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The Park Gangs of the 1960s claimed city parks as their turf

City’s gang history dates back 100 years Aaron Chapman

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he sun sets in Clark Park and the last of the day’s dog walkers, frolicking children and families of the surrounding East Side community are winding up their Saturday afternoon visit. Tracy Carroll walks briskly past the entrance. “To this day I don’t like going near the park,” says Carroll. Now in her 40s, she attended school in the area as a child. But her fear isn’t from the visitors today—she can’t forget those who occupied it years ago and are forever associated with the park in her mind. The second oldest park in the city—located at East 14th Avenue and Commercial Drive—is still remembered by many as a hangout for one of the most notorious periods in the history of Vancouver gangs. The only visual nod to the area’s past stands nearby at Clark Drive and East 6th. The iconic “Van-East” cross that was popular graffiti of Vancouver’s East Side years ago—to some simply an emblem of community pride and to others often recognized with area gangs—now stands nearby as an installation by artist Ken Lum. And where a thug in a mack jacket swinging a chain might have greeted those who weren’t from the neighbourhood, now the white LED-lit 20-metre sign innocuously welcomes Vancouverites entering the East Side.

Police dealt with rioters outside the Pacific Coliseum during a Rolling Stones concert June 3, 1972. Many of the rioters were suspected Clark Park gang members. file photo Dan Scott/Vancouver Sun But the presence of gangs in the city goes back over 100 years with the first newspaper mention of a gang appearing in the Nov. 23, 1909 edition of the Province. The story details that police had identified and apprehended a “gang” following a series of house burglaries in Mount Pleasant, reporting a “Mrs. Keddy” at 699 Cambie St. was “robbed of furs, silverware and $20 in cash” from her home. In the 1920s and ’30s Vancouver’s first gangs were largely or-

phaned street kids and dropouts who travelled in packs. With names like the Cordova and Homer Street gangs, they hung out on street corners, harassing passersby and engaging in store robberies, automobile theft, arson and vandalism. The gangs of the 1940s were notoriously territorial and violent, such as the extravagantly dressed zoot suit gangs who in addition to robberies regularly sparked confrontations that broke into street

riots at downtown dance halls with merchant marines and soldiers on leave. In the 1950s, gangs such as the Alma Dukes based at Broadway and Alma marked the switchblade and greaser era. Automobiles gave the gangs wider access to the city and inter-gang rumbles and street racing were termed “Friday Night Madness” by the public and viewed with the same trepidation and rise in police calls that “Welfare Wednesday” does today.

A pattern began as daunted citizens blamed each generation of gangs of being more dangerous than the last. The gangs tended to be more violent delinquents than organized criminals, and may seem quaint or anachronistic compared to the gangs police deal with today. It all changed with the notorious era of the Park Gangs in the 1960s. Made up from as many as a dozen gangs identified by the city parks that served as their turf, they would be the city’s first modern gangs that evolved into a severe criminal threat, some helping characterize the city’s East Side as a legendary tough neighbourhood for the next 30 years. “As kids we’d walk from school down 33rd [Avenue] heading to the pool where my father worked, and I’d see the Riley Park gang guys. They had bats and chains— really rough guys, drinking beer and sniffing glue,” recalls Darwyn Hermann who currently works for the Vancouver park board and still lives on the East Side. Darwyn’s father, Douglas worked as pool supervisor for 20 years at Riley Park and he vividly recollects the confrontations. “They’d get into a lot of fights. During a fight with one of the lifeguards, I hit one of them with a bat. He wanted to lay charges on me but police found him with a gun. They were all on glue and drinking beer,” says the 82-yearold Hermann with a slight Welsh accent. Continued on page 5

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Continued from page 4 “I mostly got on well with the parents because I didn’t call the police on their kids. Parents appreciated me going to them rather than to the cops—who always arrived too late. They lived so close they’d escape into the houses before police arrived anyway. Besides, some of those parents were probably tougher than the police would have been on them.” Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu remembers the gang well. “The Riley Park gang was a product of the housing project by Ontario and 33rd Avenue. They were lower-income, often single-parent families living there. I didn’t think of them that way at the time— they were just kids I went to school with.” Raised in Vancouver in the ’60s and ’70s, Chu attended Sir Charles Tupper High School, an area that was entrenched with Riley Park gang members. “They wore jean jackets and jeans. Other kids wouldn’t wear that—that signified you were a Riley Parker. They were tough guys who fought with tire irons and chains, and if you fought one of them you had to fight them all,” Chu recalls. Chu’s first memory of the Riley Park gang was in 1973 as one of the neighbourhood paperboys. “Our shack at 26th and Main won recognition for the fewest complaints in the city. Our supervisor said, ‘You guys did great I’m going to buy you some burgers and pop.’ The day came and he brought the burgers to the shack and just as soon as he dumped them on the table the Riley Park guys came over and said, ‘These look good and we’re gonna help ourselves,’

lawyers, foreign owners or UBC professors that live here—back then there were a lot of large families in the neighbourhood with lots of kids,” Doyle says. “I remember walking by Lord Byng high school around 1971. These guys had an old postal van they’d worked on with ‘Dunbar Gang’ painted on the side. They were all students but they had beards and looked old—tough looking guys.” Doyle recalls the Dunbar gang’s primary hangouts being Memorial West Park and Almond Park at 12th and Alma. The Dunbar gang was blamed for arsons, assaults and high volumes of police dispatch calls around Halloween, but as violent as they could be they were not by far the worst of the city. “They were never as tough as the East Side guys like the Clark Park gang,” Doyle says.

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Young men, dressed in checkered loggers jackets favoured by the Clark Park gang, rioted outside the Pacific Coliseum June 3, 1972. file photo Dan Scott/Vancouver Sun and ate them all. The supervisor didn’t do a thing. He was too scared to get involved. To look back, it’s sort of funny now. Whenever I see the character of Nelson Muntz on The Simpsons, I think of the kids who became Riley Parkers.” But he also gravely recalls many “Riley Parkers” who began with mischief and graduated to serious crimes. “I remember one student from my Grade 5 class who was a hardcore Riley Park gang member. I later played rugby with him at Tupper before he was expelled. Then in his 20s he

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hile it’s difficult to imagine a street gang on the West Side today, across town the Dunbar gang was equally notorious during this period. “Dunbar was much more working class then,” recalls 45-yearold Alan Doyle, a longtime Dunbar resident who remembers a different Dunbar than the tony neighbourhood it is today. “It’s not like today with just doctors and

olice had become accustomed to dispersing rowdy gangs at Clark Park as far back as the 1950s. By 1970, breaking and entering offences and thefts were common in the area with cases of assaults and rape linked to the Clark Park gang. “Clark Park had an aura and evil stigma about it,” says Rod MacDonald who grew up just south of Clark Park in the 1960s. “A lot of the families in our area weren’t good,” says MacDonald with a sad tone. “You had hard working, hard drinking people. There was more than one kid out at 11 p.m. and the parks were where we went. If the parents were awake you didn’t go home. When you were at school you had your park buddies. You stuck together because you had to be tough.” Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 MacDonald, who’s served 31 years with the Vancouver Fire Department, currently as Battalion Chief, still remembers “a lot of scraps, rock fights, and people with knives. It was mostly fists and kicking. To tell you the truth I remember a lot of the fights were over women,” he laughs. While gangs today opt for semiautomatics over bats and knives, the Clark Park gang displayed an astonishing willingness to violently combat with police that hadn’t been seen before or since. In 1972, two constables were injured in an East Side battle with three Clark Park gang members, one armed with “a length of dog chain with a lead weight tied to one end.” But when the Rolling Stones came to town that year, the gang would make its presence known in their most notorious incident yet. On June 3, 1972 the opening date of the Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street tour, crowds began to gather outside the Pacific Coliseum early that hot Saturday afternoon. Police anticipated the “Clark Parkers” were going to be a problem. As a result of drug dealing in Clark Park, Const. Ken Doern had gone undercover for five months, infiltrating the gang and learning their intent to crash the concert. Suspected to be increasingly guided by radical subculture groups, the gang was also implicated as a violent instigator in the Sea Festival riot in the summer of 1970 and this time the police weren’t taking chances. If Doern’s information proved true, police were ready that afternoon with more than 50 patrol officers reinforcing PNE security. Two dozen constables in riot gear were also hiding in a nearby building. When the Coliseum doors opened at 6 p.m., some 2,500 fans were left outside in part from concert scalpers selling fake tickets.

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At 9 p.m. with the show underway and fans still trying to enter, the Clark Parkers—many dressed in checkered loggers “Mack” jackets—hurled a smoke bomb, then a bottle that hit one of the glass entrance doors. It quickly escalated. Rioters hurled more bottles, boulders and two-byfours from broken fencing. Cars were damaged along Renfrew Street and the riot continued past 10 p.m. Molotov cocktails were thrown and police attempting to arrest rioters were hit with rocks. Reinforcements from surrounding RCMP detachments were dispatched and as night set in, screams, swearing, and glass breaking echoed across the concourse. Police feared the situation would worsen if the riot was not quelled by the concert’s end, when 17,000 fans would exit the Coliseum and potentially enter the fray. At 11 p.m., mounted police charged into the crowd, which finally dispersed. By concert’s end at 11:30 p.m. the mayhem was over. Police Inspector Frank Farley, who’d survived the Dieppe raid, was left to shake his head, disgusted at “Canadians fighting Canadians with Molotov cocktails.” The riot left 31 police injured, 13 bad enough they were taken on stretchers to hospital. A total of 22 people were arrested on charges, including possession of an explosive and of a dangerous weapon, which turned out to be a four-foot logging chain with a hook on one end and a leather handle on the other.

y mid-1972, media reports of East Side glue-sniffing gangs crashing rock concerts and committing assaults and thefts filled the newspapers. Rumours abounded the gang had buried weapons in caches in Clark Park. Residents complained the area was in such decline they were selling their homes. Then the last straw happened. Undercover officers learned the Clark Park Gang had become bold enough to plan an ambush of a uniformed constable, luring him with a staged incident. Police acted with a tactic never before seen in the city and they formed the H-Squad (or Heavy Squad)—a squad of a dozen undercover constables, assigned to go into Clark Park and make themselves targets of the gang. “They were tough and strong. Christ, if you were under six-foot-four you were only able to serve coffee to these guys,” says 69-year-old retired constable Vern Campbell who spent years on the robbery and homicide squad before retiring in 1994. The H-Squad typically entered the park at night, with one squad member entering first, followed by another two who trailed behind. “The Clark Parkers would attack them and they’d lose— and I wouldn’t want to have been a criminal at that point,” says Campbell. There were rumours the H-Squad was armed with baseball bats to fight the gang. Other rumours included police picking up gang members and throwing them off the docks into Burrard Inlet, shooting live rounds into the water only to pull the men out afterwards and order them to never enter the park again. The rumours may have been just that. But the police are still discreet about the subject of the H-Squad. Any long since retired and surviving members of the squad who were approached about their duties, now almost 40 years later, declined to be interviewed for this story. Continued on page 7


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Continued from page 6 Some 60 residents rallied at the park in July 1972 to protest what they suspected were angry, off-duty police acting without direction from the force. However aggressive the H-Squad’s tactics might have been, their success was also noted by many in the neighbourhood. “An old lady who lived across from Clark Park was talking to a uniformed officer one day and he asked her how things were going in the park. She said things were much better since the older gang arrived,” recalls Campbell. Within two months of the H-Squad’s activities, the Clark Park gang was effectively disbanded. Their legend persisted for years throughout Vancouver and almost any anecdote of hoodlums crashing house parties involving assaults and thefts by supposed thugs from East Vancouver were attributed to the Clark Park gang spectre.

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y the end of the ’70s, all the park gangs had disbanded. The end of that era marked a new generation in Vancouver gangs. Over the next two decades a willingness to use guns more than bats and knives, along with extortions and kidnappings, all became hallmarks of the new era. Quickly new Asian groups such as the Lotus and Red Eagles gangs, the Latino Los Diablos and Indo-Canadian gangs emerged. Biker gangs had been present in B.C. since the 1960s, but the Hells Angels did not become an official presence until 1983. It’s no coincidence the new gangs emerged at the same time profits from narcotics and international links between

Douglas Hermann, seen here with son Darwyn, watched East Side gangs evolve over decades. photo Dan Toulgoet gangs and organized crime became firm. Chief Chu notes, “We don’t see those old types of gangs in Vancouver anymore. Today’s gangs are concerned with profit. And because it’s been lucrative, we’ve seen groups cross ethnic lines, which is unusual in the rest of the world. So multiculturalism is alive and well in Vancouver with groups like the United Nations gang now.” Today, the VPD Gang Squad works with proprietors to eject known gang members from nightclubs and restaurants, but in the wake of the Oak Street shooting in Decem-

ber and gang wars in the Lower Mainland in the last two years, would the public welcome a return to the tactics of the H-Squad in dealing with the gangs? “Back in the ’70s a lot of parents would probably be happy if the local beat cop kicked their son’s rear end saying, ‘Get out of the park and don’t come back,’” says Chu, adding that today police must be accountable to the criminal justice system. “These investigations are complex and very complex by the time they get to court. We have to abide by the rule of law.”

As a young police officer on patrol in the 1980s, Chu ran into former schoolmates who became gang members. “I remember going to a call at the home of one guy I knew as a Riley Parker. He’d been booked for rape in a serious incident at the time. It was uncomfortable. At a class reunion last year I ran into one old hard core Riley Park gang member who had just got out of jail and wanted to turn his life around and was doing OK. I had a good conversation with him. Others I’ve run into from those days have gotten jobs and grew out of that old life.” Whereas gang members in the past quit the scene or burnt out with age, with the shootings the city has seen in recent years, the end of the road for many gang members today seems decidedly fatal. The Hermanns still live on the East Side and recall seeing some of the old kids— now adults—in the neighbourhood. “Some of them used to hang out years ago at the Biltmore and the old Blue Boy hotel bars.” says Douglas Hermann. “I was in there and they recognized me and I was surprised they invited me for a beer. But what became of most of them? I know some later joined the Hells Angels. Others I remember are dead, in jail, moved away or disappeared. The smart ones quit it, grew up and got jobs.”

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allengarr The re-jig has created a division within engineering called “Active Transportation.” It includes all human-powered methods of moving. Actually, rather than have a pedestrian advisory committee, don’t be surprised if they are blended with the cyclists into an active transportation advisory committee. Two things triggered this. There was a council motion in November to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians, which came from Mayor Gregor Robertson after he took a look at pedestrian traffic injuries and fatalities. (See Mike Howell’s Courier cover story Jan. 14 for those statistics.) But that motion came at a time when there was a generational change taking place in the engineering department. Long-serving head Tom Timm left and Peter Judd was promoted. While you could argue that the priorities of the engineering department haven’t changed

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since the Transportation Plan was passed by council in 1997, Judd has clearly changed what is being emphasized and it dovetails neatly with where this council wants to go. Just ask the city’s director of transportation Jerry Dobrovolny. He’ll tell you, “Peter is surfing on that wave. He is energizing it, that’s for sure.” Putting some muscle into solutions for pedestrians is one significant result. Interestingly, this shift coincides with a visit to our city by one of the international rock stars of the planning world—Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gels. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has this guy on speed dial. Gels is the guy who advised Bloomberg on shutting cars out of Time Square and adding all those bike paths to New York’s congested streets. Gels wowed a Vancouver Playhouse crowd of mostly architects and their students last week. Then he went on to spend time with city staff and politicians in Vancouver and Surrey. If he makes one point, it is this: Ever since the car began to dominate public space after the Second World War, architects and planners have forgotten they should be building to human scale. Restoring that practice, in part by taking space back from cars, he says is the key to creating healthier, livelier and more sustainable cities. But at this point he says: “Every city I know of has a department of traffic planners. No city in the world has a department for pedestrians.” Vancouver may be the first city to change that.

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A human life travels the world like a wave Within a few hours of hearing the news, I was sitting by a creek, watching the waters churn past boulders. The dog played by the water’s edge, pawing away at rocks too deep to retrieve, and I was left with nothing to write but this. “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man,” wrote the philosopher Heraclitus. Given his interest in the impermanence of things, it’s fitting the ancient Greek is known today only from fragments of his writings. As Heraclitus knew, you can learn a few things from wavewatching. In 1957, oceanographers found evidence that waves reaching Guadalupe Island, off the west coast of Mexico, had originated in storms 9,000 miles away in the Indian Ocean. Even the 30-metre “rogue waves” capable of turning over passenger ships eventually lose their fearsome appearance and attenuate into mere ripples, travelling for months across the ocean’s green-grey surface. Energy can never be destroyed, only transformed. Breakers crashing against the shore don’t die outright; they transform most of their energy into acoustic energy, which we hear as crackling surf and feel as a rumble in the ground. Just before I got the news, I was halfway through an intriguing little book, The Wave Watcher’s Companion, by the marvellously monikered Gavin Pretor-Pinney. He reminds readers that waves travel through water molecules, which are jostled about but are left behind as the energy moves on. The human body is comparable to a wave, he writes: “Apparently, once you reach old age, your body can contain none of the molecules it did when you were a newborn. As you grow by incorporating what you consume, every ingredient of your infant body can eventually be replaced: all the particular oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen atoms, and the other elements that were your nascent body, will have been replaced. You might say that we borrow the air, water and food we consume in the very way that an ocean wave borrows the water it passes through.” Our sense of solidity is illusory. From a distant perspective a human body is like a wave travelling across through years of groceries and beverages. And on closer inspection the human body-mind is the sum of periodic rhythms, from the heart’s beat to the brain’s electromagnetic cycles. These biological waves are embedded in cultural

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geoffolson waves: the nine-to-five work world, the raising of family, the “business cycle,” and the rise and fall of civilizations. Our life and the lives of others come down to the same thing—“disturbances propagating through a medium.” Waves, from stormy to tranquil. “How can we see ourselves as waves?” a wise musician friend wrote a few months back. “Parts of our bodies replace faster than others—Fourier analysis shows that any wave contains waves of smaller frequencies, so your hair follows a high overtone and your bones are close to the fundamental. As we age, we waves move more slowly through less volume of material, so like a struck drum skin, our frequency and amplitude decrease over time.” And the news I received? Well, here’s some back-story: Bette Olson was always self-effacing and high-spirited. Putting friends and family at ease was more important to her than her own comfort. “I have always lived according to the Golden Rule,” she wrote her granddaughter. For some people that would be a lofty moral sentiment, but she actively lived it during her 81 years. She was very good at collecting people whom she loved, and loved her in turn. Over the past two years, I watched as dementia robbed her of one skill and memory after another. After the storm—the half year when she still had selfinsight—she set sail for calmer waters, punctuated by smiles and the odd moments of recognition. But by the end, there was very little of her left. So when I heard the news, I actually felt relief. Mom had left the shipwreck at last. I remember her now with outstretched arms and a radiant smile, not staring blankly ahead in a care centre bed. And I can’t help but wonder, what distant shore did she light upon, beyond the ripples of compassion she sent out? My intuition tells me there are no deaths, just destinations. But that does not spare my heart from the knowledge that the smiling face of Bette Olson is gone from this world. Goodbye, Mom. www.geoffolson.com

In addition to other gambling revenue, the city receives $200,000 annually from the Edgewater Casino. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: “City hall collects almost $60 million in casino cash,” Jan. 26. Woo hoo, and another $17 million if we just turn Vancouver into Las Vegas North! I can just see the tourists lining up already with their duffle bags stuffed with $20 bills. Who cares if we become the Mecca for

money laundering, gambling addictions, extortion, theft and personal bankruptcy? Let’s fleece those aboriginal, Chinese, low income and single men. After all, it’s their own fault, isn’t it? Bring on the glitz, bring on the money, ignore the misery. Tom Durrie, Vancouver

City hall discards citizen input on planning

To the editor: Re: “City seeks to quell concern over Kerrisdale development,” Jan. 26. Vancouver city council and its staff display considerable arrogance in planning neighbourhoods and considering development permits. That arrogance is displayed again through the article about Kerrisdale. Director of planning, Brent Toderian tells us: “Community visions are visions, not rules, and for major projects like this the city weighs other objectives.”

That tells the people who live in Vancouver they are inconsequential in council’s grand scheme. Their wisdom of the moment trashes decades of contributions from thousands of community volunteers, and the enormous expense of the CityPlan visioning process. Mr. Toderian also tells us: “The city would decide what amenities would be provided to the community.” Well, “the city” is us and particularly the neighbours in that community. We ex-

pect our desires to be extensively included in those decisions. And the developer “isn’t concerned the development will become an issue in the November municipal election.” It already is an issue, a big issue. That arrogance, and the trivializing and ignoring of the will of Vancouverites is an issue in all areas of Vancouver from the West End, Strathcona, and Norquay to Marpole and Dunbar. Bert Struik, Vancouver

Designate Downtown Eastside sites low-income

To the editor: Re: “Council charts new course with Hastings land,” Jan. 21. Just to set the record straight, the Carnegie Community Action Project will not “insist” that the former Concord properties on Hastings Street be used only for supportive housing. After two years of work and consultations with 1,200 Downtown Eastside residents, the project has produced a Community Vision for Change that calls for a variety of housing types for low income people in the neighbourhood. While housing in Vancouver is very expensive, it is hard for us to understand

why their is so much hand-wringing by city council about housing for people with “well paying jobs.” If you have a well-paying job you do have some choices. You can rent an apartment in the city. You can buy a condo in the city. You can go to the suburbs if you want. If you are a low-income person (living below the poverty line) you don’t have these choices. That’s why we think council should be priortizing lowincome people for housing and that’s why housing at 58 West Hastings and 117 East Hastings should be for low-income people. Jean Swanson, Vancouver

Stop signs and red lights only evolved with cars To the editor: Re: “Cyclists should not have priority,” Letters, Jan. 21. As a cyclist, I obey all traffic rules in heavy traffic. But when it’s 2 a.m., raining and it’s three degrees out, and no

traffic from any direction, I plead guilty. I sail right through with no feelings of guilt whatsoever. Why? Because 150 years ago, before cars there were no stop signs or red lights. These things evolved with and for cars.

Courier letter writer Rick Angus sits in his car, turns on the wipers, turns up the heater at his red light and wonders why all cyclists don’t do the same. Franco Dominelli, Vancouver

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Anyone involved in social media sites like Facebook or Twitter has probably watched at least one flash mob video in which a large group of people gathers in a public place and unexpectedly takes part in a pointless act, such as dancing, singing or throwing pillows before quickly dispersing. I’ve watched several of those videos, but never one including moms and dads with strollers breaking into dance. But that’s about to change. The Creekside Community Dance Project is inviting mothers, fathers, grandparents and caregivers with babies and toddlers in strollers and carriers to take part in learning workshops leading up to a flash mob event outside the Creekside Community Centre March 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. The exact performance time will be shared by participants only. Seniors, youth and adults without children are welcome to participate. The flash mob stroller workshops are led by choreographer and artist Julie Lebel who performs, presents and teaches contemporary dance. Most importantly, Lebel is a mother of nine-month-old twin girls so stroller dancing has become an important part of

Choreographer Julie Lebel will lead dance workshops for parents and their babies photo Dan Toulgoet in preparation for a flash mob sometime in the near future. her repertoire of late. Lebel is working with artist-intern Amanda Lye, who is documenting, photographing and filming the workshops and the upcoming flash mob. Lebel told me the project will help new mothers reclaim their bodies and get back in shape. “And it lets the babies watch us being creative in a public place,” she said. Flash mob workshops take place Tuesdays from noon to 2:30 at Creekside Community Centre and the choreography is being taught Feb. 25—1 to 2:30 p.m., March 5—9:30 to 11 a.m., and March 17—1 to 2:30 p.m. Parents, grandparents, caregivers and pregnant women can also get down during sessions called Mobile Clubbing on the Seawall. Mobile clubbing involves a group of people meeting in a public place,

putting on earphones from their mobile players and dancing. For more information on times, call Creekside at 604-257-3050.

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At Monday night’s meeting, the park board awarded a $1.4 million contract to Smith Bros. & Wilson to redevelop the plaza at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Raj Hundal told me Tuesday the plaza has been a hub for many culture events within the city, including the annual Diwali Festival, musical performances and arts and crafts exhibits. The renovation is meant to improve the landscaping of the space to increase more day-to-day use. Hundal said one-third of the cost of the project is being paid for with the help of a grant from the Federal In-

frastructure Stimulus Fund program, while the remaining money was included in the board’s 2010 capital plan and from a $250,000 grant from B.C. Hydro. Construction is to begin this summer.

Happy new year, too

I know there are Chinese New Year’s events taking place at community centres across the city this weekend, but the only information I received was from Riley Park. (Check with your local community centre to see if it has any plans.) Riley Park is celebrating Chinese New Year this Saturday (Feb. 5) from 1 to 3 p.m. with refreshments, lion dances, Chinese fan dancing and arts and crafts. Riley Park is located at 50 East 30th Ave., across the street from Nat Bailey Stadium. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10


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City earmarks millions for social housing Cheryl Rossi Staff writer

The city believes it can end street homelessness by 2015 if 450 more social housing units are built on city land with provincial money. The city set aside $8 million in its capital budget Feb. 1 to start buying properties intended for social housing, said Vision Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang. The city’s real estate department has been instructed to review the city’s land holdings for potential social housing sites. Jang said the city’s considering setting $23 million aside in its next capital budget for affordable housing and ending homelessness. “We’re dead serious on this,” he said. Previous city councils held land for the same purpose, but only in recent years did the provincial government free up money for social housing. Jang claims the business case prepared by this council made the difference, with the city undertaking its own homeless count last March, using the same methodology as Metro Vancouver’s count. The city also provided the province with statistics from the police department and Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association on reduced crime in connection to more shelters.

The city reported the number of people sleeping unsheltered has decreased from 811 individuals to 420 since 2008. But the number of homeless people in Metro Vancouver has risen each year for the past decade and the city expects another 750 social housing units will be needed by 2020. So the city’s also focusing on increasing the affordable housing stock. The city noted its Short Term Incentives for Rental, or STIR, program has seen the approval of 347 new rental apartments, with 747 in application to the city. Jang called the program a “raging success” because it’s producing the first purpose-built rental housing to be constructed in the city in 20 years. But he said the city will have to reassess the program at the end of 2011 to see if it should continue. He maintains STIR, which can allow developers to build more suites or build higher, has mainly been controversial with those concerned about increased building heights and more people in their neighbourhoods. The city plans to consult with the public on its strategies starting this month. The city’s next homeless count is scheduled for March 16, with another report to go to council in April. crossi@vancourier.com

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When reached by cellphone Tuesday afternoon, seniors activist Lorna Gibbs was “walking on air.” For years Gibbs has lobbied all levels of government to have a seniors centre build in Southeast Vancouver. At first she was a concerned citizen and later she became part of the Southeast Vancouver Seniors’ Arts and Culture Society, formed

in 2007. On Tuesday morning council voted to dedicate $2.5 million towards the project as part of the city’s $337 million 2011 capital budget. “I’ve been working on this more than full time,” said Gibbs. “And I’ve had such wonderful support from the team.” In 2001, the city earmarked money for a seniors centre in Southeast Vancouver, but the money was diverted to complete the South Vancouver Neigh-

bourhood House when provincial partnership funding for the project didn’t materialize in time. Gibbs and others have been fighting to get that funding reinstated ever since. In 2009 the park board dedicated land at the Killarney Community Centre for the project. Gibbs said politicians from other levels of government, including Liberal MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview Kash Heed, had promised to help fund the centre

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shows the southeast corner of the city is home to almost 25,000 seniors over the age of 65, not including residents 55 and older. Louie told the Courier the decision to commit the money was a collective effort for a worthwhile project. He said it’s unfortunate these seniors had to wait so long for more funding. “So this is a good first step,” he said. Like Gibbs, Louie is now looking to Heed to keep

his promise. “He said he wanted the city to come on board first and we have,” said Louie. Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Raj Hundal brought the successful motion to the park board in 2009 by allocating land for the project. “And that motion is still valid. It’s about time someone finally stepped up,” he said of city council’s vote. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10 Pecan

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So what else do you want to know about Las Vegas-based Paragon Development Ltd.’s proposal to build the biggest casino in Western Canada and attach it to B.C. Place Stadium? I had an interview earlier this week with Tamara Hicks, the director of corporate affairs and strategic communications for Paragon. Here’s some of the back-and-forth. When Paragon bought the Edgewater casino at the Plaza of Nations in 2006, did the company always have a plan to expand the operations? “The expansion was definitely communicated to council, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to them. When we bought it, I don’t think we came out right then and there and said we we’re going big or anything. We just said that we would relocate.” Why relocate? What’s wrong with the location at the Plaza of Nations? “When we purchased Edgewater in 2006 out of bankruptcy, there was always a vision through our CEO and our president to relocate the Edgewater. We didn’t want just a facility of gambling, we really wanted a true destination, entertainment complex, where it was more of an experience.” What about the critics who say a largescale casino will attract crime and create more

problem gamblers than the city already has? “We’re always going to get a bit of pushback on some of the component of the entertainment destination. We also have a lot of support on the other end—all the employees we’ve hired to date, the unions, the business community, Tourism Vancouver are all supporters of this project.” Paragon’s proposal calls for 150 games tables and 1,500 slot machines. So I take it the company wouldn’t simply move its existing operations across the street to the proposed complex and keep the existing number of games tables (75) and slot machines (520) at Edgewater? “We want people to come in to our destination [casino] during events and things like that, and if there’s no table or slot machine available, then people are not going to stand there and wait.” So what if council agreed to the new complex, but said Paragon couldn’t boost the number of tables and slots? “I’m not going to comment on that right now. We’re waiting just to hear whether or not council approves it.” Has Paragon talked to city councillors about the proposal? “Oh gosh, yes, we’ve been in discussions with council for some time now.” Casino companies such as Great Canadian Casino and the former owners of Edgewater donated money to civic political parties. Has Paragon donated money to local parties, or does it plan to? “We’ve not given any money to any political campaigns. At this stage of the game, we’re remaining neutral.” mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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On Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m., civic historian John Atkin and Lorraine Irving of the Genealogical Society will lead the public on a flashlight tour of Mountain View Cemetery. Those interested should bring their own flashlight to explore 125 years of history. Fee is $10 per person. Cash only. The cemetery is at 5445 Fraser St. at 39th Avenue. Visit vancouver.ca/cemetery for more information.

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New rates now apply at the Vancouver Landfill and the Vancouver South Transfer Station. Garbage is $97 per tonne, yard trimmings and clean untreated wood waste is $63 per tonne and mattresses and box springs are $20 per unit.

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Help writing blossom at Historic Joy Kogawa House. Join Leanne Prain and Mandy Moore, co-authors of the book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, as they cover the Joy Kogawa cherry tree in hundreds of knitted blossoms Feb. 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to come and knit or crochet pink cherry blossoms to help cover this

historic tree, whose story is told in Joy Kogawa’s Naomi’s Tree, a picture book about friendship. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome to attend these free events. Or help to stitch all of the cherry blossoms into place at the house March 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The house is at 1450 West 64th Ave. Visit yarnbombing.com for full details.

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First Nations people and guests are invited to Tuesday Pow Wow Night at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre each Tuesday evening from 7-10 p.m. Pow wow dancing and singing is open to all First Nations, Inuit and Metis to learn and participate in. The intertribal dancing is open to all

nations from all walks of life with no need for regalia. The public is invited to attend this familyfriendly event. All events at the VAFC, including pow wow nights, are strictly non-alcohol. The centre is at 1607 East Hastings St. Call 604-251-4844, Ext. 301 for more details.

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For nearly 10 years, B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, has operated the Pregnancy Options Service. This toll-free telephone service helps women with unintended pregnancies from around B.C. find support, information, and services as close to home as possible. The service is staffed by unbiased

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Mayor Robertson faces party leadership review Mike Howell Staff writer Mayor Gregor Robertson will face a leadership review in the spring from his own party before Vision Vancouver decides which candidates will run in the civic election set for November. The review means Robertson won’t have to endure a mayoral nomination battle as he did in 2008 when Coun. Raymond Louie unsuccessfully challenged him to lead the party. “Unless you have someone of equal or greater calibre than Gregor, it’s a false contest,” said Ian Baillie, Vision’s executive director. “It’s just not any benefit to the party and it’s, frankly, just a huge distraction.” Baillie said the leadership review still gives Vision’s members an opportunity to decide whether Robertson should seek a second term as the party’s leader. For Robertson to get the nod from his party, the threshold is 50 per cent plus one of votes cast. If Robertson doesn’t garner enough votes, the party would have to conduct a leadership race. But Baillie said that’s unlikely because of Robertson’s popularity within the party. “We think he’ll get a fairly high level of support,” he said. “But again, it’s up to the members to decide that.” Baillie said he would reveal the number of Vision members as the date gets closer for the party’s nomination meeting. The party, which claimed to have 15,000 members in the 2008 campaign, hasn’t finalized a date but it’s likely to be in April or May. Vision’s executive decided Jan. 26 on its rules for the nomination meeting, including not protecting its incumbent politicians. Vision is represented on city council, school board and park board. “The incumbents are not saying they have to be protected,” Baillie said. “They’re very comfortable going out and explaining to the membership the work they’ve done and how they’ve helped build this party.” At the council level, that means seven Vision councillors will have to fight a nomina-

“WE THINK HE’LL GET A FAIRLY HIGH LEVEL OF SUPPORT. BUT AGAIN, IT’S UP TO THE MEMBERS TO DECIDE THAT.” Ian Baillie

tion battle. That’s if all of them intend to run again. So far, councillors Geoff Meggs and Raymond Louie have told the Courier they will seek another term. For the first time in the party’s history, Vision has set nomination campaign expense limits for candidates. The mayor can collect and spend no more than $25,000 and it’s $5,000 for candidates seeking a nomination for council, school board and park board. All candidates will be required to disclose their donations and expenditures to the party. Baillie also suspected those details would be released to media prior to the November election, as Robertson did in the 2008 campaign. Meanwhile, the NPA has yet to announce a mayoral candidate, although NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton has not ruled herself out as a possible leader. The NPA held the first of two nomination meetings in November 2010, where it selected Melissa De Genova as park board candidate and acclaimed Jesse Johl and Bill McCreery for council, and Sophia Woo for school board. COPE is represented at council by David Cadman and Ellen Woodsworth, both of whom were elected after Vision agreed not to run a full slate for council. COPE and Vision ran what they described as “a coordinated campaign” in 2008. So far, the two parties have not agreed if the same strategy will be repeated—or whether COPE will decide to run a mayoral candidate. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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what others do for them. If there was a formula for happiness, it would be this. Happiness is 30 per cent reality and 70 per cent perception. We don’t always get what we choose, but we can choose to make the most of what we have. Some of my most unhappy patients are the wealthy. Their materialism has no upper limit. For them, having so much makes them want even more and raises their expectations. They demand special treatment and a place at the front of the queue. Every day, I see the full spectrum of health, life and relationships, and it’s tragic to see how little we appreciate what we have when we have it. I see some fathers missing out on time with

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Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. For tickets, go to ticketmaster.ca or call 604-280-4444. 3. Celebrating aboriginal artists and performers, the 10th annual Talking Stick Festival runs until Feb. 13 at various venues across the city and includes live music, dance, theatre, storytelling and performance art. For a complete festival lineup and information, visit fullcircle.ca. Tickets at ticketstonight.ca or by calling 604-684-2787. 4. Discorder magazine cover boy Teen Daze brings his catchy electro-pop stylings and Cultus Lake beach vibe to the Biltmore Feb. 8. Yip Deceiver and Sugar and Gold (Of Montreal side projects) open. Tickets at the Biltmore, Zulu, Red Cat or online at ticketweb.ca.

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activities” and “non-sexual nudity.” But for some reason it also includes any sites about abortion, which writer Chad Skelton deftly points out, is a legal medical service in B.C., while sex education is part of the B.C. curriculum. But the automatons at B.C. Ferries are having none of it. Spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said the ferry corporation blocks such material on the off chance the websites contain inappropriate photos. “There might be pictures and whatnot on some of these sites,” Marshall told the Sun. “We do have to remember that we are a family venue and that there might be some parents who might be offended by their children seeing such pictures.” Right, right. Because diagrams of zygotes and reproductive organs are far more offensive and harmful than first-person shooter games and replica machine guns any five year old can play in the ferry’s videogame arcade. Of course it’s all a moot point. Everyone knows if you want to go online in a public place to buy condoms, learn about sex education or research abortion, you go to Starbucks.

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We’re against the mass slaughter of sled dogs as much as the next sane person, but if we have to read another Facebook update in which one of our “friends” is deeply upset by the recent story that a sled dog operator reportedly killed 100 sled dogs after business dipped post-Olympics, or that one of our friends is boycotting the Whistler dog sled company in question, we might have to slit our own throats. Seriously, how does one boycott something they’ve probably never heard of until now and that they wouldn’t even patronize? If that’s the case, we’re boldly going on record to say we’re boycotting Pennington’s and all clothing stores for plus-size women. We’re also boycotting llama tour companies operating in Peru or any other country we’re not likely to visit. Same goes for businesses that force their employees to go to the bathroom in their pants. And let’s not forget mutilating bunnies for sport and Ed Hardy T-shirts. We’re against it all, and to show how strongly we feel, we’re willing to take a millisecond out of our day and hit “like” on any Facebook petition that comes our way. It’s a sacrifice, we know. But in the end it’s worth it. Poke. Poke.


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Blue Water Cafe executive chef Frank Pabst has a thing for seafood. Not just salmon, sole or snapper, but the kinds of creatures that a few years ago you and I might not have been aware of, let alone find them sitting on the business end of our dinner fork. So it was fitting that a few days before this week’s International Seafood Summit I found myself checking out the chef’s always intriguing—sometimes quite remarkable—tastes on his Unsung Heroes menu (available throughout February). It’s been a while since Pabst started telling us we should be feasting on sardines instead of out-of-season salmon, and extolling the finer points of herring roe, sea cucumber and urchin. But the message is finally getting through. This year’s Heroes menu is his most creative effort to date—a showcase of unusual marine cuisine that often dazzles with ingenuity. While C Restaurant’s Robert Clark is rightly hailed for bringing many of these more humble creatures to the

fore, Pabst deserves credit for his determination in making them not only palatable but delicious. Take his spot prawn, oyster and scallop ceviche, perked up with serano chili, which shines—even more so with Lehmann Eden Valley Riesling. Same goes for periwinkles cooked in white wine vegetable bouillon, chilled and served with a seductive saffron aioli. Or a sardine wrapped in a crostini with pine nut gremolata and cardoon salad with candied grapefruit rind and olives. Part of the secret, says the chef, is to package the individual, more unusual components with more familiar ingredients. “Not necessarily to mask the flavours but to disguise them slightly, so that you still get the essence of each species—but packaged in a way that makes them more approachable,” he explains. A big turning point came with his landmark 2008 Gold Medal Plates win, says Pabst, whose scallop and sea urchin mousse wowed the judges and the hundreds in attendance. “Going into the competition, I needed something that clearly represented Blue Water and Ocean Wise, so I opted for the green sea urchin,” Pabst says. “I like it, it’s locally available and while most know it from sushi bars as Nigiri or raw, not many people actually appreciate it as much it can be.” He adds: “It was a risk worth tak-

ing. But people were surprised how much they liked it—and that’s what we try to do with this menu.” For reservations, call 604-688-8078. ••• Unsung heroes of another kind, C Restaurant executive chef Robert Clark and owner Harry Kambolis were instrumental in working with the Vancouver Aquarium to set up Ocean Wise program. They’re two of 10 finalists (and the only Canadians) nominated for the 2011 SeaWeb Seafood Champion Awards. Winners will be announced in Boston mid-March. Incidentally, true sustainable seafood geeks can revel in this week’s release of the (free) Ocean Wise iPhone app. It not only explains what species are safe, but in the event of a sudden sardine, octopus, mussel or mackerel craving, will locate and direct you to the nearest kitchen (of some 3,000 that comply to Ocean Wise criteria). Notably absent, however, are just about every sushi and Chinese restaurant in town. ••• The winners of this year’s HSBC Chinese Restaurant Awards have been announced. No Sustainable Seafood Award in sight yet, but we’re optimistic for next year. Check out where to find all the best plates at chineserestaurantawards.com or hiredbelly.com. info@hiredbelly.com

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William Shakespeare meets Lewis Carroll in this Alice in Wonderland-ish, Tim Burton-esque production of The Comedy of Errors. And what a fanciful, fantastic combination it is. Scott Bellis, a longtime Bard on the Beach performer, directs and takes this early Shakespeare comedy into heretofore undiscovered territory—the madcap, Victorian grotesque. Whiteface performers with yanked-out hairdos, scarlet, rosebud mouths, scrunched up skirts with lacy or torn stockings, wool socks and ankle-high boots, outrageous hats with faucets and doorstops attached, leather, chains. It’s all very art school chic. If costume designer Naomi Sider doesn’t get the Jessie for Costume Design, it will be a travesty. The opener is an eye-popper. All the outlandish characters—some two dozen—appear on stage at once, circling under the eye of the serene Queen of Ephesus (Amy Hall-Cummings) who arrives standing aboard something that looks like a rusty stepladder on wheels. The characters, appearing like escapees from Bedlam, peer into glassless, wire-framed mirrors as they wheel and whirl around the stage, then disappear into shrouds of fog. Pam Johnson’s set provides the perfect backdrop. Large, rust-coloured clockwork gears and levers frame a doorway that sometimes serves as the entryway to the Queen’s palace or, when pulled

Anton Lipovetsky and Kendall Wright share a grope in The Comedy of Errors. forward on casters, is the entrance to the home of Antipholus of Ephesus. Here’s an example of Bellis and Johnson at just one of their extraordinarily creative, off-the-wall ideas: stage left, an ancient electric panel bristling with a tangle of wires is tinkered with by a hunchbacked electrician. Just before a soliloquy, sparks fly from the panel, the lights go out, the action is frozen while lighting designer Itai Erdal picks out the single speaker in light. The electrician works frantically and suddenly, the soliloquy finished, the lights come on again. That’s one slick way of dealing with those awkward audience-addressed monologues. The Comedy of Errors is one of the zaniest Shakespeare plots ever: two sets of twins, one set from a wealthy family, the other from a poor family. The rich father takes the poor twins as servants to his boys but all get separated, along with the rich father and mother, during a shipwreck. Inexplicably, both rich

twins are called Antipholus, both poor twins, Dromio; one of each pair ends up in Syracuse, the others, in Ephesus. The mother is lost, the father wanders the world looking for his sons and, when the play begins, he has just arrived in Ephesus. Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse have left their homeland and they, too, have just arrived in Ephesus. And just to make things even more interesting, it is a crime punishable by death for Syracuseans to be found in Ephesus. Kendall Wright outshrews Kate (in The Taming of the Shrew) as the wife of Antipholus of Ephesus. Wright is a mistress of melodrama—and that’s just right for this production. The many screw-ups that result from all the mistaken identities are hilariously rendered by Alex Rose and Anton Lipovetsky (the two Antipholusses) and Ky Scott and Kayla Dunbar (as the Dromios). Pandora Morgan, rigged out in flounces of red satin paired with sliced and slashed black leather, is foxy as the courtesan while Hall-Cummings maintains a regal attitude in spite of the mad goings-on of her character’s subjects. It’s true that the theme of reconciliation gets somewhat mislaid in this wild envisioning of Shakespeare’s play, but it is, after all, as Bellis writes in his director’s notes, a comedy. And the production is so fresh and original, so utterly eye-catching, buoyant and inventive—right down to the last detail (including heavyweight Nell, the cook, played by Joel Ballard and spacey, red rubber-gloved Luce, played by Noah Rosenbaum—that it can be forgiven for taking such wonderfully theatrical, extravagantly orchestrated liberties. joled@telus.net

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Tony Correia chronicles his days working in the late-’80s at the defunct Davie Street haunt Doll and Penny’s, which is now the Pumpjack. a story arc in his tales, so he set out to write a memoir loosely based on the letters from those three years. All these years later, Correia is chronicling the wild ride of the Doll and Penny Café online and in Xtra Vancouver with a biweekly series that started in December and continues until August. Xtra prints half of each chapter and publishes the rest online with illustrations by Ken Boesem, whose cartoons and drawings have appeared in Maclean’s, Geist, Broken Pencil, Discorder and The Stranger. “There’s no narrative about the West End, about the history of it, and this is very minor, but you get a sense of how vital the neighbourhood was right up until the Gay Games [in 1990], and how the community affects businesses and vice versa,” Correia said. The café, with its Herculean gold gods that bookended the pink bar, flashing traffic lights and grand chan-

delier, saw party people drinking beer out of milkshake containers in the wee hours, servers comparing the size of their, um, “tools” and some of the country’s first AIDS fundraisers. Correia has changed most of the names of the real-life characters that populate his tale. “There was a lot of salacious stuff that happened and people are still living so I’m protecting [them],” he said. “None of us want to get sued, but we want to tell the story of how the story of how this actually happened.” Doll and Penny’s, which opened in 1984, closed in 1999 following a contentious fundraiser for four AIDS organizations. Correia said $8,000 was raised, but only $1,000 was meted out, or $250 to each organization. “Foodsluts at Doll and Penny’s” has a Facebook page where old employees have been reconnecting and uploading old photos.

“There’s talk of a reunion,” Correia said. “We’ll see how far it goes. We’ll see how people feel at the end.” As the series progresses, readers will learn Correia constantly covered shifts for HIV-positive coworkers who were acting as “human guinea pigs” at St. Paul’s Hospital, trying experimental drugs. “I’ve been deliberately looking at this through rose-coloured glasses and there is a lot of tragedy to come, so I’m trying to make it as happy and as nostalgic as I can for people because it ends with AIDS,” he said. Mixed with the heydays and the dark days are references to political battles in a time when lesbians, gay men and transsexuals enjoyed fewer rights. Included is the tale of when the city wanted Doll and Penny’s to take its audacious awning down and the café’s loyal clientele collected 5,000

signatures on a petition, marched in drag on city hall and persuaded city councillors to vote unanimously to let the awning stay. The writer, whose essays have appeared in SubTerrain, Vancouver Review and queer anthologies Second Person Queer and I Like It Like That, wanted to get “Foodsluts” out now not only because he’s been drafting it for a decade, but also because he’s concerned with the apathy of the younger generation. “As I keep writing it, I do see a counterculture which doesn’t seem to exist anymore,” Correia said. “I see people [then] never backing down… The lesbians, the prostitutes, everyone fought back. “[Young queers] think, ‘Well we got gay marriage,’ but I don’t think they realize that this could all be taken away,” he added. “We’re looking down the face of a Harper majority—it scares the hell out of me.” crossi@vancourier.com

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National company with office located near Renfrew Skytrain Station requires individuals to conduct telephone interviews (not telemarketing). The following skills are required: • Fluent in English or bilingual (French/English or English/Mandarin) • Knowledgeable in medical terminology (including medication) • Excellent spelling and writing skills • Keyboarding 61-80 wpm • Good interpersonal skills • Working 1-9 pm Monday - Friday • Call centre experience an asset Remuneration will commensurate with experience. Please email Resume to: bc_jobs@keyfacts.com

434-1177 Boundary & Kingsway

Funded in whole or part through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement

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Become a Registered Personal Trainer. Earn up to $70/hr. Government Financial Aid may be available. Hilltop 604-930-8377 See our ad in todays paper under Education. OFFICE & BUILDING CLEANER (Light Duty Cleaner) needed. $13.50/hr, 40 hrs/wk, day - evening - night shift, 1 year exp. Send resume by mail to Innova Dev. Corp., 2719 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5T 3E9, email michaelcayetano@gmail.com, Fax 604-568-6348 before Feb 15, 2010

General Employment

DRIVERS WANTED: Class 3, 1, AZ, Dz and BZ

Terrific career opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects using non-destructive testing. No Exp. Needed!! Plus Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 weeks vacation and benefits pkg.

Skills Needed

Ability to travel 3 months at a time Valid AZ, DZ class 3 or 1 High School Diploma or GED Apply online at: www.sperryrail.com under careers, Click here to apply, key word Driv. Do not fill in city or state. FARM MANAGER required for organic farm on Salt Spring Is. F/T $14/hr. BS/BA in relevant field & exp. req. Add. skills: marketing, bookkeeping, web development. Email resume to farmjobGI@gmail.com

VANCOUVER’S LARGEST Lawn and Property Maintenance Company pays $120-$360 DAILY for outdoor Spring/Summer work. Hiring honest, competitive, and energetic individuals to fill our various 2011 positions. Apply online @ www.propertystarsjobs.com

Announcements

NOTICE OF INTENT RE: LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING ACT PATRON PARTICIPATION FOR FOOD PRIMARY LIQUOR LICENCE

An application has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Victoria, B.C., from Monk Mcqueen’s Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar Inc. on behalf of Monk Mcqueen’s at 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver, BC to allow for Patron Participation Entertainment. Residents and owners of businesses located within a .8 kilometre (1/2 mile) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by writing to:

THE GENERAL MANAGER LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH P.O. Box 9292 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9J8

PETITIONS AND FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

To ensure the consideration of your views, your letter must be received on or before March 9, 2011. Your name(s) and address must be included. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

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Education

FOODSAFE 1 DAY COURSES – ONLY $62 BEST VALUE GUARANTEED Classes Every Sat, Sun & Monday Taught by Certified Public Health Inspectors ADVANCE Hospitality Education BC’s #1 Foodsafe Choice Since 2003!

www.advance-education.com

604-272-7213

Hilltop Academy 604-930-8377 www.hilltop academy.ca

Become a Registered Personal Trainer

• Earn up to $70/hr. • Government Financial Aid may be available.

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

MARITIME DRILLING SCHOOL

Entry-level training for land and offshore oilrigs. Excellent wages, benefits and opportunities to travel the world. February 28 - March 19, 2011 and March 28-April 16, 2011. Contact: 1-866-807-3960 www.mdslimited.ca

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Education

Music/Theatre/ Dance

Cheryl Carruthers Piano Studio Lessons, all levels. 21 yrs exp. 604-732-3602 www.ccpianist.ca

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Music/Theatre/ Dance

IN HOME OR STUDIO LESSONS Piano, Theory & other instruments. Allegro Music School 604-327-7765 LEARNING IS fun when free of negative reinforcement. Training & exp. Call Tyler 604-874-3325

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Tutoring Services

HELPFUL MATH TUTOR Phone: 778-866-8877 Web: http://m101m.org

★COMPUTERS★

COMPUTER LESSONS FOR 50+ $30/hr Winter Special $210 /8hrs. Call Sol at 604-266-2414 Website: www.easypc.ca WWW.PRIMUSTUTORS.COM K-12, all subjects, tutor & piano lessons, $18-$35/hr at home. 778-987-5208 or 604-726-3819

Upgrade your skills. Find education training in the Classifieds.

BCIT is integral to BC’s prosperity. Join the team at one of BC’s top employers. Receive generous benefits in an inclusive environment with career advancement opportunities. Because it’s not just what you do, it’s what you do it for. BCIT FACILITIES IS CURRENTLY HIRING:

THESE POSITIONS OFFER:

> 3rd Class Power Engineer

> Hourly rate of $28.98

> Carpenter > HVAC Mechanic

> 35 hour work week > Professional development funding

For full details, visit bcit.ca/jobs


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Skip Tracers

Now Hiring

FLAGPERSONS & LANE CLOSURE TECHS

• Must have reliable vehicle • Must be certified & experienced • Union Wages & Benefits Apply in person 19689 Telegraph Trail, Langley fax resume to 604-513-3661 or email: darlene@valleytraffic.ca

required ( locating debtors in the USA). Must be good on the telephone & internet . Our Tracers earn $ 13.70 hr to start + bonus + benefits, Earn 35-50K/yr. No exp. Necessary. Will train suitable candidates. Email resume and cover letter to its.careers@skiptrace.com or call 604-484-6900 Detailed job info at www.skiptrace.com

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Home Support

LIVING WELL HOME CARE SERVICES

Some great kids aged 12 to 18 who need a stable, caring home for a few months. Are you looking for the opportunity to do meaningful, fulfilling work? PLEA Community Services is looking for qualified applicants who can provide care for youth in their home on a full-time basis or on weekends for respite. Training, support and remuneration are provided. Funding is available for modifications to better equip your home. A child at risk is waiting for an open door. Make it yours. Call 604-708-2628 www.plea.ca

PHONE BOOKS Mature persons with car or truck to deliver Yellow Pages™ Telephone Directories in the Vancouver area.

Call 1-800-733-9675 Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm

is currently looking for qualified, caring, & reliable

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS for Live In - especially weekends & Hourly - including overnight

Positions in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Vancouver, Bowen Island, & Squamish. Please visit the Employment page of our website: www.livingwellhomecare.ca for more info. To apply, send resume (indicate if you are interested in a Live In and/or Hourly position) & availability (days & hours) by email: employment@ livingwellhomecare.ca or fax: 604-904-3758 Quote job # LWPM

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High Prairie, Alberta. Journeyman/4th year Apprentice; Must have drivers license and provide own tools. Forward resume w/abstract to email@coxcontractors.net Fax 780.523.4394

HUDSON BAY Railway(HBR)

owns and operates over 800 miles of track through Manitoba to the Hudson Bay, is seeking candidates who have the knowledge and desire to work out of The Pas, in Northern Manitoba. • Locomotive Machinist • Car Repair Foreman • Director of Mechanical/ Technical Support • Engineer • Conductor • Trainmaster • General Roadmaster • Track Inspector • Tamper Operator • Signal Maintainer Additional details at www.omnitrax.com Send resume to: recruiting@omnitrax.com or fax 866-448-9259. LOGGING COMPANY looking for Owner Operator Logging Truck Contractors. Short log and long log for Mackenzie area. Fax 250-714-0525 or ben@bcland.com include references and capabilities.

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To advertise in Employment call 604-630-3300

2015

Art & Collectibles

100 & up

$

Delivery/Warranty avail.

604.306.5134 SMALLER DEEP freezer 21”x31” and 36”deep good condition. $50 obo 604 808 6223 North Shore

EDUCATION

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Burial Plots

LOTS FOR 2 coffins at Ocean View Memorial, Bby, on bus route # 49. 604-525-0763 or 253-3573

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FREE CATALOGUE 1-800-353-7864 HALFORD’S butcher equipment and supplies, leather, beads, craft kits, animal control equipment + trapping supplies. Order from our new web store and get free shipping until August 31, 2011. www.halfordsmailorder.com HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best Price, Best Quality. All Shapes & Colors Available. Call 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.ca

Lumber/Building Supplies

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

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Wanted to Buy

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Women’s Shelter Worker, Family Place Worker, Teen Pregnancy & Parenting Counsellor, Settlement/Newcomer’s Service Worker

Eary Childhood Education

Career Opportunities: Early Childhood Educator,

Child Care Supervisor, Child Care Centre Director

Get in. Get Out. Get Working. • SMALL CLASS SIZES • MONTHLY INTAKES • FINANCIAL OPTIONS • CAREER FOCUSED PROGRAMS • FREE LIFETIME UPGRADING • JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

Call our East Vancouver Campus

251-4473

www.sprottshaw.com

3508

Dogs

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

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P/B LABS, non papered, family raised, vet checked, 1st shots, 604-795-7662 No Sunday calls

PEKINGESE PUP. Male, blond colour, very cute & smart, 2 ½ mos old, $500. 604-464-9485

Health Products & Services

SENIORS ADVOCATE & Consultant. Housing & Care Options. For support call: 604-876-3906

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Registered Massage Services

SWEDISH BODY MASSAGE & WAXING

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

3482 Main St. Van 604-376-1686

www. romancebeautyspa.com

Try the Best 604-872-1702 GORGEOUS GREAT Dane x Rotti/ Huski Pups ready mid Feb very healthy, $500-$600 1 604 537 1877

PRESA CANARIO PB pups, view parents, Fawn & Brindle, shots & dewormed. $900. 778-593-0533

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Metaphysical

*CONNECT WITH YOUR FUTURE* Learn from the past, Master the present! Call A True Psychic NOW! $3.19min 1-877-478-4410 (18+) 1-900-783-3800 Answers to all your questions!

- ROTTI/MASTIF/PITTY 7wks old Ready to go/no shots/ call after 6pm / 604-392-3392

Travel Destinations WHISTLER Ski in/Ski out 1 bedroom condo

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LAB PUPPIES Choc Black & yellows, males & females, ready view parents $550. 604-701-1587

ROTTWEILER BOXER Cross, 8 weeks old, $325 obo, 778-862-3568

SHIH TZU BIJON Pups. Family raised. 1st shots, dewormed, tri-colour. $500. 604-882-0137

Has everything you need! Sleeps 4, complete kitchen, TV, VCR, DVD. Best swimming pool in Whistler, heated year round, jacuzzi, sauna, underground parking. Weekday Special: Sun - Thurs. $119/nt two night min. Info at 604-785-5672 or www.magellan.directvacations.com

Preschools/Kindergarten

E S TA B L I S H E D 1 9 7 2

Career Opportunities: Child & Youth Care Worker,

Proceeds to the Tapestry Foundation in support of residential & elder care at Mount St. Joseph, Holy Family, St. Vincent’s Langara, Brock Farhni, Youville Residence & Marion Hospice.

BOXER CKC reg’d purebred puppies ready Feb 14. Fawn, 3Male 1Female $1200 604-302-5052

Vancouver Montessori School

Community Support Worker/ Social Services

OPEN EVERYDAY 10am - 5pm incl. SUNDAY

★CATS & KITTENS★ FOR ADOPTION !

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BOSTON TERRIER Pups, CKC reg. vet checked, good pedigrees, nicely marked, To view: 604-406-2415 or 1-604-794-3786

KOMONDOR 8 wks, 2 males, low shed/low allergen, smart, loyal, loving. $1000. 604-857-4120

Health Care Attendants and Community Health Workers have an important contribution to make to BC’s Health Care system. & Palliative Care

BLACK FEMALE SHEPARD/ LAB Pups, vaccinated, parents reg, $500 ea. 604-534-3524

JACK RUSSELL pups smooth m/f, dewormed, 1 shots, tails docked, view parents, $450. 604-701-1587

604-724-7652

MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

1369 Kingsway (just west of Knight St) • Furniture • Houseware ING TH E • Books • Knick Knacks SOM FOR NE! O RY • Jewellery • Accessories VE EAT ! E • Clothing for Women, Men GR ICES PR and Children

Cats

Health Care Assistant Program

Includes: Crisis Prevention Management

AUSSIE DOODLE/LAB Doodles, from $650 - $900, yellow or black non shed 604-302-3993

HAVANESE PUPS, CKC Reg. 1 female, 3 males, almost ready to go. choose now, 604-536-1817

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

(Formerly Resident Care Attendant Program)

AMERICAN COCKER Spaniel P/B pups, 7wks old, 1st shots incl, $700 cash obo. 604-375-8822

Childcare Wanted

FULL TIME livein nanny req’d in July for 2 school aged kids. email resume: rozy.virji@telus.net

Will be holding a flea market on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 10am - 3pm Table rentals $20 604-325-9944 or email office@whuc.net

GARAGE SALE

Empty your Garage Fill Your Wallet

TAPESTRY THRIFT SHOP

GOLDEN RETRIEVER pups healthy socialized. exc temp vet check deworm $575 604-819-8083

PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM

Sprott Shaw is the Largest Practical Nursing Trainer in BC and is one of the Largest in Canada!

ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding $399+. 604-590-3727 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

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

3 ORANGE tabby for sale, born Dec. 4th, ready to pick up Feb. 4th, $120, call 604-872-6025

START DATE MARCH 7

WILSON HEIGHTS UNITED CHURCH

ROYAL ALBERT China, Old Country Rose pattern. 3 full sets at $1000/each set. 604-568-1633

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GARAGE SALES 1634 E41 Ave, Vancouver BC.

For Sale Miscellaneous

Sprott-Shaw Community College has been training students in BC for over 107 years. We want you to be a success story too!

Morning & Evening Classes Available Career Opportunities: Practical Nursing Free Biology Upgrading.

Dogs

good condition. Collector’s piece. $699 obo 604.808.6223 North Shore

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We Believe in You.

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NIKON CAMERA Photomic 35mm with 50mm lens circa 1969 (war journalist’s camera) very

Fridge, Stove, Washer, Dryer, Stackers

Job Listings, From A-Z

2 BAKER ASSISTANTS

Appliances

All Like New!

P/T RECEPTIONIST / Assistant required, must have experience in the Dental field. Denture Clinic, West Broadway. Fax resume 604-677-3036, call 604-677-0061

From advertising executive or banker to x-ray technician or zookeeper, you'll find it in the Employment Section.

Trades/Technical

HEAVY EQUIPMENT Shop/Field Mechanics

Medical/Dental

WANTED

$14/hour, Night shifts Russian speaking Amra Bakery Inc. 4324 Fraser Street Vancouver info@europeanbreads.com

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Preschool: Extended Day: Elementary:

Children ages 3-5 Children age 5 Children ages 6-12

A Montessori education provides your child with an integrated, individualized and academically challenging program that meets his/her changing developmental needs from year to year. Childhood happens once. A Montessori education ensures that your child will make the best of hers/his.

Parent Meetings Meetings 2011 (RSVP) Parent 2007 (RSVP) Extended Day & Elementary Orientation Extended Day & Elementary Orientation th at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 17th

Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m.

PreschoolOrientation Orientation & & Registration Preschool Registration st at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 17thth at at 7:00 7:00 p.m. p.m. & & Mar. Mar. 31 Feb. 15 15th at 7:00 p.m.

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Accounting/ Bookkeeping

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Computer/ Internet

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Financial Services

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Business Opps/ Franchises

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

HOMEWORKERS NEEDED!!! Full /Part time positions available - Will train. On-Line Data Entry, Typing Work, E-mail Reading, PC/Clerical Work, Homemailers, Assembling Products. HURRY, SPOTS GO FAST! www.CanadianJobsFromHome.com

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BUSINESSES FOR SALE

SQUAMISH DOG

Walking/Boarding biz for sale. $36k Great home based biz with freedom and fresh air! Well established & going strong. Low overhead, 40-60K/yr. lovesnowt@hotmail.com

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Business Opps/ Franchises

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Condos/ Townhouses

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SQUAMISH DOG

Walking/Boarding biz for sale. $36k Great home based biz with freedom and fresh air! Well established & going strong. Low overhead, 40-60K/yr. lovesnowt@hotmail.com

Real Estate Services

FULL REAL ESTATE SERVICE & ADVICE Whether You Sell or Buy with me!

77-1935 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. 2 BR + Den, steps away from Capilano University and Lillooet Park, visit website for pictures, floorplans and times. www.AccoladeRealEstate.ca Michael Lepore Royal LePage 604-295-3974

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100% Full Service & Commitment to You Over 20 years of Real Estate Experience for You Special Discounted Fee Structure for You (Sellers) Current & Past Client References available to You

“I look forward to discussing your personal real estate needs & goals with you. Coffee is on me!”

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Vancouver Residential Specialist, Multiple Realty Ltd. “Successful Results based on Service, Integrity & Knowledge”

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Industrial/Commercial

CHURCH OF GOD 1901 East 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC Ideally situated on a high exposure 66 x 121 foot lot, this church has seating for 130 and provides for 4,100 square feet on two levels that includes a sanctuary, mezzanine and full basement with a kitchen, washroom and four offices/meeting rooms. Parking for up to 10 vehicles is provided in a private fenced and gated parking lot. ASKING PRICE: $1,595,000 Mark Lester* Senior Vice President DIR 1 604 661 0890 mark.lester@colliers.com www.uniqueproperties.ca

Alan Johnson Vice President DIR 1 604 661 0842 alan.johnson@colliers.com www.uniqueproperties.ca

* Personal Real Estate Corporation

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS NOTICE is hereby given that creditors and others having claims against the Estate of David Peake, Deceased, who died on November 9, 2010, are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executrix Penelope Elizabeth Peake also known as Penny Peake, at #302 - 1224 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2S8, before March 15, 2011, after which date the Executrix will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which she has notice.

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Burnaby

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Coquitlam

COQ: 1980 Cape Horne, VIEW! 3 BR DUPLEX, dbl garage. National Home Warr. $499,900. By Owner/Builder. 604-522-3100

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Tsawwas.

RANCHER Next to Tsaawwassen Town Centre, fully reno’d 3 br, 2 bath, 1848 sqft + 750 sf over sized garage w/workshop. $759,900. Info 604-943-2572

6040 We Offer Quick Cash For Your House

Legal/Public Notices

NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is Hereby Given that Creditors and others, having claims against the estate of Charlene Diane Mason, formerly of 2596 Pandora Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 1V8, Deceased, who died on November 13, 2010, are hereby required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned Executor, c/o Scott Mason, 2596 Pandora Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 1V8, on or before March 7, 2011, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only for claims that have been received. Scott Mason, Executor. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Notice is hereby given that Creditors and others, having claims against the Estate of GOLDIE MIEDZYGORSKI, Deceased, formerly of Vancouver, B.C., who died on September 5, 2010 in Vancouver, BC, are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the undersigned Executor c/o Kornfeld & Company, Barristers & Solicitors, 640-943 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4E1 on or before March 31, 2011, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received. SIDNEY MIEZYGORSKI AND SALLY COLEMAN, Executors

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Okanagen/ Interior

KELOWNA EXEC. 6 bdrm/7 bath completely furnished w/o rancher entertainers dream; 4 bdrms have ensuites, stunning lake/city/ mountain views. Gorgeous landscaping, sauna & salt pool. $1.5M. 1-877-762-7831

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS RE: THE ESTATE OF JOSSELYN WALKER FRIEDSAM, DECEASED NOTICE is hereby given that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of JOSSELYN WALKER FRIEDSAM, late of 304-7580 Columbia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, who died on May 28, 2010 are hereby required to send them to the undersigned Executor c/o 700 - 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5A1, on or before March 5, 2011 after which date the Executor will distribute the said Estate among the parties entitled thereto, having regard to the claims of which he has notice. Alexander Leslie Watson Executor By: Richards Buell Sutton LLP Attention: Patrick (Rick) Montens

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Body Work

ABSOLUTELY the ultimate full body massage. Female avail 8am - late. in/out. 604-771-4210

Appliance Repairs

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

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Blinds & Draperies

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Carpentry

DELIGHTFUL MASSAGE Certified non sexual, 41st & Nanaimo. Call 778-323-9177

CARPENTER AVAIL for general work, clean & fast service. 40 yrs exp. 604-961-5906 or 732-0533.

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Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: Lie low, rest Sunday morning. This afternoon to Tuesday your energy and charisma surge – a bit of big luck could come, maybe involving home, relationships or money. (However, don’t push authorities.) Chase money Wednesday to Friday noon – but take care with purchases. Your hopes and your money resources (earnings level, savings) are in conflict – find reality. You might sense, or be offered, a career or status “partnership.” It’s subtle, you have to be intuitive or watch clues. Friday eve, Saturday bring errands, casual friends, curiosity and variety – read, write, talk. Taurus April 20-May 20: The emphasis lies on ambition, career, prestige relationships, your reputation and status. Elements of fantasy/deception, creative ideas and impatient bosses crowd this zone. If you deal with government, large corporations, institutions or charitable agencies, “impatient bosses” will be less of a factor. Be willing, quick to respond – and keep your sense of humour (especially Thursday!). Use Sunday eve through Tuesday for research and planning – get plenty of rest. Your energy surges Wednesday to Friday: display your skills, work hard. Excellent purchases Friday eve, Saturday. Gemini May 21-June 20: The accent lies on gentle love, compassion, broad vision, law, higher education, publishing, far travel and cultural rituals. February 5/6’s sober, realistic love wish is almost sure to come true. But a “sweet confection” love wish, involving beauty, and perhaps involving a Libra or Taurus, is less likely to come true. (Some “destiny” lies in wait for this one – either a wipe-out, or a deep rebirth.) In other ways, Sunday to Tuesday brings wish fulfillment, social delights and happiness. Rest, lie low Wednesday/Thursday. You shine, succeed and attract others, Friday eve, Saturday!

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Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: The emphasis is on romance, Cancer June 21-July 22: The emphasis lies on mysteries, creativity, beauty, luck, risk, pleasure, charming kids, sex, intimacy, research, large finances, lifestyle, crucial sports/games. You’re riding a winning streak – recognize health matters, commitment – anything that can change and use it, seize on openings, issue invitations, respond, your life deeply (usually another person is involved). speak what’s in your heart, etc. Take a chance! The source This month, these changes tend to work through your of your January-to-June luck is highlighted Sunday ambitions, career, or status situations. E.g., a “status” afternoon through Tuesday: relationships, relocation, wedding changes your life and finances. Or a career negotiation, agreements and contracts, litigation, coopportunity demands a commitment (of $?) from you, and operation. Clue: everything in the first sentence will aid will change your life. (Your career is marked by splendid these; but security, property, family will “fight” them. luck this winter/spring.) Charge ahead Sunday-Wednesday These, security, property, etc., are about to transform. (a happy day!). Retreat, rest, plan Friday eve, Saturday. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Be gentle on the home front – Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Relationships, relocation, dealings spend energy on renovations, repairs, rather than causing with the public, fame, negotiations, litigation, agreements, family friction. Think back and ahead: decide who should opportunities and opposition – these fill February. This stay in your life, who should leave. Your choices will affect week, especially Sunday to Tuesday, emphasizes the your health and your duties, for good or ill. Your work will source of this winter/spring’s good luck: legal, loving, expand for the next four months – clues arrive Sunday intellectual, international and cultural scenes. Work, health to Tuesday. Quiet discussions and administrative contacts and your duties or ambitions might interfere – these are benefit your efforts,but more adventurous communications heading for a deep change and “rebirth.” (It centres on (especially of love or competition) will erect barriers to Wednesday, but could occur anytime in February.) Chase work success – take heed Thursday. Mysteries, intimacy your ambitions Wednesday, but avoid conflict, aggression and finances succeed Friday eve, Saturday. Thursday. Joy, friends, Friday/Saturday! Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Romance, creativity and Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Work’s essential – get it done. a risk-taking mood steal upon you Sunday afternoon to Your efforts, duties (and perhaps health) are tied up Tuesday – take that risk! But realize money and confidence with an influence of deep change this month, especially aid romance/creativity more than wishful thinking does. this Sunday to Tuesday. This can manifest as: a sexual You might have some puzzles to work out around these: affair with a co-worker, investment in your job or tools/ romance, pleasure, money and work. Work definitely machinery, or changes brought about by your job or health faces you Wednesday (success) and Thursday (when work – all are agents of change – beneficial change. Money interferes with romance’s communications, or might be goes better than romance right now. A gentle love floats dangerous – practise safety). Exciting meetings (and some a in Wednesday, but irritation dissipates affection Thursday. bit more stable, boring, with other generations) arrive Friday (DON’T invest or make big changes this day.) Be ambitious Ads continued eve/Saturday: love’s possible! All month, money’s lucky. Friday eve, Saturday – success accompanies you! on next page

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8055

Cleaning

ALLY’S CLEANING SERVICE, serving North Shore & Vancouver for 15 yrs. Res/Comm. 604-725-9005 A.S.B.A. ENTERPRISE. Comm/ Res. Free Est. $20/hour includes supplies. Insured. 604-723-0162 Butterfly Cleaning ™ Home, Moving out, Carpet cleaning. Ask for Erika 604-781-4374 ENVIRO MAID INSURED and BONDED. Residential. Available on a regular basis. Excellent refs. Free est. $20 p/hr. 604-685-1344 EXP CLEANING ladies avail 7 days/wk. Bonded. Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond 604-928-0025 EXP’D. HOUSECLEANER Reason Rates! Reliable! D/Town Westside. Exc Reference! 604-771-2978 EXP’D & reliable cleaning lady avail. Refs avail upon request. Please call 604-676-0263 HOME MADE SERVICES Regular & occasional cleaning. Bonded & insured. 2075 West 37th. 604-266-3330 PRIVATE CLEANER Mon - Sat, • Houses • Apartments • Offices • 20 yrs experience. 604-669-9255 QUALITY CLEANING. Exc refs. Res/com. Move in/out. Carpets + pressure wash’g. 778-895-3522

8060

Concrete

Coastal Concrete

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Feb. 6 - Feb. 12 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Chase money, buy/sell, seek lucrative clients – but most importantly (as Sunday to Tuesday might whisper to you) pursue the connection between security and money: e.g., buy or sell real estate, start a retirement fund, put away funds for your children’s education, purchase insurance, spend on new business premises or to expand your territory. Ending unprofitable or stale situations is also a wise move financially. Romance and pleasure call Wednesday (successfully) and Thursday (not – beware “wasted money”). Tackle chores Friday eve, Saturday: you’re ambitious, productive! Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Your energy, charisma and effectiveness are at a peak! Start important projects, seek favours, call in markers, show yourself in person. You’re very communicative, curious and travel-prone this month – these are emphasized Sunday to Tuesday. A Libra and a Gemini are attracted – the Libran is very serious. A Leo wants to spar – and join. Attend to domestic matters, family and security, property and “territory” Wednesday to Friday afternoon. Don’t be overbearing Thursday p.m. Romance, creative surges and the urge to take a big chance arrive Friday eve, Saturday – yes, plunge in! Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Rest, lie low, contemplate, plan. Be charitable, spiritual. Attend to obligations, committee and administrative chores. (Do taxes?) You will want to be free of these in two weeks when your energy and money luck will soar upward. Let much of your planning involve finances. Money, earnings and possession are highlighted Sunday p.m. through Tuesday – let realism rule fantasy and wishful thinking. Your wishes, however, do have a destined road ahead – something is wiped out or born this week; it changes your future. Careful with money Thursday. Deep rest, good family Saturday. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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Concrete

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

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

253-0049

A. FOUNDATIONS, Retaining walls, Stairs, Driveways, Sidewalks. Any concrete project. Free ests. Call Basile 604-617-5813 L & L CONCRETE. All types: Stamped, Repairs, Pressure Wash, Seal Larry 778-882-0098

8073

Drainage

Crown Roofing & Drainage Residental Div. Roofing installations & repairs. 604-327-3086 DRAINAGE, SEWER & WATER Underground Video Inspection Call Tobias 604 782-4322

8075

8090

Fencing/Gates

CITY LINK DRYWALL LTD WCB, liability insured. 20 yrs exp. Call Indy. Free Est. 604-780-5302

8105

Flooring/ Refinishing

THE ART OF HARDWOOD FLOORS

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Wayne The Drywaller

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

8080

Electrical

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8120

Glass Mirrors

Commercial/Residential

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DAHIPP CONTRACTING Handyman Services Baths, Kitchens, etc 604.817.0718 HANDYMAN - framing, decks, tiles, hardwood, drywall. Total additions & basements. Ken 778-773-6251 or 604-455-0740

8140

8150

Gutters

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Kitchens/Baths

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8155

Landscaping

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Electrician Lic#95323, Bonded, Affordable Com/Res. No Job too small. 25 yrs exp. 604 727-2306 LIC. ELECTRICIAN #37309 Commercial & residential renos & small jobs. 778-322-0934. YOUR ELECTRICIAN $29 service call. Insured. Lic # 89402. Fast same day service guaranteed. We love small jobs! 604-568-1899

8087

Excavating

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

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8130

Handyperson

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

604-202-6118

MASONRY and REPAIRS •Stone Walls •Bricks •Chimneys •Slate Patio/Sidewalk •Fireplaces & more. George • 604-365-7672 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

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

8193

Oil Tank Removal

8185

Tree Removal & Pruning Hedge Trimming Landscaping and Garden Maintenance Fully Est. Fullyinsured. insured. Free Free Est.

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8160

Lawn & Garden

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ARBUTUS PAINTING

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Int. & Ext. Specialist 20 yrs exp. *Reas. rates high quality* Fast, clean and letter of recommendation from customer Licensed, Insured & WCB

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8193

Oil Tank Removal

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Masonry

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8125

Heating

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

Tel: 604-603-9655

778-908-2648

No Job too small, electrical and voice/data cabling. Res & Comm. Licensed Bonded – Insured - WCB

RENOS • REPAIRS

BEST PRICE! Bath, kitchen, plumbing, flooring, painting, etc. Call Mic, 604-725-3127

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8175

STORMWORKS

Installations Refinishing & Repairs

*Drywall * Taping * Texture * Stucco*Painting * Steel stud framing Quality Home 604-725-8925 PATCHING, TEXTURE / smooth ceilings, plaster walls. Small jobs. 25 years exp. Call 604-671-9901

Handyperson

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Drywall

8130

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RENTALS 6505

Apartments & Condos

6505-12

West Van Apt. Rentals

1 BDRM Recently reno’d 800sf, available in quiet waterfront building, exceptional ocean view, No pets, non-smoking. 2180 Argyle Ave. West Vanc. 604-913-1849 for viewing appointment

6508

Apt/Condos

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GEORGIAN TOWERS 1450 WEST GEORGIA ST.

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RENTALS 604-682 8422

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1105-1146 Harwood St 1Br, 1 bath, shared wd, 500sf, leave, np, ns, avail now, $1100. Royal Pacific Prop. Eric 604-723-7368

6508

Apt/Condos

BEAUTIFUL SUITES Marpole area. Bach, 1 & 2 BRs. Newer kitchens & baths. H/W flrs, balcony/patio. $800 & up. Incl heat, h/water, 2 appl. 604-327-9419.

6540

Houses - Rent

3 Bdrm Homes! Rent TO OWN! Poor Credit Ok, Low Down. Call Karyn 604-857-3597

6545

Housesitting

HONEST, RELIABLE, mature adult would like to house sit. Short or Long Term. Gerard 604-719-4674

LANGARA GARDENS 601 West 57th Ave, Van Spacious 1, 2 & 3 BR Rental Apartments & Townhouses. Heat, hot water & lrg storage locker included. Many units have spacious patios & balconies with gorgeous views. Tasteful gardens, swimming pools, hot tub, gym, laundry, gated parking, plus shops & services. Near Oakridge Centre, Canada Line stations, Langara College, Churchill High School & more. Sorry no pets. www.langaragardens.com Call 604-327-1178 info@langaragardens.com Managed by Dodwell Strata Management Ltd.

6522

Furnished Accommodation

HOMAWAY INNS Specializing in furn accom in the Westend Vancouver at reas rates. call 604-684-7811 or visit www.homawayinns.com

6540

Houses - Rent

STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN No Qualification Required Flexible Terms ABBOTSFORD - 3262 Clearbrook Road, 3 bedrooms with 2 bedroom legal suite. Only $1,751/m. Option Fee Required (604) 626-9647 (604) 657-9422 www.wesellhomesbc.com STOP RENTING-RENT TO OWN ● No Qualification - Low Down ● NEW WEST- 1722-6th Av 2 bdrm HOUSE w/1 suite 2 f/p,Long term finance, new roof, RT-1..$1,288/M CHILLIWACK - 9557 Williams, 3 bdrm, 1 bath, cozy HOUSE on 49x171’ lot, excellent investment property in heart of town..... $888/M Call Kristen today (604)786-4663 www.HomeBuyingCenter.ca

6602

Suites/Partial Houses

2 BDRM, $1250, renovated, cable&internet, N/S & N/P, Feb 1 Call 778-233-1134. 2 BR main flr, new reno, 800sf, nr Fraser & 47th, quiet area, $1250 + utils, laundry, ns, np, Feb 1ST 604-727-1372 or 778-887-0393 3 BR ground level bsmt,bright, clean, spacious, $1300 incl hydro, cable, wd, Fraser/30th, ns, cat ok, now or Feb 15, 604-879-9244 525 SQFT fresh paint, lrg studio, incl 90sf br/office space. W/d, fp, priv patio, walk to beach/ ubc. n/s $950 604-738-0850 E. VNCR Nr Main St at 15th Ave, 1 BR hse apt, storage. NS/NP. $920 incls heat/ht wtr & laundry. Avail immed. 604-721-2941 FURN ROOM, Character House, City Hall/Canada line, n/s, n/p, shr bath, fem, ref’s. $550 inc Util. Evenings Call 604-879-6072

HERITAGE HOME avail Mar 15, 2 BR, f/p, main flr, hardwood flrs, w/d, 28th & Windsor, np ns, $1375 + 1/2 utils 604-261-3999

6605

Townhouses Rent

COMMERCIAL DR area, 2bdrm townhome, 3 story walk up, $1250 + utils, avail Mar. 1, no pets, Call Rob 604-783-3171

Moving Out?

Check the Rental Section


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HOME SERVICES 8200

Decks/Patios/ Railings

SKYLINE DECKING All Types, Guaranteed Workmanship, Reasonable Pricing Call Luke: 604-729-6871 West Coast Cedar Installations New or repaired outdoor cedar specialists since 1991 604-270-2358 or 604-788-6458

8205

Paving/Seal Coating

ALLEN Asphalt, concrete, brick, drains, foundations, walls, membranes 604-618-2304/ 820-2187

8220

Plumbing

Complete Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services

ATLAS The Reliable Plumber

24/7 Days A Week R Seniors Discounts EA TY All Work Guaranteed 8 YRRAN WA Also Furnaces, Gas Very Reasonable Rates

8220

Plumbing

8240

Renovations & Home Improvement

Certified Plumber & Gas Fitter

9129 Shaughnessy St.

Full Kitchen & Bath Reno’s • Plumbing Service - all types • H/W tanks • Plugged drains No job too small!

‘Old Home Specialist’

Steve ✔

604-324-3351

20 years in business

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ALMA Building & Renovation Ltd.

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PLUMBER DRAINMAN Water mains - no digging method Sewer lines - no digging method Drain tiles Emergencies Plugged sinks & toilets Clogged sewer lines

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

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Domestic

9145

Scrap Car Removal

*FREE SCRAP CAR PICK UP* Pay $ for some complete cars. No wheels no problem. 209-2026 1998 DODGE Neon $2950, very clean, 1 owner, 110,000 kms, AC, PS, PB, good tires, new trans. 604-802-2344 1998 EAGLE TALON ESI, 170k, 2.0 L, excellent condition, 5 spd, no accidents, silver exterior, grey interior. $3500. 604-763-3223

9129

Luxury Cars

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9150 2001 JAGUAR S-Type 3.0, Auto, V6, Black on white, Perfect cond, $6,000. Tel: 778-322-3598

Services & Repairs WH

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General Repairs, Brakes, Muffler, Tune Ups. All makes all models.

604-327-3213

1598 Southeast Marine Dr, Van, BC

2009 JAGUAR XJ8 Vanden Plas. Only 5,600 KMS. Vapour Grey in Flawless condition. Purchased New Sep 09 for over $97,000 plus $3,898 to extend warranty to 6 years. Estate Sale. Call John 604-662-5133 day, 604-926-8773 wkend.eve.

9145

Scrap Car Removal

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AUTOMOTIVE 9125

Renovations

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9155

Sport Utilities/ 4x4’s/Trucks

2000 FORD Explorer XLT, auto, sunroof, loaded, very good cond. $2900. 604-842-4825

9160

Sports & Imports

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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