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O N T H E C O V E R The scene of a pedestrian death at Nanaimo and Hastings Thursday.

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Seventy pedestrians, including one yesterday, have been killed in Vancouver since 2005

Hit-and-run victim left with two broken legs, cracked hip Mike Howell Staff writer

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t’s a route Bhajan Hayer had taken many times without incident. For more than a decade, the 72-year-old woman left her house near Memorial South Park and made the 40-minute walk to the Ross Street Sikh Temple, where she would worship and volunteer her time. Hayer’s route required her to cross East 57th Avenue at Ross Street. On Christmas Day, she set out in the morning and reached the intersection shortly before 11 a.m. As Hayer entered the crosswalk, she was struck by a grey Honda Accord. The impact left Hayer with two broken legs, a cracked hip, head injuries and bruises to her body. She’s expected to remain in hospital for several weeks. According to her family, Hayer doesn’t remember the collision and learned later that the driver of the Honda fled the scene. Last Friday, members of her family made a public plea for the driver to come forward. “The person should have stopped and offered assistance,” Hayer’s son-in-law Jewan Bassra told the Courier after issuing the plea at a recent press conference hosted by the Vancouver Police Department. Witnesses to the collision provided police with a description of the Honda, which is believed to have four doors, rusty rims and built between 1982 and 1986. It will likely have damage to the hood. Without the driver’s cooperation, police have resorted to

Bhajan Hayer’s family attended a recent VPD press conference about a Christmas Day hit-and-run while Mayor Gregor Robertson (top right) and Jerry Dobrovolny (bottom right), the city’s director of transportation, grapple with deadly pedestrian statistics. photos Dan Toulgoet contacting up to 400 owners of cars matching the description of the Honda. That’s 400 owners in Vancouver alone. “It’s a very lengthy and time consuming process,” said Const. Jeff Schell of the VPD’s collision unit. “It can be a benefit to myself and to the family if this driver just came forward and we could hear their side of the story.” The family knows Hayer could have been killed that day, adding to the number of pedestrians who die every year in the city after being struck by vehicles, including

another one yesterday at Nanaimo and Hastings. It was the city’s first pedestrian death this year. Statistics show 69 pedestrians were killed in Vancouver between 2005 and 2010. Five were killed last year, which is a significant drop from 2005 when 20 pedestrians died. But for all those who die on roadways, there are hundreds like Hayer who suffer serious injuries. Pedestrians injured in collisions in Vancouver reached 650 in 2009, according to statistics from the Insurance Corporation of B.C., which provided the

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Courier with a list of the top 10 locations in the city where pedestrians were injured between 2005 and 2009. Main and Hastings ranked No. 1 with 32 collisions involving pedestrians, followed by Commercial Drive and Broadway (22), Burrard and Davie (20) and Joyce and Kingsway (19). Victoria Drive and Kingsway rounded out the top five at 17 collisions. The ranking system included collisions that occurred at or near an intersection, although 81 per cent between 2005 and 2009 occurred at intersections.

The data is sobering news for Mayor Gregor Robertson, who recently introduced a motion at city council to improve safety for pedestrians, which he says are the city’s top transportation priority. “For me, it was the combination of seeing the ICBC and VPD statistics on pedestrian incidents and being really concerned that these problems persist and significant changes weren’t being made to reduce the impacts,” the mayor said of his motion, which he introduced in November. Continued on page 5

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Continued from page 4 According to Robertson, there are 318,000 walking trips made every day in the city, with 41 per cent of residents in downtown and the West End either walking or cycling to work. By 2020, the city hopes to have at least 50 per cent of all trips made by walking, cycling or transit. The ambitious goal requires the necessary infrastructure and motorists to leave the car at home. For now, Robertson has left it up to city staff to identify high-crash locations involving pedestrians and setting “priority measures” to improve safety. Signal lights, crosswalks and curb bulges could be among those measures. While East 57th and Ross didn’t make ICBC’s top 10 list, the city agreed last week to install a pedestrian-controlled signal at the intersection. Hayer’s family’s reaction to the news was lukewarm. “It’s a good response,” said Hayer’s son Prem, “but it should have been there a long time ago. People have been asking for changes for many years.”

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he city’s engineering department reviewed the intersection nine times since 1993, according to Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s director of transportation, who delivered the news to

According to ICBC statistics, 32 collisions involving pedestrians occurred at Main and Hastings between 2005 and 2009. photo Dan Toulgoet the Hayer family about the light planned for the roadway. Ten years ago, the city installed a marked crosswalk and added curb bulges to reduce the distance travelled across the intersection at East 57th and Ross. The city also added pedestrian signs on light poles and speed bumps on Ross. “It’s an area that is not the easiest to cross, but there’s worse in the city,” said Dobrovolny, noting the city has financial constraints and prioritizes intersections that need upgrades.

A review of an intersection includes studying data from ICBC, the VPD and speaking to TransLink and the public about concerns. Annually, the city installs up to 15 new pedestrian or cyclist-controlled signals. Last year, the city began installing countdown timers at intersections, which count down the number of seconds a pedestrian has to cross a roadway. All 10 intersections ranked in the ICBC list will or have received timers.

Main and Hastings recently received the timers, said Dobrovolny, noting the city’s standard time to allow a pedestrian to cross an intersection is 3.3 feet per second; the Canadian standard is four feet per second. “We’ve been using the slower standard for some time,” he said. “We’ll go out and review an intersection and increase the crossing time or make adjustments based on need. We sometimes get requests regarding visually impaired and we’ll add

audio signals to a crossing.” Dobrovolny said the city continues to examine what changes can be made at Main and Hastings and its corridor to improve safety for pedestrians. So why has the area been identified as the most dangerous in the city? The Courier put the question to Dobrovolny, the mayor, the head of the VPD’s traffic section and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, which conducted a city-funded study on pedestrian safety in the neighbourhood last year. Their answers were similar—lots of traffic mixing with lots of pedestrians, many of whom are suffering from a drug addiction or mental illness, or both. ICBC data cited the top contributing factors as “pedestrian error/confusion and ability impaired by drugs.” The drug users’ study, which was funded by the city, pointed out that Hastings Street is home to a large population of “vulnerable road users,” including seniors, families with children, people with disabilities, drug users and people with mental illness. The study surveyed more than 1,400 residents, with 32 per cent saying they had been hit by a vehicle in the Downtown Eastside. The study also suggested there is an underreporting of injuries. Continued on page 6

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Police note poor weather conditions, visibility Continued from page 5 Reasons for this include: • Drivers paying a pedestrian money to consider the matter resolved. • In the case of hit-and-runs, injured pedestrians didn’t see any benefit to reporting the incident since the identity of the motorist is unknown. • Pedestrians didn’t realize the extent of their injuries until well after the incident, or didn’t feel their injuries were severe enough to merit medical attention. • Because of negative past experiences, some injured pedestrians don’t want to deal with police or hospital staff. • Injured pedestrians who were in possession of drugs or had a warrant for their arrest wished to avoid the police. The respondents top four suggestions for making the neighbourhood safer for pedestrians were longer walk signal times, more drug treatment programs, more crosswalks and reduced speed limits along Hastings Street. Aiyanas Ormond, a community organizer with the drug users’ group, said the city’s installation of countdown timers at Main and Hastings is a good step but more initiatives are needed. Ormond suggested installing a crosswalk along Hastings between Main and Columbia, high visibility “zebra” markings at all crosswalks and implementing a six-block 30-kilometre per hour zone from Abbott to Jackson streets. “It may be true that people are suffering from all different kinds of impairment and are slower crossing the street, and maybe less conscious of it,” he said. “I mean that’s the reality of our neighbourhood. So we think the city should be bringing in measures to address that reality and not laying blame on individuals when they get hit by cars.”

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hen a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, it’s not always the driver’s fault, according to Insp. Ted Schinbein, head of the VPD’s traffic section, who noted it’s often split 50/50 between driver and pedestrian. “The unfortunate reality is, whether the pedestrian was right or wrong, they’re going to suffer greater consequences than the operator of the motor vehicle,” he said. This is especially evident among seniors, who account for nearly 50 per cent of all pedestrian fatalities annually in Vancouver. They often have hearing, vision and mobility challenges that make them more vulnerable when crossing the road, Schinbein said. In October 2010, a 78-year-old man died after he was hit by a van while crossing Renfrew Street. In November, an 85-year-old woman died after being struck by a car in the 1100-block of Station Street. Over the years, the VPD has led or participated in numerous road safety campaigns and offers a pedestrian safety program for seniors. In the spring, the VPD is expected to launch another initiative to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths and injuries. But Schinbein said a campaign cannot focus solely on enforcement and has to include education and improvements to roadways. Even so, he said, a pedestrian can be killed or injured anywhere in the city. “Toronto put millions and millions of dollars into [a pedestri-

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Former NPA park board commissioner Marty Zlotnik will be inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame at a special ceremony at the Vancouver Convention Centre Sept. 13. Zlotnik is being honoured with the W.A.C. Bennett Award for “his remarkable drive, vision and organizational ability” in significantly shaping B.C. sports for decades. I know from experience Zlotnik has been a tireless supporter of the Thunderbird Golf Society, the UBC Thunderbird Council and the Millennium Scholarship Breakfast. It’s estimated Zlotnik has raised millions of dollars for B.C. athletes. It’s nice to see Zlotnik being inducted alongside one of my all time favourite Canucks, Trevor Linden. Linden is being inducted in the hockey category and is described by the selection committee as “perhaps the most universally respected athlete in Vancouver sports history.” Way to go Trev. Twin brothers Gary and Paul Gait are being honoured for their contributions to the game of lacrosse, while Maëlle Ricker (snowboard-

ing) and Lauren Woolstencroft (skiing) are being inducted for their 2010 Olympic efforts. Ricker was the first Canadian woman to win Olympic gold on home snow, while Woolstencroft was the first Winter Paralympian to win five gold medals at a single Paralympic Games. In the “builder” category, Mike Jones was named for his Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club, which so far has produced 18 Olympians, 28 national championship teams and more. Also being honoured in that category is Audrey Williams, considered to be one of the all time great figure skating officials from B.C. The Canadian Olympic Men’s Hockey Team “B.C. members” are being inducted into the team category, while the 1933 Chinese Students Soccer Team is being honoured as pioneers. Tom Larscheid is being inducted in the media category for 33 years of enthusiastic Canucks radio colour commentary. Larscheid also worked as the B.C. Lions’ colour commentator on CKNW from 1975 to 2000.

People projects

Community groups and organizations with capital project ideas involving any park board facility or park have until Jan. 28 to submit proposals. The park board is finalizing its 2012-2014 capital plan, which will be approved by voters in the November civic election, and is looking to resi-

dents for ideas on how the money will be spent. Submissions should include the goal of the project, the estimated cost, funding needed from the capital plan and funding from other sources if known or anticipated. Proposals also must include the project name, the partner park or facility, the name of the organization or individual, date of submission and contact information, including names, phone and fax numbers and email addresses. While all proposals will be assessed, not all will make the cut. Mail completed proposals and attachments to Megan Stuart-Stubbs, Vancouver Park Board, 2099 Beach Ave., Vancouver, V6G 1Z4; email to parkboard.capitalplan@vancouver. ca or fax to 604-257-8365.

Skate session

The park board is inviting skate park users and area residents to an information open house about the upcoming repairs to the Downtown Skate Plaza, located under the Dunsmuir/ Georgia viaducts. Some upgrades to the park include resurfacing the asphalt and repairing a portion of the granite copings, which is the edge that sits above a skateboard pool or ramp. The open house takes place Jan. 21 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Roundhouse Community Centre, Room A, 181 Roundhouse Mews. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter:@sthomas10

Former park board commissioner Marty Zlotnik gets inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, file photo Dan Toulgoet Sept. 13.

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WEB POLL NATION Go to www.vancourier.com to vote Do you support the concept of an alcohol harm-reduction program for chronic alcoholics? Last week’s poll question: Do you agree with the assertion made by NPA supporters that Vision Vancouver is to blame for a recent rooming house fire?

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I met Evan Tuesday morning. He was sitting next to the elevator on the third floor of the Pennsylvania Hotel. He was holding an empty paper cup and waiting to go out to an appointment. The Pennsylvania is a recently renovated building at Carrall and Hastings run by the Portland Hotel Society (PHS). The third floor houses 10 people who have been “serial patients at hospitals.” They end up in emergency wards mostly for infections and concussions. Evan is a chronic, middle-aged alcoholic who suffers from lack of impulse control, diabetes and ulcers. In his drunken state, he has tended to fall down a lot. Typical of the men in this condition in the Downtown Eastside, he is aboriginal. A few moments before I met Evan, he just downed the ounce and a half of vodka that was in the paper cup he was holding. In another hour, a nurse would give him another ounce and a half of vodka, which is what the doctor ordered. Literally. Evan has lived in his small apartment on the third floor of the Pennsylvania since September. Before that, he lived at another PHS hotel, The Washington. And before that he spent more than a decade on the streets drinking anything that contained alcohol from mouthwash to hair spray. Typically, he got hauled to hospital by ambulance on an almost daily basis. (Imagine the cost of that.) Once he arrived, he’d get out of his stretcher and head for the closest hand sanitizer dispenser, take it off the wall and drink the contents.

allengarr He doesn’t do that anymore. Evan is now part of a very small harm-reduction program sponsored by the PHS and Vancouver Coastal Health that seems counterintuitive. To stabilize his life and help restore his health, he’s been given a comfortable place to live and regular amounts of “beverage quality” alcohol that is being prescribed by the same doctors that regularly monitor him. When this program started, according to the coordinator Russ Maynard, there were three men enrolled. One has since died because of the effects of his addiction. In the past three months, though, Evan has only been to the hospital twice. But more than that, his behaviour has changed dramatically. He now showers and shaves daily, eats regularly and says he enjoys the peaceful setting in which he finds himself. Maynard makes it clear that the program is

not designed to “cure” Evan. If he ends up sober that’s great. But the primary goal is what Maynard refers to as “palliative care.” We hear this term most used with folks who are terminally ill and don’t have long to live. In this case, it means care for a person who is chronically addicted but whose life can be made more comfortable, stable, and even pleasant, through an alcohol-maintenance program. I actually found out about this program at the Pennsylvania when I first ran into Russ Maynard in December. He was giving a presentation to a Vancouver symposium organized by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the Frank Paul Society to discuss sobering centres. You may recall Frank Paul was the aboriginal alcoholic who, a dozen years ago, Vancouver police hauled unconscious out of a drunk tank and abandoned in an alley where he died of exposure. Cops have come some distance since then although the problem of chronic street alcoholics remains. Rather than drunk tanks, members from five different B.C. police forces joined others who came to this symposium to hear native leaders advocate for more humane alternatives: sobering centres where alcoholics could be taken and monitored until they were safely mobile. And for alcoholics like Evan, alcohol maintenance, not in a clinic or a hospital but where they live. There are no plans yet for any sobering centres. But what little harm reduction treatment does exist thanks in part to Frank Paul’s legacy seems to be working—at least for Evan. agarr@vancourier.com

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Art visionary helped craft popular music Meet the king of freelancers. Musician, producer, visual artist, writer and curator Brian Eno was in Vancouver this week for an illustrated talk at the Vogue Theatre. I’m always interested in learning how someone has managed to avoid punching a clock for decades, while attaining immense critical acclaim, great popular appeal, significant academic respect, and a comfortable bank account. His demographic was reflected in the audience at the Vogue. If a bomb went off in the theatre Monday night, it would have made a serious dent in the local artist/hipster scene. The 62 year-old Briton, whose CV is almost as long as his full name (Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno), told an adoring audience that he’s never held down a real job. He’s the contractual musical collaborator par excellence; a cueball-headed visionary with the entire globe as his sandbox. He had just flown in from Calgary, where he presided over the opening of his kaleidoscopic video installation 77 Million Paintings at the Glenbow museum. Tuesday morning he had a flight to Brazil. Eno first made his mark in the early ’70s as the fey, glamattired keyboardist for Roxy Music. He abandoned Bryan Ferry’s rising band for a solo career, and serial gigs producing big-name musical artists. If you ever hummed along to anything from Talking Head’s Remain in Light, David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy, or Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, then you have resonated with Britain’s cerebral Svengali. Years ago, I picked up a vinyl copy of a strange album called My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. I was already a big Eno fan, but I thought his 1981 collaboration with David Byrne belonged in the remainder bins, not the record charts. I recently gave the CD another spin, and it was a revelation. I was astounded at how contemporary MLBG sounds, with its sampling, pan-African rhythms and ambient textures—elements that wouldn’t be fixtures in popular music for years to come. Eno is like a time traveller: a guy who modestly sets the controls for 10 to 15 years into the future, returning to the present with something shiny and cool. From the first space shuttle flights to today’s networking sites, his electronic twiddling has coloured the soundtrack to our lives. Credited with inventing ambient music, he has even composed “music for airports”—which has actually been played in some airports. We’re talking about an artist whose

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geoffolson work is pretty hard to avoid. At the Vogue, he employed a minimalist presentation of index cards and printouts to share his excitement about the recent discoveries of complexity theory. Nature’s collaborative, interconnected dynamic offers an alternative way of looking at things, beyond the top-down hierarchies in our culture, seen in everything from army divisions and classical orchestras. Eno noted there have always been alternative cultural models, such as West African music, with its naturalistic, call-and-response forms. Another is found in the “sonic landscapes” of rock music. The first few seconds of a Phil Spector song contains the whole song in microcosm, roughly, like a hologram. “Just as if you take a square inch of a Cézanne painting, it’s kind of a picture of the whole painting.” In his art school years, Eno decided he could paint “sound pictures” of his own. “It’s no accident that a lot of the music that came out of England in the ’60s and ’70s really came from art students who moved over to music. They understood that this new form was really a painting form—a sonic painting form.” The artist and producer went on to discuss our cultural obsession with controlling things, while forgetting to honour the opposite pole of control: surrender. The latter, which he defined as letting go and feeling part of something bigger than the self, has been identified by different cultures over time with religion, art, sex, or drugs. “If you know of any culture that’s linked all four at once, meet me after the show,” he quipped. Given his cerebral interests and chilly electronic soundscapes, the precisely speaking Eno comes across as more Apollonian than Dionysian. But I suspect his hedonistic side isn’t far below the surface. He concluded his talk by saying that one of the perks of his kind of artistic freelancing, putting on museum shows around the world, is that it gets the creator “nice girlfriends.” www.geoffolson.com

Executive director Mona Woodward says donations will allow the Aboriginal Front Door Society to remain open. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Charitable donations save aboriginal drop-in centre,” Jan. 7. Let’s see. A non-profit drop-in centre that uses more than 80 per cent of its funding to pay its staff to give advice, referrals and other services that are already offered by countless other government-funded organizations is begging for more funds. Well, I wonder if they ever thought about reducing their payroll and spending more on those who truly need help.

It amazes me that groups like this continue to receive funding even after they repeatedly have had financial troubles in the past. What happens when they run out of money again? I think another cover story on the Courier will soon follow. By the way, what qualifications does one need to become an executive director of a non-profit centre? The pay sure sounds good. Rob Gill, Vancouver

Pandora Street fire raises critical questions

To the editor: Re: “Blaming rooming fire on Vision a real NPA tragedy,” Jan. 7. I’m the furthest thing from an f**king NPA hack, yet I too want to see a broader investigation than Allen Garr prefers of the Pandora Street disaster. Fire and coroner officials will certainly determine how these three men died; I want someone to answer

for how they lived. The frayed lives and exploited circumstances of these victims need examination, not the extension cords. The owner of this house reportedly was ordered by the city to dismantle the multiple room aspect of this property, which he roundly ignored, all the while scooping up every dime of welfare payments from three addicts who had

lost the cognitive skills to fend for themselves or to seek out better housing options. Never mind investigating this tragedy from the ashes up—start from the top down. If there are issues of negligence or malfeasance over any part of this situation, everything needs to be exposed to the light of day. Ian MacRae, Vancouver

Cycling columnist peddles relevant information

To the editor: Re: “A man and bike love story,” Jan. 7. Just had to drop you an email to let you know how much I enjoy Jeffrey HansenCarlson’s column. It’s the first thing I turn to as I collect the Courier from my mailbox. I was just a casual mountain bike rider with a young family until a friend came to me last October with a plan to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer. I hesitated at first as I hadn’t done much riding since being a teenager some years ago. Then, after thinking for several days, I jumped on the bandwagon. We were riding 25-year-old steel (heavy) mountain bikes. Last February, we decided to take the plunge and purchase

a new bike. After riding numerous hybrids then one road bike, the decision was made! Road bike it was and no turning back. Since then, I have been reading HansenCarlson’s articles weekly. I can totally relate to every single item he’s touched on, with exception of the shaving of the legs. Waxing is much more effective. The most recent article on naming the bike hit close to home. My bike’s name is Chuck (as in Norris) and my friend’s bike’s name is Bruce (as in Springsteen). It’s really some sort of wonderful disease I think. I go a week and all I can think about is when I can get on that bike for a ride. Cheryl Lydyniuk, Vancouver

Million-dollar mental health van a ‘no-brainer’

To the editor: Re: “Mental health van would cost almost $1 million,” Jan. 7. This headline, in my opinion, slants the issue very negatively. How about

“Police estimate mental heath van will save $8 million a year.” (Figure derived from police estimate of $9 million, minus the $1 million quoted in the headline). This figure represents

only the policing costs. Add in the ambulance and hospital emergency service savings, and the proposal sounds like a no-brainer. Nancy Zegarchuk, Vancouver

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Rose Marie Borutski didn’t know she could request non-smoking housing when she applied for a subsidized home. She moved into Kiwanis Park Place in Surrey in July 2007 when spine and pelvis problems affected her mobility. She developed a “smoker’s cough” by October that she blames on secondhand smoke. By December, Borutski says she’d fallen out of bed from asthma attacks and had to start using an inhaler. At the beginning of 2008, Borutski and another tenant compiled a petition to inform her building managers, Crescent Housing Society, of the scope of the problem and suggest solutions. Borutski said their document was dismissed. By researching and connecting with subsidized and market renters and owners in strata buildings, Borutski’s learned she’s not alone in being ignored. She’s keen to share what she’s learned with others facing similar problems. “I didn’t know about the [smoke-free housing movement] from July to February and it was hell,” she said. “We need to know what’s going on at ground zero, what has been done, what are some of the success stories, what are some better ways of doing this and the fact that the obstructions are not [about medical] knowledge and legal, that’s a done deal.” Borutski has organized a community discussion forum on how to advance smokefree housing, Jan. 18 at St. Paul’s Hospital. It happens during National Non-Smoking Week, Jan. 16 to 22. She’s started a blog called Canadian PUSH for Smoke-free Housing, partly inspired by the American group People United for Smoke-free Housing, where she tracks cases in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Ontario. Borutski says strata members can make

“WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON AT GROUND ZERO.” Rose Marie Borutski

nuisance claims under common law and sue councils, boards and smokers if their appeals to building managers or strata executives fail. She says this approach has proven more successful that pursuing human rights complaints. She said managers and landlords have had success in making buildings smoke-free by bringing in others to identify the problems, offer help to smokers who want to quit and explaining that managers and landlords could be sued if they don’t take action. Borutski says the best way to make a strata building non-smoking is to start it that way. She points to North Vancouver’s 2006 Envy condo development. It was Canada’s first condo development to be designated nonsmoking that sold out “in record time.” Borutski has applied for low-cost housing at the Olympic Village, which she believes could have been a flagship for smoke-free housing. Thom Armstrong, executive director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of B.C. which will run a co-op in the village, said 228 of the 252 units are smoke-free with strict rules prohibiting smoking in common areas inside or outside the buildings, including on balconies. He added the state-of-the-art insulation and ventilations systems should prevent the drift of secondhand smoke from units where smoking isn’t restricted. B.C. Stats reported in 2007 that 18 per cent of British Columbians smoked in 2006. The discussion starts Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Providence Building, Level 1, Conference Room 6. crossi@vancourier.com


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Residents give Olympic Village big thumbs up Cheryl Rossi Staff reporter

Anthony and Lis Smith are pleased they bought at the Olympic Village. They put their first deposit on their “final stop” in November 2007 and moved in last summer. They concede most of their owner neighbours at the southwest edge of the village are “not that happy at the moment.” “They feel they’ve paid top dollar and now they are going to see places selling for less,” they said, finishing each other’s sentences. But the Smiths are content. “You always like to think it’ll go up but we’re honestly not bothered because we really feel we’ve got what we wanted,” Lis said. “If it was bought as an investment to flip, it’s another story, and that’s not our story… And if they do sell things cheaper, we’re going to be really pleased for people. We just want neighbours.” Many of their neighbours are renters. The Smiths opened an account Jan. 6 at the village’s TD Canada Trust bank that was populated by more employees than customers that

afternoon. They are fans of the spacious Legacy Liquor Store with its green wall. These are the only two operational businesses. Anthony, 73, a retired maritime lawyer, and Lis, 71, a retired social worker, previously lived in a townhouse near West Seventh Avenue and Hemlock. But they decided they wanted to live in a conveniently located home with views, without stairs, one that could accommodate a wheelchair, if need be, down the road. They paid $769,000 for their 1,008square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom, fourth-floor home with a flex space, before taxes and fees, which made the total price more than $800,000. They didn’t pay HST. Windows in their open kitchen and living room offer views to the Cambie Street Bridge and False Creek and a peek-a-boo view of Grouse Mountain. It’s a bright, welcoming space with environmentally friendly finishes, high-end appliances and rollout storage drawers. They say there were deficiencies in finishing touches that were less problematic than the only other time

they bought a brand new home, but Anthony, who’s president of the strata council, wouldn’t talk about deficiencies in the common areas, which include an exercise room, party room and board room in their building, and an exercise room, yoga room, pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room in another building. The Smiths said in the months leading up to the announcement that developers Millennium had entered into receivership on the project, getting anything fixed was a painfully slow process. Now that accounting firm Ernst and Young has taken over, problems, including those with their radiant heating system during the November cold snap, have been or are being addressed. Anthony said the firm’s representatives recently assured strata members that while new lower prices for the 480 unsold units at the village are expected in February or March, there would be no “fire sale.” Ernst and Young is to help the city recoup the $740 million owed to it for the Southeast False Creek development. crossi@vancourier.com

Anthony and Lis Smith paid more than $800,000 for their 1,008-square-foot Olympic Village condo. photo Dan Toulgoet

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Winners and losers

Should schools eliminate award ceremonies and honour rolls? Kent elementary in Agassiz and Forest Green School in Stony Plain, Alberta have done exactly that, according to news reports this week, including a blog entry by the Vancouver Sun’s Janet Steffenhagen. Kent elementary abolished

awards following a staff debate last June. Chris Wejr, its youthful principal, is unapologetic about the decision and the controversy that’s arisen. “Instead of our year-end awards ceremony, we decided to have a year-end honouring ceremony along with recognizing individuals throughout the year for their individual strengths and passions. Awards ceremonies are zero-sum, meaning that although they create a few winners, they create many losers,” he wrote in his blog this week to address the controversy. Wejr dismisses criticism that the school’s decision ignores the reality of competition in the real world, as well as suggestions

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schools held year-end award ceremonies or had honour rolls. If I recall correctly, such ceremonies, as well as honour rolls, only started in junior high school (Grade 7) when I was in school. I also don’t remember students being all that concerned about winning or failing to win recognition. Send me your thoughts on the subject and your experiences about winning or losing awards in school. Should they be abolished? Should they be reserved for higher grades? Should students expect to be awarded for educational excellence or is that a flaw?

Does Wejr’s decision do a disservice to students by failing to prepare them for the “real world” or is he simply a forward-thinking principal. Wejr, meanwhile, isn’t prepared to back down. “We need to work to see the value and strength in every child, every day. If we resort to recognizing only a select few at the end of the year, we are failing the majority of our students. Let’s tap into our students’ interests and work to honour our students for the strengths and passions within each one of them,” he argues. noconnor@vancourier.com Twitter: @Naoibh

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Lifeguards hone and tone for next summer Megan Stewart

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Slushy streets and salt-stained galoshes don’t conjure thoughts of sunbathing and seaside leisure, but many Vancouver lifeguards are back to work this week to train for the summer season. In the 75th year of the Vancouver Lifeguard School, new and returning lifeguards build on their skills from now through April and vie for one of nearly 200 coveted positions to safeguard the city’s 11 beaches and four outdoor pools. For a 15-year-old Glenn Schultz, saving a drowning boy from a watery grave at Locarno Beach more than five decades ago led to a 50year career as a lifeguard. Now the man in charge of the city’s beaches and open-air pools, Schultz is the city’s top outdoor lifeguard. He also runs the school and hires the seasonal lifeguards. His introduction to the profession came by way of natural instinct and skill. Seated in the sun on a wooden raft, a teenaged Schultz looked on as another boy climbed out of the shallows and jumped off the opposite end into deeper water. When he didn’t resurface, Schultz peered into the water. “I looked down and

saw his eyes. He was trying to say something, trying to talk, but he couldn’t.” Schultz fished the boy out of the water. “Little did I know it would end up being a career,” he said last week, seated in an office at the Aquatic Centre with a giant window overlooking the paddling pool used by infants and parents. Photographs of Vancouver pools taken before and after the renovations we recognize today illustrate half a century as a lifeguard. Schultz remembers the days when access to a bathhouse cost 15 cents and bathers changed after work to hit the surf for a few hours on a sunny day. He signed up for the city’s lifeguard school and began his first patrols in 1960, four years before the National Lifesaving Society standardized safety requirements throughout the British Commonwealth. Vancouver’s outdoor crews are experienced and Schultz says about 80 per cent of his staff returns each year, including lifeguards who signed on in the ’60s and ’70s. All guards are tested at the beginning of each season. Today, lifeguard training emphasizes skills and fitness as well as prevention. Banning inflatable toys and mattresses from beaches and pools in the early 1970s was one of the best decisions the city made,

said Schultz. “Life-saving in B.C. is proactive. We try to stop the accident before it happens,” he said. The public relations requirements of the job are increasingly emphasized, given the need to enforce rules with diplomacy and discipline. And then, a lifeguard must be fit. “The have to be fit for any potential emergency situation and the work itself can be physically demanding,” said Sean Healy, the park board supervisor of aquatic services and also a lifeguard. “They move row boats, paddle boats, lift people and come to the aid of people in distress and all that is physically demanding.” Lifeguard skills competitions are an increasingly popular form of professional development encouraged by Schultz. Lifeguard Gail Findlay-Shirras represented Canada in Egypt at the recent world lifesaving championships and placed in the top 15. “[Competition] keeps you in shape so you can do your job,” said the 27-year-old Vancouverite. “If you’re struggling, I can get to you fast. If I’m frank and honest, I can get there faster than everyone but 10 people in the world.” mstewart@vancourier.com Twitter: @MHStewart

Longtime lifeguard Glenn Schultz once saved a drowning boy from a watery grave at Locarno Beach. photo Dan Toulgoet

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Loretta Woodcock accelerated sedimentation and an increase of aquatic plant growth, which depletes oxygen levels in the water. Woodcock is urging the park board to approve a short-term, $150,000 plan for Beaver Lake that would include public input, an environmental assessment and installing a boardwalk, similar to the one at Camosun Bog, to reduce further damage to the surrounding environment. The board will vote on the proposal Jan. 17. “In just 70 years, Beaver Lake has shrunk into a few small patches of open water where resident beavers are frantically digging out sediment in an attempt to raise water levels,” said Woodcock. “Those beavers are telling us they want the lake restored so it’s time the park board asks the public if they agree.” The last time any maintenance was completed on the lake was in 1929, highlighting the need for immediate action to preserve the watershed, while developing a long-term plan, Woodcock said. “For the first time since

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After feasting on too many treats over the holidays, I’m all about eating light and healthy meals right now. But easing up on the fat and calories doesn’t mean I’m depriving myself of delicious food. Years ago, while taking cooking courses at Dubrulle—Vancouver’s beloved culinary school—I learned of an easy French cooking technique that produces flavourful and nourishing meals. Preparing food en papillote [pah-pee-YOHT] entails steaming lean cuts of chicken, fish, seafood, or vegetables in packages made of parchment paper, which is available in gourmet kitchenware stores and well-stocked supermarkets. Aluminum foil can also be used. Steaming is the ultimate low-fat cooking technique, but it has the reputation of producing humdrum diet fare. Cooking en papillote creates food with clean, vibrant flavours. The parchment packet keeps fragrant aromas in close contact with its edible contents. The recipe below can be adapted to a variety of ingredient combinations. Try it with fresh spinach, chopped tomato, or thinly sliced sweet peppers, fennel or mushrooms. Instead of soy sauce and honey, experiment with a splash of dry white wine, orange juice, or chicken or vegetable stock. Substitute garlic and gingerroot for fresh or dried herbs, or thin lemon slices and capers. Besides sole, other mild-flavoured, firm-fleshed fish, such as tilapia, snapper or cod, work well. Use the freshest fish your wallet can handle. Since my Dubrulle days, I’ve taught a number of patients the en papillote method and many were surprised at how quickly they could assemble dinner for themselves; ordering take-out pizza takes more time. But the real selling point tends

to be realized after the meal when clean-up involves fewer dirty pots and pans. The parchment paper or foil is simply tossed away. Now, how easy is that? Asian Sole en Papillote Serves four What You Need: • 2 small bundles of baby bok choy, chopped • 4 (6 ounce/ 175 grams) sole fillets • 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced into match-stick pieces • salt and pepper to taste • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil • 2 to 3 drops sesame oil (optional) • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce • 2 teaspoons honey • 1 large garlic clove, minced • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot • pinch of red pepper flakes • 2 green onions, finely chopped What to do: Preheat oven to 425 F. Cut four square sheets of parchment paper, each measuring about 12x15 inches (30 x 38 centimetres). Lay sheets on a clean work surface and fold each sheet in half crosswise, crease with your fingers and then lay flat again. Divide baby bok choy among parchment sheets, mounding it on one side of the fold. Top with a sole fillet that has been seasoned with salt and pepper. Sprinkle carrot over each fillet. In a small bowl, combine vegetable oil, sesame oil (if using), soy sauce, honey, garlic, gingerroot and red pepper flakes. Drizzle evenly over each fillet. Sprinkle with green onion. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fold over parchment paper leaving a little air inside so the ingredients can steam. Fold edges around each package to seal tightly. Put packages on a rimmed baking sheet and cook for about 12 minutes. If the fish fillets are thicker than an inch, you’ll need more cooking time. Open a package to check for doneness. The fish should be opaque in colour and flake with a fork. Transfer each package to a plate and open at the table. Serve with brown rice or quinoa and more veggies if desired. Linda Watts is a registered dietitian. Send her questions at wattslin@gmail.com.


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2. Idiosyncratic actor/director Crispin Glover stops by Pacific Cinematheque for three days of enjoyable weirdness Jan. 14 to 16. The sureto-be-offbeat weekend includes Glover’s second feature film as a director It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE, slideshows, Q&A sessions, a screening of Glover’s infamous directorial debut What Is It? and a book signing. For details and show times, go to cinematheque.bc.ca or call 604-688-FILM.

3. Vancouver’s Orchid Ensemble performs a multi-media concert featuring three new East-meets-West compositions combined with panoramic images of China’s Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) at the Roundhouse’s Performance Centre Jan. 15, 8 p.m. For tickets, go to ticketweb.ca or call 1-888-222-6606. 4. Two slowly dying industries come together in one room as London-born, Vancouver-raised writer Tom Rachman discusses and reads from his critically acclaimed debut novel The Imperfectionists Jan 17, 7 p.m. at Sitka Books and Art (2025 West Fourth Ave.), which we’ve just learned has changed its name to Ardea Books and Art. Makes sense. Set in Rome, the book follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to stay afloat. Good thing no one’s reading this. More info at sitkabooksandart.com.

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If you spent a good portion of the 1980s hanging out at an arcade called The Wizard’s Castle, drinking chocolate milk and cursing your virginity, chances are you’re familiar with Missile Command. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the classic Atari video game was as rudimentary as they come: players shot down pixilated aircraft, ballistic missiles and bombs before they destroyed the Lego-like “cities” on the ground. And yet, with no discernible plot, characters or anything vaguely human, Missile Command is slated to be adapted into a movie courtesy of 20th Century Fox. According to Variety, Missile Command is the third Atari game ready for its close-up after Universal Pictures acquired Asteroids and Sony Pictures Animation picked up Rollercoaster Tycoon. Ignoring the fact that movies based on video games are notoriously lame (hello Super Mario Bros.), if our shame-filled memory serves us correctly, Missile Command wasn’t even that great. In fact, we can think of dozens of arcade games better suited for the big screen. • Directed by Tim Burton, Frogger would star a completely transformed Johnny Depp as an

affected frog trying to make his webbed way across busy roads and rivers. Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter would play a smart-mouthed log. • Q*bert would star critically acclaimed actor Paul Giamatti as the orange, malcontented, titular character who spends the entire film leaping around stacks of multicoloured cubes, avoiding enemies and shooting projectiles out of his trunk-like snout. Think Sideways without the wine and more jumping. • And you thought Christian Bale’s turn as a crack addict who coulda-been-a-contender in The Fighter was Oscar-worthy. Wait until you see him transform his body for Punch-Out!, where he plays four vastly different pugilists, including the blonde-haired punching bag Glass Joe, the smooth on his feet, ebony-skinned Piston Hurricane, the ornery slab of meat Bald Bull and the deceptively complex Mike Tyson prototype Mr. Sandman. • Starring James Franco and directed by Danny Boyle, Paperboy unflinchingly details one particularly harrowing afternoon of a paperboy as he delivers newspapers to his suburban neighbourhood on his bike while attempting to avoid cars, fire hydrants, break dancers,

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The snow is nearly gone, but let’s not kid ourselves—it was hell. On Tuesday night, we faced a deadly cold front brought on by CTV’s Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen and barely endured the downpour of bluster and mayhem as news reporters predicted bluster and mayhem, sometimes as errant snowflakes came perilously close to landing on them. We switched to CBC, but the hypothetical chaos was too much. It was just as grim over at Global, but Chris Gailus’s baritone voice made us feel safe. In all, we withstood 20 chilling minutes of snow coverage— every excruciating detail about the weather Vancouver could expect, the weather Vancouver was experiencing at that very moment and how Vancouver was preparing for it. And don’t forget the following night’s chilly recap of all the snow that had melted away… coating the streets like clear blood. It’s a miracle we survived.


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Is Yaletown’s wane Gastown’s wax? A shift is afoot in Vancouver’s downtown dining scene, as the action shifts from Yaletown’s not-long-ago booming loading docks to an increasingly gentrified, less gritty Gastown. The city’s original heritage district now sports a wide variety of affordable dining. • Sea Monstr Sushi (55 Powell St., 604-681-2144). The upstart newcomer that’s a chopstick’s toss from Gassy Jack is more diner than sushi emporium. The space is barely wide enough to accommodate a line of slim sushi chefs, eight or so seats at the stainless steel bar and three tables—large by comparison—in back. At lunchtime, the room fills up fast— and “we’ve only got the bar available” soon becomes a familiar refrain. Never mind. The food comes quickly once ordered from the concise, onepager list. A change from your typical sushi menu, the food here is straight to the point, well thought out and adeptly executed. Flavours are as fresh and lively as the welcome. Lunchtime combos yield excellent miso soup in a wooden bowl, a “mini” though still filling por-

tion of chicken or beef teriyaki and rice; and a small but well organized sampling of various sushi pieces. Our California roll was moist and sensibly sized, and tuna, salmon and prawn nigiri ultra clean tasting. A necessity no doubt, the place is run with clockwork precision from the manager’s roaming iPad, which, thankfully needs no counter space. Total damage before taxes: $10. • If Sea Monstr is all about sushi, aptly monikered Meat and Bread (370 Cambie St., 604-566-9003) is a carnivore’s delight. And it’s equally impressively run. Why don’t more restaurants understand most people make up their mind about a place in the first 20 seconds of walking in? It’s easy to be lured by the bustle of this butcher-like joint, which offers a prompt welcome, along with a brief explanation of the daily specials and how things work. It’s simple: You line up in front of the guy making the city’s best sandwiches and instantly start to drool, which is why there’s a glass cover. By the time you get there, he says, “Porchetta and Salsa Verde?” and you likely say, “You bet,” or words to that effect, as he carves another impossibly tender portion off the herb-wrapped roast pork. When you bite into it, the crunch of the crackling is echoed by the perfect crust on the panini. Serious eating. Of course, you might also fall for the equally satisfying chipotle chicken sandwich with all the trimmings, or the meatballs, or the grilled cheddar.

Another nice touch are the smart wines, such as Sperling Riesling, Sea Cider and Blue Buck beer. Doing “simple” well is never as easy as it looks. Get it wrong and you’ll quickly be seen to under deliver. But these guys appreciate the value of understated quality—from the meat, the plain boards (with just a dab of mustard and sambal for garnish) that serve as plates to the minimalist space, with its yards of white tiles, impressive inlaid herringbone counter and tongue-in-cheek bric-a-brac. The antique punching bag and gloves are great, giving it a Rocky-ish touch. Geist and New Yorker magazines available for reading are an added plus. Ruling it all—and adding the final dimension—is the communal table. It’s the vortex of this busy space, which is a great spot to mix and mingle, or just hang out with a side of life’s little dramas. What these places have in common is they’re clean, well run and unpretentiously courteous; they don’t waste time; and the food is delicious and affordable. No wonder they’re popular. Add to that The Charles Bar (136 West Cordova, 604-568-8040) with its good eats under the “W” and private flat screens for catching a Canucks game, and Brioche Bakery Café (401 West Cordova, 604-682-4037) and its inventive Italian, with great scratch soups and more. Where there was little before, there’s now no shortage of good Gastown eating. info@hiredbelly.com


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Some mistakes just can’t be undone. Peter, in Craig Wright’s The Pavilion, broke Kari’s heart 20 years ago. Now, at their 20th high school reunion, Peter admits he knows he hurt her. But, says Kari, “hurt” barely touches what he did to her: her whole universe shifted. What Peter now offers—the flowers, the chocolates and the full tank of gas that could whisk Kari away from her golf-obsessed husband Hans—is way too little and far too late. “Sorry is just a noise people make when nothing else is happening,” says Kari bitterly. The Pavilion is the inaugural production of Osimous Theatre, founded by actor Bob Frazer, and his roots are showing—in a good way. This is a tight little three-handed ensemble piece that requires strong performance skills and a minimal set. When actor and Osimous company member Parnelli Parnes presented Frazer with this script, Frazer knew this was what his fledgling company needed: a good story that didn’t need a lot of bells and whistles. He put on his director’s hat (for the second time), recruited

In The Pavilion, Dawn Petten and Craig Erickson play old flames who get reacquainted other at their high school’s 20-year reunion. Dawn Petten (Kari) and Craig Erickson (Peter) and with Parnes as the narrator, he had his trio. The titular pavilion refers to the lakeside, 100-year-old building in Pine City, Minnesota, where the reunion takes place, but it stands, literally, for burning our bridges: the town’s firemen await the stroke of midnight when they’ll burn the building down to make way for a new development. Peter, now a

psychologist and the only grad to move away from Pine City, and Kari, stuck in a go-nowhere job and unhappily married to Hans, have tried unsuccessfully to burn their own bridges until this night. The play begins rather self-consciously poetically, but Parnes, in one of his best performances to date, keeps it from being saccharine with his whimsical delivery. And he shows his chops in the

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times, that’s not as straightforward as it seems. Kari could be simply bitter and bitchy, but Petten brings such raw, heart-on-her sleeve vulnerability to the role that she rips out our hearts. Petten’s Kari is still walking wounded 20 years after Peter dumped her when she was 17 and pregnant. But Kari also gets off some wicked lines at Peter’s expense, and Petten delivers these scathingly. When Peter admits, for example, that he’s about to break up with his much younger girlfriend, Kari quips, “Why? Is she pregnant?” And it might be easy to think Peter is just a cad. Who does he think he is, turning up 20 years later expecting Kari to fall in love with him all over again? As a psychologist, as Kari points out, Peter’s woefully unconscious. But Erickson makes Peter so painfully aware of the mistake he made at 17 that what can we do but forgive him? He was a boy. Playwright Wright gives us an ending that moves beyond Peter and Kari’s story. The Pavilion is, finally, about the linearity of time. “There’s no going back,” the narrator reminds us and to wish time to begin again, to give us a second chance to avoid the mistakes we made, is to wipe out all the moments of beauty and joy we experienced, too. A good start for Osimous Theatre, The Pavilion is a gentle, often very funny, reflection on living with the choices we make. joled@telus.net


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What would it look like if you put 100 Vancouverites who reflect the results of the 2006 Census on one stage? How would your perceptions shift as participants sort themselves into clusters according to their opinions, preferences and habits? Theatregoers who attend the Theatre Replacement/SFU Woodward’s production of 100% Vancouver, Jan. 21 and 22, will find out during the seventh annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. “What you see is a mass of people who are choreographed moment to moment because they’re responding to questions or to statements,” said casting director and dramaturge Tim Carlson. “And so it’s a beautiful thing to watch this sample population of a hundred ebbing and flowing and reacting in different ways.” As with 100% Berlin and 100% Vienna, which were produced by Berlin theatre company Rimini Protokoll, the first participant was chosen for her research expertise and knowledge about statistics. For the Vancouver production, that person is Patti Wotherspoon, an information specialist with InfoAction, Vancouver Public Library’s fee-based information

and research centre. Wotherspoon was friends with the production’s musical director who had introduced her to Carlson, and over a couple of beers accepted his offer to participate. She then had 24 hours to recruit another person, according to gender, age, marital status, ethnicity and neighbourhood in which they live, the search becoming progressively more difficult as the parameters narrowed, with the casting crew resorting to Craigslist to draw a few participants. “The chains tended to break after four people. I think maybe the longest chain we had was about 10 people and then we’d go back to within the PuSh or Theatre Replacement circle and go, ‘OK, who do we know that’s say an Indo-Canadian living in Killarney?’” Carlson said. “It’s that interesting thing about degrees of separation and seeing how we’re connected in this town.” Participants range from ages three to 88. They speak 21 different first languages. “Twenty-two if you include Chinglish, which is what one participant gave as his first language,” Carlson said. Twenty per cent of participants reported Chinese as their first language. “From recent immigrants from Mainland China, Hong Kong quite a while ago, one woman who was born in Chinatown and now isn’t intimately connected with the Chinese community, per se,” Carlson said. “In media or in conver-

As with 100% Berlin (shown here) and 100% Vienna, the local production of 100% Vancouver takes Census statistics and sees participants group themselves according to their opinions, preferences and habits. sation we say ‘the Chinese community’—well that population is now getting as diverse as say the population with a European background.” Only 16 per cent of the partici-

pants were born in Vancouver, 13 per cent elsewhere in B.C., 27 per cent elsewhere in Canada and 27 per cent in Asia. But the 100% productions not only focus on demographics but

also breathe life into statistics, providing a snapshot of a city as well as close-ups of the individuals who comprise it. Wotherspoon and eight other participants will perform monologues in 100% Vancouver, which is directed by Amiel Gladstone. Wotherspoon will speak about the value of the federal government’s recently scrapped long-form census. Another woman tells her tale of being a census taker in the Downtown Eastside, and others will share personal stories about politics, love and death. Books accompanied the European shows, but Vancouver’s version will be a photobook with 100 colour portrait cards of the participants posed with items that reflect their character in some way and their stats on the back, alongside essays by Rimini Protokoll, local journalist Frances Bula, New York City-based essayist George Pendle and Carlson. Fillip, a local, thrice-yearly publication of art, culture and ideas will release the photobook. For her picture, Wotherspoon was photographed with her two 20-year-old cats. “It’s the classic crazy librarian thing,” she said. Some recruits posed with sentimental heirlooms, others with everyday items such as running shoes. “I think three people chose their BlackBerries,” Carlson said. 100% Vancouver is at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU Woodward’s. For more information, see pushfestival.ca. crossi@vancourier.com

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EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST A Community of Learning and Achieving” HORIZON SCHOOL DIVISION # 205 invites applications for a : Educational Psychologist Check our website at www.hzsd.ca for details.

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AUTOMOTIVE MACHINIST required for Kamloops Machine Shop. Experience to service heavy duty diesel engine components. Full benefits package, competitive wages. Fax to: (250) 828-9498. DLE IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING resumes for 3rd or 4th year Technicians/ Journeymen, and a motivated counter parts person. Email resumes to: kwiebe@douglaslake.com or Fax: 1-250-782-5286 Experienced Insulation Installers, Foam Sprayers and Fire Stoppers required for established insulation company. Vehicle required. Top rates paid. Fax brief resume to 604-572-5278 or call 604-572-5288. FULL - TIME Certified HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC required by Bailey Western Star & Freightliner. Experience in service and repair of trucks, trailers and equipment. Fax resume to 250-286-0753 or Email employment@baileywesternstar.com

GASFITTER / SERVICEMAN Required Immediately. Gasfitter Furnace Serviceman. Fax resume to 250-787-1320 Call: 250-787-1361. This is a full time position in Fort St. John with excellent future for the rite person.

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“Helping to make our schools a safe and welcoming environment.” The Richmond School District is looking for the following casual employees: Noon Hour Supervisors for Elementary and Secondary schools to supervise students in school buildings and grounds during the lunch break. The shifts will be for 1.5 hours per day on those days that the students are in attendance at school. Applicants must have experience supervising adolescents and elementary school-aged children, plus they must be able to report to any school location on short notice. First Aid and other related training such as conflict resolution or non-violent crisis intervention would be preferred. The rate of pay is $20.80 per hour, which includes 4% holiday pay. Please quote competition # NHS001-11-02. Food Services Aides provide food services and instructional assistance in the preparation of meals within a teaching cafeteria, therefore excellent communication skills are essential. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed a food preparation program and the Food Safe Program. At least one year experience in food preparation and service is required. The rate of pay is $19.08 per hour which includes 4% holiday pay. Please quote competition # FSA001-11-02. Applications are available at the School Board office between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Please submit a completed application form by 4:00 p.m. on January 28, 2011 to: Personnel Services, Richmond School Board, 7811 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC, V6Y 3E3.

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

45

We accept Visa, Mastercard & Interac Licenced & Insured Local & Long Distance

FREE ESTIMATES Seniors Discount

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

AJK MOVING LTD.

8175

Masonry

NORTHLAND MASONRY. Rock, slate, brick, granite, pavers. 20 yrs exp on the N. Shore. No job to small.. Will 604-805-1582

8180

Home Services

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

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

(604) 875-9072 873-5292 Abe Moving & Delivery & Rubbish Removal. Available 24 hours. Call Abe at: 604-999-6020 A. Z. MOVING $60/hr, 2 Men & 1 Ton Truck. Exp, Lic. Specialize in small moves. 7 days a wk. 604-837-7785 AAA ADVANCE MOVING Experts in all kinds of Moving, Storage & Packing. Different from the Rest. 604-861-8885 AMIGO'S MOVING. Delivery. Storage. No Job too Small or Big. Clean up, Garage, Basement. Call 604-782-9511

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To advertise call

604-630-3300

RENTALS Apt/Condos

6508

Apt/Condos

1450 WEST GEORGIA ST.

1 & 2 bedrooms

starting from $1150 Heart of Downtown, easy transit access. Large gym, laundry on every floor, dishwashers in all suites, in/outdoor parking.

RENTALS 604-669-4185

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Water & heat incl. Trendy area off Robson Street. Minutes to the beach. Move in bonus. Call for details.

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Oil Tank Removal

FLECK CONTRACTING LTD.

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Painting/ Wallpaper

8195

TOP PAINTING Winter Special: 20% Discount

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Paving/Seal Coating

8205

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6522

Furnished Accommodation

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MOVE-IN BONUS

GEORGIAN TOWERS

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8160

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

LANGARA GARDENS

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6540

Houses - Rent

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6602

Suites/Partial Houses

1 BR lwr Capilano Rd; $750 w/ loundry, utils (no cable); close to shops and bus. No Pets; avail Jan.15 604 987-9175 2 BDRM main flr ste, $850, Renfrew & Charles, priv entry, laundry, big kitc,no pets/smokers, Brand New. 604-908-9726 2 BR bsmt ste, renovated bright, own wd, new appl, nr bus, shops/ schools, ns np $900 avail now. PNE area 604-737-0164

2 BR upper main flr. 57 & Knight area, large storage & garage, washer only, ns, np, $1100+utils, avail now, 604-763-2672 3 BDRM g/l bsmt ste, bright, clean, spacious, $1300 inc hyd, cbl, w/d, nr amens, Fraser/30th, n/s, cat ok, Feb 1, 604-879-9244 KERRISDALE, MODERN 1 br garden ste, 48th & Yew. all appl, incl w/d, alarm, nr bus, shops, UBC, suit quiet person, N/S N/P, avail Feb 1 $975. 604-250-1522

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


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HOME SERVICES 8220

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Plumbing

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AUTOMOTIVE 9135

Domestic

1998 LINCOLN Mark 8, excellent condition, 82,000 km, $11,000 obo 604-988-0327

Parts & Accessories

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Scrap Car Removal

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9155

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Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

1994 CHEV 3/4Ton with dump box, auto, exc working cond. 320K, $6200, 604-270-3933

Sports & Imports

2001 JAGUAR S-Type 3.0 V6, Auto, Black on white, 139km, $6998 obo. Tel: 778-322-3598 2005 LEXUS ES330, 4 dr Sedan, grey, auto, fully loaded, 6cyl. 44K, $22,500 obo, 604-616-3296 NEED CHEAP AUTOBODY ? www.cheapautobody.ca 604-341-7738

9173

Vans

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Snow Removal

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Stucco/Siding/ Exterior

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Tiling

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Tree Services

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Electric vehicle to make history as first zero-emission car sold in North America

Nissan breaks ground with powerful Leaf

It’s a historic automotive landmark; the first mass produced zero-emission car sold in North America will be... the Nissan Leaf! Unlike a hybrid, the Leaf relies solely on its electric power source for propulsion. It can seat up to five adults and can be driven on a highway as well as in the city —just like a normal car. “Like many companies today, Nissan is seeking a more balanced relationship between people, vehicles and nature,” said Allen Childs, president of Nissan Canada. “The Nissan Leaf is a very strong step in that direction.”

The Leaf’s charging points are hidden under a small door located in the front of the car and the plug connects to an on-board charger. The battery can be charged up to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 30 minutes when connected to a dedicated DC fast charger.

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While Nissan sees its primary role as bringing new product to the market, in order for the electric vehicle (EV) to succeed and for production volumes to grow, key partnerships (governments, utility companies and other stakeholders) will be vital in the building of a viable charging station network, in order to move to a zero-emission society. The Leaf goes on sale through selected Nissan dealers in the U.S. later this year. The Canadian edition of Leaf, which will come with a special winter package that includes heated seats and steering wheel, is scheduled to arrive next fall, as a 2012 model. Nissan already has pre-sale orders for the entire first-year production run of 20,000 units. It will be able to ramp up production to 300,000 annually, if demand for the Leaf continues to grow. If that level of production is achieved, the economies of scale will really start to kick in and the price should start to drop. Leaf’s list price in the U.S. is a hefty $32,780 US, but that’s offset buy a $7,500 federal environmental Continued on next page


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Canadian Leaf comes on line this fall with special winter package

Continued from previous page tax credit for anyone who buys a zero-emissions car; some states offer additional tax rebates. When you then factor in the fuel savings, the car starts to look even more attractive. Nissan estimates U.S. electrical costs will be about $2.64/100 miles on average, at a rate of 11 cents/24 kWh. The Leaf is based on a stretched version of the Nissan B-platform (used by Versa) and it was designed specifically for its Lithium-ion battery pack, which is in the centre of the vehicle, under the floor. The battery is a unique flat design with four cells and 48 laminated modules. It weighs about 250 kg (600 lbs.) and comes with an eightyear/160,000 km warranty. The electric motor that drives the Leaf’s front wheels is a highresponse 80kW AC synchronous motor that can generate 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. This combination gives the Leaf a rated driving range of 160 kilometres (based on the U.S. LA4 cycle) on a single charge. According to Nissan, 90 per cent of Canadians commute less than 90 km a day. The actual real-world driving range of the Leaf depends on a multitude of factors, including where, when and how it’s driven. Use of its

The Nissan Leaf can seat up to five adults and can be driven on a highway as well as in the city —just like a normal car. Econ mode extends the driving range considerably and travel distances way beyond its rated

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