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Plan may cost $420 million Mark Hasiuk Staff writer
Like the Canada Line tunnel (inset), the proposed bike “Funnel” will connect southeast False Creek to downtown Vancouver. inset photo Ian Smith/Vancouver Sun main photo Dan Toulgoet
The next phase of bicycle infrastructure in Vancouver may include an underwater tunnel connecting downtown to southeast False Creek. A 52-page city report, obtained by the Courier through Freedom of Information legislation, details the tunnel plan and other bicycle initiatives proposed by Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision Vancouver council majority. According to the report, the bicycle tunnel—dubbed the “Funnel”—will begin near the south side of the Cambie Street Bridge, run parallel to the Canada Line tunnel under False Creek,
and resurface at Coopers Park, connecting with the seawall bike lane. Cost estimates range from $340 million to $420 million. The report outlines a funding model combining private donations with provincial and municipal money. Prospective contractors include SNC-Lavalin, the Montreal-based engineering ﬁrm responsible for the Canada Line, and DigableProjects, an eco-construction company headquartered in San Francisco. According to the report, the Funnel (125 metres long, six metres in diameter) will be constructed from recycled materials such as computers and diesel-powered transit buses. See COPS on page 4
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stronghold of Vancouver East. Davies, ﬁrst elected in 1997, captured 54.4 per cent of the vote in 2008. Ken Lowe, the Liberal candidate nabbed 17.22 per cent, while Conservative Ryan Warawa collected 15.54 per cent and the Green’s Mike Carr 11.38 per cent. Irene Yat-
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Continued from page 4 Douglas Roy, the Green Party candidate, marks his ﬁrst attempt at political ofﬁce with this campaign. Most of his career has been in the education ﬁeld. He’s currently a visiting professor in the international business department at Sun-Yat-Sen University in China. He said he spends an average of four months in China and eight months in Vancouver. He’s lived in Vancouver South
for about six years, but told the Courier through email he’s running in Vancouver East because he’s often worked in the riding and feels a great connection to the district. He was a program coordinator for the aboriginal youth worker training program at Vancouver Community College and has worked at the Vancouver Aboriginal Centre. “When employed by Vancouver Community College and the Van-
couver Aboriginal Centre, I worked with young First Nations students trying to improve conditions for those involved in the sex and drug trades in the Downtown Eastside. While governments have poured millions into the problems there, the solution has been avoiding them. Maybe it’s the governments that are the problem,” he said in his email, adding, “My wife and family are Chinese, as are about 30
per cent of the riding’s voters, and it doesn’t hurt to understand the people and their concerns.” When asked why he’s running in a riding that’s been solidly behind Davies for 14 years, he said, “I know Libby Davies seems impossible to beat, as you put it, but that wasn’t a consideration in my decision. Anybody can be beaten. That’s what elections are all about. Right now, I’ve got the same num-
ber of votes as her,” he said. Regardless of the outcome, Douglas argues it’s important to spread the “green” message. “I think Vancouver East is particularly fertile ground for those seeds to grow,” he said. Alex Bishop is expected to be the Liberal candidate, but details of his background were unavailable at the Courier’s deadline. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @Naoibh
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Continued from page 4 At the Funnel’s midway point, a bicycle service centre will include air hoses, a water cooler and ﬁrst-aid medical supplies. Additional recommendations aimed at tourism include a “glass-walled interpretive section” where cyclists can observe the underwater ecology of False Creek, and a mural at Coopers Park dedicated to bike history in Vancouver. The report also recommends other bicycling initiatives including a citywide bike
co-op and property tax breaks for “cycle family” households. Mayor Gregor Robertson refused to comment on this story. Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs, Robertson’s unofﬁcial cycling czar, also ignored several interview requests but emailed a statement to the Courier. “From day one, this council and this mayor have made bike infrastructure a key part of our agenda,” wrote Meggs, noting new bike lanes on Hornby, Dunsmuir Street and the Burrard
James “Bud” McElroy Street Bridge. “An underwater bike tunnel should not come as a surprise to anyone.”
James “Bud” McElroy, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, is a consultant with DigableProjects, one of the contractors mentioned in the city report. McElroy visited city hall in October, and alongside deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston, helped city planners draft the tunnel proposal. Speaking by phone from his home in San Francisco, McElroy said the Funnel plan was modelled after bike tunnels in Venice, Italy and the controversial Tsrif Lirpa connector
in Helsinki, Finland. “The future is underground, below and away from those carbon-spewing Earth-killers we call automobiles,” said McElroy, who once spent six months in an underground bunker as part of a university experiment. “If you bore a tunnel correctly, with love and foresight, its allure is too great to resist.” McElroy left Berkeley’s department of architecture in 2008 after university ofﬁcials discovered several large marijuana plants in
his ofﬁce. As an animal rights activist, McElroy focuses on burrowing animals such as gerbils and groundhogs. In 2009, he was arrested in Detroit while protesting the federal bailout of America’s big three automakers. Although no formal charges were laid, McElroy donated $2,500 to a Detroit-area animal shelter after police found four star-nosed moles, two dead from suffocation, in McElroy’s possession. email@example.com Twitter@: MarkHasiuk
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What does Police Chief Jim Chu do when he has an ethical question or is worried about a potential conﬂict of interest? I assume he consults with his deputy chiefs. But if they can’t answer his question, then who can? For almost four years, Chu and other members of the Vancouver Police Board could rely on H.A.D. (Bert) Oliver—the former B.C. Supreme Court justice, the province’s former conﬂict-of-interest commissioner, war veteran and all-around gentleman. The 89-year-old Oliver died Jan. 14 after a brief illness. Two weeks ago, the police board appointed former B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kirsti Gill as ethics adviser. Gill, who was a colleague of Oliver’s, retired in mid-2009 after 18 years on the bench. So why does she want the job? “I don’t know that I have any reasons other than it seemed interesting and it obviously isn’t a time-consuming role,” she told me. Sponsored by
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cers on ethical and potential conﬂict-of-interest problems. In other police board news, board member Sheryl Williamson was named March 28 as one of 36 outstanding British Columbians for her community work. Williamson, who is chair of the West End Citizens’ Action Network, was given a B.C. Community Achievement Award. Williamson
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First it was former Calgary Flame Theo Fleury announcing the Vancouver Canucks—which happen to have the best record in the NHL— will bow out in the ﬁrst round of the playoffs.
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tives. It also depends on the woman. Women are not homogenous, they are a diverse group. We would never say 20 per cent of men would be able to rep the entire population of men.” When Jennifer Clarke lost her bid for mayor in 2002, she likened the campaign to pregnancy. “You do know it’s going to come to an end,” she told the Courier at the time. According to Equal Voice, the United Nations estimates legislative bodies need one third of their elected representatives to be women for women to leverage inﬂuence in politics and government. “Young women are often turned off from politics because they’re not reﬂected in it,” Peckford said. “We need women to be seen as the leaders they often are.” In Campbell’s case, the former prime minister has spoken at length about the need for women in politics, telling an audience in 2006 that leadership is mistakenly viewed as an exclusively masculine quality. “When women ﬁrst enter these positions [of leadership], they are faced with a struggle of trying to establish that, in fact, they belong there.” email@example.com Twitter: @MHStewart
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When Jennifer Clarke announced Tuesday she was running for the Conservatives in Vancouver Centre, the former NPA mayoral candidate joined a rare group of politically accomplished and ambitious women in the history of the downtown riding. She is in the ranks of the country’s only female prime minister, Kim Campbell, along with the woman who unseated her in 1993, Hedy Fry, who has held the riding as a Liberal ever since. The third declared candidate in the riding is Adriane Carr, the founder of the B.C. Green Party. “It’s quite notable and it’s obviously very promising,” said Nancy Peckford, the executive director of Equal Voice, a national Ottawa-based, nonpartisan organization promoting more women in politics and government. “When you’re still looking at a
House of Commons at 22 per cent women, basically the people in this riding are sure to elect a woman. That’s pretty exciting,” said Peckford. The NDP has yet to nominate a candidate, although Karen Shillington, a former Green candidate on Vancouver Island, is the only declared nominee. A nomination meeting was scheduled after the Courier’s Thursday morning print deadline. In most ridings, voters are more likely to be confronted with an allmale slate, said Peckford. Carr agreed. “It’s fabulous to have strong women running,” she told the Courier. “I relish the opportunity to be debating with other strong women.” With Elizabeth May angling to gain entry to the all-male national leaders’ debates, Carr said gender equity is another reason the Green Party leader should be allowed to participate. Peckford said May’s absence from the national debates is “troubling to us because we need women to be seen in leadership roles” and noted women bring something to politics their male counterparts can’t contribute. “Their life experience as a woman has led to certain insights and experiences that clearly would be translated in how they function as elected representa-
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riod that he couldn’t use his hands to repair parts. The former federal government ﬁnancial analyst based the ﬁgure on what he earned for the previous period in 2008. “This happened in 2009 and I’ve only received one letter from the city and no action,” he told the Courier. “It’s sort of like they’ve dismissed me. I’m not looking to sue but I just feel that what I’m asking for is reasonable, given what happened. If I was Picasso, I could ask for more.” The Courier contacted the city’s communications department regarding Bethel’s claim. “As a result of your query, our director of risk management tried to contact Mr. Bethel again by phone [Wednesday] to explicitly outline the steps he and the city need to follow to conclude this matter, however there was no answer,” Mairi Welman, director of corporate communications, wrote in an email to the Courier. “A message has again been left requesting that he get in touch.” Welman said the city was to send Bethel a letter Wednesday. mhowell@vancourier Twitter: @Howellings
Vern Bethel at the site of his fall near Yukon Street. The offending curb has since been repaired. photo Dan Toulgoet
The owner of a False Creek automotive business is locked in a battle with the city and wants at least $814 for lost wages and $17.63 to repair his shoe after tripping on a curb on Yukon Street in October 2009. Vern Bethel of False Creek Automotive said he was walking north in the afternoon of Oct. 26 in the 2100-block Yukon Street when he tripped on a curb that intersects an alley between Fifth and Sixth avenues. City crews were working on Yukon Street and had ripped up the asphalt in the alley, leaving an exposed curb lip on the concrete sidewalk. Photographs taken by Bethel after the accident show the uneven path. Bethel, 70, says he fell hard to the ground, injuring his left ankle, right knee and palms of both hands, which he described as looking “like hamburger.” He said the injuries to his hands prevented him from repairing vintage car starters, carburetors and other parts for more than a month. The work is a small portion of his business, which includes storing vin-
tage vehicles, selling parts and brokering car sales. Bethel said the accident was witnessed by a female ﬂag operator working with city crews. He provided her name and details of his accident in a letter to the city Dec. 18, 2009. Bethel received a reply Dec. 24, 2009 in a letter from city claims investigator Doug Kenny, who apologized for the “unfortunate accident.” Kenny said the city was reviewing Bethel’s claim. “Unfortunately this takes time,” Kenny wrote. “We appreciate that you would like to have this matter resolved as quickly as possible and we will do our best.” In subsequent phone conversations with the city, Bethel said, the city agreed to cover the $17.63 cost to repair his shoe scuffed in the accident. But he hasn’t been paid, he said. He said the city also told him speciﬁc details were required to make a claim. So Bethel sent another letter Dec. 18, 2010 to Kenny that outlined his lost wages. Bethel calculated that he lost $814 in lost wages between the day of the accident and Dec. 15, 2009, the pe-
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Imagine Shirley Chan as young girl of 10 in the 1950s joining her parents Walter and Mary Lee in Strathcona as they campaigned against what the city referred to as “urban renewal.” Bulldozers directed by city bureaucrats systematically levelled Victorian housing while Shirley accompanied her mom who went door to door attempting to organize the neighbours while her dad penned articles for local papers. Chan had no idea the history she was helping to make, history that would change the face of the city and the face of municipal government. A decade later, Chan was still at it, now with a university education, but facing a far more formidable foe. By this time, Vancouver was suffering from North America’s love affair with the automobile. Cars were providing the mobility for folks to move to the suburbs creating urban sprawl. And cheaper land prices along with growing populations there were attracting businesses. The economic heart of the city was in trouble. The solution from the bureaucrats at city hall led by the all-powerful senior public servant Gerald Sutton-Brown was to build a freeway; it would funnel consumers and workers into and out of the city. The route selected would take it clear through Chinatown and Chan’s Strathcona neighbourhood. The city was governed as it had been for the previous three decades by an NPA-dominated council, this one headed by Mayor Tom Campbell and all were malleable in the hands of their bureaucrats fully believing decisions of this sort should be left to the experts: Sutton-
allengarr Brown, his engineers and consultants. There was no need for public consultation. There was also no regional transportation plan. It was Vancouver on its own. But unlike the “urban renewal” activity, this time there was a signiﬁcant opposition. Chan and her folks helped organize SPOTA, the Strathcona Property Owners and Tenants Association. Chinatown merchants were on side. Out at UBC, geography professor Walter Hardwick and planning professor Setty Pendakur were stirring up an academic storm over the imminent destruction of an historic part of the city this freeway would cause. At city hall, lone lefty councillor Harry Rankin was wailing away at the council set to “destroy Chinatown.” When Tom Campbell ﬁnally allowed public consultation, more than 500 people crowded into two committee rooms at city hall. At council, the debate shifted from which route
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Real-life ‘Harry Tuttles’ prod the system for greater good The owners of 62 condos in the former Olympic Village recently filed a lawsuit, demanding a refund for units they say are poorly built and plagued with problems, including lack of heat and tiny bedrooms. “A video made by the owners shows water leaking from light fixtures, unfinished flooring, low water pressure and poorly designed spaces,” reports contributor Airika Owen in last Friday’s Courier. It’s just an editorial daydream on my part, but I like to imagine a real-life Harry Tuttle tackling the problematic development in False Creek. Tuttle was the swashbuckling heating engineer in Terry Gilliam’s 1984 black comedy, Brazil. The black-clad character, played by Robert De Niro, goes around covertly fixing heating ducts and plumbing in the dead of night, like a ninja janitor. As a result, Tuttle is a wanted man to Central Services, a mammoth bureaucracy that botches everything it handles, from antiterrorism raids to civic infrastructure maintenance. In one scene, the film’s antihero Sam Lowry is sleeping with his head in an open fridge in his overheated apartment. He is frightened awake by a shadowy figure with a tool kit. Tuttle introduces himself and opens a panel in the wall, reaching into the wheezing guts of the apartment’s tubes and ducts (the buildings in Brazil are respiring monsters to their inhabitants). Competing his repairs in seconds, he leaps off the apartment balcony and swings like Tarzan into the dark urban canyons, leaving Lowry staring in disbelief. I’m sure the 62 aggrieved condo owners at the former Olympic Village would have no problem with Tuttle’s brand of break-andenter. (Not that he could do much about the scale of their bedrooms, which they say failed to match the display versions.) In the film, Tuttle isn’t a worldshaker; he’s more of a trickstertradesman, dealing with the messy workings of the mundane. I can imagine him rappelling into Vancouver city hall’s hearing on Paragon’s proposed mega casino, with a leather satchel full of charts on the public risks of gambling. Council would probably regard him as just another crazed, costumed East Sider, and security would tell him to sign on to the speaker’s list and politely wait his turn. This is Vancouver, after all. The character is a minor hero in Gilliam’s bleak fairy tale, but across the world there are reallife Tuttles who’ve accomplished remarkable deeds. They use the tools supplied by the system to bend, poke, and prod the system in more humane directions. For-
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geoffolson mer U.S. presidential candidate Ralph Nader is a Tuttle. As a lawyer in the ’60s and ’70s, he lobbied for raft of consumer and worker safety regulations in the U.S., including the mandatory addition of seat belts to automobiles—saving millions of lives over the years. Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi economist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is another Tuttle. He offers microfinance plans through his Grameen Bank, giving Third World residents a chance to escape poverty through small business startups. As premier of Saskatchewan, the prairie preacher Tommy Douglas introduced the provincial model for universal health care in Canada, making him our national Tuttle. Tuttles have a modest bag of tricks, but they sometimes accomplish David-versus-Goliath feats. They refuse to go along with the status quo, or resign themselves to fate. With their seemingly unwarranted optimism in positive change, they often succeed by getting others onside. When Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker—definitely not a Tuttle—first attempted to ram through his draconian bill for the state’s public sector employees, protesters occupied the state house, refusing to leave for days. The governor ordered them removed, and a member of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association arrived with a megaphone. He announced that he and his colleagues were in solidarity with the protesters, and intended to join them overnight. Another nameless Tuttle. Across the world, there are anonymous Tuttles of the highest order, such as the dozens of workers who have put their lives on the line working at the crippled nuclear reactors in Fukushima prefecture. The Republican bill in Wisconsin eventually went through, just as nuclear disaster is still underway in Japan. Having Tuttles around is no guarantee of success. But when things start to get out of hand, watch out. Get a few million protesting Tuttles together in a place like Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and an overbearing, overheating system may collapse into a tangle of deflated ducts. www.geoffolson.com
According to one reader, changes to the 50 Waterfront Station/False Creek South bus route will hurt seniors and the disabled. photo Dan Toulgoet To the editor: Re: “Bus route change raises concern for seniors and disabled,” April 1. Last week, 134 members of the community attended a hastily called meeting in False Creek with representatives from TransLink to discuss the upcoming changes to the No. 50 False Creek south bus. These changes are slated to go into effect less than a month from now on April 19. The No. 50 will no longer turn west onto Broadway, but will become the No. 15 and continue south to the foot of Cambie. This will cut out the section of the route on Broadway between Cambie and Willow. TransLink’s answer to the cut is to have the public transfer to the No. 17. The No. 17 will resume its old route across Broadway and down Oak. While a simple solution on the face of it, there are serious issues with asking many of the passengers served by the No. 50 to add a transfer to, for example, their trip to the pharmacy. Just picture, if you will, our neighbour
in her wheelchair getting off the bus ramp on the steep slope at Cambie and Eighth, to wait in front of the liquor store on the busy sidewalk at a stop with no shelter, most likely in the rain, to try to get on an overcrowded bus to travel perhaps three more blocks. This is particularly distressing because it will not be an isolated case. The area of False Creek the bus passes through is home to many, many seniors and to a number of complexes specially designed for people with limited mobility. It’s a rare trip on the No. 50 where I don’t see more than one passenger using a wheelchair, a walker or a cane. According to TransLink, the route change is a “fait accompli.” It will go ahead on April 19. They say, however, that they have heard, recorded and acknowledged the community’s concerns. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if TransLink could respond to the public’s very real concerns by not pushing through this change. Marta Goodwin, Vancouver
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To the editor: Re: “Japanese disasters should kill future nuclear options,” March 25. I was disappointed to see Geoff Olson’s citation of a totally bogus ﬁgure for the number of deaths due to Chernobyl in his anti-nuclear panic piece. The particular ﬁgure, which he quoted fourth hand (from another journalist’s report of a translation of a collection from various other sources), is a hundred times higher than the World Health Organization estimate. This is so far from anything remotely plausible that one suspects it may even be a misprint. In fact, the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) explicitly denies editorial endorsement of the book in question (which consists of translations from a wide variety of Eastern European sources), saying “The expressed views of the authors, or by advocacy groups or individuals with speciﬁc opinions about the Annals Chernobyl volume, are their own.” It may have been legitimate
for NYAS to bring these materials to the attention of the western scientiﬁc audience for consideration and assessment, but for Olson to report their most extreme assertions as fact was totally irresponsible. Alan Cooper, Vancouver
••• To the editor: Geoff Olson’s article struck the right note with regard to the recent earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan. When natural disasters strike, human beings can be most vulnerable. If the Lower Mainland or our province is hit by an earthquake with a devastating and humongous magnitude can our buildings and facilities withstand such an earthquake. Also, I think it’s time we should seriously consider all the other alternative methods and options for generating energy and power. Stephen Chiu, Vancouver
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To the editor: Re: “Trevor Linden’s political ambition relies on undeserved repute,” March 23. I don’t think Trevor Linden would have been a nightmare candidate for Hedy Fry to face in the federal election. He had 20 years in the NHL, she’s had 20 years as an MP, all
of it playing for the same team. In Vancouver Centre, Hedy has all the name recognition she needs. If Trevor someday becomes a Conservative candidate I think he will end up playing on the third line, politically speaking. Lynn Kisilenko, Vancouver
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Chloe Brown has always had an interest in cars, so much so that as a teenager growing up in the Downtown Eastside she helped herself to a few. But in 2006, Brown got involved in a program, launched at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre on East Hastings Street, called NASKARZ (Never Again Steal Cars). NASKARZ combines youth who are likely headed to jail with teens headed for the honour roll in a program that keeps them busy building and restoring cars. The program has proved so successful a group of youth recently built a Factory Five Cobra, which is on display at the Vancouver International Auto Show, on now through Sunday at the Vancouver Convention Centre. More than 40 students contributed more than 1,500 hours to complete the 500-horsepower Cobra. The $80,000 Cobra kit was donated to the program by Vancouver Community College, which supplies the auto shop and tools for the program. NASKARZ became a reality when RayCam community youth worker Alex Vasiljevic teamed up with VPD Sgt. Tim Houchen in 2005 to ﬁnd a project to combat car theft. Vasiljevic was tired of seeing stolen cars abandoned in the Ray-Cam parking lot by teenaged car thieves. “In the Downtown Eastside the kids and families get the short end of the stick because all of the focus is on adults who are addicted or have mental health problems,” said Vasiljevic. “There’s also a lot of negative attention on this neighbourhood, but there are also a lot of good stories here.”
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Friend with Parkinson’s cycles hard and with heart jeffreyhansen-carlson Why do bad things happen to good people? I wish I knew. Why is it that the people with challenges that dwarf our own offer the most profound life lessons? I wish I knew. When we met for the day’s ride, his sporadic tremors and lack of control over his extremities made even getting his sunglasses on challenging—he unintentionally threw
them across the sidewalk. This was a brief glimpse into the day-to-day life of my friend James. To see him walking down the street you’d take a second glance, feel sorry for him, and think to yourself, “Gosh, it would suck to have Parkinson’s disease.” To see him cycling, you’d not look twice because he’s just another roadie—a strong one, too. Almost 40, James has a long and formidable journey ahead, but he doesn’t want your pity. He just wants to ride. On an open stretch of road James wanted to hammer it; I was game. Our average speed was creeping up to 40 kilometers per hour and we were holding steady. My heart was starting to beat faster and my mind was focused on the
push. I forgot that at my halfwheel was a man who has difﬁculty walking. With his cycling shoes clipped in to his pedals and his hands comfortably resting on the hoods, he was as composed and ﬂuid as the best riders I know. He’ll probably never forget he has Parkinson’s disease, but there’s no disputing he can escape it while riding his bike.
James made me realize that my love of cycling is shallow. There is no end; to pedal my bike is a means to not much more than enjoyment, ﬁtness, and time spent with good people. To James, cycling is all those things and so much more. It’s therapy, relief and a critical part of his treatment. These combine to underwrite a profound re-
spect for the sport. I have a passion for cycling, but what cycling does for me is insigniﬁcant compared to what it does for James. We can’t go through life feeling sorry for people who don’t feel sorry for themselves. I don’t get the impression James feels shortchanged with his one shot here on earth; in part that is why he’s an inspiration. He’s
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them we’ll be eating grilled cheese sandwiches in a double decker bus (The Grilled Cheese Grill). The clincher: Portland is so cool it has three sculptures in a park of characters from the Ramona and Beezus novels you’ve been reading. “Really?” “Yes, Henry, Ramona and Ribsy the dog all have their own sculpture in Grant Park.” “Cool.” Yes, very cool. But the delivery of cool would mean patience—at the border, in rush hour and during the six-hour-plus journey from Vancouver to Portland. We broke up the trip with a stay in Seattle, where we used priceline.com to land a $70-anight room at the Westin in downtown. Summary: Kids swam in the pool, we did the famous underground tour and I endured a 40-ﬂoor ride in an elevator with squealing teenagers from a cheer team. We arrived in Portland in the afternoon, a few hours too early to check in to The Inn. That was ﬁne because the kids were stoked about visiting Powell’s Books. Powell’s is the legendary independent bookstore that can’t be beat for its selection, its prices, its old bookstore feel and its lack of a Starbucks. They also have nice T-shirts.
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The four of us bought books, new and used. No tax. In fact, you’ve probably heard, Oregon doesn’t have sales tax. So $16.99 for a Georgia Byng hardcover kid’s book is $16.99. Just don’t ask a Portland homeowner what he pays in property taxes. A 10-minute drive from Powell’s and we rolled into the The Inn, a renovated 1970s era boutique-hotel in Nob Hill on the edge of the Pearl District. If the Mad Hatter or George Jetson visited Portland, they’d stay at The Inn. In fact, the duo might have had a say in the paint colours (lime green, bright orange) and the zany carpeted hallways; the kids pretended they were Alice falling down the rabbit hole each time they stormed down the hall. The room didn’t disappoint, with two comfortable beds, a kitchenette, a balcony and two televisions. A continental breakfast (cereal, yogurt, juice, fruit) was served in the morning. The Northrup Station part of the hotel’s name is derived from its location—the Northrup Station stop on the streetcar line, which makes leaving the car in the parking lot that much easier. The city’s transportation system, which is free in the downtown, is fantastic and gets you where you need to go, including Washington Park; imagine the slope of Queen Elizabeth Park mixed with the forest of Stanley Park. The sprawling green space should be a mandatory visit for families. Among the attractions are a children’s museum (check out the clay-making
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1. Things get shaggy this Saturday when local four-piece Sun Wizard skip the light fandango in support of its new album of hazy summer rock hits, Positively 4th Avenue. It all goes down April 2 at The Interurban Gallery/Scratch Records (1 East Hastings). For more info, go to myspace. com/thesunwizard.
2. With extended stays in NYC and along the highways and byways of North America, the road weary Vancouverites known as The Albertans are back in the land of yoga pants and bike lanes long enough to celebrate the release of their upcoming record New Age. The cool kids with lean bodies and sexy indie-pop stylings take over the Cobalt April 2 with guests Wizzards, The Killing Time Quartet and Bear Mountain. More info at thecobalt.ca. 3. Legendary afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali, Salif Keita performs with his 13-piece band April 2 at the Vogue Theatre. Vancouver marimba band Kutapira opens. Tickets at Highlife and Red Cat Records or online at voguetheatre.com.
4. Local power-popsters and do-gooders China Syndrome unleash the shiny hooks in aid of Canadian Red Cross’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief fund. The beneﬁt show takes place April 1 at Lanalou’s (formerly Hoko’s Sushi Karaoke Bar, 362 Powell St.) with guests Payday Millionaire and Dow Jones and the Market Shares. More info at myspace.com/chinasyndrome.
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Despite the fact most Canadians don’t want a federal election, don’t feel there’s a good reason for having a federal election and don’t vote in federal elections, we’ll say this: at least the campaign is mercifully short. With voting day on May 2, we only have to endure another month watching the federal party leaders preen, prance and grovel like a cross between out-ofwork circus performers and last call at the Roxy where the Drakkar Noir-scented opportunists desperately attempt to hook up with whomever is too drunk or tired to resist their limited charms. It’s embarrassing really. Over the past week, we’ve attempted to absorb and distill the platforms, messages and over all uselessness of the various federal parties vying for our nethers, and this is what we’ve come up with: • Conservatives. PM Stephen Harper desperately wants a majority government and he wants voters to fear a coalition between the Liberals, NDP and Bloc, even though the Liberals repeatedly say they will not form a coalition and even though the leaders of the NDP and Bloc say they met with Harper in
2004 to discuss the prospect of a coalition to defeat the minority Liberal government at the time. Harper also likes photo ops with clean-cut families to promote proposed tax breaks, which hopefully distract voters from the fact that he scrapped plans for a national daycare program. • Liberals. Michael Ignatieff wants to give post-secondary students money to help with their tuition. He says it’s a game changer, but his condescending tone of voice carries an air of dickishness that rubs most people the wrong way, kind of like when your dad gave you the keys to the car but in such a passive aggressive way that you’d end up walking to the mall just to avoid the hassle. • NDP. Jack Layton has been leader of the NDP since 2003 and despite having nearly a decade to shape a platform that clearly explains why he thinks his party is a viable alternative, he ﬁrst big election announcement is to cap credit card interest rates zzzzzzzzzzz. The only way Layton could have gotten his campaign off to a duller start would be if he had come out and voiced his strong opposition to littering and mean people. • Green Party. Leader Elizabeth May continues to ﬁght a two-front battle: convincing voters
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This is a tale of two pizzas. The Hired Belly recently took it upon himself— fearing a sudden weight loss—to eat back-to-back offerings at two of the town’s newest pie joints. There may be no more evident sign of change on the Downtown Eastside than newly unveiled Antica Nicli Pizzeria (62 East Cordova St., 604-669-6985). By contrast, The Bibo (1835 West Fourth Ave., 604586-6177) is a welcome reminder of Kits days gone by. Far from your average mom and pop pizza joint, it’s tough not to be seduced by Antica Nicli’s elegant curves and minimalistic, multihued shades of white—very Euro-chic, with savvy service to match. On the plate, the wow factor kicked in early with a superb combo of prosciutto and arugula salad, bumped up with cambozola, roast pear and whole gig balsamic vinaigrette. Not to take away from Nicli’s perfectly executed funghi with parmigiano, mozzarella and tomato, topped with giant basil leaves, but we’d head back for just the salad alone. We could wax on about the excellent crust, though not quite as outstanding as hyped, singed to add the right amount of wood smoked authenticity, dense, savoury and not overtly thin. Notch up one more for Gastown’s growing list of go-to spots. While Antica Nicli was purposebuilt, West Fourth’s The Bibo moved imperceptibly into the space left va-
Antica Nicli Pizzeria serves up a ﬁne funghi with parmigiano, mozzarella, photo Tim Pawsey tomato and basil. cant by short-lived Greek restaurant Piato Estiatorio. Warm and welcoming, with owners who actually take the time to say “hello,” The Bibo is everything that Piato, which fared well in the kitchen, might have been. Plus when they’re not speaking with their hands, they’re shaping great pizzas. While Nicli’s style is more dense, Bibo’s crusts are decidedly thinner, and pufﬁer around the edges. Personally, we had no problem consuming either, although Bibo’s prosciutto e funghi was more moist and hotter. At least on this occasion. Our verdict: Vancouver is blessed to have both, long overdue additions with differing styles that should ﬁnally elevate the city’s pizza game considerably.
••• We’ll confess a soft spot for Nichol Vineyard, the Naramata winery founded by former Vancouver Symphony Orchestra members Kathleen and Alex Nichol, who also penned the ﬁrst deﬁnitive history of a still juvenile B.C. wine industry. The Nichols toiled long and hard to establish their winery, which produced what many felt at the time to be the best red wine to come out of B.C.—Nichol ’94 Syrah, grown on a hotspot high above the bench, deﬁed those who swore B.C. couldn’t make drinkable reds. When Ross Hackworth bought the winery in 2006, he had already worked with the Nichols to gain both a slice of valuable experience and to absorb their philosophy. Five years on, Nichol has once again emerged as a contender, crafting terroir driven—and relatively affordable—premium wines that include a killer ’08 Syrah among others. Given the eventual move to sub-appellations, we like the fact that all Nichol wines now state on their label “100 per cent Naramata Village Grown.” Evidently, it takes a village to raise the bench. Soft spot or not, our latest tasting reveals the best lineup of wines to date. No time like the present to mark you calendar for the upcoming Naramata Spring Release tasting April 21, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Westin Bayshore. This has turned into one of the year’s hottest tastings, as several wineries will be bringing barrels to be sampled. Wines will be paired with tastes from a dozen leading Vancouver restaurants. Call 1-800-663-1900 for tickets ($89) or go to okres.bc.ca/vancouver_spring_release_event_2011.htm. infohiredbelly.com Twitter: @HiredBelly
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Bright evenings and sunny days in succession suddenly make wearing dark clothes too sombre. The Courier consulted boutique owners in two of the most exciting fashion enclaves in town—Main Street and Gastown—about the new season’s trends to shake off the dark/pasty tedium of winter and feel the ﬁrst warm blush of spring. • Jennifer Cummer, coowner of the spacious Lüt Boutique, 4219 Main St. at East 28th Avenue Cummer longs for the fresh injection of colour spring fashions bring after a long, dreary winter. “This spring is no exception with bold neon, zesty oranges and playful prints,”
Spring fashion highlights include the Flaming Flamingo cotton Vice dress and Nappa Handbags from Lüt Boutique and the A Peace Treaty Gombe scarf and Kokna necklace from LYNNsteven. she said. Cummer is especially taken with the 1970s-inﬂuenced trends seen in denim, prints and accessories (think higher-wasted wide-leg denim, ﬂoral prints, bold bangles, oversized sunglasses and ﬂoppy hats), and the new focus on longer hemlines. “The hemline trend is passing over to fall/winter 2011 so deﬁnitely a smart investment now,” she said. Lüt, pronounced lute, of-
fers local, national and international brands for men and women. The two-yearold shop specializes in apparel that can take you from day to night. Lüt is stocking a full-length black skirt with pockets that can do double duty as a mid-calf maxi dress through the summer and as a full skirt for fall by Eryn Brinie (Korea). Cummer is also excited to stock the Trafﬁc People brand from the U.K. “Perfect party dresses in
silk, cotton or blends, this brand is always about ﬂirty prints and this season is one of their strongest offerings,” she said. “Our favourite, and boldest, is the Flaming Flamingo cotton Vice dress, ideal for [a] backyard barbecue, casual weddings, you name it.” Prices at Lüt range from $10 for hair clips and art cards to $350 for outerwear. There are T-shirts for $40, jeans for $129 and dresses for $150 to $300.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Light Refreshments will be served. Current Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre Association Membership Required in Order to Vote or Run for a Board Position. Public Welcome 2690 Larch Street 604-257-6976
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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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Tim Stephens' Astral Reﬂections Aries March 21 - April 19: Your energy, charisma and clout reach a yearly high. I didn’t add “effectiveness” because we’re in the middle of a Mercury retro period, a bad time to start anything new (lasting to April 23). Even so, your luck is strongly buoyant, and the “payoff” for past efforts or good deeds could arrive now (or anytime to early June). If you’re single, someone is attracted! Your charisma and energy are doubly strong Sunday/ Monday – “lightning strikes!” Realize that you have to co-operate with a powerful, somewhat sluggish, but perhaps elevated individual. Grab the money Tuesday. A lucky week! Taurus April 20-May 20: Government agencies or “head ofﬁce” steer your possibilities Sunday/Monday. Go with the ﬂow. New circumstances, new trends are entering your private world – now to 2019. You might soon be working with or attending a large corporation or institution. Don’t be fazed by this – you have the skills required. If stress builds, learn to relax, play golf, yoga, whatever. Fifteen years of career worry ends; 15 years of “wide friendships” begins. Rest, lie low Sunday/Monday. Something lucky brews beneath the surface or behind the scenes before Thursday. Chase money Thursday onward. Gemini May 21-June 20: Wishes come true, especially Sunday, especially old wishes. Romance, or a ﬂirty friendship, or happiness of another sort seems imminent – so does fulﬁlment around a legal, far travel, international or intellectual matter. But be realistic, cautious also – a “go slow” signal exists. Could mean “watch what you wish for,” or it might hint that wishes are fulﬁlled, but in a quiet or sober way. Your popularity is rising, friendly romance occurs, new friends come, especially Thursday onward. Optimism soars! (Retreat, rest Monday eve to midweek.) Fifteen years of “true career” begins.
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Cancer June 21-July 22: Be ambitious, this week and the next two. You could grab a promotion, or elevate your worth in the eyes of higher-ups (or cultivate a VIP and gain a prestigious new client, contract or business opening, etc.). This week starts with a jolt (of luck or nerves or ambition) Sunday. You’ll have to combine or merge competing situations to succeed – probably a need to reconcile home with career, gain your spouse’s or kids’ co-operation, etc. The potential for success is tremendous, so make every effort! This week begins 15 years of true understanding, spiritual recognition, and, resulting, true love. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: You’ve suffered 15 years of gullibility, deception, disillusionment and suspicion. (On the positive side, 15 years of spiritual awakening.) This week marks the end of that – though such long trends tend to dissolve slowly, now is the turn-around time. Think, contemplate the broad picture, and you should sense some clues to this change. The next 15 years bring a heightened sense of poetic mystery and nuance, sexual longing, deep spiritual intuition and subtle glamour – a better inﬂuence! The next eight years also feature mental awareness, and true love – wedded love. Sunday reveals! Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Sunday’s the centre point of a huge life change. The actual events can have occurred in March, or can happen over the weeks ahead. But they centre on this day, and this week. The events: a ﬁnancial rearrangement or debt, a sexual lust or liaison, a commitment, a lifestyle change, a health diagnosis or surgery, a piece of detective work or research project. It’s destined to change your life. You’ll have to overcome ﬁnancial “slowness” or caution. Believe in your luck! Be ambitious late week. Fifteen years of unhealthy relationships end: 15 years of “true relationship” begins.
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Start nothing new before April 23. Look to the past or to ongoing ventures, relationships. Your success is inextricably tied to relationships, and/or to opportunities, relocation, litigation, negotiation, fame or the public. Sunday can bring a jolt in these – e.g., love at ﬁrst sight – but without the infatuation, gooey-eyed stuff – this is alert, exciting, alive, realistic. Downplay your conservative, reluctant, skeptical or cautious side. (If someone says, “You look sad,” it’s a clue to brighten up!) Love “elevates” late week. Your employment picture changes now to 2025. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Something unexpected happens at work this week, especially Sunday. Follow safety procedures, don’t work while tired, be patient, careful with electricity, machines and computers, or avoid them if you can. I’ve emphasized the dangers, but there’s also luck here: you might be called into work because someone didn’t show, or you’re the trouble-shooter in an emergency, etc., which can set you up for praise, promotion now or soon. Be good-natured! Fifteen years of love’s obsessive puzzlement ends; 15 years of love’s good sweetness begins. You’ll believe me, come June/July and 2012! Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Sunday could provide a love shock. It’s illuminating. But it will only be lucky if you can balance impulse with caution (without letting caution win) and money or earnings considerations (or possessions) with your need to express yourself, to be yourself. (Sartre said we’re the slave of our possessions.) All that said, this is a hugely lucky week (and month, and quarter) for romance, children, creativity, school, travel, beauty, art and speculation! Opportunities arise Thursday/ Friday. Fifteen years of indecision, rootlessness end; 15 years of “deep home” begin.
Apr. 3 - April 9 Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Start nothing new before April 23. A jolt might come to your domestic or property arena Sunday. (This day is merely the centre of two months of “jolt.”) Be careful with electricity around the house this day. On another level, events can jump-start you into a whole decade of new (money-earning) property dealings, new landscaping, new security initiatives (e.g., RSPs) – despite the word “new” your success now will come from reprising a past goal, condition or contact. Believe in life, buy a home! Fifteen years of money anxiety end; 15 years of “chatty” friendship begin. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: You might make a lively new friend this week. This person will not become a life-mate (or not a good one) but you can have lots of fun together. (The problem: a sadness or sombre streak in this person is a clue indicating their ability/tendency to restrict you or to connect too easily to your hidden side.) Despite this, real love is likely. Don’t start any new projects, especially in communications, paperwork or travel, before April 23. Your luck will come from past contacts, and it could be very bright luck! Be restful midweek. Romance, creative surges Thursday onward. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: Start nothing new before April 23: deal with past or ongoing projects and relationships. A money, income or possession situation could hold three things (all of some): great luck, career import and “the future” of your earnings (for eight years).This last is highlighted Sunday, when a “jolt” might accompany it. If you can get past a certain skepticism about your own work or your own goals, this jolt could represent a splendid new path in earnings. (This path likely represents working with management or in government, large bureaucracies, charities or institutions.) A lucky week! email@example.com • Reading: 416-686-5014
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Re: the Estate of William Gordon Calderwood. Deceased, formerly of #204 - 999 West 57th Ave., Vancouver, BC. Creditors and others having claims against the estate of William Gordon Calderwood who passed away on Feb 12, 2011, are hereby notified under Section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to Karin Hilliard, Executor, at 6810 Thunderbird Court, Delta, BC V4E 2S7 before April 30, 2011, after which date the Executors will distribute the Estate among the parties entitled thereto having regard to the claims which they have notice.
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Re: The estate of John Roger Jones, also known as J.R. Jones and Jay Jones, deceased, formerly of 3372 Church Street, Vancouver, BC, V5R 4W6 Creditors and others having claims against the estate of John Roger Jones, also known as J.R. Jones and Jay Jones are hereby notified under section 38 of the Trustee Act that particulars of their claims should be sent to the Executor c/o Adrian & Co., Barristers and Solicitors, attn: Quentin J. Adrian, at 5660 Yew Street, Vancouver, BC V6M 3Y3 on or before May 6, 2011, after which date the Executor will distribute the estate among the parties entitled to it, having regard to the claims of which the Executor then has notice. NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND OTHERS Re: PEGGY BURNETT, otherwise known as PEGGY M. BURNETT, Deceased, formerly of #302 - 2803 West 41st Ave., Vancouver, B.C. Creditors and other having claims against the Deceased, who died on September 20, 2010, at Vancouver, B.C. are required to send full particulars of such claims to the undersigned Executor at #2700 - 700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V7Y 1B8, on or before, May 2, 2011, after which the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims received. Royal Trust Corporation of Canada, Executor. Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Solicitors.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011 THE VANCOUVER COURIER
Manufacturers introduce several gas-sippers including Ford Focus, Fiat
Auto show reflects economy: subdued but optimistic davidchao The launch of the 2011 Vancouver International Auto Show—at the Vancouver Convention Centre —was reﬂective of the current Canadian economy: subdued but cautiously optimistic. The show runs through to Sunday, April 3, and as with past events, expect the weekend to be packed with car enthusiasts of all ages. The manufacturers have reasons to be buoyant, thanks to healthy gains in sales fuelled by new and signiﬁcantly refreshed models. On one hand, the theme of some models was focused on horsepower and performance—to feed the adrenaline seekers. However, with the cost of gas
lingering over $1.30 per litre, it was also timely for some manufacturers to introduce several gas-sipping models to satisfy environmentally-conscious buyers in B.C. The contrast could not be more clearly illustrated by Toyota, with one of only 10 LFA Supercars for the Canadian market proudly on display, and at the same time introducing the up-sized version of the iconic Prius called the Prius V (for versatility). The V offers as much as 50 per cent more interior cargo space, improved handling and safety features, and backed by the same industry benchmark fuel efﬁciency as the original. Here are my personal highlights from some of the participating manufacturers: General Motors—Much has already been written and talked about the all-electric Chevrolet Volt with a range of about 500 kms and expected to be available in Canada this summer. GM also introduced three other new Chevrolet models to watch out for in the near future, such as the Orlando, a small SUV, the Sonic, a
Chrysler’s cute Fiat grabbed a lot of attention. compact car, and the Camaro Convertible. The Buick Verano sedan is expected to shake up gains in market share in the ultra-competitive compact luxury segment. Ford Motor—Following up on the highly successful Ford Fusion, the attention turned to the all-new Ford Focus, with its distinctive trapezoidal front grille and overall sporty compact design catching one’s eye. It relies on the same platform as the Ford Focus Electric, which can be expected to clock a top speed of
136 km/h. Ford plans to roll out several more all-electric vehicles by 2013. Chrysler—Chrysler has been busy introducing several refreshed and signiﬁcantly improved models of late including the beautiful 300, Charger, Jeep Grand Cherokee and so on, but the one that grabbed most of the attention was also the smallest: the Fiat 500. It’s cute and stylish at the same time and comes well equipped with many standard features not usually found in such sub-compact cars. With
its sophisticated 1.4L engine, you can expect the little Fiat to be miserly with fuel. Toyota—Easily one of the stars of the show is the Lexus LFA Supercar, of which there are only 500 available worldwide and 10 here in Canada. Toyota also delivered in the hybrid side as expected, which includes the Lexus CT200h and the Prius V, which boasts far more useable interior space compared to the original Prius. Nissan—The most notable announcement in the Nissan line of cars was the pricing for the Nissan Leaf (starting from $38,395). Although the price is considered high, it comes with an impressive array of standard features. The Nissan Leaf is the ﬁrst mass produced all-electric vehicle that is currently available for purchase. Honda—Making most of the news in the Honda camp is the imminent replacement of the highly successful Honda Civic model line. Providing an insight into the more aggressive and sporty design direction was the Civic Si Concept
Coupe on display. Hyundai—Aside from interest generated from the all-new Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai also introduced the Veloster hatchback coupe, with its eyecatching design meant to attract the younger crowd. VW—In its desire to establish a stronger foot-hold in the Canadian market, Volkswagen showcased the all-new Jetta, which has gained a cleaner, more sophisticated look and an attractive price to boot. The Jetta is offered in ﬁve trim levels, including the diesel engine TDI as well as the sporty GLI, which comes with a 2 liter gas engine. BMW—Making news at the BMW booth was the 1 Series M Coupe, packing a powerful sport-tuned 3 liter engine into a compact package. Also unveiled was the iconic and beautifully contoured BMW 650i with 3D Heads-up-display. Making just as much of the headlines was the Mini Cooper Countryman, a fourdoor stretched or up-sized version of the classic. email@example.com
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HOW ARE YOU CONNECTED TO CANCER? April is cancer awareness month and Choices has teamed up with InspireHealth, Canada’s foremost integrated cancer care centre, to spread the news about cancer prevention. Get inspired! Join us at all Choices locations for Inspired Saturday, April 9 to kick-off a great week of cancer awareness and prevention. Shoppers will have the chance to win a weekend getaway for two to the Wickanninish Inn in Tofino. For full details of the week’s seminars, cooking classes and events, see the event calendar in the April 2011 issue of Choices’ newsletter.
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Vancouver Courier April 1 2011