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ighteen years ago, Hook made all the chocolates while his wife, Patricia, ran the shop. Today, the business has 12 fulltime employees between two locations with

German-born pastry chef Thomas Haas sells chocolate delicacies in his café on photo Dan Toulgoet West Broadway. seasonal workers coming in for Christmas. Their retail sales have tripled but the cost of doing business has skyrocketed. If it’s stressful work, it doesn’t show on 51-yearold Hook’s unlined face. A native of Saskatchewan, Hook dropped out of the University of Regina to follow his heart and enrolled at the Cordon Bleu cooking school in London. “That was really just a finishing school for ladies. All it did, really, for me, was that it got me to Europe and I tasted wine from the source, I tasted cheese from the source, I learned about the connection with food.” He moved to Vancouver in 1983, worked in pastry at more than half a dozen restaurants, then in 1989 started a wholesale business coating fresh herbs in chocolate as an after-dinner treat. A year after the de-

funct Over the Moon chocolate shop started on West Broadway, he opened Chocolate Arts with artist Robert Davidson, who designed the store’s aboriginal medallions. (Davidson has since left the business.) Local Belgian chocolate purveyors Purdy’s, Brussels and Daniel Le Chocolat Belge paved the way for Chocolate Arts. But Hook moved away from the traditional Belgian hazelnut flavour to create chocolates and truffles with locally sourced organic fruits. Customers weren’t willing to pay for high-quality chocolate sourced from France when Chocolate Arts started. “They were very price-conscious,” he says. “And then five years later it was something we could sell.” Different flavours also didn’t fair well.

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Chocolate Arts “retired” its Cristina chocolate for five years. It’s a white chocolate log infused with tart lemon essence, liqueur and vanilla bean and rolled in bitter cocoa powder. “We couldn’t give it away when we first did it,” Hook says. “And now it sells very well.” Passersby pause to check out chocolate sculptures displayed in the window at Chocolate Arts and customers flock to buy the chocolate caramel and fleur de sel that’s coated in bittersweet dark chocolate, the creamy but zippy lemon and basil truffle and the seasonal eggnog truffle cup. Loyal clients order specific chocolates to commemorate wedding proposals and reunions at Christmas, which is Chocolate Arts’s busiest time of year “There was a lady who only shopped with us at Christmas and only bought a $5 box, and I forgot to put it in her bag. Thinking she lived in the neighbourhood, I said it was my mistake, let me deliver it to you,” Hook says. “She lived in Burnaby and it was a snowstorm. So I drove through the snowstorm, gave her the box and she gave me a $20 bottle of wine in thanks. So it had nothing to do with the cost of the chocolates—it was that her boyfriend was coming back for Christmas and this was how they celebrated.” Redevelopment will see Chocolate Arts relocate in the new year.

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Chocolate shop goes ‘back to basics’ for discerning customers studied baking and pastry-making in Montreal, specializing in ice cream and chocolate. In the small white kitchen of Nouvelle France, a chocolate assistant pours warm chocolate from a tempering machine—the only machine Nouvelle France uses—into plastic moulds, spreads the dark creaminess with a spatula, then slams the forms repeatedly against the stainless steel table to knock bubbles to the top. “It’s important for me to go back to basics,” Poitras says. “The clients like it because they actually know that we’re working here.” Most chocolate producers use a mix of cocoa beans from different countries to produce various qualities of chocolate. The more discerning use single-origin chocolate made from beans harvested in one country and cultivated in limited quantities. Some use chocolate made from beans harvested from a single plantation with its own flavour characteristics. Poitras uses single-origin chocolate from Ghana, Mexico and Venezuela and plantation chocolate from Trinidad, Madagascar and Peru. “There are vintages,” Poitras says. “Right now we’re on the 2009. We just finished the 2008 around April. So once a plantation

chocolate is gone, once we use all that there is to sell on the market, there is no more, just like wine.” Her favourite chocolate comes from Peru’s Alto el Sol plantation, which is surrounded by banana groves that infuse the beans with a sweet fruitiness. Poitras couldn’t part with her 2007 box of chocolate buttons from this plantation, even after they took on a whitish palour. She says 2008 wasn’t a great year for weather in the tropical country so the flavour suffered. Chocolate begins with the fruit of cocoa trees, which grow 10 degrees in latitude on either side of the equator. The seeds, or cocoa beans, are taken from cocoa pods, fermented, dried and shipped to manufacturing plants. There, roasted kernels are ground into a thick paste and liquor. Cocoa liquor is mixed with additional cocoa butter and sugar to produce dark chocolate. Lower grade chocolate includes other fats or oils and melts faster. Soy lecithin is used as a cheaper substitute for cocoa butter. Chocolate buttons are purchased by businesses including Chocolate Arts and Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, which temper the buttons to make chocolates. Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 4 “I hear it every day,” the Montreal native says. “[I don’t] say anything because in the movie it’s so dark and here it’s so bright and their shop is so huge and mine is so small, but I think what’s important to them is the feeling, the ambience they get when they come in here, and that’s the best compliment I could ever get because I know that they have a lot of feeling during that movie… they felt the magic, they felt the beauty of it, they felt everything.” Chocolate squares arranged from light to dark rest on simple white plates in an antique-style case. Each variety, including the lavender, cardamom and chili, features the corresponding flowers and spices sprinkled on top. Various dark chocolate truffles fill glass candy jars. Poitras wasn’t always focusing on flavour, presentation and ambience. The brown-eyed brunette previously studied law but couldn’t envision herself working in an office. “I needed a connection with people and I needed a positive connection. I couldn’t live being sad or mad all the time, which would have happened if I would have been a lawyer,” she says. With law behind her, Poitras

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Continued from page 5 Customers have asked Poitras about the working conditions where her chocolate comes from in Ghana. But more than anything, her Main Street customers worry about their waistlines. Like a growing number of Vancouver chocolate shops, Poitras serves sipping chocolate, made from melted chocolate, not cocoa powder. Drinking chocolate is relatively new to Vancouver, but entrenched in other parts of the world. “Ours here is with milk because people on Main Street, you can’t sell them cream,” she says. She estimates half a cup of 72 per cent sipping chocolate contains 280 calories, the same as eight squares of 72 per cent chocolate. Poitras sees the chocolate scene in Vancouver “growing like crazy.” “Vancouver has a lot of possibilities,” she says over the sound of plastic slamming against metal. “It’s a very young city if you compare it to Quebec City or Montreal so, of course, [Quebec is] much more developed in certain areas because we have more time and we’re closer to Europe.”

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t 9:30 a.m. on a Friday in early November, a spare seat is hard to find in the buzzing Thomas Haas café and retail shop on West Broadway near Lumiere. Glossy dark chocolates, some paired with fresh fruits and topped with colourful hand-painted plaquettes, flaky croissants and sleek, domed mousses, sit alongside pretty pastel pink, lilac, yellow and pistachio French macaroons behind a glass case. The darkhaired, bright-eyed Haas arrives late, wearing his chef’s smock. He quickly queries counter staff about the room temperature, greets customers by name and gives one a high-five. “I have no ADD,” he says briefly sitting, then popping up to adjust a couple of lights.

“I LISTEN A LOT, ESPECIALLY TO WOMEN, BECAUSE I LEARN.” Thomas Haas

Haas, a fourth-generation pastry chef who grew up above his family’s cafe in Germany’s Black Forest, never questioned his future as a chocolatier and pastry chef, except, perhaps, when he began an apprenticeship under a well-respected but temperamental pastry chef at age 16. After a sleepless night in his freezing quarters above Hans Discher’s kitchen, Haas felt the full force of Discher’s rage when his master saw Haas peeling apples left handed, which was verboten. Haas then arose at 3 a.m. and peeled apples with his right hand until he became the fastest peeler in the kitchen. He held on to that peeler and when he was inducted into the B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame a few years back and videographers wanted to see his memorabilia, Haas had the peeler framed. “I had nothing better to do than to take the picture of the award and email it to his daughter,” Haas says. After 18 months of military service, Haas worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe. He came to Vancouver in 1995 to become executive pastry chef at the Four Seasons Hotel, where he met his wife, Lisa. Haas moved onto award-winning Daniel Boulud’s new restaurant Daniel in New York City and appeared on Martha Stewart Living several times as well as other national and international TV shows. Vancouver’s natural beauty drew Haas back and he created chocolates and pastries for the defunct Sen5es on the corner of West Georgia and Howe streets. But Haas wasn’t content and started pursuing his own dream at

night. He’d work 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the city, cycle to North Van and spend the night making chocolates in his white-tiled “mad scientist” space. Nine years ago, he headed to the Four Seasons in Seattle with 4,500 undeclared chocolates in the back of his minivan and presented them to the hotel’s chef and culinary director. “They said, ‘OK, we’ll take them all,’” Haas says. From there, his wholesaling business flourished. He continued working 12-hour shifts for Sen5es, while creating 20,000 chocolates a week at night with the help of two staff. In 2005, Haas opened a 3,500-square-foot production kitchen and cappuccino bar in North Vancouver, the same week his family’s Café Haas in Germany closed its doors after 40 years. Last October, Thomas Haas on West Broadway opened. Haas proved the New Yorkers who told him Vancouverites wouldn’t appreciate fine chocolate and exquisite pastries wrong. “I listen a lot, especially to women, because I learn,” Haas says. “But for stuff like this, I don’t listen... If you are sensitive to the things you do and you create a good product that comes with genuine good service, then I don’t know why it shouldn’t work. Look where we are in North Van. It’s [in an industrial area] yet we go through 1,000 customers a day.” Staff at Thomas Haas sport jerseys proclaiming they’re “powered by chocolate.” Haas recently lost 14 pounds for a cycling race in Europe, but he claims he didn’t cut out chocolate or croissants. Instead, he says, he reduced his portion sizes and cut out late-night dinners with wine. “I know people in this field, they hate desserts. How can you be good at it?” he says, handing out still-warm samples of his famous gluten-free Chocolate Sparkle cookie. “It has lots of cocoa butter. It’s good for your skin,” he quips. crossi@vancourier.com

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It has been another rocky week for the folks who run the city. It started with a poll that suggests Mayor Gregor Robertson’s popularity is slipping in large part because of his handling of the Olympic Village; the opposition is gaining ground and if NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton were to run for mayor the gap between the NPA and Vision would close to within the poll’s margin of error. The boys in the mayor’s office are writing this off as a lot of hooey. As the battery on his BlackBerry was fading one protested: “If elections were held today, you would see the same results we had the last time.” Show me the numbers I say. Ironically, this is all happening at the same time the city has chosen to have a pissing match with the media. Whole masses of the public services are now in a no-fly zone. The gag order much blogged about by the most regular of city hall reporters last week has now been updated with a memo that lists 20 spokespersons who can speak to reporters, after clearing it with corporate communication of course. This is a level of message micro-managing that left the most even-handed ink-stained wretch with a sour taste in her mouth. While all of that is going on, we, coincidentally, have the release of the much-awaited Hay Group survey of “employee engagement.” City manager Penny Ballem commissioned the survey several months ago, at about the same time the nonunion or excluded staff at city hall issued their own numbers showing great gobs of grumpiness over the way the city was being run under Vision

allengarr and Ballem herself. In Ballem’s defence, the survey is the first such comprehensive examination in the city’s history. It’s simply a sound management practice common in other industries. And, as Ballem points out, it provides the city with a “benchmark.” That said; it’s a benchmark that’s decidedly low. As one graph shows, by most measures the engagement numbers are below 50 per cent for city employees. This is well below industry standards for public sector employees. (The Vancouver Police also issued its own survey numbers this week and employee satisfaction is at a healthy 70 per cent.) Most notably in the city survey, an anemically low 27 per cent had a favourable attitude when it came to the city’s leadership—which would be Ballem. What we don’t know is how happy or unhappy the workers at the city were

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Our diminishing wonders amplify stupid distractions That’s a wrap. In 1912, a Swiss chemist invented Cellophane, a transparent sheet of regenerated cellulose. In 1927, Dupont perfected a moisture-proof version, and for a short time the synthetic material became a staple in movie musicals, appearing as curtains, tablecloths and even show girl dresses. When Cole Porter sang, “You’re the top,” with its list of accolades—“You’re the Tower of Pisa, you’re the smile on the Mona Lisa”—he notably added, “You’re Cellophane.” But in just a few years the product went from a shimmering Hollywood prop to a profitable, but irrelevant, sandwich wrap. Familiarity reduces a wonder to a “whatever.” The late comic George Carlin once predicted that outer space tourism would make starry vistas look as mundane as a manicured stretch of lawn. He joked about a guy in a low-orbit hotel, looking out the porthole and saying, “Yep, that’s the Earth again,” while scratching his behind. We live in a time of accelerating wonders, and as the river of time roars by, we are quick to grab at the newest, shiny things, while dismissing the debris in the river’s wake. We laugh at characters in old Hollywood movies wielding brick-like cellphones, those signifiers of ’80s success. And if we watch repeats of the HBO sitcom Sex and the City, we smirk at writer Carrie Bradshaw’s high-end Mac Powerbook, which now resembles the museum piece it is. The storage capacity of my first computer seemed immense in 1994. “I’ll never need all that space,” I recall thinking of the 250-megabyte drive, which is now about the size of 40 digital song tracks. Truth be told, we should be walking around gobsmacked all the time, like defrosted icemen, at the world we’ve created, and the secrets scientists have crowbarred from the cosmos and microcosmos. But we don’t. The flip side of open-mouthed wonderment is slack-jawed boredom. Consider the first awe-inspiring photos from the Hubble space telescope in the mid-’90s. How long did it take the average news consumer to become indifferent to Hubble’s portrait galleries? After a few years, it was like, uh huh, “another exploding galaxy at the edge of the universe, whatever.” The only real excitement Hubble seemed to stir up was in the American south, where television viewers were convinced they saw the face of Jesus in the Horsehead Nebula, an interstellar column of gas more distant than their common sense. I recently read that scientists

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geoffolson have detected huge lobes of gas, 50,000 light-years in size, perpendicular to the plane of the Milky Way. They are good evidence for a supermassive black hole, a monster with the mass of three to 10 million suns, at the centre of our galaxy. Black holes, yawn. They’re so 1980s. Wonder’s diminishing returns extend to our digital media. As we slice and dice our books, newspapers and music into ones and zeroes, we might think we’ve untethered ourselves completely from the material world. Yet all our digital gadgets have to be put together somewhere. The only reason we can afford our hip MacBooks and iPhones is that they are made for cheap in electronics factories overseas, like those in Shenzhen, China, where British journalist Johann Hari likens the workforce conditions to “human battery farming.” For all the information we get through our glitzy gizmos, it’s remarkable how little we know of how and where they’re made, and by whom. An assembly line of wonders has amplified our opportunities for stupefied distraction, just as a glut of information has reduced our powers of recollection (why consult your memory when you can search Google?). But most of all, our technical brilliance has ballooned our species-specific stupidity to planetary scales. For example, it wasn’t that long ago plastics were considered godlike marvels of chemical engineering. It seemed we humans were about to remake the world in our image, through injection molding. Today, the “Great Garbage patch” slowly whirls in the Pacific Ocean, an immense vortex of plastic debris the size of Texas. Perhaps some advanced extraterrestrial race is surveying the Earth and our effects upon it. They look with both admiration and pity on our catalogue of wonders, from cellophane to floating cities of trash, and are tempted to make a final pronouncement: “That’s a wrap.” Shameless self-promotion: I’ll be repeating my talk, “LightTime: A Natural History of Illumination,” on Salt Spring Island, Saturday, Dec. 4. Details at www.geoffolson.com.

According to one reader, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation acts like it owns the public school system. photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Attack on teachers’ union unbalanced, discouraging,” Nov. 26. In her Courier letter, Karen Zeller laments that her daughter/teacher is overworked and underappreciated, yet she conveniently forgets to mention that her daughter has a pretty nice deal. Unlike others in the workforce, she enjoys nice summer-long vacations, Christmas and Easter breaks, professional days, and so on. But if this is not enough to recharge her batteries, she can find comfort in her very generous benefit package. As for the British Columbia Teachers’

Federation: is there a more toxic and bullying union around? It acts like it owns the public school system. However, I will say this for the BCTF—it plays no favourites. Whether it be a Liberal, NDP or even Social Credit government, the BCTF always resorts to strong-armed tactics in dealing with publicly elected bodies. Although the BCTF donates plenty of bucks to the NDP, we can rely on its “us against everybody” mentality to shadow whoever is named to lead the NDP into the next election. James Gilmore, Vancouver

Parents unfairly pay for school playgrounds To the editor: Re: “School board aims wrecking ball at 24 playgrounds,” Nov. 24. As a parent of a child at John Norquay elementary, one of the Vancouver schools slated to lose its playground, I want to voice my disappointment with both the Vancouver School Board and the provincial government. The parent advisory council (PAC) at Norquay has worked tirelessly with parents for more than two years to raise funds so the school could acquire a new piece of playground equipment. The Space Net Climber that was chosen cost $20,000, plus many parent hours. On top of having to pay for the cost of the equipment, our PAC was billed by the school board for the Space Net Climber installation to the tune of $11,000. Do the rest of the PACs know they will be billed for playground equipment installation? How much each installation will cost? Parents at Norquay are lucky enough to have a principal who approached a very generous foundation that has agreed to pay for a large part of the installation cost. My child will soon be out of Norquay but he was out-

raged to read that Norquay may soon have no slide or swings. He wants to know what the little kids will have to play on. What do I as a parent tell him? Does the school board or the provincial government have an answer for him? Colleen Leung, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Once more, the inequalities multiply in a public school system that provincially boasts the bogus “greatest ever” funding formula for our K-12 students. As the school board is now compelled, for safety reasons, to dismantle one third of its aging playground stock, we witness the ongoing “back-up-banker” role that local parent advisory councils are compelled to play. This sad situation underscores, in part, the impact of last year’s abrupt cancellation by Victoria of the $120 million facilities grant to school boards, which cost the VSB $10.4 million. But it is not just playgrounds that are funded locally as, over the past decade parents have through walkathons, silent auctions, raffles and even penny drives struggled to meet, what has now become, ba-

sic education needs. Decade-long, chronic underfunding has now produced two totally unacceptable outcomes: the sharp skewing of attendance at less affluent neighbourhood schools and the denial of equality of educational opportunity to hundreds or already disadvantaged students in expanding areas across this city. Noel Herron, Vancouver

••• To the editor: All community members with children/grandchildren use the school play equipment. These community members include those who send their children to independent schools outside of their public school catchment. After school and on weekends, you can be sure that these children are playing on their neighbourhood public school equipment. However, their parents and guardians are not part of the PAC councils that raise money for this invaluable community equipment. The school playgrounds are a meeting place and a cost-free place for children. They attract all community members across all demographic strata. Linda Yuill, Vancouver

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It may be the year of science in B.C., but it could be dubbed the year of cuts for Vancouver School Board science programs. School science budgets were slashed by 56 per cent compared to last year and the district now allots only $4.61 per student each year to cover expenses—far below what Mike Hengeveld, Templeton secondary’s science department head and teacher, argues is adequate. Staff “cannot do the job they’re required to do by law, and certainly cannot meet with their own higher expectations for education,” he wrote in a letter to Templeton’s principal, district superintendent Steve Cardwell and board chair Patti Bacchus. Hengeveld told the Courier he feels responsible to speak out against the cuts and said every level of authority above him should also sound the alarm. Science, he said, requires hands-on and direct demonstration. Labs need specialized equipment as well as “consumables” such as fetal pigs. An LCD projector bulb can cost $235—the equivalent funding for 51 students, a microscope can cost $242—funding for 53 students, while a fetal pig can cost $24—the allotment for six students. Limited budgets mean it’s difficult to replace equipment like broken beakers or to buy new equipment. Hengeveld even worries about buying a dozen eggs for a relatively cheap egg drop experiment or what’s needed to grow crystals for chemistry class. “If I went and bought iodized salt or deiodized salt and [students] make a solution by heating stuff in a beaker—which I hope doesn’t break—if I spend 15 bucks on salt at the store, I’ve blown three or four students’ worth of budget for them to learn how to grow crystals. It’s neat, but I can’t do that in a science class every day. I would just completely and totally run out of money and that’s just on cheap stuff,” he said.

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A burned out LCD bulb, meanwhile can cripple the science budget, he noted in the letter—its replacement represents 28 per cent of a typical science teacher’s allotment. Individual schools have leeway to shift budgets around within their schools, but that just means another department is shorted. Hengeveld said Templeton is floating his department extra money, which works out to about $7 per student, but that’s still not nearly enough. He fears science departments are easy targets for cuts because lots of kids are enrolled in science courses. “You look at it and say it’s lots of kids times big number equals big number, so if I want to make budget cuts, let’s just go there. I think the idea was find one place to make cuts and piss off one group rather than pissing off everybody.” Hengeveld insists funding has to change or science programs are in trouble. “Science class is obviously at risk of becoming little more than a collection of broken equipment, partial class sets, or, at best, science reduced to teacher-led demonstrations of phenomena,” he wrote. “As worst, it will be reduced to pencil and paper seat work. It is demoralizing for staff and students alike and completely out of line with government’s present tack on the need for a focus on secondary science and mathematics excellence…” noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh


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Park board targets community centre security Sandra Thomas Staff writer

The park board is looking at several ways to ensure community centres are safe in light of two serious police incidents last month. Park board general manager Malcolm Bromley said it’s important to strike a balance between the warm, welcoming environment local community centres are designed to offer with adequate safety and security. “We don’t want to overreact,” said Bromley. “Right away some people said they want security guards, but the best response is well-trained staff onsite.” The most serious incident began at 6 p.m. Nov. 23, when 24-year-old Kyle Hepworth Jackson took a three-year-old boy hostage at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre at 920 East Hastings St. The VPD’s Emergency Response Unit rescued the boy after an eighthour standoff. During the incident the boy received a long, deep knife cut to his face that required surgery to repair. Jackson has since been charged with taking a hostage, aggravated assault, unlawful confinement, assault with a weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon. Three days earlier, on Nov. 20, an off-duty police officer happened to be at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre, at 1 Kingsway, when he recognized a known sex offender, 55-year-old Donald William Snow, allegedly watching a group of toddlers. The off-duty officer detained Snow when he attempted to leave the centre and was able to wave down a passing VPD vehicle. Snow, who has a lengthy record of sex crimes, some against children, was in violation of his probation by being within 100-metres of a community centre. Bromley said the week before the incidents he met with VPD chief Jim Chu to discuss how the two departments can better work together. Bromley who recently moved

“THE POLICE KEEP A MOUNTED UNIT IN STANLEY PARK AND WE SUPPORT THEIR BEACH PATROLS.” Malcolm Bromley

to Vancouver to take the general manager position, said in his previous employment as director of community recreation for the City of Toronto he worked closely with that city’s police chief William Blair. “So I wanted to start that conversation with Jim Chu,” said Bromley. “We manage a lot of public spaces together and they support our safety and security. The police keep a mounted unit in Stanley Park and we support their beach patrols. We have a lot of overlap.” Bromley said staff will look at the physical spaces in and around community centres to ensure they’re properly lit and that all areas are visible. The staff and users of Ray-Cam are also being consulted. Staff training, particularly in de-escalation techniques, will likely be implemented. Bromley said maintaining the proper ratio of staff to community centre users is important. He noted Ray-Cam has security cameras. “Parents have to be confident that when they drop their children off that they’ll be well supervised,” said Bromley. “But first we have to catch our breath. We want to take a thoughtful approach and learn from Ray-Cam.” But meanwhile, as reported in the Courier earlier this week, the park board is considering more community centre staff cuts as part of its 2011 operating budget. CUPE 15 president Paul Faoro is out of the office and did not return messages to his cellphone before the Courier’s press deadline. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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The red ribbons placed on Davie Street trees, lamp posts and pretty much anything standing this past Wednesday were to mark World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, an important global event I write about annually but somehow ran out of time this year—until now. I hope the old saying, “better late than never,” stands. Locally, the We Care Red Ribbon Campaign this past week included movie events, free hugs public outreach and Safe Sex Carolling along Davie Street. One highlight I can still direct readers to is the elm grove at English Bay, which was lit to mark World AIDS Day Dec. 1 and will remain that way until Jan. 7. The grove is strung with more than 12,000 lights. Other park board holiday light displays can be found at Lost Lagoon, which has been strung with 8,000 multi-coloured lights and is easily visible from the Georgia Street Causeway, and at George Wainborn Park at the south foot of Richards Street, where the giant sequoia tree

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The elm grove at English Bay was lit to mark World AIDS Day Dec. 1. is lit with 8,000 white lights. Adjacent pillars have also been lit to represent giant candles. The perennially favourite Bright Nights in Stanley Park is back for its 13th year with two million lights, animated displays and holiday music spread across the miniature railway and children’s farmyard. Just a reminder, and in case you want to say goodbye to the llamas, the farm-

yard closes Jan. 2, the same day the display ends. VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights opens Dec. 10 and runs until Jan. 2. If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, a visit to the Festival of Lights, with its colourful displays and seasonal music, should do the trick. The dancing light show on Livingstone Lake takes place every half hour and Santa can be found in his

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living room until Christmas Eve. In Wednesday’s edition of Central Park, I highlighted a new event at the Bloedel Conservatory called the Jewel Box of Lights. This display runs now through the holidays, with a special event taking place Dec. 5 with Santa, music and a tuba trio.

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Last week I wrote a page-one story about proposed cuts to park board services, including the closure of park washrooms and reductions in their cleaning, as part of the board’s 2011 operating budget. The park board won’t make a decision until Dec. 13, but if there’s anything new between now and then, I’ll keep readers posted. Because of a budget meeting at city hall Dec. 2, the planning and environment committee meeting I wrote about here in Wednesday’s edition was postponed until Dec. 9. When I wrote about the meeting it was still scheduled for Dec. 2 and the date change came after the Courier’s print deadline. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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Police respond to housing complex assaults, mischief, break-and-enters Sandra Thomas Staff writer

Between Nov. 1 and 26 the Vancouver Police Department responded to a dozen calls to Steeves Manor, the subject of a recent Courier cover story outlining the circumstances many senior and disabled residents face as more drug and alcohol addicts, many with mental illness, are being moved into the B.C. Housing complex next to Jericho Park. The residents say they’re feeling increasingly intimidated as more addicts, some of them violent, are moved into their home as part of an initiative by B.C. Housing to house the homeless. The most serious of the recent police incidents took place Nov. 17, when according to residents who contacted the Courier, a man moving into Steeves Manor brandished a knife and police were called. VPD spokesperson Const. Jana McGuinness confirmed police responded to a weapons call to Steeves Nov. 17, but added no charges were laid. Several Steeves residents also contacted the Courier about an incident earlier in November that involved a violent assault at the Fourth Avenue entrance and another during which a new female resident took off her top in one of the public areas of the complex and exposed herself to passersby. In the November Courier cover story, residents complained of increasing theft, drug use and dealing, panhandling inside the building and verbal and physical threats. According to McGuinness, calls for service at Steeves Manor typically include disturbances, assaults, mischief, thefts, break-and-enter and suspicious persons. “We have had a dozen calls for service there in November to date,” said McGuinness. “When we see an increase in calls for service at a particular building, we take notice.” The VPD responded to Steeves Manor 120 times between January and August of this year, up from 85 for all of 2009.

“RESIDENTS WILL NOTICE PATROL OFFICERS STOPPING BY.” VPD Const. Jana McGuinness

McGuinness said by working to identify the source of the problems, the VPD can take steps to help improve the living conditions and safety within the building. In the case of Steeves Manor, that included assigning a community policing officer to work closely with residents to identify the source of the problems, and also share information with provincial social services and B.C. Housing. McGuinness noted the community policing officer regularly meets with Steeves residents and relays their concerns back to the VPD. “In light of the ongoing concerns expressed by residents and the continuing calls for service, the VPD is going to be engaging in further dialogue with B.C. Housing,” said McGuinness. “Residents will notice patrol officers stopping by more frequently to provide an increased presence in and around the building to help deter problems. We want to reassure residents that we are listening to their concerns and working on solutions.” In an email response to the Courier’s inquiries, B.C. Housing confirms the VPD is increasing its presence in the area and the community policing officer is meeting with residents to discuss safety and security. The email added the ministry is in regular contact with tenants at Steeves. Tenants with questions about safety are encouraged to contact one of the two building managers or the property portfolio manager. The building managers’ contact numbers are posted at the development and tenants can contact them either by phone or in writing, the ministry said. The portfolio manager can be reached at B.C. Housing’s Vancouver Coastal regional office. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10

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Wu case will get public hearing Mike Howell Staff writer

The B.C. police complaint commissioner has ordered a public hearing into an incident involving an East Side man seriously injured during an arrest by two Vancouver police constables in a case of so-called mistaken identity. Police Complaint Commissioner Stan Lowe announced the hearing Tuesday in a statement posted on the commission’s website. The case involves Yao Wei Wu, whose injuries on the early morning of Jan. 21 included a broken orbital bone. “Having reviewed the investigation and determinations to date, pursuant [to the Police Act], I have determined that a public hearing in this matter is required to preserve or restore public confidence in the investigation of misconduct and the administration of police discipline,” Lowe wrote. Lowe said he reached his decision after considering “several relevant factors including but not limited to” the following: • The complaint is serious in nature as the alleged misconduct involves a significant breach of public trust. • The nature and seriousness of the alleged harm to have been suffered by the person involved in this matter. • There is a reasonable

Yao Wei Wu prospect that a public hearing will assist in determining the truth. • Flaws exist in the investigation. It is therefore alleged, Lowe wrote, that constables Bryan London and Nicholas Florkow committed an abuse of their authority in the performance of their duties and “intentionally or recklessly used unnecessary force.” Lowe’s decision comes after Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford announced Nov. 3 that he agreed with his investigator’s findings that constables London and Florkow should be cleared of any wrongdoing in the case. Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu requested the Delta police conduct the investigation to avoid any conflict of interest. Chu also requested that Cessford become the disciplinary authority in the case. The Delta police investigation concluded Wu resisted arrest when London and Florkow, who were in plain clothes, knocked on Wu’s door after responding to a domestic assault at 2:16 a.m. in

the 6200-block Lanark Street. The investigation revealed the constables struck Wu five times “with a close-handed strike to his upper shoulder area” before they realized he was not the culprit in the assault. Delta police said Wu’s facial injuries occurred when he hit the ground. The constables responded to the correct address but were not aware the call, which came from a cellphone, originated from the Wu’s basement suite, where a man was later arrested in connection with the assault. Lowe noted the investigation revealed two “materially different versions of events regarding the altercation as provided by the members and Mr. Wu.” In Wu’s civil suit against the constables, he alleged in a statement of claim that he was grabbed, dragged outside and assaulted and repeatedly beaten “without provocation or justification, thereby causing him to sustain serious and disabling physical and psychiatric injuries.” Lawyer Cameron Ward, acting on behalf of Wu, was unavailable for comment before the Courier’s deadline. Ward has called the Delta police investigation of the Wu case “a farce and a whitewash.” No date has been set for the hearing or the civil suit. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Corinne Sanderson owns and operates the Beautiful B&B one block east of Cambie Street on West 40th Avenue. photo Dan Toulgoet

Neighbourhood density rankles longtime Oakridge resident Megan Stewart Staff writer

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The owner of an Oakridge bed and breakfast near Cambie Street worries the character and livability of her neighbourhood will deteriorate as density increases. Corinne Sanderson owns and operates the Beautiful B&B one block east of Cambie Street on West 40th Avenue where her white, two-story manor looks south toward the Fraser River and Mount Baker. “Ours has been a lovely neighbourhood, but recently we have been asked to accept the greatly increased density,” she told the Courier. “We have done so gracefully but feel we have been more than fair in accepting more than our share of densification.” The Cambie Street corridor is intended to become increasingly dense. The city has opened four major intersections south of King Edward to case-by-case applications to build up to 12-storey buildings for residential, office and commercial use. The intersections—on Cambie at King Edward, 41st Avenue, 49th Avenue and Marine Drive— were chosen to concentrate density because the hubs include a Canada Line station. “It’s critical to make sure that incredible investment in infrastructure pays off,” said Brent Toderian, the city’s director of planning. “From many different perspectives, both professional and community, density around transit is the right thing to do. The discussion is how to do it well. But it’s not been generally about preserving single-family houses.” For now, the areas open to special zoning applications are adjacent to the Canada Line station on Cambie Street for two blocks on either side of 41st Avenue. The rezoned area continues on 41st Avenue two blocks east of Cambie to Manson Street across from the Oakridge Centre. Buildings can reach 12 storeys in lots nearest the intersection. Further from the corner, buildings can reach six storeys and developments are slated for mixed use, including retail and office space at ground level with additional office and residential space above.

“THE DISCUSSION IS HOW TO DO IT WELL. BUT IT’S NOT BEEN GENERALLY ABOUT PRESERVING SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES.” Brent Toderian

Toderian said the city has received one application to build. A six-storey seniors housing complex is slated for the 600 block of 41st Ave between Manson and Ash streets. Council approved this phase of development along the Cambie corridor in January. At the time, NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton argued that building height not be restricted and the neighbourhood be allowed to develop into a vibrant commercial and residential focal point in South Vancouver. She was not supported by the Visiondominated council. “I would like to give people’s imagination the process and free reign at Oakridge,” she said. “It is a major geographical centre of the city at the intersection of two major streets and it’s on a height of land. I think the development could be significantly higher—if you do it right.” The owner of Omnitsky Kosher Delicatessen on Cambie Street north of 43rd Avenue welcomes the densification. “It will change for the good. I’m a storeowner. Put more people in the area, it’s better for stores,” said Eppy Rappaport, who has run the destination eatery at the same location for 14 years. “The second they started digging that tunnel, I knew there’d be a change.” For Sanderson, who has lived in her B&B since 1972, her biggest concern is the shadows that taller buildings to the south will cast over her home. She has canvassed her neighbours and says the vast majority share her anxiety. “It seems it doesn’t matter that we’re against it,” she said. “It’s too dense, too fast.” mstewart@vancourier.com


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Residents of Marpole like the changes to a proposed redevelopment of the Safeway on Granville Street near West 70th Avenue. But the form of the commercial and residential development still isn’t what some of them want. Following feedback from the city and an open house in September, Henriquez Partners Architects has reduced a proposed 24-storey residential tower to 16 storeys, a nine-storey building to seven storeys. A 14-storey building will remain the same height. Three hundred and fifty-seven new dwelling units will be built between the three buildings, 31 of them rental units, down from a previously proposed 172. More than 180 people attended the September open house. Many participants expressed enthusiasm for a new development in Marpole, but also concern about the building heights and scale. Gudrun Langolf, president of the Marpole-Oakridge Area Council Society, which runs Marpole Place, likes the feel of the neighbourhood with its small stores and “human scale.” She’d like the architect and developer to try to achieve the building density they need with housing that’s fewer than six storeys. Some residents wondered if more rental housing is what Marpole needs. They wanted to know that the rental rates would be affordable. The need for a larger library, a new or refurbished community centre and more park space also came up, along with concerns about traffic and parking. Gregory Henriquez said his firm has responded by adding pocket parks to

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The proposed redevelopment of the Safeway in Marpole includes a 16storey residential tower. submitted artist rendering the street that parallels Granville, a green wall along the lane that bisects the development, trees on roofs and garden plots. A new Safeway is to be built closer to Granville. He said Henriquez Partners addressed traffic concerns by proposing a signalized intersection mid block so cars don’t have to turn left onto 70th and then left on Granville when they’re heading north. Vehicles could turn directly onto Granville and pedestrians would have a marked crosswalk. Henriquez Partners Architects is working with developer Westbank Projects to rezone the property. Langolf worries property taxes will rise significantly for the businesses she patronizes and that even with a larger customer base, they won’t

make up the difference and survive. Claudia Laroye, executive director of the Marpole Business Association, isn’t worried about taxes. She says Safeway, the area’s biggest property owner, business member and employer in the commercial district, needs to overhaul its store to meet “market challenges.” “Bringing new people into the mix with new residential development that we haven’t seen along Granville Street to that scale is also exciting because our commercial district needs new and more people to live there.” The next community open house runs Dec. 7, 4 to 7 p.m. at Marpole Place, 1305 West 70th Ave. Henriquez is scheduled to make a presentation at 6 p.m. crossi@vancourier.com

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City investigates unapproved mass tree removal in Point Grey

Organic breakfast moguls allegedly axe 25 trees Naoibh O’Connor Staff writer

Ratana and Arran Stephens—the couple behind North America’s largest organic breakfast foods company—own a Point Grey property being investigated by the city for the alleged removal of 25 trees without approval. The Stephens purchased the sprawling 104-by-404-foot site at 4785 West Second Ave., near Drummond Drive at the edge of the University of B.C., on Oct. 28 for $5.1 million. Tree debris, including stumps, roots and branches were piled in the muddy backyard Wednesday afternoon. A city stop work order, indicating the tree removal was done in violation of the city’s protection of trees bylaw, hung on the front door of the vacant house. The Stephens own Nature’s Path, a company that aspires to “advance the cause of people and planet, along the path to sustainability.” Arran Stephens, its website notes, “has modelled both his personal and professional life after the words of farmer Rupert Stephens, his father—‘Leave the earth better than you found it.’” In a phone interview with the Courier, Stephens admitted he made a mistake by removing trees without a permit and

The city is investigating the alleged removal of 25 trees at a sprawling property at 4785 West Second Ave. at the edge of the University of B.C. photo Dan Toulgoet said he will make amends. The couple bought the property for their children and grandchildren, not to flip it, he said, pointing out the garden hadn’t been cared for in more than 50 years and the house is in disrepair. The Stephens intend to restore the house and plant an or-

chard and organic vegetable garden. The brush was about 15-feet high, he said, and workers were clearing it for surveyors. “I said go ahead and clear out all the brush—I told that to the Bobcat operator. I said, ‘take out any of the trees that are dangerous that are obviously dead or dying

and just take them out.’ And he did that. There were even some trees that were lying on the ground in this property,” Stephens said. “We got kind of carried away, I guess, and I didn’t think much about it at that time.” Stephens has written to the mayor acknowledging he’s guilty of not applying for a permit and that he should be fined for any trees cut down in violation of the bylaw. “It looks like a clearcut but it’s not a clearcut... all it was, was a bunch of old fruit trees—some old cherry trees that were planted 30 years ago that were diseased or a couple of alders, which were smothered in ivy.” Stephens worries his reputation and all the work he’s done for sustainability has been compromised. He said the family is committed to sustainability and they contributed $3 million to charity last year. “It’s kind of sad that all the good that a person does is overshadowed by one stupid mistake,” he said. Wendy Stewart, a city spokesperson, said the investigation is active and staff won’t release any details other than it’s believed 25 trees were removed without authority. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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A new business improvement association is proposed for the Downtown Eastside to promote the area’s commercial and social interests amid rapid change. “I understand people’s concerns about another BIA being formed, but really, a BIA can do nothing but bring positive light to an area that will come under such extreme scrutiny in the next little while,” said Mark Brand, a member of the business association’s founding committee and the businessman behind Boneta, the Diamond, a soon to be revived Save-onMeat, the Sharks and Hammers shop on Powell Street and Sea Monster Sushi. The proposed Hastings Crossing BIA stretches from Richards Street to Gore Avenue, centered on East Hastings Street. It includes Woodward’s and Victory Square. Brand has heard concerns that the new BIA would institute a security team similar to the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s downtown ambassadors. But the new BIA is expected to operate in a different way. Current BIA discussions were first raised in 2008 by PHS Community Services Society, which along with social enterprises Potluck Café and Catering and United We Can, saw a need and an opportunity to improve conditions in the area for businesses and the community, according to a city staff report. Organizations that occupy commercial properties will have input into the BIA. PHS provides social housing and helps run the supervised drug injection site. Brand was asked to join the founding committee by other co-founders, which include Building Opportunities with Business Inner-City Society, or BOB, and the Potluck Café. Their groups have been working with Brand to revive Save-On-Meat as a business that serves residents of the neighbourhood. SOLEfood inner city farm, a social enterprise of United We Can, will have a space in Save-On Meat.

“A BIA CAN DO NOTHING BUT BRING POSITIVE LIGHT TO AN AREA.” Mark Brand

The Vancouver Board of Trade’s inner city development sub-committee developed a business plan for the proposed BIA. “Many traditional BIAs have programs which target graffiti, crime prevention, safety, transportation, accessibility, green spaces, and more,” the business plan states. “Newer programs include market analysis and business recruitment; potentially key elements in the Hastings Crossing BIA.” The business plan suggests that the success of social enterprises in the area could be promoted to attract other businesses interested in benefiting people and the planet as well as making profits. Fifty-two businesses and property owners responded to a survey distributed to 500 properties about the proposed BIA in August. They reported their greatest concerns were safety and security, business recruitment and area maintenance. The BIA hopes to begin operating in April 2011. The proposed BIA initially included the 500 block of Beatty Street and the 100 blocks of Powell and Alexander but business owners near Gastown liked participating in the Gastown BIA’s programs, and Beatty Street businesses had contacted staff in 2009 about the idea of a BIA for their block. The matter was referred from the Nov. 30 council meeting to a city services and budgets meeting Dec. 2, after the Courier’s print deadline. Under the city’s new gag order on city staff, the city would not allow the staff person who authored the report on the new BIA to speak on the record in advance of council’s decision. The author wouldn’t answer questions that weren’t pre-approved by city communications. crossi@vancourier.com

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The Cats in the Bag By Joe Hargitt

They thought the beef jerky would sink. I knew it wouldn’t, just like I learned as a kid that kittens in a burlap sack won’t sink either. Watching those bullies on the wharf throwing snacks and sandwiches from another kid’s lunch bag into the water took me back to the summer of ’68, the summer that I learned all those ugly truths about life; those dark realities that today help define me as a man. Good lessons; but hard and tough just like life itself. And my life today feels very hard. Like a salmon returning to spawn, all of my life’s events have led me back to this place of my childhood. I need the answers to life’s big questions, so I am writing this story for Ruthie under the big fir tree in the park near the wharf overlooking the homes along the Sunshine Coast. The same coast where Ruthie and I grew up and I have now returned. How did I get to this point I ask myself? You might be asking the same thing if you have slowed down enough in your own life to take the time to wonder about another’s. Whether you are interested or not, I am going to answer that question in as few words as possible. I have always appreciated brevity and I possess a deep respect for utilitarianism in all aspects of life; don’t use or take anymore than you need. The movie Little Big Man was playing that same summer. In it, Chief Dan George pronounced it “was a good day to die.” When I heard that as an 11-year-old, I understood what he meant and what I thought it meant to be a man. It was as though that one statement unleashed my whole being into the world. That summer I dealt with life, birth and renewed hope. It was a crash course in living that taught me how to prepare to die. The summer of 1968 started as innocently as any other. Kids stared out of the windows of their classrooms, knowing that soon they would be on summer vacation. I would be, too, and this year we were going to spend our holidays at Trout Lake. My mom thought it would be a good idea for her friend’s daughter Ruthie to come along. I wasn’t fussy about that, but mom planned to let me bring my best friend Billy to even it out. My mother also thought it would be a good idea for me to meet Ruthie before the trip. So one Saturday morning we drove the long winding road to her house. The yellow cedar trees are abundant on this stretch of the coast; that unique tree that grows in the shadows and the marshes along river beds throughout southwest British Columbia. Nowhere is the aroma from yellow cedar stronger than on this stretch of road, that West Coast smell coming in with the wind that rushed through the car windows as my mom seemed to drive even faster the closer we got. How I long for that smell and the wind and the speed whenever I am away; it makes me feel secure but homesick at the same time. When we arrived, I saw a tall girl with beautiful brown skin and a way of walking that I didn’t recognize then but know now as the graceful and confident movements of a natural athlete. She was coming down the gravel driveway toward our car as my mother pulled into the property. The house was built close to the road, not like the

homes today where everyone builds close to the beach or high on the hill to capture the view. This home, like most on that stretch of road, followed the shore and was built as close as possible to the highway. It is more practical to position a home that way; fewer trees to clear and less distance in and out of the property; important considerations when folks did the work by hand without the help of heavy equipment. But the thing I remember most about being with Ruthie that day was the trail to the beach and me walking closely behind her to get down to the water. We had finished lunch and the adults had sent us off to go exploring while they cracked open the first

case of beer. Ruthie was First Nations and she had the most beautiful skin and hair I had ever seen, or at least up to that point, had ever noticed before. I didn’t know what love was back then, but that day I was starting to feel I might soon learn to recognize it. Ruthie led me down the trail and she seemed to float over the rocks and logs with the gracefulness of someone who had been moving between and over obstacles her entire life. I loved watching her as the sunlight broke through the trees along the way and lit her up and shone on her legs. When we got to the beach we skipped rocks and talked; awkwardly at first, but we

settled down and wandered further along the shore together, jumping over logs and boulders. We helped each other through the slippery stretches of seaweed covered rocks where the tide was high and there was no choice but to climb over them. I took her hand and she took mine and we both knew that, at least for today, we were going to look out for each other. As we walked together Ruthie told me with excitement how her cat just had kittens last week and they were in the shop back of the house. Her father wasn’t crazy about having them there but her Mom said they could keep the kittens there until they were old enough to find homes for.


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ted a wet sack with a rope tied to close the open end. With each wave the sack rolled up against the beachcomber’s log. The sack was bulging and seemed to move within. It invited us to come closer and open it. Our fear was overcome by the curiosity that is natural to cats and children, and we pulled the sack from the water and onto the rocks near the shore. With a mixture of dread and excitement, I untied the rope that was wrapped six times around the neck of the sack; each layer coiled perfectly on top of the last. I felt sick before I had even seen the contents, as though deep down I knew something wasn’t right. I gently let the contents of the sack spill out onto the rocks by the log on the shore where the waves kept rolling gently in. Except now the waves were breaking on six little wet faces and six fur-covered bodies, with their eyes closed ever so softly. Even at that age we knew those were Ruthie’s kittens, despite Ruthie telling herself and me that those must be someone else’s kittens, that some other child’s father had put those kittens into a burlap sack and had dropped them into the sea. Ruthie’s voice quivered. She and I were unconvinced and we knew that her father had done this and we held each other and cried. We cried for the kittens that day, but we

didn’t know we were also crying for ourselves, because at that moment we lost our innocence and our trust that life was secure and just and monsters that killed kittens didn’t live where we lived. They didn’t go by the name Dad and they didn’t come into your room at night. Ruthie and I put the kittens back in the sack and never said a word. We went up the trail to the house where our parents were drinking and forgot to make dinner. It was time to leave and I looked through the rear window of the car as my mother drove away from the house and I saw Ruthie and all the light that had shone on her was gone. It was as though she had put herself in the sack with the kittens. She never looked up at me and she turned to go back into the house, and went up the front stairs and tripped on the last tread. My mother stopped the car at the top of the driveway and I got out and looked back at the house where Ruthie had just been. The sun filtered through the trees and a fly buzzed around my head and a woodpecker tapped out its familiar beat and I knew I would never see her again. Mom called to me to get back in the car and she turned out onto the winding road with the cedars and the fresh air. And I didn’t smell a thing. Years later, I was reading the

obituaries in the local paper; something I did from time to time to see who had died and when, so that I could better measure my own mortality in a way that only made sense to me. I saw Ruthie’s married name and I knew it was her and a sadness overcame me. It said she had passed away suddenly and I had come to know that suddenly in a death notice meant a car accident or an overdose or some other way of dying that wasn’t in God’s design but somehow man had managed to create. I put the newspaper down on the kitchen table with the Formica top and the fresh coffee rings that soaked into the paper while I dialled the operator to get Ruthie’s number. I called Ruth-

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On Dec. 6, 1989, Marc Lépine murdered 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. This Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a public conference commemorating the Montreal Massacre takes place at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia St. Hosted by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, the event will feature guest speakers such as Jeannette Lavell, president of Native Women’s Association of Canada, Bonnie Klein, filmmaker and feminist activist and Ginny NiCarthy, author of the “Getting Free” handbook for battered women. Issues include violence against women, policing, economics and human trafficking. Additionally, an interactive display called “Walk in Her Shoes” allows participants to experience what the challenges women face when attempting to escape from a violent man. For full schedule details, visit rapereliefshelter.bc.ca.

Banner for troops

With so many soldiers away from home, British Columbians are being encouraged to send their best wishes to Canadian troops who will be away from their families this holiday season. Beginning Dec. 2, shoppers can sign a large banner at Sears on Robson, organized by Sears Canada and the local Military Family Resource Centre, before it’s shipped off to the Canadian Forces Base in Afghanistan in time for Christmas. In addition, a special website is being developed where Canadians can post video messages the deployed troops can see. More than 1,000 families in Mainland B.C. have had a loved one deployed to Afghanistan since Canada took on a larger role in the conflict in 2006. The banner will be at Sears on Robson from Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. to Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The website will remain up through the holidays. The website address was not available before the Courier’s press deadline.

Holiday meal

More than 150 mothers and children from the Downtown Eastside will enjoy a special holiday meal prepared by Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House at the Vancouver Native Health Society, Dec. 8 from 1:30 p.m. onward. Guests will be served a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings in fine-dining style. The VNHS, established in 1991, provides medical, counselling and social services to the Downtown Eastside, with an emphasis on aboriginal people. Joe Fortes has been serving a monthly meal to members of the VNHS since this past January and many of the restaurant’s staff volunteer their time to assist. The Joe Fortes team also raised funds for a new kitchen for the society, located in the Downtown Eastside. In keeping with the Christmas theme of the luncheon, Santa Claus will arrive to spread holiday cheer to the children attending.

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For the 55th year in a row, the men and women of the North American Aerospace Defense Command are getting ready to track Santa. The NORAD Tracks Santa website is live and features holiday games and activities that change daily. The website is available in seven languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese. On Dec. 24, the website will stream videos, captured by NORAD “Santa Cams,” from cities along Santa’s journey. This year, children are also able to track Santa through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and TroopTube. To follow NORAD on these Santa-tracking tools, type in “@noradsanta” into the search engine to start. Beginning at 11 p.m. on Dec. 24, visitors to the website can watch Santa as he prepares his sleigh, checks his list, and goes through all of his preparations to ensure he has a successful

journey. As soon as Santa takes off from the North Pole, children can also track him with up-to-the-minute updates on Google Maps and Google Earth through the NORAD Tracks Santa website. Santa trackers will begin answering phones and replying to email at 1 a.m. Dec. 24 and will continue until 2 a.m. Dec. 25. At that time, children of all ages can call the NORAD Tracks Santa toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or send an email to noradtrackssanta@gmail. com.

The season of giving

Buschlen Mowatt Gallery’s annual holiday fundraiser happens at the gallery Dec. 8. It includes a traditional turkey dinner, a Christmas concert featuring Don Stewart, June Katz and Checo Tohomaso and a raffle draw. All of the proceeds go to The Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which

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Garlic has extensive history as weapon in fighting illness lindawatts We’re well into flu season and by now many of us have thought about what we can do to prevent, or at least minimize, the symptoms of getting sick. To improve our immunity we may have considered getting more sleep and exercise, washing our hands more often, and eating foods rich in vitamin C and zinc. But a sure-fire remedy for preventing the common cold and flu continues to elude modern medicine. Here we are in the 21st century and scientists and physicians still don’t have any definite answers. Enter Gene Stone, a man who got tired of battling a couple of colds a year and went out to find his own answers. Stone, an investigative health journalist and New York Times best-selling author, interviewed dozens of unusually healthy people world-wide and then selected 25 individuals who, he believed, each possessed a different secret of excellent health—a secret that made sense and was supported by research. Stone shares his fascinating discoveries in his aptly titled book, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick (Workman Publishing Company, 2010). And in an interview published in the Nov. 29th issue of Maclean’s magazine, Stone reveals that if he had to choose just one tip that’s stopped him from getting sick, it would have to be eating a raw garlic clove every day. The medicinal effects of the “stinking rose” date back to 3000 BC where it was used to treat fever and inflammation. In the Middle Ages, people believed it helped protect against the plague while soldiers in both World Wars ate garlic to prevent gangrene.

Today, most of the focus is on garlic’s possible cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits, not to mention its antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Researchers purport that it’s the antibacterial activity of garlic juice that’s responsible for attacking bugs such as staphylococci, the badboy bacteria behind staph infections. Believing garlic’s medicinal value is related to its pungent taste and smell, many scientists in the field discourage taking garlic in the form of an odourless supplement. When garlic’s active ingredient, allinin, is converted to allicin (from chopping, crushing or chewing a clove), hydrogen sulfide is given off and that gas is sacrificed when garlic is produced in a pill form. Garlic supplement brands are often marketed based on the amount of allicin they supposedly release after ingestion, but routine analyses of these products reveal that they vary considerably in their chemical composition. It doesn’t matter whether the pill contains garlic that’s been dried, powdered, or turned into a fermented or oily extract. To boot, supplements may increase the risk of bleeding if taken with blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), or other anticoagulant medications. They may also interact with some drugs used to treat diabetes, HIV, hypertension, cancer and high cholesterol. Some people may have allergies to garlic and other foods found in the genus Allium plant family such as onions, shallots, leeks and chives. Always check with your doctor before starting to take garlic supplements or large amounts of garlic in its natural state, meaning five or more cloves daily. It appears the best way to have garlic is either raw or cooked. Current research doesn’t suggest an ideal dose or the healthiest way to eat it. But whatever you do, never consume garlic that’s been stored in oil at room temperature. This is a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes the foodborne illness, botulism.

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Kris Kringle Clean-up Crew – Santa’s entertaining elves are hitting West 10th and getting everyone ready for the holidays. Laughter, song and kibitzing, on the spot holiday tattoos and treats – these elves will leave everyone with a smile on their face and all cleaned up for Christmas! Hewer Home Hardware (4459 West 10th Avenue) is having free Santa pictures on Dec.

4 and 11 from 10am to 12 Noon. For more information, call 604-224-4934 or visit hewerhomehardware.ca. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will continue their visit every Saturday (December 4, 11 & 18) from 12 noon to 4pm as they stroll the Village and visit all the stores up and down West 10th. From 1pm to 2pm Saturdays (Dec. 4, 11 & 18), Santa will be stationed outside Kaboodles Toy Store (4449 West 10th) to hear your Christmas wishes. He’ll have Point Grey Village reindeer hats for all the kids, and candy canes too. Don’t forget your camera, or your wish list! There’ll be roving musicians, live entertainment and plenty of things to do and see every Saturday in Point Grey Village. Plus, there’s a village filled with great holiday gift-giving ideas in all the stores on the avenue. Make a day of it!

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lection.You’ll find potted trees like Fraser Firs in six-to-seven or seven-to-eight foot heights, ripe for the picking and priced right.

Garden Centre Manager Anna Markowicz says inventory on naturals includes Canadian-grown live Douglas and Noble Fir trees; three sizes are available, plus the ever-popular Spruce col-

Fresh boughs can be made into a variety of beautiful wreaths and centrepieces. From white pine and red cedar to mountain hemlock, red huckleberry, and juniper and holly - from just $4.99, you’ll want a whole bunch. Potted

ewer Home Hardware is more than just a place for your nuts ‘n bolts! This landmark store (established in 1913) has gone “green with envy” this season.

plants will enhance décor, and Markowicz raves about the Cupressus and Macrocarpa in store. Drop on by and “green it up” this year!

Christmas at The Natural Gardener

“The Christmas season is always a wonderful time here at The Natural Gardener {at 4376 West 10th Ave.},” says owner Bob Tuckey. “As

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Meaning and purpose reside deep inside all

We all have our secret selves—the parts of ourselves we keep concealed from the rest of the world. But there are parts of yourself of which even you are unaware. You are more than you appear to be. You are a unique complex of conflicting thoughts, emotions and sensations, some of it on the surface, much of it hidden even from your own awareness. Deeper still lies a part of yourself that can make sense of it all, where meaning, purpose and peace reside. But to access that deeper self, you must first attend to your present, how you feel at this moment. In my last column, I introduced my approach to meditation with seven questions. So in answer to my first question, “What do I feel?,” feel your breath. Attending to the simple act of breathing, you can attain just enough distance to look clearly at your present state—the feelings you are experiencing at this moment. Normally, you breathe without thinking about it, but when you shift your consciousness to the effortless flow of air through your nose and into your lungs and the natural flow from your lungs through your nose, you’ll find that you can control not only the rhythm of your breaths but the pace of your thoughts. Attending first to your breath, to the refreshing fullness of a slow, deep breath and to the full-bodied release as you exhale, you can feel a rise in your

davidicuswong positive energy while you release your tensions. Mindful breathing can serve as a time-out when the pace of the day’s activities, your own thoughts, or your present feelings seem overwhelming. The pauses between breathing in, breathing out and breathing in again can represent the still point —the centre where you can take a step back and see yourself—your feelings, thoughts and actions at this moment. What are you feeling? What emotions are controlling you? Is it anger? Does it come from frustrations where reality doesn’t live up to your expectations? Is it from the behaviour of others or circumstances over which you have no control? What are the thoughts that underlie your anger? Is there another way of thinking about the situation? Could you be reacting to the present with the feelings of the past? Sometimes current circumstances and the words and actions of others can trigger anger and resentment from our past. Our

Megaphone voices joy

Megaphone is celebrating. The street paper launched a writing workshop in the Downtown Eastside and helped put thousands of dollars into the pockets of its vendors. Megaphone was also recognized as the most improved street paper by peer publications this year in Chicago. The paper holds a Night of Joyful Voices and celebrates the paper’s successes at its winter fundraising drive Dec. 10 beginning at 8 p.m. at Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr.). David Vertesi from Hey Ocean! performs as does B.C. Civil Liberties Association frontman, David Eby with Vancouver-based band, Ladner. Tickets are $15. Proceeds support Megaphone’s vendor programs, which employ

reactions can be heavily influenced by the back story of our past. We can fall into old patterns of reacting. Can you recognize any pattern to your reactions? Are you anxious? Does this arise from feeling unprepared or just feeling rushed? We can’t control everything in life, but there are many things we can. We sometimes just forget we have a choice. Where do your choices lie? Are you taking on too much? Are you able to say no when someone asks you to do something you just can’t fit into your day? Are you able to ask for help? At any given time, we need just the right amount of challenge to feel engaged. If you don’t have enough challenge in your day, you’re bored. When the challenge exceeds your resources, you’re stressed. Negative, catastrophic thinking can raise feelings of anxiety. Our worried thoughts can make our world seem too much for us to handle. By taking a time out to feel your breath, you can bring down your anxiety a notch and reflect on your thoughts. As you control your breath, you can learn to control your thoughts, replacing statements that are self-defeating with the self-affirming. Next week: meditation and feelings of sadness. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a physician at PrimeCare Medical. His column appears regularly in this paper and his internet radio show, Positive Potential Medicine can be heard on pwrnradio.com.

homeless and low-income people across Vancouver. For more information, visit megaphonemagazine.com.

Turn on the lights

Putting up, admiring and taking tours of Christmas and holiday lights is a favourite activity for a lot of our readers. So is taking pictures of them. We want to share your pictures online. Send us your pics of your holiday-decorated house, your neighbour’s house, all the houses on your street, a local business, or anything seasonal that’s bright and shiny and we’ll put it online in our photo galleries. Send them with a description of the location and anything interesting about the display to editor@vancourier.com with the subject line “Lights on.”

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Dunbar Residents Give Generously!

The 16th annual Dunbar Christmas Food Bank Drive has begun. Last year, Dunbar realtor Michael Andruff (pictured, centre) and his team collected over 1,000 pounds of food and significant money in donations to help feed the hungry, and 35 Dunbar merchants are working hard to beat that goal this year. Help support our local food bank this Christmas while donating non-perishable food items on your next visit to participating Dunbar merchants displaying the Food Bank poster, from Dec. 2 to 17. Donations or food pick ups can be arranged by calling 604-644-0056.

The HOB

Hospice Opportunity Boutique If you have never visited The HOB, make a point of dropping in to find that special holiday outfit at an irresistible price. Our holiday stock includes velvet and lace, black and silver, daring and elegant and cozy and warm; AND our prices will bring you cheer for all those festive events into the new year 2011! We offer fashionable, current styles of excellent quality, gently-used, seasonal, Women’s Clothing and Accessories and the Volunteers enjoy offering friendly, personal service.

We also invite you to our recently opened store – HOB TOO

Here we offer great Christmas gift ideas – good quality linens, china, glass, books, pictures, small pieces of furniture and some exquisite collectibles. (Awnings at both locations read Vancouver Hospice Society)

The HOB

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A Notary’s Word – as Good as Gold ccording to The Societies of Notaries Public of BC, the tradition of Notaries goes back over 2,000 years — to the dawn of recorded history. Notaries laid down the Codex Hammurabi, the oldest evidence of recorded law.

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Notaries were also employed by the Catholic Church to guide the light of civilization through the Dark Ages. The Notary’s reputation for trustworthiness meant that documents retained a stable reliability throughout centuries of upheaval. BC Notaries are governed by the Notaries Act of BC and the discipline of their professional society. Today, the position of Notary as a member of one of the branches of the legal profession is sanctioned and safeguarded by law. BC Notaries are unique in North America, providing non-contentious legal services to the public. The Society receives over 1,600 application inquiries from interested candidates annually; on average 20 to 25 students per year are

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Notaries in B.C. can perform a vast range of services on your behalf, including estate planning, powers of attorney, wills preparation and searches, and many other important requests. Go to www.notaries.bc.ca to locate a notary near you.

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Texas golf holiday a family affair Ann Britton Campbell

Contributing writer

Teenage boys, whose futures may depend on their ability to play golf and schmooze, learn the first half of the equation from instrucphoto Ann Britton Campbell tor Mike Lamanna. co walls, red tiles, heavy wooden doors and intricate wrought iron— is meant to be reminiscent of the region’s 18th-century Spanish missions and ranches. It came with tennis courts and six swimming pools, but more importantly for our purposes, both the Palmer Course and the Resort Course, home to the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open, were just a chip shot away. So was the golf school.

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moving my left thumb toward the backside of the shaft. We all practiced hitting the golf ball’s equator, rather than its south pole. My husband worked on breaking a lifetime of bad habits, including trying to crush the ball with every mighty swing. Not that a mere three days was nearly enough time to come away feeling as if I’d mastered the game. When I despaired I’d never get my swing right, Lamanna said, “The first 100 years of playing golf are the hardest.” But it was family time to the max. We drove, chipped and putted together and watched each other get video-analyzed. We all applauded when Lamanna balanced one ball on top of another, then hit them both so one went in the hole and the other flew up and into the hat he whipped off his head. Surely that was proof of a life well-lived? After our final lesson, I admitted to Lamanna that I might be hooked. Who knew that golf could be so addictive? Well, Lamanna, for one. “Yup,” he said with a smile, “and I’m the dealer.” For more information, visit www. lacanteragolfclub.com. Ann Britton Campbell is a member of the Meridian Writers’ Group.

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604-224-7744

Minister: Rev. Dr. Sylvia Cleland

Looking forward to Christmas

Worship and Nursery Sundays at 10:30am December 12th ~ Carols and Cookies - 7:00 pm December 24th ~ Christmas Eve Worship 7:00 pm & 10:30 pm Photo by John Patrick December 25th ~ Christmas Morning - 10:00 am

Christmas 2010 at Wilson Heights United Church CHRISTMAS EVE • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24 7:00 pm The Christmas Story 11:00 pm Communion Service BOXING DAY • SUNDAY • DECEMBER 26 10:30 am Service of Carols All are Welcome!

ChristmasWorshi Worship Longest Night

Wed. Dec 15 @7pm A Service to mark our reminders of loss and difficulty and to lighten our darkness.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Fri. Dec 24 @ 6:30pm A service of carols and readings for the while family followed by refreshments. 4405 W. 8th Avenue (Corner of Trimble) 604-224-0212

Kitsilano Christian Community Church 1708 West 16th Van Phone: 604-737-0169 www.kitschurch.com

Christmas Worship Services

Dunbar Evangelical Lutheran Church

Join us this Christmas Season!

1634 41st Ave. E. (41st & Argyle) Vancouver

604-325-9944

Advent Service of Hope and Healing (Blue Christmas): Wed, Dec 8: 7:30pm Christmas Carol Sing along: Sunday, Dec 12: 7:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Friday, Dec 24: 5:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Holy Communion:

10:00pm

First Sunday of Christmas (Boxing Day):

10:30am

Friday, December 24 – Christmas Eve 4 p.m. Family Christmas Pageant 7 p.m. A Quiet Christmas Eve - Carols & Prayers 11 p.m. Midnight Mass Saturday, December 25 – Christmas Day 10 a.m. Christmas Communion Sunday, December 26 – First Sunday after Christmas 8 a.m. Holy Communion 10 a.m. Morning Worship & Sunday School & Nursery

3491 West 31st Ave., Vancouver 604-266-6818 • www.dunbarlutheran.ca Pastor: Thomas Keeley

OAKRIDGE UNITED CHURCH 305 W. 41st Ave. 604-324-7444

www.oakridgeunited.org

A Warm Welcome to All Sunday Services at 9:30 am Carols and Chocolate A family evening of crafts, carols and hot chocolate 6:00 pm Wednesday, December 8th Traditional Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols 7:00 pm Friday, December 24th Candlelight Communion at 8 pm

KERRISDALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 2733 W. 41st Ave., Vancouver, BC Tel: 604-261-1434 • E-mail: kpc@telus.net www.kerrisdalechurch.ca Minister Rev. Steve Filyk

December 19: 10:00 am Morning Worship Service 7:30 pm Lessons & Carols December 24: 7:30 pm

Christmas Eve Family Service

Sunday Regular Worship

10:00 am

EQUIPPED NURSERY AND CHURCH SCHOOL FOR AGES 2+

“A Thinking Church with a Warm Heart”

to be known

Google: Woman at the Well David Greystone www.knoxunitedvancouver.org


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cycling

Stupidity lies in not wearing gloves

It may simply be because I’m a man. It may also be because I crave a little adventure. Whatever it is, I find that I sometimes do very stupid things. I’d never cycle in the snow; it’s completely irresponsible. But, once the snow is cleanly off the streets and the ice on the roads has melted, no negative temperature will scare away a diehard roadie. Riding in frigid temperatures is like riding in the rain—it can be comfortable and enjoyable but you must be prepared. Being prepared to ride in negative-degree weather is not difficult. Layers will keep you toasty warm. Long underwear under a full-length bib and jersey with a jacket that will break the wind will do just fine to a few degrees below zero. A toque under your helmet is a must, as is a thick pair of wool socks. When you’re cycling at 40 kilometres per hour in minus five-degree weather you realize how wimpy your fingers are. When your fingers are beyond cold—when to touch them or try to touch with them produces no sensation—you’re teasing frostbite. It was minus five. It was sunny. The snow was off the streets and it was

Bikes for kids

Students from Queen Elizabeth elementary school are raising funds for a project called Bikes for Kids. Last year the students raised enough money to buy 13 Norco bikes with the help of Rob Venables of Dunbar Cycles. So this year the students have started the campaign again in hopes of beating last year’s con-

jeffreyhansen-carlson safe to cycle. I went for a ride. One kilometre from my home I realized I’d forgotten my gloves and mitts. When I set out for my ride that nippy afternoon, I must have unconsciously overestimated the might of my fingers. I had a choice. I could turn around, get my gloves and mitts and head on out again. Or, I could soldier on with cold fingers. It was in that moment that I made the day’s first stupid decision—I kept pedalling. I kept pedalling for another half kilometre until I stumbled upon a coffee shop. I dumped my bike, ran inside to

tribution. The students are raiding their piggy banks and doing extra chores to raise funds for this worthy cause and plan to make it an annual event. They’re also challenging other schools to do their part and get involved. For more information or to learn how to get involved, email Heather at hflanaga@ telus.net.

the washroom and put my hands and fingers under hot water. After a few moments I regained what sensation and motion I had lost and was ready to ride again. In this moment I made the day’s second stupid decision—I kept pedalling. The warmth I’d regained from soaking my hands and fingers under hot water lasted only a couple kilometres. At the nearest coffee shop I again dumped my bike, ran inside to the washroom and put my hands and fingers under hot water. They came back to life and I was as good as new. In this moment I made the day’s third stupid decision—I kept pedalling. Yes, it’s true. I was on my bike for an embarrassing total of 20 minutes. Every few minutes I had to stop and revive my fingers. Every thought on this pathetic ride was dedicated to figuring out how I was going to cycle once all my fingers fell off. I arrived home only to make another stupid decision. I told my wife about the day’s ride in search of sympathy and a shoulder to lean on. Who was I kidding. Jeffrey@theroadiescholar.com

Attention bike artists

Think you can create a poster that represents bike fun in Vancouver? Velopalooza wants you. Things that need to be included in the poster are: Velopalooza, June 3rd19th 2011, velopalooza.ca, Two weeks of Bike Fun and a space for sponsor logos. Submissions should be a black and white or color rgb png, tiff, or jpeg (300dpi),

and if chosen you should also be able to supply a vector format. Design for 11x17 inches, but also be able to scale (with tweaks) to various sizes such as for a poster, handbill, website and magazine cover. The deadline is Dec. 15. Cash prizes available. Email info@velopalooza. ca or go to the website for more information.

Trinity United Church 1805 Larch Street, Vancouver

~ In the heart of Kitsilano ~

Christmas Eve Family Service 7:00 p.m. December 24th

We are an Affirming Congregation

Everyone is welcome! Phone: 604-732-3075 www.trinityunitedchurch.ca

1440 West 12th Avenue (at Hemlock) 604-731-3221 www.holytrinityvancouver.org

CHRISTMAS SEASON SERVICES Carol Service 9 lessons and Carols Blue Christmas "A service of hope when Christmas hurts" Christmas Eve Services Contemporary Family Candlelight Traditional Candlelight Christmas Day Holy Communion

December 19 10:30 am December 21

7:00 pm December 24 7:00 pm 11:00 pm December 25 10:30 am

“ALL ARE WELCOME”

HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH Rector: Rev. Dr. John Oakes

Dunbar Heights United Church …where meaning, justice and belonging meet

Welcome to Sunday Worship 10am

Our goal is to raise 10,000 toys and $15,000 for the Salvation Army to give to underprivileged children for Christmas! Bring a new toy or a cash donation to one of our 3 drop-off centres! Citytv’s breakfast television will be live-on-location from each of our drop-off centres!

THIS WEEK’S DONATION DROP-OFF CENTRE IS: St. Thomas More Collegiate 7450 12th St., Burnaby December 7th from 6-9am SPONSORS:

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO:

facebook.com/toys4kidsdrive

Themes for Advent Making space… …for longing Nov 28th Dec 5th …for turning to God …for God’s surprises Dec 12th …for the Christ Child Dec 19th Advent Events Dec 12th 7pm Lessons and Carols All Ages Pageant Dec 19th 10am Blue Christmas Service: When Christmas is Tough Tuesday, December 21st 7pm Christmas Eve 4pm for Young Children 7pm a Family Service 11pm Candles, Carols & Communion 3525 West 24th Avenue (at Collingwood) Tel: 604-731-6420 Email: office@dunbarheightsuc.ca www.dunbarheightsuc.ca


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People who love plants but haven’t had time for them all year often begin bringing branches, wreaths and flowers into their lives as Christmas approaches. Celebrating Christmas with plants can start at the front door with a winter container of colourful, hardy greenery. Container plants placed outside need to be one degree hardier than your zone. Unfortunately, zone varies depending how near to the sea you are, whether you’re on a hill and how exposed you are to chilly winds. But it’s hard to go wrong with winter heathers, which flower white or pink for long periods, conifers with golden, blue or variegated foliage, wintergreen with its bright red berries or the purples and pinks of heuchera. Small-leaf ivy trails nicely down a pot and is easier to control than the big-leaf kinds. Grasses add a delicate touch and many can look absolutely stunning, even if a vicious winter has already killed them. When freezing makes planting impossible, bright branches can be placed at a house entrance in a winter vase. This should be heavy enough to resist wind or stabilized inside by something heavy. Visitors can be greeted by evergreen boughs, contorted branches and perhaps spectacular white-painted branches. Gardeners who are craftinclined sometimes collect and paint cut branches or prunings. Some garden centres carry a range of conifer and other branches, including manufactured branches with red berries, which are almost invariably artificial. Real berries are gorgeous but tend to drop whether inside (drying out) or outside (eaten by birds). Wreaths can be made

with all these materials. Gardeners can make their own wreaths with willow branches bent when they’re pliable and/or prunings from grapes or other vines, but most people start with a pre-formed base. After weaving conifer branches or other background items through the wreath spaces, it does help at each stage to tie them in unobtrusively. But do avoid nylon twine because these knots always undo themselves—sometimes very fast. Wreaths can be done with conifers alone if you can find different coloured foliage. But conifers are more often used as a background. Many add-ons are possible. These can include small branches with bright berries, variegated holly or big coloured bows. Cones can be also wired-in. The silver pods of the biennial lunaria (Money Plant) are so lovely in wreaths and other Christmas decorations, they’re worth growing for this purpose alone. Christmas is also the time people buy seasonal plants for themselves or as gifts. Red poinsettias are hugely popular, but whites, pinks, bi-coloureds, dark foliage kinds and many others are also available. Poinsettias hate cold drafts, blasts of heat and soggy soil. They like bright, indirect light and watering when they feel dry. African violets and kalanchoes have similar hates and likes. Apartment dwellers in rooms with people-friendly temperatures and no colder places do very well with poinsettias, African violets, kalanchoes or chrysanthemums. The most adaptable to a range of conditions are chrysanthemums. People blessed with some cool areas could make Christmas cactus and azaleas happy. These also like bright, indirect light. But both need frequent misting to increase humidity. Azaleas like constantly moist (not waterlogged) soil while Christmas cactus can dry out between waterings. Anne Marrison is happy to answer garden questions. Send them to amarrison@ shaw.ca It is helpful to include your city or municipality since climate varies across the region.


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1. It doesn’t get more quaint and Christmassy than the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical. The seasonal infliction of mirth and merriment snows down on the Stanley Theatre Dec. 4 to Jan. 2. For tickets and info, go to artsclub.com or call 604-687-1644. 2. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Lorita Leung Dance Company performs a wide and colourful repertoire of Chinese dance styles along with their Little Panda Children’s Performing Group Dec. 5, 2 and 4 p.m., at the Roundhouse Community Centre as part of the Dance Allsorts series. For more info, go to newworks.ca. 3. Comprised of singer/guitarist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong, The Books bring its serene, New Agey, but subtly funny sound collages of VHS tapes, cassettes, 8-tracks and self-help recordings to the Vogue Theatre Dec. 5. Black Heart Procession opens. Tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, Zulu, Highlife Records and the Vogue Theatre box office, by calling 604-569-1144 or online at voguetheatre.com. 4. Do it for the kids or just to appease the event’s relentless publicist as Red Robinson hosts The Stars Step Out Variety Show Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Club Theatre Granville Island Stage. The star-studded event, which includes performances by Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Leon Bibb, Jane Mortifee and Ali Milner among others, benefits the The Zajac Ranch for Special Needs Children (zajacranch.com). For tickets, go to vancouvetix.com or call 604-629-8844.

kudos & kvetches Spelling test—get your pencils out

• How do you spell stupid? NDP. For screwing up the priceless gift the Liberal Par ty of B.C. ser ved to them on a silver platter by engaging in badly timed hissy fits. • How do you spell Ahhhh? “I’ll be happy with anything Santa puts under the tree for me.” From the mouth of a five-year-old. • How do you spell Oh, crap. Vancouver Park Board— if it votes to close public toilets and cut back on cleaning in a bid to save money. • How do you spell Puhlease? Liberal par ty leader wannabes Moira Stillwell and George Abbott for promising to raise the minimum wage to $10. Were they so cowed by the quick-tempered Gordon Campbell over the last decade that they were too frightened to bring it up earlier? • How do you spell genius? Think City’s idea of taking the revenue from the penalizing proper ty transfer tax and distributing it to municipalities to of fset proper ty taxes, utility fees and user fees.

• How do you spell “awesome?” Willy Dugray, 15, and a number of other students from the Streetfront alternative program based out of Britannia secondar y who completed the Seattle marathon and have their eyes set on the Vancouver marathon. • How do you spell inspiring? Ninety-oneyear-old Nor th Shore resident Olga Kotelko for her continuing success as a track and field athlete and reminding us of the old adage “Use it or lose it.” • How do you spell fantasy? A happy medium between cyclists and anti-bike lane residents. • How do spell crazy? Cyclists who ride at night in dark clothes and only have a front light and no back light or reflector gear. Could also be spelled suicidal. • How do you spell unhappy? Teachers. How come we’ve never heard teachers say how great their job is thanks to amazing benefits, vacation time and the sheer joy and satisfaction of knowing they are a positive influence on a child’s life? Time’s up. Pencils down.

A Demi god

It was impossible to sign into our various Yahoo accounts yesterday and not be confronted with a story about Demi Moore that included an image of the svelte and gorgeous actress holding a surf board on a beach. The story revealed how much Moore spends per annum to keep her hot bod looking hot—$140,000. Sure, she could likely feed the same number of starving kids with that kind of dough, build schools in Africa, pay for kids’ tuition in the developing world, not to mention cover one-fifth of our overwhelming mortgage. But it’s crucial that she looks good, no? Not only is she under the pressure of Hollywood’s unrealistic expectations of a perfect body, she has a spouse who is 15 years her junior, who’s considered a hottie in his own right and is regularly tempted by young women who want to bed the young fresh fellow on a daily, if not hourly basis. It’s not easy being Demi. Walk a day in her shoes, people, before passing judgment. Sheesh, she’s 48. That’s like 100 by Hollywood standards. Show the underemployed geriatric some sympathy, already.

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Former Amarcord owner’s charm still present in new digs

Mocchi leaves Yaletown for Broadway with Via Veneto ...that’s where the city’s finest omelettes are to be found. Jurgen Gothe, Vancouver Flavours on 100.5 THE PEAK Breakfast & Lunch • Open Daily 7am-3pm 2211 Granville Street @ 6th Ave 604-737-2857

BEST BUY CORRECTION NOTICE To our valued customers: We apologize for any inconvenience caused by an error in our flyer dated: November 26 - December 02 Product: Xbox 360 Black Ops Controller. On this week’s flyer, page 6, please be advised that this product is NOT a wireless item as advertised. SKU: 10159118

PARK THEATRE 3440 Cambie at 18th 604-709-3456

Love & Other Drugs 4:00, 7:00, 9:25 + Sat & Sun 1:30 The King’s Speech

The Vancouver Sun Sunday Film Series

Sun, Dec 5 - 10:00 am

Jim Gordon film critic lead a Q&A, free breakfast w/admission

RIDGE THEATRE

3131 Arbutus 604-604-738-6311

Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Pt.1 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 + Sat & Sun 12:45

FIFTH AVENUE 2110 Burrard St. 604-734-7469

127 Hours 1:15, 3:30, 5:30, 7:35, 9:40 Burlesque 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30 Fair Game 1:30, 3:45, 6:50, 9:10 Waste Land English & Portuguese w/subtitles

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The Hired Belly with Tim Pawsey

Hunt down a solid restaurant in Vancouver and chances are you’ll find a host not unlike Manlio Mocchi. There are a few rooms in town that click because the owner is fully involved. “I’m host, server and busboy, plus I do the shopping almost every day,” quips Mocchi, who in the space of a year closed down his popular Yaletown Amarcord due to family circumstances and eventually moved across the bridge to open another location, Via Veneto (656 W. Broadway, 604-708-3300, viavenetovancouver.com), a couple of blocks west of Cambie. Given the bureaucratic gymnastics, money and sweat equity required, such a move is not for the faint of heart. But Mocchi is now firmly reinstalled, in a slightly larger, still gracious but simply appointed space, already being rediscovered by his legions of followers. Maybe not quite in droves, he admits, but they are coming. “Besides, I phoned them all, well most of them,” he laughs. You couldn’t ask for two more contrasting Vancouver neighbourhoods. But already the appeal of this quieter stretch of Broadway is beginning to show its appeal, starting with the free parking behind the restaurant—and plenty of nighttime street parking. And, for those who don’t wish to drive, the nearby transit is

Via Veneto owner/host/busboy Manlio Mocchi brings the Italian flavours and lack of pretension of Amarcord to Via Veneto. photo Tim Pawsey an added bonus—including for his Yaletown former regulars, while the new neighbours from Fairview Slopes are only too happy to walk. The Hired Belly was a long-time fan of Amarcord—not only for Mocchi’s hosting style but for the room’s unassuming lack of pretension, and its penchant for delivering good value on the plate— all qualities that have also made the trek across Cambie Bridge. Mocchi has space to do more here, including making his own fresh pasta daily, baking excellent focaccia, and grinding his own meats, which allows him to know first hand what’s

in the mix. Come summer, there will also be a patio and longer daytime hours. Interestingly, the proven hallmark dishes remain the same, especially the Venetian-style Atlantic lobster (Astice alla Veneziana),

which is washed live, then dispatched and cut into seven or eight pieces, before being pan-fried with olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs, a pinch of chili, white wine and lemon juice. It’s a delicious and extravagant dish, as the pasta on which the lobster is served is cooked in all the pan juices ($38). (Most entrées are priced in the low $20s.) Perfectly smoked-in-house duck carpaccio, garnished with arugula, caper berries and strawberry balsamic is another keeper, while (for serious wallet watchers) an extensive $35 prix fixe wanders between mains of baked Alaskan black cod, grilled herbed chicken breast, hand-rolled gnocchi formaggi, and housemade pappardelle alla primavera. For dessert, some of the city’s best tiramisu, painstakingly built with lady fingers dipped (“But not for too long”) in Masala and rum (no substitutes) for a rich but fluffy finish. Wines—well chosen and fairly priced— match the menu. There are trendier, more edgy spots, but as Mocchi, in a more candid moment says, “We were a destination room in Yaletown. And, in time, we’ll be a destination room here too.” He’s right. info@hiredbelly.com

Belly’s Budget Best

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STYLE report Coming up:

Twinkle Twinkle: Diamonds and pearls, rubies and

sapphires - what’s a girl to choose? Channel your inner kate Middleton with our royal review on spangles, bangles, silver and gold for holiday jewels and accessories. Plus: the ‘in’ hair clips - feathers rule the roost!

Online Dating Do’s: Our social media expert dishes on picking up a casual date, or spouse for life, through the magic of electronics. Which website works best for you? Publishes in full colour on Friday, Dec. 10, all zones.

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Studio 58’s young cast stronger than its material

Macabre fairytales all style, no direction The Secret in the Wings At Studio 58 until Dec. 5 Tickets: 604.684-2787 ticketstonight.ca

Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

Some pundit said, concerning performance, “Style is not the bull’s eye. Style is how we aim at the target.” This seems very a propos of Mary Zimmerman’s The Secret in the Wings. With Mike Stack’s direction, Kevin McNulty’s musical direction and original music, Mara Gottler’s costume design and Yvan Morissette’s set lit by Darren Boquist, this Studio 58 production is undoubtedly stylish. And it’s excellently performed—especially the choral speaking that matches anything on the professional stage—by more than 20 student actors. But the target eludes me. What, exactly, is the playwright getting at? That the fairytales told to us as children were skewed in the direction of happily-ever-after? That life’s not really like that? No surprise there. The Secret in the Wings begins with little Heidi being left home with a babysitter while her father and mother step out. Heidi is terrified—Mr. Fitzpatrick, the babysitter, is an ogre, says she.

When Mr. Fitzpatrick arrives, he does indeed have a long, scaly tail but Mom and Dad don’t seem to notice and off they go leaving Heidi with the monster that produces a book of fairytales with which to entertain Heidi. Enter with a flourish from out of a wardrobe, three princes, various courtiers and a grouchy nursemaid. What follows over the course of 80 minutes is a series of macabre fairytales. Stories of queens who eat their babies, princes turned into swans, a princess who demands her prince follow her to the grave —even if he’s not yet dead, an incestuous king who falls in love with his daughter because she’s so like her dearly departed mother. These stories don’t end happily ever after. In fact, they don’t end at all—right away. One blends into another and that one into another until “Seven Swans,” the most evocative of the tales, is told in its entirety—or so the playwright’s notes tell us. Seven actors in white hoodies spread their arms in poses of flight until they are released by the princess, their sister, who removes the curse on them. There’s gorgeous imagery here and it comes as a relief that this story appears to have a beginning, a middle and end. Zimmerman then finishes the other stories in the reverse order in which

they were first presented. In her notes to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre production in 2004, Zimmerman explains: “The play ‘fans in’ to the central story, then ‘fans out’ again.” But while the “Seven Swans” was the most evocative tale, it didn’t feel in any way central or pivotal. In fact, the central story—one would think—was Heidi and the ogre. But this seemingly central story takes a complete turn when we discover Heidi isn’t even the dreamer—she’s a character in someone else’s dream. Many were charmed by Zimmerman and her stories. And it is a terrific opportunity for a large number of Studio 58 students to “put on the style” in costumes—some gorgeous, some colourfully funky—and stylish in performance that ranges from traditional once-upon-a-time fairytale telling to three teeny boppers in tartan skirts dissing a fourth, and red and black decked out punksters shaking their boodies. And there are some excellent individual performances here including Amy Hall-Cummings in a stunning Gottler gown, Dustin Freeland, Graeme McComb, Ky Scott, Caitlin McCarthy and Melanie Desbiens. There’s tremendous occasion here for experimenting and stretching out, but it’s a muddle. All that style and nowhere to go. joled@telus.net

Graeme McComb and Ky Scott appear in “The Princess Who Wouldn’t Laugh,” part of Studio 58’s production of The Secret in the Wings.

Festival of Trees 2010 Join us now until January 5, 2011. Visit the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Pacific Centre to celebrate the season of giving at Festival of Trees. Also visit www.bcchf.ca/festivaloftrees for information about Port Alberni and Victoria Festival of Trees events.

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Cinemas warm up with cool December flicks Julie Crawford

Contributing writer Baby, it’s cold outside. But the moviehouse is warm, and there are a plethora of holiday films that promise to do more than just pass the time. • Nutcracker 3D (now playing) No replacement for Ballet BC or the Goh Ballet’s holiday productions of course, but if you can’t see the real thing, 3D is the next-best. The story is tweaked slightly, with Elle Fanning (also in Somewhere) starring as Mary, a girl whose toy nutcracker doll comes to life on Christmas Eve. Featuring Nathan Lane, John Turturro, Richard E. Grant and lyrics by Tim Rice. • Black Swan (opens today) This flick, directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Requiem For A Dream) and starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina, is no feel-good Nutcracker story. Portman, as a dancer who finally gets her break, goes crackers as she fights off a young ingénue (Mila Kunis) and the verbal abuse from both her mother (Barbara Hershey) and the company’s director (Vincent Cassel). Sexy, scary stuff. • The King’s Speech (now playing) Get those Oscar scorecards out: everyone has already declared Colin Firth a shooin in the Best Actor category. Firth plays King George VI, who reluctantly became king after the abdication of Edward VIII.

George, a terrible stutterer, enlists the help of an Australian speech therapist (played by Geoffrey Rush) to prepare for a public office and a crucial speech on the eve of the Second World War. • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Dec. 10) Winning the longest-title title is another installment of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia story. In this film, Lucy and Edmond Pevensie journey with their cousin Eustace to Narnia, and then on to the ends of the world aboard The Dawn Treader. Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter and Bill Nighy star. • The Tourist (Dec. 10) An American math teacher goes on a Venetian holiday and is dragged by a beautiful woman into a net of mistaken-identity intrigue. Oh, did I mention that the man is Johnny Depp and the woman is Angelina Jolie, and that Depp’s spouse reportedly want. • The Fighter (Dec. 17) Mark Wahlberg lobbied hard for this role as a fighter who takes more than his share of hits before rising to the top. His brother Dicky (Christian Bale) was a promising fighter before succumbing to drug use; now he’s Micky’s trainer. Family ties prove toxic, and it’s up to Micky to break loose and take his one last shot. Amy Adams and Melissa Leo co-star. • Tron: Legacy (Dec. 17)

Video gaming was still a baby when the original was released in 1982. Jeff Bridges is back as the video-game developer who mysteriously disappeared from his son Sam’s (Garrett Hedlund) life and has been trapped in a cyber universe for 20 years. It’s up to Sam and dad to battle their cyber foes, in some visually stunning, 3D-cool ways. Trivia: Look for Tron-inspired duds on a runway near you. • The Tempest Another cool Bard adaptation sure to titillate English majors everywhere, The Tempest is directed by Julie Taymor (Across The Universe) and stars Helen Mirren as the fickle sorceress Prospera (in a gender shift from Shakespeare’s play). The film also features Russell Brand, Tom Conti, Chris Cooper, Reeve Carney, and a bunch of other impressive thespians. If you don’t know what a thespian is, stay home. • Gulliver’s Travels (Dec. 22) Jack Black doing Jonathan Swift? This updated take on Swift’s 18th-century classic has Black as a mail-room clerk who lands a plum travel-writing assignment but somehow ends up in the land of Lilliput. 3D just ups the ante, and hopefully the laughs keep pace. Emily Blunt and Jason Segel co-star. • Country Strong (Dec. 22) A singer just out of re-hab, an up-andcomer threatening to take her place, and plenty of cheatin’ hearts: such is the plot

of Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow as frail country star Kelly Canter, Tim McGraw as her manager husband, Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester as pageant-queenturned-country-darling and Garrett Hedlund (also in Tron this season) as the guy on the white horse who could save Kelly from it all. • True Grit (Dec. 22) A whole different kind of country comes courtesy of Joel and Ethan Coen. Their remake of the John Wayne classic features a grizzled Jeff Bridges as drunken gun-for-hire Rooster Cogburn, hired by a 14-year-old girl (Hailee Steinfeld) to avenge her father’s death. Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) wants to bring him to justice; killer Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) just wants to stay alive. During the trailer, you can almost smell the blood and dust. Giddy-up! • Somewhere (Dec. 22) Sophia Coppola directs this tale of a Hollywood star (Stephen Dorff) living an aimless life of excess until his 12-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) lands unexpectedly on his doorstep. • The Debt (Dec. 29) Helen Mirren (yes, again) stars as a Mossad agent sent back to Eastern Europe after 30 years to bring a Nazi war criminal to justice. Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans) and Jessica Chastain co-star. jcrawfordfilm@gmail.com


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A conductor’s gesticulating hand movements echo the animated characters that hop, skip and soar above him on massive video screens in a promotional video for PLAY! A Video Game Symphony. Violinists’ bows work in time with kinetic images from the likes of Super Marion Bros., Halo and Harry Potter: the Chamber of Secrets. It’s a site descending on Vancouver Dec. 6 for the first time when the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents PLAY! with the Vancouver Bach Choir at the Orpheum. Attending the symphony to see images from World of Warcraft and Sonic the Hedgehog might seem an unlikely fit, but according to one composer, conductor and symphonist, the combination of the kinetic graphics and orchestral movements makes perfect sense. “It’s the music of a generation,” said Andy Brick, who had the original Pong when it was first released. This wide-ranging generation of gamers—from children on up—has grown up listening to often-orchestral game soundtracks. He says gamers make an immediate connection to the music they know from having manipulated controllers to the same tunes. “There’s this actual physical response that you have to the music

Scenes from a Super Mario Bros. game will be part of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony at the Orpheum Dec 6. when you first experience it, and that’s very different than say film music which is very passive, you sit in a seat and you’re delivered content,” Brick said. “Because there is that physical connection, the genre of game music tends to latch onto its audience a little more firmly.” Having symphony orchestras perform video game music was first explored in Japan 20 years ago, Brick said. The man who has composed, orchestrated and conducted mu-

sic for some of the world’s most popular videogames was the first to conduct a video game music symphonic concert outside of Japan. Brick conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at the historic Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig, Germany in 2003. “At the Gewandhaus there’s this long hallway and it has pictures on either side of all the famous conductors that have conducted the Gewandhaus,” Brick said. “It’s a little intimidating when you’re

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walking down that hall to go to stage. There’s Mendelssohn staring you in the face. You’re looking at Mendelssohn and you’re about to go do Super Mario Bros.” New York native Brick—resident conductor of the Filmharmonic of Prague, distinguished associate professor of music at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and principal conductor and music director of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony—says the disciplined and expert musicians who make up orchestras such as

the VSO initially met the idea of playing the music from videogames with a mix of curiosity, bewilderment and skepticism. “As the years rolled on and the orchestras took note that they could fill concert halls with 20something-year-olds, they said hey there’s some validity to this,” Brick said. He adds the quality of music being created for video games, music that’s recorded with live orchestras for top-tier games, “has really ramped up.” The Vancouver show marks the world premiere of the music of Civilization V played live (the score of which was recorded with the Filmharmonic) and two compositions by the Pacific Northwest’s Jeremy Soule. Brick said he received an email from a mother after a PLAY! show in Europe telling him that upon returning home from a Video Game Symphony, her 13-year-old told her he wanted to see more “violin concerts.” The VSO will perform 15 pieces and members of the Vancouver Bach Choir will lend their voices to eight of them. Brick wouldn’t say what his favourite piece is. It’s definitely not the self-critical composer’s selection of Sim City 4 works, which he’s re-orchestrated since a spring show in Eugene, Ore. But he said one of the hardest pieces he had to conduct was the score for a videogame that he’d competed to compose, but lost out. For more information, see vancouversymphony.ca. crossi@vancourier.com

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PIT BULL puppies male & female 1st shots, dewormed. View parents. Phone 604-701-1587 BERNESE MOUNTAIN Dog Pups, vet ✔ 1st shots, dewormed. $950. Chwk. 1-604-794-3561

PITBULL PUPS, Blue Nose Rasors Edge/Gotti Lines. Wide Low & Very Bullie. $1000, call/text for info 604-819-6006

BICHON/SHIH ZU pups, view parents, 1 shot vet ck. rdy, Dec 15 dep req. $450.00 604 936 6604

BLACK LAB puppies 1 shots, dewormed, PB non reg, $300. 604-819-1729 or 604-794-3438

PUREBRED BLUE HEELERS Australian Cattle Puppies. Have had 1st shots and de-wormed. Chilliwack. Call 604-512-7560.

BLK LAB pups 2 M & 2 F, family raised ready Dec 11., vet checked $600. 604-991-4158 Chilliwack

RARE! CHOCOLATE, Blue French Bulldogs, 604-802-6934 www.westcoastrarebulldogs.com

BOXER - CKC registered. Flashy fawn male boxers. Champion dam. Top lines. Mom is pictured at boxerdog.ca/jewel. $975/each. Call 604-596-2090 or 604-614-0952 or 604-792-9003 BOXERS, CKC reg. show champion lines, 3 flashy brindle males, 1 reverse, chipped, wormed & shots, ready now, 604-987-0020

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GOLDEN RETRIEVER puppies, males, ready to go, dewormed, shots, $600. 604-792-9850

RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK pups, 1 shots, dewormed, only 3 left $1000. Ph 604-845-4113

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Dogs

DOBERMAN PUPS. Males. Tails/ears/dew claws done. Black/ tan. $1,500/each. 604-607-7433

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CHOCOLATE LAB PUPS. CKC Reg’d, M/F, hips & eyes clear, shots, dew claw removed, $1200. Ready Dec 18. Jim 604-454-8643 LAB X Husky pups, well mannered, indr trained, beautiful green eyes$350 Al 604-834-4300

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Love’s Auctioneers & Appraisers Ltd. has been instructed by Active Bailiff Service Ltd. to sell by way of public auction the contents of:

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Cancer June 21-July 22: Start NO new projects, tasks, nor relationships before Dec. 30. Guard against mistakes, be prepared for delays. Use this week to finish ongoing ventures, then keep an eye, the rest of December, on people or opportunities returning from the past. Relationships intensify into January – and romance plays a song! A hectic work phase ends Tuesday – life grows easier. A powerful, lucky career, business phase will begin in late January: rest now, so you’ll be energetic then. Though little things stall, big things march ahead. Mysteries intrigue Thursday/ Friday. Love wins, Saturday. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Start nothing new before Dec. 30. Stick with ongoing projects and relationships, or those returning from the past. (An old flame might be coming, but won’t appear until late December.) All month, your home life glows with affection and peace. It’s a great time to finish decoration projects begun in the past. Be alert on the job and around equipment: mistakes, confusion are quite possible. DON’T buy tools, machines, TVs, etc. Romance, pleasure, beauty and a general creative, speculative and winning streak fill the weeks ahead. Exciting meetings Thursday-Saturday! Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: A period of delay, indecision, mistakes and missed meetings begins Friday, and lasts through Dec. 29. During this phase, don’t start significant new projects of any kind. An old flame might return – but only briefly, as the weeks ahead tend toward endings rather than beginnings. It’s more likely that you’ll chase an ongoing love. In either case, romance brings talk, intimacy and intensity! Communications and travel will be gratifying and affectionate. This week, finish tasks. Sunday/Monday set the tone for the month: home, security, family, property. Tackle chores Thursday/Friday.

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Mellow times, understanding, a bigger world view, love – these float toward you all week, especially Sunday/Monday. So do cultural involvements, social rituals, higher education, far travel, legal affairs, media, insurance and intellectual endeavours. Friday begins three weeks of backward motion in these areas, and in career, so finish things up now – don’t begin anything new before Dec. 30. Paradoxically, just as your daily life slows down, your hopes and plans for the future begin to clear and form. Tackle ambitions, duties Tuesday/Wednesday. Happiness, delight, friends Thursday/Friday! Taurus April 20-May 20: You’re wading into life’s mysteries, into financial, sexual and health depths. This could be a rather rocky or surprising ride, Taurus, so go slow, don’t expect much, and be wary of commitment. Events and plans begin to meet delays, indecision and backward directions Friday through Dec. 29. Use this week to finish up “hanging” tasks, to gather loose threads – start nothing new before Dec. 30. A former opportunity might return: judge it on its merits: if good, go ahead. Now to early January, others treat you very affectionately. Show ambition (without commitment) Thursday/Friday. Gemini May 21-June 20: Work goes well all December; co-workers show affection. You’re approaching an investment,big life change,or intimate commitment, but it’s delayed because you need to “revise” a relationship. (The other party might force revision.) Good – otherwise you’d build on a false, flimsy or misaligned base. Applies to both money and love. All these – big changes, sexual bonding, investments, etc. – will flow in more naturally and healthily in January. Use this week to finish up tasks, projects – a period of delay, mistakes and indecision occurs Friday to Dec. 29. Start nothing new.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Start nothing new before Dec. 30. Mistakes, confusion and delays affect new projects until then. Focus on past and ongoing links, ventures. Your money picture is favourable all December – but don’t buy anything significant, including clothes.You might be called back to a security or family issue. Christmas will likely involve travel to old haunts – and nostalgia. Make arrangements, buy tickets now, as unavailability begins soon. If you meet an “ex” this month, it will likely only confirm “the end.” You’ll be busy but happy. Romance, a winning streak come Thursday/Friday! Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Finish rather than initiate relationships, projects, tasks and obligations this week – and the next three. A period of delays, mistakes and indecision starts Friday, lasting to Dec. 30. You’re favoured in money now, especially Sunday/Monday, but avoid big new purchases all month. You’re vibrant, your charms glow, you’ll have a month of “good hair days.” You’ll be very busy with communications, details, paperwork and travel – but keep an eye on more private or hidden factors, feelings that are just below the surface: these might conflict with the messages you send. Romance Saturday? Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Your energy, charisma and optimism are boundless now! But don’t start anything new and important before Dec. 30. Especially avoid important purchases. Do all your Christmas shopping as early as possible: this Monday to Wednesday is best. Despite your high charisma and personal “clout” this month, your private world, your inner self, glow with a peaceful happiness. The government benefits you. Your monetary hopes centre on someone older or younger, through 2012 – an important project is brewing; be patient. Arrive “in person” Monday. Home sweet home Saturday.

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Dec. 5 - Dec. 11 Capricorn Dec.22-Jan.19:Rest,lielow,contemplate your plans – and the meaning of life, love, spirit. Your energy and judgment falter, but your determination and sexual charisma are high all month. Don’t let this combination lead you into error. Start nothing important before Dec. 30 – mistakes, indecision, second thoughts and delays are rife. Instead, protect and nurture ongoing projects and relationships, and reprise those from the past. Your social side returns – someone affectionate “watches out” for you. Accept private invitations. Your money luck rises briefly Thursday/Friday. Call, travel Saturday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: On the one hand, wishes come true now, social delights arrive, flirtations and light love hover around you, your popularity rises, and entertainment’s everywhere. On the other hand, this is a poor time, through Dec. 29, to start any new projects or relationships. So protect your work life from delays, mistakes and misunderstood communications all month, double-check and have a “Plan B.” But once you do this, charge into leisure! Avoid gossip, loose lips and dangerous places. All these apply all month. Sunday/Monday are happy. Rest midweek. You shine Thursday/Friday! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Finish rather than start projects this week. A period of confusion, indecision, mistakes and delays begins Friday, lasting through Dec. 29. It will particularly affect your social, career and “future plans” areas. In these, a former person or opportunity might return – if so, luck favours taking it/him/her up again. Love relationships that are kept light can be hot, sensual, but lack the sweetness required for durability. Letting a relationship become profound will supply that sweet affection. Be ambitious Sunday/Monday. Rest Thursday/Friday. You burst with energy Saturday! timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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GARAGE SALES

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Richmond WHOLESALERS WAREHOUSE Moving & Clearance Sale Open to public Mon to Sat 11am - 5 pm 2300 Simpson Rd. Richmond, 604-270-1050 $1items, gift items, electronics, food items & MUCH MORE !!

GARAGE SALE

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TAPESTRY THRIFT SHOP

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Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS THE ESTATE OF JAMES NELSON MCCARNEY, DECEASED All persons having claims against the above estate are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor, c/o Clark Wilson LLP, 800 – 885 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3H1, on or before the 14th day of January, 2011, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to claims that have then been received. Marius Soska Executor CLARK WILSON LLP Solicitors

Catering/ Bartending

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Re:YIN HO, Deceased, also known as Y. Ho and as Chow Yin, Retired Businesswoman, of 900 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia Creditors and others having claims against the estate of YIN HO, Deceased, also known as Y. Ho and as Chow Yin, are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to Shelley Bentley, solicitor for the Executrix, Yvonne Phord-Toy, at #410-1333 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 4C1 on or before January 4th, 2011 after which date the Executrix will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executrix then has notice.

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ST. ANSELM’S CHURCH

CHRISTMAS FAIR Sat. Dec. 4 • 10am - 3pm 5210 University Blvd.

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Tea Room, Home Baking, Crafts & Treasures

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Christmas Fair

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44th 43 rd Annual Christmas Open House Mon - Thu: 10am - 6pm Fri: 10am - 8pm Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm

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HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR Sat. Dec. 4th. 10am - 4pm

Kensington Community Centre 5175 Dumfries St. Vancouver (Near 33rd & Knight St) 604-718-6201 Door Prizes & Food! Free Admission and Free Parking!

Craft Fair

Sat. Dec 4 • 11am - 5pm

(2 blks south of Joyce Skytrain station)

Saturday, December 4th 10:00am – 2:00pm

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Sat/Sun, Dec. 4/5 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Rocky Mountaineer Station 1755 Cottrell Street $2 Admission Children 12 & under FREE Free Parking

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Deck The Hall Craft Fair

Christmas Bazaar

St. Thomas Anglican Church 2444 East 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Sat. Dec 4 • Sun. Dec 5 11:00am - 5:00pm 45 Outstanding Craft Vendors Heritage Hall

3102 Main St. at 15th Ave. $2 Admission, Kids free!

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Saturday, December 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Unique Christmas crafts and gifts, homebaking, candy, preserves, attic treasures and more.

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Blinds & Draperies

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Carpentry

CLEANER, WITH exp. avail to clean homes & small offices. Refs upon request 604-451-0249

Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Roofing installations & repairs. 604-327-3086

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Concrete

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Apartments & Condos

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GEORGIAN TOWERS

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Holiday Helper

BOOK YOUR SANTA PHOTO SESSION NOW! Santa is visiting Intuition Photography on Granville Island Nov 27 & 28 - Dec 4 & 5. Avoid the mall line-ups! Call Janine at 604-563-5084 or visit our website: www.intuitionphoto.com

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Apt/Condos

2 BR, 2 bath, den, + prkg, 1707 -233 Robson St., 983 sqft, $2200/mth. Avail Jan. 1st. 604-921-8992 * 604-889-9410 2 BR, 2 Baths, nr Granville Mrkt area, new, huge private deck w/downtown view, top line appls, np, ns, refs. $2195,604-328-0606 2 BR, nr 33rd & Windsor, nr bus & schools, $950 incls heat, h/w, cable, laundry, wireless internet ns, np, avail now 604-301-1781

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1 bdrms starting at $1285

204- 5725 Agronomy Rd. UBC 2 br corner, 2 bath, 900sf, granite, balc. lease, ns, np, $2300, now, Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

2901 - 939 Expo Blvd. view, 2 br, 1 bath, 747sf, lease, np, ns, pool, gym, $1800, avail now,Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

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LANGARA GARDENS 601 West 57th Ave, Van

1 BR, Kerrisdale, newly reno’d, 750sf, 5 appls incld wd, large patio, ug prkg, heat incld, ns, avail Dec 1, $1200, 604-732-3989

Handy ‘D’ • 604-722-5684 1105-1146 Harwood St 1 br, 1 bath, shared wd, 500sf, leave, np, ns, now, $1100. Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

1602-3438 Vanness St. 1 Br, balc. 580sf, mtn & city view, Joyce Stn. lease, np, ns, $1200, now,, Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt

Drainage

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

FINISHING CARPENTRY quality work. Mouldings, doors, flooring, tiles, railings. Reliable, 25yrs exp. WCB. Randy: 604-839-0256

Cleaning

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Butterfly Cleaning Inc. ‘‘Moving out, Home & Office’’ Bonded, Prof & Affordable. 604-781-4374

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Cleaning

EXP’D CARPENTER available for Reno’s, int/ext, decks, fences, painting, drywall... 778-887-5871

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8060

ADMISSION $1.00 CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE

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5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver

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free admission featuring arts & crafts by local artisans

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS

Christmas Calendar

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DRAINAGE, SEWER & WATER Underground Video Inspection Call Tobias 604 782-4322 Mia Casa − Drain Tile/Sewer Line Water Line Repairs / Replacement & Cleaning. Vince 604-941-6060, Al 604-783-3142

8075

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

DRYWALL Boarding, Taping & Painting cell: 604-318-3584 VICTORIA DRYWALL LTD. 25 yrs exp. Reno’s & New Constr. Call Bruno ★ 604-313-2763

6508

Apt/Condos

PENTHOUSE STUDIO new, 20th & Fraser, total upgrades, 535 sf, + 120 sf balcony, max view, $1100. Jan 1. Call to view 604-250-4555

6522

Furnished Accommodation

1 BDRM Apt., Excellent Temporary Sublet, South Granville for 7 months or less. Avail March 1/11 $1000 mo Call 604-738-0893 1 BR furnished, 989 Nelson St @ Burrard St, 15th flr, avail now $1550 + utils, np ns Call Mike 604-649-3028 12TH & Quebec, Clean, Quiet, furn’d room, lady only, n/s, n/p, $425 incls utls. 604-576-1746 2 BR, 2 Bath, beautiful town house, by Kits Beach, fully furn, Short term Dec 23rd - Jan. 30th, ns, np, $3500, 604-737-8996

6540

Houses - Rent

185 W 45 Ave. Oakridge. 5Br 4.5 bath, yard maintained by owner, 3500sf, lease, ns, np, now $3200. Eric 604-723-7368 Prop Mngt STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● COQUITLAM - 218 Allard St. 2 bdrm HANDY MAN SPECIAL!!! HOUSE, bsmt/2 sheds..$1,388/M NEW WEST- 1722-6th Av 2 bdrm HOUSE w/1 suite 2 f/p,Long term finance, new roof, RT-1..$1,988/M SURREY- 6297 134 St. Solid 5 bdrm HOUSE w/2 bdrm suite on 1/4 acre lot with views... $1,688/M

SOUTH SURREY- 15532 Madrona Dr 3 bdrm, HOUSE, quiet st, huge yard, dbl gar, 2 y.o. roof....$1,388/M CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M Call (604)812-3718 or (604)786-4663

www.HomeBuyingCenter.ca

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR bsmt, large, near Commercial Dr. priv. wd, heated flrs, incl heat, new kitchen, $1150, cat ok, ns, 604-788-7390 1 BR spacious E. King Edward, nr schools, bus, & amens, lg b/yd incl hydro $750, 604-327-0671 2 BR, $1,000 incl util, 7yr old ste, bright, clean, nr all ammens, ns, np, avail Dec 15th or Jan 1st 778-388-1705 or 604-909-0054 220 SALSIBURY Dr. 1 bdrm bsmt $850, 1 bdrm ste main $950, 2 bdrm top flr $1400, inlc utils, ns np, Avail now, 604-254-6956


HOME SERVICES 8075

8105

Drywall

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

Wayne The Drywaller

Quality Drywall Finishing. Textured Ceilings & Repair. Renov Specialist. No job too small. 837-1785

8080

Flooring/ Refinishing

THE ART OF HARDWOOD FLOORS Installations Refinishing & Repairs Dust Free. Affordable Rates! Free Estimates.

Call: 604-240-3344

Electrical

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

Contact us today for a free estimate.

Max: 604-341-6059 Licensed & Bonded

Lic. 22308

#1167 LIC Bonded. BBB, lrg & sm jobs, expert trouble shooter, WCB, low rates, 24/7. 617-1774.

Hardwood Floor Refinishing Repairs & Staining Installation Free Estimates

ABACUS ELECTRIC.ca Lic Elect

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 LIC. ELECTRICIAN #37309 Commercial & residential renos & small jobs. 778-322-0934. QUALIFIED RESIDENTIAL & Commercial Electrical Contractor. Cert. 92294.. Nick 778-237-2132 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

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EXCAVATOR • BACKHOE DUMP TRUCK All Phases of Residential Site Work

Estimates are Fast & Free 40 Years Servicing the Industry

Call Ron 604.377.1345

8090

Fencing/Gates

West Coast Cedar Installations Fencing & Decking EST 1991

604-270-2358, Cell: 604-788-6458

Clean Sweep?

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

Refinish, sanding, install, dustless Prof & Quality work 604-219-6944

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

8120

Glass Mirrors

Commercial/Residential

Store Fronts • Windows & Doors Broken Glass • Foggy Glass Patio Doors • Mirrors • Etc. 2837 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-603-9655

8125

Gutters

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CALL NOW for 20% OFF WCB – Fully Insured 100% Money Back Guarantee

604-340-7189

604-878-5232 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 BEST PRICE! Bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127 CARPENTRY, PAINTING, plumbing, flooring. Reasonable rates. Call Doug 604-276-8552 DAHIPP CONTRACTING Handyman Services Baths, Kitchens, etc 604.817.0718

8140

Heating

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

8150

Kitchens/Baths

• Refinish old bathtubs • 4 hour dry time From $325 standard size 5 year warranty – BBB rated A

604.597.1171 mrtubman.ca Counter Tops, Custom Cabinets & Refacing NO HST til end of Dec

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

KITCHEN & BATHS, renos, tiles, plumbing, painting. Insured, refs, Quality work Adam 604-512-6010

8155

Landscaping

GREENWAVE LANDSCAPES

★ COMPLETE ★ Garden Maintance & Edible Landscape Solutions

604-317-3037

greenwavelandscapes.ca

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To advertise call

604-630-3300

Moving & Storage

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

604-787-8061 604-537-4140

AAA ADVANCE MOVING Experts in all kinds of Moving, Storage & Packing. Different from the Rest. 604-861-8885

GB GARDENING - lawn cut, trim, prune, clean up, power wash, free est. 778-988-5544 604-322-9412

8175

Masonry

MASONRY REPAIRS •Stone Walls •Bricks •Chimneys & more. George • 604-365-7672

8180

Home Services

BE COOL! COLD FEET? Talk to Someone You Trust.

CENTRAL AIR INSTALLED FURNACES CONDITIONING Sears also installs ROOFING, WINDOWS, WINDOW COVERINGS & CARPETING

604-685-7112 ext 5101

24 HOURS 1-800-4-MY-HOME • (1-800-469-4663)

8185

Moving & Storage

AJK MOVING LTD.

Moving. Storage. Deliveries Local & Long Distance MOVERS.... Residential. Commercial. Industrial. Truck for Clean-ups garage, basement, backyard.

(604) 875-9072 873-5292

604-727-9328

Rated A-Plus

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AMIGO'S MOVING. Delivery. Storage. No Job too Small or Big. Clean up, Garage, Basement. Call 604-782-9511

Rated A-Plus

604-727-9328

TwoGuysWithATruck.ca Moving, Storage, Free EST 604-628-7136. Visa, OK

WILDWOOD LANDSCAPING Tree & Hedge Pruning. Hedge removal. 604-893-5745

Rated A-Plus

604-708-8850

★ SD ENTERPRISES ★

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Plugged Drains, Main Sewer Lines Water Service, Video Pipe Inspection Drain Tiles, Fixtures, Faucets Licensed, Insured & Bonded Hot Water Tanks, Seniors Discounts Call Today

Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance FREE ESTIMATES • Seniors Discount

$30 P/HR. Abe Moving & Delivery & Rubbish Removal. ★ Available 24 hours. Abe at: 604-999-6020

www.twonicemovers.com Move residential, office & pianos. Best rates in town, 604-781-0297

8193

Oil Tank Removal

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

• Oil Tank Removal • Work complies with city bylaws BC Mainland • Always fair & reasonable rates • Excellent references

For Free Estimates Call

Off: 604-266-2120 Cell: 604-290-8592

Serving West Side since 1987

STORMWORKS

● Oil Tank Removal ● Recommended ● Insured ● Reasonable Rates

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8195

Painting/ Wallpaper

ARBUTUS PAINTING

VANCOUVER LTD. • Fully Insured • References • Green Products

Call Today!

604-338-2339 FREE ESTIMATES

arbutuspainting.com

BESTWAY PAINTING & DECORATING

Interior / Exterior • Small / Big Jobs Comm./Res. • Fully Insured AURA Stone Countertops Crown molding installation. Faux finish, staining & custom painting. $150 Off (certain restrictions apply)

John 778-881-6737

D&M PAINTING

Plumbing

ATLAS

45

Experienced Movers ~ 2 Men $50 ~

EW51

Plumbing & Rooter

We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac

Colin Malcolm, Insured

604-618-9741

8220

1 to 3 Men

HEDGE SHRUB TREE & STUMP REMOVAL

224-3669

Painting/ Wallpaper

1, 3, 5, 7 or 10 Ton $ From

• Includes all Taxes • Licenced & Insured • Professional Piano Movers

FREE ESTIMATE INSURED

8195

AFFORDABLE MOVING

B&Y MOVING

YARD CLEAN-UP, lawns cut & lawn aeration, hedge trim, rubbish removal, gutters. 604-773-0075

Bathtub Reglazing

8185

604-266-1681

T. TRAN -604-723-2468, Tree Pruning, hedging, weeding, leaf cleanup, gutters, etc. Reliable.

#3 - 8652 Joffre Ave, Burnaby

Established 1963

Free Estimates

Ny Ton Gardening Tree cutting & topping, yard cleanup, trimming, hedging, 604-782-5288

604-879-9191 Superior Cove Tops & Cabinets

604-439-9417

DUNBAR LAWN & GARDENS

WCB • FULLY INSURED

• In business 50 years

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

Lawn & Garden

HEDGING GARDENING CLEAN-UPS SNOW REMOVAL

TRUSTED HOME IMPROVEMENTS

FALL SPECIALS • Gutter Installation Cleaning & Repairs • Roofing & Roof Repairs • Moss Control, Removal & Prevention 25 year Warranteed Leaf & Needle Guard

8160

Handyperson

Vancouver Division Since 1985

604-420-4800

630.3300

8130

YOUR HOME GUTTER SERVICES

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

604

Waters Home Maintenance Gutter Cleaning, repairs, windows Free estimate 604-738-6606

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

EDGEMONT GUTTERS

Sell it in the Classifieds!

PRP GUTTER CLEANING & GUTTER REPAIRS. Free estimates 604-764-0399

www.centuryhardwood.com

S&S LANDSCAPING & FENCING

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

Gutters

Century Hardwood Floors 604-376-7224

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

8125

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Marty’s

BBM

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• • • •

Licensed, Insured & Bonded Lic. Plumbers & Gas Fitters Over 20 years Experience Custom Renovations to Small Repairs

604-312-6311

Painting & Decorating Ltd. NO JOB TOO SMALL Quality work est. 1973

RED SEAL

Colour Consulting Included Free Estimate 604-733-2865

Drainage & Plumbing Inc.

PRIMO PAINTING

Main sewer lines, water lines, camera inspections, plugged drains, hot water tanks and drain tiles. 24/7 Emergency available Sat/Sun/Holidays Licensed, Insured, Bonded

Interior & Exterior

Christmas Special

15% OFF

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TOP PAINTING Winter Special: 20% Discount

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Plumbing, Drainage, Repairs & Installation

604-618-4988

Certified Plumber & Gas Fitter * Reno’s & Repairs 24 hrs/day * Furnaces * Boilers * Hot Water Heating * Reasonable Rates * Hot Water Tanks

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PLUMBERS

T&H PAINTING Int/Ext res/comm painting, power wash, gutters, Free Est., Guar. 778-316-7709 THOMAS MASTER MATCH PAINTING. Int & Ext. Good Prices, 18 yrs exp. 604-724-8648

8200

Water Lines (without digging) Sewer Lines (without digging) Install. Drain tiles. 604-739-2000

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

Decks/Patios/ Railings

Central Decking Co.

• 24 hr. service for water damage • Built-rebuild decks, deck repair • Specialize in seamless polyurethane membrane deck coatings • Sundecks – Balconies – Patios • Waterproofing

604-618-0631

centraldecking@gmail.com

West Coast Cedar Installations Fencing & Decking EST 1991

604-270-2358, Cell: 604-788-6458

Interior/Exterior Specialist Many Years Experience Fully Insured Top Quality, Quick Work Free Estimate

604-724-3832

Home Services

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Renovations & Home Improvement

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Showroom: 1230 West 75th Ave.

778-319-2120

• BBB • RCABC • GAF/ELK Master Elite Contractor • Residential Roofing • Liability Coverage and WCB • Designated Project Managers • Homes & Strata • Third Party Inspection Installations & Repairs Call 604-327-3086 for a free estimate •• 24 Hr Emergency Service Quote code 2010 for a 5% discount

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20 years in business

Tried & True Since 1902

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Roof Leaking?

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Parts & Accessories

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Snow Removal

SALTING & SNOW REMOVAL Backhoe, Dump Truck, and Excavating. Call (604) 290-5893 RESIDENTIAL & Light Commercial. Salt available. 2 hr min, $60/hr. Call 604-230-9500

8300

Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

All Types of Roofing, Re-Roofing & Repairs

604-379-2641 MASTERCRAFT ROOFING Ltd. Right the 1st time! Repairs, reroofing, garage, decks. Hart 322-5517

J. PEARCE STUCCO CONTRACTING. Residential / Commercial. 604-761-6079

8309

Tiling

•Re-Roofing •Repair •Maintenance SAVE $$$ WINTERIZE your roof NOW! Call Brad • 604-773-0492

8255

Rubbish Removal

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8315

Tree Services

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Student Works

Disposal & Recycling

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Window Cleaning

Edgemont Building Maintenance • Power Washing • Window Cleaning • Gutter Cleaning

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GM’s Cruze comes wth 10 standard airbags, four more than the norm. It’s the first passenger car to receive maximum scores (for occupant protection) in both the European frontal offset collision and the side-impact crash (against a moving deformable barrier) tests. The European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP) has been providing crash test ratings since 1997. The base engine in the Cruze, a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder (LS trim), and its optional 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder (LT and LTZ trim) produce an identical (138) maximum horsepower number. The perfor-

mance difference is in the higher torque output (148 lb.-ft) of the turbo engine and the lower engine speed (1,850 rpm) at which it’s provided. The 1.4-litre’s turbocharger is a unique design that’s incorporated into the exhaust manifold as a single component. This saves weight, helps the engine to warm up faster and reduces exhaust emissions. Both engines run on regular gas and come with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. In addition to more power at low engine speeds, the turbo engine also

provides better fuel economy. There’s a delayed release on the turbo/manual combination, which will come as a “Cruze Eco” edition with a special wheel and aero package and it’s expected to achieve a 5.0-litre/100km highway fuel economy rating. The Cruze comes in four trim levels, LS, Eco, LT and LTZ. In addition to the stuff already mentioned, the base (LS) edition comes with electronic stability control, power windows and locks, remote entry and audio input jacks. The top-line LTZ includes leather (front heated) seats, a 17-inch wheel package, rear park assist and climate control air conditioning. The LT trim line is expected to account for 70 per cent of sales and there’s an extra bonus if you order a Cruze before Jan. 10. A “first to Cruze” program gives you the choice of a free set of winter tires or an Apple iPad with OnStar MyLink Apps installed. Prices start at $14,995. GM is listening to customers a lot differently than in the past, according to Williams. And the Chevrolet Cruze design team engineers sure did their homework. With files from Bob McHugh david.chao@leansensei.com

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