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Rolling stones

BY MEGAN STEWART The annual Traveller’s Bonspiel organized a half century ago by travelling salesmen continues its traditional meet next week at the Marpole Curling Club.

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Arrested development

BY MIKE HOWELL Despite recent gangland shootings near the mayor’s house, the solicitor general says police are successfully locking up the bad guys.

Class Notes

BY NAOIBH O’CONNOR The education minister looks for a change in the B.C. College of Teachers; the VSB chair is elected to another term.

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BY SANDRA THOMAS A deaf and blind woman receives a new and safe car for her caregivers thanks to the generosity of others.

Casting out fear

BY GEOFF OLSON The great teachers of compassion have always been at odds with the message of fear coming from priests, economists and kings.

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BY COURIER STAFF Beat the post-Christmas doldrums this week with burlesque performances, slam poetry and a trio of Marilyn Monroe flicks.

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he Christmas of 1900 was a stormy one. On Christmas Eve, the Vancouver Daily Province reported that a “fearful southwesterly wind... in the Straits of fuca” had been so strong that the steamship Robert Dollar, bound for San Francisco, had been unable to make headway and was forced to turn back to Vancouver. Those on board were lucky. A little over a week previously, during a similar storm, the steamship Alpha had run aground on a small island off the southern tip of Denman Island and been wrecked. Of the 35 men on board, 26 had made it to shore. “They are in sad plight...” the newspaper reported after some of the survivors arrived in Vancouver. “They have nothing but the inadequate clothing in which they stand, and many of them bear visible evidence of the rough passage from the ship to the reef. One has his hand bound up, another a cut over the forehead, and all are utterly destitute.” Buoyed by the Christmas spirit, Vancouverites set up a fund for the “wrecked seamen.” The YMCA collected $7.55 at its Sunday service. Several individuals—including one “sailor’s son”—chipped in anywhere from $1 to $2 apiece (a day’s wages, back then) and Captain Bridgeman of the steamship Albion contributed $5. Others organized a benefit concert for New Year’s Eve.

Veterans still recovering from their wounds two years after the Great War prepare to celebrate Christmas of 1920 at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver. photo City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1376-87 An editorial in the Province waxed poetic about the spirit of Christmas: “At Christmas-tide enmities appear in their true littleness and man and woman demonstrate toward each other such feelings of good-will as would make this earth an Eden if exemplified throughout the changing years.” That wasn’t the case in South Africa, where the Boers had stepped up their guerilla war against the British. The front page of the newspaper reported that General Baden-Powell was seeking 1,000 Canadian recruits

for his Transvaal police force. British MP Winston Churchill, visiting Ottawa, predicted that the Boers “will be troublesome for a long time yet because many of them are the finest natural fighters living...” Most Vancouverites, however, were likely thinking more about what to give as Christmas gifts. Newspaper ads suggested that ladies might like perfume, manicure sets, theatre glasses or fancy china. The Wm. Ralph store advised husbands to buy their wives “... something useful; something to save her time and

temper and eyes. To come to the point, a sewing machine. It will add ten years to her life...” Gift ideas for gentlemen included shaving sets “in elegant leather cases,” military brushes, smoking jackets, silk umbrellas, card receivers (silver bowls or trays in which business cards were put), smoking jackets or leather boxes in which to keep neckties, cuffs and shirt collars. Suggestions for children included dolls, cradles or metal and china toy dishes for girls, and military suits and air rifles for boys.

hristmas Eve 1910 was a rainy one. “The department stores and the shops where novelties are sold, seem to be the storm centers of Christmas preparation,” the Dec. 24 Province reported. In the afternoon they are crowded like an auction room or a side show tent at a popular circus. On rainy days, of which we have had several lately, the little ones make a picturesque sight, the girls in their Red Riding Hood raincoats, and the boys in ‘slickers’ sou-westers, and long rubber boots.” Aside from a rush of shoppers at the New Westminster Market, where turkeys “sold like hot cakes,” things were quiet in Vancouver that Christmas Eve. In Winnipeg, it was a different story. The Province reported that a strike by streetcar conductors and motormen had turned into a riot when strike breakers were brought in. Streetcars were set on fire, bottles thrown, and revolvers fired. Armed guards patrolled at night. “With a temperature of between 20 and 30 below zero prospects are for a sharp Christmas... the holiday will [likely] not pass without a serious affray between striking carmen and strikebreakers,” the newspaper concluded. On Vancouver streets, automobiles were increasingly being seen. The Vancouver branch of the McLaughlin Motor Car Company advertised a Canadian-built McLaughlin-Buick coupe at a special holiday price of $1,700. Continued on page 5

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Continued from page 4 D.P. Burns & Co. Ltd. reminded shoppers that the store’s new automobile delivery system would promptly deliver Christmas turkey, beef, pork, mutton and veal. One Province reporter visualized Christmas dinner out at a restaurant, the man in evening suit or tuxedo, the woman “as carefully garbed.” A typical meal for the well-heeled restaurant patron would include a “cocktail (old-fashioned), egg nogg, claret cup, oysters, English beef broth, mackerel bonne femme, old-fashioned turkey (New England style), cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, salad, spinach, English plum pudding, ice cream, cakes, fruit and coffee.” The 226 inmates at the provincial jail and penitentiary in New Westminster, meanwhile, dined that Christmas on roast pork, plum pudding, and apples and oranges. “At the penitentiary, all work will be suspended for the holiday,” the Province reported. “Beyond the extra ‘spread’ there will be nothing to remind the prisoners that this is the time of joy and festivity, excepting the extra attention they will receive from their pastors on Sunday.”

that all the patients, many of whom are in need of constant attention, were as comfortable as possible during the entertainment,” the newspaper reported. Meanwhile, the City of Vancouver debated the best way of helping the needy and unemployed. Vancouver Mayor Robert Henry Gale rejected a proposal to use the Cambie Street military huts to house and feed the 1,975 men who’d applied for support. He instead opted to “patronize city businesses” by having the city’s relief officer hand out tickets entitling the men to a meal at local restaurants and accommodation at local lodging houses.

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A baby of the Thornton family receives a stuffed rabbit as a Christmas present sometime in the 1940s. photo Jack Lindsay Ltd. Photographers, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1184-3598

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he guns of the Great War had been silent for two years, but the Christmas of 1920 still resounded with their echoes. A Dec. 24 editorial of the Province reported on the grim prospects faced by soldiers who’d returned from the war. “Throughout Canada there is still a residue of returned soldiers who have not yet found their perma-

nent place in the activities of the country,” it noted. The problem was particularly acute in provinces like B.C., where men depended upon seasonal employment in resource industries like logging or mining. At the Shaughnessy Military Hospital at 28th Avenue and Willow Street, 165 veterans of the Great War still languished. The

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Imperial Daughters of the Empire, a local women’s patriotic organization, provided the hospital with a large Christmas tree and gave each man a Christmas parcel “wrapped in gaily colored papers.” The group hosted a motion picture show, and the Misses Keith performed dances. “Miss Matheson and her efficient staff were present to see

y the Christmas of 1930, the Depression was in full force. Yet the Province newspaper’s annual Santa Claus Fund raised a whopping $23,605 and delivered more than 3,000 Christmas hampers to needy families that year. Each hamper contained two tins of soup and a can of tomatoes, a can of pink salmon, a seven-pound roast of beef, a plum pudding and Christmas cake, potatoes, bread, butter, tea, sugar, canned milk, candy, mixed nuts, raisins, a half box of apples and a package of Japanese oranges. Continued on page 6


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Continued from page 5 The Dec. 24 newspaper reported that the volunteers found “...many poverty-stricken and destitute [homes] where scarcely a stick of furniture or scrap of food could be found. Hungry and cold, children huddled together in one bare room awaiting the mother or father, who, they hoped, might return with something to fill empty stomachs. “In one specific case, six children were found living in a cabin, their mother at the hospital with a threeyear-old girl seriously ill. A kindly neighbor who was caring for them informed hamper carriers that the father had deserted the woman, putting her on her own resources to find food, clothing and warmth for the family.” Despite the gloomy prospects, B.C. Premier Simon Fraser Tolmie delivered an optimistic Christmas message. “This year one’s wishes for a Merry Christmas are tempered by the reflection that in many homes Christmas will be none too merry, but there seems every reason to believe that our wishes will be realized for a Happy and Prosperous New Year,” the Province quoted him as saying. “Signs are everywhere apparent that 1931 will usher in a strong revival, and there is a note of optimism that augurs well for an early resumption of our normal activities... “Take heart and courage then, and face the future with confidence undiminished...” The Depression, however, would drag on for several more years.

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y the Christmas of 1940, the world was at war. Local mailmen struggled under the volume of mail generated by men and women who were serving overseas. The front page of the Dec. 24 Province showed mailman Bill Waddell with one of the 8,400 bags of mail that was distributed from the Vancouver depot two days earlier.

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A girl in a wheelchair at the Vancouver Preventorium gets a Christmas present from Santa during the Attorney General Christmas Party of photo Art Jones, Vancouver Public Library, VPL 80768B 1948. “As this Christmas Eve speeds to its close there is little outward evidence that Vancouver is part of an Empire locked in a death struggle,” an editorial in the Province noted. “The streets are lighted gaily. Great masses of people choke every bypass in the commercial centres of the city. Money pours across store counters in a ceaseless flood that rivals the gaudy days of the late ‘twenties. “But somewhere in this city there are homes in which the smiles are wan and the brave laughs a little forced. Within those walls are the men and women who are facing their first Christmas full of the knowledge that their sons will never return. And there are countless other homes where dwell men and women whose celebrations are tempered by the knowledge that those whom they hold most dear are living within range of the enemy’s bombs and shells.” While many in the service were granted leave and hurried home from points across Canada on overcrowd-

ed trains, personnel at local military bases had to celebrate Christmas away from their families. Hundreds of Vancouverites opened their homes to soldiers from the Vancouver barracks, sailors, and aviators from the Jericho air station. Vancouverites also opened their hearts to children at the Crippled Children’s Hospital. The Province reported that Santa, courtesy of the Terminal City Club, stopped in at the hospital to hand out sweaters, dolls, Meccano sets and watches to the 24 young patients. One 12-year-old boy received a pair of binoculars that would allow him to watch airplanes through the window next to his bed, while a five-month-old boy with club feet got a teddy bear. “...two of the children received possibly the best present they could get— recovery from their crippled state, which enabled them to go home just in time for Christmas,” the newspaper reported. Continued on page 7

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Holiday drunk driving major concern for Vancouver police in 1950 Continued from page 6 The big news, however, was the war, and the drive to crush Italian forces in Libya. The British siege of Bardia, near Tobruk, was in its eighth day, the artillery pounding the port and the Royal Air Force bombing enemy hangars. Christmas might be the time for peace on Earth, but the newspaper’s editorial cartoon that Christmas Eve showed Santa arm in arm with a man representing he Canadian public, shouting “Merry Christmas everybody!” while kicking “Axis” in the teeth.

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y the Christmas of 1950, Vancouver was fighting a very different battle. The Dec. 23 Province reported that Vancouver Police Chief Walter Mulligan had “declared war” on drunk drivers. The evening before, Vancouver police had impounded a record 43 cars and charged four people with drunken driving and nine others with dangerous driving. Those found guilty faced a fine of $100 or 20 days imprisonment. The newspaper reported chaos on city streets. That Friday had seen 11 people injured—two of them seriously—as a result of at least 30 accidents, a couple of

“MUCH OF THE TRAFFIC SITUATION WAS BLAMED ON OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTIES, HELD ON THE LAST FULL WORKING DAY BEFORE THE HOLIDAY.” The Province, Dec. 23, 1950

them hit-and-runs on pedestrians, one of whom was in hospital with severe head injuries and multiple fractures. “Much of the traffic situation was blamed on office Christmas parties, held on the last full working day before the holiday,” the newspaper reported. In these days before the breathalyzer, police had to base a charge of drunken driving by sniffing the driver’s breath or subjecting drivers to a blood test. The other option was to “check degrees of intoxication by the primitive expedient of having the accused walk a chalk line.” An advertisement by the Milk Distributors of Vancouver and Milk Driver and Dairy Employees

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In small newsrooms like the Courier, reporters don’t have time to attend a lot of cheque presentations, or “grip and grins,” as they’re referred to by most editorial staff. But when I heard about one presentation taking place a week ago, I knew I had to go. Besides, it being so close to Christmas, and the city’s 2011 operating budget decisions, I was hoping to find a feel-good story to share with readers. This story really begins 50 years ago when John Gerwin opened GNK Insurance in Kitsilano. Eight years later his daughter Liza was born with the dual challenge of being both deaf and blind. When Liza was old enough, she attended a special school in Brantford, Ont. and spent her summers in Vancouver. Later, Liza worked part time at her dad’s office. Liza, who’ll soon turn 42, now lives on her own, but with 24-hour care. Then, 28 years ago, John hired Salvatore (Sal) Audia, who told me last week he was always inspired by the relationship between father and daughter. He still remembers vividly how close they were and how John would lovingly greet Liza when she came into the office. Sal told me that when ICBC made a change to insurance forms that included carbon paper, it was Liza’s job to sort the leftover pages and properly recycle them. When John retired 12 years ago, Sal took over GNK as president. Recently, John asked Sal to keep an eye out for a decent used vehicle at a reasonable price. Earlier in the year, Liza’s car, which is driven by her caregiv-

sandrathomas ers, had been wrecked in an accident on the Arthur Laing Bridge, during which Liza was trapped for some time. When I asked Liza’s caregiver Alyce Lyall to describe the now “retired” vehicle, she replied, “Old.” “I went home and that conversation with John started to bug me,” Sal told me. “Then I thought about Liza stranded on that bridge and I decided what better way to celebrate our 50th anniversary than by getting her a new car. It would be our way of giving back.” Sal took his idea to GNK principal Bob King, and the pair agreed Liza deserved a new car and the company would supply it. They also supplied a year’s worth of insurance for Liza and received donations for a year’s worth of gas from John’s longtime friend Eddy Ellis and Nurse Next Door. (By the way, it wasn’t GNK who contacted me about this story, but

rather Debbie Salmonsen of the Deafblind Services Society of B.C., who was touched by the men’s generosity.) Which was how I ended up in Liza’s cozy living room last week when Sal and Bob presented the keys of a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze to her dad, who I could see was also genuinely moved by the gesture. The Deafblind Society had also gathered Liza’s caregivers, Alyce Lyall, Adriana Benia, Vivian Peterse and Rubilyn Dodwell, who had no idea about the new car. Since the accident, the caretakers had been driving Liza to appointments in their own vehicles. Sal told me the Cruze has 10 air bags, so should Liza end up in another car accident, she’ll be well protected. After receiving the keys, John grabbed Liza’s hand and signed to her about the new car, following which we all trooped outside so she and the caretakers could check it out. The highlight of my visit was when Liza sat in the front passenger seat of the car and immediately began to use her fingers to scope out its interior. Finding the controls for the stereo, Liza cranked up the volume. After placing both hands on the dash so she could feel the bass, Liza began to move her head in time with the music. I watched Sal and Bob as they watched Liza, and from the look on their faces, it was obvious her happiness was all the thanks they needed. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter:@sthomas10

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Love and peace drain power from our fear-based culture In his study of conditioned responses, the 19th century Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov taught dogs to salivate at the ring of a bell. The 20th century American psychologist John. B. Watson extended Pavlov’s research to human beings, and concluded that we are driven not by love, but by fear. The military, Madison Avenue and the public relations industry seized on the findings of behaviourism, using the practical applications to sell the American public on everything from deodorants to defence systems. Researchers in other 20th century disciplines did fear-based studies of their own. The Nobel prize-winning mathematician John Nash, portrayed by Russell Crowe in the film A Beautiful Mind, was one of the leading thinkers in “game theory,” the mathematical field that defined U.S. strategic thinking during the Cold War. In his work at the think-tank RAND Corporation, Nash assumed that human behaviour is similar to the zero-sum games of U.S.-Soviet nuclear brinksmanship. We constantly assess others for possible moves against us, he insisted. Not incidentally, Nash suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Not surprising for a guy who built his theories on a hypothetical human being sitting alone in a room, who tries to reconstruct the thinking of an unseen, hostile opponent that is bent on personal destruction. What else would you call that but paranoid? When one of Nash’s uglier games, “the prisoner’s dilemma,” was tested on the secretaries at RAND Corporation, the results went sideways. Instead of betraying one another, they independently chose to trust and cooperate. Such selfless acts threw a monkey wrench into the “Nash equilibrium.” Classic economics is also bedeviled by the unwelcome truths of altruism. In theory, human beings are “rational utility maximizers,” that is, free agents acting out of pure self-interest. This mindset turns human beings into cardboard cutouts, with only superficial resemblance to real people like Nash’s secretaries. But why muss up tidy, clockwork theories with messy, organic facts? It’s no surprise that today’s domestic and foreign policy is dominated by the paranoid mindset of antiterrorism, even though you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than dying in a terrorist attack. Mass fear and anxiety are very useful for leading the sheeple to the mall, the battlefield and beyond. So much of the establishment viewpoint on human beings, whether secular or religious, is based on the easy assumptions of selfishness and fear. In conser-

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geoffolson vative faiths, we are fallen creatures, labouring under original sin and possible damnation from a bipolar God. In some neo-Darwinian circles, human beings are little more than biochemical machines programmed by “selfish genes.” In contrast to selfishness and fear, the emotion of love draws power away from systems of domination toward the individual heart, and back out into the community. Approximately 2,000 years ago, the “Axial Age” offered a different vision of human potential, beyond the three monotheistic religions. Whether it was brotherly love in the New Testament, compassion in the Buddhist sutras, harmonious living in Taoist teachings or ethical instruction in Confucianism, the message had greater social dimension than the Abrahamic reward/punishment scheme of Heaven and Hell. The late, great comic Bill Hicks, who frequently joked about his conservative religious upbringing in the American South, once compared life to an amusement park ride—“loud, bright, and fun for a while.” But ultimately, it’s just a ride he said, and every one of us has a choice to make as it barrels along—a choice between fear and love. “The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one.” It’s a chaotic world, with dangerous people, places and things. We all get that. But could it be that the message of love and peace, which westerners keep safely compartmentalized in the last days of December, is actually more subversive than we think? Hicks noted the remarkable fact that many of the great figures in history who preached such notions met untimely ends. Yet the message of love and peace from the son of a carpenter has outlived history’s succession of kings, queens and popes. Echoes of this message from a Hindu cotton-spinner (Gandhi), a Baptist minister (Martin Luther King), and a long-haired musician (John Lennon) will likely outlast the fearbased pronouncements of today’s courtiers and court fools. Merry Christmas, and enjoy the ride. www.geoffolson.com

According to some readers, the Courier’s annual Christmas gift cover story missed the mark. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Dreck the halls 2010,” Dec. 17. When you could have provided a cover story truly worthy of the Christmas season, I find to my dismay instead an almost revolting and completely tasteless mock-up of features that properly belong to some hedonistic and pagan festival. But worst of all—a picture of a doll with the unmistakable likeness of our Queen Elizabeth II. She stands for realities that are light-years distant from this denigration of her and Him whose birth we will celebrate this week. I have never before had occasion to find fault in your twice-weekly output.

You could have done better on this one. Far far better. Peter A. Niblock, Vancouver

••• To the editor: Considering that the word ‘“dreck” is Yiddish slang for excrement, I find it unbelievably insensitive and insulting to Christians that you need to put this on your cover every year. I think the dreck would surely hit the fan if you did this on other folks’ religious holidays. Mr. Kissinger has a whole new year to come up with a new idea. Bob Mahaney, Vancouver

Christmas column misrepresents Christ’s mission To the editor: Re: “Defenders of cultural ‘Christmas’ add to its dilution,” Dec. 15. It is a rare thing to hear the radical challenge of the Gospel voiced in a newspaper. I enjoyed Mark Hasiuk’s critique of the “cultural Christmas,” especially including the voices of those who feel alienated by the celebrations. I also agree with the concluding point concerning the true meaning of Christmas. However, as a Christian, I would challenge some of the assertions made by Hasiuk concerning the work and person of Jesus Christ. The picture presented in the article is that of an anti-establishment rebel who came to turn the world upside down so that all could live in equality. This description is a bit one-dimensional set

against the biblical witness. Jesus—the ultimate liberator—was not simply a revolutionary who challenged the status quo. Christ came into the world to fulfill the promise of the Abramaic covenant, to fulfill the messianic prophecy, to save humanity from its sin, to reconcile humanity to its creator, to defeat death, to give eternal life and to establish God’s kingdom on Earth. That Jesus opposed all formal worship is unfounded. Rather he opposed hollow self-serving expressions of holiness and piety. Christians gather in worship to hear the “good news,” the forgiveness of sin and the bestowal of eternal life. On Pentecost, Christ established the church so that the gospel could be proclaimed to all the nations. For millions of Christians around

the world, midnight mass and Christmas Eve services are occasions where the Gospel is proclaimed and received. These are not simply arbitrary cultural activities. And the idea that Jesus rejected the Sabbath is simply wrong. To do so would have been in direct violation of the Third Commandment. Rather, Jesus rejected a legalistic human misinterpretation of the Sabbath. Jesus revealed and reveals the true nature of the Sabbath and himself as Lord of the Sabbath. That Christ challenges the status quo in the interest of the poor and dispossessed is most certainly true. But this challenge must be understood in its full context. Rev. Thomas Keeley, Dunbar Evangelical Lutheran Church, Vancouver

Advocates of intrusive tree bylaw should ‘get a life’ To the editor: Re: “Tree axing story hits a righteous nerve,” Dec. 15. The Vancouver tree bylaw is an inexcusable intrusion into the property rights of homeowners in the city. It makes no sense that fellow citizens who do not maintain the trees, or are not encumbered by their growth, can dictate that certain trees are untouchable. Surely, the property owner

should be able to make the decision on which trees are enjoyable and which trees impede that person’s use of the property they pay so much to own and service. Opinionated nosy people should butt out of this issue, and those that want to pillory the transgressions of their tender sensibilities should simply get a life. Rick Angus, Vancouver

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The province’s integrated teams of police are curbing gang violence across the region and in Vancouver, despite the recent Oak Street shooting that left 10 people with gunshot wounds, says the province’s top cop. Solicitor General Rich Coleman said police have arrested 200 gangsters in the past 18 months, with 140 of them still in jail. Police have also seized more than 30 houses, two Hells Angels clubhouses and weapons. “We’re getting ahead of them, actually,” Coleman told the Courier. “It’s hard to say that and for people to believe it when you have an incident like the one [on Oak Street]. That was

just a despicable incident. I don’t know how you ever stop all of that. There are bad people in the world.” Mayor Gregor Robertson, who is chairperson of the Vancouver Police Board and lives one block from the scene of the Dec. 12 shooting on Oak Street, is on record pushing for a regional police force to stem gang violence. The Vancouver Police Department pointed out in a recent report how a regional police force would have likely made a positive difference in the investigation of serial killer Willie Pickton. “The problems created by the multiple policing jurisdictions would have been significantly reduced and a better outcome likely would have resulted,”

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gang violence if we had a regional police force— nope, that’s not how you do it,” Coleman told the Courier. “You target it with intelligence-based policing.” The courts and federal lawmakers also have a responsibility to stem gang violence, he said. He suggested maximum prison sentences for gun crimes, including five years for possession of a restricted or prohibited weapon, should be applied when a person is caught with an illegal gun. “I said years ago, look it, just use the bloody law,” said Coleman, a former RCMP officer. “Give these guys a long enough sentence so they understand if they have an illegal gun, they’re going to jail and

we’re going to punish you. When a guy gets a fine and walks out with probation, it’s stupid.” Added Coleman: “We’ve got to get way tougher. And, you know, if it means we have to build more prisons, we’ll build more prisons. I think everybody has stepped up to the plate, but the judiciary has a ways to go.” Coleman confirmed that some of the people involved in the Oak Street shooting at 22nd Avenue are facing gun charges. Several people remain in hospital from the incident that police say is related to the October slaying of known gangster Gurmit Dhak in a parking lot at Metrotown. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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Park board commissioner slams Vision counterparts Sandra Thomas Staff writer NPA park board commissioner Ian Robertson is accusing Vision Vancouver of approving the board’s 2011 operating budget without any proper public consultation. “I’m concerned because this is the first time in the history of the park board there wasn’t a formal public hearing,” said Robertson. “Instead, council decided the budget without hearing from the park board and it was decided by Vision Vancouver, the mayor’s office and the city manager.” Robertson said it’s “outrageous” that Vision Vancouver park board chair Aaron Jasper released a statement last week saying the board is pleased the city agreed to an additional $300,000 to keep washrooms open and so that youth leagues won’t have to pay to use sports fields. The park board was facing a $1 million budget shortfall for its 2011 operating budget, but Dec. 14 council voted to reduce that to just over $700,000. A park board meeting to discuss the budget was deferred first from Nov. 29 to Dec. 13 and then to Dec. 16. “How can the chair of the park board issue a press release expressing the board’s delight in council’s support for the budget cuts when the public has had no input and the board has not voted on the proposed budget?” said Robertson. Robertson said the Vision Vancouver-dominated city council is pulling all the strings and the Vision park board commissioners are towing the party line. Robertson said it’s a sign Vision Vancouver is determined to phase out the elected park board. “The residents of Vancouver have not had an opportunity to express their views on proposed cuts to the 2011 park board operating budget,” said Robertson. “The fact that two previously scheduled public meetings were deferred until after council’s vote shows they had no interest in hearing the views of the public and the park board.” Jasper called Robertson’s remarks a “desperate attempt by an ineffectual op-

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Park board staff, volunteers and visitors to the annual Bright Nights event in Stanley Park enjoyed a celebrity visitor Dec. 16, when actor Katie Holmes and four-anda-half-year-old daughter Suri Cruise dropped by the check out the more than two million lights at the holiday display and ride the miniature train. Holmes is in town visiting husband Tom Cruise, who’s

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in Hollywood North to film Mission Impossible 4. Apparently when the paparazzi began to swarm Bights Nights in hopes of getting a photograph, miniature train coordinator Corinne Yee-Creagham helped mother and daughter stay out of sight in the back of the Aframe office until their vehicle could whisk them away. Holmes was nice enough to pose for a photo with YeeCreagham before leaving, but the park board employee was not comfortable in having it published. Bright Nights in Stanley Park runs now through Jan. 2, and is closed Christmas Day.

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We had something of a Christmas miracle in our yard last weekend. I stood on the top of our front steps last Saturday morning at about 10 a.m. to throw bread out for the crows that are a constant in our trees, but instead of the

usual small group of two to four, an entire murder of 14 swooped down and landed on the lawn. I headed into the house to get more bread and as I went back outside I watched in surprise as the chubby black squirrel from across the street began darting between the birds, scooping up pieces of bread. You have to understand that at our place Crow and Squirrel are mortal enemies, with Crow typically winning any and all battles. So I was amazed

to watch this flock of 14 birds completely ignore the fluffy squirrel as he darted amongst them. The squirrel than scampered over to the bottom of the stairs, surrounded by crows, sat back on his hind legs and looked up at me as if to say, “Where’s the peanuts?” It was a true Christmas truce—lucky for the squirrel. Merry Christmas everyone. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10


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A travelling salesman of the 1960s might have spent most of his working life on the road, but he would still aim to be home for Christmas. When it was founded 50 years ago at the Marpole Curling Club, the annual Traveller’s Bonspiel was named for those men (and few women in that line of work during that era) who spent their lives crisscrossing the province to knock on the doors of offices and homes. “At Christmas time, no one wants to see a salesman—unless they’re a liquor salesman,” said Jack Connway, an octogenarian with a splitting sense of humour and one of the founders of the bonspiel that brought him to the ice almost every Boxing Day since the early 1960s. On the road three days out of every four throughout the year, Connway hit the road in winter with his broom and curling shoes. “Everyone travelled with their equipment,” he said. Whether he was in Smithers, Nanaimo or Kamloops, Connway would send a postcard ahead of his arrival, telling the hotel manager he was coming to town. When he arrived, he’d join a local rink to throw a few rocks. “In the spring time, we’d bring our fishing rods.” Finally, he and about 10 other travelling salesmen based in Vancouver decided they should meet on their hometown ice more often. “That was even before people went to Maui,” he deadpanned for the Courier earlier this week. The Traveller’s Bonspiel was first held in

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Richmond and a few years later, relocated to the Marpole Curling Club, which opened in South Vancouver in 1959. The bonspiel began with two simple rules. First, each team needed at least one salesman on the team. Secondly, every curler contributed a prize. “We were all sales reps or manufacturing reps and we all had samples,” said Connway. The entry fee was an inexpensive $9 per team, which bought lunch and ice time. If everyone brought a prize, everyone got one. The rules persist today although there are fewer businesspeople who take their wares on the road. Competing curlers are retired from sales or, if they’re still active, they work the phone lines rather than the odometer. “In the electronic age we have today, there is not the same necessity for onthe-road sales,” said Connway. “In the last couple years, there have been young rinks coming in, but there are not as many travelling salesmen in deference to all the jokes—and they’re not true, most of them anyway.” Connway started curling as a teenager

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windowsill but extended the glass up the walls and the ceiling of the recess where the window was placed. Glass sellers will cut to size—but it’s vital to take absolutely correct measurements into their business. White painted walls also have a lot of reflective value in otherwise dark rooms. Another important point is keeping windows near plants very, very clean. Two-shelf plant stands can be useful by a low window if the shelves of the stand are made of glass set into a wood or metal surround. Castor wheels at the base improve its mobility. Light-loving plants can go on the top shelf. If the top plants are spaced far enough apart, shade plants can be placed on the lower one. Gardeners who raise slow-developing vegetables such as leeks, celery or onions on windowsills early in the year usually find there’s just not adequate light for this venture. Many annuals raised from seed also need an early start. These include snapdragons, lobelias, sweet peas and also geraniums if they’re to flower in summer. This is where a plant light can be very useful. One gardener I met had a bank of shelves in her garage. Each shelf was wide enough to hold a flat—and each shelf was long enough for two or three flats. Under each shelf (except the bottom one) was a light fixture holding a fluorescent growlight tube. This kind of plant nursery would be a magnificent Christmas gift for a gardener—and relatively inexpensive for someone who can assemble the equipment. Free-standing units already put together are also available in some garden centres. Fluorescent tubes need replacement every year or two since they get dimmer as they age. It’s also very important to keep them dusted. Anne Marrison is happy to answer garden questions. Send them to her via amarrison@shaw.ca.


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3. Musician, writer, spoken word artist, slam poet and latte art aficionado Brendan McLeod kisses 2010 goodbye at the Youth Poetry Slam Dec. 27, held on the last Monday of every month at—where else?—Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr.). Sign up begins at 7 p.m., syllables start flying at 8. 4. Self-described “fast folk rocker” Eugene Ripper makes like a spawning salmon and returns to the place where he was born for a sure-to-be rousing post-Christmas hangover show at the Railway Club Dec. 28. And he comes bearing gifts, namely his new mini-album Punks & Pushers and Notes from the Fast Folk Underground. Carmen Country and The Lizard Jamboree round out the bill. More info at therailwayclub.com.

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Just like Santa, K&K is ready to dole out presents to all the boys and girls. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, since K&K is an equal opportunity employer. Here’s what we’re handing out this Christmas: • A memory card for provincial Liberal leadership candidate Kevin Falcon, who announced he wants to extend SkyTrain operating hours until after bars close, even though it never crossed his mind when he was Minister… OF TRANSPORTATION. • A violent shake with a side of fries for every provincial Liberal leadership candidate who says they will raise the minimum wage if elected, even though they’ve had nine, long, grease-stained years to do so ever since the kind-hearted Liberals froze it at $8 in 2001, now making us the province with the lowest minimum wage in the country. • A bigger bank account for B.C. Ferries CEO David Hahn whose paycheque has nearly doubled in the past five years, from $500,000 in 2004 to close to $1 million today, which is also double what the heads of B.C. Hydro and ICBC take home. Maybe the pay increases are so Hahn can afford to take the ferry, which, for some strange

reason, raises its fares every six months. • A new meniscus for New Jersey Devils’ forward Zach Parise, whose untimely injury at the beginning of the season has all but sunk our chances of continuing to build upon our office hockey pool dynasty. • Some soothing lotions, salves and balms for Roberto Luongo’s Tender Groin, which needs all the TLC it can get at this time of year. Plus, we like saying lotions, salves, balms and tender groin in the same sentence. • A new necklace for Minister of Education Margaret MacDiarmid, whose pearl get-up is stylishly retro in a Wilma Flintstone kind of way but is starting to become predictable—almost as predictable as Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus’s scowl, which we’d like to replace with a rainbow… a reading rainbow! • A new gimmick for operatic national anthem singer Mark Donnelly who insists on holding his microphone in the air to get Canucks fans singing a chunk of O Canada for him. Maybe Vancouver Opera can hire us for one of its productions, and instead of singing our parts, we’ll hold our arms out and encourage

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the audience to do the singing for us. • For the writers at CityCaucus.com: we’d like to give them confidence in their readers’ ability to discern irony. We’ve grown accustomed to the Fox News of Vancouver political blogs feigning indignation at everything Vision Vancouver does, the website’s support for Liberal leadership hopeful Kevin Falcon, and its fawning respect for Global’s “crack,” “tenacious,” “hard-hitting” reporter Marisa Thomas. But CityCaucus needs to trust its readers and not feel the need to explicitly point out when it’s being sarcastic, as was the case with a recent item titled “We support Vision Vancouver proposals to police media, federal agencies,” which included this subtle warning: “Irony alert: pay close attention to what we’re really saying here. Our sense of the absurd is on full display in what follows...” Take it from us, you don’t have to point out when you’re being ironic. Just watch: “CityCaucus is a beacon of light when it comes to delivering fair and balanced reporting on city hall, despite the fact that members of its editorial staff have worked for the NPA, have close ties with the NPA and could possibly be running as candidates for the NPA next election.” See? It’s easy.


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John Bishop and chef Andrea Carlson kick off the New Year with a menu of updated classics, including Death photos Tim Pawsey By Chocolate, lamb served four ways and Qualicum Bay scallops.

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When John Bishop opened the doors of his eponymous restaurant a quarter century ago last week, Bill Bennett was premier, Vancouver was still in the grip of the ’80s recession, interest and unemployment rates were both hovering at around 10 per cent and Expo 86 had yet to “welcome the world.” In those days, if you went out to a restaurant in Vancouver, chances are it was either French, Italian or “continental,” and the possibility of B.C. having its own, identifiable cuisine was considered remote, to say the least. “The week we opened, I had just quit my previous employer of 10 years, with one of the most popular restaurants in the city. We had suffered the downturn tremendously,” Bishop recalls. “There’s never really a good time to open a restaurant,” he adds, but he was “so fired up and supported by friends” that the possibility of failure never even crossed his mind. Downtown was too expensive, so Bishop found an affordable space on the West Side, where it remains today (2183 West Fourth Ave., 604-738-2025). Half the opening capital was spent on a makeover to create a warm and under-

stated ambiance (eventually with Bill Reid prints), while the rest went into second-hand equipment for the kitchen. “To my surprise, somehow, we did have people come in, who liked the food and service—we were almost a small hit from the get-go,” Bishop says. While Expo didn’t have a big impact on immediate business, its benefits were apparent a year later when sales doubled. It was around then that Bishop first connected with the King family and Hazelmere Organic Farm in South Surrey, which began to supply him with organic herbs and greens. “That was what really started the idea of changing our menu with the season, and provided some definition of what local cooking could be. “Never underestimate the impact of restaurants on the rise of the artisan producer—it’s a symbiotic relationship,” says Bishop, who’s been at the vanguard of the local, organic food movement. While there’s still a distinct European influence to the menu, locally sourced ingredients remain a priority. “Our appreciation for all things local has grown tremendously,” Bishop says. “Thirty years ago—and as recently as 20—you’d go out for anything but local food. You might head down to Steveston for fish ‘n chips or clam chowder. But fine dining was still all about Dover sole, Icelandic scampi, New Zealand lamb and so on.”

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While the style has obviously evolved, the central theme of uncompromised ingredients, simply but elegantly prepared, remains the same. As of Jan. 14, when the restaurant reopens following a New Year break, chef Andrea Carlson’s menu will feature updated classics such as superb Qualicum Bay scallop with crab leg and Arctic char roe with pomme purée and fennel cream, celebrated lamb served four ways and the dramatic raspberry-splashed Death by Chocolate. Bishop is well known for his discretion, never revealing which celebrity might be enjoying his cuisine on any given night. However, everyone from Pierre Trudeau to Lauren Bacall (“a delight”) to Liza Minelli and Robert De Niro (“He smoked—she danced”) has crossed the Bishop’s threshold over the years, many more than once. Bishop comes by his passion honestly. Just as a sculptor starts with clay, he says, the chef begins with basic ingredients. For that reason, it’s crucial for young chefs to connect with the land. “I get so much joy and empowerment out of knowing where the product came from—it really enriches the cooking.” However, he cautions, there’s also a more serious side: “We will hit peak oil prices. And when that happens, B.C.’s importers will be forced to think more close to home... I just hope there’s still some crops in the fields for us to eat.” info@hirebelly.com

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script requires. Yolanda does an advice segment called “Let’s Be Frank”; Sylvia demonstrates icing a Yule log (“So good,” she says, “your husband will raise his little woman in the kitchen’s household allowance by 10 cents.”) There are ads for Rexall (“the finest names in drugs”), McCormack Spices, Watkins and Timothy Eaton’s; references to Lulu Island, police chief Mulligan, Fuller Brushes and newsman Foster Hewitt. Frangione has done her homework and faithfully recreated the world of Vancouver in the late 1940s. But as the carols are sung about holly and falling snow and the birth of Christ, the playwright beautifully weaves in Kitty’s story: unmarried and abandoned by her baby’s father, she struggles to look after herself and her child; she wonders if a good man will ever come along. Directed by Shel Piercy, this is the liveliest radio show you’ll ever see. Danny screws up badly with the sound effects, giving the actor, Elliott, a chance to show off some fine comedic skills like walking into walls, taking pratfalls and hyperventilating. Calderwood obviously enjoys being the ham when doing dramatic readings from, amongst others, the Book of Luke and The Night Before Christmas, and Lindbjerg is so passionate and animated you can hardly tear your eyes away. Wood, often cast as a sexy broad, keeps that mostly under wraps, but wait ‘til you hear her character talking about beating egg whites until they’re “stiff.” And her rendition of “Saving Grace” is gorgeous. Kaarina’s Kitty is so sweet, a little prim (in step with the ’40s) and she sings like a lark. Christmas on the Air is all about story. Noam Chomsky says we’re hard-wired for it, and he’s right. Frangione eschews the electronic bells and whistles and gives us kazoos and toy horns along with a story of a simpler, more innocent time when families gathered around the console radio in the living room and listened to broadcasts. Sweet, melt in your mouth theatre. joled@telus.net

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with Cheryl Rossi Last year’s Christmas surprise wasn’t one Carrie Walker wished for. Friends woke the Vancouver artist at 9 a.m. to tell her the building that housed her art studio at East Broadway and Kingsway was ablaze. Walker spent the cold, bright morning watching firefighters smash windows and douse flames while a salt truck drove back and forth to keep the flow on the road from transforming into an ice rink. “Anyone’s studio burning down, that’s basically one’s worst nightmare and something I had thought about before because I had had a studio in a building once that burnt down a month after I moved out,” she said. “A lot of artists, it does cross their minds because we always are in the most dilapidated buildings in the city that no one else would ever rent.” Walker wasn’t allowed to enter the building with its destroyed roof for 12 days. She returned with the aim of recovering the brass nameplate that had belonged to her grandfather. To her surprise, she not only unearthed the nameplate, but found that her plywood drawing drawers were swollen with water but intact. Walker and a friend lugged hundreds of sodden drawings from the site, abandoning the ones that weren’t her greatest work but keeping more than 200 that made her feel proud of drawing every day for years.

Carrie Walker recovered hundreds of drawings from her fire-damaged studio last year, some of which will be exhibited at Gastown’s Trench gallery. As soon as Walker and her friend left the reeking rubble, she bought absorbent blotting paper, laid drawings and watercolours on a drying rack and turned her bedroom into a recovery unit, complete with a dehumidifier. Some of her works dating back to 1998 were warped and stained with smoke residue, but others bear no marks of surviving a fire that destroyed almost an entire city block of businesses and artists studios. Reviewing her bedraggled drawings made the 38-year-old graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design realize she’d like to show the works she hadn’t shown before. “It was something I felt almost immediately, having saved that work,” she said. “I don’t think it’s like, ‘Oh I’m going to show this because it came out of the fire.’ It does unite the work in a way, but the work stands on its own.” Walker will exhibit Fire Work at the Trench gallery in Gastown. The show

opens Jan. 6, one year to the day she returned to her studio after the fire. It’ll consist of 60 of her drawings from 1998 to 2009. Walker is known for three series. For her Found Drawings, she purchases artists’ sketchbooks of landscapes and draws animals that are out of context and scale in the scenes. Drawings that include swans that dwarf sailboats, a marine scene pulled from a beautifully embossed sketchbook from the 1800s, will be part of the show. “I always thought of those as rescue work because I feel like I rescue these old drawings and revitalize them,” she said. “They got twice rescued.” But Walker is best known for her Animal Heads portraits drawn on large fields of blank paper. She meticulously renders animal features and expressions from photographs she finds in books. “I would deliberately work from photographs where I felt there

was human emotion in that face,” she said. At one time she drew an animal a day, and the project became a type of journal of her moods, choosing to draw a raging baboon one day and a cranky squirrel the next. While Walker focused on the pen and ink animal heads, she experimented with other styles, creating looser and more colourful drawings that will be exhibited in Fire Work. None of her Carrie Walkers series will be hung at the Fire Work show. Walker creates images of women with whom she shares a name from photographs she finds online. She abandoned these drawings in the wreckage last January and started creating new Carrie Walkers from scratch. Craig Sibley, owner of the Trench gallery and a former sculptor who showed his work alongside Walker at the Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery on West Third Avenue near Burrard, is keen for Walker to show

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3 Bdrm Homes! Rent TO OWN! Poor Credit Ok, Low Down. Call Karyn 604-857-3597 STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● COQUITLAM - 218 Allard St. 2 bdrm HANDY MAN SPECIAL!!! HOUSE, bsmt/2 sheds....$888/M NEW WEST- 1722-6th Av 2 bdrm HOUSE w/1 suite 2 f/p,Long term finance, new roof, RT-1..$1,288/M SURREY- 6297 134 St. Solid 5 bdrm HOUSE w/2 bdrm suite on 1/4 acre lot with views... $1,688/M CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M Call Kristen (604)786-4663 www.HomeBuyingCenter.ca

6565

Office/Retail Rent

HOME SERVICES 8015

VAN APPLIANCE SERVICES Repair home appl. Low rate guar. Permit/Lic. Tom 604-323-8063

8020

Blinds & Draperies

BLACKOUT DRAPES. Cut light 100%. Save energy. Dampen sound. Innovative fabric in 42 colors. Free est. 604-506-6230

8055

Cleaning

Butterfly Cleaning Inc. ‘‘Moving out, Home & Office’’ Bonded, Prof & Affordable. 604-781-4374 EXP CLEANING ladies avail 7 days/wk. Bonded. Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond 604-928-0025 EXP’D. HOUSECLEANER Reasonable Rates! Reliable! Exc Reference! 604-771-2978

8060

VANCOUVER, 2443 West 41st. Great Kerrisdale area! Excellent potential for a boutique or salon. Street level. High foot traffic area. Near coffee shops & sports park. Incl prkg. Jan 1st. 778-837-3470

6595

Shared Accommodation

6595-20

Coq./Poco/ Port Moody

ROOMMATE NEEDED to share 1800 sqft Townhouse in Port Moody, w/d, laminate floors, $595 incls utils, cable & internet, parking, indoor pool, nr SFU & Lougheed Mall. Suits professional working person or student. References Required. Avail Dec 15 or Jan 1. Call 778-846-5275

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

3 BR, quiet garden level, self contained, own wd & entry, wood fp, $1200+utils, avail Jan 1, off 63 & Granville, ns, 604-807-7148 KITS - 2139 Stephens St. 2br grnd lvl, quiet, ns, 1 cat ok, Feb 1, Refs $1675 incl util 604-224-3836

LANGARA, LRG 2 BR bsmt ste, Own W/D, new lam flrs, f/bath, quiet. Avail Jan 1/15. $1100 incls utls/cable. NS/NP. 604-321-0042

Sidewalk, Driveway, Patio Exposed Aggregate, remove & replacing

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

253-0049

CONCRETE & MASONRY Stairs, foundation, sidewalks & driveway + blocks, bricks & stonework. Tom 604-690-3316 L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

8073

Drainage

DRAIN TILES, sewer lines, water lines & sumps. Mini excavation 604-230-1472 or 604-327-0885 Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Roofing installations & repairs. 604-327-3086 DRAINAGE, SEWER & WATER Underground Video Inspection Call Tobias 604 782-4322 POINT GREY DRAINAGE Call 604-379-2641

8075

Drywall

*Drywall * Taping * Texture * Stucco*Painting * Steel stud framing Quality Home 604-725-8925

Cancer June 21-July 22: The accent lies on relationships, agreements, negotiations, relocation, opportunities, dealings with the public, and love. This area has become the prime one of your life, and will remain so to at least 2024. You’ve already discovered that others are more stubborn, yet more attractive than they were last decade, and that you must change to accommodate them. Another hint of this arrives Sunday. The choice is love or alienation: nothing in-between. Arguments might arise to midweek (Wednesday). Be diplomatic! Romance, exciting meetings arise Wednesday to Friday. Woo someone! Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Start no important projects, buy nothing significant, before Dec. 30. An old flame might appear this week or next, but it’s almost too late, sort of “life’s afterthought.” Your home continues to be sweet, affectionate. The end of this month and early January will favour re-decorating or purchasing property. “Vaguely” schedule that now, put aside the time. Happiness and social delights visit Sunday/ Monday. You might receive a loving message. A prospective relationship offers good romance, bad marriage. Leave commitment decisions for 2011. A month of work and health issues begins Tuesday. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Sweet love and a winning streak fill the weeks ahead! If single, you’ll definitely be attracted to someone. An “instant wedding” could occur. However, realize two things: one, anyone first met (or affair begun) Sunday through Wednesday will always contain jealousy or resentment; and two, in general, loves begun between 2004 and next March (2011) will tend toward unpredictable surprises and sudden changes. Take care with money Monday/ Tuesday. Friends, travel and communications veer toward success Thursday/Friday. Home, family, or an intimate crowd please you most Friday eve, Saturday.

8075

8105

Drywall

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Be ambitious – show talents, display support for others, work hard, protect projects, but launch new ideas, ventures Thursday onward, not before. Sunday will be chore-filled. Relationships loom in importance Monday/Tuesday, but friction is more prevalent than harmony. Realize this is not your decade to win wars – battles maybe, not wars. (On the other hand, you can hop on an elevator of accomplishment if you co-operate.) Deep changes, finances, intimacy and health factors head for a successful conclusion Wednesday to Friday. Delays end! Saturday’s gentle, happy and wise! Taurus April 20-May 20: Wider understanding, compassion, love, far travel, legal matters, advertising, statistics, insurance, religion, concepts, higher education – these come to the fore. Life feels more serene. Still, there are numerous problems Sunday to Wednesday morning – in these very areas. These are complex, subtle problems, in which solutions and causes seem to mingle. Your best approach, unless you have a clear idea, is to sit and wait it out. Recent delays end by Thursday, so you can march forth in relationships, love, negotiations and contracts this day forward. Friday morning’s lucky for these! Gemini May 21-June 20: Mysteries, secrets, psychological depths, intimacy, sexual yearnings, subconscious promptings, large finances, investments and debt, lifestyle changes and commitments – these fill your days over the weeks ahead. Don’t start anything (especially in these areas) before Thursday. You would get caught in an eternal circling around a problem. But Thursday onward promises success. (However, realize this is not a big investment year, with the exception of investment in your own career/ business.) Health matters are significant for several weeks. Enlist a doctor, if needed. Relationships please Saturday.

Appliance Repairs

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Excavating

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604-420-4800 Established 1963

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8130

Commercial/Residential

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Glass Mirrors

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Delays end Thursday. Don’t start anything before then. This week and the next few nudge you into domestic surroundings and a restful stance. Various problems arise Sunday to Wednesday. You might decide to end a relationship. This is complex, with pluses and minuses. If you feel a calm, quiet disappointment about this situation, that’s your answer. Sunday provides one more clue that this decade focuses on a deep, major change of home. That might be a change of address, or other change. It’s necessary, so flow with it. Chase money Thursday through Friday morning: your luck’s high! Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Don’t start any projects or relationships before Thursday. Communications, travel, casual friendships, paperwork and details fill this week and the next few – they will transform this entire decade. Shorter-term, problems and flaws become apparent in these Sunday to Wednesday, connected to work issues or more private, secret shortcomings. Well, work with a good heart. By Wednesday p.m. your energy and charisma rise, and you’re headed toward success, harmony, even love, by Friday daytime! Friday night and Saturday are easy, sensual, good for spending and wooing (not necessarily linked). Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The weeks ahead feature money, earnings, spending, selling, possessions and rote learning. A major change rolls slowly through this zone all this decade and half of next. You can build a castle of money! Sunday holds a clue, probably involving your career, ambitions or status. You’re happy Monday to Wednesday, but you face problems and barriers in money and social wishes: be patient. Though you’re tired Thursday/Friday, luck accompanies government or school applications, spiritual and charity efforts. Your energy and charisma rise in time for a New Year’s party! Recent delays end.

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Heating

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Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Your energy, charisma and confidence surge – for a few weeks. But don’t start anything before Thursday. Until then, handle two concerns: one, you must decide between ending or investing further (more time/effort) in a particular ambition or career direction. If you can’t decide, wait until Thursday/Friday, when you’ll get a lucky glimpse of your future, and how to get there. The second concern is more important, and centres on Sunday: your entire “self” is changing: what you want, and want to be. Think this through Sunday, ponder, take your thoughts seriously. All is good! Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Continue to lie low, rest and contemplate for the few weeks ahead. You’ll deal with government agencies, institutions or charitable agencies. Be spiritual. Plan for the future – but don’t make any plans before Thursday. Sunday to Wednesday contains a few subtle hints that your inner world needs transformation. Perhaps your inner anger doesn’t “fit” your larger sense of right and wrong. What’s out of kilter? Be ambitious Thursday through Friday morning – your efforts could end with a stroke of luck! Your social side and optimism emerge just in time for New Years! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Wishes come true, flirtations invite you and your popularity rises – this week and the next couple. Plans and optimism hover around money and possessions. However, proceed cautiously before Thursday – start nothing, not even a relationship. And realize your hopes and your “net worth” are not in agreement – and “net worth” has the final say. Your hopes need a revision, as Sunday will show (subtly or not). When your view turns unselfish, turns to wider topics such as real love, true luck and success enter – Thursday into Friday morning. Saturday’s ambition is achievable! timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

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This is the car the Smart should always have been. Indeed, according to Smart’s global product manager, Pitt Moos, this is the car the Smart was originally intended to be. Moos is claiming that the original 1998 Smart—yes, it has been around that long; yes, you are getting that old—was intended to be either electric-powered or a hybrid. The Smart’s entire being—its diminutive size, its Jetsonian shape, its sparse creature comforts—literally screams green intentions. That we got diesel- and gasolinepowered versions first is a result of consumers not being ready for electrification. Well, we are now—on a limited basis, at least—and the Smart, despite the headlinegrabbing Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, is the first production electric car available to the general public from a major manufacturer. It’s also one that, considering the limitations of the breed, makes sense. The Smart, after all, has always been an urban car. Yes, one could ostensibly motor down a 400series highway in a gasoline-fuelled Fortwo, but it’s hardly what Mercedes intended nor what most owners did. It’s an inner-city street fighter, a positioning that is ideally suited to electrification and a limitation Mercedes-Benz Canada openly admits, its contention being that it has plenty of other technologies available—hydro-

used up half its charge in 69 klicks). Nor, as I said, did it require all those coasting/braking/tip-toeing tricks EV manufacturers claim the public can’t wait to embrace as part of its conversion to electric cars. Half of my driving was on the highway, which is normally anathema to EV range. I can, therefore, promise that, unless you are constantly driving uphill, the Smart’s 135-km range is a practical rather than theoretical limitation. In many regards, the Fortwo electric drive feels like any other Smart. Yes, its overall performance is reduced compared with the gasoline version’s currently for sale and its top speed is limited to 100 kilometres an hour. But thanks to the torquey (89 pound-feet) 30kilowatt electric motor, low-speed acceleration is about the same and the feeling when tramping the accelerator pedal is not far off that of the diesel-powered version that was originally imported into Canada. The ride, if anything, is better thanks to the extra 140 kilograms the lithium ion battery pack adds to the curb weight. And the electric motor’s direct drive means the elimination of the Smart’s annoying herkyjerky clutchless transmission. The downsides are also typically Smart. Just like the gasoline version, you hear the electric drive’s motor. Of course, in this guise, it’s more of a whine than a thrum, though it may be somewhat more noticeable if only because electric cars have promised all but silent motoring. But it’s hardly a limitation that will stop

potential buyers. As is, the Smart—and Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV—are the cars best suited to electrification, their intent always to be urban vehicles. Electric drive Smarts will be in short supply for the foreseeable future, but assuming a price that is eventually competitive—on a long-term basis—with the gasoline-fuelled version, I can see a day when most Smarts sold in North America would be electrically powered. For the immediate future, however, they are in very short supply. Mercedes Canada is receiving only 45 of the first batch of 1,500 being made and most of those will be going to commercial enterprises. But 15 will be available to the general public with the first one delivered to Bill Tharp of Toronto on Nov. 29. They have been made available via a special lease package of $545 a month, a number that, while almost three times the amount you would pay to currently lease a base Fortwo, almost certainly doesn’t represent the real cost of the cars. It does, however, include the cost of a special usage meter and 240-volt charging station at each owner’s home. So, yes, the Fortwo electric drive is here. Yes, it is the most sensible of EVs, both in claimed range and intended use. As a part, albeit small, of the revolution to green our roads, it makes sense. Mercedes has other options—the aforementioned diesels and hybrids, etc.—it sees as more viable solutions for more mainstream motoring. There’s a lesson in there somewhere for other automakers boasting electrification.

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