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Most Canadian adults read print or online newspapers

Business model changing but readership still strong Deana Lancaster Contributing writer

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ccording to some media watchers, the death knell for the end of print rang out in the early ’90s, not long after scientists at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) developed a user-friendly means to navigate the Internet: the World Wide Web. Books were said to be finished; publishing houses could close their doors; magazine editors should find other work, and newspapers—especially newspapers—might as well call it a day. As with any revolution, though, the transition has not been swift, or neat. We’re not talking about shift workers here: print did not clock out at the precise moment the Internet clocked in. Books, magazines and newspapers are still in print—although admittedly there are less of them—and are now supported by online editions. There has never been a better time to be a news and information junkie; the access to news organizations has never been so open, the variety and perspective of opinions so diverse. Some say the current model of free content is not sustainable; at some point we will have to start paying. In the Feb. 13 issue of the Toronto Star, business and current affairs columnist David Olive surprised the doomsday soothsayers by pointing out that for 2009, Statistics Canada reported newspaper pre-tax profit margins nationwide at about 10 per cent. True, it was a drop from 2007 when the profit margin was 12.6 per cent, but it was still a profit. He also referenced NADBank’s 2009 readership survey that found more than three-quarters of Canadian adults—about 14.7 million people—read a newspaper either in print or online at least once a week. Those who said newspapers were finished are finding themselves backpedal-

George Affleck, general manager of the BCYCNA, notes the popularity of community newspapers in a multimedia world. photo Dan Toulgoet ling. The old model is irreversibly changed, it’s true, and no one knows exactly what the new one will look like, but print is still here and it’s still relevant. That is nowhere more accurate than it is in community news. “One of the big terms being thrown around in media these days is ‘hyper-local,’” says George Affleck, general manager of the British Columbia and Yukon Com-

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ack in 1995, when I studied journalism at Langara College, we learned how to research, gather background and conduct interviews; about the importance of accuracy; and about ethics and the law as it relates to journalism. Continued on page 5

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College journalism chair notes social media in Egypt and elsewhere

Continued from page 4 Students at the school today are learning those same fundamentals, says Anne Roberts, journalism department chairwoman, except now the research is done digitally—no more referencing the massive reverse telephone directory in the corner of the classroom. Students are also learning about SEO (search engine optimization), about writing for the faster deadlines of online publications, and how to produce video and audio that can be uploaded to the web. “It’s certainly a tumultuous time,” says Roberts. “But it’s also an exciting time. We have no idea what it’s going to look like in 10 years, but it’s also opening up a lot of opportunities.” Roberts looks to what has happened in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere in Northern Africa and the Middle East as examples of the possibilities of the digital revolution and the ways it can assist traditional news reporting. Citizen journalists, protesters and young activists used social networking to spread information at unprecedented speed. Truth came not through reporters verifying their information, but through critical mass; international news network Al Jazeera used social me-

Anne Roberts, chair of the Langara College journalism department, says student instruction is changing along with the media industry. photo Dan Toulgoet dia to self-correct its coverage of the Tunisian revolution. Shaw carries Al Jazeera English as a specialty channel; Roberts says it’s because they are so good at what they do that viewers are willing to pony up. She expects

it’s a trend that will eventually become more widespread. “At some point, people are going to be willing to pay for information that is reliable and that you can count on. Al Jazeera is balanced, they’re so knowledge-

able about their subject matter, and they’re on the ground. ” According to reports, Al Jazeera English saw its web traffic increase 2,500 per cent during the Tunisian protests. It’s that kind of immediacy and

engagement that some media pundits say spell the end of news as we’ve always known it, but Roberts says there will always be a place for trained journalists. “The world is always going to need journalists who know how to do research, who know how to evaluate the information, how to verify that information and then put it in a context that is readable and understandable. Those skills will always be needed.” The fundamental flaw with the currently evolving model of the web, is that those skills are being provided and paid for by traditional news media, then used for free by online publications. Newspapers and broadcast networks are doing the heavy lifting, and most websites are taking advantage of the free ride. “Most online publications rely on the newspapers to do the news gathering, to spend time doing the research, getting the information,” says Roberts. “Right now, they’re getting it for free. That model can’t continue.” Affleck agrees, and says it’s hard to know what you’re getting when you go to the larger online community for information. “Journalists are crucial, they’re like a clearing house for information,” Affleck says. Continued on page 6

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Large media conglomerates dominate market Continued from page 5 “That might sound crass,” adds Affleck, “but I don’t have enough energy to read eight different blogs and decide for myself what the story is. Good journalism has to be available.” It’s an ambitious comparison, but community newspapers have some similarities to organizations like Al Jazeera: they’re on the ground in their community and knowledgeable about their subject matter. As with any product, readers select what’s valuable to them. “If you look through the whole Lower Mainland, the community newspapers have tremendous readership,” says Roberts. “A lot of people turn to them when they want their local news.” With the addition of online versions that offer extra features like photo galleries and video, staff and guest blogs, plus opportunities for reader feedback, community newspapers are well placed to survive the digital revolution, albeit in an unknown-asyet format. Of course, it isn’t all good news. Classified revenue, once called a “river of gold” by Rupert Murdoch, has all but dried up in the face of free online classified sites like Craigslist; display-ad revenue is down nationally, and quality and quantity of editorial content varies with ownership and publisher. Last year, Tribune and Canwest

“IF THERE’S A MODEL THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED, LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT.” Anne Roberts

Global Communications Corp. (the previous owner of this paper), the largest newspaper owners in the U.S. and Canada, respectively, filed for bankruptcy protection because of acquisition-related debt. Canwest’s newspaper arm was sold to a group of creditors and became Postmedia Network. Ownership by major media conglomerates is not a new development in this market; it hasn’t changed much in the 13 years that Affleck has been with BCYCNA. “There were three dominant players then, there are three dominant players now.” Some of the companies and faces may have changed, but the general composition of the media has not. “If there’s a model that needs to be fixed, let’s talk about that,” says Roberts. To improve the bottom line, some of these major players have slashed budgets, cut staff and tightened editorial percentages across the board at their papers, regardless of performance. Meanwhile, independent newspapers have the advantage of being more nimble, responding quickly to a rapidly changing industry and can devote

more resources to quality content and their online editions. “The real challenge is to be part of these larger corporations… the problem is not that people don’t want and support newspapers,” concludes Roberts.

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year ago, five major magazine companies—Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corporation, Time Inc. and Wenner Media—jointly announced the launch of one of the largest print advertising campaigns ever created to promote the vitality of magazines as a medium. That campaign —“Magazines, The Power of Print” —is still running. According to the original press release about its launch, “it seeks to reshape the broader conversation about magazines, challenge misperceptions about the medium’s relevancy and longevity, and reinforce the print medium’s important cultural role.” One headline reads: We Surf the Internet. We Swim in Magazines. In part, the text underneath says “a new medium doesn’t necessarily displace an existing one. Just as movies didn’t kill radio. Just as TV didn’t kill movies. An established medium can continue to flourish so long as it continues to offer a unique experience.” The same is true of community news. You’re still reading—and we’re still here. dlancaster@nsnews.com


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Doctor cites contradictory evidence on problem gambling

Health officer tells city council to reject mega casino Mike Howell Staff writer

A medical health officer has advised city council to reject a proposal from a Las Vegas company to build a mega casino adjacent to B.C. Place Stadium. Dr. John Carsley, a specialist in public health and preventive medicine for Vancouver Coastal Health, made his recommendation in a report he sent to city council Monday. Carsley said he based his recommendation on literature and research he reviewed on whether an expansion of gambling would create more problem gamblers. He concluded the evidence is contradictory and therefore advised council to reject Paragon Gaming Inc.’s proposal to expand the Edgewater Casino at the Plaza of Nations, which has 75 games tables and 520 slot machines. “That, given the uncertainty of the effect on problem gambling in the community, the rezoning request to expand gambling capacity at 777 Pacific Boulevard over that presently allowed at Edgewater Casino not be approved,” said

Carsley in his report, which he provided to the Courier. Paragon’s proposal calls for a move to a site adjacent to the stadium where a new casino would feature 150 games tables and 1,500 slot machines, making it the biggest casino in Western Canada. In his report, Carsley also recommends Paragon increase the amount of money it contributes from Edgewater to a so-called social responsibility fund. Paragon contributes $200,000 a year to the city, which uses the money to fund non-profits and programs such as Pivot Legal Society’s Hope in the Shadows calendar project. Paragon has promised to boost the fund by $100,000. But Carsley’s recommendation is the fund be increased as gambling revenues increase at Edgewater, with or without an expansion. Gambling revenue at Edgewater has increased from $73 million in 2005 to a high of $120 million in 2008. Edgewater collected $117 million in 2009 and $114 million in 2010, according to city statistics.

“PROBLEM GAMBLING IS A SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE BECAUSE IT’S VERY COMMON.” Dr. John Carsley

The city’s take has never reached more than $7 million a year, although the B.C. Lottery Corporation predicted when Edgewater opened that revenues would be in the $10 million to $12 million a year range. Paragon has promised at least $17 million annually to the city, if council approves its proposal, which also calls for two large hotels and restaurants. Carsley said he will send his report to the provincial medical health officer and request the provincial government increase the portion of gambling revenue it spends to address problem gambling. His research indicates British Columbia spends $1.49 per adult

on problem gambling for the lowest rate of such spending in the country. The national average is $3.69 per adult. Saskatchewan spends $6 per adult and Nova Scotia spends the most at $6.29. The provincial government’s net income in gaming revenues for 2009/2010 was $1.08 billion—a substantial gain from 2001/2002, when the government collected $606 million. Carsley spoke to council at a public hearing Tuesday night about the risks associated with allowing an expansion of gambling in the city. He did not advise council during the meeting to reject the proposal but said later that was his intention. He also believes the mayor and councillors did not have time to read his report since it was delivered Monday. Carsley was the last speaker of the second night of hearings into Paragon’s proposal. Council asked Carsley to return March 14 when the hearing resumes. Council planned to email questions to Carsley prior to March 14. “The theories and the studies and the data are contradictory and support both the idea that expand-

ing the capacity, particularly by such a large degree, would have a bad effect and increase problem gambling,” he told council. “On the other hand, there is data more based on prevalent studies rather than particular studies trying to link exposure to problem gambling that support the contrary point of view.” Added Carsley: “The problem is that once you make the decision to go ahead in the hope that one theory is better than the other, you can’t really go back.” Under recent changes to the Public Health Act in B.C., the chief medical health officer’s office has the responsibility to advise municipalities on public health. “Problem gambling is a serious public health issue because it’s very common,” he told reporters after the hearing. The effects of problem gambling include severe family rupture, mental illness and attempted suicide. Most vulnerable are the young, the poor, people with addictions and First Nations people, he said. mhowell@vancourier.com Twitter: @Howellings

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WEB POLL NATION Go to www.vancourier.com to vote Would a new mega casino downtown create more problem gambling in Vancouver? Last week’s poll question: With gas prices rapidly rising, at which price (per litre) will you start to change your driving habits? A) $1.30 — 33 per cent B) $1.50 — 12 per cent C) $2 — 55 per cent This is not a scientific poll.

My favourite moment in the Vancouver council public hearings regarding the proposed new casino came Monday night. Picture B.C. Lottery Corporation CEO Michael Graydon, a major proponent of the plan to triple the number of slot machines in downtown Vancouver by building a mega casino next to B.C. Place stadium. He was gripping the speaker’s podium while the droll Vision Vancouver Coun. George Chow wondered aloud about premier-designate Christy Clark and her campaign to win her party’s leadership by emphasizing “the family.” Chow asked if the “decision” being put forward by BCLC and PavCo, the crown corporation which proposed to be the landlord for the new gambling den, would be influenced by Clark. “I was wondering,” he said, “whether this would be a promotion of family values.” As the overflow crowd at the hall cracked up, Graydon took a pass: “I think you need to ask the premier-elect that question, not me.” But before we get to the significance of the question, let me say this: As I have watched this process over the past month my view of the possible outcome has changed. At this point, I’d say the smart money is not backing the casino. Three weeks ago, I wrote that the casino was a slam dunk. The series of rezoning decisions facing the city on the north shore of False Creek, which included approving what would be the largest casino in Western Canada, were so intertwined that turning one part down would blow everything up. That included funding

allengarr PavCo’s stadium renovation from casino land lease payments, to the construction by Concord Pacific of four condo towers, to the city getting its mitts on two pieces of land on Hastings Street where it could build affordable housing. Last week, as the opposition grew and the public hearings on the casino approached, I detected PavCo backing off, suggesting if the casino proposal didn’t work, it would seek another way to generate revenue from the land around the stadium to pay for the renovation. All the while, of course, council has been collectively wringing its hands, realizing that the province has boxed it in a difficult, if not distasteful corner. Last weekend, before the public hearings began, the city sat down with the province (I’m not at liberty to say who) to deliver the message that this dog won’t hunt. As one person who attended the meeting on behalf of the city said, “We told

them the package stinks.” And that was reflected in the tough questions all councillors asked PavCo, BCLC and Paragon, the expectant casino owners, at the public hearing. Aside from delivering that message to the province, the city was wondering if the city turns down the casino expansion and sends PavCo back to the drawing board, would the province use its legislative muscle to force the city to accept the deal? Don’t bet on it. For the city’s part and particularly for Vision, planting a massive casino in the city’s centre would hardly be consistent with their message of attracting green businesses, creating affordable housing and caring for the homeless and addicted of our city. Now let’s talk about Chow’s question about the premier-designate. If the mayor and Vision don’t want to carry this burden into the next election, imagine what it will do for Christy Clark. This advocate of family values expects to run in a byelection, then a general election in the current riding held by Gordon Campbell, which would be Vancouver-Point Grey. That would be NPA territory and home of former NPA mayoral candidate Peter Ladner, one of the strongest opponents of the casino. But Point Grey has in the past also supported NDP candidates provincially. Imagine the gift Clark would give her opposition if she allowed PavCo and BCLC to carry on with plans for the Paragon project. One more reason to believe the odds are against it as it stands now. agarr@vancourier.com

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opinion CHRISTY CLARK HELPED CUT CHILD PROTECTION

An open letter to our latest Liberal leader Dear Christy, You promised a lot during the leadership race. I don’t want to default to disbelief, just because you’ve inherited the mantle of The Man in the Red Mittens. But truth be told, when it comes to reliable delivery, I’d put more faith in a pizza truck in Tripoli than a Liberal candidate in Victoria. So now that you’re returning to the legislative chop shop, I’m having serious doubts. Let’s start with your promise of a new holiday. I take it on faith that “Family Day” is an honest effort to introduce a stat holiday for overworked British Columbians. It’s already meeting with resistance from business interests, who have no interest in subsidizing lost productivity—even though it just means putting B.C. on a par with Saskatchewan and NWT, which have 10 paid holidays a year. But good on you for appearing to go against your party’s pinstriped overlords. Let’s have a new holiday for home and hearth, with the kids celebrating by banging pots and pans over parents’ beds at six in the morning. You said you “will complete this government’s consultation with business and increase the minimum wage,” which is the lowest in the country at $8 an hour, set a decade ago by the Campbell government. I’m glad you’re going to consult with those Family Day wet blankets, but you’ve already said you’re opposed to an immediate increase to $10. So my doubts are stirring again. What do you have in mind, a miserly $8.50? A tight-fisted $9? A single parent with two children working full-time all year, but earning only $12 an hour, earns less than $25,000 a year. That’s almost $9,000 below the poverty line of $34,000 for a family of three in a large city that isn’t Vancouver. On your leadership race web page, you observed. “The reality is that you cannot build a strong family without a job.” That’s not even half-right, Christy. You cannot build a strong family without a decent-paying job. Two of them, in fact. Your whole leadership campaign, based on the “four corners” of your “Families First” platform, made me squirm a little. I’m not sure how much was principle and how much was politics, using warm and fuzzy to disguise cold and hard. For decades, right-wing U.S. politicians and pundits have hammered away on the “family values” message like Lindsey Lohan on a locked minibar. They sang a merry work song

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geoffolson about straight marriage and the nuclear family, while sawing away at the very structures that support working families: manufacturing jobs, social programs, affordable access to health care, workers rights, and even fixed military tour lengths. These are mean people, Christy, the kind who rip up binding agreements and lie about tax policies—not like the nice people in the B.C. Liberal government. So I worry that you are taking a page from Frank Luntz’s Big Book of Semantic Trickery, and this family stuff is just so much hot air for inflating trial balloons, easily exploded by pinpricks from Howe Street. But what really concerns me are questions about your past record with families in our province. In 2006, retired judge Ted Hughes delivered a scorched-earth review of the B.C. Liberal government’s budget cuts to the B.C.’s child-protection system. He said that in early 2004, a group of officials in the child protection system “felt unable to communicate with the government about the impact these budget cuts were having on children.” They asked their higher-ups to “use their influence to bring these concerns to the attention of the premier.” Did you not get a memo? You were minister of children and family development from January to September 2004. In any case, you were part of Campbell’s cabinet during the time of his most draconian cuts to the social safety net—the elastic fabric that is supposed to catch falling families in B.C. I have this terrible vision of you, out in a schoolyard field wearing cleats and your chipmunk grin. You’re on your knees, with an extended pinky over a football, addressing voters like we’re Charlie Brown and you’re Lucy. “Just once more kick at the electoral pigskin, Chuck. Things won’t be like the last three times, honest.” Christy, we don’t want to end up on our backs again, with Schulz-like regrets and fractured spines. Some of us have families to support. www.geoffolson.com

According to one reader, the proposed downtown mega casino will damage Vancouver families and cost everyone money. file photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: This is the second winter I have travelled from Ontario to spend the winter in this fabulous city of Vancouver. I am concerned over the issue of the proposed new casino on False Creek. I personally have seen the horrific and devastating effects that gambling can have on the lives of people in a community. Documented evidence now being tallied throughout North America shows unequivocally that casinos always cost a community, socially and economically. Addictions, organized crime, and all the negative consequences and repercussions

of casinos fall on the lives, families and pocket books of innocent taxpayers. The realization now surfacing in hundreds of communities tells us that a closer look and re-evaluation of the alleged benefits of a casino is paramount to the future welfare of a community. Would we want slot machines in our high schools? Would we do this for our children and grandchildren? Lets stand up and say no. If I may, I will quote Edmund Burke: “Bad things can happen when good people do nothing” Jim Hallows, Vancouver

Vision park board committed to golf, showers

To the editor: Re: “Park board swings golf cash into shower program,” March 4. I am writing to correct a few things for the record from Sandra Thomas’s story last week regarding the park board’s proposal to expand the shower program. In the story it was suggested that Vision Vancouver park board commissioners “recommended closing washrooms in some parks and raising field sports user fees to save money.” We never did such a thing. Both were a part of a list of options presented by staff to close the budget shortfall. Our response, which was delivered loudly and publicly to council by park board chair Aaron Jasper, was to push for a reconsideration of the $1 million reduction target. Our advocacy worked, and this amount was eventually

reduced. The possibility of expanding the shower program will have absolutely no impact on the maintenance of the Langara Golf Course. Diverting $30,000 for the program would only be a temporary measure, providing no threat to the public’s ability to enjoy a round of golf or the revenues that come to the park board. Sarah Blyth, commissioner, Vancouver Park Board

••• To the editor: Thank you for the reporting on this foolishness of the park board thinking of taking away funds from the Langara Golf Course to provide free showers for the “homeless.” I have volunteered for a DESA Mission and for Lookout Emergency Shelter. There are many, many opportunities for homeless persons to have free showers in Vancou-

ver, free meals, free clothes, even free foot soaks with tea tree oil in warm water, and warm towels and socks. Whenever government gets involved in such operations, costs escalate greatly. A few years from now, similar bleeding hearts will be wanting more and more for the needy. Obviously without assessing the charities with happy volunteers working for free—glad to be helping. No unions, no overtime, just volunteers by the thousands, mainly in the Downtown Eastside. One thing I have learned (by getting my hands dirty) is that we must use some level of objectivity along with sincere compassion to be of help. When the park board wants to get more involved, and compete with UGM, First United Church, etc. it frustrates me. Don Ruehs, Vancouver

Licensed bikes would help police catch cyclists To the editor: Re: “Motorists mostly respectful of bikes,” Feb. 25. Mr. Hansen-Carlson in his cycling column last week stated how pleased he was that police responded to his road rage incident and he was able to give them the licence number of the driver who harassed him. I, too, would like to have the same ability to report a bike rider to the police

and have them respond as quickly when some guy on a bike almost runs me over on the sidewalk or when I see some bike rider kick the side of a car door leaving a dent and then riding off. But sad to say no such luck as the police say they have no way of tracking down the individual. So to level the playing field, let’s license all bikes. Don Gardner, Vancouver

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So what was Paragon Gaming Inc. prez Scott Menke’s assessment of the first night of public hearings into the company’s proposal to build a mega casino adjacent to B.C. Place Stadium? “We’re happy to get the debate started,” he told me as he left the council chambers Monday night. “We’re very proud of the turnout today, the debate and most importantly our employees that came out and were very eloquent in their discussions.” Menke said the debate he witnessed Monday night, which heard from supporters and detractors of the casino, is similar to what the company heard in making previous applications to other city governments. “Gaming is a very polarizing debate and I think that this is very normal and I think it’s very healthy for a community to have such a debate.” And that debate gets more interesting as each day passes. As the range of people who showed up Monday night indicated, this is not an issue that brings out the usual suspects to speak to city council. Prior to the start of the hearing, I caught up with renowned artist Ken Lum outside city hall. Lum is the creator of the iconic East Van cross high on the hill at Clark Drive. Lum shared a personal story about his father, who had a severe gambling addiction.

Lum recalled his family was evicted from a rental unit on Keefer Street because of his father’s habits. “He would disappear for quite a long time and then come back from the Chinatown gambling halls,” said Lum, adding his father now gambles at Edgewater but places low bets. So Lum has personal reasons for not wanting the mega casino. The other reason is tied to the future of the city. Lum said an addition such as rapid transit is a theory that makes urbanism work whereas a casino doesn’t. “A very large casino right in the heart of downtown, where more and more people are living, I’m not sure I would subscribe to that type of theory,” he said, noting he shared his views with three city councillors in a chance meeting on Cambie Street. Ian Pitfield was another unlikely person standing outside city hall. The former B.C. Supreme Court justice, who retired in June 2010, made news in May 2008 when his ruling granted staff and users of the Insite drug injection facility on East Hastings a constitutional exemption from the country’s drug laws. Why is he opposed to the casino, which would feature 150 games tables and 1,500 slots? “This is a bad project and I just don’t think that is what I want in my city. And certainly from the polling that’s been done, it doesn’t seem to be what other citizens in the city want.” The debate has generated a lot of numbers, polls and press releases from both sides. Adding to the dizzying array of numbers were the 369 people who sent letters or emails to city hall against Paragon’s proposal. Another 500 people said they support it. The debate continues. mhowell@vancourier.com

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March 27

No children allowed here. The Jewish Seniors Alliance of Greater Vancouver is offering a talk called “Sex and the City” as part of its annual spring forum, March 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Israel, 4350 Oak St. Highlights of the program include Sex: Midlife and Beyond by Dr. Pega Ren, Men’s Health: It’s a guy thing by Dr. Larry Goldberg, Safe Sex in the City by Dr. Mel Krajden and Birds and the Bees—the Next Generation presented by Meg Hickling, (who’s always worth the price of admission). Emcee for the event is comedian Stephen Kaplan. For more information call 604-732-1555.

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The Vancouver/Kerrisdale Osteoporosis Branch will host a lecture: A Review of New Guidelines for Calcium and Vitamin D Intake—again with the catchy titles—by Anar Dossa, director of medication information for UBC, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the seniors centre within the Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Blvd. No registration is required and admission is free. For more information, call 604-731-4755 or 604-224-5063. sthomas@vancourier.com Twitter: @sthomas10


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Ever since the 1971 publication of Frances Moore Lappé’s ground-breaking book, Diet for a Small Planet, North Americans have been aware of the environmental and health benefits inherent in being vegetarian. Plant-based diets are linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and some cancers, particularly colorectal cancer. But one of the major drawbacks to a vegetarian lifestyle is the time and energy needed to prepare nutritious and satisfying meatless meals. To boot, many families have members with different dietary needs: some wish to eat vegetarian food while others want to be carnivores. In the 1980s, the culinary landscape changed for vegetarians and those who simply wished to eat less meat. That’s when local chef and entrepreneur Yves Potvin introduced the first veggie “hot dog” followed by countless other Yves Veggie products. More recently, Potvin has launched a new product line called Gardein. Like Yves, Gar-

lindawatts dein products try to mimic the texture, appearance and taste of animal-based protein; they can be substituted for chicken or beef in recipes. Unlike Yves products, however, the Gardein line contains garden-grown protein that’s a unique blend of vegetable, organic ancient grains (kamut, amaranth, millet and quinoa), soy, wheat and pea proteins. Not only does Gardein contain all nine essential amino acids—and is therefore considered a complete protein source—it has more than twice the protein of an egg and four times as much as tofu. That means Gardein products are more apt to make us feel full and satiated longer.

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Continued from previous page of meatless protein and rice in one of three flavoured sauces: Thai, Sicilian or Burgundy. To sample the goods, I recruited longtime friends Pat, John and Jeff Davis. The Davises have been ovolacto-vegetarians (meaning they include eggs and dairy products in their diet) for 40 years and are extremely suspicious about most convenient veggie products.

My second group of human Guinea pigs was the family of Courier assistant editor Fiona Hughes. She was a pesco-vegetarian (she included seafood in her diet) for 15 years prior to meeting her meat-loving husband Noah. Hughes tried to maintain her vegetarianism after hooking up with her husband and having her first baby but gravitated towards meat out of the frustration of preparing three different meals. That baby, now

six-years-old, is known to stick her tongue out at anything that smacks of tofu—except cheese-laden veggie dogs—while her pre-school brother simply needs to have mystery protein food on his plate identified before ploughing into his meal. Overall the verdict was positive. The kids showed their approval by cleaning their plates and the adults were impressed with every product except the Sicilian-flavoured Trio,

which they found bland. “So often vegetarian food is tasteless and unappealing,” John Davis told me. “But these Gardein items are definitely not the usual fare; they’re excellent.” Hughes felt that she could incorporate some of the items into the family’s dinner menu repertoire and have everyone eating the same meal. Noah, however, wasn’t as keen as the others. “If I’m going to eat vegetarian food, I’d rather have my wife’s

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Gathering up the gals for a party can also be financially rewarding for the hostess. Many businesses offer a kickback to the person who hosts an event and helps them sell merchandise or services through it. Options abound, like the traditional Tupperware extravaganza; clothing tryons are fun; one of the newer popular party themes is love toys and accessories (where the instructor shows you how to please your man – ooh la la.) Pampering parties (massage, pedicure, aromatherapy) are great ideas for bridal showers: local mobile services in the Lower Mainland include www.pamperyoursoul.com, www.toesonthego. ca, and www.aromametropolitan.com. (HP)

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3. If there’s one thing beat poet Charlie Sheen has taught us over the course of his increasingly free-associative ramblings it’s that it’s all about winning… duh. Which is why we are stoked to tell you that “world champion” jazz/blues harmonica player Carlos Del Junco is playing St. James Hall March 11. Be prepared to have your face melted off. For tickets and info, call 604-736-3022 or go to roguefolk.bc.ca. 4. First produced in New York in 2000 under the direction of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jesus Hops the ‘A’ Train is the gritty tale of two prison inmates at different ends of their life sentences. The Angela Konrad-directed production rolls into Pacific Theatre March 11 to April 2. For tickets, call 604-731-5518 or go to pacifictheatre.org.

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On Wednesday, we announced the winner of K&K’s first annual “Let’s Slag a Vancouver Celebrity” band name contest, but the submissions keep rolling in. Here are some of the gems we’ve received since the contest ended. See you next year. Suzanne Anton’s Feigned Indignation Tim Louis’s Cher, Che Regression Mark Madryga’s Come Hither Comb Over Sam Sullivan’s Inaccessible Stairway to Heaven Chris Carter’s Uncanny Resemblance To The Church Lady The People’s Democratic Republic Of Heed Jason Priestley’s Irrelevance Vicki Gabereau’s Creamy Thighs One Night In Alain Vigneault David Pratt’s Satin Blue Baseball Jacket Christy Clark’s Boxseats At The Seavue Theater Jay Janower’s Fisher Price Friends Vicky Gabereau’s Moose Knuckle John Furlong’s Annoying Lisp The Dick Pound DVD Box Set Nelly Furtado’s Khadafi Family Christmas Special Chip Wilson’s Reptilian Grin

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adrift, to be kind. The chandelierfestooned room was woefully understaffed, although our server was gracious and did her best. However, any enthusiasm was quashed by the 15-minute wait for menus, lipstick smeared wine glasses and pork perogies and chewy duck confit crepes served tepid, on cold plates. Flashes of creativity were apparent in the skirt steak despite a few near-raw potatoes, while braised oxtail with grilled pineapple was a success, proving more flavourful than braised shortribs, but still served on cold plates. Desserts? Thumbs up for two out of three, but a lemon sabayon tart, sporting a rock hard crust, left our pastry chef friend wondering which box it came out of. Sorry, but this Helm is rudderless. info@hiredbelly.com twitter @hiredBelly See more photos for this story at

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Is Vancouver experiencing a pizza invasion? Given the arrival of Gastown’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria and newly unveiled The Bibo, you might be excused for thinking so. Farther west, Rustico Gourmet UBake Pizza (3335 West Fourth Ave., 604-737-0640) offers an alternative to delivery pizza, with “take and bake” pies made to order, using fresh prepared-in-house ingredients. Owner Jason Kelly makes a glutenfree, thin crust option. Topping choices are extensive and lean towards the traditional, thankfully without a pineapple in sight. Once you place your order (in person, by phone or online at rusticopizza.com), the 12- or 16-inch pizza is promptly prepared, placed on an ovenproof paper baking plate and sealed in plastic wrap. You pick it up (complete with complementary pizza cutter) and cook it in your own oven in a matter of minutes. Kelly says the result is a pizza that’s fresher and tastier than regular ’za— and judging from the chorizo, parmesan, crimini-mushroom-topped Tesoro with sesame-sprinkled, we agree. The toppings were well portioned and the crust cooked to the prefect crispness, for a hot out-of-the-oven pizza for $12 to $20. Kelly isn’t aiming to compete with the Niclis and Bibos, which we’ll review soon. Rustico, he says, is modeled on hugely successful Papa Murphy’s. Given the fact that more people are turning to take-home foods every day, we think he might be onto something.


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Swedish pop nymph Lykke Li continues her beguiling ways with her sophomore release. Whereas 2008’s Youth Novels hinted at a crafty, hard-to-pin-down electronic pop artist able to bring indie rock sensibilities and R&B leanings to the nightclub, Wounded Rhymes is both a big leap forward and worthy deviation. Produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn & John, the album serves up wall-of-sound helpings of heartbreak and unrequited love on a platter of ’60s girl pop à la the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las. While the bump and grind opener “Youth Knows Know

Pain” and the Bananarama meets Bow Wow Wow gogo-dance of “Get Some” find Li shedding her often childlike voice for something more vampy and sexually charged, soaring ballads like “Love Out of Lust” and the cry-into-your pillow “Sadness is a Blessing” dole out salty tears with just the right amount of sugary sweetness. Lykke Li plays the Vogue Theatre May 27. —Michael Kissinger

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Out from under the Big Top, Cirque’s Quidam is still grand Quidam: Cirque du Soleil At Rogers Arena until March 13 Tickets: 604.280.4444 cirquedusoleil.com/quidam Reviewed by Jo Ledingham

Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam is not under Le Grand Chapiteau—The Big Top—this time around, but it’s still a big, grand show. Arenafilling music bombards the senses; lights dazzle from a constantly changing palate; and, of course, dozens of performers thrill with gravity-defying feats or skills so meticulously honed they make the near-impossible seem easy. Take the three young girls with the Chinese yo-yos. If you’ve ever tried to keep those two spools spinning on a string strung between two sticks, you’ll recognize the immensity of their skill when the girls toss the spools mile-high, do back flips, then snag the spools right out of the air. Then there are acts so death-defying, you find yourself holding your

breath for fear you might cause a momentary lapse of concentration, a slip, a neck-breaking fall. Isabelle Vaudelle’s pale body twines itself in a column of blood-red silk, sometimes cocooned, sometimes hanging dangerously by a single foot. With heart-wrenching music, images of the Crucifixion spring to mind especially as three figures emerge to cradle Vaudelle’s body and carry her away. There’s not a sound between “statues” that Anna Vicente and Rémi Chal Debeauvais make with their bodies. Each emerges—looking like Adam and Eve in flesh coloured bodysuits. They move so slowly, assuming impossibly balanced positions, their bodies merging into one motionless, multi-limbed image. And we gasped when the body of a tiny acrobat seemed to fly through the air, only to be caught by a tall column of men. And, of course, there’s Toto Castineiras, the clown who gets audience “volunteers” to do ridiculous things on stage: scratching their butts, kissing complete strangers,

he doesn’t have a head, he does have a hat that he mistakenly leaves behind. When Zoe puts the hat on, the circus arrives in a crash of thunder and bolts of lightning. Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian success story that began in 1984 with a troupe of street performers in Baie-Saint-Paul, Que. Since then, 100 million spectators have enjoyed different Cirque shows. For those seeing Quidam or Cirque for the first time, this show will be amazing. And with the greater capacity of the arena comes some less expensive seats. But for those of us lucky enough to have seen Cirque under Le Grand Chapiteau, we missed the circus atmosphere and the intimacy of the big, white tent. Entering the tent was to enter a magical world, a world in which anything could happen. An element of commercialism (which, naturally, has always been there but not so obviously in the tent) has crept in. Or maybe it’s just that the walls hold echoes of, “He shoots, he scores” and it’s just a bit harder to find the magic. joled@telus.net

Quidam stretches across Rogers Arena until March 13. spilling their imaginary guts. What distinguishes Cirque from, say, the old Ed Sullivan Show? The production capability in Rogers Arena is phenomenal. But all of the Cirque shows have an existential edge: the music is strange, the singing operatic and dark beings haunt the stage. In Quidam, there’s Boum Boum, a white-clad zombie who lumbers about; a dancer in a green hooped dress spins and spins; an Ariel-like figure flits about. While each act is happening, there is some small action going on else-

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Acme Analytical Laboratories (Vancouver), a premier BC mining laboratory, is looking to fill various Laboratory Assistant positions in Vancouver. Must be able to handle up to 40 lbs as some heavy manual labor may be required. Experience in a lab environment an asset but training will be provided. Starting wage of approximately $12 (combination of base hourly rate and daily production bonus). Detailed descriptions of the various positions are available on Acme’s website:

www.acmelab.com

Interested parties should submit resume and cover letter by email as instructed on the website.

Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive, Van. Info: 604 980-3159 • Adm: $4.00

FISH PROCESSING LABOURERS

Sung Fish Co. Ltd. at 1795 Pandora St, Vancouver. F/T job. Clean & cut fish, unpack & pack fish on ice. Training incl’d. $10-$15/hr. 2 wks pd vacation. Fax resume: 604-255-4781 Email: sung@sungfish.com

Introduction Services

M.S. Oriental Dating Service Meet lovely Oriental ladies. Since June 1987. 604-583-8800

Singles Clubs

ENJOY A GREAT SOCIAL LIFE *** TGIF SINGLES *** Things to do, places to go, friends to meet. Dinners, dances, walks, trips, tennis, golf, etc... with fun people. Info. evenings Thursdays Call 604-988-5231 www.tgifcanada.com

To advertise call

604-630-3300

REGISTER: www.bchrma.org/kevin Wednesday, April 13 4:30pm to 6:00pm Vancouver Convention Centre East

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FIND YOUR PASSION

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

Reserve Your Seat Call Jane at 604-922-0612 or Register Online at www.welcomewagon.ca Sponsor tables still available call Bonnie 604-612-1096

Classified Line Ad Deadlines

Wed. Newspaper - Mon. 4:20pm Fri. Newspaper - Wed. 4:20pm

CAREER CONFUSION?

Pender & Granville

Sandman Inn 180 West Georgia St Date: April 10th Doors Open: 3:30 pm

Classified Display Ad Deadlines

Wed. Newspaper - Fri. 1:45pm Fri. Newspaper - Tues. 2:45pm househunting.ca

EMPLOYMENT 681-2774

Door Prizes Gift Bag for Brides Fashion Show Special Displays

Sunday • MAR 20 • 10am-3pm

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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

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Sales Centre Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30am - 5:00pm Email: classified@van.net Fax: 604-985-3227

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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

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LOGGING COMPANY looking for Owner Operator Logging Truck Contractors. Short/long log for Mackenzie area. Fax 250-714-0525 Phone 250-714-1191 ext 225, ben@bcland.com include references and capabilities.

QUALITY COLLATING Ltd. Calgary, Alberta Experienced Alphaliner Operator /Stitcher Operator for busy Calgary bindery. Competitive wages based on experience. Send resume and cover letter including availability for shift work to: calgaryflyers@hotmail.com or fax to 1-403-204-7843

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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

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F/T live-in experienced Caregiver/ Childcare $8.50/hr 40 hrs per/wk Caregiver training certificate req. Jessie or Cathy, 604-877-0738.

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FEATURED EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT EDUCATION YWCA Employment Resource Centre

Unemployed? Working less than 20 hours per week? Need ideas? We can help.

5th Floor 5750 Oak Street (at 41st Avenue)

FREE job search and training assistance for men and women

CALL 604.263.5005 ywcajobseeker.org

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SEOUL HOUSE Korean Rest. in Vancouver area. Hiring F/T Korean Cook (40hrs/week). + 3yrs Korean cooking exp & sec. sch. diploma req. Wage: $3000/month. Resume by fax 604-739-9021

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Funded in whole or part through the CanadaBritish Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement

Health Manufacturer Company requires a fulltime

Export Sales Representative

Qualifications and responsibilities:

 In-depth knowledge on natural health products/vitamins/ pharmaceutical products  Effective written and verbal communication skills, including ability to make presentations and instructions to individuals or group.  Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and knowledge of MS Office is mandatory  Previous pharmaceutical or food supplement sales experience is preferred  Develop and increase export clients in order to achieve/exceed sales target  Fluent in English, Mandarin/ Cantonese is an advantage

Fax your resume and cover letter to 604-277-1767 Attn. Sales Mgr. or email your resume to hr@organika.com

Looking for a career change? CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES Vancouver • 5 days/week • Fri - Tues Richmond • 4 days/week • Fri - Mon We are seeking energetic, motivated individuals to join our team. Our staff are sales focused and have superior customer service and communication skills. If you have a strong drive to succeed, and are interested in working for a company that offers its employees the opportunity for career advancement, we would love to hear from you. Please send your cover letter and resume to:

careers@mapleleafstorage.com www.mapleleafstorage.com

Hotel Restaurant

Trades/Technical

ARCHITECTURAL SHEET Metal Apprentices & Journeymen Req’d Top Wages & Benefits Email:

dgeddes@marineroofing.com Or Call:604-433-1813

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SKYLINE TOURS LTD seeks to hire a TRAVEL COUNSELLOR for Vancouver Office. Completion of Secondary School. Fluency in Korean and basic English. 1-2 years experience in a related field. $15−16 per hr, 37.5 hrs/week Fax: 604-682-6658 or Email: skylinetoursltd@yahoo.ca

TRUTH IN ''EMPLOYMENT'' ADVERTISING Postmedia Community Publishing makes every effort to ensure you are responding to a reputable and legitimate job opportunity. If you suspect that an ad to which you have responded is misleading, here are some hints to remember. Legitimate employers do not ask for money as part of the application process; do not send money; do not give any credit card information; or call a 900 number in order to respond to an employment ad. Job opportunity ads are salary based and do not require an investment. If you have responded to an ad which you believe to be misleading please call the Better Business Bureau at 604-682-2711, Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm or email inquiries@bbbvan.org and they will investigate.

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INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL Locations in Alberta & BC. Hands on real world training. Full sized equipment. Job placement assistance. Funding Available. 1-866-399-3853 www.iheschool.com

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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!

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604-272-7213

Optician Training *6-month course starts April 4th, 2011

BC College Of Optics 604-581-0101

www.bccollegeofoptics.ca

Education

Auctions NEXT AUCTION: March 26, 9am Start!!! CAN-AM AUCTIONS

Industrial, Construction, Forklifts, Farm & Turf Equip., Fleet Trucks & Trailers, Lumber, Boats, Cars & Trucks, FEATURING: • 2670 BAYLINER EXPLORER HARD TOP CRUISER BOAT 120 VOLVO • 2003 FLEETWOOD 39’ EXCURSION MOTOR HOME C/W SLIDES • 2006 TERRY 35’ TRAVEL TRAILER C/W SLIDES

See web for more! www.canamauctions.com 6780 Glover Rd., Langley, BC • Phone: 604-534-9001

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

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IN HOME OR STUDIO LESSONS Piano, Theory & other instruments. Allegro Music School 604-327-7765

ANTIQUE SHOW

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

Become a Registered Personal Trainer • Earn up to $70/hr. • Government Financial Aid may be available.

Sat., Apr. 2nd VENDORS WANTED

Tables: $3500 703 Terminal Ave., Info: 604-685-8843

It’s time for bargain hunting! Browse our Garage Sale section to find deals near you.

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Job Posting for Guest Services Professionals Westwood Plateau Golf & Entertainment offers outstanding value, a unique golf experience and the highest level of personalized customer service in the tradition of North America’s finest private clubs and resorts. Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club has been recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as providing “The Fifth Best Customer Service in North America, Hawaii & the Caribbean.” In addition, Westwood Plateau was recently recognized as the “11th Best Company to Work for in BC” by BC Business Magazine in their annual list of the province’s top employers. To provide our guests with “Above & Beyond” service requires a dedicated team of Guest Services Professionals. We are currently assembling our team for the 2011 golf season that begins in April. We strive each year to improve our performance and we are seeking staff members that have an instinctive understanding of Westwood Plateau’s traditions of hospitality and service. Our team will consist of those who love to interact with people and contribute towards creating memorable guest experiences. Your outgoing manner and outstanding communication skills will be an essential asset. Your ability to anticipate the needs of our guests and to find unique and creative ways to continually strive for improvement will make you a successful candidate. Positions available include but are not limited to the following. Food and Beverage Operations Banquet Servers & Supervisors, Banquet Bartenders, Restaurant Servers & Supervisors, Cooks, Dishwashers Golf Operations Guest Services, Bag Drop, Retail Sales, Reservations, Golf Course Maintenance Staff We offer competitive wages, excellent job perks and an amazing work environment that provides a great deal of job satisfaction. Attend our Job Fair and receive a first interview on the following dates. Please bring your resume and cover letter at this time only. Sunday, March 20, 2011 Monday, March 21, 2011 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Job Fair Location

Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club 3251 Plateau Boulevard Coquitlam, BC To find out more about us, visit our Web Site at www.westwoodplateaugolf.com

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7:30-9:00 a.m. $10 Early Bird 9am-5pm $1.50 Reg. Admission

Tutoring Services

COMPUTER LESSONS FOR 50+ $30/hr Spring Special $210 /8hrs. Call Sol at 604-266-2414 Website: www.easypc.ca

604-930-8377

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Hilltop Academy Enter to win FREE TUITION for March class!!

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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.

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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 KITCHEN CABINETS, great cond, white, lrg kitchen/pantry, granite counters & island incl $1800 Appls $700. 604-926-6606

PURCHASE WATKINS Products FREE catalogue on request Independent Watkins Distributor Alison Platt, ID #385436 604-312-6679

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

Clean Sweep? Why work here? Our motto — Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet — emphasizes our vision reaches beyond food retailing. Our deepest purpose as an organization is helping support the health, well-being, and healing of people, customers, team members, and the planet. We recruit the best people we can to become part of our team. We empower them to make their own decisions, creating a respectful workplace where people are treated fairly and are highly motivated to succeed. Are you passionate about food?

Visit our website today to learn more. FORTUNES’s 100 Best Companies to Work For®

www.wholefoodsmarket.com/careers

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Preschools/ Kindergarten

LITTLE CREATIONS MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL Register now for Sept. 2011 ★ First come First Serve ★ 2 days, 3 days & 5 days Qualified Teachers 604-431-7611. 4474 Rupert St. 29th & Rupert. Vancouver

FILA MASTIFF PUREBRED PUP without papers – RARE BREED Fawn Male, Born Dec 21, 1st Shot, will be big boy $1200 604-626-5888 FILA/MASTIFF GUARD DOGS owners best friend. Intruders worst nightmare. all shots, $2000 each. ready now! 604-817-5957

GOLDEN RETRIEVER adult male 3.5 yrs, beautiful temperament, needs gd home $350. 604-701-1587

Cats

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

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

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ALL SMALL breed pups local & non shedding $399+. 604-590-3727, 604-514-3474 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

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

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SHELTIE PUPS, Reg’d, shots, tatoo, fam raised. Ready for spring break $800. 604-526-9943

SHORKY ( Yorkie x Shih Tzu ) 4 mo female, vaccinated, sweet & affectionate. $500, 604-794-3287

ST. BERNESE PUPPIES $700 Ready March 29th 2011 Wonderful pups and very healthy! Vary in colours. Maple Ridge Pics @www.stbernese.webs.com 604-615-1759

CARPET RESTORATION/CLEANING Stain & Pet’s Odor Specialist Guaranteed Winter Special 15% OFF 604-536-7627 www.Emerald.ChemDry.ca

YORKIE & Havanese X Toy size, 604-590-3727, 604-514-3474 www.puppiesfishcritters.com

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LATISHA’S PET CARE

Cat sitting. Dog Walking. Vanc. only. Michele 778-385-7313

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

The Vancouver Courier has partnered with the BC SPCA to encourage responsible pet guardianship and the humane treatment of animals. Before purchasing a new puppy, ensure the seller has provided excellent care and treatment of the animal and the breeding parents. For a complete guide to finding a reputable breeder and other considerations when acquiring a new pet, visit spca.bc.ca.

Tax returns, bookkeeping, accounting and payroll service TaxOne 604 812 8900

Health Products & Services

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

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3482 Main St. Van 604-376-1686

www. romancebeautyspa.com

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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!

One call does it all...

604-630-3300

Accounting/Bookkeeping

21ST CENTURY FLEA MARKET 175 tables of Bargains on Deluxe 20th Century Junque! SUN MAR 20 16 10-3 Croatian Cultural Center 3250 Commercial Drive, 604-980-3159 Adm: $4

East Vancouver, ESTATE SALE Saturday & Sunday March 12/13 ★ 8 - 3 3529 Oxford St, Near Kootenay Loop

Everything must go − INCLUDING THE HOUSE!

H - WILSON HEIGHTS THRIFT SALE. 1634 East 41st at Argyle. Fri Mar 11th 5-7 pm; Sat Mar 12. 9-12 noon

GARAGE SALE

Empty your Garage Fill Your Wallet

MAKE IT A SUCCESS! Call 604-630-3300

TAPESTRY THRIFT SHOP

• Fast, Accurate, Friendly • Year-Round Service • Accounting & Bookkeeping • Instant Tax Refund • US Tax & Corporate Tax • Monday-Friday – 9am-7pm Office Locations:

Vancouver: 2530 East Hastings Street, Vancouver V5K 1Z3 604-258-9499 Burnaby: 4331 Hastings Street, Burnaby V4N 1L6 604-293-1335

Call: 1-866-871-1040

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 OPEN EVERYDAY 10am - 5pm incl. SUNDAY 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.

Weekends were made for shopping, so make sure you check our Classifieds for a comprehensive listing of garage sales in your area!

Call 604-630-3300 to book your ad

MINIMUM AD SIZE IS 1 COL X 1” — UNTIL MARCH 31, 2011

604-630-3300

Tim Stephens' Astral Reflections Aries March 21 - April 19: This isn’t the easiest week. There aren’t any disasters (unless you’re impetuous Sunday or late week, Saturday).You’re just rowing against the wind in career, communications, media, travel, work and health zones. Plod onward, and get plenty of rest. Watch what you say or write Sunday and Friday/Saturday. Home’s no picnic Sunday and early Monday, but Monday p.m. into Tuesday noon brings a gratifying sense of emotional security and friendship. Contemplate romance midweek. Tackle chores (safely) Thursday onward. A brand new world of hope and friendship lies ahead! Taurus April 20-May 20: One more week of happiness, optimism, flirting, new plans, life’s vigour, friendships and entertainment! It won’t be a totally smooth time, though. Sunday contains some communications foul-ups (beware gossip, secret acts, especially regarding a partner) after which you feel gloom Monday morning. But all’s smooth after this, especially in shopping and earning, Tuesday/ Wednesday. Romance, gambling urges and creative surges arrive Thursday noon to Saturday noon -- but you might have to choose between “two attractions” or two actions. A chore you didn’t do nags at you. Gemini May 21-June 20: Plug away at career, ambition, prestige or authority-related chores. (If something in this arena began in 2010 or last January, it’s still a winner.) Be careful with money – make a major purchase, seek a pay raise or deal with important clients after midday Monday, not before (nor Sunday). Short trips, communications, paperwork, casual friendships and errands go well midweek. But someone’s evasive or deceptive around noon Thursday. All week, your hopes might struggle against a financial, romantic, age or health barrier. Try this: conform to the barrier; make it an aid.

GARAGE SALES

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

ACCOUNTING & TAXATION for small business, financial statements and personal taxes. SYLVIA SY, CGA 604-732-5511

Roger Chung, CGA Tax, bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, acct systems. #221 - 515 West Pender www.rogerchung.com 604 628-1960

Cares!

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Registered Massage Services

SWEDISH BODY MASSAGE & WAXING

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

PAPILLONS, 2 male pups, CKC reg’d, CH parents, microchipped, 2nd shots, non-breeding pets only, $1100.00 call 604-805-3457

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PUG PUPS, 2 females, 1 male, 1st shots, family raised, ready to go. $800. call 604-614-6044

Children’s Activities

Vision Laboratory at Children’s Hospital needs volunteers (4-12yrs) with good vision and hearing for a study on visual perception. Study involves computer games. Honorarium paid. Call Jenn at 875-2345 x 7853

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Cancer June 21-July 22: Your energy, charisma and effectiveness rise high Sunday to Tuesday, giving you the ability to cope with some major obstacles or problems that have existed for two or three years. Your luck, karma and self-image hit the lowest spot in two decades over the last year and a half. Now you’re beginning the long climb upward, back to the sunshine. Things turn Monday about noon – relationships, finances, security and intimacy take on a comfortable, healthy glow! Your money and career luck climb midweek. But you hit a familiar relationship drag Friday/Saturday: being light, friendly cures it. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: Lie low, rest and contemplate Sunday to Tuesday noon. Don’t tempt fate. Tuesday afternoon might start with a rush, a sudden friendship, a brilliant idea, or merely a wee uplift – in whatever way, a small signal comes that the next eight years are going to be different – you are stepping into a zone of increased awareness and intellectual acuity, of increased and smoother love, more travel, more learning; and if single, you will very likely marry. Life is fresh, mysteries flee (well, soon)! Expect attention all midweek. Chase money but beware spending, Friday/Saturday. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Be wary of investments, large financial undertakings, intimacy and any “private co-operation” Sunday – and all week. These are ethically OK Monday, but they still won’t yield practical profit. Work is reliable, though: you’re paid honestly, fairly. Relationships face some bumps, but you remain buoyant, and end happily. Retire for some rest and contemplation Tuesday noon to Thursday noon. Contacts with institutions, government or “head office” go well. Reconnect with spiritual realms. Your energy and charisma leap upward Thursday eve onward, but co-operation’s essential.

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Your last week of work, drudgery and health concerns. Next week brings a month of fresh opportunities and excitement! For now, tackle chores so you’ll be free to chase those opportunities – some of which could involve love. Ambition, career and prestige relationships draw you Sunday to Tuesday noon. Co-operation will be lacking until Monday noon, so plan your most important moves for that p.m. Hopes, optimism, friendship and light flirtation play around you Tuesday to Thursday – one of the most exciting relationship periods of your life is starting! Retreat, rest Friday. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: You’re in a romantic, creative, beauty-aware time, and Sunday to Tuesday bring a mellow, understanding mood. Good – you’ll need all the understanding you can muster Sunday through noon Monday, when various obstacles try your patience, especially in the work arena. By noon this trend switches 180 degrees to success, and romance has a better than even chance, right into pre-dawn Tuesday. Your ambitions get a splendid opportunity Tuesday eve to early Thursday (unless you worry about security) – take the chance, early (Tuesday best). Optimism, happiness, popularity late week! Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: The accent remains on home, children, security, real estate, nature, stomach, soul and nurturing, for one more week. It isn’t the easiest week – romance and pleasure can’t seem to escape the realities of money and earnings. They’re intertwined, through late 2012. On the plus side, the same period (18 months) blesses you in emotional, serene, moral ways – you’ll feel good, right. (And you’ll be oddly protected from any disasters.) But don’t seek intimacy, sex nor investments Sunday. Gentle love, understanding and travel ideas enter mid-week. Be ambitious Thursday eve, Friday.

Mar. 13 - Mar. 19 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Communications, paperwork, details, errands, casual friends, short trips and curiosity fill this week and next. In the slowest, most gradual way, like water on blotting paper, this area of your life will grow for the next 15 years. At the same time (perhaps illogically) your worries about money and income will fade. You enter eight years of “home excitement” this week. This can have a negative effect, bringing more stress to the home (so relax, exercise, guard digestion) and a positive one: money made from property, food/shelter areas. A big new life! Midweek joy, romance. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Continue to chase money, but cautiously. This entire week, romance, gambling, sex, investments, lifestyle changes, secrets and “detective work” need to be handled carefully – or better yet, left alone, especially Sunday and Thursday onward.Tackle chores Sunday to Tuesday noon – follow safety rules Sunday/Monday. You glow with a certain sweet light all March, which can attract romantic attention. Tuesday afternoon to Thursday noon could provide some relationship excitement! Be diplomatic but eager these days. Secrets, “darker urges” arise Thursday/Friday – be honest, clean, safe. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Your energy, charisma and effectiveness continue to put you on top. But this week has a couple of barriers which irk you a bit. They involve a partner, and/or your home situation, and/or money. (In all cases, money.) Ah, well, everything that has a compromise, has a solution. Sunday to Tuesday heightens your romantic, pleasure and beauty sensors. A creative surge arrives! (It’s better, easier, Monday p.m. onward.) Tackle chores midweek – you’ll do them swiftly, successfully. Good health news! Relationships present challenges Thursday to Saturday: be diplomatic, loving. timstephens@shaw.ca • Reading: 416-686-5014


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Lawn & Garden

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Heating

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8150

Kitchens/Baths

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8160

Lawn & Garden

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The best overall descriptor for the Jetta is “simple,” and with that goal in mind the designers have done a fantastic job. It’s a very elegant car, with clean lines and pleasing proportions. it’s now priced like the mass-market compacts to which it’s been compared. There’s only one major sticking point, and you’ll find it under the hood. In order to get the price down, VW has equipped sub$20k Jettas with its decades-old 2.0L inline-four, which produces a subcompact-like 115-hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. To get the excellent 2.5L inline-five that served as the base engine in last year’s model, you have to spend $21k. Mind you, consumers who have always wanted a Jetta (but ended up with something else) can finally justify the purchase—and that’s really the point. Volkswagen has taken the Jetta closer to what it once was, without compromising what it has become. That alone will turn window shoppers into Jetta owners. Design—The best overall descriptor for the Jetta is “simple”, and with that goal in mind the de-

inline-five pushes 170-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Both engines get a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Down the line, the turbocharged 2.0L from the previous model will return (good for 200hp), along with a 1.4L hybrid powertrain with 150-hp and a sevenspeed direct-shift gearbox. Of course, what many people really want in their Jetta is VW’s turbocharged TDI 2.0L diesel, producing 140-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and connected to a six-speed manual or direct-shift gearbox. Handling is reasonably good, but the steering is a tad light for my taste and doesn’t provide much road feedback. In combination with the 2.0L engine, that makes for a very relaxed base model when it comes to performance, though the prospects are improved by the more-responsive 2.5L. On the bright side, the Jetta retains the German feel that separates it from its American and Asian coun-

signers have done a fantastic job. It’s a very elegant car, with clean lines and pleasing proportions. Though some consumers might find it a bit too generic for their tastes, it’s very easy on the eyes. A prominent badge and trademark grille treatment clearly define the Jetta as a Volkswagen, but there’s a decidedly Audi-ish feel to it that’s particularly noticeable in the back, from the curve of the rear deck to the shape of the tail lamps. Inside, the Jetta continues the simple styling with a businesslike interior that isn’t fancy, but comes across as very well organized and comfortable. With solid-feeling plastics and sturdy controls, build quality is a definite high point in the Jetta. As with its predecessor, it feels like the upscale car that Volkswagen envisions it being. Performance—The base 2.0L inline-four generates 115-hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.5L

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For the past two decades, the story on the Jetta has been the same thing: “good car, too expensive.” Jetta owners loved their German-engineered compact sedans dearly, but in comparison to less-expensive Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas, it was difficult to compete directly on price alone. As a result, the Jetta settled into something of a niche role, with a loyal fanbase and a host of admirers, while the Civic and Corolla dominated sales. For its part, Volkswagen seemed fine with that. Preferring to position the Jetta as a premium alternative, the automaker decided to sell it alongside the City Jetta, which was essentially the previous model at a lower price. However, that strategy—while intriguing—could only go so far in a segment that has become increasingly competitive in recent years. With a new crop of value-priced compacts arriving for 2011, headlined by exciting new entries such as the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen had to reconsider the Jetta sales model. The result is a brand new, 2011 Volkswagen Jetta that sells for just $15,875, which is a significant drop from the 2010 model’s $22k starting price. And while the redesigned, sixth-generation sedan is an excellent car, that price reduction is what makes it a potential game changer. Though the Jetta still has upmarket appeal,

terparts, with the firm-but-comfortable ride that we’ve come to expect from Volkswagen vehicles. Environment—Bowing somewhat to North American tastes, the Jetta has increased in size, both inside and out. There’s lots of room in both the front and back seats, and the trunk is impressively large for a compact car. Controls are logically placed and easy to use, but it would have been nice to see the stereo display located at the top of the dashboard in plain view, instead of the two large vents taking up space. As interesting as the base Trendline trim might be for under $16k, it’s hard to recommend a car that doesn’t include air conditioning or remote keyless entry. The Trendline+ adds these features, while cruise control shows up on the Comfortline. Features—The Jetta ranges in price from $15,875 to $26,655, and is available in Trendline, Trendline+, Comfortline, Sportline, and Highline trims. Standard equipment on the Spartan Trendline includes ABS, traction control, tilt/telescope steering, four-speaker CD/MP3 stereo, and six airbags. Notable features available as options or on higher trims include air conditioning, fog lamps, cruise control, remote keyless entry, heated front seats, Bluetooth, sixspeaker audio, and a sunroof. Fuel efficiency for the 2.0L gasoline engine is rated at 9.1L/100km in the city and 6.0L/100km on the highway, while the TDI diesel is rated at 6.7L/100km and 4.6L/100km, respectively. Thumbs up—Lower price; sleek styling; huge trunk. Thumbs down—Mediocre base engine; limited features on base models. The bottom line—More competitive than before, the Jetta is becoming a comeback car of the year. Continued next page


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producing 110-hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Introduced for 2006, the current model is at the end of its five-year cycle. Honda has just taken the wraps off of a redesigned, 2012 model that represents a progression of the ultra-popular compact car. • Hyundai Elantra The superbly styled Elantra sells for $15,849, powered by a 1.8L inline-four with 148-hp and 131 lb-ft of torque, and comes with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Hyundai is starting to put serious pressure on its rivals. After getting its quality issues sorted out, the Korean automaker has raised the bar on design, producing some of the prettiest cars on the market. david.chao@leansensei.com

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER

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ONLY KIA South Vancouver offers:

1 YEAR FREE VEHICLE ADJUSTMENTS | LIFETIME FREE OIL & FILTER CHANGES | LIFETIME FREE CAR WASHES ! IN S Y D EN 31 RR R U HOFFE RCH MA

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ALL 2011 MODELS**

ALL FORTE VEHICLES COME STANDARD WITH:

“BEST SMALL CAR”

select models FOR 90 DAYS on !

MP3/USB INPUT

ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY°

HWY: 5.7L/100KM (50 MPG) CITY: 8.1L/100KM (35 MPG)

OVER $20,000

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THE ALL-NEW 2011 KIA FORTE5

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MONTHS*

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Electronic Stability Control

FOR 90 DAYS

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4-wheel Disc Brakes with ABS

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2011 KIA FORTE SEDAN

0%

FINANCING APR

MONTHS*

CASH & PAY SAVINGS

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156 hp @ 6,200 rpm

132 hp @ 6,000 rpm

140 hp @ 6,300 rpm

144 lb. ft. @ 4,300 rpm

128 lb. ft. @ 4,400 rpm

128 lb. ft. @ 4,300 rpm

Voice Activated Bluetooth®

! !

Electronic Stability Control

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2011 Forte Koup EX AT

2011 Honda Civic Coupe DX-G AT

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe LT AT

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156 hp @ 6,200 rpm

140 hp @ 6,300 rpm

155 hp @ 6,100 rpm

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2011 Toyota Corolla CE AT w/Conv Pkg

Torque

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2011 Kia Forte EX AT

Comprehensive 5-year Warranty

60

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2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Mazda w/convenience Mazda3 Sport pack AT GS AT

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Voice Activated Bluetooth®

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VANCOUVER’S ONLY KIA DEALERSHIP

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604-326-6868

396 S.W. MARINE DRIVE, VANCOUVER

• 10 minutes from Delta • 15 minutes from Surrey • 5 minutes from Richmond • 5 minutes from Burnaby • minutes from Downtown

**0% purchase financing available on select 2011 Kia models for up to 84 months on approved credit (OAC). 0% purchase financing available on all 2011 Kia Rio and Rio5 models for up to 84 months on approved credit (OAC). !“No Payments Until Spring 2011” (60-day payment deferral) applies to purchase financing offers on all new 2011 Kia models on approved credit (OAC). No interest will accrue during the first 30 days of the financing contract. After 30 days interest starts to accrue and the purchaser will repay principal and interest monthly over the term of the contract. ‡Cash purchase price for 2011 Rio (RO542B)/2011 Forte Sedan (FO540B) is $9,995/$14,745 and includes a cash credit of $3,700/$1,250 based on the MSRP of $13,695/$15,995. "Cash savings vary by model and trim. *0% purchase financing available on 2011 Soul for up to 60 months on approved credit (OAC). !Loan credit for Soul (SO550B) is $500 and is available on purchase financing only on approved credit (OAC). Cash credit for 2011 Sportage (SP75BB) is up to $2,000. Cash credits vary by model & trim. All offers exclude licensing, registration, insurance, delivery and destination, PPSA, other taxes, and dealer administration fees. Other dealer charges may be required at the time of purchase. Other lease and financing options also available. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Prices subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. Vehicle images shown may include optional accessories and upgrades. "Highway/city fuel consumption for 2011 Sportage (SP55AB) is 6.9L (41 MPG)/10.0L (28 MPG); 2011 Rio (RO542B) is 5.8L (49 MPG)/7.1L (40 MPG); 2011 Soul (SO550B) is 6.3L (45 MPG)/7.7L (37 MPG); 2011 Forte Sedan (FO540B) is 5.7L (50 MPG)/8.1L (35 MPG). The actual fuel consumption of these vehicles may vary. These estimates are based on the Government of Canada’s approved criteria and testing methods. Refer to the Government of Canada publication EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide. ^2011 Kia Sportage/2010 Kia Soul/2011 Kia Forte awarded the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The award is applicable to all 2011 Sportage models manufactured after March 2010. Visit www.iihs.org for full details. <2011 Kia Sportage named 2011 International Truck of the Year by Road & Travel. Visit www.roadandtravel.com for full details. °The Bluetooth® word mark and logo are registered trademarks and are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Some vehicles advertised may include optional accessories or after-sale equipment and may not be exactly as shown. Some conditions apply to the $500 Grad Rebate Program and $750 Kia Mobility Program. See dealer for details. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of print. For more information on our 5-year warranty coverage, visit kia.ca or call us at 1-877-542-2886. Offers end February 28, 2011. KIA is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation.


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Cost $5. To register call 604-541-3902.

Dempster’s English Muffins

Breyer’s Fruit Bars Multipacks

assorted varieties

2/5.00

assorted varieties

5.99

package of 6

product of B.C.

Meat Department 3.29lb/ 7.25kg

product of Canada

Danone Activia Yogurt Multipacks

three varieties

2/7.00

Valucke s Pa

4.59

8/100g • product of Canada

Uncle Luke’s Maple Syrup

vanilla bean or dark chocolate

14.99

Choices’ Own Hummus

2/7.00

1 L • product of Quebec

assorted varieties

1.49/100g

255g • product of USA

Liberté Greek or Méditerranée Yogurts assorted varieties

3.99

Hevy D’s Sweet and Salty Kettle Korn

190g • product of Canada

Country Morning Large White Eggs

2/5.00

From Our Bakery 2.99

2.99

200g • product of Finland 550g

Earth’s Choice Organic Rice Cakes

4.99

2lb bag

Bulk Department

Organic Red or White Quinoa prepacked or bins

20% off

2/5.00

regular retail price

55.99

Natural Factors B Complex is nutritional insurance to fortify your daily diet with important vitamins and coenzymes. Especially important for elderly people and for those with active lifestyles, poor diets, or who smoke or drink alcohol.

18.99

375-454g • product of Canada

Dr. Oetker Casa di Mama Frozen Pizzas

A hair coloring kit with a natural herbal base and no ammonia that gently colors and protects hair structure while giving hair a deep natural gloss and brilliance.

assorted varieties

4.59 395-410g

14.99

Mount Royal Bagels

Vij’s Indian Meals

assorted varieties

assorted varieties

EchoClean Dish Liquid

from 6.99

green apple or tangerine

2/7.00

package of 3

package of 6 • product of B.C.

300g • product of B.C.

210 caps

Herbatint Natural Hair Colours

product of Germany

Rice Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

360 caps

Natural Factors Hi Potency B Complex Bonus Bottle

assorted varieties

185g • product of Canada

Rice Bakery 4.49

2/5.00

Alleviates pain and inflammation from injuries and overtraining. Accelerates the healing process!

Prairie Harvest Organic Semolina Pastas

2.39

package of 12

California Grown

Purica Extra Strength Recovery

on all Swiss Cheeses

assorted varieties

Honey Ginger Cookies

Sweet Clementine Mandarin Oranges

save 1.00/100g

assorted varieties

Flax Bread

2.98lb/ 6.57kg

Swiss Cheeses

Panda Licorice Candy

1 Dozen

Certified Organic, Mexico Grown

reg 1.99

2/5.00

500-750g • product of Canada

4.99lb/ 11.00kg

25lb Bag

Red Tomatoes on the Vine

From the Deli

Late July Organic Cookies

medium

14.98

Organic Lean Ground Beef

assorted varieties

340g • product of USA

Lillooet Grown, Certified Organic

Whole Specialty Frying Chickens

14 pack

Blue Diamond Almond Butter

Juice Carrots from Fountainview Farm

2.99

135ml

740ml • product of Canada

choicesmarkets.com Kitsilano

Cambie

Kerrisdale

2627 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 604.736.0009

3493 Cambie St. Vancouver 604.875.0099

1888 W. 57th Ave. 1202 Richards St. Vancouver Vancouver 604.263.4600 604.633.2392

Yaletown

Prices Effective March 10 to March 16, 2011.

Choices in the Park

Rice Bakery South Surrey

2595 W. 16th Ave. Vancouver 6855 Station Hill Dr. 604.736.0301 Burnaby 604.522.6441

3248 King George Blvd. South Surrey 604.541.3902

Choices at the Crest 8683 10th Ave. Burnaby 604.522.0936

Kelowna 1937 Harvey Ave. Kelowna

250.862.4864 Note Area Code

We reserve the right to limit quantities. Not all items may be available at all locations. We reserve the right to correct printing errors.


Vancouver Courier March 11 2011