insured

604-618-9741

8130

Handyperson

TRUSTED HOME IMPROVEMENTS

. Core Aeration . Fall Fertilization . Lime Application

Clean-ups over-seed mowing

WCB

SINCE 1997

Complete Home Maint./Repairs Certified Trained Pros. For that small job. Rates you can afford. RJR Small Projects Division Part of RJR group

604-202-6118 HANDYMAN & Renos, Ext & int, 26 yrs exp. Additions, bsmts. To save money call 778-885-0771 Home/Business Improvements Reliable • Clean • Tidy. We love small jobs. Philip: 604-261-1700

SMALL JOBS WELCOME! Bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127

8140

Heating

Lorenzo & Son Plumbing & Heating (604) 312-6311 Local Licensed Plumbers & Gas Fitters

8150

Kitchens/Baths

Counter Tops, Custom Cabinets & Refacing NO HST til end of Dec • In business 50 years

604-879-9191 Superior Cove Tops & Cabinets #3 - 8652 Joffre Ave, Burnaby

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Another business organization does not support city council’s plan to implement a separated bike lane on Hornby Street in downtown. Last week it was the Vancouver Board of Trade. This week it is the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. In a Sept. 28 letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson and councillors, the business association cited four main concerns with the bike lane proposal, which calls for barriers in place of metered parking spots. They are: • Consultation about the proposal was “abbreviated and not conducive to a productive dialogue” to explore other options including continuing with the existing painted bike lane along Hornby Street. • The removal of metered street parking on Hornby Street. The association cited the city’s 2002 Downtown Transportation Plan, noting it calls for “preserving on-street parking and traffic lanes whenever possible.” • The possibility of outright bans of righthand turns by motorists, particularly on Dunsmuir Street at Seymour and Hornby streets. The association said the bans would be “unfairly punitive to businesses north of Dunsmuir Street, especially when the volume of cyclists in the separated bike lanes is considerably low most of the day.” • Introducing bike lanes in a “piecemeal approach” is contrary to the Downtown Transportation Plan. The lane will increase travel times for other modes of transportation, increase congestion and hurt the bottom line of businesses on or near the lane. The business association urged city council to delay the Hornby Street project until

monitoring is completed of the Dunsmuir Street separated bike lane, which was implemented in June. The review of the Dunsmuir trial should focus on impacts to the downtown traffic network and to neighbouring businesses, said the letter written by Ultan Kampff, president of the business association’s board of directors. “Measuring business impacts of new initiatives such as this should be standard practice,” Kampff wrote. City staff isn’t likely to deliver a report to city council on the Dunsmuir Street trial until next year. Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s director of transportation, has said staff wants to monitor the lane through different seasons. The city has reported 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 in the summer. The Courier reported last month that businesses along Dunsmuir are mixed in their support for the lane, which connects with the separated bike lane on the Dunsmuir viaduct. Kampff noted in the letter the association has a track record of supporting and advocating alternative modes of transportation. He pointed to consultations that resulted in the Downtown Transportation Plan and included the recommendation for a network of painted bike lanes. As the Courier reported Sept. 22, the Vancouver Board of Trade wrote a letter to mayor and council expressing similar concerns to those of the business association. The estimated cost of implementing the separated bike lane on Hornby Street is $3.2 million, according to a city report going before council next week. Council is expected to vote on the plan Oct. 5 or Oct. 7. mhowell@vancourier.com

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Joel Primus (l) and Style by Jury TV host Bruce Turner launched their microfibre line of boxer briefs, which were modelled by Maxwell Boateng.

HSBC Canada CEO Lindsay Gordon teamed up with Olympic silver medalist Shelley-Ann Brown for the Clean Air Champions Celebrity Tandem Bike Race.

Fred Store manager Andrea Chartier revealed Agent Provocateur’s fall collection of lacy lingerie at an early morning fash bash.

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Chor Leoni members Jordan Back and Rob Easton served and serenaded 140 guests at UBC president Stephen Toope and wife Paula Rosen’s home.

Brief encounter: Turned down by the “dragons” on CBC’s reality TV show The Dragons Den, Joel Primus’s chance meeting with marketer Ross Brown and Westjet co-founder Tim Morgan saw his men’s Italian knit microfibre underwear line NAKED go to production and assembled in Vancouver. The first to don the black boxer briefs—the 2011 Hall of Flame Firefighters. Four-alarm fundraiser: 2011 Calendar boys Jag, Kerry, Mike and Mitch turned up the heat at the seventh Passions Gala. Giving the sell-out crowd a sneak peak of their calendar glamour shots, which benefit B.C. Children’s Hospital and B.C. Burn Unit, the foursome stripped down at the Dr. Peter Centre gastronomic gala held in the West End. The shirtless lads live auction package fetched $7,500 contributing to the $105,000 generated for the 24-hour nursing care residence for people living with HIV/AIDS. Home boys: UBC President Stephen Toope and his wife Paula Rosen opened up their Norman MacKenzie home to Canada’s preeminent male choir Chor Leoni for their signature soiree. Led by conductor Diane Loomer and joined by opera great Judith Forst, the 45-member ensemble, in black tie and top hat, served and serenaded 140 guests at the Point Grey party. 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.

At Home with Chor Leoni event co-chair Jennifer Gaze welcomed special guest, opera great Judith Forst, who sang “Tonight” with the 45-member men’s choir.

Executive chef Takashi Ito (centre) watched from the sidelines as John Lance and Jeanie Norris prepped a six-course feast at the Fairmont Apprentices Dinner.

Calendar boys Jag, Kerry, Mike and Mitch’s culinary talents in the kitchen—a live auction item—fetched $7,500 for Shirley Young’s Dr. Peter Centre.

Emerging architect D’Arcy Jones picked up the Arthur Erickson Award from executive editor Anicka Quin at Western Living’s Designers of the Year Gala.


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F R ID AY, O C T O B E R 1, 2010 T H E VAN C O U VE R C O U R IE R

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An Invitation to all Seniors to

Thursday, October 7th, 2010 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

photo Dan Toulgoet

Dry high

BY CHERYL ROSSI Michael Springate and members of the Paloma Housing Coop near Commercial Drive celebrated its 25th anniversary and the end of one of B.C.’s worst cases of leaky homes.

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Class Notes: the 4th R

BY NAOIBH O’CONNOR The Vancouver School Board quietly audits a handful of schools and finds three-quarters of the garbage they throw away could be recycled.

Central Park: Dogged pursuit

BY SANDRA THOMAS The park board will remove oak trees dog owners fear are poisonous to their pets. And The Dog Whisperer agrees to an interview. Sort of.

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Devalued Village

BY ALLEN GARR Rich Coleman’s rejection of applicants to operate the city’s suites at Olympic Village is more bad news for Vision Vancouver.

International film feast

GEOFF OLSON From Danes punking North Korea to nuclear waste in Finland, a child monk in India and a symphony in Africa, VIFF showcases the world. BY

Come and enjoy all the things you love about Fall … the crispness in the air, a bountiful harvest and the wonderful aromas and tastes of the season. We invite you to join us as we host a complimentary afternoon to celebrate some of Fall’s favourite activities, tastes, sights and traditions. Let this season of colourful changes inspire you to visit your neighbourhood Amica retirement residence and experience our active lifestyle first hand. There’s no better time than now, to Fall in Love with Amica! For more information, visit www.amica.ca or call 604.736.8936

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Goin’ back to Calli

BY TIM PAWSEY What West End hole-in-the-wall restaurant Calli lacks in frills and decor, it makes up for in authentic Mexican flavours and value.

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Will Kane said in the movie High Noon, I could use a little help.” Davis needs a writer, and he needs the money to pay a writer. The History of Metropolitan Vancouver would be his sixteenth book, most of which are about Vancouver. He estimates finishing his magnum opus will take a year, and he’s hoping to raise at least $30,000 to pay the writer. “This [book] is long overdue, and I’m really pissed off that it’s going to be delayed,” he says later in the evening, smiling but sincere. Davis is considering several writers to take over his history book. “It’s got to be somebody who really knows the city,” he says. “And affection for the city wouldn’t be a bad thing.”

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tanding on the stage of the Vancouver Playhouse, seemingly oblivious to the spotlight but completely attentive to the near-capacity audience, Chuck Davis labours for breath between sentences. “You’d never know from my voice I used to be a staff announcer at CBC,” he says, referring to the fluid in his lungs. The crowd turns sombre, but Davis won’t have it. He assures the audience they just heard a very funny joke, and as laughter ripples through the crowd, everyone seems to realize he’s right. Davis, 74, is that rare individual whose lifespan seems far too meager to accommodate his vitality. Speaking at the Public Salon, an event that brought together a collection of brilliant and notable people from the community, Davis speaks last. He reveals his untreatable cancer, something he found out only two days prior, and says he almost certainly won’t have the time to finish what will likely be the most comprehensive history of Vancouver ever written, what Davis calls, “The capstone of my writing career.” The as yet unfinished book is called The History of Metropolitan Vancouver, which he says focuses mainly on the central city but also includes the suburbs. The book, which Davis has laboured at for four years, is slated to have a chapter for every year of the city, beginning with Fort Langley in 1827. He’s currently up to 1994. Davis has spent the better part of seven decades in Vancouver, written more than a dozen books about the city, worked for the Vancouver Sun, the Province and CHAN-TV, which eventually became Global. Davis needs the book to be finished, whether cancer will permit him to be there for its publication or not.

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t’s not the first time health problems have kept him from his work. Davis was diagnosed with skin cancer, prostate cancer and bladder cancer in a single week in 2007. “The skin cancer was minor: they chipped a few bits from my skull and back. The bladder and prostrate cancer were more serious. They had to be removed,” he says, noting the operation helped him lose a little weight. No matter how grim the diagnosis, Davis never seems to be far from a joke or a limerick, like the one he wrote while lying in the hospital, waiting for his bladder to be removed. On the first day of 2008 Chuck Davis was mulling his fate: “I’d feel so much gladder If they left in my bladder ‘Cause peeing the old way was great!”

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Davis’s broadcasting career included 2,800 interviews for the CBC Continued from page 4 “If I’m still around in a year, I’ll be really embarrassed,” he confides to one friend. Without a pause, his friend responds: “Be embarrassed.” Someone strikes up a conversation about Davis’s website, vancouverhistory.ca and the historian is instantly engrossed. Davis leans forward in his chair, gesturing with one hand while resting the other on his cane and discussing getting his website translated into French.

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ancouver Heritage president Donald Luxton says Davis’s work was an inspiration when he was a fine arts student at the University of B.C. in the early 1970s. “I think his contribution has been immense,” Luxton says. Luxton praises Davis for the level of detail in his books and expressed astonishment at the breadth of his study. “You know he gets it from talking to everyone in the western world,” Luxton said. “Some of us specialize a little more than that.” The heritage president also credits Davis with his ability to sift through piles of fine detail to tell a good story. “He’s always been entertaining,” Luxton

says. “[His stories] always have a punchline.” Luxton says Davis and his work are especially important given how quickly the city can change and calls him “the collective memory of the city.”

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ccording to Davis, his previous health problems prepared him a little for the shock. “I’m facing this with equanimity,” he says of the oncologist’s pronouncement. “When the hammer dropped it wasn’t quite as severe as it might’ve been,” he says, adding that everyone in his family has had a good cry since he received the prognosis. Davis thanks his wife of 45 years, Edna. “My wife’s been an absolute rock,” he says. He met his wife at CBC Vancouver in the early 1960s. Edna was working in the TV newsroom, while Davis was pursuing a radio career that began with an army prank. Stationed in the Currie barracks in Calgary as an army private in 1955, Davis decided to “sell” radios to some his fellow soldiers, according to his official biography on bcradiohistory.com. After quoting them a low price, he would turn the switch on the

unplugged radio while a friend triggered a tape recorder. Following a few minutes of music, Davis’s booming baritone would blare from the tape recorder, reading the news bulletin: “Russian troops have landed in Churchill, Manitoba!” The prank ended when a sergeant, clearly impressed by Davis’s gravitas, reported the Russian invasion to headquarters. In 1956, Davis took to the air on Canadian Army radio in West Germany, launching a radio career that would eventually include 2,800 interviews for the CBC. His home office, affectionately nicknamed the world’s largest gerbil’s nest, is crammed with papers, books and clippings and may be slightly less organized than his garage, which he says is stuffed with thousands of magazines including the New Yorker, Esquire and Saturday Evening Post. Davis shows great humour and graciousness throughout the evening, but seems notably downcast at the prospect of getting rid of all those great magazines and not being able to find someone who truly wants them. “I’ll probably just throw them away,” he says. Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 Still, he insists his interests never became obsessions. “I don’t count it as obsessive, I count it as really interested,” he says. Davis insists he’s not a collector, not even keeping photos, but he makes one exception: “I collect coincidences,” he says. With barely a pause, Davis relates an incident from 1909, when he says Vancouver swelled with pride at having the first mechanized ambulance in the country. Almost immediately after getting the ambulance, it ran over an American tourist. Davis loves stories that deal in irony and unexpected reversals. He says it’s those little details, what he calls “raisins in the cake,” that make his job so rewarding. “It thickens your knowledge of the city,” he says, describing the ability to walk down a street with the knowledge that just over there, a century ago, Vancouver Mayor Louis Taylor hobnobbed with U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, while down that street the Vancouver Public Library became the city’s first glass curtain building, and just behind that door is where they saw the ghost. Davis doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he’s not completely immune to the pleasure of ghost stories, as he mentions the lady in red who has allegedly been seen exiting from the elevator that doesn’t exist in the Hotel Vancouver. Davis adds the hotel created the appearance of one elevator strictly for aesthetic reasons. He’s a thorough researcher even when it comes to dubious tales of the supernatural. Davis seems to see life in stories, and rarely answers a question without delving into his seemingly endless supply of Vancouver tales. When asked about the need for a greater knowledge of the city, Davis cites a visit he made to an elementary

“WITHOUT EXCEPTION, 100 VOICES CRIED OUT, GEORGE WASHINGTON.” Chuck Davis

school when he was conducting local history lectures. He told the young people about the history of the city, and showed them a few slides, including one of a bronze statue standing in front of Vancouver city hall, sporting a powdered wig and clutching a scroll in one hand. He then asked the children to identify the man. “Without exception, 100 voices cried out, George Washington,” he says. A city that can’t pick its namesake, George Vancouver, out of a lineup, is in desperate need of more local history, he laments. This misidentification happened in 48 schools. Even at the Public Salon at the Playhouse, Davis identifies a historical mistake by one of the speakers who identified Francis Rattenbury, the architect best known for designing the B.C. parliament buildings, as a possible murderer. “He had it totally wrong,” Davis says. “Rattenbury was murdered by his wife’s lover.” Davis didn’t cross the bridge to history until he was in his 40s. He wrote a regular column for the Province newspaper, but one day while driving across the Burrard Bridge, he was struck by the beauty of the structure, and made the decision to write about the history of the bridge for his upcoming Sunday column. He wrote 194 consecutive columns detailing the history of different parts in the city for the Province “before they went tabloid.” At least financially, Davis’s detailed approach to history has sometimes been costly. In 1997, he self-pub-

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lished the The Greater Vancouver Book, which turned into a 900-page albatross. “That put me in the poorhouse to the tune of about $250,000,” he says. “Ninety per cent of the writers still haven’t been paid.”

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n stage at the playhouse, the red light starts flashing in front of Davis. In an evening featuring brilliant speakers espousing on topics such as global sustainability, doctors without borders, and the map of the human brain, Davis’s announcement that he will not cut his speech short for the sake of the flashing red light ignites the audience, which gives him the loudest round of applause of the night. “Let me close with a small personal anecdote,” Davis says after the applause dies down. “My dad and I arrived in Vancouver from Winnipeg in December 1944. When we left Winnipeg the plows had piled the snow up higher than the level of the train itself. When we arrived in Vancouver,” Davis says, his voice choked by the emotion of the moment, “there were flowers growing in front of the CPR station. I turned to my dad, I was nine years old, and said, I think we’ve come to the right place. “Nothing has happened in the 66 years since to make me change my mind. This beautiful and exciting city, with its glowing future, needs a big book of its history for you and for your kids. I hope you can help.” Later that night, the Playhouse theatre has emptied and only a few people remain in the lobby, discussing the evening’s speakers and making small talk in front of the empty hangers at the coat check. An old friend spots Davis, and after a little conversation he starts to walk away. “Don’t go away,” Davis says. “I have a story to tell you.” jshepherdcourier@gmail.com


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If you’ve driven a car or ridden a bike in this city for any length of time, you’ve probably witnessed the following: • Motorists on cellphones who don’t signal, run red lights, cut off drivers and have a genuine disregard for the law. • Helmetless cyclists on cellphones who don’t signal, run red lights, cut off bike riders and have a genuine disregard for the law. They must be stopped! Arrested! Thrown in jail! But, sadly, they won’t. Seriously, some of my best friends are motorists. Some are cyclists, too. So what to do about this seemingly polarizing issue pitting cyclists against motorists and businesses that will reach a crescendo next week when city council decides whether to remove 158 metered parking spots on Hornby Street to make room for barriers to protect cyclists? I spoke to Erin O’Melinn of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition to get her thoughts.

Cars and bikes navigate an often contentious relationship. “It always seems to be ‘us versus them’ in the bike/car relationship. And it’s frustrating for us because at the VACC, we are not anti-car, we’re just pro-bike. And we think that they can actually co-exist happily, as long as there is respect on both sides. And we try to do a lot of education on how to be a respectful cyclist. But we have a ways to go.” Note to O’Melinn: Please start

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with the happy couple blazing through stop signs Wednesday morning on 10th Avenue and cutting off other cyclists. Then have a talk—if you can get his attention—with helmetless dude avec earbuds zigzagging from curb to curb along the same 10th Avenue path Wednesday afternoon. I digress. As I reported over the past two weeks, the Vancouver Board of

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I also understand that Jason McLean, chairperson of the board of trade, rides a bike but I haven’t been able to catch up with him to get more details. “We’re for bikes, too,” Gauthier said. “We just don’t like the separated bike lanes.” He added the business association has supported the VACC’s Bike to Work Week for four years. The business association also agrees with the VACC’s move to make businesses more bike friendly. But, Gauthier said, “it doesn’t mean we have to agree with separated bike lanes.” The business association and board of trade want more analysis of how separated bike lanes will affect the bottom line of businesses. The vote on the separated lane is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 5), although it could be bumped to a meeting on Thursday, depending on the number of speakers. For those who will attend, please note city hall has both parking stalls and bike racks. Chances are the majority of council will use the parking stalls, but don’t let that be an indication of their vote. The Dunsmuir viaduct, Dunsmuir Street and the Burrard Bridge all have separated bike lanes. And it was the ruling Vision Vancouver council that approved them. mhowell@vancourier.com

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WEB POLL NATION Go to www.vancourier.com to vote What should the city do with the empty suites at Olympic Village? a) ignore the province and find its own operator b) sell them and use the money to build social housing elsewhere c) turn them into well-appointed chicken hutches Last week’s poll question: With new businesses, restaurants and residents moving in, is Gastown changing for the better? Yes: 90 per cent No: 10 per cent This is not a scientific poll.

The Vision majority on city council was totally choked this week: More bad news down at the Olympic Village. This particular tracheal blockage came at the hands of B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman, the guy in charge of B.C. Housing. That crown corporation, along with the city, has spent the past six months hunting for an agency to run the city’s portion of the residential housing at the site. There are three buildings with 252 suites, half of which are meant to be subsidized or low-cost housing. (It’s part of the Olympic legacy mentioned in the bid book.) The remainder is to be rented at market rates to the likes of firefighters, police and teachers. It was a precipitous decision by the mayor and his majority that has caused more (unnecessary) controversy around the whole Olympic Village project. Then there is the cost of these three building: they were budgeted at $65 million. They came in at $210 million. Even though that overrun could be blamed on the previous administration, Vision takes heat for insisting half the rents be subsidized. Too rich for poor people. Then there is this point: Since the athletes moved out at the end of the Olympics, the three buildings have been vacant, which in itself has generated criticism from anti-poverty and housing activist groups. They note that while the city twiddles its thumbs, there are literally thousands of people on waiting lists who could benefit from that space. After much delay, B.C. Housing along with

allengarr the city asked for requests for proposals (RFPs) to run the operation. And in the past couple of weeks, a number of agencies have gone on the record complaining that the RFP application was too complex and the time frame for submitting too short. This simply added to the bad vibe that all but consumes the entire billion-dollar Village, which thanks to a real estate market that tanked and the resultant lack of sales, now resembles the most expensive ghost town on the continent. One of the bidders, Mark Townsend of the PHS Community Services Society, confirmed that agencies always make these complaints about complexities and the lack of time so in that sense nothing was different here. Townsend did say a number of the questions and assumptions in the application form were particularly obtuse, but let’s leave that aside for now. What was different was this: The bidding

process ended on Friday. Staff from the city and B.C. Housing were planning on meeting as recently as Wednesday (two days ago) to review the three proposals that were submitted. But on Tuesday, Coleman found it necessary to declare to Frances Bula at the Globe and Mail that none of the applicants were acceptable— before having the courtesy of first letting the city know. As Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs points out, the ink on the proposals wasn’t even dry before Coleman dropped that bomb. This cut the whole process off at its knees at which point the mayor and his merry band choked. In the scramble of the past few days, Meggs and the rest are talking about going it alone. Inevitably, it would expose the city to risk they hoped B.C. Housing would assume. But here’s the great irony. When the financial scandal first broke over the Olympic Village during the last election campaign, it looked like a gift to Vision and sealed its victory. That same project now seems to have turned into an albatross it’ll have to wear as we head into the November 2011 election. ••• Next Tuesday, the city will honour my old buddy Chuck Davis. The veteran broadcaster and respected local historian claims that his essential reference The Vancouver Book is the second most stolen volume at the Vancouver Public Library. To help honour Chuck, you may want to consider stealing more copies of that book to move it up to number one. agarr@vancourier.com

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Film festival projects eclectic array of art The Vancouver International Film Festival is now in gear, and with its more than 350 films, there’s something for everybody. Where else can you see an example of the “gay zombie porn genre,” (LA Zombie) or a French flick about the “plangent adventures of a rather vengeful telekinetic tire” (Rubber) in one venue? Not that you’d necessarily want to, but like Mount Everest, it’s nice to know VIFF is out there, and you have the option to scale it from any approach. If you’re planning to schedule a twoweek route to the summit, with the official film guide as your sherpa, good luck. Here’s a few of my top documentary choices from advance screenings, listed from great to good: Cities on Speed—Bogotá Change—In 1994, a rector at a Colombian university performs a lewd act in front of a jeering crowd, kickstarting a cascade of social consequences for “one of the most dangerous cities in the world,” transforming it beyond recognition. Alternately hilarious, moving and troubling, this doc demonstrates how one committed person (or two, in this case) can make an immense difference on the civic scale and beyond. The Red Chapel—A scheming Danish director pitches a goodwill performance to North Korea, and somehow gets an invite from DPRK apparatchiks. He arrives with two Danish-Korean “comedians,” one of them with cerebral palsy, with the intention of showcasing an unfunny slapstick routine for state officials. But the plan to punk the regime goes sideways when the disabled performer objects to the director’s efforts to use him to expose Kim Jong Il’s nightmare version of socialism. The 4th Revolution-Energy Autonomy—All around the world, solar contractors, producers and consumers are making alliances, doing an end run around King Cong (Coal, Oil, Nuclear, Gas). In his visually compelling film, globetrotting director Carl A. Fechner visits Denmark, Germany, Brazil and Bangladesh, tracking a building energy autonomy revolution. The brilliant German parliamentarian Herman Scheer provides side commentary. When the Devil Knocks—A low-budget film examining the mystery of dissassociative identity disorder, and the shadow cast across one Canadian woman’s life by monstrous sexual abuse in her childhood, that literally broke her into pieces. A decade of footage tells together the story of her healing, as a therapist attempts to

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geoffolson merge the fragmented personalities, or “alters,” into a unified personality. Himalaya, A Path to the Sky—Not a lot happens in this documentary, but that’s part of its otherworldly, off-the-grid charm. In an ancient, ramshackle Buddhist monastery on the cliffs of Pukthal, India, child monks live work and pray among their older mentors. Director Marianne Chaud focuses on one monk in particular, the puckish, eight year-old Kenrap, who is “different” from the other child monks, according to his teachers. “Where else can you pray and philosophize whenever you want?” Kenrap says of the home in the clouds. Into Eternity—This glacially paced, austere doc is in keeping with the topic of nuclear waste storage in Finland, and a radioactive legacy that keeps on giving. It will take the Finns more than 100 years to complete their immense Onkalo storage facility, in which the waste must sit undisturbed for 100,000 years. Various industry officials, academics and government bureaucrats shift uncomfortably in their chairs as they speculate on the unknowable intentions of a future race, which may ignore or misunderstand posted warnings from a long-gone civilization. Given all their contortions in justifying Onkalo, these head-scratching Finns might as well be wearing Spandex. But at least they’re spending more time thinking about the downside of nuclear energy than anyone else. Kinshasa Symphony—Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the most chaotic, poverty-stricken cities in the world. Yet the city dwellers succeeded in assembling an orchestra for a stirring performance of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.” Some instruments, including cellos, were made from scratch in the streets. The symphonic achievement is even more astonishing given the context the film failed to convey: since 1998, the wars in the Congo and their aftermath have resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people. www.geoffolson.com

According to one reader, you don’t require a doctor’s diagnosis to battle and defeat gluten intolerance symptoms. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Gluten for punishment,” Sept. 24. My excitement to see an article about gluten intolerance on the cover of the Courier turned to disappointment when I read the comments about how important it is to get a proper diagnosis. Three years ago, I became suddenly disabled with symptoms that seemed unrelated including dizziness and chronic fatigue. For a year and a half I saw doctor after doctor, being told over and over that my tests indicated that I was healthy and then suggesting I get counselling. Doctors and paramedics treated me very poorly, as though I was a hypochondriac or a drug seeker. Then one day, when I’d reached my

threshold of despair, I gave up on the medical community. I decided I would heal myself. Within four days of being on a non-allergen diet I experienced a miraculous recovery. I researched the probable cause of my illness among the foods I had eliminated and gluten jumped out of the page. To be sure, I re-introduced all the other foods one by one, except gluten and maintained my recovery. Let’s realize that gluten intolerance has the same devastating impacts whether a doctor diagnoses us as Celiac or not. And let’s admit that our medical system has failed us miserably by not looking at our foods as a potential source of our illness. Trina Ricketts, Surrey, B.C.

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To the editor: Re: “Board of Trade lobs letter bomb at Hornby bike lane,” Sept. 22. The recent missive from the Vancouver Board of Trade on the Hornby Bike Lane is not the first time this institution has lobbied on behalf of the automobile. As early as 1951, the board urged city council to create a new planning department with the priority to move all types of traffic freely in and out of the downtown area, so that shoppers’ dollars could be attracted back to the central business district. If council had listened to the board’s worries then, we might well have major free-

ways slicing right through the middle of downtown today—along with all the urban planning disasters that accompany them. Instead, we have a vibrant city core that is the envy of cities across North America. Separated bike lanes and cycling infrastructure are as key to our city’s future now as fighting the freeways was in the ’50s and ’60s. If we make these and other bike lanes permanent, future generations will look back and thank us. And they may also look back and find the 2010 Board of Trade’s complaints to be just as out-of-date as they were in 1951. Lorne Craig, Vancouver

To the editor: As a business owner in downtown Vancouver, I am appalled at the Vancouver Board of Trade’s short sighted criticism of the Hornby Bike lanes. If we learned one thing from the Burrard Bridge lane re-allocation it is that nobody can predict what will happen when these types of facilities are put in place. City engineers stood before council and proclaimed traffic would become a gridlocked nightmare if lanes were removed from automobile use. Clearly, the only way to know for sure is to try. Ron van der Eerden, Vancouver

Child self-report provides valuable information To the editor: Re: “School board ‘self-report’ survey produces pile of irrelevance,” Sept 22. The picture painted in the column about “fourth graders fed psycho-babble for Big Government waste” is misleading and erroneous on several points. First, the author implied that the research was a waste of time and the purpose was to justify the padding of Vancouver School Board budgets. To the contrary, the research provides useful information to all agencies and public institutions that work with children 6-12.

Secondly, that “there is no practical application for this survey” is inaccurate. As one of several community planning tables across the lower mainland which focuses on 6-12 year olds, the Vancouver Middle Childhood Matters Initiative will use the Vancouver MDI as a planning tool to help generate discussion, foster sharing of best practices and to support community initiatives at the neighbourhood level. Karen Sadler, community planning coordinator, Vancouver Middle Childhood Matters Initiative

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Housing co-op celebrates 25 years with restoration Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

They lived for years with mushrooms, two-by-fours propping walkways and condemned balconies. But last month, members of the Paloma Housing Co-op near Commercial Drive celebrated their coop’s 25th anniversary and the restoration of their homes. “It feels good. The coop came together,” said Michael Springate, a resident of six years. “There’s

a sense of having proven ourselves as a community.” The co-op, which consists of 44 units in two complexes at 1580 and 1638 East Third Ave., was built under a federal housing program in 1984 on land leased from the city. Nearly half of the members receive subsidies for their monthly housing charges. Like many multi-unit residential buildings in Vancouver, serious building envelope problems

Michael Springate had developed at the co-op by the mid 1990s. Paloma was one of nearly 70 leaky housing co-ops in B.C. representing 3,800 homes.

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he ICBC website provides a five column, eleven row chart that summarizes the consequences of driving impaired under the new immediate roadside prohibition rules in British Columbia, effective September 20th, 2010. The first column lists the ten possible consequences—a mix of time Cedric Hughes periods, fees, penalties, costs, mandatory program requirements, and related criminal charges. The next three columns relate these ten possible consequences to a first, second, and third time immediate roadside prohibition for sampling between .05 and .08 blood alcohol content (BAC). This sampling range is called the ‘Warn range’. The fifth column relates the ten consequences to sampling over .08 BAC or refusing to provide a breath sample. Needless to say the consequences increase—longer time periods for loss of a driver’s licence, longer time periods for vehicle impoundment, higher costs, fees and penalties, etc.— across the chart. Road Rules suggests printing out this chart and posting it as a reminder, at least while you learn to adjust your socializing accordingly, near where you head out to your car. Many may be surprised at the extent of the adjustments it dictates. It’s probably fair to say that most BC drivers agree that impaired driving is unacceptable and support laws reflecting this disapproval and enforcing compliance with the simple, oft-repeated ‘Don’t drink and drive’ admonition. It’s also probably fair to say that most understand impaired driving laws as allowing some leeway and have learned to behave responsibly and be law-abiding. Nevertheless, drunk driving deaths have trended upwards—an annual average of 115 drunk driving fatalities between 2005 and 2009— and the number of crashes and injuries in which alcohol

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was a factor in 2009 — 3,700 crashes and 2,300 injuries— remain high. Hence these rule changes: to make enforcement simpler and more effective in getting impaired drivers out of their cars and off the road right away, and to deter by making the consequences of impaired driving even more immediate and costly in terms of dol-

lars and inconvenience. Social drinkers will likely (and should) conclude that these new rules set even more stringent limits on how many drinks they can consume in a given time period and still remain fit to drive. Clearly the Criminal Code BAC threshold of .08 no longer sets the tolerated limit in British Columbia. Driving soon after just one drink can easily raise an average woman’s BAC to the ‘Warn range’ and likewise just two drinks for the average man. And it’s hard to argue that the new .05 BAC threshold is draconian given that driving simulator tests consistently show that even readings under .05 still produce measurably poorer reaction times. Law-abiding citizens whose socializing includes consuming alcohol will have to decide in advance how they will return home safely. Couples or groups can designate one person to be the nondrinking driver who may (should) conclude that “non-drinking” requires an even stricter interpretation. Consider arranging taxi rides well beforehand. Consider local destinations within walking distance—which is not to encourage ‘impaired’ pedestrian travel, another ‘too high’ statistic. Please drive safely. Road Rules is by Cedric Hughes, Barrister & Solicitor with regular weekly contributions from Leslie McGuffin, LL.B. www.roadrules.ca

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It was also one of the most extreme cases. At one point, the co-op members were close to losing their homes, according to the Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C. Springate’s family of four moved into the co-op in 2005, and they were told remediation was underway. But by the end of 2005, financing negotiations had fallen apart. Springate says construction estimates were out of whack. Darren Kitchen, director of government relations for the provincial Co-operative Housing Federation, said Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, or CMHC, was dubious about granting the co-op a 35-year mortgage extension. But the extension was needed because of the high cost of replacing the roof and building envelope. In 2006, a worker stepped through a rotting walkway in the co-op, trig-

gering emergency shoring and repairs. Springate, a writer, became head of the remediation committee. “There’s a certain, for lack of a better word, solidarity that develops when you see people in your community who you know would have an extremely hard time to try to find something that’s even remotely central,” he said, referring to lowincome families and residents in wheelchairs who occupy the co-op’s accessible suites. At the end of 2007, the city agreed to extend the co-op’s lease 20 years to 2044, so the co-op could refinance its mortgage to cover the construction and interest costs of $6 million. The co-op agreed that when its operating agreement with CMHC ends, it will continue to subsidize at least 11 of its units. The Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C. and CHF Canada negotiated

with CMHC on the co-op’s behalf. CMHC helped Paloma with grants and mortgage financing and contracted with B.C. Housing to provide technical expertise. The provincial government provided grants through its Home Owner Protection Office. But monthly housing charges had to rise for coop members who pay a $1,000 share to join. Some moved out. A two-bedroom was $887 in 2009, $942 this year and will be $1,000 in 2013. Members in subsidized units pay up to 30 per cent of their gross income on housing charges, which were increased where possible. The bulk of the construction was completed in June. Kitchen said more than two-thirds of the leaky co-ops across the province have been repaired or are being worked on, with others in the financing or design phase. crossi@vancourier.com

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Business association joins fight against planned Hornby bike lane Mike Howell Staff writer

Another business organization does not support city council’s plan to implement a separated bike lane on Hornby Street in downtown. Last week it was the Vancouver Board of Trade. This week it is the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. In a Sept. 28 letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson and councillors, the business association cited four main concerns with the bike lane proposal, which calls for barriers in place of metered parking spots. They are: • Consultation about the proposal was “abbreviated and not conducive to a productive dialogue” to explore other options including continuing with the existing painted bike lane along Hornby Street. • The removal of metered street parking on Hornby Street. The association cited the city’s 2002 Downtown Transportation Plan, noting it calls for “preserving on-street parking and traffic lanes whenever possible.” • The possibility of outright bans of righthand turns by motorists, particularly on Dunsmuir Street at Seymour and Hornby streets. The association said the bans would be “unfairly punitive to businesses north of Dunsmuir Street, especially when the volume of cyclists in the separated bike lanes is considerably low most of the day.” • Introducing bike lanes in a “piecemeal approach” is contrary to the Downtown Transportation Plan. The lane will increase travel times for other modes of transportation, increase congestion and hurt the bottom line of businesses on or near the lane. The business association urged city council to delay the Hornby Street project until

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Bike lobby enlists business support Mike Howell Staff writer

A cycling advocacy organization has created a lobby group to provide a voice for more than 60 businesses in Metro Vancouver that support improvements for cyclists such as the proposal for a separated bike lane on Hornby Street in downtown. The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s creation of Businesses for Bikes comes as city council is expected to vote next week on a bike lane with barriers on Hornby Street. If implemented, the $3.2 million project would mean the loss of 158 metered parking spots on the street. The lane would connect with the separated lanes on Dunsmuir Street and the Burrard Bridge. As the Courier reported over the past two weeks, the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association have opposed the proposal for various reasons, including the lack of a study on the economic impacts to businesses. “We definitely wanted to provide a balanced view on the current issues about the new cycling infrastructure because the DVBIA and the Board of Trade have been quite vocal,” said Erin O’Melinn, manager of the Business for Bikes program. “We didn’t want all businesses to be slotted into that view because they don’t all feel that way.” Hornby Street area members of the 62member group include two Starbucks locations on Hornby, Pressed 4 Time drycleaning on Hornby and Pure Indulgence hair salon at Hornby and West Hastings streets. Dallas Kensington, owner of Pure Indulgence, said she joined the group because she supports more cycling infrastructure in the city. Kensington said more business owners should step up and voice their support for a separated bike lane on Hornby.

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It’s a debate she believes has been dominated by businesses opposed to the lane. “The [separated] bike lanes are a really great idea and they’re just going to promote a more green approach to getting around in this city,” said Kensington, whose salon opened in a plaza two months ago. Although some businesses interviewed over the past two months by the Courier believe their bottom line will suffer, Kensington said she doesn’t think a separated bike lane will affect her revenue. She said customers cycle, walk and drive to her salon. To attract more bike-riding customers, Kensington said she wants the city to install racks outside her business because cyclists have to lock up bikes to stair railings. “Nobody wants to park their bikes on Cordova or Hastings and leave them there,” she said. “It would be nicer to have [racks] closer. There’s a coffee shop next door and even the people working there bike to work every day.” Other Vancouver members of the group include the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Vancouver Renewable Energy, Westpoint Cycles, Whole Foods, Pacific Image Home Designs, VanPrint and Festival Cinemas. In the coming months, Businesses for Bikes will distribute a guide to companies interested in marketing to cyclists and will roll out the Discover by Bike project, a joint venture to showcase participating bikefriendly businesses to cyclists. mhowell@vancourier.com

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Resident Courier canine “Winston” could benefit from a private meeting with photo Dan Toulgoet famed Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan.

Central Park

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Root cause

In Central Park Wednesday, I wrote about downtown residents who are concerned about two oak trees planted in Emery Barnes Park. According to information they found on the Internet, acorns and oak leaves can be toxic to dogs, especially small breeds. The woman I interviewed for the story told me a regular park user recently lost his two Chihuahuas as a result of kidney failure due to allegedly eating acorns. The American SPCA’s animal poison control website says oak trees are toxic only to horses, but there are pages of Internet sites that claim they’re also poisonous to dogs. No one from the park board or city called me back before press deadline Tuesday morning, but shortly after I heard from a frantic Constance Barnes, a Vision Vancouver park board commissioner and daughter of the late Emery Barnes, a former MLA, social activist and football player for whom the park is named. Barnes told me she was in a meeting Monday when she received my message about the oak trees. I told Barnes my research hadn’t turned up anything conclusive. But she said the young oak trees will be uprooted and transplanted elsewhere. She noted there are 5,000 oak trees growing in the city. Barnes visited the park Tuesday morning to pick up acorns before any dogs could get to them. Barnes said parks staff were meticulous when planning the park, which includes a small fenced off-leash area. “They even took great care choosing the right benches so dogs won’t get splinters,” says Barnes. “And the reason oak trees were chosen is because of their beautiful shade.”

Barnes encourages dog owners to watch what their pets are eating off the ground, just as they would with their children.

Garden plot

The park board is in the final stages of a decision on a five-year agreement with the Adanac Park Community Garden Society to allow a garden in Adanac Park. If approved, the community garden will be built in the southeast corner of the park, located at Adanac Street and Boundary Road, and will be 125 by 95 feet and include 56 plots. The society will be responsible for the cost of pathways, fencing and a small tool shed, while the park board will provide water service. The board is expected to make a decision at Monday night’s park board meeting, which takes place at 7 p.m., Oct. 4 at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews.

Cesarean section

As anyone who reads Central Park knows by now, I’ve been trying to reach Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan every week for a month in an attempt to secure a phone interview prior to his Oct. 27 appearance at the River Rock Casino. On Monday I received a phone call from Toronto-based publicist Christine Liber, who’s handling Millan’s Canadian tour. Liber told me she was surfing the Internet last Friday and happened upon my last posting about my efforts. Liber was apologetic and assured me she hadn’t received any of my emails, which should have been forwarded from Millan’s Los Angeles headquarters. She also told me Millan is doing interviews only with “national” publications. As a consolation prize, Liber convinced his L.A. crew to allow me to submit questions for a Q&A article, which I’ve done. So thanks, Christine. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter@sthomas10


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community briefs Book award finalists

Four finalists have been shortlisted for the 2010 City of Vancouver book award. They are: George Bowering for The Box, which is a tour through the glory days of the 1960s in Vancouver led by Canada’s first poet laureate. In a series of 10 stories introduced by archival photographs, the book breaks with the conventional short story genre by weaving together biography, autobiography, parable and drama; Bruce Grenville and Scott Steedman for Visions of British Columbia, which matches

images by notable visual artists with texts from acclaimed Vancouver and B.C. writers; Matt Hern for Common Ground in a Liquid City, which is a series of essays and images that examines the importance of place in the urban future and what makes cities livable; Chris MacDonald for A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver, which is a pocket guidebook featuring the city’s most interesting and innovative buildings. Mayor Gregor Robertson will present the book award and $2,000 to winning author Oct.19.

Action for Compassion

The second annual Compassion Into Action event takes place Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Vancouver Public Library between 9 a.m. and noon, where participants can donate a non-perishable food item to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank in exchange for a free organic breakfast. The idea for the food exchange was born when Nature’s Path founder and CEO Arran Stephens was inspired after hearing Tibetan religious leader the Dalai Lama tell a Vancouver audience

to “put their compassion into action.” Last year, the first annual event raised more than $200,000 and 12,000 pounds of food for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. This year, Stephens’ goal is to raise $1 million in cash and donations, with 10 per cent of the proceeds also going to the Richmond Food Bank. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank collects and distributes food to more than 25,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and more than 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New

Westminster and the North Shore. The breakfast food was donated by Nature’s Path Organic Foods, Olympic Dairy, Vancity, Ethical Bean Coffee, Soyaworld and Happy Planet. If you can’t make it to the breakfast, you can still help by dropping off non-perishable goods to these participating businesses, IGA, Choices, Save On Foods, Urban Fare, Whole Foods and Nesters Markets. The Oct. 2 event includes live music at 9:45 a.m. and an organic gardening workshop at 10 a.m.

Your BC Lions — In Their Own Words Paris Jackson - 19 I was born and raised in North Vancouver and live year-round in the Lower Mainland with my family – so I suppose you could call me a true hometown Lion! I began playing football while attending high school at Carson Graham Secondary and it became my passion – in fact, I set the school’s single-game record for most rushing yards and touchdowns. From early on, I knew I wanted football to be in my future, so focusing on that goal kept me motivated to get good grades and attend university so I’d have the best opportunity to realize my dream. Following my college career at Utah, I was fortunate to be drafted by my hometown BC Lions – a team that I had been inspired by since childhood. After eight seasons with the Black and Orange, I can tell you that having this job is a dream come true. I was fortunate to be part of the team that brought the Grey Cup home to BC in 2006 – the warm welcome we received when we stepped off the plane is a feeling I’ll never forget. As a lifelong B.C. resident, I know British Columbians love their football, which is why it is my mission to do whatever I can on offence to win another championship for the CFL’s best fans. Growing up, I remember what it felt like to look to professional athletes for inspiration, which is a big reason why I love taking part in our club’s community initiatives. Among the programs I take part in, I would say the Timbits Camp is one of the most rewarding because it gives me a good feeling to teach young kids about the game I love and was introduced to right here in British Columbia.

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1. The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company opens its 48th season with The Fantasticks, Oct. 2-23. With music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, the 1960 musical is the world’s longest running production and an endearing love story set in “a world of moonlight and magic, and later of honky-tonk carnivals and burning disillusion.” Kind of like the Courier. For tickets, call 604-873-3311 or go to vancouverplayhouse.com. 2. Elliott Louis Gallery (1-258 East First Ave.) hosts justiFYD: Art Crimes in America—a collaborative art project combining street art (graffiti) with studio painting by Vancouver artist Bruce Pashak. The exhibition runs Oct. 5 to Nov. 3, with an artist reception Oct. 7. More info at elliottlouis.com. 3. Local punk rock legends D.O.A. keep on ticking with their 13th studio album, Talk – Action = 0. They’ll be hauling their creaky bones to the Biltmore Oct. 1 for a release party. Tickets at Zulu, Scratch, Red Cat and Scrape Records or online at www.ticketweb.ca.

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Truth be told, the stoic dude faction at K&K, which brings this column its even-keeled dependability, rational thought and ability to hook up home electronics, does not cry easily. Sure we sniffled a bit when Spock died in Kirk’s arms at the end of Wrath of Khan and when we watched Trevor Linden’s retirement ceremony at GM Place, but usually we shrug off such emotions that fall outside the range of calm, cool and collected. So it was with some concern that we read that PRS for Music, the institution that collects and pays royalties to 70,000 songwriters in the U.S., recently conducted a survey of 1,700 people to determine what songs are most likely to make men cry. According to sadistic PRS chairman Ellis Rich, “A well-written tear-jerker is one that people can relate to and empathize with. It is this lyrical connection that can reach deep down emotionally and move even the strongest of men.” So what songs possess that rare ability to turn men into blubbering piles of anguish? According to the survey, R.E.M.’s wussified “Everybody Hurts” is the tune most likely to make a man cry, followed by Eric Clapton’s career-resurrecting ode to his

4. Dust off you cloaks of invisibility and set phasers to stun as the Lower Mainland’s annual science-fiction and fantasy convention, VCON 35, takes over the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel in Richmond Oct. 1 to 3. In addition to movie screenings, costumes, a dance party and readings, guests include Seattle author Cherie Priests, actor David Nykl and former Courier writer Lisa Smedman who, as far as we know, lives in another dimension. More info at vcon.ca.

dead son “Tears In Heaven” and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s make-out theme “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen—that’s what we’ve heard. Rounding out the list is Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” (really?), U2’s “With Or Without You” (we always thought that was a “hump song” in high school), The Verve’s “The Drugs Don’t Work,” Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets Of Philadelphia,” Todd Duncan’s “Unchained Melody” and Robbie Williams’ “Angels.” To say we’re skeptical of the power of “Candle in the Wind” to make men cry is an understatement. And the fact that AC/DC’s “Ballbreaker” and Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” didn’t even crack the top 10 makes us feel tingly all over, gives us a lump in our throat and causes tightness in our chest. It’s as if we’re being overcome by a sensation we can’t control, one that makes us seek comfort and want to call our mother so she can tell us that everything is going to be all right, even though she’s always lived life like… like a candle in the wind. My God, what’s happening to us? We’re going to have to take a moment to collect ourselves.

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David Fincher’s new feature film The Social Network hits theatres this week. Apparently it follows the “tortured trail” of Mark Zuckerberg, the Harvard university computer programmer who created Facebook. We say “apparently” because we’ve yet to see the movie. Although the film’s been getting positive reviews, we have a feeling the film hasn’t gone far enough and doesn’t include the following characters and plotlines we feel would be imperative to doing justice to Facebook: • Former high school classmates that you never talked to when you were in school together suddenly wanting to be your Facebook “friend” and, when you reluctantly agree, cancel the request with a message that says, “Oh, I thought you were somebody else.” • Parents who want to be your Facebook “friend” and, when they do, feel the need to comment on pictures of you drunk in a bikini. • Daily accounts of what people just ate. • A visit to FarmVille.


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Tomas Reyes and his mom, Lulu Valdes, bring the flavours of Mexico City to Calli.

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Scratch the surface of most Vancouver neighbourhoods and you can unearth at least one gem of an unsung restaurant, if not more. Not fancy—not even licensed, so far— one such West End find is Calli (1102 Davie St., ph. 604-633-9950), a diminutive Mexican 18 seater with little more than a collection of colourful raffia bowls and a giant spoon and fork for decor. Aside from word of mouth, what also drew me here was its outright simplicity. It’s a room devoid of any trimmings, where the only item on the agenda is the food. On the first visit, I was impressed by the way our host took the time to explain the menu, and also had no problem adjusting spicing and ingredients to suit our companion’s sensitive dietary needs. It comes as no surprise that Calli (which means “our home”) enjoys a growing number of fans, who come for the authentically Mexican, mainly freshmade fare and affordable prices. Nothing on the menu reaches beyond $8.90—the going rate for a substantial plate of enchiladas, fajitas or taquitos, complete with a generous serving of rice and refried beans. And there are burritos and tortas (sandwiches) for under $6. Worth noting is a small sign above

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the kitchen door that reads, “Although we are not a fast food restaurant, we do our best to serve your food in less than 10 minutes.” The point is just about everything’s prepared to order. And it shows. Tomas Reyes, who runs Calli with his mom, Lulu Valdes, is a stickler for authenticity, although sometimes, he says, some adjustments are needed in order to satisfy local tastes. Reyes says coming from Mexico City is in itself key to the food’s authenticity. “Most of these plates we eat at home every day. Sometimes we can’t always find the exact ingredients, and the cooking technique might have to be adapted,

Mighty Bites: Fine dining deal of the week

• Long running Le Gavroche (1616 Alberni St., ph. 604-6853924) offers a $29 three-course prime rib dinner on Sundays, as well as a $39 multiple choice prix fixe other nights.

Top Drops: Budget wine of the week

• Hardys Butcher’s Gold Shiraz Sangiovese ’07 (South Australia). This affordable blend with an appealing savoury streak yields surprising complexity for its $15.45 price tag—even less during BCLS October Australian promo in October, when it drops to $13.95. A deal!

but generally they’re pretty close.” One of the challenges, says Reyes, is to come up with recipes that balance authenticity with popular expectations, such as celebrated molé sauce. “Our molé is the way it should be— we’re constantly striving to get the best flavour. The style we offer here is considered the traditional Puebla,” he says. “Molé is made not just with chocolate, but is a complex sauce that actually contains five different kinds of peppers, burnt tortilla, sesame seeds, peanuts and more.” He adds, “It’s a love-hate item!” As for me, I’ll be back soon for more shredded chicken and molé—and to check out the tamale and tortilla soup. Besides, there aren’t too many places in this town where you can eat well with change from a $20. ••• More Belly’s Best neighbourhood faves to check out: • Mali Thai (2710 Main St., ph. 604-879-3929) is a compact spot that serves substantial value lunches ($6.95-$7.95 including salad), as well as wide ranging Thai specialties (curries are a highlight) spiced to taste. Free delivery within five kms. • Hawker’s Delight (4127 Main St., ph. 604-709-8188) is still the next best thing to Singapore street food in Vancouver. Marginal decor, minimal service—but who cares? Go for the laksa and Nasi Goreng. Cash only. Got a neighbourhood fave to share? Email info@hiredbelly.com or tweet @hiredbelly.

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Annual film fest gets underway with cavalcade of cinematic offerings

Dysfunctional families, enigmatic musicians, fawning Atwood fans The Vancouver International Film Festival runs until Oct. 15. For more information and show times, go to viff.org.

Family Tree (L’arbre et la foret)

Oct. 1, 2 and 5 A dysfunctional French family gathers together after the death of a son—although, noticeably, not the elderly, Wagner-obsessed patriarch who skips out on the funeral to take a walk in the woods. Confusion, resentment and old grievances get aired in this talky, nearly plotless film, but it’s the revelation of a lifelong secret that causes the most disruption and latenight discussions. —Michael Kissinger

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Oct. 2 and 10 Although he’s been called “the Cole Porter of his generation,” talented über-curmudgeon Stephin Merritt comes off as a singer-song-

writer version of Eyore. But apparently that’s just a façade. The problem is, apart from a few skimmed-over details of his childhood and early incarnations of his band the Magnetic Fields, we still don’t learn much about the intensely private or, perhaps, disinterested musician. Sure, there’s plenty of footage of live performances and some unconventional recording sessions in his New York apartment, but the most compelling aspect of Strange Powers is the weirdly codependent relationship Merritt has with longtime friend/bandmate/manager Claudia Gonson. To Merritt’s credit, when asked about Gonson, he musters up enough warmth and admits that, as far as people go, she’s OK. —MK

A Night for Dying Tigers

Oct. 4 and 6 VIFF continues to meet, if not exceed, its dysfunc-

performances, particularly from Jennifer Beals, keeps the seemingly unwieldy plot, reminiscent of 25th Hour meets The Anniversary Party, from getting out of hand, even when things get, well, out of hand. —MK

Winds of Heaven

Stephin Merritt keeps up his droll defences in Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields. tional family quota this year with Terry Miles’ A Night For Dying Tigers. Thankfully, the local musician and filmmaker keeps things entertaining in this downward spiraling tale of messed-up offspring and their significant others as they gather for a dinner party at the old

family home. The reason is to say farewell to eldest brother Jack, who’s about to do five years in prison for manslaughter. But as with most booze-and-pillfilled family reunions, there’s much more going on behind the scenes and beneath the surface. Strong

Oct. 9, 10 and 13 While fans of Emily Carr who’ve worn out their copies of Klee Wyck won’t be blown over by any shocking new revelations about the iconic artist’s work and lifelong struggle for recognition, Michael Ostroff paints a vivid portrait of Carr’s growth (both personal and artistic), her connection to the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast and some textbook-worthy B.C. history. Using a combination of narration, dramatization, commentary, historical photos and Carr’s own words and art, the lovingly rendered doc should please Carr’s vast number

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Oct. 8, 9 and 12 Fans of Margaret Atwood, overly earnest community theatre performances and vague, superficial discussions about saving the environment, your dream journal entries have been answered. Ron Mann’s documentary follows Canada’s famed novelist as she tends to her garden, drinks shadegrown coffee (because it’s the only way to save song birds, apparently) and promotes her environmental novel The Year of the Flood on an ambitious book tour in which fawning fans in each city perform songs and stage scenes inspired by the book. Personally, I found the whole thing an exhausting, cringe-worthy slog. And how many 47-minute movies can you say that about? —MK

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

(USA, 88 min.) “Tamra Davis has surpassed the art world’s expectations with [this] definitive documentary, that superbly sets out the life and times of [Basquiat] with never-seen-before first-hand footage of the artist; source and anecdotal interviews and quotes from almost every player in the 1980s art scene in New York...”—MovingPictures <JEANM> Thu. Sep 30, 6:15pm, Granville 7 Sun. Oct 3, 11:00am, Vancity Theatre

Revolución (Mexico, 106 min.) “Made to mark the centenary of the Mexican revolution, [this] surprisingly cohesive omnibus... features shorts by 10 directors [including Carlos Reygadas and Gael García Bernal] that generally augurs well for the future of Mexican filmmaking... A subversive streak throughout obliquely questions what the revolution achieved and what its legacy is today...”—Variety <REVOL> Thu. Sep 30, 1:00pm, Granville 7 Tue. Oct 5, 9:30pm, Granville 7

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Puppets, artists who’ve trained at Chicago’s Second City and cheap tickets to not-socheap laughs should draw crowds to the 11th annual Vancouver International Improv Festival, says its founder Alistair Cook. “It’s $2 to see an hour-and-a-half performance of a wide-range of international performers and The Sunday Service. Really there is no reason, at all, to not come to that night,” said Cook, referring to the festival’s kick-off Toonie Tuesday showcase featuring the popular local comedy troupe. The festival also sells $40 passes, “which means you can see 22 performances at a recession-busting average of $1.80 each,” its press bumph states. Cook was producing short-form Vancouver TheatreSports League-style improv in 1999 when he was invited to an improv festival in Seattle. There he discovered Chicago-style long-form improv, where performers take suggestions from the audience upfront, then weave 30, even 60 minutes pieces, instead of brief scenes. Dazzled by the array of talents and styles he encountered, Cook, who’s also founder and director of !nstant Theatre Co., a professional improv theatre company, put together an international ensemble and showcases of short- and long-form improv in 2000. For the first time, this year’s comedy carnival features two ensembles. So many local talents auditioned for the International Ensemble, which includes performers from New York and Atlanta, Cook established a second troupe. The new Cascades Ensemble features performers from Vancouver, Victoria and Bellingham.

Performers at the 11th annual Vancouver International Improv Festival include (clockwise from top left) New York’s Doppelganger, Standards & Practices from Toronto, local comedy troupe The Sunday Service and Victoria storyteller and poet Dave Morris. Cook, who also performs with Vancouver TheatreSports League, isn’t surprised by the interest in improv. “Vancouver’s always had a steady interest in improvisation, especially with Vancouver TheatreSports having over 30 years of success,” he said. “With their new venue, I think it shows even more.” The International Ensemble, which includes artists from TheatreSports, performs Oct. 6. The ensemble will also stage two 30-minute pieces Oct. 9, one using Shake-

spearean conventions and the other a Jane Austen-style piece, both developed in workshops over two days. Other acts include Toronto’s Standards & Practices, whose more alternative work verges on performance art according to Cook; Dave Morris, a storyteller, improviser and poet from Victoria; and Doppelganger, an all-female African-American trio from New York. For a time, this year’s festival looked like it might not materialize because of arts funding cuts said Cook. But festival orga-

nizers improvised, so to speak, taking inspiration from Toronto’s Ghost Jail Theatre, and started a grassroots campaign to convince 200 people to donate $20 to support the event. Cook said the festival’s halfway to meeting this goal with more donations expected to roll in at festival time. The festival runs Oct. 5 to 9 at Performance Works on Granville Island. For more information about shows and workshops, see vancouverimprovfest.com. crossi@vancourier.com

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: A powerful week for relationships,marriage,businesspartnerships,dealing with the public, opportunities, possible fame. What transpires now will have “sweet echoes” for three months. Love relationships are helped by October’s high level of sexual desire. Business partnerships might go through a process of re-arrangement, buyout, or balancing of assets/ownership. (All through October, with “lingering trailers” to January 2011.) Be diplomatic, flexible; if you insist on your way, you might turn opportunities into refusals, potential partners into competitors. Romance Sunday! Taurus April 20-May 20: The monthly emphasis lies on employment, chores, machinery, dependents and health. A new job can arise Wednesday onward. An important affectionate relationship might be developing – although you could begin to have a few mild doubts about your commitment to this bond. The same might be said about a contract, negotiation, relocation opportunity, or litigation. This indecision is due to a temporary factor. By late November, December, you’ll return to certainty about bonding with a person, place, agreement, etc., so remain optimistic. Excitement or disagreement grows Friday/Saturday. Gemini May 21-June 20: Romance (with a coworker?) pleasure, beauty are at the top of your wish list. You’re on a winning streak – you can succeed in speculation, gaming, sports and creative ventures. All these, from romance to creativity, are marked by a new sobriety, slowness and carefulness. Good, these will eventually bring depth, strength and durability to any love or venture you undertake. Your health needs attention. Your career ambitions will get an autumn boost (be active but patient: fastest progress comes in December). Rest early week. Wednesday to Saturday brings romantic (et al) excitement!

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Fri. Oct 1st, 6pm - 8pm Sat. Oct 2nd, 10am - noon 7284 Cypress St. at 57th Ave. on Arbutus Bus Route ★Treasures for All!★ Lots of Bargains & Variety! Toys, books, clothes, housewares, linens, knick knacks and lots more.

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Industrial, Construction, Forklifts, Farm & Turf Equip., Fleet Trucks & Trailers, Lumber, Boats . . . see web for more!

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Cancer June 21-July 22: The accent lies on home, children, security, gardening, nutrition, Mother Nature, foundations and basics. A streak of romance runs through your days (e.g., this Friday/Saturday) – right into next January. If you’re happily married, you’ll bask in love of children, creative joys, nature’s beauty, sports and/or simple pleasures, speculation, gambling, etc. Chase money Sunday. A Monday disagreement might be building with your mate over domestic/property concerns. It’s minor, but points to larger issues. Run errands, chat Tuesday/Wednesday. Friday p.m. starts an intriguing weekend! Leo July 23-Aug. 22: It’s a busy time but not an important time, Leo. Do paperwork, errands, chat, travel, email, schedule (especially Wednesday/ Thursday) but rest on a deeper level. Pause to watch nature, to meditate, contemplate, or simply to drink in family joys. (You’re a sweet’n’sour mixture in domestic arenas – after October, only the sweet will remain.) You shine Sunday, your charisma and energy surge. Chase money carefully Monday to Wednesday. (Your work habits need an overhaul: work smarter, not harder.) Friday afternoon begins a long, deep, renewing weekend – family reunions are blessed! Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Money, earnings, buying/selling fill this month. Your days bring interesting errands, casual meetings, paperwork, communications – a casual friendship could develop into a light romance (likely Oct. 8-10). You might sense that under a surface of free and easy flirtation a deeper “turn” is lurking – and it is. (Ditto in all areas – lightness hides depths. E.g., light communications or errands/travel could lead to an investment.) For students and intellectuals, October is a superb month for research and writing. Rest, lie low Sunday. Your energy and charisma rise Monday eve to Wednesday.

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Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Your charisma, energy, effectiveness and confidence soar, especially Wednesday afternoon to the weekend. Get out, start major projects, tackle difficult situations. See and be seen – be there in person. You’ll impress others. A sensual relationship attracts you all autumn – or you might pursue a luxury purchase. Either way, don’t be discouraged if mild delays occur next week to midto late November: success will still be the outcome. Sunday’s social, happy. But retreat, rest and plan mid-day Monday to mid-day Wednesday. If you have to insist Monday, it signals future incompatibility. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Rest, lie low, replenish energies. Life is sending a mixed message: your sexual/partnership magnetism is high, but the energy you need to act on it is low. Reflect on what you really want in love, so when your energy rises (Oct. 23 onward) you can chase the right person. There’s no rush – your unusual attractiveness will last into early January. Meanwhile, attend to neglected duties, governmental or institutional contacts, and administrative chores. Follow charitable urges. Drink spiritual breaths, envision your future. Tuesday, happiness! Saturday highlights that magnetism! Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Wishes come true, but in a quiet, sober way. Optimism, light romance, popularity, entertainment and social joys fill this month. Many of your deepest desires stay hidden, which can lead to a clandestine attraction, or might simply leave you quiet and contemplative despite your happiness. Realize that now to late 2012, your real wish is for money. Start thinking of ways to make this one come true. Your real estate luck returns, now to late January. Sunday’s mellow, loving. Monday brings a disagreement about money and the future. Midweek offers joy, friends. Rest, Friday eve, Saturday.

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Oct. 3 - Oct. 9 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: The accent lies on ambition, career, prestige relationships, your status in the community.You’ll meet with bigwigs or authorities, or feel their influence, especially Wednesday to Friday. If meeting, put on your charm – your social skills are tops now into next January. You might meet a “just right” romantic prospect in a group – if Monday to Wednesday, he/she will be obviously drawn to you. If late month – Oct. 22 to 24 — you will be the pursuer. Life’s depths, sex, finances, major commitments intrigue you Sunday. Wisdom Monday/Tuesday. Happiness Friday eve, Saturday! Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: For you, October is always loving, gentle, wise and compassionate. But this October your sweet mood can be slightly sullied by either 1) a temptation to use romance as a rung on the ladder of ambition, or 2) frustration that true love is unavailable. Realize that temptation and denial/ frustration are two manifestations of the same thing. (True love is never denied, but blocked by temptation.) Or, you might find true love now, especially Sunday (opposites attract) Monday-Wednesday (lust) Wednesday-Friday (gentle mind-meld) or Friday/ Saturday (nervous romance). An interesting week! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: You swim in life’s depths now: subconscious urges rise, your dreams intrigue, hunches prove accurate – rely on them when making consequential decisions. Commitments are serious, in finances, intimacy, lifestyle areas. What you do now can change your life. That applies particularly to love of a marriage/wedding kind, and to legal affairs touching on earnings and/or possessions (Friday/Saturday). A few months ago you had powerful ambitions, optimism about your prospects – grab those again, because you’re on a lucky four-month roll in career, worldly ambitions. Opportunities Tuesday! timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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Dogs

Cats

FLAT FACED Persian/Exotic kittens. Call 604-277-7059.

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3535 KITTENS- PERSIAN mom, 2 fluffy ginger, 2 white, some blue eyes, ready 3 wks, 1st vet chk $350. N. Shore, 604-789-7490

Livestock/ Poultry

LAYING BROWN HENS. Started Pullets. Tame. Lay well. $9.50ea. Cloverdale. ★ 604 541-0007

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

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Dogs

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

LUXURY PET HOTEL @ YVR airport because your pet deserves a vacation too! 604-238-Pets (7387)

Cares! 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.

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CHIHUAHUA PUPS 3 female 1 male, healthy, playful, 1st shots, family raised, $500 604-799-2040 DOBERMAN PUPS. CKC Reg’d, males. 7 wks, health guar’d, $1300. (Sry) Call 604-589-7477

Accounting/ Bookkeeping

Corporate Tax Returns $225 +up $20 and up for personal tax. Monthly bookkeeping $20 hr +. Specialize: construction; sm bus. accounting. Trevor 604-788-0396

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Financial Services

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Call 1-866-690-3328 DOBERMAN PUPS. Female/ Male. Tails/dew claws done. Blk/ tan. $1000-$1500. 604-607-7433 FILA/MASTIFF GUARD DOGS owners best friend. Intruders worst nightmare. all shots, $2000 each. ready now! 604-817-5957

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Business Opps/ Franchises

#1 JANITORIAL FRANCHISE Customers, (Office Cleaning), Training and support. Financing. www.coverall.com 604-434-7744 info@coverallbc.com JENNY - Lab Ret/Kelpie X/large/ young/female. Loves hugs & toys, energetic, boisterous with other dogs. Wary of new strangers /situations & will fear bark, blooms with consistent handlers, a rural quiet home is best. Visit the dogs at Vancouver Animal Shelter 1280 Raymur Ave 604-871-6885. LOOKING FOR forever home. 3 Jack Russell pups, family raised, 1st shots, dew claws, de wormed, 2 M, 1 F, $500 604-721-8371 MAREMMA GUARD dog pups for sale. 3 males, 2 females. $375. phone 604-823-4797.

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HOME BASED ONLINE GREETING CARD distributorships available. Complete program for $514.00/USD. Earn up to $140.00/new registrant. Call or email for full details, 778-436-9665, artped@shaw.ca HOMEWORKERS NEEDED!!! Full /Part time positions available - Will train. On-Line Data Entry, Typing Work, E-mail Reading, PC/Clerical Work, Homemailers, Assembling Products. HURRY, SPOTS GO FAST! www.CanadianJobsFromHome.com

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Personals

GENTLEMEN! Attractive discreet, European lady is available for company 604-451-0175 KITTENCLUB.CA 604-299-0872 near 2nd Narrows Bridge - $100 Special. ‘All we wear is lingerie’

STOP FORCLOSURES 1st and 2nd Mortgages 604-629-8628 www.Mazuma.ca

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of EMIL EGLI, Deceased formerly of Vancouver, B.C., are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executor c/o of his solicitors McLellan Herbert, #310 -800 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2V6 before the 29th day of October, 2010, after which date the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which they then have notice. Hugh S. McLellan, Executor By: McLELLAN HERBERT Barristers & Solicitors NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of Michelle Louvain Swanney also known as Michelle Swanney and Michelle L. Swanney, Deceased, late of 201 - 2298 McBain Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6L 3B1, who died on April 5, 2010, at Vancouver, British Columbia, are hereby required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned at 510 - 1040 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 4H1, on or before October 22, 2010, after which the Executors will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which the Executors then have notice. Carolyn M. Coleclough, solicitor for Gail Maltby and Don Farrell, Executors for the Estate NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA JOAN FORBES, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, at 27 – 4940 No. 3 Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6X 3A5, on or before the 26th day of November, 2010, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. Donald Ivor Jeffery Executor CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

Real Estate Services

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★ 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

6007 Legal/Public Notices

BUSINESSES FOR SALE

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

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Condos/ Townhouses

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Burnaby

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Vancouver East Side

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Houses - Sale

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Real Estate

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$99 can sell your home 574-5243 Agassiz spotless 924sf 2br mobile home 55+ park $69,900 604-823-4710 id5221 Delta Bargain 450sf condo, 19+ complex, pool, park, $104,900 597-8361 id4714 Harrison Hot Springs immaculate 1650sf 3br, 2ba rancher $389K 604-796-3531 id5222 Maple Ridge drastically reduced 4.9ac serviced vu acreage $440Kobo 722-3996 id4694 Maple Ridge executive 2446sf 4br 3.5ba tnhse, fabulous view $423K 467-0275 id5226 Mission, Owner Retiring, profitable framing store & gallery $47,000 826-7993 id5176 Mission acreage secluded 2325sf 4br 3ba home 2.33 ac lot $589K 820-7222 id5225 New West updated new kit etc. 670sf 1br condo, pool $158,500 778-397-0508 id5230 Sry E Newton 1 acre lot with 2600sf 6br 2.5ba bungalow $479,900 778-549-2056 id5198 Sry Centre immaculate 872sf 2br 2ba condo nr Mall $194,900 778-228-5335 id5204 Sry Open House Sunday afternoons, 15210-82 Ave. Fleetwood huge 4542sf 8br 6ba on 6965sf lot with 2 suites $799K 507-0099 id5219 Sry Newton 1600sf 4br 2.5ba w/2nd 2br home in back, LUC lot, $479K 825-3280 id5231

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Personals

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Real Estate

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Burnaby

2420 NORCREST CT Beautifully Reno’d 5 BR, 3 baths, cls to schl/ bus, w/mortge helper, Must Sell. Mala @ Sutton, 604-710-9030

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Apt/Condos

BURNABY CENTRE Metrotown Area - Bby

Updated Studio & 1 BR Apts. Rental Incentives Offered. Rent includes heat and hot water.

North Vancouver

PRIME LOCATION - $930,000 Approx 13,200 sq ft, level lot, in Princess Park area, great potential for re-development. Build a mansion. Close to school, shopping, recreation. 15 mins to downtown & skiing. Mins to both bridges. 3 storey 4 BR house with basement suite. Ideal to renovate. Act fast. No agents 604-612-0227

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Collectibles & Classics

CALL (604) 438-4544

Surrey

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. Sorry no pets. For more information: 604-327-1178 info-vnc@langaragardens.com www.langaragardens.com

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N. SRY, Immac 2 BR, 1 bath, 534 sf. 6000+ lot. Move in or rent. Cls to Elem schl/skytrain. $239,000. 604-309-1888 Prudential Realty

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Houses - Rent

2BR+DEN BRIGHT house near 41st+Main, great area $1900 incl.util.wifi.cableTV 778-228-5009 visit: www3.telus.net/anzai/rental/ Sat & Sun - 1pm-4pm 11710 - 98A Avenue, Surrey 3 BR + 2 BR bmnt ste, workshop, dbl gar, sundeck, patio. $449,800. Mel, RE/MAX 604-726-6358

Lots & Acreage

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

2008 DODGE Viper SRT-10. Receivership Sale: A “black beauty” with only 8000 km. Convertible. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com.

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Domestic

1993 BUICK Regal, Grand Sport, 3.8L, 2 dr, black, 130K, good cond. $2900 obo, 604-985-2561 1994 GEO Metro, 5 spd, good cond, new exhaust/battery, $1400 obo 604-929-9572

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Luxury Cars

Furnished Accommodation

1 BR self cont’d grdn ste nr UBC. h/w flrs, np, ns, avail now, $1100 obo. ref’s please, 604-224-5379

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Cntrl Loc, Top Flr, 2 BR + 2 dens, 2 baths, inste w/d, lam flrs, new paint, wlk to transit/shops, $325K, Mala @ Sutton 778-859-4458

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Houses - Sale

Seller Motivated! VIEW! Reno’d 1 BR, pets/rentals allowed, wlk to L’heed Skytrn/Mall. $228K, Mala, Sutton, 778-859-4458

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Mortgages

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http://www.gotkeysgotcash.com Foster homes urgently req’d for rescued, abandoned & neglected dogs. Many breeds. www. abetterlifedogrescue.com

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BLUENOSE PIT Pups 5m 4f 1st sht, vet chk. rdy 2 go Oct 6. taking dep 4 ur new pup! $1000 604 820 0073

BLUENOSE PITBULL pups, 6 left, taking appt/deposit,1st shots & wormed for info 604-701-7195

Legal Services

Pet Services

PERSIAN & Himalayan Kittens. reg $600 & up. 604-939-1231 dreamhimicattery.com RAGDOLL & Russian Blue Kittens, 6 wks, 1st st & wormed. SL & BL pt. $250 up. 604-581-2544

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2008 DODGE Viper SRT-10. Receivership Sale: A “black beauty” with only 8000 km. Convertible. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com.

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Scrap Car Removal

4 BR 3 baths, Point Grey, superb view of North Shore & city, steps from beach, nr UBC, $4200, avail immed 604-925-6683, 318-8211 KITS, 5 bdrm character home, lrg fenced yard, view, deck, hardwood floors, w/d, d/w, Oct 1, $3480 + utils. call 604-731-6684

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Apt/Condos

GEORGIAN TOWERS 1450 WEST GEORGIA ST.

1 & 2 bedrooms starting from $1150

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

1 BDRM, $800. Newly reno’d. view, hardwood, Victoria Drive & 33rd. no pets, no smoking, Avail immed. 604-322-9224 2 BR, 2 bath, Yaletown Park 2, 30th flr, 780 sf, 1 prkg, storage, water view, n/p, n/s, long term. $1850. Immed. 604-345-6498 BEAUTIFUL APTS. 1 & 2 BR avail. Rates from $825. Call 604-327-9419.

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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

E 41ST & Inverness, 2Br, $885 incl hydro, gas, np ns grd lvl, new home. Nov 1. 604-671-6828 (txt)

1990 F250 4x4, canopy, well kept mechanically, good tires, great for work, $2500, 604-940-1580

OAK & WEST 29TH, 3 BR bsmt, shared w/d, share utils, n/p, Refs. $1100. Avail Now. 604-597-1300

2006 DODGE 3500 Laramie 1 ton Dually. Receivership Sal.130,000 km. Lanedo Deck Crane 1100 lb capacity. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com

Townhouses Rent

BBY SOUTH 2 BR T/H, Clean & Quiet, End Unit, 2 lvls, 945sf, u/g prking, 1 bath, Family Complex. Must have one child only. Nr Skytrain, schls/shops. Gross annual income requirement btwn $38K & $56K. Avail Nov1st. $975/mo + heat, NS/NP. For eligibility requirements & application please call 604-431-9225 or 604 517-8722

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Suites/Partial Houses

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Agents

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Wanted To Rent

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2 0 0 6 F O R D F 5 5 0 d i e se l . Receivership Sale. Flat Deck with mounted Lanedo 1100 crane. 230,000 km. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com

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2007 RANGE Rover Sport HSE, 43,000mi, stormer wheels, +tires studded $45,000, 604-728-7221 2008 DODGE RAM 2500 Diesel. Receivership Sale: Extended Cab. 90,000 kms. Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email: marty.eakins@hmpltd.com 2008 DODGE RAM 5500. Receivership Sale. 15’ flat deck with deck mounted Lanedo 1100 lb crane. . Invitation for Offers package available by calling Marty at 250-217-4817 or email at marty.eakins@hmpltd.com

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Sports & Imports

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Honda’s first retro-inspired car world’s first sport hybrid

Blind spots, colour CR-Z’s only flaws

When it comes to the new Honda CR-Z, it’s hard to know where to start. There are just too many things to say about it, and the vast majority of them are very, very good. So let’s get the issues out of the way… all two of them. First off, the blind spots are not good, as one would expect from a car with the tiniest of rear windows. Honda compensated with side mirrors that have a wider field of view, but this car should really have a blind-spot detection system. Second, it doesn’t come in red, or green, yellow or an exciting colour. Instead, the 500 CR-Zs that Honda Canada will import for the 2011 model year come in white, blue, or grey— perfectly reasonable colours that show off the car’s styling nicely, but don’t do much for the senses. Put those two minor concerns aside, however, and this might be the most exciting car to come out in a long time. Borrowing its profile from the beloved CRX coupe of the ’80s and ’90s, the CR-Z is Honda’s first retro-inspired car, and it’s true to its heritage. The small and lightweight CRX was a joy to drive thanks to its great dynamics and brisk acceleration—it wouldn’t win a drag race with a Mustang, but was hard to beat on a tight course with lots of corners. Better yet it was a great value, offering affordable and fuel-efficient transportation with a sporty attitude. Though larger and heavier than its ancestor, the CR-Z is still diminutive by today’s standards and offers handling that’s almost—but not quite—as good. As for fuel-efficiency, well, that’s where the hybrid powertrain comes in. Equipped with Honda’s latest version of Integrated Motor Assist, the CR-Z isn’t just an 80s throwback; it’s the world’s first sport hybrid. You could even say that it’s a fusion of the CRX with the first-generation Insight hybrid coupe, combining the best aspects of both vehicles. And in case that’s not enough, you might like to know that it has impressive storage capacity. Like the retired Acura RSX, the CR-Z makes the most of its hatch, providing a spacious cargo area that can hold a lot of gear. But unlike European CR-Zs that come with two tiny rear seats (usable only by people with no legs), the North American version replaces the rear bench with storage bins, retaining the folding seatback

davidchao as a cover. In-cabin storage is impressive, and folding the cover down creates long and completely flat cargo floor. The CR-Z is a special car. Boasting the ever-popular Civic and aptly named Fit, Honda already has some of the best small cars on the market. Design—The CR-Z’s “Onemotion wedge” body design comes across as a fusion of three different cars: the profile of the CR-Z, nose from the recently retired S2000 convertible, and split-glass rear window found on the current Insight (and ’90s CRX). The most controversial design cue is definitely the rear; the curving section of dark-tinted, vertical glass looks odd from a lot of angles. It’s definitely better in real life than in photos. Also, it takes a while to get used to the beam that splits the windows, which partially blocks the view through the rear. The interior is essentially a variation on Honda’s standard design language, sharing switchgear and materials with other cars, but arranging it all into a unique layout that sets the CR-Z and its siblings apart. The most notable design feature is the unique “3D” speedometer, which projects the digital readout through a tinted circle such that it appears to float on the display. The plastics could be a bit better, but for less than $24k the CR-Z’s build quality is pretty good. The car feels solid and well-constructed. Performance—The CRZ’s 1.5L inline-four produces 113-hp and 107 lb-ft of torque, while its electric motor generates 13-hp and a healthy 58 lb-ft of torque. However, peak outputs are such that the maximum combined power is only 122-hp and 128 lb-ft of torque when attached to a six-speed manual, with torque dropping to 123 lb-ft with the optional continuously variable transmission. The performance benefit of the electric motor comes from the instantaneous delivery of

torque, which significantly improves the CR-Z’s power band. As a result, the car practically leaps off the line. Three buttons to the left of the steering wheel put the CR-Z into Normal, Sport, or Econ mode. In Sport, the electric motor is used to boost engine performance, the steering tightens, and throttle response is improved. Econ goes the other way, reducing engine power and limiting the air conditioning system to save power. You can definitely feel the difference, enabling a driver to choose the mode that suits their mood. On the road, the CR-Z drives like a small car should. Turns are sharp and steering feedback is excellent. Environment—Like the Insight, the CR-Z does its best to train drivers how to drive efficiently. Upshift and downshift indicators tell you when to shift, and the Eco Assist backlighting for the 3D speedometer changes from green (efficient) to blue (inefficient) as a visual cue, and remains red when in Sport mode. As well, there’s the Eco Scoring display, which tracks and grades driving performance. Seats are generally comfortable, but could provide a bit more lateral support for slimmer drivers. In addition to the rear storage bins, the CRZ has a large bin in the front console and a deep glove box. The only disappointment is that an armrest with storage is optional rather than standard equipment. Features—The CR-Z comes in a single trim for $23,490. Standard features include ABS, traction control, hill-start assist, cruise control, Xenon headlamps, automatic A/C, Bluetooth, power windows, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescope steering, seven-speaker CD/MP3/WMA sound system with auxiliary input, and front/side/side-curtain airbags. Options are very limited, and the only thing that all owners should consider is the console armrest with storage. At least for this year, the Canadian CR-Z lacks GPS navigation and a sunroof. Thumbs up—Sharp design; balanced performance; spacious cargo area. Great driving experience in a hybrid. Thumbs down—Large blind spots; Tame colour choices. The bottom line—Performance, efficiency, and space, all rolled into one. Great reincarnation of the original.

Except for two minor concerns, the Honda CR-Z might be the most interesting and exciting car to come out in a long time.

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